August 2018 Recommended Events Calendar

Wednesday, August 1 • Louisville Sustainability Forum Monthly Meeting
Thursday, August 2 • Grannies Respond - Louisville Speakout at the MAC
Monday, August 6 • LOVE > FEAR: Cultivating Kinship in Louisville with Fr. Greg Boyle
Monday, August 6 •  Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice presents: Safety for All
Monday, August 6 - Friday August 10 • Nature Adventure Camp at LNC
Thursday, August 9 • Louisville Grows Healthy House Film Series: Wonder
Monday, August 13 • Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Monthly Chapter Meeting
Saturday, August 18 • 10th Annual Connect at Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky
Tuesday, August 21 • Sierra Club presents Jennie Condra on Exotic Pests
Tuesday, August 21 • West Jefferson County Community Task Force Monthly Meeting
Thursdays, August 23 - September 27 • Nonviolent Communication: Building with the Basics

Saturday, September 8 • Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice at Louisville Metro Hall
Saturday, September 15 • Louisville Grows presents the Up Up! Farm Film Festival

October 19-20th •  Awakening the Creative Spirit: A Conference Inspired by Thomas Merton

Mijente on the Call to Abolish ICE

Wednesday, August 1, 12 - 1:30pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum presents
Building Performance Group
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Undercroft, 1924 Newburg Rd, 40205

Please join us 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 building our community.

Building Performance Group
Eric George, HERS Rater/Home Performance Consultant

Home Performance is a philosophy and a science based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, and efficient. A home energy audit is one of the first steps to understanding a home's energy usage, as well its overall health and performance. 

Building Performance Group are building-science professionals who use infrared cameras, blower-doors, and other high-tech equipment to diagnose and locate problems in buildings which cause comfort problems, excessive energy use, allow moisture intrusion, and reduce indoor air quality and structural durability.

They have extensive training and in-field experience in residential and commercial new construction and remodeling, weatherization & insulation work, and sustainable building practices. They take a holistic approach to diagnose problems in homes, office buildings, churches, warehouses, and other existing structures. They also consult with clients on building high-performance new homes and verifying energy-code compliance during construction.

Public Transportation and Mobility Solutions
Aida Copic, AICP Director of Planning, Transit Authority of River City (TARC)

The Food Literacy Project
Erin Hargrove, Program Manager

Directions to the Undercroft: The meeting will be held in the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center's Undercroft Conference Room located in the lower level of the Passionist Monastery. Access to the Undercroft is down the steps located to the right of the front porch of the monastery. 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.   

Thursday, August 2, 4:30 - 5:30pm
Grannies Respond:
Louisville Speakout
Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N 6th St, 40202
Caravan of Grannies is stopping in Louisville on their way to US-Mexico Border.

We are on a 2,000 mile journey to the border to protest the inhumane treatment of immigrants. And on Thursday, August 2nd, we’re stopping in Louisville, Kentucky. We will hold a public speakout event at Muhammad Ali Center Plaza. Come down and meet the grannies, learn about what we're doing, sign our traveling petition, hear from some featured speakers and more!

Join our caravan to the border!

If you want to add your vehicle to our caravan, register at and plan to ride out with us at a TBA location the following morning.

After a good night’s rest, we'll leave the next morning. Hopefully with YOU! You do NOT have to be a grandmother to come with us. ALL are welcome!

Learn more at:

Monday, August 6, 7 – 9pm
Cultivating Kinship in Louisville
An evening with Fr. Greg Boyle
and Colleagues
St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 330 N Hubbards Lane, 40207

Fr. Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest and the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, which serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women in LA with a continuum of services and programs, and operates several social enterprises that serve as job-training sites. He is author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion and Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.

Purchase $30 tickets under our “Sign Up For Classes Tab” or call DGCEC at 502-614-5616.

Hosted by ChooseWell Communities and Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion.
Co-sponsored by St. William Church and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.

Tickets available online here.

Click here to watch Fr Boyle's TED Talk

Monday, August 6, 6pm
Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice presents: Safety for All
Beechmont Presbyterian Church, 417 W Ashland Ave, 40214
Both immigration enforcement and law enforcement dehumanize and criminalize people of color. Join us to envision alternatives -- better ways to be human with one another than relying on systems of violence that imperil people of color.

Hosted by Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, a coalition of individuals, faith leaders and diverse faith communities called by conscience and by context to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of immigrants in our community.

