January Newsletter and Notes

SACC hopes you have had a wonderful 2017 so far and continue to have happiness all the days through! We are excited to start the new year with a few new board members, some exciting projects and events on the horizon, and plenty of neighborly fun!

The SACC January Newsletter is out now! Check it out for upcoming events, learn about the unique history of 1100 Lydia Street, try out a delicious new recipe from new board member Andrea Reigling, scoop up a deal from new board member Kim Curran - owner of Massage: Healing for Everyone, and more!

Germantown Baseball Inc. will be having early in-person sign-ups this upcoming Saturday, January 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Germantown Baseball (1537 Poplar Level Road).

Regular in-person sign-ups are February 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and February 5 2 to 5 p.m. Online registration starts January 1st.

Center For Neighborhoods is happy to announce the 30th Anniversary Class of Neighborhood Institute!
The Neighborhood Institute is a leadership education program designed to equip neighborhood leaders with skills and resources needed to initiate positive change in the community through their neighborhood, homeowner, and condo associations. 
Classes meet every Thursday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Center For Neighborhoods Offices (507 South Third Street) for 12 consecutive weeks (January 26 – April 13), followed by a Graduation Celebration. Dinner is provided each week. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. Applications will be accepted through January 13. 
The Neighborhood Institute Spring 2017 is open to all neighborhoods, Metro Council Districts, and the whole community. District 10 residents are encouraged to apply. 
To apply for the 13-week program, visit www.centerforneighborhoods.org, or contact John Hawkins at 502-589-0343 or johnh@centerforneighborhoods.org. 


December Newsletter + Light Up Schnitzelburg

Happy Holidays from SACC!

Thank you for your support making 2016 another great year to be in Schnitzelburg!

Take a moment to check out our December Newsletter!

We hope to see you on Sunday, December 11th at Light Up Schnitzelburg! We'll meet at 5:30 at the Jim King gazebo in Emerson Park (corner of Hickory and Sylvia Streets) to socialize with Santa and neighbors while enjoying hot chocolate and sweet treats. Afterwards, join us as we carol down Hickory Street! The event is fun and family friendly! Dress warm and consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Dare to Care Food Bank.

Also, please shop local this holiday season! We are fortunate in our area to have so many unique local businesses to make shopping this holiday season easy! Check out the business listings on the last page to find awesome local businesses to shop this holiday season! Most businesses also provide gift cards, so whether you want to treat a friend or family member with food and drink, a massage, a salon visit, or appliance repair, Schnitzelburg has your holiday shopping covered! It's  a great opportunity to stop in a business you've always meant to visit and be sure & tell them SACC sent you!


General Meeting & Announcements

This is the last General Neighborhood Meeting of 2016! SACC members will vote to elect new board members to represent the community 2017, as well as voting to approve new bylaws for the organization. A free spaghetti dinner will be served, along with other refreshments and snacks. Beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase at the bar. 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday! 

If you would like to become a member or renew your membership before the meeting, you can become a member with a few quick clicks with PayPal (see right sidebar). If you would like more information on membership, please visit the "Membership" tab at the top of the page.

#1 Citizen Announced

The Schnitzelburg Area Commnity Council is honored to announce Steve Magre as the recipient of the 2016 Schnitzelburg #1 Citizen award. This is the 51st year the award has been given. Steve is a former Alderman with the City of Louisville and later District 10 Metro Councilman. Steve, as well as his wife Judy, are heavily involved in the German-Paristown Neighborhood Association and been tirelessly working toward the betterment of Germantown and Schnitzelburg for decades.

From Steve: "My sincere thanks to Lisa and all at SACC. This was a big surprise, and one I found most humbling. I do love Germantown/Schnitzelburg and all we stand for; and stand up for. I consider so many of the prior winners as persons I admire. Many of those winners have passed of course. During the latter part of the evening I stopped to say a private thank you to all of them. So many things make us a great place to live, work and play, and our rich heritage is right at the top of the list. Finally, I thank Mayor George for having such a great vision 51 years ago that centered even back then on reminding all of us to never forget our roots, and be willing to laugh with others at ourselves. Good formula for the good life!"

We are so thrilled to be able to honor Steve with Schnitzelburg's highest honor at the #1 Citizen Dinner, which was held on Thursday, November 10th. Hundreds filled St. Elizabeth's cafeteria to honor Steve, enjoy a delicious German dinner from Heitzman's Bakery, and socialize. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017 for the 52nd Annual #1 Citizen Dinner!

Councilman Mulvihill presenting Steve with a plaque.

New Cocktail Bar opens on Goss Avenue

Mr. Lee's opened on Wednesday, November 22nd at 935 Goss Avenue. The spot, formerly Groucho's Karaoke Bar, is a small, yet swanky speakeasy serving up delicious cocktails. 

Photo by Sara Havens for Insider Louisville

For more about Mr. Lee's, check out these articles from The Courier Journal and Insider Louisville.  


November Newsletter + #1 Citizen Dinner!

Happy November!

