Cultivating Connections Recommends: Events for Metro Louisville - May 2018
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May Events
Sunday the 6th * Puppets, Painting and Singing Out for the Poor People's Campaign
Wednesday the 9th & Thursday the 10th * Engaged Compassion Class with Cory Lockhart
Thursday the 10th * Speak Up: Tell Your Story
Friday the 11th * Troubadours of Divine Bliss FUNdraiser for Mighty Kindness
Tuesday the 15th * Water in Kentucky: Natural History, Communities, and Conservation
Thursday the 17th * Screening of "The Reluctant Radical"
Friday the 18th * Parents Night Out at the Louisville Nature Center
Friday the 18th * Creatures of the Night at Bernheim Forest
Saturday the 19th * Mighty Kindness Hoot at Waterfront Park
Saturday the 19th * Exploring the Wisdom and Landscape of Your Dreams
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Sunday, May 6, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Puppets, Painting and Singing Out for the Poor People's Campaign
2500 Montgomery St, Louisville, KY 40212

The Squallis Puppeteers group is hosting the creation of two local revolutionary shero puppets, Mattie Jones and Anne Braden. These puppets will be used for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, 40 days of non violent direct action and beyond! Come help in the creation of the puppets as well as signs and banners for the 40 days of action. We'll also learn some songs of the PPC!

Wednesday evenings starting May 9 - June 6th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Thursday mornings starting May 10 - June 7, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Engaged Compassion Class with Cory Lockhart
Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

This is a great class for parents and educators!

Compassion is a state of being and it is also the practice of acting in the world for the greater good. This five-week course focuses on building skills, expanding perspectives, developing vision, and exploring spiritual practices that are critical in fully acknowledging, directly confronting, and actively engaging in the "gritty realities of 21st century life." The course aims to shed light on some of today's realities, to offer hope through stories and insights of spiritual leaders, scholars, and activists who have integrated compassion into difficult contexts, and to cultivate within you actions you can take to integrate compassion into the gritty realities that call you to attention. Learn how you can engage on a local level and explore ways you can contribute in creating more just communities. This course will be highly interactive with small group dialogue, partner-sharing, and experiential activities.

Fee: Early Registration $100, Registration after April 26, 2018 will be $120
502.452.2749 or

Thursday, May 10, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Speak Up: Tell Your Story
21c Museum Hotel, 700 West Main Street, 40202

Join the ACLU of Kentucky at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville for an evening of exploring civil liberties through the eyes of youth. Young leaders from the community will share their personal journey of political power through spoken word and storytelling. Come and learn how youth are Speaking Up in Louisville.

We encourage you to arrive early or stay after the program to view the newest exhibition at 21c Louisville, "Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation." Addressing how discrimination and injustice have shaped both identity and its artistic representation, the artists featured in Dress Up, Speak Up reimagine, restage, and re-perform iconographic imagery from Renaissance painting to present-day media to expose gaps in both art and history, and to confront the legacy of embedded experience.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets available here .

Friday, May 11, 8:00 - 11:00pm
Troubadours of Divine Bliss FUNdraiser for Mighty Kindness
The Planet, 2232 Bardstown Road, 40205

Come out for Bliss & Kindness!
This will be a very special show with all-star special guests, sing-a-longs & new songs.
We will be raising funds for the Mighty Kindness Hoots! Raffles, Prizes & more.
Show your Kindness and have one heck of a Divine time!

Guests to include
Nick Payne
Laura Shine
Kri Magesty 

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents: Dr. Alice Jones on the book
Water in Kentucky: Natural History, Communities, and Conservation
United Crescent Hill Ministries building, 150 S. State St., 40206

Co-editor Dr. Alice Jones, professor of geosciences at Eastern Kentucky University, will discuss the new title, Water in Kentucky: Natural History, Communities, and Conservation. Home to sprawling Appalachian forests, rolling prairies, and the longest cave system in the world, Kentucky is among the most ecologically diverse states in the nation. Lakes, rivers, and springs have shaped and nourished life in the Commonwealth for centuries, and water has played a pivotal role in determining Kentucky's physical, cultural, and economic landscapes. The management and preservation of this precious natural resource remain a priority for the state's government and citizens.

