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TRANSPORTATION CITIZENS ARE INVITED TO REVIEW REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN — Residents and commuters are invited to review and comment on the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP sets forth transportation policy and investment strategies for Fayette and Jessamine counties, the two-county focus area of the plan.The MTP is updated every five years and covers a 26‐year planning period. The plan establishes goals, strategies, projects and programs for future transportation funding. The MTP was developed by the Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the transportation planning agency for Fayette and Jessamine counties. Over 2,000 citizens responded to a survey that the MPO conducted in late 2013 which helped form the plan’s development. The plan outlines a multi-modal approach to transportation investment with a goal to improve safety and mobility for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and freight providers. Public review and comment on the 2040 MTP will be open until April 12, 2014. The MTP is available on the MPO’s website at www.lexareampo.org and at all public libraries in Fayette and Jessamine County. Questions and comments can be directed to Kenzie Gleason with the Lexington Area MPO at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 859-258-3605. Public meetings were held in March at the Lexington Public Library Central Branch and at the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce in Nicholasville (508 North Main Street). Pending public comment, the plan is scheduled for adoption by the MPO on April 23, 2014.
HEALTH JANIE HEATH will be the next dean of the UK College of Nursing as well as holder of the Warwick Professorship in Nursing. Dr. Heath, who is currently the associate dean of Academic Programs and the Thomas Saunders III Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, will take over as dean at UK on Aug. 1, pending board approval. As associate dean at UVA’s School of Nursing, Dean Heath is the chief academic officer responsible for the quality and integrity of education of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s flagship nursing program. She is a widely recognized national leader in nurs-
OFF TO THE GRAND STRAND —Beginning May 29, Allegiant will start offering direct service to Myrtle Beach, S.C. with low introductory rates. This, along with news that American Airlines and U.S. Airways will soon start offering direct service to Philadelphia makes for more happy travelers.
ing education, tobacco control and health care outreach. Nurses are on the front lines of health care and service throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. UK’s nationally ranked College of Nursing not only educates nursing leaders but also conducts critical research and outreach efforts regarding many of Kentucky’s most pressing health challenges, such as smoking and heart disease. SANDERS-BROWN CENTER ON AGING’S “MIND MATTERS” HEALTH FAIR The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging “Mind Matters” health fair will take place Monday April 21 from 11-3 at the Fayette County Extension Office (1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington, KY 40504). The event includes: free health and memory screenings; presentations on key topics, including the role of music therapy in healthy brain aging and a discussion of the latest Alzheimer’s Disease research advances; and interactive exhibits from various UK and non-profit agencies. In addition, chef Ouita Michel will demonstrate a “brain healthy” recipe. The health fair is FREE and open to the community, and includes a free buffet lunch prepared by Chef Ouita. For more information call the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at (859) 323-5550.
JOBS CAREER FAIR – The National College campus in Lexington is hosting its annual Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, April 16. The public is invited to visit us and meet with several of Central Kentucky’s employers who are seeking applicants for numerous positions in and around Lexington. Bring several copies of your resume and meet with employers who
are in search of great employees. National College – 2376 Sir Barton Way. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
CHARITY AND NONPROFITS KENTUCKY GIVES DAY will bring charities and Kentuckians together for a powerful day of action on April 9. The goal is to raise as much money as possible – giving every Kentuckian the opportunity to support causes they care about and giving charitable nonprofits the opportunity to share their story – all through a single online giving site and in just 24 hours. From 12 am to 11:59 pm EST, Kentuckians can go online and support the non-profit or charity of their choice. The top five organizations in each leaderboard category that raise the most money will receive bonus prizes of $2,500, $1,500, $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively. In addition, 10 “Golden Tickets” - mini prizes of $100 or $250 will be given to organizations throughout the day. Info, kygives.org.
GOVERNMENT MAYOR JIM GRAY announced the city has a $13 million surplus as of February 28. The Mayor recommended to Council that approximately $6.5 million be used to meet a portion of the public safety requests for next budget year, which begins July 1. And a portion of the surplus, $3.5 million, would be used for affordable housing and to address the needs of those who are homeless. The remainder of the funds would be monitored until the end of the budget year, June 30. Nine councilmembers voted to support the funding at the Coun-
cil’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting. Of the $13 million projected surplus, $5 million is the result of improved revenue projections and $5 million comes from holding the line on spending, according to the Mayor’s office. Through a continuing emphasis on efficiency, cost savings in employee health insurance and cuts in pension costs, Lexington is on a path to restored financial strength, Gray said. All requests for public safety are one-time expenditures. In police, funds would be used to replace 65 aging patrol cars, body armor and equipment for recruits. Total cost: $2.98 million. In fire, the list includes an EMS wagon, one ladder truck and two engines, station repairs, protective clothing and thermal imaging equipment. Total cost: $2.98 million. In addition to building updates and repairs, Community Corrections would purchase radios. Total cost: $535,000.
AIRPORT ALLEGIANT has announced new nonstop, seasonal jet service between Lexington and Myrtle Beach. Beginning May 29, Allegiant will connect Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region residents to the popular vacation destination on South Carolina’s Grand Strand. In celebration of the new summer service, the company, known for its affordable and convenient travel deals, will offer promotional one-way fares as low as $54*. “We are thrilled to add Myrtle Beach as a brand new vacation destination for the residents of Lexington,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President and COO. “We look forward to connecting the Lexington community to the Grand Strand with convenient, nonstop service and the ability to book their entire South Carolina vacation with us for less.”
