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A spin-off of the Clifton Roots, Jazz, and Heritage Festival held at the Clifton Center last year, Butchertown Roots continues the quest to bring the best in roots, jazz, and world music to Louisville audiences. Featuring five Grammy nominees, a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Award recipient, and a MacArthur Foundation genius grant award winner, Butchertown Roots welcomes internationally renowned performers, as well as several of Louisville’s most celebrated local artists. Both concerts will be held at Louisville’s most exciting new venue, Odeon, located at 1335 Story Avenue in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood.

Masters of the infectious Brazilian music known as “Choro”, Trio Brasileiro, will kick off the festival on Saturday, September 15th at 8:00 pm. Recipients of a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album for their recording with clarinetist Anat Cohen, Rosa dos Ventos, the Trio includes world-renowned guitarist Douglas Lora, mandolin virtuoso Dudu Maia, and percussionist Alexandre Lora, and is regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of Choro, a musical style that has been described by some as a Brazilian cross between bluegrass and ragtime. With heart-wrenching harmonies and blazing virtuosity, Trio Brasileiro has brought crowds to their feet in concert tours throughout the U.S., South America, and Europe.

Butchertown Roots continues Sunday, September 16 with True Blues, an inspiring evening of music and conversation with legendary blues artists Corey Harris and Phil Wiggins. Harris, the phenomenal blues guitarist and singer who was a featured artist and narrator of Martin Scorcese’s 2003 documentary, “Feel Like Going Home”, which traced the evolution of the blues from West Africa to the southern U.S., will be joined by legendary blues harmonica virtuoso Phil Wiggins. Wiggins was recently awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in honor of his many accomplishments, which included a 32-year stint as a member of one of the most famous duos in blues history, Cephas & Wiggins.   Continue reading

The second-annual “Family Kite Festival” will take place on the grounds of the historic home and farm, located in southwest Louisville at 7410 Moorman Road. Admission to the Kite Festival is free, although concessions will be offered for sale. The first 300 children in attendance at the festival will receive a free kite. Activities include performances from the Chicago Kite Team and Pigs Aloft Stationary Kites; stilt walkers; bubble making, kite making, jugglers, children’s games and complimentary tours (donations accepted) of the Farnsley-Moremen House. The LMPD display helicopter will also be at the festival for kids to enjoy.

“The Family Kite Festival is quickly becoming a tradition in its second year at Riverside, one of the true gems in beautiful southwest Louisville. Last year, several hundred children attended and we’re hoping to see more smiling faces on the banks of the Ohio once again this year,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.

“This is a unique event for Louisville and we hope it becomes a popular tradition for years to come,” said Seve Ghose, Director of Parks and Recreation. “It should be a lot of fun for the entire family, whether you’re an experienced kite maker or just interested in trying out something new.”

“I’m excited to have the kite festival back for a second year at the lovely Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing. This will be a great event for young and old alike. Please plan on attending this free event on September 16,” said Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, who represents District 14 in southwest Louisville.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing is celebrating its 25th anniversary of public ownership this year. It exists to promote, preserve, restore and interpret historic farm life on the Ohio River. Standing atop a gentle rise overlooking the Ohio River, the Farnsley-Moremen House is the centerpiece of a 300-acre historic site in Louisville, Kentucky, called Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. Built circa 1837, the house stands as a testament to the important role agriculture along the river played in the development of our country.

Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector-car auction company, returns to Louisville to sell an estimated 600 American muscle car, classic, Corvette, hot rod, Resto Mod, and more. There will also be a free muscle car thrill ride experience where guests can ride along with a trained driver on a closed course.

The event starts at 10AM this Friday and Saturday in the Kentucky Exposition Center. Admission is $30 per day (Children 12 and younger are admitted free). As always, parking for the Exposition Center is $10 per vehicle or $20 per bus. More information can be found online at the Mecum website.

Photo: Neighborhood Place

Neighborhood Place partners offer a variety of health-focused events and services in September including a healthy cooking class, a Diabetes management class, an educational baby shower and an opportunity to learn Mindfulness techniques.  For more details about these offerings and several others please refer to the list below.

