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COMMUNITY

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12 EDUCATION

Area Teens Build Confidence & Friendship

NCC PRESIDENT - 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

13 HEALTH

Tips For Staying Healthy During The Winter

14 OPINION

11 FEATURE PEOPLE OF NORTHSIDE -

Maybe We Won’t Get Another Chance

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SHOP LOCAL -HOLIDAY COUPONS -YOUR SHOPPING CHECKLIST -MAP OF NORTHSIDE

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COMMUNITY NEWS -CAIN HONORED AS TOP-RATED -FARMER’S HOTEL TILE -BARRIO TEQUILERIA REOPENED -NEW LOUNGE IN NORTHSIDE -NORTHSIDE-COLLEGE HILL KIWANIS -2014 YEAR IN REVIEW -HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM HAPPEN

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CONTRIBUTORS

WRITERS:

Casey Whitten-Amadon, Steve Sunderland, Don Beimesch, MiMi Chamberlin, Ollie Kroner, Remi Walz, Mary Kroner, Arwa Atwan, Livia Stinson, Brandon E. Niehau, Bryan Shupe, TT Stern-Enzi & the Happen Film Critics.

Artwork: Debra Maloney, Chris Glass, Happen Inc., Tina Gutierrez, Andrea Millette, PAR-Projects, Steven Metz, Marie Knecht, Andrea Millette, Brenda Richardson.

Volunteer advisory committee: Jeni Jenkins, James Kinsman, James Heller-Jackson, Barry Schwartz, Karen Andrew, Mark Christol

Publisher, layout, Design and management

PEOPLE OF NORTHSIDE -CHEF HARVEY GERMAIN

Jeni Jenkins of Uncaged Bird Design Studio

EDUCATION | WORDPLAY -YOUTH POETRY PROGRAM

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HEALTH & WELLNESS| -STAY HEALTHY DURING THE WINTER

OPINION -APPLE STREET MARKET -SOCIAL INJUSTICE

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VERSE & PROSE -FEELING SO GOOD -EPISODE 3

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NORTHSIDE SCENE -EVENTS CALENDAR-DECEMBER

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delivery team Riccardo Taylor, Sue Wilke, Stephen Davis, SaraLynne Thoresen, ThoraLynne McKinney, Mati Senerchia, Noeli Senerchia, Jacob Walker, Jared Walker, Isaac Hunter, Evan Hunter, Owen Hunter, Kirah Hickman, Margaret Roe.

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NORTHSIDE TIDBITS Grant Funding Available for Northside! Grant funds are available to homeowners in Northside through the Cincinnati Lead Education and Remediation Program (CLEAR). The CLEAR Program is designed to protect Cincinnati’s young children from exposure to lead-based paint in their homes. Paint in homes built before 1978 might contain lead. Lead is poisonous. Deteriorating lead-based paint can create a toxic dust. It is especially harmful to children. Lead poisoning is the number one environmental health hazard to children under the age of six and is 100% preventable! Assistance from this program often includes window replacement or treatment, as original wood windows in poor condition can be a major source of lead hazards in homes built before 1978. FOR MORE INFO: To apply for the grant, or to receive more information, please contact People Working Cooperatively at (513) 366-4699.

Needed: one on one tutors for students at Chase Elementary Research shows that students who can’t read by 4th grade are 4 times more likely to drop out. Once you learn to read, you read to learn. It is not a lack of intelligence that holds students back, but rather a lack of support systems and role models. Will you change a child’s life by simply sharing your valuable skill of reading with them, and by becoming that support system and role model they need to succeed? North Church and the community, for our fifth year, are providing one on one tutors for students at Chase Elementary. We meet at the school on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00pm. You only have to commit to one of the days. All you have to do is show up, turn your cell phone off, and spend an hour helping a child learn to read and do simple math. All the training and supplies are provided. FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Joann Ashley, joann.ashley75@gmail. com or Gary Loomans, garyloomans@gmail.com to sign up or for more

Needed: northsider management We are looking for one person to take over managing the Northsider Monthly each month. Duties Include: Managing Writers and Photographers, Managing Advertising Sales, Publication Layout and Design, Managing website content, Managing Newspaper Delivery. FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Jeni Jenkins, 513-885-0504 or by email: northsidermonthly@gmail.com

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Organizational structure: Northsider, LLC. is a Nonprofit Limited Liability Company overseen by the Northside Community Council. The Northside Community Council is a volunteer, community-based organization that provides an opportunity for all individuals and groups in the community to participate in Northside’s present and to chart Northside’s future. As such, it is committed to bringing people of diverse backgrounds and opinions together in an atmosphere that fosters cooperation and communication.

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your Handy map of Northside businesses and organizations

When you head out to shop for your loved ones, make sure you check out these Northside shops, restaurants, and establishments for gift certificates and/or fun gifts:

Bistro Grace Black Plastic Boswell’s Casablanca Vintage Chicken Lays an Egg The Comet Craft Village Django Western Taco Fabricate Future Life Now Galaxy Skate Shop Happen’s Toy Lab Happy Chicks Bakery Joseph Clark Gallery The Kitchen Factory The Listing Loon The Littlefield Market Side Mercantile Mayday Melt Eclectic Cafe Shake It Records Spun Bicycles Tacocracy Tantrum Northside Grange Pet & Urban Farm Supply Northside Hardware Northside Surplus Northside Tavern NVISION Object by Modology Picnic and Pantry Ruth’s Parkside Café Sidewinder Coffee The Urban Legend Institute at Wordplay designed & provided by Chris Glass

list Compiled BY mary kroner

downloadable at chrisglass.com/northside/

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community news|CAIN HONORED AS 2014 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT – AGAIN!

NORTHSIDE NONPROFIT WINS AWARD OF RECOGNITION FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT YEAR

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he GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards began in 2009. In the social media era, millions of people have already discovered that a review by someone who has gone to a restaurant or tried out a doctor is a useful way to evaluate the suitability of those services. GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Reviews on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year. CAIN, at 4230 Hamilton Ave., has participated since 2009 and has earned a spot on the Top-Rated list each year. Reviews by guests, volunteers, donors and supporters show the on-the-ground results of CAIN right here in Northside.

CAIN is a neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community. CAIN extends compassionate hospitality to households who are low-income and under-resourced through food and other necessities, meals, and shelter - offered as tangible expressions of God’s love.

