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Land of gifts

While many people are waiting until Christmas to receive gifts the village of Indian Hill has been getting gifts periodically throughout the year. Village residents have donated approximately 11 acres of land to Indian Hill’s Green Areas Advisory Committee. Assistant City Manager Dave Couch, who’s a member of the Green Areas Advisory Committee, said the acreage came from five separate donations. SEE STORY, A2

By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

Star power

Indian Hill orchestra students recently ventured into rock territory. The students performed a concert with Mark Wood, former orchestra master of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It’s the third time Wood, who also rehearsed with the students, has visited the Indian Hill Schools. “The star power is cool,” said freshman Delaney Smith, who plays the violin and viola and is a resident of Indian Hill. SEE STORY, A3

Charitable routine

A group for parents and their children has made charity an integral part of its routine. The Hyde Park Parents’ Exchange, which is open to families in the Tristate, was formed in 1994 by Amanda O’Bannon. The group was formed to provide social, educational and recreational activities for young children and their families, said Youngwon French, who is cochairwoman of the membership committee along with Jennifer Boccelli. SEE STORY, A4

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It’s a wrap

Junior Haleigh Miller makes sure a package is wrapped just right during Cincinnati Country Day School’s “all school wrap in” event. Each year older and younger students are paired with one another to prepare gifts they have collected for various charities.

A group monitoring school spending in the Indian Hill School District will continue its outreach efforts to inform. The Committee for Responsible School Spending was formed in March, shortly after the district approved moving 1.25 mills of inside millage to fund permanent improvements. A lawsuit was filed earlier in the year. “We’re working hard to get information into the hands of the taxpayers,” said Richard Cocks, Cocks chairman of the committee. “We’re trying to educate taxpayers using Department of Education data.” Cocks, who is a resident of Indian Hill, said the committee took a hiatus starting in August. “We made a conscious decision last summer to not compete with (the November elections),” he said. However, the group has since resumed its efforts to reach others via direct mailings and through submissions to the local media. “We have been seeing a lot of support,” said committee member Fred Sanborn, who is also a resident of Indian Hill. Sanborn, though, said some parents with children attending schools in the district have been reluctant to be identified with the group.

Cocks and Sanborn declined to comment specifically on the lawsuit. Sanborn said the district did not meet state requirements in approving an inside millage increase without a public vote. At a previous meeting before the school board, Sanborn referred to a section of Ohio’s Revised Code which states, “no tax rate shall be levied above that necessary to produce the revenue needed by the taxing district or political subdivision for the ensuing fiscal year ... unless such rate of taxation for the Sanborn ensuing fiscal year is clearly required.” Sanborn said, “In no way, in my opinion, does the Indian Hill School District meet the criteria for this statutory provision.” Cocks said another objective of the committee is to try and encourage district administrators and school board members to clearly show how money is being spent in the district. “Only with full disclosure can taxpayers truly evaluate whether our schools are being run in a business-like manner,” said Cocks. School Board President Tim Sharp was unable to be reached for comment. For more information about your community visit www.cincinnati. com/indianhill

Indian Hill woman helping horses By Rob Dowdy rdowdy@communitypress.com

Indian Hill resident Linda Pavey has spent the last decade helping horses find a good home. Pavey is doubling her efforts again his holiday season by offering to match any donations she receives through Dec. 31. She raises money to help her cause through the Brennan Equine Welfare Fund, which is named after her former horse. The fund has raised thousands of dollars to provide grants that go toward facilities that feed, retrain and heal horses. Pavey said the recent economic downturn has forced many with horses to struggle with feeding and maintaining their animals. She said even the facilities she gives money to are struggling to keep up with the demand.

Get involved

To donate to the Brennan Equine Welfare Fund, visit www.brennan equinewelfarefund.com or call Linda Pavey at 561-5251. “A lot of donations are still needed,” Pavey said. She said the Brennan Equine Welfare Fund has moved beyond just offering grants and Pavey has been facilitating homes for rescued horses “that actually have no where to go.” Pavey said what’s worse is that some owners are struggling to make ends meet with multiple horses. “It’s not just one horse in bad shape .. but whole herds,” she said. To read more about your community, visit www.Cincinnati.com/indianhill.com

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Indian Hill opens 11 acres of gifts By Rob Dowdy

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While many people are waiting until Christmas to

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Animals/ Nature

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden – needs volunteers in the volunteer education program. Volunteers will receive training, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter, among other benefits. There are numerous volunteer opportunities now available, including: “Ask Me” Station Program, Slide Presenters Program, Tour Guide Program, Animal Handlers Program, CREW Education Program. Each area has its own schedule and requirements. Certified training is also required. Must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED diploma. For more information, call the zoo’s education department at 559-7752, or e-mail volunteereducator@cincinnatizoo.o rg, or visit www.cincinnatizoo.org. Grailville – needs volunteers for the garden in Loveland. Volunteer days are 9 a.m. to noon selected Saturdays. For a complete list visit www.grailville.org or call 683-

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2340. Volunteers will work in the kitchen and herb gardens. No experience is needed, volunteers may participate once or for the entire season. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, footwear that can get dirty and a snack if desired. Tools are provided. Granny’s Garden School – needs help in the garden. Granny’s is growing produce for needy families in the area, with support from the Greenfield Plant Farm. Greenfield Plant Farm donated their surplus tomato and green pepper plants to the Granny’s Garden School program. Granny is seeking help with maintaining the gardens, planting and harvesting more produce. Granny’s is at Loveland Primary School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road. Call 324-2873 or e-mail schoolgarden@fuse.net, or visit www.grannysgardenschool.com. GRRAND – Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs takes in needy displaced, abandoned or unclaimed stray golden retrievers and places them in volunteer foster homes until adoptive families are found. Call 1-866-981-2251 and leave your name and phone. Visit www.ggrand.org. E-mail www.cincygrrand@yahoo.com. League For Animal Welfare – A no-kill shelter needs volunteers 16-andolder to help socialize cats and 18-and-older to socialize and walk dogs. Other opportunities available. Call 735-2299, ext. 3.

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Indian Hill High School Orchestra members Anna Hall, left, a freshman and resident of Kenwood, and juniors Grace Bender of Camp Dennison and Suzy Wilson of Indian Hill, rehearse for a concert that featured Mark Wood, former orchestra master of the TransSiberian Orchestra. They are playing the cello.

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Celebrity musician inspires Indian Hill students again By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

Indian Hill orchestra students recently ventured into rock territory. The students performed a concert with Mark Wood, former orchestra master of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It’s the third time Wood, who also rehearsed with the students, has visited the Indian Hill Schools. “The star power is cool,” said freshman Delaney Smith, who plays the violin and viola and is a resident of Indian Hill. Smith said it was also an opportunity to explore a different type of music. “It’s nice playing some of the more contemporary songs,” she said. Candace Putz, director of orchestras for Indian Hill

schools and a resident of Symmes Township, said a diversity in music is important. “I feel students need to have a well-rounded musical education,” she said. “Along with the classics, they need to further their studies with rock and jazz.” Smith said Wood, who plays the electric violin, is very inspirational. “You’d think in two days (with him) you couldn’t pull a concert together, but his excitement and energy brings it together,” she said. The high school orchestra played Trans-Siberian Orchestra material arranged by Wood for the concert. Freshman Sheena Kothari, who plays the violin and is a resident of Kenwood, said, “The music is more challenging, but it’s also very upbeat.”

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Parents club reaches out By Forrest Sellers

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A group for parents and their children has made charity an integral part of its routine. The Hyde Park Parents’ Exchange, which is open to families in the Tristate, was formed in 1994 by Amanda O’Bannon.