It's the beginning of the month, which means a new SACC Newsletter!! Check out the November Membership Deal from the Schnitzelburg Barber Shop, read about the history of the Goss Avenue building The Post occupies (and discover more in this awesome August 2015 article about The Post), and mark your calendars for fun events, such as The #1 Citizen Dinner (see below), the November General Neighborhood Meeting, and Light Up Schnitzelburg!

Also, big shout out to Rock the Plate who catered October's General Neighborhood Meeting. THANK YOU! It was so delicious!!  

The 51st Annual Schnitzelburg #1 Citizen Dinner is Thursday, November 10th at St. Elizabeth’s cafeteria (1016 E. Burnett Ave.)! This time honored tradition recognizes a member of the community for their service to Schnitzelburg.

For the past 50 years, this award has been given to a variety of citizens who have left their mark and served Schnitzelburg in a variety of ways. Click here for the list of former #1 Citizens.

Join us for a traditional German-style dinner and celebrate our community’s past, present, and future! During the evening, you'll have the chance to meet neighbors, mingle with past #1 Citizens, and shake the hand (and congratulate) local dignitaries! It’s an evening of fun with door prizes donated by local businesses, a 50/50 drawing, and an auction that benefits the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Who will be the 2016 recipient? You’ll just have to attend the dinner and see for yourself!

Doors open at 5:30pm; dinner at 6pm.

Tickets are $10 each, available at Hauck’s Handy Store on Goss Ave., or at the door on the night of the dinner.

Be sure to visit the Facebook event page for the #1 Citizen Dinner and share with your friends!


October Newsletter!

Hello Friends & Neighbors! Hot off the press is the SACC October Newsletter!

There is so much to news to share with you for the month of October!

The October edition of the newsletter has information about the October General meeting, events for the month of October, and information about the 51st Annual Schnitzelburg #1 Citizen Dinner coming up  in November!

We are pleased to have one of our newest business members - Flex Appeal - as our Business Spotlight this month!

Be sure to check out our previous post about the fun, busy Saturday coming up in Schnitzelburg!


Saturday in Schnitzelburg!

Saturday will be a big day of fun in Schnitzelburg!!

The 15th Annual Schnitzelburg Yard Sale will kick off the day at corner of Burnett and Texas. Over 20 families will be set up and selling wares from 8 am to 3 pm. Remember to bring cash for whatever treasures you may find!

After the yard sale, check out the 10th Annual Shotgun Fest happening in The Post's parking lot from 2 pm to 8 pm. From the Facebook event page: We'll have bands, beer, pizza and wares for sale. This year, we will have 6 musical acts in the parking lot of The Post, everyone's favorite G-town pizza joint. Bring the kids, the grandparents and everyone in between!

Finish off the evening at the 4th Annual Movie Night featuring Hocus Pocus! This year the venue has moved to Dairy Del ( 1516 S. Shelby St.) and we are so excited for this free, family friendly event! There will be games, raffles, free popcorn and face painting, pictures with the Sanderson sisters, and much more! The event starts at 8 and the movie starts at 9! Be sure to bring your own chair to sit on and dress warmly (the weather is clear, but should be cold!).

See you on Saturday in the 'Burg!


Business Spotlight: Massage...Healing for Everyone

Today, we shine our Business Spotlight on Massage...Healing for Everyone. Kim Curran, owner and Licensed Massage Therapist, operates her business from a studio in her home on Mulberry Street.

As a "thank you" to the neighborhood, Kim is offering $10 off any service if you mention the SACC website (not applicable to other discounts or promotions)!

Here is what Kim had to say about her business:

As I found myself at a burnout point after 20 years as a JCPS middle school teacher and knowing that I was going to leave my profession, I had no idea what my future would hold.  Over the course of a few months, I did some significant soul searching in an effort to get a picture of what the next stage of my life might look like.  One night, I had a very realistic dream: JCPS was paying me to massage the faces and hands of the more “challenging” students.  That dream (along with watching the movie, Finding Joe) allowed me to find the vision to leave a stable, well-paying, but for me, unsatisfying profession, and create the life that I truly wanted to live. 

So, I started exploring becoming a massage therapist.  After all, I had been getting monthly massages myself for a number of years and found them to be very beneficial.  When I asked the most skilled massage therapists I knew where they had received their training, they told me - Advanced Massage Therapeutics.  At the start of 2014 I enrolled.  And for the first time, I felt intuitively good at what I was doing.  I enjoyed the hands on learning, received very positive feedback from the people I practiced on and felt energized after giving a massage.  It became clear to me this was the kind of work I was destined for.

Even before graduation, I knew that I wanted my business to be in the neighborhood where I lived.   Ever since I had moved to Schnitzelburg in 2009, I felt so much at home here.  So my husband and I hired a local remodeling company, Blue Phoenix, to remodel our basement to provide an inviting massage studio and business space.  Having a business in the same building as one’s home was often the way it was done in the past in this neighborhood.  My office and work area have a separate entrance from our living area, but is still part of our home which I just love.  And I’m all about less waste of all kinds. 

