Local artists have the chance to creatively educate the public on environmental issues like water quality, recycling, energy conservation and litter through the EcoART grant program.
Made possible by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and LexArts, the EcoART program awarded grants last year to 19 local artists and schools to create environmental performances and artwork. Projects ranged from school concerts and plays to sculptures made from recycled materials.
Non-profit groups, schools and individual artists can apply for up to $5,000 in grants to fund their projects, which must be located in Fayette County.
Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that involve youth, senior citizens, people with disabilities and low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.
Proposals are due July 15. The grant application form and more information on EcoART can be found at www.lexingtonky.gov/ecoart or www.lexarts.org/participate/artists.The South Lexington (Shillito Park) Rookie Orioles won the city championship June 25 against the Northern Reds. The Orioles were undefeated in regular season play with a record of 18-0. They also won the South Lexington Rookie Tournament after losing only one game during the tourney and then taking the city championship, bringing their overall record to 28-1.
Free youth meals at camp
The Kentucky Church of God Youth Camp, at 3500 Versailles Road, is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. To be eligible for free meals children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Children who are part of households that receive food stamps or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.
Meals served will be breakfast 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., lunch 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. and dinner 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Dates for the camp are July 12 to 16 (ages 9 to 11), and July 19 to 22 (ages 6 to 8).
Ashland holds festival
The Country Life Festival at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Road is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (rain date July 15). The day will feature exhibits, children's activities, demonstrations, music, house tours, Civil War equestrians, sheep shearing, wool spinning and more. Admission is $6, free for children younger than three. Bring a picnic or call the Gingko Tree Café to reserve a box lunch. Call (859) 266-8581 or go to www.henryclay.org.