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🌳 Tree-t yourself this Saturday
A young person climbs a rock wall, surrounded by trees.
See the world the way trees do atop a rock climbing wall, part of the Treefest festivities. | Image via WHAS11
This weekend, make like a tree and leaf (the house) to celebrate Arbor Day — a couple of weeks early — with the third annual TreeFest on Saturday, April 13 at Petersburg Park (5008 E. Indian Trail).

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., TreeFest will include educational events rooted in experiencing nature. Learn about butterflies with a show-and-tell from Idlewild Butterfly Farm at 12 p.m. Then, lace up your hiking shoes to learn about tree species with a Tree ID hike at 12:30 or 1:30 p.m., as well as a family nature hike at 2 p.m. led by local naturalist Jacob Crider.

Freshly planted tree saplings sprout from the ground.

Last year, Treefest volunteers planted 200 trees and gave away 400 more.

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Image via WHAS11

There will be other activities throughout the day where you can:
  • Climb to new heights with a rock wall + tree-climbing area for kids
  • Tie one on with a knot-tying workshop from Arb Werks
  • Snack on grub from POCO 502, Made in Brazil, and Tommy’s Pizza food trucks
  • Sip beer from West Sixth Brewing, Falls City Brewing + wine from Old 502 Winery
  • Listen to live music from the Louisville String Band Jazz with Aaron Bibelhauser, Blakeley Burger, Steve Cooley and Mikle Schroeder
  • Learn from educational booths featuring the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability, Jefferson Memorial Forest, kNOwaste Louisville, and more
  • Shop green vendors, including Doodle Daisy Handmade Gifts, Strange Design Woodworking & Art, and honey from Cave Hill Cemetery & Aboretum + more
  • Make like Johnny Appleseed and take home a free tree from Trees Louisville to plant in your own yard, including species like river birch, American hornbeam, sycamore, serviceberry, and bur oak
Volunteers will be planting trees throughout the park all day. Register if you’d like to branch out and lend a hand — lunch will be provided.
     
     
    Events
     
    Tuesday, April 9
    • The Parklands Walking Club | Tuesday, April 9 | 8:30 a.m. | The Parklands of Floyds Fork, Broad Run Park, 11551 Bardstown Rd., Louisville | Free | Take a leisurely, 1.8-mile walk through the Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden, rain or shine.
    Wednesday, April 10
    • The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series: Author Evan Thomas | Wednesday, April 10 | 6 p.m. | Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville | $26.62 | Hear from the author of “Road to Surrender,” the true story detailing how the actions of three men led to the end of the Pacific Theatre in World War II.
    • University of Louisville Softball vs. Kentucky | Wednesday, April 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Ulmer Stadium, 2101 S. Floyd St., Louisville | $10 | It’s the Battle of the Bluegrass on the diamond as the Cards host the Cats in softball.
    Thursday, April 11
    • Derby 150 Birthday Party featuring Old Forester | Thursday, April 11 | 5:30 p.m. | Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave., Louisville | $250 | You’re invited to the epic birthday party of the year celebrating Derby 150 — don’t miss out on a rare pour of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon at the event.*
    • Ben Fugate & The Burning Trash Band Record Release Show | Thursday, April 11 | 7-9 p.m. | The Monarch, 1318 Bardstown Rd., Louisville | Free | Listen to songs from this six-piece country + honky tonk band that hails from the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky.
    Friday, April 12
    • Operation BBQ Relief at Pig Beach BBQ | Friday, April 12 | 12-5 p.m. | Big Peach BBQ, 1201 River Rd., Louisville | Free | Your donation to this organization that provides meals to victims of natural disasters gets you a barbecue lunch + meet with local first responders.
    Saturday, April 13
    • Family Farm Days | Saturday, April 13, Saturday, April 20 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg | $0-$16 | Meet new “farmily” members including lambs, chicks, and piglets, and enjoy activities like hay wagon rides, sheep shearing, and pony rides.*
    • Puppy Palooza | Saturday, April 13 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Westport Village, 1215 Herr Lane, Louisville | Free | Bring your pup for a dog-centric marketplace of vendors featuring live music + activities.
    Sunday, April 14
    • Ford Fillies 5K | Sunday, April 14 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, 3000 Freys Hill Rd., Louisville | $35-$45 | Lace up your sneakers and fill up the water bottle for this race benefiting March of Dimes.
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    News Notes
     
