Recommended Events Calendar for March 2020

 Tuesday, March 3 •  Louisville Sustainability Forum
Tuesday, March 3 •  Kentucky Natural Lands Awareness Day
Wednesday, March 4 •  KFTC Rally for a Healthy Democracy Day
Friday, March 6 •  Compassionate Encounters Workshop
Saturday, March 7 •  Squallis’ ROUND-UP: An Adult + Kid Variety Show
Saturday, March 7 •  Anne McCarty Braden Commemoration
Monday, March 9 •  Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, March 11 •  Naturalist at Heart Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, March 14 •  Volunteer Clean Up at Iroquois Park
Tuesday, March 17 •  Sierra Club: Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge
Saturday, March 21 •  Community Creek Sweep
Saturday, March 21 •  Citizen Forester 101Training - Green Heart
Sunday March 22 •  Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh
Starting Tuesday, March 24 •  Communicating Clearly, Honestly, and Kindly
Saturday, March 28 •  Birding By Sound at LNC
Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3 •  Spring Break Adventure Week at Bernheim
Monday, March 30 •  Book Signing with No Fascist USA Authors
Tuesday, March 31 - Thursday April 2 •  PeaceCasters’ Youth Infuencers Camp
Tuesday, March 31 •  Flowers in the Air: Monarchs in Mexico

Save the Dates

Sunday, May 17 •  Mighty Kindness Hoot at Waterfront Park
Saturday, October 24th •  Louisville Earth Walk at Cherokee Park

  • Louisville Leaps Forward - 100% REAL Success
  • Stand Tall With Bernheim Video
  • So Your Kids are Stressed Out About the Climate Crisis







Tuesday, March 3, 12:30 pm
(note start time)
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Habitat for Humanity Restore
Earth and Spirit Center
1924 Newburg Rd, 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.

Main Presentation

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Jan Van Zant, Donor Relations Manager for the Habitat ReStores of Metro Louisville

Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts donations from the business and residential community including: cabinets and vanities, building materials (windows, doors, lighting, lumber, toilets, etc), along with appliances, furniture, décor and a wide assortment of other items. These items are sold in two Louisville locations, which are open to the public, to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville (including Oldham County).
The impact of this process is measured in part by keeping these materials in use and out of our landfills, as well as, generating dollars to be used to support the cause of affordable housing in our local community.
Since 1985, Habitat Louisville has been bringing the community together to build or rehab homes by partnering with low-income families and individuals who are in need of decent, affordable housing.
Home ownership unlocks the ability to build financial stability, to excel at work and school, and to grow up in a healthier environment. All of this plays a critical role in bringing neighbors, neighborhoods, and community, together to build a stronger Louisville.

Shorter Presentations

Wilderness and our best parks today -- what Yellowstone, Glacier National Park and Churchill Manitoba can tell us about wilderness and civilization today
Jeremy Covert , Photographer and Naturalist

River Heritage Conservancy
Scott Martin, Executive Director







Tuesday, March 3,
1 - 2 pm
Kentucky Natural
Lands Awareness Day
Kentucky State Capital, Frankfort
Come join us at the State Capitol in Frankfort to show our appreciation for Kentucky's Natural Lands on March 3rd. We have invited speakers representing land conservation organizations around the state and will be providing information on the state of our natural lands.

Kentucky’s natural lands protect important water resources across the state including approximately 245 native fishes, over 100 different kinds of freshwater mussels, and nearly 60 species of crayfish, ranking fourth nationally in aquatic biodiversity, all providing important healthy-stream functions such as water purification and flood control buffers.

Kentucky’s natural lands are critical to support healthy and diverse forests and habitat for our most rare and endangered species, as well as the state’s most natural scenic wonders. Come join us to ensure that Kentucky's leaders know how important these lands are to you!


Wednesday, March 4
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
KFTC Rally for a
Healthy Democracy Day
Kentucky Capitol Annex,
702 Capital Ave, Frankfort,40601
We're having a Healthy Democracy Day in Frankfort on March 4 including grassroots lobbying throughout the day and a rally at 1 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. We'll promote restoration of voting rights for people with felonies in their past, speak out against mandatory photo ID laws, and for reforms like automatic voter registration, longer voting hours, independent redistricting and more. Our Democracy is worth investing in!

• 8:30am to 10am - Rolling Lobby Trainings - Capitol Annex Room 171
• 10am to 1pm - Lobby legislators in small groups.
(if you arrive late or need something, come to the cafeteria in the basement)
• 1pm to 2pm - Rally for a Healthy Democracy
• 2pm to 2:30pm - Debrief in Capitol Annex room 171

The Capitol Annex is at 702 Capital Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601. Please bring photo ID and arrive early to get through the line. Register to participate here .




