Volunteers are needed to measure water quality in Fayette County before, during and after storm-water pollution control systems are installed and after stream restoration projects are completed to see how stream conditions change over time.
"Volunteers have been involved in monitoring water quality in Fayette County streams for many years," Susan Plueger of the city's Division of Water Quality said. "Organizations like the Kentucky River Watershed Watch and Friends of Wolf Run are very experienced in taking water samples and having them analyzed for various pollutants."
Specific sites being monitored include a number of stream bank restoration projects throughout the Wolf Run watershed and storm-water pollution control facilities installed at McConnell Springs, Wellington and Gainesway parks.
Two new Hanna HI9828 Water Quality Probes will be used in the monitoring.
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The meters will provide critical, real-time data from the sites. "Once you put water in a bottle, oxygen levels, temperature and pH immediately start to change, so we can't just drop those samples off at the lab," says Ken Cooke, coordinator for the project. In addition to collecting real-time data, volunteers will gather samples for laboratory analysis.
Volunteers wanting to use the equipment must complete a training workshop covering equipment care, record-keeping and calibration/tuning. Data collectors also have a set of quality assurance protocols they follow to be sure the data collected is comparable and as accurate as possible.
Free training workshops will be held April 12, 21 and 28. Those interested in attending and volunteering for water-quality monitoring on local waterways can register by contacting Ken Cooke at email@example.com or (859) 276-1253.
Keeneland starts Kids Club
Keeneland has a new Kids Club for fans 12 and younger and a new Kids Club mascot, Buckles, just in time for the Spring Meet, which opens Friday and ends April 27.
Kids Club membership is free and comes with a personalized membership pass, a birthday card from Buckles, Keeneland coloring book and crayons, discounts, invitations to exclusive Kids Club events and more.
Register at Keeneland.com or during the race meet on Saturdays at Breakfast with the Works, 7 to 8:30 a.m. in the trackside Equestrian Dining Room, and on Sundays at the North Terrace from noon to 2 p.m.
Alzheimer's experts advise caregivers
The Caregiver Connection Series: Helping Your Loved One Complete the Journey is specialized for family caregivers and will offer information about the later stages of Alzheimer's disease and caregiving.
Local experts specializing in Alzheimer's care will discuss the following topics: preparing for changes; strength for caring, feeding and nutritional challenges; keeping your loved one safe; making the right care decisions for your loved one, and maintaining an emotional and spiritual connection. The series will be at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through May 14 at the Lexington Public Library, Tates Creek Branch. A free light lunch will be provided. Call 1-800-272-3900 to register.
More summer camps offered
■ Sayre School will offer the following summer camps at 194 North Limestone Street. For more information, go to Sayreschool.org.
Summer Safari, weeklong themed camps, June 4-Aug. 3, for ages 3-11, $175 a week. Contact Andy Fitch, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 254-1361, Ext. 263.
Sayre School Splash Camps, June-August, for ages 5-14. Morning/afternoon classes are available, including computer animation, chess, robotics, art, manners and science; tuition varies and begins at $155. Contact Tim Corkran, director, at email@example.com or (859) 254-1361, Ext. 416.
For general information about Sayre School, contact Nancye Thompson, (859) 254-1361, Ext. 206, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ The Living Arts & Science Center in Lexington will offer nine one-week summer camps from June 4 to 29 and July 9 to Aug. 10 for students in grades K-12. Camps are hands-on, multidisciplinary, and taught by professional artists, scientists and educators. More than 150 different classes will be offered, such as animation, architecture, art-gineers, dance music production, dinosaur sculpture, drawing, filmmaking, painting, photography, physics and robot building. Partial and full-day schedules are available. The program also provides weekday morning classes for preschool students. Students may register at Lasclex.org or call (859) 252-5222 or contact Sarah Campbell at SCampbell@Lasclex.org. Costs vary.
■ The Explorium, 440 West Short Street, is offering the following summer camps.
For preschoolers: Half-day camp, June 4-8. Jump into your favorite books. Storytelling, dress up as characters and create crafts with the Imaginarium Camp.
For grades K-2: Seven half- and full-day camps, June 11-Aug. 3. Pump It Up!; Around the World in 5 Days; Go, Go Gadget; Super Hero Training Camp; AdventureSHIP; World Around Us; and Olympics of the Explorium.
For grades 3-5: Seven half- and full-day camps, June 11-Aug. 3. Colossal Construction; Lights, Camera, Action!; The League of Extraordinary Explorers; Spelunking: Into the Dark!; Masterpiece Mud; Rockin' Robots; and Olympics of the Explorium.
For more information or to register for a camp, call (859) 258-3256 or go to Explorium.com.