LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to share Preakness excitement Thursday, May 19 2016 

Photo and story from www.churchilldowns.com.

Louisville, Ky., – The quest by Reddam Racing LLC’s unbeaten Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands(Grade I) winner Nyquist to continue on the path to a Triple Crown continues Saturday, May 21 in the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes (GI) at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, but fans at Churchill Downs Racetrack will share in the excitement as they view the classic race on the world’s largest 4K video board and take home a commemorative poster of the unbeaten champion’s triumph in the May 7 “Run for the Roses.”

Churchill Downs will distribute 5,000 18” x 24”commemorative posters at its admission gates on Preakness Day that feature a head-on image by Coady Photography of Nyquist’s run to Kentucky Derby glory on the first Saturday in May. Simulcast wagering on the Preakness will be available on Saturday, with post time for the second jewel of the Triple Crown set for 6:45 p.m. (all times EDT).

Kentucky Derby Poster 2016

On-track fans at Churchill Downs also will have an opportunity to enjoy a taste of the Preakness with the The Black-Eyed Susan, the event’s official drink that will be available at locations throughout the track.

Saturday’s live racing at Churchill Downs includes 11 exciting events topped by the 79thrunning of the $100,000 Louisville Handicap (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course and the 11th running of the $65,000-added Opening Verse Overnight Stakes, a one-mile race for older horses on the grass. The Louisville Handicap will be run as the sixth race at 3:16 p.m., while the Opening Verse will go as the last of the day’s 11 live races at 5:52 p.m.

Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. and post time for Saturday’s first race is 12:45 p.m.

Distribution of the Nyquist Kentucky Derby commemorative posters begins with the opening of admission gates at locations just inside of gates 1, 10 and 17. The posters will be available while supplies last.

General admission to Churchill Downs on Preakness Day is $5 and box seats start at $10. Reserved seating and dining reservations are available online atwww.churchilldowns/tickets or by calling (502) 636-4450.

Preakness Week at Churchill Downs kicks-off with the Spring Meet’s second Twilight Thursday celebration on Thursday, May 19. Twilight Thursday offers live music, $1 beers and many of Louisville’s finest food trucks on The Plaza near Gate 1.

The Plaza Stage will feature the music of 800 lb. Gorilla and Thursday’s roster of popular food trucks on the Plaza includes ¡Holy Molé!, Longshot Lobsta, Mark’s Feed Store, Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs and Zoom Zoom Yum. Live music on Twilight Thursday will begin with the 4 p.m. opening of the Churchill Downs admission gates.

Thursday’s racing program is highlighted by the fifth-day of a carryover in Churchill Downs’s 20-cent minimum Single 6 Jackpot. There was no individual winner of the Single 6 on Sunday, May 15 so a four-day pool of $379,810 has carried over to Thursday’s wager, which begins in the third race at 6:11 p.m. on an eight-race Twilight Thursday racing card.

General admission to Twilight Thursday’s and most Churchill Downs Spring Meet racing programs is $3, with reserved seats starting at $10.

The Churchill Downs racing program on Sunday, May 22 includes the return of the Who’s the Champ? Handicapping Contest in the track’s ITW on the Clubhouse second floor at the top of the Gate 17 escalators. Registration is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the contest based on mythical $2 wagers will focus on Races 3-8. The first-place prize in the Who’s the Champ? Contest is a $1,000 cash voucher, with a $500 voucher going to the runner-up and $200 to the contest’s third-place finisher.

The entry fee for the Who’s the Champ? Contest is $35 or just $30 for TSC Elite members.

After this week’s opener, the Who’s the Champ? Handicapping Contest will be conducted every Sunday through the remainder of the Spring Meet.

After Twilight Thursday’s 5 p.m. post time, this week’s Friday and Sunday racing programs, like Saturday’s Preakness Day schedule, will have a first race post time of 12:45 p.m. with admission gates set to open at 11:30 am.

