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This Week in Parks

April 14 – April 20, 2014

Summer Camp Registration Events

Online- April 22, 12 p.m.
In Person- April 24, 12 - 5 p. m., Dunbar Community Center

Online registration for all camps, except ESP/REAL, will begin at 12 pm on April 22, and will remain open until 8 am on Thursday, April 24. Summer camp walk-in registration will take place from 12–5 pm on Thursday, April 24, at the Dunbar Community Center (545 N. Upper St.). Registration will remain open until all slots are full. Online registration reopens at 5 pm on April 24 and in person registration will resume April 25 from 8 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday until all slots are full. If you plan to register online, you must have a User ID and password to use the website registration system. You must also provide an email address to use this system. New users who are of age to participate in summer camps should be added to the system prior to April 23. You must come to the Dunbar Community Center between 8 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday if you are a first time users. If you already have a household account and just want to add a family member you may email parnold@lexingtonky.gov or fax 254-0142 an updated request and proof of age documentation in order to be added. Mailed registrations will be processed on Friday April 26 beginning at 8 a.m. on a first- come , first-served post marked basis for any remaining slots. For more detailed information about camps, sessions offered and fees, visit the Parks website at our Summer Camps Page. ESP/Real camps do not have on-line registration.

McConnell Springs Author Speaker Series

McConnell Springs
Tuesday, April 22
6 p.m.

This free program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 22. The featured book for the April program is "The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook" by Deirdre A. Scaggs and Andrew W. McGraw. Author Deirdre Scaggs is the speaker for the evening of. The featured author at will be available for book-signing at 6 p.m. The lecture will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Finger foods and soft drinks will be provided. Registration for the McConnell Springs Author Speaker Series is requested by calling the nature park at 225-4073.

Stargazing

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, April 26
8:30 p.m.

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. To learn more call 271-6072.

Weekend Workout

McConnell Springs
Satday, April 26
10 a.m.

Come out and help us spruce up our Park. Come at 10 and stay as long as your schedule will permit.

Upcoming Events

 

Adult Summer Volleyball League Sign-Upsfor RETURNING TEAMS

April 28 - May 2

Registrations accepted on a first-come, first—serve basis, Athletics Office 545 North Upper Street Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 288-2914 for more information

Pool Pass Sale and Swim Lessons Registration

Online-  9 a.m., April 29- May 16
In Person-  April 29, 12 - 7 p.m., Parks Administrative Offices at Picadome

Pool passes are available online beginning at 9 am on April 29, and will be available through May 16. Passes can also be purchased at aquatic centers during operating hours beginning May 24. The cost is $35 for an individual pool pass if purchased online, $40 for an individual pool pass when purchased at the pools. Family Passes (up to 6 family members) may be purchased for $200. 

Registration for swim lessons and swim team will be offered online beginning at noon on April 29, and will remain open through May 16. Beginning May 24, registration for swim lessons and swim team is available at the pools during normal operating hours until the day before each session. In-person registration will be held at the Parks & Recreation Administration Office (469 Parkway Drive) from noon–7 pm on April 29. The cost for swim lessons is $25 per child and all fees must be paid at the time of registration. All programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-refundable.

Adult Co-ed Sand Volleyball Sign-Ups

Dunbar Community Center
May 5-23

This is a co-ed adult league with matches beginning at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evenings at Kirklevington Park. Teams play an eight-game schedule followed by a post-season, single elimination tournament. Registration is by teams only and is on a first-come, first-served basis.The cost to participate is $100 per team. Team Managers may call the Athletics Office at 288-2914 for more information or to request a registration form.

Therapeutic Recreation Spring Dance

Tates Creek Recreation Center
Friday, May 2
6 - 9 p.m.

The Therapeutic Recreation program is having a spring dance for individuals who are 13 years of age and older. There will be a DJ playing music, snacks and plenty of fun. The cost is $5 per person, payable at the door. Call 288-2908 for more information on the spring dance or any therapeutic recreation programs.

 

Birds of the Bluegrass

Raven Run
Saturday, May 3
8 - 10 a.m.

See over 30 species of birds on this early morning bird walk, many of which can only be seen this time of the year as they migrate through Kentucky. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound during this program. Registration is required. Some binoculars can be provided for use during the program; please call for availability and registration at 272-6105.

Sun Bowl Organizational Meeting

Dunbar Community Center
Monday, May 5
7 p.m.

The Parks & Recreation Sun Bowl Basketball League organizational meeting will take place at 7 pm on Monday, May 5, at the Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper Street. This league, which is for youth ages 9–13, will play games on Saturday mornings at Douglass Park. The cost is $125 per team. For more information, call 288-2955.

Junior Dirt Bowl Organizational Meeting

Dunbar Community Center
Tuesday, May 6
7 p.m.

Those interested in participating in the Junior Dirt Bowl should attend a meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 6, at the Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper Street. This league is for youth ages 13–17* and games will be played Monday through Thursday at Douglass Park. (*Note: The 17 year old must still be enrolled in high school.) The cost is $125 per team. For additional information, call 288-2955

Men’s Dirt Bowl Organizational Meeting

Dunbar Community Center
Thursday, May 8
7 p.m.

The Men’s Dirt Bowl league is open to high school, college and adult players. The league will play Sunday through Thursday at Douglass Park and the cost to participate is $225 per team. Those interested in playing in this league should attend an organizational meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, May 18 at the Dunbar Community Center. For more information, call 288-2955.

