Fayette County: Lexington Legends national anthem tryouts Saturday and Sunday

February 10, 2014 

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Urban Family Engagement Network works with parents, caregivers, administrators, policy makers, and community stakeholders to ensure urban students reach their fullest potential.

In the UFEN, parents attend several weekly workshops to learn how to collaborate with schools to support their children's education — and how to address issues that preclude urban families from taking a more active role.

The next UFEN Lexington session meets 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 19 through April 23 on the Newtown campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike. Dinner and childcare will be provided and transportation, too, if needed. The Police Activities League will be on hand to provide mentoring and homework help. Call (859) 381-4176 to sign up. (Space is limited to 30 participants.)

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The Lexington Legends will hold its annual national anthem tryouts at Fayette Mall on Saturday and Sunday in the wing of the mall near Dick's Sporting Goods. Individual, group and instrumentalist auditions will run from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Participants will sing or play the anthem, and those selected by the judges will perform the anthem before one of the Legends' 70 home games during the 2014 season.

For more information, or to reserve an audition time, call (859) 422-7855. All participants must complete a registration form, which is available at Lexingtonlegends.com.

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The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is accepting nominations for its Public Health Heroes Award, now in its 11th year, for individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents.

Criteria for the selection of the Public Health Heroes Award include: exemplary leadership and diligence in promoting public health; remarkable contributions and support in fostering public health programs; and work or actions that have impacted the community's health in a positive way and would not have occurred without the activities of the nominee.

To nominate a hero, please provide the following information: name, professional title and organization; phone number and e-mail address of nominee; and examples of why the person is worthy of the award. Descriptions should be no more than 200 words.

Nominations can be submitted to Kevin Hall via e-mail at KevinS.Hall@ky.gov, fax at (859) 288-2359 or through the mail to Kevin Hall, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 650 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40508. The deadline for submitting nominations is 4 p.m. Feb. 26. Winners will be announced in April.

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Three Lexington residents have been named winners of the 2014 Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning LGBT Writing Contest. The contest, which seeks new writing focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender life, is in its third year.

This year's winners are: Zachary C. Pence, first prize, poetry, for A Subject to Higher Power and other poems; Davina G. Warner, first prize, nonfiction, for The Sound of Silence; and Laurel Dixon, first prize, fiction, for Falling in Love With Straight Girls: A How-To Guide.

The winners, along with special guests, will read their pieces at a free event beginning at 6 p.m.. Feb. 20 at the Carnegie Center. The winning writer in each division of The LGBT Writing Contest receives $200.

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Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is in need of volunteers who have three hours a month or more to volunteer as tour guides for the historic Clay family antebellum mansion and as assistants in the museum store. Training sessions will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 and March 8. Perks of being an Ashland volunteer include free, educational and fun events and discounts in the museum store. Training will be at the estate in the Keeper's Cottage, 120 Sycamore Road. For more information or to sign up, contact Kate Heil at kheil@henryclay.org or call (859) 266-8581.

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HealthFirst Bluegrass will be hold class session enrollment events for Lexington residents who need help signing up for Medicaid or insurance through kynect, Kentucky's Healthcare Connection. Sessions will be at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 22 at the health department, located at 650 Newtown Pike. Anyone with general questions about enrollment but who can't register for one of the classes can also walk in 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 22 to speak to someone about the program.

Sessions will be facilitated by certified kynectors who will assist community members with the application process and insurance selection. Each class can accommodate 12 people. Advance registration is required by calling (859) 299-2246.

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The Baptist Health Lexington Diabetes Prevention Program classes are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 17 at the Outpatient Diabetes and Nutrition Education office at Lexington Green, next to HealthwoRx. This program, based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention curriculum, targets those at risk of diabetes. Classes are taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians who are also trained as lifestyle coaches.

Classes meet weekly for 16 weeks then monthly for the remainder of the year. Classes are also planned in April, with daytime and evening options. Call (859) 260-5122 to register or for more information.

