District 9 News - Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Give for Good Louisville – TODAY!

Give for Good Louisville

Give For Good Louisville is TODAY, Thursday, September 14, from 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. Give for Good is an online giving day hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville, created to support the nonprofits doing great work in our community. When we come together with gifts big and small, we can change the world around us. That’s what Give For Good Louisville is all about. Please consider donating to a D9 organization! For more information, please visit https://www.giveforgoodlouisville.org/.

Waterfront Botanical Garden Events

Waterfront Botanical Garden

It’s a big weekend at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens at the corner of River Road and Frankfort Avenue.  Friday at 10:00 am is the ground breaking for the gardens. Saturday is the First Annual Homebrew Fair from Noon to 3:00 pm, with a $10 admission; Sunday is the reGeneration Fair from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  That’s a free event, with donations accepted. 

There is more information about each of the events in the “Ninth District Events” section at the end of this email.

Learn more about the Waterfront Botanical Gardens in this Courier-Journal story: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2017/09/12/waterfront-botanical-garden-construction/654430001/

D9 Community Conversation – September 18

Have questions or comments about crime or policing, how Louisville Metro enforces property maintenance codes or drainage and sewer issues? We’re bringing people together next week to listen to you!

Join us on Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road, for our bi-monthly D9 Community Conversation. Representatives from Louisville Metro Police Department, Codes & Regulations and MSD will speak briefly about their agency and then provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

As with all D9 Community Conversations, discussion of any other subjects is welcome and I will be available to talk with constituents about any questions, comments or concerns.  Mark your calendar - and bring along a friend or neighbor. 

League of Women Voters Dinner & Democracy – Sept. 18

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters will host a dinner and democracy meeting on Monday, September 18, at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue. The topic for discussion is Fair (and Unfair) Lobbying Practices in Louisville and Frankfort. Speakers include Tom Loftus, Courier-Journal, Victoria Markell, a former non-profit lobbyist, Julie Raque Adams, State Senator, and moderator Deborah Kent, former attorney for the Metro Ethics Commission. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. (donations accepted) and the program is at 6:00 p.m.

Lexington & Grinstead Charrettes – Sept. 19 & 20

Lexington & Grinstead

New charrettes have been scheduled for a proposed zone change (case # 16ZONE1044) from C-2 to Planned Development District (PDD) consisting of mixed residential, office, retail and restaurant on 3.32 +/- acres at the intersection of Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive, specifically 2294, 2300, 2338 & 2340 Lexington Road and 2501, 2509, 2511 & 2515 Grinstead Drive.

The two follow-up charrettes will be held on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20, both beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Learning Center, 2115 Lexington Road. Both nights will involve the same process, although a different one than at the past meetings, so the developers are asking people to only choose one or the other.

If you cannot attend either of the charrettes but have questions or concerns, please call William Bardenwerper at 426-6688. Click here to read the notification letter.

Street Sweepers Coming

street sweepers

Street sweeping will occur in parts of D9 next week. Watch for “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweeping occurs and be prepared to find alternative parking. Vehicles parked in the “No Parking” area may be ticketed or towed. Sign up here to get messages about street sweeping.

Sustainability Story: Support Locally Grown Foods – Grow Vegetables All Year Long


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, through their EQIP Program, is taking applications for Seasonal High Tunnel Systems that allow for extending the growing season of vegetable gardening operations.  These plastic covered systems are efforts by USDA and the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District to increase the seasonal production of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Soil and Water Conservation District received a grant to help support the USDA effort by extending this opportunity to urban gardeners, non-profits and churches.  For more information on the program and how to apply, contact Kurt Mason at (859) 490-0113 or kurt.mason@ky.usda.gov.

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

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. 17DEVPLAN111
You are invited to attend a review of a revised detailed District Development Plan for a proposed coffee shop and an amendment to general plan binding element to allow additional signage.
Subject Property: 2303 River Road
Case Manager: Joel Dock (joel.dock@louisvilleky.gov)  
Meeting Type: Land Development & Transportation
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: Meeting will begin at 1:00 PM and continue until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Auditorium, 514 W. Liberty Street

Another Successful Back to School Block Party


Thanks for joining us last Friday, September 8, for the 18th Annual Back to School Block Party at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic. Over 330 attendees enjoyed Mellow Mushroom pizza, swimming, door prizes and family fun!

