Fayette County: Toyota's teen driving program promotes road-safety skills

Lexington-area teens and parents can participate in a free safe driving program Saturday and Sunday at the Toyota plant in Georgetown.

This is the first time Toyota has brought its national advanced driving skills program, Toyota Driving Expectations, to Kentucky.

In an effort to promote road safety in the Lexington area, newly licensed or permitted teen drivers will learn key defensive-driving skills and crash avoidance techniques, and experience the dangers of distracted driving, all in a safe environment under the guidance of professional drivers.

To register, visit

Try out Hisle Park's riding trails

Lexington equestrians can bring their horses and try out Hisle Park's riding trails and open space at a Benefit Trail Ride on Saturday.

The cost of taking the 90-minute guided trail ride will be $30. Proceeds will be used to purchase new school horses for the Masterson Station Equestrian Program.

Tours of the trails will be given from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The trail rides will be led by Georgia Ockerman, manager of the Division of Parks and Recreation's equestrian program at Masterson Station Park.

One goal of the event is to gather feedback from the equestrian community regarding Hisle Park, the city's newest park in north Lexington, about existing and potentially new features of the facility.

The trail ride is a rain or shine event, although the rides will be canceled in the case of heavy rains. No rain date has been scheduled. A chili lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants must furnish their own horses for the ride. However, non-riders can contribute to the benefit.

Hisle Park is a gift to the people of Lexington from the late Robert and Anita Hisle and is the second largest park in Fayette County, behind Masterson Station Park. It is at 3601 Briar Hill Road.

Pre-registration is requested. For more information or to pre-register, contact Ockerman at

City seeks evergreen donations

The city of Lexington is looking for three perfectly shaped evergreen trees, 40- to 50-feet high, 20- to 25-feet wide, that owners are willing to donate for use as community trees in three prominent downtown locations: Triangle Park at Main Street and Broadway; Isaac Murphy Park at Third Street and Midland Avenue; and in front of the Kentucky Utilities building on Quality Street. The trees will be decorated by the city and lit beginning Nov. 23.

Trees that will be considered include Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce or Douglas Fir. White pine trees will not be considered. The city will remove the trees at no cost to the owners. Property owners should call LexCall at (859) 425-2255 before Oct. 30 if they have a tree they would like to donate.

Bike Prom offers trip to the future

Bike to the Future, the fifth annual Bike Prom that benefits the Living Arts & Science Center, will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, following pre-registration at 5:30 p.m.

Riders are invited to dress in futuristic garb, space up their bikes and meet at the Living Arts & Science Center. Race (or casually ride) through the galaxy with your date and dance card in hand. Get a stamp at each location along an intergalactic journey where you can join in other prom activities like prom portraits, punch and spin-the-bottle.

Prizes and other awards will be presented during the after-party at Atomic Cafe. The event is open to the public and for all levels of biking experience. Cost is $8. Pre-register online at or call (859) 252-5222.

Check out hats, help The Nest

A Ladies Nest Night Fund-raiser will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Fabulous Hats, 500 West Short Street. Guests can enjoy appetizers and drinks while viewing holiday fashions from Etcetera and hats created by Anne Sawyer.

Sawyer and fellow hostess Jill Brown will offer a percentage of their sales to The Nest, Center for Women, Children & Families, a local non-profit that promotes the healing, stability and well-being of children and families.

Tickets are available at for $35 each. All admittance fees will be donated to The Nest.

For more information, contact event organizer Patty Breeze at or call (859) 252-0225.

Candidate forums scheduled

Candidates for four seats for the Kentucky House of Representatives and seven seats on the Lexington/Fayette Urban County Council have been invited to participate in forums from 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m Oct. 13. These candidates will face one another in the Nov. 6 general election.

Saturday's forum will feature candidates for the Kentucky House of Representatives. The Oct. 13 forum will feature candidates for Urban County Council.

The forum, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lexington and the Lexington Public Library, will be at the Central Library auditorium, 140 East Main Street. Candidates will have time for opening and closing remarks and will respond to questions submitted in writing by audience members.

All candidates have been invited. The public is invited to attend to meet the candidates and submit questions in writing for the forum.

Support group has 6-week program

A memory loss support group for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia will begin Monday and continue through Nov. 12.

The six-week program will provide information, support and encouragement to people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and their caregivers. The support group will provide an opportunity to discuss issues and changes related to memory loss and a place to share experiences and feelings.

Sessions will be 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Alzheimer's Association, 465 East High Street. Registration is required. Call (859) 266-5283, Ext. 1308, for more information.

Recycling center tours this week

The public can take a tour of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government recycling center on Thursday and Saturday to see the recycling process firsthand.

Every day, 250,000 pounds of recyclable materials are dumped and then processed for market at the center.

The free tours will be conducted at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Advance registration is required. For safety reasons, no children under 9 years old and no open-toed shoes are allowed.

For information and registration, call Lauren Monahan at (859) 367-4946.

Flu shots available for veterans

Flu shots are available for veterans at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Leestown Road location will offer drive-through flu shots from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays in October and at any primary or specialty care appointment through February. The Cooper Drive location will offer flu shots at the emergency department and in 2 West Clinic. The shots are free to veterans and no appointment is needed.

For more information about the VA's flu shot program, visit or call (859) 281-4949.