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admit that I recoiled a bit when Beth Pride, The Lexington School’s Director of Admission, invited me to lunch at the school. A school cafeteria lunch? Really? The school cafeterias I’ve visited are noisy affairs with uncomfortable seating and unappetizing food – unless you’re a sucker for cold pizza, tater tots and oceans of ketchup. Not so at The Lexington School. Earlier this year when the school hired chef Ryan Laudenschlager (Chef Ryan as he’s called), the first thing he did was tear out the fryers. Healthy, nutritious, interesting food has become the order of the day in the cafeteria where students, faculty and administrators eat in a relaxed, comfortable family meal setting.

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delighted with Chef Ryan’s changes. “We don’t open cans in the kitchen,” he said. “Everything is made from scratch. Every bean starts out dry. “Our food is nutritious because I can control the salt, the sulfates and fat in each dish.” I can attest to the quality. I’m on a health kick – to commemorate Lexington Family Magazine’s 15th anniversary, I have vowed to lose 15 pounds by our Camp Fair in April – so I filled up at the salad bar. After living in California for years, I have high standards for a salad bar. This one passed with straight A’s. No wilting lettuce or soggy tomatoes. Everything fresh and Please see Page 6

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On my visit last month, the entrée was chicken and vegetarian alfredo (gluten free pasta available) with side dishes Chef Ryan of steamed Laudenschlager broccoli and sauteed yellow squash (excellent!). At the sandwich bar, fresh roasted turkey breast meat was available. Everything in Chef Ryan’s kitchen is “always fresh, always local and always seasoned to perfection,” according to Marijo Foster, the Head of the Lower School who has worked at TLS for 35 years. She and everyone else are

Short Stuff Lego Fest, Kids Who Bite, Candy Cane Concert, all the Nutcrackers and Recipe of the Month Fit Family Challenge Meet the families who will be taking Lexington Family’s challenge to get fit. Holiday Gift Guide Check out holiday gift ideas from A to Z in our annual guide. DIY Ornament Turn broken candy canes into an ornament for your tree. Head of the Class Meet Stephen Manella, Sayre’s new Head of School.

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Families Step Forward to Meet the Challenge

e asked for volunteers, and we heard from dozens of families in Central Kentucky. They sent a consistent message: We want to get fit, eat right and lose weight, but we need HELP! Don’t we all. Everyone knows the issues that the U.S. – and Kentucky – faces with obesity. We live in a culture that almost defies fitness. Too many of us have sedentary jobs. Processed, fat-laden food is available everywhere. Lexington, like many American communities, was built for automobiles, not pedestrians. Plus, many families have two working

parents. Finding time to prepare a nutritious meal that children actually will eat is daunting. Squeezed for time, families find themselves eating fast food, snacking on junk food, and staring at computer TV and cell phone screens instead of exercising. But we at Lexington Family believe the battle is not lost. So, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the magazine, we have launched a Fit Family Challenge. With Challenge sponsor Family Practice Associates, we sought four families courageous enough to vow to try to get fit, eat right and lose weight in public.

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The families will receive assistance from Family Practice Associates and its weight loss program, plus the help of local personal trainers. For four months starting in January and culminating with our annual summer Camps & Activities Fair on April 13, we will chronicle their progress in the magazine. Let’s wish them luck and meet these four brave families. Y

Shelley & Matthew Hopps Occupation: Shelley is a chemist at UK. Matthew is a fork lift operator

Background: Beth is a single mom after losing her husband last year to cancer. She comes from a family with a poor health history, but she has eaten well and exercised regularly... until lately. Time pressures, and financial and child-care restraints have been challenging. Name: Beth Purdy, 35 Children: Colleen, 4 Occupation: Beth is the director and teacher of the ESL program at Georgetown College

Goals: “It has been challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I would like to turn this around before it gets worse and could use inspiration and assistance.”

Holly & Wilson Ackerman

Name: Shelley, 43, & Matthew Hopps, 41 Children: Jacquelyn Young, 19, Katie Young, 16, Connor Hopps, 11, Faith Hopps, 10

Background: As a single, working mom of three children, Geneva has much to juggle. Both she and her daughter have taken medication for weight-related issues, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Dontaz will join the Marines after high school.

Background: On both sides of the family, there are multiple health issues related to being overweight. Holly works in Frankfort and Wilson often works late, so the family feels squeezed for time.

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Goals: “I come from a long line of Paula Deen type cooks,” Shelley says. “Please help us learn how to eat better and work it into our schedules.”

Geneva Thomas does auto body repair at Fortune Collision.

Name: Holly, 36, & Wilson Ackerman, 36

Background: The family has a history of heart disease, and two working parents makes eating well difficult – the kids’ diets all over the map. Neither parent can find time to exercise.

Goals: “My husband and I are overweight, and we want to be healthier for our children,” Holly said. “We want to start making a difference for us and our girls.”

Name: Geneva Thomas, 36 Children: Dontaz, 17, Saraya, 13. Not pictured: Chris Henderson Jr., 2 Occupation: Geneva is an insurance billing and coding technician.

Goals: “We have tried exercise videos and walking before but haven’t had much success. I want our family to be healthy and eat better so we can have longer lives.”


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All aboard with Santa at the Kentucky Railway Museum. Take a trip with the jolly old elf on either the Santa Express, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 & 22 or the North Pole Express on Dec. 1, 7-9, 14-16 & 2122. Lexington Family has 4 tickets to give away.

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The Southern Lights Holiday Festival with its array of twinkling lights continues at the Kentucky Horse Park through Dec. 31. Tickets are $15 per car. Lex. Family is giving away 10 tickets. To register for these giveaways, visit www.lexingtonfamily. com or call 223-1765 by the contest deadline of Dec. 10. 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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When Children Bite: A Plan of Action Did your cute, little child just bite someone? You are shocked. And you are not alone! An article in “Pediatric and Child Health” suggests that in daycare settings, biting occurs approximately once a day. We don’t hear about it because most parents don’t talk about it. Remember: Your child is not bad if she bites. She is doing her best to express a need, and she is learning how life works. As her parent, you are her most influential teacher. The moment biting happens, act calmly and with compassion, even if you feel like overreacting. Take a deep breath, collect yourself and speak in a kind, firm manner. Then follow these steps: * 1. Interrupt the behavior. “No biting. Sit right here and we will talk in a minute.” 2. Help the victim. “That really hurt! Let’s see if we can help you feel better.” 3. Reflect each child’s feelings. [To the child who bit] “I can see that you felt frustrated and angry.” [To the child who was bitten] “And you felt scared.” 4. Define the problem. “I see the problem. You both wanted to play with the same toy at the very same time.” 5. Clarify the limit. “We are always gentle with people, even when we are upset and angry. “If you hurt people, you’ll have to stay

next to me. You will not be allowed to play with other children when you hurt them.” 6. Provide ideas for expressing feelings. “You can take big breaths, tell the other person how you feel, put your hands on your hips or fold your arms.” 7. Provide ideas for ways to express needs. “You can say, ‘I’m waiting for the next turn.’ ‘How many minutes before you are done?’ ‘Want to trade that for this?’” (For toddlers, suggest short phrases like “My turn!” “I want that.” “Mine now?”) 8. Let the kids get back to playing. “I’m glad the biting is all done. Let’s go and find a game to play.” w You might need to do this a few times, but the results will be worth it. Stay persistent, consistent, calm and loving, and your efforts are likely to be rewarded. *(To see a more detailed description of these steps and to find a link “The Biting Solution” by Lisa Poelle, visit: www.growingpeacefulfamiles.com/ recommendations.html.) Y

Lesley Iwinski is a Lexington mother of three children ages 16-22, a family physician and the founding director of Growing Peaceful Families. She offers classes, workshops and seminars based on the work of Kathryn Kvols, author of Redirecting Children's Behavior. Info for Lesley: (859) 333-3053 or www.GrowingPeacefulFamilies.com. E-mail questions for Lesley to john@lexingtonfamily.com or encourage1another@insightbb.com. 6 | www.lexingtonfamily.com

tasty. Also at the salad bar were freshly made hummus with pita bread (terrific!) and, new to me, a gluten free southwest quinoa salad, featuring black beans and southwest seasoning. (I loved it!) I finished the meal with fresh fruit (the school goes through 80 pounds of bananas and 125 apples every day). For dessert, I had yogurt topped with granola. (Sweet!) It’s not surprising that the food is so good. Chef Ryan has a degree in the culinary arts from Sullivan University and worked at Portofino restaurant and the Rose Hill Inn. At the recent Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show at Rupp Arena, he won the pro-am chef competition with a Parmesan herb grit cake with Swiss chard, beef tips, roasted sweet potatoes and Shiitake mushrooms. Chef Ryan is more than a good cook – he’s also an educator. At each meal in the school cafeteria, he shares interesting facts about food with the students and staff, and introduces students to new foods. “What I feed off of is education,” he said. “Every day we have 600 people in here learning about food. It has built an excitement level that makes this job great.” All I can say is “Bon Appetit.” Y

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Sunday, December 9, 2012 3:00 pm | Singletary Center for the Arts Tickets: $14 Adult, $8 Child This family favorite concert includes music from holiday specials, including Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and more. Candy Cane features the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, choruses from Lafayette High School and SCAPA, and LEX18 Meteorologist Bill Meck!

