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Fayette County: Sweet Blessings to hold 5K, mile races May 5 at Keeneland

April 24, 2013 

The Sweet Blessings Fondant 5K and 1-mile Cake Run will be May 5 at Keeneland. The race begins at 4 p.m., following registration at 3 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature youth rock bands from the Lexington Music Academy, ice cream and cupcakes.

Sweet Blessings is a non-profit ministry that creates birthday cakes for children ages 5-14 who live in poverty or have life-threatening illness. To register in advance for the race, visit Sweetblessingscakes.org.

Discard unused meds safely

Discard expired, unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines for free in a safe and environmentally friendly way during Lexington's Med Toss event Saturday.

Locations will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Milward Funeral Home, 1509 Trent Boulevard; Kentucky American Water, 2300 Richmond Road; Wal-Mart, 2050 Grey Lag Way (Hamburg); and Dunbar High School, 1600 Man o' War Boulevard.

For more information, visit Lexingtonky.gov/medtoss or call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255. Eat Lions Club pancakes

The Lexington Lions Club will hold its second annual Gilbert Scott All-You-Can-Eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Centenary United Methodist Church, 2800 Tates Creek Road. The cost is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington Lions Club's vision and hearing programs. Taste of the Bluegrass

God's Pantry Food Bank's annual Taste of the Bluegrass event will be held at 7 p.m. May 17 at Keeneland's Keene Barn. The event features tastings of regional wine, bourbon, food and desserts, as well as live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 each for general admission, $125 for Preview Passes, and $1,000 for tables of 10 with Preview Passes.

Tickets are on sale now and available at Central Bank and Kroger locations and online at Godspantry.org/events/taste-of-the-bluegrass.

Doolittle Raiders remember

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky has received a bronze relief plaque from the USS Hornet Association in recognition of the museum's focus on and interpretation of the ship's legacy.

The decks of the USS Hornet served as a launching pad for the 16 B25 Bombers that carried the Doolittle Raiders on their way to bomb Tokyo, just four months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 6, 1941.

The museum recently completed a renovation of its Doolittle Raiders exhibit commemorating the history of the group.

The Aviation Museum has had a relationship with the Doolittle Raiders dating back to 1995, when the official opening of the museum coincided with the Doolittle Raiders' reunion in Lexington. At that time, 28 of the 80 airmen who took part in the raid attended the reunion. This year, the group's final reunion — with three of the four remaining survivors in attendance — was held in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

The plaque, which has been presented to only a few sites in the country, commemorates the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women serving the U.S. Navy and the United States of America.

Black Achievers' awards ceremony

The 28th Annual YMCA of Central Kentucky Black Achievers Scholarship and Awards Ceremony will be 6 p.m. Saturday at the Embassy Suites Grand Ballroom.

Former NFL player, motivational speaker, life coach and businessman Shawn Harper will be the keynote speaker.

YMCA Black Achievers is an educational and cultural enrichment program that prepares middle and high school students for college. It has awarded more than $10 million dollars in scholarships in the last 27 years. The program has mentored more than 8,300 Central Kentucky students.

Quiera Chambers, a senior at Tates Creek High School, will be recognized as the Youth Achiever of the Year.

BMW Academy, a collaborative program of First Bracktown and the Fayette County Public School System, will be recognized as the 2013 Community Achiever.

Former Lexington basketball coach Louis Stout, the first black head coach at a predominately white school in Kentucky, will be posthumously honored as a Special Achiever.

Morehead State University's Senior Enrollment Services Counselor for Diversity Tashanna Rucker, will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Tickets to the ceremony are $50 and are available at the YMCA Black Achievers office at the High Street YMCA, 239 East High Street. For more information, contact Roxanne Brown at (859) 367-7334.

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