Sept 4, FedEx Ground Employment Opportunities at First Neighborhood Place, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd.  Call (502) 313-4700 for more information.  A FedEx human resources recruiter will talk one-on-one with individuals interested in a career as a Package Handler with FedEx Ground.

Sept. 4, Car Seat Safety Check at Ujima Neighborhood Place, 9 – 11 a.m. 
Located at 3610 Bohne Ave.  Call Norton Children’s Hospital at 629-7358 to make an appointment.  Learn how to install your child’s car seat or booster seat. It’s estimated that eight out of ten seats are not used correctly. Car seat-fitting by appointment only.

Tuesdays, Now through Oct. 2, Healthier Meals, Healthier Me Class at South Jefferson Neighborhood Place, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Located at 1000 Neighborhood Place.  Registrations is required by calling 772-8588. Come and learn more about healthy eating, meal planning on a budget and more.  Persons can still attend without a reservation, but will not be able to earn a slow-cooker.

Sept. 6, Basic Diabetes Self-Management Class at Ujima Neighborhood Place, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Located at 3610 Bohne Ave.  Registration are required by calling 574-6663.  Whether you are recently diagnosed or have had diabetes for years and need a refresher, this session is for you.  Topics include what diabetes is and is not, glucose monitoring, problem solving, healthy eating, medication management, sick day management, healthy exercise, goal setting, and more.  Sponsored by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness.

Sept. 6 and 10, Sodexo Hiring Opportunities at two locations
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.

  • Sept. 6, First Neighborhood Place, 1503 Rangeland Road (T.J. Middle School in the W.D. Bruce Building – door #24), 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 313-4700 for more information
  • Sept. 10, South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sept 6, A Healthy Journey for Two Educational Baby Shower at First Neighborhood Place, 1 – 3 p.m.
Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd. A Healthy Journey for Two is an educational baby shower open to any expectant mothers.  Contact Mendy Mason at 341-5400 to register and for more information.  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.

Mondays and Thursdays, YMCA’s “Caring and Learning with Me” program at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd., side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Call Keyonna Humphrey at 974-8457 for more information and to register.  This free program provides a wonderful learning environment for children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers focusing on play and exploration.  The adult caregiver is required to attend with the child/ren and you may also bring other children ages (0-2). Sponsored by the YMCA with support from First Neighborhood Place.

Sept 10, 12, 17, 20 and 28, Passport Health Care Community Engagement at multiple locations 
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.

  • Sept, 10 and 17, First Neighborhood Place, 1503 Rangeland Rd (door #16) side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Call (502) 212-6677 for more information.
  • Sept. 12, Ujima Neighborhood Place, 3610 Bohne Ave., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Call 485-6710 for more information.
  • Sept. 20, South Jefferson Neighborhood Place, 1000 Neighborhood Place, 1 – 2 p.m.  Call 313-4635 for more information.
  • Sept. 28, South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 2 – 3 p.m.

Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct., 2, 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.
Four, one-hour classes that will help you gain insights and techniques to build your own meditation practice, discover your interior stillness, and learn positive coping skills rooted in kindness and compassion.  Classes are offered by the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center and the Mindfulness Mentors.

Sept. 11, Free Blood Pressure Screenings at Ujima Neighborhood Place, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Located at 3610 Bohne Ave. Call 485-6145 for more information. Louisville Metro Health and Wellness health educators will provide free blood pressure screenings and health information.

Sept. 11, Foster Parent Recruitment Meeting at First Neighborhood Place, 6 – 8 p.m. 
Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd., side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Call 595-5437 (KIDS) for more information.  Detailed information will be provided on the requirements and process of how to become a foster or adoptive parent.  Information such as an explanation of foster care, special needs adoption, and information on foster parent training classes will be provided.  Sponsored by Kentucky Foster Care and the training classes will be provided.  Sponsored by Kentucky Foster Care and the Special Needs Adoption Program.

Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Resilience and Community Services is inviting the public to participate in a meeting to kick off Phase II of the Louisville Resilience initiative on Monday, Sept. 10.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Louisville Free Public Library’s Main Branch, 301 York Street, and will include the Louisville Resilience team, business leaders, educators, non-profit organizations, members of the faith community, and residents.

Louisville was chosen in May 2016 to join the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world become more resilient to the growing social, economic, and physical challenges in the 21st Century.  Participating cities are provided with resources that include funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, expert support, access to a partner platform and a peer-to-peer network.

