pg-18-hj_october_2016October will be a busy month for people of Lexington with Halloween, football and the return of Wildcat basketball.

Saturday, Oct. 1

The League of Women Voters Fall 2016 Candidate Forums will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lexington Central Library.

The schedule includes:

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. – Council District 4: Susan Lamb, Barry Saturday

11 to 11:30 a.m. – Council District 12: Russ Hensley, Kathy Plomin

1 to 1:30 p.m. – House District 75: Kelly M. Flood, Gary McCollum

1:45 to 2:15 p.m. – House District 56: Daniel A. Fister, James Kay

2:30 to 3 p.m. – House District 79: Ken Kearns, Susan Westrom

3:15 to 3:45 p.m. House District 45: Stan Lee, Pam Sigler

Racino 2016, a fundraiser for Blue Grass Farms Charities, will be held Saturday, Oct 1 at 7 p.m. in the Keeneland Entertainment Center. Musical entertainment by Corey Cross and Ben Lacy. There will be casino-style gaming, live and silent auctions. Tickets are available at include drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Sunday, Oct. 2

This year’s Fire Prevention Festival will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2 until 6 p.m. at Masterson Station Park. “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” is the theme for the 2016 Fire Prevention Festival. Come out and enjoy free fire truck rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, Kasey the Fire Dog Show, kids combat challenge, bike rodeo, and fire safety skills. Zip on over to Home Depot’s booth where they will be helping kids “build-a-truck” while Cabela’s will be bringing our first-ever gun safety range. The Lexington Police Department and the canine unit, mounted patrol, bomb unit, and helicopter will be there. There will be a health and wellness component to the festival and we’ll be giving away free on-site vision and hearing screenings, blood pressure checks, balance checks, teaching hands-only CPR, and much more. Also new to this year’s festival is the Touch-A-Truck event. Add to that free hamburgers, hotdogs, cotton candy, chips, and popcorn and it might just be the best way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

The boat dock at Jacobson Park will close for the season on Sunday, Oct. 2 at  5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct 4

There will be Stearman Biplane Rides Tuesday, Oct 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, 4029 Airport Dr. Join UK ‘88 alum Rob Lock for a flight experience of a lifetime. This aircraft was used in the 1940s for cadet training in WWII.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Firefly fan? Joss Whedon fan? This is a Can’t Stop the Serenity event by the Kentucky Browncoats with 100 percent of the profits going to charity. Join Capt. Nyorissa Kel and the crew of the Jiu Hai Shen for a mighty fine shindig at the Kentucky Theater, starting promptly at 7 p.m. with a Firefly costume contest and a screening of Serenity to follow at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday Evening Suppers continue each week at 5:30 p.m. in Kearns Hall at Liberty Road Faith Fellowship.  Reservations can be made by calling 859.277.0420.

Thursday, Oct 6

Bourbon & Bites will be held Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at ArtsPlace, 161 S. Mill St. Sip and sample from our non-Kentucky bourbon loving friends. Six out of state bourbons and whiskeys, including selections from Tennessee, New York, California and Canada, will be paired with small plates indicative of their state.

The Blind Services Coalition of Kentucky presents the Third Annual Eye Opening Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. Topics will include glaucoma, accessibility in action, coping with vision loss at a young age, retinal treatments, macular degeneration, and coping with vision loss later in life. Speakers include Dr. Sheila Sanders, VA Medical Center; and Dr. Romulo Albuquerque, Retina Associates of Kentucky, University of Kentucky. To learn more and to register for this free event please go to

Friday, Oct. 7

Brave the Blue V will be held Friday, Oct. 7.  The Rotary Club of Lexington is producing this year’s installment of the 410’ high-adventure fundraiser which gives participants the opportunity to rappel down the side of the tallest building in Lexington.

The Keeneland Fall Race Meet kicks off. There will be racing every day except Mondays and Tuesday through Oct. 29.

Saturday, Oct. 8

The sixth annual PRHBTN Street Art Festival opens Saturday, Oct. 8. PRHBTN is an annual celebration of art forms that have been criminalized, marginalized, and under-appreciated in the mainstream, featuring public murals alongside an exhibition of street art works in a space that complements the raw, powerful nature of the message and artistry of each piece. PRHBTN will take place Oct. 8 to 15 at various locations around downtown.

