By Natalie Weis

“How We Doom” at Kin Ship Gallery
Through Sunday, July 19

Sea Monsters by Patrick Jilbert“How We Doom,” a collection of work by Patrick Jilbert, runs through Sunday, July 19, at the new Kin Ship Gallery, located at 1583 Bardstown Road. The show features new paintings by Jilbert as well as his first 3-D piece: a five-foot-tall paper mache monster! Jilbert, a Louisville native and resident, creates irreverent and sometimes creepy images for a collection of national and local companies, including Blood is the New Black, whose shirts are sold in the hipster clothing mecca, Urban Outfitters.

This is the second show for The Kin Ship, a new art gallery founded by Dan Davis, co-founder of The Snack Institute art collective and artist under the name Skeleton Royal, and Hillary Harrison, founder and editor of Bejeezus magazine and co-founder of Butcher Block Gallery. Young, creative and enterprising, the two artists created the gallery with the aim of providing a fun and inviting venue for both local and national artists. 

Like the WHY Louisville store with which it shares a building, The Kin Ship strives to promote local artists and independent art from across the country. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Adventures in Parenting

Adventure ClubWhile the typical three-year-old can be content having his favorite Dr. Seuss book read over and over (and over) again, the umpteenth reading of “Fox in Sox” can drive even the calmest parent to the brink of insanity. Luckily, Louisville is now home to Adventure Club, an informal group that meets for a new kid-friendly, boredom-quelling excursion each week. 

The club is the invention of Tina Meredith, a work-from-home mom frustrated that she and her young daughter were doing the same activities week after week. Sensing other parents felt the same, Meredith began the Adventure Club to explore more of the family-friendly attractions Louisville has to offer while allowing parents around the city to meet, learn and share with each other. 

Adventures to Louisville Nature Center and Huber’s Orchard have already attracted families from as far north as Indiana and as far south as Shepherdsville, along with a half-dozen Louisville neighborhoods in between. 

Meredith seems to have a knack for sensing unfilled needs in the Louisville parenting community. About a year ago, she created a new Web site when she discovered that Louisville parents, divided as they were among several different Yahoo groups and list serves, were missing out on local information and events. The site,, gathers in a single location dozens of local resources on parenting matters ranging from birthing and breastfeeding to environmentally friendly shopping, and alternative transportation. A lively forum page hosts discussions on these topics and more, and a “Cool Books” page lets parents recommend titles to each other. 

Adventure Club gatherings and other local events are all collected on one calendar and Meredith’s blog chronicles recent Club adventures in an engaging manner, complete with photos and helpful information for future visits. All in all, it’s a wonderful resource for Louisville parents and, much like a good Dr. Seuss book, begs to be read again. And again. And again.

Adventure Club excursions planned for July: 
Locust Grove, July 7
Squire Boone Caverns, July 14
Jefferson Aquatic Center, July 21
Louisville Science Center, July 28

Adult Judo and Self-Defense Classes
Mondays and Thursdays

Amazing Grace Whole Foods is now offering two new classes: Adult Judo, and Self-Defense for Girls and Women, sponsored by the Louisville Judo Club. Shihan (“the teacher of teachers”) Carl Brown, an 8th degree Judo Black Belt, will be teaching the classes. 

Beginning Monday, July 6, Adult Judo will be held every Monday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The monthly fee for these classes is $30. 

Beginning Thursday, July 9, Self-Defense for Girls and Women will be held every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The one-time seminar fee is $20. Classes are limited to 12 students every week; girls and women may attend additional seminars (repetitive) as class size permits.

These new classes join the free, ever-popular offerings already at Amazing Grace – Kali stick fighting, t’ai chi and lectures from professionals in the medical community. All classes are held at the store, located at 1133 Bardstown Road. Call (502) 485-1142 for more information or to enroll.

“Having a judo dojo on Bardstown Road has been a lifelong dream of mine and now it happens. I have taught Judo in five states, but I predict even better success at Amazing Grace Whole Foods and am honored to have this opportunity,” says Brown, who began his Judo training in 1956. “I hope this will give the quaint village of the Highlands not only instruction in Judo, but, more importantly, will give women and girls the ‘weapons of the body’ with which to defend themselves. Pepper spray is not always there when you need it.”

Brown is the author of three books on martial arts law as well as numerous articles published in national martial arts magazines. To answer questions, he can be reached at (502) 479-9941 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

FUNd Day to Benefit Brightside
Monday, July 6

Beer and community service aren’t two words that normally appear together, but this month, the O’Shea’s Family of Pubs is giving you the opportunity to enjoy a cold pint with friends and support a great community organization. From 11 a.m. to midnight on Monday, July 6, all proceeds from food and beverage sales at the pubs will benefit Brightside, an initiative launched in 1986 by Mayor Jerry Abramson to unite people in clean and green activities to beautify the city and foster community pride. 

Grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cold pint with friends at one (or more!) of three great pubs: in the Highlands at Flanagan’s Ale House, 934 Baxter Avenue, or O’Shea’s Irish Pub, 956 Baxter Avenue, or venture over to Brendan’s Restaurant and Pub at 3921 Shelbyville Road. At any location, it’s sure to be the tastiest way to support the community.

Cave Hill Cemetery Story Tour
Friday, July 17

In two of the older lots at Cave Hill Cemetery, 220 children lie buried without markers for their graves. To ensure that these children, buried during the period from 1880 to 1920, are not forgotten, a new community project is commemorating their lives with bronze statues. 

