July 2019 Recommended Events Calendar

Tuesday July 2 • Louisville Sustainability Forum: Renewing Hope for Renewables
Monday, July 8 • Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, July 10 • Bernheim Forest Family Hike: Rock Run Loop
Thursday - Friday, July 18-19  •  Compassionate Kids: Little Peacemakers Camp
Saturday, July 20 • The Way of Love Retreat at Way of the Heart Woods
Saturday, July 20 • The Spaciousness of Trust workshop with Jan Pfeifer

Saturday, July 20 • Neighborhood Bike-In at Bingham Park
Saturday, July 20 • Sunrise Movement Louisville Hub Meeting
Monday – Friday, July 22-26 •  Compassionate Kids: Peacemaking Camp
Tuesday, July 23 • Greater Louisville Sierra Club Summer Picnic
Wednesday - Sunday, July 24-28 • Wholehearted Living Retreat
Friday, July 26 • Firefly Hike at Cherokee Park
Saturday, July 27 • Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Pot Luck Dinner
Saturday, July 27 • Sunrise Movement Louisville Hub Meeting

Coming in August
Tuesday - Thursday, August 6-8  •  Making Social Media That Matters Camp

Saturday August 24 • Louisville Grows 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Louisville Hub Sunrise Movement Update

Exploring Ancestral Lineage Through Landscape and the Deep Imagination

Bernheim Forest Battles for Conservation Over Growth in Pipeline Feud

Read the latest issue of FORsooth.

Tuesday July 2, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum presents: Renewing Hope for Renewables in Louisville
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center,
The Barn 1924 Newburg Road, 40205
Please join the Louisville Sustainability Forum each month for interesting
and informative presentations, dialogue, and networking about
sustainability issues. At each meeting there are one featured presentation and
two shorter presentations plus discussion, announcements, and opportunity for

Main Presentation

Renewing Hope for Renewables in Louisville
Barry Zalph, volunteer, Louisville Climate Action Network

Efforts to accelerate our region's adoption of 100% clean, renewable energy have prompted responses from LG&E and others with a stake in slowing that transition. In a December 2018 report presented to Louisville Sustainability Forum in May, LG&E examined how to meet a local neighborhood's electricity needs using solar panels plus battery storage. LG&E concluded that doing so would cost 2-5 times more over 30 years than using current and planned LG&E generating sources, and cause noxious land use impacts in the neighborhood. 

Barry Zalph will outline how, with a systems approach and intelligent project phasing, Louisville neighborhoods could make the transition to clean and renewable electricity without burdensome costs. This approach calls for a new, climate-friendly role for the power utility and, most likely, a new regulatory framework in Kentucky.

Barry Zalph, a retired engineer, worked in sustainable transportation, energy and resource conservation, and education for 30 years. At Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, he developed projects and policies to conserve energy and reduce pollution emissions. He co-founded the advocacy and education group Bicycling for Louisville, and served as its executive director for 5 years. He has practiced principles of sustainability in his personal transportation, diet, household, and advocacy since the 1970s. He holds BSE and MS degrees in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University, and a PhD in wood engineering and timber mechanics from Virginia Tech.

Shorter Presentations

Water Quality: How You Can Help!
Lilias Pettit-Scott
Urban Agriculture Conservationist, Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District

LEED for Cities program, US Green Building Council
David Abell, Manager 
LEED for Cities and Communities provides a globally consistent way to measure and communicate sustainability performance and is one of several programs run by the US Green Building Council.

Monday, July 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Jefferson County Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church, 809 S 4th St, 40203
Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for our monthly meeting! 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. Child care can be provided- email chandra@kftc.org.

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 coreydutton@kftc.org.

Wednesday, July 10, 10 - 11:30 am
Forest Family Hike: Rock Run Loop
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky
School’s out for summer, but nature is always in session! This hike will exercise your body and mind as we journey along the Rock Run Loop to explore all of the wonders that nature has to offer. Come join Bernheim educators for this family-friendly exploration of one of Bernheim’s most popular hiking trails. Appropriate for all ages.
$10 per adult; $5 per child (4 and under FREE)

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.
Adults must accompany children.

Thursday July 18 - Friday July 19,
8:30 – 11:30am
Compassionate Kids:
Little Peacemakers Camp Days
Drepung Gomang
Center for Engaging Compassion,
411 Hubbards Lane, 40207
Kids learn about growing their natural compassion and gratitude to help build peace and understanding in our world. Enjoy terrific stories for growing hearts, first steps in mindfulness, cooperative games, art-making and creative crafts. We welcome children entering K to 2nd grades this August. Fee is $45: Details here .

Saturday, July 20, 1 – 6pm
The Way of Love Retreat
Way of the Heart Woods, Indiana

If you are longing for greater connection, please accept this invitation to reunite with yourself, with humanity, the Earth & the Divine. Walk the Way of Love with us as we share with you transformative practices to guide you back into the world of connection & inspire you to accept and choose love

There is a Way of Love but we must choose it. The Way of Love is redemptive and guides us into a world of connection. When we are not choosing the Way of Love we feel estrangement from ourselves, from each other, from nature and from God. Are you longer for greater connection?