Barktoberfest will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blue Stallion Brewing Company, 610 West 3rd Street. This is the annual fundraiser for regional animal rescue organization Paws 4 the Cause, a nonprofit no-kill animal rescue working throughout the central Kentucky area. Come out for food, vendors, live music, raffles, silent auctions, a dog costume contest and adoptions.

The Cincinnati Art Museum will present Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, starting Saturday, Oct. 8 and continuing through Jan. 1, 2017.

The museum will present the first major museum survey of the Lexington Camera Club’s artistic achievements in the new exhibition Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974. More than 150 photographs, books, prints and other objects made in and around Lexington will be on view.

Peppa Pig Live – Peppa Pig’s Big Splash  will be presented Saturday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. in the EKU Center for the Arts. Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring favorite characters as life-size puppets and costume characters. Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles.

Waveland State Historic Site will be the home site for the only Vintage Baseball team in Kentucky, The Bluegrass Barons. The team will take the field Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1 until 3 p.m. This event will be fun and educational. Families can come and enjoy the game, the food and learn a little about the history of baseball.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

The fifth annual International Eating & Reading night will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to all. No registration is required. Hear poetry read by native speakers in several languages, and enjoy a potluck dinner of international foods. Bring an ethnic dish to share – something from your country that you would enjoy preparing and sharing. There will be an open microphone at 6:30 p.m., so if you have a poem you have written or would like to share (in any language), please bring it. The event will be held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, in downtown Lexington. If you have any questions, call 859.254.4175.

Friday, Oct 14

The Bourbon Chase, an overnight relay adventure, will be held Friday, Oct. 14. Teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail starting Friday, and finishing in downtown Lexington with a huge street party. Come on down Saturday afternoon and watch the runners come in.

Food Truck Friday will be Friday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m . to 2 p.m. at the Herald-Leader parking lot, 100 Midland Ave.  Some of Lexington’s Food Truck establishments convene to sell their goods, all within walking distance of downtown.

Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for the University of Kentucky’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams, will be Friday, Oct. 14 at Rupp Arena. This event will be televised live by the SEC Network.

Saturday, Oct. 15

The Sacramento Kings will take on the Washington Wizards in a NBA preseason game Saturday, Oct. 15 at Rupp Arena, starting at 7 p.m. The game will feature the return to Lexington of former UK stars DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings along with John Wall of the Wizards.

Doug Flynn, former member of the Cincinnati Reds,  will be the speaker at the Men’s Breakfast at Kearns Hall of Liberty Road Faith Fellowship.  The breakfast begins at 9 a.m.  Reservations can be made by calling 859.277.0420.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at 5 p.m. at the Legends Ballpark. The event funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients. Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams, and consumers help by donating at retail outlets.

Kiss a Pig 2016, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.  at the Hilton Downtown Lexington. Kiss a Pig is a unique and lighthearted fundraising effort that pits local community leaders against each other in a contest to raise the most dollars for diabetes. The top fundraiser will have the honor of kissing a pig at the third Annual Kiss a Pig event. The evening will include dinner stations, cocktails, entertainment, a live and silent auction and the Kiss a Pig announcement.

Party for the Pumpkins Fall Family Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 from 2 until 6 p.m. at the The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. There will be pumpkins galore, crafts, activities, music, creatures in costume and more. Admission to the Kentucky Children’s Garden is included in the ticket price.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Rupp Arena. Caputo has been a practicing medium for over 15 years. She helps individuals find closure by delivering healing messages.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Connect: A Young Professionals Networking Happy Hour will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Lexington Beerworks.

Join the Lexington Young Professionals Association (LYPA) in October for a networking happy hour at Beerworks with the  Toyota Manufacturing’s YP group.

Friday, Oct. 21

Bourbon, Bites & Blues will be held Friday, Oct. 21at the Grand Reserve, starting at 7 p.m.  Enjoy bourbon, delicious appetizers and music in an intimate setting as the Lexington Singers’ Cabaret ensemble presents the “bluesiest” tunes from the American songbook. A live auction will benefit the Singers, allowing us to continue to bring the finest choral music to Kentucky’s stages.

The annual Wildcat Blue – White Game will be held Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. This event will be televised live by the SEC Network.

American Cancer Society All-In To End Cancer Casino Night will be held Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 until 11 p.m. at The Livery, 238 East Main Street. Join the fight against cancer for a night of gaming and giving to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Moving Day Kentucky – A Walk For Parkinson’s will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at Legends ballpark. The National Parkinson Foundation is hosting Moving Day Kentucky – a Walk for Parkinson’s – on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Lexington. Moving Day is more than just a walk. It highlights “movement” and exercise as a symbol of hope and progress because of its essential role in treating Parkinson’s disease. Each event features activities like yoga, dance and tai chi – all proven to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Register your walk team today at The event begins at 9 a.m.


