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Center For Neighborhoods e-News
July 2009
Here it is!  Our monthly newsletter, the July 2009 edition.  We appreciate our new members and those who have added their email to our newsletter.  We love informing our Louisville readers about local events and helping our neighborhood leaders spread the word of neighborhood meetings and gatherings.

If you have news for the month of July, send it to Brittney Wilcutt at by July 31st. 
Thanks for reading and enjoy the newsletter!

~ Brittney Wilcutt
Communications Intern

Neighborhood Institute
Smoketown, Shelby Park, Phoenix Hill

New class starting!

Residents of Smoketown, Shelby Park, and Phoenix Hill are invited to register!

Class Details
  • July 20 - Sept. 28
  • Monday nights
  • Dinner is provided
  • Free of charge
  • 6 PM - 8:30 PM
  • To be held at the Presbyterian Community Center located at 731 Hancock Street

Click here for a PDF version of the program brochure. 

Click here for a PDF version of the registration form.

For more information, contact Nancy Carrington at 589-0343 or at

You may also visit our website at


Community Connector - July 10th
Our next Community Connector
  • July 10th, 2009
  • 6-8 PM
  • Kennedy Court Park - MAP
    225 Kennedy Ave., 40206
This event is being hosted by the Crescent Hill Community Council.  Following the event, the CHCC will host their Outdoor Cinema at the Peterson-Dumesnil House.  The movie to be shown is Breaking Dawn. 

Come out for food, fun and movies!

CFommunityConnector July 2009

What is the Community Connector?

The Community Connector is a quarterly networking event (4 times annually) that can help build and strengthen your neighborhood and its association.  Center For Neighborhoods will partner with a sponsoring neighborhood association to host a social event at a location within the neighborhood. 

CFN is providing an opportunity to connect with other grassroots neighborhoods and leaders in a vital effort to sustain the quality of our neighborhoods.  Neighborhood leaders will be able to develop relationships between Neighborhood Institute alumni, community leaders and neighbors who may be referred to future Neighborhood Institutes.
What does the Center For Neighborhoods supply for the Community Connector?

CFN will provide food and drinks for 40 people including postcard mailings sent to all Neighborhood Institute alumni.  If musical entertainment is appropriate and desired by the sponsoring neighborhood association, then CFN will work to fulfill that request.  If the sponsoring neighborhood would like to host a "pot luck" dinner, then CFN could provide the meat selection and drinks and each attendee could bring a dish to share.

Different topics, themes or membership meetings can be incorporated into the Community Connector event and we are happy to help you coordinate the event.
How to host a Community Connector?

Contact Lisa Dettlinger to schedule your neighborhood as a host for an upcoming event. or 589-0343
Training on using CFN's Internet message board system for Neighborhood Topics

Did you know our website features an online message board system (also known as an online forum)?

  • Do you need a discussion platform for your Neighborhood Association or Community Group?

The Center For Neighborhoods Online Community welcomes you and your group!

Set up a forum to:
  • -- Discuss neighborhood/group issues & concerns
  • -- Post board meeting notes
  • -- Host committee conversations
  • -- Post documents and files
  • -- Share information and resources
  • -- Get feedback from others
  • -- Ask questions
  • -- Share links and websites
  • -- Talk about your hopes, dreams, and wishes!

What types of organizations could set up a forum?
  • -- Neighborhood Associations 
  • -- Community Groups
  • -- Community Centers
  • -- Non-Profit Organizations
  • -- Volunteer Efforts
  • -- Resident and Homeowners Associations

Upcoming Training
  • July 18th
  • 10 am - 12 pm
  • Louisville Free Public Library, 4th and York
  • Seating is limited based on the number of computers.
  • RSVP required.  Call or email Hallie Jones.

The Grassroots Gala!
A Celebration of Louisville Neighborhoods
Center For Neighborhoods is announcing our first annual fundraiser, The Grassroots Gala! 

