Franklin County: Veterans Healthcare and Benefits Expo is Saturday; Special Olympics scarf project under way

The third annual Vets First event, a Veterans Healthcare and Benefits Expo, will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kentucky State University's Charles M. Hill Student Center, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort. Federal, state, local and private businesses and organizations will come together with the goal of raising awareness about VA programs and related services for Kentucky veterans.

Experts will be on hand to discuss and offer assistance with veterans benefits, eligibility and enrollment, free health care screenings, free flu shots for veterans, crisis intervention, educational opportunities, housing assistance programs and employment programs. For more information, call Melanie Adams at (859) 233-4511, Ext. 7304.

Scarf Project needs some hands

Special Olympics Kentucky's Scarf Project, now in its fourth year, invites volunteers to knit and crochet scarves for Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers for the State Winter Games and State Cheerleading Competition.

This year's yarn colors are: Red Heart Classic: Olympic Blue No. E267_849 and Yellow No. E267_230, or Red Heart Super Saver: Royal Blue No. E300_886 and Yellow No. E300_324.

Scarves should be 54 to 60 inches long and 6 inches, wide and should incorporate both colors in the design. Scarves should be placed in Ziploc bags for sanitary reasons and sent via UPS, FedEx or the U.S. Postal Service to Special Olympics Kentucky, Attn: Scarf Project, 105 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, Ky., 40601. Scarves must be mailed or delivered to the Frankfort office by Jan. 15. Include a 3- by 5-inch card with your name, mailing address and email clearly legible.

For more information about the Scarf Project, contact Brittany Abell at (502) 695-8222 or