United Way honors Trim Masters

United Way of the ­Bluegrass paid tribute to corporate partner Trim ­Masters of Jessamine County in a ceremony March 4 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington.

Trim Masters of ­Jessamine County was recognized with the Chairman's Award for showing exceptional dedication by increasing its contributions and providing community leadership. Trim Masters coordinator Julie McGinniss more than quadrupled the contribution from last year — up $40,000 — and increased the number of ­donors by 300 percent. Trim Masters also was recognized for its efforts in being in the top 25 regional contributors to United Way of the Bluegrass.

Grape grower nominations sought

For the fifth year, the ­Kentucky Wine and Vine ­Festival is accepting ­nominations for Grape Grower of the Year. The submission deadline is April 25. Applications are ­available at Call Marisa at (859) 885-7491.

Dance team honored

The Kentucky X-treme ­Allstar Dance Team from Nicholasville placed fifth in the National Dance Alliance Competition in Orlando, Fla., on March 1 and 2. Team members are Hanna ­Philpot, Lauren Smyth, ­Emily Taylor, Megan ­Fielding, Danielle ­Rardin, Kourtni Honeycutt, Chelsea ­Burris, Jordan McIntosh, Tori Dean, Josie Mattmiller, Kelli David, Monika Ireland, Jackie Harper, Morgan Johnson and Haley Perdue. The group draws members from five high schools and is coached by Jackie Tamming. Call (859) 885-6683.

Cassity building open house

An open house will be held in the William Neal ­Cassity Building from 3 to 5 p.m. March 26 at 117 South Main Street in Nicholasville. The renovated building, which was gutted by fire in 2004, houses the Jessamine County Attorney's Office and Administrative Office of the Courts. Call (859) 885-4500.

Horsemanship school open house

Sunburst Horsemanship School will hold an open house 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1129 Durham Lane, Nicholasville. Activities include horse grooming, riding demon­strations, and Native American drumming, song, storytelling and dance. Go to www.sunburst or call (859) 224-8480.

Gardens, lifesaving classes offered

Mercer County ­family and consumer-science agent Luci Hockersmith will host ”Big Gardens, Small Spaces“ at 2 p.m. Monday at the ­Agricultural Learning Center at City/County Park in Nicholasville. Get creative tips to make the most of your garden plot. Call (859) 885-4811.

Also at the Agricultural Learning Center:

Learn lifesaving ­techniques, emergency first aid, and CPR at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The free class is open to anyone 18 and older. This class will not provide ­participants with certification for CPR/first aid. Register by Friday at (859) 885-4811.

"Unsung Heroes' book discussed

Steve Flairty will discuss his new book, Unsung Heroes of Kentucky, at the Writer's Forum at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jessamine County Public Library, 600 South Main Street, Nicholasville. Register at or call (859) 885-5164.

Green living presentation

Emma Sleeth, a ­sophomore at Asbury ­College, has authored It's Easy Being Green: One Student's Guide to Serving God and ­Saving the Planet, a new book on creation care published by Zondervan. Sleeth, an ­English major, began the book as an advance-placement English ­project while in high school.