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Hometown Pride

Mike Patterson makes a home in parks and recreation

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Arts and Entertainment

Jan. 5

New Year, New You with Barre3 10 a.m.-noon The Candle Lab 1255 Grandview Ave.

Jan. 5-30

Concourse Gallery: Muse Gallery 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Concourse Gallery 3600 Tremont Rd.

Jan. 12-Feb. 23 Sunday Swim

Sundays, 1-3 p.m., except Feb. 16 Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

Through Jan. 21

Snowman Building Contest Entry deadline Jan. 21, 10 a.m. Email photos to

Valentine’s Date Night

Jan. 23

Jan. 31

6-8 p.m. The Candle Lab 1255 Grandview Ave.

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Scioto Country Club 2196 Riverside Dr.

Ladies Night Out

Scaling Up – Rockefeller Habits

Jan. 27

Jan. 31

5-7:30 p.m. Municipal Services Center 3600 Tremont Rd.

Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Amelita Mirolo Barn 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.

State of the City Address

Valentine’s Date Night

Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Art Studio Clearance Sale

Feb. 8-29 Art Camp

Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m. Grandview Center 1515 Goodale Blvd.

Upper Arlington State of the City


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Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lausche Building, Ohio Expo Center 717 E. 17th Ave.



Feb. 4-28

Concourse Gallery: Elementary Schools

Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd.,

Reception Feb.9, 2-4 p.m. Concourse Gallery 3600 Tremont Rd.

Jan. 4

Feb. 1

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Main Branch

2-4 p.m., Main Branch

Passport Fair

Jan. 9

Live at the Library with Lone Rover

Feb. 15

7-8 p.m., Main Branch

Pilates Focus Training

Barre Above and Club Pilates 1-9 p.m. Grandview Yard 1080 Yard St.

Jan. 12

Feb. 13

Jan. 16

Storyville: An Evening of Live Storytelling 7-8 p.m., Main Branch

Feb. 20-March 1

10:30-11:30 a.m., Main Branch

Jan. 14

7-8 p.m., Main Branch

Various times Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

Chatterbox with Columbus Speech and Hearing

Feb. 11

Travel Talks: All Things Disney

UA Stage 2020

Feb. 6

Sunday Films: Cinema of Stanley Kubrick 2-4:30 p.m., Main Branch

Feb. 19

Family Movie and Popcorn

Travel Talks: Costa Rica 7-8 p.m., Main Branch

Live at the Library with Brett Burleson 7-8 p.m., Main Branch

Feb. 14

Drop-In Valentine’s Day Craft 10:30-5:30 p.m., Main Branch

Cinderella (Broadway Version) Various times Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

Grandview Heights Public Library

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Feb. 21

Coffee and Conversation with Superintendent Andy Culp 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Grandview Heights High School 1587 W. Third Ave., Columbus

Jan. 1-31

Mixed media by the German Village Art League

Dan Heidt 7 p.m.

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Feb. 7

Mondays, 6:30 p.m.

7-9 p.m.

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Feb. 11

Film Series: Mystery Noir

Super Smash Bros. Gaming Tournament 3:15-5 p.m.

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Jan. 21

Players, Teams, and Stadium Ghosts: Bob Hunter on Sports 7 p.m.

Jan. 30

Shoutin’ Sisters Jazz Band

Mystery Night

Collage Journaling 7 p.m.

Feb. 19

Page to Screen: Picnic at Hanging Rock 7 p.m.

Feb. 27

Artist Scott Short 7 p.m.

