FREE December 2011
Central Kentuckyâ€™s Parenting Magazine www.LexingtonFamily.com
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Things To Do In December
Santa Sightings in Town Holiday Gift Guide A to Z Where to Volunteer for Holidays Serving Central Kentucky parents for 14 years
Letter From the Editor
Help Us Spread the Hope to Children of Appalachia
for the children to arrive. n early December a few years officials and each other and headed When the bleachers were full and ago on a cold clear day, I headed home. after a brief evangelical program, out the Mountain Parkway and It was a gratifying trip back to we pulled back the covers, and it snaked through country roads to Lexington, knowing we might was Christmas morning. an elementary school in Owsley have enriched the holidays for a Dozens and dozens of children County, one of the nation’s poorest community of children. poured over the toys and clothes, counties. For the past 16 years, Mission of and filled up their bags to bring I arrived with a team of Hope has been bringing Christmas home to share with siblings. volunteers from NorthEast to 17,000 Appalachian children Christian Church, each season. “It was gratifying knowing emissaries from the This year you can help Mission of Hope’s by dropping off new toys, we might have enriched the Christmas Crusade, clothes, food and hygiene holidays for those children.” products into the Mission of a Christian outreach program for the children Hope Big Blue Barrel at our For some, those gifts might have of Appalachia. office at 138 East Reynolds Road. been the only ones they received for Our mission was to unpack a We’re giving away prizes to all the holidays. truck full of new toys, clothes, food who contribute. (For details, see After the children returned to and hygiene items and display them Pages 20 &24.) class, we packed up the empty on tables set up in the school gym. Please join us in “Spreading the boxes, said goodbye to school We covered the tables and waited Hope” to children who need it. Y
Editor John Lynch Advertising Kristi Boss Lindsay Emmerich Glenda Isaac Gary Mazza Marketing & Promotions Laurie Evans Graphic Design Daniel Morgan Cover Photography Portrait Shoppe
Publisher Dana Tackett
Office Manager Carla Hall
• Distribution Monthly • Circulation 30,000 • Readership 72,000 • Distribution Points 650 in 8 counties
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Short Stuff Holiday events from Nutcrackers to the Candy Cane Concert and the new Ice Rink, plus a Recipe and Moms Who Make a Difference Holiday Gift Guide Gift ideas from A-Z, plus an ornament your kids can make and Santa Sightings around town
departments 4 / ShortStuff 30-43 / Calendar 42 / Dr. Hayslip 44 / Dr. Graebe 45 / Pediatric Corner 46 / KU’s Scholar Athlete
Spread the Hope Mission of Hope spreads joy to children in Appalachia The Gift of Giving Where your family can volunteer for the holidays Foster Care Innovation Key Assets is first agency in state to use Team Parenting approach
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On the Cover Mason Graham, 3, daughter of Renee and James of Lexington, shows off her holiday dress from Kid-to-Kid. Photo by the Portrait Shoppe
giveaways Win 2 sets of 4 tickets to the “The Nutcracker in One Act” performed by the Bluegrass Youth Ballet Dec. 9-11 at the Lyric Theatre. Info: 280-2218 or www.bluegrassyouthballet.com.
Win one of three beautifully carved wooden ornaments from K & M Crafts of Kentucky.
Win 2 tickets to see “Shrek The Musical” at Rupp Arena Feb 17-19. Info: 233-3535. Win 3 copies of “Get Up and Dance” from O-Games for the PS3 and Nintendo Wii game systems.
To register for these giveaways, visit www.lexingtonfamily. com or call 223-1765 by Dec. 7 for the “The Nutcracker” tickets and by Dec. 15 for the others and identify which advertisement contains the icon of the smiling woman’s face pictured here. Also, tell us where you picked up the magazine.
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Holidays Abound With Nutcrackers
Choose From 3 in December Every year Lexington watches as different performances of “The Nutcracker” delight crowds of all ages. The Bluegrass Youth Ballet dancers, under the direction of Adalhi Aranda Corn, will put on an hour-long performance of “The Nutcracker In One Act” that promises to be colorful, enchanting, technically brilliant, fun and ideal for families. Performances at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center on Third Street will be Dec. 9-10 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 10-11 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $12-$15. Info: 280-2218 or 271-4472. www.bluegrassyouthballet. com. Kentucky Ballet Theatre will perform “The Nutcracker” for
two weekends at the Lexington Opera House at 430 W. Vine St. Watch as the stage transforms with toys, snow, mice and visions of sugar plums. Performances will be Dec. 9-10 and 16-17 at 8 p.m. Matinees will be Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-18 at 2 p.m. Info: 252-5245 (277-2227 on weekends and past 6 p.m.), www.kyballet. com Lexington Ballet will continue with the family holiday tradition of “The Nutcracker” at EKU Center for the Arts. Performances will be Dec. 10 at 7:30 and Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets cost $20-$30. Info: 859-622-7469. www. lexingtonballet. org. Y
Candy Cane Concert at LexPhil
The Lexington Philharmonic is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season with two holiday concerts -- Handel’s “Messiah” and “Candy Cane Takes a Global Sleigh Ride.” Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell is anticipating performing Handel’s “Messiah” at two new locations to share the masterpiece with new listeners. Performances are at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Calvary Baptist Church on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25-$50. Lexington Philharmonic’s family concert, “Candy Cane Takes a Global Sleigh Ride,” explores a wide range of cultures and traditions. From traditional Irish dancing with the McTeggart Irish Dancers to music from Russian composer Tchaikovsky, LexPhil will travel around the globe to take listeners on a musical holiday journey. Other guest performers include MadCap Puppets, WLEX Storm Tracker Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck, choruses from Asbury University and Centre College, and musicians from the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. Performances are at the Singletary Center for the Arts on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for children and $25 for adults on Dec. 9, and $8 for children and $14 for adults on Dec. 11. Info: 233-4226, www.lexphil.org. Y 4 | www.lexingtonfamily.com
Lace Up Your Ice Skates
ce skating has come to downtown Lexington with the grand opening of the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink in the newly renovated Triangle Park on Friday, Nov. 25. The ceremony will kick-off Lexington’s Tree Lighting Festival at 2 p.m. An ice skating performance featuring students from the Lexington Ice Center and local figure skater Kate McSwain will be a part of the opening ceremonies. The rink will be open to the public through Feb. 1. Skate rental is $10 for 90 minutes on the ice. The rink is open Monday-Friday, 4-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 1-10 p.m. Hours when Fayette County schools are not in session are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Info: 269-5681. w Lexington Ice Center is offering hockey and figure skating lessons for all ages and abilities. Take a small group class and get exercise while having fun with the whole family. The cost is $85 for six weeks. Sibling discounts are offered. Classes are scheduled Monday and Wednesday, 6-7 p.m., Saturday, 10-11 a.m. and Sunday, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Info: 619-6228 www.lexingtonicecenter.com. Y
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veryone said the first weeks of parenthood would be the hardest.
I’m not so sure. My baby girl is technically a toddler now, and the first lesson I learned was this: Toddlers come with an attitude. I’d trade 4 a.m. feedings for temper tantrums anytime. I thought the toddler phase would be great -- walking, talking, new discoveries every day! Now I am longing for the days when CeCe couldn’t distinguish one word from
something away from her, and Katie Saltz likes to challenge authority. When she was yanking on the curtains in her bedroom, I pulled her hand away and gave a firm, “No. We do not pull on the curtains.” Her response was to keep glaring eye contact while she
the other. When “no” had no meaning. Now, “no” is a cue to throw herself on the ground and yell. I wonder if this new attitude is a permanent part of her personality. People start describing their children’s personalities when the babies are still in utero. “Based on his ultrasound picture, we can just tell he is precocious.” “In the 3D sonogram, she looked so coy.” I was guilty of trying to determine CeCe’s personality based on her raspberry blowing skills or the distinct tone of her cooing in the first few weeks. But this stage is when I see her adorable (and annoying) little traits shining through. CeCe is fearless, friendly and likes attention. She also does not appreciate it when you take
very slowly reached her hand out for the curtain again. Her chubby fist even hovered for a moment before grabbing the end, like she was daring me to stop her. “Your move, Mommy.” Toddling means time for discipline. When you Google “tips for disciplining your toddler,” you’ll find everything from positive reinforcement campaigns to pro-spanking advocates. It can be hard to know what will be effective with your child. We are adjusting to all of CeCe’s new skills and abilities, just like she is adjusting to this new “mean” side of Mommy. Although she can’t even say her own name yet, you can bet she will soon recognize one phrase around the house: “Lose the ‘tude, kid.” Y
Uh -Oh: Toddlers Come With a ‘Tude
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Momswho make a Difference Name: Jessica Berry
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Age: 39 Family Tree: Daughter: Alyssa, 11 Occupation: Coordinator for Child Care Council of Kentucky Claim to Fame: Parent advocate and former president of 16th District PTA Mission Statement: “I strongly believe in the purpose of the PTA, ‘To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.’ Research has shown that parent involvement is an indicator for student success. Parents (and communities) have to support learning at home, and a partnering relationship between home and school must be developed in order for our students to truly be successful.”
