March ELNA Meeting

ELNA will meet again Monday March 6th from 7-9pm at New York School.  Items on the agenda can be viewed as they are determined here.

February ELNA Meeting — February 6th 2017

ELNA will meet in February of 2017 on Monday the 6th at New York School, in the library.  The primary item on the agenda is a presentation from City Planning, along with ELNA project heads Pam Blackburn and Phil Collison, on the North of Ninth ReZoning Project.  Organizers from the Food Truck Festival will also … Continue reading »

Hike Through History Update

All partners are pleased to announce that the Hike Through History project has received a grant from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area to support the installation of permanent outdoor signage along the Burroughs Creek Trail, to be installed by summer.  The complete press release with further details can be found here: HTH Press Release.

January ELNA Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again on Monday January 9th from 7-9pm at the New York School library.  Agenda items include: Holiday Fundraising Update, ReZoning Project update, Board Retreat, Fundraising in the new year.

Intersection Repair Update — Meeting 2/2/17

Friends and neighbors,   We hope your winter is going well and that you and yours are staying warm! After discussion, we have decided we are going to repaint the 10th and New Jersey intersection mural at another location in East Lawrence. We are still ironing out the details as to what that location is, … Continue reading »

New York Elementary MLK Chili Feed

New York Elementary’s Annual MLK Chili Feed Tuesday, January 17th, from 5-7pm In the New York School gym and cafeteria   All friends, family, neighbors are welcome. This is an all community event!   A free will cash donation will be collected at the door.   Chili (both meat and vegetarian), with sides, drinks, and … Continue reading »

Yart Sale 2017

Save the Date for the 2017 Yart Sale!   Everybody’s favorite neighborhood Yard and Art sale will return Saturday April 1st, 2017 from 8am to 2pm, to the New York School gym.  Put these too-cold-to-go-outdoors days to good use cleaning out your spaces — your basements and attics and spare rooms.  And save those rediscovered … Continue reading »

Downtown Grocery Store UPDATE

The Downtown Grocery Group would like us to share a FAQ document with our neighbors and friends.  You can find the Downtown Grocery FAQ here in PDF, or look for it in our next paper newsletter.  You are also invited to join the Downtown Grocery Facebook page

ELNA Board 2016-2017 final appointments

At last Monday’s ELNA meeting, Monday December 5th, the final board positions were appointed and officers selected.  Board Member Josh Davis (Penn St) stepped down from his position, allowing for both Jennifer Distlehorst and Mike Anderson to be appointed to the board.  Thank you, Josh, for your service and graciousness.  Welcome to the Board, Jennifer … Continue reading »

Adopt an Agency

Hello ELNA friends, About this time each year, ELNA facilitates an Adopt a Family project,  This year, in response to a different need in our community, ELNA has decided to Adopt an Agency instead. You may have read in recent media that Headquarters Counseling Center, right here in East Lawrence, located at 211 E 8th, … Continue reading »

ELNA Board Election Results Final Tally and Breakdown

Mike Anderson 39 Pam Blackburn 66 Phil Collison 65 Josh Davis (Penn St) 64 Joshua Davis (NY St) 44 Jennifer Distlehorst 39 Katherine Harris 59 Eric Jay 70 Johni Lacore 43 Chris Lempa 57 Dave Loewenstein 63 Timothy Morland 27 Catherine Reed 41 Cindy Suenram 53 KT Walsh 66     Break down: Aaron Paden, … Continue reading »

ELNA Board Election 2016 — Results

In order of most votes to least, the 2016-2017 Board is: Eric Jay, KT Walsh, Pam Blackburn, Phil Collison, Josh Davis Penn St, Dave Loewenstein, Katherine Harris, Chris Lempa, Cindy Suenram, Joshua Davis NY St, Johni Lacore, and Catherine Reed. The final position is tied. The resolution of that tie is pending discussion. We’ll keep … Continue reading »

Black Lives Matter in East Lawrence

November 1st, 2016 The purpose of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association is to facilitate understanding with the City of Lawrence and Douglas County; to maintain and enhance living conditions; to foster communication in East Lawrence and to maintain good relations amongst neighbors, businesses, organizations and other neighborhoods in Lawrence. In alignment with this purpose, The … Continue reading »

