Neighborhood picnic is Sept. 17

Catch up with your neighbors at the annual Mentelle neighborhood potluck picnic in the Mentelle Park Median on Sunday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Please bring a dish to share, plus your own beverage and a chair or blanket. 

This year, we will have street games. There also will be live music; neighborhood musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in. And the Lexington Fire Department will have a truck there on display and you can chat with firefighters.

Reminder: Sign up for Aug. 19 tree workshop; a few spots left

The University of Kentucky’s Urban Forest Initiative will lead a two-hour urban tree workshop for our neighborhood on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. at La Petit Delicat, 722 National Avenue. Seating is limited, so RSVP soon to Elaine Cook,

The workshop will cover the importance of urban trees and the benefits they provide; how to recognize urban tree health characteristics; resources and ways of communicating about urban tree problems; and how to be an ambassador for tree canopy health. 

The workshop will include a lecture and hands-on outdoor training — walking through the neighborhood to assess the health characteristics of different street trees. This workshop will help participants become more familiar with how to look at trees and communicate future problems with tree professionals.