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BEING THEIR OWN BOSS Franchises help dreams come true


Community rules in rec sports

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the buzz What’s making headlines in Mason and Deerfield township. 5 questions …with Jewish Discovery Center director Rabbi yosef Kalmanson.


what’s new hot air balloons, a financial partnership, auto parts galore, everything for your lawn and garden, fitness for your home, and mor chikin!


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pportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Those words were written by Thomas Edison, perhaps the most famous “worker” of his age. Edison certainly new how to make the most out of an opportunity and, more importantly, how to recognize one. Despite the daily economic news that has many of us clutching our wallets and purses close, some in Mason and Deerfield Township are finding opportunities, rolling up their sleeves and going to work for themselves. Beginning on page 12, we meet some of these modern-day entrepreneurs who are venturing into business as franchise owners. Using established molds, they have become their own bosses and are relying on their own talents and work ethic to get ahead. Their stories are inspirational in these tough time, and are indicative of the hard working spirit that burns in Mason and Deerfield Township. Look around the people that make up Our Town, and you will see that spirit at work and at play.


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school news and notes All you need to know from the Mason and Kings school districts.


sports all-stars these seven students are all-stars in the classroom and on the field.

Meet Rabbi Yosef Kalmanson on page 8. His job as the director of the Jewish Discovery Center allows him to help others find their inspiration. Stan Kiehl never entered his profession to get rich. But the four-decade veteran of the Kings school district touched and influenced more lives than can be counted. Perhaps nowhere is the spirit of the people of Mason and Deerfield Township more apparent than on the public fields every day as we play for and cheer on our community sports teams. See what that’s all about beginning on page 30. Edison would have been impressed by the people of Our Town. After all, we keep working are to make life better for ourselves and our friends and family. As he said, “Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!”

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teacher feature Stan Kiehl has spent four decades as the king of Kings.



where to eat: blue ash chili there’s a lot more than chili at this chili spot, and go for seconds at these three area restaurants.


play ball! Sports is more than just a game when it’s a Mason recreation team, it’s a community event.


events calendar Dozens of great places to go and things to do.



meet diane wilson her door is always open to new family members.

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Discovering faith Meet Rabbi Yosef Kalmanson and the Jewish Discovery Center

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rabbi yosef Kalmanson and Kaya roffey take a minute to smile for the camera. Photography by tony tribble.


Thebuzz What’s going on in Mason and Deerfield township CoNtRIbUtED by michael d. clark, david holthaus AND carrie whitaker

united way agencies discuss merger

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The Procter & Gamble Mason Business Center.

teachers accept pay freeze, benefit cuts More than 700 Mason teachers will forgo pay raises this school year as part of a new labor pact approved in June. the three-year agreement calls for no salary increase in the 20092010 school year and 2.5 percent increases in each of the following two school years. teachers also agreed to raise their health care deductible, which district officials said will save the 10,500-student school system $4 million during the next three years. the district’s tax revenue is shrinking due to reductions in a state business inventory tax and other education funding cuts in the state budget, says Superintendent Kevin bright. Mason teachers have an average annual salary of $56,210.

pet food unit to move closer to home procter & Gamble plans to relocate the headquarters of its pet care business to its building in Mason. p&G will relocate the jobs from the Dayton suburb of Vandalia, bringing about 240 more p&G jobs to what is now known as the p&G Mason business Center, off Mason-Montgomery Road. the center, previously called the health Care Research Center, houses 2,000 employees in the company’s pharmaceutical, oral health and personal health care units. the pet care business includes the Iams and Eukanuba pet food brands, which p&G acquired in its 1999 acquisition of Iams. the move is scheduled for sometime in october.

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After more than two years of considering the value of a regional United Way—serving nearly every community between Northern Kentucky and Dayton, ohio—a plan appears to be on the table. the plan, created by a consultant, was presented in a series of meetings this summer for United Way organizations serving Dayton, Greater Cincinnati, butler County and Warren County. they collectively oversee the nearly $80 million in donations that get divided among hundreds of social service agencies in Southwest ohio, four counties in Northern Kentucky and two counties in Southeast Indiana. A merger could allow the four groups to cut overhead costs, better market their services and open up new avenues for fundraising, United Way officials have said. the idea to combine operations was introduced in late 2006. When, or if a merger will occur, had not been decided.

expanded center not just for recreation In the coming years, the Mason Community Center will become more than a recreation center. A $26 million expansion is converting the center into a one-stop shop for general medical needs via a partnership, between the city and the trihealth medical services network. In addition to the swimming pool and exercise facilities already offered at the community center, the expanded center will eventually include offices for doctors, therapists and even a pharmacy. other features will include a warm-water therapy pool, multipurpose gymnastics room, a new main entrance and expanded child-care area. Fingers are crossed that the unique partnership will help solve financial shortfalls at the Community Center, hansen said. When it was built, Mason officials hoped the Community Center would pay for itself, with program and membership fees. but costs have outweighed revenues since it opened. of the $26 million cost, the city will invest $8 million up front and charge trihealth just under $1 million a year in rent. the remaining $18 million will be financed through RbC bank and the Mason port Authority, hansen said. City leaders expect the expanded portions of the center to open in the second half of 2010.

WhAT’stHat? how often does it happen? We’re driving through a town we think we know well but come across something that causes us to ask, “What is that?” if you would like us to find out what something is, let us know at and we’ll publish the answer here in our next issue.

It’s easy to know if something is a good candidate for “What’s that” when the people you are with are talking about it and have no idea what it is. I was in Deerfield township recently for a postseason soccer party. the first 20 minutes weren’t spent talking about the great goals that were scored or the awesome defense that was played. Instead, everyone was discussing the jungle gym they had all just passed on MasonMontgomery Road just north of bethany Road on their way to the party. “What was that?” one mom asked. “I had no idea that was out here,” said one of the dads. What caught and held their attention was the playground area of the recently revitalized Fleckenstein park. Drivers can’t help but gaze at what appear to be giant pieces of metal and plastic that seem to soar into the air. younger passengers want to stop immediately regardless of where the trip is supposed to take them. the playground – complete with state-of theart equipment, slides and swings for a variety of ages, and a cushy ground cover which minimizes bumps – dominates the entrance of the park. once inside, park visitors have their choice of two soccer fields, a tennis court, a picnic shelter, ball diamonds, walking paths and three lakes. Fleckenstein park is 50 acres resting on 154 acres of rolling hills which lead into the Chestnut hill subdivision. the park’s newness is reflected in the pristine condition of the fields and equipment, while Deerfield township’s agricultural roots are presented by a creative use of a barn in one of the park. the barn is actually home to Fire Rescue Station 59, well camouflaged among the park’s amenities. MiChAeL KURTZ


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rabbi yosef y. kalmanson What is the Jewish Discovery Center? My wife (Rochel) and I established the Jewish Discovery Center in Mason nine years ago to make educational, social and religious activities available to Jewish families and individuals in Cincinnati’s northern suburbs. We began holding outreach programs in the homes of host families in the Mason/West Chester township area, then moved into a new building at 7587 Central parke blvd. in 2006. the Center currently serves about 2,000 families who live in a geographic area that stretches north to Middletown and Lebanon and east and southeast to hamilton township and Loveland.

Do programs at the Center focus on a particular aspect of the Jewish religion? No. We accept people for who they are. the Center is an outgrowth of an international movement within the Jewish religion known as Chabad which seeks to uncover that “spark of godliness” that is inherent in everyone. We have a dream as part of a group across the world. there are 20,000 people like us in 4,000 organizations. our philosophy is based on a biblical concept of the “love your fellow as yourself.” It is the internal value of our soul that unites us and makes us responsible for one another.

What kinds of activities are available at the Center?

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the building currently houses the Chai tots Early Childhood Center, a preschool and day care for children 6 weeks to 6 years old. the school is the only Jewish Montessori preschool in ohio. A

hebrew School offers after-school, innovative, religious studies and extra-curricular activities for older children. In addition, the facility offers a full schedule of enrichment programs for children and adults of all ages such as a Shabbat service on Friday night or Saturday morning and a separate monthly tot Shabbat program. We hold seasonal programs in conjunction with Jewish holidays or holy days such as an annual purim Festival and a passover Experience, the region’s only museum with interactive displays depicting the passover story.

What is special about the programming you offer? We are nimble enough to respond to local needs in a growing community. When we started meeting in the homes of members, young families told us they wanted the option of a Jewish education for their children. they also expressed an interest in the Montessori Method. My wife, who is an educator, got certified in Montessori and opened a school in our basement. When the Center opened, the school moved to the new building. Now, we are about to outgrow our space there. As the area’s Center for Jewish Life, we continue to address the needs of each individual.

you’re only 37 years old. how did you learn to run such an active center of Jewish life? I grew up in Cincinnati. My father, Rabbi Sholom Kalmanson, brought the spirit of Chabad to this area and opened a similar center years ago in Roselawn. I attended Cincinnati hebrew Day School, yeshiva high School, rabbinical colleges in New york and Montreal, Canada, and served internships around the world. Rochel and I have seven children – five girls and two boys. the oldest is 13; the youngest is 1 ½. our children contribute as well. this is not just a 9-to-5 job. It is a life mission for us. Go online to or call 513.234.0777 for a description of programs and a calendar of activities. eLAine TRUMPeY


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gentle breeze hot air balloon company ltd. hangar 8-J, 2460 Greentree Road Lebanon 513.932.9007 or

The Gentle Breeze hot Air Balloon Company have moved their offices into a renovated hangar at the Warren County Airport.

because of a steady rise in business volume, Laurie Givin and brian trapp have moved the office and reception area of their ballooning business from their home to brand-new quarters in a renovated hangar at the Warren County Airport. the building officially opened in May. Gentle breeze, in operation since 1988 under the current owners, offers hot air balloon rides, sales, repair, instruction, and aerial advertising. Its fleet consists of 10 balloons, including several corporate advertising balloons, and a golf ball-shaped balloon. office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. balloon rides take place at dawn or just before sunset.

hobold/rasmussen farmers agency 969 Reading Road, Suite G 513.445.5045, or

Jim Hobold and gary rasmussen have teamed up to open a new Farmers insurance and Financial Planning agency.

two Mason residents have teamed up to open a new Farmers Insurance and Financial planning agency, sharing space and staff but maintaining separate clientele. Jim hobold and Gary Rasmussen held their grand opening on June 3. the agents offer auto, home, life, health and business insurance, in addition to Farmers financial services that include mutual funds, variable universal life insurance, and variable annuities for individuals or small businesses. office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Individual attention is what our group offers,” Jim says. the new office is part of Farmers planned rapid expansion in ohio.

chick-fil-a 5150 Merten Drive 513.770.3445 or Chicken sandwiches and waffle fries are proving popular draws at the new Chick-fil-A restaurant, which opened May 21 on the site of the former Amor de brazil steakhouse fronting Mason Montgomery Road. the new franchise, operated by Markus Schleidt, is “busy all the time,” according to staffers. It offers a menu that spans the day, with a variety of breakfast items, salads, wraps, and desserts, in addition to chicken sandwiches. hours are 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All Chick-fil-A locations are closed on Sunday.

The cows will be happy! The new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Deerfield Crossing has been drawing crowds since it opened.


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the fitness store 7580 Cox Lane (the Marketplace at University pointe) 513.759.4567 or the Fitness Store is geared toward helping individuals and families select the exercise equipment they need for their home fitness program. the store sells a wide range of machines, free weights, accessories, and sauna equipment. “When customers come in, we probe their fitness goals and objectives, and what experience they’ve had. then we can tailor the machines to fit that, whether it’s just one piece of equipment, such as a treadmill, or a whole home gym,” says location manager Mike McEntush. the West Chester store is the company’s 17th in the region. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Located on Cox Road across the street from the Target shopping center, the Fitness store has everything for your home workout..

delhi flower & garden center 6282 Cincinnati Dayton Road 513.759.4700 or Appropriately enough, the new Delhi Flower & Garden location in Liberty township blossomed this spring, opening officially April 18. this is the second location for the nursery; the other is in Springdale. both locations carry an extensive selection of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, garden accessories and floral arrangements. Landscaping services are also available. Delhi Flower & Garden Center is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The new Liberty Township location carries an extensive selection of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, and garden accessories.

o’reilly auto parts 3923 W. Route 22 & 3 513.583.0241 or If it moves and has a motor, chances are that o’Reilly Auto parts can find the part you need for it. “We have parts for cars, trucks, and boats,” says Ken Dundes, manager of the Deerfield township store that opened June 6. the store’s services include auto battery testing, drum/rotor resurfacing, car fluid recycling, electrical testing, and auto repair tool lending. Customers who prefer to order parts online can pick them up in the store. Missouri-based o’Reilly Auto parts was founded in 1957 and has expanded rapidly during the past decade, growing from 1800 stores to approximately 3400 stores through a program of acquisitions and new locations. O’Reilly Auto Parts manager Ken Dundes and his staff can help you find the part you need for your car, truck or boat.

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(Clockwise from top) Pam markland and the staff of The Maids, markus Schleidt in his newest Chick-fil-A restaurant, eric riddick doing business at his Pride staff franchise.


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leven years ago, Markus Schleidt came to the United States from Germany with his American bride, two pieces of luggage and a few hundred dollars. Today he owns two free-standing Chick-fil-A stores in high-traffic parts of town; one near Voice of America on Tylersville Road in West Chester Township and the newly opened store just off Mason-Montgomery Road in Deerfield Township. He also owns the Chick-fil-A operation in Kings Island. “This is the American Dream,” says Markus. “I love it.” Owning a business is a dream of many, and that yearning has become even greater these days as people lose their jobs or sense of job security in the floundering economy. Dick Munson knows. For 13 years he’s operated a franchise of FranNet, a company that consults budding entrepreneurs looking to open a franchise. The advice is free. “We are paid by the franchise industry to qualify, screen and connect people,” Dick says. “I do business in Dayton, Northern Kentucky and the East and West Sides, but the bulk of my people come from between Fairfield to Loveland.” Dick’s office has been busy lately, attracting people who have been laid off or fear they might lose their jobs. While nothing is recession-proof, Dick says franchises tend to be fairly basic industries that are less prone to the extreme ups and downs of an economy.

being a good leader Getting a Chick-fil-A franchise is not easy. Though it only takes $5,000 to buy the rights to a store, few are awarded the opportunity. The company gets about 10,000 applications a year, but opens only about 80 stores annually. Markus believes he’s been successful, because he aims to be a good leader and business owner, not a micromanager. “It is a busy lifestyle,” Markus says. “In the beginning I wore a coaching hat, a manager’s hat and the apron, but when the business grows, you have to delegate better. You have to select great people to work for you.” Currently one in every seven jobs in the private sector is part of a franchised company, according to USA Franchise Statistics. Markus supports about 150 employees. For those employees to succeed, Markus says he’s got to keep learning how to be a better leader, continuously reading books on leadership and business.

aiming high On a recent weekday morning, Mason resident Pam Markland is getting down to >> august | september 2009




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business, double checking the schedule for her 22 employees at The Maids, a Liberty Township business that cleans houses for about 250 customers in Butler and Warren Counties. She and her husband, Jeff, decided to leave their corporate jobs to run their own business and bought the franchise from its previous owners in 2007. “We were looking for something we could handle and grow,” says Pam Markland, sitting in the bright-yellow office just south of Lakota East High School on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. “My advice to anyone thinking of doing something like this is to expect to work all the time,” she says with a laugh. “I do miss my freedom.” The Marklands have been able to double their business since taking it over three years ago, tying much of their success to their focus on customer retention and satisfaction. “If you think you won’t have anyone to answer to when you own your own business, you’re wrong,” Pam says. “You’re always answering to your customers and your employees.” Her husband handles the books, managing the business side of things. He’s happy not to be on a plane or checking into a hotel room in a foreign country. As the former vice president of manufacturing for Worthington Industries, he was on business trips much of his tenure in the corporate world. Before settling on The Maids, the Marklands considered a landscaping business or becoming boat dealers, among others. Jeff says the great thing about a franchise is that you’re working with a working

model. In his case, he doesn’t have to worry about the Web site or find a working business model. The company buys supplies in bulk, saving costs and pays for some national advertising for its franchises. Training materials were provided, as well as logos and other marketing material.

sticking with it West Chester resident Eric Riddick used Fran Net to identify where his skills might best fit in owning his own business after he left his job as a chemical engineer for Procter & Gamble. Eric recently opened Pride Staff, also in Liberty Township, a staffing company that helps match employers and employees. Eric’s business opened just as the economy was tanking. “Obviously, it’s a lot of work,” Eric says. “Franchising to me is a smarter way of taking that leap, because you have the opportunity of having support systems and a proven product. There’s never really a right time to do it, so if you think it’s your passion and you can do it financially; if you have that spirit inside of you, it’s one of those things you’ve just got to go and do it.” First, he suggests you start with a deadline. Don’t search for the right franchise forever. “You’ve got to take some risks and ultimately that’s what being entrepreneurial is about,” he says. “Even if you’re thinking conservatively, things won’t likely move as fast as you anticipated … but that shouldn’t deter you.”

