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This Week in Parks

July 27 - August 2, 2015


Adult Fall Softball Sign-Ups

Now – August 7
Athletics Office

Sign-up now for the adult fall softball leagues. Priority registration for returning 2014 fall teams is July 1–8. Any returning teams or new team may register on a first-come, first-served basis July 9 –August 7. 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 a 50 and over league. The team fees are $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.

Ballet Under the Stars Teas

6 pm;  July 31, August 1 and August 2
Woodland Park Gazebo

In honor of the Ballet Under the Stars pre-show (Little Mermaid), Parks is hosting a series of tea parties for children. Friday-Sunday before the ballet, children can don their best tutu, princesses dress or tiara and join us for a fantastical, fun-filled event. All attendees will meet Aerial and friends, learn a special dance plus enjoy food, party favors and tattoos. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take your picture with Aerial and her friends. There are 75 spots available per Tea. Online registration will begin at noon on July 1 and will remain open until July 22 or until all Teas are full. If you plan to register online, you must have a User ID and password prior to the online registration dates. You must also provide an email address to use this system. The cost is $15 per child which covers the Tea activities, food for the child participant only and admission to the Ballet Under the Stars show. A parent or guardian is required to accompany the child to the Tea, but there is no charge for them. The Ballet Under the Stars preshow of the Little Mermaid has unlimited seating. Admission to the Ballet is $5 for adults, children 3 and under are free. All proceeds will benefit the Ballet Under the Stars program.

Ballet Under the Stars

Pre-show- 8 pm, Main Curtain- 9 pm
July 30, July 31, August 1 and August 2
Woodland Park

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 (The Little Mermaid) 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, and Don Jacobs Honda/BMW/Volkswagen.

Wood Dough Bowl Carving Classes

10 a.m. – Noon
August 1
McConnell Springs

Cost is $30 for this class. Pre-registration is required for all wood carving classes. Classes are taught by the Lexington Wood Carvers Guild. You can register by calling 225-4073.

Volunteer Saturday

10 a.m. – Noon
August 1
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Raven Run is looking for a few good volunteers! Individuals are needed to help with invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and more. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. Volunteers should come to the Nature Center at 10am and stay as long as your schedule permits. For more information call (859) 272-6105.

Lexington Women’s City Championship

August 1 and August 2
Kearney Hill & Lakeside Golf Courses

Held at Kearney Hill Golf Links and Lakeside Golf Course , this 36-hole tournament is open to individuals of all ages and skill levels. Each person competes against participants of their own skill level and there are plenty of winners. The entry fee is $50 to walk or $78 to ride. In addition to the individual competition, participants may sign-up to compete in the team tournament at no additional cost. The team competition will be comprised of four players who represent the same club and are playing in the tournament as individuals. The Women’s City Golf Championship is for those who reside in Fayette County or hold a membership at a Fayette County golf club.

City Pool Closings for the Season Begin

August 2
Douglas and Picadome Pools

Douglass & Picadome pools will close for the season on August 2 at 6 p.m. The aquatic centers located at Castlewood, Southland will stay open until August 11 at 6 p.m. Tates Creek, Woodland and Shillito pools will remain open until Labor Day (September 7). For more information, call 288-2900.

Upcoming Events

Adult Fall Volleyball Sign-Ups

August 3 -21
Athletics Office

Parks & Recreation is accepting applications for its fall volleyball league. Fall indoor volleyball begins in September and ends in November. Teams play a 9-game schedule followed by a post-season tournament. All matches will be played on Sunday Afternoons at the Castlewood Community Center, 201 Castlewood Drive. Registration is by team only and on a first come first serve basis. Managers of teams may the Athletics Office at 288-2915 to request a registration form. The cost to participate is $200 per team. For more information call 288-2915.

Big Band & Jazz

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
August 4, 11, 18 & 25
Ecton Park

Enjoy one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert series – Big Band & Jazz. With a full schedule of live music planned, concert-goers can enjoy weekly Big Band or jazz music. Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Click here for schedule of performers.

