News and Tribune

December 7, 2012




City hosting first Christmas parade

The city of Charlestown is hosting its first Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

The public is invited to line up along Market Street from Clark Road to Pike Street. There will be lots of lights and Christmas music from local businesses and organizations including The Charlestown Beautification Committee’s “Magical Traveling Christmas Float;” the Charlestown High School Band; Pleasant Ridge Elementary School; Jonathan Jennings Elementary; Charlestown Middle School; Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department; Charlestown Police Department and many more. The parade will leave Jonathan Jennings Elementary at 6 p.m. and proceed down the route.


Develop a career action plan

If you know what you want to do for a living but don’t know how to get there, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Job Club is hosting a workshop on career planning.

The program will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the small meeting room. Reference Services Manager Paulette Gibbs will be the presenter. She will teach you how you to create a personalized employment map and break your career goals into manageable steps. Registration is required for this class.

For more information and to register for the workshop call the Reference Services Desk at 812-949-3523.


Program to come on river history

Ohio River historian Chuck Parrish will deliver a program on the history of steamboats and their affect on the Ohio River at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center, 201 W. Riverside Drive, Clarksville.

The program will include viewing of a special DVD made for the 2011 Steamboat Bicentennial Celebration at the Rivers Institute at Hanover College. Parrish, who is retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will answer questions from the audience afterward.

The program is free with interpretive center admission, which is $5 for visitors ages 19 and older and $2 for visitors ages 2 to 18.


Steamboat Museum to hold open house

The Howard Steamboat Museum and Mansion, 1101 East Market St., Jeffersonville, will hold a holiday open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Admission is free.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to visit with children and free goodie bags will be available for each child. Music will be provided by the Corydon Dulcimer Society and holiday shopping opportunities will be available.

For more information, or call 812-283-3728.

Paint plates at new business

Downtown Canvas & Cocktails, a new business in downtown Jeffersonville at 300 Spring, is featuring Canvas & Cupcakes, a Christmas plate-painting session for all ages, including refreshments. Two upcoming opportunities are available to paint Christmas plates for gifts or to keep. Artists will be on hand to guide people with ideas.

The sessions will be held the next two Tuesday nights, Dec. 11 and 18 between 6 and 8 p.m. at 300 Spring in downtown Jeffersonville.

Participants may come by any time in those two hours. The cost is $10 per plate and participants must preregister for either session on the website at


SPJ to host open mic night

Every journalist has a great story. And we’re not talking about the stuff that made the paper or the broadcast. Journalists can share their best stories from days on the job at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at The Bard’s Town in Louisville.

Louisville Pro Chapter is hosting an open mic night in December to hear each other’s great stories from the world of journalism. Open to the public – all welcome.

We’re talking about the stuff you can’t tell your media audience – but are the stuff of legends in your newsrooms. The hilarious gaffe by a fellow employee (or your own). The crazy phone calls from people who believed they had seen a deity. That day someone forgot to wear pants. The time a politician dropped the f-bomb on air. (You get the idea.)

Come share those fantastic stories with your fellow journalists so we can all get a laugh.

Naturally, we’d like for everyone to keep stories to three minutes or less so that we can hear from everyone who has something to share.

Sign up ahead of the event by e-mailing Robyn Davis Sekula at so we can get an idea of who’s coming. Indicate if you plan to tell a story or not.