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This Week in Parks

July 7 – July 13, 2014

Free Friday Flicks  

Friday evening, Rain Date: July 11 

Jacobson Park 
Admission: Free
7 pm (pre-show activities) | Dark (movie)
 

There is only one place in Lexington where you can enjoy a newly released movie in the park, children’s games and a petting zoo for free – Free Friday Flicks at Jacobson Park. Celebrating its 19th anniversary, this family event offers a great evening of entertainment for all ages. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and pack a picnic dinner or purchase concessions from one of the many vendors on-site. (Sorry, no pets are allowed for the safety of our patrons.) For more information and movie titles, call 288-2900. This event is sponsored by Lexington Parks and Recreation, ABC 36, Don Jacobs and Cricket Wireless.

Big Band & Jazz  

Ecton Park, Tuesday evenings, July 1 through August 26  
 
7 – 8:30 pm

Grab your lawn chair and blanket, pack a picnic dinner or enjoy local food trucks onsite and join us at Ecton Park for Big Band & Jazz. Held from 7–8:30 p.m., every Tuesday through August 26, this free concert series will feature either big band or jazz music. Big Band & Jazz is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation, the American Federation of Musicians, 590WVLK, Don Jacobs Honda/BMW/Volkswagen, and Cricket Wireless. For more information on Big Band & Jazz, call 288-2925. Click Here to see the Big Band and Jazz 2014 Schedule.
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Men's City Golf Championship  

Registration: through Friday, July 4
Championship: Thursday, July 10- Sunday, July 13
Tates Creek, Lakeside, Gay Brewer Jr. Golf Course and Kearney Hill Golf Links
 

The Men's City Golf Championship is definitely one of Lexington's favorite golf tournaments and includes golfers of all ages and handicaps. Played on four different courses over the course of four days, this 72-hole tournament is for men who reside in Fayette County or hold a membership at a Fayette County golf club. Divisions offered include handicap and scratch. The cost is $90 for both divisions and includes green fees, range balls, Sunday lunch and a tee gift. (Cart not included.) Registration forms can be downloaded here (Handicap Division Registration Form or Scratch Division Registration Form) or picked up from any city-owned golf course. For additional information, call 288-2968.

Youth Cheerleading & Tackle Football Registration  

Tuesday, July 1–Thursday, July 31 
Athletics Office
 

Parks & Recreation is accepting registration for their youth cheerleading and football programs. Both programs are open to boys and girls. Cheerleading is offered to ages 5–12 and football is offered to ages 7–12. Playing age is determined by the participant’s age as of August 1, 2014. The registration fee is $35 for cheerleading and $55 for football. (Uniform costs are not included in the registration fees for either program.) Scholarships are available upon request with income eligibility provided. At the time of registration, new participants must provide proof of age and scholarship applicants must provide income eligibility information unless previously submitted in 2014. Payment is also due at the time of registration. Registrations are accepted by mail-in, drop-off or online. Drop-off registrations are accepted during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at the Athletics Office in the Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper Street. Note: Mailed registrations should be postmarked at least three days prior to deadline. For more information, visit www.lexingtonky.gov/parks, or call 288-2914 or 288-2915.

Adult Fall Softball Sign-Ups  

Tuesday, July 1–Friday, August 1
Athletics Office

Sign-up now for the adult fall softball leagues. Priority registration for returning 2013 fall teams is July 1–8. Any returning teams or new team may register on a first-come, first-served basis July 9 –August 1. Managers of returning teams may call the Athletics Office at 288-2917 to request registration forms or league information. New teams should come to the Athletics Office (545 N. Upper Street) to register. Leagues offered include Men’s Church, Independent & Major; Women’s Independent & Church; and Co-Ed Church and Competitive. And new this year, Parks and Recreation will offer the Masters Division for those men aged 45 and over. The team fee is $255 (check payable to Parks & Recreation) plus a $25 sanction fee (payable to the National Softball Association). For additional information, contact the Athletics Office at 288-2917.

Kentucky Conservatory Theatre's SUMMERFEST- Featuring Twelfth Night/ Little Shop of Horrors  

July 2 through August 3 
Click here to see program dates on www.mykct.org 
 
MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheatre
 

MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheatre, 1152 Monarch Street, will play host to this year's SUMMERFEST, one of the region's oldest continually operating summer theatre experiences. This year's event will feature Twelfth Night and Little Shop of Horrors. For detailed information, including dates, times, and ticket information, visit www.mykct.org.

History to Chew On Series  

Tuesday, July 8
McConnell Springs 
6 p.m.

Pack your brown bag dinner and come out to McConnell Springs for their “History to Chew On” series. Held the second Tuesday of the month through October 14, these presentations will focus on aspects of Central Kentucky to include history, geology, archaeology and culture. The July 8 program will be a dramatic presentation by Elizabeth Lawson portraying Charlotte "Lottie" Dupuy who was an enslaved African-American woman who filed a freedom suit in 1829 against her master, Henry Clay, then Secretary of State. The event is free but registration is requested as seating is limited. Soft drinks and water will be provided. For more information or to register, call McConnell Springs at 225-4073.

