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Food Insecurity In Northside


a free publication


Yellow Ribbons To Support A Son’s Return



It’s Time To Take Back The Neighborhood












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lodie Freeman is an artist living in Northside with her canine companion Bruce and a bunch of bike polo dudes. She enjoys working in the garden and walking Bruce around the neighborhood. Elodie graduated from Ohio University with degrees in Sculpture & Expanded Practice and Art History, and now works at the public library downtown. You can find more of her work at ABOUT THE COVER: Elodie is very tired of winter by now, so for this month’s cover she chose a snippet of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “All these my banners be,” which offers a hopeful little aphorism of springtime. Some of the background flowers are dried and pressed from her garden in Northside

CITYBEAT BEST OF CINCINNATI | NORTHSIDE HIGHLIGHTS Best Juke Box: Comet Best Karaoke: Northside Tavern Overall Bar: #5 Northside Tavern Local Artist: #2 David Rosenthal Local Band: #3 Foxy Shazam Place To Shoot Pool: #2 Tavern

Best Burritos: #2 The Comet Best Cheese Steak: # 2 Melt Best Farmers Market: #3 Northside Farmers Market Best Vegetarian & Gluten Free Menu: Melt Best New Restaurant: #8 Ruth’s Parkside Cafe

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Best Indian: #2 Dusmesh Live Music: While You Eat: #2 Comet Best Animal Rescue/Shelter: SPCA Best Record Store: Shake It Records Best Comic Book Store: #3 Shake It Costume Shop: #3 Casablanca

New Store: #3 Queen City Cookies #7 Spun Piercing Studio: #2 Skincraft Tattoo Shop: Designs By Dana Best Apartment Community: #2 American Can Lofts Cincinnati Neighborhood: #3 Northside






Claire Darley, Ollie Kroner, Sara Mulhauser, Ana Bird, Erin N. Morris, St. Boniface, Patricia Nance, Claire Darley, Kelly Walsh, Autumn Marie Foster, Lucia Jackson, Jonathan Sears, Martha Dourson, Nick Mitchell, Alisa Balestra, Lauren Jones, Cynthia Allen, Steve Sunderland, Robert Harris, Yuichi Kimura, Mike Moroski, Rae Hoffman, Tommy Reuff, Dylan McCartney

artwork: Elodie Freeman, Northside Farmer’s Market, LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center, St. Boniface, Patricia Nance, Sarah Buffie, Jon Hughes/ photopresse, Dramakinetics, Terrence Burke, Jonathan Sears, Nick Mitchell, Future Life Now, Happen Inc., WordPlay

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

layout, Design and editorial management Jeni Jenkins of Uncaged Bird Design Studio

Social Media Coordinator Kevin Cain

Proofreaders Mati Senerchia, Carolyn Banfield, Steph Bernard

delivery team James Moore, 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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EVENTS CALENDAR-APRIL Mission statement:

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.

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. The NCC meets the third Monday of the month, (except January and February, fourth Monday due to holidays) at 7:00 PM at McKie Recreational Center, 1655 Chase Avenue.

The Northsider Monthly newspaper is published on the first Friday of the month and is distributed to businesses and residents in the 45223 zip code. life & culture 45223


NORTHSIDE TIDBITS Northside Community Council Updates

produce perks kicks off in may at the Northside farmer’s market

Bring your friends and family to 11th Annual Northside Art in the Park- a young, hip, wacky, crafty, fine art sale.

Great American Cleanup Northside’s big clean up usually draws over 100 volunteers. This year, the cleanup is scheduled for May 17 9:00-12:00, and wraps up with a pizza party for all of the volunteers. Contact Kelly Walsh to sign up: Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) NSP Funds were approved by the City, bringing $5,000 into Northside to help fund various neighborhood initiatives, including the 4th of July Parade, CAIN’s Hunger Walk, the Youth Soccer Program, and the production of The Northsider! Land Use Plan Update The revised Northside Land Use Plan has cleared a few major hurdles, and is nearing finalization. Guided by a broad collaboration between Northside Community Council, Northside Business Association, the City of Cincinnati, and numerous neighbors, the Land Use Plan outlines a vision for the future of our community. The latest draft is available at Community Learning Centers Both Chase Elementary School and Parker Woods Montessori are designated as “Commmunity Learning Centers” by Cincinnati Public Schools. The NCC Education Committee will be hosting a meeting between the schools, parents, and neighbors to discuss how to best build this relationship. For more info contact Sue Wilke, education committee chair at suewilke@ Northside Soccer The Spring season launched this week. Northside is represented by 4 teams, sponsored by Happen Inc., Queen City Cookies, Ellanet, and WordPlay. The soccer program has a new home field thanks to a partnership between the Soccer Committee and Parker Woods Montessori.

Northside Art in the Park Returns May 10, 2014 at Jacob Hoffner Park


Healthy foods should be available to everyone. This is the sentiment behind the new Farmers’ Market program “Produce Perks” that kicks off in May. Five participating markets across Cincinnati, including the Northside Farmers’ Market, in partnership with OSU Extension, City of Cincinnati Health Department, and the City of Cincinnati Creating Healthy Communities initiative, will launch an EBT incentive program to promote access to fruits and vegetables. The incentive is a dollar-for-dollar match to every dollar spent (up to $10) using an Ohio Direction Card at the market. Individuals who use their Ohio Direction Card at the market receive these bonus dollars in tokens, and can spend them on any fruits or vegetables at the marked. This ongoing program allows EBT card users to receive Produce Perks during each visit to any participating market. Please stop by the Northside Farmers’ Market, held at 4222 Hamilton Ave., Wednesdays from 4pm7pm and we can answer any questions about the program.

For More Information: Ana Bird, 513-614-3671 Northside Farmers Market Manager #nsidefarmersmkt

Keep an eye out for new lids and signage on recycling containers along Hamilton and in Hoffner Park! In 2010, the NCC received a District Priority Grant from the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District for a pilot recycling program. More than 35,000 pounds of recyclables later, it’s time for a few small tweaks. Tori Houlihan of Citizens on Patrol (COP) identified cans that were underused or contaminated by non-recyclable materials; NCC board members James Kinsman, Ollie Kroner and Mati Senerchia worked with COP to develop a new strategy. Containers will be paired with trash cans, equipped with new lids accepting recyclables only, and set apart by local artist Ursula Roma’s permanent new signage. These measures should make recycling easier and more intuitive for residents and visitors to Hamilton Avenue - helping to keep Northside clean, green and beautiful!

With outdoor temperatures rising, flowers blooming and the appearance of shorts again, what a great time to think about Summer Camps! If you haven’t yet registered for our “Best of the City” camps, take advantage of our $10 discount from April 1 – 15 on these selected camps:

You will find unique affordable gifts crafted by local artists just in time for your next party, wedding or birthday! While you are shopping at over 50 artists’ booths, you and your children will be entertained by family activities and live music. Red Sesame and Roll With it Café Food Trucks will be there for lunch and parking lots are available for a nominal fee throughout Northside. Northside Art in the Park is going to be better than ever this year because we have new branding, new media outlets, new artists, new promotions, family activities, food trucks and music! Northside Art in the Park will lead the Northside Second Saturday events which are later that night and the sale is one week prior to the Weston Art Gallery’s “North by Northside” artist studio tour fundraiser. Northside Art in the Park is sponsored by the Northside Business Association and The Artist Group. The Northside Art in the Park began in 2003 and is a complement to the Northside Holiday Art Sale held in December.

