Charlie Greer, left, and Dan Ward spearhead the first annual Poker Run to benefit the local services of the American Red Cross' Douglas County chapter. Jane Blocher, Red Cross executive director, submitted the picture.
Shawna Gilkey, 8, gets ready to enjoy a special KU cake in honor of the Jayhawks' national championship victory. She is the daughter of Josh Gilkey and Elizabeth Barnhart, Lawrence. Her grandmother, Nellie Barnhart, submitted the picture.
A group of YoungLife girls and their leaders enjoy Castaway Club WyldLife Camp in Detroit Lakes, Minn. From left are Gretchen Hierl, 12; Holly Maygers, 19; Caroline Markley, 18; Abbey Berland, 12; Madeline Chesnut, 12; Jessie Abernathy, 12; Anna Meissbach, 12; Morgan Knapp, 12; Maggie Johnson, 12; Maddie Carbrey, 12; Zoe Schneider, 12; Lindsey Kelly, 12; Haley Ryan, 12; Elsa Regan, 12; and Hailey Belcher, 12. The younger girls are seventh-graders at Southwest Junior High School. Holly Maygers, Lawrence, submitted the picture.
Travelers, from left, Steve Nilhas, Morgan Nilhas, Karen Hyde, Meredith Morris, Morgan Sherve, Amanda Jones and Ben Preheim prepare to leave KCI Airport on an exchange program to AsunciÃ³n, Paraguay. Barbara Preheim, Lawrence, submitted the picture.
Holly Dingman, 2, enjoys a taste of the local corn harvest. She is the daughter of Jeff and Janel Dingman, Baldwin City. Vickie Dingman, Baldwin City, submitted the picture.
Bethany Thomas celebrates her 11th birthday by asking her friends and family for donations for the Humane Society instead of gifts. From left are Makayla and Makenzie Bremer, Bethany Thomas, Ashlyn Flory, Creighton Thomas and Alexis Flory. They are the children of Darren and Tiffany Thomas, Eudora; Brandon and Kristi Bremer, Eudora; and Aaron and Marci Flory, Lawrence. Bethany's parents submitted the picture.
From left, Susan Cary, Shari Anderson, Amy Laughlin and Julie Embrey have their locks shorn together to support Laughlin as she "fights like a girl" against cancer. Shari Anderson submitted the picture.
Triplets Isabella, Emma and Olivia Evans, age 4, show their support for the Jayhawks. They are the daughters of Kye and Karen Evans, Payson, Ariz., and the granddaughters of Bob and Lydia Evans, Lawrence. Bob Evans submitted the picture.
Katie Renyer, physical therapist, discusses advanced taping techniques for sports injuries with Richard Sula, representative of Turner High School, during an athletic medicine workshop. Dena Johnston, Lawrence, submitted the picture.
Paying a visit from Chicago are, from left, Richard Niebaum, son of Judy and Jerome Niebaum, Lawrence; his daughter, Astrid, 5; his wife, Laurie; and daughter, Avi, 9. Richard and Laurie are both Kansas University graduates. Judy Niebaum submitted the picture.
Amba Sidabutar, back, and his three sons, Trevor, 4, left, Hugh, 6, and Cole, 10, visit the Batur Volcano in Bali during a summer vacation to Amba's home country of Indonesia. Ann Woodbury, Lawrence, submitted the picture.
Kaleb Parker, 2, reads the Sunday comics at his grandparents' house in Lawrence. He is the grandson of Christine and Darrell Thompson. His parents are Matthew and Kallista Parker. Christine Thompson submitted the picture.
The Keefer family, Terry and Kristi with Raelynn, 3, and Cooper, 9 months, are at the Cooper's Cause fundraiser at Henry T's in Lawrence. Cooper was born with multiple heart defects and has undergone multiple operations. The Keefers formed the Cooper's Cause foundation to help pay for Cooper's medical bills and those of other families who struggle with similar situations. Isaac Wiley, Ottawa, submitted the picture.
Friends Michelle Minor, 12, left, Brooke Wroten, 7, Sierra Smith, 8, Brianne Martin, 11, Aliyah Anderson, 7, and Mary Wroten, 12, raised money to organize a neighborhood party. Glenn Minor, Lawrence, submitted the picture.
Bill Wilson, Eudora, stands next to a hay bale that ended up in a soybean field after a tornado hit eastern Douglas County on Sept. 12. Several bales, which weigh about 1,200 pounds each, were rolled by the winds about 300 yards, mowing down the soybeans in their paths. Wilson's son, Brad Wilson, submitted the photo.
Eight Lawrence residents enjoy kayaking on Salo Lake, Minn., with Allison Smith, their guide and an employee of Wintermoon-Summersun in Brimson, Minn. Pictured are Sammie Messick, Debi Taylor, Margy Rose, Gail Griffin, Allison Smith, Susan Morris, Lyn Walther, Chris Durflinger and Mary Chappell.
Rachel Korhumel, 18, Libertyville, Ill., Christen Lacy, Sophie Meynard, Lily Tiers, all age 11, all of Tucson, Ariz., and Clare Browning, 10, Lawrence, have fun at a cabin at Camp Mishawaka, Minn. Clare's mother, Patti Browning, submitted the picture.