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B U S I N E S S U P DAT E S THE LAW OFFICE OF HEATHER A. HADI PSC has opened a new office at 1795 Alysheba Way in Hamburg. Hadi attended the University of Kentucky as an undergraduate and moved to Miami, Fla. to attend St. Thomas School of Law. She received her juris doctorate in May 2013 and is newly licensed to practice law in Kentucky.
FOOD TOM AND CHEE opened in December at 2200 War Admiral Way in Hamburg and has drawn capacity crowds daily. The official ribbon cutting was Friday, Dec. 13. Famous for grilled cheese donuts, the restaurant specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. In 2009, the franchise started out as a tent in Cincinnati (which is now home to three corporate locations). Founders Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward gained fame (and $600,000) when they appeared on Shark Tank. RED MANGO YOGURT AND SMOOTHIES has opened at 2304 Sir Barton Way in Hamburg, near Best Buy. The first Red Mango opened in 2007, and there are now more than 200 locations. Zagat’s ranked the business as “best smoothie/frozen yogurt” and “top healthy options within the quick refreshment chains.” If you download the app, you can join Club Mango and earn reward points. FRISCH’S BIG BOY opened Dec. 2 at 1849 Alysheba Way in Hamburg. The restaurant reports the 5,700 square feet location brings 100 jobs to the area. “We are thrilled to open this location and increase our presence in the area,” said Karen Maier, Frisch’s vice president of marketing. “Our recent expansion is in response to high customer demand. Lexington has always been a huge supporter of our restaurant.”
LAW STITES & HARBISON, PLLC, has announced that Kimberly (Kim) G. Schmittel has joined the firm as director of marketing and business development. Originally from Louisville, Schmittel has an extensive career in professional services and nonprofit business development, marketing, corporate relations and research. Schmittel joins Stites & Harbison after more than eight years with a nationally recognized law firm headquartered in the midwest.
EMBRY’S made business news in 2013 when the ownership changed hands for the first time in 109 years. Embry’s new owners, Cliff and Yvonne Katsamakis, intend to continue with the family tradition of great customer service, fine furs and fabulous clothing. Having been the fur buyer for Embry’s for 29 years, Cliff is not new to the fur business. Cliff, Yvonne and Embry’s extend their congratulations to the Embry family for their many years in business and charitable endeavors.
EDUCATION LEXINGTON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY has received a $250,000 grant as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School initiative to address economic issues facing future ministers. It is one of 67 theological schools across the country to receive this funding. Lilly Endowment created the initiative to encourage theological schools to examine and strengthen their financial and educational practices to improve the economic well-being of future pastors. All theological schools fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada were invited to submit grant proposals. LTS will use its funding to address financial literacy of ministry students, improve institutional practices and to fuel research on bi-vocational ministers. “The seminary and these institutions have a mutual and targeted interest in exploring issues that permit the successful implementation of this project,” said the Rev. Gary Kidwell, LTS Board of Trustees chairman. LTS President Charisse L. Gillett said the seminary is working to address the impact of financial challenges on ministry. MIDWAY COLLEGE has announced that Mark Wadlington has joined the school as the new vice president of business affairs and will serve as the chief financial officer. FAYETTE COUNTY STUDENTS have been awarded for Recycle-Bowl. Public and private school students in Fayette County collected more than 146,000 aluminum cans for recycling during 2013’s Recycle-Bowl. In terms of weight, students collected 4,180 pounds of aluminum beverage cans in the contest. The competition challenged schools in Fayette County to collect and recycle as many aluminum beverage cans as possible from Oct. 21 to Nov. 15. Students from 19 Fayette County schools competed to see which schools could collect the most cans for recycling. This is the
DID YOU KNOW? — In 1936, Bob Wian sold his prized DeSoto Roadster to purchase a small hamburger stand in Glendale, Calif. He named it Bob’s Pantry. One night in 1937, a regular customer requested something different for a change. Bob went to work and the first doubledecker hamburger was born. Customers couldn’t get enough of Bob’s new creation. One fan in particular was a chubby 6-year-old boy in droopy overalls. He would often help Bob sweep up in exchange for a free burger. In honor of his young friend, Wian decided to name the better burger the Big Boy®. Another regular customer, a movie studio animator, sketched the now famous character on a napkin.
eighth consecutive year Lexington schools have participated in an aluminum can recycling competition. The schools that collected and recycled the highest number of cans per student in their respective size category will each receive $750. The six schools that collected the most cans regardless of their student size category will each receive $450. Schools were eligible to receive only one monetary prize. The winning schools and the prizes they earned are: first place ($750) winners were Lexington Family Care Center, Russell Cave Elementary and Wellington Elementary. Other ($450) winners were Ashland Elementary, Cardinal Valley Elementary, Christ the King School, Lexington Universal Academy, Montessori Middle School and Sayre School.
HEALTH CARE BAPTIST HEALTH Lexington, Richmond and Corbin were among hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for outreach efforts for organ donation and registration. The hospitals conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospitals earned points for each activity planned between September 2012 and May 2013. Baptist Health Corbin was awarded gold recognition and Baptist Health Lexington and Baptist Health Richmond were awarded silver recognition. Hospitals were recognized
ALL IN THE FAMILY — Cliff and Yvonne Katsamakis recently purchased Embry’s, from the Embry family who owned the business for 109 years. The Katsamakis’ are sixth-generation furriers; their family began in the fur business in the small town of Kastoria, in northern Greece generations ago. Cliff has been Embry’s fur buyer and merchandiser for the last 29 years and knows high fashion.
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B U S I N E S S U P DAT E S vis (former UK basketball player), Tim Kelly (former Herald-Leader publisher), Wayne Martin (former WKYT president and general manager) , Brian Miller (Transylvania University athletic director), Dr. Holly Sheilley, Julian Tackett and Commerce Lexington President Bob Quick will all begin serving their terms Jan. 1, 2014.
YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT— Tom + Chee founders Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward first appeared on Shark Tank in May 2013 and came home with an investment deal with TV shark and New York City real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran. Since their first TV appearance, Quakenbush and Ward have had 9,000 inquiries from people interested in opening Tom + Chee locations.
through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a program launched in 2011 by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY has received one of its largest health grants ever — $11.3 million from the National Institutes of Health for research on conditions that have long plagued Kentucky: obesity and cardiovascular disease. The grants were awarded
by the National Institutes of Health. The funds will be used to continue five research projects now under way at the university.
SPORTS THE BLUEGRASS SPORTS COMMISSION announced the addition of seven new members to its board of directors. Johnathon Da-
THE LEXINGTON LEGENDS recently announced donations for 2013 totaling $827,110 to a variety of non-profit organizations serving central Kentucky. The Ivy Walls Charitable Giving Foundation Fund at Bluegrass Community Foundation, in cooperation with the Legends and business sponsors, has presented checks to organization representatives throughout the month of November. Ivy Walls Management is a Lexington-based organization that manages the operation of the Legends. In its 13-year history, the Legends organization has donated more than $12 million to the region. “There’s nothing more important to our organization than giving back to our community,” said Sarah Bosso, the Legends’ director of community relations and special events. “Each season, the Legends look forward to working with all of these amazing organizations and to developing new partnerships as well.” “The Legends will always be active in the community,” added Legends President/COO Andy Shea. “We’re proud to have the opportunity to support these great organizations.” Among organizations receiving funds in 2013 were: Boy Scouts of America Bluegrass, Breast Cancer Research and Awareness, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Military Missions, P.A.W.S. and the Lexington Humane Society, Salvation Army, St. Joseph Hospital Nursing Scholarship Fund and United Way of the Bluegrass as well as many in-kind donations. More than 80,000 box seats were also donated to various organizations and camps hrough the Legends’ partnership with United Way, YMCA of Central Kentucky, Lexington Clinic, American Diabetes Association, Bluegrass Regional Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board, DanceBlue, a student-run philanthropy at the University of Kentucky, and Hit the Books, a joint effort between the Legends and Chick-Fil-A to encourage Central Kentucky students to read.
MANY, MANY SPOONS AGO — The first Red Mango opened in 2007. Today, there are over 200 locations nationwide. Zagat has ranked the business twice in two categories: “Best Smoothie/Frozen Yogurt” and “Top Healthy Options within the Quick Refreshments Chains.” The name Red Mango, according to the company’s website, came about because red mangoes aren’t found often in stores, “but once you’ve tasted one, you’ll never settle for anything less.” Mangoes only turn red when they reach the peak of ripeness. That’s when they are the most delicious, and nutritious. The name, Red Mango, is a symbol of commitment to using only the best all-natural ingredients for frozen yogurt, smoothies and parfaits.
