• The Kansas Bar Association hosted a Sept. 24 welcome reception to honor 211 new admittees to the Kansas Bar. The reception immediately followed the swearing-in ceremony at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
— New Lawrence attorneys: Jennifer Ananda, Bonnie Boryca, Caden Butler, Anna Cohen, Sarah Fertig, Andrew Fouts, Joshua Goetting, Jennifer Haaga, Grant Harse, Ashley Jarmer, Anne Kealing, Tamera Lawrence, Eunice Lee-Ahn, Jessica Leffler, Shane McCall, Benjamin Miller-Coleman, Juliann Morland, Christopher Orosco, David Osborne, Tyler Page, Andrew Payne, Grant Reichert, Bobbi Rising, Danielle Sanger, Caroline Selig, Anne Smith, Joshua Smith, Michael Tubbs, Holly Turk, Dana Watts, and John Weslander. — Other area attorneys: Andrew Roberts, Bonner Springs; Cameron Willcott, Linwood; Mark Samsel, Ottawa; Justin Holstin, Tecumseh; and Megan Hoffman, Tonganoxie.
• Express Employment Professionals announces Kate Turner and Barry Kingery as the new owners of the Lawrence Express office, 1000 Iowa.
• Custom Wood Products, Johnston Construction, ES Lighting and Interior Design Works will host a seminar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Custom Wood Products showroom, 2108 W. 27th, Suite C (inside Factory Direct Appliance). Certified Aging in Place Specialists will talk about ways to remodel your home as you age.
• The 2010 Kansas Housing Conference presented this year’s Ad Astra Award for Innovation in Housing and Community Development to Tenants to Homeowners Inc. of Lawrence. The award, accepted by executive director of Tenants to Homeowners Rebecca Buford, honors the organization for construction of what’s been called the “Greenest Affordable Home in Kansas.” The home, at 1245 N.J. in Lawrence, is a dome house that combines energy efficiency with affordability.
• The Oriental Bistro and Grill, 1511 W. 23rd St., opened Sept. 17. The restaurant is owned by a group of employee investors, including Richard Tang, owner of Jade Garden and Oriental Express, both in Topeka; and chefs Johnny Lee and Sam Ling. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned later.
• The Stock Market Game, instructed by Dennis Mattern, is a computer-assisted classroom simulation of Wall Street trading that involves participants in the investment of $100,000 in imaginary money over nine weeks. Games are free and will be played from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 5 through Nov. 30, at the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vt.
• Barb Long has joined JCPenney’s Salon, 3311 Iowa. Long, from Topeka, holds state licenses in Kansas and Florida.
• The National Association of Government Webmasters announced its Pinnacle Web Award winners Sept. 23 at the NAGW Annual Conference in St. Louis. The city of Lawrence won the Pinnacle Award in the Medium Population category (35,000 to 100,000). eGov Coordinator Eric Gruber received the award.