Recommended Events for April 2021


4 Thursdays starting April 1 • Meeting Life with Mindfulness with Jenny Bell
Tuesday, April 6 • Coexisting with Nature with Second Chance Wildlife Center
6 Tuesday starting April 6 • Compassionate Communication
Wednesday, April 7 • Supporting the Houseless: A Community Wide Conversation
Wednesday April 7 • The Heal Study: A Neighborhood Conversation
Thursday, April 8 • Meet the Coalition Supporting Young Adults
Saturday, April 10 • Zoom Talent Show with Louisville Forward Radio
Tuesday, April 13 • Roundtable on Food, Agriculture and Justice
Tuesday, April 13 • Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 15 • Third Thursday Lunch Program presents Charles Booker
Saturdays, April 17 and 24 • FEMMEnomenal Art Tour with Gabriella Boros
Saturday, April 17 • Wetlands Wade at Louisville Nature Center
Tuesday, April 20 • Sierra Club : John Muir, Legacy, Racism, and Inclusivity
4 Wednesdays Beginning April 21 • Environmental Racism

Support OurEarthNow’s Solar Power Project at Mercy Academy

4 Thursdays starting
April 1, 5 - 6:30 pm

Meeting Life with Mindfulness with Jenny Bell

Offer online by Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion
Now more than ever we are called to live with more intentionality. Learn how to meet your life with mindfulness and in turn meet your experiences with more serenity. Learn how to develop a personal meditation practice, explore powerful tools that can help you to regulate internal experience, cultivate self-awareness and acceptance and ultimately increase your resilience for life. 4 Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:30pm, via Zoom, April 1 - 22; Sliding scale: $55, $70, $85 or Scholarship Rate $35. Register here.







Tuesday, April 6, 7 - 7:45 pm

Coexisting with Nature

Hosted by
Second Chance Wildlife Center
on Facebook Live
Spring means flowers are blooming but it also means wildlife are having babies. With the ever-growing human encroachment, it is important to know how to coexist with wildlife. Join center director, Brigette, to learn and discuss some ways that we can humanely share space as well as learn a few tried and true conflict resolutions. 20 minute presentation, 15 minute Q & A, 10 minute discussion.

This is a free event but donations always welcome. Details here.
 




6 Tuesday starting April 6, 12:30 - 2:30 pm

Compassionate Communication:
The Primary Goal Is Connection

Offered online by Corey at Heart Communications
In this six-week, interactive online course, you will begin to learn the art and practice of Compassionate Communication, as developed by Marshall Rosenberg. The primary goal of Compassionate Communication is mindful connection with yourself and others, in order that everyone’s needs can be honored and addressed. As with any practice, you’ll have leaps forward, stumbles, successes, mistakes, and, with some self-reflection, lots of learning.

This course, focused both on your relationship with yourself and your relationships with others, is highly participatory with an emphasis on practice. You’ll learn the key principles of Compassionate Communication and will practice different skills each week.

The most useful tools to bring to class will be curiosity, openness, and humility. A notebook and pen are also handy!  

Fees and registration details available here.











Wednesday, April 7, 3:30 pm

Supporting the Houseless:
A Community Wide Conversation

Offered by
Interfaith Paths to Peace on Zoom
How can we individually and collectively support our houseless brothers and sisters, especially in the face of the possibility of clearing the camps where they live?

We will spend the first part of our program hearing from grassroots and organizational stakeholders, and the second part in smaller self-organizing action groups around specific ways we can be supportive of our houseless neighbors. If you have a heart for this population and want to take action. Join us.







Wednesday April 7, 6pm

The HEAL Study:
A Neighborhood Conversation

Offered on Zoom by Green Heart Louisville
Green Heart Louisville is hosting a community conversation on their project "The HEAL Study," that investigates how neighborhood greenness impacts the health of people in these communities. The conversation will be on April 7th at 6pm EST on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88607489290. For more information, contact GreenHeartLouisville@gmail.com.





Thursday, April 8, 3 pm

Beloved Community
Learning Labs:
Meet the Coalition Supporting
Young Adults

Offer online by Interfaith Paths to Peace
In the Beloved Community, all young people belong and have what they need in order to thrive.  Join us in April for our three Learning Labs as we talk with young people and those individuals and organizations that support them.

