Fox 56 Back To School Jamboree
Celebrate the start of the new school year with your family at the free Back to School Jamboree hosted by Fox 56 News rain or shine at Evans Orchard in Georgetown Saturday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The event features entertainment from Mark the Magician, live music and hayrides. Guest appearances will be made by superheroes “Spiderman” and “Captain America” as well as “The Ice Princess.”
“These characters are the real deal, we are flying them in from Marvel,” said Ronna Corrente, General Manager of WDKY-TV.
The characters will be available to sign autographs and take photos.
Kids can also enjoy activities such as the apple cider slider, wall maze, face painting, tire climb and inflatables. Additionally, the first 100 kids to arrive at the Jamboree will receive a small pumpkin.
“I would encourage everyone to come out even if it’s pouring rain,” Corrente said. “We will have tents set up so you will have fun no matter what.”
Out & About
Annual Latch On Event, Plus Rally To Improve Birth
Breastfeeding moms in Lexington will try to break a world record at the annual Big Latch On on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Pleasant Ridge Park near Hamburg.
The event, hosted by Mindful Moms of the Bluegrass, will include children’s activities, giveaways and information on breastfeeding from the Lexington Health Department. The Big Latch On is a global event; 28 countries participated in 2015.
Activities begin at 9 a.m. At 10:30, all moms are invited to feed their babies in an attempt to set a record for the number of women breastfeeding simultaneously. Hike It Baby Lexington will lead a family walk immediately following the event.
The Rally to Improve Birth is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 5 in Triangle Park in Downtown Lexington from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Families can expect vendor booths with information on local resources for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, children’s activities, giveaways and more. The rally is free.
Info: ImprovingBirthLexington@gmail.com or Facebook.com/ImprovingBirthLexington.
Woodland Art Fair: Aug. 20-21
The nationally renowned Woodland Art Fair offers its 41st annual showcase this month when more than 200 artists and craftspeople will display handcrafted items including ceramics, wood, jewelry, painting, metal, fiber, mixed media and photography.
This year’s fair will run Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The event is free and also features live entertainment, hands-on art activities for children and food vendors.
Info: 254-7024 or lexingtonartleague.org
By The Numbers
• Parents of grades K-12 spend an average of $434 on back-to-school purchases
• 31% of parents do their back-to-school shopping after the school year starts
• 77% of parents prefer to shop in-store instead of online for back-to-school items
• Back to school is the second biggest season shopping period of the year
Is Pokemon Go Family Friendly
Pokemon Go has adults and kids alike trying to “catch” Pokemon creatures in the popular location-based augmented reality game. Is it family fun or just another addictive piece of technology?
• “I love it! My son is interacting and talking with his friends face to face! They are ‘hanging out’ outside… Getting off the summer couch and exploring… I don’t like the part where there are characters to catch in/around private property and unwelcoming businesses. I hope they figure out a way to stop that.” – MistiDawn Covey
• “In the right place, it is fun. However, I have had strangers on my property several times hunting Pokemon. I don’t even feel safe allowing my children outside to play in our fenced backyard.” – Liz Wagner
• “So fun! Our family loves it and it gets us moving, and we have great conversations as well. I think it is fantastic and look forward to having more memories with our kids with it.” – Sarah Webb Hall
• “Our family loves it. We are planning different areas of Lexington to walk around this weekend.” – Amanda Ecklar
Meet Our Teen Book Reviewers
WHO: Eryn Keenan, 8th grader at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School
HOBBIES:Crafting, reading and horseback riding. At Edythe J. Hayes, I participate in the Morning News Program, the Student, Technology, Leadership Program, Student Council, the School Band and Jazz Band.
PAPER BOOKS OR E-READER: Paper because I like the feeling of satisfaction when you finish reading a page, then slowly flipping over to the next one or fanning through the pages, which is impossible to do on an electronic device.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: “Ashes” by Kathryn Lasky. This book is about a girl who has to face the Nazis and find her own path. She doesn’t follow her fellow Germans and becomes a rebel to help aid the Jews to find freedom in Sweden.
WHO: Kennedy Foreman, junior at Henry Clay High School
HOBBIES: Reading and writing. I am in the psychology club, history club and Devils in Action (Henry Clay’s student community service program) and a member of teen action board at the Lexington Public Library .
PAPER BOOKS OR E-READER: Paper. They make
me feel more connected to the story.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It is a classic and well-deserved. The story it tells is insightful and the characters are well developed.