Louisville’s Neighborhood Place Partners Offer Four Back School Events Thursday, Jul 30 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Neighborhood Place locations in Louisville will offer four back to school events in August, a variety of healthy cooking classes, five energy-saving workshops plus much more. To learn more about these services, including reservations requirements and contact info, please refer to the phone numbers listed by each event.

Back to School Events

Aug. 1, Back to School Distribution at Ujima Neighborhood Place DuValle Education Center side parking lot, 1 – 3 p.m. Located at 3610 Bohne Ave.  Call 485-6710 for more informationHeld in conjunction with the “Village of Park DuValle Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day”, school supplies will be distributed (while supplies last) and other helpful resources will be available.  Sponsored in part by Ujima Neighborhood Place and Louisville Metro Department of Community Services.

Aug. 1, Back to School Event at Meyzeek Middle School, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Located at 828 S.Jackson St.  Call 485-8299 for more information.  This Back to School event will provide school supplies on a first-come, first-served basis and offer parents the opportunity to interact with other community agencies.  All children must accompanied by an adult parent or guardian, and adults must have a student with them in order to receive supplies.  We are unable to provide supplies to children accompanied by their daycare provider.  Sponsored in part by 810 Barret Ave. Neighborhood Place and Louisville Metro Department of Community Services.

Back To School

Aug. 1, Back to School Fest at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Located at 1501 Rangeland Rd.  Call 962-3160 or 485-3889 for more information.  Free, grade-appropriate school supplies (while supplies last) and free lunches for kids served by JCPS Nutrition Services.   Community Resource Fair provided including diabetes and blood pressure checks, YMCA program, voter registration, library services and plus lots of music and fun.  Sports physicals offered for $20 (cash only) and dental screenings offered by Gordon Dental Associates.  Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Sponsored in part by First Neighborhood Place and Louisville Metro Department of Community Services.

Aug. 6, Northwest Back to School Festival at Northwest Neighborhood Place, 2 – 4 p.m. Located at 4018 West Market St.  Call 485-7230 for more information.  Open to students from kindergarten through high school.  Free backpacks  loaded with essential school supplies for the coming year will be distributed while supplies last.  Educational and community vendors will be on-site including the Shawnee Clinic to help schedule health physicals for family participants, plus Kidz Zone will be available for all to enjoy.  Students must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.  Sponsored by Northwest Neighborhood Place, Louisville Metro Community Services, Kidz Club, JCPS FRYSCs, and Service for Peace.

Louisville’s Kindergarten Countdown Fair at Slugger Field July 28 Monday, Jul 27 2015 

LOUISVILLE (July 27, 2015) – Hundreds of 5-year-olds are expected to swarm Louisville Slugger Field the evening of July 28 for the annual Kindergarten Countdown Fair – the main event of the city’s yearly initiative to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

“This is an important milestone,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.  “I want our kids to get excited about the first day of school, and I want parents to know how to prepare their children. Kindergarten is the first step to a successful education and bright future.”

Kindergarten Countdown

The Kindergarten Countdown Fair is Tuesday, July 28 at Louisville Slugger Field from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Students and one adult will receive free admission to the Louisville Bats game, where they will also receive information about immunizations, health screenings and skills they should know before starting kindergarten. Students will be able to meet teachers and tour a school bus.

“We want to do everything we can to prepare our children for the first day of school,” JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens said. “The Kindergarten Countdown helps to ensure that our youngest students are prepared and excited to start their school careers.”

Now in its tenth year, Kindergarten Countdown is a partnership between Metro Government, JCPS, Metro United Way, the Louisville Free Public Library and PNC Grow Up Great.  The agencies work throughout the year to increase school readiness and to educate parents and children about the transition to kindergarten. JCPS has crafted an informative school readiness guide to help parents understand what they can do at home to maximize their child’s kindergarten experience. It can be accessed on their website.

“Metro United Way’s vision is a community whose people achieve their fullest potential through education, financial stability and healthy live – the building blocks for a good quality of life,” Joe Tolan, President and CEO, Metro United Way said. “We know this starts with kids entering kindergarten ready to learn, because children who start behind tend to stay behind.  Kindergarten Countdown is a fun way to celebrate a very important milestone in a child’s education and help them prepare to be successful in school and life.”

 

Louisville Slugger Museum to open new Reds exhibit Monday, Jul 27 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is excited to announce a new special exhibition Cincinnati Reds Legends, that will run August 8th through November 1st, 2015.

The special exhibit, which will be displayed in the museum’s back gallery, is an art exhibit featuring the works of Chris Felix, Scott Hannig and Donnie Pollard specially created for the book Cincinnati Reds Legends, by author Mike Shannon.

