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FRIDAY

The hit sci-fi comedy “Back to the Future” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of the Summer Classic Film Series at the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St. Tickets are $6 each.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the Grand Theatre ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by calling 502-352-7469. “Back to the Future” stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, who inadvertently travels back in time from the 1980s to the mid 1950s. Christopher Lloyd plays the mad scientist who invents the time machine, a sleek DeLorean sports car. The movie also stars Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

“Back to the Future” was a mega-hit, grossing more than $350 million and leading to two sequels. Robert Zemeckis co-wrote and directed. “Back to the Future” is rated PG.

 The film series continues through late August. Remaining films are “Rear Window,” July 27; “Vertigo,” Aug. 10; and “The Birds,” Aug. 24.

SATURDAY

At the next Kentucky Genealogical Society/Kentucky Historical Society “Second Saturday” family-history workshop, two experienced genealogists/bloggers will demonstrate how to use blogs to connect with other researchers, share genealogical information, identify ancestors and find family stories.

Welcome to the Blogosphere, set for Saturday at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, will feature two sessions. During the morning, presenters Cheri Daniels and Linda McCauley will provide an overview of genealogy blogs, the helpful community of bloggers and the dynamic information network bloggers have created.

The workshop will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. A light lunch will be available for $6 if requested at time of registration and paid for at the door. To register, phone the center’s library reference desk at (502) 564-1792, ext. 4460, or send e-mail to KHSrefdesk@ky.gov.

For more information on this and future Second Saturday family-history workshops, visit http://history.ky.gov. Click on “Family Historians” at the top of the page.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

First Baptist Church, 100 Clinton Street will host the Third Year Pastoral Anniversary for its senior pastor, Robert Earl Houston, Sr. The celebration will take place the weekend of July 14-15, 2012.

On Saturday evening, July 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be a concert by gospel recording artists, The Golden Crowns. Doors will open at 6. The concert is free and open to everyone with doors opening at 6. A love offering will be received during the concert for those who wish to contribute.

On Sunday, July 15, Pastor Paris L. Smith Sr., Evergreen Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg, will be the guest speaker at the 8 a.m. worship service and Pastor Barton Elliott Harris of Westwood Baptist Church, University Center of Nashville, Tenn., will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service.

For more information about any of the events, call 223-5152.

SUNDAY

Walk/Bike Frankfort is planning a “magical tour.” Participants should meet in the parking lot next to the Capital City Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles, helmets and sunscreen.  The magical history tour is a self-guided scavenger hunt in historic downtown Frankfort and can be completed on foot or by bicycle.

Prizes will be awarded to individuals, families or teams who accumulate the most points. For more information, call Donna at 502-330-5835, stop by the Folk Bike Recyclery or visit Walk/Bike Frankfort on Facebook.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

The Franklin County Fair and Horse Show is set for July 16-21 at Lakeview Park.

Spirits of the Past, an exhibition of photographs of the Old Taylor and Old Crow distilleries in Millville by Frankfort artist Rhett L. Beck, is on display now through Oct. 12 in the Grand Theatre Gallery, 308 St. Clair Street.

An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, July 19, 5-7 p.m. and the artist will also be at the gallery during the ArtWalk on Friday, July 20, 4-7 p.m. The gallery is open during events at the Grand Theatre, on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment.

The Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20 on the lawn of the Old Capitol. Performing will be Appalatin and Fragment 58.

Remaining Summer Concert dates are: Aug. 3, 17 and 31. For more information visit www.downtownfrankfort.com.

Downtown Frankfort, Inc. is hosting an ArtWalk on Friday, July 20, 4-7 p.m., celebrating and supporting downtown’s vibrant art scene. Colorful, new banners designate each ArtWalk stop including galleries, artist’s studios, exhibition spaces and more. Free kids art activities in some locations.

Visit www.downtownfrankfort.com for full information. The Kentucky Employees Credit Union is sponsoring ArtWalk.

In addition to the many wonderful art offerings in the core of downtown, visit the seventh floor McClure Building art studios, the Cornerstone Gallery’s photography exhibits and to view Liberty Hall’s portraits. Also, the First United Methodist Church Gallery Hall presents a “first look” exhibit featuring many artists who will be showing at the inaugural Art in the Gardens in September.

SHELBYVILLE – The Shelby County Community Theatre presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Performances are July 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30, and July 22 and 29 at 2:30.

Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, and $10 students. For reservations, call (502) 633-0242. The play is directed by Mike Seely. Because of adult themes, this show may not be appropriate for children. All performances are at the theater on Main Street in Shelbyville.

MILLVILLE – The Frankfort Audubon Society and Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary are hosting a reception honoring Julia Risen, Frankfort native and intern with the National Audubon Society from 2-6 p.m.  Sunday, July 22. Guided hikes at the Buckley Sanctuary, Little Germany Road out of Millville, begin at 3 p.m.

The reception, refreshments and hikes are free and open to the public.  For more info with a map showing the location of Buckley Sanctuary, visit website of Frankfort Audubon at: https://sites.google.com/site/frankfortaudubon/.

