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May Friendship Day, sponsored by Church Women United, will be Friday at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. Fellowship hour is 10 a.m. and the celebration is at 11.

The theme is” The Sounds and Sights of Harmony: Listening to My Sisters.” This program celebrates the diversity of races, cultures and traditions as women draw together in Christian fellowship. Russ Hatter, assistant curator of the Capital City Museum, will bring the history of Frankfort entitled “Where We Came From.”

Sally Taylor will be honored with the Valiant Woman Award. This award is given to a woman who has given service to CWU, her church and her community. In addition we will honor two women with the Key Woman award. This award recognizes women who are active in their community as well as their churches. The Least Coin Offering will also be received during this program.


An exhibition of photography by Lexington artist Linda F. Blumer continues through July 13 at the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery at the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, 100 Moore Dr. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday 5-7 p.m.

The gallery is open during regular credit union hours, Monday through Thursday, 8-5; Friday, 8-6 and Saturday, 9-1.


A fish fry will all proceeds going to Relay For Life will be held Friday, 5-7 p.m. at West Frankfort Church of God, 1518 Louisville Rd. The cost is $5 and the menu includes fish, potato salad, slaw, hush puppies, dessert and drink.



Commonwealth Cancer Center will hold a Relay for Life Yard Sale on Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, at 110 Diagnostic Dr. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For details call  227-3383 or visit


Members of the Capital Area Extension Master Gardeners are preparing for their third annual Spring Plant Market. This event is to be held on the front lawn of the Old Capitol Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Plant Market is a great way to stock up on annuals, perennials, ground covers, hostas, daylilies, hanging baskets for Mother’s Day, houseplants, herbs and vegetable transplants. Of special interest this year are items reflecting the continuing interest in heirloom plants. Green Zebra, Red Zebra, Crimson Carmello and Marvel Stripe are just a few of the heirloom tomato seedlings that will be available.

The proceeds from the Spring Plant Market will go to support CAMG projects, educational programs for the community, and the CAMG scholarship fund.


The Western Hills FFA Alumni chapter is sponsoring a double-elimination amateur cornhole tournament on Saturday. Registration starts at 10 a.m. in the school parking lot (inside the gym if rain) and games begin at 10:15.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place and drawings for door prizes will take place throughout the day. Entry fees are $15 per person or $25 per team.  Contact Michael Williams at 875-5051 or Lisa Wood at (270) 314-0338 to pre-register or for more information. Proceeds benefit the Western Hills FFA Memorial Fund.

All of the proceeds from the event are going to a fund to build a memorial garden at WHHS to honor the memory of students, faculty and staff who have died as the result of various tragedies across the years.

There will be food, music and door prizes in addition to the first second and third place team prizes that will be awarded.


A fundraiser to benefit the family of the late Tanko Samuel Nfor will be held Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 127 Green Hill Ave. Mr. Nfor died on April 16.

The purpose of the event is to help the family with the cost  of returning his body to Cameroon, West Africa and help pay for his wife and children to make the trip. Donations can be sent in care of Green Hill Baptist Church/The Nfor family at the address above. Receipts will be mailed back within three days.


BAGDAD – The Bagdad Days 5K run/walk is Saturday. This is the 20th year for the event. The entry form is available at or contact Phyllis Bailey at (502) 640-6062.


MILLVILLE – Buckley’s Birdathon will be held Saturday at the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Little Germany Road out of Millville beginning at 7 a.m. There’s no charge to participate in the event. As part of Buckley’s fundraising efforts, pledges have been secured for the number of bird species identified. Bring binoculars.


Next week & beyond

The Switzer Ruritan Club is hosting its 24th annual Fish Fry on Friday, May 18, 5-7 p.m. The menu will feature Switzer Ruritan Club’s famous fried fish, onion rings, hush puppies, cole slaw, desserts and beverages.  The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children eight and under.

The event will be held, rain or shine, at the North Fork Baptist Church, 3360 Rocky Branch Rd. in Switzer, outside under the pavilion or  inside  in the fellowship hall if the weather is inclement. Chances on the club’s Scholarship Quilt will be available for $1 each and Covered Bridge Mugs will be on sale for $5 each.


The Knights of Columbus next “hot fish” dinner at Good Shepherd Catholic Church is from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 18 in the Parish Life Center, 72 Shepherd Way off Leestown Road. Proceeds will benefit K of C charities in this area.

The menu features baked or fried Icelandic cod with baked potato or French fries, cole slaw, hush and hush puppies. Additional “hot fish” days are Sept. 28 and Oct. 26.


Simon House is hosting its Fifth Annual Fundraiser, “A Night in Margaritaville” on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the Frankfort Country Club.  The event will provide guests with an opportunity to support a great cause while bidding on live and silent auction items, enjoying listening and dancing to the music of Jimmy Buffett, and savoring delicious hors d’ouvres. 

