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This Week in Parks

March 2 - 8, 2015

Artwork at Carver Center Programs  

 

Lexington Parks & Recreation is excited to offer new programming for youth and adults at the Artworks Center. Artworks Center is currently accepting registration for their spring classes. Classes are offered for both youth and adults and include such programs as Zumba, martial arts, pottery, mosaic tiling, drumming, circus arts and Therapeutic Recreation archery and cooking. Registration is available online at http://Parks.LexingtonKY.gov, 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 the Artworks Cultural Center Page for a full class brochure or call the center for more information.

  

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. All matches are played in the evening at the Shillito Park tennis courts. Two 8-week sessions are offered: Session 1 (May 4–June 26) and Session 2 (July 6–August 28). Registration for Session 1 is March 1–April 17 and Session 2 is March 1–June 20. The cost to participate in the league is $40 per person, per session. Online (http://parks.lexingtonky.gov) mail-in or drop off registration accepted. (Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper Street, 40508.) Mailed registrations should be postmarked at least three days prior to the deadline. For more information, visit the Adult Tennis Page or call 288-2914.

  

Tee Ball & Youth Baseball Registration  

March 1 - March 31
Dunbar Community Center

Parks & Recreation youth baseball leagues are open to boys and girls ages 5–12 with age eligibility as of April 30, of the current year. Leagues offered include Instructional Tee Ball (ages 5 & 6), Tee Ball (ages 6–8), 10U (ages 9 & 10) and 12U (ages 11 & 12). The cost is $35 per participant; uniform cost not included. A limited number of scholarships are available upon request. Online (http://parks.lexingtonky.gov) mail-in or drop off registration accepted. (Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper Street, 40508) For information, Visit the Tee Ball & Youth Baseball Page or call 288-2915.

  

Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Sign-Ups

March 1 - March 31
Dunbar Community Center

The Girls Fast-Pitch leagues are open to girls ages 7–14 with age eligibility determined by the participant’s age as of December 31, of the previous year. Leagues offered include 10U (ages 7, 8, 9 & 10), 14U (ages 11, 12, 13 & 14). The cost to participate in the league is $35 per player (uniform cost not included). A limited number of scholarships are available upon request. Online (http://parks.lexingtonky.gov) mail-in or drop off registration accepted. (Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper Street, 40508.) For more information, visit the Girls Softball Page or call 288-2917.

  

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. Three 4-week sessions are offered which take place from 6:30–8 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: Session 1 (April 20–May 15), Session 2 (May 26–June 19) and Session 3 (June 29– July 24). Registration for each session is as follows: Session 1 (March 1–April 17), Session 2 (March 1–May 22) and Session 3 (March 1–June 26). The cost to participate is $40 per person per session. Online (http://parks.lexingtonky.gov) mail-in or drop off registration accepted. (Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper Street, 40508.) 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. Classes meet Monday through Friday for 55 minutes each day with Session 1 taking place from June 8– July 3 and Session 2 taking place July 6–31. Morning and/or afternoon clinics are offered at various locations throughout the city. (Visit the Youth Tennis Page for exact times, location, and registration forms.) The cost is $40 per participant per session. Registrations can be completed online (http://parks.lexingtonky.gov) with a credit card and email address if you already have an account set up. All other registrations accepted at the Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper Street. 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. Tryouts are required and will be held from 9 am-10:30 am on the first day of the season. The cost to participate is $40 per person per session. The season begins June 8-July 31 with team practices held at Shillito Tennis Complex Monday-Friday, 9-10:30 am. Online (http://parks.lexingtonky.gov) mail-in or drop off registration accepted. (Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper Street, 40508.) For more information, visit the Youth Tennis Page or call 288-2914.

  

--NEW PROGRAM--
Youth Co-ed Summer Kickball League Registration
  

March 1 - March 31
Dunbar Community Center

Leagues are open to boys and girls ages 6-8, 9-12 and 13-15. Player’s age as of August 1 of the current year determines league eligibility. The league begins June 6th and will consist of an 8 game season and post season single play tournament. All games will be held at Kirklevington Park on Saturdays at 2:00 pm. The cost to participate is $35 per person: uniform cost not included. Online (http://parks.lexingtonky.gov/) mail-in or drop off registration accepted. (Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper Street, 40508.) For more information, visit the Youth Kickball Page or call 288-2914.

  

Kenwick Community Center Spring Flea Market  

March 7, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Kenwick Community Center

Come to buy, sell or browse. There will be household items, children’s toys, clothes, books and plenty of bargains. Refreshments & Hotdogs will be available for purchase. To reserve a table for $7, contact the center directly at (859) 266-6405. The flea market will take place rain or shine at Kenwick Community Center located at 313 Owsley Ave.

  

Volunteer Saturday  

March 7, 10:00am
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.

  

Yoga at Raven Run  

March 7, 3:00pm
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

The benefits of yoga are many – increased flexibility, improved energy and stress reduction. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years this program has something for everyone. To register for this free program, call (859) 272-6105.

  

Night Hike  

March 7, 7:00pm
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Participants will take a short hike and enjoy all the sights and sounds that can be found during the early spring as we explore the nature park at night. This program will be cancelled in the event of threatening weather. For more information on this free program, call (859) 272-6105.

 

Upcoming Events

Author Series at McConnell Springs  

March 10, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
McConnell Springs

Pack your brown bag dinner and join us at McConnell Springs for Author Series. 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.

