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93-year-old Baker Hunt Center undergoing expansion, renovation

By next year’s “Twilight in the Gardens” event, the 93-year-old Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center will have undergone a $2.5 million expansion and renovation. The plans were presented to the City of Covington’s design review board in late February but haven’t been put before the board for approval yet.
The Baker Hunt was founded in 1922 by Margaretta Baker Hunt, a Covington arts, education and religious activist. The adjacent Scudder mansion is also part of the property and once belonged to Baker Hunt’s niece, Kate Scudder. A 1920s auditorium and studio space round out the 3.5-acre campus.

The Baker Hunt offers arts and cultural classes for children and adults, serving about 2,700 students in the Tristate each year. Classes include painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, quilting, language, dance and yoga for all ages and skill levels.
All four existing buildings on the Baker Hunt property will be renovated, and there will be some new construction as well. A ramp and elevator will be added in order to make the main building more accessible, and a new front entrance will allow the Baker Hunt to be more accessible from Greenup Street.
New structures will be added around the campus as well as a modern glass-walled “functional sculpture” that will serve as a space for various activities.
Along with the physical renovations, the Baker Hunt is also improving its curriculum and adding more teachers.
GBBN Architects will be heading up the renovation. Some of the necessary funding is already in place, and the Baker Hunt plans fundraising activities for the rest.

"Twilight in the Gardens" is a yearly celebration of art, food and music and is held in the gardens on the Baker Hunt property in the fall. Stay tuned to Baker Hunt's website for event details, including date, time and participating restaurants.

Gabriel's Place seeks grant support for Avondale community health initiatives

Gabriel’s Place recently applied for a $25,000 grant from Convergys in order to further its community health initiatives in Avondale. Convergys' Corporate Social Responsibility program centers around issues that impact the community, such as workforce development and skills training, health and wellness, housing, transportation, financial literacy, child care and food security.

"We were introduced to Gabriel's Place during our United Way Service Day," says Karen Ryan, Convergys' director of government and community affairs. "We admired their commitment to not only feeding their neighbors but also their desire to educate and provide for others."

Avondale is considered a food desert, which means that there is no fresh food retailer or grocery store in the neighborhood. Instead, there are lots of fast food restaurants, corner stores and mini-marts. Residents in food deserts generally have poor health outcomes, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and preterm births.
Gabriel’s Place served over 8,000 plated meals in 2014 through its Share a Meal program. On Tuesdays, the community comes together for a donation-based, restaurant-style meal designed by a chef and prepared at Gabriel’s Place using fresh ingredients. Volunteer nurses are also on hand to perform health screenings during the meal.
There’s also a Thanksgiving Share a Meal event called ThankFALL, which served over 250 people in 2014. The meal is locally sourced and focuses on food and health education.
Share a Meal is designed to help start conversations about food, health and heritage. It helps people make healthier choices, and facilitates skills-based learning in the kitchen so Avondale residents can learn to cook and share skills while preparing a weekly meal together. Yes, Gabriel’s Place is always looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve at Share a Meal events.
Gabriel’s Place also hosts a weekly farmers market on Thursdays at 4-6 p.m. The majority of the fresh produce sold at the market is grown in the organization’s garden or provided by Pic’s Produce and ranges from $.25 to $2. The farmers market is the only fresh food retailer currently in Avondale.
In conjunction with the farmers market, there are plans to offer interactive cooking demonstrations featuring seasonal ingredients. Residents will have the chance to cook alongside a chef, taste-test snacks and take recipes home.
Gabriel’s Place also offers two cooking classes. The first is the Jr. Chef Institute, a free eight-week summer culinary education program that's open to high school students who have a passion for food or an interest in pursuing a career in the culinary arts. The program creates a pipeline to the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State and helps prepare kids for jobs in the food industry.

The other cooking class, which is still in the works, will be an eight-week skills-based class that features a basic cooking curriculum designed by Gabriel’s Place. This class will not only teaches the basics but also designed to focus on different aspects of cooking, including healthy meals and meals on a budget.
There are also plans to partner with the Hirsch Recreation Center to host dinner theater vignettes with neighborhood performers to showcase Avondale's talent as well as connect residents in a new way.

