District 5 eNews - MARCH 2023 #2 NEWS!!!!



Donna Purvis


City Hall Office

601 West Jefferson Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40202

(502) 574-1105

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Phone Numbers of Interest

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609 or 361-1318

Economic Development: 574-4140

Planning & Design Services: 574-6230

Community Services & Revitalization: 574-4377

Public Works: 574-5810

TARC: 585-1234

PARC: 569-6222

Legal Aid: 584-1254

IPL (Code Enforcement): 574-3321

Congressman John Yarmuth: 582-5129

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

Metro Parks: 456-8100

Metro Police: (Non Emergency)574-7111 or 574-2111

LMPD 1st Division:  574-7167

LMPD 2nd Division: 574-2478

Anonymous Tipline:574-LMPD (5673)

Metro Safe: 572-3460 or 574-7111

Master Commissioner Jefferson Circuit Court (Foreclosure Sales): 753-4888



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Boone Square is one of the Frederick Law Olmsted parks in Louisville, Kentucky. It is also one of the smaller ones, one full city block in size. In the middle of Louisville's working-class Portland neighborhood, it is bordered by 19th St. on the west, Duncan St. on the south, 20th St. on the east and Rowan St. on the north. It opened to the public on July 1, 1891.

Design elements

A low stone wall encircles the park, except for entrances at the four corners and in the middle portion of each of the four sides. Embedded into the facing of the south wall are a number of plaques. One, describing the park as the location of Louisville's first organized baseball game. Another, indicating the design and layout of the park as designed by Olmsted. There is a group of play equipment, two full basketball courts, a baseball/softball diamond, a raised patio sprinkler for water play during summer months. There is also a small picnic gazebo on the North end of the park as well as a set of restrooms on the South.


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Chickasaw Park is a municipal park in Louisville, Kentucky's west end. It is fronted to the west by the Ohio River and by Southwestern Parkway to the east. It was formerly the country estate of political boss John Henry Whallen, and began development as a park in 1923, but was not completed until the 1930s. The original plan for Chickasaw Park was designed by the Frederick Law Olmsted firm and is part of the Olmsted Park System, but was a later addition, as ShawneeIroquois, and Cherokee Parks were designed in the 1880s by Frederick Law Olmsted himself.[1]

The City Parks Commission passed a resolution in 1924 making Chickasaw Park and a few other small parks black-only and making the larger parks in the city white-only. In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the NAACP aided three Louisville residents in suing the city over the inequalities between the white- and black-only parks in Louisville. The park was desegregated by Mayor Andrew Broaddus in 1955.[2]

The park features the city's only free clay tennis courts. Other features include a basketball court, a pond, a sprayground, two playgrounds, a lodge, and two picnic pavilions.[3] In 1969, Elmer Lucille Allen, a scientist and artist from the Chickasaw neighborhood organized the Chickasaw Little League. Because the Shawnee Little League was closed to children living south of Broadway, Allen organized an integrated Little League for her sons and area children. It was in operation for 3-4 years.[4]


  1. ^ Fitzpatrick, Virginia (1982). Frederick Law Olmsted and the Louisville Park System. Indiana: Indiana University.
  2. ^ Wright, George (1992). A History of Blacks in Kentucky, Volume II: In Pursuit of Equality, 1890-1980. Frankfort: The Kentucky Historical Society.
  3. ^ "Chickasaw Park". Louisville Metro Government. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "90 Years of Elmer Lucille Allen"American Whiskey Magazine. 8 November 2021. Retrieved 26 December 2021.




March 7, 2023 @ 6pm 1st Tuesday of the Month


March 20, 2023 @ 6;30p 3rd Tuesday of the Month.

If your community is having any neighborhood meetings, please email the office and we will add you to the distribution list. Contact: alfred.johnson@louisvilleky.gov


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Coming off a record year for capital investment, Louisville’s economic development success continues to gain national recognition

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 6, 2023) – In 2022, Louisville Metro Government’s Department of Economic Development worked on more than 50 economic development projects that brought nearly 3,700 new jobs to Louisville-Jefferson County with an average annual wage of $61,910. The 50-plus projects also brought a record-setting $2.09 billion in new capital investment. The work of the metropolitan region’s economic development partners first gained national recognition in January when an analysis by Gusto Inc. found that Louisville was the No. 4 U.S. metro for year-over-year job growth.

Site Selection Magazine, the nation’s leading publication for corporate expansion and area economic development, named Louisville a Top 10 U.S. Metro for Economic Development. As a metro with a population over 1 million people, Louisville moved up from No. 7 in 2021 to No. 5 in 2022 in the projects per capita category, beating out Charlotte, Nashville, Indianapolis, Columbus (Ohio), Richmond (Va.), St. Louis, and Kansas City. Only Austin, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Chicago ranked higher than Louisville. Read the full announcement from Site Selection Magazine HERE.

"Louisville's reputation as one of the best cities and regions in America continues to gain national and international reputation with Site Selection Magazine naming our region as the No. 5 U.S. metro for economic development per capita,” said Mayor Craig Greenberg. “Our community has long punched above its weight as the hometown of international icon Muhammad Ali and running of the world-famous Kentucky Derby.

“Louisville's local, regional, and state economic development partners are integral in promoting our community as one of the best places to live, work, visit, and do business in the United States,” continued Mayor Greenberg. “I would like to personally congratulate our business community for their continued commitment to growing in Louisville, and the region's countless economic development partners for their work in sharing our region's pro-business mindset, competitive cost of living, and inclusive, welcoming people with the world’s top businesses."

Quotes from regional economic development partners celebrating Louisville’s ranking

“I am proud of the work that our team has done to further economic growth and opportunity in 2022, and we are excited to continue the momentum throughout 2023,” said Benjamin Moore, director of Louisville Metro Government’s Department of Economic Development. “This recognition by Site Selection Magazine further proves that Louisville is America’s next breakout city, and our community offers new and existing companies a place to grow and thrive. I applaud our team at Louisville Metro and thank all our partners throughout the region for our strong, cooperative partnership in cultivating a strong economy.”

“This ranking proves that the Greater Louisville region continues to be one of the top places in the U.S. to relocate, expand, or start a business,” said Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. “The diversity of resources here and the quality-of-life aspects that Louisville has to offer make this an excellent market for new business. We will use this momentum to encourage more investment in the years to come.”

