Upcoming events include Final Friday, farm tour, Sustainability Science Fair and more

Greg Shipe takes Tim and Sarah Jackson, of Lawrence, on a ride through the vineyard Saturday at Davenport Winery in Eudora during the 2014 Kaw Valley Farm Tour.


The first Final Friday of the fall season offers art lovers the chance to visit galleries and other venues for exhibits, entertainment and refreshments. This month’s artists and venues include:

• “an endless trail of unresolved thoughts: Works by Madeline Brice,” 5-9 p.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St. The gallery will also be hosting “Shared See Level,” a group exhibition of local artists.

• Brian White Fall Solo Show, 6-9 p.m., Lou and Co Salon, 710 Massachusetts St.

• Close Up & Far Out by Alicia Kelly, 6 p.m., The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St.

• Art by Brandt Minden, 5-9 p.m., Curiosa Art & Object, 1904 Massachusetts St.

• Amy Bayless at Sierra’s Tailoring, 5-9 p.m., 820 New Jersey St.

• “Palimpsest III,” a multimedia interactive art performance from the Tristian Griffin Dance Company, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Tickets are required for this; repeat performance Saturday at 8 p.m.; see lawrenceartscenter.org.

• “Photographing the World: Bill Snead’s Legacy,” 5-9 p.m., Legacy Suites, 120 E. Ninth St.

• “Ready for the Future: Works by Aaron Storck,” 6-9 p.m., SeedCo Studios, 840 Delaware St., No. 7.

• James Caldwell, “A Face in the Crowd,” with live music from The Twangles, 6-9 p.m., Phoenix Underground, 825 Massachusetts St.

• Nicki Kehr’s “Wax Works” encaustic painting, Studio U-Nick-Orn, 5-9 p.m., 888 New Hampshire St.


• Looking for a family-friendly outdoor event? Interested in local agriculture? The 18th annual Kaw Valley Farm Tour takes place this weekend, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Organizers offer you the opportunity to visit 30 or more locations north and south of the Kaw River, including family farms, vineyards and wineries, alpacas, a “bee ranch” and much more. Stops on the self-guided tour are listed at www.kawvalleyfarmtour.org. Tickets are $10 per carload, good for both days.

• In observation of National Diaper Need Awareness Week, the Doulas of Douglas County and Healthy Blue organizations are pairing up to offer a drive-thru diaper distribution event for Douglas County families. Visit 346 Maine St. between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a diaper packet; first come, first served.

• The Lawrence Public Library’s “Booktoberfest” kicks off today with a month of events for readers, book nerds and those who love stories. Tonight’s “Haunted Stacks” event (7-9 p.m., 707 Vermont St.) is, unfortunately, sold out, but waitlist spots are available at https://lplks.org/booktoberfest/. More events will be coming up later this month.


• The first Sustainability Science Fair will be today, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. Information tables will be set up to share information on prairie restoration, solar energy, community-sponsored agriculture and other sustainability topics. First 50 attendees can receive a free shirt at the information booth.

• As part of the sustainability fair, the Lawrence Electric Vehicle Showcase will be happening in the northeast corner of South Park, 1140 Massachusetts St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain or shine). The Sustainability Action Network will join with several sponsors to exhibit up to 26 makes and models of electric vehicles. A brand new Gillig battery electric bus from Lawrence Transit and electric bicycles from Lawrence bike shops will also be on display.


• If you’d like to learn more about fungi, you will want to attend tonight’s book launch at the Lawrence Public Library. Authors Sherry Kay, Benjamin Sikes and Caleb Morse will present “A New Guide to Kansas Mushrooms” at 6:30 p.m. in the library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. The Raven Book Store staffers will be on hand for book purchases.


• Join Tenants to Homeowners this evening for a Free Homebuyers Workshop, 5-8 p.m., Lawrence Public Library. Staffers will share information on home buying, credit, loan types and more. Registration required at https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/62d1afa656762029001ff7b7.


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