Peace Festival, Science Safari, and Catch a Riding Star Race this weekend

BCTC faculty, staff and students have a lot going on this weekend! On Saturday check out a spring science event at the Newtown campus and the Lexington Peace Fair at the Cooper campus, and watch our North American Racing Academy students in action on Sunday!

Science Safari: Bugs and Blooms - May 17

Kids of all ages will find something to fascinate at Science Safari: Bugs and Blooms sponsored by Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and the Battelle Foundation. The event is from 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday, May 17 at BCTC's Newtown Campus at 500 Newtown Pike.

During this free event, visitors can plant seeds, view insects and flowers through the Scanning Electron Microscope on loan from Hitachi, see worm farms, do termite experiments, see a live insect collection and even eat insects.

This is the first of four free science outreach programs planned at the Newtown Campus. The next event, which will focus on CSI and DNA, is scheduled for July 19 from 10 a.m. - noon. For more information, contact Tammy Liles at 859-246-6449 or

Lexington Peace Fair - May 17

Peace is Possible is the theme of the eighth Lexington Peace Fair sponsored by Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Students for Peace and Earth Justice. The event will be on the BCTC Cooper Drive campus on Saturday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m. 6 p.m.

Activities include music by March Madness Marching Band and many other musicians, Native American storytelling, meditation, local food and art, two films, organically grown seedlings and native plants to purchase. The event is free and will conclude with an interpretation of the One Billion Rising dance. One Billion Rising is a movement to stop violence against women.

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Catch a Riding Star at High Hope Steeplechase - May 18

Come Out and Catch a Riding Star at High Hope Steeplechase on Sunday, May 18th at the Kentucky Horse Park.

In 2014, High Hope Steeplechase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in grand form, benefiting two beloved Central Kentucky institutions, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. There will be jump and flat horse races, pony races, terrier races, a kids fun park, food, fun and all in a country fair atmosphere.

A special highlight will be the running of the BCTC-NARA Catch a Riding Star race which will feature the debut of seven 2nd year NARA student riders in their first actual race!

Gates open: 11 am / first race - 1:00 pm

Tailgate spots and preferred parking tickets still available but are going fast! For more information or to order tickets call 859-967-9444 or go to: