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During this time of year, it’s all too easy to let the winter blues overwhelm you with the subzero temperatures and dark skies. Sometimes, just what you need during these frigid days is a story to remind you of the good being done every day in the community.

weekend, the Harlem Globetrotters were in town! We’ve got plenty of photos to help you relive all the fun. We also got a chance to sit down with Zeus McClurkin, the frontman of the Globetrotters to get a little more info on his special talents and the keys to the success of these spectacular showmen.

For this week’s Feature, we visit Scarlet’s Bakery, a new business in Shelby Park. The bakery was opened by a company called Scarlet Hope, which is a ministry that helps women in the adult entertainment industry reorient their careers should they be seeking to do so. Scarlet’s Bakery and its founder, Rachelle Starr, are making a genuine difference in the community – not only by changing the lives of these women but also by providing Louisville with some absolutely divine sweets and treats. Learn more about this amazing organization in our Feature coverage.

And I’m very excited about this week’s Home story. Instead of writing about actual homes or home-related business – Don’t worry! We’ll still do that sometimes! – we want to provide you with some fun and engaging lists and suggestions for DIY projects around the house. This week, it’s all about mason jars. From cocktail ware to light fixtures, the mason jar has never been more versatile, and with our handy guide, you can take that dusty old glass and turn it into a statement of rustic individuality.

Elsewhere, we sit down with Michael Davis, the creator of The Last Chance K9 Services. Davis works with a team of professional handlers and dogs to discover drugs, weapons and other items that shouldn’t be in the hands of our youth. Davis’ own story is inspiring, and his motivation to do good in the community is certainly worth the read. Find out more in this week’s Profile.

Meanwhile, in Arts & Entertainment, we talk to Maryann Fang, who is part of the group that annually brings the gorgeous “Shen Yun” performance to Louisville. A breathtaking spectacle that tells the stories of Ancient Chinese culture through historical moments and legends, “Shen Yun” is a beautiful tribute to a complex culture and certainly not to be missed when it comes to The Kentucky Center February 9 and 10.

In the weekly Card Chronicle, we discuss the series of prospective players who have chosen to decommit from UofL in recent years and look ahead at one player who could be a commitment to count on. And last

But for now, it’s social business as usual! This week, we stropped by the Whisky Chicks Second Anniversary and learned about how this fun organization is spreading the love of bourbon to Louisville women. We also were able to check out 91.9 WFPK’s Winter Wednesday at The Clifton Center, which is always a nice way to spend a chilly evening. Though it does make us miss the summer’s Waterfront Wednesdays! Here’s hoping to warmer weather!



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Rachelle Starr was driving down a road in Southern Indiana in 2007, she didn’t expect to see something that would permanently change the course of her life. Starr was working in advertising and marketing at the time and noticed a sign for Clarksville’s Theatair X, an adult bookstore and theater. A Christian who was searching for ways to fill her life with more meaning, Starr says she felt that this was God’s way of telling her to make a difference, “and so I did and here we are!” she smiles. Starr is the founder and executive director of Scarlet Hope, which she created in 2007. “Scarlet Hope is a ministry that serves women in the adult entertainment industry,” she describes. “We’re a Christian organiza-

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tion, so our mission is to share the hope and love of Christ with them.” More specifically, the organization works directly with women working in the adult entertainment industry or who have been trafficked and exploited and who want the chance to begin a new career. The name came from a woman Starr met early in her endeavor. “She had been trafficked and exploited, and her name was Scarlet,” Starr relates. “I got to meet her and hear her story and dreams, and all she needed to be able to change her life was somebody to advocate for her and believe in her.” It’s these women like Scarlet – those actively wanting a change – who Starr so ardently strives to help. “We do not ask any woman to leave her current role or industry; we just give them choices,” Starr emphasizes. “So when they come to our ministry, there’s a whole host of things we can offer them through counseling, life skills coaching, transitional housing, GED assistance – so they get plugged in by coming to an appointment with us, and then we assess what we can help them with and try our best


to work individually with each woman.” To connect with these women, Scarlet Hope has an outreach program that doesn’t pressure them to change their lives but rather lets them know there is an opportunity to do so should they want it. “We started reaching out to them – whether it was strip clubs or online prostitution or ladies on the streets – and meeting them where they were and saying, you know, ‘We don’t judge you; we love you and want to help you,’” Starr recounts. The organization has grown tremendously since its founding and now serves a few hundred women each week. However, Starr was determined, from the beginning, to expand Scarlet Hope further and create a transitional job opportunity for these women. A former caterer and baker, Starr would occasionally bring some of the women she was working with along with her to catering events, and she soon realized the answer was right in front of her: Scarlet Hope needed a bakery. Starr began pitching the bakery idea six years ago, and while everyone seemed to love the idea, it was difficult actually getting

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Treats at Scarlet's Bakery range from red velvet cupcakes and cherry pecan treats to peanut butter brownies and chocolate chip cookies. And it all gets paired with the divine coffee from Argo Sons.


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it off the ground. Suddenly though, last year, everything seemed to fall into place at once. “It really came to fruition through Access Ventures, which is a company that brings holistic community change to Louisville and other areas,” Starr describes. With the help of Access Ventures and the support of the community, Scarlet’s Bakery opened its doors on the corner of Shelby and Oak on December 16, 2015. As to why the business itself is a bakery, the reason extends far beyond Starr’s passion for the craft. “I don’t want to say it’s easy because it’s really hard work, but it is something you can learn no matter what your education level is,” she explains. “A big part of the bakery is helping women find their value in being able to provide for their families by working a job that they’re proud of.” Indeed, in the bakery, no matter their background, these women can come in, learn something new and truly excel. “This is something where you get to create a product, you get to serve it to a customer and see the look on a customer’s face, and it’s very rewarding,” Starr affirms. “But also, educational barriers aren’t really an issue.” Scarlet’s Bakery, which celebrated its grand opening last weekend on January 16, is a gorgeous space that is at once modern and elegant. It calls itself a gourmet bakery, and though it’s located in Louisville’s Shelby Park, it could just as easily be found in Williamsburg or Wicker Park. The bakery offers an assortment of treats from red velvet crinkle cookies to “crazy good” peanut butter brownies and Starr’s signature Scarlet’s Cherry Pecan Treats. The coffee is the bakery’s own unique roast from its neighbor Argo Sons Coffee, and in addition to its daily retail, much of Scarlet’s Bakery’s business comes from catering and wholesale. Although the lush and positive environment of the bakery is undoubtedly prime for the personal growth of its employees, Starr doesn’t see the women staying forever. “It is a transitional job,” she contends. “This isn’t necessarily going to be the end-all be-all for everybody. As women transition, we hope to be a catalyst for what they want to do in their lives. So if they want to be a schoolteacher, we want to help women go back to school and really empower them to do that while they work here.” Furthermore, the actual skills the women will learn while working at Scarlet’s Bakery J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6 • W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M

Starr sees as directly applicable far beyond her own shop. “Really, one of my hopes here is that chefs in Louisville will say, ‘I want Scarlet’s Bakery’s bakery assistants,’” she expresses. “Because we have trained them so well and they have worked under our chef so closely, they’ll be a great asset to any other business in town. And so we’re starting to build those partnerships.”


Business Development Director Rachel Eichberger agrees: “The reason why Scarlet’s Bakery exists is to offer job skill training – job skills that are transferable to coffee shops or other restaurants or other bakeries. That way, the ladies who come here – they’re looking for a second chance and a new career, and we want to be able to empower them through learning, through skills development, through

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customer service training. We want them to be well-rounded once they leave the bakery.” But the true purpose of Scarlet’s Bakery and Scarlet Hope is truly multifaceted and involves combating a problem facing not just other parts of the world but our own community as well. “Trafficking and exploitation isn’t just something that happens in other countries – it happens in our city,” Starr asserts.

“Now that I know that these things are going on and that there are women who desperately want help, the stories I hear really fuel the constant compassion as well as my drive to keep going.” Scarlet Hope through Scarlet’s Bakery empowers women – women who want to change their lives and who want an opportunity to reorient their careers. Starr admits that


the organization isn’t for everyone, but she remains grateful that she’s able to provide a chance to those who so genuinely want it. Because, just like Scarlet herself, sometimes the recipe for change starts with someone simply saying, “I believe in you.” VT Scarlet’s Bakery is located at 741 E. Oak St. and is open Wednesday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 pm. and Sunday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information call 502.741.5469 or visit W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6

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to high-threat protection, executive olitics aside, whethprotection, high-risk first response, er it be at school or at advanced rifle and pistol techniques home, the world is not and even a second degree black belt a safe place for today’s youth. in Tae Kwon Do. In addition, Davis Word of mass shootings has received training from such various and sundry organizations as the seemingly become de rigueur. Staff Israeli Special Forces, nearly every Whatever one’s stance on recWriter branch of the U.S. military, as well reational drug use, it should be as several police bomb squads and tacit that drugs in the hands BEN K9 units from across the nation. of minors is far from ideal, yet “My goal was to gain the experGIERHART tise and resources I could to create the news continues to release story after story of overdosed teenag- a more intelligent process for finding illicit subers who got their fixes while at school. stances and materials,” says Davis. Now, Davis’ The Last Chance is slowly spreading throughWhen confronted with a new problem, out the country. old paradigms and ways of thinking Naturally, one might ask what makes Davis’ become less effective, so it is reason- K9 program so singular. Carefully selected as able to try new approaches to combat puppies, the dogs that end up becoming part new challenges. In an attempt to create of The Last Chance each possess what Davis one such approach, Michael Davis began calls “play drive,” a trait where the dog has a profound instinct to search for and find hidThe Last Chance K9 Services. Michael Davis joined the U.S. Army in 2004. After only a year in service, a woman carrying Davis’ child was attacked by a drug addict, resulting in the unborn child’s death. Davis subsequently left the military to attend to the woman and his own grief, but the events of the attack also led to a solemn vow to dedicate his energies to confiscating and destroying drugs in the possession of young people, consequently eliminating future addicts while developing new effective counter terrorism techniques: “With the extreme rise in organized terrorism plaguing our country and the world holistically, it was time to build a community-based defense system. This system is constructed to adapt to the current issues domestically and to deter the effects it will stamp on our children’s future. Extremism and narcotics are becoming an adversary like never before. It is time to fight back.” Those passionate words can be found on Davis’ website, and they convey the gravity of his mission well. Davis possesses an impressive array of skills and certifications that includes but is not limited

den objects. After screening the puppies, Davis begins by employing a technique called scent logics. “My dogs are not trained with real drugs because we found that with something like marijuana – which has different fertilizers used for different batches – you only train the dog to find that marijuana,” says Davis. The scientist who created scent logics discovered that all marijuana contains 13 common fertilizers. By training the dogs’ noses artificially to those specific fertilizers, the animals can locate the drug in any iteration. Similar techniques are also employed by Davis to train the dogs to smell other materials such as narcotics, guns or even bombs. After a series of Pavlovian training exercises to associate finding the drugs with good behavior, as well as certification and insurance for both dog and handler, K9 units at The Last Chance are ready to go. For those interested, The Last Chance offers two different packages. One is the “Worried Parent Program” for the price of $99. Essentially a “scared straight program,” at a parent’s behest, a handler and dog will arrive at the solicitor’s residence and begin a thorough sniff of the home for any drugs. “When we do


find drugs, we tell the parents and the kids, and we then discuss whether we should turn it in to the police or dispose of it properly. We actually find that when everything is out in the open like that, when there are no more secrets, the rapport between parent and child actually becomes stronger,” says Davis. He goes on to say that he always works in full cooperation with local police, “Our goal is to stop kids from becoming addicts in the first place. Sometimes, the police allow us to drop off any discovered materials with no questions asked; sometimes we are asked not to even touch the evidence.” The Last Chance also offer the “School Protection Program.” Working to keep the cost low, Davis was able to provide this service to any school for the price of $500. Mostly, Davis and the dogs do demonstrations at the schools, which are very well received and the dogs are almost always universally liked. “If we needed to, our staff has grown such that we could place a dog and handler for a drug, gun, or bomb sniff in each school in JCPS [elementary, middle or high] once a day,” says Davis. Between the two programs, Davis has received almost unanimous positive feedback. “I’ve been working and training detector K9’s for 28 years, and I’ve seen it all,” says Jeff Barrett, a K9 officer with the Lakeland, Florida police department and owner of HITS Training and Consultants. “I recently had the opportunity to participate in some detector dog training alongside Michael Davis from TLC K9. I can honestly say that the future of K9 handling is here and it’s now – professional, knowledgeable and passionate is what sets TLC K9 at the top,” Despite the praise and success, Davis appreciates that he’s a stranger to both the parent and child’s unique situations, but he also believes that parents have good reason to trust him: “I grew up rough. I know how easy it is to get lost in the world. It can turn an intelligent person into someone they’re not. Our children are the foundation of our future, and if we do not reestablish our future, America will no longer be what it once was.” So what are you waiting for? If you suspect that a child or teenager in your life is headed down the wrong path, give them The Last Chance before it’s too late. VT W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6

