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Dogwood Dash, Dixie Belle Riverboat Cruises, Kentucky Writer’s Day, And More

Dogwood Dash
Whether it’s your first 5K or your 50th, step into spring with the annual, scenic Dogwood Dash 5K Run and Walk, Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m. at Boone County Arboretum in Union, just as the dogwoods bloom. All proceeds go to the Friends of Boone County Arboretum to continually improve arboretum grounds and educational opportunities. Go online to and click on Dogwood Dash Registration on the right or call (859) 586-6101 for fees and details.

Dixie Belle Riverboat
April heralds the start of Dixie Belle riverboat cruises—offered by Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg—down the scenic Kentucky River along the Palisades’ high limestone cliffs and under High Bridge, built in 1877, the tallest railroad bridge in the nation over a navigable stream. One-hour narrated cruises describe the river’s diverse ecosystem and its historical importance to the Shakers. Rides depart at Shaker Landing daily April 28-October 28, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting. Tickets are $10, age 13 and over; $5 ages 6-12; free for 5 and under. For more info go online to
or call (800) 734-5611, ext. 1545.

Kentucky Writers’ Day
The annual Kentucky Writers’ Day celebrates our strong literary tradition and Kentucky’s Robert Penn Warren’s birthday, first U.S. poet laureate and triple Pulitzer Prize winner. The 2013 free event on April 24, 11 a.m., Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, features the induction of Kentucky’s new poet laureate, Frank X Walker. The public can meet the poet laureate and mingle with other readers and writers. For more info, go online to (Kentucky Art/Experience the Arts and click on Arts Council Events) or call (888) 833-2787.

Nolin Wildflower Walk
On Saturday, April 13, join horticulturist and botanist Carl Suk for the third annual 1.6-mile Wildflower Walk at Nolin Lake State Park. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for the moderate terrain. Friends of Nolin Lake will provide a floral checklist, an energy bar, and a bottle of water; feel free to bring extra water and snacks. Reservations required for the 10 a.m. walk, limited to 20 people (a 1 p.m. walk will be offered if enough interest). To register or for more info, go online to or call (270) 272-8003.

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