Friday, March 6, 9 am - 12:30 pm
Compassionate Encounters Workshop
First Unitarian Church
809 S Fourth St, 40203
The First Unitarian Church Committee on Homelessness and Central Louisville Community Ministries are co-sponsoring a Compassionate Encounters Workshop for volunteers and other people who may encounter people experiencing homelessness and wish to do so with awareness and compassion.

Presenter Tim Welsch , LCSW and a counselor at Family Health Center’s Phoenix Healthcare for the Homeless is the primary speaker and trainer. This workshop is sponsored by the First U Committee on Homelessness and CLCM (Central Louisville Community Ministry).

Topics Include:
  • Experiences that lead to homelessness
  • ways to approach and engage individuals with compassion
  • trauma informed approaches
  • deescalation techniques
  • process to enhance safety of all involved

This workshop is open to the public.  Register via email to office@firstlou.org . Use the subject line Compassionate Encounters




Saturday, March 7
10 am - 2:30 pm
Squallis Puppeteers presents
its second annual
“ROUND-UP:
An Adult + Kid Variety Show”
Highland Community Campus
1228 E. Breckinridge St. 40204
Join us for this wild ride through kid-written and kid-inspired short skits and stories by our current cast of collaborators. Featuring live rock & roll by father/son duo The Charlie Humble Band. Join us to see what happens next!

Recommended for children ages 5 & up.

Puppet Shows at 10:00am & 1:00 pm

Workshops immediately following each performance








Saturday, March 7, 12 -1:30 pm
Anne McCarty Braden Commemoration
St. George’s Episcopal Church
1201 South 26th, 40210
Join us at St. George's Episcopal Church to uplift and remember the life and work of Anne Braden. She dedicated her life to social justice and racial equality as a devoted member of the Episcopal church. All are invited to come hear about her in the church where she worshipped.

Sponsored by
  • - The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky
  • - The Diocesan Task Force on Racial Reconciliation
  • - The Anne Braden Commemoration Committee
  • St. George's Episcopal Church






Monday, March 9, 6:30 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church
809 South Fourth St, 40203


Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for our monthly meeting! Agenda TBA.

As always, food will be provided, and we welcome you to bring a dish to share. Our meetings are family-friendly and casual. Young folks are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting, and we'll have some supplies on hand to help keep younger kids busy. If you need childcare, please 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, March 11, 2- 3 pm
Naturalist at Heart
Volunteer Orientation
Falls of the Ohio State Park
201 W Riverside Dr, Clarksville, In, 47129
Curious about volunteering at the Falls of the Ohio? Find out if our program is right for you. Whether you like working with people or behind the scenes, we will provide training to help you give back to your community. This is first orientation we are offering to kick off the 2020 Naturalist at Heart class. The second is March 14.

Established in 2004, the Naturalist at Heart program is geared toward enthusiastic goal-oriented individuals with opportunities for growth through levels of certification. We also seek volunteers interested in helping in less public areas. We provide weekly classes connecting to the natural and cultural history of the Falls of the Ohio area.



Saturday, March 14,
12 - 2 pm
Volunteer Clean Up
at Iroquois Park
Iroquois Park, 40214
Join Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Iroquois Hill Runners in an effort to clean up Iroquois Park! We will be picking up trash along Rundill Road. Meet us at the amphitheater parking lot, and please dress for the weather with appropriate footwear. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.





Tuesday, March 17, 7 pm
Sierra Club presents
Wildflowers and Ferns of
Red River Gorge and the
Greater Red River Basin
United Crescent Hill Ministries Building
150 S. State St, 40206


Dan and Judy Dourson will share slides and stories from their new University of Kentucky Press title, Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin. 

The Red River Gorge's intricate canyon system features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges, making it one of the world's top rock-climbing destinations. The Gorge, known for its unspoiled scenic beauty and numerous hiking trails, is one of Kentucky's most popular natural destinations, attracting over 500,000 visitors a year. While books about hiking, climbing, and other recreational activities in the area are readily available, Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge is the first book specifically devoted to the biodiversity of the Gorge and its watershed.


Authors Dan and Judy Dourson introduce the geology and cultural history of the gorge but focus on the incredible diversity of both common and rare flora of this unique ecosystem. With over 1,000 color images and numerous illustrations covering over 1,500 species currently known to exist in the watershed, Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge is designed to be accessible to the casual hiker and of use to the seasoned naturalist. Rare and endangered species are highlighted as well as a few other important, but often ignored, non-flowering plant groups, including green algae, fungi, slime molds, lichens, and mosses. In addition, a small section on flowering woody vines, shrubs, and trees is included, making the book the most comprehensive natural guide to one of Kentucky's most well-known natural recreational areas.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Our programs are always free and open to the public.
 




