Go, See, Do: Monarch tagging, a crash course in printmaking and more

photo by: John Young

A tagged monarch butterfly rests on a flower at the Baker Wetlands, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

Nature lovers of all ages can help researchers keep tabs on butterflies this weekend at Monarch Watch’s annual fall tagging event.

The local butterfly conservation group and the Jayhawk Audubon Society are hosting the event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. Morgan Glade, outreach director for the center, said visitors will be given instructions on how to catch monarchs and tag them by putting a small sticker on their wings. Nets will be provided.

Tagging butterflies is important because it allows researchers to track the monarchs on their annual migration, Glade said. Monarchs can’t survive the cold, so each year they fly south en masse to spend the winter in Mexico.

While there is a chance of rain in the forecast on Saturday, Glade said the free event will go on rain or shine.

photo by: Richard Shotwell/Invision via AP

Crime fiction author Attica Locke will be speaking at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Award-winning author visiting

Award-winning crime fiction author Attica Locke will be visiting the Lawrence Public Library on Friday to discuss her latest book, “Heaven, My Home.”

The Raven Book Store is co-sponsoring the free event with the library and will have Locke’s books available for purchase.

Locke won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award in 2018 for her novel “Bluebird, Bluebird,” and another of her books, “Pleasantville,” won the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction in 2016, according to The Raven’s website. “Heaven, My Home,” about a Texas Ranger on the lookout for a missing boy and a family of white supremacists, is Locke’s fifth crime novel.

Locke will speak at 7 p.m. at the library, 707 Vermont St.

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The Lawrence Arts Center is kicking off its 2019 Print Week with a relief printmaking workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21.

Printmaking at the Arts Center

The Lawrence Arts Center is kicking off its 2019 Print Week by giving visitors a chance to explore relief printmaking.

At a free workshop on Saturday, attendees will learn how to create their own repeatable images using common materials, according to Marlo Angell, the Arts Center’s director of digital media.

The event is open to all ages and is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

More information about Print Week is available on the Arts Center’s website.

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