The Forward Kentucky Calendar

We share this calendar as a free service to progressives across Kentucky. It includes events from a wide range of organizations across the state. If you open the event details, you can share the event to social media directly from here.

It takes quite a bit of time to maintain, so if you would like to show your support for this work, you can “purchase” whatever amount of support you would like on our Donate page. Or, you can join the hundreds who have already become a Supporting or Sustaining member. And, if you have an event you would like added to the calendar, you can click the “Post Your Event” button, or send all the details to Thanks!

Book Discussion on “The Future of Our Schools” by Lois Weiner @ Lang House
Jul 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Book Discussion on "The Future of Our Schools" by Lois Weiner @ Lang House | Louisville | Kentucky | United States

Join us for a summer edition of the League of Women Voters’ Book Discussion. This one is mostly for teachers and others who are not able to attend during the school year. This month’s book will be “The Future of Our Schools” by Lois Weiner. You can order the book on Amazon, or download a pdf here:

Fairness: Volunteer Night w/ Free Pizza
Jul 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WE NEED YOU to fight as hard as you can to protect and preserve LGBTQ rights in KY! Please join us in the office for Volunteer Night with FREE pizza!

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 5-8 p.m.

*You can volunteer any day, M-F, you are available. E-mail or call 502.893.0788 to schedule a time.

DONATE TO FAIRNESS | We’ll need more resources than ever before to fight anti-LGBTQ legislation in Kentucky. Please consider donating $250, $100, $25, or any amount significant to you to help us:

ASK YOUR EMPLOYER TO JOIN KCWC | The Kentucky Competitive Workforce Coalition (KCWC) is a group of employers across Kentucky committed to fighting for LGBTQ rights. You can see if your employer is signed on, and they can join, at:

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Floyd’s Fork Dem. Club: Q&A With Attorney General Andy Beshear
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us July 18th as we proudly welcome Attorney General Andy Beshear to our next meeting!

AG Beshear will be discussing the unconstitutional sewer pension bill. In addition to how he’s fighting against the multitude of other unconstitutional efforts of the Bevin administration.

This will be an incredibly informative and exciting event.

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KFTC: Racial Justice Committee Meeting
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come on out to KFTC’s first Racial Justice Work Team Meeting this July!

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Louisville Safety Zone: Kick-Off Event
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come meet the people behind the safety zone, share your stories, and sign up to be a volunteer.

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Metro Democratic Club: Monthly Meeting – Q&A with Council President David James
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

With a new capital and operating budget underway for the city, growing legislative priorities, and other pressing issues now in discussion, we are excited have Metro Council President David James as our special guest for our July meeting. President James will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss your concerns, and share about his vision for the year ahead.

This will certainly be a timely and powerful discussion, so please do plan to attend. Encourage family and friends to join as well!

Doors will open at 6:00pm, and the program will begin at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

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Mose Green Democratic Club: Monthly Meeting @ 3813 Taylor Blvd. 40215
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meets: Third Wednesday of the month at 7pm

Courier Journal: Addiction Panel
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us the evening of July 19 for the Courier Journal’s A Way Forward addiction panel discussion, underwritten by Find Help Now KY.

The free panel is a part of our ongoing A Way Forward series examining solutions to Kentucky’s drug addition epidemic. Our goal is to provide families with information on how to deal with addiction and how Kentuckians can find a way to solve this crisis — together.

The event will take place at Spalding University’s Columbia Gym auditorium, 824 S. Fourth St., Louisville.

Here is the schedule:

5:30-6:30 p.m. Information fair and naloxone training

Information fair participants: Centerstone, Find Help Now KY, The Healing Place, Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and, Wellness, Louisville Metro Police Department, The Morton Center, Our Lady of Peace, Renew Recovery, Spalding University, Young People in Recovery

6:30-8:30 p.m. Panel discussion addressing questions about prevention, recovery and solutions to our addiction epidemic, moderated by Laura Ungar, Courier Journal investigative reporter.

