UK seeks nominees for senior awards
After a two-year hiatus, the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is bringing back its Senior Star and Centenarian Awards, which recognize and honor those who exemplify graceful aging by remaining engaged in active lifestyles.
There are two divisions: The Markesbery Senior Stars must be more than 80 years old, and the Wekstein Centenarian Awards recognize those who are 100 years old or older.
Nominations are due by Oct. 1. Selection criteria are: current level of engagement in society; significant, lasting contributions in professional and/or community life; and service as a volunteer and role model for future generations.
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For more information or to request a nomination packet, call the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation at (859) 323-5374.
Bicentennials of two houses to be celebrated
The Junior League of Lexington and the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation are holding a celebration of the bicentennials of the Bodley-Bullock House and Hunt-Morgan House from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Gratz Park.
The Junior League of Lexington first began leasing the Bodley-Bullock House 30 years ago from Transylvania University. It has renovated the property along with the gardens and won the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Award for the efforts in historical preservation when the restoration was completed in 1986.
In 1955, the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation was formed to save the Hunt-Morgan House from impending demolition. The organization restored the home to its Federal appearance and now operates the house as a museum.
The Hunt-Morgan family of Central Kentucky ranks as one of the region's most historic, producing the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies, a Civil War brigadier general and Kentucky's first Nobel Prize winner.
Tickets can be purchased at Bluegrasstrust.org/events.html or by calling (859) 253-0362. The cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The ticket price includes barbecue with sides and a signature bourbon cocktail, plus an outdoor Bluegrass concert in Gratz Park. The cost for ages 12 and younger is $15.
Nickelodeon honors teen with HALO Effect award
Virginia Newsome of Lexington has been named Nickelodeon's September HALO Effect award recipient. HALO Effect is a year-round initiative that recognizes one deserving teen each month for his or her work to help and lead others (HALO) in the community.
Newsome was chosen for her dedication to furthering visual and performing arts education in schools, and she will be featured in a short profile airing on TeenNick and highlighted on TeenNick.com throughout the month. In addition, HALO Effect will award a $5,000 grant to heARTS Inc., a charity founded by Newsome in 2011.
Newsome created the non-profit organization to provide visual and performing arts supplies and services to schools and programs worldwide, in response to reduced funding for her high school's arts programs. To date, heARTS has donated more than $200,000 worth of funds and materials to schools in the United States and Latin America.
Mary Todd Lincoln House to hold dinner
The Mary Todd Lincoln House will host a dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Malone's, 3373 Tates Creek Road, followed by a presentation 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. Mackie will explain why Lincoln sites, such as the Lincoln birthplace, intentionally use the unusual combination of log cabin and marble temple to honor the life of the 16th President. Reservations are required by Friday. The cost is $40 for members, $45 for others. Go to Mtlhouse.org to register or call Gwen at (859) 233-9999 to reserve by phone.
Fall Fling Fundraiser to aid Mission Lexington
Mission Lexington will hold a Fall Fling Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Donamire Farm in Lexington.
Mission Lexington has provided free primary medical and dental care for more than 12,000 uninsured patients since 2006.
The event will include a live auction, music and hors d'oeuvres and will be held in Barkham Hall at Donamire Farm, a 620-acre farm with 15 miles of white fencing and stone fences that date back to 1820. The farm is located at 4151 Old Frankfort Pike.
Tickets are $75 ($50 for those under age 35). Payment may be mailed to Mission Lexington, 230 South Martin Luther King Boulevard, Lexington, Ky. 40508, or made by credit card by calling (859) 272-0219.
Alzheimer's workshop set for Sept. 19
An Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Bluegrass Area Development District, 699 Perimeter Drive.
The workshop will feature local and statewide experts who specialize in aging and Alzheimer's care. They will present topics that are valuable to family caregivers of persons with dementia. This training is designed specifically for family caregivers and is not open to professional caregivers.
The workshop registration fee is $10 and includes lunch. Registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.