Plus, the second Biscuit Belly's grand opening.
 
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Today’s Forecast

73º | 18% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 7:12 a.m. | Sunset 8:08 p.m.

 
Spring clean for good
A picture of the building for The Nest Lexington.
The Nest helps provide basic needs to families in times of need. | Photo provided by The Nest
With spring in full swing, it’s time to say, “Out with the old.” Spring is the season of rebirth, so why not give new life to like-new or gently used items? In the spirit of spring cleaning, we’ve rounded up a few Lexington organizations that accept donated items, help locals in need + support community causes.

Large hauls

If you’ve got a lot to give, these organizations provide previously-owned goods to those in need at affordable prices.
  • WEKU accepts car donations.
  • ReStore offers furniture and appliance pickups.

Clothing + home goods

  • The Hope Center relies on donations of linens + pillows to provide a place to stay for individuals experiencing housing insecurities.
  • Lexington Rescue Mission is currently in need of men and women’s work boots, reading glasses, sweatshirts, and more.
  • Goodwill accepts clothing, furniture, and home goods for resale.
  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries accepts cooking + baking supplies — think pots, pans, and can openers — that are underused or can be reused.

Childcare

Furniture

  • Lexington Habitat for Humanity uses donated equipment + furniture to build homes, whether you have leftovers from a project you didn’t complete or supplies from a remodel. It will also pick up pre-approved car donations.

Technology

  • If you have old electronics + tech like laptops, TVs, scanners, or microwaves, Battle Axes collects them for a smashing good time in its rage room.
Bonus: Don’t have much to get rid of this year? The Kentucky Blood Center is always in need of blood if you are able to donate.
 
 
Events
 
Monday, April 8
  • Solar Eclipse Viewing | Monday, April 8 | 1-4 p.m. | McConnell Springs Park, 416 Rebmann Ln., Lexington | Free | Register to see the rare solar eclipse in one of our beloved parks.
  • Sober Watch Party | Monday, April 8 | 5:30-10:30 p.m. | DV8 Kitchen, 594 E. Third St., Ste. 100, Lexington | $8 | Watch the men’s NCAA basketball championship while enjoying select menu items, mocktails, sports trivia, and prizes.
Tuesday, April 9
  • Lost Arts Art Club: Soap Making + Natural Skincare | Tuesday, April 9 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | The Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington | $20-$25 | Learn about the history of soapmaking, explore natural ingredients to create cleansing products + go home with recipes to recreate at home.
Wednesday, April 10
  • Pause & Rest Yoga with Rebecca | Wednesday, April 10 | 6-7 p.m. | Lexington Salt Cave, 309 N. Ashland Ave., Ste. 180, Lexington | $26.50 | Enjoy some midweek relaxation for the body and mind with a guided restorative yoga class + yoga nidra meditation.
Thursday, April 11
  • Color Me Kentucky: All Roads Lead to Fashion | Thursday, April 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Central Bank Center, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington | $81.88-$108.55 | See what makes Kentucky fashion unique at UK Department of Retailing and Tourism Management’s annual fashion show.
Friday, April 12
  • RADIANCE Exhibition | Friday, April 12 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Headley Whitney Museum, 4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington | $10 | Bask in the colorful glow of fragile works from internationally renowned glass artists Stephen Rolfe Powell, Guy Kemper, and Travis Adams.
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News Notes
 
Open
  • Biscuit Belly will host a week-long grand opening celebration at its newest location, 112 Lucille Dr., in the Masterson Station area. Stop by today through Saturday, April 13 for special deals, like free drip coffee, and a chance to win free biscuits for a year.
Number
  • $10 million. That’s how much the Kentucky Senate has earmarked in its budget to support the affordable housing development coming to the former Transylvania baseball fields. This will add to the $3 million fund already established by five local banks. (WEKU)
Sports
  • Let’s give a big blue welcome to our newest Wildcats — Georgia Amoore, Amelia Hassett, and Clara Strack. The former Hokies elected to transfer to UK, following the new women’s basketball head coach Kenny Brooks. Amoore chose to enroll as a graduate transfer despite rumors of declaring for the WNBA draft. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Cause
  • The Junior League of Lexington (JLL) is accepting applications for its 2025 community grant funding. The organization will award $60,000 to one local nonprofit or two $30,000 grants. Preference will be given to local agencies that support a large number of people + have volunteer opportunities for JLL.
Listen
  • Ayyy, where the party at? Find it every Friday and Saturday night at Lost Palm with its new series, Rooftop Sessions. Sip tropical cocktails — we love Blinkers On — while grooving to a rotating lineup of local DJs. The party starts at 8 p.m.
Plan Ahead
  • LexArts and Sound Diplomacy are hosting a Stakeholder Engagement Session on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at ArtsPlace. Here, Lexingtonians can share their thoughts on the city’s arts and cultural scene to help identify strengths + areas of growth.
 
Outdoors
 
Hikes, talks, and flower walks
A wide angle shot of a man standing underneath a rock arch formation.
Guided hikes will explore the native plants along the Gray’s Arch Trail in the Red River Gorge. | Photo by @billy.hikes
If you belong among the wildflowers, then this one’s for you. This weekend marks the 35th anniversary of Wildflower Weekend, a celebration of botanical appreciation + education, courtesy of the Kentucky Native Plant Society (KNPS).

Taking place Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14 at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, the weekend will host a variety of guided walks, hikes, workshops, and talks open to the public of all ages. Check the schedule to secure your spot for available excursions.

Here’s a few to pique your interest:
  • Birding for Beginners
  • Moss and Fern Hike
  • “Reflecting on Nature through Artmaking” Workshop
If you can’t make it out to the Red River Gorge, join the fun with KNPS’s community science event BotanyBlitz. First, sign up through iNaturalist. Once registered, search “KNPS” + select “KNPS Wildflower Week 2024 Botany Blitz” to join. Then, visit a local park or natural area, and snap a photo of your plant findings.
 
The Buy
 
The lipstick that’s more like a phenomenon: Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. You can now buy Clinique on Amazon, and the black honey lipstick has skyrocketed to the No. 1 new release in beauty and personal care.
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
From The Void Sake to Ethereal Brewing and Living Arts & Science Center, there are plenty of viewing parties for today’s solar eclipse. If I’m not at home observing Ziggy, I’ll be watching from McConnell Springs.
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