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Datebook: Dec. 16, 2015

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This week
Lions Club
Shelby County Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at Simpsonsville City Hall in the community room.  
Learning Disabilities
Parents of Children with Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties meets at 7 p.m. Thursday 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. Thursday.
Guardian Angels Junior Circle
The Guardian Angels Junior Circle meets Thursday 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. Thursday at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. For more information, E-mail carissa@kftc.org.
Diabetes meetings
The Shelby County Diabetes Coalition meets 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Shelby County Extension Office. KRDC is a diabetes education, support, and advocacy group. You do not have to be a person with diabetes to join. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mona Huff at 845-6849 or monahuff616@gmail.com or Amanda Stoess at 633-1243 or amandan.stoess@ky.gov.
Eastern Star
Shelby Chapter 170 Order of the Eastern Star meets at Solomon Lodge at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Wingate Lodge
Wingate Lodge 161 F & AM meets 7:30 p.m. Monday at the lodge in Simpsonville.
Grief recovery support
Grief recovery and suicide loss recovery groups will meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday 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.

Upcoming
Bagged leaf pickup
The City of Shelbyville, Department of Public Works will offer leaf pick-up through Jan. 1. Leaves must be bagged in strong garbage bags and tied, with a 40-pound weight capacity. They should be placed on the curb, not blocking the sidewalk or street. Residents must call this department, 633-1094, to get on the list for pick-up.
GED sessions begin in January
New free GED sessions will start January 2016. Free math, reading or writing brush-up classes will also be offered for your job or college entrance exam. Enroll today, space is limited, at JCTC Shelby County Adult Education at Jefferson Community or Shelby County Public Library. To register, call 633-5524, ext. 4. English as a second language classes are ongoing at St. James Church, call 502-220-9121.
Christmas bird count
The annual Shelby County Christmas bird count will be on Jan. 2, 2016. To participate, contact Horace Brown at 633-4754, office or 747-0425, home.
Free computer classes at JCTC
Free computer classes will be offered at JCTC Shelby County Adult Ed, room 125. Call now and sign up for one or more classes. Classes include Publisher from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday or Wednesday, comprehensive computer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday; basic computer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, computer keyboarding from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration must be completed the week of Jan. 4 to 7, 2016 and classes will begin the week of Jan. 11 to 14. Call 633-5524, ext. 4 between 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Master Gardener classes forming
Extension Master Gardener classes for winter/spring 2016 are forming now. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, call 633-4593 no later than Jan. 8 to get your name on the list. Classes will begin Jan. 27 and run through April. An information session will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 13.