“As Louisville’s energy provider, LG&E and KU’s energies go to powering businesses and empowering growth in Metro Louisville and throughout the commonwealth,” said John Crockett, president of LG&E and KU. “Initiatives including our Opportunity Kentucky grants and sustainability programs help the Louisville community with site development for new or expanding businesses and help customers in launching investments. With competitive electric rates, excellent reliability, a focus on the customer, and a business-friendly climate, there’s no question that Louisville is the place to do business.”

“Louisville Water is an anchor in the region for businesses to operate and grow,” said Spencer Bruce, president and CEO of Louisville Water Company. “We provide some of the highest-quality drinking water in North America to more than 24,000 businesses. And it’s reliable with rates that are some of the lowest you’ll find. Water grows the economy and we’re proud to be part of Louisville Metro’s success.”

"Safe, clean waterways – especially in a river city – play a big part in a community’s livability, health, and safety, as well as attractiveness for companies to do business and locate their employees. MSD’s three-utilities-in-one approach brings efficiency and effectiveness to wastewater, stormwater, and flood-protection services, and we are proud to partner with our utility counterparts and Louisville Metro to position the community for continued economic growth," said MSD Executive Director Tony Parrott.

“Our region’s continued growth and competitiveness has been accelerated by ongoing strategic investments in our workforce and infrastructure on both sides of the Ohio River. From scaling industry workforce partnerships with high schools and post-secondary institutions to capitalizing on the $2.5B Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project completed in 2016, we continue to build capacity and connectivity. We are thrilled to see the growing impact of our collaborative long-term regional strategy.” said Wendy Dant Chesser, President and CEO of One Southern Indiana Chamber and Economic Development.

The momentum from 2022 continues into 2023

Building off the success of 2022, Louisville Metro’s Department of Economic Development is working hard to reach higher in 2023. Louisville-Jefferson County has already secured 10 economic development projects totaling nearly $140 million of new capital investment, including four companies who received preliminary approval for state and local incentives through the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in February.

  • 29th Street Property Management - $2.2 million capital investment and 61 new jobs
  • AP Electric - $2.2 million capital investment and 30 new jobs
  • Fort Dearborn Company (Multi Color Corporation) - $22.9 million capital investment and 90 new jobs
  • Houston-Johnson Inc. (HJI Supply Chain Solutions) - $14.7 million capital investment and 76 new jobs

“We are thrilled to see so many companies interested in expanding in and moving to Louisville,” said Moore. “When we travel and meet with site selection consultants, they consistently mention that workforce, abundant and affordable utilities, and community partnerships are the keys to continued growth and success in a new market. Thankfully, Louisville ticks all of those boxes and we are eager to continue assisting in the growth of existing companies while attracting exciting new opportunities to our community.”

Louisville continues to rank as a top place to live and work, receiving numerous accolades and recognitions:

  • Ranked as the No. 4 U.S. metro for job growth in 2022
  • Recognized as the No. 3 housing market to watch in 2023
  • Ranked as the No. 5 U.S. metro for economic development in 2022
  • Recognized as a "Next 25" Tech Talent Market by CBRE for the fourth year in a row
  • Ranked 11th most affordable large metro area in the nation
  • Recertified as a Welcoming City by Welcoming America
  • Received a perfect score on the Human Rights Commission’s Municipality Index for eight years in a row
  • Ranked No. 1 in the Ohio River corridor for economic development
  • Ranked No. 14 on list of best cities for new college grads
  • Rated the overall best city for coffee in the U.S.
  • Ranked No. 3 out of all U.S. metros in Q1 2022 for worker confidence


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LensAlert/Smart911 – Did you know that you and your constituents can sign up for LENSAlerts and Smart911? LENSAlerts can notify you of a variety of things you can choose from (dangerous weather in your area, major traffic issues, missing people, and more). Smart911 can set up a profile for you so that if you call 911 the first responders can immediately be aware of your medical history, medications you take, pets in your home, and more. This is the website and logos are below that you can include in your eNewsletters.  LENSAlert & Smart911 | LouisvilleKY.gov


Accela/Metro311 – It has been suggested you enter cases for Metro311 in Accela preferably. The reason is if you enter an inaccurate address, a multi-use dwelling or intersection through Metro311 they will have to validate the address. This could cause a delay in your case being inspected. All LA’s should have received training on how to do this, but if you need assistance, please reach out to me as I am the Metro Council contact for Accela. You are also encouraged to remind constituents to reach out to Metro311 for their concerns. It is most helpful to have the exact location (address or intersection as appropriate).

I hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know.


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Dinos Under Louisville

February 17th through April 30th

Dinos will take over Louisville Mega Cavern again with Dinos Under Louisville! Visitors will venture under Louisville to uncover 80 life-size moving dinosaurs on a gripping 20-minute adventure through more than half a mile of Louisville Mega Cavern’s underground passageways.

As visitors travel through Dinos Under Louisville, they enter a wormhole and are suddenly transported back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Guests will enjoy an epic adventure alongside the “live” dinosaurs and experience the Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods and the extinction event that ended the time of dinosaurs on the planet.

Right before their eyes, dino lovers of all ages will see dozens of colossal dinosaurs as they take over Louisville like never before.

Get your tickets here

1841 Taylor Ave., Louisville, KY 40213

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Sports Park Social & Baird Urban Sports Park League

Opens March 15th

Sports Park Social will run alongside league play at Baird Urban Sports Park on Wednesday and Thursday nights this spring. The event kicks off on March 15 & 16 at 5:30 p.m. and will run through May 18, with a hiatus occurring the weeks of April 3 and May 1. A food truck and local brewer Against the Grain will be offering up food choices and your pick of beer for purchase.

The Baird Urban Sports Park will reopen to the public for pick-up play on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in March. The Pickleball courts and wiffle ball field will operate on an As Available basis when other players are waiting to use the courts or field. The Pickleball nets will be up, but players are asked to bring their own equipment. Come out to enjoy a mid-week office break with your colleagues or meet up with friends before lunch!

Registration for the 2023 Spring League play is now open. The Pickleball league, managed by YMCA of Greater Louisville, will be expanded this year to accommodate 24 teams, and the wiffle ball league, managed by Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, will accommodate 7 teams. The deadline for registering is by March 14 or when team slots are full. Sign up here!

615 W. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202





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Every Friday during the Lenten season

Join the hundreds of families that head out to their favorite Fish Fry each Friday during Lent! 

WDRB News has compiled a list of all the area Fish Frys in the city including St. Albret the Great, St. Aloysius, St. Thomas More and so many more! 