All neighborhood associations are invited to participate!
The Grassroots Gala - Where neighborhoods come together and celebrate empowerment with a unified voice! 
The Grassroots Gala - Details
  • A "Taste of Neighborhood Institute"
  • A Neighborly Silent Auction
  • Neighborhood Booths
  • Keynote Speaker - Stephen George, Managing Editor of The LEO
  • Musical Entertainment, TBA
  • Friday - September 11th, 2009
  • Location - TARC Atrium, 10th and Broadway
  • 6 PM - 8 PM
The Grassroots Gala is an opportunity for an authentic gathering and celebration of all Louisville neighborhoods showcasing their individual character and unique assets. 
We want your neighborhood to join the Grassroots Gala family!
Neighborhood Booths
Your neighborhood booth at the Grassroots Gala can highlight your neighborhood in any manner your members feel appropriate.  Be creative!
  • Bring photos
  • Conduct a survey
  • Hold a raffle
  • Feature a neighborhood "jewel"
  • Promote upcoming events
  • It's your space and your event - make it special!

Together, we can make this event FUN and successful!  We need volunteers to help organize before, during and after the event.  Please consider becoming a member of the Grassroots Gala Steering Committee!
Steering Committee Meeting
  • Wednesday, July 15th
  • 6:15 PM
  • Location - Center For Neighborhoods}
    610 South 4th Street, Suite 701

Next Steps
Associations and neighborhood groups must become members of Center For Neighborhoods to participate for free.  Booth reservations are being accepted through August 14th. 
Membership is only $24.00 per year, annually. 
Membership Includes
  • Charter membership committee privileges
  • Invitations to member events
  • Educational trainings
  • Automatic acceptance to the Neighborhood Institute for your association members
  • Receive the e-Newsletter
  • Booth space at the Grassroots Gala
  • 2 tickets to the Grassroots Gala for your association members
  • Eligible for Fiscal Agency on grants
  • Access to online neighborhood discussion board hosting
  • Access to digital resources and borrowing privileges from the physical library at the Center For Neighborhoods
  • Networking with other community leaders and neighborhoods
  • Access to student interns
  • And the pride of supporting Center For Neighborhoods, an important community resource!
Go to to become a member today!
Additional Information, Contact:
Lisa Dettlinger
Membership Coordinator and Development
Center For Neighborhoods - Membership

We have officially kicked off our first-ever grassroots membership campaign.  We hope you will become a member to help Center For Neighborhoods by giving back. Memberships are good for 1 year, are very affordable and are tax deductible! 

  • Household Memberships - $12
    (only $1 monthly)
  • Optional Household Membership- $20
    (only $1 monthly, Plus tote bag)
  • Association/neighborhood membership - $24
    ($2 monthly)

Center For Neighborhoods has dedicated 37 years of service to the Louisville community of neighborhoods, leaders, and residents.  We are asking for your support, because you are the leaders we have served for many years and you understand the value of our organization in this community!

Please visit our website to make a donation through PayPal, or simply click the PayPal button in the right hand column of this e-News blast.  Making a donation and signing up for membership is simple, safe, and secure.

Thank you for supporting Center For Neighborhoods and the important work we do in this community!

Germantown & Schnitzelburg Residents
Get Ready for Some Dainty!

Supplied by: Gary Allen

The Annual Historical Dainty Contest!

  • July 27, 2009
  • 39th Annual Historical Dainty Contest
  • Held as always at the corner of Goss Avenue and Hoertz Way (known as Hauck's Street)

Dainty contest

Councilman Jim King taking a shot at the 2006 Dainty Contest Title, being supervised by Mr. Hauck

Dainty is a street game brought by German Immigrants in the 1860's.  It re-apeared in 1971 and was revised by George Hauck and Charlie Vettiner. The game consist of 3' mop stick tapered on one end,and a 5" piece of mop handle tapered on both ends. The smaller piece lays on the blacktop street  The player uses the longer stick to strike the smaller stick on the ground, which makes it airborne.  Once the stick is in the air, it is hit in a baseball-like manner.  The player's goal is to try and hit the smaller stick   as far as they can with the larger stick in their hand.

One stipulation:  you must be 45 and older. Open to men and women. The start time is around 6:00 pm.

Reason's to come out:

  • Traditional Schnitzelburg dinner of bologna sandwiches, chips and a pickle custom made by the Hauck family.
  • Meet city dignitaries, the Congressman, State Senators, State Representatives, and Mayor Abramson
  • Door prizes
  • Music and dancing
  • Fun for the whole family!

As always, the Schnitzelburg event raises money for the Little Sisters of The Poor. So please be generous to a lovely bunch of wonderful ladies!

