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  • If your children — or you — can’t sit through an entire production of “The Nutcracker,” consider the Cliffsnotes version starring 48 Oldham residents.

    “Nutcracker In A Nutshell” celebrates its fifth year with two public performances Saturday at the Louisville Palace.

    The show still includes the ballet’s major components, said spokeswoman Marie Gould, but condenses it to 65 minutes.

  • When Hewn From The Mountain Music Cafe hosts its first concert Thursday, it will bring owner Tom McShane full circle.

    Legendary musician Turley Richards will play at the store — one of McShane's earliest influences. 

    Richards, a long-time Louisville resident, released his debut album in 1970. He appeared on "American Bandstand" and Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," performed alongside countless notable artists and sold more than 1.4 million records.

  • For 17 years, La Grange’s Dance-Forms Productions has organized international choreographers for performances around the globe — and this weekend, the show returns home to the Oldham County Schools Arts Center.

    This event will be the 57th International Choreographers’ Showcase. Susana Williams has produced four or five a year since 1994, along with help from her husband, Larry Williams.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,400 Corps-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
     

  • The coffee mug sign at Walnut and Jefferson streets in downtown La Grange is kind of like a Krispy Kreme sign — if it’s lit, the coffee’s hot.

    And not just hot – fresh. Like just-out-of-the-roaster yesterday fresh. Take your pick from recognizable coffees, like Brazilian, Colombian or Sumatra. Or, try something different, like Ethiopian beans Yirgacheffe and Nigusie Lemma or Tanzanian Peaberry.

  • This week Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana launched a significant redesign of its website, gskentuckiana.org. The redesign includes a streamlined homepage, as well as a stronger focus on using new content management tools to keep information up-to-date.

  • Whether your Halloween turnout was low or your kids came home with more candy than you'll allow them to eat, The Oldham Era has a few ideas for using extra Halloween candy.

    Ideal Dentistry in Prospect has teamed with Operation Gratitude to send donated Halloween candy to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

  • Little ghouls and goblins will be running in the streets tonight to trick-or-treat and Kentucky State Police want to make sure your kids stay safe.

    KSP Lt. David Jude says the agency wants the children to have a fun but safe trick or treating experience.

    “Halloween is traditionally a time for children to have fun, but most often it is the children who can be injured by situations that are avoidable,” says Jude. “Be sure your child’s costume does not obstruct their vision and is not so cumbersome that they can trip over it.”

  • Though ghouls and goblins willbe out in full force, there will be other, unexpected dangers lurking on Halloween, some before kids even leave the house.

    Though glowing, oddly-colored eyes might seem like the ultimate spooky touch to kids' costumes, officials with the Kentucky Optometric Association, along with the Food and Drug Administration, warn against using decorative, non-corrective contact lenses that are sold without a prescription from an eye doctor.

  • Be a Santa to a Senior, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.5 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America during the past seven years, again is helping older adults cope in tough economic times.

  • For 47 years, the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development has recognized one person annually for going above and beyond their commitment to the county.

    Those people are honored as Oldham Countian of the Year, and the list grew on Tuesday.

    "This year, our honoree is someone that is not in the mainstream of politics, business or chamber work," said Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of the chamber, but who has a passion for the county that is "deeply ingrained in all that he does and stands for."

  • An Oldham County resident was crowned 2011 Lindsey Wilson College homecoming king.

    Daniel Pulliam of Crestwood, was crowned king on Saturday afternoon at Blue Raider Stadium during halftime of the LWC-Kentucky Christian University football game.

    He was elected by the 2,600-student body at the liberal arts college and congratulated by Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr.

    Pulliam represented the LWC Student Activities Board on the homecoming court.

  • The Great Pumpkin is alive and well in Oldham County this season, despite shortages across other pumpkin-farming states.

    Pumpkin crops in many northeastern states were devastated by Hurricane Irene, which flooded fields in August. Even before that, heavy rains in the northeast delayed plantings, setting back the Halloween-timed main harvest.

    In Oldham, however, pumpkins had a good season, according to several area farmers. 

  • Despite the drizzle and chill Saturday morning, over 100 people attended the first Oldham County Hike ‘n’ Bike event on Commerce Parkway.

  • When she arrives at work each day, Susan Eubank is happy. Happy to see staff, patrons and products — none of which she could see from her old office.

  • From buffalo production to philanthropic giving, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson are well-known for their work in Oldham County.
    Their extensive contributions will be recognized at the annual Oldham County Historical Society gala this year.

  • Every Kentuckian can name at least one famous Thoroughbred.

    But not many can tell you stories of the not-so-famous ones.

    Ask Kim Smith, though, and she’ll tell you about Krismas Cactus, Manchester, Finn, First and Gold ... And Lucky.

    She’ll definitely tell you about Lucky.

  • Fourteen years ago, Suzette Decker organized a neighborhood garage sale that included 30 friends and neighbors. Since then, Decker has found a few more people to join in — about 1,000 of them.
    Decker’s KidStuff Sale consignment events draw that many vendors to its events, with a spring and fall event each in Buckner, Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Metro United Way announced Sept. 5 it has approved seed funding for Oldham County’s Hope Health Clinic.
    The clinic is scheduled to open in September and provide access to quality, affordable health care to the uninsured in Carroll, Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties.

  • A calendar featuring women wearing nothing but handmade quilts caught Don Dampier’s eye — but not for reasons you might think.
    Dampier plans to include the calendar and its creators in his upcoming book “The Quilter’s Quest.”