CITY NEEDS WORKFORCE TO GROW JOBS The 22 counties that form the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement region, with Louisville and Lexington as its anchors, have the capacity to grow significant jobs in advanced manufacturing, but the region needs a much more skilled engineering and technical workforce, according to a new study. The study — “Seizing the Manufacturing Moment: An Economic Growth Plan for the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky” — concludes that, with America experiencing a resurgence in manufacturing, the Louisville-Lexington region is uniquely poised to take advantage of the economic trend. However, the region must focus more intently on innovation, research and development and improve the workforce so people have the right skills for these 21st Century jobs. The report was released at the end of November by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in partnership with the Brookings Institution of Washington D.C. It’s the culmination of a two-year effort by the mayors through the BEAM project, an idea the two created in January 2011, during a University of Kentucky/University of Louisville basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center. “This report validates that, if we make targeted and strategic investments, our region can be known globally as the place for manufacturing,” Fischer said. ”We are fierce competitors on the court, but we are now fierce partners in economic development,” said Gray. “The study proves that central Kentucky has manufacturing in its DNA, and it provides a roadmap for building on that advantage, and turning central Kentucky into a global manufacturing hub.” Some of the key findings from the Brookings report include: • Almost 2 million people live in the BEAM region and it accounts for $92 billion in gross domestic product -- or 53 percent of the state total; • The region contains more than 1,600 firms producing a variety of goods (including 97 percent of the world’s bourbon); • Over the last three decades, manufacturing employment and growth have not kept pace with the nation -- but the region still has 100,000 manufacturing jobs • Manufacturers are investing billions in central Kentucky, and the number of jobs posted in manufacturing in Kentucky has risen 66% in the last two years.
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Costco or Sam’s That is the question
BY BRIAN S. POWERS
exington consumers face plenty of choices: credit or debit, paper or plastic, baked or fried, carryout or delivery, and so on. In 2013, a new choice emerged that has the power to divide Lexington’s savvy shoppers into factions as fierce as political partisans or sports rivalries — that of which membership warehouse to join. The local stalwart, Sam’s Club, has had the market to itself for years, but it now faces competition from a perennial foe — Costco. To see how these two stack up when competing for Lexington bulk buyers’ dollars, we compare and contrast some important (and not-so-important) aspects of club membership and pricing.
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The basic membership at Sam’s is $45 per year, which includes a complimentary card for another household member. The same membership at Costco is higher at $55, giving Sam’s the early edge. Costco excels, however, in the “Executive” membership level, which is $110 per year. This membership comes with a 2 percent cash back reward at the end of the year, with a guaranteed minimum of $55, meaning the net cost of the membership is the same as at the basic level, with the potential to start to save money on membership with more purchases. The “Plus” membership at Sam’s comes with early shopping hours and extra discounts for $100 a year. Both clubs are open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (although Sam’s Plus members can start shopping at 7 a.m.) and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Sam’s, however, is open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, while Costco opens at 9:30 a.m. and perplexingly closes at 6 p.m., giving Sam’s a three-hour advantage for weekend shoppers. Each club also offers a liquor store, a tire service center, a pharmacy, both eye and
hearing evaluations, optical services, photo services, a snack bar and a gas station. Costco has 12 cashier checkout lines to Sam’s Club’s 10, but Sam’s has an additional six self-service express lines, and the cashier lines can be converted to self-service checkouts. Both clubs accept cash, checks and debit cards, but Costco only accepts American Express credit cards, while Sam’s only accepts MasterCard, Discover and Walmart or Sam’s Club credit cards.
CORPORATE HISTORY AND CITIZENSHIP
Costco may be the new kid on the Lexington block, but it’s the older of the two clubs. An early version of Costco began in 1976, but both companies came into their current form in 1983, setting off the membership warehouse craze. Both companies engage in charitable giving, with Sam’s giving $104 million in cash or in-kind donations in fiscal year 2012 alone and Costco creating a scholarship fund and donating to childrens’ hospitals and other charitable endeavors. According to their website, Costco doesn’t seek recognition for their charitable contributions, so an exact figure isn’t formally stated.
The first person one encounters in either warehouse is the greeter, and greeters at both locations were both fiercely loyal and overly eager to tout the advantages of her respective club. The Costco greeter insisted that people were coming in droves for such
delights as epic pot pies made fresh daily, while the Sam’s greeter suggested that some may develop a wandering eye for other membership warehouses, but they always come back in the end. Costco is extremely well-lit, giving the impression of a mall without a ceiling, compared to the sometimes dim Sam’s Club. The overall layout of the Costco mirrors that of the newer of the two Sam’s locations in Nicholasville, with the bakery, rotisserie and deli services in the back of the store. Shoppers are faced with giant LCD televisions on sale in the very front of both stores.
Both stores’ fueling stations had the same price at $2.94, amounting to a draw on cheap gas. A 60-inch Samsung 6350 television came out at $1,249.99 at Costco, beating Sam’s at $1,298. Sam’s then went on to edge the Costco price by 11 cents on Folger’s Classic Roast coffee ($9.88) and a 3-pound rotisserie chicken ($4.88), but only by 1 cent on a Galaxy Tab 3 8” tablet ($239.98). Sam’s sells a dozen roses for $12.98, but while Costco didn’t appear to sell a solitary dozen, two full dozen roses can be had for $16.99. Generic milk at both stores rang up at $2.34 a gallon, but Costco had a clear advantage in the price of a two-loaf pack of Nature’s Own Honey Wheat bread at $4.29 to Sam’s Club’s $4.78. For the discriminating shaving enthusiast, Fusion ProGlide cartridges are best
purchased at Sam’s, which beats Costco’s price, $40.97 to $41.49, for a 16-count pack. Costco has the Blu-Ray/DVD/download combo pack of the movie “Grown-Ups 2” in abundant quantity for $24.99. Only one copy of the movie could be found at Sam’s – a DVD/download pack for $19.99. While Sam’s is easily defeated in price/value on this item, the edge still goes to Sam’s for making this movie less accessible to the public. The end of a long shopping trip to either store warrants a stop by the snack bar, where both clubs offer a hot dog/drink combo meal for $1.50. Costco goes the econo-route, however, by providing their generic brand hot dog and a 20-ounce Pepsi product, while Sam’s Club sells Nathan’s hot dogs alongside a 34-ounce Coca-Cola product. In a dismaying note, Sam’s has discontinued its snack bar churro sales, while Costco offers the fried dough treat for $1.
Ultimately, the price comparisons managed to shake out within a few cents either way of the competitor’s price on most items with a few notable exceptions, leaving another large factor to consider — convenience. Costco has the advantage of being next to Interstate 75 and nearly adjacent to Hamburg Pavilion, but Sam’s has the element of quantity in its favor — two Lexington-area locations, both more centrally-located to Lexington’s densest populations than the outlying Costco.
If membership, atmosphere, price and location comparisons still aren’t enough to decide, note that the diameter of the standard Costco pie is 11.5 inches, exceeding the diameter of the Sam’s Club pie by 1 inch. Advantage: Costco. (Interesting fact: a helpful Costco associate said that the apple pie used in the movie “American Pie” was, in fact, purchased from Costco because of its large size.)
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TOM + CHEE
Serving up the American Dream in Hamburg BY LR KINDEL
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic concept, and one that was greeted with adoring crowds when Tom + Chee opened in December in Hamburg. At a barbecue with their wives in 2009, franchise founders Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward realized that downtown Cincinnati had few dining options at night other than bar food or fine dining. “(There was) nowhere really you could take a date for under $100 dollars” said Corey Ward, co-owner of Tom+Chee. Both couples visited New York City and noticed how the one-offering restaurant concept worked there and brought it to Cincinnati’s Fountain Square. Ward and Quackenbush’s one offering concept? Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese, now known as Tom+Chee. They wanted to “find one thing to make and do it well,” Ward said. In fall of 2009, Ward and Quackenbush went to the Cincinnati Center City Development (3CDC) with grilled cheese and tomato soup to pitch the beginnings of Tom+Chee at Fountain Square. “Don’t tell me no,” Ward said to the 3CDC and received the go-ahead to set up a food tent on Fountain Square for the month of December for a pop-up restaurant. In that month at Fountain Square, Ward and Quackenbush served several thousand grilled cheese sandwiches, cups of coffee and hot chocolate, often running out. Cincinnati food blogger, Sharon Rudd, discovered the tent and referred to Tom+Chee as the “The little Pop-Up that could.” After the summer of 2009 in the tent on Fountain Square, they opened the first Tom+Chee on East Court Street in downtown Cincinnati almost a year later. At Fountain Square, Quackenbush and Ward debuted the Tom+Chee signature Grilled Cheese Doughnut—literally a glazed doughnut sliced in half, buttered and grilled with cheese in between. The Grilled Cheese Doughnut launched Tom+Chee into the media spotlight when Adam Richman sampled the Blueberry Blue on his Travel Channel show “Man vs. Food” that aired in October 2011, as well as two episodes of “Amazing Eats” on Travel Channel. On April 2, 2012, the Grilled Cheese Doughnut also made it to network television on ABC’s “The Chew” where Ward sent exact instructions and ingredients on how to make the signature sandwich. In addition, Today.com named the Grilled Cheese Doughnut one of the seven best sandwiches of 2012. This was only the start of their media rise. After two years of applying and emails, Ward and Quackenbush made it on to ABC’s “Shark Tank” on May 17, 2013 to pitch Tom+Chee to the sharks. “We took the worst possible route” by applying on the abc.go.com casting page and filling out the form, Ward said. The email Tom+Chee sent would vary during the application process, but the headline remained “Two Couples from the Midwest trying to Achieve the American Dream.” They achieved that dream from Sharks Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Barbara Corcoran, New York City real estate mogul. The initial pitch on “Shark Tank” for Tom+Chee started with an initial investment of $600,000 and a 10 percent stake of Tom+Chee profits but ended with a $600,000 initial investment and 30 percent stake. After the show aired, Quackenbush and Ward met with Cuban’s team only to realize that Cuban’s offer and Tom+Chee didn’t match. In the end, they didn’t take Cuban’s deal because “it was the right decision for us” Ward said. “We restructured with Barbara Corcoran, leaving us with more of our company intact.” Corcoran has a fancy grilled cheese doughnut named in her honor: the Barbara Blue. This particular creation consists of a glazed doughnut with melted brie plus ham and blueberry compote. Ward stresses Tom+Chee’s commitment to “a family-friendly environment that’s budget friendly.” He also emphasizes the quality of ingredients in the food they serve, making as much in-house as possible. Tom+Chee also serves soy cheese for vegans and gluten free preparation for their gluten free bread so that it is truly gluten free. The grilled cheese sandwiches run the gamut from building your own traditional grilled cheese all the way to the Hippy+Chee which is a combination of hummus, cucumber mixed greens, tomato and cheddar cheese on wheat bread. On “Man vs. Food” Adam Richman sampled the Armagoetta: goetta, cherry peppers, fried onions, sweet hot mustard and pepper jack cheese on two different slices of bread — one sourdough and one rye. Richman called it the “cheese-pocalypse” on the episode. This is just one of many of their signature sandwiches (the menu is extensive). Tom+Chee’s fancy grilled cheese bestseller is the BBQ Bacon, that includes BBQ potato chips with bacon and American cheese on white bread. Second place sandwich goes to the Mac+Cheese, macaroni and cheese with cheddar cheese on white bread. Another popular sandwich is the Three Little Pigs with spicy pork rinds, ham, bacon, swiss and cheddar on rye. Locating Lexington’s first Tom + Chee in Hamburg was thanks to the synchronicity of availability and timing. “Originally when we looked at the location it just felt like it fit with the Tom & Chee concept” said Mike Levy, one of the owners of the Lexington franchise. “We’re proud and thrilled to be in the Hamburg Place community. They’ve been really supportive.” The Hamburg location of Tom+Chee opened Dec. 2 at the former Bajio location on War Admiral Way and is open seven days a week. Check out www.tomandchee.com for more on their menu and tom+chee Lexington on facebook.
