Week in the HighlandsWeek in the Highlands
October 3-11

Saturday, October 3, 8 a.m. –  Highlands Cup 5K Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast to benefit Highlands Community Ministries; Start and finish at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church to scenic Big Rock in Cherokee Park and return; $25; Packet pickup and late registration in church parking lot; Pancake Breakfast to follow in church gym at 8:30 a.m.; contact Stan Esterle at (502) 451-3695

Sunday, October 4, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Highlands-Douglass Big Rock Jazz Fest at Big Rock Area of Cherokee Park; Eddie Clark and the Louisville Jazz Collective, West Market Street Stompers with Gail Wynters, and Robbie Bartlett Trio, plus “Jags on the Rocks” vintage Jaguars exhibit, children’s music activities with Heartland Music Together and instrument collection for area children through Louisville Public Media’s Instrumental Partners; contact Jay Douds at (502) 473-0132

Thursday, October 8, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Empty Bowls to benefit HCM Individual and Family Assistance Program; Frazier Hall, Bellarmine University; $30 for meal and potter’s bowl, $15 for meal only, $5 for children age 12 and under; contact Lynn Humphrey, (502) 451-3626

Friday, October 9, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Belknap Festival Eve, with food and live music by the Louisville Leopard Percussionists and the Parentz Band
Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (rain or shine) – 14th Belknap Fall Festival at historic Douglass Loop at Bardstown Road; includes parts of Dundee Road, Harvard Drive, Yale Drive and Wibben Avenue; Featuring 100 booths of juried arts and crafts, family fun, educational area, food, Deer Park Environmental Village, and Live Music by Potluck Ramblers, Walker and Kays, Rascals of Ragtyme, Atherton High School Jazz Band and Earbone; Free and open to the public; Contact Linda Bowles, (502) 451-7535

Sunday, October 11, Noon – 5 p.m. – Farmington Harvest Festival at 3033 Bardstown Road; 19th Century hemp plantation, archaeology, crafts, old-fashioned games and activities, period music, costumed interpreters, tours, food and more; ; contact Andrea Pridham, (502) 452-9920

For more information, visit HighlandsWeek.org.

OHNA Wine Tasting
Thursday, October 1

The Original Highlands Neighborhood Association (OHNA) has chosen Thursday, October 1, for this year’s silent auction and wine tasting. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 901 Baxter Avenue.

Auction items include a billiards set and stained glass lamp by Budweiser, quilts, gift certificates from local restaurants, artists’ works from the 2009 OHNA Art and Music Festival, and much more. The auction is free and everyone is invited. Auction proceeds will benefit the Louisville AIDS Walk, St. Brigid’s Catholic Church and the OHNA.

The simultaneous Wine Tasting will again be catered by The Mayan Cafe and will feature the Crios Portfolio by Susana Balbo. Five wines – three reds, one white and one rose – will be available for tasting, and cases of wine may be ordered through The Wine Market as well as Old Town Wine & Spirits. Tickets for the tasting are $20.

OHNA neighbor Adam Huffer and friends will provide musical accompaniment for the evening. For more information on the auction or to purchase Wine Tasting tickets, visit www.originalhighlands.com and click on Special Events. Tickets can also be purchased from The Wine Market. To pre-order tickets, call Jackie Leslie at (502) 582-2112 or mail your check to OHNA, P. O. Box 4194, Louisville KY 40204. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Introduction to the Enneagram
Saturday, October 3

Fr. Joe Mitchell, CP, will lead a workshop, Introduction to the Enneagram, on Saturday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Passionist Earth & Spirit Center. The Enneagram is a tool for understanding one’s personality. This workshop introduces the nine personality types described by the Enneagram and includes its history, analyzes how personality is formed, offers information on the three centers of perception, identifies the difference between personality and the True Self, and shows how to use this knowledge for personal growth.

The goal of the workshop is insight into oneself and compassion for others. The suggested donation is $35, but no one will be refused for lack of funds. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center is located at 1924 Newburg Road, behind the Passionist Monastery. For more information, contact Beth Zangari at (502) 452-2749, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Introduction to the Enneagram will also be offered on November 14, 2009, and March 13, 2010.

Louisville Solar Tour
Saturday, October 3

On Saturday, October 3, Louisvillians will join more than 140,000 people across the United States by touring more than 5,000 homes, businesses and schools to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency during the 14th annual American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour. The Louisville Solar Tour is sponsored by the Kentucky Solar Energy Society (KySES), the local chapter of ASES.

