Music festival announcements reveal some of industry's biggest acts are headed to Louisville.  
    With spring upon us in the Bluegrass, that can mean only one thing, well maybe a few...horse racing, bourbonism and Kentucky Derby Festival! Additionally, some of the biggest announcements hit the scene in Louisville over the past week with Forecastle and Hometown Rising releasing lineups for their music festivals in the Derby City. 
    The Killers, the Avett Brothers and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals will headline the 17th annual Forecastle Festival at the three-day waterfront event July 12th - July 14th. For more information visit Forecastlefest.com
    Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival, a new music festival by Danny Wimmer Presents, also the producers of Bourbon & Beyond and Louder than Life, takes place at the Highland Festival Grounds at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center this summer. The lineup will bring with it some of country music's biggest names. Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Little Big Town will headline the festival, which features more than 30 acts scheduled over two days. 
Why have one weekend of fun when you can have three? Attend Hometown Rising, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life for one discounted rate! New this year, DWP will offer the "Tri-festa" pass that gets you access in to all three festivals. Learn more...The festival will take place Sept. 14-15 followed by Bourbon & Beyond, Sept. 20-22 and Louder Than Life, Sept. 27-29.

Kentucky Flea Market Spring Fling 2019
Friday, February 22 and Saturday February 23 at 10 am; Sunday, February 24 at 11 am, Kentucky Exposition Center  

Chocolate Tasting and Wine Pairing
Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Liquor Barn Springhurst  

Wizards and Wands Bar Crawl
Friday, February 22 at 9 pm,Sports & Social Club 

FREE Whiskey Tasting @ Valley Liquors
March 1st, 4pm-6pm.....Brown-Forman is introducing a new Old Forester Rye and we will try Jack Daniels Rye also. If you have always wondered what rye whiskey tastes like, now's your opportunity! Come and Join us for a free tasting! Valley Liquors, 10608 Dixie Hwy, 937-5777

Southend Street Angels - Homeless Outreach
    Donate or Help for a good cause as the Southend Street Angels provide basic need items , hot meals, and rides to shelters when needed. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness they would like to help you! You are not forgotten and we love you! 
Areas of service: Shively, PRP, Valley Station, Wyandotte, Iroquois, Outer Loop, and Okolona
Phone: (502) 435-7064 Email: southendstreetangels502@gmail.com
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/southendstreetangels/

7th Annual Gravy Cup
Saturday, February 23 from 10:30 am - 2 pm, Mellwood Arts Center  

Upcoming Iroquois Amphitheater Event
Friday & Saturday, April 19th & 20th, 8:00 P.M.
"Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit" with special guest "JD McPherson. For ticket information for this show and all Events go to "www.iroquoisamphitheater.com"

2019 Quilters' Day Out
Saturday, February 23 from 9 am - 3 pm, Paroquet Springs Conference Centre

Louisville Public Media Blood Drive
Thursday, February 28 from 11 am - 4 pm, Mercury Ballroom 

Louisville’s Annual World Tai Chi & QiGong Day - Saturday, April 27, 2019 
    Part of an international annual event, Louisville's World Tai Chi Day celebration at Nu Chapter Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong Institute. Offers Tai Chi & martial arts demonstrations, and information on local classes & resources.
    Tai Chi is practiced by millions around the world; the slow & peaceful movements relieve stress, strengthen the body, & improve posture, balance, & overall health. When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00 am to 1:00 pm  Where: Sun Valley Community Center 6505 Bethany Ln Louisville Ky. 40272

    Louisville Nature Center will be hosting singer JD Green (The Afrophysicists, Steely Danish, Tenuous Reality) on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 PM. Green is a classically-trained vocalist with a love for all things funky, soulful, & free. She is from the old school of spirituals & roots music, stomp-yo-foot blues; of the pocket & a funky groove; sweet ballads; jazz standards, something to pop your fingers & shake your head to. Green uses vocal soul music to engage, encourage, and transform. Though the sweetness of her voice may be what attracts, it is her thoughtful lyrics, her “quirky, yet funky” ability to tell the truth and cut to the marrow of our experiences that make Green’s brand of soul music necessary and timeless. You may have also seen her as the singing librarian!  The LNC 3rd Thurs. Concert Series has a small listening room vibe. Suggested donation at the door is $10-$15. Mocktails and snacks will be available.  
What: JD Green in Concert (Third Thursday Concert Series)
Who: Louisville Nature Center and JD Green
When: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Where: 3745 Illinois Ave, Louisville, KY 40213

Registration for the Brightside & Passport Health Plan Spring Community-Wide Cleanup is open!!  
     The cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 13th with the suggested cleanup times of 8:00am – 12:00pm. (If the date we have set doesn't work for your group, that's OK, we will support any cleanup that takes place in the weeks surrounding April 13th.) 
    All cleanup teams will receive bags and gloves at no cost, and the first 5,000 volunteers to register will also receive a free t-shirt. Brightside welcomes groups of all sizes, big and small and if you're not sure where you would like to hold your cleanup we can help with that too, just give us a call or send us an email and we will be happy to make a suggestion. 
    Supply pick up will be held on Sunday, March 31st at the Iroquois Park Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd, 40214 from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. All supplies are pre-packaged by group for team leaders to collect. If a group fails to pick up their supplies on March 31, and they have t-shirts, the t-shirts go to other volunteers on a first come, first served basis. Groups who do not have t-shirts can call Brightside on Tuesday, April 2nd to see if any t-shirts have been returned. 
    Brightside is proud to be holding our Cleanup with the Give A Day - Mayor's Week of Service for the sixth year. Cleanups are an integral part of Brightside's mission and without the help of your volunteer group, and many other volunteers throughout the year, we could not achieve our goals of a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Louisville. Go to https://louisvilleky.gov to register.

