West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, is having a Christmas in July party Friday, featuring kegs of 2014 Christmas Ale on tap and Christmas Ale specials, including ice cream floats in the barrel room. Bring a school supply to put under the tree for the Back to School Rally Saturday in Coolavin Park, and you get a raffle ticket for some big West Sixth mystery prizes to be raffled every hour.
■ A&W is opening its prototype concept restaurant at 652 East Main Street next week, just in time for National Root Beer Float Day on Thursday. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, A&W will donate 50 percent of the Main Street store sales to the Wounded Warrior Project. Friday through Sunday, 50 percent of the sales will go to the Lexington Humane Society. On Thursday, you can get a free small root beer float for asking, from 2 p.m. to close at all Lexington A&W restaurants. And at the grand opening celebration, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 8, you can spin a prize wheel for a chance to win free root beer floats for an entire year.
■ The recent rains have added a flush of local chanterelle mushrooms, and that has inspired chef Jordan Noel at Portofino Restaurant, 249 East Main Street. This weekend, he will sauté them in a light cream sauce and toss them with fresh pappardelle pasta and baby spinach, topping with house-made ricotta and lemon zest, for $16. For dessert, Noel has created vanilla-chanterelle ice cream with sliced mushrooms in a caramel sauce for $10 Call (859) 221-0094 for reservations. The mushroom specials will be available until they run out.
■ For August, Greentree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street, will have chilled cantaloupe soup; oatmeal scones with orange marmalade and Fayette cream; baked pear with blue cheese entree salad; poppy seed egg salad, jeweled pepper and dilled ham salad tea sandwiches; ginger chocolate truffles, strawberry pound cake and key lime custards; and Nilgiri tea. Reservations are required. Call (859) 455-9660.
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■ Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will have the final Havana Nights event from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday with half-price appetizers, cocktails, and salsa dancing by Kentucky Ballet Theatre. Call (859) 303-5573 for reservations.
■ Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg is hosting a beekeeping and honey expo, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The expo will feature presentations and displays about beginning beekeeping, pest control and harvesting honey. Admission is $5. The event will be held at the park's Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center. Vendors with honey will also be at the expo. For more info, call (606) 889-1790.
■ Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, behind City Hall at the corner of Main and Rice Streets in Wilmore from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, will have locally grown blueberries, honey, fresh herbs, greens, tomatoes, green beans and other seasonal vegetables, eggs, cut flowers and perennials.
■ Chevy Chase Farmers Market, at Euclid Avenue and High Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, will have beef, pork, sausages, lamb, mutton, fresh and frozen chicken, eggs, duck, squash and zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, micro greens, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, potatoes, melons, peaches and garlic.
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market, open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Azur Patio Grill, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, and Hamburg Liquor Barn, 1837 Plaudit Place, will have local tomatoes, corn, melons, homemade cheese, jam, organic veggies, fresh cut flowers, bread, eggs, beef and local summer vegetables.
■ Lexington Farmers Market, at Cheapside Pavilion on Saturday and on Southland Drive on Sunday, will have seasonal fruit and vegetables, peaches, melons, tomatoes, beans, bread, cheese, eggs, meats, garlic, flowers and more.