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The new flights will operate twice weekly between May 29 and Aug. 12, 2014 , flying nonstop from Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport (LEX) to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) and becoming the only nonstop service from Lexington to any destination in South Carolina. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at Allegiant.com. “This new service to Myrtle Beach is a great example of the collaborative effort between Allegiant and Blue Grass Airport to expand leisure travel options for central Kentucky residents,” said Eric Frankl, executive director at Blue Grass Airport. “We appreciate Allegiant’s commitment to our community, and we hope our passengers will support this new service and enjoy the warm weather, abundant sunshine and championship golf courses that make Myrtle Beach such an attractive destination.” Allegiant first began service at Blue Grass Airport in November 2008 with nonstop service to Orlando and today serves five vacation destinations from the airport. Lexington becomes one of eight Allegiant cities with nonstop service to Myrtle Beach. Focusing on low-cost leisure travel, the company provides customers with low base fares, averaging less than half the cost of competitors’ average domestic round-trip tickets purchased in 2013. Over the past 15 years, its innovative business model has allowed the company to grow from one aircraft and one route, to offering access to convenient, affordable air service in 100 communities nationwide, more than any other domestic low-cost carrier. Known as the “Seaside Golf Capital of the World,” Myrtle Beach is set in the heart of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, where worldclass golf abounds and soft, sandy beaches stretch more than 60 miles. Recognized as one of the “Top 10 places for Families to Visit in the U.S.” by Yahoo! Travel, Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. From topnotch
courses and live entertainment, visitors can experience Southern culture all while enjoying unbeatable ocean views. Allegiant partners with some of Myrtle Beach’s most popular hotel properties, provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car and offers great deals on some of the area’s most exciting attractions. Lexington travelers can book their entire Myrtle Beach vacation for less by visiting Allegiant.com. About the $54* one-way fares: Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by March 11, 2014, for travel by Aug. 12, 2014. Price reflects debit card discount; credit card price higher. For baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com. Additional restrictions may apply. AMERICAN AIRLINES AND US AIRWAYS has announced the addition of new regional service in June from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, Ky., adding this new route to the airline’s network. Customers may book the new flights at aa.com and usairways. com and other distribution channels starting March 8 for travel beginning June 5. Following the launch of the new service, American Airlines and US Airways will serve 127 destinations in 25 countries from Philadelphia. “We’re thrilled to announce new non-stop service from our Philadelphia hub to this key city in Kentucky, highlighting American’s ongoing commitment to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection,” said Joe Taney, vice president, Philadelphia Operation. “Today’s news gives our customers even more choices and adds to more than 120 non-stop destinations we currently serve from our international gateway at PHL.” “To say that we are pleased about this new service would be an understatement,” said Eric Frankl, executive
working to obtain non-stop service to Philadelphia for several years and we know our business community will really benefit from the convenience. We greatly appreciate our partnership with American Airlines and thank them for providing our community with a new hub-destination that provides our customers one-stop connecting service to numerous domestic and international destinations.” US Airways Express service between Philadelphia and Lexington will be operated three times per day by regional partner Air Wisconsin with a Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft on the following schedule. PHL-LEX Service Schedule (daily service) US 3877 • Departs PHL at 9:25 a.m. ET • Arrives at LEX at 11:12 a.m. ET US 3823 • Departs PHL at 3:40 p.m. ET • Arrives at LEX at 5:33 p.m. ET US 3734 • Departs PHL at 8:55 p.m. ET • Arrives at LEX at 10:49 p.m. ET US 3970* • Departs LEX at 7:10 a.m. ET • Arrives at PHL at 8:56 a.m. ET *Service begins June 6 US 3877 • Departs LEX at 11:40 a.m. ET • Arrives at PHL at 1:25 p.m. ET US 3823 • Departs LEX at 6:00 p.m. ET • Arrives at PHL at 7:45 p.m. ET
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Springtime in Kentucky
Lexington artist Helene Steene, new member of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Architectural Artist Directory, sending off her “Apple Blossom II” to the Capitol for the Governor’s Derby exhibit, while longing for spring and the real apple blossoms!
Governor’s Derby Exhibit shows off artists
he Governor’s Mansion is well known for its Derby breakfasts, but the Kentucky Arts Council is installing an annual exhibit at the Capitol Rotunda that has also become an integral part of the Commonwealth’s celebration of one of the biggest sports events in the world, the Kentucky Derby. Lexington artist Helene Steene is a new member of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Architectural Artist Directory, and is one of the participating artists. She says, “It’s the first time for me, a new audience. They asked for Kentucky spring type works. The theme for the exhibit is ‘Spring in Kentucky.’ Miine is Apple Blossom. I am so ready for some great Kentucky spring!” Steene was born in Sweden and moved to the United States in 1976. Her mixed media work is mostly non-objective or abstract, on wood panels or on collaged paper. Lexington art collectors are familiar with her large commissioned pieces, like the one at the Markey Cancer Center (“Shimmer at the Edge,”) or her work around town, like her painting on the Legacy Trail (mile marker 7). Last Fall, she exhibited a series of large mixed media pieces, “Aegean Echoes,” at Lexington’s Headley-Whitney Museum. The arts council coordinates the Governor’s Derby Exhibit each year on behalf of the Governor and First Lady as part of the Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration on Derby Day in Frankfort. Thousands of people from across Kentucky converge on downtown Frankfort to take part in the day’s activities. The Governor’s Derby Exhibit has become an introduction to working with the arts council for many of the state’s artists. Any Kentucky artist 18 years old or older can apply for consideration to have work in the exhibit. The exhibit is juried by arts professionals, like other KAC arts shows and programs. Many past participants have found themselves applying to be included in arts council programs after first having juried into this exhibit. The exhibit will be on display for the
This year, 27 out of 74 artists who submitted entries had work selected for the exhibit. Together, those artists submitted a total of 130 artworks. Artists who have work included in the exhibit (and their counties) follows: Billy Tackett, Boone Patrick Fretz, Boyle Matthew Steffen, Campbell Betty Liles, Christian Patricia Ritter, Cumberland Hayley Black, Fayette Rebecca Flanery, Fayette Ellen Guyer, Fayette Aubrey Nibert, Fayette Helene Steene, Fayette Augustin Zarate, Fayette Michele Daigle, Franklin Brittain Skinner, Franklin Carol Jones, Hardin Catherine Bryant, Jefferson Judith Egerton, Jefferson Sonya Penn, Jefferson Joanne Weis, Jefferson Timothy Gold, Kenton Margie Lakeberg, Kenton Ken Page, Kenton Carolyn Gibson, Knott Sharon Asher, Lee Donna Burr, Oldham Tona Barkley, Owen Bettye Brookfield, Washington Kathy Jackson, Grant public March 29 through May 5 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capitol Avenue in Frankfort. The building is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, it will also be open on Derby Day for those who visit during the celebration.
