The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Luncheon will be 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Lexington Center, Bluegrass Ballroom, 430 West Vine Street. Motivational speaker and Survivor Nicaragua contestant, Holly Hoffman will share stories as she encourages women to take charge of their heart health.
Tickets to the luncheon include breakout sessions, networking exhibits, free health screenings, a Macy's survivor fashion show featuring Central Kentucky women with ties to heart disease, a heart-healthy lunch and a live performance by the musical group the Bats. Tickets are $75 each, and tables are still available. For more information, call (859) 977-4605 or visit Heart.org/LexingtonKYGoRedLuncheon.
Drivers needed for Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is in need of drivers to deliver meals to those in need. Contact the office at 276-5391 for more information.
Book-A-Librarian at Central Library
The Lexington Public Library offers "Book-A-Librarian" for customers to schedule one-on-one time with a librarian at the Central Library on Main Street.
Book-A-Librarian will allow the library to set aside time to work with customers on in-depth questions. Consultations will take place between 2-7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and will typically last 30 to 45 minutes. To Book-A-Librarian, go to Lexpublib.org/book-a-librarian and fill out the online appointment request form. A librarian will contact you within one to two business days.
King Solomon Lodge No. 8 Free and Accepted Masons is collecting coats for its fourth annual coat drive. The coat drive for Fayette County's homeless needs donations of gently used or new coats of all sizes, toddler through adults. Gloves and hats are also accepted. Coats can be dropped off from 10 a.m. - noon on Dec.1 at the Robert H. Williams Cultural Center, 644 Georgetown Street. A goal of 200 coats has been set, said Corey Beaumont, coordinator for the coat drive. The coats are scheduled to be distributed December 17, 2012. For more information call (859) 492-5914.
Rent-A-Center presented a $20,000 check to God's Pantry Food Bank on Oct. 23. This gift is on top of a recent donation of 10 refrigerators made by Rent-A-Center to God's Pantry Food Bank. This summer, the refrigerators were distributed to God's Pantry Food Bank programs and member agencies.
"Donated food can come in all types of variety, dry, cold, frozen, and the ability to arm our programs and member agencies with quality equipment, such as refrigerators made possible by Rent-A-Center so they are able to store these types of donated food at a moment's notice, is important." said God's Pantry Food Bank CEO Marian Guinn.
Trees of Life
The Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky's 26th Annual Trees of Life will kick off with The Great Reveal Preview Party from 7-11 p.m. Saturday in the Elkhorn Ballrooms of Lexington Center. The evening will include music by Big City Groove, a live and silent auction, Tastes of the Town restaurant samplings, cash bar, and the first glimpse of this year's Christmas trees. Advance tickets are $15 ($25 at the door) and are available online at Khaky.org.
On Nov. 24, KHAKY will host its third annual Kentucky Christmas Vendor Fair from 4-8 p.m. throughout the common areas of The Shops at Lexington Center. An assortment of artisans, artists, chefs and other vendors will be offering their products. This event is free and open to the public.
Going for the bronze
Junior Girl Scout Troop 853, fourth and fifth grades girls from Glendover Elementary in Lexington, are working on a community project to earn the bronze award, the highest award a junior Girl Scout may earn.
In February, Magoffin County Middle School was leveled after the tornados went through. The school's librarian went through the rubble and salvaged as many books as she could. They were then stored for the summer. At the beginning of the school year, after unpacking the books they discovered the salvaged books were moldy and had to be thrown out. They were left with an empty library.
After learning about the school, Girl Scout Troop 853 decided to help. They organized a book drive at their school, to be held through Dec. 19. They have also contacted local bookstores to ask for donations.
So far, they have had donations from Reincarnated Books and Half Price Books. Additionally, they took some of the money they earned through selling Girl Scout cookies to purchase books for the school.
Anyone interested in donating books may contact the troop leader, Becky Gibson, at (859) 373-8908 or the Herald Whitaker Middle School librarian, Connie Hale at (606) 349-5190.
The Lexington Playgroup Meetup, a playgroup started in 2006 that now has more than 100 families, dedicated a bench on Oct. 22 at Waveland State Historic Site in memory of Griffin Hall, who died in 2010 at 6 weeks old.
The playgroup members held a candlelight vigil at the bench's dedication in honor of the thousands of unborn and newborn babies that are lost every year. Several families in the playgroup have experienced such a loss through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, etc.
After the death of Griffin, the Hall family — father Geoff, mom Aneisa; daughter Ashlyn, 5, and son Emerson, almost 1, — started Griffin's Gift, a support group for those who have lost a child. For more information on the group visit: Southlandchristian.org/calendar/event/griffins-gift-care-group.
Waveland is the place where the playgroup regularly has events. The playgroup is geared towards kids 5 and younger and is a member -run group. Find out more about the group at Meetup.com.