District 25 eNews Update, April 30th, 2014

District 25 Update - Councilman David Yates

Have a wonderful and safe Derby Weekend! Enjoy some of the world famous festivities our city has to offer for the Kentucky Derby!

Good luck to South Louisville native, Dale Romans, as he and the Medal Count team seek to take home the bed of roses!



Southwest Chow Wagon Event at Benchwarmers Pizza


Benchwarmers Pizza is hosting a Southwest Chow Wagon Events until Derby!

Burgers, Brats & Polish Sausage will be on the Grill!

WHERE: Benchwarmers Pizza, 7325 St. Andrews Church Road


Friday 4/25 Jeni Carr 6-10

Saturday 4/26 Syd Jones 6-10

Sunday 4/27 Citizen Arrest 5-8

Monday 4/28 Jeremy Sharfe 6:30-9:30

Tuesday 4/29 Me & You 6:30-9:30

Wednesday 4/30 Colleen Murphy & John Hager w/Bongo Man 6:30-9:30

Thursday 5/1 Timmy, Sharfe & Dean 6:30-10:30 

Friday 5/2 Rock Station 9-1



BBB Warns: Beware of Derby Ticket Scams!


The “Run for the Roses” is right around the corner! And, the race is on to get those last-minute Kentucky Derby tickets!

BBB is warning those of you who want to attend the Kentucky Derby to beware of scam artists trying to fool you into buying fake Derby tickets!

“A ticket to the Kentucky Derby is a hot ticket item,” says Charlie Mattingly, President/CEO, of the Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky. “If you're looking to buy a ticket to get into Churchill Downs on May 3rd, make sure you don't get taken for a ride.” To protect yourself against ticket fraud, Mattingly suggests, “The best way to avoid getting scammed is to deal directly with someone in person. If possible, have the seller provide proof that he/she paid for the seats and where they are in Churchill Downs.” Mattingly also suggests, “To try to use a credit card because if something goes wrong, you can always contest the charge.”

While there are legitimate posts, Derby ticket scams often pop up on Craigslist and online auction sites. Scam artists ask ticket seekers to send money through Western Union. But after you send off the cash, you never get the tickets…and your money is GONE.

Here are some red flags for Craigslist scams:

  • Buyer is not local
  • Misspellings and grammar errors in the response
  • Person offering that Craigslist guarantees a transaction
  • Use of Western Union for the transaction
  • Seller offers use of an online escrow service

And, if you are purchasing from a third party website, be sure to check out the company’s BBB Business Review first at www.bbb.org or call 1-800-388-2222.

Homeowners Associations / Neighborhood Associations

Thank you to the Auburndale Neighborhood Association for allowing us to add your Association's contact information to Councilman Yates' webiste: See Homeowners and Neighborhood Associations

To better serve the members of District 25, Councilman David Yates' office has created the page See Homeowners and Neighborhood Associations on David's Louisvilleky.gov website providing vital information to new neighbors about their new Homeowners or Neighborhood Association with contact information and if applicable website information.  

This request may be answered by any member of an association.

Please provide:

  1. Name of Homeowner / Neighborhood Association
  2. Name of the President of the Association and any contact information, including but not limited to: Telephone Number and Email Address.
  3. Name of any other Leading Members of the Association and any contact information, including but not limited to: Telephone Numbers and Email Addresses.
  4. The Addresses of any offices/homes that concerns within the Association may be delivered.
  5. The link to your Homeowner / Neighborhood Association's website or online presence.
  6. Any other vital information that your Association may provide to better serve your neighbors and the members of District 25.

Please send this information if you would like to be included on Councilman David Yates' Louisvilleky.gov website to brian.boles@louisvilleky.gov. Councilman David Yates' office would greatly appreciate your help promoting this!

Youth Afterschool Meals Program Offered


Louisville has been selected as one of 15 cities to receive a $44,000 grant by the National League of Cities (NLC) as part of a national initiative to reduce childhood hunger. The grant is being used to implement an afterschool meals program for youth at six Metro Parks Community Centers.

The Dare to Care Community Kitchen in partnership with Lift a Life Foundation delivers hot, nutritious meals each weekday evening to the six centers.  At these sites, Metro Parks provides a variety of educational and enrichment activities (excluding holidays).  No pre-registration is required. Participation is on a drop-in basis, with free meals and activities available for any child 6-18 years old.

“A well balanced diet, both during and after school, is vitally important to a child’s growth, development and ability to learn,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This program will help ensure that many youth who might not otherwise get the nutrition they need – will get good nourishment in a safe, supervised space where they can enjoy positive experiences.”


Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Ln., 40272. Call 937-8802 for more information. Serving times are Tues. - Thurs., 5 - 6 p.m.

The Metro Afterschool Dare to Care Kids Cafe will continue through the end of this school year on June 6, and then switch over to the Summer Food Service Program during the summer months. The afterschool meals program will resume when JCPS classes resume on August 13.

Louisville Independent Business Alliance's 6th Annual Buy Local Fair


The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 6th Annual Buy Local Fair Sunday, May 18, 2014, at The Louisville Water Tower Park from 12:00pm - 6:00pm. The fair will host a variety of local businesses, bands, artists and craftspeople, community organizations, and farmers. The event will feature concerts, a cooking competition, a wide variety of Louisville’s diverse and local food scene, retail vendors, a KY Brewers Guild craft beer tent, and a children's area sponsored by Louisville Water and the Kentucky Science Center. Admission is free.  Parking is $5/car.  Bicycles are encouraged and free (bicycle valet is sponsored by VO2 Multisports. Four area Zumba instructors will keep festival-goers in shape with a live Zumba demonstration, and local bands Bookshelf, Karston Nelson, Small Time Napoleon, and Field of Kings will keep the groove going.

RYE on Market will defend its title in this year’s Iron Chef-style cooking competition against Decca. 


The mission of the Buy Local Fair is to provide a venue that fosters cooperation, cross-pollination and strength in numbers for locally-owned, independent entities. By bringing together customers of various businesses, farms, craftspeople and bands unique to the Louisville-area, we expose a variety of endeavors to new audiences and increase business for all.

About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance

The mission of LIBA is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned, independent businesses and to educate citizens on the value of buying locally. For more information and a member list, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com. They will celebrate their 10 year anniversary in 2015.

Stroke Awareness Day Health Fair

Visit Jefferson Mall for Stroke Awareness Day Health Fair

WHEN: Saturday, May 10th, 10am-1pm

WHERE: Jefferson Mall, 4801 Outer Loop

For more information call 499-5757 or visist www.strokekyin.org

Tickets Available for Upcoming "Festival of Faiths"


“Sacred Earth Sacred Self” is the theme of the 19th annual Festival of Faiths, an event that celebrates the diversity of our faith traditions, promotes unity and strengthens the role of faith in society through common action. It will occur May 14-18 at Actors Theatre of Louisville. An Interfaith Service: A Call to Prayer, will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth Street.

WHEN:  May 14th-18th

WHERE: Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 W Main St

Among the speakers this year are two of America’s most notable literary figures – poet, farmer, essayist and activist Wendell Berry and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and environmentalist Gary Snyder – as well as Patrick Holden, founder of Great Britain’s Sustainable Food Trust; and Shayk Hamza Yusuf, president and co-founder of Zaytuna College. For more information, www.festivaloffaiths.org. Tickets are on sale now at Actors Theatre of Louisville box office (502) 584-1205

13th Annual Discover Dixie Business Showcase EXPO


The Discover Dixie Business Showcase is connecting people to businesses in today’s competitive market.

WHERE: Incarnation Catholic Church Gymnasium, 2229 Lower Hunters Trace

WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 12pm-5pm

The 13th Annual Discover Dixie Business Showcase EXPO is packed with great information for current and prospective small business owners. Discover Dixie “EXPO” delivers valuable goods and services from 60+ exhibitors covering a broad range of business needs. The EXPO will enable participants the opportunities to demonstrate their products and services to individuals looking to start a business, small business owners who want to grow their business including providing area neighborhood resident’s great resources and information about their business.

Networking for Vendor's only from 10:30am to 11:55am for Vendors only with free appetizer's,door prizes, booth exhibitor contest and photos. The “EXPO” is open to the public from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for people to come and go as they please, to gather information and network.

If you would like an Application for booth rental please call Kim Leanhart at (502) 935-9898 or visit www.discoverdixie.com. Discover Dixie Business Showcase is hosted by the Dixie Area Business Association, helping to connect people and businesses together, to grow and better their lives.

Farnsley Junior Golf Long Drive Series Championship


Come prove your skill at the Farnsley Junior Golf Long Drive Series Championship.  

For boys and girls. Age divisions- 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14.

WHERE: Farnsley Golf Course, 2232 Schaffner Dr.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17th, 2014, from 10am-2pm

Entry Fee: $5 for 5 Drives

Each division winner will qualify for the Long Drive Championship in August, Prizes and Trophies!

All entries please sign up day of competition.

