Berea College hosts peace lecture

Berea College will present Norberto Cortez Rios, talking on ”Peacebuilding: Repaying an Historical Debt,“ at 3 p.m. Thursday in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Rios is executive director of Mission Mazahua, a holistic Christian ministry that offers programs and resources to promote self-sufficiency and independence as part of the Gospel message to the indigenous Mazahua people of Mexico. The event is sponsored by the Campus Christian Center as the annual Robbins Peace Lecture.

Writers workshop

The Writers Collective 2008 Workshop will be 2 to 4:30 p.m. April 11 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at Old Town Professional Center, 204 North Broadway, Berea. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Berea Arts Council and Kentucky Writers Collective. It is for writers who want to share their work and improve their craft.

Workshop presenters will include writers Jim ­Tomlinson, Trish Ayers, Leatha Kendrick, Steve Lyon, Jan Watson, Normandi Ellis, Beth Dotson Brown and Gin Petty, many of whom will read from their work in a free public reading at the center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 11.

Registration is $20 for April 11, $45 for April 12 and $65 for both days. Early registration starts Friday. Call (859) 985 9317 or go to

Exhibits at Berea

Berea College presents Walter Hyleck: Retrospective 1967-2008 through April 28 at the Upper Traylor Gallery in the Rogers-Traylor Art Building. The exhibition ­features the work of Hyleck, one of Kentucky's most respected studio potters and educators and a member of the Berea College art faculty since 1967. Hyleck plans to retire from Berea College in May.

Coinciding with the Hyleck exhibition is 40 Years of Ceramics Leadership: e_SFlbThe Ceramics ­Apprenticeship Program (CAP) at Berea College in the Art ­Building's Lower Traylor Gallery through April 25. It's a juried exhibition of works by ceramic artists associated as resident potters or former students in the college's Ceramic Apprenticeship Program. Hyleck founded the program in 1970 and has directed it throughout most of its history.

A third exhibition at the gallery is Caddo Pots Caddo Culture: Traditional Caddo PotteryFrom the Collection of the Arkansas Archaeology Survey of the University of Arkansas With permission of the Caddo Nation. The exhibit is through April 25. The Caddo Indian pottery, circa 900 A.D., is considered some of the finest of the Woodland period.

The galleries' hours in the Rogers-Traylor Art Building are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Saturdays and March 21, March 29 to April 7, May 16, and May 26 to June 16. Call (859) 985 3083.

Swing on Saturday

The University of Kentucky Swing Dance Club will hold a swing dance from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Bluegrass Dance Center, 2187 Lexington Road, Building B, Suite 3, Richmond. There will be a swing dance lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Call (859) 625-9393 or go to

Pancake breakfast

The Union City Ruritan Club will host a pancake breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Union City Fire House on Union City Road. The cost is $5.

Fort earns honor

The Fort Boonesborough Foundation recently received the Certificate of Commendation for Volunteer Group at the 2008 Kentucky ­History Awards Program at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. The annual awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, recognize history achievements and projects relating to state and ­local history. General award categories include educational program for schools or communities; volunteer group; museum exhibit; family history publication; and local or state history publication, brochure or pamphlet.

Volunteering in Kenya

Berea resident Gina ­Chamberlain has been ­accepted as a volunteer with the Friends' Africa Great Lakes Initiative Program in Lubao, Kenya, forsix weeks in May and June. Chamberlain will work with the FAGLIP Alternatives to Violence project for relief for displaced persons in Kenya.

Hoops tournament

Glen Marshal ­Elementary School will host a men's ­double-elimination basketball tournament Friday and Saturday at the school, on the Robert E. Martin Bypass in Richmond. Proceeds benefit the school's Beta Club. The tournament is open to all teams. Players must be 21 or older. The team entry fee is $125. There will be trophies for first and second place, and there will be a three-point shootout on both days. The entry fee for the shootout is $10 a person. Call (859) 625 6076.