Louisville "Hometown Tourist" discount events May 8-31, 2017

by qsyndic 8. May 2017 11:44

From #LouisvilleConvention&VisitorsBureau today...

IT’S GOING TO BE A BEAUTIFUL STAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT THIS YEAR’S HOMETOWN TOURIST CELEBRATION.

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The month-long extravaganza runs May 8-31, 2017 and celebrates the city’s eclectic, friendly, hip and historic neighborhoods, where more than 90 of the area’s top attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops are offering deep discounts to anyone with a Kentucky or Indiana ID, local college ID or military ID.

So, come be a tourist in your hometown this May and have some fun eating, playing and staying in the ‘hoods that are right in your own backyard.

In an effort to champion the power of travel and educate the local community about all there is to experience in their own city, Louisville’s Hometown Tourist Celebration is held annually in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week.

Be sure and join us on Tuesday, May 9 when we kick off the festivities during the Hometown Tourist Celebration press conference and Attraction Showcase starting at 11 a.m. at 4th Street Live! A party will be in full swing with food sampling, discounts, deals and more fun.

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Be sure and stop by the Louisville Visitor Center (4th & Jefferson streets) on Tuesday, May 9 and Thursdays, May 11, 18 and 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be discounts on a variety of Louisville souvenirs. Also, entertainment, food and refreshments

From Syndi Chesser:

It's easy to take for granted the many wonderful sites we have right here in our own "backyard." Here's an invitation to explore right here at a home...and at a discount too!      

Here's the cut/paste link for more info on the many discounts for us locals for the next 3 weeks...

https://www.gotolouisville.com/hometown-tourist-celebration/special-offers/

Happy exploring, everyone!  





IRS now turning over older debts to private collection agencies

by qsyndic 17. April 2017 07:22

From #FTC (Federal Trade Commission) today...

 

The IRS is now using private debt collectors

 

Do you have a debt with the IRS that’s more than two years old? If so, you might be getting a letter from the IRS about your account being transferred to a private debt collector. This new program only applies to taxpayers who have had an IRS debt for years, and who were previously contacted about it by the IRS. Here’s how it will work – and how to spot a scam.

If your debt is put into this program, the IRS says you will get two letters. The first letter will come from the IRS and will say which private debt collection company your account has been assigned to. The companies are: CBE, ConServe, Perfomant, or Pioneer. The second letter will come from the private debt collection company assigned to your account. Both letters will include the tax amount owed, the name of the private debt collection company assigned, and a taxpayer authentication number that is unique to you.

But here’s how you can tell you’re dealing with the actual debt collector, not a scammer.

  • The private debt collectors working with the IRS will never ask you to pay them directly. Instead, they’ll tell you to pay electronically at IRS.gov/payments, or send a check, made out to the US Treasury, directly to the IRS. Anyone who says they’re collecting for the IRS and asks you to make a payment over the phone is a scammer.  Whether they’re asking you to pay by credit or debit card, electronic check, wiring money, or a prepaid or gift card - don’t do it.  
  • These debt collectors will never use robocalls or pre-recorded messages. You’ll always speak with a live operator.
  • They’ll always use the authentication number that was in your letters.

Not sure you owe the IRS money? Ask the collector for a written “validation notice,” which says what you owe and to whom. You also can go to IRS.gov/balancedue to check your account balance. If your account balance says zero, you don’t owe money and should not be getting calls.

To learn more about this new process, check out the IRS’s site. And remember: all debt collectors have to follow the law.  Know your rights, and tell the FTC if you spot a problem.

#Clarion launching $24MM industrial development deal in #Louisville

by qsyndic 27. January 2017 07:30

Clarion set for $24 million development deal

Jan 24, 2017, 2:55pm EST
 

 

 
 
 

Bizspace Spotlight

New York real estate developer Clarion Partners LLC wrapped up a $2.4 million deal for what is reportedly a 29-acre parcel on National Turnpike in Louisville.

The vacant spot is now set for what is expected to be the construction site of a 435,000-square-foot, $24 million industrial facility, according to Louisville Business First.

On the sell-side of the property is a consortium consisting of Alesia Bishop, Randall George and Laura Band. They have owned 7830 National Turnpike since 1992. Clarion, which manages roughly $40 billion across the real estate risk/return spectrum, is expected to begin building in the spring.

No tenants have yet been signed for the building as the timeline for construction has not been determined.