Tell your friends and come out and enjoy a great event only held in the Schnitzelburg Neighborhood.  If anyone wants more information about the event, please feel free to call:

Gary Allen

President: Schnitzelburg Area Community Council

1050 Wagner Ave Louisville, Ky 40217

1-502-551-2403 Hm 634-9130

Crescent Hill Art Fair and Outdoor Cinema
Supplied by: Pat Brinson, Cabrina Bosco and Lorie Jacobs

Crescent Hill Art and Music Festival

Crescent Hill is having their 26th Annual Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration!

  • July 4th and 5th
  • On the grounds of the Peterson-Dumesnil House
    located at 301 S. Peterson Ave
  • Volunteers needed! 
Because the event will be the 4th AND 5th in 2009, more volunteers are needed to help things run smoothly.  The Crescent Hill Neighborhood would love the opportunity to make new friends through fun AND service.  There's a variety of spots to fill all throughout the day and evening.
List of spots that need to be filled:  
  • Brat/Drink Booth- grilling, prepping, serving
  • Cake Booth- wheel spinning, number calling, change making, cake running
  • Fun Run- registering, timekeeping, water passing
  • Membership- info giving, volunteer check in, membership sign up and kiddo tattooing
  • Kids Area- ONE HOUR on Sat. 3-4 pm.  Need eyes and ears during kids' organized games. 
  • Groundskeeping- during the day(s), after fireworks or before booths open on Sunday, cleanup after celebration is over.
  • Arts Festival- help artists (including musicians) with various tasks, setting up and tearing down booths, watch merchandise
  • PD House- greeters, history table, silent auction
  • FIGS- Our Fill In The Gap folks, needed both days.
Contact Info

More about the Art and Music Festival

  • Ride the free Trolley! 
  • The Art Fair will feature over 80 juried artists who will be attending and booths are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm or later. 
  • A Zambelli Internationale Fireworks show will be provided at 10:00 pm on July 4th. 
  • 30+ live musical acts from noon to closing over the two days.
  • Children's area will be up from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with pony rides, activities and more.
  • A cake booth
  • A silent auction
  • A historical display
  • An Antique Car Parade
  • Tours of Historic Peterson-Dumesnil House
  • and so much more!
It is guaranteed great fun for the whole family on the holiday weekend and a great opportunity to volunteer.    

Many thanks to Wakefield and Reutlinger and Co. Realtors for the Art Fair and to First Capital Bank of Kentucky for the fireworks show.

Crescent Hill Community Council Forum presents the 2009 Outdoor Cinema

  • Saturday, June 20th - Jaws
  • Friday, July 10th - Breaking Away
  • Saturday, August 1st - The Ghost and Mr. Chicken followed by Casablanca
Movies start at dusk. Concessions will be available, but we recommend bringing blanket, chair, and bugspray.
Many thanks to Heine Brothers' Coffee, Frankfort Avenue Business Association, Margaret's Consignment, Wild and Woolly Video, and Tina Ward-Pugh.

Update of Clifton Community Garden

Hi, folks

Last Saturday we extrated 25 pounds of raw honey from beehive number two.  The the color of the honey is light amber, the honey is clear and taste wonderful.  From the advice of our bee-keeper advisors (Lorie and Ted Jacobs) we will be entering the honey in the Ketucky State Fair.  The honey from the Clifton Community Garden will be called: Billy Goat Hill Honey.  (The community garden is located in an area that was called Billy Goat Hill in the early 1900's.)

In this photo, Lorie Jacob is holding the frame for Elana.

Here, Billy Goat Hill Honey is being poured into a bear-bottle after the honey had gone through a coarse filter and then a fine filter.

The honey is clear with a light amber color and tastes wonderful.

GARDEN COMMITTEE REPORT, regarding the grant proposal

Mission statement: "The mission of the Clifton Community Garden is to provide the community with opportunities to learn about and experience sustainability through a community garden."

Grant application:  The Clifton Community Garden has been invited to submit an application for a grant dealing with Environmental Sustainability.

Required Documentation:
1. Organization profile: Describe the mission and history
2. Project description:  a) Explanation of focus area impacted, b) Explain goals, objectives, c) Need for project, plan of operation and anticipated outcome
3. Project budget: a) Describe how funds will be used, b) Show project revenues, c) Provide two bid/quotes, d) Expenses, e) Plan of action if received partial or no funding.
 Wish List: More raised garden beds built by YouthBuild Louisville, Bicycle rack, Sitting Benches, Shed for tool and equipment storage, Two push (people power) lawn mowers, Canopy/Tent, Landscape bushes/shrubs, Fruit trees, Art supplies for Breckinridge-Franklin School partnering, Supplies for a Rain Barrel workshop, Supplies for a Passive Water Filtration Workshop
YOUTHBUILD LOUISVILLE:  The remaining six cedar raised garden beds are being built this week; weather permitting four will be installed next week.

