LO WOW! Series brings MercyMe to Louisville Ky Tuesday, Nov 24 2015 

Louisville, KY (October 15, 2015) … On Thursday, December 10, at 8pm the Louisville Orchestra will take the Palace Theatre stage with GRAMMY®-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners – MercyMe. The contemporary Christian rock group will perform their top hits as well as work from their most recent album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas!with Jason Seber on the podium.

Single tickets range from $20 – $75 and are available by calling the Louisville Palace at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting LouisvilleOrchestra.org.

MercyMe has topped both Mainstream and Christian radio charts with dozens of No. 1 hits, including the iconic song I Can Only Imagine. Throughout their career they’ve had multiple albums achieve gold and platinum status. Recognized by Billboard magazine as one of the industry’s most notable talents, their most recent release debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s cross-genre “Top Holiday Albums” chart.


Jason Seber is in his third season as Education and Outreach Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.  With the Louisville Orchestra he has led programs on the Family, Making Music, Humanities, Martin Luther King, Holiday, Music Without Borders, Side-by-Side, and Pops series, as well as serving as cover conductor for most of the Classics Series concerts.

LO WOW! events are designed to do just that – WOW you! MercyMe is the first of two LO WOW! concerts for the 2015-16 season. R&B songstress, Natalie Cole will join the Louisville Orchestra for an unforgettable Valentines concert February 13 at the Kentucky Center.

The LO WOW! series is generously sponsored by Pharmarica. This MercyMe concert has received additional support from WJIE.

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Louisville Ky Mayor Greg Fischer Invites city to Peace Vigil tonight Tuesday, Nov 24 2015 

Louisville, KY., – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Compassionate Louisville and several other groups are inviting all members of the community to gather tonight in Downtown Louisville to show their solidarity against all forms of terrorism, particularly to the recent violence in Paris and Beirut.

The vigil begins at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson Memorial across from City Hall at 6th and Jefferson streets.

The event is also sponsored by Pakistani Americans for Compassion and Education, MSA, and local Islamic centers.


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Forget Black Friday! Shop local in Louisville Ky this Saturday and maybe win some money Tuesday, Nov 24 2015 

LIBA Launches HoLOUdays Contest, Winner Will Receive a $1,000 Local Shopping Spree

Louisville, KY – The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), an alliance of over 750 locally owned and independent businesses, will launch its 8th annual Buy Local, Win $1000: hoLOUdays Contest (formerly Shift Your Shopping). The purpose of the contest is to encourage shoppers to choose local and independent businesses for their holiday purchases, because making a shift to local independents is one of the fastest ways to build a strong local economy and create jobs in our community. So, while buying gifts for loved ones this season, Louisvillians can also give a gift to their community.

To enter the contest, shoppers must collect receipts from five LIBA member businesses between November 18, 2015 and January 5, 2016, and then present the receipts for review at one of the sponsor sites (local area Heine Brothers’ Coffee or Feeders Supply locations) or submit via mail/online/email/text. (New option this year: entrants can email, text or go online to enter.) The winner will receive $1000 in gift certificates to LIBA member businesses of their choice.

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A recent study of Louisville-area businesses shows that for every $100 spent at a locally-owned, independent business, $55 is reinvested locally, whereas only $14 is reinvested when that same money is spent at a national chain. By shopping local, consumers also help to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area.

LIBA will host a press conference on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28th at 10am at Heine Brothers’ Coffee, 4305 Shelbyville Road, to officially launch the contest and give away swag (Shop Small shopping bags, hoLOUdays materials, etc.). Mayor Fischer and Congressman Yarmuth will also be in attendance to celebrate the day and share remarks. On a larger scale, LIBA members throughout the city will celebrate Small Business Saturday by chalking their sidewalks with “Buy Local” messages and posting images to social media. (As will the Mayor and Congressman.)

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“The Small Business Saturday campaign and the hoLOUdays Contest are aimed at contrasting the typical Black Friday shopping frenzy with a neighborly, community-minded approach to thoughtful gift giving,” said Jennifer Rubenstein, Director of LIBA. “Buying from locally-owned independents is a gift to the community because of the financial ramifications and the well-being of the businesses that make our town unique.”

The hoLOUdays contest winner will be drawn live on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 12:30pm on WAVE-3 Listens, and they will get to choose from over 750 LIBA businesses where they wish to spend their prize.

LIBA’s Buy Local, Win $1000: hoLOUdays Contest is generously sponsored by Feeders Supply, Heine Brothers’ Coffee, Louisville Magazine and LEO Weekly.


About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance

Celebrating 10 Years of Weird in 2015, LIBA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of buying locally. For more information about LIBA, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com

About Small Business Saturday

November 28th marks the sixth annual Small Business Saturday, a day designated to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.

