The Urban County Government parks and recreation department has announced plans for the 2010 leaf collection program. The program is for residents of Fayette County who are in the Urban Services Area (those who receive trash collection through the Urban County Government Division of Waste Management).
The program will continue through the end of the year or until necessary. To find out when the leaf collection crew will be working in your neighborhood, go to Lexingtonky.gov/leaves for a complete list of streets and schedule.
The Sunday before your scheduled collection week, residents are asked to rake leaves into piles in the service area between the sidewalk and the street. Piles should only contain leaves since other objects such as rocks and tree limbs could injure crew members or damage the equipment.
Residents also have the option of using their Lenny yard waste container or the 30-gallon paper yard waste bags that are available free at a variety of local retail stores. Those who live in the Urban Services Area should have received coupons in the mail for these yard waste bags. Those who did not receive them or who need more can call LexCall at 311.
Both containers will be picked up on the homeowner's regularly scheduled pick-up day. Individuals can also take leaves to the Haley Pike composting facility free of charge. There is a limit of two pickup truck loads per month.
All collected leaves, along with other yard waste collected by the city, are composted to make mulch that is used by local landscapers and nurseries. The Division of Waste Management gives away the mulch to Fayette County residents on a quarterly basis.
For information, call LexCall at 311 or the parks department at (859) 425-2801.
Habitat needs volunteers
Lexington Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through December. Groups of 10 to 15 people are especially needed, but individuals are also welcome.
If you or your business, religious community, school or family is interested in volunteering, contact Rob Turner at (859) 252-2224, Ext. 108 or RobT@lexhabitat.org.
KET to show pre-term birth documentary
A Lexington screening of the KET documentary, Born Too Soon, which examines the high rates and devastating effects of pre-term birth in Kentucky, will be shown Wednesday. The program explores the causes of pre-term birth; the impact of scheduling labor for convenience; and efforts throughout Kentucky to address this issue.
The screening is part of a community event to explore what women want and need for optimal birth experiences. The event, which includes a panel discussion after the documentary, is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kentucky Educational Television building at 600 Cooper Drive.
Panelists include Susan Stone, president and dean of the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing; Anne Rust, owner of Baby Moon, a birth resource center; and certified nurse-midwives Katie Isaac and Stacey Satchwell. For information, contact Kendra Adkisson at email@example.com.
Orientation for Radio Eye volunteers Nov. 12
Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a radio reading service for visually and physically disabled people, will hold a volunteer orientation 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 12. Radio Eye is recruiting office volunteers to help out around the studio during the week. Volunteers will perform a variety of tasks, including schedule readers and control board operators; answer the phone and door; make copies; update spreadsheets; and other general office duties.
Radio Eye broadcasts the reading of newspapers, magazines and other printed news and information for blind and print-disabled individuals who tune into the service on special (free) Radio Eye radios. Call Alanna at (859) 422-6390 to sign up for orientation.
Annual food drive will run through Nov. 22
Chiro One Wellness Centers of Kentucky will host the Fifth Annual Share the Abundance Food Drive through Nov. 22 to collect non-perishable food items to be given to The Lighthouse Ministries Inc. to help feed the hungry this holiday season.
You can donate items at a Chiro One near you. Suggested items to contribute include canned chicken, tuna, fruit and vegetables; dried or canned beans; fruit juice, jelly; macaroni and cheese; pasta; peanut butter; rice; and whole grain cereal. No glass jars or bottles, please. For Chiro One locations go to Chiroone.net/locations or call 1-877-724-4761.
Preschool fair to be held Nov. 13 at Sayre
Members of the MOMS Clubs of Lexington — East, Southeast and West — will hold the annual Lexington Preschool Fair 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 13 at Sayre School, 194 North Limestone. At the free event, representatives from area preschools will be available to provide information, speak to parents and answer questions about their programs. All Lexington parents are invited to attend, and children's activities will be available during the event.
For information about the fair or MOMS Club, call (859) 554-4597 or e-mail Momsclublexeast@yahoo.com.
Seminar on advancements in vision correction Nov. 10
A free seminar on advancements in laser vision correction and cataract removal will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Eagle Creek Branch Library, 101 North Eagle Creek Drive.
Dr. John D. Conklin, a board certified ophthalmologist with UK HealthCare, will give an overview of Lasik, laser, intraocular lenses. For reservations, call 1-800-333-8874.