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November 15, 2013

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Lights Under Louisville — starts today

When: Monday through Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. [Nov. 15 to Jan. 1]

Where: Louisville MEGA Cavern, 1841 Taylor Ave., Louisville

Cost: car/truck/SUV/minivan: $25; van: $35; limo: $50; church bus [excluding school bus size]: $60; school bus: $100

The Louisville MEGA Cavern is transformed into an underground holiday light spectacular for the Christmas season. Load up the kids and enjoy a 30 to 40 minute ride through part of 17 miles of underground passageways, which will feature more than 850 illuminated characters with more than two million points of light. It’s the only underground light show of its kind on the planet.

MEGA Cavern’s Lights Under Louisville allows the public to drive their own vehicle inside the cavern, during the Christmas season, to experience this one of a kind holiday transformation. []

Gettysburg Address commemoration

When: Today, Saturday

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 321 E. Market St., Jeffersonville

Cost: $30 each event [reservations required: call 812-282-1108]; main commemoration free Saturday

Tuesday marks the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Considered to be the most memorable and significant speech of the Civil War, the Gettysburg Address still has the power to inspire and its promise is still being lived into. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a historic congregation in Jeffersonville, will be hosting the area’s only community commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address today and Saturday.

Friday night is “Dinner with the Lincolns,” a seven-course meal of recipes from the Lincoln White House and with nationally known Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln interpreters providing vignettes from the life and times of the Lincolns.

On Saturday, the main commemoration will be free and open to the public. Civil War re-enactors will be camping on the church grounds. Beginning at noon, five speakers will provide contextual views of the address and the war beginning at noon.

The observance will be capped with a community service of commemoration and rededication featuring the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choirs, dramatic readings of the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural address by Barrett Cooper of the Frazier Museum, hymns, readings and prayers. []

Christmas crafts show

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Augustine’s Parish Hall, 315 E. Chestnut St., Jeffersonvile

The Animal Protection Association is holding its third annual APA juried Arts and Craft show “Christmas in the City.” All items must be made by the artist or crafter. This is a professional juried show, and includes local artisans and a Christmas tree raffle. All proceeds will benefit APA.

The mission of APA is to rescue and secure good homes for stray and abandoned animals, promote humane education in local schools and community to prevent cruelty to animals through spay/neuter programs; it is a no-kill shelter. In the past 12 years APA has rescued and adopted more than 3,400 cats, dogs, birds and rabbits to loving homes. For more information contact Linda Williams at 812-284-3580. []

Ninth annual Grantz memorial dance for needy children

When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday

Where: Kye’s II, 500 Missouri Ave., Jeffersovnville

Cost: $10 and a new toy, or $20 a person

The ninth annual Julie Grantz Memorial fundraiser for local children in need includes a dance featuring 100% Poly; live and silent auctions; and a Pandora bracelet raffle. Last year’s event raised $5,000 and more than 1,000 toys for the Southern Indiana Salvation Army and Toys for Tots Campaign.

The Julie Grantz Memorial Fund was started in loving memory of the charitable heart and soul of Julie Staser Grantz, who died in a one-person car accident June 19, 2005, at the age of 36. Julie’s husband, Chuck Grantz, her two sons, Andrew Grantz and Nathanial Grantz, along with the Staser, Carney and Grantz families, wanted to honor her memory and her love of helping people, especially children. []

Sacred Art Series — exhibit opening

When: 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1015 E. Main St., New Albany

The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Arts Council opens the second show on Sunday in its Sacred Art Series on Sunday, this one titled “Emmanuel; God With Us.” There will be a reception the day of the opening.

The exhibit explores the presence of the Incarnate Word in the world about us. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon through Dec. 13, and also on three Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. The exhibit, the second in a five show series, features the works of Joanne Weis, Vicki Vardaman, John McCarthy, and Linda Witte Henke. For more information contact the church office at 812-944-0413 or visit

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