Thursday, November 29, 2018

December Events in Oldham County

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  Eberle Orthodontics


FREE! Oldham County Public Library has various story times and other programs at their 3 locations.
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! LaGrange Railroad Museum is open every Saturday, 10am-3pm
FREE! LaGrange Community Center YMCA has open gym, classes, games and more for Oldham County residents. Check their website and Facebook page for more information on free stuff to do.
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center, Thursdays 10am (12/6 & 12/13), $5
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood Preschool Family Art Classes offered on Thursday and Saturday each week.
Power & Grace Gymnastics in Prospect Open Gym. Check their website for updated information.
Hounds on the Ground at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood Sundays (12/2 & 12/9) 12-4pm

Make sure you click on our Best List of Holiday Events for more December Events.


12/7: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner. 5-10pm. Children ages 5 and older.

12/11: Family Movie Night & Dinner at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 5:30pm. Tickets required $20 for adults and $12 for children. They are showing the Muppet Christmas Carol.

12/13: Not Your Grandma's Trivia Night at the John Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area), 6-8:30pm, Ticketed event.

12/14: FREE! Words & Wiggles at St. Francis School in Goshen, 10:30-11:30am

12/15: Parent's Night Out at YMCA at Norton Commons in Prospect (Louisville). 6-9:30pm Open to children ages 3 and up.

12/15: FREE! Open Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange.

12/15: FREE! Crafts & Cocoa at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch in Goshen, 1-3pm.

12/15: Girls Night Out Resin Jewelry at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm, $45

12/17: FREE! Drop In Crafts at the Oldham County Public Library South Branch in Crestwood.

12/17: FREE! Handprint Calendar at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6pm. Registration required.

12/20: FREE! Gingerbread Houses at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4:15pm, Sign ups required.


12/27: FREE! Movie Night for Adults: A Simple Favor at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6pm

12/27: OCCS Family Trivia Night at 3rd Turn, 6pm

12/27: Girls & Dolls Tea Party at Sisters Tea Parlor and Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm. $25/person
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Nature of Christmas at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

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Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is hosting a wonderful free community event on Saturday, December 1st.  The 15th Annual Nature of Christmas runs from 12-3pm and has a schedule filled with holiday fun.

Families can spend time together enjoying the nature preserve, activities inside the Nature Center and heated tent outside.

 photo Nature of Christmas 2018 banner 300x250 for LFF copy_zpsi3vuf2ip.pngSome activities at the event include:
Craft & vendor booths
Silent auction items
Marshmallow roasting
Kid's crafts (12-1:30pm)
Face painting (12-1:30pm)
St. John UMC Bell Choir (12:30-1:15pm)
Santa & Mrs. Claus (1:30pm)

Free food will be available including chili, hotdogs and hot chocolate.  Desserts will be available provided by Papa Johns and Valley Dairy Freeze.

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen.  Although the event is free (thanks to great sponsors), a $5 donation is encouraged and appreciated. The rain date is December 8th.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

What to Do at Light Up LaGrange

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LaGrange kicks off the holiday season each year with Light Up LaGrange and there's plenty to do for everyone.  Light Up LaGrange is more than a lighting ceremony.  You can grab a picture with Santa or the Grinch, make a candy cane, visit an old train car or make some reindeer food.  Many of the events are free! The local stores and restaurants are open for shopping and meals, also. Or maybe you just want to take it easy and find a spot to sit on Main Street and take in all of the magical sights and sounds.  Whatever you choose to do, we hope your Light Up LaGrange experience is filled with wonder and tons of family fun!

We outlined the day for you and even included a map to help guide your Saturday in Downtown LaGrange.  To keep up with updates about the day, make sure you follow the Facebook event here.

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2018 Information

Friday, 11/30

Southeast Christian Church in LaGrange is hosting a free community movie night to celebrate Light Up LaGrange.  They are showing a "Christmas Movie about a Train" (they can't say the name).  The activities are free and they will have refreshments.  The doors open at 6:00pm and the movie will begin at 6:30pm.

