Legal Aid Launches Free Program: Wills For Warriors
The Legal Aid Society has announced the launch of Wills for Warriors, a free service for low-income veterans in need of life-planning documents. The program pairs volunteer attorneys with veterans to help prepare wills, health care surrogates, powers of attorney and living wills.

The project kicked off in June at the 2013 Kentucky Bar Association’s annual conference as part of the KBA’s Public Service Project. At the June 21 event, Legal Aid staff and six volunteer attorneys assisted a dozen low-income veterans with their life-planning document preparation.

Since the KBA conference, Wills for Warriors has recruited over 50 volunteers in Legal Aid’s service area plus 150 volunteers statewide as a result of financial support from the Kentucky Bar Foundation, Equal Justice Works, and AmeriCorps.

Attorneys wishing to volunteer for the Wills for Warriors program may contact Kyle Watson at (502) 614-3139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Schnitzelburg Area Council Names No. 1 Citizen
The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council named Don Haag as its No. 1 Citizen of 2013. The award was given in November at the council’s 48th annual dinner at St. Elizabeth’s church cafeteria, 1016 E. Burnett Ave.

Haag is a former resident who grew up in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood. He continues to serve the community by narrating a guided history walk through Schnitzelburg in the spring and fall, hosted by the SACC. As Haag leads the way down memory lane, he points out the historic significance of various locations and tells stories about colorful past residents of the community.

The annual dinner was attended by dignitaries and public officials who presented Haag with several plaques and citations. In attendance were the Hon. Romano Mazzoli, Sen. Morgan McGarvey, Rep. Jim Wayne, Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator Tony Lindauer, Metro Council President Jim King and Mayor Greg Fischer.

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Shift Your Shopping This Holiday Season
Buying from independent retailers this holiday season will yield more than just that warm and fuzzy feeling of supporting the local economy; for one lucky person, it will mean a $1,000 shopping spree.

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance officially celebrates its annual Shift Your Shopping Contest on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Westport Village, 1315 Herr Lane. The event will feature giveaways, prizes, music, deals and special guests.         To enter the contest, collect receipts from five LIBA member businesses between Nov. 20 and Jan. 6. Present your receipts for review at any Highland Cleaners or Feeders Supply location and receive a free “keep Louisville weird” ink pen. You may also mail your entry to LIBA, Attn: SYS, P.O. Box 4759, Louisville, KY 40204 (no pen available for mailed entries). Once receipts are verified, you’ll be entered into a drawing for $1,000 to spend at any LIBA member business.

By shopping locally, consumers help preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area. Dollars spent at community-based merchants create a multiplier effect in the local economy, and when you want to find a gift that’s truly unique, independent businesses are the place to go. Full contest details and a list of participating businesses can be found at

Neighborhood Institute Accepting Registrations
The Center For Neighborhoods is now accepting registrations for the Neighborhood Institute Spring 2014 program. The 12-week series runs from Jan. 28 through April 15, 2014, every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at New Directions Housing Corp., 1000 E. Liberty St.  Dinner is provided.

The Neighborhood Institute is a leadership education program designed to equip neighborhood leaders with the skills and resources needed to initiate positive change in their community. The program is open to all neighborhoods, Metro Council Districts and the community as a whole. For more information, visit

Louisville Zoo and Partners Offer $5 Discount for Canned Food Donations
The Louisville Zoo is teaming up with Kroger and Dare to Care Food Bank to collect food items for struggling families. Guests who visit during Wild Winter Days, presented by Kroger, from now until Feb. 28, 2014, can receive $5 off a regular adult or child general admission by bringing at least one canned food item per person to benefit Dare to Care. The discount also applies to the Winter Adventure Ticket. (The offer is not valid for Santa’s Safari, other special fee-based programs, pre-paid groups or with other discounts.)

Dare to Care Food Bank’s most needed items include canned meats, pork and beans, hearty soups and stews, chili with meat sauce, ravioli with meat sauce, spaghetti with meatballs, plus canned vegetables, fruits and fruit juices. Glass containers should be avoided.

During the food drive, show your Kroger Plus card and receive a voucher for one free carousel ride for use during a return visit to the zoo. (The carousel is closed for the winter but will reopen March 20, 2014, weather permitting.)

The Louisville Zoo, located at 1100 Trevilian Way, is open daily year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Fall and winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (exit by 5 p.m.) through mid-March. For more information, visit

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