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my new heartbeat others of multiples deserve gold medals. I had the pleasure of babysitting for a friend recently, and I quickly learned that watching two under two is more than I expected. I don’t know how any mother with two or more children gets through her day without an energy drink IV drip. The upside to this day of babysitting was twice the cuteness.

Dec. @ LexingtonFamily.com A Virtual Pinboard Visit our site on Pinterest.com and see our holiday ideas, photography tips, family friendly recipes, crafts for kids and much more! Pinterest lets you organize and share the things you’ve found on the web. You can file them away in one place, so it’s easy to retrieve them.

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house? It’s like herding cats. Only the siren call of Elmo can bring them back. t Finally: what do you do when one is ready to nap and the other is ready to make screeching noises just for fun? I will admit that when I looked in the back seat and saw these two sweet babies riding along so peacefully, my uterus skipped a beat. It was wonderful for CeCe to have a playmate for the day. But the reality of the situation is this – my next baby won’t be happening until CeCe is at least potty-trained. Watch Baby Bump Editor Katie Saltz on ABC36 News@Noon on the first Thursday of each month. She shares her favorite products and resources for parents and babies, and always has giveaway prizes for viewers! Y

Dec. @ BabyBumpLexington.com Car Seats and Coats: Large winter coats can interfere with your child’s car seat harness. Read our interview with the Safe Kids Coalition to keep your kids safe and snug in their seats this winter. Shopping Safely: Learn safety tips to consider when buying toys for babies and toddlers this Christmas. Crafty Ideas: We’ll review some favorite Christmas crafts you can do with your toddler. Giveaway: We have a handmade fleece car seat poncho to give away to one lucky reader!

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The downside was you have this ratio: two toddlers to one mommy. This is when things get hairy. And slobbery. I have a few questions I would like to ask mothers of multiples: t What do you do with one kid while trying to buckle the other in the car seat? It takes five hands to manage one of those contraptions anyway. How the heck do you do it, balancing one wiggly child on your hip while trying to harness the other? t What do you do when there are simultaneous dirty diapers? You can take my route and have two half-naked babies running down the hall as you sprint for the changing table yelling, “EVERYONE JUST STAY CALM!”

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Nutcracker Season Is Here!

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t’s that time of year again, time to take in a holiday performance tradition – “The Nutcracker” – with shows by three local ballets. Bluegrass Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker in One Act,” featuring more than 100 BYB performers in one hour of magical dancing, festive costumes and the timeless music of Tchaikovsky. Performances at the Singletary Center for the Arts are Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14-$17. Info: 271-4472 or 257-4929 or www.bluegrassyouthballet.org. The Kentucky Ballet Theatre is performing its Nutcracker rendition, “What’s Christmas Without The Nutcracker,” in Somerset at the Center For Rural Development, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8:30 p.m. Ticket info: (606) 677-6000. In Lexington, KBT will perform a new Christmas ballet, “The Night Before Christmas,” at the Lexington Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. Ticket info: 252-5245 (277-2227 between 6-9 p.m. and on weekends.)

The Lexington Ballet presents The Nutcracker, loyal to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s book, in a two-act, two-hour performance at the Lexington Opera House. Adults and children will be able to follow the story told in an engaging classical ballet performed by more than 100 students, plus professional dancers. Performances are Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 15, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Tickets are $29.75, $19.75 for students. Info: 233-3925 or www.lexingtonballet.org. Y

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Candy Cane Concert

andy Cane will take a Global Sleigh Ride Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Singletary Center for the Arts. This family favorite concert features music from timeless holiday stories, such as “Charlie Brown Christmas Special,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and more. The show will feature the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, choruses from Lafayette High School and SCAPA, and LEX18 Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck. Info: 233-4226 / www.lexphil.org. Y 10 | www.lexingtonfamily.com

Aesop’s Fables Onstage’

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fter the Lexington Children’s Theatre wraps up its last three performances of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” in December, LCT will bring “Aesop’s Fables Onstage” to its Main Stage at

418 West Short St. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” will be performed Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Lexington Opera House. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for children. In “Aesop’s Fables Onstage,” adapted by Larry and Vivian Snipes of the Children’s Theatre, a trio of storytellers uses music, dance and a dose of hilarity to reenact some of Aesop’s most famous fables. Showtimes at LCT’s Main Stage are Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for children. Info: 254-4546, ext. 247 or www.lctonstage.org. Y

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he YMCA of Central Kentucky’s seventh annual Reindeer Ramble 5K Run/Walk will take place Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. at Keeneland. The 5K run/walk welcomes serious runners and casual walkers, ages 8 and up. Participants have 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 familyfriendly event. Participants may register at any Lexington YMCA branch by Wednesday, Dec. 5. Ticket prices and race info: 254-9622 or www.ymcaofcentralky.org. Y


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Spelt & Butternut Squash Salad w 2 Cups spelt (wheatberries) w 6 Cups water w 1 Tbsp kosher salt w 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and roughly chopped w 2 Tbsp olive oil w 1 Cup dried cranberries w 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced DRESSING w 1/2 Cup maple syrup

w 1/4 Cup honey w 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar w Kosher salt (To taste) w Pepper (To taste)

For the dressing: w Whisk together syrup, honey and vinegar until smooth. w Season to taste with salt and pepper. For the salad: w In a large sauce pan, bring spelt, water and kosher salt to a boil. w Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes. w Meanwhile, toss chopped squash with olive oil and roast in a 400-degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature. w Drain spelt and immerse in ice water to stop the cooking process. w Drain spelt and set aside. w Toss cooled squash, spelt, cranberries and parsley together with dressing until well coated. w Check seasoning for salt and pepper and serve. Nutrition Content per serving: Cal. 267120 | calories Carb. 59g1.5g | fat Fat 5g 21g|carbs Protein6g4g protein | Fiber 6g

Ryan Laudenschlager is a graduate of Sullivan University’s Culinary Arts Program. His title at The Lexington School is “Food Service Director,” but he humbly prefers the title the students have given him, “Chef Ryan.” “This spelt and squash recipe has a delicious sweetness that our students love!”

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EGO KidsFest, which brings all of the creative, hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in a activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages, comes to Kentucky in 2013. The national tour makes a stop in Louisville at the Kentucky Convention Center April 5-7. Among the many LEGO attractions, families will find: t LEGO Model Gallery: Dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks t LEGO Master Builders: Live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play t Creation Nation: Build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S. t LEGO Games Arena: Roll the dice to play LEGO board games t Construction Zones: Creative free build, play and display areas t LEGO DUPLO: Younger visitors can explore imagination through building t Brickscapes: Fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets Based on sold-out attendance at other venues, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. For a chance to win four free tickets from Lexington Family Magazine, visit our Facebook page from Dec. 1-12. Five sessions – all identical – are available for the Louisville tour stop. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for children, and can be purchased online at www.LEGOKidsFest.com. Y

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he deadline for the ninth – and final – Keep It Real TV commercial video contest is Monday, Dec. 17. The contest encourages teens to enter a 30-second video addressing underage drinking and the advantages of an alcohol-free lifestyle. Cash prizes are awarded for categories such as Best Direction, Best Editing, Most Original and Best Comedy. In addition to receiving the top cash award, the Grand Prize winners will see their video on television and as part of the pre-show ads in local cinemas. All entries are posted on the Keep It Real web site. Online voting is Jan. 7-18. Info: www.keep-it-real.us Y


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Mission of Hope Brings Christmas to Needy Kids in Appalachia

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By John Lynch

his season marks the 17th year of the Mission of Hope’s Christmas Campaign that serves the poorest counties in Appalachia, all of which have endured grinding poverty that spans generations. MOH, a Knoxville-based Christian charity, serves 17,500 students at 27 schools. At least 85% of the students at those schools – many of them in Kentucky – receive free or reduced lunch. At Christmas, MOH volunteers from more than 40 churches, including NorthEast Christian Church in Lexington and Versailles Baptist Church, set up a “toy store” in each of the school gyms. As students and faculty gather round the “store,” which is hidden by a plastic covering, 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.” People in Central Kentucky can help spread the hope by dropping off new toys, clothing, food and hygiene products from now through Monday, Dec. 3 in the MOH Big Blue Barrels. (See Story on this page for locations.) 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

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bedecked with dozens of holiday light displays created from more than one million twinkling lights. After you finish the drive, come inside for even more fun. Enjoy local holiday and craft vendors, seasonal entertainment, an exotic petting zoo, pony and camel rides, model trains, photos with Santa and the Mini-Train Express. The Mini-Train Express ferries holiday travelers between the decorated buildings housing indoor attractions. Riders may even see some additional light displays not visible from the driving tour. Southern Lights runs through Dec. 31. Indoor attractions will be open every night with the exceptions of Dec. 24-31. Hours are 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets: Sunday-Thursday, $15/car; Friday-Saturday, $20/car. Info: 255-5727 or kyhorsepark. com.

