District 9 eNews - Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Holiday Happenings – Saturday, December 5

Holiday Happenings

It’s the season for holiday happenings all over District 9, from Clifton to St. Matthews. Please check out the links below and the calendar section at the bottom of the eNews for more details on all of these holiday events happening this Saturday, December 5.

  • 20th Annual Santa Sprint and Stroll, Barret Middle School at 9:00 a.m. www.uchmlouky.org/santasprint.php
  • Olde Tyme Christmas Craft & Gift Show, Third Lutheran Church, 1863 Frankfort Avenue, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Annual Christmas Bazaar, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Avenue, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 20th Annual Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration, Frankfort Avenue, Noon – 5:00 p.m.
  • Create your own tactile ornament, American Printing House, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Victorian Christmas Tea, Whitehall House and Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, 3:00 p.m. – tickets are $35 per person.
  • Light Up St. Matthews, Brown Park, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. http://www.stmatthewschamber.com/light-up-st-matthews-2/

Santa Sprint & Stroll Road Closures

Santa Sprint

The Frankfort Avenue Business Association’s Santa Sprint and Stroll is Saturday, December 5. The 5k run or 1 mile walk benefits United Crescent Hill Ministries. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the run and walk start at 9:00 a.m. from Barret Traditional Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive. More information and on-line registration is here: http://www.uchmlouky.org/santasprint.php.

The following streets will be closed from:

 8:30 am - 10:30 am, with no parking from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • South Peterson Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Grinstead Drive
  • Frankfort Avenue from Stilz Avenue to the railroad tracks
  • South Galt Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Rowland Avenue

Urban Bike Network Public Survey and Meeting

bike network

Since Mayor Fischer allocated and Metro Council approved funds for an Urban Bike Network in FY14, Louisville has installed over 50 miles of bicycle facilities. Louisville’s first true urban bike network has connected downtown to Jefferson Community and Technical College, Old Louisville, the University of Louisville and neighborhoods west and east of downtown. A 600% increase in bicycle ridership has been reported due to the addition of bicycles facilities. Louisville has installed its first Neighborway network (in District 9), buffered bike lanes, green pavement markings, and delineated separated bike lanes.  

As the Urban Bike Network continues to expand, Metro officials are partnering with Bicycle for Louisville to host public involvement meetings to better understand the gaps in the network and the types of bicycle facilities that will encourage more people to bike. We are encouraging people to fill out this survey, especially if you cannot attend today’s meeting. At the conclusion of the public meetings, participants' responses will be reviewed, documented, and reported back to participants.

This survey takes approximately 7-10 minutes to complete. Since your privacy is important, your individual responses will not be shared.

Urban Bicycle Network Community Meeting
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Location: Urban Design Studio 507 S. 3rd St.
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 p.m.

Clifton Kroger Nears Completion

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The expansion and renovation of the Clifton Kroger at 2200 Brownsboro Road is nearing completion, with the goal of being nearly complete by mid-December.   New features will include a "sushi island", an expanded meat and seafood section, a more upscale and modern look to the perishables department, including the bakery and deli, a Murray international cheeses section, olive bar, expanded frozen food section, a beverage bar with coffee and milkshakes and a "brighter and prettier" expanded "Nature's Market" section, featuring healthy foods, a walk-up window to the pharmacy, and a wine and spirits shop at the eastern end of the building. 

mural 2  

The store will also feature murals by local artists, featuring local scenes.  One will go in the entry vestibule and one near the deli/café.   The artists are Annette Cable and Noah Church.  Shown here are sneak peeks of the works in progress.

Kroger invested  $4.8 Million in the expansion and renovation of the store. 

Sustainability Story: Compost


Our last newsletter focused on ways to get rid of all of those falling leaves, with mulching them into the turf the best option, followed by  placing them in reusable containers for pickup on recycling day and disposal in paper or compostable plastic bags also being good options.  There is another great alternative.  Many District 9 residents, including me, compost in our back yards. Composting is an easy way to turn yard waste and food scraps into make-it-yourself fertilizer for use in gardens, lawns and other landscaping. It also greatly reduces the need for haul-away disposal of these organic materials.

Taylor Mayer, who lives in D9's Reservoir Park,  and his fiancé, Holly Thompson,  created a compost structure almost entirely out of materials (two pallets, bricks Taylor and Holly had laying around, chicken wire found around the neighborhood on junk day, etc.) which were at one point considered garbage or not put to any use.  They throw kitchen and yard waste in it.   Taylor reports "to the surprise of many, it doesn't smell unless you dig it up a little bit, which you're supposed to do about once a month to let oxygen into the lower section."   The compost and other recycling efforts have reduced their garbage to about one kitchen trash bag per week, though some weeks  they don't have any trash.  The compost will be used for gardening next season.  

It's quite a "Sustainability Story", items that would have gone to the landfill are instead used to build a structure that turns other items that would have gone to the landfill into compost for gardening.  The University of Kentucky has created a number of publications on home composting, including various kinds of bins and containers.   You can find links to them here: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/enri/compost.php#Pubs.

