Christmas in the Village December 16, 2017

1:00 Chili Cook Off at the Fire Station

1 – 4 pm Crafts and Cookies (also at Fire Station) by Friends of the Library

2:00 Ice Sculpture Carving at DeHavens

3:00 Santa Run

5:00 Parade

5:45 Tree Lighting in Village Park

6:00 – 8:00 Visit Santa at Lions Club

8:00 – 10:00 Dance at Lions Club


Enter a pot of Chili into the contest ($5.00 entry fee). The rules and entry form can be printed out here, or available at the Village Hall.

Trophies go to the following categories:

  • Red Chili (with or without beans)
  • White Chili
  • Jr Chili Masters (ages 8-13)

All which are decided by a 3-judge panel.  A “Peoples Choice” trophy will also be chosen by a vote of all those in attendance.

Disposal of Fall Leaves

The Village Waste Site is open for residents to dispose of fall leaves. Please consider the waste site as an alternative to burning whenever possible. If you would like to get leaves for composting please call our DPW at 269-674-3226 and leave a message

Fall 2017 Hydrant Flushing

Attention Village of Lawrence Residents

The Village Water Department will be Flushing Hydrants starting the afternoon of November 6, 2017.

The flushing will be performed during the daytime and we recommend refraining from washing clothes during the daytime hours while this activity is being performed.

If you have any questions or concerns please call the Village Office at 269-674-8161.

Van Buren Conservation District Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday, October 1, 9am-1pm is scheduled for the Fall Stream Monitoring & Insect Collection. Volunteers and partners meet at the Lawrence River Park, spilt up into groups, led by a Team Leader and head out to collect insects (macroinvertebrates) that live in local rivers, creeks and drains. The quantity and variety of insects collected tell us about the water quality. RSVP to Volunteer With Us!
  • Monday, October 2, 1pm-4pm is a follow up and identification of the insects collected on Oct. 1. This is open to the public, no experience necessary, and a fun educational experience. RSVP to Volunteer With Us!


For more information on any of the programs and projects, please visit the VBCD website at

33rd Annual Ox Roast and Homecoming 2017

Join us this Labor Day Weekend for the 33nd Annual Ox Roast and Homecoming Festival !!

Held in our picturesque Village Park, Lawrence’s signature annual event is fun for the whole family. All weekend there will be: various booths to explore, food vendors, Lawrence Lions Club Bingo Tent, Lions Club Beer Tent, The Knightwinds Renaissance Group exhibition, kids free train rides, kids games, music performances at the Pavilion.  Fun for all ages this Labor Day in Lawrence…See you there!

Saturday: At 8 am The Watermelon Run (5k/10k/15kWalk&Run) will start at The VBISD Conference Center. If you’re in the mood to shop, check out what local farmers and artisans have to offer this fall and enjoy the freshest produce at the Farmers’ Market in the park, held on Saturday.   There is also our Classic Car & Motorcyle Show, along with the 2nd year of the Truck N Shine which takes place at the VBISD learning center parking lot. In the pavilion live bands will perform in the Pavilion.  Later in the night there is a Teen Dance at the pavilion, along with the Lions Club Beer Tent.

Sunday: There is a non denomination church service in the park, with kids Pedal Pull event in the afternoon. Music again at the Pavilion. New this year is a 3 on 3 sand Volleyball tournament at 10 AM.  and a Pie Baking Contest. The Lions Club Beer Tent will be running and we closed out the night at the Lawrence High School football field with games, entertainment, and FIREWORKS.

Monday: The Labor Day Parade followed up with Pavilion music by Jeff Kasabucky and friends. The Duck Race in the afternoon and raffle.

pdf schedule of Lawrence Ox Roast and Homecoming

  • Friday Sept 2 – (pull down to view)
  • Saturday, Sept 3 – (pull down to view)
  • Sunday Sept 4 – (pull down to view)
  • Monday Sept 5 – (pull down to view)
  • Friday night Lawrence comes alive to celebrate the arrival of Ox Roast weekend.

Interested in a Booth in the Park ? Ox Roast booth registration form

Interested in entering in our Labor Day Parade? Ox Roast parade app


Open Maintenance and Operations Technician (DPW) Position

This position has been filled by Jeff Pera. See DPW page for more details.


The Village of Lawrence is currently accepting applications for its open Operations and Maintenance Technician position. Candidate will have previous public works experience, have a strong mechanical aptitude, and knowledge of infrastructure. This is a “hand-on position.

If you have any questions, please send them to



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