Felix and Shannon will participate in a book signing and Q&A session to celebrate the opening of the exhibit, beginning at 1 p.m. on August 8th.

Johnny Bench

Ernie Lombardi

More than a dozen portraits of legendary Cincinnati Reds players from Ernie Lombardi to Johnny Bench to Ken Griffey, Jr. will be on display, as well as unforgettable representations of the Reds’ historic ballparks. There will also be a number of behind-the-scenes items from the artists, each of whom have been featured in exhibitions across the country, and contribute to the literary baseball magazine Spitball.

Ken Griffey Jr

In addition to the special exhibit, the museum will also premier a model of Great American Ballpark made of LEGO® bricks. The model was made by Jason Burik of Brick Model Design in Pittsburgh.

 

 

Louisville gets its first public statue of a historic woman Monday, Jul 27 2015 

 

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Louisville, Ky., – Hundreds gathered, many of them Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, on Sunday outside the Cathedral of Assumption to dedicate the first statue of a historic woman on public space in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mother Catherine Spalding, bronze and standing a little over 5 feet tall, with two orphan children in tow, took her spot outside the Cathedral where she taught students, cared for children whose parents had died, and worked to heal people with cholera in the early 19th century.

“I can imagine that Catherine is delighted to be back on the streets of Louisville where she found so much need and so many collaborators … and to be portrayed with her beloved orphans must give her great joy,” said Sister Susan Gatz, president of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

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Sister Susan said the unveiling was particularly special because a number of the order’s Sisters from India and Belize were in Kentucky for meetings and were able to attend.

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Mother Catherine Spalding plays an important, yet often overlooked, role in Louisville’s history.

She co-founded the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth outside Bardstown — a religious order that has taught thousands and thousands of children in many of Louisville’s parochial schools going back 200 years. She founded schools that eventually became Presentation Academy and Spalding University. She also started St. Joseph’s Infirmary as well as the St. Vincent orphanage. Her order started and founded and staffed numerous other hospitals and schools throughout Kentucky and beyond.

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Louisville to Visit Dominican Republic in October Friday, Jul 24 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville baseball team’s fall practice schedule will have a new look this year as the Cardinals will visit the Dominican Republic on Oct. 2-6.

The trip, which will coincide with the university’s mid-term break, will likely include 3-4 games against local academy and winter league teams while also offering community service opportunities for the players and coaches. The tentative game schedule for the Cardinals includes a matchup against the Escogido Lions of the Dominican Winter League at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic.

“This is a unique opportunity for the players, coaches, support staff and families in our program to visit the Dominican Republic, where the game of baseball is truly engrained into the culture,” said Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, who previously visited the country on a baseball/mission trip. “From a baseball perspective, it will allow our team to play against outside competition during a period of time where we would normally only have intra-squad scrimmages. It will also allow everyone in our program to use the game of baseball to help support and serve the needs of a financially strapped community while also growing as a team.”

Cardinal Baseball

This will be Louisville’s first international trip and will occur near the midway point of the team’s fall ball schedule. In preparation for the 2016 season, the Cardinals are slated to begin fall ball in early September, while the annual Pizza Bowl series will close the on-field work during the second half of October.

The Louisville baseball team will partner with SCORE International for its housing, transportation and community service work while on the ground in the Dominican Republic. SCORE International is a short term mission organization with extensive experience providing all-inclusive trips.

“This fall trip is something we’ve been planning for some time and we expect it to be a wonderful experience for our players, both on and off the field,” McDonnell said. “We know there may be some interest from fans to support our team by making their own plans to travel to the Dominican Republic, so it was important to us that we share the dates now so that anyone considering the trip can begin planning now.”

In its inaugural season in the ACC in 2015, Louisville set a conference record for league wins in a single season finishing with a 25-5 mark overall to win the Atlantic Division. Chosen as a national seed for the second time in school history, the Cardinals were 47-18 overall and ranked as highly as No. 8 following the season after advancing to their third straight NCAA Super Regional.

THE WEEK’s NEWS: Ice Cream, a Roller Coaster and Some Real News Friday, Jul 24 2015 

The current news cycle is being dominated by yet another tragic shooting, this time in Louisiana, and America’s continuing failure to do anything to change how easy it is for deranged individuals to get their hands on guns. However, there’s plenty of good news in good ole Louisville K Y . . .

 

Comfy Cow OpeningCOMFY COW’S RANGE: Could an ice cream business be Louisville’s next national success story in business? The six-year-old startup launched by partners Tim and Roy Koons McGee opened a commissary this week with plans to market sweet treats nationally.

CHRIS THIENEMAN’S COURT BATTLE: Watch the video on this site from Chris Thieneman. He was scheduled to go to trail to defend himself against assault charges brought by an ex-girlfriend on July 21. But the prosecution granted a delay as it attempts to get the Judge recused because, get this, Judge Erica Williams might have seen the video because she has access (like every other local judge) to see it here or on Facebook. Chris has refused to settle, the easy thing to do, because he says he’s innocent.

