Upcoming events include lots of music and outdoor opportunities, including fishing and Pooch Plunge

photo by: Mike Yoder

Angie Nordhus, of Lawrence, and her 18-month-old bloodhound Buford participate in the annual Pooch Plunge Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at the Outdoor Aquatic Center. It was the first time in the water for Buford.

This week is packed with variety of events, including music, wetlands photography, art, gardening, food preservation, books, fishing, street puppetry with a serious message, the annual Pooch Plunge and more.


• Lawrence Opera Theatre returns to the Lawrence Arts Center after a 10-year absence to present an “Opera Gala,” featuring music from some of the best-known operas and musicals. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Cost is $15-$20. See lawrenceartscenter.org for details and tickets.


• Join photographer Patrick Emerson for an exhibit and reception at 4 p.m. celebrating the wetlands and Emerson’s decades of work creating images of the area. The event is at the Baker University Wetlands & Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. See https://www.facebook.com/events/625672672111987/ for additional info.

• “The Silent One: The Moritat of George the Snail – Climate Crisis Street Opera,” runs Friday through Sunday and features music, acting and puppetry in telling the story of climate crisis and species extinction. Each day will have three performances at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Art Emergency, 721 E. Ninth St. Donations accepted. See https://www.facebook.com/2022silentone or https://www.explorelawrence.com/event/the-silent-one%3A-the-moritat-of-george-the-snail-climate-crisis-street-opera/21268/ for details.


• Garden Work Day, 7:30 a.m., 2141 Maple Lane, North Lawrence. The public is invited to lend a hand to Limestone Community School as it expand its garden with more beds.

• Third Annual Jayhawk Open Disc Golf Tournament, registration 8:30 a.m., tee 9:30 a.m., Centennial Park. This is a Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned singles tournament, presented by KU’s Disc Golf Club. See https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/3rd_Annual_Jayhawk_Open_2022.

• The monthly Open Air Outdoor Art Market kicks off this morning at 9 and continues until 2 p.m. at Art Emergency, 721 E. Ninth St. See https://www.explorelawrence.com/event/open-air-art-market/16075/ for details.

• Mother Earth News will be offering Self-Sufficiency Saturdays every second Saturday of the month from August through December. Learn the safest and healthiest techniques for saving the best of summer’s bounty at today’s workshop, “Preserving Your Harvest,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. For details, see https://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/self-sufficiency-saturdays/.

• The Second Saturday Book Sale gets underway at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks are priced at $2 and under. See https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/61ddae2b33f5d02800a5e5ff for sale details.

• The Douglas County Libertarians are hosting an adopt-a-highway work session on a two-mile stretch just south of Lawrence. Meet at Wells Overlook Park at 1 p.m. for a two-hour stint. Bags will be provided; participants are recommended to wear boots and work gloves.

• Bring the family to Catch and Release Fishing at Z&M Twisted Vines Vineyard’s pond, 24305 Loring Road, 2-5 p.m. All ages welcome; admission and all equipment provided at no cost; drinks and food available for purchase onsite. See https://zmtwistedwines.com/event/catch-release-fishing-at-zm-twisted-pond-12/ for additional details.

• Lawrence Opera Theatre returns tonight for “Night of Living Composers,” a presentation of vocal music by musical creators both established and new. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Cost is $15-$20. For more details, see https://lawrenceartscenter.org/event/lawrence-opera-theatre-presents-night-of-living-composers/.


• Back to School Haircutting Event, 9 a.m.-noon, Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, 2910 Haskell Ave. Haven for Haircuts is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club for its second annual back-to-school haircuts. Licensed stylists and barbers will be volunteering their time and expertise for this community event. It includes all hair types, and lunch will be provided. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1000282050644012/ for details.

• Relax outdoors this evening as Elizabeth Egbert Berghout, University of Kansas carillonneur, performs at the weekly Concert at the Campanile, 5-6 p.m., Memorial Drive, KU campus. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

• “Lawrence Opera Presents: Anything BUT Opera,” 7-9 p.m., Circle S Ranch, 3325 Circle S Lane. General admission is $10; bring lawn chair/picnic blanket. Enjoy vocal music in the non-opera genres as singers explore such diverse artists as Olivia Rodrigo, Billy Joel, Pentatonix, Annie Lennox, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Queen, Adele and more. See https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XmeXyT5LPkEkQXzRVT_uH_UFQbDFIikY/view for more information.

• As of this writing, seats were still available for Melissa Etheridge: One Way Out Tour, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. See https://libertyhall.net/live-events/upcoming-events/melissa-etheridge-8-14-2022 for ticket information and COVID restrictions.


• At summer’s end, local dogs get the chance to swim before the outdoor pool is drained. Registration is open for the annual Pooch Plunge, 4-7 p.m., Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Kentucky St. Dogs must have proof of current vaccinations. More info at https://lawrenceks.org/2022/07/26/registration-open-for-parks-and-recreations-pooch-plunge/.


• Interested in community gardening in underutilized public spaces? Learn about the Common Ground gardening program at this morning’s tour of the Common Ground Incubator Farm, 9-10 a.m., John Taylor Park, 200 N. Seventh St. Registration required and spaces fill fast; see https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/62e8329e9309ca41006b53a6.


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