'John Calipari Experiences' up for bid through Beaumont YMCA

Farley Schalk, right, director of operations for G&J Pepsi-Cola, presented a $5,000 check to Patricia Knight, chair of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.
Farley Schalk, right, director of operations for G&J Pepsi-Cola, presented a $5,000 check to Patricia Knight, chair of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.

The Beaumont Centre Family YMCA is auctioning three "John Calipari Experiences" to benefit the Y's annual giving campaign. The three top bidders will enjoy an insider's view of a University of Kentucky men's basketball practice followed by a tour of the Joe Craft Center. The winners must be at least 18, and the date of the events will be determined after the auction.

The auction will end at noon May 11. Bids may be placed at

To learn more about the John Calipari Experiences and the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA, contact Theresa Orlando, membership director, at (859) 219-9622 or

Pepsi donates $5,000

G&J Pepsi-Cola has donated $5,000 to the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission. G&J Pepsi- Cola has operations in Lexington, Winchester and Harrodsburg, plus facilities in Ohio.

"Pepsi is committed to improving the environment by continually improving the sustainability efforts at our plants and in our community," said Farley Schalk, director of operations for G&J Pepsi.

Schalk said G&J Pepsi-Cola also has implemented sustainable practices at its Lexington plant to save energy and reduce the effect of stormwater runoff.

"G&J Pepsi-Cola has been a leader in corporate sustainability, and Keep Lexington Beautiful thanks G&J Pepsi-Cola for its contribution and commitment to Lexington," said Patricia Knight, chair of the commission.

Earlier this year, G&J Pepsi-Cola donated ad space on some of its truck fleet to promote the Great American Cleanup, a program coordinated in Lexington by the commission.

14 Kentucky organizations receive Komen grants

The Lexington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has granted more than $300,000 to 14 Kentucky-based organizations that fund screening, patient navigation, treatment support and treatment programs. Since the affiliate's inception in 1996, Komen Lexington has helped fund more than $1.5 million in local programs, funding potentially lifesaving services for underserved and uninsured men and women.

"Komen Lexington is extremely proud to provide these local organizations with funding for their programs," said Jennifer Bricking, executive director for Komen Lexington. "Each one of these programs helps close the disparity gaps and provides access to quality care for men and women with the greatest need in our 58 counties across Kentucky."

Organizations receiving one-year grants from Komen Lexington are: Kentucky Pink Connection, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, King's Daughters Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, North Central Area Health Education Center, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, St. Joseph Breast Center, St. Claire Regional Appalachian Breast Care Program, Madison County Health Department, Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, St. Joseph Martin Hospital, Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center and Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital.

Rabies vaccination clinic to be Thursday

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's annual rabies vaccination clinic will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Third Street Fire Station, 219 East Third Street. Vaccinations will cost $3. All cats must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes.

For more information about the clinic, call the Health Department's Division of Environmental Health at (859) 231-9791.

YMCA honors volunteers, employees

The YMCA of Central Kentucky honoring its volunteers of the year on April 19 at The Barrel House.

The Red Triangle Award, the Y's top recognition for a volunteer whose actions exemplify the Y triangle of spirit, mind and body, was presented to Al Isaac. Isaac is director and president of NAI Isaac Commercial Properties and is in his second year as the chair of the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA's Board of Managers. With his wife, Gail, Isaac has led the Beaumont Y's fund-raising efforts, which help ensure that Y membership and programs are available to all, regardless of ability to pay.

The Y presented its Impact Award to Doug Gray. The award is given to a full-time YMCA staff member who exemplifies great service to the organization. Gray, property manager at the High Street YMCA, took mission trips to Vietnam this year and in 2011, marking his first return to the country after serving in the Vietnam War.

In addition to his work at the Y, Gray serves as a volunteer Red Cross emergency worker, is an ordained minister and is a former employee and longtime supporter of the Salvation Army.

The Y's Rob Taylor Spirit Award, presented to a part-time staff member who exemplifies excellent service, was awarded to Carrie Stewart, a trainer and group exercise instructor at the North Lexington Family YMCA. During the past year, Stewart has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of the Livestrong at the Y program for cancer survivors.

The Teen Volunteer Award was given to Mikal Kinley, 14, who volunteered every day last summer at the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA's preschool camp, working with 4- to 6-year-olds, playing games with them, swimming with them and serving as a leader and role model.

The Y also presented branch volunteer of the year awards to the following recipients for their dedicated service:

■ Beaumont Centre: Betsy Adler

■ High Street: Pam Thomas

■ Jessamine County: Kevin Burgess

■ North Lexington: Ximena McCollum

■ Scott County: David Apple

■ YMCA Child Development: Marjorie Guyon

■ YMCA Community Services/Black Achievers: Martha Crumbie

Salvation Army summer camp signups under way

The Salvation Army is taking applications for its accredited summer residential camp. Children ages 6 to 13 from low-income families living in Fayette, Scott or Jessamine counties are eligible, and parents may apply for one overnight week of camping by contacting Lt. Victoria Daniels at (859) 252-7706.

Camp scholarships are limited and filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Camp dates are June 22 to 27, July 9 to 15 and July 17 to 24.

City gives 24 groups grants for improving environment

Mayor Jim Gray has announced that 24 Lexington neighborhood groups, churches and a school will receive nearly $50,000 in grants to improve the environment in their neighborhoods.

The 2012 Neighborhood and Community Sustainability grants are managed by Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works. The grants are an opportunity for residents to collaborate and work creatively to improve the environmental health of Lexington.

Grant awards for 2012 range from $669 to $2,500. Organizations that receive grants this year must complete their projects by April 30.

2012 Neighborhood and Community Sustainability Grant Recipients are:

■ Columbia Heights Neighborhood Association, $2,350, for beautification and litter pickup.

■ Twin Pines Christian Church, $688, for a community garden.

■ Pathway Church, $2,500, for a memorial garden, walking path.

■ New Beginning Church of God in Christ, $2,452, for a community garden.

■ Glendover Neighborhood Association, $2,497, for street trees planting.

■ Tanbark Association of Neighbors, $2,500, for rain barrels.

■ Faith Lutheran Church, $1,590, for a rain garden.

■ Wellington Elementary School, $2,500, for a Zen garden.

■ Fairway Neighborhood Association, $2,500, for street trees planting.

■ Pasadena Neighborhood Association, $920, to restore trees and vegetation.

■ Chevy Chase Neighborhood Association, $2,500, for beautification of green spaces.

■ First Alliance Church, $1,957, to create an amphitheater in a water detention area.

■ Meadowthorpe Neighborhood Association, $2,000, for a rock wall extension and signage.

■ The Southland Association, $2,297, for ash tree replacement.

■ Golf Town Homes Homeowners Association, $2,400, for tree removal and replacement.

■ Central Christian Church, $2,500, for erosion control and litter cleanup.

■ Walnut Creek Homeowners Association, $2,500, for street trees planting.

■ Southpoint Resident Association, $1,285, for beautification of neighborhood entrance.

■ Dove Creek Townhome Owners Association, $1,655, for beautification and landscaping.

■ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, $2,500, for a beautification project.

■ Tates Creek Christian Church, $1,735, for a beautification project.

■ Vineyard Neighborhood Association, $669, for beautification of neighborhood entrance.

■ Beaumont Residential Association, $2,500, for benches for park.

■ Gratz Park Neighborhood Association, $2,500, for landscaping project.