Saturday May 25, 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.

Mayor Greg Fischer today provided the public with an update on steps being taken to address a $35 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year starting July 1, and he and Metro Council President David James invited employees and residents to share their ideas for efficiencies via a confidential online form.

Noting that the new fiscal year is just 87 days away, the Mayor said he and his staff “are poring over details of the budget, working to find ways to address this shortfall while imposing the least amount of pain to the people we serve.”

The Mayor outlined some steps he and his team have already taken and will take over the next several weeks to address the budget shortfall, which is expected to grow to $65 million by fiscal year 2023:

  • The June LMPD recruit class is being canceled, because offers would have to have been made this month, before the Mayor presents his budget on April 25 and before the Council votes on June 25. “It’s just financially unwise to hire people without knowing you have the budget to pay them,” the Mayor said, adding that decisions about future classes in the next fiscal year are pending.
  • The city has informed employees of changes to their health insurance benefits. Most policies for Metro employees will see an increase of 3 percent on premiums, and most plans will see an increase on deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses.
  • The city is looking at the possibility of eliminating cost-of-living increases for Louisville Metro Government employees in the next fiscal year. Because 75 percent of the workforce is represented by unions, the city began with letters to union leaders asking them to consider voting to accept this measure.
  • The city is examining leases and contracts, including LMPD’s contract with ShotSpotter, that may need to be altered or canceled before July 1 in order to meet the budget gap for fiscal year 2020.
  • Parks & Recreation will not open its four outdoor swimming pools this summer and is increasing fees at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center. The decision not to open the pools is being made now because this is the time the process of hiring lifeguards would begin.

Mayor Fischer said he and his team also are in the process of meeting with suburban city mayors to discuss Metro assets within their city limits, such as libraries, and how they might manage or help manage the cost of those programs. And he noted that Louisville Tourism’s board has agreed to provide $500,000 to the Belle of Louisville to keep that distinctive attraction operating.

Karen Williams, President & CEO elaborated on that decision: “The Belle of Louisville has been an iconic attraction for the city for decades, providing entertainment for locals and visitors alike. With such a growing momentum in visitation, the Board of Louisville Tourism did not want to lose a treasured asset that could impact family travel options in a lucrative coming tourism season. This funding will ensure that an authentic experience on an historic steamboat is still one of the many options families can enjoy.”

The Mayor also called on other partners, companies and organizations and individuals to support or sponsor external agencies that have relied on Metro funding.

“Think about the work our external agency partners do to help people in our community,” he said, adding that in the face of cuts, “we must be creative in keeping them going,” and “that has to start with community members stepping up and doing the right thing, over and over again.”

City employees and residents urged to share ideas

Also today, Metro Council President David James and the Mayor outlined ways that Metro employees and residents can submit ideas for efficiencies to address the budget shortfall.

The Mayor noted that Metro provides more services today than eight years ago, with about the same number of employees (outside of LMPD), thanks in part to the nationally recognized Office for Performance Improvement and a long-term commitment to using data and innovation to improve services without additional costs. And the city has the fourth lowest employee-to-resident ratio among peer cities.

 “Our employees see Metro in action every day and have been an essential piece of making our city the lean, efficient operation it is today,” he said. “We’re looking forward to hearing more of their ideas, and ideas of the people we serve.”

Form for residents

The Council president agreed: “Our Metro employees are our No. 1 asset. Reaching out to them to find efficiencies and opportunities for reorganization — without fear of reprisals — is very important in this budget process. I look forward to hearing what they have to say and what our citizens have to say.”

The form for employees were sent via email. The form for residents can be accessed at louisvilleky.gov, along with the city’s 2018 Progress Report and 2018-2019 budget materials to guide their suggestions.

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 4YourChild@Outlook.com.  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.

Olmsted Parks Conservancy has received a $49,949 grant from the PNC Foundation to build a new PNC Music Garden in Shelby Park.

Shelby Park is a sixteen-acre park designed by the Olmsted Firm in 1907. It was named for Kentucky’s first governor, Isaac Shelby, and is the only park in Louisville designed in conjunction with a Carnegie library. Today, the park offers many amenities including two playgrounds, a splash pad, basketball and tennis courts, walking paths, and an iconic bandstand. The Shelby Park Neighborhood Association is very active in the well-being of this historic green space.

The new PNC Music Garden, which will open in April 2019, will include ten outdoor musical instruments. The instruments will line both sides of a fully accessible pathway that connects the two existing playgrounds, for older and younger children respectively. This addition will complement programming offered by the Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED), which is run out of the Shelby Park Community Center. AMPED is a free youth music program that provides a safe environment for young minds to explore their creativity through the power of music.

“The PNC Music Garden at Shelby Park will not only connect the existing play spaces with a fully accessible engaging feature, but will also deepen the connection between the neighbors and their park,” said Layla George, Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s president and CEO. “The Shelby Park neighborhood exemplifies the spirit of inclusivity and having an inclusive play space feels right at home here. We are grateful for the continued partnership with the PNC Foundation and their support which made this project possible.”

The new space is funded by the PNC Foundation in support of PNC Grow Up Great®, a bilingual $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

“We look forward to working with the Shelby Park community to provide enriching opportunities for preschoolers to explore and discover the world around them,” said Chuck Denny, PNC regional president for Louisville.

The PNC Music Garden was designed by Chris Fry from Play Pros of Kentucky and Indiana formerly Countryside Play Structures. An exclusive Landscape Structures dealer and authorized installer. Play Pros dedicates a majority of their time and efforts to inclusive play.

“We believe every child has a right to build priceless memories of childhood through play,” said Fry.

An official ribbon cutting will be held at Shelby Park on Tuesday, April 2 at 10:00AM.

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