Not A Runner, Not A Quitter

I’m not a runner, and I’m not a quitter, but by April 28, I’ll be one or the other.

In late 2011, Susan Ward  with the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy asked if I’d consider being a member of Fred’s Team, a group of runners training for the 39th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon on behalf of the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways.

The men and women on Fred’s team are of varying levels of experience. I fall at the back of the pack.

Yes, I workout regularly and have for years and am more active than I’ve ever been, but running without a ball (or person) to chase is something different entirely.

Distance running requires commitment and dedication. If I miss a few days of Zumba or lifting weights, it’s easy to jump back in the game. If I skip a couple days of running, I feel the effects almost immediately, particularly in my head.

My career path has given me the luxury of trying a number of things I’d never considered doing all for the sake of sharing. Running the minimarathon is the only venture I can recall turning down exactly for that reason: Committing to train for the 13.1 mile race would mean having to share what is, for me at least, a terrifying proposition I’m still not sure I can achieve for myriad reasons, some of which I’ll share over the next few weeks.

For starters, I love what I do for a living and, like many of you, I’m sure, spend a little too much time doing it.

There have been days so busy that fitting in a run has required a 3 a.m. wake-up call and ended when my head hit the pillow at 12 a.m. I’m no math whiz, but I’m smart enough to know I won’t be able to keep up that kind of routine, which means something has to give. I’m still not sure what that will be, but I’m committed to figuring it out.

For now, I’m concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other and telling as many people as I can that I am going to run the mini. Sooner or later, I’ll have to believe it myself.

Come, Run

I’m running the KDF miniMarathon with Fred’s Team in support of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Frederick Law Olmsted Parks are a key reason I love living in Louisville. I can’t imagine our city without these fabulous parks.

There’s still time to join me and the rest of the members of Fred’s Team. Sign up by going to www.olmstedparks.org or call Susan Ward at 502.802.0667.

If you do join Fred’s Team and you’re interested in running with me during the week, my contact information is at the end of this column.

Third Thursday

The Voice-Tribune recently moved into new digs on East Main Street in Nulu and we’re still unpacking, so we’re going to refrain from hosting a January Third Thursday event. We’ll resume our monthly parties in February. You can follow us on Twitter – @TheVoiceTribune – or LIKE us on Facebook to find out our next location. We’ll also run an announcement in print in an upcoming issue.

Contact Angie Fenton, The Voice-Tribune’s Managing Editor, at angie@voice-tribune.com, 502.551.2698, www.facebook.com/angiefenton2 or @angiefenton on Twitter.

My Imaginary Eclipse Award Ballot

Thoroughbred racing will celebrate its equine and human champions in the industry’s annual excuse to dust off the tuxedo Jan. 16 at the Beverly Wiltshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

While I’m still unhappy with the bulk of last year’s Eclipse attendees for their shamefully tepid reception for Claiborne Farm’s Seth Hancock when he accepted the much-deserved Eclipse Award of Merit for his family farm’s century of work, I’m letting bygones be bygones (more or less) and looking ahead to Monday.

I don’t have an Eclipse Award vote (bygones, bygones), but had I been worthy of a vote, these would have been my choices for top honors of 2011:

HORSE OF THE YEAR: HAVRE DE GRACE
The 4-year-old filly gets my vote because she had a better, more ambitious year than any of the boys.

Girl Power rules for the third time in four years, although I would not have voted for Zenyatta last year.

Mine would have gone to Blame, so score one in my absence for the Zenyatta Nation.

The greatest bit of news on this category is that Havre de Grace is preparing for a 5-year-old campaign, so let’s say “Bravo!” to owner Rick Porter and Kentucky-born trainer J. Larry Jones for their plan to share her with racing fans for another season.

THREE-YEAR-OLD MALE: ANIMAL KINGDOM
One of the few real Eclipse Award debates for 2011 is the spat among backers of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse.
I love the latter, but the nod goes to the Derby winner. His campaign was shortened by injury, but it was a wonderful run.

My vote for him is a “check the scoreboard” tally. Since Animal Kingdom won the race, it means volumes more than any other. And, don’t forget he won the Preakness as well. He just didn’t get there in the Belmont. Plus, Caleb’s Posse’s wins all came at one-turn distances and there is another category in which he is a much better fit.

THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY: ROYAL DELTA
The Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner took a little while to get rolling, but her second half of the year was tremendous. Her only thumping was delivered by Havre de Grace (check the HOY selection).

OLDER MALE: ACCLAMATION
He had a terrific year against top competition on grass in California and won the Pacific Classic on synthetic Polytrack at Del Mar.

I would have loved to have seen him run on the Churchill Downs dirt in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, though probably would have run on grass.

A pre-Cup injury knocked Acclamation out of the event, but not out of my top spot in this category.

OLDER FEMALE: HAVRE DE GRACE
This wonderful mare gets my imaginary vote, but Blind Luck, whose year ended prematurely after she ran the only bad race of her life, still has my heart.  The latter beat the likely champion in the Delaware Handicap, which easily gets my nod for “Race of the Year.”

MALE SPRINTER: CALEB’S POSSE
Nobody was better at one turn on dirt than this 3-year-old.

FEMALE SPRINTER: HILDA’S PASSION
Tough call here in a category that includes the 1-2 finishers in Churchill Downs’ Derby Day Humana Distaff – and Sassy Image whipped heavily-favored Hilda’s Passion that day.

It’s a tight vote, but the brilliant win by Hilda’s Passion in Saratoga’s Ballerina, a race in which she suffered a season-ending injury, gives her a slight edge.

TWO-YEAR-OLD: HANSEN
My guess is that Union Rags will end up being the better horse and Kentucky Derby contender, but Hansen whipped him head-up in their only meeting in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.  Trainer Mike Maker’s unbeaten gray colt gets the edge for getting the job done against his top rival in the big one.

TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY: MY MISS AURELIA
It’s the easiest category of 2011 because trainer Steve Asmussen’s unbeaten filly was simply the best.

MALE TURF HORSE: ACCLAMATION
I’ll give him the narrow edge because of his California body of work, although European shippers Cape Blanco and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner St. Nicholas Abbey make it an entertaining discussion.

FEMALE TURF HORSE: STACELITA
The European import had a solid body of work in the U.S. before her flameout on Breeders’ Cup Day.  That’s enough here.

TRAINER: BILL MOTT
It was a magical season for Mott, who scored Breeders’ Cup wins in the Ladies’ Classic with Royal Delta and the Classic upset by Drosselmeyer.

A Kentucky Derby win – the only thing missing from the résumé of the all-time training leader at Churchill Down – will come, perhaps as early as this year.

JOCKEY: JOHN VELAZQUEZ
Ramon Dominguez had a fantastic year, but Velazquez ranked second to that rival in 2011 earnings and won the Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom, one of the great pick-up mounts in racing history.

OWNER & BREEDER: KEN AND SARAH RAMSEY
The Nicholasville, Ky. couple had another fantastic year, thanks to their faith in, and support, of their star stallion, Kitten’s Joy.

Winners with their homebred Stephanie’s Kitten, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and multiple stakes winner Headache. Let’s get the Ramseys two new trophies for a terrific year.

APPRENTICE JOCKEY: RYAN CURATALO
The young Frenchman follows in the footsteps of former Eclipse-winning apprentice and countryman Julien Leparoux, now the King of Kentucky racing and one of the world’s top riders.

STEEPLECHASE: BLACK JACK BLUES
His U.S. campaign was brief, but impressive enough to get my imaginary vote in this category.

Kick winter’s boredom by exploring Derby City

Does anyone else get bored during the winter months?

Do you experience a little depression during the winter?

When I think back to my childhood, I only remember happy things. I don’t remember the endless weeks of winter’s gloomy gray skies.

But, with age my emotions are simply more vulnerable to weather changes than when I was a youngster.

When winter sets in, and snow flakes have yet to fall from the sky, it’s a great time to experience some of the attractions that our beautiful city has to offer.

We are fortunate to live in a city with so many cultural activities, so readily available.

Whether you’re looking for something educational to keep the kids entertained, or an evening out with friends, with a little effort you can find things to do in Louisville that will keep you occupied throughout the year.

Undeniably, Louisville’s claim to fame is being the home to the Kentucky Derby.

What some of us forget about are the never-ending attractions to keep our visitors and us busy throughout the year.

For example, did you know that Louisville has 122 parks? With that many parks, it’s easy to find something to see, and do.

Take a look at this list for some of the hottest places in Louisville to visit.