Thank you to our excellent volunteers: Pat O’Connor, Debbie Brashear, Dave & Sue Vislisel, Roger Cossavella, Sue Ritman, Barbara McGee, Reda Logsdon and Northeast Christian Church/Clifton Campus. Photos from the event are now posted here.

Thanks also to sponsors who provided door prizes: A Reader’s Corner, Blue Dog Bakery , Carmichael’s Bookstore, Comfy Cow, Crescent Hill Trading Company, Heine Brothers' Coffee, Just Creations, Margaret's Consignments, McDonalds, Metro Parks, North End Café and Red Hog Butcher. Click here to view the flyer with sponsors.

Reservoir Park & Village Manor Access Road Under Construction

Reservoir Park

Work is now underway on a new access road to allow Reservoir Park and Village Manor residents access to and from their homes when a stopped train is blocking Fenley and Blackburn Avenues.  The road is being built to solve a long-standing problem in the neighborhoods.   

Emergency vehicles (police, fire and ambulances) have always been able to use a gate near the end of Claremont Avenue to access the neighborhoods when trains are blocking the tracks.  When the new road is completed and a new gate and lock system is installed, any vehicles or pedestrians will be able to come and go when both roads are blocked by a stopped train. 

The road is expected to be completed this week, with the gate and lock system following in the near future.  Reservoir Park and Village Manor residents have already been informed about how to get the gate opened, using volunteers in the neighborhoods. The volunteers will be receiving more information once the gate is installed.

New Sidewalk Connection on North Jane Street

N Jane sidewalk
N Jane

For too long, folks have had to walk in the street to get to and from Brownsboro Road and Kroger along North Jane Street. A project is underway to fix that.

I’m pleased to announce a sidewalk connection project on North Jane Street has started. A 200-foot section of new sidewalk will be constructed north of Sycamore Avenue between Sycamore and the alley adjacent to 149 North Jane. A three week long road closure of that section of roadway began on Monday and will continue through October 2, 2017, while the sidewalk construction is underway.

Clifton Roots, Jazz and Heritage Festival

Clifton Fest

The Clifton Roots, Jazz, and Heritage Festival, running September 20 to October 1, 2017, features a stunning array of musicians and dancers from around the world and right here at home. Among the critically acclaimed artists appearing at the festival are Afro-Soul singer

Betsayda Machado and her band, Parranda El Clavo, from Venezuela; renowned Cuban jazz pianist, Elio Villafranca; from Québéc, Canada, the rollicking De Temps Antan; Spanish singer Irene Atienza, performing with brilliant Brazilian guitarist, Douglas Lora; Swedish string band virtuosos, Väsen; and masters of the Brazilian music known as Choro, Trio Brasileiro, among others. The festival, funded in part by a prestigious ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, features special cross cultural musical collaborations between international players and some of Louisville’s finest musicians, in a series emphasizing cross-cultural artistic connection and collaboration. Participating local artists include: Maiden Radio, Aaron Bibelhauser & Relic, featuring Michael Cleveland, Appalatin and Cosa Seria, among others.

Pop-up events concerts and Louisville Folk School musical instrument workshops will take place at shops and restaurants along Frankfort Avenue from September 23-28. In addition, experiential activities and workshops for both children and adults will be offered in conjunction with the concert programs held at the Clifton Center, including: dance and music workshops, films, walk-up instrument lessons for beginners from Louisville Folk School, hands-on art projects, international food and after-parties. A complete schedule is available online at www.cliftoncenter.org.

  • Thursday, September 21 at The Clifton Center (Brazilian Rhythms, Cross-Cultural Experience, after-party salsa dance with Cosa Seria)
  • Friday, September 22 at Comstock Hall, University of Louisville (Cuban Jazz and Masterclass with Elio Villafranca for U of L Jamey Aebersold School of Jazz Studies students)
  • Monday-Thursday, September 25-28 - daily pop-up concerts and musical instrument workshops at businesses along Frankfort Avenue. Eight individual events will include pop-up Louisville Folk School workshops for the public in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo, and pop-up concerts featuring Small Time Napoleon, Brigid Kaelin, The Sidewinders and Stephen Couch.
  • Friday, September 29 at the Clifton Center (Venezuelan Afro-Soul, Swedish String Band, Celtic Flavors, after party dance with Appalatin)
  • Sunday, October 1 at The Clifton Center (Spain Meets Brazil, French Canadian Tradition, Aaron Bibelhauser & Relic, Maiden Radio)

Brightside Bash – September 21

Brightside Bash

The Brightside Bash is a fun twist on a traditional gala fundraiser. The Bash features local bands, a silent auction, raffles, food, and fun! The event will be held Thursday, September 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington Street.

