Your input needed

Ted would like the input of North Lawrence residents regarding the coronavirus and the return of students to the University this fall.

What do residents think the city and the county should do to protect Lawrence residents from possible exposure?

There is a new, unified command of the city, county and University, but it does not include the neighborhoods. We don’t know right now what the University plans to do to test, isolate, and control students who may be virus-positive.

Ted will be taking your ideas and talking to officials at the city and county level on behalf of residents in North Lawrence as well as working with the neighborhood association leaders in other neighborhoods.

Please email and/or for quickest response. Thank you!

September 2021 Potluck Picnic Postponed

Normally, we would gather as neighbors for our potluck picnic at the Lyons Park Shelter on the Second Monday of September. Out of an abundance of caution, we did not hold the event in 2020.

Now, due to rising numbers of Delta Variant cases in Lawrence and Douglas County, we are postponing the 2021 potluck picnic until October.

We will keep an eye on caseloads and transmission rates over the next few weeks and make a decision whether or not to hold the event in October, or whether we will cancel it entirely.

We do miss seeing everyone and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope you and yours are staying healthy and well.

NLIA Coordinator

2021 North Lawrence Garage Sales

We are happy to announce that the 2021 North Lawrence Garage Sales are this coming weekend, Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th, 2021

We did not hold official garage sales in 2020 or earlier this spring due to pandemic restrictions.

There are a number of neighbors participating this year, selling some really great items.

The map is here:

If you are reading this post on Thursday or Friday, and want to participate in the map, send an email to nliacoordinator at gmail dot com and we’ll get you on there.

Stay safe out there, and happy shopping!

No picnic and important updates

We are Sandrat Strong!

Didn’t get a postcard? Don’t worry. We didn’t send any out!

There will be no annual North Lawrence Improvement Association Picnic held in September of 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis.

Peace Mennonite Church does not plan to open their doors again until late fall, if at all, this year. So, NLIA monthly meetings are not going forward, either. Most residents we’ve talked with do not even feel comfortable meeting in person inside, even if we were to remain socially distanced. The board agrees that it is just too risky to meet in person.

Please email nliacoordinator at gmail dot com or give Ted a call at home if you have any specific neighborhood concerns or questions. You can find our contact information in previous newsletters. If you’d like to renew your yearly dues, you can mail or drop a check by to Ted or Alison.

We have also delayed the summer newsletter. We haven’t had anything to report, even though Ted has stayed busy helping Ballard Center and other residents of NoLaw. He’s also been communicating for a few months with City Hall and KU about neighbors’ concerns regarding the students returning to town.

We WILL be starting our Christmas collection for Ballard Center and our adopted families in October. We will do a stronger push on social media to remind people that we are still collecting for this year.

Ted also has NLIA merchandise and t-shirts for sale: the regular NLIA shirts and the new social distancing t-shirt are available. $2 of each t-shirt sale goes to Ballard Center.

We will keep you updated via this website and Facebook regarding the Cabin Fever Chili Supper in February. It’s likely this event will not happen, either. We will be keeping a close eye on the pandemic numbers.

We are happy to see that Uplift Coffee is doing a GREAT job serving our community safely, and that a new restaurant may be coming in at 3rd and Elm after the Levee closed. If you’ve got any other coronavirus crisis success stories to share, we’d love to hear them! And if you’ve got something extra, please remember that Ballard Center can always use financial help. Every dollar helps.

Stay safe and well, everyone. Hope to see you in 2021.

Registering to get a coronavirus test next week

A non-profit out of Johnson County will be testing Lawrence residents next week.

Residents are asked to sign up ahead of time at:

COVID-19 Testing

Excerpt rom Chad Lawhorn’s article on July 1st:

A Johnson County nonprofit is expanding its program to test asymptomatic people for the COVID-19 virus in Lawrence next week.

Lenexa-based Heart to Heart International will operate free testing sites for basically anyone in the community, Mark Gleeson, a Lawrence resident who works for the nonprofit told me.

It basically is the first real opportunity for large numbers of Douglas County residents to get a test. Unlike in other counties, there haven’t been mass testing sites, and you generally have had to show some symptoms before getting tested.

That won’t be the case at the Heart to Heart event. Gleeson said people who do have symptoms should stay away and get tested through their doctors. Others, though, should come to the site and try to ease any nagging worries that they maybe have the disease but haven’t had the symptoms.

“Knowledge is power, and information is good to have,” Gleeson said of the testing program’s aim.

The testing sites are scheduled to be open:

• 9 a.m. to noon July 8 (Wednesday) at the Union Pacific Depot, also known as the former Lawrence Visitors Center, 402 N. Second St.

• 9 a.m. to noon July 9 (Thursday) at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

• 9 a.m. to noon July 10 (Friday) at Billy Mills Middle School, 2734 Louisiana St.

All the locations will operate as drive-up testing sites. People will be allowed to stay in their vehicles, roll down the window and stick their nose out the window to receive the test, which will involve a swab deep into the nasal cavity. (This is not the antibody test.)

The full article can be found here:


Ted has been getting a lot of questions about whether or not we will be holding the annual neighborhood garage sale in May.

The answer is no.

The neighborhood garage sale will be POSTPONED until a date at which we feel it is safe again to hold public events. We do not know when this might be.

Safety of our residents and visitors is always a high priority for NLIA.

Thanks for understanding. Stay safe and well.

UPDATED Ballard Center Help

Ballard Center needs food donations right now. Staff have been buying supplies out of pocket.

Donations can ONLY be dropped off between 12 and 1pm, M-F. Please do not drop food off after hours. It will be stolen!

They are also looking for drivers to deliver food to neighborhood families who have kids that attend Ballard.

Staff are working on a logistics plan for food distribution.

UPDATE: We now do not know when/how the Harvesters food distribution will happen.


email with any questions

April meeting canceled

The April meeting of the North Lawrence Improvement Association is canceled in order to comply with current Health Department guidelines regarding group meetings.

We will also be reassessing our regular Spring neighborhood events in April and May in relation to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

Stay safe, everybody.



Shamrock hunt

Local teachers have created a game that people can play via Google Maps on Saint Patrick’s Day and the rest of the extended Spring Break week.

People can place shamrocks on their houses or in their yards and be added to the Google Map.

Participants can walk, drive, or ride around Lawrence and “check in” at each place on the map.

To participate, go to

to add your house.

If you cannot access the map, please email the NLIA coordinator with your approximate address (e.g. “look near the corner of 4th and Lincoln”) and Ill try to add you.