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Over 80 Presenters, 3000 Attendees at Second Annual How-To Festival

Saturday, May 11th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) on York Street was overrun by knowledge seekers at the second annual How-To Festival. Free and open to the public, the How-To Festival gained over 3000 visitors this year, more than double the first year’s attendance. This was a major group effort, coordinated by the LFPL and made possible through hundreds of volunteers, including over 80 local presenters who came from all walks of life. From learning how to dance gangnam style to beading bracelets to raising chickens to improving website SEO, there was something…


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Pick Up a New Hobby at the How-To Festival May 11

This Mother’s Day weekend take a break from pink carnations and greeting cards to do something a little different: picking up a fascinating new hobby at the Louisville Free Public Library’s (LFPL) second annual How-To Festival. On Saturday, May 11th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., over 1000 people are expected to gather at Louisville’s Main Library on 301 York Street. In 5 hours over 50 engaging presentations will commence throughout the building and outdoor tents. From baking bread to magic tricks, square dancing to raising chickens in your backyard, there’s something for everyone. Admission is completely free for all…


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“Take It From Tara!” – A Personal Dream Come True

How many of us wake up every day and can’t wait to jump out of bed and start our day earning a living and making a difference, not only in our own lives but  hopefully in the lives of others? I, for one, do NOW. I finally “got it”…I just had to follow my father’s excellent advice to find something I loved to do and figure out how to earn a living doing it! Years in the Louisville media working for various corporate entities made me aware of the challenges of starting a show of my own. Thanks to Crescent…


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An Act of God? Or AN ACT OF DOG?

See “An Act Of Dog” up close and personal at the Mellwood Arts Center Thursday, February 7th, from 7 pm to 9 pm.  The Project An Act of Dog is the most profound piece of art I have ever witnessed. I have wept before the Pieta. I have marvelled as I gazed at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Taj Mahal. I was moved to prayer under the outstretched arms of the Christo in Rio De Janiero. None of those masterpieces spoke to my heart like this incredibly complex collection of the 5500 portraits-in-progress of dogs, all of…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Feedback is Delicious! Vote for Vittles!

For almost two years, I’ve enjoyed throwing together some food for thought as it pertains to grabbing lunch on Friday.  Ideally, readers will take and share suggestions for the midday meal and continue to support local independent restaurants, groceries, growers, and events throughout the week. This column grew from a Facebook post in early 2011, starting as a friendly suggestion for lunch before heading into the weekend. A year later it moved to Rick Redding’s LouisvilleKY.com, giving  TGIF Local Lunch Post a new home and  a nice boost, hopefully attracting  new readers very week. For past columns, check out this…



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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Apron Inc., Serving the Deserving

Keeping up with the good people at Apron Inc. this week. Earlier this year , the newly formed charitable organization gathered with sponsors, volunteers, and dining patrons  in a fundraiser to generate cash and awareness for the at-risk restaurant community. Enjoying the Roaring 20s flair of “Speakeasy Sunday,” the crowd of dandies and flappers filled Theater Square Marketplace where many toast was raised (and funds), to honor the men and women who greet, seat, cook, and clean for us in Louisville’s thriving restaurant industry. As stated on their website and Facebook page: The mission of Apron Inc.is to provide temporary, limited…


Backyard Baseball and Bar B Q offers Summer Fun for a Great Cause

Children laughing and the sharp crack of a wooden bat finding its target… the succulent smells of Bar B Q mixed with charcoal-fired burger perfection… live music booming and green grass underfoot… These are some of the best sensations that balmy summer days have to offer and Louisvillians can find all of them this Saturday (July 28), accompanied by an evident passion for the cause. A family friendly event that’s free and open to the public, the 10th annual Backyard Baseball & Bar B Q Alzheimer’s Fundraiser will feature an old-fashioned mini-baseball tournament for kids and teens, burgers and Bar B Q via Mark’s…


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Bourbon stirred with a Cigar and mixed with a Gun

This was too good to pass up without writing about. I received an invite for an evening of cigars, bourbon, beer, food, music, guns, and more. It’s this Saturday, June 30th from 6pm to 10pm join at TG&G for Smokin Barrels. Maybe it’s because I am not originally from Louisville but Bourbon and Guns aren’t the first combination that comes to mind. The invitation went further and invited me to come see Louisville’s favorite indoor gun range and training center, and tour their brand new 10,000 square foot Airsoft Arena. Experience and sample cigars from the hottest boutique cigar company on…


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Humane Society CEO come to Louisville: Fund raiser & book signing Tuesday, June 19

    Please join us Tuesday Night for a Book signing with Wayne Pacelle- President and CEO of The Humane Society Of The United States . Shamrock Arrow Fund is Co- Hosting Wayne as he signs his book- “The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals And Our Call To Defend Them-“ The Shamrock Arrow Fund works very closely with HSUS – HSUS is who puts up the rewards on our cruelty cases and we stand side by side with HSUS every year in Frankfort fighting to get the lax laws changed to protect Kentucky Animals. So please Join us ! Shamrock…