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New year, new love
Suzie is a 2-year-old lab mix at the Lexington Humane Society who was recently available for adoption at PetSmart in Hamburg.
Finding the right pet for your household dopting just the right animal is a choice many families wait to underA Winter safety take until after the chaotic holiday season tips for your pet has subsided. Choosing a pet is a lifetime
commitment that goes far beyond puppies under the Christmas tree. Working with your veterinarian and an adoption coordinator at your local Humane Society is one way to ensure a lifelong love that lasts.
Finders Keepers is one of the newest initiatives of the Lexington Humane Society and is focused on creating happy, healthy, lifelong pet matches. The Finders Keepers concept is two-fold, just as the name implies. First, finding the right pet for the right family and making that perfect match. Second, providing the resources and guidance to help pet owners keep their pets responsibly and happily for life! All too often, animals enter into homes that are unprepared for the new addition, have unrealistic expectations about a breed or simply get in over their heads. For example, when the “lap-size” 2-month-old Great Dane puppy grows to be over 100 pounds in a year’s time or the sleepy, snuggly kitten grows into a wild teenager racing and scratching its way through the house. The Lexington Humane Society wants to work with individuals to prevent the “buyer’s remorse” that can come with bringing home an animal that is not the right fit for your family, lifestyle and housing situation. If you’re just starting to think about looking for the perfect pet (be it a dog, cat, bunny or something else), click on LHS’s resource center for miscellaneous animal information. If you know you want to adopt a dog, take a look at the breed characteristics summary on the LHS website to help you think through dog breed energy levels, exercise requirements, grooming requirements and other considerations. If you live on a farm with a barn and are interested in adopting a barn cat, check out the LHS’s Horse Country Barn Cats information on the LHS website. You’ll save a life, help reduce homeless cat overpopulation, and keep your barn naturally pest-free.
Don’t leave dogs outdoors when the temperature drops. Most dogs, and all cats, are safer indoors, except for exercise. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks. No matter what the temperature, wind-chill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls.. Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife.To avoid injuring an animal, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine. The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe with a damp towel. Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals. Wipe up spills and store out of reach. Better yet, use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol.
ADOPTION FEES AT LEXINGTON HUMANE SOCIETY include: spay/neu-
ter, microchip with registration, up-to-date on vaccinations (including rabies and K9 influenza vaccine), mild de-worming, heartworm prevention and flea control, feline leukemia test, heartworm test, complimentary veterinary wellness exam, complimentary bath and brush and a best friend for life.
THE LEXINGTON HUMANE SOCIETY’S SEVENTH ANNUAL TAILS & ALES beer-tasting fund-raiser
will be held Feb. 7 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. This beer tasting also features snacks and live music by Kenny Owens. Dress is business casual. Please note that all guests must be at least 21 years of age. Personal pets are not permitted at this event. Info at lexingtonhumanesociety.org.
Alltech’s algae facility in Winchester is one of only two plants in the world commercially producing high-DHA heterotrophic microalgae.
Alltech ups omegas from algae at plant “The bottom line is that most Americans, particularly those who don’t eat fish, don’t consume enough DHA and EPA. Increasing your intake, whether from fish or algae, should be beneficial to your cardiovascular and overall health.” -Chicago Tribune, 2013 Traditionally, DHA omega-3 has been supplied through fish oil, which is dwindling in supply and non-sustainable besides having a taste unpopular with many consumers. DHA omega-3 produced through algae is a viable alternative to fish oil that can be quickly produced commercially with limited land use and no detectable “fishy” taste in the functional foods sold to consumers. Once a buzzword in the biofuel industry, algae are gaining attention for their application to the feed and food industries as a highly sustainable source of protein and DHA omega-3 enrichment. As such, the Kentucky-based Alltech is continuing to expand its algal DHA plant in nearby Winchester, one of only two plants in the world commercially producing a highDHA heterotrophic microalgae. The facility, which is capable of producing approximately 15,000 tons of algae, has already been updated since its opening in early 2011. “Even with this growth, we will have the need for continued expansion globally because a commercially available source of algal DHA benefits the entire food chain, including human health with DHA as an essential omega-3 fatty acid,” said Becky Timmons, global technical director of Alltech Algae. Although most commercial algae production is done using an autotrophic method that requires open, outdoor waterways, the heterotrophic method used by Alltech utilizes indoor fermenters. The closed-system nature of the heterotrophic growth method provides high levels of sterility and process control, which produce a purer and more consistent algae product. Several studies have also indicated that the omega-3 fatty acid content of algae can be two to three times higher when produced through the heterotrophic method. In humans, the nutritional importance
of DHA omega-3 is linked to brain and eye development as well as the reduction of coronary heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. There is also a possible link between sufficient dietary DHA omega-3 intake and depression in the population, which, in the United Kingdom, for example, costs the health industry £80 billion, more than cardiovascular disease and cancer combined. When used in animal diets, DHA omega-3 from algae can increase immunity, fertility and overall health. Benefits to the farmer or producer include its availability and sustainability as well as the branding opportunities it provides as a value-added product in the marketplace. “The response of the food industry to commercially available algal DHA has been very positive,” said Steve Bourne, global director of Alltech Algae. “It is seen as a form of natural enrichment with additional benefits, such as improving the visual and sensory experience of food, thereby offering food producers additional means to market to and please the consumer.” In particular, Alltech is examining algae applications within aquaculture. A global survey of feed producers in 134 countries, carried out by Alltech, found that aquaculture feed production rose 17 percent in 2012, making it the fastest-growing species sector. Survey information also suggested that aquaculture feed may account for 10 percent of global feed tonnage in the next few years. As such, a primary focus of the research occurring within Alltech’s Ky.-based aquaculture research facility is the replacement of fish oil in aquaculture feeding programs and the enrichment of fillets with high DHA omega-3. “As we look ahead, we see algae as fundamental to Alltech’s future growth. The bottom line is that algae improve returns for the farmer with better environmental sustainability, while also creating a healthier population of both humans and animals,” Bourne said. “We will be increasing our investment in this division of Alltech and furthering our algae production footprint throughout the world to meet the demand for a sustainable source of DHA Omega-3.”