 

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LouisvilleKY’s Butchertown Art Fair is coming soon Tuesday, May 17 2016 

8th Annual Butchertown Art Fair to be Held June 4th and 5th
Louisville, Kentucky (May 17, 2016) – The 8th Annual Butchertown Art Fair will be held within the 800 and 900 blocks of East Washington Street, Saturday, June 4th from 10:00am-7:00pm and Sunday, June 5th from 11:00am-5:00pm. The event will include over 80 art and craft vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities, street performers, live music, and more. Hildegard House is the nonprofit partner this year, so attendees are encouraged to bring disposable travel items – such as toothbrushes, deodorant, and personal-use hygiene items.

The Art Fair is free and open to the public, and proceeds from booth fees benefit the Butchertown Neighborhood Association Inc. Visit http://butchertown.wix.com/artfair or email butchertownartfair@gmail.com for more information.

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About the Butchertown Neighborhood Association Inc.
The Butchertown Neighborhood Association Inc. is a 501c4 organization with a mission to preserve the history and cultural diversity of Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood. For more information, visit http://www.butchertown.blogspot.com/ or find us on Facebook.

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LouisvilleKY’s Butchertown Art Fair is coming soon Tuesday, May 17 2016 

8th Annual Butchertown Art Fair to be Held June 4th and 5th
Louisville, Kentucky (May 17, 2016) – The 8th Annual Butchertown Art Fair will be held within the 800 and 900 blocks of East Washington Street, Saturday, June 4th from 10:00am-7:00pm and Sunday, June 5th from 11:00am-5:00pm. The event will include over 80 art and craft vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities, street performers, live music, and more. Hildegard House is the nonprofit partner this year, so attendees are encouraged to bring disposable travel items – such as toothbrushes, deodorant, and personal-use hygiene items.

The Art Fair is free and open to the public, and proceeds from booth fees benefit the Butchertown Neighborhood Association Inc. Visit http://butchertown.wix.com/artfair or email butchertownartfair@gmail.com for more information.

butchertown art fair

About the Butchertown Neighborhood Association Inc.
The Butchertown Neighborhood Association Inc. is a 501c4 organization with a mission to preserve the history and cultural diversity of Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood. For more information, visit http://www.butchertown.blogspot.com/ or find us on Facebook.

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Summer Learning programs announced for LouisvilleKY kids Tuesday, May 17 2016 

Mayor Fischer announces summer learning programs for youth, teenagers

Also unveils new online tools for parents and caregivers

 

LOUISVILLE (May 16, 2016) – From Safari and TeensConnect camps at the Louisville Zoo, to Summer Reading and the annual Cultural Pass, Louisville is offering dozens of programs designed to keep students’ minds and bodies active during the summer break, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

The programs complement the hundreds of camps and enrichment activities organized by non-profit organizations, local colleges and universities, museums, churches, libraries and arts organizations.

“Lifelong learning is a pillar of our city, and that includes summer-time learning. We cannot afford for our students to spend the summer losing knowledge they’ve gained during the school year,” the Mayor said. “All of these programs help students enhance their learning, not lose it.”

Louisville Zoo polar bear

Jefferson County Public School district (JCPS) is also offering camps this summer to assist English as a Second Language students; students who may need a summer learning boost; and students who need extended learning to help halt summer learning slide.

In addition, JCPS is organizing 15 “Literacy &” camps for elementary students, similar to those offered during Spring Break. So far, those free day camps have been scheduled for Audubon

Traditional, Price, Rangeland, Shelby, Engelhard and Wheatley elementary schools.  Locations for the other nine camps are still being finalized.

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During the Literacy & camps, students will read a book and participate in an activity featured in the book.  JCPS hopes to serve more than 350 students through the camps.  Registration information will be provided when the final camp locations are determined.  For more information, call (502) 485-3506.

“These camps not only help our students continue building their reading skills over the summer, they also open the doors to new experiences,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens.  “The most important thing is to make sure our students have many opportunities to learn over the summer, so they show up next school year prepared and ready to succeed.”

To help families sort through the many summer offerings, the Mayor also announced a new searchable database of quality Out of School Time (OST) programs.