Art Galleries & Museums

  • The Speed Art Museum
  • 21C Museum Hotel
  • KMAC- Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Louisville Slugger Museum
  • Louisville Science Center
  • Frazier Historical Arms Museum
  • Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
  • Salvo Collective

Theater Arts

  • The Kentucky Center
  • Louisville Ballet
  • Kentucky Opera
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Kentucky Shakespeare festival
  • Stage One

Kids Attractions

  • Louisville Zoo
  • Louisville Extreme Park
  • Belle of Louisville
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Events
  • Thunder over Louisville
  • Great Steamboat Race
  • Great Balloon Race
  • Pegasus Parade
  • Marathon and Mini-Marathon Races

Louisville Parks

  • Cherokee Park
  • Waterfront Park
  • Iroquois Park
  • Shawnee Park
  • Louisville Extreme Park
  • McNeely Lake Park
  • Central Park
  • Algonquin Park
  • E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park
  • Jefferson Memorial Forest

Ten Pins Separated Fern Creek High School Bowler From History

Fern Creek junior Jo Jo Miller rolled the first 300 game since bowling was sanctioned by the KHSAA.

Fern Creek junior Jo Jo Miller rolled the first 300 game since bowling was sanctioned by the KHSAA.

In a match against North Bullitt last month the junior  Jo Jo Miller — perfect through nine frames — needed just one more strike to complete a 300 game.

“It really hit me when I got to the 10th frame. I was shaking and nervous,” said the 16-year-old with a 221 average.

Everyone and everything in Derby Lanes froze as Miller zeroed in. Using his signature two-hand release, Miller delivered the ball on a crash course down lane 34.

Two excruciating seconds passed before the fifteen-pounder smashed into the 1-3 pocket.

Not a pin was left standing.

“I turned around and everybody was yelling, cheering, clapping,” said Miller. “A weight came off my chest.”

It was Miller’s fifth career perfect game, but it was first in the state to go down in KHSAA record books.

Bowling, the first new sport to be sanctioned by the KHSAA since fast-pitch softball in 1995, is enjoying a high profile in its inaugural season with 80 schools competing.

Tigers coach Randy Cook believes the sport is trending upward: “We’ve picked up quite a few teams so I hope it will grow and get competitive.”

Miller explained that sanctioning has not been a dramatic change for those who competed in years past as part of the Kentucky High School Bowling League.

“There is more incentive now because it’s widely recognized,” said Miller.

The state championship will be contested March 23-24 in Louisville Executive Bowl on Phillips Lane.

“I see it growing exponentially,” Miller said. “Everybody is going to come out and realize how much fun it is and bring all their friends to join the team.”

Girls – 18

Manual coach Stacy Pendleton said his top-ranked Lady Crimsons have a “quiet confidence.”

Manual coach Stacy Pendleton said his top-ranked Lady Crimsons have a “quiet confidence.”

Take four star seniors, throw in a strong bench and add the motivation that comes from a second-place finish at last year’s state tournament.

What you get is the state’s best girls’ basketball team.

Manual — ranked No. 1 in both The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings and The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Cantrall Ratings — entered this week undefeated through its first 15 games and has outscored Kentucky opponents by an average of 37.1 points.

Head coach Stacy Pendleton said there are significant differences between this year’s team and last season’s squad that fell to Rockcastle County 56-54 in the state championship game.

High IQ

“The basketball IQ on the team is a lot higher,” said Pendleton. “We can do more things and change up quicker. They have a calm and a quiet confidence that I really like.”

Jan. 14 the Lady Crimsons travel to No. 2 Marion County for a 6:30 p.m. tilt.

The Lady Knights (13-2) are also undefeated against in-state competition with their only losses coming to Winward School (Calif.) and Mater Dei (Calif.) at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix last month.

“Playing them is always a big deal,” said senior guard April Wilson. “I don’t think we’ve ever been more ready.”

Best Ever?

Senior Kara Wright is averaging 13.2 points a game for No. 1 Manual.

Senior Kara Wright is averaging 13.2 points a game for No. 1 Manual.

Wilson (13.1 ppg.),   Wright (13.2), Lauren Bodine (7.8) and LeAsia Wright (8.3) make up a senior class Pendleton called “the best I’ve ever had.”

Six-foot-two junior center Kayla Styles has been sidelined with a sprained knee but should be back in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game.

