Voting begins Tuesday in the 5th Annual Gingerbread Houses for Hope, benefitting Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. View and vote for your favorite gingerbread house on display at St. John & Myers Jewelry, located at 400 Old Vine Street, at Grand Boulevard in downtown Lexington. Voting will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 28. Participants may vote for their favorite gingerbread house by donating $2 per vote to CKRH. There is also a silent auction for each gingerbread house and general donations will be accepted for CKRH during voting.
For more details about the event, go to Ckrh.org. Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a 501(c)3 organization based at the Kentucky Horse Park, works to improve the quality of life and the health of children and adults with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through equine-assisted activities and therapies with horses.
Cast Iron Chef benefit
E7 Kids Café, an open-access after-school program that provides a safe place where kids can eat, play and learn, will be the featured nonprofit organization at Blue Stallion Brewery's Mission Monday from 4:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 16. The event will feature a silent auction and participants can compete in a Cast Iron Chef Competition or be a judge and help bestow the title of E7 Cast Iron Chef on a deserving participant.
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E7 Cast Iron Chef is a cooking competition along the lines of the television show Iron Chef. Competitors should create their masterpieces ahead of time, and bring the finished product to the Blue Stallion Brewery between 4 and 6 p.m. the day of the event.
Each dish should be presented in 20 to 30 small portions (think grocery store samples) that will be purchased by tickets at the event. The chef with the most tickets at 9 p.m. will win a prize. The fee to enter the competition is $25.
For more information, go to E7kidscafe.weebly.com/events (sign up to cook under the events tab).
Christmas Charity Auction
Caring Transitions of Greater Lexington will host its annual online Christmas Charity Auction beginning Friday and ending Nov. 19. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Independent Transportation Network of the Bluegrass, a non-profit transportation organization for older adults who are committed to maintaining their independence and mobility. The public can bid on online auction items beginning Friday at Auctionlex.com. A preview party will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at 1411 Delaware Avenue.
Great Art Giveaway
The Great Art Giveaway & Sale to benefit the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency's Bluegrass District Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program will be Nov. 20-21 at ArtsPlace, 161 North Mill Street. Artists, such as Dan Neil Barnes (glass art), Deb Chenault (jewelry), Seth Green (pottery), Steve Heartsill (metal and ceramic), Mary Lamb Nehring (fiber), John W. Snell (photography) and Hannah Vallance (mixed media), have donated items that will be raffled to raise money for NHOA. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the weekend for $10 each.
A gallery hop and sale will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. and a preview party will be 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 20. Admission is free to the gallery hop; tickets to the party are $50 and include food, drinks and a chance to win a piece of art glass valued at $3,000. The raffle drawing for the works of art will be at 4 p.m. Nov. 21. For more information or to buy tickets, go to Bit.ly/1WzXvnL.
Christmas Carnivale, formerly the Trees of Life event benefitting the Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Grand Reserve on Manchester Street.
The business casual event will feature a buffet of heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by Bluegrass Catering and Bonefish Grill as well as samplings from other area restaurants, a free ticket for a drink at the 52-foot, full-service Grand Reserve bar, live music by Out of the Box, an ugliest Christmas sweater contest and a Christmas wreath contest. There will also be carnival games and a silent auction of gift baskets, as well as trees and wreaths.
Tickets are $35 each. To learn more about KHAKY or to purchase tickets for the Christmas Carnivale, go to Khaky.org.