50 books to read in kindergarten
The Lexington Public Library is releasing a list of "50 Books to Read in Kindergarten" in September. Full-color posters listing the 50 titles — which are a combination of favorite classics and contemporary titles selected by the children's librarians at the library— will be distributed on Sept. 5 to all kindergartners in Fayette County public schools and will also be available at the six Lexington Public Library locations. Denise Fleming, author of 12 books, including In the Small, Small Pond, will help kick off the new reading program with two events on Friday, Sept. 26. At 1:30 p.m. she will present a story time for children ages 4-10 at the Tates Creek Branch, 3648 Walden Drive, and at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 140 East Main Street, she will share with parents, teachers and other caregivers how to bring books to life for children. Both programs are free, but reservations are required and may be made by calling the library at (859) 231-5534 for the parent program and (859) 231-5580 for the children's story time.
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The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning is now accepting registrations for its fall 2008 schedule of classes. To access the full menu of fall classes, workshops, and events for learners of all levels of experience, visit the Carnegie Center's Web site http://www.carnegieliteracy.org/workshops.htm.
Paws for President
The Lexington Humane Society is accepting contributions for the 2008 Beastie Ball. This year's theme is "Paws for President." Contributors can donate auction items for the ball. Some suggestions are: political memorabilia, electronic items, personal and professional services and excess inventory. Donated items are tax-deductible and are not required to be pet-related. The Humane Society is also selling raffle tickets to raise funds for the ball, sponsored by Riley Oil Co. Fleet Card. The raffle winner will win free gas for a year. Tickets are $50, or 3 for $100. Get tickets at lexingtonhumanesociety.org, or at the shelter, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike. Call Madison Carey at 859.233.0044, Ext. 252.
Roots and Heritage
The Kentucky Tourism Council has selected the Roots and Heritage Festival in Lexington as one of the commonwealth's Top Ten Events. Held in Lexington Sept. 5 through 7, the event celebrates African-American history and culture. There are on average more than 200 vendors with food, music, art exhibits, film presentations and more. This year, the event was also selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism society.
Charity bike ride
Melynda Milburn, assistant to at-large Councilwoman Linda Gorton, plans to take a three-day charity bike ride to Shakertown to raise money for the American Lung Association. Her goal is to raise $500. She is currently taking pledges. Call (859) 258-3828 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are tax-deductible.
Brenda Bunting, Detention Center Life Skills specialist, won first place in the 40-49 age women's 1500-meter race/walk in the Bluegrass State Games on July 19. She placed second in the shot-put.
Free flu shots
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will provide two free flu shot clinics in October. The first clinic, for ages 9 and older, will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Newtown traffic light entrance at Lexmark. The department will also offer free shots for children younger than 9 during a flu shot clinic 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11, at the Public Health Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road.
LexArts recently announced the recipients of Community Arts grants for programs and projects for 2008 and 2009. This year LexArts increased funding through its Community Arts grant program from $80,000 in fiscal year 2008 to $120,000 in 2009. Recipients are as follows:
■ Lexington Singers, $10,000
■ University of Kentucky Art Museum, $10,000
■ Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, $9,450
■ Explorium of Lexington, $8,000
■ The Lexington Ballet, $8,000
■ Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, $7,500
■ Music Institute of Lexington, $7,500
■ Headley-Whitney Museum, $7,000
■ Lexington Opera Society, $7,000
■ University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, $7,000
■ Lexington Public Library/Central Gallery, $6,000
■ WUKY, $6,000
■ Kentucky Women Writers Conference, $5,625
■ Flute Symphony of Lexington, $3,000
■ Central Kentucky Concert Band, $1,750
■ Niles Center, $2,500
■ Theater of PossABILITIES, $2,000
■ Chamber Music Society, $1,750
■ Jazz Arts Foundation, $1,750
■ Kaboom Writing Group, $1,750
■ Bluegrass Area Jazz Association, $1,500
■ Kentucky Craft History and Educations Association, $1,500
■ Studio Players, $1,500
■ Gainesway Community Empowerment Center VB, $1,400
Electric wheelchair to be donated
Ken Burton, a Lexington resident, would like to donate an electric wheelchair to someone who is financially unable to afford one or is in need of it to improve the quality of life. The chair is designed for a larger person with a seat width of 22 to 24 inches. It is in working condition and has a battery charger. Similar chairs retail for $7,000. It would have to be picked up by a van with a lift or by two or three people with strong backs. Chair will be donated on a first come, first serve basis. Call Burton at (859) 269-1309.