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CliftonFest unites artisans with community

This year’s annual CliftonFest will feature 41 artisan booths, 36 carpet artists, a variety of musicians and performers, and Ludlow Avenue businesses. Hosted by the Clifton community and Uptown Consortium, the free festival begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and ends on 6 p.m. Sept. 28.
“When IGA closed, we lost a major magnet for people in the Clifton business district, and the business association felt something needed to happen to bolster the energy,” says Jan Brown Checco, president of CliftonFest.
CliftonFest, the rebirth of a sidewalk sale event from the ‘80s, is a way to remind the neighborhood of working artists in the community, and to help boost the businesses along the Ludlow Avenue corridor.
“The focus is really on relationships and getting people together,” Brown Checco says.
During CliftonFest, Ludlow is closed from Clifton Avenue to Middleton Avenue, and all businesses on the street level are open. Artists line the street selling their crafts, and professional street chalk artists work along the curb on both sides of the street to create ArtCarpets. There will also be a biergarten featuring craft beer from Rivertown.
“A special process is used for the ArtCarpets, which allows the artwork to stay for a minimum of three months,” Brown Checco says. “It creates a splash during the weekend of CliftonFest, but people can still come and see them for a few months afterward.”
Friday night’s events will occur with Ludlow’s normal traffic pattern. “Wine and Jazz” on Clifton Plaza will feature Wade Baker Collective from 6 to 11 p.m., and an artist’s reception for Scott Donaldson, who painted the new Clifton Plaza Mural, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Om Eco Café, where over a dozen of his portraits will be on display.
On Saturday, children can enjoy musicians, puppeteers, circus magicians, CCM students, games, interactive crafts and refreshments at Diggs Plaza at Burnet Woods. There will also be a showing of Mary Poppins at the Esquire Theatre and “Story Hour on Clifton Plaza” at the library, both beginning at 10 a.m.
Sunday’s events will kick off with a 10 a.m. yoga session featuring Ron Esposito, and a 5K run in Burnet Woods. The Pet Parade will begin at 1 p.m., and the dedication of the new mural will be at 4 p.m.
Musicians throughout the weekend include Tracy Walker, Baoku Afrobeat, Mayan Ruins, Robin Lacey and DeZydeco, Pones Inc., Acarya, Cliftones, Part-time Gentlemen, Jump n’ Jive Swing Band, MUSE, Zumba, CCM Jazz Combo and Brooke Salem Krewe.

ArtsWave grant recipient: Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation

ArtsWave recently awarded a total of $45,000 to five LISC Place Matters neighborhoods—Avondale, Covington, Madisonville, Price Hill and Walnut Hills. Each neighborhood received $9,000 in grant money, which will help bring ArtsWave-supported arts activities and organizations to each neighborhood. For five weeks, Soapbox is featuring the five neighborhoods and their plans for the grant money.
The Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation plans to use the $9,000 for the Cincinnati Jazz and BBQ Festival. The festival will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the intersection of Madison and Whetsel.
“We picked two things that showcase the personality of the neighborhood,” says Matt Strauss, real estate and marketing manager for MCURC.
The corner of Madison and Whetsel is a city-owned property, and MCURC is working with the city to develop it into a place for the community. The festival will showcase the property, and show that big things are happening in Madisonville, Strauss says.
The festival will feature Eugene Goss and Triage, and Mike Wade and the Mighty Groovers. BBQ from Madisonville resident Ron D and JustQ’in will be available for purchase, as well as beer from MadTree Brewing.
There will also be events for kids and a number of artisans from the neighborhood selling their wares.
Madisonville has been quiet for the last few years, but we’re getting ready to jump off with lots of new buildings and businesses,” Strauss says. “This has always been a thriving, diverse community, and we want to show it off.”
If you can’t make it to the festival, Madisonville is hosting its second 5K at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 27. Register online, and check for updated race information on Facebook.  

