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Fayette Notes: Free mulch Saturday, YMCA's Healthy Kids Day Sunday

April 17, 2013 

Author Dan Zevin, whose latest book is Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad, will headline Baptist Health Lexington's free Expecting Great Things maternity event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 27 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.

Along with Zevin's part of the program, attendees will be able to talk with obstetricians and pediatricians who practice at Baptist Health Lexington, and expectant dads can participate in a diapering contest. The grand prize is a dream nursery from Nursery Time Baby and Kids Furniture Gallery.

Zevin is the author of five books that have chronicled his life from post-college through fatherhood. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio, Rolling Stone, Maxim, Details and Parents. His latest project is Star Vehicle, a You Tube talk show he hosts inside his minivan.

Space is limited. Register online at BaptistHealthLexington.com or by phone at (859) 260-2220.

Interested in owning a horse? Learn what you need to know

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will present an Ownership Seminar at Keeneland at 7:15 a.m. Friday for anyone interested in becoming a Thoroughbred owner.

Topics include how to build a racing stable, owner and trainer communications, common veterinary concerns, accounting and insurance issues, understanding racing partnerships and more. The seminar begins with an optional track-side morning workout demonstration and continues through lunch with industry speakers. Attendees are provided breakfast, lunch and a day at the races.

To register, visit Toba.org and click on "Register for our clinics and seminars." Cost is $75 for TOBA members, $100 for non-members.

City giving away free mulch while supplies last

The Division of Waste Management will give away free mulch Saturday at the former city landfill site, 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. The mulch is limited to one pickup truck load per person and will be available from 8 a.m. to noon, or until the supply is gone. For more information, call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.

Seniors encouraged to learn inner workings of city

Fayette County residents ages 50 and older can learn more about local government by enrolling in the 2013 Senior Intern Program. The free program offers seniors the opportunity to talk with key decision makers in city government, participate in class activities and visit several government facilities, including Corrections, Fire and Emergency Services, and the Division of Police.

This year's program will be June 10-14 and space is limited to the first 45 eligible people who apply. Only those people who have not previously attended may enroll.

To register or for more information, contact Kristy Stambaugh at (859) 258-3806 or kstambaug@lexingtonky.gov.

Documentary on rape in military to play at Kentucky

The Invisible War, an Oscar-nominated investigative documentary about rape within the U.S. military, will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kentucky Theatre.

Today, female and male soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire; the number of assaults in the last decade is in the hundreds of thousands.

Command Sgt. Major Gerald Sewell and his daughter, Hannah Sewell, both from Lexington, are featured in the film and will answer questions at its conclusion. Several of the film's participants have roots in Kentucky, and some of them will attend the screening and participate in a question-and-answer session. The event is free. Reserve tickets at theinvisiblewar.ky@gmail.com.

Bridge Club of Lexington offering summer camp

The Bridge Club of Lexington will offer its Summer Bridge Camp from 7 to 9 p.m. June 3-6 and June 10-13 at 3517 Lansdowne Drive in Lansbrook Shopping Center. The free camp is for ages 8-19. For more information, contact Georgia Ringo at (859) 229-2379 or ringoesky@yahoo.com with questions or to register.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day taking place Sunday

The YMCA of Central Kentucky will celebrate YMCA's Healthy Kids Day from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday with a free community event that encourages kids in Central Kentucky to live healthier lives.

The Healthy Kids Day Fun Fest will take place at the University of Kentucky's Nutter Field House and will feature relay races, inflatables, hula hoops, soccer, obstacle courses and more.

For more information, contact the YMCA of Central Kentucky at (859) 254-9622 or visit Ymcaofcentralky.org.

Oscar-nominated actor attending premier at Kentucky

Oscar-nominated film actor and Lexington native Michael Shannon will attend an opening night special fundraising event hosted by the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre on April 26. The group is working to raise $1.5 million for technology upgrades and other renovations at the landmark downtown theater.

The event will begin with a VIP reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Portofino Restaurant, where guests can meet Shannon. Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple and include hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and admission to the film's premier. Prepaid reservations are required for the reception and may be purchased online at Kentuckytheatre.com.

At 8 p.m., Shannon's new movie, MUD, also starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Midway resident Sam Shepherd, will be featured.

Shannon will introduce the film and participate in a 30-minute question-and-answer session at its conclusion. Movie-only tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance at Kentuckytheatre.com or at the theater box office.

Wildcat Service Dogs needs votes to win grant

Wildcat Service Dogs, a service dog training organization at the University of Kentucky, has been selected as a finalist in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant competition and has a chance to win $25,000.

All of the group's dogs are raised by college students, who are responsible for their socializing and training, as well as housing the service dog puppy for up to two years. All trainers are required to attend weekly training sessions and monthly socialization outings in addition to writing a weekly progress report. Upon graduation from the program, the dogs move on to an advanced training organization.

The public can vote online through April 22 at Apps.facebook.com/sf_neighbor_assist/?fb_source=search&ref=ts&fref=ts. The 40 organizations with the most votes will each receive $25,000.

Food allergy support group to discuss nutrition

The Kentucky Families with Food Allergies Support Group will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Good Foods Market & Cafe, 455 Southland Drive. Improving nutrition for children with food allergies will be the topic of the meeting with registered dietitian Beth Loiselle.

Kentucky Families with Food Allergies is a support group for parents of children with food allergies. The purpose of the group is to give parents the opportunity to network and share ideas and strategies for safely managing life-threatening food allergies. For more information, email KyFoodAllergies@insightbb.com.

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