Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has the following programming and events slated for fall. Most events require pre-registration. For more information and to register, go to Shakervillageky.org.
■ The (un)Pleasant Hill Trail Run Series continues Saturday with the second race in the series, the 10-Mile Hobbit Hobble. The challenging course is a combination of turf and gravel tread over rolling hills. Hobbits, elves, goblins and other characters from J. R. R. Tolkien's novels will be on site for a conference and will be present for the start of the race. The $45 race fee includes a long-sleeve race T-shirt, admission into Shaker Village, overall and age-group prizes and refreshments.
■ Fall Paddle Excursions, Saturdays in September and October, beginning Saturday. In partnership with Canoe Kentucky, these adventures launch from Shaker Landing and continue up the Kentucky and Dix rivers. For $75, guests ages 12 and up will enjoy a guided trip and lunch; equipment is provided. For guests with their own equipment, the fee is $50.
■ A Yoga + Herbal Health Cruise, Oct. 3 and 25. Guests will complete a 60-minute yoga flow aboard the Dixie Belle Riverboat. Following yoga, guests take part in a 30-minute program on Shaker herbal medicine and modern versions used today.
■ Extreme Backwoods Hike, Oct. 11. Guests will hike off trail with a guide and view limestone cliffs, deep forest, dry stream beds and abandoned mines.
■ Nature Preserve Night Hike, Oct. 18.
■ Owl Prowl, Oct. 25. Guests will learn about owls, then help call the owls in for a closer look.
■ A half marathon will be Nov. 1. The $75 race fee includes a pasta dinner Oct. 31, a long-sleeve race T-shirt, admission into Shaker Village, overall and age-group prizes and refreshments. Also on Nov. 1 is a Kids' 1-Mile Fun Run around the pond. The Fun Run fee is $10.
■ Geology Hike on the Kentucky River Palisade Cliffs, Nov. 15.
Going green for Christ
Interfaith Power & Light has announced its first 20 Certified Cool Congregations and Salvisa Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is among them.
IPL's list includes houses of worship that have proven that they are reaching significant carbon pollution reductions that often surpass the U.S. goal of 17 percent outline by President Obama in his Climate Action Plan in response to global warming.
Driven by a common mandate to be good stewards of creation, the first 20 Certified Cool Congregations are averaging 42% carbon pollution reductions.
Nationwide, the 20 Certified Cool Congregations below are jointly preventing 2.2 million pounds (1,000 metric tons) of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere every year, the equivalent of not burning one million pounds of coal annually, or preserving 820 acres of mature forest every year, or planting 25,000 trees every year, or asking Americans to drive 2.3 million miles less every year.
Read the Certified Cool Congregations stories and learn more about becoming one by visiting Coolcongregations.org.