Alltech is counting on Kentucky's creative kids to come up with a name and a story for the new mascot (above) of the Alltech National Horse Show, Oct. 29-Nov. 3, in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Kids can send Alltech a name and a short story describing the new mascot for a chance to win a family prize package to attend the Alltech National Horse Show and have their mascot featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Describe how this mascot rose to fame at the Alltech National Horse Show in your story. Did this horse retire from a successful career in show jumping? Or did this horse compete in one of eight official disciplines during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 in Lexington?
Children ages 18 and younger will be considered for the three prizes that will be awarded for the best coloring of the mascot, the most creative name for the mascot and most imaginative overall story for the mascot. Entries will be judged for originality, creativity and an awareness of the role horses play in Kentucky's heritage.
The official entry form and coloring sheet for the contest is in the Neighbors section Wednesday and throughout the newspaper until Sept. 24. The entry form, which includes a full-page outline of the horse, is also available as a PDF online at Kentucky.com and AlltechNationalHorseShow.com. The deadline to enter the contest is Oct. 4. Stories and illustrations of the mascot will be accepted on separate sheets of paper. Entries should be sent to: ANHS Mascot, 3031 Catnip Hill Pike, Nicholasville, KY 40356.
Throughout September, submissions for the contest will be posted to the Alltech National Horse Show's Facebook page. The winning entry will be featured in an October issue of Neighbors section.
Education for relatives of those with mental illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer a Family-to-Family education course to relatives of individuals living with a mental illness. The class meets 6:30-9 p.m. for 11 consecutive Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11. The class and all materials are free.
Topics covered include signs and symptoms of mental illness, research on the brain, medications, treatment modalities, and strategies for handling crisis and relapse. Skill building exercises in communication, problem-solving, empathy, and self-care will be taught.
For more information, visit Nami.org/familytofamily. Class size is limited and advance enrollment is required by calling Tracy at (859) 536-8278 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share your memories of Rupp Arena
Share your memories about Rupp Arena with Mayor Jim Gray as the city works to reinvent Rupp Arena. Comments submitted via social media or email will be incorporated into upcoming public meetings about the future of the arena and will be available online.
Submit your Rupp memories through Facebook (facebook.com/RuppDistrict), Twitter (@RuppDistrict) or e-mail (email@example.com).
Rape crisis center volunteer training
The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center's fall volunteer training will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 21 and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28. Volunteers are needed to serve all 17 counties in Central Kentucky. Volunteers must be at least 20 years old and make a six-month commitment. Call the BRCC's business line at (859) 253-2615 for our office location. For more info, visit Bluegrassrapecrisis.org.
Input sought on Lexington's Comprehensive Plan
The LFUCG Division of Planning is seeking public input for its 2013 Comprehensive Plan update, which addresses land use, transportation, community facilities, and green infrastructure.
View the draft of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan update at Lexingtonky.gov/2013CompPlan. LFUCG staff will lead two public meetings with identical formats on the following dates: 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Lexington Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Road, and 7-8:30 p.m. at the Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library, 2185 Versailles Road.
Planning staff will be on hand to answer questions about the draft for the 2013 Comprehensive Plan update. For those unable to attend, visit Lexingtonky.gov/2013CompPlan to submit comments online.
Mary Todd Lincoln House offers special program
The Mary Todd Lincoln House will observe the continuing sesquicentennial of the Civil War with a special evening program, "Mrs. Lincoln's Civil War." Tours are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26 and will use the museum's collection to examine the first lady's wartime activities — from attending official functions and doing charity work to dealing with Confederate relatives. The event will feature artifacts not usually on display and will include refreshments inspired by the era.
Reservations are required. Admission is $15 for individuals, $13 per person with a group of four or more, and $10 per person for members and their guests. The program is recommended for ages 12 and up. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is located at 578 West Main Street. Free parking is located directly behind the house. Call Gwen at (859) 233-9999 for reservations or visit Mtlhouse.org for further information.
Alzheimer's education program at library branch
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease is for anyone who has a loved one who is newly diagnosed, or for those wanting to learn more about Alzheimer's disease. This two-hour presentation will explore what everyone should know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. The program will take place at the Lexington Public Library, Tates Creek Branch, located at 3628 Walden Drive, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 19. To register, call 1-800-272-3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is required.
40th annual Kentucky Bash scheduled Friday
The 40th annual Kentucky Bash will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Donamire Farm to raise money for Cardinal Hill Hospital.
There will be a special appearance by University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops and his wife, Chantel. Back again this year is the Jim Beam Quarterback Challenge where event-goers will have the chance to throw the pig skin against former UK football players. The evening will also include both live and silent specialty auctions.
Proceeds from the Kentucky Bash will be used to fund a Pediatric Lokomat — a vital component to teaching Cardinal Hill's youngest and smallest patients mobility skills and/or how to walk again following a traumatic injury or disabling condition.
Tables of eight are available for $1,200 and individual tickets are $150. For more info, call Courtney Feltner at (859) 254-5701, Ext. 5711, or email email@example.com.
Flu shots available at Public Health Clinic North
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is offering flu shots from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday at its Public Health Clinic North at 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary, and the cost for a flu shot is $25. Medicaid/Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurance policies are accepted.
The seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older. Last year, Lexington had 343 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided more than 3,300 flu vaccinations.
For more information, visit LexFluCrew.com or call the flu hotline, (859) 288-7529.