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FEBRURARY 2016 | LIFE & CULTURE 45223

A FREE COMMUNITY PUBLICATION

14 COMMUNITY

3 NEWS

6 ENVIRONMENT 8 FEATURE

NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY

A LESSON FROM THE

CINCINNATI 5: ARTISTS

THE HISTORY OF NORTHSIDE

EDUCATION UPDATE

FOREST IN WINTER

IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY

CHRISTIAN CHURCH


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WHAT’S INSIDE

EDITOR IN CHIEF AND ART DIRECTOR:

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Leo Pierson D’Cruz and Michelle D’Cruz

WRITERS IN THIS ISSUE: Ollie Kroner, Jim Swafford, Sue Wilke, Elissa Yancey, Tommy Reuff, Brett Kollmann Baker, Michael Hoffman, Casey Moothart, Keith Good, Ana Bird, Neha Gupta, Kyley Fredrick, Steve Sunderland, Wayne Hunter, Jen Vanlandingham and Larry Wells

JILL CLEARY Jill Cleary is a visual artist living here in Northside. In 2008, Jill moved to New York to study Fine Arts and received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2012. After working around the Five Boroughs, she moved back to Cincinnati last Spring. She can be found working alongside fellow Northsiders at Able Projects: a Cincinnati Artists Collective providing a wide variety of creative services to the community, and Galaxie Skateshop on Hamilton Ave.

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Ollie Kroner, Mati Senerchia, Karen Andrew, Jarrett Shedd, Kamall Kimball, Jonathan Sears, Barry Scwartz, James Heller-Jackson, Leo Pierson D’Cruz and Michelle D’Cruz

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The Northsider is seeking monthly cover art submissions from local artists. Artists will be paid $40 for published covers. All 2 dimensional pieces will be considered. One stipulation of publication is that the piece or a print be donated to The Northsider Annual Art Auction Fundraiser that will help support the paper. If you are interested in having your artwork considered:

As an independent monthly communication, The Northsider’s mission is to engage and inform about life and culture in the Northside Neighborhood. As such, The Northsider is committed to providing timely, quality and informative community news and opinions while embracing the diversity of the neighborhood.

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NEWS IN NORTHSIDE

Northside Community Council: Trends That Will Shape Northside in 2016 1. Women & Minority-Owned Businesses Northside has long been a stronghold for small, creative, locally-owned businesses. Now we are seeing a surge in women and minority-owned storefronts. With the latest additions – Chocolate Bee, Moreau Sewing, Darou Salam, Natural Girl - we are now home to over 30 woman or minority-led storefronts. 2. Biggest development boom in years Northside continues to see an increase in development in the forms of continued building and restoration throughout the neighborhood. The

Gantry is the face of the development boom, But if you look closer, nearly every block has renovations underway. 3. Social Inclusion – keeping it Northside In light of all of this development, the NCC is strategizing how to keep this a neighborhood for all types of people. Efforts include Apple Street Market, affordable housing for seniors, potential land trust partnerships, free WiFi access for neighbors, and more. NCC continues to address the need for stronger communication, participation, and representation of all people that call Northside home.

4. Emerging Schools of Northside With the new Cincinnati Public Schools lottery system, many parents met Northside’s schools for the first time – and liked what they saw. Parker Woods Montessori anticipates an increase in enrollment as Northside’s only magnet school. Our community school, Chase Elementary, was recognized last year for the big strides it’s making. We are counting on Northside parents to give the schools the support they deserve.

to be a priority of Northside residents, developers, and businesses. Northside was recently one of six cities nationwide that was awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). The LEEDND program highlights developing neighborhoods with a focus on alternative modes of transportation, resourceefficiency, and community engagement.

5. Environmental Sustainability Efforts

OLLIE KRONER

Environmental sustainability continues

President, Northside Community Council

Northside Business Association: The NBA Spreads a Little Love in February Winter is upon us again. The Northside Business Association (NBA) is working on a few things that might just warm you up in February. In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, the NBA is rolling out our “We love Northside” campaign. We are developing some banners for posting, with bumper stickers to come soon, but we would like to encourage all of our business owners, residents, and patrons to proudly display the “We

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love Northside” promotional materials anywhere it is appropriate. Let’s tell the world that we love Northside! We’re hoping this is a warm thought to share with everyone during the cold weather. Promotional materials will be available to anyone at our regular NBA monthly meetings starting In February. The NBA meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Happen, Inc. located at 4201 Hamilton Ave.

Be on the lookout for a snow blower on the loose! NBA has purchased a sidewalk snow blower with grant funds provided through the “Keep Cincinnati Beautiful” Clean Safe Grant program. This is a first that we know of, a pilot program to attempt to keep our sidewalks safe and negotiable during inclement weather. We haven’t got all the plans worked out or set in stone just yet, but we appreciate your support and suggestions in helping to make this

program successful. The snow blower will be utilized to at least cut a pathway down our sidewalks. Any businesses that can contribute by clearing the adjacent and remaining sidewalk space would be appreciated but we hope this can make a big impact to keep sidewalk traffic flowing in snowy weather.

