Fayette County notes: Free app available for visually impaired

Preschooler Ja'Marlon  Herring took part in the NAACP's Early Childhood Enrichment Program. With him is teacher Frances Blackford, left, and JoJuana Leavell-Greene of the Lexington NAACP.
Preschooler Ja'Marlon Herring took part in the NAACP's Early Childhood Enrichment Program. With him is teacher Frances Blackford, left, and JoJuana Leavell-Greene of the Lexington NAACP.

Kentuckians who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may download audio and braille books to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

They must be registered with the Kentucky Talking Book Library to receive this free service provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.

The Braille and Audio Reading Download, or BARD, mobile app is available free through the Apple App Store. It allows readers to download audio and braille books from an National Library Service BARD account.

For more information, call 1-800-372-2968 or email

NAACP offered enrichment program

Members of Unit 3097 of the Lexington-Fayette County branch of the NAACP used a grant from the TIDES Foundation to conduct an. Branch members and partners Community Action Council Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. acted as sponsors for the initiative, which was July 16 to 26 at Russell School Community Services Center. Twelve preschoolers attended.

Certified Early Start/ kindergarten teachers Frances Blackford and Bythewood Adams followed an educational script, fed the children and added challenges to promote growth.

Each preschooler received a backpack filled with school supplies, educational books and information about Kentucky State University.

The enrichment program will continue with bimonthly meetings, monitoring and assessment until the children start kindergarten.

5K Run/Walk will raise money for free clinic

The 6th annual UK Physician Assistant Run for the Health of It 5K run/walk will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium. Proceeds will benefit New Hope Clinic, a free clinic in Kentucky that is run by a physician assistant.

The theme is princesses and superheroes, but costumes are not necessary to participate. Prizes from local stores and restaurants will be awarded for the top male and female finishers.

Registration is $15 for physician assistants and PA students, $20 for others. Registration will be open through the day of the race. Search for UK Physician Assistant 5K on Facebook to register.

Ag-Tag donations benefit 4-H, community youth

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer asked farmers to make a "Ag Tag" donation of $10 when they renewed their license plates in March.

Proceeds from the donations to the Agricultural Program Trust fund are to be divided equally among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud.

The funds will benefit all levels of Kentucky 4-H. The 4-H share of the donation is split equally between the county where the funds originated and the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, funding local 4-H programs and activities for youth in the community.

'Raising the Roof' to aid heart research

Baptist Health Lexington and the Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation plan to "raise the roof" of Lexington's Red Mile Round Barn, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

The fundraiser will benefit the Lexington Cardiac Research Foundation, which conducts studies at Baptist Health Lexington, where physicians seek to improve treatment methods for heart disease, specifically in the areas of interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology and vascular clinical research.

The evening's events will include music from local pop-rock cover band Donny Brook Band; food provided by Bayou Bluegrass Catering, and a live auction. The cost is $50. To register, go to For more information, call (859) 260-2220.