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Community Datebook Nov. 4, 2009

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By The Staff

Community datebook   Public meetings

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

Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Waldridge Center.

Historic District Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday 627 Main St.

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.

      This week Teaching event

Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) is having a How to Become a Teacher-Information Fair 3-6 p.m. today at the OVEC office at 100 Alpine Drive in Shelbyville. Directions to OVEC are on the website (www.ovec.org).

  Gallery Gala

Wakefield-Scearce Gallery Christmas Gala begins today. The galleries are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There will be live music, fruitcake and punch.

  Dance festival

Workshops and master classes are offered at the 4th Bluegrass State International Dance Festival through Saturday at the LaGrange Community Center in La Grange. Two performances of the 50th International Choreographers' Showcase by Danceforms will be presented 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Community Center. For information on the festival, see www.danceformsproductions.com/louisvil.html.

  Garden club picnic

The Four Season's Garden Club French Picnic and Auction is 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Shelby County Community Theatre. For reservations and ticket information, call or email Phyllis Koch, (502) 845-7297, or Diann Cook, cook7877@bellsouth.net.

  Lions Club

The Simpsonville Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Simpsonville Community Center. 

  Book Fair

Shelbyville author Anya Bast will be among 200 writers at the free 28th Kentucky Book Fair 9 a.m-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Frankfort Convention Center. Bast, a paranormal romance writer, is the author of "Witch Fury." Other noteworthy Kentucky authors include George Ella Lyon, Tori Murden MClure, Silas House, James E. "Ted" Bassett, David Dick, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ed McClanahan, William Lynwood Montell and Paul Prather. For more information, see www.kybookfair.org.

  Trims and Whims

The annual Christmas Trims and Whims is 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m-4 p.m. Sunday at Wright Elementary. Soups, turkey salad, chips and sandwiches are available in the Tea Room.

  Alumni meeting

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

  Lions Club pancake breakfast

The Shelbyville Lions club Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction is 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. The meal is all you can eat pancakes, sausage and drinks. A free eye screening will be available. No purchase required. Cost for the meal is adults, $5; children, $3; and seniors above 60, $4. The proceeds benefit Lions Club charities.

  Celebration of Lights

The Celebration of Lights is 5-8 p.m. Saturday in Shelbyville. Main Street in downtown Shelbyville will be closed during those hours. The tree lighting is 7 p.m. Main and other downtown streets will be closed after 4 p.m. Singers, food and other vendors, carriage rides and a visit from Father Christmas are featured.

  Shakespeare workshop

The director of the Shelby County Community Theatre's February production of "Romeo and Juliet" will have a "Get Rid of Your Shakes-FEAR!" workshop Saturday at the theater from 1 to 4 p.m. For reservations call 502-643-7453.

  Ruritan Club Bagdad Ruritan Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.   School Open House

The public is invited to Corpus Christi High School and Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy for an open house 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the schools on Hwy. 60 in Simpsonville. Call 722-8090 or E-mail ologa@bellsouth.net for information about the schools serving pre-k-grade 12.

  Lodge meeting

The Solomon's Lodge #5 meets 7:30 p.m. Monday. Visit www.solomons-fam.com.

3rd Monday - Wingate Lodge 161 F & AM meets 7:30 p.m. at the lodge in Simpsonville.

  Winter arrangement opportunity

The Shelby County Master Gardeners invite the public to join them to create winter arrangements to take home 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Project Room of the Extension Office on Frankfort Road. Master Gardeners will provide seed pods, grasses, twigs, bittersweet and dried flowers. Attendees should bring suitable containers and any suitable garden materials for arranging. There will also be a bird feeder wreath demonstration. For reservations or information, call 633-5193.

  MOPS meeting

Shelby Christian MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Shelby Christian Church. They are collecting Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan's Purse. Please bring your box filled, labeled and completed with $7 (cash or check) for shipping. Food and childcare are provided.

  Ham radio

The Stubblefield Ham Radio club will meet 7 pm. Tuesday at the 7th Street Emergence Management Office. Call 633-1595 for information.

  Shelbyville Rotary

Shelbyville Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesday at Centenary United Methodist Church.

  Commission meeting

The Shelbyville Historic District Commission will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the second Tuesday of each month, at 627 Main Street, in the Shelbyville Welcome/Heritage Center.

  Political meeting

Shelby County Democratic Women's Club meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stratton Center.

  Stress discussion

Shelby County Chiropractic will be hosting a FREE 20 minute discussion on Stress and how it affects your health. This will also include a FREE dinner at Claudia Sanders for all who attend. The discussion will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Please contact Dr. David Dahlkamp D.C. at 502-552-0906 to reserve your seat, space is limited.

      Next week   Gardening classes

The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service is holding a Beginning Gardening Series. Sessions are at the Shelby County Extension Office. Sessions are Annuals and Perennials, Nov. 12; Controlling Pests, Dec. 3; and Pond Management and Wildlife Issues, Dec. 10. Anyone may participate in one or all sessions. Sign up by calling 633-4593.

  School board

The Shelby County Board of Education will meet 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Central Office.

  Alternative Gift Market

The First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville invites the community to their annual Alternative Gift Market on 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Presbyterian Church, at 629 Main St. in Shelbyville. This is an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts to honor your friends and relatives by helping those in need. Donations to benefit a charity or mission will be accepted. Descriptive inserts, hand-made gift cards and gift boxes will be provided to inform your recipients of your gifts.

  Swim-A-Thon

The Shelby County High School Beta Club will have a swim-a-thon at the Family Activity Center 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Funds will benefit Kosair Charities. Pledges and donations are accepted.