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give your child the incentive to find a solution and get involved. START AT HOME Most organizations have age requirements for volunteering. If your child isn’t old enough, there are still plenty of ways to help your local shelter’s animals. Encourage your child to have a lemonade stand in the summer, with proceeds benefiting his/her favorite animal welfare organization. Kids can also collect supplies needed to take care of shelter animals. Many have requested donations for shelter critters in place of birthday gifts or used allowance money to purchase needed pet supplies. LHS offers a Doggie Bank program where children can “rent” a small dog house bank and use it to collect donations for the shelter. For more information about the LHS Doggie Bank program, call 233-0044 x 254. GET YOUR CHILD INVOLVED WITH YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION One of the best ways to let your child make a difference in animal welfare is to have them get involved with kids’ events at your local shelter. These activities allow kids to not only make friends with other animal-lovers, but are great educationally and help kids see how they can personally help the animals and make a difference LHS offers various children’s activities, including a summer Critter Camp. For more information on summer camps or the LHS Foster Care Program, visit www. AdoptLove.net. Provided by Lexington Humane Society
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Paying it forward University of Kentucky social work student turns tragedy into triumph BY ANN BLACKFORD
randy Durman was a radiography student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) when her husband, Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman, was killed in the line of duty by a hit-and-run driver on April 29, 2010. Her entire life changed that night and, she depended on the love and support of others to help her through some of her darkest days. Little did she know at the time that she would someday take her personal tragedy and use it for good to help others in similar situations. The days following Bryan Durman’s death were surreal to Brandy, and she says she had to live from moment to moment, hour to hour, day to day. She has a military background working in crisis management and she knew she had to keep herself together, especially for her son Brayden, who was 4 years old at the time. “Grief is much more physical than people realize. I remember being in pain. My heart hurt. Grief is both physical and emotional,” she said. Durman returned to BCTC in the fall following her husband’s death for her first rotation in surgery clinicals but she soon realized that everything about the hospital — the sights, the sounds, the smells, the sight of trauma — reminded her of the night her husband died. Although she didn’t know at the time what she wanted to do, she knew she could not work in that particular setting. As she mulled over what to do next and while attending the trial of Glenn Doneghy, the man who would eventually be convicted of her husband’s death, she began working with Victim’s Administration with Commonwealth Attorney Ray Larson. Soon, what
could be described as a door to a new beginning was opened for Durman. A social worker with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office, Mary Houlihan, came to her home shortly after Bryan Durman’s passing. Houlihan was also a law enforcement wife and she walked Brandy through the entire court process, preparing her for what she might see and hear. She knew all about the law and could discreetly explain things when I didn’t understand something that was said in the court room,” Durman said. “Basically, Mary manages other people tragedies. She also suggested my son see a counselor to help him conquer his grief.” Houlihan was a pivotal person in Durman’s life the stressful weeks and months of Doneghy’s trial. Houlihan would
say something to Durman that would have a huge impact on her future: “People who have experienced trauma are often the best counselors.” “Her commitment to helping others inspired me to take that direction with my own life. I am so glad I made that choice because I have been able to use my story and my experiences to positively impact the lives of others.” Durman enrolled in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work in the fall of 2011 and is set to graduate this May, one day before what would have been her husband’s 31st birthday. She plans to attend graduate school at UK and to pursue certification as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). A large part of Brandy Durman’s work while at UK has been with advocacy of stron-
ger laws that require offenders convicted of manslaughter in the 2nd degree or reckless homicide to serve longer sentences. The catalyst for her advocacy was learning that Doneghy, who was convicted and sentenced to 20 years for Bryan Durman’s death, would have to serve only 20 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole under the original statue. Brandy Durman felt disbelief over the way the law was written, and with the support of local politicians, she began to lobby in Frankfort for policy change. She met with Sen. Alice Forgy-Kerr, R-Lexington, who became instrumental in changing the law. When Gov. Steve Beshear signed the Bryan Durman Act on April 29, 2013, exactly three-years after her husband’s death, anyone convicted of manslaughter in the 2nd degree or reckless homicide of a public servant must now serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before they can become eligible for parole. “The College of Social Work has been amazingly supportive while I have been out of classes lobbying. Faculty members as well as classmates have attended sessions in Frankfort and have helped hand out flyers at community events. I can’t think of a profession more supportive than this,” Durman said. Passage of the Bryan Durman Act was a bittersweet moment for Durman. The new law does not impact Brandy Durman or her family’s situation, but it can change the circumstances for other victims of crime in the future. “The whole reason I am in social work is to pay it forward,” she said. “I had a social worker hold my hand through the darkest moments of my life, and she spoke for me when I could not speak. Now that I have a voice, I want to speak for others.”
Houlihan said something to Durman that would have a huge impact on her future: “People who have experienced trauma are often the best counselors.”
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BY TOM YATES
t’s time for Keeneland here in the Bluegrass and the Kentucky Derby is right around the corner. Let the parties begin. During the week leading up to the big race, it’s all about bourbon and classic Kentucky fare. Steeped in tradition, platters of beaten biscuits filled with shaved country ham will appear at Derby parties alongside roasted beef tenderloins with Henry Bain’s Sauce, bowls of burgoo, benedictine tea sandwiches, miniature Hot Browns, and versions of chocolate walnut pies. Kentucky Proud. I’ve always had a thing for beaten biscuits this time of year. With their crisp chewy texture, beaten biscuits stuffed with country ham are perfect bite-sized party snacks. While they appear dainty and delicate, they’re quite the opposite. Unlike their familiar flaky softdough counterparts, beaten biscuits are more like crackers or hardtack. Classically southern, they originated in Virginia and made their way across the mountains to Kentucky before traveling north to Maryland. In New England, they’re called sea biscuits because they were staples on whaling ships. Originally, beaten biscuits were made without leavening agents. The dough was beaten vigorously (for 45 minutes to an hour, about 500 whacks) to incorporate air and develop glutens in the dough for a subtle rise. Beaten, not stirred. Beaten, not kneaded. Back in the day, axes, hoes, clubs, iron bars and hammers were used to beat the dough. Nowadays, the use of rolling pins or mallets eliminates the need for farm equipment. Beaten Biscuits with Shaved Country Ham and Course-Grain Maple Bourbon Mustard MUSTARD I’ve been on a mustard-making kick lately. When I discovered how simple it was to prepare, I went a little crazy. With homemade mustard, the textures and flavor profiles are endless. Because it’s Derby season, I hit the bourbon trail. I tumbled 3/4 cups black mustard seeds and 1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds into a medium sized bowl. After dousing them with 3/4 cups Maker’s Mark bourbon and 1/2 cup water, I let the seeds steep for 2 hours. When the
seeds softened, I added 1 tablespoon turmeric, 2 teaspoons paprika, 6 tablespoons dry yellow mustard, 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, 1/4 cup brown sugar, salt and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. I poured the mix into a heavy cast iron skillet, brought it to a boil, reduced it a simmer, and let it rip for 5 minutes. When the thickened mustard cooled down, I pureed it with an immersion blender (leaving enough whole grains for texture) and slid it into the refrigerator to chill. BISCUIT DOUGH While beaten biscuits are a cinch to make, they’re not for the faint of heart because the process is incredibly labor intensive. It’s a messy business. Very messy. Trust me. I broke with tradition by sifting 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into the bowl of a food processor. After pulsing 1/4 cup chilled vegetable shortening into the flour, I added 1/2 cup cream and 1/3 cup water. I pulsed the mix until it formed a wet loose dough ball and dumped onto a well floured board. Using a floured rolling pin, I beat the biscuit dough, folding it in after every 5 to 10 whacks. Although I lost count of the total whacks at around 280 beatings, the dough was smooth and blistered after 45 minutes. Beaten biscuit dough. Yep. A cinch. Everything within 5 feet of my work surface was covered in flour dust. Everything, even our cat. It was hysterical.I pulled the dough into a small ball, cleaned the kitchen, mopped the floor, dusted the ceiling fan, and took a long hot shower. Refreshed, I revisited and embraced the beaten biscuit dugh. After rolling out the dough into a 1/3 inch sheet, I cut it into rounds with a small biscuit cutter, docked the rounds with a fork and baked in a 400-degree oven until the bottoms were slightly browned, about 20 minutes. While they were still somewhat warm, I sliced the biscuits in half and filled them with shaved country ham. Paired with maple bourbon mustard and sprigs of Hoot Owl Holler Farm watercress, the humble biscuits were dressed for a party. So, beat them or buy them? Packages of fully cooked beaten biscuits are available at Critchfield Meats or any Taste Of Kentucky retail location. I’m beating up another batch for Derby Day after I sharpen my ax.