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Nature and Play by TIFFANY L. BRIDGEWATER, Head of Lower School, Louisville Collegiate School


he importance of being outdoors always strikes me more during this time of the school year. Despite the season, no matter the time of year, children should study a four leaf clover or run at top speed down a hill; however, it is becoming more and more difficult to carve out time for a simple walk after dinner for many families. One important reason for young children to play and explore nature is that it provides opportunities for imaginative play. This is the kind of play that when I was a child inspired my brother and me to play games where we slayed dragons, created a menu of food items out of mud, or captured fireflies (which was always more fun for my brother than it was for me). These activities made playing outside fun because we only needed each other and one bright idea. Our time outdoors in nature also forced us to work together to get projects done like our makeshift tree house.

develop a natural sense of wonder as they play and explore nature. Simple things like flying a kite on a windy day, collecting scary bugs, rolling down a hill, stargazing or playing catch do not cost a lot of money, do not take a great deal of time to plan, and are things that the entire family can enjoy together. It is essential to recapture the connection between nature

and play because time outdoors does much more than simply help to create that sense of wonder and imaginative play. From my personal experience, when given opportunities to explore nature, young children develop better focus and flexibility, gain the ability to cooperate with others and improve problem-solving skills. VT

“Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy …” – "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

According to Richard Louv, author of the bestseller “Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder,” there are fewer and fewer opportunities for children to explore nature. He cites several reasons why children are spending less time exploring nature, among them the growing number of “flat concrete surfaces” and his belief that we are raising “a generation of wired children.” Because of these changes, Louv believes many children today are suffering from what he calls “nature deficit disorder.” Louv believes, “Children in their formative years have always needed a special connection to nature.” Finding that connection given the hectic pace of our lives is not easy. However, without the connection, Louv believes children may never develop the “sense of wonder” that naturally comes from exploration. And like many in the nature and children movement, Louv’s biggest fear for the next generation is that young children will learn about the “global threats to the environment” yet will lack a genuine “intimacy with nature.” I believe even with our hectic lives, we can provide rich opportunities for children to J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6 • W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M

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Louisville's Tesla Supercharger station is now up and running — located in the parking lot of the Sullivan University School of Pharmacy. The Supercharger is a direct current (DC) fast-charging station that is for use with the Tesla Model S sedan, Model X SUV and eventually the Tesla Model 3 (Tesla's lower cost model), which will be unveiled to the public in March of 2016. The Louisville location has the capacity to charge eight vehicles at a time. Worldwide, there are 576 Supercharger stations with 3,321 Superchargers able to provide "fuel" for these EVs. In addition to the new Tesla chargers, Sullivan University is exploring adding a Level 2 charger that will charge other makes and models of electric cars there as well. PORTLAND INVESTMENT INITIATIVE UPDATE During the first meeting of 2016, on Wednesday, January 6, Venture Connectors hosted developer Gill Holland, who gave an update on the progress of Louisville’s Portland Investment Initiative. He will discuss what is working and what isn’t, as well as what the community can expect in the coming years from Portland, a low-income neighborhood in Louisville’s West End. Holland also will share insights into opportunities for the entrepreneurial community to get involved in revitalization efforts. Holland began to implement his vision for Portland in 2013, which includes restoring homes, converting empty warehouses into mixed-use developments and reviving the area’s business district. WATERSTEP RECEIVES $18,750 GRANT FROM DELTA DENTAL TO FUND EDUCATION PROGRAM WaterStep is pleased to announce a $18,750 gift from Delta Dental of Kentucky’s Making Smiles Happen® program to support its Water Education Department. Delta Dental of Kentucky’s charitable initiative, Making Smiles Happen, provides funding to organizations that improve oral health and education in the local community. WaterStep’s mission is to provide communities around the world with access to safe water and health education. The organization also develops and implements a local Water Education Program that teaches students about the world’s water crisis and solutions. The curriculum targets students in grades 1-12 and can be delivered in a classroom or other school setting, at educational conferences/events, or on-site at WaterStep’s headquarters. Participants learn about the social, economic and environmental effects of poor health that are caused by unsafe drinking water, as well as the proper health and hygiene techniques used to prevent the spreading of germs and bacteria. Participants also learn about the real water solutions WaterStep uses in the field to provide safe drinking water and how the history of water technology in Louisville relates to present day water issues. The program includes hands on exercises and experiments, and depending upon the format, can last 30 minutes to 2 hours. LOUISVILLE METRO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & WELLNESS NAMES DR. BRANDY KELLY PRYOR AS DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor has been named the new director of the Center for Health Equity at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. She will also serve as an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Dr. Sarah Moyer, interim director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, said Dr. Kelly Pryor was selected from among many strong applicants in a nationwide search. Dr. Kelly Pryor comes to Louisville from Texas A&M University, where she was an assistant professor. She also served as an AmeriCorps member in Washington, D.C.; studied global health and determinants on health abroad in Kenya, Tanzania, Haiti, Trinidad and Barbados; and worked as a Ph.D. student in

to submit your business brief email the Center for Community Health Development at Texas A&M’s School of Rural Public Health. Her depth of experience in research, evaluation and program management in the field of equity in health extends beyond just local health departments to include the university, state systems, faith-based and community-based organizations. She has managed local and federally funded projects and grant dollars and evaluated projects in major urban centers, as well as health partnerships in rural areas. KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE SELECTED AS PART OF KENTUCKY ARTS COUNCIL’S 50 DAYS OF ART Kentucky Shakespeare has been selected as one of the Kentucky Arts Council’s 50 Days of Art. The arts council’s 50 Days of Art series celebrates the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Kentucky Arts Council by the Kentucky General Assembly in March 1966. Kentucky Shakespeare is one of several Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations across the state that are hosting events included in this celebration. For more information Kentucky Shakespeare call 502.574.9900 x11, email or visit our web page, To learn more about other events in the Kentucky Arts Council’s 50 Days of Art series, visit the arts council’s web page PIVOT TO PEACE COLLABORATIVE TO HELP DECREASE VIOLENCE IN WEST LOUISVILLE KentuckyOne Health, Peace Education Program (Peace Ed), the Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, and the Commonwealth Institute at the University of Louisville announced the launch of an innovative evidence-informed collaboration to address and prevent violent crime in West Louisville. Pivot to Peace is designed to build stronger and safer neighborhoods by linking adult survivors of violent gun and knife injuries to community resources. The program will promote healthy choices and avoid further injury or involvement with law enforcement. Ultimately, the goal is to help participants to “pivot,” linking them to resources that promote a healthy nonviolent life. Pivot to Peace adapts best practices from hospitals around the country, using guidelines from the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs ( that sees trauma centers as an environment to teach and engage injured patients, family and friends. Participants are paired with a Case Worker from Peace Ed who will support them in coping with their injury and assisting with follow-up care. Key outcomes for Pivot to Peace participants include reduced violent interactions and improved educational attainment, employment status and physical/mental health. Through Pivot to Peace, University Hospital Emergency Department and Trauma Team staff will identify potential participants: patients aged 18-34 with gunshot/knife injuries from violence living in one of the nine West Louisville neighborhoods. A specially trained hospital Community Health Worker will conduct an initial interview with participants and/or family. With permission, a Case Worker from Peace Ed will then be called to meet with and enroll the individual in the free grant-funded program. The initial focus is to build a trusting relationship with participants to prevent


retaliation, promote strategies to defuse conflict, identify shortterm needs and develop a stay-safe plan. Long-term, the Case Workers will follow participants after they are discharged from University Hospital for up to one year, easing the transition into the community and connecting participants to services like education, employment opportunities and housing. Peace Ed will also provide a continuous series of conflict resolution classes for participants in alternating locations in the community. Pivot to Peace is made possible by grants from the Gheens Foundation, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence and the United States Office of Juvenile Justice/Department of Justice. Two years of funding have been secured to hire program management and staff – including seven Peace Ed Case Workers – the Community Health Worker and a mental health counselor from Our Lady of Peace who will be part of the case management team. An emergency assistance fund was established to provide for immediate needs of participants such as clothing and transportation. Those who wish to contribute to Pivot to Peace may do so through tax-deductible contributions to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation. The Pivot to Peace coalition anticipates enrolling its first participants by March 1, 2016. GEORGETOWN NATIVE RYAN QUARLES SWORN IN AS KENTUCKY’S COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles pledged to run an efficient, transparent Kentucky Department of Agriculture that advocates for Kentucky’s agriculture industry as he and other state constitutional officers were sworn into office in the Capitol Rotunda. Quarles was elected agriculture commissioner in November. Prior to assuming the agriculture commissioner post, he served three terms as a state representative from his hometown of Georgetown. At 32, Quarles is the youngest statewide elected official in the nation. Quarles succeeds James Comer of Tompkinsville, who served from January 2012 to December 2015. Quarles, the son of Roger and Bonnie Quarles, grew up farming in Scott County and comes from a family that has farmed in central Kentucky for more than 200 years. He was an active member of 4-H and FFA youth programs and won the state tractor driving contest while in high school. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2006 with undergraduate degrees in political science, agricultural economics and public service, and two master’s degrees in diplomacy and international commerce. He earned a master’s degree in higher education from Harvard University in 2009 while also attending Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. He completed work toward his law degree at UK. As Kentucky agriculture commissioner, Quarles serves as chairman of the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation and vice chairman of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. He serves on the Kentucky State Fair Board and numerous other boards and commissions.

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obituaries Woodrow Bell Jr. Woodrow Bell Jr., 73, passed away January 16, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Anna and Woodrow Sr. and granddaughter Savanah Bell. Woodrow leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 52 years Nancy Bell, sons Steve Bell (Jennifer) and Tracy Bell, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A memorial service to honor the life of Woodrow was held Wednesday at 6pm at Fairdale McDaniel Funeral Home. Visitation was Wednesday starting at 1pm until the start of the service. Please leave your condolences for the family at

Billye Burnett Eblen CARY, NCBillye Burnett Eblen, 94, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles D. Eblen. Born October 5, 1921 in Appomattox, VA, she was the daughter of Orren S. and Willie B. Burnett. Billye grew up in WV and made many friends during her life in Kenova, WV, Ashland, KY, Dayton, OH, and Chattanooga, TN before moving to Louisville, KY, where she would call home. Billye graduated from Ceredo-Kenova high school and attended the University of Kentucky and Marshall University where she was a member of Theta Rho sorority. She was a loving and dedicated wife of 37 years to Charlie and mother to her daughter, Fran. Billye and Charlie were long time members of Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church. In 2012, she relocated to Cary, NC to be close to family. Billye was


one who never met a stranger and had an uncanny way of touching the lives of many. Billye’s caring spirit will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Billye is survived by her only child, Fran Rencher (Bill) of Holly Springs, NC, granddaughter Kristen R. Nuss (Andrew) of Potomac Falls, VA and grandson Charles Bradford Rencher of Raleigh, NC; sister-in-law Betty B. Griffith of Jacksonville, FL, nieces and nephews. A private service will be held. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for the excellent care and compassion given to Billye and her family, from their family, friends, Waltonwood, Homewatch Caregivers, Heartland Hospice, and caregiver Mary G. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Billye be remembered by contributions to Heartland Hospice, 4505 Falls of Neuse Road, Ste. 650, Raleigh, NC 27609 or Kosair Children’s Hospital, Dept. 86140, P.O. Box 950183, Louisville, KY 40295. Online condolences may be sent to the family at FranR4917@

John R. Evans John R. Evans, 97, of Louisville, KY, and formerly of Hilton Head, SC, died peacefully on January, 14, 2016. He was born on January 3, 1919, in Huntington, WV, and though he left there in 1943, he forever called Huntington “home”. He married Gene Seiber Evans in 1944, and together they raised a loving family, made lifelong friends in each place they lived, and enjoyed life to the fullest. Beginning with Remington Rand in 1945, he devoted his entire career to the computer industry. He held positions including Branch and Regional Manager for Sperry Univac,

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Vice President of Public Relations for Sperry Asia, and Executive Senior Managing Director for Nippon Univac Kaisha. While living in Tokyo, Japan, he also served as Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Japan. He traveled throughout the world and loved golfing, tennis, hiking, canoeing, and fishing. He was a strong advocate of land and environmental conservation and was instrumental in establishing and developing the Hilton Head Island Land Trust. He was preceded in death in 2004, by Gene his loving wife of sixty years. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Gene E. Brooks, Ann de Bernard, Melissa Evans Andris (John); 9 grandchildren, Genienne Hockensmith (Jeremy), Kelly Simkowski (Alan), Liz Drill (Mike), Evan Bernard, Janey Andris (Chad Harpring), Johnny Andris (Tara), Carr Bernard, Hayden Bernard, Caitlin Bowse (Mike) 21 great grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. A memorial service was held at the Forum at Brookside, 202 Brookside Drive on Sunday, January 17, at 4:00pm. Interment will follow next week at St. Francis By-the-Sea Roman Catholic Church, Hilton Head, SC. The family would like to express its deepest appreciation to the caregivers and staff at the Forum at Brookside for their constant support and attention. Memorial gifts may be made to the Hilton Head Island Land Trust, PO Box 21058, Hilton Head, SC, 29925.