>> must haves if you want to run a franchise 1. Desire to own your own business—seems simple, but is the most important part. 2. a successful business system is more important than having a great product. make sure you’re considering location, marketing products, sales process, management and training. 3. it must be a business that builds on your strengths and talents. 4. make sure you have enough money to start up the business including living expenses. typically, you will need 30-50 percent of the total investment in cash.

Source: FranNet


Kings Schools

SChooLnoteS BY Sue KieSeWetter

three working on perfect attendance

softballers head to college

kings to host act

When classes resume later this month there will be three students who probably won’t be late. Senior Nicholas Niehaus, Junior brett Eigel and Sophomore Maggie Vetter have a reputation to maintain. Each had perfect attendance for the 2008-2009 school year along with graduate Katie Vetter. they were presented with a $100 cash reward provided by the Greater Cincinnati Credit Union at a luncheon.

two more Kings high School athletes are headed to college this month to continue playing the sports they excelled at during their high school years. Softball player theresa Manneon is headed to the College of Mount St. Joseph. She made first team all Fort Ancient Valley Conference. teammate Natalie hunt, a fouryear varsity award winner, is headed to heidelberg College. She made second team all-FAVC.

College bound students at Kings high School won’t have to go far this year to take their ACt college entrance exams. Kings high School has been selected to be a national testing site for three test dates: September 12, February 6 and June 12. “As soon as we learned ACt opened up the September date to all states, we jumped on it immediately, in order to become a test site. this will provide our students with a great and convenient option when scheduling their ACt,” says high school counselor Ann Delehanty-Koenig.

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augusT 17 Senior Class college application meeting, 6:30 p.m.

18 School board, 6:30 p.m., Kings Education Center; senior schedule pickup, 1 p.m., high school; freshmen schedule pickup, 9 a.m.; junior high schedules pickup, 4:30-8 p.m.

19 Sophomore and junior schedules pickup, 9 a.m.; Kings Mills new family orientation, 2 p.m.; Kings Mills meet multi-handicap teacher, 3 p.m. and bus driver, 3:30 p.m.

20 Freshmen orientation, 5 p.m., high school Columbia ice cream social, 2:30 p.m.; J.F. burns meet teacher ice cream social, 1 p.m., grades 2-4; Kings Mills ice cream social, 2:30 p.m.; South Lebanon picnic, 7 p.m.; last day for Kings Kids summer session

23 high school additions grand opening ceremony, 2 p.m.

24 Junior high orientation, 7 p.m. 25 Classes begin grades 2-12; kindergarten & first grade screenings; Kings Kids 3-year-old open house, 6:30 p.m., Kings Education Center


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26 Kindergarten & first grade

meeting, 7 p.m.

screenings; J.F. burns kindergarten orientation, 6 p.m.; Kings Mills kindergarten orientation, 6:30 p.m.

3 Columbia sixth grade parent orientation, 6 p.m., followed by band/ orchestra parent meeting, 7:15 p.m.; J.F. burns preschool phase-in begins; junior high eighth grade explore testing begins

27 First day of school for first graders; kindergarten screening; Columbia fifth grade parent orientation, 6 p.m.; J.F. burns second grade and preschool orientation, 6 p.m., kindergarten meet your bus driver, 7 p.m.; South Lebanon and Kings Mills kindergarten meet your bus driver, 6:30 p.m.

7 Labor Day, no school or Kings Kids 8 Columbia pto, 7 p.m.; J.F. burns preschool opens; South Lebanon pto, 7 p.m.

9 Kings Kids orientation, 6:30 p.m.,

28 Kindergarten first day of school

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31 J.F. burns third grade orientation, 6 p.m.; high school open house, 6 p.m.

11 School supply fees due


15 School board, 6:30 p.m., education center; Columbia fall pictures 18 Columbia walk-a-thon; first quarter

1 J.F. burns fourth grade orientation, 6

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p.m., followed by 7 p.m. pto meeting; Kings Music Association, 7 p.m., high school band room; Kings Mills third/ fourth grade orientation, 6 p.m.; Kings Mills pto, 7 p.m.; South Lebanon K-2 parent orientation, 6:30 p.m.

21 Junior high Scholastic book fair

2 Kings Mills grade 1-2 parent

24 parent Council, 7 p.m., junior high;

orientation, 6 p.m.; South Lebanon grade 3-4 parent orientation, 6:30 p.m.; junior high Washington D.C. trip parent


23 Columbia sixth grade leaves for camp trip; high school parent-teacher conferences, 4-7:30 p.m. junior high parent-teacher conferences, 4-7:30 p.m.

digital arts studeNts vyiNg for moNey Kings High School students enrolled in the school’s AP Digital Media Arts class are among students in just five schools that will have a chance to win more than $10,000 in scholarships and prizes. That’s because the honors class has been accepted into the Taft Museum of Art’s Artists Reaching Classrooms—ARC— program. Professional artists will come to the class to talk to students about the creative and practical aspects of a career in art. They will learn about several different career paths. In addition, the students will be headed to artists’ studios to see firsthand what tools are used and to experience that environment. They will also travel twice to the Taft Museum of Art to explore. The students will have to complete on research project on a piece of art in the museum’s collection and create something of their own in response to their experience. They will also write artist’s statements reflecting what they learned. The program ends with an exhibit of selected student artwork.

teacher turNiNg trash iNto cash Don’t throw away those empty Frito Lay chip bags, cookie wrappers or drink pouches. Kings High School environmental science teacher Michelle Wysong has found a new venue to recycle the products and get money for the school. For each cookie wrapper, pouch or bag, TerraCycle will give the school a penny or two. The company uses the material to make such products as kites made out of Oreo cookie bags and backpacks sewn from Clif bar wrappers. Look for information to be coming out soon on the collection efforts as she finalizes plans. Once enough materials are collected they will be mailed in. Information:


Mason schools

SCHOOLnotes BY sue kiesewetter

No cost-of-liviNg adjustmeNt for teachers For the first time in recent memory Mason teachers will start out the school year without a cost-of-living increase. The Mason Education Association and the board of education agreed to a new contract that includes a zero cost-of-living increase for the first year of the 3-year contract. It includes a 2.5 percent increase for the

2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. In addition, teachers agreed to join the high deductible HSA health care plan, a move expected to cut health care costs by $4 million over the life of the contract. “The district’s financial position hampers out ability to recognize the real value provided by our excellent teaching staff and to reward our dedicated teachers,’’ says Superintendent Kevin Bright.

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augusT 3 Cheer camp begins for middle and high school students, 8 a.m.; Touchdown Club/parent meeting, 7 p.m., intermediate #56

10 Boys/girls soccer tryouts begin, 7:30 a.m., middle school; high school volleyball tryouts begin, 8 a.m.; middle school girls tennis tryouts begin, 9 a.m. to noon; eighth grade schedule pickup & pictures, 11:30 a.m.; high school tennis tryouts begins, 2-5 p.m., middle school 11 Seventh grade schedule pick-ups & pictures, 11:30 a.m., middle school; school board 7 p.m., Harvard Room, high school;

13 Fall sports parent meeting & meet the teams, 6:30 p.m., high school; intermediate school Achievers Team open house, 6:30 p.m.; middle school sports photos, 10:30 a.m. 18 Kindergarten parent meeting, 6 p.m., high school; intermediate school Blizzard/Meibers, open house, 6 p.m.

19 Intermediate school Character Team open house, 5 p.m. followed by Imagination Team open house, 6 p.m. and Minner/Vanover, All Stars, Aspire at 6:30 p.m. and Anderson/Smith, Morrow/Rivers and Success teams, 7 p.m.


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20 Mason Heights & Western Row, visit the building 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Western Row open house for Beck/ Gallite/O’Connell/Mendenhall/ Szczesny/Suit/Wallace, 6 p.m., followed by Vennemeyer/Swift/Slusser/Vome/ Sodano at 7 p.m.; ice cream social for all students new to district, 7 p.m., Western Row; Mason Heights new student orientation, 7 p.m. 24 Afternoon/evening open houses at intermediate & Western Row, call for teacher/team times

25 School board, 7 p.m., high school Harvard Room; high school new student hour-long orientations, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., building open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for other students; Western Row, & intermediate, open houses beginning at 4:30 p.m.

26 Mason Heights open house for DiPenti/Jones, 5:30 p.m.; middle school sports photos, 9 a.m.; intermediate school open houses.

27 First day of school for students

sepTember 8 School board, 7 p.m., high school Harvard Room

17 Middle school early release, 1:30 p.m.

studeNts walk iN memory of pareNt Mason Intermediate School sent two teams to the Second Annual Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk-a-Thon. They walked in memory of Keith Combs, a parent who died a year ago of stomach cancer. Fourth graders in Laurie Butts and Becky Roussos class made up one team. The second team included fifth graders on Team Achievers. Last year, Grace Combs was a student on the Butts/Roussos team who organized both last year’s walk and this year’s. The 100 students walked an average of three miles in one hour, raising more than $2,000 for the foundation.

fourth graders saviNg lives An end of the year blood drive at Mason Intermediate School could save the lives of 174 individuals. The fourth grade team of Emily Kirk and Christine Work teamed with the Hoxworth Blood Center to organize the drive that drew 64 blood donors to the school in early June. It was held in honor of middle school students Joel brown and Liz Lothrop. Hoxworth spokeswoman Alecia Lipton said the drive netted 58 products: 49 units of whole blood, one unit of double red, four units of platelets and four units of plasma. “The blood drive was so much fun,’’ Kirk said. “We would love to do this again.”

masoN tops iN pasta for peNNies Once again Mason High School ranks among the top fundraisers in Ohio and the nation in the annual Pasta for Pennies fundraiser sponsored by The Oliver Garden restaurants.

This year’s total of $20,315.84 was enough to rank the school second in Ohio and eighth in the nation. It is the most money the school has raised since it began participating in 2000. And it puts the high school over the $100,000 mark in collections. But the high school isn’t the only big fundraiser. With collections just under $10,000, Mason Middle School was named the top fundraising elementary school— grades K-8—in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Together the schools raised just over $30,000. All money goes to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fight blood cancers.

artwork BrighteNs superiNteNdeNt’s office A new batch of student artwork now decorates the wall in the office of Superintendent Kevin Bright. In continuing his practice, Bright selected 16 pieces of art from the spring fine arts fair for his personal gallery. He pays each student $25 to rent their art for the school year. Typically, one piece is selected from each grade level. “I want young artists to know that their talent can be turned into a career that comes with a pay check,” says Kevin. “I choose art that will make me smile and inspire me throughout the year.” The work of the following students will be on display for the 2009-2010 school year. Marilyn Popplewell-Garter, first grade; Reese Rapin, second grade; Madilyn Merz, third grade; Jilliam Aquilia, fourth grade; Charlie Mackenzie & Salome Palmer, fifth grade; Maddy Marshall, sixth grade; Abby Hauser, seventh grade; Nate Franz, eighth grade Rachel Noyes and Lucy Zhou, freshmen; Daniele Tedoldi, sophomore; Morgan Bamberger, junior; Kayla Gates, senior; and 2009 graduates Rebecca Kroeger and Carly Renner.

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MADELYN AND SOPHIA DELGADO It’s double trouble when twin sisters Madelyn and Sophia Delgado hit the soccer field for Kings High School. The two nearly identical twins— both seniors—also share a passion for the game as they suit up for the Knights. how did you two achieve your athletic success? Madelyn: I always try to approach sports success like I approach academic success—with hard work, dedication and a positive attitude. Sophia: I remember spending hours in my backyard with my sister playing one on one or working on touches with each other. It was fun and easy because I always had a partner to practice with. what has been the most exciting moment so far in your athletic careers? Madelyn: Last year Kings played Mason, one of our biggest rivals. I scored the first goal of the game against Mason and it was a wonderful feeling! Sophia: My most exciting moment was last year during our senior night. We were battling it out against Walnut Hills the whole game and we were tied at one goal each. With about a minute left in the game, one of our strikers scored!

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what is your favorite part about your sport? Madelyn: My favorite part about soccer is the camaraderie and the competition. Sophia: My favorite part about soccer is that it is always exciting to me. No two games are alike!


JESSICA ZHANG Senior Jessica Zhang began playing golf when her father started taking lessons, and she’s stayed with it. But that’s not the only interest of this Mason High School teen. Besides golf, she is involved with the school’s Mock Trial, Speech and Debate and Math teams. how did you get involved in golf? My dad started taking group golf lessons and he dragged me along to a session. His instructor had everyone present participate in a putting contest from about 20 to 30 feet out and I had to go first as a joke since I was the only person under the age of 30 present. And I made the putt. I’ve been playing for almost five years. what’s the most exciting thing that’s happened so far in golf? It would have to be our team winning state and finishing undefeated this past year. I had decent rounds at state and it was great to see how happy everyone was, especially the seniors, about reaching the goals we had set for ourselves at the start of the season. how have sports have played a role in your life? This sport has taught me to plan my days out as well as show respect for other teams. An 18-hole round of golf forces you to walk with your opponents for at least four to five hours, so it really makes you get to know the opponents better.


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JONATHAN WEHMER Jonathan Wehmer is a gamer and doesn’t shy away from lacrosse’s more physical aspects. The Kings High School senior has played lacrosse since the eighth grade and hopes to keep playing while attending college. “My friends told me I’d be good a lacrosse because it can be physical and it looked like a lot of fun,” says the 17-year-old, who plans on applying to the University of Tennessee, Ohio University or the University of Cincinnati. how did you achieve your athletic success? I achieved my sports success by never giving up. No matter what happens, I never quit. I think that the dedication I have toward sports also really helped my success. I take the extra time to try and make my self a better player. I think my dad helped me a lot, also he was always there to support and push me as I played. what has been the most exciting moment so far in your athletic career? My most exciting moment playing lacrosse was when I was a freshman and my coach asked me to play up on varsity. Knowing that half the kids are twice my size and twice as good as me I still said yes and played varsity as a freshman. And there were games when I thought I might die but I just went out and played the game and had fun.

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what is your favorite part about your sport? The thing I love most about lacrosse is the energy and physicality. In lacrosse there is so much energy on the field you have people getting drilled people making sweet moves and checks, it gets crazy. I like this sport so much that I’m looking to play it in college.

MATT LARCOMB Mason High School senior Matt Larcomb loves to run. It’s why he’s chosen both track and cross country to participate in. He does both year-round. When he’s not running, Matt helps out in his family’s business, Main Street Sweets, begun when he started high school. Following graduation Matt would like to continue running in college where he’d like to major in business. how did you get involved in track/cross country? My brother Alex ran track and cross country for Mason and in middle school I thought I might try it out to get in shape for soccer but then it turned out that I was better at running than I was a playing soccer so I stuck with running. I just finished my fifth season of track and cross country. I’ve been a two time state qualifier in track and cross country. what’s been your most exciting moment in track or cross country? In my junior year of cross country my team—Zach Wills, Ed Carlin, Matt Kahl, Matt Kincaid, Tate Honaker and Eric Hauser—and I won our first Division 1 State Title. how has playing sports played a role in your life? I have met a lot of really cool people and now most of my close friends are people that I run with or who I have run with in the past. These two sports put together are really time-consuming. I only get two weeks off in between each season or a total of four weeks off every year.

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HILLARY MELNICK Hillary Melnick’s exposure to volleyball started as an infant and grew into a part of her life she treasures. The Mason High School senior has added basketball both at the high school and AAU Cincinnati Hardwood Heat – to her sports repertoire.


how did you get involved in volleyball? I was exposed to volleyball as a baby because my dad was a girl’s varsity volleyball coach and we always attended his games. I would roll around on a volleyball in the middle of the gym. I didn’t start playing volleyball on a team until seventh grade. I was pretty much a natural at it and have been a setter for the past five years. what has been your most exciting moment in volleyball? I led in assists with 665 in the Greater Miami Conference league during the 2008 season. I received a second team GMC award and an Honorable Mention All City last season. One of the most memorable things … was beating Seton in five games on their home court. We had some unbelievable plays that allowed us to be victorious.

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how has playing sports affected your life? My participation in sports has kept me grounded. I love being involved in team sports. I love the challenge and adrenaline rush you get when you have to get the ball in play to win the game. I am a fierce competitor. People look to me as a leader and I am also very knowledgeable about the sports I play.





MATT KOERBEL Matt Koerbel was too rough for soccer but football suites him just fine. The Kings High School senior started out playing soccer as a youngster. “But I was so rough that my dad suggested I’d be better suited playing football and it’s been great ever since,” says the 17-year-old offensive guard and nose tackle for the football Knights. how did you achieve your athletic success? A big part of my on-field success comes from my freshman year. After eighth grade, I was a little discouraged with football. But my coach, Tim Guilfoyle, really helped me out with my technique and I ended up starting every game that year. He really boosted my self-confidence and I think that set me on the course to continue football.


what has been the most exciting moment so far in your athletic career? Definitely the Turpin playoff game last year. It was only my second playoff game ever, so that in itself was exciting. what is your favorite part about your sport? My favorite part about football has been the camaraderie between the players in my class. I’ve made some awesome friendships over the course of these last four years and it’s nice knowing they’ve got your back. Going out on the field every day knowing that you’re going to be pushed to your highest level by those around you makes you work harder than anything else.

