St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1800 Louisville Road, continues the celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding with former pastor, the Rev. Ronald Young (1976-81) speaking at the 11 a.m. service today. A reception will follow the service.
VBS set at First Apostolic
First Apostolic Church, 126 Skyview Drive, is hosting Vacation Bible School on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 nightly. The theme is, “Grounded in the Truth.” For more information, call 226-3555.
Community Council meets Monday
The Franklin County Community Council will meet in the Community Room at the Paul Sawyier Public Library at noon Monday. This is a networking meeting with no speaker. Bring handouts, brochures and announcements for services or upcoming events.
The meeting is open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch if desired. For more information, contact Paula Rutledge at 223-1795 or Terri Spellman, council president, at 875-8420.
Parent loss group meeting Tuesday
The monthly Parent Loss Support Group meeting, sponsored by Hospice of the Bluegrass, is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hospice Building, 643 Teton Trail in Frankfort.
The support group invites anyone coping with the death of a parent or parental figure to attend. Participants have the opportunity to talk about their loss and share their concerns in a supportive and confidential setting.
This group is open to the community. For additional information, contact Melinda Simpson at 223-1744, 800-926-1302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s retreat set for First Assembly
A women’s retreat, hosted by Frankfort First Assembly of God, is set for Thursday through Saturday. Women from all over the state will gather for praise and worship music, a guest speaker and relevant breakout sessions.
The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and continues Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and again at 7 p.m. Events Saturday begin at 10 a.m.
Susanne Cox will be the guest speaker. The cost for the entire event is $20 for students (ages 14-22), and $40 for those over 22. The registration fee includes breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Also included is an “After Glow,” which is a time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following the Friday night service.
Frankfort First Assembly of God is located at 1019 E. Main St. For more information, visit www.kyagwomen.org or call (502) 209-4431.
‘Ride for the Red’ to benefit Red Cross
The American Red Cross will host the sixth annual Ride for the Red bicycle ride fundraiser on Saturday at the Millville Community Center on McCracken Pike in Woodford County. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
The ride begins at 9 a.m. with all riders returning by 11:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per person on the day of the event or $15 per person if pre-registered. Children under 12 ride free with a paying adult. The ride is limited to 75 riders.
Choose between a 17-mile ride, a 34-mile ride or any other comfortable distance. Funds raised support Red Cross services in Franklin, Woodford and Anderson counties. Contact the Red Cross at 223-1795 or (800) 578-4904 for a registration brochure or more information.
Capital City plans ‘Next Gen’ event
Capital City Christian Church is planning a Next Gen Worship event July 29 beginning 6:30 p.m. at the church, located on Versailles Road between Crossroads Ford and Capital Chevrolet. Next Gen is a high-energy worship event that combines newer Christian praise and worship songs at a volume level that appeals to a generation that enjoys loud, rocking and refreshing worship.
Next Gen is geared for those ages 16-30, but the worship event is open to all. The Next Gen event will be led by one of the worship teams from Capital City Christian Church.
For more information, call the church at 695-1188 or visit capitalcitychristian.org.
Spellapalooza III is Aug. 10
Spellapalooza III is set for Aug. 10 in the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. Team signups are now being accepted. Call Marylynn Collins at 319-5509 or email her at email@example.com for more information or to register a team.
The State Journal’s team, which won last year, will be on hand to defend its title. The Bee begins at 6:30 p.m. with a light dinner offered beginning at 5:30 p.m.
World War II Roundtable meets Aug. 10
The bi-monthly meeting of the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable is set for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea.
Kentucky National Guard Historian John Trowbridge will give a presentation entitled, “Remembering Two WWII Prisoners of War from Kentucky.”
The buffet meal is $15 and reservations are necessary.
To make reservations or ask questions, call Phillip Seyfrit at 859-623-8979 before noon on Aug. 8.
Parks and Rec. board meets Monday
The Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites advisory board will meet at the central office at Juniper Hill Park Monday at 11 a.m.
Agriculture Commissioner Comer to appear on FOX
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will talk about the effects of the recent drought in Kentucky and throughout the Midwest on a national television business program.
Commissioner Comer will appear on the FOX business program “MONEY with Melissa Francis” Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
“I sympathize with all the farmers whose operations are suffering because of the drought,” Comer said. “They feel frustrated and helpless. Some of them are facing tough decisions that will affect their businesses for the rest of this year and even for years to come. I am in constant contact with federal and state officials to help our farmers get the help they need.”
