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Libraries in Louisville for 2014 Library Week!

April will be here tomorrow (which can be unfortunate if you are the victim of a cruel April Fools Joke) and with it comes beautiful weather and more exciting events and celebrations. For example, did you know the first week of April is considered National Library Week? Libraries across the country will be celebrating with book drives, donations, and fun contests.

Louisville is fortunate to have an excellent library system where children and adults of all ages can peacefully educate themselves in a safe and fun manner. For those not familiar with the Louisville area or those that would simply like a convenient list of libraries in and around Louisville we have provided a list below. Be sure to visit a Louisville public library this week, sign up for a free library card, and check out a few wonderful page turners!

There are 18 branches of the Louisville Free Public Library as well as the library the University of Louisville library at the downtown campus:

Bon Air Branch (Hikes Point / Buechel) | 2816 Del Rio Place

Crescent Hill Branch | 2762 Frankfort Avenue

Fairdale Branch | 10620 W. Manslick Road

Fern Creek Branch | 6768 Bardstown Road

Highlands-Shelby Park Branch | 1250 Bardstown Road, St.4

Iroquois Branch | 601 W. Woodlawn Avenue

Jeffersontown Branch | 10635 Watterson Trail

Main Library | 301 York Street

Middletown Brach | 200 N. Juneau Drive

Newburg Branch | 4800 Exeter Avenue

Okolona Branch | 7709 Preston Highway

Portland Branch | 3305 Northwestern Parkway

St. Matthews Branch | 3940 Grandview Avenue

Shawnee Branch | 3912 W. Broadway

Shively Branch | 3920 Dixie Highway (current closed but will be reopening in April)

Southwest Branch | 10375 Dixie Highway

Western Branch | 604 S. 10th Street

Westport Branch | 8100 Westport Road

University of Louisville - Ekstrom Library (Main...

River Valley Weekend Report - 3/28/2014

As usual finding things to do in Louisville this weekend shouldn’t be an issue considering the plethora of options in the ‘Ville’. This weekend will be filled with a rainy Saturday, sunny Saturday, and some great college basketball, highlighted by the Bluegrass Rivalry in the Sweet 16 tonight pitting UofL versus UK. Aside from college basketball some of the highlights of this weekend’s events include Wizard World Comic Con, ‘Three Men and a Pizza’, and the Children’s Carnival! Continue reading below for more details!

Events for the weekend of 3/28/2014:

*Asterisk denotes FREE events!

Wizard World Louisville Comic Con | Friday March 28th – Sunday March 30th | Kentucky Convention Center

UofL Baseball vs. Xavier / Butler | Friday March 28th – Sunday March 30th | Jim Patterson Stadium

Native American Storytelling | Saturday March 29th | Farnsley-Moremen Landing*

“Paws with Purpose” Book Signing | Saturday March 29th | Carmichael’s Bookstore*

Damaged goods Presents: Three Men and a Pizza | Saturday March 29th | The Bard’s Town

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River Valley Weekend Report - 3/21/2014

There is no shortage of events in Louisville this weekend if you are looking for some fun and excitement! Some of the highlights include the European Car Show on Saturday, the UofL Men’s Soccer spring game Saturday evening, and ‘Shen Yun’ at the Kentucky Center on Sunday afternoon. Continue reading below for access to more details and a list of more events!

Events for the weekend of 3/21/2014:

*Asterik denotes FREE events!

Shakespeare’s King John | Friday March 21st – Sunday March 23rd | The Alley Theater

Best Buddies Kentucky Friendship Walk | Saturday March 22nd | Seneca Park*

Water by the Bridge | Saturday March 22nd | Waterfront Park*

Pearls & Pumps Fashion Show | Saturday March 22nd | The Olmsted

Grand Opening of Bricks & Minifigs | March 22nd | Middletown

UofL Men’s Soccer Spring Game | Saturday March 22nd | Cardinal Park

Shen Yun | Sunday March 23rd | The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall

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Cleaning Out Your Garage for Spring Time

One of the greatest things about winter is that your garage is usually left untouched and how often you take things out and put things back is limited. One of the unappealing things about spring is cleaning out your garage, putting Christmas ornaments away, etc. Unfortunately we are at the point where the former has ended and the latter has arrived. As of today the spring season has officially arrived and the weather is warming up. With the weekend quickly approaching we felt it might be useful to provide you with some great tips on cleaning out your garage.

