Mayes chosen Lexmark Volunteer of the Year

Jessica Mayes, a materials engineer with Lexmark, has been awarded Lexmark's 2007 Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of her volunteer work for a number of non-profit organizations in the Bluegrass community.

Mayes, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Paris Animal Welfare Society, is a supporter of the organization that operates the animal shelter at 9 Linville Drive in Paris, and has been an important part of its fund-raising efforts while also helping to find homes for animals and fostering pets until they are adopted.

The Lexmark award included a $5,000 donation to go to a non-profit organization or school. Mayes selected the Paris shelter as the recipient.

Trap team fund-raiser

The Bourbon Bullets 4-H Shooting Sports Trap Team will hold a Trap Team Fund-raiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at the Bourbon County Park. Rain date is June 7. This fund-raiser will help fund a new automatic trap machine for the local members. The previous trap machine was damaged by vandals and is not repairable.

Participants should bring their favorite shotgun and shells. Targets will be provided by 4-H. Trap team members will have a few experienced guns on hand if you do not have your own. The fee of $50 will get a minimum of two rounds of trap and lunch served by the 4-H Club.

More rounds will be added based on the number of participants. Scores will be kept and prizes will be awarded to high individual, business and scoring teams.

Call Kayla McFarland at (859) 707-6577 or Gary McFarland at (859) 707-7070.

Floral design

The Late Bloomers Garden Club will hold a floral design meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Wallis House, 616 Pleasant Street in Paris.

Create a floral design to take home while learning principles of design.

Natural healing

The Paris-Bourbon County Library will host a presentation on natural healing at 6:30 p.m. on May 22 in the Community Room of the library, at 701 High Street in Paris. Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) is an ancient Japanese treatment used for healing. Master/teacher Samara Anjelae and several other Reiki practitioners will explain and administer the laying on of hands approach. No reservations are required. Call (859) 987-4410 for more information.

Mountain cooking

Master cook Jessica Gosser Walton will conduct an Appalachian cooking class from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Varden's, 509 Main Street in Paris. Walton, who is also an artist and Web designer, will offer some of the home-cooking secrets that make the food of the mountains so unique in a presentation that offers both insight as well as tips and an Appalachian meal. The cost is $25 per person.

Call (859) 987-4700 for reservations.

Memorial Day flags

The Hinton-Turner Funeral Home is continuing its annual tradition of providing complimentary flags to families to decorate the graves of deceased veterans for Memorial Day, May 26. The flags are available to anyone who served in any branch of the Armed Forces and may be placed on their graves at local cemeteries. Flags can be picked up at the funeral home at 526 Pleasant Street in Paris.