Operation Read is desperately seeking volunteer instructors for its classes in English as a second language, part of an ongoing course designed to improve English literacy for Fayette County residents from other countries. The course is designed to give non-native residents the ability to perform basic activities, such as reading medicine labels or mail, locating addresses or helping children with homework.
Volunteer workshops will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, 21, 26 and 29 at the Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street. All materials and training are provided.
Volunteers are not required to be fluent in another language; the classes are taught in English, and only English is spoken in the class. Volunteers should be able to give a six-month commitment (with a fairly flexible schedule), have a sense of humor and a desire to teach, and be willing to interact with students who come from countries all over the world.
Call (859) 254-9964.
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Cooper-Clayton class starting
The Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking began a new series this week but will still accept members on Monday, Sept. 28. The classes will meet at 5 p.m. every Monday for 13 weeks at the offices of Dr. Borders and Associates, 2110 Nicholasville Rd. There is no fee for this session of the class, but participants will incur the cost of their own alternative source of nicotine.
City looking for four good trees
Lexington is once again looking for four special evergreen trees — perfectly shaped, 40 to 50 feet high and 20 to 25 feet wide — to decorate for the holidays in four downtown locations. If you have a scotch pine, a balsam fir or a Fraser fir that needs to be removed from your property, consider donating it to be used as one of the city's community Christmas trees. If chosen, the city and Kentucky Utilities will remove it in early November at no cost to the owners and transport it downtown to be decorated. White pines are not appropriate.
All trees will be inspected to determine if they are suitable. Trees should have a pyramidal shape, with fullness at the bottom, and have few or no holes in the body. There should be no obstacles to removal. To donate, call LexCall at 3-1-1 before Nov. 4.
The trees will be placed in Triangle Park at Main and Broadway; the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, Main and Limestone; Thoroughbred Park at Main and Midland; and in front of the KU Building on Quality Street. They will be decorated by the city and lit, beginning Nov. 27.
Pumpkin Patch Classic
Registration forms are now available at all city-owned golf courses for the 2009 Pumpkin Patch Classic. This championship will take place on Oct. 11 at the Tates Creek Golf Course. The entry fee is $90 per team and includes greens fee, tee gift and lunch. (Cart fee not included.) You must have your own team. This 18-hole tournament is open to two-person teams and will be played in a scramble format. Awards and prizes will be presented to overall first through fifth place, longest drive, closest to the hole, most accurate drive and longest putt. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, Oct. 7.
For additional information on the Pumpkin Patch Classic, call (859) 272-3428 or (859) 288-2968.
Blood donor wins new Camry
Out of nearly 30,000 donors, a Clay County Highway Department employee recently won a 2010 Toyota Camry simply for donating blood this summer.
Lowell Collett, 40, of Pineville, recently traveled to Lexington to receive his new car. Collett started giving blood two years ago and donates as often as he can.
The new car raffle was part of a promotion to keep blood supplies up during the summer, when donations typically drop. Eligible donors who gave blood between May 22 and Sept. 7 were automatically entered to win the car.
There are two Kentucky Blood Center locations in Lexington at 3130 Mapleleaf Drive, Suite 103 and 3121 Beaumont Centre Circle. Visit www.kybloodcenter.org.