District 12 eNews | 04.07.16

District 12
Rick Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
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Liz Kennedy
Legislative Aide
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In This Issue...

Consider Serving on a Board or Commission!

We encourage any interested constituent to consider utilizing their time and talents for the improvement of our community by serving on a board or commission. Out of the approximately 100 options, surely one is bound to pique your interest if you give it a look! Click here for descriptions of the various options and when you're ready to apply, simply type in: louisvilleky.gov/GetOnBoards to access the application. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions!

Arbor Day Tree Give-away This Saturday!


Jefferson County Master Gardener Association members will be on hand to provide information on the tree varieties and to help with selection. There will be planting demonstrations as well. 900 trees will be given away! Limit of 3 per family. 

When: Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave. 

Questions? Email jcmgaevents@gmail.com.

Terry & West Pages: New Traffic Signal


Councilman Blackwell has been working with Metro Public Works Traffic Engineering since 2014 after being contacted by several constituents with concerns about this intersection. The new signalized intersection, along with pedestrian improvements, will make this intersection safer for motorists, pedestrians, and for the use of nearby Sanders Elementary students. Thank you to Metro Traffic Engineering and KYTC for their work!

Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month: Chalk the Walk


Personal Finance Empowerment Series: First Workshop April 19th


This year, work towards your financial goals and get answers to your personal finance questions. Topics in 2016 dive a little deeper and include:

  • Setting Financial Goals
  • Analyzing your Buying Behavior
  • Hands On Credit Report Analysis
  • Student Loan Debt
  • Investing 101
  • Retirement Planning

The first class is Tuesday, April 19th! Participants who attend the first or second workshops will receive a Personal Finance Participant Handbook filled with tools, resources, and worksheets to help you become more organized and prepared. You will collect additional Handbook content by attending each of the six workshops.

All classes are from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., are FREE, and include lunch.

The full schedule, workshop descriptions, and registration links are available at www.louisvilleky.gov/PFES 

Louisville Orchestra: Music Without Borders


Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing Annual Plant & Herb Sale: April 16 & 17


Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will celebrate the return of spring with its annual Plant and Herb Sale! The Riverside Garden Club will offer a variety of herbs, perennials, annuals, Kentucky native species, heirloom tomatoes, gardening items - and good gardening advice!

  • Saturday, April 16th, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 17th, Noon to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Early Bird Sale: Friday, April 15th from 4:00-7:00 p.m

For more information, call 935-6809! Riverside is located at 7410 Moorman Rd.

Barkitecture Louisville: Register by April 25th


Barkitecture 2016 is an event designed to raise awareness of the plight of homeless animals in our community through the innovative design of living structures for dogs. This is the premiere event, but the goal is to host an annual event that will eventually expand to living and play structures for cats as well.


Participants will be invited to submit completed dog houses in several categories. Attendees will be invited to bid on the dog houses through a silent auction. Adoptable dogs and cats will also be on hand in the hopes they find their forever homes. Monies raised from this event will go towards a new, much needed, state of the art shelter for this community. You can find more information here.

6th Annual Ramble for the Roses Trivia Night April 16th!

The 6th Annual Ramble for the Roses Trivia Night, presented by DeSales and Holy Cross High Schools, and Holy Rosary Alumnae, will take place on Saturday, April 16th in the Holy Cross gymnasium. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and play begins at 7:00 p.m. Teams may have a maximum of 8 players. Cost is $20 per player.  Mulligans and Split-the-Pot raffles will also be sold.  Register online or call Janet Harpe at 502-368-6519, ext. 29.  Proceeds for the Ramble Trivia Night will benefit the Holy Rosary Scholarship Program at DeSales and Holy Cross High Schools.

Louisville Metro Parks Public Meeting: April 20th


Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation will be hosting a series of public meetings at sites across the community. The public meeting sites were selected because an initiative or program offered at or near the site was gauged to have a high level of community interest and the public is encouraged to come and weigh in on any topic.

The meetings will typically start with a brief presentation and question and answer session facilitated by Director Ghose. 

After the session ends, Metro Parks and Recreation staff will be available to meet citizens individually on a variety of topics for the remainder of the meeting. 

  • Wednesday, April 20th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Iroquois Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Road)

KMAC Museum's Offering Summer Camp Scholarships

This year, KMAC Museum is offering a contest for students to win one of five summer art camp scholarships, sponsored by LG&E. Students are able to submit a written response in response to the question: “Why should I go to a KMAC summer art camp?” Applicants may also include an artwork to support their response. 


Scholarships are available for grades kindergarten through college undergraduate. Each of the five scholarships will be worth $200. A week of camp costs $220, leaving $20 for administrative costs after a scholarship is applied. Once notified, recipients will be able to choose which week of camp they would like to attend in their age group.  


Applications are due by midnight on April 18th. Recipients will be notified by May 13th. Visit http://www.kmacmuseum.org/#!camps/c24ry for more information on camps and to enter the contest. With additional questions, call 502-589-0102. 

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day April 30th

tai chi

On behalf of the Nu Chapter Tai Chi & Qigong Institute students, we would like to invite you to attend the 2016 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day at Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane. The celebration will be held on Saturday, April 30th, beginning at 9:00 AM until 1:00 pm. 

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is a celebration of the art of meditative exercise practiced daily by people everywhere around the world. We will have Tai Chi demonstrations, health advice, and share light refreshments with all attendees. Questions? Email nuchaptertaichi@gmail.com.  

Reminder From LG&E: Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig!


VITA Tax Services at Sun Valley Community Center End April 18th

VITA is a free program staffed by volunteers who help low income families receive all the tax refunds they are qualified for and its success has returned millions to the local economy in Metro Louisville. The Louisville Asset Building Coalition has offered VITA at the Sun Valley Community Center since 2008 and it will continue through April 18th. Every year the number of volunteers and those taking advantage of the service continues to grow. 

The Hours of operations are as follows:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30am to 6:00pm
  • Wednesdays 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • Fridays through February only 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • Saturdays 9:30am to 12:00pm

Participants need to make sure they bring all pertinent information beforehand including:

·       Social Security card and photo ID.

·       W-2’s and 1099 from an employer

·       1099’s for interest, dividends state tax refund or other income if applicable

·       1095 for health insurance.

·       1098 for education credit with detailed information

·       Appropriate information for direct deposit