The Friends of the Lexington Public Library is conducting its annual book sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Sunday at Crossroads Plaza Shopping Center, 125 East Reynolds Road. More than 100,000 books, audio books and videos are for sale. Paperback and picture books cost 25 cents each; hardback books cost $1. The final day of the sale is Bag Day, when customers may buy an empty bag for $2 and fill it with books. For more information, call the Friends Book Cellar at (859) 231-5505.
Get a free flu shot on Thursday
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will offer free flu shots from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Consolidated Baptist Church's Andrew Center at 1625 Russell Cave Road. The seasonal flu shot is recommended for people age 6 months and older. For those unable to get their shots at the free clinic, the health department will offer flu shots from 9 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at its Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. No clinic appointment is necessary, and the cost is $30. Medicaid/Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted. Flu information can be found on the flu hot line at (859) 288-7529.
Parkinson's group to present program Nov. 9
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The Lexington Area Parkinson's Support Group will present its third annual Gathering for the Good: Living Life to the Fullest with Parkinson's Disease from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky. This educational event is for persons with Parkinson's disease and their care partners.
In addition to a keynote speaker, presentations will include "The Latest on Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery" and "Straight Talk on How to Live an Amazing Life with Parkinson's Disease." There will be exhibitors specializing in services for those with Parkinson's and a silent auction. The event and lunch are free, but advance registration is required. No walk-in registration will be allowed. To register, call Elaine Keith at (859) 277-1040 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Parkinson's programs and activities, go to Parkinsonslexington.com.
Building needed for toy drive
The 2015 Lexington Fire Department Toy Drive begins in a few weeks, and firefighters are looking for a building to use. The building needs to be about 15,000 square feet, have heat, bathrooms and plenty of parking.
For the past 84 years the Lexington's Fraternal Order of Firefighters has organized the event for children in Fayette County. Last year, thanks to public donations, the program provided Christmas toys to more than 2,000 children.
If you know of a suitable building that is available, call (859) 231-5605 or email email@example.com.
Park cleanup volunteers sought
In celebration of Douglass Park's upcoming centennial, a Douglass Days park beautification event is scheduled for 9 am. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Volunteers will perform general cleanup and more than 100 trees will be planted by Lexington Parks and Recreation and Lexington Habitat for Humanity. A conceptual plan for a new playground will be on display during the Douglass Days event.
Douglass Park opened in 1916 as the park for African-Americans in Central Kentucky. During segregation, Douglass Park was one of the few places black residents could go for recreation and entertainment. Since then, the 27-acre park has served as a gathering spot in Lexington's West End.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has formed the Douglass Park Centennial Commission, a 25-member group of community stakeholders representing neighborhoods, businesses, schools and churches. First District Council Member James Brown is organizing the commission.
Volunteers are needed for the cleanup and tree planting. Participants can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (859) 252-2224.