Wall to Wall

The Makenna Foundation will host a benefit for the University of Kentucky's Children's Hospital Friday, September 5th. Any and all money raised will go towards a sedation room in the new UK Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The event includes a live and silent auction and food from 10 area restaurants that have donated special entrees. Former Cincinnati Red Doug Flynn will emcee the event. Tickets are $50 a person in advance and $60 on the day of the event. Call the Makenna Foundation at (859) 422-2010 or e-mail makennafund@iglou.com. Visit the Makenna Foundation at www.makennafoundation.org.

It's Walk A Out

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will hold a 5K run/walk to help the mentally ill "Stamp Out Stigma." The run/walk will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park Saturday, September 6th at 9am. To register in advance go to John's Run/Walk Shop, 317 South Ashland Avenue, or online at http://lexington.nami.org. The cost of the race is $16 for advance registration, and $20 the day of the race. All participants will receive a T-shirt, and trophies will be awarded to the winners.

There will also be an event held in conjunction at the Blue Moon Saloon, from 7 to midnight Wednesday, September 10th. There will be live music, food, and a silent auction. The event will run you $5, and all proceeds will go to NAMI Lexington. Call 859/ 272-7891 for more info.

Trailing Off

The Bluegrass Group has adopted the Cane Creek section of the Sheltowee Trace-Kentucky's longest trail. On September 7th, volunteers will be working with local rangers to check on trail conditions and do any repairs where necessary. If you'd like to help out, you can call 859/ 252-3422 or 859/ 268-2968 for more info.

Smoke Gets In Your Eye

The Red Mile will be hosting its anti-smoking ban concert this Sunday, September 7. There will be two stages full of music, including bands such as G-Funk, C.O. Jones, Lucid Grey, Attic Down, and South 75. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. The event will happen regardless of the weather. Rain or shine, they'll be playing.

Tickets on sale at Rosebud, AIA, Charlie Browns, Two Keys, Caddyshacks, Cadillac Ranch, Lynaghs, Platinum, Austin City Saloon, Scarlett Lounge

Proceeds from the concert will go towards the legal battle against LFUCG'S public smoking ban.

I Mean Business

The 11th annual Women Mean Business conference will be kicking off on Tuesday, September 9th, at the Holiday Inn North. Topics at the conference will range from Transitioning from Employee to Employer, Making the Most of Media, and Strategy for Improving th Economic Status of Women, among others. Registration for the conference is $99. Call 895/257.7667 to register, or go online at www.ksbdc.org/wmb.html

Read About It

Operation Read is offering workshops for those interested in becoming volunteers to teach others to read. The workshops start September 9th, as well as September 11th, 13th, and 16th. To become a certified volunteer all workshop sessions must be attended. There is also a $20 registration fee to help cover the costs of materials. If interested, call 254-9964.

Negotiations Resume for Alltel Workers on Strike

More than two months has passed since around 500 Alltel workers went on strike against their employer. The workers are members of the Communications Workers of America union. The union states that Alltel failed to uphold the terms of employment previously established by Verizon. Alltel maintains that it has been a fair employer. Negotiations between Alltel and the CWA union resumed Sept. 2.

Banned Together

With Lexington's smoking ban is waiting to go into effect come September 29, Louisville is looking to enact one of their own. But, before anything gets started, Louisville Sen. Dan Seum wants to draft a bill that would prevent cities and counties from outlawing smoking in restaurants and other private businesses. If drafted, the bill would be considered during the legislative session that begins in January.

To submit an advocacy/activism activity or event for Quickies, email rkirkland@aceweekly.com, or editor@aceweekly.com.