Tickets to the event are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.  For more information contact Simon House at 223-2138 or or go online to


North Frankfort Baptist Church is sponsoring a Classic Car Cruise-In from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 18 in the parking lot  at Hardee’s, Schenkel Lane.  All proceeds will benefit Relay for life. The event will feature DJ Rick Johnson, food, door prizes, a cakewalk and auction.


The 20th Annual Kentucky Wine and Roses Herb Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Lakeview Park. Admission is free; parking is $3/car.

The event will feature vendors from across Kentucky and neighboring states selling herbal crafts, products, foods and plants. There’ll be music, an auction of herbal items at noon, an herbal sack lunch available from 11-1 for $7 and more.

For complete information call Sue Wash (502) 535-6885 or visit


The Frankfort High School Drama Club will present Senior Directed One Acts May 18 at 8 p.m. and May 20 at 3. Veteran drama club seniors Chad Avery, Carly Bolanos, Shannan Slone, Stephen Spisak and Corrie Burke direct these short comedies. Drama club sponsor Andrew Tippett produces the show.

The presentations will be free of charge, however, donations will be accepted. For more information call 875-8657 or email Also, you can follow the drama club by visiting You can view this page even if you are not a Facebook subscriber. 


The second annual We Care Walk-a-thon will be held Saturday, May 19 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Versailles Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10. The event is a benefit for Special Olympics and the fee is a minimum of $20/walker.


SHELBYVILLE – Auditions for Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, are Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the theater,  801 Main St.

Auditioners should be prepared to do cold readings from the script or a one-minute monologue, and bring sheet music and sing 16 to 32 bars of up-beat music. Performance dates are July 20-22 and 27-29. Mike Seely directs the play. For more information, call (502) 633-0222. The theatre is located at 801 Main Street, Shelbyville.


The annual Cow Pasture Bingo Fund Raiser to benefit Project Graduation 2012 for Franklin County High School and Western Hills High School is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Lakeview Park. Bingo tickets may be purchased from any FCHS or WHHS senior or by calling Ellen Hunsaker (FCHS), 682-9597 or Linda Thomas (WHHS), 320-3362. The  top prize is $1,000.

In the game, a cow is enclosed in an area that has been divided into an area with numbered squares in a grid. If the cow drops a “patty” in your square, you win.


NEW HAVEN – Thomas The Tank Engine will be offering rides June 9-10 in New Haven, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day at 136 S. Main St. 

Tickets for Day Out with Thomas™: The Mystery Tour 2012 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free (866) 468-7630, or by visiting or Ticket prices are $18 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply). 

For more information and directions, call (800) 272-0152 or visit

For information on Thomas & Friends™, visit


Kentucky Historical Society

The Kentucky Historical Society’s new exhibition, Women in Basketball continues in the Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Broadway and Ann Streets.

Regular public hours of operation are: Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10-8; Friday and Saturday, 10-5. For more information about KHS, its exhibitions and programs, visit


Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall Historic Site includes Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, both located on Wilkinson Street. The houses are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Tours of Liberty Hall start at noon, 1:30, and 3, leaving from the Orlando Brown House.  Admission to the Orlando Brown House is free; there is a small charge for tours of Liberty Hall.

Upcoming events 

Saturday, May 12: Liberty Hall Gardens Spring Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-noon on the Orlando Brown back porch.  Plants available include northern catalpa tree seedlings, Lenten rose, monarda, yellow flag, interrupted fern, foxglove, lords and ladies, rocket lettuce, New England asters, and more.  Proceeds support the Liberty Hall gardens.

Saturday, May 12: In Honor of Mothers, a dedication of the 2012 Mother’s Garden, 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Orlando Brown back porch; everyone is welcome to attend.  You may also have a flower planted in honor of or in memory of your mother, grandmother, or other important women in your life by making a $15 contribution to the 2012 Mother’s Garden. All contributions must be received by May 8 in order for an acknowledgement to be received by Mother’s Day.  Call the LHHS office for information.

Saturday, May 18: Hearthside Cooking Demonstration, noon-4 p.m., free admission for members or with a Liberty Hall tour.  Learn about 19th century foods and cooking techniques over an open fire in Liberty Hall’s historic kitchen.

To register or find more information, go to or call 227-2560.

Through June 23: On exhibit at the Orlando Brown House, Elegance and Opulence: Fashions of the Titanic Era, featuring gowns from 1905-15 from the Liberty Hall Collections in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic; free admission.



The artwork of Gairee Hankins, a studio art major at Kentucky State University, is on exhibit through May 28 at the First United Methodist Church Gallery, 211 Washington St.

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