Recommended Events for July 2021

Wednesday, July 7 • Appalachian Voices - Repairing the Damage
5 Wednesdays- July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4 • Seeking the Shalom of the City
Starting Tuesday, July 13 • Kentucky Waterways Alliance presents Red RiverFest
Tuesday July 13 • Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Monthly Meeting
Starting Wednesday, July 14 • Mid-week Nature Walk at Bernheim Forest
Thursday, July 15 • Sierra Club presents: An Update on the Community Grocery
Saturday, July 17 • Birding Hikes: Beginner Birding at Louisville Nature Center
Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 • Moth Ball at Idlewild Butterfly Farm
Saturday, July 24 • March for Medicare for All
Saturday, July 24 & July 31 • Totally Turtles at Louisville Nature Center
Sunday, July 25 • LSURJ presents Grassroots Organizing to End White Supremacy
Friday July 30 & Saturday, July 31 • KFTC Annual Meeting

Save the Dates

Sunday, September 12 • The Big Table

Saturday, October 23 • 5th Annual Louisville Earth Walk at Cherokee Park
November 18 - 20 • Festival of Faiths: Sacred Change
Essential Conversations on Faith and Race

Wednesday, July 7, 1 pm

Repairing the Damage:
The costs of delaying reclamation
at modern-era mines

Offered online by Appalachian Voices
As more coal companies declare bankruptcy, fewer companies remain to take over mines, so the number of companies abandoning their cleanup responsibilities will only increase. Despite a federal law requiring a cleanup program, some states may not have set aside enough money to guarantee mine reclamation in the face of widespread bankruptcy. Estimating outstanding needs and costs is an important first step in identifying possible solutions.

Join us for a discussion of our newly released report that examines the total amount of cleanup still outstanding at mountaintop removal and other coal mines — and the estimated costs of that reclamation — in seven Eastern coal mining states.

Register here.

5 Wednesdays- July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 6:30- 8:00 pm

Seeking the Shalom of the City: Revisiting and Re-visioning Louisville

A virtual program led by
teacher, activist, Cory Lockhart

“Seek the Shalom of the city into which I have sent you, and pray to the Holy One on its behalf, for in its peace you will find your peace.” Jeremiah 29:7

In this virtual journey, we’ll “travel” through Louisville to deepen and expand our relationship with the city by visiting some of the forgotten and erased places and parts of its history, particularly ones related to racial justice. Though this program focuses on Louisville’s history, the themes and questions are relevant to contexts outside of Louisville. Bringing together women from diverse contexts will broaden the scope of our learning and understanding of the themes. ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME!

Using a lens of social justice, each session features one or two videos created for the program about a particular place and time in Louisville, time for individual reflection, and sharing with one another. It provides time to reflect open-heartedly on how to both claim the past and shape the future of Louisville or wherever we are located.

Themes include:
  • studying history from multiple perspectives
  • racial segregation, past and present
  • creating hospitality and building community across cultures
  • intersectional justice work
  • 2020 protests
  • seeing all people and our city “shining like the sun"

Cory Lockhart was the primary writer and producer of this CrossRoads Ministry program. As a pilot group offering “Seeking the Shalom of the City”, we will be requesting your brief feedback throughout the program. Your input will be vital to this pilot program for future offerings of the program.

Details here. Call 502- 389-3063 to register.

Starting Tuesday,
July 13, 6 pm

Kentucky Waterways Alliance presents
Red RiverFest

Offered online
Join from ANYWHERE as KWA presents the 4th annual Red RiverFest (1st time virtually) with fun and informational topics about Red River, KY!

This year we have incredible presenters joining us virtually, making this year's festival even more accessible! Each Tuesday is a different topic and presenter. See below for details! To register, click on "Select a Date" on the right side of the screen and pick the date of the topic you are interested in and register. These are free events! You can also access at the time of the event by clicking "Access Event" and using the zoom link provided. Looking forward to seeing you there!

*Note: Some of these workshops/classes may end up being in person (yay!)... stay tuned!

7/13 at 6pm: Forest Service projects and recreational opportunities on the Red River
Presented by: DBNF Hydrologist, Mac Cherry, and Daniel Boone National Forest Backcountry Ranger, Bradley Davis

7/20 at 6pm: Leave No Trace
Presented by: Leave No Trace Adventures’ Christie Abrams

7/27 at 6pm: Citizen sampling in the Red & Kentucky Rivers
Presented by: Kentucky River Watershed Watch’s Alice Jones

Tickets here.

Tuesday, July 13, 7:30 pm

Louisville Showing Up
for Racial Justice
Monthly Meeting

Offered on Zoom
Join Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ) for our monthly meeting.
From 7:00-7:30, we welcome new folks and go over the basics of what it means to fight racism in our community. Join us before the meeting if you want to learn more about LSURJ.

Then from 7:30-8:30, we choose a topic to explore further. For the next few meetings we will focus on Strategic Campaigns and Actions.

This is a perfect meeting to attend - AND - we encourage you to invite one friend, family member, co-worker.... You get the idea!

