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February Philanthropy Events

With Valentine's Day approximately two weeks away many are preparing to buy gifts for and spend times with their loved ones. It's a great holiday devoted to focusing on spending time with your other half and it can be easy to forget about others that are in need. It's important to remember that February 14th is simply another day for some people.

The good news is that there are several wonderful organizations in Louisville and nearby areas; there is a plethora of opportunity to lend a giving hand towards others in need. Below are philanthropic events going on in February here in Louisville…make it your goal to attend as many as possible!

Philanthropic Events in Louisville | February 2014

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1: Tres Chic | 7:00pm – 12:00am | Claudia Sanders Dinner House

Benefits Kosair Children’s Hospital

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7: 3rd Annual Firefighters Ball | 7:00pm | Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center

Benefits Crusade for Children

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7: The Extra Ordinary Project | Various times | Carmike Cinemas Stonybrook

Benefits the Addison Jo Blair Cancer wing of Kosair Children’s Hospital

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8: Lobster Feast 2014 | 6:00pm – 12:00am | Marriott Louisville Downtown

Benefits Actor’s Theater of Louisville

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Attend 2 Flowers, 2 Canvases at Uptown Arts to Benefit Bridgehaven

On Monday February 17 beginning at 7:00pm Uptown Art on Bardstown Road will be hosting a benefit night for Bridgehaven. The event is titled ‘2 Flowers, 2 Canvases!’ and will allow you to get your artistic juices flowing. No artistic experience is required and a part of the proceeds benefit Bridgehaven Mental Health Services, making the night a truly win-win experience!

The price of the event is $31.00 (after taxes and fees) and you will receive 2 11x14 canvases with plenty of paint to create beautiful flowers on each canvas as well as a tasty treat. The class is approximately 2 hours and you are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. You may purchase wine and beer at Uptown Art, although ages 12 and up are welcome. Since you are receiving two canvasses to paint on you can decide whether you want to keep both as decorations or give one away!

Bridgehaven specializes in providing the best community based psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery services, education, and support to those affected directly or indirectly by mental illness. Through individual and group therapies and activities Bridgehaven has managed to create a wonderful and positive community for a great purpose. They are also the very first organization in Kentucky to offer cognitive enhancement therapy, a type of intervention that helps address negative symptoms of mental illness.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization feel free to visit the Bridgehaven website. To purchase tickets for the '2 Flowers, 2 Canvases!' event at Uptown Art on February 17th click here.

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Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate and Coffee in Louisville

As of 10 a.m. on January 28, 2014 the weather in Louisville is 2 degrees but feels like -9 degrees according to weather.com. It’s the type of weather that makes you want to do anything but go outside…unfortunately many of us have jobs, school and other obligations to attend to. Luckily it doesn’t have to be all bad! The cold weather is a great excuse to stop by your local coffee shop or bakery and grab a hot beverage to keep your warm and toasty. But where exactly should you go to find some of the better hot beverages in Louisville?

We have compiled a list of some of the top locations in Louisville and surrounding areas where you will find great hot beverages. Head out a little early before work or make it a family event tonight and grab a delicious warm beverage for freezing cold days like today!

Mayan Café | 813 E. Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206

Suggestion: Mayan Mocha – Red Hot Roasters espresso & spiced chocolate blend 

Mayan Café Website

Cake Flour | 2420 Lime Kiln Lane, Louisville, KY 40222

Suggestion: Mexican Hot Chocolate (usually only served during Winter months)

Cake Flour Website

Red’s Comfort Foods | 514 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40202

Suggestion: Comfort CoCo w/ cinnamon, carrots and ginger

Red’s Comfort Foods Website

Highland Coffee | 1140 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204

Suggestion: Hot Chocolate, named the BEST Hot Chocolate by Scene Magazine

Highland Coffee Website

Red Hot Roasters | 1403 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206

Suggestion: Hot Cocoa

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GUEST POST: La Coop Restaurant Review Part 2

Today's blog post comes from our very own Sean Fore, listing specialist for the River Valley Group. Sean enjoys great food and living a healthy lifestyle and often writes and reviews about products, restaurants, and much more. He recently visited La Coop Bistro a Vins in Louisville and wanted to share the second part of his experience.

 

We’re seated immediately.  Front of the house staff is good, and they know their menu.  This  is good because, gun to my head, I couldn’t tell you what makes up a cassoulet, or even how you would go about eating said cassoulet. Also, I’m not well versed in French cuisine because frankly it’s lacklustre, at best.  I feel free to bash the French because of a number of reasons.  1)  I am.  2) see reason #1 3)They have no guns with which to shoot as they have dropped them a long long time ago.  Tangent….sorry...onward.

Bar service is good, very nice broad wine list.  I order a Makers, neat.  Hard to screw up.  Blondie orders something off-menu(Go Valkyries), it was reportedly decent.  

You should know something about me.  I have two clones. One is Charlie, age five, the other Sam, age three.  We’re breeding the master race.  Anyhoo, those of you who have young children at home will understand the following.  My kids are addicted, the same way I am to hummus, so I’m not judging, to Disney movies.  There comes a time in a father’s life that he simply cannot tolerate another screening of Cars 2.  Period.  Wanting to broaden their horizons, I downloaded Ratatouille on the IPad, and that was...

