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    So we all know Forecastle is happening, but what else is there to do this weekend?

    Stoneware Third Thursday Lifestyle Series
    The Third Thursday Lifestyle Series at Stoneware on July 17 features Valerie Schirmer from Three Toads Farm, who will demonstrate how to pot succulents in Stoneware. Schirmer’s demonstration will include tips about soil, watering, sunlight, temperature, and other key components for keeping your Stoneware succulent thriving year-round. Held in Stoneware’s new GE Monogram Experience Kitchen, the open house event will be catered by Maison Culinary, with complimentary “from the garden” themed hors d'oeuvre and cocktail tastings. The Lifestyle Series is designed to showcase authentic, local makers of products that complement the Stoneware products and lifestyle.
    July 17, 5 – 7 p.m.
    Louisville Stoneware
    731 Brent Street
    Louisville, KY 40204

    Mix Your Bourbon with Eron Plevan at Bourbon Barrel Foods
    On July 17 at 7 p.m., Eron Plevan, head mixologist of the historic Oakroom, will be in Bourbon Barrel Foods' Kitchen Studio teaching guests how to make four of his favorite cocktail recipes. Along with the mixology lesson and tasting, guests will also enjoy signature snacks from Bourbon Barrel Foods. Plevan’s unique cocktail menu includes Copper Crowns are Still Crowns (Plevan’s version of an Old Fashioned), Bourbon St. Sour, Mexican Smoke Break, and Quill Pens & Kentucky Ink. Each cocktail incorporates at least one of Bourbon Barrel Foods’ gourmet ingredients and applies fundamental mixology techniques to impressive cocktails.
    July 17, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Bourbon Barrel Foods
    1201 Story Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40206

    Summertime Birthday Hoedown in Germantown
    The Third Thursday Hoedown in Germantown returns July 17, celebrating its second birthday at Danny Mac’s. Local caller Alex Udis will be featured with the old-time tunes of semi-local band Hen Cackle. This monthly social event is open to all ages and all levels of experience. All dances are taught, and no one is required to dance. A partner is easily found on the dance floor and pizza and cheap beer are available at the bar. There is no dress code; though one’s twirliest skirt is recommended. Doors open at 7 with a beginner’s square dance workshop at 7:30, and dancing will take place from 8-10:30, featuring predominantly simple and traditional southern figures.
    July 17, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
    AmVets Post #9/Danny Mac’s Pizza
    1567 South Shelby Street
    Louisville, KY 40217
    $5 (vets, youth, & volunteers free)

    7th Annual Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove
    This weekend, Historic Locust Grove is hosting the largest Jane Austen Even in North America! The 7th Annual Jane Austen Festival is July 18-20. Featured festivities include: four-course Afternoon Tea, a Regency Emporium and Style Show, a Grand Ball, and a Duel between Gentlemen. There will be presentations by Professor John Mullan and Jo Baker, as well as an encampment of His Majesty's Royal Navy. New this year is the Punch & Judy marionette show and the Twilight Friday Shopping. If you're a true Austenite, this is the place to be.
    July 18, 6 – 9 p.m. and July 19 & 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Historic Locust Grove
    561 Blankenbaker Lane
    Louisville, KY 40207
    Price varies

    Country Boys Gone Wild at the Louisville Beer Store
    Country Boys Gone Wild! Forecastle kicks off their 2014 festival by opening early at noon on July 18th. Our favorite country boys – the fellows at Country Boy Brewing – are bringing out the good stuff for a very special Forecastle event, featuring: ~ Country Boy/West Sixth Country Western ~ PaPaw’s Red ~ Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black Gold Porter ~ and more!
    July 18, 12 – 5 p.m.
    Louisville Beer Store
    746 East Market Street
    Louisville, KY 40206

    USA Gymnastics Championships at the Yum! Center
    USA Gymnastics has awarded Louisville the USA Gymnastics Championships, a new event that showcases the national championships for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline/tumbling.  Scheduled for July 15-19, the five-day event will feature competition on the Junior Olympic and junior and senior elite levels for each discipline.
    July 15 – 19, 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    KFC Yum Center!
    1 Arena Plaza
    Louisville, KY 40202
    Prices vary

