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July 23, 2010
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Below, you will find detailed information on the following events:

July 23 & 24: Unmask. Unearth: Discovering the Wetlands
July 26: Planning Commission Meeting
July 27: VEGLawrence Vegan Potluck
July 27: Farm to School Information Meeting
August 3-7: Volunteer Opportunity at the Douglas County Fair
August 4: Film Screening: The Next Industrial Revolution
September 11: Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair and Sustainable Housing Tour

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Friday and Saturday, July 23rd & 24th, 2010 (see below for times)
Unmask. Unearth.: Discovering the Wetlands
South Park, east side; The Percolator.

Unmask.Unearth is a collaboration between the Percolator, the Lawrence Youth Ensemble and artists KT Walsh and Laura Ramberg. The Lawrence Youth Ensemble has been working with teenagers over the last month and a half to write and perform a play about the Baker-Haskell Wetlands. The cast members have written a script that explores the history, natural environment, and future of the Wetlands in both a serious and lighthearted way.

On Friday, July 23 there will be an art opening at the Percolator about the Wetlands in conjunction with the performance. The show will include art by many community members including: children, professional artists, and wetlands enthusiasts. (Artists can still turn in Wetlands inspired art until the drop off deadline, July 19, 5-9 pm at the Percolator. Call or email 785-218-9507, to coordinate your drop off.)

The Lawrence Youth Ensemble and Laura Ramberg, an art teacher at the Juvenille Detention Center, have been leading theatre and maskmaking classes at the Detention Center that focus on the Wetlands. The students' masks will be used in the performances and displayed at the art show.

KT Walsh is creating a huge Wetlands-inspired backdrop for the Percolator performances.
So much art!!
Here are the dates!

UNMASK.UNEARTH: Discovering the Wetlands
JULY 23, Friday @ 6pm
THE LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (look for the green awnings in the alley behind The Lawrence Art Center)
Art show opening
JULY 23 and 24, Friday and Saturday @ 7pm
Performances by the Lawrence Youth Ensemble
These projects are made possible by the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund and Cans for the Community.

Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:30pm
Planning Commission Meeting
City Hall, Lawrence

We have a very important meeting coming up next Monday, July 26th at 6:30 PM at City Hall.

The 3rd draft of the Northeast Sector Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission for their approval. Your attendance at this meeting would be very helpful to support the efforts that the planning staff has put into this process. CRP's concerns have been well incorporated into this 3rd draft document.

A "Question and Answer" document has also been prepared by the planning staff. It is well worth a read. It puts to rest many of the questions and faulty assertions put forward at the last Planning Commission meeting on May 24th.

It can be found at: ments/NortheastQandA.pdf

If you have the opportunity to make your way to City Hall next Monday evening it would serve Grant Township and Douglas County a great service. So, dust off your CRP pins and join us in this public engagement opportunity. Head count matters!

Also, if you are not able to attend this important meeting you can send written comments to: Dan Warner
Comments must be received by 10 AM on Monday, July 26th.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 6pm
VEGLawrence July Vegan Potluck
Broken Arrow Park, 31st and Louisiana

Join VEGLawrence for a Vegan Potluck.

We usually meet at ECM on the KU campus, but they are in the middle of remodeling this summer. So our July potluck will be at Broken Arrow Park. Last month we reserved the big shelter, but it cost 30.00. So this time we’re going to take pot luck (so to speak) and not reserve a shelter. There are three shelters at that park and it will be a week day, so we should be able to get one of them. Please bring your own plates and utensils. I’ll get there early and hang up some colorful flags so we can find each other. There is a playground for the kids and restrooms.

Being vegan helps heal the earth, saves the lives of animals, improves health, and helps to bring peace and nonviolence to the world.

Fun, food, and friends: VEGLawrence vegan potlucks are here to provide a way to get together to share friendship, food, recipes, information, and good times. Everyone is welcome. It is sponsored by Animal Outreach of Kansas (AOK).

Find out more at: Facebook and at the AOK website, .

Hope to see you there, Judy Carman

Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 8:30am-3pm
Farm to School Informational Meeting
Kansas City Academy, 7933 Main, Kansas City, MO

Please join us for a day of learning and networking with Farm to School practitioners and others working to make Farm to School a reality in their community.

Farm to School brings healthy food from local farms to school children nationwide. The program teaches students about the path from farm to fork, and instills healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. At the same time, use of local produce in school meals and educational activities provides a new direct market for farmers in the area and mitigates environmental impacts of transporting food long distances.

The day will feature short presentations and plenty of time for questions and answers with food service directors, farmers, school garden leaders, distributors, and state agency representatives. A local, healthy lunch will be provided by Bistro Kids. A school garden tour will be provided by Kansas City Academy.

This workshop is sponsored by the National Farm to School Network Midwest Regional Lead Agencies, with planning support from Bistro Kids, the Kansas Rural Center, and University of Missouri Extension.

