April 2019 Recommended Events Calendar

Tuesday, April 2 • Louisville Sustainability Forum with Blair Leano-Helvey
Friday, April 5 • Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, April 6 •  Mindful Hiking at Iroquois Park with Jordan Dye
Saturday, April 6 • Nature’s Works and Quirks: Insects at Louisville Nature Center
Monday, April 8 • Kentuckians For The Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Thursday, April 11 • Mapping Life: Seeing our Lives with New Clarity
Thursday, April 11 • Louisville Grows presents a screening of Edible City
 Saturday, April 13 • Fairies in the Forest at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Tuesday, April 16 • Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents Cathy Hinko
Friday, April 19 • #ForDa Culture Collective Series Pt.1: Climate in the Hood
Friday, April 19 • Full “Frog” Moon Hike at Bernheim Forest
Saturday, April 20 • 2019 Louisville Earth Walk Iroquois Park
Tuesday April 23 • LSURJ presents Black Lives Matter and Housing Injustice
Wednesday, April 24 - Saturday, April 27 • Festival of Faiths - Sacred Cosmos
Thursday, April 25 • Green New Deal Town Hall Meeting
Friday, April 26 • Nonviolent Communication for Pairs
Sat., April 27, Sun., April 28 • Living a Visionary Life: From Heartbreak to Purpose

Save the Date
Thursday, May 9 • Sunrise Movement Road to the Green New Deal Tour, Berea, Ky

Exploring Ancestral Lineage Through Landscape and the Deep Imagination

Kentucky Legislative Message Line 1.800.372.7181

Tuesday, April 2, 12 pm
The Louisville Sustainability Forum presents
Blair Leano-Helvey, 
Idlewild Butterfly Farm & Entomology Solution
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Barn, 1924 Newburg Rd, 40205

Please join the Louisville Sustainability Forum each month for interesting and informative presentation, dialogue and networking about sustainability issues. At each meeting there is one featured presentation and one or two shorter presentations, discussion, announcements, and opportunity for networking and community building. Please note Tuesday meeting time.

Featured Presentation

Blair Leano-Helvey, owner, 
Idlewild Butterfly Farm & Entomology Solutions LLC

Invertebrates are important to the ecosystems in urban communities. The perform pollination, provide food for other invertebrates, control pests, aerate and compose soil, and help in decomposition and cleaning in the environment.

Blair Leano-Helvey is a professional entomologist based in Louisville and the owner of two small agricultural businesses. Idlewild Butterfly Farm and Insectarium is a USDA certified rearing lab and containment facility for native butterfly and exotice arthropod species. It includes a flight house and offers educational workshops. The butterfly farm is also a partner of the Louisville Zoo, providing consultation and specimens for invertebrate exhibits. Entomology Solutions LLC specializes in biological control consultation and beneficial distribution.
Shorter Presentations

Sustainable Change
with Colleen Crum Co-Founder, ReTree Shively, Board Member, Louisville Energy Alliance, Planning Member, Solar Over Louisville 

Brightside - How to Get Involved
Lorri Roberts, Brightside Event & Volunteer Supervisor

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. 

Friday, April 5, 6:30 pm
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Gheens Foundation Lodge,
1421 Beckley Creek Parkway, 40245
A Film Festival by Activists for Activists

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films. Join us for a spectacular lineup of films about water Friday, April 5 at the Gheens Foundation Lodge Parklands of Floyds Fork. All proceeds benefit Kentucky Waterways Alliance, the only statewide organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and celebrating Kentucky's waterways.

What You Get: Ticket price includes complimentary heavy hors d'oeuvres by our presenting sponsor Wiltshire Pantry, SweetWater beer, popcorn and FILMS!
Raffles and give-aways from United by Blue, Clif and more!!

6:30p - Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages
7:30p - Films start to roll
8:30 - 8:45p - Intermission and beverages
9:35p Lights up

Tickets here !

Saturday, April 6,
9 - 11 am
Mindful Hiking at Iroquois Park with Jordan Dye
Iroquois Park,
5216 New Cut Road, 40214
Would you like to feel more relaxed and in touch without taking a vacation or missing work? Are you curious to try mindfulness practices in nature?

