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LIFESTYLE LETTER

AUGUST 2018 PUBLISHER

Michelle Moody | Michelle.Moody@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Abbey Bradley | Abbey.Bradley@LifestylePubs.com EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Tera Michelson

Two legs or four? WHETHER YOU HAVE CHILDREN AT HOME OR NOT, IT’S HARD TO ESCAPE THE CONSTANT REMINDERS THAT BACK-TO-SCHOOL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. For many of our readers, the nest is empty of kids and full of fur-

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or feather-covered children. So, we’ve come up with the perfect compromise this August—our first combined “Pets and Kids” issue. Inside you’ll meet seven interesting area residents and their four-legged friends. They are all making their marks on our community in their own unique ways. For pet owners, we show you what a day is like with the experts at local Animal Hospital of West Chester. We also give you a first look inside the brand new The Fetchington Luxury Pet Hotel in Olde West Chester, the first upscale pet resort and daycare of its kind in the area. I can personally testify to the amazing care my dog, Sandy, has been given by the compassionate teams at both Animal Hospital of West Chester and The Fetchington. I wouldn’t trust my four-legged fur-baby with anyone who wasn’t

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INSIDE THE ISSUE AUGUST 2018

FEATURES 16 The Fetchington: A Luxury Pet Hotel Of A Different Breed Five-star pet resort comes to West Chester

22 Adorable Animals, Heartwarming Humans West Chester and Liberty residents share what they love most about their pets

30 A Space To Be, A Place To Grow High school students learn and grow at EDGE Teen Center

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36 24 Hours At Animal Hospital Of West Chester A lot happens in just one day at the Animal Hospital

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Open House

36 Locals Only 38 Lifestyle Calendar 42 Local’s Choice


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GOOD TIMES

Movers & Shakers Celebration West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle recently celebrated everyone who was featured in the May and June "Movers & Shakers" issues by hosting a release party at the Pendragon model home in Carriage Hill. Matt the Miller's Tavern catered the event while Grainworks Brewing Company and Village Wines of Glendale provided cool beverages. PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD ALEXANDER

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AROUND TOWN Event benefit the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty’s Community Grants Fund, which provides $100,000 each year in support to local nonprofits working to improve education, transportation and workforce development in our community. Now in its 25th year, The Key Event was started by Patti Alderson and Debbie Boehner who will be honored at the event on September 8. The premier fundraising event has grown immensely in the past 25 years. Guests will enjoy a cocktail party, dinner prepared by Cincinnati-area professional chefs, live and silent auctions, a basket raffle and more. For the first time this year guests can purchase After Party-only tickets to attend the

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Drug Strike Force, which is a task force committed to making Northern Kentucky a safer community through aggressive investigation of drug traffickers and by providing training and educational resources to law enforcement and community partners. Rexo and his new agent began classes in July, and he will spend approximately four weeks training. Upon completion, the team will be certified and sent to Northern Kentucky. ShiverSecurity.com

BETHANY SCHOOL ADDS NEW BOARD, NEW DINING HALL Bethany School, a private school in Glendale for students in kindergarten to eighth grades, recently assembled its inaugural Board of Trustees, led by Sister Jean Gabriel who serves as Sister Superior. As a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, Bethany School has 230 students from all around the tri-state area and 22

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NEW FIELDHOUSE OPENS AT VOICE OF AMERICA METROPARK UC Health and MetroParks of Butler County recently celebrated the grand opening of the UC Health West Chester Hospital Fieldhouse at VOA. The facility will serve the park’s 22 athletic fields. The fieldhouse encompasses 6,137 square feet under roof, including porch areas, a First Aid Station staffed by UC Health, a second story press box, a concession stand staffed for tournaments, and modern restrooms. The site also features a one-acre lawn, 3,500 squarefoot outdoor viewing terrace, and over 400 new paved parking spaces for convenient parking. YourMetroParks.net

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR HOME EXPO The annual West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Home Expo at Carriage Hill is Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit vendor booths, tour model homes, enjoy food and more. Look for details on our Facebook page and in the September issue.

