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Each year in December, City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Expect a slightly different twist to our open house this year as we partner with the The District and multiple Downtown Businesses to combine the City Hall Christmas Open House and the Downtown Lights Up Event.

While residents of all ages are still encouraged to attend the open house to meet elected officials and the staff who work for the City of Bowling Green, this year will offer so much more. Mission Catering will provide a variety of holiday treats including shrimp and grits, prime rib sliders, holiday cake pops and more. Free keepsake holiday ornaments will be provided to the first 500 visitors and the 2018/2019 Annual Report and Calendar will also be offered free of charge.

In addition to holiday cheer, ornaments and great food, we will have special visitors from the North Pole and the City of Arendelle (think Disney), a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, a holiday photo booth, BG Gov To Go and so much more.

Oh – and did we mention FREE carriage rides sponsored by the City of Bowling Green and Morris Jewelry?

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After you have toured City Hall, grabbed a bite to eat, ridden in a horse drawn carriage, and picked up your holiday gifts, make sure to head down to Fountain Square Park where we will be officially lighting the Square just after 5:30 p.m.!

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Do you ever wonder where your tax dollars are going or what your local government has done lately? Are you ever curious about the City’s upcoming budget, road projects, public safety goals or Parks and Recreation Facilities? If so, the 2018/2019 Annual Report and Calendar is just for you. If you are also someone who wants to have a yearly calendar but you don’t want to buy one, then our calendar is REALLY for you!

Each year, in the month of November, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year we will highlight some of the amazing ‘We are Bowling Green’ photos from our 2018 contest.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.

Approximately 4,500 copies of this calendar are produced each year and they can be picked up at a variety of local businesses, City Hall, and all other public city buildings. An entire list of all locations will be posted when the calendars arrive. We will also have plenty of copies available at our Christmas Open House this year which will take place on Friday, December 7th, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 1001 College Street.

Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to contact us through Facebook, Twitter, or this blog to provide your contact information. We will take down your name and/or address and make sure that you receive yours.

Enjoy this sneak-peek at some of the pictures we will feature this year! We’re always open to future ideas and themes so feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas or to contribute photos!

How Do You BG?

How do you BG?

Danette Idlett is a superstar and a shining example of someone who knows how to BG.

After her first husband passed away due to cancer in 2010, Danette turned the loss into her life’s work. In 2015, she and her husband took initiative and started a non-profit called ‘Life’s Better Together Foundation’.  The foundation’s mission is to provide direct financial assistance to families with a child or parent battling an ongoing illness in South Central Kentucky.  This includes, but is not limited to, paying mortgages, rent, utilities, car payments, insurance, and travel expenses. The main goal is to take some of the immediate financial stress off of the families so they can focus on what’s most important – getting their loved one better.

Danette learned the importance of having a strong support system first hand while her husband was seeking his treatments.  As she has learned through the years, many families in our community aren’t as lucky.  Danette spends countless hours meeting face to face with and talking on the phone with families to see how the organization can help.

Before Life’s Better Together, Danette had been running a very successful insurance practice. In 2017 she decided to take the leap at running Life’s Better Together full-time.  From the beginning, Danette decided that she would take no salary, benefits, or pay any administrative expenses from donations. 100% of funding goes directly to families in need.  This is a complete volunteer Executive Director role.  Since January 2015, Life’s Better Together has provided direct support to approximately 90 local families totaling over $185,000.

In addition to her role at Life’s Better Together Danette is wife and mother of four. She is a member of the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club of Bowing Green, where she is the immediate past President and has served on the Board of Directors for 4 years.  Danette is the co-President of the Briarwood PTO and serves are the head of the K-Kids at the school.  She also serves and heads up many other committees within our community.

Danette is a wonderful example of how to BG!

If you know someone who is an outstanding resident of our community, nominate them today by contacting kim.lancaster@bgky.org.


Halloween 2018


On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, the ghosts and the goblins will come out in the City of Bowling Green for candy, costumes and parties. Whether you have kids who are excited about going out to their neighbor’s house for candy or you are planning on passing out treats to others, remember that the recommended day for trick-or-treating for the City will be on Wednesday, the 31st between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Even if you forget to buy candy and your goal is to turn off all of your lights and lay low during the trick-or-treating process, being aware of the recommended day and times will help you succeed in your hiding game.