The group was formed to provide social, educational and recreational activities for young children and their families, said Youngwon French, who is co-chairwoman of the membership committee along with Jennifer Boccelli. “(It’s) an opportunity for (parents) to get together and share their interests,”

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The Hyde Park Parents’ Exchange is a group formed to provide support and activities for parents and their children. Activities and workshops are planned throughout the year. For information, call 679-1476 or visit the website www.hppe.org.

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Cincinnati Country Day School held its fifth annual Divas & Darlings Dinner and Fashion Show Nov. 10 at Kenwood Country Club. Having a good time at the event are Lower School mom models, from left, Annie Lyle, Kathy Briggs, Allison Harten and Melissa Potter.

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Sixth and eighth graders at Seven Hills School made several loaves of apple plum bread for the residents of Tender Mercies Nov. 23. Teacher Judy Wiesemann of Loveland, center, helps students, from left, Charlie Goldsmith of Amberley and Jules Baretta of Indian Hill make the bread.

Seven Hills students bake bread for Tender Mercies Sixth and eighth graders at Seven Hills School spent Nov. 23 learning about and helping the homeless in Greater Cincinnati. The 72 students made individual loaves of apple-plum bread for the residents of Tender Mercies in Overthe-Rhine, which provides housing and supportive services for home-

less people with chronic mental illness. This is Seven Hills’ fifth year for this service-learning project and the first year in which sixth graders joined the eighth graders. The project was inspired by Truman Capote’s short story, “A Christmas Memory,” in which a young

boy bonds with an older member of his household through the process of baking fruit bread. The project was organized by English teacher Linda Maupin of Indian Hill. As part of their bread baking day, students were given a look at the lives of homeless and needy

people by Jeni Jenkins, education coordinator of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, and by Jonathan Adee, volunteer services manager at Tender Mercies. The students then presented Adee with more than 150 loaves of bread at the school’s recent Thanksgiving assembly.

Open houses for parents of prospective students at Indian Hill Primary and Elementary schools will take place Thursday, Jan. 6. The open houses are for those considering transferring children from private or parochial schools or other public school districts to the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District. The Primary School’s open house will be 9-10 a.m. and the Elementary School’s open house will be 10-11 a.m. It is not necessary to make a specific appointment. Parents will be able to meet the principals, faculty, and staff; ask questions; tour the buildings; and learn as much as possible about the schools and district. It is suggested parents attend the open houses without their children. Indian Hill Primary School, for grades kindergarten through 2, is located at 6207 Drake Road. Call 272-4754 for information. Indian Hill Elementary School, for grades 3-5, is located at 6100 Drake Road. Call 272-4703 for more information.

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• The Indian Hill boys basketball team beat Sycamore 63-54, Dec. 3. Indian Hill’s top-scorer was Austin Trout with 14 points. On Dec. 7, Indian Hill beat Loveland 56-47. Indian Hill’s Austin Trout was the topscorer for his team with 20 points. • In boys swimming, Indian Hill placed third with a 28 against Mariemont’s 153 and Taylor’s 89, Dec. 7. Indian Hill’s Will Brackenbury won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 7.86 seconds. • In girls swimming, Mariemont placed first with a score of 144 against Indian Hill’s 87 and Taylor’s 81, Dec. 7. Indian Hill’s Anna Shuller won the 1 meter dive with a 157.05. • The Indian Hill girls basketball team beat Taylor 7833, Dec. 8. Indian Hills’ topscorer was Kelsey Matthews with 17 points.

The week at CCD

• The Bethel-Tate boys basketball team beat Cincinnati Country Day 59-42, Dec. 3. CCD’s top-scorer was Robbie Pierce with 26 points. The Cincinnati Country Day boys basketball team beat Cincinnati Christian 5539, Dec. 7. CCD’s top-scorer was Robbie Pierce with 20 points. • In girls basketball, Wyoming beat Cincinnati Country Day 49-38, Dec. 6. CCD’s top-scorer was Candice Keese with 11 points. On Dec. 8, Cincinnati Country Day beat North College Hill 72-47. CCD’s topscorer was Ricci Snell with 20 points. • The Cincinnati Country Day boys swim team placed first with a score of 86 against Summit Country Day’s 71 and Seven Hills’ 70, Dec. 7. CCD’s Hanson won the 200 meter freestyle in 2 minutes, 16.68 seconds; Cabello won the 100 meter flystroke in 1 minute, 16.43 seconds; and CCD won the 400 meter freestyle relay in 4 minute, 14.52 seconds. • In girls swimming, CCD placed first with a score of 141 against Seven Hills’ 70 and Summit Country Day’s 56, Dec. 7. CCD won the 200 meter medley relay in 2 minute, 7.43 seconds, the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1 minute, 53.95 seconds and the 400 meter freestyle relay in 4 minute, 13.46 seconds. CCD’s Leonard won the 200 meter freestyle in 2 minutes, 17.36 seconds; Krone won the 200 meter individual medley in 2 minute, 26.49 seconds; Cohen won the 50 meter freestyle in 28.17 seconds; Blackburn won the 100 meter flystroke in 1 minute, 8.83 seconds; Cohen won the 100 meter freestyle in 1 minute, 2.89 seconds; and Taylor won the 100 meter backstroke in 1 minute, 12.15 seconds.

The week at Moeller

• The Moeller basketball team beat Northmont 58-41, Dec. 3. Moeller’s top-scorer was Alex Barlow with 21 points. • In boys bowling, Moeller placed first with a score of 2,757 against McNicholas’ 2,671 and Fenwick’s 2,304, Dec. 3. Moeller’s Daniel Oehler bowled a 479. Elder beat Moeller 2,6672,314, Dec. 7. Oehler bowled a 429. • In boys swimming, Sycamore beat Moeller 103.576.5. Moeller won the 200 meter medley relay in 1 minute, 39.73 seconds.

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CCD girls shoot for consistency By Nick Dudukovich

to fill the void left by Bryant ndudukovich@communitypress.com at the point guard position and came up big against While the Cincinnati North College Hill by scoring Country Day girls basketball 20 points. squad got off to a 2-1 start “Ricci is going through through their first three growing pains (playing games, coach Mike Snell point guard), but she’s knows his squad has room adapting pretty well,” John for improvement. Snell said. The team is made up of Huelskamp is helping the only a few battle-tested vet- squad by not only providing erans, while the team’s solid play, but by contributother players have limited ing strong leadership skills. experience at the varsity “Jamie is very good with level, according to Snell. leadership ability,” Snell The Indians youth said “She does a great job of showed durgetting peoing their 49ple doing 38 loss to what they Wyoming, are supposed Dec. 6. The The Indians youth to be doing.” team turned H u e l showed during their skamp, the ball over is 35 times the 49-38 loss to also during the squad’s most Wyoming, Dec. 6. v e r s a t i l e contest. “ T h a t ’s The team turned the athlete. where our “The last ball over 35 times couple years inexperience came into guardduring the contest. she’s play,” Snell ed the other said. “We team’s top had a ton of player and turnovers (on offense) that game.” she can play any position,” Snell knew the squad Snell said. would go through some Armstead, who is playgrowing pains after CCD lost ing her third year on the starting point guard Savan- varsity squad, is second on nah Bryant before the start the team in scoring (7.7 of the season. ppg) and first in rebounding “We thought we would (4 rpg). have Savannah, but she At the post, the 6-foot-1 tore her ACL and we’ve Sachs has done a good job been scrambling trying to of filling in the shoes of last move girls around,” he said. season’s graduation class, The squad rebounded according to Snell. during their next contest by She grabbed 10 points crushing North College Hill, and 13 rebounds against 72-47. North College Hill. “It was good, because While the Indians aren’t North College Hill is an a well-oiled machine yet, aggressive and athletic team Snell holds out hope that and to be able to come off this squad can repeat as that loss to Wyoming and Miami Valley Conference be able to bounce back was champions. a good win for us, and it “We know teams will gets our confidence back,” come after us and that we Snell said. are the team to go after Although it’s early, CCD now, but (we’ll try) to win has received solid perform- league again, and then we’ll ances from players such as try to win our sectional,” junior Ricci Snell, junior Snell said. “That is someErica Armstead, sophomore thing CCD hasn’t done in a Cassie Sachs and senior long time.” Jamie Huelskamp. See more sports coverage at Ricci, who is Snell’s www.cincinnati.com/blogs/pres daughter, is doing her best spreps

