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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 through Oct. 12 in the Grand Theatre Gallery, 308 St. Clair Street.

An artist’s reception will be held on TONIGHT, 5-7 p.m. and the artist will also be at the gallery during the ArtWalk on Friday, 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.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Members of the Frankfort Kiwanis Club will be collecting food for the Franklin County Emergency Food Pantry on Friday and Saturday at the Save-A-Lot food store locations in east and west Frankfort. Friday’s hours are 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

As has been reported in recent weeks, the food pantry is experiencing increasing demand for assistance. Traditionally, donations to the pantry are down during summer months and the Kiwanis Club is hoping for a good response to this weekend’s drive. Cash donations with which to make food purchases by the pantry are also welcome.

SHELBYVILLE – Auditions for Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of Honk! Jr., written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and directed by James Ray Morgan, will be Friday, 3-5 p.m. and Saturday, from 2-4 at First Christian Church, 1000 Eminence Pike, Shelbyville.

Roles are available for children ages 7-14. Those planning to audition should be prepared to sing a short song unaccompanied and do cold readings from the script. Performance dates are Sept. 21-23, 28-30.

FRIDAY

The Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series continues at 7 Friday on the lawn of the Old Capitol. Performing will be Twist of Fate followed by Health Eric & Molly G. Remaining Summer Concert dates are: Aug. 3, 17 and 31. For more information visit www.downtownfrankfort.com.

Downtown Frankfort, Inc. is hosting an ArtWalk from 4-7 FRIDAY 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.

SATURDAY

The Lantern, 66 C. Michael Davenport Blvd., is having yard sale/bake sale on Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

GEORGETOWN – Evans Orchard Annual Sweet Corn Festival is set for Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Activities and events will include live music, craft booths, pony rides, a play area and more.

Evans Orchard is located at 180 Stone Road. Call (502) 863-2255 for more information and directions.

THRU SATURDAY

The Franklin County Fair and Horse Show continues through Saturday at Lakeview Park. For complete details, visit franklincountyfair.info.

SUNDAY

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. 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/.

NEXT WEEK & BEYOND

The Kids ‘n’ Keepers final program of the summer is at Cove Spring Park on Thursday, 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 program sponsored by Frankfort Parks and Recreation.

The Dragon and the Deep Sea, an exhibition of the work of comic book artist Ted Lee Nathanson, is on display at the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery at the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, 100 Moore Drive, through Sept. 14. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, July 27, from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery.

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

MILLVILLE – The American Red Cross will host the sixth annual Ride for the Red bicycle ride fundraiser on Saturday, July 28 at the Millville Community Center on McCracken Pike in Woodford County.  Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The ride begins at 9 with all riders returning by 11:30. The cost is $20 a person on the day of the event or $15 a person if pre-registered.  Children under 12 ride free with a paying adult.  The ride is limited to 75 riders.

Choose between a 17-mile, 34-mile ride, or any distance you choose.  Funds raised support Red Cross services in Franklin, Woodford and Anderson Counties.  Contact the Red Cross at 223-1795 or (800) 578-4904 for a registration brochure or more information.

The American Legion Post 7, 164 Versailles Rd., will host a dance Saturday, July 28, 8 p.m.-midnight, featuring Black Diamond Band. For more information, call 695-9107.

Spellapalooza III is set for Friday, Aug. 10 in the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. Team signups are now being accepted. Call Marylynn Collins at 319-5509 or email her at marylynn41@hotmail.com for more information or to register a team.

The State Journal’s team, which won last year, will be on hand to defend its title. The Bee begins at 6:30 with a light dinner be offered beginning at 5:30.

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.

The Kings Daughters Apartments, 220 Hanna Place, is hosting a Senior Living Health Fair on Wednesday. Sept. 19, noon-2 p.m. Vendors at the fair will provide advice on health, safety and services for seniors in the Frankfort area. The Kings Daughters Apartments will also provide refreshments and tours of the facility and refreshments. The public is invited. For more information or questions, call 223-2141.

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.

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.

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