Believe it or not there is a method to the madness of garage cleaning. It’s something most people dread when spring rolls around but is something you should definitely do; a cluttered garage will eventually lead to a cluttered home. Hopefully the tips below will make the process easier and with as little stress as possible!

Plan a weekend and strategize.

Cleaning out your garage in an efficient and effective manner takes time, so be sure to make time when you don’t have other obligations to attend to. Determine if the size of the job is something you can handle by yourself or if it’s worth calling up a friend or family member to lend a hand.

Yard sale, anyone?

A great way to eliminate a lot of the items that are taking up space in your home and garage is to host a yard sale during a weekend. Saturdays are ideal and many go out with the purpose of looking for yard sales. Hosting a yard sale is practically cleaning your garage out and earning money in the process! If you don’t have any luck try selling on eBay or an online marketplace; worst case scenario is you can give it to the Goodwill if it has little to no value.

Equip your garage with plenty of shelving and storage space.

Be sure to have space to put your items so that it’s not all sitting on the ground; the more floor space, the better. Ideally you want shelves installed...

River Valley Weekend Report - 3/14/2014

There are two big reasons to celebrate this weekend: 1) it’s officially the last weekend of the winter season before spring starts on March 20th and 2) it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Temperatures are expected to drop Sunday with a 70% chance of rain but Saturday is looking to be sunny with a high of 62 degrees…that means you should take advantage of the gorgeous weather tomorrow!

Events for the weekend of 3/14/2014:

The Roast of Robocop | March 14th | The Bard’s Town

Turners Circus 2014 ‘Shipwrecked’ | March 14th | American Turners of Louisville

4th Annual team Building Krispy Kreme Creations | March 15th | Franklin Warehouse

21st Annual Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee | March 15th | Spalding Univ.

2014 St. Patrick’s Parade | March 15th | Highlands (Phoenix Hill to Mid City Mall)

Raptor Rehab: Eileen Wicker | March 15th | Blackacre

2014 Wrapped in Red Gala | March...

Things to Do in Louisville: 'Party for the Planet' at the Lousiville Zoo

If you are looking for things to do in Louisville the Louisville Zoo is one of the premier destinations to visit during the spring season. The weather is immaculate and provides a great opportunity to get outdoors and experience nature with your family. From comparing the size of your hand to that of a gorilla in Gorilla Forest to observing the magnificence of polar bears and sea lions at the award-winning Glacier Run, a day at the zoo offers an endless amount of entertainment at a very affordable price.

An incentive to head to the zoo in April is to celebrate ‘Party for the Planet’, which is a celebration of the planet Earth. During the month of April the Louisville Zoo will be hosting special events, discounted admission prices, and many more fun opportunities! Here is a calendar of events for the month of April at the Louisville Zoo:

                Saturday, April 5- Eco-Partners: Feed the Dirty with Louisville Bats’ mascot Buddy Bat

                Sunday, April 6- Buddy Bat joins zoo mascots Tundra and Grizwald

                Saturday, April 12- Eco-Partner: Louisville Water Company

                *Sunday, April 13- Earth Day Celebration ($3 admission)*

                Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20- Eggstravaganza Weekend (Easter Egg Hunt)

                Saturday, April 19- Eco-Partners: Green Gypsy Organics and the Kentucky Orchid Society

                Saturday, April 26- Eco-Partner: Kentucky Science Center

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River Valley Weekend Report - 3/7/2014

The weekend is here and there are no signs of rain or snow in the forecast…that means it’s time to get out, explore Louisville and have fun! Luckily there are several events below that you can enjoy with family and friends. In between reading the River Valley Group blog and checking to see how much your home is worth be sure to get out this weekend and bask in the (somewhat) warm weather. The River Valley Group has compiled the events below for this week’s River Valley Weekend Report. No matter where your house in Louisville is located be sure to take time out of your day to get out and have fun with family and friends!

