Summer Fun Guide Listings

Summer Fun Guide Listings

Summer Fun Guide: Happy Camping - Rediscovering our inner and outer selves in the outdoors

Did you have a summer camp experience when you were a young ’un? Did you come away with social skills? Physical fitness? A religious or spiritual awakening? Or perhaps just mosquito bites and melancholy?

Summer Fun Guide: Destinations

Dinosaur World

Rumor & Innuendo

The Reggie Report. The name of preternaturally lovely — and talented — Reggie Theus keeps bobbing up in discussions about the next coach for Cisco Garcia’s Sacramento Kings. He’s a legacy, having starred for the franchise when it was still located in the heartland. My source says the Maloofs will pull the rug from underneath the New Mexico Aggie faithful when they hire the dashing former assistant to The Rick.

REPRESENTIN’: A COLUMN ABOUT THE METRO COUNCIL BY STEPHEN GEORGE

Changing of the lightsThere is no hum of advanced computer gear in the small, cooled office that houses — in an armoire no bigger than what you might find in your grandparents’ living room — the racks of equipment responsible for the timing, operation and remote maintenance of every traffic light in the urban services district, or the “Old City.” There are no clicks, like what you might’ve heard while waiting for a 1990-era light to crank through its cycle and allow you to cross on red. There is no wall décor, aside from the blue-and-gold fleur-de-lis wallpaper, which is not the city’s official insignia but resembles it.

Summer Fun Guide: Miles to go before we eat Food miles, that is

How many miles did your dinner travel from the field to your plate? This seemingly innocuous query may seem like a silly question. But the idea of “food miles” has become a hot topic — and a serious one — among the growing cadre of environmentally sensitive food lovers who spend time thinking about where our food comes from and its impact on the world.

Summer Fun Guide: Fans’ best friend - Jake the Diamond Dog is a longtime Slugger Field favorite

From cow-milking contests to cap days, baseball fans have always gotten more at the ballpark than just the game.And nowhere are game-day promotions a bigger part of the baseball experience than at Louisville Slugger Field, where the Louisville Bats have enjoyed unbridled success as one of the top-drawing clubs in all of minor league baseball. Baseball is the main thing. But the show also includes the antics of Myron Noodleman and the Famous Chicken. In June, the L.A. Lakers Girls will appear at the park. And the other night they even had a guy named Mad Chad juggling chainsaws!

Let it be … summer

If our recent weather hasn’t clued you in, summer’s coming. And right on time, LEO brings you our annual Summer Fun Guide, with tales of camping, offbeat getaways, farmers’ markets and all manner of entertainment. Before we hit the pool, let me tell you about the star of our cover, Ms. Rufferford B. Hayes. She was wandering alone downtown, and we snagged her for safe-keeping. If you know where she belongs, please get in touch. Hopefully before the dog days set in.
—Cary Stemle

City Strobe

Arena alarm bells getting louderThe proposed new arena’s security alarm system has been set off. Can’t you hear it? It’s driving me crazy. I sure hope our Mayor for Life or the Metro Council turns it off so we can all sit back and quietly take stock of where we are and what we have to consider.

Form follows function: We can create a Metro Ethics Commission with teeth. Here’s how

An army of clipboard-wielding signature-gatherers deployed last week to pull support for a clever new financing scheme to fund the expansion and renovation of the Louisville Free Public Library system: three new regional libraries, two new smaller ones, and 13 branches to be renovated or expanded. The current LFPL budget, provided by Metro government, won’t cover that. So LFPL wants to increase the occupational license tax by two-tenths of 1 percent and create a “public library district,” a quasi-governmental agency that would manage the percentage of your tax money earmarked for libraries. It would bring close to $40 million annually, costing a worker who makes $38,000 a year $76.