-Terry Bunn, University of Kentucky, Find Help Now KY
– Tiffany Cole Hall, Volunteers of America Mid-States and Spalding University School of Social Work
-Tara Mosely, Young People in Recovery
-Sgt. Paul Neal, Louisville Metro Police Department, Narcotics Unit
-Dr. Charles Noplis, Renew Recovery
-Stacy Usher, Wolfe County Coalition UNITED Against Drugs
-Maurice Washington, Chad’s Hope Teen Challenge

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Reproductive Rights for Kentucky: 5th Anniversary Celebration
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join Reproductive Rights for Kentucky

along with local, state and federal elected officials and candidates

Thursday, July 19, 2018

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

University Club, 200 East Brandeis Avenue, Louisville.

Honored will be U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth and the members of the Kentucky Senate and House who have steadfastly supported reproductive justice.

All candidates and elected officials will be recognized.

Never in the history of our nation and in our Commonwealth has a midterm election been so crucial, not just for reproductive justice, but for our democracy. What is encouraging is the number of women and men who have come forward to run for office.

For five years now, RRFKY continues to be Kentucky’s only pro-choice, federal PAC with nearly 100% of your contributions going directly to the candidates.

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JCPS: Racial Equity Policy Community Meeting
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

As a valuable member of our community, we would like to invite you to be a part of our July 19th, 2018 Racial Equity Policy community meeting. During the meeting we will present the Racial Equity Policy and The District Plan. One of the vital parts in assuring this policy is supported and adequately implemented is accountability.

That being said, the purpose of the meeting is to do the following:

• Review the Racial Equity Policy
•Share the Racial Equity Policy system wide plan
•Share plans developed by Central Office Department and Division to implement the strategies in the system-wide plan

We need you to:
•Be informed and versed in the plan and the policy.
•Keep us accountable
•Invite others to attend the next meeting

There will be 4 more community events around the Racial Equity Policy.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Delquan Dorsey at 485-3655 or

We look forward to seeing you on July 19.

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South Louisville Task Force on Opioids
Jul 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Public Encouraged to Attend.

State Representatives McKenzie Cantrell and Joni Jenkins have convened a new task force to combat the opioid epidemic devastating the south Louisville districts they represent, where more residents died from accidental drug overdoses in 2017 than anywhere else in the city.

The task force includes individuals from addiction treatment providers, law enforcement and the city’s health department, who will study the opioid abuse epidemic in south Louisville and develop recommendations to state and local government and the community at large.

Here is a list of the members of the new task force:

Mike Barry, CEO of People Advocating Recovery
District Judge Stephanie Burke, who runs a specialty drug court
LMPD Assistant Chief LaVita Chavous
Wayne Crabtree, director of Addiction Services, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health
Amanda Hall, ACLU of Kentucky
Rev. Jim Harper, pastor of St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Shively
Scott Hesseltine, vice president of Addiction Services at Centerstone Kentucky
Vince Jarboe, president of the Southwest Dream Team and business owner
Captain Brian O’Neill of the Louisville Metro Fire Department
Tamara Reif, senior director of Housing, Homeless, and HIV at Volunteers of America
Dr. Lisa Willner, executive director of the Kentucky Psychology Association, JCPS board member

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Blues, Brews, BBQ Festival
Jul 20 – Jul 21 all-day

Only the Four Roses Bourbon Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival allows you to get lost in a soul-satisfying haze of New Orleans and Memphis-style blues, and pit barbecue smoke. Add our exclusive brews tasting area where you can sample craft beers, and it’s easy to see why people mark their calendars for this legendary festival at Louisville Water Tower Park year after year.


Oldham Co. Day Pancake Breakfast
Jul 21 @ 7:00 am – 9:30 am

The La Grange Rotary Club continues its delicious tradition with the Oldham County Day 2018 Pancake Breakfast!

Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee and water.

NEW THIS YEAR: $5 advanced purchase adult tickets from your friendly neighborhood Rotarian.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children at the door.

The event is 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at the La Grange Community Center, 307 W. Jefferson St., La Grange.

Contact La Grange Rotary for more details.

The Oldham County Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. – more details here: Oldham County Day 2018

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SD 20: Bedford Canvass w/ Dave Suetholz
Jul 21 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

This coming weekend we will be canvassing in the Bedford/Trimble County area. Canvassing is one of the most important aspects of the campaign as we walk in neighborhoods and engage in meaningful conversations with our neighbors about the campaign and why Dave is the best person to be our next senator. This is a time where we share why we are for Dave, and why Dave is for us! A time to educate potential voters on the issues that Dave cares deeply about such as, education, public pensions, rural economies and infrastructure and why they’re important to us.