Southern Crossings Pottery Festival
Friday, March 1 from 6:30 pm - 9 pm, Copper & Kings  

Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop
Friday, March 1 from 5 pm to 10 pm, Downtown Louisville  

Family Archaeology Lab Days 
Repeats every Saturday until Sat Feb 23 2019. 
When: Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
  Grandparents and parents: bring out your aspiring archaeologists to see what archaeologists do in the lab (when they aren't digging). Be prepared to wash, sort and catalogue artifacts that have been recovered from Riverside's recent archaeology digs. This FREE hands-on experience will include a behind-the-scenes archaeology tour of the site (typically at 11:30 am; weather permitting). This lab activity is a drop-in program, but if you are planning to bring a group of 10 or more, please let us know so we are prepared for you!
If you have questions, please call 502-935-6809.

Metro Arts Community Center accepting class registrations 
      The Louisville Metro Arts Community Center is currently accepting registrations for its winter courses. The center, locate on Dixie Highway, is newly restored and classes include wax casting, oil painting, silversmithing, cartooning and more! For more information go to louisvilleky.gov/government/parks/metro-arts-center

Anthem 5K Fitness Classic
Saturday, February 23 at 6 am, intersection of Brook Street and East Market Street 

Radical Change: Grow into your best self 
Friday, March 1 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, SoulWorks  

RADON Test Kits Available
    Radon is the silent killer lurking inside homes and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering free radon test kits while the supply lasts. You can request a kit by calling 574-6650.

Prairie Village Baseball/ Softball - February 16th & 17th
Important Dates:
February 16, 2019 (Sat) - Baseball Tryouts
February 17, 2019 (Sun) - Softball Tryouts
March 16 & 23, 2019 - Ballpark Work Days (9-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.)
April 5, 2019 - Parade Day - 6:00 p.m. (start lining up floats at 4:30 p.m.) April 6, 2019 - Opening Day for Spring Ball
April 12, 2019 - Team Mom Meeting ~ 7 p.m.
April 27, 2019 - Picture Day (teams arrive 1.5 hrs before your game)
May 11, 2019 - Carnival Day

It's time to sign up for a booth at the 2019 Buy Local Fair!
    Help us make it local, even cooler, and that good kind of weird. They are now accepting booth registrations for the 2019 Buy Local Fair. You can help create the best gathering of our wonderful local Louisville community. With an estimated attendance of over 6000 people, you will be part of something big. Booth space is limited so sign-up today. www.keeplouisvilleweird.com When: Sunday, May 19th; 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Where: Louisville Water Tower Park

Handwashing Blitz Hits Southwest Jefferson County
    Hundreds of children in Southwest Jefferson County are holding their “Clean Hands Up!” this month. Louisville Water is hosting a handwashing blitz at several community-based organizations and schools where students learn a simple but true remedy to take a bite out of cold and flu season. The community effort is part of Louisville Water’s education program and highlights one of the best uses of water – handwashing.
    “Clean Hands Up!” is a simple lesson with a potentially big impact. Students put “pretend” germs (a mixture of hand lotion and fluorescent paint) on their hands and then practice their handwashing skills. Under the glow of a black light they find out just how well they did and where they need work. If they miss spots between their fingers or around their nails the “pretend” germs will glow bright green.
    Students learn how germs spread, where they hide and how to properly block them when you cough or sneeze.  If you’d like to book a handwashing program or other free education programs offered by Louisville Water email Barbara Crow, bcrow@lwcky.com 

Sign up for Free Trees thru Community Canopy Program
    TreesLouisville, a nonprofit organization focused on replenishing the urban tree canopy in Louisville. We are partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation for a program called Community Canopy to provide free trees for residents of Louisville. 
    TreesLouisville is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide 870 free canopy trees to Louisville residents. Louisville loses around 54,000 trees yearly and this is one way we can help replenish our depleted canopy. Residents of Louisville can go to arborday.org/treeslouisville to participate. The program will have them provide an address, outline their home, and choose a tree from a selection of bald cypress, sugar maple, sycamore, tuliptree, blackgum, or swamp white oak. The program will recommend a location to plant the tree to maximize energy savings.
    After making their selection, participants will either have their tree shipped directly to their home or can pick up their selection Saturday March 9 from 11am-6pm or Sunday March 10 from 11am-5pm at Fresh Start Growers Supply: 1007 E. Jefferson St. Louisville, KY 40206. This is the first of four seasonal Community Canopy programs. The goal is to provide Louisville residents with over 3,500 free trees over the next two years.