First Up Meet the CSYA - Coalition Supporting Young Adults, in a conversation facilitated by Darryl Young, their Executive Director. CSYA is a collective action initiative of more than 60 community organizations and individuals in Louisville who are committed to transforming the way Louisville provides care for and supports vulnerable youth and young adults. We accomplish this by listening to marginalized young people, advocating for their success, and connecting them with programs and other opportunities.

Free - No Registration required.
Learning Labs will be held on IPP's Zoom Channel and Facebook Live
For information about how to participate via Zoom click here

April Theme: Supporting Our Youth and Young Adults
April 15, 3 pm - Who Is Doing What?: Panel of Organizational Stakeholders 
April 22, 3 pm - Listening to The Voices of Young Adults: A Panel Conversation
Concluding with
April 27, 6 pm - The Reckoning Forum






Saturday, April 10, 7 pm

Zoom Talent Show

Offer online by Louisville Forward Radio
Enjoy an amazing variety show of short performances and vote for your favorite performer. The winner will take home a $100 cash prize and you'll have a ball while supporting your all-volunteer community radio station, WFMP Louisville, 106.5 FM, Forward Radio! $10 tickets available here. All those who purchase tickets will receive an email with instructions about how to join the virtual event





Tuesday, April 13, 5:30 - 7 pm

Roundtable on Food,
Agriculture and Justice

Via Zoom
As more people awaken to the systemic problems of food insecurity, racism, economic injustice, and environmental destruction, we awaken also to the power we can build when we link our struggles and build toward common goals.

Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition works to strengthen the local food system through urban agriculture, community land access, and policy advocacy. We understand our work in the context of broader projects of food, land, and racial justice.

At this community roundtable, we hope to collaborate with you to distill a clear and bold vision for transforming Louisville’s food system. Please join us in envisioning strategies around food and agriculture that help build a more equitable, just and sustainable Louisville.

Please RSVP by filling out this short google form.
We will follow up via email with the zoom info.




Tuesday, April 13, 7 pm

Louisville
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Monthly Meeting

Offered online via Zoom
LSURJ is ending the year with a new and improved approach to our monthly meeting! Please make note of the new time and structure. Don’t forget – it’s a great time to invite a friend, family member or co-worker.

7:00-7:30 | Welcome for new folks--join us before the meeting if you want to learn more about LSURJ.

7:30-8:30 | Meeting, all are welcome! Let's end white silence. Topics this month include Justice for Breonna, Ending Cash Bail, fights over Defunding the Police and Investing in Our Community.

Feel free to join at either 7:00 or 7:30. To request ASL interpretation please email louisvillesurj@gmail.com. Register at bit.ly/LSURJmeeting.








Thursday, April 15, 12 - 1 pm

Third Thursday Lunch Program presents
Charles Booker

Offered online by Fellowship of Reconciliation and Sowers of Justice
The April Third Thursday Lunch program for April will feature Charles Booker, former representative to the Kentucky General Assembly. He will speak on “Hood to the Holler,” a grassroots advocacy program that he founded, which brings Kentuckians together from cities and rural areas to find common ground in issues that matter most to people. The organization is now working to restore voting rights, advocate for legislation, and train a new generation for values-driven politics.

The program will be offered virtually on zoom and FaceBook on April 15 at noon.

Register in advance for this meeting here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The event will also be live streamed on the Sowers of Justice Facebook page,
https://www.facebook.com/SOJNLou and broadcast on 106.5 FM WFMP's FORward radio.





Saturday, April 17, 12 - 2 pm and
Saturday, April 24, 12 - 2 pm

FEMMEnomenal Art Tour
with Gabriella Boros

Bernheim Forest, Clermont, KY
Join FEMMEnomenal creator and 2020 Artist in Residence Gabriela Boros on her April return for an afternoon stroll around the Lake Nevin Loop. Learn more about the concept and creative process behind her notable FEMMEnomenal Bluegrass Botanicals exhibition.
Each tour is limited to 14 people, with social distancing and masks required. The Lake Nevin Loop is an easy 1.3-mile trail that circles the 32-acre manmade Lake Nevin.
Tours will be canceled in the event of inclement weather, and all participants notified in advance.

Bernheim members $12; non-members $15

Registration required by 4 p.m. the day prior to the program. Call (502) 955-8512 or click on the button below. Space is very limited for safety, so register early. Social distancing and masks are required.