Saturday, 12/1

Hometown Pizza 
All you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon and drinks.  
$5 for adults, $4 for kids (cash or check only)
Hosted by LaGrange Elementary School PTA

Oldham County History Center - Rob Morris Educational Building
Muffins and a drink, crafts, pictures with the Grinch, player piano activity and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" movie.
$5 per person

Oldham County History Center - Rob Morris Educational Building
Children can make ornaments. Hot cocoa and cookie decorating are also included. Reservations are suggested, but not necessary.
$5 per person

See the model train displays and tour the dining car.

 photo Kids Courthouse_zpsk54hdvcf.jpgD. Reindeer Food Making
Courthouse Lawn

LaGrange Community Center

3:30-9pm (Santa break 5:30-6:40pm)
City Place
FREE! (There is a suggested $1 donation.)

D. Lighting Ceremony
Main Street
We hear Santa will arrive on a decorated firetruck along with a parade of old antique cars and trucks.

 photo Elijah santa_zpsbapqgpzr.jpgD. Meet Santa 
Courthouse Lawn Gazebo

LaGrange Christian Church
$8 adults, $5 children, free for children 3 and under

Even more fun!

H. Live Nativity 
Dairy Queen

Grab a gift, cup of coffee, ice cream, lunch or dinner at one of the great businesses in Downtown LaGrange.

D. Music, Singing & Dancing
A variety of acts will perform near the Courthouse Square during the day and evening.

B. Oldham County History Center
Grinch in the Museum, strolling carolers at 7:30pm, popcorn popping and chestnut roasting in the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn and a holiday picture taking opportunity inside the barn.
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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Christmas Trees in and around Oldham County

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Do you prefer a real Christmas tree?  If so, there are several places around Oldham County to find the perfect tree for your family.  As always, it is best to contact the business prior to your visit to make sure they are open and that they have trees available to purchase.

6462 W Hwy 146
Trees, wreaths, centerpieces and Santa visits!

Starview Greenhouses
10082 Hwy 146
Trees, wreaths, horse wreaths and other holiday décor.

Norton Commons
10401 Meeting St
Trees, wreaths and garland available!
Facebook information here.

Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm (at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course)
4221 S Hwy 1694
Per their voicemail recording: cash only is accepted. They are open Sun-Fri 1-6pm

Shelby Christmas Tree Farm & Nursery
175 McDaniels Road
You cut trees available. 

12450 LaGrange Rd
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Friday, November 23, 2018

Charlestown's Christmas in the City

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Now is the perfect time to go check out Charlestown, Indiana's Christmas City.  The new Lewis & Clark Bridge makes getting to Southern Indiana a lot more convenient for Oldham County residents!

Official kick off is the Friday after Thanksgiving!

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The FREE animated lights in the town square are on nightly through January 1st 6:00-11:00pm.  This is a drive or walk around display.  Parking is available around the square and around area businesses.

There are several different "shows" to enjoy.  The lights are spectacular and highly entertaining.  We saw a USA, Red Baron, Peanuts and Frosty themes in the short time that we walked around the display.  The music is loud or you can tune to a radio station if you want to stay in your car.  In the middle of the display are several large screens that play short videos and have even more light displays.  The trees are covered, the grass has holiday characters and it snows during one of the shows!  You can even see Santa's sleigh and two snowmen having a snowball fight.  Overhead are stars and more lights.  This is the largest light display in Southern Indiana!

Greenway Park
Make sure you walk across the street to Greenway Park to see more holiday lights.  You can also purchase hot chocolate, hot cider and other refreshments from the snack bar on Fridays and Saturdays (bring cash). The covered bridges are so beautiful.  If the weather is nice, enjoy the playground at the park, too! Greenway Park's address is 399 Market Street Charlestown, Indiana

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Down the street near Charlestown High School is the Family Activities Park located at 1000 Park Street.  Here you can enjoy ice skating, train rides, mini golf and more holiday lights!

Activities open: Monday-Thursday 6-9pm, Friday & Saturday 6-10pm $5 admission per person (ages 2 and up), per activity. Activities available until December 30th (closed on Christmas Eve and Day). Santa will be here on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 6-9pm

The train goes by the holiday light display in the square.