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It’s egg-citing April 10 EGG-CITING EASTER FEST — Fort Boonesborough State Park near Richmond. Join us for our Easter celebration with lots of activities. We will have scheduled times for bingo, Easter crafts, an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, free putt-putt and tours, camper decoration contest, and a whole lot more. There is a free continental breakfast on Sunday. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email email@example.com.
April 12 BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY EASTER EGG HUNT — Frankfort, 1 p.m. An egg-citing event for children and parents! Search for thousands of treat-filled eggs plus enjoy refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny. All activities are free and begin at 1 p.m. EGG HUNT AND SPRING FESTIVAL 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.at the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington. Back by popular demand, the Headley-Whitney Museum Spring Festival will feature a traditional egg hunt on the beautiful museum grounds, followed by egg-citing crafts and spring fun. EGG-STRAVAGANZA! — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dixie Park Lexington. Egg-stravaganza is Vineyard Community Church’s annual Easter festival. The event will be held at Dixie Park on Eastland Pkwy. The event is open to anyone who would like to attend. This year there will be inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, food, games, prizes, egg hunts and much more! The best part is that
everything is completely free. Come join us for an afternoon of fun and excitement. SOUTHLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH EASTER EGG HUNT — Harrodsburg Road campus at the softball and soccer fields. 10 a.m. THE WILLOWS SPRING FLING AND EASTER EGG HUNT — 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Easter egg hunt is from 1-2 p.m. This is a free community event. There will be a silent auction, craft vendors and the Easter bunny. Refreshments will be provided. 2531 Old Rosebud Road.
April 13 SECOND PRESBYTERIAN ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT — 12:15 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church Lexington. All children are invited to participate in Second Presby-
terian Church’s free Easter Egg Hunt, to be held Sunday April 13, rain or shine! Join us for a kid-friendly lunch at 12:15, Egg hunt at 1, crafts, and live animals. 460 East Main St. in Lexington.
April 14, 15, 18 3RD ANNUAL EASTER ORATORIO — This year featuring the world premiere of the BgO original work King of Glory. Monday, April 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m. — First United Methodist at Andover, 4131 Todds Road, Lexington, KY 40509. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m. — Tates Creek Presbyterian, 3900 Rapid Run Drive (@ Man O War), Lexington, KY 40515. Good Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m. — Tates Creek Presbyterian. Adults: $20. Kids 12 and under are free. For tickets & info: (859) 940-9379 or www. bluegrassopera.org
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ats off to Polly Singer Lexington milliner’s creations makes for a dazzling Derby By Samantha Ratcliffe
Polly Singer Photo by Robert Swanigan
ith spring finally dawning in the bluegrass, horse racing season in Kentucky is in full swing. But for many, the real race lies in finding the perfect Derby hat before the season begins. Since the very first Churchill Downs races in 1875, dressing for the Derby has been a crucial component. No outfit is complete without a luxurious Derby hat, and Kentucky native and milliner Polly Singer knows that a good hat can make you feel like the sky’s the limit, “I think a Derby hat can be empowering and it’s certainly a great conversation starter. I have so many clients that have met their fiancé at the Derby.” Since 1993, Singer has been merging New York couture with elegant Kentucky tradition to create one of kind, hand-crafted masterpieces. She is internationally known for her intricate details and authentic Audrey Hepburn-like allure. Not only are Singer’s artsy hats aesthetically pleasing, but each year they help raise thousands of dollars for Kentucky charities. Recently, a Polly Singer Custom Design brought $5,000 at auction for Angel Heart Farm, which specializes in equine-assisted therapy for children battling chronic and life threatening issues. Fifteen percent of every sale in Singer’s newest line, the Hats, Horses and Hope series goes directly to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. “I’ve always felt that since animals have no voice, we have to speak up for them,” says Singer. The proceeds from hat sales help purchase food and vet care for neglected horses. Each hat in the unique line is dedicated to a special horse Singer interacted with at her time on the KYEHC farm. Three of Singer’s most recent creations will be sold on an eBay auction to support KYEHC on April 1, 2014. Hat-making is in Singer’s blood. At an early age, her grandmother passed down generations of sewing and crafting techniques to her. “My paternal grandmother was known for her love of hats and fashion. My great aunt Ruby wanted to be a milliner.” Singer even remembers the quote in her grandmother’s yearbook where she admits she dreamed of opening a dress boutique in Paris, France. Though Singer created her own clothes as a child, she didn’t tune into hats as a calling until she worked for a well-known New York City record company. “One day I was getting ready for work and got a hairbrush stuck in my hair. I called my boss and told him I would be late. Billy Idol was supposed to come into the office that day and of course, I wanted to look my best for Mr. Idol. So I go to work wearing a huge purple velvet hat over the hairbrush. I received tons of compliments. After designing some simple hats and still getting good feedback, I decided to take classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.”