Thanks to the BLOCS community partnership, families can access this new tool year-round by visiting www.louisvilleblocs.org and clicking on the 2-1-1 link. The list is also available by dialing Metro United Way’s 211 call-in line, or accessing the 211 app.

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BLOCS was established in 2011 by Louisville Metro Government, JCPS, Metro United Way and the Louisville Alliance for Youth, in an effort to bridge in-school and out-of-school time, while demonstrating OST programming is a fundamental support in improving educational outcomes.

“Since students only spend 9 percent of their lives in school, it’s important to make every minute count and make sure learning continues outside the classroom,” said Joe Tolan, President and CEO of Metro United Way. “By giving parents easy access to quality out-of-school time programs through our 2-1-1 information and referral line, we hope to ensure students all across our community graduate high school on time and move on to college or career.”

Also today, the BLOCS partners announced 10 programs that were selected as recipients of their 2016 Summer Learning Initiative Awards, which include funding to support the development and implementation of quality OST summer programming for youth.

Winning recipients were honored for implementation of best practices to help prevent summer learning loss in the areas of reading and math; enrichment activities and other experiences to promote growth, learning and development; and consistent data collection and reporting.

The programs are: Americana Community Center, Bates Community Development Corp., Canaan Community Development Corp., Family & Children’s Place; First Gethsemane; Highland Park Community Development Center; Lighthouse Promise Center; Norfolk Community Area Council; Plymouth Community Center; and St. George’s Community Center.

Tolan also noted today that BLOCS is partnering with Jefferson Community and Technical College to offer a 60 training hour professional certificate program that, for the first time, coordinates the training necessary to be a skilled youth work professional, including wellness, safety and tips for empowering youth. Launched in January, the program already has more than 85 people registered and working toward their certificate.

In addition to Tolan, the Mayor was joined during today’s news conference by Dr. John Marshall of JCPS, Jim Blanton of the Louisville Free Public Library, and Ben Johnson of Metro Parks & Recreation, as well as District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge and representatives of the Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods.

Among other program highlights they mentioned:

Cultural Pass: The passes will be available at all 18 Louisville Free Public libraries and Metro Parks Community Centers, starting on May 23. They will be valid June 5 – Aug. 6.

 

Louisville Free Public Library: The library is launching Beanstack, an online parent-engagement tool that connects families with free reading recommendations, as well as educational programs like Summer Reading and the Cultural Pass.  Beanstack allows parents, caregivers and educators to preregister online for those programs, and, by creating custom profiles for young readers, receive learning tips and recommendations of age-appropriate books available for checkout. Parents can also easily track their child’s reading progress on a personal dashboard, while their children can earn special badges for reaching goals in the Summer Reading program and participating in the Cultural Pass – all in a simple, fun and easy-to-use format!

To preregister for the Summer Reading Program and the Cultural Pass, visit LFPL.org/SummerReading or LFPL.org/CulturalPasstoday.

Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods: The office is partnering with the Library on a Summer Violence Prevention program, offering events and activities designed to keep teens active; sponsoring Waterfront Field Days with Hope by Hope; and will be training One Love Louisville ambassadors. The office also is involved in the annual Dirt Bowl and helping sponsor a national convening for Rumble Young Man Rumble, among other activities. See more at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/safe-neighborhoods.

Metro Parks & Recreation: Among the highlights from Metro Parks & Recreation are Saturday hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at nearly all community centers, where students can participate in fun activities such as archery, yoga and table tennis; T-ball for ages 5-7 offered for the first time at four community centers – Baxter, California, Portland and Southwick; and Amazing Adventures 2 summer camps at nine sites beginning June 13. Jefferson Memorial Forest, the Louisville Tennis Center and Historic Locust Grove also offer summer camps. For more information, including a full listing of all Metro Parks & Recreation summer programming and an online guide, please visit bestparksever.com.