When: Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Time: 9:00 to 3:00, with Registration at 8:30
Where: Kansas City Academy
7933 Main
Kansas City, MO 64114

Contact: Bill McKelvey, University of Missouri Extension: 573.882.3273
Mercedes Taylor-Puckett, Kansas Rural Center: 785.840.6202
Kiersten Firquain, Bistro Kids: 913.710.5171

To register:
For more information on Farm to School see:

Tuesday-Saturday, August 3-7, 2010, 5-10pm
Volunteer at the Fair: Douglas County Food Policy Council Booth
Douglas County Fairgrounds
The Douglas County Food Policy Council (FPC) will have a booth at the County Fair to talk about our local food system and increase awareness about the FPC and their work. They need to staff the booth from 5 PM - 10 PM, Tuesday August 3rd thru Saturday, August 7th and need volunteers.
The booth will be mostly interactive for the fair-goers, but there will be information and freebies to hand out. The booth is indoors in the AC. The FPC will also be raffling off goodies from popular local businesses and restaurants like the Merc and the Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market. You do not have to be an "expert" on local foods or agriculture to volunteer, just bring a smiling face.

If you are interested in volunteering for a 2.5 hour shift anytime during the fair, please contact Nicole Tichenor at
For those of you not familiar with the Douglas County Food Policy Council, here is a synopsis of who they are and what they hope to do:
The Food Policy Council is an advisory council to the County Commission, established in September 2009.

The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system in Douglas County.

The FPC will serve as a forum for discussion and coordination for community-wide efforts to improve the Douglas County community’s access to local food supply and distribution networks. Therefore, the FPC will focus on the following priority areas:

A. Economic development and entrepreneurial opportunities related to local food production and consumption

B. Improved health outcomes

C. Positive environmental quality impacts

D. Increased access to, and distribution of wholesome, local food

E. Support for local producers of sustainable food products

F. Identification, preservation, and/or sustainable development of local resources including soil, agricultural land, important breeds/cultivars, water, skilled labor, capital, and markets

G. Increased education and awareness on the part of Douglas County residents regarding the benefits of locally produced foods The Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system in Douglas County.

You can check on their progress at:

And join them on the Wellcommons site at:


Wednesday, August 4th 2010, 7-9pm
Film Screening: The Next Industrial Revolution
Liberty Hall. 644 Mass St. Lawrence, KS.


Films For Action will be teaming up with Karlin Family Farms to bring Lawrence a special event. At 7pm we will be screening the inspiring documentary "The Next Industrial Revolution," exploring the ecological design concepts of revolutionary thinker William McDonough.

Watch the trailer:

Then, following the film, guest speaker Warren Brush will be giving a presentation titled "Sustainable Vocations and Emerging Green Economies." Warren Brush lives in California and is the co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm and the founder of True Nature Design, a Permaculture consultation firm that works extensively in North America, Africa and other countries worldwide.

To find out more about his work please visit his websites at: - - - &


Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 10am to 4pm

Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair and Sustainable Homes Tour

Community Building, 115 W. 11th Street

The 10th Annual Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair and Sustainable Homes Tour will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of Lawrence Community Building, located at 115 W. 11th Street.

Hosted by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction and Recycling Division, the Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair provides an opportunity for energy efficiency and conservation organizations to reach the Lawrence market in a trade show setting. This event has grown to attract more than 600 attendees who enjoy learning from a variety of exhibitors including builders, architects, insulation experts, heating and cooling contractors, government agencies, non-profits and alternative fuel vehicle representatives.

Thanks for your help in making this the best Energy Fair yet!

Shawna Trarbach, Waste Reduction & Recycling Intern |
Public Works Department | City of Lawrence, KS
PO Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044
office: (785) 832-3030 | fax: (785) 832-3056




    JCCC’s Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate

    Start this fall in Lawrence!

    Course information for fall 2010

    HORT 245 - Commercial Crop Production, 3 credit hours

    This course is designed to familiarize Market Farmers with the plant materials and production of crops grown in the Market Farming industry. This course will help answer questions about varieties of plants to grow, establishment, growth, harvesting and post-harvesting of crop, varieties of plants to grow. Students will become familiar with different marketing options and good record keeping. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

    The course number for this class is: 83147

    This course taught by Stu Shafer is designed to introduce students to Market Farming. In this second year of the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate

    Dates/times: Tuesdays 8:30am-11:30am, August 24th-December 17th at the JCCC in Lawrence location, Lawrence Centennial School 2145 Louisiana Street. JCCC students use the south or west entrance.

    More about the certificate:

    Some of the classroom courses for the certificate are offered in Lawrence and the practicum is located at the K-State farm at 35230 W 135th St Olathe, KS 66061.

    Here is more information about the practicum:

    HORT 272 - Sustainable Agriculture Fall Practicum 2 credit hours

    Through practical experience complemented by lectures and discussions, students will gain exposure to a broad range of tasks facing the market farmer during the fall and early winter seasons. Practicum activities will integrate with other courses in this market farming certificate program. 7 hrs. practicum/wk.

    Course number for this class is: 83217, course meeting times: Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:50pm August 24th –December 17th.

    If you have questions about the Farm to Market Farming class, please call Stu Shafer at 785.691.5006. If you have questions about the Lawrence location, please call Loralee Stevens at 913.469.2750 or the site directly at 785.842.1157.

    If you would like general JCCC information you can always call 913.469.3803 or find additional courses and the admission application at


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