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HALLOWEEN TIMES, SAFETY TIPS RELEASED

The Frankfort Police Department is offering it’s trick-or-treating advice for kids.

The city will be observing trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. and is requesting children older than 12 not to wear masks. The city suggests that:

>Parents or older siblings should escort children.

>Trick-or-treat only in familiar neighborhoods.

>Avoid costumes or masks that impair vision or walking.

>Wear bright costumes or add strips of reflective tape to be more easily seen by drivers.

>Don’t approach houses without an outside light on.

>Don’t allow children to eat any treats until they have been inspected by an adult.

The police suggest that parents concerned about “tainted treats” organize private Halloween parties instead. Drivers are also warned to be on alert.

COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET TALKS MONDAY

County school board budget talks Monday

The Franklin County Board of Education will meet 6 p.m. Monday at Collins Lane Elementary, 1 Cougar Lane.

Agenda items include a report from CLE, a resolution to refinance bonds, approval of a working budget for the 2012-2013 school year, and an update on assessment reporting.

MONEY ON FIS AGENDA

The Frankfort Independent Board of Education will meet 6 p.m. Monday at Central Office, 506 W. Second St., room 207.

Agenda items include approval of the 2012-2013 working budget and a closed session to discuss personnel.

The board will also hear reports from SchoolPointe about a website/CMS proposal, We Want to Play and the Science Academy.

SCHOOLS CELEBRATE HIGH ATTENDANCE

Kentucky’s public schools will celebrate the annual High Attendance Day on Sept. 18 to promote regular attendance.

Regular attendance is essential for success in school, said Fred Ashby, director of pupil personnel for Calloway County Schools and president of the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel.

By attending class regularly, a student is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and achieve academic performance benchmarks on time. Research reflects that a child’s attendance record is one of the strongest single predictors of their academic success.

Elementary, middle or high schools may compete in small school or large school categories. Awards will be determined statewide based on each individual school’s performance, regardless of its district’s performance.  The school in each category with the highest percentage attendance for that day will be awarded $500.

RETIREES PLAN PICNIC TUESDAY

The Bluegrass West Chapter of Kentucky Public Retirees Annual Picnic will starts at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Jack Williams Pavilion in Juniper Hill Park or, in the event it rains, at the VFW Post 4075, 104 E. Second St. Chicken and drinks will be supplied, and those coming are asked to bring a side dish.

All Kentucky, county, city, and State Police Retirement System retirees, including new retirees and those who are eligible to retire, are urged to attend. Any new attendees can sign up for free membership for 2012 and only $15 yearly thereafter. Members receive the quarterly K.P.R. Newsletter, can participate in K.P.R. activities, help protect retirement benefits, and sign up for updates on legislative issues at kentuckypublicretirees.org.

ACTRESSES, ACTORS NEEDED FOR 'GHOSTS'

Liberty Hall Historic Site is seeking actors and actresses of all ages to audition for the 18th annual Ghosts of Frankfort production. Auditions will be Wednesday and Thursday by appointment from 5:30-7 p.m.

Auditions will take place at Liberty Hall, 218 Wilkinson St. Auditions will consist of cold reading of selected parts and/or prepared monologue. Prospective actors should familiarize themselves with the history of Liberty Hall Historic Site by visiting www.libertyhall.org. For more information, contact Jennifer Koach, 227-2560 or educator@libertyhall.org.

Ghosts of Frankfort is a tradition held each Halloween season, this year on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20. Guests come to Liberty Hall to learn about the past of Frankfort – those who lived there and died there. There is no monetary compensation for performance in this production. The director of this production is Diane Thompson of Frankfort.

Actors needed: four adult males, any race; one adult male, African American; one teen male, any race; one male child, any race; one male child, African American; four adult females, any race; one adult female, African American; three teen females, any race; and one female child, any race.

Actors of all experience levels welcome to audition; organizers only ask enthusiasm and dedication to the production.

'SPIRITUAL LOVE' MEETING SET

A “Spiritual Love Celebration” meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Roy A. Chappell Community Center on the Kentucky State University campus. This is a free, nonprofit event.

The celebration, sponsored by the KSU Student Government Association and Sisters Unite, is set for Saturday, Nov. 2 beginning at 2 p.m. Any woman who would like to attend should contact Dana at (502) 234-3383 for details.

COLEMAN SPEAKING AT ST. PAUL UMC

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1800 Louisville Road, continues the celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding with the church’s first pastor, The Rev. Edward C. (Buddy) Coleman who served from 1962-68 speaking at the 11 a.m. worship service today. A reception will follow the service.

Then the community is invited to join in the culmination of the 50-year anniversary celebration Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30.

