Puppets to appear at Lawrence library
The Clement McCrae Marionette and Puppet Co. will appear from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
The puppet show will open with the marionettes performing circus tricks to music. Sugar Plum Fairies will dance to classical music, while other puppets and marionettes will dance to Charleston, swing and sock hop music. A hillbilly band, belly dancers, clowns and a mariachi band with hat dancers also may appear.
The Kansas City-based company is known for performing in cabaret style in full view of audiences, but the puppeteers also use rod puppets and hand and mouth puppets worked from behind the stage.
The event is free.

Shimomura showing works in Seattle
Roger Shimomura, Kansas University art professor, is showing a number of his paintings at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle. The show opens today and runs through Dec. 30. For more information, check out the gallery's Web site,

Spencer Museum lists holiday activities
The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art will have its Winter Holiday Celebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum. The schedule includes: crafts for all ages, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Clanna Eireanne Irish Dancers, 1:40 p.m.; winter tales by storyteller Priscilla Howe, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; photos with Santa, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; African dance group, 2:15 p.m. Cookies and drinks will be served.

Children's Holiday Shop this weekend
The Lawrence Arts Center and Hearts for the Arts will present the annual Children's Holiday Shop from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday for members and special guests and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the general public. During the event, children can shop for presents for their parents, friends or pets. The gift items, donated by several Lawrence businesses, range in price from $1 to $5.


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