Summer Nights in Suburbia

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Fridays, August 7 - Sept 4
Moondance Amphitheater

What better way to unwind after a long week than at an open-air concert with friends. Especially when the concert is free! Moondance Amphitheater will once again offer a summer concert series featuring genres to include jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, Big Band and folk, just to name a few. In addition to the live music, there will also be food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and come enjoy the music. Click here for schedule of performers.

Little Explorers

1 p.m.
August 8
Raven Run

Bring your children ages 3–7 years to Raven Run for this special children’s program. Activities include a short nature hike and art project with all supplies provided. These programs are held monthly and have a different theme so feel free to attend as many programs as you like. Registration is required and can be done by calling 272-6105.

Opera Under The Stars

7 p.m.
August 8
Moondance Amphitheater

Lexington Parks & Recreation is excited to bring a new performance to its tradition of summer entertainment. The inaugural performance features some of the best young opera artists Central Kentucky has to offer. Performing some of opera's greatest hits from La Traviata, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and more. Lawn chairs and/or blankets should be brought for seating and patrons may pack a picnic dinner or purchase from local food trucks. Admission is $5, with children 3 & under admitted for free. For additional information, contact 859-425-2550.

History to Chew On Series

6 p.m.
August 11
McConnell Springs

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 13, these presentations will focus on aspects of Central Kentucky to include history, geology, archaeology and culture. 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.

Junior Naturalist Program–Butterflies & Dragonflies

10 a.m. 9 pm
August 15
McConnell Springs


Youth k-5th grade are invited to come out to McConnell Springs as they continue their quest to become a Junior Naturalist. Participants will learn and explore all about butterflies and dragonflies living in the meadows. Registration for this free program is required and can be done by calling 225-4073.


9:30 p.m.
August 15
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.

Woodland Art Fair

Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. &
Sunday, August 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Woodland Park

The Woodland Art Fair is definitely one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Every August, Woodland Park becomes a venue filled with over 200 of the nation’s finest juried artists selling unique, handcrafted items. Other attractions at the Fair include live entertainment, hands-on art activities for children and families and a variety of food vendors. The Woodland Art Fair is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation, the Lexington Art League, Nancy Barron and Nancy Barron & Associates. For additional information, call 288-2925 (Parks) or 254-7024 (Lexington Art League).

Outdoor Adventure Skills

9 a.m.-10 a.m.
August 22
McConnell Springs

This class will cover basic outdoor adventure skills such as orienteering, camp set-up, knots and lashings, basic first aid, hiking and back packing considerations and general wilderness survival skills. This class is not a certification course it is intended to provide general knowledge of the subjects discussed. To register please call 225-4073.t

Creatures of the Night

9 p.m.
August 22
Raven Run

Come out to Raven Run for their exploring the night program. This free program will focus on the habits and folklore of insects active at dusk throughout the night. There will be a few flashlights available but please bring your own if you have them. Register for this free program by calling 272-6105.

Kiddie Kapers Fall Registration Begins

August 29

Kiddie Kapers is a 22 week dance instruction program for youth ages 2-18 beginning in mid-September and concluding with a spring recital at the Opera House. Classes offered include ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling and dance team. The cost is $175 and includes a costume for spring recital. A limited number of scholarships are available upon request. Walk-in and mailed registration will not be accepted prior to noon on August 27 at our Artworks Carver Center offices. For additional information or for a class schedule call 288-2935.

Artwork at Carver Center Programs Registration

August 29

Lexington Parks & Recreation is excited to offer new programming for youth and adults at the Artworks Center. Classes are offered for both youth and adults and include such programs as Zumba, martial arts, pottery, mosaic tiling, drumming, Therapeutic Recreation archery and cooking and more. Registration is available online at, in-person at Artworks Center (522 Patterson Street), by phone at (859) 425-2057 or by mail. Registration ends one week before each class begins. Please visit for a full class brochure or call the center for more information.

Over Night Camping Trip at Raven Run

6 p.m. – 11 a.m.
August 28 -29
Raven Run

Experience the sights and sounds of Raven Run Nature Park after hours while putting your camping skills to the test. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Pre registration is required and the whole family is welcome. To register and for more information call 225-4073.

Weekend Workout

10 a.m.
August 29
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 a.m. and stay as long as your schedule permits. For more information, call 225-4073.

Last updated: 7/27/2015 4:01:21 PM