Fayette County

Grow trout in school

The Bluegrass Chapter of Trout Unlimited has a program called Trout in the Classroom where local students raise fish from eggs to fingerlings and release them into streams.

Trout Unlimited provides an aquarium along with lesson plans and teaching materials for local science teachers. Trout eggs are delivered to classrooms in November and students learn how to take care of the fish as they hatch and grow.

After a school year of rearing fish, classes make a spring field trip to a stream that can sustain the trout. While at the stream, students make water quality tests of chemical and biological factors.

There is a need for 55-gallon aquariums for the the program. To donate an aquarium to Trout Unlimited (a non-profit organization so it's tax deductible), call Don Thompson at (859) 264-9445 or Sandy Broughman at (859) 271-1778. For more information go to www.bluegrasstu.org.

Charities compete for donors

Kentucky charities can win cash by recruiting blood donors during the third annual S&S Tire Blood Donor Charity Challenge May 1 through 31.

A total of $15,000 in cash will be awarded to the top six charities with the most blood donors. There will be a winner and runner-up from three regions: Lexington, Pikeville and Somerset. Winners will receive $3,500 while the three regional runners-ups will be awarded $1,500 each.

To participate, charities must register at www.kybloodcenter.org by Monday. Charities that want to set up a blood drive should call 1-800-775-2522, Ext. 3718.

Get a free kidney screening

The National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky will offer its annual free kidney health screening 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, 601 Hill N' Dale Drive.

The event is part of the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), designed to identify and educate those at risk.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, if you or a family member has diabetes or high blood pressure you could be at risk. More than 26 millions Americans have chronic kidney disease and most don't even know it.

Screening participants will have their weight and blood pressure checked. Blood and urine samples will be collected from those who need further testing. A physician will be there to review results with participants.

You must be 18 or older and an appointment is required. Call (859) 533-6575 or go to www.kidney.org for more information.

Alzheimer's group hosts luncheon

The Alzheimer's Association will host a luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at the Signature Club, 3256 Lansdowne Drive.

Barbara Bailey of WKYT-27 will emcee the event featuring speaker, Dr. Clifford C. Kuhn, the "laugh doctor," and a fashion show of Anne Sawyer hats.

Tickets are $35 for individuals or $300 for a reserved table for eight. Reserve your seat by Monday. Contact Debbie Lacy Goodman at (859) 266-5283 or debbie.lacy@alz.org. For more information go to www.alz.org/kyin.

Is Lexington Kraft's 'single best'?

Lexington has been selected as a top ten finalist in the Kraft Singles search for the "Single Best Town" in America.

"The Horse Capital of the World has everything a horse lover would ever want: horse parks, famous races and historic race tracks," said a press release from Kraft.

Now through April 11, people can cast their vote for Lexington at www.familyfun.com/best-town-contest. If Lexington wins, residents will receive a concert by country band Love And Theft and a visit from ABC soap stars from All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live.

Other towns rounding out the top ten are:

■ Three Lakes, Wis. Home to the world's largest chain of inland lakes.

■ Augusta, Ga. Home of the Master's Golf Tournament.

■ Bell Buckle, Tenn. Filled with painted awnings and appliquéd gingerbread-trimmed porches.

■ Richmond, Mich. Host of the Good Old Days fair and parade with the annual Outhouse Races.

■ Hamburg, N.Y. Hosts the annual Burger Fest with a hamburger contest and the Burger, Beds and Buns Race.

■ Girard, Ill. Doc's Soda Fountain offers nickel and dime candies and handmade sodas and milkshakes.

■ Gastonia, N.C. The town's Hope 4 Gaston charity to improve the community developed over 20 houses, churches, fire and police departments, non-profits and more.

■ Colorado Springs, Colo. The town's landscape features aspens, red rocks and snow-capped mountains.

■ Twinsburg, Ohio. Holds the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of multiples in the world and hosts the Twins Day Festival every year.

Get a free copy of your tax return

For the sixth consecutive year Staples will provide free copies of tax returns. This year customers may make copies using up to 15 double-sided sheets. This is to accommodate the additional forms for new tax credits, said the company, including the first-time homebuyers incentive and benefits from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

You may print free copies at Staples through tax-filing day on April 15. For more information visit www.staples.com.

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