Teen, adult pageant entries sought
The 2009 Miss Kentucky USA and Miss Kentucky Teen USA pageants are accepting applications. Girls age 15-19 may enter the Miss Kentucky Teen pageant, and women 18 to 27 are eligible for Miss Kentucky. The winner of the Miss Kentucky pageant will receive an all-expense-paid trip to represent the state at the 2009 Miss USA pageant to be aired on NBC television. The winner of Miss Kentucky Teen will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2009 Miss Teen USA pageant. Call (615) 377-6331, or visit www.misskentuckyusa.com.
LCT to help enhance Morehead group
Lexington Children's Theater recently announced its new Morehead Family Theater Series, funded by the Theatre Communications Group's New Generations Program. Lexington Children's Theater was one of only 18 theaters across the country selected to participate in the program.
Funding will help expand the already existing Rowan and Elliott County Satellite Theatre program and will also help create theater workshops for families, classes for young audiences and a new parent advisory group to help establish a more engaged and participatory family audience base. Call (859) 254-4546 or 1-800-928-4545.
Cancer survivor a Hero of Hope
The American Cancer Society's Mid-South Division recently named Stephanie Stanland a Hero of Hope. Stanland, a Lexington resident, is one of 25 cancer survivors from six states to be recognized by the American Cancer Society. This is the first year for the program, which selects honorees to serve as representatives for the American Cancer Society in their communities. Stanland is a three-year breast cancer survivor. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Teen attends interfaith camp
In August, Lexington high school student Marjorie Amon, a Unitarian Universalist, attended an interfaith youth summer camp in Washington, D.C., intended to teach campers the values of pluralism and religious liberty. Leadership Education Advancing Democracy and Diversity brought together 41 high school students from across the country representing more than a dozen different religious traditions.
Calling all zombies
Mecca Live Studio and Gallery is accepting dancers to participate in a re-enactment of Michael Jackson's Thriller on Oct. 31 at 8:30 p.m. The parade of dancing zombies will leave the Kentucky Theatre and finish at Courthouse Square.
Rehearsals are being held at the Mecca Studio, 451 Chair Ave., Suite B, 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Monday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and 2-3 p.m. every Saturday (except the Oct. 25 rehearsal, which will begin at 3 p.m.).
To participate, show up at enough rehearsals to learn the choreography and parade schematics. Participation is free; donations are encouraged at lessons.
Call (859) 254-9790.
Free flu shots for veterans
The Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center offers veterans free drive-thru flu shots every Tuesday in October from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Leestown Division only. No appointment is necessary and there is no fee. Veterans can also get flu shots during any clinic appointment at the Cooper or Leestown divisions through spring.
Art by females sought
The Kentucky Girlhood Project, a statewide contemporary art project promoting female visual artists, writers, musicians, performance and video artists, is accepting entries. Entries are due by Nov. 15. Visit www.kygirlhoodproject.blogspot.com for entry details.
Join Cans for Cash
The city of Lexington will compete in the 2008 U.S. Mayors' National City Recycling Challenge — also known as the Cans for Cash contest. This contest, which runs through Oct. 31, challenges cities to collect and recycle aluminum cans.
Cans can be dropped off at the following buyback centers: Wise Recycling, 554 Old Frankfort Pike, Baker Iron and Metal, 740 Rockcastle Avenue, and Gordon Scrap Iron and Metal, 637 Patterson Street. Cans can also be recycled at curbside or dropped off at the LFUCG Recycling Center at 360 Thompson Road.
MLK contest open
The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission is seeking essays and artwork for the esteemed King Award for 2009 with the theme: Moving Towards the Future Today, Embracing Change in a World of Difference. Kindergarten to 12th-grade students may submit an essay or two-dimensional artwork that reflects the student's most inspired King moment or speech along with a theme stating how he/she is using that inspiration to shape lives and communities. Visit www.ome.ky.gov.
Windstream donates 100 weather radios
Windstream Communications donated 100 weather radios to the Division of Emergency Management as part of the division's promotion of National Disaster Preparedness Month in September. The program encouraged people to make an emergency plan, get an emergency kit, and have a NOAA weather radio, which retails for $20 to $200.
The First Alert WX-17 portable emergency alert radios, worth $2,000 altogether, receive emergency warnings from the National Weather Service 24 hours a day. They were used as promotional and giveaway items at DEM information tables and events.
Lexingtonian begins stint in Peace Corps
Rebecca Lynn Carr, 22, of Lexington was recently accepted into the Peace Corps. She departed for Ukraine on Sept. 27 to begin pre-service training as a secondary education Peace Corps Volunteer.
Carr is the daughter of Michael and Lesley Carr and a graduate of Lexington Christian Academy and the University of Kentucky.
Food drive a success
Don Jacobs' Summer Food Drive collected 4,749 pounds of food and $6,093 for God's Pantry, a Lexington-based food bank.
The total value of all donations was more than $13,000, which Don Jacobs matched, for a total of over $26,000. A check was presented on Sept. 24.
Apply for Angel Tree, Mountain of Love
The Salvation Army is receiving applications for its Angel Tree (toys for children) and Mountain of Love (food baskets) programs. Participants can apply from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 736 West Main Street on Oct. 8, 21, 22, 28, 29 and Nov. 5 and 6.
Applicants should bring a photo ID, Social Security card for each person in the family, documentation of children's birthdates, proof of income, rent or mortgage receipt and a utility bill.