ELNA Board Elections 2016 — Candidates for the Board

At the November 14th 2016 ELNA meeting, 7pm at New York School, ELNA members will vote for the 2016-2017 ELNA Board.  Of these 15 candidates alphabetically listed below, 13 will be selected.  President Aaron Paden is required by the bylaws to serve on the ELNA Board for the coming year, for a total of 14 … Continue reading »

November ELNA Meeting — Board Elections

Turn out and vote for your ELNA Board at our next meeting, Monday November 14th, 2016. The ELNA Board Election vote has been delayed one week from the usual first Monday of the month in deference to the General Election. The entire November ELNA meeting of November 14th will be turned over to election business, … Continue reading »

Block Party Thanks!

Thanks for coming, neighbors! So nice to see you!  Take a peek at the Block Party 2016 pictures.  And special thanks to these folks: Aaron Paden, Alicia Kelly, Beth and Jay Holley, Blue O’Leary, Brad Eldridge, Brad Gibson, Byron James and Christen Buie and Sugarfoot Detour, Cari Davis, Catharine Reed. Charlie Bryan and Lawrence Loop, Community Village Lawrence, Cottin’s Hardware, Dave Loewenstein, Diane Lehman. Emily Myers, Eric Farnsworth, Eric Jay, Eric Kirkendall … Continue reading »

Fall River Clean Up

A Fall River Clean Up has been tentatively scheduled for October 15th, with a rain date of November 5th.  Watch our enewsletter, our Facebook, and Work Day emails from ELNA for more details.  Are you on the Work Day email list?  Would you like to be?  If so, email and ask to be added. … Continue reading »

October ELNA Meeting

The next ELNA meeting will take place Monday October 3rd at 7pm at the New York School library.  It is at this meeting that all prospective ELNA Board Members are asked to declare their intention to run for election to the Board in November.  

ELNA Block Party!

Mark your calendars for our annual Block Party on Saturday September 24th from 5-9pm at Hobbs Park.  Potluck, live music, cakewalk, beer, and other stuff.  Wanna volunteer?  Email Lane

September ELNA Meeting

ELNA will meet again on Monday September 12th from 7-9pm at the New York School library.  The meeting is delayed from our usual first Monday of the month, due to the Labor Day holiday. Items on the agenda are to be determined, but will include Block Party Planning.    

August ELNA Meeting

the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association met on Monday August 1st from 7-9pm at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace.  Guests included Tyler Fike of the City of Lawrence Forestry Department and others.

Downtown Grocery Committee Update

  — Submitted by Janice Melland, DTGrocery core member, East Lawrence resident and DT business owner For the past 2-plus years  a core group of  8 to 10 people have met every week to discuss various ways to bring a full line affordable grocery store to downtown,  in order to address food desert issues affecting … Continue reading »

July ELNA Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again on TUESDAY July 5th 2016 (delayed one day from our usual first Monday, due to the holiday) at 7pm at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace.  The Makerspace is located at 512 E 9th.  Items on the agenda include an update from the Downtown Grocery group, a from Treanor … Continue reading »

Hike Through History Update

HIKE THROUGH HISTORY AT LPL AND ON THE TRAIL Panels for the Hike Through History Project will be at the Library at the end of  June along with these accompanying programs: A Hike Through History with Henry Fortunato THURS | Jun 16 |7-8:30 PM | Auditorium Get an advance peek at the Burroughs Creek Trail … Continue reading »

June ELNA Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again Monday June 6th 2016 at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace at 7pm. Agenda items include an update from the Intersection Repair folks and fundraising brainstorming.

River Clean Up Thanks

On a perfect spring Saturday morning over 40 neighbors, friends, relatives, and students met to spend some time in the woods down by the river on the north edge of our neighborhood.  We removed an enormous pile of trash in four hours and cleared honeysuckle vine from hundreds of feet of trail. Many thanks go … Continue reading »

Hike Through History

Have you heard about the Hike Through History project?  Folks have been at ELNA meetings talking about it.  Here’s a press release with details and contact information: Hike Through History press release.  