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Here is a sampling of reviews: FROM TWO GUESTS: “ I’ve had trouble making ends meet for all of my adult life…CAIN’s food pantry almost …helped me stretch my grocery budget when I’ve had some money and helped me to stave off starvation when I haven’t. I’m looking forward to visiting tomorrow morning as I write this, and that anticipated opportunity to receive free food has figured into how I planned meals this month.” “ They are great people at CAIN and very nice and helpful when I need help with food I love going there always make you comfortable loving people.” FROM A VOLUNTEER: “ CAIN continues to dig deeper and find creative, impactful ways to serve the needs of those most vulnerable in Northside. It is an integral part of the unique culture that makes Northside, ‘Northside’. The experience of serving at CAIN has been life informing and rewarding.” FROM A DONOR: “ CAIN doesn’t just serve as an emergency mission, it’s a part of the community, providing neighborhood dinners, having a presence at the farmer’s market, and engaging all members of the community from volunteer appreciation parties to offering maps during the neighborhood garage sale. They go above and beyond in all aspects of their outreach and are a testament to

CAIN has been a top-rated non-profit since 2009 when the awards began.

how a neighborhood nonprofit should operate.” FROM A GUEST, VOLUNTEER AND DONOR! “ The community of Northside is fortunate to have a place where they can get so much help in one place! It’s not just about the food….it’s about caring and personal hygiene products... It’s about compassion and knowing someone is praying for you... It’s about patience and someone helping to fill out the tax forms you could not do for yourself.... It’s about warmth and being able to get clothes for your family..... It’s about kindness and help with a resume’ so you can get back to work and on your feet.... It’s about love.... something every guest who visits CAIN experiences from the time they enter the door until they leave.....” CAIN is honored to serve the

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Northside community and welcomes your help by donating or volunteering year-round to help your neighbors in need. FOR MORE INFO: To learn more go to www.cainministry. org and click on the Great Reviews badges, Volunteer or Donate tabs. CAIN - Churches Active In Northside 4230 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223 (513) 591-2246 Visit: www.cainministry.org to donate, volunteer or read or write reviews!

MiMi Chamberlin MiMi is CAIN’s Executive Director and has served the Northside community for over 21 years.


community news| CNCURC’S NEW RELEASE FARMER’S HOTEL TILE

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uilt in 1869, the Farmer’s Hotel, at 4000 Colerain Ave., in Northside, is the last remaining structure associated with the city of Cincinnati’s vibrant and once-flourishing pork industry that earned the city the name “Porkopolis” in the country. Deemed an historic building, efforts to save the Farmer’s Hotel recently surfaced in 2013 when the city declared the building a public nuisance eligible for demolition. Since then, the building was voted as one of the Cincinnati Historic Preservation’s “Top 50” local historic places and stabilization, funded through the Port Authority of Greater Cincinnati, was recently completed. Brenda Richardson’s beautiful hand craftsmanship captures the exquisite detail of the building as it looked back

in its heyday when farmers would herd their pigs, often on foot, to market downtown from distances as far away as Oxford, Ohio, staying a various hotels on the multiple day trek. A must-have, for all historically minded individuals, these wonderfully brick red glazed 8’ x 8’ crafted tiles are available through special order for $45 each and will soon be available for purchase at The Grange located at 4116 Hamilton Ave. Edition is limited to 200. FOR MORE INFO: To order, contact Stefanie at (513) 5424709. All proceeds support Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation’s (CNCURC) efforts to increase homeownership through the rehabilitation of vacant, blighted buildings in Northside.

Brenda Richardson’s hand-crafted tile. Photo: Brenda Richardson.

community news| NEW RELEASE - BARRIO TEQUILERIA OFFICIALLY REOPENED

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nder new ownership and management, the restaurant, at 3937 Spring Grove Ave, offers Tex-Mex-style food, prepared with all fresh ingredients and genuine flare. With some updated offerings, Barrio Owner/Operator Thomas Placke says that he feels the smoked wings, house cured-smoked bacon, and Texas style smoked beef brisket chili will soon be a huge customer favorite. An impressive selection of imported tequilas, and specialty cocktails, such as the Helltown Hooch (named after Northside), Pineapple Mint Margarita and Mango Habane-

ro Margarita are sure to warm any palate. Barrio offers a family-friendly environment that is sure to entertain with some fun dessert additions and delightful non-alcoholic libations such as the Strawberry Cucumber Lemonade. The new owners, 3TC Entertainment, have collaborated over this vision and have determined that it will improve with every passing season. Currently you will find a patio full of fire pits and lounge chairs, but as soon as the weather breaks, the outside dog-friendly bar and patio will be

in full swing complete with outdoor games, tiki torches and weekly specials. Also look forward to the roastyour-own-s’mores menu and special treats for your furry friends. It’s sure to be a neighborhood comfort locale that develops new friendships and restores old. In commitment to the neighborhood, Barrio will continue with fan favorites such as open mic jazz on Tuesdays, trivia night on Wednesdays, and karaoke Thursdays. Barrio will also offer live music nights and delve into the local Northside character by

showcasing local artists and talent. Furthermore, the new owners feel a strong social commitment. They will be selecting a variety of charitable non-profit organizations in which to collaborate with and donate a percentage of their sales. They look forward to being a part of and engaging the community. Kick start your holiday season with us in the warmth and ambience of what will feel like a mini vacation. For More Info: Stop In: 3937 Spring Grove Ave Call: (513) 541-6400

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community news| TILLIE RETURNS NEW LOUNGE IN NORTHSIDE

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illie’s Lounge, at 4042 Hamilton Ave., is named after a beloved Cincinnati entertainer, Tillie the elephant. Tillie was the most famous of many exotic animals in John Robinson’s Circus, which traveled the country and paraded the streets of Northside in the early 20th century. In 1932, a Cincinnati Enquirer’s front page article lauded her for a career “marked with records of heroic deeds, service to humanity and outstanding achievements in her role as an entertainer…” Tillie’s Lounge, with designs by Dwellings on Madison, has a predicted date for its grand opening: February 2015, with a series of soft openings beginning mid- to late-December. You’ll find Tillie’s in the heart of Northside, in a building that was built

in 1881 as Droege Shoes. The building, remained a cobbler for more than 77 years. Tillie’s will feature specialty sparkling champagne cocktails named after Northside nostalgia including: The Cobbler’s Cocktail named after the origins of the building itself, and The Walk-Over, named after a thrilling act performed by Tillie and her trainer. The lounge will offer a full bar, craft beers, and a wide selection of wine. There are no immediate plans for serving food but premium snacks and bite-sized desserts will be offered. Tillie’s will be a neighborhood bar where all are welcome and encouraged to sip and socialize. Live entertainment is foreseen in the state of the art music parlor on weekend nights featuring local and national acts

and performances. A number of TVs throughout the establishment will allow guests to watch sports, music videos and select televised events offering guests a little something for everyone. Owners Nigel Cotterill and JC Diaz are proud to open an eco-friendly venue where 80 percent of its waste will be recycled, and energy and water efficient equipment will be installed throughout the building. Cotterill and Diaz have always been supportive of Northside and are “looking forward to working with the community and developing new partnerships.” Which one said that? Needs attribution Cotterill and Diaz were among the first pioneers to open the Gateway Quarter in June 2007 in Over-theRhine. They are excited to be opening Tillie’s in Northside’s revitalized neigh-

borhood. Sharing many years of experience in customer service, gained at a number of venues including, successful and popular OTR establishment Below Zero Lounge and several more, they are looking forward to bringing a new level of entertainment to Northside’s re-energized Entertainment District. The back patio and deck will be remodeled and have a grand opening in early spring 2015. Stay tuned. For More Info: Contact Nigel Cotterill and JC Diaz at 646-234-5152 or 513-544-4040, or email For further information contact Nigel Cotterill and JC Diaz at 646234-5152 or 513-544-4040, or email TilliesLounge@gmail.com

community news| THE NORTHSIDE-COLLEGE HILL KIWANIS CLUB

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he Northside-College Hill Kiwanis Club is part of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis is one of the largest service organizations in the world with members in about 80 countries. Kiwanis is dedicated to making the world a better place through its efforts on a local, national, and international level. Kiwanis International has teamed with UNICEF to eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD), which was one of the leading causes of brain disorders in children. Working with UNICEF, Kiwanis

