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Holiday Music Wrapup: Baker, KU, Lawrence Civic Choir to perform annual concerts

Caroling, sleigh bells and family singalongs are a part of the holiday tradition. The Lawrence area offers a variety of live performances to help you celebrate the season. Concerts from the Lawrence Civic Choir, Kansas University and Baker University are just a few of this year's highlights.

Post-Thanksgiving weekend boasts plenty of fun, family-friendly events in Lawrence

After a full day of family and food, it's easy to experience a bit of a letdown once the big Thanksgiving feast has ended. Consider venturing outside — there is a lot to do and see in Lawrence this weekend. We've included a few options here to get you started. For more ideas, check out our online event calendar.

Lawrence Arts Center to exhibit work of late KU professor Nick Vaccaro

The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., will open an exhibit of mixed-media work by Nick Vaccaro with a reception on Monday from 7 to p.m.

Garden Variety: Curious about cranberries

Cranberries, or something that vaguely resembles the shiny red fruits, will grace many holiday tables this season, but few people know how the fruit earned its place of honor at the harvest table.

Cooking From Scratch: Candied orange peels an easy, sweet holiday treat

Amidst the flurry of sugar cookies and peanut butter balls that get made over the holiday season, I always find a few moments to sneak in a batch of what is perhaps my favorite Christmas candy of all: candied orange peels.

Annual Organ Vespers Concert to deliver music from the 'heart'

Music, much like the holiday season, can conjure up a lot of emotions for many people. It has the power to make us happy, make us reflect and make us dance. Tandy Reussner hopes to create a similar effect Dec. 14 at the 18th annual Organ Vespers Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church. This year's theme is "Stirring the Heart at Christmas," and features a program of modern and traditional Christmas tunes.

Style Scout: Elaine Booth

Tell us a secret: When people see me at first glance, they do not realize that I’m really athletic. So, I think people are kinda shocked that you can be artistic and athletic.

Style Scout: Andrew Damgaard

Describe your style: It’s kind of retro and spiffy. I like argyle, rolled-up jeans, Chuck Taylors and stuff like that.

Megan on the Move: Over the holidays, know when to walk away

Once I was asked to speak to a women's group about how a busy working mom survives the holidays. I laughed. Why were they asking me? I don't survive them. What I do is more like ignore them.

Fix-It Chick: Controlling packrats

Neotoma Floridana or eastern woodrats, commonly referred to as packrats, are one of the more challenging pests for homeowners and mechanics alike.

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Today in Lawrence: Winds are back; see a movie or jam with friends

Today in Lawrence: Winds are back; see a movie at Liberty Hall or jam with friends at Gaslight Gardens.

Bite Sighs: Pumpkin cranberry bread to take on the road

Not overly moist or crumbly as most pumpkin bread, this one is firm and slightly dense; studded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, it’s the perfect in-car take-along snack that won’t leave crumbs in the upholstery as you head over the river and through the woods.

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Today in Lawrence: Sun today, rain possible tonight; trash reminder; LAC Tuesday concert

Today in Lawrence: Sun today, rain possible tonight; trash reminder; LAC Tuesday concert

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Today in Lawrence: Windy day forecast; comic book legend at Wonder Fair; classical concerts

Today in Lawrence: Windy day forecast; comic book legend at Wonder Fair; classical concerts

Kansas City Connection: New barbecue joints worth making a pit stop

The “Kansas City as barbecue capital” narrative is nothing new, and you’ve seen it propagated in this column more than once. I’d put it to rest except that fantastic barbecue joints keep popping up in Kansas City, each with its own take on smoked meats, sauces and flavor combinations, as well as unique identities and dining environments.

Contest seeks sculpture designs for KU engineering building

Kansas University School of Engineering and A. Zahner Company will give one lucky student the chance to see their design as the inspiration for a new sculpture on the KU campus.

KU Jazz Ensemble to perform at Kauffman Center

Kansas University's Jazz Ensemble I and vocalist Deborah Brown will host an evening of big-band jazz Dec. 1 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.

Former Dole Institute director pens extensive Rockefeller biography

In the prologue of “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller,” the subject's longtime personal assistant Joe Canzeri compares him to a 16-slice pizza pie, with no one but his second wife, Happy, having access to more than three of four slices.

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Today in Lawrence: Rain, dancing and loads of laughs

Today in Lawrence: Rain, dancing and loads of laughs in store for this weekend in Lawrence.

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Today in Lawrence: Continued warming; marriage equality brown bag; Laugh it up at KU Hilarity for Charity

Today in Lawrence: Continued warming; marriage equality brown bag; Laugh it up at KU Hilarity for Charity

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