    4th Annual Summer Showdown Car Show & Silent Auction at "The Castle"
    The Michael Feger Paralysis Foundation is hosting the 4th Annual Summer Showdown Car Show & Silent Auction on July 19 at Valor Traditional Academy “The Castle” in Louisville. Vehicle Registration is $15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 100 vehicles will receive a Dash Plaque and Goodie Bag. Trophies will be given to the Top 40 Cars/Trucks. Special trophies include: Best of Show +$100, People’s Choice, Kid’s Choice, and Club Participation. There is also a silent auction, 50/50, face painting, and plenty of door prizes. We have over 100 product sponsors supporting the car show and silent auction.
    July 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Valor Traditional Academy, “The Castle”
    11501 Schlatter Road
    Louisville, KY 40291
    Vehicle Registration is $15; attendance is free

    Comedian Jeff Dunham at Horseshoe Casino
    Stand-up comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham hits the stage at The Showroom for two shows on July 19th! His television specials and series have been the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history, his DVD sales have reached seven million units, his videos have received a half a billion views on You Tube, and his live concerts have become mega-events played in front of sold-out arenas worldwide. As an entertainer, Jeff Dunham has truly impacted popular culture and his character catchphrases, such as Achmed's "Silence! I Keel You!" and José Jalapeño’s "On A Steek!'" are now part of our vernacular, much to the delight of multi-generational audiences worldwide.
    July 19, 7 & 10 p.m.
    Horseshoe Southern Indiana
    11999 Casino Center Drive
    Elizabeth, IN 47117
    Tickets start at $50

    Midsummer Night's Owl Hike at the Louisville Nature Center
    Join naturalist Rosemary Bauman at the Nature Center an educational nighttime hike while learning about the owls in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. The owl hike starts with a short presentation and light refreshments, followed by the hike. The hike is appropriate for ages 6 through adult and is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration and payment required.
    July 19, 9 – 10:30 p.m.
    Louisville Nature Center
    3745 Illinois Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40208
    $3-5 per person; $10-18 per family of 4+

    Derby Dinner Playhouse Presents Mary Poppins
    Based on the beloved books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, this musical includes a score filled with timeless classics such as “Feed the Birds”, “Jolly Holiday”, “Step in Time” and the Academy Award-winning “Chim-Chim Cher-ee”. A musical that’s perfect for the entire family! The doors and buffet open at 11:45 a.m. for the matinee and at 6 p.m. for the evening show.
    July 20, 1:30 & 7:45 p.m.
    Derby Dinner Playhouse
    525 Marriott Drive
    Clarksville, IN 47129
    $38 for matinee; $42 for evening

    15th Annual Sam Swope Charity Ride at the Sam Swope Auto Center
    Join the Kosair Shriners for the 15th Annual Sam Swope Charity Ride on Sunday, July 20th. There will be several cash prizes awarded, a silent auction, and one lucky pre-registered guest will have the chance to a win 2014 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic. Raffle tickets are available for $100 each only 399 will be sold. This year, the rally will also welcome a new guest – Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop. Mallory is the daughter of Lamb Chop’s original partner from the famous TV Show, Shari Lewis. The cost to ride is a $15 donation to Kosair Charities. Registration is open now through the day of the event.
    July 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Sam Swope Auto Center
    10 Swope Autocenter Drive
    Louisville, KY 40299

    Long Island Tea Party at Play Louisville
    Every third Sunday, Play Louisville offers a Long Island Tea Party. Play Louisville is the city's fun alternative club for those who want to try a more colorful atmosphere. There will be free pizza and an open mic.
    July 20, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
    Play Louisville
    1101 East Washington Street
    Louisville, KY 40206
    $5 cover charge

    Sunday Brunch At Tumbleweed on the Waterfront at the Big Four Bridge
    Tumbleweed at the Big Four Bridge is now serving Sunday brunch from 10-2! Start your Sunday in a bold way with Tex Mex favorites, like mini chimis, zesty hashbrowns and made-to-order omelets stuffed with fresh veggies. Choose from a variety of entrées the whole family will love, all while enjoying the best view of downtown along the Ohio River. You can make your brunch even more festive by trying one of our specially priced mimosas, margaritas and bloody 'ritas.
    Sundays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill & Margarita Bar
    1201 River Road Louisville, KY 40206
    (502) 585-4107
    Adults $15.99 (Includes non-alcoholic beverage)
    Kids 4-12 $3.00 (With each adult purchase)
    Kids 3 & under eat FREE

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    I am an incoming senior (finally!) at the University of Louisville. I will be graduating with three degrees: English, Spanish, and Humanities. I intend to continue my education and get my masters in English next year. I have had the pleasure of working at both Louisville Magazine and over the last year.

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