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Keeneland, Maker’s Mark partner to help disabled jockeys fund with commemorative bottle

Keeneland and Maker’s Mark have a rich history of working hand-in-hand to benefit the community and the horse industry. This year is no exception as the two iconic Kentucky brands have announced the 2020 Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle, with all proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), an independent charitable organization that provides financial assistance to jockeys...

NFPA offers five important tips for safely enjoying at-home outdoor activities this summer

With COVID-19 continuing to place limitations on social activities and engagements, people may increasingly turn to grilling, fire pits, and other at-home outdoor activities this summer. With that understanding, the National Fire Protection Association is providing important reminders and guidelines for safely enjoying these activities. “Use of outdoor, fuel-based equipment like grills, fire pits,...

Allison Ball, Kentucky Saves 529, KHEAA partner for Treasurer’s Summer Challenge; set for July

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announced Monday a partnership with Kentucky Saves 529 and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to offer the Treasurer’s Summer Challenge that will take place July 1 through July 31. The Summer Challenge is a unique financial literacy educational course for students ages 13-17. One winner will be selected for a $5,000 college scholarship. Allison...

Cincinnati Zoo has new arrival, first king penguin chick to hatch since 2012; it’s the Year of the Penguin

It’s fitting that the first king penguin chick to hatch at the Zoo since 2012 arrived in 2020, a year that Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is calling the “Year of the Penguin.” “The Zoo’s first birth of the year, in early January, was a little blue penguin, and we’re gearing up to open two new penguin habitats later this summer,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “Since...

Horizon Community Funds awards four Community Impact grants to nonprofits providing critical services

Horizon Community Funds will immediately deploy $50,000 across four nonprofits for their work in Northern Kentucky, through its Community Impact Fund. The following nonprofits will receive funds: • $15,000 for Welcome House, to support their Open Door street outreach program that provides medical services to individuals experiencing homelessness • $15,000 for Life Learning Center, to support...

Nominate your NKY/Greater Cincinnati everyday heroes to win youth-made special ArtWorks flags

ArtWorks is seeking nominations for its new program, Community Hero Flags, so 100 everyday heroes can be recognized for their contributions with custom one-of-a-kind flags designed and sewed by ArtWorks youth apprentices Making flags (Bergette Photography) “During these past few months, it became clear that within our community, there are so many wonderful people are who are selflessly going above...

Fairfield Community Arts Center 2020 Art Exhibition rescheduled for Aug. 1 until Sept. 26 due to COVID-19

The Fairfield Community Arts Center June 2020 Art Exhibition, originally set for June, has been rescheduled for Aug. 1 until Sept. 26. The Fairfield Community Arts Center will host The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) District Chapter 119 15th annual Exhibition at the Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Dr., Fairfield, Ohio. Art Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m....

Campbell County libraries are open, provide special times for at-risk patrons, and offer curbside pickup

The Campbell County Public Library is open to the public. The hours at all four branches will be 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. Hours for at-risk patrons are suggested from 11 a.m.–noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All library branches – Cold Spring, Alexandria, Carrico/Fort Thomas and Newport – will continue to offer and encourage use of curbside...

The Carnegie moves previously announced 2020-21 productions to following year due to COVID-19

The Carnegie’s usual fare of upbeat musicals and stunning intimate dramas will have to wait until next season. In order to ensure patrons’ safety and proper social distancing, The Carnegie is moving its previously announced 2020-21 productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Million Dollar Quartet and Fiddler on the Roof to the 2021-22 calendar. Work is also being done to bring back The Carnegie’s...

NKY Community Action Commission receives $1.6M more in block grant funding for recovery programs

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission has received more than $1.576 million in additional Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding to support key economic recovery programs across the region. The funds were passed as part of the national CARES Act in late March to help citizens impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency. CSBG funding is designed to give Community Action Agencies the ability...

Foundation for Healthy Kentucky to host free webinar about access to healthy foods during pandemic

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will host a free, one-hour webinar about access to healthy foods during the COVID-19 pandemic on June 26. The webinar will feature Valerie Horn of Whitesburg, who has been actively engaged as a community leader in a variety of enterprises to increase the amount of fresh food available in the Letcher County area. The webinar is part of the Foundation’s “Kentucky...

Family Nurturing Center, GO Pantry each awarded $5,000 grants from Northern Kentucky giving circle

Nearly 30 Give Where You Live NKY giving circle members gathered on Zoom to give $10,000 to two local charities in a process that took less than an hour. In the end, members voted to give this quarter’s prizes to Family Nurturing Center in Florence and GO Pantry, also based in Florence. The grants kick off a year of quarterly meetings in 2020 that will bring upwards of $25,000 in giving by community...

OKI Council of Governments and partners launch digital guide to Ohio River recreation — and it’s free

Big rivers are legendary for inspiring great ideas. Think Samuel Clemens and the Mississippi, made iconic through the works of the American writer known as Mark Twain. Another big one – the Ohio – is getting credit for sparking a pretty good idea of its own: a unique interactive map to aid paddlers, boaters, cyclists, motorists and others in planning trips to explore and enjoy all this great river...

A reminder: 2020 Outstanding Women of NKY Awards go virtual with Facebook Live Event June 23

On June 23, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative sponsored by PNC, will recognize its 2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees with a virtual celebration, taking place from noon to 1 p.m. The awards – sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare – honor women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community,...

NorthKey Community Care gets Substance Abuse and Mental Health Adm. grant to expand services

NorthKey Community Care has been named a recipient of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grant, also known as the CCBHC grant, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). “NorthKey is honored to have received this grant that provides us with the funding to initiate programs and expand upon services we already provide in order to offer additional services...