Louisville’s Chief Resilience Officer Eric Friedlander is overseeing the city’s development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy to help prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from chronic stresses and acute shocks.

At the Phase II kickoff, participants will divide into working groups focused around four Discovery Areas identified in Phase I by residents and subject matter experts through community meetings, focus groups, interviews and an online survey.

The areas are: compassion and trust; resilience to trauma; financial capacity and economic opportunity; and the built and natural infrastructure to promote health and well-being. The working groups will identify specific actions recommended as a part of Louisville’s Resilience Strategy.  View the Phase II flyer for meeting details and other pertinent information.

“Public input has been and will continue to be the cornerstone of developing Louisville’s Resilience strategy,” said Friedlander.  “I’m excited to expand the number of individuals, partners and perspectives involved in this process that will help our community better address many of our biggest challenges and identify solutions.”

For more information about Louisville Resilience or on how to get involved, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/Resilience or call 574-8132.  To learn more about 100 Resilient Cities, visit www.100resilientcities.org.

Photo: Louisville Metro Council

Free music returns to Old Louisville when “In Lightning” performs some new laid back tunes as Old Louisville LIVE returns to Central Park on Friday August 31st.

“Old Louisville is once again the place to as we offer the community free music on a Friday night in one of the best neighborhoods in Metro Louisville,” says Councilman David James (D-6).  “The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is hosting this event as a great way to kick back and enjoy a Friday night and start the weekend off right.”

Old Louisville LIVE kicks off this Friday at 7:00pm with “In Lightning” debuting new music as play a wide variety of groovy, rockin’, cinematic music. Flow artists will be on hand spinning LED hoops and batons in the dark as part of the band’s show.

Admission to the concert is FREE.

All Old Louisville LIVE shows will take place at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in Central Park, are free, and open to public.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Old Louisville LIVE Performance Schedule:

  • Friday August 31, 8:00-11:00 p.m.                   In Lightning
  • Friday September 7, 8:00-11:00 p.m.               Junior J and Shania Robinson
  • Saturday, September 15, 5-10:00 p.m.               Hal & Ben’s BIKE-IN
  • Saturday, September 22, 7:00-10:00 p.m.         Monarchs
  • Friday, September 28, 7:00-10:00pm                Moondance

Joining Councilman James and the OLNC as sponsors are Louisville Metro Government, The 1300 Association, South Third Street Association, South Fourth Street Association, Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association, Belgravia Association, St. James Court Association, Treyton Oak Towers, Genscape, Paradise Tomato Kitchens, Central Park West Neighborhood Association, and BC Plumbing.

For the latest updates about Old Louisville LIVE visit Old Louisville Neighborhood Council’s website, oldlouisville.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/OldLouisvilleNeighborhood.

Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Parks Foundation CEO, Brooke Pardue were joined by Councilman Bill Hollander and the local skateboarding community to unveil the Breslin Park Skate Spot, the latest public park to receive added amenities funded by the Louisville Parks Foundation.

The $95,000 skate spot, built and designed by Hunger Skateparks, of Bloomington, IN, is the first of its kind in the region. Unlike larger skate parks, the skate-able art sculpture is designed for all levels, making it appropriate for beginners and experts alike. This completes the first phase of the Foundation’s Breslin Park 2.0 Project, which includes a state-of-the-art shade structure to follow.

“Many people aren’t aware of this, but Breslin Park was home to Louisville’s original skatepark.” Said Pardue, “There is a rich history of skating in this park and I have been overwhelmed with the positive response I have received from generations of street skaters in our community. I’m glad we listened and were able to provide them with something we can all feel good about.”

“This new skate spot, in conjunction with the Louisville Extreme Park, is going to put Louisville on the map for people looking for a quality skate experience.” Said Noah Hulsman, owner of Home Skateshop. “And we are committed to keeping Breslin Park clean and safe for all park users.”

Funding for the project is the result of a partnership between the Louisville Parks Foundation, a non-profit that supports Louisville Parks and Recreation, Home Skateshop, Councilman Bill Hollander, Grind Burgers, Spinelli’s Pizza, Vegan Jerky Company, and individual donors.

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