Later interning for Patricia Underwood, she was able to work on hat designs for movies like Austin Powers and Speed 2. She says, “I was just so thrilled. Especially with that bubble hat in the opening scene in Austin Powers. That was a bear to do because it had to be blocked over a round object. Patricia Underwood was a great training ground. The downside is that there was no air conditioning and I was there during the summer....in New York, with steam being used to block the hats and iron. I must have lost 15 pounds that summer.” From hairbrush fiascos to impromptu sweatshops and high fashion couture, Polly Singer’s hat history has finally found a haven in her home state. Photo by Robert Swanigan
inger describes the work of a milliner as strenuous and tedious, “Blocking hats is very physical. Dyeing straws can be messy.” But the end result is one of a kind, hand crafted artwork made with the finest materials and sculpted in individuality. Each piece is hand sewn, guaranteeing that any hat can be readjusted for the client’s needs. She rises early and stays up late to ensure that each hat order is perfect and the work is never over. “But there’s never a dull moment,” she admits, “I never know who I will get to work with. It’s always a surprise. The people who have horses in the Derby are just so excited. There’s a buzz, which is addicting in a way.” The addictive buzz that Singer describes is a unified exhilaration experienced by thousands of Derby attendees each year. Singer can remember this same rush as a child watching the Derby in the 1970s, “I remember all the Triple Crown winners. I loved Secretariat.” Such Derby memories even span to her own backyard where she grew up on the property that used to belong to the horse farm where Kingman, a Derby winner from the 1890’s lived. It was there, in Georgetown Kentucky, where her family still resides on land awarded to them by Patrick Henry for their involvement in the Revolutionary War. Needless to say, this seventh generation Kentuckian knows the fine details of authentic Derby hat creation. Polly Singer is also a master of bridal veils and custom hair pieces called fascinators. Singer described one of her most memorable fascinator, a heavy horseshoe memorial for the Breeder’s Cup, “The horseshoes had to be welded together and of course, had to be facing the correct way for luck. The fascinator was heavy but the client was a former Miss Louisiana contestant who had no problem wearing heavy things on her head like crowns.” No matter how heavy or daunting the task may be, Singer is ready to take on any challenge to produce a unique work of art. Since the royal wedding in 2011, Singer has seen the trend towards
fascinators and saucer hats increase, “It is exciting to see women enjoying wearing a different type of hat. For more petite women, the fascinators and saucer hats can just look amazing.” In her line of work, being aware of fashion trends and changes is imperative, “Color is always a big trend. A few years ago, the taupe/nude shoe allowed a lot of women to wear the taupe hats. That color works so well on most ladies.” And speaking of color, is it true that your Derby hat must match your outfit? Singer says not necessarily, “It doesn’t have to match, but should really complement. I always like to see a balance. If they wear a navy dress, I like to have a touch of navy in the hat. However I think color is so personal and you really have to see the dress to see how things work. It’s so exciting when they combine the dress with the custom hat and get a smashing effect.” Her awareness of quick changing fashion trends and determination helps Singer make sure that each hat creation favors the needs and personalities, “I rely on their personalities by seeing how comfortable they are with wearing hats. As time goes on, my return clients go further each year. I have had some clients who started with very simple fedoras who are now wearing designs that I never imagined they would want.” Every custom Derby hat Singer creates has its own story, name, and style. Only a few of Singer’s favorite hats get replicated and sold in bulk, but those that do sell like hot cakes. One of Singer’s favorite international creations was for Lisa Pavin, wife of professional golfer Corey Pavin, “We did a warm taupe hat for her and trimmed it in coral feathers and flowers. She sent us a dress to work with color wise. It was an Azzedine Alaia and we fell in love with it.” The next year Singer created an altered version of the hat called Captain’s Lady and fueled a massive trend, “Everyone ordered it...I mean everyone. We started getting silly at one point and wrote a song called ‘Captain’s Lady.’” Not every Derby day can be as perfect as the outfits. Singer had a few memories to share, “I went to the Derby in 2009. It was crazy because our accommodations fell through. It was raining. We got the last hotel room in Louisville. Finally when I am falling asleep, I hear a drip, drip, drip. Turns out there was a hole in the ceiling. It was like Chinese water torture. We go to the Derby and it was freezing cold. That was the year Mine That Bird won. It was so exciting so see him thunder down that final stretch. We met a client who had Aretha Franklin compliment her on her hat. She was over the moon about it. Another client got a compliment on her hat from Chelsea Clinton.” After years of building her own business from the ground up, Singer can feel stretched between her creative callings and creating a steady flow of movable product. However, she has never had a doubt about her true calling towards hand crafted hats, “It’s not for everyone. Balance is always an issue. I think it fits me because I’ve always loved a challenge. It can be hard to create while doing the business end. I find that frustrating at times but it’s just a necessary evil. If you don’t do the business side, the hats don’t find homes.” She’s in the business of helping those hats find homes with clients who want unique hats that speak to them. No matter if her hat is debuting in movies like Austin Powers or Speed 2, shows like The View, or magazines like The Wall Street Journal, Singer is ready to create a hat fit for any occasion.
The horseshoes had to be welded together and of course, had to be facing the correct way for luck. The fascinator was heavy but the client was a former Miss Louisiana contestant who had no problem wearing heavy things on her head like crowns. Emily Craft is pictured at right wearing Polly Singer. Photos by Robert Swanigan.
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If you are pregnant or planning a baby for the future, don’t miss Lexington’s biggest maternity event! Join us for the 15th Annual Maternity Fair presented by the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East
Saturday, May 10, 2014 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 170 N. Eagle Creek Drive (off Richmond Road) • Vendor/Exhibit Booths • Tours of the Women’s Hospital • Panel of maternity experts (OB/GYNs, pediatricians, an anesthesiologist, a sleep expert and more) • Giveaways and Prizes • Live Radio Remote • Mini massages and mini manicures provided by Baby Belly • Grand Prize (The Grand Prize will include free delivery of your baby at the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East and a package of assorted goodies. The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East will cover the out-of-pocket expenses up to a maximum of $2,000.)
MORE INFORMATION P 859.967.5781 KentuckyOneHealth.org/maternityfair Registration will begin April 15th.
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ALL ABOUT KIDS CALENDAR
Through June 20 YOUTH TENNIS CLINICS REGISTRATIONS — (April 1–May 16 for Session 1 and April 1–June 20 for session 2)–Open to boys and girls ages 6–15. Participants will be grouped by three age divisions: 6–8, 9–10 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 2–27 and Session 2 taking place June 30–July 25. Morning and/or afternoon clinics are offered at various locations throughout the city. (Visit www.lexingtonky.gov/parks for exact times, location, and registration forms.) The cost is $40 per participant per session. Registrations can be completed online with a credit card and email address if you already have an account set up. All other registrations accepted at the Dunbar Community Cente.
March 31, April 2 & 4 SPRING BREAK AT RAVEN RUN — (10 am–12 pm, March 31, April 2 & 4)–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.
April 1 & 3 SPRING BREAK CAMP AT MCCONNELL SPRINGS (10 am–noon, April 1 & 3,)– School-age children (ages kindergarten through fith grade) and their parent/guardian can discover nature through hands-on activities, crafts and games at McConnell Springs during spring break. This program is free but pre-registration is requested. To register, call 225-4073.
April 12 SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH, an evening full
of showcasing the talent of Lexington’s children and youth through song, dance, spoken word and more will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. April 12 at The Lyric Theatre at 300 East Third Street in Lexington.
April 19, 26, 27 GOSSAMER, a Lexington Children’s Theater Discovery Production, will play April 19, 26 and 27 at the Lexington Children’s Theatre on the Main Stage at 418 Short Street. Late at night, when stories fill your sleep, the dream-giver is near. Enchanting your slumber with sweet dreams of memories past, they flutter from door to door spreading their shimmering light over the mortal world. But when one young giver encounters a boy fraught with tarnished memories, she must find a way to save the boy from falling victim to impending nightmares. Written by Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, recall the power of the past and the promise of tomorrow with this tender tale of new beginnings. Recommended for ages 8 & up. April 19 at 2 p.m. April 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children.
are full. Online registration reopens at 5 p.m. April 24 and in person registration will resume April 25 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., 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 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday if you are a first-time user. If you already have a household account and just want to add a family member you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 254-0142 an updated request and proof of age documentation in order to be added.
April 19 JUNIOR NATURALIST CELEBRATING EARTH DAY — 11 am, Saturday, April 19, McConnell Springs. Youth ages 5–10 are invited to come out to McConnell Springs to celebrate Earth Day 2014. Junior Naturalist’s will learn about ways to take care of the earth including recycling, composting and planting trees. Participants will also help plant some trees in the park. Call the park at 225-4073 to register.