    Opening
    • Shef Shaq Kitchen is expanding with a second location in the Russell neighborhood. The original spot, located at 612 S. 5th St. downtown, opened in January 2022. The new restaurant will open at 2300 W. Market St. on May 1. Chef Shaq Kitchen serves burgers, chicken wings, sandwiches, and more.
    Eat
    • Back Deck BBQ will revamp its business model this summer, changing its hours + renovating its dining room with new tables. Starting June 10, the Iroquois neighborhood barbecue joint at 801 W. Kenwood Dr. will be open Thursday-Saturday, so staff can focus on prep the rest of the week. (Louisville Business First)
    Job
    • Registration is now open for SummerWorks, a networking and career program for youth. Companies like UPS, GE, and Humana use the program to fill summer jobs, and last year over 230 people were hired through the program. Anyone between the ages of 16 and 21 can register.
    Featured
    • Neat Bourbon Bar + Bottle Shop is one of the “50 Best Whisky Bars in the World”, according to Inside Hook. The bar was noted for its selection of more than 150 vintage bourbons as well as its cozy atmosphere. Neat, located at 1139 Bardstown Rd., is open seven days a week.
    History
    • Did you know: Barret Avenue, Barret Hill Road, and Barret Middle School are all named for members of one Louisville family? Members of the Barret family held public office and led civic organizations in the 19th and 20th centuries. Guess we’ll be updating our historic street names piece. (Courier Journal)
    Sports
    • New Louisville basketball coach Pat Kelsey is hitting the recruiting trail. Learn which hoops prospects he is targeting to become future Cards with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
      Fun Fact
      • Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) averages over a dozen departures to sunny destinations daily. So, where are you jetsetting next, Louisville? Explore low-fare, nonstop options here.*
      Home
      • Psst — When’s the last time you replaced your bath mat? Our favorite memory foam bath mat is on sale through the weekend.*
      Correction
      • Update that calendar, LOU. Last week we told you about Eat. Drink. Germantown. The event is coming up on April 18 — that’s a Thursday, not a Saturday like we initially thought.
       
      TEGNA
       
      Drink
       
      Wine down(town)
      Tall buildings overlook a river. It's the skyline of Louisville, Kentucky, which overlooks the Ohio River.
      Downtown Louisville views like these never get old. | Image courtesy WHAS11
      It’s going down in downtown Louisville this spring, summer, and fall.

      The Louisville Downtown Partnership is hosting the Happy Hour Music and Market Series on select Thursdays and Fridays, April through November, at the 4th Street Plaza (the corner of 4th + Jefferson Streets). Soak up the outdoors + downtown Louisville views with live music, food trucks, beer, and special cocktails.

      The first event in the series is Thursday, April 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring DJ Sounds by Stephen Caudill from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will also include 23 different vendors offering food, art, and merchandise, including Big Moes BBQ, Spinelli’s Pizza, Infamous Candles, GCG Handmade Jewelry, and more.

      The series will take place eight more times this year. See the full schedule.
       
      The Buy
       
      Gifts for the bride-to-be. The wedding gift guide features everything from homemade earrings for the bachelorette party to a facial roller for necessary self-care days.
       
      Answered
       
      Which Louisville nickname is your favorite?
      Horses racing around a dirt track with crowds of people and two spires in the background.

      You’ve spoken, LOU: Derby City is Louisville’s most popular nickname.

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      Photo courtesy Louisville Tourism

      Last week, we told you about 10 nicknames for Louisville, and asked which one was your favorite. Here was how you responded:
      • Derby City — 46.2%
      • The ‘Ville — 21.8%
      • River City — 7.6%
      • Glitter Ball City — 5.9%
      • Falls City — 5%
      • Gateway to the South — 5%
      • All others — 8.4% combined
       
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      The Wrap
       
      Jeff-Milby-headshot-LOU Today’s edition by:
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      From the editor
      I don’t know about you, but I’m still in the afterglow of yesterday’s solar eclipse.

      While we didn’t get full totality in Louisville, it was still pretty cool — literally. The temperature dropped six degrees here during the eclipse.
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