A free morning presentation brunch will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Green Building, 732 E. Market Street, and will include a free resources guidebook and tour map, solar energy exhibits and educational activities for children.

Free self-guided afternoon tours, from noon to 5 p.m., include several homes and businesses in the Highlands that have incorporated either solar thermal, solar photo voltaic (PV) or passive solar, and energy-saving building construction techniques.

For more information, visit www.louisvillesolartour.org, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (502) 429-8032.

HCM Derby Dinner Trip
Sunday, October 4

Highlands Community Ministries is sponsoring a trip to Derby Dinner Playhouse on Sunday, October 4, to see “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The cost is $32 per person for the buffet lunch, play and TARC transportation. The bus leaves from Highlands Court Apartments, located at 1720 Richmond Drive, at 11:15 a.m. To register, call (502) 451-3695.

Louisville’s Homecoming in the Highlands
Monday, October 5

The University of Louisville and area restaurants will kick off UofL’s homecoming week with a block party on Baxter Avenue, between Highland and Christy avenues, on Monday, October 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. UofL cheerleaders, former players and the pep band will join fellow alumni, UofL fans and supporters to celebrate.

There will also be “Wear Red” specials – those who wear red will receive 10 percent off food and drink orders all week long at Wick’s, O’Shea’s, Flanagan’s, Molly Malone’s, Quills Coffee, The Tequila Factory and Outlook Inn.

Scavenger hunt winners will receive an official UofL homecoming poster and a discounted official UofL homecoming shirt. For more information, call (502) 852-6186 or visit http://louisville.edu/alumni/calendar.

Park Master Plan Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 6

On Tuesday evening, October 6, the third in a series of public meetings will be held to discuss the new master plans under development for Tyler Park and the Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park. Park users are encouraged to attend and give input at this meeting, to be held in the auditorium of St. James School, 1818 Edenside Drive. Hogan’s Fountain will be discussed from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., and Tyler Park from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

The master plans are sponsored by Metro Parks, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Councilman Tom Owen (Tyler Park). The consultant team includes landscape architects Mike Smiley of Environs Inc., Middletown, Ky., and, Patricia O’Donnell of Heritage Landscapes, Charlotte, Vt.

Previous meetings included public input sessions to determine the strengths and shortcomings of the parks as they are now. A power-point presentation entitled “The Olmsted Plan – How is it Doing?” was presented at the last meeting and is available for viewing on the project Web sites. The results from user surveys are also posted there.

The project Web site for Hogan’s Fountain is www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/cityofparks/projects/hogansfountainplanning.htm.

The project Web site for Tyler Park is www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/cityofparks/projects/tylerparkplanning.htm

The upcoming meeting will feature a presentation of alternative preliminary plans for both Tyler Park and the Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park. This will be a particularly important meeting for Tyler Park and Hogan’s Fountain users to attend. Input collected at the meeting will be considered, as the final plans are prepared. We hope to see you there!

– Martha Berner, Metro Parks Landscape Architect

Deer Park Environmental Village
Saturday, October 10

This year’s Belknap Fall Festival, a part of the Week In The Highlands celebration, will include an eco-friendly village set up on Yale Drive, south of Dundee Road, on Saturday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Deer Park Environmental Village will feature displays from local sustainability organizations, fun “green” activities for kids, a solar oven demonstration and other activities. Everyone is invited to attend.

Urban Attic Consignment Grand Opening
Saturday, October 10

Urban Attic, a new consignment shop at 1608 Bardstown Road at the intersection of Bonnycastle Avenue, will have its Grand Opening on Saturday, October 10. Owner Amy Schuler says the shop specializes in brand-name clothing for the young and fashionable shopper. For more information, call (502) 454-8181.

Highland Presbyterian Weekday School 60th Anniversary
Saturday, October 10
Highland Presbyterian Weekday School (HPWS) will celebrate its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, October 10, at the Pleune-Mobley Center, 969 Cherokee Road (across from Highland Presbyterian Church at 2114 Highland Avenue). All Weekday School alumni are invited. The celebration starts at 7 p.m. and includes a silent auction fundraiser to benefit the school playground. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

Opened in 1949 as a program of the Highland Presbyterian Church, the Weekday School has provided pre-school and kindergarten classes to thousands of area children. HPWS cultivates a nurturing and respectful environment where children may thrive as creative thinkers and problem solvers.

If you attended the Weekday School and would like more information about the anniversary celebration, contact the school at (502) 456-6991 or search for “Highland 60th” on Facebook.

