The Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes will be June 1 at Keeneland Race Course. Registration is 7:30-8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Step Out is a one-day fundraising walk benefiting the American Diabetes Association. To register, volunteer or for more information, visit Diabetes.org/lexingtonstepout or call (859) 268-9129.
Run for the needy
Outrun a nun and win a prize during the 23rd annual Run for the Nun 5K and 1-mile Fun Run at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on June 1. The event begins at 8 a.m.
The run is in conjunction with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Country Fair, which is May 30-June 2.
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Proceeds from the run go to feed the hungry in Lexington through the St. Vincent dePaul Society, which delivers food to the needy each week.
Registration is $10-$20 through May 30; registration costs increase after May 30.
For more information, visit, Runforthenun.org.
Cash for environment
Four environmental projects in Central Kentucky have earned financial support through the 2013 American Water Environmental Grant Program:
■ Beaumont Middle School EcoTeam will receive a $6,400 grant to design and install an expanded rain garden at the school. The expansion will provide a larger outdoor classroom for students and community members and address a higher volume of water running off the impervious surfaces at the school.
■ Franklin County Conservation District will receive a $5,000 grant to help establish a long-term, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for animal carcass disposal. Specifically, the funds will help with the establishment of a new animal composting facility in Franklin County, which will encourage farmers to avoid disposing of livestock carcasses in sinkholes and waterways on their properties.
■ The Friends of Wolf Run will receive a $3,500 grant to establish several floating wetland islands to help reduce nitrogen and phosphorous levels in Wolf Run Creek, and to educate others about this method for addressing pollutants that enter waterways via stormwater runoff.
■ The Lansdowne Neighborhood Association will receive a $6,500 grant for the Zandale Park Streambank Protection Project to improve the stability, safety and aesthetics of the West Hickman Creek tributary in Zandale Park.
Uninsured get boost
The Lexington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded more than $300,000 to 12 Kentucky-based organizations that fund potentially lifesaving services for underserved and uninsured men and women. Organizations receiving one-year grants from Komen Lexington are: Kentucky Pink Connection, Clark County Health Department, Saint Joseph Breast Center, Dayspring Family Health Center, King's Daughters Medical Center, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Madison County Health Department, Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, St. Claire Regional Medical Hospital, Laurel County Health Department, Blessed Beyond Measure.
Skydivers to aid hospital
Skydiving bears will soon be heading to Kentucky Children's Hospital thanks to a Canopies for Kids fundraising event June 1 at Jumping for Fun Parachute Center in Springfield.
Skydivers can purchase a teddy bear kit for $20 plus a jump fee. The more timid can sponsor a bear for someone else to skydive with at the event, by visiting Canopiesforkids.com/events/jump-for-fun/.
The kit includes a teddy bear wearing a Canopies for Kids T-shirt in a special flight suit plastic bag and a card for the skydiver to sign.
After the jump, "The Bravest Stuffed Teddy Bears in the World" will be distributed to patients at Kentucky Children's Hospital. Finally, a $5 donation is built into every kit to benefit KCH.
The deadline for ordering or sponsoring a Canopies for Kids bear is midnight Saturday.
For more information, visit Jumpingforfunskydiving.com, or call (502) 648-3464 or (502) 386-7484.