Wednesday April 24, 2019
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The Kentucky Exposition Center will host the Brightstar Events Spring Craft and Vendor Show this weekend. Show hours are:

  • Friday, April 12 – 3 PM to 7 PM
  • Saturday, April 13 – 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday, April 14 – 10 Am to 4 PM

The show will be held in the South Wing and is open to the public with free admission. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

This week at the Kentucky Exposition Center, visitors will be able to attend the Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale. The show is this Friday (11 AM to 4PM) and Saturday (9 AM to 5 PM).

Online bidding is available this year. More information about the show and the bidding can be found here. Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

The JVA World Challenge is a 3 day event run by the JVA at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This is a midyear championship that awards the 1st and 2nd place teams in each division with a paid entry to the AAU National Championships in Orlando, Florida! The JVA World Challenge is an AAU sanctioned event and participants need to be members of AAU.

The age divisions are for all girls 18 & under. Each age division is broken into 2 or 3 competition divisions: Open, Premier, & Club. 840 of the top teams from across the country compete in this highly recruited midyear event year after year, making it the best midyear championship event. 

The event will be held April 5-7 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Admission is $15 per day for adutls, or $25 for the weekend. Children are $10 and $15 respectively. Parking starts at $8 per vehicle.

The Kentucky Derby Festival is joining forces with Global Game Changers (GGC), a group known for their superpowered projects, to help teach local children the importance of volunteerism. The “Citywide Power of Volunteerism” project is part of the 2019 Give A Day week of service, set for April 13 – April 20. The Festival and GGC hope to unite 130,000 + students in Louisville with the service project, geared at helping students understand the impact of volunteers, as well as acknowledge and thank volunteers who help make the community a better place to live.

“With more than 70 events to produce each year, we couldn’t do it without our large network of volunteers,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival. “They devote countless hours to help put on a celebration for the community. We hope this partnership inspires young people to do the same – to help others.”

Students in grades K-12th enrolled in Jefferson County Public Schools, Archdiocese of Louisville Schools, Louisville Independent, Private, and Home Schools will have the opportunity to participate in the project, being coordinated by Global Game Changers. GGC will provide lessons and resources to the school systems, giving students and teachers alike the opportunity to learn more about volunteering in the community. The hope is that this partnership will empower students and encourage them to envision themselves as future volunteers.

“Global Game Changers is honored to partner with Kentucky Derby Festival to highlight the amazing power of volunteerism during this special time of year,” said Jan Helson, GGC Board Chair. “Through our educational lesson, students will get a sneak peek into the magic that goes into the Festival, thank those that make it happen, and get motivated to serve themselves either this year or in the future.”

Global Game Changers has already started delivering Superhero cards to schools across the city. Students are encouraged to draw or a write a note on the cards thanking a volunteer for their dedication to the community. The ultimate goal is to encourage students and educators to spread compassion and gratitude. The cards will be collected and delivered to volunteers in the coming weeks, as part of Give A Day.

Each month, Neighborhood Place partners provide numerous events and resources to benefit the entire family.  Activities in April include a mindfulness workshop to learn meditation practices, a series of classes to help manage health issues, workshops that help fathers with parenting skills and much more. To learn more about these offerings, please refer to the list below.

April 2 and 9, Learn Mindfulness Workshop at South Jefferson Neighborhood Place, 1 – 2 p.m.
Located at 1000 Neighborhood Place.  For more information or registration call Polly Mayer at 363-1483.  These classes will help participants gain insights and techniques to build meditation practices, discover interior stillness, and learn positive coping skills rooted in kindness and compassion.  Classes are offered free by the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center and the Mindfulness Mentors.

April 4, Sodexo Hiring Opportunities at First Neighborhood Place, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Located at 1503 Rangeland Road (T.J. Middle School in the W.D. Bruce Building – door #24).  Call 313-4700 for more information.  Sodexo, a food-service agency, will provide on-the-spot interviews for positions with Jewish Hospital, Our Lady of Peace and University of Louisville Hospital. Bring your resume and be prepared for an interview. This is one of Sodexo’s busiest hiring seasons. Stop by if you are looking for employment that can lead to a full-time or part-time position. 

April 9, 11, 16, 24 and 29, A Healthy Journey for Two Educational Baby Shower at multiple locations.

For more information, contact Mendy Mason at 502-341-5400.  A Healthy Journey for Two is an educational baby shower open to any expectant mothers.  The class will include a range of information and resources, as well as free baby items, gift cards, prizes, and snacks.  Hosted by Seven Counties and KIDSNow.  Fathers are welcome but must be registered. 

  • April 9, NorthWest Neighborhood Place, 4018 West Market St. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • April 11, First Neighborhood Place, 1503 Rangeland Rd. 1 – 3 p.m.
  • April 16, South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • April 24, Ujima Neighborhood Place, 3610 Bohne Ave., 1 -3 p.m.
  • April 29, Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place, 1411 Algonquin Parkway. 1 – 3 p.m.

Thursdays, April 11 – May 16, Living Well Workshop at South Jefferson Neighborhood Place, 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Located at 1000 Neighborhood Place.  Call 772-8588 to register. Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure, pain, asthma, arthritis, depression or other ongoing health problems?  This program offers free support and can help you learn to manage your health.  Earn an eight-week YMCA membership just for attending. Sponsored by Family Health Centers and the YMCA.

