NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lexington affiliate, is offering a Family-to-Family education course to relatives of individuals living with a mental illness. The class begins June 4 and meets from 6:30-9 p.m. for 11 consecutive weeks. The class and all materials are free.
Topics covered include signs and symptoms of mental illness, diagnoses, research on the biology of brain disorders, medications, treatment techniques, and strategies for handling crisis and relapse. Skill building exercises on communication, problem-solving, empathy, and self-care are taught. For more information and a testimonial video, visit Nami.org/familytofamily.
Advance enrollment is required by calling Tracy at (859) 536-8278 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Saturday the American Diabetes Association will hold Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes to raise diabetes awareness and money to fight a disease that affects close to 500,000 Kentuckians. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Keeneland and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Celebrity Chef Rory Schepisi will also demonstrate healthy cooking and hold an educational workshop where all participants will be able to get a taste of her twist on down-home, healthy cooking.
Most Step Out participants join or form corporate, family, club, school or church teams, but individual walkers can also participate. To register, to volunteer or for more information, call (859) 268-9129 or go to visit Diabetes.org/lexingtonstepout.
Free lunches, literacy
For the second year, the Lexington Public Library Village Branch's Fueling the Mind program will provide free summer lunches and literacy programming to school-age children to prevent summer learning loss.
Lunch and literacy services will be offered June 9 to July 31 at the library's Village Branch and two Summer Food Service Program sites, which will be determined by Fayette County Public Schools before the program starts.
For more information, go to Kdla.ky.gov or call (502) 564-8300, Ext. 315.
Salvation Army thanks
The Salvation Army of Central Kentucky held its Annual Appreciation Luncheon recently to thank its volunteers, donors and community partners.
The prestigious Others Award, presented to an individual who has given outstanding service to The Salvation Army and community, was given to M. Melinda "Lindy" Karns, a 13-year member of the Salvation Army's Advisory Board, a past board member of the United Way of the Bluegrass, and a volunteer with The Salvation Army, Chrysalis House, Divine Providence and the 2012 Chair of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon.
Two volunteers were recognized for their service: Bill Meck for his involvement in the Kettle and LemonAiD campaigns, and Cheryl Dance for 25 years of service with the Angel Tree program.
The following received Community Partner Awards: CLARK Material Handling Co., Real Life Radio, Faith Fellowship of Lexington, Kroger, South Elkhorn Christian Church, WVLK-590 AM, WLEX-TV 18, and Whitaker Bank Corp. of Kentucky.
Kettle Awards were presented to: Kentucky Blood Center, University of Kentucky Athletics Department, Second Presbyterian Church and local Celebrity Bell Ringers.
Josie's was named the LemonAiD Restaurant Partner of the Year and A.L. Kawaja, Sheriff Kathy Witt and Jon Hatfield were welcomed as new advisory board members.
Ky. in Transplant Games
Team Kentucky, comprised of 12 organ donor recipients, two living donors and 10 donor families, will travel to Houston to compete in the 2014 Transplant Games of America July 11-15. The Transplant Games of America is a sporting event for those who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. Competition events are open to living donors, organ transplant recipients, bone marrow recipients and a limited number of corneal and tissue transplant recipients.
The games happen biennially and Team Kentucky has participated since 1998. On May 4, the Transplant Games official flag made its way to Kentucky. The flag travels across the country for all participating teams to sign. Four team members — Karen Michul, Tricia Ricketts, Riley Speck and Cathy Mattingly — were recently awarded scholarships of $750 each to attend the games.
For more information about the games, go to Transplantgamesofamerica.org/About.html. To learn more about becoming an organ donor, go to Donatelifeky.org/default.aspx.
Trainer aided after fire
The National Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association Foundation, along with the Kentucky HBPA, has presented trainer Gerry Carwood with $7,000 in emergency assistance aid after a May 9 fire killed eight Thoroughbreds in a barn leased by Carwood and located across the street from Keeneland's barn area.
Carwood, a native of Ireland, previously worked for trainers Eddie Kenneally and Jeff Thornberry as an assistant trainer before going out on his own about four years ago. He didn't own any of the horses that were killed, but the funds will help Carwood replace his tack and equipment and get back to training.