Families are needed to participate in a new research project at the University of Kentucky Family and Child Development Lab. The research study will examine the connections between family relationships, child stress and child sleep.
If you and your spouse or partner are both older than 21, have been living together for at least two years and have a child between the ages of 6 and 12, you may be eligible for this study.
Those meeting the study criteria will be paid $150 to participate.
For information, call (859) 257-2258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Time to apply for tree-planting grants
Kentucky Utilities is accepting grant applications for the company's tree-planting program, Plant for the Planet, through Nov. 30.
Plant for the Planet targets successful tree-planting programs organized by non-profit organizations and local government agencies throughout the KU and LG&E service territories. The program is modeled after the United Nations Environment Program's Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign.
Matching one-year grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 for urban, suburban or rural projects in forests and parks, along parkways or roadways are available by application. Groups with demonstrated tree-planting success are eligible to download an application online at Lge-ku.com/plantfortheplanet. Grant recipients will be announced in February.
Environmental Commission awards given
The Lexington-Fayette Environmental Commission announced the 41st Annual Environmental Commission Awards on Oct. 19 at the University of Kentucky's E.S. Good Barn.
The awards are given to individuals, organizations and businesses that have contributed significantly to the improvement of the local environment over the last two years.
This year's award winners are The Arboretum for its Children's Garden for environmental education; Big Ass Fans for development of a LEED Gold building and recycling; CDP Engineers for the Gainesway pond restoration and educational trail; Fairway Neighborhood Association for neighborhood beautification; Good Food Market and Café for on-site water quality practices; Ingersoll-Rand Trane for recycling and community responsibility; the Lexington Public Library for green team development; Locust Trace Agriscience Farm for the first Fayette County "Net-Zero" school; and Town Branch Trail for the Town Branch: Lexington, Kentucky Historic Watershed film.
Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Blackford Oaks Place Owners Association for historic tree preservation; Donut Days Bakery for its food-waste pilot program; Eagle Distributors for LEED building and recycling; G&J Pepsi-Cola South Division for LEED building and recycling; Urban County Government's Division of Water Quality for green infrastructure practices; Urban County Councilwoman Peggy Henson for Wolf Run Watershed Awareness Projects; Providence Montessori School for recycling and green awareness; Harold Duckworth, Task Inc. Riparian Greenspace; and the Urban County Government's: Police Technical Services Unit, Police Computer Information Services and Police Fleet Liaison for recycling.
Gardening expert to speak Thursday
Ken Druse, regarded as a "gardening superstar," will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Road, as part of the Gardener's Lecture Series. Druse is an author-photographer, lecturer and radio host who has contributed to many garden and home design magazines. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for master gardeners and Arboretum friends; and $5 for students with ID. For information, call (859) 257-5582.
Orientation for Radio Eye volunteers set for Friday
Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a volunteer community service, will have volunteer orientation 1 to 2 p.m. Friday. Radio Eye is recruiting for volunteer readers, control board operators and office help. If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with Radio Eye call (859) 422-6390 to request an application form and sign up to attend orientation.