April 11, The Center for Women and Families Outreach at First Neighborhood Place, 1- 3:30 p.m. Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd (door #24) side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  For more information, contact Nayelyi Sanchez, Domestic Violence Advocate at (502) 581-7270. Staff with the Center for Women and Families will be on-hand to give an overview of their services which include trauma-informed advocacy and support for qualified families and individuals with supportive services; emergency shelter; sexual assault services; housing; children’s services and more.

Wednesdays, April 17 – June 13, 4 Your Child Dads Making the Difference at First Neighborhood Place.  Sessions are from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd. (door #16) side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School. For more information or to register for the upcoming weekly workshops, please contact Dr. Cheri Langley at 502.709.9323 or by email at  All fathers are invited to join in engaging and informative workshops which can increase your parenting and relationship skills knowledge. A father’s involvement in their children’s lives has received increased attention in recent years. Research has concluded that factors such as parenting skills, co-parenting relationship quality and socio-economic status all impact fathers’ ability to contribute to their children’s growth and development. Participants may qualify to be compensated up to $220. 

April 18, Passport Health Care Community Engagement at South Jefferson Neighborhood Place, 2 – 3 p.m.
Located at 1000 Neighborhood PlaceCall 1-800-578-0603, ext.  8428 to leave a message if you want to attend.  Passport Members are invited to join with representatives from Passport Health Care for one-on-one consultations to discuss plan benefits and options.  This is a great opportunity as Passport aims to raise awareness and educate the community about the Passport Health Plan mission.  Passport members will receive a $10 retail gift card for attending.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Dr. Matthew Costello: The Property of the Nation: Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President
Wednesday, April 3, 1:15 pm

Dr. Matthew Costello, Senior Historian for the White House Historical Association, will speak on the memory of George Washington, his tomb at Mount Vernon, and the enslaved storytellers who were the first on-site interpreters of Washington’s legacy.

The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for Locust Grove members. Reservations are not required. Part of the Age of Hamilton Series at Locust Grove.

Punch with the President
George Washington, the Founding Fathers, and their Spirits: Alcohol, Politics, and Consumption in Early America
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 pm

Upon his death in 1799, George Washington owned one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the United States. John Adams preferred hard cider and a variety of beers. Thomas Jefferson was a connoisseur of French wines and champagne. Join Senior Historian of the White House Historical Association Dr. Matthew Costello to learn to drink like Washington and his contemporaries in this lively evening of history and historical refreshments. 

Tickets: $15/$12 for Locust Grove members. Reservations required; call 502-897-9845. Admission includes one drink ticket.

Part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove.

Shakespeare in the Parks: Macbeth
Friday, April 19, 6:30 pm

Kentucky Shakespeare is bringing a new production of Macbeth to Locust Grove! Join the internationally renowned Kentucky Shakespeare company as they present a 90-minute production of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. Admission is free! The performance area, food, and cash bar will be available at 5:30 pm; the play starts promptly at 6:30 pm. Bring your own blankets and chairs.

A Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28
10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Feel the excitement of the American Revolution at Locust Grove! Step into the year 1778 with this Revolutionary War Encampment as George Rogers Clark and his Illinois Regiment of Virginia begin their western campaign. Visit with soldiers and camp followers, learn 18th-century recipes in the hearth kitchen, and participate in recruitment for new, pint-sized troops. Be sure to visit the blacksmith, woodworker, and other tradespeople to discover more about daily life during the Revolution! Admission: $6 for adults, free for children 12 and under, historic house tours included. Snacks will be available for sale. 

2019 Thunder Air Show Released

Thunder Over Louisville 2018

We’re just a little over two weeks from the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville! This year’s event, set for Saturday, April 13, will include a packed air show, with non-stop military and civilian air acts. The Derby Festival tonight released the full list of performers scheduled for this year’s show – which includes F-15s, F-16s, A-10s, F-18s, a B-52, and C-130 along with warbirds, civilian acts and parachute teams.

“Thunder has one of the top air shows in the country, and this year’s line-up is one you don’t want to miss,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “A big thanks to the Kentucky Air National Guard, Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport and Bowman Field. Without their support, we couldn’t put on an air show of this caliber – or have a place to put all those planes.”

Some of the acts performing include the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Tac Demo Team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, and the 123rd Kentucky Air National Guard. New to the Air Show this year is Trojan Thunder, a six ship team of T-28 Trojans, who fly overhead in aerial formations with a backdrop of noise from the nine-cylinder Curtiss-Wright engines; as well as the Swamp Fox P-51 Mustang.

Other acts scheduled to perform include Billy Werth, Matt Younkin’s Twin Beech 18, KC Flight Formation Team with their red, white and blue smoke, Lee Leet and many more.  The complete list of air acts can be found online at

Thunder Over Louisville was first held at Cardinal Stadium in 1990. Air acts were added to the event in 1991, when it moved to the Waterfront. That year, eight planes and skydivers took part in the pre-show leading up to the fireworks. The Air Show was officially added to the Festival’s schedule in 1992 and has since become one of the top air shows in the country.

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of the more than 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2019 Thunder Over Louisville, themed “The Wonderful World of Thunder,” is set for Saturday, April 13, and will be the 30th annual production.

Presenting sponsors of the 2019 show are Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, and UPS, along with Papa John’s Thunder FundersThunder on the Ground Sponsor: Ford Motor Company. Official Hotel: The Galt House. Official Sound Sponsor: Logan Lavelle Hunt. Command Center Sponsor: Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.