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‘You are an Iron Man’ From small steps to big changes
BY MARK D. RUCKER
I’m SO embarrassed,” I thought to myself. I looked at my daughter. I could see the look of disappointment in her eyes. I was crushed. I knew she was too, but an 11-yearold little girl would never say that to her dad. “It’s OK Dad. We can go do some other stuff,” she said. I wanted to cry. Honestly, later that night, I did. This wasn’t where I planned on being at age 40 — so overweight and out of shape that I couldn’t even fit on a rollercoaster. My wife and I had taken my kids to Gatlinburg for vacation and my 11-year-old daredevil daughter could not stop talking about riding all of the rollercoasters. All week long that was all that I heard. And when the big day at Dollywood came, I couldn’t fit into any of the rides. I promised my daughter on that trip that the next time we came back things would be different. I was determined to change my life. I was going to get fit and healthy. I was going to change everything immediately and be Superdad. But it didn’t happen. The desire to change was there, but the motivation to do so was lacking. I continued on my downward health spiral for another year or so after that trip. I had developed sleep apnea and was forced to use a CPAP machine to regulate my breathing at night. I was on high blood pressure medication. I was also, most likely, borderline diabetic. I say “borderline” simply because I was too afraid to address the issue with my doctor to find out. I honestly didn’t want to know. At my highest weight, I was 385 pounds. And then one day, I happened to reconnect with an old friend from high school on Facebook. Anita was always such a great person. She was also someone who had battled weight issues her entire life, like me, maxing out at almost 400 pounds. But something was different about her. She had changed her life. Through diet and exercise she had managed to lose, at the time, almost 180 pounds. She has since gone on to lose a total of 240 pounds. I became intrigued with her story. We talked back and forth about how she did it. I was so amazed at the difference in her, and the fact that she had done it all through healthy eating and exercise absolutely blew me away. I thought “if she can do it, then I can too.” But I didn’t. And then came the Super Bowl in 2011. My wife and I spent the evening with friends and I, of course, ate way too much. I woke up early the next morning and felt terrible. I had eaten so much that I had made myself sick. And at that moment, something clicked. I realized that if I didn’t do something right
Mark Rucker tells his story of transformation in hopes of helping others make the move to a healthier lifestyle.
then that I was going to have a very short life span. I’d leave my children without a father, and my wife without a husband. That thought terrified me. So I immediately got to work. I decided that the best way to change my life was to make small changes. I had tried to change in the past, but I always tried to do everything all at once. That plan usually worked for about two to three weeks and then I’d fall apart. Any weight I had lost would immediately be regained and usually more. This time, I started with small changes to my nutrition. The first thing that I did was to cut out sugary soft drinks. I decided that instead of going cold turkey that I would wean myself from the sodas. So I went out and bought a 24-pack of diet soda and I made a deal with myself. I decided to allow myself 1 can a day but that once the 24-pack ran out, I was going to be done with soda. I also decided to cut out all processed sugars and carbs to allow my body the time to process out the bad stuff that I had been putting in for so long. Instead of processed foods, I started eating whole fruits and vegetables. And it worked. I started losing weight. After my first week of cutting out the sodas and processed carbs, I made another change. I cut out salad dressings. Now, I love Ranch dressing, but I knew that it wasn’t good for me so I committed to stop eating it. And after a week of that change, I implemented another. I switched to raw almonds instead of roasted, salted. So far, I wasn’t going back to my old ways. I found that with small changes made over time I was having more success sticking with them. I continued to lose more weight. In March 2011, I decided that I wanted to start exercising, so I started walking. I was only able to do a mile at first. I was very slow, and it was difficult for me, but I stuck to it. I walked at work on my lunch break, and over a few weeks, I noticed that I lost more weight and felt much better than I had felt in a long time. I was able to work up to three to four miles a day on my lunch breaks. And I was starting to feel really good about this journey. In April, I decided that I wanted to be a runner. I started using the Couch 2 5K app on my iPhone. I remember the first day like it was yesterday. I had to run 9 intervals of 60 seconds with 90 seconds of walk time in between. I thought that I was going to die. But I stuck with it and ran my first 5K on July 4. Then I used Bridge 2 10K and trained for my first 10K which I completed on July 30, 2011. I also started biking in June 2011. I love to ride. There is something about riding my bike that takes me back to being a little kid. I love that feeling of freedom. I joined the local cycling club so I could be with others when I
Mark Rucker, pictured above before his 135-pound weight loss, says it was not being able to get on a roller coaster at Gatlinburg with his 11-year-old daughter that first prompted him to want to change his lifestyle.
In April 2013, a much healthier Mark Rucker is pictured above on a return trip to Gatlinburg without the worries of not being able to fit on a rollercoaster.
rode. I was intimidated at first, but the people in the club were so encouraging and I just loved it. I continued to lose more weight. After my 10K, I decided that I wanted to run a half marathon, so I began training using another app on my iPhone. On October 23, 2011, I ran my first half marathon in 2:42. I was thrilled. I then moved on to marathon training, using another app, and I ran my first marathon in February 2012. I finished in six hours. It was the hardest thing that I had ever done in my life, physically, but I cannot explain to you the feeling of accomplishment I felt when I crossed that finish line and saw my wife waiting for me.
Just a few years before being an “Ironman,” Mark Rucker was on blood pressure medicine, had sleep apnea and believes he was borderline diabetic.
I know there are many people out there who have the desire to change. Many of them just don’t know where and how to start. My hope is that by sharing my story, I can inspire those people to simply take that first small step.”
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fter that marathon, I decided that I wanted to become an Ironman. Actually, I had always wanted to be an Ironman, but I knew that running would be my toughest sport. I knew that once I completed the marathon, there was nothing that could hold me back. I decided that my first triathlon would be Ironman Muncie, a half Ironman that consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and then a 13.1 mile run. I had been running and biking now for almost a year, but I was not a swimmer at all. So in March 2012. I started swimming. It was like everything else that I had done. It was hard at first, but I just stayed focused and consistent, and in July 2012, I successfully completed Ironman Muncie. But I wasn’t finished. I decided that I wanted to do a full Ironman, and there was one scheduled for Louisville in August 2012. The full Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, followed by a full marathon, 26.2 miles. I gave it my best shot, but ended up having to withdraw at mile 50 on the bike ride. I was so disappointed to not finish, but at the same time, I was so amazed at what I had been able to accomplish in just 18 months. It took a few months for me to recover from that experience, not only physically but also mentally. It was the first thing I’d tried to accomplish on this journey that I had failed, and I took a few months away from hard train-
ing to think about what I wanted to do. Honestly, there was a part of me that wanted to give up, but I didn’t. I decided to re-focus and dedicate my entire year to Ironman Louisville 2013. I hired a triathlete coach and I also started swimming with a coached swim club. I didn’t sign up for any other races that year and spent February through August training solely for Ironman Louisville. And it paid off. On August 25, after 16 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds out on the course, I heard those magical words: “Mark Rucker, you are an Ironman!” It was one of the greatest moments of my life. I’m still amazed at how this incredible journey started and how far it has taken me in just 30 months. I’m down 135 pounds to 250 pounds and I feel amazing. My blood pressure is normal, my sleep apnea is gone and my symptoms of diabetes have all disappeared as well. People have asked me “what made you change?” Honestly, there is no single answer. I’ve thought about what happened. What was it that made the switch flip? I’ve come up with something of a multipart answer. I had the desire to change. The experience at Dollywood and the promise I made to my daughter provided that. I also had the inspiration provided by my friend Anita Mills. Those two elements, combined with the realization the morning after the Super Bowl that my life had to change, I believe are what led to the creation of my “perfect storm.” Now, I’m currently training to run a 100mile ultra marathon at the end of April 2014. I never could have imagined three years ago that I’d be doing this, but this journey has been all about taking small steps to achieve major changes. I know there are many people out there who have the desire to change. Many of them just don’t know where and how to start. My hope is that by sharing my story, I can inspire those people to simply take that first small step.
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Christmas Open House 2013 Thanks to everyone who joined us for the annual Hamburg Journal Christmas Open House. It was a lovely evening, with an inspired holiday menu and decor created especially for the Hamburg Journal guests by Tom Ulshafer and Deb Kirk at My Favorite Things (the delectable pastries were prepared by Martine’s). We enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones as we toasted to new beginnings in 2014. We wish all of our friends, readers, contributors and advertisers a healthy and joyous new year. Images by KentuckyStudio.com
Melinda Crowe (left), Hamburg Journal advertising representative, and Eddie Woodruff, Forcht Group CMO.
Pictured left to right: Forcht Group President Debbie Reynolds with Tom Ulshafer and Deb Kirk of My Favorite Things. The store designed the decor and menu especially for the open house.
Forcht Group Chairman Terry Forcht (left), and Tom Hourigan, president of First Financial Credit
Josh Bentley, with Man O’ War Harley Davidson
Annie White (left), Hamburg Journal advertising representative; Tucker Ballinger (center), Forcht Bank president; and Sarah Pitt, Forcht Group HR.
Sharla Hill with Dry Art Blow Dry Bar and Salon
James Bellando, Man O’ War Harley Davidson
Martine Holzman with her Christmas creations.
Taste this ... My Favorite Things shares menu ideas
To create the Hamburg Journal Christmas Open House, we knew to look no farther than our next door neighbors for decor and menu. Manager Tom Ulshafer, Deb Kirk and a crew of My Favorite Things elves set up shop at the Hamburg Journal offices for the entire week after Thanksgiving to design the space and then, the menu. There were so many compliments, we asked them to share some of the recipes from the evening. (Many of the ingredients are from the Robert Rothschild line and can be purchased at My Favorite Things on Old Rosebud Road.)
SPICY CORN RELISH DIP 1 jar Robert Rothschild Farm Sweet & Spicy Corn Relish 8 oz sour cream 8 oz monterey jack cheese 1 bag tortilla chip scoops Blend corn relish, sour cream and cheese together. Pipe dip into tortilla scoops.