This mindful hiking experience can help you recharge and recenter. Research shows that even two hours in nature can decrease stress and blood pressure levels while increasing feelings of calm.

We’ll meet in Iroquois Park, the “Yellowstone” of Louisville’s Olmsted parks. During this two-hour hike, we’ll pause for Forest Bathing practices and gentle Qi Gong. In this guided hike we'll draw upon mindfulness meditation practices to deepen our connection with nature. If the ground is wet, we’ll hike on the paved pedestrian road under a canopy of trees.

Registration is required by emailing Jordan at  JordanDyeMSW@gmail.com . (I’ll respond with an email with directions and details.) Limited to 8 adults. These hikes are offered on a donation basis ($5 to $15 suggested, though not required).

Saturday, April 6, 10 am
Nature’s Works and Quirks:
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Avenue, 40213
It’s back! A program the whole family can enjoy.
Nature’s Works and Quirks is a program that is focused on all things nature.

Investigate your natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of wildlife and the ecosystem! Each themed month lets your child explore science in fun ways to better understand the natural world! Environmental games, animal encounters, nature crafts, stories, and other nature activities help to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in daily adventures. $10 for Families

Monday, April 8,
6:30 - 8:30 pm
For The Commonwealth
Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church,
809 S. 4th Street, 40203
Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for our monthly meeting! This month we'll be discussing Metro Louisville's Budget Crisis and how we can take action for an equitable solution. Agenda TBA.

Food will be provided, and we welcome you to bring a dish to share. Children & young people are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting, and we'll have some games and supplies on hand to keep younger kids busy. First Unitarian Church is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral bathrooms. If there is anything else that would make this meeting more accessible for you, please reach out to molly@kftc.org!

Thursday, April 11, 6 pm
Mapping Life: Seeing our Lives with New Clarity
Luv Yourself,
224 Breckenridge Lane, 40207
Would you like fresh perspective on your life?

Do you want to make changes in your life, but aren’t sure where to start?

Do you understand things better when you can see them?

Mapping Life: Seeing Our Lives with New Clarity offers a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) framework for examining your life more closely. NVC is a communication tool that cultivates empathy and understanding for oneself and others. The workshop will include a short teaching of the NVC framing and guidelines to create your map using this framing. Then you’ll have ample time to work on your map, looking at past, present, and future in both your private and “public” life.

Through this visual mapping you will: see more clearly the places of abundance and scarcity in your life; understand more fully the needs and values that motivate you to action or deplete you of energy; begin to explore ways you can act differently to address needs that are not currently being met.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $20 to $60. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.
Registration and details here .

Thursday, April 11, 6 pm
Louisville Grows presents
a screening of Edible City
Healthy House,
1641 Portland Ave, Louisville, KY 40203

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the local Good Food Movement. It showcases individuals who are challenging our broken food system, and their transformative work—from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies—finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

Film Panelists: Karyn Moskowitz and Jackson Dillon

RSVP on Eventbrite

Saturday, April 13, 10 am
Fairies in the Forest
Jefferson Memorial Forest,
12400 Holsclaw Hill Road, Brooks, Ky

Enter a magical, hidden world in the Forest, where creatures of the imagination live. Bring your children on an enchanted hike in search of forest fairies living among the wildflowers and trees. Along the way, your child can use their creativity to make a fairy house of natural materials. We will end at our Nature Explore Classroom with a Woodland Tea Party!

Program meets in the Horine Reservation’s Environmental Education Center. Pre-Registration required by calling 502-368-5404 Fee: $10/child.
Tuesday, April 16, 7 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents
Cathy Hinko,
of the Metropolitan Housing Commission
United Crescent Hill Ministries Building, 150 S. State St, 40206

Cathy Hinko will discuss energy related topics, including Demand Side Management (DSM) and fixed meter charges from her perspective as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Housing Commission. 

For the last few years LG&E has asked that increases be loaded into our fixed meter charges. This is a national trend. The impact of this is not only to increase the burden on low income households, but also to punish those who have invested in energy saving measures, such as solar energy. Cathy will also discuss the importance of non-economic benefits, including health outcomes and environmental concerns, as critical considerations of energy costs and policies.