Check them out, see when their Fish Frys end and what's on the menu here! Many offer dine-in or drive thru options.

Typical menu items include: fish sandwich, baked fish, shrimp basket, coleslaw, onion rings, fries, baked potatoes, green beans, and meals for the kids.



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Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. adults reported that a member of their household fell ill with COVID, flu, or RSV from the December holidays through mid-January.

The most recent KFF COVID Vaccine Monitor found someone had:

  • Flu: 27% of households
  • COVID: 15% of households 
  • RSV: 10% of households

Nearly three years after COVID first hit, most people (69%) are “not too” or “not at all” worried about getting seriously ill from the coronavirus, although some (31%) still say they are concerned. By comparison, 26% worry about flu and 25% about RSV.

With the viruses spreading this winter, nearly half of adults (46%) say the news of COVID-19, flu, and RSV have made them more likely to take at least one protective measure. This includes 3 in 10 (31%) who say they are more likely to wear a mask in public.

Many viruses can be prevented with vaccines. Vaccines can also protect you from severe illness and hospitalization should you get a virus. Have you received all the vaccines you can get? Learn what vaccines are recommended for children and adolescents as well as adults.

If you or your children need a particular vaccine, contact your healthcare provider or check with your local pharmacy. 

The Department of Public Health and Wellness also provides adult and children’s vaccines. Call 502-574-5380 to schedule an appointment.

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The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested. Here are some HIV testing locations in Louisville:

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Audrey Nethery is 14 with a lot of personality. She is also an Internet sensation. When Audrey was 6, she showed off her Zumba moves in 2015 at a convention that was featured on the Today show. Her love of dancing has also been featured on The Rachel Ray Show.

But at just 2 months old, Audrey was diagnosed with Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a rare inherited bone marrow syndrome, in which an individual’s bone marrow doesn’t produce red blood cells. People with the disorder become severely anemic and there is no cure.

You can make a difference by helping more people like Audrey who need emergency, life-saving blood supplies. 

Blood donors are needed for the blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 at Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness, 400 E. Gray


Louisville Parks and Recreation and TreesLouisville to host second annual TreeFest: An Arbor Day Celebration 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 22, 2023) – Louisville Parks and Recreation and TreesLouisville are excited to welcome the community to the second annual TreeFest: An Arbor Day Celebration. The family-friendly event is set to take place on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will offer a variety of activities for those of all ages.

The day will begin with a volunteer tree planting, where community volunteers will work to plant 200 trees throughout Joe Creason Park (1297 Trevilian Way, 40213). Those interested in volunteering for the tree planting or other duties throughout the course of the event may sign-up here.

“Trees are an invaluable asset for our urban infrastructure and we can't think of a better way to celebrate our growing tree canopy and Arbor Day than to plant more trees at Joe Creason Park and enjoy a day of fun family activities,” said Cindi Sullivan, Executive Director, TreesLouisville. “We hope that everyone will join us for a day of planting, learning and fellowship,” she added.

Additional activities offered at TreeFest include tree giveaways, guided nature walks, tree climbing, rock climbing wall, crafts, games, live music, vendor booths, community booths and more!

TreeFest is made possible through financial support of sponsors: Strategic Communications, Parks Alliance of Louisville and Gordon & Rees|Scully Mansukhani, LLC.

“Strategic Communications is thrilled to sponsor this year’s TreeFest. This is a great opportunity to give back to our Louisville community, ensuring that future generations will still have access to the beautiful trees, parks, and greenspaces that we enjoy today,” said Kathy Mills, President & CEO, Strategic Communications.

Food and beverages from Lil Cheezers, Southern Sliders, Poco502, Garden Girl Foods and West Sixth Brewing will be available for purchase. Bringing personal alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Louisville Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages more than 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land and operates recreation programs for area residents of all ages and abilities through its 14 community centers. The department’s inventory also includes 10 golf courses; the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center and four outdoor pools; the David Armstrong Extreme Park; two historic homes; the Historic Iroquois Amphitheater performance venue; and the nation’s largest municipally owned urban forest, Jefferson Memorial Forest. More details on the department’s people and programs can be found at bestparksever.com.

TreesLouisville’s vision is a more livable and healthy community for Louisville’s current and future generations through a robust community tree canopy. Our mission is to raise public awareness of the value of the community forest and Louisville’s tree canopy deficit and to fund tree planting in areas of greatest need.

Mayor Greenberg Announces $21 Million in Federal Safe Streets and Roads for All Grants to Rightsize Louisville Streets

Federal Grant, Partnership with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Will Drastically Reduce Traffic Fatalities and Serious Injuries, Provide Safety for Drivers, Bicyclist and Pedestrians

LOUISVILLE – Celebrating a federal grant that will save lives, prevent serious injuries and drastically improve safety in neighborhoods, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg announced today that Metro Government received $21 Million in Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) funding to implement new, high benefit safety improvements. The funds will be used to “rightsize” 10 important transportation corridors in the city through safe streets, safe speeds, safe vehicles, and safe people.

“This is a game changer for Louisville. It will save lives and prevent serious injuries and that’s one of the best investments we can ever make,” Mayor Greenberg said. “Public safety takes different forms and with this funding families will be able to drive, bike and walk more securely in neighborhoods across Louisville.”

The federal grant announced today totals $21 Million but will be matched by nearly $4 million in local funds, and approximately $1.5 million in state funding, for a total investment of almost $27 million. These were made possible through cooperation with the Kentucky’s Congressional delegation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the Louisville Metro Council. The SS4A grant program is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021. This is the third multi-million dollar transportation grant Louisville has received from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in the last year.

The focus of these new funds will be to “rightsize” ten corridors in Louisville, a concept formerly referred to as road reconfiguration or road diets, and which can reduce crashes between 19% and 47%. They will reduce vehicle speeds where, if a crash does occur, it is less likely to result in fatal or serious injury. The rightsizing improvements will change the dynamic of each corridor in ways to reduce dangerous speed, reduce the number of travel lanes pedestrians must cross, create traffic calming improvements and reallocate space for refuge islands, bicycle lanes, on-street parking and transit stops.

Of the ten corridors to be rightsized with funds provided by this grant, six directly impact Underserved Communities as identified by the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts. In total, more than 60% of the total project cost will be invested in underserved communities. The traffic corridors which will benefit from this grant include:

  • Wilson Avenue • W. Oak Street • E. Oak Street • Berry Blvd (US 60A) • Crums Lane (KY 2049) • River Road • Zorn Avenue • S. 22nd Street (US 31W) • Southern Parkway • Louis Coleman Jr. Dr.