Traditional German clothing store opens in Christian Moerlein Brewery

The official supplier of lederhosen for Munich Oktoberfest, Wiesnkoenig, opened its first store in the United States on Aug. 20. The store is located in a 535-square-foot space inside Christian Moerlein Brewery in Over-the-Rhine.
Founded in 2007, Wiesnkoenig has five stores in Germany, and sells its clothing in department stores there and in Switzerland and Austria.
“It seemed right for Cincinnati as the sister city of Munich to have a Wiesnkoenig,” says Oliver Pfund, consultant for Wiesnkoenig. “With its over 100-year-old beer brewing history and great German heritage, it made sense to have a store where people can buy original German clothing that transports it to the next level and turns it into a lifestyle product.”
Wiesnkoenig offers traditional German clothing like lederhosen and dirndl, but lifestyle-oriented pieces like T-shirts, shirts, cardigans and vests are also available.
“We hope to combine tradition with everyday fashion to show people in the U.S. that traditional German clothing is fun to wear,” Pfund says. “You can do all kinds of crazy combinations like wearing lederhosen with Chuck Taylors and a stars and stripes tee.”
Wiesnkoenig is open Wednesday-Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Tri*Metro campaign providing entertainment buses Sept. 13

This fall, Metro is launching the tri*Metro campaign, which will encourage young professionals to incorporate Metro into their lives. The three-pronged campaign focuses on learning about Metro, experiencing Metro and challenging riders to go car-free during the month of October.
Cincy YP and Give Back Cincinnati wanted to form a partnership with Metro to better educate others about riding the bus. They didn’t want to go to more meetings, but instead created a video about riding Metro, which shows riders how 20- and 30-somethings use the bus.
As part of the campaign, Metro is providing three entertainment buses for riders on Sept. 13. The bus will circulate to hotspots in Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, Oakley, O'Bryonville and Over-the-Rhine. The bus will run from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and will stop at designated bars and restaurants.
“Riders can get on and off the bus all night long, and will give everyone the opportunity to experiment with the buses,” says Kim Lahman, ridership development manager for Metro.
A specific route will be drawn up for the night that will circle the neighborhoods involved in the event, and there will be a bus schedule specifically designed to fit the route.
Volunteers from Cincy YP will be at each of the designated bus stops to help riders figure out where they’re going and how long they will have to stand and wait. Riders will also receive special discounts at participating bars and restaurants.
Venues include Cock & Bull Public House and Unwind Wine Bar in Hyde Park; Mt. Lookout Tavern and Millions Cafe in Mt. Lookout; Animations and The Oak Tavern in Oakley; O’Bryon's Bar & Grill and Uncorked in O’Bryonville; and The Drinkery and MOTR in OTR.
“It will be great for ridership, as well as for economic development because we’re supporting businesses along the way, and helping get people familiar with the Metro system,” Lahman says.
If you’re interested in riding Metro’s entertainment buses on Sept. 13, tickets are $5. For more information, visit Metro’s website.

Empanadas Aqui brings Hispanic food to Cincinnati streets

After tossing around the idea of a food truck at a family gathering, husband-and-wife team Brett and Dadni Johnson and Brett’s aunt, Pat Fettig, joined Bad Girl Ventures. They won the competition, and started serving up empanadas on their food truck, Empanadas Aqui, in June.
“We decided on empanadas because we wanted to bring them to Cincinnati,” Fettig says.
Dadni, who is from Caracas, comes up with the recipes; Brett worked for Dewey’s Pizza for two years, and was on the management track. And although Fettig doesn’t have a culinary background, she says she's the one who cooks for family events.
Empanadas Aqui’s rotating menu features a few staples, including the signature Bad Girl, which is shredded chicken, sautéed onions, peppers, cheese and a house blend of seasoning; and the Popeye, which has spinach inside. Dessert options include the Emporeo, which has crushed Oreos and cream cheese topped with a sweet glaze, and a guava and cream cheese filled empanada.
Empanadas Aqui will be at the City Flea this month and next, as well as the Midwest Food Truck Show and the Hispanic Festival at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Next year, they want to be at LumenoCity and the Taste of Cincinnati.
The truck is also available for private parties, with a wider offering of food items.
“We hope to bring something different to the city,” Fettig says. “There are almost 10,000 Hispanics in the area, and we’re bringing a familiar food to them, as well as introducing other people to something new.”
Follow Empanadas Aqui on Facebook and Twitter @empanadasaqui.

