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Fayette County notes: Mar. 11

March 10, 2014 

A Zumba charity event to raise money for The Salvation Army's Emergency Shelter will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Salvation Army's gymnasium, 736 West Main Street. Tickets for the event are $10 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at The Salvation Army's Boys & Girls Club. Door prizes will be given.

Parade, ale, entertainment highlight St. Pat's festival

The annual St. Patrick's Irish Festival will be Saturday at Cheapside Park and the Fifth Third Pavilion on Main Street. The festival begins at 11 a.m. with the traditional blessing of a keg of Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale that will be piped into the festival area, blessed by a priest, tapped and distributed while a number of Irish toasts are shared.

Free Irish entertainment, family and children's activities, clowns, food and drink and Irish products will be available until 7 p.m., with a break at 1 p.m. for the parade.

To commemorate the parade's 35th anniversary, the Bluegrass Irish Society has named Grand Marshals that were instrumental in organizing the first annual parade in1980: former Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., former Lexington Mayor Jim Amato and Judy McLaughlin, one of the founding members of the Bluegrass Irish Society and the original parade committee.

Cheapside Park will be under heated tents and Short Street will be lined with food vendors and Irish goods and crafts. There will also be a variety of children's activities, including face painting, arts and crafts and a photo booth. Find more information at LexingtonStPatsParade.org.

Lafayette choir to screen 'The Singing Revolution'

The Lafayette High School Choir will present a special screening of The Singing Revolution at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lexington Christian Academy, 450 West Reynolds Road. The Lafayette choirs will perform a few songs from the movie to close the screening.

The Singing Revolution tells the story of how the Estonian people used song and speech to help topple an empire and regain their freedom along the way. View a trailer of the movie at Singingrevolution.com.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Lafayettechoir.org/sr.html, by calling (859) 687-6100 or at the door. Proceeds from the screening will benefit both the Lafayette High School Choir performance equipment fund and the filmmakers.

Group raises $1,000 for Alzheimer's Association

Morning Pointe of Lexington staff and residents raised more than $1,000 for the Alzheimer's Association by delivering carnations and cards to special recipients. The residents of the senior living community created handmade valentines and filled them with personalized messages.

Macy's shoppers can aid Shillito Park

Shoppers at Macy's in Fayette Mall can donate to Lexington's Shillito Park and have the department store match the donation in a program called Heart Your Park. Shillito Park, 300 West Reynolds Road, was selected by personnel at the local Macy's store as the recipient of local donations. Customers will be able to make donations of $1 or more when making a purchase.

"We are excited about this opportunity to raise funds to make improvements at Shillito Park," said Evelyn Bologna, acting parks director. "Some possible projects could include swimming pool updates, sun shades and playground improvements."

The donation program runs through March 31.

Alzheimer's support group begins March 26

An eight-week support group for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia will provide information, support and encouragement to affected individuals and their caregivers. The support group will provide an opportunity to discuss issues and changes related to memory loss and provide an outlet to share experiences and feelings. The series begins March 26 and continues through May 14 and will be held at the Alzheimer's Association, 465 East High Street, Suite 200. Registration is required. Call April at (859) 266-5283, Ext. 1308 for more information.

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