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Santa returns to downtown on Thursday, Dec. 6 at for the annual Christmas parade. The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. on Main Street, from Midland to Broadway. Food and drink vendors will be located in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park, Courthouse Plaza and Phoenix Park. After the parade, take a spin on the ice at the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink at Triangle Park.

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Dillards. Santa will be available for photos at the following times: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Breaks: 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.) * All breaks subject to change. Sunday, Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m. – Pet Photo Night. Four-legged family members want to see Santa, too! Please use the mall entrance next to Talbots when arriving with pets. You can reduce wait time with Santa’s Fast Pass. Info: 272-3493. Register at www.shopfayette-mall.com. There will also be a special Chick-fil-A Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1, 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $5 and include breakfast, a photo with Santa, a special gift and more.

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Visit Santa at The Mall at Lexington Green Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Break: 2-3 p.m.) The Santa at Lexington Green, provided by TSS Photography, is accepting “Call Ahead” reservations again this year so that waiting in line will be minimal. Info: 983-2630. Santa will have many exciting new photo ideas for 2012, including videos of every child. Info: Like Merry Christmas From Santa at Lexington Green on Facebook or visit www. SantaLexGreen.com.

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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 17,500 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.

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Drop off New Unwrapped Toys and Clothing, Food and Hygiene items at any area locations of Chick-fil-A, Valvoline, CiCi’s Pizza, Lexington Family Magazine, 99.1 FM WJMM, 770 AM WCGW, 98.1 The Bull, 630 WLAP or Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

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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 17th annual Christmas Store, Dec. 21-23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in a warehouse at the corner of Second Street and Midland Avenue. The store serves more than 15,000 needy children. Volunteers are needed 22 | www.lexingtonfamily.com

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beginning Dec. 20 to set up and work the store. To donate new or pre-loved toys, look for the drop-off bins at various churches and retail locations Dec. 1-19.

Lexington Humane Society

1600 Old Frankfort Pike 233-0044 / www. lexingtonhumanesociety.org The Humane Society needs canned cat and dog food, pet toys, pee pads, HE laundry detergent and bleach. Donations are accepted seven days a week. During the holidays, shop for gifts at the Pampered Paws Boutique, MondayThursday, and Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Choose a “Sponsor a Pet Photo Frame” from the Christmas tree for $20 to make a donation in a loved one’s name.

The Nest

530 N. Limestone Street 259-1974, ext. 29 www.thenestlexington.org Reindeer Express is The Nest’s gift giveaway that will provide Christmas presents for children 5 and under. Donations such as new toys, coats, and cash should be brought to The Nest by Dec. 10. Community groups are welcome to participate. Donations accepted MondayFriday, 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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YMCA of Central Kentucky

239 East High Street 254-9622 www.ymcaofcentralky.org Volunteers are needed for the annual Reindeer Ramble, a holiday-themed 5K run to benefit the Annual Giving Campaign. Proceeds will benefit summer camps. The event is Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. at Keeneland. (Please see Page 10.) Y


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college admissions – an ideal background to lead the academically rigorous school that places graduates in highly selective universities. After eight years at NYU, Manella moved to Greenwich Academy, a girls pre-K through 12th grade school in Connecticut. In seven years, he taught high school English, worked in college placement, coached the basketball team and rose to Assistant Head of the Upper School. He was hired as the Head of the Upper School at Shorecrest Prep, a co-ed preK-12th school in Florida, and was the Assistant Head of School when he left eight years later. His experience in an urban setting attracted the Sayre search committee. “We are proud to be located in downtown Lexington,” said Ben Haggin, co-owner of Woodford Racing and a member of the Sayre Board of Directors. “Our geography allows for many opportunities for our students. “Stephen learned many best practices in admissions while he was at NYU. He will make certain that Sayre is a big part of the downtown renaissance.” Sayre staff describe Manella as a quick study who understood the school culture from day one and brings a fresh passion to the job. “He has been a burst of energy with his optimism, drive and enthusiasm,” said Kristin Seymour, who has been at Sayre for 16 years and is the Head of the Middle School. “He hit the ground running and understands Sayre’s history. He will take what’s wonderful here and raise expectations.” Colleagues also describe an intelligent leader who communicates well, appreciates the value of consensus and flashes a lively sense of humor. “He is a smart educator, a strategic thinker and a people person,” Seymour said. “He has a great sense of humor and is literary. He quoted Emily Dickinson yesterday. “He has the constellation of skills you

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n many ways, Sayre’s new Head of School, Stephen Manella, embodies the fundamental values of Lexington’s oldest private school – he’s articulate, personable and intelligent. He values the importance of intellectual relationships, and he is committed to downtown life. Sayre’s location on North Limestone in the heart of downtown attracted Manella to the job. He and his wife, Anne, and their three daughters – all Sayre students – live downtown, a short walk from the school. A native of Chicago, Manella earned his undergraduate degree at Kenyon College in Ohio and moved to New York City to work in publishing for a year.

towns,” he said. “With access to the arts and lectures, these are environments that value education and knowledge. “I’m also drawn to a downtown campus. I’m excited that the Sayre campus extends into downtown.” He pointed out that a middle school class just recently went to Shorty’s Market for a practical application of a math lesson. Manella expects the sight of Sayre students in downtown to become increasingly more routine. Sayre will become a regular Gallery Hop location next year, and Manella is seeking more partnerships with downtown businesses and both Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky. “Since the community is literally steps from our campus, tapping into community organizations adds to the uniqueness of the school,” he said.

“Since the community is literally steps from our campus, tapping into community organizations adds to the uniqueness of the school.” He then served in the admissions office at NYU where he earned his master’s degree. In Greenwich Village, he experienced a school intimately linked to its community – a model he expects to further develop at Sayre. “I’ve always been drawn to university 26 | www.lexingtonfamily.com

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attention for long periods of time); and selective (allows you to stay on task even when a distraction is presented). These different skills can be accurately measured and “retrained” with LearningRx. Memory affects job performance – you need to remember clients’ names, appointment times, meetings and other important details. There are also three types of memory. Each one is responsible for specific tasks.

Adult brain training translates into better overall performance and a possible raise or promotion. Brain training, based on some of the newest breakthroughs in brain science, actually rewires the brain by strengthening, reorganizing and creating new neural pathways through a series of customized mental workouts. Adult brain training allows a person to learn new tasks faster, transition more smoothly into a new environment and concentrate better. That translates into better overall performance and a possible raise or promotion. LearningRx breaks down four elements that adults need to reach optimal performance: auditory processing, attention, memory and retention and processing speed. There are three types of attention skills, and many adults struggle with more than one – divided (enables you to pay attention to several things at once); sustained (enables you to pay

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Is Your Child Sleeping in a Safe Crib?

New Federal Crib Regulations Affect Day Cares and Churches By Bud Spoerl

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he U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission implemented sweeping new crib safety standards on Dec. 28, 2010 for all full size and compact cribs. The new standards took effect for cribs used in private homes in June 2011. Child-care facilities were given until Dec. 28, 2012 to replace their cribs with ones that comply with the new safety standards. What does this mean for you? If your child spends time in a childcare facility, you will want to make sure that she is spending time in a crib that

meets the new safety standards. Talk with the management and ask to be sure their cribs have been replaced with new compliant cribs. The safety standards cover cribs used in all child-care or day-care facilities. These include family child-care homes and church-owned or church-operated child-care facilities if a fee is charged. Child care provided by volunteers during a church service is not covered by the new rules. Hotels and motels also must meet the new standards. Child-care providers that do not have compliant cribs will be subject to significant fines.