Rightsizing Louisville For Safe Streets project, implements initial elements of the Vision Zero Louisville, a program developed in partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and follows the national of Vison Zero Network, a Safe System approach to eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries. Tragically, more than 900 people have died on Louisville's roadways since 2014. Louisville Metro Government’s goal is to eliminate traffic deaths on our streets by 2050.

“This grant is going to save lives and is also a prime example of what we can achieve when we work together,” Mayor Greenberg said. “I want to make sure we’re thanking each of our Federal delegation, Governor Andy Beshear, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray and his amazing staff and partners at Palmer Engineering, US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeg, former Mayor Greg Fischer, and of course the Metro staff at Public Works. This team and their hard work brought home an amazing win for our city and we owe them our deep gratitude for a job well done.”

Mayor Greenberg also thanked Senator Mitch McConnell for his work on this project. Senator McConnell helped secure this funding by supporting the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which established the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program that funds today’s award. He also wrote directly to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to advocate for Louisville’s grant application. Senator McConnell led the IIJA to Senate passage two years ago and the President signed the bill into law. That legislation will give Kentucky billions of dollars over five years to improve the Commonwealth’s roads, bridges, railroads, riverports, airports, broadband, and more.

“Kentucky has seen a rise in roadway fatalities over the past couple of years, creating a worrying trend. I’m proud to announce that today’s grant will help our largest city and my hometown deploy commonsense, low-impact safety improvements to reverse that trajectory,” said Senator McConnell. “The bipartisan infrastructure law I supported promises to help cities around the country reduce traffic deaths and I’m glad it’s already deploying resources to Louisville to help our community.”

Congressman Morgan McGarvey expressed what this funding means for Louisville’s future.

“Everyone in Louisville deserves to drive and walk on safe streets,” said Rep. Morgan McGarvey. “I’m grateful to the Department of Transportation for awarding $21 million to improve roadways throughout our community. These investments, which were funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will make our streets are safer, calmer, and more inclusive and get us closer to our goal of eliminating traffic deaths and injuries. I’m committed to working with my colleagues at the federal, state, and local level to deliver crucial funding for Kentucky’s Third Congressional District.”

Louisville’s regional partners also shared what these funds will mean for the Louisville Metro area.

“The Safe Streets and Roads for All grant is an important opportunity for the KIPDA region to significantly reduce death and serious injuries on our roadways,” said Jarret Haley, Executive Director at KIDPA. “Sixteen difference jurisdictions on both sides of the river, in nine counties both urban and rural, are part of this successful application demonstrating the level of commitment to this critical initiative.”

Design work on these projects will begin this Summer with construction work scheduled to take place starting in 2024 and continuing through 2027.


The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support over the phone to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. Help is available.

For more information, visit https://988lifeline.org/ or call 988.

Registration now active for Louisville Parks and Recreation’s spring and summer break camps

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 13, 2023) – Louisville Parks and Recreation is excited to bring back its spring and summer break camps for youths, offered at various community centers throughout the city.

Spring break camps are offered to children ages 6-12 and are set to take place April 3-7 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. A one-time non-refundable registration fee of $20 is due at registration and the weekly camp fee is $50 per child, due the Friday before camp begins.

Participants will partake in daily recreational activities such as sports, games, swimming, crafts and weekly field trips. Lunch will be provided. To sign-up visit bestparksever.com and click on ‘Spring Break Camps’ on the homepage.

Summer break camps are set to take place Monday through Friday beginning June 20 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and will run for eight weeks, ending August 11. Summer camps are offered to children ages 6-12. A one-time non-refundable registration fee of $20 is due at registration and the weekly camp fee is $50 per child, due a week in advance. Registration includes a t-shirt for each participant.

Parents/Guardians are asked to drop off their children no earlier than 8 a.m. each day, and pick them up no later than 6 p.m. Those who qualify may pay a reduced price. Depending on staffing levels, each campsite will be able to facilitate 30-50 campers.

In addition, Jefferson Memorial Forest & Natural Areas are offering a wide array of summer break camps. Jefferson Memorial Forest’s summer camps combine summer fun with nature-based science education activities and are offered to ages 7-15. Campers will take on the roles of naturalists, scientists and adventurers as they explore the Forest and the creatures that inhabit it. Traditional summer camp fun will round out the experience, inspiring exploration and creating an adventure to remember for a lifetime. Registration is now active and those interested in signing up may do so here.

Those interested in signing up for spring and summer break camps may register at bestparksever.com or by contacting the campsites below.

Beechmont Community Center       
205 W. Wellington Ave.         
(502) 361-5484          

Berrytown Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Center          
1300 Heafer Rd.         
(502) 456-8148          

California Community Center          
1600 W. St. Catherine St.       
(502) 574-2658          

Cyril Allgeier Community Center      
4101 Cadillac Ct.        
(502) 456-3261          

Douglass Community Center            
2305 Douglass Blvd.   
(502) 456-8120          

Jefferson Memorial Forest
11311 Mitchell Hill Rd.
(502) 366-5432

Metro Arts Community Center        
8360 Dixie Hwy.         
(502) 937-2055          

Molly Leonard Portland Community Center
640 N. 27th St.           
(502) 776-0913          

Newburg Community Center
4810 Exeter Ave.        
(502) 456-8122          

Parkhill Community Center  
1703 S. Thirteenth St.
(502) 637-3044          

Shawnee Community Center           
607 South 37th St.     
(502) 775-5268          

Southwick Community Center         
3621 Southern Ave.   
(502) 775-6598          

South Louisville Community Center
2911 Taylor Blvd.       
(502) 574-3206

Sun Valley Community Center
6505 Bethany Lane
(502) 937-8802


Louisville Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages more than 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land and operates recreation programs for area residents of all ages and abilities through its 14 community centers. The department’s inventory also includes 10 golf courses; the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center and four outdoor pools; the David Armstrong Extreme Park; two historic homes; the Historic Iroquois Amphitheater performance venue; and the nation’s largest municipally owned urban forest, Jefferson Memorial Forest. More details on the department’s people and programs can be found at bestparksever.com.



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Computer classes- at Catholic Enrichment Center -3146 West Broadway, Thursday's 6pm to 7:30pm, Saturdays 10am to 11:30am.

Line Dancing Every Saturday 10am to 2pm. Catholic Enrichment Center, 3146 West Broadway.





