Friday December 15, 2017
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Photo: Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation

Louisville Parks and Recreation is hosting an open house at the Joe Creason Park administration building, 1297 Trevilian Way, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

“Our department headquarters is a lovely sight to behold during the holiday season,” said Seve Ghose, director of parks and recreation. “We’d like to invite the public to come and see it in person, and also have the opportunity to discuss the issues that they see as important, with our professional staff.”

For the third consecutive year, the department will also be installing a “Wish Tree” in front of the building. In 2015 and 2016, approximately 1,000 visitors hung wishes for their hopes and dreams for the future on the Wish Tree, a 15-foot Dogwood located in front of the building, located off Trevilian Way across from the Louisville Zoo.

A mailbox located adjacent to the tree, holding pencils and tags to be used for the wishes, will be installed by the end of the week. Wishes can be hung at the tree through January 2018.

Also at the open house, the public will have the opportunity to meet several new members of the parks and recreation management team and weigh in on recent discussion topics with Director Ghose, including the department’s attempt to curb vandalism throughout the system and streamline its budget.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (502) 574-7275 or e-mail

A group of students at Olmsted Academy South will turn poems they’ve written into music with the help of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and the Louisville Orchestra’s Teddy Abrams. The students will showcase their work on Friday, December 8, at 1 p.m. at the school, 5650 Southern Parkway.

Last March, Young Authors Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating young authors and publishing their works, began working with sixth-grade students at Olmsted Academy South to help them publish worthy pieces. In November, the students were invited to read their written works on stage during a concert featuring nationally acclaimed author Dave Eggers and musician Jim James. The students were so impressive that James and Abrams have been working with the girls this week to turn their writing into music.

Olmsted Academy South opened in 2008 and is the only all-girls public middle school in Kentucky.

James, a Louisville native, is a vocalist, guitarist, producer, and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket. Abrams is a conductor, pianist, clarinetist, and composer and is currently the music director of the Louisville Orchestra.

Credit: Louisville Metro Police

It’s a Christmas tradition that brings smiles to the children of Portland and 1st Division service area every year. On Saturday, December 9th the 1st Division Police Auxiliary will host children and their families at their 42nd Annual Christmas Party.

“This is a special time of year for children in our area and every year the 1st Division Police Auxiliary works to make sure the children of this area have a special Christmas,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5). “I am proud to be a sponsor of this event and I thank the Auxiliary for its dedication to the children of our area.”

The event is set for the Molly Leonard Community Center at 640 North 27th Street from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Hamilton is joined by Council members Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4) and David James (D-6) as sponsors of the event.

“This is a wonderful community event where volunteers, auxiliary members, and LMPD Officers work to help families in our area,” says Sexton Smith.

“Every child should have a wonderful Christmas and every year the children of West Louisville are treated to a great spirit of giving in our community,” says James.

The 42nd Annual Christmas Party is for children aged ten and under. Last year the 1st Division Police Auxiliary was able to help over 300 children have a special holiday season. Every Child will have a chance to visit Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and will receive a toy, fruit, candy, toboggan and gloves.

For more information about the event, call 502-574-7167.

The holidays is underway and once again, Councilman David James will host a special seasonal event for residents of District 6 when the California Unity Holiday Celebration gets underway beginning at 6:00pm on Friday, December 8th.

“It is always a joy to take the time to come together as a community and praise the true spirit of the season,” says James.  “A new year is on the horizon and I am confident that good things lie ahead for one of Metro Louisville’s greatest neighborhoods.”

The fun begins in the festive atmosphere of California Leisure Park at 6:00pm.  Santa Claus will be on hand to take the wishes and requests of children back to the North Pole.

The evening’s festivities will include live musical entertainment, free snacks, and refreshments will be available to all those who attend.  There will be a bicycle giveaway and gifts from Santa.

“I want to invite everyone to come out and join this community celebration as a way to embrace the holiday season in a neighborhood that enjoys the togetherness this time of year brings,” says James.
California Leisure Park is located at 963 Dixie Highway.

For more information about the 2017 California Unity Holiday Celebration, please contact Councilman James’ office at 574-1106.

The largest free-admission Christmas show in the country returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center Dec. 8-10 in South Wing C. Each year more than 50,000 shoppers attend and explore the 750 booths of holiday gifts and décor.

The Christmas Gift and Décor Show has been a Louisville tradition for over 25 years. With holiday decorations and a festive atmosphere, the show promises to be a fun experience for the entire family. Children who attend will have the opportunity to take a free photo with Santa.

Attendees can also meet former Cincinnati Bengals fullback and inventor of the “Ickey Shuffle,” Ickey Woods. Free meet and greets with Ickey will be held all three days.

Admission is free and hours are:

  • Friday, Dec. 8 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 9 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Parking is $8 per vehicle and $20 per bus.

Click here for a map and information about parking, shuttles, wheelchair and scooter rentals, and more.

W.E.B. DuBois Academy Principal Robert Gunn is holding a series of upcoming parents’ nights for students and their families interested in applying to be a part of the new program in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) next school year.

The DuBois Academy, which is open to all males entering the sixth grade, is currently enrolling up to 150 students for its inaugural class. Over the next two weeks, Principal Gunn will hold the following five parents’ nights across Louisville for families to learn more about the program:

  • December 4—Wilder Elementary (1913 Herr Lane), 6:30 p.m.
  • December 5—Louisville Urban League (1535 W. Broadway), 6 p.m.
  • December 7—Mill Creek Elementary (3816 Dixie Highway), 6 p.m.
  • December 11—Brandeis Elementary (2817 W. Kentucky Street), 6 p.m.
  • December 12—Greenwood Elementary (5801 Greenwood Road), 5:30 p.m.

“At the DuBois Academy, our young men will learn leadership and teamwork skills in a culture committed to the values of compassion, respect and responsibility and reflective of our One Pride. One Brotherhood. motto,” Principal Gunn said. “As principal, I’ll work tirelessly to ensure students receive a quality educational experience from a school community that believes every young man has the ability to succeed—and I look forward to sharing more with parents about how the DuBois Academy can be a right choice for their son.”

The DuBois Academy will offer an Afrocentric, multicultural curriculum and an innovative learning environment, with each student receiving a Chromebook or an iPad. The core tenets of the program will emphasize academic skills such as leadership, literacy, numeracy, social sciences, technology usage and speaking a foreign language.

W.E.B. DuBois Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Families should apply here.

Tickets are now on sale for the 50th annual Championship Tractor Pull sponsored by Syngenta. The scream of monster engines, the smell of burning rubber and the ground-pounding vibrations of the country’s largest, loudest and most powerful pulling machines returns to Freedom Hall. More than 70,000 fans will watch as the nation’s top drivers compete for the title of Grand Champion and a share of over $200,000 in prize money.

The four day event starts February 14 and continues until the February 17. Tickets range in price from $20 to $45. All events start at 7:00 PM, except for Saturday where there are two events (the first is at 12:00 PM and the second is at 7:00 PM). Parking will be $8 per vehicle.

Tickets are available at the Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.