Hope Center assistant director honored with Impact Award
Stephanie Raglin, assistant director for the Hope Center Recovery Program for Women, has been presented with the Impact Award for Fayette County by the Bluegrass Alliance for Women. Raglin serves as director of the Hope Recovery Program at the Fayette County Detention Center, where she works with the Department of Corrections to help troubled female inmates.
Raglin's nominator describes her as a staunch advocate for the personal growth and well-being of girls and women in Fayette County. The Impact Award is presented annually by BAW to recognize women in Central Kentucky who are working to improve the lives of women and children.
At the recovery center, Raglin leads the Peer Mentoring Program, which teaches women how to maintain gainful employment as well as encourages them to reach for educational opportunities and explore other career options for their future. The goal for these women is to transition back into society as responsible, productive citizens.
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Opioid drug epidemic forum
Rx Community Forum: Finding Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic, a community forum presented by Bluegrass.org to discuss the state's epidemic of Kentucky abusing opioid drugs, will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center.
During the forum, local and national experts will outline how the opiate epidemic affects Lexington and the surrounding area, and what can — and is — being done to address the problem. Experts will address the audience on topics ranging from substance abuse prevention to support for recovery.
For more information, contact Sharon Tankersley at email@example.com or (859) 225-3296, Ext. 658.
Bluegrass Greensource will host the first annual GreenFest, an event focused on recycling, energy efficiency and water quality, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 835 National Avenue. The free event will feature kids activities, live music, local nonprofits and artisans.
Throughout the day, hands-on demonstrations will feature outdoor composting, rain barrel use, solar energy and bee keeping. Visitors can learn simple practices that contribute to water and energy conservation. Food will be available from Red State BBQ and refreshments will be sold by West Sixth Brewing.
For more information, go to BgGreenFest.org or call 1-866-222-1648.
NAMI education courses
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lexington affiliate, is offering a free Family-to-Family education course to relatives of individuals who have a mental illness. The class begins June 3 and runs for 11 consecutive weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Topics covered include signs and symptoms of mental health diagnoses, research on the biology of brain disorders, medications, treatment methods, and strategies for handling crisis and relapse. Skill building exercises on communication, listening, problem-solving, empathy and self-care are reviewed. After taking the class, family members report that their relationship improves with their relative and that they also feel more at peace and encouraged.
For more information and a testimonial video, go to Nami.org/familytofamily. Pre-enrollment required. To enroll, contact Tracy at (859) 536-8278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference on aging
The 32nd annual Meeting the Challenges & Opportunities of Aging Conference will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 29 at Northeast Christian Church, located at 990 Star Shoot Parkway.
The conference includes educational workshops from numerous disciplines to assist those who are 55 and older to maintain an active and independent lifestyle.
The keynote speaker will be retired Transylvania basketball coach, Don Lane. A resource and benefits fair will be open all day and there will be 11 workshops within three sessions.
Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and exhibits. The registration deadline is Thursday. For the complete program and registration forms, go to Challengesofaging.com or call (859) 257-5582.
Alzheimer's golf benefit
The fourth annual A Round to Remember Golf Tournament benefitting the Alzheimer's Association Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter will be May 30 at Connemara Golf Course.
The event is produced by local golfer, Paul Bimschleger and his family. Bimschleger lost his wife, Patricia, in 2011 to Alzheimer's disease. He and his family have raised more than $73,000 for the Alzheimer's Association since 2012. Money raised from the event will fund Alzheimer's research, education, support and advocacy. For more information or to register, go to Act.alz.org/RTR2015.
City website survey
Lexington residents are being asked to take a survey that will help make the city's website better. Questions include how visitors use the site and what features are important to them. The survey is available until June 8 at Lfucg.github.io/next. Citizens will have other opportunities to comment throughout the redesign process.
Opera at Keeneland
Keeneland will host Encore! Celebrating the Magic of Musical Storytelling on May 30 in its sales pavilion. The annual fundraiser for OperaLex will feature former Metropolitan Opera stars Gregory Turay and Cynthia Lawrence, both faculty members at the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. Other performers include Catherine Clarke, Dr. Angelique Clay, Jenna Day, Thomas Gunther and Tedrin Blair Lindsay.
Guests will begin the evening in the Pavilion Bar with tastings in the silent auction boutique. Dinner will be served in the Limestone Café and will feature a four-course tasting menu designed and prepared by Keeneland's chef de cuisine, Ed Boutilier, accompanied by a course-by-course wine pairing.
Following dinner, guests will proceed to the sales pavilion for an entertainment finale and live auction, led by emcee Sam Dick of WKYT and Keeneland's director of auctioneers, Ryan Mahan.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with complimentary valet parking available for all guests. Tickets are available at Operalex.org/encore.