Meet family and friends of Louis Braille, inventory of the Braille code, this weekend in Louisville!

On Saturday January 25th from 10:30am to 12:30pm you will have the opportunity to meet the inventor of the Braille code system in character-form at the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind. In celebration of National Braille Literacy Awareness Month family, friends and teachers of Louis Braille will be visiting Louisville for the ‘Louis Braille: This is Your Life’ event.

The Braille writing system has helped countless number of blind and visually impaired individuals read and write. With technological advancements there are now Braille computers and display screens that allow users to read and write more efficiently and effectively. Louis Braille lost vision in both eyes by the age of 5 and created the system to help him and others grasp a more thorough understanding of the world around them. information or would like to register call the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind at (502) 899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org.

The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind is located in the Clifton area of Louisville on Frankfort Avenue. Although there are several homes in Louisville to view, the Frankfort Avenue/Brownsboro Road homes are one-of-a-kind. Feel free to explore our website...check out Clifton houses in Louisville or simply give the team a call at (502) 265-5818 and we will help you find exactly what you’re looking for!

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GUEST POST: La Coop Restaurant Review

Today's blog post comes from our very own Sean Fore, listing specialist for the River Valley Group. Sean enjoys great food and living a healthy lifestyle and often writes and reviews about products, restaurants, and much more. He recently visited La Coop Bistro a Vins in Louisville and wanted to share his experience

 

The night started out as far from hipster as it gets.  Baby mama and I were all dressed in our fancy duds, heading out, on what I’m sure will be one of the coldest nights in Louisville’s history, to an upscale steakhouse located in the Galt House.  We’ve eaten there numerous times, and by the end of every evening prior to this one, I end up casting a frightening resemblance to Vlad Tepes (it’s ok,feel free to google it).  Teeth stained with blood, wiping the grease away with my bare hand, gulping down a nice Chilean merlot because “it pairs nicely with beef” and not because I’m a lush. Eventually, while clutching my old 96 ‘er tee shirt we stumble  to the cab or hotel room.  Happy.  Full.  Buzzed.

Did I mention how cold it was?  The thermometer in the milf-mobile was reading 2 degrees.  FAHRENHEIT.  Chivalry being very much alive in my heart, I dropped off said milf at the entrance to the steak house that shall remain nameless, so she wouldn’t be exposed to the face crackling, hair freezing, you-know-what shriveling into your throat downtown Louisville wind.  I park and am sprinting toward the entrance when my phone rings.  Closed due to water main break.  It’s that cold outside.  We run back to the milf mobile,...

Harlem Globetrotters Returning to KFC Yum! Center

They’re baaack! The one-and-only Harlem Globetrotters will be returning to the KFC Yum! Center this Saturday at 2pm and 7pm for their annual “Fans Rule” world tour. This event is one of the top family outings of the year and is one you can’t and won’t want to miss.

This year the Globetrotters are aiming for more fan interaction as they will allow the audience to decide which new rule will be added to the game, such as 6 vs. 5 or the Trick Shot Challenge. The team has played over 20,000 exhibition games across the globe since the 1920s and has lost only 345 games, with the most recent loss occurring in 2006. Team mascot “Globie” will be in attendance to interact with kids and fans of all ages during the event.

Price of admission ranges from $26 to $113 per ticket, although you can get 25% off using the discount code ‘SCUBASANTA’. For more information on the event or to order your tickets for Saturday’s event visit the event page on the KFC Yum! Center’s site.

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GUEST POST: Review of Corner Cafe

Today's blog post comes from our very own Sean Fore, listing specialist for the River Valley Group. Sean enjoys great food and living a healthy lifestyle and often writes and reviews about products, restaurants, and much more. He recently visited Corner Cafe in Louisville and wanted to share his experience.

 

Bookended by a laundromat and a goodwill, across the parking lot from a bar where this author has many wasted and misspent hours cheering the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory, and sometimes defeat, sits the nondescript, unassuming, and utterly fantastic Corner Cafe. Every time, and I do mean every time, they knock it out of the park.  Every time, I’m embarrassed that I don’t patronize it more.  I’m a local.  I’m from Louisville, it’s 10 minutes from my house.  What’s the matter with me?

I tend to think of large menus as always being poorly done.  They are most likely all dishes that are variations of three things: pork, beef and chicken.  30 pieces of flare, and ridiculous decorations on the wall…..snore.  What the Corner Cafe does is what I’ll call ‘fresh diversity’.  I’m no professional critic, and I can taste the difference between fresh and frozen.  It’s as easy as Olive Garden v Ray Parella’s (I know, I know it’s closed, simply making a point).  Italian, seafood, cajun, pizza.  Yep, and not just spaghetti, and jambalaya either.  Osso Buco, Shrimp and grits with red-eye gravy and country ham bits, you say?  Well, let me just take off my vegan shoes and partake in the delightfully carnivorous festival of meat. (In all seriousness, I had the mediterranean wrap- hummus, spinach, olives, tomatoes, no feta).

