Bourbon Mixer to help LouisvilleKY’s homeless Thursday, Jul 21 2016 

Bourbon Mixer will Offer Unique Bourbon Cocktails and Treats

Louisville, Kentucky (July 21, 2016) – Thirteen bourbon distilleries are pulling out all the stops to showcase their bourbons at the upcoming Bourbon Mixer, a fundraiser for the Coalition for the Homeless hosted by the Whisky Chicks and the Bourbon Brotherhood.
In addition to having the opportunity to sample 20 different kinds of bourbon, attendees will also enjoy specialty bourbon cocktails and bourbon treats. Maker’s Mark is partnering with The Comfy Cow to create two one-of-a-kind bourbon floats using their premium salted caramel ice cream and their grapefruit sorbet.
Other featured cocktails will include:
The Gold Rush
–       1.5 oz. Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
–       1.5 oz. Domaine de Canton
–       .5 oz. Lemon Juice
–       .75 oz. Ginger ale
Franklin Old Fashioned
–       2 oz. Angel’s Envy Bourbon finished in Port Wine Barrels
–       1/2 oz. pure Maple Syrup
–       2 dashes black walnut bitters
–       2 dashes black cherry bitters
bourbon mixer
The event will also feature live music by local favorite Tanita Gaines, a silent auction with one-of-a-kind bourbon experiences and rare bottles of whiskey, and upscale southern cuisine prepared by Jarfi’s. Menu items include Kentucky Hot Brown bites, assorted deviled eggs, grilled lamb chops and country ham with Benedictine.
The 3rd Annual Bourbon Mixer will be held at The Gillespie at 6:30pm on Saturday, August 13, and all proceeds will benefit Rx: Housing Veterans, a Coalition for the Homeless programtargeted specifically toward assisting Louisvilles homeless veterans. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online at www.BourbonMixer.com for $125.
About the Bourbon Brotherhood
Bourbon Brotherhood is a men’s group that meets monthly to enjoy Bourbon and camaraderie. They meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at various locations. Some of the men are true aficionados, some are just learning about Bourbon and many are somewhere in between. The group has enjoyed making friends and business connections while learning about Bourbon and experiencing new and exclusive venues. For more information, visit www.BourbonBrotherhood.com.
About the Whisky Chicks
The Whisky Chicksare libation liberators, whisky educators and friendship facilitators. Founded in January 2014 by successful entrepreneur Linda Ruffenach, the Whisky Chicks are on a mission to introduce and educate more women to the pleasures of a good glass of whisky, while making good friends along the way. From the novice to the connoisseur, the young professional to the great grandmother, they have something for everyone. For more information, visit www.WhiskyChicks.com.
About the Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition for the Homeless, located at 1300 S. 4th Street, Suite 250, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Louisville. The Coalition has a three-pronged approach to this mission: advocacy, education, and coordination of their 29 member agencies who provide a variety of services to the homeless throughout the city. The Coalition won the 2014 Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Art of Social Innovation Pyramid Award for its Bed One-Stop Program. For more information, visit www.louhomeless.org, call (502) 636-9550, or find The Coalition for the Homeless on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouHomeless or on Twitter @louhomeless.

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Wage Hope Against Pancreatic Cancer at Inaugural PurpleStride LouisvilleKY Thursday, Jul 21 2016 

 

5K event at Waterfront Park to raise awareness, funds supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More patients will die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer this year, moving pancreatic cancer from the fourth to the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

To change the course of this disease, the Louisville Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is inviting the community to attend its inaugural PurpleStride Louisville event. The volunteer-led community celebration taking place on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Waterfront Park will raise much needed awareness and funds to support the mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients and create hope.