Bud Spoerl and his wife Donna are the owners of Baby’s Room & Kids Too. They are concerned about the safety of all children and will be happy to answer any questions regarding the new regulations. Baby’s Room & Kids Too also provides local child-care facilities and churches significant savings on a complete line of full and compact day-care cribs, allowing these facilities to meet the new safety standards and provide the safest possible environment for your child. Info: Baby’s Room & Kids Too, 2520 Nicholasville Road. 276-4955. www.babysroomky.com. he found when he arrived on campus. “In my meetings with the students, I’m continually impressed with their ability to reflect on their experience. They are relaxed, articulate, poised and they look you in the eye. “When I ask about their favorite memories of Sayre, they talk about their relationships with faculty, who know them as more than just students but as people. That speaks volumes about the heart of the community.” Manella is exploring ways to make that community even more diverse to reflect the city at large. Currently,

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The Mad Potter: Family Fun & Pizza Night. 6 p.m. 3385 Tates Creek Road. Info: 269-4591. Renfro Valley: Christmas in the Valley, a light display, carolers, an original stage production and more. 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 22. Renfro Valley, KY. Info: (800) 765-7464. LexDance: Contra Dance with Susan Moffett and Berea Cast-Offs. Beginner lesson 7:30-8 p.m., dancing 8-11 p.m. $7 adults, $5 students and first-timers. ArtsPlace, 161 N. Mill St. Info: 552-5433. Woodford County Theatre: presents “The Christmas Foundling.” In the Sierras in the 1850s, small communities of miners sprang up to mine for gold. One dark Christmas Eve, a woman stumbles into the lives of three miners and gives birth to a baby boy before she dies. Friday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $19 adults, $12 students. 275 Beasley Dr., Versailles. Info: 873-0648. Lexington Center: Trees of Life: A Festival of Trees. Saturday and Sunday, call for details. Info: 277-8259. Lex Public Library: Central Library: Super Saturday Storytime. 11 a.m. For families. Eagle Creek Branch: Chess Mates, a dropin club. 2 p.m. Ages 8 & up. Tates Creek Branch: Drop-in Craft Time. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All children. Info: 231-5500.

Sunday 2 TSS Photography: Merry Christmas Santa at Lexington Green: Walk-ins welcome, or avoid lines by calling ahead to get your photo taken with Santa. Family sessions available by appointment. Pets welcome Monday-Friday. Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 23. Info: 983-2630. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Baby & Me. 11:30 a.m. 161 Lexington Green Circle. Info: 2732911. Explorium: Open Art Studio, Shake, Shake, Shake! Create tambourines out of plates and pasta. Sunday-Saturday, closed Mondays. 1-5 p.m. All ages. Free with general admission of $8. 440 W. Short St. Info: 258-3253. Rupp Arena: Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story. 1 & 4 p.m. $21.50-$56.50. 430 W. Vine St. Info: 233-3535. UK Art Museum: Artful Sunday, guided tours and family activities. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info: 257-5716. Barnes & Noble: Story Time. 3 p.m. Ages 7 & 32 | www.lexingtonfamily.com

under. 1932 Pavilion Way. Info: 543-8518. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Breastfeeding 101 class. 4-5:30 p.m. Free. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 260-6357. Henry Clay Estate: Lighting on the Lawn at Ashland, including music, sing-a-longs and thousands of lights on a 100 foot-tall Norway Spruce. 5:30 p.m. Free. 120 Sycamore Rd. Info: 266-8581.

Monday 3 Scott Co. Public Library: Romping Readers storytime. 9:30 a.m. Babies and toddlers up to 24 months. Terrific Twos storytime. 10:30 a.m. Ages 24-36 months. Family Storytime. 6:30 p.m. Ages 2-5. 104 S. Bradford Lane, Georgetown. Info: (502) 863-3566. Lex-Fayette County Health Dept: Eat, Move, Lose Weight Support Group. 10-11 a.m. Free. Registration required. PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Rd. Info: 288-2395. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Great Expectations childbirth class. 6:15-8:45 p.m. Free. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Pediatric CPR class. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $25 per person or $40 per couple. Registration required. HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness, Lexington Green. Info: 260-6357. Woodford Co. Public Library: Reading Round-Up, hands-on learning and stories. 6:30 p.m. Grades Preschool-3. 115 N. Main St., Versailles. Info: (859) 873-5191.\ Frankfort Regional Medical Ctr: Breastfeeding Basics Class. 7:30-9 p.m. Free if delivering at FRMC. Registration required. Info: (877) 376-2631. Lex Public Library: Village Branch: Art for Teens. 5 p.m. For middle and high schoolers. Info: 231-5500.

Tuesday 4 Barnes & Noble: Story Time. 10 a.m. Ages 7 & under. 1932 Pavilion Way. Info: 543-8518. Scott Co. Public Library: Preschool Storytime. 10 a.m. Ages 3-5. Creative Kids craft time. 3:30 p.m. Ages 6 & up. 104 S. Bradford Lane, Georgetown. Info: (502) 863-3566. Woodford Co. Public Library: Toddler Tales. 10 a.m. Ages 2-3. Preschool Stories. 11 a.m. Ages 4-5. 115 N. Main St., Versailles. Info: (859) 873-5191. Explorium: Little Bookworm Club, “Martin MacGregor’s Snowman.” 10:30-11:15 a.m. Ages preschoolers-6 years. Baby Explorers, “Shakin’ Gifts.” 10:30-11:15 a.m. Ages 9 months-2 years. Free with general admission of $8. 440 W. Short St. Info: 258-3253. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Toddler Time.

10:30 a.m. 161 Lexington Green Circle. Info: 273-2911. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Prenatal Yoga. 5:30-6:30 p.m. 8 classes for $50, 10 classes for $55, 12 classes for $60. Registration required. HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness, Lexington Green. Info: 260-4354. UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. Samford. 7 p.m. $42-$50. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Baby Moon: Labor Workshop for Couples. 7:15-9:30 p.m. $40. Registration required. 2891 Richmond Rd. Info: 420-6262. UK Singletary Center: Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, String Orchestra Fall Concert. 7:30 p.m. $8 adults, $6 students. Info: 257-1706. EKU Center for the Arts: presents “Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits.” 8 p.m. $60.50$75.50. 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond. Info: 622-7469. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: Read and Rhyme Storytime. 11 a.m. Info: 231-5500.

Wednesday 5 Good Foods Market & Café: Wellness Wednesday. Receive 5 percent off all supplements, body care and bulk herb and spice items. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Good Foods’ Staff Dietitian Beth Loiselle will host a recipe sampling and a signing for her book “The Healing Power of Whole Foods.” Noon-3 p.m. Owner Discount Days, owners save 10 percent on one order. Dec. 5-9. 455 Southland Dr. Info: 278-1813. Explorium: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 3-6, children must be potty-trained. $12 members, $15 nonmembers. Reservations required. Science Lab, “CSI Crime Lab.” 6-7 p.m. Grades K-5. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Registration required. 440 W. Short St. Info: 258-3253. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Happy Baby Yoga, a class for mommy and babies 6 weeks-9 months olds. 10-11 a.m. $45. Registration required. HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness, Lexington Green. Info: 260-4354. Little Fingers, Little Toes infant care class. 6:15-8:45 p.m. Free. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 260-6357. Woodford Co. Public Library: Homeschool group meeting. 1 p.m. 115 N. Main St., Versailles. Info: (859) 873-5191. Red Barn Radio: presents An Appalachian Christmas IV, featuring Grammy Winning singer and songwriter Larry Cordle. 7:30 p.m. Free. Open to the public. UK Hospital, Pavilion A. Info: 338-7648. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: LEGO Book Club. 6 p.m. Ages 6 & up. Info:


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Thursday 6 Scott Co. Public Library: Terrific Twos storytime. 9:30 a.m. Ages 24-36 months. 104 S. Bradford Lane, Georgetown. Info: (502) 863-3566. Woodford Co. Public Library: Baby Storytime. 10 a.m. Ages 6-24 months. 115 N. Main St., Versailles. Info: (859) 873-5191. Explorium: Mini Da Vinci’s, “Painting with Flowers.” 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 2-4. Free with general admission of $8. 440 W. Short St. Info: 258-3253. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m. Baby & Me, 11 a.m. 161 Lexington Green Circle. Info: 273-2911. St. Michael’s School: Preschool Open House. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Classes offered for 3, 4 and young 5-year-olds. 2025 Bellefonte Dr. Info: 277-7541. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Bumps and Babes, a prenatal exercise program. 5-6 p.m. 5 classes for $35; 8 classes for $50; 10 classes for $55; 12 classes for $60. HealthwoRx members attend for free. Registration required. HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness, Lexington Green. Info: 260-4354.

