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🐎 You’re a Lexingtonian now
A view of the Lexington skyline as the sun sets.
Becoming a Lexingtonian means more than just horses + bourbon (but we love those things, too). | Photo by @hani_alqawiz
Picture this: You just moved to Lexington, KY and you need some help with the practicalities of life (we can’t just sit back and eat Missy’s Pies all day, unfortunately). That’s where we come in. Keep reading for Lexingtonian 101, our guide to all things LEX citizenship.

A sticker that says "I Voted #govoteky"

You can be the owner of one of these highly sought-after stickers. | Photo courtesy of @paulmhooper

The essentials

Voter registration
Make sure you’re eligible and registered to vote, find your polling location, and preview upcoming elections and sample ballots here.

Driver’s licenses and vehicle registration
New residents in need of a LEX driver’s license will need to provide proof of legal status, a Social Security document, and two documents confirming your residential address.

To register your car in the state of Kentucky, you’ll need to bring proof of car insurance, proof of your identity (in the form of a driver’s license, passport, or ID card), and a Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification form to the Fayette County Clerk office.

Initial registrations may be subject to a ~$40 fee.

You can make an appointment at the Fayette County Circuit Court’s Division of Driver’s License office to obtain a state driver’s license. Registration for your vehicle is conducted on a walk-in basis.

Establishing yourself with a primary care provider is one of those things you’ll be glad you did when you need one. Reach out to the professionals at the Lexington Clinic, UK Healthcare, or CHI Saint Joseph Health to name a few.

Lexington Public Library Central Library location

Book it to the library.


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Educational needs

Library card registration
If you think libraries are only for renting the occasional book, think again. Register for a library card at your nearest LEX branch, or apply for a temporary card (valid for 30 days) online, to take advantage of:
  • Genealogy services
  • Events
  • eBooks, music, and movies
  • Online databases
  • Private meeting spaces for groups
  • Books-by-mail
  • State park passes
Approximately what percentage of people fail their drivers’ exam on the first attempt?

A. 16%
B. 32%
C. 44%
D. 52%
Thursday, May 25
  • 19c: Art from the Kentucky Room Archive | Thursday, May 25 | 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. | Central Library Gallery, 140 E. Main St., Lexington | Free | Explore this exhibit of pre-World War I art and photography from the Lexington Public Library’s own collection.
  • Late Nights at Red Mile | Thursday, May 25-Monday, Oct. 2 | 11 p.m. | Red Mile Gaming & Racing, 1101 Winbak Way, Lexington | Free | Don’t miss Late Night Breakfast with $5 food, late night drawings, live music + more.*
Friday, May 26
  • Paradise Lagoon Grand Opening | Friday, May 26 | 4-7 p.m. | Woodland Aquatic Center, 601 E. High St., Lexington | $4-$6 | Jump aboard and check out the opening of this new pirate shipwreck-themed play area that kids and their mateys will love.
  • Food Truck Fridays | Friday, May 26 | 6-9 p.m. | Shilito Park, 300 W. Reynolds Rd., Lexington | Free | Explore some delicious quick eats and drinks from Bert’s Speakcheesy, 305 Cubano, Mr. El Taco, Louisiana Passion, Wise Bird Cider Co., and more.
  • Summer Nights in Suburbia | Friday, May 26-Friday, Sept. 1 | 7-9 p.m. | MoonDance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St., Lexington | Free | Grab your lawn chairs and blankets to kick off your weekend with live music, spanning various genres, plus check out local food and drink vendors.
Saturday, May 27
  • Fireworks and 90s Night | Saturday, May 27 | 6:45 p.m. | Counter Clocks Field, 207 Legends Ln., Lexington | $14-$65 | Come dressed in your fresh 1990s fit to watch the Clocks host the FerryHawks and stick around for post-game fireworks.
  • Midway Street Party | Saturday, May 27 | 7-10 p.m. | Midway Historic District, S. Winter St., Lexington | Free | Shop and bop around historic downtown Midway with live entertainment from Unofficial Hi 5.
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News Notes
  • Starting Tuesday, May 30, West Fourth Street will be closed to traffic for sewer pipe repairs for around one month. During this time, drivers won’t be able to access the road between Jefferson Street and Newton Pike, but can use Main Street as a detour.
Coming Soon
  • The Lexington Public Library has announced that the Beaumont branch is adding a new feature to its space. Soon, a drive-thru window for pickups and dropoffs will be available for public use. We’ll keep you updated when construction is complete.
  • Former UK basketball icon Charles Francis “Cotton” Nash died this week. Along with being one of the few athletes that played both NBA and MLB, Cotton’s time on Adolph Rupp’s team saw crowned him the all-time leading scorer with 1,770 points during his tenure. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
  • Volunteers are invited out to Old Richmond Road on Saturday, June 17 for the annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep. Starting at 8:30 a.m., community members can pick up litter from the area, while helping one of our most scenic waterways start the summer clean.
  • Forbes has named UK as one of the Top Employers for New Graduates. Organizations that made the list were ranked based on working conditions, culture, salary + wage, diversity, as well as how the company compared to others within their industry. (UKNOW)
  • Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. Whether you’re out boating, opening up the pool, or cooking at the grill, it’s important to stay hydrated. Pro tip: After drinking in the sun and dehydrating to the max, get an IV drip treatment from Renew Hydration. Schedule an appointment to keep yourself feeling fresh and ready for the start of summer.*
  • Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
Explorium opens a new STEM gallery
A woman cuts a ribbon followed by applause
The Marksbury Engineering Gallery will introduce kids to the world of STEM. | Gif by LEXtoday
The Explorium of Lexington is introducing a new way for kids to flex their imaginative muscles this summer.

The interactive museum has opened the brand new Marksbury Engineering Gallery, which features countless ways for children to explore all things STEM related.

This marks the first permanent gallery that the Explorium has opened in a decade, which has seen an uptick in attendance over the past year according to Executive Director Colby Ernest.

Logan Marksbury, of the Marksbury Foundation, described the opening as a “full circle moment,” sharing that she enjoyed the space as a kid.

While the world of STEM can be intimidating, this approachable gallery gives kids the chance to think big by —
  • Practicing city planning + building
  • Designing roller coasters
  • Constructing + launching paper airplanes
Thanks to the helpful donations from the community, the museum has been able to provide discounted or free admission valued at ~$100,000.
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