Fayette County: Register now for GAP conference; Mollineaux to open Listening Room at Maxwell

Elizabeth Keckley
Elizabeth Keckley

The 12th annual Grandparents As Parents conference will be March 20 at the Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike. Grandparents, caregivers, relatives, and professionals can attend the conference, which includes 13 workshops, lunch, exhibits, resource fair, and free legal consultations for relative caregivers. New to the conference this year: Representatives will meet individually with relative caregivers about benefits such as social security, DCBS family support and adoption.

The event's featured speaker, Dr. Malcolm Smith, will present workshops on Understanding Bullying, Realistic Grandparenting, and the keynote: The Meanest Generation — How Things Have Changed and What to do About It.

The conference costs $5 for grandparents/relatives and $50 for professionals. Space is limited and the registration deadline is March 7.

For more information or to register, go to or call (859) 257-5582.

Musicians at Listening Room

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Grover Mollineaux will inaugurate The Listening Room @ Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church with The Road to Canaan at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the MSPC Fellowship Hall, 180 East Maxwell Street.

The Road to Canaan is a program of spirituals, songs of hope born out of slavery in the United States. Mollineaux has created a program that presents the songs and the stories of those enslaved, their struggles, their hopes and their desire for freedom.

The Listening Room @ Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church features local and regional musicians of all genres presenting entertainment in a family-friendly environment and supports the mission work of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. Upcoming performers at The Listening Room include folk artist Robert Tincher on Feb. 28 and classical guitarist Richard Goering in April.

Admission to The Listening Room is a suggested donation of $10 to support Maxwell Street Presbyterian Mission Programs.

For more information, go to, and

Hospitals need volunteers

Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East are in need of volunteers to greet patients and visitors entering the Saint Joseph Hospital located off of Harrodsburg Road and at the Medical Office Building at Saint Joseph East. Shifts are broken down into periods of 3 hours each starting at 6 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Volunteers can choose to take one shift one or more days a week, or combine a couple of shifts together one or more days a week. Interested volunteers should call (859) 313-1290.

Free smoke detectors

The Lexington Fire Department, as part of its commitment to fire prevention and citizens' safety, is distributing and installing new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and detector batteries free to Fayette County citizens older than 50 or disabled.

For more information on the smoke detector program, contact the Lexington Fire Department Community Services at (859) 231-5668 or go to and click the service request form tab on the left.

Woman to Woman open house

Woman to Woman Kentuckiana of Lexington will hold a free open house at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Plantory on 560 East Third Street. Woman to Woman Kentuckiana is a nonprofit organization that supports and empowers women to be their authentic selves. It is associated with the international nonprofit organization Woman Within.

At the open house, women will experience what it is like to sit in an Empowerment Circle, learn about upcoming empowerment trainings, and find out how they can be a part of the local Woman to Woman community. Contact Liz Haeberlin at or (859) 533-8444.

Instruction on computer tablets

Adults 50 years of age and older can learn how to use computer tablets to find resources on caregiving and the aging process at the Charles Young Community Center at 540 East Third Street from 9:30 am.-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays using provided Galaxy tablets and free wi-fi. Volunteers will be available to offer help on using tablets to research virtually any question about aging.

This free program is sponsored by the AARP and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Office of Aging and Disability Support.

Nominate a senior volunteer

The search for Kentucky's outstanding senior volunteers age 65 and older is under way. Salute to Senior Service recognizes the contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

To complete and submit an online nomination form and to view the contest's official rules, visit Completed nomination forms can also be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

Nominations and votes will be accepted through March 1. The winner in each state will receive $500 and one national winner will receive $5,000 to donate to a charity of choice.

MTL tour focuses on dressmaker

Through March 15, the Mary Todd Lincoln House will offer a special group tour entitled "Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley."

The guided tour explores the relationship between Mary Lincoln and her black seamstress, Elizabeth Keckley. Both women were born in 1818, but while Mary Lincoln grew up in an affluent slaveholding family, Elizabeth Keckley was born into slavery. After purchasing her freedom, Keckley became one of the most successful dressmakers in Washington, D.C. The first lady hired Keckley shortly after Lincoln's inauguration in 1861, and the two developed a relationship that has intrigued biographers and inspired New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini's 2013 novel Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.

Reservations are required. Admission is $10 for members; $12 for non-members. Must reserve for 6-14 people. Recommended for ages 13 and up. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is located at 578 West Main Street in downtown Lexington. Call Gwen at (859) 233-9999 to book a tour or visit for further information.

Dog park to close for renovation

The dog park located at Jacobson Park will be closed temporarily starting the week of Jan. 27, as work begins on upgrading and expanding Lexington's oldest dog park.

The redesign will increase the size to almost 8 acres, divide into two paddocks and will upgrade the fencing to the style found in other city dog parks. Additional seating for dog owners will be added along with a new walkway and an expanded parking area. The project is scheduled to be completed by April 1.

For more information on dog parks in Lexington, visit or call Parks & Recreation at (859) 288-2900.