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native of northwestern Ohio, Stan Kiehl graduated from Wilmington College in 1970 and earned a masters degree in guidance at Xavier University. He started his slam dunk career at Kings High School as a mathematics teacher and has been there for 39 years. “It doesn’t seem possible that I’ve been here that long,” Stan says. “It’s not just a job to me.” Stan came to Kings before Kings Island opened, when the community was still very rural. Since then, he’s seen the population explode—the student body has tripled in size—and the facility morph into one of the best around, in his opinion. “Academically, the district has made great strides with the course offerings we have that are available to students,” Stan says. “When I started here, we didn’t have a calculus class. Now, we have two different levels of advanced placement calculus. The amount of advanced placement classes has grown tremendously.” Stan has coached almost every sport available at Kings High School—from football and basketball to varsity baseball and cross country—at one time or another. He closed out his 17-year coaching career with a home run season as the coach for varsity softball. “I’m not sure when I stopped coaching,” Stan says. “When you’ve been here this long, things run together. You don’t remember if it was yesterday or 10 years ago.” It’s the students, teachers and administrators that keep him coming back to Kings after all these years, he says. The size of the school allows Stan to get to know the students personally, which is one of his favorite parts of the job. “It’s not passing someone in the hallway and not knowing who they are,” he says. “I get to know a lot of the students personally.” Now, Stan manages a bigger team, supervising roughly 400 students at Kings as a guidance counselor, which has allowed him to get involved with other aspects of student life besides academics and athletics. “Every day is different with counseling,” he says. “You never know what’s going to pop up on your desk.” His favorite part of the job is seeing students realize their dreams and seeing them mature from freshmen to seniors. With nearly 40 years of experience under his belt, Stan has made many memories at Kings High School, but says one of the most memorable would be the success of coaching the girl’s softball team. He also remembers the joy of knowing he was part of a student’s educational epiphany. “I’ve seen students who may not understand a concept in math have a

light bulb come on, so to speak, and they get it,” he says. As Kings High School’s resident practical joker, Stan’s pulled his fair share of pranks, like leaving messages at the zoo to call people for April’s Fools Day. However, one of his most creative pranks was putting a blank piece of paper in every teacher’s mailbox with no explanation. “The teachers kept asking the principal’s secretary what it was for and she had no idea,” Stan says. “It’s one of those things that was funny at the time, but wouldn’t really make sense now.” However, the prankster got pranked on the last day of school his 35th year. “I came out that day and saw my SUV filled to the top with packing peanuts,” he says. “That has nothing to do with education, but it was certainly a memorable experience. It was the ultimate payback for the practical jokes I’ve played throughout the years.” It was the words of his high school English teacher that led him to education and has kept him there. “I will never forget her saying, ‘it’s not about how much money you make, but whether you enjoy what you do,’” Stan says. “I can honestly say I have enjoyed every one of these past 39 years.” Stan, who turned 60 in November, has no plans of hanging up his hat any time soon. “Right now, I just take it a day at a time,” he says. “I enjoy getting up and going to work everyday, so right now I plan on coming back next year. After next year, I’ll evaluate, but as long as they’ll have me here, I’d like to come back.”

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A lot more than just chili PhOtO BY dAVid sorcher

BLUE ASH CHILI 4200 aero drive mason, ohio 513.492.9650 There’s something you need to know about the new Blue Ash Chili restaurant that opened in Mason—it’s not just another chili joint. Don’t let the name fool you. The restaurant, located at 4200 Aero Drive, is more of an old-fashioned diner. While you can order six ways of chili and coneys, you can also choose from breakfast items including a reuben omelette, a wide variety of burgers and sandwiches, and entrees like meatloaf and a shrimp platter. Our friends met us there, and when the 10 of us walked into the pleasant dining room we were told to seat ourselves. A


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waitress quickly took our drink orders, and we were pleased to discover that they had a limited, but adequate selection of beers and wines. Since we were dining with six children, we each ordered a drink. Three out of four members of their family ordered the chili. The kids were sitting at another table so I didn’t get a formal review from them, but they gave me the thumbs up and cleaned their plates. Our friend ordered the five-way ($5.49) and enjoyed the thick, cinnamon-flavored chili after he liberally dosed it with hot sauce from the table. His wife ordered the corned beef reuben ($5.99) and it was

piled high with tender, grilled meat and just the right amount of sauerkraut. They split a side of crispy onion rings ($2.49) that were excellent. My husband, who grew up eating at diners on the East Coast, ordered the meat loaf ($6.99) because according to him that ‘s what you order at a diner. Two thick slices of home-style meatloaf came with mashed potatoes and green beans. The potatoes and gravy were clearly not home made, but according to my diner expert, they were not supposed to be. I ordered the Pretzel Burger ($5.89), a half-pound burger served on a pretzel bun that was delicious. I also tried a side of the Famous Cole Slaw ($1.89) and while it was very tasty, I’m not quite sure what makes it famous. One of my daughters ordered the Junior Burger ($2.49) and it was just about as big as mine. Two of my kids ordered food that made heads turn. My son ordered one of the many Double Decker sandwiches. His turkey and bacon sandwich ($6) was piled so high with meat and bacon that it was impossible to bite. The bacon was cooked to perfection—really crisp but not even slightly burned. My daughter ordered the Chef Salad ($6.50) and it was enormous. While it was light on the greens, it was so heavy on turkey, ham, cheese and chopped egg that we used her leftovers to make four salads for our lunch the next day. No lie! No surprise, our youngest ordered the Chicken Fingers and Fries ($3.99) from the Kids Menu. Because she has ordered this exact meal at every restaurant she has ever been to, she is a pretty reliable reviewer. She wouldn’t tell you that the chicken was lightly breaded and very moist, and that the fries were crinkle cut and not at all soggy. But because she didn’t drink her entire soda before eating her meal, we could tell that she really liked it. There are almost as many good points about Blue Ash Chili as there are entrée selections. Friendly service, quality food and huge portions top the list. JILL I. sOLIMINI



RELISH MODERN TAPAS 5947 Deerfield Blvd. Mason, OH 45040 513.204.6925 This classy restaurant is hidden behind the storefronts of Deerfield Towne Center. Relish serves lunch and dinner tapas-style: in bite-size portions meant to be shared.


MASALA CLUB 5232 Bardes Rd. Mason, OH 45040 513.339.1364 Cincinnatians love their Indian food, and Masala Club is new spot to get your naan fix on. The Mason restaurant specializes in Indian and Nepalese cuisine, with a variety of spice levels to suite your fancy. Vegetarians will feel right at home with lots of options.


CAZADORES 1061 Reading Road Mason, OH 45040 513.459.8855 Going here may not technically count as a “fiesta,” but it will be a good time - what with the delicious Mexican food and drink flowing freely. This highly popular chain has everything you’d want from a Mexican restaurant. Craving those enchiladas, chimichangas and fajitas? Look no further than Cazadores.

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Play Ball! Athletes of all ages and caliber hit the fields


BY MichAel d. clArk PhOtOs BY tony tribble

s the calendar turns from summer to early fall, you’ll find many Mason residents on the move. Big, small—regardless of sex, age or skill level—these amateur athletes of Warren County’s largest city make their way to the playing fields and ball courts of the city’s parks and acclaimed recreation center. It’s a warm weather rite of passage that finds each weekend jam packed with parents transporting children to T-ball games, swim lessons or joining their adult friends at softball games on Mason’s many local ball diamonds. A recent weekend at the city’s Heritage Oak Park saw the Saturday morning dew quickly evaporate as dozens of boys baseball teams took their places on ball fields. Their proud parents jockeyed for the prime spots in the grass along the first and third base lines to plant lawn chairs and kick back for a few hours while chatting away with neighbors and friends yet to be discovered. At nearby diamonds, girls’ softball games draw similar crowds of a families and friends. And a short distance away the tennis courts are soon alive with youngsters— some barely taller than their racquets—who will take lessons while proud parents beam at each successful stroke of a tennis ball. Soon the practice fields will give way to fall’s cooling and dozens of Mason Youth Football team practices and games. It’s a montage of the outdoor sporting life repeated throughout Mason each spring, summer and fall weekend. “Youth sports in Mason serves thousands of children,” says Angie Gardner, recreation manager for the city of Mason, whose office is in the state-of-the-art Mason Community Center, which is the unofficial hub of sports activity in the city. “Mason is known nationally through the National Alliance for Youth Sports as one of the top 10 youth sports providers,” explains Angie. But the “participates” in local sports go far beyond just the children and adults who play the games. “Hundreds of volunteer parents and community caring adults serve thousands of hours to work with youth sports. And the city of Mason provides beautiful parks and fields to use and enjoy,” she says. Dane Burchett, the center’s recreation supervisor for sports programs, >>


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YOURfreetiMe says, “we try to provide an array of sports activities for youth and adults. Between basketball, start smart programs, sports camps, gymnastics and other indoor sports, we serve about 3,500 people in the community center. And we work with area sports organizations to serve thousands more in the parks.” Heritage Oak Park along Mason’s northern border is one of the more expansive and popular play areas for local outdoors sports. Eliot Bastian, a Mason resident since 1993, recently took to one of the ball diamonds with his 12-year-old son Ethan and his younger brother Evan prior to the first pitch of an important league baseball game. Watching from a lawn chair nearby is wife Jacqui and other parents of the boys baseball team. “Whatever your skill level, Mason has a ball club for you,” says Eliot. “The sports programs for youth and adults in Mason are excellent.” Though her son is on the opponents’ team, Kristen Bomkamp, a decade-long resident of the city, heartily agrees. Her 10-year-old boy plays baseball in the summer, community league football in the fall and basketball in the winter. “There are so many opportunities for sports here in the city. And they encourage sportsmanship while also emphasizing instruction. I like how the sports really foster sportsmanship and teamwork and stress those values over competition,” says Kristen, who also doubles as her son’s team statistician. The fees for youth sports leagues can vary widely but most leagues offer caps for families who may have more than one child—or adult—playing. But you can’t put a price on the “family friendly environment” that accompanies Mason’s recreational sports, says Kristen. “You get to really know the community and make some friends,” she says. Nearby, Trish General watches her 14-yearold daughter Rachel take the field for her recreational softball team. Having moved from Chicago to Mason last year, Trish is already impress with the serious attitude that Mason residents take to organized play. “My gosh, there are so many opportunities to play sports here,” she says.


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>> Sport-tastic! You name the sport and chances are good that Mason’ Community Center or one of the many other local sports leagues will have a place for you, whether you be a child or adult. The best place to start is often the community center, which offers dozens of indoor and outdoor sports programs. More information can be found at or 513.229.8555. Other sports are offered through non-profit, volunteer organizations that have their own enrollment dates, eligibility requirements, fees, and schedules. These include:

mason Youth Organization (m.Y.O.)

tee ball, baseball, softball, fast-pitch Hotline: 513.573.1311

mason S.A.Y. Soccer Hotline: 513.459.1729

recreational Basketball Leagues

City of mason Parks & recreation Department 513.229.8555

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Secretary Karen Harris

mason Youth football Cheerleading President Karen Harris

mason Knothole Association

mason Baseball & Softball Association (mBSA) President Christ Probst

Adult Organizations

Community volunteers organize men’s softball leagues under the supervision of the city’s Recreation Manager. Please contact the organization spokesperson to learn more about the programs.

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Events calendar Looking for fun? For even more event listings, visit or Aug. 1 Attractions

by West Chester Parks & Recreation. 7211 Barrett Road, WEsT ChEsTEr TWp.

Boomerang Bay, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Kings Island.

Beach Waterpark. Kokomo Kove Stage. Includes Salsa lessons from Fred Astaire Studios. With Zumba. Included with admission: $27.99, $10.50 children under 4 feet tall and ages 60 and up, free ages 2 and under; plus $7.50 parking; discounts available online. 513.398.7946. 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason.

Australian-themed water park resort featuring more than 50 water activities including 30 water slides, tropical lagoons, rushing rivers, three family activity areas, careening waterfalls and 36,000square-foot wave pool. Included with admission: $47.99 two-day pass, $32.99, $29.99 children and seniors advance; $47.99, $31.99 children and seniors at gate. 800.288.0808. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason.

american Celebration at EnterTrainment Junction, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. EnterTrainment Junction. Fifty percent off on Funhouse Junction, VIP Backstage Tour, Kid’s Express ride and more. Caricature artist, jugglers, clowns and stilt walkers. Family friendly. $12.95, $9.95 ages 3-12. 513.898.8000. 7379 Squire Court,


Farmers Market Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m.-noon Deerfield Twp. Farmer’s Market. Locally grown/produced organic produce, season fresh corn, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, blackberries, preserves, jams, homemade bread, muffins and cookies. 937-289-3151. 3292 Montgomery Road, DEErFiElD TWp. Mason Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon

Mason Intermediate School. Fresh-picked seasonal produce from local farms and new vendors. 513.515.5138. Presented by City of Mason. 6307 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason.


hot salsa Concert series, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Aug. 2 Music sunshine Concert series, 6 p.m. Corwin Nixon Park. Includes giveaways and concessions. Bring seating. Hot Wax, ‘50s and ‘60s show band. Free. 513.229.8555. Presented by City of Mason. Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason. reggae Fest, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Beach Waterpark. Kokomo Kove Stage. Dub Flex. Included with admission; $27.99, $10.50 children under 4 feet tall and ages 60 and up, free ages 2 and under; plus $7.50 parking; discounts available online. 513.398.7946. 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason.

Aug. 3 Book Clubs a Course in Miracles, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Alliance Healing Center. Study group for “A Course in Miracles” by Foundation for Inner Peace. With Ken Obermeyer. Free, donations accepted. Registration recommended. 513.204.0091. 3476 Irwin-Simpson Road, DEErFiElD TWp.

Food & Drink Films Dive-in Movies, 9 p.m.-midnight Beach Wa-

terpark. Wavepool and Kahuna Beach. “Twilight.” Included with admission: $27.99, $15.50 after 4 p.m., $10.50 children under 4 feet tall and ages 60 and up, free ages 2 and under; plus $7.50 parking; discounts available online. 513.398.7946. 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason.

Tennis Team prep, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Mason

Middle School. Play matches against others at the same skill level. Rain make-ups will be given at session’s end. With Cathy Thomas, U.S. Professional Tennis Association. Middle school age students only. Daily through Aug. 6. $115. Registration required. 513.504.6738. Presented by Lindner Family Tennis Center. 6370 Mason-Montgomery Road,


Aug. 4 Community Dance Club aqua, 9 p.m.-midnight Beach Water-

park. The Pearl. Music by DJ Toad, dancing and contests. Ages 13-19. $10 plus $7.50 parking; $8 advance online with free parking. 513.398.7946. 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason.

Aug. 5 Exercise Classes Flow Yoga, 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Montessori

Aug. 6 Bars/Nightclubs

Chai Tots summer Camp, 9 a.m.-3:30

Coach McCollum’s Eagle soccer Camp,

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Summer Camp

a.m.-9 p.m. Dingle House Irish Pub. $12.95. 513.874.7468. 9102 West Chester Towne Center Drive, WEsT ChEsTEr TWp.

West Chester Concert series, 7 p.m.-9


a.m.-10 a.m. Mason Middle School. Participate in drills, learn the game or hone skills. Play matches against others at the same skill level. Rain makeups will be given at session’s end. With Cathy Thomas, certified instructor. Beginner/Advanced Beginner, ages 7-10. Daily through Aug. 6. Registration required by Aug. 1. $57. Registration required by July 1. 513.504.6738. Presented by Lindner Family Tennis Center. 6370 Mason-Montgomery Road,

Academy of Cincinnati. With Stephanie Herrin. $36 for six weeks, $32 four weeks, $20 two weeks; $12. Registration required. 513.204.0091. Presented by Alliance Healing Center. 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason.

Bob Crawford, 6:30 p.m. Kings Island Golf Center, Courseview Restaurant. Free. 513.573.3321. 6042 Fairway Drive, Mason. p.m. Keehner Park. Featuring Miami University Steel Drum Band. Free. 513.777.5900. Presented

summer Junior Tennis programs, 8:30

all-You-Can-Eat Fish and Chips, 11

p.m. Chai Tots Early Childhood Center. Ages six weeks-three years and Chaverim: ages 3-4 years potty trained. Daily through Aug. 7. $199, $145 half day; extended care, $50 3:30-5:30 p.m., $25 8-9 a.m. ; before 8 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m. additional $15 week. Registration required. 513.731.5111. 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason.


processing fee. Registration required by May 15. 513.777.3933. Presented by Coach Steve McCollum. 4934 Western Row Road, Mason.

