Benchmark Family Services is hosting an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 118 Dennis Drive for people interested in learning about becoming a foster parent and about the foster care system.
Benchmark is always in need of families and individuals who are willing to open their hearts and homes to children in need of a safe and stable environment.
For additional information, contact the Benchmark office at (859) 260-1412 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
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The Bluegrass Charity Ball presented 11 young ladies on Nov. 24 in the ballroom of the Marriott Griffin Gate.
Kristin Baehler served as ball chairman and William Daniel Graves as master of ceremonies. The Jimmy Church Band performed.
Donations sought for piano restoration
Lexington Center and The Opera House Fund are seeking 88 "key" donors to fund the restoration of a classic 9-foot Steinway "D" Concert Grand piano to its original factory condition.
The campaign, named for the number of keys on a standard piano, allows donors a chance to purchase one or more keys to help reach the overall goal of $52,800 needed to restore the piano. Each key will be assigned a value, ranging from $100 to $1,500, depending on its location on the register.
Proceeds will go toward a complete restoration by the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. The restoration is expected to take place over 12 to 15 months.
The piano was gifted by an anonymous donor in 1976, at the time of the original Opera House renovation. It has been played by such notable Grammy Award-winning performers as Randy Newman, George Winston and Diane Schuur.
All donors will be publicly recognized at the end of the campaign and everyone who contributes will receive an invitation to a piano concert to celebrate the project's completion.
According to Bill Owen, Lexington Center Corp. president and CEO, "Our goal is to raise $26,400 in two months through this fundraising effort."
For purchase information, visit Lexingtonoperahouse.com/88keys and roll over each key for availability. Download a donor card and mail with payment to: The Opera House Fund, c/o Dean, Dorton & Ford, 106 West Vine Street, Suite 600, Lexington, Ky. 40507.
For more information, call the Lexington Center Performing Arts Department at (859) 233-4567, Ext. 3286.
Health care subject of symposium
The 2013 Healthcare Symposium, presented by the Central Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters, will be Feb. 19 at the Lexington Convention Center.
This year, expert practitioners and industry leaders will present detailed information and recommendations for brokers and businesses looking to understand the future of the health care industry. Subject areas include Kentucky's health care exchange, Kentucky's health care cooperative, private exchanges, nondiscrimination requirements and ERISA compliance.
For more information about the symposium or CKAHU, visit Ckahu.org. The early-bird registration deadline is Jan. 31 and the registration deadline is Feb. 11.
Cervical cancer awareness promoted
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is encouraging the community to wear teal Friday as part of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
About 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer each year and 3,700 die from it. Kentucky has one of the United States' highest death rates from cervical cancer.
The health department is also working to educate more women about the vaccines that have been shown to protect women against most cervical cancers: Cervarix and Gardasil.
For more information about cervical health, call Jessica Jackson, LFCHD health equity coordinator, at (859) 288-2332.
Mended Hearts officers elected
New officers have been elected for the Mended Hearts Bluegrass Chapter 115. They include Francis Carpenter, Versailles, president; Becky Witt, Lexington, vice president; Wilma Spicer, Versailles, secretary; Linda Arnold, Lancaster, treasurer; and Joe Arnold, Lancaster, visiting chairman. Installation was conducted by outgoing President Carl Peter, Lexington, at the chapter's December meeting.
Memory loss program at library branch
"The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease," a two-hour program about memory loss, begins at 2 p.m. Monday at the Beaumont Branch of the Lexington Public Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way.
Registration is required. Call (800) 272-3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgetown student wins pageant
Megan Alisa Webb, a student at Georgetown College, was named the 2012-13 National American Miss Teen during a pageant in Anaheim, Calif.
Megan, who has cerebral palsy, plans to become an advocate for the disabled upon graduating from college.
Megan is the daughter of Sammy A. Webb of Lawrenceburg.