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News & Information from Upper Arlington

insideUPPER ARLINGTON Showcasing a Passion

The Concourse Gallery remains an important piece for the city By Rocco Falleti


or more than 40 years, the Concourse Gallery has helped raise community awareness for the arts, accessibility and advancement. Located on Tremont Road, the gallery is a place to see and appreciate work that is challenging, thought provoking and dynamic. The space, though small, is filled to the brim with works by local artists. The Concourse gallery was designed by late Upper Arlington resident and architect John Schooley. He designed the space specifically as a gallery and to demonstrate the community’s commitment to the arts. “This gallery has become a central gathering space for community members to celebrate and learn about art,” Jodi Osborne, arts manager for the city of Upper Arlington, says. Whether it’s hosting local artists from the school district or ones from Columbus galleries, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The space features works by students, emerging and professional artists year-round. “It’s a breathtaking space that highlights the artwork on display through its simple, yet bold design,” Osborne says. “There is always something new and interesting to see and we welcome new visitors to enjoy the art and explore the space.”

Upcoming Gallery Exhibits Muse Gallery featuring artist David Senecal

Through Jan. 30 Muse Gallery is all about the conversation of art. Above all it should be thought provoking. For this exhibit, curators will feature works by artist David Senecal.

Elementary School Show Feb. 4-28 Students from Hastings, Jones, St. Agatha, St. Andrew and The Wellington School will share their art for the Upper Arlington community.

Photos courtesy of Concourse Gallery

Middle School Show March 4-27 Students from Hastings, Jones, St. Agatha, St. Andrew and The Wellington School will share their works for the Upper Arlington community. High School Show April 2-24

Students from Upper Arlington High School and The Wellington School will feature their works in April. There will be an enhanced experience with exhibitions in the mini-galleries as well as a fashion show, which will include works from The Wellington School students.


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News & Information from the Village of Marble Cliff




New Faces in Marble Cliff

Council member Jeff Smith prepares for his new role

Courtesy of The Village of Marble Cliff


eff Smith has called Marble Cliff his home for eight years, and as the new year begins, he is set to serve on Village council. Smith obtained his bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and then went on to law school at Capital University. He is the current CEO of the Ohio Insurance Agents Association and has a strong background in public policy. Now entering into his role on Village council, Smith is optimistic and excited to start in a community that makes him feel so passionate. “Marble Cliff is a great place to live and raise a family and it is important to preserve the charm of this treasure we call home,” Smith says. “That quaint and intimate feeling is what gives us such a unique character and community purpose.” Throughout his time as a Marble Cliff resident, he cofounded and organized the Marble Cliff Mile, served on the board of the Grandview Baseball and Softball Association and volunteered for K-Tribes and Tri-the-Heights Youth Triathlon. He is also a youth sports coach for Kiwanis Soccer and for Grandview Parks and Recreation, not to mention he is an Smith with his family at the Frank G. Monaco Fountain. avid marathon runner and was one of the youngest competitors in the United States to complete “We must be open to new ideas and opportunities, but a marathon in all 50 states. scrutinize all future projects to ensure they preserve the idenWhen he is not working or volunteering, Smith enjoys spend- tity of this community,” Smith says. “Financial stability and ing time walking, running, biking and scootering around Marble continuing our strong partnership with Grandview Heights are Cliff with his wife, Kristy, and their children Lincoln and Laney. my top priorities.” As he begins his new role on Village council, he has a clearcut goal as to what he wants to help accomplish.

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News & Information from the City of Grandview Heights

insideGRANDVIEW HEIGHTS By Mallory Arnold

30 Years Strong

This longstanding program changes the way we talk about and experience libraries


ow can you tell if a community program is well-received? Well, 30 years under its belt is a glaring indicator that people love an event. The Grandview Heights Public Library’s Annual Music in the Atrium Series is celebrating its 30th year in 2020. Since 2007, 137 concerts have been performed. “We have a really engaged community,” Public Relations Manager Canaan Faulkner says. “We see familiar and new faces alike.” These musical events are held in the heart of the library on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Each concert is casual, family-friendly and free. It’s not uncommon to see kids dancing right in the middle of the library. Plus, musicians oftentimes give insight about their art and delve into conversations with the audience. “Libraries have definitely changed a lot over time,” Faulkner says. “They are the hub of the community. People are working, tutoring, reading, learning and having meetings. There are certainly rooms where you can hear a pin drop, but the typical ‘shushing’ isn’t heard often.”


