The Louisville Orchestra
The 75th Anniversary Season starts with "Fanfara" on September 8! The season launches at 8:30pm on Saturday at Whitney Hall with a very special "Fanfara" designed to celebrate the endeavors of the entire orchestra family. Tickets are now available. To view entire Orchestra schedule visit http://www.louisvilleorchestra.org/.
Louisville Peacemaker of the Year
Interfaith Paths to Peace (IPP), a Louisville-based interfaith peacemaking organization has awarded it's 2012 "Louisville Peacemaker of the Year Award" to Christopher 2x, an accomplished Louisville peacemaker and social entrepreneur. The Peacemaker of the Year is presented by IPP and Ms. Carolyn King in the name of her son, the late Richard Hunt Smith.
The award was presented at IPP's third annual "My Recipe for Peace" dinner which was held at The Temple (Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom) on Thursday night, July 12, 2012. In making the presentation, Terry Taylor, Executive Director of Interfaith Paths to Peace, cited the work of Christopher 2x in dealing with violent crime in the streets, his service to the families of both victims and perpetrators, and his efforts to bring the families of victims and perpetrators together to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds they share.
Christopher 2X is head of the Fight Crimes Against Children Partnership, a group that advocates for fighting crimes against young people and raising awareness around child safety issues. He works closely with community groups, law enforcement and religious leaders to address the problem of violence in the streets of Louisville, to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds suffered by those affected by violence, and to find ways to reduce and eliminate violence in our community.
The award is named for Richard Hunt Smith. He died in 2009 at the age of 31 after a brief but intense life devoted to peacemaking. His life serves as a powerful model of what each of us can accomplish when we strive to be fully human. Richard made it his life's work to expand the flow of love in the world by reaching out to others, striving always to help those less fortunate than him. His peacemaking efforts reached individuals of many races and religions, both in his native land and in countries as far away as India. His loving kindness deeply touched members of his own family. That same loving kindness eased the pain of the ordinary and often forgotten men, women and children whose lives are difficult and who often just need a friend.
The Power of Habit
New York Times Investigative Reporter Charles Duhigg wrote "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business…" Charles discussed how habits are crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the growth of Starbucks, and the momentum of the civil-rights movement. The book goes inside Target superstores, Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, top 40 radio stations, and the nation's largest hospitals to see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, even life and death.
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