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Thousands of students, teachers, government officials and more to attend LouisvilleKY’s summit on opioid awareness

Mayor Fischer, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, DEA 360, Jefferson County Public Schools present event promoting healthy choices and a drug-free lifestyle LOUISVILLE (OCT. 23, 2018) – Mayor Greg Fischer and Dr. Marty Pollio, superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, are joining The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the DEA 360 Campaign to host the first Louisville Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Freedom Hall. Public health officials refer to the opioid drug epidemic as the worst drug crisis in American history, and Kentucky is among the hardest hit states in the nation. According to the CDC, opioids claimed the lives of 1,404 people in…


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LouisvilleKY group releases video About Childhood Anxiety

Louisville, KY – Karen Lawrence, the Founder of Camp Hi-Ho, is the featured spokesperson in the first celebrity educational video launched by local non-profit Operation Parent. The 6-minute video focuses on childhood anxiety and informs parents about possible causes and warning signs, as well as positive coping mechanisms and ways to help their child. The video is now accessible at www.operationparent.org/oldham-county/. The video is part of a series in a new program Operation Parent launched last month called the “21stCentury Prevention Project,” which is based on empowering parents and encouraging them to set boundaries and talk early and often with their children about…


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The pumpkins are back at LouisvilleKY’s Iroquois Park

Louisville, KY., – In what has become the must-see event of the Halloween season, the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular has returned for its sixth consecutive year to south Louisville’s Iroquois Park, where 5,000 artistically carved pumpkins greet visitors now through November 4. The pumpkins will illuminate a 1/3-mile trail adjacent to the Iroquois Amphitheater, and event officials estimate up to 85,000 people will visit. The trail is open from dusk until 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets range from $10 to $17, with discounts for seniors and children 12 and under. Proceeds…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo’s “World’s Largest Halloween Party!” Begins Oct. 4

  Meijer presents “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!” October 4–7, 11–14, 18–21, & 25–28, 2018 Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo is about to transform into a storybook land where a photo opportunity is waiting around every corner during the Zoo’s “World’s Largest Halloween Party!” presented by Meijer. This year the Zoo celebrates its 37th year of the popular party on October 4–7, 11–14, 18–21, & 25–28, 2018.   Tickets are now on sale. Children can dress up in their wildest costumes and set off on a magical journey through the Zoo. The Party features costumed characters for guests to meet and…


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“Canoemobile” back for 7th year in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – The Canoemobile is coming back to Shawnee and Riverview Parks on Oct. 5-6 for its seventh year on the banks of the Ohio River. The Canoemobile allows residents ages three and older to take guided trips in 24-foot canoes on the Ohio River. Canoe trips are free. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. No advance sign-ups are required, wavers can be signed on-site or brought with the participants. This free event is designed for individuals and families who are new to canoeing to…


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Butterflies n’ Blooms Culminates With Flutter Fest and Release of Over 1,000 Monarch Butterflies in LouisvilleKY

 Louisville, KY., – Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates with the tagging of over 1,000 monarch butterflies for release at Flutter Fest on Sept. 22 brought to you in partnership with Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This release coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies. Activities starting at 10 a.m. will include: Craft and activity stations: Children of all ages can play games and make crafts while learning more about monarchs and their long journey.   Education stations: Visit stations to learn the importance of pollinators and what you can do to help them. Storytime plus Meet and Greet The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Hear the beloved tale…


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LouisvilleKY’s Family Kite Festival set for its second year of high-flying fun

Story from LousivilleKY.gov… Louisville, KY. – The second-annual “Family Kite Festival” will take place on the grounds of the historic Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing on Sept. 16, 2018. Admission to the Kite Festival is free, although concessions will be offered for sale. The first 300 children in attendance at the festival will receive a free kite. Activities include performances from the Chicago Kite Team and Pigs Aloft Stationary Kites; stilt walkers; bubble making, kite making, jugglers, children’s games and complimentary tours (donations accepted) of the Farnsley-Moremen House. The LMPD display helicopter will also be at the festival for kids to enjoy. “The…


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LouisvilleKY’s KFC has a name for your new baby

The first baby born on the Colonel’s birthday (Sept. 9) and named Harland will win a college donation. LOUISVILLE, Ky./PRNewswire/ — Kentucky Fried Chicken® is celebrating its founder Colonel Harland Sanders’ 128th birthday in the best way possible – by launching a contest to inspire the next generation of Harlands. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, “Harland” ranked #3,257 on the list of most common baby names for 2017. To honor the world’s most famous chicken salesman, continue his namesake and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, KFC is offering a college donation to the first child born on the Colonel’s birthday (Sept. 9,…


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Free Art Festival Returns to LouisvilleKY’s Waterfront Park

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 24, 2018) – The Big Four Bridge Art Festival returns for a second year September 8-9 under the Big Four Bridge. The show features art from 200+ local, national and international artists. The festival is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. The two days will showcase music, food trucks and kids activities alongside the art. Foggy Bottom Farm will be have llamas, with the popular pink llamas from 12-5pm daily, as well as angora rabbits and other kid-friendly animals. There will also be a children’s paint and drawing station where children will be encouraged to paint…


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Mayor celebrates LouisvilleKY’s SummerWorks 2018 success

Louisville, KY., – From computer coding to manufacturing and life-guarding to public finance, a record number of young people — 6,200 — gained new skills and confidence working at businesses and job sites throughout Louisville this summer as part of the SummerWorks program. Mayor Fischer congratulated youth and thanked the many private sector and non-profit employers who hired youth ages 16-21. That number includes 1,004 youth employed by companies and organizations that directly teamed with KentuckianaWorks and YouthBuild to provide more extensive career guidance and support. Since its start in 2011, SummerWorks and its partner-employers have put more than 23,000 young…