Nov 2


Established by the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences to increase access to fresh, locally grown food in the east downtown area of Louisville, this seasonal open air market features 10-12 vendors each week offering local farm products including fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, eggs, grass-fed meats, breads, jams, canned goods, granola, kettle corn, crafts, and more.
400 block of E. Gray Street between S. Jackson and S. Preston streets, in front of the UofL School of Public Health & Information Sciences and Louisville Metro’s Department of Public Health & Wellness buildings in Louisville, Kentucky

Thursdays, 10:30am - 1:30pm
mid-May - October

Gray Street Farmers Market

Summer Of Justice
Aug 10

Summer Of Justice

Summer Of Justice Program is an initiative that focuses on the five Senses of Justice using workshops, group discovery, analysis and talk backs to discover what justice looks, sounds, tastes, feels and smell like on a personal, community and global level.

The Summer of Justice Program believes in the power of youth to use their experiences and voices to impact change and will be offered for FREE to middle and high school youth in and around the Smoketown Neighborhood.

The program will incorporate workshops in drumming, poetry, rap, urban farming, food justice, and group empowerment. The youth will then take their Summer of Justice experience and contact local and state representatives about what they have learned and the changes they would like to make in  their community.

The Summer of Justice Program will be held every Tuesday and Thursday beginning June 8, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Coke Memorial UMC 428 E. Breckenridge St. 40203.

As part of Project HEAL (Health, Equity, Art, Leaning), the Summer of Justice Program will be led by IDEAS xLab Community Health Champion, ShawnNika Queen and Cultural Producer, Hannah Drake.

If you have have further questions contact

ShawnNika Marie Queen

Project H.E.A.L. Community Health Champion or call (502)439-4427

If you are interested in registering your youth, please go to



Oct 31


Attention All SMOKETOWN Residents, Fresh Stop Market is off to a great start for the season bringing FRESH affordable produce near you. There has been much canvassing to bring the awareness of the market so that all have an equal chance of utilizing the convenient service.

As you know, earlier this year, the 2nd Street Kroger had closed their doors leaving the community to find an alternative (most inconveniently) way to shop for food. Thanks to New Roots Fresh Stop Market which is an organization that believes that simply having convenient access to and affordability to food is a basic human right. 

New Roots is also a FOOD JUSTICE movement that is spreading the word of urban communities becoming food deserts and in hopes that with this movement it not only improves access and affordability but brings the community together.

They are always welcoming the community to step up and become leaders in the market. There are various opportunities for you to get involved. To learn move visit the website.

The markets are heldbi-weekly every Tuesday at Coke Memorial UMC 428 E. Breckenridge St, from 4:30-6:30 pm. The next market will be on June 27, 2017. All orders are due each Friday (by 9pm) before the market. 

If you are not a Smoketown resident then that's okay. Fresh Stop Markets are all around Metro Louisville. View website for closest location near you.


Aug 29


Hello Smoketown! The KFC Yum! Center, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Louisville, will host “Fit Tuesday” exercise classes on the arena’s Norton Healthcare Plaza every Tuesday evening at 5:45PM from June 6-August 29. No classed will be held July 4 or 18. The 45-50 minute complimentary classes will be taught by certified fitness instructors from the YMCA and are open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Advance registration is not required and participants do not need to bring any equipment, though an exercise mat, water bottle and sweat towel are recommended for most classes.

Although these classes have started, it's not to late to begin and have fun. This is a family friendly event and environment. What's even better, it's FREE. So come on out and shake, dance, and move like a rock star that you truly are. 

iHeart Media’s 100.5 Kiss FM will play music for each class, conduct prize giveaways and give guests a chance to meet their favorite on-air radio personalities. 

Participants will be required to sign a waiver. A parent or guardian must be present for participants under 18. 

Class Schedule:

June 6 – Dance Fitness
June 13 – Boot Camp
June 20 – Insanity
June 27 – POUND
July 11 – POUND
July 25 – Zumba
August 1 – Turbokick
August 8 – Zumba
August 15 – POUND
August 22 – Yoga
August 29 – Boot Camp

Download a printalbe schedule here

Click here for class descriptions






2017-2018 Back to School Events
Sep 20

2017-2018 Back to School Events

Mark your calendars for these important Back 2 School events near you. You don't want to miss out on FREE informational resources and supplies from various community schools and organizations. 

  • Free to the public starting on July 27 at 9am

Free Class - Heroin Hurts Louisville: What we can do
6:30 pm18:30

Free Class - Heroin Hurts Louisville: What we can do

“In Louisville, 285 of our neighbors, friends and family members died of a drug overdose in 2016,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in Louisville and all of Kentucky. There are 2 classes scheduled to represent one step in helping us understand and prevent opioid abuse in our communities around Louisville.”

When: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Where: Louisville Free Public Library (Main Branch), 301 York St.

Time: 6:30 pm

The next class will be offered Saturday, August 5, 2017 @ 2pm, @ Southwest Library Branch located at 9725 Dixie Hwy.


Save the Date!!!
5:30 pm17:30

Save the Date!!!

