May 2019 Recommended Events Calendar

Tuesday, May 7 •  Louisville Sustainability Forum
Thursday, May 9 •  Center for Neighborhoods Organization 101
Thursday, May 9 •  Louisville Grows presents a Screening of The Food Cure
Saturday, May 11 •  Sunrise Movement: Green New Deal Tour in Frankfort
Saturday, May 11 •  Louisville Grows: Seeds and Starts Sale
Monday, May 13 •  Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, May 15 •  Cultivating Social Enterprise in Business
Thursday, May 16 •  Compassion Cultivation Symposium
Thursday, May 16 •  Cultivation Compassion Louisville Public Talk
Saturday, May 18 •  Fe Fi Fo FunFest at Bernheim Forest
Saturday, May 18 •  Forest Fest at Horine Reservation
Tuesday, May 21 •  Sierra Club presents Urban Agriculture Conservationist
Saturday May 25 •  LSURJ Community Pot Luck Dinner
Tuesday, My 28 •  KIPL's House of Worship Solar Tour

Coming in June
Saturday, June 1 •  Mindful Hiking at Iroquois Park with Jordan Dye
June 4 - July 23, 6:30 - 8:30pm •  Compassion Cultivation Training with Anne Walter

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

Spotlight on the Green New Deal

Tuesday, May 7, 12:15 – 1:45 pm
Louisville Sustainability
Highland/Shelby Park Library,
Mid-City Mall,
1250 Bardstown 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. Please note new Tuesday meeting time.

Please note that:
  • these meetings have been moved from Wednesdays to Tuesdays
  • the May forum is in a different location for this month only
  • the May meeting starts at 12:15 p.m., this month only.

Scheduled May topics include:
  • LG&E’s feasibility study on using solar energy alone to meet energy requirements for a certain area of Louisville
  • Recycling from an engineer’s perspective
  • Louisville’s “Brightside” program.

Thursday, May 9, 6:00 pm
Organization 101:
Recruiting and Retaining Members
Center for Neighborhoods,
507 South Third Street, 40202
Every strong neighborhood organization needs strong attendance and participation. Join us for the first part of our 3 part series "Organization 101: Recruiting and Retaining Members" to gain fresh ways to maintain membership and creative ideas to attract new members. This is a free class geared towards neighborhood leaders looking to grow their organization.

Please RSVP via this link .

Thursday, May 9, 6:00 pm
Louisville Grows presents a
Screening of The Food Cure
Louisville Grows Healthy House,
1641 Portland Ave, 40203
The Food Cure follows six cancer patients who make an unusual choice. They decide to face their disease with a radical plant-based diet. Unproven, untested and highly risky, these methods might be their last chance to live.

Watch the trailer

Saturday, May 11, 7 pm
Sunrise Movement:
Green New Deal Tour
400 E Main St
Frankfort, KY 40601
Join us at the Kentucky Tour Stop, on the Road to a Green New Deal(GND)! At this Tour Stop, we'll explore what the pain of the climate crisis looks like for Kentucky and the nation, and what the promise of the Green New Deal will look like, too. We'll hear from political champions, and community and movement leaders, using multimedia presentations and regular conversations. We'll set the roadmap to 2021 and beyond, discovering what the GND means for each of us — and what action we'll take to make it happen. This event is sponsored by the Sunrise Movement and Sunrise Kentucky, with our local partners Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) and SEIU 32BJ.

Speakers include:
  • Varshini Prakash, Executive Director of Sunrise Movement
  • Rep. Attica Scott, from Kentucky’s 41st state House district, and former organizer with Kentucky Jobs with Justice
  • Kevin Short, high school environmental organizer and former President of the Kentucky High School Democrats
  • Scott Shoupe, a 4th generation coal miner currently working for a just transition to renewable energy
  • & more to be announced!

Before the event, a "Seat At The Table" dinner will be served at 5:30 pm in the ballroom on the 4th floor of the Carl M. Hill Student Center. Guests are encouraged to arrive between 5 and 5:30 pm. This dinner is an opportunity to meet and engage with diverse people from across Kentucky who are working to build a powerful movement for a Just Transition and a Green New Deal. Come enjoy a good meal, fellowship, and inspiring conversations before the GND Tour event starts at 7 pm in the building next door.

Register here !

Saturday, May 11,
10 am - 4pm
Seeds and Starts Sale
Shawnee People’s Garden,
536 N 44th Street, 40212
Louisville Grows' annual Seeds and Starts Sale in May will be filled with you favorite and unique veggie plants, fruit trees, flowers, herbs, mulch, compost, and more. All proceeds go to support our Community Garden Grant program. Seeds are planted and grown with love by our greenhouse volunteers. Each of our 100+ varieties of plants are chosen for adaptability, biodiversity, beauty, and taste! We have unique plants for any space you have, and we'll give you some seeds for free!

Get your local, low-cost plants at Seeds and Starts!

Monday, May 13, 6:30 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church,
809 South Fourth Street, 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. 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 !

