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Datebook: March 5, 2014

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This week
Kentucky Civil Rights commemorative march
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, along with the other members of the Allied Organizations for Civil Rights, will march in the 50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort from 10 a.m. to approximately noon today. Demonstrators will gather at the corner of Second Street and Capital Avenue at 9:30 a.m. to line up in order to proceed to the state capitol, 700 Capitol Ave. in Frankfort. For more information or to participate, contact Mary Ann Taylor of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights at 1-800-292-5566, or E-mail AOCR@ky.gov.
Nurse aide sessions
American Red Cross information sessions related to nurse’s aide training is 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Kentucky Farm Bureau in the Red Cross office, 1201 Mount Eden Road. For more information, contact Sarah Ivers at 502-561-3707 or  Sarah.Ivers@redcross.org.
Animal tales at Simpsonville Baptist
Created Creatures Animal Tales, a free community event, will be at 6:15 p.m. today at Simpsonville Baptist Church. This event is for the whole family and incorporates live animals from around the world. Visit www.simpsonvillebaptist.com.
Bagdad Ruritan
Bagdad Ruritan Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.
NAACP
The Shelby County Chapter of the NAACP meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stratton Center.
Lions Club
Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Simpsonville Community Center.  
Clear Creek Writers Club
The Clear Creek Writers Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Shelby County Community Theatre. Persons interested in sharing some works, listening to the work of others or honing skills are invited to attend.
Conservation trust board meeting
The Clear Creek Conservation Trust will hold its next board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Birch House at Clear Creek Park.
How-to-travel seminar
A seminar about travel will seek to answer your questions and offer tips on future travels. The program will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road.  Several frequent travelers will be sharing lessons learned from their travels. To register for this free class, call 633-4593.
Retired teachers meeting
Shelby County Retired Teachers Association meets at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Stratton Center in Shelbyville. There is no cost for this meeting, and refreshments will be served. Following the business meeting, guest from Take Time 2 Travel, Mentor Shelby Kids and the Shelby County Extension Office (plants and landscaping) will speak. All members and prospective members are welcome. Membership dues to SCRTA as well as KRTA may be paid at the meeting. For more information, call 487-0833.
Painted Stone Settlers meeting
The Painted Stone Settlers will have their monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. Thursday in the Hudson Room of the Shelby County Public Library. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 502-500-4475, 502-228-3746 or 502-738-9435, or visit www.paintedstonesettlers.org.
Annunciation fish fry
Church of the Annunciation, on Main Street in Shelbyville, will begin Lenten fish fries from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays fthrough April 11. Dine in or carry out. Proceeds will benefit the Toinson fund and the building fund. For more information, call 633-1547.
Gold Wing Riders meeting
Shelbyville Saddlebred Wings, Chapter KY-H The local Chapter of Gold Wing Road Riders Association, meets Friday at the Stratton Center. Social time is 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. The group welcomes all makes of bikes. For more information, visit www.saddlebredwings.org.  
Lincoln Day Dinner
The Shelby County Republican Party will have its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. Registration is at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 6:30. More information will be forthcoming.
Relay for Life pageant
The third Annual Relay for Life Pageant will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Shelby Christian Church, 2375 Frankfort Road. Categories will be Cutie Pies Miss and Mister, Tiny Miss and Mister, Little Miss and Mister, Pre-Teen, Teen, Miss Relay, Ms. Relay and Survivor pageants are open to all counties. The event is sponsored by the Shelby Fit for Life Relay team. The registration fee is $25 until March 7 or $30 on the day of the event, and the survivor pageant is free. All registration fees support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Admission to the event is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for 5 years old and younger. The event will include a Relay marketplace with crafts, food and more. For more information contact shelbycorelaypageant@gmail.com or 502-594-7140.
Yew Dell gardening series
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood is hosting vegetable gardening 101, a 3-part series of seminars. The final series will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday in the potting shed. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, call 502-241-4788 or visit www.yewdellgardens.org.
Solomon Lodge breakfast
The Solomon Lodge No. 5 will host a country breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday of the month through May. The menu will include eggs, biscuits and real sausage gravy, pancakes, sausage patties and a variety of drinks. The cost is $5 for all you care to eat. The lodge is located just east of Masonic Home Shelbyville on U.S. 60.