JIM SWAFFORD President, Northside Business Association

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NEWS IN NORTHSIDE

Northside Community Education Update The Education Committee of the Northside Community Council meets monthly throughout the year with the mission of promoting, designing, and implementing educational programs that serve the needs of Northside schools and students as well as keeping Northside residents informed about and building community support for our three schools. Following a year of community-wide conversations, a Northside Learns steering committee was formed in the Spring of 2015 to develop the concept of a neighborhood community learning center, one that would include all schools and maximize resource availability. Two Xavier University interns assisted us last summer by creating a resource manual with a demographic analysis of our neighborhood as well as a master list of individuals and organizations willing to assist our schools with goods and services. Copies of the resource manuals have been provided to the schools. Coming out of this experience, Parker Woods Montessori’s Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) secured Cincinnati Public Schools’ (CPS) funding and was able to hire its first Resource Coordinator, Tim Nared. With the assistance of Libby Hunter of WordPLay, funding was also identified for St. Boniface School to add Northside resident and parent, Jen Jackson, to its staff as a Resource Coordinator. Nared and Jackson join Ashanti Dawson, Resource Coordinator at Chase Elementary, working to create better environments for all Northside children. In November, Northside Learns had the privilege of giving a presentation on the Northside Learns THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY

initiative to a quarterly meeting of all CPS LSDMCs. Last Fall, Chase Elementary approached the Education Committee for assistance in providing basic necessities like underwear and socks for its children. A clothing and fund drive led to donations of winter clothing and monetary donations of $850. Special thanks go to the residents of Hammond North for their generous assistance. Members of Northside Learns and the Education Committee are currently exploring creation of a technology platform that would allow teachers to post classroom needs out to the community and secure donations. Once the system is up and working, we will be looking for a volunteer administrator - possibly a student needing service hours - to help with maintenance. On Jan. 14, the Education Committee helped arrange a CPS dialogue session at Chase Elementary. The session focused on how CPS can make neighborhood schools look more like the neighborhoods and the magnet schools look like the District itself. CPS Board member Eve Bolton provided background on current CPS initiatives designed to ensure equitable access and resourcing for all CPS schools. CPS plans to hold similar dialogues in other neighborhoods in advance of presentation of a report to the Board. Forty to fifty parents, teachers and community members were in attendance. Some initial takeaways for this writer were these current strengths of Chase: A tremendous group of caring teachers, a long time committed faculty, the feeling of and commitment to community with families sending multiple children to the school.

Meet Tim Nared, Resource Coordinator at Parker Woods Montessori Tim Nared was recently hired by the Local School Decision Making Committee of Parker Woods Montessori as the school’s first Resource Coordinator. Resource Coordinators are the backbones of successful community learning centers in Cincinnati Public Schools. Tim has a dual reporting line to both Parker Woods and the Cincinnati YMCA which is the school’s lead agency. He comes to his new role with a wealth of experience including experience in staff and volunteer development, working with all levels of education and with youth and families in socioeconomically challenged communities and experience in marketing, fundraising and public relations. Tim’s role is to create and facilitate academic and social support for the Parker Woods Montessori family (learners, parents, staff and communities) through collaboration with all community stakeholders. Expect to see Tim around the neighborhood and welcome him to Northside. Attendees told Bolton what they wanted to see at Chase were foreign language offerings, college prep classes, a school garden, science labs, training in entrepreneurship, skills training such as woodworking, and more sports. Issues and concerns raised included the lack of parental involvement and poverty in the neighborhood affecting children. Another concern was, due to lack of resources, the school was forced to choose between having a library or a computer lab. Bolton told the audience the current

Board was committed to equitable distribution of resources and encouraged lobbying for needed resources. She also invited the community to a CPS Board meeting to hear the final report coming out of these neighborhood dialogues. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the District offices’ Auditorium at the Education Center, 2651 Burnet Ave., Corryville.

SUE WILKE NCC Education Committee Chair

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EDUCATION

WordPlay Cincy Launches New Era of Innovation in Education WordPlay has grown a lot since 2013. We’re forming new partnerships with brain development and teaching and learning experts at the University of Cincinnati so that we can offer even more support to our youth and families. We’re building a broader base of research-driven interventions designed to support and sustain the same young people we’ve focused on since the very beginning.

I’ll never forget the first night that my friend Libby Hunter and I opened the doors to WordPlay Cincy. More than 150 other volunteers had already pitched in their time, talents, and savings to re-imagine the space at the corner of Hamilton and Blue Rock. We were all passionately bound by our nascent mission: Inspiring kids to love learning by surrounding them with books, caring volunteers, innovative educators and a supportive community. In the midst of our first celebration, the most unexpected thing happened. Neighbor kids stood in line, patiently waiting for a chance to play on a kind of keyboard they’d never seen before. It was attached to an old, old typewriter. As a startup non-profit, we wanted to innovate, and we knew we had to be nimble. On that first night, our commitment to openness and agility allowed us to see something we never expected to help our mission (typewriters, in this case) and put them to use. 4

At WordPlay, students hone final drafts on typewriters and share their final stories not only with each other, but with the world. This fall marked the debut of our first book authored by WordPlay writers, “When You See My Name.”

JUST AS LIBBY AND I DREAMED, WORDPLAY HAS REMAINED A HUB FOR INNOVATION IN EDUCATION. AND, YES, TYPEWRITERS, TOO. I’ll always remember sitting alongside high schoolers who had fallen through academic cracks as they crafted essays based on Edward R. Murrow’s, “This I Believe” series, then watched them sit tall as they read their work aloud in a TV studio to create podcasts for the public. I’ve watched friendships form between youth who share stories and creative spirits if not socioeconomic backgrounds and neighborhoods.

As we move forward, we are reaching out to tap new experts, new volunteers and new leaders. I’m more excited and positive about WordPlay’s future than ever, which is why I am excited to step down from my role as Board Chair and welcome a new leadership team to take WordPlay into the future. You’ll read more about our new board leadership next month in The Northsider, and I know you’ll agree WordPlay has never been in better hands. As I step aside to welcome more innovation and progress, I’d be remiss if I didn’t extend special thanks to all of those who have taken WordPlay and made it their own. From the indefatigable Libby Hunter and the rest of the board to generous Snack Fairies (and so much more) Tom and Maureen Callinan, from poet and storyteller extraordinaire Pauletta Hansel to neighbor and cheerleader Peggy Shannon, from supporters like the Schiff Family Foundation, the Haile Foundation and LPK to more artists and volunteers than I could possibly name (Elese Daniel, Desirae Hosley, Jori An, WordUp volunteers, I’m looking at you!).