For More Info:\northsidesecondsaturdays Sara Mulhauser Northside Art in the Park Organizer (C) 513-335-1067

monthly fundraiser to support the northsider newspaper

Northside Celebrates Earth Day with Recycling Upgrades


Chameleon is hosting a monthly Northsider benefit THIRD Fridays (except June) April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18, & Aug 15 10% of bar sales go to The Northsider.

April 18-The Northsider Showcase

w/ Sudan Moon, Night Bees, Juan Cosby, B-Rad from the Breeze, and Blackey Portland @ Chameleon. 4114 Hamilton Ave. 21+ only. Free.

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LABOITEAUX WOODS NATURE CENTER: * Preschool Camp: Lights, Camera, Action! (4 - 5 years old, preKdg) 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – July 21 - 25 * PARADE! (5 post Kdg - 12 year olds) 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. – June 30 - July 3 11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. – Parade on Friday, July 4 * Nature Explorers Camp (7 - 9 years) 9:30a.m. - 3:00p.m – July 14 - 18 * Outdoor Skills Camp (10 - 14 years) 9:30a.m. - 3:00p.m. – June 16 - 18 Overnight: June 19 7p.m. -June 20 9a.m. AT NATURECAMP IN FRENCH PARK 9:30a.m. - 3:00p.m. Ages 5 -12 – June 30 - July 3 (Mon - Thurs; no camp on July 4th) TRAILSIDE NATURE CENTER IN BURNET WOODS: * Preschool Camps (ages 4 - 5) 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Different activities for each week! June 16 - 20 AND July 14 - 18 * Urban Safari Camp (ages 6 - 8) 9:30a.m. - 3:00p.m. July 28 - August 1 Daily hikes, games, crafts and other hands-on activities help to ensure that children get outside and enjoy nature, meet new friends and have a lifetime of happy memories of their experiences at Cincinnati Parks Summer Camps. To reserve your spot now, visit our online registration at: Erin N. Morris Assistant Manager, Explore Nature! Cincinnati Park Board 513-321-6070 ext 16 vol. 1 | Issue 7 APRIL 14’ 3


Making a difference the st. boniface way

8th Graders Host Mardi Gras Carnival for Charity

Honored with 2013 Risk Communication Award


Submitted by St. Boniface

ighth grade students from St. Boniface hosted a Mardi Gras Carnival for the entire school. Students were able to purchase tickets for various games, activities and food. The carnival was held on Fat Tuesday, March 4th in the school gym. This event ushered in the beginning of the Lenten Season with Ash Wednesday following this traditional day of celebration. Proceeds from the carnival totaled over $700.00 and were donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the local SPCA. For More Info: St. Boniface School 4305 Pitts Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45223 513-541-5122


ach January, the Alliance for Chemical Safety (ACS) honors companies, individuals and organizations that have excelled in reducing risk, communicating risk or promoting chemical safety during the past year. On January 15, was honored with the Alliance for Chemical Safety 2013 Risk Communication Award. The risk communication award recognizes a company, organization or individual who has Mr. Matt Leary, Alliance for Chemical Safety Chair presshown outstanding leadership in ents the the Risk Communication Award to Kids+Chemicommunicating about chemical cal Safety partners, Ms. Patricia Nance and Mr. Oliver risks. Ms. Patricia Nance and Mr. Oliver Kroner accepted the award Kroner. Submitted by TERA on behalf of the Kids + Chemical a transparent and collaborative fashion. Safety website. TERA has partnered with The Cincinnati We were honored to receive this Children’s Drug and Poison Control Cenaward. Our mission is to provide chemical ter, NSF International, and the Harvard health assessment information that parents Superfund Research Program, to present can understand and make well-informed expert-reviewed, up-to-date online infordecisions. As a mother of two, I am proud mation for families about children’s health of the work we are doing for other famirelated to chemicals. lies. Kids+Chemical Safety is administered by Toxicology Excellence for Risk AssessBY Patricia Nance ment (TERA), a non-profit and tax-exMs. Patricia Nance, MA, MEd is the Science empt organization that conducts scientific Outreach & Initiatives Leader at TERA and research and development on risk issues in Manager of the Kid+Chemical Safety website.


This panoramic photo was captured on Knowlton street Wednesday March 19th during Starfire’s Learning Lab walking tour of Northside. Submitted by Northsider Sarah Buffie 4 vol. 1 | Issue 7 APRIL 14’

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trash social |Clean Up-Meet Up

Food Insecurity in Northside


ne of my college housemates, Steve, ended each day by going to the kitchen to look into the refrigerator. I asked him once if he was getting a bedtime snack. “No,” he said, “I’ve done this since I was a kid. When I see that there is food in there for tomorrow, I can get a good night’s sleep.” Like a number of our neighbors in Northside, Steve grew up experiencing “food insecurity.” Sometimes he was hungry from skipped meals or eating less than he wanted. Sometimes he ate a tremendous amount of non-nutritional food because it was what his family could afford. Constant was his worry about the next meal. Was there food for tomorrow morning? According to the US Department of Agriculture “the defining characteristic of food insecurity is that, at times during the year, the food intake of household members is reduced and their normal eating patterns are disrupted because the household lacks money and other resources for food.” “More than 1 in 6 Ohio households faced food insecurity from 2010 to 2012. Only 9 states are worse off than Ohio in overall food insecurity.” It is a phenomenon that is somewhat hidden, but very present in Northside. Food insecurity can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences including physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. In Cincinnati, about 22,000 public school students receive free or reduced school lunch because of low family

income. Poverty is a complex issue and many local efforts are in place to insure greater food security including summer and weekend feeding programs, urban gardening promotion, and food pantries. In our neighborhood, the Northside Farmer’s Market has been organized to accept SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) (formerly known as food stamps.) A Sav-a-Lot replacement committee of residents is working on several fronts including improving healthy food offerings at corner stores and launching an employee owned grocery store. (contact Barry Schwartz at barrys@ With Northside now classified as a “food desert,” Churches Active In Northside’s (CAIN) Rainbow Choice Food Pantry is the highest volume provider of nutritionally dense food and produce in Northside, up to 1400 pounds weekly. CAIN serves 450 food insecure households monthly. Each household represents our most vulnerable residents, including persons with physical and mental disabilities, elderly, working poor, under- and unemployed adults, as well as more than 900 of our neighborhood children. At the April 21 Northside Community Council meeting, CAIN will announce a Northside initiative for the Freestore Foodbank Hunger Walk 2014, focused on reducing food scarcity in Northside. 100% of funds raised on behalf of CAIN are used to shop at the FSFB for food and other essentials for a small handling fee that averages twenty cents per pound. To register to walk, join or donate through the “Northside Walks with CAIN” team: For more information and participation details contact Dave Payton, CAIN’s AmeriCorps Vista member at 513-4700935 or or me at 513-542-3588 or cdarley@

