January 2019 Recommended Events Calendar

Wednesday, January 2 • Louisville Sustainability Forum : Renewable Energy Research
Friday, Jan 4 - Sunday, Jan 6 •  Loving Our Woundedness Silent Retreat
Tuesday, January 8 • The Poor People's Campaign Returns to Frankfort
Tuesday, January 8 •  Intro to NonViolent Communication
Tuesday, January 8 • Louisville Community Grocery Community Meeting
Thursday, January 10 • Louisville Grows Film Series presents: Felled
Saturday, January 12 • Kentucky Conservation Committee Legislative Summit
Saturday, January 12 •  Nonviolent Communication: A Daylong Delving
Monday, January 14 •  Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, January 15 • Sierra Club: The State of the Commonwealth, 2019
Tuesday, January 15 • Winter/Spring Emergence with Jud Hendrix
Thursday, January 17 • OneWest Community Conversations
Saturday, January 19 • ECO Kids Discovery Day: Fossil Fun at Bernheim Forest
Monday, January 21 • MLK Celebration “The Fierce Urgency of Now”
Thursday, January 24 • Hearing on the 100% Clean Energy Resolution for Louisville
Saturday, January 26 • Guided Hike: Siltstone Trail at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Saturday, January 26 • Nature Exploration Night at Louisville Nature Center

SAVE THE DATE April 20 • 3rd Annual Louisville Earth Walk

Wednesday, January 2,
12 - 1:30pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum:
Renewable Energy
Research at UofL
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Undercroft, 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.

Featured Presentation

Renewable Energy Research at UofL
Dr. Mahendra K. Sunkara, Professor of Chemical Engineering,
director of the Conn Center, University of Louisville

The mission of the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is to conduct and facilitate research and development on potentially commercializable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The center promotes partnerships among the state's colleges and universities, private industries, and non-profit organizations to actively pursue federally and privately funded research and development resources that are dedicated to renewable energy solutions. By engaging and using Kentucky's workforce and natural resources, the center's ongoing goal is to seek outcomes that enhance global energy and economic security and maintain US technological leadership in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies. The Conn Center leads research that increases homegrown energy sources to meet the national need, while reducing energy consumption and dependence on foreign oil.

Located in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering since late 2009, the Conn Center undertakes major research initiatives in the areas of advanced energy materials manufacturing, solar energy conversion, renewable energy storage, biofuels/biomass conversions, and energy efficiency & conservation.

Dr. Mahendra K. Sunkara is a Professor of Chemical Engineering, University Scholar at University of Louisville. Current research interests include renewable energy technologies such as solar cells, Li Ion batteries, production of hydrogen from water and process development for growing large crystals of diamond, gallium nitride and bulk quantities of nanowires, novel carbon morphologies.

Shorter Presentations

Louisville Airport Sustainability
Bob Slattery, Noise and Environmental Programs Coordinator
and Mary Rose Evans, Vice Chair, Louisville Regional Airport Authority

Louisville Compost Co-op.  
Sean Raph, Owner/Operator

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. 

Friday, January 4, 7 pm -
Sunday, January 6, 12 pm
Loving Our Woundedness
Silent Retreat
Sisters of Loretto in Nerinx, KY
In the starkness and stillness of winter our lives seem to grow a little quieter, perhaps more inward. As one year gives way to another, this silent retreat on the beautiful grounds of Loretto will be dedicated to deepening a loving awareness of some of the wounds, suffering, and baggage we have carried with us for some time. Through teaching, sitting, guided and walking meditation, retreatants will be invited to practice new and loving ways of being with ourselves and world. Retreat leaders are Glenda Hodges-Cook and Phil Lloyd-Sidle.

Cost is $150 including meals): Space is limited to 20 people. Spaces will be filled on a first come basis. Deadline is December 15. Bedrooms are a mix of single rooms and shared rooms (2 twin beds per room). Scholarships are available.

To register please go to the Louisville Vipassana website: http://www.louisville-vipassana-community.org/

Tuesday, January 8, 10 am
The Poor People's Campaign
Capital Rotunda, Frankfort, KY
The Poor Peoples' Campaign returns to Frankfort.
Meet at the Capital rotunda.