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Swim Lesson Skills that Make a Splash in the Classroom by Jen Deis, General Manager, Goldfish Swim School – West Chester

Many families think about swim lessons during the summer months — but at Goldfish Swim School West Chester, we know that kids need year-round lessons in order to develop and maintain the skills they need to be safe around the water. Consistency is the key! Swimming has many obvious benefits for kids. This lifelong skill provides kids with an outlet for exercise and of course teaches the very important skill of water safety. However, beyond those obvious advantages, there are a number of developmental benefits that come with consistent, year-round swim instruction that help young children (who need lots of physical and mental stimulation!) reach developmental milestones much more quickly.

Here are a few reasons to keep your little ones in the pool with us this fall and beyond. Develop motor skills. Swimming lessons provide a technical, whole-body form of exercise, so kids who regularly practice movements such as the simultaneous kicking of arms and legs, paddling, breath work, and strokes improve overall coordination (hand-eye, grasping), concentration and focus, and balance. Enhance intellectual and emotional development. In a multi-year study from The German Sports College Cologne, young children who swam year-round were more confident and independent than their non-swimming counterparts. They fared better socially and academically, displaying superior problemsolving and communication skills. Build brain power. Studies are showing that swimming is wonderful for kids’ brain health. A four-year Early Years Swimming Research Project (with 45 swim schools in Australia, New Zealand and the United States) found that children younger than five who had swim lessons were more advanced in their cognitive and physical development. This is because the bilateral cross-patterning movement (where you use both sides of the body to carry out an action) performed in swimming develops more nerve fibers in the part of the brain that connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain which affects cognition, ease of learning, gross motor skills, and overall academic performance.

Help foster independence. Formal instruction teaches kids how to take turns, listen, share, and cooperate in a group setting. These activities promote comfort and confidence in the water and, in turn, build self-esteem and the ability to try and adapt to new things! Have fun! Goldfish uses the Science of SwimPlay®, incorporating play-based learning in a fun and safe environment. We’ve taken everything that science says is the ideal way for kids to learn – guided play, fun, safe environments and achievements – and packaged it up into one experience. Decades of scientific research tell us that guided play is the optimal way for kids to learn, and it provides a strong foundation for intellectual and emotional growth, creativity, problem-solving and academic knowledge. All your child will feel is fun, but we know there’s much more happening under the surface. We hope to see your family in our pool this fall!

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T h e F e t c h i n gt o n : A Lu x u ry P e t H ot e l O f A D i f f e r e n t B r e e d FIVE-STAR PET RESORT COMES TO WEST CHESTER ARTICLE SHAWNA TAYLOR | PHOTOGRAPHY LEN KALTMAN-WEST CHESTER CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY IN OLDE WEST CHESTER SITS A CHARMING HOME, BUILT IN 1901, THAT IS A PLACE LIKE NO OTHER. The Fetchington, a luxury boutique hotel for dogs, offers a true five-star experience for pets and owners alike. Owner Tonia Wheeler and her husband, Josh, have converted the home into an exquisitely cozy space and crafted the perfect safe-haven for West Chester and Liberty Township’s furry friends. The Fetchington is a one-stop shop for boarding (referred to as the hotel), daycare and grooming. “In the past, when we needed boarding or daycare for our dogs we were just never comfortable because everywhere was so big and there were 50 or more dogs,” Wheeler explains. “I started thinking about what I wanted out of a boarding facility and how I could make the experience better for others.” The Fetchington’s differentiating factor is their size. Being in a converted house with only 15 luxury suites, Wheeler has the opportunity to give each guest her individualized attention. “It sounds weird, but our goal isn’t to grow. The business model is meant to be very small, very exclusive and very upscale. You’re not going to find this in every neighborhood,” she continues.  The Wheelers found inspiration in their rescue dog, a Border Collie mix named Daisy, who joined their family about seven years ago. At eight weeks old, Daisy was filled with fear and anxiety and the Wheelers set out to help. They provided Daisy with much needed love and called in a trainer to help develop the social skills and confidence she needed to become a well-balanced dog. Since then, Wheeler has quit her 15-year career in marketing to pursue her passion to care for and help develop dogs. She has spent time CONTINUED >

