Golfing families are invited to the sixth annual Marriott international family golf festival Sunday. The event is open to golfers of all ages and skill levels and provides an afternoon of free golf instruction, clinics, interactive golf games, family golf programs and chances to win prizes. After 3 p.m., families can play golf for free as part of Marriott Golf's "Kids Golf-4-Free" program. In addition, Marriott Golf offers free lessons anytime to children up to 15 years old when accompanied by an adult who is taking a fully paid lesson from a Marriott golf instructor. For more information, visit Marriottgolf.com.
Ashland needs volunteer gardeners
Ashland Community Care Day will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Road. Volunteers are needed to remove weeds from around trees as well as perform some light pruning. Wear work gloves and protective clothing, and bring clippers, rakes or pruning tools if possible. Dave Leonard and Ross Raterman of Dave Leonard Tree Specialists will offer direction. For more information, visit Henryclay.org.
Two to compete in Ironman Triathlon
Two local men, John Slone and Mike Ginter, will join 3,000 athletes from around the world to participate in the Ironman Triathlon competition on Sunday in Louisville. The Ironman requires an athlete to complete a course of 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running within a 17-hour time frame.
Slone, a father, husband, local philanthropist and project manager for Gray Construction, is raising money for The Foster Care Council of LexKY. If you would like to support Slone's charity of choice, visit Thefostercarecouncil.com.
Ginter, travel manager with A Helping Hand Adoption Agency in Lexington, is taking part to raise enough funds to build three small houses for homeless families in Jamaica. Each house costs approximately $4,000; the goal is to raise at least $12,000. As of last week, Ginter, who has lived in Jamaica and does missionary work there, had raised enough money to build two homes and was still working on raising money for the third. If you would like to sponsor Ginter or make a donation, visit the CSI Ministries website at Csiministries.org.
To follow either athlete during the race, go to Ironman.com and select the Louisville event page. Slone will wear bib No. 1810; Ginter will wear bib No. 2421. Waiters to compete in benefit
The Bluegrass Hospitality Games, an evening of fun that pits employees from the hospitality industry against one another in a friendly competition, will be held, rain or shine, from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Triangle Park.
Teams of five people from area hotels, restaurants, distilleries and bars will compete in a series of five events: The Water Waiter Relay, Toilet Paper Toss, Tacky Tourist Trot, Pillow Case Relay and Hospitality Hockey.
A portion of the proceeds from the competition will benefit the Bluegrass Hospitality Association's scholarship fund at Transylvania University, providing funds for students pursuing careers in the hospitality industry.
For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit Bluegrasshospitality.org.
Night with the Stars set for Aug. 29
Night with the Stars, a dinner and silent auction benefiting Thursday's Child, will be 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown. Jack Pattie will emcee the event and The Lauren Mink Band will provide entertainment.
Tickets for the event are $50 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Half of the ticket price is a tax-deductible donation. Tickets are on sale through Sunday by calling The Davis H. Elliot Co. at (859) 263-5148, Ext. 0, or Tim Hodge at (859) 245-5488, Ext. 690.
Thursday's Child is a non-profit board that raises funds for Kentucky children awaiting adoption and adopted children and families. For more information visit Thursdayschildky.org.
Retreat for grieving children slated Camp HOPE, a weekend retreat for children, ages 6 to 12, who have experienced the death of a loved one within the past two years, will be Sept. 6-8 at Camp Cathedral Domain in Irvine. Children throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky who attend the camp will receive guidance and support from professionals and trained volunteers who will also lead activities such as nature hikes, drama and art activities.
The registration fee is $30 per child or $35 per family, if more than one child is attending. Scholarships are available. Applications must be completed for each camper and are available by contacting Martin Weinstock at (859) 277-2700 or 1-800-876-6005 or at Hospicebg.org. The registration deadline is Aug. 30.
Mall's grand reopening Saturday
The Mall at Lexington Green will celebrate its grand reopening from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday with special offers, events and demonstrations in every store throughout the day.
There will be visits by Tinker Bell, Curious George, Cat in the Hat, Big L from the Lexington Legends, Chuckles the Keeneland mascot, the Berenstain Bears, as well as the premier of Joseph-Beth's new mascot, J.B. Book. Officer Don will land his helicopter in the Lexington Green parking lot at noon.
The event will also feature a silent auction of five sections of the 2012 UK Championship floor. Proceeds will benefit Dance Blue, which enhances the lives of children and families suffering from childhood cancer through the Golden Matrix Fund and assists those treated at the University of Kentucky Pediatric Oncology Clinic.
Public safety system to be tested
A new public safety radio system is being installed in Lexington, which will allow police, fire and other government entities to communicate more effectively throughout the county. Operational tests will be conducted by firefighters and police officers, who will be driving official government vehicles, have government identification and will be in uniform, in all parts of the county, through Aug. 28.
In limited circumstances, personnel may need to walk into a field or yard to conduct a voice test over the new radio. They will not need to enter buildings or interact with livestock while conducting these tests, which take only a few minutes.
Owners of large properties, such as industrial sites and horse farms, can help by notifying security staff and personnel that these tests are occurring and by pre-authorizing public safety personnel to enter the property for radio testing.