Summer meeting location change

ELNA will meet in the summer months, June, July, and August, at the Lawrence Makerspace at 9th and New Jersey.

Intersection Repair Final Update!

The Intersection Repair Painting Party is finally happening! Saturday April 23rd, 10am to 7pm at 10th and New Jersey. painting from 10-4, potluck and music until 7.  bring a dish! Here’s some info on the street closure for the project too, neighbors: Street Closures- from no earlier than 7am to no later than 10pm April … Continue reading »

Yart Sale 2016 Photos and Thanks

Look here for the thank you list and photos from this year’s Yart Sale:

Special ELNA Meeting 4.11.16

SPECIAL ELNA MEETING A Special ELNA Meeting will be held Monday April 11th at 7pm at the New York School library.  The purpose of this special meeting is to collect feedback and to discuss the East Ninth project street plan as presented at the Monday April 4th ELNA meeting.  All neighbors and interested parties are … Continue reading »

East Ninth News 3/3/16

from ELNA rep to the East Ninth Citizen Advisory Committee, Phil Collision, from CAC meeting 3/2/16 — We saw two plans at the Wednesday East Ninth CAC meeting. One featured bike lanes within the street, and the other an 8 foot shared use path on the south side of the street. It kept the dual … Continue reading »

Intersection Repair Painting Day!

!!Lawrence Intersection Repair Painting Day Party!! *Tentative* Date: April 23rd, 2016 , 10:00am -7:00pm* Rain Date: April 30th, 2016 , 10:00 am -7:00 pm   Lawrence Intersection Repair is delighted to celebrate the long awaited painting day party on Saturday, April 23rd, from10:00-7:00 pm! We invite all members of the community and all ages to … Continue reading »

Neighborhood Clean Ups in April

Neighborhood Clean Ups Burroughs Creek Clean Up: In collaboration with ELNA, the Brook Creek Neighborhood Association will host a clean up of the Burroughs Creek trail and surrounding areas Saturday April 16th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. ELNA will bring bagels and coffee for breakfast, and BCNA will provide sandwiches for lunch. Volunteers from KU’s Big … Continue reading »

Yart Sale 2016

Come To the YART Sale! Come one, come all, to the annual ELNA YART (yard/art) Sale! This year’s sale will be Saturday, March 26th , 8am-2pm, in the New York School Gym.  The YART sale is ELNA’s biggest annual fundraiser, where neighbors donate their gently used items to sell, local artists vend their creations, and … Continue reading »

March Meeting UPDATE!

MARCH ELNA MEETING The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again on Monday March 7th from 7-9pm at the New York School library. UPDATE! Representatives from the Penn House will attend to give an update on changes in services and new ventures. Alicia and Katy from Intersection Repair will also join us for a few … Continue reading »

March Monthly Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again on Monday March 7th from 7-9pm at the New York School library. Guests include representatives from the East Ninth Project with current schematics for the street plan, plus representatives from the Penn House to talk about upcoming changes to the site and programs. In order to allow … Continue reading »

February ELNA Meeting Agenda

Agenda items for the February ELNA meeting include: Mike Logan on the Food Truck Festival, and Ballard Center Director Christie Scanlan Dobson with news about the Penn House.  The February ELNA meeting will be held Monday February 1st from 7-9pm at the New York School library.

City Arts Related News

Relevant to the East Ninth Project is the City of Lawrence Cultural Plan “Building on Lawrence’s Cultural Capital.  You can find more information on the City website:

New York School Shed Project

Hello my name is Jake Lester I am the chair for an organization called Freedom by Design. We are part of the national organization American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Every year the Lawrence chapter of AIAS and Freedom by Design picks a project to help better the community, we then design, fundraise, and build … Continue reading »

New York Elementary MLK Chili Feed!

