Lexington is participating in the 2012 Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge, a nationwide contest that challenges U.S. cities to recycle the most aluminum beverage cans through March 31.
To participate, recycle cans by: using the blue residential Rosie recycling carts (to request a Rosie if city collection is available, call LexCall at 311 or enter a service request); use household recycling cart for private trash collection; drop off cans at the LFUCG Recycling Center at 360 Thompson Road or another drop-off location; take cans to scrap metal buyback centers; or take cans to schools, workplaces, apartments or churches that participate in Lexington's recycling program.
The number of aluminum cans collected and recycled will be counted and compared to the number of cans recycled by other cities.
The three cities that collect the most aluminum beverage cans and implement the most innovative ideas for promoting aluminum beverage can recycling will win prizes ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Winners will be announced in June.
If Lexington wins, the prize money will be used to improve the city's recycling program.
Former vice mayor Yates named St. Patrick's parade grand marshal
Lexington civic leader and former Vice Mayor Isabel Yates has been selected by the Bluegrass Irish Society to be grand marshal of the 33rd annual Alltech Lexington St. Patrick's Day Parade, scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Irish Festival will be 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the CentrePointe block in downtown Lexington.
This year's St. Patrick's Day celebration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday with the Shamrock Shuffle. A blessing of the keg follows at 1 p.m.
This year's festival has been expanded to two days to include a personality competition for young women of Irish descent. The Rose of Kentucky competition, an affiliate of the Rose of Tralee International Festival competition, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and is sponsored by the Lexington Celtic Association.
The contest is for unmarried women of Irish descent who are 18 years to 28 years old. The winner of the Rose of Kentucky competition will receive an all-expense paid trip to County Kerry, Ireland, to compete in the 2012 Rose of Tralee International Festival, one of Ireland's largest and longest-running festivals.
For more information, call Liza Hendley-Betz at (859) 381-1498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slogan sought for new menu at pools
The Lexington Division of Parks & Recreation and the Tweens Coalition need a catchy slogan to help sell Better Bites, the expanded line of fresh, healthy food that will be sold at local pools and other recreational facilities this summer.
Better Bites offerings include grilled chicken wraps, frozen fruit snacks, string cheese, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, bottled water and fresh fruit.
"Statistics show that one-third of children are overweight and this has become a national health crisis," said Brian Rogers, parks deputy director for enterprise. "We want to offer both parents and their children healthier food options, which we hope will lead to good eating habits that will last a lifetime."
If your slogan is selected, you win $100, two season passes to Lexington's public pools and lunch with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.
Submit your slogan of seven words or less to email@example.com or Better Bites contest, 2230 Delmar Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40508, by March 31. The winner will be selected by April 10 and will be notified by mail.
For more information, visit Lexingtonky.gov/parks or call (859) 229-8400.
GLSO reaches out to new members
Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington has launched a new membership program to help maintain the programming that the GLSO provides and to cover the costs of running Kentucky's only Pride Center.
The Pride Center provides the base from which the GLSO prints its newsletter, as well as a meeting place for the Pride Festival planning committee and the Gay Straight Alliance for youth. Without public donations, these programs would suffer.
By partnering with an online processing service, the GLSO has created a secure system that allows recurring donations of $5, $10, $20 or $50 monthly. To participate in this program, visit Glso.org/membership. One-time donations by check or online via the GLSO Web site are still accepted.
Lexington man completes program
Rob Barrett of Lexington has completed an 88-day semester in the Rockies, traveling from the high peaks of Wyoming to the red canyons of Utah with the National Outdoor Leadership School.
From Sept. 5 to Dec. 2, Barrett's group of 15 students were introduced to a variety of adventure-based skills such as rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing and canyon travel.
The course began with a two-day wilderness first aid course, which taught the students how to respond to medical emergencies in remote areas. Next, students strapped on their backpacks and headed into the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming — a glacier-carved range punctuated with stunning granite peaks. The backpacking section gave students the opportunity to master the fundamentals of backcountry camping and put their leadership skills to the test with daily route planning and decision-making.
As the second section of their fall semester began the students embarked on the vertical world of rock climbing, spending 28 days in the canyons of Utah traveling 100 miles through thick brush, mud and water, while climbing through layers of geologic and human history.
The final weeks of the course were spent traveling on telemark skis in the Absaroka Mountains. The highlights of their winter section included building snow shelters, skiing in deep powder, learning about avalanches and celebrating Thanksgiving together.
By the end of the course, students had mastered the skills necessary to not only venture safely and with minimum impact into the wilderness on their own, but also to lead others on adventures.
Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS is the leader in wilderness education and sets the industry standard for responsible, high-quality educational expeditions. NOLS provides an awe-inspiring, transformative experience that develops active, positive leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills. More than 10,000 students participate each year.
A private non-profit school, NOLS runs 10-day to school-year-length courses on four continents. NOLS students, ages 14 to 70-plus, explore the most remote wilderness in the Rocky Mountains, Idaho, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, Western Canada, Mexico, Patagonia, India, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Baffin Island have to offer. College credit and scholarships are available.
For more information, call NOLS at 1-800-710-6657 or visit the Web site at Nols.edu.