10 am Silent Vigil

11 am Program with the Kentucky Council of Churches

12 pm Swearing In Ceremony

 Tuesday, January 8, 6 - 8 pm
Intro to
Non-Violent Communication
414 Baxter Ave, #200, 40204
This 2-hour workshop 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) and an opportunity for participants to practice applying NVC to their own lives. Particular emphasis will be on identifying feelings and needs, which are at the heart of NVC and key to understanding oneself and others. Registration is $30.

Tuesday, January 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Louisville Community Grocery Community Meeting
Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 426 S 15th St, Louisville, KY 40203
Once a month the Louisville Community Grocery hosts a community meeting – which is just that, an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Louisville Community Grocery, get involved, and share their voice.

These meetings provide a welcoming space for everyone, whether you’re a long time supporter or newly learning about the community grocery, whether you live in one of the target neighborhoods or you simply believe in our mission.

During the meeting we give an update on our progress and things that have happened over the past month. We believe transparency is essential to our mission, and we want the community to know exactly what we are investing our time in each month.

In addition to our progress update, we often discuss special topics, such as the results of a market analysis, the turn out of a recent event, or new information we’ve acquired. Our community meetings typically include a committee breakout session as well.

We hope you’ll join us at our next meeting! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out .

Thursday, January 10, 6 - 8 pm
Louisville Grows Film Series presents: Felled
Louisville Grows,
1641 Portland Ave, 40203

Felled is a story about finding worth and beauty in something most consider to be trash. The film chronicles the journey of an urban pine tree downed by a summer storm and saved from the landfill by two woodworkers who give the tree new meaning as a family dinner table. Through interviews with industry experts, sawyers, arborists, artists, and woodworkers, including both Norm Abram and Nick Offerman, the film highlights the growing urban lumber movement and explores themes of waste, craftsmanship, and redemption.

RSVP on Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/FelledFilm
$5 suggested donation
Sponsored by: Ale-8-One
Saturday, January 12, 9 am - 3 pm
Kentucky Conservation Committee Legislative Summit
Shumaker Research Building at the University of Louisville Campus,
2210 S. Brook Street, Louisville, Room 139

Join us for the Kentucky Conservation Committee’s Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit, featuring detailed information for conservation audiences on the 2019 Legislative Session. KCC works to protect Kentucky’s land, air, water and biodiversity by working on legislative solutions in Frankfort.

We are looking forward to a GREAT meeting, with the latest news and opportunities to learn about conservation issues all around Kentucky. Legislative experts will be on hand to answer your most pressing questions on energy, public lands, biodiversity, climate change and more. Please check this page often for schedule updates.

Special Keynote: Mayor Dale Ross of Georgetown Texas, the first city to move to 100% renewable energy!

Registered participants will receive detailed advance briefs on key sessions. Information can also be found at kyconservation.org

The sessions will start at the Shumaker Research Building at the University of Louisville Campus, 2210 S. Brook Street, Louisville, Room 139. (Parking available at the Speed Museum garage, and Floyd Street Garage).

Full Schedule Details in this Eventbrite link.

Saturday, January 12, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Nonviolent Communication:
A Daylong Delving
JustFaith Ministries,
224 Woodbine St, 40208
Do you long for a world of greater empathy? Do you wish to communicate with greater clarity? Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a tool that helps us to look inward and outward and communicate with ourselves and others with compassion and understanding. 

This daylong delving offers an introduction to the four elements of NVC: observation, identifying feelings, exploring underlying needs and making requests. The workshop is highly participatory and will include activities for each of the elements. You will leave the workshop with tools and exercises to continue practicing NVC in your everyday life.

In order to make it accessible to more people, this workshop is offered on a sliding scale from $30 to $120 ($30, $60, $90, $120). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest. A $20 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $30, $60, or $90 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code PAY30, PAY60, PAY90. No coupon code is required to pay $120. The balance is due on or before the workshop day. 

Monday, January 14,
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 Chapter Meeting. We'll hear updates from all of our workteams and ramp up for a powerful month of work to engage voters to elect our vision. Let's do this!