Carnegie Center: Teen Howl Poetry Series, open mic for poets under 21. 6 p.m. Free. The Morris Book Shop, 882 E. High St. Info: 254-4175. Living Arts & Science Center: Discovery Night: Celebrate China! 6-8 p.m. Suggested donation $2 adult, $1 child. 361 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. Info: 252-5222. UK Good Samaritan Hospital: Nursing Your Infant. 6:30-9 p.m. $25 per couple. Registration required. 310 S. Limestone St. Info: 323-2750. Christmas Parade: Food, drinks, ice skating and the annual Christmas Parade. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. on Main Street from Midland to Broadway. Info: 425-2590. Lex Public Library: Central Library: Family Night- Make Gingerbread Snowflakes. 6 p.m. For families. Northside Branch: Read, Play, Learn storytime. 11 a.m. Ages 6 months- 5 years. Village Branch: Girlspace, express yourself through art and discussion. 5 p.m. For middle and high school girls. Info: 231-5500.

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Saturday 8 YMCA of Central KY: 7th Annual Reindeer Ramble 5K Run/Walk to benefit Y Summer Camps. Check-in from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Race begins at 9 a.m. Participants can register as an individual or part of a 3-10 person “Santapede.” Ages 8 & up. $25 adult; $15 child; $75 for team of 3-5 people; $150 for team of 6-10. Fees higher on race day. Register at any Lexington YMCA by Dec. 5 or online at ymcaofcentralky.org. Info: 254-9622. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Breakfast with Santa! 8:30 a.m. $14.95 adults, $8.95 child. Tickets required. A special reading of “The Night Before Christmas” begins at 11 a.m. 161 Lexington Green Circle. Info: 273-2911. TSS Photography: Merry Christmas Santa at Lexington Green: Walk-ins welcome, or avoid lines by calling ahead to get your photo taken with Santa. Family sessions available by 34 | www.lexingtonfamily.com

appointment. Pets welcome Monday-Friday. Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 23. Info: 983-2630. Headley-Whitney Museum: Heirloom Ornaments Workshop, make several different ornaments using a variety of materials. 9:3011:30 a.m. $10 per person, or $15 for one parent and one child. Registration required. 4435 Old Frankfort Pike. Info: 255-6653. McConnell Springs: Wooden Ornament Carving Class. 10 a.m.-noon. $5. Registration required, space is limited. Info: 225-4073. Louisville Zoo: Santa’s Safari, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, special animal encounters, kids crafts and more. 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. $20.95 ages 3 & up, $11 ages 2 & under. Info: (502) 459-2181. Explorium: Imagination Station, “Cloud Dough.” See Dec. 1. Good Foods Market & Café: Free Store Tour. Tour the store with the staff dietitian, savor samples and enjoy exclusive offers. 11 a.m.noon. 455 Southland Dr. Info: 278-1813. Woodford Co. Public Library: Paws to Read, practice reading skills with a friendly therapy dog. 3-4 p.m. Grades K-5. Free. Registration required. 115 N. Main St., Versailles. Info: (859) 873-5191. Kentucky Mudworks: Family Day in Clay, Snowmen Sculptures. Noon-2 p.m. $20. Adults and children. Try it! Handbuilding class. 3:30-5:30 p.m. $20. 825 National Ave. Info: 389-9681. UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. Portland. Noon. $42-$50. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Baby Moon: Transitions: Bringing Home a Baby class. 1-3 p.m. $35 per couple. Registration required. 2891 Richmond Rd. Info: 420-6262. Raven Run: History of Raven Run. Explore an 18th century homestead and learn about the landscape of the Bluegrass as it appeared more than 200 years ago. 1 p.m. Info: 2726105. Kentucky Railway Museum: Santa Express, take a train ride with Santa Claus and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. 2 & 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $23 adult, $18 children. Reservation required. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. Info: (502) 549-5470. Shaker Village: Illuminated Evenings. See Dec. 1. Div. of Parks & Rec: Therapeutic Recreation Holiday Dinner Dance. 5-9 p.m. Open to individuals with disabilities who are 13 & up. $5 for the dance only, $9 for dance and dinner. Reservation required. Info: 288-2908.

The Mad Potter: Family Fun & Pizza Night. See Dec. 1. Waveland State Historic Site: Holiday Evenings at Waveland, see what the holiday season was like on a Bluegrass plantation. Dec. 8 & 9, call for times and tickets. 225 Waveland Museum Lane. Info: 272-3611. Lex Public Library: Central Library: Super Saturday Storytime. See Dec. 1. Eagle Creek Branch: LEGO Club. 10 a.m. Grades 2-8. Northside Branch: Ride the Polar Express! 2 p.m. For families. Reservations required. Tates Creek Branch: Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! Come decorate Christmas cookies. 11 a.m. Grades Preschool-3. Reservations required. Info: 231-5500.

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UK Opera: Holiday Celebration of Song. 5 & 7 p.m. Free. Victorian Square Atrium, 401 W. Main St. Info: 257-9331.

Monday 10 Scott Co. Public Library: Romping Readers, Terrific Twos and Family Storytime. See Dec. 3. Bluegrass Babywearing Group: Monthly meeting. 11:30 a.m. Free. Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Rd. Info: www.facebook.com/ groups/bluegrassbabywearers/. Lex-Fayette County Health Dept: Diabetes Support Group. 1-2 p.m. Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 288-2352. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Comfort Measures childbirth class. 6:15-8:15 p.m. Free. Registration required. Marvelous Multiples, a class for parents expecting more than one baby. 6:15-8:45 p.m. Free. Registration required. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 260-6357. Woodford Co. Public Library: Reading Round-Up. See Dec. 3. Good Foods Market & Café: “Are You Ready for the Change of 2012 & Beyond?” As the night transforms into a new day so is the Age of Darkness giving way to the Age of Light. It is the greatest event ever to grace the Earth and her children. Terms such as the New Age, Superconsciousness, etc., are different labels for one and the same occurrence. 7-9 p.m. $8 owners, $10 others. 455 Southland Dr. Info: 278-1813. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: Teen Advisory Board meeting. 7 p.m. For middle and high schoolers, new members welcome. Village Branch: Art for Teens. See Dec. 3. Info: 231-5500.

Tuesday 11 Good Foods Market & Café: Bourbon & Beans Buzz Session, a breakfast-and-learn focused on topics such employee relations, covering your assets with insurance, taxes and payroll, and more. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free. 455 Southland Dr. Info: 278-1813 Barnes & Noble: Story Time. See Dec. 4. Scott Co. Public Library: Preschool Storytime and Creative Kids. See Dec. 4. Woodford Co. Public Library: Toddler Tales and Preschool Stories. See Dec. 4. Piggy Bank Workshop. Make your own piggy bank and enter it in the 3rd Annual Kentucky Saves Piggy Bank Design Contest. 4-5 p.m. Grades Preschool-12. Free. Registration required. 115 N. Main St., Versailles. Info: (859) 873-5191. Explorium: Little Bookworm Club, “Friendly

Snowman” and Baby Explorers, “Build-AHome.” See Dec. 4. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Toddler Time. See Dec. 4. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Prenatal Yoga. See Dec. 4. Lex-Fayette County Health Dept: Health Chats about Diabetes. 6:15-7:30 p.m. Free. UK Polk Dalton Clinic, 217 Elm Tree Lane. Info: 288-2352. La Leche League of Lexington: Monthly meeting. 7:15 p.m. Free. Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Rd. Info: 420-6262. Lexington Opera House: presents five-time Grammy Award winner Robert Cray. 7:30 p.m. $52.75. 401 W. Short St. Info: 233-3535. Lex Public Library: Beaumont Branch: Little Leonardos art time. 2:30 p.m. Ages 2-5. Reservations required. Art in the Dark. 7 p.m. Ages 4 & up. Reservations required. Northside Branch: Read and Rhyme Storytime. See Dec. 4. Info: 231-5500.

Wednesday 12 Explorium: Mother’s Day Out. See Dec. 5. Art Workshop “Edible Holiday House.” 6-7 p.m. Grades K-5. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Registration required. 440 W. Short St. Info: 258-3253.

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Safe Kids Coalition: Car Seat Check-up Clinic. 2-4 p.m. By appointment. Free. Auto Tech Services, 780 Winchester Rd. Info: 323-1153. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Happy Baby Yoga. See Dec. 5. Breastfeeding 101 class. 6:15-7:45 p.m. Free. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Info: 260-6357. Woodford Co. Public Library: TAG Meeting, the teen advisory group helps plan teen programs, children’s programs, plays games and more. 4-5 p.m. Grades 6-12. 115 N. Main St., Versailles. Info: (859) 873-5191. Lex-Fayette County Health Dept: Breastfeeding Basics class. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Registration required. PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Rd. Info: 288-2348. UK Singletary Center: UK Jazz Ensemble in concert. 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: 257-4929. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: LEGO Book Club. See Dec. 5. Village Branch: Blackout Creative Writing Workshop, create a masterpiece but wear old clothes-you will get messy! 5:30 p.m. Grades 2-12. Info: 231-5500.

