If you are planning to remove an evergreen tree this fall, consider donating it to the city of Lexington for use downtown as a Christmas tree.
The city needs four evergreen trees to decorate several downtown locations. Trees should be 40 to 50 feet high, 20 to 25 feet wide and nicely shaped. The location of the tree should allow for a low-boy trailer to be backed up to the tree and Kentucky Utilities trucks to park on either side.
The variety of trees to be selected includes Scotch pine, balsam fir and Fraser fir. The city and Kentucky Utilities will remove the trees in early November at no cost to the owners and will transport them downtown.
Property owners should call LexCall at 3-1-1 to offer their trees.
Kids sought for study
The University of Kentucky Psychology Department is seeking boys and girls 8 to 12 years old who have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or Attention Deficit Disorder, or who are experiencing problems with attention. The children are being sought for research on children's abilities to control responses and working memory.
Children will complete "kid-friendly" computer tasks. Children participate in one session, lasting 11/2 hours, and are compensated for their time. For more information, call (859) 257-4977.
Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a volunteer community service, will hold a volunteer orientation from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept 24. CKRE is recruiting volunteers to help around the studio during the week.
Volunteer jobs include scheduling readers and operating the control board, answering the phone and the door, making copies, updating spreadsheets and other general office duties.
CKRE broadcasts the reading of newspapers, magazines and other printed news and information for blind and print-disabled people who tune into the service on special CKRE radios that are distributed free to listeners. Call Alanna at (859) 422-6390 to register for orientation.
Another chance to lose big
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation are hosting the third annual Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge. The event will kick off from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28, at the William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 East Sixth Street. Classes will be at the same site 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 9.
For more information, or to sign up for the free program, call (859) 288-2332.
Quilter wins at state fair
Ursula Sturde, 75, of Lexington won two blue ribbons and a white ribbon in the quilt competition at the Kentucky State Fair. Sturde won the traditional handwork-only senior citizen full-size quilt category and the traditional handwork-only wall hanging (also called stained glass) categories. She won a white ribbon for non-traditional hand and/or machine landscape or pictorial.
Sturde, a native of Berlin, Germany, moved to Kentucky in 2000. She has quilted for more than 18 years, but this was her first year entering projects at the state fair.
Calling all zombies
Mecca Live Studio and Gallery is looking for zombies for its ninth annual living re-enactment of Michael Jackson's Thriller video.
The event will be 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in downtown Lexington. A free, all-ages after-party will follow at Third Street Stuff and Coffee.
Zombie rehearsals begin Sept. 27 at Mecca Studio, 451 Chair Ave.
The deadline for participation is Oct. 18. Zombie wannabes must have attended a rehearsal and/or registered by then to participate in the event.
Call Mecca Live Studio and Gallery at (859) 254-9790 for more information.
Walk to ease others' hunger
The 22nd annual Greater Lexington CROP Hunger Walk will be 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at Second Presbyterian Church, East Main Street and Ransom Avenue.
The three-mile walk begins at 3:30 p.m. Twenty-six area churches and groups are working together to raise awareness and raise money to help fight hunger and poverty around the world and locally. Twenty-five percent of the money raised will be donated to God's Pantry Food Bank. Seventy-five percent goes to Church World Service, an international hunger-fighting agency that responds to the global food crisis and provides sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief and refugee assistance around the world.
For more information or to be a "spirit" walker, go to Cropwalkonline.org.