BY Claire Darley Claire Darley serves on the boards of CAIN and Northside Greenspace, Inc. She teaches drawing at the Art Academy of Cincinnati


Photo: Jon Hughes/photopresse

he “Trash Social” one-hour clean-ups were revived last year by Northside Keep Cincinnati Beautiful; these one-hour cleanups were originally held years ago by Blockwatch 45223. The “Trash Socials” not only focus on cleaning up an area, but they are also great opportunities to meet neighbors and get people involved. Gathering afterwards at different establishments for happy hour also benefits our local businesses. The first “Trash Social” of 2014 was on February 23rd, and we had a record 31 people show up! We covered the areas around Mayday, including Spring Grove, the Millcreek Trail, Chambers, Dane and Boyd, sporting 45223 t-shirts donated by the Breadwinners of Happen, Inc. Afterwards, 28 people hung out for a scrumptious brunch at Mayday. Photo: Jon Hughes/photopresse The Quality of Life Committee, one of the Safety and Livability sub-committees, will continue holding “Trash Socials,” and will work to tackle other clean-up efforts this spring and summer in Northside. The Safety and Livability Committee is part of the Northside Community Council and works to recognize and support groups working in Northside on issues affecting our neighbor’s safety and community livability. Want to help or have questions? Contact Cindy Sherding at 513-379-2627 or by email: or George Murray at 513-225-3733 or by email: george.murray@ Check for events at:

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What’s Bloomin’ at Dramakinetics?


ashtanga | vinyasa | rocket | teacher training

Level 1

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING Certification: 200 hours June 6–July 2, 2014 Training Schedule Mon-Fri: 1–4 pm Sat: 9:30 am–3 pm Off on Sundays Additional Requirements 1. Lead a practice 2. Assist in 3 Yoga ah classes 3. Observe 8 classes at Yoga ah or affiliated studio 4. Written homework & journaling 5. Daily yoga practice & log Cost $2200

includes unlimited yoga during training!

BENEFITS OF YOGA CERTIFICATION Become an instructor Create a home practice Awaken YOUR voice Receive hands-on experience in real yoga classes at Yoga ah Develop a Personal Teaching Philosophy Market yourself as a yoga instructor Open your own studio and beyond! 513.542.YOGA 4138 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati OH 45223 6 vol. 1 | Issue 7 APRIL 14’


ith springtime just around the corner, Dramakinetics (DK) is excited to announce the blossoming of 3 new events. Thursday, April 17 Celebrate National Philanthropy Day with UC at the Cincy Charity Golf Ball Drop at NOON! Buy a golf ball for $5; enter yourself in the raffle for a chance to win up to $1,000,000. Proceeds for golf ball drop go to local organizations. Support programs DK has to offer like DK Social Emotional Learning Through Arts Program (DK SELTA) and DK Arts Integrated Reading Program (DK AIR Program). Other programs funded include ElderArts, an arts program for elders in the community that promotes sensory integration, social interaction, and increased circulatory function. Saturday, April 19 Dramakinetics is participating

Dramakinetics students participate in improv. Submitted by Dramakinetics.

in the Autism Expo at the Sharonville Convention Center. The expo includes free parking, admission, workshop sessions (group and break out groups), copy of Autism Yellow Pages, and activities for the entire family. Friday, April 25 Dramakinetics presents, “The Short Tree and the Bird Who


Dramakinetics to host a Spring Production of Playhouse In the Parkʼs – Off the Hill Touring Play:

The Short Tree and the Bird Who Could Not Sing

Could Not Sing” by Dennis Foon, a family-friendly production brought to Northside by Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill series. Doors open at 6:00 pm for preshow activities by Dramakinetics, Happen Inc., and Wordplay at North Presbyterian Church in Northside; the Playhouse performance begins at 7:30pm. Admission is FREE. Drinks and snacks provided. First come, first served. Come experience our eclectic events. For more information, visit our website at or call for more information at 513389-1721.

By Dennis Foon

When: Friday, April 25th Time: Performance 7:30 – Doors open @ 6PM Pre-show activities 6-7:15PM by: Dramakinetics, Happen Inc. & Wordplay Refreshments and Snacks provided Location: North Presbyterian Church 4222 Hamilton Ave in Northside For more info: Call (513) 389-1721| Visit life & culture 45223

BY Autumn Marie Foster Autumn Marie Foster is currently a student at the University of Cincinnati and will graduate in 2014. Autumn is an intern with Dramakinetics.

Celebrating National Day of Puppetry at Happen!


hrough exciting events like the upcoming National Day of Puppetry at Happen Inc., the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild hope to inspire future puppeteers! I had the pleasure of sitting down with puppetry guild board member (and Northside resident) Terrence Burke, who is also the puppeteer behind Wump Mucket Puppets, to discuss the deep history of Cincinnati Puppetry, and the exciting celebration at Happen on Saturday April 26th. The event runs from 10am – 2 pm and is free. Tell me about the Day of Puppetry at Happen? There will be three styles of puppetry showcased; “Shadow Puppet Pizzazz” by Christine Langford, a marionette show by James Norman,


and “A Caterpillar’s Adventure”, a hand puppet show performed by Carly Varatta. We will also offer short puppet workshops, local puppeteers demonstrating their puppets, and the usual awesomeness that comes with all Happen Inc. events! We will be occupying both the Happen studio and Toy Lab to showcase the different performers. It will be quite exciting for everyone. That is the beauty of puppets, they can please everyone, from 5-75 years young, everyone can have a blast! Where can young puppeteers go to learn more about puppetry? -Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild welcomes anyone with an interest in puppetry for a small yearly dues. Our members include professional (Left) Puppet G’Wazzl G’Wook chilling in Northside. (Above) Children making puppets at puppeteers, puppet builders, pasNational Day of Puppetry 2013. Photos: Terrence Burke sionate amateurs, and people of all ages who just love puppetry. your hands, maybe a prop, then puppeteer, and inventor of the giant We hold meetings several times you have the ability to set up an parade balloons seen in the Macy’s a year, and produce a National impromptu performance, even as an Thanksgiving Day Parade was marDay of Puppetry celebration every individual. Puppets are truly connectried in Cincinnati and now rests at Spring. I suggest seeing as many ed to your soul as a form of exSpring Grove Cemetery. Puppeteers different puppet shows as you can, pression, a puppeteer can transform of America was formed here in 1937 which isn’t too hard to do in Cincinnathemselves into anyone regardless during a puppetry festival downtown, ti since we are home to two nationalof race, gender, size or shape. Who and of course television pioneer ly touring puppet companies as well knows, maybe your child can transLarry Smith who founded our pupas several independent puppeteers form themselves into the next Cincinpetry guild in 1971. We even have who perform around Greater Cincinnati puppeteer superstar! puppeteers and puppet builders who nati regularly. Our public library has have worked with The Muppets, or For more information visit many great books that will help you had their puppets used in films and learn about the many styles of this television, such as former guild presiancient art form. dent Kevin Frisch. Cincinnati really is Tell me more about Cincinnati’s history? a puppet city! BY Lucia Jackson Cincinnati has a rich history of What I learned by talking with Lucia Jackson is a Northside business owner puppetry that I encourage you to Terrence was inspiring! This is the of Kintimate Costumes. She loves and learn about, it’s quite fascinating. beauty of puppetry, you don’t need supports all things Northside related and Some of my favorite bits of history much to perform. Simply, your voice, lives here with her 8 year old son Oscar. are; Tony Sarg, a world known artist,

