Sunday, November 30, 2014

Big Closet Clean Out of 2014

Killing two birds with one stone has long been the statement used to describe the epitome of efficiency.  During the busiest time of the year we certainly look for these opportunities whenever possible. One is upon us. The holidays mean visitors to Louisville from out of town and big family gatherings for many of us. This also means that we have to make room for the guests to feel at home and have the storage space to support the extra food requirements and a place to hide gifts. Unfortunately, most of us have closets that are a mess and packed beyond full meaning it is the perfect time for the Big Closet Clean Out of 2014. That second bird gets killed when you have it completed before the end of the year, and a receipt for a big fat tax deduction is in your hand.

Tips for Clearing Space in the Closets

A few tips for getting started may help.  Start with the guest room closet, the kitchen pantry and the coat closet. These three spots are the most likely to get a real holiday workout. Tackle one per evening, completely clearing it and setting aside all items that are unused and/or unwanted. To keep the task manageable remember that single closet clean out should consume no more than thirty minutes of your time.

 Make your goal a defined amount of empty space in each closet. At the end of the three days, assess your donation pile for any items that may garner more cash as a sale item than a tax deduction. On the fourth day list your sale items on your favorite sale site and load your vehicle with the donation items.

Where to Make a Donation

Louisville is home to several organizations who accept donations of clothing and household goods for resale in their thrift stores. Many offer a pickup service. St. Vincent de Paul has three Louisville thrift store locations. The profits from these stores are used in direct support of facilities for the homeless. Well known national organizations like Salvation Army and Goodwill have a presence in Louisville and locations scattered around the city. Selecting a local organization who accepts donations is the preference of many people who like to see their items benefit the community in which they live. Louisville has no shortage of organizations who will assist you in disposing of the donate pile from your Big Closet Clean Out of 2014.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

Friday, November 28, 2014

Light Up Louisville November 28

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he is going to light it up! The 2014 Light Up Louisville festivities, which have become a tradition for many of Louisville's families, have expanded to create an even bigger and better celebration of the kickoff of the holiday season. A parade, fireworks and the introduction of Forty Nights of Lights are all set to occur downtown starting at Fourth and Main Streets and running to Fourth Street Live! The parade begins at 6:30pm.

LOL Themed Parade and Festivities

Santa Claus will arrive in the parade via his own personal float, designed in 1945, officially marking Day One of the Forty Nights of Lights when he presents Mayor Greg Fischer with the "Magic Plug" necessary for the lighting of the city. The anticipation over placing it in the socket will be overcome by cheers as Louisville's holiday lights are illuminated.

There is something truly magical about a night parade and all of its light covered participants. Residents are encouraged to create award worthy, original entries and participate in the festive parade. This year's theme is LOL - Lots of Lights.

Forty Nights of Lights

A new addition to Louisville's holiday celebration is the Forty Nights of Lights show along the Fourth Street corridor. The tree and street lights will be synchronized to music and light projections are planned for the sides of the buildings along the street. Put a handful of peppermints in your pocket, fill your thermos full of hot cocoa and head downtown for this wonderful Louisville holiday tradition.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the - Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

See the Holiday Classic Come to Life November 25

“A Christmas Carol” is one of the most-told stories in all of literature, and for good reason: it’s a great story. See it come to life this November 25 at the Actors Theater, one of Louisville’s best theaters. It’s the story you know, but you haven’t seen it told this way before.

A New Carol

Fifth Third Bank is presenting this version of “A Christmas Carol,” which features lots of music and elaborate visuals .  The entire play takes about one hour and 45 minutes, and there will be a 15-minute intermission. The Actors Theater is at 316 West Main Street, in Louisville’s theater district. This is a center of culture and excitement in the city, particularly during the holiday season.

New sets, costumes and classic holiday music will bring the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge to life on the stage. You’ll see all the classic characters, including the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Student matinee and evening performances will be held all through the holiday season. The show is suitable for everyone aged 5 and up.

New and Old

The Actors Theater is just a few blocks north of historic Old Louisville. Some of the building here were built while Charles Dickens was writing stories like “A Christmas Carol” and all his other iconic novels. You’ll feel a little like you’ve transported to the time of Ebenezer Scrooge as you walk down the shaded streets. The tall, Victorian-era buildings tell the tale of Louisville’s past.

Old Louisville today is considered to be a modern, popular place to live. The people in the community appreciate the history, and love the convenience of living so close to all the excitement and amusement of downtown Louisville. Take the chance to take another look at Old Louisville when you go to see the show, and you may experience some Dickens-esque inspiration.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the - Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Louisville City Football Club Tryouts November 22 and 23

Louisville City Football Club is the city's new professional soccer team. The team is a member of the USL Pro league, which is the third tier of Major League Soccer. The league has carved out a niche in smaller market cities around the country and become incredibly popular through local support in the highly competitive sport. Tryouts for the team are being held November 22 and 23 at Collegiate Fields. The tryouts are by invitation, but players may apply to be invited.

Meet the Coach on November 20

The excitement around the arrival of professional soccer in Louisville has prompted an enthusiastic season ticket sale.  Founding members of the club already have mailed their deposits to hold their place in line for preferred seats and are on the recipient list for all the benefits bestowed upon season ticket holders. Slugger Field open houses are scheduled for season ticket holders to choose their specific seats.

Following seat selection on November 20, Louisville City Football Club is hosting a gathering from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Against the Grain, which is located at Slugger Field. Happy hour is being extended for this event where Head Coach James O'Connor and LCFC President Djorn Buchholz will answer fan questions.

Louisville City Football Club Season Tickets on Sale November 25

Season tickets to see the Louisville City Football Club in action start at $180 for the fifteen game regular season package. LCFC has assembled an enticing set of benefits including meet and greets and merchandise discounts for its season ticket holders. Season tickets are available to to general public on November 25.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Two for the Road at Clifton Center November 16

Dick Sisto and Jeremy Allen will return to the stage at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street in Louisville on Sunday night, November 16. The well known musicians have put together a project and show they have named ìTwo For the Roadî and are treating audiences to a performance of eclectic music that was selected for its contemplative and exciting aspects.

The set list includes both esoteric and classic jazz, Broadway standards and show tunes, original music, classical and easily recognized rock/pop compilations. The performance will be one of a kind with the uniqueness of interplay and freedom during the show.

Sit on the Eifler Theater Stage with the Duo

Dick Sisto has become a show regular this year at the Clifton Center and is joined for this show by his long time friend and band mate, Jeremy Allen. The audience will be seated directly on the stage with the duo at the Eifler Theater. This on stage audience location provides for the most intimate of musical performance seating. The ticket cost of ten dollars provides a value price for a close up seat to see the duo of vibraphonist, Dick Sisto, and bassist, Jeremy Allen, play in a cozy Louisville setting.

Both men are accomplished musicians who have enjoyed success beyond the reaches of the Midwest's regional jazz music scene. Allen has a masters degree in bass performance and shares a lot of the same perspectives on music with Sisto. Their interplay will be like a conversation during this show with solos that speak to one another in the tradition of many of the great jazz duos.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the - Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!