(The Family Activities Park is open after the New Year also so be sure to check out their website for more information!)
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Experience Gift Ideas in Oldham County

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If you don't want to shop for more "stuff" consider giving an experience gift this holiday season.  There are several options around Oldham County for children and adults.  Plan a day of fun, a semester of learning or a year long membership for those on your holiday list.  Giving the gift of time is something everyone can appreciate and cherish.

14 Experience Gift Ideas in Oldham County

1. All About Kids Sports in Crestwood is a great place for young athletes to learn and strengthen skills in gymnastics, swimming, martial arts, basketball, soccer & more for children and teens.  Every parent loves receiving open play passes!

2. Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood offers art classes and workshops for all ages.  Register your child for that ceramics class they've always wanted to try, give a new mom a gift certificate to try out the preschool classes or a friend to try a weekend workshop.  We love the small class ratios and one on one instruction at this studio.

3. Plan a date with someone special at Sister's Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner. This cute spot offers special event tea parties, tea for two or more available!  My daughter loves the princess parties and I love to meet a friend for tea, some sweet treats and good conversation in a unique setting.

4. Treat someone to dinner.  Pick up a gift certificate to one of these great Oldham County restaurants, bakeries and more.  Find the full list here.

5. The Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood offers art, music, dance, drama & more for all ages. Classes are offered all year long and there are several summer camps coming up soon too!

6. We know it's cold now, but soon we will be sweating and a membership to the John W. Black Aquatic Center in LaGrange (Buckner area) will be much appreciated!

7. If you have a budding musician, consider a gift from Crestwood Music Shop.  They offer instruments for sale or to rent and lessons.

8. If you're closer to the Prospect area, Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance is a great place for someone on your list that wants to learn gymnastics or dance.  They host special events that are focused on community service, clinics and Parent's Night Out.

9. Adults and children can take affordable dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Crestwood. Children's lessons start as low as $5.

10. If you have a teenager to buy for then Open Range in Crestwood has an indoor reball arena.  There is a membership available for this fun, adrenaline packed activity!

11. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood has annual memberships available for individuals or families.  This membership allows guests free entry to the Gardens and perks during the year and special events.

12. Adults don't need to miss out on the experience gift fun. Pewee Valley's Little Colonel's Players has season passes available for the theatre enthusiast, Open Range offers lessons and the Kentucky Artisan & Distillery has tours of the distillery.

13. There are other unique gift buying opportunities in Oldham County.  Maybe you have someone hard to buy for, but would appreciate supporting a great non-profit in the area. Memorial bricks are available to purchase at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Veteran's Memorial Park in Crestwood and the Oldham County Public Library.  Giving Tuesday is November 27, 2018.  Find a local Oldham County charity that's near and dear to your loved one's heart and donate to them.

14.  Looking for more lessons in the Oldham County area?  Check out this extensive Lessons & Learning directory from Louisville Family Fun here.
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Small Business Saturday: Unique Gift Buying in Oldham County

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Don't drive far, stay close to home and shop local! Oldham County has many locally owned businesses. We highlighted some places to shop in Oldham County this holiday season. Maybe you'll find yourself stopping in a new place for the first time and seeing what great businesses we have in our area! Not only will you find one of a kind items and activities, you will develop relationships with business owners living in your community! We started with a brief description of a few of our favorite places to shop in Oldham County.

And don't forget about all of the yummy restaurants, salons and spas, dance studios, gymnastics and more. Many have specials or gift certificates available. Check out our Experience Gifts List.

