Community

Luncheon benefits homeless shelter

There will be a Madison County Homeless Fund-raiser luncheon from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Miller Center, 325 North Estill Avenue in Richmond. There will be a $5 charge for soupbeans, cornbread, a drink and dessert with door prizes and gifts for all. The event will include free blood pressure screenings and glucose screenings.

Tibetan monks

Berea College will present the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in the ”Mystical Arts of Tibet“ at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Phelps Stokes Auditorium. The free convocation is co-sponsored by the Campus Christian Center and Peace and Social Justice Studies.

■ Also at Berea College: the Black Music Ensemble Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Berea Baptist Church, 310 Chestnut Street in Berea.

Theater auditions

Auditions for the Rose Barn Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Macbeth will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Madison Central High School, 705 North 2nd Street in Richmond. Call (859) 582 0386. Auditions for the summer production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will be Saturday also 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MCHS Chorus Room. Call (859) 200-5020.

EKU dance concert

The Eastern Kentucky University Dance Theatre will present its Spring Concert at 8 p.m. nightly today through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, in O'Donnell Hall in the Student Services Building. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for non-students. Call (859) 622-1260 (859) 622-1901 or visit www.dance.eku.edu.

Earth Days in the Cumberland

Eastern Kentucky University will celebrate the ninth annual Earth Days in the Cumberland throughout April with a wide variety of educational programs and hands-on activities on and off campus. Most events, designed to raise awareness about environmental issues in the Commonwealth and beyond, are free and open to the public. Sponsors of Earth Days in the Cumberlands are the Eastern Kentucky Environmental Research Institute, Center for Appalachian Studies, Division of Natural Areas, Facilities Services, Student Activities Council, Dining services, Kentucky River­keeper and Healthy You at EKU. Community sponsors are Mike's Hike and Bike shop, Friends of Muddy Creek, Madison County Greenways and Trails and the Richmond Tree Advisory Board.

A complete schedule is available at www.eku.edu/.

Clean up the park

In observance of national Park Day, a clean-up of Richmond's Battlefield Park, on US 421 between Richmond and Berea, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers are needed for downed limb removal, sign restorations and general clean-up. Volunteers will receive T-shirts and are advised to wear clothing and work gloves suitable to the weather and the job. Sponsored by the Civil War Preservation Trust in partnership with Take Pride in America the event is underwritten with a grant from The History Channel. Call (859) 624-0013.

Contact Gerard Quinn with news and events in Madison County at jerdevq@aol.com.

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