Today kicked off the Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market! It runs every Saturday - rain or shine - 7:30-11:30am at 824 New Hampshire. Masks required, no pets (except service animals). We were so stoked to stop by; can't miss grilling meats and sausage biscuits from Flory Farms, and baked goods from Peter's Family Farms. Keep an eye out for new vendors as well, there are 10 this year already!
Postponed: The Open Air Art Market in the Warehouse Arts District is postponed to 04/17 due to rainy weather.
KU Natural History Museum: Have you been curious as to why the Natural History Museum is still closed and when they will reopen? I reached out and they said they are aiming to reopen in May or early June! The continued closure is not pandemic-related, but rather an opportunity to complete repairs on the historic front stairs, remediate water damage due to February's deep freeze, and install some new exhibits. I'll be sure to post back when there's an reopening date! Additionally, if you kids interested in science, they are continuing to run some great virtual learning programs on Facebook and YouTube, periodically giving out free kits for hands on activities and experiments.
Fellow woman business owners and entrepreneurs; Lawrence Lady Boss Project just announced the first in-person networking event for the year! Mark your calendars for May 27, 6:30-8:30pm. The event will be held outdoors at Z&M Twisted Vines winery, with pop-up shopping, giveaways and more.
For kids ages 7-9: Kansas Land Trust is hosting a hiking event on April 18 1-3:30pm. From their event page: "The Kansas Land Trust invites young nature explorers ages 7-9 to discover the wonders of the Lawrence Nature Park during a two-mile hike led by naturalist and artist Sara Taliaferro. As we wind through this peaceful woodland, we will stop periodically to investigate rocky ridges and the gently flowing Baldwin Creek, while also observing flowers, fungi, birds and more. Participants will be provided with simple tools and instruction for natural journaling that will inspire them for future nature exploration. Thanks to the Douglas County Community Foundation, this event is free! Space is limited and registration is required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register."
West Lawrence: Got items to donate to Lawrence Habitat for Humanity ReStore but haven't made that appointment? Saturday April 17 they will be accepting donations from 10am-4pm at RBC Bank at 3300 W 6th St. They accept building materials, appliances, furniture, cabinets, and lighting.
Looking further ahead, on June 5 Lawrence and Douglas County Sustainability is partnering with Teknix Solutions for a county-wide drop off event for electronic waste items. For the full list of accepted items and more details see the Facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/1ykLKRoTi
Local business shout-out: I took my kids to Up & Away Play for the first time this past week, and they absolutely loved it! It's clean, currently limited capacity, and the perfect balance of being big enough for the kids to roam while still being able to keep an eye on them all at once. They can explore ball pits, slides, obstacle courses and more in the active area, or take a break and build with Magnatiles, a larger-than-life light brite, or realistic looking foam building bricks. Bonus: they serve espresso drinks, smoothies, beer and hard seltzer, and even a small menu of food and snacks! Highly recommend grabbing a coffee and letting the kids run chaos!