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What you should know about LouisvilleKY’s Abbey Road on the River Monday, May 16 2016 

12 Things You Should Know about Abbey Road on the River

Beatles Festival Celebrates 12 Years in Louisville before Moving to Jeffersonville in 2017
Louisville, KY (May 16, 2016) – The Wave 3 News Abbey Road on the River will once again kick off summer with five days of peace, love and rock-n-roll this Memorial Day weekend, May 26-30, 2016. In honor of its 12th and final year at the Belvedere and Muhammad Ali Center, here are the top 12 things to know about the world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival.
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  1. The legendary Zombies will invade Abbey Road on the River on Saturday, May 27 at 8:45pm to perform their hits such as “Tell Her No,” “She’s Not There,” and “Time Of The Season.” The Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle, was recorded at the Abbey Road studios in June of 1967, right after The Beatles finished recording Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. John Lennon’s Mellotron (used in “Strawberry Fields”) was also used during The Zombies’ recording session.
  2. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals will take stage on Sunday, May 28 at 8:45pm. The band has 4 Hall of Fame Inductions, 6 top 20 albums, 4 #1 hits, and 10 top 20 singles, including “Beautiful Morning,” “Good Lovin'” and “Groovin.”
  3. Prudence Farrow, the enigmatic subject of one of the Beatles most recognized songs from The White Album, will speak about her days with The Beatles, the facts behind the rumors, and how Transcendental Meditation has improved her life. Could Prudence be the most famous living subject of a classic song? We think so.
  4. Shannon, often called The World’s Greatest Beatles Artist, will demonstrate her extraordinary talent in the lobby of The Muhammad Ali Center May 27-29.
  5. The festival’s greatest musical creation will return this year when 25 musicians perform The Beatles LOVE album note-for-note just as it was arranged by the late Sir George Martin, to whom the concert will be dedicated.
  6. The festival will kick off with a free lunchtime concert on Thursday, May 26th from 11:30am-1:30pm on the YUM Center plaza featuring The Cryers and the FABGirls from Brazil.
  7. On Monday, Memorial Day, the festival will highlight the best of classic rockwith tribute shows to The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd, and the great David Bowie.
  8. There will be over 75 complete album concerts, including 6 performances of the magnum opus that inspired our festival, Abbey Road.
  9. In addition to concerts, there are many other things for attendees to enjoy at the festival, including presentations by Julia Baird (John Lennon’s sister), discounted admission to exhibits at the Muhammad Ali Center, an amazing display of Gretsch Guitars and Crosley turntables, and a Beatles merchandise marketplace.
  10. There are two ways to save $10 on tickets – use code “WAVE3News” when you purchase online before May 26th or arrive before 2:00pm on Saturday or Sunday and purchase tickets at the on-site box office.
  11. Each year, Abbey Road on the River draws a crowd of 20,000 attendees and generates close to one million dollars of economic impact.
  12. As a thank you to Louisville and all of our loyal fans, a very special announcement will be made on Sunday, May 29th… be sure to watch our social media channels and WAVE 3 news for the announcement!
After 3 years in Cleveland and 12 years in Louisville, Abbey Road on the River will move across the river to Jeffersonville beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 25-29, 2017. The festival will take place on the RiverStage, the new adjacent marina, and the scenic Big Four Station Park areas.
                              
Abbey Road on the River sponsors include WAVE 3 News, Louisville Marriott, Four Roses Bourbon, Coors Light, Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum, Goodwood Brewing, Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Crosley, Gretsch Guitar, Flower Power Cruises, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, and the Muhammad Ali Center.
For more information and to purchase tickets for this year’s event, visitwww.arotr.com. Follow along at Facebook and Twitter @AbbeyRdonRiver.
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Bats return to LouisvilleKY for a seven game homestand Monday, May 16 2016 

