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Clark County

September 6, 2013

Top 5 Things To Do

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— Utica will be the epicenter of fun this weekend with a Bluegrass Extravaganza and the town’s annual homecoming festival. Important fundraising events will be held, too, in New Albany. Find all the details below in our Top 5 Things To Do list.

Soar Fest, community carnival and annual fundraiser for Soar [Survivors of Abuse Restore] ministries; noon to 6 p.m.; Fairmont Park, 1799 Abby Dell Ave., New Albany, free. Children and adults alike will have a blast with the many classic games that will be offered all at the low price of only 50 cents for each attempt. Try your hand at the cake walk, ring toss or dunking booth. And don’t forget to shop while you’re playing. Multiple items and baskets will be up for raffle throughout the fun filled day. All proceeds from the event will benefit SOAR ministries, a nonprofit group whose main vision is to create a place where women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse can find hope and healing through Jesus Christ. Several support groups and other resources are available throughout the year for survivors of child sexual abuse. For more information about Soar Fest or the organization, or to schedule one of the SOAR volunteers for an interview or speaking engagement, please contact Leslie Thomas at 812-590-2426 or visit its website: soarministry.org.

Utica Preservation Homecoming Festival; Friday and Saturday; John Noble Wood Community Center and Carol Thierman Park, 106 N. 4th St., Utica. Free. Activities will begin at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. The kick-off parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by a car show, auction and live entertainment. New this year will be a Raptor Show presented by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at noon on Saturday and a 6-Gun Wild West Reenactment show at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday. The auction will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday with live entertainment by the Perkins Brothers of Kentucky [tribute singers] at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 502-345-3865 or 812-288-6748.

Bluegrass Extravaganza; Hidden Hill Nursery and Sculpture Garden, 1011 Utica Charlestown Road, Utica; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 with free parking. Enjoy exploring the gardens while sipping wine from Turtle Run Winery. Five banjo-picking Bluegrass bands will be performing throughout the day along with plants on sale, garden art and a raffle featuring a mandolin and fiddle designed by Bluegrass legend Michael Cleveland; blacksmithing and wood-working. Music lineup under the Hidden Hill gazebo: 12 to 1:30 p.m.: Denny Wheatley & Friends [dennywheatley.com];  2 to 3:30 p.m.: Flickertail Holler [reverbnation.com/flickertailholler]; 4 to 5:30 p.m.: Potluck Ramblers [potluckramblers.org/Home_Page.html]; 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Matt Phelps & The River City Bluegrass [Matt Phelps playing with Michael Cleveland, renown fiddle player] 8 to 10 p.m.: Relic [relicbluegrass.com] [hiddenhillnursery.com]

Cabo Wabo 2013, charity and benefit for Floyd County Rescue League’s Pets Are Worth Saving [P.A.W.S.]; New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater; Saturday, 6 p.m. to midnight; admission is $10. Must be 21 years old. Entertainment by The Rumors and 100% Poly. No pets. The Floyd County Animal Rescue League is a non-profit local grassroots animal welfare organization dedicated to reducing the number of homeless animals. It sponsors spay/neuter programs and provide adoption and medical support for the New Albany Floyd County Animal Shelter. It has volunteers that donate many hours toward the care and adoption of shelter animals. The Rescue League is a non-profit volunteer organization that carries out one part of its mission by working with the shelter to help reduce euthanasia, increase adoptions, keep the shelter animals healthier and happier, sponsor fundraising events and recruit volunteers. [fcarl.com]

• Second annual NA Business & Professional Women 5K Run for Education at the Ohio River Greenway; Saturday; New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater. Registrations is $25; check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., race begins at 8:30 a.m. This is a fundraiser for scholarship programs. New Albany Business & Professional Women has worked toward equity for women in the workplace for several decades. Since 1947 BPW has worked to empower women in Floyd, Clark, Crawford and Harrison counties through training, networking and awareness of issues affecting working women and their families. Because education is such an integral part of this process, BPW New Albany has endowed thousands of dollars in scholarships to many women in our Southern Indiana community who will be the teachers and professors, medical professionals, attorneys, or financial advisors and business owners of the future. [newalbanybpw5k.org]

— Assistant Editor Jason Thomas

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