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helped to iodize the salt and thus eliminate IDD. Currently Kiwanis and UNICEF are immunizing young women to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT). Tetanus is contracted by babies and mothers at birth because of unsanitary conditions. Tetanus causes the child (and sometimes the mother) to die an excruciating death. By vaccinating the mother, tetanus is eliminated. Working with UNICEF, we have virtually eliminated MNT in more than 34 countries. Besides working with Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate

MNT, the Northside-College Hill Kiwanis Club also donates and/or works with CAIN (Churches Active in Northside), WordPlay, St. Boniface School, Feast of Love (College Hill) and other local and national groups. The Northside-College Hill Kiwanis meets at Twin Towers in College Hill at noon on the second and fourth Tuesday each month. Anyone who would like to join us for lunch at our private dining room near the gift shop is welcome. The cost of lunch is $3.

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For More Info: Call: Don Beimesche at (513) 2712814 Email: donb6562@yahoo.com. Visit: www.Kiwanisone.org. Become part of one of the largest service organizations in the world that is trying to change the world “one child and one community at a time”.

Don Beimesch


community news|NORTHSIDE - 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

FROM THE NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT

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eople outside of the neighborhood often ask me “So what’s new in Northside?” Our neighborhood has so much going on it can be tough to keep up! Between the new neighbors, the businesses sprouting up, the celebrity sightings - 2014 was a big year around these parts. From the Northside Community Council (NCC) perspective, these are a few of the top highlights of the year. GANTRY GROUNDBREAKING The biggest development Northside has seen in 100 years just broke ground in June. Ready or not, we will soon have over 130 new apartments at the intersection of Hamilton and Spring Grove! The project will bring an additional 8,000 square feet of commercial space to the business district. APPLE STREET MARKET Imagine a full service grocery in the heart of the Northside business district. The vision of a cooperatively owned market is coming to

(Far Left) Kristen Kreft & Beth Harris perform at the Apple Street Market Party fundraiser on July 19th. Photo: Tina Gutierrez. (Top Left) Brainstorming at Chase Elementary during the NCC Community Conversation. Photo: Andrea Millette (Top Right) Neighborhood residents paint the streets during Cincy Summer Streets Northside. Photo: Tina Gutierrez. (Bottom Left) Renderings of PAR-Projects new location at 1662 Hoffner Street. Photo: PAR-Projects

life. Nearly 500 neighbors have signed up to be member-owners, but the project needs more community support to come to fruition. Visit www. applestreetmarket.coop to learn more. NORTHSIDE LAND USE PLAN After many community meetings, City Council voted to adopt our 2014 Land Use Plan, which maps what we want Northside to look like in the future. The LUP outlines strategies for improving transportation, connectivity, sustainability, and general livability. The final plan is available at www. northside.net. COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON EDUCATION Led by the NCC Education Committee, this series of meetings has been one of the most successful efforts to connect our schools, parents, teachers, residents, and community organizations to date. It will be exciting to see what improvements for students emerge from this dialogue.

NFM GRANT Did you hear? Northside Farmers Market won a giant federal grant to improve outreach efforts. We are very fortunate to be one of the few neighborhoods with a market that operates year-round. PAR-PROJECTS FINDS A HOME PAR projects took a giant step forward in the effort to build an arts center made of shipping containers by purchasing industrial land on Hoffner St. for its new location. PAR is currently fundraising to prepare the space for the public in 2015. SKATE PARK The Northside Skate Park cleared a major hurdle this year, when the Cincinnati Recreation Commission agreed to take on maintenance of the park once established. This provides a viable long-term plan for sustaining the park. CINCY SUMMER STREETS Hamilton Avenue was closed to cars, and we partied in the streets!

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Skateboarding, dancing, jousting, sidewalk painting, putt putting - everywhere you turned there was something else to do. The street festival will surely return next year! THE NORTHSIDER This paper! Can you believe how good it looks?! The quality of the content?! Neighborhoods all around town are calling to find out how we managed to pull this community press off. Kudos to Editor-in-Chief Jeni Jenkins and her amazing team. And there is even more on the horizon for 2015! On behalf of Northside Community Council, we wish you a lovely holiday season, and happy new year!

ollie kroner Ollie is president of the Northside Community Council. A resident of Northside most of his life. He is an environmental scientist for TERA, Inc. vol. 1 | Issue 15 DEC 14’

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community news| HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM HAPPEN

BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER THROUGH CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

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very year Happen, Inc celebrates the holidays with free special events for the community. “We focus on bringing families together through creative activities and the holidays are a perfect time to celebrate and support Happen’s mission” says Happen Director Tommy Rueff. This year Happen started celebrating in October with the making of holiday wreath decorations. Children and families hand-painted and glittered over 300 ornaments for our holiday wreaths. Plus, teens participating in Happen’s Teen Hall along with children attending Chase Elementary School and the Whiz Kids Mentoring and Tutoring program

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painted and decorated the wreaths. Wreaths are sponsored by families and businesses to help raise support for Happen, Inc. and the Northside Community Council Education Committee. Over 25 wreaths, decorated by adults and children living in Northside, will hang on Hamilton Ave. through the New Year. Happen would like to thank all of the wreaths sponsors (The Patti and Rusty Rueff Foundation, Isaac and Erica Heintz and Family, Metro Scooter, Auto4n, Ellanet, OMS Photo, The Comet, Northside Moto, Whiz Kids, Apple Street Market, Tillie’s Lounge and NEST - The Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation) and all

the families who helped create the beautiful ornaments. Next year Happen has plans to expand the wreath program to include the South Block area and the North Business areas between Frederick and Otte avenues. To continue the holiday celebration Happen is producing a special week-long activity celebrating nature and the holidays and invites you to join. The Christmas Bird Count Celebration will take place Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. kicking off Happen’s Winter Urban Bird Watching Celebrations. Don’t miss a live bird presentation at 5 p.m. with Great Parks of Hamilton County as they bring live birds into the Happen space! Then see if you can count all the different prints of birds hidden throughout the Happen studio. Receive your own official Christmas Bird Count Tally Sheet and learn all about urban birds. The Bird Count will continue on Dec. 10 and 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Happen will be giving away prizes to the best bird watchers and when you’re done counting, you can count on making cool holiday crafts during open studio times. You better watch out because Santa is planning to be back to take

