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Fayette County: Mentors, tutors needed at Carnegie Center

Urban County Government social services commissioner Beth Mills, right, presented the Mayor's Outstanding Teen Hospital  Volunteer awards on Sept. 9. Recipients of the awards included, from left, Joshua Branham of Bluegrass Baptist School; Ken Tharappel and Hussain Siddiqi, both of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Kayla Manning of  Lexington Catholic High School; Daven Florence of Bryan Station High School; Miranda Kittinger of Woodford County High School; and Jedediah Mehok of Lexington Catholic. Zach Lewis of Henry Clay High School also was honored.
Urban County Government social services commissioner Beth Mills, right, presented the Mayor's Outstanding Teen Hospital Volunteer awards on Sept. 9. Recipients of the awards included, from left, Joshua Branham of Bluegrass Baptist School; Ken Tharappel and Hussain Siddiqi, both of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Kayla Manning of Lexington Catholic High School; Daven Florence of Bryan Station High School; Miranda Kittinger of Woodford County High School; and Jedediah Mehok of Lexington Catholic. Zach Lewis of Henry Clay High School also was honored.

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, is looking for mentors and tutors. The program is a one-hour-a-week commitment. Volunteers meet with a student and help with a subject they are comfortable tutoring (reading, writing, math, science, English as a Second Language). The program runs 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

All interested tutors are required to complete a background check and attend an hourlong orientation at the Carnegie Center before working with a student. The next orientation is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28.

Call or email to schedule an orientation with Tim Small at (859) 254-4175 or cclltutoring@gmail.com.

Walk to benefit hunger

The Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, starting at the back parking lot of Second Presbyterian Church, 460 East Main Street.

Walkers will begin at 3:30 p.m. along a 3-mile route through the East End. All walkers are asked to bring one can of non-perishable food for God's Pantry. Protein items such as peanut butter and canned tuna and chicken are especially needed.

Twenty-five percent of all money raised is donated to God's Pantry; 75 percent is given to Church World Service to help eradicate worldwide hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice. Read more about CWS at Churchworldservice.org.

Organizers are "greening" the walk this year by refilling personal water containers from gallon jugs at the water stop. Each walker is asked to bring a water bottle.

To find out more about the walk, go to Lexingtoncropwalk.blogspot.com.

Pillow fight hopes to set a record

The American Cancer Society, in partnership with the Lexington Legends, will attempt to break the world record for the largest pillow fight. Participants — more than 3,708 are needed — must provide their own pillows.

The "fight" will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The entry fee is a $5. Giveaways and prizes will include an iPad2. NFL Sunday will be broadcast on the video boards, and the play area and concessions will be open.

Proceeds support the American Cancer Society.

For more information, call (859) 260-8350 or email Krista.greathouse@cancer.org.

Movie champions pit bulls

PAWS: Promoting Animal Welfare and Services, an organization within the University of Kentucky Center for Community Outreach, is sponsoring the Lexington premiere of Beyond the Myth: A Film About Pit Bulls and Breed Discrimination at Movie Tavern on Sept. 29.

Beyond the Myth is a documentary about dogs commonly referred to as pit bulls and those who love and defend the breed. It explores the contributing factors behind the public's fear of pit bulls, and examines the conflict existing between advocates and opponents of breed- discriminatory laws, commonly referred to as breed bans.

General admission is $10. VIP tickets are $30 and include admission to a fund-raiser after the screening at Riptide on the River, where food will be served and entertainment will be provided by Kimber Cleveland, whose music is featured in the film.

Kentucky native Libby Sherrill, a filmmaker and former producer for Home and Garden Television, made the film as a graduate student at the University of Tennessee. Sherrill will attend the screening.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Lexington Humane Society and PAWS.

Tickets are available online only at Beyondthemythmovie.com. For more information, go to Lexingtonhumanesociety.org and Ukcco.org.

SCAPA student wins award

Lexington's Virginia Newsome has received an Everyday Young Hero Award from Youth Service America, the global organization that "improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people serving in substantive roles." It honors extraordinary contributions and commitments to service.

Newsome began the non-profit heARTS, which brings arts programs back into schools through business donations, community volunteers and local artists. She got involved when her school, The School for the Creative and Performing Arts, experienced budget cuts.

She also manages the organization's Facebook page and is growing the program, with interest from schools throughout the continental 48 states, Hawaii and Africa.

Everyday Young Hero honorees receive a certificate and award.

Teen volunteers recognized

The 2011 Mayor's Outstanding Teen Hospital Volunteers Awards ceremony took place Sept. 9 at Central Baptist Hospital. Social services commissioner Beth Mills presented awards to a high school student from each hospital for their outstanding volunteer performance during the summer.

Awards went to: Joshua Branham of Bluegrass Baptist School, University of Kentucky Hospital; Ken Tharappel of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Hussain Siddiqi of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Central Baptist Hospital; Kayla Manning of Lexington Catholic High School, St. Joseph Hospital; Daven Florence of Bryan Station High School, St. Joseph East; Miranda Kittinger of Woodford County High School, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital; Jedediah Mehok of Lexington Catholic, Eastern State Hospital; and Zach Lewis of Henry Clay High School, Shriners Hospital for Children.

Lafayette alumni potluck

The Lafayette Alumni Association will host its fall potluck picnic at 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at the farm of David Black on Redd Road, Lexington. The association will furnish meat, beverages and paper products. Attendees are asked to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert. For reservations and directions, call (859) 278-1489. All alumni are invited.

HistoryMakers includes Lexington men

On Friday, academic administrator Chester Grundy and Urban League of Lexington director Porter G. Peeples will join more than 500 African-American HistoryMakers nationwide for the second annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program.

The HistoryMakers, the nation's largest African-American video oral history archive, is launching the program, deploying living African-American HistoryMakers into schools in 35 states to recount their own school experiences and the struggles they encountered and, most importantly, to get young people to commit to finishing their educations.

National participants include Valarie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young; singer/actress Melba Moore; Broadway choreographer George Faison; poet Nikki Giovanni; and actress T'Keyah Crystal Keymah (In Living Color, The Cosby Show).

The HistoryMakers is a non-profit dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known and unsung African-Americans. To date, it has interviewed more than 2,000 HistoryMakers, with the goal of creating an archive of 5,000 interviews for the establishment of a one-of-a-kind digital archive and educational resource.

For more information, go to Thehistorymakers.com.

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