St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beekeeping tips and more upcoming events in Lawrence

photo by: Andrew White/Special to the Journal-World

The Lawrence St. Patrick's Day parade is pictured in this file photo from March 17, 2018.


• The 36th annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. in downtown and North Lawrence, with floats, musicians, Irish dancers and much more. It will begin at 11th and Massachusetts streets and head north over the Kansas River bridge and east along Locust Street. This year’s parade is a benefit for the Cantemos Youth Chorale, O’Connell Children’s Shelter and Sunrise Project. See for more details.

• Volunteers from Hawks for Health will be helping people apply for rental and food assistance from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

• If you didn’t get enough Irish music at the parade, Celtic ensemble Boys of the Prairie will be playing from 6 to 9 p.m. at Trivedi Wine, 1826 East 1150 Road, and they’ll do another show at 7 p.m. Saturday at S&S Artisan Pub & Coffeehouse, 2228 Iowa St. Also, Irish group Carswell & Hope will play at Lucia, 1016 Massachusetts St., at 10 p.m. Friday.


• Children and teenagers can stop by the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., all day to make some artwork with the Lawrence Arts Center’s “Art for All: Out & About” program. Participants can take their art home or have it displayed at the library.


• Sunrise Project will hold a garden prep day from 1 to 3 p.m. at 1501 Learnard Ave. Volunteers are needed to move wood chips and compost, organize tools and get beds ready for planting. The Sunrise Project’s cafe will be selling snacks and beverages as well.

• The KU Beekeeping Club will discuss the biology of bees, the dynamics of the hive and how to keep and support bees at 2 p.m. at the KU Field Station 350 Wild Horse Road. The club will also have freshly bottled honey for sale (cash only; bottles range from $15 to $25).

• Roger Boyd, professor emeritus of biology at Baker University, will give a presentation on birding at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive. Boyd, who is also the field trip chair for the Jayhawk Audubon Society, will discuss how to attract birds through feeders and landscaping.


• The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., hosts the Community Blood Drive from noon to 4 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but not required; get more information by going to and entering group code “TPU9.”


• “Girls Rule Robotics: A Robotic Adventure to Inspire Girls in STEM” is at 4 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. This hour-long workshop for ages 8 to 11 will feature introductory lessons in coding, engineering and problem-solving. Registration is required; visit for details.

• Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., hosts an all-ages karaoke night on the big stage starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free.


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