• Kansas State University and Kansas University international students will explore Lindsborg tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21, from 9:30 to 3:30. Please welcome and wave.
• Freshened by rain and predicted to be warmed by the sun, this weekend should be an out-of-the box experience. Friday night’s 2nd annual Jazz Walk starts at 7 p.m. at the Swedish Crown followed by an 8 p.m.-ish processional walk with Brandon Draper's all-star band around the downtown and then to the J.O Sundstrom for a jam session. Saturday’s Våffeldagen with tasty waffles and wacky waffle people. Sunday’s sing-along performance of Handel’s Messiah at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Bethany campus. Good vibes. Groove, laugh, sing out. It’s Lindsborg.
• We spent part of last Monday's gathering talking about how cities work toward creating what we in Lindsborg already enjoy: a 10-minute neighborhood (aka a 20-minute village). Most everything many people need and want in the course of daily life is within 10 minutes by bicycle or on foot. Cities know that residents hunger for connection — and cities spend millions of dollars creating in neighborhoods what Lindsborg enjoys every day. Large-city leaders know that more young people —by financial need or option — are forging lives not dependent on owning cars. Some seniors are looking for similar options. The Valkommen Trail winding through Lindsborg, as well as the Meadowlark Trail threading south, are significant encouragements. Many of us agreed that more benches and artwork along already-known foot and bicycle pathways throughout the town would help Lindsborg — a lot. What more can we do to encourage a local pedestrian and bicycle culture?
PS: If you happen to be an around-town or distance cyclist, consider joining Smoky Valley Cyclists at www.lovetoride.net. It’s a place to see how easy bicycling can be and enjoy the many reasons other people ride. Members also can log miles and win prizes. Thanks, Holly Lofton of the Lindsborg CVB.