Stubblefield Repeater Club meeting
The Stubblefield Repeater Club, Shelby County’s amateur radio club, meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Shelby County Emergency Management Building, 98 7th St. in Shelbyville. For more information, call 502-220-7872 or 502-529-6054.
Solomon’s Lodge
The Solomon’s Lodge No. 5 meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, visit www.solomons-fam.com.
Poet laureate at library
Frank X. Walker of Lexington, poet, author and teacher, will be at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Walker was named Kentucky’s 2013-14 poet laureate, the first black writer to receive this honor. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.
Backyard poultry classes
Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a series of four classes on the basics of backyard poultry production. The classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 and 25, at 1117 Frankfort Road. Classes will cover selecting appropriate breeds, housing, feeding, disease prevention, marketing and more. Classes will be taught by Tony Pescatore and Jacqui Jacob, extension poultry specialists from the University of Kentucky, and Walt Reichert, Shelby County Extension horticulture technician. Classes are free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling 633-4593.

Next week
An evening with Bobbie Smith Bryant
Spend an evening with author Bobbie Smith Bryant will be from 6 to 7 p.m. March 13 in the Hudson Room at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. in Shelbyville. Bryant is a rising Kentucky author and film-making associate who has authored several books, including Passions of Black Patch: Cooking & Quilting in Western Ky., Farming in Black Patch and Forty Acres and A Red Belly Ford. Registration is requested for seating. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.
Kiwanis Club
The Kiwanis Club of Shelbyville meets at noon Thursday at Stratton Community Center in Shelbyville. Lunch is provided and guests are welcome. Call 633-3750 to make a luncheon reservation.
Waddy Ruritan
Waddy Ruritan Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Finchville Ruritan
Finchville Ruritan club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Diabetes meetings
The KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition’s Shelby County group meets 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the Shelby County Extension Office. For more information, contact Teresa McGeeney at 502-266-5571, E-mail teresa.mcgeeney@ky.gov or visit www.krdcoalition.com.
‘School House Rock Live Jr.’ at Clear Creek
The Clear Creek Elementary School drama program will present School House Rock Live Jr. at 7 p.m. March 14-15 in the school auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door.
Touched Twice clinic
The fifth annual Shelby Touched Twice Clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at First Baptist Church Shelbyville, 1516 Midland Trail. This is a free medical clinic.  Guests will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers are needed to staff the Clinic. Visit shelbytouchedtwice.com for more information and to register as a volunteer.
Genealogy workshop
Cheri Daniels, senior librarian/reference specialist for the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, will be the featured speaker in the Making History Personal genealogy workshop series from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 15 at the Rob Morris Educational Chapel on the Oldham County History Center campus at 106 North Second Avenue in La Grange. The event is sponsored by the Oldham County History Center. There is a $5 charge for this program. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact 502-222-0826 or visit info.oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org or www.oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
Quilters Day Out
Quilter’s Day Out, “A Gathering of the Guilds,” will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15 at the Fern Valley Hotel and Conference Center, 2715 Fern Valley Road in Louisville. Admission will be $6 and a food bank donation. For more information, visit www.quiltersdayout.com.
Beatles concert
Shelby County Community Children’s Choir, directed by James Ray Morgan, will perform selected songs created by the Beatles in a concert at 7 p.m. March 16 at First Christian Church, 100 Eminence Pike in Shelbyville. Admission is free.
Friends of NRA meeting
An informational meeting of the Friends of NRA will be at 6:30 a.m. March 17 at the Shelby County Extension Office. This meeting is to help raise money for KY Shooting Sports and help others get involved. For more information, contact Tony Wheatley at 502-377-9795 or E-mail tlwheatley@gmail.com.

Upcoming
Wingate Lodge
Wingate Lodge 161 F & AM meets 7:30 p.m. March 17 at the lodge in Simpsonville.
Grief recovery support
Grief recovery and suicide loss recovery groups will meet at 7:15 p.m. March 17 at Pleasureville Baptist Church. Groups are free to the community and led by a licensed therapist. It is not required to share during group – come and listen. For more information, contact Roni Beth Mulcahy at 502-518-0095 or E-mail pbc.counseling@yahoo.com.