Passions: Reading, travel, cooking, advocating for children. On Parenting: “Being a mother has been, and continues to be, a blessing, an honor and a privilege. Nurturing the success of children ensures that we all have a brighter future.” Y :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Know a mom who is making a difference? Visit www.lexingtonfamily.com and submit your nominee. (Names of dads can be submitted, too).
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Be Part of a ‘Santapede’ at YMCA Reindeer Ramble
he YMCA of Central Kentucky’s sixth annual Reindeer Ramble 5K Run/ Walk will be held at Keeneland on Saturday, Dec. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. The 5K run/walk is open to serious runners and casual walkers alike, ages 8 and up. The Reindeer Ramble also offers participants the opportunity to register as individuals or as members of a “Santapede” team. Santapede teams consist of 3-10 participants who are actually tied together like a team of reindeer with rope, ribbon, garland, etc. Costumes and holiday spirit are encouraged for this family-friendly event. Last year’s Reindeer Ramble drew approximately 1,500 participants. Check-in on the day of the event is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration will also be taken at Keeneland on race day. Race fees are $25 for an adult ($30 on race day); $15 for a child (ages 8-17; $20 on race day); $60 for a Santapede team of 3-5 people ($75 on race day); and $120 for a Santapede team of 6-10 people
($150 on race day). The Y is also proud to be adding chip timing to this year’s event. All proceeds from the Reindeer Ramble benefit Y summer camps, ensuring that no children will be turned away due to inability to pay. In 2011, the YMCA of Central Kentucky will award more than $1 million in financial assistance toward programs such as summer camps, youth sports and afterschool programs. Participants may register at any Lexington YMCA branch by Wednesday, Dec. 7. Registration forms are also available online at ymcaofcentralky.org. Info: Stop by any YMCA of Central Kentucky branch or call 254-9622. Y
LCT Hosts 2 Shows in December
he Lexington Children’s Theatre is staging two shows this holiday season, starting with “Madeline’s Christmas’ followed by “Old Jake’s Skirts.” “Madeline’s Christmas” is a musical that will transport you to an old house in Paris covered in vines as Madeline tries to nurse her friends back to health so they can see their families for Christmas. Performances at the Lexington Opera House are Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for children. In “Old Jake’s Skirts,” watch as Old Jake and his hound dog stumble upon a trunk of magical calico skirts that are sure to melt the old man’s heart. “Old Jake’s Skirts” will be performed at the Lexington Children’s Theatre Main Stage on Dec. 11, 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for children. Info: 254-4546 / www.lctonstage. org. Y
Keep It Real Deadline: Dec. 12
‘Shrek’ Tickets on Sale Now
ickets are on sale now for “Shrek the Musical,” the show that brings to the stage the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre based on the Oscarwinning DreamWorks film. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess.
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Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek. The show features 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery. According to WOR-TV
in New York, “Shrek the Musical” is “far and away the funniest new musical on Broadway.” “Shrek the Musical” will be performed at the Lexington Opera House Friday-Sunday, Feb. 17- 19, 7 p.m. on Friday, and 1 & 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $65 to $85. Info: 233-4567 / www. lexingtonoperahouse.com. Y
he deadline for teenage directors and composers to enter their 30-second commercials about the dangers of underage drinking in the Keep It RealDon’t Drink video contest is Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. Online voting for the submissions will begin on Jan. 12, and awards, including cash prizes, will be given out at the Kentucky Theater in February. Also, two iPads will be given away as door prizes. You must be present to win. The winning submissions will run on TV and during pre-show ads in local cinemas. For more details or to access a teacher’s instructional package, visit www.keep-itreal.us. Y
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Baby Health Service Will Treat More Children
entucky’s oldest free medical clinic for children dedicated Carole’s Corridor, including refurbished examining rooms and public spaces, in memory of Carole Eastland, past president of Baby Health Service, at a ceremony in November. The renovations help keep the 97-year-old clinic updated and modern to meet the needs of the changing community. Volunteer physicians and medical staff also were honored for their devotion to providing the highest quality medical care to the most vulnerable members of our community, children. The Baby Health Clinic has extended its age limit from birth to 12 years to birth to 17 years to help more children. In 2010 Baby Health Service treated more than 2,000 children. The value of this free medical care was more than $228,000. Baby Health Service, founded in 1914, serves children without health insurance and whose families do not qualify for Medicaid. Well child visits, sick visits, medications, lab tests and immunizations are paid by Baby Health Service. Childhood obesity is the focus of this year’s board and health care professionals. Patient and parent education of healthy lifestyles is a goal. The clinic, at 1590 Harrodsburg Rd. in Lexington, is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-noon. Info: 278-1781 or www.babyhealthlexington.org. Y
Richmond Place Home Health Earns National Recognition
nnovative Senior Care Home Health at Richmond Place retirement community has been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the topperforming home health agencies in the United States. Now in its sixth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25% of agencies. Winners are ranked by an analysis of a variety of performance measures. Outreach Coordinator Kelli Soard of Innovative Senior Care Home Health credits the case management model and emphasis on continuity of care as the reasons for the success. “We are very excited about receiving this award for the third consecutive year and know that ISC will continue to hold ourselves to a high standard of care for our patients.” Info for HomeCare Elite: www.ocshomecare.com. Info for Richmond Place: 269-6308 or www. brookdaleliving.com. Y
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2011 Collection For Rural Children
We Need Your Help! This Year More Than Ever
With winter fast approaching, our thoughts begin to focus on the less fortunate in rural Appalachia, and what we can do for them during Christmas. Most of us are blessed with life’s necessities, but there are thousands of people within a few hours drive that live in extreme poverty. The Mission of Hope assists elementary schools and Ministry Centers throughout Southeast Kentucky. The schools we assist have at least 85% of the entire student body on free or reduced lunch. This affirms the dire need in these areas. This year we are attempting to take new toys, new coats, food boxes, and hygiene items to about 17,000 children and their families. Perhaps you are too busy to shop but would like to make a financial donation to assist us. We would be most grateful if you deemed us worthy of such a generous donation.
Blue Barrel Collection Drive November 18 - December 5
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Coupons 101: How to Get Started
By Becky Anderson
f saving money with coupons sounds too good to be true, I can promise you, it isn’t. Have you thought about using coupons but aren't sure where to start? If so, consider this crash course in couponing as your life preserver. These basic steps will help you save hundreds of dollars every month. t Shop with a plan Even without using coupons, planning your family’s meals around only the items that are on sale will save you a bundle. If you shop without knowing what’s on sale and what you really need, you will not only spend more money but also will be more likely to buy unintended items. t Where are the coupons? Coupons are everywhere, you just have to know where to look. w Printable coupons from websites such as Coupons. com, Redplum.com, and SmartSource.com. w Social networking sites such as Facebook.com have great coupons if you “like” a manufacturer or company. t Organization is key You can organize your coupons in an envelope, coupon binder, file box, accordion file, etc. Find a method of organization that you will use. Coupons won’t save you money if you don’t use them or can’t find them. t Doubles anyone? Many stores offer “double coupons” meaning they will double the 14 | www.lexingtonfamily.com
amount of a coupon up to a certain amount, typBecky Anderson ically turning a 50-cent coupon into $1 savings! t Stacking Most stores will allow you to “stack” coupons, meaning you can use one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item. If that item is also on sale, you could pay nextto-nothing or even get the item for free. t Stockpiling If you’re ready to save even more money, it’s time to stockpile. Since you’re buying only what’s on sale, it’s smart to buy more of that item so you won’t need to purchase it when it isn’t on sale. Most items go on sale every six weeks, so if possible, buy enough to last your family until the item is on sale again. If you apply this stockpiling theory to foods that can be frozen and non-perishable items, eventually you will have everything you need to make any meal, right in your own pantry. Becky Anderson is a Lexington native and a stay-at-home mom to two children. She learned about couponing as a child from her mother and saves hundreds of dollars every month on groceries, toiletries and fun. Info: http:// smartypantssaving.blogspot. com. Y
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Craft Corner: Make Angels for Christmas By Laurie Evans
his is a super easy craft that even a toddler can do with a little help. These ornaments make ideal gifts for grandmas, too!
t A photo of your child in which the face is about an inch to an inch and a half tall t One 6-inch white paper doily t One 4-inch gold foil paper doily t One wooden springtype clothes pin t One yellow, gold or white pipe cleaner t 1-inch strip of adhesive magnetic tape t Glue stick
For more step-by-step instructions, use your smart phone to scan the QR code below and watch a video of our crafty teen Melissa making this ornament.
