• Berea Christmas Country Dance School evening programs open to public with $20 admission. For details, visit www.berea.edu/ccds.
• Richmond City Commissioners swearing-in ceremony, 5 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
Through Jan. 1
• Madison County Extension Office closed from Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, reopening Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Dec. 31, Jan. 1
• Richmond City Hall and all city departments close 3 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday.
• Madison County Courthouse and all offices are closed all day Monday and Tuesday.
• Berea City Hall and all offices are closed all day Monday and Tuesday
• Madison County Public Library branches closed.
• Richmond Area Arts Council’s “Fun With the Arts” after-school spring semester classes begin. For details, visit www.artsinrichmond.org or call 624-4242.
• Richmond Board of Adjustments, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Sister’s Choice Quilt Square class, 5-7 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water Street. The $15 tuition includes materials. Patrons should bring own portable sewing machine, thread and scissors. For details, visit www.artsinrichmond.org or call 624-4242.
Starting Jan. 7
• The Treble Clef Chorus (formerly Madison Youth Chorus) resumes weekly rehearsals, 5:30 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
• Fitness classes, cardio at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; Jazzercise at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Russel Acton Folk Center, Jefferson Street, Berea. For class fees and other details, call Berea Parks & Recreation, 986-9402.
• Madison Fiscal Court, 9:30 a.m., Berea Police and Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut St.
• Richmond City Commission, 4:30 work session, 6 p.m. regular session, City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
Sarah • Madison Middle and Madison Central High schools Youth Services Center Advisory Council meeting, 3:30 p.m., Phillips Building Center, 704 N. Second St.
• Madison Singers (RAAC community choir) resume weekly rehearsals, 7 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
• Grandparents as Parents, 10 a.m., Madison County Extension Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.
• Richmond City Commission work session, 1 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Berea City Council, 6:30 p.m., Berea Police and Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut St.
• Richmond Architecture Review Board, 3:30 pm., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Richmond Planning and Zoning Commission work session, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
- Lifestyles & Community
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
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