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BRIEFS: Diabetes fund-raising walk at Keeneland

Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, a fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association is Saturday at Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Road.

Similar walks are planned in more than 160 cities across the United States this year in which participants register and recruit friends and family members to raise money.

Registration at Keeneland starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and the walk is at 9 a.m. Routes are 1 mile and 2.5 miles long.

Strollers are welcome, and there will be a children's area with crafts and activities. Refreshments and drinks will be served and a wellness fair will provide information about diabetes.

To register contact Lisa Edwards at (859) 268-9129 or ledwards@diabetes.org. Go to Main.diabetes.org/lexingtonstepout to create your own personal fund-raising page.

Free admission for military

The Headley-Whitney Museum will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

It's a part of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day on May 30, through Labor Day on Sept. 5. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program.

"Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that partnerships between the nation's museum and military communities are a natural," said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. "We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010."

To find this year's participating Blue Star Museums go to Arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

To learn more about the Headley-Whitney Museum at 4435 Old Frankfort Pike, call (859) 255-6653 or go to Headley-whitney.org.

Raffle tickets for cash

The Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program is selling $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win $10,000. All proceeds will benefit the program.

The drawing will be June 6. Checks can be made to Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, P.O. Box 55190, Lexington, Ky. 40555 or call 1-800-544-2022.

Tour Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet launched their "99 Days of Summer Fun in Kentucky" campaign on Memorial Day.

The campaign features a Web site — Kytourismapps.com/seasons — that highlights events and destinations around the state. Guests can register online to be eligible for prizes that will be drawn at least once weekly.

"Kentucky has it all — from adventure tourism opportunities to arts and crafts, parks and unique museums," said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow. "The best part is that many of these places are just a short drive away.

"This summer, make a point of visiting a new location and enjoying new experiences."

The site includes links to money-saving coupons and other special deals for travelers in Kentucky. Included will be Kentucky State Parks discount coupons at several parks throughout the state.

"I'd like to encourage Kentuckians to visit someplace in their home state where they've never been before," said Travel and Tourism Commissioner Mike Cooper. "Kentucky has hundreds of excellent places for families to visit and enjoy their leisure time."

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