Neighborhood bar and bottle shop serving this September in OTR

Garth Lieb, Jeremy Moore and Tom Stephen are no strangers to the Over-the-Rhine bar scene. Not only do they frequent them, but they’ve worked at a handful as well. And this September, the trio will be opening a bar of their own, Liberty’s Bar & Bottle.
The 1,000-square-foot space, which was formerly a condo, will feature 20 rotating taps, wine by the glass, and beer and a selection of wine to-go. Liberty’s will focus more on European craft beer and wine than local offerings, but you can be sure there will be a few of those as well.
“The American craft beer movement has pushed everyone around the world to experiment with different types of hops, fruits and barreling processes,” Stephen says. “It’s really pushed Europe to keep up and play around with the fun stuff.”
The bar’s wine program will be made up of Old World wines, but there will be a few from California and Oregon as well. There will also be a small liquor selection with a very small list of well-picked bourbons and scotches, and a vodka, gin and tequila option.
Meat and cheese plates will be available as well for light bites, featuring goods from local purveyors.
Liberty’s copper topped, walnut bar is original to the building. Eighteen bar stools, a few drink rails and a beer hall-style table will round out the seating. Eight French doors open onto the sidewalk, which Stephen says will make it feel like you’re outside.
When Liberty’s opens, there will be a few special beers that lots of people probably haven’t had on draft in Ohio. After unveiling the taps, Stephen says they’ll unveil a 20-foot tall mural painted by local artist Alex Scherra.
“We want Liberty’s to be a neighborhood bar, and with that, we want to feature local art,” Stephen says.
Scherra will also be creating pieces of art for the bar’s chalkboards that were salvaged from a 1902 schoolhouse in Connecticut. The artwork will change over time, and will feature hops and wine regions from around the world.

ArtsWave grant recipient: Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation

ArtsWave recently awarded a total of $45,000 to five LISC Place Matters neighborhoods—Avondale, Covington, Madisonville, Price Hill and Walnut Hills. Each neighborhood received $9,000 in grant money, which will help bring ArtsWave-supported arts activities and organizations to each neighborhood. For the next five weeks, Soapbox will feature the five neighborhoods and their plans for the grant money.
The Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation is planning to use the ArtsWave grant money to address reducing violence in the community, cultural development and healthy eating through the arts. The grant money will also support the marketing efforts for the various events.
ACDC plans to host several art-related activities throughout the rest of 2014 and into 2015, including the Kin Killin’ Kin art series, which is a series of 13 photographs that feature black-on-black crime created by Cincinnati native James Pate.
“This series brings awareness and education to a real issue in the community”, says Latoya Alexander, senior community engagement specialist at ACDC.
Other events include the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company’s “Namibia Cultural Awareness;” E Sin Mi d’Afrika, presented by Bi-Okoto, which features African culture, language, geography and history through authentic songs and folk stories, as well as drumming and dances; traveling storytellers; workshop and acting classes through Playhouse in the Park; and Bach and the Boombox, which links classical and popular music. 
The only finalized event is Bach in the Boombox, which will perform at the last Increase the Peace Gospel Series from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Lincoln Park. The faith-based event gives residents, community supporters and local churches a chance to rejoice, pray and connect with one another.
“We wanted to weave the arts and community awareness together, so many of the performances will be happening in conjunction with a larger event,” Alexander says.

PAR Projects building new community space in Northside

PAR Projects recently purchased the parcel of land at 1622 Hoffner St. in Northside. Plans are currently underway to create an art and education center for the community.
The future home of PAR Projects is being constructed out of repurposed shipping containers, two of which you may have seen around Northside. All of the programming will be geared toward practical arts training, including teaching the elements of graphic design and video editing.
“Lots of different places offer painting and drawing classes, but there aren’t a lot that offer access to digital media and things that are valuable in creative workplaces,” says Jonathan Sears, executive director of PAR Projects.
The building will have three floors of usable space, or about 2,000 square feet. The first phase of the building will be five shipping containers joined together, with others stacked on top to form different floors.
The first step won’t actually be building, but rather creating a community space in the form of an open, outdoor movie theater. It will feature community screenings every two weeks or so; and the theater will actually be two containers stacked on top of each other near the front of the future building.
“We want to give the neighborhood a little more hope,” Sears says. “We plan to reach out to at-risk youth and provide more direction for them, as well as educate older people who need new skill sets.”
PAR Projects is partnering with the Apple Street Market Co-op initiative to host Northside Rising, a 50/50 fundraiser to benefit access to food and the arts. The event is Aug. 30, and will feature food, music and family activities.