rewarding to watch what started as an ambitious dream of two friends grow into something so much bigger than us that is owned by so many and destined for such success. If you haven’t visited WordPlay yet, or volunteered, or signed your child up for one of our all-free programs, I hope this bit of writing inspires you to give us a closer look. Maybe one day I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one sitting by a typewriter, reading along with a talented young author. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit: wordplaycincy.org Email: info@wordplaycincy.org Call: (513) 541-0930 Facebook: wordplaycincy

ELISSA YANCEY Elissa Yancey, MSEd, co-founder of WordPlay Cincy, is a long-time journalism professor and journalist. She works full-time as Special Projects Director/ Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She earned her Master’s in Education at Northwestern University

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HAPPEN HAPPENINGS

Northside Teens Walk for Health and Happen It’s never too early to begin developing good fitness habits, and participants in Happen’s Teen Hall will soon be taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle with a side of friendly competition and community empowerment thrown in. This April, seven Northside teens will participate in Happen’s Teen Hall Fit & Fun Fundraiser, a step counting competition to help raise money for the Happen Outside green space on Hoffner Ave.

to help them develop important job seeking skills, and by the end of March, the final seven steppers will be selected. In mid-April the teens will be given their FitBits and the competition will begin. While the teens are encouraged to walk as much as possible on their own, the program will also include the opportunity for them to go on several Northside learning walks with adult Happen, Inc. volunteers.

By using FitBit Zip pedometers donated to Happen by Barefoot Proximity, a web design and advertising agency in downtown Cincinnati, the teens will track their steps for 14 days. With each step, teens can increase their chances of winning one of several cash prizes for categories such as walking the most steps in two weeks or walking the most steps in one day. With the help of community members making a Step by Step pledge of just a penny per step, the teens can really step up for Happen, Inc. just by putting one foot in front of the other.

Once the competition is underway, teens, sponsors and community members can keep track of each participant’s step count on Happen, Inc.’s website www.happeninc. org. After the completion of the two week event, Happen will announce the winners and soon after, host a community get together at Happen Outside to celebrate the teens, sponsors and volunteers who participated in the fundraiser.

Happen’s Teen Hall is a Happen, Inc. outreach program for Northside teens where they can “have fun and make a difference” while hanging out and learning about opportunities to take part in fun, community-building activities. Any Northside teen, ages 13 - 17, who is interested in participating in Happen’s Teen Hall Fit & Fun Fundraiser is invited to come to the next Happen’s Teen Hall meeting on Saturday, February 27th at 6:00pm. The Teen Hall Meeting will be held in Happen’s studio at 4201 Hamilton Ave. After the Teen Hall Meeting, each teen will go through an interview process THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY

SNEAK PEAK: A GLIMPSE INTO LAST MONTH’S TEEN HALL RIVERBOAT DINNER AND DANCE

If you’re interested in opportunities to become a naming sponsor of Happen’s Teen Hall Fit & Fun Fundraiser or to make a Step by Step pledge for one teen’s steps for one day, please contact Happen Director, Tommy Rueff at tommy@happeninc.org. And keep your eyes on the Happen windows and the new Happen website for more information about this and other great Happen programming. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit: www.happeninc.org Call: (513) 751-2345 E-mail: admin@happeninc.org

HAPPEN, INC. Art activities for parents & children 4201 Hamilton Ave (& Chase)

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ENVIRONMENT

All You Need is Love (and Beer)

A Lesson From The Forest In Winter

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day when couples everywhere get to shove their successful relationships right in the faces of all the woefully single people in the world. Not to worry though, folks. If you find yourself alone this year, there are alternatives to awkward dates and bad candy hearts. As the great Charles M. Schulz once said: “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Wonderful idea, Mr. Schulz, but let’s take it up a notch this February and try some of these delicious chocolatey beer concoctions.

As midwinter brings arduous windchills to Northside, many of us are impatiently awaiting another change of season. The clouds continue to separate us from the presumably eternal warm panacea of the sun. The sound of scrapers across icy windshields has become a regular nuisance. We do not hibernate, but reside in a state of dormancy.

MadTree, Oakley – Rubus Cacao – Sweet chocolate and ripe raspberry are all over this decadent beer. A seasonal treat that can be found in six pack cans all over the city, perfect for some sensual enjoyment at home. Taft’s Ale House, OTR – Maverick Chocolate Porter – Much like any great relationship, this beer is all about collaboration. This fantastic chocolate beer is brewed with cacao nibs from Maverick Chocolate in OTR.

Urban Artifact, Northside – Abacus – With a name like Abacus, you can count more ways you like this beer than Tinder dates you went on last year. Tart raspberry flavor balanced by a subtle chocolatey finish. It is not often a beer this tall, dark, and mysterious offers such a refreshing drink experience. Bad Tom Smith, Linwood – Black Kettle Stout – A beer as black and flavorful as a handcrafted, artisanal, dark chocolate candy bar. With an intriguing hint of spice to round out the chocolate flavors, this beer will have your mouth tied up and begging for more. Listermann, Norwood – O-H! – Oh-My! Peanut butter. Chocolate. Literally a liquid buckeye. This beer is the perfect post-date dessert, whether you spent the evening with an actual human or your always faithful fur-beast.

BRETT KOLLMANN BAKER Bret Kollmann Baker is a Northside resident, liquid enthusiast, and Co-owner/Chief of Brewing Operations at Urban Artifact.

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For other species, winter is a tale of triumph. One species common in Northside that is testament to the strength and durability that remains through these colder months is the Great American Beech tree, Fagus grandifolia. While many trees shed their leaves during the winter, the Beech leaves remain bound to the branches after they change color. This is a process foresters call marcescence. The advantage for marcescence is debatable. One possible reason for this unique trait is that these trees grow best in dry, infertile soil that would otherwise not be suitable for most young plants to thrive. By keeping their leaves on their branches, they are not contributing nutrients to the soil. If they did, they would provide nutrients for other species that could outcompete them.