1) Cut out your child’s face from the photo. Glue it to the top of the open end of the clothes pin. 2) Fold the gold foil paper doily in half
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and glue it just under the photo with the folded straight edge horizontal, making the angel’s wings. 3) Fold the white paper doily in half and then in quarters. Glue the folded doily shut, then glue it to the clothes pin with the point under the edge of the child’s photo, so that it looks like the angel’s dress. 4) Cut the pipe cleaner to about 6 inches long. Bend and twist the pipe cleaner to make a circle about 1 inch in diameter with a tail hanging down. 5) Glue the tail of the pipe cleaner to the inside of the clothespin so that the circle looks like a halo above the child’s face. 6) Peel the adhesive off the back of the magnet strip and affix it to the undecorated side of the clothes pin. This decoration can be used for the outside of a package, clamped to a branch of your Christmas tree or stuck on the refrigerator. It also makes a great child-made gift for grandparents, aunts and uncles. Y
f you love this ornament and would like to make some with your kids, you are in luck. Lexington Family Magazine will be giving away kits to make them. We will supply you with the doilies, clothespins, magnets and pipe cleaners, you just provide the glue and the photo. How can you get your hands on one of our Angel Ornament Kits? Simply come by our office and make a donation to the Mission of Hope Christmas Crusade. This Christian charity is collecting new, unwrapped toys, clothing, food and hygiene items for families in Appalachia. Lexington Family Magazine is one of the drop off sites for donations this year, along with Valvoline, Chick-fil-A, CiCi’s Pizza. Between now and Dec. 5, come by our office at 138 East Reynolds Road 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m and look for the Big Blue Barrel in the lobby. Come upstairs to Suite 201 and we will give you an ornament kit with enough supplies to make two angels. For more information about Mission of Hope, visit www.missionofhope.org and see the story on Page 24. Y
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‘Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus’ Check Out These Local Santa Sightings
Tree Lighting Festival at Redesigned Triangle Park Holiday food and drink, music, and the Unified Trust Company Ice Skating Rink are the perfect backdrop as Santa Claus visits Downtown Lexington to turn the magic key and light Downtown on Friday, Nov. 25. The Grand Opening of the Unified Trust Company Ice Skating Rink will take place at 2 p.m. in Triangle Park. From 2-7 p.m., food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and more will be setting the mood for a delightful day. At 6 p.m., join Santa Claus as he flips the switch and lights up Downtown Lexington. Southern Lights: Spectacular Sights on Holiday Nights at Kentucky Horse Park A four-mile drive through the lovely Kentucky Horse Park is highlighted by dozens of holiday light displays created 22 | www.lexingtonfamily.com
from more than 1 million twinkling lights. Inside, enjoy local holiday and craft vendors, seasonal entertainment, an exotic petting zoo, pony and camel rides, model trains, photos with Santa and the MiniTrain Express. The “mini-train express” ferries holiday travelers between decorated buildings, and riders may see some additional light displays, not visible from the driving tour. Open through Dec. 31 except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Indoor exhibits end Dec. 24. Hours are 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. On Dec. 7, military families will receive free admission by showing a military ID. Info: 255-5727 or kyhorsepark.com. Cocoa With the Claus Victorian Square Atrium Photos with Santa, crafts, raffles,musical entertainment by SCAPA students, light refreshments and more on Sunday, Dec. 4, 1-3 p.m. $10 per child (favorite adults are free). Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Bluegrass. Info: 276-4404. Lexington Downtown Christmas Parade Santa returns to downtown on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. for the annual Christmas parade. Info: www.downtownlex.com Fayette Mall You can visit with Santa daily through Christmas Eve at the mall in front of
Dillards. Santa will be available for photos: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (*Break: 1-2 p.m., 5-6 p.m.) Sunday: Noon-6 p.m. (Break: 2:30- 3 p.m.) Christmas Eve: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Break: 1-2 p.m.) *Breaks subject to change. To register for Santa’s Fast Pass to reduce your wait time, call 272-3493 or visit www.shopfayette-mall.com. Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 11, 8-10: 30 a.m. Pancakes at Abuelos. Fun activities, plus parents and children under 12 eat free. Reservations required by Dec. 6. Info: 272-3493, ext. 221. Santa at Lexington Green With TSS Photography Come see Santa at The Mall at Lexington Green, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Break: 2-3 p.m. daily.) Christmas cards, prints and memories made here. Pets welcome Monday through Friday. Military, police, EMS, all firstresponders & restaurant employees receive a free 4x6 print with any purchase. Call to have Santa at your Christmas Party. Plenty of dates still available. Info: Reservations available at 9832630. Portrait Shoppe Fayette Mall 2801 Mall Road, #110 For current clients, free photos with Santa. Your children can pose with Santa in a beautiful photo setting, and you take your own pictures for free. Custom designed Christmas cards. Y
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Spreading the Hope
Mission of Hope Brings Christmas to Needy Kids in Appalachia
By John Lynch
uddenly and spectacularly this holiday season, gymnasiums at 27 elementary schools in Appalachia – 16 of them in Eastern Kentucky – will transform into Christmas morning as students rush to receive new toys and clothing as part of Mission of Hope’s Christmas Campaign. This season marks the 16th year for the campaign for MOH, a Knoxville-based Christian charity that serves the poorest counties in Appalachia – a grinding poverty that spans generations. Among the 17,000 students Mission of Hope serves, at least 85% of students receive free or reduced lunch. At Christmas, MOH volunteers from more than 40 churches, including NorthEast Christian Church in Lexington, set up a “toy store” in each of the school gyms.
As students, faculty and parents gather round the “store,” which is hidden by a plastic covering, the volunteers conduct a brief evangelical program before they pull back the plastic – and the faces of grateful children light up brighter than a Christmas tree. “It’s magical,” MOH’s executive director Emmette Thompson said. “I can’t tell you all that I’ve seen since I’ve been with this ministry. It’s humbled me in a way nothing else could.” Good-hearted people from Lexington can help spread the Hope by dropping off new toys, clothing, food and hygiene products from Friday, Nov. 18 to Monday, Dec. 5 in the MOH Big Blue Barrels located at Valvoline, Chick fil-A, CiCi’s Pizza, Lexington Family Magazine, and Appalachian Regional Healthcare Centers
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in Central Kentucky. Other local sponsors include radio stations 99.1 FM WJMM, 770 AM WCGW, 98.1 the Bull and 630 WLAP. Folks also can make tax-deductible donations. “I think there are enough good-hearted people in Lexington, and many of them have roots in Appalachia,” Thompson said. “They just need to know about us.” Y
How You Can Help
o provide for the children of Appalachia, Mission of Hope counts on donations from people like you. Big Blue Barrels for the Christmas Campaign can be found in Lexington at Valvoline, Chick-fil-A and CiCi’s Pizza, Lexington Family Magazine, and Appalachian Regional Hospital locations. Children through eighth grade need new toys, clothes, warm coats, non-perishable food and hygiene items. Big Blue Barrels are on display now through Monday, Dec. 5. If you would like to make a financial donation, please send checks to: Mission of Hope, 2901 Richmond Road, Suite 130 - Box #205, Lexington, KY 40509 Mission of Hope is a fully licensed 501c3 non-profit charity, so your donation is tax deductible. Info: (877) 627-1909 or visit www.missionofhope.org.
