26th annual Valentine Dinner Show, Dancing & Silent Auction
Valentine’s Day, Fri, Feb 14, 2020
6 PM Cash Bar & Silent Auction opening
6:45 PM Dinner catered by The Seelbach Hilton
8 PM Show of Classic Love Songs. The Seelbach Hilton Grand Ballroom, 500 S 4th St. With each Reservation, Free tix to the 3 remaining series concerts. Purchase a table of 8-10 and receive Program & Stage Recognition
Advance Reservations $125/patron LouisvilleChorus.org
Set a course for adventure! Come aboard the “Love Boat!”
We have two special Valentine’s themed cruises on the Mary M. Miller, Friday and Saturday, February 14th and 15th. These excursions have everything you could possibly want for a romantic date night or Galentine’s celebration— Each ticket includes dinner by Jarfi's, champagne, a commemorative Valentine's photo and a long-stem rose. There will be a "kissing booth" and other fun photo ops, cocktail specials and amazing music - all with fun a 80's vibe! Your Cruise Hostess will be DJ Jill Aquiar, whose infectious enthusiasm makes any cruise a party! 🎶🚢 ❤️ 🌹 Cruise wear, cocktail apparel or 80's fab attire are recommended. 😉 Ahoy! 401 West River Road 866.832.0011 or 502.574.2992
Louisville Zoo Seeks Trashformation Contest
Entries for Earth Month
The Louisville Zoo invites students in preschool and grades pre-K – 12 to get involved with the eighth annual Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest for Students. The annual contest is part of the Zoo’s Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth powered by the LG&E and KU Foundation.
Students are encouraged to communicate the importance of recycling and sustainability through art. Using only recyclable items, students’ art submissions should express or interpret “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.” The Zoo is once again partnering with the Louisville Orchestra’s MakingMUSIC Landfill Orchestra program and has a category encouraging students to create a playable musical instrument from recycled materials. Students submitting a musical instrument will be invited to participate in a jam session with their instruments led by Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams at the awards presentation press conference on March 21 at 11 a.m.
Trashformation is open to all public, private, parochial and homeschool students in preschool and grades K–12. One winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced at a press conference during the Earth Month kickoff celebration at the Zoo on March 21. Winners will receive a one-of-a-kind painting by one of the Zoo’s animals. Nonmusical instrument submissions must be no larger than 12”x12”x12” if three-dimensional and weigh no more than 8 pounds with a rigid base or can be 18” x 18” if flat. All entries must be made from recyclable materials. Registration is appreciated for the contest by Feb. 10. Each student or group may enter only one project.
Visit LouisvilleZoo.org/trashformation for registration material and a full list of rules and categories. Visit louisvilleorchestra.org/teachers for ideas on musical instruments.
Junior Naturalist Program@ JMF
Third Saturday of each month, January - April; 10:00 a.m. - noon
Beginning in January, Jefferson Memorial Forest will be launching a free Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 7-10. This 4-part series will take place on the 3rd Sat of the month from January through April. Each month’s program will have a different theme and will be filled with exciting adventures and hands-on activities. Participants will learn to explore, observe, and think like a naturalist! Those attending all 4 programs in the series will receive a special certificate and Junior Naturalist Toolkit packed with essential tools for outdoor exploration. FREE! Ages 7-10. A parent/legal guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18. Call to preregister. Jefferson Memorial Forest (502) 368-5404. 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, Fairdale, KY 40118
A Wizard's Christmas
Friday, January 31 at 7 pm, Louisville Zoo
Tree Canvassing for South Louisville
Louisville Grows is teaming up with Green Heart Louisville to bring trees to South Louisville! Volunteers will be trained and put in pairs to go door-to-door. We will be canvassing the Wyandotte/Oakdale, Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Wilder Park, and Beechmont neighborhoods to find homes for trees and increase overall green space. Canvassing will run through March in preparation for our tree plantings in late spring. If you would like to volunteer click the link below!
