Sunday, May 1, 2011

Local Bowling Green Kentucky events May 1-8, 2011

The Kentucky Derby is May 7th*
Events in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area May 1 - May 7, 2011

Hi to all!  I list weekly selected events, plus other things to do in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area and sometimes in Nashville or surrounding communities. 

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You can find even more fun events by clicking on the links at side of this blog. Always double check each event, just in case. 

New events are listed in blue, bolded.
Thank you to the  Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the SoKy Happenings the Bowling Green Parent magazine, Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the WCVK Happenings pages and WBKO's Community Events Calendar, the free Clker site and also the Microsoft Images pages.

Bowling Green Hot Rods Baseball has special events during the week this summer. In April they have MinitMart Mondays, All-you-can-eat Tuesdays, Wild Wednesdays, Thrifty Thursdays, Fun Fridays, and Saturday Fireworks. Find out more at

The Wild Bird and Nature store at 901 Lehman Avenue has an Herb Festival Thursday, April 28 – Sunday May 8th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

From the Riverview Museum shop Facebook site: (for Riverview at Hobson Grove) "A Mother's Day Sale in the Riverview Museum Shop will run Sunday, May 1 through Sunday, May 8.  Select merchandise will be on sale including purses, aprons, hand towels, and other gift items for your mother, favorite aunt or friend.  For information, please call Riverview at 843-5565.  Riverview is located at 1100 West Main Avenue in Bowling Green's Hobson Grove Park.  Closed Mondays. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 until 4 p.m. 

Selected events, art exhibits, classes and more in and around Bowling Green, Kentucky

Going back to school? WKU has Summer Sessions 2011 signups for both high school students and college students. Check out for more information.

The two Farmer's Markets open this month. Check out their websites: 
#1: The Southern KY Farmer's Market (SKY) (at the Medical Center)
#2: The Bowling Green Farmer's Market (on Scottsville Road)

New - the Kentucky Library Summer Day Camps are taking signups. Space is limited. Find out if there are more spots available: 
I know Laura Bain-Selbo and am sure her Clay Camp will be awesome.

Have you been inside Morris Jewelry in downtown Fountain Square, Bowling Green? I stopped in the other day and was it ever beautiful inside! Scroll down to see their special Mother's Day event. Now to earn some more money to spend there... :-) Here is their website: 

Always double-check each event just in case. Thanks!

May Squirrels in the Square:
Find 6 squirrels at participating shops in Fountain Square through the 31st of May and win a big, big Surprise Basket filled with neat things. Just find 6 squirrels at shops downtown.

You can check Squirrels in the Square at their Facebook page, or online at the Daily News site.

Art Shows, Art Classes, and Exhibitions

From the WKU Performing Arts Calendar:  
"Kentucky Museum, April 15 – May 14, Department of Art Spring Graduating Seniors Exhibition
From Graphic Design to Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Weaving, Ceramics and Sculpture, this group exhibition, co-sponsored and hosted by the Kentucky Library and Museum, presents the work of the Department of Art’s Seniors graduating in the Spring of 2011. Saturday, May 14: Closing Reception".

Isabelle Barbuzza is having her an exhibition through May 13th at the WKU Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Main Gallery. 745-3944. 

The Graduating Art Seniors from WKU have their exhibit April 15th through May 14th at the Kentucky Museum. 745-3944. 

Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center (FAC) at Western will have a Visiting Artist Exhibition from April 1st through May 14th at the FAC Corridor Gallery. 745-3944,

Anthony Wycihowski photos will be shown at the Bob Kirby Branch Library this month.

Photographs from Safe Haven will continue to be shown from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the ArtsAccess Gallery at 515 East 10th Ave., BG. Monday through Friday. 781-0872.

Other announcements:

GARDEN PLOTS / SPRING BREAK CAMP / WATERPARK PASSES: Signups are going on for BG Parks and Rec Garden Plots at Keriakes Park 393-3249, BG Parks and Rec Spring Break Camps 393-3249, and Russell Sims Water park passes, 393-3249. If you want a garden plot, register early because these run out fast. (They already may be full...)

Signups are taking place for a Fiction Workshop June 13th - July 9th for advanced undergraduate and graduate students at WKU Extended Learning and Outreach. "Release Your Creative Talents!"Contact Dr. David Bell at 745-4406 or email him at for more information.

Plays, Theater camp, and auditions happening soon

Driving Miss Daisy is coming to the PTK April 15th and will continue through May 1st.

Sunburst Youth Theater Day Camp 2011 will take place June 6-17.

Events and classes:

Sunday, May 1st

The Baker Chamber players play at 3 p.m. today at the Downing Museum at the Baker Arboretum. More info:  A reception will follow. Tickets are $50.00 per person, and seating is limited to 50 people.

The play Driving Miss Daisy is at 8:00 p.m. at the Public Theater of Kentucky. 781-6233.

This is Celebrity Scoop day at Chaney's Dairy Barn from 1-4 p.m.  This event benefits St. Jude's Children's hospital.