Quest Community Church will present Lauren Daigle with guest Chris McClarney Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at

Peter Frampton Raw: An Acoustic Tour will make a stop at the Lexington Opera House Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Frampton fans will have a chance to see him in a more intimate musical setting. Frampton is best known for his fifth solo album, Frampton Comes Alive!, released in 1976 as a two-record set. Immediately upon release, the album launched Frampton into the stratosphere with huge sales, hit singles and arena tours. Alive! was #1 for ten weeks and remains one of the best-selling live albums of all time.

Sunday, Oct. 23

Help raise funds for groundbreaking breast cancer research, life-saving education, and critical patient services by walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Making Strides of Fayette – Lexington. Get ready to join more than one million volunteers nationwide. When you sign up, fundraise, and participate in one of our noncompetitive, three- to five-mile walks, you will be there to support every person affected by breast cancer. The walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 23, starting at 1 p.m. at Legends ballpark.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

John Mellencamp will drop by the EKU Center for the Arts, Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at part of his Plain Spoken Tour. On the strength of critical praise and high fan demand, the multiple Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is set to resume the renowned tour with support artist Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter Cash. The tour will see Mellencamp playing the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond, Kentucky, and performing songs from 2015’s Plain Spoken, his twenty-second studio album and one of the most lauded in his 40-year career, as well as his catalog of fan favorites.

Friday, Oct. 28

Kentucky Ballet Theatre: “Ballet Up Close and Personal” A collection of neoclassical, classical and contemporary works in an intimate setting at the Downtown Arts Center with question and answer with the audience after the performance. A gallery and reception will take place following the Saturday night performance called “A Part of the Art” a collaboration between the Lexington Fashion Collaborative and KBT. There will be three opportunities to enjoy this event – Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., and  Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

Dierks Bently will be performing Friday, Oct. 28 at Rupp Arena at part of his Somewhere on a Beach tour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

LexPlay, the largest game convention in central Kentucky, aims to make this event for modern gamers specifically, bringing together eSports, video games, tabletop games, retro gaming and installations. Want to see competitive Street Fighter played live? Ever wanted to get together a 16 person game of Johann Sebastian Joust? 30 person games of Werewolf? This is the place to do it. Organizers have 22,000 sq ft of gaming for all generations and unique experiences you just won’t find anywhere else.

Saturday, Oct. 29

The 2016 Thriller & Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza downtown. Voted a Top 10 Halloween destination by USA Today, zombies will return to haunt downtown Lexington once again. The evening will kick-off at 6:30 p.m. with a dance showcase, fall foods and Halloween festivities at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. Prior to the Thriller dance, will be a Halloween parade featuring ghosts, ghouls, superheroes, villains and costumed characters of all kinds. If you are interested in having an entry in the parade, download the parade application here. You may also contact Amber Luallen at (859) 288-2925. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the annual live performance of Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking video for Thriller. The Thriller dance will start at Quality and Main streets and proceed along Main Street ending at Mill Street. The dance will occur repeatedly along the route.

Legends in Concert, featuring tributes to such artists as Prince, The Blues Brothers, and Cher, will perform Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Lexington Opera House.

There will be a wheelthrowing demonstration and pinchpots Saturday, Oct 29 from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library. Join Kentucky Mudworks for this wheelthrowing demonstration and make your own pinchpots.

Liberty Road Faith Fellowship will have a Trunk or Treat Event in the church parking lot from 4:30 to 6 p.m.   Children 12 and under are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Join Boyd Orchards for the last festival of the season on Saturday, Oct. 29  from 9:30n a.m. to 7 p. m. Bring your little ghost and goblins for a day of fun on their 90-foot slide, straw pyramid, viking ship, hay rides, and animal center. Enjoy the Apple Blossom Café or Snack Shack for lunch. There will be train rides and face painting available. There are new animals to pet and feed in the animal center.

Sunday, Oct. 30

The Adult Choir and Orchestra of Liberty Road Faith Fellowship will present a Fifth Sunday Music Celebration at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

This article also appears on page 18,19, 20 of the October 2016 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal. For more Hamburg area news, subscribe to the Hamburg Journal weekly digital newsletter.