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Fayette County notes: Lexington's firefighters kick off annual toy drive

Amazon donates $5,000 to reading program
Amazon's Lexington Fulfillment Center recently donated $5,000 to the Kentucky Children's  Hospital to support Reach Out & Read, a program that promotes reading for children, particularly those who live in families in economic distress. Through Reach Out & Read, children receive a book each time they visit their pediatrician for routine wellness check-ups. Last year, Reach Out & Read provided 80,000 books to 48,000 children in Kentucky. From left are Jack Cornelison, Amazon; Jason Stefani, Amazon; Dr. Donna Grigsby, Kentucky Children's Hospital; Chris Brumley, Amazon; and Kawana Harvey, Amazon.
Amazon donates $5,000 to reading program Amazon's Lexington Fulfillment Center recently donated $5,000 to the Kentucky Children's Hospital to support Reach Out & Read, a program that promotes reading for children, particularly those who live in families in economic distress. Through Reach Out & Read, children receive a book each time they visit their pediatrician for routine wellness check-ups. Last year, Reach Out & Read provided 80,000 books to 48,000 children in Kentucky. From left are Jack Cornelison, Amazon; Jason Stefani, Amazon; Dr. Donna Grigsby, Kentucky Children's Hospital; Chris Brumley, Amazon; and Kawana Harvey, Amazon.

Lexington firefighters have kicked off their 83rd year of providing Christmas joy to Lexington's children through the Firefighter Toy Program. Program sign-ups are under way at 1713 Jaggie Fox Way. The hours for application are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The office will be closed on Thanksgiving.

To donate to the program, bring new, unwrapped toys appropriate children from newborns to age 14 to any Lexington fire station. Donations of food for volunteers on toy distribution day, as well as boxes and gift wrap are also needed.

For details on eligibility for the program, go to Lfdfof.org or contact the Fraternal Order of Firefighters at (859) 523-9576.

Conference focuses on dementia care

A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference featuring Teepa Snow will be 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Nov. 18 at the UK Chandler Medical Center, Pavilion A. Learn to cope with challenging behaviors, communicate more effectively and enjoy the holidays when dementia is part of the picture. To register or to learn more about the conference, visit Bit.ly/1Gu1xUg or call Teri Weber at (859) 323-4600.

Benefit funds Hope Center

The Ball Homes Night of Hope benefitting the Hope Center will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington Opera House and will include music from the University of Kentucky Opera Theater, client stories and featured speaker, country singer/songwriter Jimmy Wayne, the author of Paper Angels and the new book Walk to Beautiful, the story of his journey to raise awareness of homeless children.

All proceeds will go to the Hope Center to help men and women who battle homelessness, addiction and mental illness. Tickets are $15 to $50. For more information or to buy tickets, go to Hopectr.org.

Holly Day Market fundraiser

The Holly Day Market, a fundraiser and three-day shopping experience, will be Friday through Sunday in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Now in its eighth year, the Holly Day Market features more than 70 vendors from across the country selling jewelry, clothing, toys, books, home décor, holiday decorations, accessories, art and food. Funds raised benefit the community organizations that the Junior League of Lexington supports.

General admission is $10. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Shopping hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Go to Hollydaymarket.com for more information on dates and times for daily events and to buy tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Leaf vacuuming starts

Lexington's 2014 vacuum leaf collection program began Monday and will continue through Dec. 19. The one-time service is available to Fayette County residents who receive city waste collection services. Leaves should be raked into the service area between the sidewalk and the street the Sunday before the scheduled vacuum collection week. For a leaf collection schedule, go to Lexingtonky.gov/leaves. For more information, call LexCall at 3-1-1 or (859) 425-2255.

Paper shred recycling event

To celebrate America Recycles Day, Lexington residents can take part in a free paper shred event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the old city landfill site at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. There is a limit of five boxes or bags of material per vehicle and cardboard boxes will be collected at the event and sent to the Lexington Recycling Center. Donations of non-perishable food items for God's Pantry will also be collected. For more information, go to Lexingtonky.gov/papershred.

History of an aviator

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky will present the story of a WW II "Hump" pilot in its Aviation Roundtable Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 4029 Airport Road, adjacent to Blue Grass Airport.

William Andrews will present the experiences of Captain Frederic Park from Parks' personal collection of flight logs and other materials, connected with his more than 1,000 hours flying over the Himalayan Mountains during the war. The presentation is free. For more information, go to Aviationky.org or call (859) 231-1219.

Tax service needs volunteers

AARP Tax-Aide is recruiting volunteers for the 2015 tax preparation period. This free service is provided to those who need assistance with their taxes. Taxes are electronically prepared and submitted while the client is with a counselor. In order to execute this service, counselors, client facilitators, technology facilitators, and publicity coordinators are needed. The ability to speak a second language is a bonus. Free training and equipment is provided, and AARP membership is not required. Training and work places are mainly in the Lexington public libraries. Training is in January, and tax preparation will take place February through April 15.

Contact Melinda Edger ton at medgert@uky.edu with questions or to register.

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