Fayette County notes: Oct. 27

Merlene Davis honored by Urban League

Former Herald-Leader columnist Merlene Davis was recognized at the 2015 Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County dinner on Oct. 19. Davis received the Community Service Award from Urban League president/CEO P.G. Peeples Sr. Davis wrote a column for the Herald-Leader for 30 years.

PNC Financial Services and Charlene Walker, vice president for multiculturalism and inclusion at Bluegrass Community & Technical School, received the Champions of Diversity award.

The Urban League of Lexington—Fayette County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist blacks and disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality.

Trick-or-treat event at Fayette Mall on Thursday

Fayette Mall will host a mallwide trick-or-treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to provide an alternative night for trick-or-treating during a busy weekend in Lexington with Breeder's Cup and University of Kentucky sporting events. Children up to age 12 must be in costume and accompanied by an adult. Adults are discouraged from wearing face masks. For more information and a list of participating retailers, go to

Parkinson's disease presentation Nov. 9

The Lexington Area Parkinson's Support Group, a nonprofit all-volunteer organization, will present the third annual "Gathering for the Good: Living Life to the Fullest with Parkinson's Disease." This educational event is for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers, and will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the University of Kentucky Hilary J. Boone Center.

In addition to a keynote speaker, presentations will include the latest on deep brain stimulation surgery and a talk on how to live with Parkinson's disease. There will be exhibitors specializing in Parkinson's disease services and a silent auction.

The event and lunch are free but advance registration is required. There will be no walk-in registration. To register, call Elaine Keith at (859) 277-1040 or email her at To find out more about Parkinson's programs and activities, go to

Program exchanges toys for candy

Kool Smiles, a Lexington dental care provider, is coordinating for the fourth year Operation Troop Treats, a program that helps give kids' teeth a post-Halloween break while giving our U.S. troops serving overseas a sweet reminder of home.

Operation Troop Treats encourages children and their families to visit the Kool Smiles dental office, 1301 Winchester Road, between Friday and Nov. 4 to exchange their Halloween candy for toys. The donated candy will then be sent in care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas via Operation Gratitude.

Every child who participates will receive one toy for every 25 pieces of unopened candy in its original packaging. The program is open to everyone, regardless of whether they are Kool Smiles patients. There is a limit of three toys per child, and toys are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Spruce, fir trees sought for holiday displays

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is looking for Norway spruce, Blue spruce or Douglas fir trees for this year's downtown holiday displays. If you have one that needs to be removed from your property and would like to donate it, call 311 or (859) 425-2255. If your tree is chosen, you will contacted.

The chosen trees will be placed in Triangle Park at Main and Broadway, Isaac Murphy Park at Third Street and Midland Avenue, and in front of the Kentucky Utilities building on Quality Street. They will be decorated and lit at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 as part of Luminate Lexington.

Donated trees should be 40 to 50 feet high and 20 to 25 feet wide. They should be full and have few or no holes, and there should be no obstacles to their removal.

Free memory screenings Nov. 3 and 4

The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will offer free memory screenings from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3 at the Polk-Dalton Clinic, 217 Elm Tree Lane, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Clinic, 1030 South Broadway, Suite 5. The screenings are free; no appointment is required.

Anyone with concerns that they or a loved one has memory loss or who has a family history of dementia should consider a screening. For more information, contact Julia at (859) 323-5550.