Julia L. (Czerwonka) Osborne, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016.




Julia was born on February 14, 1932 in Louisville, KY. She started her career with Avon as a Sales Representative and later spent many years in the commercial restaurant equipment business with her husband Richard as owners of AM-PM, INC., in Louisville, KY. They were members of the Kentucky Restaurant Association. She is preceded in death by her parents Lucille J. and Joseph J. Czerwonka of Louisville, KY along with her brothers whom she adored: Joseph Jr., Richard, Lawrence and Leroy. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff at Robert E. Lee Healthcare along with Ameryus/ Hosparus of Southern IN for their compassionate care. Some of Julia’s fondness childhood memories were her relationships with brothers and their shared activities at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House of Louisville. The Cabbage Patch Settlement House formed and fostered solid community activities and relationships for the Czerwonka family in the 1930-1940’s for this experience the Czerwonka family is still grateful to this day. Graveside burial was at Cave Hill Cemetery on Tuesday January 12, at 2:30 p.m.

William “Bill” Scherzinger William “Bill” Scherzinger, 45, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2016. He was a self employed painter and an avid UK fan.

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Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Scherzinger, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Georgia Senn; wife, Laura

Margaret L. Schoenbaechler, 71, of Crescent Hill, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 with her loving family beside her. She was born September 9, 1944 in Corydon, IN to the late James K. and Virginia Langford Muntz. She had been a long term employee with Hausman Motors as a title clerk, and did volunteer work at St. Joseph Church. She is survived by her loving husband Louis H. Schoenbaechler, her children; Troy (Robyn Wilkerson), Aaron, Melanie Payne (Wessly), and Ross (Tina McNelly), her siblings; Alice Bolen, Carl, Eddie, and Paul Muntz, and her 5 grandchildren, Bailey, Wyatt, Warren, Megan, and Matt. A Mass to celebrate Margaret’s life was held at noon on Wednesday at St. Joseph Church, 1406 E. Washington St. with burial at Cave Hill. Visitation was held Tuesday 2-8 p.m., and 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Ave. Expressions of sympathy are requested to St. Joseph Church. Please leave a condolence for the family at archlheadycralle. com

Avelina Sembillo M.D. Avelina Sembillo M.D., 82, of Louisville, passed away Thursday,

She was born Avelina Sayson in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Phillipines. She was a retired emergency medical physician who practiced medicine throughout the state of Kentucky. She was a devout Catholic, enjoyed helping charitable organizations, and loved to travel around the world with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Samuel Vassetti and survived by her son James Bryant Vassetti, Sellersburg, IN; grandchildren James B. Kinsey and Joani Nichols; and 14 nephews and nieces.

Joyce worked at American Tobacco Co., for 21 years, then was with GE until she retired, She was a member of Shively Baptist Church, and was active in her Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mariano and Maria Sayson, and husband, Pablito Q. Sembillo. Avelina is survived by her children, Joey Sembillo, Queenie Sembillo - Wolz, Pabs Sembillo (Samantha) and William Sembillo (Brenda) and one grandchild, Jordan Sembillo Wolz. Her funeral Mass was at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2016 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1920 Newburg Rd. with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was from Noon - 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd.

A memorial service for her life was held at Hurstbourne Baptist Church, 8800 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, 10 a.m., Friday January 22, 2016. A grave service will be held in the future at Machpelah Cemetary, Mt Sterling. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oneida Baptist Institute.

Margarette “Joyce” Rafferty Margarette “Joyce” Rafferty, 88, passed away January 15, 2016 surrounded by her family. She was born to Josh and Della

She is preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter, Sandra Joyce Chaney. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 70 years, Harold Rafferty; her children, Beverly Rafferty-Prather, Garry Rafferty, and Dana Rafferty-Parker; five grandchildren, Kim and Travis Chaney, Craig LaPointe, Josh and Amanda Parker; four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Chesney, Hadley, and Justice; and her beloved dog Heidi. Funeral services were Monday at 1 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home 5317 Dixie Hwy. Burial will be at Louisville Memorial Gardens West, with visitation Sunday from 2-8 p.m.

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he was going to Louisville “for two f there has been one months” before committing on last regular complaint surSeptember 4. He decommitted just rounding Louisville bas11 days later. ketball over this current six With all this being the case, it or seven-year period of suswas thrice bitten, four times territained success at the highfied for Cardinal fans when anothest level, it’s been that UofL er five-star recruit, small forward hasn’t brought in the type of V.J. King, committed to UofL last MIKE five-star, one-and-done talsummer. ent that has come to define RUTHERFORD @cardchronicle A rangy 6-foot-7 small forthe sport as much as anyward, King originally played his thing else. The irony of that high school ball at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s being the case, given the off-the-court (the school best-known for producing LeBcloud that has hung over the program ron James) in Ohio before moving to Virginsince October, is not lost on me, but ia two years ago. He averaged 18.5 points per game as a junior last season for Paul VI, that’s a topic for another day. one of the strongest private school programs

It’s not that Louisville hasn’t received commitments from elite recruits in recent years; it’s that too often, they haven’t been able to get those commits to make the metamorphosis into signees. Since 2010, Cardinal fans have seen three high-profile recruits pledge their allegiance to Rick Pitino, only to get cold feet before signing their names on the dotted line.

V.J. King is a five-star Louisville recruit from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s in Ohio.

First, there was Rodney Purvis, who was the No. 7 overall player from the class of 2012 when he committed to Louisville in December 2010. He posted pictures of himself in Cardinal gear constantly. He tweeted about how he couldn’t wait to be on campus. And he decommitted from UofL after five months. About two years after Pitino lost Purvis, he landed another five-star in Huntington Prep’s JaQuan Lyle. Lyle reversed course even faster than Purvis, announcing his decommitment after just three months as a Cardinal pledge. The blue-chipper who takes the indecision title, however, is current LSU Tiger Antonio Blakeney. The five-star shooting guard said he had known J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6 • W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M

hands and can handle and pass like a two guard. He’s also a terrific finisher who uses his length to make acrobatic moves around the rim. On top of all that, King has the same mentality and character that Rick Pitino has spent so much of the past decade preaching about, the type of mentality and character needed to sign with a program despite the whisperings of some of the surrounding sycophants. “A lot of times when you see people decommit, it’s because they get caught up in all the glamour and all the attention,” said Glenn Farello, King’s coach at Paul VI Catholic High School. “VJ’s not wired like that at all. This one’s in the books, folks.” King made good on his coach’s promise by signing with UofL on the first day of the early singing period back in November. Despite all the negative attention that had been heaped upon the program since his commitment, King said going back on his word was never an option. “People may have questioned, but I never wavered,” King said after signing his letter of intent. “I believe in the Louisville family.”

in the Washington D.C. area. He then spent the spring and summer starting for the D.C.based Team Takeover program on the Nike EYBL AAU circuit. King has a Montrezl Harrell-esque wingspan and the athleticism to go along with it. He’s a smooth operator with the ball in his


On Sunday, King was named to the East roster for the McDonald’s All-American Game in March. The distinction made him Louisville’s 24th all-time “burger boy,” and its first since Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan participated in the event back in 2011. On top of that, King has also been invited to participate in the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic game. There’s no way to know how long King will play basketball for Louisville, but the knowledge that he’s bringing both his limitless skillset and his next level maturity to the Derby City should give Cardinal fans some peace of mind for the future. The era of good feelings will roll on. VT

Seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis and sophomore Chinanu Onuaku worked in tandem to bring UofL a win last week. Onuaku improved dramatically from prior performances, garnering the Cards 18 points and 10 rebounds singlehandedly and commanding every moment of his time on the floor. The three star players ended Pittsburgh’s 10-game winning streak with a final satisfying score of 59-41.

Guard Trey Lewis (3) brings the ball up the court.

Forward Chinanu Onuaku (32) dunks the ball over Pittsburgh Panthers forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (33).

Trey Lewis (3) shoots the ball over Pittsburgh Panthers guard Sterling Smith (15).

Chinanu Onuaku (32) shoots the ball under pressure from Pittsburgh Panthers forward Sheldon Jeter (21).


Damion Lee (0) shoots the ball under pressure.

Louisville guard Quentin Snider (2) brings the ball up the court.

Anas Mahmoud (14) .

Louisville Cardinals guard Trey Lewis (3) plays defense.


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The Harlem Globetrotters The Harlem Globetrotters celebrated 90 years of showmanship on January 17 at the KFC Yum! Center. Fans of all ages cheered such players as Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu as they demonstrated stunning acrobatics and deft handling of the basketball.

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Zeus McClurkin is the front man for the Harlem Globetrotters. He is the Globetrotter who does all the media interviews to promote a visit by the Clown Princes of Basketball. They visited the KFC Yum! Center last weekend. McClurkin, who played college basketball at North Carolina A&T, is also the current world record holder for most dunks in one minute. He slammed home 15 in a minute in November. How did the idea come about to go after a World Record?

Fame in 2002. So I get a chance to tell everybody that I’m a Hall of Famer. Now, not only am I a Hall of Famer, but I’m in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Every year the Guiness Book of World Records reaches out to the Globetrotters and sees if there are any world records that we are interTaylor’s 10 What is your favorite trick? ested in breaking, and this year Probably the rock the cradle I kind of threw my hat in. They KENT dunk. That’s my favorite dunk to came up with the world record of, TAYLOR do and do in the game. how many dunks can you do in one WAVE3 Sports minute. I said, “Plenty, I can go straight up and down and just dunk the ball What is your favorite trick to see? about 30 times in one minute.” Then they My teammate, Smooth, he can do a 360 said that the guidelines are that you have to go behind the free throw between each dunk. between-the-legs dunk on cue. It’s great. That was a little more difficult for somebody with exercise-induced asthma. I was able to What gets the biggest reaction from muster through it – the previous record was the crowd? 14 and I made it to 15. The crowd definitely loves when we bring out a kid to the court and maybe we spin What is the most you had done in the ball on their finger or we allow them to practice? shoot a shot. They really like when we’re in Before actually doing it, I had only done the crowd and we’re shooting shots from the about 13. I couldn’t get past that, but then stands. We shoot a lot of shots during the having my teammates there cheering for me, year, and our percentage is so high because saying my name and passing me the ball every we practice so much. time, I was able to get up to 15.

What is the coolest city you have visited with the Globetrotters? Besides Louisville, the coolest place I’ve ever been is Tel Aviv in Israel. I’m a minister at my church, so that place holds a lot of history for me because we were able to go to Jerusalem and I got a chance to see all these things that I read about every Sunday. That was amazing. How many nights a year are you on the road? About six months, but it’s not consecutive. Right now, we’re in the middle of our U.S. tour, which is about four months in the beginning of every year. It starts on Christmas Day, and it ends in mid-April or so. Then, we’ll do things throughout the year. We’ll do training camps for kids, and we’ll do summer skills camps for kids. That’s also part of what we do called the Great Assist this year. Fans can log online to and you can nominate a worthwhile cause. Anybody you know who needs a smile, the Globetrotters will be there, and we’ll do the best that we can to try to get that person to smile. VT

Have you seen the book out with your name in it? No, not yet, it won’t be issued until next year. So I could beat it and you’d never even get in there? It could happen. I’m a little scared now, but I’ll just beat it the next year. Assuming I don’t break it, seeing your name there is something you’re excited for? Yes, it’s history. I was already a part of history by playing for the world’s most famous team. If you think about it, we’ve been around for 90 years now, since 1926, and something that was really special for me, the Globetrotters were inducted into the Basketball Hall of


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Kentucky Cycles through the Five Stages of Grief

think that, right about now, Kentucky fans are plunged in grief – the grief that comes with being only an “ordinary” team, pushed around by the likes of Auburn and LSU.

give him a chance. Maybe he won’t score. Maybe he’ll foul out. At least we won’t get pushed around. Hey, his parents are international wood-chopping champions.