The Indian Hill Middle School Braves celebrate winning the recent Cincinnati Hills League tournament. In the first round of the CHL tournament, the Braves beat Madeira in the last game on the final point. The eighth-grade girls won the CHL championship by beating a tough Wyoming team they had previously lost to. The match went to three games and the girls played some great volleyball to pull out the win. The girls overall record was 14-4. They all worked extremely well together and developed so much over the course of the season. In front, from left, are Katie Lehmann, Laura Proffitt and Paige Brockhoff. In second row are Anna Renfro, Marie Taylor, Claire Barker (slightly in front) Bridget Thibodeaux, Julia Sewell and Mackenzie McMillan. In third row are Riley Lange, Joanie Fiore, Anna Leibel and Coach Katie Dillenburger.

IH hoops tries to overcome inexperience By Mark Chalifoux mchalifoux@communitypress.com

The Indian Hill High School boys basketball team is a work in progress this season as the Braves work on replacing the entire starting lineup and 10 seniors total from the Cincinnati Hills League champion 2009-2010 team. “We’re young and inexperienced and right now it’s step by step trying to get that experience and learn how to win,” head coach Tim Burch said. The Braves fell in the Dec. 3 season opener to Sycamore 63-54 but rebounded to win the next game Dec. 7 against Loveland 56-43. Leading the way for Indian Hill are the only two returning players who saw considerable varsity action

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Indian Hill High School’s Sam Voss launches a three-point shot during the Braves’ 56-43 victory over Loveland, Dec. 7.

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Indian Hill forward Teddy Kremchek (20) brings the ball up the court during the Braves’ 56-43 victory over Loveland, Dec. 7. last year, senior Sam Voss and junior Austin Trout. Trout is the Braves’ leading scorer, averaging 14 points per game. Voss is averaging 10 points per game. “They are doing great for us and everyone is working hard,” Burch said. “Another guy playing well is Jordan Fiore. He is really stepping up and giving us a spark.” Fiore had nine points against Sycamore and a team-best five rebounds and five assists and had three steals against Loveland. Two of the younger guys in the rotation are Teddy Kremchek and sophomore point guard Jon Griggs. Kremchek is the team’s second-leading scorer so far, averaging 11 points per game. “Teddy is doing an amazing job and Jon is showing he belongs on this level,” Burch said. “He’s been matched with some senior point guards and held his own.” Another player standing out for the Braves has been Danny Harding, who Burch said is doing an “outstanding job.” One problem for the Braves this season will be rebounding, as Indian Hill has a small team. Burch

said most of the players in the rotation are 6-foot-2 or shorter. “We’re very small. We look like a JV team,” Burch said. “We’re doing a good job defensively but our height is a factor.” Burch also said the Braves aren’t shooting the ball as well as he’d like to see, as Indian Hill is still averaging about 14 points less than last year’s team. Burch said he’d like to see the team scoring in the 60s, and the Braves have been in the mid-50s for the first two outings. The schedule certainly isn’t very forgiving for a young and inexperienced team, as the CHL is tough this year, led by a big Wyoming team and experienced teams at Mariemont and Finneytown. Madeira is another team that could be in the mix. Indian Hill also has non-league games against Aiken, Anderson, Clark Montessori and Boone County, four strong teams. “We overload ourselves,” Burch said. “That is the best way to prepare us for the league and the tournament. We’re going to get better and better.” For more sports coverage, go to www.cincinnati. com/blogs/presspreps.


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Last week’s question

How much do you plan to spend for Christmas or holiday gifts this year? How does it compare to last year? “Pretty much the same as last year. I give our daughter and our oldest son money because they need and appreciate that. But the middle son is way smarter than I’ll ever be, and it’s so hard to figure out what to buy for him. He earns more than I ever did, so money is not the answer. For a couple of years he gave me suggestions on stuff I could make for him in my woodshop, but I got no hints this year. My wife will get her usual: lingerie and a big kiss.” B.B.

“I have to ask my wife.”

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“The gift of the baby Jesus is the greatest and the most meaningful gift of love we receive each Christmas. What else could we need? “So this year we will donate money to families to help brighten their Christmas season spreading the gift of love given to us by the baby Jesus.” M.E.N.

Next question Do you support the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway for certain illegal aliens to become legal U.S. residents? Why or why not? Every week the Indian Hill Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to indianhill@communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line.

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“Significant spending down the past couple of years. Gift cards, the only way to go ... no wrapping, no mess, put them in a Christmas card, mail it for general first class rates and not spending $8 plus and standing in long lines at the post office to mail a gift.” O.H.R.

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Shoppers made their way through Kenwood Towne Centre. “I am finished shopping for everyone on my list, and it looks like I spent less than last year. (Many items were purchased at great sale prices)!” C.A.S. “That’s a difficult number to come up with since we shop year round. Suffice it to say it will probably be close to what we spent last year.” B.N. “For years I have had a Christmas savings account, starting out at a quarter a week when I was young which gave me a whole $12.50 to spend on Christmas presents. This year the savings account has grown to $600, so I will have that much to spend on Christmas, the same as last year. Most will go to my family in the form of gifts of money.” L.S. “I’m spending a little more on some, but have cut back on the number of people receiving gifts. “Also, I’m giving mostly cash so it can be used for presents or to pay bills.” N.

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Make changes to Medicare plan before the end of year Newly entitled and current Medicare beneficiaries who are considering changes to their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan might think of December as the time for thinking about Medicare. That’s because the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program Open Season this year runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. To learn more about the Medicare prescription drug plan, visit www.medicare.gov or call 1-800MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048). Joining a Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary, and participants pay an additional monthly premium for the coverage. Some people with limited resources and income are eligible for extra help to pay for monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. To qualify for this extra help: • You must live in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; • Your resources must be limited to $12,510 for an individual or $25,010 for a married couple living together. Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds. We do not count your house and car as resources; and

• Your annual income must be limited to $16,245 for an individual or $21,855 for a married couple living together. Even if your Ned Morrell annual income Community is higher, you still may be able Press guest to get some columnist help. Some examples where your income may be higher are if you or your spouse: • Support other family members who live with you; • Have earnings from work, or • Live in Alaska or Hawaii. As our celebrity spokesperson Chubby Checker will tell you, a new “twist” in the law makes it easier than ever to qualify. Social Security no longer counts as a resource any life insurance policy. We also no longer count as income the help you may receive when someone else provides you with food and shelter, or someone else pays your household bills for food, mortgage, rent, heating fuel or gas, electricity, water, and property taxes. To apply for Extra Help, com-

