Women Leading Kentucky has received a record 250 college scholarship applications; more than double last year's number. To meet the growing demand, the group is asking for community help with donations.
Approximately eight students will be selected for the $1,000 and $1,500 scholarships, but more will be awarded if more money is raised.
"With a struggling economy and rising tuition prices, it's critically important that we do what we can to make a college degree accessible and affordable," said Janet Steele Holloway, executive director of Women Leading Kentucky.
"Our scholarships have gone to traditional and non-traditional students throughout Kentucky with the goal of impacting the lives of those students, their families and the community at large. It's a sign of the times that applications have risen so dramatically, and we need help in meeting that increased demand."
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Applicants must be female sophomores or juniors enrolled full time at a Kentucky college or university, have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and have shown leadership abilities.
To make a donation, go to www.womenleadingky.com/scholarships.html. Also, a Woodford Reserve gift basket will be raffled on Feb. 17 at the Lexington Opera House during the performance of Menopause the Musical, which starts at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.
Step show coming up at Tates Creek High School
The Tates Creek High School Step Showcase Exhibition will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tates Creek High School.
Teams from Scott County, Louisville, Bryan Station, Owensboro, Tates Creek, Madison Central, Jeffersonville, Henry Clay and W.E.B. Du Bois Academy in Cincinnati will perform. Admission is $5, free for ages 6 and younger.
5K run/walk a fund-raiser for cancer society
The University of Kentucky Heart Sole & Glove 5K Run/Walk is Saturday at 10 a.m., at Coldstream Park, Newtown Pike and Aristides Boulevard. The free Kids Fun Run, for ages 6 and younger, begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race. Part of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
The first 100 registrants will receive a free pair of winter running gloves. Call (859) 257-9355 or go to www.uky.edu/HR/wellness/.
Classes on shoes, edibles at extension service
The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is offering workshops on fashion and food.
At 6 p.m. March 18, learn everything you want to know about the shoe. Many people are walking around in poorly fitting, uncomfortable shoes, but fashion and footwear can go together.
Footwear that fits properly contributes to comfort as well as good health. Learn when and how to buy footwear and what styles fit your foot type.
At 6 p.m. April 5, learn how to create an edible centerpiece from fruits and vegetables for your spring and summer tables.
Both workshops will be at the UK Cooperative Extension Service, 1140 Red Mile Place. Call (859) 257-5582.
Tips on how to live a healthier, longer life
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the African-American Dementia Outreach Partnership will host the seminar, "Healthy Aging: Mind, Body and Spirit," 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at the North Lexington Family YMCA, 381 West Loudon Avenue.
Tips on how to lead a healthy life that promotes healthy brain aging will be discussed, along with the risk factors for Alzheimer's and 10 warning signs of the disease. Free memory screenings will be offered.
For more information, call Caitlin McGuire at (859) 257-8971. For more about the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, go to www.mc.uky.edu/coa/.
Nominations sought for public health heroes
Nominations are being accepted for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Public Health Heroes Award. The award, now in its seventh year, honors those dedicated to improving the health of Lexingtonians.
Criteria for the selection includes leadership and diligence in promoting public health and contributions and support of public health programs
To nominate someone, include the person's name, professional title and organization, phone number and e-mail address. Also include examples of why the person deserves the award. Descriptions should be 200 words or less.
Submit nominations by 4 p.m. Feb. 24 to Kevin Hall at KevinS.Hall@ky.gov, or fax to (859) 288-2359. Or mail to: Kevin Hall, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 650 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Ky, 40508. Include your name and contact information.
Free tax assistance available at Transy
Transylvania University accounting students will offer free tax assistance for those with an income of less than $40,000.
Volunteers will be available each Wednesday in February from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Transylvania's Cowgill Center for Business, Economics and Education on Third Street.
Students have completed an income tax preparation training program and will be supervised by accounting professors as they work on tax forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and the Kentucky form 740.
Those interested should bring along W2s, 1099s (interest income), state and federal tax returns from last year, the IRS forms received in the mail and the birth dates and social security numbers for any dependents.
Know any volunteers who deserve recognition?
Nominations are being accepted for the Central Kentucky Volunteer Awards presented by United Way of the Bluegrass. It's the 25th year for the awards, which recognize hands-on volunteers for non-profits in Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford counties.
Categories include individual, family or group and faith-based and non-profit organizations.
Nominations forms are available at www.uwbg.org/ and will be accepted until March 1. Nominees will be honored and winners announced at an awards breakfast in April. For more information call Giancarlo Moise at (859) 233-4461, Ext. 261.
Charity raffle offers box seats to Derby, Oaks
Six box seats to the Kentucky Oaks on April 30 and six box seats to the Kentucky Derby on May 1 are up for grabs during a charity raffle to benefit the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass Inc. The winner will be drawn at 2 p.m. on March 29.
Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased by cash, check or credit card (Discover, MasterCard and Visa only). Call (859) 277-9215 or go to www.ombuddy.org.
Latino community raises thousands for Haiti
Latino residents of Lexington got together on Jan. 30 to raise money for Haiti.
La Voz de Kentucky, Radio Vida 1440 AM, Invasora Radio 1520 AM and the El Parral Latin Dance Club hosted a "battle of the bands" featuring Peligro Musical, La Bandita, Parranderos, and Travesia.
Event organizers said that more than 400 people came out for the event, which raised $3,000 for the Red Cross Haitian relief fund.