Jennie C. Benedict Circle
Jennie C. Benedict Circle of The International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons meets at noon March 18. For more information call Jean M. Donovan, past president, at 633-3011.
Kingsway Circle
The Kingsway Circle meets at 7 p.m. March 18 in the King’s Daughters and Sons conference room at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. Contact Barbara Scott, president, at 502-633-2843.
Alzheimer’s caregivers support group
Alzheimer’s caregivers support group meets at 10:30 a.m. March 19 at First Christian Church, 1000 Eminence Pike in Shelbyville. For more information, call the church at 633-3345.
Learning Disabilities
Parents of Children with Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties meets at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Lane, No. 118, Louisville. For additional information call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.
Cropper Ruritan
Cropper Ruritan Club meets at 7 p.m. March 20.
Guardian Angels Junior Circle
The Guardian Angels Junior Circle meets March 20 at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville KDS Conference Room at 7 p.m. Contact Cecilia A. Piccini, junior leader, 502-647-3853 or ceciliaapiccini@msn.com. Members are ages birth to 17.
Kentuckians for Commonwealth meeting
Shelby Kentuckians for Commonwealth meets 6 p.m. March 20 at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. The topic will be xx. For more information, E-mail carissa@kftc.org.
Author talks about book on sweets
Author and Kentucky native Sarah C. Baird has penned a new book about mouth-watering confections, titled Kentucky Sweets: Bourbon Balls, Spoonbread & Mile High Pie. She will speak about her book at 6:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Rob Morris Educational Building on the grounds of the Oldham County History Center campus. Copies of Baird’s book will also be available for purchase and author signing. The cost is $15 for Oldham County Historical Society members and $18 for non-members. Reservations are required by calling 502-222-0826. For more information, visit www.OldhamCountyHistoricalSociety.org or info@OldhamCountyHistoricalSociety.org.
Green Thumb Gardening series
The Shelby County Extension office will offer a series of Green Thumb Gardening once a month at 1117 Frankfort Road. Topics include lawn mower care and maintenance, March 20; herbs, April 17; growing cucumbers, cantaloupes, squash, etc., May 15; botanical garden shrub and tree tour, June 19; saving heirloom seeds, July 24; establishing an emerald green lawn, Aug. 21; propagating plants through cuttings, Sept. 18; and putting the garden to bed/spring bulbs, Oct. 16. The cost for the series of classes is $15. Classes will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., except for the fruit tree pruning class, which will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For one class, the cost is $5. Reserve a space by calling 633-4593.
Simpsonville Baptist fish fry
A fish fry to support missions will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 21 at Simpsonville Baptist Church. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Take out and a la carte items are available. The menu includes a hearty portion of Alaskan pollock, French fries, baked beans, cole slaw, dessert and drink.
Eastern Star
Shelby Chapter 170 Order of the Eastern Star meets at Solomon Lodge at 7:30 p.m. March 21.
Jennie C. Benedict Memorial luncheon
The seventh annual Jennie C. Benedict Memorial luncheon and service will be March 22 at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville. Cecilia Piccini will be the guest speaker. She is president of the Shelby County Union, sponsor of the Guardian Angels Junior Circle, a member of the Kingsway, Reunion and Jennie C. Benedict circles of the International Order of the Kings Daughters and Sons. The cost is $25 per person, and all reservations must be made by next Wednesday. For more information or to make your reservation, contact Tina Hurt at hurttina@hotmail.com or 633-3308.
Make a Blanket Day
Project Linus Make A Blanket Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 at the Shelby Extension office. Bring whatever materials needed to make a blanket. You can also donate fabric, fleece, yarn, thread, scissors or money. All blankets will be donated to Shelby County’s Project Linus chapter. For more information, contact Becky Jew at 727-4116.
SCHS cheerleader tryouts
Shelby County High School cheerleading team will have spring tryouts for freshmen through seniors. Parents of athletes trying out will need to attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 25 in the SCHS cafeteria. All participants will be required to bring a medical release and physical, no exceptions. Tryouts and a clinic will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 29 through May 1, May 5, 6 and 8 in the small gym. For more information, contact Coach Lacey Samples at 502-487-1940 or lacey-kay@hotmail.com. Visit www.leaguelineup.com/schscheer.