Mark your calendars for the annual New York Elementary MLK Chili Feed, Tuesday January 19th, from 5-7pm. This is a community event and all are welcome. Free will donation will be accepted at the door. Information tables from the Sunrise Project, the Garden Shed project, the Front Porch project for East Ninth, Brook Creek Neighborhood … Continue reading »

ELNA Meetings 2016

ELNA meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month, unless it is a holiday, from 7-9pm. Meetings are held at the New York Elementary library during the school year, and usually at the Lawrence Percolator during the summer months. ELNA Meetings 2016 January 4th February 1st March 7th April 4th May 2nd June 6th … Continue reading »

Updated East Ninth CAC Schedule

Updated Schedule: The design team will meet to synthesis the notes from CAC and public comments. CAC will meet Wed, Jan. 27th at 6:30pm at Library and Wed, March 2nd at 6:30pm at Library El Dorado will go before ELNA to discuss these changes and the plan once these comments are consolidated. March 9th – … Continue reading »

January 2016 ELNA Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will hold a regular monthly meeting on Monday January 4th from 7-9pm. Even though New York School will not be open for students until Wednesday January 6th, the meeting will still be held in the New York School library.  In addition to our usual reports, agenda items include these special … Continue reading »


The Downtown Grocery Project Committee has been working for more than two years and is now moving closer than ever before to an actual grocery store operator committing to opening a store in downtown Lawrence in the old Borders Building. The prospective operator has completed a marketing study and has now asked the Downtown Grocery … Continue reading »

River Clean Up Thanks!

River Clean Up Thanks Thanks to everyone who came out October 3rd to help clean up the River. The weather was perfect and we had a bountiful harvest! Thanks Tom Harper, Joshua Davis, Aaron Paden, Oscar Paden, Elliot Paden, Benjamin Wright, Katy Meston Ward, Jenine Meston, Daniel Ward, Lexi Meston Ward, Dani Flani, Daina Bitters, Zoe Bitters, Charlotte Pessoni, Linda … Continue reading »

Block Party 2015 Thanks!

  Thank you! That was a pretty good party, neighbors, and we couldn’t have done it without your help. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, donated raffle items, played music, and set up their tables to inform us about some stuff. And special thanks to everyone who brought delicious food for us to share! … Continue reading »

2015 Adopt-a-Family Project Details

Its time for our annual tradition of adopting a family through The Ballard Center. Following on our strong voter turnout at the election, we have decided to adopt TWO families this year!!! We need to provide a gift and outfit for each family member. We will have a “wrapping party” on December 9 at 6:30pm … Continue reading »

Nov 2nd 2015 ELNA Board Elections Results

Hallelujah!  Voting eligibility questions with the City of Lawrence have finally been resolved and we can release the ballot totals. November 2nd 2015 ELNA Board Elections Results: Christine Kosirog 205 Jacki Becker 194 Eric Jay 191 Josh Davis (PennSt) 168 John Sebelius 155 KT Walsh 150 Dave Loewenstein 145 Phil Collison 142 KH Harris 138 … Continue reading »

ELNA Board Election Update

We have heard numerous requests for the actual vote totals, however, the ELNA board cannot yet release the numbers. Provisional ballots were cast and the fate of those ballots is still in question, pending discussion with the City. (If the exact vote for each candidate numbers were released now, and provisional included in the count … Continue reading »

Your New ELNA Board!

238 ballots were cast this evening, and we have our new 2015-16 ELNA Board.  In order of highest number of votes:  Christine Kosirog, Jacki Becker, Eric Jay, Josh Davis (Penn St), John Sebelius, KT Walsh, Dave Loewenstein, Phil Collison, KH Harris, Pam Blackburn, Joshua Davis (NY St), Matt Pryor, and Cindy Suenram. More information on … Continue reading »

ELNA Board Elections Procedures

Turn out and vote for your ELNA Board at our next meeting, Monday November 2nd 2015! Because of the enormous interest in the election this year, the entire ELNA meeting of November 2nd will be turned over to election business, and we’ll be doing things a little different than in years past.  Please read further for information and … Continue reading »

ELNA Board Candidates 2015-2016 Year

  The ELNA Board is comprised of a maximum of 14 members. Our bylaws require that the previous year’s president must retain his or her seat on the Board into the following year. Only 13 seats are open for re-election at this time.  The seat of the Board member who holds the Treasurer’s position WILL … Continue reading »

November ELNA Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again on Monday November 2nd at 7pm at  New York School.  The 2015-2016 ELNA board will be selected at this meeting.

