WaterFest, an annual community event, will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Kentucky American Water, 2300 Richmond Road.
Visitors to WaterFest may tour the water treatment plant and see how "raw," or untreated water, from the Kentucky River and Jacobson Reservoir is processed to make it suitable for consumption. The event also will also educational booths and exhibits about other aspects of tap water service, water conservation, watershed protection and more. There will be refreshments and children's activities.
The event is free.
Pallet jacks for charities
Clark Material Handling Co. will be donating a pallet jack to each of six winning non-profit organizations in the Bluegrass region that could use them to further their community service and/or charity work.
To submit a nomination for the Clark Raising Hope Pallet Jack Giveaway Project, go to Clarkmhc/partnerships to view and print a nomination form. Completed forms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (859) 422-7476. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 15.
Cats vs. Cards blood drive
The University of Kentucky Wildcats won't meet the University of Louisville Cardinals on the football field until Sept. 2, but you can participate in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass, a Cats versus Cards blood drive, through Aug. 31.
Donors, who will get a chance to vote for Kentucky or Louisville when they register to give blood, will receive a Battle of the Bluegrass T-shirt and a chance to win the following prizes:
■ One of two sets of tickets for three University of Kentucky football games.
■ A Commonwealth Stadium suite pass for two for an upcoming game.
■ A 2012 Toyota Rav4 SUV, which is the grand prize of Kentucky Blood Center's Summer4Life.
People may take part by donating at any blood center or at the following UK campus mobile blood drives:
■ Singletary Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 27-31.
■ Johnson Center, 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 1 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30.
■ William T. Young Library, 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 or 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 31.
■ Ralph G. Anderson Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29.
To schedule a donation, go to Kybloodcenter.org or call 1-800-775-2522.
Hearing & Speech Center back-to-school bash
The Lexington Hearing & Speech Center will hold a community back-to-school bash from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at its facility, 350 Henry Clay Boulevard. There will be food, music and games. Tickets are $8 per child. There is no charge for adults or children younger than 2.
Operation Turnout kicks off on Sunday
Operation Turnout will kick off this year's election season at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 237 East Fifth Street. Established in 2010 with a mission to engage the minority population of Central Kentucky in the political process, Operation Turnout focuses on voter education, voter registration and voter commitment efforts.
The event will be spiritual in nature. Local pastors will share the biblical basis of why the church should engage in issues that affect citizens in our communities.
Operation Turnout also will hold a Voter Education Forum on Oct. 18 to highlight current local, state and national races.
For more information on Operation Turnout's kickoff service, call Clark Williams at (502) 641-3676.