call to action: Yellow ribbons to support a son’s return from afghanistan My son is coming home from Afghanistan middle to end of April. I am asking my Northside community to put yellow ribbons (which I will supply) on their porches or trees for the month of April, to welcome him home. I will put the ribbons on my porch @ 4222 Brookside Ave. and invite people to come by and pick some up . I also hope to get the businesses to participate. Call 310-907-6366 for questions.

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A take on Joseph Clark Gallery

Photos: Jonathan Sears


omfortably nestled between Tone House Music and Bistro Grace, across the street from Take the Cake’s former location, is one of Northside’s hidden treasures, Joseph Clark Gallery — a space focusing on bringing African artifacts to the tri-state region through a brick & mortar shop in

Northside. If you’re new to African art or even a bit more seasoned, my suggestion is the same: visit, ask a few questions about something that catches your eye and see where the conversation leads. The reason? The vast majority of the work found in the space was personally collected by Joseph Clark and nearly every piece is attached to a story of ritual, culture or Serving the Families of Northside tribal documentation. In other For Over 28 Years! words, nothing in Joseph Clark Your Headquarters for Flu Shots & Gallery is a product of mass Medicare Part D Plan Selection production or cultural imitation; Assistance! instead, this store is the testament Call or Stop By Today! of a man who spent over 25 years traveling in and out of the South Sudan region of Africa

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speaking with tribesmen and traders, collecting prized artifacts. And as he mentioned in our recent interview, it wasn’t until he started looking into early retirement that he decided he’d expand his collection to a point where he could offer a valuable bit of diversity to Cincinnati’s local art market. Since 2013, Clark has welcomed collectors of all shapes, sizes, levels and interests to his Northside location, but he warns his gallery is not a place to find $15 trinkets and souvenirs. Instead, aside from some of the jewelry and paintings he offers on consignment, every work of art in the collection was created with purpose. Ceremonial vessels, ritualistic masks and even weapons that were often traded as currency can be found in his space. Affordable works by the Igbo, Baule, Bamana, Yoruba, and Dogan (amongst others) can be found at JCG, but being able to discuss why things were made by each culture is much more valuable than the tribal names alone. Clark also notes that he collects from regions that were directly involved in the trans-atlantic slave trade, which gives his works

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even more depth in relation to America. In other words, some of us in Cincinnati may actually be ancestrally linked to some of these artifacts without knowing it. Collector or curious, all are welcome to explore this hidden treasure and as the spring finally approaches I (personally) hope the foot traffic will continue to increase along this, the 4000, block of Hamilton Ave. Even if you’ve visited before, why not stop by again and spark a conversation? New artwork is consistently rotating into the space, so you never know what you may find. Joseph Clark Gallery 4038 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati 45223 Open: Wed - Sat // 2PM - 8PM

BY Jonathan Sears Writer, Artist and designer Jonathan Sears is the Executive Director of Professional Artistic Research (PAR) Projects. As an individual, he’s been studying art his entire life culminating with an MFA degree from The University of Maryland College Park in 2006. These days he looks to build an arts & education center for Northside and help teach practical arts training to teens and adults of our region.

WESLEYAN CEMETERY COMES ALIVE! start Wesley College, a Methodist church group purchased the 24 acres on Colerain from Timothy Kirby for a cemetery with a caretaker’s house and chapel. (The cemetery presently has no connection with the Methodists). It originally was a beautiful graveyard, but even by 1914 it was experiencing neglect. Compounding the problem was the city’s failure , until 1953, to annex the cemetery grounds, so many issues were not resolved. By then, concerns had risen about unmarked and mismarked graves. In 1975 and again in 1992 families of veterans fought with Photo: Jon Hughes/photopresse caretakers to find the sites of their ancestor’s esleyan Cemetery, graves. Claims of unearthed bones originally about in discarded dirt piles and resell24 acres (currently ing of burial plots surfaced. Funds about 20) located earmarked for Wesleyan Cemetery at 4003 Colerain Avenue, is one of went missing. Northside’s jewels. There are veter“Friends of Wesleyan”, comans of every war the United States posed of concerned and dedicathas fought buried at Wesleyan. It is ed families of those buried there, one of the oldest cemeteries in conformed a group to maintain the cemtinuous operation in Cincinnati, was etery but the time and expense of the first integrated cemetery in the this Herculean task proved too much. Cincinnati area, and was the first in Eventually, through court proceedings, Cincinnati designed in park like fashthe City of Cincinnati was ordered ion, with winding paths and borderto maintain Wesleyan. In 2001, the ing trees. Much of its history, howevcaretaker’s home and 3 acres of er, has been plagued by neglect and land were sold through a sheriff’s misuse. That is about to change! sale when the last Trustee took a Let’s start with a brief history. mortgage against these parcels and In 1843, because Wesley Chapel’s failed to pay the mortgage. Catherine Street Cemetery in downIn September, 2013, the Veteran town Cincinnati wanted the space to



Photo: Jon Hughes/photopresse

and Military Family Advocacy Network (V.A.M.F.A.N.) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital adopted Wesleyan Cemetery. In addition to its 3 large clean up events a year coinciding with Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans’ Day, its goal is to work with the Northside Community to ensure the cemetery is kept in a manner respectful of those interred there, and pleasing to their families. The first event this year is the Spring Clean-up, scheduled for Saturday, April 5, from 9-1. Bring your own clean up tools if you can. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will be there with plenty of tools as well. Call Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, 352-4385, to register for this event (if possible), or just show up! The current “Wesleyan” group that has been meeting is composed of the following: Stefanie Sunderland, Kathy Dahl and Martha Dourson, from Northside; Brooke Lehenbauer from Keep Cincinnati Beautiful; and Tim Kellard from the City of Cincinnati; Michelle Zdunic, representing VAMFAN. Contact Martha Dourson with questions and for the

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opportunity to get involved, including donations to advance this effort. Look for the next article in May’s Northsider Monthly detailing the work being done on Wesleyan’s historical significance, improvements slated for the cemetery headstones and landscaping and even a wish list for Wesleyan! And don’t forget to vote. The Cincinnati Preservation Association is soliciting responses through on-line voting to identify the top 50 historic sites in Cincinnati. Please vote for the 2 in Northside that have been nominated – Wesleyan Cemetery and Farmer’s Hotel. Go to ad.psp?cid=523203&ref=pjm+sig and click on “View Entries”, then vote for the 2 historic sites. Voting ends April 10th!