What are you choosing in place of love? “There is only one way out of this, and that is to see every moment and every situation as an invitation to love.” But what is the “this” in “There is only way out of this?” “This” is different for each of us in the personal relationships and situations we are encountering individually, but there is also a shared “this” in our human relations.

In our personal lives “this” may be concerns about our health, our loved one’s health or addiction, our relationships, our finances, our security, our safety and so on. In our shared lives “this” may be concerns about our community relations, our relations within our nation, our relations with the world. “This” may be worries about healthcare, political corruption and scandal, crime and violence, climate change, world peace, terrorism, inequality and injustice and so on.

The way out of "this" is choosing the "Way of Love." Come and walk the Way of Love with us in Way of the Heart Woods as we share with you transformative practices to guide you back into the world of connection and inspire you to accept the invitation in every moment to choose love.

If you are longing for greater connection, please accept this invitation to reunite with yourself, with humanity, with the Earth and the Divine. Love will lead the way if we choose it as our guide. Come and nurture yourself in this sanctuary of nature, Way of the Heart Woods. Registration here .

Saturday, July 20, 9 am to 5 pm
The Spaciousness of Trust
A workshop facilitated
by Jan Pfeifer
Valaterra, 7101 Shrader Lane, LaGrange, KY
The world today needs every gift we have to offer, but often we hold back due to fears lurking in the shadows of what we deeply know to be true about ourselves. As we learn to trust ourselves and our own lives, we arrive at the threshold of expanded possibility and surprise.

In this one day experiential workshop, you will learn practical tools for embarking on your path to living in and from that trust, as you:

• Are nourished, guided and ignited by an encounter with your own heartfelt longings
• Creatively explore what it takes to move through the constriction of your fears into the spaciousness of trust and discover the expanded sense of possibility and surprise that awaits you there
• Create your own curated tool box to guide and empower you on your journey to a place of trust and freedom, enabling you to live your life fully

Join us for a day of playful exploration through self-reflection, storytelling, art and deep listening.

Cost: $115 Coffee. Tea, fruit and afternoon dessert provided. To best suit your own dietary needs, please bring your lunch and any snacks you prefer. There is a large refrigerator in the kitchen and a microwave for our use. Registration will be from 8:45 am to 9:15 am. Workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 am.

About our Guide, Jan Allen Pfeifer: Jan creates and facilitates opportunities for people to connect more deeply with themselves, each other and the world. Her work is grounded in an exploration of the relationship between living an authentic life – integrating body, mind and spirit – and the effect it has on the community and world. She has designed retreats and facilitated groups as a consultant with New Possibilities Associates. While she draws from a broad spectrum of training, her work is most informed by her own journey to trust herself and her life. She is a writer and architect currently living in Woodstock, New York where she is writing a memoir.

Saturday, July 20 5 - 10 pm
Neighborhood Bike-In
Bingham Park,
160 Coral Ave, 40206
Grab your bike and head to Bingham Park on July 20 for a neighborhood Bike-In! Like a drive-in movie but with bicycles, this FREE community event features live music, food, drinks and movies, thanks to support from Kentucky Select Properties and Kentucky Intentional Sounds.

🎟️Admission is free, all ages, rain or shine. Activities and Music start at 5pm, and the movie starts at dusk.

- 🎥A screening of the movie A Bug's Life
- 🎵 LIVE music from Dr. Dundiff and Rayul
- 🌭 Food from local food trucks and 🍺 from West Sixth Brewing.
- Activities and games for kids of all ages from sonaBLAST! Records, Falls City Community BikeWorks, Side by Side Studio Art Bus, American Printing House, Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy Free Play.

🚴‍♀️Bike Racks are provided by Bicycling for Louisville and Every Commute Counts, and a Bike Giveaway sponsored by Scheller's Fitness & Cycling - St. Matthews.

Hosted by Olmsted Parks Conservancy and curated by Louisville's own Ben Sollee and Hal Riedling, this event is the second of five FREE Neighborhood Bike-Ins. Each event is designed to highlight each park's unique local neighborhood, artists, organizations and businesses.

Tickets here .

 Saturday, July 20, 6 pm
Sunrise Movement
Louisville Hub Meeting
Carl Braden Memorial Center,
3208 Broadway, 40211
Stay engaged with the Louisville Hub of the Sunrise Movement and their efforts in support of the Green New Deal by attending their regular Hub Meetings! Remember, while Sunrise is youth-led, everyone is welcome. Visit their Facebook Page here .