April 24 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION EVENTS–Online registration for all camps, except ESP/REAL, will begin at noon on April 22, and will remain open until 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 24. Summer camp walkin registration will take place from noon–5 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Dunbar Community Center (545 N. Upper St.). Registration will remain open until all slots
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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 www. lexingtonky.gov/parks. ESP/Real camps do not have on-line registration.
April 29 SWIM LESSONS IN-PERSON REGISTRATION April 29 noon – 7 p.m. Picadome Administrative Office. For more information please call 288-2973. On-line registration will run from April 29 at noon until May 16 at 5 p.m.
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H E A LT H C A L E N D A R April 10 Registration for Alltech’s 30th annual International Symposium is open now and available for an early discount price of $599 until April 10. Standard registration after April 10 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs. Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2013 Alltech International Symposium, 96 percent indicated that they plan to attend again. For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit or email email@example.com. Alltech’s 30th Symposium Asks “What If” We Held the Keys to Our Own Health? What if we could detect major diseases in the womb to prevent further progression? In the future, could a healthy lifestyle be all the doctor orders for disease prevention? What if Alzheimer’s disease and adult-onset diabetes were just different arms of the same disease? These and other life-changing questions will be posed at Alltech’s Life
Sciences session at “What If,” the 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 18-21. “Many of the world’s deadliest diseases could be detected in time to prevent a patient from suffering any pain, to reduce our dependency on the emergency room and in turn remove a lot of distress in healthcare systems around the world,” said Dr. Ronan Power, vice president of Alltech Life Sciences. With a new format in 2014, the popular annual event will explore the question of “What If” in sessions focusing on Crop Science, Life Sciences, Africa, Business and Technology, Modern Farming and The Algae Opportunity.
April 17 BAPTIST HEALTH LEXINGTON’S HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES & TOES & A MOVIE EVENT will be held April 17 at AmStar 14 at Brannon Crossing in Nicholasville. Do your knees crack when you stand up? Do your hips ache? Are your sore feet keeping you from doing the things you want to do? You can learn how to maintain or improve your bone and joint health at this event.
Contributors interact with delegates during the Re-Imagining Nutrition session at Alltech’s 2013 International Symposium. Pre-registration for the May event ends April 10.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for this free event that will feature an “Ask the Doc” session as well as informational displays, light snacks and a free movie. The program will begin at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. To register, please visit BaptistHealthLexington.com or call 859-260-2220.
April 21 SANDERS-BROWN CENTER ON AGING’S “MIND MATTERS” HEALTH FAIR - The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging “Mind Matters” health fair will take place
Monday April 21 from 11-3 at the Fayette County Extension Office (1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington, KY 40504). The event includes: free health and memory screenings; presentations on key topics, including the role of music therapy in healthy brain aging and a discussion of the latest Alzheimer’s Disease research advances; and interactive exhibits from various UK and non-profit agencies. In addition, chef Ouita Michel will demonstrate a “brain healthy” recipe. The health fair is FREE and open to the community, and includes a free buffet lunch prepared by Chef Ouita. For more information call the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at (859) 323-5550.
ON LIFE SWEET BLESSINGS: HELPING KIDS IS A PIECE OF CAKE
BY MARK RUCKER
e’ve all celebrated a birthday or two (or 40+) and for most of us that means a party, presents and of course, a birthday cake. But for a lot of children in our community, a birthday means none of that. For many, it can be a very sad event. But that all changed three years ago thanks to an amazing Lexington woman who had an idea to combine her love of cake decorating and her passion to help others. Sweet Blessings was founded in 2010 by Ashley Gann as a means to reach out to the underprivileged or terminally ill children in our community and their families. This Lexington based nonprofit creates unforgettable birthday cakes for children living in poverty or with a life-threatening illness who might otherwise not have a birthday celebration. And when I say “unforgettable” cakes I want you to think of the cakes that you might see on television shows like “Cake Boss.” These wonderful cakes are all multiple tiers, or three dimensional, and covered in fondant the likes of which would cost $4-6 per serving at local cake shops. Each cake is lovingly handmade by a small army of volunteers in one of two kitchens located in Lexington and Frankfort. Sweet Blessings doesn’t sell cakes. It gives them away for free to children in need. It is a mission founded in love to help these children feel special on their special day. I’m honored and blessed to be a board member of this wonderful organization. Each cake is made with a specific child in mind. Referrals are received by Sweet Blessings each week from local schools or community organizations and the cakes are delivered to the children at school, or at home by the community organizations. The cakes may feature the child’s favorite sport or sports team, hobbies, favorite
colors, cartoons or movie characters. (Gann jokingly says the only cake Sweet Blessings won’t make is one featuring the Duke Blue Devils.) Some recent designs included Hello Kitty, race cars, stuffed animals and a replica of R2D2. To see photos of Sweet Blessings’ incredible cakes you can go to www.sweetblessingscakes.org or “Like” Sweet Blessings on Facebook. Since its inception in 2010, Sweet Blessings has served more than 2,000 children in the Central Kentucky area. In 2013 alone, 959 children in nine different Central Kentucky counties received cakes from Sweet Blessings. The goal for 2014 is to serve over 1000 children in our regions. But to do so takes a lot of volunteer time, love and money. That’s where you can help. This May you will get your chance to help Sweet Blessings by participating in The Great Cake Race 5K/1M which will be held on the grounds of Keeneland on Sunday, May 4th at 4pm. This will be our third year featuring chip timing by Three Way Racing. We will also be presenting overall and age group winners. This race is ideal for the serious runner, but also perfect for first timers. And if you’re looking for a short stroll to help out a good cause, there will also be a 1 mile run/walk. Before and after the race, participants will be able to shop from more than 30 vendors and listen to local bands playing live music. After the race, everyone will get to enjoy free cupcakes and Blue Bell ice cream. That’s right! Free cupcakes and ice cream. What more could you ask for? The Great Cake Race will be held at Keeneland on Sunday, May 4 at 4 pm. Register online at www.sweetblessingscakes. org. Mark D. Rucker is a Lexington attorney, and the Hamburg Journal health and ﬁtness columnist. He also serves on the board of Sweet Blessings.
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Climbing the walls . .
