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Fun and fitness for a cause

Got plans tonight? Here are two ways to get out and have fun and support Susan G Komen and Kosair Charities: Tonight is the launch party for the 2011 Pink Lounge starting at 6 at the Dressing Room, 2836 Frankfort Avenue. Event tickets will be sold at a special discounted price for this evening only. Purchase your lounge tickets & also receive 25% off any item of your choice at Dressing Room Boutique! The Pink Tie Lounge benefits Susan G Komen for the Cure. The signature cocktail of the Pink Lounge will be served, known as the ‘Fleur de Pink’! Not sure…


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Non-Profits Spread the Word

Louisville businesses give about the same amount to non-profits are our peer cities, but when it comes to health care, it’s a different story. Kevin Connelly’s talk at the Breakfast of Champions this morning focused on the importance of non-profits in the local economy. He heads the Center for Non Profit Excellence, a local organization of more than 350 members, many of which were represented in the crowd of more than 50 who showed up to hear his talk. Connelly’s statistical analysis showed Louisville ranked about where you’d expect a city of our size to be when it comes to…


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Louisville Castle’s Garden Party

Glasses and pinkies up! It’s time for the annual Garden Party at Louisville’s very own Conrad Caldwell House. The party happens every summer to celebrate the Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour. Now that we feel the humidity increasing, we know summer is here, and so is the party. This Friday night, July 8th from 6 to 9 pm, the party will take place at the house located on 1402 St, James Court. As you would expect at any social event, drinks will be poured, hors d’oeuvres will be served, music to be enjoyed and money to be spent (on…


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Water water everywhere! Riverfest Music Festival this weekend

Its that time of year, when we Louisvillians hit the water anyway we can to beat the heat. The best we can do is seek out the water around us in neighborhood pools, lakes or the mighty Ohio for that cool refreshing dip. Then come the important part, hydration. In this crazy Kentucky hot and humid climate, the good old Louisville tap is on hand for that much needed sip. But what if we didn’t have that clean H2O at our fingertips? Did you know that 40% of the world’s illnesses have origins in water? “It’s an unfortunate paradox that…


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Understanding the Universal Service Fee On Your Cell Phone

I Recently read a AP Wire report in the Courier Journal that outlined how low-income families were now eligible for a free cell phone with 250 minutes of  service. The plan is through Assurance Wireless, a prepaid phone service provided by Sprint. This service is now rolled out to the Kentuckiana area where Assurance says more than 211,000 residents are without a job, and more than 18% are living under the  federal poverty line. This is the 36th state to receive the benefit. “As we’ve become available in more and more states, Assurance is proud to help customers stay connected to potential employers,…


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A Desperate Green, Decision for JCPS and Winston’s Women

Two big stories, plus crime, are dominating the news during this respite from weather-related crises — Judy Green and the JCPS superintendent search. This is What Desperation Looks Like: Judy Green “believes racism is involved and that she’s being targeted” after five Metro Council members began the process of removing her. A grand total of 20 people showed up to support her at a rally yesterday. Green says she’s going to fight it and is “disappointed” that her colleagues voted to do this to her. The gutsy Council members were Kevin Kramer, Tina Ward-Pugh, Barbara Shanklin, Madonna Flood and Stuart…


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Stars Came Out For the Animals

I was fortunate to be invited to Zoofari 2011 on Saturday, the big fund-raiser for the Louisville Zoo. It was the 31st annual event, and it always brings out some of the city’s biggest and most generous big-shots. The highlight of the evening, at least for the Zoo’s patrons, is the auction of animals up for adoption. No, nobody takes home a polar bear for their back yard, but generous people bid to become adoptive parents of animals at the Zoo. Videos, cleverly done by 2Thomases Video Productions, are presented to encourage the crowd to ante up for one of…


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Good Things, like Harbor House, Must Be Celebrated

This morning, the Harbor House of Louisville hosted a breakfast at the Brown & Williamson Club at the football stadium, and everything that happened was good. If you weren’t moved by the stories of Harbor House’s good works, you would have smiled at the stage when a group of Harbor House residents enthusiastically sang a few songs. You might have gotten teary-eyed at the video showing the sheer happiness of Harbor House participants, or laughed at the stories shared by Maria Smith, the CEO. On the heels of the city’s generous support of the Crusade for Childen (And Republic Bank’s…


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KIPDA to Enroll Qualified Medicare Recipients in Extra Help Program at the 7th Annual Hispanic/Latino Health Fair

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), through its Social Services Division, will be working with Spanish-Speaking Medicare beneficiaries in Kentucky to assist them in getting money to help lower their out-of-pocket prescription drug costs this weekend.  The 7th Annual Hispanic/Latino Health Fair on June 11, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to noon will give the Hispanic community and other fair-goers an opportunity to seek qualification and approval for funds on the spot at the event. “We are pleased to be working with the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Louisville again this year,” said Barbara Gordon, Director of Social Services for KIPDA. …


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Louisville Dogs left with less than 24 hours to live

According to Derby City Dog Rescue there was a huge number of  animals brought into LMAS this past weekend (100+) and it has left them  with a difficult decision to make – there are 39 dogs that need rescuing by  tomorrow – Wednesday June 1st 5pm – otherwise they will not make it  another day. Help these dogs, foster a dog or  forward this post to a friend if you can’t foster an animal. Repost on Facebook, Twitter, or your own  blog – but do something. Louisville is a city full of animal lovers. Let’s show how much we care….