The Lexington Humane Society is wild about cats during March. Adoption fees for select cats are just $19 and the Humane Society is selling special Wild About Cats merchandise.
Its Web site, AdoptLove.net, features local celebrities such as Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Nick Nicholson, Jon Carloftis, Mallory Ervin, Joel Pett, Kyle Macy and Farah Fath posing with adoptable cats while wearing Wild About Cats merchandise.
To adopt a cat, or any animal from the Lexington Humane Society, visit its campus at 1600 Old Frankfort Pike or the satellite adoption center at PetSmart in Hamburg.
For more information, go to the Web site or call (859) 233-0044.Thanks to a $4,700 state grant from the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission, the YMCA of Central Kentucky will offer a series of bike education classes this spring intended to help people ride more safely and more often.
The High Street YMCA's Better Biking Program will feature three classes — Traffic Skills 101, Traffic Skills 201 and Commuter — featuring nationally accredited League of American Bicyclists course content and instructors.
Traffic Skills 101 is recommended for adults and children older than 14. It will cover bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, crash-avoidance techniques and more. The eight-hour course will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from March 26 to April 4 and April 16 to 25. The $20 fee includes course materials. The curriculum also will be taught twice as a one-day class, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 and April 14.
Traffic Skills 201 is for more advanced students and will include fitness education, training for longer rides, foul-weather riding, night riding and advanced traffic negotiation. The class will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 14 to 23. The $25 fee includes course materials.
The Commuter class is for adult cyclists who want to explore the possibility of commuting to work or school via bike. Topics will include route selection, bicycle choice, bike parking, cargo and clothing, foul-weather riding and more. This class will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 3 and 5 and again May 1 and 3. The $10 fee includes course materials.
To learn more about these classes and whether you might qualify to take the class for free as a student, contact the High Street YMCA at (859) 254-9622. Participants may register at the High Street Y, 239 East High Street, or at Ymcaofcentralky.org/branches/high-street-ymca.
The power of the sun
Creation Technologies has donated a BigBelly Solar trash compactor to the city of Lexington. The solar- powered compactor is able to hold five times the garbage of a normal trash can, thus eliminating the need for frequent pick-ups.
Creation Technologies' 240 employees manufacture the compactors at a facility on Jaggie Fox Way for BigBelly Solar of Newton, Mass.
The Lexington Department of Parks and Recreation Department has three of the compactors at Veteran's, Shillito and Cardinal Run parks.
For more information, go to Bigbellysolar.com or Creationtech.com.
Distillery District choices
A public meeting to present three alternatives for the Lexington Distillery District streetscape and trail will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McConnell Springs Education Center.
The boundaries of the proposed Distillery District include the Manchester Street corridor, and Town Branch Creek from Oliver Lewis Way to Forbes Road.
For more information, call Bob Bayert at (859) 258-3410.