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Mark your calendars for Reforest the Bluegrass’ 25th anniversary
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Volunteers of all ages are invited to join the event. | Photo by Amy Wallot (LFUCG)
Heads up, Lexington: Reforest the Bluegrass is right around the corner.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coldstream Park (1850 Pisacano Dr.), this year marks the 25th anniversary of the event — aka its silver jubilee.

Fun fact: The very first event was held at Coldstream Park and has returned this year to commemorate the milestone.

What’s Reforest the Bluegrass?

This initiative is recognized as one of the largest urban reforestation programs in the country. The annual tree planting event works to increase Lexington’s urban tree canopy and assist in the protection of local waterways.

Forested areas near local waterways help serve as a riparian buffer, with native trees working to filter pollution, stabilize soil, and provide shelter and food for local wildlife.

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Contribute to the initiative responsible for restoring more than 200 acres of floodplains.

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Photo by Amy Wallot (LFUCG)

Community involvement

Over the last quarter century, thousands of volunteers have planted 215,000+ tree seedlings and restored 200+ acres of floodplains. Past restoration sites have included:
During the event, volunteers can expect music, food, and family-friendly fun. Pro tip: Stop by the education tent to check out interactive displays and games.

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Typically, a 65% first-year survival rate can be expected.

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Photo by Amy Wallot (LFUCG)

Reforest At Home

Get a free tree seedling to plant at home through Reforest at Home on Saturday, April 20.

Limited quantities of large shade and flowering ornamental species are available for Fayette County residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Swing by one of the following locations between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to grab your seedlings:
  • Shillito Park | 300 W. Reynolds Rd.
  • Jacobson Park | 4001 Athens Boonesboro Rd.
  • Living Arts and Science Center | 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Not sure what tree is best for your space? Take a look.
 
Asked
 
What’s the most common individual tree species in Kentucky?

A. Persimmon
B. Red maple
C. Bur oak
D. Kentucky coffeetree
 
 
Events
 
Monday, April 1
  • Spring Break: Printmaking | Monday, April 1 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington | $325-$350 | Keep the kids enriched as they learn how to print using everyday objects, like Legos.
Tuesday, April 2
  • Wildcats vs. Cardinals | Tuesday, April 2 | 7 p.m. | Kentucky Proud Park, 510 Wildcat Ct., Lexington | $7-$50 | See the Kentucky men’s baseball team as they host the Cards.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors | Wednesday, April 3 | 8 p.m. | Manchester Music Hall, 899 Manchester St., Lexington | $25-$60 | See this Tennessee-based Americana group in support of their album “Strangers No More.”
Thursday, April 4
  • Teen Howl Poetry Series | Thursday, April 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Third Street Stuff, 257 N. Limestone, Lexington | Free | The under 21 crowd is invited to hear from poet Katerina Stoykova at this open mic night.
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News Notes
 
Sports
  • UK men’s basketball player Adou Thiero has entered the NCAA transfer portal. The sophomore from Pennsylvania added he would be “keeping all of my options open, including a return to Kentucky.” Thiero ended the season as the seventh top scorer on the team, has two seasons of eligibility left + is the first Wildcat this season to make the move. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Concert
  • R&B singer John Legend will perform for The 15 Club, the Kentucky Football NIL Collective, this spring. On May 10, the singer will take the stage for a private concert for the team — which includes his nephew + wide receiver Anthony Brown-Stephens — and a group of VIP NIL donors for the newly formed 500 Strong Membership Program. (A Sea of Blue)
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State
  • Last week, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet unveiled a new website to promote highway safety and connect drivers to educational resources. The website features a data dashboard, a digital memoriam for those who have lost their lives to traffic incidents, information on safety programs, and a contact section to report hazards.
Wellness
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🌒 Out-of-this-world solar eclipse events
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BRB, just ascending into the stars after sipping this nigori. | Photo courtesy of @thevoidsake
On Monday, April 8 a solar eclipse will cross over the country. While we’re not in the path of totality (that’s our friends over at INDYtoday), Lexington is expected to see ~95% coveragepretty neat if you ask us. Here’s a few ways to witness this one-of-a-kind celestial event.

Sake Social Hour + Solar Eclipse Party | The Void Sake Co., 819 National Ave., Ste. 120 | 12 p.m.
Get lost in a galaxy of flavor with a limited-release sake, the Swallower of Suns nigori, featuring notes of chocolate, gooey marshmallow, and graham crackers — inspired by the classic Moon Pie.

Solar Eclipse Day | The Living Arts & Sciences Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Give the kids a constellation crash course with activities like sun prints and animal meet and greets, then immerse yourself in the stars with yoga in the planetarium.

Solar Eclipse Watch Party | Ethereal Brewing, 1224 Manchester St. | 1 p.m.
Bring your own or purchase a pair of solar eclipse glasses while sipping on brews.
 
The Buy
 
The Song of Everything Book to celebrate National Poetry Month. This poetic journey takes an adventure through South Carolina’s State Parks.
 
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