The 64th Kentucky State NAACP Conference takes place in Lexington starting Sept. 22 at the Ramada Inn, 2143 North Broadway.
■ 11 a.m., Sept. 22. The annual lawyers scholarship luncheon with national NAACP general counsel Kim Keenan as the keynote speaker. Tickets are $35. A scholarship will be presented to a minority law student. At 7:15 p.m. a reception will be held at the Lyric Theatre.
■ Workshops will take place throughout the day Sept. 23. The noon luncheon will feature the Rev. Anthony Everett, a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commissioner. Tickets are $25. At 5:45 p.m., a soul food dinner ($15) and gospel concert will take place at Main Street Baptist Church.
■ Workshops will take place throughout the day Sept. 24. A Freedom Fund Gala ($50) will be at 7 p.m. at the University of Kentucky Student Center Ballroom. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Boyce Watkins, author of Financial Lovemaking 101 — Merging Assets with Your Partner in Ways That Feel Good.
Registration is open until Tuesday. For more information, call (859) 252-7336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOE employees feed families
Employees of Lexington's office of the Department of Energy delivered 1,369 pounds of food to God's Pantry this summer. The food drive was part of a national "Feds Feed Families" program to assist local food banks in replenishing their supplies during the summer months, through the end of August.
The DOE employees created an intra-office competition which resulted in enough donations to require a van to deliver the food. Food banks often face severe shortages of non-perishable goods during the summer months, especially when people are on vacation and are unable to make donations.
This campaign helps to provide food needed for low-income children, who would normally be fed while at school but don't attend school during the summer months. Overall, the federal government hopes to collect 2 million pounds of food by the end of summer. the national DOE goal is to collect 132,000 pounds of food. Information: Fedsfeedfamilies.gov
Dance Jane Austen style
The Bryans' Costume Ball will be Sept. 23 to benefit Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington.
The ball will start at 6:30 p.m. at Bell House in Lexington. Music, dancing, food, costumes and more will be featured.
At 6:30, the Lexington English Country Dancers will teach easy dances, Jane Austen style. No partner necessary.
The Capital City Country Dance Orchestra from Frankfort will provide dance tunes starting at 7 p.m. Featured will be a Grand March — a procession to music, guided by a leader — for everyone.
Admission is $20 per person. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Waveland to help preserve and enhance the beauty of Waveland State Historic Site.
Waveland, home of Joseph Bryan, and Bell House, built by the Bell family, are both historic residences. Waveland was built in the 1840s at what is now a state park near Man o' War Boulevard and Nicholasville Road.
The costume theme is inspired by the late 19th-century social whirl of Bell House. The range of costume possibilities is wide open and modern formal wear is also appropriate. Costumes are not required.
Advance registration is requested by Thursday. Reserve tickets through Waveland, 225 Waveland Museum Lane, Lexington, (859) 272-3611.
Program for healthy lifestyle
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation are providing the Community Weight Loss Challenge, a nationwide program designed to help adults achieve a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle in order to lessen the danger of life-threatening diseases.
The kickoff and registration will be 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at the William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 East Sixth Street. The program will continue at the center from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 15.
For more information or to sign up for this free program, call (859) 288-2391 or (859) 389-6678.
A series of nutrition classes will educate participants about body mass index (BMI) and how to maintain a healthy weight. Individuals can also take part in low-impact aerobic classes, various physical activity stations and specialty classes, like Pilates, Yoga, line dancing and Zumba. Healthy cooking and healthy eating workshops are offered as well.
The challenge is sponsored locally by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, the Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation, Central Baptist HealthwoRx, and the Office of Health Equity — Kentucky Department for Public Health.
For more information, become a fan of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook, or follow it on Twitter at twitter.com/LFCHD.
Help others get ready for winter
Volunteers are needed to help others stay warm and save money on their heating bills this winter.
WinterBlitz 2011, which will be Oct. 15, is coordinated by Community Action Council and Kentucky Utilities. Volunteers will be mobilized to help people in need by preparing homes for winter, including installing plastic on windows, caulking and installing low-flow shower heads for water conservation.
Training will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 22, 5 p.m. Sept. 27 and 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at 913 Georgetown Street. Also, a training session is at noon Oct. 13 at the KU Building, 1 Quality Street.
Volunteers will work in teams. Breakfast will be provided by Kentucky Utilities and materials will be provided. Contact Kathy Hughes at (859) 233-4600, Ext. 1210, or email Kathy.Hughes@commaction.org for more information.
Flu shots available at health dept.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is offering flu shots at the Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots cost $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.
The Public Health Clinic North is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
The seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older.
Last year, Lexington had 305 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided 5,526 flu vaccinations throughout the season.
For additional information, find the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook, or follow it on Twitter at twitter.com/LFCHD. Flu information can also be found at LexFluCrew.com.