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There’s still time to get in on the Kentucky Horse Park ticket giveaway (4 free admission tickets) and to make the Horse Park part of your Derby week celebration. See yesterday’s Suzy for all the Derby-related activities you can enjoy there. Just send Suzy an email at email@example.com and tell her you have “liked” KyForward on Facebook and you’ll be in the drawing for four free tickets. If there’s enough interest in the tickets, Suzy will giveaway two sets of four to two lucky winners!
Family fun this week
Try this for good food and a good cause. Nothing like impressing on the kids the importance of making a difference, early on. Take the family out to Woodland Christian Church Thursday night (it’s every Thursday from March-November) where Seedleaf gathers up whatever is currently growing and cooks up a batch of seasonal soup. $8 covers the costs of soup and a quart-sized container to take some home with you. The remaining soup is donated to the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program. Let firstname.lastname@example.org know if you’re coming.
Seedleaf is a non-profit organization that assists, encourages and promotes locals to grow produce to make food available to people at risk of hunger. Seedleaf nourishes communities by: growing, cooking, sharing, and recycling food so to the amount, affordability, nutritional value and sustainability of food available to people at risk of hunger in central Kentucky.
Thursday Night Live
Public concert-in-the-park at Cheapside Park Pavilion from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. FREE admission. Beverages and food from local restaurants beverages are available for purchase on a cash basis.
Amazing animal adaptations
On Thursday from 6 – 8 p.m., the Living Arts and Science Center’s teachers will present a Discovery Exhibit, Amazing Animal Adaptations. Touch a giant Hissing Cockroach, learn why corals are animals – and not plants, and examine snake skins under magnification to determine the function of different types of scales. Interpreters will exhibit live animals and discuss their unique adaptations. Create an imaginary creature adapted to a specific environment to take home! For a suggested donation of $2 for 12 – Adult; $1 for children under 12. For more information call 859-252-5222.
Dr. Seuss’ Lorax, a fuzzy orange creature with a bright yellow mustache, will be in Lexington this week for a special reading of a book about himself. His story stresses the importance of a clean environment and shows what happens if the environment is hurt. It includes the memorable line, “Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” A good message for your kids and grandkids, Suzy friends.
Area bookstores and Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works are making the FREE readings available. Of course, they are open to the public:
• Saturday at 11 a.m. at Morris Book Shop, 882 E. High St.
• Sunday at 3 p.m. at Barnes & Nobel in Hamburg Pavillion.
“Rosie,” the city’s recycling costume character, will be at each of the readings.
Never too early for college planning
When it comes to comparing the costs of various colleges, remember that on the broadest level, costs are divided into billable and non-billable costs. To save money, follow these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
Billable costs are what you have to pay to start college. At a minimum, these costs include tuition and fees. If you’re going to live in school-provided housing, billable costs will also include room and board. These costs are called billable because the school will bill you for them.
Non-billable costs include textbooks; supplies, such as pens and notebooks; transportation; and personal items, such as shampoo, clothes, entertainment, laundry, and other expenses.
Shopping around can help save money, sometimes a lot of money, in room and board and the non-billable costs. Textbooks are expensive, but you can save money by buying used books if possible. Renting textbooks is now an option at many schools. Buying notebooks, pens and other supplies in bulk can also help you save money.
If you’re attending a school nearby, you can save room and board by commuting from home. It’s also possible to cut room and board costs by sharing an apartment with friends. However, some colleges require freshmen to live on campus their first year. If you are planning to go to college, it’s a good idea to compare billable and non-billable costs at the schools you’re considering. Once you’ve done that, you can figure ways to save.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s student aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). To find links to other useful education websites, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.
Featured coupon site
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• $0.75/1 LAND O’ LAKES butter coupon.
• $1.50/1 Maybelline New York Eye Studio
• $1/1 HILLSHIRE FARM GOURMET CREATIONS
• $1/1 bag of DOVE Promises
• $1/2 Cheerios cereals
• $1/2 General Mills cereal
• $1/1 36 oz. V8 V-Fusion Smoothie
• $1/2 LUNCHABLES with Fruit
• $5/1 gallon of Benjamin Moore premium paint
• $2/1 off Revlon eye makeup item
Reminder about your expired coupons
Couponmom.com urges participation in making great use of your expired coupons which can be used by military personnel overseas:
Overseas military bases will accept expired grocery coupons up to six months from their expiration date as well as non-expired coupons. For the cost of postage, you can help our military families save big every month!
Please send coupons that are only expired by a month or two, and sort them into categories to make it easier on everyone involved. Mail them directly to:
PSC 37 Box 3867
APO, AE 09459 (United Kingdom).
Bldg. 200, Unit 29902
APO, AE 09008. (Germany)
DeCa/EU/NAP, Pcs 808, Box 44
FPO AE 09618-0044. (Italy)
APO AE 09703-1602. (Netherlands)
Airman & Family Readiness Center
39 FSS/FSFR bldg 833 2nd floor
unit 7075 Box 175
APO AE 09824
Family Services/Airman & Family Readiness Center
Attn; Vic Villarreal
Unit 4925 Box 280
APO AE 09459
Fleet and Family Support Center
Naval Base Guam, Building 106
PSC 455 Box 157
Think about this, Suzy friends. A simple way to help those who are making great sacrifices for us far away from home.
Photo from Seedleaf.org