October ELNA Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again Monday October 5th from 7-9pm at the New York School library.  At this meeting, prospective Board members will be asked to declare their intention to serve, and the ELNA Board of Directors will be voted into office at the November meeting, Monday November 2nd.

Annual Block Party, Saturday September 26th

The Block Party is back!  Saturday September 26th, from 5-9 pm at Hobbs Park.  Potluck, live music, raffle, cake walk, cooking competition, other groovy neighbor stuff.  Volunteer if you can and plan to attend! Mark  Your  Calendars! The  Annual  Block  Party  Returns   On Saturday, September 26th, from 5-­9pm, at Hobbs Park, ELNA will throw … Continue reading »

September ELNA Meeting — Sept 8, 2015

SEPTEMBER ELNA MEETING The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again *Tuesday* (delayed one day in observance of the Labor Day holiday) September 8th from 7-9pm, presumably at New York School. Items on the agenda currently include approval of the bylaw update, review of the East Ninth Project Complete Street Design document, and block party … Continue reading »

Intersection Repair Project Update

The Intersection Repair Project, a community art project headed by Alicia Kelly, has been in planning phase for the last year!  More information about the Intersection Repair Project — it’s history, team members, and upcoming events, can be found on their Facebook page  The Project has now officially received funding from the Lawrence Cultural … Continue reading »

CHAMPSS in Lawrence!

CHAMPSS Meal Program has come to Lawrence! Healthy, inexpensive meals for people 60 plus years old. Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors CHAMPSS is offered through the Older Americans Act, a federally funded program and the Nutrition Program/ AAA, in partnership with Hy-Vee stores: Now open at Lawrence Hy-Vee Stores! Hy-Vee 4000 W … Continue reading »

Bylaw Update

ELNA is updating it’s bylaws.  The last update occurred in September of 2010 and it’s time to do it again.  Some items to be updated include:  listing of lifetime members, clarification of lifetime membership dues for businesses and non profits, removal of language differentiating between general and board meetings, and election procedures. You may review … Continue reading »

East Ninth Project RFQ

The Request for Qualifications for artists for the East Ninth Project is out!  This particular RFQ has a very short turn around time, so don’t delay! Replies to the RFQ are due by July 24th!

ELNA Meetings June, July, and August

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will hold monthly meetings in June, July, and August at the Lawrence Percolator, 913 Rhode Island, from 7-9pm.  The meeting dates are June 1st, July 6th, and August 3rd.

Special ELNA Meeting re: 8th and Penn Bistro

ELNA invites you to attend a special meeting to discuss the proposed 8th and Penn St Bistro Monday May 11th at 7pm at the Cider Gallery. Developers for the Bistro have requested a special zoning permit at 8th and Pennsylvania to allow food and alcohol sales.  Read more about the request at the City site: … Continue reading »

Sidewalk Clean Up 2015

                    Many thanks goes out to these neighbors who spent time on Saturday helping find our lost sidewalk during the 2015 East Lawrence Sidewalk Archaeology Day. The weather and camaraderie were perfect. We removed as much as 8” of soil from the old sidewalk and found … Continue reading »

County Fair Swim Club

Have you ever heard of the County Fair Swim Club? What is it? Where is it?   The County Fair Swim Club is a non-profit, private neighborhood pool at 2119 Maple Lane, here in Lawrence. That’s south of 19th, east of Haskell and west of Harper, at Maple Lane and Clare Rd, near Kennedy School. … Continue reading »

Yart Sale 2015 Thanks

Many thanks to all our volunteers, artists, and musicians! Aaron Paden Jason Fisher and Rowan McAnulla Fisher Nick Brown Uma and Juliette Outka Brenda Nunez Hilary Barnett Cindy Maude KT Walsh Brad Gibson Rae Johnson Cindy Suenram and Arch Naramore Chelsey and Adina Scanland Blue O’Leary Ambrosia Naramore Winfrey Ana Hurt Zoe Wohlford Quinton Westphal … Continue reading »

ELNA May Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again May 4th from 7 to 9pm at the New York Elementary cafeteria.  (Please note the place change from the NYE library to the cafeteria.)  The primary points of discussion will be the 9th St Corridor project and regular committee reports. Also, please note, that ELNA will meet … Continue reading »

New Information About the E 9th St Project

New information about meeting, workshop, and presentation meeting dates regarding the E 9th St Project is now available on our E 9th St Project Tab.  Check it out!