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January Philanthropy Events

The first month of a new year is typically filled with people focusing on themselves and trying to improve their own life. The holidays are filled with so much love and care for others that January tends to slow down when it comes to helping and giving. It’s important to remember that for many the need for help from others doesn’t stop after the holidays.

The good news is that there are several wonderful organizations in Louisville and nearby areas; there is a plethora of opportunity to lend a giving hand towards others in need. Below are philanthropic events going on in January here in Louisville; if one of your resolutions is to be more philanthropic attempt to attend as many of these events as possible!

Philanthropic Events in Louisville | January 2013

January-

8: Happy 70th Birthday Elvis Presley Party | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | Hard Rock Café

Benefits the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis

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9: A Night of Jazz with LACDST | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | KY Center for African American Heritage

Benefits the LAC Scholarship Fund

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11: 21st Annual Cabo Wabo Coat Party | 8:00pm – 1:00am | Mellwood Art Center

Benefits The Dream Factory; collecting new and used coats for St. Vincent’s

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18: 4 Paws for Dalton’s Dance Charity Yard Sale | 8:00am – 3:00pm | Fern Creek Community Center

Benefits 4 Paws for Ability,...

Spent a Night in Paris...in Louisville?!

Bonjour! The Frazier Museum here in Louisville is kicking off their special Saturday night extended hours with 'A Touch of France at the Frazier' this Saturday January 11th from 5pm to 9pm. The night will feature the Eye of Napoleon, the treasures of the French Emperor and his Court. If you are looking for a great way to spend a Saturday night what better way than to go to Paris without actually leaving Louisville?

The special evening will also feature a unique gallery tour, live French music, a viewing of a French film, and the opportunity to take a French lesson. There will also be a cash bar available the entire night, featuring themed cocktails such as 'The Eifel Tower', 'Night in Paris', and 'The French Pearl'. 

The admission price for this special exhibition is $18.50; the tickets will held at will call for you to pick up the night of the event when you arrive. If you are a member you can get a ticket at only $8. For more information on the event or to place an order for your tickets visit the online store of the Frazier Museum.

The Frazier Museum is located on Main Street in downtown Louisville and is near several gorgeous and conveniently-located condos. If you are looking to be within walking distance of the Ohio River, the KFC Yum! Center, and some of the top restaurants in the entire state, living in a downtown condo in Louisville is the way to go! Call the River Valley Group at (502) 265-5818 for more information!

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GUEST POST: Review of Harvest Restaurant

Today's blog post comes from our very own Sean Fore, listing specialist for the River Valley Group. Sean enjoys great food and living a healthy lifestyle and often writes and reviews about products, restaurants, and much more. He recently visited Harvest in Louisville and wanted to share his experience.

Farm to table, as I understand it, is a relatively new concept.  The spike of fuel prices and the ensuing skyrocket of food costs threatened the existence of more than a few hometown eateries.  The curtain was pulled back on another dilemma during this period.  What damage do we cause the environment because we can’t seem to live without our Omaha Steak, or fresh Maine lobster??  What’s the “carbon footprint” of the menu items we’re reading through on our night out on the town?  

An interesting and creative solution was sought, and the concept of “farm to table” was born.  It especially took hold in Louisville as a re-birth of an area of town that was, until recently, routinely the scene of many vagrancies committed by the area’s inhabitants.  A few short years later, NewLou (NuLu) was born.  New Louisville, very hip, very trendy, very unique, and, because we’re in Louisville, very restaurant heavy.  

While on a warm summer night, with a knockout blonde on my arm, I find myself exploring NuLu, and therefore it’s collection of eclectic shops, while sipping bourbon, and viewing a photography exhibit on the beauty of the pregnant female form, it occurs to me that I could eat.  I look around and see no less than 10 establishments.  Harvest.  Hmm, sounds, well, gulp, local.  

Nice entrance, old yet new...ambience is strange.  Large portraits on the wall.  The centerpieces are sicks in vases of water.  Weird....

Bill Nye Coming to Kentucky in February

Bill Nye “the Science Guy” is coming to Kentucky next month! On February 4th Nye will be coming to the Creation Museum to debate with Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum. Ken Ham posted on Facebook earlier this week that the former science TV show host will be at the museum in February, which has made headlines across the country.

Ham issued the debate after seeing Nye’s video from last year pertaining to how creationism was bad and inappropriate for children. The video made a great deal of noise, drawing over 6 million views on YouTube. The event is titled “Is Creation A Viable Model of Origins?” and will be open to the general public.

Prices and the time for the event have not been finalized. To read the announcement by Ken Ham in full check out his blog titled ‘Around The World with Ken Ham’.

The Creation Museum is located in Northern Kentucky, not far from downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River! There are beautiful homes in Northern Kentucky, including homes in Hebron, houses in Union, and condos in Covington, KY. Call Lori Hernandez today at (502) 377-9217 to learn more about the area and to schedule a private showing at your convenience!

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