June 2019 Recommended Events Calendar

Saturday, June 1 •  Idlewild Butterfly Farm Fourth Anniversary Open House
Saturday, June 1 • Open House and Tree Giveaway
Monday, June 3 • Behaving Badly: Direct Action Training
Tuesday, June 4 • Louisville Sustainability Forum
June 4 - July 23, 6:30 - 8:30pm •  Compassion Cultivation Training with Anne Walter
June 5 - July 24 • Compassion Cultivation Training
Friday, June 7 • Creatures of the Night: Fireflies at Bernheim
Monday, June 10 • Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Annual Chapter Meeting
Monday, June 10 • Growing a Yard Forest - Compassion for the Earth
Tuesdays Beginning June 11 • Compassionate Communication: Building w/ Basics
Thursday, June 13 • Louisville Grows Film Series presents Modified
Saturday, June 15 • Shelby Park Neighborhood Bike-In
Tuesday, June 18 • Sierra Club presents: The Sunrise Movement
Saturday, June 22 • Mindful Hiking with Jordan Dye

Summer Camps
Monday, June 3 - Wednesday, June 5 •  Dirt Detectives Summer Camp
Monday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 12 •  Crazy with Curiosity Summer Camp
Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14 •  Camp Nature Odyssey Day Camp
Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21 •  Camp Nature Odyssey Day Camp
Tuesday, July 9 – Thursday July 11 •  Teen Leaders for Diversity Summer Camp
Tues, Aug 6th – Thurs, Aug 8th •  Making Social Media That Matters Camp

Thursday July 18 - Friday July 19 •  Compassionate Kids: Little Peacemakers Camp
Monday – Friday, July 22-26 •  Compassionate Kids: Peacemaking Camp

Exploring Ancestral Lineage Through Landscape and the Deep Imagination

July 30 - Change the Debate - Support the Green New Deal in Detroit

A Road Map Out of The Climate Crisis

Saturday, June 1, 11 am - 5 pm
Idlewild Butterfly Farm Fourth Anniversary Open House
Idlewild Butterfly Farm, 1100 Logan St. 40204
It's been FOUR amazing years since Idlewild Butterfly Farm opened to become Louisville's first butterfly farm! In that time we've been so fortunate and seen so much growth and it's all due to your phenomenal community support. So to celebrate 4 wonderful years we are giving back and opening our doors for a Saturday of celebration!

Our program includes free:
    Butterfly Farm access
    Exotic Insect Showings
    Face Painting
    Photo Flipbook Studio

Saturday, June 1, 11 am - 5 pm
Open House and Tree Giveaway
Louisville Nature Center
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213
Join us at our Open House for family activities, live music, food and beer. We’ll be giving away 1000 trees in the morning on a first come, first serve basis and celebrating the grand opening of our Nature Play Area!

11:00 AM: tree giveaway
1:30 PM: grand opening and ribbon cutting of Nature Play Area
2:00 PM: Live music with Bridge 19
3:00 PM: Live music with The Kentucky RoundUps
4:00 PM: Live music with Small Time Napoleon

Throughout the day, guided hikes and tours will be available, as well as food and beer. There will be family activities as well as a raffle and silent auction. Please note: Trees are for residents of Jefferson County only. Proof of residency is required. Trees are first-come, first-serve, limit 5 per person.

Monday, June 3, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Behaving Badly:
Direct Action Training
Carl Braden Memorial Center, 3208 W Broadway, 40211
Come learn with Resistencia on how to successfully lead direct actions! Gain knowledge on strategy and tactics. Behaving badly for a progressive cause✊🏽 light food and refreshments will be provided.

Resistencia is a decentralized, leaderful, movement -building within a collective of radical folks. We stand in solidarity with all priority communities.

Visit the Facebook event page.

Tuesday, June 4, 12 – 1:30 pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Earth and Spirit Center 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
community-building. Please note that these monthly meetings have moved from Wednesdays to Tuesdays
Scheduled June topics include :

R=E+C+T (Resilience in Louisville equals Equity plus Compassion plus
Trust), Eric Friedlander, Chief of Resilience and Community Services,
Louisville Metro Government.

Center for Interfaith Relations , Sarah Riggs Reed, Managing Director.”

June 5 - July 24, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Compassion Cultivation Training
with Anne Walter
Drepung Gomang Center for
Engaging Compassion,
411 Hubbards Lane, 40207

Eight Wednesdays,  Now Offering Continuing Education Credits !

