Camp HOPE, a one-day retreat for children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced the death of a loved one within the past two years, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Hospice of the Bluegrass Center for Grief and Education, 2409 Greatstone Point.
"Grieving children often feel very alone," said Vicki Merrill, Hospice of the Bluegrass clinical officer, counseling. "Most of their friends do not understand how it feels when someone special dies. At Camp HOPE, children will meet others who have lost a loved one. It is a safe place to share experiences, to understand that their feelings are normal, and to develop skills to cope with grief in healthy ways."
Children will receive guidance and support from professionals and trained volunteers who will also lead activities.
Camp HOPE is free, but an application must be completed for each camper. Applications are available by contacting Martin Weinstock at (859) 277-2700 or 1-800-876-6005 or at Hospicebg.org. The registration deadline is Friday.
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Mental illness to be focus of free series of classes
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a family-to-family education course to relatives of individuals living with a mental illness. The class begins Sept. 10 and meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for 11 consecutive weeks. The class and all materials are free.
Topics covered include signs and symptoms of mental illness diagnoses, research on the biology of brain disorders, medications, treatment techniques and strategies for handling crisis and relapse. Skill-building exercises on communication, problem-solving, empathy and self-care are taught. For more information, go to Nami.org/familytofamily.
Advance enrollment is required. Contact Tracy at (859) 536-8278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black mothers sought for breast-feeding study
Black mothers and grandmothers who have an infant less than a year old are invited to participate in a research study to explore the choice that mothers make between breast-feeding and bottle-feeding. Participants will receive a $25 gift card and refreshments will be offered.
As an extension of both Breast-feeding Month and Black Breast-feeding Week, which was Aug. 25-31, several focus group interviews are being scheduled for September. For more information, call Nicole Peritore, (859) 257-3802. To learn more about Black Breast-feeding Week, visit Blackbreastfeedingweek.org.
Cyclists to roar into town for fundraiser
The 2014 National Rally of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, a family-oriented international motorcycle Riding Club with chapters in 48 states, nine provinces of Canada and 15 foreign countries, will roll into town Thursday-Sunday for a weekend of camaraderie and fundraising to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Club members request the patience of Central Kentucky motorists as they move their groups through the Bluegrass. Out of respect for fellow motorists, they have limited the size of their groups of riders to 30 motorcycles per group. To find out more, go to Scrcnationalrally.com.
Abraham Lincoln sites to be discussed Sept. 17
Mary Todd Lincoln House will host a presentation Sept. 17 by Thomas Mackie, director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate, Tenn. Mackie will present "Log Walls to Marble Halls," exploring how such memorials reflect our perceptions of Lincoln. Discover why Lincoln sites, such as the Lincoln birthplace, intentionally used the unusual combination of log cabin and marble temple to honor the 16th President. The presentation will follow a 6 p.m. dinner. The event will be held at Malone's, 3373 Tates Creek Road. Reservations are required by Sept. 12. Cost is $40 for members/$45 for non-members. Visit Mtlhouse.org for a registration form or call Gwen at (859) 233-9999 to reserve by phone.