Louisville Irish FestThe Highlands Welcomes Back the Louisville Irish Fest to Bellarmine University, September 25-27, 2009 (see listing below)

Ask the Doctor Night
Tuesday, September 8

Dr. Rifaat El-Mallakh, director of the Mood Disorder Clinic for the University of Louisville, will be at St. Paul United Methodist Church for “Ask the Doctor Night” at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support group, Tuesday,  September 8, 7:30 p.m., in Room 110.   There is no cost for attending. For more information, contact Mike Kuhl at (502) 635-6142, Carl Brown at (502) 479-9941, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Nub Live Tour Comes to J Shepherd
Saturday, September 5
The Nub Live Tour, sponsored by the Oliva Cigar Company, comes to Louisville on September 5, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at J Shepherd, 1429 Bardstown Road. Nub cigar creator Sam Leccia will be on hand, rolling special-edition cigars just for the event. Jack Daniels will also be represented with samplings of their latest spirits, and radio personality Tony Vanetti will do a live broadcast from the store. Eight Inch Elvis will provide live music, while guests enjoy the evening, playing games for prizes or relaxing with friends. All Oliva products will be discounted, and over $5,000 in merchandise will be given away at the event, which is open to ages 18 and over. Proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. For more information, call (502) 479-1621.

2009 Irish for Kids Golf Scramble
Friday, September 11

Seems like there’s always something “Irish” going on in the Highlands, and September is no exception, as the Ancient Order of Hibernians hosts the 2009 Irish for Kids Golf Scramble on Friday, September 11, at Seneca Golf Course, to benefit Home of the Innocents.

In scramble format, each player tees off from their team’s prospective tee, then, choosing the best shot, continues until the hole is complete. Mulligans are allowed. The shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place, with “closest to the pin” prizes awarded on all par-3s.

Raffle tickets will be on sale at the scramble, and a “hole-in-one challenge” will provide a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland. All participants who don’t win the trip to Ireland are warmly invited to the next best thing: a trip to Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, at 933 Baxter Avenue, after the scramble for refreshments and the awards presentation.

The entry fee is $200 per team, or $50 per player. All proceeds will go to support Home of the Innocents, which provides care and shelter for children, youth and their families during critical times.

To register, or for more information, visit www.louisvilleirish.com/irishforkids.html, or call (502) 456-5852.

Grass Roots GalaCenter for Neighborhoods Grass Roots Gala
Friday, September 11

The Center for Neighborhood’s first annual fundraiser, The Grass Roots Gala, is an opportunity for a gathering and celebration of all Louisville neighborhoods, showcasing each neighborhood’s individual character and unique assets.

The event will feature neighborhood booths, a “Taste of Neighborhood Institute,” and a very “neighborly” silent auction.

LEO editor Stephen George will be the evening’s keynote speaker, and local historian and District 8 Councilman Tom Owen will give a history of Louisville neighborhoods. Delicious, local BBC beer will be on tap, and the rock-fusion band Bloom Street will perform.

The inaugural event is on Friday, September 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the TARC Atrium, located at 10th and Broadway. Tickets are $25 at the door, but free admission will be given to all Center for Neighborhoods members who join by Friday, September 4.

Established in 1976, the Center for Neighborhoods is an organization that helps citizens and citizen-based institutions improve the overall quality of life in their neighborhoods. For more information, or to become a member, visit www.centerforneighborhoods.org, or call (502) 905-4342.

City of Wellington Yard Sale
Saturday, September 12

The City of Wellington will host its annual city-wide yard sale on Saturday, September 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Located across from the Gardiner Lane Shopping Center on Bardstown Road, Wellington is bounded on the east by Bon Air Avenue and on the north by Clarendon Avenue.

Participating homes are located on Brighton Drive, Manchester Road, Spencer Avenue, the 2200 blocks of Wadsworth and Wendell avenues, the 3000 and 3100 blocks of Lowell Avenue, and the 3000 block of Kipling Way.

Beautiful fall weather, bargains galore and the chance to mingle with friends and neighbors ... just another great Saturday in the Highlands!

Health Talk at Gilda’s
Wednesday, September 16

On Wednesday, September 16, Dr. David L. Doering, specialist in gynecological oncology at Louisville Oncology, will present a lecture, “Clinical Trials for Gynecological Cancers,” at Gilda’s Club Louisville, 633 Baxter Avenue.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Doering’s talk promises to provide valuable information for those affected by the disease. The lecture will last from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and includes a light dinner. While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are requested. Call (502) 583-0075 to make your reservation.

