Fayette County

Notes: Bike Prom helps Living Arts & Science Center

Step back to the 1950s and dance your bike around downtown Saturday for the third annual Bike Prom, a community event to benefit the Living Arts & Science Center.

Enjoy pre-prom appetizers at LASC, 362 North Martin Luther King Boulevard, and then race (or casually ride) to selected downtown destinations. Stamp your dance card at each location and join in other prom proceedings, like prom portraits, punch and spin-the-bottle. Prizes for best-dressed prom king and queen and other special awards will be presented at the after-prom party at Molly Brooke's Irish Bar, 109 North Limestone.

Pre-register by calling (859) 252-5222 or register on-site at 6 p.m. The bike prom begins at 6:30. Cost is $5. The event is suitable for all levels of biking experience.

For more information visit Lasclex.org or Lexrides.com.

AVOL seeks donated furnishings

AVOL is outfitting its new HIV Prevention & Outreach Center and accepting the following items: 6-foot folding banquet tables, folding banquet chairs, cubicle wall panels, small desk/ workstations, lobby/lounge furniture, conference table with chairs, dry erase boards, bulletin boards, bookshelves, industrial metal wire storage shelves, rolling bulletin board/dry erase board combo, color plotter/large-format printer. To donate items, e-mail donate@avolky.org.Book project partners with Starbucks

The International Book Project is partnering with Lexington-area Starbucks locations to hold a children's book drive Wednesday through Sept. 22. The books will be used to help create school libraries throughout Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Sierra Leone is struggling to recover from a civil war in the 1990s. Project organizer and Sierra Leone-native Hussainatu Bah explained the educational situation in her country: "Most schools in Sierra Leone have very poor classroom conditions and still lack sufficient learning materials; therefore, learning in many schools is minimal. Children, particularly girls, from the poorest households and those from rural areas in the northern regions are falling behind."

Bah and the International Book Project are hoping to collect 10,000 books to send to Sierra Leone. Books may be donated at any Starbucks in Lexington, Georgetown or Richmond. New or gently used fiction and non-fiction books for ages pre-kindergarten through high school are needed.

Larger donations of books may be dropped off at the book project warehouse, 1440 Delaware Avenue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hope Center plans Cadillac raffle

The Hope Center is selling raffle tickets to win a 2011 Cadillac SRX. Tickets are $100, and only 1,200 will be sold. The drawing will be at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 during the Ball Homes Night of Hope at the Lexington Opera House. The car was donated by Quantrell Cadillac. All proceeds go to support the Hope Center.

For more information, visit Winthesrx.com or contact the Hope Center at (859) 252-7881.