Datebook: March 4, 2015

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This week
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.
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.
Shelby County retired teachers meeting
The Shelby County Retired Teachers Association meets on Thursday at the Stratton Center. The meal is at 6 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7. The cost of the meal is $12 and reservations must be made no later than Sunday. For reservations, call Carolyn at 633-3766, or call or text her at 649-4070. For more information, call Marie at 487-0833.
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.
Park athletics public forum
Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. will have its annual Athletics Public Forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Family Activity Center’s Waldridge Room at Clear Creek Park. This is open to the public and all park athletic officials will be on hand to answer questions, give updates on new programs to the park, and address concerns and other topics.
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.  
Finchville Ruritan dinner
The Finchville Ruritan Club will have a fish, rolled oyster and salmon croquet dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and March 20. Dinners will be a choice of meat/bread, baked beans, coleslaw, potato wedges, drink and homemade dessert for $10. Come support us as some proceeds go to keeping streetlights on through Finchville.
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.
Bluegrass beekeepers school
The annual Bluegrass Beekeepers School will be Saturday at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. The school attracts, on average, more than 350 beekeepers from across the state. Registration for the daylong event begins at 8 a.m. with the first session at 9 a.m. The school concludes at 3:30 p.m. The keynote for the school will be delivered by Dr. Subba Reddy Palli, a professor at the University of Kentucky, addressing “Development of RNA Interference as a Bee-safe Pest Control Method.” There will be other sessions throughout the day. A series of “Beginner Beekeeping Classes” will provide essential knowledge for those just beginning in the hobby. A more complete description of the classes offered can be found at Bluegrass Beekeepers web site: http://bluegrassbeekeepers.blogspot.com/. The site also offers a pre-registration form and a schedule of classes. Registration at the event is $35 (including lunch), and pre-registration is $25.
Louisville youth choir presents spring concert
The Louisville Youth Choir will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and over) and $5 for students. For tickets visit louyouthchoir.org/store or for more information, call 502-896-5859. For more information on the Louisville Youth Choir, visit LouYouthChoir.org.
‘Preacher Girl’ at First Presbyterian
“Preacher Girl,” a play written by Shelbyville playwright Mike Smith, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 629 Main Street. Tickets are $6. The play is in the format of a 1940s radio show with music from the 1920s. The setting is Wilmore, and it’s based on a true story. This production includes several from Shelbyville County, and the show will be videotaped for a community theater in Georgia.
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.
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.
Solomon’s Lodge
The Solomon’s Lodge No. 5 meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, visit www.solomons-fam.com.
Next week
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 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.
Blood Drive at Cornerstone
Cornerstone Christian Academy will have a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on March 12. To make an appointment, contact Kathy Watkins at 633-4070 or E-mail KathyWatkins@CCAofKY.org.
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.
Kiwanis Club
The Kiwanis Club of Shelbyville meets at noon March 12 at Stratton Community Center in Shelbyville. Lunch is provided and guests are welcome. Call 633-3750 to make a luncheon reservation.
KIPDA Centenarian celebration
In honor of Older American’s Month, KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is planning the A Centenarian Celebration. The goal is to recognize and honor citizens who live in the KIPDA region, who are 100 years old or older. Exceptions will be made for individuals who are 99 years old, turning 100 this year. To recognize someone for this special accomplishment, contact Jennifer Craig for more information, at 502-266-5571 or E-mail at Jennifer.craig@ky.gov no later than March 13.  Those who cannot attend will still be honored and accommodations will be made for them to receive their awards, so do not let that factor detour you from sending information. Previous year’s celebrations have always been a huge success full of smiles and stories from coordinators and attendees young and old.  
Farmers’ Market organizational meeting
An organizational meeting for the Shelby County Farmers’ Market will be 9:30 a.m. March 14 at Floral Hall, Shelby County Fairgrounds. All persons interested in applying for a spot to sell their farm produce should attend this meeting. Applications will be available at the meeting or on line at shelbycokyfarmersmarket.com. For more information, contact Elizabeth Rosenberg at 502-619-3685 or E-mail mrsrky@yahoo.com.
Concert at Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi Classical Academy will have an afternoon of music from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 15, featuring renowned recording artist Eric Genuis along with a World Class Ensemble and Singers at the Coldwell Banker Realty Office, 820 Main Street. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. The cost is $50 per person and seating is limited, reservations encouraged. To reserve a spot, call 502-722-8090.
Arts council meeting
The Shelby Regional Arts Council meets on March 16 at the Shelbyville Library in the Hudson Room. The evening will begin at 5:30 for artists who would like to share some of their art and meet and connect with other artists. The council meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. For more information, call Howard Griffith at 633-2763.
Chili/soup supper
The Shelbyville Kiwanis Club will sponsor a chili/soup supper from 4 to 8 p.m. March 16 at the Stratton Center. The date was changed from Feb. 19 due to the weather. Tickets are available from any member or at the door for $5.  Children under age 10 eat free.  Eat-in or carryout are available.  Ticket price includes chili/soup, sandwich, drink and dessert.
Shelby County Democrats meeting
The Shelby County Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. on March 17 at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. For more information contact Fielding Ballard, Shelby County Democratic Chair, 633-1424. All Democrats are welcome.

