EYEGLASSES MAKE A FASHION STATEMENT

According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75 percent of adults wear some sort of vision correction. People wear eyeglasses for different reasons. Some people are nearsighted and cannot see objects far away, while other people are farsighted and cannot see objects close by. Eyeglasses offer corrective vision for people who have difficulty seeing.

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT - KENTUCKY HEALTH SOLUTIONS

It is that most wonderful time of the year—no, we are not talking about Christmas. It’s Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Season. Yes, it’s the time of the year when we stress and spend hours on the phone or online shopping for health coverage. The pain of having to shop health coverage, spend hours on the phone or online with one company vs another for our health insurance can be a daunting task. It does not matter if you are on Medicare or looking for your personal insurance, this can be one of the most….

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DO YOU HAVE 20/20 VISION

When you consider what defines healthy eyes, among the criteria is good vision. The American Optometric Association says the term 20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. Visual acuity is usually measured with a Snellen chart. It’s likely everyone has seen the Snellen chart – usually starting with a huge “E,” .....

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•  Hunt-Morgan House is the 19th- century home of a Civil War brigadier general and Nobel Prize winner. The second floor houses the Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum. 201 N. Mill Street

•  The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the 19th-century Georgian home of the former first lady. 578 W. Main Street

•  Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg is preserved to showcase the Shaker lifestyle. Riverboat rides available. 3501 Lexington Road

•  Waveland State Historic Site is an original antebellum house with guided tours. 225 Waveland Museum Lane


HORSES

•  Horse Farm Tours showcases Thoroughbred horses.  (859) 268-2906

•  The Kentucky Horse Park lets you get up close to horses and offers museums and horse-drawn tours. 4089 Iron Works Parkway


PARKS AND NATURE

•  McConnell Springs is the birthplace of Lexington. 416 Rebmann Lane

•  Ravens Run Nature Sanctuary is a 794-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades and early Kentucky history. It has over 10 miles of hiking trails with access to streams, meadows, woodlands and over 600 species of plants. Numerous remnants of early settlers can also be found here. There are year-round monthly stargazing events. 3885 Raven Run Way

•  Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge is available to visitors the last weekend of every month. Call ahead to (859) 881-3449 for an appointment.


CITY EVENTS AND RESOURCES

•  Bluegrass music at the Southland Jamboree (May-September) at Moondance Amphitheater. 1152 Monarch Street

•  Thursday Night Live in downtown Lexington (April – October).

•  Jazz at Ecton Park and Moonlight Pass (April – August). 956 Turkey Foot Road

•  Farish Theater at the Lexington Central Library offers movies and performances for free. 140 E. Main Street

•  Lexington Children’s Theatre offers shows for young people. 418 W. Short Street. www.lctonstage.org

•  The Carnegie Center has a variety of learning and entertainment opportunities. 251 W. 2nd Street

•  Lexington Recreation and Community Programs (phone (781) 698-4800) and Lexington Community Center (phone (781) 698-4810) offer family day/night activities, sports, learning, parent/ child tournaments, games, art and reading programs, for children, adults and both together. Most are for a fee; some are free. www.activityreg.com/ LXNGTNMA/24_Site1.PDF


SUMMER CAMPS

•  Lexington Parks and Recreation. www.lexingtonky.gov/departments/parks-recreation

•  University of Kentucky Summer Camp Listings. www.uky.edu/hr/ work-life/resources-for-parents/summer-camps-listings


Lexington has seven neighborhood pools and aquatic centers.


AQUATIC CENTERS

Regular season begins May 27. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children (15 and under). Cash, check and credit cards accepted.


•  Castlewood, 320 Parkview Avenue – features a looped slide, a giant octopus, sand play area and vending machines.

•  Southland, 625 Hill-n-Dale Road – has a separate play pool for young children, a splash bucket, tall slide, zero-depth entry and concession stand.

•  Tates Creek, 1400 Gainesway Drive – has an enclosed looped slide, play structures and a 50-meter lap pool. Concessions available at the golf course concession stand.

•  Woodland, 190 Old Park Avenue –  interactive pirate ship, zero-depth entry, a looped slide and a concession stand.


NEIGHBORHOOD POOLS

Regular season begins June 3. Admission is $4 adult and $3 children (15 and under).


•  Douglass, 701 Howard Street –  Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

•  Picadome, 469 Parkway Drive – Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

•  Shillito, 300 Reynolds Road – Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.


For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Department at (859) 288-2973.

Lexington doesn’t lack things to do! Check out these fun family activities.


INDOOR FAMILY FUN CENTERS


•  Champs Entertainment Complex – roller skating, laser tag and laser maze, black light mini golf and arcade. 297 Ruccio Way

•  Champs Rollerdrome – roller skating, laser tag and putt putt. 255 Palumbo Drive

•  Gattitown – a 30,000-square-foot family entertainment center with more than 150 video/redemption games, bumper cars and movies. Buffet with pizza, pasta, breadsticks, salad bar and desserts. 2524 Nicholasville Road

•  L’escalade Fitness – indoor climbing adventures. 916 N. Broadway

•  Sky Zone – a warehouse sized room filled with giant trampolines. Call ahead to reserve space. (859) 629- 4455. 3644 N. Boston Road

•  Southland Bowling Lanes – bowling and snacks. 205 Southland Drive


OUTDOOR PLAY AREAS

•  Jacobson Park Creative Playgrounds has massive play structures with towers, bridges, cars and a lighthouse. The park also offers Free Friday Flick movies in the summer. 4001 Athens Boonesboro Road

•  Kids Place is a two-story playground with slides, rope bridges, ball baths and climbing and jumping activities. Located in the Lexington Athletic Club. 3882 Mall Road     

FAMILY SUMMER FUN

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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•  Malibu Jack’s Family Fun Center has a NASCAR-style go-kart speedway, one of the largest arcades in Kentucky, mini golf and a café. 3025 Blake James Drive

•  Miniature golf courses: Lexington Ice Center, 560 Eureka Springs Drive and White Haven Miniature Golf and Driving Range, 100 Yorkshire Boulevard.

•  Woodland Park includes a skate park. 601 E. High Street


INTERACTIVE MUSEUMS

•  The Explorium offers different interactive exhibits to stimulate imagination. Special events are hosted every Saturday and Sunday. It also offers summer camps and art classes and a play area for babies and children under age 3. 440 W. Short Street

•  The Living Arts and Science Center provides creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences. 362 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard


HISTORIC TOURS

•  Ashland The Henry Clay Estate is a 19th-century 18-room mansion with guided tours that last about an hour. 120 Sycamore Road