When Clarion completes the National Turnpike building, it will have about 4.3 million square feet of real estate in the Louisville market. The company now has nearly 4 million square feet of completed space, all in the Louisville Industrial Center, a large industrial park on National Turnpike.

Clarion also plans to build an industrial development in Sellersburg that would have more than 1 million square feet of industrial space off Interstate 65. That development has been projected to cost more than $40 million.

Clarion operates as the primary independent real estate investment affiliate for Legg Mason, which agreed to acquire a majority equity interest in the company last January.

US FTC challenge competition for home inspectors -- the "Internet of Things" in our homes -- deadline 5-22-17

by Syndi Chesser 4. January 2017 08:07

Announcing the Internet of Things Home Inspector Challenge

 

 

Anyone old enough to remember The Jetsons knows how the futuristic family used their flying car or jetpack to get to their “smart home,” where people movers whisked the family from room to room, lights automatically switched on, food appeared at the touch of a button, and Rosie the robot maid cleaned up.

Today, thanks to all sorts of internet-connected devices, you can create your own smart home. You can remotely turn on lights, music, and appliances, automatically adjust temperatures, and even monitor your pets or children while you’re away. But recent headlines also point to some security risks. Just how safe and secure are these devices? And how can you know whether your internet-connected devices are updated to protect your privacy and security?

We think someone out there has the answer – which is why the FTC is hosting a prize competition called the Internet of Things (IoT) Home Inspector Challenge. The FTC is asking people to come up with a technical solution to guard against security vulnerabilities in software on smart devices connected to their homes. The winning tool would help protect people from security vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date software. There’s $25,000 in prize money for the person – or the team – that comes up with the best technical solution, with $3,000 for each honorable mention winner.

The deadline for registering and submitting entries is May 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm EDT. Visit FTC.gov/iot-home-inspector-challenge to check out all the rules and FAQs. You’ll also find more information when registration opens, on or about March 1, 2017.

 

#HomeTechnology

#InternetOfThings

#HomeInspections

Beware of installing scammer apps on your smartphone! [from Ari Lazarus / US Federal Trade Commission 12-22-16]

by qsyndic 22. December 2016 09:06

 

As more and more consumers are shopping with mobile apps, fraudsters are following the money. There are fake phone apps popping up that impersonate well-known retailers in order to steal your personal information. Their names are similar to well-known brands, and their descriptions promise enticing deals or features.

But these fraudulent apps can take your credit card or bank information. Some fake apps may even install malware onto your phone and demand money from you to unlock it.

Here are some tips to avoid downloading fraudulent apps:

  • Not sure if a shopping app is legit? Go directly to the retailer’s website and see if they promote it. If they do have an app, they will direct you to the app store where you can download it.
  • On the web, you can search a brand name, plus “fake app” to see if the company has reported its brand being spoofed.
  • Look for reviews of the app before you download – both in the app stores and on the web. If the app has no reviews, it was likely created recently, and could be a fake. Real apps for big retailers often have thousands of reviews.
  • Don’t download apps with misspelled words in their description. Many fake apps were created in a hurry. On the other hand, some fake apps look almost like the real thing.

If you’re using apps for shopping, keep records of your transactions. Screenshot or save the product description and price, the online receipt, and the emails you send and receive from the seller.

Monitor your credit card statements frequently; be on the lookout for charges that you don’t recognize.

From Farm Futures -- "Small livestock operations can apply for CRP Grasslands program"

by qsyndic 5. November 2016 07:28

Small livestock operations with 100 or fewer head of grazing cattle can submit applications to enroll up to 200 acres of grasslands per farm in a new Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands program geared specifically for small-scale livestock grazing operations. USDA’s goal is to enroll up to 200,000 acres.

“For 30 years, lands in the Conservation Reserve Program have contributed to soil and water protection and wildlife and pollinator habitat, while playing a significant role in mitigating climate change,” said Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor. “CRP Grasslands recognizes the conservation value of well-managed, working grazing lands and pasturelands.”

Small livestock operations with 100 or fewer head of grazing cattle can submit applications to enroll up to 200 acres of grasslands per farm in a new Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands program geared specifically for small-scale livestock grazing operations. (Photo: stefbennett/Thinkstock)Small livestock operations with 100 or fewer head of grazing cattle can submit applications to enroll up to 200 acres of grasslands per farm in a new Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands program geared specifically for small-scale livestock grazing operations. (Photo: stefbennett/Thinkstock)

Taylor also announced that the current CRP Grassland ranking period ends Nov. 10, 2016. To date, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has received nearly 5,000 offers covering over 1 million acres for this CRP working-lands conservation program. These offers are predominantly larger acreage ranchland in Western states.