Bagdad Fire Department fish fry
Bagdad Fire Department will host a fish fry from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 20 at the Bagdad Fire Department for $9. Free delivery will be available within 10 miles of the Bagdad Fire Station on orders of four or more meals. All proceeds from the event will benefit the 2015 Crusade for Children. For more information, contact Mike Roberts at 502-220-0934 or mroberts7702@gmail.com.
Fish fry
A fish fry to support the Simpsonville Baptist Church 2015 Mission Trips will be at 5 p.m. March 20 and includes a hearty portion of Alaskan Pollock, French fries, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and drink. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children, ala carte and take out is available.
Habitat for Humanity Evening Out
Shelby County Habitat for Humanity will host its first fundraiser, Habitat for Humanity Evening Out will begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 20 at The Brick Room at 533 Main Street. Harvest Café will provide dinner, and entertainment will be by Tom Hood. The cost is $30 per person and $50 per couple. For tickets, call 502-232-0497.
‘A Night of One-Acts’ at SCCT
Shelby County Community Theatre announces its upcoming Upstairs at 801 production of A Night of One-Acts. Three classic stories will be told in one evening: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, This Property is Condemned by Tennessee Williams, and Dracula by Bram Stoker. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on March 20, 21, 27 and 28 and 2:30 p.m. on March 22. For reservations, call 502-633-0242. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors and $10 students. A Night of One-Acts is sponsored by Lt. Col. and Mrs. Keith Gramig and Gary and Janey Walls. The theatre is located at 801 Main Street in Shelbyville.
Dogwood Drummers hunting banquet
The 2015 annual Dogwood Drummers Hunting Heritage banquet, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be March 21 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.
Mixed Media club
The Mixed Media Club will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on March 21 at the Shelby County Extension Office. The cost is $20, paid at the door and all supplies will be included. Each person will receive enough supplies to make six bookmarks. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact JoAnna Jackson at 502-387-6867 or E-mail joannajksn@gmail.com.
Corpus Christi open house
Corpus Christi Classical Academy will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 22 at 7010 US Hwy 60 in Simpsonville. For more information, call the school at 502-722-8090.
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. March 22 at the City of Simpsonville Community room (at the back of the building, 108 Old Veechdale Road. The method lifts your face naturally, giving a revolutionary solution to a beautiful, youthful face, fighting the age effects of repetitive stress and sustained tension. This can also help alleviate common problems such as sinusitis, TMJ and headaches. The cost is $40 per person. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 502-655-0235.
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.
Sen. Paul’s field rep. has mobile hours
Sen. Rand Paul’s field representative for Shelby County will have mobile office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Shelbyville on March 26 at the office of the Shelby County Judge Executive, 419 Washington Street. Those who may require assistance in dealing with federal agencies or who wish to discuss matters related to the federal government are encouraged to visit. For additional information, contact Jennifer Decker at 502-572-8334.
Living well with diabetes workshop
The Shelby Diabetes Coalition is offering the Stanford Diabetes self-management program at the Clear Creek Park FAC from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for six weeks every Thursday beginning on March 26 through April 30. Workshops are offered at no cost. All participants receive free passes to the FAC gym facility and indoor track for the duration of the workshop, a comprehensive nutrition book, stress management CD, and a certificate of completion. 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.
Lenten fish fries
The Church of the Annunciation will have Lenten fish fries at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through March 27 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.
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.
Shelby shape-ups
Join us for the six-week series of arthritis foundation approved exercises to increase strength, flexibility and balance. The series will be Mondays through April 3 at the Shelby County Extension Office. Classes meet at 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The cost for the series is $25, and is free to Healthways Silver Sneakers program participants. For more information or to register, call 633-4593.
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 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 through 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.
Finchville Ruritan annual yard sale
The annual Highway 55 yard sale based at Finchville Ruritan Club will be on April 23 through 26. To reserve booth space or for more information, call Anne at 502-437-0353 or 502- 834-7459 and leave a message. Breakfast and lunch will be served on Thursday through Saturday and a country style fried chicken dinner on Sunday.
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.
Relay for Life events for 2015
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 at Shelby County High School. Food will be 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.

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.