If you’ve never canvassed before, don’t worry we have you covered. We will be meeting at 8:30am for a time to connect with others over coffee and donuts, do a brief training, and then knock doors around the area. This will be a great time to connect with other volunteers, meet new people, and work towards the greater cause of State Senate District 20.

We will monitor the weather Saturday morning and pending on weather we may have to reschedule, if so we will post that on the event page. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Addiction Summit – 2018
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

You are invited to be part of a positive change in our community! Join us for the 2018 Addiction Summit, hosted by the Transformations Class, to learn about the opiodic epidemic plaguing our community and how YOU can get involved to make a difference!

Between 2012 and 2015, 843 overdose deaths were reported in Jefferson County alone, and this number continues to climb each year; it is time for the people of Louisville to gather together to fight for the health of our neighbors and the safety of our neighborhoods. If you are an addict, the loved one of an addict, or a member of the community who wants to see our city released from the grip of addiction, join us for this judgement-free event so that we can take back our city!

The 2018 Addiction Summit includes:

>Powerful guest speakers, including John Boel from WAVE 3 News!

>Live music from amazing worship artists!

>Break-out workshops, including Narcan training!

>Access to the Community Partnership Fair for ways to get help or get involved!

>Lunch is provided!

>Raffles, prizes, and t-shirts!

You don’t want to miss this life-changing event; sign up today before it sells out!

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Louisville Stop the Violence Community Cookout
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To Promote Positivity in the Community by Increasing the Peace.
Family, Friends, Food, Fun & FREE!

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Audubon Park Dove Road Block Party
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live music, bounce houses, family-friendly activities, complimentary BBQ and sides by Frank’s…most of all, Audubon Park fellowship and good-neighbor spirit!

Don’t miss this annual Audubon Park community Block Party!

And please consider pitching in to help make this event sizzle,
volunteer at

See you there!

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SD 20: Shelby County Dinner with Dave
Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We’ll be having Dinner with Dave at the Bagdad Ruritan Club on July 21st from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Our gracious dinner hosts will be providing brisket, turkey, and everything that makes the meal complete. This dinner is for everyone for those who want to connect with the campaign, meet and talk to Dave, or enjoy a meal with their neighbors.

The dinner table is a place where we come together and talk about the issues that are important to us.

The event is free, the food is free. Just come and meet Dave and enjoy the company of the people taking back District 20 for the people.
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HD 46: 3rd Annual Golf Scramble & Dinner, w/ Rep. Al Gentry
Jul 23 @ 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Have a fun-filled day on the course, and enjoy some surprises that will make it both special and memorable. Free refreshments will be available during play on course. If you can’t join us for golf, please consider being a sponsor, and/or attending the dinner for $50.

Net proceeds will be used for Al’s 2018 re-election campaign, as this tournament is a political fund-raising event. Contributions from corporations CANNOT be accepted. Checks from individuals and PACs are allowable. Also, we can’t accept cash or contributions from individuals under 18. Campaign laws limit the total contribution to $2,000.

Contribution & sponsorship levels are as follows:

  • Platinum $2,000: Two team entries, strategic signage, VIP recognition, eight extra dinner tickets 
  • Gold $1,000: Two Team Entries or One Team and Strategic Signage, four extra dinner tickets 
  • Silver $500: One Team Entry and hole sign 
  • Bronze $250: Individual entry for golf plus Hole Sponsorship 
  • Copper $125: Individual entry OR Hole Sponsorship (includes dinner) 
  • Dinner and drinks only: $50 

Entries are by invitation only and limited, so please download the Registration Form below and return it, with contribution, immediately, or no later than Friday, July 13, 2018. Prepayment is required for planning purposes and will ensure a timely start & finish to the day. See you at South Park!


Louisville Safety Zone: Canvas in Mulvhill’s District
Jul 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Volunteers and the committee will be canvassing in Councilmen Mulvhill’s district. We will go door to door and ask residents to sign petition postcards in support of the safety zone.

Mulvhill’s District is also called District 9 and major areas include German Town.

RSVP at the link below:

If you have not filled out a petition postcard yourself or have not filled out our volunteer prospect survey they are also linked below:


Volunteer Survey:

The Safety Zone can’t wait to canvas with you!
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