Fayette County: Time again to get tickets for the KMEA state marching band contest

Regan Judd
Regan Judd

Tickets are available for the 2012 Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championships on Oct. 27 at the Western Kentucky University Houchens Industries L.T. Smith Stadium.

One hundred twenty-two high school bands from 84 of Kentucky's 120 counties will participate in this year's events, which marks 27 years of marching excellence in the KMEA State Marching Band Championships.

To qualify, bands must perform in at least two of the 56 KMEA-sanctioned contests scheduled Sept. 10 through Oct. 15. Each qualifying band will then compete in regional quarterfinals competitions. Regional quarterfinals are held on Oct. 20 in six locations, three in the eastern part of the state and three in the western part of the state.

■ Class A East and AAAA East — Madison Southern High School

■ Classes AA and AAA East — Bourbon County High School

■ Class AAAAA East — Montgomery County High School

■ Class A and AAA West — Hopkinsville High School

■ Class AAA West — Hart County High School

■ Class AA and AAAAA West — Muhlenberg County High School

The top eight bands from each regional competition will meet for semifinals competition on Oct. 27. The top four scoring bands in each class will move on to the finals competition that begins at 6 p.m. CDT on Oct. 27th at Western Kentucky University.

Tickets for the Oct. 20 regional competitions are $10 and can be purchased at each event site. Tickets for the October 27 semifinals are $10; finals are $12 and $17 and can be purchased in advance through KMEA or at the event sites.

For more information, contact KMEA at (859) 626-5635 or log on to

UK grad named national spokeswoman

UK graduate and heart disease survivor Regan Judd has been selected to represent Go Red For Women as one of its national spokeswomen for its 10th anniversary celebration.

At 19, Judd experienced chest pains while practicing for the University of Kentucky's Dance Team. Her cardiologist diagnosed her with Ebstein's Anomaly, a rare congenital heart defect that required open heart surgery to repair. Her surgery was successful, and soon after Judd returned to school and to the dance team. She has been working with both the Central Kentucky and Louisville Metro chapters of the American Heart Association for years to raise awareness of a woman's risk of heart disease.

Judd was selected as a spokeswoman after participating in the Go Red For Women Casting Call in February, 2012. During the Casting Call, 29 local heart disease and stroke survivors visited the Louisville Macy's to share their experiences. Thousands of stories were gathered from across the country, and 10 spokespeople were chosen to represent the 10th Anniversary of the Go Red For Women movement.

As a spokeswoman, Judd will be featured on a variety of national and local initiatives to educate women on the importance of reducing their risk of heart disease and stroke. One of these initiatives is her involvement in the November 16th Go Red For Women Luncheon in Lexington.

For more information, visit

Transy men's basketball team to hold free clinic at Y

As part of the YMCA of Central Kentucky's ongoing commitment to encourage youth development and healthy lifestyles, the North Lexington Family YMCA is offering a free children's basketball clinic from 1-2 p.m. on Oct. 20.

The clinic, which is offered to children ages 4-10, will be conducted by coaches and players from the Transylvania University men's basketball team. There are 50 spots available and participants must register in advance on a first-come-first-serve basis at any YMCA of Central Kentucky branch or online at

For more information, contact Cody Swords, program director at the North Lexington Family YMCA, 258-9622 ext. 22 or

Families need for study on child stress, sleep

Families are needed to participate in a new research project at the University of Kentucky Family and Child Development Lab. This research study will examine the connections between family relationships, child stress and child sleep.

If you and your spouse or romantic partner are both over the age of 21, have been living together for at least 2 years, and have a child between the ages of 6 and 12, you may be eligible for this study.

Those meeting study criteria will be paid $150 to participate.

For more information, call (859) 257-2258 or email

Foundation launches online site on healthy food

Blue Grass Community Foundation has announced the launch of Food Works, an online information center that presents news about local food and healthy lifestyles in a user-friendly format. The Web site,, is a source for all things related to food: urban gardening, food preparation and storage, cooking, entrepreneurship, and healthy living.

Food Works is a valuable asset for all of Lexington, but especially for those who live in "food deserts," neighborhoods that have little or no access to fresh produce and affordable, nutritious food. The Food Works Web site includes recipes, tips for locating and preparing healthy food, resources for healthy living, and where to turn for help in obtaining food in crisis situations.

The site is only one component of the Food Works project. Other Food Works activities include community-wide events featuring locally grown food, incentive prizes, on-going discussions about what is needed, seminars, workshops, pamphlets, cooking classes, and direct communication with East End residents who don't have access to the Internet.

For a complete list of Food Works community partners, visit

For more information about Food Works and how to get involved, contact Jodie Koch, program director, at

For more information about Blue Grass Community Foundation, contact Lisa Adkins at

Lexington man's new role is helping others have fun

Walt Arnett of Lexington is the winner of the official Orbitz Vacation Party candidate contest.

Arnett will campaign across the U.S. to spread the Orbitz pro-vacation message of cutting the vacation deficit, providing universal access to beachfront views and filling hotel rooms from sea to shining sea. As the official Orbitz Vacation Party candidate, Arnett will receive $25,000 in travel, courtesy of Orbitz, to show his fellow citizens how to be the world's greatest vacationers.

Voters can watch Arnett's "Vote for Walt" video that won by visiting the Orbitz Vacation Party headquarters at

Creator of 'Woody' series to sign books on Friday

Children's book author Leigh Anne Florence will be at Barnes and Noble, Hamburg from 6-8 p.m. Friday signing books from her Woody book series. Florence's serial story, Unleashed, runs weekly in Lexington's Herald-Leader and 67 other Kentucky newspapers and features her dachshunds Woody and Chloe.

Florence is a native of Murray, and is a 1990 graduate of Calloway County High School. In 1996 she received her Masters of Music Education from Murray State University. She now lives in Shepherdsville with husband Ron, Chloe, Woody, two labs, and two cats. After seven years of public school teaching, Florence now devotes all of her time to the Woody series.

Volunteer musicians sought to play in parade

If you can toot a horn, pound a drum or play a tune on a flute, the Downtown Lexington Corporation is looking for you. Now's the time for volunteer musicians to sign up to play and march in the Lexington Community Band during Lexington's Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

Downtown Lexington Corporation can arrange to borrow an instrument if you do not own one.

The band is looking for marching band beginners, alumni members, or professional musicians who want to be part of the fun during the downtown Lexington parade.

Participants from all over Kentucky are welcome to join. Band members should be able to complete a one-mile route. There are no high-stepping or fancy maneuvers involved.

Copies of the music that will be played will be emailed or mailed to you in advance.

To sign up or to get more information, or to reserve a loaner instrument, request one no later than Nov. 1, email Devin Luckett at or call (859) 425-2594.