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Voices group reviews plans

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

A group gathered at Brian’s Bistro Tuesday night to set into motion events that will impact the community. 

Voices for Social and Cultural Life is a capital groups operating under the leadership of Fayette County Community Voices. The group’s Meet Us at the Bistro event gave the community a chance to hear the plans of the group.

One of those events is the Baby Contest and vendor event during the Fayette County Free Fair in August. The baby fair will give people a chance to shop items exclusively for babies.

In order to make that possible, Social and Cultural Life needs vendors to set up at the Baby Fair to sell any items that have to do with babies.

“We’re requesting vendors, we’re trying to get as many local vendors as we can that does baby items,” Kathleen Jasper, Social and Cultural Life chair, said.

Vendor spaces are $35 a space, and all items must be baby related. To rent a space, vendors may contact Jasper at mkmccallj@gmail.com.

The group is also planning a Diversity Listening Circle event in October. It will allow people to listen to other people and their ideas on how to make the community better, and to develop a strong community that is attractive to businesses and individuals.

“Listening Circles are a way to build bridges among our diverse population and make needs and desires known in ways that can have a significant impact on the community as a whole,” Linda Fitzgerald, a member of the Social Cultural group, wrote on Facebook.

Diversity Listening Circles is in partnership with the Fayette Community Foundation for the Listening Circles. The foundation gave funding to Social and Cultural Life through the Reita and Ben Brunsman Endowment, which requires students to be involved with a group to receive funding.

“We can’t change the community and peoples’ attitudes towards everything in just one year, so we want to get a lot of students involved so that they can keep it going over the years,” Jasper said.