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Archive for Wednesday, December 12, 2001

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December 12, 2001

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World Co. invites community to join in caroling, concert

The spirit of giving and beautiful music are important traditions of the holiday season. The Journal-World, World Online and 6News invites Lawrence residents to celebrate the holiday by enjoying both of those traditions on Sunday.

Local musical groups will gather on the steps on the south side of The News Center, 645 N.H., from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday to lead a community caroling session. To benefit our neighbors, we also will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to support the local Emergency Services Council.

At 3:30, carolers can walk around the corner to Liberty Hall to enjoy a free holiday concert by the Lawrence City Band.

Nature: KU professor to talk about Kaw at meeting

A Kansas University professor on Thursday will present information about the history of the Kansas River.

Wakefield Dort Jr., a KU professor emeritus of geology, will present "The Kansas River Origin, History and Associated Controversies" at the Jayhawk Audubon Society's monthly meeting.

Dort will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Senior Center, Eighth and Vermont streets. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Finals: Students relieve stress with Twinkie activities

Twinkies will take over the Kansas Union today.

Hostess is having its "Twinkies Ultimate Study Break" for Kansas University students finishing the fall semester.

The company will offer free Twinkies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Kansas Union. It also will offer three games:

Twinkies Stress Smash, where students drop their least favorite or heaviest textbook onto a pyramid of Twinkies, trying to smash them the farthest to win prizes.

Twinkie Twister, a version of Twister where the game board is covered with pictures of the cream-filled sponge cakes.

Twinkie Toys, where students can build structures out of Twinkies for prizes.

Leisure time: Recreation classes begin winter, spring enrollment

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Enrollment for Lawrence Parks and Recreation winter and spring classes and leagues began Monday.

A detailed list of the activities is available in the Winter/Spring Leisure Activities Brochure, which is available at all recreation centers and many public buildings and schools. The brochure lists youth and adult classes, leagues and special events that will be held from January through May of next year.

Winter classes begin the week of Jan. 14.

The information will be available online starting today. The Web site also has an enrollment form which can be printed and then faxed or mailed.

Aid: Federal grant to benefit mentally ill homeless

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday two grants to Lawrence's Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center to assist the mentally ill homeless.

Bert Nash's Bridges to Independence will be funded by $102,228 of the grant. The program provides transitional housing for eight people, offering everything from meal planning to household management assistance.

The rest of the grant, $31,794, will fund the Ohio Street program, which provides a supportive residence for adults otherwise unable to maintain their own home.

David Johnson, Bert Nash executive director, praised the program grants.

"Housing and a roof over one's head is the single best cost-effective way of dealing with these illnesses," he said.

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