Cultivating Connections Recommends: Events for Metro Louisville - January 2018
Affirming Connections between Planet, People, Power and Possibilities   
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Wednesday the 3rd * Louisville Sustainability Forum: National Radon Action Month
Sunday the 14th * Louisville TimeBank Community Potluck Dinner and Sale
Monday the 15th * MLK Day of Service: Volunteer Event
Monday the 15th * MLK Day- We Must Keep Moving: Acting for Justice
Tuesday the 16th * Sierra Club presents: The State of the Commonwealth: 2018
Saturday the 20th * ECO Kids Discovery Day: Fossil Fun
Sunday the 21st * Family Nature Club - Geodes & Crystals
Friday the 26th * The 31st Annual Hootenanny at TJ with John Gage
Sunday the 28th * Finding Joy and Meaning in these Challenging Times w/ Mark Steiner
Sunday, February 11 * A Day of Forgiveness, A Life of Gratitude Workshop
Saturday, February 17 * Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation workshop
Save the Date for the 2018 Louisville Earth Walk - April 21, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 12pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Earth and Spirit Barn behind 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

Featured Presentation:  
National Radon Action Month 
Rebecca Coates, CHES Health Educator 
Division of Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is naturally found in soil. It can enter the home through small cracks in the home's foundation and can cause lung cancer through prolonged exposure.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, behind smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, causing between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

January is National Radon Action month. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness wants you to know the dangers of radon and encourages you to test your home.  The department is offering free radon test kits while the supply lasts. You can request a kit online by clicking this link or by calling 574-6650.   
Rebecca is a Certified Health education specialist at the Department of Public health and Wellness, in the Environmental Health Department. Rebecca is the coordinator for the lifeguard program, which permits 1,200 lifeguards yearly for Louisville Metro pools. She also provides community education outreach regarding topics that involve Environmental health issues such as food safety, lead, radon, mosquitoes and bed bugs.
Shorter Presentations
Floyds Fork and Future Fund, Inc. 
Jeff Frank, a director of Future Fund, Inc.

LG&E/KU Energy Efficiency 
David Huff,  Director, Customer Energy Efficiency and Emerging Technologies, LG&E-KU  
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.

Sunday, January 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Louisville TimeBank Community Potluck Dinner
Highlands Community Campus 1228 E Breckinridge 40204

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.

Monday, January 15, 10 am - 12 pm
MLK Day of Service: Volunteer Event
Shelby Park, 600 East Oak Street, 40203

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" We encourage you to get involved to help make our community parks extraordinary, and make the King Day of Service, "A Day On, Not a Day Off!" Tasks may include mulching, planting and general beautification. Olmsted Parks Conservancy provides gloves, tools and guidance. Participants need to dress for the weather and be prepared to work outdoors. Register here.

Monday, January 15, 1 pm
We Must Keep Moving: Acting for Justice
St William Church, 1226 West Oak St, 40210

Join us as we gather to both celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and as a call to keep moving and place our energy and support behind the emergent Poor People's Campaign.

Our featured presenters are Rev. Angela Johnson, Ja'mel Armstrong, John Gage, Phillip Cherry, Carol Kraemer, Cynthia Fletcher and emcee Shameka Parrish-Wright.

50 years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and others called for a "revolution of values" in America, inviting people who had been divided to stand together against the "triplets of evil"--militarism, racism, and economic injustice and to insist that people need not die from poverty in the richest nation to ever exist. More recently the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival emerged to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism and environmental destruction.

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival is based in the analysis of the power and influence of the twin forces of white supremacy and unchecked corporate greed on our legislative bodies. It seeks to build a movement that will connect and grow different struggles and lift up and deepen the leadership of those most affected. The Campaign aims to do this through a coordinated series of direct actions of civil disobedience of 1,000 people each in 25 different states for 40 days in 2018, from Mother's Day, May 13, -  Summer Solstice, June 21 followed by a culminating set of activities in DC on June 23.

St. William Church is located at 1226 W. Oak Street, 40210. For parking: If heading west on Oak turn left on 13th, if heading East on Oak turn right on 13th.  Park in lot on right side of 13th.  Church will be on the left.

This event is hosted by a coalition of area non-profits including: California Neighborhood Leadership Council Inc., Cultivating Connections,  Interfaith Paths to Peace, Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, Maverick Ministry, Neighborhood Preservation and Planning, Peace Education Program, St. William and the Sowers of Justice.

