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A family affair: Foxy By Proxy pull together to stage annual Halloween Hextravaganza

Foxy By Proxy is a family, its members say — a kooky, demented clan of “weirdos.” Gathered around the fireplace at Frank’s North Star Tavern, the Lawrence-based burlesque troupe’s de facto headquarters, five of the group’s 16 members are discussing costumes for their upcoming Halloween Hexstravaganza. It all looks a bit like a strange family portrait.

Kansas City Connection: Halloween happenings in KC

Halloween is on a Friday this year, something that hasn’t happened since 2008 and 2003 — years in which I threw parties where my guests and I consumed cigarettes, pumpkin ales and peanut butter cups until we probably looked like prematurely rotted jack-o’-lanterns. I’m a more relaxed, health-conscious family man these days, so this column will include a mix of family events as well as a few slightly more debaucherous options.

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Today in Lawrence: Warm weather and fall activities

Today in Lawrence: Don't let the warm weather fool you! There are several Halloween-related activities (and music and charity events) this weekend!

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Today in Lawrence: Morning rain and afternoon sun; nursing and nomads; heart of emotions

Today in Lawrence: Morning rain and afternoon sun; presentation talks about nursing and nomads; the heart of emotions

Garden Variety: Easy-to-grow sweet potatoes

Lawrence area educators, farmers and businesses are teaming up to celebrate a vegetable worthy of a month-long party: the sweet potato.

Style Scout: Graham Hosking

Describe your style: I like to be colorful and I don’t care what anyone thinks. Also, I don’t usually match! I just do whatever.

Style Scout: Amy Santoferraro

Describe your style: My friends have noted that I look like a playground.

Fashion Column Twins: Comfortable fall looks

As the weather outside gets cooler, one thing comes to mind: comfort. There is nothing better than curling up with a warm blanket on a cool fall day, right? So who wants to be in something uncomfortable and cold? Not me!

Spooky-fun Halloween activities lined up for kids, adults

Halloween isn't just for trick-or-treating, though there's plenty of that around town, too. Take a look and you'll find plenty of spooky events on the calendar from now right up to the big day for children and adults alike. Here, we've rounded up a few of the most intriguing Halloween-y activities going on in Lawrence. There's more where these came from — check out our events calendar for more spooky, scary ideas.

Critter Buzz: Holidays pose dangers to pets

It’s the start of the holiday season — the time we get out our decorations and prepare for great merriment and frivolity. Whether it be the sugar rush of Halloween, the excess of food at our Thanksgiving meals or all of the sparkle and beauty of the Christmas tree, the holidays can spell trouble for our animal companions.

Cooking from Scratch: Easy popcorn balls a treat from Halloweens past

These really are, as the recipe card my mom read to me over the phone proclaims, “Easy Popcorn Balls.”

Fix-It Chick: Repair damaged stucco

Repairing large sections of damaged stucco is a time-consuming multistep process. With the right tools and some due diligence, the “hole” problem can be easily cured.

Megan on the Move: A working relationship

You hear people say all the time that marriage is “work” and that you have to “take time for date night” and all that business. And it seemed to me that if you are manufacturing time to go on dates or working at loving your spouse or penciling in romance, the whole thing is a lost game before it even started.

Off the Beaten Plate: Korean BBQ Short Rib Tacos at Quinton's Bar & Deli

What started as a temporary addition to the menu has now earned a permanent spot at Quinton’s: The Korean BBQ Short Rib Tacos.

Vaudeville-inspired 'Amazing Feats of Loneliness' comes to Arts Center

Just in time for Halloween, the Lawrence Arts Center, in conjunction with the Card Table Theatre, is slated to stage "Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness" starting Oct. 23 at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

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Today in Lawrence: Royal weather, game watching, yoga and author reading

Today in Lawrence: Royal weather, game watching, yoga at the Library and author reading at Liberty Hall

Bite Sighs: Midnight madness pumpkin pie

The season of pumpkin spice everything is here.

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Today in Lawrence: Royal day for baseball and tai chi

Today in Lawrence: Royal day for baseball, and maybe a tai chi lesson.

Kansas City Connection: Where to revel in the Royals

With standing-room-only tickets to the World Series home games going for upward of $700, your best bet for soaking up the championship atmosphere in Kansas City this week is a bar, restaurant or watch party.

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Today in Lawrence: Beautiful weather, tiny quilts, science for all

Today in Lawrence: Beautiful weather flirts with fall; tiny quilts are the subject of monthly meeting; KU brings science to all at the Lawrence Public Library.

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