District 9 eNews - Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Louder Than Life – Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

Louder Than Life

Louder Than Life is scheduled for this Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1 in Champions Park. The festival features Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch and many more. On Saturday, bands perform from 12:05 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:25 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. More information is available online, https://louderthanlifefestival.com/.

LMPD is planning to close River Road 30 minutes prior to the end of the concerts on Saturday (11:00 p.m.) and Sunday (9:30 p.m.) to let the concert empty out. LMPD anticipates the road to be closed for an hour after the concerts end. More neighborhood street closures and no parking areas are in the next story.

If you experience parking, traffic, noise or other issues during the concert, please contact the LMPD special events hotline at 689-1440. This number is only available during the concert. 

Street Closures & No Parking Areas – Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

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In connection with Louder Than Life, the following streets will be closed during the following times:

6:00 a.m. Friday, September 29 to Monday, October 2

  • Edith Road from River Road to Mellwood Avenue

The following streets will have no parking from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday:

  • River Dell Drive – 800 block
  • Highwood Drive – 800 & 900 block
  • Lake Avenue – from Mellwood Avenue to N. Birchwood Avenue
  • Winifrede Lane – from Mellwood Avenue to Callabell Road
  • Warren Road – the entire length of the road
  • Pauline Road – from Winifrede east
  • Kenil Court – from Kenilworth Road to Winifrede Lane
  • Callabell Road – from Kenilworth Road west (both forks)
  • Edith Road – from Mellwood Avenue to Kenilworth Road
  • Emily Road – from Edith Road to Kenilworth Road
  • James Road – from Edith Road to Edna Road
  • Edna Road – from Kenilworth Road to dead end 

Mellwood Businesses Open as Road Closes


Mellwood Avenue – between Brownsboro Road and Muncie Avenue – will close to traffic beginning Monday, October 2, as work connected with MSD’s Clifton Heights Combined Sewer Overflow Basin continues.  Construction in that area is estimated to continue through December 3, 2017. 

All shops at the Mellwood Arts Center (www.mellwoodartcenter.com), Mellwood Antiques & Interiors (http://www.mellwoodantiques.com/) and Mom’s Music (www.momsmusic.com) will remain OPEN throughout the closure. For those traveling from Brownsboro Road, new signs will direct local traffic to the businesses via Drescher Bridge and Thompson Avenues. The businesses are also accessible from Zorn Avenue and from River Road via Edith Road.

Please visit these businesses during the closure!

Muncie Avenue will remain open.

The Clifton Heights CSO Basin will capture seven million gallons of combined sewer overflow, in an average rainfall year. This underground-covered basin will offer the public and Beargrass Creek protection from combined sewer overflows during periods of wet weather. When completed, the project will be largely invisible to the public.

Underground storage is part of MSD's larger endeavor to prevent sewage from overflowing into Louisville's waterways. These underground storage areas retain the mixture of rainwater and sewage until the rain subsides and capacity is available for treatment, then gradually release it back into the sewer system. 

Sustainability Story: Crescent Hill Earns Platinum Level

Brightside - Crescent Hill

Congratulations to Crescent Hill on recently earning a Platinum Level Green Living Certification from Brightside's Green Living program.  In an effort led by the Crescent Hill Community Council, residents achieved this after taking surveys about their living habits.  The surveys were then sent to Brightside, which awarded points based on reported activities such as recycling, planting trees, using energy efficient appliances, and more.  Keep living green, Crescent Hill! 

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

Early LIHEAP Registration for Elderly and Disabled


Home heating costs can be a large expense for families in the winter, so Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services will begin accepting pre-registration heating assistance applications on Monday, October 2, 2017. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to help income eligible residents pay utility bills. 

Pre-registration is for Jefferson County residents who meet the following criteria: 

  • Fixed income within 130% of the federal poverty level. (e.g. for a household of four, the gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,665.00). 
  • Elderly (60 years or older) or disabled individuals receiving Social Security, SSI, pension or Black Lung benefits.