CGN grant money makes creative Covington projects possible

The Center for Great Neighborhoods recently announced the recipients of eight Creative Community grants, which total over $35,000. The grants will go toward artistic and creative projects in Covington, with six of them happening in its Westside neighborhood.

216 Pike Art Wall ($5,000)
A new wall across from an open lot at 216 Pike St. will be used to display public art. The wall will include flower boxes, lighting at night and an overhang to shelter people and the artwork. Christopher J. Meyer will curate the art and will solicit work from local artists and rotate the display on a monthly basis. The art wall will prevent non-resident access to the lot, which will help improve what's been a nuisance space that attracted negative attention.

Analemmatic Sundial & Solar Light ($5,000)
David Rice will use the sun’s rays to address safety in Westside. The interactive sundial will be a 12-foot-by-6-foot half-circle, and people will use their bodies to provide the shadow-casting object to tell time. The other part of the project is installing a solar light on top of the sundial to illuminate the parking lot on Orchard Street, making it more safe and inviting.

Art on 12th ($4,321.25)
Julia Martin will install lighted artwork in the windows of an empty building on 12th Street. The original art will be created by Martin or by students in one of her community art classes. The space will also feature an Art Walk to view the pieces as well and create safety through community interaction.

B Visible: See and B Seen ($4,595)
The Coder and Maker Group for the Kenton County Library will host workshops for Covington residents and students to create clothing and bike accessories that will increase the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. There will also be a fashion show to celebrate Bike Month and Covington’s bicentennial.

CYC Crosswalk Campaign ($3,175)
The Covington Youth Commission will address safety for kids and other pedestrians on the streets around John G. Carlisle Elementary School by installing artwork in the crosswalks. They’ll be working with artist and Holmes High School teacher Donny Roundtree and youth leaders in the school's BLOCK program to design and paint the crosswalks.

Goats in Goebel ($5,000)
Gus Wolf and Lauren VanDyke Wolf will bring goats to the hillside in Goebel Park to eat and eliminate overgrowth and invasive plant species.

Orchard Park Swing ($5,000)
A group swing will be permanently placed in Orchard Park, which is currently a vacant lot. Lauren DiFulvio Wolf will donate her photography skills to hold a one-day community session and then display the prints in and around the park to attract attention and remind visitors of the neighborhood’s energy and diversity.

Pones in Public ($3,500)
The grant will be used to fund eight Pones Inc. performances that will encourage families, groups and strangers to express creativity. The performances will be free and integrated into existing community activities.
The funding for the Creative Community grants is made possible by The Kresge Foundation, which has given CGN a multi-year grant for creative placemaking initiatives in Covington. Other Kresge-funded projects include improving the 12th Street corridor, the rehabilitation of the historic Hellmann Lumber Mill, creating more housing opportunities and continuing to combat blight and stabilize the city.

NKY Scholar House to offer housing, programming for low-income student-parents

The Scholar House is a program of the Kentucky Housing Corporation, and is designed to help out low-income families as parents earn post-secondary degrees. The goal is for people to leave the program able to live free of public assistance, including housing.
NKY’s Scholar House, which will be located at 450 W. Sixth St. in Newport, is modeled after ones in Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah and Pikeville. The $8.3 million project broke ground in August, and the plan is to have residents moving in by next August. 
The project is the redevelopment of a parcel of land that houses a community center, which will be connected to the Scholar House’s education center. Eight apartment buildings will each house six, two- and three-bedroom apartments, for a total of 48. Programming at the Scholar House will include a child development center, and the space and staffing for life skills classes.
“The Scholar House’s main emphasis is on the education program, but it will also provide housing and childcare,” says Tammy Weidinger, CEO of the Brighton Center. “We want to be supporting each student throughout their educational endeavors, and if they run into a problem, we want to be there to help them work through it.”
The Brighton Center will manage the Scholar House, as well as provide the education programs, run the child development center and provide case management and life skills workshops for parents.
“We want to help create a community of learning and support for people who are going through the same experience,” Weidinger says. “It’s hard to be a parent and go to school full-time. There will be enough support to help parents work through that, and they will be there to support each other, too.”
The project is being funded through a variety of sources, but the largest is low-income tax credits through the Kentucky Housing Corporation, as well as a grant through the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. It also received a Community Development Block Grant from the Campbell County Fiscal Court.
In order to qualify for the Scholar House, residents must be at least 18 years old, be considered low-income and have children. They also must be enrolled in a two- or four-year degree program at a state college, as well as attend six life skills workshops a year.