To register and to learn more visit www.purplestride.org/louisville

“We are excited to establish our very first PurpleStride in Louisville,” said Kristen DeSanctis, spokesperson for the Louisville Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “The event will be a celebration of hope for those of us who’ve been touched by this devastating disease. We’ve been working toward having this event since 2011 and our tenacity shows that we have an engaged base of volunteers who can support our fight and raise funds to help double survival by 2020!”

purplestride

The family-friendly 5K timed awareness walk/run will include:

  • Registration at 7:30 a.m., event begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Kid-friendly activities and “purple play zone”
  • Opening ceremony featuring live DJ
  • Hosted by Radio/TV host and iHeartMedia sports director Tony Vanetti
  • National Presenting Sponsor: Celgene
  • National Silver Sponsor: AbbVie
  • Gold Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield KY

The American Cancer Society reports an estimated 53,070 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and approximately 41,780 will die from the disease this year. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is working to double survival by 2020 by continuing to directly fund research, advocate for increased funding and resources from the national government, raise awareness through community outreach, and provide excellent patient services and support for novel initiatives like Clinical Trial Finder,Know Your TumorSM personalized medicine service and the Patient Registry.

Learn more about how you can support your local Louisville Affiliate and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by visiting www.pancan.org. Click to view this year’s PurpleStride PSA and organizational PSA.

Follow the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network on TwitterInstagram or on Facebook.

About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase survival for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative — The Vision of Progress: Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival by 2020. To continue to accelerate progress, a goal to raise $200 million by 2020 is also in place. Together, we can Wage Hope and rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer.

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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum getting in on Pokemon Go Tuesday, Jul 19 2016 

Come capture Pokémon at the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs Racetrack with a limited-time, exclusive access Pokémon Go Tour

Photos from Churchill Down’s Facebook page.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 18, 2016) – Join the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs Racetrack on your quest to catch ‘em all! Get ready to capture Pokémon under the Twin Spires and hatch your incubating eggs as our resident Pokémon Go experts guide you to PokéStops and gyms scattered across the Museum and historic Churchill Downs! 
You’ll have a chance to explore five PokéStops and two gyms, with exclusive access to the stops inside the gates that are currently not available to the general public.  It will take you into the Paddock, the Churchill Downs Clubhouse, through the tunnels into the Infield as well as other stops on the grounds, giving you plenty of time to capture Pokémon at each stop. Our tour guides will drop lures at each PokéStop along the way giving you the chance to capture the rarest of Pokémon!
 pokemon churchill downs
You’ll learn about the Kentucky Derby and the history of one of Louisville’s most famous landmarks while getting your steps in!
Pokemon Churchill Downs
This limited-time tour is available Wednesday, July 20th at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 24th at 2 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes general admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Visit DerbyMuseum.org for more information and to purchase tickets today!

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LouisvilleKY’s zoo and water company team up to teach Tuesday, Jul 19 2016 

Meet and Greet Angry Birds™ Characters Red and Chuck

 

Louisville, Ky., – The heat of the summer is the perfect time to make a splash with “Water Wows!” and the Louisville Water Company!  Families can learn about the importance of water on our planet with hands-on activities and information from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23.

Water Wows is free with Zoo admission.

Louisville Water Company mascot Tapper will be making appearances throughout the day.

zoo and water company

Guests will also want to meet and snap a photo with characters Red and Chuck from Angry Birds.

water company mascot

 

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LOUISVILLEKY’s The WEEK: Ahoy! It’s Forecastle Weekend Friday, Jul 15 2016 

I got a chance to hobnob at the Forecastle Festival’s pre-opening night party at a really unique venue — it’s called LaLa Land, an old house on Lexington Road near those train trestles. It’s listed on Google as a recording studio, and there was plenty of interesting old equipment in there. And it was a great spot to say hello to Rusty Satellite Show friends Chaz Rough, J.K and Holly Weyler McKnight and Gill Holland.

Be sure to check out Rusty guest Jecorey “1200” Arthur as the opening act today at 3, and the Avett Brothers are today’s headliners. Honestly, I’m not familiar with anyone else on Friday’s bill, but I guarantee the expected crowd of 65,000 will make moving around Waterfront Park an adventure. You may want to check out Louisville Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams at 5:15 Saturday, and spend some time in the Bourbon Lodge. You can hear about that on the EatDrinkTalk podcast with Liquor Barn’s Brad Williams.

