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Kentucky Book Festival goes virtual with lineup featuring John Grisham, J. R. Ward and many more

Although the traditional week of in-person gatherings will not take place this year, the Kentucky Book Festival will carry on the celebration of reading, writing and all things bookish in the Bluegrass with a fantastic virtual lineup of discussions with authors including John Grisham, J. R. Ward, Nikky Finney, Terry Brooks, Martha S. Jones, and many, many more. “We spent several months in consultation...

Fire Prevention Week to raise safety awareness; cooking remains leading cause of home fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 95 years, has announced “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, set for Oct. 4-10. This year’s focus on cooking fire safety is supported by findings from NFPA’s newly released U.S. Home Cooking Fires report, which shows that cooking is the leading...

Everything has a season, and autumn in Kentucky is a time to view changing fall colors on trees

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Every year around this time, nature shakes off her summer greens, grown dusty and dim, and reaches into her closet for her autumn jewels. Kentucky is one of the best places in the country to view fall colors. While people look forward to that impressive display of reds, yellows and oranges, the change is not merely for show. It’s part of a very important...

University of Kentucky Theatre’s studio season goes online this fall with first performance Friday

Featuring work written and/or directed by the university’s own students, the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance Studio Season will open this weekend with “The Audience Disturbs Marcel’s Bath Time and He is Very Upset With You All.” To keep the community safe, engaged and entertained this semester during a pandemic, Studio Season will be presented online. The fall portion...

Nina Creech: It’s National Falls Prevention Month — safety more important than ever during a pandemic

September is National Falls Prevention Month and now is a great time to focus on strategies that can help reducing these dangerous — and potentially fatal — accidents. Falls are expensive to treat, and often the pain and injury they cause can have negative effects on a person’s quality of life and drastically reduce an older adult’s independence. In fact, the National Council on Aging cites...

Kentucky by Heart: In a divisive world, optimism for Kentucky’s future remains, because of its people

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I recently was interviewed for a podcast by Bill Goodman, CEO of the Kentucky Humanities Council, about my book series, Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes. I considered it an honor to be asked to share, both as an opportunity to contribute to KHC, an organization that seeks to highlight the best in our citizens’ values, and also for the interest Bill demonstrated in...

University of Kentucky musicians continue making beautiful music behind the mask

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky Although audiences aren’t gathering at the Singletary Center for the Arts and other similar arts and entertainment venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music can still be heard around campus as University of Kentucky’s instrumentalists and vocalists adapt to the “new normal.” To make sure these Wildcats can continue to make music, several precautions...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: The Presidency, political history highlight these nonfiction titles for fall reading

• “Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker and the Rise of the New Republican Party” by Julian E. Zelizer (Penguin Press, $30) is an alarming story of how Georgia native Gingrich, a former House Speaker, and his allies have polluted U.S. politics, and created the bitter partisan warfare between the Democrats and the Republicans that you are seeing today. The author is a professor...

With more students attending school remotely, NFPA warns of risk of using, charging electronic devices

With many students returning to school remotely this fall, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges added caution when using and charging laptops and other digital devices at home. According to NFPA’s most recent electrical fires report, an estimated average of 900 computer or computer equipment fires occurred in U.S. homes each year between 2014 and 2018, resulting in 50 civilian injuries...

New reference guide includes tips, information for Kentucky’s thousands of kinship families

A new handbook, created by the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office, features resources for grandparents and relative caregivers navigating Kentucky’s child welfare system and caring for vulnerable children. In A Kentucky Grandparent and Relative Caregiver Handbook, caregivers will find information on the basics of...

LexArts, Creative Lexington to present youth concert series; brainchild of 16-year-old Eliza Mullins

LexArts announced Monday an alliance with Creative Lexington that will bring together Lexington’s creative youth culture in the inaugural Creative Lexington Youth Concert Series on Oct. 3. The concert series is the brainchild of 16-year-old Eliza Mullins, an actress, singer and creator hoping to fill the void in her creative life created by COVID-19. After arranging and performing “Take...

Kentucky by Heart: Historic Keene might not be fancy, but it’s home… and always will be

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist For nice rides in the country, I often take Highway 169 in the central Kentucky part of the Bluegrass area from my home in Woodford County to Jessamine County. The grassy and rolling terrain of the area is one of my favorite scenic tours. Small farms with grazing Thoroughbred horses and cattle, an abundance of pretty homes, and historical stone walls along the...

Political analyst Charlie Cook to share insights on upcoming election at 2020 Wendell H. Ford Lecture

By Caleigh Ramey University of Kentucky Students, faculty and everyone seeking to expand their knowledge on the upcoming elections should have a special interest in the University of Kentucky’s 2020 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 13. Exactly three weeks before the Nov. 3 elections, this lecture will feature respected political analyst Charlie Cook, publisher and editor of The...

WKU professor’s ‘Appalachian Reckoning’ among winners of 41st annual American Book Awards

Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy, co-edited by Western Kentucky University history professor Anthony Harkins, is among the winners of the 41st annual American Book Awards presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. Appalachian Reckoning will receive the Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award in an online ceremony Oct. 25. The American Book Awards were created to...

Campbellsville Theater, Town Hall Productions, Community Trust Bank present ‘The Last Five Years’

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Community Trust Bank, Campbellsville University’s Theater Department and Town Hall Productions present “The Last Five Years,” an outdoor musical production in the Miller Park Amphitheater Sept. 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. Those who plan to attend are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and adhere to new guidelines from Andrew Ward, owner of Town Hall...

‘Appalachia in the Bluegrass’ concert series returns Sept. 18 with virtual performance by Liza DiSavino

By Hayden Gooding University of Kentucky Though the public won’t be able to take in the 2020 “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series in its intimate home venue — the University of Kentucky’s Niles Gallery — it will return virtually. Tune in noon Friday, Sept. 18, as folk artist and songwriter Liza DiSavino performs in the series presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American...

Poetry Unites Kentucky contest deadline extended to Oct. 1; contest on favorite poem open to Kentuckians

Responding to several requests from the prospect contest’s participants, the Poetry Unites Kentucky contest’s deadline has been extended to Oct. 1. The Poetry Unites Kentucky contest for the best essay on a favorite poem is open to all Kentuckians and is inviting them to write about their favorite poem. Eight finalists will be chosen from submitted essays and from those four will be selected to...

Kentucky by Heart: Lincoln County native Red Foley was first Kentuckian in Country Music Hall of Fame

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist My parents were country music fans, and while growing up, I admit that I endured their choice of radio station programming. I’ve mellowed a lot in my adult years, though, and in a recent Ken Burns country music special series, I actually enjoyed hearing the twangy sounds I abhorred back in the 1960s. Red Foley (By Crossroads TV Productions, Inc., Springfield,...

Public invited to join Louisville Zoo for virtual Flutter Fest 2020 celebrating Monarch Butterfly migration

The public is invited to join the Louisville Zoo for the virtual celebration of Flutter Fest 2020. On September 19 from 3 to 4 p.m., the zoo will kick off the celebration via their

Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum now open to visitors; masks required

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has announced the reopening of the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum to visitors. KHS members receive free admission to all three sites on the Kentucky Historical Society campus. Non-members can purchase tickets in-person at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History or online. Reopening of the facilities are in accordance with Healthy...