Or maybe Derek Willis is about to step up.

Besides, Cal always turns these teams around. Remember the Final Four runs of 2011 and 2014? Those teams struggled early, just like this one.


UK has had a string of outstanding teams in the John Calipari era: four Final Four teams including one national champion and one team that had an historic 38-game run. It’s also had one team that the NCAA tournament wasn’t interested in, and that lasted in the NIT for only one game. Big Blue Nation doesn’t want to think about the possibility of a repeat of that. And so, in its grief, another road loss in which its beloved team blew a 12-point second-half lead, it is cycling through Kübler-Ross/Kessler’s classic five stages. Starting with: DENIAL

This is Kentucky. We have the best program, the best coach, the best talent. Skal is too good not to turn it around. Cal will straighten him out. The freshmen will come around, too. They’re young, they make mistakes – freshman mistakes. And don’t forget, Alex Poythress is still recovering from his knee injury. Didn’t we beat Duke? Didn’t we beat Louisville? ANGER So what’s taking Poythress so long? And why does Marcus Lee disappear every other game? Why can’t Isaiah Briscoe make free throws? And does he really have to drive into the middle every single time he has the ball? Why can’t Jamal Murray put two good halves together? Maybe the problem is those ridiculous shots he takes? And why doesn’t Cal use Derek Willis? He’s big, he can shoot. It can’t be worse than what we’ve got! BARGAINING Maybe if we just shifted the lineup a little bit. Tai Wynyard’s big and strong. Let’s J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6 • W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M

What did Cal say after the last game? “It’s January 16. We’re fine. I’m not worried about it.” If he’s not worried... And please, holy power that determines such things, just don’t let Louisville win the national championship. DEPRESSION Skal is hopeless. Lee is hopeless. The season’s hopeless. This was supposed to be such a good year. What happened? Calipari’s going to the NBA. I just know it. ACCEPTANCE So who’s the freshman class for next year? If it’s a little too early for acceptance, I think depression is fast becoming a fitting state of mind for BBN. The loss at Auburn exposed the flaws in this team’s makeup. For a while, now, the issue was lack of consistency, but I’m afraid consistency has settled in – as in a consistent lack of interior presence. A Skal Labissiere playing at least close to as-advertised would have kept the Cats competitive on the boards and sealed the interior defense. But Skal’s game is just way too undeveloped.


He looks like he could still turn into a marvelous athlete. He has the height and the skills. His silky athleticism and deft shooting touch could make him another Trey Lyles. Nerlens Noel, who came in with much the same hype, had an offensive game far-less-developed than Skal’s. But Nerlens had the physique. Skal gets pushed around and out-muscled, and he doesn’t have the hand or arm strength to hold onto the balls he tries to grasp. If he resists the sirens whispering in his ear and comes back for another year – or maybe three! – he could yet develop into the All-American center he promised to be. But whether he comes back and develops or not – that doesn’t help this year’s situation. With a minimal Skal, a too-skinny Lee and a broad-shouldered Poythress who’s two or three inches too short, this team doesn’t have the inside game. And what was it Cal said last week? A team without an inside game is a fraud? Which leaves it all up to the guards. Great guards have driven their teams to national success almost all by themselves – Connecticut’s Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier, to cite two recent examples; Illinois’ Deron Williams and Dee Brown, to go back a decade. Murray, with his array of shots and unlimited confidence, could take over a game like Walker used to. Maybe that will be the script in March. Hmmm. Which stage of grief was that? VT PHOTOS BY VICTORIA GRAFF


merican Pharoah has a new career in the breeding shed, but the retired superstar keeps raking in honors for success in his old line of work.

Horse Sense

Regular readers here know that I have a high regard for the overall 3-year-old crop that the Triple Crown winner dominated in 2015. I’m very anxious to see the other stars of the crop – relegated to understudy status by the great American Pharoah – perform when they return to racing in 2016.

JOHN As expected, the Pharoah and his Keen Ice and Frosted, fourth and team were the stars of last Saturday’s ASHER seventh respectively, behind the chamEclipse Awards ceremonies. The Kenpion in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup tucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Classic at Keeneland, will have opportunities to and Triple Crown winner was crowned as 2015’s shine in big races without the imposing presence of Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old, and the retired champion. Both are training in Florida owner-breeder Ahmed Zayat picked up an Eclipse in preparation for their 2016 campaigns. in each of those categories. Trainer Bob Baffert The best of the understudies could be Dortearned his fourth Eclipse that recognized him as mund, the Bob Baffert-trained stablemate who was the nation’s top trainer. Then came Tuesday morning, when American third in the Derby and toiled in the spotlight cast Pharoah was honored by Longines and the Inter- on his barnmate in 2015. He is working steadily at national Federation of Horseracing Authorities Santa Anita after a pair of wins last fall following a with recognition of the American champion as the post-Triple Crown break. Longines World’s Best Racehorse of 2015.

In only the third year the award has been presented, American Pharoah was rated by international handicappers at 134 pounds, which provided a solid victory margin over European star Golden Horn, winner of the 2015 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at France’s Longchamp and the Epsom Derby. The latter was assigned 130 pounds. There was a tie for third between the ill-fated American Shared Belief and France’s Treve. Shared Belief, whose co-owners included trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and sports talk star Jim Rome, died last fall following a bout with colic. He won 10 of 12 races ranging from sprints to 1 ¼ miles and eight stakes events. The shining moment of Shared Belief ’s 4-year-old season was a triumph over 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome in February’s San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. A new award introduced by the two groups honored France’s Arc de Triomphe, won by Golden Horn, as the world’s best race in 2015. Ratings of the top four finishers in the world’s highest-rated races over the past three years served as basis for that honor. Golden Horn won the Arc in 2015, while Treve earned back-to-back victories in 2013 and 2014. While American Pharoah’s racing legacy might seem to be set after his victory laps at those recent awards ceremonies, the belief here is that the appreciation of his on-track exploits as a 3-year-old will only deepen in the months ahead. PHOTO BY COADY PHOTOGRAPHY

International Star, a late scratch from last year’s Derby, returned from the sidelines last week to win a strong allowance race for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker. Itsaknockout, eighth in the 2015 Derby, was an impressive winner of a recent allowance race at Gulfstream that was his first race since the first Saturday in May. He is owned by the Starlight Racing partnership that includes Louisvillians Jack Wolf, Ed Glasscock and Clinton Glasscock. And still to be heard from are the likes of Derby runner-up Firing Line, Florida Derby winner Materiality and Upstart, all of whom have been quiet over much of the fall and winter.

Oaklawn Park flattered the form of young stars that raced in 2015 at Churchill Downs. The 1-2 finishers at Fair Grounds – as well in the Street Sense at Churchill Downs in November – were Mo Tom and Tom’s Ready, owned by the family of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson. The former horse, trained by Tom Amoss, was third behind Airoforce in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club. The latter horse, trained by Dallas Stewart, has now finished behind his stablemate three times, but it’s a hunch here that Tom’s Ready could prove to be the better Derby hope of the two as we move down the road. The Baffert-trained Mor Spirit, the Kentucky Jockey Club runner-up, won the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity in his next outing. The team of veteran trainer William “Jinx” Fires and son-in-law jockey Jon Court won the Smarty Jones with Discreetness, who started twice at Churchill Downs in 2015. The Baffert-trained odds-on favorite Toews On Ice led to the far turn and faded to sixth. The two races are early 2016 stops on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, but it’s never too early to collect points that could help earn a spot in the starting gate for Kentucky Derby 142 at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7. At the conclusion of Monday’s Smarty Jones, only 109 days remained until the 2016 Derby. There’s little wiggle room in the run to the big race, and points – even those earned in mid-January – could be critical when the calendar turns to the first week in May. VT

Big runs in important races for older stars by those 4-yearolds that chased American Pharoah throughout 2015 will only enhance the reputation of the now-retired on-track superstar. While anticipating the exploits of those older stars, the prep races for this year’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point system are picking up momentum. Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte at Fair Grounds and Monday’s Smarty Jones at


Discreetness, trained by William “Jinx” Fires and ridden by sonin-law Jon Court, strengthened his Kentucky Derby credentials with a victory in Monday’s Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park.

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A Sacred Relationship

t goes without saying that a coach-player relationship is of the utmost importance if success is the primary aim of an athletic program. A coach must set the example for what they expect from their players. Meanwhile, athletes are ever-attentive, always striving to become the best they can be.

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It is a sacred relationship, and perhaps no other girls’ basketball program has been able to display this better than Sacred Heart Academy. Head coach for the girls’ basketball team, Donna Moir, is in her 25th season, and she has arguably been the most effective as a role model in the city of Louisville. Moir was a basketball standout for the Valkyries during the 1970s and won a state championship in 1976. After high school, she went to play basketball at Cincinnati, and the bounce of the ball brought her back to where it all started – to be coach and athletic director for Sacred Heart. Since then, she has striven to bring what has

been so sacred to her to the athletic department. “I have bee proud of each and every program,” she says. “I decided that if we are going to have a program, then we should be the best at it, or at least give our coaches what they need to be successful. I try to do that, whether that is a mentor, getting facilities or whatever. And our administration has been great from our president and principals to the sisters and everybody else.”

This sense of togetherness is only compounded by Moir’s fervent support of each and every sport her students play in. She truly believes that unity is what makes the athletic sisterhood so closely knitted together. “As a [basketball] program, we try to get out and go to all the girls’ games in other sports,” she says. “We went to all the state championships and events for the other teams. Recently, we took a van to go see the volleyball team in regionals and then went to the state finals in field hockey. So we have tried to make a big community amongst all our teams and not just basketball, but I hope all the athletes at Sacred Heart know I care about each and every sport.”

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Amongst the girls on the basketball team is a young sophomore who’s been peaking in her performance. Grace Berger, who was selected by her team as preseason captain, took that to heart and has worked to live up to that leadership role. This season, she is averaging 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and led her team to winning 13 of their first 17 games. “She has a work ethic


that doesn’t stop,” says Moir about Berger. “She comes in here and works every day, and then she works outside of Sacred Heart and she gets in the backyard and shoots. It is truly her love for basketball. You can tell that this is her stage and that is what she likes to do. To have her to coach for another two and half years, I am excited about that, but I think she pulls everybody together.” Berger, meanwhile, has admired the leadership and legacy that Moir has established at the school. By embracing her coach’s leadership, she believes she has become better person. “She is a great coach, and she has taught me a lot,” asserts Berger. “She doesn’t just care about you as a player, but she cares about you as a person. So she has helped me to take my game to the next level and has made me a better person as well.” Moir has a banner on the wall in the school’s gym that shows her 500th win back on January 8, 2014. Next to that is a banner that has the listings of state championships by the Valkyries. Moir has been a part of each, as both player and coach. Sacred Heart won the crown in 1976, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Therefore, the relationship between coach and player is indeed sacred for this program. Berger agrees: “It is an honor every time you put on that jersey. We are playing for all the people who played before you and who won a state championship. We don’t take it lightly putting on this jersey and playing for this program.” Looking ahead, Berger wants to add to her school’s legacy. She has a goal to win a state championship before her high school career is over. And for Moir, her greatest joy is to see her athletes in all sports reach the mountaintop. “We want some championships, but it is always seeing the kids reach their goals and having success in each and every sport that still gets me excited. To see the girls reach their goals and dreams is big for me.” VT PHOTO BY RANDY WHETSTONE JR.



Ballard and Trinity went head to head on Saturday, January 16, and Ballard showed no plans of simply handing the game over, getting a game-high 27 points from Wilson to defeat Trinity 58-54 in the championship game of the Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament at Valley. The Shamrocks bolted to a 20-10 lead early in the second quarter before the Bruins closed with a 16-5 run for a 26-25 halftime edge. The third quarter belonged to Wilson, who hit a trio of three-pointers and scored 13 points to help the Bruins take a 45-44 advantage to the fourth. The Shamrocks missed their first eight shots of the fourth quarter, allowing Ballard to gain control. Brian Alvey hit a pair of three-pointers, the first from the left wing for a 50-44 lead at the 4:32 mark and the second from the right corner for a 53-46 bulge with 1:43 left.

Jake Ramsey (33) was 3/6 from the free throw line.

