October 2018 Recommended Events Calendar

Wednesday, October 3 •  Louisville Sustainability Forum
Wednesday, October 3 •  Green Scene with Arnita Gadson, NAACP EJ
Thursday, October 4 •  Health over Profit with Margaret Flowers MD
Saturday, October 6 •  Sowers of Justice presents Tools for Troubled Times
Saturday, October 6 •  Louisville Nature Center’s Birds, Brew and BBQ
Saturday, October 6 • Hal & Ben's Bike-In at Boone Square Park
Monday, October 8 •  Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, October 9 •  Out of School Nature Day Camp
Wednesday, October 10 •  Planting Roots for Community Transformation
Thursday, October 11 •  Rise for Climate at Parks and Sustainability Committee Mtg
Thursday, October 11 •  Louisville Grows Film Series: The Rape of Recy Taylor
Thursday, October 11 •  Claude AnShin Thomas: The Real Cost of War
Saturday, October 13 •  Foxhollow Farm’s Fall Festival
Saturday, October 13 & Sunday, October 14 •  Peacekeeping in a Violent World
Monday, October 15 •  EarthCare Partners presents Louisville Nature Center
Tuesday, October 16 •  Sierra Club: Strategic Toxic Air Reduction Program
Tuesday, October 16 • West Jefferson County Community Task Force Monthly Meeting
Friday, October 19 •  2018 Sustainability Summit: Learning Together
Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 •  Awakening the Creative Spirit
Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21 •  ColorFest at Bernheim Forest
Saturday, October 20 •  Wilderness Louisville Adventure at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Sunday, October 21 •  Mark Steiner presents Democracy Wow at CUUC
Tuesday, October 23 •  Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Outreach Skill Lab
Saturday, October 27 •  Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Potluck Social

November 2, 3, 9 and 10 • Creature: A Puppet Frankenstein Adaptation
Saturday, November 3 •  Earth Church presents: Treefest at the Flea Off Market
Thursday, November 8 •  Peace Ed’s Champions for Change
Sunday, November 11 •  Armistice Day Peace Celebration

Wednesday, October 3,
12 - 1:30pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum presents
Stoic perspective on Trump Times and Sustainability
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Undercroft, 1924 Newburg Rd, 40205

Please join us 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 building our community.

Stoic perspective on Trump Times and Sustainability 
-- and what we can do (or not do).
Gordon R. Garner,
PE; BCEE / Vice President in the State and Local Government Unit of CH2M

In the ancient world, as today, navigating political chaos presented a grave dilemma. Philosophers were forced to decide whether to participate in, resist or simply endure the political rulers of their time. Seneca, who was recalled to Rome from exile in 46 A. D. to tutor the teenage emperor Nero, eventually concluded that when "the state is so rotten as to be past helping, if evil has entire dominion over it, the wise man will not labor in vain or waste his strength in unprofitable efforts."

Some Relevant Stoic Beliefs -- Slightly Updated
To live a good life, one must understand the rules of the natural order since they thought everything is rooted in nature. A primary aspect of Stoicism involves improving one's ethical and moral well-being: "Virtue consists in a will that is in agreement with Nature."

The Stoics held that knowledge can be attained through the use of reason. Truth can be distinguished from fallacy - even if, in practice, only an approximation can be made. Doing the right thing is enough, it's your nature and it's your job.

" Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
Some things are up to us and some things are not up to us." - Epictetus

Shorter Presentations

Why Buy Local
Jennifer Rubenstein, Director, Louisville Independent Business Association

USGBC in Kentucky
 Randy Van Hoose, Co-Chair, United States Green Building Council Kentucky

Directions to the Undercroft: The meeting will be held in the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center's Undercroft Conference Room located in the lower level of the Passionist Monastery. Access to the Undercroft is down the steps located to the right of the front porch of the monastery. Parking is available in the Sacred Heart Retreat parking lot, just south of the Passionist Retreat House, or in the St. Agnes parking lot, north of the church.   

Wednesday, October 3, 6pm
Green Scene with Arnita Gadson of NAACP Environmental Justice
Design Terminal, 1403 Rowan Street, 40203
Join USGBC KY for Green Scene Louisville @ Design Terminal. It will be an exciting event, as our guest speaker is Arnita Gadson, NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program leader for Kentucky (https://www.naacp.org/environmental-climate-justice-about/).