I count 58 total acts performing this weekend, highlighted by Ryan Adams, the Alabama Shakes, Death Cab for Cuties and the Heartless Bastards. Here’s the interview I had with Jecorey Arthur from his classroom at Hite Elementary:

Adventures in Eating: If you’re paying attention, you know there’s a bunch of new independent restaurants opening up around here in July. Check out our EatDrinkTalk podcast, with co-host Steve Coomes, to learn about the soft openings at SET on Fourth Street and the Red Barn Kitchen in the old Joe’s in Lyndon. Plus we loosened our belts to take in meals at Harvest, Noosh Nosh, Asiatique, Slice and Cooper and Kings. You’ll also want to hear about the Bourbon Brothers and Whisky Chicks in my interview, and Steve’s talk with Dean Corbett about fine dining.

purple pokemonPokemon Stop: I made it through raising 3 boys without succumbing to video game fever, so I’m certainly not going to start playing some Pokemon game now. But a lot of people are. Read Jackie Bentley’s piece on LouisvilleKY.com.

Idiots on Facebook: Looks like another racist idiot is losing his job for letting his true feelings come out on Facebook. Both a Metro Corrections officer and an LMPD officer posted an offensive and racist meme on their Facebook pages, related to the national conflicts between African-Americans and law enforcement. Let’s not pretend that there’s not racism in a post that says:  “If we really wanted you dead all we’d have to do is stop patrolling your neighborhoods. …. And wait.”

WFPL vs. U of L: With so many high-paid media types over at U of L, it’s amazing that the school’s administration still can’t handle criticism and resorts to attacking media operations when it’s caught looking bad. Check out this controversy over reporting by Louisville Public Media about some federal funding being withdrawn from U of L. Former Rusty guest Stephen George refuted each of U of L’s claims online, after the school sent a university-wide email denouncing the stories.  Of course, if it had cooperated with LPM before the story had been written, instead of stonewalling and ignoring interview requests, U of L might have had its story told more favorably.

JamesRamseyBut That’s What They Do Under Jim Ramsey: After the new Board of Trustees met Wednesday, Junior Bridgeman told media that Dr. James Ramsey had not offered his resignation to the new group, as promised weeks ago in the wake of Gov. Matt Bevin’s firing all the previous board members. The next day, Bridgeman changed his tune, saying that Ramsey had offered to step down, but that the board had not acted on it. So, did he or didn’t he, and when will he finally get out of there? My guess is Ramsey is still pulling the strings and manipulating the media.

 

Who Will be the Last Morning DJ?: on Monday, Lynda Lambert announced her departure from 102.3 The Max on Facebook, saying, in part: And I won’t be opening a mic on 102.3 The Max, starting the week and sharing life with all our faithful listeners. A corporate decision was made to take The Max morning show in a different direction, and neither Eric nor I are a part of that direction. No replacement named at the station, of course.

Trump-Pence?  Apparently Donald Trump is on the verge of naming Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, despite records of Pence denouncing Trump repeatedly on the campaign trail and supporting Ted Cruz. The other candidates were Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich, so it’s the lesser of two evils, right?

Good for Jean West: Everybody likes Jean West from her days on local TV at WHAS-TV and WAVE-TV. Now she’s landed a job as communications director for the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

And This: The ramp from Story Avenue to I-65 is scheduled to open early next week as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. And soon, you’ll be able to sign up to pay your bridge tolls — Oh Boy!

 

 

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It’s Christmas in July at LouisvilleKY’s Slugger Field this week Wednesday, Jul 13 2016 

LOUISVILLE BATS TO HOST CHRISTMAS IN JULY, TOYS FOR TOTS TOY DRIVE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats return from the All-Star Break with a four-game series at Louisville Slugger Field against the Indianapolis Indians beginning Thursday, July 14. The series will feature two Reds’ rehab starters pitching for the Bats, Homer Bailey (Friday) and Tim Adleman (Saturday).
Saturday, the Bats will host a Christmas in July game and also wear Ugly Christmas Sweater jerseys that will be auctioned off at www.bats.milbauctions.com. The auction will begin on Wednesday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. and will end on Wednesday July 27 at 10:00 p.m.
For the game, there will be photo opportunities with Santa Claus in the Hall of Fame Pavilion from 6:15-8 p.m. Special decorations for the photos, provided by Christmas at the Galt House. The Toys for Tots Toy Drive will take place when fans enter the gates. You can donate any new/unwrapped toy when entering and receiver a voucher for a FREE hot dog and small Pepsi.
Christmas In July Graphic
During the game check-in to the Bats mobile app and automatically be entered for a chance to win special Bats logo gifts. Each inning we will randomly select one lucky fan that has checked-in as a winner for the 9-innings of Christmas Giveaways promotion, with the winners being announced on the videoboard. Prizes include Bats logo merchandise, team autographed items, a $250 Shane Co. gift card, ugly Christmas sweater jerseys and more! 
On Thursday night will be another Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour from 5:30-7 p.m. with live music by Wildwood from 5:30-6:25 p.m. on the Overlook Deck. Also, the KY Lottery Corvette will be parked on the Witherspoon Plaza and will also be driven around the warning track during the game.
Friday, the 2016 Bats team photo giveaway will be given to the first 2,000 fans, presented by Ford. Also on Friday, there will be another postgame fireworks show, sponsored by Sysco.
 
