The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will offer Free Flu Friday, a one-day clinic designed to give as many as 2,000 free flu shots to Lexington residents. The event will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the department's Public Health North Campus, 805-A Newtown Circle.
Last year, Lexington had 305 confirmed cases of the flu, and the health department provided more than 5,500 shots. The flu season traditionally begins in October and hits its peak in January and February in Kentucky.
In addition to helping vaccinate a large number of people against the flu, Free Flu Friday allows the health department to test its emergency preparedness.
"Free Flu Friday does a lot more than protect people against this year's influenza," Dr. Rice Leach, the health commissioner, said. "It is also an opportunity to practice the protocols we would use if we had to immunize thousands of people in a short time period and to make changes based on what we learn each time."
In addition to seasonal flu, this year's vaccine will provide protection against H1N1. Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
Those who are unable to attend Free Flu Friday may get a flu shot at the Public Health Clinic North. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots are $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
For more information, call the flu hot line at (859) 288-7529 or go to Lexflucrew.com. The health department is also on Facebook and Twitter (@LFCHD).
■ Looking to spread holiday cheer, the city of Lexington is looking for three perfectly shaped evergreen trees. They should be 40 to 50 feet high, 20 to 25 feet wide and capable of delighting a city of 300,000 people and many visitors.
Trees can be Norway spruce, blue spruce or Douglas fir, but not white pine. Kentucky Utilities and the city will remove the trees at no cost to owners.
Contact LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255 before Oct. 30 to donate a tree for use at the following locations: Triangle Park at Main Street and Broadway, the intersection of Third Street and Midland Avenue, and in front of the Kentucky Utilities building on Quality Street. Trees will be decorated by the city and will be lit Nov. 25.
■ Today is Make-a-Wish Day at Keeneland. Among the options visitors may choose is a $75 "VIP Lunch and Day at the Races" package, which includes lunch in the Phoenix room with the 2011 Keeneland Kids, their families and their sponsor farms; an optional VIP tour of Three Chimneys Farm; and a limited-edition commemorative T-shirt designed by wish child Stephanie George of Lexington. There's also the $20 "Wishing at the Races" package, which includes a general admission ticket, reserved grandstand seating and the limited-edition commemorative T-shirt.
To buy tickets or for more information, go to Makeawishky.org. A limited number of tickets will be available at Keeneland.
■ Art in Motion, a non-profit corporation based in Lexington and a component fund of the Blue Grass Community Foundation and the Lexington Transit Authority, has announced two new design competitions for bus shelters. The competitions are in partnership with the state Transportation Cabinet's Office of Local Programs, LexArts, the Lexington Neighborhood Development Program, and local businesses and neighborhood associations.
Art in Motion and its partners will offer a cash prize for each art design, one on Southland Drive ($2,500) and the other on Leestown Road ($2,000).
The shelters will be at bus stops, with seating and protection from the elements for riders, and they will double as public art.
The shelters are to be sustainable in design and incorporate solar technology, and one is to feature a green roof.
Art in Motion has worked with community partners to design and build four art shelters since 2006. See photos and information at Art-in-motion.org.
■ Construction has begun on a new child care center for the Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The center, set to open in August, will more than triple the number of children served.
The center, which will be off Commonwealth Drive near The Arboretum, will serve 166 children, ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years old, and have outpatient therapy programs serving additional children. It will be staffed and operated by Child Development Centers.
Since 1958, Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass has provided early childhood care for children in the Lexington area with a full-day preschool program for children with disabilities and for typically developing children 13 months to 5 years old.
The current center is on Springhill Drive and enrolls 53 children.
■ Mulch will be given away from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, or until the supply is gone, at the former city landfill site at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. One pick-up load of mulch per person will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call LexCall at 3-1-1 or (859) 425-2255.
■ The International Hospitality Program at University of Kentucky is in need of hosts for students for the 2011-2012 school year because of the large influx of international students.
Hosts are not financially responsible for the students. The relationship is simply one of friendship.
For more information on IHP or to become a host, call Judy Phillips, public relations chair, at (859) 277-2224 or Mary Lynne Vickers, host development chair, at (859) 361-9603 by Oct. 19.