Note: Because of our recommendations and through word of mouth YouthBuild Louisville has orders to build 60 cedar raised garden beds.  They are charging $175 per raised bed for labor to build and install on site. The sixty beds will create $10,500 for their organization.  Because of our recommendation, the cedar is coming from Eastern Red Cedar in southern Indiana; where we purchased our cedar. 
Cedar Raised Garden Bed: 01: not-yet-built, 02: Cindy Adelberg, 03: non-yet-built, 04: Sister Mary Ellen Curl, 05: AB Fitzgerald and Jeff Fitzgerald (pine beds), 6: Virginia Forest and Patria Fielding (pine beds), 07:       Rose Mary Texas, 08:  Barry Ceridan, 19:  Rob Kimberlain, 10:Sara-Jane Poindexter, 11: Cindy Read and Ken Read, 12: Rehab Department, Mercy SHV, 13:   Jeff Schultz, 14:not-yet-built, 15:     Sara and Tony Feltner, 16:  not-yet-built
 People assigned to the not-yet-built cedar raised garden beds: Gretchen Hunt and family, Michelle Ganter and family, John Varanese, Timothy Tucker
 West side raised garden area:  Danielle Fromenthal and Alexix Fertig, Gretchen Hunt and family, Kim and Jason Clark, Troy Tucker, Elwood Stroder, Elena Lloyd-Sidle.
3-SISTERS PROJECT: Michelle Ganter, coordinator, * We have two 3-Sisters planted; they are coming along very well. * An information sign has been posted next to the site.
SHITAKE MUSHROOM PROJECT: Michelle Ganter, coordinator, * We have eight logs that have been infused with shitake mushroom spoors; they seem to be coming along very well.
SUNFLOWER PROJECT: Virginia Forest, coordinator, * Our five year plan shows sunflowers planted behind the compost bins.  Virginia has created a raised bed for the sunflowers, behind the compost bins, added boundaries using logs and added a "Welcome" sign and a colorful metal bird sitting on a post.
RASPBERRY BUSHES - GOURD PROJECT:  Elena Lloyd-Sidle and Elwood Stroder, coordinators.  * Four raspberry bushes and a lot of (bird-house) gourds have been planted in one of the west side raised garden areas; close to the compost bins.
BAT HOUSE PROJECT: Elwood Stroder, coordinator, * The bat house donated by Virginia and Patria has been placed on a fifteen foot pole, facing the southward.  The pole has been placed directly behind the compost bins.  We're asking for more bat houses to be donated.
BEE KEEPING PROJECT: Mike O'Leary and Elwood Stroder, coordinators, * We had to purchase and introduce a Package of Bees into beehive number one; the process went well.  A package of bees is one mated queen bee and ten thousand (three pounds) of worker bees. * During a beehive inspection we discovered beehive number two have become too full so we had to split and create a third beehive.  * During a beehive inspection we learned beehive number one is doing well, beehive number three is doing well.  Beehive number two was missing a queen so on Wednesday, June 10th we introduced a new queen into the hive. * Beehive number two has so much honey we have to extract the honey.  Weather permitting; we will do the honey extraction this weekend. Vandalism: Late night, early morning on Saturday June 6th/Sunday June 7th a group of people drank beer, ate pizza and shot paintballs at the three beehives.
COMPOST PROJECT: Mike O'Leary, coordinator, * Every weekend Sondra Powell from Red Hot Roasters Organic Coffee (1402 Payne Street) is donating a garbage container full of coffee beans and coffee grounds.  Elwood and I are using a pitch fork to turn the compost.  By the way... the coffee beans and grounds neutralize the smell of the compost pile.
WATER COLLECTION FROM THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR: Mike O'Leary, coordinator, * We are collecting all of the rainwater coming from the 1,200 square foot house next to the community garden; we're using two water totes to store the water.  One tote is dedicated for the use of the shitake mushroom project; the other tote is for the west side of the garden.
900 GALLON WATER STORAGE:  Mike O'Leary, coordinator, * We have three water totes on the uphill slope toward the sidewalk, each tote hold 300 gallons of water. (900 gallons of water), * My pick-up truck has a water tote (300 gallons) I use to haul water from our water source to the garden site. * Two of the water totes have hoses that can stretch to almost all parts of the garden. 
GRASS CUTTING: Mike O'Leary, coordinator, * Keeping the grass cut has become a top priority.  Chris Conti has agreed to use his riding lawn mower to cut our acre of land. 
SCHOOL PROJECT: Mike O'Leary, coordinator, * I have made contact with Caryn Walker, Elementary Science Resource Teacher Analytical and Applied Science coordinator for JCPC.  Caryn has contacted and talked with the principal of Breckenridge-Franklin Elementary School.  I have been having a tough time trying to personally talk and meet with the principal.
PASSIVE WATER FILTRATION PROJECT: Rob Kimberlain, Coordinator, * Rob has created a plan to build a passive water filtration system to filter the water we are collecting from the house next door.  Rob will figure out how much it will cost for the materials.