Feel free to join at either 7:00 or 7:30. To request ASL interpretation please email

Register at

Learn more about LSURJ at

Starting Wednesday,
July 14, 9 - 10:30 am

Mid-week Nature Walk

Bernheim Forest, Clermont, KY
Summer mornings are often the coolest part of the day, and Bernheim is extra lovely in softer morning light. These hikes are led by Bernheim staff and Volunteer Naturalists each Wednesday, beginning July 14 through September 8.
Bernheim members $7; non-members $10

Registration and payment are due by 4 P.M. on the day prior to start of program.
Call (502) 955-8512 or click here to register.
Please dress for the weather and wear shoes you don’t mind getting earthy.
Space is limited for safety, so register early. No pets please.

Thursday, July 15, 7 pm

Sierra Club presents:
An Update on the Louisville Community Grocery

Offered online

Please join us as we welcome Cassia Herron who will inform and update us on the Louisville Community Grocery project.

The Louisville Community Grocery(LCG) is committed to building a cooperatively-owned grocery store that supports the local economy by providing healthy, affordable food through just and equitable practices, employment, and ownership.

LCG believes that everyone should have access to fresh and healthy food, in a space that is welcoming to all. They also believe that access to healthy food is a human right and our communities’ self-reliance in providing for our food needs is essential. Full service grocery stores have abandoned most of Louisville’s west and central neighborhoods, and LCG hopes to address this through community ownership, job creation, and commitment to community health.

Cassia Herron is a native of Richmond, KY and has lived in Louisville for most of her adult life. She is a community development professional and public policy activist with over 15 years’ experience working on projects at the intersections of community and economic development, food, and the built environment and has a unique perspective on these issues as they relate to West Louisville and Kentucky. She has organized farmers markets in West Louisville with Community Farm Alliance and later served as Board Chair. When she worked in the Economic Development Department for Louisville Metro Government, Cassia was instrumental in establishing the Farm-to-Table initiative. As the President of Louisville Association for Community Economics, she is leading efforts to open the Louisville Community Grocery - a community-owned grocery store in one of Louisville's downtown neighborhoods.

We hope you’ll join us for this important online presentation. Please use this link to register.

We are looking forward to returning to in-person programs soon. Please check our group newsletter for up-to-date meeting information.

Saturday, July 17, 8am-10am

Birding Hikes:
Beginner Birding

Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Avenue, 40213
On this guided hike, an experienced naturalist and birdwatcher will teach participants to identify some of Louisville’s beautiful birds. Participants will learn ID tips such as field marks, behavior, habitat, vocalizations and more. Binoculars recommended!

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.

Register for programs at or call 458-1328.

Friday, July 23 and Saturday,
July 24, 6 -10 pm

Moth Ball

Idlewild Butterfly Farm,
1100 Logan St, 40204

In celebration of National Moth Week, Idlewild Butterfly Farm presents MOTH BALL.
  •  Guided moth observation with entomologists and moth experts
  •  Family-friendly moth education and fun
  •  Nighttime Moth House
  •  Moth merchandise
  •  Food & Beer for purchase
  •  Special nightly activities (TBA)

AT THE DOOR ADMISSION: $10 adults, $8 children/seniors

Saturday, July 24,
11 am - 2 pm

March for Medicare for All

Romano L Mazzoli Building,
600 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Plaza, 40202
Kentuckians who believe our country needs Improved Medicare for All are invited to participate in a Louisville rally and nationwide march to show support for a publicly funded equitable health care system that covers every U.S. resident--serving patients not profits. MLK Jr Place is an accessible park in front of the Romano Mazzoli Bldg

Register here.

Saturday, July 24,
Saturday, July 31,

Totally Turtles

Louisville Nature Center
3745 Illinois Avenue, 40213

Join us for this turtle-tastic program! See live turtles, learn about different turtle species, and enjoy a guided hike through the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve.

Children $5 (age 3-12), adults free. Limit 2 adults per child.

Register here!

Sunday, July 25 , 4 pm

Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice presents
Grassroots Organizing to End White Supremacy: After We March

Offered on Zoom
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice political education series this month will focus on the beautiful grassroots organizing that has come from over a year of being in the streets for racial justice and Justice for Breonna. We will hear from folks across the community who have been out in the streets and are now also creating visionary and powerful ways to transform this white supremacist capitalist patriarchy so that we can all get free! If you are not yet engaged with this work- this is the place for you and if you are, you will be inspired.  Register here.

Friday July 30 and
Saturday, July 31

Kentuckians for
the Commonwealth
Annual Meeting

Offered online.

At our annual meeting, KFTC members and friends will gather online to share stories, build skills, and plan for the year ahead. We hope you’ll join us!

Register now for the weekend, which will include storytelling from KFTC’s first forty years, the annual business meeting where members will elect KFTC Executive Committee and Kentucky Coalition board members, and workshops like this one:

Local budgets as a pathway to investing in the things our communities need

Local budgets are created and implemented yearly in our cities and counties, yet many of us don’t understand the process. Join the KFTC Economic Justice Committee in a presentation about local budgets using a beautiful zine they have created for distribution of knowledge across the commonwealth. Because when we know the what, why, how, when, and where of local budgets, we can effectively organize for divesting from systems of harm so we can invest in what truly makes us safe and healthy.

Be sure to keep an eye out for more details about workshops, local social gatherings, and this year’s keynote speaker!

More information and registration here.

Save the Dates!

September 12

The Big Table

Everyone is invited to join in the Louisville Earth Walk, a non-competitive community event including a live walk and and virtual participation, moving to Cherokee Park for its fifth year on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Mark your calendars! Details and registration options are coming soon to

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