The Bats come out of the break with a 44-47 record 4.5 games back of the division-leading Columbus Clippers. Indianapolis is 3.5 games ahead of Louisville and just 1.0 game back of the Clippers. Jermaine Curtis will appear in the Triple-A All-Star Game tonight at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on MLB Network.  

Homestand Highlights July 14-17

Thursday, July 14 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians – 7:05 pm

·         Thirsty Thursday: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Presented by Budweiser, iHeartRadio, Courier-Journal & Kentucky Lottery.
·         Live Music on the Overlook Deck from ‘Wildwood’ from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Friday, July 15 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians – 7:05 pm 

·         Fireworks presented by Sysco
·         2016 Team Photo Giveaway (1st 2,000) presented by Ford.

Saturday, July 16 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians – 6:05 pm

·         Christmas in July presented by Shane Co. 
·         Magnet Giveaway (1st 2,500) presented by Shane Co.
·         Beach Towel Giveaway (1st 500) on the Overlook Deck presented by Shock Top.
·         Backyard 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 Anheuser-Busch.
·         Friends & Family Night: Four Field Reserved tickets, four hats & four Raising Cane’s meal vouchers for only $39. Presented by Raising Cane’s. 

Sunday, July 17 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians – 6:05 pm

·         Kids Eat Free: All kids 12-and-under with paid admission receive a free hot dog, junior nacho and small Pepsi. One meal per child. Presented by Mortenson Family Dental, WDRB, Meijer, Pepsi & Courier-Journal.
·         Kids Inflatable FunZone: 5-8 p.m. in the climate-controlled Hall of Fame pavilion presented by Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kids Dentistree.
·         Kids Run the Bases presented by Meijer, Subway & YMCA.
 
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 calling1-855-228-8497 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.

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Forecastle is almost here LouisvilleKY Wednesday, Jul 13 2016 

Photos from Forecastle Festival’s Facebook page

Louisville, KY., – There are just two days to go before Forecastle Festival takes over Louisville’s Waterfront Park. To get you in the mood, the folks at Forecastle have sent out a list of the top 10 things you can’t miss:

#1: Bourbon Lodge + Bourbon, Bourbon, Bourbon!

There’s lots to enjoy at the Bourbon Lodge, but this year’s Lodge features some exciting new amenities! Enjoy selections from all of your favorite brands at the new flight bar presented by Liquor Barn, and this year, Local chef Jason Brauner of Louisville’s ownBourbons Bistro will be creating a unique, rotating menu centered around bourbon and featuring food from locally sourced farms provided by ValuMarket. Also new this year: beat the heat and enjoy a-one-of-a-kind Bourbon Slushy featuring Four Roses Bourbon. Don’t forget to grab a commemorative Four Roses Forecastle mug to keep it cold all festival long. Enjoy responsibly and check out the mapfor Slushy locations across the fest! 21+

#2: Kentucky Landing’s Commonwealth Offerings

Returning for its 3rd year, the Kentucky Landing has become the haven for all things ‪Bluegrass State at Forecastle,‬ featuring regional craft beer creations, local food trucks, handmade ‪Kentucky‬ goods, and new this year: the Quest Outdoors Relaxation Station and The Crosley Cruiser! Details here!

