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This Week in Parks

June 20-26, 2016

Youth Football  Registration Period: June 1-July 31
Registration Fee: $35 per flag participant, flag provided/$55 per tackle participant, helmets and pads provided. Uniform cost not included. Some locations may have booster clubs that charge a fee. Payment of this fee is not required for participation in league games.
Flag: 5 and 6 year old league 
Tackle: 7 and 8 year old league, 9 and 10 year old league, & 11 and 12 year old league 
Information: 288-2914 or 288-2917

Open to boys and girls ages 5 – 12. Player’s age as of August 1, 2016 determines eligibility. All participants will play in every game. All leagues are offered at Constitution, Douglass, Idle Hour, Martin Luther King, Shillito, and Southland parks. Leagues must have a minimum of 22 players to form a team in an age division. 

Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Online, mail-in, and drop-off registration. 
Note: Mailed registrations should be postmarked at least three days prior to deadline. Athletics Office 
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Youth Cheerleading
Registration Period: June 1-July 31
Registration Fee: $35 per participant – uniform cost not included. Some locations may have booster clubs that charge a fee. Payment of this fee is not required for participation in league games.
Information: 288-2914 or 288-2917

Open to boys and girls ages 5 – 12. Participant’s age as of August 1, 2016 determines eligibility. Cheer teams to be formed at Constitution, Douglass, Idle Hour, Martin Luther King, Shillito, and Southland parks.

Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Online, mail-in, and drop-off registration. Note: Mailed registrations should be postmarked at least three days prior to deadline. Athletics Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Southland Jamboree
Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, & 27 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater
Information: 425-2349

Southland Jamboree is a free weekly bluegrass concert series at the Moondance Amphitheater. Patrons can purchase concessions from local food trucks or pack their own picnic. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating, as well as your own instrument to join in the jam after the show. 

“I Do” Initiative
Monday, June 6 – July 22 | Monday – Friday | 12 – 8 p.m. | William Wells Brown
Monday, June 13 – August 5 | Monday – Friday | 5 – 9 p.m. | Gainesway Center 
Friday, June 10, 17, & 24; July 15, 22, & 29 | 7 –11 p.m. | Dunbar Community Center 
Information: 288-2900 

The “I Do” Initiative identifies opportunities, develops relationships, and organizes partnerships with groups wanting to target middle school and high school youth. Programs will occur at several locations throughout the community and Parks & Recreation will host “I Do” events throughout the summer at Dunbar Community Center, Gainesway Center, and William Wells Brown.

Big Band & Jazz
Tuesday, June 7, 14, 21, & 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater
Information: 288-2927

One of Lexington’s longest running and most beloved concert series, Big Band & Jazz, will host Joey and the Cruisers (June 7), Walnut Street Ramblers (June 14), Tim Lake and the Blue Jazz Persuaders (June 21), and Dimartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra (June 28). Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. 

Junior Dirt Bowl Basketball
Tuesday, June 28 | 6 p.m. | Douglass Park
Information: 288-2955

Teams with participants ages 13 – 17 will play games Tuesday and Thursday nights on the outdoor courts at Douglass Park.

Adult Fall Softball
Registration period: Friday, July 1 - 31
Registration Fee: $225 per team, plus $25 annual NSA sanction fee
Information: 288-2917

Season begins September 6. Weekday evening and weekend leagues, no post-season tournament.

Leagues offered:
Co-ed: Church and Competitive
Men’s: 50 and over, Church, Independent, Major
Women’s: Church, Independent

Adult Co-Ed Kickball (Fall League)
Registration period: Friday, July 1 - 22
Registration fee: $125 per team
Information: 288-2915

First eight teams to register will have a spot in the league. All teams must have a manager complete the registration form and turn in the fee to the Athletics Department. Season begins September 11. Wednesday evening games begin at 6:30 p.m. 8-game season and post-season single play tournament. All games played at Kirklevington Park.