HOT PEPPER PEACH CHEESEBALL 16 oz. cream cheese, softened 7 oz. Robert Rothschild Farm Hot Pepper Peach Preserves 2 T minced onion 2 cups finely shredded monterey jack cheese, divided Combine the cream cheese, half of the hot pepper peach preserves, onion, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Shape in a ball with lightly buttered hands. Roll in the remaining cheese and chill until serving. Just before serving, top with the remaining hot pepper peach preserves. Serve with crackers or toasted bread.
MASCARPONE CHEESE DIP 30 Robert Rothschild Farm Mini Fillo Shells 1 jar Robert Rothschild Farm Italian Herb & Wine Mascarpone Cheese Dip 15 cherry tomatoes, halved 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped Pipe dip into mini fillo shells. Serve at room temperature or heat in a 350 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Top with half a cherry tomato and add a julienne of basil
ASPARAGUS PUFFS 1 puff pastry sheet Robert Rothschild Farm Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel dip 2 oz prosciutto, thinly sliced
12 asparagus spears salt and pepper to taste Thaw puff pastry and roll out sheet onto a cutting board. Brush raspberry honey mustard pretzel dip onto puff pastry sheet. Cover with one layer of the thinly sliced prosciutto. Using a very sharp knife, slice into thin strips about Â˝ inch wide. Wrap each strip in a spiral around each asparagus spear. (Make sure the very end of asparagus is cut off to remove hard stalk.) Place onto parchment-lined baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake in 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Yields 12 asparagus puffs.
ONION BLOSSOM ROLLS 1 T butter 1 cup artichoke, minced 1 cup spinach, minced salt and pepper to taste 1 package breadsticks (pillsbury or similar) 2 T Robert Rothschild Farm Onion Blossom Horseradish Dip Â˝ cup tomatoes, diced parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter in a heated sautee pan. Add artichokes and spinach to pan and cook until spinach is very wilted. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Unroll breadstick dough and double up the dough, one on top of the other. Then, on a cutting board, thin the dough by rolling with a rolling pin. Spread thin layer of onion blossom horseradish dip on dough towards one end (leave space on sides as well). Spoon thin layer of artichoke/spinach mixture over onion blossom horseradish dip. Top with diced tomatoes and sprinkle with cheese. Roll up dough into small loaves for baking. Sprinkle outside with powdered parmesan cheese. Bake on a cookie sheet in oven for 20 - 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Slice and serve warm.
MINI MARTINIS 1 box Robert Rothschild Farm Mini Fillo Shells 1 cup Robert Rothschild Farm Dirty Martini Dip 8 green olives with pimento centers Slice the green olives in half. Fill each mini fillo shell with dirty martini dip. Garnish each mini fillo shell with a sliced olive, pimento side up, in authentic martini style. Images by KentuckyStudio.com
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Seeking? NEW YEAR AND NEW SPIRIT BY KIM THOMAS
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Faced with a brand-spanking new year, if your family is looking for ways to nurture your faith, there are plenty of neighborhood worship opportunities in the Hamburg area to get you started. Whether you’re contemplating baptism, joining a mission or volunteering (locally or globally), or enrolling the kids in a “do good deeds” class, churches whose members make the Hamburg hamlet their home welcome new members and new seekers with a number of options to help you find the new you in the new year. Do you yearn to grow spiritually, or is your resolution to join a choir, enroll your children in Bible study or find a great book club or film series? Perhaps your preferred path involves participation in small group ministry, or you are considering fasting or volunteering, with Lent just around the corner on the liturgical calendar. When the sacrifices of Lent give way to the joyous celebrations of Easter, there are many local communities in the neighborhood to nourish your spirit. Seeking discernment in the new year? Discover the wisdom of Solomon at Church of Christ East End, where evangelist Phillip Shumake will lead his congregation through a course that will explore King Solomon’s reign. Shumake invites others — from 3 months old to high school — to Bible study and in preparation for Easter and baptisms of Spring 2014, in participation with churches worldwide. On January 10-12, Southland Christian Church will be hosting free screenings of the 2013 Sundance award-winning movie, Blood Brother. Southland describes the movie as “a glimpse into the life of Rocky Braat as he faces pain, fear, heartache, death, danger, and — more than anything else — true joy and love while living and caring for HIV positive children in an Indian orphanage. Each day, Rocky must live amidst opposition from villagers and disease; but through everything, he stands by the kids and they return his dedica-
Southland Christian Church hosting free screenings of the 2013 Sundance award-winning movie, Blood Brother Jan. 10-12.
tion with their unconditional love.” Richmond Road campus screenings are Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m.; Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m.; and Jan. 12 at 9:30 a.m. Crossroads Christian Church at 4128 Todds Road offers a divorce care series, January through April 2014. This is for adults who are divorced or are going through a separation/divorce. This group is led by experienced facilitators that are passionate about helping others through this process. The class meets on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8 p.m. in room 106. The cost is $50 and includes a work-
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CHURCH DIRECTORY book, snacks and childcare. *Scholarships are available. On Jan. 18, Crossroads sponsors Woodhill Laundry Love, a regular opportunity to help people who are struggling financially by assisting them with doing their laundry. The group meets the third Saturday of every month at the Woodhill Laundry Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Also on the third Saturday of the month, Crossroads covers lunch service and clean up for the Lexington Rescue Mission, GlenArvin location. Six to eight volunteers are needed each time. On Jan. 26, Crossroads hosts Church Under the Bridge, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Crossroads provides the worship, message and meal for up to 300 attendees. CUTB meets at Broadway Christian Church from November through March. If you live to serve, Eastland Church of God’s Winter Growth Group focuses on helping people grow and apply their faith through serving. If you desire to address global concerns, you can support Ugandan Orphans Choir at Liberty Road Community Church. What’s better than free lunch? Vineyard Community Church welcomes new members with free lunch and free childcare at their newcomer meetings. Seek and ye shall find diversity at Christ Centered Church, where there is a CAP program focusing on children who are less fortunate, a puppet ministry utilizing young people and a gospel quartet with a band. This is just a sampling of the bounty of classes and activities you can join and explore your faith in the coming year. Call any of the churches and ask about any of the above activities for the new year. If your church hosts programming in 2014 (speakers’ bureaus, lecture series, lunch or dinner programs, concerts and performances, or volunteer opportunities), email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NEW YOU YMCA offers tips to jump-start resolutions; Hamburg facility is a priority
BY JOHN WHITLOCK
It’s that time of the year again, time to pull out the running shoes and yoga pants, toss out the processed, sugar-filled foods from our cabinets, kiss that last mocha milkshake goodbye and swear this will be a new year and a brand new you. If past resolutions have been reduced to buckets of excuses, don’t let yesterday get you down. Today is a new day. Today there can be new you. “Growing up I was always athletic and played several sports,” local YMCA member Donna Patton said in a testimonial about her experience at the YMCA. “As years passed, our family grew and so did my body. There was never enough time for me, and the gym was so intimidating. I could always find an excuse.” Patton joined the YMCA’s Get Fit pro-
gram to kick-start her road to success and credited the group for giving her confidence in her “natural physical abilities.” “One day, I saw the description for Fit Club in the Y brochure and thought it was time to step out of my comfort zone. I am so glad that I did,” she said. “Not only did I enjoy the group exercise but our team became my friends. We laugh together and encourage each other as well as hold each other accountable. Our trainer adapted the exercises to accommodate all fitness levels. Fit Club has sparked my interest to try other classes the Y offers such as cycling, TRX and reformer pilates. I am grateful to have made the choice three years ago to start making time for me. It has changed my life as well as my family’s. We are all living a healthier lifestyle today.” Julie Balog, vice president of marketing and communications for YMCA of Central
Kentucky, said good health needs to be the goal. “At the Y, it isn’t just about losing weight for our health seekers,” Balog said. “It is about giving them a community where they feel welcome, where they can thrive and where they adapt healthy habits that last a lifetime.” YMCA Central Kentucky currently has three full-facility locations in Lexington: Beaumont Centre Family YMCA, High Street YMCA and North Lexington YMCA. Balog said building a Y facility in Hamburg is a strategic priority. “For the time being, we are offering classes, such as zumba, ripped and kickboxing at Athens Chilesburg Elementary on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.,” she said. “The classes are free to citywide members or $3 per person per class for non-citywide members. You can
purchase eight classes for $20.” A Hamburg location seems imminent considering the growth of the Central Kentucky YMCA . “Each year, we serve about 68,000 people through our programs and services ranging from fitness classes to after-school programs to youth sports programs. We have nearly 30,000 active members currently,” Balog said. “Each year, we do see an increase in membership enrollment which is exciting. Lexington, central Kentucky, is a wonderful place for someone who is seeking an active, healthy lifestyle, and the Y offers a variety of programs and services to meet those needs. We are a comfortable environment for health seekers who wish to adapt to a healthier lifestyle while also offering a strong array of programs and classes that appeal to the already fit.”
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where to go ...