Each month, Cave Hill is offering a story tour for community members to learn more about the Children’s Memorial Marker Project and the early days of the Home of the Innocents, Sister Emily Cooper (the first Deaconess in charge of the Home from 1880 to 1905), and the children whose lives have been forgotten for over a century. 

Conducted by car and lasting approximately 45 minutes, the tour features several other historical sites at Cave Hill. This month’s tour will be held Friday, July 17, at 10 a.m. Participants are requested to R.S.V.P. by noon the day before the tour. 

The main entrance to Cave Hill is located at 701 Baxter Avenue. Tour participants should follow the solid white line to the administration building by the lake and meet in the office. Weather-appropriate dress is suggested. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Linda Speed at (502) 585-4649, ext. 1015, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To learn more about the Children’s Memorial Marker Project and other philanthropic opportunities in the community, visit

Upper Highlands Yard Sale
Saturday, July 25

In these gloomy economic times, few things shine brighter with promise for buyer and seller alike than the community yard sale. On Saturday, July 25, lawns across the Upper Highlands will beckon with deals, steals and hidden treasures during the neighborhood-wide yard sale. All Upper Highlands residents are invited to participate – the last sale featured over 70 different participants. Households set their own hours and handle their own sales. 

The Upper Highlands is bounded on the east by Bardstown Road, on the west by Newburg Road, on the north by Dundee Road and Emerson Avenue, and on the south by the Watterson Expressway. For more information, call Paul Schuhmann at (502) 458-0475.

World Championship Dainty Contest
Monday, July 27

In 1971, George Hauck and Charlie Vettiner revived the tradition of dainty, a street game first introduced to Louisville by German immigrants in the mid-1800s, by holding the first World Championship Dainty Contest in front of Hauck’s Market in Schnitzelburg. Based on a European children’s game, dainty involves flipping a five-inch stick off the ground using a larger stick about the size and length of a broom handle, then hitting the airborne “dainty” stick as far as possible. It sounds hard, and it is. (A YouTube video of the 2007 Championship features Rep. John Yarmuth, the 2006 winner, striking out after three failed attempts to get the dainty off the ground.) Gene Klein’s 1981 record distance of 145 feet, 6 inches has yet to be broken. 

This year’s contest, open to adults age 45 and older, will be held on Monday, July 27, 6 p.m., in front of Hauck’s, 1000 Goss Avenue. Spectators may enjoy cold drinks and the area’s famous handmade bologna sandwiches; door prizes and live music will follow at the end of the contest. All proceeds will benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order that provides nursing home services in the Highlands. For more information, contact Gary Allen at (502) 551-2403.

“That’s Amore” Music Series at Avalon
Wednesdays in July

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays in July, Avalon restaurant is hosting “That’s Amore,” a music series sponsored by Dumante Verdenoce Italian Liqueur, featuring local songstress Carly Johnson and guitarist Craig Wagner performing classic jazz standards. 

The happy hour will include a special Amore Menu and cocktails featuring Dumante, a new pistachio liqueur created by Louisville entrepreneur Howard Strum and handcrafted in small batches in Southern Italy. Chef Larry Agnew will prepare lounge plates and desserts inspired by the liqueur. 

Next door, Luna Boutique will feature select trunk shows and “That’s Amore” sales. All proceeds will benefit the Louisville Visual Arts Association.

Avalon, located at 1314 Bardstown Road, offers both indoor and patio dining. For reservations, call (502) 454-5336. For more information about Dumante, call (502) 589-8754 or visit

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Highlands-Shelby Park Library Programs
1250 Bardstown Road, Mid City Mall
(502) 574-1672,

LFPL’s Summer Reading for children and teens is currently in progress. Call (502) 574-1672 for details about activities. 

Pioneer Spirit: Catherine Spalding, Sister of Charity of Nazareth
Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m.
“Pioneer Spirit” is the outstanding biography of Mother Catherine Spalding (1793-1858), cofounder and first leader of one of the most significant American religious orders for women. The author, Mary Ellen Doyle, SCN, will discuss her subject’s life and work, which maintained strong connections between ministry, spirituality and community.

“Beginning Your Job Search Online,”
every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 9:15 a.m.; This class is for adults with very limited computer experience and is a brief basic introduction to searching and applying for a job online. It covers computer access, common problems with online applications, helpful job search Web sites and classes available to upgrade skills. Class size is limited and registration is required.  Call (502) 574-1672.

Call (502) 574-1672 for times and dates.

Family Story Time, every Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Ages 3-8
Toddler Story Time, every Wednesday, 10:15 a.m.; Ages 2-3
Mother Goose Time, Every Thursday, 10:15 a.m.; Walkers under 2 years 

Farmers’ Markets
1722 Bardstown Road; Every Saturday, 8 a.m. till noon, through December; Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., through October; For more information, call Nicholas Posante at (502) 287-8206.

829 East Market Street; Every Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., through October; For more information, call Cindy Brown Kinloch at (502) 583-7133.

Support Groups
Debtor’s Anonymous is a 12-step program for those having problems with money and debt. No fees; Meets Sundays, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Deer Park Baptist Church, 1733 Bardstown Road (use rear entrance). For more information, call (502) 899-5325 or visit

Metro Louisville Depression and Bi-polar Support Alliance
Every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Boulevard; Coffee afterward across the street at Heine Brothers’; More information at