Neighbors Helping Neighbors

We just dropped by Calypso Boutique to pick up our family's Kenwick t-shirts!  They just received a new shipment of shirts. A portion of the proceeds for t-shirt sales is going to be donated to the community garden - so you can support a neighbor's local business, donate to the community garden, show pride in your neighborhood all at the same time!

The t-shirt is available in in 3 of American Apparel's best-seller styles: a unisex tank, a unisex tee, and a fitted women's tee as well as a tee for infants, toddlers, and youth! Neighbors can purchase on their website for in-store pickup, to be shipped, or visit her shop at 513 East Maxwell St in Woodland Triangle. They are open 7 days a week. You can visit Ann-Michael's online store here:

Thank you to all of you who visited the community garden this morning and to those who donated a huge $47.75 this morning! It helps to pay for the water bill, transplants, seeds, supports, and tools as we need them! This morning we harvested broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, mustard greens, lettuce, carrots, basil, swiss chard, rosemary, and flowers. We will continue to give away free produce on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 10 am through the summer into the fall.

We do need more volunteers to help keep it watered in this hot weather and do some minor weeding. We also need volunteers for harvesting on Saturdays. One hour of your time is all we need. You can see the time slots on the garden calendar below. You can visit for one hour anytime during the 3 day time slot you choose. Please email kenwickneighbors to choose a time.

We had a record turnout of a dozen volunteers today including a lot of very helpful kids. We walked around the neighborhood and picked up trash for over an hour. The best news is that we did not have much to pick up. At lot has changed since we first started participating in the Cleanup efforts -- so thank you all for keeping our neighborhood beautiful!

Thank you to Ryan Koch and Seedleaf and all of our volunteers who helped prepared and plant the community garden beds last Saturday. We worked hard and had a lot of fun! The garden looks great already and we can't wait for it to grow and produce lots of fresh veggies and flowers.

We would also like to thank the Lexington Fayette Urban Government Council for helping fund the purchase of seeds, plants, and materials for the garden again this year. We would also like to thank Bill Farmer Jr. and Jessica Gies from the Fifth District for their continued support for the community garden efforts.

Thank you to Donut Days for providing the delicious donuts to keep us going in the morning. They will be opening up a shop in Chevy Chase in the near future. Please check them out at:

Stop by to visit the community garden throughout the year and pick up some vegetables on a Saturday morning or come to one of the monthly community suppers where harvest is being served up. We can always use a little more help and we like it when people drive by and wave to cheer us on. If you are interested in helping, visit our website for more information:

We are keeping an eye on the weather, but we are still on schedule to prepare the community garden beds this coming Saturday, April 12th from 9am until 1pm. The garden is located on the corner of Owsley Avenue and Cramer Avenue, behind Victory Christian Church. We have a number of people signed up, but we can us a few more hands to make the work light!

Ryan Koch from Seedleaf will be on hand to help us. We will need help with weeding, moving compost, raking, and planting the spring crops in the beds. The church is also planning to do some outdoor work on the grounds and could use help. We will start at 9 am and will probably keep going until noon or 1 pm, but come when you can and stay as your schedule permits. If you have any of the following please bring them if you are able: shovels, work gloves, or wheel barrows. We will have extra tools available. If you can please RSVP to

I am also happy to announce we will have donuts that have been kindly donated by Donut Days, a local bakery that will be opening up a shop in Chevy Chase in the near future. We thank them for their support in making our garden great this year. Please check them out at:

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This weekend three volunteers helped our neighbor fill his raised bed garden with three truck loads of topsoil. A neighbor of Larry's brought his needs to my attention. It was exciting to ask for help on Larry's behalf and have many people that did not know him offer to lend a hand. Larry was thrilled to have the help. It goes to show that social media can be used in powerful ways to help our neighbors.

Thank you to our wonderful neighbors Nicole Pavelich and Keith Douglas from Greenspace Landscaping for bringing a truck, wheelbarrows, shovels, and working hard to help make this happen. If you are looking for landscaping design, hardscaping, plantings, and lawncare you can get in touch with Keith at 859.797.1297 or, or visit his Facebook Page!


Published in the January 10th, 2014 edition of the Fifth District Newsletter 5thDistrictE125.pdf

In an effort sparked by neighbors Renea Buckles and Leann Murphy, the Kenwick neighborhood came together and held a Coat, Gloves, Hat, Blanket and Scarf Drive last weekend. Neighbors emptied closets to help those in need and overall, several carloads were delivered to the Catholic Action Center during this week’s cold weather spell. Not to be left out of the action (or out in the cold) Renea’s poodle Tucker made the news as well, reminding Lexington pet owners to be responsible during such cold snaps. Way to work together, Kenwick!  The original Lex18 News story is no longer available.


By Valarie Honeycutt Spears

Published in the Lexington Herald Leader on August 4, 2012


Read the original story here:

Tomi Ross lived on Lexington's Bassett Avenue for 27 years in a Victorian style home where the neighborhood children always felt welcome.

When the house caught fire after an apparent lightning strike just around midnight July 27, Ross was out of town. She lost nearly everything she had, including furniture and appliances, clothes, her stained glass studio and Cora, one of her four cats.

Ross said the heartfelt response of her neighbors, and of the members of the fire department who helped her bury Cora, made it "the worst and best day of my life." ...continue reading