Lexington Climbing gym will get you ready for Red River Gorge
BY MELANIE HOBGOOD
ucked in a small corner of National Avenue sits a generic-looking building, maybe a warehouse or storage facility. Only a small sign planted in a patch of grass gives any indication to those passing by to the building’s purpose, that this little building holds one of Lexington’s best kept secrets: a climbing gym. Most people don’t realize they have one of the premier sport climbing destinations in the eastern United States, if not the world, in their back yards – the Red River Gorge. Even fewer realize they have an excellent climbing facility right down the street that can help them break into this secret world. Bluegrass Bouldering opened its doors in 2010, filling the void left by Climb Time, Lexington’s former climbing gym, which closed in 2003. The gyms differ, however, with Bluegrass filling a slightly different niche than Climb Time. While Climb Time had roped climbing with tall walls, Bluegrass is a bouldering gym, characterized by shorter walls where ropes are not necessary. Instead of birthday parties, Bluegrass generally draws in a more dedicated climbing crowd. The gym has three distinct walls: a vertical wall, 30 degrees and 45 degrees. While these don’t sound like difficult angles, they can be pretty unforgiving, offering a challenge to newcomers and veterans alike. To supplement your climbing training, Bluegrass also has two treadwalls with a variety of angles that can be used by everyone to build up endurance. The upstairs of the building features four hangboards and H.I.T. strips to build finger strength, along with a system board to gain everything from core tension to grip strength. The area also has a foam mat for stretching and ab exercises. If you’re feeling froggy, there are some weight vests you can use to intensify your workout. Intimidated yet? Don’t be. The gym is owned by experienced climber, Bram Bell, who wants everyone to feel welcome, regardless of experience or skill level. Bell has made it a point to offer beginner classes on Sunday nights to give newcomers guidance and teach them technique in a lower-stress environment than they may encounter during regular hours. “I’ve had women, middle age women, who have never climbed before, who come in and see these fit climbers, and turned around and walked out. It’s intimidating.” “The gym’s greatest strength is its members. Advanced and beginners alike are cheered on when working a problem – a series of moves. Advice is offered freely on how to do something better or how to make a move work. Nothing makes you feel more accepted than a stranger congratulating you, giving helpful hints, or being just as frustrated with something as you are. Members are given a key card to climb 24/ 7 but there is an altogether different feeling while climbing during regular hours. It’s like being part of a small community. By and large, everyone is friendly and genuinely wants to see others succeed in the things they are working on. Bluegrass has plans for expansion later this year. While the bigger space offers more climbing area, it also offers
Bell has made it a point to offer beginner classes on Sunday nights to give newcomers guidance and teach them technique in a low-stress environment. “I’ve had women, middle age women, who have never climbed before, who come in and see these fit climbers, and turned around and walked out. It’s intimidating.” more opportunity. The new building would allow space for birthday parties and an area for beginners who may not feel comfortable around the more experienced climbers. The move also allows space for classes such as yoga. The gym is open to non-members from 5pm to 9 pm every day, with day passes and shoe rental available . Memberships get you an access card, allowing you to climb 24/7. For more information on Bluegrass Bouldering, check them out on Facebook or at bluegrassbouldering.com P.S. Still need an incentive to go? Most days, the heavenly scent of peanut butter wafts over from the Jif plant nearby. After a long workout, it’s the best smell in the world. National Avenue, with easy access to downtown and the suburban corridors via both Winchester Road and Main Street, is an emerging industrial neighborhood that is regularly adding dining and retail options.
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PAT BENATAR WITH NEIL GIRALDO — High Bridge Spring Water sponsors the Troubador Concert Series with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: $94.70 Opera House. www.lexingtoncenter. com
APRIL 3 THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE — Featuring Bobby Perry Band. Come to downtown Cheapside Park from 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. for beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands (Bands play from 5:30 - 8 p.m.) Admission is free. Sponsored by Central Bank. (859)425-2590. www.downtownlex.com. Cheapside Park LEGENDS VS WEST VIRGINIA POWER — Thursday Apr 3, 2014 - Sunday Apr 6, 2014. The Lexington Legends are a proud Single A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Box seats $9 in advance; $10 day of; Field box $11 in advance; $12 day of; Bleachers $6. Game time: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:05 p.m. Sunday 2:05 p.m. 207 Legend Lane. www.lexingtonlegends.com. Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
APRIL 4-25 KEENELAND’S SPRING THOROUGHBRED RACING — Keeneland’s 2014 Spring Race Meeting opens on Friday, April 4th and continues through Friday, April 25, with no racing on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Easter Sunday (April 20). 4201 Versailles Road. www.keeneland.com. Keeneland Race Course
APRIL 6 RAIN - A TRIBUNE TO THE BEATLES — Direct from Broadway! As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The
Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance in this multi-media concert, that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends. Tickets starting at $50.50. http://www.raintribute. com. EKU Center for the Arts.
APRIL 7 NATIONAL COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE — The National College campus in Lexington is hosting its Open House Celebration April 7. Everyone is cordially invited to visit the campus and take a tour of the conveniently located facility. Whether you are just starting your college search or you’re changing careers…there are programs that will fit into your schedule. Take look at one of the area’s top private colleges. 2376 Sir Barton Way. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments provided.
APRIL 8 B. B. KING — Presented by the volunteers of the Troubadour Concert Series, this legendary American blues master, B.B. King, is in an up close and intimate performance. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940s, he has released over 60 albums many of them considered blues classics. Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: $95.50-$125.50. 401 West Short Street. www.bbking.com. Lexington Opera House.
APRIL 10 THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE — Featuring Off The Clock. Come to downtown Cheapside Park from 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. for
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS giveness and determination and tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance with aerial stunts, this all new story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected. The New York Times calls it, “Impossible to resist!” Times: Friday, 8 pm; Saturday 2 pm and 8 pm; Sunday, 1 pm and 6 pm. Tickets: $37.15 - $117.15. 401 West Short Street. lexingtonoperahouse.com.
APRIL 12 beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands (Bands play from 5:30 - 8 p.m.) Admission is free. Sponsored by Central Bank. www.downtownlex.com. Cheapside Park
APRIL 10-13 DISNEY ON ICE: ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER — Thursday Apr 10, 2014 - Sunday Apr 13, 2014. On sale February 14. Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom. A spectacular show with a superstar lineup. Times: Thursday: 7 p.m.; Friday: 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m.; 3 p.m.; 7 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Price: $10-$55. 430 West Vine Street. www.ticketmaster.com at Rupp Arena.
APRIL 11-13 BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL — Friday Apr 11, 2014 - Sunday Apr 13, 2014. Presented by Broadway Live & The Opera House Fund. The musical takes you on a high-flying journey through friendship, for-
THE WILLOWS SPRING ART AND CRAFT FAIR — There will be over 20 vendors and crafters including Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, 31 Gifts, Scentsy, Handmade Jewerly, Coach, Belvah Bags and a lot more. For more information on being a vendor call 859-223-0803. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 2531 Old Rosebud Rd. WOOD CARVING FOR ADULTS — (10 a.m.–noon, Saturday, April 5 & 12, McConnell Springs)–Come out to McConnell Springs for their open wood carving program. Students do not have to have prior woodcarving experience but should be mature since they will be using sharp tools. April 12 will be carving Walking Sticks. The cost is $5. The program is free and all tools and materials will be provided by the Lexington Woodcarvers Guild. Registration is limited to 10 people. Call McConnell Springs at 225-4073 for more information or to register. KITE FEST — (12–4 pm, Saturday, April 12, Jacobson Park)–All eyes will be on the skies as Kite Fest returns for another year. Come out to Jacobson Park and celebrate Parks & Recreation’s first major outdoor event of the season as well as National Kite Month. This colorful event will include face
painting, kite making, giant bubbles and special entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day or families may pack a lunch and picnic in the park. Kite Fest is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation and Cricket Wireless. For more information on this free event, call 288-2927. POPS!! — Enjoy a selection of decadent desserts and drinks to complement a showcase of popular tunes presented by The Lexington Singers adult and children’s choirs. From bluegrass to Broadway to Hollywood and beyond, you will love the show. Time: 7pm. Tickets: $30. 430 West Vine Street. www.lexsing.org. The Lexington Center INTRO TO FLY FISHING — Learn beginning fly angling techniques from fly fishing experts. The half-day seminar includes hands on training on fly casting fundamentals and will introduce students to the basics of fly fishing. After classroom instruction, the class will move outdoors to try their hand at casting on Shaker Village ponds. Includes four hours of instruction, breakfast or lunch, and all materials and supplies. Guests are encouraged to bring their own equipment if available. All tackle will be provided. Time: Morning Session, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (includes breakfast); Afternoon Session, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. (includes lunch). Cost $150, Reservations and pre-payment required. 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, KY. www.shakervillageky.org.