BATS HOST COLTS, STAR WARS NIGHT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats return home from their season-long 11-game, 10-day road trip through the division for a seven-game homestand. The homestand opens on Monday, May 16 with Scranton Wilkes-Barre making their lone trip to Louisville Slugger Field for four games.
Thursday, May 19, is the third $1 Budweiser Happy Hour of the season from 5:30-7 p.m. with live music featuring “Soul Circus” on the Overlook Deck from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
Friday, Columbus enters town and Colts in Motion will be at the stadium as gates will open at 5:45 p.m. with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Two Colts players, kicker Adam Vinatieri and running back Robert Turbin will be available for autographs from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on the main concourse inside the stadium during the caravan stop. Five Colts Cheerleaders are also scheduled to appear, along with Colts mascot Blue, and will be available for autographs.
Photo by Eric Bentley

Photo by Eric Bentley

Saturday, the Bats host their third annual STAR WARS Night with approximately 16 characters in attendance and available for meet and greets and photos. The first 1,000 children 12-and-under receive Lighted Space Swords.  Bats players will wear special editionStar Wars jerseys modeled after R2D2, which will be auctioned online at bats.milbauctions.com.  The auctions will begin on Tuesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 with all proceeds benefitting Kosair Children’s Hospital.
The Bats enter the final three games of the road trip at division-leading Columbus Friday, in second place in the International League West, 2.0 games back of the Clippers. The Bats are 7-5 in May and 19-14 overall, the second-best record in the International League. Infielder Jermaine Curtis is seventh in the league with a .310 batting average and left-handed pitcher Cody Reed is ninth in the circuit with a 1.88 ERA.  
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The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 10 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

Homestand Highlights May 16-May 22

 

Monday, May 16 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.

·         Margarita Monday: 12 oz. margaritas available for $3 behind Section 122 on the third-base side.

·         Meijer Monday: Fans receive $3 off per field reserved seat when presenting any Meijer receipt to the box office window.

·         White Castle Guarantee Win Monday: If the Bats win, fans can take their ticket stub to White Castle for a FREE classic slider (good either Monday night or all day Tuesday at area White Castles).

 

Tuesday, May 17 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.

·         $1 Hot Dogs and Pepsi Products, presented by Pepsi, Meijer and 100.5 MYfm

·         Baseball Bingo: Winner receives a $50 Meijer gift card.

 

Wednesday, May 18 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.
·         Republic Bank Customer Discount Wednesday: Fans can buy a half price Field Reserved Ticket discount (up to four (4) people) when presenting their Republic Bank “banking card” or by using the promo code REPUBLIC.
 
Thursday, May 19 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.
·         Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the Overlook Deck plus live music from the “Soul Circus” from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 1
Friday, May 20 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers – 7:05 p.m.
·         Indianapolis Colts Caravan: Fans can enjoy the Colts Mobile Tour, a traveling museum on Witherspoon Spoon plaza with the “Play 60” zone.
·         Player Autographs: Colts players, Adam Vinatieri and Robert Turbin will be signing autographs from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on the main concourse. Colts Cheerleaders will perform on the field in the second inning and signing autographs beginning in the third inning.
·         Boy Scout Night: Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by White Castle
·         Jake the Diamond Dog, courtesy of PNC Bank
·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 2

 

Saturday, May 21 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers – 6:05 p.m.

·         STAR WARS Night

·         Back Yard Bash: Cornhole on the Overlook until 7:30; $3 14 oz. Goose Island IPA, AmberBock and Shock Top at the Overlook Grill until the end of the 7th inning; adult fans may register to win two (2) 2016 World Series tickets, presented by Budweiser.

·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 3.

 
Sunday, May 22  – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers – 2:05 p.m.
·         Bats Bucket Hat: First 2,000 fans receive a Bats Bucket Hat presented by Mt. Dew.
·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 4.

·         Kids Eat Free: Once again in 2016 at every Sunday home game, all kids 12-and-uner with paid admission receive a free hot dog, junior nacho and small Pepsi. One meal per child.

·         Inflatable KidsZone: Inflated from 1-4 p.m. in the West Hall of Fame pavilion, presented by Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kids Dentistree.