Saturday, March 21, 2 pm
Community
Creek Sweep
Arthur K Draut Park,
4701 Bowling Road, 40207
This creek sweep is a family event! Everyone is welcome- though please keep in mind that little children need to be supervised by parents at all times for safety. Please bring your favorite work gloves and reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.

We will gather trash along the banks from Beargrass Creek. This park is a safe haven for urban wildlife and we wish to keep it safe from all the garbage that is all over the creek. All your help is appreciated and we will make such a difference!

See you soon,
Kentucky Heir Caecilia
 




Saturday, March 21
11 am - 3 pm
Citizen Forester 101Training - Green Heart
Salvation Army,
1010 Beecher St, 40215

Louisville Grows depends on trained volunteers to help us restore the urban tree canopy. Citizen Foresters are our "rock star" volunteers!

Citizen Forester Training 101 is the foundation of Louisville Grows' Urban Forestry Program. Through the training, participants learn how to restore and maintain Louisville's urban forest. Participants are taught basic tree anatomy and physiology, environmental stewardship, tree planting skills and how to lead other volunteers in proper planting and caring for trees.

Training is provided for individuals of all abilities, ages 12 years and older. The training cost is $25. Scholarships available upon request. A light breakfast and lunch is provided. All trainees receive a Citizen Forester t-shirt.

To request a scholarship or for more information, contact Lisa at programs@louisvillegrows.org


For more information on Green Heart Louisville, visit  https://greenheartlouisville.com/



Sunday March 22 3:00-5:00 PM.
Film Screening:
Paris to Pittsburgh
Epiphany Catholic Church Lighthouse
914 Old Harrods Creek Rd. Anchorage

Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. But faced with a federal government that is hostile to climate science, leaders across the U.S. are taking action themselves to safeguard our health and our environment. Hear their stories in "Paris to Pittsburgh", a new film that explores the local, private sector, and community leaders who are continuing to work towards our Paris Agreement goals - regardless of federal inaction.

Sponsored by Men of Epiphany and Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light
There is no charge for the screening. A discussion will follow.




Starting Tuesday, March 24
1 - 3 pm
Communicating Clearly,
Honestly, and Kindly
114 State Street, 40206
Are you looking for more effective ways to speak clearly and honestly, while also maintaining connection with the person you’re speaking to?

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

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. You will leave each class with new knowledge, awareness, and skills to apply! Facilitated by Cory Lockhart.

Meeting dates are as follows: March 24, March 31, April 7, (No class April 14), April 21, and April 28. In order to make the class accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $50 to $250. Registration and details here .






Saturday, March 28
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Birding By Sound
Louisville Nature Center
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213


"Acquiring the trick of listening to birds will teach you how better to enjoy life
and how better to endure it." - Simon Barnes

If you're attending "Birding for Beginners" in February, this will be a perfect followup!
This workshop will take place mostly on the trail. Spots are limited! Call 502-458-1328 to register. $15/person, $12/members.  Ages 15+

Register here .







Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3,
11 am - 3 pm
Spring Break
Adventure Week
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, KY
In conjunction with Spring Break, Bernheim will offer a week of daily drop-in activities and guided programs to celebrate the nature and wonder of Bernheim. Self-guided activities for exploring the arboretum and natural areas will also be available.

Spring break activities are free and take place at Bernheim’s Visitor Center. Registration is not required for individuals or families, but groups of six or more should RSVP at least 48 hours in advance by contacting Dan Pascucci at dpascucci@bernheim.org or (502) 955-8512.

Discovery Stations:
  • Daily 11 am -3 pm
  • 
Guided Nature Hikes: Daily 2-3 pm

  • Nature Concert: Wednesday April 1, 1-1:45 pm

$10 per car recommended donation applies to non-members.





Monday, March 30, 7pm
Louisville Showing Up
for Racial Justice presents
Hilary Moore and James Tracy
on their Book:
No Fascist USA
Carmichaels Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave, 40206

Meet Hilary Moore and James Tracy, authors of No Fascist USA!

Make your reservations at bit.ly/NoFascistUSABook

No Fascist USA! is the story of how a national grassroots network fought a resurgence of the KKK and other fascist groups during the Reagan years, laying the groundwork for today’s anti-fascist/anti-racist movements.

In June 1977, a group of white anti-racist activists received an alarming letter from an inmate at a New York state prison calling for help to fight the Ku Klux Klan’s efforts to recruit prison staff and influence the people incarcerated. In response, the activists founded the first chapter of what would eventually become a nationwide grassroots network, the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, dedicated to countering the rise of the KKK and other far-right white nationalist groups, and to building support for movements fighting for self-determination.

