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Don’t be late for a very important date
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LEX get out and vote, y’all. | Photo by LEXtoday
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Three local districts will hold a primary election on Tuesday, May 21 for Urban County Council representatives.

First things first

Here are some crucial dates to ensure your voice is heard:
  • Monday, April 22: Deadline to register to vote. Check your eligibility + registration.
  • Tuesday, May 7: Last day to request mail-in absentee ballots
  • Tuesday, May 21: Primary election
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5: General election
LEX Ballot Drop Box

Excused absentee ballots can be dropped off in this box outside the Clerk’s Office on Main Street. | Photo by LEXtoday

🗳️ Find your polling location

Fayette County polling places will be open on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you’re unsure where to go, find your polling precinct.

Can’t make it on election day? Any registered voter who has not requested a mail-in absentee ballot, may cast an unexcused, in-person absentee ballot. This option will be available Thursday, May 16-Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at all Lexington Public Library branches.

Excused in-person absentee voting will be held Wednesday, May 8-Friday, May 10 + Monday, May 13-Wednesday, May 15 at the County Clerk’s office, 162 E. Main St., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by mail or placed in the dropbox outside the County Clerk’s office by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 to be counted.

🗳️ Meet the candidates

Get to know the candidates running for Districts 1, 4, and 7 of the Urban County Council at CivicLex’s Primary Candidate Meet & Greet tomorrow, April 17 at 6 p.m. at UK’s Cornerstone. See the candidates’ answers to specific questions, such as what issue is their highest priority, on LexVote.
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, April 16
  • Stakeholder Engagement Session | Tuesday, April 16 | 6-8 p.m. | ArtsPlace, 161 N. Mill St., Lexington | Free | Join LexArts + Sound Diplomacy to share your thoughts on the local arts and culture landscape and help shape a strategic plan for our city.
  • Bingo Night | Tuesday, April 16 | 7-9 p.m. | Mirror Twin Brewing Co., 725 National Ave., Lexington | Free | Play three rounds of this classic community game for gift card prizes + enjoy $2 off select pints.
Wednesday, April 17
  • Candle Pour Bar + Cocktail Lounge | Wednesday, April 17 | 12-7 p.m. | Poppy & Pomelo, 526 E. High St., Lexington | $38-$50 | Pick a time slot to get crafty by designing + pouring your own clean-burning scented candle — cocktails are available for purchase.
Thursday, April 18
  • Thursday Night Live | Thursday, April 18 | 5-8 p.m. | Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, 251 W. Main St., Lexington | Free | Head downtown for the perfect post-work wind-down featuring live music, cold beverages, and food trucks.
  • Sound Off! Music Trivia | Thursday, April 18 | 7-9 p.m. | Pivot Brewing, 1400 Delaware Ave., Lexington | Free | Test your music knowledge with three rounds of “Name That Tune” followed by a buzzer round of music trivia.
Friday, April 19
  • Tom Green | Friday, April 19 | Times vary | Comedy Off Broadway, 161 Lexington Green Cir., Ste. C4, Lexington | $30 | See the multi-talented comedian + actor known for his anything-goes and unpredictable personality from MTV’s “The Tom Green Show” and more.
Saturday, April 20
  • Family Farm Days | Saturday, April 20 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg | $0-$16 | Meet new “farmily” members including lambs, chicks, and piglets, and enjoy activities like hay wagon rides, sheep shearing, and pony rides.*
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Happy hour deals in Lexington
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The Grove is an eclectic hot spot featuring signature cocktails, food trucks, and more. | Photo provided by VisitLEX
No matter if you’re grabbing a quick beer after work, on the hunt for some discounted bites, or just want to have a chill hangout while going easy on the wallet, we’ve got this round.

Here are some of our top picks for the best happy hour deals in town.

🍹 Keeping spirits up

  • The Grove | Wednesday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. | Grab a signature cocktail during the happiest + tastiest hours of your week at this downtown hot spot.
  • Centro | Daily, 4-7 p.m. | Hit up this downtown favorite for its “Happier Hours” including $5 Tito’s, $7 two-for-one house wines, and more.
  • Boonedogs | Daily, all day | $5 Old Fashioneds — need we say more?
In the spirit of keeping you in the loop of our favorite bourbon experiences, we’ll let you in on a secret: Bookmark this Bourbonland page.