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) was developed by Thupten Jinpa (principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama) at Stanford University with a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. Beyond expanding empathy and concern for others, this 8-week program helps us develop the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience to prevent compassion fatigue.

This process involves training our minds, developing skills in relating to ourselves and others by intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions, qualities that enhance our personal relationships and help us make a positive difference in the world.

Priced according to your ability: $150, $265, $370. Limit: 15 students.
Details and registration available here

Friday, June 7, 9 - 11:30 pm
Creatures of the Night:
Expedition Fireflies
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Kentucky
As the nights get warmer, fireflies light up the night! Our Creatures of the Night series provides opportunities to experience the sights and sounds of nature dramas that often go unnoticed. Journey via van into sections of Bernheim where crepuscular and nocturnal creatures are most active.

Led by Bill Napper and fellow Volunteer Naturalists, each program includes some hiking through easy terrain. This month we’ll be looking for fireflies, but expect to encounter other creatures of the night. Let’s be surprised!

Bernheim Members $10; Non – members $12 Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. the day prior to the program by calling (502) 955- 8512. Space is limited. No pets allowed. Ages 8 and up only. Dress for the weather.

Monday, June 10, 6:30- 8:30 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Annual Jefferson County Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church,
809 South Fourth Street, 40203
Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for our monthly meeting! An important part of KFTC's democratic process and structure, the Chapter Annual Meeting is our opportunity to plan and make decisions about our chapter and state-wide work for the year to come.

All members and new folks are encouraged to attend. At this meeting we will...
--- Elect members to fill chapter leadership positions.
--- Make suggestions for KFTC’s issue platform.
--- Nominate members to serve on KFTC’s statewide committees.
--- Decide whether or not to remain a KFTC chapter.

You can read more about the leadership opportunities, statewide platform, and statewide issue committees at this link: http://kftc.org/annual-chapter-meeting

Note that while our meetings are usually an hour and a half this meeting will be 2 hours long.

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 chandra@kftc.org !

 Monday, June 10, 7- 8:30pm
Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion presents
Growing a Yard Forest: Compassion for the Earth, with Jack Jezreel
Come to the home of Jack and Maggie Jezreel for an Earth-care presentation of this innovative strategy of loving the Earth in the suburbs. Learn a fresh way to think about landscaping and gardening, then get a tour of the expansive veggie garden they tend as a bonus! Jack has been involved in organic agriculture since 1985. $10 fee. Registration Required.  https://www.drepunggomangusa.org/

Tuesdays Beginning June 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Compassionate Communications:
Building with the Basics
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Are you looking for more effective ways to connect and communicate with people?

Do you believe our families, communities, cities, country, and world would be better if we understood ourselves and others better?

“[Compassionate communication] guides us in reframing how we express ourselves and hear others. Instead of habitual, automatic reactions, our words become conscious responses based firmly on awareness of what we are perceiving, feeling, and wanting. We are led to express ourselves with honesty and clarity, while simultaneously paying others a respectful and empathic attention.”

Marshall Rosenberg, developer of Compassionate Communication

In this 5-week class, you will learn the fundamentals of Compassionate Communication. The primary goal of Compassionate Communication is connection - with self and others - with the secondary goal of both realizing and addressing the needs of all parties, thus contributing to each person’s thriving. To be clear, this is very much a practice, and like any practice, there will be leaps forward, stumbles, successes, mistakes, and, with some self-reflection, lots of learning.

The class is highly participatory, with an emphasis on learning key assumptions of Compassionate Communication and practicing 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!

Prerequisite: Intro to Compassionate Communication workshop or basic understanding of Compassionate Communication- Contact Cory if you have questions about this.

For more information or to register, visit heartcommunication.net/classes

Thursday, June 13, 6 - 8 pm
Louisville Grows Film Series
presents Modified
Louisville Grows,
1641 Portland Ave, 40203
The film tells the story of the filmmaker and her mother, whose shared love of food leads them into a deeply personal investigation into the world of genetically engineered foods (commonly known as GMOs), questioning why GMOs are not labeled in Canada and the US despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. The film has been an official selection at over 60 international film festivals, receiving 13 festival awards since its release.