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Want tickets to Louisville Ky’s Tailspin Ale Fest early? Catch the pre-sale next week Monday, Nov 23 2015 


Only 400 Discounted Tickets will be available
Louisville, KY – – Tailspin Ale Fest Organizers are hosting TWO NIGHTS (December 3 and 4) to purchase the much sought-after, hot ticket at a discounted rate to Tailspin Ale Fest 2016 – enjoy a pint or a taster, meet the Organizers and featured brewery reps, plus help end hunger by purchasing a $1 Dare to Care Food Bank Paper Stein. Customers can donate $1 and get their name on the beer stein with 100% of the proceeds benefits Dare to Care Food Bank. This program raised over $3000 across 3 stores for the 2015 event. 
This year the stein program will be featured at all 6 Louisville area Liquor Barn locations from December 2015 – Tailspin Day, February 20, 2016. Tailspin Ale Fest has SOLD OUT the previous two years.

Tailspin Ale Fest 2015

Brian Riendeau, Dare to Care Executive Director, said Dare to Care is honored to benefit from the 2016 Tailspin Ale Festival. 
“It is amazing how our community responds to make sure all of our neighbors has the food they need to live a healthy life.  The organizers and sponsors of Tailspin demonstrate the great giving spirit of Louisville.”
Event Co-Creator and Organizer, Tisha Gainey states, “We are excited for Tailspin’s third anniversary at the historic Bowman Field, bringing our craft beer celebration to the forefront of Louisville’s social scene, at least for a day.  It is rewarding to continue our partnership with Liquor Barn and expand on the fundraising efforts for Dare to Care Food Bank.  We are also excited that our event continues to create new opportunities for furthering our fundraising with partners like the Yum! Brands Foundation. Tailspin also provides a platform to introduce the latest and greatest from the world of craft beer to Louisville.   Look for all your favorite highlights and beers at the event – and a few surprises as well – as we strive to make Tailspin better every year.”
Tailspin Ale Fest 2015

Tailspin Ale Fest 2015

Pre-Sale Event Highlights:

·       Limited 400 General admission tickets @$35 each – normally $45 + fees

·       100 VIP @$70 each – normally $75 + fees

·       Thursday, December 3 at the Middletown Liquor Barn location from 3-7 pm with a special tapping of West Sixth’s Christmas Ale.

·       Friday, December 4 at the Springhurst Location 3-7 pm. ESPN Radio will be conducting a LIVE remote, make sure your radio voice is ready to CHEER for BEER!

·       Liquor Barn will be launching their Tailspin Ale Fest/Dare to Care (paper) Beer Stein fundraiser Promotion.

 For tickets or more information, visit www.tailspinalefest.com. For the latest updates
about participating breweries and festival news, like www.facebook.com/tailspinalefest.
Mayor Greg Fischer enjoys Tailspin Ale Fest 2015

Mayor Greg Fischer enjoys Tailspin Ale Fest 2015

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Appropriate Voyeurism in Louisville Ky? Only in Old Louisville on December 5 and 6 Friday, Nov 20 2015 


OLD LOUISVILLE, KY — The country’s most extensive collection of Victorian mansions and picturesque homes will be on display at the 39th Annual Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour.  In keeping with the rich tradition of Southern hospitality, homeowners in the nation’s premier Victorian neighborhood invite you and yours inside their charming residences to get a unique glimpse of how they’ve transformed their more than 100-year old homes into modern-day marvels. It’s what the neighborhood likes to call “appropriate voyeurism.” This year’s event will be on December 5 and 6, 2015, from noon to 6:00 pm both days, and includes homes on Ormsby Avenue, First Street, Saint James Court and Fourth Street.

“This year’s event features such a wide variety of homes in Old Louisville, from mansions to one-bedroom apartments,” said Susan Coleman, event chair for the 2015 Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour. “They’ll all be decorated in their best holiday finery, too, so it’s the perfect time for visitors to see how we live in these beautiful buildings we call home.”

This event is an absolute must for architecture buffs and holiday enthusiasts alike. Along with the private residences, the tour begins at the Woman’s Club of Louisville and also stops at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum on Saint James Court. The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is also excited to include Christmas carolers, food vendors and shuttle buses for easier travel between the residences on the tour.

Holiday Home Tour tickets are $25 in advance if purchased before 5 p.m. on Friday, December 4th. Ticket prices increase to $30.00 the day of the tour and can be purchased at the Woman’s Club of Old Louisville on South Fourth Street. Tickets can also be purchased at any time at oldlouisville.org.

