Fayette Notes: Military Day at KHP Saturday; Kaitlyn's Kourage event Sunday

Kaitlyn Palumbo suffers from alopecia.
Kaitlyn Palumbo suffers from alopecia.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Horse Park invite area service members and their families to the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday for a day of equine educational sessions, and general admission horse park shows, museums and activities free of charge.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope is also offering discounted trail and pony rides and will provide a free barbecue lunch.

Service members must show proof of service (Military ID, VA card, DD214 form, etc.) for entry to the park. For more information, visit or email driveKaitlyn's Kourage, a hair donation event to benefit children suffering from alopecia and cancer, will be noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Salon Asa, 421 Southland Drive. The event is being organized by the family of Kaitlyn Palumbo, 11, a Nicholasville sixth grader, who has alopecia totalis/universalis.

During the event, stylists will cut and style hair for free for anyone who has a minimum of eight inches of hair to donate to the non-profit organization Children with Hair Loss, which makes wigs for children with alopecia or cancer who could not otherwise afford them. Donations will also be accepted during the event to purchase Kaitlyn a vacuum seal wig, since traditional wigs with tape and glue irritate her scalp.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Jennifer McCarty Palumbo at or visit Kaitlyn's Kourage Facebook page.Community compost

Creech Services a.k.a. Thoroughbred Landscape Products will donate 300 yards of compost to community gardens in the Lexington area that will grow crops to be used locally or donated to food pantries as part of the Million Tomato Compost Campaign.

Creech Services will coordinate with community gardens, schools and other organizations to teach people how to use compost to grow sustainable local food.

To participate in the Million Tomato Compost Campaign, community garden representatives should contact John Thompson at (859) 293-6658. Track the number of tomatoes grown, and learn more about the program at Fête du Mai

Catholic Charities will host its 34th annual La Fête du Mai, from 3-7 p.m. June 23 at Ashford Stud Farm. The fête will feature a live and silent auction, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the Celtic band, Liam's Fancy.

Proceeds will support Catholic Charities' programs, including mental health counseling, pregnancy and adoption services, emergency financial assistance, job preparedness and financial literacy.

Tickets begin at $50 each and are available online at or call (859) 253-1993, Ext. 213.Heart Walk

The American Heart Association for the Central Kentucky's Heart Walk at Keeneland takes place Saturday. Coordinators hope this year's walk will raise a record $350,000 for cardiovascular research and preventive education in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

The non-competitive, 1- to 3-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends, family members and survivors of all ages.

In addition to the new location, attendees will have the opportunity to remember survivors and loved ones lost to heart disease and stroke through a special memorial wall. The event will also include a kids' zone, games, music and heart-healthy snacks.

To participate in the Central Kentucky Heart Walk, call the AHA at (859) 977-4614 or visit stroke screens

Free stroke screening is available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24 in front of Dillard's inside Fayette Mall. Representatives from Baptist Health Lexington Hospital will screen for stroke risk factors, including assessment of blood pressure, pulse, blood glucose and total cholesterol. Staff also will check for signs of narrowing in the carotid artery. EKGs will be performed if necessary. For more information about the stroke screening, call (859) 260-4400. No appointment is necessary.Kenwick garden

The Kenwick Neighborhood Association has established a community garden behind Victory Christian Church on Owsley Avenue. The garden was built with funds from Bill Farmer and the Fifth District office.

The purpose of the garden is to foster a sense of community in Kenwick and at the church, provide food to share within the community and with those in need, and to help teach others how to grow nutritious food in a sustainable manner.

Garden volunteers may take as much produce as they need; the rest will go to Faith Feeds, God's Pantry or similar organizations. To volunteer or to make donations of plants, seeds or tools, contact Sara Constantine at (859) 221-8350 or email

Kick smoking habit

Smoking cessation classes begin today at the The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle.

The 12-week class, designed to help people stop smoking using the Cooper-Clayton Method, will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning today. The class costs $100. For more information, call (859) 288-2457.