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Fayette County: GleanKY gets new van, wheelchair basketball team needs players

GleanKY staff member Stephanie Wooten displayed a $50,000 check presented by Beaumont Presbyterian Church to pay for the new van.
GleanKY staff member Stephanie Wooten displayed a $50,000 check presented by Beaumont Presbyterian Church to pay for the new van.

GleanKY has a new van to speed its deliveries of fresh produce in the Lexington area.

Volunteers from the faith-based organization gather unsold vegetables and other produce year-round from farmers markets, area farms, local groceries, backyard gardeners and other providers, then deliver the food to more than 60 feeding programs in Central Kentucky.

Those programs then provide the free produce to those in need who often can't afford to buy fresh food.

GleanKY co-founder Erica Horn says the new van improves the overall efficiency of the operation. The van was purchased through a $50,000 gift from Lexington's Beaumont Presbyterian Church, plus a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. The funds also enabled GleanKY to expand its efforts, including hiring two staffers.

"Without this generous support, it's hard to see how we could have hired the necessary staff to coordinate and grow our work," Horn said.

GleanKY was launched in 2010 as an outgrowth of a community garden at Beaumont. Now it has more than 300 volunteers and to date has gleaned more than 750,000 pounds of fresh produce for Kentucky's hungry.

Calling all wheelchair hoops players

In a partnership with Lexington Parks and Recreation and Aging and Disability Services, Easter Seals Cardinal Hill is seeking players 16 and older to participate in its Hill on Wheels basketball team. To be eligible, athletes must have an objective and measurable permanent physical impairment in their lower limbs that prevents them from running, jumping and pivoting.

Players do not have to have experience with wheelchair basketball. Practices take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Charles Young Center gym, 540 East Third Street. Those interested in participating or learning more should show up on a practice night. Specialized sport chairs are available.

Games are played October through April. Regular and postseason tournaments are played locally, regionally and nationally.

Hill on Wheels is a Division III member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. The team has been successful in its short history, capturing its first Division III national title in 2008.

For more information on Hill on Wheels or adaptive recreation activities sponsored through Easter Seals Cardinal Hill, contact Cindy Jacobelli at cindy.jacobelli@cardinalhill.org or (859) 254-5701, Ext. 5642.

Family Safety Day at Paul Miller Ford

Paul Miller Ford is hosting its first-ever Family Safety Day from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Paul Miller Ford location off East New Circle Road. There will be food, activities and story time for parents and children. During the event, Mayor Jim Gray will declare Sept. 12 as "Paul Miller Ford Family Safety Day."

This event will feature ways to safeguard children, including new smartphone apps that keep teenage drivers from texting at the wheel, and a book that teaches lessons to younger children. Next Generation Events will be available to provide biometric palm prints, biometric 10-digit fingerprints, child safety profiles and digital photos.

Free Native American history classes

Centenary United Methodist Church, 2800 Tates Creek Road, will host four free classes in Native American history, demographics, culture and spirituality from the tribes of the Kentucky and Ohio River Valley from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4 and 11.

The classes will be led by Helen Danser, chair of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, and clan mother, elder in the Piqua Shawnee Tribe; Tressa Brown, Kentucky Heritage Council, coordinator for Native American Heritage Commission; Steven Rodgers, senior pastor of First UMC in London, Ohio; and As Sha Na Ya (Nighthawk Troutman), spiritual leader for Kentucky Native American Intertribal Alliance.

For more information or to register for a class, contact AnneWood at roontoon34@gmail.com or by phone at (859) 285-3685

Carnegie Center needs volunteer tutors

The Carnegie Center After-School Tutoring Program is seeking volunteers to tutor low-income children for the 2015-16 school year. Tutoring takes place at the Carnegie Center in downtown Lexington from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Tutors work with the same student each week for one hour. Tutors are eligible for free training. Tutors also are entitled to a free class each season at the Carnegie Center. Contact Carol Jordan at tutoring@carnegiecenterlex.org or (859) 254-4175, Ext. 22.

Memory Café offers help for caregivers

The Memory Café provides an informal setting for caregivers and their loved ones with memory problems to socialize and interact with other families and professionals while sharing and creating old and new experiences. The Memory Café will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. MOnday at the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, 203 East Fourth Street. The Memory Café is free and open to anyone with memory problems and their caregivers. Hosted by the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the event also receives support from the Alzheimer's Association. To sign up or to learn more, contact Alyssa at (859) 257-8971.

The Explorium closes for cleaning

The Explorium of Lexington, 440 West Short Street, is closed through Friday for it annual cleaning week. It will reopen Saturday. If you'd like to volunteer to help, call Morgan Brotherton at (859) 258-3253.

International friendship group gathers

Friendship International of Lexington is holding an introductory meeting for all volunteers, current and new, at 9 a.m. Thursday in the choir room of Immanuel Baptist Church, 3100 Tates Creek Road. Serving with Friendship International gives Lexington area women an opportunity to inform, assist and enjoy friendships with international women living in the Lexington area.

For more information, call (770) 851-0437, visit Friendshiplex.weebly.com or email friendshipint@gmail.com.

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