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October 28, 2001

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Downtown Lawrence opens doors for trick-or-treaters

Many downtown business will be opening their doors for trick-or-treaters Halloween night. Businesses will open from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to hand out treats.

Witches, princesses and ghouls participated in last year's Halloween parade at Centennial School. Most Lawrence elementary schools are planning parties and/or parades for Wednesday, and the

PTA is sponsoring a pumpkin carving 7 p.m. Monday at Schwegler School.

Additionally, the Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St., is planning a Halloween Open House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Haunted House Visit Terror II for children ages 7 or younger will be from 8 p.m. to midnight today and Monday at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.

Charity: Silent auction to benefit needy, homeless residents

Needy and homeless Lawrence residents will be the beneficiaries of a fund-raiser planned by the Community Drop-In Center.

"Chocolate and Tea At Three" will feature baked goods and music, as well as a silent auction featuring items from Natural Way, Lawrence Athletic Club, Marisco's, the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas University Athletic Department, The Topiary Tree and others.

Tickets are $25. The event will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at Abe and Jake's Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

American Red Cross: Junior highs to compete in holiday blood drive

South and Southwest junior high students will compete using publicity measures on Halloween to see which school can draw the most blood.

There will be no appearance by Dracula, but students at the two schools are joining with McDonald's for a competitive blood drive, said Connie Edwards, blood coordinator for the American Red Cross in Douglas County.

American Red Cross will collect the donations from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, 10th and Kentucky streets.

Posters made by students to promote the drive are being distributed throughout Lawrence, Edwards said.

Government: Voters to elect individuals for county extension council

Douglas County Extension Council elections will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Deal Six Auditorium at Douglas County Extension Office, 2110 Harper St.

Each year, 12 individuals are selected for the council. A nominating committee has selected the following nominees:

District I Don Bird, Agriculture; Connie Hadl, Family & Consumer Sciences; Megan King, Economic Development; and Chris Johnson, 4-H Youth.

District II Alden Bradley Sr., Agriculture; Carla Westheffer, Family & Consumer Sciences; Sharon Vesecky, Economic Development; David Norris, 4-H Youth.

District III Gerald Dwyer, Agriculture; Nancy O'Connor, Family & Consumer Sciences; Carol Keen, Economic Development; Sue Ashcraft, 4-H Youth.

Douglas County residents 18 or older are eligible to vote or serve on the council.

Recreation: Walkers to take 10K stroll around Lone Star Lake

Walkers, young and old, will wind their way around Lone Star Lake today and catch a glimpse of the changing of the leaves. The Lone Star Lake Walk is timed to coincide with the arrival of fall in Kansas. Start time is between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Walkers should be finished by 4 p.m.

The walk starts at the shelter and goes around the lake on a combination of blacktop and gravel roads. The trail is 10 kilometers.

The event is sponsored by Free State Walkers, Lawrence Parks & Recreation, Free State Brewery, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, Community Mercantile and Yellow Sub.

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