The Holiday Home Tour is a primary fundraiser for the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. Proceeds directly and supports its mission of promoting and improving the Old Louisville neighborhood. Visit oldlouisville.org for more information on other events in the neighborhood, current improvement initiatives and to learn how to get involved.

About Old Louisville Neighborhood Council

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is a federation of 21 neighborhood associations that represent 12,000 people. We serve as the official voice of Old Louisville. We work to preserve and protect one of the nation’s oldest historic preservation districts of Victorian mansions. Old Louisville is an exceptional heritage tourism destination, where visitors can walk these beautiful neighborhoods of 19th century town homes anytime and tour the mansions in May and December. We are also home to many artistic and cultural events throughout the year, including: SpringFest, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, the St. James Court Art Show, the Garvin Gate Blues Festival, the Victorian Tales of Terror Halloween event and the Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour.

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There’s a New Podcast in LouisvilleKY – It’s Uncovered Wednesday, Nov 18 2015 

LouisvilleKY’s Newest Podcast Uncovered with Cyndy Tandy

You may remember that Cyndy Tandy was one of my guests on the first Rusty Satellite Show. That was some 124 weeks ago.

LULeePenningtonCTCyndy has her own media empire — a series of local TV vignettes that have aired on WAVE-TV, entitled Louisville Uncovered. And she’s got a far-reaching social media network on Twitter and Facebook. So I have no doubt that her new podcast on the Louisville.am network will be a huge success.

Here’s how Cyndy describes the new show: Listen and get the scoop from behind the scenes, as we scan the River City for facts and stories you haven’t heard!  Host Cyndy Tandy will “Uncover” those gems, places, people, things that make Louisville our favorite city. Come along and Enjoy the history and tales of the Commonwealth!

The first episode, featuring former Kentucky poet laureate Lee Pennington, along with Cyndy’s friends at the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky, went online last week. I hope you will follow along and listen every week for Cyndy’s podcast.

And if you’ve got a podcast idea, get in touch with me at Rick@LouisvilleKY.com.

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How about a new pet for Christmas? Louisville KY shelter to waive adoption fees Tuesday, Nov 17 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Saturday, November 28, and Sunday, November 29, Louisville Metro Animal Services will waive adoption fees on all animals at their adoption center, the Animal House located at 3516 Newburg Road.

Jefferson County residents will still be required to pay $9 for the license.


The Animal House is closed on Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving. It will reopen on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon – 6:00 p.m. The adoption special is only good Saturday and Sunday.


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Louisville Ky metro council to hold Dixie Highway meeting Tuesday, Nov 17 2015 

Louisville – It is a project designed to bring one of the busiest transportation corridors in Metro Louisville into the 21 Century.

On Wednesday, November 18th, several members of the Louisville Metro Council will host a Community Information Meeting to focus on the recent awarding of a $16. 9 million T.I.G.E.R Grant for the purpose of transforming Dixie Highway.

“This meeting will bring together all partners in this project who will coordinate the redesign and specific improvements to Dixie Highway,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “This is a massive project to bring better traffic flow, safer pedestrian crossings, innovative town center designs for economic development, and improved rapid transit for workers.”

Photo from Mayor Fischer's Facebook Page.

Photo from Mayor Fischer’s Facebook Page.

The Transforming Dixie Highway T.I.G.E.R. Grant Community Information Meeting is set for the Southwest Regional Library beginning at 6:00pm. The Library is located at 9725 Dixie Highway.

Dixie Hwy

“This is an opportunity for our constituents and business owners to get a better understanding of how we are progressing the Dixie Highway Master Plan,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25). “Dixie Highway will be seeing major improvements over the coming years because of the partnership between Federal, State and Local levels of government. I hope this meeting will help enlighten residents around the city to the major changes happening here on Dixie!”

Joining Blackwell and Yates in hosting the meeting will be Council Members Cindi Fowler (D-14), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), and David James (D-6).  Representatives from Congressman John Yarmuth’s (D-Kentucky) office and Shively Mayor Sherry Conner will also attend.

“Motorists have already experienced the repaving work currently underway on Dixie Highway around Bethany Lane. This grant allows local and state officials to keep moving forward with more improvements for better traffic flow,” says Fowler. “Dixie Highway is a vital transportation corridor for those of us who live and work in Southwest Jefferson County. It is a top priority for to the Southwest Council Members as well as our state representatives who have worked closely with us on this project.”

“This TIGER Grant is one received by only a few cities in the USA.  We are most fortunate in getting this funding to fast track our Dixie Do-Over project, which should kick-start economic development in the SW corridor of our city.  My hope is that other parts of South Louisville will also benefit from this initiative by having developers look our way,” says Welch.