Southwest Library Upcoming Events
February 16th 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bet You Can't Eat Just One!
February 18th 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Teen Space
February 19th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Books Over Coffee 
Click the link below to be directed to more Southwest Library events located on Dixie Highway! http://www.lfpl.org/events/

Got Junk? Don't Forget FREE Resident Junk Drop Off
    The Louisville Metro Waste Reduction Center at (636 Meriwether Avenue) provides a means for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents to properly dispose of tires and household bulk waste including metals, appliances, electronics, tree limbs and stumps up to three feet in diameter, un-bagged yard waste, construction debris and furniture. *Up to three household junk items may be dropped off at no charge per day. If there are more than three items a fee will be charged according to the schedule below.
Hours of Operation:Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5 :00p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Adopt-A-Park Program
    Adopt-A-Park is a stewardship program that matches corporate and community partners with a local park to love. Adopt-A-Park partners commit to become stewards of this park property. At minimum, partners perform four projects per year at their adopted park. The Adopt-A-Park program is designed specifically for groups from local companies, schools, neighborhood groups, and other community organizations. Learn more about the program in the Adopt-A-Park Handbook. 

Rainbow Kitten Surprise
North American Tour 2019
Tickets for this All Ages show go on sale 2/8 at 10am
VIP $99 (On sale 2/6) General Admission: ADV $33.50 / DOS $36
Rainbow Kitten Surprise has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Equality NC, and their work dedicated to securing equal rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians. Purchase tickets in person at the Box Office, by phone (877) 987-6487 or at www.eventbrite.com. Phone, internet & outlet orders subject to convenience fee.

New Dixie Update - 2018 Progress Report
    At Dixie Highway and Lower Hunters Trace, the new sidewalks are wider – making it easier for people to walk two-by-two, or to push a stroller or wheelchair, without feeling too close to traffic.
    This summer, you will begin seeing new bus stops taking shape along the length of The New Dixie Highway Project as we prepare for RAPID, the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit System. Benches, shelters and other amenities will be included at regular intervals to better serve TARC passengers along Dixie Highway.
    Ensuring that bus riders have safe, comfortable places to wait away from traffic not only improves the riding experience for passengers, but ensures that drivers are able to maintain an efficient traffic flow as well.
    Lane closures and delays possible at Burnett Avenue (mile marker 18.3) due to installation of a micro-trench for conduit and fiber optic cables. Right lane will be closed daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. This process will take several weeks to complete as crews progress north to West Broadway.
    Lane closures and sidewalk closures in place between Blanton Lane and Crums Lane (mile markers 12.5 to 15.3) due to construction for access management and bus rapid transit lines. Roadway is reduced to two lanes northbound between Upper Hunters Trace and Heaton Road. Roadway is reduced to two lanes on southbound Dixie Highway between Blanton Lane and Upper Hunters Trace. Roadway is reduced to one lane southbound and two lanes northbound between Herbert Avenue and Crums Lane. In these areas where the lane closures are in place, the sidewalks are closed on the side where the roadwork is taking place. Pedestrians need to cross Dixie Highway at a signalized intersection and use the sidewalk on the other side of the road instead of walking through the construction work. www.TheNewDixieHighway.com

Meals on Wheels Volunteer Opportunity
Interested in Volunteering?
Do you have time to participate in Meals on Wheels?
Southwest Community Ministries is looking for kindhearted, friendly people to deliver meals to home-bound seniors in the 40272 and 40258 zip codes.
Delivery takes about an hour weekly. There is a route on Tuesdays that departs from Sun Valley Community Center (10:00 am) or a route on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays route departing from St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in the afternoon (3:30). If you want to make a difference in a senior's life please contact Jessica Burnett 502-935-0310 ext. 244. 

Tickets for this all ages show go on sale to the public  Friday, February 8th at 10am. Reserved Seating: $49.50-$59.50 
    Every ticket purchased online includes a CD copy of Hozier’s forthcoming album Wasteland, Baby! Fans will have the option to upgrade their CD to the standard vinyl LP. Valid for US customers only. Not valid for tickets purchased via resale. You will receive a separate email with redemption instructions within 7-10 days of your ticket purchase. Purchase tickets in person at Iroquois Amphitheater Box office, by phone (877) 987-6487 or on line at www.eventbrite.com Phone, internet & outlet orders subject to convenience fee. 

5 vs. 5 Youth Soccer League
    Beechmont Community Center is looking for volunteers to help with the spring youth soccer league. Volunteers will be officiating the soccer games, score keeping, and coaching on game days. The goal of this league is to have fun! To learn more about volunteering please email Jacob Hazel at Jacob.Hazel@louisvilleky.gov or call (502) 361-548. 

Youth Baseball and Tee-Ball League
    Cyril Allgeier Community Center is looking for energetic, enthusiastic, and organized volunteers to assist with this Spring's Youth Baseball League. Player tryouts will begin in March and the season will run through May. For more information about volunteering please email Brady Buckly at Brady.Buckley@louisvilleky.gov or call (502) 456-3261. 

Still have yard waste?
    Weekly yard waste collection season has ended and will resume on April 1, 2019. If you have yard waste before then, you may schedule a pickup by contacting Metro311 at 311 or 574-5000.