An Evening of Dance (afternoon performance) is today at Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center (FAC) Russell Miller Theater at 3-5 p.m. For more info, contat

Monday, May 2nd
A free computer class, MS Excel Basics, is 6-7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch library tonight. You must pre-register to attend. Call 781-4882.
From the WCVK Community Happenings page: "5/2/11 "Aprons don’t hold us back, they take us back”. The UT Extension & Sumner County Family & Community Education Clubs Present the first “Apron Extravaganza”, 10a-5pm May 6th and 7th at the brand new EPIC Centre, 392 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN. This 2 day event features an Apron Contest with 10 categories, including Family/Heirloom Aprons, Barbecue / Grilling Aprons (for Dads) & Favorite Holiday Aprons. Special guest Luncheon Speaker is EllynAnne Geisel, essayist, apron expert and apron archaeologist from Colorado seen on CBS Good Morning Show, with articles in Country Living, Cooking with Paula Deen, Southern Lady, Country Woman magazines, etc. Due to limited seating, Luncheon with EllynAnne tickets must be purchased by May 2nd. For complete info, including apron entry and ticket info, call Ana Wilson at 615-452-1423."
A Kentucky Blues Society Teen Jam is held today from 6-9 p.m. at WhaBah Steakhouse, and families are invited.  A prize drawing is at 8:00 p.m.

WKU's Evening of Dance is tonight at 8:00 at the Russell Miller Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are $10.00 per person.745-5845. Another performance is tomorrow night.

Tuesday, May 3rd
A free computer class, Computing for Seniors, is at 9 a.m. at the Main Branch library. You must pre-register to attend. Call 781-4882.
The Main Branch library also has a Mother and Daughter Stories and Craft Time event at 6:00. For ages 4 and up. You must pre-register to attend. Contact Stephanie at 781-4882 extension 212.
Hardin Planetarium is showing "Solar System Wonder" at 7 p.m. This is a free event, with first come first served seating. 745-2824.
WKU's Evening of Dance is tonight at 8:00 at the Russell Miller Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are $10.00 per person.745-5845.

Wednesday, May 4th

Last Chance to Dance is today at 4:00 p.m. at Russell Miller Theater Fine Arts Center. This is a free event, featuring WKU Dance Students. 745-5845.

A free computer class, Coupons 101 is at 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Main Branch library. You must pre-register to attend. Call 781-4882.

Thursday, May 5th
Today is Cinco de Mayo.

The Graham Branch library is holding a Teen Thursday today  at 5 p.m. They will be having a Cinco de Mayo Party. Call 781-1441 for more information.
The Main Branch library has a High Five Kids Club meeting today at 4 p.m. for K-5th grade students. They will make a glider and kite and listen to a story about things that fly. 781-4882.

A free computer class, Intermediate Computers and the Internet is at 6 p.m. at the Main Branch library. You must pre-register to attend. Call 781-4882.

WKU's Men's and Women's Chorus, the Chorale, the TrebleMakers, and the RedShirts are singing "An American Tapestry" at 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Auditorium. Tickets are only $5.00 for adults, and $3.00 for students. Call for info: 745-3751.

The WKU Chess club meets from 6-9 p.m. at the WKU Faculty House for all skill levels. You may need to bring your own chess set. Call for more info: 918-809-6278. The public is welcome.

Solar System Wonders is showing at the WKU Hardin Planetarium. This is a free event, and first-come first served when it comes to seating.

Friday, May 6th
Barnes and Noble is sponsoring a storytime and hands-on experiments, "Wonders of Water" presented by BGMU at 11:30 a.m. The book is "Magic School Bus at the Waterworks." Call for info: 746-9779. This event is also being presented tomorrow.

A free MacBook class, Overdrive Digital Catalog, is today from 2-3 p.m. at the Bob Kirby branch library. You must pre-register to attend. call 782-0252.

The Bob Kirby branch library also has Teen Scene today at 3:30 p.m.

The International Barrel Racing Association has their 2011 Kentucky Spring Extravaganza today starting at 4:00 p.m. at the WKU Ag-Expo Center. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. Call 745-3976 for more information.

Saturday, May 7th
Today is the Kentucky Derby.

Morris Jewelry at 408 East Main Street will have a Derby Party today from 9-6 with Refreshments and Appetizers. Call for info: 843-6103 or go to

The 17th Annual Mini Corvette Challenge is today starting at 9:30 a.m. at the National Corvette Museum. 782-0280.

From the WCVK Community Happenings page: "5/7/11 Clear Fork Baptist Church Relay for Life Team is having their 3rd Annual All you can eat pancake breakfast, 7-10AM Saturday May 7th at Browning Fire Dept. on Browning Road, Rockfield, KY. $5.00 per person, all proceeds go to the Relay for Life Team. call 270-535-2300 or 270-779-6920."
The International Barrel Racing Association has their 2011 Kentucky Spring Extravaganza continuing today, starting at 8 a.m. at the WKU Ag-Expo Center. The show starts at 11 a.m. Call 745-3976 for more information.

