Catholic Charities sponsors La Fete du Mai at Ashford Stud

Tickets are on sale for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington's 33rd annual reverse raffle. Tickets are $150 each and include admission for two to La Fete du Mai, 3 to 7 p.m. June 3 at Ashford Stud Farm, on Frankfort Road in Versailles.

The Fete will feature a silent auction, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment and a $5,000 reverse raffle.

Proceeds will support Catholic Charities' programs, including affordable mental health counseling, pregnancy and adoption services, emergency financial assistance, job preparedness and financial literacy.

To buy tickets or for more information, contact Cindy Mitchell at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington at (859) 253-1993, Ext. 213. Tickets also are available online at

Lexington food handler permit test now online

Getting a food-handler card in Lexington just got a little easier. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department now offers online testing for a food-handler card, which is required by all people who handle food and drinks in the food-service industry, including servers, bartenders, dishwashers, cooks and other kitchen workers. Permits are good for three years.

The online test can be found on the LFCHD Web site, Follow the link to a secure testing site. The cost is $15, and a credit card is required for payment.

Tests also can be taken in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the LFCHD Division of Environmental Health, 804 Newtown Pike. In-person tests cost $10.

Only food-handler cards issued through LFCHD are valid in Fayette County.

For more information on the program, call (859) 231-9791, Ext. 245.

Workshop for Alzheimer's caregivers

The Alzheimer's Association will present the ABC Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Alzheimer's Association Office, 465 East High Street, Suite 100, Lexington.

The workshop is for anyone with a friend or relative who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. It is designed to educate new caregivers on dementia, safety issues and community resources.

Email or call 1-800-272-3900 to register.

Directory of elected officials updated

The League of Women Voters of Lexington has updated and published its "Blue Sheet," a list of all elected officials serving the Lexington area and their contact information.

For copies of the Blue Sheet, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: League of Women Voters of Lexington, P.O. Box 22045, Lexington, Ky., 40522.

The information also is available on the League's Web site,

Tornado practice for first responders

A mass casualty exercise will be held today and Thursday at the Lexington Veterans Affairs center, Leestown Division, 2250 Leestown Road. It will involve hospital staff, public safety, fire, emergency medical services, health departments, coroners, long-term care providers and other first responders, plus emergency management personnel from the 17-county Bluegrass Hospital Preparedness Program.

The exercise will simulate necessary and appropriate response to a direct hit by an EF-5 tornado on a Central Kentucky hospital, similar to the Joplin, Mo., tornado on May 22, 2011.