SMOKETOWN COMMUNITY GARDEN NEWS

First giving a special thanks to all the returning and new gardeners for kicking off the 2018 St. Peter Claver's Community Garden for the season. We had a wonderful day meeting and greeting each other and planting many fruits and veggies in our plots and/or raised beds. For the first time in many years, all the plots are occupied with gardeners. 

The community garden is located at St. Peter Claver (behind Shephard Square Leasing Office) at 526 Lampton St. Plots were purchased for only $10 large or small. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you will surely be able to learn great tips for growing and harvesting wonderful and delicious crops. The garden is full of many fruit trees such as pears, peaches, cherries, and papas. Also available are grapes and some herbs. This is my second year gardening and I enjoy building and growing relationships with the other gardeners. I have learned some great gardening tips and have been able to exchange, sample and share the bountiful harvests. Growing food and tasting the freshness of your corps is very exciting and different from store-bought food. I look forward to becoming a better gardener by the end of this season.

Come join us on Saturday, June 23, from 10am-2pm for a Composing Day W.orkshop. We will also be building a new bin for the compose and possibly be building a few more plots for more gardeners interested in joining the gardening team.

Below you will see the current garden layout, gardener's rights, responsibilities, and agreement form. To get more information on purchasing a plot, please contact Kathleen O’Neil at kathleenoneil@iglou.com or 502/569-3461. 

 

HEALTH NEWS: Detoxify Your Life

Whether you want to improve a poor diet, lack of exercise and or overwhelming stress, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or radically change your current lifestyle to get back on track. Simply follow these:

Reflect on what you eat every day. Fruits and vegetables should occupy at least half your plate at meals. Your diet should include a variety of leafy greens, fresh, frozen or dried berries as well as beans, nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocados.  

Replace calorie-heavy foods with healthier ones. Replace white rice with brown or wild rice; sugared cereals with oatmeal; and white bread with whole-wheat. Substitute fish for meat. If you’re drinking alcohol, keep it light—CDC recommends that men should have less than two drinks a day and women no more than one. Maintain a consistent diet all week long. Try to avoid the Saturday-night binge!

Reinforce your new habits. Watch for improvements in the fit of your clothes, blood pressure readings and cholesterol results. Don’t reward yourself with food. Learn to praise yourself for making healthy choices with a massage, a pedicure or a night out with friends.

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Visioning Smoketown Green Spaces with Youth

Many thanks to those of you who were able to attend the Capstone Studio presentation.  Rather you attended or was unable to attend, we are sharing the link to the Story Map.  Please feel free to share with your networks.  We will follow-up again soon with a link to the final report.

We are especially grateful to Chris Rasheed and his students for bringing the greenspace network concepts, and this project, to life. We would also like to extend a big thank you to everyone who offered their suggestions, ideas, and support for our work over the course of the semester. 

As was mentioned during the presentation, our story map, "Visioning a Greenspace Network with Smoketown Youth", will live on (forever!) as an online resource for Smoketown residents and community organizations.  

In addition to the story map, our final report document will also be available on the MUP website. Again, this report includes a wealth of information and goes even deeper into the context of each site, our youth engagement process and takeaways, and it extensively details all of our recommendations - both place-making and place-keeping - for Smoketown’s greenspace network. Additionally, our report includes a fully replicable set of lesson plans for engaging with young people about issues of urban planning, community vision, and citizen action. We invite anyone and everyone to follow these guidelines as a way to bring youth to the table, and for starting conversations with them about their neighborhood and their role in it.

We sincerely hope the story map and our report will be useful to the Neighborhood Association as Smoketown makes progress towards finalizing the neighborhood plan, and we look forward to keeping up with all the empowering energy and folks making positive changes throughout the neighborhood! 

 

GET CONNECTED, 2-1-1 AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Did you know that Metro United Way 2-1-1 has a mobile app? 2-1-1 is a help referral service that directs people looking for resources to help them face life challenges, often for the first time, to the appropriate service provider. Should the 2-1-1 number not work from your phone, alternative numbers to dial are 502-753-2201 or 1-877-566-4968. You can also text your zip code to 898211.

Visit MetroUnitedWay.com

For questions or more information, contact Glen Powell at glen.powell@metrounitedway.org.

Free electric fans for seniors and disabled individuals

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, community organizations, and residents, hundreds of electric fans have been collected to provide heat relief for seniors and people with disabilities.  A "Fan Fair" giveaway and resource event is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Edison Center, 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Louisville, KY 40203.

Fans will be available for seniors 60 and older, as well as for individuals with documented disabilities, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Fan Fair qualifications and guidelines are as follows:

  • Person 60 years or older
  • Or documentation verified by a physician of a disability
  • Resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Bullitt Counties
  • Proof of address and age
  • One fan per household

A Resource Fair will coincide with the fan giveaway event to provide basic health checks and information from local resources. Participating vendors include Aetna, AARP, JenCare, Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA), National Kidney Foundation, Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, Senior Medicare Patrol and several other Metro Government divisions.

 

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Senior Protection will also be educating and distributing prescription drug disposal kits to properly and safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs in the home.

Staff with Louisville Asset Building Coalition's VITA (the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) will provide resources, answer questions and set up appointments for individuals needing assistance with past due and amended tax returns. 

Fan Fair is sponsored by KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living and Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC).  These organizations joined forces in 2016 to implement a fan drive and for the first annual Fan Fair in response to the numerous calls they received requesting heat relief.

This year’s fan collection will end June 13. Drop-off donations of new box fans can be made Monday throughFriday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at one of the following: KIPDA, 11520 Commonwealth Drive (Lou., KY 40299) or WLKY Studio, 1918 Mellwood Ave. (Lou, KY 40206).  Monetary donations are also appreciated to purchase fans and checks can be made payable to KIPDA, Attn:  Fan Fair, mailed to the address above on Commonwealth Drive and postmarked by June 8.

To date, more than 250 fans have been donated, and more than $3500 in monetary donations have been received to purchase additional fans.  Some of the many donors include:

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • CareSource
  • JenCare
  • Lowe’s
  • WLKY
  • Numerous individual donors
  • Local churches 

WLKY served as the media partner providing both on-air and on-line advertising to promote the fan collection and serving as one of the donation drop-off sites.  Lowe’s provided multiple levels of support including donating more than 200 fans and allowing the purchase of additional fans at cost from the monetary donations that were collected.

"The amazing generosity we’ve received again this year is evidence of the compassion and desire to take care of one’s neighbor that exists in the Louisville community,” stated Sarah Teeters, Coordinator for OADC, part of the Office of Resilience and Community Services. “We hope to offer Fan Fair every summer as long as the need and the interest continue.”

“The increased support from the business community this year has been astonishing! It shows just how much dedication our city’s professionals have towards increasing the overall health of our community,” stated Jennifer Craig, Aging and Disability Resource Specialist for KIPDA. 

For more information about the Fan Fair event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services  or  www.KIPDA.org.

LG&E WeCare Program

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WeCare (Weatherization, Conservation Advice and Recycling Energy), is designed to create savings through weatherization and energy education to help income-eligible customers in need. The WeCare Program helps provide a more efficient, safe and comfortable home. More importantly, it teaches our customers how to be more efficient – whether it’s through your own energy conservation efforts, or through the installation of energy-saving devices.

Read more at https://lge-ku.com/wecare