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Column: How to keep peace when dividing family estate There is no doubt that the death of a family member, especially a parent, is a very difficult and emotional experience. Not only do families have to come together to make arrangements for a funeral and/or memorial, they also have to deal with the delicate task of dividing their loved one’s personal items. While it is often challenging to think about, the time to start thinking about the future of your estate is now. The earlier you have a plan in place the more time you have to openly discuss and explain the division process with your family. There are five important strategies to keep in mind when creating your legacy plan: 1. Have an open discussion about family heirlooms and keepsakes. From your silver to a family vacation photo album, this is a great opportunity to find out what items hold sentimental value to your child, grandchild, etc. You can also make sure others are comfortable with your decision to

bequeath certain possessions to a certain person. 2. Be specific about financial inheritance. Whether you have a family business, multiple properties or other investments, work with your estate planning lawyer to determine a method for dividing these items. Establish an estate plan to put into action. Keep in mind that the value of your assets will change over time. For example, determine what percentage you will leave behind to your children, grandchildren, friends, charity, etc., or if the entire estate will be divided evenly. 3. Name an executor. While many parents often select their oldest child to manage the estate, he or she might not be prepared to handle emotional disagreements that may arise. Selecting one child over another may also cause more friction. Consider an outside resource, such as a bank. This will relieve one of your children from having to say “no” to siblings. 4. Think it through to avoid

legal battles. It’s hard to imagine your children or Laura Raines relatives fightCommunity ing over their Press guest inheritance, but in some cases columnist the division of the estate has led to lengthy battles in court. Once you have a plan in place review it each year with your adviser and make necessary changes. Ongoing planning and preparation will reduce the number of disagreements down the road. 5. Involve a trusted financial professional. Schedule a meeting with a financial planning expert to start implementing strategies that fit your financial situation and plans for the future. Let the expert help you determine the best way to create a meaningful estate plan for all the important people, organizations and causes in your life. Laura Raines is an Indian Hill resident who is a senior wealth relationship adviser with a local bank.

OFFICIALS DIRECTORY JEFF SWINGER/STAFF

Shoppers were out in force doing their Black Friday shopping at Kenwood Towne Centre.

GOVERNMENT CALENDAR HAMILTON COUNTY

Commissioners – meet at 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Room 605 of the County Administration Building, 138 E. Court St., downtown. Call 946-4400. Educational service center governing board – meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 11083 Hamilton Ave. Call 7422200. Regional planning commission – meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the County Administration Building, eighth floor, 138 E. Court St., downtown. Call 946-4500.

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Council – meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month (unless otherwise announced) in city hall, 6525 Drake Road Road. Call 561-6500.

INDIAN HILL SCHOOLS

Board of education – Board meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the high school, 6845 Drake Road. Call 272-4500 or visit www.ih.k12.oh.us.

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Indian Hill Village Council

Village of Indian Hill: 6525 Drake Road. Phone: 561-6500. Web site: www.ihill.org. Mayor David T. Ottenjohn; Vice Mayor Joseph Beech III; council members Daniel J. Feigelson, Lindsay McLean, Keith Rabenold, Laura Raines and Mark Tullis. City Manager Michael W. Burns; Assistant City Manager David M. Couch; Chief of Police Chuck Schlie; City Solicitor Donald L. Crain; Clerk-Comptroller Paul C. Riordan; Fire Chief Steven Ashbrock; Public Works Superintendent John Davis; Tax Commissioner Constance Eberhart; Water Works Superintendent John Davis.

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Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools

Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools Board of Education: 6855 Drake Road. Phone: 272-4500. Web site: www.ih.k12.oh.us. Indian Hill school board meets at 7:30 p.m.

the second Tuesday of the month at Indian Hill High School, 6845 Drake Road. Board President Tim Sharp; Vice President Molly Barber; board members Karl Grafe, Elizabeth Johnston and Kim Martin Lewis. Superintendent Dr. Jane Knudson; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Ault; Treasurer and Business Manager Julia J. Toth, 2724513; Director of Pupil Services Lisa Huey; Transportation Supervisor Cynthia Ketterer; Facilities Director Ken Stegman and Director of Communications Martha Stephen.

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U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt

2nd District includes nearly all the northeastern and eastern Cincinnati communities. Local: Kenwood office – 8044 Montgomery Road, Room 540, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236; phone 791-0381 or 800-784-6366; fax 791-1696. Portsmouth office – 601 Chillicothe St., Portsmouth, Ohio 45662; phone 740-354-1440.

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Local: 36 E. Seventh St., Suite 2615, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202; phone 684-3265; fax 684-3269. Washington, D.C.: 524 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; phone 202-224-3353; fax 202-228-1382. E-mail: cincinnati_voinovich@voinovich.senate.gov Web site: www.voinovich.senate.gov

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The Village Christmas Party wouldn’t be a party at all if not for the holiday music on the piano.

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Local residents posed for pictures, ate cookies, sipped egg nog and enjoyed Christmas music during the annual party.

Anderson Township Jake Steinhaus, 4, colors a Christmas picture during the party. Madeleine Rink, 5, gets her picture drawn by a caricature artist during the party.

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Indian Hill resident Sophie Meegan, 8, watches as Santa arrives at the Christmas party.

The Indian Hill Historical Society’s annual Village Christmas Party was once again a success for local residents. The party at the Little Red Schoolhouse offered Christmas music, plenty of entertainment for children, an appearance by Santa Claus and holiday treats for everybody.

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As the party continued inside the Little Red Schoolhouse, Santa arrived via horse-drawn carriage.

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ART EXHIBITS

H. Stephen Bjornson: Carousel Horses of France, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Bjornson’s photo exhibit. Presented by The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. 272-3700; www.womansartclub.com. Mariemont.

CIVIC

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, 9380 Montgomery Road, No. 201, Drop off a new toy or monetary donation made to Shriners Hospital. Benefits treatments for children at Shriners Hospital. www.huff.com. Montgomery.

FARMERS MARKET

Turner Farm, 8 a.m., Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Market includes naturally-raised meat and eggs and certified organic seasonal produce and flowers. Open during daylight hours. 561-7400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.

FOOD & DRINK

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, 10461 Kenwood Road, Each child decorates and takes home a gingerbread house. Includes light tea lunch, brief talk on tea etiquette, story about folklore history of Gingerbread Houses viewing and playing with Christmas train. Ages 3 and up. $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, 7292 Kenwood Road, Eight wines available for tasting during regular store hours. Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 7949463; www.microwines.com. Kenwood.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Seminar, 6:30-7:30 p.m., BodyLogicMD of Cincinnati, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, With BodyLogicMD’s Dr. Jennifer Landa. For ages 35 and up suffering from symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Free. Registration required, available online. Presented by BodyLogicMD. 866-972-5306; www.bodylogicmd-seminars.com. Blue Ash.

MUSIC - JAZZ

Bone Voyage, 7-10 p.m., Cactus Pear Southwest Bistro, 9500 Kenwood Road, 7914424; www.terradise.net/bonevoyage. Blue Ash. The Hitmen, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Tony’s, 12110 Montgomery Road, Featuring John Zappa, Jim Connerley and Aaron Jacobs. 6771993; www.tonysofcincinnati.com. Symmes Township.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Jeremy Essig and Geoff Tate, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, $8. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

SCHOOLS

Preschool and Kindergarten Open House, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Rockwern Academy, 8401 Montgomery Road, Community Jewish day school offering superior and balanced academic program that is integrated with and informed by Jewish culture, values and identity. Personal tours available. Free. Sitter service available with advance registration. Through Jan. 19. 984-3770; www.rockwernacademy.org. Kenwood.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Motherless Daughters Support Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, For adult women who have lost or miss nurturing care of their mother. Free. Presented by Motherless Daughters. 677-5064. Montgomery. Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Room 31. Literature discussion group. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. 503-4262. Montgomery.

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Spread the Warmth Drive, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3-6 p.m., Upper Cervical Health Centers of America, 9380 Montgomery Road, Suite 202, Receive free office visit with donation of new or gently used winter coat, gloves, hats, scarves, etc. Benefits Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. 891-7746. Montgomery.