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more free pictures with you on Saturday Dec. 20 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Over fifty people visited Happen on Black Friday to meet Santa, create gifts and take free pictures. Lastly, you can also sign up for the 2015 Happen New Year’s Eve “Throw Back Ball” Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wear a costume that best represents the fashions between 1960 and 1999. There will be free food, fun and prizes. The ball drops at 7 p.m. (That’s midnight Happen time) and reservations are required to attend. You can sign up at Happen, Inc. during regular business hours. Kintimate Costumes will also be back this year to help bring in the Happen New Year and provide a free costume consultation and creative session to the first 12 children to register. All costume supplies are provided. Sign up today at Happen, Inc. (space is limited.) For More Info: Art Activities For Parents & Children 4201 Hamilton Ave (& Chase) HOURS: 3:30 - 7:30PM (Tue.-Thu.) 10am - 5PM (Sat.) www.happeninc.org (513) 751-2345

Remi Walz


People of Northside | CHEF HARVEY GERMAIN Welcome to the “People of Northside” where each month we feature different members of our eclectic neighborhood to remind you why you call Northside home. If you would like to see an article published on a member of the community or to write your own article on a person that interests you email us at Northsidermonthly@gmail.com.

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orthside residents and visitors appreciate, create, and sometimes even live ART. What better way to experience art than to eat it? Northside happens to be home to a top chef – a master in the arena of culinary arts. Chef Harvey Germain, Executive Chef of the Renaissance Hotel downtown, moved to Northside about a year ago and describes the neighborhood as the first place he’s ever felt at home. Northside is much like the food he creates – dynamic, surprising and fun! Chef says he runs his kitchen like a pirate ship. Follow the flow – or get out of the way. He doesn’t hire cooks, he trains new ones. He is committed to creating the opportunities that he was afforded as a young cook. Chef Harvey specializes in French Contemporary and Modernist Mid-Western Cuisine. He has created thousands of complex and unique dishes. Chef’s braised short rib, just to name one, is so decadent it will make you want to smack your mama. You might already be familiar with Chef Harvey. Before the Renaissance, Chef worked in various restaurants in the city, most recently as the Executive Chef at Tony’s of Cincinnati in Montgomery. He has been given multiple recognitions and awards. Examples are inclusion in the prestigious Best Chefs America, and Cincinnati Magazine’s Best of the North category. You could have seen him as the food feature on HBO’s Hard Knocks series or performing food demonstrations on the Fox 19 Morn-

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ing Show. Maybe you’ve sampled his dishes over the past years at events like Taste of Cincinnati, WSO Tennis Tournament, Zoofari, Cincinnati Flower Show, or the Cincinnati Wine Festival. Background When talking about his cooking techniques, recipes, and menus, Chef Harvey credits and compliments his impressive list of mentors and affiliations. He started working in restaurants as a teenager and learned little by little, training on one station at a time. Locally, his most notable influence includes Chef Jean Robert de

Cavel, Chef David Cook, Chef Joshua Fried, and Chef Jimmy Gibson. Soft Side So what brought the Chef to Northside? Simply put, love. Chef Harvey met Marie Knecht, Northside resident since 2009, and fell head over heels. He won her heart when she tasted his crab cake; and it didn’t hurt that he had access to unique wines and oils. The couple’s affection for one another is unmistakable. Chef, Marie, their four children, dog, and pet hog reside in the home they’ll be married in this summer. They spend their free time cooking together (she cooks, he does dishes), enjoying their

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children (managing chaos) and traveling (talking about traveling). They are both very much looking forward to their future together. For More Info: Visit Chef Harvey Germain at the Renaissance Hotel on 4th and Walnut. Open seven days a week. Stop In: 36 E 4th St, Downtown

Jeni Jenkins Northsider Managing Editor, Jeni, is an artist, as well as a Women’s & Gender Studies professor at NKU and social justice advocate. vol. 1 | Issue 15 DEC 14’

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education|WORDPLAY’S YOUTH POETRY PROGRAM AREA TEENS BUILD CONFIDENCE & FRIENDSHIP

to participate in this year’s competition. WordPlay and Elementz are co-coordinators, each managing its own roster of teams. Weekly LTAB sessions include intensive exercises to uncover themes for the students’ poems, sharpen their writing skills, and individual performance coaching. Along with its partner LTAB schools, WordPlay hosts monthly open mic nights where? to help the students build their stage presence and comfort with large audiences. These lively events are also an excellent way for students to size up the competition in a friendly atmosphere and, most importantly, come together to begin to know one another. “This is the first of its kind for Cincinnati and it is so valuable for high school students,” WordPlay LTAB coach Elese A WordPlay Aiken student enthralls the audience with her poetry. Photo: Broadcast Photo by Steven Metz Daniel ID – is she a teacher? If so, which school? said. “This for youth to Cincinnati: Louder Than a hen asked what drew is an outlet for them to exher to Louder Than a Bomb. LTAB is a youth poetry festipress their true feelings about what’s Bomb, WordPlay Exval originated by the Young Chicago happening with themselves and their ecutive Director Libby Authors in 2001 to be a platform surroundings. They get to discuss how Hunter is quick to reply: “Beyond litergeared not only toward giving disenthey actually perceive these different acy, beyond creative writing, Wordfranchised youth a voice, but also to things. It’s a very cathartic experiPlay is about building community; giving them a chance to come togethence.” bridging the divide between circumer around their stories and learn from WordPlay’s first open mic night in stance and opportunity for children one another. Since its conception, LTAB October where? was a huge success, in need. LTAB is, above all else, an has become the largest youth poetry with opening performances from acopportunity for teenagers from very festival in the world. complished local poets, and culminatdiverse backgrounds to come togethThe five WordPlay LTAB teams ing in a standing ovation for the stuer, learn about and from each other, continue to draw students from high dent poets. In November, WordPlay and form relationships that would schools across the city, including Aiken, hosted an open mic poetry reading otherwise never had an opportunity dePaul Christo Rey, LaSalle, Seven at Chase Public Library, 1569 Chase to flourish.” Hills, Seton, Oak Hills, and Walnut Ave., with a special appearance from We have exciting updates since Hills. WordPlay is very proud to spoken-word artist Tony Styxx. Styxx we first reported on LTAB in the have teen-agers from Job Corps and motivated the students by performing Northsider this past summer. At that Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical a few of his pieces and giving them time, WordPlay had recently been Center participating as well. Teams advice on how to capture the atteninvited team with the Taft Research met weekly this fall, working tirelessly tion of the audience. Center at the University of Cincinwith their teachers and performance “Tony just came into the room with nati and the youth arts organization coaches to craft individual and team such force,” said Daniel, a recent UC Elementz to bring one of the most performance poetry pieces. graduate and herself a performance successful community-building events About 400 students are expected poet and writer. “I don’t think my