Monday, August 6, through
Friday August 10, 9am - 4pm
Nature Adventure Camp
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213
One more week of camp before School!!!

Campers will have an adventurous week exploring the Beargrass State Nature Preserve and learning about the animals that call this place home. We’ll take a look at how animals move, what they eat and what makes a good habitat. Each camper will get to take home their very own fish from the LNC fish tank. We will provide 2 snacks for camp so don’t forget to bring your lunch. $176.00 for members. $220 for non-members. Ages 6—12.

More information and registration on their website.

Thursday, August 9, 5:30pm
Film Series: Wonder
Louisville Grows
Healthy House
1641 Portland Ave, 40203
The August edition of the Louisville Grows Film Series. Doors open at 5:30pm w/ a panel discussion, including producer Morgan Atkinson, will follow the film. Sponsored by Ale8.

About the film: Anna and Harlan Hubbard lived life as few people in modern times have and in doing so accomplished at least two things that are very rare—contentment and freedom. In a house they built by hand, sustained by food they raised or caught, aided by no electricity or modern “convenience,” the Hubbards met the world on their own terms and found deep meaning.  Wonder considers the Hubbards’ astonishing life of freedom and what it says to Americans today. Much of the narrative for Wonder comes from the Hubbards’ journals.

Watch the trailer here.

Monday, August 13, 6:30pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church
809 S. Fourth St, 40203

Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth at their monthly meeting!

If you are looking for a growing base of fun-filled committed community leaders to share your talents with, look no further! The Jefferson County Chapter hosts over two thousand members from all over Louisville, Oldham County and across the bridge in southern Indiana. Our chapter hosts both the young and experienced from many different walks of life. While actively supporting all of KFTC’s statewide campaigns, members in our chapter also have work on local campaigns around air quality, economic justice, and more.

Since the chapter formed in 1983, we have supported and worked with allies on issues that affect you and me, including affordable housing, police abuse, sweat shops, hazardous waste reduction and recycling. Our doors are open to anyone who wants to fight for justice while building a compassionate, connected, and fun community here in our great city.
First Unitarian Church is wheelchair accessible, and this meeting will be potluck style so bring a dish to share if you're able! If you have any further questions about the space, or if there is something else we can do to make these meetings accessible for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 Saturday, August 18, 6:31 - 10:31pm
10th Annual Connect
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky
Bernheim’s Lake Nevin is the intersection of art, science and nature each August during CONNECT at Bernheim. Lake Nevin comes alive with spontaneous art, drum circles, light sculptures and musical performances from renowned artists along with hands-on art and science activities. Food trucks, beer and wine vendors and the mud play zone attract visitors of all ages.

Bill Sauce Boss Wharton will be one of the performers at this year's CONNECT. Not only is he an incredible blues musician, he is also a cook. As part of his performance, he will make gumbo using produce from Bernheim's own Edible Garden to serve 100 people. Get your listening ears and forks ready!

We’ll be celebrating our TENTH anniversary in style.

Tuesday, August 21, 7pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents
Jennie Condra on Exotic Pests
United Crescent Hill Ministries building
150 S. State St, 40206
Please join us as we welcome Jennie Condra from the Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist. Ms. Condra will discuss exotic pests, such as the Asian longhorned beetle, their threats, and possible impacts for our ecosystems. She will also discuss beneficial insects, including important native pollinators that are not honeybees, and some plants that will attract them.

Jennie Condra works as a nursery inspector for the Office of the State Entomologist, which is housed within the department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky. She has worked there for the past 10 years. Her day to day work during the growing season is working through the 450 + nurseries in the state looking for exotic insects and diseases. Outside of nursery inspections, her office inspects and certifies lumber, farm equipment, houseplants, corn meal, veneer, tobacco, bourbon barrels, and reclaimed lumber. 

Please join us on August 21 for this informative program. Our programs are always free and open to the public.

Tuesday, August 21, 5:30 pm - 7:30pm
West Jefferson County Community Task Force Monthly
Community Meeting
2900 W Broadway, Suite 218, 40211
On the third Tuesday of each month (except December), the West Jefferson County Community Task Force (WJCCTF) brings concerns and important information to residents and businesses about environmental, health and wellness and issues that impact our communities. Topics vary each month and refreshments are provided from 5:30 – 6:00 PM followed by informative presentations from 6 – 7:30 pm. Join the conversation. Let your voice be heard and get the answers you need. Monthly topics are posted on the WJCCTF Facebook page for your information.