2020 Public Programs @ JMF
The Program Staff at Jefferson Memorial Forest has been working hard to finalize the 2020 Public Program Schedule and we can't wait to share all the exciting events coming up this year! We have some fan favorites like our Valentine's Hike on Feb. 13 & 14, Forest Fest on May 16th, and of course our fall adventure in October. We also have some fun new programs coming this year as well! Jefferson Memorial Forest is excited to announce that starting in January, the Forest is offering a free Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 7-10. This 4-part series will take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month from January through April. The Forest will also be adding an astronomy night hike and a birding program in Louisville's very own Caperton Swamp. There are lots more on the calendar so make sure you follow the Forest on Facebook to keep up to date with all of the events in 2020! They will also be posted on Louisville Metro's calendar.
Tapestry Weaving Workshop
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Join COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence, Michelle K. Amos, to learn the art of Tapestry weaving on a lap loom. Participants will design and weave their own piece to take home. This program is appropriate for ages 7 years to adults. Families welcome. To register, email email@example.com or call 502-964-3515. South Central Library
Thursday, January 30 at 8 pm, Louisville Palace
Loose Leaf Drop-Off's
Metro is accepting loose leaf drop-off's until January 31st. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.
DROP OFF LOCATIONS
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Waste Reduction Center will close at 3 p.m. on Saturdays through January 31st.
East District Recycling Center 595 N. Hubbards Lane. Public
Works Yard 10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)
Shawnee Park 4501 W. Broadway (by Little League baseball field in rear of park)
Waste Reduction Center 636 Meriwether Avenue
Southwest Library Upcoming Events!
Drum Power Family Storytime with Joan Brannon
Saturday, February 01; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Joan Brannon leads a hands-on experience of percussion, stories and songs from West Africa. All ages
Movie Monday: Toy Story 4
Monday, February 03; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join us as we watch Toy Story 4 and have a snack. Come make your own "Forky" friend out of utensils and craft supplies!
District 12 Dialogue - February 18th
Councilman Blackwell will host the next District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, February 18th. He hosts the quarterly District 12 Dialogue forums as a way to make Metro Government more convenient and accessible for the constituents of District 12. Councilman Blackwell will provide an update on Southwest projects. Representatives from LMPD, MSD, Code Enforcement, and a member of the New Dixie project will be in attendance to address specific concerns. We hope to see you there so you can stay updated on the positive momentum in Southwest Louisville. When: Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00 PM Where: Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway Contact the District 12 Office at 502.574.1112 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The New Dixie Hwy Construction Update
Bus Rapid Transit is Here!
The new bus rapid transit system along Dixie Hwy has launched and it is expected to decrease travel times and improve access to jobs! This system is the first of its kind in the city and will take passengers all the way from Valley Station to downtown Louisville. Its nine buses will be in service from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and from 4:30 a.m. to midnight on weekends while wait time between each bus at stations will be 15 to 30 minutes depending on the day and time. The Dixie Highway corridor is one of TARC’s busiest routes in the entire city, with more than 4 thousand riders per day. The system uses an Intelligent Transportation System that delays or speeds up traffic signals to improve buses’ travel time.
Valentine's Day Lantern Hike
Friday, February 14 | 7 - 10 pm, Louisville Nature Center
What if your Valentine's Day date night helped support nature education? If you register for LNC's Valentine's Day Lantern Hike, it will! Join us at the Nature Center from 7 to 10 pm on Friday, February 14. The night will begin with hot beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and desserts, then couples may hike at their leisure. Cash bar will be available. Registration is $60 per couple and includes a souvenir camping mug. Call (502) 458-1328 or register online. You can help make the night a success by volunteering! Help with creating paper lanterns, set-up, hosting, or clean-up, and enjoy complimentary refreshments at the event.
Family Archaeology Lab Days
Repeats every week every Thursday and every Saturday until Sat Mar 07 2020.
Jan 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th - 10:00am to 4:00pm
When: Thursdays and 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.
Dare to Care Food Bank
The Dare to Care Mobile Pantry has a new location! This amazing program ensures that families can access food regardless of where they live. Dare to Care brings food directly to a neighborhood and sets up a temporary pantry on a consistent, scheduled basis. Today, Dare to Care operates over 40 Mobile Pantries each month. These pantries provide nearly 275,000 pounds of nutritious food to our neighbors in need each year. This particular pantry is located at Sacred Heart Wayside (3101 Wayside Dr.) and services residents from the 40216, 40258 and 40272 area codes. The pantry will be at this location the second Monday of every month from 1:30 p.m. until they run out of food. If you have any questions or concerns please contact (502) 966-3821.
