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Welcome to the Friday Five, where The Register asks five questions to preview local events or highlight area artists.

On Saturday, The Richmond Church of Christ, located at 1500 Lancaster Road in Richmond, is hosting its fifth free clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Orrin Nearhoof, one of the event's organizers, provides more details.

1 How did the clothing giveaway get started?

In the summer of 2014, two women approached the church elders with the idea of a clothing giveaway. For a number of years, and still continuing, the Richmond Church of Christ has distributed boxes of food to families during the December holiday season. The suggestion was that many families could also benefit from a clothing giveaway. The clothing giveaway became a reality, and the first giveaway was in August 2015.

2 How has the giveaway changed over the years?

For the first year, it was only clothing. Subsequently, linens, household items, and some appliances have been included in the giveaway.

3 Who all can participate in the giveaway?

Any and all individuals and families in Madison and surrounding counties may participate. Children must be accompanied by adults.

4 What can people expect at the giveaway?

They will be greeted by friendly church members willing to help them in any way they can, and well organized display areas.

5 Will anything else be going on at the event Saturday?

The focus of this program is to assist families in our community, and so that will be the only event ongoing.

Five more for the weekend, week ahead:

• Guided Hike at the Pinnacles, today, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. each day at the Forestry Outreach Center, 2047 Big Hill Road, Berea. Weather permitting, a Forestry Outreach Center volunteer or staff member will lead educational hikes on varying trails in the BC Forest. For more information, call 859-756-3315.

• Christmas in July Sale, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., White Oak Pond Church, 1238 Barnes Mill Road. There will be craft/vendor booths, yard sales and more. Contact the church at 859-623-6516 for more information.

• Join the Richmond Area Arts Basket Makers on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the RAAC, 399 W. Water St., Richmond, and make a fun and easy basket. Jo Ann Park will teach another basket in the series "Back to Basics" called the Backyard Garden Basket. This basket is designed with a small garden in mind, to bring in a few tomatoes, peppers, a batch of green beans, or to snip a few herbs for dinner. The Backyard Garden Basket is woven on a flat top D handle and the finished size is 12" X 9" X 4". You will utilize start-stop weaving with chicken feet filling the inside of the basket. The basket can be embellished with dyed reed overlays on each long side to form a diamond pattern. Call to register at 859-624-4242 or email

• Contra Dance with caller Kathy Anderson and band Hot Coffee Breakdown on Saturday, July 27, 8-11 p.m. at the Russell Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson St., Berea. Cost is $9 adults; $6 students and seniors. Beginner lessons from 7:30-8 p.m. Information: 859-985-5501 or or

• The Lexington Road Ministries has joined with businesses and others in the community for the sixth year to offer our Back-2-School Blessing Day on Sunday at 11 a.m. We are hoping to bless 1,000 or more children with a backpack and school supplies. We will also be hosting a clothing drive, providing free food, having health checks and haircuts. Again, all free! This is an awesome day to make a difference in a child's life. The church is located at 2336 Lexington Road in Richmond.

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