Environmental injustices, including climate change, have a disproportionate impact on communities of color & low-income communities in the United States & around the world. The NAACP ECJ Program was created to provide resources & support community leadership in addressing this human & civil rights issue by advocating for these three objectives:
1. Reduce Harmful Emissions, Particularly Greenhouse Gases
2. Advance Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
3. Strengthen Community Resilience and Livability

Music by Shadwick Wilde lead singer, guitarist & songwriter for Louisville band Quiet Hollers. Farm to Fork Catering will provide finger foods. A cash bar will be provided.

Green Scene Louisville is a networking event by the USGBC Kentucky. Monthly meetups are free & open to all. Great event to learn, discuss, & meet new people.

Thursday, October 4, 7pm
Health over Profit with Margaret Flowers MD
Hotel Louisville,
120 West Broadway, 40202
Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care and the KY chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program will host this visit by Margaret flowers, MD, one of the leaders of the single-payer Improved Medicare For All movement. It is free and the public is invited.

Dr. Flowers is a pediatrician and one of the Baucus 8, the physicians, nurses and others who were arrested in Senator Max Baucus’ Finance Committee Hearing for seeking to get single payer health care on the agenda during the 2009 health care reform debate. Her talk will be followed by Q & A. Please join us.
Info: (502) 636-1551. See also our web site: kyhealthcare.org

Saturday, October 6, 9am - 3pm
Sowers of Justice presents
Tools for Troubled Times
Hotel Louisville,
120 West Broadway, 40202
Confronting the daily barrage of violent personalities, messages, and images can be dangerous, discouraging, and overwhelming. Sowers of Justice Network invites you to join this gathering of community advocates, activists and people of faith as we explore tools to resist personal and systemic violence. Lunch is included in this event.

Participants will:

• Acquire tools for moving toward a nonviolent lifestyle
• Explore effective steps for addressing conflict/violence
in specific local and global scenarios
• Learn how others have been affected by violence and took action for positive change
• Eat & network with others active in the work of nonviolence

Early Bird Registration $20, Regular Registration $25, $30 at the Door

Plenary Speakers:
Donavan Taylor, Carla Wallace and Dr. Eddie Woods

Morning sessions:
1) Direct Action/Civil Disobedience
presented by Chanelle Helm, Louisville Black Lives Matter

2) Bystander Training
presented by
Louisville Showing Up For Racial Justice

3) Utilizing Social Media for Change
presented by Lijah Fosl and Mark Steiner, Peacecasters, Peace Education Program

Afternoon sessions:
1) Grassroots Lobbying & Legislative Action
Amanda Fuller and Jean Christensen, Kentuckians for The Commonwealth

2) Non-violent Communication –
Four Steps to Empathy
with Cory Lockhart, Heart Communication

3) Five Steps to Nonviolent Resistance
with Reece Chenault, US Labor Against the War

Saturday, October 6, 5 pm - 11 pm
Boone Square Park
Hal & Ben's Bike-In
1935 Rowan St, 40203
It's like a drive-in but with bicycles! Friends Hal Riedling and Ben Sollee host the final of three 2018 bike-ins, presented by Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy. This event will feature live music, an outdoor, family-friendly movie, food trucks, West Sixth Brewing beer, bike games, and more!

Admission is free! All ages!

5:00p: "Doors" open!
6:00p: Live Music!
~7:30p: Outdoor Movie! (7:18p sunset)

Saturday, October 6, 6 - 9pm
Louisville Nature Center’s
Birds, Brews and BBQ
German American Club, 1840 Lincoln Ave, 40213
Come out to support the Louisville Nature Center at our annual Birds, Brews, and BBQ FUNdraiser - this year in a new location at the neighboring German American Club.

DJ Bones will be spinning vintage vinyl, followed by bluegrass music by the River Rounders, food from Common Table (including vegetarian option), cash bar, games (including Spin FOR the Bottle!), and Silent Auction.

Check out our VIP (Very Important Parent) ticket that includes childcare!

Click this link to purchase tickets 
or go to our website  www.louisvillenaturecenter.org
or call our office at 502-458-1328

Monday, October 8, 6:30pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church
809 S. Fourth St, 40203

Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth at their monthly meeting!

