May 7, 2013 - News, Weather & Sports

May 7, 2013

How-To Festival

Louisville Free Public Library presents

The Second Annual How-To Festival

50 sessions in five hours

Saturday, May 11


Main Library

301 York Street

Eighty local presenters turned out last year to create a non-stop lively interactive learning experience at the first How-To Festival, which covers everything from making great barbeque, doing magic tricks, taking better photographs to training your dog.

This year's How-To Festival is all-new with dozens of people ready to share a wide range of skills and passions from cooking to crafts, finance to flower-arranging, and travel to e-publishing. 

Local musicians will perform and share how-to experiences, such as how they write songs, get over stage fright and get their work heard. Among them are Brigid Kaelin; Carly Johnson and members of Liberation Prophecy; Steve Cooley of Hog Operation; Robbie Bartlett; Kyle James Hauser; Greg Acker and members of the Sweet Adelines.   

Hands-on craft sessions will include jewelry making, weaving, felting, painting silk scarves, cartooning, and creating small tradable works of art. Dancing sessions will give attendees a chance to learn how to tango, square dance, dance Bollywood-style and recreate Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance.

There will be classes about chocolate, cheese, classical music, hiking, golf, biking, sailing, dog and cat training, going back to college as an adult and how to make your home more energy-efficient. Long-time Courier-Journal book editor Keith Runyon will talk about how to live a life by the books and encourage discussion of books that make for a richer life.

For children and adults in their lives, there will be music-sharing and dancing for preschoolers, how to make great costumes and how to tell a great story. The Bernheim Gallery at the Library will display vintage how-to magazine illustrations from home fix-its to sewing and cooking.  

Workshops and sessions are located in more than 20 different areas throughout the Main Library and outside on the grounds. Food trucks are available.

For more information, including a list and schedule of How-To Festival sessions as the date gets closer, go to


Buy Local Fair

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), in conjunction with Grasshoppers Distribution, will host the 5th Annual Buy Local Fair on Saturday, May 11th from 2:00pm - 8:00pm at the Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle, or free for bicycle parking.

This year's fair has expanded to include over 150 booths showcasing goods and services from a variety of local businesses, musicians, artists and craftspeople, community organizations, and farmers. The event will also feature a Cooking Competition between Milkwood's Chef Kevin Ashworth and RYE on Market's Chef De Cuisine Joe Banet, a craft beer tent sponsored by ValuMarket featuring ten local brewers, a raffle area, a farmers market, an art and craft market, an H2O Kids Zone sponsored by Grasshoppers Distribution, Kentucky Science Center and Louisville Water Company, and live entertainment from Gideon's Rifle, Thirty Spokes and Nerves Junior.

The mission of the Buy Local Fair is to provide a venue that encourages cooperation between two of the most emergent local economies: the local farm fresh food movement and locally produced art and craft.

For more information, visit


Walk to Defeat ALS

9th Annual Louisville Walk to Defeat ALS

Saturday May 11, 2013

Papa John's Corporate Campus off Blakenbaker Parkway

Registration will begin at 8:30am and the walk will begin at 10am

Silent Auction begins at 8:30am

(100's of auction items will include autographed basketballs from Denny Crum and Rick Pitino as well as autographed footballs from Charlie Strong and Mark Stoops)


ALS, often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease" is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that eventually leads to paralysis and death. Early symptoms include increased muscle weakness and patients speech, swallowing and breathing are all affected. Unfortunately there is currently no cure to ALS.


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