Upcoming events include Final Friday art walk, Stan Herd retrospective, music, Sacred Rock project and more

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Crop art of country music star Jason Aldean, created by artist Stan Herd in rural Lawrence.


• Need to practice your Spanish conversational skills? KU graduate students from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will be on hand at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., from 6 to 7 p.m. for a “Conversation Table.” This event, held on alternating Thursdays through the semester’s end, will feature a different theme at each meeting. No registration required.

• The Watkins Museum of History hosts an online book talk at 7 p.m., “Victims and Varmints: Predator Control in the American West.” Historian Frank Van Nuys will speak on his book, which offers historical context for predator control policies ranging from eradication to recovery. See www.watkinsmuseum.org for more information.


• Need help filling out a food or rental assistance application? Volunteers from Hawks for Health are available noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. to help walk-in patrons with the paperwork. This program will continue at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.; see lplks.org for additional dates. No registration required.

• If you are looking to buy a piano, the Lawrence Arts Center is hosting a Kawai Piano Sales Event today, 4:30-9 p.m., in the center’s main lobby. Grand pianos, uprights and digital pianos will be available at a 5% discount, and part of the sale profits will be donated to the Arts Center. The sale continues Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

• It’s time again for the monthly Final Friday art walk. Exhibits and events around town include:

A retrospective by painter, muralist and earthworks artist Stan Herd, 5-9 p.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

5PRUNG: Group Exhibition and Open Studios, 6-9 p.m., SeedCo Studios, 840 Delaware St., No. 7

Local history exhibits, 5-8 p.m. at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., including “From Then to Now: A Student History of Haskell Indian Nations University”; “Creatures From the Vault: Animal-Themed Artifacts from the DCHS Collection”; and “Watershed: The Controversial Creation of Clinton Lake.”

HOME/COMING, 6-9 p.m., Art Love Collective, 646 Vermont St.

Exhibits by Anastacia Drake and Kevin Hobbs, with music by Ambarita Sidabutar, 6-9 p.m., Phoenix Gallery, 825 Massachusetts St.

Works to be offered at the 2023 Benefit Art Auction, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily until April 8; Lawrence Arts Center galleries, 940 New Hampshire St.

Paintings and drawings by Colby Allen Walter, 6-9 p.m., Be Moved Studio, 2 E. Seventh St.

Summit’s Steps Minerals grand opening at 806 Massachusetts St., 6-9 p.m.; drinks, snacks and live music from Mire Pral Guitar Duo.

• Mary Baker & Friends present their 50th cabaret show at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. The performance features songs from Broadway, movies and more. Tickets are $15 general admission; check lawrenceartscenter.org for availability.


• Plant a tree today at the Little Prairie Donation Garden on Nigel Drive (just off Peterson Drive and north Iowa Street). In partnership with the Giving Grove, the community orchard will plant 22 more fruit trees from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages are welcome at this educational, family-friendly event.

• The Community Children’s Center is hosting an Early Childhood Family Resource Fair, 10 a.m.-noon at Kennedy Elementary School, 1605 Davis Road. Free family activities, food and drink and the chance to connect with community resources and support. Open to all Douglas County residents.

• April Fool’s Day is a good day for some tall tales. Drop by the Raven Book Store, 809 Massachusetts St., between 1 and 3 p.m., to visit with Iris Craver, author of “Do Lizards Have Lips?” which is based loosely on life in a small Kansas town.

• Piano fans will enjoy “The Magical, Musical, Mystery Show: A Multi-Piano Concert,” 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Local piano students of all levels will take the stage and play popular, jazz and classical music. Tickets are $5.

• Everyone is invited to a presentation by the Iⁿ’zhúje’waxóbe / Sacred Red Rock Project at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., at 3 p.m. Come learn about the rock, pick up a free activity guide and then join the group in a visit to Robinson Park. See sacredredrock.com for more information.


• The Restoring Our Landscapes Community Group meets from 11 a.m.-noon in Meeting Room A at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. The group works to connect people with resources on restoration ecology, native plants and more. No registration required; all are welcome.

• Kids of all ages are welcome at “Let’s Fly a Kite,” 2 p.m. at Dad Perry Park, 1200 Monterey Way. No registration; kites are provided. Sponsored by Crown Kids Fishing Club, Lawrence Parks and Recreation, Lawrence Lunch Optimists and Outside for a Better Inside.

• The Sunrise Project offers its first open mic of 2023 this from 2-4 p.m. All are invited to perform and enjoy a variety of expressions in a supportive space, 1501 Learnard Ave., Ste. E.

• Another multi-piano concert, this time with KU pianists, will take place at 3 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. The musicians will perform pieces for duo piano and multi-piano ensembles. This free program is open to all, and at 35 minutes long, it’s suitable for families and pianists of all ages.

• The music behind video games has evolved over the years, and self-described “music nerd” Joel Bonner will lead listeners through the tunes in “Video Game Music: A Tech Evolution” from 3 to 4 p.m. From the early beeps of Pong, to the full orchestrations of recent games, Joel will talk about the tech that made it all possible. Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St.

• Nora McInerny, host of the podcast “Terrible, Thanks For Asking,” will present a reserved seated show at 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Author and self-described “reluctant grief expert” McInerny will discuss the risks and rewards of being honest about what we’re facing, whether it’s depression, anxiety, internet doomscrolling or unexpected laughter. Tickets still available at libertyhall.net.


• Stargazers are welcome to join the Astronomy Associates of Lawrence for “PlanetPalooza,” 7:30-9 p.m., on the top floor of the Vermont Street parking garage (next to the Lawrence Public Library, 700 block of Vermont). Club members will lead the viewing of Venus, Mars, the almost-full Moon and the Orion Nebula. Dress for the weather; all ages welcome; no registration required.


• Effective communication strategies for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia will be presented at a workshop, from 6 to 7 p.m., presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter. Please register online at lawrence.bibliocommons.com to reserve your spot at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.


• The Oak Hill Cemetery Potter’s Field Community Remembrance Project invites the public to attend a “History Harvest” on the topic of the potter’s field, which was used from 1865 to 1917 for the unmarked burials of unknown, unclaimed remains or for those who could not afford burial. The project is collecting stories and materials on the field and those buried there. Stories will be shared 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Sound + Vision Studio of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. A presentation on the geophysical survey and research results will be given at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the library auditorium and can also be viewed on Zoom; see lawrence.bibliocommons.com for more details and a Zoom link.


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