BRIEFS: Study participants needed, free mulch, and Keep It Real video contest

The Lexington Council Garden Clubs has $4,000 available for environmental and beautification projects in Fayette County for 2012-13. The funds are from the Open Gates to the Bluegrass Garden Tour last June.

Projects that aid in protection, conservation and enhancement of natural resources and civic beauty are encouraged. Funds are not available for private use or for-profit businesses.

Each project must be sponsored by a garden club council member. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 15. For information or an application, call Lisa Fields, project chair, at (859) 263-9792.Women, ages 18-26, who binge and purge are needed for participation in a brain imaging study for research.

For those chosen to participate, the study will take place over two sessions (about five to six hours) at the University of Kentucky. Participants will be paid for their time.

Call Cari Pearson at (859) 285-7824 for information, to determine eligibility or answer any questions.

Get free mulch Saturday

Yard waste collected by the city's Division of Waste Management during the past several months is now mulch material and will be given away for free from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the former city landfill site at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike.

Mulch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to one pickup truck load per person.

Enter through the gates of the former landfill and exit through Jimmie Campbell Drive. Follow signs to the mulch pick-up area.

For information, call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.

Friday last day to enter video contest

Voting for the 8th annual Keep It Real Internet/Video Contest is open through Friday at For the contest, teen filmmakers created 30-second public service announcements about the risks of underage drinking.

Now friends, family and community members can help select the winners.

The People's Choice Award is given to the video that receives the most points through on-line voting. Additional winners will be announced and the 30-second video selected as Best Picture will be aired on television stations throughout the region and will be shown as pre-show ads in local cinemas. DVDs of the winners will be distributed for use in the schools.

Area schools or groups participating in this year's Keep It Real Video Contest include Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Youth Network, Eastside Technical School, Girl Scout Troop No. 806, Henry Clay High School, Lafayette High School, Lexington Catholic High School, Lexington Day Treatment Center, MLK 21st Century Program, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Grayson County High School, Harrison County High School, Mercer County Senior High School and West Jessamine High School.

Alzheimer's and long-term care

Learn how to decide whether long-term care is the best option for your loved one suffering with Alzheimer's disease and how to make a smooth transition at a meeting with April Stauffer of the Alzheimer's Association and Sherry Culp of the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass from 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Tates Creek branch of the Lexington Public Library, 3628 Walden Drive. To register for this free program, call the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 or email