The new practice for small-scale livestock grazers aims, in part, to encourage greater diversity geographically and in types of livestock operation. This opportunity ends Dec. 16, 2016. Offers selected this fiscal year will be enrolled into CRP Grasslands beginning Oct. 1, 2017.

Participants in CRP Grasslands establish or maintain long-term, resource-conserving grasses and other plant species to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands. CRP Grasslands participants can use the land for livestock production (e.g. grazing or producing hay), while following their conservation and grazing plans in order to maintain the cover. A goal of CRP Grasslands is to minimize conversion of grasslands either to row crops or to non-agricultural uses. Participants can receive annual payments of up to 75% of the grazing value of the land and up to 50% to fund cover or practices like cross-fencing to support rotational grazing or improving pasture cover to benefit pollinators or other wildlife.

USDA will select offers for enrollment based on six ranking factors: (1) current and future use, (2) new farmer/rancher or underserved producer involvement, (3) maximum grassland preservation, (4) vegetative cover, (5) environmental factors and (6) pollinator habitat. Offers for the second ranking period also will be considered from producers who submitted offers for the first ranking period but were not accepted, as well as from new offers submitted through Dec. 16.

“Adding a working-lands conservation program to the toolbox is an exciting opportunity for the future of CRP,” said Taylor. “There also are ways that CRP Grasslands could be combined with other traditional CRP conservation practices, such as riparian buffers on the same farm, to create a package that can help keep small livestock operations in production. An example of such a package would be to dedicate the most sensitive land to conservation, while still maintaining the bulk of the area as working grasslands for livestock. USDA would provide cost-share assistance to help farmers install fencing and provide alternative water sources to livestock, as well as annual CRP payments to help the farm's bottom-line.”

In May, FSA accepted 101,000 acres in the grasslands program, with more than 70% of the acres having diverse native grasslands under threat of conversion, and more than 97% of the acres having a new, veteran or underserved farmer or rancher as a primary producer.

Small livestock operations or other farming and ranching operations interested in participating in CRP Grasslands should contact their local FSA office. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov. To learn more about FSA’s conservation programs, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation.

Source: USDA Farm Service Agency

New NuLu development in Louisville, KY -- apartments & retail

by qsyndic 16. August 2016 13:51

From Courier-Journal / Louisville, KY today

 

A Georgia company has filed documents with the city clarifying its plans to build 276 apartments, along with extensive retail space and a parking garage at 700 E. Main St.

Flourney Development Co. of Columbus, Ga., which has a contract to buy the 2.7-acre property from Service Welding & Machine Co., intends to build a mix of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments, a minimum of 4,850 square feet of retail space, and a 430-space garage on the south side of Main, between Clay and Shelby streets near the NuLu neighborhood.

The apartments are to go in two, five-story buildings – one facing Main and the other on the corner of Clay and Billy Goat Strut Alley. The units will range from 550 to 1,250 square feet of space. Rents are expected to range up to $2,200 a month.

Flourney said the large structure fronting on Main will have multiple materials, multiple brick and paint colors, and varying parapet heights.

The building on the Clay Street corner, also five levels, will incorporate the facade of an existing building that dates to around 1925.

The project will "enhance NuLu's mixed-use character and focus on sustainability and economic vitality by creating a visually appealing pedestrian environment," according to the company.

Site amenities around the five-story apartments are to include a courtyard with a pool, an outdoor kitchen, a pet wash facility, a fitness center and a clubroom.

The plans show two levels of retail in the northeast corner of the site. The streetscape will feature wide sidewalks, trees and various plantings, and outdoor seating.

Each level of the parking garage, which is to be accessible from both Main and Shelby, will be connected to a floor of an apartment building via a walkway.

Farnsley-Moremen Landing Family Farm & Forage Day on June 18 - from Metro Parks - Louisville

by qsyndic 13. June 2016 05:29

Family Farm and Forage Day to be held June 18 at
Riverside, the Farnsley Moremen Landing

 

Family event to highlight historic property’s agricultural history

 

A fun – and free – family event will take place on the banks of the Ohio River in southwest Louisville on Saturday, June 18th as Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing hosts “Family Farm and Forage Day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will explore historic and present-day farming with a variety of children’s activities, workshops, talks and booths.

