Fayette County: Walk for Warmth set for Saturday

February 12, 2013 

The sixth annual Walk for Warmth will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to benefit the Lexington Rescue Mission's Homeless Prevention Program. The walk will begin at Triangle Park and end at the Kentucky Theatre.

In 2012, the Lexington Rescue Mission helped 99 families keep their utilities on and prevented 94 households from being evicted.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Free parking is available at the Transit Center garage. Registration is free, but participants are encouraged to raise at least $50 in sponsorships. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising individuals, and everyone who walks will receive a T-shirt. Online registration is available at Walkforwarmth.org.

Singing valentines available Thursday

Unbridled Harmony, the Lexington Chapter of Sweet Adelines, will offer singing valentines Thursday. Packages include a live quartet serenade, a red rose and a memento of the event for $45. Singing phone grams are also available for $15. Call Janet at (859) 333-7708 or visit Unbridledharmony.org for more information.

Applications being taken to honor women

March is Women's History Month, and the Bluegrass Alliance for Women is accepting applications for its Impact Awards, which recognize women who further the alliance's mission of creating grassroots opportunities that empower women and girls in the areas of economic sufficiency, education, health and well-being, equity and leadership.

Nomination forms and criteria for Impact Award nominations can be found at Bluegrassallianceforwomen.com. The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 22.

Impact Awards will be presented at the March 19 Legacy Award luncheon.

Funding for green water projects offered

Kentucky American Water is accepting applications for green project funding through its annual Environmental Grant Program. The program offers funding up to $10,000 for environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies.

To qualify, projects must be located within Kentucky American Water's service area; address a source water or watershed protection need; be completed between May 1 and Nov. 29; be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program; be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations; and provide evidence of sustainability.

Applications must be postmarked by March 11. Grant recipients will be notified in April.

State parks seek volunteer campground hosts

The Kentucky State Parks is looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts from April to October at its 31 campgrounds across the state.

Campground hosts check in campers, make sure camping areas, picnic areas and bathrooms are clean, answer questions and perform a variety of other duties. In return, campground hosts receive free camping at the host property during their tenure.

Hosts will be given a criminal background check and should have a valid driver's license.

To apply, visit Parks.ky.gov and download an application under Park News.

Bluegrass Care and Rehab residents learn of origami

Residents at Bluegrass Care and Rehab were recently introduced to origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, by University of Kentucky student Xiao (Amy) Wang. January was National Inspire Your Heart With Art month, which complemented Wang's Gaines Fellowship project, "Traveling Artists for Lexington."

Residents created many types of art and held an art show. To see more pictures of the residents' artwork and other activities, visit Bluegrasscareandrehab.com.

Mary Todd Lincoln House to observe Presidents' Day

The Mary Todd Lincoln House will celebrate Presidents' Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday with an event for children and their families. Activities will focus on the Civil War, with games and hands-on activities.

The event is designed for children ages 5-10 but is free to all students in grades K-12. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Adult admission is $10.

The Mary Todd Lincoln House is at 578 West Main Street. Free parking is available. For more information, call (859) 233-9999 or visit Mtlhouse.org.

County clerk's office stops extended hours on Mondays

The Fayette County Clerk's Office will no longer provide extended hours to the public on Mondays due to the Annex Garage construction project. Access to the building has been restricted for safety reasons.

The clerk's office will maintain the following business hours for the remainder of the project, which is expected to be completed in late spring: motor vehicle titling and registration: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; voter registration, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; land records, recording, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; land records, inquiries and copies, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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