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The Complete Streets Coalition was mandated in 2022 through updates to Louisville's Complete Streets ordinance. The inaugural Complete Streets Coalition is comprised of 15 Jefferson County residents. $500,000 was allocated in Louisville's Fiscal Year 2023 budget for pedestrian safety and traffic calming improvements on Minor Arterials and Local Roads. The funds will be prioritized by the Complete Streets Coalition and constructed by Louisville Metro Public Works & Assets. The primary function of the Complete Streets Coalition is to review a Complete Streets Checklist for publicly funded projects to ensure those projects meet or exceed design guidelines outlined in Louisville's Complete Streets Ordinance & Design Guide.

Please email Nathan.keltch@louisvilleky.gov

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Storm Debris Drop-Off Sites



On March 6, 2023, seven storm debris drop-off sites were opened for residents to use as they cleaned up their properties after Friday's wind storm. 

Contractors and businesses who are hauling debris are invited to use the Waste Reduction Center for the usual fee.


  • Jefferson County residents only.
  • Tree debris must be separated from bulky waste for easy off-loading. Mixed loads will not be accepted.
  • Household hazardous waste will not be accepted.
  • Sites open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ending date not yet determined, but locations will close based on decreased participation. Follow @LouPubWorks on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed.


  • Shawnee Park, 4501 West Broadway
  • Public Works Yard, 10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)
  • Near Fairdale Elementary, 10618 West Manslick Road
  • Fern Creek Park, 8703 Ferndale Road
  • Smith Creek Compost Facility, 13312 Aiken Road (Tree debris only; bulky waste not accepted)
  • Public Works Yard, 595 N Hubbards Lane
  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue
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Emergencies and disasters can strike at any time and have severe consequences on the health and safety of the community. Accordingly, the Department of Public Works encourages all management and personnel to prepare for emergencies by receiving training in emergency management and protective safety measures.

The Emergency Management Operations Coordinator has created the following training page to help the Public Works community centralize opportunities to prepare for and respond to emergencies.  The blue button below will link eligible participants to external training resources. 

Participant eligibility for training:

  • Meet the prerequisites for the class.
  • Obtain approval from your supervisor prior to class registration. 

If travel is required, email Victoria Kaufman, Administrative Coordinator, to discuss the proper procedure to request travel and reimbursement.

Get Involved. Be Prepared.

Email Jason Brandt, Emergency Management Operations Coordinator, with any questions or with issues accessing the SharePoint training page.



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kNOw Waste: Why Proper Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste Matters

Pouring hazardous materials in the drain, flushing them down the toilet, or throwing them in the trash has a negative impact on the environment and can be dangerous. When several products are mixed together, chemical reactions can occur, releasing toxic gases and starting fires. Throwing hazardous waste in the garbage poses health and safety risks to sanitation workers. 

Where SHOULD household hazardous waste go? Our Waste Management District funds a FREE household hazardous waste disposal site for Jefferson County residents called Haz Bin. It is located at 7501 Grade Lane and open year-round Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Holidays may affect hours.) Dispose of batteries, lawn/garden chemicals, oil-based paints and varnishes, fluorescent light bulbs, and more! Details at Louisvilleky.gov/HazBin.

Not sure if your items are hazardous? Use the search tool on Louisville's Recycle Coach app to find out!. 

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The Office for Aging and Disabled Citizens and KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living are excited to announce the return of our Fan Fair Event and Resource Fair. The event will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2023 from 9am-12pm at the Edison Center.  

If you are interested in hosting a resource table at the event, contact Alli at 502.574.5092  or  allison.woosley@louisvilleky.gov 

For more details on how you can make a donation click HERE

ABLE now

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Group enrollment is available for providers that serve as the organizational representative payee for eligible individuals.  Alternatively, organizations have the option to establish Durable Limited Power of Attorney (POA) agreements for the specific management of ABLEnow accounts of clients with capacity.

ABLEnow provides eligible individuals with disabilities a better way to save money for today's needs or invest for tomorrow.  ABLEnow accounts:

  • Should not jeopardize eligibility for benefits programs, such as Medicaid and SSI. 
  • Are tax-advantaged, so earnings grow tax-free when used for qualified disability expenses.
  • Can accept contributions from anyone. Include online account management tools and a mobile app.

The total annual contributions limit to an ABLE account increased to $17,000 in 2023

ABLEnow accounts are a valuable tool that may eliminate the need to spend down funds to maintain eligibility for benefits. With no enrollment fee and no minimum contributions, open an account today and see the difference ABLEnow can make 

Visit the ABLE National Resource Center HERE for More Information


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Mayor Greenberg to Bring Back Mayor’s Night Out, First Event is March 15th

Community members will meet and interact with Metro Government leaders and department heads at the Northeast Family YMCA


LOUISVILLE, KY- On Wednesday, March 15th Mayor Craig Greenberg will host his first ever Mayor’s Night Out Event. Louisville residents are encouraged to come and meet Metro Government leaders and department heads, ask questions, and share comments and suggestions on improving city services. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northeast Family YMCA at 9400 Mill Brook Road in Lyndon. It is free and open to the public.

“Many years ago, Mayor Abramson launched Mayor’s Night Out. These events were a huge success so as soon as I was elected, I knew I wanted to bring them back,” said Mayor Greenberg. “My team and I are eager to meet with engaged citizens, listen to their comments and suggestions on improving city services, and then get to work implementing those solutions.”

Representatives from more than a dozen city departments will be at the event, including leaders from Public Health, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Metro Animal Services, the Office for Women, the Fire Department, and others. Each of the four Deputy Mayors and Police Chief Jackie Gwinn-Villaroel will be there as well.

Mayor Greenberg will host several more Mayor’s Night Out events later in 2023 in locations around Metro Louisville. The second and third events will be held in south and west Louisville. Upcoming dates and locations will be announced very soon.


For more information, contact Kevin Trager at 502-751-0358

Mayor Greenberg Forces Change to Keep Seized Firearms from Returning to Louisville’s Streets

LMPD will Render Guns Inoperative Before they can Harm Again, Attach Warning Labels to Inoperative Guns, Advocate for Legislation to Allow City to Destroy Guns Used in Violent Crimes


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Working within the boundaries of Kentucky law, Mayor Craig Greenberg took action on Thursday to reduce the number of illegal guns on Louisville’s streets through sweeping changes to the way Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) handles firearms used in violent crimes.