 

Youth Summer Equestrian Lesson Sign-Ups

McConnell Springs
Saturday, May 10
1 p.m.

Lexington Parks & Recreation offers classes in basic horsemanship with the purpose of teaching individuals how to ride safely and to work around horses. This program is for individuals ages 10–15. (Note: Youth must be 10 years of age by the first day of class.) Three sessions are offered: June 9–19, June 23–July 3 and July 14–July 25. Classes will meet Monday–Thursday for one hour at 7:30 am, 8:30 am or 9:30 am. Registration for youth summer classes will take place at 1 pm on Saturday, May 10, at McConnell Springs (416 Rebmann Lane). If the rider has not participated in a Parks & Recreation program in the past, they must bring proof of age. The cost to participate in the equestrian program is $75 per person. Additionally, participants are responsible for having a certified riding helmet. These should not be purchased until the rider has been accepted into the class. To learn more, call 253-0328.

Big Band & Jazz

May 13 – June 24 -- Moondance at Midnight Pass,  July 1 – August 26 -- Ecton Park
Tuesday, May 13 - August 26
7 -  8:30 p.m.

Held every Tuesday evening from May 13 through August 26, Big Band & Jazz is one of Lexington’s longest running and most beloved concert series. The concerts scheduled for May 13 – June 24 will be held at the Moondance at Midnight Pass in Beaumont. The remaining concerts (July 1 – August 26) will take place at Ecton Park. As always, this weekly concert series will feature great jazz and/or Big Band music. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and pack a picnic dinner. Call 288-2925 for additional information.

Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials

Masterson Station Park
May 14–18
Dawn–Dusk

The famous Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials will take at Masterson Station Park, marking over 50 years of border collie trials in the Bluegrass. This competition, nearly identical to the one in the popular movie “Babe,” is one of the longest-running and most prestigious trials in the country, typically drawing top handlers from across the United States. People of all ages will be in awe of the working relationship between the Border collie and their handler. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating and pack a picnic lunch or purchase concessions which will be sold on-site. This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash at all times. Visit www.bluegrassclassicsdt.com or call 288-2900 for more information.

Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival

Lexington Lion’s Club Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park
May 17–18 (Classes) and May 19–20 (Market)

In conjunction with the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials will be the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival, a natural fiber and local food event. Patrons will have the opportunity to view some of the nation’s finest fiber artists and purchase handspun yarn and products. There will be a series of classes, workshops and demonstrations including spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and more. This event will also showcase other aspects of the Sheep & Kentucky Agriculture community as patrons can savor the flavors of lamb and other Kentucky Proud food products. A complete listing of workshops is available at www.kentuckysheepandfiber.com. The workshops will take place from 9 am–5 pm, May 18–20. The main festival hours are 9 am–5 pm on May 19 and 10 am–4 pm, May 20. Admission to the fiber festival is $3, children 12 & under is free; workshops fees vary.

19th Annual Founder’s Day Celebration

McConnell Springs
Saturday, May 17
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the birthplace of the naming of Lexington at the annual Founder’s Day celebration. This free event will feature a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family. Patrons can enjoy historic reenactments, storytellers, musical entertainment, guided tours of the park and much more. Individuals may pack a picnic lunch or purchase concessions on-site. This event is held rain or shine. For additional information, contact McConnell Springs at 225-4073.

Men’s City Two-Man Championship

Kearney Hill Golf Links
May 17 & 18

Registration is currently taking place for the Men’s City Two-Man Championship which will be held May 17–18 at Kearney Hill Golf Links. This 36-hole tournament is open to men who reside in Fayette County or hold a membership at a Fayette County golf club. The first round will be chapman alternate shot and best ball, with the second round a scramble and combined gross. The registration fee is $140 per team and includes a golf cart. The registration forms are available at all city-owned golf courses and on the Parks website at www.lexingtonky.gov/parks. For more information, call 288-2968.

Aquatics Centers Open for the Season

Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland Aquatic Centers
Saturday, May 24
12 p.m.

You know it is summer when pools open for the season! The family aquatic centers, located at Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland are state-of-the-art facilities and include bath houses, concession areas (grills at Southland and Woodland), great water play areas for children 10 & under, outdoor play area, playgrounds, slides, diving boards (3-meter board at Woodland), grassy beach areas for sunning and zero-depth entry/exit. The aquatic centers open at 12 pm on Saturday, May 24; however, after this date, operating hours are from 4 pm–7 pm, Monday through Saturday and 1–7 pm on Sunday May 27-June 6 (hours adjusted while school is still in session) June 7 pool hours are 11 am – 8 pm Monday – Saturday and 1 – 8 pm Sunday. The cost for daily admission is $4 for children (15 & under) and $5 for adults (16 & over). Pool passes for the 2014 season will be available and can be purchased at any aquatic center during operating hours throughout the summer. The cost is $40 for a single pool pass. All remaining pools will open on Saturday, June 7. For more information on pools, call 288-2973. Please Note: All prices and times are subject to change.

Poolapalooza

Southland Aquatic Center
Saturday, May 24
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

This free program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 22. The featured book for the April program is "The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook" by Deirdre A. Scaggs and Andrew W. McGraw. Author Deirdre Scaggs is the speaker for the evening of. The featured author at will be available for book-signing at 6 p.m. The lecture will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Finger foods and soft drinks will be provided. Registration for the McConnell Springs Author Speaker Series is requested by calling the nature park at 225-4073.

 

Last updated: 4/22/2014 9:13:40 AM