The ultimate goal on this spooky and candy-filled holiday is safety and fun! Help make sure that your child is in a safe costume with good vision, that jack-o-lanterns or other decorations with candles in them are far enough away from trick-or-treaters that they do not pose a fire threat, and make sure that any prop your child carries is smooth and flexible to avoid injury. Above all, teach your little ones basic safety for this Halloween and everyday including not talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street and never getting in a car with someone they don’t know.

On top of the safety tips, always remember that making a nice Halloween dinner before trick-or-treating will help curb the sugar and candy appetite later in the evening and will give you more of a chance to look over their haul.

And finally, don’t forget to sneak a few of your favorite treats out of your kid’s pumpkin when they aren’t looking – you’re doing them a favor as ALL of that candy wouldn’t really be good for them.

Happy Halloween!

How Do You BG? Arnie Petrus

How Do You BG?

Arnie Petrus knows how to BG and has been doing it for a long time.

Arnie is the consummate volunteer.

He gives of his time and has done so for many years. Arnie has been ushering for Orchestra KY since their days at Van Meter and has been ushering for SkyPac and the Capital Arts Center since SkyPac opened in 2010. As Emissary, Arnie is in charge of overseeing 4 to 10 ushers and seeing that up to 1,000 patrons get seated in the allowable 28 minutes or less. Arnie has worked 95% of the events at SkyPac and the Capital.

After ushering, Arnie becomes the door man which includes directing traffic in and out of the hall and to the lobby and back during intermission and at the end of show.  He is always at the double doors inside the hall giving directions and answering questions.

When asked why he likes to usher, Arnie’s answer is always, “I like to tell people where to go!” (in a polite and courteous manner). J

In addition to his work in theater, Arnie has also served as a ticket scanner and usher for six seasons with the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Over the years, his smiling face has welcomed thousands to Bowling Green events. He has directed the lost, assisted those in need, and been a staple in our theater community.

If all of that is not enough, Arnie also taught at Dishman Elementary School from 1964-1968 and produced 10 original musicals during that time. He was a Cub Scout sponsor, intramural basketball coach, and he became the first single male to adopt children (three boys) in the state of Kentucky.

Arnie Petrus knows how to BG. Thank you Arnie for all you have done for this City.

Nominate someone today who does amazing things in this community.

How do you BG?

2018 Veteran’s Day Parade

November 10th will mark the 2018 Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Bowling Green hosted by the Bowling Green-Warren County Military Liaison Board. The parade is expected to feature more than 300 units honoring our past, present and future troops and their families. Veterans Day is a Federal holiday that recognizes those who have served in our armed forces and who have fought for our freedoms.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 6th Street and College Street near Circus Square Park and will wind its way through the streets of downtown Bowling Green by traveling up College Street towards WKU, then turning left onto 10th Avenue and then left on to State Street. The parade will end at 6th Street and State Street near Circus Square Park.

Immediately following the parade there will be a Flag-raising ceremony and remarks at the Warren County Courthouse Veterans Memorial Courtyard, 429 E. 10th Avenue. In addition, the Veterans Parade student essay winner will be awarded $100 from the American Legion and VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. Student essays were solicited from 4th & 5th grade classes from the Bowling Green and Warren County Schools.

All events are entirely free and open to the public. For more information about the parade or other additional events, contact Parade Coordinator Parks Administration at 270-393-3549 or email bgpr@bgky.org

Come out and join us for this fun and patriotic day.


Coats for Kids

As the winter weather moves into our community, many children in the area will be in need of warm winter coats. This year like many others, you can help to keep our kids warm by donating a new or gently used coat to Coats for Kids.

The Bowling Green Police Department, The Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club and many others have joined together again this year to collect coats for kids in The Bowling Green and Warren County area.

This year’s Coats for Kids event will take place from October 1st – December 1st. Gently used coats can be donated at the Bowling Green Police Department and many other locations.

You can help families in need by donating a coat that can last throughout the winter. All sizes and brands are accepted. All used coats are cleaned as they are donated. Coats are distributed to all local schools and non-profit organizations throughout the campaign. These donated coats are vital to so many young people in our area.