Modified , which is a visual celebration of the love of food and cooking, features recipes and cooking vignettes from the filmmaker’s award-winning farm-to-table cooking show on PBS Food. World-renowned chef Jacques Pépin calls the film “a very personal, tender, touching tribute and a well-researched, enlightening and powerful documentary”.

Saturday, June 15, 5 - 11 pm
Free Shelby Park
Neighborhood Bike-In
600 East Oak Street, 40203
Grab your bike and head to Shelby Park on June 15 for a neighborhood Bike-In! Like a drive-in, but with bicycles, this FREE community event features live music from food, drinks and a screening of the documentary Microcosmos. But you don't need to bring a bike to join in on the fun! Admission is free, all ages, rain or shine. Activities and Music start at 5pm, and the movie starts at dusk.

The event is hosted by Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy and is curated by Louisville's own Ben Sollee and Hal Riedling.

This event kicks off our summer FREE Neighborhood Bike-In series, with each event designed by Hal & Ben to highlight each park's unique local neighborhood, artists, organizations and businesses.

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents: The Sunrise Movement
United Crescent Hill Ministries Building, 150 S. State St. 40206
In just a matter of months the youth-led Sunrise Movement landed itself at the forefront of the climate movement and in the spotlight of media, both social and traditional. Their partnership with Congressperson Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and powerful actions, including the much-covered November 2018 occupation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, has brought the Green New Deal to the center of the American political debate.

Last December when Sunrise called for a day of youth-led action in D.C., Kentucky showed up with the largest number of participants of any state - over 70. As February came to a close they participated in major actions at Mitch McConnell's Louisville and D.C. offices. Their D.C. action included a nationally covered occupation of Mitch's office that resulted in 42 arrests.

On June 18 we will learn about this exciting movement as we turn the mic over to a few of the youth activists at the center of the Sunrise Movement’s Louisville Hub. Providing some context and introductions will be Cultivating Connections’ Mark Steiner who has been supporting their efforts. We hope you’ll join us for this important presentation. Our programs are always free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 22, 9 - 11:30 am
Mindful Hiking
with Jordan Dye
Iroquois Park,
5216 New Cut Road, 40214

Would you like to feel more relaxed and in touch without taking a vacation or missing work? Are you curious to try mindfulness practices in nature?

This mindful hiking experience can help you recharge and recenter. Research shows that even two hours in nature can decrease stress and blood pressure levels while increasing feelings of calm.

We’ll meet in Iroquois Park, the “Yellowstone” of Louisville’s Olmsted parks. During this two-hour hike, we’ll pause for Forest Bathing practices and gentle Qi Gong. In this guided hike we'll draw upon mindfulness meditation practices to deepen our connection with nature. If the gound is wet, we’ll hike on the paved pedestrian road under a canopy of trees.

Private mindful hikes at Iroquois Park and other locations may be arranged for your group by dropping me a note. Register for hikes by emailing Jordan at  JordanDyeMSW@gmail.com . (Jordan will respond with an email with directions and details. Feel free to contact her with questions as well.) Limited to 8 adults. These hikes are offered on a donation basis ($10, $15 or $20 suggested, though not required).
Summer Camps

Monday, June 3 through
Wednesday, June 5, 9 am - 4 pm
Dirt Detectives Summer Camp
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213
In this awesome, hands-on summer camp, campers will be digging deep into the soil, taking samples of it, and learning about things ranging from the bugs inside of it to weathering effects on the soil and even erosion! Just a warning for kiddos who don’t like getting messy: You will be getting dirty in this one.

-The camp is for ages 4-12
-Pricing for this camp is $200 for our members and $220 for non-members.

For any more information on this camp or any other camps/events that we host, please visit our website at www.louisvillenaturecenter.org or give us a call at 502-548-1328

Register here !

Monday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 12, 9 am - 4 pm
Crazy with Curiosity Summer Camp
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213

Let your children’s imaginations run wild as they explore how science and curiosity work together to answer some of the world’s weirdest and wackiest questions and phenomena! Be prepared to learn how to identify animal tracks and figure out how to predict animal migration and movement!

This camp is for ages 4-12
Pricing is $200 for members and $220 for non-members. Register here .