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 info@kftc.org !

Tuesday, January 15, 7 pm
Sierra Club presents:
“The State of the Commonwealth”
Crescent Hill United Ministries Building,
150 South State Street, 40206
Please join us as we kick off a new year by welcoming Tom FitzGerald for our annual “State of the Commonwealth” legislative update. For almost two decades, Fitz has presented important updates on the state general assembly agenda to our group. We’ll learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly of pending bills and how we can make a difference. Our program is free and open to the public.

Tom FitzGerald has been Director of the Kentucky Resources Council since 1984. KRC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization providing free legal, strategic and policy assistance to individuals, organizations and communities concerning environmental quality, resource extraction, energy, and utility issues.

Fitz received the Environmental Quality Commission Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002; the Henry R. Heyburn Public Service Award from the UK College of Law in 2003, the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission Biological Diversity Award in 2003, the inaugural Professional Achievement Award from the University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association in 2008, the 14th Heinz Award in the Environment Category in 2008, and the Brennan-Haly Award from the University of Louisville Department of Political Science in 2012. He has been a fixture in the halls of the Kentucky General Assembly since 1978.

The Crescent Hill United Ministries building is located at 150 South State Street, just off of Frankfort Ave. There is ample free parking and our meeting room is located on the ground level.

Tuesday, January 15,
with Jud Hendrix
Location to be announced.
Emergence is a three-month communal experience exploring diverse integrative practices for cultivating self awareness and personal growth.  This semester we will focus on the challenges and opportunities of "growing" through TRANSITIONS - in life, work and relationships.

Over a period of three months we will explore the following practices.
  • Enneagram work
  • contemplative techniques
  • ritual creation for life transitions
  • working with archetypes
  • dream work and active imagination
  • shadow integration
  • body-centered therapies
  • art therapy techniques
  • family systems and family constellations

A balance will be sought during our gatherings between learning, practice and group sharing. Optional outside readings and study suggestions will be provided to those who want to go further into a specific methodology or practices. Cost: 
$240.00 Total, $20.00 a week for 12 weeks. Space is limited to 15 participants.

For more information or to RSVP contact, Jud Hendrix

Thursday, January 17, 5 pm
OneWest Community Conversations
The Common Table Garden Cafe, 2234 West Market St, 40212
Goal: Provide community members an additional opportunity to ask questions and give input regarding specific development projects coming to their neighborhoods.

Presenting Partners

Louisville Central Community Centers with "The BLVD,"
Louisville Urban League with "Sports and Learning Complex,"
Waterfront Park with "Phase IV"

This is part of a series of events (in January, March, May and June) that the OneWest Community Engagement Committee is hosting across the 9 West End neighborhoods - this one is strategically located to reach Portland and Russell residents, although all are welcome at any of the events.

Potential Event Timeline:

5-6 pm: Dinner, Information tables (from other project partners, including OneWest)
6-7 pm: First Breakout session - choose between LCCC, LUL and Waterfront
7-8 pm: Second Breakout session - choose between LCCC, LUL and Waterfront

The focus of the evening will be the two 45-minute breakout session conversations with key community partners (back to back sessions, 6-8pm) while some other partners are hosting Information tables at the start of the evening. You will choose which two partner presentations you want to hear, out of the three.

The desired outcome is that participants are able to talk to decision-making staff from the presenting organizations, in order to make sure their feedback is heard at a level that is impactful. The breakout sessions will focus on being interactive/dialogue-based, and provide time for participants to ask questions about the project and how it will affect their lives.

Please email us at info@onewest.org if you will need childcare during the event,
or if you have other questions about accommodations.

 Saturday, January 19,
9 am - 4:30 pm
ECO Kids Discovery Day:
Fossil Fun
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky

Observe fossils and unlock the secrets of ancient life at Bernheim. Kids and their families will have fun investigating fossils and then exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day during the afternoon.

led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 – 4 p.m.

HIKE OF THE DAY, led by a Bernheim guide,
starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45 – 60 minutes

a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

FREE; $5 per car weekend fee applies for Non-Members

Monday, January 21, 1:30 pm
MLK Day Celebration
“The Fierce Urgency of Now: Why We Can’t Wait”
St William Church,
1226 West Oak St, 40210
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency.