CIVIC

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, www.huff.com. Montgomery.

FARMERS MARKET

Turner Farm, 8 a.m., Turner Farm, 561-7400; www.turnerfarm.org. Indian Hill.

FOOD & DRINK

Wine Bar Tasting, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Store, 9905 Montgomery Road, Friday tastings with John, the wine-bar-keep. Fifty cents per taste. 984-9463; www.theewinestore.com. Montgomery. Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; www.microwines.com. Kenwood.

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ON STAGE - COMEDY

Jeremy Essig and Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 21 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

SHOPPING

Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration, 24 p.m., The Container Store, 5901 E. Galbraith Road, Includes giveaways. Free. Through Dec. 19. 745-0600; www.containerstore.com. Sycamore Township. S U N D A Y, D E C . 1 9

FOOD & DRINK

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, 2479933; www.deshas.com. Montgomery.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Jeremy Essig and Geoff Tate, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Go Bananas, $12. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

SCHOOLS

Battle of the Bands, 7 p.m., Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Music by Bright Eyed Youth, Seriously Guys?, Earl Grey, The Local Colors and The Undefined. Audience members vote for first, second, and thirdplace winners. Hosted by Student Council. Benefits benefit local charities and scholarships. $10. 686-1770. Montgomery. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 8

CIVIC Pet Food Distribution and Donation DropOff Day, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry, 11367 Deerfield Road, Donate/receive pet food to help struggling pet owners keep their pets. Presented by Recycled Doggies. 275-5842. Blue Ash. FOOD & DRINK

Wine Bar Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Wine Store, 50 cents per taste. 984-9463; www.theewinestore.com. Montgomery. Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; www.microwines.com. Kenwood.

HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Christmas in Loveland, 4-9 p.m., Downtown Loveland, West Loveland Avenue, “Magical Musical Merry.” Carriage rides crafts, Santa, caroling, shopping and more. Free. Presented by City of Loveland. 293-8254; www.historicloveland.com. Loveland.

MUSEUMS

Christmas Open House, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Includes Victorian decorations, free refreshments, gift shop, train display and operator. Free. 683-5692; www.lovelandmuseum.org. Loveland.

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

Live Music Saturday, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 11320 Montgomery Road, Variety of groups perform. 247-9933; www.deshas.com. Montgomery.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, 7700 Camargo Road, Holiday painting sessions for children. Participants take home one-of-a-kind paintings, ready to hang on the wall. $20. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira. CIVIC

Blue Ash Democratic Club Meeting, 7 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Presented by Blue Ash Northeast Democratic Club. jbbrook@fuse.net. Blue Ash.

COMMUNITY DANCE

FOOD & DRINK Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; www.microwines.com. Kenwood.

EXERCISE CLASSES

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

Zumba, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cincy Dance Studio, 8143 Camargo Road, Suite B, $10. Registration required. 859-630-7040; www.cincydance.com. Madeira. Israeli Folk Dancing, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, $5 per session. 444-8514; esty@cinci.rr.com. Amberley Village.

FOOD & DRINK

MUSEUMS

MUSIC - POP

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Jeremy Essig and Geoff Tate, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, $8. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

PETS

Pet ID Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Sharonville, 11900 Conrey Road, Dogs ages three months and up must have a license by January 31 of every year according to Ohio law. Hamilton County Licenses are $19.75 each. Dog and cat microchipping and registration, $20. Free rabies shot with purchase of dog license purchase. Cat rabies shot free, donations requested. Presented by Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 489-7394. Sharonville.

SHOPPING

Gift Wrapping and Bow Demonstration, 24 p.m., The Container Store, Free. 7450600; www.containerstore.com. Sycamore Township. M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 0

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; www.microwines.com. Kenwood. Paul Otten, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Hahana Beach, 7605 Wooster Pike, Make a song request, donate a few dollars and artist will perform selection. Benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 272-1990. Columbia Township. W E D N E S D A Y, D E C . 2 2

ART & CRAFT CLASSES

Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, $20. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira.

FOOD & DRINK

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; www.microwines.com. Kenwood.

MUSIC - JAZZ

Cincinnati Gypsy Jazz Society, 6-9 p.m., Dilly Cafe, 6818 Wooster Pike, Jamming encouraged. Ages 18 and up. Free. 5615233; www.dillycafe.com. Mariemont. The Hitmen, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Tony’s, 6771993; www.tonysofcincinnati.com. Symmes Township.

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ART EXHIBITS

H. Stephen Bjornson: Carousel Horses of France, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; www.womansartclub.com. Mariemont.

FOOD & DRINK

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.

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Ballroom Dance Night, 7-11 p.m., Bar Seventy-One, 8850 Governors Hill Drive, Beginner lessons 7-8 p.m., $5. Open dancing to mix of ballroom, Latin, swing, country, disco and more. Family friendly. 600-8476. Symmes Township.

Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m., Maggiano’s Little Italy, 7875 Montgomery Road, Breakfast buffet, prepared by Executive Chef Karl Lenz. Visit with Santa and share holiday wish list. Elves have activity stations and games set up. $15, $10 ages 12 and under. Reservations required. 794-0672. Sycamore Township. Christmas Open House, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, Free. 683-5692; www.lovelandmuseum.org. Loveland.

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There will be plenty of carols and songs on the stage, kids choirs, church choirs and more at Christmas in Loveland, 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in downtown Loveland. Festivities include carriage rides, crafts, Santa, caroling, shopping and more. Presented by the city of Loveland. Call 293-8254 or visit www.historicloveland.com

Two of a Kind, 7 p.m.-midnight, Crowne Plaza Hotel Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Twopiece band featuring Jay, guitar, and Amy, vocals, presents classics from yesterday and today. 793-4500. Blue Ash. T H U R S D A Y, D E C . 2 3

ART & CRAFT CLASSES

Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, $20. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira.

Acoustik Buca, 7:30 p.m., deSha’s American Tavern, 247-9933; www.deshas.com. Montgomery.

MUSIC - JAZZ

The Hitmen, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tony’s, 6771993; www.tonysofcincinnati.com. Symmes Township. S U N D A Y, D E C . 2 6

CIVIC Community Toy Drive, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, www.huff.com. Montgomery. FOOD & DRINK

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m. $8. Ages 18 and up., Go Bananas, 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery. M O N D A Y, D E C . 2 7

ART EXHIBITS

H. Stephen Bjornson: Carousel Horses of France, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; www.womansartclub.com. Mariemont.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Eastside Neighborhood 912 Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Discuss constitutional matters, current events and avenues of citizen activism. Group’s goal is to educate public about Constitution, government and impact of government policies on lives of citizens. Free. Presented by Cincinnati 912 Project. 859-2403702; www.cincinnati912project.com. Madeira.

COMMUNITY DANCE

Ballroom Dance Night, 7-11 p.m., Bar Seventy-One, 600-8476. Symmes Township.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cincy Dance Studio, $10. Registration required. 859-630-7040; www.cincydance.com. Madeira. Israeli Folk Dancing, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mayerson JCC, $5 per session. 444-8514; esty@cinci.rr.com. Amberley Village.

FOOD & DRINK

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; www.microwines.com. Kenwood.

MUSIC - POP

Paul Otten, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Hahana Beach, 272-1990. Columbia Township. W E D N E S D A Y, D E C . 2 9

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, $20. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira. ART EXHIBITS

H. Stephen Bjornson: Carousel Horses of France, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; www.womansartclub.com. Mariemont.

CIVIC

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Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, www.huff.com. Montgomery.

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, www.huff.com. Montgomery.

