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NonProfit Briefs: Kenton Co. Rotary hosting forums, Boone schools get Duke grant, SIDS fundraiser

Forum for Elsmere and Erlanger Mayor candidates The Rotary Club of Kenton County will host a candidate forum featuring Elsmere Mayoral candidates Marty Lenhof and Preston Ritter, Jr., along with Erlanger Mayoral candidates Randy Blankenship and Jessica Fette on Wednesday, October 24, at Lloyd Memorial High School, Dietz Auditorium, 450 Bartlett Avenue, Erlanger. The candidate forum featuring the...

NKY Funders group names semi-finalists in quest for $50,000 in funds to be awarded November 20

NKY Funders’ Grants, a new ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around mini-grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky, has released its list of semifinalists for the inaugural competition.   The fall 2018 foundation partners have chosen the following organizations to move on to the next round: • Arts: ArtWorks, Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, Falcon...

St. Vincent de Paul collecting coats to help keep families warm this winter; look for donation barrels

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky has started collecting new and gently used coats, hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves to distribute to local families in need. The drive runs through January 5th. “We have families who struggle to keep their children’s bellies full and their homes safe and warm. By providing a winter coat, we are able to help these families with one less worry,...

Second annual Salute to Service 5K Run-Walk at Levee on Saturday benefits USO; support the troops

Newport on the Levee is honored to host the second annual Salute to Service 5k Run-Walk to benefit the United Service Organizations (USO) on Saturday, October 20, at 9 a.m. Newport on the Levee will donate an additional $5 to the USO for every person who crosses the finish line, calling it “Finish for Five.” “Newport on the Levee is proud to partner with the USO to support the men and women in...

Wreaths Across America aim to put a wreath on all graves at KY’s Camp Nelson National Cemetery

Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,200 locations, will be on Saturday, Dec. 15. Click to go to website The goal: to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of...

Big Bone Lick Salt Festival coming up, festival features live demonstrations of pioneer lifeways

Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 36th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 19-21.    The festival features live demonstrations of pioneer lifeways and frontier skills.  Lee Lynch demonstrates black powder firing. (Photo provided) Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to a storyteller, view prehistoric Ice Age artifacts, and observe...

Dinosaur specimen collected by Cincinnati Museum Center examined by international paleontologists

A collection of paleontologists from around the world recently published the results of their research shedding light on the development of one of the largest dinosaurs. The research paper, published in Scientific Reports, examined a specimen from the collections of Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC). This small skull is from a sauropod (long-necked herbivorous dinosaur), and the research team believes...

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra opens 27th season tonight at NKU’s Greaves — Beyond La Mer

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra 2018-19 Passport to musical adventure takes audiences across the globe. For its first voyage of the 27th season, the KSO visits the coasts of England and France for ocean-inspired classics. The KSO brings the sea, waves, foam, salt spray to Greaves Concert Hall via sight, sound, smell and yes, touch in Beyond La Mer as the orchestra dabbles in constructing a unique 4D...

Calling all writers: Local Author Day Book Fair looking for participants for November 17 event

All local authors (published or self-published) are invited to participate in a book fair being held at the Main Library of Boone County Public Library (1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington) from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 17.  There will be a writing/publishing discussion at 1 p.m., followed by a book fair from 2-4 p.m. Please register through this link if you are interested in participating. The...

Florence Rotary teams up with Boone high schools to tackle food insecurity; take donations to games

The Rotary Club of Florence, Kentucky which serves all of Boone County is teaming up with the four high schools of Boone County to tackle food insecurity at the Friday night, October 12th football games. Rotarians will be collecting donations at the Boone County High School at Cooper High School game and the Ryle High School at Conner High School game. Both games are at 7 pm. All proceeds will benefit...

Bosch Community Fund awards $600k to support STEM programs in Boone, Kenton and Grant counties

The Bosch Community Fund is awarding Boone, Grant and Kenton County School districts a combined STEM grant valued at more than $600,000.   The grant is to be used over the next three years to support teacher training, engineering programming from “Project Lead The Way,” and dual credit scholarships for underrepresented populations to take rigorous college classes while in high school. “We could...

Children’s Home of NKY named to inaugural class as Queen City Certified Leader in Gender Equality

Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK) received recognition as one of the inaugural organizations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky to earn a Queen City Certified Leader in Gender Equity designation. This designation identifies CHNK as having a diverse workforce representative of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, strong gender balance at all levels of the organization, fair pay...

Charities Guild’s Happy Feet Ball raises money for shoes for the children of Northern Kentucky

Pull out your best cocktail attire, brush up on your Charleston and join the Charities Guild of Northern Kentucky on Friday, October 12 at the Metropolitan Club for a 1920’s themed evening of glitz, glamor – complete with a live orchestra – all to benefit the children of Northern Kentucky! The Charities Guild of Northern Kentucky (CGNK), “provides shoes to children in need as identified...

Newport History Museum hosts ‘Harvest the Arts & Music Feast’ Oct 13 — art, music, food and more

Newport History Museum will host “Harvest the Arts & Music Fest on Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 215 East Southgate Street (behind Hofbrauhaus) The event features Tom Mitts Memorial Art Exhibit, showcasing his Newport Scenes and includes art demonstrations, live music, food and more. The event is free and open to the public. Tom Mitts (6/16/62-4/26/17) was an entrepreneur and was...

Coalition Against Domestic Violence launches Purple Purse Challenge fundraising campaign to serve survivors

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) has launched the Purple Purse Challenge, a statewide fundraising campaign to provide emergency assistance for survivors of domestic violence.    The challenge raises funds for the Purple Purse Emergency Fund, which is available to survivors served by KCADV’s 15 member programs. Last year, the fund provided more than $32,000 in emergency...