Go, See, Do: North Lawrence neighborhood garage sale, Busker Ball and more

photo by: Kathy Hanks

Midland Care's Kirsty Elliott holds a photo of Eddie Smith, a Midland client who recently died, in North Lawrence. Midland, at 319 Perry St., will be hosting a public cookout from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, during the city-wide garage sale in North Lawrence.

Bargain hunters might find some good deals north of the river when the North Lawrence neighborhood garage sale returns Friday and Saturday.

More than 100 North Lawrence residents plan to have items for sale, said Ted Boyle, president of the North Lawrence Improvement Association.

“The bigger day will be Saturday,” Boyle said. “We have everything from woodworking tools, lawnmowers, clothes, just everything,”

Those who need a break from shopping can pick up a hamburger or hot dog from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Midland Care, 319 Perry St. Midland is hosting the cookout to remember Eddie Smith, a beloved client at Midland who recently died, said Kirsty Elliott, a life enrichment specialist with the facility.

“Eddie was such a larger-than-life personality and we want to help his loved ones keep his memory alive,” Elliott said. The staff and his family thought a cookout would be a good way to honor him.

The meal costs $5, with proceeds benefiting both the North Lawrence Improvement Association and Midland Care. For more information on the neighborhood garage sale, including a map of all the participating sales, visit northlawrencekansas.com.

Native plant sale

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Customers shop at a previous native plant sale sponsored by Grassland Heritage Foundation. This year’s sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2019, on the Trinity Episcopal Church lawn 1011 Vermont St.

The Grassland Heritage Foundation will be hosting its seventh annual native plant sale from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St.

The sale will feature more than 50 species of locally grown native plants such as asters and coneflowers. There will also be more unusual native flowers and grasses. The plants are guaranteed to be free of neonicotinoid insecticides, which can harm bees or pollinators, according to a news release from Kim Bellemere, GHF’s education and membership coordinator. Plus, experts will be on hand to offer assistance to those who need help in deciding what plants might work in certain locations.

The GHF is a grassroots organization working to preserve prairies in eastern Kansas through education, stewardship and land protection. All proceeds from the sale will be used for prairie preservation and education efforts.

Busker Ball

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Linsey Lindberg, performing as Strong Woman Mama Lou, flexes her muscles at the Busker Festival in downtown Lawrence on Friday, May 25, 2018. Before this year’s festival begins on May 24, 2019, the Lawrence Arts Center is offering a sneak peek at the festival’s performances at its Busker Ball, scheduled for May 23.

Get a sneak preview of the 12th annual Lawrence Busker Festival at the Lawrence Arts Center’s Busker Ball on Thursday, May 23.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., with an exclusive stage show from the Busker Festival performers. After the show, guests can mingle with the buskers at an informal meet and greet, according to the Arts Center’s website. Tickets are $5.

The festival proper begins the next day, May 24, and will be the first Busker Festival with an all-female lineup. For more information on the festival, visit lawrencebuskerfest.com.

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