Beginning group piano classes for ages 60 and older are being offered at The Music Institute of Lexington. Group piano classes will meet once a week for 12 weeks and start after Labor Day.
The class will cover basic principles of music reading and keyboard skills. No music background is assumed or required, and participants will develop keyboard skills that will enable them to play for their own pleasure. Classes are held in a group piano lab, which enables students to hear only their individual piano and the instructor and fosters a relaxed, stress-free learning environment. An open house for interested students will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at The Music Institute, 3600 Tates Creek Road. For more information, contact Nan Richerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 273-9991. Registration forms can be found online at Musicforlexington.org.
The Music Institute of Lexington is one of 12 non-profit community arts education organizations across the country to be awarded technical assistance and grants through the 2011 MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program. The Creative Aging Program, administered by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, supports the design and development of arts education programs for older adults.
The National Endowment for the Arts' recent Creativity and Aging Study shows that such programs can have positive effects on the general and mental health of older adults.
Lafayette reunion set
The Lafayette Senior High School class of 1961 is having its 50th reunion Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. A reception at Ben Kaufmann's farm will take place 5-8 p.m. Sept. 30. A 10 a.m. tour of Lafayette is planned, and a 6 p.m. dinner buffet at the downtown Hilton hotel will take place Oct. 1. A Saturday morning golf outing and a Saturday afternoon horse farm tour are also planned. Contact Sue Radden Hager at (859) 266-6577 or email email@example.com.
Lyric earns LEED award
The Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center, reconstructed, expanded and reopened last September, has become the first city-owned building in Lexington to earn LEED Gold certification.
"The Lyric has always been a place that makes history. Now it is making a different kind of history, using the latest strategies for sustainable buildings," Mayor Jim Gray said. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an internationally recognized certification system for high-performance buildings. LEED-certified buildings are designed to reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, and improve indoor environmental quality.
Architects for the project, Tate Hill Jacobs, included numerous environmental features that led to the LEED certification, including a 1,110-square-foot green roof that reduces stormwater runoff, absorbs pollutants and provides habitat for birds and insects; a rainwater collection system (used to water landscaping); building materials from the local region, including wood from sustainably managed forests; techniques to maximize use of natural light; and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.
The Lyric Theater first opened in 1948 and hosted performances by artists like Duke Ellington, Ray Charles and Cab Calloway as well as films and cartoons. The theater suffered through decades of neglect and disrepair after closing in 1963.
For more information on the Lyric, go to Lexingtonlyric.com.
Kentucky wines featured at Ashland event
The second annual "Vintage Kentucky: A Toast to Henry Clay" will be Sunday at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate. Wine tasting will begin at 1 p.m. and will include six Kentucky wineries — Chrisman Mill Vineyards, Elk Creek Vineyards, Generation Hill Winery, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards, Prodigy Vineyards & Winery and Purple Toad Winery — that will serve and sell their wines on the estate grounds.
Chris Weiss and Andy Mason will be on hand to provide entertainment from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the wine tent. Blues and jazz group O-Zone will play from 5 to 7 p.m. on the back lawn of Ashland.
Tickets can be purchased for $25 per person and will include 10 tasting vouchers and a logo-etched commemorative wine glass. To sample the wine, patrons must be at least 21. There is no admission charge for the concert portion of the event. Food will be available for purchase. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and picnic.
Some onstreet parking is available in the area. Onsite parking is also available for $5, which goes to support the Ashland Foundation.
Tickets are on sale at Wines on Vine; Chrisman Mill in Hamburg; The Museum Shop at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate; Central Bank Thursday Night Live; and online at Smileypete.com. Stores will accept cash only. Credit cards are accepted at Smileypete.com.
House tours of Ashland will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a cost of $9.
For more information, contact Tamara Deckard at the Downtown Lexington Corporation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (859) 425-2592.