This pre-registration phase is for the LIHEAP Subsidy Program, meaning eligible residents can apply regardless of the status of their utility bills.

 Applicants must be willing to provide the following documentation:

  • Proof of all household income for the preceding month (Food Stamp award letter, Social Security Award letter, pay stubs, etc. or proof of $0 income. Note: Zero Income forms are available at the Resilience and Community Services office at 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 201 as well as the six LIHEAP locations listed below or by clicking here.)
  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
  • Most current heating bill; or statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in your rent; or statement from your utility company if you participate in a pre-pay electric program. Please bring the account number and name on the account for all heating fuel sources and electric.

Residents who meet the early registration requirements may apply for LIHEAP from Oct. 2 – Oct. 31.  Appointments are required in advance utilizing the new, automated appointment system. The toll free service is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

The caller can follow the prompts to get the information needed and/or to schedule an appointment if available.  The system provides a confirmation number indicating that an appointment was successfully scheduled.

Scheduling an appointment by phone: Call 502-991-8391.
Scheduling an Appointment On-line:

Appointments can also be made quickly and easily online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com.

Benefits provided by this program are paid directly to the applicant’s heating vendor.  Funds for this program will be posted on or after Nov. 6, 2017.

For more information about this process on how to apply for LIHEAP pre-registration, please contact MetroCall 311 by simply dialing 311 or 574-5000, email metro.call@louisvilleky.gov, visit the website’s On Line Customer Service or Live Chat at www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocall, tweet @LouMetro311, or download the free Mobile 311 app from the website.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

Rezoning of several properties along Lexington Road (not including property near Grinstead Drive) has been recommended in the Irish Hill Neighborhood Plan, and the notice below has been sent to affected or adjacent property owners.

For basic details for all of 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.

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Free Services Offered to Local Homeless – Oct. 4

Stand Down

Louisville’s homeless population will have an opportunity to access services, information and assistance in a one-stop environment at the 2017 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down, on Wednesday, October 4. Resources available at the event will include food, clothing, medical evaluations, help with employment, education and benefit services and many other forms of assistance.

The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (entry doors will close at 1 p.m.) at The Salvation Army (Old Male High School) campus located at 911 S. Brook St. in Louisville. Several TARC buses will provide access throughout the day from emergency shelters to the event site. The event is coordinated by the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, Coalition for the Homeless and other community partners, including The Salvation Army.

The latest numbers from the 2016 Homeless Census indicate 6,373 individuals were homeless at some point in Louisville last year -- either on the streets, in homeless shelters or accessing services through Louisville’s homeless service providers. A variety of factors can lead to homelessness and often these individuals may be victims of domestic violence, disabled, veterans or senior citizens.

Offered again this year will be a foot-washing service provided by community volunteers and the Coalition for the Homeless. Many individuals experiencing homelessness have issues with their feet due to diabetes, frostbite and other exposure issues. Every participant at Project Homeless Connect/Stand Down will be invited to soak their feet and have them examined by medical volunteers. Members of Louisville Metro RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is also leading a sock and towel drive so that each participant can leave with new socks and healthier, cleaner feet.  Read more.

For more information about the Homeless Connect event contact:

  • Jamie Watts – Louisville VAMC Homeless Supervisory Coordinator at 502-287-4176
  • A. Heath Rico-Storey- Louisville Metro Resilience and Community Services at 502-574-5777
  • Natalie Harris – Coalition for the Homeless at 502-636-9550

Butchertown Porktoberfest – October 6


The Butchertown Neighborhood Association is proud to announce the annual Porktoberfest on Friday, October 6 from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. at Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington Street. This culinary extravaganza will feature fabulous food, beverages and live entertainment.  

Volunteers are still needed to make this event a success! Please click here to see available shifts for the event.