Summer Nights in Suburbia
Fridays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater
Information: 425-2349

Unwind after a long week with an open-air concert with friends. Summer Nights at Moondance Amphitheater is a free concert series on select Fridays throughout the summer featuring music of all varieties, including funk, soul, indie, rock, and more. During the month of July enjoy Boogie G & the Titanics (July 1), Rebel Without A Cause (July 8), Johnson Brothers (July 15), Kentucky Salsa Allstars (July 22), and Patrick McNeese Band (July 29). In addition to the live music, concert-goers can enjoy food from local food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Stargazing
Saturday, July 2 | 9:30 p.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Information: 272-6105

View the night sky at Raven Run. The Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club sets up several Dobson and Refractor telescopes for visitors to view binary stars, nebula and planets. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes. This event usually lasts 1 – 2 hours. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. This program is weather dependent. Please call Raven Run at 272-6105 on the evening of the program in order to ensure the event is happening as scheduled.
Bluegrass 10,000 Last Chance Registration
Sunday, July 3 | 3 – 7 p.m. | Parks Administrative Offices
Information: 288-2900

Sunday, July 3 is your final chance to register for the 40th Annual Bluegrass 10,000 and 25th Annual Fun Run. Register and pick up your race packet at the Parks Administrative Offices at 469 Parkway Drive.

Bluegrass 10,000
Monday, July 4 | 7:30 a.m. | Downtown Lexington
Information: 288-2900

Join us for the 40th Annual Bluegrass 10,000, the kickoff to the Fifth Third Bank presents Lexington’s 4th of July celebration. This 10-kilometer race winds through the heart of downtown Lexington. The 25th Annual Fun Run will follow at 8:15 a.m.

Southland Jamboree
Monday, July 4, 11, 18, & 25 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater
Information: 425-2349

Southland Jamboree is a free, weekly bluegrass concert series at the Moondance Amphitheater. Patrons can purchase concessions from local food trucks or pack their own picnic. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating, as well as your own instrument to join in the jam after the show.

ESP/REAL Program Registration
Friday, July 1 | Mail-in school year registration
Monday, July 18 | Walk-in school year registration
Information: 288-2941

The Extended School Program (ESP) is a fully-licensed after-school program that offers affordable, high-quality childcare for elementary school students. ESP is currently offered at Athens-Chilesburg, Coventry Oaks, Garrett Morgan, Julius Marks, Maxwell, Northern, Stonewall, and William Wells Brown elementary schools.

Recreation Enrichment and Learning (REAL) Program is a program for middle-school students. The program is currently offered at Edith J. Hayes and Jessie Clark middle schools.

Both programs are affordable, maintain a low staff-to-student ratio, and offer a range of both
recreational and educational activities for students. Both ESP and the REAL program are partnerships between LFUCG and the Fayette County Public School system. 


Upcoming Events 

Big Band & Jazz
Tuesday, July 12, 19, & 26 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Ecton Park
Information: 288-2927

One of Lexington’s longest running and most beloved concert series, Big Band & Jazz, will host Osland Dailey Jazztet (July 12), Colonels Choice (July 19), and Lexington Concert Band (July 26) at Ecton Park. Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Free Friday Flicks (Rain date)
Friday, July 8 | 7 p.m. | Jacobson Park
Information: 288-2900

Celebrating 21 years, Free Friday Flicks offers a great evening of entertainment for all ages, including pre-movie children’s games and a petting zoo, followed by a recently released movie in the park once it gets dark. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food vendors will also be on site. For safety, pets are not permitted.

History to Chew On
Tuesday, July 12 | 6 p.m. | McConnell Springs
Information: 225-4073

Presenter Jim Hoffmann will discuss the special artists and illustrated newspapers of the Civil War. Refreshments are provided, but guests are encouraged to bring a bag dinner.

AARP Driver Safety Course - Bell House Senior Adult Program
Wednesday, July 13 | 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Information: 233-0986

The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. Learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.

Creatures of the Night
Friday, July 15 | 9 p.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Information: 272-6105

Learn about the habits and folklore of the wildlife that is most active at night during this night exploration program, which allows visitors to receive a guided introduction to the world of dusk and darkness in our Kentucky forests. Serendipity is the key as we encounter whatever the night brings us, often including large animals such as deer, turkey, nocturnal mammals, roosting birds, and, of course, a wide-range of insect species, many of which can only be experienced at night. Darkness forces us to rely on our hearing to identify and sort out the sounds of the night. Even our guides see things they have rarely seen in the park during these tours. Call 272-6105 to register for this program.

LexArts HOP
Friday, July 15 | 5 – 8 p.m. | Downtown Arts Center and City Gallery
Information: 425-2349

Explore the visual arts in downtown Lexington at the LexArts HOP. During this self-guided tour, patrons can explore, enjoy, and buy original works of art in over 50 venues, including the Downtown Arts Center. Official Hop hours are 5 – 8 p.m., but many venues stay open later.