Mayor Greenberg, himself a victim of gun violence during a workplace shooting in February of 2022, stood with others impacted by gun violence and LMPD Interim Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel to announce guns forfeited to LMPD would be rendered inoperative prior to being turned over to the Kentucky State Police(KSP). State law requires LMPD to surrender the weapons which are placed back into circulation as they are sold in a public auction administered by KSP. Additionally, Louisville Metro will affix warning labels to the firearms alerting potential buyers that the firearm may have been used in a homicide, including taking the life of an innocent child.

Mayor Greenberg also forcefully advocated for passage of a recently filed bill in the Kentucky Legislature by State Representative Keturah Herron, HB 325, which would allow such firearms to be forever disabled, removing Louisville Metro Government and taxpayers from participation in the trade of guns used in crimes.

“This is a simple change and one that will have profound impacts,” Mayor Greenberg said. “When a gun is used in a crime, including homicide, crimes against children, or even against one of our police officers, our justice system spends hundreds of thousands of dollars and untold personnel hours getting that gun off the streets. Forcing Louisville Metro Government to turn it over knowing there is a good chance it ends up back on our streets doesn’t make public safety sense, doesn’t make financial sense, and doesn’t even make common sense. I understand the power of gun violence and if this saves one life it is be worth it.”

Under current state law, firearms LMPD have seized, whether used in a crime, forfeited, or abandoned, must be turned over to the Kentucky State Police. Instead of destroying the weapon, these guns are sold at auction. After sale, some are used to commit crimes a second or even third time. A May, 2021 Louisville Courier-Journal investigation found dozens of guns sold at auction later surfaced in criminal cases with untold others never being identified.

On Thursday Mayor Greenberg delivered a legal memorandum (LINK TO PDF) to Interim-LMPD Chief Jackie Gwinn-Villaroel directing LMPD to follow new procedures prior to transferring it to the Kentucky State Police.

- Prior to transfer, the firearms’ firing pin will be removed by properly trained officers.
- The removed firing pin will remained paired with the weapon, permissible under law.
- Prior to transfer, a warning sticker will be attached to the firearm explaining the firearm may have been used to commit a homicide, including the killing of a child.

“After review this is the current legal limit Louisville Metro Government can approach to reduce the chances that confiscated guns will be used to commit more crimes,” Mayor Greenberg said. “With some simple legislative changes our friends in Frankfort can save lives, save taxpayers money, and reduce the misery gun violence forces on local communities. This is a change I hope they make.”

Leading the effort to change this policy in Frankfort, Rep. Herron filed HB 325 to allow Louisville to permanently destroy forfeited weapons. She believes this new policy needs to be part of Louisville’s greater anti-violence efforts.
“It’s unfortunate we even need this law,” Herron said. “We’re dedicated to utilizing every solution to solve our public safety crisis, we will take a multi-pronged approach including how we handle firearms after they are confiscated, along with intervention and prevention efforts.”

Currently, LMPD has an overwhelming stockpile of firearms which could be turned over to the Kentucky State Police and, after auction, find their way back onto Louisville’s streets. This includes firearms used in homicides, assaults, armed robberies, and any number of gun-related crimes which terrorize Louisville citizens and families.

“LMPD has no interest in spending hundreds of hours investigating a crime only to potentially pick up the same gun twice – or more,” said Interim-LMPD Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel. “When an illegal gun is taken off the street it should stay off the streets. This is a simple fix that can keep our officers and our community safer.”

Krista Gwynn, whose 19-year-old son was murdered in 2019 and whose 19-year-old daughter was seriously injured in a shooting in 2021 also stood with Mayor Greenberg Thursday and spoke forcefully about the needs to end the cycle of guns landing back on Louisville’s streets.

“The decision to disable these guns, many of which have taken someone’s life, is a no-brainer,” Gwynn said. “We must take back our streets by keeping these guns out of the hands of criminals.”


First Global Louisville Leadership Academy cohort under Mayor Greenberg’s administration starts today

Mayor highlights newly appointed Office for Immigrant Affairs program

LOUISVILLE, KY. (February 20, 2023) – Mayor Craig Greenberg today joined community leaders at the Metro Development Center to celebrate the new Global Louisville Leadership Academy cohort, formerly known as the Louisville Welcome Academy.

The Global Louisville Leadership Academy is a free leadership training program sponsored by Mayor Greenberg’s Office for Immigrant Affairs. The mission is to build the knowledge and networks of foreign-born leaders to increase their capacity and become key stakeholders to empower and assist their communities.

“Our Office for Immigrant Affairs recognizes the importance of our immigrant and refugee communities in Louisville," said Mayor Craig Greenberg. "The Global Louisville Leadership Academy brings together leaders from these diverse communities to collaborate with the city, and each other, to help make Louisville stronger more inclusive."

This year’s cohort of 26 participants is highly diverse and represents the multiculturalism of the Louisville community including 13 nationalities and 23 languages – all with one common mission to make Louisville a more inclusive and welcoming city for everyone. 

"The Global Louisville Leadership Academy is a unique opportunity for immigrant leaders to learn about how city government works and become connectors between Metro agencies and their communities. Participants become key stakeholders for the Office for Immigrant Affairs in our mission to build a more welcoming culture for everyone.” said Office for Immigrant Affairs Director, Amos Izerimana. 

This year’s participants are:  

  1. Erica Joseph, Catholic Charities (Haiti)
  2. Zak DuGla, Zilani Group (India)
  3. Larry Rosa, UPS (United States)
  4. Annalisa Roberson, TARC (Italy)
  5. Eh Nay Thaw, Catholic Charities (Burma)
  6. Halima Ali, Student (Kenya)
  7. Benjamin Tangang, Student (Cameroon)
  8. Selma Jacinto Domingos, Business Owner (Angola)
  9. Paul Morris, Humana (United States)
  10. Rachael Hurt, Refuge International (United States)
  11. Jacques Kibabure, JCPS Newcomer Academy (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  12. Senthil Mangan, Humana (India)
  13. Eva Melissa Astudillo Sotelo, La Casita Center (Mexico)
  14. Alphonse Nikiza, Self-employed (Burundi)
  15. Yvette Umuhoza, Unemployed (Rwanda)
  16. Myles Mugisha, Amazon (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  17. Lecresha Sewell, Melanated Healthcare (United States)
  18. Abibola Tabu Angel, Unemployed (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  19. Pensy Mawi, Catholic Charities (Burma)
  20. Maria Valentina Cruz, KCTCS (Mexico)
  21. Ahmed Farah, LFPL (Somalia)
  22. Guillermo Sollano, Greater Art Solutions (United States)
  23. Muthanna Almagsoosi, Amazon (Iraq)
  24. Milenia Hernandez, excel Services (Nicaragua)


About the Office for Immigrant Affairs

The Louisville community has seen unprecedented growth in its immigrant population in recent years, and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs is implementing new strategies to engage the international population. This office is dedicated to helping Louisville compete in an international and multicultural world that will help its citizens and businesses engage in civic, cultural, and professional communities. The three-pronged mission of the office is:

  • To assist new Americans to our city to achieve self-sufficiency and success.
  • To enhance and encourage multi-culturalism in our city.
  • To engage in economic development through global economic outreach.

