Thursday March 22, 2018
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More than 75,000 trucking professionals and representatives will park in Louisville March 22-24 for the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world.

The Kentucky Exposition Center has hosted MATS every year since 1972, and the show brings $26 million in economic impact to the Louisville region.

This industry-only event accommodates the entire trucking industry in one venue, so professionals can see new products and services; test drive new trucks and technology; connect with suppliers, distributors and customers; and stay up-to-date with changes in the industry.

More than 1,000 exhibitors will showcase everything from engines to electronics, tools to tires and sealants to sleeper cabs – plus a large number of recruiters will be in attendance. Numerous seminars offer educational opportunities for companies, fleets and trucking professionals.

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After a successful inaugural event last year that saw more than 1,000 children attend, Louisville Parks and Recreation is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing on Saturday, March 24.

The event will begin at 10 a.m., and five age groups will participate in this year’s hunt:

  • Ages 10-12: 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Ages 8-10: 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 7-9: 11:30 a.m. – noon
  • Ages 4-6: Noon-12:30 p.m.
  • Ages 1-3: 1:30 – 2 p.m.

The cost to participate in the event is $2 per child. Music, crafts and food trucks will all be on site at Riverside on March 24 for additional entertainment options.

“There’s no prettier area during the spring to have an event than Riverside,” said Seve Ghose, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We had a successful first year. The children had fun, and we’re looking forward to seeing their smiling faces back at Riverside again on March 24.”

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Churchill Downs announced Champions Day presented by, a new Derby Week event that will take place at the racetrack on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Champions Day will delight Kentucky Derby fans by celebrating the greatest moments in the sport’s history and honoring its legendary jockeys and trainers. Gates open at 11:00 a.m., first post at 12:45 p.m. Tickets start at $10 at

In addition to a full day of live Thoroughbred races, this must-see event for any racing fan will offer guests the opportunity to meet famed Derby and Oaks-winning jockeys and trainers. These horse racing legends will be in the Plaza and Paddock from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Guests can purchase a collectible poster for the jockeys and trainers to sign. Proceeds from the poster sales will benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Featured jockeys include Pat Day, winner of the Kentucky Oaks in 1988 and 2000 and the Kentucky Derby in 1992; Gary Stevens, winner of the Kentucky Oaks in 1986 and 1999 and the Kentucky Derby in 1988, 1995, and 1997; and Craig Perret who won the 1990 Kentucky Derby. Hall of Famers D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Kentucky Derby winner in 1988, 1995, 1996 and 1999, and Carl Nafzger, who trained the 1990 and 2007 Kentucky Derby winners, will be two of several featured trainers.

Champions Day guests are invited to learn from the best in the business at the Advanced Insider Handicapping Seminar presented by in the Aristides Lounge from 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. “At the Races” host Steve Byk and clocker and bloodstock agent, Gary Young, will share their expertise on Derby Week handicapping. Two of the most respected handicappers in the game, Byk’s “At the Races” is Thoroughbred racing’s longest running and best known daily radio news magazine, while horses recommended by Young have accounted for three Breeders Cup and 17 Grade I races.

Derby history enthusiasts will especially enjoy the Big Board on Champions Day as it brings Kentucky Derby history to life. The Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs have curated captivating oral history, fascinating trivia and archived footage of the sport’s most sensational moments to share throughout the day.

Fans who want to take advantage of everything that Champions Day and Tuesday of Derby Week have to offer can purchase the “Ultimate Champions Experience.” This $250 special ticket package includes:

  • “Inside The Vault” tour at the Kentucky Derby Museum with its curators to visit rare racing artifacts not currently on display to the public
  • A seat in the Stakes Room Veranda during Champions Day
  • An exclusive meet and greet with legendary jockeys and trainers·
  • All day access to the Kentucky Derby Museum

The First 20 guests to purchase Ultimate Champions Experience tickets will receive one admission pass to the Derby Post Draw at 11:00 a.m. on Champions Day.

“Stories of Ali,” a brand new lecture program of the Muhammad Ali Center will bring its Oral History Project to life through a series of live recorded programs.  Each event will focus on a specific topic of Muhammad’s life, featuring two or three persons knowledgeable about the Muhammad Ali-specific theme to participate in a public oral history forum facilitated by the Center’s Collections Department.

The inaugural program, “Ali and the Nation”, will be on Friday, March 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Ali Center. It is free and open to the public.

“Stories of Ali: Ali and the Nation” will present two approaches and understandings of the Nation of Islam: to explore Ali’s early religious conversion and his choice to devote much of his life to his new faith. The two interviewees are:

Dr. Brandon McCormack, professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, will offer an educational and historical perspective.

Donald Lassere, president and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, grew up on the South Side of Chicago and has memories of the Nation of Islam selling bean pies and serving as protectors. Through his role at the Center, Donald will offer a unique perspective of the Louisville Lip. His stories will be of a personal nature, based on memories, and professional knowledge.

The Muhammad Ali Center’s Oral History Project is an ongoing initiative created to utilize the practice of oral history to document the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. More information about the Project is available here.

Photo: Louisville Metro Council

Dixie Highway is experiencing a renovation and renaissance as work continues on updating this important transportation corridor in Metro Louisville.

As part of that movement forward, this Saturday, more than 60 businesses will gather at the Discover Dixie Expo to showcase everything from education, financial services, healthcare and fitness to home improvement, computer and technical needs.

