This weekend, you can tour CastlePost, one of Kentucky's most famous landmarks, and help homeless women and families served by the Salvation Army.
Tours of CastlePost, located on Versailles Road in Woodford County, are available Saturday through Monday. The tour includes the grand foyer, music room, grand ballroom, dining room, library, billiard room and several guest room suites.
Tickets are limited and are available at Whitaker Bank's Beaumont Centre, Hamburg and Paris Pike locations, or by calling (859) 543-4061.
Tour times are on the hour from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday.
Tickets are sold by tour time and are $35 per person Saturday and Sunday; $25 per person Monday. Royal admission flex tickets, which have no set tour time, are $45 per person. For more information visit Salvation armylex.org
'Rocky Horror' benefit
The Master's Affairs, the all-volunteer Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast of Kentucky, will hold a benefit for Moveable Feast Lexington on Saturday, World AIDS Day.
With a donation of two canned food items, the first 100 guests at the 11:59 p.m. showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will receive a free V-Pack, which includes all the props needed to participate in the experience: rice, rubber gloves, toilet paper, Skittles and newspaper.
Admission to the movie is $6. V-Packs are $2 each after the first 100 are given away. More information is available at Themastersaffairs.com.
Angel Trees help kids
Make a child's Christmas special this year by visiting one of the Salvation Army's Angel Trees, located at Fayette Mall, Glenn Nissan on Richmond Road, Hyundai of Nicholasville, Whitaker Bank (Lexington and Georgetown locations) or Walmart in Georgetown.
Select a child's card from one of the Angel Tree displays; purchase new gifts using the information on the angel card as a guide; return the angel card and unwrapped gifts by Dec. 9.
Donations may also be made online at Salvationarmylex.org or mailed to: The Salvation Army Angel Tree Fund, 736 West Main Street, Lexington, Ky. 40508.
Diabetes award received
Jennifer Harris of Nicholasville has been recognized nationally for her contributions in the fight to stop diabetes by the American Diabetes Association at the Association's Community Volunteer Leadership Conference that took place recently in New Orleans.
Harris received the The SHARE Leadership Award, which is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated in his or her community a significant and ongoing ability to recruit, train and motivate local volunteers. They do so by sharing their passion, time, commitment and enthusiasm in a leadership role on a committee, event or community leadership board.
Harris, whose son, Justin, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 6, works year-round in leadership roles for two of the association's fund-raising events — the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and the Gala. She also serves on the association's board of directors.
Harris has been involved in the Step Out event for 13 years. As the Step Out chair the last two years, she has helped the association raise more than $450,000. As auction chair for the Gala, she has helped raise more than $200,000.
Art show benefits The Nest
The Nest: Center for Women, Children & Families will present "100 Angels," an art project with nationally renowned Lexington artist Marjorie Guyon.
"100 Angels" is an edition of archival, pigment-based prints on panels created from original paintings done by Guyon to benefit the Nest. The project encourages members of the community to act as angels in support of the work of the Center for Women, Children and Families.
Purchasers are invited to name their angel in honor of someone special in their lives and to utilize the power of art to support vulnerable women, families and children.
A reception to view "100 Angels" and to meet Guyon will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Nest, 530 North Limestone Street. Guests can enter The Nest off Martin Luther King Boulevard and Fifth Street in Duncan Park.
To attend, contact Carol Whipple at email@example.com. For more information, call (859) 494-8577.
In celebration of Blue Grass Community Foundation's 45th anniversary, the organization has awarded $45,000 in grants to non-profits participating in the GoodGiving Guide Challenge.
The following 10 nonprofits were the first to raise $4,500 in unique contributions of $25 and were awarded a $4,500 endowment grant to a new or existing nonprofit endowment fund at BGCF. Winners are: Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, Lexington Fairness, Lexington Philharmonic, Living Arts and Science Center, Prichard Committee, Shoulder to Shoulder, Paris-Bourbon County YMCA, Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation, and the Paris Animal Welfare Society.
The GoodGiving Guide Challenge to raise $400,000 for 68 non-profits continues through the end of the year. There are weekly challenges in various areas, such as the arts, where those non-profits compete for specific prizes.
To learn more about the Challenge and to make a secure donation to your favorite nonprofits, go to Goodgivingguide.net.
Cancer group gives grants
The Lexington Cancer Foundation has awarded $267,737 in grants to 13 Kentucky non-profits to improve cancer care, continue awareness efforts and to fund cancer research projects. The winning non-profits are: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Central Baptist Hospital, Friends of Indian Summer Camp, Horses and Hope, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, Tri-County Cancer Coalition, University of Kentucky Research Foundation — Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky HealthCare, the Testicular Cancer Society, The Center for Courageous Kids and Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition/Healthy Initiatives.
Grants awarded will support several types of projects, including cancer patient transportation to medical centers, creation of a healing garden on the grounds of the Markey Cancer Center, financial support for production of a testicular cancer awareness radio program in Eastern Kentucky, Jin Shin Jyutsu classes for cancer patients and free prostate screenings at the 2013 Kentucky State Fair.
The non-profits were honored at the eighth annual grant awards ceremony and luncheon at 11 a.m. Monday at the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort.
For more information, contact The Lexington Cancer Foundation office at (859) 388-2620 or log on to Lexingtonfoundation.org.
Mosaiic conference set
Mosaiic 2012: Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies and Institutional Inclusiveness Conference will be Nov. 29-30 at the Marriott Griffin Gate on Newtown Pike.
The theme of the conference is "Doomed to Succeed: The Impetus of the Underdog." Keynote speakers are Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and Hasan Davis, the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice.
For more information, visit Bluegrass.kctcs.edu/, click on Visitors and Community, then Multiculturalism and Inclusion.