·         Postgame Kids Run the Bases, presented by Meijer and the YMCA

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LouisvilleKY’s Buy Local Fair to be greener Monday, May 16 2016 

LIBA partners with Louisville Water to make the Buy Local Fair more environmentally responsible

Louisville, KY (May 12, 2016) -The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) is striving to make this year’s Buy Local Fair the most environmentally responsible one yet, and they’re inviting attendees to join in. In partnership with the Louisville Water Company, LIBA is incorporating several new green initiatives into the event, including composting, serving only 100% compostable beer cups (5,000 cups!), and even encouraging the food vendors to use compostable items, or else they pay a small penalty. With help from Brightside and Good Garbage, LIBA has arranged for over a dozen volunteers to act as on-site “trash talkers” to help make sure the waste items are placed in to the appropriate containers. Absolutely no bottled water will be sold at the event. Attendees are invited to BYOB (bring your own bottle – for water!) to fill up for free with Louisville pure tap® or purchase a reusable bottle for $2. Louisville Water will have its mobile units on site to provide a chilled, continuous supply of Louisville’s drinking water.

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Presented by Louisville Water Company,admission to the Buy Local Fair is free and parking is $5 per vehicle or free for bicycle parking. The 8th annual event runs Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 12:00pm-6:00pm at Louisville Water Tower Park.
The fair will include several green themed vendors including Good Garbage and Louisville Sustainability Council. In total, there will be more than 200 booths featuring local businesses, artists and craftspeople, community organizations, and farmers, as well as a craft beer tent sponsored by ValuMarket, over 25 food and drink vendors, a cooking competition between Harvest and Ward 426, aerial circus acts, a silent auction, and the H2O Kid’s Zone where kids can meet Tapper, the Louisville Water mascot.
“LIBA wants to keep Louisville green, as well as weird,” says Jennifer Rubenstein, director of LIBA. “Our hard working committee has been essential in keeping us moving towards environmentally stable practices – these community connections are what makes it all possible.”
Guided historic walking tours are available during the Buy Local Fair from 1:00pm-5:00pm, on the half hour. Enjoy a teaser tour, then stop by the WaterWorks Museum desk for information on planning your return visit to the Museum.
The 2016 Buy Local Fair is presented by Louisville Water Company and sponsored by Louisville Metro Council, Amish Hills Furniture, Eclipse Bank, VO2 Multisport, ValuMarket, Carmichael’s KIDS, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Louisville Public Media, LEO Weekly, The Trend Appliances, YELP Louisville, Maloney Outdoor Advertising, Heaven Hill Brands, Cox’s Smokers Outlet and Spirit Shoppe, Nanz & Kraft Florists, WAKY, and Good Garbage.
About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance
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, visitwww.keeplouisvilleweird.com
About Louisville Water Co.
Louisville Water provides a safe, high-quality of drinking water to over 850,000 people in Louisville Metro and surrounding communities. Louisville Water began operations in October 1860 as Kentucky’s first public water provider. For more info, visitwww.louisvillewater.com.
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New penquins come to LouisvilleKY Monday, May 16 2016 

Louisville Zoo Opens Penguin Cove

Introduces New Species to Zoo

 

Louisville, Ky., – The Louisville Zoo is happy to announce the opening of its newest exhibit —Penguin Cove, Little Penguin Conservation Center — generously supported by the Paul Ogle Foundation, Inc.  The new exhibit features “little” penguins (also known as “blue” or “fairy” penguins) which have never been seen before at the Louisville Zoo. The exhibit opens to the public Saturday, May 14.

“I want to congratulate the Louisville Zoo and its leadership on the completion of not only this project, but the countless other projects in the past and the planned additions in the near future. These additions ensure the Zoo continues to be a true treasure for our community and a “must-see” travel destination for all of the Louisville region and beyond,” said Kent Lanum, President and CEO of the Paul Ogle Foundation, Inc.

Nine little blue penguins have made their way to Louisville, Kentucky from the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. The penguins were temporarily housed at the Bronx Zoo while the Zoo completed their exhibit.