Mike O'Leary
Neighborhood & Community Leaders!

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LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize
presented by Ernst & Young

Do you have a BURNING IDEA that will change our community for the better? Metro United Way's LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize is designed for change makers in Kentuckiana who are prepared to put their ideas into action. Prizes totaling $25,000 will be awarded to the innovators who gain the most support from the community.   

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. That's why Metro United Way's work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:

  • Education - Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
  • Financial - Promoting Financial Stability and Independence
  • Health - Improving People's Health

To be successful, we need to harness the wide-ranging talents of our best social pioneers-encouraging them to innovate and pursue their visions. As in the business sector, there is no shortage of innovators, but there is not yet enough systematic support available to social innovators.

Many of the best know, most effective human services that Metro United Way partners with were started by social innovators in the 20th century to solve the 20th century problems. Metro United Way wants to encourage and support the work of 21st century innovators who achieve lasting social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more effective use of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.


To attract social innovations and to highlight the benefits of innovative approaches to solving social problems, Metro United Way is creating the LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize. We are proud to have Ernst & Young join us as sponsor.


A total of four prizes will be awarded. Three $5000 prizes will be awarded: one for the best solution in each of the areas of education, income and health. A grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded for a solution that produces results in two or more of these areas.

The LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize is for expenses directly related to the implementation of the solution, and will help attract funding and other resources and support.

Finalists will be offered nurturing and support to incubate their solutions. Each finalist will be connected to a "wisdom council" of mentors and advisors with whom the finalist may meet regularly. The wisdom council will be empowered to connect the finalists with additional resources for advice, training, and support.

For many of the social innovators who participate in the competition, the wisdom council and additional connection to resources will be more valuable than the prize.


Judging will be done in two phases. Initial screening and selection of finalists will be done by a panel of volunteers who have indicated their willingness to serve on wisdom councils.

Finalists will be posted on Metro United Way's website and assigned to education, income, health or combination categories. Visitors to the website will have the opportunity to donate by credit card to one of more finalist. To encourage broad participation, minimum donation will be kept small.

The winners would be determined by the highest total donations in each category. All finalists will receive the amount donated to their solutions.

The website for applying for the LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize is open now.

Go to

The deadline for submissions is July 8.

If you know a social innovator with a BURNING IDEA, please ask them to visit the website and encourage them to apply.

Next Green Convene Community Meeting

Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30PM

There will be an Open Green Convene Community Meeting at 7:30PM Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 2132 Frankfort Ave.

Do you support the Green Convene?  Become a member today for as little as $10

Join the Green Convene by becoming an official member! Your involvement, both in effort and funding, is imperative to the success of our efforts.

(Please note that your $10 admission to the February 2009 Green Convene event covered the costs of the 2 day event and did NOT include a membership.)

"Birds, Snakes, & Airplanes"
(Artwork by C.M. & Grace Kelly Laster)

Credit to Jimmy.  Click photo for more info.

C.M. and Grace Kelly Laster and their daughter Ruby Elvis Rose are a family of hillbilly- pop visionary artists from western Kentucky.  Recently featured in the Weird Kentucky book, their work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, including:

  • The Muse Internationale de Artes Modeste
  • Sete France
  • Museum of Biblical Art, NYC
  • The American Visionary Art Museum
  • The Bill Clinton Presidential Library
  • The House of Blues.

