Cultivating Connections Recommends: Events for Metro Louisville - November 2017

Affirming Connections between Planet, People, Power and Possibilities

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Wednesday the 1st * Louisville Sustainability Forum: Falls of the Ohio
Saturday the 11th * Honoring Our Roots: Daffodil Planting at Bernheim
Sunday the 12th * Louisville TimeBank Community Potluck Dinner and Sale
Tuesday the 14th * Nature Rich Louisville Alliance Meet and Mingle
Tuesday the 21st * Sierra Club: "Smart Growth:  How Does It Look?  Who Benefits?"
Tuesday the 28th * WJCCTF presents Environmental Justice Health Conference
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Wednesday, November 1, 12pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Passionist Sacred Heart Retreat, Undercroft 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

Directions to the Undercroft 
The meeting will be held in the Undercroft located down an outside stairway between the Passionist Sacred Heart Retreat entrance, and St. Agnes Church, 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. 

Featured Presentation:
Falls of the Ohio State Park
Paul Olliges, longtime volunteer at the park    

Located on the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, Indiana at I-65, exit 0, is the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The 390-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest, naturally exposed, Devonian fossil beds in the world.  
The park features an Interpretive Center overlooking the fossil beds containing an exhibit gallery and video presentation. The center functions as a museum with exhibits that concentrate on the natural history related to findings in the nearby fossil beds as well as the human history of the Louisville area, covering pre-settlement, early settlement, and Louisville and southern Indiana history all the way up through the 20th century.
The Falls was originally a series of rapids allowing the Ohio River to drop 26 feet over a distance of two and a half miles. This was the only navigational hazard over the 981 mile-length river formed by rock outcrops. The Falls was the site where Lewis & Clark met for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 

Today much of the original falls have been flooded behind the McAlpine dam. August through mid November typically provides the best accessibility to the 220 acres of fossil beds, as the river is at its lowest level during this period. 
Shorter Presentations
Solar Manufacturing R&D
Thad Druffel, PhD, PE
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville
Sustaining the Spark with Volunteer Naturalists
Wren Smith,
Interpretive Programs Manager, Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest 
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.

November 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
A Daffodil Planting Celebration

Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience as we share in the bounty of Bernheim's Edible Garden at Isaac's CafĂ©. Reflect and prepare for the coming winter months and plant your thoughts and reflections along with your own daffodil bulb.  Let the bulb and the promises of a new year take root in anticipation of spring!

Bernheim Members $15; Non-Members $20. Price includes appetizer with hot cider and a scrumptious lunch of homemade root soup, fresh baked bread, seasonal side, beverage and dessert. Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. the day prior to the event. Call (502) 955-8512 for more information.

Sunday November 12, 5:30  - 7:30 pm
Louisville TimeBank Community Potluck Dinner
Highlands Community Campus 1228 E Breckinridge 40204

This month's potluck features our annual Holiday Member Craft and Business Sale!

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, November 14, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Nature Rich Louisville Alliance - Meet & Mingle
Great Flood Brewing Company, 2120 Bardstown Road, 40205

It's been a few months since our last meeting and we are ready to host another one. This meeting will be different from the last few. Overall, we've heard from members that while it's great to hear about current events and projects at our meetings, they would like to have some more time to network. Therefore, we have created an event solely for meeting and mingling!

The folks at Great Flood Brewing Company have given us a space to chat with each other over a pint and share our dreams of nature access and education for all! Great Flood Brewing Company offers a selection of beer, soft drinks, and snacks such as beer cheese, pimento cheese, hummus, chips and jerky.

Register here.

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

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The Nature Rich Louisville Alliance
* sharing resources     * building relationships     * working together

Tuesday, November 21, 7:00 pm
"Smart Growth:  How Does It Look?  Who Benefits?"
with Sarah Lynn Cunningham
The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, 40206

An old Sierra Club slogan read, "Not blindly opposed to growth.  Opposed to blind growth."   But if the only growth we see uses the same, suburban, 4-houses-per-acre model, we might conclude it's our only option.  This program will illustrate sprawl versus Smart Growth, and some of the many benefits of the latter over the former, for its residents and the larger community.  

Sarah Lynn Cunningham is a licensed, professional environmental engineer, and environmental educator.  She holds two interdisciplinary degrees from the University of Louisville: a bachelor's in environmental engineering and a master's in environmental education and environmental history.  She has been an environmental activist for over 45 years.  After retiring from civil service-with the Louisville & Jefferson Co. Metropolitan Sewer District, Jefferson Co. Board of Health and KY Division of Water-Sarah Lynn began a part-time private engineering practice, applying her practical experience to achieving clients' sustainability and energy-efficiency goals.  

In 2007, after being invited to join the international Climate Reality Project and licensed by Al Gore to give her own version of An Inconvenient Truth, she co-founded the Louisville Climate Action Network (, where she serves as its part-time Director. Besides teaching for Louisville CAN, she has taught UofL's "Green Engineering and Sustainable Design" graduate and "Introduction to Environmental Engineering" undergraduate courses.

Our programs are always free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 28, 7:45 am - 4:00 pm
West Jefferson County Community Task Force presents
Environmental Justice Health Conference
Simmons College, 1000 South 4th Street, 40203

Join us at the Annual Environmental Justice Health Conference produced by the West Jefferson County Community Task Force (WJCCTF). The event is free! We will have many speakers to speak about pollution in our area and resulting health effects.

Find out how everyday environmental exposure
affect your health in unique ways:

*Dr. Conklin UofL - Blood platelets and particulates
*Local Health Department - Health Statistics
*Dr. Polivka UofL- Asthma and indoor air quality
*Dr. Tuckson, MD - Colon cancer and environmental exposures

Register here.

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