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Little penguins are considered the world’s smallest penguin species standing between 12 – 17 inches and weighing on average just over three pounds. They live in colonies along the southern coast of Australia, around the nearby island of Tasmania, and the entire coastline of New Zealand. This bird hunts during the day and can dive up to 200 feet in pursuit of fish and invertebrate animals to feed upon. These warm climate penguins will complement the Zoo’s rockhopper penguins that reside in a chilled exhibit in the Islands Pavilion.

Birdlife International estimates the wild population of little penguins at just fewer than one million. Although numerous, the species is on the decline as a result of oil pollution, predation by non-native wildlife and drowning in fish nets.

The Zoo is participating in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) project to conserve the little penguin in partnership with the Taronga Zoo, Sydney, the Zoo and Aquarium association of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific region, and the Government of Australia.

Penguin Cove will give guests the opportunity to observe the penguins’ social and natural behaviors in an outdoor exhibit area. Guests will also be able to visit one-on-one with the animals in a private interactive area.

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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New LouisvilleKY restaurant opens next week Monday, May 16 2016 

New restaurant Noosh Nosh opens May 23

Renowned local chef Anoosh Shariat launches casual venue near Anoosh Bistro

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 12, 2016) – – – Chef Anoosh Shariat’s new restaurant Noosh Nosh, opening Monday, May 23, will feature Mediterranean and Italian-influenced cuisine with an emphasis on shareable plates utilizing flavors from around the world with many dishes cooked in the combination gas and wood stone oven that sits at the heart of the open kitchen. Located at 4816 Brownsboro Center behind sister restaurant Anoosh Bistro, Noosh Nosh will open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Breakfast includes baked green eggs and breakfast pizza; a variety of traditional and creative egg dishes; sweet and savory crepes; and healthy alternatives. An “all-day snacks” menu features house-cured meats and artisanal cheeses, crispy green beans, lobster and shrimp spring rolls, smoked honey and Sriracha glazed chicken wings and Thai-style chicken skewers. The main menu is divided into flatbreads and pizza, salads, sandwiches, hearty plates and pasta.
Prices range from $7 to $14 for breakfast and $6 to $18 for lunch and dinner. Handcrafted gelato and a full bar with gelato drinks, craft beers, wine and bourbon will also be offered.
Courtesy of Noosh Nosh

Courtesy of Noosh Nosh

Shariat’s reputation for providing innovative vegetarian and vegan options will not disappoint. Items like tofu Florentine, potato frittata, black bean cakes, charred eggplant, mushroom flatbread, grilled cheese sandwiches, Margherita and paneer pizza, and baked rigatoni round out extensive offerings.
Designed by Adam McIntyre and built by Kelley Construction, a tall exposed industrial ceiling and glazed concrete floor welcome warm wood and brightly colored accents. A shiny red-tiled stone oven is the signature eye-catcher in the 120-seat venue. A Kentucky walnut wood bar top hand carved by local bourbon barrel artisan Jason Cohen wraps around the 25-seat bar and a vivid green colored patio provides a cheery outdoor space. Custom artwork includes a brass flame steel sculpture, and smooth pizza peels in a fish scale pattern adorn the length of the wall. A semi-private dining space seating 32 will provide groups with an area for business meetings or social gatherings.
“Our name actually came from some of our regular guests’ children in Anoosh Bistro who always said they were going to “Noosh’s,” so the name stuck” said Shariat. “Noosh Nosh is going to be a casual, fun neighborhood place you will want to visit more than once. It is going to be the kind of restaurant where families can enjoy meals together, friends can grab a drink and bite, and business patrons can catch a quick breakfast or lunch.”
Shariat debuted in the Louisville food scene at Remington’s in the early 1990s. Since then, he has made his mark for use of global flavors and passion for hospitality. Most diners remember him from Shariat’s, Browning’s Restaurant and Brewery at Slugger Field, and Park Place. After working in Charlotte, N.C., for several years, he returned in 2014 and opened Anoosh Bistro with refined American food, located across the parking lot from the soon-to-be Noosh Nosh.
About Noosh Nosh:
Located at 4816 Brownsboro Center in Louisville, Noosh Nosh is a family-friendly, neighborhood restaurant from renowned local chef Anoosh Shariat. The shareable Mediterranean and Italian cuisine includes tapas, pizza, flatbreads, pasta, sandwiches, breakfast dishes and more. Handcrafted gelato, gelato drinks, and a full bar round out the menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 8 a.m.to 10 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.nooshnosh.com or follow onFacebook and Instagram.

