This holiday season, the GoodGiving Guide Challenge offers an easy way to help nonprofit organizations. The campaign, organized by Smiley Pete Publishing and the Blue Grass Community Foundation, runs through Dec. 31.
It is aimed at growing local giving by highlighting the work of local nonprofits and encouraging givers to donate in any amount to the cause of their choice.
Local businesses are donating a percentage of sales to the challenge, and the money will go to the grand finale match pool, in which nonprofits will be eligible to compete for prizes.
Here are offers from some of the participating businesses:
■ Coba Cucina, 2041 Richmond Road, will give 25 percent of sales from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cobar Cantina.
■ Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, will donate 25 percent of its café sales Nov. 14.
■ All Lexington locations of Raising Cane's will give 25 percent of their sales Dec. 4.
■ City Barbeque, 3292 Richmond Road, will give 25 percent of its sales Dec. 12.
■ Sutton's Restaurant, 110 North Locust Hill Drive, will give 30 percent of sales on Dec. 17.
■ Whole Foods Market, 161 Lexington Green Circle, will donate 5 percent of its sales on Dec. 11.
■ Donors who give to the Challenge on Nov. 16 will receive 20 percent off their purchase at Mulberry and Lime, 216 North Limestone.
The campaign will collect donations on behalf of 108 Lexington-based nonprofits, and 100 percent of the money donated, minus credit card or bank processing fees, will go directly to the designated charities. Go to Goodgivingguide.net.
HoneyBaked Ham at Kroger
If you live outside of Lexington and want a HoneyBaked Ham for your holiday meal, you might not want to drive to the store at 2600 Nicholasville Road. Instead, you can pick up a ham at kiosks at these participating Kroger stores in the region: 890 Richmond Plaza, Richmond; 200 Skywatch Drive, Danville; 106 Marketplace Circle, Georgetown; 302 Brighton Park Boulevard, Frankfort; 995 South Main Street, Nicholasville; 810 Indian Mound Drive, Mount Sterling; and 1661 Bypass Road, Winchester.
Check with your store for the hours the kiosks will be open. For more information, go Honeybakedforyou.com.
Holiday tea, Victorian style
Whitehall House and Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, Louisville, will hold its annual Victorian Christmas tea at 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost is $35. Call (502) 897-2944 or email Whitehall@historichomes.org.
The formal tea will feature sweets and savory tea sandwiches. Proceeds go to the Historic Homes Foundation.
Learn about gin
Move back bourbon; gin is stepping up.
On Saturday, Moonshine University in Louisville will present a Gin Enthusiast class for consumers to learn about the spirit's history and uses. The two-hour class at the Distilled Spirits Epicenter will include a lesson on making gin and its history, sensory evaluations of different types of gins and gin botanicals, and a distillery tour.
The class, from 3 to 5 p.m., is $29. Moonshine University is at 801 South Eighth Street. Call (502) 301-8126 or email Registrar@moonshineuniversity.com.
Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.