Their work is currently featured at The Washington D.C. Historical Society in the Show "Portraying Lincoln ", and "Rare Visions, Detour Art Exhibit" at the Belger Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri. The Lasters mix signs and messages with  pop icons and other inspirations in a positive Apocalyptic twist.

The event will be at:

Liberty Tattoo and Art Parlor
2801 S 3rd St , 40208
Show Runs June 24 - July 25, 2009
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11am - 7pm
Opening Party on July 11, 2009
 7pm - 10pm

Come eat Elvis cake, meet the  Lasters and see their new art car, The Laster Blasters Innergalactic Shack-a-allac!!

See the Real Face of Cuba!

The Henry Wallace Brigade and The Kentucky Interfaith Taskforce on Latin America and the Caribbean invite you to welcome and celebrate the 20th US/Cuba Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan.

Sunday, July 12, 2009
6:30-8:30 pm

Event Highlights:

  • Presentation by the Caravanistas, Local Musicians, Spoken Word, and more!
  • Rudyard Kipling - 422 West Oak St.
  • Free and open to the public - donations encouraged.
  • Food and drink available for purchase from the Rud menu.

This Friendshipment will:

  • Challenge the immoral US blockade of Cuba by attempting to deliver millions of dollars of medicines, computers, and medical equipment w ithout a US Treasury license.
  • Commemorate 20 years of grassroots Pastors for Peace and hundreds of volunteers who have used hunger strikes and mass mobilizations to successfully challenge the US governments past attempts to confiscate vehicles and humanitarian aid crossing the Mexican border on its way to Cuba. Since 1992, IFCO/Pastors for Peace has delivered thousands of tons of urgently needed assistance to the Cuban people.

Join us as we "send off" the caravan. At the event, members of the caravan will speak about their cross-country trip and the U.S.
government's determination to deepen the gap in US/Cuba relations. We'll talk about the travesty of justice that faces the Cuba 5 prisoners and celebrate 50 years of the Cuban Revolution!

Call: (502) 479-9262 for more information or how to donate to this effort.
Louisville Sustainability Forum

David and Carole Bretschneider are seeking to pull together a community of people to support buying farmland and potential farmland, recruiting and developing farmers, and growing and promoting healthy local food. 

To participate or learn more, contact David and Carole at or (502) 893-5954.

Bike Louisville Classes Available to be hosted in your Neighborhood

By: Darrell Anne Driskoll
Fun Classes Help Bicyclists Overcome the Fear of Traffic!

Motorists and bicyclists learn
the facts about sharing the road!

Host your own free class!

Bicycling for Louisville would love to provide a class for your neighborhood organization. They are free, informative and entertaining.

Call us at 502-582-1814 or email us at  A great time to schedule Sharing the Road is after a regularly scheduled monthly meeting - folks who are interested just stay another 45 minutes and always enjoy the presentation.

Can you ride a bicycle on city streets without having a white knuckle experience?  Does fear of traffic keep you from using your bike to commute or run errands? Do you want to save $$, go green or teach your children how to ride safely?
Louisville Metro government's Bike Louisville program and Bicycling for Louisville are here to help. This spring and summer they offer three FREE
programs to teach adults how to navigate roads safely by bicycle. One will also help drivers navigate safely around the bicyclists.

A free 45-minute program, available at your worksite in Louisville/Jefferson County, can help your employees drive and ride bicycles more safely on the region's streets.

Under contract with Louisville Metro Department of Public Works and Assets, the charitable civic organization Bicycling for Louisville is providing 3 adult bicycling safety programs throughout Louisville Metro this spring.

Sharing the Road (45 minutes) presents the most important safety practices for on-street bicyclists and motorists. 
Bicycling for Louisville, under contract with Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, will offer its "Sharing the Road" presentation at no cost through December 2009.

The interactive presentation, presented by nationally certified bicycle safety instructors, includes video clips and question-and-answer. It covers how the traffic laws apply to bicyclists and motorists; where bicyclists should ride; common crash-causing mistakes made by motorists and bicyclists; and how road users can make travel safer and easier with courtesy and mutual respect.

The program is ideal for audiences of 10 - 40 people in any venue with a computer projector and projection screen. "Sharing the Road" has received good reviews from audiences at University of Louisville, Humana, and US Army Corps of Engineers - let us add your company to this list!