Events for the weekend of 3/7/2014:

Bottoms-Up Bash presented by KentuckyOne Health | March 7th | Mellwood Arts Center

http://coloncancerpreventionproject.org/news-events/bottoms-up.html

Louisville Arcade Expo 2014 | March 7th – March 9th | Ramada Louisville

http://www.arcaderx.com/

UofL Men’s Basketball vs. UConn Huskies | March 8th | KFC Yum! Center

http://www.kfcyumcenter.com/

2014 McDazzle: A Red Tie Gala | March 8th | Galt House Hotel

http://rmhc-kentuckiana.org/events/red-tie-gala/

Tools & Foods of Native Peoples at the Falls | March 8th | Falls of the Ohio

http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/programs.html...

How Does a $20 Spring Break Trip for your Kids Sound?

No Spring Break plans for your children? No problem! The city of New Albany is offering a 3-day Spring Break road trip package for children to participate in for only $20. Each day from 10:30am to 2:00pm the recreation staff at the Griffin Center will be taking children on a field trip to different venues. These experiences will offer a special opportunity to explore the area and meet new friends in the process.

The field trips for each day will be:

                March 25th- Enjoy a movie at the Regal theatre

                March 26th- Louisville Science Center

                March 27th- Mystery Trip!

This is a great alternative as opposed to having to take your children to daycare or staying inside while being off of school. Parents can register at the Griffin Center in New Albany and the 3-day field trip experience will only happen if 10 children are signed up by March 11th, so act quickly!

In addition to the field trip experience New Albany offers plenty of exciting activities that your children can get involved with, such as the 2nd Annual Youth/Teen Basketball League, gymnastics, nature workshop series, and much more. For more information visit the website of the City of New Albany!

To learn about other exciting events going on in New Albany please visit our River Valley Group blog. Also be sure to follow us on social media by clicking the logos below!

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Prepping Your Home for the Spring Weather

The spring season officially begins with the vernal equinox, which is on March 20th. It may be hard to think about the next season when Louisville is constantly facing snow days and cold weather lately but it’s important to stay ahead of the game. Whether you are prepping your house to be put on the market or you are simply adjusting to the spring season and warmer weather there are several things to keep in mind. Let’s start with the exterior of your home…

When you live in an area that experiences a good amount of snow during the winter (such as Louisville and the river valley region) you want to get your roof looked at by a contractor at least once every two years. If you haven’t gotten it looked at in a while a quick Google search for ‘roofing contractors in Louisville’ will return several professionals in the area that would love to have your business. On the other hand if you have had your roof looked at in the past year you can still do a quick check yourself. Take a walk around the perimeter of your home and check to see if you can see any loose shingles or cracks. It’s ideal to be able to actually get on top of your roof but make sure someone else is around for safety reasons.

Another aspect to keep in mind for the change in seasons is the rainfall that Louisville experiences in April and May. You will want to have your gutters looked at to ensure they are not clogged with leaves or debris so that rain water can flow smoothly. It’s also worth your time to check all of your windows to ensure water will not drip inside your home during the April showers, which includes thoroughly cleaning them.

If you are planning on starting a garden this spring it will be crucial for you to check and clean the area of your garden. This includes raking away tree limbs or debris, checking for any potential pipe leaks near your garden and inspecting your garden hose to ensure readiness come gardening time. We are slowly but surely approaching the final snow falls of the winter season here in Louisville...

Check out Ghost: The Musical at The Kentucky Center Next Week!

Beginning Tuesday March 11th Ghost: The Musical will be playing at The Kentucky Center in Louisville, KY with various shows until March 16th. If you were a fan of the timeless 1990 film Ghost starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg you are sure to get that nostalgic feeling all over again as the beautiful music hits yours ears. The show is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long with a 15 minute intermission and ticket prices range from $35.95 to $93.85.

Here is the official description via The Kentucky Center:

Ghost follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

Louisville is one of the many stops for Ghost: The Musical as they are currently embarking on a nationwide tour. An extraordinary philanthropic effort was put forth on February 7th in honor of National Wear Red Day and the Go Red for Women movement: for every ticket sold on that day $10 was donated to the American Heart Association to help combat heart disease.

 Ghost: The Musical opens Tuesday March 11th at 7:30pm. Additional dates and times are as follows:

                Wednesday, March 12 – 7:30pm

                Thursday, March 13 – 7:30pm

                Friday, March 14 – 8:00pm

                Saturday, March 15 – 2:00pm; 8:00pm

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