Upcoming Clothes Swap

Hi everyone:
Just wanted to touch base on a couple of things and share some good news - the clothing swap is scheduled!  It's been super busy around here but the date is finally set and you can start getting your stuff ready to swap!
First and foremost - thank you to all of the volunteers who helped at the toy swap in Feb.  We have absolutely the best volunteers out there!  I am always so amazed and delighted that you are so willing to chip in and help out with our projects.  What a great group!  We had a somewhat small response to the toy swap but a lot of toys were brought in and traded and re-purposed.  A couple of local non-profits were also able to gather a few toys and books for their organizations.  A big thank you goes to Lauren Reinhold for all of her hard work and planning!  Thanks Lauren - you are fantastic!
Listed below is information about the Meat Out being held at the Lawrence Public Library on March 20th.  If you want to learn more about a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle this is the place for you.  They will have speakers, kids activities and a cooking demonstration by our good friend JoAnn Farb.
Don't forget the next Science on Tap presentation on Tues, March 23 hosted by the KU Natural History Museum and Freestate Brewery.  This month's topic is DIY Science: Tap into the Sun and Lower Your Energy Bill.  Go to www.freestatebrewing.com or http://www.nhm.ku.edu/Hdocs/WhatsNew.html for more info.
Finally, the spring Clothing Swap will be help on Sunday, April 11th from 1:00 - 3:00 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  Early check-in will start at 12:30.  The guidelines will be more or less the same as last fall with a few small exceptions.  I'll email those out in the next few days. We're hoping to make this swap even better than the one last fall!  Of course we are looking for volunteers to help the day of the event so if you are interested, please let me know.  All volunteers will be able to shop before we open the doors (we should have have some good stuff ahead of time) and throughout the swap.  Also, if you can't attend the event or volunteer the day of but want to be involved in some way, we can still use your help.  The planning process is pretty simple but we have a few small tasks that will need to be completed.  Mostly phone calls, making signs (we have the supplies), and helping get the word out.  If you have an hour or two to contribute, please let me know and we'll put you to work.  Also, we're looking for clothing donations to have at the swap when it starts.  If you can't attend but want to donate, please email me.  We'll also take donations from organizations, individuals, whoever.  The same guidelines apply (clean, wearable, etc.).  Last fall one school donated their old Lost and Found items (six trash bags full!) so your kids' school might be a great place to ask.  And, just like last fall, all left over items will be donated to an area non-profit. 
Thanks so much for your help and support!  Looking forward to a great spring swap!
Lawrence Meat Out Event, March 20, 2:30 - 5:30, Lawrence Public Library.
Come and be INSPIRED!  Let the first day of spring be YOUR new beginning.  Learn how delicious, it can be to eat healthier, reduce your carbon footprint, and be more compassionate all at the same time. 

There will be a mini film festival with shorts that will educate you on how diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can be reversed or prevented without drugs or surgery.  Filmmaker Mark von Schlemmer will kick things off with a showing of his short film, "Ahimsa" followed by a question and answer period.  Following that will be films that will give you information that could save your life or the lives of those you love. plus a short interview with a Rutgur's law professor that will open your mind and your heart. The film festival will break at 3:30 for a live cooking demonstration with author JoAnn Farb.  She will demonstrate how easy (and inexpensive) it is to make your own fresh raw almond milk, show you how to make an wonderful sandwhich filling from chick peas that is extremely rich in iodine (and might be just what your thyroid is needing to get it going) and will share some tasty tofu basics.  Of course there will be ample samples for all attendees.

At the back of the room there will be activities for children, a buffet table full of food samples to try, and recipes to pick up -- and there will be plenty of choices for those looking for dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free or nut-free!

Everyone is welcome to enter their name into the free drawing for a chance to win some wonderful books that have been donated.

You can either drop in for a few minutes or plan to stay for the whole time. 


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