We’d like to feature your sustainability story - a resident or business doing good things for the environment.  Riding the bus, bicycling, walking, gardening and more - our eNews will feature practices which can benefit all of us.  Send your story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge

Help Shape 10-Year Solid Waste Master Plan

10 yr plan

Public Works has begun a comprehensive process of examining all elements of Louisville's waste stream and disposal options in order to create a 10-year Solid Waste Master Plan. The plan will focus on Mayor Fischer’s goal of diverting 90 percent of the community’s solid waste away from landfills by the year 2042.

The planning process will be led by Orlando, Florida based MSW Consultants in partnership with Cascadia Consulting Group (Seattle, Washington) and Abbe & Associates (Alameda, California) under a contract with Public Works. MSW is a management consulting firm specializing in the waste and recycling industry.

Citizens are invited to an informational Stakeholder Project Kick-off meeting:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Copper and Kings American Brandy, 1121 E Washington Street, 40206

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to:
Angela Futter, Public Education Coordinator, Solid Waste Management District by emailing Angela.Futter@louisvilleky.gov or calling 502-574-4620

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for below case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/.  Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar.  Then select the “home” tab and select the type of case and enter the above case number.  For specific case information please call or email the listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.

Case No. 15ZONE1049
You are invited to attend a review of a proposal for a Change in Zoning from R-5B (Residential) to C-R (Commercial) with Land Development Code Waivers and Detailed District Development Plan on .27 acres.
Subject Property: 1741 Frankfort Avenue (former James Lee Presbyterian Church)
Case Manager: Chris Brown (chris.brown@louisvilleky.gov)
Meeting: Land Development and Transportation Committee
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W. Liberty Street, 40202


Holiday Louisville in the City App

Click the following link to learn about holiday happenings and events throughout the City: http://louisvillesholidayinthecity.com/

Holiday in the City

Neighborhood Place Partners Offer Money Saving Tips for the Holidays and New Year

neighborhood place

Neighborhood Place locations in Louisville will offer free, money-saving workshops in December to help residents conserve energy, build extra wealth through couponing, and cook healthier.

Dec. 1 - Dec. 11 (weekdays), Energy Management Workshops
Urban Government Center, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. 

Located at 810 Barret Ave., Conference Room 4. Call 636-9276 for more info. Project Warm will offer half-hour long workshops to help families take control of their energy usage and learn "do-it-yourself" energy-saving tips. Free supplies will be distributed at the end of the workshop such as clear plastic/tape for windows, caulk to seal openings around windows and sealing foam.

For a complete list of workshops at other Neighborhood Place locations, please click here.

Volunteers Needed for the 2015 Tax Season



For the past several years, the District 9 office has hosted a mobile tax preparation site at United Crescent Hill Ministries, offering free tax preparation to individuals and families under a certain income bracket. Each year we depend on volunteers to help prepare taxes and greet clients at our mobile site. We have a few dedicated volunteers that help us out every year, but we need more! This year we’d like to offer additional tax preparation dates and hope you’ll consider joining our team! If you are interested in volunteering for the 2015 tax season (February-April 2016) please contact Kyle Ethridge at kyle.ethridge@louisvilleky.gov or call 574-1109. The first volunteer training will be offered on December 12. Volunteers are needed to help prepare taxes AND greet clients.

District 9 Calendar Events

Below are some Ninth District calendar events!  To view a full listing of events please visit the District 9 Blog at http://district9news.wordpress.com/.  If you would like to submit events to be considered for the blog calendar please email Kyle Ethridge or call 574-1109.

Thursday, December 3: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robley Rex VA Medical Center, will host a town hall meeting for Veterans and their families to improve communication with, and hear directly from Veterans about their VA healthcare and benefits. Medical Center Director, Martin Traxler and Louisville Regional Benefit Office Director, David Davis will be in attendance to address questions and provide information relating to VA healthcare, benefits and claims. Resource tables and staff members will also be available to provide valuable information on a variety of VA programs and services. Veterans can apply for VA healthcare or check on the status of a VA claim “on-the-spot”. Meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. at 800 Zorn Avenue, Room E005-West Entrance.

Thursday, December 3: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Angela Correll at 5:30 p.m. for a free book signing of Guarded. Questions please contact the store at 896-6950.

Thursday, December 3: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a talking book discussion group at 7:00 p.m. Homecoming by Belva Plain. Talking books available from NLS upon request. Open to the public. Books available at branch circulation desk. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Saturday, December 5: 20th Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll at Barret Middle School. Pre-register or register that morning starting at 8:00 a.m. for a 5k (3.1 mile) run or a 1-mile walk. The course runs along Frankfort Avenue. Sponsored by the Frankfort Avenue Business Association to benefit the work at United Crescent Hill Ministries. The race officially begins at 9:00 a.m. rain, snow or shine! Call 893-0346 for more information.

