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Fayette County: Free flu shots available Friday; 2nd Sunday event and Walk to Remember are Sunday

October 8, 2013 

Free Flu Friday will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Imani Family Life Center, 1555 Georgetown Road. The one-day clinic will give up to 2,000 free flu shots to residents and help the health department test its emergency preparedness. To help speed the time in line — generally no longer than 20-30 minutes — registration forms can be printed ahead of time. Forms can be found at Lexflucrew.com.

The seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended to those ages 6 months and older. For persons not able to get flu shots on Friday, the health department offers flu shots from 1 to 4 p.m. every Monday through Thursday at its Public Health Clinic North at 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary; and the cost is $25. Medicaid/Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.

The health department will collect non-perishable food items for God's Pantry on Free Flu Friday. Soups, ready-made meals and canned meats are requested, but any nonperishable items will be accepted.

For more information, go to Lexflucrew.com or call the flu hotline at (859) 288-7529.

Chow down at newspaper

In celebration of National Newspaper Week, the Lexington Herald-Leader is hosting Food Truck Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the front parking lot of the Lexington Herald-Leader building at 100 Midland Avenue. The event will feature food, music and tours of the printing press.

Readers can post pictures of themselves prior to the event reading the newspaper to the Kentucky.com Facebook page and be eligible to win tickets to the upcoming preseason NBA Game at Rupp Arena, the Incredible Food Show, the Alltech National Horse Show, Churchill Downs and Keeneland. Participating food trucks are: Athenian Grill, Bradford BBQ, Chef Doug's Gourmet Foods, Cluckin Burger and Ogata's Hawaiian Grill.

God's Pantry will receive 10 percent of the sales from the trucks. For more information, find the Herald-Leader on Facebook at Facebook.com/kentuckycom.

2nd Sunday event will be held on Legacy Trail

Fayette County's next 2nd Sunday event will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday on the Legacy Trail located on the Newtown Pike corridor. The 2nd Sunday initiative encourages physical activity and is designed to get Kentuckians on their feet and moving.

In its sixth year, citizens are invited to walk, run, bike, rollerblade, skateboard, push a stroller or walk a pet on the Legacy Trail. Family fun activities are planned at the Northside YMCA and Coldstream Trailheads.

For more information and directions, visit 2ndSundayLexington.com.

ProgressLex receives grant to create fellowship

ProgressLex, a component fund of Blue Grass Community Foundation, has received a $25,000 matching grant from The Knight Community Information Challenge to create a fellowship to equip citizen journalists with skills in engaging local government, storytelling and media production. The funded fellowship, called EngageLex, will offer fellows weekend seminars, where they will receive a tech toolkit, learn media basics and create short films about the community that will be shared on social media and with local news outlets. At-Large Council Member Steve Kay and John Carroll, former editor of the Herald-Leader and Nieman Fellow at Harvard, will be working with ProgressLex on course content.

Applications for the EngageLex fellowship will open in January, with classes beginning in March. Topics of the fellowship will include journalism, storytelling, local government, communication skills and new media. To find out more about the program, go to Progresslex.org/engagelex.

White Cane Safety Day set

To honor the achievements of the blind and visually impaired Americans and to recognize the white cane's significance in advancing independence, an observance of White Cane Safety Day will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Phoenix Park, 100 East Main Street.

The event will feature informational exhibits as well as demonstrations of Beep Ball and Blind Golf demonstrations in the park. At noon, about 75 blind and visually impaired Lexingtonians will participate in a white cane awareness walk, departing from Phoenix Park.

Transportation will be provided for those who have no other way to visit the Northside Public Library, where Amy Hatter will lead tours of the Radio Eye broadcasting office and studio from 2 to 5 p.m. Informational exhibits will be displayed at various times at the following libraries: Central Library, Northside Library, Tates Creek Library, Beaumont Library and Eagle Creek Library.

For more information, call Independence Place at (859) 266-2807.

City needs three trees

The city of Lexington is seeking donations of three trees to be placed at several downtown parks to decorate for the holidays. In return for the donations, the city and Kentucky Utilities will remove the trees free of charge on either Nov. 18 or 19 and will provide stump grinding after removal.

The trees should be: 40- to 50-feet high, 20- to 25-feet wide, and of the Norway spruce, Blue spruce or Douglas fir varieties (no white pines will be considered).

The trees will be placed in Triangle Park at Main and Broadway; Isaac Murphy Park at Third Street and Midland Avenue; and in front of the KU building on Quality Street. They will be decorated and lit on Nov. 29.

Property owners should call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255 if they want to donate a tree. If a tree is chosen, property owners will be contacted with details of the removal.

Health department surveys awareness

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is measuring community awareness about its services during the month of October by conducting a survey at Surveymonkey.com/s/PublicHealthAwareness. The survey will run until Oct. 31 and should take less than five minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, participants will have the option to include contact information to be eligible to win one of two $50 Target gift cards. Winners will be required to visit the health department to pick up the gift card. Individual responses will be kept confidential and will be used solely for internal purposes. Participants' contact information will not be shared.

Community centers change hours of operation

The Community Action Council's Neighborhood and Community Centers have changed their hours of operation to 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the following Council locations: In Lexington: 913 Georgetown Street, 1169 Winburn Drive, 1902 Cambridge Drive, 520 Toner Street, 1317 Centre Parkway, 540 East Third Street. In Paris: 1414 South Main Street. In Cynthiana: 216 Old Lair Road. In Carlisle: 149 Scrub Grass Road. In Millersburg: 1113 Main Street. The Council's child development center hours will remain from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments can be made before or after regular center hours by calling (859) 233-4600.

Walk planned for those who have lost a baby

Those who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death can participate in A Walk to Remember at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lexington Cemetery, 833 West Main Street.

Baptist Health Lexington sponsors the walk annually to observe National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Parking will be around Section C and the Henry Clay Memorial. Activities include a welcoming address, a one-mile walk, poetry reading, recognition of infants and an opportunity for parents to share. The walk will be held rain or shine. Those who plan to participate should RSVP to Deborah Mueller at (859) 260-6904 or dmueller@bhsi.com.

Memory Café to meet Monday

The Memory Café will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Living Arts and Science Center, 362 North Martin Luther King Boulevard. The Memory Café is free and open to persons with memory problems and their caregivers. Hosted by the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the Living Arts and Science Center, the event also receives support from the Alzheimer's Association. To sign up or to learn more, contact Jackie Chance at (859) 257-8971.

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