This is a time for vigorous and positive action. ” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Please join our coalition of local non-profits and concerned citizens as we continue our annual gathering and once again reach back to Dr. King’s words and wisdom to guide and ignite us during these times of struggle.

Our program will weave together music and poetry alongside an exciting variety of voices for justice - each representing a critical issue we face in this urgent now. We will gather as beloved community and together, transform Dr. King’s profound and prophetic messages from the past into a clarion call for vigorous and positive action today.

St. William Church is located at 1226 W. Oak Street, 40210. For parking: If heading west on Oak turn left on 13th, if heading East on Oak turn right on 13th. Park in lot on right side of 13th. Church will be on the left.

This event is hosted by a coalition of area non-profits including: The Bail Project: Louisville, Black Lives Matter, California Neighborhood Leadership Council Inc., Cultivating Connections, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Interfaith Paths to Peace, Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, La Casita Center, Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, Manual Young Earth Activists, Maverick Ministry, Mijente Louisville, Neighborhood Preservation and Planning, Peace Education Program, Rubbertown Emergency Action Network, St. William, Sowers of Justice, 350 Louisville and the West Jefferson County Community Task Force.

Thursday, January 24, 3 -4 pm
Attend Hearing on the 100% Clean Energy Resolution for Louisville
Louisville City Hall, 3rd floor, 601 West Jefferson St., 40202
Last September, a group of citizen leaders presented to Metro Council “A RESOLUTION FOR 100% CLEAN ENERGY FOR METRO LOUISVILLE OPERATIONS BY 2030 AND COMMUNITY-WIDE BY 2035.” Council President David James sponsored the resolution, and the Parks and Sustainability Committee has now already held two hearings. The third hearing is scheduled for January 24.

Here are a few reasons why our city needs to transition to 100% clean energy now:

  • There is no way forward to a livable climate without stopping the use of all fossil fuels.
  • Increased rainfall associated with a warming climate is an existential threat to Louisville.
  • A clean energy economy will provide cleaner air, a healthier community, many good jobs, and reduced energy costs for all.
  • Over ninety U.S. cities have already adopted a 100% clean energy goal, including Atlanta and St. Louis.

Our city has been working hard on concrete steps to address climate change impacts. However, the accelerating pace of climate change mandates bolder, faster action. So please lend your support to these first steps on the road to 100% clean energy for Louisville: RSVP here to attend the hearing, and click here to register your support for the Resolution.

Saturday, January 26, 9am - 1pm
Guided Hike:
Siltstone Trail
Jefferson Memorial Forest, 13200 Scotts Gap Rd, 40272
Looking for a challenging hike? Join us on the Siltstone Trail for a 6.7 mile hike. The Siltstone Trail is named for the common stone capping the knobs and is one of the oldest and most loved trails in the Forest. It features steep ascents and descents along ridges and around tall knobs.

Meet at Scott's Gap Parking Lot. Transportation will be provided from the Welcome Center back to vehicles at the end of the hike. Hikers can warm up by the fire in the Welcome Center post hike.

Event is FREE and open to the public. No registration needed. Contact the Welcome Center during office hours for directions if needed: 502-368-5404. Please dress appropriately for the weather and ensure you bring anything needed for the long hike including water and snacks.

Please note that there are no bathroom accommodations at Scott's Gap or along the trail until we reach the Welcome Center.

Saturday, January 26, 5 - 8pm
Nature Exploration Night
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave. 40213

For National School Choice Week the Louisville Nature Center wants teachers, parents and students to know how important the outdoors is in the learning process.
Come share Nature with us.

Chili Dinner is included. Along with smores, trivia and a scavenger hunt.
Members — $12 each Non-members — $15 each
Deadline to register is 1/22/19

Call 502-458-1328 for more information

Mark your calendar. Better yet, sign up today!

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 12 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 by making a tax deductible donation or register to walk. Becoming involved is easy by using the MightyCause peer to peer fundraising tool , too!

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