Deadline for LNTN is near.

If you plan to nominate anyone as Irish Hill’s representative of Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor, please remember you must have your nomination form submitted by Wednesday, September 28th. This will give the Board of Directors time to review and vote on the nominations before Center For Neighborhood’s Friday deadline.

You can get more information about the LNTN project by visiting this link.

If you have any questions, please email

Irish Hill Festival is in the books

Thanks to everyone who came to the Irish Hill Festival. There was plenty of food, good music and a lot of conversation and catching up with friends.

A big THANK YOU goes to Baxter Avenue Baptist Church for hosting the Festival this year. It was a last minute put together, as our original plans fell through and we didn’t have time to get the proper Metro permits to hold it at Irish Hill Park or on one of the streets. The members of BABC did a wonderful job of getting everything setup, cooked and cleaned up afterwards. And it looks like the kids had a great time on the bouncy they provided!  You guys are tops.

Did you get a chance to check out EDGE Outreach’s water purifying system? It’s amazing how a little bit of salt and a car battery can produce three (!) things to make the lives of people in third-world countries so much better: Clean water to drink, chlorine and lye which are by products manufactured in the water purification process that can be used to disinfect medical equipment and kill mosquito larvae, reducing the risk of death from unsanitary conditions and malaria. If you need more information about EDGE, please visit their website: On their website, you can find locations to drop off old shoes, which they will use to fund their projects.

We welcome any feedback you would like to provide.  Use the comment section below or send us a private message (email:  Thanks for supporting the Irish Hill Neighborhood.

Bring your shoes to the Festival

Do you have a pile of old shoes taking up valuable space at your house?  Don’t really know what do to with them?  Turn them into water!

Sound impossible?  It’s not.  With the help of an organization right here in Irish Hill, your old and unwanted shoes can be turned into water. Bring your shoes to the Festival and be part of the transformation.

EDGE Outreach, located at 1500 Arlington Ave at the “edge” of Irish Hill (pun intended), provides affordable clean water in places were the water sources are contaminated and cause illness, spreads disease and leads to death. There are 1.1 BILLION people do not have safe water to drink. EDGE’s system provides a way for clean water using materials that are easy to get on an ongoing basis.  They were instrumental in getting water to survivors and responders of the Haiti Earthquake, and were one of a very select group of organizations selected to help provide ongoing support in Operation Continuing Promise.

The Shoes for Water program has been collecting shoes at various locations around Louisville, including Heine Brothers Coffee, Porter Paints, churches and other businesses.  EDGE takes these shoes and is able to sell them to an exporter that sends some pairs to third-world countries. The funds EDGE receives is used to get water purification systems where clean, healthy water is not available.

Collection bins will be available at the Iris Hill Festival on September 21, 2011.  Representatives from EDGE Outreach will be on hand to show the filter system and answer any questions about what they do.


Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 21,
Baxter Avenue Baptist Church
Sponsored by the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association
Hosted by members of Baxter Avenue Baptist Church

A brief “Annual Meeting” to elect the BOD will be heldduring the Festival.

JOIN your neighbors and friends at the
7th Annual Irish Hill Festival. This year,
Baxter Avenue Baptist Church will be the location.

Laid back, causal atmosphere. Hang out and relax
with folks from around the ‘hood.

ENJOY great music, food and fun while
celebrating our unique neighborhood!

Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share
Hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers and beverages
provided by IHNA and BABC.

Street Dance with Gilda’s Club Louisville

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association continues a great partnership with Gilda’s Club Louisville. They’re having a Street Dance!  Check out all the details:






An old-fashioned street dance for the entire community

Friday, September 16, 2011     5:30 to 8:00pm

On Rogers Street at Baxter Avenue

For every kind of family and folks of all ages

An evening with neighbors and the Gilda community enjoying

  • Music by the string band Decaf Zombies
  • Traditional folk dance lessons offered on the spot
  • Delicious food for purchase by the very hip Food Trucks
  • Including vegetarian/vegan options

Special thanks to our neighbors on Rogers and surrounding streets
Family-friendly, free entertainment!

Gilda’s Club Louisville is a cancer support community unlike any other—providing support for the whole family the whole time.  We offer support and networking groups, lectures and workshops, and social activities for children, teens, and adults.  To learn more about Gilda’s Club Louisville and our free programs, please visit

“Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor” could be from Irish Hill

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association is looking for nominations for Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor.  IHNA is a member organization of the Center For Neighborhoods (CFN).  Below is an excerpt from their website describing the program.

If you would like to nominate someone as a Top Neighbor, please send an email to and we will get the nomination form to you. We are also looking for location suggestions within the neighborhood.

Center For Neighborhoods is excited to announce our next public art program,“Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor 

Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor is an inspiring mural project promoting neighborhood leaders who exemplify the “21st Century Neighbor” from all 26 districts. This is an important opportunity to recognize neighborhood leaders who are asking “What’s Next?” and improving the quality of life and the environment within their community. 


A total of 40 portraits will be completed – 20 in Fall 2011 and 20 in Spring 2012. One neighbor will be selected from all 26 Metro Council districts from nominees submitted by the Metro Councilperson and the remaining 14 nominees will come from the CFN Neighborhood Association Members.


During the month of November, portraits of Louisville’s Next Top Neighbors will be completed at the specific locations. Center For Neighborhoods will announce the dates and time at which the artwork will be available for public viewing.


Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor is being funded by a generous gift from Owsley and Christy Brown.


Please feel free to contact Lisa at 502.589.0343 or with any questions or to receive more information.

Nomination Criteria for Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor:

  1. A good steward of their neighborhood and the community who strives to protect and preserve the environment thereby improving the lives of others.
  2. A neighborhood leader who understands the important role of the local community in a global world.
  3. A neighborhood leader who demonstrates their passion for improving their neighborhood by addressing environmental concerns in order to improve the quality of life within their community.
  4. A neighborhood leader who empowers neighbors by being an inspiration for positive change and asks “What’s Next Louisville?”
  5. A neighborhood leader who is engaged with the community to strengthen the neighborhood identity.
  6. A neighborhood leader who celebrates and embraces diversity of culture, thought, and ability by promoting understanding and cooperation Metro-wide.