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traveling the country and learning from the best in the pet care industry, while continuing to build upon her vision for The Fetchington. “I’ve learned how to read dog body-language, intercept unacceptable behaviors and perform temperament tests,” Wheeler states. Her travels have taken her everywhere from California to Massachusetts, where she has attended multiple conventions and seminars to learn from pet care experts and has obtained several certifications along the way.  On top of the extensive knowledge and training that Wheeler has under her belt, she knew there was a specific look and feel she wanted The Fetchington to have. “I want the dogs that come and stay with us to feel like they’re at home. They’re not in a kennel or on concrete floors and they don’t have a chain link fence around them,” she explains. The building, surrounded by nearly one acre of land, features many of the its original details with modern updates. The ornate theming of the décor is fitting, given the level of service The Fetchington strives to provide for each guest.  In fact, the suites themselves are upscale: spacious with glass doors, a cot, blanket, pillow, hardwood floors, a soft rug, beautiful tile walls and a chandelier. Many suites also feature windows. It’s not just the dogs who will be receiving elevated service. The Fetchington will also accommodate clients by offering a valet service, where they will pick up your dog from the car when arriving for daycare, a custom SUV that will pick up pets for boarding, and they will offer amenities such as a complimentary coffee bar and fruit-infused water. “I love our community and I’m excited to be able to bring something different and special to our friends and neighbors. We live here in this community and want to contribute to its continued success by developing genuine personal relationships with our clients and providing exceptional care for their

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“I want the dogs that come and stay with us to feel like they’re at home.”

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Adorable Animals, Heartwarming Humans

NICOLE + MOO, TESSA, Austin & Calvin West Chester’s Nicole Briggs started Peaches

WEST CHESTER AND LIBERTY RESIDENTS SHARE WHAT THEY LOVE MOST ABOUT THEIR PETS

Bully Rescue in September 2017. She wanted to help one or two dogs a month find their forever home. Instead, Briggs has helped adopt more than 100 dogs in just 11 months. WHAT IS PEACHES BULLY RESCUE? Peaches is a foster-based rescue that provides a safe-haven for dogs of the bully breeds. Our foster families take in the dogs until they’re given to their permanent home. We provide all the supplies and they give them a loving home. We get about six to eight requests a week to rescue dogs, some from local shelters, others are owner-surrenders. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE RESCUE? I’ve sat on the board of other bull dog rescues and really felt there was a need missing. I wanted to help dogs that are mixed who are maybe getting overlooked because they aren’t pure breeds. HOW CAN SOMEONE ADOPT OR FOSTER A RESCUE FROM PEACHES? Our adoption process is very detailed, including an application, background check, vet check, reference check and meet-and-greet. It might seem extreme, but we want to make sure we’re placing these dogs in their forever home. To become a foster family, you go through a similar application process. We have trainers who help train fosters so the dogs are well cared for during their transition. My biggest problem right now is I don’t have enough foster homes. That dictates how many dogs we can take. ARE YOUR OWN DOGS RESCUES? Yes, all four of them are from different rescues. Moo is four, Tessa is 10, Austin is seven and Calvin is a year and a half. After I got my first bull dog, I just fell in love with him. PeachesBullyRescue.com

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Corrine + Rory Rory is more than just a pet for Corrine Gogolewski, a seventh grader at Plains Junior School. Although they’ve known each other for less than a year, Rory is ready to save Corrine’s life at any moment. Diagnosed with epilepsy, Corrine relies on Rory to alert her and her family when she’s about to have a seizure. HOW DOES RORY HELP YOU? He goes everywhere with me. He sleeps with me, goes to school with me, he goes everywhere. He keeps me safe because he can let us know when I have a seizure coming on. HOW DOES HE KNOW TO ALERT YOU? Through scent he detects the seizure activity. If he starts to detect it, he will start licking me and then my parents know we have an alert window before the seizure will happen. He will actually bark if he sees me having a seizure, and that’s the only time he will ever bark. He knows that barking is reserved for when I’m having a seizure. It’s kind of like a game for him. WHERE DID RORY LEARN THIS? We got Rory from 4 Paws for Ability, where they start training dogs at birth. The seizure scent is universal, just like the diabetic scent, so he was trained to be aware of the scent and knows when it increases or decreases. My family and I went to 4 Paws for two weeks last year, so we could be trained on his commands and how to work with him. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR TWIN SISTER THINK OF RORY? Everyone loves him. Since he goes everywhere with me, everyone has gotten to know him. He even goes to soccer practice and he’s become the mascot for everything. CONTINUED >

