Cultivating Connections Recommends: Events for Metro Louisville - August 2017

Affirming Connections between Planet, People, Power and Possibilities

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Wednesday the 2nd * Louisville Sustainability Forum
Friday the 4th * FORward Radio Launch Party!
Saturday the 5th and Saturday 12th * Olmsted Park Projects
Saturday the 5th and Tuesday the 8th * Solar Energy Workshops
Wednesday the 9th * Nature Rich Louisville Alliance Launch and Meeting
Sunday the 13th * Louisville TimeBank Community Pot-Luck Dinner
Tuesday the 15th * Become An Olmsted Park Steward!
Tuesday the 15th * Showing of "Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard"
Saturday the 19th * CONNECT at Bernheim Forest
Tuesday the 29th * Migration Simulation at WorldFest Volunteer Training
Tuesday the 29th * Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Orientation
OurEarthNow Environmentalist Training Program for Students
Call Mayor Greg Fischer now and tell him to say "No to Dirty Air"
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Wednesday, August 2 at 12pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Passionist Earth & Spirit Center, The Barn 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

Featured Presentation

Passionist Earth and Spirit Center
Kyle T. Kramer, Executive Director
The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center is a nonprofit, interfaith spirituality center whose mission is to help heal the relationship between human beings and the Earth through education and action in the areas of meditation and spiritual practices, social compassion, and environmental literacy. They believe that to have a flourishing Earth, we need a just and thriving human community made up of grounded individuals who cultivate interior peace and centeredness. This conviction has led us, over our 12-year history, to become the largest provider of mindfulness meditation instruction in the entire Midwest/upper South, having trained thousands of students. We also try to "walk our talk" and model our values by active environmental stewardship of our 21-acre property along the South Fork of Beargrass Creek.

Shorter Presentations

The Intersection Of Brownfields And Environmental Justice
Allison S. Smith, Ph.D., Brownfields Program Manager

We Are Louisville and the Big Table
Jud Hendrix

The meeting will be held at the Earth and Spirit Center Barn. The Barn is located behind St. Agnes Church & Passionist Monastery, 1924 Newburg Road. Parking is available in the Sacred Heart Retreat parking lot, just south of the Passionist Retreat House, or in the St. Agnes parking lot, north of the church.  

Now in its eleventh year, the purposes of the Louisville Sustainability Forum are:
1. We hold and promote the intention of sustainability for Louisville.
2. We establish and nourish relationships that strengthen
community and create change.
3. We create a space for discussion that inspires, motivates and deepens
our ability to catalyze social change.

Friday, August 4, 7:30 -11:00pm
FORward Radio Launch Party!  
Aloft Hotel Downtown, 102 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Live music & special guests
Here is your chance to support FORward Radio!

Forward Radio is broadcasting on WFMP-LP 106.5 FM Louisville
and will be streaming online soon!

Tuesdays 9:00am-12:00pm Seneca Park    
Thursdays 6:00pm-8:00pm Tree Triage in Cherokee Park  
Saturday, August 5 10:00am-12:00pm Bingham Park
Saturday, August 12 10:00am-12:00pm Tyler Park    
Olmsted Park Projects

Show your Olmsted Park Pride and help make a difference by volunteering with us! Tasks may include weeding, mulching, painting and general park beautification. Gloves, guidance and tools provided. Dress for the weather and getting dirty! Long pants with tennis shoes or old boots are recommended- no sandals please. For more information and a list of other upcoming events, visit or call Sarah at 456-8125.

Saturday, August 5, 10:30am
Solar Energy Workshop
Crescent Hill Library.  2762 Frankfort Ave., 40206

Tuesday, August 8, 7pm
Solar Energy Workshop
Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York St., 40203

Solar Over Louisville (SOL) announces its 2017 community workshop series for all with an interest in having their own solar system. For anyone who is wondering if installing solar energy at their own home or business makes sense, or what factors to consider in this decision, these free workshops are designed to answer those questions. Attendees will learn about solar energy basics, and how to determine if a solar system will be good for their specific circumstances. Contact Wallace McMullen: 502-963-5005.

