Recommended Events Calendar for November 2019

Tuesday, November 5 •  Louisville Sustainability Forum presents KWA
Friday, November, 8 •  Seeds for Urban Play Conference
Friday, November 8 •  In Our Hands - Young Earth Activist Art Opening
Friday, Nov 8 - Sunday, Nov 10 •  Sierra Club Kentucky Chapter’s Annual Gathering
Saturday, November 9 •  The Way of the Heart Retreat
Saturday, November 9 •  2019 Neighborhood Summit
Saturday, November 9 •  Green Party presents How to Grow the Climate Movement
Monday, November 11 •  Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Thursday, November 14 • Metro Council Meeting:100% Renewables
Friday, November 15 •  Owl Prowl at the Louisville Nature Center
Saturday, November 16 •  ECO Kids Discovery Day: Survival Strategies
Saturday, November 16 • Mapping Gratitude Workshop
Tuesday, November 19 •  Sierra Club presents Sarah Lynn Cunningham
Saturday, November 23 •  Louisville Showing Up For Racial Justice Potluck Dinner
Saturday, November 30 •  Embracing Wonder: Astonished, Awed and Grateful

December Preview

Tuesday, December 3 •  Climate Change, Environmental Justice
Investing in Our Future Conference

Tuesday, November 5, 12 – 1:30 pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, 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.

Main Presentation

Protecting, Restoring, and Celebrating Kentucky's Waterways
Ward Wilson, Executive Director, Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA)

KWA is the only statewide nonprofit devoted to the protection of waterways. It serves as a watchdog of regulatory programs, partner to public and private organizations in restoring waterways and habitats, and introduces students and adults to the water resources of the state through events and cleanups. 

The alliance is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) which provides support on national issues such as wildlife program funding and climate change. With NWF, KWA also promotes certified wildlife habitat in backyards, religious institutions' property, and communities. Ward will present an overview of the current work and plans for the future. He would like to hear from you on your ideas for waterways work and your story of a waterway you know and love.

Ward Wilson became Executive Director of Kentucky Waterways Alliance in February 2017. Ward previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and has been an active member of KWA for over 20 years.

Shorter Presentations

Thirty Years later: From "We are the people" to "We are the climate"
Ben Plume, Kentucky Green Party

Responding to the Fierce Urgency of Now 
Halida Hatic and Bodhi Farmer

Friday, November 8, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Children at Play Network and Play Cousins Collective Present
Seeds for Urban Play Conference
St Stephen Family Life Center, 1508 W Kentucky St, 40210

National speakers and workshops will address equitable access to safe and quality outdoor free play to support the health and wellbeing of all children. Dr. Harrison Pinkney, of Clemson University, Courtney Gardner and Ben Dalbey, of Free for All Baltimore, will present, as well as others, with a focus on providing an array of play experiences for children of color, the role of gendered differences and identify formation through play, connecting black youth to natural settings and implications for policies, cultural competencies and training.

Kristen Williams, executive director of Play Cousins Collective (PCC), will discuss the landscape of play for African-American children in Louisville and the partnered efforts of PCC and the Children at Play Network to support free play opportunities and expand the language of play in community. Play Cousins Collective is a non-profit organization providing children’s programming, family engagement and community resources to empower African-American families to improve outcomes for young children.

This conference is intended for stakeholders in community-based organizations, parks and recreation, youth programming, healthcare, education, early childhood, public safety, urban planning and design, landscape architects as well as parents, residents and advocates for children, play and nature.

Registration Fees are offered on a sliding scale: $0 – $5 – $10 – $25 or $50. Please choose as you are able to pay or attend for free.


Friday, November 8, 6 - 8 pm
In Our Hands - Young Earth Activist Art Opening
Louisville Grows Healthy House, 1641 Portland Ave, 40203

Louisville Grows is proud to partner with the Young Earth Activist Club from duPont Manul High School to present our last Healthy House Art Opening of 2019. "In Our Hands" is derived from the club's theme of Hope in the Environmental Crisis. The exhibit will feature enlightening and mindful artwork from students in the club. Spoken word will take place during the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

November 8-10, 2019
Sierra Club Kentucky Chapter’s Annual Gathering
Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz, KY.
Our goal is to energize and educate our members and friends on environmental issues relevant to Kentucky and the nation. We are again partnering with our friends at the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) to create a dynamic and interesting Family Program track so that adults and kids alike are assured to have a great time. The importance of biodiversity, healthy environments, and functional systems will be taught through interactive and artistic play.  

The chapter website will contain the most up-to-date information and registration guidance: https/www.sierra .