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MIKE & EMILY + HAILEY, Boots & Lady West Chester realtor Mike Weghorst has always loved dogs. His wife, Emily, wasn’t too sure about them when they first began dating. However, she quickly fell in love and now the pair is married with three dogs: Hailey, Boots and Lady. MIKE, WHEN DID YOU BECOME A DOG LOVER? We always had dogs growing up. The only time I never lived with a dog was in college and my parents constantly hounded me to not get a dog while I was in college. So, my first purchase right after I graduated was Hailey. ARE YOUR DOGS RESCUES? Lady and Boots are rescues from HART (Humane Animal Rescue Team of Cincinnati). HART provides a great and positive adoption experience. What we liked best is all the rescues are in foster homes with other people and pets, rather than being locked in kennels. If my memory serves me right, Boots was rescued from a kill shelter and Lady was found wandering on the side of the road. WHAT ARE THE DOGS’ PERSONALITIES LIKE? Hailey is a typical retriever who just wants to play ball, catch the frisbee, or swim all day long. She’s the oldest but by far has the most energy out of all of them. Boots is more laid back. Her favorite thing to do is lay outside, especially on a cool day. Lady loves to go on walks. There’s nothing that gets her more excited than seeing the leash come out. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR PUPS? The unconditional love, no doubt. They are a lot of work but so worth it. Mike is a realtor through Stanley Realty, while Emily is a nurse practitioner at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Mike has a strong love for community and wants to help families and their pets find their forever homes, which is why he named his business Move to West Chester Liberty. MoveToWestChesterLiberty.com 24

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JACKY & Brad + Louise & Beatrix Jacky Jones had four cats when she met husband Brad Huntington. Lucky for her, Brad grew up loving cats and dogs, and the pair quickly fell in love with building a family of fur-babies. JACKY, WHEN DID YOU GET YOUR FIRST CAT? My family has always had cats. When I was born, my parents had Charlie and Maxine. Max was the most patient cat; she would let us dress her up and push her around in buggies. She was truly one of a kind. I fell in love with rescuing cats and hand-raising orphaned ones when I was about 10. My mother found two three-day-old kittens. She showed my brother and me how to bottle feed them and potty them. We both have gone on to rescue and adopt cats ever since. HOW MANY CATS DO YOU HAVE? Brad and I have four cats: Louise is 14, Lola is seven, Charlotte (called Chuck) is also seven, and Beatrix is two-and-a-half months. We recently lost our kitten Tad, who we rescued as a stray in Cincinnati at just three weeks old. He was extremely sick, and we fought for him like he was any human child of ours. These animals give us so much trust and love, and I hope we can give them the same back. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THEM? We love getting out their toys and laser pointer and encouraging them to hunt and play. Although, the best is when we go to bed at night. All the older cats cuddle in with us until we fall asleep. ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO RESCUE? Go for it! Make sure you educate yourself on what a kitten needs before you bring one into your home. Rescue cats are the best. CONTINUED >

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LISA + Sancho When Lisa Bacu and her husband, Ron, decided it was time to get a family dog, they asked their kids for input on the breed and size of the dog. The family eventually settled on 180-pound Sancho, an English Mastiff. The Bacu family rescued Sancho a little more than seven years ago when he was just six weeks old. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME SANCHO? The kids each picked a name for him, and then Ron and I made the final choice. His official name is Starbuck Jack Sancho Bacu, but of course we call him Sancho. GIVEN HIS SIZE, HAVE YOU DONE A LOT OF TRAINING? Yes, we worked hard with him when he was a puppy to train him well. We knew that he could potentially outweigh me or even my husband, so we made sure he knew who was alpha in his pack. He is very well behaved and obeys beautifully. This is extremely important with a giant breed since the dog could do some serious injury to any family member, particularly children, if not well trained. WHAT DOES SANCHO LOVE TO DO? His favorite thing to do is eat. His second favorite thing to do is sleep. He eats over a pound of meat along with veggies or fruit for each of his two meals every day. Lisa owns Scientific Mayhem in West Chester, which promotes children having fun while learning about science. They offer summer camps, after-school classes at various Lakota schools, tutoring services, and more. Soon, you can visit the Scientific Mayhem