Farmington Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 11        

On a crisp, fall day, apple-bobbing, pumpkin painting and freshly baked donuts will bring families and friends together at the Farmington Harvest Festival for a fun-filled day reliving the 1800s. The historic plantation at 3033 Bardstown Road celebrates the Lincoln Bicentennial with food, live music and activities for both young and old on Sunday, October 11, from noon till 5 p.m.

This year’s festival is a full day of family activities, including crafts, storytelling, numerous historical re-enactments, historic demonstrations and the chance to take part in an archaeological project that uncovers Kentucky’s past. Musical guests Danny Flanigan and Brigid Kaelin will perform, along with the Newburg Acapella Chorus.

Old-fashioned games and activities for children will include candle dipping, sack races, cornhole, quill-pen writing, pumpkin painting and apple bobbing. Traditional craft demonstrations will also be offered, including flax breaking, blacksmithing, weaving, embroidery and open-hearth cooking.

Free tours of the 1815 museum house will be ongoing, with costumed re-enactors interpreting Farmington residents’ life in the 1830s. Admission is free, with charges for food and some activities. The Farmington Harvest Festival is a Week in the Highlands event.

Blessing of Animals and Benefit Concert with Dick Sisto Trio
Sunday, October 11

The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center’s annual Blessing of Animals and Prayers for the Planet will be celebrated with an outdoor service on Sunday, October 11, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event highlights the gift of animals, the delights of the natural world and our responsibility as stewards of God’s creation. Pets must be leashed, caged or contained in a bowl.

Following the animal blessing, the public is invited to a festive fall afternoon of music with renowned jazz musician Dick Sisto and his trio, performing on the lawn in a concert to benefit the center. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m., with the concert from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Folding chairs are encouraged. Donations are welcome.

The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center is located at 1924 Newburg Road, behind the Passionist Monastery. For more information, call (502) 452-2749 or visit www.passionistearthandspiritcenter.org.

Mothers of Preschooler’s (MOPS)
Monday, October 12

Want to be the best mom possible? You are not alone. While there’s no iPhone app for that (yet), there is a resource right here in the Highlands at St. Paul United Methodist Church, where Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) can help.

MOPS understands the unique needs, challenges and joys of early mothering. So come as you are, socialize with other moms, learn something new and enjoy a meal without wondering if your child is about to throw the milk.

The daytime MOPS group will meet Monday, October 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, in the St. Paul UMC Family Life Center Coffee Shop. Childcare is provided beginning at 9:15 a.m. For more information, contact Elizabeth Townsend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The evening MOPS group will meet on the same date from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Sienna Newman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

HCM Five-day Vacation to Branson
October 12-16

Highlands Community Ministries has openings for its 5 day/4 night vacation to Branson, MO, on October 12-16. The cost is $499 per person (double occupancy), which includes transportation on the Diamond Tours deluxe motor coach, four nights lodging in Branson, four breakfasts, four dinners and admission to seven shows. To sign, call (502) 451-3695.

Fungus Among Us
Saturday, October 17

They grow on wood, in the grass and perhaps even on you! Learn about the variety and importance of fungi with naturalist Kerry Jones at Louisville Nature Center on October 17, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. An indoor presentation will be followed by a foray into the forest, so participants are asked to dress accordingly. The cost for the presentation is a donation to the Nature Center. No reservations are required.

Louisville Nature Center is located at 3745 Illinois Avenue, across from The Louisville Zoo. For additional information, call (502) 458-1328 or visit www.louisvillenaturecenter.org.

Highland Middle School Fall Festival & Auction
Friday, October 23

Highland Middle School, located at  1700 Norris Place, will hold its Fall Festival & Silent Auction on Friday, October 23. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with silent auction bidding until 7 p.m. and a chili supper served until 7:30. Games will continue until 8 p.m. For more information, call Dan DeSpain at (502) 541-8861 or Liz Speelman at (502) 299-7507.

Bardstown Bound All-day Boofest
Saturday, October 24

Celebrate Halloween in the Highlands with merchants on Bardstown Road, Baxter Avenue and certain side streets when they open their doors for fun – as well as tricks and treats – at the first all-day Bardstown Bound Boofest on Saturday, October 24.

The event, sponsored by the Highland Commerce Guild, will begin at noon and will feature shopping, dining, drinking and entertainment at haunted boutiques, restaurants and bars. Look for special savings on clothing, art, home furnishings, jewelry and more, with a 15 percent discount at participating businesses.