Southwest Library Upcoming Events
February 23rd - 2 p.m. Free ACT Prep
For more Southwest Library events located on Dixie Highway http://www.lfpl.org/events/

South Louisville's Annual Meeting
Saturday, February 23rd, 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. 
    Americana Community Center, 4801 Southside Drive  
South Louisville Community Ministries invites the community to come together to share ideas, hear from experts, and swap information. This event is for all who are interested in making South Louisville a safe and welcoming place to live. This will also be an opportunity to discuss community resources and better ways to connect our neighbors in need to these opportunities. 

Free Yoga Class 
    Every Monday until Mar 25, 2019. All classes begin 6:30pm. South Louisville Community Center is offering free Yoga classes every Monday, thanks to Kentucky Yoga Initiative. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts approximately an hour. 

Free Fiber Arts Class 
    Every Tuesday until April 09, 2019. All classes are 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Beechmont Community Center. The Little Loomhouse is offering a fiber art workshop on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. starting January 29 at Beechmont Community Center. These classes are free and open to the public. Classes are held in conjunction with the Kid's Cafe free meal program.

Mary M. Miller Riverboat Cruise Rescheduled - April 14
    The rescheduled Mary M. Miller riverboat cruise is coming up soon! Due to dangerous weather conditions, the original date was cancelled and moved to Sunday, April 14th in order to give enough time for water levels to return to normal. There will be two cruise departure times, 1:00pm and 4:30pm. Boarding will begin 30 minutes prior to each of these scheduled times. Limited seating will be available the day of the cruises. You can reserve a seat by visiting Southwest Community Ministries and giving a $5 suggested minimum donation.
When: Sunday, April 14th 1:30pm &4:00pm
Where: Riverview Park, 8202 Greenwood Rd.
    All reserved seats on the previously cancelled cruise date will be honored April 14th. If you have any questions, please call Southwest Community Ministries (502) 935-0310.

Shack in the Back BBQ Receives Metro Loans for New Location
    The city’s Metropolitan Business Development Corp., or METCO, awarded nearly $2.3 million in loans to 30 Louisville small business last year, according to the mayor’s office. The loans represented a total of roughly $12 million in investment, a news release stated. The most loan funding went to Michael and Barbara Sivells, owners of the Shack in the Back BBQ, 10706 Manslick Road. The couple received three loans totaling $320,000 to move from Mt. Holly Road to a large space on Manslick, build out the kitchen, renovate and add ADA-complaint bathrooms.

Forest Treasures Spring Break Camp
Location:Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave.
Date: April 1 - April 5 Time:9am - 4pm before and after care available. www.louisvillenaturecenter.org

Have You Considered Fostering Animals For Metro Animal Services?
    People who are interested in fostering will need to fill out the Foster Application(PDF) and either email, fax to 502-473-2634, or bring the completed application to the LMAS Animal Care Center, located at 3705 Manslick Rd. For more information on our foster care program, please contact Stephanie Jackson at stephanie.jackson@louisvilleky.gov or (502) 574-6978.

Free Tax Prep - January 22nd Through April 15th
    Get FREE and reliable tax prep assistance and invest your tax prep savings! To qualify, household income must be under $64,000. You may be eligible to receive an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For more information, visit www.labcservices.org. or call 211. This service is free for those with incomes of $64,000 or less. 
Convenient VITA locations:
Sun Valley Community Center (6505 Bethany Ln)
Tu, Th: 10am - 7pm
W: 10am - 4pm
Sat: 9am - 1pm
Call (502) 305-0005 to schedule an appointment
Walk-ins welcome on Thurs. only
Americana Community Center (4801 Southside Dr)
Th: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Sat: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Call (502) 366-7813 to schedule an appointment
Salt and Light Community Development (3025 Gerald Dr)
M, Tu: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Call (502) 305-0005 to schedule an appointment
Walk-ins welcome 

Jefferson Memorial Forest Trail Team
    Learn the ends and outs of trail building and help keep our hiking trails looking great. This group meets the second Saturday of the month and you can view upcoming projects on their Facebook page.

Eat Local, Grow Local
Urban Homesteading Course
March through October 2019
    This 10-month course meets twice a month and provides an introduction to a lifestyle of self-sufficiency in home-grown food production for people living in an urban environment. Registration is $100 before 12/31/2018 and $150 after. Register at tinyurl.com/homesteading502 or call Lisa at 791-0966 ext. 5  

Clean Up Our Community - Throw Away Illegal Yard Signs in the Right-of-Way
From Councilman David Yates
    We all see the signs cluttering our major road ways stating: "We Buy Houses", "Rent to Own", "Express Cash", "Junk Cars - Cash Paid". These signs are regularly and illegally posted on telephone poles and in the right-of-way of businesses and busy intersections. These signs clutter our streets and eventually fall down and litter our roadways, sewers and environment. If you walk by these signs or live somewhere where these signs are posted, help clean up our community by taking them down and throwing them away. Thank you!

Fun in the Sun!
    Getting outside in the winter can be just as enjoyable and healthy as getting out in the spring. Sun exposure, even in winter, aids in vitamin D production which can improve your mood, sleep, blood pressure, as well as the release of nitric oxide which helps regulate weight.