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Volunteer Spirit Where Your family Can Help for the Holidays Mission of Hope 2901 Richmond Road, Ste. 130 P.O. Box 2051 (877) 627-1909 www.missionofhope.org MOH’s goal is to provide more than 17,000 Appalachian school children with toys, food and clothes. The Clothing & Toy Christmas drive runs Nov. 18-Dec. 5. New, unwrapped toys and clothing and hygiene items can be dropped off at area Chick-fil-A, Valvoline and CiCi’s Pizza shops. God’s Pantry & Food Bank 1685 Jaggie Fox Way 255-6592 / www.godspantry.org God’s Pantry provides emergency food baskets for families year-round and needs volunteers and donations. Christmas Store 614 E. 7th Street 514-7210 / www.godsnet.info The Catholic Action Center will host its 16th annual Christmas Store, Dec. 21-23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Store serves more than 15,000 needy children. Volunteers are needed beginning Dec. 20 to set up and work the store. To donate new or pre-loved toys, look for the Hungry Hippo-Crates at various
churches and retail locations Dec. 1-19. Fire Fighters Toy Drive Lexington Fraternal Order of Fire Fighters 990 Nandino Blvd, Suite A 243-0351 / www.lfdfof.org Bring new, unwrapped toys for children ages birth to 10 years to any Lexington fire station before Dec. 9. Lexington Humane Society 1600 Old Frankfort Pike 233-0044 www.lexingtonhumanesociety.org The Humane Society needs old blankets, sheets and towels, canned cat food, pet toys, pee pads, HE laundry detergent and bleach. Donations are accepted seven days a week. During the holidays to benefit the Humane Society, shop for gifts at the Pampered Paws Boutique, Monday-Thursday, and Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
The Nest 530 N. Limestone Street 259-2974, ext. 29 www.thenestlexington.org Reindeer Express is The Nest’s gift giveaway that will provide Christmas presents for children 5 and under and food boxes for families. Donations such as new toys, coats, food and cash should be brought to The Nest. Community groups are welcome to participate. Donations accepted Monday-Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m., and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Salvation Army 736 W. Main Street / 252-7706 www.salvationarmylex.org Choose a name from the Angel Gift Tree at Fayette Mall from Nov. 19-Dec. 12. You can also
help Stuff a Stocking for a needy child or drop off small items at the Fayette Mall or any Lexington or Georgetown Walgreens and Whitaker Banks Nov. 18-Dec. 11. Choose a star off the Angel Food Tree at Kroger to purchase a $25 gift certificate to support families in need during the holidays. YMCA of Central Kentucky 239 East High Street 254-9622 / ymcaofcentralky.org Volunteers are needed for the annual Reindeer Ramble, a holiday themed 5K to benefit the Annual Giving Campaign where proceeds will benefit summer camps. The event is Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. at Keeneland. Y
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New Foster Care Agency in Kentucky
Key Assets Offers Unique Team Parenting Approach
EO Chris Groeber and his associates at Key Assets in Mt. Sterling are seeking ordinary people who are capable of extraordinary things – in other words, ideal foster parents. Or foster carers, which is the preferred term at Key Assets, a new foster agency in Kentucky that works with the Department for Community Based Services to provide high quality foster care placement for children and youth with complex needs. Key Assets is an international company started in 1994 in England and now serves 11 countries. Its first presence in the
When he learned about Key Assets, he knew its approach was ideal for Eastern Kentucky, an underserved area with some of the poorest counties in the country. A partnership was born. Key Assets is the first agency in Kentucky to provide the trademarked Team Parenting technique based on a therapeutic approach to foster care. It supports the carer with a group – or team – of qualified professionals, who specialize in different fields. An assigned therapist directs the team, where everyone is considered an expert – the “ists,” as Groeber calls the professionals, and especially
“We need parents who can say, ‘My heart is big enough, brave enough, and I’m willing to learn and have something to offer.” U.S. is the Mt. Sterling office, opened in April shortly after Groeber was hired in January. Groeber, who has 25 years of experience in the field, earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky, where he also served on the faculty for seven years, launching the school’s Training Resource Center.
the foster carer and the child. “Everybody is an equal,” Groeber said. “Problems are put on the table and dealt with in an honest and pragmatic manner to help the family and the child. “We also will include the birth parent when possible.” The goal is to ensure that after a child is carefully
matched with a foster family, all resources are used to help the child succeed at home, at school and in the community. Too often children are removed not only from their home, but from their community. “If a child is from Martin County (in Eastern Kentucky) and moved to Louisville, he might as well be put on the moon,” Groeber said. “Growing up in families and in a community is natural. We want to keep children from Eastern Kentucky in their communities.” So, Key Assets is looking for needles in haystacks – the right kind of family for older, difficult to place kids who
through no fault of their own are on their own. Eastern Kentucky needs more foster parents – and Groeber is convinced the families are out there. Many are capable, he said, especially with the support provided in the Team Parenting model. “We need parents who can say, ‘My heart is big enough, brave enough, and I’m willing to learn and have something to offer,’ Groeber said. “We want to awaken extraordinary characteristics in ordinary people to build hopeful, safe, therapeutic environments. “After all, it’s up to us – those kids are our kids.” Y
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Kentucky Mudworks: Clay Kids class. 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays. Ages 6-11. $65 for 4 weeks. 825 National Ave. Info: 389-9681. The Mad Potter: Paint With Me 1-2-3, Christmas Platter. 6:30-8 p.m. $30. 3385 Tates Creek Road. Info: 269-4591. LYSA: Spring Registration for TOPSoccer. Lexington’s soccer program designed to meet the needs of athletes with physical and/or intellectual disabilities is now taking registration. Info: 223-5632 or email info@ lysa.org or www.topsoccerlexington.com. UK Good Samaritan Hospital: Nursing Your Infant. 6:30-9 p.m. $25 per couple. Registration required. Info: 257-5168. Ephraim McDowell Med. Ctr: Breastfeeding support group. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free. 217 S. Third St. Danville. Info: (859) 239-2534. Lexington Philharmonic: Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring the Lexington Chamber Chorale. 7:30 p.m. $25-$50. Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, 3900 Rapid Run Dr. Info: 233-4226. The Bluegrass Theatre Guild: presents “A Tuna Christmas,” this comedy-satire pokes gentle fun at the colorful inhabitants of the mythical town of Tuna, Texas. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. 30 | www.lexingtonfamily.com
Saturday. $12-$15. The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St., Frankfort. Info: (502) 352-7469.
UK Theatre: “Romeo and Juliet,” the classic Shakespeare story. Dec. 1-10 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. $15 general public, $10 students. UK Guignol Theatre, 114 Rose St. Info: 257-4929. UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. St. Johns. 7:30 p.m. $35-$40. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Actors Guild of Lexington: “The Seafarer,” the stakes of a Christmas Eve card game are raised when a stranger arrives. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. Downtown Art Center, 141 East Main St. Info: (886) 811-4111. Lex Public Library: Beaumont Branch: Storytime Picnic Winter Wonderland, bring a picnic lunch and cuddle up for some wintry stories. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages 0-5. Reservations required. Info:231-5570. Northside Branch: Preschool Playtime, reading, music and playtime. 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 3-5. Info: 231-5590. Village Branch: Homework Help. Monday-Thursday 4-8 p.m. Grades K-12. Info: 231-5575.
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Saturday 3 Appalachian Home: Buy a wreath and support a vet. Proceeds of sales of wreaths and other greenery will benefit homeless vets. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Hamburg Walmart parking lot. Info: 877919-9901. Carnegie Center: Saturday Seminars: Using Social Media to Promote Your Book. 10 a.m.noon. $30. Registration required. 251 W. 2nd St. Info: 254-4175. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Baby’s New Tastes, a class designed to help raise a healthy eater. 10-11:30 a.m. For parents with a 6-9 month-old. Free. Registration required. HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness, Lexington Green. Info: 260-4354. MOMS Club of Lexington-Southeast: PTSA Craft/Vendor Fair, an event to purchase holiday gifts from a variety of crafters and vendors in one location. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Royal Spring Middle School. Info: (502) 868-0541. Kentucky Children’s Garden: The Busy Tree, take a hike to look for bird’s nests then make a pine cone bird feeder. 11 a.m. Ages 6 & up. Free for members, $3 nonmembers. Registration required. Activities meet in the Visitor’s Center of the UK Arboretum. Info: 257-6955. Living Arts and Science Center: Bath & Body Gifts with Cat Bertucci. Learn how to make your own soap, bath fizzies and hand lotion. 10 a.m.-noon. Ages 12 to adult (younger student may come with adult). $55 members/$65 non-members. You can register on-line. 362 N. ML King Blvd. Info: 252-5222 or www.lasclex.org. Serenity Hill Fiber & Living History Farm: Old Fashioned Christmas at the Farm-Join
