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Mulch giveaway on Saturday

Yard waste collected by the city's Division of Waste Management during the past several months is now mulch material that will be given away Saturday.

The mulch will be available to pick up from 7:30 a.m. to noon or until the mulch is gone. The mulch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and one pickup truckload per person is allowed.

The mulch may be picked up at the former city landfill site, 1631 Old Frankfort Pike (not at the LFUCG Recycling Center). Mulch seekers are asked to enter the site on Jimmie Campbell Drive. For more information, call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.

Grants available for youth programs

Programs that benefit youth in Lexington may apply for funding and resources from Partners for Youth through Feb. 3.

Partners for Youth is a community coalition that was initiated in 1995 to assist grass-roots youth programs in Lexington. Since then, Partners has allocated more than $1 million in funds and various resources to more than 300 youth programs.

The programs range from grass-roots initiatives that provide after-school tutoring to new programs in established organizations. Programs focus on developing individual skills and healthy lifestyles as well as addressing violence prevention and intervention.

Last year a grant was given to William Wells Brown Community Center for its "Healthy Life Skills Enhancement Program." The program exposes students to the world of culinary arts and eating healthy; being physically fit; and exercising their bodies, minds and spirits. Another grant was given, for the first time, to the Capoeira Culture Center CapoWealth Arts program. This program teaches Afro-Brazilian culture, and encompasses music, dance, martial arts and acrobatics.

Applications must be returned to the Partners for Youth office at 166 North Martin Luther King Boulevard, Suite 200, by 5 p.m. Feb. 3. Requests for proposal forms and application guidelines can be downloaded at Lexingtonky.gov/partnersforyouth.

A one-hour technical assistance session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the LFUCG Social Services conference room at 200 East Main Street, third floor. To make a reservation, call (859) 258-3119.

Volunteers sought for Day of Service

Volunteers are invited to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a Day of Service.

Monday at 9 a.m. at Lexington Center's Heritage Hall, participants will line up for the Freedom March in downtown Lexington, which begins at 10 a.m.

Afterward, volunteers will hit the streets to complete a national day of service by donating a few hours to area non-profit agencies.

Volunteers should go to Tinyurl.com/MLK2011 to sign up or learn more about the project. Once volunteers sign up, an e-mail with assignments and more information will be sent.

For more information, contact Giancarlo Moise, volunteer engagement coordinator for United Way of the Bluegrass, at Giancarlo.Moise@uwbg.org.

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