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Teddy bears during the day, star gaze at night at Lincoln Ridge Park in Kenton County Saturday

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will host a Teddy Bear Day at the Park on Saturday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lincoln Ridge Park, Shelterhouse #2.

Families are invited to pack a picnic lunch, bring a blanket, and grab your favorite teddy bear(s) for fun and adventure. Enjoy storytelling, crafts, songs, games and march in the Teddy Bear parade.

Visitors are also encouraged to bring a new teddy bear to donate for local police and children’s organizations.

The teddy bear is one of the most popular toys for children, and holds a special place in many adults hearts, too. This lovable stuffed animal has a day all of its own, Teddy Bear Day.

It’s an ideal time to get together with others for a teddy bear’s favorite activity, having a picnic, as immortalized in the classic song, ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic.’ This was written in 1907, shortly after teddy bears were first manufactured in Europe and America.

The American toy bears were named Teddy, in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had refused to shoot a small captured bear on a hunting trip.

Star Gaze event 

Kenton County Parks & Recreation, the Cincinnati Observatory Center, and the Midwestern Astronomers are hosting a free Star Gaze on the same day (Sept. 7), for amateur and professional astronomers, as well as all other interested participants.

A preparatory indoor presentation will be presented beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will last about an hour in the Kenton County Public Works Administration building at Lincoln Ridge Park. 

The Presenter will be Mark Stephenson, who will present a program on “Choosing Your First “Real” Telescope.”

What do you need to know to choose your first “real” telescope? What must you consider before purchasing a telescope? What types of telescopes and telescope mounts are there? What can I expect to see with a telescope? These questions and more will be answered. 

The outdoor portion of the program (weather permitting) will begin immediately following the indoor program. It will provide an opportunity to see what’s visible in the sky through our telescopes following the presentation if the skies are clear. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescope and binoculars.

Volunteers from Friends of the Observatory Center and the Midwestern Astronomers will provide telescopes and expertise in the field, describe observations, answer questions, and help open our eyes to the wonder of the universe.

Come on out to Lincoln Ridge Park and discover another world of wonder.

Lincoln Ridge Park is located at 420 Independence Station Road, Independence, KY 41051.

For more information, contact Rhonda Ritzi at Rhonda.Ritzi@KentonCounty.org. For news of upcoming programs, activities, and events to be held in Kenton County’s parks, call the Parks & Recreation office at (859) 525-PLAY (7529), visit the website or follow Kenton County Parks & Recreation on Facebook.

The parks are always in need of volunteers and funding sponsors for their programs. Call Kenton County Recreation at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) to see how you can help. 

Kenton County Parks and Recreation

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