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kidsFRIDAY, JULY 1

The Eastside branch of the Lexington Public Library will host “Baby Jam” every Tuesday and Friday at 10:15 to 10:45 a.m or 11 to 11:30 a.m. through July. This fun and energetic lapsit story time develops pre-reading skills with books, songs, and activities, and promotes budding social skills and child-caregiver interaction. For ages 0-24 months.

THURSDAY, JULY 6 

The Eastside branch of the Lexington Public Library will host an Active Art Studio Wednesday, July 6 from 2 until 3 p.m. Guests can burst, splash, splat,and roll their way to colorful creations in this messy, hands-on adventure. For ages 5-12 with a parent or caregiver. Make sure to dress for a mess! Registration is required.

There will be preschool storytime every Wednesday in July in the Eastside branch of the Lexington Public Library. There will be fun stories, songs, and activities that promote literacy, math, and science skills. Storytime will begin at 11 a.m. each Wednesday in the  Children’s Program Room.

FRIDAY JULY 7 

Calling all curious kids! There will be a Discovery Lab at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library Thursday, July 7 and July 14 from 5 until 7 p.m in the childrens’ program room.. Stop by the library for hands-on exploration. Guests will explore the world full STEAM ahead through science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. Recommended for ages 5-12 with a parent or caregiver.

MONDAY JULY 11

Jump Baby Jump, a program of music and playtime for young toddlers, ages 18-30 months, will be held every Monday in July (except Independence Day) from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library.

TUESDAY, JULY 12

Marvelous Mayhem and DAHLicious Mischief, 1 pm, Joseph-Beth

WEDNESDAY JULY 13

Take a bite out of Shark Week with trivia, hands-on activities, and books you can sink your teeth into as part of Shark Week Celebration at the Eastside branch of the Lexington Public Library, July 13 from 2 until 3 p.m.  in the children’s programming room. The event is open to kids ages 5-12 and registration required.

FRIDAY JULY 15

Learn about the habits and folklore of the wildlife that is most active at night during this Night Exploration program, which allows visitors to receive a guided introduction to the world of dusk and darkness in our Kentucky forests. Serendipity is the key as we encounter whatever the night brings us, often including large animals such as deer, turkey, nocturnal mammals, roosting birds, and, of course, a wide-range of insect species, many of which can only be experienced at night. Darkness forces us to rely on our hearing to identify and sort out the sounds of the night. Even our guides see things they have rarely seen in the park during these tours. This month, the tour will be held Friday, July 15, starting at 9 p.m.  in the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Call 272-6105 to register for this program.

SATURDAY JULY 16 

Financial aid professionals from the University of Kentucky will be on-site to offer assistance in completion of the FAFSA and to answer any general questions regarding financial aid in the large conference room of the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library  from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. Some laptops will be supplied if you would like to complete your FAFSA during the workshop.  It is recommended that, if you have access to a laptop, that you bring it with you. Come in to receive one-on-one assistance and attention.

Elementary-aged children will learn pioneer skills and complete an art craft. All equipment for the trail explorations, as well as all the art supplies needed to complete your project, will be provided. The event will be held Saturday, July 16, starting at 10 a.m. at McConnell Springs. Parents or guardians are required to stay with young participants during the program. The junior naturalist program is open for children ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. Please call the park at 225-4073 for more information.

Horsing Around at the Museum State Pageant, 11 am, Lexington Children’s Museum

Lexington Children’s Theatre: The Little Mermaid, 2 pm, LCT Main Stage (through Sunday)

MONDAY JULY 18

Step right up! From capturing your shadow to creating a batch of elephant’s toothpaste, Jason Lindsey aka “Mr. Science” with Hooked on Science brings an amazing, interactive science circus to the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library as part of the Under the Big Top: Science Circus program on July 18. It is recommended for ages 5-12 with a parent or caregiver. The program will be held from 2 until 3 p.m.

The S.T. Roach Basketball and Cheerleading Clinic will be held Sunday, July 18 through 29. Founded by legendary basketball coach and civic leader, Sanford T. Roach, these clinics offer youth ages 6 through 16 the opportunity to participate in a structured basketball and cheerleading clinic at no cost. Participants learn the basic fundamentals of the sport as well as teamwork and sportsmanship from former and current high school coaches and college players.

Session 1 – Co-Ed Basketball:  July 18 – 22, 9 a.m. – noon, ages 11 – 16

Session 2 – Co-Ed Basketball: July 18-22, 1 – 4 p.m., ages 11 – 16

Session 3 – Cheerleading: July 25 – 29, 9 a.m. – noon, ages 7-14

Session 4 – Co-Ed Basketball: July 25 – 29, 1 – 4 p.m., ages 6-10

For more Information, call 288-2955.

THURSDAY JULY 21

Go stargazing and view the night sky at Raven Run Saturday, July 2 | 9:30 p.m. at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. The Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club sets up several Dobson and Refractor telescopes for visitors to view binary stars, nebula and planets. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes. This event usually lasts 1 to 2 hours. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. This program is weather dependent. Please call Raven Run at 272-6105 on the evening of the program in order to ensure the event is happening as scheduled.

SATURDAY JULY 23

Little Explorers “Insect Search” will be held Saturday, July 23 at 10 a.m. in the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Designed for elementary aged visitors (Youth K – 5th grade) who want to explore the park, learn about the wildlife of Kentucky, and get a chance to complete an art project. All equipment for the trail explorations, as well as all the art supplies needed to complete your project, will be provided. Parents or guardians are required to stay with young participants during the program. Call 272-6105 to register for this program.

Enjoy some time outdoors helping clean the park and maintaining the trails as part of the Weekend Workout, Saturday, July 23 at 10 a.m. in McConnell Springs. For more information, call 225-4073.

TUESDAY JULY 26 

Teens can craft like they’ve never crafted before as part of Teen Craft Tuesday at the Eastside branch of the Lexington Public Library. Tuesday, July 26, 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Explore blacklight painting, origami, jewelry making, food art, and more in the brand new Makerspace. No artistic talent necessary! Teens only, please. Ages 13-18. Registration required.

FRIDAY, JULY 29

Jurassic Quest Dinosaur Expo, 3 pm – 8 pm, Lexington Convention Center (through Sunday)

Reading Fairy Tales talk in conjunction with Natalie Frank exhibition, 6:30 pm, UK Art Museum

TUESDAY AUG 2

WATERFEST

Kentucky American Water Company presents WaterFest, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday August 2 at 2300 Richmond Road (park at Southland Christian across the street and ride the shuttle buses). Enjoy a family-friendly evening that provides an up-close look at water – from river to tap. demonstrations, exhibits, refreshments, children’s activities, treatment plant tours and more.

See page 12 of the July 2016 print edition of Hamburg Journal. http://www.hamburgjournal.com

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