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The library attracts performers all across the country with impressive resumes. Faulkner looks for diversity in the musicians chosen, which is clear based upon past series. It has also housed genres spanning from American blues and folk to Turkish tunes. Big opera stars have performed, Jimmy Buffett’s bass player made an appearance and one series even included a violin player who toured with Madonna. Of course, everyone loves to see local musicians as well. “We offer a lot of events – over 750 events a year,” Faulkner says. “About

30,000 people come annually. Even our morning story times gather 100 people.” Mallory Arnold is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@

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Photos courtesy of Grandview Heights Public Library

Grandview Heights Public Library Director Mary Ludlum worked for 30 years before retiring in 2013. In 1981 she began as a young adult librarian and worked her way up through several positions. Ludlum is the creative mind behind the annual Music in the Atrium series and the Music on the Lawn summer outdoor concert series. She has also led seven library levy campaigns, created the Friends of Grandview Library and navigated it through tough state funding cuts. Much of the library’s five-star ranking can be accredited to her hard work. Cheers to Ludlum!

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Hometown Pride Mike Patterson makes a home in parks and recreation


s a child, Mike Patterson spent much of his time at Pierce Field playing baseball, riding bikes or using the playground equipment. It was a staple of his youth, and part of what made Grandview Heights home for him. After moving to the area in the second grade, Patterson fell in love with the community. As director of Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation, Patterson’s job now

is to maintain and promote his childhood stomping grounds – an ideal job. “My boys are down there playing on, not the same equipment, but in the same space that I was,” Patterson says about the local playgrounds. “The playground was nice when I used it but it’s very nice now.” His career seems almost foretold considering his history with Grandview Heights and early years roaming the Rob-

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ert Louis Stevenson Elementary School lot. He spent his adolescence involved with many of the activities and spaces he oversees today, participating in flag football, basketball, baseball and swimming while enjoying community offerings like the Pierce Field Fun Center and annual Pumpkin Run. After graduating from Bowling Green State University with a degree in physical 9

education, Patterson took a position in the parks and recreation department back in his hometown. At the time, he had no intentions to make a career out of it. He recalls telling his predecessor, Sean Robey, when he started with the department in 2005 that, “I could see myself here for a couple years.” Regardless of his intentions, Patterson soon found himself in a supervisor role for the parks and recreation department, running camps, coaching and overseeing sports leagues. It was a perfect fit for him, satisfying his aversion to desk jobs and desire to stay moving while at work. “I grew up playing sports and doing activities,” Patterson says. “I wasn’t ever looking for a desk job, I always had to be moving and that position afforded me that ability.” It probably didn’t hurt that Patterson found familiar faces working with the parks and recreation department, specifically former Mayor Ray DeGraw. Before DeGraw took the mayor’s seat, Patterson knew him as coach during his youth soccer days and recalls growing up with


“We lean on volunteer help a lot. It is their community. It gives them an outlet to participate but not be a participant.” DeGraw’s son. DeGraw’s daughter even babysat Patterson. “I’ve known the DeGraw family for a long time,” he says. “I certainly didn’t know I was going to work for Mayor DeGraw when I was his goalkeeper in second and third grade.” When Patterson took on the role of director in 2017, it was an easy transition. Patterson, who now resides in Worthington with his wife, Kylene; and sons, Brady,

5; and Connor, 2; appreciates Grandview Heights for the same reasons many others do: its sense of community, walkability, good schools and restaurants. “The community aspect of Grandview is one of my main draws,” he says. “It’s the same as when I was a second-grader you know your neighbor, you know your friends, you look out for your neighbor, you look out for your community members.” As director, he’s sought to bring out those same community values through his work. Patterson aimed to expand the amount of programming offered and has succeeded in creating new opportunities for community members, especially nontraditional activities like princess tea and pumpkin carving events. One of his biggest achievements has been launching the Tri-the-HeightsYouth Triathlon, which drew upward of 350 participants in 2019, only its second year. Patterson credits the community with helping to make the work of the parks and recreation department possible, noting the nearly 100 volunteers who helped on race

