• Thank you to all the hard-working volunteers, organizations, participants, and vendors
who made the 71st Annual Halloween Festival a huge success! Despite the cold, 40,000 people came to the Street Fair on Saturday and everyone had a great time. Looking forward to next year’s festival already!
• The Raise the Roof Music Festival will be held Nov. 4 from noon-4 p.m. at the Zion United Church of Christ gym, on the southwest corner of S. Post and E. Troy. Great acts like the Good Time Singers, barbershop quartets, and church music groups will be on hand. Tickets are $5 at the door; get $1 off with a canned good donation for the food pantry.
• Are you low income and need winter energy assistance? Afraid you won’t have the funds to pay your heating bill? The 2017 Energy Assistance Program is taking applications through several agencies, including the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Edna Martin Christian Center, City of Lawrence, the John Boner Neighborhood Community Center, and all the township trustee offices. Call 211 to make an appointment or find out where you can apply.
• Bernadette and Maria Dufours, the lovely ladies that brought you all sorts of good eats in Irvington at Dufours, have written a memoir, “Blessings in Our Soup.” Find out that laughter and love were a big part of their recipes. To get your copy, e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
• The BMV will be closed for Veteran’s Day Nov. 11 through Nov. 13. They will reopen Nov. 14.
• SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Jack Eichacker Memorial Soup Supper will be held Dec. 9 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at 111 S. Downey Ave. This is a soup supper where people donate pots of their favorite soup recipes and you buy a ceramic bowl that you can then fill with soup. Proceeds go to support the HOPE Fund, a nonprofit that provides mental health counseling for low-income individuals. If you’d like to donate a big pot of homemade soup or contribute in any other way, contact them at 317-356-4037.
• Next weekend, there is an interesting free nature class at Eagle Creek Park on the far westside, “How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun.” The class is on Nov. 11 from 1:30-2:15 p.m. and starts with sharing the Native American tale, followed by information about the animals in the story and you’ll get to meet spiders. The program is free with park admission and meets at the Earth Discovery Center. Eagle Creek is located at 5901 Delong Rd.
• There will be a Spades Park Music Jam Nov. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 6 p.m. Musicians of all abilities are encouraged to bring their unamplified instruments for a free jam session. Bring sheet music! The Spades Park Branch is located at 1801 Nowland Ave.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 5 at 2 a.m. — Time to Fall Back!