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Fayette County: Dunbar student to advocate for diabetes group

Logan
Logan

Logan Nicole Gregory, 17, has been named the American Diabetes Association's 2012 National Youth Advocate.

Logan, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 2 years old. As the Association's National Youth Advocate, she will focus on promoting the Association's advocacy initiatives and encouraging children and adults to become involved in the fight to stop diabetes.

To learn more about Logan and the association's advocacy efforts, go to Diabetes.org/nya.

Give blood for the Big Blue

The Kentucky Blood Center's Big Blue Slam — a blood-drive competition between Kentucky and Florida basketball fans — runs through Friday at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center for the Arts. All donors will receive a Big Blue Slam T-shirt and a chance to win an entertainment package consisting of a 50-inch 3D Smart TV, a Blu-ray home theater system, an Xbox 360 with Kinect and a popcorn machine. Anyone who registers to donate through Jan. 31 is eligible to win the prize package. To schedule a donation, go to Kybloodcenter.org or call 1-800-775-2522

Write a winning grant

The Lexington Leadership Foundation will sponsor two workshops for novice grant seekers at The Plantory, 560 East Third Street.

■ Grant Seeking: A Guide to Finding Funding, 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 7.

■ Grant Writing: Crafting a Winning Proposal, 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 15.

The presenter is Laura Connell, development director for the Lexington Rescue Mission.

The cost is $55 for each workshop or $95 for both workshops. Breakfast is provided. A laptop is needed for the workshop and can be rented for an additional $15. Space is limited to the first 20 people to submit their registration fee to the Lexington Leadership Foundation, P.O. Box 4654, Lexington, Ky. 40544.

Stress study seeks families

Families are invited to participate in a new research project at the University of Kentucky Family and Child Development Lab. This research study will examine the connections between family relationships, child stress and child sleep.

To be eligible, parents must be older than 21, have been living together for at least two years, and have a child between ages 6 and 12. Those meeting the study criteria, if selected, will be paid $150 to participate.

For more information, call (859) 257-2258 or email ukfamilydevelopmentlab@gmail.com.

Piano for older adults

Beginner group piano classes for adults 60 and older will be offered at The Music Institute of Lexington beginning Feb. 6. Each group piano class has a maximum of eight students and meets for one hour a week for 14 weeks. An open house for interested students will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the The Music Institute piano lab, Trinity Hill United Methodist Church, 3600 Tates Creek Road.

No music background is assumed or required, and participants will develop keyboard skills that will enable them to play for their own pleasure. It is not necessary to own a piano to enroll in a class; students can practice during the week at The Music Institute. For more information about the classes and the open house, contact The Music Institute office at (859) 273-9991 or office@musicforlexington.org. Information and registration forms also can be found at Musicforlexington.org.

Be a VIP for police

The Lexington Division of Police is seeking adult volunteers for VIP Vehicle program, a new public safety service being provided to drivers in need. Lexington drivers with empty gas tanks, dead batteries and other roadside problems can receive assistance from the VIP Vehicle.

The VIP Vehicle program is staffed by community volunteers. Each goes through a rigorous training process to ensure that they are able to assist citizens in a variety of non-emergency roadside situations. This new program will help Lexington-Fayette County residents and provide a helping hand to Lexington police officers. The volunteers will act as a supplement to officers who currently provide motorist assistance. The VIP Vehicle volunteers also will be able to step in and relieve an officer assisting a motorist, so the officer can proceed with handling emergency calls for service.

Anyone interested in being a VIP with the Volunteer Safety Vehicle should call the Traffic Section at (859) 258-3666.

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