Junior Katie Long and sophomore Tabitha Mitchell chip in valuable minutes and “have come a long way” according to Pendleton.

“Developing our seventh and eighth kids is paramount to our success,” he said. “I’m looking to get more contributions from those kids.”

This weekend’s matchup with Marion County kicks off a two-week stretch that will see the Lady Crimsons face a Ryle team with only two losses (Jan. 20) and defending Ohio state champion, Twinsburg (Jan. 21), before Louisville Invitational Tournament play begins at Bellarmine Jan. 24.

Football

photo courtesy of U.S. Army All-American Bowl Trinity coach Bob Beatty was named Coach of the Year by the U.S. Army Bowl Selection Committee. Serving as offensive coordinator, he led the West squad to a 24-12 victory in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7 in San Antonio, Texas.

photo courtesy of U.S. Army All-American Bowl Trinity coach Bob Beatty was named Coach of the Year by the U.S. Army Bowl Selection Committee. Serving as offensive coordinator, he led the West squad to a 24-12 victory in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7 in San Antonio, Texas.

Post-season awards and honors continue to pile up for the state and national champion Trinity High School football team.

Coach Bob Beatty was named the Russell Athletic Coach of the Year on Jan. 6 at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas.

Voted by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, the award honors the nation’s top coach and recognizes exceptional coaching abilities and leadership skills.

Beatty, in his 12th year at the helm, led the Shamrocks to a flawless 14-0 record and their ninth state title in 11 years.

In addition, MaxPreps named wide receiver James Quick a first-team U.S. Air Force Junior All-American. Quick caught 82 passes for 1,434 yards and 21 TDs. He is now a star on Trinity’s No. 1 basketball team.

Contact columnist Chris Cahill at ccahill@voice-tribune.com.

David Loignon: The Path To Pet Buddy

David Loignon.

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You know him as “The Pet Buddy,” but David Loignon is so much more.

The owner of Home Buddies – an in-home pet-care business under the Camp Bow Wow franchise based in Colorado – has been working with furry clientele for the last year and writing about his experience in his column in The Voice-Tribune.

But before opening up his own pet-care business, he enjoyed a very different career path as a television producer for a quarter of a century. “I first started out as a reporter and a photographer,” he said. “I moved to Louisville to work at WHAS-TV and the last job I had before this was general manager of Churchill Downs Simulcast Productions.”

Prior to landing in the River City, Loignon lived primarily in Sacramento, Calif., but grew up moving from military base to base as an Air Force brat. He eventually landed a producing job at WHAS11 after graduating from the University of Nebraska and working in television in Lincoln and Omaha.

“I moved here strictly for a job and kind of fell in love with (Louisville),” Loignon said. “I had left twice and went up to Minneapolis to work in TV for a year and I was out in (Los Angeles) working with (American horse-racing network) TVG for awhile. I kept being drawn back to Louisville. It’s felt like leaving home every time I’ve left and it’s felt like coming home every time I’ve come back.”

Loignon had the opportunity to travel to Bosnia, Kosovo and flew with the Thunderbirds, the air demonstration squadron of the Air Force, while working with WHAS-TV. After leaving the news station, he began producing documentaries for the Military Channel, but soon found himself looking for employment.

“Unfortunately, the original version of that (series) tanked and so I ended up unemployed for a little while,” Loignon said. “I think everyone should be unemployed once because it teaches you a lot about yourself, about what you’re capable of and what’s important.”

From there, Loignon took the job with Churchill Downs Simulcast Productions, but began to desire a change of scenery. Wanting to open his own business, he left television and threw himself into his childhood passion.

“I was never allowed to have pets as a kid and I loved animals,” Loignon said. “I got to know every dog in the neighborhood, and once I finally graduated from college and worked a few years, I decided to get my first dog. I’ve spent a lot of time reading books, I’ve watched a lot of shows with animal behaviorists, and I have a good friend who’s an animal trainer.”

Loignon decided last March to open Home Buddies in Louisville and began writing “The Pet Buddy.”

Sadie and Sophie.

Sadie and Sophie.

With Home Buddies, Loignon and five sitters walk, feed and provide other in-home pet-care for owners who are away at work or on travel. They sit just about anything, from dogs and cats, to parrots, chinchillas, lizards and fish.