FOOD & DRINK

FOOD & DRINK

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. T U E S D A Y, D E C . 2 8

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Canvas and Kids, 1-3 p.m., Cheers to Art!, $20. 271-2793; www.cheerstoart.com. Madeira.

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; www.microwines.com. Kenwood.

MUSIC - JAZZ

Cincinnati Gypsy Jazz Society, 6-9 p.m., Dilly Cafe, Free. 561-5233; www.dillycafe.com. Mariemont.

ART EXHIBITS

H. Stephen Bjornson: Carousel Horses of France, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; www.womansartclub.com. Mariemont.

CIVIC

Community Toy Drive, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Huff Realty - Montgomery, www.huff.com. Montgomery.

FOOD & DRINK

Children’s Gingerbread House Tea, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gazebo Tea Garden, $19.50, $10.50 per child. Reservations required. 985-0027. Blue Ash. Tasting Table, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., microWINES, Flight A $2 per pour; Flight B $4 per pour. 794-9463; www.microwines.com. Kenwood.

ON STAGE - COMEDY PROVIDED

Once again, it’s the holiday season and with it comes the Cincinnati Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” The festive ballet will be performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Thursday, Dec. 16, through Dec. 26. Opening night tickets are $40. Other tickets range $30-$70. Call 513-621-5282 or visit www.cballet.org.

Dave Waite and Friends, 8 p.m., Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place, No shows Dec. 24-25. $8, $4 college and military night. Ages 18 and up. 984-9288; www.gobananascomedy.com. Montgomery.

PROVIDED

Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland runs through Jan. 2 at the Newport Aquarium featuring holiday festivities, activities and decorations. Children can visit Scuba Santa’s post office and write letters to Scuba Santa, help Scuba Santa find his reindeer scattered throughout the Aquarium with a Reindeer Roundup activity and watch new Scuba Santa dive shows. Special holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland activities are included with admission; $22, $15 ages 2-12, under 2 is free. Visit www.newportaquarium.com or call 859-261-7444.


Life

Indian Hill Journal

December 16, 2010

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The real Christmas is glimpsed behind the crib scenes what he would do about it. • A woman, Mary, living an ordinary life and Father Lou somewhat Guntzelman c o n f u s e d Perspectives by these strange events, “How can this be for I do not know man?” • A Roman law that made them travel in the last weeks of pregnancy; the physical inconvenience of the trip; the fears of highway robbers. • No place to stay when they got there. • The stable for a birthplace, smells of manure, efforts to keep the baby warm enough and where to find food and medical attention if necessary. If we let ourselves overlook all these aspects we emasculate the Incarnation. We strip it of its utter humanness and meaning. God really did become like us in all things except sin. Christianity believes he became just like you and me, problems, emotions, frustrations and all. The coming of God at the first Christmas was mindboggling. But the circumstances were oh, so earthly and commonplace. Humanly, it was a combination of stress, worry, and uncertainty. There was a human messy-ness to it, the same factors that frequently chal-

In our imagination, we have constructed a scenario that whenever God draws near to us or our world, it will be accompanied by serenity and warm, fuzzy feelings. lenge our faith and shake our lives. It benefits us to remember all this about the coming of God into our lives. Most of the time we are unaware of what is happening within us as we deal with the messy-ness of our lives. We expect, if we believe in God, that life will go easy on us. That there will be a certain softness, predictability and reasonableness. We expect the coming of God in us to be clean and pretty. No labor pains. And it is to happen in a chapel with beautiful organ music in the background. Actually, when God comes to us it doesn’t always feel enjoyable. They are the times when our selfsufficiency is eroded and our egos broken open and our hearts hurt. The situations are so varied: a woman whose husband suddenly leaves her for another woman; a couple with a sick infant; a single mother; a person struggling with depression; a man whose lost a job after 30 years; a marriage floundering; a woman with a suspicious mammogram; parents worrying about their son or daughter; a death in the family. Even psychologists indicate that it is in the hardest times of our lives that we

have the opportunity to grow the most. And in these smelly, difficult, wearisome times, God wants to be born in the

hearts of imperfect humans. It is then that our hearts are stretched to be more open to what is beyond this world and God’s love for us. The gifts given to us from difficult times are the gifts exemplified in the way Christ lived our human existence – with compassion,

forgiveness, sensitivity to others, understanding, and an authentic belief. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@ communitypress.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Life

December 16, 2010

Time to start baking shortbread cookies for Santa If Santa were to ask me what I would be very grateful to receive, I would tell him a wooden barn and a goat. T h e barn just because I love barns and could use it for storing the tractor and Rita y a r d Heikenfeld e q u i p m e n t , Rita’s kitchen t e a c h i n g classes and letting the little ones play on the hay bundles. The goat I would use for milking, making cheese and soaps. Well, I can tell you that the only barn I’ll ever lay my eyes on is my neighbor’s beautiful old rustic one. And the goat? Not even a possibility at this time. But I won’t let go of those wishes anytime soon. Meanwhile, what I do have to be grateful for are readers like you, who share your life’s experiences, and for family, who tolerate my

impractical desire to live the life of a pioneer farm woman (with indoor plumbing and blow dryer, of course). I was reminded of my many blessings when granddaughter Eva, almost 3, “helped” me make shortbread cookies for giving.

Rita’s no-fail shortbread cutouts

This dough is great for kids since it stays tender no matter how much it is fooled with. Here’s proof: Granddaughter Eva not only rolled the dough with her tiny rolling pin, she smooshed it, squeezed it, patted it and rolled it out, again and again. Every one of her “creations” was just as tender as the other. Let the kids freeform shapes, or use a cookie cutter. Dough freezes well, and so does the baked cookie, sans icing. A nice gift from the kitchen.

2 cups flour 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking powder

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⁄4 teaspoon salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 ⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla (or your favorite extract) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. Cream butter and gradually add sugar. Add vanilla. Blend flour mixture in. Dough will be soft. Roll out on lightly floured surface or between two pieces of plastic wrap to about 1⁄4-inch thick. If dough is too soft to cut out shapes with, put in fridge for about 30 minutes. Cut out and place on sprayed cookie sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes just until edges are golden.

Icing

Whisk together: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2-3 tablespoons water Drizzle icing over cooled cookies, or make a thicker icing with less water, add

food coloring, and spread on cookies. Makes about two dozen.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

To test to see if your baking powder is still active enough to leaven, put a pinch in some warm water. It should fizz right away.

Cinnamon candy apple jelly

This is a pretty red color with a nice cinnamon flavor. Excellent on pancakes and scones. Great gift from the kitchen. 4 cups apple juice, unsweetened 1 box dry pectin 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 ⁄3 cup red-hot candies 5 cups sugar Bring apple juice, pectin, lemon juice and candies to a boil. The candies will dissolve as you make the jelly. Add sugar all at once. Bring back to a hard boil, one that cannot be stirred down. Begin counting one minute from the time it

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Recipe update COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD

Homemade apple jelly and cinnamon candy apple jelly (last on the right). comes to a hard boil. Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal. Turn upside down five minutes to kill any bacteria that may be on the inside of the lid. Or process in a water bath five minutes.. Plain apple jelly: Leave out the red hots.

Salmon with white wine

Place salmon in skillet and pour equal amounts of orange juice and white wine over, enough to come to top of fish. Put orange slices on top. Bring to boil. Lower to simmer, cover and cook until fish just flakes with fork, about 10 minutes. Remove fish and keep

Like Williams-Sonoma peppermint fudge: Here’s the latest tweak on my recipe recently shared. Stir in 2 tablespoons of water at the end while the fudge is still in the pan. This keeps it a little softer in the fridge. You still have to warm it up before pouring.