In this generously illustrated book, experts from a variety of fields explain how water has defined regions across the Commonwealth. Together, they illuminate the ways in which this resource has affected the lives of Kentuckians since the state's settlement, exploring the complex relationship among humans, landscapes, and waterways. They examine topics such as water quality, erosion and sediment control, and emerging water management approaches. Through detailed analysis and case studies, the contributors offer scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and general readers a wide perspective on the state's valuable water resources.

Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm
Screening of The Reluctant Radical
Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church (Hearth Room) 4936 Brownsboro Road, 40222

Climate Civil Disobedience - Actions of Conscience

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? The Reluctant Radical follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.

The Reluctant Radical is an intimate portrait of climate activist Ken Ward. Ken breaks the law as a last resort and with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. The film follows Ken through a series of civil disobedience direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. Facing 20 years in prison for his actions, the film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one's moral calling.  The film will be followed by a short discussion.

Friday, May 18, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Parents Night Out
Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave, 40213

Enjoy a few hours without the kids! Get some shopping done or enjoy a date night out. At the Louisville Nature Center your kids will be playing games and making nature-themed crafts. Dinner and snacks will be served, too.

For ages 6 -12. Members $15/ Non-members $20  (502) 458-1328.

Friday, May 18, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Creatures Of The Night: Frogs And Toads
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky, 40110

Journey with Bill Napper and fellow Volunteer Naturalists on a driving tour into sections of Bernheim where crepuscular and nocturnal creatures are most active. Program includes a small amount of hiking through easy terrain. Bernheim Members $10; Non-Members $12. Ages 8 and up. No pets allowed.

Registration and payment are due by 4 P.M. on the day prior to start of program; call (502) 955 - 8512.

Saturday May 19, 12 pm - 7 pm
the 2018 Mighty Kindness Hoot
Brown - Forman Amphitheater, Waterfront Park

The Hoot is a free community unity festival where you'll find local food, music, art, green businesses, neighborhood & social justice organizations, all sorts of art,
fun for kids, the healing arts, Amphitheater Stage & Solar-powered Sun Stage, The KindheARTWalk, Free Educational Workshops, Massage-a-thon, Movement Circle, Mighty Kind Second Line Parades, Community Jam, over 200 booths and more!

The Hoots are all about feeding the peace, love, joy, healing, knowledge,
sustainability and strength of our community. So bring your family and friends
for a celebration of life and possibility!

   The Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot was voted "
Best Festival" after the Derby by LEO Weekly & "One of the Top 15 Music Festivals in Louisville" by

Parades at the Mighty Kindness Hoot

Join Jyn Yates & Melanie Dillman and their Marching for Kindness Band
in the Give a Hoot Parades celebrating and supporting:
2:00 pm Students and Teachers
3:00 pm Dreamers, Immigrants, Refugees
4:00 pm The Poor People's Campaign
5:00 pm Protecting and Loving Earth 

Saturday, May 19, 2018 9 am to 5 pm
Exploring the Wisdom and Landscape of Your Dreams
Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205

Discover how your dreams offer a vision and a revelation
that can inspire and guide you to a deeper life.

Nightly, dreams offer the conscious mind access to an inner wisdom that is both personal and universal. This unconscious underworld realm is a reservoir of unrecognized feelings, skills, perceptions, thoughts, habits, hidden phobias, concealed desires, and inherited experiences.

This workshop - using body, nature-based, and experiential exercises - will guide participants through a process of uniting the conscious and unconscious minds so that their original unique promise might be fulfilled. By re-entering and immersing ourselves in dream time together, we will invite the deeper realms of our human psyche to lead us toward an encounter with the deep inner wisdom of our souls. This powerful approach can help us find direction, uncover forgotten or buried parts of ourselves (shadow), and offer guidance for positive personal change.

* Learn how to remember the "visions of the night."
* Explore how to work with dreams and come to
a fuller understanding of their rich meanings.
* Wake up to a source of guidance, healing and creativity beyond
the reach of the everyday mind.
* Experience a holistic approach to conscious dreaming with
the aims of psychological growth and self discovery.

Cost: $60 for reservations made by April 28; $75 after April 28.
Some scholarships are available.
Register at

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