Pioneer Skills
Saturday, July 16 | 10 a.m. | McConnell Springs
Junior Naturalist, Youth K – 5th grade
Information: 225-4073

Elementary aged children will learn pioneer skills and complete an art craft. All equipment for the trail explorations, as well as all the art supplies needed to complete your project, will be provided. Parents or guardians are required to stay with young participants during the program. Please call the park at 225-4073 for more information.

Super Sunday
Sunday, July 17 | 2 – 9 p.m. | Douglass Park
Information: 288-2955

Enjoy entertainment and vendors while the summer basketball leagues showcase some great games on Super Sunday. This is a fun, family event at Douglass Park that will celebrate Douglass’ 100th Birthday this July.

S.T. Roach Basketball and Cheerleading Clinic
Sunday, July 18 – 29
Information: 288-2955

Founded by legendary basketball coach and civic leader, Sanford T. Roach, these clinics offer youth ages 6 – 16 the opportunity to participate in a structured basketball and cheerleading clinic at no cost. Participants learn the basic fundamentals of the sport as well as teamwork and sportsmanship from former and current high school coaches and college players.
Session 1 – Co-Ed Basketball: July 18 – 22, 9 a.m. – noon, ages 11 – 16
Session 2 – Co-Ed Basketball: July 18-22, 1 – 4 p.m., ages 11 – 16
Session 3 – Cheerleading: July 25 – 29, 9 a.m. – noon, ages 7-14
Session 4 – Co-Ed Basketball: July 25 – 29, 1 – 4 p.m., ages 6-10

Horseshoe Casino - Bell House Senior Adult Day Trip
Thursday, July 21 | Cincinnati
Cost: $30
Information: 233-0986

Senior Adults 60 and over will take a trip to Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati. While there, they will enjoy a meal from one of the many restaurants and try their hand at the multiple gaming and slot machines.

Men’s City Championship/Men’s City Net Division
Friday, July 22 – 24 | Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome, Lakeside Golf Course, and Kearney Hill Golf Links
Entry Deadline: Friday, July 15
Registration Fee: $80 (Championship)/$70 (Net Division), includes green fees, range balls, Sunday lunch and tee gift. Cart is not included.

This Championship is one of Lexington’s favorite golf tournaments and includes golfers of all ages and handicaps. Played on multiple golf courses over the course of three 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.

Weekend Workout
Saturday, July 23 | 10 a.m. | McConnell Springs
Information: 225-4073

Enjoy some time outdoors helping clean the park and maintaining the trails.

Little Explorers “Insect Search”
Saturday, July 23 | 10 a.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Information: 272-6105
Designed for elementary aged visitors (Youth K – 5th grade) who want to explore the park, learn about the wildlife of Kentucky, and get a chance to complete an art project. All equipment for the trail explorations, as well as all the art supplies needed to complete your project, will be provided. Parents or guardians are required to stay with young participants during the program. Call 272-6105 to register for this program.

Discover Scuba
Thursday, July 28 | 7 – 11 p.m. | Shillito Pool
Cost: $25 per person, ages 13 and over
Information: 225-4073

Discover Scuba is a program designed to allow people to learn the basic principles and gear associated with the sport of scuba diving. In this course you’ll receive expert training that will allow you to safely explore scuba diving at a fraction of the cost of a full certification program. Our partnership with New Horizons Scuba Diving allows us to provide you with the equipment and expert staff that they have at their disposal to make this truly unique opportunity available to the public.

Bluegrass State Games
Friday, July 8 – August 13
Information: 286-5152

The Bluegrass State Games is a non-profit program sponsored privately to promote amateur athletics across the Commonwealth. It is the signature event of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, designed to provide Kentuckians of all ages and skill levels a wholesome avenue for positive development through sports and physical activity, to promote and develop amateur athletics and to provide the amateur athlete an opportunity to showcase their talent and receive statewide recognition. Bluegrass State Games is a member of the National Congress of State Games which is a member of the United States Olympic Committee. For more information visit bgsg.org

Douglass and Picadome pools close for the season
Sunday, July 31 | 6 p.m.

 

 

Last updated: 6/27/2016 10:26:29 AM