Families can enjoy a milking demonstration featuring “Bluegrass Bessie” the cow; a petting zoo; a Kentucky Proud recipe tasting; music from bluegrass band “Hog Operation” at the pavilion from noon to 2 p.m.; and horse-drawn wagon tours of the historic farm and Farnsley-Moremen house. All events and demonstrations are free, although a suggested donation of $5 can be made prior to tours of the Farnsley-Moremen house.

 

Featured topics for demonstrations and talks include beekeeping, urban wildlife, food preservation, insect management, farm to table fresh food, Kentucky vineyards, and more. From 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., there will be a 4-H variety show and fashion review on the pavilion.

 

“This is a terrific family event that combines fun and learning,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Beyond the activities of the event itself, I urge citizens from all over the community to come out and see some of the great things that southwest Louisville has to offer.”

“I am so excited to see this wonderful farm event behing held at the Farnsley-Moremen historic property,” said Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, who represents District 14, where Riverside is located. “It is so important to educate the public on how our food gets from the farm to the table and past and present practices of how exactly that happens. I look forward to seeing you at this free event!”

 

This event is held in partnership with the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Other sponsors include Louisville Gas & Electric, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, the Future Farmers of America, the Louisville Water Co., Louisville Public Media and 4-H. A schedule of events is attached. 

 

In addition to Fowler, Metro Council sponsors include Council President David Yates, District 25; Vicki Welch, District 13 and Rick Blackwell, District 12. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT LOUISVILLE METRO PARKS AND RECREATION:
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land, and operates recreation programs for all ages.  Its mission is to create a City of Parks where people can play, learn, grow and be healthy.  The mission is accomplished by taking care of all parks properties and creating new ones, by providing safe and diverse recreational programs, and by protecting our public lands and resources for future generations. www.bestparksever.com

 

 

 

ABOUT SOUTH POINTS SCENIC AREA:  
South Points Scenic Area is a collaborative project initiated in 2009 by the Southwest Dream Team and community leaders as a way to highlight points of interest and promote economic development in southwest Louisville. The South Points Scenic Area possesses some of the most beautiful scenery and popular attractions in the region, and its attractions see approximately 1.4 million visitors annually. Southwest Louisville is home to 10,000 acres of public park lands, 12 miles of existing Louisville Loop trails and additional miles of publicly accessible riverfront. For more information and to see a map of restaurants, landmarks and other attractions, visit
southpoints.org/.

30 Must-See Art Exhibits in Louisville (from Courier-Journal 6-8-16

by qsyndic 10. June 2016 04:13

Exhibits

21c Museum. 710 W. Main St. “Al Farrow: Wrath and Reverence.” Ends July 15. “Fallen Fruit: The Practices of Everyday Life.” Ends Oct. 31.

849 Gallery. 849 South Third St. Senior Thesis Exhibition. Ends July 8.

Asia Institute-Crane House. 1244 S. Third St. “Satoyama: Tanaka Ryohei’s Musings on the Japanese Rural Landscape Prints from the Collection of Russ and Sheil Mead. Ends Sept. 23. “Kizuna,” by Shohei Katayama. Ends September 23.

B. Deemer Gallery. 2650 Frankfort Ave. Sandra Phipps MacDiarmid, exhibition of abstract works on paper. Ends June 15.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Clermont, Ky. “Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat.” Ends July 5.

Carnegie Center for Art and History. 201 East Spring St., New Albany, Ind. “Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie.” Ends July 9.

Corner Cafe Gallery. 9307 New LaGrange Road. Don Burchett, paintings; Ann Lawson Adamek, water colors. Ends Sept. 30.

Cressman Center. 100 E. Main St. “Laocoon” by Sanford Biggers. Ends July 2.

Flame Run Gallery. 815 W. Market St. “Fire & Feminity,” all female exhibition. Ends Aug. 29.

Gallery 104. 104 East Main Street, La Grange. “The Louisville Art Center Reunion Show.” Ends June 25.

Gallery Janjobe. Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. “Out of the Blues.” Ends July 9.

Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art. 642 E. Market St. “Impossible Places,” by Keith Stone. Ends July 29.

The Green Building. 732 E. Market St. “General, Particular Permanent, Passing Mixed Media,” by Mandy Rogers Horton. End June 24.

Hite Art Institute. University of Louisville, Belknap Campus. “Summer Breaks: Labor, Leisure, Lust” an exhibition of prints from the institute’s permanent collection that explores notions of American downtime. Ends Aug. 5.

