Spring is near!

Spring is near, and I have some very springy announcements!

First, a few messages from our friends at Olmsted Parks:

Become A Park Steward!

A Park Steward is a volunteer leader who receives in-depth training by Olmsted Parks Conservancy staff in order to help with park projects, volunteer events and/or community outreach. There will be a FREE Information Session on March 6, 2018 at 6:30pm. Register now. Or call us at 502-456-8125 to reserve your spot for our next training series!

Iroquois Park Volunteer Project

March 10 10:00am-12:00pm

Show your Iroquois Park pride and help make a difference by volunteering with Olmsted Parks Conservancy! Tasks may include weeding, mulching and general park beautification. Gloves, guidance and tools provided. Dress for the weather and getting dirty! Register now.

Louisville EarthWalk in Iroquois Park

April 21 9:00am-12:00pm

Enjoy a 5K walk around beautiful Iroquois Park, then enjoy a family-friendly celebration of the planet! The Louisville EarthWalk will feature music,  nature-focused children’s play area, inspirational speakers and informational tables. Join us and learn more about the steps all of us can take to help create a more sustainable city.

Sign-up to Take Steps for the Planet or to Volunteer.

All the links are live, so click away and sign up if you want to get involved with Olmsted Parks!

Second, things are coming together for this year’s Festival of Flowers! Mark your calendars for May 12th, 2018.



Better Block

Some great news for our neighborhood – Center for Neighborhoods has chosen the Woodlawn Avenue business district to jazz up this summer as a part of its Better Block program. Here’s some information from Center for Neighborhoods:

“Better Block is a temporary event that re-imagines a neighborhood block using low cost interventions, designed by the community. Community-centered programming, arts performances, shopping, and more are included to highlight the culture and unique identity of the local neighborhood. Center For Neighborhoods staff works closely with residents and stakeholders for months, supporting them in designing and creating the event elements.

Volunteers are critical to this process. Opportunities include during events, building street furniture, neighborhood cleanups, or the event itself. Become a partner today or sign up to volunteer! Sign up online: https://goo.gl/forms/GSlEZKOl2WrA0zPo1
or email planning@centerforneighborhoods.org or call us at 502-589-0343 .

This is part of a movement for enhanced community voice and the creation of more community spaces. Jason Roberts, the founder of Better Blocks Foundation, spoke at the Center For Neighborhoods’ 2016 Neighborhood Summit. Through community-led design, Better Block is making streets safer and reinvigorating neighborhood corridors around the world. Check out betterblock.org for more.”

Better Block is going to take place on June 15 and 16 this summer. Here’s an article or two if you want to see what Center for Neighborhoods was able to accomplish with their last Better Block – Shelby Park.  

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November News

First and foremost, I want to remind everyone that our monthly meeting is a little bit different in November – instead of having a business meeting at the library, we will be meeting at the firehouse (501 W. Ashland) for a chili supper and BNA elections. That’s November 20, so mark your calendars!

It starts at 6:00 PM, and dinner is served at 6:30. The “meeting” portion of the event will follow at 7 PM with elections.

This annual event gives BNA members an opportunity to: 1.) be introduced to serving board members, 2.) learn what together we have accomplished over the previous year, 3.) meet new board member nominees, and 4.) lend your individual voice as to who you think should serve on the board for the upcoming year.

Secondly, I need to point out the great work that the BNA’s Beautification Committee has done at the gazebo. A few board members, along with some neighborhood volunteers, have been working on landscaping, and it is looking great! I saw them out there myself Saturday morning while they were hard at work.


Finally, Olmsted Parks is searching for volunteers! If you like to see transformations like the lovely work at the gazebo, go lend a hand on December 9 at Iroquois Park. Here’s everything you need to know:

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I’m off to another Festival of Flowers meeting tonight – we’re working hard all year long for this big event! Hope to see you all at the chili supper on the 20th!


BNA Board Membership & Other News

Have you been considering ways you can get more involved in your community–like maybe becoming a BNA board member? BNA annual board member elections will be held the 3rd Monday in November. A preliminary list of nominees will be presented at our next regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 16th – that’s today!! 7 PM at the Iroquois branch of the library.

If you are interested in serving on BNA board please contact Joan Shepherd, Nomination Committee Chair; her email address is joanshep01@gmail.com. Joan will take the appropriate steps to get you added to our preliminary list of nominees.
Nominee membership fees must be paid in full at least 30 days prior to election date and nominee must reside within BNA neighborhood boundaries in order to qualify to serve on the board. All neighbors are encouraged to participate.