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A Space to Be, A Place To Grow HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN AND GROW AT EDGE TEEN CENTER ARTICLE LAURA LEAVITT | PHOTOGRAPHY RICHARD ALEXANDER & PROVIDED

INSTEAD OF HAVING A TEENAGER RETURN TO AN EMPTY HOME AFTER SCHOOL, IMAGINE IF YOU COULD CREATE AN IDEAL ALTERNATIVE: A  SAFE PLACE WITH ADULT SUPERVISION, PEER INTERACTIONS AND HOMEWORK HELP. A place where teens learned healthy eating habits, career exploration and had volunteer opportunities. No need to imagine; such a place exists at EDGE Teen Center. Situated between the two campuses

While these students may choose EDGE because it's a fun place

of Lakota East High School, EDGE Teen

to spend time after school, EDGE also strives to be a safe-haven for

Center is adorned with corrugated steel and

teens and provides programming which positively impacts their lives.

murals. The large space includes a class-

Brenda Yablonsky, Executive Director, explains their philosophy:

room, an open hangout area, a video gaming

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will come. Then, you can invest in them through great programming."

during the school year, it also includes 100

A variety of relevant programs are available at EDGE, so students

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can participate in activities that appeal to them. They can also work

East and other area high schools.

on homework and socialize during their time at EDGE, getting to know other students from their school and surrounding areas. “You see a ripple effect when students are excited about a particular program,” says Annie Droege, the Teen Center Program Director. “We have seen a lot of interest in our community service lately; in the last year, 400 students have volunteered 4,200 hours." The students themselves echo the benefits of community service volunteering. “The EDGE has helped me to become more confident in my abilities and to continue to come out of my shell,” says Alana, a junior at Lakota East. “All of the volunteer opportunities I have taken part in have helped me to feel more comfortable in my community as well.” Other popular programming includes visits with a licensed counselor from Focus on Youth, who is available to students one-on-one and for group discussions about mental health topics important to teens. “We want to teach coping skills, resiliency, and how to be happier teenagers,” Droege explains.

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EDGE team members: Coordinator Meagana Wilkins, Teen Center Director Annie Droege, and Executive Director Brenda Yablonsky.

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Beyond the programming, AmeriCORPS volunteers and full-time staff members are daily presences in the lives of these teens. Additionally, local businesses provide volunteers to be positive adult supervisors who are willing to lend a listening ear. “The relationships [they build here] are what keep them coming back,” Yablonsky says. “The staff is beyond friendly and inclusive,” says Jaden, a senior at Lakota East. “No one is left out and everyone is welcome.” EDGE offers evening programming over the summer, creating a way to maintain those relationships from the school-year programs. These events, called EDGE at Night, happen on Thursday evenings in June and July. As an independent nonprofit, EDGE covers the expenses for the center and programming through fundraising. In addition, they always accept donations to their EDGE Scholarship Fund, which covers the small annual fee for participants who cannot afford it, so EDGE never has to turn students away. If you are interested in contributing to EDGE Teen Center, becoming a volunteer, or enrolling your teen, visit their website. EdgeTeenCenter.com

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LOCALS ONLY ARTICLE TERA MICHELSON | PHOTOGRAPHY LEN KALTMAN-WEST CHESTER CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY

24 Hours At Animal Hospital of West Chester A LOT HAPPENS IN JUST ONE DAY AT THE ANIMAL HOSPITAL

7:00 AM

Kennel Manager arrives to medicate and check hospital patients and give boarder pets individual yard time and breakfast. AHWC happily boards pets

HUMANS AREN’T THE ONLY GREETERS AT

with difficult situations: anxious, epilep-

THE COZY DOOR OF ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF

tic and diabetic pets are welcome.