ELNA Meeting April 2015

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet in April on Monday April 6th, from 7-9 pm at the New York School library.  Watch our enews and Facebook page for details on the agenda.

ELNA Yart Sale 2015

Save the Date! ELNA Yart Sale ELNA will hold it’s annual yard and art sale – Yart! – fundraiser again this year on Saturday, March 28th 2014 from 8:00am to 1:00pm at the New York Elementary gym. This year, the sale will be the weekend after USD 497’s Spring Break, so you’ll have lots of … Continue reading »

March ELNA Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will hold a March meeting Monday, March 2nd from 7-9pm in the New York School library.

February Meeting

ELNA will meet again in February of 2015 on Monday February 2nd from 7-9pm at the New York School library.

Intersection Repair Project Update

“Intersection Repair” Project   Hello Friends! I’m Alicia Kelly, sculptor, paper-cutter and general enthusiast of the arts. I moved to Lawrence ten years ago, and have been an active member of the arts community for the past seven years.   In the past six months, I have taken much notice and interest in community projects … Continue reading »

Are you an ELNA Block Head?

Are you easy-going and enjoy getting to know your neighbors? Do you love where you live and wish to reach out to more East Lawrence residents? Would you like to help build a safer and more connected neighborhood –starting with just your street? Then, you should be an ELNA BlockHead!   If you live in … Continue reading »

Adopt a Family Thanks

The boundless generosity of East Lawrence neighbors has once again been proven with the 2014 ELNA Adopt a Family project.  Thank you, friends and neighbors, for your contributions to adopt an East Lawrence family for the holidays.  We were able to provide several wonderful gifts to our family including toys, clothes, and art supplies for … Continue reading »

ELNA Meeting January 5th, 2015

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association Board and Members will meet again Monday January 5th from 7-9pm in the New York School library.  Watch our Facbook page and enewsletter for details on the agenda.

E 9th Street Project Imagining

Do you live in East Lawrence? Do you have a ideas or concerns about the East 9th Street Project? The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association and the US Dept of Arts and Culture, Lawrence Field Office, would like to invite you to walk on down to Abe and Jakes Landing on the Riverfront at 8 E … Continue reading »

Common Ground Gardens in East Lawrence

The City of Lawrence launched the Common Ground Program in 2011, to provide garden space for local food growing. All sites are City-owned properties that are idle, and are made available to groups or individuals to develop into community gardens or market gardens. The Sustainability Action Network leased two empty lots beginning with the 2012 … Continue reading »

Welcome ELNA Board 2015!

At our yearly ELNA elections meetings on November 3rd, a new board was selected. Aaron Paden returns as President, with Jacki Becker as Vice President.  Board Member Pam Blackburn has consented to take on the position of Secretary.  KT Walsh, Brenda Nunez, Cindy Suenram, Phil Collison, Sara Minges, Josh Davis, Christine Kosirog, Eric Jay, and … Continue reading »

Block Party Thanks 2014

Special Thanks to all our musicans, volunteers, sponsors, informational tablers, and guests at our annual Block Party, September 28th 2014. See you all next year!   Byron James and Sugarfoot Detour Rebecca McAnulla and Clementine Beth Breitenstien and Jasper   Lawrence Recycles Douglas County Democrats with Voter Registration Joanna Bonee and Cari Davis with the … Continue reading »

Riverfront Cleanup Nov 15th, 2014

RIVERFRONT CLEAN UP NOVEMBER 15TH Last June, ELNA officially adopted the Riverfront Habitat Restoration through the City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s “Adopt-a-Park” program. The program encourages clean, beautiful parks and builds community through mutual stewardship of our natural assets. The Riverfront is one of East Lawrence’s finest natural assets. It is typical for … Continue reading »

Board Elections at November 2014 ELNA Meeting

ELNA Board and Officers Elections At this our yearly annual meeting, November 3rd, we will again select our Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. Please come and vote! You choose the Board that represents you, members of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association! At the meeting, in addition to voting, you may also declare your desire to … Continue reading »

ELNA Meeting December 2014

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again Monday December 1st from 7-9pm at the New York School library.  Watch our enews and Facebook for agenda details.

