Better Block Follow Up Meeting

A message from our President, Jackson Cooper:

“We hope everyone had a great time at the 2018 Woodlawn Better Block. Together with the Center for Neighborhoods, we saw improvements in beautification (murals, more trees and plants), traffic safety (parking bumpouts and crosswalks), gathering spaces (a beer garden and lots more outdoor seating!), and much more. But the ultimate purpose of Better Block isn’t a 2-day party; the goal is to test out ideas so we can make greater – and safer – use of underutilized areas. 
 
The Beechmont Neighborhood Association is inviting you to come to a public meeting next Thursday (6/28) at 7 p.m. at the Beechmont Community Center and give feedback on what you liked and what you’d change. The BNA board will have a debrief with the Center for Neighborhoods soon, and we’d love to come with plenty of community input. This is your chance to voice your opinion!”
We had such a blast participating in the planning and execution of Better Block! Now we are hoping to capitalize on that momentum and see what you liked – or didn’t like – in hopes that we can make some permanent improvements on Woodlawn!
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Farmers Market and Better Block

Summertime is finally here (if it will just stop raining) – and we have some great things happening right now in Beechmont.

This weekend, we will finally get to experience Better Block on our very own Woodlawn Avenue! Click the link to find out more! The BNA’s Better Block committee has been doing a lot of work, along with Center for Neighborhoods, to get ready for the event, and we hope to see you there! The buildings along Woodlawn are getting all dressed up for the event – some even have gotten new coats of paint!

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Sign up to volunteer HERE.

Next, our Farmers Market is open for the season! That means your favorite farmers and vendors are setting up every Saturday morning from 8 AM until noon right off Southern Parkway and Wellington.

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More information about the Market can be found on the Facebook page.

Don’t forget to join the Beechmont Neighborhood Association at our monthly meetings – the third Monday of every month in the basement of the Iroquois branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!