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Louisville Parks

Louisville has many little known secrets and gems that make our great city what it is.  Parks 1One of the greatest gems of our city is the amazing parks system we have here, thanks to Frederick Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture and master designer of nearly 20 of the parks in Louisville. Today, the Olmsted Conservancy works to protect these parks and has secured over $25 million from generous corporate and individual donors to support the parks.  The result of this emphasis on our parks is an abundance of natural landscape that thousands of people enjoy every day for exercise, family retreats, and education.  Fall treesOn any given sunny Saturday walking through these parks, I am amazed at the bustle of activity going on from: soccer and ultimate Frisbee, to outdoor acting and art classes to biking and running clubs making use of the paved roads and trails that weave through the parks.  

Every fall, Friends of the Park gather for one of Louisville's biggest fundraisers and parties - the Boo La La Halloween Ball.  It is definitely the place to see and be seen and the event raises money to support the continued preservation of our parks.  http://www.olmstedparks.org/

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Community at Large

As a member and president of the Kentucky Women's Forum, I have the fortune of meeting other amazing female professionals and change agents of the Louisville community.  Over a recent dinner Kentucky Women's Forumwith these women, I learned about an important education initiative taking hold called 55,000 Degrees led by the program's executive director, Mary Gwen Wheeler.  This is our community's commitment to increasing education attainment by 55,000 post-secondary degrees by 2020.  http://www.55000degrees.org/about-55k/our-objectives/

Here's a quick summary of what I learned.  The program aims to: 1) better prepare high school students for college; 2) make college education more accessible and affordable; 3) lower drop-out rates; and 4) drive employment support from major corporations in the area.  Listening to Mary Gwen Wheeler speak on the topic, it was easy to understand why 55,000 Degrees has garnered the support of our mayor, all the major universities and colleges in the Louisville area, and numerous local corperations.  As a teacher in a prior life (before real estate!), education is a topic very close to my heart.  It is exciting to witness and meet the players behind major initiatives like this that aim to drive Louisville's continued growth and success.   

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Welcome Fall

WELCOME FALL 

While I am originally from Texas, I have loved living in a part of the country where we get four distinct seasons.  And fall may be my favorite, particurly in Louisville.  After a hot and humid summer, there is nothing better than welcoming the changing leaves, cooler weather, the start of school and Halloween. Pumpkins at Huber's

Fall is also the time when a lot of people are moving because it makes for an easier transaction with young kids in school.  If you are new to Louisville, there are lots of great ways to enjoy autumn and become familiar with this great city.

Farmers Market

My kiddos are older now, but one of our cherished family activities for fall has always been a visit to the local pumpkin patch.  We have a few good ones nearby that are worth the visit.  Huber's is just up the road in Indiana where there is plenty to entertain the family - from hay rides and a petting zoo to the family-friendly restaurant and even wine tastings for the grown-ups.  http://www.joehubers.com/

And our local zoo is a trip my whole family has always enjoyed.  There are constantly new exhibits to see with lots of other activities besides animal watching.  Halloween FunThe Louisville Zoo's annual Halloween party starts October 5th and is a great chance to mingle with creatures of all shapes and sizes.  This Halloween party is more fun than scary (in case you have little ones). 

http://louisvillezoo.org/halloween/index.htm

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