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Fish and Wildlife offers virtual hunter education; exemption permit now free, limited time only

All of Kentucky’s hunter education requirements can now be fulfilled virtually, eliminating the need for in-person instruction. For those unable to complete the necessary requirements before going hunting, the department is now offering its one-year exemption permit at no cost, but only for a limited time. Hunter education, which covers the basics of hunting and provides valuable instruction on firearms...

UK to host virtual Equine Career and Opportunity Fair; event is open, free to all college students

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host a virtual Equine Career and Opportunity Fair Oct. 1 from 4-7 p.m. on Handshake. The annual event is open and free to all college students. Registration is available to organizations wishing to match job, internship or volunteer opportunities with interested equine students. UK student Nick D’Amore makes the...

UK HealthCare partners with state to begin free community COVID-19 testing at two sites on Aug. 24

The ​Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department for Public Health is partnering with the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare ​to begin free drive-up COVID-19 testing for the community at two sites beginning Aug. 24, UK officials have announced. “Kentucky remains at war with the coronavirus, and a robust testing program is essential to protecting one another, fully reopening our economy and...

Kentucky students eligible for new emergency food benefits; families can apply for federal assistance

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Kentucky Department of Education are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus emergency. Beginning May 23, Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at...

Explore the world from the comfort of your home — AAA introduces virtual travel events

While our new normal may mean trips postponed and plans deferred as travelers stay at home to protect personal and public health, AAA is offering a new way to explore the world from the comfort of your home with the click of a mouse, or the tap of a phone or tablet. AAA Travel’s Virtual Event series is a free online program, open to the public and a great escape from the realities of the COVID-19...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department giving free flu shots this Thursday at Fayette Mall

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is once again giving you the chance to fight the flu for free. The department’s annual free flu shot event will be held 1-7 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 10) at Fayette Mall, near the interior entrance of Dillard’s. “An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall said. “The special clinic lets...

Halloween Festival and Parade guarantee a spooky good time in downtown Lexington on Oct. 27

Lexington Parks & Recreation presents its annual Halloween Festival and Parade on Oct. 27. This annual tradition has become a local must-see as Halloween enthusiasts of all ages descend on downtown Lexington to celebrate the season and community. The parade rain date is Oct. 28. Lexington’s largest, free Halloween party will kick off with Halloween-inspired art and performances at the Wicked...

Go green — recycle used cooking oil FREE at Gobble Grease Toss on Friday; please don’t pour it out

Go green on Black Friday. Recycle your used cooking oil for free at the Gobble Grease Toss on Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redwood Cooperative School, 166 Crestwood Dr. Last year, the Gobble Grease Toss collected more than 400 gallons of used cooking oil, a record amount! Help us break that record this year. The cooking oil that we collect will be recycled into biofuel by Kelley Green...

Economic Empowerment Project offers those who qualify free assistance this tax season

  Eligible taxpayers can receive valuable help this tax season through the Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project, which is providing free tax preparation assistance at 17 sites across Central Kentucky. IRS-certified volunteers will not only help families and individuals file their returns but also help ensure they receive the tax credits for which they qualify.   In addition, some...