Loignon is also pet-parent to a Labrador mix named Sophie and Sadie, a Golden Retriever mix, both rescued from GRRAND, and lives with his wife of 12 years, Julie Koenig-Loignon, a former anchor for WHAS11.

Aside from Home Buddies, Loignon also continues to work some in television production and has taken up scuba diving, as well as racing with the cycling team sponsored by TwinSpires.com, a Churchill Downs company. As of the last two years, he has also begun racing cyclocross, and will produce the global television coverage of the world championships next January at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville.

“(Cyclocross) is a cross between road racing and mountain bike racing,” Loignon said. “You race over grass, dirt, sand and have to dismount the bike and carry it over obstacles and jump back on. It’s muddy and dirty, and the kind of cycling you did as a kid.”

Add traveling to his list of hobbies, as well. He and Julie love Paris and often say they’d like to one day open a Home Buddies there.

But for now, Loignon hopes to become a better resource for pet owners and help people develop a better relationship with their pets.

“I’m hoping I’m being a friend to animals by teaching their owners,” he said. “Hopefully I’m helping people have a better relationship with their pet and have (pets) become better members of their family.”

For more information on Home Buddies, visit www.myhomebuddies.com/louisvilleeast.

Contact writer Ashley Anderson at aanderson@voice-tribune.com, 502.498.2051.

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Hostess Gifts

I really love hosting parties, dinners, game nights you name it. When I’m hosting something and somebody walks through the door with a hostess gift, it’s proof they’re appreciative of my hard work.

It’s certainly not my motive for entertaining, but I think it’s one of the most thoughtful gestures we can do for each other. Taking the adage, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Alison Cardoza, Personal Trainer and Dance Instructor

Alison Cardoza.

Alison Cardoza.

As a former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader and University of Louisville ladybird, Alison Cardoza has become an expert on staying active and healthy in order to look and feel great.

Currently a personal trainer and dance instructor at Baptist East Milestone, Cardoza keeps busy helping others achieve their fitness goals, working on local and national choreography projects, and taking care of an energetic five-year-old daughter.

I spoke with Cardoza to find out about her expertise in health and wellness and picked up a few tips on meeting your personal fitness goals in 2012.

What else are you involved with besides personal training and dance?
I’m currently writing a fitness book and creating fitness merchandise at Milestone. The book will include body weight exercises that can be done at the gym or at home to better your fitness routine. We’ll also be filming some YouTube fitness videos soon, and I recently finished filming a workout video called “The Fitness Compass.” It’s about working out and has a dance combination in it. It’s a level one (workout) video and we’re hopefully shooting level two in the next two months.

With the New Year, the gym is typically more packed than usual. What time of year do you notice people begin to slack off on coming to the gym?
I have some clients who have stuck with me for eight years and have not missed a workout session. Some people maybe stick with it for about a month and then they give up after about a month. My goal is to get those new people in and meet them and keep them on track.

Alison Cardoza.How are you helping your clients reach their fitness goals in 2012?
The main thing is to get my clients to make better choices in their life. I tell them, “Would you rather watch a movie or take a walk?” Usually they say watch a movie once they’ve come home after a long day at work, but walking will release endorphins and help relieve the stress from their day.

What about nutrition goals?
So many people like to reward themselves with desserts or drinking at night, but your metabolism slows down at night so you end up gaining more weight. I tell people, don’t drink at night; don’t reward yourself with a big, fat dessert. Moderation is the key. Reward yourself in a way that won’t affect your fitness goals, whether it’s buying a new nail polish or getting a haircut.

What are some ways to prevent overeating at night?
After dinner, that urge will stop. Wait 10 minutes and drink black tea or green tea – something with antioxidants.

What is your biggest advice for achieving personal weight loss or fitness goals this year?
Mental and physical fitness is all related. Just pace yourself and make sure you are eating healthy foods all day long. Don’t ever starve yourself. Your body is a machine. Choose healthier options.

For more information on Cardoza, visit www.alisoncardoza.com.

The Kay & Jim Morrissey Advanced Therapy Center

Pool

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With the temperature slowly dropping and the occasional sight of snow, what better way to escape the cold weather than by jumping into a swimming pool?

No, I’m not going crazy, and I’m not just talking about any swimming pool. I’m referring to the new 92 degree therapy pool inside the Kay and Jim Morrissey Advanced Therapy Center at Home of the Innocents, 1100 E. Market St.