Some of our local favorites (scroll down for SEVERAL more)...

 photo 6076a74a-43e7-4194-814d-e19b031e5c5c_zpsxgshhhit.jpgAddie's Goods - If your loved one has a heart for helping others then Addie's Goods is the place to shop. This boutique has quality goods handmade by organizations offering economic empowerment & abundant life around the world. There is a personal story behind each crafted item -choose a one of a kind item that's special to you or your loved one. Women's clothing and jewelry, journals, children's items, home décor and more. Located in Crestwood.

 photo 4faf82ad-9b4b-4c5e-9db1-e2fae51d1506_zpsy93nirl3.jpgMercantile on Main - This is a store you do not want to pass by in LaGrange.  Inside the teal building, you'll find a mixture of handmade, vintage and repurposed goods.  We especially love the bourbon barrel and tobacco stick products.  There are great gifts for men, women and children.  Grab a delicate Kentucky themed necklace, a set of bourbon glasses or vintage ornament for that special person on your list.  Many of the gifts are customizable, too!  When you shop here you support several local artisans like Curry's Beer Crafts, Porch Light Studios and Tobacco Barn Craftsman.

 photo elanors_zpssh1sh4oe.jpgEleanor's Room - Fairly new to Oldham County, Eleanor's Room is a warm, inviting space located down Floydsburg Road in Crestwood.  They specialize in custom home décor and furniture, but you can also find ready to purchase home goods in the store.  This is my go-to store when I need to find something for those on my list that love to cook.  Their kitchen ware and baking utensils are unique and sweet, not something you'll find at the mall.  If you have a young aspiring cook, make sure you check out their oh-so-cute children's aprons.  If you're ambitious and want to refinish your own piece of furniture, you can find the tools needed for the project at Eleanor's Room.

 photo 65df4320-6d9c-4dfc-856e-1d399634588a_zpse0kjc6ce.jpgPicked N' Painted - Kim Silcox and her team have transformed Picked N' Painted into a magical winter wonderland.  The store is located on Main Street in downtown LaGrange and is beautifully decorated with all of your holiday hosting and gifting needs.  I lost count of how many trees are up in the store, but each one has a unique theme with coordinating bows and ornaments.  The fun and sassy tea towels are great hostess gifts.  We like the customizable signs ranging from bible verses to family names.  Your dining room banquet table will not be bare after you visit Picked N' Painted and see all of the holiday décor.

 photo 0c8e0a5e-ab7d-4e83-8f43-f7ec251c920e_zps6ohyiito.jpgWaxy Beans - You might be thinking, "Where is this store?"  I best describe it as, "Right down the road from Dairy Queen in Crestwood, near the House of Soccer store." Waxy Beans has a lovely owner ready to help you with your shopping needs.  I have purchased several gifts customized for special girlfriends and teachers.  Their handmade candles are one of a kind and are literally the best candle I have burned in my home.  The store items are very affordable and represent many local artisans from Oldham County and the surrounding area.  Make sure you stop by this store when you're out shopping this season.

 photo e6e28884-6980-48d1-818e-740d7e416c02_zpshptstkk3.jpgFeed and Seed Depot - Another Crestwood favorite is this small garden and feed center.  If you have a gardener on your list, stop in this store.  We know it's hard to think of gardening when it's so cold outside, but your purchase will be appreciated once the warmer months return.  The owners and staff are knowledgeable and friendly and will help you find what you need.  They have gifts for non-gardeners also.  Pick out some succulents and ask for help making a creative arrangement.  These make great hostess or teacher gifts.  Their farm fresh eggs and other ingredients can help you make that dish you have to take to the holiday party.  Pair the local honey with some tea and a cute mug from one of the other stores listed in this directory.

 photo 9afcb873-c9d9-4ed6-afb1-8f57c7018e9c_zpsssuxt806.jpgCailin Art Studio - Family owned and operated Cailin Art Studio is located in Crestwood and shares a building with another one of our favorites, Eleanor's Room.  The studio offers several art medium classes for all ages.  Experience gifts are great to give and receive during a season of collecting an abundance of "things."  Gift certificates are available if you don't know which class or workshop to choose for your special person.  Or perhaps you want to take a class and create a unique gift for someone to unwrap?  Cailin Art Studio also has several ceramic pieces already fired and available for purchase.

 photo aff7ac3d-302c-4ccd-a86b-cfcc9566deed_zpsvntobwdt.jpgThe Treasured Child - This Main Street LaGrange store has unique gifts for children of all ages.  What we love the most in the store are the games and books that they offer.  We can always find a fun board game that won't be on the shelves in chain stores.  Their books range from baby to cool journals for children that love to write.  You can find big toys and small stocking stuffers at The Treasured Child.


