Indian Dance at Americana Community Center

Indian Dance at Americana Community Center, in conjunction with Louisville’s Crane house.

The “Pane” of being Burgled

The Pane of Being Burgled
On July 31, 2012, I came home from work to face an ugly surprise.  Our home on Ashland had been burglarized!  The doors were locked, but they gained access by prying out the wooden trim around one of the glass panes on our back door.  Once they removed the trim, the glass just popped right out & they were able to reach in & let themselves in.  (They even took the trim & glass pane with them!)  I understand that they caught these particular thieves because they were using the same “m.o.” on many houses in the neighborhood.  Unfortunately, they must not be the only ones because our next door neighbor got hit this same way in February 2014.  It’s easy access with little noise.  If you have one of these old wooden doors on your home, please take the time to ensure it’s in good shape and not easy to break into.  We replaced ours with a steel door & also changed the front door as well.  (Did I forget to mention we have a 65 lb. dog in the yard that they slipped past, too?)  We thought we were good…but the thieves were better!
Please be observant of anyone around your neighbor’s home that does not belong there.  I have offended many a stranger by inquiring as to their need to snoop around my neighbors’ homes, but I also stopped a break-in in progress a few years ago by asking questions.  Quite stupid I’m told later, but nonetheless, I foiled that robbery because I saw someone who didn’t belong and I didn’t hesitate to ask why they were there.  If we speak up & pay attention to our surroundings, we will be a better neighborhood than Beechmont already is!

BNA Member & Concerned Neighbor,
Kristi Miller

Crime Maps – Week of 2-9-2014

Hmm.. burglars still vacationing in Florida. Click on the image to enlarge:



Crime Maps – Week of 1-19-14

Slow week, probably all criminals are in Florida on vacation. Click image to Enlarge

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Metro Parks February

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Valentine Hikes at Jefferson Memorial Forest

Romantic Valentine evenings await on February 14 and 15 at Jefferson Memorial Forest. For only $30, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House, where couples will enjoy hot beverages, rich desserts, and the cozy warmth of a hearth.

Little Globetrotters (Basics of Basketball for Preschoolers)
Location: Douglass Community Center
Date: Wednesdays (Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26)
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Event is $30 per child for the session.
For more information: 502/456-8120

Senior Archery
Location: Douglass Community Center
Date: Fridays (Feb. 7, 14, & 21)
Time: 10 – 11 am
Details: This event is for adults 50 & over. Free!

Dollhouses on Display
Location: Locust Grove
Date: Feb. 8 & 15
Visitors’ Center Audubon Room
The Louisville Miniature Club will display dollhouses and other miniature worlds during February. Stop by the Visitors’ Center during regular operating hours to marvel at the intricacy and skill evident in these charming miniature scenes.No fee, donations accepted.
For more information:  502/897-9845

Coaches Needed for New Youth Baseball/Softball League
Details: Metro Parks is looking for ENERGETIC, KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND RESPONSIBLE coaches for NEW Youth Baseball/Softball Training League!! Training Facilities and Games will be at Wyandotte Park (1104 Beecher Street)
•       T-Ball Ages 5-6
•       Ages 7-8
•       Ages 9-10
•       Girls 10 and under
•       Girls 14 and under
If interested contact: Steve Edwards at (502) 744-0498/456-8173 or email

 FOX (Families Outside X-ploring)
Location: Jefferson Memorial Forest
Date: Feb 15
Time: 9 am to 11:30 am
WINTER in Jefferson Memorial Forest
Get your Family Outside X-ploring a different Metro Park each season. Throughout the year, a Naturalist will guide your family on an exploration in forests, fields, lakes and ponds, and along the Ohio River. Hike, search for tracks, build forts, catch pond critters, get muddy, play in leaves, and take a break from technology. This is a great opportunity to experience nature with your children.
Bring water bottles and a snack, and dress for the weather. We will be outside the whole time. Warning: You will get dirt on your shirt! Meet at the Horine Environmental Education Center.
Pre-registration required. Fee: $8/Family
For more information: 502/368-5404

Chamber Music Series
Location: Locust Grove
Date: Feb. 9
Time: 5 pm
War of 1812 era music by the Locust Grove Chamber Musicians in the Great Parlor of Locust Grove. Individual tickets $20. Please rsvp to 502-897-9845
For more information:  502/897-9845

Senior Valentine’s Party
Location: Flaget Senior Center
Date: Feb. 11
Time: 11 am
For more information: 502/574-2646

Hip Hop Dance workshop
Location: Shelby Park Community Center
Date: Feb. 12
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Join Marcellus Love at Shelby Park Community Center for an exciting professional Hip Hop/Dance workshop.  YOUTH (6-17). FREE.
For more information: Contact Jordan Walker at 502/574-1780.

Body Bar Aerobics
Location: South Louisville Community Center
Date: Tuesdays
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
For more information: 502/574-3206

A Book Club for History Lovers
Location: Douglass Community Center
Date: Thursdays
Time: 11:45 am – 1 pm
Details: This event is for adults 50 & over.
For more information:  502/456-8120

Senior Body Shape Class
Location: South Louisville Community Center
Date: Tuesdays, Fridays
Time: 10-11am
Details: $10/month
For more information: 502/574-3206

Indoor Walking Track
Location: South Louisville Community Center
Date: TuesdayThursday (8:30am-12pm) and Friday (9am-12pm)
Details: FREE
For more information: 502/574-3206

Spring Used Book Sale
Location: Locust Grove
Date: Feb. 28 (10 am – 7:30 pm) & Saturday, Mar. 1 & Sunday, Mar. 2 (10am -4:30 pm)
Thursday, February 27 -Special Preview 5:00-7:30 for members only. 12,000+ used, antiquarian, and new books in all categories all neatly sorted, ie history, biography, mysteries, reference, travel, gardening, cook books, childrens, science fiction, Kentucky, and much, much more! Prices begin at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for most hardcover books, with a selection of illustrated books, rare books, and sets, priced individually. All books are in good condition. Because of the volume, books will continually put out during the sale.
For more information:  502/897-9845

Metro ASA Men’s Softball Classic
Date: Begins April 11-13
Details: $150/team
For more information: 502/456-8117


Americana Community Center – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance


ACC is again a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site

-February 8th, 15th, 22nd
-March 8th, 15th, 22nd

Individuals or households with income of less than $51,000 can have their taxes prepared FREE.
VITA help is available on the 3rd floor of ACC:
Saturday 9am-3pm

Be sure to bring:
Valid photo ID
Soc Security card for everyone on the return
All W-2s, 1099s and other tax documents
Bank info for direct deposit
Last year’s tax returns, if available

Americana Community Center
4801 Southside Dr, Louisville, KY 40214

Hands on History – DIY Preservation

Reminder – Hands On History
D.I.Y Preservation

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Do It Yourself Preservation is designed for people who live or work in an older building and would like to do some maintenance work themselves, but just don’t know where to start. It’s okay if you don’t know anything about tools, terms, or how things work, that is what this workshop is for! Along the way we will discuss simple things like screws, nails, basic power tools, and many more. We will discuss as many of the following topics as possible!

*    Windows
*    Removing and replacing trim
*    Stripping Wood
*    Sanding and Scraping
*    Simple painting
*    Doors
*    Mold

Led by architect Gary Kleier, with 35 years of experience, and specialties in historic renovation, restoration and applying green concepts in historic structures, Kleier is sure to help those dealing with rehabilitation issues in a historic home who are interested in achieving environmentally friendly results in the most cost efficient manner.

Workshop: Saturday, February 8th
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $30 ($20 for Preservation Louisville members)