Datebook: Feb. 4, 2015

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This week
Relay for Life events for 2015
6th & Main Coffeehouse, 547 Main Street, Shelbyville, will serve a free drink to all survivors that come in from noon to 6 p.m. today, which is World Cancer Day. Zaxby’s will give cookies to all survivors from 4-6 p.m. and a table will be set up for new survivors, Relay information and save the date information. The Relay for Life regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Shelby Christian Church, enter through door 4. The committee is trying to set up a dining night at Zaxby’s from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24, receiving a percentage of the sales. Save the date for the Miss Relay for Life pageant on May 16. The Relay for Life will be noon to midnight on June 13, with food provided to the survivors from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. hosted by Zaxby’s. The official opening with survivor and caregiver laps will begin at 6 p.m. and the luminary event will begin at 10 p.m. This year’s theme is Super Heroes vs. Villains. The amounts of the sponsorship have changed, $500 will get your name on the back of the shirt, $1,000 will get your name and logo on the back of the shirt. You will have to collect $100 to receive your Relay for Life T-shirt this year. If you are a team or know a person wanting to start a team get them to sign up on the website. To turn in money donated for the Relay, contact Heidi Gregg 502-445-2315.
MOPS meeting
MOPS: Mothers of Preschoolers meets at 6-7:30 p.m. today 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.
Farming on a few acres
Farming on a few acres is a five part series designed for novice farmers with 5 to 20 acres from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 and 26 at the Shelby County Extension Office. Explore ways to utilize your land, how to market your products and legal issues that may affect you and your small farm business. To sign up or for more information, call 633-4593.
Diabetes workshop
Are you sick and tired of being tired and sick? Do you have diabetes or diabetes with other on-going health conditions? Living Well With Diabetes Workshop Can Help! The Shelby Diabetes Coalition is offering the Stanford Diabetes self-management program at the Clear Creek Park FAC for six weeks every Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through March 12. The workshops are offered at no cost to you. All participants receive a book, CD, and a certificate of completion for you to share with your doctor. Individuals with type 2 diabetes, family and friends of persons with type 2 diabetes, and individuals with pre-diabetes or those at risk are encouraged to participate. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Strecker at 502-432-3747.
Bagdad Ruritan
Bagdad Ruritan Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Shelby County Chapter of the NAACP meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stratton Center.
Lions Club
Shelby County Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at Simpsonsville City Hall in the community room.  
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.
Extension grain crops update
Annual update for grain farmers will include topics relative to corn management, soybean disease management, 2015-16 grain profitability outlook, and herbicide resistant weeds and control strategies will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Shelby County Extension Office. Lunch will be provided at no charge. To reserve a meal, call 633-4593.
Gold Wing Riders meeting
Shelbyville Saddlebred Wings, Chapter KY-H The local Chapter of Gold Wing Road Riders Association, meets Friday at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road. 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.  
Mixed media club
JoAnna Jackson will host a monthly mixed media club at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road. The first event will be Collaged Paper Mache Valentine from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. All Supplies are included in the $20 per person fee. Space is limited to 20 spots only, so call in advance to reserve a spot. Pay at the door with cash, credit card or check. To reserve a spot or for more information, call JoAnna Jackson 502-387-6867 or e-mail joannajksn@gmail.com.
Lincoln Institute Alumni
Shelby Area Chapter of Lincoln Institute Alumni meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John United Methodist Church.
First Saturday Walk
The Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a short walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Clear Creek Park Family Activity Center. Participants will receive a free pass to the Family Activity Center. If the weather is bad, the walk will be inside.
Great backyard bird count
Joan Brown will give an overview of the Great Backyard Bird Count from 11 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Red Orchard Park, 704 Kentucky Street. The count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds in their own backyards to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. This year’s event will be Feb. 13 thru 16. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts. Brown will cover all the steps and details you need to have a successful backyard bird count. The Miller Outdoor Education Center hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, E-mail trailblazers@shelbycountyparks.com, visit www.facebook.com/clearcreektrailblazers or clearcreektrailblazers@hotmail.com.
VFW Post 1179 meets
VFW Post 1179 meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the post, located at 619 Main Street, Shelbyville. All veterans of Foreign Wars are invited to attend.
Solomon’s Lodge
The Solomon’s Lodge No. 5 meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, visit www.solomons-fam.com.
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.
Diabetes Support Group
Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and the local Diabetes Coalition will host a monthly support group from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday. The group will meet at JHS in the King’s Daughter Room and is facilitated by board certified clinical therapist Jene Hedden of Shelby Counseling Associates.  This support group will provide a safe place for individuals with diabetes or caretakers of persons with diabetes to express their feelings about day-to-day challenges of living with and managing a chronic disease.  The class is free.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Amanda Strecker at 502-432-3747.