For a complete list of drop off locations as well as distribution days and general information, please visit www.bgky.org or www.bgjwc.com.


Have you been holding on to old paint, chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, oils, antifreeze or other products that cannot be disposed of easily? If so, the City of Bowling Green and Warren County have partnered to provide one day only to dispose of these items for you.

The Annual Household Hazardous Waste and E-scrap Collection Day will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenwood High School (Scottsville Road – rear parking lot).  Warren County residents can bring items such as old paint, chemicals, household appliances and electronics to dispose of in a safe and legal manner.

This event is FREE and open to all Warren County residents.

While most home computers and appliances are acceptable (most anything with a circuit board or a cord), Freon devices, yard equipment, radioactive materials and large appliances such as stoves, washers, dryers, etc. are not acceptable. Single containers larger than 5 gallons will require prior inspections and approval, and tires will not be accepted.

In addition, shredding will be available on site to dispose of and shred papers, cds/dvds, magazines, phone books, folders, etc.

For more information, a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items along with a map of the disposal location, please visit http://www.warrencountyky.gov/household-hazardous-waste-day.

How Do You BG?

Daniel and Alice Tarnagda DEFINITELY know how to BG.


This amazing husband and wife duo live in Bowling Green and dedicate countless hours enriching the lives of others.

Daniel came to Bowling Green from Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso in March of 2013 and became inspired to help refugees resettled in this area.  Daniel and Alice are a part of Refuge International Bowling Green which is a local intra-church agency designed to assist with refugee services. They provide services in several areas to help immigrants and refugees acclimate to life in BG.

Recently, the Tarnagda’s organized an international soccer tournament at The Foundry in Bowling Green consisting of 7 teams with players from Egypt, Mexico, Cameroon, DR Congo, Dominican Republic, Haiti, various West African nations and more. The tournament provided young men the opportunity to visit with City staff, BGPD, share similar experiences, and to connect with a non-profit that can provide them assistance in various areas.

The refugee services include but aren’t limited to:

  • driving school/classes including actual driving instruction in a vehicle
  • workforce development (soft skills and employment placement)
  • ESL classes
  • cooking & nutrition classes
  • budgeting
  • help getting to and from doctor’s appointments
  • help completing applications
  • help understanding forms mailed to clients (i.e. food stamp letters, bills, etc.)
  • help understanding and registering for WIC
  • help getting documents translated
  • completion of green card applications
  • soccer teams and mentoring

Alice and Daniel both have full time jobs and they work with Refugee International BG in their spare time. If you’d like more information about the Tarnagdas or Refugee International BG you can visit their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/RefugeBG/?ref=bookmarks.

How do you or someone you know BG? Tell us today!

Harvest Festival 2018

re you ready Bowling Green? The first ever Harvest Festival will take place in Downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday, October 12th starting at 5:30 pm! This family-friendly fall event will have activities for ALL AGES.

Pumpkin Palooza, brought to you by Warren County Public Library and the City of Bowling Green, KY – Municipal Government Parks and Recreation, will be at Circus Square Park and will have tons of kids activities including pumpkin painting, cake walk, fall festival games, and a hay bale fort for kids to climb on and through. Beginning at dusk, an outdoor showing of the movie Coco will take place for everyone ages 2 to 82 to enjoy.

Right outside Circus Square, College Street will be closed to traffic from 6th to 7th Avenue and there will be inflatables, food vendors and “Toot” the Train rides.

Looking for something more adult? Lost River Sessions will begin at 7 p.m. at the SOKY Marketplace and 6-4-3 will be offering specialty fall drinks and deals along with a fire pit for marshmallow roasting.

Up for some spine-tingling story-telling?  Sign up for the Historic Railpark’s “Unseen Bowling Green” walking tours!  There will be two story tours during the night, leaving from the historic Standard Oil gas pumps and winding through some spooky corners of downtown.

Last but definitely not least, the BG Zombie Walk, benefiting VSA Kentucky, will take place during the Harvest Festival with face painting beginning at 5:30 PM. Dress in your best Zombie attire! More information and ticket pricing for this even can be found at www.bgkiwanis.org.

Come one and come all! Bowling Green Harvest Festival is going to be the best kick off to the Fall season that BG has ever seen. Special surprises and additional events will also take place.

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