Bicycling Safely (2 hours) shows how to make sure a bicycle is safe, adjust a helmet, follow traffic laws, avoid the most common crashes, and safely navigate different types of streets and intersections.
Confident Cycling (10 hours) includes the preceding topics plus hands-on practice of skills needed for safe bicycling in ordinary conditions and emergencies. It also provides essential information on maintaining a bicycle in safe operating condition, fitting helmets, fixing flat tires, protecting oneself from injury due to causes other than crashes, riding safely in darkness and inclement weather, choosing routes, and riding safely in groups. Perhaps most importantly, it includes practice of skills needed for safe bicycling in ordinary conditions and emergencies. Over half of the course time is devoted to riding and other hands-on activities.
Click here for a complete list of dates and times for May and June classes.


Another Kentucky is Possible

Kentucky Social Forum is continuing to educate & empower Kentuckians on issues that affect us all.

Are you a member of a grassroots, Kentucky-based organization that would love to reach out on an organization-to-organization level? Then contact us ( for more information about getting listed and participating in discussions affecting Kentucky.

"Another Kentucky is Possible"
About the Kentucky Social Forum:
It is more than a conference, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression.  The KYSF is the first statewide social forum in the US South and will:

  • provide space for progressive activists to build relationships
  • learn from each others experiences
  • share our analysis of the problems our communities face
  • bring renewed insight and inspiration
  • help develop leadership
  • help develop consciousness, vision and strategy needed to realize another world.
The KYSF sends a message to other people's movements around the country that there is an active movement to make Kentucky a place we can all call home.  We must declare what we want our state to look like and begin planning the path to get there.  A national movement is rising.  The KYSF is our opportunity to demonstrate to the nation that Another Kentucky is Possible!
When & Where?
July 31 - August 2, 2009
Berea College, Berea, KY


For a workshop application, proposal guidelines and to register, please visit
502-582-5454 or

Follow us on twitter and join our Facebook cause & group.


People's Fest
Celebrate the Power of Poor People
Party - Barbecue
Where: Shelby Park
When: Sunday, July 19 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Women In Transition
219 West Ormsby Avenue Louisville, Kentucky 40203

Women In Transition is a grassroots organization run by and for poor people working to create a world where everyone's economic human rights are provided.
Ear X-tacy hosts Fourth Annual Indie Day Event on 4th of July

Ear X-tacy Records has an illustrious history of presenting independent artists and businesses around the official Independence Day holiday (a huge in-store appearance by the Foo Fighters comes to mind). 

But for the past three years, the holiday has also been celebrated by a gathering of independent businesses.  John Timmons, owner/president of ear X-tacy, is also the founder of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) and consistently looks for ways to promote locally-owned, independent businesses and artists, over twenty of which will be represented at this year's annual Indie Day event.

Saturday, July 4th

ear X-tacy,

1534 Bardstown Road

12:00 pm to 4:00pm

The event will feature:

  • local businesses
  • live music, including DJ Matt Anthony (WFPK) and the Invaders (featuring members of the Merediths)
  • displays
  • information
  • samples and more

Ear X-tacy will offer various sales promotions throughout the day, including 20% off on all independent releases all day, with the same discount applied to vinyl offerings during the DJ set from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  Turntable giveaways, goodie bags, and other specials will be offered throughout the day.

More information is available on the ear X-tacy website at

Participating businesses:

Rooibee Red Tea, Wild and Woolly Video, Carmichael's Bookstore, Rainbow Blossom, Trail Store Inc, Bike Couriers Bike Shop,, Iglou Internet Services, Hound Dog Press, I Used To Be Cool, Grace & Lottie's Fiber Arts, Greenlist Louisville, Louisville Vintage Motorworks, Office Environment Company, Crosley Radio, Louisville Photo Booth, Tony Boombozz,


Angryblue, Miss Pinny, Jewels of Amber, Madpixel

Contact Rebecca Cornwell, ear X-tacy Manager, (502) 452-1799 or 836-8021 cell
OR John Timmons, ear X-tacy president, (502) 452-1799

Mark Your Calendars
11th Annual Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference

December 1-3, 2009
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky

Sponsored by Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA), Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Division of Violence Prevention Resources, and others.

