Fayette County residents 50 and older are invited to learn more about local government by enrolling in the 2011 Senior Intern Program. The free program offers the opportunity to talk with key decision makers in city government, participate in class activities and visit government facilities.
Field trips will include visits to the Family Care Center, Fire and Emergency Services and the Division of Police.
This year's program is June 20 through 24 and concludes with the annual alumni luncheon/graduation.
Space is limited to 45 people. Only those who have not previously attended may participate.
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Download an application at Lexingtonky.gov and return it to: Kristy Stambaugh, 200 E. Main Street, 3rd Floor Room 328, Lexington, Ky. 40507, (859) 258-3806or email@example.com.
For more information, contact LexCall at 311, go to Lexingtonky.gov, or Twitter.com/lexkygov.
Class offered for controlling anger
Family Counseling Service is offering a new six-week class, Anger Management 101, that will meet 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays, March 5 through April 9 at 1393 Trent Boulevard, Building 2. The fee is $180. For more information or to register, call (859) 233-0033.UnitedHealth Group has awarded $1,000 in grants to two Lexington organizations that developed programs to fight childhood obesity in the community.
Tates Creek Middle School received a $500 grant for its "Tight as Titans" project to fund a fitness room for students while the school gym is renovated. When the renovation is complete the fitness room will be incorporated into the school's new health and fitness curriculum.
Division of Youth Services also received a $500 grant for "Fayette Get Movin'," a four-week exercise boot camp for middle and high school students in Fayette County. The boot camp will include aerobics, Wii Fit and other physical activities. Participants will learn about healthy eating habits and about how to prepare low-calorie snacks.
The grants are part of the UnitedHealth Heroes program, designed to encourage young people, working with educators and youth leaders, to create and implement local hands-on programs addressing childhood obesity.
Grants were awarded to school- and community-based youth programs that have demonstrated an understanding of the health risks associated with pediatric obesity; have proposed creative solutions to fighting obesity in their neighborhoods and communities; and can be easily implemented, scaled and measured.
UnitedHealth Group collaborated with Youth Service America to develop the Heroes program. A list of all the 2010-11 grant winners is available at Ysa.org.
Music worship service to benefit Mission Lexington
A music worship service to benefit Mission Lexington, which runs a dental and medical clinic for the working poor, will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Baptist Church, 3100 Tates Creek Road.
The event will feature choral music from Calvary Baptist Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, and Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church.
The Mission Lexington dental clinic opened in June 2006 and is supported by 25 volunteer dentists. With additional financial support it could expand its number of hours each week. The need for Mission Lexington is so great, they have to close the waiting list frequently because hundreds of people are on the waiting list at any given time.
The dental clinic, which is located at 216 South Limestone, is free and serves uninsured Fayette County adults whose earnings are below the federal poverty level. It provides exams, radiographs, restorative work, extractions, partials, root canals, emergency dental care, and medications such as antibiotics.
The Mission Lexington medical clinic, which opened in Dec. 2008, is already seeing the same number of patients each month as the dental clinic. The medical clinic is also a free service, but serves uninsured working adults in Lexington who earn no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
People who receive unemployment compensation or who are full-time students might also be eligible for services. The medical clinic is located on Trent Boulevard on the campus of St. Martha's Episcopal Church, in Building 2, next door to Family Counseling Service.
The medical clinic is staffed with volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nursing assistants and pharmacists. They also offer internship opportunities for social work and nursing students
Together, the two clinics have provided 4,567 patient visits to those who would have otherwise gone without the care they needed.
Tickets are not required for Sunday's benefit concert but donations will be accepted during the service.
For more information, contact Chris Skidmore at (859) 254-3491, Ext. 242 or look for Mission Lexington on Facebook.