Bluegrass Cycling Club's Horsey Hundred launch party will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at West Sixth Brewing. Registration begins Thursday for the three-day Bluegrass region cycling event, which attracts more than 2,000 cyclists from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom each year.
At Tuesday's launch party, the 2015 cycling jersey, poster design and ride routes will be revealed, and cycling-related giveaways will be held.
For more information, visit Horseyhundred.com.
Hash Out for Harvey benefit Saturday
On Saturday, Blue Stallion Brewing Co. will host Hash Out for Harvey, an all-day event benefitting Harvey Carlson, 2. It will feature music by White Reaper, The Wrists, Hair Things and Our Man Flint, a silent auction, food trucks, a pool tournament and kids' activities.
Harvey was born with a colorectal birth defect that already has required three surgeries, with at least one more and years of therapy in his future. All proceeds from the event will go toward helping Harvey's family pay for his medical procedures at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with craft activities for kids, including a bookmark-making station, hosted by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, and a cape-making station, playing off a Heroes for Harvey theme.
Blue Stallion Brewing is at 610 West Third Street. Live music starts at 7 p.m., and food from Lyles BBQ Co. and beer from Blue Stallion will available for purchase.
Admission is free; donations are suggested. For more information, go to Hashoutforharvey.com or the Facebook event page.
Free radon testing kits available
To help raise awareness of the dangers of radon, particularly in the home, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's Division of Environmental Health is offering free radon testing kits from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 650 Newtown Pike. It is estimated that a million homes in Kentucky have elevated radon levels. For more information, call (859) 231-9791.
Vote for your favorite student video
View and vote for your favorite student-made commercial during the 10th annual Keep It Real: REMIX Video Contest through Jan. 23 at Keep-it-real.us.
Teen filmmakers have created 30-second public service announcements focusing on one of three categories: alcohol, prescription drug abuse and nicotine.
Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony at The Kentucky Theatre on Feb. 24. The People's Choice Award will be given to the video receiving the most online votes. A panel will select additional winners, and the 30-second video chosen as best picture will be aired regionally on television and shown in local cinemas.
Video submissions in this year's contest included schools and organizations from Bracken, Bullitt, Clark, Fayette, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer and Scott counties.
Get help with energy costs
Community Action Council's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Crisis Program began Monday and assists households with energy costs and with a disconnect notice or heating crisis. Last year, more than 6,400 participants received financial assistance and emergency services totaling about $1.4 million from the program. The Community Action Council served more than 12,000 households and spent more than $2 million in energy assistance through several programs, including WinterCare, Community Services block grants and its emergency services fund.
Eligibility for crisis benefits is determined by income, household size, fuel type and the following criteria: the household is within four days of running out of fuel, if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene or wood) is the heat source; the household has received a past-due or disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source; or the household's home heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent, and the household has received an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent from the landlord. Households also must be at or below 130 percent of federal poverty guidelines.
Apply at any of the Community Action Council locations in Lexington, Millersburg, Paris, Cynthiana or Carlisle. For more information, call (859) 233-4600 or 1-800-244-2275. To donate, go to Commaction.org or donate to the WinterCare energy fund on your utility bill.