Biz Briefs Of The Week: December 6, 2012

| December 6, 2012

Gift From Humana Foundation

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana has received a gift of $170,000 from the Humana Foundation to fund the development of an innovative Intergenerational Mentoring Program designed to improve relationship building between senior citizens and children and to benefit their overall well being. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ research has shown that mentoring matches with seniors (55+) last three times longer than those in the 18- to 30-year-old age group.

Initial research, development and implementation of the Intergenerational Mentoring Program in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana’s service area, which includes 12 counties in Kentucky and southern Indiana, will occur over an 18-month period. If successful, this pilot program may be adopted on a national level by Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana serves more than 1,500 children each year. To learn more, visit www.bbbsky.org today. The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health care companies. For more information, visit www.humanafoundation.org.

Free Library Classes

When you start making those New Year’s resolutions, why not add learning something new to the list? As part of its new MyLibraryUniversity initiative, the Louisville Free Public Library is offering a series of library short courses – free, college-level classes consisting of four to five sessions each and taught by professors and other local experts. Short courses are open to everyone regardless of their academic background.

January 2013 offers two short courses:

The Changing Role of Theater in America: A four-part series taught by Zan Sawyer-Dailey of Actors Theatre of Louisville, explores the changing role of theater in America and includes a peek at the upcoming Humana Festival of New American Plays – which has established Actors Theatre of Louisville as one of the most prestigious showcases for original theater in the country. Class will be held Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 5:45 to 7 p.m.

Science in the Garden: A four-part series taught by Paul Cappiello, executive director of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Science in the Garden will consider everything from plant biology to what’s-this-stuff-we-call-dirt. Class will be held Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.

All library short courses are free and will be held at the Main Library, 301 York St. To register, call 502.574.1635. The Library’s MyLibraryU also connects patrons to free online college classes from some of the country’s most distinguished institutions including MIT, Stanford and Harvard. These Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free, not necessarily for credit, and are driving a self-directed learning revolution. MyLibraryU also offers free and helpful ACT and SAT Prep courses for those who want to pursue going to college for a degree. For more information, call 502.574.1611 or go to www.lfpl.org/MyLibraryU.

21st Century Parks Names Senior VP

Jim Moore has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer of 21st Century Parks, the nonprofit organization leading the creation and management of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a nearly 4,000-acre public parks system along the Floyds Fork watershed. Moore joined 21st Century Parks in 2010 as the chief financial officer and will now oversee all operations, construction, funding and administration of The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Jim has developed a strategic plan for The Parklands for the next five years, establishing innovative ways to host over 1,000,000 park visits in 2016. Under Jim’s leadership, the 21st Century Parks team has more than doubled during the past two years and will double again by 2014 to an expected 50 employees to help manage nearly 4,000 acres of new parkland.

Design and construction of The Parklands has progressed at a feverish pace since breaking ground in 2010 on the playground and sprayground at Creekside Center, the first park amenity to be open to the public. Over the past two years, almost $30 million has been spent constructing Beckley Creek Park, which opened its first major section in November, and Pope Lick Park, which is slated to open in 2013. Construction on Turkey Run and Broad Run Parks, the next two parks in the four-park system, will begin next year and both are scheduled to open to the public in 2015.

Ice Scrapers at Republic Bank

Can’t find that ice scraper from last year? Don’t worry, Republic Bank can help you take that first layer of “winter wonderland” off your windshield. All 34 Republic Bank banking centers in Louisville, Lexington, Crestwood, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Georgetown, Owensboro, Shelbyville and Shepherdsville, Ky.; and in Floyds Knobs, Jeffersonville and New Albany, Ind. are now carrying ice scrapers to help get you through the winter weather. The banking centers will be accepting donations for the ice scrapers of $1 or more, and all proceeds will benefit the Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter.

“As the area’s largest community bank, we wanted to assist Honor Flight’s mission to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. By supporting Honor Flight, these veterans will be able to visit their memorial at no cost to the veteran,” stated Steve Trager, Chairman and CEO of Republic Bank.

For the past 10 years, Republic Bank has continued to raise funds for various charities by providing ice scrapers in the winter months and reusable shopping bags the rest of the year to sell in its area banking centers.

PYRO Gallery Reopening

Painters, fiber artists, photographers and sculptors all pitched in to help move PYRO Gallery from its longtime home on downtown Louisville’s Main Street to its “Nu” home at 909 E. Market St., Suite 404. PYRO gallery reopened on Nov. 15 and its new hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Sharing the space with Bob Rader Design Enterprises, the L-shaped gallery opened its doors with a special event and a members’ show titled “New Work – NuLucation.” The show will run through Jan. 3, 3013. Noted poets Jeffrey Skinner, Molly Peacock and David Huddle read from their works to highlight the PYRO member artists’ display on the opening night. A grand opening reception celebrating PYRO’s new location was also held on Dec. 7 as part of the Trolley Hop holiday festivities. For more information visit www.pyrogallery.com.

Chance School Receives Grant

The Chance School is receiving a $25,030 service-learning grant for an environmental service-learning project from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The school is one of 68 community organizations to receive a service-learning, youth-led grant across the United States and Canada.

“We’re pleased to be able to get this project started,” said Sarah Cummins, a teacher and project leader at Chance School. “We will be building a greenhouse so we can grow food that will be eaten by our students. We will also be composting our waste for fertilizer. We want children to see where food comes from and how to be responsible with what’s left over.”

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has granted over $24 million in grant money since its inception in 2006, empowering youth to implement service-learning in 397 communities. Additionally, applications are available for interested youth aged 17 to 20 to become Youth Advisory Board members. More information can be found at www.statefarmyab.com.

Cellular Sales Grand Opening

Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest Verizon premium wireless retailer, recently announced the grand opening of a new store at 4169 Shelbyville Road in Louisville. Cellular Sales was founded in Knoxville, Tenn., 19 years ago and has, for the past five years, been named by Inc. Magazine one of the nation’s fastest growing privately-owned retailers, operating more than 540 stores with more than 4,000 employees. The company currently operates 20 retail locations in Kentucky. The Louisville store is currently hiring five new sales positions, which will be filled by local job seekers.

For more information about the new Cellular Sales store located on 4169 Shelbyville Road, call 502.396.4100. Job seekers may visit www.talent.joincellularsales.com. For more information on the company, visit www.cellularsales.com.

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