Louisville Solar Tour – October 7

Louisville Solar Tour

Save the date - October 7 - for the 2017 Louisville Solar Tour.  It begins with an ‘Introduction to Solar Technology’ session at Copper & Kings Distillery at 9:30 am. Solar experts will describe the financial, social, and environmental benefits of using solar power and address how to obtain and finance solar power. Tour participants can then board a bus or join a group bike tour which will visit designated houses, churches, and business locations featuring unique solar installations. Owners or installers will be on site to present briefly at each location. After touring, the participants will gather at Apocalypse Brew Works to celebrate solar energy and socialize. Food trucks, tabling and refreshments will be at this solar powered brewery as we finish the day. The Introduction Session and the Bike Tour are free and open to the public. There is a $15 fee for the bus tour, and seating is limited. Please register if you plan to attend any part of this exciting tour.

A complete list of presenters and more information about the event can be found here: 2017 Louisville Solar Tour Day

Clifton Chili Cook Off – October 15


Save the date for the annual Chili Cook off, hosted by the Clifton Community Council, benefiting Susan G. Komen. Gather up your beans, hot peppers and chili spices and join in the competition for the best tasting chili in Louisville. To be a competitor, please contact Brad Curry, brad@rededgelive.com, for official rules and entry.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 15 from Noon – 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Frankfort Avenue and Pope Street. Tastings begin at Noon. The event is rain or shine.

D9 Fall Community Cleanup – October 21


If you’ve been complaining about litter, here’s a chance to do something about it.

Please plan to join your neighbors on Saturday, October 21, for the D9 Fall Community Cleanup. In partnership with Brightside, volunteers will be cleaning up Frankfort Avenue and Brownsboro Road. Volunteers should plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Bingham Park, 160 Coral Avenue, for breakfast sandwiches, provided by the Clifton McDonald’s, and hot coffee, provided by Heine Brothers’ Coffee. The cleanup will officially begin at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers will be able to walk to Brownsboro or Frankfort Avenue to beautify the area. The District 9 office will provide bags, gloves, tools and t-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like to register your own neighborhood team through Brightside, please click here.

Louisville Sustainability Summit – October 27

Sustainability Summit

This year’s Summit focuses on why climate change is a high priority issue in Louisville, how they are planning for it, and what needs to be done to transition to a more equitable and climate resilient Louisville. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Discount tickets are available through tomorrow (09/29).

The keynote speaker is Vanessa Keith, author of 2100: A Dystopian Utopia – the City After Climate Change. Ms. Keith will discuss how cities are becoming climate resilient, and then a panel will discuss local impacts of a changing climate, with attention to those impacted "first and worst". In the afternoon, enjoy breakout sessions focusing on local and equitable action related to energy, public health, agriculture, water, air quality, and transportation/land use. Visit the Louisville Sustainability Council’s website to learn more and to register. 

Friends of the Library Membership Drive

Friends of the Library

October 2017 is the month for the Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library Membership Drive, and this year, the Friends are celebrating their 40th anniversary! Join as a new Friend, renew online or visit any library branch for an application form. Regular dues are just $15, but please consider—for this one time only—making an additional $25 contribution, bringing your total gift to $40 in appreciation of 40 years of service! Membership supports all of the activities and they have greatly expanded their efforts this year.

What the Friends Do:

  • Collect and sort new and gently used books to offer the branch libraries.
  • Sponsor special events at the branch libraries and offer grant opportunities for enhanced materials and programming.
  • Host Café Louie breakfast events in all library locations, so residents can engage with state legislators and Metro Council members.
  • Support projects, big and small, from new computer software at the Portland branch to gerbil food at the St. Matthews children’s room.
  • Participate in many community events, including Western's “Rock Around the Block Party", Highlands’ St. Patrick’s Day parade, and LFPL's popular “How-To-Festival.”
  • Advocate for increased library funding from the Metro Council.
  • Sort hundreds of boxes of donated books throughout the year with a dedicated volunteer effort for the Mayor’s “Give a Day.”
  • Partner with United Way to refill Little Free Libraries throughout the Louisville area.
  • Collaborate with Heine Brothers to collect children's books at their local cafés.
  • Donate requested books to Habitat for Humanity, English as a Second Language classes, retirement homes, art teachers, KY Refugee Ministries, Louisville Metro Corrections Department, Probation and Parole Department and other groups.
  • Provide scholarships for tuition assistance and Appreciation Awards to library staff.

