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Friday

A show entitled A Stone’s Throw From Home featuring oils and nature journal pages in watercolor by Betty Beshoar, of Frankfort, opens Friday with an artist’s reception, 5-8 p.m. at the Capital Gallery, 314 Lewis St.

The Knights of Columbus will host a fish fry from 5-8 p.m. in the Parish Life Center at Good Shepherd Church, 72 Shepherd Way off Leestown Road. The menu features baked or fried Icelandic cod with baked potato or French fries, cole slaw, hush puppies and a cold drink.

Saturday

The Frankfort Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will be hosting a workshop entitled, “Show Me the Money!” as part of the sorority’s DELTA G.E.M.S. and Delta Academy mentoring programs, which are open to all in grades 6-12 in Frankfort/Franklin County schools as well as the surrounding counties.

The workshop will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Education Center, 101 Lakeview Ct. Registration begins at 9. Workshop topics include: Preparing for College, Financial Aid/Scholarships, School Success, Vocational and Business Education, Serving in the Military, and Getting a Job.

Those planning to attend should contact Daphne Jackson at 223-8488 or Maria Bush at 502-682-2625. Parents are encouraged to attend.

A “Full Moon Hike” is set for 8-9:15 p.m. Saturday at Fort Hill Park. This is a family event so that participants can see what the woods look like under the glow of a full moon – if, of course, it’s a clear night.

The event will begin in the parking lot with camp songs as eyes adjust to nightfall. The silent, no-flashlight hike will take go through the forest as participants use the senses of smell, sight, and hearing. At the end of the hike, facts about the moon will be shared.

Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring binoculars for a closer view of the moon.

The program, sponsored by Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites, is free and open to all ages.  For more information, call the Parks office at 875-8574.

Sunday

Happy Jack’s Great Pumpkin Festival is set for noon-4 p.m. at the Happy Jack Pumpkin Farm, 966 Hickman Hill Rd. The event will feature food, pumpkin fun, crafts, jewelry, a two-mile run to benefit leukemia at 1 and more.

All weekend

SHELBYVILLE – Shelby County Community Theatre’s Youth Series production of Honk! Jr., music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, enters its final weekend with 7:30 p.m. stagings Friday and Saturday, concluding with a 2:30 matinee Sunday opens Friday, 7:30 p.m. The play is a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.

Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, and $10 students. For reservations, call 502-633-0242. All stagings are at the theater, 801 Main St.

Continuing through Sunday, Commonwealth Credit Union is collecting new to gently-used teddy bears and stuffed animals for the Kosair “Bears On Patrol” program.

Bears On Patrol is a cooperative effort between Kosair Charities and local law enforcement to provide teddy bears and other stuffed animals in police cars to comfort young children that may have been exposed to traumatic events.

All Commonwealth Credit Union branches in Frankfort and Lexington will have boxes in the lobby to collect the stuffed animals

Upcoming

Frankfort-based storyteller Mary Hamilton will demonstrate and discuss her craft at the noon Monday, Oct. 1 meeting of the Capital City Toastmasters meeting in the John C. Watts Federal Building at 330 W. Broadway. The public is invited.

Hamilton, a professional storyteller since 1983, has told tales at a variety of venues, including storytelling festivals, performing arts festivals, conferences, universities, theatres, libraries, museums, schools, and private gatherings over the years.

Artist Debbie Graviss will present the program at the 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 meeting of the Capital Area Art Guild in the fourth floor Community Room of Farmers Bank.

The Western Hills High School Drama Club presents What I Want to Say, But Never Will by Alan Haehnel at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the school auditorium.

“What I Want to Say...” is a series of monologues about the difficulties of coming of age. Taken from the responses of actual teenagers, monologues vary in tone from heartbreaking to side-splitting.

The Bluegrass Theatre Guild will present Tom Sawyer on Oct. 4-5, 7 p.m. and at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 in the auditorium at Frankfort High School. Tickets are $15 preferred, $12 general admission and $7 seniors and children.

Reservations are now being accepted for the popular “Murder and Mayhem Tours” beginning at the Capital City Museum, 325 Ann St., 7:30 p.m. each Thursday in October. Dressed as a 19th century police officer, Russ Hatter leads tour takers through the alleys and backstreets of downtown Frankfort encountering tales of the dark side of Kentucky’s capital city.

Some 30 murders occurred within a few blocks of the Ann Street Capital City Museum. The tours take place rain or shine, so if the skies are dark, bring your umbrella. Tickets are $10 and advance reservations are a must. For reservations call (502) 696-0607 or email russh@mis.net. Because of the graphic and gruesome content, the tours are only for adults 18 years and over.

The Garden Club of Frankfort presents “Holiday Entertaining,” a standard flower show featuring holiday tables on Friday, Oct. 5, 1-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. The flower show is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Critterpalooza is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in an around the Jack Williams Pavilion at Juniper Hill Park. The event will feature live music, food and pets for adoption. Admission is $10 and includes a meal catered by STAXX BBQ with vegetarian options available. The admission fee is waived for children under 15 accompanied by a paying adult as well as for adults over 65.