🍺 Beer lovers

  • Saul Good | Monday-Saturday, 3-7 p.m. | This Lexington family favorite has half-off specials throughout the week, but on Friday + Saturday, get your hands on half-price local draft beers.
  • LexLive | Weekdays, 3-6 p.m. | Hit the bowling lanes on Thursdays while you sip $2 domestic beers.
ICYMI, it’s National Beer Month. Explore the Brewgrass Trail to learn more about the craft culture of brewed beer in and around Lexington.

🍷 Off the vine

  • The Blushery | Friday, 3-6 p.m. | Yes way, rosé. Or should we say half-priced frozé? A fruity frozen concoction with a side of shopping is the perfect start to your weekend.
  • Carson’s | Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. | Enjoy $8 off all bottles of wine, $2 off wine by the glass, appetizers, and well drinks + drafts.
  • Palmer’s Fresh Grill | Wednesday + Thursday, 4-9 p.m. | Treat yourself to half-off select bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
Did you know winemaking in the Bluegrass region dates back 200+ years? Hone your vino appreciation with a visit to one of these local vineyards.
City Guides are presented by VisitLEX.
 
News Notes
 
Sports
  • After 10 seasons leading the Transylvania women’s basketball team, Juli Fulks announced she is leaving the program to take over as head coach at Marshall University. During her tenure with the Pioneers, they made seven NCAA tournament appearances + won one national championship.
Eat
  • All this week, Big Blue Deli is serving up “Rap Wraps” — wraps inspired + named after rappers. Each day, a new specialty will be released, but we can’t stop thinking about the The Cardi B-BQ Wrap with rotisserie chicken, lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, and BBQ sauce.
Active
  • This Saturday, April 20, runners of all levels are taking over UK’s campus for the joint UK5K (timed) + Girls on the Run Central Kentucky 5K (untimed). The course will run through several UK sport facilities including — Kroger Field, Kentucky Proud Park, the football training facilities, and more.
Try This
  • After the race, stop by the Living Arts & Science Center (also on Saturday, April 20) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., for Plants & Prints. Honoring Earth Day, the event will feature an arts fair with works from local printmakers, workshops with Seedleaf + educational activities for all ages.
Quoted
  • “I learned about gratitude here at Kentucky. I learned so much about gratitude. Entitlement leads to sorrow and depression. And gratitude leads to joy.” That’s what new men’s basketball head coach Mark Pope said about the importance of the team’s Kentucky jerseys during his public introduction on Sunday. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Number
  • 100. That’s the number of years UK’s College of Education is celebrating this weekend at the Big Blue Birthday Bash. Tickets are $10 and support the Centennial Scholarship Fund + include a walk down the Blue Carpet in your cocktail attire and tunes from the Coach Mitchell Band.”
Finance
  • American Trust Wealth recently opened a new office (2525 Harrodsburg Rd., Ste. 300) to expand its operations and improve the customer experience. Learn more about the importance of this new space and how their team can help you reach your financial goals.*
Home
  • Lower your energy bills before summer. Renewal by Andersen® will replace old windows with beautiful, energy-efficient windows — get a free quote and shop a limited-time spring savings event.*
 
Healthcare
 
129 acres of holistic care in Hamburg
A gray hospital with lots of big windows, some brick accents and a flower beds surrounding.
The medical center is situated on 129 acres, meaning it has room to expand. | Photo by LEXtoday
We’ve been talking about the Baptist Health Hamburg campus for nearly two years now, and the time has finally come. The $235-million outpatient medical center will officially open its doors to patients at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 22.

But before that, the public is invited to get a firsthand look of the state-of-the-art facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fun fact: Did you know Baptist Health originally acquired the land in 2009?

Located at 3000 Baptist Health Blvd., the space has separate entrances for its three main care areas —
  • Cancer
  • Surgery
  • ER
The multidisciplanary Cancer Center will offer personalized care with the help of nurses, therapists, and dietitians, as well as individual chemotherapy stations overlooking the growing healing garden. Other services available this location include —
  • Cardiology
  • Orthopedics + physical therapy
  • Breast imaging
  • Blood work + labs
  • Radiology and imaging
  • Pharmacy and more
 
The Buy
 
This sleek outdoor side table that doubles as a cooler, perfect for the warmer days ahead. Pop the top off to reveal ice and your refreshing beverage of choice.
 
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The Wrap
 
Molly Thompson in a black shirt Today’s edition by:
Molly
From the editor
Did you know this week is Work Zone Awareness Week? As someone who is basically living in a construction zone (where my Leestown Road folks at?), here is my big hope for all Lexington drivers — slow down + take a deep breath. Keep in mind that those working on the road are just trying to do their job, not purposefully inconvenience you.
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