But Trinity made a final push, pulling within 57-54 on three free throws by Schmitt with 27.1 seconds remaining. The Shamrocks later had two chances to tie, but Schmitt missed a threepoint attempt with 20 seconds left and Burkman was whistled for a double-dribble with 8.3 seconds remaining. Wilson’s free throw with 4.2 seconds left sealed the game. The LIT title was the sixth all-time for Ballard, tying Central and Pleasure Ridge Park for the second-most in the tournament’s 69-year history. Male leads with 13 championships.

Juan Harris (23) drove the lane looking for two points.

The Ballard Bruins claimed victory, defeating the Trinity Shamrocks 58-54 in the 69th Republic Bank LIT.


MEADE vs. BULLITT David Burton (10) put one up over Ballard’s Brian Alvey (14).

A battle between two top teams will take the court January 22, 2016. Meade County (14-3) from the third region will visit Bullitt East (14-2) from the sixth region at 7:30 p.m. Bullitt East averages 72.2 points per game, but Meade County has been stingy giving up only 58.2 points to their opponents. OTHER NOTABLE GAMES ON JANUARY 22 Ballard (10-6) at Waggener (9-7) – 7:30 p.m. DuPont Manual (9-8) at St. X (11-5) – 7:30 p.m. Male (13-2) at Central (7-6) – 7:30 p.m.

Gabe Schmitt (20) went for a layup over Ballard’s Clivonte Patterson (5).


Omardrick Douglas (3) surveyed the Trinity defense before making his move.


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Tournament MVP Jamil Wilson (22) racked up 27 points in the Bruins’ defeat of the Trinity Shamrocks.

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Whisky Chicks 2nd Anniversary Whisky Chicks, an organization dedicated to spreading the love of bourbon to women, held its second anniversary celebration at Jim Beam’s Urban Stillhouse on January 16. The party featured hors d’oeuvres along with plenty of bourbon!

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Debra Lively and Laura Blandford.

Ashlee Richards, Joan Hale and Sara Havens.

Rachel Ford and Samantha Timmerman.

Nerissa Sparkman and Dayna Neumann.

Jenise Squires, Tracey Ruehl and Beth Brown.

Nicole Reuss, Halli Schermer, Chasta Feller and Melanie Levin.

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Invited guests flocked to the soft opening of the new Frankfort Avenue restaurant and bar The Hub on January 19. The eatery previewed a limited menu and offered a cash bar as buzz was amplified for the imminent opening of this soonto-be hotspot.

Mike DaRif, Rosie Scott, Melissa Mershon and Tony Kamber.

Christine Scofield and Kristin Angton.

Nick Carter and Laura Greenwell.

Co-owners Talmage Collins and Eric Wentworth.

Amber Squires and Michele Watts.

Molly Schweizer and Chelsey Montgomery.

Cyndy Tandy and Shannon King.


Della and William Montgomery.

Erin Delaney and Chris and Nina Rojas.

Sean and Laura Bailey.


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Phil DeLong, Kelsey Brookshire, Mayra Angel and Flip Brenner.

Pat Coxon and Gail Zitelli.

Ashley Davidson and Kathy Van Ryzin.

Kelly Riska and Tony Sweazy.

Vicki and Kirk Adair.

Dana Pettit and Gina Bliss.

Katie Tenuta, Joe Lantz and Lori McDonald.

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Member of LIBA – the Louisville Independent Business Alliance – gathered at The Clifton Center on January 14 to get to know other business leaders in the community. Business owners met with one another and discovered new shopping local opportunities.

Maria Bell, Steve Hess and Beth Fowle.

Christy Jarboe and Tommy Clark with Louisville Metro Government.

Jackie Gulbe and Courtney Smith with Yell Dell Botanical Garden.

Kellie Rausch and Stacie Downs.

Summer Auerbach, Jennifer Blair and Rose Flowers. Allison DeLande and Carol Bolton with the Louisville Water Tower Park.

Robert W. DeWees III and Lupita Garcia with McClain DeWees, PLLC.

Dan Skaggs and Karen Milliner.

Jesse, Harper and Ben Mayhew.


Kim Neuner, Debbie Owens and Kay Peake with Derby City Antique Mall.


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Induction and Knighting Ceremony The Louisville League of Mascots held its Fourth Annual Induction and Knighting Ceremony at Trinity High School on January 15. Spectators gathered to congratulate the latest group of mascots admitted.

The Three Musketeers: Andrea Vussman, Stephanie La Greca and Genna Green.

Maddy and Sydney Helfrich danced with mascots during the mascots and youth dance party.

FEAT of Louisville’s Deborah Morton and Diane La Greca.

105.9 WAY-FM Kerry and Glenn Goodwin.

Louisville League of Mascots founder and director Karl La Greca knighted Sub Man.

Louisville League of Mascots founder and director Karl La Greca knighted a mascot during the event.

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Sanda Fazlagic, Jen Hale, Julia Kolp Carstanjen and Craig Stevenson.

Jen Hale and Craig Stevenson hosted the PRI MADONNA event before the Madonna concert on January 16. The event took place at the Mercantile Gallery Lofts and featured cocktails and nosh because – as the invitation proclaimed – “you dance better after a couple.”

Dr. Margarita Terrassa, Alicia Heazlitt and Nigale Reibel.

Nicole Willaims, Brenda Chelliah and Natalie Buente.

Kelly Underwood, Frankie Adams and Nigale Reibel.

Stacey Robinson and John Reisert.

Kim Casaburo, Molly Webber, Heather Rockwell and Kelly Underwood.

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Aaron Jarrell, Mary Chapman, Nicole Pennington, Melanie Jarrell and J.P. Pennington.



The Vernon Clubs and Bowling Lanes was the host of a fundraiser for the West End School on January 16. Guests gathered in support of the important institution and danced the night away to the sounds of the bands Cool Side of the Pillow and Happy Hour.

Marilyn Collis Sexton, Suzi Tipton, Karen Hunt and Cheri Collis White.

Michael Beckmann and Caroline Knop.

Lindsay and Mark Endicott.

Robert, Trey and Dee McAlmont.

Jonathan and Sharon Pierce and Lori Brill.

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Lou and Victoria Kelmanson.

Rita and Brian Mann and Tanya Jones.

Gus and Alice Collis.

Mike and Kate Moreland.


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Keepers of the Dream The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with the Office of Mayor Greg Fischer and River City Drum Corps hosted Keepers of the Dream: A Community Arts Celebration of Dr. King’s Vision on January 20. The event took place in the center’s Whitney Hall and included pre-show entertainment by the Louisville Leopard Percussionists and a show that brought multiple prominent figures in the community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ed and Bernadette Hamilton and Laura and Robert Douglas.

Pat, Ella and Cheryl Markley.

Jamie Spears and A’Marie Johnson.

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Christa Robenson and Congressman John Yarmuth.


Scott Davis and Jomaris DeJesus.



Shively City Council Members Chester Bunell and Beverly Chester-Burton and State Representative Darryl Owens.

Kayla and T’Quya.

Ruby, Erwin, Edward, Jennifer and Laurie.

Jackson, Zachary and Megan.

Lance West and Gwendolyn and Geraldine Kelly.

Nancy Scott and A.J. Johnson.

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Hope Breakfast The Alpha Lambda Education Foundation and the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated hosted its Second Annual Hope Breakfast on January 19 at Spalding University. The breakfast honored the life and legacy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme consisted of faith, leadership and service with featured presenters including Honorable Judge Erica Lee Williams, Barbara Sexton Smith, Brother Rev. Dr. Walter Malone Jr. and Jacob Markert, a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Program participant.

Katina Whirlock, Chandra Glover, Michael Ginsberg and Jeri Swinton.

Metro Council President David Tandy and Congressman John Yarmuth.

Marilyn Marshall, Mary Stoddard and Cassandra Miller.

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Cabo Wabo Party Cabo Wabo held its Winter Coat Party on January 9, at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center. Coats collected were donated to St. Vincent de Paul, with net proceeds going to Uspiritus, a merger of Bellewood Home for Children and Brooklawn Child and Family Services.

UPS pilot Dave Zamiska and his wife Jill Zamiska.

Joe and Amy Fairleigh, Kara Funk and Michael Rutter.

Bob Domine and Melanie Martin.

Bobby Eaton, Tracy Kitten, Tammy Lyn Hart and Kim Keller.

Jon and Diane Cooke.

Shane Suttor and Ashley Devault.

Pat and Lynn Clay.

Sharon and Chris Mercke.

Laura May and a friend.

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Anita Milby, Sheila Allgeier, Bonnie Echelberger and Steve Gross.

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Ashely Rogers, Vincent Cameron and Caroline Thomas.


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on our way to 72 days of fun and relaxust as the snow began to ation with somebody else doing the fall, our vacation plans cooking and making the bed. came into reality, and we After unpacking (I always pack too left Louisville on the “Big Bird” much, but lots of it is given away at for Miami for a planned and the end of the trip) we went in search greatly anticipated cruise on of other friends from previous trips. Partyline the Seven Seas Mariner to go There are eight of us who enjoy each all the way around South AmerCARLA SUE other and almost always spend the winter months aboard one of the ica. After a single night in the BROECKER Regent ships. new Epic hotel (way overpriced Less than 12 hours after we set sail, we were notiand not very wonderful) we made our way fied that a passenger had boarded with heart probto the pier to meet our traveling buddies lems and had taken a turn for the worse! A medfrom Oregon: Bruce and Andrea. A com- ical evacuation helicopter was summoned, but the puter glitch slowed down the check-in pro- captain made the decision to turn the ship back to cess, but who cares? We were with friends, meet the helicopter coming from Miami to minimize the time to get help for the patient. He did laughing and having fun. The Mariner is a ship that we have been on several times. It is similar to the Voyager, its sister ship – just enough similarity to be really confusing as to where everything is. Not such a hardship. We are


We drove up through the tropical rain forest on this island that Christopher Columbus landed on. The sand is black because of the volcanoes. The work was hard, and slaves were brought from Africa but eventually freed. So the makers say, the best rum in the world comes from this island. We visited an old church, the Depaz rum distillery and drove through the lush countryside. Carnival season has begun, and we made it back to the ship in time to see a portion of a wild threehour parade just two blocks from where we were docked. Much loud rhythmic music made it just too fun for our sail-away to St. George’s Grenada where we will dock first thing in the morning. VT

the right thing, and the man is still alive. We were all concerned about the his condition.

After turning back around the captain had the pedal to the floor, and we arrived in Gustavia, St. Barts almost on schedule. We had been there before but were briefed ahead of landing by well-known South American expert and friend Terri Breen. We got off the ship for a stroll along the dock, looking at extremely high-end shops. Lots of internationally famous people have homes here. We have been to see the home of the late Rudolph Nureyev, Mariah Carey and the incredible landing strip nearby. It begins at the ocean edge and runs uphill! It is breathtaking to see a private plane land! The runway ends 20 feet from the road! The next day we sailed to Fort-de-France, the capital of France’s Caribbean overseas department of Martinique. It was founded in 1848 and was the birthplace of Josephine de Beauharnais who became the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. The island is a department of France and belongs to the UN. The currency is the Euro.

Participant in the Martinique Carnival Parade.

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Church at Fort-de-France in Martinique.


Tourists boarding the Yellow Submarine at St. Barts.



EAR ABBY: My boyfriend, “Jimmy,” and I have been together for two years. After about four months, out of necessity, we moved in together, and it was great.

the saying goes, “When a door closes, another one opens.” •••

Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: Last Friday was Grandparents’ Day at my kids’ preschool. My parents attended and were well-behaved for the most part, but then my mother made a faux pas. She asked one of the directors when her baby was due. Well, Abby, the woman isn’t pregnant.