Macaron-focused bakery opening this fall in OTR

Cincinnati natives Patrick Moloughney and Nathan Sivitz lived in LA for a year, where they realized macarons—flavored ganache or cream sandwiched between two almond meringue cookies—are the next cupcake. So Moloughney, a former brand manager at P&G, and Sivitz, a trained pastry chef, are bringing the French sweet to Cincinnati.
“Macarons are delicate and light, and temperamental to make,” Sivitz says. “They’re difficult for the home baker to make, so we thought a shop dedicated to macarons would be perfect for the neighborhood.”
Macaron Bar is slated to open in November in a 1,400-square-foot space at 1206 Main St. in Over-the-Rhine, next to Park + Vine. The OTR location will primarily be a takeaway kitchen, so customers can grab a treat on the way to work or on the way home.
The shop will have a minimalist and contemporary look and feel, with lots of white laminate materials and a glass wall separating the kitchen from the front of the house. The white walls will make the colorful macarons pop, Sivitz says.
The shop’s menu will feature classic flavors like chocolate, pistachio and salted caramel, with seasonal flavors like pumpkin and peppermint. All of the macarons will be gluten-free and Kosher certified. Macaron Bar will also offer a limited selection of coffee from Deeper Roots and loose-leaf tea from Essencha Tea House.
Moloughney and Sivitz picture the OTR location to be the flagship store, and they plan to open several satellite shops around town that will be retail-only stores supplied by the OTR kitchen.
The guys are also committed to the community—three percent of the profits from Macaron Bar will go to nonprofits in the OTR area.
“We want a way to give back,” Moloughney says, who has served on the board of several community organizations, including Community Shares and GLSEN. “Volunteering and being involved are very important to us.”

Co-op market hopes to set up shop in former Northside Save-a-Lot

The Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative, a nonprofit that partners with organizations and individuals to create worker-owned businesses, is helping spearhead the grocery store effort in Northside. The group, along with the neighborhood, hopes to bring a grocery store co-op to the former Save-a-Lot building.
If fundraising goes according to plan, and enough community shares are sold by August 30, funding will be in place for the Apple Street Market Co-op to open in early 2015. But if that goal isn’t reached, the opening date will continue to be pushed back. 

Currently, almost 200 shares have been sold. Shares are $100, and are subsized for those who qualify for SNAP or free or reduced lunch.
Last fall, Save-a-Lot, which was the last convenient grocery store in the Northside area, closed. Now, the closest stores are the Kroger on Kenard and the one in North College Hill. They’re not easily accessible by riding Metro, and they’re not ideal for people who need that one last ingredient to make dinner.
“One of the reasons we think this co-op will succeed is because it’s important to have accessible food nearby,” says Casey Whitten-Amadon, legal consultant for CUCI.
Because of the lack of food access nearby, Northside is considered a food desert. The only options are fast food, which isn’t necessarily healthy, and convenience stores, which often mark up prices on basic items like bread, milk and eggs. Having a grocery store back in the neighborhood will help increase foot traffic to surrounding businesses, and will bring jobs to the area.
The Apple Street Market will be a full-service grocery store, with larger than average produce, organic and local food sections, as well as paper products and beauty products. Local food will be sourced through connections with Our Harvest, which will help Apple Street Market work with local farmers and butchers to get products you can’t find at Kroger, Whitten-Amadon says.
The co-op will offer unionized wages, as well as worker-ownership options. It will also be affordable for customers of all income levels, and accessible to those walking, biking, riding the bus or driving a car.
“Having a high-end grocery store wouldn’t solve the access problem,” Whitten-Amadon says. “That kind of model wouldn’t be sustainable in Northside.”
If you’re interested in purchasing a share in the co-op or want to learn more about it, come to Northside Rising, a 50/50 community fundraising event with PAR Projects, on Aug. 30 at 1622 Hoffner St.