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Hope Church. Includes instruction, leather soccer ball, t-shirts, camp water bottle and more. Wear cleats, socks and use shin guards. Bring indoor-style shoes for bad weather. Private and team camps available. Co-ed T.O.P. Soccer. Grades K-12. Daily through Aug. 7. $115; $15 late

ladies night, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Claddagh Irish Pub Deerfield Commons. With a DJ. 513.770.0999. 5075 Deerfield Blvd., Mason.

Exercise Classes healing Yoga, 6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Montessori

Academy of Cincinnati. Beginner, novice and those with range of motion limitations. With Stephanie Herrin. $42 for six weeks, $36 four weeks, $22 two weeks; $12. Registration required. 513.204.0091. Presented by Alliance Healing Center. 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason.

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Music Jimmy Buffett and the Coral reefer Band, 8 p.m. Riverbend Music Center. Sum-

merzcool Tour. $136, $36 lawn. 800.745.3000. 6295 Kellogg Ave., anDErson TWp.

Aug. 7 Festivals st. Margaret of York Festival, 6 p.m.-

midnight St. Margaret of York. Booths, rides, games, food and entertainment. All ages. Free. 513.683.7100. Through Aug. 9. 9483 Columbia Road, DEErFiElD TWp.

st. John’s Family Festival, 6 p.m.midnight St. John the Evangelist Church-West Chester. Food, raffle, rides and games. All ages. 513.777.6433. Through Aug. 9. Presented by St.

John Church. 9080 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, WEsT ChEsTEr TWp.

Music Bob Crawford, 7 p.m. Claddagh Irish Pub Deerfield Commons. 513.770.0999. 5075 Deerfield Blvd., Mason. surf rockin’ Concert series, 6 p.m.-9

p.m. Beach Waterpark. Kokomo Kove Stage. Surfstyle music from 1960s era. With Grateful Parrot. Included with admission: $27.99, $15.50 after 4 p.m., $10.50 children under 4 feet tall and ages 60 and up, free ages 2 and under; plus $7.50 parking; discounts available online. 513.398.7946. 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason.

Aug. 8 Festivals Union Centre Boulevard Bash, 5 p.m.midnight The Square at Union Centre. Music

when 8:30 p.m. February 20 where Aronoff Center tickets 513.621.2787

and food festival. Family area with discounted menu items, karaoke and contests. Music by the Rusty Griswolds. Free. 513.579.3111. Through Aug. 10. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, WEsT ChEsTEr TWp.

Music rascal Flatts, 8 p.m. Riverbend Music

Center. With Darius Rucker. $75, $34.50 lawn. 513.562.4949. 6295 Kellogg Ave., anDErson TWp.

Sports Western & southern Financial Group Women’s open, 10 a.m. Lindner Family Tennis

Center. Professional tennis tournament. Qualifying. $5, free ages 14 and under. 513.562.4949. Presented by Western and Southern Financial Group. 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason.

YOURfreetime Volunteer Events Volunteers for Western & southern Financial Group Tennis Tournaments, 10 a.m. Lindner Family Tennis Center. Variety of volunteer positions available as well as hours and dates. Details on web site. Volunteer opportunities continue through Aug. 23. Registration required. 513.651.0303. Presented by Western and Southern Financial Group. 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason.

Aug. 9 Bookstores scrapbooking, 1 p.m. Agora Bookstore. 513.898.0804. 108 W. Main St, Mason.

Music Mason Community Band, 6 p.m. Mason Middle School. Auditorium. Part of Sunshine Concert Series. Free. 513.229.8555. Presented by City of Mason. 6370 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason.

Civic pops american Fantasy, 3 p.m.-5

p.m. Christ’s Church at Mason. With Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. All ages. Featuring music from The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Oklahoma, 1812 Overture, other more. Free. 513.861.9978. Presented by Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. 5165 Western Row Road, Mason.

Aug. 11 Education Kidz home alone Classes, noon-2 p.m. Hope Church. Teaches grades 4-6 how to be home alone safely. Class includes student manual and parent guide. Continues Aug. 14. $42. Registration required, available online. 513.336.9993. Presented by Life Skills Education Fund and Enriching Kidz. 4934 Western Row Road, Mason.

Aug. 12 Farmers Market Farmers Market, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Whole Foods Market Mason. Parking Lot. Activities for children, grill outs, music, fresh produce and flowers. Free. 513.398.9358. 5805 Deerfield Blvd., DEErFiElD TWp.

Nature Walks on the Wildside, 2 p.m. Voice of America Lodge and Boathouse. Meet in lodge parking area. Naturalist-led walk to take a look at plants, insects and birds. Free, vehicle permit required. 513.867.5835. Presented by Butler County Metro Parks. 7850 Voice of America Park Drive, WEsT ChEsTEr TWp.

Aug. 15 Sports Western & southern Financial Group Masters Men’s Tennis, 10 a.m. Lindner Family Tennis Center. Professional tennis tournament. Qualifying. $34. 513.562.4949. Presented by Western and Southern Financial Group. 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason.


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Aug. 16 Recreation run Kings island, 7 a.m. Kings Island. Race

day packet pickup 5:30-6:45 a.m. Includes T-shirt, water bottle, entry to post race party. With The Beast 10K at 7 a.m., Diamondback 5K at 7:15 a.m., and Golden Ticket kids run at 9 a.m. $25-$50. Registration required, available online. 513.754.5751. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason.

Aug. 26 Music Chicago with Earth, Wind and Fire,

8 p.m. Riverbend Music Center. $86.50, $60.50. 800.745.3000. 6295 Kellogg Ave., anDErson TWp.

Aug. 27 Sports Cincinnati Bengals Football, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 21 Music sean hannity’s Freedom Concert, 7 p.m. Kings Island Timberwolf Amphitheater. With Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Michael W. Smith, Lee Greenwood and Oliver North. Benefits Freedom Alliance Foundation Scholarship Fund. $75 includes park admission. 800.745.3000. 5688 Kings Island Drive, Mason.

Recreation night Fishing at Voice of america park, 8:25 p.m.-1 a.m. Voice of America Lodge

and Boathouse. Regulations at web site. $2 twilight rate; vehicle permit required. 513.755.4402. Presented by Butler County Metro Parks. 7850 Voice of America Park Drive, WEsT ChEsTEr TWp.

Aug. 22 Music Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna project, 9:30

Paul Brown Stadium. Games Nov. 29 and thereafter subject to scheduling change. Pre-season game vs. St. Louis Rams. $64-$82. 513.621.8383. Presented by Cincinnati Bengals. 1 Bengals Drive,


Aug. 28 Bars/Nightclubs reds Fan Cam, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Holy Grail. Filming of fans for “Reds Live” post-game shows. Includes giveaways. 513.469.2006. Presented by FOX Sports Ohio. 218 W. Third St., DoWnToWn.

Festivals Taste of Blue ash, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Blue Ash

Towne Square. Various types of cuisine from local restaurants, entertainment and family fun area. Music by Three Dog Night, 9 p.m. Free. 513.745.8500. Through Aug. 30. Presented by Blue Ash Recreation Department. Cooper and Hunt roads, BlUE ash.


p.m. Smokey Bones. 513.777.5380. Presented by Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill. 9484 Civic Centre Blvd., WEsT ChEsTEr TWp.

Creed, 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center. $93, $63, $35 lawn. 800.745.3000. 6295 Kellogg Ave.,

sizzlin’ summer Concert series, 7 p.m.-9

live at the lodge and learning Center, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Voice of America Lodge

p.m. Fernbank Park. Bring seating. American folk/ blues music by Jake Speed & the Freddies. Free. 513.521.7275. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 60 Thornton Ave., saYlEr parK.

Aug. 23 Antiques Shows Mainstrasse antiques, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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and Boathouse. Family friendly. Bring seating. Food and beverages available. Learning Center. Celtic Evening With Orion. Free, vehicle permit required. 513.867.5835. Presented by Butler County Metro Parks. 7850 Voice of America Park Drive,


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oakley after hours, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Madison Road Corridor. Special sales, gallery openings, entertainment, local bands and happy hour pricing at participating restaurants. Free. 513.533.9039. Presented by Oakley Community Council. Madison Road, oaKlEY.

The schubert Chorale’s inaugural Concert, 4 p.m. St. Anne Episcopal Church.

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MainStrasse Village. Promenade, Sixth Street. Parking in Fifth Street lot free. Rain or shine. Free. 859.468.4820. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. Main Street, CoVinGTon.

New summer choir for adult and high school singers perform. All ages. Free. 513.779.1139. 6461 Tylersville Road, WEsT ChEsTEr TWp.

Universoul Circus, 10:30 a.m. Jordan Crossing. A single-ring circus with 75 African-American performers and 12 acts. $10-$26.50. 800.745.3000. Through Aug. 30. 7030 Reading Road, BonD hill.

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honor society, 8 p.m. Bogart’s. $22, 19.50

advance. 614-431-2200. 2621 Vine St., CorrYVillE.

Aug. 25

romeo and Juliet, 7 p.m. Eden Park. Seasongood Pavilion. Part of Shakespeare in the Park. Free. 513.381.2273. Presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 950 Eden Park Drive, EDEn parK.

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rEZonate Music Fest, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Voice

russian Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nisbet Park.

of America Park. Outdoor concert and motorcycle ride. Benefits the Lakota Sioux children on Pine Ridge Reservation. $15 per bike; $20 per passenger; $8 parking donation per car. 513.759.7304. Tylersville Road, WEsT ChEsTEr TWp.

Music The Moody Blues, 8 p.m. PNC Pavilion at

Riverbend. $79.50, $59.50, $39.50. 800.745.3000. 6295 Kellogg Ave., anDErson TWp.

sizzlin’ summer Concert series, 7

p.m.-9 p.m. Sharon Woods. Bring seating. Pop/ rock music by Systems Go of the United States Air Force Band of Flight. Free. 513.521.7275. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 11450 Lebanon Road, sharonVillE.

Shopping Special Events Tackle Trade Days, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lake Isabella. Family Fishing Center. Sell or trade new and used fishing equipment. Free, vehicle permit required. Registration required for dealers or individuals selling items. 513.791.1663. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 10174 LovelandMadeira Road, sYMMEs TWp.

Volunteer Events Grailville Garden Volunteer Day, 9

a.m.-noon Grailville Education and Retreat Center. Work in organic garden and kitchen. Lunch and tour follows. Wear clothes and footwear that can get dirty. Bring gloves, water, sunscreen, hat and snacks. No experience required. Volunteers welcome other hours and days-call to schedule. Extending the Season. Plant fall crops in gardens; clean garlic. Free; $15 tour and lunch. Reservation required for lunch. 513.683.2340. 932 O’Bannonville Road, loVElanD.

Aug. 30 Special Events Cincinnati premier Bridal Expo, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Manor House. Meet with more than 75 area wedding professionals. Fashion shows at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Giveaways and prizes. $8. 877-234-9333. Presented by Claiborne Productions. 7440 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason.

Youth Sports ault park soap Box rally, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ault Park. Ages 8-17. $35; spectators free. Race registration rquired. 513.885.1373. Presented by Cincinnati Soap Box Derby. 3600 Observatory Ave.,

MT. looKoUT.

SEPT. 4 Special Events aVp pro Beach Volleyball, 2 p.m. Lindner

Family Tennis Center. Men and women sand volleyball tournament. Rain or shine. $50, $20, $15, $10, $5; free ages 4 and under. 800.280.2330. Through Sept. 6. Presented by AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason.


Russian foods, crafts, jewelry, religious books and icons, music and dancing, children’s activities and more. 513.891.0991. Presented by St. George Russian Orthodox Church. 210 Railroad Ave.,


SEPT. 6 Special Events riverfest, noon-11 p.m. Sawyer Point. Familyfriendly end of summer celebration. Food, music, entertainment and 9:05 p.m. fireworks display. Free. 513.686.8597. Presented by Clear Channel Radio. Pete Rose Way, DoWnToWn.

SEPT. 7 Music summer sounds Concert series, 7 p.m. Woodside Cemetery and Arboretum. Bring seating. Severe weather cancels. Labor Day Concert. Featuring Middletown Symphony. Free. 513.425.7842. Presented by City of Middletown. Corner of S. Verity (Route 4) and 14th Ave., MiDDlEToWn.

Recreation holiday Kids’ Fishing Tournament, 10 a.m.-noon Lake Isabella. Registration 9 a.m. Trophies awarded. Ages 12 and under with an adult. Space is limited. Free. 513.521.7275. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 10174 LovelandMadeira Road, sYMMEs TWp.

SEPT. 8 Recreation round robins, noon-1:30 p.m. Lindner

Family Tennis Center. Location may change to Mason Middle School. With Cathy Thomas, U.S. Professional Tennis Association. Women. Level 1-4. Tuesdays. Concludes Oct. 13. $20-$72. Registration required three weeks before start date. 513.504.6738. 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason.

SEPT. 11 Festivals st. susanna Family Festival, 5 p.m.-mid-

night St. Susanna Catholic Church. Games for all ages, rides, food, entertainment, silent auction and raffles. 513.398.3821. Through Sept. 13. 616 Reading Road, Mason.

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and play matches against others at same level. Minimum six players per class. Cathy Thomas, U.S. Professional Tennis Association. Consecutive Saturdays. Pee Wee, ages 4-6. $32. Registration required. 513.504.6738. 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason.

SEPT. 20 Festivals Mason arts Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mason Municipal Building. More than 90 artists. Children’s activity tent, food and entertainment. Student art exhibit. Free. Registration for performing artists and food vendors by July 15. --. Presented by Mason Area Arts Council. 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason.

SEPT. 23 Special Events

Fall programs: Junior Clinics, 3 p.m.4:30 p.m. Lindner Family Tennis Center. Learn the game or hone skills and play matches against others at same level. Minimum six players per class. Cathy Thomas, U.S. Professional Tennis Association. Consective Fridays. Concludes Oct. 9. No class on Sept. 25. Drill/Play (Junior Varsity/ Varsity). Invitation Only. $71. Registration required. 513.504.6738. 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason.

Disney on ice: 100 Years of Magic, 7:30

SEPT. 12 Youth Sports

Disney’s high school Musical, 7 p.m. Mason High School. $10, $8 seniors. Tickets required, available online. 513.588.0988. Through Sept. 27. Presented by Acting Up. 6100 MasonMontgomery Road, Mason.

Junior Clinics, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Lindner Family Tennis Center. Learn the game or hone skills

p.m. U.S. Bank Arena. Sixty-five of unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life on ice. All ages. $11-$56. 800.745.3000. Through Sept. 27. 100 Broadway, DoWnToWn.

SEPT. 25 Theater

YOURHOme YOURfreetime

Meet Diane Wilson Open a door and create a family


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nter as Strangers – Leave as Friends” reads a weathered sign above the door leading to the deck on Diane Wilson’s lavishly decorated home. However, a more accurate version might read, “Enter as Strangers – Leave as Family,” considering the fact that Diane and her late husband, Lee, opened their home to more than 100 foster children over the last 35 years. “Lee was an only child and always wanted a big family,” says Diane. “We had three of our own, but when our neighbors needed help, we took in their child. And then we just kept going with foster kids.” Twice when sibling pairs were going to be separated, the Wilsons took a major leap by adopting the children to keep them together. Today, Diane enjoys her seven children, seven grandchildren and the four boys who are currently calling her house their home. The last two arrived on Mother’s Day. “Sometimes they stay for a couple of

weeks, sometimes they stay for years,” says Diane. “My goal is to help them make it on their own.” Having the kids follow some basic rules is key to her success with these children. “I always start out with a simple, but important rule—leave it the way you found it,” she says. And it works, because you would never guess that four boys ranging in age from 12 to 18 live in this home that rivals a four-star bed and breakfast. “The children always come first, but decorating is definitely a passion of mine,” say Diane. While she is often told she should decorate professionally, for Diane it is a service she reserves for family and friends. “I decorated my son’s bathroom as a Christmas gift this year,” she says. When you walk in her home, it is a visual feast; classic artwork adorns the wall and antiques abound. It is clear that every piece has a story—from the baby grand piano in her family room to the widely

varied clock collection in the living room. Fabrics in many textures and colors are a tremendous element in Diane’s strong and cohesive style—she is a frequent customer at Boone Fabric in Mason. “But I also travel a great deal, and I bring home things I find in antique stores across the country,” says Diane. Both sides of her two-story entryway feature a hand-painted mural depicting slaves picking cotton in the fields and an elegant plantation house complete with columns. The statue that graces Diane’s front yard is depicted in front of the home in the mural. “The idea for the mural came from my mind, and I researched it through old slave books,” says Diane. “I chose it because it is a piece of history that no longer exists.” History is a theme found throughout Diane’s home. One of her upstairs guest rooms is called the president’s room. Photos, paintings and sculptures of presidents from Thomas Jefferson >>

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YOURHOme to Barack Obama smile down on a luxurious bed covered in pillows and a comforter in gorgeous shades of blue. Attention to detail is key—books about the presidents even grace the nightstand. But Diane has a whimsical side that is found throughout the house in her extensive collection of pillows. A pristine, all-white bedroom that Diane offers the girls that come to stay with her has a wall covered with decorative pillows. And a bench in the upstairs hallway is home to an assortment of pillows including one that offers her favorite sentiment, “Behind every successful man is an exhausted woman.” Her gleaming, gourmet kitchen is clearly the heart of the home—a pitcher of sweet tea is always ready and her pots and pans are restaurant size because she often cooks for a crowd. “I have an open door policy for friends and family,” says Diane. “People are constantly coming and going. The doorbell and the phone are always ringing.” This is easy to imagine in a household with four teenage boys. They rule the fully finished basement that boasts a theater room with three rows of stadium seating and a popcorn machine, and they often host movie nights and parties for their friends. No fine artwork graces these walls—they are covered with movie posters and photos of the boys and the friends they have made in Mason. “The kids have fit in easily,” says Diane. “The Mason schools have helped them in many ways.” It comes as no surprise that Diane’s future plans include helping kids on an even greater scale. She and her daughter recently became certified as Child Development Associates and are currently trying to raise money to open a 24-hour daycare center in Lebanon. “There are no facilities available that offer child care for people who work evenings,” says Diane. “Think of all the people who work at restaurants and hospitals. We want to help them.” “Children were very important to my husband,” says Diane. “I want to continue his vision and continue to help them. And you know when it comes to children, you learn as much from them as they learn from you.”