WEST CHESTER (AHWC). A dog’s wet nose and the gaze of a ginger cat come alongside the smile

8:00 AM

grooming appointments check in.

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All staff on deck. Morning patient and

8:02 AM

Dr. D reaches into her pocket to give

“We are here for the animals. I am an advocate,

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The friendly 18-member staff like what they do and love their patients and the families that come

8:15 AM

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Dr. Kara Ringenbach, DVM, gives her first belly rub at the first well-visit appointment.

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Dr. D scrubs in for surgery. She once

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Staff breaks to eat lunch surrounded by their furry playdates, the boarding cats.

1:15 PM

Exam and operating rooms undergo a daily deep clean.

2:00 PM

Technicians provide onsite lab work for quick results.

3:30 PM

Injured patients receive pain-relieving laser treatments.

5:45 PM

Last scheduled appointment of the day.

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Hospitalized patient treatments continue after hours for the very ill.

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Shhh! It’s bedtime—last walks and medications for the Kennel crew.

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AUGUST

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

1, 8, 15, 22 HUMP DAY CONCERTS

gust 4-5 at VOA Park. Youth athletes of all experience levels are invited to participate in this fun and iconic event. No qualification is required for

Voice of America Park

the Youth Age Group race on Sunday.

The Hump Day Concert series con-

WestChesterOH.org

ers; August 8: Dat Band; August 15: DV8; August 22: Stagger Lee. YourMetroParks.net

2 ROOFTOP REWIND

Dining for Women (DFW) is an international organization dedicated

4, 11, 18

to transforming lives and eradicating poverty among women and girls in

WEST CHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

developing nations. On Thursday, August 9 at 6 p.m., all women are

Keehner Park

invited to dine and socialize, hear

West Chester's summer concert se-

the program speaker and contrib-

ries continues at Keehner Park on

ute if you can. For more information,

Saturdays in August from 7-9 p.m. Au-

contact Diane Bray: 541.484.4288,

Liberty Center

gust 4: Big Trouple Blues Band; Au-

d i a n e k b r a y @ g m a i l . c o m .

The Liberty Center Foundation invites

gust 11: Naz Jazz-West Chester Naz-

DiningForWomen.org

you to their inaugural Rooftop Re-

arene; August 18: The J Carl Smith

wind Signature event on the Rooftop

Project;

Acropolis by Sabin Hall. On Thursday,

(Shakespeare in the Park); Septem-

August 2, break out your converse ten-

ber 3: West Chester Symphony.

nis shoes and funky patterned attire

WestChesterOH.org

August

25:

no

concert

10-11 MUD MANIA

for a 90’s themed rooftop party ben-

Rentschler Forest, Fairfield

efiting the Anthony Munoz Founda-

Two days of muddy fun means two

tion. Single tickets are $15 and couple tickets are $25. Liberty-Center.com/ liberty-center-foundation

4-5

opportunities to slide, climb and crawl your way through a mud

FLYING CIRCUS AIR SHOW

obstacle

course.

Join

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Butler County Regional Airport

August 10-11. At the 12th an-

For two days only, the world's larg-

nual Mud Mania, participate in

est and most exciting Model Air

mud volleyball tournaments, gi-

Show will fly high in Butler Coun-

ant water slide, slimy obstacle

ty. Join in on the fun at this Model

course, muddy pools, event mer-

The Square @ Union Centre

Aeronautics

chandise,

The Takeover on the Square con-

for the entire family, August 4-5 at

Shoes are required, no flip-flops.

cert series continues Thursdays at

the Butler County Regional Airport.