Archery at Sun Valley
Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Feb 24 2020. Jan 13, 20th, 27th - 4:30pm to 5:30pm Where: Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane
When: Mondays, January 6, 13, and 27. February 3, 10, 17, and 24. Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm Fees: $10 per month Who: ages 9-17 National Archery in Schools Program for youth of Sun Valley.
Hiring Event at South Central Neighborhood Place
Thursday, January 16th & Tuesday, January 28th
10 A.M. to Noon, 4255 Hazelwood Ave
National Processing Center (NPC) is the U.S. Census Bureau's primary center for mail processing, survey processing, data capture, imaging/scanning and warehouse operations. A U.S. Census Bureau’s representative will be available to share information about the hundreds of entry-level office and warehouse clerks employment opportunities for the Jeffersonville location. NPC recently increased the starting hourly pay rate for entry level clerks to $14.54 per hour. For additional information call 485-7130. Another date: Jan. 21, Neighborhood Place satellite site at Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Hwy., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Call 485-7310.
Metro Arts Community Center Events!
The Metro Arts Community Center offers classes for children and adults in the fine and applied arts. If you're looking to acquire or refine a particular artistic skill – from guitar playing and cartooning to pottery and silversmithing – the Metro Arts Center has a fun, affordable class for you. Registration is required for all classes and begin immediately from 9:00am to 6:00pm at one of our 5 payment sites; Beechmont, Joe Creason, Southwick, Sun Valley, and Mary T. Meagher. Cash and Checks (made payable to Louisville Parks and Recreation) only.
Upcoming Special Events:
Live Hand Casting: Valentine’s Day (2 person Cast limit)
Saturday: February 8th and February 15th, Time: 1-5p
Fee: $40. Class Maximum: 20
Instructors: Brad Meredith and Rhonda Snyder
Participants will have guided instruction on creating a mold of clasped or single hands using casting material. Once the mold is made, students will fill the mold with plaster, let cure, then demold to take home a perfect replica of their hand/hands. This workshop is very popular. CALL TO PRE-REGISTER!!
Intro-Intermediate Silver and Metal-Smithing
Advanced Oil Painting
Intro to Glass Mosaics
Intro-Intermediate Lost Wax Casting
For detailed class and registration information, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/parks/metro-arts-center
Louisville Parks and Recreation Annual Golf Passes on Sale
Louisville Parks and Recreation annual golf passes are now on sale at the Joe Creason Park administration building (1297 Trevilian Way.) A seven-day unlimited play pass, good for unlimited play including weekends and holidays after noon, is $500. A five-day pass, Monday-Friday only, is $350. Junior, team, and golf cart discount passes are also for sale through the golf desk at Creason, located in the parks administration building across from the Louisville Zoo. Those seeking a pass are required to fill out an application and to get a photo ID taken at the Creason golf desk. For more information, please call (502) 574-6454.
LEGO NASA Displays at LEGO Convention in Louisville
BrickUniverse LEGO Convention takes place February 1 and 2 at the Kentucky International Convention Center
Award-winning LEGO artist Lia Chan is coming to Louisville, Kentucky for the BrickUniverse LEGO Convention at the Kentucky International Convention Center on February 1 and 2. She has won awards for her creations throughout the United States. Her work has been featured in many exhibits and museums including recently at the Frontiers of Flight aerospace museum at Dallas Love Field. Lia Chan's LEGO NASA gallery is one of the new featured attractions at this year's BrickUniverse LEGO Convention.
Attendees will be able to see:
- Scaled LEGO International Space Station
- LEGO Kennedy Space Center Blast-off Scene: complete with lights and viewable from all sides.
- LEGO Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex: scene actually moves to blast-off with programmable robotics
- LEGO Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
Lia Chan's exhibit at BrickUniverse will have a few of the hundreds of LEGO creations in total that will be on display. BrickUniverse LEGO Convention is the ultimate LEGO fan experience The convention is bringing professional LEGO artists from around the world, building zones, and amazing LEGO displays to Louisville.
Road to top of Iroquois Park closed to vehicle traffic Uppill Road in Iroquois Park to the North Overlook is closed until further notice to vehicle traffic. Access to pedestrians and cyclists is still available.