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.

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.

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.”

New NKY private school focuses on individualized approach to learning

A private, faith-based, co-educational K-12 school is starting September 2 in Florence. Union Pointe Academy will be held on the Indiana Wesleyan campus, with hopes of having its own building in the future.
Union Pointe was founded by Sheila Levi, a retired teacher and owner of the Learning Curve Tutoring Center, and Jim Skoog, an educator, athletic director and administrator for 39 years and supervisor of alternative programs at Butler County ESC. The school also has a team of educators from a variety of backgrounds to help provide students with a well-rounded curriculum.  
Union Pointe will address its students’ needs, strengths and talents through individual learning plans, cutting-edge technology, programs for dyslexia and related reading issues, and a performing arts and gifted program.
Its dyslexia program will be one of a very limited number at Kentucky schools that is specifically dedicated to helping students with dyslexia, Levi says.
Students will learn through a multisensory approach in reading, writing and math called the Orton-Gillingham Approach, which focuses on language retraining through multisensory techniques, direct instruction, repetition and guided practice.
The school’s national standards-based curriculum will use a blended learning concept, where students learn at least in part through online delivery of content and classroom instruction. The model uses a higher level of critical thinking skills and an integrated and reflective thinking that is enhanced through project-based lifelong learning experiences.
All graduation requirements were set by the Kentucky Department of Education, and include college prep courses and honors and AP classes. Students will have the opportunity to take drama, fitness/wellness and global languages/cultures, and will have the chance to travel, take field trips and enjoy outdoor activities. Union Pointe also offers an a la carte menu of classes for homeschool students. 
Tuition is $7,500 for grades K-6 and $8,000 for grades 7-12 per year. Payment plans are available, and costs are reduced if more than one child attends Union Pointe. You can register your student for the fall or request more information via email (info@UnionPointeAcademy.org).
Fundraising for Union Pointe started in late 2013; the school is currently seeking $500,000 for startup costs for the first year. To support the school, visit its website.

Online public art map takes Cincinnatians on "artventure"

Downtown Cincinnati Inc. recently launched Cincinnati’s online public art map, ArtVenture. The map includes a list of murals and sculptures found downtown and in Over-the-Rhine, and users can find themed itineraries that highlight works and fun spots along different routes.
Years ago, the Ohio Arts Council and SAVE OUR OUTDOOR SCULPTURE! Program developed A Guide to Public Art in Downtown Cincinnati, and the print edition was later migrated to the web. But the information hadn’t been updated since the early '90s.
ArtVenture was developed using information from Cincinnati Parks, ArtWorks and A Guide To Public Art in Cincinnati.
“It made sense for DCI to take on the project and combine information from different sources into one, easy-to-use database,” says Tricia Suit, director of marketing at DCI.
There are five itineraries—Hometown Heroes, Music City, The Old Ballgame, Take in the History and Mother(lode) of Presidents—and there are plans to add more this summer.
The Hometown Heroes itinerary includes Carew Tower, which is an important part of Cincinnati’s architectural, artistic and business history. Also on that itinerary is Cincinnati Venus, Jim Dine’s sculpture at Centennial Plaza. The Music City itinerary includes a stop at Memorial Hall, which has six free-standing sculptures on its façade that pay tribute to veterans from the Revolutionary War to the Spanish-American War.
The Old Ballgame is a tour around Great American Ball Park; and Take in the History features the National Steamboat Monument at the Public Landing. The Mother(lode) of Presidents itinerary includes stops at The Cincinnatian and The Phoenix, where local history is mixed in with the story of Ohio’s presidents.
“We created ArtVenture to be more than just an art walk,” Suit says. “Many cities have maps and routes to see monuments and unique architectural features, but by combining information about art with fun stops along with way, we’ve created a unique experience with all downtown has to offer.”
The public is invited to share its artventures with DCI using #cincyartventure on Twitter and Instagram.

