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Seventh annual Voices of Hope overdose awareness day set for August 24 at Lexington’s Jacobson Park

Voices of Hope is hosting the seventh annual Overdose Awareness Day event to celebrate recovery and support those impacted by substance use disorder. The event will also offer support to people who have lost loved ones to overdose. Planned for August 24 at Jacobson Park in Lexington, the event will feature multiple speakers, including:

Keep Lexington Beautiful placing 34 cigarette ash urns in parks as part of litter prevention program

Woodland, Jacobson and Shillito Parks have 34 new ash urns installed thanks to the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission (KLB). The project was supported by a $15,000 grant from Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The parks selected for the program are the city’s most-visited. Parks and Recreation staff will maintain the new urns. “The urns give park visitors a convenient...

Free Water for Life Festival at Jacobson Park features hand-on activities, displays for entire family

A free water festival, Water for Life, will take place at Jacobson Park on Sunday, July 9, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. near Shelter One and will feature 40 hands-on activities, demonstrations and displays for the whole family. Families can explore a touch-a-truck area with a fire truck, a police car, a recycling truck, and a sewer TV truck. There also will be a large aquarium stocked with local fish, a...

Improved water pressure expected as result of $1.5 million Kentucky American Water project in Fayette

Kentucky American Water is investing $1.5 million in a project designed to enhance water pressure and service for nearly 8,000 customers in southeastern Fayette County. Customers in the affected area will see, on average, an increase in their water pressure of 30 pounds per square inch (psi) over the next several months. In some cases that translates to enabling tasks such as filling bathtubs and...

Fishing pier constructed by volunteers will be formally dedicated at Jacobson Park May 12-13

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Kentucky American Water invite the public to Jacobson Park on May 12 for a ribbon cutting at a new fishing pier constructed by union volunteers, followed by a community-wide youth fishing event on May 13. Through the USA’s partnership with Pure Fishing, the first 200 youth will receive a free fishing rod, reel and tackle. With more than 40 million anglers...

Voices of Hope hosting fourth annual event to raise awareness about overdose prevention

In memory of lives lost, to raise awareness about overdose prevention, and to celebrate the hope found in recovery, Voices Of Hope-Lexington, Inc. and its community partners are sponsoring this fourth annual event in Jacobson Park on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Over 100 event volunteers will be on hand to host more than 300 anticipated participants. Guests should follow event signs...

Skies will be filled with color Saturday as Kite Fest celebration kicks off spring at Jacobson Park

The skies of Jacobson Park will be filled with hundreds of kites this Saturday, April 16 as Lexington Parks & Recreation celebrates Kite Fest—the city’s premiere springtime event. Residents of all ages are invited to attend the free event from noon – 4 p.m. “Kite Fest is Parks’ first major outdoor event of the season, and the perfect way to get families and children out and enjoying...

Betsy Waters: Enjoy a fabulous spring break ‘staycation’ with loads of Bluegrass family fun

  Welcome in the spring with some warmer temps and some wonderful events happening for spring break fun all around the Bluegrass.   Lexington kicks off the season with Keeneland’s spring meet, outdoor fun at local family friendly places and, of course, baseball!   Keeneland’s spring meet is a must-do for anyone calling the Bluegrass home. It’s such a special place for locals...

Betsy Waters: With kids in tow, fun on your mind, discover all that Lexington has to offer

  For more than six years, I was an elementary school teacher. But when my sons came along, first in 2006 and then in 2008, I decided to stay at home. I still consider myself a stay-at-home mom, but I also work part-time as the director of Calvary Baptist Church’s Mother’s Day Out preschool program.   I always knew I wanted to get my kids out and about to explore all our community...