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day for Tri-the-Heights. He adds that new programming ideas often come from interested community members. “We lean on volunteer help a lot,” Patterson says. “It is their community. It gives them an outlet to participate.” Patterson also praises his staff for the successes of the parks and recreation department and all that it is able to offer. “They’ve bought in and have been great,” he says. “They are very open to new ideas, new programs, and new initiatives.” Patterson views himself as only one part of a hardworking team that together helps make Grandview Heights a better community. And that community is just as important to Patterson who grew up playing on the same playgrounds and parks he now works to keep pristine. His oldest son has already participated in flag football, the pumpkin run and both years of Tri-the-Heights. “(My kids) come to work with dad a lot,” Patterson says. “I’m starting to become a participant in these even more but now as a participating parent.” Cameron Carr is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Be Well In Focus

By Zöe Glore

Grandview Heights School District’s Wellness for Life program flourishes


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appiness is a hard concept to grasp. Sure, you might feel happy on a Friday afternoon as you prepare for a relaxing weekend or when you get recognized for your hard work by someone you admire; but true happiness – the sense of peace we get when we’re truly content with all areas of our lives – is hard to find. That’s why the Grandview Heights School District wants to help its students find theirs. Through its Wellness for Life program, the GHSD created a curriculum in 2014 that targeted its students’ needs. The curriculum included a clear and deliberate path to integrating a wellness plan into the district and community at large. Now five years in the making, Wellness for Life has become a collaborative effort between the schools and community organizations, helping students to understand and value the importance of wellness, and set a course toward lifelong happiness. Dr. Jamie Lusher, chief academic officer and assistant superintendent for GHSD, has seen the Wellness for Life program evolve over the last five years, and sees firsthand the impact it’s has on the students. “The Wellness for Life program begins by building background knowledge,” Lusher says. “You’re exposing (students) to the building blocks and foundational pieces of wellness, giving them opportunities to explore and apply.” Lusher attributes the program’s success to the overwhelming amount of support it has received through organizations like the Grandview Heights Marble Cliff Education Foundation; Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which helped launch the Wellness Center; The Ohio State University and Start Talking! Grandview; among others. The district’s collaboration with these groups has spurred the creation of new programs, including Foodie Fridays, a January/February 2020 •

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partnership with Farm to School, which encourages students to expand their palates by exploring healthy dietary choices. The program is building a deeper connection not just between students and their community, it’s also building deeper connections between the students themselves. Senior Sally Hofmans-Currie, a member of the Wellness Committee, launched a composting program in conjunction with Foodie Fridays thanks to the help of her fellow classmates. “At the beginning of this year, I spoke at the Wellness Committee about a goal of mine – to get composting for Grandview Schools,” says Hofmans-Currie. “To my surprise and delight, it was not only wellreceived, but supported along the way.” But it doesn’t end with food. Programs surrounding exercise and physi-

Second-grader Miles Beale makes a healthy choice during lunchtime at Stevenson Elementary.

The students’ mental health is a priority, too. Syntero, a local counseling partnership, has partnered with the GHSD to help students recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and gives them the tools to address those problems in a healthy, constructive way. “Ohio still does not have health and wellness standards and there are very

cal health have flourished, like Fitness Fridays, which give students in grades four through eight the opportunity to take yoga and Zumba classes in the Wellness Center. High school students can take a zero period three days each week before school to allow time for morning workouts. Events like the Tri-the-Heights Youth Triathlon, which is in its second year, saw more than 350 student participants thanks to the dedication of the district athletic department, Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation, and the Grandview Heights Marble Cliff Education Foundation. 14

On a Fitness Friday, Edison Intermediate and Larson Middle School students have the option of working out in the Grandview Heights High School Health and Wellness Center. January/February 2020 •

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Edison Intermediate fifth-graders Madelyn Smith, Ejheni Mdivanian, Benny McCain and Matt Reichert display their Hands of Gratitude device.