Our meetings are always the third Monday of every month at 7 PM at the library. You can always find us there, or you can reach out through this blog or our Facebook page.

Aside from BNA meetings at the library, I’m there about once a week picking up a new book. It really is one of my favorite spots in the whole neighborhood, and we are lucky to have such a great resource right in our own backyards. If you love the library as much as I do, consider becoming a Friend of the Library:

Friends of the Iroquois Branch Library Membership Drive

Visit Iroquois Branch Library during the Membership Drive! Sign up to become a Friend (new or renew) for $15.

Be entered in the gift bag drawing!
• A month of unlimited yoga
• The Mayo Clinic Diet
• Wherever You Go, There You Are
• Iroquois Library Tote Bag

Drawing will be held at the Friends monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 14.

It’s YOUR neighborhood!
It’s YOUR neighborhood library!

BNA Harvest Festival

Thank you to everyone who came out last weekend to the Annual Harvest Festival!

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Turnout was great, and I know all of our farmers and artisans were all very pleased, as were we! This year, there was a vote for favorite farmer and favorite artisan, and the people have spoken:

Favorite Farmer: Hank Mercer

Favorite Artisan: Donald Taylor

For that honor, Hank and Donald received custom money belts that they will surely be showing off at our last Market, as well as next season!






Be sure to check out our LAST Farmer’s Market of the year this Saturday, October 7 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. As always, we look forward to seeing you all out and about! Be sure to stop by our BNA booth and say hello!

Save the dates!

Mark your calendars, because we have some upcoming events in the neighborhood!

The Beechmont Open Air Market Harvest Festival

The 2017 Harvest Festival will be Saturday, September 23 from 8 am – 12 pm at the corner of Southern Parkway and Wellington. Be sure to stop by to vote for your favorite farmer and favorite artisan!

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Volunteer Event at Iroquois Park – October 14, 2017

Show your Olmsted Park Pride by volunteering with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Iroquois Park from 10 am – 12 pm on October 14, 2017! Tasks may include weeding, mulching, painting and general park beautification. Gloves, guidance and tools provided. Dress for the weather and getting dirty! Long pants with socks and tennis shoes or old boots are recommended- no shorts or sandals please. To register, click here!

Louisville Beer Run – November 11, 2017

A not-so-traditional run in Iroquois Park with an amazing after-party. This run isn’t about who’s the fastest. This is simply about having fun. Every 3 quarters of a mile, you’ll be treated to a specialty beer sampling. Once you’ve made it through the 5k course, we’ll welcome you at the after-party with your choice of a 16oz beer. We’ll continue the party with live music, food, and plenty of fun all while benefiting Olmsted Parks!

That’s not all! Every participant receives a 16oz Louisville Beer Run glass and an authentic Louisville Beer Run t-shirt included with a paid registration. Additional glasses and shirts are available for purchase.

Runners begin at, your choice of, 10:00or 10:15AM, walkers will start at 10:20AM.

This event is restricted to individuals who are 21 years of age or older as of the day of the event.

You can register here to run the race or here to volunteer!

We hope to see you around at some of these events as we welcome fall to the neighborhood!

Summertime in Beechmont

We’ve had a busy summer here in Beechmont.

In May, we threw our annual Festival of Flowers. We spent months preparing, and it turned out to be the perfect day. I was in charge of the Paint a Pot booth, and personally I think it has to be the most fun booth at the Festival. My volunteers and I helped a lot of very cute kids paint pots for their moms and grandmas for Mother’s Day.


Throughout the summer, a small committee has continued to meet to stay on top of the planning for next year’s Festival of Flowers. We’ve got some great ideas planned for 2018, and we can’t wait to see them come to life!

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Another fun event we put on this summer was the Beechmont Community Picnic.

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We had music, a bounce house, popcorn, snow cones, corn hole boards, face painting, and tons of food. Turnout was great, and we enjoyed getting to spend time with all of our neighbors before the school year began.




Finally, you may have seen the BNA board out at the Beechmont Open Air Market every Saturday morning, starting in June of this year. Our next big event is in connection with the Market – the Harvest Festival. The Harvest Festival is scheduled for September 23, and it will feature fall produce, flowers, decorations, arts, crafts, food, prizes, yoga, music and more. You’ll also be able to vote on your favorite Market produce vendor and artisan this year.

As always, you can find us on the third Monday of each month at 7 PM at the Iroquois branch of the Louisville Pubic Library for our Beechmont Neighborhood Association meetings. Our next meeting is September 18 – everyone is welcome!