Fall on the Kaw

Sharing the beautiful fall colors on the Kaw!
 Fall Photo Rich

This picture was taken by FOK member, Rich Ambler on a float between Eudora and De Soto on November 2, 2013.  Fall is a wonderful time to float the Kaw and witness the vivid colors of the leaves!

Friends of the Kaw would also like to thank all those that have attended and supported our fall fundraising events:

The Catfish Fry at Abe and Jakes on Friday, September 27 with a special thank you to Mike Logan, manager of Abe and Jakes, for organizing and promoting the event.  Also a big thank you to the corporate sponsors:  Bowersock Hydopower, Cromwell Solar, Westar Energy and O’Malley Beverage.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday, October
12 at Liberty Hall with a special thank you to Mike Rawitch for organizing and promoting the event.
Thanks also to our sponsors: Stroke Technique for the Triathlete, Westar Energy – Green Team, Lawrence Hits Com, Kansas Sierra Club, Kansas Wildlife Federation, Ozark Wilderness Waterways Club, Kansas Canoe & Kayak Association, Coeman – the Outdoor Company and the Kansas City Paddler.

FOK’s Annual Dinner and Silent Auction on Tuesday, November 5 at Tortas Jalisco’s Restaurant in Lawrence.  A great taco buffett was enjoyed by all and we appreciate every one that donated auction items and also those that purchased the items.  Kristen Riott of Bridging the Gap gave a very interesting program on the state of water!


Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

Tuesday, November 5th beginning at 6:00 PM at Tortas Jalisco’s in Lawrence

Once a year Friends of the Kaw hosts a dinner meeting with a keynote speaker. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, November 5th in Lawrence. While our board meets bi-monthly, most of our member activities focus around Kaw River float trips with an occasional clean-up. Our annual dinner is a great opportunity for our members to meet each other, learn more about a river related topic and do some holiday shopping at our silent auction.
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This year’s dinner at Tortas Jalisco Restaraunt is being prepared by Angel Alvarez, owner of Tortas Jalisco’s and winner of the Riverkeeper Award at the last River City Cookoff, and will include a delicious endless taco bar. In addition to great food we will also host our silent auction, and a keynote speaker. The auction will be filled with a number of great items that are perfect gifts for this holiday season. Our keynote speaker ill be Kristin Riott, Executive Director of the Kansas City nonprofit Bridging the Gap. She will present an overview of fresh water globally, nationally, and locally.The cost is $35 per person, and includes dinner, drink, and dessert. RSVP’s need to be made by November 1st by calling Laura Calwell at (785)312-7200, or by making a donation via our website. For more information please visit www.kansasriver.org/annual-dinner/.

EVERYTHING Recycling Event

Saturday, October 26th, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
6800 W 95th Street, Overland Park

Do you have excess stuff? Get rid of it in a responsible manner at this recycling extravaganza!This Saturday in Overland Park Everything except household hazardous waste will be recyclable. This includes: paper shredding(small fee), electronics(small fee for TVs and monitors), clothing, household goods, gently used shoes, fabric, bicycles, usable construction materials, cell phones, medications, and more!
For more information please visit the Overland Park Government website. Also, please note that National Prescription Drug Take-back Day is also on the 26th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and there will be LOTS of locations to safely dispose of your unused prescription drugs.  To learn more about how improper medication disposal is destructive watch this awesome video. To find locations, and for more information about drug take back day click here.

October Follow-Up

Bras Across the Kaw

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you had to do a doubletake while crossing the Kansas River bridge near Lawrence last month, you are not alone! In October hundreds of decorated bras were spread out across the bridge to publicize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and promote Health Care Access. To learn more about the bras are hanging above the Kaw click here.

Catfish Fry

Special thanks to Abe & Jake’s and Terrebone Café

The catfish fry at Abe & Jake’s was a fun and beautiful evening on the banks of the Kaw! The food from Terrebone Café was delicious, the music by the Brody Buster Band was hopping, and the art on display was beautiful. Thanks to all who attended, and to all of our wonderful sponsors and attendants.

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Thank you sponsors! Abe & Jake’s, Bowersock Hydropower, Cromwell Solar, Westar Energy, and O’Malley Beverage.