Questions please call Bill Byrne at (502) 449-1571 

Parents come to "Parents Cafe" at Iroquois Library

iroquois library

Parents are invited to take part in the "Parent Cafe", a series of conversations about student success, parent engagement, and the importance of education in our community.

Studies have shown that parental encouragement and involvement is essential to the successful education of children. Kids that miss 10% of school days per year have a drastically negative impact on academic success. By high school, regular school attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.

Metro United Way, in partnership with the PAL Coalition and the Bingham Fellows, is hosting the "Parents Cafe" to provide a support network for parents and to talk about the importance of school, daily school attendance.

WHEN: Every Tuesday 6pm-8pm, until May 27th. 

WHERE: Iroquois Library, 601 West Woodlawn Avenue

Childcare is available on site, dinner will be served, and door prizes will be given out. 

Call Metro United Way at 292-6127 for more information on this terrific parental support system.  

District 25's Community Calendar

Do you have a local event you would like to share and advertise to the public? Reach out to all of District 25 through this newsletter!

District 25's Community Calendar!

Please email brian.boles@louisvilleky.gov or call (502) 574-1125 and please provide as much information about your event as possible. Your event will be added to our Community Calendar. No matter how big or small as long as it is open to the general public we want to provide District 25 with the opportunity to attend!


10th Annual Forest Fest - Bluegrass at Its Best Comes to JMF on May 17th

Join us this May at Jefferson Memorial Forest for the 10th annual Forest Fest Bluegrass Music Festival. Two stellar Bluegrass stars, Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan, will headline a day of incredible entertainment rounded out by American Drive, Nu-Blu and Whiskey Bent Valley. The fest begins at 11 AM and will include lots of family activities and vendors.  Free admission; parking is $10 per carload

Louisville Metro Parks Summer Camp 

Sun Valley Community Center is already FULL!  

Beechmont, 205 W. Wellington Ave, 361-5484, $60 per child per week

Registration Deadline: May 30th

Registration is underway at camp sites listed below. Please call the camp location for registration times and documentation needed for registering campers. Camp programs are designed for ages 6-12.

Summer Camp information is available by calling 502/574-4460 or by e-mailing us.

Visit District 25's Community Calendar for more details!

"Free Summer Movies" at Iroquois Park

Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, All Times 8pm

The schedule is set for the "Free Summer Movies" program at the Iroquois Amphitheater.  Starting at the end of May and ending in September, these movies are all family friendly and sure to draw large crowds.  Join your family, friends and neighbors for some free fun under at Kentucky's State Amphitheater! All Movie times are 8pm and of course concessions will be available!

  • Saturday, May 24th - PLANES - PG
  • Monday, June 2nd - WE ARE MARSHALL - PG
  • Monday, June 9th - DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - PG
  • Monday, June 16th - THE LITTLE MERMAID - G
  • Saturday, June 21st - MONSTERS UNIVERSITY - G
  • Monday, June 23rd - WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?- PG
  • Monday, June 30th - FINDING NEMO - G
  • Monday, July 7th - BACK TO THE FUTURE - PG
  • Monday, July 14th - GRAVITY - PG13
  • Saturday, July 19th - THE BUTLER - PG13
  • Monday, July 21st - MAN OF STEEL - PG13
  • Saturday, August 9th - DESPICABLE ME 2 - PG
  • Friday, September 12th - "42" - PG13

For more information please call 502-368-5865 or visit www.iroquoisamphitheater.com.

Visit District 25's Community Calendar for more details!

Hunters Point Neighborhood Yard Sale

Saturday, June 7 from 8am-1pm

Spring and Summertime are just around the corner!  Its never too early to prepare for Neighborhood Yard Sales!  Hunters Point Neighborhood, off of Upper Hunters Trace, will host their annual neighborhood-wide yard sale from with around 150 homes participating. 

Visit District 25's Community Calendar for more details!

Americana World Festival 

Saturday, June 7 at Iroquois Amphitheater  

Join us for a full day of international performances, diverse cuisines, community resources & vendors, and activities for children!

Festival Favorites Appalatin and The Monarchs along-side many other bands will grace the 2 stages, and children are sure to enjoy bounce-houses, dancing, face painting, and games!

Americana Community Center was founded in 1990, and our programs have grown to serve over 5,000 individuals each year, representing 97 countries! Save the date to join us for this 24th annual cultural celebration on June 7th!

For more information on how you can contribute or participate contact Heather Bruner at heather@americanacc.org!

Click here to Support ACC!

