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Jokes on you, LOU
Trees fill the view, with a city skyline in the background.
April in Derby City is beautiful — a beautiful time for a prank, that is. | Photo courtesy Louisville Tourism
Depending on your point of view, April 1 is either the first day of April or the best day of the year.

If you enjoy pranks, hijinks, and shenanigans, we’ve got four Derby City-centric jokes to pull on your friends today.

Book Jack Gohlke on Cameo

If there’s a Kentucky Wildcat fan in your life that you just can’t stand — *cough* LEXtoday *cough* — this is the prank for you. For $50, you can have Oakland basketball star Jack Gohlke remind them in a Cameo video that he hit 10 three-pointers to lead the Golden Grizzlies in an upset win over Kentucky last month. Too soon? Sorry not sorry.

LOUtoday: Hometown Heroes banner Muhammad Ali

This could be “the Greatest” prank you’ve ever pulled.


Photo courtesy of the Louisville Downtown Partnership

Make your own Hometown Hero banner

Louisville loves its Hometown Hero banners, so much so that there are a few dupes around town — so why not make your own for a prank? Imagine your friend’s face when they see themselves plastered on a building downtown, or maybe just on the side of their house.

Pull a bourbon swap

Louisville is home to some of the world’s best bourbon, and with it some of the world’s biggest bourbon connoisseurs. Prank the whiskey enthusiast in your life by buying this empty bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon — a full, unopened one retails for ~$1000 — and fill it with sweet tea. Like a good bourbon, this prank gets better with age.

Invite them out for a beer

Invite your friend out for a beer at either Gallant Fox Brewing Company (2132 Frankfort Ave.) on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. or at Old Louisville Brewery (625 W. Magnolia Ave.) on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Little do they know, those are the next two date’s for Brightside’s Sip & Sweep events. It’s a prank for a good cause — and they can still drink that beer while they clean.
Do you enjoy April Fools’ Day pranks?

A. Who am I fooling? Of course I do.
B. I pity the fool — count me out on pranks.
Tuesday, April 2
  • Spring Break Camp Day: For the Birds | Tuesday, April 2 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 2075 Clermont Rd., Clermont | $50-$60 | Drop the kids off for a day of hiking, bird watching, and art.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Baby Playdate | Wednesday, April 3 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd St., Louisville | $12-$18 | Bring your baby to engage with artwork and other little ones in a baby-proofed museum.
Thursday, April 4
  • 2024 AIGA LOU Top 100 Show | Thursday, April 4 | 6-9 p.m. | Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St., Louisville | $30-$85 | See the best creative work by Kentucky and Southern Indiana designers at this awards show.
  • Disney On Ice presents “Find Your Hero” | Thursday, April 4-Sunday, April 7 | Times vary | KFC YUM! Center, 1 Arena Plaza, Louisville | $25 | See your child’s favorite characters from “Encanto,” “Moana,” and “Frozen” hit the ice.
Friday, April 5
  • Family Bingo Night | Friday, April 5 | 5:30-7 p.m. | TEN20 Craft Brewery - Butchertown, 1020 E. Washington St., Louisville | Free | Win prizes while you sip craft beer at this family-friendly event, which will also feature karaoke.
  • Misc. Goods Co. Artist Spotlight | Friday, April 5 | 6-8 p.m. | Misc. Goods Co., 1133 S. Shelby St., Louisville | Free | Hear from artist Matthew McDole, a local illustrator, painter, designer, and skateboarder, on the opening night of this exhibition.
Saturday, April 6
  • Paristown Garden Show | Saturday, April 6 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Paristown, 720 Brent St., Louisville | Free | Shop ~100 garden vendors offering native plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, and outdoor garden decor + take in one of 30 free seminars.
  • Tom’s Elton Tribute | Saturday, April 6 | 7-9 p.m. | Louisville Memorial Auditorium, 970 S. 4th St., Louisville | $20 | Do the “Crocodile Rock” and become a “Tiny Dancer” to this Elton John tribute band.
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News Notes
  • The Louisville Metro Government is now accepting bids to rebuild the shuttered Algonquin Pool. The $11.5 million is expected to be complete by next year. The final day to submit a bid is April 17. (Louisville Public Media)
  • Louisville is one of the best cities in the South, according to Southern Living magazine. Derby City placed 17th out of 25 cities on the list, and is noted for its historic architecture, the Olmsted parks, and its “quirky neighborhoods.” Sounds like they’ve been reading LOUtoday.
  • Are you happy with your local park? The Louisville Metro Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting a satisfaction survey for the city’s 30 parks. Starting this week, you might spot signs throughout LOU’s parks with QR codes directing park-goers to the survey.
  • Sugar Ray Leonard will be the featured speaker at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual luncheon. The 67 year old won world titles in five weight classes in a 20-year career as a professional boxer. The “They’re Off! Luncheon” will be Friday, April 19 in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel at 11:30 a.m. (WHAS11)
  • Cards fans are still buzzing after that introductory press conference for new men’s basketball coach Pat Kelsey. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews and more from local experts of the Cards with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
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🌳 Putting down roots
three people planting a tree in a green area within the city
Planting trees is a great way to battle the urban heat island effect. | Photo by LOUtoday
Did you know? In Louisville, 39% of the city shaded by tree cover.

Last week, Louisville Metro officials + representatives from conservation group Trees Louisville unveiled the start of the Louisville Tree Plan, an Urban Forest Master Plan that will grow Derby City’s tree canopy.

Trees are important to the city because they provide a cooling effect that helps combat Louisville’s urban heat island, reduce heat related deaths, and support public health.

The plan will conduct research through community engagement, interviews, data analysis, and workshops over the spring and summer before creating the full plan this fall. Implementation of the plan will begin next year.

Ready to branch out and become part of the project? You can help by filling out a 15-question survey + joining one of seven community workshops that will be held at various Louisville Free Public Library branches from May to August.
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