JEANNE Not long afterward, I got a job two hours away. Since I moved, we get to PHILLIPS see each other only every two or three weeks. The separation has been tough, but when When I picked up my kids, I had no idea what we’re together, everything is perfect and all is right had happened. The director was having a conwith the world. I feel we were fated to be together. versation with one of the teachers when I walked Before the move, Jimmy and I often talked about in, so as usual I smiled and waved as I walked by. marriage, and although I am not crazy about it, I I did sense something was off when she didn’t knew it meant a lot to him so I proposed (ring and respond, but I figured she was preoccupied. all). He initially said yes, then sort of asked me to When we met my parents for dinner, my mother take back my proposal. Since then, he has been told me what happened. avoiding all discussions about our future, and I I am mortified. I managed to make it out of the don’t know what to do. preschool this morning without crossing paths with I’m willing to quit my job and go back to be the director, but I’ll be seeing this woman for the with him, but I’m scared he’s going to get cold feet. next couple of years. What, if anything, do I say to Obviously, I’m hopelessly in love with him, but now her? – HORRIFIED IN MICHIGAN I’m feeling lost and confused. – HOURS APART DEAR HORRIFIED: You did nothing wrong, IN THE SOUTH so stop avoiding the woman and behave as you usuDEAR HOURS APART: Please allow me to ally do. IF you notice that she treats you differently, offer some clarity. Do not quit your job because if all you should say is: “I heard what happened with you do, you may find yourself not only without a my mother, and I’d like to apologize for her behavior. As you can see, she sometimes puts her foot in job but also without a place to stay. her mouth, but we love her anyway.” When someone (man or woman) asks that a ••• proposal be rescinded, it usually means the perDEAR ABBY: My ex sent our children letters son feels he or she may have jumped the gun by saying yes. Jimmy is avoiding all discussion about from prison. I didn’t give them the letters because your future because he doesn’t want one, and he’s he was abusive. In one of them he asked our afraid to say it directly because he knows it will daughter to forgive him and not punish him forever. Abby, her father had abused her, and he’s asking hurt your feelings. For your own sake, have an honest conversation for her to stop punishing HIM? She was going to with him about this. It may be painful, but it will kill herself because of what he did to her. be better than living in limbo the way you are. As

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intense counseling and still battles depression, so there is no way I’ll permit him to have contact with her or my other children. I have had no contact with him since we split up several years ago. My lawyer mailed the divorce papers and that was that. Should I write him a letter and tell him what I think? – NOWHERE IN TEXAS DEAR NOWHERE: No, your lawyer should. One of the hallmarks of abusers is that they tend to blame their victims for their actions. The statement in your ex’s letter accusing your daughter of “punishing him” with her silence is troubling. She’s under no obligation to forgive her abuser. When he is finally released from prison, one of the conditions may be that he must have no contact with minors. And if by then your children are no longer minors, one can only hope that they have become mature enough to protect themselves emotionally – and physically, if necessary – from their father. ••• DEAR ABBY: I’m 13, and a girl in my grade likes me – REALLY likes me, but I think I’m too young. All my friends say I should go for it and have her as a girlfriend, but I’m not sure I should. I need professional help. – NOT QUITE READY IN GEORGIA DEAR NOT QUITE READY: Determining when a person is “ready” for a romantic relationship isn’t something other people can or should decide. If you’re not sure you want a girlfriend right now, the fact that she likes you – REALLY likes you – isn’t as important as what YOU think and YOU feel. You appear to have a good head on your shoulders. Let it be your guide and don’t allow your well-meaning friends to push you into anything. ••• Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.



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Chris Robert I work in finance, so my industry can be very conservative as a whole. There’s a bit of an expectation to wear a suit and tie every day, but I don’t think that means I have to wear a plain black suit, white shirt and black tie. I try and make an effort to have fun with that expectation by using color and patterns in interesting and subtle ways. I also always try to be very approachable to my clients, so I always try to find relaxed elements to my look and style.

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Chocolate Dreams

GuardiaCare Services Inc. is Louisville’s premier agency for the support of individuals who are facing the challenges of aging and disability. With the organization’s origins dating as far back as 1969, it’s important that they treat their sweet tooth and cut loose every once in a while. We sat down with Executive Director Susan Smith to talk about GuardiaCare’s biggest fundraiser, Chocolate Dreams. What is Chocolate Dreams: An Evening of Decadent Bliss? Chocolate Dreams is GuardiaCare’s signature fundraising gala. We’re celebrating our 11th year on Monday, February 1, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Pointe in Butchertown. Dawne Gee, WAVE 3 News anchor, will emcee the event. Chocolate Dreams features samples of premier chocolate creations prepared by 25 top culinary professionals who compete for awards in six categories: Chocolate Savory, Chocolate International, Chocolate Bluegrass, Chocolate Brain Freeze, Best Display and People’s Choice. Chocolate Dreams also features a silent and live auction, a wine and beer bar by Old 502 Winery and Falls City Beer, hors d’oeuvres, the presenting of the Caregiver of the Year award and a bourbon tasting by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. This year’s chocolatiers include Art Eatables, At the Italian Table, Brownsboro Park Retirement Community, Buck’s Restaurant, Cadillac Coffee Company, Cake Flour, Cellar Door Chocolates, Chef Z’s Catering, Churchill Downs - Levy Restaurants, DelectaBites,

Gumby’s Custom Catering, Kandies of Kentucky, Long John Silver’s, Macaron Bar, Marketplace Restaurant, Mert’s Cakes, Old 502 Winery, Roux, Rye, The Goat, The Oakroom, Vincenzo’s, Volare and Zi Olive.

and families through the challenges of aging and disability. We serve over 300 clients annually, and without Chocolate Dreams, we wouldn’t be able to grow our programs or serve additional clients each year.

What can guests expect at the event?

How has the event grown over the years?

Guests will indulge in an array of chocolate-rich creations from the best chefs in Kentuckiana. These highly talented chefs and bakers combine ingredients to form mouth-watering chocolate dishes. From savory hors d’oeuvres to decadent desserts to warm beverages, you’ll be surprised at how chocolate can be used to create the most unique and delicious chocolate-laced goodies you will ever taste or see. It’s a chocolate-lover’s dream! While savoring chocolate, you can browse and bid on silent auction bundles. The silent auction is facilitated by an online bidding system, which makes it easy for guests to bid and receive realtime updates on any of the auction bundles they are interested in watching. In addition to the live auction and bar, Chocolate Dreams is an exciting, laid-back event that allows people from all over the community to mix and mingle and enjoy a Monday evening out in support of a great cause. Why is the event important for GuardiaCare? As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we are responsible for raising 100 percent of the funds that support our programs and services. In addition to fundraising, this event provides an opportunity to educate guests on the mission and programs of GuardiaCare so that they can help inform those who can benefit from our services. GuardiaCare guides individuals

Guest attendance increases each year, which is amazing because Chocolate Dreams is sometimes a person’s first introduction to GuardiaCare. We have “upgraded” the silent auction by moving to an online bidding system, which is convenient for guests because they can move freely without physically returning to tables to view bids on the auction bundles they are watching. Community support from sponsors has grown each year as well. It’s wonderful to partner with so many businesses who support our mission. How do you hope the event changes over the years? The success of Chocolate Dreams is due, in part, to establishing and maintaining relationships with various businesses and institutions throughout the community. We hope to establish additional relationships with business and media partners moving forward and continue to build awareness around this premier event. We want people throughout the region to look forward to this “delicious tradition” each year! The fastest-growing segment of our population is people over the age of 85. GuardiaCare stands ready to play our part! In partnering and mission-building in such a fun way via Chocolate Dreams, we can continue to strengthen our programs in order to fully meet the growing demand for senior services in the area. Is it too late to get tickets? No. Event tickets, in addition to reserved tables that seat 10 guests are available online at or tickets can be purchased at the door. Online registration is a breeze. Once registered, you can browse and bid on silent auction bundles. You can check out our live auction packages online, too. If you prefer to purchase tickets or a table by phone, just call our office at 502.585.9949. VT



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As far as what products to use, SkinCeuticals carries two in particular that are winter staples: Hydrating B5 Masque and Hydrating B5 Gel. Masking is such an important step to add to your skincare routine once or twice a week that will give noticeable results. The Hydrating B5 Masque includes a unique complex containing constituents of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor to help restore skin’s optimal moisture balance and maintain a radiant, healthy appearance. The Hydrating B5 Gel contains hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to bind moisture to the skin. Enriched with B5, this hydrating gel helps maximize the benefits of your daily moisturizer. The Hydrating B5 Masque is available for $54, and the Hydrating B5 Gel is $80



The Dermafile Treatment is one 1 of our favorites with its simplicity and versatility. This stainless steel tool with an end coated in diamond dust will lightly polish the skin by hand, removing the top layer of dead skin cells and leaving velvety smooth, fresh, rejuvenated skin. Brown spots, wrinkles, acne scars, thick skin, flaky skin – the dermafile treats it all!! This gentle yet effective treatment is safe for all skin types, and one treatment will net you smoother, more vibrant skin. The Dermafile Treatment is included in our Signature one-hour and-fifteen-minute facial for $115 or can be added on to any treatment for $25

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Dry winter months require extra attention for not only the face but the rest of the body as well. This is where Carita Paris’ signature product, which is designed for face, body, hair and nails can really save you! The Fluide de Beaute 14 is an ultra-nourishing dry oil that helps to protect the skin against dryness and dehydration through a high-performance vitamin complex (A, E, F). Its ultra-fine texture is rapidly absorbed, leaving the skin soft, supple and satin smooth and the hair silky and shiny. Its unique fragrance with the scent of verbena and lemon provides a pleasant feeling of well-being. Fluid de Beaute 14 is available for $69



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I first learned about Buti yoga while attempting to get a random group of strangers to join me dancing the electric slide at Play Dance Bar, a hip dance club located in the Butchertown neighborhood. During my failed attempt, I came to find out that Play hosts a Buti yoga class every Monday and Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. I thought to myself, “What a fun creative way to change up a workout


McGowan was, “Why a dance bar? Why not the traditional hardwood studio?”

“After I got certified, I had no idea where to teach it because I was new to Louisville, but the idea to launch at Play – a perk to being married to one of the business partners – had always been in the back of my mind. So I just decided to try it.” McGowan proudly states. “The lights are amazing and the sound system is insane, and I knew I would never find a


studio that had all of that built in. I sometimes have BUTI GLO classes complete with black lights, body paint, glow sticks and a DJ. They say, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ and Louisville has certainly blown my mind with the love they show Buti Yoga at Play!” After only one class, I have become completely hooked. The energy was through the roof ! I was having such a good time I didn’t stop for a moment to realize the benefits of health I was receiving. I truly had an amazing hour of fun with instructors who felt more like my friends at the club rather than a drill sergeant instructor. From the body paint to the electric (non-“slide”) music, I had more fun than Donald Trump at a presidential debate. Not only did I do something good for my body but I did something beneficial for my spirit. Being healthy is more than just lifting weights and cardio, and Buti yoga is an excellent way to make sure your mental health is as strong as your physical. VT For more information visit facebook/butiyogaatplaylouisville or follow on Instagram @butiyoga_atplaylouisville. Classes are held every Monday and Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. and run about an hour long. All levels are welcome! Just bring $10 cash, a yoga mat, water and a smile! More classes will be added in the spring. Walk-ins are always welcome.

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by having classes at a nightclub.” ’ve spent my fair share An avid fitness lover, I immediately of nights getting down wanted to find our more. to my favorite tracks at “Buti yoga is a mixture of power local dance clubs. Dancing yoga, tribal dance and plyometwith a circle of friends, tryrics,” instructor Dana McGowan ing to convince myself that Out & About explains. “It’s a perfect combinamy dance moves were better tion of cardio-intensive bursts of than Michael Jackson’s and tribal dance, primal movement plus WIL conditioning woven into a dynamic not the mother of the bride HEUSER yoga practice.” McGowan’s menat a wedding reception. Trust tor and best friend Amy Weber introduced me, if you want to jam out to the elecher to Buti yoga a few years ago. “I tried it at tric slide, I’m your guy. In all my years home, instantly fell in love and couldn’t wait to of “sweating it out” on the dance floor, experience it in a studio!” she recounts. I never expected I’d actually be “sweatMcGowan was so impassioned by the Buti ing it out” on the dance floor attending experience that she immediately got certified a Buti yoga class. in Buti instruction. My biggest question for


eating like a king


after opening the first Feast location or the past few months, in New Albany. He drove to Memphis we at The Voice-Triwith a buddy and on the way back, bune have been conhappened to stop at Hattie B’s, a local stantly tantalized by an favorite hot chicken joint in Nashimpending new neighbor. ville. “We basically spent the whole ride back talking about how great this Feast BBQ on Market and Tastes fried chicken was,” Rogers recounts. Campbell has long been a His most immediate project weekly lunch staple for us, REMY on the horizon at the time was but the new endeavor of Feast SISK his Louisville location of Feast, owner Ryan Rogers, Roynow located in NuLu. But once that was als Hot Chicken, has been under con- up and going, Rogers turned his attenstruction a block away for just long tion back to hot chicken. “Once we enough to make our eyes constantly opened Feast in Louisville on Marglued to social media, longing for the ket Street and realized what a success that turned out to sure-to-be-awesome eatery to open its be – within three months of doors – and gates. Then, on Tuesday, that, we really started looking January 5, Royals held its grand open- for a space for our hot chicking, and, obviously, it was just as good – en idea because there really wasn’t anywhere else in Louisand better – than we anticipated. ville doing it.”