Renaissance Hotel and D. Burnham's focus on Cincinnati charm

The formerly vacant building at the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets downtown is now home to the 323-room Renaissance Hotel and accompanying restaurant, D. Burnham’s. Both the hotel and restaurant opened in early August.
Daniel Burnham, who designed the Flatiron Building in New York City, also designed the original building. It was built in 1901, and was known as the Union Savings Bank and Trust Building. It was renamed in 1985 as The Bartlett Building, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
D. Burnham’s is named after the building’s architect, and aims at creating a Cincinnati experience for its guests. The restaurant uses local bread from Sixteen Bricks, sausages and charcuterie from Avril Bleh, chicken and turkey from Busch’s Country Corner at Findlay Market, and gelato from Dojo Gelato.
The menu features short rib poutine, a charred romaine shrimp Caesar salad, a duck stuffed duck and the D. Burnham burger.
D. Burnham’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features a casual dining atmosphere.
The Renaissance Hotel is part of the Marriott chain, and has eight meeting rooms and 40 suites, as well as 283 standard rooms. Guest rooms are of modern design, and the lobby, which isn’t quite finished yet, will feature artwork and items that reflect the building’s history.
D. Burnham’s is located on the first floor of the hotel, with banquet space on the second and third floors, the fitness center on the fourth floor, and guest rooms above. Rooms start at $179 per night.  

Another food truck on the horizon in Cincinnati

John Humphrey’s parents opened the first Zino’s restaurant in 1965 in Norwood, and more were soon to follow in Clifton, Hyde Park, Short Vine, Kenwood Mall, Milford and Walnut Hills. The restaurants closed in the mid-1990s, and now Humphrey plans to bring some of Zino’s menu back to the city with his food truck, Zinomobile.
“I grew up working at my parents’ restaurants,” Humphrey says. “My sister and foster brothers worked there too, as well as our friends. It was hard to find someone who didn’t eat at, work at or know someone who worked at Zino’s.”
Humphrey, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, recently purchased the former Taco Azul truck, and will have a Kickstarter campaign to raise a portion of the remaining funds for Zinomobile.
The food truck’s menu will feature the Zinover, which is a deep-fried pizza turnover (think deep-fried calzone), filled with cheese, marinara sauce and your choice of ingredients. The rest of the menu will be rounded out with Zino’s originals, but Humphrey says he might eventually tweak a few things.
“I want to blend the older generation with the newer generation and bring in different food concepts,” Humphrey says.
Humphrey is a member of the Cincinnati Food Truck Association, and says that someday, he might want to expand his food truck and open a restaurant.
“I don’t have any idea where I would want to put a restaurant, but it seems to be the natural progression for many food truck owners,” he says. “Compared to 15 years ago, it’s amazing what’s available now.”
Zinomobile will be available for private parties, and be looking for the truck at business parks around town, as well as in entertainment hotspots with nightlife in the coming weeks. Humphrey also hopes to be at farmers markets and large events like Bunbury Music Festival; Red, White & Blue Ash; and Taste of Cincinnati.

Read more about Cincinnati's growing food truck scene in 30 Must-Try Cincinnati Food Trucks.

ArtsWave grant recipient: Price Hill Will

ArtsWave recently awarded a total of $45,000 to five LISC Place Matters neighborhoods—Avondale, Covington, Madisonville, Price Hill and Walnut Hills. Each neighborhood received $9,000 in grant money, which will help bring ArtsWave supported arts activities and organizations to each neighborhood. For the next five weeks, Soapbox will feature the five neighborhoods and their plans for the grant money.
On Aug. 23, Price Hill Will is hosting Illuminating the Arts from 1 to 7 p.m. The event will take place at four galleries in the neighborhood, including BLOC Coffee Company, Flats Gallery, Warsaw Project Gallery and the new @3506.
The galleries will feature local art from the Price Hill Looking Up Photography Contest, displays from a number of youth photography programs and Warsaw’s display of Luminous Lish’s glow-in-the-dark sculptural paintings.
With the help of the grant, Price Hill Will also coordinated several live performances. The Warsaw Arts Festival featured a performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s wind ensemble, several MYCincinnati performances, three performances by Bi-Okoto, and performances by Elementz and Bach and Boombox.
“This has given us the ability to offer programs to children who probably wouldn’t be able to see live performances,” says Pamela Taylor, community outreach coordinator for Price Hill Will.
Price Hill will have a few more Shakespeare in the Park shows in each section of the neighborhood over the next few months, which will give all Price Hill residents the chance to see the performance.
Live art performances are also being offered in Price Hill’s public elementary schools. Madcap Puppets will perform at one of the schools in December, and might be coming to a few other schools as well.
In September, Price Hill is hosting the International Festival at Roberts Academy and Music in the Woods at Imago Earth Center, and Bend in the River is Oct. 4 and 5 in Lower Price Hill.
“The grant from ArtsWave and Place Matters really fits with our programming, and the overall quality of life programming in Price Hill,” Taylor says. “It’s been great for community engagement.”

