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After two months of freebies, Lexington Parking Authority reinstates fees for street meters May 18

The Lexington Parking Authority announced Tuesday that after more than two months of free parking at the LEXPARK on-street meters, fees will begin again on Monday, May 18. Beginning on May 18 and running through Friday, May 29 (the last two weeks of May) all meter revenues collected will be donated to both God’s Pantry and the Bluegrass Community Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund. This includes...

(Re)Imagining Cheapside Witnessing Circle will honor enslaved African Americans

The lives of enslaved African Americans will be honored during Witnessing Circle, a convening scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 23 at the Farish Theater in the downtown Lexington Public Library, 140 E. Main Street. “This convening will be a cross between sacred performance and public engagement,” said internationally recognized author and placemaker Jay Pitter, who will...

Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns to light up Transylvania during eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30

Transylvania University invites the community to campus for the eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30. Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns will light up the Old Morrison steps and student groups and campus organizations will host trick-or-treating the night before Halloween. “Last year, we had more than 5,000 people participate in PumpkinMania,” said Hannah Piechowski, director of student transitions...

Lexington Art League’s Castlewood Downs Public Art initiative receives $20,000 matching grant

The Lexington Art League kicked off its fundraising campaign to support a new public art initiative entitled, Castlewood Downs. This creative place-making project, presented in partnership with LFUCG Parks and Recreations, will create an interactive green space in one of Lexington’s most culturally and economically diverse communities. The program will begin in July 2017 with an exhibition of sculptures...

People in the News: KCTCS’s Shreffler named to board; Fitzpatrick joins Blue Grass Community Foundation

Dr. Paul Schreffler, vice chancellor, Economic Development and Workforce Solutions, at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently joined the board of directors of the Foundation for Kentucky Industry (FKI). The not-for-profit foundation, which is aligned with the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, works to attract, educate, and retain talent for the Commonwealth’s manufacturing...

Blue Grass Community Foundation awards mini grants of nearly $12,700 to 12 sites

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has presented nearly $12,700 to a dozen sites in Fayette County Public Schools through the 2016 Teacher Mini-Grants Program, which encourages innovation in the classroom. In reviewing the applications, a committee of community volunteers considered each project’s potential to improve student achievement, the number of students who would benefit, the potential...