""The cost of solar energy has fallen so rapidly in the past decade that today it is cost-competitive with other forms of energy," states Thad Druffel of the U. of L. Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. "With the 30% tax credit and attractive financing options available today, many people find that the cost of the system is almost fully covered through energy savings while it is being paid off," says Nancy Givens, Solar Education Manager of Avery and Sun Solar. "After which a home's electricity becomes essentially free after paying the monthly connection charge."

Each workshop will cover basics about solar energy - what it is, how it works, its economic and environmental benefits, how to evaluate your site for solar potential, and next steps to take if you are interested in installing solar at your home or business. The presentations will be made by local solar installers. Ample time will be allotted for questions and answers.

Come to learn more and bring friends and family members with you!

Wednesday, August 9, 2 - 4pm
Nature Rich Louisville Alliance Launch and Meeting
Jefferson Memorial Forest , Horine Conference Center, 40118

Register today to reserve your spot! Click here. At this gathering we will continue to build upon our efforts to provide equitable access to nature to young people by:  hearing a few success stories, getting caught up on some of the exciting work going on in our community, exploring a common social media campaign and officially launching the Nature Rich Louisville Alliance.

This gathering is hosted by Bernheim Forest, Cultivating Connections, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Louisville Metro Mayor's Office, and the YMCA Let's Move Outdoors program.

The Nature Rich Louisville Alliance shares resources, builds relationships and works together to connect young people from throughout the community with outdoors experiences.

Plan on staying after we finish our meeting for a short hike led by co-host Rebecca Minnick of Jefferson Memorial Forest!
The Nature Rich Louisville Alliance
* sharing resources     * building relationships     * working together

  Sunday August 13, 5:30  - 7:30 pm
Louisville TimeBank Community Potluck Dinner
Highlands Community Campus 1228 E Breckinridge 40204

The Louisville TimeBank seeks to create a network of individuals and organizations that support and empower each other, which builds a social safety net that moves us towards being a more interdependent and resilient community.

Potlucks are a big part of the TimeBank community. We come together to share food, fun and build community all at the same time. Members get to know each other, and people who are not members can learn a bit about timebanking from chatting with our members at the potluck. Many exchanges get set up at our potlucks too!

We always encourage members to bring guests, and all community members are welcome too!

Please bring a dish that serves 12 and your own table service to make clean up easier. If you forget, there is plenty to borrow from the kitchen.

The Parking lot is behind the building with the entrance to the parking off of Barrett Avenue. The entrance to the building is also in the back of the building.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6:30pm
Become An Olmsted Park Steward!
Olmsted Parks Conservancy Office, 1299 Trevilian Way, 40213

A Park Steward is a volunteer leader who receives in-depth training by Olmsted Parks Conservancy staff in order to help with park projects, volunteer events and/or community outreach. There will be a FREE Information Session on August 15, 2017 at 6:30pm. Register online now. Or call us at 502-456-8125 to reserve your spot for our next training series!

Tuesday, August 15, 7pm
Showing of "Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard"
presented by film producer Morgan Atkinson

"Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard" is a discussion tool that engages all residents and visitors on the future of the creek. The documentary creates a common narrative that can be promoted by neighborhood and environmental organizations.  

The goals of the documentary are simple:
*    Promote an historical, natural understanding of Beargrass Creek,
its tributaries and the 67 square mile watershed.   
*    Provide an overview of how the creek has been used, abused over time and
explore the positive future-oriented solutions to restore the creek
and the ecological corridor while increasing public access.   
*    Highlight Beargrass Creek biodiversity.  
*    Encourage homeowners and businesses to use
best management practices on their land by featuring current examples
that everyone could adopt.     
*    Encourage organizations to participate in clean ups and to highlight
the current work to clean up the creek and how we can support it.  
*    Learn from other urban streams restoration efforts that have transformed their local neighborhoods around our region.   
*    Most important - To engage in a community-wide vision that works to
restore a clean and accessible Beargrass Creek.

Beargrass: The Creek In Our Backyard is another in a series of documentaries written and produced by Morgan C. Atkinson which examine important community matters. Thus far Atkinson has written and produced some 15 documentaries that have been broadcast on public television. In a 30+year career as an independent producer he has also produced many other commissioned works for corporate and non-profit clients. Atkinson has also produced several programs on Thomas Merton, the acclaimed writer and spiritual thinker. He has also helped Dr. Tom Owen produce six programs about various Louisville neighborhoods.