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students have ever head a speaker or a coach talk to them with such confidence, so I’m interested to see how that has affected them.” Put this in past tense and edited time, since it will be after publicationDecember’s open mic night was Dec. 4, hosted by WordPlay’s LTAB team at Seven Hills High School in their Black Box Theater, emceed by local poet Kim “DuWap” Bolden. Check WordPlay’s website, wordplaycincy. org, for information on January’s open mic night. Is January’s scheduled? Should look forward if possible Along with Daniel, the teams are also receiving tutelage from poetry veteran and WordPlay LTAB Coordinator, Desirae Hosley. Hosley, who has been a spoken word artist for more than 10 years, has been involved with numerous slam poetry societies, including her own poetry team for the UC SlamCats in 2008. “The benefit for me is being able to see these kids gain confidence,” Hosley said. “I want them to find their voice and not be afraid to use it. I feel like all children have voices that need to be heard and it usually comes out great through poetry.” And there is still time for new students to join! If you know of an area teen who might be interested, call WordPlay at 513-541-0930, visit wordplaycincy.org or email info@ wordplaycincy.org for more information. Teens can participate on an LTAB team for the writing experience, and do not need to be a part of the stage competition. Keep an eye on WordPlay’s facebook page and website for future open mic dates. For More Info: Stop In: 4041 Hamilton Ave. Call: (513) 541-0930 Email: info@wordplaycincy.org Facebook: wordplaycincy

Bryan Shupe Bryan Shupe is WordPlay’s journalism intern for the fall semester 2014.


health & wellness|STAY HEALTHY DURING THE WINTER WITH CHINESE MEDICINE SIMPLE TIPS TO PROTECT THE BODY FROM THE EFFECTS OF EXTERNAL COLD

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inter started early this year, and if it’s like last year, we can expect a long and cold one. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, external cold attacks the surface of the body and invades it through the meridians, the pathways through which the life-energy known as “qi” flows. Cold can obstruct these channels, damaging Yang (vital energy). During the winter season, it’s important to keep your body warm, and not just for your comfort. Here are some simple tips to protect the body from the effects of external cold: 1. Keep your head warm. Cover your head with a hat and your neck with a scarf, and dry your hair before going out. Keeping your head warm prevents your muscles tightening up with the cold, which can contribute to headaches, migraines,

colds, flu, and stomach cramps. 2. Keep your feet warm. It is said, “Cold starts under the feet.” Since the feet are the body parts farthest from the heart, they have the least blood circulation and lowest temperature. Cold feet affect the upper respiratory system and impair the body’s resistance, leading to upper respiratory infections and colds, abdominal pain, painful periods, and even cardiovascular disease. Use warm socks and boots. Soaking your feet in warm water before going to sleep can also help. 3. Keep your back warm. As the site of two important Chinese Medicine energy pathways, the underappreciated back is actually a very important part of the body. If the back is uncovered, cold invades the body, diminishing Yang and Qi and potentially contributing to chronic bronchitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis and more. Keeping the back warm is especially important for older people with hypertension and cardiovascular disease. In addition to wearing warm clothing to protect your back, you can take a sun bath indoors by exposing your back to the sun in a warm sunny room for about 20 minutes. 4. Keep your stomach warm. As the organ that takes in food and water for digestion and absorption, the stomach plays a vital role in the production of energy and in strengthening the immune system. Ex-

posing the sensitive stomach to cold can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion, and low immunity. To warm the stomach, avoid eating raw food and drink fresh ginger tea daily. A great stomach-warming practice is to rub it clockwise 100 times, then 100 times counterclockwise before going to bed. During the winter, many people feel lazy and reduce their activity. As a counterbalance, reduce the amount of food you eat in order to avoid gaining weight. Refrain from eating raw food as this slows digestion. Add these warming foods: • Soups and stews, especially those made with rich stocks and bone broth • Root vegetables, squashes, winter greens, mushrooms • Apples, pears, citrus fruit • Beans

• Miso and seaweed • Garlic, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom • Nuts, especially walnuts. A few final tips to stay healthy during winter: Wash your hands regularly, get plenty of sleep, and reduce stress. By following the path of nature and respecting this time of the year, you can protect your health, nourish your inner life, and enjoy the slower pace.

Arwa Atwan Arwa Atwan is an Ohio licensed acupuncturist and a national board certified NCCAOM practitioner. She sees patients at Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Ave., here in Northside. Call: (513) 5415720 or Visit: www.futurelifenow.com

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opinion|APPLE STREET MARKET - MAYBE WE WON’T GET ANOTHER CHANCE LIKE THIS

ARE THE GROCERY CHAINS WRONG ABOUT THE NORTHWEST PORTION OF CINCINNATI?

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pple Street Market is one of the most difficult challenge CUCI has faced since its inception. Most chains avoid building a grocery store in a food desert at all costs. Other chains demand massive amounts of financial assistance from the government and often receive it. However, after studying the area I believe that the big chains have underestimated this part of town. This happens often, and this is not meant to denigrate the ability of big chains to run grocery stores. For example, no one denies Houchens’ (the company that owned the Sav-A-Lot) ability to run a grocery store. The company owns more than 200 stores and clearly has a system of analysis that usually works. That said, its decision makers misinterpreted the neighborhood of Northside. They looked at the statistics of average- to low-income residents and assumed they would be successful without good produce and by overly relying on cheap goods. However, they overlooked the large socially conscious consumer-base. They overlooked the large student population. They overlooked the demand for organic foods, more produce, local foods, foods produced in a socially conscious manner, natural meats, and natural breads. This is not to say that Houchens is incompetent – the company clearly knows how to successfully run a Sav-A-Lot -- it is just to say it made a mistake with Northside. Northside wants high quality options along with affordable options. This type of underestimation happens often, as grocery store owner James Newman in Louisville told us about one of their stores. The previous store had treated the average low-income neighborhood to cheap goods only, underestimating the demand for socially conscious items. The store in Louisville was located in an eclectic 14 vol. 1 | Issue 15 DEC 14’

neighborhood near a university. Additionally, most would agree that the grocery chains investing in the Oakley/Hyde Park Area are correct about the potential growth there (Aldis, Remke’s, Fresh Thyme, Wal-Mart, Meijer, Kroger, Whole Foods, Fresh Market just to name a few). I also believe that the Oakley/ Hyde Park area is primed for growth and that a grocery store would be a smart investment there. For example, there are six grocery stores within a one-mile radius of the Norwood Lateral/I71 exit. The number of grocery stores rises to 12 if you take the radius to three miles. I think that the grocery chains are underestimating the northwest area of town in comparison. There is only one grocery store in a 3-mile radius of the Apple Street Market location. Grocery chains are underestimating the attractions in this portion of Cincinnati. That is not to say that the grocery chains investing in Oakley/Hyde Park are wrong; they are just missing some factors not readily apparent in a statistical economic analysis. The Northwest area of town has two of the largest inner-city parks in the nation (Mt. Airy, Winton Woods). The College Hill, Northside, and Spring Grove Village triangle is connected by three forests that are immense when connected together. If you are not familiar the forests are the back of Spring Grove Cemetery, Laboiteaux Woods, and Parker Woods. The three forests are so large that as a child I could walk from the edge of College Hill by the Bahr Farm to Northside entirely through the woods. That is correct, I could WALK through the woods between two inner city neighborhoods. This amount of greenery is not normal; when I show friends from out of town our parks they are amazed that these parks are within the city. If you ever get to look

