Sunflower Kids supports, empowers, and strengthens adult and child survivors of domestic violence by collaborating with central Kentucky agencies to provide safe, supervised visitation services. The organization works toward a vision of diverse communities free of violence, where all individuals are safe and treated with the respect they deserve. True to this inclusive mission, Sunflower Kids recognizes that the abused partner is not always female and that families experiencing domestic violence are not always heterosexual. For the safety of adults and children, visits take place at Sunflower Kids' secure facility, which has a number of security measures in place, such as staggered arrival and departure times and separate entrances and exits. A visitation monitor stays in the room during each session to observe interactions between the child and the parent who poses the safety concern, making sure the child is both physically and emotionally safe.
Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2014 tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites—including three female players—takes to the hardwood each game. Spectators might spot veteran guard TNT sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker Quake, whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 Too Tall and 7-foot-4 Stretch, the team’s tallest member.
During each Globetrotters game, youngsters laugh along and witness the jovial jocks performing classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti. To infuse their visits with an extra shot of unpredictability, the Globetrotters also let fans in each city vote on special rules for every game; past rules have included the use of a four-point shot and the installation of a penalty box. Over the years, similar antics have followed the Globetrotters around the world, including to 122 countries and territories and all six continents on which basketballs grow naturally. The Globetrotters’ extensive travels haven’t gone unnoticed: they’re one of the few teams to earn a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as ambassadors of the sport.
Holiday Art Shows gathers together a wide array of contemporary and traditional artwork for arts and crafts fairs held in Lexington, Kentucky; Wilmington, North Carolina; and St. Augustine, Florida. Visitors can shop for paintings, photography, and sculptures to decorate their homes or drape themselves in handmade jewelry and fiber art. A knowledgeable jury reviews each artist's offerings to ensure a high-quality selection.
At Bliss Body's open, airy studio, you'll find practitioners bending and stretching in a variety of yoga classes held throughout the week. During vigorous ashtanga sessions and gentler basic yoga—designed to supply beginners with a strong foundation—instructors teach the importance of wellness-prompting activities such as mindfulness, steady breathing, and not starting every morning with a warm cup of gravy. The studio also offers Pilates, a challenging, core-toning regimen that both strengthens and lengthens bodies, available in multiple levels.
Owners C.O. and Heather Trump mix bar nosh and pub-style entrees on a hearty menu served in a casual dining atmosphere. Light bites including homemade chips with blue cheese crumbles and dip ($6) infiltrate mouths before entrees, such as the traditional Hot Brown ($11.50), challenging stomachs to a more formidable course. In the filet oscar ($21), meat medallions decorate fresh crab and asparagus, awarded for their brave escape from Poseidon's dinner plate, while the beef and beer cheese sandwich showcases a responsible pretzel roll sobering up sliced roast beef drizzled with beer cheese ($8).
Bartenders dart about behind the lengthy wood bar at Patchen Pub, pouring pitchers of draft beer and stirring up mixed drinks. Servers parade out from the kitchen onto the sunny upper and lower decks, balancing trays of housemade wings, overstuffed deli sandwiches, and juicy Black Angus beef burgers. Meanwhile, carousers compete in lively games of darts and pool, pausing only to steal nibbles of nachos or order second rounds of drinks.
At Blue Agave Cantina & Tequila Bar, chefs prepare heaping platters of Mexican and southwest cuisine, whereas mixologists craft margaritas from hand-squeezed sour mix and pure agave nectar. Mouths warm up with fresh avocado deep-fried in beer batter, and spoons refrain from perching on patrons' noses by diving into the chicken-corn-tortilla soup, a hearty blend of hominy, avocados and sour cream. Chimichangas star chicken or steak swathed in a fried tortilla, and the huevos con chorizos peppers scrambled eggs with zesty chorizo sausage. Dining duos can clink bottles of Dos Equis lager or tipple cocktails such as the top-shelf margarita, a blend of Herradura Blanco and Patrón Citrónge more moving than the tears of a Mexican wrestler.