KET and Goodwill Industries of Kentucky will present a free screening of For Once in My Life at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington Public Library, 140 East Main Street.
The film follows members of the Miami-based Spirit of Goodwill Band who have a wide range of mental and physical disabilities and musical abilities that extend into ranges of genius. The film explores the struggles and triumphs and the healing power of music.
Panelists at the screening will be Heather Hise, communications and public relations specialist for Goodwill of Kentucky; Erin Gold, vice president of Goodwill of Kentucky's Bluegrass Division; Bruce Burris and Crystal Bader of Latitudes in Lexington, which provides people with disabilities a place to create visual art; and Lori Gooding, music therapy teacher at the University of Kentucky.
The screening is part of the free monthly Community Cinema series featuring films from the PBS series Independent Lens. For more information go to Ket.org.
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College group helps Chrysalis
The Midway College Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE, team will bring environmental education to Chrysalis House and Lexington by making improvements to the facility and educating the public about living an environmentally sustainable life.
Last fall the Midway SIFE team received a $1,000 grant from Sam's Club.
David Vancleeck, general manager for the Sam's Club store in Lexington, said the the project dovetails nicely with his company's mission. "It goes well with our concept at Wal-Mart in trying to be green in our goal of zero waste. Sustainability is still a growing thing amongst us."
In addition to the $1,000 grant provided by Sam's Club, a staff manager will act as project mentor.
The team plans to use donations from Sam's Club, Kentucky American Water and others to replace outdated facility hardware with new, efficient hardware; provide seed funding for Chrysalis House residents to make empowered decisions related to environmental and economic sustainability; and provide the women of Chrysalis House and the Lexington community with comprehensive education about environmental sustainability topics.
The project partners will be at an event, open to the public, from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Chrysalis House, 1589 Hillrise Drive.
'New Year, New You' campaign for seniors
The Lafayette retirement community and Lexington Country Place are teaming up to bring a monthly health and aging series to educate seniors and their loved ones on issues that affect them.
The "New Year, New You" campaign kicks off at 2 p.m. Friday at The Lafayette at 690 Mason Headley Road. Representatives from Lifeline Home Health, Home Instead Senior Care and Wheeler's Pharmacy will be on hand. Blood pressure, vision and hearing aid screenings will be available, and a registered dietitian will answer questions. Visitors may meet the staff of The Lafayette and Lexington Country Place, and tours of the facilities will be available.
Throughout the year, events will include speakers on therapy and rehabilitation, downsizing your home, optometry, orthopedics, gerontology, benefits available to veterans and how to organize finances. For more information call (859) 278-9080 or (859) 259-3486.