at the area from Hammond North, (the tower in between College Hill and Northside, I highly suggest the view) the area appears as a large forest, not as the fun city neighborhoods that they are. Besides the greenery, this area of town has to be considered the most diverse. This area rarely has a neighborhood that is all black or all white, and the concentration within neighborhoods is much less pronounced than in most areas of towns. Not only is this area of town racially diverse, but also politically diverse, diverse in lifestyle, diverse in religion, diverse in music, and diverse in art. You will find hipsters living next to straight-laced, libertarians drinking with socialists, lesbians talking with Baptists, hunters shopping with vegans, and rappers listening to bluegrass. I think that this is a strength of this area of town that is endearing and enduring, especially to this generation. I do not think this generation wants to live in repetitive and uninteresting suburbs. Does this area of Cincinnati have the glitz or amenities of Oakley/ Hyde Park or OTR/Mt. Adams? Maybe not, but we have authentic and interesting businesses, good people, and an active community spirit. Can we support eight grocery stores in a 2-mile radius like Oakley/Hyde Park? Maybe not, but perhaps we could support four grocery stores in a 3-mile radius, or three, or at least more than one like we have right now. Do we have the affluent consumer base of Oakley/Hyde Park? No, but we do have a large consumer base without many options that work hard and are loyal to local businesses. Remember, grocery stores are very indicative of future economic growth or lack thereof. Economic growth is not always a simple math equation and sometimes investors overestimate or underestimate a par-

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ticular opportunity. Often a grocery store comes first, preceding economic growth. Sometimes a project like a grocery store can inspire later confidence that other investors would not have otherwise had in an area. Now, you could say that I am biased in favor of this part of town. I would say…..maybe. Maybe I am biased by my childhood and by my memories of biking to the Kroger in College Hill. Maybe I am biased by my childhood memories of walking down Turill Street to shop at the Thriftway in Northside. Maybe I am overrating this area of town and its economic viability. Maybe I am overrating the parks and the scenery. Maybe I am overrating the diversity and how important that is to people. On the other hand, maybe we won’t get another chance to get low-interest financing from an organization like the Cincinnati Development Fund. Maybe we won’t get another building that we can buy or lease as affordably. Maybe we won’t get the support of CAIN, Happen, the Northside Community Council, and UFCW. Maybe we won’t have amazing architects, graphic designers, event planners, computer programmers, organizers, and grocery store owners that will donate their time and skills to this project again. Maybe we won’t get another chance like this.

Casey WhittenAmadon Casey is a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio specializing in Labor Law, Employment Law, and Labor Relations. He works with CUCI as project manager for Apple Street Market Cooperative and is the Stand-In Director for the Worker-Owner class. Born in College Hill, Casey’s family first moved to Northside in 1995.


opinion|SOCIAL INJUSTICE

PATIENT NAVIGATION CAN CREATE JUSTICE IN CANCER CARE

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he cancer statistics are appallingEveryone, not just low-income people and minorities, should agree with Dr. Karen Bankston when she writes: “As an African-American grandmother, mother, wife, college professor, retired hospital administrator, nurse and Cincinnatian, I’m outraged.” (Nov. 15, 2014 article “UC Associate Dean: End the polite silence Cincinnati; We have a problem with racial disparities,” WCPO. com.) The cancer facts are the following: African-Americans are 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer, two times more likely to die of cervical cancer and two times more likely to die of prostate cancer based on data collected in 2013. (S. L. Murphy, J. Xu, and K. Kordchanek(2013). Deaths: Final data for 2010. CDC, Atlanta.) Cincinnati has no major program to change cancer outcomes for low-income and minority patients: A patchwork of programs at each of the hospitals keeps potential cancer patients guessing about how to get screened, have an understandable diagnosis, equitable and competent treatment, and consistent support to survive. Frustrating each turn in the health process are fundamental questions about transportation to each of the key institutions for health services.

How will a person get The key to successful patient to his or her screennavigation is found in a reciprocal ing and then to the relationship among all parties. The hospital and then to patient is seeking to learn about specialists, if needed, the best paths to health that can be and then back and gained in the process of treating her/ forth to their homes in his cancer; the physician/nurse can be timely fashion? Who equally dedicated to the best form of helps with the complitreatment for this particular patient; cated logistics that are and the patient navigator is holding crucial for increasing the hands of both the patient and the odds of surviving? the health care process and helping Added to this obstato keep everyone in compassionate cle is the necessity to connection. decode what health The patient may have fears that professionals are sayare not easily expressed, fears that ing about the stage or may prevent clear thinking about next condition of the cansteps; the physician/nurse may have cer. Doctors and nurses knowledge of many approaches and have little incentive to also be uncertain about which method spend their time will have the with low-inbest effect; come patients and the pa...no desire to separate to explain in tient navigator, my struggle within from understandable seeing these my fury at the world’s terms the meanpartners in ings of disease varying states viciousness, the stupid terms as well as struggle brutal lack of awareness of the likelihood with next steps, or concern that passes for works with of survival. Who slows each partner the ways things are..” the process of to insure that - Audre Lourde, The Cancer Journals the partnership communication so that clarity, considers all of reflection, and the questions, choices are caringly reviewed? If a while also sustaining a quality of mutuperson has insurance, who helps this al respect for all. person “stay in network,” pay bills, A different kind of world is find the “right” person for a first and created with the patient navigator: second opinion, and assists the patient Exploring fears and strengths, susin finding an efficient way of getting taining compassion even though tough to these resources? patches of strong emotion, handling the details of daily existence and treatment necessities, combining to Patient Navigation can make the difcreate a forward-looking health focus ference in assisting with transportation, that brings, when it is working, new decision making, and positive health energy for healing to all parties. It is outcomes: a living unit that is emotionally strong Patient navigators can make the enough to face the most difficult quescritical difference for patients and for tions because facing one another with health delivery systems. By providing compassion is the standard for care. consistent, compassionate, timely, and In an important way, it is a spiritual evidence-based actions, the patient experience for all. navigator joins a team that includes Working with cancer may call out the patient, the physician/nurse, and the worst in any one of the partners at the hospital system. life & culture 45223

any time. A setback may seem impossible to overcome. One word may be interpreted as a wound to one’s self-respect. None of these activities, and worse, can overwhelm a sound, compassionate relationship. Recovering from setbacks is part of the cancer participation process if there are helpful actions that bring the partners back to a kind spot in their lives together. Working for justice through patient navigation: The more the patient navigator understands the health system, the individual patient and the health team, the better chance that low-income and minority patients can find justice. Gaps in mortality can be dramatically closed with a patient navigation process, as has been shown in research around the country. (H. Freeman, March/April 2004): “Poverty, Culture, and Social Injustice: Determinants of Cancer Disparities.” Cancer. Vol 53. No. 2; S. Fischer, A. Sauala, and J. Kutner. October 2007) “Patient Navigation: A Culturally Competent Strategy to Address Disparities in Palliative Care.” Journal of Palliative Medicine. 10(5).) When low-income and minority patients are excluded, we avoid an essential responsibility of our health systems, our local community, and our larger society. The cost for such segregation is great in terms of life, and in the creation of loneliness in communities. Patient navigation is a first step in opening a door of compassion, a welcoming of people irrespective of race and income, into a better society. It is a seed of peace that can be grown in every hospital, in every doctor’s office, by social workers, and nurses, and in every community organization. Let’s work to change “outrage” to outstanding as our major goal for cancer treatment.