#3 New Additions Including the Party Cove and the Dark Horse Wine Stomping Grounds

Forecastle

Need a break from the sun in between your favorite shows? Grab your friends and visit the Dark Horse Stomping Grounds, new this year at Forecastle! Complete with picnic tables and seating, the shaded area will feature wine sampling of Forecastle’s official wine partner, Dark Horse Wine. While you’re at it, bring your dancin’ shoes to the Party Cove area for all the disco, glitter, and music your heart can handle! We’re welcoming back the beloved Forecastle art boat with live music and more! Be sure to stop by!

#4 The Gonzo Bar Honoring Louisville’s Native Son

Returning for the third year in 2016, the Gonzo Barcommemorates the legacy of Gonzo journalist and Kentucky bourbon aficionado, Hunter S. Thompson, whose posthumous 79th birthday would have fallen the day after this year’s Forecastle. A Hunter-themed bourbon bar presented by White Clay Consulting, the Gonzo Bar will offer a variety of bourbons and specialty cocktails inspired by the iconic writer, available only at the Gonzo Bar!

And — new this year — the Bar will feature Grant Goodwine as the Bar’s artist-in-residence, featuring his “traveling madhouse” of illustration, ink, watercolors, and various paintings inspired by the works of Hunter S. Thompson illustrator Ralph Steadman.

#5 The Forecastle Derby Presented by Kentucky for Kentucky

Forecastle derby

Ready to get your race on at Forecastle? Stop by the Forecastle Derby presented by Kentucky for Kentucky! Strap on the provided inflatable horse and race against worthy your friends for your chance to win bragging rights and prizes from Kentucky for Kentucky and Forecastle! All race participants will be entered in the Winner’s Circle raffle, where the winner will receive a pair of VIP weekend passes to Forecastle 2017! Giddy up! Full rules and regulations here.

#6 Official Kick-Off Party and Late-Night Shows
The fun doesn’t start, or end, on the Waterfront! Start your weekend right with the Official Forecastle Festival Kick-Off on Thursday, July 14at Against the Grain Brewery! Stop by for local eats, treats, drinks, and music, plus all GA & VIP weekend pass holders + Friday VIP ticket holders can pick up your wristbands in advance!

Not quite ready for your nights to end? We’ve got you covered! Presented by Bell’s Brewery and powered by Do502, this year’s late-night shows feature a host of world-class artists all across our favorite Louisville venues, including an evening with Dr. Dog on FridayRobert DeLong on the Belle of Louisville on Saturday, andmore!

#7 Eats, Drinks & More
From the regional food trucks in the Kentucky Landing to the dozens of offerings south of the Great Lawn, like Hi-Five DonutsHoly Molé Tacos, and more, there’s no shortage of tasty treats to enjoy on the Waterfront! Check out the map for the full list of food vendor offerings.

Bourbon may be king at Forecastle, but we’ve also got a host of regional craft beer offerings available for your enjoyment in the Kentucky Landing, including selections from Louisville’s own Against the GrainGoodwood, and more!

#8 All The Extras – Bike Valet, Lockers & More!
We look to make everyone’s Forecastle experience smooth sailin’, so be sure to check out all the extra amenities available to you! From the free bike valet courtesy of MailChimp for patrons and personal storage lockers featuring cell-charging capabilities and all-day access courtesy of Entertainment Lockers, to the free Reverb Water Stations, we’ll be sure to have you covered.

Remember: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

#9 Sustainablitiy Reigns Supreme

With support from our like-minded partners, we’re happy to include the following programs and experiences to encourage sustainable living both at the festival and at home. This includes 100 percent pollution-free electricity powered by Arcadia Power,  the Clean Vibes Trading Post presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon ensuring we divert at least 70% of our waste from landfills, a Recover Brands merch item made from 100% recycled materials, the Reverb #RockNRefill program, and the Sierra Nevada Solar Trailer, alongsideMailChimp’s bike valet, of course!

When you’re rolling into town, don’t forget to give our Official 2016 Playlist a listen, powered by Arcadia!

#10 Stay Social With Us!