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A Back-to-School

Safety Checklist

for Parents

BY mOnA BrOnSOn-fuquA, TRiHealTH


ummer is winding down, and the beginning of a new school year is on the minds of many parents and children. One of the ways to ease concerns is to make sure parents and children are as prepared as possible. Stephanie Lambers and Krista Jones, trauma prevention coordinators of the ThinkFirst program at Bethesda North Hospital Trauma Services, provide helpful tips to help parents review safety concerns and rules with their children. Concerns may change as children get older, but there are some safety areas that are consistent regardless of age. Safe transport between school and home is important to address with small children, teenagers and even parents. “Parents get excited about a new school year too and need to make sure that they follow the rules to keep the children safe,” says Stephanie. “Drive as if your own children are on the road.” Parents also should talk with their children about kids’ safety responsibilities. Parents transporting children or driving to work should: • Make sure everyone (including the parent) is wearing a seatbelt. • Recognize and respect all school zones, street closings and speed limits. • Know and obey, or develop school “pick-up and drop-off” rules. • Never pass a stopped school bus with flashing lights. • Watch carefully for children darting out into traffic. • Pay special attention on the road, particularly in bad weather.


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“Explain to your kids that on the bus they should listen to the driver, obey the rules, and avoid horsing-around,” advises Krista. “Review how to cross the street. Even if you think children know the basics, a reminder to cross at designated areas and obey crossing guards can’t hurt.” Teenagers who are still walking or riding the bus should wear reflective clothing when it is dark. Driving teens need to follow the same rules of the road as parents and remember to drive with a specific destination in mind. Teenagers also should remember that as new drivers they should drive defensively, avoid speeding and always know an alternate route to where they are going. Students should practice what to do if there is an emergency as they move between school and home. Children should have their full name, address, city and state memorized, as well as their phone number with the area code. It’s a good idea for parents to talk with their children about how to call 911 (or the operator) in an emergency. Reminders to never accept rides or gifts from a stranger can never be given too often, and all children should know which places they can stop to get help and to whom they should tell their concerns. “You want to balance your children’s natural trust with caution and common sense rules to keep them safe while building their self-confidence to handle emergencies,” says Jones. “Backpack safety is a concern that most people ignore or are unaware of,” shares Stephanie. “This can cause pain and long term injury.” Backpacks should have wide straps to avoid digging into shoulders, damaging nerves or blocking circulation. To avoid back pain, strains and even curvature of the spine, children should carry the backpack over both shoulders and make sure the bag isn’t too heavy. “The backpack should not be more than 15 to 20 percent of their body weight,” advises Stephanie. Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, pediatrician at Group Health Associates’ Mason and Kenwood offices, encourages attention to some additional issues to support children’s physical and emotional well-being when returning to school. Children entering school should have the required vaccinations for their age. Polio, measles, mumps, rubella and the chickenpox booster should be up-to-date. >>


Mason Middle School students practice bus evacuation drills in conjunction with Bus Safety Week.

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Due to the rise in whooping cough outbreaks it is important that the DPT vaccine covering diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus be current for those first entering school and older students. According to a recent study by Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Institute for Health Research, one out of 20 children not vaccinated for whooping cough will contract the highly contagious disease. Older children should have a sports physical prior to participating in extracurricular sports activities. It is best to schedule all physical exams as early as possible to avoid a last-minute rush as school starts. However, if families find themselves down to the wire, it is probably best not to give in to a quick fix sports physical with a local retail clinic doctor. Dr. Ladinsky cautions, “The whole idea is to have a physical based on all available


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knowledge of the patient. Your regular pediatrician is in the best position to be sure nothing is being missed and we do a good job of getting our patients in at the last minute if necessary.” First-time students and younger children sometimes complain of stomach pain that can have an unanticipated source. Embarrassed to use the bathroom at school, young children often wait until they get home to relieve themselves. Once at home, they may forget to go or find that going to the bathroom is painful, which could lead to avoidance to use the restroom again. This cycle can lead to a severely backed-up bowel that causes pain and is painful to alleviate. “Parents should talk to their pediatrician sooner rather than later,” states Dr. Ladinsky. “We can treat this concern quickly and easily.”

Dr. Ladinsky also suggests that parents of young children just starting school take into account the worry that can be caused by separation from mom, dad or their usual routine. “It is okay to have a little piece of the favorite ‘blankie’ to carry in a pocket, or to carry a favorite toy to the bus stop to then be left behind with a loved one,” encourages Dr. Ladinsky. Dr. Ladinsky notes that adequate nutrition and sleep are important for students of every age. “It really is true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” she says. “If you have a picky breakfast eater, be sure he/she is getting a start that includes at least 5 grams of protein.” Dr. Ladinsky indicates that as long as protein and some carbohydrates are included with the breakfast meal, it can be anything from an instant breakfast


drink, smoothie or breakfast bar, to leftover spaghetti or pizza. She also recommends a good night’s sleep to make sure students are at their best in the classroom. “We generally advise nine-to-ten hours for elementary students, at least 9 hours for middle school students and a minimum of eight hours for high school students. The eight hours for high school students may go against their natural nocturnal cycle, so if they are getting less, expect for them to make up for it on the weekends,” Dr. Ladinsky concludes. Overall attention to transportation, stranger danger and backpack safety, as well as basic good health choices will help students put their best feet forward during their upcoming school days. Families should be sure to make these issues an important part of their back- to-school checklist.

leFT: Mason City Schools bus driver Lisa teepen, bottom right, is named Rookie of the Year, topping 10 other district drivers who recently competed for top safety honors in the 2008 Southwest Ohio School Bus Safety Rodeo. With Teepen, from left, is Mason schools Transportation Supervisor Carole Abrams, sister and Mason bus driver Lynn Kelly, Mason schools Superintendent Kevin Bright and fellow driver, Jan Winston. RigHT: learning about safety is easy while hanging out on a fire truck.

>> get Back to it! it’s “Back to it” month in August at the mason Community Center! mason Community Center and triHealth are planning a variety of programs about meals on the go for busy families, back safety, and more as students return to school and schedules become more hectic. September is “Playing it Safe” month. Plan on learning about safety for you and your family, including self-defense, car-seat safety, and safe driving. Visit for details. Look for the partnership logo.

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No, Thank You, Mr. President BY riCHArD SteWArt


n James Thurber’s classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the protagonist meanders through a series of escapist fantasies where he imagines a life infinitely more interesting and engaging than the mundane reality of his actual existence. It is in this vein that I share with you a recurring fantasy of mine to be summoned to a meeting with the President of the United States in order that I may flat out refuse the invitation - without any particular fanfare or explanation. While I will admit at the outset that it would likely produce a profound glee on my part to reject such an invitation from the current holder of the office, I need to stress that the idea is not actually specific to him nor is he, personally, even an important component of the dream. No, this idea has been in my head for years and at least the last three presidents have taken their respective turns in my little theater of the mind. In my head it goes something like this: (Phone rings) “Is this Mr. Richard Stewart?” “Yes.“ “Please hold for the Chief of Staff, Mr. Stewart.” I, of course, do not bother to hold for the Chief of Staff, mostly because this sort of arrogant, self-important crap where you have some underling call other people only to then ask them to “hold” drives me crazy. So, I hang up the phone. (It is also at this juncture that I first display an inappropriate, self-satisfied smirk.) A few moments later the phone rings again. I let it ring four times before I answer. A more tentative and somewhat befuddled voice on the other end repeats the original request: “Is this Mr. Richard Stewart?” “Yes.“ “Please hold for the Chief of Staff, Mr. Stewart.” Again, I exercise my option to not hold for the Chief of Staff. My smirk broadens to a full fledged smile imagining the well-intentioned but exasperated administrative assistant who, at that particular moment, is trying to explain that I refuse to hold and instead keep hanging up the phone. After a few minutes, my phone rings yet again. Despite the fact that my caller ID plainly reveals that it is the same incoming phone number, I answer the phone once more: “Hello. And, yes, this is Richard Stewart.” “Mr. Stewart, do not hang up. This is Chief of Staff M.F. Lyinbastard and I am calling you today from our nation’s capitol on behalf of the President of The United States of America. He has requested that you fly to Washington at your earliest opportunity. He very much needs to consult with you on a matter of great importance and would like for you to meet with him tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.”


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My reply, which is notable only for its lack of emotion or concern, is: “No, thank you.” Then, I hang up the phone. That’s it. No fawning, cursing, blathering, or blustering. I just hang up the phone and go back to my life. I give him the ol’ telemarketer heave-ho. Why? Because I do not matter even slightly to the President of the United States and I would like to believe that given the opportunity I would act in accordance with that reality. At least in the ethereal, I would refuse to be starstruck or to pretend admiration. Being famous (or elected) does not make you automatically brilliant, talented, interesting, or a good person. Andy Warhol, be damned. It is an immodestly long list indeed of those who have overstayed their fifteen minute allotment of fame. There are precious few famous folks whose accomplishments merit accolades or celebrity status. I, for one, am an avid proponent of restoring infamy to our collective social vocabulary. We should encourage our offspring to admire the actually admirable among us – which could conceivably include Conrad Hilton, but certainly not his great-granddaughter. I think Einstein bobbleheads probably border on disrespectful, but it is at least a step in the right direction. Now, you might rightfully wonder: How does any of that explain my cavalier indifference to the rainmakers of the free world? It doesn’t really. But, to be honest, this whole fantasy is pretty lame if it doesn’t involve someone preposterously more important than myself. Back at the White House, in my mythical mind game, the Chief of Staff sits dumbfounded, gazing out his window at the impeccably manicured grounds. He grapples for several minutes over exactly how to explain to the President of The United States that some completely ordinary guy from Mason, Ohio won’t even so much as take his phone call. At last, deciding exactly what he will say, he heads into the Oval Office to address the predicament. “Mr. President, I’m sorry, but it seems that Mr. Stewart died earlier this morning.”

Richard Stewart resides in Mason, but the City Council recently passed a resolution that implored him to stop telling people that. The editors have no idea why you would wish to do so but, if you have some interest in reaching him, he can be contacted at stewart.richard

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Fitness/Wellness Fitness Mind/Body Special Events Live Well in Mason Events Fitness Tracking


Special Events Preschooler Chefs: Healthy Harvest Foods

Mason Municipal Center – 2nd Floor Classroom 2029 Join Grammy Ruth and Grammy Sharon for a special four-week session designed specifically for your preschooler. Each 90-minute session will be structured around a “healthy harvest foods” theme and will feature child-friendly recipes, story time, and songs. At the end of the class, your child will have a complete recipe book for creating healthy snacks at home. Tuesday and Thursday classes feature the same curriculum. Day Date Tu 9/15-10/6 Th 9/17-10/8

Time 9:00-10:30A 10:30A-noon

Age 4-5 4-5

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) 9/8 $107 /$125 /$150 9/10 $107 /$125 /$150

Activity 436516-01 436516-02

The programs and events in Funformason are brought to you by the City of Mason, which operates the Mason Community Center. Mason Community Center 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road Mason, Ohio 45040 p 513-229-8555 f 513-229-8556

City of Mason 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road Mason, Ohio 45040 p 513-229-8500

Weather Hotline: 513-229-8502, option 5 Call hotline for weather updates, cancellations, and field rainouts (option 6). Programs presented by the City of Mason are open to all, including those who live outside of Mason or those who do not have a community center pass. Programs fees are set by pass holder status and residency and are listed at VIP/MR or CR/NR. You are eligible for the VIP rate if you have a current VIP membership to the Mason Community Center. You are eligible for the Mason resident (MR) fee if you reside within the boundaries of the City of Mason. You are a community resident (CR) if you reside within the Mason City School District. All Mason residents are also community residents. Please note that your ZIP code is not an indicator of your residency status. Many households with the 45040 ZIP code are not in the City of Mason. Proof of residency will be required if not on file.

This symbol designates a program where volunteers are needed. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer application form located on our web site at

This symbol designates a Young Rembrandts™ program. Young Rembrandts™ encourages creativity, technique, and joy of the artistic process by offering a unique, step-by-step method that successfully teaches children how to draw. This symbol designates a Live Well in Mason program provided through a partnership between the City of Mason, Group Health Associates, and Bethesda. It includes Wellness Wednesday on the first Wednesday of every month and other programs as designated. COVER PHOTO BY DEOGRACIAS LERMA

Girls on the Run

Boys Running Club

Mason Municipal Center 2nd Floor Conference Room 2031

Gazebo at Corwin M. Nixon Park

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national running/walking program that helps pre-teen girls have fun with fitness while boosting their self-esteem. Each hour-long lesson combines fun games and activities that reinforce life skills such as leadership, cooperation, listening, and goal setting as they train to compete in a 5K race. All girls will receive 24 uplifting lessons, New Balance running shoes, a GOTR T-shirt, healthy snacks after every lesson, a water bottle, an inspiration journal, registration for the 5K race, a finisher’s medal, and much more! Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 15 through November 19. The final 5K race will be on Saturday, November 21. Day Date Time Grade Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/NR) Activity Tu,Th 9/15-11/21 4:15-5:15P 3-5 9/8 $128 /$150 /$175 436522-01 Tu,Th 9/15-11/21 5:15-6:30P 6-8 9/8 $128 /$150 /$175 436522-02

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Mason Sports Park

The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick event is a free national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 15. It provides youth with an opportunity to compete against their peers in punting, passing, and place kicking. Girls and boys compete in four age divisions (8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15). Youth who score high enough will move on to a sectional competition, with the national winner from each group being recognized during an NFL Playoff Game. Football shoes, cleats, turf shoes, and bare feet are prohibited. Only gym shoes will be permitted. All equipment, other than shoes, will be provided by the Mason Parks & Recreation Department. Participants may not use their own equipment. A valid birth certificate must be presented for age verification and pre-registration by September 5, 2009. Age classifications are based upon your child’s age as of December 31, 2008.

Boys Division Day Sa Sa Sa Sa

Date 9/12 9/12 9/12 9/12

Time 10:00A-1:00P 10:00A-1:00P 10:00A-1:00P 10:00A-1:00P

Age 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15

Deadline 9/5 9/5 9/5 9/5

Activity 432410-01 432410-02 432410-03 432410-04

Age 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15

Deadline 9/5 9/5 9/5 9/5

Activity 432410-05 432410-06 432410-07 432410-08

Girls Division Day Sa Sa Sa Sa

Date 9/12 9/12 9/12 9/12

Time 10:00A-1:00P 10:00A-1:00P 10:00A-1:00P 10:00A-1:00P

This introductory running program will teach boys the basic techniques for a lifetime hobby. This program develops teamwork, self-discipline, and goal achievement through running. All participants will train to complete a 10K or 15K run. Beginning runners are encouraged. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/NR) Activity M,W 9/21-10/28 4:15-5:30P 10-14 9/14 $68 /$80 /$105 436523-01


Yoga Tots Mason Municipal Center 2nd Floor Classroom 2029 Capture your tot’s curiosity as he or she learns yoga through social interaction and play. Our Yoga Tots class combines yoga poses with songs and games to promote parent-child connection and overall well-being. Tots also improve motor skills while increasing attention span. No yoga experience is required. For parent and child 1 to 3 years of age. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity F 8/28-9/25 11:15A-noon 1-3 8/21 $33 /$38 /$57 361103-01 F 10/2-10/30 11:15A-noon 1-3 9/25 $33 /$38 /$57 361103-02

Preschooler Yoga Adventure Mason Municipal Center 2nd Floor Classroom 2029 Enroll your preschooler in a fun-filled class blending yoga, play, dance, music, and drama! This class includes variations on traditional yoga postures to help children develop physical strength, flexibility, emotional calm, and self-expression. The games played in this class will help increase your child’s concentration and self-esteem, and stimulate him or her to express more creativity, imagination, and better social skills. Day Date Time Age F 8/28-9/25 12:15-1:00P 3-5 F 10/2-10/30 12:15-1:00P 3-5

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 8/21 $33 /$38 /$57 361104-01 9/25 $33 /$38 /$57 361104-02

“Wait, where is it?” Please note that the activities listed as taking place in the Mason Municipal Center are in a different building than the Recreation Center. To register, see page 16.


