Library convention, St. Patrick’s Day Parade events and more happenings in and around Lawrence

photo by: Kim Callahan/Journal-World

Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., pictured on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.


• As KU plays in the Big 12 tournament, Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., will be showing the games on the big screen. Admission is free and drinks, and concessions will be available for purchase. Times are to be determined; see Liberty Hall’s website for details.

• LPL Con, a free comic-convention-style event, will take place at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., this weekend. The fun kicks off Friday with a night of activities just for teens from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring panel discussions, a cosplay contest, vendors and more. An all-ages night is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Attendees are asked to register at or by calling 785-843-3833.

• Kansas Public Radio presents Virtual Cinema a Go Go at 7 p.m. The program will feature early 1950s science fiction, including Flash Gordon, Commando Cody and more. The event is free; see for more information and to get the Zoom access credentials.

• The Free State Story Slam will be held at the Lawrence Arts Center’s 10th & Mass Studios, 1000 Massachusetts St. The stories will be live and uncensored and are recommended for ages 18 and older. Live music and social time starts at 7 p.m., and the stories begin at 7:30 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested.

• Lawrence Arts Center dance students will present a double feature this weekend, with the original show “The Dot” and a production of the 1789 ballet “La Fille mal gardée.” Three performances are scheduled: 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. See for ticket information.

• This is the final weekend for “Murder on the Orient Express” at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive. See for curtain times and ticket information.


• The Children’s Learning Center Inc. will be holding a “Pancakes with Superheroes” breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. Guests can enjoy a pancake breakfast, get a picture taken with costumed characters from the Just Us League and bid on raffle baskets. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

• The Lawrence Public Library’s Craft Club meets from 10 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A at the library, 707 Vermont St. You can bring a project to work on, and art supplies will also be available for experimentation. If registration fills up, a wait list is available at

• Tenants to Homeowners is hosting a free homebuyers workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. The workshop covers credit, mortgage loans and other topics related to buying a home. A HUD-approved certificate will be issued upon completion. Register in advance at

• The Second Saturday Book Sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.; enter on the Kentucky Street side of the building. Proceeds support the library, and all items are priced at $2 or less.

• Learn more about one of nature’s most underappreciated creatures in “The Dirt on Worms” from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. The event is free and all ages are welcome; bring a tall, clear container such as a 2-liter soda bottle to make an earthworm farm. No registration is required.

• The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s Luck of the Irish Motorcycle Poker Run starts at noon at Elmo’s Tavern, 508 Locust St.; registration opens at 11 a.m. and poker hands are $20 each. The route includes several other area bars, and the winner will be announced at 4:30 p.m. at Elmo’s Tavern. There will also be a chili contest and silent auction at the tavern. The proceeds benefit Cantemos Youth Chorale, O’Connell Children’s Shelter and the Sunrise Project. See for more details.


• Repair Studio is from 2 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Bring broken items and meet with a repair mentor who can help provide options for fixing it up.

• The queen of the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be chosen and crowned in a ceremony starting at 5 p.m. at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St. Admission is free but there is a $20 charge for dinner, payable at the door. RSVP at

• Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., is holding its 2023 Oscars Party; doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free; fill out a ballot and then watch the results on the big screen.


• The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., hosts a Community Resource Clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. in the lobby, featuring local organizations that offer legal assistance, transportation services, health care services and more.

• Teens are welcome at Snack Break: Cereal and Cinema at 5 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. There will be a cereal buffet and a movie screening; pajamas are encouraged. Registration is required; visit for more information.


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