ELNA Meeting November 2014

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again November 3rd 2014 at the New York School library from 7-9pm.  Watch our enews and Facebook page for more details on the agenda.

Intersection Repair Project Meeting

Proposed Intersection Repair in Kansas! Excitement on the proposed Intersection Repair in Kansas is happening! Recently, I have taken much notice and interest in community projects that have been happening all over the US called Intersection Repairs. Intersection Repairs, developed by the Portland Oregon organization City Repair, consist of painting murals directly onto residential intersections … Continue reading »

ELNA Meeting October 2014

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again Monday October 6th, from 7-9pm, at the New York School library. Watch our enews and facebook page for an agenda.

ELNA Block Party!! 2014

Mark  Your  Calendars! The  Annual  Block  Party  Returns    On Saturday,  September 27th,  from  5-­9pm,  at  Hobbs  Park,  ELNA  will  throw  its  annual  block  party.  Come and  join  the  fun!  We will have  all  our  favorite  things — food,  entertainment,  games  and  lots  of  great  neighbor-mingling! The block party can’t happen without volunteers. Please read … Continue reading »

Rent Your Garden Equipment from ELNA

Lawnmowing season isn’t over yet! You may rent a lawn mower from ELNA for $10 per half day. Please be prepared to provide your own transportation. Contact Heather at (785) 830-9085. Text preferred. You can also rent the ELNA tiller. $20 per half day. Contact Phil 785-843-8098 — call, text, or email.

ELNA Meeting September 2014

The ELNA Board and members will meet again Tuesday September 2nd from 7-9pm at the New York School library.  Please note the day change — Tuesday instead of the usual Monday — due to the Labor Day holiday.  Some items on the agenda include: updates regarding the 9th Street Corridor project, the Artillery Bar at … Continue reading »

New Business Membership Form

Are you an East Lawrence business or non-profit?  Your business can join ELNA too. Business membership dues are $25.00 for out-of-neighborhood businesses, $20 for in-neighborhood businesses, and $10 for non-profits. Fill out the business membership form here, and mail it in with your membership contribution.  You may also pay your dues via our PayPal button … Continue reading »

ELNA Meeting August 2014

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again Monday, August 4th from 7-9pm at the Van Go building at 715 New Jersey Street.


ELNA Board members Phil Collison and KT Walsh, along with Coordinator Lane Eisenbart, were interviewed on KLWN radio on Monday June 30th regarding the history of East Lawrence.  You can listen to the recording of the show on the KLWN website here:

Project ElderCool

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging (JAAA) is excited to announce Project ElderCool!!  Do you know of a person 60 years of age or older that is living without any air condition?  JAAA is providing window air condition units to those 60 and older that qualify.  Please contact April Maddox or Betty Wade at 1-800-798-1366 for … Continue reading »

July 2014 ELNA Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet again Monday July 7th, 2014 from 7-9pm at the Van Go building at 715 New Jersey Street.  Items on the agenda include:  an update from Ben Ahlvers and Susan Tate from the Lawrence Arts Center on the progress of the ArtsPlace grant and plans for the 9th Street … Continue reading »

June ELNA Meeting

It’s that time again… time for another ELNA meeting!  Monday, June 2nd, from 7-9 pm, we’ll mix it up this month, and meet at the Van Go building at 715 New Jersey, instead of our usual summer meeting place, the Lawrence Percolator.  Watch our Facebook and enews for more details on this month’s agenda.

ELNA Garden Equipment for Rent

Spring is here!  And ELNA can help you get your garden and yard ready for planting and mowing.  Rent our tiller for $20 per half day, or the mower for $10 per half day.  For those of you with smaller yards there is also a manual push reel mower available.  Contact Phil Collison at 785-843-8098 … Continue reading »

Yart Sale Thanks!

