■ Operation Turnout, an organization that focuses on engaging the minority population of Central Kentucky in the political process through voter education, registration and commitment to vote, is sponsoring a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 237 East Fifth Street. The following candidates are expected to attend: Gov. Steve Beshear, Gatewood Galbraith, state Sen. David Williams, Attorney General Jack Conway, Todd P'Pool, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Bill Johnson, Adam Edelen and John T. Kemper III.
■ The Lexington Chamber Chorale is auditioning for tenors to participate in performances of Messiah with the Lexington Philharmonic.
For information and an audition appointment, contact music director and conductor Gary Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 317-3353.
■ Transylvania University hopes to have 1,000 carved pumpkins on display on the steps of historic Old Morrison for its first Pumpkin Mania. The pumpkins will be lit at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and remain on display through Halloween.
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The first 800 people to register at Pumpkinmania.eventbrite.com will be eligible to drop off a pumpkin to be included in the display. Pumpkins may be delivered to the front of Old Morrison from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 only, with the Eventbrite registration form.
■ The latest news and announcements from the Rupp Arena, Arts & Entertainment District is available at Ruppdistrict.com.
The Web site takes you inside Mayor Jim Gray's task force, highlighting the place, the process and the evolving plan for this 46-acre space in downtown Lexington. Visitors may access task force reports; learn more about the district's master planning firm, Space Group; and share their ideas for the future of Lexington.
■ Money Matters, a workshop presented by the Alzheimer's Association, will be 2 to 3 pm. Oct. 27 at the Lexington Public Library, Northside Branch, 1733 Russell Cave Road. The program will help caregivers look at money issues and know how to put financial plans in place for those affected by the disease. Registration is required for this free program. Email email@example.com or call 1-800-272-3900.
■ The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government will hold its first Minority and Women Business Connection from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in the third-floor conference room of the Phoenix Building, 101 East Vine Street. This vendor fair is designed to connect minority and female businesses with the people in government who buy services and supplies.
Registration is required in advance at Lexingtonky.gov/MWBE.
■ Frank X Walker and the Reel World String Band have been selected by the Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice as the recipients of the 2011 Lauren K. Weinberg Humanitarian Award.
They will be honored at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at a reception in The Plantory, a newly renovated multitenant non-profit center at East Third Street and Midland Avenue.
Walker, a native of Danville, is the co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets.
Reel World String Band is an all-female string and singing band that considers itself to be the "essence of Appalachian grit."
The Humanitarian Award is given in memory of community leader and activist Lauren K. Weinberg. For more information on Weinberg, past recipients and ticket purchases, go to Plantory.org or call (859) 255-6999.