Ten films showcase the lives of Walnut Hills residents

This summer, Ryan Mulligan, a professor and filmmaker; Sam Meador, a local artist; The Gallery Project; Cincinnati creatives; and citizens of Walnut Hills created 10 short films about the people of the neighborhood. The films will be shown at 9 p.m. on Aug. 15 during the final Walk on Woodburn of the summer.
“Walnut Hills is my home, and I love the neighborhood,” Mulligan says. “When Annie Bolling asked me to do a project in her new community-centered art space on Woodburn, I jumped at the opportunity.”
The films, called Hilltop Stories, include documentary-style shorts, a silent comedy, a music video and a historical recreation of a couple’s first date and their lives together. Hilltop Stories was made entirely on a volunteer basis, with a grant from FUEL Cincinnati covering the advertising and equipment costs for the screening.
A Bollywood-style music video is in honor of Courttney Cooper, a Kroger employee who loves music. He can be seen dancing around the store, and brings music to everyone around him, Mulligan says.
Roy and Dee Green have lived in Walnut Hills for more than 50 years, and their love story inspired one of the films. Local teen actors played the Greens, and the film was shot on location in the neighborhood as the actors re-created the couple’s first date, courtship, marriage, and trials and tribulations. 
Walk on Woodburn will include a beer garden and food trucks from 6 to 9 p.m., with the films shown afterward for free on a giant 20-foot inflatable screen in the parking lot of 2800 Woodburn.
Mulligan says he’s only scratched the surface of the stories in Walnut Hills. During filming, he met a family with a large fence behind their house who have never met their neighbors. Next year, Mulligan is helping host the first ever Backyard Fence Volleyball League, in which the winner cooks dinner. Each block can form a team, and the match and meal will be filmed.
“I’m not a filmmaker,” Mulligan says. “I’m just a guy who believes in neighborhoods, and a professor who believes in art for social change.”
Next year, Mulligan hopes to take a backseat and help others who want to get behind the camera, but he definitely wants to see Hilltop Stories continue in Walnut Hills and beyond.

Westwood Works builds community with pop-up beer gardens

Westwood Works, an asset-based community development organization that celebrates the Westwood community, recently hosted its third Pop Up Beer Garden on Aug. 2. Based on the Five Points Beer Garden in Walnut Hills, the first two beer gardens drew more thab 300 people to each event.  
“The beer gardens have provided so much opportunity for us to fundraise for community-building efforts while accomplishing our primary goal of gathering people in a historic building district to enjoy the company of one another and see why we love Westwood so much,” says Nikki Mayhew, a Westwood Works board member.
If you missed it, the next beer garden is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 4, and will feature beer from Rhinegeist. Music Man DJ Flyin’ Brian Hellmann will provide entertainment, and there will be homebrewing demonstrations and food trucks.
Westwood Works has a few other events planned throughout the rest of the year, including:
  • 6th Annual Westwood Art Show on Sept. 13, which is held in partnership with WestCURC. The show will feature dozens of craft vendors, live music, food and fun on the lawn of Westwood Town Hall.
  • Family Movie Night at 8 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Gamble Nippert YMCA. A family-friendly movie will be shown on the lawn of the YMCA on a large projection screen.
  • Deck the Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30, which is held in partnership with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, the Gamble Nippert YMCA, Madcap Puppets and several local churches. The event will include crafts and games for kids, a visit with Santa, carols sung by local choirs, Mapcap Puppets, food trucks and the lighting of the tree at Westwood Town Hall.
“We like to see the community coming together to build on its strengths and capitalize on its differences to become a stronger, more inclusive community,” Mayhew says.
Westwood Works' monthly meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. The next one is scheduled for Aug. 27 at Dean’s Hops & Vines.
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