Go, See, Do: Community Safety Fair, “Good Night, Lawrence!” and more

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From left, Will Averill, Andy Morton, Chris Nelson and Jay Maus, of Card Table Productions, participate in a comedy event.

Comedians and a few political candidates will come together for a night of local laughs at this weekend’s “Good Night, Lawrence!” show.

This is the second “Good Night, Lawrence!” performance that local theater group Card Table Productions has done — the last one was in January of this year. On the schedule this time is a Lawrence-themed quiz show, where two teams of comics and the audience will be answering local trivia and current events questions, said Will Averill, a member of the group. Those who answer questions correctly will win brownies from Ladybird Diner.

“I highly recommend coming just for the brownies,” Averill told the Journal-World.

Averill said the show should be a special treat for local politicos, as some candidates for the City Commission are expected to make an appearance.

“We’ll be asking some City Commission candidates to join us to answer a few questions about themselves,” Averill said. “… It’s a good chance for them to let their hair down and have fun.”

Five of the six candidates — incumbent Stuart Boley, Ken Easthouse, Brad Finkeldei, Joey Hentzler and Courtney Shipley — will be at the show. (Averill said the sixth candidate, Rob Sands, is currently on vacation.) Along with the joking, each candidate will be given time to briefly share their political platform.

Ultimately, Averill said the show is about having a good laugh about Lawrence.

“It’s not to get anyone upset, but just lighthearted ribbing about the local scene,” Averill said.

“Good Night, Lawrence!” starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Maceli’s Banquet Hall & Catering, 1031 New Hampshire St. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased either online at macelis.com or at the door.

Community Safety Fair

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Kids enjoy a game at a previous Community Safety Fair. The Lawrence Police Department, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are co-hosting this summer’s fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2019, on the east side of South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.

Martial arts demonstrations, gun safety advice and more information about protecting your friends and family will be available at Saturday’s Community Safety Fair in South Park.

The Lawrence Police Department, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are co-hosting the event, and several other community organizations will also be offering advice and demonstrations.

Law enforcement agencies will also be collecting donations of nonperishable food for Just Food for their “Cram the Cruiser” competition, Lawrence police Sgt. Amy Rhoads told the Journal-World.

The free, family-friendly event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.

“David Atchison and the Sacking of Lawrence”

Did a Missouri senator actually give a speech that incited border ruffians to attack Lawrence in 1856?

That question will be the focus of a presentation this weekend at the Watkins Museum of History. Two Washburn University historians, Bruce Mactavish and Kelly Erby, will be analyzing the evidence about Missouri’s David Atchison and what role he really played in the sacking of Lawrence, according to the museum’s website.

The free presentation, titled “David Atchison and the Sacking of Lawrence,” is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.


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