Monday, April 30, 2007

2nd Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair (Lexington, KY May 19th)

BCTC Peace and Justice Coalition

2nd Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Fair
May 19th from noon until 8:00 p.m.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
470 Cooper Drive

As of April 24, 2007. Please check back soon for updates.


12-12:30: Lexington Children’s Drum Choir (troupe of drummers and dancers)

12:40-1:15: UK/BCTC musicians: Rick, Josh and Greg (progressive rock)

1:15-1:30: Denise Brown (flute and poetry)

1:30-2:30: Dialectics (eclectic fusion)

2:40-3:40: Water (Latin jazz and African soul)

3:45-4:45: Reel World String Band (progressive folk)

The evening concert is a benefit for Howe Charities.
Suggested donation: $5.
This Lexington charity describes itself, in part, as follows: “The Howe Charities, Inc. was created to help bring enlightenment to humanity. Supporting women & children leaving abusive relationships, promoting understanding and acceptance of special needs children and adults, bringing music and art into the world to celebrate joy and love, promoting literature and science to help encourage higher levels of thought and understanding are just a few of our goals.” (For more information, go to

5:30-6:30: Alma Gitana (Caribbean/Latin American/Arabic/Eastern Mediterranean fusion)

6:30-7:30: Mitch Barrett (folk swing)

7:30-8:00: drumming for peace


• Stella’s Kentucky Deli will be the main food vendor. Stella’s, located in Lexington, “is dedicated to local farmers and to supporting local food economies. Our mission is to produce simple, high quality foods that emphasize the superior flavors and textures of fresh, local ingredients. To achieve this, we make all of our sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts by hand, in house, using whatever ingredients are seasonally available.” (For more information, go to Stella's Kentucky Deli)

• The Peace and Justice Coalition will be serving small meals for children, light eaters, and as snacks. On the menu are “Peace and Justice Sandwiches” (aka peanut butter and jam sandwiches made with homemade bread, fresh ground peanut butter, and Kentucky jams) and Quorn’s nuggets (Look and taste like chicken nuggets but they’re made out of mushrooms).

• Drinks: Hansen’s diet and Knudsen’s Juice Spritzers (various flavors)


• Noon – 1:00: PAPER CRANE: "I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world." Sadako Sasaki, age 12, workshop led by Patricia Griffin, Franciscan Peace Center

• 1:10 -1:50:.Sustainable Communities Network, workshop led by Jim Embry, Sustainable Communities Network, GreenCorps, NELI, and other community-based initiatives

• 2:00 -3:00: Why and how to practice energy conservation, a look at mountaintop removal and options for reducing electricity consumption, workshop led by Dave Cooper, MTR Road show

• 3:10 -4:10: Urban Gardening, workshop led by John Walker, Kitchen Gardeners International

• 4:15- 5:00 pm: Community organizing and activism, a “how to” session, workshop led by Dave Newton, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Wellness Activities:

• Yoga session at noon. This session, led by Anita Courtney (Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor), will be held in the AT Building (near KET). Come and practice the art of cultivating inner peace through yoga postures, breathing and visualization. You’ll feel relaxed and energized for the rest of the day and learn some tools for incorporating relaxation into your daily life. Suitable for those who have never tried yoga, as well as experienced practitioners.

• Sign language short course, by Darlena McQueary

• Demonstrations: Tai Chi, Capoeira, Shaolin Do

• Product demonstration: Nikken, Inc. to demonstrate wellness products

• University of Kentucky College of Nursing: massage and energy work

• Kentucky Association of Chiropractors: demonstration of chiropractic, nutrition, and vitality health care

Children’s Activities:

• Montessori Middle School: a skit, poetry readings and quotes, demonstrations of sustainable living, and also a segment on global perspectives.

• Unitarian Universalist kids: decorate gingerbread shaped people with recycled materials and link them together – for peace

• Explorium of Lexington: peace ribbons, wishes for peace around the world

• East Seventh Street Center: face painting, group art project, items for sale

• Once Upon a Dragon Time: puppet shows with storytelling

• Ravenwood Center: “piece for peace” weaving, crafts with recycled materials

• World Vision: learn about Latino culture, make Mexican flowers out of paper

• Rite of Spirit: face painting, henna tattoos

• Heifer International: animal quiz, coloring sheets, and other activities

• BCTC’s Peace and Justice Coalition: painting rocks for a peace signs and (ultimately) a peace garden

Adult Activities:

• Bluegrass Alliance for Woman: Bring your inactive cell phones to benefit this organization’s Workplace Violence Prevention Project. Drop cell phone off at the Howe Charities or the PJC Information booth.

• Unitarian Universalists: the Green Sanctuary program (integrating sustainable living practices)

• Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest: energy conservation and sustainable living

• Shambhala Center and Buddhist Peace Fellowship: meditation

• Kentuckians for the Commonwealth: election activity

• BCTC International Student Association: global awareness

• Curtis Pike Community: living sustainably in place

• Bluegrass Pride: recycling

• Mayapple Creations: earth-friendly jewelry

• Kentucky Fairness Alliance (BG Chapter): equal rights, items for sale

• Howe Charities: highlight community projects,

• Lexington Gay Lesbian Services Organization: quality of life, items for sale

• World Vision: global understanding – generosity and compassion

• Rite of Spirit: dream interpretations, locally handmade good for sale, martial arts demonstrations

• One World Films: the power of film

• Lexington Habitat for Humanity: interactive board for identifying woods and learning about how to creatively use and reuse materials

• Heifer International: exciting display on dung! Quiz about world hunger

• Linda Horvay Notecards: notecards by local artist have carried messages of goodwill around the world, cards will be for sale

• Citizens Create!: interactive peace wheel

• Okela School Charities: Please bring books for Kenyan school! Information about life in Kenya.

• Water Fuel Museum: transportation alternatives

• University of Kentucky: alternative transportation

• Berea College: sustainability

• Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice: living peacefully

Plants, Farms, and Gardens:

• Kitchen Gardeners International: paper towel planting strips for lettuce, radish and carrot seeds

• Shooting Star Nursery: native plants for sale

• Community Farm Alliance: value of local food production, raffle

• Farm products, including Patsi’s Salsi


• The Children for Peace Art Contest (for K-12 students) and the Creating a Culture of Peace Essay Contest (for adults) entries will be exhibited. Winning entries will be announced.

• Look for the Chinese lantern painted as a globe. There will be a surprise coming from that globe at some point during the day.

• There will be other surprises during the day.

Organizer: Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Peace and Justice Coalition
Co-sponsors: Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Franciscan Peace Center, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Sustainable Communities Network, BCTC Office of Multicultural Affairs


Anonymous said...

This event looks great, I am definitely looking forward to it.

literaghost said...

Speaking of that "Culture of Peace" essay contest, are we ever going to get to see your entry...?

Michael Benton said...

Literaghost, do I know you, how did you know I entered an essay in the contest :) oooh, I love a mystery ;)

literaghost said...

Jah, we know each other - I also happen to know you won that contest. ;) Think I'll keep my exact identity a surprise for if/whenever you join me in my downtown prowls, though...muahahah.

Michael Benton said...

Hmmmmmm, origami obssession exposed on your website... who have I seen doing origami lately?

Anyways, while I figure you out, we might have to talk SF/Fantasy sometime.

Take care Literaghost!

PS: Rebecca asked me for the file of the essay, so I'll put it up when I find it... thanks for noticing that I won :)

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