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This Week in Parks

May 4 - May 10, 2015

Adult Tennis League Registration  

March 1 - June 30
Dunbar Community Center

These leagues are open to players 15 years old and over and include play for women's and men’s singles, women's and men’s doubles and mixed doubles. For more information, visit the Adult Tennis Page or call 288-2914.

Adult Tennis Clinic Registration  

March 1 - June 26
Dunbar Community Center

The Adult Tennis Clinics are open to players 15 years old and over. Class size is limited to 16 players and all spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information, visit the Adult Tennis Page or call 288-2914.

Youth Tennis Clinics Registration  

March 1 - June 26
Dunbar Community Center

Participants will be grouped by two age divisions: 6-10 and 11–15. Participant’s age is considered as age on beginning date of the selected session.  For more information, visit the Youth Tennis Page or call 288-2914.

Tennis Team Registration  

March 1 - June 26
Dunbar Community Center

Instruction and match play experience is offered for advance/intermediate players in middle and high school.  For more information, visit the Youth Tennis Page or call 288-2914.

Pool Passes On Sale  

April 28 - May 15

Pool passes are available online beginning at 9 am on April 28, and will be available through May 15. Purchase online for a $5 discount for individual and $10 discount for family passes. To obtain web access please call 288-2980 or email parkswebhelp@lexingtonky.gov for your household’s user name and password. Passes can also be purchased at aquatic centers during operating hours beginning May 23. The cost is $200 for Family pass and $40 for an individual pool pass.

  

Swim Lessons and Swim Team Registration  

Preseason Registration Ends: May 15

Registration for swim lessons and swim team will be offered online beginning at noon on April 28, and will remain open through May 15. To obtain web access call 288-2980 or email parkswebhelp@lexingtonky.gov for your household’s user name and password. In-person registration will be held at the Parks & Recreation Administration Office (469 Parkway Drive) from noon–7 pm on April 28. The cost for swim lessons is $25 per child and all fees must be paid at the time of registration – no exceptions. All programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-refundable. When registering for swim lessons/teams remember to have the following with you: child’s proof of age, child’s skill level and preferred session/time of lesson. A minimum of three participants must be registered in order for the class to be held.

Adult Co-ed League & Sand Volleyball Sign-Ups  

May 1 - May 22
Dunbar Community Center

These are co-ed adult leagues with matches beginning at 6:30 pm on Tuesday (for asphalt) & Wednesday (for sand) evenings at Kirklevington Park. For more information, visit the Adult Volleyball Page or call 288-2915.

Adult Co-ed Kickball League Sign-Ups  

May 1 - May 22
Dunbar Community Center

This is a co-ed adult leagues with games beginning June 3 at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evenings at Kirklevington Park.For more information, visit the Adult Kickball Page or call 288-2914.

Big Band & Jazz  

7–8:30 pm, Tuesday, May 12- August 18

Held every Tuesday evening from May 12 through August 18, Big Band & Jazz is one of Lexington’s longest running and most beloved concert series. The concerts scheduled for May 12 – June 30 will be held at the Moondance at Midnight Pass in Beaumont. The remaining concerts (July 7 – August 18) will take place at Ecton Park. As always, this weekly concert series will feature great jazz and/or Big Band music. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and pack a picnic dinner. Visit our Big Band & Jazz Page or call 288-2925 for additional information.

Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials 

Dawn–Dusk, May 13–17
Masterson Station Park

The famous Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials will take at Masterson Station Park, marking over 50 years of border collie trials in the Bluegrass. This competition, nearly identical to the one in the popular movie “Babe,” is one of the longest-running and most prestigious trials in the country, typically drawing top handlers from across the United States. People of all ages will be in awe of the working relationship between the Border collie and their handler. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating and pack a picnic lunch or purchase concessions which will be sold on-site. This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash at all times. Visit www.bluegrassclassicsdt.com or call 505-867-1920 for more information.

Summer Nights in Suburbia  

7-9 pm, May 15-September 4
Moondance Amphitheatre

On Friday’s, MoonDance Amphitheater will be host to live music at 1152 Monarch Street in the Beaumont Centre. Patrons can spread blankets or set up their lawn chairs before the event to enjoy a picnic dinner or a local food trucks treats with family and friends on the amphitheater's expanse of lawn. This summer concert series will include jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, big band and folk genres. For detailed information, visit www.moondancelex.com. May 15-Rebel Without a Cause, May 22-Kelly Richey, May 29-Payback will perform.

Gallery Hop  

5-8 pm, May 15
Downtown Arts Center

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art throughout the evening with new gallery exhibitions, special events, and food and drinks. The Downtown Arts Center is host to a new exhibit each month for Gallery Hop. This month will feature The Creative Alliance for Arts Education “Reimagine”, an exhibition of art inspired by grade school children. Admission is free.

Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival  

May 16–17
Lexington Lion’s Club Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park

In conjunction with the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials will be the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival, a natural fiber and local food event. Patrons will have the opportunity to view some of the nation’s finest fiber artists and purchase handspun yarn and products. There will be a series of classes, workshops and demonstrations including spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and more. This event will also showcase other aspects of the Sheep & Kentucky Agriculture community as patrons can savor the flavors of lamb and other Kentucky Proud food products. A complete listing of workshops is available at www.kentuckysheepandfiber.com.  The workshops will take place from 9 am–5 pm, May 16–17. The main festival hours are 9 am–5 pm on May 16 and 10 am–4 pm, May 17. Admission to the fiber festival is $3, children 12 & under are free; workshop fees vary.

Men’s City Two-Man Championship  

May 16 & 17
Kearney Hill Golf Links

Registration is currently taking place for the Men’s City Two-Man Championship which will be held May 16–17 at Kearney Hill Golf Links. This 36-hole tournament is open to men who reside in Fayette County or hold a membership at a Fayette County golf club. The first round will be chapman alternate shot and best ball, with the second round a scramble and combined gross. The registration fee is $140 per team and includes a golf cart. The registration forms are available at all city-owned golf courses and on the Parks website at www.lexingtonky.gov/parks. For more information, call 288-2968.

Stargazing  

9 pm, Saturday, May 16
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Enjoy an astronomy presentation and view the night sky through a variety of telescopes provided by the Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club. Far from the city lights, Raven Run is an excellent place to view planets, nebulae, galaxies and the Milky Way! The program is free and lasts two hours. Please call the center on event day if there is inclement weather in case of cancelation. To learn more call 271-6072.

20th Annual Founder’s Day Celebration  

10 am–4 pm, Saturday, May 17
McConnell Springs

Join us as we celebrate the birthplace of the naming of Lexington at the annual Founder’s Day celebration. This free event will feature a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family. Patrons can enjoy historic reenactments, storytellers, musical entertainment, guided tours of the park and much more. Individuals may pack a picnic lunch or purchase concessions on-site. This event is held rain or shine. For additional information, contact McConnell Springs at 225-4073.

Upcoming Events

Aquatics Centers Open for the Season  

12 pm, Saturday, May 23
Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland

You know it is summer when pools open for the season! The family aquatic centers, located at Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland are state-of-the-art facilities and include bath houses, concession areas (grills at Southland and Woodland), great water play areas for children 10 & under, outdoor play area, playgrounds, slides, diving boards (3-meter board at Woodland), grassy beach areas for sunning and zero-depth entry/exit. The aquatic centers open at 12 pm on Saturday, May 23; however, after this date, operating hours are from 11 am–8 pm, Monday through Saturday and 1–8 pm on Sunday. Southland Center hours will be 10 am-8pm, Monday-Saturday and 1-8 pm on Sunday. The cost for daily admission is $4 for children (15 & under) and $5 for adults (16 & over). Pool passes for the 2015 season will be available and can be purchased at any aquatic center during operating hours throughout the summer. The cost is $40 for a single pool pass. All remaining pools will open on Saturday, May 30. For more information on pools, call 288-2973. Please Note: All prices and times are subject to change.

Poolapalooza

12–4 pm, Saturday, May 23
Southland Aquatic Center

Join us this Memorial Day Weekend as we kick-off the summer swimming season with a splash at Poolapalooza. Held on Saturday, May 23, this event will feature free admission to Southland Aquatic Center from 12–4 pm, music, door prizes, and games for the children and many more surprises. For additional information, call 288-2973.

Weekend Workout  

10 am, Saturday, May 23
McConnell Springs

McConnell Springs is looking for a few good volunteers! Individuals will be helping with garden upkeep, weed pulling, trail maintenance and more. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. Volunteers should come to the Education Center at 10 am and stay as long as your schedule permits. For more information, call 225-4073Held every Tuesday evening from May 12 through August 18, Big Band & Jazz is one of Lexington’s longest running and most beloved concert series. The concerts scheduled for May 12 – June 30 will be held at the Moondance at Midnight Pass in Beaumont. The remaining concerts (July 7 – August 18) will take place at Ecton Park. As always, this weekly concert series will feature great jazz and/or Big Band music. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and pack a picnic dinner. Visit our Big Band & Jazz Page or call 288-2925 for additional information.

Free Friday Flicks-
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary
  

7 pm, Friday, May 29 June 5, 12, 19 & 26
Rain Date: July 10
Jacobson Park

Bring your family out to Jacobson Park and enjoy a free movie in the park at Free Friday Flicks. Activities, which begin at 7 pm, will include face painting, a petting zoo and special entertainment. The movie will start at dark. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and pack a picnic dinner or visit one of the many vendors who will be selling concessions on-site. (Please note: Pets are not allowed in the event area for the safety of the patrons.) This event is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation, ABC 36, Don Jacobs, and Kentucky American Water Company. Call 288-2900 for more information.

Canoeing  

Saturday, May 30
Kentucky River

This program will allow participants the opportunity to escape for an afternoon on the scenic Kentucky River. Participants must be at least 5 years of age at the time of registration to participate. All participants under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian accompany them for the duration of the trip. Plan to bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration. The trip will be lead by Adventure area staff with basic safety direction prior to launching. Registration is required by calling 225-4073. This program is great for the whole family.

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