For more information on this camp or any other camp/event we host at the Nature Center, please visit our website at www.louisvillenaturecenter.org or give us a call at 502-458-1328

Week 1: Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14
Week 2: Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21
Camp Nature Odyssey:
Adventures in Earth & Spirit
Summer Day Camps for Kids
Passionist Earth & Spirit Center Barn,
1924 Newburg Road. 
Summer kids camps are designed to cultivate a sense of awe and wonder in children entering grades 1-6. In our historic barn, in our outdoor classroom, and on our 29 acres of fields, woods, and gardens, children have opportunities to experience and learn more about the natural world in which they live. They learn about natural resources, growing food, reducing their environmental impact, art, music, cooking with our chef and so much more! The week is filled with meaningful yet fun activities and enriching experiences.  Registration: 502-452-2749 or  www.earthandspiritcenter.org .

Tuesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 11,10 am – 3 pm
Teen Leaders for Diversity
Summer Camp

Peace Education Program
318 West Kentucky St, 40203

The work of the National Coalition Building Institute is the foundation of our diversity workshops for 12 – 17 year olds. Teens explore and deepen the basic skills of affirmation, communication, cooperation and problem solving. They learn together how to celebrate their similarities and differences, understand stereotypes and interrupt prejudicial acts, remarks and slurs.

"I’ve improved my people skills – especially around resolving conflicts."

“Because of this camp I am better able to work with people that are different than me.”

“I had a great time and will recommend it to my friends!”

“At this camp we learned to work together as a team and communicate well with each other.”

“I came into this camp all stressed out and came out all cool, calm and relaxed."

Participants must be ready and willing to interact in small groups. The $60 fee covers lunch and snacks. Some scholarships are available. Registration available here .

Tues, August 6th – Thurs, the 8th,
9am – 5pm

Making Social MediaThat Matters
Summer Camp

Presented by
Peace Education Program
318 West Kentucky Street, 40203
This three-day PeaceCasters workshop is for people age 12-17 who want to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all social media to create positive change and affect their world (and maybe make some memes while they’re at it). Our focus will be on building communication and conflict resolution skills, empowered change-making through storytelling, making creative videos, and best practices for a social media lifestyle. It will be designed and presented by other young people and is hands-on.

Session topics will include:

• Social Media Success Stories
• Going Viral – Building Followings
• Creating Messages With Meaning
• Sharing YOUR story—why what you say matters
• Creating Graphics That Pop
• 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. Some scholarships are available.

Registration available here .

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. Registration and details here .

Monday – Friday, July 22-26,
8:30am – Noon
Compassionate Kids:
Peacemaking Camp
Drepung Gomang
Center for Engaging Compassion,
411 Hubbards Lane, 40207

Enjoy creative art-making, inspiring stories, first steps in mindfulness and cooperative games as you explore being caring, loving, compassionate kids who help build peace and understanding in our world. We welcome kids entering Grades 3 through 5 this August. Registration and details here .

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 !

Join the Sunrise Movement in Detroit - July 30th

We’re going to

#Change The Debate

Last November, the Sunrise Movement challenged Democratic leadership with a simple question: What is your plan? That question shook the world.

Since then, presidential candidates have been racing to back the Green New Deal, the first plan to treat climate change like the emergency it is.

But others have doubled down on the same corporate-driven policies that have failed for decades. This approach is a death sentence for our generation.

On July 30-31, 20 candidates will walk onstage in Detroit. They'll ask for our votes. We'll ask them to give a damn about our lives.

Join us in Detroit to turn the tide of history together. For our future. For justice. For humanity. Let's #ChangeTheDebate.

Watch this short video featuring Kentucky’s own Lily!

These Scientists Did More Than Tell Us We Were Doomed - The authors of the IPBES report also gave us a road map out

From the Sierra Club Magazine
By Heather Smith | May 9 2019

For about half a day earlier this week, the news was apocalyptic. “Humans are leading planet into sixth mass extinction” read a typical headline. “Humanity Is About to Kill 1 Million Species in a Globe-Spanning Murder-Suicide,” read another. That news—like all news these days—was quickly superseded by the relentless churn of the news cycle: incredible outfits at the Met Gala; the president squandered a billion dollars.

But it’s important to remember that none of those apocalyptic headlines were really an understatement. They were all based on a summary report released by the UN-backed Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)—a committee of scientists who are not prone to exaggeration and who nonetheless concluded that nearly 1 million species currently face extinction because of human actions. It’s also important to remember that the IPBES didn’t just lay a 39-page PDF of doom on us. The committee also offered solutions.

Read more here .
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