Another explanation for marcescence is that ungulates, such as white-tail deer, eat nascent buds. Ecologists have shown this attribute prevents deer from destroying the early shoots, thus preserving the trees’ energy. In a time of year when many Northsiders can use a preservation of energy, the Beech tree teaches an important lesson. We have made it past the holidays and are suffering from a longer snowy commute to work. We are getting tired of taking the shovels to the driveway. Sunlight is starting to increase, though will continue to set before 6:30 p.m. each day this month, leaving much of the sky dark. While the challenges that winter carries are too much to bear for the vast majority of plants, the Beech trees exude ambition. They preserve their energy to produce their buds and to protect them by their leaves. They do so by remaining vigilant of the present, while peering into the future warmth that will appear on the other side of this month.

MICHAEL HOFFMAN Michael drinks a gallon of coffee before noon, runs 60-100 miles per week, and spends his remaining time regretting both of those things.

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ENVIRONMENT

Warm Up Cincinnati Following the recent Paris Climate Accord, the issue of climate change seems to finally be getting some substantial attention. The reality, however, is that warming is already here and our climate is in for a major fever for the remainder of the century (and beyond). But when it comes specifically to Cincinnati, how hot can we expect it to get? In 2014, the US Global Change Research Program released just this type of information in their National Climate Assessment (nca2014globalchange.gov – check it out!) . According to this report heat will become a major factor in our dayto-day lives sooner than one would think. So… Dear Climate Change, how hot is it going to be here in Cincinnati in 2030? In 2050? Cincinnati already gets pretty hot in the summer as it is now, but this past year, while the rest of the world was sweating, we had a mild summer. Don’t expect that to continue. Part of the problem here in Cincinnati is the humidity. When it is hot but the air is quite dry (low humidity), we can still be fairly comfortable outside. This is because humans are great at sweating. When humidity is low our sweat evaporates easily and keeps us cool. However, when it is humid, our sweat is much less effective. And Cincinnati loves its humidity. The number that accounts for both temperate and humidity together is called the Heat Index. A Heat Index above 90 is labeled as “Extreme Caution.” The truth is, we already hit this level in Cincinnati. An example in 2015 would be July 14, when we had a high of 90 degrees THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY

with a humidity of 54 percent. This calculates to a heat index of 96. Things really get crazy when the Heat Index goes above 104, which is labeled “Danger.” Doesn’t it seem like “Extreme Caution” sounds worse than “Danger”? Well I guess Meteorologists didn’t think so. In 2015, we only had a single day, July 18, which landed us in the “Danger” category. The high temperature was 91 degrees with a humidity of 63 percent, which calculates to a Heat Index of 104 – just made it into that “Danger” category. By 2030, the number of days where the Heat Index reaches this “Danger” category will be much more frequent. According to a recent projection created by Climate Central, around 2030, we will be experiencing at least 11 of these “Danger” days per year. And by 2050, it could be as high at 50 days. Imagine an entire month where it is actually dangerous to go outside during the afternoon. Afternoon Reds’ baseball games will be cancelled or moved to nighttime. The Flying Pig Marathon will be moved up from May to April. And you’re going to see more of those warnings against gassing up your car during the day because of smog (ozone). A lot more. So you may be cold today but get ready for the heat, Cincinnati!

CASEY MOOTHART Casey Moothart is new to Northside. His family unproudly owns a VW “clean” diesel. Also he is a Pediatrician.

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CINCINNATI 5:

ARTISTS IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY PARIS, LONDON, NORTHSIDE. FEW PLACES INCUBATE ART LIKE THE NEXUS OF I-74 AND I-75. The neighborhood’s unique mix of urban and intellectual, history and modernity, provides fertile ground for boundless creativity. Case in point: Artist/author Emily Moores’ new book: Cincinnati 5: Artists Impacting the Community. The book seeks to celebrate “five artists whose work has built community in the City of Cincinnati.” A companion exhibition at Wave Pool will coincide with the book’s release, and include all five artists: Pam Kravetz, Mark Patsfall, Michael Stillion, Terence Hammonds and Future Retrieval (Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis). It should come as no surprise that Northside features prominently in the work. Moores, a Northsider, enlisted a panel of local art luminaries, who in turn chose five exemplary and civicminded artists. Along with Moores, panelist Maria Seda-Reeder and artists Terence Hammonds, Katie Parker, and Guy Michael Davis all live and work in Northside. 8

Moores earned her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to her work with Cincinnati 5, she’s exhibited at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), as well as in Cleveland and Austin, Texas, among others. Her installation work juxtaposes the everyday with the fantastic. Paper, plastic and wire arrange into fractal, organic shapes which explore society’s often-destructive relationships to nature and femininity. Cincinnati 5 panelist Maria SedaReeder fosters the next generation of artists as an adjunct instructor with University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). As a founding member of the Near*By Curatorial Collective, SedaReeder helps bring art out from gallery spaces and into the larger community. Seda-Reeder is also an accomplished freelance writer and regular contributor to CityBeat newspaper. Through her writing and curatorial work, Seda-Reeder

builds Cincinnati’s art community from Northside to Kentucky and beyond. It speaks volumes that artist Terence Hammonds, educated at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and no stranger to European galleries, chooses to live in Northside. A Cincinnati native, Hammonds grew up informed by a city rich with Italianate Architecture and patterns. This sense of history informs his work as director of Rookwood’s silkscreening department. Just as he learned as a School for Creative and Performing Arts student under printmaker Mark Patsfall, Hammonds’ position at Rookwood has him overseeing the interns who will build the Cincinnati of tomorrow. Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis’s partnership began in the Kansas City Art Institute’s pottery BFA program. Their shared passion for the laborintensive beauty of ceramic has sustained a fruitful personal and professional partnership. After earning

Ceramics BFAs from the The Ohio State University, Parker and Davis made the trek down I-71 and found home in Northside. Both work shaping the future of Queen City art as faculty with UC’s DAAP college, Parker an Assistant Professor and Davis an Annualized Assistant Professor. Their work challenges what is possible in porcelain. For their Grand Theft exhibition at The Carnegie in Covington, Ky., Parker and Davis used a 3D scanner to digitally map famous American works. They then re-created the works in porcelain, presenting the old in a revolutionary new light. Cincinnati 5: Artists Impacting the Community by Emily Moores will be released on Feb. 20. A companion exhibit will take place from 7-10 p.m. on the same day at Wave Pool, 2940 Colerain Ave. in Camp Washington.