North Lexington YMCA
381 West Loudon Ave 40508 • 859-258-9622
Beaumont Centre Family YMCA
3251 Beaumont Centre Circle 40513 • 859-219-9622
New YMCA members begin at every level, so it’s important not get discouraged. In order to be successful, Balog offered some tips for YMCA beginners: • TRY NEW THINGS. To reach your goals, sometimes you have to add a little bit of variety to your workouts. Who better to help you feel comfortable with new exercises than the people that know them the best? They will make sure you are using proper technique with each exercise so that you do not injure yourself. Plus, trainers have access to some tools that you may see on TV and are saved exclusively for trainees. • HAVE FUN. Your trainer will spend time learning about you and the things you like to do. Maybe you like to play golf or just love being outside. The trainers will adapt your exercise plans to fit your interests and make it as enjoyable as possible. They
have a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Be sure to ask for someone who fits your interests. • FIND A WORKOUT BUDDY. The Get Fit and Stay Fit classes are a great way to exercise in the company of new or old friends. Sign up with a friend or join one and meet someone with similar interests as you. The workouts will challenge you each week, but the support of the team will make it enjoyable. The classes are also a great way to have the help of a personal trainer and save a little bit of money. • LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF. A trainer can often help you uncover potential that you weren’t even aware you had. The trainer is the channel that helps you reach your healthy living goals. If you allow them to gently push you and expose you to new things, you will grow in spirit, mind and body.
High Street YMCA
239 East High Street 40507 • 859-254-9622 No joining fee through Jan. 15. More than 200+ group exercise classes across the three YMCAs each week that are included in a citywide membership; High Street/North has about 100 classes per week; free classes include TRX, mat pilates, indoor cycling, yoga and zumba.
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Live and Learn in 2014 GET CENTERED
Is this the year you learn...French? Gluten-free baking? Self-Defense? Perhaps your New Year’s resolutions are more about adding new skills and experiences to your life rather than subtracting vices. There is no shortage of learning opportunities in Lexington, for everyone from kids to seniors (just don’t let the kids go to beer school)! CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE UK’s Confucius Institute offers Chinese language and culture courses January 15 through May 2. Chinese 1 is designed for students with no background in the Chinese language. It focuses on the practical use of the language: speaking, listening, reading and writing Chinese characters. Chinese 2 is designed for students who have been learning Chinese for about two semesters and have mastered about 150 Chinese characters and the practical uses of the language. Tai Chi and Martial Arts: learn and practice the Chinese Wushu (meaning martial art) of tai chi, tai chi sword, or the long-style fist. These martial arts can help cultivate your balance, increase coordination, and is designed to contribute to overall health. Business Chinese is designed for students who have been learning Chinese for about two semesters and have mastered about 150 Chinese characters and the prac-
tical uses of the language. FRENCH? OUI, OUI! Don’t put off French any longer. The Carnegie Center on Second Street invites you to “spend your winter days warming your cold English tongue with the phonetics of a romance language. In no time, Monique Roman, Carnegie’s premiere French instructor, will have your guttural Rs rolling right into that dream vacay in Paris. By summer you’ll be saying ‘c’est la vie’ from a cafe overlooking the Eiffel Tour, scarfing down bread that magically doesn’t turn into pounds.” They offer beginning, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Level 6, Level 7, and Level 8. LEARN TO COOK IN 2014 Wild Thyme offers an array of options. Thursday January 9: kick off a 21-day sugar detox class with meal plan. Thursday January 16: at 6 pm, learn back to basics sauces and cooking with herb and spice Friday January 17 at 6:30 pm is Healthy Seafood Cookery 101 Saturday January 18 at 6 pm is Sushi Night 101 Tuesday January 21 at 6 pm, master gluten-free baking Thursday January 30 at 6 pm “Souper Bowl,” steps to soup making Friday January 31 at 6:30 pm is super-
bowl appetizers and gourmet game day munchies WHOLE HEALTH Centered Lexington on North Ashland offers drop-in classes for $12 (along with monthly plans, and a monthly unlimited option). Their website quotes an emergency room doctor who says, “May I recommend three things to improve your life: “Yoga, Bodywork, and Centered. All three are recent discoveries for me, and my mental and physical health are reaping the benefits.” Community Movement Community Movement - is a blend of seated yoga, meditation, tai chi, breathing, gentle strengthening exercises and postural awareness. This class is a great way to ease back into movement following injury, surgery or periods of general inactivity. Tuesday is donation based and open to all interested in trying out the variety of movement options that Centered has to offer. Thursday is a bit more energizing and is a paid class. Kids Creative Movers and Dancers – A playful blend of movement, dance, and wellness designed to entice our little ones creativity and spirit. Class is appropriate for ages 4 – 10. Yoga - Yoga is a stress-relieving practice that involves stretching, controlled breathing, and relaxing the mind. Centered
offers a variety of levels and styles of yoga practice. Meditation – During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing the stress. Please inquire about our one on one meditation sessions. Candy Mountain Music - is a uniquely creative experience in Early Childhood Music. It offers completely interactive activities to encourage bonding, language development, movement and body control, vocal play, listening skills, instrument exploration and mastery, and a basic understanding of tempo, dynamics, musical form, and response. Miss Sarah uses dance, original songs, chants, clapping, puppets, props, books, balls, and games to explore kid-friendly themes on a rotating basis. This class is appropriate for ages 1-5. Children younger or older are welcomed if interested. CMM For Babies - This class will be for ages 3 months – beginning walkers. This class will include bonding songs, playful baby massage, beginning instruments, dancing, rhymes, and prop exploration (scarves, parachute, etc.). Capoeira – is a martial art developed in Brazil. It blends a warrior’s dance, a kid’s game, music and dance, acrobatics, and self-defense. This class will also cover
instruments like the Berimbau, Atabaque and Pandeiro. Aikido – is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies and philosophy. Aikido is often translated as “the Way of unifying with life force energy” or as “the Way of harmonious spirit.” Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido requires very little physical strength as the lead uses the attackers momentum using entering and turning movements. Zumba – is an awesome dance fitness program that involves dancing and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance movements that help bring a fun and exciting element to fitness. Personal Training – is a program that we offer through an onsite certified Personal Trainer to help on your path toward a healthier and more workout efficient program. NIA – is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, healing arts, and dance arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Tai Chi – is a Chinese martial art com-
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posed primarily of slow meditative physical movements designed for application, relaxation, balance, physical and mental health. Drumming – is a class that offers a catalyst for self-expression through percussion. Qi Gong Basics – is an introduction to the fundamental postures, breathing methods and movement protocols that form the foundation of Qi Gong practice. The class is open to everyone with the goal of giving the student the tools to develop their own practice and use the diverse methods of Qi Gong to meet their individual goals and needs. Lionflow Yoga- This Yoga style uses gentle movements and powerful postures with a blend of non-repetitive yoga flow and qi-gong to warm up the body internally, safely stretching deeper into poses toward the end of class. BEER SCHOOL Tuesday, January 7, 6 p.m. Whole Foods Market Lexington Meet for Beer School on the first Tuesday of every month! Team Members, Joey and Michael will share their knowledge while “schooling” you in the art of beer. Of course, school is never fun without full participation - so, bring an appetite for sampling beer and light food pairings.
MAKE WINE, CIDER, AND MEAD Lexington Beerworks says they’re not just your friendly neighborhood beer making shop anymore. They stock supplies and ingredients for making wine, mead and cider, and their January class will teach you all you need to know. All supplies and equipment purchased the day of the class are 10 percent off. Class is Sunday, January 26. LEARN TO CODE... Is this the year you conquer technology? Awesome Inc. says “We believe that anyone can learn to code, no matter your age, gender, or favorite basketball team. There is no age requirement at Awesome Inc U. We’ve seen successful programmers as young as elementary school and several in their 60s. The average age of our students is 27, more than 25 percent of our students are female, and we’ve had students travel from places like Nashville and Detroit to participate in our courses.” They will offer a one-day crash course on iPhone app development, January 19, noon to 6 pm. On Sunday, January 26, they will offer a PHP web development one-day crash course. GO GREEN The Arboretum on Cooper Drive is the state botanical garden of Kentucky. They
offer a wide range of classes and programming, year round. On January 16 at 4 pm, bonsai artist Ryan Gugeler will guide you in styling, trimming, and wiring a Japanese Yew, which will go home with you after the workshop. He will talk about taking care of your bonsai as it matures. Bring small pruning shears. On January 21 at 10 am, you can attend a lecture about sustainable landscaping practices: This talk will include an overview of several sustainable landscaping practices, including promoting diversity with proper plant selection, conserving water and protecting soils, composting to amend soils and promote soil health, and engaging in practices that provide for human, pet, and wildlife well being. GROW YOUR ART SMARTS Develop your artistic skills and explore your creativity through the University of Kentucky School of Art & Visual Studies’ Fine Arts Institute. The Institute offers access to the classrooms and teaching resources of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Art for a variety of non-credit, community education courses. Classes begin in February and include woodworking, ceramics, beginning to paint, and beginning metal working.
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Weight Loss Challenge Kickoff
SATURDAY JANUARY 4
John’s Run Walk is once again partnering with Endurance Base Camp to offer a customized training program for spring 2014. Whether you are an experienced marathoner looking to improve your race time or a beginner training for your first 5K the program offers a specific training program for your goals. Some of the area’s top races March through May include: Shamrock Shuffle 3K, Papa John’s 10 Miler, RuntheBluegrass Half Marathon, Kentucky Derby Marathon and Mini, Berea Foot Pursuit 10K, Flying Pig Marathon and Half Marathon and the Race for Chrysalis 5K. Questions: email@example.com. (Cost of the training program, $100 for one individual.)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Weight Loss Challenge Kickoff: FREE, 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 7, William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 E. Sixth St; Start the new year with a weigh-in and healthy living ideas, then stay for low-impact aerobics classes. For more information, contact Jill Chenault-Wilson with the Lexington Division of Parks & Recreation at (859) 3896678.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 at 6 p.m.