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On-Going Monthly Events Arthritis Support Group: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Tates Creek Library, 3628 Walden Dr. Info: 288-2457. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon. William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 East Sixth St. Info: 288-2391. Bliss Wellness Center: Kids Yoga Class, drop-in class $12, package prices vary. Mondays, 4-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays, 10-10:45 a.m. 2416 Sir Barton Way. Info: 264-8224. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Prenatal Yoga: Tuesdays, 5:306:30 p.m. $50 for 8 classes, $55 for 10 and $60 for 12. Bumps and Babes prenatal exercise class: Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. $35 for 5 classes, $50 for 8, $55 for 10 and $60 for 12. Both classes held at HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness, Lexington Green. Info: 260-4354. Cincinnati Zoo: PNC Festival of Lights. Nov. 25-Jan 1. Open 5-9 p.m. nightly. Info: (513) 281-4700. Fro-Jo’s: Wacky Wednesdays. Bring in the answer to a trivia question posted on Fro-Jo’s Facebook page and receive a discount off your frozen yogurt. 11 a.m.10 p.m. 192 Lexington Green Circle. Info: 245-0008. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Toddler Time Storytime: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Kids Corner: Saturdays, 11 a.m. Baby and Me: Sundays, 11:30 a.m. Lexington Green. Info: 273-2911. Kentucky Horse Park: 17th Annual Southern Lights, a 4-mile journey through a dreamland of fabulous light displays. $15 per vehicle up to 7 people, $30 for extended vans and limos up to 15 people, $50 for mini buses up to 25 people, $74 school buses and $125 motor coaches. 5:30-10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Also, “The Horse” exhibit. How nature’s most majestic creature has shaped our world. Through April 6, 2012. Open Wed-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 adults, $4 kids 7-12. Info: 259-4237. 4089 Iron Works Parkway. Kentucky Theatre: Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour every Monday. Audience seating starts at 6:15 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. $10 adults, $5 for students with ID. 214 E. Main St. Info: 252-8888. Lexington Dance Factory: Mommy & Me dance classes: ages 1½-2. Free. Mondays, 10-10:30 a.m. Fridays, 4-4:30 p.m. LDF Boyz hip-hop/tap class: Fridays, 4-4:30 p.m. Free. 3120 Pimlico Pkway. Info: 2710581. The Mad Potter: Family Fun & Pizza
Night: Saturdays, 6 p.m. (No Family Night Dec. 31.) Diva Night: New guests and topics weekly, plus popcorn and chocolate. Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. Friday Night Live Music: Fridays, 8-10 p.m. (No music Dec. 23.) 3385 Tates Creek Road. Info: 2694591. (Closed Dec. 24 & 25.) Musikgarten of Lexington with Jennifer Tutt: Family Music class, ages walking 15 months-3 years. $10 per class. Mondays, 10:45-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. Thursdays, 12:15-12:45 p.m. and 5:45-6:15 p.m. Fridays, 10-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Family Music for Babies class, ages 0-18 months. $9 per class, $14 instrument kit. Mondays, 11:30-noon. Tuesdays, 10:45-11:15 a.m. Thursdays, 6:30-7 p.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-noon. God’s Children Sing class, ages 2½-4½. $10 per class. Tuesdays, 11:30-noon. Thursdays, 5:45-6:15 p.m. Cycles of Seasons class, ages 2½-4½. $10 per class. Mondays, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:45-6:15 p.m. Fridays, 10:4511:15 a.m. Saturdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Music Makers Around the World class, ages 4-7. $11 per class. Mondays, 3:304:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, 1-1:45 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m. Saturdays, 10:15-11 a.m. Registration required, $15 registration fee. 601 Deltino Court. Info: 245-5887. Paris Bourbon County Public Library: Book Babies: a lapsit program for babies and parents. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Ages 0-2. Wee Read: songs, games and art for preschoolers and parents. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Ages 3-4. Early Readers: helps young readers improve literacy skills. Thursdays, 3:15 p.m. Grades K-2. 701 High St. Info: (859) 987-4419. Salon ASA: Offers weekly, on-going classes in several types of yoga, body shaping, Zumba, Yogalates and more. Open house on Dec. 9-10. FOCUS Workshops will meet for four Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., Dec. 14-Jan. 4. 431 Southland Dr. Info: 276-5335 or www.salonasa.com. TSS Photography: Come see Santa at The Mall at Lexington Green, MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Break: 2-3 p.m. daily.) Info: Reservations available at 983-2630. Wild Thyme Cooking School: Curiously Fun Chefs: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-6. Lunch, Munch & Learn: Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Adults. 1060 Chinoe Rd. Info: 523-COOK or www. wildthymecooking.com. Y
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us in our 1820’s cabin where you can enjoy holiday music, crafts and homemade goodies. Needle felt an ornament or other holiday crafts by the fireplace. Affordable gift shop has unique items from Kentucky producers. 1-5 p.m. $5 per family. 1371 Beverly Lane, Nicholasville. Info: 536-5056 or www. historynfiberforewe.com. UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. North Carolina. Noon. $35-$40. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Lexington Children’s Theatre: presents “Madeline’s Christmas.” With the help of a magical rug salesman and a little dose of holiday cheer, Madeline finds a way to nurse her sick friends back to health and get them to their families in time for Christmas. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $17 adults, $14 children. Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short St. Info: 254-4546. Lex Public Library: Central Library: A Forest of Stories, enjoy stories about Christmas trees and make your own ornament. 2-3 p.m. Grades K-3. Reservations required. Info: 231-5534. Tates Creek Branch: Super Special Saturday Storytime, “Snowmen.” 11 a.m. Ages 4 & up. Info: 231-5580.
Sunday 4 Appalachian Home: Buy a wreath and support a vet. Proceeds of sales of wreaths and other greenery will benefit homeless vets. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Hamburg Walmart parking lot. Info: 877919-9901. UK Women’s Basketball: UK vs. Louisville.1 p.m. $7 adults, $4 youth and seniors. Memorial Coliseum. Info: 257-1818. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Art of Breastfeeding class. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 260-6357. Kidney Health Alliance of KY: “Sugarplum Showcase,” featuring performances by Lexington area schools and a “Tiny Tannenbaum” miniature tree art competition. 2-6 p.m. Bring a canned good to help restock God’s Pantry. Lexington Center. Info: 2778259. Hospice of the Bluegrass: Cocoa with the Claus’. Photos with Santa, crafts, raffles, musical entertainment by SCAPA students, light refreshments and more!! 1-3 p.m. Victorian Square Atrium. $10 per child (favorite adults are free). Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Bluegrass. Info: 276-4404. Henry Clay Estate: Lighting on the Lawn, see a 100-foot tall Norway Spruce covered with 48,000 lights and join in with music and singalongs. 5 p.m. Free. Open House of the decorated mansion, themed “A Dickens Christmas at Ashland.” 5:30 p.m. $15 adults, $5 children. Last entry at 7:30 p.m. 120 34 | www.lexingtonfamily.com
Sycamore Rd. Info: 266-8581. EKU Center for the Arts: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” the classic story of Belle, a young woman from a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Can the Beast learn to love in time to break the curse and be transformed to his former self? 7 p.m. $35-$65. 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond. Info: 358-7469.
Monday 5 Div. Of Parks & Rec: Adult Winter Volleyball Sign-ups. Dec. 5-9 for returning teams, Dec. 12-16 for new teams. League runs JanuaryMarch. Registration required. $200 per team. Info: 288-2915. Lex-Fayette Co. Health Dept: Eat, Move, Lose Weight Support Group. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Free. Registration required. Public Health Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Info: 288-2395. Kentucky Mudworks: Family Days in Clay, students will make a snowman sculpture. 3-5 p.m. $20 for child only, $30 for adult and child. 825 National Ave. Info: 389-9681. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Little Fingers, Little Toes infant care class. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 260-6357. Lex Public Library: Village Branch: Homework Help. Monday-Thursday 4-8 p.m. Grades K-12. Info: 231-5575.
Tuesday 6 St. Michael Preschool: Pre-school Open House. 12:30-1:30 p.m. For 3-, 4- and young 5-year-olds. 2025 Bellefonte Dr. Info: 2777541
Baby Moon: Labor Workshop for Couples. 7:15-9:30 p.m. $40. Registration required. 2891 Richmond Rd. Info: 420-6262. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: Toddler Rhyme Time, music and storytime. 10:3011 a.m. Ages 0-3. Teen Advisory Board Meeting. 7-8 p.m. Ages 12-18. New members welcome. Info: 231-5590. Living Arts and Science Center: Presenting Presents to People. Make gifts for your loved ones, then learn how to wrap them up like a pro. 4-5:30 p.m. Grades 2-5. $30 members/$35 non-members. You can register on-line. 362 N. ML King Blvd. Info: 252-5222 or www.lasclex.org.
Wednesday 7 Kentucky Children’s Garden: Frozen Wonders, make a snowflake and learn all about cool weather. 10 a.m. Ages 2-6. Free for members, $3 nonmembers. Registration required. Activities meet in the Visitor’s Center of the UK Arboretum. Info: 257-6955. Central Baptist Education Center: Marvelous Multiples, a class for parents expecting more than one child. 6-8:30 p.m. Registration required. Info: 260-6357. St. Joseph Hospital East: Breastfeeding Class. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. $25 per couple. Registration required. Info: 967-2229. Baby Moon: MaterniTEA Open House, a class to help expectant parents navigate the next nine months and beyond. 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. 2891 Richmond Rd. Info: 420-6262. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: The 39 Clues Book Club, solve mysteries and travel the world with this popular series. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 8-11. Info: 231-5590.
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UK Women’s Basketball: UK vs. Duke. 6 p.m. $7 adults, $4 youth and seniors. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Project See Theatre: presents “12 Dates of Christmas.” When Mary sees her fiance kissing another woman on national television, she drops her engagement ring in the Salvation Army bucket and spends the next year being set up, strung up and fed up as she navigates her life alone. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $8-$15. 141 East Main St. Info: 255-0370. EKU Center for the Arts: “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” This fast-paced and irreverant look at the news of the world is a hilarious twist on the old-time radio quiz show. 8 p.m. $25-$50. 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond. Info: 3587469. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: Preschool Playtime. See Dec. 1.
