What's Happening in District 4



Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1104
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Christa Robinson

Christa Robinson

Legislative Assistant
(502) 574-3453
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The Fourth District includes the Downtown-Central Business District, and the neighborhoods of Butchertown, California, Germantown, Irish Hill, Meriwether - Fort Hill, Original Highlands, Paristown Pointe, Phoenix Hill, Portland, Russell, Shelby Park and Smoketown.

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Celebrate and Remember


On Monday, January 21, we will  observe the birthday of

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


On this day we celebrate his life, achievements and his sacrifice to end racial segregation, obtain racial equality for all  and his efforts to gain economic justice for poor people in the United States. 


Thank you Dr. King

Look Who's Pictured in District 4


Civic leaders and neighbors moved the counstruction barriers to open the newly realigned intersection of Broadway, Dixie Highway and 18th Street on Monday.  That new intersection will replace the old crossing that required two sets of traffic lights less than 100-feet apart where the Dixie Highway and 18th Street path zigzagged across Broadway.

Also coming with the new traffic change is TARC’s new bus rapid transit system, a first of its kind in the area.

The intersection will hold The Republic Bank Foundation YMCA which will sit on the southeast corner and Passport Health Plan’s headquarters will sit on the southwest corner.

Councilwoman Sexton Smith was a panelist at the Louisville Forum's discussion about homelessness in the area.



Dr. Kevin Cosby celebrated his 14th anniversary as the president of Simmons College of Kentucky.  Founded in 1879, Simmons College of Kentucky is the nation's 107th Historically Black College and University.


The St. Stephen Family Life Center is celebrating its 30 year anniversary.

The facility and its programs have impacted thousands of people, especially those in the California neighborhood.

"It's a need meeting institution, it meets holistic needs, emotional, psychological, recreational, educational (needs)," said Dr. Kevin Cosby, Pastor at St. Stephen Baptist Church.

While the needs of the community have changed over the years, the center's goal is still the same -- to transform the California neighborhood into one that prospers.

The facility hosts programs and activities for people of all ages.


Scott Love and Verna Goatley were all smiles at the first OneWest Community Conversation of 2019 held at the Common Table. The conversations are an opportunity to receive input from neighbors and  to share updates about project concepts 

OneWest will be hosting these events throughout the year, and throughout the nine neighborhoods of west Louisville. 



Elmer Lucille Allen was recognized as a Daughter of Greatness from the Muhammad Ali Center. She is  known for her volunteer service to the artistic community since the early 80s.  The “Daughters of Greatness” breakfast series features prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice. The stories and reflections they share are motivational to some people, transformative to others, and inspirational to all. The Ali Center periodically invites these local and international icons to share their stories with the Louisville community. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond.

January 20- Keepers of the Dream Brown Theatre 5pm


The ninth annual Keepers of the Dream event, hosted by Tytianna Wells, will feature the presentation of the Mayor's Freedom Award, ArtsReach Living the Vision Awards, reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Oak & Acorn Elder Serve Community, along with dance, music and spoken word. The Freedom Award, first presented in 1987, recognizes citizens that have dedicated their lives to promoting justice, peace, freedom, non-violence, racial equality and civic activism.

The Mayor's Freedom Award will be presented to Diane Porter, educator and Jefferson County Public Schools Board Chair. A native and lifelong resident of Louisville, Porter's immense impact on youth as an educator and leader spans generations. During her remarkable 39-year tenure with JCPS, Porter demonstrated a tremendous commitment to educating youth in many roles, where she gained an expansive viewpoint on Louisville's education system. In 2012, she made history when she became the first African American woman to serve as JCPS Board Chair.

The ArtsReach Living the Vision Award will be presented to founders and organizers of the No More Red Dots (NMRD) campaign, including Dr. Eddie L. Woods, Norman Martin, Darin Woods, Connie Cherry and Tonkia Bacon. The mission of NMRD is to intervene in as many potentially deadly situations as possible by interrupting the activity stream that leads to death. This movement serves to reduce the number of red dots appearing on maps and prevent youth and young adults from making uninformed choices leading to the prison pipeline. NMRD creators Dr. Eddie L. Woods and Norman Martin have over 20 years of experience in promoting peace through education. Darin Woods, Connie Cherry and Tonika Bacon are additional members of the core NMRD team of dedicated individuals striving to remove the red dots in our city.