To learn more, join, renew, or volunteer, visit us online at www.friendsofthelfpl.org

October Halloween Activities

Happy Halloween
  • Monday, October 2: Halloween coloring contest. Click here to download the coloring page. Return the colored picture to the front desk at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue by October 2. Winners will be announced on October 7.
  • Saturday, October 7: Free Halloween Carnival from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue. Enjoy trunk or treat and carnival games. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • October 12 – November 5: Louisville Jack O ’Lantern Spectacular – Iroquois Park, tickets range from $9-$16. For more information call 368-5865 or visit www.jackolanternlouisville.com.
  • Friday, October 27: Free Drive-in movie at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue. Movie is Monster House, rated PG.
  • Saturday, October 28: Halloween in Brown Park from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

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 28: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host an English conversation club at 2:30 p.m. English Conversation Club allows non-native speakers to practice English in a relaxed, informal setting with others. If you are learning the English language, or would like to practice conversing in English, plan to attend. Participants should have some basic knowledge of the English language before joining. For English as a Second Language (ESL) students, this is a great way to use what you have learned in ESL classes. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Thursday, September 28: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion of The Wizard of Oz at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, September 28: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Julie Marie Wade at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and book signing. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, September 29: "Yappy Hour" fundraiser for the Kentucky Humane Society at Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Avenue, from 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. Come drink craft beer with your four legged best friend! This dog-friendly event will take place in the fenced parking lot of the brewery, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the KY Humane Society. Enjoy great food from local food trucks and collaborative beers from ABW and the LAGERS Homebrew Club. All dogs must remain on a leash at all times.

Friday, September 29: F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop on the final Friday of the month from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m. Park at one of the many convenient FREE and public parking areas and board the Frankfort Avenue Trolley at any designated stop. The trolley route runs from RiverPark Place on River Road to Cannons Lane. For more information about specific events please visit: http://www.frankfortave.com.

Friday, September 29: Chocolate Fest 2017 at the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue, from 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the Louisville AIDS Walk. Enjoy chocolate, entertainment, lite bites, spirits and more! Each guest is asked to make a minimum $45 tax deductible donation for entry. All event attendees must be 21+ with a valid photo ID upon check-in. For more information, please visit http://www.chocolatefestlouisville.com/.

Saturday, September 30: Friends of the University of Louisville School of Music present a 5K run/walk in Cherokee Park. Race begins at 8:00 a.m. at Hogan's Fountain. Enjoy live music around every corner. Entry fee is $25. All race proceeds go to U of L School of Music student scholarships. To sign up for the race please visit, friendsofuoflmusic.com.

Sunday, October 1: Dare to Care Walk Run and Row at Waterfront Park’s Harbor Lawn, 231 Witherspoon Street. Walk begins at 2:15 p.m., canoe races from Noon – 6:00 p.m. ad a family fun festival from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Monday, October 2: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a conversation about transgenderism and today's current events at 6:00 p.m. Speaker is Dawn J. Wilson, Advocacy Board Commissioner for the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Tuesday, October 3: Olmsted Parks Conservancy to host a Seneca Park restoration event from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. Help restore neighborhood parks! Tasks may include invasive plant removal, mulching, painting, or general park beautification. Gloves, tools and guidance provided. Dress for the weather and working outdoors. Limited space available. To register for any of these events, click here or visit www.olmstedparks.org.

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