American Heart Association brings “Simple Cooking with Heart” mobile kitchen to Louisville


Special launch event will showcase live healthy cooking demonstration


WHEN:      Thursday, June 29, 2017; 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:     Louisville Grows 

                   1641 Portland Avenue

                   Louisville, KY

 WHAT:       The American Heart Association

                   They will launch its new “Simple Cooking with Heart” mobile kitchen, which will help bring the concept of healthy eating to life for residents in the Kentuckiana region. A live cooking demonstration will take place, allowing attendees to see how easy they can prepare a nutritious, tasty meal for their families.

                    Louisville Grows will host the event, which will have over 200 people learning first-hand how to prepare healthy, delicious meals for their families. Hor d’oeuvres and drinks provided.

WHO:        Guest chefs – Louisville’s Chef Sunshine Flagg and Philadelphia’s own Chef Delilah Winder will host the live cooking demonstration for attendees.

The American Heart Association, a national volunteer-driven agency whose mission is “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

Louisville Grows, a local organization whose mission is to grow a just and sustainable community through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education.

WHY:         Food insecurity is a harsh reality in the United States today. Many people in the Kentuckiana region don’t have easy access to healthy foods. Along with this, many people think healthy eating is expensive, time consuming, and bland. Through the “Simple Cooking with Heart” mobile kitchen, the American Heart Association can show that eating healthy can be a lot simpler than most people think. Even just limiting sugar and making substitutions in one’s daily meals can go a long way towards improving heart health. Applying simple steps to cooking habits can help create great tasting, healthy meals that anyone can enjoy.

                Also, two of every three American adults are obese or overweight as people eat too much fast food and too many heavily processed meals. Obesity increases risk for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world.

Media and Simple Cooking Inquiries:           

Keisha Deonarine, Senior Community Health Director, American Heart Association 

contact information:        

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit



ONE LOVE LOUISVILLE AMBASSADOR INSTITUTE #3 by Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods
9:30 am09:30

ONE LOVE LOUISVILLE AMBASSADOR INSTITUTE #3 by Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods

The One Love Louisville Ambassador Institute is a one day training session that will provide extended knowledge and skills for community members to make a difference in their neighborhoods. Training will include Conflict Resolution, Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention, Community Organizing and the Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention. Participants will gain skills to take action in the One Love Louisville Initiative. The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is confident that your participation in the Ambassador Program will be instrumental in the collaborative effort of violence reduction in our city.

Light refreshments and Lunch will be served.

Parking is available along Jefferson St. on the church campus.

9:30 am09:30


Women Engaged aims to encourage, empower, excel, equip and explore life for the good of ourselves, our families and our communities

We want to see women everywhere, standing strong in unity, investing in our communities, and supporting, strengthening and celebrating one another in spirit, wisdom and truth

Core Values:

  • Improve self and increase overall awareness of who we are
  • Initiate conversation, interact with, include and seek to build relationships with all people
  • Involve and invest ourselves in our neighborhoods, businesses and stakeholders in the community
  • Identify needs individually and collectively, proactively taking action whenever possible
  • Inspire, influence, inform and equip our youth and young adults to become productive citizens
  • Increase care for our bodies and souls


WE meets every fourth Saturday at the Louisville Urban League from 9:30AM– 12N

WE invite you to join us on this journey and bring a friend!

For more information contact:

Dianne Lewis Brown



Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing
Jun 24

Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing

  The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a public comment period June 23, 2017, on a revised Request for Modification of the Environmental Acceptability Goals of the STAR Program for American Synthetic Rubber Company (ASRC) submitted to the District on May 16, 2017. 

            APCD is incorporating all of the comments it received during two prior public comment periods and at public hearings held on April 19, 2017, and on May 17, 2017, into its evaluation of ASRC’s revised Request for Modification.  APCD invites additional comments from the public on ASRC’s revised Request for Modification.  Written statements will be accepted by District Industrial Permitting Engineering Manager, Paul Aud, 701 W. Ormsby Avenue, Suite 303, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, until 5:00 p.m., July 24, 2017.  Written statements will also be accepted electronically until the same deadline via the Internet at the e-mail address “”. Oral statements will be accepted at a public hearing in the 2nd floor ballroom of Memorial Auditorium, 970 South Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, at 6:00 p.m., July 19, 2017.

            A paper copy of the requested modification may be obtained from Cherri Steiner, (502) 574-5606, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. An electronic copy of the requested modification, and additional information may be downloaded from the District’s website at

"I Am ALI" Festival
Jul 15

"I Am ALI" Festival

The “I Am Ali” festival will open on the one-year anniversary of Ali’s passing, June 3rd and will highlight Ali’s “Six Core Principles”—Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and Spirituality– with six weeks of programming and community events, tied to each one of these principles. The “I Am Ali” Festival will culminate on July 15th.


The celebration of Ali’s legacy will include local arts and cultural groups, performances and exhibits that span June 3 – July 15, 2017. Each week during the festival, one of Ali’s “Six Core Principles” will be celebrated:

Spirituality: June 3-10

Giving: June 11-17

Respect: June 18-24

Conviction: June 25-July 1

Dedication: July 2-8

Confidence: July 9-15

Visit the Louisville Convention and Visitor Bureau’s “I Am Ali” festival page for more information here

To join the “I Am Ali” Festival by clicking here.

Smoketown: Celebrating Father's
Jun 30

Smoketown: Celebrating Father's

Throughout the month of June there will be various activities and events for father's and male role models to engage in. 

Please view the calendar to enjoy what's in store for you