District 25's Wellness Corner

Look to our new section "District 25's Wellness Corner" to receive tips on staying healthy and fit throughout the year!

stroke awareness

Stroke Awareness Day, May 10th

Types of Strokes

If we consider an isolated blood vessel, blood flow to the brain tissue can be hampered in two ways:

  1. the vessel clogs within (ischemic stroke)
  2. the vessel ruptures, causing blood to leak into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke)


Ischemic stroke accounts for about 87 percent of all cases.

Ischemic strokes occur as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. The underlying condition for this type of obstruction is the development of fatty deposits lining the vessel walls. This condition is called atherosclerosis. These fatty deposits can cause two types of obstruction:

Cerebral thrombosis refers to a thrombus (blood clot) that develops at the clogged part of the vessel.

Cerebral embolism refers generally to a blood clot that forms at another location in the circulatory system, usually the heart and large arteries of the upper chest and neck. A portion of the blood clot breaks loose, enters the bloodstream and travels through the brain's blood vessels until it reaches vessels too small to let it pass. A second important cause of embolism is an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation. It creates conditions where clots can form in the heart, dislodge and travel to the brain.


Hemorrhagic stroke accounts for about 13 percent of stroke cases. It results from a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain. The blood accumulates and compresses the surrounding brain tissue. The two types of hemorrhagic strokes are intracerebral hemorrhage or subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. Two types of weakened blood vessels usually cause hemorrhagic stroke: aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs).

An aneurysm is a ballooning of a weakened region of a blood vessel. If left untreated, the aneurysm continues to weaken until it ruptures and bleeds into the brain. An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a cluster of abnormally formed blood vessels. Any one of these vessels can rupture, also causing bleeding into the brain.

Stroke Warning Signs

These are the warning signs that someone is having a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you notice one or more of these signs, don't wait. Stroke is a medical emergency.
Call your emergency medical services and get to a hospital right away!


Learn How To Prevent A Stroke

Here are six steps anyone can take to reduce the risk and the danger of stroke:

  1. Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol.
  2. Be physically active and exercise regularly.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet high in fruit and vegetable and low in salt to stay a healthy state and keep blood pressure low.
  4. Limit alcohol consumption.
  5. Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now.
  6. Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke.

Low Salt Diet

It is recommended that salt intake be reduced to less than 5g a day to lower the risk of having a stroke.

  1. Salt raises our blood pressure
  2. The higher our blood pressure, the higher our risk of stroke
  3. Adults should have less than 5grams of salt a day, and children even less
  4. It is particularly important that children do not eat too much salt, as blood pressure first starts to rise in childhood
  5. Much of the salt we eat is in everyday foods such as bread, sauces, cheese and processed meat, as well as salt added at the table and during cooking
  6. Take time to get used to lower salt food, and you will enjoy it as much, if not more, than salty food

Atrial Fibrillation and other Heart Conditions

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is an under-diagnosed and under-treated heart condition and a major risk factor for stroke. AF causes the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria) to quiver instead of beating effectively, resulting in blood not being completely pumped out, which in turn causes pooling and can lead to clotting. These clots can travel to the brain and trigger a major and often fatal stroke. Stroke due to AF is highly preventable by anti-clotting drugs.

WSO recommends that persons who have experienced a heart attack, have been diagnosed with a heart ailment or have irregular heart rhythm, to regularly visit health services in order to prevent the occurrence of a stroke.

Stroke Warning Signs

The FAST test is an easy way for everyone to remember and recognize the signs of stroke. FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time to act:

Face - Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?

Arms - Can they lift both arms?

Speech - Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?

Time - Is critical. If you notice any of these warning signs, act FAST. Call your local emergency medical services or get to the nearest hospital immediately.

Think FAST. Act Fast. Stroke is a medical emergency.

For more information visit: http://www.worldstrokecampaign.org/

Adopt-A-Pet of the Week


Achilles is a beautiful and intelligent ten-month-old Beagle/Lab blend.  He would be a great sidekick for your adventures.  This lad is sweet and loves tummy rubs.  Achilles is always looking to learn more!  He is ready for your fun times together to begin.   Achilles is neutered and current on all his shots.

You can visit Achilles  at  LMAS Animal House Adoption Center, 3516 Newburg Road or contact LMAS at (502) 473-PETS (7387) for more information.


This kitty is one of a kind.  Harley is chatty and playful, with a sweet side.  He is a three-year-old waiting for that special visit that will lead him to finding a new family and becoming the perfect pal. He is current on all shots and neutered.


*You can meet Harley by contacting LMAS Animal House Adoption Center at (502) 473-PETS.  Don’t forget to check out her friends:  louisvilleky.gov/animalservices

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