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Community datebook

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By The Staff

Support groups

April 7 -- Bridges Center at Rural Communities Hospice, (for adults grieving the death of a loved one) will meet 6-7:30 p.m. To pre-register for classes or for more information about support groups, call (502) 456-5451 or 1-888-345-8197.

Public can attend

April 1 -- Fiscal court meets at 7 p.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St.

April 1 -- Simpsonville City Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Simpsonville Community Center.

April 3 -- Shelbyville City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 315 Washington St.

April 5 -- The Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a short walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Family Activity Center. Participants will receive a free pass to the Family Activity Center.

Community meetings

April 1 -- Shelbyville Rotary Club meets at noon at Centenary United Methodist Church.

April 1 -- NAACP meets at 7 p.m. at the Community Development Center at 7th and Main streets.

April 1 - Shelby County Optimist Club meets at 6:30 p.m. at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

April 3 -- Shelbyville Kiwanis Club meets at noon at the Stratton Center.

April 3 -- Bagdad Ruritan Club meets at 7 p.m.

April 3 - Veteran's claims and benefits information for Shelby and Henry counties are available 1-3 p.m. across from the County Attorney's Office, in the Shelby County courthouse on Main Street in Shelbyville. Contact Richard Helton, 1-866-245-8626, or richard.helton@ky.gov.

April 3 - Simpsonville Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Simpsonville Community Center.

April 5 -- Shelby Area Chapter of Lincoln Institute Alumni meets at 9 a.m. at St. John United Methodist Church.

April 7 -- Shelby County Car Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Firehouse.

Farmer's market

Shelby County Farmer's Market membership is open to producers from Shelby County and adjacent counties to sell produce and products made in these counties. Deadline for membership is June 15. For information, call Suzi Rice, 633-7868.

Library sale

The Shelby County Public Library will have a yard sale 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 5. All proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.

Humane Society volunteer training

The Shelby County Humane Society is having free volunteer training class 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Shelby County Extension Office. Items for the shelter are requested. To attend, email Nancy Guilliom, volunteer coordinator, at nguilliom@hotmail.com or call 829-9244.

Political meeting

The Shelby Co. Republican Party will meet 7 p.m. every 4th Thursday each month at Crescent Place Assisted Living, 148 Allen Dr., Shelbyville. The next meeting will be on Thursday, Apr. 24. Open to all registered Republicans. For more info, please contact Chairman Steve Miller at 829-5421.

Volunteer with horses

The Luci Center, a therapeutic horseback-riding center, needs volunteers to help assist with horses and student classes. A general volunteer training will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 5. For more information, call 502-220-4308.

Multi-Purpose service

The Multi-Purpose Community Action agency provides home-delivered meals to senior citizens free of charge. An intake form may be completed over the phone. For information, contact Wanda, 633-2218.

Tumble Time

The Family Activity Center of Clear Creek Park is offering Tumble Time for children. Cathy Wilhoit, certified fitness instructor, will lead the classes. There are classes for 2-3 year olds, 4-5 year olds, and 6-8 year olds. Call the FAC office for more information, 633-5059.

Family Activity Center

Open play Pickle Ball is 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Shelby County Family Activity Center. The cost is the daily admission. Line dancing is Friday nights. There is an additional charge. Call the FAC, 633-5059 for information.

Free classes

GED/Adult Education classes are taught at Jefferson Community College, the Marnel C. Moorman Family Life Center and Simpsonville City Hall. Call 633-5524, ext. 33669 for dates and times.

Computer classes

Free beginning computer classes are taught at Jefferson Community College. For information, call 633-5524, ext. 33669.

Free ESL classes at St. James

Free English as a Second Language classes are taught for Shelby County Adult Education at St. James Episcopal Church. For information, call 633-5524, ext. 33669.

Speech contest

The Optimist Club of Shelby County is having a speech contest, "Why Me? Why Not?" as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for 2008. The contest is 6:30 p.m. April 22, at the Stratton Center. Students under the age of 16 as of Dec. 31, 2007, are eligible to compete. For information, contact Victor Brady, 829-0510 or 232-0371.

Mount Eden Saddle Club

The Mount Eden Horse Show is April 12. There are many timed events, classes and age events. For information, call 338-3875.

Crusade for Children auction

The Bagdad Fire Protection District will have an auction 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Bagdad Firehouse. To donate items, call 220-0964 or 220-3934. Concessions available.