“The Southwest has many wonderful businesses serving our Dixie Highway community. The Discover Dixie Expo is a great way to bring together our local businesses under one roof.  Please come out to meet and support our Dixie Area Businesses!” Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14).

The Dixie Area Business Association created the Expo, to highlight the benefits of the Dixie Highway Corridor, as well as other businesses in the marketplace. It is a great way to showcase these companies

“Southwest Louisville’s economy is built upon honest, reputable local businesses that serve our entire city. The Discover Dixie Expo is a showcase of these great entrepreneurs,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25). “I hope you will join me in keeping our dollars local by coming out and learning what each of these businesses can do for you!”

“Our Southwest Metro Council Team will be part of the DABA Expo to bring local government to the business community at this special event.,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “I look forward to learning more about the many businesses that attend.”

Discover Dixie Expo is set for this Saturday, March 10th at Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Highway starting at 10:00am. Admission is free with a can good (non expired) with all going to Southwest Community Ministries.


Shop Local, Buy Local, Be Local, Discover the Power of Dixie!

  • JenCare Senior Medical Center
  • L&N Federal Credit Union
  • Leanhart Plumbing, Inc.
  • Ink Publishing & Design
  • Senior Helpers
  • Southwest YMCA
  • Valley High School
  • Metro Council District 12
  • Metro Council District 13
  • Metro Council District 14
  • Metro Council District 25
  • Signarama
  • CareSource
  • Newcomer Funeral Home
  • LG&E
  • 20/20 Eye Care
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Park Community Credit Union
  • Humana
  • Michael Walker Advertising
  • Stephenson Nursery & Garden Center
  • Cardinal Chiropractic Center
  • Beacon Community Credit Union
  • Harbor House of Louisville
  • Southwest Community Ministries
  • Owen Funeral Home
  • Karing Kleaners
  • Signature
  • Ken Thieneman Builder
  • LMPD Advisory Board
  • Advantage Funeral Home
  • Jefferson County Federal Credit Union
  • Altitude Trampoline Park
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Cervices, LLC
  • BNI Alliance for Business
  • Waky RadioGeorgetown Manor
  • The Riverside Farnsley Moreman
  • Heartsong Memory Care
  • Timmy’s Auto Wash
  • Edward Jones
  • G&S General Contracting LLC
  • Triology
  • SW Festival
  • Sun Vally Community Center
  • Maryhurst

The Kentucky Exposition Center goes to the dogs March 15-18 when thousands of canines compete in the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows and the Greater Louisville Training Club Agility Trials.

Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows During the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows, top dogs from around the world will be judged based on conformation, obedience and agility. Winners of early rounds and AKC Champions will then move on to compete for Best of Breed. Depending on their performance, they can advance to group competition and Best of Show.

Special highlights during the show include: 

  • NEW: Puppy competition
  • Dock-diving: dogs compete by jumping into a swimming pool and chasing a Frisbee
  • Animal rescue organizations

The dog shows run Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18 and are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in the West Wing, Pavilion and West Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (age 60 and over) and children (age 4-13). Thursday admission is free.

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Greater Louisville Training Club Agility Trials The dog agility trials run Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18 and are open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily in Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Admission for this event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center is $8 per vehicle and $20 per bus.

Louisville families with children of all ages are invited to a free resource fair showcasing summer activities for children, youth, and families on Saturday, March 10.  Themed “SOAR” which stands for Summer Opportunities and Resource Fair, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the DuValle Education Center gym, 3610 Bohne Ave.

SOAR will feature local summer activities for children and teens including a wide variety of summer camps, parks and recreation programs, as well as employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities from a full list of exhibitors. This event is being held in March to allow individuals time to plan ahead and register for opportunities while openings are available.

More than 20 vendors and other agencies providing information and resources plan to participate including:

  • Academy of Music Production (AMPED)
  • Bellarmine University
  • Catholic Enrichment Center
  • Community Dental Family Dental Care
  • DOODs Inc.
  • Early Childhood Education
  • ECHO (Exploited Children’s Help Organization)
  • Falls of the Ohio
  • Family Scholar House
  • First Gethsemane Baptist church
  • 4-H College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems
  • 4 Your Child
  • KET
  • Louisville Free Public Library
  • Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation
  • Make It Count Consulting
  • Norton’s Children’s Hospital Prevention and Wellness
  • PACT in Action/Center for Women and Families
  • Reimage
  • Summerbridge Louisville
  • Summer Explorations/ First Virginia Avenue Baptist Church
  • SummerWorks/Kentuckiana Works/Youth Build
  • University of Louisville Family Dental Care

This event also features a drawing for a summer program scholarship at Junior Achievement.

“Summer is a time to have fun, explore new places and ideas, learn new skills, make new friends and even make a little money”, stated Elisa Freeman-Carr, administrator of Ujima Neighborhood Place.  “We’re excited to host the SOAR event to connect children and youth, especially those from lower income households, with the many wonderful summer programs, classes, camps, and other opportunities offered in our community.”

SOAR is also hosted by Jefferson County Public Schools, the Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, the Villages of Park Duvalle and multiple Neighborhood Place sites including Ujima, Cane Run, Bridges of Hope and South Central.

For questions about the SOAR event, or if you represent an agency which would like to participate, please contact Elisa Freeman-Carr at 313-6145 or or Buffie Daubard at 313-4447 or  You can also download this flyer to share with others who may be interested.