If you are looking for a growing base of fun-filled committed community leaders to share your talents with, look no further! The Jefferson County Chapter hosts over two thousand members from all over Louisville, Oldham County and across the bridge in southern Indiana. Our chapter hosts both the young and experienced from many different walks of life. While actively supporting all of KFTC’s statewide campaigns, members in our chapter also have worked on local campaigns around air quality, economic justice, and more.

Since the chapter formed in 1983, we have supported and worked with allies on issues that affect you and me, including affordable housing, police abuse, sweat shops, hazardous waste reduction and recycling. Our doors are open to anyone who wants to fight for justice while building a compassionate, connected, and fun community here in our great city

First Unitarian Church is wheelchair accessible, and this meeting will be potluck style so bring a dish to share if you're able! If you have any further questions about the space, or if there is something else we can do to make these meetings accessible for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Tuesday, October 9, 8am - 5pm
Out of School Nature Day Camp
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave. 40213
JCPS is closed and we have a camp for your kids ages ages 6 - 10. Parents rest assured that your children will get a healthy dose of Vitamin N (N for Nature) while they are out of school. Pack their lunch and let them play nature games, hike through the preserve, make arts and crafts and meet the critters who live at the Louisville Nature Center.
Space in limited so register today!!

The cost is $40 per day. Register here.

Wednesday, October 10,
10am - 11:30am
The Food Literacy Project presents
Planting Roots for Community Transformation: Groundbreaking
Iroquois Farm,
1400 Bicknell Ave, 40215
Join The Food Literacy Project as we plant roots at Iroquois Farm by breaking ground for a Teaching Pavilion, including storage, patio with retractable roof, restrooms, and outdoor teaching kitchen surrounded by our urban farm and environment-enriched landscaping of trees, shrubs, and pollinator–attracting perennials.

Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at 10am, Program at 10:15am

We have many people to thank for helping us reach this new milestone in our 12-year history. But our thanks would be diminished without our promise to this engaged community to create a vibrant hub for urban agriculture, food access and education, youth employment, leadership development, community engagement and cultural exchange.

Thursday, October 11, 3pm
Rise for Climate:
Support 100% Renewables
Parks and Sustainability Committee Meeting
Metro Council Chambers,
3rd floor of 601 W. Jefferson Street, 40203
Show your support for the resolution before Louisville Metro Council to transition to 100% renewable energy!

Background. During the “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” rally on September 8th, the rally organizers presented to Metro Council President David James a “Resolution For 100% Clean Energy for Metro Louisville.” President James is now sponsoring the resolution and has introduced it. The resolution will be first considered by the Parks and Sustainability Committee on Thursday, October 11, at 3 p.m. The members of that committee are: Chair Cindi Fowler (D-14), Brandon Coan (D-8), James Peden (R-23), Glen Stuckel (R-17), and Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13).

We seek your help help in advocating for passage of the resolution as follows:

1. Read the resolution itself and also these talking points .
2. Prior to Thursday, October 11: Write, Email, call or visit one of the five members of the Parks and Sustainability Committee urging support for the resolution and saying why.
3. Any time: Contact your own Metro Councilperson and do the same. (Find your Metro Council person here.)
4. Attend the October 11th committee meeting to show support. We plan to provide signs to attendees.
5. Speak for three minutes in support of the resolution at any regular Metro Council meeting (every other Thursday, 6 p.m., next one is October 11). If you’d like to do this, please contact bdrewf@yahoo.com first.
6. Attend the regular Metro Council meeting at which the resolution will be considered by the whole council. We will advise you when that is, if we get sufficient notice. Again, we would provide signs.
7. Write a letter to the editor (LTE) of the Courier Journal.

All Council meetings are held in Metro Council chambers on the 3rd floor of 601 W. Jefferson Street. Get more info on Metro Council meetings here.

Thursday, October 11, 6pm
Louisville Grows Film Series:
The Rape of Recy Taylor
Louisville Grows,
1641 Portland Ave, 40203
The October edition of the Louisville Grows Film Series will present the documentary, The Rape of Recy Taylor. Doors open at 5:30pm, film begins at 6:00pm followed by a panel discussion. Sponsored by Ale8. $5.00 suggested donation..

About the film: Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. A common occurrence in the Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who instead bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its rape investigator Rosa Parks to Alabama, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. This film exposes the legacy of physical abuse inflicted upon black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing fight for justice for countless women like Taylor.