Southwest Community Ministries Needs Your Help!
Meals on Wheels 
    Southwest Community Ministries is looking for kindhearted, friendly people to deliver meals to home-bound seniors in the 40272 and 40258 zip codes. Delivery takes about an hour weekly, twice a month if you prefer to deliver two days/month. We have a Tuesday route that departs from Sun Valley Community Center (10:00 am) or a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday route departing from Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in the afternoon (3:30). If you want to make a difference in a senior's life, and yours, please contact Jessica Burnett 502-935-0310 ext. 244. 
Food Pantry 
    The Food Pantry, one of several food programs operated by SWCM, needs additional donations during the Holiday Season for the increased requests. Located at 8504 Terry Road Louisville, KY 40258. Food Pantry Hours: Monday to Friday (11:30 AM - 3:00 PM) Contact information: 502.935.0310; Fax: 502.933.0319

Shade Tree Rebates
    Purchase a shade* tree and receive 40% off the purchase price up to $80. TreesLouisville is partnering with the Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry. The program is open to all residents of Jefferson County.  *Shade trees are generally medium to large sized trees that have spreading canopies (e.g., oak, maple, linden, elm), though smaller species like redbuds and serviceberries also fall under this category. Dwarf ornamental varieties will not be eligible. If you have questions about whether your tree is eligible for a rebate, email info@treeslouisville.org.

My City My Choice
    A club established for young men ages 10-16 years old to learn and develop life skills that will be beneficial for everyday life. The club meets every Thursday at 6pm at Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane. For more information please contact Jacob Hazel, 937-8802, jacob.hazel@louisvilleky.gov

Fun Fact
Did you know that Iroquois Park, Louisville's largest Olmsted park, is 85% the size of New York City's Central Park? Iroquois Park is just over 725 acres. That is a lot of park to enjoy!

Report Street Light Outages
You can report streetlights to LG&E/KU by following this link: www.lge-ku.com/outages/report/streetlight

Interested in Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program?
    Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program with neighbors watching out for each other. If you are concerned about crime or want to start a Neighborhood Watch where you live contact LMPD Community Relations Programs at (502) 574-7427.

Support Local Charity Shirley's Way 
Please help the Shirley’s Way by registering your Kroger card today!
1. Visit www.kroger.com/communityrewards
2. Sign in to your online account or create an account
3. Click on “Savings and Rewards”
4. Click on “Kroger Community Rewards”
5. Toward bottom of page click I’m a Customer “View Details”
6. View and confirm that “Shirley’s Way Inc.” Organization Number “VF989” is listed on the screen, if not you can change the organization
7. Even if you have registered previously, check your register to ensure it is still current
8. Use your KrogerPlus card each time you shop at Kroger. You'll start earning rewards for our Shirley’s Way right away on qualifying purchases made with your KrogerPlus card. Thank you! Current Average Quarterly Kroger Reward Donation is $500 Goal is $2000

Nominate a Beautiful Business!
    Great things are happening in Southwest Louisville! The New Dixie Highway Project is underway and we are getting the word out that southwest Louisville is a great place to do business. With all of this positive momentum, it’s important that residents and businesses alike embrace our community pride by doing our part to keep our sidewalks, streets, and landscaping looking fresh and litter-free. Please help us recognize outstanding businesses located in District 12 that contribute to our Southwest Pride by keeping their properties neat, attractive and clean. We are looking for businesses dedicated to maintaining a positive image in the community and are committed to keeping their property free of trash and cigarette butts. If you see a beautiful business front that gives Southwest Louisville a good name, please take a picture and contact Liz McQuillen at (502) 574-1112 or liz.mcquillen@louisvilleky.gov. 

What's your wish for the southwest?
What is your wish for the Southwest? Do you have an idea, hope, or dream to improve our community? Do you wish there were a restaurant, store, or business in the Southwest? Share what you would like to see happen in the Southwest with The Local Weekly and we may publish your idea in the weekly paper and our website. Submit your wish. Please include your first name or initials and zip code unless you wish to remain anonymous.CLICK here to submit your wish.
      I wish they would put some reflectors or something on the new redesigned medians. I have seen so many people hit the one by Jerry's and the Goodwill and blow out tires at night because they are difficult to see and before we could drive onto them. Now you can't. The need to do something to make them more visible.  Armanda McMurray, 40216

     My wish is : To create more community gardens on vacant lots to help people grow vegetables. This will help everyone be more self supporting. Have more local classes teaching people how to preserve food like we used to. More healthier and cheaper. B. N


     I wish there was a McAllister's and a Panera Bread in Southwest Jefferson Co. We want descent restaurants in the south end!!! 40272

    I would like to see something for the youth ages 11- 15 at the Southwest community center that gets kids involved. And is inexpensive. My kids are not into sports and really have nothing to do. And we can't afford to do a lot. Maybe free music lessons. Sincerely, J.Y. 40272

    I would like to see more restaurants in Valley Station like Panera Bread, McAllisters, Olive Garden, Carrabbas. Along the lines of those. Something in the 40272. So that we don't have to drive so far to enjoy. Thank you, D.Y

We need a movie theater. R.R. 40258

I wish we had a movie theater out here again. Better than Dixie Dozen. Corey 40272