Proposal deadline has passed. For more info:

Tana E. Bentley
Administrative Specialist

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP)
P.O. Box 4028, Frankfort, KY 40604
(ph) 502-226-2704 ext. 300 (fax) 502-226-2725 fax
KASAP's mission is to speak with a unified voice against sexual violence.

"Social Movements for Economic Human Rights: Perspectives from the Street"

Thursday July 16, 2009
University of Louisville, Ekstrom Library room 258

Join us to view powerful photographs by Harvey Finkle, celebrate the creation of Louisville's first Civil Rights Landmarks Driving Tour brochure, and enjoy good eats and the company of good people.
Harvey Finkle is a documentary still photographer who has produced a substantial body of work concerned with social, economic, political and cultural issues. His work has been extensively exhibited and published including:

  • a book entitled "Readers" and five catalogues of major exhibits,
  • "Urban Nomads", a documentation of KWRU and the Poor Peoples' Economic Human Rights Campaign
  • "STILL HOME: The Jews of South Philadelphia"
  • "PHILADELPHIA MOSAIC: New Immigrants in America"
  • "The JOBS Project/ Inside Out: A Prison Reentry Program",
  • "The Many Faces of WOMEN'S WAY".

This event will launch:

  • Building the Unsettling Force-- A national conference (held inLouisville) to end poverty organized by Women in Transition (WIT)
  • Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEFRC), and Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA)

Call Jardana Peacock with questions: 502-852-6142

WE ARE HUMAN: March for Economic Human Rights

FRIDAY JULY 17, 2009 @ 3:30pm
MEMORIAL PARK (the corner of 4th & Kentucky)

Call Khalilah Collins for more information: 502-636-0160

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
-Arundhati Roy


White Elephant Christmas in July

  • 6:00p-8:00p 
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2009
  • @ Metro United Way
  • 334 E. Broadway,2nd Floor

As a neighborhood leader in the Metro Louisville Neighborhoods and/or Community, please plan to attend and participate with other leaders Tuesday, July 14th.  You will be hosted by Mike Zanone as "Samuel Churchill" to have an opportunity to participate in a fun- filled white elephant gift exchange.  Bring a wrapped gift to exchange like a neighborhood yard sale but free - you'll get to take something home.

There will be door prizes and fun and refreshments for all.

This neighborhood leadership exchange is designed to entertain and bring us closer together.

Network with other neighborhood leaders and Metro Louisville government to brainstorm solutions and share ideas / experience.

Take the LCON survey of neighborhood and association needs, and fill out a suggestion form.  Your input will help guide the content of meetings, panels and seminars for 2009 and beyond.

If you know of other neighborhood and/or community association leaders that would benefit and contribute from networking with other leaders, then please forward this meeting notice to them. 

Please visit the website for contact info for LCON board members and additional information.

Tentative agenda:

  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2009
  • 6:00p  Start with light refreshments.
  • 6:15p  Meeting called to order, introductions (brief news from our neighborhoods at end of presentation).  (We have an information share table and a suggestion box.)
  • 6:30p "Samuel Churchill" will host, as presented by Mike Zanone.White Elephant Gift Exchange.
  • 8:00p  Meeting Adjourns.
Metro United Way Building
334 E. Broadway, 2nd Floor
(corner Preston & Broadway)

More Information needed?
phone (502) 589-2090 (voice-mail), or

See web-site for up-to-date info.

LCON: helping YOU lead ...

Help Legal Aid

Legal Aid Society needs referrals to our July 27, 2009 "WILLS CLINIC and OTHER LIFE PLANNING DOCUMENTS".

Call:  614-3166 or Ms. Leslie Clemons, Managing Attorney, VLP, 614-3137 
George E. Lee, Jr.
Legal Aid Society
Quick Links
Metro United Way

Louisville Coalition of Neighborhoods (LCON)

University of Louisville Signature Partnership Initiative

Completed Neighborhood Assessments, Maps, and Neighborhood Photo Galleries

Louisville Metro Council

Property Valuation Administrator


River City Housing

Neighborhood Link

Metropolitan Housing Coalition

Urban Design Studio

Redefining Brownfields

Community Resource Network

Data on Neighborhoods from the Community Resource Network

Neighborhood Planning Resources

Louisville Metro Neighborhood Planning Program & Completed Neighborhood Plans

Center for Non-Profit Excellence

Legal Aid Society - Louisville

The Greening of Louisville

CART - Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation

Kentucky Waterways Alliance
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