JHS Women’s Health Fair
Jewish Hospital Shelbyville will sponsor its ninth annual Women’s Health Fair from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Events include dinner with education about the prevention of chronic illness by Dr. Deborah Ballard, Internist with KentuckyOne Health, health screenings, community awards, a silent auction and giveaways. The cost is $20 per person or $160 per table of eight. Deadline for reservations is March 21, and tickets are available by calling 502-647-4369 or at www.kentuckyonehealth.org/womenswellnessaffair. Deadline for reservations is March 21.
Silver Ring Thing
A Silver Ring Thing event for teens and young adults will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 26, hosted by ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, at Shelby Christian Church. For information and tickets, visit www.silverringthing.com.
Hosparus training
Hosparus needs volunteers in Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties to provide patient support, administrative duties, event support, hair care and massage therapy. The non-profit hospice organization will offer a free training from at its main Louisville campus, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr. Administration and event support training will be 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 27 and 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 24. Patient support (those interested must attend all three trainings to become volunteers) will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 11, 18 and 25. A light dinner will be provided. To register, contact Kathy Ising at 502-719-8935 or kising@hosparus.org. Hosparus volunteers must be in good health, have available transportation and complete a training and application process. To learn more about Hosparus services, visit www.hosparus.org.
‘Hats off to women’ event
The Shelbyville area NAACP branch will host a scholarship fundraiser in honor of Women’s History month. “Hats Off To Women” will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at Stratton Community Center. Lunch will be served, and several Shelbyville women will be honored. Special guest will be Elise L. Walker, author of Can’t They See What They Do? Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling 633-4779. All proceeds will go to the Shelbyville-area NAACP Branch Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Elaine Farris, chair, or planning committee members Kim Critchlow, Marcia Duncan, Janice Harris or Brenda Jackson.
Democratic dinner
The Shelby County Democratic Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner will be April 10 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. State Auditor Adam Edelen will be the keynote speaker. For more information or tickets, contact Fielding Ballard, Shelby County Democratic chair, at 633-1474.
Gun raffle
The Shelbyville Firefighters will raffle a gun to raise funds for the medical expenses for the Elam family. Donna Elam, a 36-year-old mother of two, recently was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia – Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The drawing will be April 15 or when 1,500 tickets are sold. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Contact the Shelbyville firefighters for tickets. For more information, contact Brandon Woods or Dwayne Davis at 633-7101.
One book – one community
A community-wide read of Ahab’s Wife, written by Sena Jeter Naslund, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. April 17 at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. A kickoff for the book give-a-way will be March 17. One book per person, no reserves. Registration is requested for seating purposes and notification of any program changes. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.
Highway 55 yard sale
Finchville Ruritan Club’s annual Highway 55 yard sale will be April 24-27 at the Finchville Community Center. For any information on the event, call Anne or Keith at 502-437-0353.
Bagdad School reunion
The annual reunion dinner for all former students who have attended Bagdad School, including those who have or have not graduated, will be at 6 p.m. April 26 at Stratton Center in Shelbyville. For details, call 633-6058.
SHARE meeting
SHARE (Serve, Help, Assist, React, Educate) will hold its next community meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at Simpsonville Christian Church. SHARE is a new ministry in Shelby County, which was founded to connect the work of churches and local missions within their neighborhoods. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting to learn more. For further information, contact Darlene Noble at 502-468-9063 or 502-653-7713 or visit http://www.shelbycountymissions.com/.
Mercy-Omega Gala
The second annual Mercy-Omega Gala in support of the Omega Women’s Center and the Mercy Medical Clinic will begin at 6 p.m. May 22 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. The gala will feature live and silent auctions, a program and dinner accompanied by the music of Thomas Hood. For more information, tickets or to help with auction items, contact Gennie Gerow at 502-321-8332.
Kentucky Tour de Cure
The Kentucky Tour de Cure will be June 7 at Norton Commons. Join the American Diabetes Association for a 20-, 40- and 60-mile cycling event to raise awareness about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as funds for a much-needed cure and educational outreach. Families and children can ride 1-mile and 5-mile routes. The event includes a free lunch and entertainment. Registration now open at www.diabetes.org/kytourdecure, by calling 502-452-6072 ext. 3318 or by sending an E-mail to dmuller@diabetes.org.