ArtsWave gives $45,000 to five Place Matters neighborhoods

This year, ArtsWave will award grants to five of the Local Initiative Support Corporation’s (LISC) Place Matters neighborhoodsAvondale, Covington, Madisonville, Price Hill and Walnut Hills—totaling $45,000. The partnership, which began in January, will help support arts activities in the neighborhoods.
Each neighborhood will use the funds to contract arts organizations that are supported by ArtsWave, or to support activities that include community-building arts programs. Each grant project will also involve local community partners, such as the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Urban League of Cincinnati, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, schools, community councils and business associations.
Avondale’s Comprehensive Development Corporation will use the grant money to bring the “Kin Killing Kin Art Series” to the neighborhood as part of a strategy to promote alternatives to violence, and help residents connect to the African culture through cooking and performance programs from Bi-Okoto and the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company.
In Covington, the Center for Great Neighborhoods will help enhance the 2014 Art Off Pike with “ArtsWave Presents” appearances by Visionaries & Voices and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Covington will also celebrate its bicentennial next year with site-specific performances by groups like the Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
The Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation will launch the Madisonville Jazz and BBQ Festival in the fall in the heart of the neighborhood’s business district, adjacent to the Madisonville Arts and Cultural Center.
The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation will add arts programming to the We Are Walnut Hills Springfest and the second annual Cincinnati Street Food Festival, and to the community space in Five Points Alley.
Price Hill Will and Santa Maria Community Services plan to bring members of their community together to share performances by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and MYCincinnati in schools and community centers.
The initiative falls under ArtsWave’s ArtsWave Presents program, which is an effort to extend arts programming across the region. It follows a partnership with Interact for Health on “Join the Fun,” which launched in February.

Cincinnati Public Library will open three new locations in 2015

On April 21, the The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will break ground on three new branches in Clifton, Reading and St. Bernard. The locations are expected to open spring or summer 2015.
All three locations will have expanded collections, computer labs, meeting/program rooms, individual study rooms, maker space and self-check stations. Staff will serve customers using mobile devices, and the buildings will be designed for energy efficiency.
The new Clifton branch, which will be located at 3400 Brookline Ave. in Parkside Manor, will be 10,000 square feet, and will replace the current 2,500-square-foot storefront on Ludlow. It will feature on-site parking and the library’s first outdoor lockers for after-hours hold pickups.
Reading’s new location will be situated on Reading Road across from Southern Avenue. The new 12,000-square-foot space will replace the current 2,000-square-foot storefront, and will have drive-up services and on-site parking.
The new 8,000-square-foot St. Bernard location at the intersection of Vine Street and McClelland Avenue will replace the current 2,000-square-foot space in the St. Bernard Municipal Center. Although there won’t be on-site parking, the library did purchase a nearby lot for customer parking.
The new branches are part of the library’s $11.7 million facilities plan.
By Caitlin Koenig
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Easter Seals TriState partnering with Price Hill Will for Youth Build projects

This year, Easter Seals TriState is partnering with Price Hill Will for its Youth Build program. The first project and collaboration effort is a complete rehabilitation of 1017 Fisk Ave., a residential property in Price Hill, which will be put back on the market in much better shape.
Construction began on March 10, with a “wall breaking” event on March 14.
The project will provide 18 at-risk youth the opportunity to work in construction and learn pre-apprenticeship skills, while furthering their academic careers through a GED program or classes through Cincinnati State.
Participants will spend two days on-site and two days off, with the last day of the week reserved for their priority site—either academic, training or work site. Participants earn $8 per hour, which helps them meet their needs and provides a financial incentive for their academic progress, says Debbie Smith, VP of Education for Employment at Easter Seals TriState.
Youth Build is a national U.S. Department of Labor program, with more than 273 program sites across the country. Youth Build is open to men and women ages 18-24 who want to improve their lives by earning their high school diploma or GED while preparing for a career in construction or advanced manufacturing.
The program connects young adults to education, develops their leadership skills, provides one-on-one case management, connects them to job and apprenticeship opportunities, and builds their construction and/or advanced manufacturing skills.
To enroll in Youth Build, you must perform at a minimum 6th grade level in math and reading, be willing to commit to six months paid construction training, and be willing to work toward your high school diploma or GED with the goal of attending post-secondary school or training.
By Caitlin Koenig
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Life Learning Center gets new home