We wanna know what your Forecastle experience is all about, so share it with us! Tag us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram using #Forecastle and #GetOnboard. While you’re at it, be sure to stop by the Courier-Journal booth and enter to win tickets to see Chris Stapleton on the Waterfront, Friday Sept. 9! And, be sure to tag your photos #FacesOfForecastle to be featured on their Main Screen photo wall! Plus, add us on Snapchat (forecastlefest), for a host of artist takeovers all weekend!

Finally, don’t forget to download the Forecastle app on your Apple orAndroid phone. Never be more than a click away from the latest updates!

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LouisvilleKY seniors and disabled can pick up free fans this weekend to beat the heat Wednesday, Jul 13 2016 

From Louisvilleky.gov.

Fan Fair giveaway event held on July 16

Louisville, KY., – Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, community organizations, and residents, hundreds of electric fans have been collected to provide heat relief for seniors and people with disabilities.  A “Fan Fair” giveaway event is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 p. m. at the United Steelworkers Local 1693 headquarters, 1233 S 10th St.

Fans will be available for seniors 60 and older, as well as for individuals with physical disabilities, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Fan Fair qualifications and guidelines:

  • Person 60 years or older
  • OR documentation verified by a physician of a physical disability
  • Resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Bullitt counties
  • Proof of address and age
  • One fan per household

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A Health Fair will coincide with the fan giveaway event to provide basic health checks and information from local resources. Participating vendors include AARP, Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA), Stroke Association of Kentucky & Southern Indiana, Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana, U of L School of Dentistry, the Local Long Term Care Ombudsman, and Louisville Metro Community Services.  Louisville Pure Tap water will also be provided.
Fan Fair is sponsored by KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living and Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC).  These organizations joined forces a few weeks ago to implement a fan drive when it became apparent there was a need in the community because of the many calls they were receiving.

The fan drive ended July 8 with more than 250 fans being donated, and more than $2,200 in monetary donations received to purchase additional fans.  Some of the many donors include:

  • AARP
  • Diversicare -Highlands Healthcare and Rehabilitation
  • Electrician’s Union #396
  • Fastsigns Inc.
  • Louisville Elks Lodge #8
  • Home Depot
  • Lowes
  • Park Community Federal Credit Union
  • 310 Tempering
  • United Steelworkers Local 1693
  • WLKY
  • Numerous Individual Donors
  • Local churches

WLKY served as the media partner providing both on-air and on-line advertising to promote the fan collection and serving as one of the donation drop-off sites.  The United Steelworkers Union provided multiple levels of support including collecting fan donations, offering their headquarters for the event venue and recruiting staff and volunteers to help with the fan distribution.

“We are so very grateful for the incredible outpouring of support we’ve received from the Louisville community”, stated Sarah Teeters, Coordinator for OADC, part of Louisville Metro Community Services. “This level of need and interest will hopefully keep this program going every summer.”

“Providing these fans is an immediate step we can take to provide relief to vulnerable members of our community, I am elated that a conversation between two individuals – from two different agencies — turned into such a wonderful response from the community,” stated Jennifer Craig, Aging and Disability Resource Specialist for KIPDA.

For more information about the Fan Fair event, visit www.louisvilleky/communityservices.gov or www.KIPDA.org.

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LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: Good Eats in New Places, Lebowski, an Ark, Focus on Forecastle Friday, Jul 8 2016 

If you’re like me, you probably keep a list in your head of local spots you want to get to, sort of like your Watchlist on Netflix. Then, when you’re in the car with your girlfriend and it comes time to go out to dinner, you can’t pull up the list from the recesses of your brain, and you end up at Olive Garden (just kidding, I don’t go there).

HubShandy HubWingsOn Tuesday I crossed one of those new spots off my list in spectacular fashion. After a drink at Volare for the NFocus Farewell Party (that print publication put out its last issue this week), Paula and I strolled over to The Hub, where I enjoyed a tasty Summer Shandy with a shot of bourbon and a delicious plate of chicken wings.

As you’ll see below, my list just expanded with no less than eight new local restaurants I want to try when I’m out, spread all over town. Anchorage, Middletown, Highlands, Lyndon, Downtown and Clarksville are all represented, so there’s likely a new place in your neck of the woods. And since the piece was published we discovered two more new spots in Clifton– the Mellwood Tavern and Time 4 Thai.