Cooper-Clayton Smoking Cessation Classes: Classes provide support, education and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Requires participants to pay $10 each week for the first 10 weeks -- can be paid in full at beginning, or weekly. 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at Nathaniel United Methodist Mission, 616 De Roode St.
TUESDAY JANUARY 14 at 6 p.m.
Cooper-Clayton Smoking Cessation Classes: Classes provide support, education and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Requires participants to pay $10 each week for the first 10 weeks -- can be paid in full at beginning, or weekly. 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at Saint Joseph Cancer Center, 701 Bob-O-Link Drive, Suite 250
THURSDAY JANUARY 16 at 6:30 p.m.
A New You: Healthy Eating for 2014: FREE, 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 16, Beaumont Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way. Learn healthy weight-loss strategies, including meal planning and eating healthy on a budget. Registration required: call (859) 288-2352 or (859) 231-5500.
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Third Thursday of each month, Breastfeeding Basics. FREE class for expecting parents, which covers how to breastfeed, ensuring baby gets enough and information about pumps/supplies. 7-8:30 p.m. third Thursday of each month, Babies R Us Hamburg. Registration required at (859) 263-8598. SUNDAY JANUARY 19 AT 3:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga. This class is for
anyone seeking stress relief, suffering from illness, injury or major life changes, and is a gentle introduction to yoga techniques. No prior yoga experience necessary.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 at 11 a.m.
Tai Chi – Chai Tea! Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington Green). Explore the world of Tai Chi! Stay youthful and vibrant through meditation, breathing and gentle movement. All levels of participation are welcome, beginner to advanced. Refresh after with some chai tea and conversation with new
friends in the Bronte Bistro. Sign up at our front register.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 at 7 p.m.
Renea Sageser, SLP, owner, Associates in Pediatric Therapy. Joseph Beth Booksellers (Lexington Green) Is your child a late talker? Do you think your child may be behind in his/her language development? A discussion regarding language development for infants and children (0-5 years). Learn the basic language development stages for each age group and methods of promoting
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LEX FLU CREW As everyone returns to work and school post-holidays, the likelihood of spreading germs increases. So, join the Lex Flu Crew and help fight the flu in Lexington as we enter 2014. Get vaccinated, wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes and stay home if you’re sick. For more information about the flu, including FAQs and the types of vaccine available, visit www.LexFluCrew.com. speech and language development for your child. This event is for parents and children and will include activities and crafts for the kids!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 at 7 p.m.
Your Health: Small Changes = Big Results Dr. Leo Boisvert of Malabu Family Chiropractic at Joseph Beth Booksellers. The inflammatory effects of grains: Why wheat, corn, & soy are not your friends. Losing weight and becoming healthier in the New Year are common resolutions, have you been successful? Is grain to blame? Grains, especially wheat, have been genetically modified for the last 60 years, today’s wheat - with few exceptions - is NOT what our parents ate. Avoiding grains can be difficult, but do-able and Dr. Leo presents his grain-free take on a healthier you in the New Year. Featured books are Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter.
Health department suggests steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning The high number of winter weather power outages in Central Kentucky has caused many people to resort to using alternative heat sources to heat their homes, increasing the possibility for exposure to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO). The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recommends that people follow these guidelines in order to prevent CO poisoning in their home: Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or near a window. Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open. Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t properly vented. Don’t attempt to heat your house with a gas oven. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Early symptoms include headache,
nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Carbon monoxide poisoning is treatable. Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall for daylight savings time. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that kills more than 500 Americans each year. In a 72-hour period in December, the Kentucky Poison Control Center received 95 calls to its hotline seeking information on CO poisoning and 40 Kentuckians received treatment at hospitals, according to Poison Center Director Henry Spiller. All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning. Certain groups – unborn babies, infants and people with chronic heart disease, anemia or respiratory problems – are more susceptible to its effects. If you are experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning or if you have questions, call the Poison Control hot line at (800) 222-1222.
SUNDAY JANUARY 26 at 2 p.m.
Frigid Fanny 4 Miler is Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2pm at the Kentucky Horse Park (Visitors Center Area) Chip timed race, DJ, Indoor facilities, Awards for Overall and AG categories, Raffle, Winter Running Cap for all registrants.
JANUARY 28 - 29, 2014
2014 Prescription Drug Abuse Conference: The Different Faces of Substance Abuse 5th Annual Conference, Marriott Griffin Gate. The Different Faces of Substance Abuse is a partnership of the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Kentucky and State Drug Abuse Prevention Agencies. IF YOU HAVE A HEALTH AND WELLNESS EVENT IN LEXINGTON, SHARE IT WITH THE HAMBURG JOURNAL READERS. EMAIL US AT INFO@HAMBURGJOURNAL.COM, or tag us on facebook, twitter, or instagram.
JANUARY 9, 14
Smoking Cessation Classes
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‘Elvis is back’
Million Dollar Quartet comes to Lexington Opera House BY MICHAEL J. MILLER
t first glance, Million Dollar Quartet appears to be another touring impersonator/cover band concert, but nothing could be further than the truth. Rather, this recent Broadway smash musical brings to life one of the most mythical-yet-true jam session in the history of rock and roll. Just before Christmas in 1956, Carl Perkins found himself in a bit of a post- “Blue Suede Shoes” funk. He booked a recording session with producer Sam Phillips and his band along with Jerry Lee Lewis and laid down some fresh tracks, one that included what would go on to become one of the best known Perkins songs, “Matchbox.” What happened later that December afternoon has become the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend. But it really happened, and Million Dollar Quartet brings it all to life. It is like being a fly on the wall while pop culture history is being made. At some point later that day, Perkins and Phillips were joined by a young upstart
named Elvis Presley and another young man in black, Johnny Cash. The four broke into an impromptu jam session, and luckily, nobody bothered to turn off the recording equipment. A newspaper man who was there wrote, “This quartet could sell a million.” But they didn’t. Because that rare December day was the only time the four legends-to-be ever performed together. Under the expert direction of Eric Schaeffer, who helmed the critically acclaimed 2011 revival of “Follies,” Million Dollar Quartet turns that historic December day in 1956 into a rock ‘n’ roll time capsule. Some have referred to it as a cross between Mamma Mia! and Jersey Boys as a way of relating its story arc and “jukebox” musical qualities. A recent tour stop in Boston prompted this response from The Boston Globe critic: “Yes, you’ve heard most of these songs a million times before, but the show reminds you why they became classics in the first place. Million Dollar Quartet turns out to be an unexpected treat and delivers on one of the promises that’s always been at the heart of
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony® award-winning
Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by the legendary Sam Phillips, at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Hits included in the show are “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. rock ‘n’ roll, something that shouldn’t be taken for granted: the simple pleasures of a good time.” I can’t think of a better way to get over the post-holiday slump than putting on my blue suede shoes and dancing in my seat at the Opera House with some old school rock ‘n’ roll.
Million Dollar Quartet runs a approximately 90 minutes and is performed without an intermission. Jan. 10 through 12 at the Lexington Opera House. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and at the Lexington Center Ticket Office, (859) 233-3535.
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New Year Hike 11 a.m. McConnell Springs−Bring the whole family out to McConnell Springs on Jan. 1 and start your new year out on a healthy note! Participants will take a short hike and enjoy all the sights and sounds that can be found during the winter months at the nature park. This program will be cancelled in the event of threatening weather. Looking Back in the New Year 1 p.m. at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary–Join the staff of Raven Run for the first walk of the season and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the forests to view our mill site, first built in 1837. This is a great time of the year to see deer, turkey and beautiful dried wildflowers. We know that many people have made it a tradition to spend part of their New Year’s Day with us at Raven Run. Make this tour part of your yearly tradition as well.
JANUARY 2 Gurlz for Gurlz Coffee Time South Lexington chapter meets on the first Thursday of every month. We are women supporting women in business and in life. Miles Noland from Noland Fitness will be speaking to us to help us get ready for 2014. 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at Good Foods Coop.
JANUARY 4 Nuclear Cowboys. The highly acclaimed 2014 Nuclear Cowboyz® freestyle motocross tour (FMX) is the most explosive choreographed arena-based production in the world. 7:30 p.m. at Rupp Arena.
JANUARY 5 Artful Sunday. Family-friendly tours and art activities. 859-257-5716. 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Art Museum at the University of Kentucky.
UK Women’s Basketball vs Florida 3 p.m. Memorial Coliseum
JANUARY 6 Keeneland Horse Sales continue through Friday, January 10. Spectators are welcome.
JANUARY 7 Nonfiction Writing Group Tuesdays, January 7-March 25 /$144 Join a lively, diverse group of people in exploring nonfiction writing, including personal essays, columns, magazine pieces, and autobiography. This is a chance to limber up as a writer, get feedback from others, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere. Contact Jessica Mohler at 859-273-2911. Noon - 1:30 p.m. Carnegie Center.