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel. Lobby, 11999 Casino Center Dr Se, Elizabeth. “Time Was” by Michael Beringer. Ends July 9.

Howard Steamboat Museum. 1101 E. Market St. Reproduction of Victorian era gowns by Ruby Grace Miller. Ends July 10.

Huff Gallery. Spalding Library, 853 Library Lane. Senior Thesis Exhibition. Ends July 8.

Jane Morgan Gallery. 4838 Brownsboro Center. “Paintings of the Parklands.” Ends July 30.

Jeffersontown Historical Museum. 10635 Watterson Trail. The Beatles Memorabilia exhibit from the collection of Paul Ratterman. Ends June 17.

Kentucky Fine Art Gallery. 2400 C Lime Kiln Lane. “Kentucky Sentiments,” by Lynn Dunbar. Ends July 31.

Kentucky Science Center. 727 W. Main St. “The World We Create.” Permanent exhibit exploring STEM through open-ended challenges.

Kentucky Watercolor Society. 4836 Brownsboro Road. Spring in the Bluegrass. Ends July 9.

Kore Gallery. Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. “Three Bodies of Work, Go Figure,” by Jeaneen Barnhart, Rhonda Goodall and Michael Alexander. Ends June 30.

Muhammad Ali Center. 144 N. Sixth St. “Shining a Light,” the center’s third annual international photography contest and exhibition. Ends June 30.

Ogle Cultural and Community Center. Lobby, Indiana University Southeast, 4201 Grant Line Road. “The James L. Russell Wonderland Way Collection.”

Paul Paletti Gallery. 713 East Market St. “(based on a true story) and other Photographic Tales,” by David Alan Harvey. Ends July 13.

Portland Museum. 2308 Portland Ave. “New Artists in Portland.” Ends June. 24.

Pyro Gallery. 909 E. Market St. “Botanical Forms,” by John McCarthy, ceramic sculpture and James Norton, photography. Ends July 2.

Revelry Boutique Gallery. 742 E. Market St. “Teacup Serenade,” by Lyndi Lou. Ends June 23.

Speed Art Museum. 2035 South 3rd St. “Kentucky Captured: Photographs Inspired by the Bluegrass State.” Ends July 17.

Studio Post Office. 123 W. Oak St. “Art of the Pin: A Lapel Pin Art Show.” Ends June 30.

Swanson Contemporary. 638 E. Market St. “Secrets,” by Wallace Bowling. Ends June 18.

Tim Faulkner Gallery. 1512 Portland Ave. “Colors of the Night: Light Painting in Portland,” by Zed Saeed. Ends June 29.

Wayside Expressions Gallery. Hotel Louisville, 120 W. Broadway. “Journey,” by Karen Maddox. Ends June 26.

Zephyr Gallery. 610 E. Market St. “Project 13- Re: Place.” Ends Aug. 20.

2016 Summer Guide: Festivals -- from LEO - Louisville Eccentric Observer 5-18-16

by qsyndic 18. May 2016 14:05

                   

2016 Summer Guide: Festivals

MAY

27–29 — Kentucky Reggae Festival: Louiville Water Tower Park (3005 River Road), Fri. 5–11:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 2–11:30 p.m. Food by Jamaican Assoc. of Louisville, Caribbean Market with arts, crafts, jewelry, beads and more, extensive lineup of live reggae.

JUNE

1 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona”: Central Park, 8 p.m., June 1–5, June 7-12, July 13, 16, 20, 23, features live performances of Shakespeare’s plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.

3–4 — Louisville’s Greek Festival: Belvedere, Fri. 4–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m., celebrates Greek culture with music, arts and crafts, food and more, louisvillegreekfest.com.

4 — 11th Annual Fest of Ale: New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater, 201 E. Water St., New Albany, Ind., 3 p.m.–7 p.m., Benefiting Crusade for Children, offers over 250 craft and import ales for sample.

4-5 — Butchertown Art Fair: Butchertown (800 and 900 blocks of E. Washington St.), Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., features art, live music and plenty of food and drink, butchertown.wix.com/artfair.

4-5 — Colonial Trade Faire: Oldham County History Center: 106 N. Second St., Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m., featuring a celebration of 18th century Kentucky culture, oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

11 — Craft Beer Fest: Jeffersontown (10434 Watterson Trail), 2–6 p.m., 50+ beer, wine and cider tastings. live music, food trucks, jtownchamber.com

11–12 — 10th Annual Art on the Parish Green Festival: Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun., 12–5 p.m., featuring over 90 juried fine arts and crafts vendors, a food court, a beer/wine garden, live music, artontheparishgreen.org.