Cathy Hinko is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition. MHC facilitates research based advocacy for fair and affordable housing in the Louisville MSA. MHC also operates a $700,000 loan pool for non-profit housing developers and is involved with launching a Community Development Financial Institution. 

Cathy is the former Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Jefferson County. She created the partnership for the first program in the nation to allow households to use a Section 8 voucher payment to help purchase a home. Cathy received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University. She was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow with Legal Services in Jackson, Tennessee and came to Louisville to practice housing law with the Legal Aid Society in 1983.

Please join us for this timely presentation. Our programs are always free and open to the public.

Friday, April 19, 8 pm - 1 am
#ForDa Culture Collective Series Pt.1:
Climate in the Hood
The Africa House, 2816, Crums Lane, 40216
Hey! We’re organizing a series of parties called #ForDaCulture that are fun and educational focusing on issues that affect black and brown communities while collaborating with other peoples/movements. Our first party will be called Part 1: Climate in the Hood, we will be discussing how climate change impacts poc communities in the States and the Global South the hardest and fuels the refugee crisis in the Americas via displacement, lack of resources, etc.

For folks attending this event, we will have a minimum suggested donation of $10 and we’ll split all that we fundraised between La Casita Center and the Sunrise Louisville Hub. We’re excited to host these very intentional spaces to engage folks to think about the intersectionalities of these issues while inserting joy into our communitarian resistance and movement building for a livable, breathable future for all. Register here .

Friday, April 19, 8:15 pm
Full “Frog” Moon Hike
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, KY
Full Moon Hikes include a walk around Lake Nevin Loop, with plenty of stops to observe the night sky, discuss nocturnal happenings, and consider our cosmic connections.
Bernheim Members $10; Non-Members $12. Ages 8 and up. No pets allowed. Registration and payment are due by 4 P.M. on the day prior to start of program. Click here or call (502) 955-8512 to register.

Saturday, April 20, 9 am
2019 Louisville Earth Walk
Iroquois Park Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd, 40214
The Louisville Earth Walk returns to Iroquois Park for its third year on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration as we walk in support of a vision of a city where everyone, in every neighborhood, has safe and clean water, air and soil.
This family friendly event will celebrate our beautiful planet while raising both awareness and funds for the wonderful organizations in our city that work day in and day out to protect and improve the quality of life for all our citizens.

This will be a morning of fun outdoor activities designed to engage and educate the public on the steps they can take to promote a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.
The feature event is a 5k walk and fundraiser. Proceeds will be distributed among 13 partner organizations each of which will be on site to provide ideas and inspiration that you can take back to your home, office, group or community!

Please help us make Earth Walk 2019 a huge success! Invite your family, friends, businesses and co-workers to participate and get them to register to walk. Becoming involved in fundraising is easy when you use the MightyCause peer to peer fundraising tool , too!

9 - 9:30 am Registration
9:30 - 9:40 am Pre-Walk Rally
9:40 - 11 am 5 K Walk
11 - 11:30 am Post Walk Celebration and Prizes
Tuesday April 23, 6 pm
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice presents
Black Lives Matter and Housing Injustice
Central Presbyterian Church, 318 West Kentucky Street, 40203

Details about this educational program are forth coming. Watch the Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Facebook page for details.

Wednesday, April 24 - through Saturday, April 27
Festival of Faiths - Sacred Cosmos: Faith and Science
Kentucky Center for the Arts, 727 West Main Street, 40202
The 24th Annual Festival of Faiths, Sacred Cosmos: Faith and Science, is a multi-day, multi-faith nationally acclaimed celebration of music, poetry, art, film, and dialogue with spiritual leaders, practitioners, and teachers.

The 2019 festival explores the wisdom and knowledge present at the intersection of faith and science. Speakers and artists examine the ancient and modern questions at the heart of human existence, investigate the space where reason and revelation co-exist, and engage with contemporary topics of concern through the teachings and practices of our enduring faith traditions. Detailed schedule available here

Thursday, April 25, 7 pm
Green New Deal
Town Hall Meeting
St Augustine Catholic Church
1310 West Broadway Street, 40203

In April and May 2019, the Sunrise Movement will be building a groundswell of support for the Green New Deal in every corner of this country. They are calling on communities across the nation to host a Green New Deal Town Hall.

