Hats for Life cancer foundation benefit

The Lexington Cancer Foundation's Hats for Life is a silent ­auction of new and gently worn hats. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 in the Victorian Square Atrium. Tickets are $30 and include parking, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased at www. or by calling 1-888-388-2620. Guests will be able to purchase elegant hats while enjoying live music and fashion shows by local Lexington boutiques.

YMCA events include reading and safety

Read Across America will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the High Street YMCA, 239 East High Street, and from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA, 3251 Beaumont Centre Circle. Call Wendi Keene at (859) 367-7327 or e-mail

Also at the YMCA High Street, Beaumont Centre and North Lexington locations: Splash!, a free water safety awareness program, will be held March 31 to April 4. Each class is 30 minutes long and meets Monday through Friday at the same time each day. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. Call (859) 219-9622 (Beaumont), (859) 254-9622 (High Street) and (859) 258-9622 (North Lexington).

Hockey group 
helps hospice

The Lexington Amateur Ice Hockey Association will host Hockey Helps Hospice, a fund-raiser for Hospice of the Bluegrass from 7 to 10 p.m. March 30 at the Lexington Ice Center, 560 Eureka Springs Drive. The event will include two hockey games, an exhibition shoot-out and a celebrity/mascot ice shot contest. Visit

Philharmonic class features guest conductor

The Lexington Philharmonic's Master Classics will host guest ­conductor Alfred Savia at 8 p.m. March 28 at the UK Singletary ­Center for the Arts. There will be a preview lecture in which Savia will discuss his influences, experience and the night's program at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $24 to $45. Call (859) 233-4226 or visit

Ghost-hunter to speak

Patti Starr, president of Ghost Chasers International, Inc.,professor of Ghost Hunting at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and author of Ghost Hunting in Kentucky and Beyond will present a seminar, ”The Truth about Ghosts,“ at 7 p.m. March 29 at the Ghost Hunter Shop, 835 Porter Place. Seating is limited. Call (859) 576-5517 to reserve a seat. The cost is $10. People are welcome to bring a photo, electronic voice phenomena or video that might feature paranormal activity for evaluation.

Good Foods holds nutrition class

Good Foods Market and Café, 455 Southland Drive, will hold a ”Better Eating for Life, Fit in Fun Foods“ workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Learn about alternatives to white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. The cost is $10 for owners or $12 for others. From 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Good Foods, learn about ”Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard“ with natural-landscaping consultant Connie May. The cost is $15 for owners, or $17 for others. Call (859) 278-1813.

Tango classes offered

The Lexington Vintage Dance Society will hold a series of Argentine tango classes for beginners from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, March 25 through April 29 at ArtsPlace, 161 North Mill Street. The cost is $55 per person, or $27.50 for a full-time student. Registration by couples is preferred. For information call Lynda Matusek at (859) 266-4818. Visit

Marie Bradby reads 
at Carnegie Center

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, will hold a free reading and signing of Some Friend with children's and young adult author ­Marie Bradby at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reading. The event is part of the center's New Books by Great Writers series. Call (859) 254-4175.

UK Relay for Life scheduled

Students from the University of Kentucky will host their 2008 American Cancer Society Relay For Life event to fight cancer. Beginning at 7 p.m. March 28 to 7 a.m. March 29 at UK's Goodbarn Field, students will honor cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease. At the event, relay teams of 8-10 members camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track. Each team has at least one representative on the track at all times during the event to represent that cancer never sleeps. The funds raised by the students for the event will support American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy and patient service programs. To learn more about UK's Relay For Life or how to form a team, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Tates Creek playschool accepting children

Commodore Playschool, an afternoon developmental nursery school program run by the Child Development classes at Tates Creek High School, 1111 Centre Parkway, is accepting children for its spring session. Applications will be accepted starting today. Children ages 3 through 5 can participate in the playschool, where they will be involved in art, dramatic play, literacy activities, large- and small-muscles activities and story and song time. Participation in the playschool is free, although donations to the program are accepted. Contact Mary Ann McGlothlin, (859) 381-3620 Ext. 1211 or

History museum holds Lincoln program

The Lexington History Museum, 215 West Main Street, will hold a talk by John Kleber, titled ”Evening With Your History: Lincoln's Kentucky,“ at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The museum will open at 6:30 p.m. to allow patrons to enjoy the new exhibit Lincoln and His Wife's Hometown. Admission to the museum and to the lecture are free. Call Joan Grever, (859) 335-5313 or e-mail

Nature journal workshop rescheduled

The Illuminated Nature Journal Workshop has been rescheduled. It will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 at The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive. Observe, reflect, sketch, and write in the surroundings of The Arboretum. The instructors are Arwen Donahue and Roberta Burnes. Writing and drawing exercises will focus on observing and interpreting what is seen, deepening awareness of the natural world and the connections to it. Wear appropriate clothing for gentle excursions into the garden. Bring a journal, pens and/or pencils, and a sack lunch. Call (859) 257-9339 to pre-register for this workshop. Cost: $45 (Friends of The Arboretum: $40).

James Lane Allen school to host entrepreneur fair

James Lane Allen Elementary School will host an Entrepreneur Fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium. The event allows students an opportunity to start a business to sell goods or services to the public. They take market surveys to see who will purchase an item and at what price; they also create advertisements and appeal for their business. Call Andrea M. White at (859) 381-3456.