Plus, a multi-million dollar expansion at Jefferson Memorial Forest.
 
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Lend a helping hand this Thanksgiving
Volunteers peeling potatoes at a food bank.
Food takes center stage on Thanksgiving, but not everyone in Derby City has access -- you can help change that.|Photo courtesy Dare to Care
Thanksgiving is one week away, and we’re already dreaming about how we’re going to fill our plates.

Not everyone in Derby City can be so sure about their holiday meal, though. Currently, ~80,000 Louisvillians don’t have reliable access to food.

With that in mind, here are four places where you can make a difference this holiday season, help get a meal to a neighbor in need, and address food insecurity.

Dare to Care
Dare to Care was created in response to a Thanksgiving tragedy. In 1969, nine-year-old Louisvillian Bobby Ellis died of malnutrition on Thanksgiving Eve. In the years since, Dare to Care has created ~300 food pantries to help prevent hunger across Derby City. In the past year alone, the organization has provided ~19.6 million meals. Learn how you can get involved.

A volunteer peels potatoes at a food bank.

Closet to ~80,000 Louisvillians are currently experiencing food insecurity, though many organizations across Louisville are working address the issue.

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Photo courtesy Dare to Care

Feed Louisville
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over one-third of the food produced in the United States is never eaten. Feed Louisville is working to change that by taking in excess food from local businesses and partners. Volunteer to work in the kitchen or help deliver meals.

App Harvest
This Fairdale-based organization connects volunteers with food donors to make sure food isn’t wasted and is instead delivered to those who need it most. Download the app to help deliver fresh food when you have the time, in as little as 30 minutes.

The Table
In Portland, The Table serves meals under a pay-what-you-can model. Help out by ordering and paying for a meal — like a pulled pork sandwich or pumpkin chili — or donate your time by volunteering.
 
 
Events
 
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Short Film Slam XII | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Speed Art Museum, 1035 S. 3rd St., Louisville | $8-$12 | Watch a selection of locally-made short films followed by a Q+A.
  • Vinyl Night: Dolly Parton | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | 3rd Turn Brewing, 10408 Watterson Trl., Louisville | Free | Bring requests for your favorite Dolly Parton tunes while you eat + drink local beer and food.
  • The Music of Cuba | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | South Central Regional Library, 7300 Jefferson Blvd., Louisville | Free | Discover the diverse rhythms and melodies of Cuba that have influenced musical genres around the world during this live presentation.
  • Louisville Cardinals vs. Bellarmine Knights Women’s Basketball | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | KFC YUM! Center, 1 Arena Plz., Louisville | $14 | See the Cards take on their crosstown rivals Bellarmine on the hardwood.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Brightside Fall Tree Planting | Friday, Nov. 17 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | California neighborhood, 1829 Hale Ave., Louisville | Free | Expand Louisville’s tree canopy by helping to plant 60 trees in pre-dug holes.
  • S.G. Goodman | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $20-$25 | See this Americana singer-songwriter from Hickman, Kentucky perform at this 18+ show.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Monnik’s 8th Birthday | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 11-11:45 p.m. | Monnik Beer Co., 1036 E. Burnett Ave., Louisville | Free | Try this local brewery’s new American IPA + get a free slice of cake with a food purchase.
  • Derek Hough - Symphony Of Dance | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 7 p.m. | Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St., Louisville | $39.50-$89.50 | Experience the beauty and power of music + dance as this former “Dancing With the Stars” performer takes the stage.
  • Christmas Tree Lane | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | Waterfront Park, 1101 E. River Rd., Louisville | Free | Find your family’s holiday tree and other decorations at this annual event.
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • Disney Silent Disco | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 2-5 p.m. | TEN20 Craft Brewery, 1020 E. Washington St., Louisville | $5-$10 | Hear your favorite Disney hits at this family-friendly dance party.
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Travel
 
Indiana’s most beloved German holiday tradition, Carmel Christkindlmarkt, is returning
rotating gif of holiday festivities
It’s like a trip to Germany, just hours away.|Photos by Roben Bellomo; GIF by the LOUtoday team
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Carmel Christkindlmarkt, voted the No. 1 holiday market in America by USA Today, is back.

From Saturday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Dec. 24, Louisvillians can can travel up to the Indy area to experience a little taste of German holiday delights in 60+ huts, like:
  • Authentic German food: warm raclette sandwiches, Döner Kebabs, sausages, pretzels + spiral potatoes
  • Authentic German drinks: Glühwein (mulled wine), Glühbier (warm beer), and a variety of hot chocolate
  • Gifts: Shop cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, pottery, jewelry, beer steins + more
 
News Notes
 
Development
  • Jefferson Memorial Forest is getting upgrades, to the tune of $2.7 million. The project includes a new pavilion, a boardwalk in the park’s wetland area, and a kayak launch area + other improvements. Closures to parts of the park are expected during construction, slated for the coming weeks.
Biz
  • MexaTacos is closing after seven years of business in St. Matthews, but the space won’t stay vacant for long. Asahi Japanese Restaurant, located next door, is expanding into the 3701 Lexington Rd. storefront. Asahi has been serving chicken teriyaki and sushi at its current spot for a decade. (Louisville Business First)
Edu
  • The president of Spalding University, Victoria “Tori” Murden McClure, will retire at the end of this academic year. McClure has worked at the university since 1998, and has been its president since 2010. A nationwide search for her replacement will begin immediately. (Spectrum News)
Seasonal
  • Louisville’s Christmas tree has been delivered downtown. The 45-ft Norway Spruce was cut down off of Shelbyville Road and transported downtown on a truck bed. It will be lit up at Jefferson Square Park on Saturday, Dec. 2 during Light Up Louisville. (WDRB)
Health
  • UofL Hospital recently celebrated it’s 200th birthday. The hospital was the first in Kentucky when it began treating patients in 1823. Back then, it was called Louisville Marine Hospital. (WLKY)
Real Estate
  • A seven bedroom Airbnb just became available for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend — perfect if your house is already starting to spill over with family. We’re imagining post-turkey s’mores around the firepit.
 
 
Cause
 
🎸 Beyond the music
A stage at the Bourbon and Beyond music festival in Louisville, KY, with thousands of fans in the foreground.
More than 120,000 people attended the Bourbon and Beyond music festival in 2023.|Photo by Jake Miller
Here’s something to get loud about — the group behind the Bourbon and Beyond + Louder Than Life music festivals has made a donation to some Derby City nonprofits.

Danny Wimmer Presents recently donated $100,000 to five local organizations benefiting a range of causes, from the local arts and LGBTQ+ communities to the the businesses around the Highland Festival Grounds:
  • AMPED
  • Louisville Visual Art
  • Preston Area Business Alliance
  • Dare to Care
  • Sweet Evening Breeze
This round of donations is part of a new initiative created by Louisville Tourism, called “Leave the Legacy.” The program connects event organizers with local nonprofits, ensuring that they can give back to the community that made their event successful.

This year, ~300,000 folks attended the festivals combined. Tickets for next year’s editions of Bourbon and Beyond + Louder Than Life are on sale now.
 
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The Wrap
 
City Editor Jeff stands on a porch in a sorcerer's hat. Today’s edition by:
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From the editor
Talking about Bourbon and Beyond and Louder Than Life is giving me FOMO. Thank goodness I can relive last year’s festivals on the LOUtoday Instagram account.
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