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Future Retrieval | Stilled Life 2011 | Porcelain, china paint, and luster, 10’ x 35’ x 15’

Terence Hammond | Stand up! organize 2011 | Screen print on paper 18 24 x 24” panels

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AT THE MARKET

Getting Rooty A WINTER VEGETABLE PIZZA RECIPE The “root vegetable” category contains a wide variety of foods. You probably eat a few of them at least once a week, like: sweet potatoes, potatoes, radishes, carrots, and carrots. Others you may have never even tried: turnip, rutabaga, celeriac, daikon radish, or Jerusalem artichoke. Still others we enjoy and may not even think of as “root vegetables” include: onions, garlic, ginger, and horseradish. The common thread between all of these vegetables (besides the obvious one that they are, in fact, all roots of a plant) is that they store well for winter, or else can grow in cool temperatures. The root vegetable makes up the bulk of our local foods diet in the winter. Many have vitamins C, A, and B, along with antioxidants, which also makes them a healthy part of our cool weather diet. These vegetables can get boring about now, though. After all, how many

different ways can you prepare a sweet potato? Below, you’ll find a couple of ideas for using winter vegetables on your next pizza night. You can find all of the ingredients at the Northside Farmers Market every Wednesday! First, start off with pizza dough. You can make your own, pick up raw dough or prepared crusts at the store, or use Blue Oven Bread’s new pita bread from the market. Then top your pizza with one of these two inseason combinations.

Brussels Sprouts provide a surprising delicious hint of green to a pizza.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit: www.northsidefm.org.

ANA BIRD Ana Bird is the Manager of the Northside Farmers Market. She loves to garden, to eat, and learn about regional foods. She also teaches ballet to children in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

Our vendor Cucina Della Patrizia preserved tomatoes using her authentic Italian recipe.

Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizza

Potato, Turnip, and Sweet Potato Pizza

• Tomato sauce

• Tomato Sauce

• Shredded mozzarella cheese

• Very thinly sliced turnip, potato, and sweet potatoes (place so edges overlap a little)

• Caramelized onions (thinly slice onions, then sauté in olive oil over medium/low heat until they turn slightly brown and turn sweet, about 20 minutes)

• Ricotta cheese (dollop across the top of the pizza) • Chopped rosemary sprigs

• Halved Brussels sprouts (while the onions are caramelizing, remove outer leaves of Brussels sprouts, wash and halve, then steam for a few minutes until just tender)

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BUSINESS

Linking Work and Play Tech Startup finds a home in Northside Coworking Space In his 2016 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama said, “Companies in a global economy can be located anywhere.” Advances in the digital realm and online communication have revolutionized worker culture, sparked the entrepreneurial spirit, and enabled location-flexible workers. Recognizing these trends, coworking spaces have popped up to accommodate the rise of independent workers looking for flexible, budget-conscious office space. In May of 2015, Playground Coworks opened in the space above the Northside Tavern on Hamilton Avenue. A vibrant new coworking space, it offers individual desks, meeting space, and Fiber Internet. When it opened, available desks quickly filled, according to founder Ollie Kroner. A third-floor expansion is underway to make room for more. “There is an energy and buzz around entrepreneurship in the neighborhood, and we wanted to create an environment for that in Northside,” said Kroner. “There are many people with creative projects or working independently in Northside. You might be freelancing out of a coffee shop, but this is an opportunity to be part of a community.” CoupSmart, a Cincinnati-based startup focused on social media to run marketing campaigns, is one of the companies embracing coworking in Northside. Blake Shipley, founder of CoupSmart, and Client Success Manager Kristina Hoeffer, recently settled into Playground as their new headquarters. “We found the space affordable and flexible, so we can grow here,” said Shipley.

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CoupSmart is another response to the changing digital landscape. Between the rise of social media and the decline of television ownership, the landscape of advertising is dynamic, and businesses need to adapt their marketing strategies. “We use social media to help businesses identify their target demographic, and hone in on people that support them,” said Shipley. “We use coupon campaigns to help identify supporters, and use that information to inform larger marketing decisions.” Hoffer adds, “We want businesses to generate their own traffic by targeting people who already support businesses versus one-time deal seekers.” There are benefits to being located in Northside. Shipley and Hoeffer are interested in engaging with local businesses in the neighborhood to help beta test new software features, such as managing their own campaigns via a Campaign Creator Tool.

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“We would like to get several small businesses together to take a look at Northside business patrons, and find out where they are coming from.” said Shipley. “What are their interests? How did they hear about this business?” Shipley and Hoeffer are enjoying their presence in the Northside community and are excited for the opportunity to combine forces with local businesses. Playground is also home to a number of other businesses, including jewelry designers, web developers, home brewers, treehouse builders, and music producers. FOR MORE INFORMATION, Visit: www.playgroundcoworks.com and www.coupsmart.com

