WRITER: Kathy Hanks

Go, See, Do: An open mic for poets of color and 2 church rummage sales

The longtime host of a monthly poetry event for artists of color will pass the mic to two new leaders this weekend. Jameelah Jones will host her last Mic Supremacy event from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St. “Jameelah is moving away, so this is her retirement from the event,” said Danny Caine, owner of the Raven. Jones, who is moving to Georgia, said she's glad the ...

Flooding closes several trails; grocery store temporarily shuts for weather-related repairs

Heavy rainfall prompted closures of several area trails on Thursday, and a local grocery store also briefly shut down because of issues related to the storm. The trail connecting Burcham Park, 200 Indiana St., and Constant Park, 230 W. Sixth St., is currently closed because of flooding along the banks of the Kansas River, said Derek Rogers, director of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. A portion of ...

Llamas in county fair project offer entertainment and a few life lessons

Rocky, a brown llama, came with experience, which helped Newt Schreiner, 11, Wednesday as he led the animal around the show ring at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This was Newt's first year in the llama project, but not Rocky's. Newt shares the animal with his older sister, Sawyer Schreiner, 14, who has been in the project the past four years. “I don’t mind sharing,” said Sawyer, who offers tips to her ...

A year behind schedule, owners of Village Cooperative finally have a place to call home

Like an excited student about to move into a college dorm, Toni Dudley was pulling a canvas wagon loaded with a few of her belongings into the Village Cooperative Friday afternoon, ready to start a new life. The 52-unit housing complex, at the corner of West Sixth Street and Branchwood Drive, is for a different stage of life, though — specifically for people 62 and older. Toni and her husband, John Dudley, ...

Steady road to recovery: Rebuilding after May's devastating tornado

Two months after a massive tornado ripped through Douglas and Leavenworth counties, owners of homes and businesses in the path of the 32-mile, EF-4 twister are realizing how much patience and determination rebuilding takes — and they're seeing progress. Excavating equipment continues clearing debris at Free State Growers, 12819 198th St., a longtime Linwood business that took a direct hit from the May 28 ...

Outdoor Aquatic Center closing early this summer because of staffing, financial issues

The city’s Outdoor Aquatic Center will be closing two weeks early this summer because of staffing and financial issues. “We typically have gone from Memorial Day to Labor Day,” said Roger Steinbrock, marketing supervisor with the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. However, this year the outdoor pool at 727 Kentucky St. is set to close for the season on Aug. 18. This is despite the fact that July ...

Go, See, Do: "Disney's Frozen Jr.," Humanities in the Wild and more

Temperatures are sizzling outdoors, but it will be snowing on the stage of Theatre Lawrence during this weekend’s youth production of “Disney's Frozen Jr.” The show, based on the 2013 Disney film, includes a cast of more than 40 young performers, and the technical crew has been hard at work to simulate a blizzard on the stage, director Hailey Gillespie said. “People who have never come to Theatre ...

Haskell faculty member steps up again to serve as school's interim leader

As the search for permanent leadership continues at Haskell Indian Nations University, a faculty member who served as acting president earlier this year will once again be the school's temporary leader. On July 15, the Bureau of Indian Education selected Dan Wildcat to serve as acting president of Haskell for the coming academic year or until a permanent president is appointed. Wildcat, a Yuchi member of the ...

Kansas National Guard continues to haul water to residents near Perry Lake, as flooding slowly recedes

Updated at 8:49 a.m. Thursday, July 25 Since May, the Kansas National Guard has delivered 1.3 million gallons of water to Lakeside Village, where the community’s water well pumps remain submerged from flooding at Perry Lake. The water hauling mission could last until the middle of September, said Jerry White, president of the Lakeside Village Improvement District in Jefferson County. Perry Lake, which is ...

Lawrence businesswoman will lead international water garden symposium in France

Susan Davis considers it a fluke that 30 years ago she and Deb Spencer decided to grow a lotus tuber, which turned out to be the genesis for a flourishing business with international connections. Davis and Spencer, the owners of Water's Edge, the specialty gardening shop at 847 Indiana St., are headed to Le Temple-sur-Lot, France, in August for a meeting of the International Waterlily & Water Gardening ...