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The Square @ Union Centre. Au-

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2, 9, 16, 23, 30 THE TAKEOVER ON THE SQUARE

Extravaganza,

great

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Liberty Center

Don’t miss the annual Kingsgate Lo-

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Liberty Center will feature entertain-

on Friday, August 10 from 11:30 a.m. to

ment, face painting, free haircuts,

10:30 p.m. Country music star Jordan

prizes,

demonstrations,

Davis will headline the event while you

Voice of America Park

health screenings and more. Take

snack your way through more than

USA Triathlon is headed back to West

the family to Liberty Center on Sun-

35 food trucks. Proceeds benefit Big

Chester for the seventh consecutive

day, August 5 from 1-4 p.m. This event

Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County.

year. The 2018 Youth & Junior Nation-

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AUGUST

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

12 LIBERTY CENTER TAILGATE

Summer Extravaganza on Tuesday,

and physician specialists who will

August 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Liber-

discuss a variety of topics about

ty Center's Sabin Hall. Hosted by

back and neck pain. The seminars

Power of the Purse, this fun evening

are free and open to the community.

Liberty Center

features dinner, drinks, a designer

UCHealth.com/westchesterhospital

Football season is officially among us!

purse raffle and more. Catered by

Kick off the season with a Liberty Cen-

Troy's Cafe, tickets are $25/person.

ter tailgate in The Square on Sunday,

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August 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tailgate includes free family activities as well as a few special surprise appearances.  Liberty-Center.com

18 LET'S GET MOOVIN 5K

SUPERHERO DAY

25

Liberty Center

FETCHINGTON OPEN HOUSE

Meet and greet with some local superheroes at Liberty Center's Super-

The Fetchington Pet Hotel

hero Day on Sunday, August 26 from

Don’t miss the grand opening cel-

1-4 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite

ebration of Olde West Chester’s

superhero and enjoy family-friendly

newest

activities at the park at Liberty Center.

resident:

The

Fetchin-

Voice of America Park

gon Pet Hotel. Beginning at noon,

The 2nd Annual Chick-fil-A Let’s Get

tour the new luxury hotel, snack

Moovin 5K and "Lap the Lake" Fun

from food trucks, enjoy entertain-

Run, hosted by Chick-fil-A Voice of

ment, games and more. Learn more

America and Deerfield Crossing,

about The Fetchington on page 16.

will be held Saturday, August 18 at

Fetchington.com

Liberty-Center.com

27 CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC

VOA Park. The event consists of a chip-

Wetherington Golf & Country Club

timed 5K and Kids Dash, kids activi-

Play golf and make great connections

ties, and fun for the whole family. The race will benefit Hope House Mission. RunSignUp.com

25 SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

at the annual West Chester Liberty Chamber Golf Classic on Monday, August 27 at the Wetherington Golf

Keehner Park

& Country Club. Presented by UC

The Arts Council of West Chester

Health West Chester Hospital, shot-

& Liberty presents William Shake-

gun start is at 10:30 a.m. Check-in

speare's "Julius Caesar," performed

and breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.

under the stars by the Cincinnati

Go online to learn more and register.

West Chester Academy

Shakespeare Company. On Satur-

TheChamberAlliance.com

You're invited to the annual West

day, August 25, families are encour-

Chester Academy Open House on

aged to pack a picnic-style meal and

Sunday, August 19 from 1-4 p.m.

bring chairs or a blanket to Keehner

Youngsters can try out the wide array

Park. The free show begins at 7 p.m.

of classes offered all in one afternoon.

WestChesterOH.org

19 STUDENT APPRECIATION DAY

a bounce house and more. Plus, meet the teachers of West Chester Academy.  WestChesterAcademy.com

SEPT 1 DONUT TRAIL CYCLE CHALLENGE The Butler County Visitors Bu-

Enjoy food, games, prizes, live music,

25 & 29 FREE BACK PAIN SEMINAR

reau will hold the inaugural Donut Trail Cycle Challenge on Saturday, September 1. The ride will start from Downtown Hamilton’s

West Chester Hospital

Marcum Park & RiversEdge Am-

West Chester Hospital invites you

phitheater at 10 a.m. and combine

to a free seminar on back pain Sat-

the Donut Trail concept with a day

urday, August 25 from 9-10:30 a.m.

of cycling around Butler Coun-

and Wednesday, August 29 from

ty. Participants will choose from

Liberty Center

7-8:30 p.m. The educational sem-

a 28-mile loop or 58-mile loop.

You're invited to the Black & White

inar will feature UC Health spine

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