Fayette County: Kiwanis Pancake Day Thursday at Calvary Baptist

Rev. James H. Thurman
Rev. James H. Thurman

The Bluegrass Kiwanis Club will host its 45th Annual Pancake Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, 150 East High Street. The cost per plate is $6. Proceeds will go to buy shoes for underprivileged children in Fayette County schools. For more information, call (859) 272-1467.

Educational event, lunch focus on Parkinson's

The Lexington Area Parkinson's Support Group will host its second annual Gathering for the Good: Living Life to the Fullest with Parkinson's Disease. This educational event will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at The Campbell House. Speakers include Dr. Fiona Gupta, movement disorders specialist from the North Jersey Brain & Spine Center and a therapeutic harpist. There will be vendors specializing in PD services and a silent auction. The event and lunch are free, but advance registration is required. To register, call Elaine Keith at (859) 277-1040 or email her at

'Jesus Prom' book release gets warm reception

Hundreds of people were in attendance at Southland Christian Church's Richmond Road campus Oct. 23 to celebrate the release of pastor Jon Weece's book Jesus Prom.

During the program Weece and Bob Goff, author of Love Does, spoke to the crowd about grace, patience and love. A fashion show, highlighting mentally and physically challenged people, took place. The host reminded the audience that these people are God's treasures; that they hold immense value. Afterward, both authors signed copies of their books for guests and posed for photos.

The event was a precursor to the church's Jesus Prom, which will take place Friday at Southland's Nicholasville campus.

Ice rink openingat Triangle Park

The Unified Trust Co. Ice Rink will open Friday at Triangle Park. Skating fees are $10 for 90 minutes and include skate rental. The rink is expected to stay open through Jan. 11. Scheduled hours of operation are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. On weekdays when Fayette County Public Schools are not in session, ice rink hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Grant applications open for tree-planting groups

Applications are available for Plant for the Planet grants from Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas and Electric to fund qualified tree plantings by nonprofit or government entities. The program awards matching grants of $500 to $5,000 to organizations with a history of successful tree plantings in the KU and LG&E service territories. Applications and program information are available at Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 30.

Tutu Tough 5K supports family of child with cancer

The Tutu Tough 5K/Kid's Dash will be held Nov. 15 at the Kentucky Horse Park. This event, organized by supporters of Carlin Beasley in her fight against a rare, aggressive form of childhood cancer called embryonal tumor with abundant neuropil and true rosettes, was created to directly support the Beasley family with medical and travel expenses associated with Carlin's treatment. Race fees are $12 for the Tough Kids' Dash and $32.50 for the Tough 5K. The deadline to register is Nov. 13. To sign up, go to

Lexington reverend honored as Veteran of the Year

The Rev. James H. Thurman of Lexington will be honored as the Kentucky Male Veteran of the Year at the first Kentucky Veterans of the Year Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Highland Post 201, 2919 Bardstown Road, Louisville. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at

Safety City reopens

Safety City, a kid-size town created for the purpose of teaching children life-saving skills, hosted its grand reopening Oct. 15.

Safety City originally opened in 1990 and for 20 years taught thousands of children about road, car, personal and stranger-related safety. The program ceased full operations in 2009.

During visits to the Safety City facility, second- and third-grade students will be taught a diverse safety curriculum throughout the school year. The curriculum includes: road safety, traffic rules, seatbelt safety, stranger-danger safety and internet safety.

The re-opening of Safety City is a joint effort between the Lexington Division of Police and Eastern Kentucky University's College of Justice & Safety.