The main programming is almost finalized, but we are working to make sure the gathering has something for everyone.  Some of the programming you can look forward to:
• Asian Carp, Invasion of Western Kentucky Waterways.
• Folk Art as Long Environmentalism
• An update on the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign
• An environmental Panel Discussion lead by students from Murray State University
• A non-profit group's experience with installing solar panels

We are also pleased to announce that our keynote speaker on Saturday evening will be Adam Edelen. Mr. Edelen is a business person and solar energy entrepreneur. He also has extensive Kentucky political experience. He served as Chief of Staff for Governor Steve Beshear from 2008-2010, and he was elected as Auditor of Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2011, serving a four year term. He was also a Sierra Club endorsed candidate in the Democratic primary election for governor in May of this year.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to socialize on Friday and Saturday evenings and, if you wish, you can go on an early Saturday afternoon hike. Musical entertainment will be provided on Saturday night by Lew Jetton followed by a bonfire.  Lodge rooms are available at reasonable rates and a variety of meal options are available.

Saturday, November 9, 12 - 5 pm
The Way of the Heart Retreat
Way of the Heart Woods,
Oriole, IN 47551

Retreat from the madness, stress and aggression of this world and find your center of peace. Come for an afternoon of release, reflection, rejuvenation. We will let the woods wash away your worry by reconnecting with Nature and our true Nature- basking in healing. We will release in fire of transformation our concerns, anger, sadness and dismay for our world, the Earth, our families and ourselves- calling in surrender & trust. We will let ourselves play and allow joy to permeate our entire being- calling in gratitude and bliss. We will connect with and deepen our inner center of peace calling in rooted, compassionate connection and loving detachment.

There will be a special Retreat/Dinner/Concert package available for this day!

Retreat led by Renee Ananda & Aim Me Smiley- Troubadours of Divine Bliss

Some responses from past retreat attendees-

"Renee & Aim Me create a sacred space where you feel safe and held by a bigger peace. You feel like you can open your heart and reveal your true self and feelings.”

"Way of the Heart Woods is a special place where I felt I could immediately let my guard down.”

"I felt lighter, clearer and pursued by a hopeful vision for my life after the retreat.”

"The troubadours helped me navigate and see some things I was having a hard time looking at and working through.”

Register here .

Saturday, November 9, 9 am - 3 pm
2019 Neighborhood Summit
Jefferson Community and Technological College,
109 East Broadway, 40202
Come network, learn from and celebrate neighborhood development and community building success stories from across Louisville and beyond. The Neighborhood Summit is a day-long conference that showcases community building success stories and celebrates neighborhood development across the Louisville community. Through interactive workshops, engaging keynote speakers, and networking breakouts, Neighborhood Summit attendees learn about community achievements, make valuable connections, and come away inspired.

Ask about scholarships and child care! Registration here .

Saturday, November 9, 1 - 4 pm
Green Party of Ky presents
How to Grow
the Climate Movement
Boardroom, Louisville Free Public Library. 301 S York St. 40203
All are welcome to this special presentation of the Green Party of Kentucky. We will talk about how we can grow the climate movement in Louisville. Hart will present effective and little known strategies for growing a small organization and a local movement.

Call Hart Hagan at 502-303-8293 for additional information.

Monday, November 11, 6:30 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church,
809 South Fourth Street, 40203

Join us for our November chapter meeting where we will be discussing issues of education justice. Specifically, we'll be talking about the JCPS Student Assignment Plan and the use of School Resource Officers (SROs).

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 .

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 .

Thursday, November 14
Metro Council Parks and Sustainability Meeting:
100% Renewable Energy Resolution

“A revised Resolution (revised from the one considered a year ago) was introduced into Metro Council on August 8th by new sponsor Brandon Coan (District 8). The first consideration of the Resolution by the Parks and Sustainability (P&S) Committee occurred on August 15th, and it was tabled pending hearing from key stakeholders. During the month of October, the P&S Committee held three hearings and heard from three stakeholders: Metro Public Works, the Resolution advocates, and LG&E.

On November 14th, the committee is scheduled to hear from the Energy Manager for the City of Cincinnati. This should be particularly interesting, so please come. Signs will be provided (size limited to 8.5” x 11”). The meeting will be held in council chambers in City Hall, 601 West Jefferson.

Also, please contact your own Metro Council representative and urge them to support the Resolution. For more info, see this website or contact .

 Friday, November 15, 6 pm
Owl Prowl
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213
Join Chris Bidwell and Susan Wilson at the Louisville Nature Center Owl Prowl. Light refreshments will be provided. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Don’t forget to dress for the weather! Cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited to 20 participants so call 458-1328 today to reserve your spot.

Saturday, November 16,
10 am - 12 pm
Mapping Gratitude:
Noticing and Expressing Thanks for the Good in Our Lives
Just Faith, 224 Woodbine Street, 40208
The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful . -Brother David Steindl-Rast

Gratitude practices are central to many spiritual traditions. Recent scientific studies show that gratitude not only gives us a spiritual boost, but also enhances our physical and psychological well-being. Practicing gratitude encourages us to move out of a scarcity mindset to one in which we notice the abundant good in our lives.

Want to spend a morning exploring the abundance in your life?

In this 2-hour workshop each participant will create a gratitude map, a visual tracking of the people and life events that have blessed them. Based on the compassionate communication framework of observation, feelings, and needs, the workshop will include a short teaching and ample time for participants to reflect and create their gratitude maps. Toward the end of the second hour, participants will have the opportunity to share insights gained from the mapping.

