The Kentucky Montessori Association is hosting a presentation, Creating Joyful Children and Families, by emotional brain training instructor Theresa Barry-Greb of the Facilitative Healing Center. The presentation is geared to parents of children of all ages, and will focus on how to recognize emotional states in your child and how to manage stress (your child's and your own). This free seminar will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at UK's Taylor Education Building Auditorium. Contact Carol Hiler at (859) 255-7330 for more information.
Join the St. Pat's parade
Deadline for entries in the Alltech 34th annual St. Patrick's Parade and Festival is Feb. 28.
The parade will be held beginning at 1 p.m. March 16, in downtown Lexington.
There is no charge for community or non-profit organizations. Entry fees for commercial organizations are $150 and for political organizations, $175. Entry forms are available on the parade web site LexingtonStPatsParade.org.
Selecting a Rose of Kentucky The second annual Rose Ball, held to select the Rose of Kentucky, will be held 7-10:30 p.m. in the Red Mile Clubhouse on March 9. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Ireland to compete in the Rose of Tralee competition.
Sponsored by the Lexington Celtic Association, the Kentucky Rose competition, a regional affiliate of the Rose of Tralee International Festival competition, is a personality competition, not a traditional beauty pageant, for young women of Irish descent.
The entry fee is $100 and contestants should be young unmarried women of Irish heritage between the ages of 18 and 27.
Tickets to the event are $30. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and live music. Tables of eight are available for $450 and $500 for a table of 10. Proceeds from entry fees and the Rose Ball will be used to pay for the Rose's Ireland trip.
Also this year, girls aged 6-12 can enter a coloring competition to become one of a dozen Kentucky Rose Buds. The entry fee is $10 and a portion of the proceeds will support the Cystic Fibrosis Association. The deadline to enter the coloring contest is Friday. Coloring forms are available at Failte Irish Imports, 113 South Upper Street, or can be downloaded at Lexingtonceltic.org.
Open meeting on human rights
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission will hold its first open discussion and planning meeting from 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Lexington Central Library, 140 East Main Street. Information and opinions received at the open discussion/planning meeting will help guide the commission's next series of training events.
Help for jobless
The Job Club, for anyone who is motivated and currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition, will meet 9-10:15 a.m. Feb. 26, to discuss tips on networking like a pro. There is no cost to attend. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place.
For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at (859) 257-8905 or the Fayette Cooperative Extension office at (859) 257-5582.Autism Society of the Bluegrass will present Eat, Sleep, Potty: Three Areas of Intervention for Great Impact to Quality of Life, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Tates Creek Christian Church, 3150 Tates Creek Road.
The speaker is Amanda Ralston of Verbal Behavior Consulting.
This workshop, appropriate for family members and caregivers of young children with autism, will provide an introduction to common behavioral interventions for eating, sleeping and toileting skills.
Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Free child care is available. To register, call (859) 223-0818 or email Elise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heating company chips in
Fayette Heating & Air recently donated more than $3,500 to The Lexington Humane Society as part of its Giving Back program, which began last year.
Fayette Heating & Air has two custom residential service vans: a yellow van, representing the Lexington Humane Society, and a pink van, representing Komen Lexington. For each service call made in these vans, 10 percent of the proceeds are given to the designated charity.
Fayette Heating & Air will make donations to these two organizations for five years.
"At the end of the five years, we hope to donate over $100,000," said Bret Melrose, president of Fayette Heating & Air.