Cultural arts display
Plan to visit the annual Shelby County Extension Homemakers Cultural Arts Competition and Display from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Visitors will appreciate the artistic creations and everyone will leave this adventure with many new project ideas. For more information, call 633-4593.

Next week
Nick Burns Fund the Fight benefit
A benefit dinner and concert is planned for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Floral Hall to help Nick Burns, and his wife Lyndsay, raise the needed funds to help Burns cover the cost of Stage 4 Colon Cancer treatment. Dinner will be served 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The band, Judge Angus, will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. There will be a silent auction, photo booth, and corn hole. Tickets are$20 for adults, $15 for children 8 years and under, and no charge for infants and available in advance only. Tickets are available in Taylorsville at Country Mart and the Spencer Magnet or by request by E-mailing fundthefightfornickburns@gmail.com.
Family fun night – dabbling in the arts
Enjoy a family fun night in the arts from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Shelby County Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Artist Janice Emery will teach participants new skills in making handmade valentine cards using colored pencils and other materials. Participants will also learn about valentine history and healthy lifestyle tips to care for their hearts. A nutritious snack will be provided.  The cost is $2.50 per person. Space is limited to 40 people. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 633-4593.
‘The Drowsy Chaperone’
Shelby County Community Theatre announces its upcoming production of the Tony Award-Winning musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, by Lisa Lambert, Don McKellar, Bob Martin and Greg Morrison. Performances are Feb. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, and $10 students. For reservations, call 633-0242. The Drowsy Chaperone is directed by David Pilkinton and sponsored by City of Shelbyville, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, and Republic Bank & Trust. The theatre is located at 801 Main Street in Shelbyville.
Monarchs, Mutts and Meows
Monarchs, Mutts & Meows Valentine dinner/dance, hosted by 5Rescues.org, will be from 6 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Music will be by “The Monarchs.” Tickets can be purchased online at www.5rescues.org or by phone, 502-655-3442.Tickets are $45 per person, if purchased at the door $55 per person. Corporate Sponsorships are $600 per table. Ticket price includes full buffet with vegetarian options, entertainment and silent auctions. Cash bars will be available.
Bagdad Ruritan Club baseball signups
The Bagdad Ruritan Club will have T-ball and Machine Pitch league sign-ups for from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 14 at the club. T-ball is ages 3- to 5-years and machine pitch is ages 6-8. The cost is $30 for T-ball and $35 for machine pitch.
Attracting bluebirds
Over the years, with modernization, the supply of natural nesting cavities for bluebirds and other native cavity nesters has been greatly reduced. Joyce Fitzgerald will share her knowledge of the Eastern Bluebird, its decline in population and the trail monitoring program we have at the Miller Outdoor Education Center at Red Orchard Park from 11 a.m. until noon on Feb. 14. The center’s hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, E-mail trailblazers@shelbycountyparks.com, visit www.facebook.com/clearcreektrailblazers or clearcreektrailblazers@hotmail.com.
Community Tapestry
The Shelby County Historical Society will host the third annual Community Tapestry Local Black History event from 2 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Northside Early Education Center on College Street. This year’s theme will focus on the local black churches.  For more information, contact Sanda Jones 502-321-2804 or Kerry Magan 502-321-4851.
Democrat meeting
The Shelby County Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. For more information, contact Fielding Ballard, Shelby County Democratic Chair, 633-1424. All Democrats are welcome.

Lenten fish fries
The Church of the Annunciation will have Lenten fish fries at 4:30 p.m. for six weeks starting Feb. 20 at the church. Dine in or carry out. Good food, good people, good price. Proceeds will go to the building fund. For more information, contact Mike Edelen at 502-432-4693 or E-mail mikeedelen@gmail.com.
Project LInus make a blanket day
The Project Linus National Make a Blanket Day will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Shelby County Extension Office. The event will include a quilt exhibit, blanket making, live music, lunch, kids activity, silent auction, fundraising and more. Donations of cotton fabric, flannel, fleece, batting are needed. Monetary donations greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Becky Jew 502-727-4116.
Yamuna save your face
Beth McCoun, certified Yamuna instructor, will have a Yamuna Save Your Face workshop from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the City of Simpsonville Community room, 108 Old Veechdale Road in Simpsonville. The method gives a revolutionary solution to a beautiful, youthful face, fighting the age effects of repetitive stress and sustained tension. The cost is $40 per person, due Feb. 20. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 502-655-0235.