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That space turned out to be the former site of Taco



Punk and, before that, Toast on Market. Construction proved to be difficult as the space wasn’t as move-in-ready as Rogers had hoped. Nonetheless, he and his team worked tirelessly to make it the beautifully refreshing space it is today. “We wanted to do something completely different,” Rogers says of creating the clean and bright aesthetic of Royals. “We didn’t want people to walk in and say, ‘Oh this is Feast doing fried chicken.’ It’s kind of like this mid-century modern farmhouse whereas Feast is really rustic with exposed floor and exposed ceilings. We wanted this place to look a little more refined. We wanted to present fried chicken in a really clean, inviting space and exalt fried chicken because it is really Kentucky’s gift to the world.” Royals’ menu is simple but certainly provides everything you could want walking into a restaurant specializing in chicken. Quarter and half birds are offered along with tenders, two sandwiches, two salads and even Southern fried tofu. And as far as what’s the most popular – not what Rogers predicted. “In Nashville, traditionally, Nashville hot chicken is all quarters, as in a leg and thigh that’s connected or a breast and a wing that’s connected, so big pieces of chicken not necessarily tenders.” But here at Royals, tenders account for roughly 50 percent of chicken sales. Regardless of what you order, though, you can be sure it will be nothing short of magnificent. The chicken is gloriously cooked, crispy and bursting with flavor on the outside and hearty and moist on the inside. Part of what makes everything at Royals so delicious is how dedicated Rogers was to getting the recipes exactly right. “It was a lot of eating and a lot of experimentation,” he explains of the process. “We literally spent almost a year on answering questions like how much do we marinate the chicken, what’s the marinade that we use. Is it a sweet tea brine or is it a pickle brine or is it a hot sauce brine or Coca-Cola or Cheerwine?” Rogers himself traveled to Nashville several times over the last few years perfecting his palate, and what he and his team have come up with is certainly illustrative of their commitment to the final product. The five spice levels each have their own merit from the smooth Mild to the zesty


X-Hot. Then, beyond X-Hot, lies the now infamous Gonzo, a spice level for pros only. This one is three or four times hotter than the X-Hot and “contains the three hottest chili peppers in the world,” Rogers boasts. Though the chicken of each level is incredibly flavorful, the other options leave nothing to be desired. The chicken salad sandwich, made from honey mustard, apples, raisins, iceberg lettuce and sunflower seeds, is wonderfully Southern with all the sweet tang you could hope for. The fried chicken sandwich is also something spectacular – the potato bun combined with the spiced chicken makes for an entrée you won’t soon forget. And that’s just the main dishes. The sides, which include pimento cheese grits, coleslaw, spicy potato wedges and black-eyed pea salad among others, are all uniquely divine; however, they have one thing in common: they are unequivocally Southern. “They’re traditional church picnic potluck sides,” Rogers describes. “Those things that people would find really comforting.” And leave room for dessert – the fried apple pie is not to be missed. But really, nothing is at Royals. It’s all so deliberate, so excellent that it’s hard to advise a newcomer to pick only one thing. This isn’t just a place capitalizing on a new trend; it’s a bona fide restaurant that pays respect to the traditions of the South while presenting an unassailable product that is indeed fit for royalty. VT W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6


making the jar go far

by remy sisk


ason jars are not just for canning anymore. While they’re still great for jams and preserves, the possibilities of what you can do with a mason jar in your home are limitless as these seemingly simple household items can make an otherwise ordinary fixture a deliberate display of individuality and rustic character. After working at Louisville restaurant Hillbilly Tea, which boasted no less then 12 different-sized mason jars, I consider myself something of an expert on the subject and am here to guide you through how to make that dusty glass jar a statement of Southern modernity.

DIY gifts Scrambling for a last minute gift? Put something quick and easy in a mason jar and it immediately looks well thought out and personal. Fill a 16 oz. mason jar with all the dry ingredients for cookie baking, for example, including brightly colored M&Ms or chocolate chips. Tie a recipe tag on the top with some twine, and you’re gift will undoubtedly stand out among the rest.

cocktail ware Sure, mason jars are perfect for general drink ware, but serving up a Manhattan in a 6 oz. mason jar or a Tom Collins in a 12 oz. quilted jelly jar makes more of an impression than you would think. Some local boutiques also stock cocktail shakers created from mason jars that, when paired with jars of all different sizes, make your home bar truly unique.

snow globes While a tad complex, making your own snow globe out of a mason jar is easier than you’d think. Pick a jar of whatever size you like and glue some kind of figurine to the lid, a plastic snowman, for example. Next, fill the jar with water about halfway – you need to keep the displacement that will occur when you put the lid back on in mind. Throw some glitter in the water to create the “snow” along with three to five drops of pure glycerin so that the glitter falls slowly. Run more glue along the rim, put the lid back on and that’s all there is to it! J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6 • W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M

candle holders This one’s great for homes but can also make a cheap yet elegant wedding decoration. Fill a standard 16 oz. mason jar with water and place a long-burning candle on top. Tie some raffia around the rim, group three jars together and you’ve got an exquisite centerpiece. Extra points for filling the bottoms with some vase gems for an added glow.



tapas dishes The charm and size of smaller mason jars makes them quirkily perfect for serving small bites at a party. The varying shapes also help differentiate dishes, lending your party a trendy and rustic aesthetic. Filling a wide-mouth 8 oz. mason jar with some pasta and miniature meatballs turns a simple dish into something nuanced and thoughtful. Or layer custard and cake in a 2 oz. mason jar as a dessert shooter. Top it with whipped cream and you’ve created treats that look like they took hours to prepare as opposed to minutes.

light fixtures Although this project may be the most difficult on the list it also, arguably, has the most payoff. There are plenty of tutorials online regarding how to make your very own light fixture out of bulbs and mason jars, but most processes are generally the same. For your fixture, trace around the lid of the jar where the bulb screws in. Hammer a nail along that line to punch a hole through the lid. The lid alone will then fit snugly onto the light fixture. Screw the light bulb back on and then add the jar. It may not be quite as easy as that sounds, but giving it a shot is certainly worth the gorgeous country charm of a mason jar chandelier or wall sconce.

salad server The question of how to meal prep a salad is one many young adults unable to properly feed themselves – like myself – ask on a regular basis. A large 32 oz. mason jar is the answer to your problems. Stack your veggies in a jar and store in the fridge. It’s an easy way keep salads fresh for days and much prettier than a soggy Ziploc bag.

snack storage Sleds • Shovels Ice Melt • Scrapers

The diversity of mason jars makes them ideal for home snack storage. Fill your cabinets and shelves with varying mason jars as opposed to half-empty bags and boxes. Using clear mason jars to store your pretzels and flour isn’t only aesthetically awesome but it also makes it easy to tell when it’s time to restock.

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The Duds of 2015

MEASURED UP TO MY never make a “Worst AMBIVALENCE: of the Year” list. I may see a lot of movies, but Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” Woody film criticism is not a fullAllen’s “Irrational Man,” Paul time profession for me. I am Haggis’ “Spy,” Edward Zwick’s only willing to commit a cerFilm “Pawn Sacrifice,” Scott Cootain amount of my time to per’s “Black Mass” and F. Gary movies I can count on being Gray’s “Straight Outta CompBENNETT lousy. It’s unfair for me to DUCKWORTH ton” were all cases of directors declare year-end shame only either indulging in their flaws or allowing their movie to be what on movies I was willing to sit everyone wants with banal results. These through, so you’ll see no mention of films did not surprise or upset me; they only “Fantastic Four” here. However, I’m a made me too aware of the time that passed little amazed at how many bad movies while watching them. I saw without trying. FELL BELOW HIGH EXPECTATIONS: “Tomorrowland” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” were not really bad movies, but both films had responsible people behind them with artistic integrity. Sadly, these two mega-budget endeavors from Disney were just a little too overstuffed to be truly enjoyable. “Crimson Peak” is a movie, which according to some critics, I will come to appreciate later, but I thought it was a style over substance indulgence from the otherwise great Guillermo Del Toro. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” was supposed to be an emotional climax to an engaging series, but it followed the final chapters of Suzanne Collins’ book with more monotonous devotion than emotional inspiration.

JUST BAD: Box office success was sadly found in some of 2015’s lousiest titles too. M. Night Shyamalan may have tried something new with “The Visit” – a “found footage” horror movie that found a “Paranormal Activity” kind of audience – but the whole experience was just more annoyingly far-fetched setups with predictable twists presented in a new form. “Fifty Shades of Grey” tried so hard to rise above its content to no avail. The characters don’t make sense, the eroticism is off-balance and it fails to realistically explore its BDSM subject.

“Chappie” concluded South African director Neill Blomkamp’s trilogy of action/science-fiction films with perfect special effects, compelling concepts and dumb conclusions through the futuristic story of a police robot re-programmed with child-like consciousness while under the control of a criminal gang (played by the subversive rave-rap group, Die Antwoord). This cyberpunk Pinocchio concept is enthralling until the inevitable spray of bullets, explosions and contrived resolutions. I’m done trusting this guy. I definitely misjudged the potential of director Jonathan Demme (“Rachel Getting Married”) and writer Diablo Cody (“Young Adult”) working with Meryl Streep to star in “Ricki and the Flash,” their dysfunctional family comedy fueled by classic rock. The whole movie feels like the embodiment of its lead character: desperate for attention. J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6 • W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M


“Pitch Perfect 2” was an unfocused sequel with a messy excess of subplots, easy jokes and a depressing lack of real a cappella singing. In “Pixels,” Adam Sandler and director Chris Columbus indulged the jealously protected properties of classic video-game nostalgia to dish out a cynical cash-in that provoked film critic “MovieBob” Bob Chipman to post the most entertainingly angry review video I’ve ever seen. I hated this movie too...but not as much as I hated “Jupiter Ascending.” The Wachowski’s disaster of a science-fiction film may have been fearlessly campy, deviant regarding gender norms and original in its plot, but its absolutely terrible pacing, bad casting and convoluted storytelling made it one of the most abominable movie experiences I had this year This brings me to “Terminator Genisys,” a movie that also has an impossibly convoluted plot – but this one has nothing coherent to salvage beneath the mess of its tedious expositional dialogue, passionless fan-service and expensive yet uninvolved CGI action scenes. I despised this movie more than any other I saw in 2015 because it represents the flaunting of expensive spectacle with no emotional investment attached. Worldwide complacency toward such things is a serious danger to the human spirit. Here’s hoping 2016 brings us less films like these. VT


you missed one year, you missed it forhe arts are a lens through ever,” warns Fang. The show boasts which humanity gazes a stunning lineup of classical dance back at itself. Whether it pieces, some singers and some solo be a renewed sense of morality, instrumentalists for a stunning total of a fresh perspective on history around 20 pieces. or even pure diversion, there is It may come as somewhat of a surArts & always something to be gained prise to learn then that “Shen Yun” Entertainment does not have permission to be perby watching a well done piece formed in China by the Chinese govof art. For audience members BEN ernment. “Our mission is to revive looking to learn more about the GIERHART 5,000 years of Chinese civilization traditional culture of China, through dance,” explains Fang. “‘Shen “Shen Yun” displays the disciplines of Yun’ cannot be seen in China today, where tradidance, music and theatre in a harmoni- tional culture has been devastated by 60 years of ous balance that celebrates heritage with communist rule. Yet, Shen Yun Performing Arts, a non-profit organization based in New York, is breathtaking beauty. The phrase “Shen Yun” roughly translates to “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” and at a “Shen Yun” performance, that is exactly what an audience member is likely to see. Maryann Fang is with the local presenting organization for “Shen Yun,” the Falun Dafa Association, and she assures that her organization’s goals are to educate and entertain. “Our organization is 100 percent volunteer-based,” says Fang. “We invite ‘Shen Yun’ to come to Louisville to perform, and we use our spare time and money to promote the show. I first saw a ‘Shen Yun’ performance in New Jersey. I was mesmerized by the performance and felt that this was a world-class show. I needed to bring it to Louisville, where I lived. I’d also like Kentuckians to have the opportunity to experience one of the most ancient civilizations in the world.”

bringing the wonders of 5,000 years of civilization to millions of people across the globe. ‘Shen Yun’ consists of artists from all over the world with the common goal of reviving this lost culture. Being located outside of China gives them the freedom

Some of the traditional culture on display is told best through the story-based dance, which has, in the past, drawn on specific myths and legends of traditional Chinese culture such as Fa Mulan – the basis for the popular Disney movie “Mulan” – and Chinese Valentine’s Day. These stories are often the carriers of great moral lessons, and Fang considers them to be a vital part of her heritage: “I like the story-based dance the most because many of them are based off myths, legends or historical events – famous heroes and heroines whose virtues have been praised for thousands of years. I have taken my son to see ‘Shen Yun’ for the past three years. The biggest reason I bring him is to instill in him those important traditional values such as compassion, integrity, honesty, which are very important to our society. People don’t talk about them much anymore.” One final concern some audience members have before attending “Shen Yun” that Fang wishes to dispel is the fear of not being able to understand the performance. According to Fang, each “Shen Yun” performance is hosted by bilingual emcees who will guide audiences through the show and provide all the background needed to enjoy it. Songs’ texts are translated and put on screen, and the material is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages, although patrons must at least be 4-years-old to be admitted inside the theatre at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. “‘Shen Yun’ is a life-changing experience,” says Fang. “It is very moving, and it touches people inside and brings goodness out of people. It inspires and motivates people to do good things for society and others.” With that, waste no more time. See the beautiful, upcoming production of “Shen Yun” and catch a glimpse of a noble Chinese culture that is a rare sight to behold. VT

As far as content goes, “Shen Yun” is truly a singular experience. A combination of story-based, ethnic and folk Chinese dance is at the heart of the piece along with brilliant costumes, animated digital backdrops and an orchestra that meshes both classical Western and Chinese instruments. “‘Shen Yun’ produces all-new programs each year. If COURTESY IMAGE

to express themselves on stage and bring the most authentic Chinese culture back to life.”