Library creates 'Retirement Bootcamp' to help older residents navigate next stage of life

For people beginning to imagine the future as a retiree, or those already embarking on that next stage of life, the Lawrence Public Library hopes to help ease the way. The Lawrence Public Library Foundation learned July 16 that it had been awarded a $25,000 Impact and Capacity Grant from the Kansas Health Foundation for a two-year series of programs known as "Retirement Bootcamp." The initiative is designed to ...

Lawrence Arts Center to celebrate 50th anniversary of Woodstock with photo exhibit

Using an X-Acto knife, Ben Ahlvers very slowly cut through the packaging tape to open the tube of photographs that arrived Monday for a new exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center. "It’s a little like surgery,” said Ahlvers, the exhibition program director at the center. He was being extra careful not to cut through to the prints that will be part of the upcoming “Back to the Garden: Photographs of the 1969 ...

North Lawrence home is a family heirloom

Marvin and Kathy Pine have become curators of what appears to be a living history museum. It's also their home. In a time when more people are moving toward a minimalist lifestyle, the home at 1741 East 1500 Road on the edge of North Lawrence tells the story of the Pine family through a collection of heirlooms from several generations. Like a tour guide, Marvin points to the bay window in the dining room ...

'Jayion wanted to be my hero': Mother of 13-year-old who drowned remembers his big dreams, big heart

On the last day Jalisa Jordan spent with her eldest son, Jayion Harris-Jordan, he was wearing a red basketball jersey with "Called to Greatness” printed on the front. That was a perfect description for Jayion, his mother said. The charismatic 13-year-old had big dreams of being a performer, she said, and was always there for his family. "Jayion wanted to be my hero," Jordan said. "He wanted to make me ...

Go, See, Do: Lawrence Field Day Fest, Paleo Garden Plant Sale and more

More than 20 musical groups will take the stage for free concerts around the city at this weekend's Lawrence Field Day Fest. The annual music festival, now in its eighth year, runs from Thursday through Saturday and will include 24 bands. Fally Afani, the festival organizer and editor of the website I Heart Local Music, said it was important to keep the concerts open to everyone in the community. "For this ...

Triple-digit heat no match for serious bargain hunters at 60th Annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

When Veronica Decker arrived on Massachusetts Street at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, a line of shoppers had already formed at Urban Outfitters. By 8:30 a.m. she had taken a load of purchases to her car and was back on the street looking for more bargains at the 60th Annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. Decker was happy with her discoveries, including a $50 pair of shoes for $5. But Decker, a Lawrence school teacher, ...

50 years after moon landing, the thrill of Apollo 11 remains powerful for some Lawrence residents

Half a century after the Apollo 11 launch and moon landing, that week in the summer of 1969 is still a time when people can recall just where they were and how they felt as history unfolded. As people around the world muse on humanity's bold quarter-million-mile space journey and the awe-inspiring first steps of Neil Armstrong onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, the Journal-World spoke to a former ...

At bill signing in Eudora, Gov. Kelly goes off script to praise immense value of libraries

EUDORA - A group of children seated on the floor of the Eudora Public Library reminded Gov.Laura Kelly how a library had been her salvation as a young mother. Kelly arrived at the library at 14 E. Ninth St., Tuesday morning for a ceremonial signing of legislation that authorizes the Eudora City Commission and Eudora Township Board of Trustees to pass a joint resolution creating the Eudora Community Library ...

Explore Lawrence ready to welcome visitors at new downtown center

The Explore Lawrence Visitor Center opened Monday in its new location at 812 Massachusetts St., and people immediately started coming through the door. They weren’t necessarily out-of-town visitors searching for restaurant suggestions, but they were interested in the new location. One person wanted to become a volunteer at the center. Another requested the guidelines for submitting art to be displayed on the ...

Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale to celebrate 60th year Thursday

Amy Schmidt-Cowardin was unpacking boxes last week and pricing new inventory at Eccentricity in preparation for Thursday’s sidewalk sale — a beloved downtown Lawrence celebration now in its 60th year. “Everything in the store will be up to 70% off,” said Schmidt-Cowardin, the manager of the shop at 716 Massachusetts St. "All our KU wear will be marked $5, $10 or $15. We have new items from our sister ...