Fayette County: Musicians who can march urged to step up for Lexington's July 4th parade

The Lexington Community Band is looking for marching band musicians to play in the annual Independence Day parade, 2 p.m. July 4 in downtown Lexington.

All you need is the ability to march and play a musical instrument. If you can play but don't have an instrument, parade organizers will supply you with one. You will also receive a free T-shirt to wear in the parade.

If you are interested, contact Devin Luckett at or call the Downtown Lexington Corporation at (859) 425-2590. Go to for more info.

Public's input sought on comprehensive plan

The Urban County Planning Commission is working on the 2012 Comprehensive Plan for Lexington-Fayette County, and the public is invited to two meetings to give their input.

Goals and objectives in the plan include reducing the community's footprint, creating jobs and providing well-designed neighborhoods. The complete draft can be found at

Meetings are 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tates Creek Golf Course Ballroom, 1400 Gainesway Drive and 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 22 at the Northside branch of the Lexington Public Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road in the large meeting room. For more information, call (859) 258-3160.

Three organizations awarded environmental grants

Kentucky American Water has awarded $20,000 in environmental grants to three Fayette County organizations through the 2011 American Water Environmental Grant Program in Kentucky.

The Friends of McConnell Springs, the Living Arts and Science Center and the North Limestone Neighborhood Association were each recognized as grant recipients during a presentation June 9 at The Arboretum on Alumni Drive.

"The preservation of water, our most precious natural resource, is critical," said Cheryl Norton, president of Kentucky American Water. "The protection and preservation of healthy watersheds and water supplies must truly be a collaborative effort by all of us."

The Friends of McConnell Springs received a $2,730 grant to finance a watershed and water-quality resource education program for participants ranging from school-age children to adults. The program will provide hands-on experience for participants so they can learn more about watersheds and how to protect them.

The Living Arts and Science Center received a $6,890 grant for the East End Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Project. The project will help neighborhood residents learn about and install 30 rain gardens and 30 rain barrels in the Martin Luther King and William Wells Brown neighborhoods.

The project will help raise awareness about watershed protection and water conservation, help residents reduce contaminated runoff and assist them in a special photography exhibit to document their rain gardens.

The North Limestone Neighborhood Association received a $9,970 grant for the North Limestone Community Garden, which will provide a healthy food source for the North Limestone Community and improve the environmental quality of the Cane Run Watershed by addressing a storm water flooding issue.

American Water, parent company of Kentucky American Water, launched its Environmental Grant Program in Pennsylvania in 2005 to assist communities with environmental projects aimed at protecting watersheds.

Kentucky American Water initiated the program in 2006 and since that time has provided nearly $95,000 for environmental projects to community organizations in its service area.

Children with ADHD needed for short UK research study

The University of Kentucky Psychology Department is seeking children ages 7 to 10 with ADHD to participate in a study on how children understand stories.

Children will participate in two sessions approximately 90 minutes each and will earn a total of $40 for the two sessions.

For more information, call Jessica Kosloski at (859) 381-8722 or go to

Program at Spindletop addresses abuse in affluent marriages

The Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program will present "Affluent Affliction — Shattering the Myths of Domestic Abuse in Affluent Marriages" 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Ironworks Pike.

Speakers will include Lundy Bancroft, author of Batterer as Parent, and researcher Dr. Corrine M. Williams. Professional continuing education units are available, and the event is open to the public.

Registration is $60. Call (859) 229-0973 or go to

Grants available for charities that provide medical assistance

Lexington Clinic Foundation is offering grants to local charities who are meeting the medical needs in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be made by late October.

Eligibility requirements, guidelines and an application are available at Applications are due by 4 p.m. Aug. 16.

The Lexington Clinic Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1959, raises and distributes money to support patient and community-based health services.