Thursday 13 Scott Co. Public Library: Terrific Twos storytime. See Dec. 6.

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Woodford Co. Public Library: Baby Storytime. See Dec. 6. Explorium: Mini Da Vinci’s, “Pasta Art.” See Dec. 6 for details. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Toddler Time and Baby & Me. See Dec. 6. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Bumps and Babes. See Dec. 6. Good Foods Market & Café: Terra Madre Presentation, enjoy a delicious dinner and hear Good Foods board member Jim Embry talk about his recent trip to Italy for Terra Madre, the International Slow Food gathering. 7-9 p.m. Free. Reservation required. 455 Southland Dr. Info: 278-1813. The Kentucky Theater: presents Shawn Colvin Live in Concert. 7:30 p.m. $33.75. 214 E. Main St. Info: 233-3535. Lex Public Library: Beaumont Branch: FaLa-La Storytime Picnic. 11:30 a.m. Ages 2-5. Reservations required. Northside Branch: Read, Play, Learn storytime. See Dec. 6. Village Branch: Girlspace. See Dec. 6. Info: 231-5500.

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Boyle County Health Dept: Breastfeeding Class. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Registration required. Danville. Info: 583-1007 or 2362053 Kentucky Railway Museum: North Pole Express. See Dec. 7. LexDance: Contra Dance with Jim Vogt and open band. Beginner lesson 7:30-8 p.m., dancing 8-11 p.m. $7 adults, $5 students and first-timers. ArtsPlace, 161 N. Mill St. Info: 552-5433. Lexington Ballet: presents “The Nutcracker.” Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $19.75-$80.25. 401 W. Short St., Lexington Opera House. Info: 233-3535. The Mad Potter: Friday Night Live Music. See Dec. 7. Woodford County Theatre: presents “The Christmas Foundling.” See Dec. 7. Lex Public Library: Beaumont Branch: Preschool Dance Party. 11 a.m. Ages 3-5. Reservations required. Info: 231-5500.

Saturday 15 Headley-Whitney Museum: Easy Elegance with Kelly Graves of Whimsy Beading workshop. 9-11:30 a.m. $40. Registration required. 4435 Old Frankfort Pike. Info:

255-6653. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Kids Corner. See Dec. 1. Louisville Zoo: Santa’s Safari, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, special animal encounters, kids crafts and more. 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. $20.95 ages 3 & up, $11 ages 2 & under. Info: (502) 459-2181. Explorium: Imagination Station, “Tea Party.” See Dec. 1. TSS Photography: Merry Christmas Santa at Lexington Green: Walk-ins welcome, or avoid lines by calling ahead to get your photo taken with Santa. Family sessions available by appointment. Pets welcome MondayFriday. Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 23. Info: 983-2630. McConnell Springs: Junior Naturalist “Winter Wildlife Treats,” learn how to make treats for our backyard friends. 11 a.m. Ages 10 & under. Free. Registration required. Info: 225-4073. Carnegie Center: Young Readers Club, highlighted book “The Polar Express.” 12:301:30 p.m. Grades 1 & 2. Free. Registration required. 251 W. 2nd St. Info: 254-4175. UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. Lipscomb. 12:30 p.m. $42-$50. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. Bluegrass Railroad Museum: Santa Claus Train Ride. Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. $13.50 adults, $12.50 seniors, $11.50 children. Reservations recommended. 175 Beasley Rd., Versailles. Info: 873-2476. Kentucky Railway Museum: Santa Express. See Dec. 8. Lexington Children’s Theatre: presents “Aesop’s Fables Onstage.” What do a tortoise, a hare, a goose, a golden egg, a lion, and a mouse all have in common? Find out as the trio of storytellers uses music, dance, and a dose of hilarity to reenact some of Aesop’s most famous fables! Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $14 adults, $12 children. 418 W. Short St. Info: 254-4546. Shaker Village: Illuminated Evenings. See Dec. 1. Musikgarten of Lexington with Jennifer Tutt: Parent’s Night Out, children will enjoy music, dancing, art activities, a movie and snack while parents have an evening out. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $16 per child. 121 Malabu Dr. # 1 & 2. Info: 245-5887. The Mad Potter: Family Fun & Pizza Night. See Dec. 1. Lexington Philharmonic: Maestro Terrell


conducts the holiday classic “Handel’s Messiah” with the Lexington Chamber Chorale and guest soloists. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd. Info: 233-4226. Lex Public Library: Central Library: Super Saturday Storytime. See Dec. 1. Create a Reindeer Decoration for the Holiday. 2 p.m. All children. Eagle Creek Branch: Chess Mates, a drop-in club. 10 a.m. Ages 8 & up. Info: 231-5500.

Sunday 16 Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Baby & Me, see Dec. 2. Explorium: Open Art Studio, Recycled Ornaments. Turn holiday cards into globes or circles that lock together. See Dec. 2. TSS Photography: Merry Christmas Santa at Lexington Green: Walk-ins welcome, or avoid lines by calling ahead to get your photo taken with Santa. Family sessions available by appointment. Pets welcome Monday-Friday. Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 23. Info: 983-2630. Barnes & Noble: Story Time. See Dec. 2. UK Singletary Center: “Handel’s Messiah” presented by the Lexington Singers. 3 p.m. $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 students. Info: 257-4929.

Monday 17 Lex-Fayette County Health Dept: Eat, Move, Lose Weight Support Group. 10-11 a.m. Free. Registration required. PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Rd. Info: 288-2395. Lex Public Library: Village Branch: Art for Teens. See Dec. 3. Info: 231-5500.

Tuesday 18 Barnes & Noble: Story Time. See Dec. 4. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Toddler Time. See Dec. 4. Woodford Co. Public Library: Toddler Tales and Preschool Stories. See Dec. 4. Explorium: Little Bookworm Club, “Snowflake Bentley” and Baby Explorers, “Mini All-Star Bowling.” See Dec. 4. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Prenatal Yoga. See Dec. 4. Lex-Fayette County Health Dept: Health Chats about Diabetes. 5-6 p.m. Free. Nathaniel Mission Free Clinic, 616 DeRoode St. Info: 288-2352. Baby Moon: Breastfeeding Essentials II class. 7:15-9:15 p.m. $30. Registration required.

2891 Richmond Rd. Info: 420-6262. Lex Public Library: Eagle Creek Branch: Disney Family Game Night, come play Disney-themed board games. 6:30 p.m. For families. Northside Branch: Read and Rhyme Storytime. See Dec. 4. Info: 231-5500.

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Thursday 20 Woodford Co. Public Library: Baby Storytime. See Dec. 6. Explorium: Mini Da Vinci’s, “Cotton Ball Snow Day.” See Dec. 6. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Toddler Time and Baby & Me. See Dec. 6. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Bumps and Babes. See Dec. 6. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: Read, Play, Learn storytime. See Dec. 6. Info: 2315500.

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activities, games, movies, arts & crafts and more. Info: 288-2953. Kentucky Railway Museum: North Pole Express. See Dec. 7. Bluegrass Youth Ballet: presents “The Nutcracker” in One Act. Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. $14.50-$17.50. UK Singletary Center. Info: 257-4929. The Mad Potter: Friday Night Live Music. See Dec. 7. Lex Public Library: Beaumont Branch: Tween Gift-Wrapping Party. 3 p.m. Ages 8-12. Reservations required. Info: 231-5500.

Saturday 22 Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Kids Corner. See Dec. 1. Explorium: Imagination Station, “Hugs for the Holidays.” See Dec. 1. Bluegrass Railroad Museum: Santa Claus Train Ride. Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $13.50 adults, $12.50 seniors, $11.50 children. Reservations recommended. 175 Beasley Rd., Versailles. Info: 873-2476. TSS Photography: Merry Christmas Santa at Lexington Green: Walk-ins welcome, or avoid lines by calling ahead to get your photo taken with Santa. Family sessions available by appointment. Pets welcome Monday-Friday. Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 23. Info: 983-2630. Kentucky Railway Museum: Santa Express, take a train ride with Santa Claus and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. 2 & 6 p.m. $23 adult, $18 children. Reservation required. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. Info: (502) 549-5470. Kentucky Ballet Theatre: presents “The Night Before Christmas.” Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $16-$32. Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St. Info: 233-3535. Shaker Village: Illuminated Evenings. See Dec. 1. UK Men’s Basketball: UK vs. Marshall. 4 p.m. $42-$50. Rupp Arena. Info: 257-1818. The Mad Potter: Family Fun & Pizza Night. See Dec. 1. Lex Public Library: Central Library: Super Saturday Storytime. See Dec. 1.

