May 082013

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.”