Performances include ArtsReach Our Voices Dance Collective from the Chestnut Street Family YMCA; ArtsReach Violin & Percussion Studios from West End School, WESTEC and Lighthouse Community Center; and ArtsReach Playwriting & Dance Studio from Metro Parks South Louisville Community Center and Cabbage Patch Settlement House. Other featured artists include visual artist Jalen Posey, Lipstick Wars poet Quiet Storm, Maestro J and Monique Brooms-Roberts, River City Drum Corp and special guest Freedom Singer Charles Neblett with AMPED and Burnett Avenue Baptist Church Teen Choir.


January 19 - Cafe Louie Main Library 9am

cafe Louie

January 19- West Louisville Chess




 Club meetings:

January 19, 2019

February 2, 2019

February 16, 2019

March 9, 2019

All club meetings will be held at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 West Broadway, 11 to 1 p.m. Please bring a snack donation (if possible).


Tournament schedule:

January 12, California Community Center, 1600 West St. Catherine, registration starts at 10:15 a.m.

February 23, Kuumba Academy, 1228 East Breckinridge, registration starts at 10 a.m…entry fee $15.00 each

March 2, The John Coltrane Spring Classic, 500 East Caldwell, registration starts at 10:15 a.m. …entry fee $15.00


THE QUEEN CITY CLASSIC! March 15-16, 2019, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio!!


January 19- Hadley Pottery Contest!


Hadley Pottery is giving everyone a chance to feel like   Mary Alice Hadley herself did 79 years ago, along with helping a local charity


For years people have been wanting to give Hadley new ideas on scenes and patterns.  Well here’s your chance along with a chance to win a $500 dollar shopping spree in our Louisville store


It’s as easy as putting your thoughts on paper and submitting them to our store at 1570 Story Ave. Louisville KY 40206


Here is all you need to do:

# 1   draw, sketch or simply write down your thought for a new scene.  Can be holiday related or just for every day


# 2   next time you are  shopping  at Hadley’s just bring your idea with you. You’ll get 10% off at checkout (even if already on sale )


# 3   we will put your name and phone # in our $ 500 dollar shopping spree.  (one chance per household )


# 4   your idea does not have to be used to win. ( all  ideas that will become property of Hadley Pottery ) But you can brag for life!






SATURDAY   9:00—3:00





January 21- 2019 Hope Breakfast Celebrating the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 7am


Since 2014, The Alpha Lambda Education Foundation (ALEF) has hosted the Hope Breakfast in commemoration of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event will raise money towards scholarship, community outreach, and mentor programs throughout the community. Please join the ALEF and the brothers of Alpha Lambda Chapter in celebrating this day in a grand fashion.

Monday , January 21, 2019

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

Muhammad Ali Center

144 North 6th Street

Louisville, KY 40202

January 21- U of L College of Arts & Sciences Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration The Playhouse 1911 S. 3rd Street 1pm


January 22- Charter Hiring Event 600 W. Cedar Street 10am


January 24 - Shelby Park Neighborhood Association Homebuyer Workshop 5:30pm


January 25- Expungement Clinic Goodwill Industries 909 E. Broadway 9am


January 28 Celebrate Miss Lucille Leggett's 100th Birthday at Zion Baptist Church 5pm



Councilwoman Sexton Smith invites you to join her for the  

100th  birthday celebration


Miss Lucille Leggett  

Monday, January 28, 2019


Zion Baptist Church, Inc.

2200 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

January 29 - Fund for the Arts is Turning 70! You Give Us Reason to Celebrate!


February 2 - Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana and Youth In Action Network 2019 African American Read-In


City announces opportunity to apply for the External Agency Fund Competitive Grants

Now Hiring!

Now Hiring

Save the Date! 40th Annual YMCA Black Achievers Awards February 23 at Churchill Downs. Millionaire's Row


What's Happening at the Western Library


Learn Violin, Viola, Cello or Bass


Arts Scoop!


Welcome to Arts Scoop- your scoop on what artists, arts & culture admins, and creatives need to know: opportunities ranging from special grants and calls for artists, to training and professional development resources, and more!




