The Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer's will be Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion downtown. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m.
About 2,000 first-time and annual participants who are expected to attend will learn the latest updates about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved in local and national prevention and support efforts.
Walkers are invited to join in a Memory Garden ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
For more information, visit Alz.org/walk or call (859) 266-5283.
Bryan Station drummer to play in Rose parade
Grant Knox of Bryan Station High School is one of four drum majors who has been selected from a nationwide search to lead Music for All's Bands of America Honor Band in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
Applications are being accepted for the 300 student member spots in the BOA Honor Band. Music for All is accepting applications from high school members across the country on all instruments except piccolo, alto and baritone saxophone (those sections are full).
Applicants should call Haley Sparks at Music for All, 1-800 -848 -2263, with their intention to apply, then complete and submit the application form as soon as possible and prepare their recorded audition according to the application packet.
For more information, visit Musicforall.org
Staged reading reflects on California's Proposition 8
JustFundKY and the Kentucky Conservatory Theatre will present 8, an account of the American Foundation for Equal Rights' federal lawsuit to overturn Proposition 8, which in 2008 eliminated gay and lesbian couples' right to marry in California.
The staged reading from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is based on interviews with the plaintiffs and their families, observations of the courtroom drama and transcripts from the landmark trial. 8 presents both sides of the debate in a 90-minute production.
The play begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main Street. Tickets are $8 and available in advance or at the door. The cast, the audience and panelists will review 8 immediately afterward and discuss how best to spark constructive dialogue in local communities.
Before the play, JustFundKY will recognize the 10 recipients of 2012 grants from the Cliff Todd Endowment, which supports efforts to educate the public and promote fairness and equality for LGBT citizens (see item that follows).
The evening will continue with a cast party, which will be this year's primary fund-raiser for the Cliff Todd Endowment, at 8:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater, 141 East Main Street. The $100 tickets, available at Justfundky.org/After8, include a premium seat for the play and hors d'oeuvres and two drinks at the cast party.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, JustFundKY hosts public events that present a positive image of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and awards grants to community-based organizations that combat discrimination and advance justice. For more information, email email@example.com.
10 groups receive Cliff Todd grants
JustFundKY has awarded grants to 10 community-based organizations that advocate and advance fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. Its Cliff Todd Endowment supports the following 2012 initiatives around the state:
â– Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning — $2,500 for its second annual LGBT Writing Contest, which provides a platform for sharing experiences through prose and poetry.
â– Fairness Coalition — $5,000 to promote local fairness ordinances in rural Kentucky.
â– Fairness Education Fund — $1,000 to help with its resource booth at the Kentucky State Fair.
â– Gay and Lesbian Service Organization — $3,500 for expanded programming in its Youth Empowerment Project.
â– Murray State University's Safe Zone — $750 to educate and train staff members on such issues as homophobia, coming out and bullying.
â– Pandora Productions — $2,500 to sponsor an LGBT-themed theatrical production this season.
â– PFLAG Lexington — $1,800 for its Stay Strong program, which reaches out to parents, families and friends, offering LGBT resources and support.
â– The Nest — Center for Women, Children & Families — $5,000 for "Breaking the Silence" workshops, a collaborative effort to raise awareness of the needs of LGBT youth.
â– Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass — $5,000 for advocacy training of long-term care providers.
â– University of Louisville's Office for LGBT Services — $2,000 for the Ambassadors leadership development program for LGBT college students.
Since 2006, JustFundKY has raised money to support work dedicated to ending LGBT discrimination. Benefactor Cliff Todd pledged $500,000 if other backers would match his contribution in four years. For more information about the 501(c)(3) corporation, visit Justfundky.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young professionals offered trip
Young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who live and are employed full-time in professional occupations in any Kentucky county within Rotary District 6740 (most counties east of Interstate 75 and including Northern Kentucky) are invited to apply to join a team that will visit Grenoble, France, from March 19 to April 16.
Through the organization's Group Study Exchange program, professionals from two countries will exchange visits, learn about other cultures and give presentations about Kentucky to Rotary Clubs and other groups.
The deadline for applications is Oct. 8. Interested individuals should contact Peggy Trafton at email@example.com; District Group Study Exchange Chair Josephine Richardson at (606) 633-9637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call William Banks at (606) 335-9212 or email him at email@example.com.
Applications and additional information are available on the district Web site at Kydistrict6740.org.