No Fascist USA! by Hilary Moore and James Tracy tells the story of that network and how its members emerged from the radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s to combat racism and state repression throughout the 1980s. Featuring dozens of graphics, posters, and materials from the time, the book follows the group’s trajectory through its political actions, engagement with punk rock youth culture, and involvement with underground splinter groups, concluding with an exploration of what tactical lessons their efforts offer those dedicated to fighting white supremacy today.

“We cannot possibly take on the challenges we face without learning from the past.
This book is a necessary and long overdue contribution to inform the way forward."
- Carla Wallace



Tuesday, March 31,
Wednesday, April 1 and
Thursday April 2, 9 am–5 pm
PeaceCasters’
Youth Infuencers Camp
Peace Education Program
318 W Ky. Street, 40203
Come join the Youth Influencers Spring Camp and let your voice be heard! Work together with other young people from around Louisville while we explore how social media and personal stories can create community change. You will learn advanced social media skills in order to create a powerful piece of work that shares your ideas with the world. At Youth Influencers, we use stories to build community, challenge prejudices, de-escalate conflicts, and inspire others to take action.

Activities include:

  • Practicing the power of your personal story
  • Using social media to create social change
  • Making impactful digital art and graphic designs
  • Taking control of your own narrative
  • Tackling the problem of trolls and bullies online
  • Playing lots of our famously addictive cooperative games

https://youtu.be/KgJb7wJTjJg
This camp for people ages 12–17 is totally youth-led and filled with cooperative games and socializing opportunities. Get the experience of working in a real media lab setting while collaborating with other young people. Whether you’ve never been to a PeaceCasters workshop before or are returning to create more groundbreaking projects, we’re excited to see you there!

This camp is priced on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale of $30–195 in order to stay affordable for all. For those in need of additional financial support, we have scholarships available. Register here .  For additional questions or accessibility needs, please email Lijah@PeaceEducationProgram.org .





Tuesday, March 31
6:30 - 8 pm
Flowers in the Air:
Monarchs in Mexico
Graeser Family Education Center, Waterfront Botanical Gardens
1435 Frankfort Ave, 40206

Join us for a first-hand account by a regional pollinator and plant expert of her two recent travels to the butterfly reserves of central Mexico’s Sierra Madres.

This presentation showcases her photography and videos of the natural migration and overwintering phenomena of our imperiled monarch. She will share insight on the recent trends on the healthy, safety and most recent migrations of the monarch as well as share how you can become an effective butterfly-rearing hobbyist. Learn how to garden in Kentuckiana to better support butterflies in all of their life cycle stages.

Instructor: Tavia Cathcart-Brown


Save the Dates



Save the Date
2020
Mighty Kindness Hoot
Sunday, May 17,
12 - 7 pm
Brown-Forman Amphitheater at Waterfront Park

Click here to register as an exhibitor/vendor






Save the date!
Saturday,
October 24th
2020
Louisville Earth Walk
Cherokee Park
(Hogan's Fountain area).
And More
From Drew Foley and 350 Louisville

Wahoo!!! It's been a long time coming, but Louisville is now the 160th U.S. city to commit to reaching 100% renewable energy. The goals are to achieve: (1) 100% clean renewable electricity for Metro government operations by 2030; (2) 100% clean energy for Metro government operations by 2035; and (3) 100 % clean energy community-wide by 2040.
The 100% Renewable Energy Alliance of Louisville (100%REAL) worked for twenty months to achieve passage of this Resolution. (100% REAL started with a 350 Louisville core.) Many thanks to all members of that alliance. Also, many thanks to the following Metro Council representatives: (1) David James (D-6) who sponsored the original version of the bill; (2) Brandon Coan (D-8) who sponsored the second version of the bill; and (3) Nicole George (D-21)and Bill Hollander (D-9) who joined as co-sponsors of the second version of the bill.

Immediately following the vote, Mayor Fischer expressed support for the Resolution and outlined the first three steps toward implementation: (1) do an energy audit; (2) hire a Metro energy manager; and (3) do a feasibility study. A “Request for Proposal” (RFP) for the energy audit is expected to go out in March.


The debate at the Thursday night meeting was vigorous and impassioned on both sides. In the end the Resolution passed with 15 in favor, 4 opposed, 5 not voting, and 2 abstaining. You can watch the debate here , beginning at the 2-hour, 17-minute mark.


Get more of the story at the following media links: (1) press release from national Sierra Club ; (2) radio station WFPL ; and (3) TV station WDRB.


Many thanks to everyone for your support of the Resolution.

#StandTallWithBernheim

Watch the video!


So Your Kids are Stressed Out About
the Climate Crisis

All their lives, our kids have absorbed terrifying stories about what’s
happening to our planet and the creatures that inhabit it.

Here are some tips for helping them
deal with eco-anxiety.

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