 Famous Dave's restaurant would be nice. L. Riley 40272

I Would Like To See Sam,s Club On Dixie Highway. 
Thank You EJA. 40258

I really wish we had a Best Buy store on Dixie Hwy. Ever since Circuit City closed, I've had to drive out to Outer Loop to the store there to get my electronic items. Anonymous

 I would like to see a Kohls store and more family style restaurants in the area. DM 40258

I would love to see Outback come to the 40258 area. Wanda 40258

It would be great to get an Ikea store. Don't know what's going into Kmart's location when they close, but Ikea, Kohl's, an updated Target, or Michael's would be awesome. MB 40216

I wish to see less garbage on the ground, in the parking lots and along side the road. The business should take pride in their establishments keep garbage picked and not have employees smoking out front. The bus stop in front of Valley HS is always full of garbage. Need to start a no littering campaign! Ty!

Less TARC stops or at least accountability for littering and trashing the area by the people who wait there. A wider variety of athletic activities for kids: I.e. volleyball, dance, gymnastics. A fun family place such as gattiland or chuck e cheese. People who CARE about where they live. Every time we get something nice, its trashed within months. Less section 8 housing...stop tearing down projects and moving them to the south end. Local schools should leave gates open to walking tracks for community use...it is our tax money! The city should put more money and support into our FAILING public schools in the south end. Less pawn shops, cash advance stores, dollar stores, flea markets, & used car lots. An indoor sports facility in riverport...get valley sports, prairie village and local schools to go in on supporting it..or ask local riverport businesses to help support the financing-they have plenty of money. Bring back Hometown Pizza!!! Please and thanks! SIDEWALKS ON GREENWOOD ROAD ALL THE WAY TO RIVERVIEW PARK! TD 40258

 We live on the edge of a beautiful subdivision. Most of us have older homes that we try and maintain, as well as keeping our yards looking nice. We have two vacant houses side by side that have needed tearing down for a long time. They are an eve sore as well as a breeding ground for mice. It would be a big encouragement to our neighborhood if something could be done about these houses. Thanks Pat, 40272

Improve the service industry, hire people who understand how to treat customers with respect. What happened to the customer is always right? Also, why are the side roads so trashy? Who is monitoring the maintenance of Dixie Hwy? I work in the east end. The difference is like day and night. Anonymous

I would like to see a stronger police presence. Fewer section 8 /HUD would be a step in the right direction as well as fewer Peddle Malls, used car lots and cash advance type businesses. MS 40258

Valley Station on Dixie could sure use a bigger Walmart. The one we have is so very limited. Hardly any room for housewares or clothes anymore since they added the grocery area. Not complaining about that though, that is something we needed, too. Just need a bigger store that carries much more merchandise.There are lots of people living in this area, now. C.T.

I would love to see a Kirkland's Home Store on Dixie Hwy JM 40214

I would love to see a Panera Bread, Red Lobster or Olive Garden out here. A Barnes and Noble would be great too. It just seems like we are the forgotten people out here that don't deserve nice things. We can read out here, why can't we have a bookstore. VA 40258

I would like to see Dixie Hwy cleaned up and less trashy looking shops. Also nicer sports facilities for the children. Additional eating places and different/better stores. I also wish more living in the area would take pride in what we do have while voting into office persons who will fight for us Southenders. Thank you. JP 40272

Panera Bread, Heine Brothers, Longhorns Steakhouse, Cheddars, Planet Fitness, Workout places with pools (very helpful for preventative care - esp for elderly), Nicer shopping centers (cleaned up and fresh), Smoothie King or a Cold Stone Creamery, more healthy eating options 
please! Kohls, TJ maxx or Homegoods, an upscale restaurant maybe. 
 -Anonymous 40258 

Panera Bread!! Pleaseeee!! I know many agree with me! MH 

I live in the 40214 area I want to see a Culver's. Restaurant in the pleasure ridge park/valley station area Jeremy 40214 

New to the area in Southwest Louisville. Please demolish the older buildings as well as that burned building near Lower Hunters Trace and put up newer restaurants. Dixie Hwy needs a makeover Now! Would love 
to see FiveGuys, Jet'sPizza, Cluckers, Firehouse Subs, Chick-fil-A, Jason's Deli, Outback, Cheddars, Red Lobster, J Gumbos, El Nopal, Hometown Pizza. I would like to suggest the Southwest YMCA move on Dixie Hwy. Why is it down a creepy side road off another winding road? Do the roads get plowed well in the winter? Would love to have Half Price Books, Sam's or Costco, nicer Wal-Mart. 40258 LA

Better places to eat and shop. Chick-fil-a, Kingfish, Claim jumper, Carrabas, Max and Ermas, etc. If Dixie Manor could attract an Old Navy, Jc Penny's and a sporting goods store would be fantastic 

Clean up old Johnsontown road. Go through there every morning as a cut through to get to terry road and it is just a mess in that area, like it has been forgotten. LH 40272 

40272 gets the trash. no more car lot, cash advances. Need better grade stores and resturants. Problem is.. if a nice department store would come, that store would get the trash from their other stores that don't sell. therefore would not stay. We have money out here and want to spend it out here instead of driving across town. But no we get the trash. Diane 40272 

I recently had to be out late after dark. I live in the 40272 Valley Station area and travel on Old 3rd Street a lot. I had to take notice how very dark and dimly lit it is on that road. I think we are much in need of a little more sufficient lighting on some streets around this area,especially on Old 3rd because it is such a winding and narrow street with so many hills and dips.It can be treacherous at night when it's raining or icy. We need more street lights. N.B.40272 

A nice movie theatre like Baxter Theatre or Village 8.  
A shopping mall would be awesome. 