Steve Sunderland Steve Sunderland is director, Peace Village Cancer Project vol. 1 | Issue 15 DEC 14’

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verse & prose FEELING SO GOOD - BACK TO NATURE Oh what is that I feel so strong and intense Flowing all over me, tossing my hair back and forth Moving through my fingers and toes, wrapping around me So tightly without even touching me Flowing all over my body with smooth strokes in every direction Going down my nostrils With a force that continues to my lungs with gentleness Ah it must be the wind I can’t see it but I feel it Just as I feel my God, all over me, Moving all over me with strength and power Moving so gently Flowing through my nostrils deep down in the depths of my soul Life, created by God, creator of all things and everlasting love for us A divine force you can’t see But only by knowing in your mind and feeling in your soul That our god is real and he lives in each and every one of us Yes indeed, our God feels so good

livia stinson A Northside resident for most of her life, Livia has been writing poetry since aged 10. As a slam poet she performs in many venues around Cincinnati. You can view her on Youtube -Livia Stenson Poetic Poet.

EPISODE NO.3 A Thing A Time A Place

Awaiting a breath That will never come Wind around corners Air below pavement Finding a place Among the cobble Wagon wheels trample Shoes of iron Pound out songs Of longing and loss Against the pavement My stomach knots up Stepping out of there Into snow Into cold But I like it I wouldn’t change it The frost over the sun Brilliant white reflections A sweater Sleeves Buttons and zippers This soup of air Will saturate and suffocate Bring the low lows Please Any day because Tomorrow and today Are few They come and they go I’ll wait for you With a silent coat rack And boots Not yet wetted With the coming snows Of love

Being Brother Blacksmith Banging Clanging Forging Hammering away At a life Yours always Shape it how you will Heat yourself And forge again Be your own hammer No other hands Should hold the handle Only mindful digits Should be grasping The oaken handle of soul Residing within Develop calluses Have scars These things of learning And respect And knowledge Will only aid When the sand has run long And crevasses Join with your face As they swallow the mirror In which you gaze

brandon E. Niehaus Brandon E. Niehaus has a shoebox full of ideas and occasionally picks one out to focus on. He also enjoys dogs, pocket knives, and reading.

CALL TO WRITERS/JOURNALISTS/POETS/PHOTOGRAPHERS The Northsider Monthly is always looking for contributors to submit articles, poetry, short stories and artwork/photography. Additionally, we are open to ideas for content or special projects. We want to hear your voice! This is also a good way to gain exposure for your work. While this is a small budget grassroots volunteer run newspaper with limited funds available now, there is potential for this to change in the future. If you are interested in having your work considered or would like to find out more please contact us. email: northsidermonthly@gmail.com Subject line: Contribute 16 vol. 1 | Issue 15 DEC 14’

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events calendar – december

FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND NORTHSIDE THIS MONTH. ONGOING EVENTS: First Monday – Northside Business Association Monthly Meeting @ Happen, Inc. 4201 Hamilton Ave. (6PM) The Northside Business Association is a resource for all Northside Businesses and works to continually improve the neighborhood. More info: call 513-5414745 or email: bdemske@ella.net

Third Monday (Fourth Monday January and

February) – Northside Community Council Monthly Meeting @ McKie Rec Center 1655 Chase Ave. (7PM) Get involved with issues that directly affect our community! The NCC is a volunteer, community-based organization that provides an opportunity for all individuals in the community to participate in Northside’s present and to chart Northside’s future.

Every other Monday – The Qtet @ Northside Tavern 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) Influences range from Miles Davis to Van Halen. Jazz. Front room. Cost: Free www.northsidetav.com Every other Monday – Northside Jazz

Ensemble @ Northside Tavern 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) From Funk, Reggae and Soul to Rock, Free Jazz, Blues and straight-ahead Jazz and back again, this tight four-piece puts familiar tunes in a brand new bag. Jazz. Front room. Cost: Free. www.northsidetav.com

Every Monday – Mom-to-Mom support group @ Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Ave. (10:30am to 1pm) FREE. Children are offered an array of fun motor activities in an encouraging, safe, soft environment. www.theplaceforfamilies.com

Every Monday – Crawlers & Climbers @

Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Ave. (10:30-11:15am) $10 per class. Children are offered an array of fun motor activities in an encouraging, safe, soft environment. www.theplaceforfamilies.com

Every Monday – Whale of a Tale / Storytime

@ Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Ave. (12:00 - 12.30pm) FREE. Interactive bilingual story time. Instill the love of reading within your child from infancy upward by participating in our multi-sensory story time. Weekly themes incorporate story telling, singing, and a simple take-home craft, if desired. www.theplaceforfamilies.com

Every Monday – The Marburg Collective @

The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Indie/Jazz. www.cometbar.com

Every Monday – Adult Pictionary & Prank

Calls w/ Steven Walls (Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s) @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (11pm) Free. Game Show/Comedy.

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@ Northside Presbyterian Church (7PM) 4222 Hamilton Ave.(4-7PM) This twelvemonth market brings tri-state farmers to the city of Cincinnati to sell their produce, meat, eggs, crafts and fruit. NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside. More info: www.northsidefm.org

Mic @ Mayday (8PM) Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. www.maydaynorthside.com

Every tuesday– JitterBugs @ Cincinnati

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Every Tuesday – Movies & Games @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library 4219 Hamilton Ave. (3PM) For information, call 513-369-4449 Every Tuesday – Teen Movie Madness @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library 4219 Hamilton Ave. (3PM) For information, call 513-369-4449 Every Tuesday – Zumba @ McKie

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Every Wednesday – Northside Farmers Market

Every Wednesday – Live Acoustic Wednesdays

@ Bistro Grace 4034 Hamilton Ave (6:309pm) we support local events, breweries and musicians. We are centrally located in Northside. We have quality food at reasonable prices and a full bar. We offer happy hour prices, drink specials and half off wines. Free. BistroGrace.com

Every Wednesday – Karaoke @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8pm) Free. Karaoke. www.thechameleonclub.com Every Wednesday – Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke @ Northside Tavern 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) Live band karaoke. Back room. Cost: Free. www.sexytimekaraoke.com Every Thursday – Zumba Class @ Northside Presbyterian Church Thursday (7PM) 4222 Hamilton Ave. ”If you are perfect don’t come”you’ll ruin our demographic.

