The week ahead … Labor Day, Ventures Connectors luncheon, Highlands Fest, Healthy Hoops, and more

week ahead

It’s a holiday-shortened week. Enjoy!

Labor Day

No school.

No garbage collection. The city advises collection through the week will be delayed by one day beginning with the regular Monday pickups occurring on Tuesday.

West Louisville Forum looks at ills in Louisville in light of Charlottesville

Ricky Jones, chair of the University of Louisville’s Pan-African Studies Department, will give a speech titled “The Ills of Charlottesville: What About Louisville?” at noon on Wednesday at the St. Stephen Family Life Center, 1508 W. Kentucky St.

The event, “West Louisville Forum: Solutions for America,” is hosted by Simmons College of Kentucky. Those attending can buy lunch from Fredricks, which is located in the center.

Venture Connectors takes a look at the tiny home movement

Mighty Small Homes co-founder Cyndi Masters will speak at the latest Venture Connectors luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday at the Muhammad Ali Center. The event is free for Venture Connector members, $30 for associate members, and $40 for non-members. People can register here.

Insider Louisville profiled the startup and its founders earlier this year. Mighty Small Homes specializes in customizable prefabricated home kits ranging from just under 200 square feet to 1,200 square feet.

At Venture Connectors, Masters will talk about why the tiny home movement isn’t going anywhere, how its affecting homeownership and ways to invest.

Highlands Fest takes over Baxter Avenue on Saturday

The Highlands Fest usually draws quite a crowd. | Courtesy of Highlands Fest

The fun and always spunky Highlands Festival will once again shut down Baxter Avenue to vehicle traffic on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1-11 p.m. The free, family-friendly event typically has live music as well as more than 100 local art and crafts booths. And, of course, there will be plenty of food and drink for all ages and tastes.

Healthy Hoops on Saturday

The 10th annual Healthy Hoops will be held at a new location, Central High School, 1130 West Chestnut St. The event will offer children 7-14 a free health screening, basketball drills and more. Darrell Griffith and other key basketball players lead the event.

Caution: Road work ahead

Next week, the city plans to begin a $630,000 package of safety improvements for a section of Lexington Road between Payne Street and Grinstead Drive. The project, part of the 2015 Lexington Road Corridor Transportation Plan, is intended to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents, the city said. The road will be repaved and buffered bike lanes will be added on both sides. Drainage will also be improved.