Cast members of the Boofest will pass out goodies for the kids, and visitors are encouraged to come in costume. Look for ghouls, ghosts, zombies and other costumed favorites haunting the Bardstown/Baxter corridor from Lexington Road to the Douglass Loop. Into the evening, restaurants and bars will feature cold BBC beer and live, local entertainment, with food and drink specials to celebrate Boofest.

Proceeds will be donated to Gilda’s Club Louisville. For more information and a map of participating merchants, visit www.bardstownbound.com.

Trunk or Treat and Safety Fair
Wednesday, October 28

St. Paul United Methodist Church will host its Trunk or Treat and Safety Fair on Wednesday, October 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Trunk or Treat” is trick-or-treating out of the back of decorated cars and trucks, where vehicle owners will pass out candy. The Safety Fair will feature proper car seat installation, child ID cards and fire safety. Police department representatives will also be on hand.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the back lot of St. Paul’s, located on the corner of Douglass Boulevard and Bardstown Road. For more information, contact Karen Garner at (502) 459-1595.

Interfaith Dinner Dialogue
Thursday, October 29

Highlands Community Ministries is sponsoring an Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on Thursday, October 29, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Keneseth Israel Synagogue, 2531 Taylorsville Road.

The dialogue topic, “What is True Happiness?” will be presented by Johnny Alse of Hindu Temple of Kentucky, Rose Livingston of SGI Buddhist Center, Rabbi Joel Wasser of Keneseth Israel Synagogue, Rev. Derek Penwell of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, Dr. G.A. Shareef, Education Committee Chairperson of Louisville Islamic Center, and Rita Butler of Baha’is of Louisville.

The dinner is $7. Names of the persons attending and payment for the meal must be sent by October 8 to Highlands Community Ministries, 1140 Cherokee Road, Louisville, KY 40204. For more information, call (502) 451-3695.

Jack O’Lantern Stroll
Friday, October 30
Stroll through a glowing path of over 1,000 carved jack o’lanterns, while enjoying music, food and storytelling at the Dreams With Wings Jack O’Lantern Stroll on Friday, October 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bellarmine University will host the event, which features Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie, along with trick-or-treating for the kids, children’s activities and Radio Disney.

Donations will be accepted to support the Dreams With Wings mission of providing supports for individuals with mental retardation, developmental disabilities and autism in our community. The event will be held rain or shine.

October Events at Gilda’s Club

Mark your calendar for these three events in October at Gilda’s Club Louisville, 633 Baxter Ave. All are FREE and open to the community.

Breast Cancer Networking & Support for Women, Men & Children
Monday, October 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gilda’s Club Louisville will offer new support and networking groups for the spouses/ partners and children of women (and men) diagnosed with breast cancer. These groups will continue to meet on the second Monday of each month.
Who’s on First?
Wednesday, October 21, 5:30 p.m. to
8 p.m.

If you’re filled with questions after a breast cancer diagnosis, Gilda’s Club has compiled a panel of experts to help answer them (whether you’re newly diagnosed or 30 years post treatment). The panel includes: Dr. Matt Brown, surgeon; Dr. Brian Thornton, plastic surgeon; Dr. Don Stevens, oncologist; and Dr. Aaron Spalding, radiation oncologist.

Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gilda’s Club Louisville and the Junior League of Louisville host the 3rd annual NOOGIEFEST, a fall festival and Halloween party for youths, ages 3-15, whose lives are touched by cancer. The event will include trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department’s “Thumbbody” child safety registration program, along with inflatables, food, games and prizes.

The children’s room at Gilda’s Club is named “Noogieland” for the “Saturday Night Live” act that co-stars Gilda Radner and Bill Murray had in which they played mischievous children. During the skit, Murray would sometimes give Radner’s character a “noogie” (a playful head rub).

For more information about any of the events, call (502) 583-0075. Gilda’s Club Louisville is located at 633 Baxter Avenue.

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

GED Express:
Preparation for the GED Exam
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 3, 10, and 17; The class is taught by an instructor from the Adult Education Student Services of Jefferson County Public Schools. Call (502) 485-3400 to enroll.

Be Money Smart: Borrowing Basics
Wednesday, October 21, 7 p.m.; Kelly May, of the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions, presents this Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) program on loans, credit cards, credit reports, and avoiding predatory lending/fraud. Participants will receive free handouts/materials to keep. Call (502) 574-1672 to register.

Campfire Stories
Tuesday, October 6, 7 p.m.; Hear stories around an indoor campfire and make a scrumptious treat; Ages 3-8

They All Fall Down
Tuesday, October 13, 7 p.m.; Seasonal stories; 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.