Ashby lane is in desperate need of sidewalks. 2 
bicyclists have been hit and killed, as well as many hit by cars. There is no safe place to walk or ride on ashby lane 

I wish there was s turn signal arrow at cane run rd & Ralph ave coming off expressway making a left turn. Lived in this shively area for 2yrs but that turn scares me everytimewith barely missed accidents. .. thank you. .vme

Been on Rockford Ln for 21 years need more lights, a gattiland, and a gym or recreation center for the kids to play these kids are good they have no where to go play basketball so we try to keep a rim so they can play there's nothing here for our youth ages 12-17 thank you Betty Caliste

There is a great need for a STREET LIGHT at Kendall Dr and Dixie Hwy where Tumbleweed is located. It is very dark trying to turn left onto Kendall. With the new library open traffic has increased. To prevent accidents a street light to light the street would be a great help. Pat 40272 

I would love to see Dixie Hwy west to south down to Westpoint repaved and reflectors dividing the lanes. This has not been done in over 15 years. Tracy  

I would like to see a YMCA with pool closer to the 
Valley Station area. C.Hall 40272 

My family and I have lived in a good subdivision on Flowervale for about 12 years.There is a very sharp curve in front with a guardrail. There are so many accidents in that spot, especially at night.There have been one or two a year as long as I can remember living here. They are always bad but this last one lost his life. His family placed a memorial in the place where his motorcycle hit.It seems to me after that many crashes in that same area we could at least get a street light or more reflectors or something.The problem has been ignored for many years.We need lights on this curve! 40272 J.B. 

I would like see a movie theater out here ......Also nice to place to eat and upgrade greenwood park 

My husband, neighbors and myself wish we could get a Sam's Club or Costco and also since Target is leaving update that entire strip to look like the new area by Jefferson Mall/ Middletown area by the Gene Snyder. With Five Below, Liquor Barn, Academy, etc. I would also like to see a McAlister's. Thank you!! L.T. 40216 

NO MORE thrift stores or carlots, pawn shops or anything of that short. We need a mall that would be GREAT and more upscale shops and dinning like st.Matthews. make it look more cleaner and more inviting, nobody wants to come out this area because there's nothing out here and it's not up kept like it should be. We need to be the area people travel 40 minutes to get to for shopping and eating . Oh also Mabey a nice movie theater would be great 
to . AH 40272 

I wish there were a place for infants and toddlers (kids like age to 10&under) there nothing really out here for them to do , you have to travel far for a fun place for them . I would like tone see something like an puzzle fun dome or something of that short, with affordable prices and nothing to outrageous, so these kids can have something to do especially in the summer . I think that would be fun for them also something Mabey for the older one like a go-cart track/arcade! Let's give these kids something to do , and keep them out of trouble !!!!!! 

Would welcome a Trader Joe's and Rainbow Blossom. 40177 
in Southwest Jefferson County. 

I wish Riverview Park had a boat dock. It would make it much easier to get on and off your boat. Also it would be safer than jumping off your boat to stop it for hitting the concrete ramp!! 40258 

We need some better places to shop for clothing and house hold goods. Belk, Kohls, Pennys, or something along that line. We deserve that out here we are not second class citizens out here. Also maybe a Whole Foods or Trader Joes might be nice too, some of us like healthy and specialty foods at times and the prices there are not much different than Krogers as I have drove the long distance to the East End to shop there. These stores would also create more jobs for people in our community.

The South and Southwest Louisville need to see more Doctors stepping up to treat Heroin addiction. Doctors can get certified to help our community with an issue that's troubling our neighborhoods and breaking our families with medically assisted treatment. Treating heroin addiction with suboxone and therapy has been proven to work with much high success than the widely available abstinence model. Currently there is only one office in all of the 40118, 40208, 40210, 40215, 40216, 40258 & 40272 zip codes offering the treatment but it can be offered in every office if doctors get certified. More availability would save so many lives and reduce crime. Get educated!!! More info for doctors wishing to obtain certification, individuals seeking help and anyone who wants to learn more is available at http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment. TAKE A STAND AND HELP OUR COMMUNITY. 

My wish is for a JcPenny store. We have no clothes stores but Walmart, Meijers. Not good clothes. Its sad the Southend can't get a name brand store. We have to many chicken places, mattress stores, nice and junk car lots by the dozens, dollar stores, rebuilding same stores just making them bigger like Kroger. Before long we will have no clothes. The Kmart center on Dixie would have been a great place for JcPenny instead we get what we don't need, a bigger Kroger. Please tear all these junk stores and junk car lots down and give us better stuff. We do matter out here. 40216 

I would like to see is outback on Dixie hwy to. I like to see Greenwood's get updates and side walk be good We all need to get in involved and keep the community from get Junk up!! 