Each participant will leave with their map and up to 5 self-decorated or printed thank you cards. Investment is $30. Register here .

Saturday, November 16,
9 am - 4:30 pm
ECO Kids Discovery Day: Survival Strategies
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, KY
Animals must migrate, hibernate, or stay active to survive the cold months ahead. Play the On Your Own Challenge to help them make the right decisions. The E-C-O stands for Every Child Outside, and that’s exactly where kids can be found during ECO Kids Discovery Days! Discovery Days take place the first and third Saturday of each month at the Visitor Center and include:

• Hands-on Discovery Stations, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 – 4 pm
• Hike of the Day, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 pm and runs 45 – 60 minutes

• On Your Own Challenge, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 am – 5 pm

$10 per car recommended applies for non-members

Tuesday, November 19, 7 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents
Sarah Lynn Cunningham
United Crescent Hill Ministries Building, 150 S. State St., 40206

Join us as we welcome longtime environmental activist and educator, Sarah Lynn Cunningham. She will discuss her travel experiences from her recent visit to Australia and New Zealand. Sarah Lynn will show slides and share stories about Uluru (formerly called Ayers Rock), the Great Barrier Reef, Milford Sound, and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pizza will be offered as well.

Sarah Lynn Cunningham is a licensed, professional environmental engineer and an environmental educator. She holds two interdisciplinary degrees from the University of Louisville: a bachelor’s in environmental engineering and a master’s in environmental education and environmental history. She has been an environmental activist for over 45 years. After retiring from civil service—with the Louisville & Jefferson Co. Metropolitan Sewer District, Jefferson Co. Board of Health and KY Division of Water—Sarah Lynn began a part-time private engineering practice, applying her practical experience to achieving clients’ sustainability and energy-efficiency goals. 

After joining the international Climate Reality Project and being licensed by Al Gore to give her version of "An Inconvenient Truth," Sarah Lynn co-founded Louisville Climate Action Network (LCAN) where she serves as its part-time director. Besides teaching for LCAN, she has taught graduate and undergraduate environmental engineering courses at U of L.

Our programs are always free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 23, 5 - 6:30 pm
Louisville Showing Up
For Racial Justice Potluck Dinner
Central Presbyterian Church,
318 West Kentucky St, 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.

Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ) is a local chapter of the national SURJ network. Our goal is to organize white people for racial justice. All are welcome at LSURJ events and activities, however please be aware that our events are tailored to call white people into this movement work.

Once each month, LSURJ hosts events open to the public. Events rotate between a social potluck and an education event. You can visit the pinned post on the top of our Facebook page to learn how you can sign up for email updates and how to follow us on other social media channels.

Childcare, ride/transportation assistance, and ASL interpretation are available upon request. Meetings are held in accessible spaces. Message us on Facebook or send us an email to so we can plan accordingly.

Saturday, November 30, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Embracing Wonder: Astonished, Awed and Grateful
An Advent Retreat with Joe Grant
Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion,
411 N Hubbards Lane, 40207
As the days darken, Advent arrives to wake us up to wonder.
If we're not astonished, we're not yet awake!

Using presentation, guided meditation, centering practices, sacred listening and sharing, this retreat explores how wonder widens our hearts, opens our minds, and compels us to compassionate encounters.

Priced according to your ability ($65, $85, $100) and includes early refreshments and lunch. Some partial scholarships available.

For more info or registration: Anne Walter, or 502-594-7455
Coming in December

Tuesday, December 3, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Climate Change, Environmental Justice - Investing in Our Future
Simmons College of Kentucky,
1000 S Fourth St, 40203
"Climate Change, Environmental Justice - Investing in Our Future" is the theme of The West Jefferson County Community Task Force’s (WJCCTF) fourth annual Environmental Justice Conference. WJCCTF was established by the Jefferson County Division of Environmental Health and Protection to identify environmental problems in the West Louisville area.

The NAACP states "From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged this great organization and maintain its status as a champion of social justice, fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans would be heard. For nearly one hundred years, it has been the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that has saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society. " They are committed to the cause of Environmental Justice and with the West Jefferson County Community Task Force dedicate their efforts to address the environmental issues that impact our world and are especially detrimental to disenfranchised and underserved individuals and communities whose voices are often not heard.

The WJCCTF believes that "Robotics replacing man, new ways of learning, quantity vs. quality, the race for control vs. outcome, disregarding consequences, stem from demands we as consumers require, allowing ourselves to become complacent to the physical world around us, not realizing that we all have three things in common, the air we breathe, the water we consume and the soil that sustains us." Our fragile world is being impacted by climate change now, not just in the future. This conference is designed to focus our attention and efforts and inform us about Climate Change - Environmental Justice - Investing in Our Future.

Environmental Stewardship has a name. Is it yours? Register here .

Conference registration is free. Sponsorships are welcomed.Continental breakfast and lunch is provided. Watch our Facebook page for info on presenters, as we finalize details.

Questions? Call (502) 645-3588 or email

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