On Sept. 29 there will be games for all ages, inflatable bouncers for the children, face painting and music. A barbeque dinner will be served at 4 p.m., followed by live gospel music featuring The Polston Family from 5-7 p.m.

Then on Sunday, Sept. 30, fellowship will begin at 9 a.m. for reunion time. A special worship service will begin at 10:30 led by Frankfort District Superintendent Rev. Jean Hawxhurst, with a reception to follow.

COFFEY SHARING 'WINDMILL ON FORT HILL' IDEA

“A Windmill on Fort Hill” will be the subject of a talk by Don Coffey at 10:45 a.m.  today at the Unitarian Universalist Community of Frankfort, 459 W. Main St.

Coffey is an advocate for the power-generating and symbolic value of a windmill to be placed on Fort Hill overlooking the city of Frankfort. The service will focus on environmental concerns and the care of the planet, in keeping with the UU principle of the interdependent web of all existence, of which humanity is a part. 

Coffey previously served in both federal and state governments in various capacities, including intelligence analysis, policy and budget, program evaluation, indigent health care and health-care reform. Since retiring he has written several stage plays and a biography of artist Paul Sawyier.

The public is invited to the service, and refreshments will be served during a discussion period after the talk.

HUMAN RIGHTS CELEBRATION AT CWU FRIDAY

Church Women United presents a human rights celebration, “Embracing Our Oneness,” 7 p.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 121 E. Todd St.

Maria Foster Bush will receive CWU’s Human Rights Award. Lane Lewis will accept a donation for Thorn Hill Education Center. Refreshments will follow. Everyone is invited to attend.

GRAMMY-NOMINATED CARMAN TO SING

Carman, a contemporary Christian singer and evangelist who has been nominated for a Grammy and sold more than 10 million records, will be performing at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29. at Grace Fellowship Church, 122 E. Broadway.

Carman is expanding a U.S. tour to include small cities in order to connect with people who can’t attend concerts in larger venues, according to a press release.

Admission to the concert is $20 for ages 10 and up, and a love offering will be collected.

For more information, call 875-7886. For tour dates, visit www.carmantv.com.

WELLS SPEAKING AT THURSDAY WIGS MEETING

Barbara Wells will be the guest speaker at the next Women in God’s Service Ministry meeting, 6:30 p.m Thursday at 649 Charity Court. This event is open to all women at no cost with food provided, but donations are accepted. Visit http://wigsministry.com/ for more information.

'MOTORCYCLE TAILGATE SERVICE' AT HARVIELAND

Harvieland United Methodist Church, Flat Creek Road, is hosting a “Motorcycle Tailgate Service” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Everyone is welcome and is requested to bring a dish for the “potluck lunch” that will follow the morning service.

“South of Heaven Ministries” will provide music. For more information, contact Pastor Dale Wethington, 227-3485.

'HALF THE SKY' PRE-RELEASE TUESDAY

The Frankfort chapter of Dining for Women is presenting a 40-minute pre-release screening of “Half the Sky” at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of First United Methodist Church.

The screening is free and open to the public.

“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” was filmed in 10 countries and based on the book by New York Times reporters and Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

The film shares stories of “inspiring, courageous individuals,” according to a press release from Dining for Women.

The full four-hour documentary premieres on PBS on Oct. 1 and 2.

PARKINSON'S GROUP TO MEET

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday at Thorn Hill Education Center, 700 Leslie Ave.  

Members will gather at 5:30 p.m. to visit and share a snack with each other, and the quest speaker will begin at 6 p.m.

This week, neurologist Dr. Blake, who has a practice in Lexington, will give an update on a new patch that provides needed medication for Parkinson’s patients. He will also answer any other questions group members may have.

This group is open to all people, including those with Parkinson’s, caregivers, friends or anyone interested in knowing more about it.

For more information, call Lane Lewis at 505-319-3921, 502-223-0866 or 502-223-3110.

PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ON UNA AGENDA

A retired professor of Middle East history and politics at University of Kentucky will talk to the Frankfort Chapter of the United Nations Association Monday about peace in the Middle East.

Dr. Robert Olson will focus on the “Middle East: Prospects for Peace” at 6:30 p.m. at the Paul Sawyier Public Library.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

“Given the recent murder of four U.S. foreign service officers, Iran possibly pursuing nuclear weapons and the intractable hostility and mistrust between the Israelis and Palestinians, there could not be a more timely and more important topic,” Bill Miller, president of the Frankfort chapter, said in a press release.

GIRL SCOUT INFORMATIONAL MEETING

A Girl Scout parent information meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday at Highland Christian Church, 265 Versailles Road, at Lyons Drive. For more information, contact Lynise Jackson at (800) 475-2621, ext. 214 or ljackson@gswrd.org.

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