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Go Go Buffalo and Black Pharaoh Team Up at Urban Artifact On the heels of being escorted out of Bogart’s after their performance at CityBeat’s Best New Bands Showcase, psychedelic-rock group, Go Go Buffalo, is eager to take the stage at Urban Artifact with Black Pharaoh. Lesson learned - some venues don’t appreciate lighting a dollar bill on fire and having your lead singer, Jeremy Moore, eat its remains. “We don’t really, necessarily put on a ‘normal’ rock show,” said Moore. “It is not normal to any stretch of the imagination so in (Northside) I definitely think the community is more receptive and less offended by the things we do on stage, or some of the stuff we come out with.” Go Go Buffalo consists of brothers Jeremy and Tyler Moore; Graham Lang

and Jason Drennan. They reflected back to nearly a year ago, when they claimed to hardly know anyone in the local music scene and how flattered they are to gain a lot of traction. “There is a novelty thing, in the beginning when you just start being in a band—but after awhile you start to get really comfortable on stage,” said Lang. “If we start to get unsatisfied with our music we find a way to make it fun. We are not here to simply punch in a time clock. We are in it because we love making creative work.” There has been a learning process, where it has become apparent that they have more freedom to do what they want in smaller DIY communities, like Northside. Urban Artifact seems to be an ideal

setting for Go Go Buffalo to unleash a set design that is similar to the concept, rock ‘n’ roll meets Broadway. Also, Moore plans to assume the role of egomaniacal politician, Donald Trump, during the show. There is no doubt that the amount of preparation Go Go Buffalo puts into its live performances won’t transcend into wrapping up their first LP. Set to be released in April, their LP will be accompanied by a comic book, courtesy of graphic designer Abbey Flory. Joining Go Go Buffalo is a soulful rock group named Black Pharaoh, which features Nate Wells on vocals and guitar, drummer Eric Dressell, bassist Tim Boggs, lead guitarist Will Pope, and Bob Coleman on keys. Wells is very interested to play with Go Go Buffalo for the first time, because he believes they are adding the “piss and vinegar” that has been lacking in Cincinnati’s music scene. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Go Go Buffalo because they are doing what they want to do and this is a really hard city to do that in because there are a lot of cliques,” said Wells. “That’s one thing that I think is (expletive) because it is very segregated. I want people to pull together a little bit more. I think it would be really awesome to walk into a bar and see a rap act play with a punk band, followed by a jazz group.” Black Pharaoh took a year off so that members could pursue other projects. But, they have been back together for the last ten months and have been intensively recording the entire time.

boardist. Coleman adds a completely different element to the band because he is classically trained, compared to the other members stemming from rock ‘n’ roll backgrounds. Many of the lyrics on this upcoming album have been brewing in Wells’ journal for years and were written around the time the recession hit. “I really feel like songs shouldn’t be rushed, songs will finish themselves,” said Wells. He adds, “Concept is a really strong word and, when people hear that, they expect a story. But really it is a theme, about growing up in a Midwest City and seeing the rising heroin epidemic take people you know and seeing poverty hit people you didn’t expect it to hit.” Black Pharaoh is embracing the visual aspect of its album so that it becomes a cohesive final product. Artist Jarrod Warf created a dark and otherworldly album cover, inspired by sharing lyrics from the entire album, front-to-back, with no song titles, to let him read it in an essay format. The group plans to incorporate some cover songs as a tribute to the recent passing of several rock idols - idols that helped mold the framework that Black Pharaoh uses to create music. Prepare to be shocked, bewildered and above all, entertained at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Urban Artifact with Go Go Buffalo and Black Pharaoh.

KYLEY FREDRICK

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OPINION

The Mysteries of Cancer Care in Cincinnati: Part 1 I am plunged back into anxiety. A family member has relapsed. The cancer has returned or, more accurately, sprouted in new areas. More treatment. More uncertainty. More stubbornness. My family member faces this new reality alone. No one is by his side. No one holds his hand. No words of support to counter the harsh words of reality. Just another ticket to a ride into the abyss. We do talk on the phone. The phone is the bridge to hope, despair, and magic. In the absence of telling the future with certainty, we dance in the ambiguity, darting this way to courage, that way to fear, and upward to a leap to faith. I have been on a journey with family members into the world of cancer these last two years. Our experience has been a lens to stare into the face of health care for everyone in dire need. Having experienced care that cannot be called a success, I am left too often to think about those who have also entered the health care system without any road map. Income is irrelevant in cancer care. The poor and minorities and women are dying in greater numbers. Too many working poor are making choice-less choices: food or medicine? But for the middle class and the

upper class, those with “good” health insurance, the choices are not fundamentally different: There is no evidence about which hospitals are best, little about what doctors have good track records, no agreement about what will be my quality of life, and ongoing confusion about whether or not insurance will cover most of the expenses. These questions poke into our minds and deepen the pain. I am driven back to the basics, the questions that choke belief in the authority of doctors and hospitals: Why is isolation, uncertainty, and professional mis-direction the status quo of medicine, health care, and the patient’s quality of life? And, most importantly, why hasn’t something like patient navigation, helping the patient gain confidence in making choices, emerged alongside medicine, nursing, social work, and counseling? Blaming the Victors: Who wins by keeping caring at such little value? Clearly, the systems go on providing employment, procedures, and opportunities for magic to happen. “Modern medicine discourages doctors from getting to know the human beings they are treating,”

said Raymond Barfield, professor of medicine and theology at Duke University. “A physician is given twenty minutes with a patient, and then the doctor’s performance is judged based on how much revenue was generated for the medical institution.”

and procedures really at the top level? Who can verify that the doctors have successes with similar kinds of treatment? Who knows whether certain treatments can extend life and have a group of people who have had the treatments and are still around?

So what does medicine and health care win from this orientation? Is what matters totally consumed by finances, day in and day out? Is this focus on dollars the main reason that every cancer hospital presents itself as capable of working with every kind of cancer?

As adults, we are faced with measures of health care competence that are nothing more than magazine popularity contests and we are reduced to choosing the most well-known. The insurance companies are also closed doors to knowledge about what really works well. Why insurance companies have been silent partners in undermining the confidence and education of the cancer patient is a question worthy of exploration.

