The staff at the Delhi Township Branch Library will celebrate Fat Tuesday with a Mardi Gras family night at 7 p.m. Feb. 20, at the library, 5095 Foley Road.
"This will be the first time we have had the Mardi Gras theme for family night,'' said Susan Hamrick, branch manager.
Hamrick said the festivities will include decorating wagons and strollers as floats in a Mardi Gras parade, a costume contest with the winners reigning as king and queen of Mardi Gras night, a king cake bake-off and a gumbo cook-off.
Hamrick said the celebration will include the usual family-night activities, such as storyville, a form of storytelling; face painting, mask and hat making, karaoke singing, fortune telling and book cart races.
"Everyone present will vote for the king and queen,'' Hamrick said.
Black history will be celebrated with a lunchtime lecture series at Gateway Community and Technical College, starting at its Edgewood campus, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11.
Gwen Davis, a faculty member in the Information Technology program at the college will conduct a brown-bag seminar on "Black History Virtual Tour of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati."
Hensley B. Jemmott, first vice president of the NAACP in Northern Kentucky, will conduct "An Open Discussion of African American Culture,'' from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Feb. 17 in the Bluegrass Room on the Covington campus.
Michael Washington, director of Afro-American Studies and professor of history at Northern Kentucky University, will talk about "Who Makes Black History,'' from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in Room 101 at the Highland campus.
Steve DeVillez, public relations coordinator for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, will talk about the center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20. in the LeFarge Room on the Covington campus.
Grants to artists
Four artists are the recipients of the Summerfair Inc. Aid to Individual Artists grants.
The winners and categories are Matthew Albritton, a visiting lecturer and photographer at Northern Kentucky University, for gelatin silver prints; Patrick Dougherty, a recent graduate of NKU, for earthenware; Rhonda Gushee, a teacher at the University of Cincinnati, for mixed media, and J. Pouwels, a graduate assistant at Miami University, for drawing.
Each received $3,000.
Amanda Little is the recipient of a Greater Beneficial Union of Pittsburgh Foundation Scholarship. The four-year award provides $1,000 for her freshman year and $500 annually thereafter.
The St. Ursula Academy graduate is a freshman majoring in journalism and creative writing at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware.
The following have been named to the fall term dean's list of their college or university:
Erin Hamant of Montgomery, a junior in the School of Communication at Ohio University. She is a Sycamore High School graduate.
Holly Hauser, a freshman majoring in animal sciences in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University. The Loveland High School graduate is the daughter of Jill and Bill Hauser of Loveland.
Katherine Pennekamp, a junior marketing major at the University of Cincinnati. The Ursuline Academy graduate is the daughter of Julia and Gregg Pennekamp of Evendale.
Tina Valerius, a junior majoring in English with a minor in global studies at Wittenberg University, Ohio. She is a also a sprinter on the women's indoor and outdoor track teams. The Mount Notre Dame High School graduate is the daughter of Joyce and Fred Valerius of Reading.
David DiNuoscio, a freshman at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. The St. Xavier High School graduate is the son of Susan Lobaugh of Liberty Township and Tom DiNuoscio of Hamilton.
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