Recurring
Moorman basketball league
Marnel C. Moorman Family Life Center, 1940 Midland Trail, basketball league still has registrations available for ages 6-8 and 9-12 years, and the cost is $35. No cover charge. Free admissions. For more information, call Aaron Holder at 502-487-0117 or Lisa Richard at 502-321-2187.
Beginner crochet class
Hope Kremer of The Yarn Wagon will host a beginner crochet seminar from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 5, at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. in Shelbyville. The program is for adults 18 years and older. Registration is required, with a limit of 12. Students will need a I, J or K hook and a solid, light-color skein of yarn. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.
Adult winter read
Adult winter reading will be through March 15 at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. in Shelbyville. The event is for 18 years old and older, and registration is required. A participant must have a library card in good standing with no fine balance. If a participant does not have a card, signing up will earn him or her a ticket to be placed n the weekly prize drawing. Registration begins Monday at the library or by sending an E-mail to marketing@scplibrary.net. For more information, call 633-3803, ext. 11.
Free smoking cessation class
Jewish Hospital Shelbyville will begin its next free Smoking Cessation Program 5-6 p.m. through April 2. Participants in the 12-week class will discuss a variety of science-based, proven methods to smoking cessation, which include education, skills training and social support. Relapse prevention and support is also free after the class has concluded. While there is no charge for the classes, participants are responsible for the purchase of any nicotine replacement products, which are suggested in the program. For more information or to register for the program, contact Jackie Herrell, RN, at 647-4021.
Beginning basic computer class
A free, 12-week beginning basic computer literacy class is being offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, through April 3, at Jefferson Community and Technical College Shelby Campus in Shelbyville. To register, call Shelby County Adult Education at 502-213-3669.
Free computer keyboarding class
A free, 12-week computer keyboarding class will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Thursdays through April 3 at Jefferson Community and Technical College Shelby Campus in Shelbyville. Participants learn or brush up computer keyboarding, writing or job skills. To register, call Shelby County Adult Education at 502-213-3669.
Free tax help for seniors
Volunteers trained through the AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will be available to assist individuals with their income taxes. This free program, including E-File, is for low-to-moderate income individuals, especially those age 60 and older. These volunteers will be at Highland Baptist Church, 511 Mount Eden Road, on Mondays and Thursdays, extending through April 14. Times are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but appointments are requested. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 502-487-1612.
Free tax prep services
HJW Career & Financial Literacy Institute, Inc. of Shelbyville, in partnership with Metro United Way, will host the volunteer income tax assistance/tax counseling for the elderly programs for the 2014 tax year in Shelby and Oldham counties. This program is to assist families with free income tax preparation that meet the requirements for receiving the earned income tax credit and volunteers are needed. For tax year 2013, this amount is generally $50,000 and less. Also tax preparation is free for the elderly, aged 60 and older. The sites will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and certain Saturdays between Jan. 21 and April 15 at 330 Main St. in Shelbyville. For more information or to volunteer, call 647-3027 or 558-0762. All volunteers will receive free income tax preparation training and certification. Training will continue until the end of January.
Food gardening
Classes on food gardening will be offered at the Shelby County Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. You’ll learn to grow everything from potatoes to strawberries, cantaloupes to cucumbers. Classes will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 23. Classes are free, but space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call 633-4593.
Advanced computer class
A free, 16-week advanced computer class to learn the basics of word processing, spreadsheets and how to organize photos as a slide presentation will continue through April 30 at Jefferson Community & Technical College Shelby Campus. Get introduced to E-mail, search engines, moving from site to site on the Internet and the National Career Readiness Certificate. There will be two separate classes, at 2-4 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 13 and at 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 15. To register or for more information, call 502-213-3669.
Winter swim clinic at FAC
The Winter Swim Clinic will be from 6 to 8 p.m. through May 18 at the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park, hosted by Polo Fields. Families do not need to be members of the Polo Fields club. Everyone is welcome to join in. Only 15 spots are available. For more information or to register, visit www.polofieldspiranhas.com.
