Something for everyone in the coming months

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By Maryellen Garrison

Sept. 29: Tri-County Walking Challenge at the new Henry County Park
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and you can walk from 9 to 10:30 (or less if you choose!)  Each participant will receive a pedometer and the total number of steps will be recorded.  We are competing with Shelby and Bullitt Counties for bragging rights!  We have a smaller population but let’s see if we can win.
Oct. 1: Living Well-Homemaker Club
This group is especially for anyone interested in health and well-being.  Balance, coordination, circulation and fall prevention are all highlights of the program.  We will begin our regular session from 10:30 to 11:30 Monday, Oct. 1.  Call for more information or just stop by and see if this program is for you!  We will meet about 25 times between Oct. 1 and Dec. 19!  
Oct. 30: Chautauqua:  Harland “Colonel” Sanders More than Fried Chicken
At Twin Oaks Assisted Living in New Castle at 6:30.  Although he is most well-known for the eleven herbs and spices that made Kentucky Fried Chicken famous world-wide, Harland “Colonel” Sanders’ life was about much more than fried chicken. The man whose face became synonymous with “finger-lickin’ good” chicken used hard work and perseverance — not to mention a little luck along the way — to become recognized as Kentucky’s most famous citizen. Armed with only a sixth-grade education, Sanders worked a number of jobs over the years: an army mule tender, railroad worker, tire salesman and farmhand. This program was funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Please call 845-2811 and register so that we know how many to expect.
Nov. 1: Reality Store
Teachers, students and volunteers all feel that the Reality Store is truly an eye-opening experience.  This will be our 16th annual Reality Store and as always we need volunteers.  The event is held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Henry County Middle School gym.  Breakfast and lunch are both provided and we guarantee an enjoyable day.  Please call us at 845-2811 to volunteer!  Help our students learn that money really doesn’t grow on trees!
Nov. 25: 3rd Annual Pride in Henry County Arts:  Music/Prose and Poetry tête-à-tête
At the Eminence Christian Church at 2:30.  Come and enjoy an afternoon of celebrating the arts!  Refreshments following.  This meeting is being organized by Martha Tarry Simpson.
Nov. 8: AARP Driver Safety Class
The drive safety class will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the Extension Office. A light pizza lunch will be served.  The class is for those ages 50 and older and you will learn defenive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road.  You will also learn how to adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.  There are no tests and no behind the wheel diving.  This class will provide eligibility for auto insurance discounts (check with your provider to find out how much you will save).  The class fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers and Veterans are free during November!  Class size is limited so call 845-2811 to register.
Nov. 10: 20th Annual Holiday Bazaar  
The weather will be cooler, the holiday lights are beginning to twinkle at area stores and it is time to think about those dreaded words: holiday shopping!  The 20th Annual Extension Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the Henry County Homemakers Organization, will help you fill up those stockings with no problem at all. You will enjoy more than 30 booths just brimming with unique and creative gifts that will make you a hit with anyone on your list.  You can shop until you drop and then stop by the Senior Citizens lunch counter sponsored by the Tri-County Community Action Agency.  They will revive your energy with their delicious soups, sandwiches and desserts.  When you realize that you can do your shopping without the madhouse of a mall parking lot, the whopping expense of gas, help support our local economy, encourage our local artists and crafts people, and find that unique one of a kind gift, it is obvious that it is a win-win situation.  
Nov. 16: Eating Healthy with Diabetes Cooking School
This program is sponsored by the Henry, Shelby, Oldham and Spencer County Cooperative Extension Services and will provide you with a good overview of how to eat a healthier diet while dealing with diabetes.  Class details are not complete as yet but the time is from 10 a.m. until about noon with a light lunch served.  Call the Shelby County Extension Office at (502) 633-4593 to register.
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.