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Celebrity chef and Kentucky artist join Project Playground for ‘Beat the Boredom’ series

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By Becky Barnes

Project Playground fundraiser promises to combat the winter blues with its upcoming “Beat the Boredom” series.
The “Beat the Boredom” series of events features two unique experiences and will raise funds for local playground equipment.
On Saturday, March 1, a Yoga + Celebrity Chef event brings Chef Brigitte Nguyen – as seen on Food Network, Cooking Channel and Kentucky Proud Kitchen – to Cynthiana.
The Yoga + Celebrity Chef event begins at 10 a.m. at The Prizing House with two simultaneous 90-minute yoga sessions. The Intro to Yoga session, taught by Ashley Ford, covers the basics of yoga, as well as breathing exercises.
The Intermediate session, taught by Mandy Gossett-Thornton, is designed for those who either know some basic yoga poses or already participate in other types of regular exercise.
Both classes include hands-on instruction and take-home information for people wishing to continue yoga practice on their own.  
“Don’t be intimidated by the word ‘yoga,’” said Emily Vance Ammerman. “This is a great way to learn some basic yoga regardless of your fitness level.”
After the yoga sessions, attendees can mingle at the smoothie bar with freshly blended smoothie selections.
At noon, Nguyen kicks off the three-course lunch with a cooking demo and discusses menu selection, cooking techniques and some of her favorite recipes.
The three-course plated lunch includes fresh ingredients and a focus on regional and healthy selections, all with Nguyen’s gourmet touch. Each guest will also receive Brigitte’s take-home recipes.
“This is going to be a fabulous day where you get to spend time with your friends trying out new things like yoga,” Rebecca Gossett McCauley of the Project Playground fundraising committee said. “And, who can pass up a lunch by such a great chef?”
The Project Playground committee is raising funds to purchase playground equipment for younger children at Flat Run Veteran’s Park.
The committee has already raised $12,000 toward its $40,000 goal. Project Playground is affiliated with the Cynthiana Arts Council, and donations are tax-deductible.
“I see the Yoga + Celebrity Chef event being a day of laughs, a great atmosphere, beautiful location, and a little pampering,” said committee member Cassie Moses.
A second event in the series is a Wine + Beer + Canvas event on the evening of April 12, also at The Prizing House.
This date night or girls-night-out event features a wine and beer tasting, and Kentucky artist Julie Kearns Coy will guide attendees step-by-step through their choice of paintings.
Each attendee gets to take their finished canvas home at the end of the event. Wine, beer, and gourmet cheeses will be available for purchase.
Tickets for the Beat the Boredom events are $45 each and can be purchased at Smith Insurors, 130 E. Pike St., over the phone by calling Rebecca Gossett McCauley at 859-588-1793 or directly from any committee member.
For more information about Project Playground, visit www.Facebook.comProjectPlaygroundCynthiana.