Managing diabetes classes
KentuckyOne Health is providing comprehensive classes to help individuals in Shelby and Henry counties manage their diabetes. These sessions include group instruction and one-on-one meetings with a registered dietitian. Instruction is free and open to a limited number of participants. The classes are a series of four that begin at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of each month through May at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. For more information or to participate in this educational research study, call 502-540-3824. Participants must call to be set up with the appropriate paperwork.
Nurse Aide training scholarships
The Red Cross Kentucky Nurse Aide Training program has a limited number of scholarships available for members of the military and their immediate family members. Scholarships will help pay for the NAT course at one of five locations in Kentucky. There are also scholarships available to local NAT students through a grant from Walmart. In addition to classroom instruction and clinical practice, Red Cross NAT students have access to tutors and receive 16 hours of training in life-skills such as resume writing, interviewing and professional conduct to help prepare them for their career. Graduates have the opportunity to attend job fairs with several area employers. Prospective NAT students are required to attend an information session to review all requirements and benefits. To learn more call 502-561-3771 or send an E-mail to barbara.locklear@redcross.org.
MOPS meeting
MOPS: Mothers of Preschoolers meets at 6-7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month through May at Shelbyville First Baptist Church Shelbyville in room 300. Free childcare is provided for the moms attending the meetings. The children are divided into age-appropriate classes. Nursing infants may remain with moms. A family meal is offered in the church fellowship hall from 5 to 5:45 p.m. for $6 per adult and $1 per child. Mothers of Preschoolers is a program designed to nurture mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten.
Monthly diabetes support
The American Diabetes Association invites churches to participate in free diabetes awareness and education program, Live Empowered, sponsored by Norton Healthcare and WellPoint/Anthem BC/BS. These lessons can improve the health of members with diabetes, their families and even the community. All materials and training would be provided by the American Diabetes Association at no cost to you. For more information, contact Kristen McDanald at kmcdanald@diabetes.org or 502-452-6072 ext. 3321.
Library story hours
Story hours at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St., will be at 10 a.m. for 2-to-3-year-olds and 11 a.m. for 4-to-5-year-olds on Tuesdays; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for 2-to-5-year-olds on Wednesdays; 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. for “Baby Time,” birth to 2-year-olds, on Thursdays. For more information or to register for Baby Time, contact 633-3803. Registration is not required for the other ages.
Free educational programs offered
Free educational programs are being offered by Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Shelby County Adult Education at JCTC Shelby Campus and the Shelby County Public Library. Classes include skill review to brush up for career or college entrance exam; National Career Readiness Certificate, to verify value to employers; para-educator testing, for those who wish to work as an aid in the school system; and GED attainment, to secure jobs. For more information or to register, call 502-213-3669. English as a Second Language classes are offered at St. James Church. Call 502-220-9121.
LPN courses at JCTC
LPN courses will be offered at Jefferson Community & Technical College Shelby Campus. For more information, visit www.jefferson.kctcs/nursing or call 502-213-2192.
Drug/alcohol recovery
Celebrate Recovery is a Christian-based Drug and Alcohol Recovery at the First Baptist Church, across from the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It is also for anyone who has a hurt, habit or hang-up. Pizza Café fellowship is 5:30 to 6:10 p.m. Thursdays; large group open share/praise/worship is 6:10 to 6:50 p.m.; a break is 6:50 to 7 p.m.; Small group gender specific open share is 7-8 p.m.; fellowship and snacks is 8-8:30 p.m.; Friday nights is step study night, call for times, John Flannagin 1-253-653-8349 or Ghedra Dunn 633-2665.
Spay/neuter clinics
Operation CatSnip monthly spay/neuter clinics with a financial donation for Shelby County. Dogs will not be accepted. For more information, call or text 502-220-0271, or E-mail ocki@twc.com.