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Shake It Celebrates Quindecennial Anniversary

(Left) Shake It’s vinyl basement is stocked with over 10,000 LPs. (Above) Some of Shake It’s more outlandish offerings. Photos: Nick Mitchell


Brokering Fine Homes Since 1946

Emily Buzek Valentino Sales Vice President

2716 Observatory Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45208 Cell (513) 602-7414 E-mail

“Northside’s most prolific Realtor” – Cincinnati Enquirer, June 2013 10 vol. 1 | Issue 7 APRIL 14’

hake It Records is Cincinnati’s most reputable record store, a charming centerpiece to Northside’s eclectic neighborhood. For 15 years, owner Jim Blase and company have offered up an experience that the digital music industry is powerless to emulate. Extensive, physical album art, superior audio quality, and a commitment to quality service are just a few of the things absent from the omnipresent, mp3-heavy e-commerce experience. In fact, national vinyl sales grew 32% in 2013, despite the popularity of music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora. “We’re always here,” promises Shake It staff member Travis Talbert. “We’ve always got records, turntables, receivers, and things like that. We’re just trying to get people to love getting the physical copy of something; and [appreciate] that it’s a lot of fun to be able to hold it, look at all the artwork, and read things.” Stocked with over 8,000 records and 30,000 compact discs, Shake

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It boasts a diverse stockpile of ear candy and collectibles. Avant garde, jazz, reggae, post-punk, electronic, rock, blues, and Afrobeat albums, as well as cultural magazines, fanzines, and limited edition vinyl figurines line the shelves of the 3,200 square foot storefront. The Black Keys, Tegan and Sara, The B.E.A.T., Dropkick Murphys, and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, The Black Crowes) are just a few of the many popular acts who have performed live in Northside’s nationally recognized record store. Commemorating 15 years of selling records to Northsiders and music lovers abroad, Shake It celebrated its March birthday with a slew of in-store music events, including performances by Shake It recording artists Daniel Martin Moore, Wussy, and Frontier Folk Nebraska. Not your typical local record label, Shake It Records has assisted in vinyl distribution for a slew of noteworthy

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artists, including rockers The National, Thee Shams, Heartless Bastards, DriveBy Truckers, and Hogscraper, as well as hip-hop acts Glue, John Doe (1200 Hobos), Mr. Dibbs, and Maker. Northside’s homegrown trash pop trio, Tweens, will be lending a very special in-store performance to Shake-It in celebration of the internationally recognized Record Store Day, Saturday, April 19. “We’ll have everything that comes out that day,” exclaims Talbert. “We’ll open the doors at 9 o’clock.” History will repeat itself once again as vinyl enthusiasts line up along Hamilton Avenue in hopes of obtaining a copy of the 400+ limited releases that will briefly hit the shelves that day. “We’re going to have a drawing for the first five spots in line this year; where every time you come in and buy something (before Record Store Day), you can come in and get another chance (to be entered into the drawing). It rewards people for coming into the store on a regular basis,” explains Talbert. “You get more chances to be in the front of the line.” The contest in place will favor loyal, vinyl-loving connoisseurs over the opportunistic profiteers who will undoubtedly attempt to take advantage of the lopsided supply and demand of these rare album release days. Talbert reiterates, “Because a lot of times it’s the ebay people that show up super early and buy things, and then just resell them. We’re more trying to reward people for coming in and actually wanting to enjoy the records for themselves.” For a list of recent additions to the store, visit Shake It Records’ official website on the web at:

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The Value of Healthy Lifestyles and Boundaries | Beginning the Conversation

ass media sends many different messages to women and girls about how they are supposed to look, think, and act. It is as if there is an unspoken value system rooted deeply in looking a specific way based on video vixens, super models, celebrity housewives, and the Kardashians of the world. Sadly, and often with consequence, the endless stream of media messages can affect how women and teenage girls view themselves. And to a young woman, the messages received can be very distracting and disillusioning, especially as they impact a young woman’s choice of a significant other. To impressionable young women, particularly by ages 14 and 15, those oversexed messages can chip away at personal self-esteem and can create extremely unrealistic expectations - of themselves and others. While sexuality is completely normal and a healthy part of life, every woman (and person) should have the opportunity to experience relationships that allow her to flourish by feeling safe, secure, and appreciated. These relationships should, of course, also allow women to grow into fully developed people, who are able to learn and love holistically. And yet, many women struggle to form healthy lifestyles and relationships because of mass media

messages and the unrealistic expectations they create. At Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, staff strive to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to delay the onset of sexual involvement and to reduce risks associated with early sexual activity. Educators at Planned Parenthood present and provide a wide array of sexuality programming in and under the context of healthy relationships, personal responsibility in relationships, simple tips and advice, and reflection for critical self-esteem building. A healthy relationship with someone should always constitute and demand the following: • a basic foundation of appreciation and respect • natural exploration and curiosity into each other’s interests • responsibility for one’s words and actions • communication, trust, acceptance of the differences between an ideal mate and the real person • realization that a partner will not be able to meet all needs • a willingness to negotiate and compromise on wants There are several healthy lifestyle programs Planned Parenthood offers: Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation - deals with the misconceptions and questions around gender identity and personal expression as



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well as sexual orientation. “I’m Priceless” - an abstinence focused program to help youth understand their values Sex through the Ages - encourages participants to consider positive ways of being sexual as they age Sexually Transmitted Infections & Pregnancy Prevention - teaches young people the basics for how to protect themselves “Let’s Talk” - a resource for parents on ways to talk to your children about sex “READY” or “REAL” - a comprehensive sexuality program including violence prevention Personal Responsibility Education Program - a “train the trainer” program for youth who have been involved in the foster care and juvenile justice system. With the array of important and affordable programs Planned Parenthood offers, the time is right to begin a conversation with a child, a friend, or a loved one about the value of creating healthy and safe relationships. Not sure how to begin the conversation? Planned Parenthood’s staff of education professionals have the tools needed to assist young people as they become selfaware, more secure, and confident in their sexual health - and so can you. If you are a daycare provider, parent, teacher, or friend of a young person in need of tools or informa-

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You are a whole person. Your feet are a result of genetics + use + environment. Seven steps for maintaining or restoring foot health:


t’s finally spring! You may be thinking of allowing your tootsies to experience the open air again. April also happens to be national awareness month for the often maligned, but crucial to our well-being, foot. Feet, though much taken for granted, set off a complex biomechanical sequence that extends into the legs and body to nourish our bones and activate our circulatory system for vitality instead of disease. The multi-directional arches of the feet are like springs. These springs are intricately designed to be loaded with tension and when released, they propel us forward or up. When the 26 bones of the foot cannot harmoniously articulate and vary their shape, we lose our springiness, and walking requires extra effort contributing to poor alignment, as well as compression and shear in joints, the root cause of osteoarthritis. A problem in the foot never stays in the foot, and a problem in the foot doesn’t necessarily start there either.