Kids Café Servers Needed at the South Louisville Community Center
Help make sure no child goes to be hungry and volunteer as a Kids Café Server. Just a one hour commitment, twice a month, makes a huge difference! Volunteers help serve a hot meal from 4:30pm - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday at the South Louisville Community Center. Please contact Chaz Bullard at email@example.com or call the South Louisville Community Center at (502) 574-3206 for more information.
Cafe Louie @ Southwest Library - February 22nd
Join us at the Louisville Free Public Library to meet your local legislators! These informal meetings take place on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. at library locations throughout Jefferson County. Legislators include state representatives and senators along with Metro Council and suburban city elected officials. Café LOUIE is a partnership with the 2015 Bingham Fellows, the Leadership Louisville Center, and the Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library. February 22nd the Southwest Library will be hosting a Cafe LOUIE event where you can come and meet State Representative McKenzie Cantrell, Metro Councilman Rick Blackwell, Metro Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, and Metro Councilman David Yates. This the is perfect time to speak with them about any concern you may have noticed in the community.
Major Construction Complete on the New Dixie Highway Project
Crews working on the $35 million New Dixie Highway Project have reached a major milestone – the completion of the transformative medians that will make Dixie Highway safer and more efficient. Medians, curbing and sidewalks have been installed along a four-mile stretch of the busy corridor between Greenwood Road and Crums Lane. The completion of the medians means the end of significant lane closures. As of Dec. 11, all lanes are open and no long-term lane closures remain.
What's Left To Be Finished?
Landscaping continues as crews install shrubs, sod and trees causing limited, short-term lane closures that should not significantly impact traffic. Some physical and technological elements of the new bus shelters supporting the soon-to-launch Dixie Rapid bus rapid transit route will be installed now and in the spring. Updated signage and signaling work are also in progress. In the spring, the final surfacing and striping will be put into place. That work will only require temporary lane closures. When that work is complete, the public will begin to fully experience the New Dixie Highway.
Signs posted on utility poles and in the right-of-way are illegal and visual litter. Feel free to remove these signs when you see them. Thank you for helping clean our community
LEGO Mount Rushmore, built with over 22,000 LEGO bricks, Coming to Louisville
BrickUniverse LEGO Convention takes place February 1 and 2 at Kentucky International Convention Center
A massive LEGO model of Mount Rushmore be featured at the BrickUniverse LEGO Convention at the Kentucky International Convention Center next year. Chicago-based LEGO artist Rocco Buttliere built the LEGO masterpiece with over 22,000 LEGO bricks. The incredible LEGO creation took over 400 hours, over the course of eight weeks, to design, and roughly 150 hours to build. In his 10 years of professional LEGO building, Buttliere says his Mount Rushmore creation was the hardest to design and build yet. It will be on display with many other large-scale LEGO displays at BrickUniverse. Rocco Buttliere is considered by many to be one of the best LEGO artists in the world. His LEGO creations have been featured in multiple books and have won awards domestically and internationally. Rocco Buttliere's LEGO work has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as internationally in England, Scotland, Denmark, Norway, and The Netherlands. With his latest Mount Rushmore creation, he will have over 50 LEGO world landmarks and skyscrapers on display at BrickUniverse.
BrickUniverse LEGO Convention, the ultimate LEGO fan experience, is coming to the Kentucky International Convention Center for two days only on February 1 and 2. The convention is bringing professional LEGO artists from around the world, building zones, and amazing LEGO displays.
Tickets make great gifts and are selling out fast so early booking is advised at www.brickuniverse.com/louisville
The End Is In Sight for the New Dixie Highway Project
The New Dixie Highway project is nearly complete with all major construction work. The last sections of median and curb work will be complete in the next few weeks. There will be a limited amount of temporary lane closures for landscaping and finishing work now through the end of the year. Shrubs and sod are being planted now to beautify select sections of the newly finished medians. Landscaping work will be complete by mid-December. Only final resurfacing and a few fixes will remain for Spring 2020.
Street Light Out? Here's how to report it!
You can report streetlights to LG&E/KU by following this link:
PAL: Parents of Addicted Loved Ones
What is PAL?
Parents of Addicted Loved ones is a support group of parents helping parents. They meet every week on Sundays. Our primary goal is to provide hope through education and support, at no charge, for parents dealing with addicted loved ones. When: Sundays; 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Where: St. Raphael the Archangel Church (2900 Bardstown Rd.) For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 609-0926.