The Life Learning Center in Covington is moving to the old Stewart Iron Works building at the corner of Madison Avenue and 18th Street. When redevelopment is complete this summer, the Learning Center will move from its current space on 15th Street to its new location.
The redevelopment of the long-time vacant, blighted brownfield was made possible by a partnership among the Catalytic Fund, Corporex and the city of Covington. The city is taking care of the site's brownfield development, including installing new windows, and Corporex is redeveloping for the Learning Center.

Currently, the Learning Center is located in a 5,000-square-foot building; the Stewart Iron Works building is about 60,000 square feet, but the Learning Center is only redeveloping and occupying about 35,000 square feet.
When it moves in, the Learning Center will acquire the building from the city, which purchased it in 2009 with assistance from the Kenton County Fiscal Court.
In its new home, the Learning Center will continue to deliver its six yearly programs that target at-risk people and help them overcome employment challenges and financial obstacles, but it hopes to be able to offer the programs more often. Its holistic approach includes educational programs and other resources that help transform lives.

There will also be a child care center and fitness/wellness facility in the new Learning Center.

"We serve many single moms here, and now, they can participate in our programs and bring their kids to our on-site child care center," says Erich Switzer, the Learning Center's director of awareness and fundraising. "We've also had a lot of people request a fitness center and programs, so we're excited to be offering that too."
The Learning Center’s move is the last of three development projects along Madison in the last year. In October, Walgreens relocated to the corner of Madison and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/12th Street; in December, the Kentucky Career Center announced its plans to move from 4th Street to the old Robke site at 1314 Madison.
Both the Kentucky Career Center and the Learning Center's projects are joint results of a deal that began in 2009 and involved multiple agencies, including the city, the Catalytic Fund, and other state and federal agencies.

The Learning Center is funding the renovation through a capital campagin—$2.4 million of the $3.2 million goal has already been raised. To donate, visit the Learning Center's website or send your donation to: Life Learning Center, 315 E. 15th St., Covington, Ky., 41011.
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Three Rivers School awarded grant from Bengals, NFL, LISC for football complex

On August 30, Three Rivers School received a $200,000 grant from the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to help build a new football complex. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014.
The current field at Taylor High School, which is a natural turf field, is more than 75 years old. The stadium’s lighting is affixed to old wooden electric poles, and its aluminum and concrete bleachers seat only about 1,200 people. The site of the new field is an abandoned water well field that had been vacant for more thab a decade before Three Rivers leveled it and raised it out of the floodplain as part of the construction of the new school.
Three Rivers’ new field will allow for expanded use for all of the school’s football teams, soccer teams and the high school band. The school will also use the field for gym class, and it will be available for community youth football, cheerleading and soccer programs.
The cost of the project will be paid for entirely by private funds—the Three Rivers’ administration, staff, booster organizations and community leaders have formed the Fields of Dreams campaign to privately raise money for first-class competitive athletic facilities at the new Three Rivers School.
The sports complex consists of the football stadium with turf, lights, a track, concession stands, locker facilities and restrooms, plus a soccer stadium, baseball stadium, softball stadium and practice fields. The campaign has already raised $360,000 to go toward the remaining cost of installing the field’s synthetic turf.
Total estimates for the project range from $4.3 to $7.7 million, depending on the features and quality of the complex. The football stadium will cost between $2.31 and $3.72 million; the soccer stadium between $480,000 to $1.07 million; and the baseball and softball stadium between $610,000 to $1.26 million.
The NFL Grassroots Program, which is a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, has resulted in the construction or renovation of 256 football fields nationwide since 1998. In the past 10 years, the NFL Youth Football Fund has granted more than $32.5 million to revitalize sports fields in underserved neighborhoods.
If you would like to donate to the football field, visit the Fields of Dreams website.  
By Caitlin Koenig
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