APRIL 17 THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE — Featuring Rebel Without a Cause. Come to downtown Cheapside Park from 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. for beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands (Bands play from 5:30 - 8 p.m.) Admission is free. Sponsored by Central Bank. www.downtownlex.com. Cheapside Park.
APRIL 18 LEXARTS’ GALLERY HOP — LexArts’ Hop is a self-guided tour of the visual arts in downtown. Patrons begin at any location and visit as many or as few participating venues as you would like. Each site presents an exciting new exhibit for each Hop and thanks to the generosity of many, admission is always free. Time: 5pm to 8pm. Lextran provides free Trolley transportation downtown during Hop hours. www.galleryhoplex.com.
APRIL 12 AND 19 LANGUAGE OF SPRING FLOWERS — (1 pm, Saturday, April 12 and 1 pm, Sunday, April 20, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary)–See dozens of early spring wildflowers as we explore the forests of Raven Run. Many of the species carpet the hillsides and provide breathtaking displays.
Learn about plant folklore and take advantage of this excellent photographic opportunity! This program lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. For more information, call 272-6105.
APRIL 19 JACOBSON BOAT DOCK OPENS ON WEEKENDS ONLY — (Saturday, April 19) – The Jacobson Boat Dock opens for weekends only on April 19. Weekend only hours are 12–7 pm on Saturday and 1–7 pm on The rental cost is $4 for onehalf hour. All riders must wear a US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device. The age requirement for pedal boat rental is 16 & over. Those under the required age must be accompanied by a chaperone 16 & older. Vending machines and restrooms are available at the Marina. For more information call 288-2973.
APRIL 22 MCCONNELL SPRINGS AUTHOR SPEAKER SERIES — 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.
APRIL 24 THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE — Featuring The Barrows. Come to downtown Cheapside Park from 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. for beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands (Bands play from 5:30 - 8 p.m.) Admission is free. Sponsored by Central Bank.
APRIL 24-27 ROLEX KENTUCKY THREE DAY EVENT — Thursday Apr 24, 2014 - Sunday Apr 27, 2014 The only four-star three-day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere. One event, three disciplines, testing the resolve of horse and rider. DRESSAGE is held in the outdoor stadium where spectators enjoy the grace, refined beauty and elegance of dressage. Dressage, which tests the gaits, suppleness and obedience of the horse through a series of prescribed movements. CROSS-COUNTRY, is the highlight of Eventing. Its the most exciting day of Rolex Kentucky as thousands gather to watch horses and riders gallop over four miles of the challenging terrain. The final phase is the JUMPING TEST. Spectators
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS from across the globe will witness the world’s finest horses and riders test their athletic ability as they soar over obstacles. The Kentucky Reining Cup is also held at the Kentucky Horse Park in conjunction with Rolex. 4089 Iron Works Parkway.
APRIL 25 AN EVENING WITH JOE BONAMASSA — Bonamassa has been praised as one of the world’s greatest guitarists and he is fast evolving into a full-blown truly charismatic and mesmerizing blues-rock star, as well as a singer-songwriter of sylistic depth and emotional resonance. Joe currently has eleven #1 albums on the Billboard Blues Chart. Joe will perform an exciting new show including an entire Acoustic Set featuring international musicians followed by his Critically Acclaimed Electric Set that will guarantee a once in a lifetime performance that will wow his audiences. Time: 8 p.m. Price: $69-$99. 430 West Vine Street. www.lexingtoncenter.com. Rupp Arena.
APRIL 25-27 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT — Friday Apr 25, 2014 - Sunday Apr 27, 2014. Presented by UK Theatre. Broadway dream team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice bring to life this family-friendly musical parable, a timeless classic. Times: Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 p.m. Price: $25 Adults; $20 Kids; $20 College Students with ID. 401 West Short Street. www.finearts.uky. edu. Lexington Opera House.
APRIL 26 STARGAZING — (8:30 pm, Saturday,
Kite Festival April 12
April 26, 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. To learn more call 271-6072.
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WEEKEND WORKOUT — (April 26 10 a.m. ) McConnell Springs Come out and help spruce up the park. Come at 10 and stay as long as your schedule will permit.
APRIL 28 ADULT SUMMER VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE SIGN-UPS for 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.
APRIL 29-MAY 1 LEXINGTON LEGENDS VS. LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS — Tuesday Apr 29, 2014 - Thursday May 1, 2014. The Lexington Legends are a proud Single A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Box seats $9 in advance; $10 day of; Field Box $11 in advance; $12 day of; Bleachers $6. Time: Tuesday 7:05 p.m.; Wednesday 10:05 a.m. Thursday 7:05 p.m. Whitaker Bank Ballpark. www. lexingtonlegends.com.
APRIL 29 - MAY 16 POOL PASSES Pool passes will go on sale on-line at 9 a.m. on April 29 and will continue thru May 16 at 5 p.m.
MAY 1 THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE — Featuring Girls, Guns & Glory. Come to downtown Cheapside Park from 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. for beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands (Bands play from 5:30 - 8 p.m.) Admission is free. Sponsored
by Central Bank. www.downtownlex.com. Cheapside Park
MAY 2 MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR — Friday May 2, 2014 Saturday May 3, 2014. Presented by Cirque du Soleil. One of the top 10 grossing music tours of all time, will perform live at Rupp Arena. This electrifying production features 49 international dancers, musicians and acrobats, presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalled creativity. Tickets: $52/$82/$127/$167. Ticketmaster online or by phone at (859)233-3535. Time: 8 p.m. www.ticketmaster. com. Rupp Arena
MAY 3 DERBY DAY AT KEENELAND RACE COURSE — Keeneland hosts this annual celebration with entertainment planned to suit every member of the family. This is the largest Derby party in the world! Enjoy picnics in the paddock, live music and activities for the kids in addition to a full afternoon of simulcast racing. 4201 Versailles Road. (859)254-3412. www.keeneland.com. Keeneland Race Course.
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