Our Parks Need You!
The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is looking for friendly, outgoing volunteers, age 18 and older, interested in becoming park stewards. The Frederick Law Olmsted Parks offer a variety of opportunities, and all park stewards receive training in their area of interest.

Upcoming classroom training sessions include Horticultural Techniques, March 7, 6:30 p.m., and Volunteer Management & Community Outreach, March 14, 6:30 p.m. Field training sessions take place from 10 a.m. to noon, March 2, 9, 16 and 30.

Apply to become a park steward by calling (502) 456-1623 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, visit www.olmstedparks.org.

Festival of Faiths Prepares for Dalai Lama Visit
At Mayor Greg Fischer’s request, the Center for Interfaith Relations is hosting a special Festival of Faiths to help prepare the community for a visit from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, May 19-21. The Festival of Faiths, now in its 18th year, will take place May 14-19 at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 W. Main St., and the Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St.

Programming for the May 2013 Festival of Faiths has been carefully planned to reflect its dedication to the historic meeting of the Dalai Lama and Thomas Merton in 1968. The festival will feature renowned experts on meditation and compassion, drawn from the faith traditions of the world and recent scientific research on compassion. Programs will include daily guided public meditations, keynote addresses, films, and a dedication to Thomas Merton “in his own voice.”

Presenters include molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard; globally recognized ecumenical teacher Fr. Richard Rohr; Rabbi Arthur Green, a preeminent authority on Jewish thought and spirituality; Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a leading Islamic scholar and spiritual leader; Arjia Rinpoche, director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Ind.; and others.

Festival highlights include a mini retreat about Tibetan Buddhism; presentations on how compassion is defined in Eastern and Western spiritual traditions; programming for middle school and high school students; and discussions about sacred silence from the Christian, Islamic, Jewish and Hindu traditions. The festival’s signature events will take place Saturday, May 18, when festival presenters will engage in an interfaith dialogue focused on the festival theme, Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion. Later that afternoon, Mayor Fischer will host a dialogue on compassionate governing. And on Sunday, May 19, several presenters will join the Dalai Lama on stage during his public talk at the KFC YUM Center, One Arena Plaza.

Tickets for the festival are available through the Actors Theatre box office, at (502) 584-1205. A complete schedule is available online at www.festivaloffaiths.org. For questions, call (502) 583-3100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Festival of Faiths is an annual event that celebrates the religious diversity of our community, promotes unity and strengthens the role of religion in society. It is sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Relations, 415 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., a nonsectarian 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting interfaith understanding and cooperation.

Speed Museum Staff Relocates to NuLu
With a $50 million expansion moving ahead, the Speed Art Museum has found a temporary “Nu” home for its staff, in the NuLu District of East Market Street. The move, scheduled for April of this year, comes at a time when Phase II of construction ramps up on the 6-acre site. Museum staff will occupy 6,000 square feet on the second floor of the 822 E. Market building, while a portion of the first floor may be utilized by the museum’s programming department.

Gill and Augusta Holland, owners of the building, are renting the space to the Speed. “As president of the NuLu Business Association, I can say for all us that we are thrilled to have this great arts institution have a physical presence in our arts district for the next couple of years,” says Gill Holland.

Lisa Resnik, chief operating officer and co-interim director for the Speed, says that finding a unique and viable space in the NuLu area provides a safe environment for staff to work. It also offers a physical location for youth and family workshops, film series and First Friday Trolley Hop events, as well as potential gallery space.

In addition to the move to NuLu, the Speed staff has developed traveling exhibitions that will tour during the construction period. For example, “Kentucky Revealed: Treasures from The Speed Art Museum” will showcase a range of antebellum pieces from the museum’s collection as part of the Bluegrass Trust Antiques and Garden Show in Lexington, Ky., March 8-10. Traveling exhibitions such as this help to solidify Louisville’s reputation as a tourist destination, especially for cultural events.

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection spanning 6,000 years. The museum is currently closed and undergoing a multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North Building, Art Park and a public Piazza. To view a virtual tour, or for more information, visit www.speedmuseum.org.

Cancer Prevention Study-3
What if you could prevent one family member from hearing the words “You have cancer?” This year, you can join the movement to help create a world with less cancer by enrolling in the American Cancer Society’s research study: Cancer Prevention Study-3. The study is open to anyone in the United States and Puerto Rico between the ages of 30 and 65 who has never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer). Participants must be willing to commit to the study long term.

Initial enrollment requires two steps: After scheduling an enrollment appointment, participants will be directed to complete a comprehensive online survey, which takes approximately 45-60 minutes; at the appointment, participants will be asked to sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey and provide a waist circumference measurement and a small blood sample. This appointment should last about 20-30 minutes.

Enrollment for CPS-3 will take place in Louisville and Southern Indiana on March 19-20, 2013. Enrollment in the study is being brought to the area in partnership with Baptist Hospital East, Floyd Memorial Hospital and the YMCA of Southern Indiana-Clark County. For more information, or to make an appointment, visit cps3kyin.org or call 1-888-604-5888.

Legal Aid Clinics Offered in March
The Legal Aid Society is offering a variety of free clinics during the month of March. Topics include Foreclosure, Small Claims, Divorce and Expungement.

The Foreclosure, Small Claims and Divorce clinics take place at the Legal Aid Society, 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

At the Foreclosure clinics, attorneys will answer questions about foreclosure and provide advice on alternatives to foreclosure. The clinics take place every Tuesday in March at 11 a.m., and every Thursday in March at 4 p.m.

A Small Claims Clinic will take place Wednesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. Clients will be provided with the forms necessary to file a claim, and an attorney will review completed claims.

At the Divorce Clinic, Wednesday, March 27, 10 a.m., clients will receive assistance from attorneys in filling out all the paperwork necessary to file for a divorce.

An Expungement Clinic will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2 p.m., at the Louisville Free Public Library, Main Branch, Centennial Room, 301 W. York St. An attorney will discuss the expungement process and which charges can be expunged. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their criminal record which shows the disposition of each case. A copy of the record may be obtained from Court Archives, located in the basement of the Old Jail Building, 514 W. Liberty St.  An Expungement Clinic will also be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2 p.m., at the Legal Aid Society, 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

A reservation for each clinic is required. Call the Legal Aid Society at (502) 584-1254 to make your reservation.

The Legal Aid Society provides free legal services to low-income families and individuals facing serious threats to their physical and economic well-being. For more information, including future clinic dates, visit www.laslou.org or call (502) 584-1254.

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