Friday Night Gym Jam  

Friday evenings, July 11,18, and 25 
Dunbar Community Center

Youth in middle and high school are invited to join us the last three Friday’s in July for “Friday Night Gym Jam” at Dunbar Community Center (545 N. Upper St.). There will be youth development workshops, games and activities such as basketball, corn hole, pool, food, fun and much more. For more information contact 288-2955 or (502) 320-6489. Friday Night Gym Jam is part of the “I Do” initiative and brought to you by Lexington Parks and Recreation and Total Grace Baptist Church.

Little Explorers Nature Walk  

Sunday, July 13
Raven Run 
1 p.m.

Bring your children ages 3–7 to Raven Run for their children’s program. Activities include a short nature hike and art project with all supplies provided. This program will be offered monthly throughout the summer and each tour will have a different theme, so feel free to attend as many programs as you like. This month's theme is history. Register for this free program by calling Raven Run at 272-6105.

Upcoming Events

 

Junior Naturalist  

Saturday, July 19
McConnell Springs
10 a.m.

Youth K - 5th grade are invited to come out to McConnell Springs for their Junior Naturalist program. This month's theme is "What's in a Wetland?" Participants can join us at our wetland to discover who and what lives there. Registration is required for this free program and can be done by calling 225-4073.

Splash & Dash  

Saturday, July 19
Shillito Park Aquatic Center 
7:30 a.m.
 

You're invited to Lexington's first Splash & Dash at Shillito Park on July 19th. Every participant receives a USA Triathlon/Scout strong patch, finisher dog tags, a race shirt and swim cap, and more goodies! Splash & Dash is open to children ages 7-15 (age as of December 31, 2014). Youth 7-10 years will swim 100-meters at the Shillito Park Aquatic Center, and then run a little over a half mile to the finish line. Youth 11-15 swim 200-meters then run 1.2-miles. The goal of Splash & Dash, an aquathlon, is to encourage fitness and fun for our youth while introducing them to multi-sport triathlons/duathlons. Please arrive by 7:30 a.m. at the Shillito Park pool. The swim begins at 8:30 a.m., and should be finished by 10:30 a.m. To sign up go to http://www.kidslegacytri.com/splash_and_dash.html. For more information contact samdick56@gmail.com. Splash & Dash is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation and McDonald's of Central and Southeastern KY. .

Super Sunday  

Sunday, July 20
Douglass Park
2 p.m.
 

Each year, thousands of people come out to Douglass Park and experience basketball action at its best. Held on Sunday, July 20, this event will highlight teams that play in the Lexington Parks & Recreation Dirt Bowl League. In addition to great basketball, there will be special entertainment, live music, concessions and vendors selling their wares. This event is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation, the Georgetown Neighborhood Association and Cricket Wireless. For additional information on Super Sunday, call 288-2955.

Creatures of the Night  

Friday, July 25
Raven Run 
8:30 p.m.

There is only one place in Lexington where you can enjoy a newly released movie in the park, children’s games and a petting zoo for free – Free Friday Flicks at Jacobson Park. Celebrating its 19th anniversary, this family event offers a great evening of entertainment for all ages. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and pack a picnic dinner or purchase concessions from one of the many vendors on-site. (Sorry, no pets are allowed for the safety of our patrons.) For more information and movie titles, call 288-2900. This event is sponsored by Lexington Parks and Recreation, ABC 36, Don Jacobs and Cricket Wireless.

Weekend Workout  

Saturday, July 26
McConnell Springs
10 a.m.

McConnell Springs needs volunteers! Individuals will be helping with garden upkeep, weed pulling, trail maintenance and more. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. Volunteers should come to the Education Center at 10 a.m. and stay as long as your schedule permits. For more information, call 225-4073.

Stargazing 

Saturday, July 26
Raven Run 
9:30 p.m.
 

Planets, stars, nebulae, constellations and the Milky Way are just a few of the things you will discover in the night sky. Co-sponsored by the Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club, this program provides viewing of the night sky through telescopes provided by members of the club. This program is free. Call Raven Run at 272-6105 to learn more.

Ballet Under the Stars  

Thursday, July 31- Sunday, August 3
Woodland Park
Pre-show 8 p.m.
Main Curtain 9 p.m.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Ballet Under the Stars is one of Central Kentucky's most anticipated events of the summer. This unique festival allows audiences to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of a professional ballet in a relaxed, casual setting of the park. The event will begin with a pre-show youth production (Princess Vignettes II) at 8 p.m. followed by the main show that will feature professional dancers from Kentucky Ballet Theatre. Lawn chairs and/or blankets should be brought for seating and patrons may pack a picnic dinner or purchase concessions onsite. Admission is $5 per person, children 3 & under are free. For more information, please call 288-2925. Ballet Under the Stars is presented by Lexington Parks & Recreation, the Ballet Under the Stars Volunteer Committee, Don Jacobs Honda/BMW/Volkswagen and Cricket Wireless.

Last updated: 7/10/2014 8:24:29 AM