As of July 15, 77 percent of Kentucky’s corn crop was rated poor or very poor, the Kentucky office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported in its weekly crop and weather report. Seventy-three percent of pasture and 52 percent of soybeans were rated poor or very poor.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 26 western Kentucky counties as primary natural disaster areas because of the drought and excessive heat. Producers in those counties are eligible to apply for low-interest emergency loans and cut hay in Conservation Reserve Program acres. Six Kentucky counties contiguous to the designated counties also were named in the declaration. In all, 1,297 counties throughout the United States have been designated as primary natural disaster areas.
Commissioner Comer advised farmers who have federal crop insurance to consult with their adjusters before making any major decisions about their crops. He said Kentucky farmers – including those outside the disaster area declaration – should keep good records and stay in touch with their local Farm Service Agency offices.
KGS seminar to meet at Thomas D. Clark Center
The Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Genealogical Society partner monthly to provide free family history workshops at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, and in lieu of an August workshop, family historians will meet from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4, for KGS’s 37th annual seminar.
Dick Eastman, founder and editor of Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter, will be the presenter at the seminar. He will offer four sessions covering the topics of conversion from paper to digital record keeping, using the “cloud” to simplify computer use, using online search engines to find ancestors and family stories and exploring how technology will affect genealogy now and in the future.
Registration fee includes lunch and is $50 for KGS members or $60 for all other participants. Seating is limited. Seminar information and registration form are online at www.KentuckyGenealogicalSociety.org. For more information, email KentuckyGenealogicalSociety@gmail.com.
Red Cross, veterans outreach programs at senior center
The Senior Activity Center, 202 Medical Heights Drive, will host a Red Cross disaster preparedness program, presented by Debbie Wilson, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The center will also hold a veterans outreach program by Nathan Church July 30 at 10:30 a.m. There is no charge for either presentation. A hot, nutritious lunch is served daily at the center to seniors age 60 and older on a donation basis. A variety of opportunities, services and assistance are available for seniors through the center.
Senior center needs craft center volunteer
The Senior Activity Center is seeking a volunteer to help in the Nancy Wilson Craft Center, located inside the center. The craft center accepts donations, which are used to make arts and crafts for projects and fundraisers, and help is needed sorting and organizing the donations and to help plan projects. Many other volunteer opportunities are also available at the Senior Activity Center. For more information or to offer help, call Dianna Rogers at 502-223-5794.
Peaks Mill principal search
The search has officially started for the new principal of Peaks Mill Elementary School.
The school council is seeking the input of Peaks Mill families and employees through an online survey at http://franklin.kyschools.us/SurveyTest.aspx. Surveys must be submitted by Monday at 4 p.m.
Council members will review and consider the feedback in making their decision. Upcoming meeting dates pertinent to the search may be found on The State Journal’s community calendar.
Franklin County High class of 1977 reunion
Members of the Franklin County High School class of 1977 are invited to join their classmates for an evening of music and memories Aug. 3 in observance of the class’ 35-year reunion. Visit the class of ‘77 welcome table at the Downtown Frankfort summer concert on the Old Capitol grounds beginning at 7 p.m.
Bring your families, chairs and blankets and take advantage of food and refreshments offered by downtown merchants and vendors.
This will be a casual event to catch up and reminisce with classmates. This is the only event planned for the 35-year reunion. Members of the Frankfort High School class of 1977 are welcome to join the FCHS reunion celebration.
Stroke and osteoporosis screenings Aug. 9
Area residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Thornhill Baptist Church will host Life Line Screening Aug. 9 at 1142 Holmes St.
Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease.
A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.
Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.
United Way seeking committee volunteers
The United Way of Franklin County is seeking volunteers to serve on its Community Investment Committee. During October, this committee, made up of seven panels, thoroughly reviews United Way partner agencies to ensure compliance with United Way standards, offer suggestions for improvements within each agency, recommend 2013 funding to the board of directors and more.
The time required is 10-12 hours. To take part, contact Nena Velasquez by Aug. 3 at 502-875-1675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer program for FCHS girls
Franklin County High School Youth Services Center is offering Girls Rock!, a free group for girls this summer.
The program is based on the book “Ask Elizabeth” by Elizabeth Berkley, and will cover topics like self-esteem, friendship, family relationships and goal-setting. There will also be cultural activities, including henna tattoos and Chinese character writing.
Any female FCHS student can sign up for the sessions, which run Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Youth Services Center room.
Contact Amy Nance at 502-352-2151 or Amy.Nance@franklin.kyschools.us to sign up or for more information.