May 2017 Events

Wednesday, May 24: Neighborhood Watch Workshop and Drug Toss at 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas Community Center Gym, 2305 Douglas Blvd. This workshop is a focused effort to increase the number of Neighborhood Watch Programs in Districts 8 and 9.

Friday, May 26:  Historic Frankfort Avenue will host the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm. The F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop, held year-round on the final Friday of every month, provides FREE parking and transportation to participating shops, restaurants and galleries along the Frankfort, Mellwood and Story Avenue corridor. For more information, visit

Monday, May 29: Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike, Bike and Paddle at Waterfront Park – Great Lawn. For more information please visit

Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31: Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, presents a JMC art workshop with nationally recognized artist John Michael Carter on May 30, May 31 and June 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Carter will instruct on the technique of figure painting for three days. Space is limited to 15 students. Registration is $300 per person and includes lunch each day.  For reservations or more information, please call Whitehall at 897-2944 or

Tuesday, May 2: Butchertown Neighborhood Association at 6:00 p.m., location to be announced.

Tuesday, May 2: 14th Annual Peony Festival at Historic Whitehall, 3110 Lexington Road, the public is invited to tour the gardens throughout the day for free. A limited selection of herbaceous peonies and trees will be offered for sale. The Peony plant sale will begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Whitehall at 897-2944 or email

Wednesday, May 3: Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road, to host a family-friendly event from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. A parking fee of $20 per vehicle includes access to the WaterWorks Museum, a look inside the historic Louisville Water Tower and a tour of current pumping stations.  Indoor restrooms are available in the museum. The Catering Company will offer picnic food for purchase plus a cash bar.  Louisville Water will have plenty of Louisville pure tap®. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.  Alcohol, food not purchased on site and pets are not permitted. $20 per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased online through  Tickets will also be available day of event.

Friday, May 5: 143rd Kentucky Oaks Race at Churchill Downs.

Saturday, May 6: 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Saturday, March 6: Free computer tune-up and repair at St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Bring your computer and all cables, charges, etc. Questions, please contact Rae Taylor at

Tuesday, May 9: Celebrate the Kentucky School for the Blind’s 175th Anniversary with a special Founder’s Day Banquet from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hartford Hall Food Center at KSB, 1867 Frankfort Avenue, $10.00 per ticket. The evening includes a delicious catered dinner, the presentation of the prestigious Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award, and lots of KSB memories. The winning essays from the Countdown to 175
Statewide Essay Contest contest will be read, and prizes presented to
the winners. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call Paula Penrod at
(502)897-1583 ext. 7117 for more information.

Saturday, May 13: The 9th District Office will host their annual Responsible Recycling Event at Louisville Water Tower Park, home of the WaterWorks Museum, 3005 River Road from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  For more information on what is collected please visit our website at and click on the “2017 Annual Responsible Recycling Event” photo in the middle of the page.

Saturday, May 13: SeniorCare Experts to host a paper shredding event from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at SeniorCare Experts, 145 Thierman Lane between Walmart and U Haul off Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews. Metro Police will be on site accepting expired drugs. Donations will be accepted. Questions, please call 896-2316.

Saturday, May 13: Bingham Park volunteer opportunity from 10:00 a.m. – Noon.  Bingham Park is located on Coral Avenue off Frankfort Avenue.  Cleanups are scheduled the 1st Saturday of every month.  Please note these dates are subject to cancellation due to weather. For more information and to register, please call Sarah Wolff at 456-8125 or visit

Saturday, May 13: Butchertown Neighborhood Association to host plants & people from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free plant to the first 100 people! Bring a plant! Take a plant! Create a hanging basket! There will be hot dogs, water, and soft drinks from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or bring champagne for mimosas – orange juice will be provided. Franklin Street Baptist Church938 Franklin St. Click the link for More info.

