Community Action Council is in need of donations in order to continue its Summer Cooling Program, which places air conditioners in the homes of low-income families whose doctors indicate they have a medical condition affected by the heat.
This summer the program has loaned 10 air conditioners to families. Without donations the program will run out of air conditioners soon.
A contribution of $100 is enough for the council to place an air conditioner in someone's home.
Donations are accepted online at Commaction.org, by check or money order or in person at any of the council's locations across Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas counties.
Checks should be made payable to Community Action Council. Indicate that the tax-deductible donation is for the Summer Cooling Program. Mail donations to Community Action Council, P.O. Box 11610, Lexington, KY 40576.The Lexington-Fayette County Environmental Commission is requesting nominations for the 43rd Environmental Commission Awards for environmental projects in Fayette County.
Each year awards are given to individuals, organizations, or businesses that have contributed to the improvement of the local environment over the past two years. The projects must have started between 2011 and 2013 to be considered.
Nominations are due Aug. 31. Visit lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=880 for the nomination form.
Contact James R. Rebmann, Environmental Commission Awards Chair, at email@example.com or (859) 425-2809 with any questions.
Locavores get their day
Good Foods Market and Cafe is hosting an Eat Local Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 6 at 455 Southland Drive. Sample food from local producers and learn how to support local farmers.
Good Foods staff will prepare Caprese pizza featuring local ingredients. Simply Nutritious by Kate will share cooking tips and demonstrate how to bring vegetables from garden to table.
Kentucky Ale will offer product tasting. Tickets are $2 for five three-oz. beer samples. Local producers will offer product samples, including First Fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Hughes Farm; Rona Roberts, Savoring Kentucky; Marksbury Farm Market; Pike Valley Farm Foods; Rooibee Red Tea; Sassa Bella; Kentucky Ale; Sondra's Wine Creations. The event will feature music by Jerome Lange and Art Mize.
For more info, visit Goodfoods.coop.
Celebrity penning event
The inaugural Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event at the Kentucky Horse Park's covered arena will be July 14.
The event will pair two amateur riders with a celebrity guest rider to see who can pen a group of cattle in the quickest time.
All proceeds from the benefit event will support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation — a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enhancing, expanding, and improving the Kentucky Horse Park.
Celebrities in the saddle could include (subject to change):
Calvin Borel, three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey; Derek Braun, International Grand Prix rider and owner of Split Rock Farm; Patti Cooksey, jockey; Buck Davidson, international event rider; Pat Day, Hall of Fame jockey; Kevin Huber, Cincinnati Bengals punter; Charlie Lopresti, trainer of 2012 Horse of the Year, Wise Dan; Chris McCarron, Hall of Fame jockey; Mal McGuire, reining horse trainer and competitor; Matthew Mitchell, head UK women's basketball coach; Sam Shepard, American playwright, actor and director; Mark Stoops, UK head football coach.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the competition will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10; children 12 and under are admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets are also available to a pre-competition cocktail party and dinner for $75 per person.
To pre-order tickets, call the foundation office at (859) 255-5727. For more information, visit: Khpfoundation.org.
Tennis clinics, training for kids
The Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships will be hosting tennis clinics and ball crew training for kids ages 5-15 throughout the month of July in several Bluegrass area locations.
Clinics will be held:
■ July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodford County Park tennis courts. Contact Rainey Johns at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
■ July 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Franklin County High School tennis courts. Former University of Kentucky Coach Dennis Emery will be featured. Contact Sonya Harwood at Sonya@FrankfortTennisRocks.com to sign up.
■ July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Kentucky's Boone Tennis Center (ball crew training only). Contact Brooks Lundy at email@example.com or (859) 509-9707 to participate.
■ July 17 at 8 p.m. at Georgetown College Tennis Complex. Contact Julie Dick at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships, the only professional tennis tournament in Kentucky, will be held July 22-28 at UK's Boone Tennis Center. All ball crew participants will receive free T-shirts, lunch/dinner, and other gifts. Shifts are each day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to close. Kids may sign up for one or more shifts.
For more info, contact Lundy at (859) 509-9707 or email@example.com.
Make, bake, grow or sew anything? Enter it in state fair
It's not too late to enter your item — almost anything that can be baked, made, grown and sewn - into the Kentucky State Fair competition.
Online registration is open at Kystatefair.org. Forms are available online as a PDF and can be mailed once completed. Late general entries will be accepted, with a fee, until July 10.
Check the 2013 Kentucky State Fair Premium Book to find rules, prizes and drop-off deadlines specific to individual categories, as some entries are judged before the fair. Rules can be found online at Kystatefair.org/entries/premiumBook.aspx.
Deadlines are as follows:
Late general entries, open/FFA youth livestock and pigeon and poultry entries, July 10; rabbit entries, July 18; late open livestock entries, July 25; and extra late open livestock entries, Aug. 5.
For more information, call (502) 367-5190. The 109th Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 15-25.