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79º | Sunny | 6% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:19 a.m. | Sunset 7:46 p.m.

A jammin’ good time
A group of women roller skaters holding a trophy and smiling
ROCK teams will be as excited as this if you come see them Saturday, Sept. 23. | Photo by Matt Ruddick
For the first time since 2019, Roller Derby of Central Kentucky (ROCK) is bringing back its action-packed play for all of Lexington to see next Saturday, Sept. 23 at Central Bank Center.

But before we get into the jammin’ details of the evening, let’s meet the team.

About ROCK

ROCK is not only a member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, it is also a nonprofit (the players are volunteers) that gives back to other local community organizations, while fostering the athletic growth of its members. As it returns for its 13th season, the team is looking to get back to pre-pandemic numbers.

Prior to 2020, the organization had ~60 teammates. Due to league restrictions on practice, numbers dipped down to less than 10 players. Thankfully, more players have joined, bringing 40+ members to the team — and they hope to keep growing.

A group of women skating intensely on roller skates.

Jammers wear a star on their helmet, like the athlete on the left, and try to pass their opponent as many times as possible.


Photo by Matt Ruddick

Join the team

If you are interested in joining this grassroots team of women athletes, fill out this form — no skating experience is required — or attend their upcoming ROCK Boot Camp on Sunday, Oct. 1, 12-3 p.m., at The Yard.

The team also practices at The Yard, Mondays + Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. During that time, new skaters can use the “home room” portion to test the waters, with loaner gear available for use.

Game day details

Doors will open to the public at 4 p.m. There will be two games, aka bouts —
  • 5 p.m. — ROCK Stars vs. Confluence Crush Heartbreakers (St. Louis)
  • 7 p.m. — Indie ROCKers vs. Naptown Warning Bells (Indianapolis)
Before you go, learn the basics. You can purchase tickets online for $15 or at the door for $20. Tickets for kids ages 7-12 are $10, while children six and under are free.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Apple Picking & Cocktail Sipping | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6-10 p.m. | Eckert’s Orchard, 1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles | $25 | Apple picking, cider, cocktails, and bonfires — need we say more?
  • Block Printing Workshop | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6-8 p.m. | ARTplay Children’s Studio, 309 N. Ashland Ave. #190, Lexington | $58.50 | This hands-on workshop will teach you the art of block printing while you connect and create with community members.
  • Let’s Get Tropical! Cocktail Class | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7-9 p.m. | Spirited Lexington, 110 W. Vine St., Fourth Floor, Lexington | $65 | Hang on to that summer feeling + transport your taste buds to the Caribbean by learning to make tropical cocktails.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Step Up For Kids 100K Step Challenge | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Whitaker Family YMCA, 2681 Old Rosebud Ln., Lexington | Free | Grab your team, your comfy shoes, and pop by to join this fitness-forward fundraising event.
  • 49th Annual Midway Fall Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Downtown Midway, W. Main St., Midway | Free | The downtown will come alive with live music, sorghum + pottery demonstrations, arts and craft vendors, and more.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • SNKR BST Lexington | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 12-6 p.m. | Rupp Arena, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington | $5-$25 | Calling all sneakerheads: shop from 100+ vendors selling thousands of the hottest sneakers, vintage clothing + more.
  • Mindful Triathlon | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 3:30 p.m. | Hisle Farm Park, 3551 Briar Hill Rd., Lexington | Free | Part of Nature Hop, venture out for a leisurely stroll, all-levels yoga class, and guided meditation to start the new week on a relaxed note.
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News Notes
  • The City of Lexington is seeking the community’s input on how to make streets safer. The ‘Complete Streets’ initiative aims to make transportation in the city more affordable, accessible, dependable, and safe. Take the survey online or in person at your local public library branch. (WKYT)
  • A motion was made this week from City Council Member Dave Sevigny to extend alcohol sales on Sunday in Fayette County to coincide with the rest of the week — 6 a.m.-2:30 a.m. The motion is expected to be heard on Tuesday, Nov. 14. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
  • Bella Cafe & Grille’s second location opened this week at The Fountains at Palomar. Now Lexingtonians on the southwest part of town can head to 3901 Fountain Blue Ln. to try fan favorites like the Grilled Salmon Salad, Spicy Chicken Sandwich + Truffle Fries.
  • The LexArts Hop returns tonight, where dozens of galleries around town will open their doors from 5 to 8 p.m. for visitors to view new exhibits. Remember, art is not limited to just museums + galleries — be sure to check out spots like Zim’s Cafe, Bodley-Bullock House, and Lussi Brown Coffee Bar.
Plan Ahead
  • Beginning Monday, Sept. 25, get ready for seven days of celebration at Mirror Twin Brewing Co. in honor of the local brewery’s seventh anniversary. Think: daily beer drops, bottle releases, live music, kid-friendly events, and more.
  • Planning your estate is a smart move to protect your wealth. However, laws are changing, and the current (and generous) estate + gift tax breaks for high-net-worth individuals will expire by December 2025. The experts at Gratz Park Private Wealth share how to navigate this transition smoothly.*
Featured Home
  • Lose yourself in the beauty of 431 W. Third St., an enduring icon on one of Lexington’s early prominent avenues. Built at the turn of the century in the Richardson Romanesque style, the 7 BD, 4 BA historic home reflects the westward migration of Gilded Age sensibilities ($2,295,000). See photos.*
  • It’s been a record-hot summer — and we still haven’t drank water since 1997. But this water brand makes us want to actually stay hydrated. It’s infused with fruit essences and has zero calories, diet sweeteners, and sugar, and still manages to taste great. New customers score 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
Survey says...
Spencer Stelzer-Weise sharing a presentation
Spencer presented his idea to a group of supportive community members + City Councilmember David Sevigny last month. | Photo courtesy of Spencer Stelzer-Weise
Last month, we shared Spencer Stelzer-Weise’s hope of bringing a commuter rail system to Lexington. We also asked your thoughts on the idea with this survey. So, today we’re sharing some of the results from the 420 of you that responded.

P.S. Thanks to our readers for taking the time to provide input.

Would you ever ride a commuter rail?

  • Yes: 372 responses, 88.57%
  • Maybe: 29 responses, 6.9%
  • No: 19 responses, 4.52%

Where would you love to see a commuter rail take you?

While numerous other cities were mentioned, including Winchester, Nicholasville, Danville, and Harrodsburg, these were the top five:
  • Cincinnati: 362
  • Louisville: 275
  • Downtown Lexington: 63
  • Georgetown: 63
  • Frankfort: 50
For the 372 of you in support of the idea, consider heading to the Central Library this Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. to share your thoughts at the Lexington Commuter Rails’ Supporter Meeting.
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