Widder’s Landing at library

“Widder’s Landing,” presented by Author Eddie Price, will be from 6 to 7 pm. Feb. 26 at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. Price grew up in western Kentucky and taught for 36 years as a history teacher and college instructor. After retiring from teaching, he wrote the novel “Widder’s Landing,” a story of life, love and survival set against the rugged early Kentucky frontier. Price will talk about his novel and how the characters convey that time period – covering cabin raising, tobacco farming, whiskey making, outlaws, earthquakes and romance. He will also present Kentucky’s vital role in the War of 1812; how people lived, what was going on in Kentucky, America, and the world – politics, religion, economics, natural phenomena, etc. Price will present in authentic costume and have a colorful slideshow and period music to engage the audience. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.
Bagdad Ruritan soup dinner
The Bagdad Ruritan Club will have a soup (chili, bean and vegetable) dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 28. The meal includes sandwich, drink, dessert and all the soup you can eat for $6. Proceeds are to help with our Street Light Fund for Bagdad.
Crusade fundraiser
A Crusade for Children fundraiser in memory of Rosa Jones (a founding member of The Simpsonville Fire Auxiliary) will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on March 1 at Station 1, Simpsonville Rural Fire Department (behind Metzger’s Country Store). The menu includes all you can eat soup buffet, ham and turkey sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches (Rosa’s favorite) and cupcakes. The cost is $8 per person/$4 per child or $25 per family. The Auxiliary will present a memorial to the Fire Department at 2 p.m. All Proceeds go to the WHAS11 Crusade for Children in memory of Rosa.
Yamuna program
Beth McCoun, certified Yamuna instructor, will have a yoga workshop from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 1 at the City of Simpsonville Community room, 108 Old Veechdale Road in Simpsonville. The Yamuna bodywork method uses various sized balls to directly stimulate organs, enhancing and cleansing all of the body’s systems, especially the digestive system. The cost is $15 per person, due Feb. 27. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 502-655-0235.
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, during February, March and up to April 13. Times are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but appointments are requested. Membership is not required in either AARP or the church, but participants need to show a picture ID, such as valid drivers license and must show Social Security cards for all who will be claimed on the tax return as this is a requirements of the IRS. Bring a copy of the prior year’s return and all information regarding income for 2014. If planning to use itemized deductions, bring information on medical expenses, mortgage interest, taxes, etc. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 502-487-1612.
Guerrilla Warfare at library
“Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Kentucky”, presented by author Gerald Fisher, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. March 12 at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. Author Gerald “Jerry” Fisher will discuss his book, which explores the real guerilla fighters of the region, their exploits and their eventual demise, along with some of the famous lawmen and soldiers assigned to bring them justice. Fisher will also be talking about a noted guerrilla right here in Shelby County – Captain Edwin Terrill. Terrill was guilty of 17 acts of murder and many robberies after the close of the Civil War. Captain Terrill died at the early age of 26 from a gunshot wound from a hostile visit to Shelbyville. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.
Adult winter read
Adult winter read at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St., Shelbyville, will be through March 14 for adults 18 years and older. For each five books or CDs the participant is eligible to enter the “Grand Prize Drawing.” When you have finished, list them in a journal. The staff will stamp the journal indicating the books or CDs have been completed and the participant will be eligible to enter the grand prize drawing. Multiple entries can be earned for each set of 5 books or CDs. Participants can also earn tickets to win prizes from the “Weekly Prize Drawing.” Tickets can be obtained by: attending library programming, applying for a library card, coming to the monthly Library Book Club (there will be three book club meetings in the program timeline) and attending classes offered by the library. Watch the community datebook in The Sentinel-News and Shoppers Plus for more scheduled library programming/events. The library will also offer weekly games for participants to earn more entries into the “Weekly Prize Drawing.” For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.
Dogwood Drummers hunting banquet
The 2015 annual Dogwood Drummers Hunting Heritage banquet, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be March 21, 2015 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, 3202 Shelbyville Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30. For more information or to reserve your tickets, call 633-2310 or visit www.nwtf.org.
Biggest loser contest
The local Diabetes Coalition and North Central District Health Department in Shelbyville will host a Biggest Loser Contest for eight weeks through March 24. The group will meet every Tuesday at the North Central Health Department’s District office. The first meeting on Feb. 3 will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Each week, participants will join in a voluntary weigh-in, goal setting, and nutrition education program. This program will be facilitated by licensed dietitian, Amanda Stoess, from North Central Health Department, and community organizer, Amanda Strecker, from Shelby KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition. Participation in the Biggest Loser Contest is free of charge and open to anyone 18 years and above with an interest in learning to manage their weight through nutrition education, exercise and long-term health management. A minimum cash incentive of $100 from community donations will be rewarded to the participant with the most weight loss at the end of the 8 weeks. To RSVP, contact Amanda Stoess at 502-633-1243.