New Location for SW Driver's License Branch
Southwest Driver’s License Branch is moving to a new location in the Dixie Plaza. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 26, the current Southwest branch (4917 Dixie Highway, Suite E, 40216) will close due to construction and relocation.
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the new Southwest branch (4919 Dixie Highway, Suite A, 40216) will reopen. For driver’s license information, locations, hours and more, please visit www.DriveJefferson.com For information regarding Kentucky’s Real ID, please visit www.drive.ky.gov
Brand New Louisville Metro Animal Services Shelter - Now Open!
The brand new LMAS Animal Shelter is located at 3528 Newburg Road next to Animal House Adoption Center. All Metro animal-related services are now available on one campus where you can adopt a pet, purchase or renew a pet license or take a stray pet. The LMAS Shelter is open from 12-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Animal House Adoption Center is now open 7 days a week. Visit daily from 12-6pm and Fridays from 12-7pm. For more info, call 473-PETS.
Support Southwest Community Ministries Currently Needs:
Southwest Community Ministries food closet is in need of toilet tissue and shaving supplies for men and women. These include shaving cream, razors, after shave etc. These items along with non perishable food items can be taken to Southwest Community Ministries (8504 Terry Rd.). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact (502) 935-0310
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.
Meals on Wheels 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).
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) If you want to make a difference in a senior's life, and yours, please contact Jessica Burnett 502-935-0310 ext. 244. Fax: 502.933.0319
Biscuit Belly Coming to Colonial Gardens
Another restaurant announced this week it plans to open at the renovated Colonial Gardens at 818 W. Kenwood Drive. Biscuit Belly will open a third location at the South Louisville location. The co-owner Chad Coulter, said "The restaurant is set to open by February or March 2020."
Southwest Community Ministries - Children's Eye Glass Assistance
Southwest Community Ministries, along with Kosair Charities, is offering an assistance program to help children in need get eye glasses! No one in the community should have live without seeing the world in crystal clear clarity, especially children. The ministries are able to offer up to $120 per child, covering the cost of two pairs of eye glasses. This is an amazing program that can help countless families provide something that many of us take for granted. If you have any questions or would like details of how to apply, please contact the Southwest Community Ministries at (502) 935-0310.
Two New Restaurants Coming to Valley Station
Church's Chicken has broken ground in the 10000 block of Dixie Highway. They will be located between Zaxby's and Taco Bell. A new Burger King will be coming soon to the now vacant Applebee's location also in the 10000 block of Dixie Highway.
Explore Waverly Parks Great Trails
Trails of Waverly Park, 4800 Waverly Park Rd.
Fresh Air Loop, (3.0 miles) This is the east loop of the system and is most easily accessed from the Playground parking lot. Most of this trail follows the contours of the land around the hillsides of this forested park and is of moderate difficulty. The section of this loop in the northeast becomes very strenuous as it changes 100 ft. in elevation over a short distance.
Clinic Loop, (2.5 miles) This is considered the middle loop of the system and is easily accessed from the Playground parking lot or the westernmost parking lot. This moderate route follows the middle elevations of the hillsides just below the ridge lines. The trail features frequent but gentle hills and curves along the route making mountain biking very fun.
Twisting Bends Loop, (2.2 miles) This is the west loop of the system. Most of the route is moderate but it does become strenuous in pronounced elevation changes on the western portion of the loop. This trail has nice woodland flora and overlooks of Bobby Nichols Golf Course.
Playground Loop, (0.5 miles) This trail is easily accessed from the Playground parking lot. The Playground Loop Trail has been designed to provide a casual and easy nature hike for visitors. The route traverses interesting woodlands and streams where nature can be explored and enjoyed.
Lake Loop, (0.3 miles) The trail provides an easy hike on a wide path around Waverly Lake where you can view abundant flora and fauna along the lakeshore. Ample parking, picnic tables and grills are found around the lake.
Need a smoke detector?
Request a home inspection by calling 311. https://louisvilleky.gov/government/fire/services/request-smoke-alarm
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 email@example.com or (502) 574-6978.
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
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
MORE SIT DOWN RESTAURANTS LIKE RED LOBSTER OR OLIVE GARDEN ETC. CHARLIE 40215
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.
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