SEE Cruise Tickets on Sale Now!
Bluegrass Council of the Blind’s 4th annual fundraising event, the 2016 SEE Cruise, will be Sunday, April 10th at Banners (formerly Southside Pub) from 5pm to 9pm! Set sail with BCB and Captain Bill Meck (LEX18 Chief Meteorologist) to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and relax with great friends, delicious food, cool drinks, and live music.
Click here to purchase your boarding pass today
and receive them by mail within 3 to 5 business days. You can also call the office at 859-259-1834 to purchase a boarding pass with a credit card. Advance passes are $10 until April 1st or you can buy a pass for $15 at the door.
Jump in de Line with Conch Republic, a high-energy beach band covering artists like the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, and Zac Brown. We’ll have raffles throughout the night and a silent auction! Expect great raffle prizes and auction items provided by Castle Post, SKYBAR, Kings Island, Holiday World, West Sixth Brewing, Lexington Legends, Blue Stallion Brewing, Jim Beam, Wildcat Wearhouse, Talon Winery, Hilton Lexington/Downtown, and so many more!
ITNBluegrass Looking for Volunteer Drivers
ITNBluegrass is searching for volunteer drivers who enjoy driving and helping older people and have a safe driving record! One of the benefits is accruing mileage credit that can be banked for the driver's future transportation needs or donated to someone else. Interested persons should call Laura at 859-351-0460.
ITNBluegrass provides safe, dignified, "arm-through-arm, door-through-door" automobile transportation for seniors and adults with visual impairments who want to preserve their mobility and independence.
* Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
* Available for any type of ride within the service area, with no limitations on ride purpose. Rides are provided in private automobiles by trained drivers.
* People 60 years and older, and adults with visual impairments are eligible to join.
* Rides may be booked at any time; discounts are applied for shared rides and advance notice.
Ship Medication with ScripTalk Talking Label
via American Council of the Blind
CVS is now able to ship prescription medications with the ScripTalk talking label to a customer’s local store for pick up at the store. (This is an alternative for those who cannot receive prescriptions in the mail at home from cvs.com.)
Right now, because of federal regulations governing the cvs.com
pharmacy, this service is not available for medications that are controlled substances. Although they are not available from cvs.com
, controlled substance medications are available with the ScripTalk talking braille and large print labels from Caremark.
Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian are working with CVS on these issues with ACB. Lainey and Linda are interested in hearing from customers who call 888-861-4363
to set up delivery to their local CVS store. Please contact Lainey and Linda by email if possible to LF@LFLegal.com
. If email is not available, please leave a message on 510.548.5062
Lainey and Linda are also working with ACB and CVS on the accessibility of the kiosks in the Minute Clinics that are inside some CVS stores. Please contact them at the email and phone above if you have experience with the clinics and the registration kiosks inside the clinics.
If you would like to receive your prescription medications or refills with the ScripTalk label through cvs.com
for pick up at your local CVS store with a 2-3 day pickup window, the number to call is: 888-861-4363
. If you have any problems or concerns, or want to share positive experiences, the CVS customer service number to call is: 1- 800-SHOP-CVS
Eight Tips for Deducting Charitable Contributions
via Razoo and the IRS
Charitable contributions made to qualified organizations may help lower your tax bill. The IRS has put together eight tips to help ensure your contributions pay off on your tax return.
1. If your goal is a legitimate tax deduction, then you must be giving to a qualified organization. Also, you cannot deduct contributions made to specific individuals, political organizations and candidates. See IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, for rules on what constitutes a qualified organization.
2. To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A.
3. If you receive a benefit because of your contribution such as merchandise, tickets to a ball game or other goods and services, then you can deduct only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received.
4. Donations of stock or other non-cash property are usually valued at the fair market value of the property. Clothing and household items must generally be in good used condition or better to be deductible. Special rules apply to vehicle donations.
For more information on charitable contributions, refer to Form 8283 and its instructions, as well as Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. For information on determining value, refer to Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property. These forms and publications are available at http://www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
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Tuesday, March 8th - Quarterly Membership Meeting from noon to 2pm at the BCB office. Vanda Pharmaceuticals will be presenting and sponsoring lunch.
Monday, March 14th - Community Outing to Immanuel Baptist's Recreation and Outreach Center from 3pm to 4pm. Location: 3100 Tates Creek Road in Lexington. We will be walking on their indoor track.
Wednesday, March 23rd - Peer Support Group Meeting at the BCB office from noon to 2pm. The Voting Department at the County Clerk's office will be bringing an accessible voting machine for our consumers to get hands-on experience before the Primary elections. Bring anyone interested in learning how to operate accessible voting machines!
Please RSVP for any event you plan to attend at least two days in advance - 859-259-1834 : email@example.com
Wheels passes will be provided as reimbursement for members who pay for Wheels transportation to and from BCB events.
During the winter months we advise all participants to verify events have not been cancelled due to weather conditions by calling our office before heading to a meeting or outing. If there is no answer, the voicemail recording should be updated with a message regarding closings. As a reminder, we follow Fayette County schools for closing and cancelling meetings. If Fayette County Schools are not in session due to weather issues, we will also cancel all meetings and outings for the day.
TapTapSee App is Now Free!
Available on iOS Today
TapTapSee is a mobile camera application designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired iOS users. The app utilizes the iDevice’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out loud for the user.
TapTapSee enables the user to double tap on the device’s screen to photograph any two or three dimensional object at any angle, have it accurately analyzed, and defined within seconds. The iDevice’s VoiceOver then speaks the identification audibly to the user.
Moreover, TapTapSee includes the following additional features: Repetition of the last image’s identification, ability to upload images from the camera roll, share identification via Twitter, Facebook, text or email, rotor reader, flash toggle, and the ability to save the identified image to the camera roll with the attached tag.
If you would like to download the TapTapSee app (iOS only), click here.
Joyce McGuire - March 5th
Bob McCray - March 8th
Gary Knack - March 9th
Liz Ament - March 10th
Shelagh Cassidy - March 10th
Leslie Browning - March 26th
In-Kind Needs & Other Ways to Help
- Bottles of water
- Filters for Brita water pitcher
- New or gently used sofa and chairs
- Tablets and smartphones
- Magnification devices such as handheld magnifiers, digital magnifiers, or CCTVs
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Kroger Community Rewards
Register your Kroger card at krogercommunityrewards.com
and choose BCB as your nonprofit. A percentage of your purchases goes to BCB with no extra cost to you!