Call for Submissions
Image & Word Juried Show - January 11
Years of Chaos - Issues That Are Destroying Us Show - January 12
Galt House Artist in Residence: Your Art Here - January 14
Young Filmmakers Call for Films - January 18
Fran Huettig Public Art Series - January 21
Bernheim Artist in Residence Program - January 21
Adult Life Drawing Classes - January 28
KMAC Triennial Call for Artists - February 1
Awards in the Arts Call for Nominations - February 8
Opening Night & The Trifecta Gala Submissions - February 8
The State of Kentucky Photography Exhibition - March 1
Teaching Artists Directory - April 9

Professional Development
Learning & Leadership Grants - Ongoing
Data Enrichment 101: Best Practices to Optimize Your Donor Database - Ongoing
Grant Writing 101: How to Write a Grant That Wins! - January 16
Center for Neighborhoods' Neighborhood Institute - January 23
Open Source Tech Tools to Use in the Art Room Webinar - February 6
Building a Better Nonprofit Brand Webinar - February 6
Grant Writing Boot Camp - February 7
2019 One Time Grant - March 1
Purposeful Boards, Powerful Fundraising Class - March 8
ReWrite Conference - March 27
The 2019 Nicolas Fortin Summer Scholarship - May 1
Volunteer Management Initiative - Ongoing

Job Postings & More!

New Way to Report Illegal Dumpers


See Something Say Something!!!!

We all know that illegal dumping--putting waste on property that is not licensed as a disposal facility--is an eyesore that is expensive to clean up, diminishes quality of life, discourages economic development and even sends plastic debris into our waterways.

That's why people caught dumping along our city's alleys, sidewalks, fields and roadsides are subject to fines and impoundment of any vehicle used in the dumping. That's where citizens can help with the problem. If you witness illegal dumping while it's happening, report it.

We've developed a new online form you can use to tell us where it happened, describe the vehicle(s) involved, preferably with license plate number(s), and even upload pictures. Of course you can always call Metro Call 311 or 574-5000. For more information about illegal dumping, including a link to the reporting form, visit our illegal dumping webpage.

Things You Need To Know!


Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government

Department of Codes and Regulations
Department of Planning and Design Services
444 S. 5th Street
Louisville,KY 40202


The public comment period is 30 days after the announcement is printed in the Courier Journal. If you chose to voice your opinion, letters must be mailed to:                       Alcohol Beverage Control Board

1003 Twilight Drive

Frankfort, KY 40601.


New Location 217 E. Main Street, Ste. 104

Attached, please find a New Location memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ2 Restaurant Retail Drink license being applied for, located at 217 E. Main Street, Ste. 104, Louisville, KY. 40202. The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, December 28, 2018.

New Location 720 Brent Street

Attached, please find a New Location memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ1 Retail Drink and Extended Hours Supplemental license(s) being applied for, located at 720 Brent Street, Louisville, KY, 40204.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

Addition to License 800 E. Kentucky Street

Attached, please find an Addition to Existing License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package license being applied for, located at 800 E. Kentucky Street, Louisville, KY. 40204.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)


The annual program that helps prevent low income residents of Louisville from being disconnected from utility services begins Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is administered by Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services. The Crisis Component of LIHEAP will run from Jan. 7 - March 29, or until available funds have been expended, whichever comes first.

This year’s Crisis Program once again features expanded eligibility which allows residents receiving a current utility bill with a past due amount to apply, in addition to continuing to serve residents receiving a disconnect notice.

Residents wishing to apply must make an appointment utilizing the automated appointment system. Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com. The toll-free service is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Applicants must be Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (e.g. for a household of four, the gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,720.00).

Applicants must also meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Disconnect notice from utility service provider, or
  • Current bill with a past due amount, or
  • Eviction notice if utilities are included in the rent, or
  • Bulk fuel is within four days of running out; or
  • Pre-paid electric services is within ten days of running out.

Applicants must provide the following documents.

  • Proof of all household income for the preceding month (Food Stamp award letter, Social Security Award letter, pay stubs, or other proof of $0 income). Note: Zero Income forms are available at the LIHEAP offices or at 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 201 or by clicking here.
  • Social Security card(s) or (official documentation with Social Security Numbers) or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household; and
  •  Disconnect notice or a current bill with a past due amount; or
  •  Eviction notice if heating expenses are included in the rent. If heat is included in rent, clients must also provide a copy of the lease in addition to the eviction notice; or
  • Statement from utility company that shows 10 days or less of service if participating in pre-paid electric service.

Individuals who are unable to apply for this program in person may send an authorized representative on their behalf with a signed, written, note including the applicant’s name, address, phone number, Social Security Number, and the name of the designated representative. The authorized representative must provide a picture ID to verify they are the person designated in the note. Residents who are homebound and who are unable to send a representative may call 502/780-7937.

LIHEAP applications will be completed at the time of the appointment at one of the six locations listed below.

