The story of one of the most recognizable airplanes of early aviation and a favorite of early "barnstorming" pilots will be the topic at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky Sept. 28.
The re-creation of a flying Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" and the significance of this type of aircraft during the early years of American aviation will be presented by Dorian Walker, a film and TV producer whose professional interests extend to his hobby of restoration. He has completed a TV program that covers the JN model aircraft and includes the rebirth of a 1917 JN-4. Walker has his own restoration project of a Curtiss JN in progress as well.
Admission to the event, which includes a buffet meal and the presentation, is $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members. The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is located at 4029 Airport Road, adjacent to Blue Grass Airport. For more information, go to Aviationky.org or call (859) 231-1219.
Fair targets seniors' fall risks
A Fall Prevention Fair will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Baptist Health HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness Center in the Mall at Lexington Green and will offer seniors a personal fall risk report card based on various screenings. The event is free and a HealthwoRx membership is not required.
Baptist Health Lexington health professionals will conduct screenings regarding balance, vision, blood pressure and medications that may affect balance. Participants may view demonstrations of Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese practice useful for improving balance, as well as learn about fall risk home modifications, nutrition and various community services for seniors.
For more information about the Fall Prevention Fair, call (859) 260-4354 or (859) 260-6058.
Log Some Miles for charity
Log some miles this Saturday with the Kentucky Forest Industries Association and help raise money for the Kentucky Children's Hospital at the inaugural cross country 5K Log Some Miles race. Registration for the 9 a.m. race begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at the new NCAA course in Masterson Station Park outside the KY Wood Expo area.
All pre-registered Log Some Miles race participants will receive free admission into the Kentucky Wood Expo and a T-shirt. Participants will run on a mowed course, along the stream at lower Masterson Station and through lightly wooded areas. To register, go to Kfia.org/KentuckyWoodExpo/LogSomeMiles5KRace.aspx.
Roller Girls' home closer
R.O.C.K., Roller Girls of Central Kentucky, has been named a full member league in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. The WFTDA now has 212 member leagues and 83 apprentice leagues. R.O.C.K. will have one final home bout of the year at the Lexington Convention Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door or $10 in advance at Brownpapertickets.com. Kids age 12 and under are free. For more information, go to Rockandrollergirls.com.
The National Philanthropy Day luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa. The event, at which non-profits in the region honor their top philanthropists, is hosted in Central Kentucky each year by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Organizations and non-profits wishing to reserve a table and to honor a philanthropist can reserve a sponsoring table through Sept. 25. A table for 10 with the opportunity to recognize an honoree is $450; tables without an honoree (or additional tables for honoring organizations) are $350. Individual seats to the luncheon are available for $35. For tickets or to sponsor a table and host an honoree, go to Afpbluegrass.org.
The AFP Bluegrass Chapter also will present two community-wide awards during the ceremony: the Distinguished Philanthropist Award and the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award. Nominations for the Youth in Philanthropy Award will be accepted through Oct. 7. This award will recognize an individual high school student or a high school group or club that has demonstrated extraordinary community service and/or fundraising efforts for an important cause. For nomination guidelines or a nomination form, contact Sandee Huang at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Poverty awareness walk
The 25th annual Greater Lexington CROP — Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty — Hunger Walk will take place Sept. 29. Registration begins at 3 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 460 East Main Street. The walk will begin at 3:30 p.m.
The 3.2 mile experiential walk is designed to share information through "educational stations" about the relative privilege of adequate food supply, clean water and basic shelter. The walk will take place throughout Lexington's East End.
There is no registration fee for the walk, but walkers — individually or as a team — are encouraged to get financial supporters who'll make a donation to the CROP Walk. The goal this year is to get 350 walkers raising $30,000.
Twenty-five percent of funds raised will be donated to God's Pantry Food Bank which provides food for 211,000 people in a 50-county Central and Eastern Kentucky area. Proceeds from the 2012 walk enabled them to serve 27,000 meals.
Church World Service, sponsor of the 1600-plus community CROP Hunger Walks, receives 75 percent of the funds raised. CWS works with international partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. Learn more about CWS and its emergency response efforts, including its work in Kentucky at Churchworldservice.org.
For more information contact Judy Maxson, coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. On-line donations can be made at Cropwalkonline.org. Read more in the blog: http://lexcropwalk.blogspot.com
Health checks for free
The Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society will present the 2013 Annual BIACS Health Fair from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at HealthFirst Bluegrass, 650 Newtown Pike. This free event will offer health checks for adults and children; allergy, dental and vision screenings; lung function tests; and respiratory, orthopedics and surgical consults. For more info, go to Biacs.org.