Mercy Omega gala
The third annual Mercy Omega Gala will begin at 6 p.m. March 28 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. The event will include live and silent auctions, dinner, music and testimony about how the mission continues to improve the lives of those in our community in need. For more information, or to provide items for auction, or to be a sponsor, contact Gennie at 502-321-8332 or genniegerow@gmail.com.
Farm equipment auction
Bagdad Ruritan Club will have its annual farm equipment auction at 10 a.m. on April 4. They will accept equipment on April 2 and 3. For more information, contact Danny Newton at 502-321-1343.
Free computer keyboard class
The JCTC Shelby County Adult Education Program at JCTC will offer two free 18-week sessions with a computer keyboarding class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and a beginning basic literacy computer literacy class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The classes through May 7. To register, call 502-633-5524, ext. 4.
Dance classes
Shelby Christian Church is accepting signups for a spring ballet/tap classes for ages 3- to 10-years-old. Classes meet on Tuesday afternoon and evening. The cost is $85 or $95. Classes end with a recital on May 9. Space is limited in each class. For more information or registration forms go to the website at www.shelbychristian.org.

Aqua therapy at FAC
Aqua therapy will be at the Family Activity Center. Small group classes with a certified therapist, great for low-impact exercise, better mobility or rehabilitation. To sign up or for more information, call the FAC at 633-5059. Visit www.shelbycountyparks.com.
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 Kentuckiana serves local youth in Shelby County by fostering positive relationships between children and mentors. Mentors have a lasting impact on the lives of local young people. Volunteers are needed in Shelby County. Find out more by visiting BBBSKY.org or call 502-753-3745. Start something, be a mentor!
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. 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.
Looking for classmates
Atherton’s High School’s class of 1965 is looking for classmates for their upcoming 50th year reunion. E-mail Carol Taylor Cunningham, (ukmomct@aol.com) on any updated information. The reunion is planned for June 2015; the class reunion facebook page is: www.facebook.com/athertonreunion1965
Master Gardener classes
Master Gardener classes will be offered in late winter/early spring of 2015 if there is enough interest. Dates and times haven’t been determined, but classes will be held in the mornings, likely on a Tuesday or Wednesday and start sometime in February. If you are interested in becoming a master gardener and taking classes this spring, call Walt at 502-633-4593 or e-mail walt.reichert@uky.edu.
Don’t let the cold weather keep you from visiting the library and restocking your book supply this winter. Come visit the bookmobile at one of its many community stops near you – Simpsonville, Waddy, Harrisonville, Bagdad, Cropper, Southville and more. The bookmobile now offers free wireless internet allowing patrons access with their own WiFi-enabled devices. For specific community stop locations, call Shana at the library after 3 p.m. at 633-3803.
Story time at library
Story hours at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St., are 10 a.m. for ages 2 and 3 and 11 a.m. for ages 4 and 5 on Tuesdays; 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for ages 2 to 5 on Wednesdays;  9:30 and 10:30 a.m. for baby time (birth to 2 years) on Thursdays. For more information, contact 633-3803 or youthservices@scplibrary.net.
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.
Bank fund set up for Mount Eden Fire Department
A fund has been set up at People’s Bank on Taylorsville Road in Spencer County for the Mount Eden Fire Department. Donations are being accepted to help the department rebuild after a fire destroyed the main station in early August. All funds collected will be used for that purpose. Donations may be made at the bank at 23 W. Main Street in Taylorsville, or mailed to the bank at P.O. Box 369, Taylorsville, KY, 40071.
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. More than 50 instruments have been given since the program started in 2003. All donations are tax deductible.
Free educational programs offered
Free educational programs are offered by JCTC Shelby County Adult Education at Jefferson Community & Technical College and Shelby County Public Library. Choose GED Classes to secure your job, or math, reading or writing brush-up classes for your career or college entrance exam. To register, call 502-213-3669. English as a Second Language classes are ongoing at St. James Church, call 502-220-9121.
Marriage and relationship education
Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency is seeking to start another round of free classes for individuals and couples interested in strengthening relationship skills, making wise intimate partner choices and sustaining healthy marriages and families. Classes typically consist of 10 to 12 participants, meet one time per week and are designed to help individuals (whether single, dating, engaged or married) achieve their personal goals in relationships, family and marriage. For more information, call 502-633-7162.
Adult children of alcoholics
The World Service Organization Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) is a 12-Step program similar to AA and Al-Anon. The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday at the Shelby County Extension office in meeting room A. For more information, call 502-523-6352 or e-mail hopek@twc.com or visit www.adultchildren.org.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 502-633-3803 ext. 11, or e-mail marketing@scplibrary.net. 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 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.
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 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.
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 502-610-0010.
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.
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 10 a.m. to 2 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/.

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 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.
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.