Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites is hosting a 2014 Nature in the Parks Kick Off from 2-3:30 p.m. at Paul Sawyier Public Library. The community is invited to attend.
The event is an opportunity to learn about Nature in the Parks, which consists of a NatureClub, NaturePrograms and NatureCamps. NatureClub membership is open to all, and programs are offered throughout the year for adults, families and children.
For more information, visit www.frankfortparksandrec.com.
The Franklin County Humane Society is holding a pet food drive from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Walmart.
Bluegrass Theatre Guild will hold auditions for “Shrek the Musical” 6-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday April 7-8 at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. Come prepared to sing a song of your choice (not from Shrek), learn and perform a short dance, and read cold from the script.
There are roles for seven men, five women, two youth, eight tap dancers and 28 more persons of any age for the ensemble of fairytale creatures. BTG also needs volunteers for carpentry, painting, sewing, backstage and technical crew. For more information, call 502-330-1946.
A benefit concert for funds to help with research to fight triple negative breast cancer is set for 6-10 p.m. April 11 in the Investors Heritage Auditorium, 213 W. Second St. The suggested donation is $10 per person at the door.
The benefit is also in memory of Daphne Scruggs Fields who was 34 when she was diagnosed with the incurable, fast-growing cancer. The event will feature, in addition to the music, refreshments and a silent auction.
The Franklin County High School Band Boosters will hold an Arts and Crafts Bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 at the school. All proceeds will benefit the boosters. There will also be a silent auction, concessions and a bake sale.
The Fort Boone Civil War Battle Site, in the Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill, is the site of the Seventh Annual Civil War Park Cleanup Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12.
The cleanup is being sponsored by the History Channel, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites, Frankfort Public Works, Frankfort Civil War Roundtable and the Friends of Fort Hill. Volunteers will clean out the powder magazine and remove some of the fallen tree limbs.
To participate call the Capital City Museum at 502-696-0607. A sign-up sheet is also available at the museum reception desk, 325 Ann St. Bring tools and work cloves. All who participate will receive a T-shirt, compliments of the History Channel.
The Second Annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner to benefit the Franklin County Humane Society will be held from 7-10 p.m. April 12 at the Capital Plaza Hotel.
The event will feature dinner, a silent auction and cash bar and the attire is business casual. Tickets are $50/person or $400 for a table of eight. For more information call Christy Burton at 859-325-5300 and for reservations email email@example.com.
At the Grand
These events are planned for the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St.
TONIGHT: A reception is set for 5-7 p.m. for “Sentinels,” an exhibit of wood-fired stoneware sculpture by Kentucky State University Art professor Scott Ross that is on display in the Grand Theatre Gallery through May 21.
The gallery is open Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. during Grand Theatre events, and by appointment by calling the box office at 502-352-7469.
TONIGHT: A special viewing of “Day of the Killer Tornadoes” and “When Weather Changed History: Super Outbreak” is set for 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the City of Frankfort and the Louisville National Weather Service Office. The event is free and open to the public.
The program will last approximately one hour and there will be time before and after the event to ask questions of meteorologists from the Louisville National Weather Service Office and Lexington News Channels.
Saturday: “La Bohème” will be streamed in a live, high-definition broadcast at 1 p.m. It is the Metropolitan Opera’s latest production of the Giacomo Puccini’s favorite.
“La Bohème” is sung in Italian with English subtitles. The running time is about three hours. Tickets are $23 for adults, $18 for students, and may be purchased at the door, at the ticket office at 312 W. Main St. between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays or by calling 502-352-7469.
As part of the Nature in the Parks program, Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites is sponsoring Spring Wildflower Walks at Cove Spring Park, 2-3:30 p.m. every Sunday in April. A different guild will lead the tours, which are free and open to all ages.
Cove Spring offers a host of native wildflowers.
Participants should meet at the shelter by the waterfall at the main park on the east side of U.S, 127 near the Thorn Hill Bypass. Wear appropriate shoes for hiking and clothing for weather conditions. For more information visit www.frankfortparksandrec.com
The Frankfort Audubon Society has shared information about these programs.
April 12, 9 a.m.-noon: The Young Birders of the Bluegrass have scheduled a field trip to Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, 1305 Germany Road just out of Millville. The trip will consist of a beginning birding program with Environmental Education Facilitator Barb Cornett. She will be covering bird calls and song, as well as bird beaks, before taking participants out birding.
The cost of this program is $10 for each adult/child participant plus $4/ adult and $3/ child non-participant (entry fee). Pre-register by contacting Tanner Shepard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the program, participants are invited to gather for a bring-your-own sack lunch at the pavilion.
A Spring Wildflower Walk is set for 2 p.m. April 13 entitled Birds and Blooms at Don Stosberg’s and Ida Palmer-Ball’s farm and home on Devil’s Hollow Road.
The farm features a wide variety of native wildflowers and the hike is easy and generally on level terrain. An extended upland hike option may be offered beyond the lowland creek side walk. Participants should consider weather conditions and dress appropriately.
The public is invited to attend this free event, although very small children or individuals with mobility issues may experience difficulties. Hike participants are welcome to bring field guides and encouraged to bring binoculars.
The farm is located at 5140 Devils Hollow Road, 7 miles from the bottom of Devils Hollow Road off Taylor Avenue. The driveway is on the right 1 mile from the intersection of KY 1005 and KY 1665 and immediately past one-lane bridge. Access requires crossing a flat creek bed.
Heavy rainfall prior to the hike or high water in Benson Creek may necessitate cancelling the walk. If conditions are questionable, phone 502-223-1807 to confirm.
Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St., which includes Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, is open again for the season. Here are upcoming activities:
Bourbon & Browns, Liberty Hall’s Spring Fundraiser, is set for April 11. Tickets are $50 and include an exclusive bourbon tasting paired with unique Holly Hill Inn Hot Brown creations, American Roots Music by Hot Chocolate & the Marshmellows, silent auction items and entry into Kentucky Made, the decorative arts exhibit.
All proceeds will help support and preservation of Liberty Hall Historic Site.
Our Beloved Ghost Tours of Liberty Hall are planned for April 18 and June 13.
Tickets are $10 per person and space is limited, so reservations are required. Guests must be 12 years or older to participate.
For reservations or more information about either event, call 502-227-2560 or visit Liberty Hall Historic Site on Facebook.