Saturday, May 13: Louisville Free Public Library to host the Host-To Festival from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York Street. Learn how to dance a Renaissance jig, make a robot, raise chickens, brew Turkish coffee and more than 100 other things in five hours at the Louisville Free Public Library’s annual How-To Festival. How-to sessions are FREE and will be located in more than 20 areas throughout the building and surrounding grounds, transforming the entire library into a giant classroom. Food trucks will be available. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or go to

Saturday, May 13: Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, to host Exploring with All the Senses: Animals in the Backyard from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please make reservations by May 12. Are you curious about the wildlife that lives amongst us in our own backyards? Meet our city neighbors in the animal world through all the senses, hands-on activities, and interactions with live animals. Offered in partnership with the Louisville Nature Center. Best for all ages. Questions and to register, please contact 899-2213 or email

Saturday, May 13: FREE Shakespeare in the Parks – enjoy Julius Caesar in Story Avenue Park, 1519 Story Avenue from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs (and picnic foods, if you wish). Rain space: Crescent Hill United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peterson Avenue.

Tuesday, May 16: Zeb Weese, Executive Director of the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, will present “Nature Areas Conservation in Kentucky” at 7:00 p.m. at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road. This event is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit and “Like” Louisville Audubon Society on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 17: District 9 Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. Most of the time and focus will be on you. We are hoping for an unscripted, open conversation about your vision for D9 and the City. Please mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Thursday, May 18: Lexington Road Safety Project meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, 2115 Lexington Road. Information on the project is available online at

Friday, May 19: Bike to Work Day – Meet and Ride locations at Seneca Park, Iroquois Park, Shawnee Park and Big 4 Bridge. The Meet & Ride locations feature parking if you are driving and will allow you to ride with other riders and ride captains. Riders must have a helmet.You can also meet to ride home at Fourth Street Live at 5:15 p.m. For more information please visit:

Saturday, May 20: Multi-Vendor Yard Sale at the Peterson Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue, from 8:00 a.m. – Noon.  Be part of the re-use movement!  Do some Spring Cleaning and donate unused items to the Multi-Family Yard Sale to benefit the Peterson-Dumesnil House, or you can request a booth and sell your items.  For the event flyer or to request a booth click here.

Saturday, May 20: Clifton Walking Tour from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Join the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) for a walking tour of the Clifton neighborhood, starting at the historic 1883 building on the grounds of the American Printing House for the Blind. On the two-hour walking tour, you’ll find evidence of the evolution of the area from a sparsely populated rural community in 1830 to a densely settled urban Louisville neighborhood. The event is free, but registrations are required. Call 502-899-2213 or email to register. Best for older children and adults.

Saturday, May 20: 10th Anniversary of the Mighty Kindness Hoot from Noon – 7:00 p.m. at Waterfront Park’s Brown Forman Amphitheater. The purpose is to strentghen those who are promoting healing, community service, peace and social justice, local farms and markets.  You can feel good and do good at the Massage-a-thon helping St.Joseph’s Children Home and experience various forms of alternative healing. A wide diversity of local artisans who are crafting from recycled and earth-friendly materials will be selling their wares. A Free School with 2 tents of Workshops will be open to the public to engage and learn about topics like “Reverse an Opiate Overdose with Naloxone/Narcan Training,” “Grassroots Political Activism,” “Bystander Training for Racial Justice,” “Looking Beyond Borders” refugee experience and more all free to the public. There will also be a “Feed & Need” drive for the Homeless Community & a huge trailer that works as a shower & laundry facility in an entire area dedicated to support and education about our neighbors living without a home.

Sunday, May 21:  9th Annual Buy Local First Fair at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road, from Noon – 6:00 p.m. The fair will host a variety of local businesses, musicians, artists and craftspeople, chefs, community organizers and farmers. All locally-owned independent businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate as vendors. Admission is free, $5 per car to park. Bicycles are free to park. Sorry, pets are not allowed on the Louisville Water Tower Park property.