The “2012 Capital City Blues & River Festival Presented by Farmers Bank” is Saturday, Aug. 11 from 4-10 p.m. at the Ward Oates Amphitheater behind the Kentucky Bar Association. This year’s Festival features award winning blues sensation Johnny Rawls, world traveling Louisville blues band the King Bees, and Frankfort’s own Here for the Party Band.

The outdoor concert is the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse’s primary fundraiser, helping the Council serve the needs of domestic violence victims and build awareness of domestic violence, elder abuse and child abuse throughout the community.

Preferred setting tables for eight people with dinner are $350 and $250 without dinner. General admission tickets are available for $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Dinner provided by the Bistro 241 can be added for $15.

General admission fans are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Tickets are available at the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission, any Farmers Bank location, the Capital Plaza Hotel, or online at www.capitalcitybluesfestival.eventbrite.com.

The first Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, featuring exhibits by 53 outstanding artists and artisans, as well as children’s art activities, live music, and house tours, will be held Sept. 1-2 at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St. Admission is $3 daily. For more information, visit http://artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org or call Liberty Hall at 502-227-2560.

Bash in the Bluegrass, a country couture barn party to benefit Hospice of the Bluegrass, will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at Gainsborough Farm in Versailles. Visit http://www.hospicebg.org/events.html for more information.

ONGOING

Presented by the Frankfort Parks and Recreation, the Kids ‘n’ Keepers program has returned to Cove Spring Park with sessions set for Thursdays through July 26 beginning at 11 a.m.

Geared for children ages 3-10 years old, each “kid” must me accompanied by a “keeper” 14 years or older. This can be a parent, grandparent, babysitter, older sibling, neighbor or friend. Participants are encouraged to a pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the shelter following the program.

For more information about these free programs, call (502) 352-2028.

The following dances have been scheduled by The American Legion Post 7, 164 Versailles Rd.: Plum Creek Band and dance; July 21, 8-10, Plum Creek Band and dance; July 28, Black Diamond Band and Dance. For more information, call 695-9107.

The Franklin County Women’s Shelter is having a month-long estate sale at 624 Shelby St. every Saturday. This is a one-of-a-kind sale featuring women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, household items, patio furniture, artwork, and tools. All proceeds benefit the Women’s Shelter.

Pictures of items available for purchase will be posted on their website (www.fcwomenshelter.com) and Facebook throughout the month. Visit the website or call 352-2843.

DANVILLE – The Pioneer Playhouse, 840 Stanford Rd., continues through its production of Bottoms UP! through July 21. Plays continue through August and are staged indoors if it rains.

Dinner is at 7:30 each evening and show time is at 8:30, Tuesday through Saturday. For complete information about shows, ticket prices and /or to reserve tickets, visit pioneerplayhouse.com, email pioneer@misnet, or call (850) 236-2747 or (866) 597-5297.

AT THE GRAND

The following events are planned for the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by calling (502) 352-7469.

Wednesdays during summer: The Grand Theatre will celebrate family summer fun with a series of five children’s matinee live shows and films scheduled on Wednesdays through early August. The series is sponsored by McAllen Solutions Inc. Each show will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Here are remaining scheduled shows: the movie “Babe,” July 25; and the movie “Charlotte’s Web,” Aug. 8.

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

Saturdays, July 21, Aug. 18: “Sprinkler Saturdays!” Cool off on a hot summer day the old-fashioned way – by running through the sprinklers on the Orlando Brown lawn, noon-2 p.m., free. This is a “Let’s Move Museums and Gardens Program.”

Saturdays, July 21 and Aug. 18: “Hearthside Cooking Demonstration.” Learn about 19th century foods and cooking techniques over an open fire in Liberty Hall’s historic kitchen. Noon-4 p.m., free for members or with Liberty Hall tour admission

Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22: “Nature Journaling in the Liberty Hall Gardens.” Nature Journaling is a powerful tool for connecting to the world around us. Join ecologist Heather Housman and artist Betty Beshoar as we observe and record nature in the gardens of Liberty Hall using a unique pencil and watercolor technique.  Suitable for all experience levels, beginners welcome. Basic drawing and watercolor use will be discussed in class.   Cost:  $95; call or email to reserve a space.  Material list provided upon registration.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12: Canvas cloths, painted to look like expensive marble, were common in the hallways of 18th and 19th century homes such as Liberty Hall. Virginia Tucker of the Virginia Floorcloth Company will guide participants through making their own painted cloths. Fee is $115/$110 for members and includes all materials. Registration required by July 27.

Saturday, Aug. 25: Concert on the Lawn featuring the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard. Bring your own chairs, blankets, and/or picnic, 2 p.m., Orlando Brown lawn, free.

To register or find more information, go to libertyhall.org or call 502-227-2560.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Kentucky Historical Society’s new exhibition, Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy runs through Dec. 8 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 www.history.ky.gov.

EXHIBITS

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is exhibiting the artwork of Paula Murphy Ink through to the end of the Shaker Village Craft Fair in August. The exhibit is located in the Ministry’s Workshop next door to the restaurant at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg. The work may be viewed daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Sunday Aug. 5.

The exhibit features original pen and ink drawings rendered in watercolors including many scenes of Shaker Village. For more information phone (800) 734-5611 extension 242 or 244.

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