Recurring
Teens sponsor blanket drive
The Shelby County Public Library Teen Advisory Board will sponsor a “Christmas Blanket Drive” for preschool children attending the Northside Early Childhood Center. Library patrons and the general public are encouraged to participate in this community project. The blankets needed are the (new) small, fleece ones. Boxes are set up in the main lobby of the library as well as in the Children’s Department.
Story hours at library
Story Hours at the Shelby County Public Library through May will be 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays for preschool ages 2 to 4; 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays for baby and toddler time (newborns to young 2s). For more information, contact 633-3803 or youthservices@scplibrary.net.
Free GED classes
New free GED classes are at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. JCTC Shelby County Adult Education is offering GED and skills upgrade classes from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Visit the library now during class hours to register.
Movies at library for seniors
Movies for seniors 50+ will be the third Friday of the month at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. The movies are free and popcorn and water will be provided. Call the library for movie titles. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or media@scplibrary.net.
Senior services and program
The Multi-Purpose Senior Center, 207 Washington Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Lunch is served at 11:30 each day with various activities scheduled throughout the day for 60 years of age and above to enjoy. To make a reservation, one week in advance, call 502-633-2218.
Lawn Warriors Service LLC
The Shelbyville VFW Post 1179 is creating a Veteran Lawn Care Service to provide income for veterans of all military and naval services of the United States of America. This business will be managed and operated by veteran members of the Shelbyville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1179. This veteran service will be licensed and insured and will provide the best quality of lawn care service. Services provided are mowing, trimming, cleanups, mulching, gutter cleanings, window cleaning, deck staining. For more information, free quotes or service, contact Vietnam Veteran, Jim Morris at 502-419-5584 (text or call), or E-mail jim.morris1@twc.com
Bookmobile schedule
The Bookmobile operates on a two week rotating schedule making numerous community stops around the city and county, so there’s one close to you. The public is welcome at all stops. Our traveling library is filled with materials for children, teens, and adults. On the bookmobile you can: register for a library card; check out books and magazines; access free wifi; and return both library and bookmobile items.  To have the bookmobile services at your home or daycare, call the library at 502-633-3803 and ask to speak with Amanda, our Bookmobile Librarian, to see if you qualify.
Recovery on the Run
Recovery on the Run, a Women’s Christian-based recovery support group, including drugs and alcohol meets weekly from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each Sunday at New Mt. Zion’s Community Development Center or CDC at 701 Main St. Pre-registration is necessary for childcare, contact Teresa Smith at 502-548-1561. Sponsored by Shelby County Christians United Against Drugs.
CASA recruiting volunteers
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the River Region is recruiting and training community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Spencer, Shelby and Henry counties. If you are looking for a rewarding experience in helping a child in crisis, call Carolyn Smither at 502-647-2155 or visit www.CASARiverRegion.org to learn more about becoming a volunteer. No experience necessary.
Events at Clay Street
Clay Street Missionary Baptist Church will have skating from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday. If interested in playing basketball, sign ups are going on now. To sign up or for more information, see Lou Manica or call 407-1784.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We have mentors ready to be matched with youth ages 7-16. Do you want a Big Brother or Big Sister for your Little? Visit BBBSKY.org or call 502-753-3745.
New exhibit at History Center
The Shelby County Historical Society has a new exhibit at the History Center on Main Street. Panels and other memorabilia spotlight Shelbyville High School, which closed 40 years ago when the city system merged with the county schools. Coordinators Sharon Hackworth and Duanne Puckett said the history lessons reveal highlights about people, like the female superintendent, Willie C. Ray, who served from 1930-1960. A model of the former Bagdad School created by Jerry Ruble has been added to the museum display and also some Bagdad School memorabilia. This school was demolished in the mid 1980’s. The exhibit will open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Volunteer docents are available weekly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. If a group needs to meet at another time it can be arranged by contacting Sharon Hackworth at 502-633-5473.
Volunteer knitters and crocheters needed
A Place to Sleep, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church that provides beds for children in Shelby County, needs volunteers who will knit or crochet blocks for blankets through October. Blocks are generally somewhere in the 7x9 inch size, any color, any stitch you like. Great use of scrap yarns. Free yarn and hooks/needles are available if needed. Contact Lynn Whittaker, 502-321-7116 or e-mail mjlw22@shelbybb.net.
Musical instruments needed
Do you have musical instruments that need a good home? Did you know that you can donate those instruments to the Shelby County School System through a Partners In Education Program at First Presbyterian Church and help students who otherwise couldn’t afford to be in band or orchestra? If you have an instrument to donate, contact First Presbyterian at 502-633-2693. Near 70 instruments have been given since the program started in 2003. All donations are tax deductible.
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.
Drug/alcohol recovery
Celebrate Recovery is a Christian-based Drug and Alcohol Recovery program at First Baptist Church, across from the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It is also for anyone who has a hurt, habit or hang-up. Meetings are at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Pizza will be served at 5:30. No childcare is provided. For more information, call John Flannagin 502-321-4847.
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.
Strengthening exercise class at NMZ
Strengthening exercise classes will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays at the New Mount Zion Community Development Center (Mulberry Building), 701 Main St., with certified instructor, Sheri Charbeneau. The fee is $3. For more information, call 502-633-7991.
Zumba at the library
Zumba at the Shelby County Public Library 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 502-633-3803 ext. 11 or e-mail marketing@scplibrary.net.
Yoga for seniors
A free yoga class for seniors, 50 years and older, will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Shelby County Public Library. Registration is required for each class, with a limit of 25. For more information, class times and to register, call 633-3803 ext. 11, or e-mail marketing@scplibrary.net.
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 at 7 p.m. 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 502-633-5059.
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 502-647-0300 or e-mail cynda@alovingchoiceprc.org.
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 502-633-3803.
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 502-633-5518 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.
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.
Dulcimer lessons
The Merrie Melodious Dulcimers will offer lessons on the mountain lap dulcimer at locations in Pleasureville and Simpsonville free of charge for anyone interested in playing with us. For more information, contact Wilda at 502-523-4448 or e-mail mmdulcimers@gmail.com.
Merrie Melodious Dulcimers
The Merrie Melodious Dulcimers are now scheduling for fall and Christmas events.  This is a group of musicians from Henry and Shelby Counties playing lap dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, guitars, and mandolins, and love gospel, folk, bluegrass and mountain music.  There is no charge for the performances.  For more information, call Saundra 502-845-4734 or email mmdulcimers@gmail.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 502-647-1160 or e-mail MLCHSboosters@gmail.com.
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 502-633-1007 to sign up.
Outdoor Center open Saturdays
The Miller Outdoor Education Center at Red Orchard Park is open noon to 4 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 www.facebook.com/clearcreektrailblazers. Visit 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 502-220-4136.
Foster care/adoption program
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services 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 apps.chfs.ky.gov/snap/ or http://chfs.ky.gov/.

Announcements
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 502-633-0009.
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.