Fayette Co.: Forum highlights dangers of youth drinking

The Youth Coalition for Alcohol Education hosted a luncheon Feb. 24 with more than 60 community leaders to discuss underage drinking.

Educators, elected officials, police officers, judges, media representatives and other local leaders were invited to discuss the effects of teen drinking and what youth are doing about the issue.

The Youth Coalition for Alcohol Education is a group of students from public and private high schools throughout Fayette County working together to educate peers and adults about underage drinking.

At February's luncheon "under 21" laws currently in effect were discussed, including "social host" laws that hold adults responsible for underage drinking on their premises.

Alco-pops, fruity alcoholic drinks marketed to teens, were also addressed. Legislation concerning the drinks is being considered in Kentucky.

Membership in the Youth Coalition for Alcohol Education is open to high school students in Fayette County. For more information contact Tara McGuire of MADD Kentucky at or Lynsey Sugarman of the Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse at

Cancer screenings available

Low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings will be provided from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17 at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle. The cost vary, based on income.

The screenings are offered by the Health Department, the Mayor's Task Force on Breast Cancer, the Brenda D. Cowan Coalition's Sister to Sister Program and the Markey Cancer Center.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (859) 288-2446.

Grant to fight kid obesity

UnitedHealth Group has awarded the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association a $1,000 grant for developing a program aimed at fighting childhood obesity.

The grant is part of the UnitedHealth HEROES program designed to encourage young people, working with educators and youth leaders, to create and implement local hands-on programs to address the issue of childhood obesity.

Grants were awarded to schools and youth-focused, community center-based programs that demonstrated an understanding of the health risks associated with pediatric obesity and proposed creative solutions in their communities.

Students will evaluate the health of communities throughout the state, taking note of access to fruits and vegetables; the availability of sidewalks or bike lanes; and time allotted for physical activity in schools. Findings will be presented at neighborhood health fairs on Global Youth Service Day in April. Residents will be invited to learn about where improvements are needed.

More information about the UnitedHealth HEROES program is available at

Lexington in Bloom coming

Lexington in Bloom, a citywide contest for homes and businesses sponsored by the Lexington Council of Garden Clubs, will be held this year.

The city will be divided into four sections, and winners will be selected in each category in each quadrant. All plantings must be visible from the street.

Categories are:

■ Residential front yard by an amateur gardener.

■ Business with large garden, professional design.

■ Business with small garden.

■ Miscellaneous. This includes container gardens, window boxes, balcony gardens, and apartments, retirement communities, neighborhood associations and non-profit agencies.

Nominations will be accepted June 1 through July 16. There will be two rounds of judging by garden club council members.

Winners will be announced July 31. A reception will be 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive.

To nominate a garden, contact Liz Pattengill at (859) 223-4362, Karen Angelucci at (859) 277-0731 or e-mail

Trade in luggage for good cause

Leather Inc.'s 15th annual luggage trade-in sale is taking place throughout March.

Bring in gently used pieces to the store in the Mall at Lexington Green and get $25 off any of the shop's luggage valued at $100 or more or and $50 off any piece $500 or more. Used luggage will be refurbished and donated to the Hope Center and the Leestown Road VA Hospital's clothing room.