Oak Room Adapts: We are also bringing you an exclusive story about a traditional local restaurant – the area’s only spot with a 5-Diamond rating. The Oakroom at the Seelbach is revamping — and not accepting guests until its relaunch in September. Read about that and the trend toward more casual fine dining in EDT.

Will Russell’s Return to Lebowski: It’s the Lebowski Fest weekend, and one of my favorite Rusty Satellite guests, Will Russell, will be making a public appearance at the event he started back in 2002 — at the Executive Strike and Spare bowling alley. As you may remember, just after Russell appeared on Rusty in February of 2015, his grand plans for the Funtown Mountain roadside attraction near Cave City came crashing down after a series of run-ins with the law.

Russell’s well-publicized journey came to a bad end – the park was eventually sold at auction and his two WHY Louisville stores closed. Let’s hope the Dude is making a comeback. Get your tickets here.

The Ark Opening: The big story in town this week — a giant Noah’s Ark replace opened in rural northern Kentucky, and thousands of people showed up. It got worldwide media attention, much of it focused on why the religious attraction got tax breaks from Kentucky. Not to mention that its existence, and its interpretation of the world’s creation, pits its backers against scientists who scoff at the notion that Earth is only 6,000 years old. For what it’s worth, I’m on the side of science, and am disturbed that any tax money was involved.

Fore Good Summer Fun: On Rusty Satellite, we are looking ahead to next weekend’s Forecastle Festival. I brought on two lovely young women — Lauren Hendricks and Carrie Alles — to talk about all the environmental good works the Festival produces in addition to bringing bands like the Avett Brothers to town. Plus, I talk with business legend Bobby Clarkson about the charity golf event that goes back more than four decades, to a time when entertainers like Bob Hope came to Hurstbourne to play golf. The Kosair Charities event is Aug. 29.

Open NOW: July, it turns out, is a big month for restaurant openings. Steve Coomes wrote a hugely popular piece on EatDrinkTalk.net about seven new openings scheduled for July, and we learned about three others by the end of the week. We also talked with Gary Fox about the Taste of Independents that we’re attending Sunday, and with Brad Williams of Liquor Barn about the Bourbon Lodge coming to Forecastle.

Talking Track with John Asher: This never happens. But I asked Derby expert John Asher for his recollection on the 1960 Derby, and he missed it by a year. It was a great interview that you can hear on the Jtown Chamber podcast. Asher was the speaker at the Going Beyond Scholarship breakfast this week, in which the Chamber awarded four $2,500 scholarships to deserving members to continue their education. Listen IN:

Jtown Gets Kinda Cool with Video — And then this appeared on YouTube, highlighting Jtown’s hotspots.

Finally, some fun with Wil. Here’s the latest farcical comedy from Wil Heuser, whose cast for the Real Housewives of Louisville now includes Rachel Platt of WHAS-TV and Summer Eliason.

 

 

 

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Time to jam in front of LouisvilleKY’s Metro Hall Thursday, Jul 7 2016 

 

Lunch-time event includes food trucks and entertainment
 
LOUISVILLE (July 7, 2016) –  Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a new, interactive lunch time experience in downtown Louisville that includes food trucks and live entertainment.
As part of the new Jefferson Street Jam – set for Tuesdays, July 12 and August 9, citizens are encouraged to gather with their lunch, co-workers and friends on the steps of Metro Hall, near a stage fronting Jefferson Street.
On July 12, the Jam will feature salsa dancing, with The Ville Casinersa and the Mundo Mix from 100.9 FM Crescent Hill Radio.
The Mayor’s Jefferson Street Jam is part of a larger effort to encourage citizens to explore Louisville’s vibrant downtown.

Jefferson Street Jam
“This event gives people from all parts of the city the opportunity to come downtown, grab an inexpensive lunch and free entertainment right here in the heart of the city,” said Mayor Fischer. “We hope to not only see people taking their lunch breaks, but also families with kids on summer vacation, and visitors. There is so much to see downtown, and we expect many families to take advantage of this opportunity to explore it.”
Metro Hall is located at 527 West Jefferson Street, and the entertainment runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food trucks, picnic tables, and shaded areas will be set up along Jefferson Street. Media partner WLKY will be onsite handing out free beverage koozies.

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