Last week, I stopped by for a quick dip in the salt-water pool that is now open to the public – so long as you have a signed physcian’s consent form.

Just over a year ago, the pool was installed at the non-profit agency as part of its Phase II expansion, a $33 million capital campaign for Home of the Innocents.

While the pool is open for recreational purposes, it is also utilized for various programs at the center and has been an enormous help in assisting medically fragile children, those facing trauma and children with autism. It has also become a part of the Open Arms Children’s Health program, which integrates different health care services, including those in medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy.

Pool

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“We want our disciplines to work together,” said Gordon Brown, president and CEO of Home of the Innocents. “We want our therapy department to know what our dentists are doing and so on, and the pool can become part of the treatment program.”

Therapists will bring children into the pool in order to help them become acquainted with an unknown medium – in this case, the water. By using the pool, improvements have been seen in children who are sometimes intimidated by unfamiliar or uncomfortable environments, such as a dentist’s chair or doctor’s office.

“With it being 92 degrees, they’re more relaxed,” said Mickey Baron, a physical therapist and director of the Kay and Jim Morrissey Advanced Therapy Center. “It gets them over a lot of their fears.”

With the variety of equipment located near and in the pool, the facility can accommodate just about any want or need for children at the Home of the Innocents. The pool is one of only a few in Louisville that offer a stretcher lift for those who are unable to sit up fully on their own and also provides a ramp, chair, exercise benches, splash area for kids and floating vent for those on a ventilator system.

If you’re looking to shoot some hoops in the water, the pool also has a basketball goal set up along the edge. You can lay around on one of the many flotation devices stored in the pool closet, as well, or bring out the volleyball for a game of bump, set, spike.

Pool

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After enjoying the warm water, you can then relax in the locker room filled with handicap accessible showers and spacious changing rooms. In addition to taking a swim, you can dry off with a quick game of basketball on the full-length court inside the auditorium or grab some food from the catering kitchen.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly encourage you to escape the cold and head downtown to the heated pool at Home of the Innocents. But, don’t forget a medical release form, which is required by the center. You can get your daily exercise in by swimming a few laps and spend an afternoon in a family-friendly center with all you need for a day filled with fun.

For more information, visit www.homeoftheinnocents.org.

Location
The Kay & Jim Morrissey Advanced Therapy Center at Home of the Innocents
1100 E. Market St.

Classes offered
Arthritis class: Wednesday and Friday: 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Water Pilates: Thursday: 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Mother/Baby Swim: Saturday: 10:15 and 11 a.m.
Additional Classes: Adult and child swim lessons, swim lessons for special needs, Parkinson’s aquatic classes, Fit and Fun classes for youth, parent and caregiver classes (bring a child for therapeutic play).

Pool Hours
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Monday and Wednesday
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Tuesday and Friday
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Thursday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Saturday
(Hours are gradually being expanded)

Cost per 1-Hour Visit:
General Admission: $6 or 8 visits for $40
Attendant Admission: $4 or 8 visits for $30
Therapist Admission: $10 or 10 visits for $90

Pool Membership:
Individual: $40/month
Family: $60/month (individuals and their attendant qualify as family)

Contact writer Ashley Anderson at aanderson@voice-tribune.com or 502.498.2051.

UofL Fans Have Cause, Caper Event To Cheer About

This Saturday, Cards fans will have twice as much to cheer about as the 15th ranked University of Louisville men’s basketball team takes on the Blue Demons of DePaul at the KFC Yum! Center.

That’s because following the game, the 25th annual Caper post-game event will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Archibald Cochran Room in the Galt House Hotel.

The event, which typically draws more than 1,000 attendees, will benefit the Family and Children’s Place, an organization that serves approximately 6500 children and families in Kentuckiana and works to heal the trauma of abuse, violence and neglect and promote safe, healthy and stable families through research-based services.

“This represents one of our bigger initiatives,” said Josh Shoulta, public relations manager for Family and Children’s Place. “Tens of thousands of dollars come through this event. (The money goes) towards general annual needs, operational costs and a lot of the services we provide for the community whether counseling children and families or providing services for child advocacy. It’s all geared toward stopping abuse.”

Family and Children’s Place has partnered with University of Louisville Athletics since the first Caper event 25 years ago.

