Only in Lawrence


Cultivating skills, cultivating knowledge, cultivating community

Lawrence organizations offer a selection of odd classes

Sure, most of us know we can learn to ballroom dance or play the piano in Lawrence. But if you’re really looking to break out of your mold, here are some lesser-known classes offered by Lawrence organizations.

Retired teacher Jane Budde helps start sewing program at Community Connections Center

Jane Budde is lots of things to plenty of people: dedicated, skilled, connected, generous, committed, versatile and on and on seemingly everywhere in town, from neighborhood to church or anywhere else her focused and infectious smile takes her.

Saxophonist, performer Robert Baker teaches financial literacy when he’s not onstage

Robert Baker is a man not easily forgotten. He’s the one in front of a classroom sharing words of wisdom from his mythical grandmother to drive home points on household budgeting. He’s also that local musician wearing a suit jacket and fedora while growling out poetry stanzas. Or, he simply could be that guy in Lawrence who looks a little bit like Steve Buscemi and a lot like John Waters.

New York School principal: Administrative assistant Sandy Unruh ‘runs the school’

Sandy Unruh will be the first to tell you that she’s not all that different from any other person working the front desk at a school.


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