DBSA Louisville Wins Chapter Service Award

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), a patient-directed national organization that focuses on the most prevalent mental illnesses, has a grass roots network of nearly 1,000 patient-run support groups across the country. Chapter Service Awards are DBSA’s chance to recognize outstanding chapters for their work in bringing hope, help and support to their communities. 
The 2009 Large Chapter Service Award was recently given to DBSA Louisville for building a strong support community through social activities, educational programming and expansion of support group offerings. 
The group was also recognized for obtaining donations for advertising, such as an outdoor billboard secured by Carl Brown, a columnist for this publication.
“This is a huge victory for those suffering from mood disorders in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area,” says DBSA Louisville Secretary/Treasurer Maureen A. Fifer-Welch. “We couldn’t have gotten this without Carl Brown and Mike Kuhl. Carl Brown’s article in The Highlander ... was one of the things that we included in our application for the award.”
In addition to social opportunities, including bowling, cookouts, a walking group and seasonal parties, DBSA Louisville offers educational sessions on topics such as how to prevent becoming a victim of a crime, tips on sharing stories, and information to share with employers.
The DBSA Louisville support group meets every Tuesday and Thursday night, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Boulevard, Room 113. For more information, visit dbsalouisville.org. 

Highlands-Douglass Art Show Call for Artists
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010 Highlands-Douglass Art Show taking place in June. The juried show, sponsored by the Highlands-Douglass Neighborhood Association, features original designs from local and regional artists in various media. 
Entering its fourth year, the one day event showcases talent of all levels and is making a name for itself on the Louisville art fair circuit. Held on the tree-covered campus of the Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, the Highlands-Douglass Art Show provides an exceptional venue near the historic Douglass Loop for displaying artwork and attracting visitors from throughout the region. The fair takes place Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes food vendors and music. It is free and open to the public.
The artist application deadline is May 15, 2010. For more information, contact Show Chairperson Lisa Bird at (502) 454-5800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Metro Parks Seeks Sponsors for 2nd Annual Junior Golf Tour
Golfers, 18 years of age and younger, looking to gain competitive experience in tournament play this summer are invited to participate in the second annual Metro Parks Junior Golf Tour, held during June and July on six dates at various golf courses throughout Louisville.
Metro Parks is also seeking sponsorships to help cover the costs for the season. Age divisions in each tournament include boys and girls, ages 16-18, 14-15, 11-13 and 10 and under. Each event has a $25 entry fee. 
The host course will provide range balls, lunch and awards. Sponsors will help cover the costs of those items and can also include hole sponsorships and banner advertising throughout the course. 
The 2010 tournament golf courses are Charlie Vettiner, Iroquois, Long Run, Seneca, Shawnee and Sun Valley.
For more information on the tour or sponsorships, call (502) 458-9298 or visit www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/golf.