The Celebration of Hope for breast cancer survivors, hosted by first lady Jane Beshear, will be Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Normally the event is held at the Frankfort Civic Center on the Monday after Derby, but due to scheduling conflicts, the date and location have been changed.
The change in venue to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena means more women than ever before will be able to participate, according to a press release from the first lady’s office.
Participants will enjoy a brunch featuring Kentucky Proud products. This year’s Celebration will also feature a special fashion show, a parade of more than 20 equine breeds and a variety of local vendors showcasing jewelry, clothes, books and more.
“We will even have a surprise special guest from the University of Kentucky men’s championship basketball team,” Beshear said.
Former first lady Judi Patton started the Celebration of Hope to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to help educate Kentuckians about the risks of the disease. This event brings together survivors, advocates, and their friends and families.Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women — both nationally and in Kentucky.
The event will be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is free. If you are a breast cancer survivor and want more information on the Celebration of Hope, please visit http://firstlady.ky.gov/celebrationofhope.
5K, family fun walk to benefit Sweet Blessings next Sunday
Sweet Blessings’ first Fondant 5K and 1-Mile Family Cake Walk will take place Sunday, May 6 at Keeneland’s Keene Barn.
Ashley Boyd Gann, chairman of the nonprofit that provides high-end decorated cakes to underprivileged children, encourages groups to get together with people from school, church, work or neighborhoods and support Sweet Blessings.
“You can run, walk, skip, dance or whatever else you want,” said Gann, a Western Hills High School graduate. “There is no time limit, and prizes will not be given for the fastest times. This is a definitely feel good event to support the work of Sweet Blessings and the children who receive the cakes.”
The first 200 people to register for the 5K will receive an event T-shirt.
The 5K will begin at 4 p.m. and the one-mile at 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration is preferred, however on-site registration is available beginning at 3 p.m.
The 5K entry fee is $25 and the entry fee for the one-mile entry is $10.
In addition to the walk/run, there will be Blue Bell ice cream and Blue Bell’s famous inflatable for children to play in. There will also be cupcakes, temporary tattoos, vendors, and five rock bands featuring musicians from 8-18 years old.
According to Gann, other surprises are in store for the participants. To pre-register or to receive more information, email Ashley@sweetblessingscakes.org.
Screening committee nearing choice
The Franklin County Board of Education’s superintendent screening committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Collins Lane Elementary School.
Agenda items include a closed session discussion for the purpose of application reviews, and a motion to recommend candidates by code number rather than by name.
FHS Project Graduation needs funds
Final fundraising efforts are under way for the Frankfort High School Project Graduation party on June 8.
Project Graduation provides FHS graduating seniors and their junior classmates an all-night, substance-free party, at no cost to the participants. Among the activities will be supervised games, basketball, swimming, inflatable structures, cornhole, shirt tie-dyeing, music, movies and food.
To contribute to this year’s Project Graduation, send a check to FHS PTA at P.O. Box 4724, Frankfort, KY 40604, and make the check payable to FHS Project Graduation. For more information or to make a non-monetary donation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-312-9506.
Franklin Co. joins recycling championship
Franklin County has been chosen to represent Kentucky in the 2012 National Recycling & Sustainability Championship, announced the county’s Solid Waste Director Greg Butler last week.
Butler said that as a candidate, Franklin County will receive a complimentary two-year membership to Recyclebank, a recycling awards program. A city or county was chosen from each state.
Under the program, residents would earn points for recycling and then would be able to redeem those points for a variety of prizes. Possible prizes include gift cards for iTunes and Panera Bread and discounts for products from Bed Bath & Beyond and Neutrogena.
The program begins July 1 and the contest goes to the end of the year. Prizes will be awarded to the top-performing communities, including a $100,000 grant for a green community project.
Even if Franklin County doesn’t win, residents will still receive the complimentary Recyclebank program for two years.
Butler said from now until July, county officials will be working with Recyclebank to get more information on the program to residents through mailings, emails and other methods of communication.
The contest is sponsored by SC Johnson. For more information, go to recyclebank.com.
Greenhill Church ‘Men’s Day’ today
Greenhill Missionary Baptist Church will hold “Men’s Day” today. The Mighty Men of Greenhill Choir will sing and Pastor Gene Norris will preach the 11 a.m. worship service. Pastor Eugene Turner, First Baptist and Athens, will preach the 3 p.m. service. Dinner will be between the services. The public is invited.
‘An Evening of Art’ Thursday at TFCA
The Frankfort Christian Academy Arts Department is sponsoring “An Evening of Art” at TFCA on Thursday May 3 beginning at 5 p.m. The event will feature the artwork of TFCA students from kindergarten through ninth grade.
A variety of art mediums will be presented including watercolor, charcoal drawings and pottery. The TFCA drama class will present the musical “Annie” beginning at 6 and the students will host a reception at 7.
Living with Grief Conference May 3
Here’s news from Hospice of the Bluegrass, 653 Teton Trail. For more information, call 223-1744, (800) 926-1302,
Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Hospice Foundation of America will present a short teleconference and panel discussion May 3 8 a.m.-noon to discuss the ethical issues and dilemmas that emerge at the end of life. The conference will be held in the Community Building of Hospice of the Bluegrass.
This is the 19th Annual Living with Grief Conference produced by the Hospice Foundation of America. Participants will watch the Foundation’s DVD presentation, and then join in a discussion with a panel of experts who will explore the ways that ethical dilemmas at end of life can create moral distress and influence the grief reactions of families and care staff.
Three hours of continuing education are available for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy and funeral directors directly from Hospice Foundation of America. Cost is $35 per certificate. Instructions and paperwork for applying will be available the day of the program. A light breakfast will be provided.
To register, contact the Hospice office.
Cow Pasture Bingo tickets on sale now
The annual Cow Pasture Bingo Fund Raiser to benefit Project Graduation 2012 for Franklin County High School and Western Hills High School is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Lakeview Park. Bingo tickets may be purchased from any FCHS or WHHS senior or by calling Ellen Hunsaker (FCHS), 682-9597 or Linda Thomas (WHHS), 320-3362. The top prize is $1,000.
In the game, a cow is enclosed in an area that has been divided into an area with numbered squares in a grid. If the cow drops a “patty” in your square, you win.
Joint worship service tonight
Tonight at 6 p.m. is the Fifth Sunday Joint Worship Gospel Sing at Providence Baptist Church on Georgetown Road.
Providence, along with Calvary Baptist Church and North Fork Baptist Church, will be participating.
Providence will provide music for the worship, and refreshments will be served immediately following the service. The public is invited to attend.