Free of charge and non-profit, Gilda’s Club Louisville offers networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events for children and adults who have cancer. For more information, visit gildasclublouisville.org.

Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Music and Arts Festival
Saturday, September 17

The second annual Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Music and Arts Festival will be held Saturday, September 19, from noon to 8 p.m., at Lucille Grant Park, 1000 E. Liberty Street.

The music line-up includes: River City Blues Band at noon; John Boy Slim at 1 p.m.; Big Poppa Stampley at 2 p.m.; Down to Earth at 3 p.m.; Carly Johnson at 4 p.m.; Hog Operation at 5 p.m.; and Perfect Fit at 6 p.m. There will also be a fire performance by Phoenix Fire Troupe at 7 p.m.

A public art display will feature 12 pieces, each created by a different Phoenix Hill neighborhood artist. The works will be installed around the neighborhood after the festival, thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. Children and adults will be able to participate in a community art project at the festival as well.

Smoketown USA will offer food for sale, and there will be free activities for children. Bring your chair or blanket and come out for a day of music, art and fun.

For more information or to find out how you can be part of the festivities, contact Cindy Brown Kinloch at (502) 583-7133 or Shelby McDowell at (502) 889-5889, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Children’s Consignment Sale at St. Paul’s
September 17 & 18

Buyers and sellers alike are invited to participate in the Children’s Consignment Sale at the St. Paul United Methodist Church gym, 2000 Douglass Boulevard, on Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18.  Sale hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Most items will be marked half-price on Saturday. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Karen BooneErik SiegelFran FerrellArt in the Highlands at Louisville Collegiate
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 19 & 20

Louisville Collegiate School continues the fine tradition of fall festivals, when it presents Art in the Highlands on Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The fair, featuring 80 juried artists, food vendors, entertainment and children’s activities, will take place on Collegiate’s campus, at 2427 Glenmary Avenue.

A good art fair is inspiring due to the variety and quality of its vendors, and at Art in the Highlands, visitors won’t have to look far to turn that inspiration into their own art. Louisville Stoneware, a sponsor of the event, will invite patrons to stop by their “Paint Your Own Pottery” booth. Both children and adults can channel their creativity into painting one-of-a-kind pieces, such as mugs and trivets. The stoneware will then be glazed, fired and ready for pickup at Studio One, Louisville Stoneware’s downtown location.

Off-site parking will be available at Jim Porter’s, 2345 Lexington Road, with free shuttle service to and from the event. For more information and a list of artists, visit www.loucol.com/artinthehighlands, or call (502) 479-0376.

Celebration of World Missions
Sunday, September 20

As it celebrates world missions, Highland Presbyterian Church will be filled with joyous singing when the Message Choir performs on Sunday, September 20. A dynamic choir of African refugees, Message Choir will lead the music, as the Rev. Doug Orbaker, a Presbyterian mission team facilitator who works with the Nicaraguan Council of Churches, preaches.

Services are at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., with a reception between services. The church is located at 1011 Cherokee Road. For more information, contact Linda Raymond Ellison at (502) 458-7445.

Mayor’s Community Conversation
Monday, September 21

They say all politics is local – and what could be more local than having your local government officials answer your questions right in your neighborhood? On Monday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m., Atherton High School’s small gym will host the Mayor’s Community Conversations. Mayor Abramson, District 8 Councilman Tom Owen and other officials will answer your questions and hear your concerns and opinions. The school is located at 3000 Dundee Road. For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/Mayor/Community+Conversations.htm, or call 311.

Louisville Irish FestLouisville Irish Fest 2009
Friday – Sunday, Sept. 25 – 27

Nobody throws a party like the Irish. Have doubts? Then come to Louisville Irish Fest, returning this year to the Bellarmine University campus. Fun begins the night of Friday, September 25 with a performance of The Shaughraun, a laugh-out-loud comedy by Dion Boucicault. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. in the Amy Cralle Theater at the Wyatt Center for the Arts on Bellarmine’s campus. A $5 ticket includes dessert and an Irish coffee.

On Saturday, September 26, the Louisville Pipe Band will open the festival with another rousing performance. Celtic and Irish musicians, both local and visiting, will provide continuous musical entertainment throughout the day. Saturday’s festivities will conclude with a performance by Needfire, a nationally touring Celtic rock band from Texas. The band will also perform mid-afternoon on Sunday, September 27, and close the festival with a final performance that evening.