Aaron Paden, Arch Naramore, Ardys Ramberg, Chelsey Scanland, Chris Sorentino, Christine Kosirog, Cindy Suenram, Daina Bitters, Don Katorv, Jacki Becker, Janet Good, Josh Davis, Karen Siebel, KT Walsh, Leslie Soden, Mick Palmer, Mike Myers, Phil Collison, Rae Johnson, Staci Ahlvers, musicians, vendors, and shoppers, Papa Keno’s Pizza, Blissful Bite, THANK YOU for helping raise $1500 … Continue reading »

May ELNA Meeting

The next meeting of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association and members will be Monday, May 5th 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the New York School library.  Items on the agenda include; River conservation easement update, ELNA fundraising update and discussion, Penny’s area truck routes, and Inclusionary zoning discussion. Input and information at

Yart Sale! Yart Sale! Yart Sale!

Come one, come all, to the annual ELNA YART (that’s yard+art) Sale! This year’s sale will be, Saturday, March 29th , 8am-2pm, in the New York School Gym. The YART sale is ELNA’s big annual fundraiser, where neighbors donate their gently used items to sell, local artists vend their creations, and we are all entertained … Continue reading »

April ELNA Meeting

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will hold it’s next monthly meeting Monday April 7th 2014 from 7-9pm at the New York School library. Watch our facebook and enews for agenda items.

River Clean Up and ELNA Workday

This year, ELNA’s pet clean up project will focus on cleaning up the riverfront area adjacent to our neighborhood.  The purpose of the river cleanup is to bring neighborhood folks together so we can enjoy each other’s company and make new acquaintances while we do some community service.  The riverfront was chosen because it is … Continue reading »

Saunny’s Fund

Back in early January, ELNA board members played a pivotal role in opening a donation account to assist longtime neighbor and advocate, Saunny Scott. Saunny is at risk of losing the home she has lived in for 30+ years, raising 4 children there, all with disabilities, and has redone the home to suit the needs … Continue reading »

ELNA Meeting March 3rd, 2014

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will hold it’s regular monthly meeting Monday March 3rd, from 7-9pm at the New York School library. Items on the agenda include:  Brick Streets with Mark Theil,  Yart Sale planning, Riverfront Clean-Up/ ELNA Workday Saturday March 8th, and discussions of possibly adopting the Riverfront area officially through the adopt-a-park program, … Continue reading »

ELNA Meeting February 2014

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will meet Monday February 3rd, from 7-9pm in the New York School library.  Items on the agenda include: pre-planning for the Yart Sale in March and discussion with Mark Thiel from the City of Lawrence regarding the city’s brick streets plan.

ELNA meeting tonight! Location change

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous members from the swift completion of their appointed meetings. The ELNA must go on! Because it would be so problematic to reschedule, and because our guests have planned to attend, ELNA will STILL hold the monthly meeting tonight, 7-9pm. But, instead of … Continue reading »

ELNA Adopts a Family

Want to help ELNA adopt a family for the holiday season? Each year, the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association adopts a family in need through the Ballard Center. In addition to the items listed we need to provide gift cards for a holiday meal (we can turn cash donations into gifts or gift cards if you … Continue reading »

ELNA’s Got a New Board!

At our November meeting, ELNA elected President Aaron Paden, Vice President Jacki Becker, and new Secretary Christine Kosirog. The new board consists of: Returning members, Aaron Paden, Jacki Becker, Christine Kosirog, Josh Davis, KH Harris, Phil Collison, Leslie Soden, KT Walsh, Brenda Nunez, and new board members, Sara Minges, Adam Smith, Pam Blackburn, John Gascon, … Continue reading »

ELNA Meeting Dec 2013

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association will again meet on December 2nd, in the New York Elementary library from 7-9pm.  Some items on the agenda include discussion of the final recommendations of the Cultural District Task Force and the yearly Adopt-a-Family project.  Questions and comments can be directed to

Recycle Your Metal for ELNA

At Lonnie’s Recycling at 501 Maple St., in North Lawrence, you can drop off your metals and ask that the proceeds be donated to the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association.  Your contribution will help various ELNA neighborhood projects. Lonnie’s is a super friendly, helpful, family owned business operating for the last 25 years, and properly registered with … Continue reading »