Pre-Teen Drawing/Cartooning Mason Municipal Center 2nd Floor Classroom 2029

Young Rembrandts™ provides the best of both worlds for students who want a challenge. Foundational art skills, such as shading and highlighting, perspective, and color theory, are introduced in a fun, social environment. Students will create artwork at a faster pace than during our typical drawing classes. All supplies are included.




Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity Tu 9/15-10/20 7:00-8:00P 8-13 9/8 $68 /$80 /$95 431207-01

Activity Room Daily physical activity will help our children build strong muscles and bones, have more energy, maintain a healthy weight, and feel good about themselves. ZUMBA fuses Latin rhythms and easy-tofollow moves to create a fun, different, and effective workout your kids will love. Day Date Time Grade Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity M 8/31-10/5 4:00-4:45P 5-13 8/24 $18 /$21 /$32 361102-01* M 10/12-11/9 4:00-4:45P 5-13 10/5 $18 /$21 /$32 361102-02 *No Class 9/7

Kinder Tumble Gymnasium B

Your toddler will develop balance and coordination as he or she learns how to walk or crawl across beams, roll down wedges, hang from bars, and slide down mats. This is all with the help of instructors and a parent or chaperone. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity Th 9/10-10/29 10:00-10:30A 1-2 9/3 $73 /$85 /$110 432300-01

Pre-School Drawing Mason Municipal Center 2nd Floor Classroom 2029

Young Rembrandts™ instructors provide a positive, nurturing environment for your child. Each week, your child will draw along with the instructor, from fish to teddy bears; rainbows to cowboys. The focus is on drawing and coloring, but work will also develop fine motor skills, focus, listening, staying on task, spatial organization, and patience. All supplies are included. Day Date Time Age Tu 9/15-10/20 6:00-6:45P 4-6 W 9/16-10/21 6:00-6:45P 4-6


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 9/8 $68 /$80 /$95 431200-01 9/9 $68 /$80 /$95 431200-02

Elementary Drawing

Tumbling for Tots Gymnasium B

During this class, your toddler will begin with fun stretching activities and focus on developmental movement, coordination, balance, strength, and peer interaction. Parents or guardians will be active participants in this class. Day M W Th Sa

Date 9/14-10/26 9/9-10/28 9/10-10/29 9/12-10/31

Time 10:00-10:30A 10:00-10:30A 10:30-11:00A 10:00-10:30A

Age 18mo-3yr 18mo-3yr 18mo-3yr 18mo-3yr

Deadline 9/7 9/2 9/3 9/5

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) $63 /$74 /$99 $73 /$85 /$110 $73 /$85 /$110 $73 /$85 /$110

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Tumbling for Toddlers

Mason Municipal Center 2nd Floor Classroom 2029

Gymnasium B

Young Rembrandts™ innovative, step-by-step drawing method can teach any child how to draw, regardless of artistic ability. Children will learn to express their creativity with skills that will last a lifetime. All materials are provided. Subject matter will range from animals and landscapes to still lifes and art history.

Your child will begin to develop flexibility and tumbling skills. Class will focus on somersaults, bridges, balancing in headstands, cartwheels, arm strengthening, and coordination skills such as skipping, hopping, and jumping.

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity W 9/16-10/21 4:45-5:45P 6-12 9/9 $68 /$80 /$95 431202-01

Day M W W Th F F Sa

Cartooning Sequencing Mason Municipal Center 2nd Floor Classroom 2029

Young artists will learn to draw cartoon series depicting a story or joke through funny characters and background scenes. They will then have the opportunity to create their own cartoon cell. Giggles are guaranteed! All supplies are included. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity M 9/14-10/19 6:00-7:00P 7-13 9/7 $68 /$80 /$95 431206-01

VIP: Community Center VIP Pass Holder

MR: Mason Resident

Date 9/14-10/26 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/10-10/29 9/11-10/30 9/11-10/30 9/12-10/31

Time 10:30-11:15A 10:30-11:15A 11:15-noon 11:00-11:45A 10:00-10:45A 10:45-11:30A 10:30-11:15A

Age 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5

Deadline 9/7 9/2 9/2 9/3 9/4 9/4 9/5

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) $63 /$74 /$99 $73 /$85 /$110 $73 /$85 /$110 $73 /$85 /$110 $73 /$85 /$110 $73 /$85 /$110 $73 /$85 /$110

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“Wait, where is it?” Please note that the activities listed as taking place in the Mason Municipal Center are in a different building than the Recreation Center.

CR: Community Resident

NR: Non-Resident

Tumbling Gymnasium B

Level 1

Cartwheels, running cartwheels, round-offs, handstands, strength, balance, coordination, and other basic skills will be introduced. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity W 9/9-10/28 5:00-6:00P 5 & up 9/2 $77 /$90 /$115 432303-01 Sa 9/12-10/31 1:00-2:00P 5 & up 9/5 $77 /$90 /$115 432303-02

Running round-offs, kick-overs, back bends, and front limbers will be taught while continuing to work on the basic skills. W


9/9-10/28 5:00-6:00P


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

5 & up 9/2

$77 /$90 /$115


Level 3

The focus will be on advanced tumbling skills, including walkovers and front and back handsprings. Round-off back handsprings will be introduced. Day Date W


9/9-10/28 6:00-7:00P


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

5 & up 9/2

$77 /$90 /$115


Level 4

Tumblers will work on round-off back handsprings, aerials, and back handspring series. Day Date W


Gymnastics Clinics

Level 2 Day Date



9/9-10/28 7:00-8:00P


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

5 & up 9/2

$77 /$90 /$115


Gymnasium B

Cartwheel Clinic

Gymnasts can perfect their cartwheel by practicing correct body positions through drills and skill specific instruction. Round-offs, handstands, and other tumbling skills will also be touched upon. Day Date Sa 8/15 Sa 9/12

Time 1:30-2:30P 1:30-2:30P

Age 5 & up 5 & up

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 8/8 $17 /$20 /$30 432351-01 9/5 $17 /$20 /$30 432351-02

Back Walkover Clinic

Students will learn and perfect the skills needed to perform back walkovers and other bridge skills. Day Sa Sa Sa Sa

Date 8/22 9/19 10/10 10/17

Time 1:30-2:30P 1:30-2:30P 1:30-2:30P 1:30-2:30P

Age 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up

Deadline 8/15 9/12 10/3 10/10

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) $17 /$20 /$30 $17 /$20 /$30 $17 /$20 /$30 $17 /$20 /$30

Activity 432352-01 432352-02 432352-03 432352-04

Back Handspring Clinic

Participants can improve their back handsprings with helpful tips and tricks from the instructor.

Gymnastics Gymnasium B

Level 1 Beginner students will be introduced to the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. The focus will be on cartwheels, round-offs, and walkovers. No prior experience is necessary. Day Date Time M 9/14-10/26 5:00-6:00P Sa 9/12-10/31 noon-1:00P

Age 5-8 5-8

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 9/7 $82 /$96 /$121 432307-01 9/5 $94 /$110 /$135 432307-02

Level 2 Prerequisite: Must be able to do cartwheels and round-offs, and be working on walkovers.

Participants will progress through new skills on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. The focus will be on bridge skills and the beginning fundamentals of back handsprings. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity M 9/14-10/26 6:00-7:00P 5 & up 9/7 $82 /$96 /$121 432308-01 Sa 9/12-10/31 noon-1:00P 5 & up 9/5 $94 /$110 /$135 432308-02

Level 3 Prerequisite: Must be able to do front and back walkovers and be working on back handsprings.

Day Sa Sa Sa Sa

Date 8/29 9/26 10/24 10/31

Time 1:30-2:30P 1:30-2:30P 1:30-2:30P 1:30-2:30P

Age 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up

Deadline 8/22 9/19 10/17 10/24

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) $17 /$20 /$30 $17 /$20 /$30 $17 /$20 /$30 $17/$20 /$30

Activity 432353-01 432353-02 432353-03 432353-04

Gymnastics Skill Development

This class is an open forum for the up-and-coming gymnast who wants extra time to explore his or her talent. A coach will be on hand to assist in setting up drills and spotting gymnasts on their skill sets. Day Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa

Date 8/15 8/22 8/29 9/12 9/19 9/26 10/3 10/10 10/17 10/24 10/31

Time 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P 2:30-3:30P

Age 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up 5 & up

Deadline 8/8 8/15 8/22 9/5 9/12 9/19 9/26 10/3 10/10 10/17 10/24

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15 $9 /$10 /$15

Activity 432354-01 432354-02 432354-03 432354-04 432354-05 432354-06 432354-07 432354-08 432354-09 432354-10 432354-11

Advanced vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise skills will be stressed. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity Sa 9/12-10/31 noon-1:00P 7 & up 8/30 $94 /$110 /$135 432309-01

Participation Requirements Please note that a community center pass is NOT required to participate in any Funformason programs unless otherwise noted. To register, see page 16.

Pre-Team Gymnastics Gymnasium B


Mason Community Center Pre-Team Gymnastics Program is a recreational and team program in cooperation with USA Gymnastics Women’s Junior Olympic Program that educates and trains young gymnasts of all abilities. Team practices focus on proper technique and skill progression in USA Gymnastics developmental levels beginner through pro-team training in order to build strength, coordination, and confidence. Gymnasts will learn routines on vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise while being introduced to competitive gymnastics.




This beginning level class introduces children to various areas of gymnastics. Participants will work on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. No prior experience is necessary. Day Date Time Age Tu 9/1-10/27 6:00-7:00P 5 & up Th 9/3-10/29 6:00-7:00P 5 & up

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 8/25 $85 /$100 /$125 432355-01 8/27 $85 /$100 /$125 432355-02

Intermediate Prerequisite: Must be able to do cartwheels and round-offs and be working on walkovers.

New skills on vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor will be introduced. Bridge skills will be introduced and built upon. Day Date Time Age Tu 9/1-10/27 6:00-7:00P 5 & up Th 9/3-10/29 6:00-7:00P 5 & up

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 8/25 $85 /$100 /$125 432356-01 8/27 $85 /$100 /$125 432356-02

Advanced Prerequisite: Must be able to do bridge skills and be working on back handsprings.

Advanced skills will be introduced on vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. Your child will perfect his or her back handspring and other advanced tumbling skills. Day Date Time Age Tu 9/1-10/27 6:00-7:00P 5 & up Th 9/3-10/29 6:00-7:00P 5 & up

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 8/25 $85 /$100 /$125 432356-01 8/27 $85 /$100 /$125 432356-02

Pre-Team Gymnastics Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 3 Gymnastics or Advanced Gymnastics class successfully.

Gymnasium B There’s an art to projecting the “cheer” to the crowd. Your child will improve arm movements and form, and learn some of the voice and expressive techniques used by cheerleaders. Motions, jumps, chants, cheers, and cheer dances appropriate to the age level will be taught. Cheerleading has never been so fun! Day Date Time Grade Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity M 9/14-10/26 7:00-8:00P 1-4 9/7 $82 /$96 /$121 432310-01

Start Smart Football Field House

Prepare your 5- to 7-year-old for organized football in a fun and nonthreatening environment. Work one-on-one with your child as he or she learns a variety of football skills, including throwing, catching, kicking, punting, running, and agility. Classes will become more difficult as the children progress. Parent participation is required. Day Date Time Age M,W 9/14-9/30 6:30-7:15P 5-7

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 9/7 $43 /$50 /$75 432500-01

Start Smart Basketball Field House

Teach your 4- to 5-year-old basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, passing, catching, running, and agility. Classes will become more difficult as the children progress. Parent participation is required. Day Date Time Age M,W 10/5-10/21 6:30-7:15P 4-5

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 9/28 $43 /$50 /$75 432501-01

Your child will learn advanced USA Gymnastics routines for each of the four events. Day Date Time Age Tu 9/1-10/27 7:00-8:30P 5 & up Th 9/3-10/29 7:00-8:30P 5 & up

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 8/25 $94 /$110 /$135 432357-01 8/27 $94 /$110 /$135 432357-02

Teen/Adult Gymnastics High school gymnasts—keep up your skills over summer break. Adults, learn a new method to keep your body in motion. Build strength and flexibility while maintaining previously mastered tumbling skills.

Sporties for Shorties Field House

The “shorties” will learn movements that assist in motor development and rhythmic skills, and will have an opportunity to interact with other children their own age. They will have fun running, throwing, jumping, and dancing. Each class will introduce age-appropriate sports. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity Sa 9/12-10/17 1:00-1:45P 4-5 9/5 $51 /$60 /$85 432350-01

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity F 9/4-10/30 6:00-8:00P 14 & up 8/28 $85 /$100 /$125 432359-01

VIP: Community Center VIP Pass Holder

MR: Mason Resident

CR: Community Resident

NR: Non-Resident

Youth Basketball The City of Mason, in cooperation with Mason Youth Basketball, is pleased to offer its annual youth basketball program. Instructional and Recreational leagues do not require try-outs and are for children of all skill levels. Girls wishing to participate in the Athletic League are required to attend try-outs. For more information on this program, visit or call the Mason Community Center at 513-229-8555.

Boys Instructional

Mason Community Center/Mason City Schools

Game days: Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Practice days and times will vary. Mason and community residents (MR/CR) only. Practices are one night a week in the elementary schools, with games scheduled at the Mason Community Center or in the schools. Day


Time Grade Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/CR) Activity

M-Sa 11/9-2/27 Varies 1-2 10/4 *No Play on 11/25-11/29, 12/20-1/3

$68 /$80 /$80


Girls Instructional




M-Su 11/9-2/28 Varies 1-2 10/4 *No Play on 11/25-11/29, 12/20-1/3

Mason Community Center/Mason City Schools

Game days: Fridays, Saturday, and Sunday. Practice days and times will vary. Mason and community residents (MR/CR) only. Practices will begin in November and games will start the first weekend of December. Home games will be played at the Mason Community Center and in the Mason Schools.


Game days: Sundays at the Mason Intermediate 4/5 building starting at 1 p.m. Practice days and times will vary. Mason and community residents (MR/CR) only. Practices are one night a week in the elementary schools, with games scheduled at the Mason Intermediate 4/5 building. Date

Recreational Leagues


Mason Intermediate 4/5


Volunteer coaches are needed. Coaching and sign-up information can be found at



$68 /$80 /$80


Athletic League Try-Outs




M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 3 (9’Rims) M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 4 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 5 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 6 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 7 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 8 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 9-10 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 11-12 *No Play on 11/25-11/29, 12/20-1/3

Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/CR) Activity 10/4 10/4 10/4 10/4 10/2 10/4 10/4 10/4

$77 /$90 /$90 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100

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Field House

Girls in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades wishing to participate in an athletic league (Fort Ancient Valley Conference) are required to attend both tryout sessions for their grade. All players must register in the recreational league prior to trying out. An additional $20 is required for those who make the team. Those who don’t make the athletic teams will be placed on a recreational team. This program is for girls only.





M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 3 (9’Rims) M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 4 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 5 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 6 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 7 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 8 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 9-10 M-Su 11/9-3/14 Varies 11-12 *No Play on 11/25-11/29, 12/20-1/3

Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/CR) Activity 10/4 10/4 10/4 10/4 10/4 10/4 10/4 10/4

$77 /$90 /$90 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100 $85 /$100 /$100

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Tryout Dates Day Tu W Tu Th W Th

Date 9/22 9/23 9/22 9/24 9/23 9/24

Time 6:00-7:30P 6:00-7:30P 7:30-9:00P 6:00-7:30P 7:30-9:00P 7:30-9:00P

Grade 4 4 5 5 6 6

Deadline 9/22 9/23 9/22 9/24 9/23 9/24

Youth Basketball Registration Register online beginning July 25. Registration will be taken until October 4. It is not guaranteed, but every attempt will be made to place late registrants on teams. Late registrants who cannot be placed on a team will be refunded the registration fee. No refunds for any reason will be given after November 30.

To register, see page 16.