JANUARY 8 UK vs Mississippi State Men’s Basketball. Rupp Arena. Comedy Off Broadway: Ian Bagg Appearing from January 8, 2014 - January 11, 2014 Ian tours constantly throughout the world, and has made repeat appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and Craig Ferguson. His Comedy Central Presents Ian Bagg was so well-received that Ian ended up dating Britney Spears for three nights.
JANUARY 9 Bluegrass Heritage Museum 2nd Thursday Program Jerry Cecil will discuss the “Old Schools of Clark County.” All programs take place at the museum and are free. Building has handicapped accessible side entrance and elevator. Doors open at 6 pm and program begins at 6:30 p.m.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Seniors Writing Group. WINTER: Fridays, January 10-March 28 /SPRING: Fridays, April 11-May 23.This group features in-class writing exercises; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems and stories; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation. Contact Jessica Mohler at 859-273-2911. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Lexington Senior Center.
JANUARY 9 Love, Loss, and What I Wore By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman Performed by Studio Players. Directed by Ellen Hellard Funny and compelling stories about women, clothes and the memories they evoke, on all the important subjects - mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. $18 adults, $10 students Shows run weekends starting Jan. 9; last show is Jan. 19. Carriage House, 154 W. Bell Ct. Writing Poems: Revision as Regeneration Thursdays, January 9-February 13 /$125. During this six-week course we will look at our “failed” poems and poemsin-progress in search of their original energy. Using a range of revision techniques we will attempt to open our poems to their deep possibilities. 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Center.
JANUARY 10 Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame. Individual tickets will go on sale Friday August 29, 2013. Lexington Opera House 401 W. Short Street.
Diamond Rings & Pretty Things Winter Bridal Show. Join us for the Diamond Rings and Pretty Things Winter Bridal Show, Saturday January 11 and Sunday, January 12 at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena. Meet with over 90 of the area’s favorite wedding professionals and find out just how much fun you can have planning your wedding! 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Kentucky Horse Park. Try It! Wheelthrowing. Students will learn to make pottery using a potter’s wheel. Clay and tools provided. Firing available for an additional fee. Adults and children (6+) with an adult are welcome. Limit 10 students $25 Saturday Noon - 2 p.m. Kentucky Mudworks 825 National Ave. Lexington KY, 40502.
JANUARY 12 Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers. Balagula Theatre presents Terrorism, a play by the Presnyakov Brothers. The play will run January 12-15, 19-22. $75 Season Tickets will be available starting July 15. 108 Esplanade #240 Lexington, Kentucky 40507 The New Old Cavalry at Al’s Bar. The New Old Cavalry is a five-piece string band based in Bloomington, Indiana that deploys nontraditional bluegrass music in a traditional format—expanding the culture of bluegrass without defying the great tradition of American string music.
JANUARY 13 Learn to swing dance with the Hepcats! Beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes offered, something for everyone! Learn from our award winning instructors and let the Hepcats put the swing in your step! See www.Luv2SwingDance.com for all the details. 7 - 9 p.m. Adath Israel Temple, 124 N. Ashland Ave. Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers. Balagula Theatre presents Terrorism, a play by the Presnyakov Brothers. The play will run January 12-15, 19-22. $75 Season Tickets will be available starting July 15.108 Esplanade #240 Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Terrorism by the Presnyakov BrothersBalagula Theatre presents Terrorism, a play by the Presnyakov Brothers. The play will
Swan Lake January 15
run January 12-15, 19-22. Season Tickets will be available starting July 15. 108 Esplanade #240 Lexington, Kentucky 40507
JANUARY 15 DANCE Moscow Festival Ballet performs Swan Lake, 7:30 pm, EKU Center for the Arts. Fiction Writing Group WINTER: Wednesdays, January 15-March 5 SPRING: Wednesdays, April 9-May 28 /$80 per season This is an opportunity for fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience. Through hands-on writing exercises and discussion of the work of contemporary fiction writers. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Carnegie Center Novels in Progress Wednesdays, January 15-March 19 /$120 Are you actively working on a manuscript? Would you like a group that offers support, feedback, inspiration, constructive criticism, and a place to celebrate? We will meet, read our work, offer opinions, share experiences. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Carnegie Center Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers Balagula Theatre presents Terrorism, a play by the Presnyakov Brothers. The play will run January 12-15, 19-22. Season Tickets will be available starting July 15. 108 Esplanade #240 Lexington, Kentucky 40507
JANUARY 16 Bonsai Workshop Bonsai artist Ryan Gugeler will guide you in styling, trimming, and wiring a Japanese Yew, which will go home with you after the workshop. He will also discuss how to care for your tree as it matures. Please bring small pruning shears. Cost: $35; Friends of The Arboretum $32. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Arboretum Comedy Off Broadway: Henry Cho - Appearing from Jan. 16, - January 18,
Ian Bagg January 8
2014 “I’m an Asian with a Southern accent,” remarks Henry Cho. “To a lot of people, that right there is funny.” Always making the most of who he is, Henry Cho is an in-demand and accomplished entertainer. Most recently Henry inked a deal with CBS and Paramount Studios to co-create, write, produce and star in his own sitcom. Also appearing: Jake Gulledge and Scott Wilson. Comedy Off Broadway. Once Upon A Time: Personalizing Bedtime Stories January 16, 23, 30, and February 7 Instructors: Marie Mitchell and Mason Smith, Tuition: $40. 7 pm - 8:30 pm. Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 West Water Street
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Program and the birds that visit bird feeders in this urban area. Registration is requested and can be done by calling 225-4073. Family Day in Clay. Mudworks offers seasonally themed workshops for families. Students will learn various handbuilding techniques. Clay, tools and underglazes provided. Children must be attended by a paying adult if under age 8. Project: Valentine boxes. Noon to 2 p.m. FAMILY Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, 3 pm, EKU Center for the Arts. UK vs TN Men’s Basketball. Noon. Rupp Arena.
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JANUARY 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Basketball Classic Youth ages 7–13 years are invited to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic. This free event will take place from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the William Wells Brown Community Center. Teams will be divided into two age categories: 7–9 and 10–13. The tournament format is limited to 12 players per team and four teams per age group. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the tournament. To register by the January 14 deadline, call 389-6689 CONCERT Luke Bryan, 7:30 pm, Rupp Arena. Kentucky Mudworks. Bring a loved
one or just yourself for a fun evening of wheelthrowing with a Mudworks’ instructor. Clay and tools provided. Firing available for an additional fee. Adults and children (6+) are welcome. Limit 10 students.7-9 p.m. Luke Bryan — Come watch ACM’s Entertainer of the Year, Luke Byran as he kicks of his “That’s My Kinda Night” Tour! With special guests: Lee Brice & Cole Swindell. 7:30 p.m. Rupp Arena.
JANUARY 18 Junior Naturalist Feeder Watch 10 a.m. at McConnell Springs−Youth ages 10 and younger are invited to come out to McConnell Springs and take part in the Junior Naturalist Feeder Watch program. Individuals will learn about the national Feeder Watch
Harlem Globetrotters. From tip off till the final whistle, FUN for the whole family! The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters bring their ridiculous basketball skills and amazing athletes to the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. Don’t miss this must see family fun event! And, don’t forget to get autographs and photographs with your favorite players after the game! $24 / $32 / $41 / $50 / $64 (VIP) / $109 (Magic Circle)
JANUARY 20 Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast. The purpose of the unity breakfast is to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his ideals for peace and unity. The breakfast initiates the King Day commemoration, heightens community awareness and informs the community about Dr. King, his work, his dream and his legacy. The breakfast instills in the hearts and minds of the people of this community that we can live, work, play and grow together in harmony. The breakfast involves individuals
from all walks of life as guest speakers and program participants and is open to every diverse segment of this community. The breakfast supports the Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation’s many community outreach programs and allows the Foundation to acknowledge individuals and organizations who promote unity within this community. For more tickets and information visit: www. lexingtonalpha.org. Tickets are $20 each
JANUARY 21 UK vs Texas A&M Men’s Basketball 9 p.m., Rupp Arena. Sustainable Landscaping Practices. An overview of sustainable landscaping practices, including engaging in practices that provide for human, pet and wildlife well-being. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The Arboretum at 500 Alumni Drive.
JANUARY 24 Black Jacket Symphony performs Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy Tickets On Fri, January 24, 8 p.m. Lexington Opera House. Cardinal Hill’s Wild Game Dinner & Sport Auction Sporting & hunting enthusiasts, along with friends of Cardinal Hill Hospital, join together for an evening of “wild” fun at the annual Wild Game Dinner! Enjoy dinner prepared by local chefs along with live entertainment and live & silent auctions. All proceeds benefit Cardinal Hill! 6:30 p.m.The Campbell House Legendary Craftsmen Dinner Series A one-of-a-kind dinner event featuring hardto-find tasting of our Legendary Craftsmen’s namesake bourbons, a distillery tour and glimpse into the history and heritage of the fine gentlemen that helped build the World’s Most Award-Winning Distillery. 1/10: George T. Stagg 1/17:E.H Taylor, Jr. 1/24: Albert B. Blanton. $50 per person, $135 per person for three events. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Buffalo Trace.
JANUARY 25 FAMILY Sid the Science Kid (a live stage performance of the popular PBS kids TV show, produced by the Jim Henson company). 7:30 p.m., EKU Center for the Arts. UK vs Georgia Men’s Basketball 1:30 p.m., Rupp Arena.
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