Family fun bike ride
On Saturday, May 18, a morning of children-focused bike activities will take place in downtown Lexington. The morning will commence at 8:00 am with a “Bike Safety Rodeo” and the “Sprout Sprint,” a free youth bike race coordinated by the YMCA that is open to all kids up to age 12!
This year’s Sprout Sprint course will be a short closed circuit on which particpants will ride laps; kids will compete for prizes in several age brackets: 5 and under, 6 – 9, and 10 – 12. Heat races will take place every 10 minutes beginning at 8:00am.
At 10:00 am, the Family Fun Bike Ride will leave downtwon. The route will take riders along Fourth Street, down Newtown Pike, across Maxwell and High Streets, up South Ashland and around Richmond Road along the July 4 10K race route. Organizers demand that all riders must register in order to participate in any of the biking activities.
The morning promises raffles, music, booths, and more.
Design Your Own Revolution
“Design Your Own Revolution,” the third component of a larger work in progress called “discomfort,” will take place on May 24.
Announced in February, the revolution design project offered community members a limited amount of resources with which to design a revolution. Resources offered to the winning participant include one pop-up office space, one design consultant, one table, two chairs, two pencils and a pencil sharpener, one copy machine, 500 sheets of copy paper, and 100 $1.00 billls.
After reviewing entries, Dakota Smith was selected to define the role of the revolutionary. On Friday, May 24, from 9 am-3 pm, Dakota will be designing his own revolution at Land of Tomorrow (LOT) Gallery (527 East Third Street) with the help of Revolution Designer Paul Michael Brown.
Revolution curator Bruce Burris of ElandF West attributes no preconceived hopes for the project, “There is no particular method here and absolutely no expectation. I may or not be present. Dakota is welcome to buy $100 worth of cigarettes and beer, design a revolution or anything at all. Paul is welcome to assist or hinder or leave. 9am-3pm is meant to mimic a typical business day. Anyone may attend/observe during this time.”
Bluegrass Community and Technical College is happy to have Dr. Yana Hashamova of Ohio State University speak on human trafficking, film and media.
According to most recent research, media environment influences the viewer’s emotions, attitudes, and behavior; establishes opinions on given social issues; and shapes young people’s perception of reality to a considerable degree. Various media venues are the main source of information about trafficking in people. This presentation examines cross-cultural and transnational media products on trafficking as well as attitudes toward trafficking, utilizing U.S. and Balkan media and social attitudes case studies.
The talk will take place Thursday, April 25, from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Oswald Auditorium.
NoC editor Danny Mayer is sponsoring a Town Branch Commons design challenge. He’s calling on area commoners to come up with an affordable and functional design to redevelop a portion of 151 East Vine Street, a .62 acre publicly owned surface parking lot that runs downtown between Vine and Water Street in Lexington, Kentucky. He will present the winning idea to a meeting of the city council, at which time he will formally request public funding for the project.
The idea for Mayer’s challenge began after the NoC editor read about the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government’s recent admission that closing down surface parking lots on Vine Street is “clearly implementable” and “within the realm of do-ability.”
“I think it’s great,” Mayer said, “that city leaders are finally acknowledging the benefits of transforming under-used government property into human-scaled places of interaction and mobility. I want to do my part to encourage more of that thinking.”
Film Explores African-Americans ‘Soul Food’ Habit
Soul food Junkies, which recently won the Best Documentary Award at the prestigious American Black Film Festival in Miami, explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food. A quintessential American cuisine with a rich history and an abiding significance to black cultural identity, soul food and its core celebration of all things fried and smothered has had lasting effects on the health of African Americans, both good and bad.
The Kentucky Mourning Project
This is a press release/job add from ELandF projects.
The Kentucky Mourning Project will provide compensation for grieving/praying/singing/careful consideration on the thoughtless and detrimental environmental modifications wrought by ourselves within the area known to us today as the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
ELandF is looking for a Mourner to grieve for the loss of a relatively undisturbed sanctuary/habitat due to our own uncompromising devotion to consumer culture, to apologize to this earth place for our sad/mad lust for items and profit, and to offer up prayers of healing and forgiveness.