Shelby Christian dance class
Shelby Christian Church is taking registrations for a dance class on Thursday nights. The cost is $80 for girls in the 5-to-7-year-old class or younger or $95 for girls 7-to-11 years (this class is 15 minutes longer). Registration forms can be picked up at the office or E-mailed to the applicant. For more information or registration forms, contact the Activities Minister Kevin Comp at 633-5975 or visit at www.shelbychristian.org
Zumba at the library
Zumba at the Shelby County Public Library will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday, on the first floor in the Hudson Room. Registration is required for adults 18 years and older. The classes are free. Limit 30. For more information, call 633-3803 ext. 11 or E-mail marketing@scplibrary.net.
Yoga for seniors
A free yoga class for seniors, 50 years and older, will be at noon-1 p.m. on Mondays and 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays at the Shelby County Public Library. Registration is required for each class, with a limit of 25. For more information, E-mail marketing@scplibrary.net or visit www.scplibrary.net for more information. This class is free.
Line-dancing class
A free line-dancing class will be at 5:50-6:50 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shelby County Public Library. Registration is required, with a limit of 30 for adults 18 years and older. Wear hard-soled shoes, no tennis or running shoes. For more information, E-mail marketing@scplibrary.net or visit www.scplibrary.net.
‘Piloxing’ classes at FAC
The Family Activities Center at Clear Creek Park is bringing “Piloxing” to Shelbyville. Piloxing blends boxing, standing Pilates and dance-inspired moves into a low-impact workout. Classes will be held at 7 p.m. on Mondays and 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Make sure to bring water and a towel to class. This class is free for FAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 633-5059.
Church Zumba class
The fitness and wellness ministry of New Mount Zion Church is now hosting a weekly Zumba Class 6 p.m. every Tuesday in the Mulberry Building on Main Street. The cost is $3. For more information E-mail pcloar@yahoo.com.
Collins brick program
The Collins High School Athletic Booster Club is selling commemorative bricks in a “Legacy Brick Garden” to raise money for the club and the school’s athletic program. Individuals or organizations may purchase bricks for $100, which is tax deductible, and have them engraved as a lasting gift or appreciation for a teacher or even to advertise a business. For more information, call 647-1160 or E-mail MLCHSboosters@gmail.com.
Bee Tree at outdoor center
The Bee Tree, an observational beehive, is open with an eastern box turtle display at the Miller Outdoor Education Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
ALC classes with Spanish
A Spanish translator is now available at all classes at A Loving Choice Pregnancy Center, 711 Henry Clay Street, from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the girls’ night out program on the first Thursday of each month. If moms attend any of our classes, free babysitting is offered for the first 16 children registered. For details, contact Cynda Lewis at 647-0300 or E-mail cynda@alovingchoiceprc.org.
Certified nurse’s aide training
The Shelby County Campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College will offer an evening certification class for Certified Nurse’s Aids, including 3 hours of college credit. For more information, contact the Shelby County Campus at 502-213-3626 or stop by Room 118 at the campus to pick up an enrollment packet.
T.R.A.I.L. volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed to assist with therapeutic riding lessons at T.R.A.I.L. (Therapeutic Riding Association Inc. of Louisville), which is located at 4090 Webb Road in Simpsonville. If you like horses, and/or enjoy working with special needs children and adults, this is for you. For more information, contact Nathalie Green at 502-876-7844.
Book club kits at the library
If you belong to a book discussion group or are thinking about starting one, you are invited to check out the Shelby County Public Library’s selection of book kits. Each kit contains 12 books and a notebook with information about the author, a synopsis of the book and discussion questions. All of the books have been selected and read by the library’s “Brown Bag” book club. The club meets the second Tuesday of every month, at 1-2 p.m. All you need to check out a kit is to have a library card. For more information, call 633-3803.
Habitat housing applications
Habitat for Humanity of Shelby County is accepting applications for the next home. Candidates must submit applications, and they will be called in for a preliminary interview. Proof required for need, ability to pay and willingness to partner with Habitat. Applications can be obtained through www.habitatshelbyky.org. The applications must be mailed to HFH of Shelby County, P.O. Box 728, Shelbyville, 40066. Habitat is currently looking for active members who are interested in getting involved with Habitat.  Whether you have an interest in swinging a hammer or a more behind the scenes approach of being on a committee contact Deb at 633-5518 or email executivedirector@habitatshelbyky.org.
Parkinson’s support session
A support/exercise group geared to meet the needs of those fighting Parkinson’s Disease meets at 6:30-7 p.m. Mondays at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. For more information, call Dyna Zehnder at 502-377-7562.