 

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Night Racing returns to LouisvilleKy tonight at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 12 2016 

Louisville, Ky., – With the heroics of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner Nyquist and Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) victor Cathryn Sophia fresh in the memories and hearts of fans, Churchill Downs Racetrack resumes its Spring Meet on Thursday, May 12 with a possibly significant mandatory payout in the track’s 20-cent minimum Single 6 Jackpotalong with the meet’s first “Twilight Thursday” celebration that feature $1 beers, live music and offerings from the region’s finest food trucks.

Post time for the first of eight live races Thursday is 5 p.m. (all times EDT), with Twilight Thursday programs scheduled during each week of the Spring Meet, which continues through Saturday, July 2. Admission gates will open at 4 p.m.

The 2016 meet will operate on a schedule of four-day, Thursday-through-Sunday racing weeks with the exception of a five-day Memorial Day Weekend schedule that runs from Thursday, May 26 through the holiday on Monday, May 30.

Aside from Twilight Thursday programs, post time for the remaining racing days of the 2016 Spring Meet will be 12:45 p.m. with exceptions for two remaining Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and El Jimador programs set for Saturday, June 18, which is topped by the running of the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI), and the meet’sClosing Night on Saturday, July 2.

A carryover pool of $686,309 from Churchill Downs’ $2 Pick 6 on Kentucky Derby Day will be split when racing returns Thursday. Half of the pool – $343,154 – will be included in Thursday’s first 20-cent minimum Single 6 Jackpot. Thursday’s Single 6 Jackpot poolrequires a mandatory payout, regardless of whether an on-track or simulcast patron selects winners of all six Churchill Downs races included in the wager.

The remaining $343,154 from the Derby Day carryover goes into the Friday, May 13opening pool of the meet-long Single 6 Jackpot. Single 6 Jackpot rules require that the pool be paid-out only if there is a single winning ticket-holder. If multiple tickets contain six winners, 90 percent of that day’s pool will be paid out and 10 percent will be added to the wager’s carryover. If there are no tickets with six winners, the entire pool is added to the carryover; there are no consolation payouts. Takeout on the 20-cent-minimum Single 6 Jackpot is 15 percent, one of the lowest multi-race wager takeout rates in American racing.

The resumption of the popular “Twilight Thursday” party on the first live racing program after the Kentucky Derby will feature live music on The Plaza by Frankie Moody along with $1 beers and the inventive and delightful offerings of the city’s most popular food trucks. This week’s food trucks include ¡Holy Molé!, Longshot Lobsta, Mark’s Feed Store, Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs and Zoom Zoom Yum. Live music will begin with the 4 p.m. opening of the Churchill Downs admission gates.

General admission for Twilight Thursdays and most racing days at Churchill Downs is $3, and free parking is available in the Longfield Lot. Post-Kentucky Derby racing continues Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15 with a daily post-time at 12:45 p.m.

Sunday’s scheduled is topped by the Spring Meet’s first Family Adventure Day Presented by Kroger. The roster of festive of racing and family activities includes pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, stick-horse races in the Paddock, face-painting and more.

Family Adventure Day tickets, which include unlimited access to all kid-friendly activities, are just $8 when purchased online and in advance at www.ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets. Also available for online purchase is the Family Four Pack, which includes four family Adventure Day tickets, four family meals in the Family Adventure Day area and two racing programs. Purchase your Family Four Pack online for $44 by pressing “Get Tickets” and clicking on “General Admission.”

Family Adventure Day Presented by Kroger activities will benefit Kosair Children’s Hospitalas $1 each from each ticket will be donated to the work of the Louisville institution that is Kentucky’s only free-standing, full-service pediatric care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for children. Information is available at www.KosairChildrensHospital.com.

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