Fayette County: God's Pantry receives two-year Feeding America grant

God's Pantry Food Bank was one of six food banks selected nationwide to receive a grant to support two years of child hunger research and service help from Feeding America's Child Hunger Corps member Mya Price. Price will assess and develop the food bank's capacity to execute programs aimed at alleviating child hunger. Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger relief program. The grant is from ConAgra Foods Foundation.

Movie about West African music, refugees at library

Sahel Calling, a film directed and edited by John Bosch-Holmes, a Lexington native and graduate of Henry Clay High School, will be shown for free from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Lexington Public Library's Farish Theatre, 140 East Main Street.

The film is about the West African music and musicians of Mali and the plight of refugees forced by extremists to leave their homes. It also captures the hope and spirit of Malian people despite their losses. Special guests will include Essa Bokarr Sey, former Gambian ambassador, who will lead a discussion following the film about Malian music and its relevance for all, but especially West Africans. The Lexington area Parkinson's Support Group will present an educational program, Gathering for the Good: Living Life to the Fullest with Parkinson's Disease, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Malone's Banquets, above Sal's Chophouse, 3347 Tates Creek Road. This program is for people with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers, and will include a presentation by Dr. Rita Gandhy, a movement disorders specialist, as well as information on a new physical therapy program. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will make a special presentation. There is no charge for the program, and lunch is included.

Registration is required by calling Elaine Keith at (859) 277-1040 or emailing her at

Celebrate the Day of the Dead

The Living Arts and Science Center, located at East Fourth Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, will present the 8th annual Day of the Dead Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday with a celebration at the center as well as at the Old Episcopal Burying Ground at the corner of East Third Street and Elm Tree Lane.

The celebration will feature the visual, musical, dance and culinary traditions of the holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and parts of Central and South America, and will include traditional Mexican dancers, musicians, participatory arts and crafts, art exhibits and food. Guests may view altars, created on and around the grave sites of the burying ground with flowers, food, remembrances, skeletons, candles and more, by artists Augustin Zarate, Adan Utrera, Jacobo and Janice Aragon, and groups such as Richmond Model Lab School, Sayre School, Christ Church Cathedral and University of Kentucky Students for Honduras.

For more information, go to, or call (859) 252-5222.

Jubilee Jobs to hold fundraiser

Jubilee Jobs of Lexington will kick off its Year of Dignity and Hope with a fundraiser at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at Malone's Banquets, above Sal's Chophouse, 3347 Tates Creek Road. The speaker will be Kevin Atkins, Lexington's chief development director. Jubilee Jobs is beginning its fifth year of helping those who need a job. Last year, Jubilee Jobs placed 130 people in permanent jobs. To register for the event, or for more information, call Shay Irwin at (859) 977-0136 or email her at The cost to attend is $100. Register by Friday.