Being able to help people live healthier, happier lives gives me great satisfaction.  My clients are as young as 10 and mature as 87 and they come to me for a variety of reasons.  Though I can provide most of the standard types of massage, there are three areas (so far) that I feel are my strengths: low back pain, neck stiffness and stress relief.  Many people come with pain or stress and leave feeling physically and mentally ready to face their daily activities.  It’s a wonderful thing to know that I played some role in facilitating their healing.

I would love it if ALL of my clients came from Schnitzelburg and nearby neighborhoods.  Providing a good service to people is rewarding and important, but when you can do it for those close to home, it feels even better.

I am living the dream!  I get to provide a service that I love in a place that I love.  It’s a darned good life! And my life’s intention is to share that goodness with others.

Massage...Healing for Everyone:


September Newsletter

September is such a busy month in Louisville, but be sure to make time in your schedule to enjoy the festivities right here in the Schnitzelburg area! Read all about it in this month's newsletter!

Space is still available for the SACC 15th Annual Yard Sale for $10 - see page 3 of the newsletter for details.

Also, the Schnitzelburg Fall Walk will be happening this Saturday. Bars and establishments will be open late and into the street with special events along Hickory Street and Goss Avenue. Please note that Hickory Street will be closed from 4 pm till midnight on Saturday night.

A couple of other events to let you know about:

LMPD's Prescription Drug Diversion Unit will provide a drive thru Prescription Drug Drop Off on Wednesday, September 7th from 6-9 pm at Zion United Church of Christ (1310 E. Burnett Ave.). Bring expired or unused medications, bulk or loose tablets & capsules. Black out or remove all personal information on containers.

Free Document Shredding Event
Saturday, September 10th, 9am - 12pm
Teamsters Local 783
7711 Beulah Church Rd  40228
Sponsored by Democratic Woman's Club - donation will be accepted for the Scholarship Fund

Thank you for your support of SACC!


Business Spotlight: Parkway Rehab

The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council can't do all it does without the support of our members and sponsors. Gold Sponsors are especially vital to the work the SACC does, donating at least $200 every year to improving our community.

We would like to introduce you to these businesses throughout the year.

Parkway Rehabilitation & Nursing Center located at 1155 Eastern Parkway has been a supporter of SACC for many years.

We asked Debbie Harper, a Registered Nurse with Parkway Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, to tell us a little bit more about the history of Parkway and what they do:

Parkway was built by the late Al Schneider and opened in May, 1973. Parkway employs 350 people, or "care partners" as we like to be called.  Parkway offers short-term rehab and long term care and has been under the same administration led by CEO Joe Okruhlica and Administrator Todd Marsh for over 30 years. Visitors often remark on Parkway's unusual staff longevity. This continuity is a hallmark of our outstanding patient care. Many of you  may have seen the blue ribbon banner in front of our building. Parkway just completed the 2016 Annual State Survey and we received zero deficiencies! This is no small feat in a building this size but this recognition supports the skilled, kind and compassionate care we give.

Parkway's capacity is 252 with each of our patient/resident floors holding 42 beds. Our entire building has been renovated and looks amazing. Parkway is fortunate to be in the vibrant community of Schnitzelburg/Germantown. We are proud to serve our community and look forward to seeing you around.  Please feel free to drop in anytime, no appointment needed.

Contact us by phone (502) 636-5241 or email debbie@parkwayrehabandnursing.com.

PARKWAY. Always caring. Always here. A great place to live. A great place to work.


The Little Free Libraries of Schnitzelburg & Germantown

While traveling through the Schnitzelburg and German-Paristown neighborhoods you may have noticed several micro libraries popping up here and there. These Little Free Libraries invite residents to “Take a Book, Leave a Book” - a neighborly gesture to build community by sharing the love of reading!

The idea for Little Free Libraries began in 2009, when Todd Bol wanted to pay tribute to his mother who loved books and was a school teacher. He mounted a wooden box decorated to look like a schoolhouse on a post in his front yard in Hudson, Wisconsin. He then filled the box with books to be shared with his neighbors. The idea spread and now Little Free Libraries is a non-profit organization with participants all over the world!

The mission of Little Free Libraries is “to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide, and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”

This free “Take a Book, Leave a Book” exchange is a great way to share books that you have already read & find new ones to enjoy. Everyone has an opportunity to contribute and share  quality books for a variety of ages and interests. What a great way for neighbors to interact and engage with the community!

Looking through the selections in our community I found books for children, gardening at the Emerson Community Garden location, mysteries from Louisville’s own Sue Grafton, romance, history, and cooking!

Visit littlefreelibrary.org to learn how to start your own Little Free Library.  If you’re handy & crafty you can build your own library box - or get creative with a repurposed weatherproof container.  Boxes can also be purchased as a kit or pre-assembled from the organization’s website. While you’re there you can read more about Little Free Libraries and for a fee have your location registered and assigned a number.

Story and pictures by Julianne Thomas