People are gathering in libraries, university campuses, churches, and living rooms to learn about the ambition, prosperity, and promise of a Green New Deal. Citizens, political leaders and community leaders of all ages are invited to join us in Louisville as we discuss the pathway to make the Green New Deal become reality. We’ll elevate the stories of people who stand to benefit from the Green New Deal and help everyone understand that the GND isn't about taking away cows or cars; it's about building things up and investing in the American people.

Register here !

Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm
Nonviolent Communication for Pairs
JustFaith Ministries, 224 Woodbine Street, 40208

Are you interested in Nonviolent Communication and longing to learn and practice it with someone you love?

Would you like to work through conflicts with common language and structures to create greater understanding?

Nonviolent Communication for Pairs offers an overview of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a communication tool for cultivating empathy and understanding for self and others. The workshop includes an introduction to the four elements of NVC (observation, feelings, needs, and requests). Particular emphasis will be on identifying feelings and needs, which are at the heart of NVC and key to understanding oneself and others.

It is designed for you and another person you’re close to (a partner, parent, teenage or older child, close friend, etc.) to practice using the skills immediately to address or begin to address an issue that has caused misunderstanding or conflict, so that you may work toward strategies to meet the needs at the heart of the issue.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn the basic structure and philosophy of Nonviolent Communication
  • Increase self-awareness and understanding, particularly in conflict situations
  • Increase awareness and capacity for understanding the perspective of your companion (and others)
  • Practice the skills in real time and leave with new tools

Because this workshop is on a Friday night during the dinner hour, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be included in the workshop. Space for this workshop is limited to 6 pairs.

In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $70 to $120. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest.
Details and registration available here .

Saturday, April 27, 9 am - 4 pm, Sunday, April 28, 10 am - 3 pm
Living a Visionary Life: From Heartbreak to Purpose
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, 1924, Newburg Road, 40205

It is impossible to escape the hard reality of the growing worldwide planetary distress. Climate disruption, social and financial unrest, and injustices erupting in all directions leave many of us feeling increasing anxiety and despair. It is hard to know where to turn or what to do. But the good news is that there is a gift buried in the heart of these emotions, a gift that empowers us to seeing the world with new eyes! A gift that can empower us with purpose!

In our two days together we will explore the pioneering work of Joanna Macy and Bill Plotkin, and together with the group energy and the support of our inner and outer nature we will learn ways to transform our despair into greater purpose.

Our practices include deep sharing and listening, the Truth Mandala, deep imagery, council, focused time alone in nature, journaling, body movement, grief, enchantment, gratitude and praise.

Fees: April 27 = $75, April 27 & 28 = $100 To register click here   
For more information contact: doug@dougvanhouten.com or call 502-472-6563

Save the Date

Thursday, May 9, 7 pm
Sunrise Movement
Road to the Green New Deal

Coming to
Berea, KY 40403
I n 2018, young Sunrise leaders put the Green New Deal on the map and permanently changed the conversation on climate policy in this country. The political establishment is scrambling to keep up with thousands of people across the country who are eager to take action and bring the promise of the Green New Deal into reality. The Koch Brothers are desperately trying to erode the incredible, bipartisan support that poll after poll shows for the Green New Deal.

That’s why we’re launching Road to the Green New Deal, 9 massive tour stops and over 100 town halls all across America.

Detail coming soon here .

Exploring Ancestral Lineage Through Landscape and 
the Deep Imagination

A 5-day experiential intensive

DEEP IN OUR BONES we carry the DNA of ancestral stories that have been passed down to us over many generations. Woven in the shadows of time and the family narrative, with all the migrations, celebrations, tragedies, gifts and wounds, the ancestral energies have influenced our emotions, our life decisions, and how we think of ourselves. This influence is often unknown to us consciously. These hidden histories also haunt us with a longing for what we do not know, or are in the process of discovering about our unique personal soul stories. Exploration of the ancestral stories can bring a greater sense of belonging to the world and enhance the ever-evolving journey toward the embodiment of the unique soul qualities that each of us brings as gifts to the world.

Details here !

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