  Big Brothers Big Sisters

Bistro 535 is hosting a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County Nov. 16. They are donating 10 percent of the day's sales to the organization. Reservations are suggested, 633-4147.

    Upcoming   Book club

The Caryatid Book Club will meet 12:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the home of Ann Solomon. Regrets only.

  Turkey Trot

Leadership Shelby 4th Annual Turkey Trop is 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at 6th and Main streets in Shelbyville. Registration and packet pickup is 7:30-8:15 a.m. The entry fee is $20 before Nov. 15 and $25 after that. The event is sponsored by Crahan Wealth Management. Secondary sponsors are B&N Food Market, Commonwealth Bank & Trust, Max Performance and the Kentucky Perinatal Association. For information or to register, see www.active.com send registration by mail to Leadership Shelby, P.O. Box 24, Shelbyville 40066.

  Holiday luncheon

Christmas Craft/Gift Show and Soup luncheon is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Bagdad Ruritan Club. For information, contact Norma Bailey, 321-4944.

  Community theater auditions

Auditions for Romeo and Juliet are 2-5 p.m. Nov. 29 and 7-10 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Shelby County Community Theatre, 801 Main St. in Shelbyville. The play, by William Shakespeare, will be directed by John S. Benjamin. Performances are Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 19-21.

  Christmas event

Christmas in New Castle is Dec. 4 from 5-8 p.m. There will be Christmas Open House at area businesses, a twilight parade, music, pictures with Santa and more.

  Shelbyville Christmas parade

The annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade will be 10 a.m. Dec. 5 in downtown Shelbyville.

  Recurring   Joey's Memory Tree

Joey's Memory Trees are up through Christmas at Metzger's Country Store in Simpsonville and Weeds and Things in Shelbyville. For $5, donors will receive a Christmas ornament. They may then personalize stars on the tree in memory of a pet. Benefits go to assist the spay/neutering of animals of Shelby County.

  Weekly bike ride

A beginners' bicycle ride is 6 p.m. Mondays beginning at Main Street Bikes in Shelbyville. For information, call 220-4136.

  Horse riding

Red Orchard Park is available for horse riding on Wednesdays, the second and fourth weekends and holidays. Also, the horse ring is available for use on those days. Call 633-5059 for more information.

  Early yoga

A yoga class at the Family Activity Center of Clear Creek Park is 6 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. For more info call 633-7667 for visit www.shelbycountyparks.com.

  Parent group

Associates in Pediatric Therapy has a Support Group for Parents with Autistic children (For all Autism Spectrum Disorders). Meetings will be at the APT Clinic (1900 Midland Trail) times are flexible, according to the needs of the group. Call 633-1007 to sign up.

  Red Cross training

The American Red Cross offers Certified Nurse's Aide training (CNA) classes at our Alpine Drive location. There are monthly day and evening classes. For more information, call the Red Cross office, 502-437-5147.

  Announcements   The Backpack Program

The Backpack Program, sponsored by the community, provides food each Friday to identified children in Shelby County schools. The program is serving more than 230 students across the district. To donate, make checks payable to Shelby County Backpack Project Inc., 1031 Windsor Drive, Shelbyville, 40065. Food items that can be dropped off at any elementary school or Central Office, 1155 West Main Street, are Poptarts, individual cereal boxes, breakfast bars, Vienna Sausages, soup (pop-top), granola bars, snack items like rice crispies and animal crackers, juice boxes, peanut butter. For more information about Adopt-A-BackPacker, contact Jennifer McIntyre, (502) 220-3717 or Christy Meredith, (502) 682-5666.

  Meal program

Community Coordinated Child Care sponsors the USDA Child Care Food Program for Family Day Care Homes. Meals are served at no separate charge to children participating homes. Day Care providers who wish to enroll children in the program must complete a free and reduced price meal application. For more information, contact Becky Lewis, (502) 618-5677.

  Food Pantry hours

New hours for the Food Pantry are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. The Clothing Closet is open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. All items are free. God's Kitchen has a free meal, 11:30 a.m. weekdays at Victory Baptist Church, 715 Main St. in Shelbyville.

  Pregnancy center

ALC Pregnancy Resource Center is a non-profit ministry whose services are free and open to anyone. The Center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-6, and Wednesdays 2-6. They are in the Village Plaza Shopping Center; for information, call 647-0300.

  Weight-loss challenge

A 12-week Weight-Loss Challenge inspired by the popular TV fitness reality show "The Biggest Loser" is being planned. No specific program is required; participants can be on Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Herbalife or a customized plan of their own. The 12-week class is being offered locally. For registration and information, call 502-529-9311.

  ACT Now Ministries

ACT Now is looking for volunteers of all ages to work about 10 hours each week in our ACT Now Against Domestic Violence Program as program facilitators, mentors and counselors. Community service hours are available. For volunteer packet and training, contact 633.4493 or visit www.actnowministries.org.

  Veteran business help

Kentucky Small Business Development Center has introducing a website dedicated to promoting business ownership to current members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. The website is www.kyvetbiz.com. Information is also available at 270-763-6961, or email patricia@kyvetbiz.com.

  Field of Bricks campaign

SCHS Shelby County Athletics is raising money to help pay for facility improvements. Personalized 4x8-inch bricks will be placed at Robert Doyle Stadium. Donor cost is $100, each brick. For information, call 633-2344.

  Military group

Louisville Chapter No. 127 of the Waves National, an organization of women who have served or are now serving in the U.S. Navy is seeking members. Any member of former member of U.S. Army, Coast Guard or U.S. Marines may join as associate members. For information, contact Lillian Taub, 452-1459, or Kathy Ruble, 664-0898.