Our programs are always free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 19, 6:26 - 10:26pm
CONNECT at Bernheim
2075 Clermont Rd, Clermont, Ky 40110

Now in its ninth year, CONNECT at Bernheim again will challenge minds and delight the senses. The night includes live musical performances, a light sculpture competition, and hands-on experiences for adults and families, including making art, drum circle participation, hacker creations and participatory science.

Artists will set up around Lake Nevin with funky, fun and spontaneous art displays and demonstrations for the third year. This year's art demonstrations include participants in CONNECTglow, a sculpture and performance art challenge in which participants create light sculptures without the use of a generator or AC power.

What goes better with music than food and beverage? This year's CONNECT will again have regional craft beer and wine! We will also have more food options than ever. Don't forget your refillable water bottle - we will have a Louisville Water Co. Pure Tap bubbler here so you can stay hydrated.

Tuesday, August 29, 7pm
Migration Simulation at WorldFest Volunteer Training
52 Eastover Court, Louisville, KY 40206

We are looking for 100 volunteers to facilitate
the Walk A Mile In My Shoes Refugee Camp Simulation for
over 1,000 students on Friday, September 1.    
Sign-Up to Volunteer Here

The simulation will require over 100 volunteers to host seven different
experiential stations that include: 
    *    a special scenarios group to create challenges for participants 
    *    a camp school to learn a foreign language 
    *    a medical tent to provide a health screening 
    *    a clean water station 
    *    a food tent to receive a daily ration 
    *    a camp jail and border patrol officers 
    *    a debriefing experience where it all comes together 
Volunteering for the camp simulation is a great opportunity for work teams, civic groups, college students, and faith communities to host this powerful empathy education experience. Training will be provided.

Volunteers would need to be available on
Friday, September 1, from 8:30am to 1:00pm

We are inviting individuals and/or one representative from each group to come to a volunteer training event. We will also be available to bring information and volunteer training to groups and organizations as needed. Light refreshments served.  

Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 pm
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ)
Newcomer and Orientation Session
Fern Creek Public Library, 6768 Bardstown Rd, 40291

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page

Maybe you have been connected to LSURJ through Facebook or email but you would like to know more about us. These welcoming one-hour newcomer/orientation sessions are meant to provide a brief overview of our mission, our values and our history. Plus, we'll show you some ways to get involved with more of the work from wherever you start from. No experience necessary, just a desire to help make racial justice a reality. Pick a time and location that works for you. Additional dates and locations will be added. We will be having these one-hour sessions monthly at public libraries. Each meeting will be capped at 20-30, depending on the size of the room at the library. We will monitor FB RSVPs and determine if there will be a need for "tickets".

There will be one session scheduled at Mama's Hip with play space for families with young kids. For others, there will not be dedicated space for child care provided, but kids of all ages will be welcomed in the meeting space. Please join us!

    *    September 9 - Mama's Hip
    *    October 24 - Iroquois Library

Additional Information and Resources

OEN logo

Environmentalist Training Program
for High School / College Students

This certificate program lasts from October 2017 to April 2018 with sessions every other Sunday from 6-8 pm.  Students are expected to attend at least 50% of the sessions. Meetings will be held at the Earth & Spirit Center at 1924 Newburg Road, 40205.
Learn about Louisville's environmental issues, gain the skills needed to be an activist, plan and implement environmental events, meet key players in Louisville's environmental advocacy community, and earn a certificate of completion. 

Email or text (502) 276-5475 with questions.
Click here to register.

From Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice

Dear Friend of Environmental Justice, Health Care and Equity,
American Synthetic Rubber wants Louisville to lower the pollution standards we fought so hard to win. 
People of color, working class and poor people, the youth, will bear the brunt of the poisonous impact, and all people in the metro area will be breath in dirtier air. 
Call mayor Greg Fischer now and tell him to say No to Dirty Air. No to lowering the pollution standards. Compassion means putting people first!

Call the mayor now and leave a short message:  Please say no to American Synthetic Rubber.  Protect Our Air and Our Health. (502) 574-2003

Stay tuned for more on taking action with LSURJ, 350Louisville and others as we support the leadership of REACT in this fight.
Read this Courier Journal article on the hearing where people testified against the ASRC request and urged the Pollution Control Board to STAND WITH THE PEOPLE AND PROTECT OUR HEALTH!

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