Bunions, hammer toes, Morton’s Neuroma and the like can be reversed if you start working with them at early signs of the problem instead of many years later. Barefoot or Shoes? Many experts are reexamining the effects of shoe height and contour in response to the craze for minimalist shoes and barefoot running. Shoes change the shape of the foot, literally molding and shifting the bone structure. It is like wearing a brace that can either support and enhance or disrupt and damage. Obviously, tight shoes and high heels are going to make a big impact if they are worn day in and day out. Shoes limit motion the way that orthotics do, and this is more often a negative

feature than a positive one. Funny Walks. Many foot ailments are driven by “how” we walk. No one walks perfectly, but there are helpful strategies that have a positive impact on our feet, low back, neck and even shoulders. An ongoing challenge in our specialized society is thinking about ourselves as whole persons. The way you walk is a whole person activity that impacts the health of your feet. Your feet are a result of genetics + use + environment. To make the most of your feet, it is important to approach them not as separate appendages, but as one aspect of an elegant system.

BY Cynthia M. Allen Cynthia Allen is a partner in Future Life Now which specializes in wellbeing and growth. She is an expert in walking, feet and just about anything related to movement as a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Bones for Life trainer. She sees babies to adults as well as offering classes. Cynthia can be reached at 513.541.5720,, or email her at life & culture 45223

1. Chose shoes wisely. Look for shoes with a wide toe box and zero heel lift or drop. Your toes are meant to be wider than the ball of your foot. When shoes force the narrowing of the toes, we can expect bunions, fused joints, hammer toes, and fallen arches. 2. Keep your children out of shoes as much as possible. Their bones are still forming and the more they have open air, the better. 3. When standing, try distributing the weight from the ball of the foot toward the center of the heel and avoid hyper extending the knees. 4. Go barefoot frequently. For most healthy individuals, balance problems are more likely to develop from being over supported by shoes than under supported. 5. Stimulate your foot with different surfaces: various carpets, hard wood floors, grass, pebbles. (Choose safe surfaces.) This kind of stimulation is good for us. 6. Twiddle your toes to restore and enhance foot mobility. Visit: for a free video tutorial on

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of people in need. Reversing the attitude ow is the time to assert, “We, toward the average citizen must start Too, Are Human.” We are It is time to embrace that all people have the right to life, liberty, with a recognition that, “We, Too, Are talking about acknowledging a and happiness. We must be willing to take up the banner--to take up Human.” We recognize that people with daring idea: that the poor are the struggle, to protect the human rights of all of us.” low incomes, challenges, and difficulties human and deserve to be considered as in finding work and shelter, are first and full members of society. The same is true foremost human beings. This means that for minorities, for women, for so-called and useful educational reform program, and no respect is due in the ways in which we are written disabled, for hard working single parents, for the supportive health reform effort. The average citiabout, the ways in which government develops homeless, for those in jail, and for children in our zen has both the reality of shrinking resources and programs, and in the behavior of leadership in this schools, too. The recent political and social attacks the expansion of criticism about the uselessness of city. This means that colleges must be able to risk on the vulnerable in our society are both depressour population of the poor. We can ask our commuopening their doors to children and adults without ing and destructive of the fabric of the American nity the following questIons: great incomes. Schools with very poor children creed of justice for all. We often approve of When will the government invest in the people need our best teachers, and now. People with chalbrutality against those whom we identify as too so that public jobs, a fair wage, and secure lenges must be welcomed to work in our society. different. Muslims, homeless, and the so-called jobs can be offered? It is time to say that the demonization of the poor disabled know this chronic pain. The tolerance of and vulnerable must stop and a new recognition of no work or low paid work continues to destroy When will colleges and universities accept the people must arise: “We, Too, Are People.” It is time hope in our society and has had long term affects reality that poor people deserve a free and to embrace that all people have the right to life, in lowering expectations for connections between creative education? liberty, and happiness. We must be willing to take jobs and our schools and colleges. Shredding the How much longer will the urban core be the up the banner--to take up the struggle, to protect government safety net in long term employment site of gentrification, forced removal of low the human rights of all of us. benefits, food stamps, and monies for cities has left income people, and health risks for poor neighbora tremendously large community in tatters. We hoods? read that there are sub-human sections of our city, What will it take for employers to overcome neighborhoods, that have large and different life prejudice toward people in wheelchairs, expectancies, the rich living longer, the poor living people with learning difficulties, and people with shorter lives. We hear the message: “They are not great talent and break a longterm reality of povhuman beings--they may not even deserve to live. erty, isolation, and violence? They certainly do not deserve to live with us.”

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We are struck by the silence of our progressive groups in society about the denigration and destruction of caring about this growing group of the needy. Cincinnati’s leadership, like many cities, has been in a state of denial about how badly fundamental services are given to the groups in greatest need. There is no comprehensive jobs program, no healthy food program, no realistic rental and housing program, no understandable

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Who will take the leadership and declare that long term trends in inequality will not be tolerated any longer in our social, educational, and economic institutions? The answers to these questions lay, in part, in our electoral process. Clearly, politicians have a belief that the poor’s votes don’t count. Entire mayoral or council elections just like presidential elections can fail to mention the deep problems

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BY Steve Sunderland, Robert Harris, & Yuichi Kimura Steve Sunderland, Robert Harris, and Yuichi Kimura are members of the Peace Village.


It’s time to take back the neighborhood


Don’t be afraid to walk and get to know our streets—The charm of Northside is that it’s small and walk-able. While you should not walk around alone, especially at night (in any neighborhood, for that matter), you should walk around Northside in groups. It saves gas, lowers our carbon footprint, and encourages us to meet our neighbors so that we are able to identify when something isn’t right. Self awareness is key to preventing crime. If something happens, report it. Personally, I have experienced an attempted robbery (in Hoffner Park) and have been harassed more than once on Chase and Hamilton Ave. My biggest regret is that I did not report these. I called the Police Department and was immediately tossed into a frustrating bureaucracy of transfers that I eventually hung up on. Tons of crimes go unreported every week. These unreported crimes skew the crime statistics, make us feel even more alienated and encourage the perpetrator to commit harmful acts again. Reporting a crime, no matter how daunting, puts the power back into the hands of the victim and allows for the Police department to do their job. Be meaningful with your words. Whether you were raised in Northside, lived here for a few years or you are a recent transplant, you rep-



n light of recent events and regarding the waves of crime and robberies that have hit Northside, we all must do our part to make Northside safer; however it’s not going to be easy. Northside is comprised of business owners, students, seniors, and children. We take pride in being a family friendly neighborhood and a place to visit, drink good beer and listen to music. In just a span of a few square miles Northside is the home to blacks, whites, Jews, Catholics, atheists, gays—to name a few. So how does such a diverse neighborhood fight crime? We work together.



