This weekend in the Lawrence area: outdoor activities, book sales, music, Earth Day events and more | News, Sports, Jobs

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Friends of Lawrence Public Library Board Member Sue Hopkins stocks the shelves for the Friends Spring Book Sale Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the library, 707 Vermont St.

Events this weekend in the Lawrence area include Earth Day celebrations, farmers markets, a book sale, gardening, live music, disc golf, a 5K trail run panoramic and more.


• Spring Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. (Sale entrance on the Kentucky St. side of the library.) All books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks at $2 or less. All proceeds support library programs and services. The sale continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• The Lawrence Arts Center will be holding a pop-up moving sale at its satellite location – Studio 840, located at 840 Delaware St. – from noon to 6 p.m. Furniture, books, drums, costumes, decorations and props will be on hand. .

• The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater performs at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive. Circus veteran Gregory Popovich and his entourage of jugglers and pets (many rescued from animal shelters) will perform their family show at 7 p.m. For more information on tickets, see

• The suspense thriller ‘The Girl on the Train’ opens this weekend at the Lawrence Theater, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, and runs until May 1. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2:30 p.m. See timetables and ticket information at


• Friends of Hidden Valley hold their annual Hidden Valley Labor Day, 1-4pm (rainy date Sunday, same time) at Scout Camp. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help with spring cleanup, mulching, planting, weed pulling and other projects. The group will meet at the site near Bob Billings and Kasold Drive; see for additional info.

• Join the Friends of the Kaw and their partners for the 8th Annual Kansas River Cleanup in Lawrence. Meet at the city parking lot at North Second and Locust Streets for Squad Assignments. Wear sturdy shoes that can get dirty and bring gloves and drinking water. RSVP requested to; contact [email protected] for any questions.

• A plant and seed exchange will be held at the Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper Street, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program is free and open to ages 18 and older; pre-registration not required.

• From 1 to 4 pm, Earth Day participants can participate in planting wildflowers at Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park. All ages and abilities are welcome; register on

• The Sustainability Science Fair will begin at 1 p.m. on the east side of South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. Booths will be available on solar energy, geothermal energy, electric vehicles, air quality, building insulation, recycling, green buildings and sustainable gardening. and more.

• The recent cold weather may have made you forget, but the Lawrence Farmers’ Market is now in full swing. Visit every Saturday morning, 7:30-11:30 a.m. at 824 New Hampshire St. Fresh produce, local cuisine, crafts and live music.

• The Westward Ho! 5K & 1K Fun Run starts at 10am on the historic Oregon-California Trail and Wesley Nature Trail. No streets or sidewalks on this course; runners and walkers can enjoy historic trails, mowed trails and scenic views. Meet at the West Campus grounds of First United Methodist Church at 867 U.S. Highway 40. Proceeds will be donated to Family Promise of Lawrence. See for more details and registration information.

• Community members are invited to participate in the Growing Together Garden Day, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, outside the Community Health Center at 200 Maine Street. Gardening tools will be available, but please bring your own if you have them.

• The Kansas Cannabis Coalition will hold its first Disc Golf Tournament fundraiser from 10 am to 3 pm at Centennial Park, 600 Rockledge Road. The event will feature a silent auction, vendor booths, local food for purchase and live music.

• 36th Annual Sunflower Piecemakers Quilt Guild Quilt Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., ORC Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St., Ottawa. Vendors, crafts, demonstrations and approximately 200 quilts on display. Live auction of miniature quilts at 2:30 p.m. Admission $3.

• The “Mindful Crafting: En Plein Air Watercolors” event, which had been postponed due to inclement weather, has been postponed to today. Meet for an outdoor painting session at Buford Watson Park (the “train park”), 727 Kentucky St., from 11 a.m. to noon. Supplies provided; compulsory registration at

• The Americana Music Academy presents a free Earth Day concert beginning at 4 pm at Trivedi Wine, 1826 East 1150 Road. No admission fees; Trivedi will donate 10% of its sales to Americana. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets.

• Lawrence Ballet Theater’s annual spring performance begins at 7:00 p.m., with a Sunday rehearsal at 3:00 p.m. Company members will perform live on the Main Stage at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Tickets for this family-friendly performance are available at


The North Lawrence Farmers Market kicks off the 2022 season at 9 a.m. Visit the market at 923 N. Second St. and Riverfront Road today and every Sunday through November. More info on

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