HCG Mural Contest 

The Highland Commerce Guild (HCG) is sponsoring a juried competition for an outdoor mural intended to capture the spirit of life in the Highlands. The winning design will be painted on the north-facing wall of The Wine Market building at 1200 Bardstown Road on the corner of Lucia Avenue. The artwork is expected to remain on the building for at least three years. The contest will be judged by a panel consisting of experienced artists, the HCG Art Committee and the property owner, and will be announced at a reception on August 25, 2011, at Highlands Art Studios, 1220 Bardstown Road. 
The winning individual or group of artists will receive a $1,000 prize, and will have until September 28, 2011, to create the mural. Wall preparation, paint, materials, scaffolding and sealant will be provided.
Artists are encouraged to visit the site for an up-close and personal perspective of the wall and work site. 
The deadline to submit entries is August 13, 2011. Contest requirements and entry forms may be found at For more information, contact Carol McLeod at (502) 657-8487 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Nick Morris at (502) 587-8273 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

LYO Auditions
The Louisville Youth Orchestra (LYO) will hold auditions this year from late August to early September for its upcoming 53rd season. The auditions are for musicians through age 21 who play any orchestral instrument.
Musicians must have a solo prepared of approximately two minutes in length and be ready to play selected scales.
The LYO is one of the largest youth orchestras in the nation based on metropolitan size, with membership topping over 350. The orchestra performs an average of 15 concerts per season in a wide range of locations. Comprised of four orchestras of varying ability levels ranging in age from five to 21, the LYO also includes a percussion ensemble, flute choir and brass ensemble. New this season is an ensemble for saxophone players which will focus on quality music performance in an advanced training setting. All saxophone players are welcome to audition.
Audition application and requirements may be downloaded at For questions, call Melody Welsh-Buchholz at (502) 896-1851. 

MORE Center Earns Highest Accreditation
The Methadone Opiate Rehabilitation & Education (MORE) Center of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been accredited for a three-year period by CARF International (International Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities). The three-year accreditation, which represents the highest level that can be awarded to an organization, is the third consecutive accreditation of its kind awarded to the center.  
The MORE Center provides medically monitored drug treatment and intensive counseling services to patients who are physiologically dependent on narcotic drugs such as heroin, morphine, and OxyContin. The center employs a comprehensive, structured program of counseling, education, medical care and case management. Patients are required to abstain from illegal and unapproved drug use, and with the help of treatment can re-establish family relationships and find meaningful employment. 
The center is part of the Department of Public Health and Wellness’s strategy to control the spread of HIV and hepatitis by individuals who might otherwise spread disease by sharing infected needles. Since the center was established in 1989, not a single patient has become positive for HIV while enrolled in its program.