U of L players and athletic staff have often made appearances at many of the previous years’ events, as well.

This year, the event will be co-emceed by  WHAS11 meteorologist Ben Pine and The Voice-Tribune’s Managing Editor Angie Fenton, entertainment correspondent for WHAS11’s “Great Day Live!”

“I was happy to jump at the opportunity (to emcee),” said Pine. “It’s just a win-win. We get to help a fantastic foundation helping families, and get to have a good time and hang with fun people.”

This year’s Caper will offer a variety of food and desserts from restaurants around town, including Rocky’s, Buckhead’s, Cabot Cheese Company, Chili’s, Comfy Cow and many more. There will also be about 300 silent auction items up for sale, in addition to a live auction, prizes and entertainment.

Silent auction items include sports memorabilia, exotic vacation getaways and floor seats to a University of Kentucky basketball game, for those Wildcats fans out there.
The online auction is currently open for bidding and will close Friday, Jan. 13. During the live auction, participants will also be able to utilize an iPhone device that will allow them to place their bids electronically and alert them if they have been outbid on an item.

“This should be our biggest (Caper) yet,” Shoulta said. “People are realizing this is a big Louisville tradition. It’s an event for die-hard U of L fans, but you don’t have to be a U of L fan to attend because it’s still a lot of fun. People who attend this event are going to have an absolute blast and it’s an opportunity to support a really great organization.”

Tickets to the Caper cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 502.893.3900. Contact writer Ashley Anderson at aanderson@voice-tribune.com, 502.498.2051.

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Mera Kathryn Corlett, Actor

Mera Kathryn Corlett.

Photo by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune

What is your fashion view?
If it is true that everyone moves to a different drummer, then fashion ought to convey the beat and rhythm of your life.  It’s really about style – fashions come and go, but style is an expression of your inner self.

How do you describe your style?
First of all, I try to avoid always following the latest trends.  Instead of choosing designs that look great on a mannequin, I choose clothing and accessories that play up my strongest features.  If you are talking about clothes in my closet, you’ll find everything from cowboy boots to stiletto heels, skinny-jeans to evening gowns.  Oh! And lots of hats. I am such a “hat person.”

What are your favorite pieces?
Elvis had his blue-suede-shoes. Well, I have my blue suede boots. I have this pair of indigo Italian leather boots that seem to just get better with age. If I were choosing one single staple accessory, my favorite is a pair of large gold hoop earrings. There is really nothing remarkable about them, but it seems each time I wear them, I get compliments.

Where is your favorite place to shop?
Actually, I am not a big shopper, so I choose stores that I know will have styles that appeal to me.  I love shopping at Von Maur. The fact that they have live piano music doesn’t hurt. Terri and Amy at The Nitty Gritty are always so friendly and helpful; it’s just fun to shop there.  And who doesn’t love finding a great looking designer dress for a fabulous price at T.J.Maxx?

Who is your fashion icon? Why?
There’s this scene in Rear Window when Grace Kelly arrives in a black and white evening gown designed by Edith Head. When I saw the film – I don’t know, I must have been around 11 years old – I remember seeing this poised, ethereal, radiant, self-confident woman sweep across the screen.  The screenwriter’s notes actually say, “Her beauty is not alone in her face.”  At age eleven, I wanted to be her. Not much has changed.

Bartow For Wooden? Toughest Job Ever

No basketball coach ever stepped into a pressure cooker with the heat that Gene Bartow did when he replaced John Wooden at UCLA.

Okay, my buddy Joe B. Hall thinks that he inherited more pressure than Bartow when he replaced Adolph Rupp. No one can say that Joe B. didn’t step into a caldron.

Let’s just leave it at that and talk about Bartow, who died Jan. 3 at his home in Birmingham. He was 81. The cause of death was stomach cancer.

I got to know Bartow in extraordinary circumstances. It was at Munich, Germany, during the ill-fated 1972 Olympics when Arab terrorists killed several Israeli athletes.

Gene was there to coach the Puerto Rican team, whose star was Murray State’s Hector Blondett. I asked Bartow what he was going to do when Blondett refused to go the other end and play defense as he sometimes did when Cal Luther coached him at Murray.

Bartow just rolled his eyes and changed the subject.