Friday 9 Appalachian Home: Buy a wreath and support a vet. Proceeds of sales of wreaths and other greenery will benefit homeless vets. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Hamburg Walmart parking lot. Info: 877919-9901.
The 2010-2011 Scholar Athletes were honored at a ceremony at Kentucky Utilities, the sponsor of the popular award since 1997. Pictured above are left to right: Kayla Price’s father Dwight; John Lynch of Lexington Family Magazine; Kate Stromberg’s father Arny; Dorian Hairston; Andrew Kirk; Reid Freeman; Andrew Herring’s father John; Dee Givens’ grandmother Georgia; and Cliff Feltham of KU. Not pictured are: Hager Collins; Nate Johnson; Alison Braun; Alyssa Kruse; and Michael Druggan. Thursday 8 Lexington Convention Center: Holiday Jewelry Showcase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Berea Room. Info: 233-4567. Living Arts and Science Center: Aromatherapy Gift Giving with Melinda Boyer. Blend and create aromatic gifts such as massage oils and body butter. 7-8:30 p.m. For adults. $30 members/$40 non-members. You can register on-line. 362 N. ML King Blvd. Info: 252-5222 or www.lasclex.org. Pomegranate Inc.: Warehouse Sale. Great 36 | www.lexingtonfamily.com
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Boyle Co. Health Dept: Breastfeeding Class. 10:30 a.m. - noon. Free. Registration required. Info: (859) 583-1107. Bluegrass Youth Ballet: “The Nutcracker in One Act.” 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $12-$15. The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, 300 East Third St. Info: 280-2218. Lexington Philharmonic: presents “Candy Cane Takes a Global Sleigh Ride,” a familyfriendly show feauring music and dancing from around the world. 7:30 p.m. $25 adult, $15 children. Singletary Center for the Arts. Info: 233-4226. Kentucky Ballet Theatre: “The Nutcracker.” 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $15-$30. Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short St. Info: 252-5245. Studio Players: presents “Looking for Mrs. Santa Claus,” follow the tale of a wise elf and a kind-hearted woman who find magic by simply believing in the power of a child’s wish. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $17 adults, $10 students. 154 West Bell Court. Info: 225-0370. Woodford County Theatre: presents “Scrooge The Musical,” follow the bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on his famous Christmas Eve journey through time in this tale of transformation, forgiveness and love. 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday,
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Saturday 10 Breakfast with Santa: hosted by the Daughters of the Nile Pageantry/Dance Unit. Bring your family for an all-you-caneat pancake breakfast with Santa Claus. 8 a.m.-noon. $5 adults, $3 children 10 & under. Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive. Info: 277-6869. Wild Thyme Cooking School: Cookies For Santa with Mrs. Claus. 10:30-11:30 a.m. All ages. 1060 Chinoe Rd. Info: 523-COOK. YMCA of Central KY: 6th Annual Reindeer Ramble 5K Run/Walk. Check-in and registration 7:30-8:30 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m. Ages 8 & up. Pre-register at any Lexington YMCA by December 7. $25 adult with pre-registration ($30 race day), $15 child ($20 race day), $60 for team of 3-5 people, ($75 race day), $120 for team of 6-10 people ($150 race day.) Keeneland Race Track. Info: 254-9622. Downtown Christmas Parade: 10 a.m. Appalachian Home: Buy a wreath and support a vet. Proceeds of sales of wreaths and other greenery will benefit homeless vets. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Hamburg Walmart parking lot. Info: 877919-9901. McConnell Springs: Wooden Ornament Carving Class. 10 a.m.-noon. $5, all materials provided. Registration required. 416 Rebmann Lane. Info: 225-4073. Gymboree: Winter Holiday Party. 6-7:30 p.m. $15 kids, adults are free. 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Suite 145. Info: 278-4386. Pomegranate Inc.: Warehouse Sale. Great prices on table linens, tote bags and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Floyd Drive. Info: 1-800-948-5188 www.pomegranateinc.com. Louisville Zoo: Santa Safari, take a picture with Santa, play with the animals and make a Christmas craft to take home. 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Members: $12 ages 3 & up, $5 ages 2 & under. Nonmembers: $17.50 ages 3 & up, $7.50 ages 2 & under. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Info: (502) 459-2181. Kentucky Mudworks: “Try It! Wheelthrowing!” Noon – 2 p.m. Adults and children 6 & up. Firing available for additional fee. $20. 825 National Ave. Info: 389-9681. Harmony Christian Mothers of Preschoolers: Cookies with Santa, enjoy cookies, crafts and hear Santa and Mrs. Claus read a Christmas story. Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Harmony Christian Church, 170 Southgate Drive, Georgetown. Info: 533-3817
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Baby Moon: Natural Childbirth Weekend Intensive. 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $155. 2891 Richmond Rd. Info: 420-6262. Bluegrass Railroad Museum: Santa Claus Train Special, ride the train with Santa! 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $12 adults, $11 seniors, $10 children 12 & under. 175 Beasley Road, Versailles. Info: 873- 2476. Serenity Moments: Grand Open House. 4-7 p.m. 207 E. Reynolds Road, # 250. Info: 971-9061. Div. Of Parks & Rec: Therapeutic Recreation Holiday Dinner Dance. 5-9 p.m. For disabled individuals ages 13 & up. $5 for dance only, $8 for dinner and dance. Reservation required. Tates Creek Recreation Center Ballroom. Info: 288-2908. Singletary Center: “Pink Martini” with the UK Symphony Orchestra, a romantic holiday musical of the 1940s and 50s, but with a modern global perspective. 7:30 p.m. $45$65. Info: 257-1706. Lexington Ballet: “The Nutcracker.” 8 p.m. $20-$30. EKU Center for the Arts, 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond. Info: 358-7469. Lex Public Library: Beaumont Branch: Celebrate Korean Culture, enjoy a display of traditional art, literature and dance from the Lexington Korean School. 2-3:30 p.m. For all ages. Reservations required. Info: 231-5570. Central Library: Drop in Craft: Let It Snow Christmas craft! 1-3 p.m. All ages. Info: 2315534. Northside Branch: Anime/Manga Club. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 12-18. New members welcome. Info: 231-5590. Tates Creek Branch: Super Special Saturday Storytime, “Reindeer Romp.” 11 a.m. Ages 4 & up. Info: 231-5580.
Sunday 11 Appalachian Home: Buy a wreath and support a vet. Proceeds of sales of wreaths and other greenery will benefit homeless vets. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Hamburg Walmart parking lot. Info: 877919-9901. UK Women’s Basketball: UK vs. ArkansasPineBluff. 1 p.m. $7 adults, $4 youth and seniors. Memorial Coliseum. Info: 257-1818. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Art of Breastfeeding class. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 260-6357. Lexington Children’s Theatre: presents “Old Jake’s Skirts.” Old Jake and his trusty old hound dog stumble across a trunk full of calico skirts and magical things begin to happen. 2 p.m. $17 adults, $14 children. Lexington Children’s Theatre, 418 West Short St. Info: 254-4546. Lexington Philharmonic: presents “Candy
Cane Takes a Global Sleigh Ride,” a fun and family-friendly show feauring music and dancing from around the world. 3 p.m. Special family events start at 2 p.m. in the lobby. $14 adult, $8 children. Singletary Center for the Arts. Info: 233-4226. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: New Brother/New Sister class. 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Ages 3 - 7. Free. Registration required. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 260-6357.
Monday 12 Bluegrass Babywearing Group: 11:30 a.m. Free. Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Rd. Info: 608-7938. Lex-Fayette Co. Health Dept: Diabetes Support Group. 1-2 p.m. Free. Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 288-2395. Lex Public Library: Village Branch: Homework Help. Monday-Thursday 4-8 p.m. Grades K-12. Info: 231-5575.
Tuesday 13 Milk Mommies of Frankfort: Breastfeeding information group. 5-6 p.m. Free. Franklin Co. Health Dept. Info: (502) 564-7647. UK Singletary Center: Kentucky Christmas Chorus, sing along with the Lexington Singers at the Lexington Philharmonic plays your favorite Christmas songs. Doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7:40. Free. Info: 4252492. Wild Thyme Cooking School: Candy Making and Homemade Gifts. 6-7 p.m. All ages. 1060 Chinoe Rd. Info: 523-COOK. Lex-Fayette Co. Health Dept: Health Chats about Diabetes. 6:15-7:30 p.m. Free. UK Polk Dalton Clinic, 217 Elm Tree Lane. Info: 288-2395. La Leche League of Lexington Monthly meeting: 7:15 p.m. Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Rd. Free. Info: 608-7938. The Grand Theatre: Kentuckians Chorus, hear holiday classics performed by the four-part harmony a capella mens chorus. 7:30 p.m. $5-$15. 308 St. Clair St., Frankfort. Info: (502) 353-7469. Lex Public Library: Eagle Creek Branch: Stories Before Bedtime: Winter Fun! 6:30-7 p.m. Ages 3-7. Reservations required. Info: 231-5560.