Mounted police event

The Louisville Metro Police Mounted Unit (LMMPU) and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Equine Program will have a demonstration at noon Saturday, April 5, at the covered arena at Equestrian Lakes Subdivision.

The public may meet officers and students and learn about the MMMPU. Equestrian Lakes is on Ky. 148 in Finchville, two miles west of Ky. 55. For information, email tristarllc@peoplepc.com.

Prayer Connection

The non-denominational Prayer Connection meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Crescent Place in Shelbyville.

NAACP tour

The Shelbyville/Shelby County branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a New York City Visual and Fellowship Tour, June 23-27. There is a bi-monthly payment plan. For a price list and itinerary, call Albert or Debra Jordan, 633-1789. The tour is organized by Kentucky Tours & Travel Inc., Danville.

Orchestra members needed

The Shelby Community Orchestra invites new members to join. All brass, saxophone and percussion players are especially needed. Rehearsals are 7-8:30 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays, at the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Details are available from Mary McGillen, (502)655-0140.

Master Gardeners fair

The Shelby County Master Gardener Association will have the 8th annual Shelbyville County Garden and Art Fair 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Hundreds of perennial plants from members' gardens will be offered for sale. Kentucky horticultural organizations will be on site. Music and food accompany the event. For more information, call 633-3248.

Student contest

The Optimist Club of Shelby County is sponsoring an oratorical contest for students under the age of 16 as of Dec. 31, 2007. The contest, "Why me? Why not?" is 6:30 p.m. April 22, at the Stratton Center. Winners will receive awards and possibly an opportunity to win college scholarships. For information and applications, call 829-0510 or 232-0371.

Pond maintenance meeting

Kerry Prather, of the Department of Fish and Wildlife will speak on farm pond vegetation control and pond stocking 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Metzger's Country Store in Simpsonville.

Scholarships offered

The Shelby County High School guidance office has scholarship applications for the scholarships offered by the Shelbyville Board of Realtors. For information, call 633-5555, and leave a message.

Cell phones collected

Cell Phones for Soldiers and the Shelby County Public Library are collecting used cell phones to help keep troops connected with their families. Phones may be donated at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St.

ALC Pregnancy Resource Center

The center offers free pregnancy testing, confidential peer counseling, and information on all choices in an unplanned pregnancy, baby and maternity clothing and equipment, parenting and cooking classes and referrals to local resources. All our services are free and open to anyone. Center hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 647-0300.

Volunteer opportunity

To volunteer at animal adoption centers, Humane Society or Shelby County Animal Shelter, call 633-4033. New Humane Society hours of operation are Monday, 1-5 p.m.; Tuesday, clinic day (low-cost spay/neuter) by appointment; Wednesday, 1-5 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m.; Friday, 1-5 p.m.; and by appointment. The Humane Society is at 40 N. Seventh Street, 633-4033.

Caryatid Book Club

The book club meets 12:30 p.m. March 27, at the home of Emily Swigert. Ann Smiser will have the program.

Spay/neuter assistance

LifeBridge for Animals will provide spay and neuters for all pets adopted from the Shelby County Animal Shelter when the voucher received at the adoption is redeemed through a participating LifeBridge veterinarian. Call 633-4959 for information.

Bagdad Ruritan Club

A farm equipment consignment auction fundraiser will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Bagdad Ruritan Club. For information call 633-1429 or 747-5498.

Tax help

The AARP Foundation is presenting help with income tax returns through April 10, at Highland Baptist Church, 511 Mount Eden Rd. For information, call 633-3665.

Reunions

The Jeffersontown High School, Class of 1978, 30-Year reunion is in October. Visit JHS78@wildblue.net to register.

Class of 1958 - The Shelbyville High School Class of 1958 is planning its 50th reunion for next year. Online information is available at groups.yahoo.com/group/SHS_classof58.

Class of 1978 - The Shelby County High School class of 1978 will have a 30-year reunion Saturday, July 19, at Gallrein's Farm. For more information, call Tom at 633-7023.

Class of 1993 - For information or details about the Shelby County High School class of 1993 reunion, call Maggie (Schmidt) Endris at (502) 216-8822 or email maggieeschmidt@hotmail.com.

Class of 1998 - Shelby County High School, Class of 1998 should send contact information, so invitations can be sent. To send contact information or for futher details, please call or email Carmesha at 599-6128 or carmeshathomas@yahoo.com.