According to the accrediting agencies for cancer programs, there is no top cancer program in Cincinnati. In the State of Ohio, only The James in Columbus at The Ohio State University Medical School and Cleveland Clinic have achieved a top ranking. Yet, the patient in Cincinnati who wants to stay in Cincinnati has to struggle with the puzzle parts of every cancer program and hospital. Even one part of the puzzle might help with other parts. For example, are the outcomes for breast cancer better for patients at University of Cincinnati Medical Center than Good Samaritan Hospital and why? Or, are only some doctors, programs,

Finally, what are we to expect from the American Cancer Society? In some cities, the ACS has underwritten patient navigators and played a vital role in helping patients. Where are they in Cincinnati? When should patients and doctors and nurses and social workers refer to their excellent materials? Who knows?

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WELLNESS

Northside Christian Church

Gimme Some Sugar The Link Between Sugar Cravings and Boredom

Probably few people in Northside know the historical significance to the community of the Christian Church located at 4114 Fergus Street. Northside Christian Church traces its origin all the way back to 1832. In its infancy it worshipped in a building on West Fork Road. Then in 1870 it moved to its present location on Fergus Street. It was an exciting time for the church as it thrived in its beautiful new sanctuary. The daughters of Israel Ludlow (a prominent Cincinnatian) had donated the land for the new church. People came from all over the city to worship. The church was one of the first core congregations representing a new unity movement in America known as The Restoration Movement. The aim was to unite Christians on the basis of the simple pattern of the early church described in the New Testament. Its members described themselves as “Christians only, but not the only Christians.” By that they meant not to reject other Christian denominations. They simply chose to wear the name “Christian” without the added descriptors of Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, or other designations. It was an idea that excited many and the church grew exponentially. Although the core of the movement was in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the movement spread all over the United States. Institutions like Christian Theological 14

Seminary in Indianapolis, Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, and even Cincinnati Christian University in Price Hill trace their origin to the American Restoration Movement. There are now thousands of churches and hundreds of schools, colleges, and universities tied to this early plea for Christian unity. Who knew that the church on a side street in Northside had such a rich history? Some of the names associated with the early history of the church are Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, Walter Scott, David Burnett and others. Some of the early leaders are buried in Spring Grove Cemetery. Imagine what it must have been like to see horses and buggies tied up along Fergus, Knowlton, and Lingo streets as people came to worship. Before air conditioning, the church’s beautiful pipe organ filled the summer air as its windows and doors were open to the neighborhood. Today, Northside Christian Church is still alive and well after nearly 200 years of history. Each Sunday the church meets for worship at 10:30 a.m. They fellowship together afterward with coffee and pastries in the church hall. If you are drawn to the idea of worshipping in a traditional and yet intimate setting in a beautiful old sanctuary – you would probably enjoy the church.

WAYNE HUNTER Pastor, Northside Christian Church

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I see sugary candies saturating the grocery store and eventually making their way to my watering mouth. Just like many people, I do sometimes have a desire for sugary things. I can simply glance at a package of Sour Patch Kids and I salivate. Sugar cravings - who doesn’t struggle with them? A sugar craving is the body’s way of signaling that it needs energy. We consume sugar, experience a “sugar rush”, and then we crash. This may lead to a cycle throughout the day where we consume something sugary; we become hungry again after an hour, and then consume more sugar. These “simple sugars,” such as Oreo cookies and sugary sodas, do not provide the energy we need to get through the day. One simple solution is to increase intake of naturally sweet foods like cooked carrots, corn, beets, squash and fruit. In some cases, a sugar craving may be a sign that we are craving something more from life. It may be a sign that we are bored. When do you find yourself most craving sugar? Is it when you’re sitting in front of your computer at work all day? Or perhaps it’s at home when no one else is around and the television wins out for the night’s entertainment. I know that for me, a sugar craving comes when I’m feeling down or lonely. I notice that when I give myself the space to feel those feelings through, the sugar craving passes. I realize it is just a temporary desire for something that I am capable of fulfilling without the need for unhealthy foods.

Here are some tips on how to curb sugar cravings: 1. Crowd Out: Instead of depriving yourself completely of sugary foods, try adding in more naturally sweet foods like raw honey with rice cakes, fruits, and sweet vegetables. 2. Add More Creativity: If you sense that your sugar cravings are linked to boredom, add a fun and creative project or hobby to your life. Daily journaling, knitting, drawing or taking cooking classes may add some spice into your life. 3. Practice More Self-Love: Take yourself out on a date. Buy yourself some flowers. Celebrate yourself. Sugar cravings may be a sign of needing more time for yourself. For more tips on how to overcome sugar cravings, join me from 1-3 p.m. pm Saturday, Feb. 13 at Taylor Jameson Salon, 4200 Hamilton Ave. Northside, for our Loving the Self: Wellness and Beauty Tips for the Valentine Inside workshop. Cost is by donation only. Refreshments provided. Registration required. Please contact Jen VanLandingham at jenlouvan@ yahoo.com.

JEN VANLANDINGHAM Jen VanLandingham is a Certified, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach located in Cincinnati. For more information on upcoming workshops, visit www.myhealthpower.net.

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WELLNESS

Inspired to Inspire I’d like to introduce you to a group of twelve remarkable people that I had the privilege of meeting in 1989. Among them were a dentist, a grocery store owner, a teacher, several housewives, and a young woman of nineteen. The oldest was over 70. All were from different backgrounds, with different hopes, dreams and aspirations, with this exception: They all wanted to live and to have the highest quality of life possible given their circumstances. They all were fighting for their lives after receiving a diagnosis of cancer. The dentist had been diagnosed with melanoma; the 32-year-old high school teacher, a terminal brain tumor; the nineteen-year-old, lymphoma. Two of the women had breast cancer. Back in 1989, the prognosis for each of these people was very bad. But they also held this in common: even if their condition was 95 percent terminal, they believed they could be among the five percent who survived. AND they were going to do everything in their power to make sure that was true.