Wednesday 14 Safe Kids Coalition Car Seat Check-up Clinic: Auto Tech Services, 780 Winchester Road. 2-4 p.m. Free. By appointment: Info: 323-1153. EKU Center for the Arts: presents Jerry
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onderful birds will be roasted, hams baked to perfection and the aroma of pie will beckon the inner beast to rise from a slumber and feast! Feast and feast well. Enjoy the meals and family time, but remember the four-legged “Hoovers” that are waiting for the right time to assist you in “putting away” the leftovers. Although we all are thankful for help with cleaning up, the result of our pets getting into or being fed our leftovers can be disastrous. Small amounts of most table foods will likely not affect our pets. Some foods (fatty trim-
mings, bones, salty meats) in any amount tend to cause some undesired and sometimes severe outcomes in our pets. Soon after the meal is finished, be cautious and take the time to put food in a safe location or container, secure from your pets reach. The placement of food in the garbage needs to be done with the intent to keep an inquisitive nose from easily investigating. If you suspect your pet is having problems as a result of getting into leftovers, watch for these signs: t Lack of or decreased appetite t Excessive salivation
t Vomiting t Abdominal distention t Diarrhea If any of these symptoms are present, call your veterinarian immediately. Conditions such as pancreatitis and foreign body ingestion/ obstruction (bones, toys…) can be fatal. But symptoms can be treated more successfully if the problem is addressed quickly. Enjoy the holidays and make
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Lex Public Library: Central Library: Kirby’s Preschool Playhouse: S-A-N-T-A, read lots of Santa tales and receive a special Christmas message. 10 a.m. Ages 3-5. Reservations required. Info: 231-5534.
McConnell Springs: Junior Naturalist “Winter Wildlife Treats.” 11 a.m. - noon. Ages 10 & under. Free. Registration required. 416 Rebmann Lane. Info: 225-4073.
Thursday 15 The Mad Potter: Glass Jewelry Class. 6:30-8 p.m. 3385 Tates Creek Road. Info: 269-4591.
Bluegrass Railroad Museum: Santa Claus Train Special, ride the train with Santa! 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $12 adults, $11 seniors, $10 children 12 & under. 175 Beasley Road, Versailles. Info: 8732476.
Project See Theatre: “12 Dates of Christmas.” When Mary sees her fiance kissing another woman on national television, she drops her engagement ring in the Salvation Army bucket and spends the next year being set up and fed up as she navigates her life alone. 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. $8-$15. 141 East Main St. Info: 255-0370.
Gymboree: Winter Holiday Party. 1-2:30 p.m. $15 kids, adults are free. 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Suite 145. Info: 278-4386.
Friday 16 Kentucky Ballet Theatre: “The Nutcracker.” 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. $15-$30. Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short St. Info: 252-5245.
Lexington Children’s Theatre: presents “Old Jake’s Skirts.” Old Jake and his trusty old hound dog stumble across a trunk full of calico skirts and magical things begin to happen. 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. $17 adults, $14 children. Lexington Children’s Theatre, 418 West Short St. Info: 254-4546.
Gymboree: Parents Night Out. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25. 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Suite 145. Reservations required. Info: 278-4386. Woodford County Theatre: presents “Scrooge The Musical,” follow the bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on his famous Christmas Eve journey through time in this tale of transformation, forgiveness and love. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $19 adults, $12 students. 275 Beasley Drive, Versailles. Info: 873-0648.
Serenity Hill Fiber & Living History Farm: Old Fashioned Christmas at the Farm. In 1820’s cabin, you can enjoy holiday music, crafts and homemade goodies. Needle felt an ornament or other holiday crafts by the fireplace. Gift shop has unique items from Kentucky producers. 1-5 p.m. $5 per family. 1371 Beverly Lane, Nicholasville. Info: 5365056 or www.historynfiberforewe.com.
Saturday 17 Louisville Zoo: Santa Safari, take a picture with Santa, play with the animals and make a Christmas craft to take home. 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Members: $12 ages 3 & up, $5 ages 2 & under. Nonmembers: $17.50 ages 3 & up, $7.50 ages 2 & under. Tickets must be purchased
UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. Chattanooga. 8 p.m. $35-$40. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818.
Lex Public Library: Tates Creek Branch: Super Special Saturday Storytime, “Cookies.” 11 a.m. Ages 4 & up. Info: 231-5580.
Sunday 18 Lexington Convention Center: Reptile Expo. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $4.50, free for children 6 & under. 430 West Vine St. Info: 233-4567. Gymboree: Winter Holiday Party. 2:20-4 p.m. $15 kids, adults are free. 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Suite 145. Info: 278-4386. St. Mark Catholic Church: “An Evening Among Friends … A Very Special Christmas with Harry Connick, Jr.” 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $200 each. 608 West Main Street, Richmond. Info: 338-5467.
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Tuesday 20 Lex-Fayette Co. Health Dept: Breastfeeding Basics class. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Free. Registration required. Info: 288-2395. Kentucky Audiology & Tinnitus Services: Educational Seminar. Are your ears ringing? There is hope! 6:30-8:00 p.m. Joseph Beth Bronte Bistro meeting room. Lexington Green. Reservations required. Info: 554-5384 or www. kytinnitustreatment.com. UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. Samford. 7 p.m. $35-$40. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: Toddler Rhyme Time.
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Wednesday 21 UK Women’s Basketball: UK vs. Samford. 7 p.m. $7 adults, $4 youth and seniors. Memorial Coliseum. Info: 257-1818. Caring Transitions: January Estate Online Auction. Bidding opens Dec. 21, closes Jan. 4. Over 100 items. No Reserve bidding. Local eBay alternative. www.CTOnlineAuctions.com/ LexingtonKY Lex Public Library: Beaumont Branch: Holiday Fun, learn how different cultures celebrate winter and make crafts. 2:30-3:15 p.m. Ages 5 & up. Reservations required. Info: 231-5570. Northside Branch: Christmas at Hogwarts, get on board the Hogwarts Express for a magical Harry Potter Christmas. 2-3 p.m. Ages 8 & up. Reservations required. Info: 231-5590. The 39 Clues Book Club. See Dec. 7. Village Branch: Loteria at the Library, come play this colorful Mexican game of chance similar to bingo. 2-3 p.m. All ages. Info: 231-5575.
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Thursday 22 UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. Loyola. 1 p.m. $35-$40. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: Preschool Playtime. See Dec. 1. Village Branch: An Afternoon of Games. 2-4 p.m. All ages. Info: 231-5575.
Friday 23 Kentucky Horse Park: 17th Annual Southern Lights, a 4-mile journey through a dreamland of fabulous light displays. $15 per vehicle up to 7 people, $30 for extended vans and limos up to 15 people, $50 for mini buses up to 25 people, $74 school buses and $125 motor coaches. 5:30-10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. 4089 Iron Works Parkway. Info: 255-5727.
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Take Time Out for You During Holidays by Dr. Diana Hayslip
year has come and gone. During these busy times, many parents forget to take care of s it possible that Thanksgiving has themselves. already come and gone? Is it that Stress comes when we cram too time of year to hit the malls and much on our calendars. shop ‘til you drop? These extra activities leave little Or am I just dreaming that this year time for recuperation and rest. is about to come to a conclusion and Although some individuals are another one about to begin? able to cope with stress better than For most of us, the perception is others, the stress associated with a that this year went by faster than the calendar full of activities can lead year before. some members of your family to As our children grow older and experience increased blood pressure become engaged in more and more and a weakened immune system. activities, the days seem to fly by for I encourage parents to set aside parents and grandparents who are time to sit back and reflect on what scheduling their own lives around your family has accomplished during their kids. 2011. Suddenly, we look up and another t Ask yourself: Were all of the activities we participated in Dr. Diana Hayslip is a native of Ohio and a Northeastern self-fulfilling? Ohio Universities College of Medicine graduate. t Could we have been She moved to Kentucky with her husband and three daughters in 2007 when she joined Family Practice happier and less stressed as Associates of Lexington at 1775 Alysheba Way. a family if we had chosen
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different activities or eliminated some of them? t Did staying busy prevent us from eating healthy, exercising adequately and getting enough rest? Once you have answered these questions, you are on your way to making an activities plan for 2012 that will help reduce your stress and provide opportunities to include healthy activities in your schedule. Consider scheduling the following on your 2012 calendar: t Rest & Relaxation t Preparation time to make (and eat) healthy meals t Exercise t Quiet time with family t Date night with spouse (no kids allowed!) t Dental check-up t Doctor’s appointment. Good luck and have a healthy, relaxing holiday season. Y
December Calendar Saturday 24 Christmas Eve Kentucky Horse Park: 17th Annual Southern Lights, a 4-mile journey through a dreamland of fabulous light displays. $15 per vehicle up to 7 people, $30 for extended vans and limos up to 15 people, $50 for mini buses up to 25 people, $74 school buses and $125 motor coaches. 5:30-10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. 4089 Iron Works Parkway. Info: 255-5727.
