News Briefs: Aug. 28, 2009

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By The Staff

Obama-advisor McKenzie speaks Saturday

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the closing address at 11 a.m. Saturday for the West Kentucky Annual Conference of the 13th Episcopal District, which has been under way this week at Bethel A.M.E. Church on Henry Clay Street. McKenzie, who sits on President Obama's advisory council for faith-based programs and serves on subcommittee of the council devoted to fatherhood, will speak at Clay Street Baptist Church.


Beginning Spanish Classes

Have you been thinking about learning Spanish?  A second language can be very helpful in the workplace, in volunteer opportunities, or just to improve your memory.  Beginning Spanish Classes will start on Sept. 10.  The classes are scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. and will meet every Thursday for 10 weeks at the Shelby County Extension Office.  The registration cost is $50.  Students will also need to pay $10 for one book.  Please call the extension office at 633-4593 to register for the Beginning Spanish Classes.


Sewing classes at Extension office

Join us for special beginning sewing classes 3-8 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Shelby County Extension Office.  The classes include pillows, pillowcase, tote bag, pattern selection, and sewing machine know-how.  Master Clothing Volunteers will teach these classes.  Call the extension office at 633-4593 to register and receive supply lists for classes that interest you.  Sewing machines are available or you may bring your own with the instruction booklets.


Site-Based Decision-Making meetings

§       Clear Creek Elementary School will hold its meeting today at 7 a.m. in the school’s library. The session will be closed to deal with personnel issues.

§       Simpsonville Elementary School will hold its meeting at 2:45 p.m. today in the school library. It, too, will be closed to deal with personnel issues.


Labor Day parade entries

Want to be part of the NAACP Labor Day Parade? It will be held Sept. 7 at 11 a.m., with pageants for ages infant to 18 at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6. For information about how to enter the pageants or the parade, call Edwina Stoner, 347-0644 or Debra and Albert Jordan, 633-1789.


Free prostate screening at Fair

Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered in the South Wing, Health Horizons during the Kentucky State Fair 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily.  Men ages 40 and over are urged to be screened annually for prostate cancer.  The screening includes a simple blood test and a physical exam.  Metropolitan Urology will perform the physical test and University of Louisville Healthcare Phlebotomists will draw the blood. 


Lifebridge fund-raiser is Sept. 5

Lifebridge for Animals will hold a fundraiser Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The event will include a Bluegrass Mutt Show, the Rover Run (motorcycle ride and show), a cornhole tournament and many other activities for adults and kids. There will also be humane education materials available.

The event’s special guest will be PJ Cooksey, Shelby resident and the second winningest female jockey in history.

Admission is free, but there is a fee to register for event participation. Registration forms are online at www.peteducationky.org.

Trophies will be awarded for winning motorcycles, and Bluegrass Mutt Show winners will receive show rosettes for first place and ribbons for second and third place in each category.

Proceeds will go to the Lifebridge education program and continue work on spay/neuter initiatives. 

Unclaimed property information

Treasurer Todd Hollenbach, citing a need for Kentucky State Treasury to return unclaimed property to Kentucky residents has announced a statewide program known as Treasure Finders. For further information about this program and when Treasure Finders will be coming to your community contact Tom Scally, Kentucky State Treasurers Office, at (502) 564-4722.

  Identity breach

A Northern Kentucky University employee's laptop computer, which contained personal information of at least 200 current and former students, was stolen from a restricted area last month. The computer was reportedly taken July 22, and contains Social Security numbers of the current and former NKU students, according to school officials.

For consumers who may be affected by this breach of sensitive personal information, taking the proper steps to ensure any lost information does not lead to identity theft is crucial. For information on identity theft procedures, contact Christina D. Galloway, (480) 457-4671


Grant applications sought

The Shelby County Community Foundation is currently inviting non-profit (501c3) organizations in Shelby County to submit applications for a major grant totaling at least $35,000. The funds to be distributed represent the annual earnings of the Partnership Grants Fund, which is one of the many funds under the umbella of the foundation.  Recent recipients of the fund include Court Appointed Special Advocates for Shelby and Spencer Counties  (CASA), and the Substance Abuse Treatment  program in Shelby County. 

The deadline for submitting an application is Sept. 15.  The winning organization(s) will be announced at the annual distribution meeting scheduled for Nov. 9.


Local blood donation opportunities

The American Red Cross has announced local blood donor opportunities. All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required. For information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit givebloodgivelife.org. Shelby County donation opportunities are Jewish Hospital, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, and Simpsonville Christian Church, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Monday.