Stevenson Elementary first-graders Kaden Allen and Griffin Tipple are ready for a health and wellness workout.

loose national standards. A lot of this work was a collaborative approach with all those experts who are on our district committee and our staff,” Lusher says. “We wanted everyone to have a hand in the instruction and support of this particular content, because it really is the most important subject for our kids.” As the Wellness for Life program continues to grow, GHSD administration and staff hopes that students will become inspired by the program and become advocates of leading a healthy and happy life. “This is an issue that is so important. It transcends every tax bracket, every gender, every race,” Lusher says. “Humans, by nature, are meant to be collaborative. We always say to the kids, ‘We’ as in well, and when you put the I in there, you become ill. For the first time, we’re getting really honest about fear and shame, and more importantly, that everyone goes through this. Everyone feels these things. You belong.” Zoë Glore is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at zglore@

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hat do you get when you combine senior theater connoisseurs with high school theater performers? A night full of magic, of course. The Upper Arlington Civic Association, in partnership with the Upper Arlington Vocal Music Program and First Community Village, is bringing a night of food and music to the senior citizens in the community with its annual event, UA Stage.


The event will take place at Upper Arlington High School on Feb. 19, and will treat attendees to a dinner catered by First Community Village, followed by UAHS’ production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The free show will serve as the music program’s official dress rehearsal before the show’s run, Feb. 20-23. “This is the one event that we have that is focused on our senior community within Upper Arlington,” UACA Director Erin Derryberry says. “All the directors are dressed in our gold coats, we serve dinner

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and coffee, and engage with our community members.” Attendees are then escorted to the high school auditorium, where they get to watch a free dress rehearsal performance of the musical. The evening is topped off with an intermission for cookies and a post-show carnation to show the UACA’s appreciation for attendees. The show not only allows the senior citizens to have a free night of fun, it also allows for the students to have their last rehearsal in front of a live audience. UACA also selects three music

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On the Table

By Mallory Arnold

Fala-FULL of Goodness How a healthy Mediterranean diet can spice up lunch

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ealth experts say you should never rush through lunch – but what if you only have 15 minutes to eat, or the kid’s soccer practice is coming up, or you need something quickly before zipping off for errands? Sometimes lunch

needs to be fast, and that can mean making unhealthy selections. However, it is possible to get a quick lunch without sacrificing nutrients. Dubbed as the world’s healthiest diet, the Mediterranean diet can mean colorful and nutritious

So, you’ve tried falafel and now you’re hooked. Here’s an easy recipe you can make at home when you’re in a pinch and dying for a fix.

meals that can be quickly prepared, too. The palette is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. Lean protein such as fish is often featured. A study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that people on a Mediterranean diet are far less likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to those on a low-fat diet. Plus, the same study suggested that people who eat the foods typical to the diet have a lower body mass index and stronger brain. There are plenty of Mediterranean options in the Tri-Village area, perfect for lunch. Brassica allows you to pick your choices of house pickled veggies, protein, hummus or falafel. Falafel is crushed chickpeas with cilantro, garlic, cumin and chili pepper!


Homemade falafel Ingredients • 1 can chickpeas, drained • 4 gloves garlic, chopped • 1 shallot, chopped • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped • 1 tsp. ground cumin • 1 tsp. ground coriander • 3 tbsp. flour • Salt • Black pepper • Vegetable oil


Directions • In a food processor or blender, combine chickpeas, garlic, shallot, parsley, cumin, coriander and flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Don’t over-blend. • Form mixture into balls. • In a pot, heat a dollop of vegetable oil until slightly simmering. Fry falafels until golden, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Season with salt. • Serve in a pita with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. Drizzle with yogurt sauce. January/February 2020 •