Every Tuesday – Cinthesizer @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (7pm) Free. Electronic. www.thechameleonclub.com

Every Thursday – International Folk Dancing @ Clifton Community Arts Center, 7-9 PM. Line/circle dances from Eastern Europe/ Middle East. No partners necessary, no experience necessary. Teaching available. For information, call 541-6306 or e-mail kspencer1@zoomtown.com. Cost $3.

Every Tuesday – Rap Karaoke w/ Immortal

Every Thursday – Slow and Steady Bike Ride

Every Tuesday – Artist In Residency: @ The

Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave. (10pm) Free. Indie/Folk. www.cometbar.com

Meteor @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (10pm) Free. Hip Hop. www.thechameleonclub. com

@ Leaves from Hoffner Park 4104 Hamilton Avenue (7PM) Cost: Free. Join this welcoming and easy bike ride.

Every Tuesday – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday (8PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. www.maydaynorthside.com

Every Thursday – Karaoke with Bree @ Boswell’s, 1686 Blue Rock. (8pm) Free. Great food, great drinks, great karaoke! www.facebook.com/hotwheelsentertainment

Third Tuesday– Square Dance @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (8-10:30 pm) All dances taught. Live music by the Northside Volunteers. Beer on tap. Suggested donation $5-10 to caller. It’s hip, it’s what’s happening. Each month features a different caller and live old-time music and dance. Historic tavern, resonate wooden floor for dancers, small stage for all-volunteer band.

Every Thursday –Nathan Wells (Dealer)@ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (7pm) Free. Blues/R&B. www.thechameleonclub.com

Dec 16

T Claw & Fiddle Pie (Boulder CO)

First wednesday– The Chris Comer Trio @

The Listing Loon 4124 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) A piano based jazz trio. Cost: Free. More info:

Every first & third Thursday – Comedy

Family Enrichment Center (11:30-12:15) Ages 6 to 35 months. $10 per class. Join your child in singing, signing, playing, & rhyming! www.theplaceforfamilies.com

Every SATURDAY – Zumba @ McKie

Center (12PM) 1655 Chase Avenue. ”If you are perfect don’t come”- you’ll ruin our demographic.

Every Saturday – International Folk Dancing

@ Twin Towers’ Hader Room (8-10:30 PM). Line and circle dances from Eastern Europe/ Middle East. No partners necessary, no experience necessary. Teaching available 8-9 PM. For information, call 541-6306 or e-mail kspencer1@zoomtown.com. Cost: $5.

Every Second Saturday – Northside Second Saturdays (6-10PM) Come see art, shop, imbibe and eat in one of Cincinnati’s most creative and diverse neighborhoods. Featuring new art openings, later hours, bar drink specials, interactive events and promotions that vary monthly with participating businesses. Every Second Saturday – Hook & Ladder (Vinyl Night) w/ Margaret Darling (The Seedy Seeds, Devout Wax) @ Chameleon 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Vinyl / Variety. www.thechameleonclub.com Every Second Saturday – Galaxie Art Show & Skate Park Fundraiser @ Galaxie Skate Shop, 4202 Hamilton Ave. (6pm) Free. Art. galaxieskateshop.blogspot.com Every Second Saturday – Basement Reggae w/ Abiyah & Grover @ The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Reggae. www. cometbar.com first sundays– Bulletville @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Live music. Front room. Free. www.northsidetav.com third sundays– DJ Harv @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Front room. Free. www.northsidetav.com Final sundays– The Tillers @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Live music. Front room. Free. www.northsidetav.com every sunday–SUNIGHT w/ Josiah Wolf (of Why?) @ The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave., (10:30 PM) Free. Indie/Improvisational. www.cometbar.com

Night w/ Andrew Rudick @Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. www. thechameleonclub.com

Every Sunday– Comet Bluegrass Allstars @

LAST Thursday – Folk & Fiction @ The Listing Loon 4124 Hamilton Ave. (6-11PM) Reading and musical performances. Cost: Free. More info: facebook.com/folkandfiction

very Second Saturday – MULAMBA

Every Saturday – Signing Safari @ Cincinnati

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The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. (Cinthesizer) @ Chameleon 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Indie/Electronic www. thechameleonclub.com


screen|HAPPEN NORTHSIDE

Ghostbusters (1984) Ghostbusters (1984) This modern comedy classic directed by Ivan Reitman, with a script from stars Dan Aykrord and Harold Ramis, had one of the best taglines ever - Who you gonna call? - with that signature logo of a redbarred ghost. It is no wonder that the movie spawned not only a sequel, but also a Saturday morning cartoon series. And when you combine that with the tailor-made theme song from Ray Parker Jr, Ghostbusters defined off-kilter wit, spectrometer readings, and the kind of New York City destruction reminiscent of Richard

Lester and Richard Donner’s battles in Metropolis between Superman and his Kryptonian foes in Superman II. Of course, Supes wasn’t as cool as professors Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Ramis) and the three space baddies had nothing on the Staypuff Marshmallow Man. But how do the effects and the laughs hold up, all these years later? Happen’s Kid Critics take a look now, before the much-talked about franchise reboot with a (rumored) female team of Ghostbusters. - TT Stern-Enzi, Cincinnati Film Critic

Each month, Happen’s Kid Film Critics received their own official Happen film critic packet and a press badge. TT Stern-Enzi, Cincinnati film critic, provided insight about the film and guided the children as they wrote this month’s film reviews. Read the reviews, and be sure to watch Ghostbusters (1984). Art activities for parents & children 4201 Hamilton Ave (& Chase) HOURS: 3:30 - 7:30PM (Tue.-Thu.) 10am - 5PM (Sat.) www.happeninc.org (513) 751-2345

The Spirits of Christmas Five Verses of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Verse 1: Locked Down FRIDAY DECEMBER 5 6 to 9 PM: Holidays on Ludlow - Horns, Bells, and Carolers SUNDAY DECEMBER 7 Verse 2: Past Grace; Afternoon Christmas Caroling SUNDAY DECEMBER 14 Verse 3: Present ; Childrens’ Performance SUNDAY DECEMBER 21 Verse 4: Yet-To-Be 5:30 PM: Longest Night Evening Service of Prayer and Peace CHRISTMAS EVE 5:30 PM Interactive Service with Children, 7:30 PM Communion Service; 11 PM Candelight Service SUNDAY DECEMBER 28 Verse 5: Good Morning

“This movie still holds up. There is something for everyone in this movie. The new ghost busters movie won’t be as good as the original. I would give it four out of five stars.” -Henry “It was good. The special effects were cheesy. I did like it and I would give it three and a half stars. ” -Oscar Progressive Faith Community All are welcome at God’s table Sunday Worship 10:30 AM

A Reconciling Congregation: LGBTQ-Friendly Methodist Church.

3416 Clifton Ave 513-961-2998 www.cliftonumc.com facebook.com/CliftonUMC @CliftonUMCOhio


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The northsider, dec. 2014

volume 1 | issue 15

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Northsider Vol. 1 | Issue 15 | December 2014  

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