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See my online column at www.communitypress.com. • Sandy Shelton’s best cloned Red Lobster biscuits • Judy Sist’s onions au gratin casserole • Molly’s Maine potato candy • Rita’s icing good for nest cookies Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


Community

Holidays can be harmful to your ‘hungry’ pets

This is the time of year when pets are most vulnerable to ingesting things that are bad for them. Dr. Joseph Bruner of Greater Cincinnati Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Services knows this firsthand. “We see a lot of animals in the clinic who have eaten things they shouldn’t during the holiday season,” he said. “But owners can avoid trouble by being aware of potential problems before they happen.” The first thing that Bruner cautions owners against is feeding their dogs and cats table scraps. “Feeding them from the table,” he said, “is just setting them up for digestive trouble. It is best to keep them on their regular diet.” What we really need to protect our pets from can be divided into two categories: Foods and decorations. For example, chocolate is toxic to dogs. It can cause upset stomachs and even death. The worst offender, according to Bruner is baker’s chocolate. As small an amount as one square can be deadly. Another is foods containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol. It is most commonly used in sugar-free chewing gum. It is very toxic to dogs and cats, causing life threatening hypoglycemia, so

keep all s u g a r- f r e e candies in a safe place. Other foods that are known to be harmful are Marsie Hall grapes and Newbold raisins that can damage Marsie’s the kidMenagerie neys. That means that fruitcake is definitely off limits. The second category of “stuff” we need to be mindful of is ornaments and decorations. Cats in particular, love houseplants. Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are toxic. So keep them out of reach or better yet, go with artificial plants just to be safe. One of the most common problems Bruner sees is pets eating tinsel and long, thin ribbons “If you have an animal, don’t use either one,” he sighs. “They see this shiny stuff and think, ‘Mmmm, that must be good to eat’ and it is just not worth it.” How do we know when to call the vet? “When your pet suffers from vomiting and/or diarrhea, has a loss of appetite or has ingested what you know is a bad thing,” said Bruner. “It is better to be safe than sorry.” The main thing is to try

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to think like a dog or a cat during the holiday season. Be mindful of their needs and temptations and keep those things out of paws reach. Just a few extra minutes may save you and your four footed pal from having to make an emergency run to the vet while the rest of the family is having fun celebrating. For more pet care tips, visit www.marsiesmenagerie.com. Newbold will be on Fox19 on at 9:15 a.m., Dec. 21, to talk about homemade dog biscuits.

Indian Hill Journal

December 16, 2010

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Applications now available for Summerfair 2011 Summerfair Cincinnati, the non-profit arts organization, is accepting artist applications for Summerfair 2011, set for June 3, June 4 and June 5 at Coney Island. Established more than 40 years ago, Summerfair is a combination of more than 325 fine artists and craftspeople from across the country exhibiting and selling works ranging from ceramics and sculptures to painting and photography, four stages of local and regional entertainers, a youth arts entertainment area and a variety of gourmet arts. The annual fine arts fair is Summerfair Cincinnati’s

art produced by the applicant. Works in the following categories will be featured: Ceramics, drawing/printmaking, glass, jewelry, leather/fiber, metal/sculpture, painting, photography, wood and 2D/3D Mixed Media. Summerfair 2011 will be 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free, courtesy of Summerfair Cincinnati. Summerfair 2011 will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit Summerfair Cincinnati online at www.summerfair.org, or call 531-0050.

primary fundraiser and consistently ranks among the top 50 art shows nationally. Applications for Summerfair 2011 are available only online through ZAPPlication at www.zapplication.com. Registration on ZAPPlication is free to artists. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4. Acceptance notifications will be e-mailed, via ZAPP e-mail, to artists March 4. All applicants’ work will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of artists and art educators with backgrounds in the categories offered at Summerfair. To be considered, works submitted must be original

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Ascension Lutheran Church

The children of the church will combine their talents with the bell choir to present their Christmas Pageant at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 19. Mary, Joseph and the Baby tells the Christmas story through the eyes of a sheep and a donkey.

Religion

December 16, 2010 The Monday morning Women's Bible Study is beginning a new study called Encouraging One Another. The women meet from 9:45 11:15 a.m. to share prayer concerns and praises and to study the Bible together. Babysitting is available and guests are welcome. Worship services with Holy Commu-

nion are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Christian education for all ages is 9:45 a.m. The church welcomes all people from Montgomery and surrounding communities to participate in worship and other activities. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288, www.ascensionlutheranchurch.com.

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

Christmas Eve services will be in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Communion will be served at both services. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 791-1153; www.bapcweb.net.

Brecon United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

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Christ Church Cathedral

The church will present “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19. This traditional and well-loved Christmas service was developed in Cornwall, England in 1990 by Edward White Benson. It has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. The service sung at Christ Church Cathedral draws upon that sung by the famous choir of King’s College in Cambridge, England, since 1918. Music Live at Lunch, the cathedral’s weekly concert series, will feature the Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” with the Cathedral Choir, sopranos and altos (nave), Dec. 21. These free concerts are presented on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their lunch or buy one at the cathedral for $5.

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All performances are in the centennial chapel unless listed as being in the cathedral nave. Nicholas Bideler, former associate director of music at Christ Church Cathedral, will be the featured organist at a free performance at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at the cathedral. The concert is offered as part of the cathedral’s 20102011 organ recital series on third Sundays October through May. Music Live at Lunch will feature the following performers in January: Katherine Evans, flute; Elizabeth Motter, Harp (nave), Jan. 11; Brianna Matzke, piano, Jan. 18; Janice Trytten, native flutes, Jan. 25. These free concerts are presented at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesdays Patrons may bring their lunch or buy one at the cathedral for $5. The church is located at 318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati; 621-1817; www.christchurchcincinnati.org.

Church by the Woods

The church offers traditional Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The church is handicapped-accessible. The church conducts English-as-asecond-language classes Saturday mornings. If you need to learn English, or know someone who does, call 563-6447. The church is at 3755 Cornell Road, Sharonville; 563-6447; www.churchbythewoods.org.

Church of God of Prophecy

The church hosts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m. Sundays. Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at 8105 Beech Ave., Deer Park; 793-7422.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

INTERDENOMINATIONAL Sunday Service 10:30am

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Sundays

9:30am & 11:00am

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Worship and Small Group Classes for all ages.

6:00pm - Buffet Dinner 6:45pm - Programs and Classes for all ages.

Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422

The Greater Cincinnati

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Dianne Steelman, Pastor 4808 Eastern Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-2954 www.Iinwoodbaptist.org

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Pastor: Lonnie & Erica Richardson Wednesday Evening Services - 7:00pm Sunday Morning Worship - 10:45 am

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BAPTIST

Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm www.hydeparkbaptistchurch.org

ROMAN CATHOLIC ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-5020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. www.stgertrude.org Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

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Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave

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ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ST. THOMAS NURSERY SCHOOL 100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052

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Connections Christian Church

6365 Corbly Road Cincinnati, OH 45230

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Good Shepherd (ELCA) www.goodshepherd.com

7701 Kenwood Rd.

The church is having a Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, featuring Pastor Bob and Linda Waugh. Come and enjoy the sounds of Christmas Carols. The church is at 3270 Glendale Milford Road, Evendale; 563-1044.

Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11am Sunday School at 9:30am

UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Rd.at Beechmont Ave 231-4172

Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.) Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am.