Tennis in the Parks Youth Tennis Lessons Heritage Oak Park

Pee Wees


This class is for beginners. Most enrollees will have little to no tennis experience. Day Date Time Age Th 9/3-10/1 5:30-6:30P 4-5 Sa 9/5-10/3 10:00-11:00A 4-5

Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/NR) Activity 8/27 $56 /$65 /$90 432100-01 8/29 $56 /$65 /$90 432100-02

Future Stars

Future Stars are just beginning to play from the baseline. This program will follow the “games” approach to learning tennis. Day W Th Sa

Date 9/2-9/30 9/3-10/1 9/5-10/3

Time 6:00-7:00P 6:30-7:30P 11:00A-noon

Age 6-8 6-8 6-8

Deadline 8/26 8/27 8/29

Fee (VIP/MR/NR) $56 /$65 /$90 $56 /$65 /$90 $56 /$65 /$90

Activity 432101-01 432101-02 432101-03

Junior Champs

These children are beginners or graduates from Future Stars. They are comfortable serving and playing from the baseline and are beginning to rally. Day Date Time Th 9/3-10/1 7:30-8:30P Sa 9/5-10/3 noon-1:00P

Age 7-13 7-13

Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/NR) Activity 8/27 $56 /$65 /$90 432102-01 8/29 $56 /$65 /$90 432102-02

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

This class is for students who are beginning to play sets. They can hit six of ten serves in from the baseline and can rally five balls in a row with a partner from the baseline. Day Date Time Sa 9/5-10/3 9:00-10:00P

Age Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/NR) Activity 10-18 8/29 $56 /$65 /$90 432103-01

Teens & Tweens All Access: Strength Training Mason Community Center

This program allows 13- and 14-year-olds an opportunity to access the fitness center before turning 15. Participants will learn etiquette, correct form and technique, how to use all of the weight and cardio equipment, and much more! Attendance will be taken. Participants who attend every session of the program will be permitted to use the fitness center without direct adult supervision. (Daily admission or Community Center membership required for fitness center use after completion of the class.) Day Date M 8/31-9/21 W 9/2-9/16 M 9/28-10/12 W 9/30-10/14 *No Class 9/7

Time 2:30-3:30P 4:30-5:30P 2:30-3:30P 4:30-5:30P

Age 13-14 13-14 13-14 13-14

Deadline 8/24 8/26 9/21 9/23

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) $64 /$75 /$100 $64 /$75 /$100 $64 /$75 /$100 $64 /$75 /$100

Activity 361100-03* 361100-04 361100-05 361100-06

Teens & Tweens Boot Camp Activity Room

Boot Camp is based upon simple yet effective fundamental movement patterns executed at high intensity. This cardiovascular workout will include speed, endurance, and partner resistance, as well as strength training with dumbbells, barbells, bands, and fitball. You will have fun with fitness games, kickboxing, medicine ball drills, plyometrics, box drills, and obstacle courses. Join us for the fun right after school. A water bottle and towel are required. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity W 8/26-9/23 3:30-4:15P 10-15 8/19 $18 /$21 /$32 361101-01 W 10/7-11/4 3:30-4:15P 10-15 9/30 $18 /$21 /$32 361101-02

Adult Tennis Lessons Heritage Oak Park


Classes will be half traditional stroke work and half focused on rallying skills. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/NR) Activity Sa 9/5-10/3 9:00-10:00A 16 & up 8/29 $56 /$65 /$90 422100-01

Advanced Beginner

Players will learn ball-striking skills, scoring, rallying, and basic strategy. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/NR) Activity W 9/2-9/30 7:00-8:00P 16 & up 8/26 $56 /$65 /$90 422101-01

Weather Hotline: 513-229-8502

Parent & Youth Workout Time Fitness Center

Daily admissions apply per person Free to Community Center Members

Spend time working out with your teen or tween in the fitness center. Youths 10 to 14 will be allowed to use the Precor™ cardiovascular equipment, Icarian™ selectorized weight equipment, exercise balls, and medicine balls in the fitness center on weekends with parental supervision. Please note the following policies will be strictly enforced for the enjoyment and safety of all:

• A parent or legal guardian must accompany teen(s) at all times. • Parent & Youth Workout Time is restricted to the fitness center only. • Mason Community Center staff reserves the right to ask for proof of age at any time. • All Mason Community Center and fitness center policies apply. Day Sa,Su

VIP: Community Center VIP Pass Holder

MR: Mason Resident

Time 2:00-6:00P

CR: Community Resident

Age 10-14

NR: Non-Resident

Fee Daily admission or pass required


Working with Word Mason Municipal Center – EOC


Learn how to use Microsoft Word and its many functions, including the automatic spell checker, thesaurus, and the grammar correction tool.

Fall Softball League Mason Sports Park

Teams will play two games per night (based on the number of teams registered) and are guaranteed eight games. This league does not include a post-season tournament. Additional weeks are allowed for rainouts. Contact the league coordinator for the league’s roster eligibility and other league-specific rules. USSSA rules apply. Teams must pay the USSSA fee of $25 to the league coordinator by the second scheduled game. The cost does not include an umpire fee of $12.50 per team per game that is to be paid directly to the umpire prior to the start of each game. Team captains are responsible for registering their teams and enforcing team rules. A mandatory captain’s meeting will be held prior to league start. For info about this league, contact Gary Vome at Day Date Th


8/20-10/1 6:30-9:30P


Deadline Fee

18 & up 8/13


Activity 422303-01


Computer Basics Mason Municipal Center – EOC (meet in Atrium by the elevators) Learn how to define key computer-related terms, navigate using the mouse, and turn the computer on and off properly. You will also learn the concept of Windows, having multiple windows open on your desktop at once, and working with files, folders, and Windows Explorer. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity W 9/9-9/30 10:00A-noon 18 & up 9/2 $68 /$80 /$105 441400-01

Working with Files Mason Municipal Center – EOC

Day W

Date 9/30

Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 10:00A-noon 18 & up 9/23 $17 /$20 /$30 441410-01

Advanced Word

Mason Municipal Center – EOC (meet in Atrium by the elevators) Word is a computer program that allows you to create text documents, letters, résumés, envelopes, banners, and calendars. Learn how to incorporate tools like word art, tables, objects, columns, margins, page setup, and mail merge. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity Tu 9/15-9/29 6:30-8:30P 18 & up 9/8 $51 /$60 /$85 441414-01

Microsoft Excel Basics Mason Municipal Center – EOC (meet in Atrium by the elevators) Create and edit spreadsheets and workbooks, which store helpful information. Spreadsheets are designed to work well with numbers, but often include text. Learn to use and understand formulas, functions, and labels. This class requires a good understanding of Microsoft Explorer and Windows, menus and tool bars, and basic concepts such as file/save, copy/paste, when to left or right click, and how to highlight text. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity M 9/14-10/5 6:30-8:30P 18 & up 9/7 $68 /$80/ $105 441413-01 Tu 10/6-10/27 6:30-8:30P 18 & up 9/29 $68 /$80 /$105 441413-02

Spyware and Anti-Viruses

(meet in Atrium by the elevators)

Mason Municipal Center – EOC

Learn the purpose of Windows Explorer, understand the relationship between folders and files, and know how to work with them.

(meet in Atrium by the elevators)

Day Date W 9/23


(meet in Atrium by the elevators)

Time 10:00A-noon

Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 18 & up 9/16 $17 /$20 /$30 441405-01

“Wait, where is it?”

Learn simple tips and tricks that will help keep your computer from being exposed to the dangers of the Internet, including how to deal with pop-ups, avoid viruses, and protect your personal information. Understand what spyware does and protect yourself from it with simple programs that are free and can be downloaded from the Internet. Day Date W 8/19

Time Age Deadline 10:00A-noon 18 & up 8/12

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity $17 /$20 /$30 341411-01

Please note that the activities listed as taking place in the Mason Municipal Center are in a different building than the Recreation Center. To register, see page 16.


Digital Photography


(meet in Atrium by the elevators)


Mason Municipal Center – EOC

Digital Photo 1

Learn the many features of a digital camera while defining those strange terms such as megapixels, jpeg, tiff, resolution, optical versus digital zoom, compression, dpi, and compact flash versus secure digital memory. At the end of the course, you will be able to choose a digital camera that fits your needs. Day Date W


10/14 10:00A-noon


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

18 & up


$17 /$20 /$30


Digital Photo 2

This course will cover using the camera features and uploading, printing, and archiving images. How many images will your memory card store? What does fully automatic mean? How do you control the resolution and depth of field aperture setting? Learn the answers in this class. Day Date Th Th



8/20 10:00A-noon 18 & up 10/15 10:00A-noon 18 & up

Belly Dancing Activity Room Belly dancing is a unique, powerful, and exciting dance form that is great for all ages. Belly dancing is a full body workout that tones the arms, abs, and legs while increasing your flexibility and strength. Suitable for all body types, this class is as physically challenging as you choose to make it and is great for developing grace, fitness, and creativity. Day Date Th Th


8/27-9/24 6:00-7:15P 10/8-11/5 6:00-7:15P


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

13 & up 8/20 13 & up 10/1

$19 /$22 /$33 $19 /$22 /$33

361411-01 361411-02

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 8/13 10/8

$17 /$20 /$30 $17 /$20 /$30

341419-03 441419-01

Boot Camp & Activity Room

New Tuesday Session Added!

Digital Photo 3

Learn to adjust the color and contrast, crop and resize the photo, save it in a variety of formats, and manage your database of images. Day Date Th 9/10

Time 10:00A-noon

Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 18 & up 9/3 $17 /$20 /$30 441420-01

Digital Photo 4

Manipulate digital images utilizing color adjustments, cropping, layering, retouching, distortion, blurs, and brush filters. Get answers to all the questions you have about digital image processing. Day Date Time Th 9/17 10:00A-noon

Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 18 & up 9/10 $17 /$20 /$30 441421-01

This class is a fun, dynamic, and intense circuit workout that incorporates agility, plyometrics, and core conditioning. There will be a combination of cardio drills mixed with the squats, presses, lifts, and curls of Train It! Weather permitting, class may go outdoors. Day Tu Sa Tu Sa

Date 8/25-9/22 8/29-9/26 10/6-11/3 10/10-11/7

Time 7:00-8:15P 9:30-10:45A 7:00-8:15P 9:30-10:45A

Age 15 & up 15 & up 15 & up 15 & up

Deadline 8/18 8/22 9/29 10/3

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) $19 /$22 /$33 $19 /$22 /$33 $19 /$22 /$33 $19 /$22 /$33

Activity 361401-01 361401-02 361401-03 361401-04

Kickboxing & Activity Room

Super kickboxing combos will take your body to the next fitness level. Then add muscular endurance, improve your fat-burning ability, and increase your overall self-confidence with 45 minutes of Train It! Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity Th 8/27-9/24 9:30-10:45A 15 & up 8/20 $19 /$22 /$33 361402-01 Th 10/8-11/5 9:30-10:45A 15 & up 10/1 $19 /$22 /$33 361402-02

“Wait, where is it?” Please note that the activities listed as taking place in the Mason Municipal Center are in a different building than the Recreation Center. VIP: Community Center VIP Pass Holder

MR: Mason Resident

CR: Community Resident

NR: Non-Resident

X-treme! Cardio


Activity Room This Xtreme! cardio class is designed for the intermediate or advanced student. It is an athletic cross-training program with drills of plyometrics, BOSU, kickboxing combinations, strength training using barbells, jump rope, balance, and flexibility. Punch bags will be provided. Please bring your own boxing wraps or weight-lifting gloves. Day Date W W



Wicked Leg Workout Activity Room The trick to many body-toning exercises is learning the proper order to perform them to receive the most benefit. Come to this special class to learn the correct sequence of exercises using the BOSU, step, bands, weights, and body bars to tone and sculpt your way to “wicked legs.”

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

8/26-9/23 9:30-10:45A 15 & up 8/19 10/7-11/4 9:30-10:45A 15 & up 9/30

$19 /$22 /$33 $19 /$22 /$33

361405-01 361405-02


Ashtanga Yoga Mason Municipal Center – 1st Floor Classroom 1029

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic and challenging form of Hatha Yoga. Each pose is linked to the next through a series of connecting movements, allowing the body to create heat and leading to more flexibility. This powerful and vigorous practice purifies and realigns the body, cultivating a feeling of inner peace and leading to a natural state of meditation. This 8-week class is recommended for those who have a strong background in yoga, athletics, or dance, or those who have had a comfortable experience in the Power Yoga class. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity M 8/31-10/26 9:30-11:00A 15 & up 8/24 $68 /$80 /$105 361500-01* *No Class 9/7

Yoga Strong Activity Room

Yoga with weights is the latest breakthrough in Mind & Body exercise. Using light free weights, the mindfulness of yoga is integrated with the strength of bodybuilding. This user-friendly system combines breath-based yoga postures, held in accurate alignment, while simultaneously working out with free weights. Mats and weights are provided. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity Tu 8/25-9/22 12:45-2:00P 13 & up 8/18 $19 /$22 /$33 361501-01 Tu 10/6-11/3 12:45-2:00P 13 & up 9/29 $19 /$22 /$33 361501-02

Day Date Sa 10/3

Time 9:30-10:30A

Age Deadline 13 & up 9/26

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity $0 /$2 /$6 361601-01


Back to School Family ZUMBAthon Activity Room Celebrate going back to school with a family-friendly ZUMBA event! ZUMBA fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic workout system that will blow you away. No dance experience required. Dress to work out and bring a water bottle. Sneakers or dance shoes are a must. Day Date Time Age Deadline Sa 8/22 11:00A-12:30P 7 & up 8/15 *Price is per person

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity $0 /$2 /$6* 361800-01

Storytime Yoga Mason Municipal Center – 1st Floor Classroom 1029 Storytime Yoga is an innovative yoga program for the entire family that will take you all on an imaginative adventure. Yoga blends with storytelling to make health and literacy fun for children and families. Children learn how to create and tell their own stories, all the while learning balance, coordination, selfesteem, and healthy eating. Day Date Time Age M 8/24 11:00A-12:15P 2-12

Deadline 8/17

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity $0 /$2 /$6 361800-02

Desktop Yoga Mason Municipal Center – 1st Floor Classroom 1029 Take a break from your day and join us for a well-rounded set of yoga-based exercises that can be done right from your chair at work, home, or in your car. Desktop Yoga revitalizes aching backs, tired eyes, and tight shoulders with effective stretches, breathing, and relaxation techniques. Day Date W 9/16

Time noon-1:00P

Age Deadline 13 & up 9/9

Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity $0 /$2 /$6 361800-03

To register, see page 16.


Blood Pressure Checks Mason Community Center The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. Local professional organizations, including Cedar Village, Care For You 2, Hillandale Family of Communities, TriHealth Navigator for Senior Services, Senior Independence, Mason Health Care Center, Homewell Senior Care, and Collier Nursing offer their services at the Mason Community Center every week.



Body Composition Testing Mason Community Center Body composition testing is a good indicator of your fitness progress and is important in distinguishing between fat and lean body content that is not detectable on your scale. It also provides clues about your risk factors for certain diseases. Stop by the front desk during the days and times indicated to meet with one of our fitness specialists. This test is free to members and only $5 for non-members. Please know your height and weight when you come in for the test. For best results, do not eat, drink, or work out 1 to 2 hours prior to the test.

Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Saturdays

7–8 p.m. with Richard 7:15–8:15 p.m. with Viola 10–11 a.m. with Doug 5–6 p.m. with Kevin 10–11 a.m. with Bob







Glucose Screenings Mason Community Center

Monitoring your blood sugar level (also called glucose level) can help you take better care of your diabetes. Checking your blood sugar will help you learn how food, activity levels, stress, medicine, and insulin affect it. Sponsored by Tri-Health. For more accurate results, please fast beginning at midnight the night before the screening. Day





8/26 9/23

9:00-10:00A 9:00-10:00A

Free Free

Personal Training

Fitness Center Orientations Mason Community Center

Do you want to work out in the fitness center and weight room but are unsure how to operate the equipment? Then schedule a Fitness Center Orientation! Orientations will cover how to use the Precor™ treadmills, ellipticals, steppers, and cycles, as well as the Icarian™ line of selectorized weight equipment and the Hammer Strength™ machines. Please see the fitness specialist at the Community Center to arrange your orientation. Day






15 & up


Fitness Assessments Mason Community Center

Track your fitness progress by taking baseline fitness tests and consulting with certified staff, and compare yourself to the national norm. Fitness evaluations include resting heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio respiratory fitness, and flexibility. Assessments are recommended every three to six months or at the start of an exercise routine to track fitness progress. Stop by the Customer Service Counter to schedule your assessment. Day




15 & up

$26 /$30 /$45

The Mason Community Center is pleased to offer an outstanding Personal Training program to help you reach your fitness goals. Our nationally certified personal trainers will assess your current fitness level and coach you through an effective program tailored to fit your needs. To schedule your personal training session or to purchase one of our personal training packages, stop by the Mason Community Center to check instructor availability or call us at 513-229-8555. Day



Individual Session (1 hour) Any 15 & up $43 /$50 /$75 Partner Session (1 hour) Any 15 & up $64 /$75 /$100 Individual Packages 6 Pack Any 15 & up $260 /$285 /$310 12 Pack Any 15 & up $525 /$540 Partner Packages 6 Pack Any 15 & up $410 /$425 /$450 12 Pack Any 15 & up $765 /$780 *Non-members must purchase a daily pass to continue using the facility after their session is over.