Thursday, October 11, 7pm
A Public Talk with
Claude AnShin Thomas:
The Real Cost of War
The Earth & Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205
Claude AnShin Thomas is an American Zen Buddhist monk and Vietnam War veteran. He is an international speaker, teacher and writer, and an advocate of non-violence. AnShin was brought to Buddhist practice first by a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher in 1990. He was fully ordained as a monk in the Soto Zen Tradtion in 1995 by an American Zen Buddhist teacher and received the name AnShin AnGyo=Peace Heart/Mind Peacemaker.

AnShin teaches Zen Buddhist meditation practice and teachings to the public through social projects, talks, and a variety of retreats. Since 1994 AnShin has walked over 70,000 miles on pilgrimages throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. While walking, AnShin carries no money, and begs for food and shelter in the mendicant monk tradition.

Cost is $15 at the door.

Saturday, October 13, 10am - 6pm
Foxhollow Farm’s Fall Festival
Foxhollow Farm, 8905 Highway 329, Crestwood
Foxhollow Farm’s 11th Annual Fall Festival is a family-friendly event featuring hayrides, a corn maze, arts & crafts, kid-friendly carnival games, pick your own pumpkin, and so much more. Come dance to some live music on our main stage and enjoy delicious food from a wide selection of food and beverage vendors! Proceeds from the fun-filled event will benefit Dare to Care Food Bank and Foxhollow Farm. No smoking and no pets will be allowed.

Advanced tickets: $7 per person, Day of Sales: $10 per person, Kids under 3 FREE . Tickets include FREE parking and access to ALL the games and activities including:Hayrides, Corn Maze, Arts & Crafts and much more..

Puchase tickets here.

Saturday, October 13 & Sunday, October 14, 9:00am to 5:00pm
A 2-day Non-residential Workshop with Claude AnShin Thomas:
Peacekeeping in a Violent World
The Earth & Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, 40205
Claude AnShin emphasizes that meditation practice and daily life are not two things. He introduces the tools of a disciplined spiritual practice to support us in making peace in a violent world. During this workshop, we will practice many different forms of mindfulness meditation: sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, silence, mindful speaking and listening, and others. No prior experience with meditation is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a small vegetarian dish for the communal meals. Participants must attend both days of the retreat. Cost: $100*. No one will be turned away simply due to lack of funds.

Register here.

Monday, October 15, 6:30 pm
EarthCare Partners: Louisville Nature Center
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center is partnering with organizations like the Food Literacy Project, Louisville Nature Center, Louisville Grows, and the Nature Conservancy for events that help us see how we can respond to our call to be better stewards of the planet. In October and November, you will have several opportunities to see first-hand the great work that these organizations are doing and hear the compelling stories that called them into this right relationship with others and the Earth. We will visit their sites, tour their facilities, explore the drive behind their missions, and make connections with meditation and contemplative awareness. There is a $5.00 registration fee and donations will be collected.

The mission of the Louisville Nature Center is to provide nature education and encourage stewardship in an urban forest. The Center manages the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, a 41-acre urban forest that provides critical greenspace and recreation opportunities in the city. The Preserve offers over 2 miles of hiking trails and hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and other flora as well as resident and migratory birds, butterflies, and other fauna. Their management goals include preserving biodiversity, restoring habitat quality and maintaining safe trail conditions.

Tuesday, October 16, 7 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents Louisville’s Strategic Toxic Air Reduction Program
United Crescent Hill Ministries building,
150 S. State St, 40206
Please join us as we welcome representatives from Metro Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District (APCD). Responding to growing concerns about toxic emissions in Western Louisville, in 2005 the APCD, in collaboration with stakeholders throughout our community, developed and implemented the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction (STAR) program. This local regulatory program, designed to control the emission of toxic chemicals by large industries located in Jefferson County, goes beyond the national standards developed by EPA and sets extremely low risk-based environmental acceptability goals for the hazardous air pollutants of concern in our community.

Since STAR was enacted, levels of toxic pollutants have dropped considerably, resulting in a significant reduction in the risk of negative health impacts on residents near industrial facilities county-wide. The STAR program’s development and implementation has been widely viewed as an example of how engaged communities can begin to address environmental injustices around them. APCD staff will present a brief history of the program, explore data to reflect on its impact, and discuss the next phase of air toxics pollution control in Louisville.