Dorman Center bingo
The non-profit Dorman Preschool Center benefits from the 7 p.m. Tuesday and Friday bingo at 1857 Midland Trail.
Scrabble club
A scrabble club will be held at the Family Activity Center. Suggested hours are 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The club is free to the public. For more information or to join call, M. Randell at 610-0010.
Bridge at FAC
Free bridge groups meet at 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at FAC. All levels, beginning or rusty, etc.
Igleheart Exhibit display
The Shelby County Historical Society displays the Igleheart Exhibit at 627 Main St. in Shelbyville. This exhibit includes various arrowheads, as well as a glimpse of early Native American life. The arrowheads have been compiled and researched by the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology. The exhibit museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. This is free and open to the public. The exhibit is scheduled through the summer. For more information, call 502-844-2277.
Amanda Smith Circle
The Amanda Smith Circle contact is Tina Hurt, president, at 502-633-3308 or hurttina@hotmail.com.
Rotary Club
Shelbyville Rotary Club meets at noon every Tuesday at Centenary United Methodist Church. The public is invited.
Pediatric group meeting
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, and times are flexible, according to the needs of the group. Call 633-1007 to sign up.
Outdoor Center open Saturdays
The Miller Outdoor Education Center at Red Orchard Park is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday.  If you or someone you know would like to help out by being at the center during these hours once a month or so, contact us at clearcreektrailblazers@hotmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/clearcreektrailblazers.  Visit http://www.shelbycountyparks.com/Clear-Creek-Trailblazers.html for up to date schedule of events and information.
Weekly bike ride
A beginners’ bicycle ride is 6 p.m. Mondays at Main Street Bikes in Shelbyville. For information, call 220-4136.
Foster care/adoption program
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is forming classes for their foster care and adoption program. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, married or single, financially stable and have an income, in good physical and mental health, meet safety requirements including background checks, and all adults in the home must successfully complete 32 hours of training. CHFS is in specific need of foster/adoptive homes willing to accept teenagers, large sibling groups (three or more), medically fragile kids, kids of a different race/ethnicity and kids currently available for adoption on the Special Needs Adoption Web site. However, all types of applicants are encouraged to apply in order to meet the needs of all children in foster care. Interested applicants should call 502-633-2055 or 1-888-698-2221. For more information visit https://apps.chfs.ky.gov/snap/ or http://chfs.ky.gov/.

Announcements
Bleach month at Animal Shelter
Bleach can be donated to the Shelby County Animal Shelter on Kentucky Street during the month of March. Drop it off at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Ave. The shelter is in great need of bleach to help keep the animals area sanitized. For more information, call Robin Kenyon at 502-727-2703.
Vanpool to Louisville
Federal riders will form a vanpool from Shelbyville to the Louisville Veterans Affairs hospital, located on Zorn Avenue. Federal employee participants will ride free of charge because of federal vanpool funding. Work shifts of consideration are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If interested, send an E-mail to jim.morris1@twc.com or call 502-419-5584.
Car donations
Many boys and girls’ clubs are looking for car donations in any condition. Cars are sold at auction and the funds generated help support their many programs. Call 1-800-246-0493 to donate or for more information.
Crestview needs volunteers
Crestview Care and Rehab is recruiting volunteers who would like to help enrich the lives of residents through art, crafts, games, music, reading or various other activities. Crestview is also available to host small women’s or men’s groups to include interested residents for community or religious involvement. Contact Brittany Mitchell at 502-633-2454.
Classic movie fans
If you love movies from the 1930s through the 1960s and would like to find other classic movie fans in our area, contact Lou Ann at 502-829-0233.
Animal shelter needs volunteers
The Shelby County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to walk, play with and socialize the dogs and cats. The shelter is full, so there are plenty of animals to choose from. If you would like to help, call the shelter at 633-0009.
Food Pantry hours
New hours for the Food Pantry are 10 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The Clothing Closet is open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. 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.
Nurse Aid training
Nurse Aid training classes will be 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. in the Louisville area. Phlebotomy and EKG classes are also offered monthly. Call 502-561-3771 for more information.