Saturday, April 17, 1 - 3 pm

Wetlands Wade

Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave, 40213
Grab your muck boots for this one!! Led by our naturalist, Rosemary, participants on this hike will venture into the wetlands of the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. Discover just what makes these important habitats so special, and maybe get a little muddy while you’re at it!

Located in the center of Louisville and adjacent to the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, the LNC offers nature and sustainability education, as well as an urban wilderness experience. The unique urban forest includes two miles of hiking trails through the 41 acre Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, and 30 acres of surrounding forest.

The Nature Center and Preserve are located on an upland and floodplain forest that has over 180 species of trees, shrubs and flowering plants. It is also home to over 150 species of resident and migratory birds and other animals. The grounds include a Nature Play Area, a Bird Blind, a Rain Garden and a Sensory Garden that are home to butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects, and the center itself, which houses a few reptiles and amphibians, as well as other native wildlife specimens.

Register here.




Tuesday, April 20

John Muir, Legacy, Racism, and Inclusivity: Visioning a 1,000 mile history trail

Offered on Zoom by
the Greater Louisville Sierra Club
Please join us for a first look at plans for the John Muir Legacy Trail. The West Point, Kentucky Revitalization Movement (WPRM) and project partners have received a National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance planning grant with a vision to improve communities through the development of a new hike, bike, paddle, and equestrian “John Muir Legacy Trail” (JMLT) system from Louisville, KY to Cedar Key, FL, by way of Savannah, GA. This effort was the brainchild of mountain biking buddies Seth Wheat (KY Department of Adventure-tourism) and Vince Carman (KY Mountain Bike Association). Community planning efforts to date have involved citizens, planners, engineers, military, elected officials, trail user groups, and other national trail developers.

In 2020, when the Sierra Club issued statements regarding Muir and racism, JMLT planning participants hit the pause button on our website and outreach. JMLT team formed an inclusivity task team with the help of Kimberly Clay, Director of KY Cultural Heritage Tourism and Tressa Brown with KY Heritage Council. They are now ready to reach out and ensure that the JMLT team is comprised of diverse partners to plan, develop, use, and maintain this new 1,000 mile trail system. Adding this inclusivity commitment sharpened the group’s vision. JMLT is committed to embracing and telling previously untold stories of diverse people, histories, and landscapes in order to welcome all groups to connect and share as they explore the greenway and blue-way trails used by many historic societies for centuries. They invite others to join them in determining next steps authentically and effectively.

The format of this program will be to share slides of our area’s beautiful natural resources and pictures of people and events held to date. They are currently working within a 50 mile “Phase One” section of the proposed 1,000 mile JMLT planning process. This area will connect people and parks and wild areas from Louisville into Hardin County where West Point sits at the mouth of the Salt and Ohio Rivers, and, ultimately, to Otter Creek in Meade County and parks and natural areas around Elizabethtown, KY.

Co-presenters include: Charlotte Caldwell, Donna McCreary, Vince Carman, Janis Eberenz, Russell Clark, and Paul Toenjes

Please join us for this exciting and informative program. The link to register for this Zoom meeting is http://tinyurl.com/muirjohn


4 Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm,
Beginning April 21

Environmental Racism

Hosted by
the Earth and Spirit Center online via Zoom

Did you know that environmental problems impact the poor and vulnerable first and hardest? Low-income communities and people of color suffer the worst from environmental problems. Would you like to know what can be done about it? This class will explore examples of environmental racism and environmental injustice around the world and in our own city. We will look at the causes and possible solutions to this issue that is gaining more awareness in recent years.

Four-week class from 7 – 8:30 pm on the following Wednesdays: April 21, 28, May 5, 12.

Details and registration links are available here.
Help OurEarthNow raise money to buy
solar panels for Mercy Academy


The young people of OurEarthNow are trying to raise money for solar panels for Mercy Academy. They’ve already been successful raising enough to secure panels for both Assumption High School and Presentation Academy.

For the Mercy project they have raised $4,180 of the $5000 needed to acquire a 2KW array. Solar panels will reduce carbon emissions and air pollution and will save Mercy money. Everyone benefits when more solar gets installed!

Let’s push them over the top!
Help us spread the word.

Donate here.

Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light has a program that provides 2KW of solar panels for $5000. We have already raised $2,850 so we only need $2,150 more.
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