The 2017 Bash will feature music from Justin Lewis and Karter Louis & The GOAT Band.

The Brightside Bash serves as a fundraiser for the Brightside Foundation. With the generous donations and contributions from this event, Brightside is able to continue to offer our many educational programs, sustainability initiatives, and beautification projects to our community.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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, September 14: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host scrabble club at 2:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Thursday, September 14: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie screening of The Wizard of Oz at 6:00 p.m. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, September 14: Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Sandra Worsham at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and book signing of Going to Wings. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, September 15: Groundbreaking Ceremony at Waterfront Botanical Gardens Site, 1410 Frankfort Avenue, at 10:00 a.m. The wait is finally over. Join Waterfront Botanical Gardens, state and local figures, and other WBG supporters for the official Community Groundbreaking Ceremony. Enjoy light refreshments, live music, and a few words from key speakers. FREE. All ages welcome.

Friday, September 15: 4th Annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Lampton Street from Clay to Shelby Street, presented by the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. Smoketown GetDown is a FREE block party powered by the people and open to the public with live entertainment and local food & beer. Featuring voter registration, Smoketown organizations, family-friendly activities, food trucks, and a West Sixth Brewing beer garden. SmoketownGetDown is co-hosted by the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and Kertis Creative. The GetDown Line-up includes: DJ Yared Sound, Str8Diamonds Dance Team, Otis Junior & The Jesse Lees, Junior J & Piff the Dragon, and The Afrophysicists.
GetDown Links: http://kftc.org/events/4th-annual-smoketown-getdown-democracy

Saturday, September 16: Women Veterans Open House from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Robley Rex Veterans Medical Center, 800 Zorn Avenue, west entrance. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, please contact the Women Veterans Program Manager at 287-6050. Event will have VA and community resources, women’s health speakers, relaxation services, music, food and door prizes.

Saturday, September 16: First Annual Homebrew Fair from Noon – 3:00 p.m. at Waterfront Botanical Gardens Site, 1410 Frankfort Avenue. Compete in the homebrew contest, check out vendors, learn about the agriculture and craftsmanship of brewing beer, and celebrate the brewing culture here in the local community. Admission is $10.

Saturday, September 16: The National Jug Band Jubilee from Noon – 11:00 p.m. at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater on River Road in Waterfront Park. The National Jug Band Jubilee is a free, family friendly festival that celebrates the history of jug band music in Louisville. Featuring 8 jug bands, jug band workshop, kids activities, local food, beer and wine. For more information, please visit www.jugbandjubilee.com.

Sunday, September 17: The First Ever Louisville Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at Waterfront Park from Noon – 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $10 the day of the event. Kids under 12 are free. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit http://www.ftfofamerica.com.

Sunday, September 17: reGeneration Fair from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Waterfront Botanical Gardens Site, 1410 Frankfort Avenue. This family friendly affair includes environmental demonstrations (such as beekeeping and water filtration), crafts, animals, live music, food trucks, drinks, and more! Louisville Visual Art will also be on site hosting their plein-air paint out, with judging and artwork sales at 3:00. FREE admission, donations appreciated.

Sunday, September 17: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a meeting of the minds at 7:00 p.m. Join members of the community as they think about and discuss current topics. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Monday, September 18: District 9 Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. at Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road. Most of the time and focus will be on you. We are hoping for an unscripted, open conversation about your vision for D9 and the City. Please mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Tuesday, September 19: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a movie discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Plan to discuss Rebel Without a Cause. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, September 19Clifton Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.

Wednesday, September 20: Neighborhood Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street.

Wednesday, September 20 – October 1: The Clifton Roots, Jazz and Heritage Festival features a stunning array of musicians and dancers from around the world and right here at home. For more information, please visit http://www.cliftoncenter.org.

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