We hope you’ll join us. Greater Louisville Sierra Club programs are always free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 pm - 7:30pm
West Jefferson County
Community Task Force
Monthly Community Meeting
2900 W Broadway, Suite 218, 40211
On the third Tuesday of each month (except December), the West Jefferson County Community Task Force (WJCCTF) brings concerns and important information to residents and businesses about environmental health and wellness and issues that impact our communities. Topics vary each month and refreshments are provided from 5:30 – 6:00 PM followed by informative presentations from 6 – 7:30 pm. Join the conversation. Let your voice be heard and get the answers you need. Monthly topics are posted on the WJCCTF Facebook page for your information.

Follow this link to our Facebook event!

Friday, October 19, 8 am - 5 pm

2018 Sustainability Summit presents
Learning Together - Fostering a Culture of Sustainability
Student Activities Center Ballroom, University of Louisville
The 5th annual Sustainability Summit is hosted by the Louisville Sustainability Council and the Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability.

True sustainability comes from groups of individuals sharing common expectations, norms and habits that benefit our environment and community every day – a culture of sustainability. It happens where each of us lives, works, and learns.

Join us for the 2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit where we expect that over 250 members of our community will connect to discover successes, identify opportunities, and creatively learn from each other about real steps to create this culture at your place of work, worship, and learning. This is Louisville’s annual opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability to gather under one roof.

Our Keynote speaker will be David W. Orr, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics (Emeritus) at Oberlin College, and founder of the journal Solutions, who will be addressing how the creation of a culture of sustainability leads to a revitalized local economy, elimination of carbon emissions, and restoration of local agriculture. The vehicle for this lesson is the Oberlin Project. Dr. Orr has authored eight books and is well known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy and ecological design.

University of Louisville will host the event in the newly renovated and expanded Student Activities Center and provide the unique opportunity to learn from their journey to establish a culture of sustainability.

Learn more and register here!

October 19-20th
Awakening the
Creative Spirit:
A Day Inspired by
Thomas Merton
Bellarmine University

The program begins the evening of Oct. 19th with a screening by Morgan Atkinson of his film “The Many Storey’s and Last Days of Thomas Merton” and continues all day Saturday, October 20th, with Mass, “Monks Merton and Music” by Trappists from Gethsemani & Dick Sisto, a Preamble by Kentucky's Poet Laureate, Frederick Smock, followed by Robert Ellsberg's keynote address: "Merton, Nouwen and Day".

In the afternoon, there is a choice of either participating in a meditative calligraphy workshop or attending sessions on Pilgrimage, Icons, providing respectful and green burials, teaching Merton in elementary schools or Cambridge University and Merton in the art gallery. Registration fee includes coffee
breaks, lunch, and a farewell wine and cheese social at the end of the program.

Detailed information is available at www.merton.org/awakening

Saturday, October 20, 10am -5pm
Sunday, October 21, 10am -5pm
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky
Celebrate the fall season at ColorFest – a family favorite! Visitors can slingshot pumpkins, navigate the hay maze, make mud pies, wade in the corn pit, use your imagination in the free play area brought to you by our own Children at Play Network, and enjoy a hayride in the splendor of Bernheim’s colorful fall landscape. Other highlights include live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, Kentucky arts and craft vendors, and more.

ColorFest is a free event. $10 per car environmental impact fee still applies to non-members. Select activities do have a small fee.

Saturday, October 20, 9am - 2pm
Wilderness Louisville Adventure
Jefferson Memorial Forest, 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road

Join us for a family- friendly fall exploration of Jefferson Memorial Forest & Natural Areas. The event is held near the Forest’s Environmental Education Center and offers a wide variety of activities showcasing all the Forest has to offer. Forest staff and volunteers introduce visitors to our native plant gardens, animal exhibits, and education pond. Activities for children are provided in the Nature Explore area. Climb the climbing wall, try your hand at archery, join an expert on a guided hike, and fish at Mitchell Hill Lake. Come early for the Wilderness Louisville 5K race at 9 AM, hosted by Headfirst Performance. Food trucks, music by The Handshake Deals, and free pumpkin decorating and hay rides!

Register for the 5K race.
Special thanks to our sponsor Quest Outdoors!

