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Fayette County Notes: Free showing of 'Lorax' at Kentucky Theatre

Lexington Altrusa International honored
Altrusa International of Lexington recently received two first place awards at the Altrusa District Six Conference for its work with Harrison Elementary School and the Women's Hope Center. Virginia Smith was named Rookie of the Year for the three-state area. Pictured, from left, are: Becky Mercier past president; Brooke Thomas; Barbara Travis, vice president; Becky Ray, past president; Mary Burford, from the Muncie, Ind., club; Patricia Wilson, president; Toni Ellis, district governor; Sheri Seckman; Eula Spears; Nancy Pope; Virginia Smith, a board director; Joyce Delabar, past governor; and Jo Ellen Lovello. To find out more, visit Altrusalexky.com.
Lexington Altrusa International honored Altrusa International of Lexington recently received two first place awards at the Altrusa District Six Conference for its work with Harrison Elementary School and the Women's Hope Center. Virginia Smith was named Rookie of the Year for the three-state area. Pictured, from left, are: Becky Mercier past president; Brooke Thomas; Barbara Travis, vice president; Becky Ray, past president; Mary Burford, from the Muncie, Ind., club; Patricia Wilson, president; Toni Ellis, district governor; Sheri Seckman; Eula Spears; Nancy Pope; Virginia Smith, a board director; Joyce Delabar, past governor; and Jo Ellen Lovello. To find out more, visit Altrusalexky.com.

The Kentucky Theatre will present a free showing of The Lorax at 10 a.m. Saturday. The showing is sponsored by Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works and the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. with children's activities. Prizes will be offered, including copies of the The Lorax book, activity books and T-shirts. The event is free, but you must have a ticket to attend. You can register online, print out a ticket and take it to the Kentucky Theatre box office on Saturday, or starting Thursday, tickets will be available at the box office. Learn more at Lexingtonky.gov/lorax.

Catapalooza set Saturday

Catapalooza 2012 will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington Humane Society Adoption Center, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike. The event will feature adoptable cats and kittens at discounted prices, free pizza, educational information, children's games, prizes, free gifts, and special drawings for free cat-care products. Commemorative T-shirts are available at Lexington Hospital for Cats for $12 with all proceeds going to LHS. For more information call Sean at (859) 277-8048 .

Southland cleans up

Everyone is invited to attend a Southland-area cleanup event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday (rain date is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday) as part of Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup.

The event is hosted by Good Foods Market & Café, the city government, Bluegrass Pride, Southland Association and other area groups.

Volunteers will install storm drain markers and pick up litter on both sides of Southland Drive, including the grassy areas and waterways. Southland businesses and neighbors are also encouraged to participate in general cleanup and maintenance around their stores and homes.

Breakfast will be provided by Donut Days and Good Foods Market & Café. Volunteers can win gift certificates from local businesses, and Good Foods will be giving away plants.

For more information or to sign up, contact Danielle M. Dove at danielle@goodfoods.coop or (859) 278-1813, Ext. 231.

Columbia Gas donates to Surgery on Sunday charity

Columbia Gas of Kentucky has donated $10,000 to Surgery on Sunday Inc., a local non-profit that provides outpatient surgical services for free for those in need who cannot afford insurance and are not eligible for federal or state programs. Patients are referred from existing organizations in the community.

As the name suggests, the organization conducts a free surgical clinic once each month — on a Sunday — at the Lexington Surgery Center. Services are provided by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who volunteer their time and expertise. Utilizing more than 325 volunteers, the organization has served more than 4,000 patients since 2005.

Surgery On Sunday and its founder, Dr. Andrew Moore, have been featured in People Magazine's Heroes Among Us feature and on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. To learn more about the organization, visit Surgeryonsunday.org.

Can recycling effort dwarfs last year's collection total

This year's Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge yielded the most aluminum cans recycled in Fayette County since Lexington began participating in the national competition in 2006.

In March, Lexington collected 10,599,400 aluminum beverage cans, almost 7 million more cans than was collected during last year's contest.

The Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge is designed to increase awareness about the importance of recycling aluminum beverage cans and keeping them out of landfills. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Novelis Corporation, offers monetary rewards of up to $25,000 for the three cities that collect the most cans and have the most innovative ideas to promote recycling.

Winners will be announced this month. If Lexington wins, the prize money will be used to improve the city's recycling program.

To learn more about recycling, visit Lexingtonky.gov/recycle.

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