Tuesday, January 16, 7 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents:
The State of the Commonwealth: 2018
The Crescent Hill United Ministries, 150 South State St, 40206

Please join us for our inaugural meeting at our new venue, the Crescent Hill United Ministries building, as we welcome Tom FitzGerald for our annual "State of the Commonwealth" legislative update. For almost two decades, Fitz has presented important updates on the state general assembly agenda to our group. We'll learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly of pending bills and how we can make a difference. Our program begins at 7 pm and is free and open to the public.

Tom FitzGerald has been Director of the Kentucky Resources Council since 1984.  KRC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization providing free legal, strategic and policy assistance to individuals, organizations and communities concerning environmental quality, resource extraction, energy, and utility issues. Fitz received the Environmental Quality Commission Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002; the Henry R. Heyburn Public Service Award from the UK College of Law in 2003, the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission Biological Diversity Award in 2003, the inaugural Professional Achievement Award from the University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association in 2008, the 14th Heinz Award in the Environment Category in 2008, and the Brennan-Haly Award from the University of Louisville Department of Political Science in 2012. He has been a fixture in the halls of the Kentucky General Assembly since 1978.

Saturday, January 20, 9 am - 4:30 pm
ECO Kids Discovery Day: Fossil Fun
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky, 40110

Observe fossils and unlock the secrets of ancient life at Bernheim. Kids and their families will have fun investigating fossils and then exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day during the afternoon.

Hands-on Discovery Stations, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 - 4 p.m.
Hike of the Day, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45 - 60 minutes
On Your Own Challenge, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free except $5 per car weekend fee for Non-Members.

Sunday, January 21, 2 - 3 pm
Family Nature Club - Geodes & Crystals
Falls of the Ohio State Park, 201 W Riverside Dr, Clarksville, Indiana 47129

What makes a geode a geode? What makes a vug different from a geode? Where can I find geodes and crystals? How many different kinds of minerals can be found in our area? Can geodes be opened without breaking the best crystals? These are among the questions that will be answered in this program. Interpretive center admission is not required to participate. Kids will get a geode or crystal. $2 program fee. Doesn't include $2 parking, unless a 2018 Indiana State Parks Entrance Pass is shown. Free for Falls of the Ohio Foundation members.

Friday, January 26th, 7 pm
The 31st Annual Hootenanny with John Gage
Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Road, 40222

The 31st annual Hootenanny is coming up! Sing along with our marvelous host John Gage. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it and join in the fun. Share this event with your friends!

Snacks and soft drinks are available and are
included in the low donation at the door of $7.

For more information call: 502-425-6943

Sunday, January 28, 11 am
"Finding Joy and Meaning in these Challenging Times"
with Mark Steiner
Clifton Unitarian Church, 2231 Payne St, 40206

Join the good folks at Clifton Unitarian for "Finding Joy and Meaning in these Challenging Times" a Community Conversation led by Mark Steiner.  Mark will share observations and insights birthed from paying attention to our present social and political landscape. In addition, he'll open the conversation for attendees to share a little about their own observations and insights.

Mark Steiner is director of Cultivating Connections, a Louisville non-profit "nurturing and celebrating our connections with each other and our world."  He has presented talks, retreats, workshops, ceremonies, etc. since 1991.  His specialties include Environmental Spirituality, the Universe Story, Sacred Story and The Work That Reconnects.  In addition, he serves as the Coordinator of Communications at the Peace Education Program where he works with the PeaceCasters, a youth program exploring "Making Media That Matters".
Coming in February

Registration Now Open!

Saturday, February 17,  9 am to 5 pm
Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation
workshop with Chris Crass
Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Rd 40222

 A Workshop Offered In Collaboration With UUA MidAmerica and Southern Regions
 Unitarian Universalist and Social Justice Facilitator, Chris Crass will offer a one day workshop entitled "Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation."  Workshop will begin with brief worship and include small and large group discussions, storytelling from preselected congregations, theological reflection, and participatory exercise.  Concluding segment will focus on "What are you bringing back to your congregation?" and "How will you be accountable for your plan?"  Workshop will close with "Revival for Racial Justice" testimonials.

The purpose of this workshop is to help build Social Justice communities and cultures rooted in UU values with the courage to do racial justice work.  Focus will be on encouraging activism and leaders, building capacity, and putting Unitarian Universalist congregations in touch with one another.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register here .

Save the Date for the
2018 Louisville Earth Walk
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Iroquois Park
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