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Lexington Habitat for Humanity to celebrate another family’s completed home on Saturday

Lexington Habitat for Humanity will celebrate completed the construction of Joshua Muhonja and Charlotte Bihango’s new home on Saturday, July 13, from 2-3p.m. at 1805 Russell Cave Road in Lexington. The couple will share their new home with six of their children, who are all excited to have a yard where they can play soccer together. “Joshua and Charlotte understand that owning their home creates...

Bruce Lunsford funds Young Artists for Lexington Theatre Company, supporting educational mission

The Lexington Theatre Company announces the establishment of the Bruce Lunsford Young Artists Program.   Bruce Lunsford believes in The Lexington Theatre Company and its mission of training the next generation of theatre artists:  actors, dancers, musicians, managers, designers, technicians and administrators. He has generously established the Bruce Lunsford Young Artists Program here at The Lex...

Wellness Center dedication, groundbreaking ceremony to honor ‘southern lady’ on Saturday at Campbellsville

By Nicholas van der Meer Campus Times staff writer Dr. E. Bruce Heilman and Betty Dobbins Heilman, his late wife, are no strangers to Campbellsville University. Both are alumni of the university and are known for a number of sizable donations to its benefit. While Bruce is certainly the more prolific of the two, Betty is no less remembered. She was born Betty June Dobbins on Aug. 9, 1928, in Louisville...

Kentucky counties find new ways to help kids exercise, eat healthy foods, reduce chronic disease

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Communities across the state are working to ensure children in Kentucky are exercising and eating healthy foods. In McCracken County, local organizations teamed up with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky to build a new health park — an outdoor fitness and recreation area that also includes a community garden and walking track. Mike Muscarella, executive...

Hats Off Day, a family fun tradition, set for Kentucky Horse Park on July 27; free event by Rood & Riddle

Presented by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Hats Off Day on Saturday, July 27 celebrates a day of free admission to the Lexington-based Kentucky Horse Park. Now in its 17th year, Hats Off Day family-friendly activities will occur from 4 to 10 p.m. including horse and pony rides, face painting, inflatables, interactive educational booths, and a Grand Prix show jumping competition. Free hats,...

Lexington Theatre Co. opens 5th season with ‘West Side Story,’ brings Colton Ryan home from Broadway

The Lexington Theatre Company’s fifth season opens next week at the Lexington Opera House — with West Side Story. “The Lex is celebrating an important milestone – its fifth season,” Mayor Linda Gorton said this week. “Their mission is to bring together ‘Today’s Broadway Stars and Tomorrow’s Broadway Hopefuls.’ It’s working, and Lexington is the beneficiary. We get...

United States Pony Club members get college scholarships for outstanding achievements

Six exceptional Pony Club members were awarded college scholarships through The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. for outstanding achievements in academia, sportsmanship, and leadership through horsemanship. The recipients were chosen based on essay applications by a scholarship committee and administered by Pony Club according to the requirements for each opportunity. The Pony Club Triple Crown Nutrition,...

Applications open for Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 professional development experience for local artists

The Community Foundation of Louisville is accepting applications for Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 (2020), a six-month professional development experience for local performing, literary and visual artists who are at a pivotal point in their careers. The online application opened July 1 at www.hadleycreatives.org and will remain open until Aug. 5. Developed in partnership with Creative Capital, a...

Kentucky Bar Foundation awards $7,500 grant to Chrysalis House for enhancing women’s opportunties

Chrysalis House has been awarded a Kentucky Bar Foundation 2019 grant in the amount of $7,500 for Accessing the Court System and Resolving Legal Issues for Chrysalis House Women. Chrysalis House aids clients in addressing un­met legal needs to enhance their employment potential. Clients also have opportunities to participate in mock interviews and work with employers who have agreed to hire people...

Unfazed by wet weather, young anglers take part in Lexington Area Take Kids Fishing Day

Wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of young anglers who took part in the Lexington Area Take Kids Fishing Day activities at Southland Church Lake on June 22. The free event was a cooperative effort between the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 110 and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Country artist Chris Stapleton makes $10,000 donation to Lexington Habitat for Humanity

Chris Stapleton (Photo from Wikipedia) Chris Stapleton continuing his quiet support for the communities of Central Kentucky, including his hometown of Lexington. The five-time Grammy Award winner, and his wife Morgane, recently made a $10,000 donation to Lexington Habitat for Humanity. “We were thrilled when the check came in the mail. It was completely unexpected,” said Rachel Childress, Lexington...

Louisville Sports Commission appoints six new members to board of directors for three-year terms

The Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) has appointed six new members to its board of directors and re-elected two members. The new and re-elected board members will be serving a three-year term of July 1 through June 30, 2022. The LSC also welcomes a new slate of officers, including John Willmoth, managing partner of Poplar Ventures, who was elected as chairman of the board. The new board members are:...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to host annual Awards Dinner on September 7

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today that the 34th annual TOBA National Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 7,  at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington. The National Awards Dinner honors owners and breeders from 21 states and Canada. Also recognized are the National Owner of the Year and National Owner Finalists, National Breeder of the Year, Small Breeder of the Year,...

Partners in the Face It Movement release new resource on safe sleepovers and time with friends

With school out for the summer and children and teens spending more time hosting sleepovers and visiting friends’ houses, partners in the Kosair Charities Face It Movement have released a new resource, Playing It Safe: Tips for Safe Sleepovers and Time with Friends. The new tool offers parents and caregivers important information and tips to consider for a safe and fun experience as they send their...

39th annual Children’s Charity Golf Classic set for June 21-22 at Griffin Gate Golf and Country Club

The 39th annual Children’s Charity Golf Classic will be June 21-22 at Griffin Gate Golf and Country Club, 1800 Newtown Pike, and Greenbrier Golf and Country Club, 2179 Bahama Road. The celebrity golf classic is the signature event for the Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass, which has raised more than $13.5 million for children in Central Kentucky. Last month, the Children’s Charity Fund...

Louisville Health Equity Fund announces $80,000 in grants to local minority-led nonprofit organizations

In an effort to address disparities in our community’s health across racial and socioeconomic lines, the Louisville Health Equity Fund has announced the recipients of its 2019 grant awards. The fund’s four grant recipients are local nonprofits who are working to build a racially equitable Louisville Metro. Each recipient will receive $20,000 this year and have the opportunity to receive a second...

Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange awarded Art Works grant of $45,000, announces 2019 Learning Cohort

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has been awarded an Art Works grant of $45,000 by the National Endowment of the Arts for Art of the Rural. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 95 grants in the Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works category of Art Works, which is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. “These awards, reaching...

PNC Foundation awards two-year grants to Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Public Library

The PNC Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to Fayette County Public Schools and a $50,000 grant to the Lexington Public Library as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of PNC Grow Up Great, the bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The two-year grants are designed to support the specific needs of preschool...

American Cancer Society names Erica Kellem Beasley executive director for Kentucky

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has named Erica Kellem Beasley the executive director for Kentucky. She began her duties March 18. Erica Kellem Beasley As executive director, her focus is the development and execution of the Kentucky area plan to support the mission of ACS, build a strong area board of directors, and lead the team in Kentucky. Kellem Beasley brings 24 years of experience working...

God’s Pantry Food Bank offering summer meals to kids and teens at 32 locations in eight counties

With school out and summer in full swing, it is time to think about how children who receive free or reduced-priced lunch in school will eat healthy meals while school is out of session. Summertime can often be difficult for food insecure households, as budgets can increase for those households who rely on those school-provided meals. God’s Pantry Food Bank, in partnership with multiple organizations...