Saturday, December 5: Olde Tyme Christmas Craft & Gift Show at Third Lutheran Church, 1864 Frankfort Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Shoppers will find hand crafted and various gifts, homemade bourbon balls, and family entertainment including: Working Lionel Train Display, strolling costumed carolers performed by the As Yet Unnamed Theater Group, tour the Gothic style church, Crèche display within the Narthex, photos with Santa between 9am – 12:30pm. Funds raised from this event will benefit United Crescent Hill Ministries, Third Lutheran Church Youth Group and Third Lutheran Church kitchen renovation fund. Information about becoming a vendor, please visit their website for a registration form at www.ThirdLutheranChurch.org call 502-896-6383 or email office@ThirdLutheranChurch.org.

Saturday, December 5: Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Avenue from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration on Frankfort Avenue. Shop for the perfect Christmas gift. There will be a white elephant sale, 20 vendor booths, hand-made crafts, bake sale and silent auction. Children will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa. Chili and hotdogs will be served. Questions please contact the church at 895-2429.

Saturday, December 5: Bingham Park volunteer opportunity from 10:00 a.m. – Noon.  Bingham Park is located on Coral Avenue off Frankfort Avenue.  Cleanups are scheduled the 1st Saturday of every month.  Please note these dates are subject to cancellation due to weather. For more information and to register, please call Sarah Wolff at 456-8125 or visit www.olmstedparks.org/events 

Saturday, December 5: The Frankfort Avenue Business Association will host the 20th Annual Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration. Enjoy FREE trolley rides from Noon - 5:00 p.m., holiday dog walk, Santa and Rudolf will be at Margaret's Consignments from Noon - 3:00 p.m. and an awards presentation at 2:00 p.m. 

Saturday, December 5: American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, to host a workshop to learn how people who are blind and visually impaired "see" with their fingertips from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Then craft your own tactile ornament to decorate your home for the holidays. Make unique holiday cards as well. For adults and children age 5 and up. FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, December 5: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Chef Anthony Lamas at 2:00 p.m. for a free book signing  and tasting of a one-of-a-kind hors d'oeuvre. Questions please contact the store at 896-6950.

Saturday, December 5: Victorian Christmas Tea at Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, doors open at 2:45 p.m. and tea will be served at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy English tea and a delicious array of tasty sweets and savory tea sandwiches served in a proper formal setting inside the Whitehall mansion, beautifully decorated for the holiday season. This popular event is perfect for all ages and everyone is invited to attend - it's truly a magical way to begin your holidays!  Tickets to the Tea are $35 per person.  Space is limited and reservations are required.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact whitehall@historichomes.org or (502) 897-2944.

Saturday, December 5: Light Up St. Matthews, presented by the Chamber of St. Matthews and the City of St. Matthews, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. This is a FREE event, open to the public. Enjoy the lighting of Brown Park for the holiday season, pictures with Santa until 5:30 p.m., carriage and train rides through the park, petting zoo, games, cookies, hot cocoa, DJ and more.

Saturday, December 5: Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Avenue, to celebrate Repeal Day and 82 years of legal bourbon drinking beginning at 6:00 p.m. Two-bit (25 cent) drink specials last until 8:00 p.m. Appetizer special is a throw-back as well…two-bit (25 cents) bites. In addition, they will be playing prohibition movies throughout the evening in the bourbon barrel inspired bar area. Prohibition and flapper-era costumes are strongly encouraged! A $50 Bourbons Bistro gift certificate will be awarded to the best costume. More information is available by calling 894-8838, by visiting www.bourbonsbistro.com.

Sunday, December 6: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Bill Noel at 4:00 p.m. for a free book signing of Boneyard Beach. Questions please contact the store at 896-6950.

Tuesday, December 8: World Affairs Council to host monthly speaker series, the topic: The Transatlantic Agenda: Global Economic and Security Challenges at 11:30 a.m. at Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant, 150 S. 5th Street. Luncheon will feature Consul General Klaas Van der Tempel. Cost is $30 per person or $240 per table of 8. Register online by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 8: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host eBay for beginners at 2:30 p.m. Learn the basics of buying and selling items on ebay. Feel free to bring one (1) item to research. Having basic or better computer skills is suggested. Questions please contact the library at 574-1771.

Tuesday, December 8: Butchertown Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Butchertown Grocery, 1076 E. Washington Street.

Wednesday, December 9: 91.9 WFPK Radio to host Louisville's FREE winter concert series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. There is a pre-concert reception from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. WFPK Winter Wednesday concerts take place once a month until February at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Visit WFPK.org for the latest information.

Thursday, December 10: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host scrabble club at 2:30 p.m.  Questions please contact the library at 574-1771.

Thursday, December 10: Crescent Hill Community Council Holiday Open House from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. This is a FREE event. Festivities include food, drink, visit from Santa Claus, music and more!

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