Sunday, October 21, 11am-ish
Mark Steiner presents Democracy Wow
Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church, 2231 Payne St, 40206
Join the community at Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church for their Sunday service featuring Mark Steiner’s playful examination of the current state of democracy. It’s enough to make you say “Democracy - Wow!”.

Mark Steiner is director of Cultivating Connections, a Louisville non-profit “nurturing and celebrating our connections with each other and our world.” He has presented talks, retreats, workshops, ceremonies, etc. since 1991. His specialties include Environmental Spirituality, the Universe Story, Sacred Story and The Work That Reconnects. In addition, he serves as the Coordinator of Communications at the Peace Education Program where he works with the PeaceCasters, a youth group exploring “Making Media That Matters”. Other projects Mark volunteers his time to include The Louisville Earth Walk, The Mighty Kindness Festival, 350 Louisville and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice.

Tuesday, October 23, 6pm
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Outreach Skill Lab
Bardstown Rd Presbyterian Church, 1722 Bardstown Road, 40205
Perhaps the most important work of organizing for racial justice is building a base of people who want to be involved. This can't be done without being deliberate in meeting new people, talking with them, finding out their interests and helping them plug into our work. This begins with outreach in a number of ways and following up. All of this takes folks like you who have the interest and energy.

LSURJ wants to help by providing a basic set of skills to use when we engage in our most common forms of outreach: Tabling, one-on-one conversations, kitchen table conversations, and canvassing door to door, all as part of our racial justice organizing.

We'll start at 6:00 with some refreshments and appetizers. We'll begin the lab at 6:30. There will be an opportunity to participate in 3 of five breakout trainings.

The goal will be to provide skills you would need to begin volunteering for these important activities and to help us build our base with quality. We're assuming folks just beginning and questions/conversation will be encouraged to voice concerns, hesitancy or concerns they may bring about organizing.

Saturday, October 27, 5pm
Louisville Showing Up
for Racial Justice
Potluck Social
Location tba
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 SURJ for our bimonthly Pot Luck Dinner and Social! Each dinner over the coming months will focus on a different SURJ value. There will be no presentation, just good food, community, and conversation. This month our informal conversation will focus on Accountability Through Collective Action.

Bring your awesome self, friends and family as well as dishes 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.

Transportation is provided. The space is not wheelchair accessible. If you need a ride, LSURJ members will be offering them, so don't be shy. Just message the LSURJ page. We want to see you at this event!

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills, and political analysis to act for change. More information can be found here.

While it is an independent entity, Louisville SURJ draws inspiration from the national SURJ effort. More information can be found here.

Preview of November Events

November 2, 3, 9 and 10
A Puppet Frankenstein
721 E. Washington St.,40202
CREATURE is a 50-minute adaptation of Frankenstein that uses live music, puppetry & projection to tell a story filled with human connection, wretchedness & wonder. This imaginative retelling of Creature's origin story features a 7-foot-tall Creature, live rock & roll accompaniment, tabletop puppetry, shadow play & projected imagery.

Timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the novel's publication, our adaptation seeks to restore the intelligence, grace & violence with which the novel's author Mary Shelley originally imbued it. Follow Creature from its birth to its travels through the wilderness where it faces choices that will define it as human or monster.

Advance tickets are recommended and available  here  for $18. Tickets

PRESENTED BY:  The Mary Shelley Electric Co .

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Contains some violence, both implied & explicit,
plus amplified rock music.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Adults & brave children ages 8 & up.

Supported in part by  The Jim Henson Foundation  and  The Kentucky Arts Council .

Saturday, November 3, 11am - 6pm
Earth Church presents:
at the Flea Off Market
Fresh Start, 1007 E Jefferson St, 40206

1st Annual Fall treefest at the Flea Off Market! Trees for sale at Fresh Start Growers Supply plus a giveaway of 300 saplings and mulch while supplies last. If you're interested in being a vendor or sponsor please email us at info@earthchurch.us

Thursday, November 8, 5 –7pm
Peace Ed’s Champions for Change:
A Celebration of People that Make Peace Possible
at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

Join us for an evening of live music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as we present the inaugural Lee Thomas “Champion for Change Award”. Celebrate Peace Ed’s 35 years of victories over violence with all the people who make peace possible throughout our city.

For tickets and sponsorship details visit

Sunday, November 11, 3pm
Music, Poetry, Peaceful Words: Armistice Day Peace Celebration
 Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue
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