Sunday morning begins with Mass in Bellarmine’s Our Lady of the Woods chapel, followed by the opening of booths, exhibits and stages at 11:30 a.m. Visitors can tell their family stories at the Oral History Table, be entertained by the puppet shows in the expanded Children’s Area and watch the amazing mock battles by the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Returning favorites include the Dog Breeds of Ireland exhibit, an array of Irish vendors and, of course, delicious Irish food.

Saturday and Sunday admission to the festival is $3 for adults and free for children age 12 and under. On Saturday, members of the military and their immediate family will receive free admission. On Sunday, adults who contribute two canned goods will receive $2 admission.

The Bellarmine University campus is located at 2001 Newburg Road. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.LouisvilleIrishFest.org.

Highland Presbyterian Kids’ Consignment Sale
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 25 & 26

Highland Presbyterian Church will hold their biannual Kids’ Consignment Sale on Friday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The sale will take place in the church gymnasium, located at 1011 Cherokee Road, near Highland Avenue. Items include children’s clothing, sizes 0 to 16, as well as kids’ toys. The Saturday sale is half-price, with most items being discounted. Only cash will be accepted at the sale. For more information, visit www.kidssale.org

Warheim Park Cookout Celebration
Saturday, September 26

Warheim Park is five years old! In honor of the occasion, the Warheim Park Association is hosting a free cookout on Saturday, September 26. Live music begins at 4 p.m. with Historic Gardens, followed by the Derbytown Quartet.

Bring picnic blankets or chairs and enjoy an afternoon with family, friends and neighbors. In case of rain, the cookout will be held on Sunday, September 27.

The park, which is wheelchair accessible, is located in the Belknap neighborhood at 1832 Overlook Terrace. For information, visit www.warheimpark.com.

Festivus in Bonnycastle
Saturday, September 26

Festivus, the “Holiday for the Rest of Us,” was popularized by an episode of “Seinfeld,” and its celebration has become an annual event in the Bonnycastle neighborhood. Festivus traditions differ from community to community, but the Bonnycastle celebration isn’t likely to include the sitcom’s “Airing of the Grievances.” What it will include are food, live music, games and special activities for the children. Join the festivities on the corner of Maryland and Cowling avenues on Saturday, September 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Watch for signage in the neighborhood to remind you about the upcoming “holiday.”

Week in the Highlands Kickoff & FUNd Day
Monday, September 28

Once again, the O’Shea’s Family of Pubs is offering the opportunity to enjoy a cold pint with friends and support a great community organization. On Monday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to midnight, all proceeds from their food and beverage sales will benefit Highlands Community Ministries (HCM), a fellowship of 25 congregations pooling their resources to minister to the needs of Highlanders.

The fundraiser will also serve as the kickoff event for the 10th annual Week in the Highlands – seven days of community fun and merriment that also benefits HCM. From October 3-11, the neighborhood will play host to events such as the Highlands 5K Walk/Run, Big Rock Jazz Fest, Empty Bowls at Bellarmine, the Farmington Harvest Festival, and the 15th Annual Belknap Fall Festival.

What better way to prepare for all the festivities than by grabbing a bite to eat or a cold pint at one (or more!) of three great pubs: in the Highlands, 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 in St. Matthews. At any location, it’s sure to be the tastiest way to support the community.

For a complete schedule of Week in the Highlands events, visit http://Highlands-Week.org.

Girls’ Night Out Fall Fashion Show
Wednesday, September 30

Since 2003, Luna Boutique has been offering a unique collection of jewelry, fashion, home accessories, baby items and spa products from around the world. On Wednesday, September 30, the boutique will preview some outstanding new treasures in their Fall Fashion Show. This special event will be held in conjunction with neighboring restaurant Avalon’s wildly popular Girls’ Night, offering $5 appetizers and half-price cocktails.

Avalon is located at 1314 Bardstown Road and Luna Boutique is right next door. For more information, call (502) 454-5336 or visit www.avalonfresh.com and www.lunaboutique.net.

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

Selling Personal Items for Maximum Profit
Reference Librarian Rob Gieszl gives tips on using ebay, Craigslist and other online resources. Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m.
GED Express: Preparation for the GED Exam
The class is taught by an instructor from the Adult Education Student Services of Jefferson County Public Schools. Call (502) 485-3400 to enroll.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 12, 19 and 26, and October 3, 10, and 17

Finding Health and Wellness Information
Learn how to locate reliable information on health questions of all types. Elizabeth Smigielski, from University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Library, will guide participants through the search process.
Tuesday, September 15, 2:30 p.m.

Fly Away Home 
Hear stories of insects that fly.
Tuesday, September 15, 7 p.m.; Ages 3-8

“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; www.bardstownroadfarmersmarket.com

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.