16 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “The Winter’s Tale”: Central Park, 8 p.m., June 16–19, June 21–26, July 14, 17, 19, 22, 23, features live performances of Shakespeare’s plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.

17–18 — Lyndon Summer Festival: Robison Park (behind the Lyndon Post Office), Fri. 4–10 p.m., Sat. noon–10 p.m., features rides, fireworks, arts and crafts, live music and more, cityoflyndon.org.

17-18 — Kentuckiana Pride Festival: Belvedere, Fri. 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.–Sat. 12 p.m.–12 a.m., features parades, a beer garden, live music and more, kypride.com.

18 — Family Farm & Forage Day: Farnsley-Moremen Landing, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., featuring wagon rides, petting zoo, music, children’s activities, riverside-landing.org.

18-19 — 9th Annual Louisville Festival of Arts with Craft Marketplace: Paddock Shops, Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; artfestival.com/festivals/louisville-festival-arts-craft-marketplace-paddock-shops-kentucky.

25 — George Rogers Clark Days: Clarksville, Falls of the Ohio State Park, Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., reenactors, guest speakers, guided cabin tours, pioneer activities, fallsoftheohio.org.

JULY

1 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Romeo & Juliet”: Central Park, 8 p.m., July 1–3, 5-10, 12, 15, 20, 23, 24, features live performances of Shakespeare’s plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.

3–4 — Crescent Hill Fourth of July Festival: Peterson–Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Ave., Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., pet show, silent auction, antique car parade down Frankfort Avenue, fireworks and more, crescenthill.us.

8–9 — 15th Annual Lebowski Fest: Executive Lawn/Executive Strike & Spare, 911 Phillips Lane, Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., featuring live music by Black Bear Combo, bowling and a film screening, lebowskifest.com.

15–17 — Forecastle Fest: Waterfront Park, 129 River Road, annual music, art, activist festival, featuring more than 65 bands, artists and organizations, forecastlefest.com.

16 — Brightside/Coca–Cola Volleyball Classic: Seneca Park and Baxter Jack’s, annual volleyball tournament, louisvilleky.gov/brightside.

22-24 — Blues ’n’ Barbecue Festival: Water Tower, with live music, barbecue and more, louisvillebluesandbbqfestival.com

23 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s Bard-A-Thon: 4:30 p.m., “The Winter’s Tale”; 7:30 p.m., “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”; 10:30 p.m., “Romeo and Juliet.”

27-30 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s Globe Players Professional Training Program student production of “As You Like It”: Central Park, 8 p.m., features live performances of Shakespeare’s plays for free; kyshakespeare.com.

AUGUST

12–13 — St. Joseph Orphans Picnic: St. Joseph’s Children Home, 2823 Frankfort Ave., more than 60 booths with games, food, raffles and more, sjkids.org.

18–28 — Kentucky State Fair: Kentucky Expo Center, 937 Phillips Lane, featuring exhibits, concerts, agricultural and commercial displays and more, kystatefair.org.

25–27 — Sellersburg Celebrates: Sellersburg, Ind., Silver Creek Township Park, with food and specialty booths, balloon glow, car show and more.

SEPTEMBER

3-4 — Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival: Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road, featuring live music, local beers, food, children’s activities and more, kentuckybluegrassfestival.com.

11–18 — Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival: Gaslight Square, Taylorsville Road/Watterson Trail, with arts and crafts, parade, balloon glow (dusk Friday), music and more, jtownchamber.com.

24–25 — Louisville Irish Fest: Bellarmine University, Fri. 7–10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m., celebrates Irish heritage with music, cultural exhibits, vendors, food and more, louisvilleirishfest.com.

27 — Seven Sense Festival: 2100 – 2300 S. Preston St., featuring live music, craft beer, spirits, local food & arts/crafts. A benefit for the boys & girls haven, facebook.com/sevensensefestival

BEYOND LOUISVILLE

JUNE

2–5 — Great American Brass Band Festival: Danville, Ky., Centre College, featuring world–renowned brass bands, parade, balloon race, picnic, food and more, gabbf.org.

2–5 — 400 Mile Sale: From Maysville to Paducah, Ky., follow U.S. Hwy. 68 for 4 days of antiques, collectibles; 400mile.com.

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