Weekend events in and around Lawrence include St. Patrick’s Day activities, a dance performance and more

This weekend offers a dance performance, some early St. Patrick’s Day events and lots of things to do at the library.


• The Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance presents “The Sleeping Beauty” at 7 p.m. (with a repeat performance Saturday at 7 p.m.). Based on the classic fairy tale and set to Tchaikovsky’s score, the story follows a princess who is doomed to a hundred-year sleep and eventually reawakened by a prince. In-person and livestream tickets are available online.


• Weather doesn’t normally stop the Lawrence Trail Hawks from holding their annual Pi Day River Rotation races. The Pi Miler starts at 7:30 a.m.; the marathon at 8:30 a.m., and the half marathon at 9 a.m. Runs begin at Eighth and Oak streets. See facebook.com/PiDayRiverRotationHalfMarathonAndPiMiler for more information.

• The Douglas County Master Gardeners kick off their garden show at 9 a.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building 21, 2110 Harper St. Speakers, exhibits and educational booths will reflect this year’s theme, “Gardening for a Sustainable Future.” There will also be vendors, food trucks and a garage sale of garden-related items. The event, which continues until 3 p.m., is free and open to the public. For more information, visit dgemgks.com.

• Lawrence Public Library Friends and Foundation hosts its Second Saturday Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Head to the lowest floor of the library for a chance to browse and buy books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. All titles are priced at $2 or less.

• The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee holds the Luck of the Irish Motorcycle Poker Run beginning at Elmo’s Tavern, 508 Locust St. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the Poker Run starts at noon. Poker hands are $20 each; riders will travel to Topeka, Tonganoxie, Linwood, Eudora, and back to Elmo’s, picking up all or part of their poker hand at each location. Riders returning to Lawrence can enjoy the chili contest and raffle.

• Interested in beekeeping? Longtime Kansas beekeepers Becky and Steve Tipton will present “Bee-ginning with Bees” at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St., from 11 a.m. to noon. Participants will receive a starter education on bees, honey, pollinators and more.

• The library also offers “Mindful Crafting: Patch Exchange” via Zoom at 11 a.m. Pick up a kit at the library’s Ask Desk and then join virtually for a discussion of stitching techniques and design options. Register at lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events.

• Gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day? An early celebration will begin at 3 p.m. today at Trivedi Wine, 1826 East 1150 Road. Indoor and outdoor seating will be available, and there will be live music by local Celtic band Boys of the Prairie.


• The Lawrence Coalition for Peace & Justice will hold its monthly meeting at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• A vigil in support of Ukraine will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. outside the Douglas County Courthouse at 11th and Massachusetts streets. Masks are recommended.

• Frugal-minded people as well as crafters and handypeople will appreciate Repair Studio at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring a broken item or torn clothing and work with a mentor to try to bring it back to life. Registration is not required, but you can reserve a spot with a mentor at lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events.

• Need to wind down after a busy weekend? BeMoved Studio will offer free community yoga from 7 to 8 p.m., at 2 E. Seventh St.


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