Upcoming events include art fairs, plant sales, flapjacks, music and more

It’s commencement weekend at the University of Kansas. The main ceremony happens at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. See commencement.ku.edu for details, maps, additional events and more. Sunday is also Mother’s Day; there are plenty of events, brunches, sales and restaurant specials in Lawrence. Other weekend events include an arts and crafts fair, live storytelling, fun B-movies, a prairie workday and more.


• More than 30 local artists, bakers, artisans and more will be at today’s “Spring for Handmade” event at Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., from 3 to 9 p.m., rain or shine.

• Baldwin City’s library at 800 Seventh St. is hosting the Friends of the Baldwin City Library Annual Spring Plant Sale. Vinland Valley Nursery is the sponsor of this fundraiser.

• Fans of bad movies should check out KPR’s Cinema a Go-Go at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Friday’s bug-themed double feature includes “The Black Scorpion” and “The Deadly Mantis,” both from 1957. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door.

• Real stories told by real people, live and uncensored – it’s the Free State Story Slam at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Social time is at 7 p.m., and the slam is at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 at the door. Ages 18+ recommended. Tonight’s theme: “Grand Slam.”


• KU’s Monarch Watch hosts a Spring Open House and Plant Fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garden tours, games, activities, monarch butterflies and caterpillars will all be on hand at 2021 Constant Ave. on KU’s West Campus. See monarchwatch.org/openhouse/ for details.

• Teknix Solutions is offering an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the north parking lot of Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive. Examples of acceptable materials include printers, microwaves, gaming systems, light fixtures, radios and small appliances. CRT televisions and monitors will be accepted for a $40 fee (cash only). More details, including a list of unacceptable materials, is available at https://lawrenceks.org/mso/electronics-recycling/.

• Volunteers are welcome at the Prairie Education and Restoration Workday at Prairie Park, 2811 Kensington Road. From 9 a.m. to noon, weather permitting, workers will be mentored by prairie experts as they remove invasive trees and plants. Please RSVP at https://forms.gle/T6a9ojRULf8HJCQb8.

• Registration is required for the Free Homebuyers Workshop. The staff of Tenants to Homeowners will lead a discussion on credit, homebuying, mortgage loans and more. A HUD-approved workshop certificate will be issued at completion. The workshop is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Sign up at https://tenants-to-homeowners.org/homebuyer-workshop/.

• It’s “Flapjacks at Black Jack” at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, 163 East 2000 Road. The event celebrates the second maple syrup rendering as well as the 20th anniversary of the park. Suggested donation is $10. Bottles of syrup from the historic maple grove will be available with the purchase of a membership.

• Little Prairie Donation Garden, on Nigel Drive (just off Peterson Drive and North Iowa Street), will welcome volunteer workers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist in planting hundreds of milkweed starts as part of a project to expand the native-plant areas of the garden. Come and go as you are able.

• The Lawrence Women’s Jam at Americana Music Academy, 1419 Massachusetts St., takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The jam welcomes women of all skill levels, musical genres and instruments, including voice. Bring songs to share or just jam along in a supportive environment.

• Support Lawrence’s youngest artists at the Elementary Art Show, 5-7 p .m. at S&S Artisan Pub & Coffeehouse, 2228 Iowa St.


• Interested in woodland gardens? The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence will hold a gathering about planning and planting native plants in a shade-garden setting from 1 to 3 p.m. at 1263 North 1100 Road.

• The Lawrence Public Library’s monthly Repair Studio is open from 2 to 4 p.m. at 707 Vermont St. Bring your broken, torn or not-working items and meet with a repair mentor to troubleshoot and experiment. No registration required.


• Nature therapy guide Shannon Gorres will present a workshop on Forest Bathing from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Gorres will cover guided meditation, the health benefits of nature and more. Meet at the auditorium for a 30-minute educational session; the group will then move outdoors.


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