Fayette County: Get ready for winter with Free Flu Friday shot

Lexingtonian Marie Piekarski, an active supporter of KET for the past 15 years, was awarded the 2012 O. Leonard Press Award. Piekarski, left, is picture above with KET founder Press.
Lexingtonian Marie Piekarski, an active supporter of KET for the past 15 years, was awarded the 2012 O. Leonard Press Award. Piekarski, left, is picture above with KET founder Press.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's Free Flu Friday flu shot availability will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Imani Family Life Center, 1555 Georgetown Rd.

Registration forms and instructions are available at and can be printed and completed in advance to help reduce wait times.

The seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older.

Last year, Lexington had 143 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided more than 5,000 flu vaccinations throughout the season.

2nd Sunday heads to Lexington's Legacy Trail

Fitness event 2nd Sunday — an afternoon to walk, run, bike, roller blade, skateboard, push a stroller or walk a pet — will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Legacy Trail, located along the Newtown Pike corridor.

The Legacy Trail is a paved walking, biking, interpretive trail and art venue stretching through parts of Lexington beginning at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Since 2008, the University of Kentucky Extension Service has coordinated community-wide 2nd Sunday events. In its fifth year, 2nd Sunday is now in hundreds of communities across the state.

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City meeting for social service agencies

Social services agencies that want to apply for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government partner agency funding for the 2014 fiscal year must attend a mandatory pre-application meeting from 4-7 p.m Oct. 17 at the Farish Theater in the Lexington Public Library, 140 East Main Street.

Funding priority will be placed on programs addressing one or more of the following service areas: senior citizens, mental health and substance abuse, positive youth development, violence prevention, public health, basic human needs, and agencies with funding required by state statute or LFUCG ordinance.

For additional information, contact Craig Bencz at (859) 258-3807 or by email at

Blind-themed expo to be held at Central Library

A community expo for the blind will be held from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Central Public Library.

The free event, Community Expo: Going Blind and Going Forward, will offer support group meetings, exhibits, and presentations by agencies that provide programs and services to people who are blind or have low vision. There will also be a panel discussion by professionals who are blind.

John E. Musick, an award-winning optometrist in the area of low-vision rehabilitation, will present "Low Vision Solutions for the Visually Impaired."

The event will culminate in the viewing of Going Blind by Peabody Award-winning producer/director Joseph Lovett, who is losing his vision due to glaucoma. The film straightforwardly confronts the fears and prejudices about the blind that can be a part of everyday life.

For more information about the Expo, contact Kristy Stambaugh at (859) 258-3806.

'A Walk to Remember' recalls deceased infants

Central Baptist Hospital will sponsor "A Walk to Remember" Oct. 14 to observe National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

The walk will be held at 2 p.m., following a 1:30 p.m. registration, at the Lexington Cemetery, 833 West Main St. The event symbolically joins all the people nationwide who work to raise awareness of and ensure that sensitive care is given to parents who experience the death of a baby.

Planned activities include a welcoming address, 1-mile walk, poetry reading, recognition of infants and an opportunity for parents to share their experiences. The walk will be held rain or shine.

Those who plan to participate are asked to RSVP to Deborah Mueller at (859) 260-6904 or

KET honors longtime volunteer Marie Piekarski

Lexington's Marie Piekarski, an active supporter of KET for the past 15 years, has been named the recipient of the 2012 O. Leonard Press Award.

Piekarski received the award at the September Friends of KET board meeting.

Established in honor of KET's founder, this recognition is given to an individual who has provided exemplary volunteer service and demonstrated a commitment to perpetuating KET's mission of making Kentucky a better place.

As a Friends of KET board member since 1997, Piekarski has worked to propel KET's educational mission through her leadership and dedication. She has served in multiple leadership positions within the Friends of KET board, having been president, vice president and Friends of KET board representative to the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, KET's governing body. She is serving in her second term on the nominating committee.

Group seeks donations of medical supplies

The Lexington Committee of Project C.U.R.E will hold a donation drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Hunter Presbyterian Church, 109 Rosemont Garden.

The committee collects medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, doctor and dentist offices, surgery centers, stores, and individuals for transfer to the Project C.U.R.E center in Nashville. There, the items are packed and shipped in response to requests from medical facilities abroad.

On Saturday, volunteers will be on hand to help unload and accept donated supplies. All donations are tax deductible.

This is an ongoing program accepting donations all year long. For more information, contact the Lexington Committee of Project C.U.R.E at For more information about Project C.U.R.E., visit

Boy Scouts seeking thrill seekers for fund-raiser

Calling all daredevils! On Oct. 25, the brave at heart will take the extreme challenge to rappel the 31-story Lexington Financial Center in a Brave the Blue fund-raiser to benefit the Blue Grass Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Those courageous enough to 'Brave the Blue' will commit to raise a minimum of $1,000 in order to participate. Those who aren't brave enough to do it themselves can initiate a "Toss Your Boss" campaign or raise enough money to dare a local celebrity to jump at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register at

Kroger presents $43,000 to God's Pantry Food Bank

As a result of its recent Bringing Hope to the Table campaign, Kroger has presented God's Pantry Food Bank with a check for more than $43,000.

"This gift is an extension of the partnership that Kroger has made with God's Pantry Food Bank and a great example of our community outreach and non-profit partnership goals. We are committed year-round to fighting hunger in the communities we serve," said Kroger representative Wendy McCarty.

Marian Guinn, CEO of God's Pantry Food Bank, added, "God's Pantry Food Bank will be able to use this contribution to help feed those families and the increasing number of new faces that are coming to our member agencies and pantries across Central and Eastern Kentucky, seeking out their next meal."