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taken with Santa. Family sessions available by appointment. Pets welcome Monday-Friday. Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through Dec. 23. Info: 983-2630. Barnes & Noble: Story Time. See Dec. 2.

Monday 24 Christmas Eve TSS Photography: Merry Christmas Santa at Lexington Green: Walk-ins welcome, or avoid lines by calling ahead to get your picture made with Santa. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Santas and photographers available for Chistmas parties. Info: 983-2630. Good Foods Market & Café: Christmas Eve Buffet, enjoy new and traditional favorites with the holiday crowd. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $7.99 per pound. 455 Southland Dr. Info: 278-1813. Cincinnati Zoo: PNC Festival of Lights, featuring Wild Lights Show, Santa, Fairyland and more. 5-9 p.m. through Jan 1. Info: (513) 281-4700. Kentucky Horse Park: Annual Southern Lights, a self-guided 4-mile journey through fabulous light displays. 5:30-10 p.m. every night through Dec. 31. $15 per vehicle Sunday-Thursday. Rates vary for large vans and buses. 4089 Iron Works Parkway. Info: 255-5727.

Tuesday 25 Christmas Day Kentucky Horse Park: Annual Southern Lights, a self-guided 4-mile journey through fabulous light displays. 5:30-10 p.m. every night through Dec. 31. $15 per vehicle Sunday-Thursday. Rates vary for large vans and buses. 4089 Iron Works Parkway. Info: 255-5727.

Wednesday 26 Explorium: Mother’s Day Out. See Dec. 5. Art Workshop “Treasure Boxing.” 6-7 p.m. Grades K-5. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Registration required. 440 W. Short St. Info: 258-3253. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Happy Baby Yoga. See Dec. 5. Henry Clay Estate: Holiday Candlelight Tour, “A Civil War Christmas.” $15 adults, $5 children. A Dickens Christmas at Ashland, an open house of the decorated mansion. 5:30 p.m. 120 Sycamore Rd. Info: 266-8581. Lex Public Library: Northside Branch: LEGO Book Club. See Dec. 5. Info: 231-5500.

Thursday 27 Explorium: Mini Da Vinci’s, “Cereal Bracelets.” See Dec. 6. Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Toddler Time and

Baby & Me. See Dec. 6. Central Baptist Hospital Education Center: Bumps and Babes. See Dec. 6. Lex Public Library: Central Library: Morning Matinee for Kids. 10 a.m. Ages 2- 1st Grade. Reservations required. Eagle Creek Branch: Winter Wonderland Drop-in Craft. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grades Preschool-5. Northside Branch: Read, Play, Learn storytime. See Dec. 6. Village Branch: I Spy Winter Crafts. 2 p.m. Grades Preschool-3. Reservations required. Info: 231-5500.

Friday 28 Explorium: December Day Camp, Winter Wonderland. See Dec. 21. Attachment Parenting Group: Monthly meeting. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Rd. Info: www.baby-moon.org. UK Women’s Basketball: UK vs. Alcorn State. 7 p.m. $8 adults, $5 youth and seniors. Memorial Coliseum. Info: 257-1818. The Mad Potter: Friday Night Live Music. See Dec. 7. Lex Public Library: Central Library: An Afternoon at the Movies. 1 p.m. Grades K-5. Reservations required. Info: 231-5500.

Saturday 29 Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Kids Corner. See Dec. 1. Shaker Village: Illuminated Evenings. See Dec. 1. The Mad Potter: Family Fun & Pizza Night. See Dec. 1. Lex Public Library: Central Library: Super Saturday Storytime. See Dec. 1. Teen Central: Write a New Years Letter, a Letter to the Future! 2 p.m. Grades 4-12. Info: 2315500.

Sunday 30 Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Baby & Me. See Dec. 2. UK Women’s Basketball: UK vs. Marist. 1 p.m. $8 adults, $5 youth and seniors. Memorial Coliseum. Info: 257-1818. Barnes & Noble: Story Time. See Dec. 2.

Monday 31 New Years Eve Explorium: December Day Camp, New Years Explorabration! See Dec. 21. Cincinnati Zoo: Happy ZOO Year! Ring in the New Year with a bunch of “party animals,” including a kid-friendly early countdown before the ball drops. Info: (513) 281-4700. Y


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Birthmarks: Pregnant Mom Cannot ‘Mark’ Baby

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n years past, people believed that an expectant mother’s strong emotions during her pregnancy could “mark” a newborn’s skin. This birthmark could be in the shape of the object of her fear or desire, or appear in an area where she touched her own skin during a period of heightened emotions. We now know that birthmarks have nothing to do with such events. They are mostly benign irregularities on the skin. Birthmarks are usually reddish (from increased numbers of tiny blood vessels) or darkly pigmented (from increased numbers of pigment cells). Birthmarks come in many varieties. Stork bite marks are light red or pink (“salmon patches”) flat, blanching birthmarks that appear on the nape of the neck, over the eyelids (“angel’s kisses”) or on the forehead above the bridge of the nose. They are common in Caucasians, especially fairskinned ones. Although they usually fade in childhood, those on the nape of the neck can persist. Port-wine stain birthmarks are dark red, purple and flat. They do not fade and usually grow with the child. They are more common on the face and occur in 0.3% of newborns. Sometimes they thicken and darken as the child gets older. Strawberry hemangiomas

are red birthmarks that usually show up around three weeks of age. Sometimes flat initially, they usually become raised and often grow larger for about a year. Most go away during childhood (about 90% are gone by nine years of age). They are also formed from clumps of tiny blood vessels and sometimes bleed if they sustain trauma. Mongolian spots are bluishgray, flat birthmarks that are usually found on the back and buttocks and can appear in any shape. They are commonly found in Asian, Native American, Hispanic and AfricanAmerican newborns. About 10% of Caucasian newborns have them. They usually fade by 2-3 years of age. Café-au-lait spots are light brown, superficial birthmarks (like spilled coffee with milk). They can be anywhere on the body and tend to persist. Congenital melanocytic nevi (moles) are brown or black skin lesions. They can be flat or raised, small or large, and can be found in a variety of locations. Some can be hairy. The larger ones have an increased risk of developing the skin cancer melanoma in adulthood. An expectant mother cannot touch the baby inside of her womb, so she cannot “mark” its skin. Birthmarks are not caused by anything the mother does during pregnancy. Y

Dr. Charles Ison is a University of Kentucky graduate who has practiced in his hometown of Lexington since 1993. He is a partner in Pediatric and Adolescent Associates.

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Whooping Cough on the Rise in Kentucky By Dr. Diana Hayslip

coughing usually occur and continue for 1 to 6 more weeks. ertussis, also known as whooping Whooping cough is a bacterial infection cough, is an epidemic disease in – and highly contagious. the United States, with frequent When a person coughs or sneezes, outbreaks occurring every 3 to 5 years. bacteria from the infected person is Because the number of cases in the U.S. released into the air. is higher than normal in 2012 – Kentucky A person gets whooping cough by included – people should be wary of breathing the bacteria in or by touching a the increased threat and take necessary surface that is coated with the bacteria. precautions. Infants and toddlers are especially Whooping cough is a respiratory tract vulnerable to infection. infection that usually starts as a cold then Babies younger than a year old who turns into a bad cough with runny nose have whooping cough may need to be and mild fever. hospitalized. The disease can lead to The cough comes in bursts – up to pneumonia and other problems. several minutes at a time. After coughing, Because whooping cough is so sufferers might make a whooping sound contagious, anyone who is diagnosed as they catch their breath. should avoid work or school until a After 1-2 weeks, severe attacks of medical provider says it is safe to return. Whooping cough is Dr. Diana Hayslip is a native of Ohio and a Northeastern normally treated with Ohio Universities College of Medicine graduate. She moved to Kentucky with her husband and three antibiotics, which help the daughters in 2007 when she joined Family Practice cough go away quicker. Your doctor may also Associates of Lexington at 1775 Alysheba Way. Info: 278-5007 or www.fpalex.com. prescribe antibiotics to other

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or a young woman who doesn’t drink, Renee Brown, president of the Youth Coalition for Alcohol Education, knows an awful lot about alcohol. This knowledge and her devotion to stopping underage drinking has gained the Lexington Catholic High senior national recognition. At the national conference of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving in September, Renee was named 2012 MADD Youth Activist of the Year. The award came as a surprise to Renee. “I was very honored. I thought it was going to be someone else,” she said. Lynsey Sugarman was not surprised. She is an official with the Keep It Real-Don’t Drink campaign and works closely with Renee on YCAE. “She is an extraordinary young woman, an articulate public speaker and a wonderful teen role model and leader,” Sugarman said. Renee was recently honored as the 2012 Fayette County ASAP Board Member of the Year, selected over adult members. Renee’s experience with YCAE actually led to a paying job with Alcoholic Beverage Control as an investigative aid. She helped expose retailers selling cigarettes to underage buyers. Through the YCAE, which includes teens from seven local public and private high schools, Renee has helped plan and implement programs that educate parents, coaches and her peers.