Also attending the meeting will be Vanessa Burns, Director of Metro Public Works and related agencies of Traffic Design, Barry Barker Executive Director of TARC and related departments, Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Chair of Louisville Forward and the Design Team of Charles Cash and Mohammad Nouri for the Dixie Highway Project.

“I want to encourage everyone from Broadway to Shively to the Gene Snyder to come out and learn more about how Dixie Highway will become a safer and more efficient way to travel through Metro Louisville,” says Woolridge.

“While motorists and pedestrians will have an easier and safer way to use this key highway, we must not forget that part of the plan is to improve public transportation and get people to and from work who cannot afford a car,” says James.

The Community Information Meeting will cover several areas including; an overview of the project, the intelligent transportation system. street safety, rapid transit, the development of town centers at key intersections and the encouragement of commercial activity.

Those who attend will have a chance to ask questions about the T.I.G.E.R. Grant. The grant will provide $16.9 million in federal funding along with an addition $12 million in state and local funding for the Dixie Do Over.

The meeting will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

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Louisville Ky area bar auction is now open Tuesday, Nov 17 2015 


Note: The auction is now live and can be accessed here.


Louisville, KY., – Joe’s Older Than Dirt may be closed forever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a piece of the bar’s famous memorabilia to keep for all time.

The Louisville area landmark closed October 31st for good, but starting today, the 80-year-old business will auction off its memorabilia at Everything But The House (EBTH), a global estate sale marketplace.

Some of the items being auctioned off include neon beer signs, bar stools and signed sports memorabilia – perfect for another local establishment or even a home bar.

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The auction begins Tuesday, Nov. 17th and ends Monday, Nov. 23rd.
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joes dirt

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No Kill Louisville’s Pet Angel Tree Program Takes Flight Monday, Nov 16 2015 

LOUISVILLE, KY (November 15, 2015) – No Kill Louisville has just launched their 2015 Pet Angel Tree Program. This year-end effort seeks to help thousands of abandoned and abused animals by providing much-needed supplies to area shelters and rescues. The donated items are distributed among participating groups throughout the Louisville and Southern Indiana region.

This year’s list of rescues and shelters that will be receiving donations includes: No Kill Louisville, Derby City Dog Rescue, Kentuckiana Pug Rescue -KPR, Basset Rescue of Kentuckiana, Barktown Rescue, Southern Indiana Animal Rescue, Alley Cat Advocates, The Animal Care Society, Second Chances Wildlife Center, Shamrock Foundation, Louisville Metro Animal Services, Chelsea’s Legacy, Humane Society Of Oldham County, and Tyson’s Chance Animal Foundation Inc.

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Items needed for the upcoming year include, but are not limited to, dog and cat food, dog and cat treats, dog and cat collars and leashes, paper towels, bleach, Ziploc bags, pens, peanut butter, dish soap, fleece blankets, and much more.

For information, please visit No Kill Louisville’s website here.

Those who want to help can also choose to pick up a tag from a Pet Angel Tree at one of the following locations which also serve as the donation drop-off points:


A+ Pet Grooming I (5906 Preston Highway)

A+ Pet Grooming II (6234 N. Preston Highway)

Anchorage Animal Hospital (12317 Old LaGrange Rd)

Animal Medical Center of Middletown (111 Huntington Ridge Dr)

Breckenridge Animal Hospital (3451 Breckenridge Ln)

Carmichael’s Bookstore (2720 Frankfort Ave)

ChocolateBox Photography (1201 Story Ave #299)

The Comfy Cow (2221 Frankfort Ave)

Dirty Tease (1551 Bardstown Rd)

Hilton Garden Inn (2735 Crittenden Dr)

Infinite Bliss Yoga (1507 Bardstown Rd)

Kaleidoscope Hair Salon (1436 Bardstown Rd)

Shine (727 E. Jefferson St)

Tracey L. Carson, LCSW (8135 New LaGrange Rd)

Veterinary Associates Stonefield (203 Moser Rd)

Whipps Mill Animal Hospital (9321 New LaGrange Rd)

Heine Brothers’ Coffee (805 Blakenbaker Pkwy)

Derby City Crossfit (139 Breckenridge Ln.)

Norton Healthcare Business Office – Watterson Towers 15th Fl Lobby (1930 Bishop Ln.)


Styles Unlimited Beauty Salon (3119 E. 10th St.)

Office Supply Company (417 Spring St.)

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No Kill Louisville is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. We envision our community as a place where no adoptable pet or feral cat is killed, regardless of resources, economics, or politics. Founded in 2010, No Kill Louisville has worked toward this vision through the support and creation of programs of services, collaboration, and advocacy. For more information, visit www.nokill-louisville.com. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nokilllouisville or Twitter at www.twitter.com/NoKill_LVille.


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