Bike safety discussion
"Improving bike safety — a conversation" will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the W.T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky. The event will feature a panel discussion with Lexington Police, the LFUCG's Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, the Bluegrass Cycling Club, and a bike commuter. The event is free. Questions and ideas will be encouraged from the audience. The conversation will be moderated by Sam Dick. This is an opportunity to examine where Lexington is right now with bike safety, sharing the road, how to improve safety, and more.
"Cycle safe Lexington" will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday in the parking lot across from Memorial Coliseum on the UK Campus. This is geared toward children ages 5-11. Children will receive a free bike inspection, a free, new bike helmet while they last, and can ride through a safety course. The sponsors of both events are the UK HealthCare Level 1 Trauma Center, The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, and WKYT.
Women's activism grants
The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded Art Meets Activism Grants totaling $104,500 to feminist artists and social change organizations from across the state. These artists and organizations received grants to advance change through feminist-led, arts-based activities in communities throughout Kentucky.
The foundation awarded 13 grants to Central Kentucky artists and organizations totaling $37,890.00 in support of feminist art that strengthens local communities.
The following is a list of Central Kentucky artists/organizations that received funding:
■ Bondurant Middle/ Western Hills High School Student Support Center (Frankfort): $1,500 to encourage female students who are experiencing challenges at these two schools to change the direction of their lives by setting goals and journaling.
■ University of Kentucky Research Foundation: $2,050 to support a lecture and artist book making workshops during Hand, Voice and Vision, a national exhibition at UK libraries in 2014 from the Women's Studio Workshop. The workshops and lecture will increase awareness about women's issues and social change over the last thirty years. During the workshops, local women artists will create books expressing their social change views.
■ Vera Thomas (Lexington): $1,500 to encourage her to provide poetry writing and performance sessions for girls and women at schools and organizations in Lexington. Participants will examine their lives through art, improve the quality of their lives by changing how they view themselves and build self-esteem by creating art that reflects their goals and dreams.
■ Balagula Theatre Company (Lexington): $1,000 to encourage the production of a play by the winner of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize for Women Playwrights Competition. The production will provide an opportunity for local women artists to direct, stage manage and act in a new play, and will raise awareness about gender discrimination affecting women playwrights.
■ Danielle Pousette (Nicholasville): $1,000 to encourage her to create a photographic essay and recorded interviews reflecting the lives of female cadets in three Kentucky ROTC programs. The photographs will show the strength of each female cadet, and contribute to the social dialogue about women in the military.
■ Kentucky Women Writers Conference (Lexington): $3,500 for artist fees for the 35th annual conference, including workshops, readings, discussions, seminars, writing contests and a spoken-word competition. The conference offers inspiration, advice, community and mentoring to Kentucky women. Presenters discuss feminist issues, demonstrate community engagement and show how art can influence social change.
■ Joanna Thornewill Hay and Judy Sizemore (Frankfort and Annville): $5,000 to document the contributions of women to public art in Kentucky through oral history interviews with a focus on feminism and social change. The interviews and accompanying photographs will be incorporated into cultural websites and tourism apps to increase knowledge about Kentucky women in public art, redefine the role of feminist public art and promote awareness of the issues that feminist art addresses.
■ Ellie Clark and Vanessa Becker Weig (Lexington): $5,500 to support "The Girl Project," in which young women in Kentucky will work with national teaching artists to learn about how negative portrayals of females in the media shape body image and self worth. Participants will create an original theatrical piece examining how these negative portrayals affect young women.
■ Madelyn Gates (Frankfort): $1,500 to support "Arts Immersion for Seniors," engaging elders in literary, performance and visual arts workshops to tell their own stories. The workshops will help participants understand the meaning and importance of art in their lives, develop their artistic abilities and identities, and foster a greater sense of self-worth through creatively telling their stories.
■ Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning: $3,500 for the Young Women Writers Project engaging high schoolers in exploring writing and literary performance techniques while examining issues of concern to them, including body image and self-esteem. Female writers in their 20s and 30s will mentor the high schoolers who will in turn serve as writing mentors for 4th and 5th grade girls. The program encourages young women to discover their own voices with confidence and self-respect.
■ Cynthia Chang (Richmond): $1,000 to encourage her to photograph and create a documentary series about women ages 18-25 pursuing an education to exceed traditional expectations in a patriarchal society.
■ Christine Kuhn (Lexington): $4,645 to collaborate with LGBT teens and community members to create pavement murals promoting positive mental states along Lexington's Legacy Trail corridor. The collaboration and completed work will help participating teens, community members and walkers on the trail become open to new experiences, ideas and people, thereby creating social change.
■ Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Inc. (Frankfort): $6,195 for creative writing workshops and readings with incarcerated women about how violence or the threat of violence has affected their decisions, hopes, health and lives. Incarcerated women will be able to share their experiences with the community.