3rd Turn Oldham Gardens
Addie's Goods
All About Kids
Bobbi Lynn's Boutique
Cailin Art Studio
Crestwood Meats
Crestwood Music Shop
Eleanor's Room
Feed & Seed Depot
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Kentucky Artisan and Distillery
Mainstream Boutique
Oldham County Schools Arts Center
Open Range
Skincare Spa By Pilar
Sugar Babes Antiques
Walker Fabrics
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens


Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique
Stogie Annie's


Absolutely Fabulous
Bloom's By Essential Details
Copper Awning
Friends & Fiber
Goose Creek Cycle & Skate
Greater Louisville Massage Therapy
JSE Comics and Cards
LaGrange Antique Mall
LaGrange Coffee Roasters
Mercantile on Main
Q&A Sweet Treats
Serendipity Café & Gifts
Starview Greenhouses, Garden & Gift Shop
The Little Kentucky River Winery
The Treasured Child
Tinsel, Twine & Spirits
Traderbaker's Flea Market
Uptown Country


Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Power & Grace Gymnastics
Woodland Farm


Clover Cottage

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Monday, November 12, 2018

New pediatrician option in Crestwood and south Oldham County

Dr. Mattingly Crestwood pediatrician

A working mom herself, Dr. Mattingly brings crazy socks and a passion for children to Oldham County’s newest pediatrician office

When AprilR. Mattingly, M.D., walked into her pediatrics rotation as a medical student at the University of Louisville, she knew she belonged.

“There was nothing else I wanted to do,” said Dr. Mattingly, who is raising two young children of her own. “It’s such an optimistic place to be. Kids make work fun.”

As the newest pediatrician in Crestwood, Kentucky, in Oldham County, Dr. Mattingly brings her crazy socks and supply of stickers along to make her young patients laugh.

She recalls one of her first patients, a young boy who needed a strep test but was fighting the throat swab with everything he had. She was able to get the sample but hated to see him upset.

She returned with the results a short time later. He greeted her with a smile and a picture he’d drawn for her.

“You’re like Spiderman,” the young patient said, “because you’re cool.”
Dr. Mattingly Crestwood pediatrician
“Here I was feeling so worried about him and he was just so resilient,” Dr. Mattingly said. “At least the swab was not in vain — he did have strep throat.”

A working mom

Dr. Mattingly is now practicing at the newly opened Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Crestwood office between Walmart and the South Oldham schools’ campus on Highway 329 near Interstate 71.

As a working mom, she understands the scheduling demands on today’s families.

Both her children — daughter, Gabbi, age 7, and son, Ben, age 4 — have had medical issues of their own. When parents come to her with a problem, she is ready to listen and help.

“I can relate to being that parent in the hospital,” Dr. Mattingly said. “My kids have had their share of trials, so I always tell parents there are no stupid questions. I have been there.”

Tackling childhood obesity
In her spare time, Dr. Mattingly is learning to crochet (putting dinosaur spikes on her son’s crocheted hat). She also loves to volunteer at her kids’ schools and Northeast Christian Church, where she is a member.

Her obsession, however, is with tackling obesity in children. Earlier in her career, she worked for a company that helped children manage their weight to avoid medical complications. She worked with a dietitian, a psychologist and an exercise physiologist to help children and parents focus on diet and food planning, physical activity and supporting each other emotionally.

Dr. Mattingly understands how hard it can be to make healthy food choices over cheaper, convenient and less healthy ones. She still loves to educate and support parents and children on choosing better foods and keeping everyone healthy.

“It takes an extra effort, but we have a generation of kids that won’t live as long if we don’t start making better choices now,” she said. “Prevention is key.”
A big part of that prevention is as simple as getting regular checkups with a pediatrician.
“The best part is watching them grow — babies especially,” Dr. Mattingly said. “It’s all just fun!”

Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Crestwood
Close to home and school in south Oldham County.

6411 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Suite 200
Crestwood, KY 40014
Call (502) 394-6555
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