As part of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Challenge program, Lexington will enter a competition designed to generate breakthrough solutions that address major challenges and improve city life.
Residents may submit ideas that will improve life in Lexington by addressing a major social or economic issue, improving the customer service experience for residents or businesses, increasing government efficiency, and/or enhancing accountability, transparency and public engagement.
Bloomberg Philanthropies will award one $5 million grand prize and four $1 million prizes to cities that put forth the boldest and most replicable ideas.
The contest is open to mayors of 1,300 U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more. Ideas should be submitted in writing to Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at 200 East Main Street, Lexington, Ky. 40507, or via email at Mayor@lexingtonky.gov. Label letters and email "Mayors Challenge."
To learn more about the Mayors Challenge, go to Bloomberg.org/mayorschallenge.
Time running out to enter July 4 festival pie contest
Wednesday is the last day to enter your best pie in The Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social, one of the first events of this year's Fourth of July Festival in downtown Lexington.
The contest will be held at noon Monday in the Fifth-Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park. Pies are due no later than 10 a.m.
Entrants may submit pies in the made-from-scratch and/or semi-homemade categories. Sullivan University culinary program chefs and students will judge the pies and award first-, second- and third-place prizes, and an award for prettiest pie.
Download an entry form at Downtownlex.com.
Chefs' competition to aid Alzheimer's Association
The Lafayette will host a Five Star Chef Showcase to benefit the Alzheimer's Association from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday. The showcase will feature chef Robert Gilbert from The Lafayette and three other chefs from other five-star senior-living communities. The panel of judges includes Herald-Leader food writer Sharon Thompson, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Alan Lamoureux, Patrick Jones and John Foster. Donations will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Tours of The Lafayette will be given. For questions or reservations, call (859) 278-9080.
Panel of newcomers to discuss move to Lexington
The next Commerce Lexington Good Morning Bluegrass event will be 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. The event will feature three newcomers to Lexington: Dr. Mark Evers, director of the Markey Cancer Center; Bill Farmer, president of United Way of the Bluegrass; and Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader. The panelists will give their impressions of Lexington and any misconceptions they might have had before coming here, talk about why they decided to move here and discuss their organizations' visions and how they will shape Lexington in the future. The cost is $25 for Commerce Lexington members and $35 for non-members. Register online at Commercelexington.com.
Health department offering free HIV testing
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is observing National HIV Testing Day today by offering free, anonymous and confidential HIV tests from 1 to 4 p.m. at its offices at 805B Newtown Circle.
The program also offers risk-reduction counseling, community outreach, group or individual intervention and presentation services and free condoms.
For information, call (859) 288-2437.
Fairness Awards to be presented Friday
Lexington Fairness will present its Fairness Awards at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown. The organization honors community leaders who have expressed their commitment to advancing fairness and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The awards include the Ally for Fairness Award, Jennifer Crossen Out for Fairness Award, Fairness Leadership Award and Ernesto Scorsone Political Leadership Award.
The event, with emcee Mary Jo Perino, also will feature entertainment from the cast of SummerFest's production of Legally Blonde: The Musical and a finalist from American Idol and The Voice, Frenchie Davis.
The fifth annual Fairness Awards nominees include: Aaron and Samara Baker, Jonathan Barker, Paul Brown, Clayton Burchell, Bobby Carver, Marsha Charles, Darryl and Carol Denham, Adam Denney, Blake Eames, John David Elam, Shelly Ginter, Jason Howard, Troy Johnson, Brandi Mahon, Joseph Mann, Lewis Paisley, P.G. Peeples, Ondine Quinn, Brandl Skirvin, Brian Slate, Smiley Pete Publishing, Terrence Tichenor, Trilby Trent and Fred Worsham.
Tickets for the Fairness Awards are available at Fairnessawards.org. The fund-raiser will kick off a weekend of gay pride celebrations, with the Lexington Pride Festival on Saturday at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. This free event will include music, food and vendors.
For more information, go to Lexfair.org or call (859) 951-8565.