Days of Knights – A Medieval Experience is set for Oct. 12-14 at the new Sky Trail Park at Cove Spring the weekend of Oct. 12-14, sponsored by the Frankfort Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites. The event, which is free, will allow participants to take a “… short walk into the Middle Ages” and focus attention on the park’s new archer facilities.

Days of Knights will feature medieval style archery competitions using longbows and crossbows. There will be demonstrations of these weapons, showing their strengths and weaknesses and stressing their effects on armor. The centerpiece of the weekend will be a time-line living history encampment.

Event details, historical accuracy requirements for participants, schedule, and pre-registration forms are available on the event website. See www.daysofknightsfrankfort.com. Sky Trail Park is on Peaks Mill Road off US 127 North (Owenton Road) just north of town. For other details, contact the City of Frankfort’s Curator of Historic Sites at frankforthistory@yahoo.com.

John MacGregor, an expert on bats, small animals, reptiles and amphibians in central Kentucky, will be featured in a slide program focusing on Kentucky bats at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Fellowship Hall of the Midway Christian Church, 123 East Bruen St. The program is co-hosted by the Frankfort Audubon Society and the Buckley Hills Audubon Society in Lexington.

The public is invited to attend. There’s no admission and the program will be about an hour.  Light refreshments will be available.  To learn more, visit Frankfort Audubon Society’s webpage, https://sites.google.com/site/frankfortaudubon.

A Halloween Dance Party is set for Oct. 26, 7:30-midnight at V.F.W. Post 4075, 104 E. Second St. There will be a band for dancing and listening, prizes for best costumes, food and more. Costumes are optional.

For reservations, call Rita at (502) 229-7966; Betsy at (502) 382-7913 or the Post at 227-2483. The cost is $10/person. Call for table reservations for groups of six or more at tables seating 10. Half of the proceeds will go to the Post’s cancer fund.

MILLVILLE – Tom Webster will lead a planet walk, teach about telescopes, and examine the cool, crisp autumn sky at a star gazing program set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Little Germany Road out of Millville. The cost is $5/person with Friends of Buckley admitted free.

If clear, participants will be able to see mountains and valleys on the moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and its moons (after about 9 p.m.) and learn about the Andromeda Galaxy, which is some two million light years away. Webster will have a telescope but additional telescopes are welcome. Refreshments feature cider and cookies. Participants are asked to bring blankets or chairs and the program will be canceled if the weather is bad.

The 2012 Candlelight Tour is set for Nov. 8-11 in downtown Frankfort. The event was voted one of Kentucky’s “Top Ten 2012 Festivals or Events for Fall” by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association. Those interested in volunteering to help or wanting more information may visit info@downtownfrankfort.com.

Ongoing

The Capital City Country Dancers and Capital City Country Dance Orchestra’s fall dances are being held in the Thorn Hill Education Center Gym from 7-9 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 16.   The location for the dance on Nov. 9 will be the Frankfort School of Ballet. 

 The cost for all 10 classes is: individual. $20; couple, $30; or family. $40.  Fee at the door:  individual, $3; couple, $5 or family, $8.  For more information, call Sylvia and Don Coffey (502) 747-5700 or Laura and John Penn, 226-1093.

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. To register or find more information about programs and exhibits, go to libertyhall.org or call 227-2560.

On exhibit at the Orlando Brown House through Sept. 22: “War Hawks and Valiant Volunteers: Kentuckians in the War of 1812,” a special exhibit in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Free admission.

Upcoming events

Friday and Saturday – “A Very Brilliant Party.” This year’s event, “A Star-Spangled Affair,” commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and celebrates our flag. The evening begins with a chance to view the ongoing restoration at Liberty Hall, followed by hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Orlando Brown House. An 1812-inspired dinner at the Orlando Brown House is complemented by a raffle for a week in Maine and silent auctions. Tickets are $85 and reservations are required. Drinks by Capital Cellars and food by Holly Hill Inn.

Exhibits

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. The gallery is open during events at the Grand Theatre, on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment.

An Artist’s View of the Civil War is the current exhibit in Gallery Hall at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St., through Sunday, Oct. 14.  The drawings are the work of Jim Hoffmann, Versailles, who works for the state as a graphic artist and is a Civil War re-enactor.

Hoffman portrays Theodore Davis, an artist who sketched battle scenes during the Civil War that were published in newspapers of the day.  He will be reenacting his Theodore Davis character at the 9 a.m. contemporary service at the church on Sunday and will be on hand afterwards for a reception in Gallery Hall.

The exhibit commemorates the 150th year of the Battle of Perryville, a major Civil War battle fought in Kentucky.

Gallery Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9-4:30 and on Sundays morning. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Roy Nance, Minister of Music, 227-7430 or visit the church’s website at www.firstumcfrankfort.com.

An exhibition of mixed media works by Lexington artist Staci McKnight Maney is on display at the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery at Kentucky Employees Credit Union, 100 Moore Dr., through Nov. 23.

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

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