Fayette County: Southland cleanup set for Saturday

Lexington Safety Officer Connie Rayford assisted children in picking out gifts for Mother's Day at the Hamburg Dressbarn's "To Mom, With Love" event May 7.
Lexington Safety Officer Connie Rayford assisted children in picking out gifts for Mother's Day at the Hamburg Dressbarn's "To Mom, With Love" event May 7. Submitted to the Herald-Leader

A Southland Cleanup Event will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Good Foods Market & Café, the Urban County Government, Bluegrass Pride, Southland Association and many other groups are hosting the cleanup event on Southland Drive during Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup.

Volunteers will install storm drain markers and pick up litter on both sides of Southland Drive (including the grassy areas and waterways). For information or to sign up, contact Danielle M. Dove at or (859) 278-1813, Ext. 231.

Volunteers should park and check in close to the tents in front of Good Foods, 455 Southland Drive. Breakfast will be provided by Donut Days and Good Foods Market & Café. Volunteers can sign up to win gift certificates from local businesses. Good Foods will be giving away 100 herb plants.

Good Foods Co-op, a locally owned and operated cooperative business, has served the Lexington community since 1972.

Shillito cleanup rescheduled

The cleanup event for Shillito Park, originally scheduled for May 14 has been rescheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Part of the 2011 Great American Cleanup and sponsored by Valvoline Instant Oil Change, the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission and the Urban County Government, the event will focus on litter pickup, debris removal and taking out bush honeysuckle, an invasive species.

For information and to volunteer for the Shillito Park event, go to

Gratz Park homes open for tours

Seven sites in the Gratz Park area, including the Hunt-Morgan and Bodley-Bullock houses, will be open and offer free guided tours from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A self-guided walking tour map that describes 25 structures with construction dates ranging from the 1783 Patterson Log Cabin to the 1901 Goodloe Houses will be available.

An organ recital by Maria LaRose and Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral begins at 4:30 p.m. All events are free.

Sites with docents include:

■ Gratz Park at the fountain; docent Jamie Millard, the Lexington History Museum.

■ Hunt Morgan House, Alexander Hunt Civil War Museum & Garden; docents from the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation.

■ Bodley Bullock House & Garden; docents from the Junior League of Lexington.

■ Transylvania, Old Morrison and Patterson Log Cabin; docent Mollie Eblen of the Transylvania staff.

■ Henry Clay Law Office and cellar; docent Shaye Rabold, executive director, the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.

■ Lexington History Museum.

■ Christ Church Cathedral, Art Gallery and Garden, art and history docents on duty.

Gifts for moms

"To Mom, With Love," a program that provided local children who may not have been able to afford to buy a Mother's Day gift the opportunity to pick out something special for their moms, was held May 7 at the Dressbarn store at the Hamburg Pavilion.

The children were paired with local police officers to help shop. Dressbarn donated $50 gift cards so that children could select gifts.