For more information about the Office for Immigrant Affairs, please visit:


Mayor Greenberg kicks off SummerWorks sign-up season
Louisville youth 16-21 can now register online for help getting a summer job


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 17, 2022) - Today, Mayor Craig Greenberg joined other community leaders at Louisville Metro Hall to announce SummerWorks registration for the 2023 season is now open.

“I’m excited to announce the start of my first SummerWorks season since becoming Mayor. This program has brought a ton of value to our city over its 12 seasons and I’m looking forward to finding ways to expand it and maximize its potential for our youth and employers,” Greenberg said. “There is also a public safety element to this. When a young person is gaining skills, making connections, and can see genuine opportunity in their future, there’s less of a chance they’re going to drift down the wrong path in life.”

William Carr, who participated in SummerWorks last season at Louisville ECHO, said that the program helped him build confidence. “SummerWorks made me realize the importance of discipline and networking,” said Carr, who was part of the SummerWorks team that constructed the new hiking trail at Shawnee Park in 2022.

All Louisville youth who are between the ages of 16-21 (as of June 1) are eligible to enroll in SummerWorks. Once youth register online they can create or upload a resume, get soft skills training, and apply to job opportunities geared toward them. Youth applicants who face barriers and come from disadvantaged backgrounds are prioritized in the job matching process.

SummerWorks partners with many of the city’s largest private sector employers, including UPS, GE Appliances, Humana, Kentucky Kingdom, and Kroger. Small and medium sized businesses, as well as nonprofits and public agencies, also hire through SummerWorks. In recent years, SummerWorks has also expanded its partnerships with Louisville’s major education institutions, including Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville.

SummerWorks has directly placed nearly 8,000 youth in summer jobs since it began in 2011. The program’s core operating funds are approved by the Louisville Metro Council. Private donations sponsor jobs for youth in greatest need of the opportunity. Those contributors include the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Diaz Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, the Jewish Heritage Fund, the Ginkgo Fund, and others.

SummerWorks is operated by YouthBuild Louisville in partnership with KentuckianaWorks, the Louisville Region’s Workforce Development Board. To learn more about SummerWorks and how to get involved as a participant, employer, or supporter, visit www.summerworks.org.



Below please find MSD's recently posted positions. For position descriptions, pay information, and to apply please visit our website: http://www.louisvillemsd.org/Careers


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The Kentucky Humane Society have a new mobile veterinary clinic offer low-cost vaccinations and other services. This is a convenient and low cost way to have your pets taken care of. Here's the link for more info about the CARE-a-van: https://www.kyhumane.org/services/khs-care-a-van/          



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March 10th through May 21st

The region's largest lantern festival comes to the Zoo in a whole new way! Experience the stunning locations, flora and fauna from Around the World as you stroll through the Zoo under the light of enormous, handcrafted, silk-covered lanterns. Don’t miss your Zoo aglow with more than 50,000 LED light bulbs. The wonder of Wild Lights is sure to create glowing smiles and bright, everlasting memories.

Dramatic archways illuminate the way on a magical journey encompassing the famous landmarks, flora and fauna of six continents. Feast your eyes on dramatic cultural displays celebrating the rich heritage and craftsmanship of lantern artisans. Engage with interactive, animated and color-changing displays. Commemorate your visit with awe-inspiring photos at our stunning photo opportunity locations. Kids (and kids at heart) can become part of the magic while swaying on our glowing moonlight swings or exploring the panda game station! The wonder of Wild Lights is sure to create glowing smiles and bright, everlasting memories.

Advance tickets are required and are valid for the date and time listed on your ticket only. Be sure to apply the $7 parking fee to your order, otherwise you will be charged at the Zoo’s admission windows. Purchase your Wild Lights tickets here

1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213

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March 10 – May 21, 2023;  Thursdays – Sundays*
* Open nightly April 3 – 7 for spring break

The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.
Advance online ticket required.
This is an outdoor event. 

Experience Wild Lights: Around the World – with NEW lanterns at the Louisville Zoo!

Our popular lantern festival is back in a WHOLE NEW WAY! Experience unique locations from around the world as you stroll through the Zoo under the light of enormous, handcrafted, silk-covered lanterns. Don’t miss the thrilling sights of the region’s largest lantern festival with thousands of lanterns aglow with more than 50,000 LED light bulbs.

Dramatic archways illuminate the way on a magical journey encompassing the famous landmarks, flora and fauna of six continents. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Sydney Opera House, to the Hall of Supreme Harmony and the Great Sphinx of Giza, displays celebrating these breathtaking global sites will amaze guests of all ages. Feast your eyes on dramatic cultural displays celebrating the rich heritage and craftsmanship of lantern artisans. Engage with interactive, animated and color-changing displays. Commemorate your visit with awe-inspiring photos at our stunning photo opportunity locations. Kids (and kids at heart) can become part of the magic while swaying on our glowing moonlight swings or exploring the panda game station! The wonder of Wild Lights is sure to create glowing smiles and bright, everlasting memories.



LFPL partners with Mental Health Lou to offer Mind-Body Wellness series at six library locations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 1, 2023) – Thanks to a partnership with Mental Health Lou, the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) will offer free workshops for adults focused on mental health and wellness starting in March. The Mind-Body Wellness Series is a 4-part series that focuses on the ways in which our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can positively or negatively impact our bodies, and vice versa. Taught by licensed experts from Mental Health Lou’s partner groups and providers, the series will be offered at six library locations: Southwest, Northeast, Newburg, Main, Western, and Bon Air.


"Mental health care starts in our homes and communities, which is why we're excited to partner with LFPL on this pilot program, to bring mental health out of the office and into more public spaces," says Amanda Villaveces, LMFT, director of Mental Health Lou. 


Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Kayla Renteria, who will be participating in the series adds, "as a trauma professional, I know that healing requires working with the body, too, not just the brain. I hope to share my knowledge about yoga and mental health to help others learn how to feel at home in their bodies."  


Each workshop in the series addresses a different topic:

  • Discovering the Mind-Body Connection: Learn ways to identify and connect feelings, thoughts and somatic responses and develop tools to help manage stress, anxiety, depression and more.


  • Movement & Mental Health: Explore the impact of movement on your mental health by using yogic practices and breathing techniques as a means of self-care – deepening your connection with your body.


  • Practical Mindfulness for Stress Management: Learn basic tools to help identify stressors and implement Mindfulness techniques to manage/decrease stress response. This will be an experiential workshop that focuses on skill building of stress management tools.


  • Taking Charge of Your Wellbeing: Begin developing a realistic and easily executable self-care plan with the help of a mental health therapist.


Kammaleathahh Livingstone, founder and director of Tip it Forward, an organization providing trauma-informed whole health care to underserved individuals and one of the presenters says, “We are excited to participate in this Mental Health Lou series and believe it is a great resource for Louisville residents to learn and cultivate strategies for self-care.”


"Accessibility is a significant barrier to holistic health practices. Mental Health Lou and the Library have helped us create access to wellness practices not readily available throughout our community,” adds Nicole Bartlett, owner Louisville Salt Cave. “It allows us to work through an existing network dedicated to education and health to share our expertise. I am so grateful for this collaboration." 


Mind-Body Wellness Series Schedule

Saturdays in March, 11 a.m. - Southwest Regional Library

Tuesdays in March, 12:30 p.m. - Northeast Regional Library

Mondays in April, 6 p.m. - Main Library

Tuesdays in April, 6 p.m. - Newburg Library

Tuesdays, May 9 -30, 6 p.m. - Western Library

Wednesdays, May 10-31, 6 p.m. - Bon Air Library


Mental Health Lou is a collaboration between mental health practitioners, non-profit groups, agencies and community members to promote mental wellness in Louisville by increasing access to mental health services and decreasing stigma through education. The Mind-Body Wellness series at the Library is free for adults. For more information, visit LFPL.org/MentalHealthLou.

Louisville Free Public Library connects the residents of Louisville and Jefferson County to knowledge and information at our library locations and online at LFPL.org.


The Library – at the crossroads of knowledge and know-how. Visit www.LFPL.org to learn more.

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Shawnee Branch

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Portland Branch

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Meet with design architects and Library staff to give input on what you would like to see in a remodeled and expanded Portland Library.

Thursday, March 16, 6 - 7:30 PM at the Portland Library 3305 Northwestern Pkwy



Citizens that live in owner-occupied single family dwellings may request a home inspection through Metro311. The Division of Fire will send a Fire Company to perform a voluntary home fire safety inspection and install a free ten-year lithium battery operated smoke detector in the home if needed.

Note: Smoke detectors in rental properties must be provided by the property owner.



Syringe Service Program, Naloxone & Overdose Reversal Training

Redeemer Lutheran Church 
3640 River Park Drive
Louisville, KY 40211
11:00-2:00 p.m.
Portland Family Health Center
2215 Portland Avenue
Louisville, KY 40212
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Please contact Erica Williams at 537-6061


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Two important life-saving tools: Narcan and Fentanyl test strips


Narcan is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. A fatal dose is small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil. It continues to flood the United States and lead to record numbers of overdose deaths. Fentanyl isn’t found only in drugs people inject. Illegal drug manufacturers make fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl. In fact, in 2022 the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reported that 6 out of 10 fake pills they seized contained fentanyl.

Young people today can be curious to experiment and can get drugs almost anywhere — online, from friends, and on the streets. Because fentanyl is so strong, an overdose can happen within moments of ingestion. Make sure your kids know what and how common fentanyl is and what to do if they witness an overdose. Dropthefbomb.com is an online resource for parents and others. It provides basic education about fentanyl, ideas for how to talk to your kids, as well as how to use Narcan.

Narcan and fentanyl test strips are two important tools that can help save someone from overdosing.

Fentanyl test strips (pictured here) are small strips of paper that can be used to detect fentanyl in different types of drugs including pills, powders and injectables. 

A small amount of a drug is dissolved in water and the test strip dipped in it. The strips are highly sensitive and can provide a result within 5 minutes. Anyone interested in obtaining free fentanyl test strips can get them from any of our harm reduction locations or can email loumetrohealth@louisvilleky.gov for more information.

Narcan is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. It’s safe, legal, and available as an easy-to-use nasal spray. Administering it right away can save a life. Anyone can obtain a free Narcan kit by visiting any of our harm reduction locations or the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray St., Monday through Friday, 8am – 5 pm.



Community Action Kentucky (CAP) - (Office Locations) Services include various educational courses and Job Readiness Financial Literacy courses.

KentuckianaWorks Services include high-demand job training, one-on-one career counseling, career development workshops, career search resources, access to computers, phones and faxes for job searches.

Kentucky Career Center The Kentucky Career Center offers information on unemployment benefits & claims as well as many services for job seekers.

Louisville Urban League Assists clients, primarily African Americans and individuals of low to moderate income, prepare for and find employment.  Services include counseling & placement services, training & development, pre-screening & referral services and outreach programs.

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs    This site includes information about education and training benefits available to veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Express   Kentucky Career Center offices have Local Veterans Employment representatives and Disabled Veteran outreach specialists to assist veterans with their employment and training needs.

Center for Accessible Living (CAL)   CAL offers training on disability issues and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADA compliance, building and product accessibility, reasonable accommodation certification, American Sign Language interpreters, recruitment, career development, a Job Hunt Club and much more. (See all services)

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky   Goodwill provides jobs, job training, and employment counseling for people who face barriers to finding and keeping a job, including people with disabilities, recipients of public assistance, and people with limited education or work history.

Job Corps Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age.  For more information, call (800) 733-JOBS where an operator will refer you to the admissions counselor closest to where you live, and mail you an information packet.

Kentucky Office for the Blind   Services include: braille instruction, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, adult education, career development, life skills, personal development

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation   Programs and services offered include counseling & guidance, vocational & other training services, interpreter & note taking services, rehabilitation technology, job placement and supported employment.

I LOVE SERVING Chickasaw, Shawnee, Portland and Russell Neighborhoods




Office of Councilwoman Donna Purvis
Louisville Metro Council | District 5
601 West Jefferson Street  Louisville, Kentucky 40202