Your Vote, Your Voice |Get to Your Polls on May 6th

s my friend David Pepper says about politics, “there is never an off year.” Obviously, 2014 is an important one as there are numerous exciting State-wide races – from Governor to Treasurer to Attorney General to Secretary of State. And, of course, there are all the State-wide Congressional races. On a national level, Southwest Ohio is facing Congressional races in District 1 and District 2 – both of which will have primaries to determine the Democratic candidate in the May election. On a more fundamental and grassroots level, we will all be able to elect our new Precinct Executives, or keep our current ones, on May 6th. What is a “Precinct Executive?” and “why should I care?” you may ask. In brief, Precinct Executives control the local Democrat & Republican Parties. They are elected to do a number of things, the most important of which are as follows: 1) Determine the direction of their party 2) Set bylaws and governing principles for their party

3) Endorse candidates for political office Yes, the job consists primarily of attending meetings and the like, but the Precinct Executives truly have the last word on WHO is endorsed for WHAT office. If you are tired of the candidates your Party endorses, then the Precinct Executive races should be of great interest to you. On the other hand, if you LOVE who your Party endorses then. . .well. . .the Precinct Executive races should ALSO be of great interest to you. To cut to the chase – the most fundamental way YOU can have a say in your Party is by voting for & supporting your Precinct Executive. Chances are you already know who is running for Precinct Executive for your precinct. The candidates are typically folks who are already very involved in their communities. If you don’t know in what precinct you live, you can go to http:// for all of that information. Many people were upset with how the 2013 Council and Mayoral elections turned out. However, many people were also overjoyed life & culture 45223

resent Northside. You are a leader to someone else in the community. Don’t use hateful rhetoric or assume anything about the people around you. Being supportive, creating helpful dialogue, and having faith in our community is what will separate us from other communities that experience the same problems. Be careful what you post on social networks, whether it’s after a crime or responding to a recent event—everyone reads your words and creates conclusions about who you are and what you represent. Hurtful, racist, unfair words can harm your business, your public face, and make Northside appear intolerant to outsiders. Finally, don’t be afraid to speak up. The more we talk about what is happening, the closer we can come to finding solutions. Your voice matters.


BY Rae Hoffman Rae Hoffman lives in Northside with her pug, Athena. She has a BA and MFA in Poetry. She has been published in Kenning, Poetica Magazine, Red River Review, and is forthcoming in Mojo. When she is not working, she knits religiously, listens to local bands around Cincinnati, and wanders around trying to find the beauty and secret to everything.

(such is the way of Democracy). The fact is that, regardless of how you felt about the results of the 2013 elections, voter turnout was embarrassingly low. Our Democracy only works when the PEOPLE, for whom Democracy exists, get out and VOTE. Your vote is your voice, and I urge you to use in on May 6th, 2014. One thing’s for certain – Northside is involved. That is one of the things I admire so much about your neighborhood. So please, urge all of your friends in other neighborhoods to follow your example. Happy voting, Happy baseball season, and happy Spring.

BY Mike Moroski Mike Moroski has been active in the community for 12 years fighting for issues affecting low-income people, education, homelessness, and affordable housing. He currently serves as Director of Community Outreach at Lower Price Hill Community School, board member, activist, & educator and has two post-graduate degrees: one in English, and one in Nonprofit Administration. vol. 1 | Issue 7 APRIL 14’ 15


Happen Northside: Happen’s Kid Film Critics


appen’s Kid Critics tackle a recent work of an indie filmmaking favorite - Wes Anderson’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel Fantastic Mr. Fox. The foxy Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) just can’t seem to overcome his animalistic nature. He’s a chicken-hunting fox, despite being a smart and much respected family guy with a lovely wife (Meryl Streep) and a young son (Jason Schwartzman). When the urge to snatch and grab a few birds gets the best of him, Mr. Fox finds himself at odds with a trio of human farmers that will stop at nothing to get their revenge, but he bands together with his tightknit animal neighbors and seeks to solve his and all their problems, quite fantastically. Check out what the Kid Critics think about this family-friendly entertainment (which was nominated for two Academy Awards - Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature) and if you’re interested, dash off to the movies to catch Anderson’s latest film - The Grand Budapest Hotel. - 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 Fantastic Mr. Fox. Read the reviews below, and be sure to watch Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Reviews of “Fantastic Mr. Fox ” “The animator was great. I loved the bright colors and the scenery. I think Wes Anderson did a good job at directing this movie. I would give this movie five out five stars.” -Henry “I loved Fantastic Mr. Fox. I think it had the proper amount of funny, action and plot. I also think It tells how all of us are different and that’s a wonderful thing.” -Maxwell “I would say it is a kind of good. There is a lot of shooting in it. I would give it three out of five stars.” -Oscar “There is a lot of shooting animals. I think it’s really awesome. I think you should watch it too.” -Gwen

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education: YOUTH

WordPlay to host Ride for Reading week


Promoting literacy among local children

ordPlay will be co-organizing the second year of Ride for Reading in Cincinnati, along with Spun Bicycles, MoBo Bicycle Cooperative and Queen City Bike. Ride for Reading is a Nashville based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy and healthy living by donating books via bicycle to children from low-income areas. According to the Handbook of Early Literacy Research, the ratio of books per child in low-income neighborhoods is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children—that’s what WordPlay and Ride for Reading are aiming to improve. Since their start in February 2008, Ride for Reading has donated more than 110,000 books to kids at Title I schools. “Getting books into the homes of families who don’t have them is a critical first step in improving literacy,” says WordPlay Executive Director Libby Hunter. “Many families appreciate reading greatly, but don’t have income beyond the basic necessities to prioritize a home library.” Ride for Reading Week happens in May (National Bike Month), from May 5th to May 11th. The group will be delivering books to their partner school, St. Boniface in Northside, on Wednesday, May 7th at 1:15 pm on the school playground (or in the gym if it rains). The children of St. Boniface will be greeted by a parade of bicyclists, who cruise up to the school toting books of all sorts. The bicyclists will present the children with the books and teach them about the importance of literacy as well as safe bicycling practices. Last year was a huge success— the co-organizers and dedicated volunteers delivered over 400 books to students at St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys in Over the Rhine. This year, they’re shooting bigger,

Students in OTR select books at the 2013 Ride for Reading event. Photo: WordPlay

aiming to deliver 1,200 to 1,500 books to the 220 students at St. Boniface. There will be a kick-off potluck dinner for Ride for Reading open to the public Sunday, May 4th from 4-6 pm at Hoffner Park in Northside. All are welcome and encouraged to bring a dish to share. Want to get involved? WordPlay and Ride for Reading can use your help from the community for the week’s events. Donations of new or gently used children’s books for preschool age through 8th grade are being accepted at WordPlay, Spun, Vice Mayor David Mann’s office at City Hall, and MoBo. Cyclists are also needed to help with delivery; the route begins in Over-the-Rhine, where the donated books are warehoused (thanks to Coffee Emporium), and ends at St. Boniface on Chase Avenue in Northside. Bicyclists carry the books to the school in backpacks, messenger bags and bike trailers.

The books are then arranged by grade level on tables that are set up on the playground, where the big event will occur. The co-organizers also need volunteers to be at the school ahead of time to set up tables at noon on the day of delivery and stay their to help work the event— helping children choose books and such. They’re also graciously accepting donations to help cover the costs of the event. For more info: Visit: Call 513-260-8129 or email info@

BY Dylan McCartney Dylan is the Journalism intern for WordPlay Cincy.

