Upcoming events include Souper Bowl, sports, music, astronomy and more

photo by: Contributed by the Lawrence Arts Center

This photo from the Lawrence Art Center's 2017 Souper Bowl Saturday event shows attendees viewing the handmade bowls for sale.


• All the pre-registration spots are filled for this afternoon’s Genealogy + Local History Spotlight, but people can join the waitlist at https://www.watkinsmuseum.org/event/genealogy-local-history-spotlight/. 4-5 p.m., Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.


• You can expend some of your football energy at today’s annual Souper Bowl event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Buy a handmade bowl and help support local arts education. Please see more details and sign up for a spot at https://lawrenceartscenter.org/event/souper-bowl/. Also check out ART FOR ALL: Souper Bowl: Potter’s Wheel Pattern & Prints, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; see https://lawrenceartscenter.org/event/art-for-all-souper-bowl-potters-wheel-patterns-prints/

• Ball at the Hall: KU vs. Iowa State, 11 a.m. at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts St.) and other screens. All ages welcome with supervision; no outside food or drink.

• The new gallery in town welcomes art lovers to the pre-opening of its Valentine’s Day market. Art Love Collective, 646 Vermont St., offers shopping with local artists 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

• The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee welcomes bowlers of all ages to Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa St., for this year’s tournament benefitting local charitable organizations. Registration at 11 a.m, bowling at noon; $100 for a team of four with fees for additional members; see lawrencestpatricksdayparade.com/bowling.html for registration details.

• Sweets to the sweet! Bring your little ones to the free cookie-decorating workshop at the Merc Co-Op classroom, 901 Iowa St., 1-3 p.m. Cookies, frosting and sprinkles provided, as well as Valentine’s Day coloring sheets. No registration required. One cookie per child, while supplies last.

• The KU Wind Ensemble will perform with special guest Mariam Adam, clarinet, tonight at 7:30 at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive. See lied.ku.edu for additional info.


• Fans of antique motorcycles will want to visit the Santa Fe Trail Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet today, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Building 21 of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St. This year’s theme is “Bikes of the Art Deco Era.” Entry fee is $5.

• The Bleeding Kansas Program Series holds its lecture today, 2-3 p.m. at the Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 319 Elmore, Lecompton. “The U.S. Army’s Response to the Unrest in Kansas, 1855-1861” is presented by Robert J. Smith. Open to the public; suggested donation $3 for adults.

• Spectators and participants are welcome at the barbering contest sponsored by Lawrence Magazine, eXplore Lawrence and Watson’s Barbershop, 3-8 p.m., Venue 1235, 1235 N. Third St., North Lawrence.

• The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee welcomes the public to the Irish Pub Quiz, 6 p.m., Abe & Jake’s, 8 E. Sixth St. Come test your knowledge of Lawrence, Ireland, current events and many more topics. Doors open at 5 p.m. $100 for a team of four; $25 for additional players. Register at https://lawrencestpatricksdayparade.com/pubquiz.html. Your participation benefits Cantemos Youth Chorale, O’Connell Children’s Shelter and Sunrise Project.

• An Evening with the Refugees, 7:30 p.m., 10th & Mass Studios. This American folk music trio will be celebrating the release of their new album. Tickets $25. See lawrenceartscenter.org for more details.

• Weather permitting, Astronomy Associates of Lawrence invite the public to a public viewing session of Comet C2022 E3 (ZTF), also known as the Green Comet. Join in at the Baker University Wetlands and Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road.


• Congressman Tracey Mann will hold a town hall, 8:30-9:15 a.m., at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. .


• Fans of dinosaurs and history will want to tune in to Museum After Hours: “The Monster’s Bones: How the Discovery of T Rex Changed our Culture,” hosted by the Kansas Historical Society. Author David K. Randall will speak on Kansas-born paleontologist Barnum Brown, who helped bring dinosaurs into the public imagination through his fossil-hunting work, changing the world of paleontology when he unearthed the first T Rex fossil. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. Register at Webinar Registration – Zoom or watch on KSHS YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/kansashistorical

• The Raven Book Store presents a Virtual Evening with Clarence Lusane, author of “Twenty Dollars and Change,” 7 p.m. Lusane will speak on social inequities linked to racist historical narratives. Free online event; registration required; see www.ravenbookstore.com for more information.


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