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William Wells Brown Elementary’s 21st Century summer camp rigorous, but ‘fun and engaging’

For youngsters like Faith Owens, the 21st Century program’s four-week camp at William Wells Brown Elementary is a great way to spend part of the summer. “I’ve done the camp since third grade,” said Faith, who will be in fifth grade this fall at Southern Elementary after a recent move. “It helps me get my grades up, and when I fall off track, I can come here to learn to be smarter and make...

Bike Prom 2017 to benefit Living Arts & Science Center has 70’s disco theme

The Living Arts & Science Center’s annual bike ride through downtown Lexington has caught disco fever. Bike Prom 2017, a family-friendly, prom-themed event, benefits the LASC’s scholarship fund for underserved and at-risk kids. Dress in your best 70’s disco glam, spruce up your bike and casually ride through downtown Lexington to get your dance card punched at local businesses. The...

Local Gems: Families find spaces to explore as part of Countdown to Kindergarten program

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward A couple of families fairly new to Lexington have uncovered local gems through this summer’s Countdown to Kindergarten activities. The latest event, at the Living Arts & Science Center (LASC), proved “Out of this World: A Space Adventure” as another avenue to encourage their 5-year-olds to try, do, and learn different things. “When they said it was...

Traditional Christmas entertainment on LexArts calendar — family favorites to enjoy

Make your holiday complete with these family favorites on the LexArts calendar: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE MUSICAL presented by THE REP THEATRE Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once On This Island) have breathed fantastic new life into Charles Dicken’s classic...

Cardinal Valley fourth-graders deepen their pool of knowledge in after-school science program

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward A group of fourth-graders at Lexington’s Cardinal Valley Elementary dove into a water-themed after-school series and came up sputtering all sorts of facts about water quality, conservation of natural resources and even frog slime. “We learned how to keep the water safe, about not using a lot, and keeping it from being polluted,” said 9-year-old Alauna...

Students use colorful kites, milk jug ‘skulls’to honor Latin culture, memory of loved ones

The Spanish honor society at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington created an altar display for Day of the Dead at the Old Episcopal Burying Ground. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Students who ventured into the Old Episcopal Burying Ground on the Day of the Dead said the traditions and symbolism of this Latin American holiday are nothing to fear....

Students use colorful kites, milk jug 'skulls'to honor Latin culture, memory of loved ones

The Spanish honor society at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington created an altar display for Day of the Dead at the Old Episcopal Burying Ground. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Students who ventured into the Old Episcopal Burying Ground on the Day of the Dead said the traditions and symbolism of this Latin American holiday are nothing to fear....

Golden Apple Awards go to six groups for successful education-business partnerships

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Everyone was on the same page Thursday at Commerce Lexington’s Good Morning Bluegrass breakfast, where the Community Partners Leadership Team and Fayette County Public Schools recognized high-performance partners for 2013-2014. These award-winners invest their time, energy and expertise in the district or particular schools through committed exchanges...

Spring 2014 brings new art classes for adults and teens at Living Arts and Science Center

The Living Arts & Science Center in Lexington is now taking registrations for new 2014 adult and teen art classes beginning Jan. 18.   Nine classes and one extension offered through May are: Suminagashi (Japanese ink on silk and paper), Drawing, Sill Life Oil Painting, Building an Art Portfolio, Copying the Old Masters, Building a Handmade Shop on Etsy.com, How to Photograph Your Art, Diorama...

Three donations enable Living Arts & Science Center to add on, renovate Kinkead House

Artist’s rendering of Living Arts & Science Centers building addition, renovation. (Rendering provided)   The Living Arts & Science Center of Lexington has received three major donations that will allow the center to move forward and break ground on an expansion and renovation in next spring. The project will more than double the existing space and dramatically expand the LASC’s...

Three donations enable Living Arts & Science Center to add on, renovate Kinkead House

Artist’s rendering of Living Arts & Science Centers building addition, renovation. (Rendering provided)   The Living Arts & Science Center of Lexington has received three major donations that will allow the center to move forward and break ground on an expansion and renovation in next spring. The project will more than double the existing space and dramatically expand the LASC’s...

Bourbon Barrel auction raises about $65,000, with variety of youth arts initiatives to benefit

LexArts’ Bourbon Barrel project ended with a bang as an auction of the barrel artwork netted more than $64,850. Proceeds from the event will support LexArts’ Endowment Fund, its Public Art Fund, youth arts programs of several partner organizations and the recent street art initiatives of PRHBTN.   The event drew over 250 people to a fitting locale – Buster’s Billiards...

Living Arts & Science addition will be named for Little; fund-raising passes halfway mark

The new Lucille Caudill Discovery Center at Living Arts and Science Center will house Lexington's only planetarium and other new features. (Photo by Judah Taylor)   By Judah Taylor KyForward intern   A new addition at the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington will be named in honor of late board member and original founder Lucille Caudill Little.   The announcement Tuesday follows...

Living Arts & Science addition will be named for Little; fund-raising passes halfway mark

The new Lucille Caudill Discovery Center at Living Arts and Science Center will house Lexington's only planetarium and other new features. (Photo by Judah Taylor)   By Judah Taylor KyForward intern   A new addition at the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington will be named in honor of late board member and original founder Lucille Caudill Little.   The announcement Tuesday follows...

GoodGiving Guide Challenge 2012 surpasses $400,000 goal, receiving $586,433 in gifts

Staff Report   The Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing’s GoodGiving Guide Challenge reached above and beyond their goal for the 2012 giving campaign – raising a reported $586,433 for the 68 area nonprofits involved in the challenge.   According to a the GoodGiving Guide’s Facebook page, gifts reached $586,433, surpassing their original goal of $400,000....