Follow this link to our Facebook event!

Thursdays, August 23 - September 27, 7:00-9:15pm
Nonviolent Communication: Building with the Basics
with Cory Lockhart
JustFaith Ministries
224 Woodbine Street, 40208
In a time of increasing division and polarity, how do we talk to each other in a way that builds connection and empathy? How do we dismantle the walls between us and use them to build bridges? Nonviolent communication offers tools for building.

In this 6-session class, you will learn the basics of nonviolent communication (NVC). The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on exploring and practicing different aspects of NVC each week.

In this class, you will practice:

  • the basic building blocks of NVC
  • “feeling literacy”: noticing, connecting with, and naming our feelings
  • recognizing, appreciating, and addressing your needs and those of others
  • different ways of responding to difficult messages
  • making requests, NVC-style
  • self-empathy

Cost is on a sliding scale from $60 to $150. Register here to secure your spot!
More Upcoming Events
Saturday, September 8 10am
Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice Louisville
Louisville Metro Hall, 527 W Jefferson St, 40202
On September 8, at 10:00 am, climate-concerned citizens of Kentuckiana will come together at Louisville Metro Hall to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil fuel free city that puts people first. Ours will be one of thousands of rallies being held that day in cities and towns around the world making the same demand.

In particular, we will present Louisville Metro Council with a draft resolution that will call for a community-wide goal of 100% renewable energy by a certain date.   
We commend Mayor Fischer and his team for the concrete steps being taken to address climate change impacts in Louisville; the work is ongoing. However, we feel the wheel is turning too slowly in light of the threat. So, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all Metro citizens.

However the climate challenge means more than reaching a certain goal. It also means putting power in the hands of the people. It means economic opportunity for workers and justice and dignity for frontline communities that are the hardest hit by the impacts of fossil fuel usage and a warming world.

In the week after September 8, the Global Climate Action Summit will be held in California. This Summit has invited every mayor, governor, and local leader in the world to make a climate commitment to help reach the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. What those commitments need to achieve is this: a fast, fair and just transition to 100% renewable energy and an immediate end to new fossil fuel projects.
Come attend our Louisville rally so that we can end the
era of fossil fuels and save the climate for our children
and grandchildren.

For more info and to sign-up, visit our event web page.

 Saturday, September 15, 7 -10pm
Louisville Grows presents the
Up Up! Farm Film Festival
at the Holy Trinity Clifton Center,
2117 Payne St. 40207
The Up Up! Farm is a collection of 13 independently produced films and shorts, each exploring questions of farmland access, rural livelihoods, and the sustainability of people and place. The project aims to spread young farmer stories far and wide — to the ears and eyes of entire communities and into the hands of aspiring farmers. Sharing these stories through a festival format helps to generate dialogue within communities and provides a productive platform for cross-pollination of ideas.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here.

October 19-20th
Awakening the Creative Spirit: Inspired by Thomas Merton
Bellarmine University
An early bird registration rate of only $55 is available for a program at Bellarmine University “Awakening the Creative Spirit: Inspired by Thomas Merton”, 50 years after Merton’s death.

The program begins the evening of Oct. 19th with a screening by Morgan Atkinson of his film “The Many Storey’s and Last Days of Thomas Merton” and continues all day Saturday, October 20th, with Mass, “Monks Merton and Music” by Trappists from Gethsemani & Dick Sisto, a Preamble by Kentucky's Poet Laureate, Frederick Smock, followed by Robert Ellsberg's keynote address: "Merton, Nouwen and Day".

In the afternoon, there is a choice of either participating in a meditative calligraphy workshop or attending sessions on Pilgrimage, Icons, providing respectful and green burials, teaching Merton in elementary schools or Cambridge University and Merton in the art gallery. Registration fee includes coffee
breaks, lunch, and a farewell wine and cheese social at the end of the program.

Detailed information is available at
Mijente on the Call to Abolish ICE

Mijente Louisville is part of a national Latinx organization leading on mobilizing against immigration enforcement and criminalization and increase the participation of Latinx and Chicanx people in the broader movements for racial, economic, climate and gender justice.

Visit the national Mijente website at

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