Mercy Sacred Heart Residents Remain “Comfy” Despite Summer Heat
Thanks to a generous donation from a family honoring the passing of a beloved resident of Mercy Sacred Heart, the activities department and residents of the facility, located at 2120 Payne St., have begun a new summertime tradition: “Convoys to The Comfy Cow.” To fulfill the mission of creating positive experiences for the residents, there will be regular trips to The Comfy Cow, an ice cream parlor at 2221 Frankfort Ave., one block from Mercy Sacred Heart.
The first convoy took place on Wednesday afternoon, June 27. Over 40 residents and 54 staff members and volunteers met in the lobby of Mercy Sacred Heart, and continued – with police escort – to the Comfy Cow for ice cream treats. During the trip, participants spent time with family and friends.
Mercy Sacred Heart, a healthcare provider offering state-of-the-art nursing and rehabilitation care, has openings for volunteers who would like to escort residents on similar outings, and welcomes donations to help fund activities for the residents. For more information, contact Regional Admissions and Marketing Director Ashley Elliott at (502) 641-2988.
Louisville Youth Orchestra Auditions
Auditions for the Louisville Youth Orchestra’s 54th season will be held in early September. The LYO is comprised of four orchestras of varying ability levels, as well as two percussion ensembles, a flute choir, a saxophone choir and a brass ensemble. Members range in age from 5-21. This season, a new ensemble will be offered for all tuba players. The tuba choir welcomes tuba players to audition and will focus on quality music performance in an advanced training setting.
The LYO performs an average of 15 concerts per season in a wide range of locations, With membership topping 350, it is one of the largest youth orchestras in the nation based on metropolitan size. Some concerts will feature famous groups and guest artists.
Interested musicians may visit www.lyo.org to download an audition application and requirements. Auditioning musicians should have a solo prepared of approximately two minutes in length and be prepared to play selected scales. For additional information, contact Executive Director Melody Welsh-Buchholz at (502) 896-1851.
Pizza and Preservation
Preservation Louisville’s neighborhood outreach program would like to work with your neighborhood to schedule a neighborhood-wide meeting. The outreach program will bring five pizzas for residents to enjoy, discuss different opportunities available at Preservation Louisville, and explain simple preservation techniques that can assist residents in preserving what is most precious to them, including pictures, textiles and wooden objects. The program also allows organizations the opportunity to interact with people in the community.
Morton Center Names New Chief Executive
The Morton Center, an outpatient treatment center for addiction, has announced the appointment of Priscilla McIntosh as chief executive officer. McIntosh has worked with the center since 2009 and plans to expand services to ensure appropriate programs are accessible to all clients.
The Morton Center is headquartered in Louisville at 1028 Barret Ave., with satellite offices in Lexington, Paducah and Northern Kentucky. The center provides counseling and educational services to individuals and families struggling with alcoholism and other addictions.
“I am honored to lead this extraordinary organization that helps to heal the lives and families of those affected by substance abuse and dependency,” says McIntosh. “I look forward to bringing The Morton Center to a place of financial stability so we can serve our community for many years to come.” In her previous position as chief financial officer, McIntosh increased client payment collections by 50 percent.
In her new role, McIntosh intends to establish partnerships with other community organizations to promote awareness of substance issues and the services available to support recovery.
McIntosh will be at The Morton Center’s upcoming open house event on Friday, Sept. 7. Neighbors and community members are invited to stop by between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to meet her and learn more about the center.
The Morton Center is hosting the open house to kick off a series of fundraising events called 28/28. Brown-Forman is the Presenting Sponsor of 28/28 – a nod to 28 years of service by The Morton Center and the 28 participating sponsors, hosts and restaurants. The events include private parties, informal gatherings and dinners at local restaurants. Proceeds will help provide treatment subsidies for clients of the center.
Calm the Kids with Youth Yoga
Introducing a perfectly peaceful way to occupy the children on a hot summer day or evening: Yoga East, at 1125 E. Kentucky St., is now offering Yoga for Youth classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m, and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Jennifer Oates, a certified yoga instructor and former special education teacher, mixes exercise, art and yoga philosophy in the classes. A new pose is introduced and studied in each session.
Pop Your Hood – A Great Neighborhood Opportunity
Center for Neighborhoods is partnering with Crescent Hill Radio to provide neighborhoods a chance to “Pop Your Hood” and communicate pride across the airwaves.
Crescent Hill Radio is a local nonprofit radio station that features only local and regional music, programming and community information. It started as a low-power AM station on the dial (AM 1650), but is now widely accessed via the Internet, where it is available anywhere in the world by live stream, 24 hours a day.
The goal of CHR is to provide local bands and musicians a place to air their music, and provide a community radio station with participation from local organizations and businesses. Check out “Pop Your Hood” at www.crescenthillradio.com for more information about recording your own segment.
Citizens Hold Yard Sales to Help Homeless
Local citizens are coming together to help Louisville’s homeless population, with area churches are each hosting an event called “The Second Chance Yard Sale” to benefit Jefferson Street Baptist Center, Louisville’s oldest gospel mission. Founded in the 1880s by converted riverboat gambler Steve Holcombe, the center serves over 250 men and women each day through their day shelter and residential programs.
”When Steve Holcombe founded our mission almost 125 years ago, he believed that the people of our city would partner with him to love the homeless,” says Jesse Eubanks, executive director of the center. “We still believe that. The proceeds from these yard sales will help us continue to help the poor of our city pursue long-term life transformation. We believe that God cares about our homeless friends and this shows us that the people of Louisville do too.”
In 2010 and 2011 combined, Jefferson Street Baptist Center did over 22,000 loads of laundry for free, and gave out over 33,000 toiletry kits to their homeless guests. The center also serves as a mailing address for over 2,500 people – an important need in order to receive mail or fill out a job application.
Jefferson Street Baptist Center’s residential program can serve up to 25 men at one time, and residents complete over 325 hours of classes (which use the Bible to teach life skills and character) and over 325 hours of job training. The center partners with local congregations to provide a whole-life support system for residents and guests, which help them pursue employment, friendship and education.
The yard sales take place on Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next yard sales are: August 24-25 at Hurstbourne Baptist Church, 8800 Shelbyville Road; September 14-15 at Bethany Baptist Church, 2319 Taylorsville Road in the Highlands; and October 5-6 at Third Avenue Baptist Church, 1726 S. Third St. in Old Louisville.
The Second Chance Yard Sales are accepting donations year round for these events. Donations can be dropped off at Jefferson Street Baptist Center, 733 East Jefferson St. Pick-up arrangements can be made for large donations by calling (502) 584-6543.
Clifton Center Hires General Manager
The Clifton Center has hired Adam Fischer as general manager, a newly created position that focuses primarily on managing the day-to-day operations of the facility. Fischer relocated to Louisville in June from Nelsonville, Ohio, where he served as managing director at Stuart’s Opera House. His new position includes overseeing facility rental, maintenance, and the continuing process of renovations. Fischer will also work working closely with Clifton Center Executive Director John Harris to coordinate the nonprofit organization’s programming and event production.
Fischer recently purchased a home in the Clifton neighborhood, where he lives with his wife, Mary Lynne Tensing, and their daughter, Eva.
The Clifton Center, located at 2117 Payne St., is a historic facility that serves as a gathering place for art, culture and community events. For more information, visitwww.cliftoncenter.org or call (502) 896-8480.