  • Northwest Neighborhood Place/Academy at Shawnee, 4018 W Market St., 40212
  • South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 40215
  • Neighborhood Place Ujima/Duvalle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave., 40211
  • Neighborhood Place/Bridges of Hope, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy., 40210
  • Newburg Community Center/East, 4810 Exeter Ave, 40218
  • Southwest Government Center/Dixie Highway location. 7219 Dixie Highway, 40258

Individuals who require more information can contact Metro311 by simply dialing 311 or 574-5000, visit the website’s On Line Customer Service or Live Chat at www.louisvilleky.gov/metro311, email metro.311@louisvilleky.gov, or download the free Metro311 app from the website. Residents can also call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service.

LIHEAP is made possible by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is a pass through block grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which contracts with Community Action Agencies across the state. Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services serves as the administering agency of Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership. For more information about Community Services, visit our website: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services or call 574-1157 (TDD available at Metro311– 574-5000); or Community Action Kentucky at 1-800-456-3452.

Need help? Check out LouieConnect.com


Check out LouieConnect



Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

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. 

You can also click on the image below to go to the application page, although the page may be slow to load.

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.




School Garden Grant Opportunity

The Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Grant supports a school garden project based in Louisville, KY with $5,000 distributed over the course of three years: $2,500 in year one, $1,500 in year two, and $1,000 in year three. To be eligible for a Slow Food Bluegrass Garden Grant, applicants must be a (a) 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or (b) nonprofit (public or private) K-12 school, developing a student garden project focused on connecting and engaging children with fresh fruits and vegetables. Priority is given to both limited-resource communities and to projects clearly demonstrating strong buy-in from stakeholders. Please email your application to info@slowfoodbluegrass.org; applications are due by March 10th. For more information please visit http://www.slowfoodbluegrass.org/schoolgardens/.

Neighborhood Associations

Butchertown   butchertownpres@gmail.com 1st Tuesday @ 6:00 pm 

Germantown Paristown 1094 E. Kentucky St. 396-4836 judithmagrem28@gmail.com 3rd Monday @ 6:00 pm

Irish Hill Neighborhood Association For more information info@irishhillneighbors.org 

Original Highlands 1228 E. Breckenridge St 287-3938 cwoo59@aol.com 3rd Monday @ 6:00 pm 

Paristown Pointe 1228 E. Breckinridge  St 502-587-1595 jorobinson854@icloud.com 2nd Tuesday @6:30 pm

Phoenix Hill 451 Baxter Avene 583-7133 phoenixhillna@gmail.com 4th Monday @ 5:30 pm 

Portland Now 2503 Montgomery St. 438-0189 larry.stoess@gmail.com 1st Tuesday @ 6:30 pm 

Russell Neighborhood -6pm  631 S 28th St. The fourth Tuesday of the month at (502) 489-7004 or email  Jackie Floyd 

Schnitzelburg Area Community Council  St Elizabeth's 1020 E Burnett Schnitzelburg.org

Shelby Park 600 E. Oak Street  charles.rogalinski@ky.gov Shelby Park on Facebook 2nd Thursday @ 6:00 pm 

Smoketown 620 Lampton  836-7661 666@webberconsulting.org 3rd Monday @ 6:30 pm

South Fourth Street- Jim Reskin, President jreskin5@gmail.com

Important Numbers

Metro Call: 311 or (502) 574-5000
Air Pollution: (502) 574-6000
Animal Services: (502) 363-6609 or (502) 361-1318
Louisville Forward/Economic Development: (502) 574-4140
Planning & Design Services: (502) 574-6230
Community Services & Revitalization: (502) 574-4377
Public Works: (502) 574-5810
TARC: (502) 585-1234
PARC: (502) 569-6222
Legal Aid: (502) 584-1254
IPL (Code Enforcement): (502) 574-3321
Congressman John Yarmuth: (502) 582-5129
Solid Waste Management (SWMS): (502) 574-3571
Metro Parks: (502) 456-8100
Metro Police: (Non Emergency) (502) 574-7111 or (502) 574-2111
LMPD 1st Division: (502) 574-7167
LMPD 2nd Division: (502) 574-2478
LMPD 4th Division: (502) 574-7010
LMPD 5th Division: (502) 574-7636
Anonymous Tipline: (502) 574-LMPD (5673)
Metro Safe: (502) 572-3460 or (502) 574-7111
Vacant & Public Property Administration: (502) 574-4016
Brightside: (502) 574-2613
Master Commissioner Jefferson Circuit Court (Foreclosure Sales): (502) 753-4888

Your State Representative or State Senator: http://www.lrc.ky.gov 

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