Barnes and Noble is sponsoring a storytime and hands-on experiments, "Wonders of Water" presented by BGMU at 3:30 p.m. The book is "Magic School Bus at the Waterworks." Call for info: 746-9779.

A Vette City Roller Derby game is at 5 p.m. at The Skatebox, the Vixens vs. Derby City (Louisville) and Hot Broads vs. Destruction Dames (Evansville). Doors open at 4 p.m.

Chaney's Dairy Barn is sponsoring an Amazing Angels Benefit for Abigail and Alison Church. This event will include a craft bazaar. Proceeds will benefit the Church family. 270-392-0825. From the WCVK Community Happenings site: "5/7/11 Amazing Angels Benefit in memory of Abigail & Alison Church is Saturday, May 7th from 11am to 3pm, at Chaney's Dairy Barn. The benefit features family events, crafts, hay & pony rides, concessions, and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Church family, who lost their identical twin pre-mature girls to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. For more info call 270-392-0825 or email ."

May 7th is also a Young Artist Alliance and Performance Troupe dance performance at Capital Arts benefiting Camp Courageous at 3:00 or 7:00. $5.00 admission.

From the WCVK Community Events page: "5/7/11 Mishpachah, Inc., an auditioned group of high students based out of Mason, Ohio, will present the musical drama performance of “Dead Serious…About Life” at Warren East High School, Bowling Green, May 7 at 6 p.m., and May 8 at 3 p.m. The musical deals with many of the issues teen face with teenage suicide as the underlying subject matter. Tickets are $8 in advance until May 5, $9 at the door, and available by calling 800-459-7268."

The Imagine Concert for the Exceptional is from 2-8 pm. at the Bowling Green Ball Park. Live music will be at the event. You must have a ticket to attend. 901-2121 or go to BGHOTRODS.COM to purchase tickets. This event is sponsored by the Bowling Green Hot Rods baseball team and also the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart. Artists there will be Jimmy Needham, Beckah Shae, and Me in Motion.
Sunday, May 8th
Today is Mother's Day.

Ryan's is having a Mother's Day Buffet from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Rockin' B Horse and Carriage Company has carriage rides today for Mother's Day on Fountain Square in downtown Bowling Green today. The first 25 mothers will receive a free ride and a yellow rose. Other riders are $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children 13 and under accompanied by a paying adult. Call 792-3838 for more information.

Parents skate free today from 2-5 p.m. with paid admission of child at The Skatebox. 843-3394.

Super Sunday Bowling is today, and the public is invited. This event is at REDZ, 4th floor at WKU's Downing University Center. Call for info: 745-5794.

The International Barrel Racing Association has their 2011 Kentucky Spring Extravaganza continuing today, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the WKU Ag-Expo Center. Church service is at 8:30 a.m. and classes start at 10 a.m. Call 745-3976 for more information.

Micki's on Main also has a Mother's Day Buffet from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. You must have reservations to attend. Call 793-0450.

This is Rainhill Equine Rescue Facility's Visitor's Tour Day from 1-4 p.m. This Facility is at 11125 Kentucky Highway 185. 270-777-3164.

A Bark in the Park WKU Baseball Game is today at 1 p.m. at Nick Denes Field, WKU.  Bring clay cat litter, bleach, 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper, or Clorox wipes and get free admission to the game. "Bring your leashed dog out and help support the Tops!
More events coming up in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area: 

May 14th will be the Second Saturday downtown event for May, with Snow cones, Hawaiian ice, face painting, booths, music, balloon twisting, inflatables for the kids, and more.
Also May 14th is the Victorian Antique and Garden Festival from 9-4 at Hobson Grove.
May 2nd will be the first Apron Extravaganza.
May 20th WKU will officially open the Confucious Institute and the Chinese Learning Center.
May 21st is the Soap Box Derby.
May 21st is also a Vette City Roller Derby game. 
May 28th = the West Side Camp BBQ and Backyard Grilling Cook-Off
Beatlemadness is June 17th at Capital Arts. For tickets call 270-846-2426, or 855-232-1452 (toll-free) 

"Save money on transportation costs every day with GO bg transit! GO BG Transit provides 5 fixed routes, two Saturday Shopping Shuttles, and numerous other shuttles to serve Bowling Green. Purchase a GO Pass and ride for $1 a trip. Students Passes are $40 per semester for unlimited rides. For more information visit or call 782-3162, ext. 238."

Join a local club - see the list at the WBKO Club pages.

You can find more events in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area by clicking on the right side of this blog, or picking up a SoKy Happenings magazine. See even more events and charity happenings at the WCVK Community Happenings page.

Til Further Notice Madison Ave. General Baptist Church, 1617 Madison Ave., Bowling Green, serves a free hot breakfast the 2nd and last Saturdays of each month, 8-10 a.m. They have sausage, biscuits and gravy, eggs, taters, and coffee. All are welcome. For more information call 303-0530.

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