With my guidance as facilitator and coach, this cancer support group learned how to use visualization to strengthen their immune systems to ward off unwanted effects of radiation and chemotherapy. They learned how to get from their doctors the kind of information they needed in order to be in charge of their healing teams. They learned how to be difficult patients in the hospital when necessary for their own well-being, and how to fire a doctor when they could not get from the doctor what they needed. Each member became an expert on the particular kind of cancer they were experiencing. They sought adjunct/alternative therapies in addition to traditional treatments. They chose which therapies they believed in, and rejected those they did not. They learned how to take a sabbatical from friends and family that contributed to their fear, anxiety and dread, and filled their lives with people who were hopeful and supportive. Over the course of four years the group changed. New people joined, others left, some of whom had unexpected total healing. The dentist whose prognosis was 95 percent terminal has been cancer free for many years. This group was on the leading edge over 25 years

ago. Today more and more members of the medical community recognize that their clients’ beliefs, attitudes and ability to exert some kind of control greatly contribute to positive outcomes. What actions could you take, and what beliefs could you change that could make a positive difference in your health?

LARRY M.WELLS Larry R. Wells, M.Div, MSW, is a master practitioner and certified trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming, an executive coach and a corporate consultant. Wells has worked with schools, churches, for-profit and non-profit corporations as well as with individuals. He is a partner in Future Life Now, a practice in Northside.

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SCREEN Happen Kid Film Critics: Extraordinary Tales

This breathtaking animated film focuses on the dazzling stories from Edgar Allen Poe. Mixed with violence and grim stories, this film is a remarkable glance at his work. - Henry The tales that Poe made were quite unusual, but also very clever. The artwork and music were really good. - Cole

After months of reviewing horror comedy mashups (Abbot & Costello encountering classic movie monsters) and short television movie adaptations from a contemporary master of the form (Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes), Extraordinary Tales offers the chance to delve into the work of the legendary Edgar Allan Poe, using a mesmerizing mix of animation styles and the vocal talents of A-list performers like Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Guillermo Del Toro, and Julian Sands. This new DVD/Blu-Ray release from GKids and Cinedigm arrives courtesy of the producers of the Oscar nominated animated features Ernest

& Celestine and Song of the Sea, and Happen’s Kid Critics are here to tell you if this anthology will leave your heart cold with fear. Prepare for creepy re-imaginings of The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar. –TT Stern-Enzi Each month, Happen’s Kid Film Critics receive their own Happen film critic packet and a press badge. TT Stern-Enzi, Cincinnati film critic, provides insight about the film and guides the children as they write reviews. Read the reviews, and be sure to watch!

Extraordinary Tales brings Edgar Allen Poe’s best stories to life using different mediums and narrators. I’ve never been one for horror, but these retellings definitely make it a thrill to watch. I am torn between scared, awed and deeply respectful for Edgar Allen Poe. Extraordinary Tales has completely blown me away. - ­­Luci I loved the way they changed the graphics with each story. The tales were slightly predictable and hard to understand. I recommend this for people who love dark and creepy (not scary) stories. - Maxwell ­ This movie really captured the Edger Allen Poe aspect of the story they were copying off of. - Gwen

EVENTS 2-8-16 / Hawks, Owls & Falcons Northside Library. All ages. 4 pm. 2.13.16 / Amend, Works in Acrylic A collection of acrylic pieces focusing on pattern, color and the abstract landscape. Featuring live music by Todd Juengling. Future Life Now: 4138 Hamilton Ave, Suite B. Free. 6:30-8:30 pm.

15% of your bill goes to CAIN. Mention it when you order. Bistro Grace: 4034 Hamilton Avenue. 4 pm-close. 2.18.16 / Starting Seeds Workshop Learn how to start seeds for the garden. 2715 Reading Road. Free. 3:30-5 pm.

Annual Free Reuse Event Join your neighbors for this fun, fastpaced, casual event to build community and save reusable goods from the landfill! Sort your own items, and then take home whatever you need. NorthChurch Hall: 4222 Hamilton Avenue. Admission is FREE with at least two reusable items. Noon-4 pm.

2.14.16 / Ruth’s Parkside Café: Burning Caravan of Love Dinner and Dance Featuring a buffet and the hot gypsy jazz of Burning Caravan. For tickets, call 513-542-7884. $30/cash bar. 5:30 pm.

2.20.16 / Ravine to Freedom Traverse the only “undeveloped local escape route” associated with the Underground Railroad. LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve: 5400 Lanius Lane. Children ages 10+. Free with reservations. Call 513-542-2909. 6-8 pm.

2.15.16 / Evening Arts Create a Chinese Lantern Festival craft! Northside Library. All ages. 6 pm.

2.24.16 / Afternoon Art Create art for National Wild Bird feeding Month! Northside Library. All ages. 4 pm.

2.29.16 / Road to Freedom A PowerPoint presentation covering the historic Underground Railroad sites along the Hamilton Avenue Corridor in the communities of Northside, College Hill, North College Hill and Mt Healthy. Northside Branch Library. Free. 6:30-7:30 pm.

2.16.16 / Party with a Purpose: CAIN Get some dinner, and benefit CAIN!

2.27.16 / Family Movie: Gnomeo & Juliet Northside Library. All ages. 3 pm.

Every Wednesday / Movers & Shakers Weekly sensory “play” classes for

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6 to 18 month olds, led by our early childhood specialist. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center: 4244 Hamilton Ave. $10/class. 9:45 am. Every Wednesday / Preschool Storytime Enjoy books, songs, activities and more, while building early literacy skills. Northside Library. Ages: 3-6. 10am. Every Wednesday / Jumping Beans Beginner music & movement class for 12 to 35 month olds. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center: 4244 Hamilton Ave. $10/class. 10:30 am. Every Tuesday / Crawlers & Climbers Unique development class for 9 to 24 month olds. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center: 4244 Hamilton Ave. $10/class. 11:15 am. THE NORTHSIDER MONTHLY


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