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8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 www.cos-umc.org Fourth Sunday of Advent "Advent’s Message in Christmas Classics: Home and Not Alone!" Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

NON-DENOMINATIONAL FAITH CHRISTIAN

FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Preaching the Gospel of Hope) 6830 School Street (Newtown)

271-8442

Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Sr. Minister

www.cfcfc.org Sun. Worship 10am Wed. Worship & Bible Study Service 7pm Sunday School - All Ages 9-10:00am New National Seminary Emerging www.Kingswellseminary.org

Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

Phone: 513-791-8348 • Fax: 513-791-5648

Jeff Hill • Minister

www.connectionscc.org Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am

NorthStar Vineyard

Community Church

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

3850 E. Galbraith, Deer Park Next to Dillonvale Shopping Ctr www.TrinityCincinnati.org 791-7631 Worship Service - 10:00AM Sunday School - 10:15AM Pastor Randy Wade Murphy

Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN

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HARTZELL UMC

8999 Applewood Dr Blue Ash 891 8527 (off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.)

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Sunday School & Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

Christmas Eve services will be at 4:30 p.m. with a children’s service; 7 p.m. with a contemporary candlelight service; and 11 p.m. with a traditional candlelight service. Worship times are: Contemporary worship at 5 p.m. Saturdays, contemporary worship at 9 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 6635 LovelandMiamiville Road, Loveland; 6779866.

Evendale Community Church

513.891.1700

(across from Kenwood Towne Centre)

Pastors:LarryDonner,PatBadkey,JesseAbbott,AliceConnor

The church has contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 7421 E. Galbraith Road, Madeira; 791-8348.

Epiphany United Methodist Church

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The church is having Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. with a children’s pageant; 7 p.m. with contemporary worship; 9 and 11 p.m. with traditional worship. Childcare is available at all the services except the 11 p.m. service. Children’s New Year’s camps are noon to 3 p.m., Dec. 28-30. Call for details and to register. Mom’s group will have a Christmas party at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28. All are welcome. The youth Christmas party is 5-8:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19. Call for details and location. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142; www.cosumc.org.

Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556 www.northstarvineyard.org

PRESBYTERIAN

MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH mspc@madeirachurch.org 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

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Friendship United Methodist Church

Doug Lindsay, trumpeter with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Friends, will present a holiday concert to benefit Hospice of Cincinnati at the church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15. There will be a free-will offering to benefit Hospice of Cincinnati and Hospice of Hamilton. Call Debbie Hauenstein at 792-6999 ext. 8158 with questions. The church is at 1025 Springfield Pike, Wyoming; 821-5725; www.friendshipumc.info.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church recently kicked off its Honduras Project. The church will interact with their friends in Honduras in joint-faith sharing and development, help build a new bilingual elementary school, establish a new parish in Santa Lucia, travel to Honduras to meet their new Catholic brothers and sisters and help faith formation students connect with the children of Intibuca. For more information, call Deacon Mark Westendorf at 489-8815 ext. 718. The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. Good Shepherd’s contemporary music Mass is a little livelier, a little more upbeat, but remains grounded in the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy. Worshipers will recognize popular Christian worship songs by artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, as well as familiar Catholic liturgical hymns played to a livelier beat. At key points in the service, Contemporary Mass Music Director Bruce Deaton and his band strike up

About religion items

The Community Press welcomes news about a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation or any special activity that is open to the public. Deadline: Two weeks before publication date. E-mail: indianhill@communitypress.co m with “religion” in subject line Fax: 249-1938. energetic praise music that has the congregation singing and clapping their hands. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is located at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 5034262.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts from 5:30-8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, cardmaking and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. Upcoming dates include Jan. 24, Feb. 14, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

Hartzell United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s School is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. Youth Groups, Bible Studies weekly; child care and transportation provided. The church is at 8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash; 891-8527.

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

The church is offering weekly adult Sunday school classes and monthly mid-week contemplative services and labyrinth walks. Visit www.hydeparkchurch.com for dates, times and locations. Nursery care for infants is provided each Sunday from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. The church is at 1345 Grace Ave.; 871-1345.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Kingdom Builders Apostolic Church

The church invites all to worship the Lord with them. Sunday school is at 10 a.m., and morning worship is at 11:30 a.m. Sunday evening Bible class is 4 p.m. and Wednesday night Bible class is 7-9 p.m. Pastor is Kirk Peoples Jr. The church is located at 3152 Lighthouse Drive, Suite C-2, Fairfield; 874-0446; www.kingdombuildersapostolic.com.

Knox Presbyterian Church

The church is having a Christmas concert featuring the Knox Choir, soloists and chamber orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,Dec. 18, at the church. There will be a free-will offering. Performances include J.S Bach’s “Cantata for Christmas Day,” Gerald Finzi’s “Magnificat” and Camille Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio.” Earl Rivers will conduct with Christina Haan as organist. Knox soloists are Alison Scherzer and Debra Van Engen, sopranos; Theresa Merrill and Ivy Walz, mezzo sopranos; Will Compton and Cameo Humes, tenors; and Timothy Bruno and Jonathan Stinson, bass-baritones. The church is located at 3400 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park; 321-2573; www.knox.org.

Loveland Presbyterian Church

Worship service time is 10 a.m. on Sundays. Sunday School has several Bible study classes for adults and children from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The new Connect Family service is on the second and fourth Thursdays. Join the group for free dinner, fellowship and study classes. The church has youth groups for preteens ages 7-8 and teens in ninth through 12th grades from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month. The church is at 360 Robin Ave., Loveland; 683-2525; www.LPCUSA.org.


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December 16, 2010

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The team of dunnhumbyUSA employees who participated in the annual Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure on Oct. 10 are, first row from left, Sydney, Dawn and Jack Shirley (Anderson), John Sandman (Anderson) and Julian Farbstein; second row, Beth and Andrew Lippert (Mt. Lookout), Charlie McKiver, Catie Eggert (Ft. Wright), Holly Adrien (Oakley), Karen Harmon (Ft. Wright), Rebecca Bird, Cindy Rider (Delhi), Christine Mello (Ft. Mitchell); third row, Kyle Schlotman, Edwina Dunn, Marianne and Doug Spain (California), Donna Pennington, Holly Rohrer, Simon Hay, Stuart Aitken (Indian Hill), Bethany Pinney (Cold Spring) and Monica Maldonado (Covington).

DunnhumbyUSA employees support co-worker in annual Walk Ahead A team of more than 40 dunnhumbyUSA employees joined 1,600 other walkers and runners for the annual Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure charity race, Oct. 10. The dunnhumbyUSA team, including Stuart Aitken, CEO, Simon Hay, former U.S. CEO who now heads dunnhumby Ltd.’s United Kingdom office and

Edwina Dunn, co-founder and chief executive of dunnhumby Ltd., raised more than $5,000 to support fellow co-worker Karen Harmon, who is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. “As devastating as cancer is, there is a lot of beauty that comes out of it and that day in particular was one of the most beautiful

days,” said Harmon, who lives in Ft. Wright, Ky. Both Hay and Dunn, dunnhumby executives from the U.K., surprised Harmon by joining in the walk. All proceeds from the Walk Ahead benefit research and education at the University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center.

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St. Paul Community United Methodist Church of Madeira will wrap its annual holiday concert around Conrad Susa’s “A Christmas Garland,” a medley of carols featuring the church’s Chancel Choir and guest artists. The annual concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, in the church at 8221 Miami Road. Susa, currently with the composition department at

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William and Carolyn Kane of Andover, Mass. are pleased to announce the of their engagement daughter, Jennifer Q. Kane, to Craig E. Matasick, son of Bruce and Jan Matasick of Cincinnati. Jennifer graduated from American University with a degree in psychology and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from George Mason University. She is employed as a therapist in a private clinical practice in Washington, D.C. Craig is a graduate of Madeira High School and the University of Michigan with a degree in political science. He received his master’s degree in international development from American University, and is employed by Development Innovations Group in Bethesda, Md. where he works in international urban development. Craig and Jen are planning a May wedding in Maryland.


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