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Lupo offers an abundance of colorful plates, with seafood-centric dishes such as scallops a la plancha, freshly shucked oysters and octopus la plancha. Now that’s what we call switching up lunch. For vegan and gluten-free folks, Mazah Mediterranean Eatery puts together delicious vegetarian grape leaves, falafel pita pocket sandwiches and fatayer (spinach pie). It’s easy to get bored when you eat the same thing for lunch every day, but it’s almost impossible to order the same meal twice at these Mediterranean restaurants. Spice up your afternoon and pick a menu item you’ve never tried (what the heck is a kefta kebob?) all while doing good for your health. Oh, and another tip: always say, “yes” to baklava – trust us. Mallory Arnold is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@ January/February 2020 •

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Beat the winter blues all season long with these local businesses Thankfully, Tri-Village offers a handA trip to the spa isn’t just good for ful of unique activities that can help you your mental health during winter; it’s esave you ever looked out your window and your family to beat those dreaded pecially good for your skin, too. on a cloudy winter day and felt a sense winter blues. “During weather changes is when of gloom? You’re not alone. it’s really important for the skin to be In a 2005 Gallup survey, Amerirejuvenated and put back to balance,” cans rated January and February as their Let your winter anxieties wash away Cockburn says. least favorite months. And according to at European Skin Care at the Laura For the colder months, Cockburn Cleveland Clinic, approximately half a Gregory Salon. With more than 35 years recommends the oxygen therapy facial, million U.S. citizens experience seasonal of experience, European Skin Care own- which penetrates the skin with A, C and E affective disorder in the winter months, er Cherie Cockburn specializes in skin- vitamins via oxygen infusion and plumps most of whom live in cloudy regions like care treatments, massages, peels, waxing the skin. Cockburn sees her clients’ spirits the Midwest. and more. lift after a spa day, too. By Lydia Freudenberg



Magic Bringer by Laural Izard, is one of the many quilts at the upcoming Found Again exhibition at the Ohio Craft Museum. 22

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“With little to no sunlight, everybody feels they need a little extra. With stimulation to the skin, it wakes the skin up and can help the mental (state),” she says. “It’s also a little extra downtime for someone after the holidays.”

Not Your Typical Playdate

Located in Grandview, Woodlands Backyard is adapting to the cold. Its sand volleyball court now features a heated dome, so visitors can play the summery sport year-round with leagues starting in early January. Woodlands also features mini bowling, pool tables and arcade games, another perfect escape from the bitter cold. Its interactive environment can workup an appetite. Enjoy picks from Preston’s: A Burger Joint like the loaded fries, Coney dog or Nashville hot chicken wings. With 30 rotating taps and several TVs featuring all your favorite sporting events, it’s easy to spend the whole day at this local joint.

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A Spoonful of Culture

Did you know there are more than 20 museums in central Ohio? No reason to travel far though, one of the most creative museums is right here in Grandview. The Ohio Craft Museum features permanent installations and rotating exhibits showcasing many local artists. The space isn’t just for art enthusiasts, but for families looking to expose their children to diverse cultures. “Bringing children to the museum opens a new world and shows new ideas that they haven’t considered before,” says Megan Moriarty, community outreach and partnerships coordinator at the museum. “It’s inspiring as well because we let students and kids witness artists (in the studios). There, (kids) are inspired to make their own things, explore materials and express their ideas.” Starting Feb. 9, the museum will showcase its winter exhibition, Found Again, which features a collection of handmade, colorful quilts that tell stories – one is even covered in words. “We all know quilts and we all know textiles; its not fragile and it will be very colorful,” Moriarty says. “I think it will be a really great show for families.” Lydia Freudenberg is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at lfreudenberg@