  

Woodcock Watch  

March 13, 7:00pm
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Come out to Raven Run for an evening walk. Naturalist Brian Perry will lead you through the meadow trails at dusk to search for nocturnal animals. The highlight of the walk (birds permitting) will be the fantastic flight dance of the woodcock, a small ground-dwelling bird most people have never seen. During their incredible flight display, you will hear and see the bird as it can only be seen at dusk for a few weeks out of the year. Please register by calling 272-6105.

  

36th Annual Alltech St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival  

March 14, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Cheapside and downtown Lexington

Whether you are of Irish descent or not, you won’t want to miss the Lexington Irish Festival in conjunction with the 36th Annual Alltech St. Patrick’s Parade. The festival will begin at 11 am with the traditional blessing of the keg and will break at 1 pm for the annual parade down Main Street. The festival will resume after the parade and will continue until 7 pm. All activities will take place at Cheapside. There will be free family and children’s activities to include Irish entertainment with musicians, dancers, pipers, storytellers and much more. Irish food, drink and products from Ireland will also be available for purchase. This event is held rain or shine. For more information visit www.lexingtonstpatsparade.org or (859) 288-2925.

  

Spring Equestrian Lesson Sign-Ups  

March 14; Youth-1:00pm, Adult- 2:30pm
McConnell Springs

Lexington Parks & Recreation offers classes in basic horsemanship with the purpose of teaching individuals how to ride safely and to work around horses. Taught through a supervised program, all instruction is English Hunt Seat. Youth registration for ages 10–15 years will take place at 1 pm and adult registration for 16 and over will take place at 2:30 pm. A lottery system will be used to ensure fairness. The cost to participate in the equestrian program is $75 for youth classes and $95 for adult classes. Classes will run April 6–May 29. Participants will be responsible for providing their own helmets; however, these should not be purchased until actually enrolled in the class. To learn more, visit our Equestrian Program page or call 253-0328.

  

Yoga at Raven Run  

March 14, 11:00am
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

The benefits of yoga are many – increased flexibility, improved energy and stress reduction. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years this program has something for everyone. To register for this free program, call (859) 272-6105.

  

Junior Naturalist “Animal Tracks”  

March 10, 10:00am
McConnell Springs

Youth grades K-5th will learn how to find and identify the tracks that animals leave behind. The Junior Naturalist program is held monthly and will have a different theme so plan on attending each month. Call McConnell Springs at 225-4073 to register.

  

Yoga at Raven Run  

March 21, 11:00am
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

In honor of Black History Month, the Community Center will feature a performance honoring famous African Americans. There will be special performances by Lexington Traditional Magnet School (LTMS) Step/Hip Hop Team and youth of the William Wells Brown Community Center. A special presentation to honor special participants of the community center will also be presented. All members of the community are welcome to attend this free event. Healthy refreshments will be provided following the program. For more information call 389-6678.

    

 

Stargazing  

March 21, 7:00pm
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.

    

8th Annual Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs  

March 28, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Various Wineries

This annual fundraising event to benefit McConnell Springs allows participants the opportunity to taste a one-ounce sample of wine before its final stages of bottling and release. The tasting also gives individuals the chance to experience up-and-coming wines and an opportunity to discuss the soon-to-be-released sample. Sixteen wineries, all within an hour drive of Lexington, will be participating. Partakers may start at any participating winery and travel to as many as they wish for the cost of $20. You must be 21 years of age or older to participate. Maps and brochures of each winery participating will be available at the McConnell Springs registration table at each winery. For more information or for participating wineries, visit www.mcconnellsprings.org or call the nature center (859) 225-0473.

    

Yoga at Raven Run  

March 28, 11:00am
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

In honor of Black History Month, the Community Center will feature a performance honoring famous African Americans. There will be special performances by Lexington Traditional Magnet School (LTMS) Step/Hip Hop Team and youth of the William Wells Brown Community Center. A special presentation to honor special participants of the community center will also be presented. All members of the community are welcome to attend this free event. Healthy refreshments will be provided following the program. For more information call 389-6678.

  

Earth Hour Owl Prowl  

March 28, 8:00pm
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Join us as we participate in the annual Earth Hour a world-wide “lights-off” event. We will be listening for our resident owls while enjoying the peace and beauty of Raven Run at night. The program will be cancelled in the event of threatening weather. To register for this free program, call (859) 272-6105.

  

Spring Break at Raven Run  

March 30, April 1 & April 3, 10:00am- 12:00pm
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Raven Run is offering Fayette County students and parents the chance to enjoy the outdoors during their Spring Break at Raven Run program. This free program offers an arts and crafts activity as well as a short nature hike. Spring Break at Raven Run is designed for youth in Kindergarten through 5th grade. A parent or adult guardian must accompany children. Call 272-6105 to register for this free program.

  

Spring Break at McConnell Springs  

March 31 & April 2, 10:00am- 12:00pm
McConnell Springs

School-age children (ages Kindergarten through 5th grade) and their parent/guardian can discover nature through hands-on activities at McConnell Springs during Spring Break. March 31-“Creepy Crawlers” Learn about animals that slither and crawl as you search the park for the creepiest crawlers. April 2-“Whats in the water?” Learn about the animals that live in the water at McConnell Springs and why we should protect their home. This program is free but pre-registration is requested. To register, call 225-4073.

Last updated: 3/2/2015 9:25:09 AM