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This Week in Parks

August 4 – August 10, 2014


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.

Youth Cheerleading & Tackle Football Registration  

Tuesday, July 1–Friday, August 22 
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, or call 288-2914 or 288-2915.

Wood Dough Bowl Carving Classes  

Satudays, August 2, 9, 16 & 23 
McConnell Springs 
10 a.m. 

This will take 4 Saturdays to complete. 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..

Adult Fall Volleyball Sign-Ups  

August 4-15
Athletics Offices- Dunbar Community Center

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. Returning teams may register August 4th - 8th and new teams can register August 11-15. For more information call 288-2914.

Southland Jamboree  

Tuesdays, August 5, 12, 19 & 26
lawn area adjacent to Collins Bowling Lanes 
7 p.m.

The Southland Association and Lexington Parks & Recreation are once again joining together to offer a Bluegrass music concert series this summer. Held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings through September 3, at the lawn area adjacent to Collins Bowling Lanes (205 Southland Drive), this free concert will feature some of the best Bluegrass bands in the area. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating and pack a picnic dinner or purchase concessions which will be available on site. For additional information call 260-1048.

MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheater - Summer Nights in Suburbia  

August 8, 15, 22, 29
MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheater 
1152 Monarch Street 
7 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.

Guided Park Walk  

Saturday, August 9
McConnell Springs 
2 p.m. 

Join the park staff for a guided walk of McConnell Springs and learn about the history and nature that make the park special. For more information, call 225-4073.

Raven Run Little Explorers  

Saturday, August 9
Raven Run 
10 a.m. 

Bring your children ages 3-7 years to Raven Run for this special children’s program. This month's program focuses on wildlife and activities include a short nature hike and an 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.

2nd Annual H2O Expo  

Saturday, August 9
Jacobson Park
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

This event will have water related recreation, education, and community involvement in one water packed day. Children's activities will include water slides and games; adults will enjoy vendor booths, canoeing and kayak demonstrations. There will be paddle boating and lots more for the whole family. The H2O Expo is brought to you by Lexington Parks and Recreation and the Kentucky American Water Company. Hope you can come and join us on this fun filled day.

Upcoming Events

History to Chew On Series  

Tuesday, August 12
McConnell Springs 
6 - 8 p.m.

Pack your brown bag dinner and join us for McConnell Springs “History to Chew On” series. These presentations will focus on aspects of Central Kentucky to include history, geology, archeology and culture. This program is free but registration is required as seating is limited. History to Chew on and Author Series sponsored by: Friends of McConnell Springs. To register, please call 225-4073.

Southland and Castlewood Aquatic Centers Close for the Season

August 12 
6 p.m.

Southland and Castlewood Aquatic Centers will close for the season at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 12.  Shillito pool, as well as the Tates Creek and Woodland Aquatic Centers, will remain open on adjusted hours until Labor Day (Monday, September 1). From August 12 – 30, the pools will close at 7 p.m. For more information, call 288-2900.

Junior Naturalist Program- Butterflies & Dragonflies  

Saturday, August 16
McConnell Springs 
10 a.m.

Youth ages 10 and younger are invited to come out to McConnell Springs as they continue their quest to become a Junior Naturalist. Participants will search for butterflies and dragonflies living in the meadows and wetland area. Programs sponsored by: Wild Birds Unlimited. Registration for this free program is required and can be done by calling 225-4073.

American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair  

Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Sunday, August 17, 10 a.m. – 5 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 American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation, the Lexington Art League and American Founders Bank. For additional information, call 288-2925 (Parks) or 254-7024 (Lexington Art League).

Ice Cream Social  

Sunday, August 17
McConnell Springs 
2- 4 p.m.

Join the Friends of McConnell Springs for complimentary ice cream, plus games and nature activities for the whole family. For more information, call 225-4073.


Saturday, August 23 
Raven Run 
9:30 p.m.

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 see planets, nebulae, galaxies and the Milky Way! This is a free program. For more information, call 272-6105.

Weekend Workout  

Saturday, August 23 
McConnell Springs 
10 a.m.

McConnell Springs needs 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.

Kiddie Kapers Fall Online Registration  

August 26
Woodland Park 
12 p.m.

Kiddie Kapers is a 22 week dance instruction program for youth ages 3-18 beginning in mid-September and concluding with a spring recital at the Opera House in May. Classes offered include ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. 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 10 a.m. on August 27 at our Dunbar offices. For additional information or for a class schedule call 288-2935.

Shillito pool, Tates Creek and Woodland Aquatic Centers Close for the Season  

September 1 
5 p.m.

Shillito pool, as well as the Tates Creek and Woodland Aquatic Centers will close for the season at 5 p.m.

Last updated: 8/4/2014 9:04:02 AM