Sunday 25 Christmas Day Kentucky Horse Park: 17th Annual Southern Lights, a 4-mile journey through a dreamland of fabulous light displays. $15 per vehicle up to 7 people, $30 for extended vans and limos up to 15 people, $50 for mini buses up to 25 people, $74 school buses and $125 motor coaches. 5:30-10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. 4089 Iron Works Parkway. Info: 255-5727.
Monday 26 La Leche League of Greater Lexington Monthly meeting: 11:30 a.m. Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Rd. Free. Info: 4206262. Gymboree: Special Holiday Open Gym. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free for enrolled children, $10 for nonenrolled. 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Suite 145. Info: 278-4386. Henry Clay Estate: Open House of the decorated mansion, themed “A Dickens Christmas at Ashland.” 5:30 p.m. $15 adults, $5 children. Last entry at 7:30 p.m. 120 Sycamore Rd. Info: 266-8581. Living Arts and Science Center: Winter Break Session 2 Classes. Dec. 26-30. Classes for kids in topics like Music Around the World, Thyme for Tea, Animation: Art in Motion and Fun with Forensics. Grades K-8. Full and half day schedules available. See the full schedule and register on-line. 362 N. ML King Blvd. Info: 252-5222 or www.lasclex.org.
Gymboree: Special Holiday Open Gym. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free for enrolled children, $10 for nonenrolled. 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Suite 145. Info: 278-4386. Lexington Opera House: “Jim Brickman, A Christmas Celebration,” enjoy America’s piano sensation live. 7:30 p.m. $35-$75. 401 West Short St. Info: 233-3535.
Tuesday 27 Kentucky Horse Park: “Celebrities: Saddlebreds and Personalities from Silver Screen, Cinema and History,” an exhibit about American Saddlebreds from beloved television shows and movies, and the popularity of the breed among celebrities and throughout history. The American Saddlebred Museum. Open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday through January 31. 4083 Iron Works Parkway. Info: 259-2746. Div. Of Parks & Rec: Community Center Holiday Hours. Carver, Castlewood, Dunbar and Kenwick Community Centers will be open noon-5 p.m. on Dec. 19-22 for gym activities, games, movies, crafts and more. Info: 288-2953. Gymboree: Special Holiday Open Gym. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free for enrolled children, $10 for nonenrolled. 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Suite 145. Info: 278-4386. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: Toddler Rhyme Time. See Dec. 6. Village Branch: Winter Drawing for Kids, artist Fran Riddell will teach kids how to draw fun winter scenes. 2-3:30 p.m. Ages 6 & up. Info: 231-5575.
Wednesday 28 UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. Lamar. 8:30 p.m. $35-$40. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Gymboree: Special Holiday Open Gym. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free for enrolled children, $10 for nonenrolled. 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Suite 145. Info: 278-4386. MOMS Club of LexingtonSoutheast: Monthly Club
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Thursday 29 Lex Public Library: Eagle Creek Branch: Mario Kart Time, drop in and test your skills on this exciting Wii game. 1-3 p.m. Grades 2middle school. Info: 231-5560. Northside Branch: Preschool Playtime. See Dec. 1. Village Branch: Spellbinders Storytelling. 2-3 p.m. All ages. Info: 231-5575. Gymboree: Special Holiday Open Gym. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free for enrolled children, $10 for nonenrolled. 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Suite 145. Info: 278-4386.
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Saturday 31 The Mad Potter: Special holiday hours. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3385 Tates Creek Road. Info: 269-4591. Good Foods Co-op: Green Sroupts Kids Club. Dietitian Beth Loiselle will talk about healthy eating in the New Year. 10-11 a.m. Free. 455 Southland Drive. Info: 278-1813. UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. Louisville. Noon. $35-$40. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Cincinnati Zoo: Happy Zoo Year, kids of all ages are invited to ring in the new year with some “party animals.” 5-9 p.m. General admission $14 adults, $10 children and seniors. Info: (513) 281-4700. Lex Public Library: Tates Creek Branch: Super Special Saturday Storytime, “Celebration.” 11 a.m. Ages 4 & up. Info: 231-5580. Y
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cknowledging that proper eyesight is essential for success in school, Kentucky, in 2000, became the first state to enact a mandatory eye exam for all students before they enter public school. “It’s absolutely a good thing,” said Dr. Rick Graebe, a behavioral optometrist in Versailles. An eye exam can ease a parent’s mind and ensure that a child possesses the tools needed to succeed and excel in school. Unfortunately, nearly 75% of optometrists rely on the eye chart on the wall, which tests only for distance and neglects to test for near-point vision. That’s particularly troubling when you consider that nearly 70% of all Dr. Rick Graebe Family Eyecare Associates and Children’s Vision and Learning Center 105 Crossfield Drive, Versailles www.myfamilyvision.com / 859.879.3665.
“Students can pass the eye test chart but still lack the necessary visual skills for schoolwork.” schoolwork consists of up-close work. Students can pass the eye test chart but still lack the necessary visual skills for schoolwork. The visual system in children takes up to three years to develop into the dominant sense. In the first year of life, taste and smell are dominant, with touch taking over for the next two years. By age 3, the vision system develops to the point where it’s responsible for 70% of the input to the brain. That’s why an eye test before 3 is usually not critical, Graebe said, unless obvious problems exist – crossed eyes, failure to respond to light and faces, or excessive clumsiness. If at 3, a child trips over himself because of poor depth perception, the eyes may not be working in sync. Symptoms of near-work problems
are often discovered when a child starts school. Because an eye exam is required by law, Dr. Graebe recommends seeing a behavioral optometrist. “The reason for seeing a behavioral optometrists is that most optometrists use only the eye chart because they don’t have the time,” he said. “We will take the time to do a full exam because it is the most important test we do for children. “A simple one-hour exam could make sure that a child has the tools to succeed at school.” Graebe also points out that his office accepts insurance for the exam. “Parents are happy to find out that the same insurance that covers a visit to the pediatrician will cover our visit,” he said. Sounds like a win-win situation. Y
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Scholar Athlete of the Month In the Long Run, Nicholas Triumphs
very time Lexington Catholic coach Tim Wiesenhahn writes out the lineup card for the boys cross-country team, he probably says to himself, “Thank heavens for the Laureano family.” The top runner for the Knights is junior Nicholas Laureano, the two-time defending 2A Regional champion. His brother Jack, a freshman, is the team’s No. 4 runner, and both boys come from a family of runners. Vida and Bert Laureano regularly
In cross-country, he placed seventh in the Region as a ninth-grader and helped Catholic qualify for the State meet. A year later, he won two meets, including the Region, and the Knights placed fourth in the State. This year has been even better. Despite missing three weeks because of a hip injury, Nicholas won four meets, including his second consecutive Region title, and was the runner-up in the 2A State meet in November. The secret to Nicholas’ success? He
School: Lexington Catholic • Grade: 11th • Sport: Cross-country, track • Academics: A Duke TIP qualifier in middle school, Nicholas has a 3.964 GPA with three AP classes. Parents: Vida & Bert compete in 5K races, and the four Laureanos have competed in the same race numerous times. Although Vida and Bert insist they are merely joggers, Nicholas has earned the title of competitive runner. His career begin in the fifth grade at Christ the King, and by the time he reached high school, he was a top varsity runner in track (1,600 and 3,200) and cross-country.
just runs and runs and runs. Every day. Through pain and tedious training sessions. Even when he was injured in the middle of the season, he continued to train on a stationary bike at home. “That all came from him,” Bert said. “He would come home from school and go to the basement and train on the bike for over an hour.” Running comes easily to Nicholas
Nicholas Laureano because, “I love running more than most people. Even the training is fun.” But not as much fun as competing. “I really like running against people,” he said. “It’s the purest form of competition because it’s so definitive and clear-cut about who’s the best.” Often, that’s him, and he hopes college recruiters take notice. He has visited Notre Dame, Virginia, Georgetown, Rice, and William & Mary, his parents’ alma mater. He certainly has the grades for those schools. Nicholas carries a 3.964 GPA and is taking three AP classes and three honors classes, including calculus, physics, chemistry and Latin, which will be useful if he pursues a medical degree. Nicholas is also interested in architecture, and worked as a set designer and builder in the school’s theater department. Joked his mother, “I thought the set was the star of the show.” Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but when it comes to running, Nicholas commands center stage. Y
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