Drop on in! Check out for the drop-in group exercise schedule.

VIP: Community Center VIP Pass Holder

MR: Mason Resident

CR: Community Resident

NR: Non-Resident

Preschool 2


Leisure Pool

The City of Mason is pleased to offer swim instruction using the American Red Cross aquatic program. Enrollment in the listed programs is determined by age and skill performance. Please note that participants can be registered for only one class per session. Participants who do not have a community center pass will be issued a temporary activity admission card that allows entry for the duration of the lesson. Make-up swim lessons will be scheduled only if the pool is closed for weather or maintenance. The makeup class will be on the corresponding day a week after the last scheduled class.

Water Tots Leisure Pool

Learn how to work safely and effectively in the water with your infant or toddler. Basic water safety and self-help skills will also be covered. Program emphasis is on water adjustment, preparatory activities for swimming, and enjoyment for you and your child. An adult must accompany the child in the water. Children in diapers MUST wear swim diapers or securely fitted rubber pants. Day Date M Tu Tu W W Sa


9/14-11/2 6:00-6:30P 9/8-10/27 10:15-10:45A 9/8-10/27 5:25-5:55P 9/9-10/28 10:15-10:45A 9/9-10/28 6:00-6:30P 9/12-10/31 11:05-11:35A


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

6mo-2yr 6mo-2yr 18mo-2yr 18mo-2yr 6mo-2yr 6mo-2yr

8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

451010-01 451010-02 451010-03 451010-04 451010-05 451010-06

Preschool 1 Leisure Pool

Prerequisite: Must be 3 by the first day of class and comfortable in a class setting without a parent.

Your child will become oriented to the aquatic environment and learn elementary skills such as buoyancy, breath control, supported floating, water entry and exit, and alternating arm action. Day



M M M M M Tu Tu Tu Tu W W W W Th Th Th Th Th Th

9/14-11/2 9:05-9:35A 9/14-11/2 9:40-10:10A 9/14-11/2 1:30-2:00P 9/14-11/2 4:15-4:45P 9/14-11/2 5:25-5:55P 9/8-10/27 9:05-9:35A 9/8-10/27 12:55-1:25P 9/8-10/27 2:05-2:35P 9/8-10/27 4:50-5:20P 9/9-10/28 9:40-10:10A 9/9-10/28 2:05-2:35P 9/9-10/28 4:15-4:45P 9/9-10/28 5:25-5:55P 9/10-10/29 9:40-10:10A 9/10-10/29 12:55-1:25P 9/10-10/29 2:05-2:35P 9/10-10/29 4:15-4:45P 9/10-10/29 5:25-5:55P 9/10-10/29 6:00-6:30P


Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/NR) Activity

3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4

8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

451008-01 451008-02 451008-03 451008-04 451008-05 451008-06 451008-07 451008-08 451008-09 451008-10 451008-11 451008-12 451008-13 451008-14 451008-15 451008-16 451008-17 451008-18 451008-19

Prerequisite: Must be 3 years old by the first day of class and have a Preschool 1 certificate or be able to submerge head and blow underwater bubbles with the mouth and nose, move five yards independently, bob five times, do the front and back float with minimal support, and open the eyes underwater to recover an item at arms length.

Your child will learn to float on front and back without support and recover to a vertical position, the arm and leg motions of treading water, submerge the entire head for five seconds, push off the wall, and swim using a combination of arm and leg action on front and back for 15 feet. Preschool 2 is a challenging class that is often repeated and modeled after the skills in Level 2. Day




Deadline Fee (VIP/MR/NR) Activity

M M M M M M M Tu Tu Tu Tu Tu W W W W W Th Th Th Th Th Sa Sa Sa

9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31

9:05-9:35A 10:15-10:45A 1:30-2:00P 2:05-2:35P 4:15-4:45P 4:50-5:20P 5:25-5:55P 9:40-10:10A 1:30-2:00P 4:15-4:45P 5:25-5:55P 6:00-6:30P 9:40-10:10A 10:15-10:45A 12:55-1:25P 4:50-5:20P 6:00-6:30P 9:05-9:35A 10:15-10:45A 1:30-2:00P 4:50-5:20P 5:25-5:55P 8:10-8:40A 8:45-9:15A 9:20-9:50A

3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4

8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

451009-01 451009-02 451009-03 451009-04 451009-05 451009-06 451009-07 451009-08 451009-09 451009-10 451009-11 451009-12 451009-13 451009-14 451009-15 451009-16 451009-17 451009-18 451009-19 451009-20 451009-21 451009-22 451009-23 451009-24 451009-25

Preschool 3 Leisure Pool

Prerequisite: Must be 4 by the first day of class and have passed Preschool 2 and be able to swim independently on front and back in deep water.

Your child will learn rotary breathing with the front crawl and continue working on the back crawl, elements of butterfly, and fundamentals of treading water. Day Date


Age Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

M M M Tu Tu Tu W Th Th Sa Sa Sa

10:15-10:45A 2:05-2:35A 5:25-5:55P 10:15-10:45A 4:15-4:45P 4:50-5:20P 2:05-2:35P 9:05-9:35A 6:00-6:30P 9:55-10:25A 11:40A-12:10P 11:40A-12:10P

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/9-10/28 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31

8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

451018-01 451018-02 451018-03 451018-04 451018-05 451018-06 451018-07 451018-08 451018-09 451018-10 451018-11 451018-12

To register, see page 16.


Level 1

Level 3

Prerequisite: Must be 5 years old by the first day of class.

Prerequisite: Must be 5 by the first day of class and have a Level 2 certificate or be able to front float for five seconds, then roll over to a back float for five seconds, roll over again to a front float, and return to a standing position independently. Children must also be able to swim 15 yards of a combined stroke on front and back.

Leisure Pool

Leisure Pool

Your child will become oriented to the aquatic environment and learn elementary skills such as buoyancy, breath control, supported floating, water entry and exit, and alternating arm action.


Day Date



Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

M M M Tu Tu Tu W W W Th Th Sa Sa Sa

12:55-1:25P 4:15-4:45P 6:00-6:30P 9:40-10:10A 1:30-2:00P 6:00-6:30P 12:55-1:25P 4:50-5:20P 6:00-6:30P 9:40-10:10A 4:50-5:20P 9:20-9:50A 9:55-10:25A 10:30-11:00A

5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10

8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

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Level 2 Leisure Pool

Prerequisite: Must be 5 by the first day of class and have a Level 1 or Preschool 1 certificate or be able to blow underwater bubbles with the mouth and nose, move five yards in the pool, bob five times, do the front and back float with support, and open the eyes underwater to recover an item at armâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s length.

Children will learn to float on front and back without support and recover to a vertical position, the arm and leg motions of treading water, pushing off the wall, and swimming using a combination of arm and leg action on front and back for 15 feet. Day Date



Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

M M M Tu Tu Tu Tu Tu W W W W W Th Th Th Th Th Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa

9:40-10:10A 4:15-4:45P 6:00-6:30P 9:05-9:35A 12:55-1:25P 4:15-4:45P 4:50-5:20P 5:25-5:55P 9:05-9:35A 1:30-2:00P 4:15-4:45P 5:25-5:55P 6:00-6:30P 12:55-1:25P 4:15-4:45P 4:50-5:20P 5:25-5:55P 6:00-6:30P 8:10-8:40A 8:45-9:15A 9:20-9:50A 9:55-10:25A 10:30-11:00A

5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10

8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

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Swim Lesson Testing Leisure Pool

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re new to the Mason Community Center swim lessons or are just unsure which level to place your child, we are offering free swim lesson testing sessions the week before registration. Call the Mason Community Center at 513-229-8555 to schedule your appointment.

VIP: Community Center VIP Pass Holder

MR: Mason Resident

Children will learn rotary breathing with the front crawl and continue working on the back crawl, elements of butterfly, and fundamentals of treading water. Day Date



Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

M M M M M Tu Tu Tu Tu W W W W W W Th Th Th Th Th Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa

12:55-1:25P 4:15-4:45P 4:50-5:25P 4:50-5:20P 5:25-5:55P 2:05-2:35P 4:15-4:45P 4:50-5:20P 6:00-6:30P 9:05-9:35A 1:30-2:00P 4:15-4:45P 4:15-4:45P 4:50-5:20P 6:00-6:30P 10:15-10:45A 1:30-2:00P 4:15-4:45P 4:50-5:20P 6:00-6:30P 8:10-8:40A 8:10-8:40A 8:45-9:15A 9:20-9:50A 10:30-11:00A 11:05-11:35A

5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12 5-12

8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

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Level 4 Leisure Pool

Prerequisite: Must be 5 by the first day of class and have a Level 3 certificate or be able to jump into chest-deep water from the side, do the front crawl with their face in the water using rotary breathing for 15 yards, maintain body position by floating or treading water for 30 seconds, and swim the back crawl for 15 yards.

Your child will learn to dive from a compact or stride position, improve skills, and increase endurance by swimming front crawl with rotary breathing and back crawl for greater distances. Work will continue on butterfly, elementary back, and breaststrokes. Elements of the sidestroke will be introduced. Day Date


M M M Tu Tu Tu W W Th Th Th Th Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa

4:50-5:20P 5-12 5:25-5:55P 5-12 6:00-6:30P 5-12 4:50-5:20P 5-12 5:25-5:55P 5-12 6:00-6:30P 5-12 4:15-4:45P 5-12 4:50-5:20P 5-12 2:05-2:35P 5-12 4:15-4:45P 5-12 4:50-5:20P 5-12 5:25-5:55P 5-12 8:45-9:15A 5-12 9:55-10:25A 5-12 10:30-11:00A 5-12 11:05-11:35A 5-12 11:40A-12:10P 5-12

9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/14-11/2 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/9-10/28 9/9-10/28 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/10-10/29 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31

CR: Community Resident


NR: Non-Resident

Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

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Level 5

Adult Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisite: Must be 6 years old by the first day of class and have a Level 4 certificate, or be able to swim the front crawl with rotary breathing for 25 yards, maintain position on the back for one minute in deep water, and swim the elementary backstroke for 15 yards. Children must also be able to swim breaststroke for 15 yards, tread water for one minute, and do the back crawl for 25 yards.

Intermediate: Refine your freestyle and elementary backstroke and begin learning back crawl and breaststroke. Deep-water exploration and treading water will be introduced. You will also build endurance through lap swimming.

Children will refine their performance of the strokes and increase their distances. They will also learn flip turns and diving.

Advanced: Refine your freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke, and learn flip turns, diving, and the butterfly stroke. Build endurance by swimming longer distances and begin practice sets.

Leisure Pool

Leisure Pool

Day Date



Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

M Tu Tu W Th Sa Sa

6:00-6:30P 4:15-4:45P 6:00-6:30P 5:25-5:55P 5:25-5:55P 9:20-9:50A 11:40A-12:10P

6-14 6-14 6-14 6-14 6-14 6-14 6-14

8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

9/14-11/2 9/8-10/27 9/8-10/27 9/9-10/28 9/10-10/29 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

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Leisure Pool

Prerequisite: Must be 6 years old by the first day of class and have a Level 5 certificate or demonstrate the skills necessary to complete Level 5.

Children will swim 100 yards of front and back crawl and 50 yards of breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, and butterfly. This level will work toward better efficiency, strength, and smoothness while swimming greater distances. Day Date



Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

M Tu W Th Sa Sa

4:50-5:20P 5:25-5:55P 4:50-5:20P 4:15-4:45P 8:10-8:40A 11:05-11:35A

6-14 6-14 6-14 6-14 6-14 6-14

8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22 8/22

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

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Adult Beginner Leisure Pool

Basic swim mechanics are covered including flutter kick, rhythmic breathing and breath control, front crawl arm mechanics, and elementary backstroke. Additional instruction includes the safety skills of bobbing, floating, and gliding. Day Date Su Th


9/13-11/1 12:15-1:00P 9/10-10/29 6:00-6:45P

Su Th


9/13-11/1 1:05-1:50P 9/10-10/29 7:00-7:45P


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

15 & up 8/22 15 & up 8/22

$37 /$43 /$65 $37 /$43 /$65

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Adaptive Aquatics Leisure Pool

Level 6

9/14-11/2 9/8-10/27 9/9-10/28 9/10-10/29 9/12-10/31 9/12-10/31

Day Date


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

15 & up 8/22 15 & up 8/22

$33 /$38 /$57 $33 /$38 /$57

451011-01 451011-02

Adaptive Aquatics is a Learn-To-Swim program designed for special needs children ages 5 to 12. With the assistance of qualified staff, participants will work on enhancing swimming ability and comfort level. Day Date





15 & up 8/22


Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity $33 /$38 /$57


Manta Ray Masters Competition Pool

Improve your overall fitness, develop better technique, train for a triathlon, swim competitively, or just enjoy the water. Competitions are optional. Swimmers ages 19 and older of all abilities are welcome. Coaches are available during scheduled practice times to help you attain your personal goals. Additional practices may be added, though you are not required to attend all practices. Practice times are 6 to 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. A Mason Community Center pass is NOT needed to participate in this program. For more information, pick up a brochure at the Mason Community Center. Day




Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

Tu,Th,Su 10/1-10/29 varies 19 & up 10/1 Tu,Th,Su 11/1-11/29 varies 19 & up 11/1 Tu,Th,Su 12/1-12/31 varies 19 & up 12/1 *No Practice 11/26, 12/22-12/31

$26 /$30 /$45 $26 /$30 /$45 $26 /$30 /$45

552008-10 552008-11* 552008-12*

To register, see page 16.



Deep Water Fitness Competition Pool

This class is designed as a moderate to high intensity workout featuring cardio, strength training, and abdominal moves that will help you gain endurance and flexibility. Get the perfect workout without the stress of impact on your joints! Day Date



Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

Tu Tu Tu F F F

9:30-10:30A 9:30-10:30A 9:30-10:30A 9:30-10:30A 9:30-10:30A 9:30-10:30A

18 & up 18 & up 18 & up 18 & up 18 & up 18 & up

7/28 8/25 9/29 7/31 8/28 9/25

8/4-8/25 9/1-9/29 10/6-10/27 8/7-8/28 9/4-9/25 10/2-10/30

$17 /$19 /$29 $17 /$19 /$29 $17 /$19 /$29 $17 /$19 /$29 $17 /$19 /$29 $17 /$19 /$29

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Leisure Pool

Learn how to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies as a professional lifeguard in this small class setting. Course content and activities include decision-making skills, interacting with the public, recognizing and responding to all types of emergencies, equipment-based rescue skills, spinal injury management, and other topics. Successful participants will receive certificates in Lifeguard Training, first Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Participants must be 15 years old by the completion of the class. Attendance at all classes, along with successful completion of water skills and the written test, are necessary for certification. Class times are: Fridays 6 – 9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays noon – 5 p.m.

Water Walking Plus Leisure Pool

This is a low to moderate intensity class that utilizes low impact moves. It is a great class for anyone who has difficulty exercising on land because of injuries or arthritis.









15 & up


$120 /$130 /$155


Family Fun Day

Day Date



Deadline Fee (VIP/CR/NR) Activity

Leisure Pool

Th Th Tu Tu

noon-12:45P noon-12:45P noon-12:45P noon-12:45P

18 & up 18 & up 18 & up 18 & up

8/27 9/24 8/25 9/29

Daily admissions apply Free to Community Center members.

9/3-9/24 10/1-10/29 9/1-9/29 10/6-10/27

$17 /$19 /$29 $17 /$19 /$29 $17 /$19 /$29 $17 /$19 /$29

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Mason Community Center 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road Mason, OH 45040

Bring the family to try out the water slide or just hang out in the zero depth area. Look for some new and exciting activities at the pool on these special days! No registration is required for this activity. Day Sa Sa Sa

Date 9/12 10/10 11/14

Time 1:00-4:00P 1:00-4:00P 1:00-4:00P

Age All All All


registration All Programs except Swim Lessons Priority Registration:

(MR and Community Center pass holders only) begins Saturday, July 25, 8 a.m. Walk-in and online only.

Open Registration:

begins Monday, July 27, 8 a.m.

Swim Lesson Registration Priority Registration

(MR and Community Center pass holders only) begins Saturday, August 15, 8 a.m. Walk-in and online only.

Open Registration:

begins Monday, August 17, 8 a.m. Please note that swim lesson registration closes at 5:30 p.m. on August 21.

Please update your household information and obtain your username and password from the front desk before registration.

NEW registration location! 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road

Walk-in registration will be held at Mason Municipal Center, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road.

Mason-Deerfield Township Our Town Magazine, August 2009  

August 2009 edition of Our Town magazine, serving Mason and Deerfield Township in Greater Cincinnati