Fayette County: Deadline nears for Irish festival, St. Paddy's parade

"Bradley" by Kristin Harris in the art gallery at the Winchester Opera House in Winchester, Ky., Weds., February 29, 2012. Photo by Matt Goins 13553
"Bradley" by Kristin Harris in the art gallery at the Winchester Opera House in Winchester, Ky., Weds., February 29, 2012. Photo by Matt Goins 13553 ©2012 Herald-Leader

With 10 days to go, it's deadline day for participating in the Lexington Irish Festival and 33rd annual Alltech St. Patrick's Parade. The parade will be at 3 p.m. March 17.

There is no entry fee for community and non-profit organizations. The entry fee is $100 for commercial organizations and $175 for political organizations.

Entry forms are available at

See 'Bicycle Dreams'

Bicycle Dreams, an award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America, will premiere in Lexington at the Kentucky Theater at 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of the film's ongoing nationwide tour.

The screening is presented by the Bluegrass Triathlon Club as a fund-raiser for the Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop.

The film, which has won numerous awards, "is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through," says Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of Bicycle Dreams. "They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs and endless stretches of open road. And they do it all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It's a great subject for a film."

Bicycle Dreams also has been named one of the top 10 adventure films of all time by both The Matador Network and Playground Magazine, calling it the best bicycle film since Breaking Away.

Tickets are $11 in advance and $15 at the door. Order advance tickets online at

The mission of the Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop is to provide better access to better bicycles for all people and to empower individuals to perform their own bicycle maintenance. For more information, go to For more information on the film, go to

Train to be a Make-A-Wish volunteer

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana is offering a free training and information session for new wish-granting volunteers 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Word of Hope Lutheran Church, 1870 Armstrong Mill Road.

Wish-granting volunteers serve as the liaison between Make-A-Wish staff and the wish family, ensuring the family receives constant communication.

Those interested in volunteering must submit an application, comply with a background check and attend a training session. For more information, contact Tiffany Herron, manager of volunteer programs, at 1-877-206-9474 or

Catchy slogan can win this contest

The Lexington Division of Parks & Recreation and the Tweens Coalition is inviting the public to come up with a catchy slogan to help sell Better Bites, an expanded line of fresh, healthy food that is offered at local pools and other recreational facilities in the city.

The new food offerings include grilled chicken wraps, all-fruit popsicles, string cheese, Craisins, sunflower seeds, bottled water and fresh fruit.

The winner's catchy slogan will net them $100, plus two season passes to Lexington's public pools and lunch with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

Submit your slogan of seven words or less to or Better Bites contest, 2230 Delmar Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40508 by March 31. The winner will be selected by April 10 and will be notified by mail.

For more information, visit or call (859) 229-8400.