Stacy Funk and me. Bill Brymer photo

Stacy Funk and me. Bill Brymer photo

THE BEST PARTY: Stacy Funk has helped coordinate the Best of Louisville party with Louisville Magazine for years. It’s July 30 at PLAY. She promised a category for Best Podcast next year on the Rusty show. Here’s how to get tickets.

HEBERT GOES FULL CIRCLE: Before he became WHAS-TV’s top political reporter and then Jim Ramsey’s top spokesman, Mark Hebert got a job fresh out of WKU on a Frankfort radio station. Now he’s hosting a radio talk show about the school at 93.9 FM.

A STORM CHASER WE CAN LOVE: Forget those crazy weather folks. The city’s best Storm Chase will be at Kentucky Kingdom when the park unveils its new roller coaster next year. Storm-Chaser-140DegreeStall

NULU KNOW PARTIES: All the cool kids will be the NuLu Summer Block Party this weekend.

WANT TO HEAR GOD LAUGH? In this week’s Rusty Satellite Show, that’s David Tandy’s response when I asked about his political future plans. It was his way of saying that his future might include a run for Mayor, or Congress, but he’s not sure how it’s going to turn out.

METRO COUNCIL BACKS OFF AIRBNB RULES: Saying any new law would be a nightmare to enforce, the Metro Council is backing off its proposal to charge airbnb hosts a $250 fee. So, you can still rent my house.

ANOTHER REASON I’M NOT FOR BEVIN: The GOP’s candidate for governor is against gambling in any form, including new casino gaming legislation, in any form. Does he know that a coalition of Louisville business leaders has pushed for this for years? Not a progressive stance or a way to get votes around here.

CAN YOU DRIVE A FORKLIFT? The Snelling Staffing Job of the Week is a 1st Shift Manufacturing Plant Manager responsible for Quality Control, Analyzing Production and Employee Performance and Scheduling. Details at Snelling Staffing.

Metro Councilmembers Announce Upcoming Performance of Friday Fest Concert at Highview Park Thursday, Jul 23 2015 

Louisville, KY – Oldies, Country, Pop and Beatles Music are lined up for the upcoming FridayFest at Highview Park.

Metro Councilmembers James Peden (District 23), Madonna Flood (District 24) and Vicki Aubrey-Welch (District (13) are sponsoring the free summer concert series at Highview Park for the fourth straight year based on the success of the former Music in the Metro. A different concert will be held every other Friday through August and the event is open to the public, family friendly, and free.

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Local vendors will be on hand with a variety of food options, and people are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the show. Highview Park is located at 7201 Outer Loop, (enter through Briscoe Lane.) Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and music will begin at 6:00 p.m. For more information on this event, please contact Councilman Peden’s office at 574-1123 or by email at james.peden@louisvilleky.gov.

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July 24: Old Gangster Revival with Frontier (Country/Pop/Rock)
Great BBQ will be served up by Holy Smokes “The BBQ Cowboy”

Upcoming FridayFest Shows:
All shows run from 6-10pm
August 7: The Monarchs (Oldies) with Meadow Ryann (Country/Pop)
August 14: SixtyFour (Beatles Music) with TBA

New Global Automotive Conference Coming to Louisville In September Tuesday, Jul 21 2015 

LOUISVILLE, KY – Automotive experts, manufacturers, suppliers and other business leaders will gather in Louisville Sept. 14-15 for a new, forward-looking automotive conference called AutoVision 2015.

The two-day conference at the Louisville Marriott Downtown is the creation of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, the organization representing the state’s $14 billion economic engine.

Major advances such as self-driving cars, lighter-weight vehicles and long-lasting electric batteries will be among the topics discussed by leading experts from across the nation and beyond. Leaders from Kentucky’s major automotive manufacturers including Ford, General Motors and Toyota will be among the presenters.

“Forget the rearview mirror. Find out what’s over the horizon for the auto industry,” said Dave Tatman, KAIA’s executive director.

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Gov. Steve Beshear, a leader in the expansion of Kentucky’s auto industry, will address the audience and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the presenting sponsor. Speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions will focus on cutting-edge technology and timely issues, including workforce training and regulatory changes, to help position business leaders for opportunities and growth.

