Fayette County: Celebrating Norwegian holiday

The Scandinavian Heritage Society of Kentucky will meet 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church, 3100 Tates Creek Road at the picnic shelter behind the church. The group will celebrate Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day. Bring your own picnic dinner and cupcakes to share. Coffee and ice cream will be provided.

Bach vocal competition held

The inaugural Lexington Bach Choir vocal competition was held April 30 at First Presbyterian Church.

College and university students ages 29 and younger competed for $1,000 and an opportunity to be a featured soloist during next year's Lexington Bach Choir season.

Singers were required to prepare three pieces — two by J. S. Bach and one by Haydn or Mozart. The singers chose the first piece that they performed and the panel of judges selected the second piece from the remaining two.

University of Kentucky students Jason Brown, tenor; Rebecca Farley, soprano; and Sarah Klopfenstein, mezzo soprano, competed but did not receive awards.

The competition was judged by William Averill, vocal coach, Ohio University; Christopher Conley, countertenor, Lexington; and Marlon Hurst, artistic director, Lexington Bach Choir. Nan McSwain, University of Kentucky, accompanied the competition; Elizabeth Arnold, University of Kentucky, organized the competition and Roger Duvall, station manager at WEKU-FM, was the competition emcee.

The competition was funded, in part, by a grant from the LexArts Fund for the Arts.

Free stroke screening

Central Baptist Hospital will offer its annual free stroke screening 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday near the Dillard's inside entrance at Fayette Mall. No appointment is necessary.

The screening involves a check of risk factors for stroke and will include assessment of blood pressure, pulse, blood glucose and total cholesterol. Staffers also will check for signs of narrowing in the carotid artery.

If needed, an EKG will be performed. If an abnormality is found on the EKG, the person will be offered an evaluation with Central Baptist Hospital's Center for Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Rhythm Disorders.

For more information about the stroke screening, call (859) 260-5500.