In the past three years, the group launched a Sticker Renee Brown Shock program that placed stickers on alcohol in liquor stores reminding adults that hosting alcohol parties for teens is illegal. The teens also developed the Alcopops program that they have presented to schools, parents and community groups more than 30 times. The eye-opening presentation demonstrates how fruity alcohol drinks are marketed to young people. Renee also helped coordinate the Breakfast of Champions, a training session for local high school coaches focusing on the effects of alcohol on young athletes. She was joined in those efforts by Jamie Ritchie (Dunbar), Caroline Baker (Henry Clay) and Nakia Ridgeway (Tates Creek). Speaking at the event were Sydney Meaux (Tates Creek), Jon Marra (Tates Creek), Marty Brown (Lexington Catholic), Michael Winkler (Bryan Station, Georgetown College) and Josh Nadzam (UK). What motivates a young woman like Renee to take this kind of stand? Said Renee: “I saw alcohol as a detriment to my classmates. I want to prevent it at all costs.” Y

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Damon: From Legally Blind to Academic Success

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othing is harder for a mother to hear than the news that there is no treatment for her child. Charity Tchida of Lexington has lived that. When Charity’s son Damon, now 10, had a routine eye exam before entering preschool at age 4, he was diagnosed with double amblyopia, severe astigmatism and was considered legally blind “I was shocked,” Tchida said. Damon was stubborn, but he functioned normally and was a bright child. Optometrists told her nothing could be done for Damon, and she and her son would have to learn how to adapt to his visual limitations. The family, who lived in Fort Collins, Colo., at the time, sought out Vision Therapy treatment. After six months, Damon showed some improvement, allowing him to play with puzzles and Legos – something he could not do before.

In May of ability and his attitude improved. His 2011, the confidence soared. family moved to By the end of the Vision Therapy Kentucky and treatments, Damon’s amblyopia had learned of Dr. been completely corrected and his vision Rick Graebe’s is 20-25 with his glasses. Vision Therapy Tchida cried when Damon read a practice in chapter of a small-print Bible and then Versailles. proudly announced, “I can read this!” After He was so excited with his results that Dan and Charity Tchida examining he told his mother, “Let’s help others with son Damon 10 Damon, Dr. too.” Graebe assured The Tchida famiy feels strongly that Charity that the 30-week program Dr. Graebe’s therapy has made a huge he prescribed would definitely show difference in Damon’s life. results if the family was dedicated to the Said Tchida: “It’s huge. God put him treatment. in our lives to help us and for us to help “We made this an important thing in others.” Y our life,” Tchida said. “We really had to be dedicated.” Dr. Rick Graebe After 15 weeks, “we noticed Family Eyecare Associates dramatic improvement, & Children’s Vision and Learning Center phenomenal changes,” she 105 Crossfield Drive, Versailles said. www.myfamilyvision.com / 859.879.3665 Damon’s acuity reading

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Many kids are misdiagnosed with ADHD or a learning disability, when the actual problem is vision-related. Even with 20/20 vision, the eyes may not work together. This causes headaches, fatigue, and lack of concentration. Sound familiar? Some doctors would suggest medicating your child. Perhaps a better option is a breakthrough treatment called Vision Therapy. As one of only five board certified Vision Therapy practices in Kentucky, Family Eyecare Associates has helped many children succeed in school, without the need for glasses or unnecessary medication. Call 879-3665 to find out about our free monthly Vision Therapy workshop! 44 | www.lexingtonfamily.com

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December 2012 Educator of the Month

Rob Akers: An All-Pro Principal Long-time educators Lyn and Jon Akers raised an all-pro son – David Akers, a 12-year NFL kicker who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers. If they selected all-pros for school principals, David’s brother would be first in line for the award. Rob Akers, 42, has been principal at Woodford County High for seven years, a time of significant accomplishments for the school of 1,250 students. In the recent statewide standardized tests, Woodford County scored in the 87th percentile, tops among all Central Kentucky schools. Along with academic advances, the school has developed a top-rate art program, and its marching band has grown dramatically, finishing eighth in the state this year. In athletics, the baseball team won its first state championship last spring, the wrestling team has captured 13 state titles and the soccer

teams are often among the best in the state. All of that success derives from a commitment to what Akers calls the new school motto — “Hail Woodford-The Gold Standard.” (The school’s colors are black and gold.) After he first arrived at Woodford County, the school lacked a defining mission. After consulting with parents, teachers, students and community members, the school vowed to become a gold-standard institution. That informs everything at the school — academics, arts, athletics and attitude. At meetings, staff members ask, “Are we making a gold standard decision?” And it all starts with Akers. “He so exemplifies the gold standard,” said Sara Swinford, the school social worker for five years. “He greets students in the morning. He’s in the lunchroom, classrooms and hallways.

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professionals in Kentucky and around the world, is pleased to honor world-class educators throughout Kentucky. If you would like to nominate an educator,

Asbury University’s School of Education, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees for young adults and working

He balances supporting students while holding them accountable. He has a special gift relating to people because he’s so genuine.” Akers credits a culture of caring with a group of exceptional teachers. “Every kid has somebody in their corner,” he said. “We work with students outside of the classroom and with families. It’s part of the culture here.” Akers hires people who buy into the concept of caring and creates an atmosphere that allows success. “My role is to get great people, put them in place and turn them loose,” he said. “We have outstanding teachers and kids here.”

please contact Asbury University’s School of Education at AUSOE@asbury.edu.

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Scholar Athlete of the Month Harrison Follows in the Family Business: Basketball

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Harrison Lane • School: Lafayette High • Grade: 9th • Sport: Basketball, baseball, golf • Academics: Harrison was a Duke TIP qualifier in 7th grade, is an honor roll student and is a member of the student council. Parents: Andrea & Brian

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hen you think about it, how could 14-year-old Harrison Lane of Lafayette High not be a basketball player? Consider his bloodlines. His grandfather, Don Lane, coached basketball at Transylvania University for 26 years and won 509 games. Harrison’s father, Brian Lane, was an Academic All-American and played in both the basketball and golf national championship tournaments while at Transylvania. Now the Pioneer coach, he is starting his 12th season. And Brian is not even Harrison’s parent in the Pioneer Hall of Fame. That honor goes to Andrea, Harrison’s mother and a tennis star at Transylvania where the couple met. Basketball, sports and Transylvania are in Harrison’s DNA. He virtually grew up in the Transylvania gymnasium at his father’s practices. Family vacations? The NCAA Final Four. “I was shooting a basketball when it was bigger than I was,” Harrison said. That early start must have helped. Harrison led Jessie Clark to the middle school city championship last year, scoring 23 points in the title game. At the same time, he played shooting guard for the Lafayette freshman team, posting a high game of 26 points. And that’s when he was only 5-foot5. He has since grown 6 inches and

is expected to play on Lafayette’s freshman, JV and varsity teams this season. That’s three teams in one season, and three sports in one school year. Harrison played at No. 5 on the Lafayette golf team in the fall and is expected to pitch on the freshman and JV baseball teams. As a 12-year-old, he helped pitch South Lexington to the Cal Ripken World Series and was selected to the all-tournament team. Who better to ask about Harrison as an athlete than his father, the coach? “Harrison has pitched in a ton of big games along the way and will be able to draw on that experience,” Brian said. “In basketball, he has been a student of the game a long time, so he is a pretty smart basketball player.” Harrison’s smarts translate to the classroom where he was a Duke TIP qualifier in seventh grade and is now an honor roll student and member of the student council. He’s an avid reader. His favorite books? Not surprisingly sports books, particularly about basketball. “Harrison is conscientious, a hard worker, and he builds relationships with teachers,” his mother Andrea said. Harrison enjoys business classes in school, but don’t be surprised if he winds up in coaching. “My dad is always happy,” he said. “It seems like a good life.” Y

Two Scholar Athletes a year will be picked at random to share $2,500 in scholarships provided by Mike Pulliam, a Rector Hayden Realtor and instructor at Man O’ War Golf. Other contributors are Howard Smith of Southern Automotive Garage Equipment, Barry and Mike Barrett of Auto Excel, local CPA Kenny Frank and PBI Bank.


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