Fayette notes: 13 finalists for Writers Hall of Fame

Thirteen finalists have been announced for the 2014 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. A final group of six, the 2014 Hall of Fame class, will be announced at an induction ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Carnegie Center. It is free and open to the public.

The 13 finalists are: James Lane Allen, Rebecca Caudill, Thomas Clark, Guy Davenport, Janice Holt Giles, James Baker Hall, Etheridge Knight, Thomas Merton, Jim Wayne Miller, Alice Hagen Rice, Effie Waller Smith, Jesse Stuart, Hunter S. Thompson.

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame inducted its first six members in January of 2013. To be eligible for induction, the writer must be deceased, connected significantly to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the author of published and enduring fiction, nonfiction or poetry.

Pageant workshop for children, teens

The Miss Lexington Legends Scholarship Organization will host a pageant workshop in Lexington for any Miss, Teen, Little Miss or Pre-Teen contestants who would like more information about participation in the Miss Kentucky system.

The workshop will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Lexington Christian Academy, 450 West Reynolds Road. Contact pageant directors Lisa and Victoria Fath at to sign up for the workshop or for more information.

Help for families of mentally ill

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a free Family-to-Family course for those with family members living with mental illness.

The class will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for 11 consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 15.

Topics covered will include signs and symptoms of mental illness diagnoses, medications and strategies for handling crisis and relapse. Skill-building exercises on communication, problem-solving, empathy and self-care will also be taught.

Advance enrollment is required. Call Tracy at (859) 536-8278 or email For more information visit Christian Academy, Pax Christi Catholic Church Faith Works sixth graders, Sassy Fox of Lexington, St. Paul United Methodist Church and SOCKS Inc. of Frankfort recently collected and donated about 1,500 pairs of socks.

Socks were delivered to children at the Arbor House in Lexington, The Simon House in Frankfort, Chrysalis House in Lexington and Clark County Homeless Coalition of Winchester.

Recycling tours offered

Free tours of Lexington's recycling center will be offered at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Saturday.

Tours are open to ages 9 and older. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Open-toe shoes and high heels will not be allowed. Pre-registration is required; call Esther Moberly at (859) 367-4948. The Lexington Recycling Center is located at 360 Thompson Road.

Meeting on sewer issue Thursday

The public is invited to a meeting about the Woodhill Trunk sewer improvement project in the Richmond Road-Codell Drive area. The Lexington's Division of Water Quality will present information on the upsizing of a sanitary sewer trunk line.

The project is scheduled to be bid in early 2014, with construction to begin later in the year.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Breckinridge Elementary School, 2101 St. Mathilda Drive.

Memory Café to meet Monday

The Memory Café is an informal setting for caregivers and their loved ones with memory problems to socialize and interact with other families and professionals, while sharing and creating old and new experiences.

The Memory Café will meet 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Living Arts and Science Center, 362 North Martin Luther King Boulevard. The Café is free and open to anyone with memory problems and their caregivers. The event is hosted by the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the Living Arts and Science Center with support from the Alzheimer's Association. To sign up or to learn more about the Memory Café, contact Jackie Chance at (859) 257-8971.