The National Alliance on Mental Illness will be conducting a series of classes for family members and care-givers to help them cope with loved ones suffering with mental disorders at the Boone County Public Library starting Wednesday. Spokesperson Kathy Keller says the twelve sessions are free but registration is required. She talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about how the classes will help. ( call 859-261-4080 to register, or visit www.bcpl.org for details)
Women in Northern Kentucky who made a New Year’s resolution to make an appointment with the doctor will have an easier way to do it. Health Department spokesperson Lisa Heck says they’re combining “Prevention Pays” cancer screenings and annual check-ups together in several locations across the region. Heck described how it works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( get more information at www.nkyhealth.org/cancerscreen)
Author Rhonda Roorda will be the featured speaker at next month’s workshop sponsored by Celebrate Adoption. The presentation entitled “The Best of Transracial Adoption” highlights her personal experiences and oral histories of adoptees, as well as parents and siblings. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with Roorda to find out what her message will be.
NKU professor emeritus Doctor James Ramage, and Dr. Andrea Watkins are releasing their latest work. “Kentucky Rising” chronicles the culture, politics and everyday life in the commonwealth between 1800 and 1865. The father- daughter team visited the WNKU studios to talk to our own Matt Kelley about their collaboration on the book. (get more information at www.kypress.com)
Is Ohio the next frontier in “fracking”? Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is becoming a more and more common way for companies to extract minerals in Ohio. That has the Sierra Club asking some important questions about the practice. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked spokesman Matt Trokan to explain the how it works, and the effects on our environment. (get more information at www.ohiosierraclub.org)
The Newport Optimists Club will be hosting its first “Shop with an Optimist” event this weekend. Members will be paired up with needy children to shop for holiday gifts for themselves and their families. Club spokesman Bob McCray talked with WNKU’s Matt Kelley about their decision to take kids shopping this year. (to find an Optimist International Club near you go to www.optimist.org)
Cincinnati Union Bethel and the Anna Louise Inn are celebrating being chosen as the Julie Martin Service Provider of the Year award by the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. The announcement came at an ironic moment as Cincinnati Union Bethel, operator of the Inn heads to court with Western Southern over proposed improvements to the property. Coalition spokesman Josh Spring talked to WNKU's Matt Kelley about why the Anna Louise Inn is so important to the community. (get more information at www.cinunionbethel.org).
"Cincinnati, Ohio" – Folk icon Arlo Guthrie will be kicking off his "Boys Night Out" tour at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati this Monday. He'll be performing hits and cuts from his repertoire spanning over forty years. WNKU's Matt Kelley caught up with the legend to find out more about the tour and ask a nagging question. (get concert and ticket information at www.cincinnatiarts.org )
"Cincinnati, Ohio" – The "Kings of Salsa" is coming to the Aronoff Center tomorrow night. Producer John Lee says the show features the best talent Havana has to offer. Lee talked to WNKU's Matt Kelley about the Caribbean rhythms and dance the group is bringing to Cincinnati. (Get more information at http://cincinnatiarts.org/index.jsp?eventDetail=1&event_id=1234 )