The Lexington Legends will hold its annual national anthem tryouts at Fayette Mall on Saturday and Sunday in the wing of the mall near Dick's Sporting Goods. Individual, group and instrumentalist auditions will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Participants will sing or play the anthem, and those selected by the judges will perform the anthem before one of the Legends' 70 home games during the 2014 season.

For more information, or to reserve an audition time, call (859) 422-7855. All participants must complete a registration form, which is available at Lexingtonlegends.com.

Program helps parents help kids

Urban Family Engagement Network works with parents, caregivers, administrators, policy makers, and community stakeholders to ensure urban students reach their fullest potential.

In the UFEN, parents attend several weekly workshops to learn how to collaborate with schools to support their children's education — and how to address issues that preclude urban families from taking a more active role.

The next UFEN Lexington session meets 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 19 through April 23 on the Newtown Campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike. Dinner and childcare will be provided and transportation, too, if needed. The Police Activities League will be on hand to provide mentoring and homework help. Call (859) 381-4176 to sign up. (Space is limited to 30 participants.)

Looking for Public Health Heroes

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is accepting nominations for its Public Health Heroes Award, now in its 11th year, for individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents.

Criteria for the selection of the Public Health Heroes Award include: exemplary leadership and diligence in promoting public health; remarkable contributions and support in fostering public health programs; and work or actions that have impacted the community's health in a positive way and would not have occurred without the activities of the nominee.

To nominate a hero, please provide the following information: name, professional title and organization; phone number and e-mail address of nominee; and examples of why the person is worthy of the award. Descriptions should be no more than 200 words.

Nominations can be submitted to Kevin Hall via email at KevinS.Hall@ky.gov, fax at (859) 288-2359 or through the mail to Kevin Hall, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 650 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40508. The deadline for submitting nominations is 4 p.m. Feb. 26. Winners will be announced in April.

LGBT writing contest winners

Three Lexington residents have been named winners of the 2014 Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning LGBT Writing Contest. The contest, which seeks new writing focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender life, is in its third year.

This year's winners are: Zachary C. Pence, first prize, poetry, for A Subject to Higher Power and other poems; Davina G. Warner, first prize, nonfiction, for The Sound of Silence; and Laurel Dixon, first prize, fiction, for Falling in Love With Straight Girls: A How-To Guide.

The winners, along with special guests, will read their pieces at a free event beginning at 6 p.m.. Feb. 20 at the Carnegie Center. The winning writer in each division of The LGBT Writing Contest receives $200.

Tour guides needed at Ashland estate

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is in need of volunteers who have three hours a month or more to volunteer as tour guides for the historic Clay family antebellum mansion and as assistants in the museum store. Training sessions will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 and March 8. Perks of being an Ashland volunteer include free, educational and fun events and discounts in the museum store. Training will be at the estate in the Keeper's Cottage, 120 Sycamore Road. For more information or to sign up, contact Kate Heil at kheil@henryclay.org or call (859) 266-8581.

Help enrolling in Medicaid, health care

HealthFirst Bluegrass will hold class session enrollment events for Lexington residents who need help signing up for Medicaid or insurance through kynect, Kentucky's Healthcare Connection. Sessions will be at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 22 at the health department, located at 650 Newtown Pike. Anyone with general questions about enrollment but who can't register for one of the classes can also walk in 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 22 to speak to someone about the program.

Sessions will be facilitated by certified kynectors who will assist community members with the application process and insurance selection. Each class can accommodate 12 people. Advance registration is required by calling (859) 299-2246.

Diabetes prevention classes offered

The Baptist Health Lexington Diabetes Prevention Program classes are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 17 at the Outpatient Diabetes and Nutrition Education office at Lexington Green, next to HealthwoRx. This program, based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention curriculum, targets those at risk of diabetes. Classes are taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians who are also trained as lifestyle coaches.

Classes meet weekly for 16 weeks then monthly for the remainder of the year. Classes are also planned in April, with daytime and evening options. Call (859) 260-5122 to register or for more information.

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