Pinckney School community meeting Oct. 4 has been postponed, but OWLA membership meeting Nov. 1 stays the same

The joint community meeting with Pinckney Neighborhood Association (PNA) and OWLA regarding changes to Pinckney School, which was announced for Oct. 4, has been postponed. Construction and design plans are slightly delayed. Organizers feel that it would be best to wait a few months until the architects and school district have more firm timelines and are able to better inform our communities. They anticipate the meeting to be rescheduled for early 2015.

Please note that the OWLA general membership meeting scheduled for Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. in the new library’s meeting room A (lower level) remains the same.

OWL Sales and Picnic, Saturday Sept. 13

Be sure your calendar is marked for OWL Day, this coming Saturday, Sept. 13!

Sales. If you are interested in hosting a sale, there’s still time to get your ad posted on our website. Check out the Garage and Art Sales tab for details. There are 9 sales so far and we welcome more. Ads can be posted to the website until Friday.

Picnic. This year we’re trying out an earlier time span: 5 – 8 p.m., so don’t be late! Same great location (7th and Mississippi) and same great food and drink. As usual, OWLA will provide burgers and dogs, and there will be tables for potluck sides and desserts.

A few more volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly– hosts, table decorators, and the all-important clean-up crew.  Please paste this link: to sign up.  Or you can email Richard Andrade at  

In case you are wondering, city utilities staff have assured us that the work on that part of Mississippi St. will be completed by Sept. 13 – so let the party begin, and we’ll see you there!

OWL Day and Upcoming Meetings

The picnic is right around the corner
We are excited to announce that the 2014 OWL Picnic will take place on Saturday, September 13th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mississippi Street (near 7th Street). This is an eagerly anticipated annual event that brings together all OWL neighbors for food, drink and, most importantly, community—the chance to see old friends and neighbors and meet new ones.

As always, tables will be set up for pot-luck dishes and we encourage neighbors to bring their favorite dishes to share (please remember to tag your plateware and utensils with your name/phone!).

Please go to our Annual Picnic page for details about how to help.

Sept 13 is THE day for garage sales in OWL
Please go to our Garage and Art Sales page for details about how to participate as a seller or shopper.

Pinckney School. Sat. Oct. 4, 10:00 a.m. at the school. This will be a joint meeting with Pinckney Neighborhood Ass’n. Gould Evans architects will explain school renovations. Also, the principal and parent leaders will be there to discuss volunteer opportunities and how our community can be involved in our neighborhood school’s ongoing success.
OWLA Membership Meeting. Sat. Nov. 1, 10:00 a.m. at the newly renovated Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room A (lower level). Brad Allen, Library Executive Director, will be our guest speaker.

Read even more news in the latest edition of the OWL Newsletter, posted on our Newsletter page

Membership Meeting Feb. 1

General membership meeting, Saturday, February 1, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Watkins Museum, 11th and Mass., Lower Level Meeting Room

We will be electing 2014 officers, the budget for the upcoming year will be presented, and we will discuss issues confronting planning and development in and around OWL. 

All residents of Old West Lawrence are encouraged to attend and participate.

Summer’s End

After a difficult rainy morning that dampened the garage and art sales held in Old West Lawrence on Sept. 28, the skies cleared and made way for a very successful and enjoyable annual picnic. Thanks to all who helped make it a great OWL Day!  

Activities in the coming months will be posted on this website.