Wednesday, May 15,
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Cultivating Social Enterprise
in Business
Eifler Theater
(Formerly The Clifton Center),
2117 Payne St, 40206
Canopy Ky hosts an evening of compelling conversations between Thupten Jinpa, Leah Weiss, and local, innovative business leaders, moderated by Mayor Greg Fischer. In line with Canopy's mission of supporting good business in Kentucky, the event will highlight the role of for-profit social enterprise in a challenging and dynamic world.

Tickets available here .

Thursday, May 16, 8:30am – 2pm
Compassion Cultivation
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church,
330 North Hubbards Lane, 40207

Explore rejuvenating and supportive practices for teachers, healthcare providers, religious and civic leaders. Thupten Jinpa and Leah Weiss will facilitate interactive and practical ways to cultivate compassion in the work or home setting and within oneself.

Tickets available here .

Thursday, May 16,
7:00 - 9:00pm
Cultivation Compassion
Louisville Public Talk
Bomhard Theater,
Kentucky Center

Join Thupten Jinpa, principal English translator for the Dalai Lama and creator of Compassion Cultivation Training, and Leah Weiss, specialist in teaching compassion in everyday contexts, to learn how to rewire your mind and transform your heart in response to life’s inevitable difficulties. Explore the emerging Science of Compassion as it sheds light on compassionate living and creating a peace-filled world.

Tickets available here .

Saturday, May 18,
11 am - 4pm
Fe Fi Fo FunFest
Bernheim Forest,
Clermont, Kentucky
Step into the world of Forest Giants and woodland faeries at Bernheim’s Fe Fi Fo FunFest. The spring celebration includes nature discovery stations, construction of the faerie village, costume parade, giant tree giveaways, guided tree walks, local food trucks and Isaac’s Café, and more. Local BAMS students will present a research showcase, including a catapult launch. Garden gnomes, prairie sprites, cave wizards, and other whimsical creatures also welcome.

Don't miss the Fe Fi Fo Fun Run: a benefit for Bernheim Forest the same day. This NEW race (5k 10k and fun run) is your chance to run not only through the beauty of Bernheim in spring, but also through the Forest Giants. Fe fi fo run run run.

Fe Fi Fo FunFest is free for Bernheim members; $10 per car for non-members.

Saturday, May 18,
10:30 am - 7:00pm
Forest Fest
Horine Reservation,
12304 Holsclaw Hill Road, 40109
FREE bluegrass and Americana music festival! Arts and crafts booth, kids' actvities (with an expanded nature play area and a climbing wall!), food, beer, and wine, all in a 6,600 acre forest! Parking is $10/car. Kid friendly, family fun in one of Louisville's most beautiful natural areas! Contact the Welcome Center if you need additional directions 502-368-5404.

2019 Musical Lineup

Michael Cleveland
Becky Buller
Amythyst Kiah
Grizzly Goat
Ida Clare

Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club
Lilias Pettit-Scott,
Urban Agriculture Conservationist
United Crescent Hill Ministries Building,
150 State Street, 40206
Please join us on as we welcome Lilias Pettit-Scott. Pettit-Scott is the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District’s first Urban Agriculture Conservationist. She is working to connect residents of Jefferson County to urban agriculture and local food production by helping them understand their soil resources and to manage those resources for sustainable production. Lilias sees gardening education as a means to reconnect urban residents to agricultural practices, rural communities and the importance of Kentucky’s farmland and family farmers. She resides in the Schnitzelberg neighborhood where she tends an orchard and apiary with her partner.

Lilias chairs the Urban Agriculture Coalition (UAC) in Louisville, a working group of the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition. The UAC's mission is to create an equitable and resilient food system in Louisville by supporting and expanding home and community based food production and distribution, providing agricultural education and resources, and restoring the relationships between our gardens, their communities and ecosystems. Lilias will share stories of urban agriculture efforts throughout Louisville and provides information on how residents can connect to urban agriculture organizations and resources. The programs of the Louisville Sierra Club are always free and open to the public.

Saturday May 25,
5:00 - 7:00 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

Tuesday, My 28,
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light's
House of Worship Solar Tour
Starting at
Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church,
4936 Brownsboro Road

Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light is having a solar tour of houses of worship in Louisville. The tour will begin at 7 pm at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church. A bus will be provided. Participants will tour houses of worship in the city and hear the stories of why and how these communities came to install this clean energy alternative. In addition, a solar installer will be on hand to answer your questions. The tour is free, but donations to offset the costs will are appreciated. Email us at if you plan on attending.

Coming In June

Saturday, June 1,
9 - 11 am
Mindful Hiking
at Iroquois Park
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 ground is wet, we’ll hike on the paved pedestrian road under a canopy of trees.

Registration is required by emailing Jordan at . (I’ll respond with an email with directions and details.) Limited to 8 adults. These hikes are offered on a donation basis ($5 to $15 suggested, though not required).

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

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 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 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 .

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 !

Resources for
Exploring the

Click above to watch NBC’s mini-documentary about
the Rise of the Green New Deal

Click here to read
this short NPR story
which includes a link to
the Green New Deal

Click here to support the Green New Deal by signing the Sunrise sponsored petition!
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