Walkabout/Talkabouts: KAW Council holds monthly walkabout/talkabouts: a chance to take a walk with old and new friends, exploring a particular place in our watershed and learning more about the other-than-human species among us. We also enjoy a potluck meal together, and often shares stories on a topic of interest related to the earth and sky. You are welcome to attend either or both the walkabout and talkabout on any of these dates. Great events for people of all ages. 

Thursday, 7:30 p.m. November 9: The Kansas Area Watershed Council presents an evening and reading with five Kansas Poets Laureate: Kevin Rabas, 2017-79; Eric McHenry, 2015-17; Wyatt Townley, 2013-15; Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-13; and Denise Low, 2007-09. Join us to hear poetry from each of the poets followed by time to visit, enjoy refreshment, and peruse the poets’ books.

Directions: The building is a little hard to find, hence all the description — you can find more at Our event will be in the Center for Design Research (CDR). Address is 2544 Westbrook Circle. Location west of Iowa street and east of Kasold Street: Take Bob Billings Parkway and turn south onto Westbrook Circle. Soon you will see the modern building with large glass wall, the Center for Design Research. Park were you can. The main entrance is at the end of a long ramp on the south side of the building. There is a handicapped entrance on the east side of the building. If you get lost, please call Ken at 785/843-0253. Landmarks are a large old barn (which houses KU ceramics) and an old stone house to the north (facing Billings Parkway) of the CDR building. This cluster of buildings is called the Chamney Barn Comples. The CDR is a green building with a living wall inside and many environmentally friendly features.. Check out the link above for more info on the building.

Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m. Walkabout/Talkabout: Greeting the Season with Gumption and Grace. It’s a hard season for many of us — the holidays can bring up all kinds of old stories and hard moments, and our season as a country is especially difficult to face these days. Come to a lovely afternoon of walking native prairie, perhaps scurrying up to Wells Overlook Park to see the larger view from the tower, then enjoy a potluck and discussion about how we find gumption and grace in these times. We meet at Ken & Caryn’s house at 1357 N. 1000 Rd., Lawrence, KS (directions: take Iowa St. south 3 miles from 31st and Iowa; turn left — you have to go right under the overpass to go left — and continue for 1/2 mile. Turn right into drive, and take west fork back. Wells Overlook is the first drive past our ours). Walkabout at 4 p.m./ potluck at 5:30 p.m. Children of all ages welcome.

Sunday, Jan. 7, 4 p.m. Walkabout/Talkabout: Annual Favorite Book Gala. Come walk, and/or join us for a potluck and discussion about our favorite book or books we’ve encountered over the last year. Bring any books (or articles) you wish to share a paragraph or poem from also if you like. 527 Lake St. in North Lawrence. Walkabout at 4 p.m./ potluck at 4 p.m.