A Munich cab

A few days later, I had arranged to get a cab outside the little basketball gym when the last game was played. Bartow, his wife  Ruth and one of his little sons, Murry, who is all grown up now and is head coach at East Tennessee State, piled into my cab and headed for the Olympic compound. Because of that, we became friends. Each time he brought his Memphis State team to Louisville we managed to renew our friendship.

He was one outstanding human being.

And believe it or not, but he was in line to become  the head coach in 1985 at Kentucky, but decided during a visit that he had had enough pressure.

His two-year record at UCLA was 52-9, but he switched to Alabama-Birminghan to be head coach and director of athletics.

His career record was 647-353 and he took 12 teams to the NCAA tournament.

UK Stars Of Stars

Until recent years it really meant something special when a University of Kentucky basketball player reached the 1,000-point club. Senior Darius Miller (yes, there IS a senior on the Wildcats’ roster who gets to play)may be the last to reach the club as long as John (one and done) Calipari runs the show.

Dan Issel, who played just three varsity years, leads the honor roll with 2,138. Freshmen weren’t eligible to play on the varsity when Issel was at UK. Several others played just two or three years.

Here are the 1,000-point club members:
1. Dan Issel, 2,138
2. Kenny Walker, 2,080
3. Jack Givens, 2,038
4. Keith Bogans, 1,923
5. Tony Delk, 1,890
6. Jamal Mashburn, 1,843
7. Kevin Grevey, 1,801
8. Tayshaun Prince, 1,775
9. Cotton Nash, 1,770
10. Alex Groza, 1,744
11. Ed Davender, 1,637
12. Louie Dampier1,575
13. Patrick Patterson, 1,564
14. Mike Casey, 1,535
15. Ralph Beard, 1,517
16. Melvin Turpin, 1,509
17. Cliff Hagan, 1,475
18. Pat Riley, 1,464
19. Johnny Cox, 1,461
20. Joe Crawford, 1,438
21. Kyle Macy, 1,411
22. Winston Bennett, 1,399
23. Rick Robey, 1,395
24. Gerald Fitch, 1,391
25. Mike Phillips, l,367
26. Mike Pratt, 1,359
27. Frank Ramsey, 1,344
28. Ramel Bradley, 1,326
29. Jim Andrews, 1,320
30. Sam Bowie, 1,285
31. Jim Master, 1,283
32. John Pelphrey, 1,257
33. Scott Padgett, 1,252
34. Jodie Meeks, 1,246
35. Tom Parker, 1,238
36. Deron Feldhaus, 1,231
37. Derrick Hord, 1,220
38. Bill Spivey, 1,213
39. Chuck Hayes, 1,211
40. Rodrick Rhodes, 1,209
41. Wayne Turner, 1,170
42. Reggie Hanson, 1,167
43. Derrick Miller, 1,156
44. Vernon Hatton, 1,153
45. Wallace Jones, 1,151
46. Randolph Morris, 1,123
47. Jeff Sheppard, 1,091
48. Billy Ray Lickert, 1,076
49. Rex Chapman, 1,073
50. Dirk Minniefield, 1,069
51. Jamaal Magloire, 1,064
52. Erik Daniels, 1,053
53. Jim Line, 1,041
54. Bob Burrow, 1,023
55. Ron Mercer, 1,013
56. Darius Miller, 1,010*
57. Jim Dan Connor, 1,009
58. Bobby Watson, 1,001

* And moving on up.

UofL, UK: Play!

On the same day that Gov. Steve Beshear warned  about severe budget cuts, a Louisville lawmaker filed legislation that will solve ALL of Kentucky’s problems. The man who rode in on a white horse, State Sen. Tim Shaughnessy, wants to make sure that UK and U of L continue to play each other in football and men’s basketball.

Right there he got off on the wrong track; how about women’s basketball? Isn’t that rivalry worth saving? If not, I am certain that female voters in the senator’s district will let him know what they think. Or maybe no women reside in the senator’s district.

Twelfth Night Masquerade

Kentucky Shakespeare hosted its inaugural Twelfth Night Masquerade on Jan. 6 in the Whiskey Row Lofts.

The celebration of the transformation from the holiday season to the carnival season included entertainment by the band Endless Summer.

The fundraiser supports Kentucky Shakespeare, the largest in-school arts education provider in the Commonwealth and the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States.

Photos by JACOB ZIMMER | Contributing Photographer

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