Fayette County: Deadline loomsfor 28th annual aging conference

The registration deadline is Tuesday for the 28th annual Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities of Aging conference.

The daylong event on May 21 at Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Drive, will include speakers, workshops emphasizing health and wellness, exhibits and a lunchtime presentation featuring Jack Pattie of WVLK-590 AM

Workshop topics include fall recovery and prevention, an overview of social services and aging services offered by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, adult day services, master gardening, getting organized, and tai chi for seniors.

Dr. Gregory Jicha, associate professor of neurology at the University of Kentucky, will be the keynote speaker.

The registration fee is $10. To register, call the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service at (859) 257-5582 or go to

Crisis center seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help survivors of sexual violence by answering the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center's 24-hour crisis line, meeting victims at area hospitals, providing information and resources to those affected by sexual violence, and assisting the center with special events.

Volunteer training starts June 10 at the Lexington office. Call (859) 253-2615 or go to

Reading service in need

Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a radio reading service for visually and physically disabled people in Kentucky, will hold a volunteer orientation from 10 to 11 a.m. May 13 and 1 to 2 p.m. May 27.

Radio Eye needs volunteer readers, control board operators and office help. For more information about volunteer opportunities with Radio Eye, call Alanna at (859) 422-6390 to request an application form and sign up to attend orientation.

Radio Eye is a 24-hour radio service with studios at the Lexington Public Library's Northside Branch. With the help of volunteers, Radio Eye broadcasts the reading of newspapers, magazines and other printed news and information for blind and print-disabled residents who tune into the service on free Radio Eye radios.

High schoolers, adults honored

The YMCA of Central Kentucky Black Achievers Program hosted its 26th annual honors and awards ceremony April 16 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa. Twenty-three students received more than $200,000 in scholarships, courtesy of the colleges or universities, sponsors and individual donations.

Lexington scholarship recipients were: Kilein Briggs and Jordan Kavanaugh of Lafayette High School; Bolen Brooks, Karema Bwerevu and Kelsee Jackson of Henry Clay High School; Chase Cocanougher and Derrick Dankwa of Tates Creek High School; Richard Crumbie III, Sarah Kaindu, Shantoya Richardson and Arion Wright of Bryan Station High School; and Ashley Henderson, Mylika Lyons, Jerrisha Mitchell and Vashti Proctor of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

Other recipients were: Sandra Amponsah and Clarisse Awamengwi of Franklin County High School; Raenieshia Henton of Western Hills High School, Frankfort; Teea Fullen-Barnes and La'Christian Gill from George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester; and Darisha Jenkins, Erika Parks, and DreShaun Sanders from Madison Central High School, Richmond.

Bryan Station's Richardson also was named Youth Achiever of the year.

Other award winners included: Community Achiever of the Year, Jacquelyn French, Lexington Parks and Recreation; Special Achiever, Curtis Warren, LG&E and KU and advisory committee member; and Volunteer of the Year, Angela Roberts, Fayette County Public Schools and advisory committee liaison.