“Shen Yun” will have two shows at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on February 9 and 10. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or or call the box office at 502.584.7777.


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THIS WEEK’S VOICE CHOICE SQUALLAPALOOZA! Come celebrate and support the growth of Squallis Puppeteers in 2016! Future Killer, Black Birds of Paradise and Ted Tyro will be performing at this family­-friendly event on January 23, generously hosted by The Monkey Wrench. Dance with a big puppet! Make a finger puppet! Support creativity and the arts for youngsters in our community! 100 percent of your admission will go directly to supporting Squallis Puppeteers. A portion of the bar sales will be donated to support the mission. $10 donation for admission (includes making a finger puppet!). MORE INFO

F R I DAY, JA N UA R Y 2 2 MAJESTIC BRIDAL EVENT The Brown Hotel and Seelbach Hilton are partnering once again to host the third annual Majestic Bridal Event showcasing Louisville’s most elite wedding professionals on Friday, January 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Brides will have the unique opportunity to visit two of the city’s finest venues where they’ll enjoy handcrafted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. Dozens of local fashion experts, photographers, florists and cake designers will be available to chat one­-on-­one with brides about their upcoming nuptials. Complimentary shuttles will be on-site at both hotels. Attendance is free for brides and $15 for guests. MORE INFO 502­.749.­2445.

S AT U R DAY, JA N UA R Y 2 3 LOUISVILLE ON TAP Louisville on Tap is coming to the Kentucky International Convention Center on Saturday, January 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (VIP beginning at 4 p.m.). Sample over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Plus, hang out in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase and great vendors. The standard $45 ticket includes three hours of sampling, a souvenir glass and live music. The $60 VIP ticket includes four hours of sampling, a souvenir glass, a t­-shirt, a food voucher and live music. MORE INFO B3 BASH This event is an all inclusive celebration of bacon, bourbon and beer benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It features a silent auction, live music from Tony and the Tanlines and, of course, Bacon, Bourbon and Beer! This includes a “Bacon J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6 • W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M

Bar” with gourmet bacon dishes by local chefs. Tickets are $80. MORE INFO or 502.456.2244.

S U N DAY, JA N UA R Y 2 4 ADOPTION INFORMATION FAIR WLKY’s Wednesday’s Child is hosting its 17th annual adoption fair on Sunday, January 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the University of Louisville’s Shelbyville Road campus. The event is free for families interested in learning about the adoption process. Representatives from 13 local and regional adoption services agencies will be present to answer questions about how to navigate the adoption system for private infant adoption, adopting internationally and from foster care. Attendees will learn about the screening process and any requirements for adoption. MORE INFO

T U E S DAY, JA N UA R Y 2 6 BOURBON SALON AT OXMOOR FARM: KEEPING THE TRADITION ALIVE Generations of distillers have contributed to the heritage and time­-honored tradition of making bourbon, using the same methods that their ancestors used in years past to create America’s native spirit. However, three families who owned or ran distilleries in the 20th century are now making whiskey in a new way. Join The Filson Historical Society on January 26 for “Keeping the Tradition Alive,” a panel discussion with Steve Beam of Limestone Branch Distillery, Peter Pogue from The Old Pogue Distillery and Corky Taylor from Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company. All three come from distilling families but are revamping the way we experience bourbon whiskey. Michael R. Veach will moderate this discussion on how they incorporate their personal family traditions while creating bourbon in the 21st century.


The event will run 6 to 8 ­ p.m., and tickets are $50. MORE INFO “PETER AND THE STARCATCHER” AT ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan got his name? Or how he met Tinkerbell? In this swashbuckling grown­up prequel to Peter Pan, a dozen brilliant actors playing pirates, mermaids – and, of course, our favorite Lost Boys – set out for an adventure filled with ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of theatrical storytelling. This multiple Tony Award­-winning play, based on the bestselling children’s novel, will have you and your entire family hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight. The show runs through February 21. MORE INFO

T H U R S DAY, JA N UA R Y 2 8 “BIG FISH” PRESENTED BY CENTERSTAGE Dream big as you experience a new smash hit musical that is richer, funnier and bigger than life itself! “Big Fish,” based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest – and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger­-than-­life stories thrill everyone around him, most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son, Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, “Big Fish” will remind you why you love going to theatre. The show runs through February 14, and tickets are $20 in advance. MORE INFO VISITING ARTIST OPEN HOUSE: ANDY PEREZ Join Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty for

WOODFORD RESERVE BOURBON DINNER Varanese Restaurant, located at 2106 Frankfort Ave., will host the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Dinner on Thursday, January 28 with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The cost of the four­-course dinner is $60 per person. The evening will feature guest speaker Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve’s master distiller. The mastermind behind Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Rye and Master’s Collection, Chris knows that the keys to making good whiskey are time and patience, but having a sense of good craftsmanship is also a talent that goes a long way. Reservations are required. MORE INFO 502.899.9904 or letsdine@varanese. com GUSTER AT MERCURY BALLROOM Since forming at Tufts University in 1992, Guster has become one of the leading indie/alternative bands, releasing seven critically acclaimed albums in 20 years, starting with “Parachute” in 1995. “Evermotion” (to be released on their own Ocho Mule label through Nettwerk Records) is the follow­ up to 2010’s “Easy Wonderful,” which earned the band its highest­ever chart debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 22, while reaching No. 2 on both the SoundScan Alternative and iTunes charts. On their latest release, “Evermotion,” Guster’s acoustic roots are buried deep beneath the surface, almost impossible to detect, even though every song has, at its heart, an indelible melody and more than its share of tight, lethal hooks that catch and hold. “Evermotion”’s first single, the infectious “Simple Machine,” has been hailed by TIME magazine for its “frantic beats and crawling synthesizers.” Guster will be at Mercury Ballroom with Rhett Miller on January 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. MORE INFO

F R I DAY, JA N UA R Y 2 9 GREEN DAY’S “AMERICAN IDIOT” PRESENTED BY ACTING AGAINST CANCER Set against the backdrop of post 9 ­ /11 America,

three best friends are forced to confront the realities of adulthood and the disillusion of escapism. Johnny, the “Jesus of Suburbia,” leaves his hometown to explore the big city but falls victim to drugs and anger. Tunny also leaves home but doesn’t find the fulfillment he seeks and chooses to join the Army. Meanwhile, Will stays behind to be with his pregnant girlfriend but instead becomes more and more sedentary and apathetic about the world around him. Told through the rock songs of Green Day and the narratives of these three young men, this musical challenges the audience with the truths of society and the struggles that ultimately stem from within. Proceeds from the show will benefit the art therapy program of The Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital. The show runs through February 7 in The Henry Clay Theatre, and tickets are $19 in advance or $22 at the door. MORE INFO

S AT U R DAY, JA N UA R Y 3 0 “THOMAS MERTON: A FAMILIAR STRANGER” AT THE FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM Opening on the eve of what would have been Thomas Merton’s 101st birthday, this exhibit is an exploration into the influence and legacy of one of America’s most widely read spiritual writers. Drawn from the collection of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, the exhibit explores Merton’s writings on racism, peace and compassion – topics that were at the forefront of the public consciousness in Merton’s time and remain vitally important today. This exhibit seeks to challenge visitors to think in new ways about their place in the world and their connections with others, and to help foster compassion for our fellow people. The exhibit will be open through May 29. MORE INFO or 502.753.5663

S U N DAY, JA N UA R Y 3 1 AN EVENING WITH MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS Famed rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have churned out chart toppers with hits “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us” and the latest sensation, “Downtown.” They will be in town to spend an evening with fans at the Louisville Palace on January 31. Tickets are $49.50-­$70.00 in advance. Showtime is 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 S. Fourth St. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, noon


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M O N DAY, F E B R UA R Y 1 CHOCOLATE DREAMS: AN EVENING OF DECADENT BLISS Now in its 11th year as the largest annual fundraiser benefiting GuardiaCare Services, Chocolate Dreams: An Evening of Decadent Bliss is eagerly anticipated by many. The 2016 event takes place on Monday, February 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Pointe (1205 E. Washington St.). Twenty-­five culinary professionals will enter their chocolate creations for the juried competition and offer samples of those delights to attendees. Voting during the event will determine the annual People’s Choice Award winner. The event also features hors d’oeuvres, a bourbon tasting by the Kentucky Distiller’s Association and live and silent auctions. All proceeds from Chocolate Dreams benefit GuardiaCare Services, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to guide individuals and families through the challenges of aging and disability. MORE INFO 502.585.9949 or chocolatedreams@

F R I DAY, F E B R UA R Y 5 LOVE & SUCH BRIDAL SHOW Love & Such Bridal Show is the alternative to traditional wedding expos. This unique bridal event gives couples the opportunity to see the latest design trends in an authentic wedding atmosphere within one of Louisville’s premier event venues, the Ice House. Each engaged couple will have a chance to win a Tray Passed Hors D’oeuvres Package from Crushed Ice Events or a $500 gift card toward rentals from Events LLC. Love & Such Bridal Show will take place on Friday, February 5 at the Ice House (226 E. Washington St.) from 6 to 9 p.m. All guests are free with registration. MORE INFO

S AT U R DAY, F E B R UA R Y 6 LOBSTER FEAST 2016 Enjoy the silent and live auctions, signature Tequila Herradura cocktails, all­-you-­can-­eat Lobster buffet and dancing till dawn, all in support of Actors Theatre of Louisville. Dress casual or costumed based on your favorite fairy tale. Limited tickets are available, so order early! For general admission: $300 per individual $3,000 for table of 10 For VIP: $500 per individual $5,000 for table of 10. The event will be held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. MORE INFO W W W . V O I C E -T R I B U N E . C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 1 , 2 0 1 6


hors d’oeuvres, music, cocktails and recent artwork from local illustrator, Andy Perez at a 5 p.m. reception at 3803 Brownsboro Road. “My work is often influenced by my geographical surroundings,” Perez explains. “As I now live in Louisville, many symbols of the Kentuckiana area have shown up in my recent work. I typically start with basic, highly recognizable subject matter.” Andy Perez is an award­-winning illustrator, fine artist and graphic designer. In addition to creating art, Andy works at the Speed Art Museum as the graphic design and communications manager. MORE INFO 502.899.2129


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This silly cat just loves to curl up under the covers. Once awake, Astrid is truly a goofy cat and will try her hardest to make you laugh. She’s also a vocal girl, enjoying a good chat with her human friends. But Astrid isn’t too fond of other cats. She’d really prefer to be the only feline in your life. She’d make a fantastic cuddle buddy, snuggling up under the covers with you, as well as a great playmate when you’re looking for a little fun. Come meet Astrid for yourself at the Kentucky Humane Society. She’s already spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on her vaccinations. Astrid is waiting at our adoption center at the Dixie Feeders Supply, 10948 Dixie Hwy. Two-year-old Forrest is a sweet and shy Pit Bull Terrier mix looking for a family of his very own. Forrest made his way to the Kentucky Humane Society in November after transferring from an overcrowded shelter. He requires a little time and patience to show his true colors, but once he’s comfortable, he’s a total ham. Forrest loves belly rubs, rubber squeaky toys, treats and the company of his human friends. Forrest is neutered, micro-chipped and up-todate on all vaccinations. Meet Forrest at our Main Campus, 241 Steedly Drive.

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