Experts and leaders confirmed to date include:

Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, General Motors
Sheryl Connelly, Manager, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring, Ford Motor Co.
Doug Cain, CEO, Mubea North America
Pierre Abboud, President and CEO, Bosch
Mike Mullis, global site selection consultant
John Bradburn, Environmental Engineer, Chevrolet Europe
Lindsay Chappell, Automotive News bureau chief
Laurie Harbour, President and CEO, Harbour Results
Gary Silberg, KPMG’s national lead partner and author of “Me, My Car, My Life”
Thomas Croskey, Executive Director Manufacturing Strategy and Planning, General Motors
Dale Brosius, Chief Commercialization Officer, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
“The automotive world is changing rapidly, so communication is crucial to continuing economic success,” Tatman said. “As one of the nation’s top automotive states, we believe Kentucky has a responsibility to lead in thinking as well as doing. Bringing together some of the leading minds for a two-day summit will help the entire automotive industry — throughout the region, across the country and around the world.

Get more information and register at www.autovisionconference.com.

Finalists Announced for GLI Annual Awards That Celebrate Small and Growing Businesses Tuesday, Jul 21 2015 

Louisville, Ky – Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for its 2015 Inc.credible Awards presented by  Strothman & Company this morning at its Wake Up Wind Down event.  For the past 15 years, the Inc.credible Awards have been recognizing small businesses that are focused on stimulating growth and innovation in the Greater Louisville region. The 2015 winners will be announced at the Inc.credible Awards Luncheon at the Galt House Hotel on August 28 at 11:30a.m.

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“GLI’s Inc.credible Awards are all about celebrating the Greater Louisville region’s finest small businesses and their impact on the local economy” said GLI President & CEO Kent Oyler. “We are fortunate to have so many great companies nominated this year and look forward to seeing which of the finalists will be named ‘best of the best’ on August 28th.”

Entries for the awards are judged on business and civic leadership, community involvement, management practices and overall financial performance by a panel of business leaders.

 

The finalists are:

NEW IN 2015! There is an opportunity to support small businesses with a new category for the 15th Annual Inc.credible Awards with the People’s Choice Award. Votes can be placed by visiting www.greaterlouisville.com/PeoplesChoice 

Greening/Sustainability Award presented by ARGI Financial Group.

–          Amteck

–      ECT Services, Inc.

–      E-Z Construction Co. Inc.

 

Ingrid Hernandez of IngridDesign

Ingrid Hernandez of IngridDesign

Health & Wellness Award presented by Humana.

–          Chromatography Research Supplies

–          InGrid Design

–          The Butchertown Market

 

Innovation/Technology Utilization Award presented by Middleton Reutlinger.

–          BMS LLC

–          Interapt

–          John Flower Productions

–          Kinetic the Technology Agency

 

Christen Boone of the Fund for the Arts

Christen Boone of the Fund for the Arts

Non Profit Award presented by The Glenview Trust Company.

–          Family & Children’s Place

–          Fund for the Arts

–          Lifehouse Maternity Home

–          Louisville Downtown Partnership

–          Louisville Youth Choir

–          The Cabbage Patch Settlement House

 

Small Business of the Year Award (10-100 employees) presented by Malone Solutions.

–          ARGI Financial Group

–      boice.net

–      Bourbon Barrel Foods

–      Compound Care Pharmacy & Wellness Shoppe

–      Net Tango

 

Very Small Business of the Year Award (1-9 employees) presented by Mortenson Family Dental.

GRACESHIP's Emily Gimmel

GRACESHIP’s Emily Gimmel

–          Ashley | Rountree and Associates

–          GRACESHIP

–          JYB3 Group

–          The Bard’s Town

–          The CMOOR Group

–          The Content Squad

 

The Inc.credible Awards Luncheon is presented by U.S. Bank. Individual tickets are $65 or a table of eight for $510. Earlybird pricing continues through July 31, 2015. To register for the Inc.credible Awards Luncheon, please visit –https://www.greaterlouisville.com/calendar.aspx?event=1987.

For more information on the Inc.credible Awards, please contact Marie McCormick at 502.625.0226

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About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce is the business leadership organization for the region dedicated to connecting and growing businesses. The organization serves as the voice of the business community, driving job creation and entrepreneurship, supporting development of the community’s talent base and facilitating business leadership engagement on issues that impact the competitiveness of the region.  For more information, visitwww.GreaterLouisville.com.

Oh, The Cool Sights of Forecastle Monday, Jul 20 2015 

It’s difficult to describe the Forecastle crowd — it spans the spectrum of humanity. All ages, body types, dress and levels of outrageousness. We can all agree that it was most unbearably hot for most of the weekend. But with the exception of a shortened set from Sam Smith on Friday, everything that was planned happened.

And that was good. I spent a few hours there Friday and Saturday, long enough for a few PBRs and a rocking’ set from St. Paul and the Broken Bones, now a favorite band. LouisvilleKY.com’s photographer Bill Brymer was turned loose with an assignment that consisted of these words — “just shoot anything you find interesting.”

Hope you enjoy Bill’s work:

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