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fter adventuring through Italy, galivanting in France and enjoying the Californian sun, local homeowners Lisa and Larry Copeland knew they needed a proper room to store their diverse wine collection. “Inspiration came from these trips,” Lisa says. The duo was not interested in creating an old-world aesthetic – a chilled basement, rocky walls and low lighting was out of the question. Instead, they wanted something bright and modern, and the space right off their dining room was the perfect spot. J.S. Brown & Co. ran with the couple’s inspiration and created a space that deserves a toast. The room isn’t just aesthetically pleasing with its crystal halo chandelier, wooden cabinets, ladder, and beautiful tile floors, it’s also the perfect temperature. Since the room is on the first floor of a ranch, the space was susceptible to heat and cold from the attic, nearby garage and the living spaces, and extra moisture in the air could affect the wine quality. J.S. Brown didn’t let this challenge hinder the design,

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they included vapor barriers, moisture resistant materials, and refrigeration and humidifying units located beyond the room to reduce vibration and noise. “Mechanically, wine rooms are very complex – the temperature, humidity needs to be carefully controlled and we want to minimize vibration,” says Monica Lewis, vice president of operations at J.S. Brown. Lewis says another challenge arose since the wine room sits lower than the adjacent rooms. Instead of completely raising the space, the team raised it slightly and added two wooden steps which match steps in a nearby room. With a room like this, it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite aspect. Lewis says Lisa fell in love with the hexagonal ceiling tile, so they used the surface as inspiration for all the design decisions. Larry finds the technological qualities fascinating, saying the electronic blinds on the glass is his favorite part. And even though Lisa loves the details, she truly loves what the room provides. “My favorite parts are the finishes, the history and memories, and sharing the room and wines with our family and friends,” she says. Lydia Freudenberg is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at lfreudenberg@ January/February 2020 •

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More to the Story by Hena Khan Little Women gets a modern retelling in this heartfelt coming of age story about the Mirza family. Jameela is excited to start seventh grade as the features editor for the school’s newspaper as well as become friends with the new student from England, but then her world gets turned upside-down when her father has to take a job overseas. To make matters worse, Jameela accidentally sends the wrong article for the newspaper and alienates her new friend, making her wonder if she’ll ever be a good journalist. All of that is put aside when her sister gets sick. As her family and friends pull together, Jameela will discover the importance of family and friendship. Recommended for grades 5 and up.

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia After a tragic accident involving his best friend, Tristan is being sent to live with his grandparents to spend some time healing. One night, a strange creature steals his best friend’s journal, and while chasing after it, Tristan ends up ripping a hole in the sky and unleashing a magical world that includes a burning sea, haunted bone ships and iron monsters. Tristan will have to team up with gods and find a way to repair the hole in the sky before disaster descends upon him and his loved ones. Recommended for grades 6 and up.

What a Cold Needs by Barbara Bottner It’s that time of year when everyone starts to get sick, and this charming picture book is the perfect companion to those stuck in bed. The gentle story and illustrations capture perfectly what it’s like to have a cold, describing everything you need to feel better including lots of love. Recommended for all ages.

Who Says You’re Dead?: Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned by Jacob Appel In short, engaging scenarios, Dr. Appel takes on hot button issues: genetic screening, sexuality, privacy, doctor-patient confidentiality. He accompanies each hypothetical with a brief reflection drawing from science, philosophy and history, explaining how others have approached these controversies in real-world cases.

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer How do you talk with your best friend about their life struggles? Do you put them down with harsh comments and expectations? Highly doubtful. But when we talk to ourselves, that is exactly what we do. This book changes our critical self-talk to a kinder dialogue, helping us cope with daily difficulties and life’s frustrations in a more positive, gentle and mindful way.

On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides Hampton Sides’ latest book is full of stories about American heroes fighting and dying for their country during the Korean War. Sides focuses on several U.S. Marine units and commanders fighting to take the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. These Marines experienced snow, bitterly cold temperatures and continuous attacks from the Chinese military while marching through miles of mountainous terrain. Readers will find it fascinating and hard to put down.

Who Says You’re Dead? is an original and provocative exploration of ethical issues in our society, with thoughtful and balanced commentary.

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