Tuesday, July 23, 6 – 8 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club Summer Picnic
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave.,KY 40213
Please join Greater Louisville Sierra Club (GLSC) for our annual summer potluck/picnic. We will provide meat from “Momma’s BBQ” and some light beverages. Please bring some food of your choosing to share. You are also encouraged to bring your own reusable eating/drinking ware. Sorry, alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Our special guest will be Whitney Wurzel, Education Director at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. She will discuss her experience in designing and executing, with her colleague Dan Pascucci, the first year of an exciting new fourth grade program called “Restoring Nature’s Classroom.” This program was created by a partnership between GLSC and Bernheim. Working with the fourth grade team at Hazelwood Elementary, the Bernheim educators made five visits to the classroom to prepare students for fall, winter, and spring field trips to Bernheim. The program supports current fourth grade science standards.
We hope you’ll join us for food, fellowship, and a great program! This event is free and open to the public.

July 24-28, 2019
Wholehearted Living: Cultivating Freedom for Ourselves and Our World
A Silent Four-day or
Weekend Retreat
Loretto Community, Nerinx, Ky, 40049
How do we cultivate a practice of liberation and compassion for ourselves and others? How can our lives be transformed by exploring the “three commitments” of Buddhist practice — the commitment to discover freedom for ourselves, the commitment to care for all people and beings, and the commitment to embrace the world?

This residential retreat offers two options:
Wednesday evening July 24 - Sunday noon July 28 — In this four-day retreat the first two days we will dedicate our time to deepening our meditation practice. During the weekend portion we will continue in silence and be devoted to an exploration and meditation of the “three commitments.”
   • Friday evening July 26 - Sunday noon July 28 — For those people who cannot get away during the week, the silent weekend time will be devoted, as stated above, to the “three commitments.”
Retreat leaders are Glenda Hodges-Cook and Phil Lloyd-Sidle. There are limited spaces for this retreat.

Bedrooms are a mix of single rooms and shared rooms. Participants might have to share. The cost for the full four-day retreat is $250. For the weekend it is $150. This covers accommodations and meals. "Dana" is welcomed. Scholarships are available. You can register here . For questions and other details, please call Phil at 502-681-4386.

Friday, July 26, 8:30 pm
Firefly Hike
at Cherokee Park
745 Cochran Hill Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40205
Ever wonder what Cherokee Park is like after dark? 🤔 Now's your chance to experience the park like never before on this family-friendly twilight hike led by Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy Education Program Manager Matt Spalding.🌳

🚶We'll journey through (mainly flat) natural trails through the woods on Bonnycastle Hill watching for fireflies and listening for nocturnal wildflife. 'Hoot' knows, we might even hear one of the Barred Owl families who call Cherokee Park home! 🦉

🌟 After the hike, enjoy s'mores 🍫 and check out Jupiter, Saturn, (and their moons) from the Louisville Astronomical Society 's telescopes 🔭 in Bonnycastle Hill.

Saturday, July 27, 5 - 7 pm
Louisville Showing Up for
Racial Justice
Community Pot Luck Dinner
Central Presbyterian Church,
318 West Kentucky Street, 40203
Part of anti-racist work is learning to know and trust each other, and what better way to do so than by breaking bread and sharing our stories? Join Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice for our bimonthly Pot Luck Dinner and Social. Bring a dish and we will share in food, fun and conversation. All are welcome! Building is accessible via back entrance.

Bring your awesome self, friends and family as well as a dish to share and your own plate and flatware. Don’t have the time or resources to bring something? No problem: just show up; we’ve got you covered.

Childcare, ride assists and ASL interpretation available upon request - send us an email or message us on Facebook so we can plan accordingly. - contact us at louisvillesurj@gmail.com .

Saturday, July 27, 6 pm
Sunrise Movement Hub Meeting
Carl Braden Memorial Center,
3208 Broadway, 40211
Stay engaged with the Louisville Hub of the Sunrise Movement and their efforts in support of the Green New Deal by attending their regular Hub Meetings! This meeting will be focused on plans for the Change the Debate events scheduled July 30 and 31st in Detroit. Remember, while Sunrise is youth-led, everyone is welcome.
Summer Camps

T uesday, August 6 - Thursday, August 8, 9 am - 5 pm
Making Social Media That Matters Teen Camp
Peace Education Program
318 West Kentucky Street, 40203
Our stories are our most powerful tools, and every day we share stories with the world on social media. Young people across the world are using the power of their personal stories to challenge violence and prejudice. Whether you know it or not, you have the power to do exactly that.

At PeaceCasters, we’ll take a look at how empowered storytelling, digital arts, and social media tools can be used to uplift youth voices and enact real change in communities locally and globally. You will learn skills in graphic design, social media messaging, photography, video editing, creative writing, and more! All while playing games, meeting new friends, and having a great time. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced youth advocates who have used social media to change the world. Session topics will include:

  • Social media success stories
  • How you build a following online
  • Creating messages with meaning
  • Sharing YOUR story—why what you say matters
  • Creating captivating graphics
  • Responding to online harassment and trolling
  • Lessons from local and national advocates

Participants must be ready and willing to interact in small groups. The $60 fee covers lunch and snacks. Scholarships are available. Online registration is available at PeaceEducationProgram.org . Requests for additional information and questions can be directed to Lijah at lijah@peaceeducationprogram.org.

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 !

Bernheim Forest Battles for Conservation Over Growth in Pipeline Feud
Read the latest issue of FORsooth here !

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