The Lexington Fire Department is urging Lexingtonians to use daylight-saving time as a reminder to check their smoke detectors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 66 percent of deaths that occurred between 2003 and 2006 were in homes without a working smoke alarm. A smoke alarm protects you only if it is working properly. So if you haven't already done so, this weekend replace the batteries in your alarm, clean it and make sure it is functioning properly.
Seeking 'Greatest Generation'
Did you live in Fayette County during World War II?
The Lexington History Museum is currently designing an exhibit for 2011 celebrating Lexington's Greatest Generation on the 70th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War II.
The exhibit will feature displays of life on the battlefield and the home front. While the museum has a variety of artifacts, it is interested in adding more -- particularly items related to the experiences of Fayette County residents during the war. If you have access to artifacts to either donate or loan for the exhibit, contact the museum at (859) 254-0530 or www.lexingtonhistorymuseum.org.
Southern Middle showcase
Southern Middle School, 400 Wilson Downing Road, will host its fourth annual Southern Showcase & Silent Auction 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
The event will feature a silent auction, mini burgers from Harry's, a book fair, cake walk and scholastic achievement displays. The school's band, orchestra and chorus will perform, as will the dance team, step team and cheerleaders.
Proceeds will help build a walking track for the school. Call (859) 489-8220 for more information.
Restore Wolf Run Creek
Volunteers are invited to participate in a restoration project for Wolf Run Creek at Roanoke Drive near Alexandria Drive.
Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday volunteers will plant trees, shrubs and perennial plants. The project is part of the ongoing restoration work by The Port Royal Neighborhood Association and Friends of Wolf Run to improve water quality in Wolf Run Creek by planting creekside native plants.
Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and digging tools such as shovels and trowels.
For more information on the Wolf Run Creek project call (859) 940-8234, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://kywater.net/wolfrun.Film league holds video contest
The Lexington Film League will accept submissions for a music video contest and showcase through May 1.
Contestants should create a music video in a creative, unique way. The video must have been made in the last three years and the filmmaker must own, or have permission to use, the music. There is an $8 submission fee per video.
A video showcase is planned at Buster's on May 29. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the evening will feature video screenings and live music. The grand prize winner of the competition will be screened at Louisville's Flyover Film Festival, June 11-13.
Send your high-resolution file (QuickTime preferred) on DVD to:
LFL Music Video Contest
c/o Sarah Wylie VanMeter
1113 North Limestone
Lexington, Ky. 40505
For more information go to www.lexingtonfilmleague.org.
Headley-Whitney seeks bibelot designs for competition
The Headley-Whitney Museum 5th Annual International Bibelot Design Competition is open to all artists through 5 p.m. April 23.
The event is in honor of jewelry designer and museum founder, George W. Headley III, who loved to design bibelots, small decorative art objects created from fine materials.
Designs for the competition will be judged on the innovation and creativity of the piece, quality of design, inclusion of an equine theme and incorporation of the museum's 424.35-carat green beryl.
The winning design and two runners-up will be unveiled at the museum's Post Derby Brunch on May 2. The winning bibelot will be unveiled at the museum on Sept. 24 and will be included in the permanent collection. For more information call (859) 255-6653 or go to www.headley-whitney.org.
Lexington Half-Marathon to make inaugural run
The inaugural Lexington Half-Marathon will start at 8 a.m. March 28, followed by the Fasig-Tipton 5K at 8:15 a.m. and a 1-mile Fun Run/Walk at 9:45 a.m. Races will start and finish at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. The course includes gorgeous views of plank fences, rock walls and farms, as well as a tour of the Kentucky Horse Park. There will be live music throughout the course and entertainment at the finish.
Participants can pick up race packets at the Runner's Health & Fitness Expo, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 at the Holiday Inn Lexington North, 1950 Newtown Pike.
Registration for the half-marathon is $65 through March 26, $70 after; for the 5K, $25 through March 26 and $30 after; and $10 for the 1-mile fun run/walk through March 27. A portion of the proceeds will go to Blue Grass Farms Charity.
Visit www.lexingtonhalfmarathon.com for more information or to register.