I would like to have a movie theater on Dixie Hwy again. 40216 

We in Dixie area need a nice clothing store. JcPenny. We have NOTHING out here for clothes except walmart, Meijers and dollar store. Restraunts are nice, but we need clothes more. Get rid of so many car lots taking up good space and build what we need. 40216 

I would love an Olive Garden, Noodles, Jet's pizza and more clothing stores in the 40258 area. We also need a toy store. I would also like to see shops in the Terry Rd shopping center by West Pages 40258 which is empty.  

I would LOVE to have more free music events at southwest park like the ones highview puts on.Also Would Love to have Free MUSIC LESSONS FOR TEENS AND EVEN PARENTS AS WELL AT THE SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY CENTER.This could be really wonderful famiy time together .we need more of this.There really is not alot for our 12-18 year olds to do at community cnter.Cooking , Crafts,Cornhole,and Free Music Lessons would be wonderful..I as a parent would even volunteer to help.But also would like to participate in Music lessons with my grandkids. thanks dv 

I think we need a sporting goods store in the 40258 area. There is nothing in this area with the exception of Hibbets comma which is limited. Mama needs a new fishing pole Bass Pro 

My wish is to have a strip of stores similar to the setup in Elizabethtown, KY that has: Bed Bath and Beyond, Kirklands, Old Navy, Michaels, Pier 1, bookstore chain (Christian bookstore), etc. Also, a McCallisters would be lovely. Of course we need a department store like Kohls. I am still mourning the loss of Bacons. Thank you "Tired of driving to the east end, Veteran's parkway in Indiana, and E-town for the good stuff" 40258

We need desperately one nice clothing store, not generic version of JCPenny or Sears. We are sick of these little stores that have nothing and Walmart. Anonymous

A Kohl's where target was would be perfect! Cheddars and McAllister's would really draw more people. Anywhere there is a Southeast Christian Church, restaurants would be smart to open. Just look at the rural areas where the others are. Everyone was looking forward to Goody's, but their prices were sky high, and I am by no means a mizer. 40216 MS

Two big, empty buildings now-old Kroger and old Target. Could put movie theater at one of them! Really want a Michael's over in this area too or Joann Fabrics since Hancock is no longer.

Kohl's, bookstore, Honey Baked Ham, theater complex, Jersey Mike's, Mom's Music Store (with lesson studios), glass blowing gallery, farmer's market year round (sell what is in season), candy store, art store (with lessons/studios), Shaheen's, and a one stop shop/center for seniors for lunch, activities, workshops & entertainment. Thank You. VJW 40214

I wish for a Half Price Book & Records to open in this end of town. Scott 40258

I wish we had a Trader Joes, Lucky or Whole foods in the South end. Christine 40118

 We need a place to shop for clothes. We need a Penny's or a Kohls. Hazel Smothers 40268. Everybody I talk to wants a Kohls. I want Both.

 A Traffic light drastically needs to be installed on Old 3rd Street Rd, Valley Station !! Too many accidents/deaths have been ignored on this road. Turning left off of East Pages on to this road has uncrontrolable speeders with nothing to stop them. Not only that, but there are senior patio homes that are unsafe for residents to pull out with the speeding taking place. If the speeders knew they were going to have to control their speed due to the placement of a traffic light near Valley View Church, they would have no choice but to slow down and decrease their speed. This has resulted in way too many accidents and deaths and has been ignored for way too long. How many more accidents and deaths is it going to take to do something !!!!
40258, 40214, and 40272.

Panda Express !!!!

Badly need some apparel stores like Kohls or Old Navy. JV 40258

If people in the southwest would stop going out to the east end to shop, We would get better stores out here. shop on -line.If the better stores won't come to the Southwest then I won't shop at them.I will shop on-line at other stores.We need better stores out here,maybe jc pennys,Sears,a big name brand store.menards,rural king, Nicer sitdown eating places.But you have to remember, if we get them we have to spend our money at them, or they will close,40216

I would love to see a Heine Brothers Coffee shop, lets keep it local. Tina Jo 40214

We need another grocery store to replace Kroger that was in Southland terrace. Even if it was a grocery store. The Kroger Marketplace is nice, but its a hassle just to get small things and there is no more running to the store anymore. Its crowded with cars and people and the wait in lines are longer. Its just such a fight to get what you need, and neighborhood grocery stores are important also. Possibly a Price Less food store, Valu Market, Walmary Grocery, pic pac etc.

It would be wonderful to have a Five Below over here on Dixie!! I think it would do very well-maybe in Goodys or old Hancocks spot!!! Cmon everybody! Let's make them hear us! MB 40216

I would just like to see more people take pride in the home,yards and neighborhoods. We have to many properties/homes that are not being kept up by the owners or tenants. They can ''pretty'' up Dixie Hwy. all they want if the surrounding neighborhoods and homes are run down they are wasting their time and monies. Andy 40258

I wish more southerners would take a little pride in the area and STOP LITTERING and maybe even pick up someone else's litter. Roads by Iroquois Park, 3rd near near stores, strawberry ln, and the new Crittened connector are covered in litter. JJ 40214

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