B CHIC Consignment Children’s Open House
Saturday, August 8

B CHIC Consignment and Boutique will hold the grand opening of their new children’s room on Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, when visitors will have a chance to meet local artist and Highland resident Holly Edelenbos of “Cutie Patootie,” specializing in custom bows, hair accessories and tutus for infants and children. 

B CHIC, located at 1235 Bardstown Road near Mid City Mall, is Kentuckiana’s largest consignment and boutique. The store is now accepting new and gently used women’s, men’s and children’s fall and winter clothing as well as golf attire, furniture, jewelry and household items. Most spring and summer items are currently discounted up to 50 percent. For more information, call (502) 632-1313.

Dumante Culinary and Cocktail Challenge at Sullivan University
Monday, August 10

Are you an “Iron Chef” addict? A “Chopped” devotee? Fans of cooking competitions and foodies alike will want to be a part of Sullivan University’s Culinary and Cocktail Challenge, sponsored by Dumante Verdenoce Liqueur. 

Sullivan University students are being challenged to present savory dishes and cocktails featuring Dumante, a new pistachio liqueur created by Louisville entrepreneur Howard Strum and handcrafted in small batches in Southern Italy. The top five entries in each category will compete for a $500 scholarship sponsored by Dumante. 

A cocktail reception and tasting of the entries will be held on Monday, August 10, 6 p.m., followed by the tasting and judging of the top five savory dishes from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will be held at Winston’s Restaurant on Sullivan University’s campus at 3101 Bardstown Road. Judging and tasting are open to the public, but limited to the first 25 people who R.S.V.P.  The cost is $25 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call (502) 721-8636.

Health Talk at Gilda’s Club Louisville
Wednesday, August 19

On Wednesday, August 19, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness director Dr. Adewale Troutman will present a lecture, titled “Good Health for All: more than a walk in the park and an apple a day,” at Gilda’s Club Louisville, 633 Baxter Avenue. 

Dr. Troutman will discuss the social determinants of health and their influence on prevention, education, access, diagnosis, treatment and survival. While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are requested. The talk will last from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a light dinner will be included. Call (502) 583-0075 to make a reservation.

Gilda’s Club offers free support for children and adults with cancer. For more information, visit gildasclublouisville.org. 

Irish Hill Improv Festival 
Friday & Saturday, Aug. 21 & 22

In celebration of one of Louisville’s most interesting yet often overlooked neighborhoods, the Louisville Improvisors will present an improv show based on historian and Metro Council Member Tom Owen’s talk, “A Brief History of Irish Hill.” Also on the bill are special guests Nashville Improv, Music City’s first and only improv and sketch comedy theater, just named “Best Improv Troupe 2008” by The Nashville Scene.

The festival will also feature an exhibit about the history of the neighborhood, sponsored by the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association, as well as a chance to meet Irish Hill’s oldest living resident and taste a special, limited run, Irish Hill blend of coffee, roasted and donated by The Highland Coffee Company. 

The show takes place Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, each night at 8 p.m., at Walden Theatre, 1123 Payne Street. Owen will speak on Friday night. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

The Louisville Improvisors are Louisville’s longest running improv company and have hosted the highly successful “Improvapalooza” festival for nearly a decade. For more information, contact Chris Anger at (502) 485-9064 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.louisvilleimprov.com.

Molly Malone’s & Louisville Irish Fest Charity Golf Open
Monday, August 24

Come out and support the first annual Molly Malone’s and Louisville Irish Fest Charity Irish Open at Oxmoor Country Club on Monday, August 24. Lunch is at noon with a tee-off time of 1 p.m. Dinner and a party will follow at 6 p.m. on the outer deck of Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 933 Baxter Avenue. The cost is $150 per player/$600 per team (includes lunch, golf scramble and dinner), and for non-golfers attending the party only, the cost is $25. For details or to register, visit Molly Malone’s or the event Web site at www.LouisvileIrishFest.org. 

In September, the Louisville Irish Fest returns to the Bellarmine campus at 2001 Newburg Road after several years away. On Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, the campus will teem with all things Irish: music, dancing, an open-air market, Irish dog breeds and herding exhibitions, a family friendly “wee ones” area and, of course, a host of opportunities to learn about Irish heritage and culture. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.LouisvilleIrishFest.org.

Free Legal Aid Clinics in August

The Legal Aid Society is offering free legal clinics on foreclosure, divorce, small claims and wills throughout the month of August. Clinics will be held at their downtown office, located at 416 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard, and at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, 520 Magnolia Avenue. Prospective clients must meet federal poverty guidelines, and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Legal Aid Society at (502) 584-1254. For a complete schedule, visit www.laslou.org.

Sign Up Now for HCM Activities and Classes

Don’t miss out! Final registrations will be taken in early August for activities in August and October with the Highlands Community Ministries (HCM). Excursions include a trip to Derby Dinner Playhouse to see “High School Musical” on August 16, a five-day vacation to Branson, Missouri from October 12 to 16, and a day trip to Bardstown and the Trappist Monastery on October 21. 

HCM will also offer nearly a dozen classes in September, but registration is required by Sunday, August 16. Classes include oil painting, stained glass, knitting, watercolor, yoga, tai chi, Scottish social dancing, ballroom dancing and square dancing. For more information or to register for classes or activities, call (502) 451-3695.

Early Announcement: 
Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Music and Arts Festival
Saturday, September 17

Mark your calendar! The second annual Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Music and Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, September 19, noon to 8 p.m., at Lucille Grant Park, 1000 E. Liberty Street. According to Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Association president Cindy Brown-Kinloch, last year’s inaugural event was a tremendous success, and this year’s festival promises to be even bigger and better. 

The diverse and eclectic Phoenix Hill neighborhood is bounded on the north by E. Main Street, on the south by E. Broadway, on the east by Baxter Avenue, and on the west by I-65. 

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An Evening with The Peter Rowan-Tony Rice Quartet 
Friday, August 28
By Kevin Wilson

Rowan-RicePeter Rowan is the literal link between Bill Monroe and the Grateful Dead. Though Rowan was probably the most infamous of Mr. Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, his important contributions to that outfit continue to endear him to purists.

But Rowan is also highly regarded by the underground due to his relationship with Jerry Garcia, with whom he launched the much lauded “Old & In The Way” project.

Like Rowan, Tony Rice is also known for bending the boundaries of bluegrass, and has explored folk, jazz and other genres over the course of his long award-winning career.

On Friday, August 28, St. Francis of Assisi Church, at 1960 Bardstown Road, will host the Peter Rowan-Tony Rice Quartet.

This all-ages event will be the first in the Americana Concert Series that also boasts performances from The Minus 5 (featuring members of R.E.M.), the Travelin’ McCourys with The Lee Boys, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott with Tim O’Brien.  

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

“Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson;
Chaired by librarian Ruth Ellen Flint;
Monday, August 17, 2 p.m.

“Louisville and the Civil War: A History & Guide” is the first published work on the subject since McDowell’s “City of Conflict” appeared in 1962. Local author Bryan S. Bush will recount the tumultuous events that took place in and around Louisville, then the twelfth largest city in the nation.
Saturday, August 29, 2 p.m.

“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 www.debtorsanonymous.org.

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 www.dbsalouisville.org.