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events calendar – APRIL

FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND NORTHSIDE THIS MONTH. Every Saturday-International Folk Dancing Runs until April 11 –– Deep in Thought: ONGOING EVENTS: Every Monday - Community Yoga class @

North Presbyterian Church in gym (6:30 to 7:30PM) Class taught by Christopher Bueker, in collaboration with the Greater Cincinnati Yoga Project. Cost: Free. Contact: 4222 Hamilton Ave

First Monday – Northside Business

Association Monthly Meeting @ Happen, Inc. (6PM) The Northside Business Association is a resource for all Northside Businesses and works to continually improve the neighborhood. 4201 Hamilton Avenue. For more information, call 513-541-4745 or email:

Third Monday (Fourth Monday January

and February) – Northside Community Council Monthly Meeting @ McKie Rec Center (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. McKie Center, 1655 Chase Avenue.

Every other Monday – The Qtet @

Northside Tavern (9PM) The Qtet plays every other Monday. Influences range from Miles Davis to Van Halen. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave.

Every other Monday – Northside Jazz

Ensemble @ Northside Tavern (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. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave.

Every Monday – Bomb’s Away Comedy

Open Mic @ Mayday (8PM) Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave.

Every Tuesday – Teen Crafts @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3PM) 4219 Hamilton Ave. For information, call 513-369-4449 or email Sarah. Every Tuesday – Zumba @ McKie Center (6PM) 1655 Chase Avenue. ”If you are perfect don’t come”- you’ll ruin our demographic.

First wednesday– The Chris Comer Trio @

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

Every Wednesday – Open Shop @ Mobo Bicycle CoOp (6PM) 1415 Knowlton Avenue. For information mobobicyclecoop. org or Every Wednesday – Kreative Kids @

Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3PM) For information call 513369-4449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@

Every Wednesday – Northside Farmers Market @ North Presbyterian Church auditorium (4-7PM) The NFM is a twelvemonth market that brings tri-state farmers to the city of Cincinnati to sell their produce, meat, eggs, crafts and fruit. Mid-Oct to Mid April months the NFM lives in the North Presbyterian Church Auditorium. NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside.

Every Second Saturday – Basement Reggae Night @ The Comet. (10PM) DJ Grover, Abiyah and Boss Lady bring you all vinyl, all the time. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. Every Sunday– Comet Bluegrass Allstars @ The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave.

Third Wednesday – Learning Lab Gathering

Weekdays –– OPEN STUDIO @ Happen,

hosted by Starfire @ McKie Center (6PM) 1655 Chase Avenue. Citizens are gathering every month to meet-up over community building and inclusion. The gatherings are a springboard for people’s ideas around community related projects, as well as opportunities to learn from local citizens. Hosted by Starfire, free, and open to all. Each gathering begins with a potluck. For information

Every Thursday – Preschool Story Time @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (1PM) For information call 513369-4449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@ Every Thursday – Slow and Steady Bike Ride @ Leaves from Hoffner Park 4104 Hamilton Avenue (7:30PM) Cost: Free. Join this welcoming and easy bike ride. LAST Thursday – Folk & Fiction @ The

Every Tuesday – CoOp Night @ Mobo

Every SATURDAY – Zumba @ McKie

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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 Wednesday – Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke @ Northside Tavern (9PM) Live band karaoke. Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave.

Listing Loon 4124 Hamilton Ave. (6-11PM) Reading and musical performances. Cost: Free. More info:

Bicycle CoOp (6PM) 1415 Knowlton Avenue. For information or

Every Second Saturday – Northside Second

Weekdays – Homework Help @ Northside

Every Tuesday – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday

(8PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave.

@ 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 Cost: $5. 5343 Hamilton Ave.

Center (6PM) 1655 Chase Avenue. ”If you are perfect don’t come”- you’ll ruin our demographic.

Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3PM) For information call 513-369-4449 or email Inc. 4201 Hamilton Avenue. 3:30 - 7:30PM (Tue.-Thu.) & 10am - 5PM (Sat.)

Paintings by Mark Betcher and Scott Carney @ Thunder-Sky Gallery, 4573 Hamilton Ave. More info: (513) 823-8914 || Web:

Runs until April 26 –– Kite Show at Ruth’s

Parkside Café @ 4101 Spring Grove Ave. Kite makers Debbie and Joe Von Bokern are displaying their kites at Ruth’s The Von Bokerns have been making kites since 1994. Their kite club, known as PIGS Aloft (People Interested In Getting Stuff Aloft) has worked with WGUC an their Airwaves Kite Fest, and with The Voice of America Museum in their monthly kite flies in West Chester. More info:

Saturday, April 5 – Drugstore Audio @ The

Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Monday, April 7– Adult Pictionary & Trivia

@ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Tuesday, April 8 – Cinthesizer & Juan Cosby

@ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (7PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Thursdays (through May 31) –– Silent Sittings and Guided Meditations @ Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 43711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220 (7:30-8:15pm ) Silent Sitting is about relaxing the mind in a relaxing atmosphere. Participants do not have to know anything at all about meditation. These are drop-in classes. Feel free to come to any or all of them. More info: | Web:

Wednesday, April 9– Hump Day Karaoke @


Thursday, April 10– Throwback Thursday

saturday april 5 – Wesleyan Cemetery Clean Up @ Wesleyan Cemetery 4003 Colerain Ave. 45223. sponsored by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and Veterans And Military Family Advocacy Network (VAMFAN). Wesleyan is the areas first integrated cemetery, home to veterans from the Revolutionary thru Gulf Wars (with 603 Civil War veterans) and is a documented part of the Cincinnati’s Underground Railroad history. Supplies and tools are provided. For more information and to sign up: event/wesleyan-cemetery-cleanup/

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The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Thursday, April 10– Let Me Put My Poems

In You w/ AP (Counterfeit Money Machine) @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web: (90’s Hip-Hop Music Videos) @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (10PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 541-2073| Web: www.thechameleonclub. com

Friday, April 11– Misunderstood @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web: SATURDAY, APRIL 12 – Little Hare’s Journey @ Craft Village 4119 Hamilton Ave. (11AM) a puppet play for young children. Simple table puppets tell the story of a special little

NORTHSIDE SCENE hare and his very important mission! Short and sweet- everyone is welcome! Cost: Free.

Hamilton Ave. (10PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 541-2073| Web: www.

Saturday, April 12– Mr. The Kid @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

friday, April 18 – The Northsider Showcase Fundraiser- w/ Sudan Moon, Night Bees, Juan Cosby, B-Rad from the Breeze, and Blackey Portland @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 541-2073| Web: www.

Sunday, April 13 – No Slave to Tomorrow & Shredded Nerve @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 541-2073| Web: www. Monday, April 14 – Adult Pictionary & Trivia

@ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

monday, April 14– Spirited Women: rediscover yourself, passions & purpose @ Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (1-2:30PM) Forever changed by our birthing and mothering experiences we’ve discovered we are creative beings with the need to self-express! Group discussion and mind-body/ yoga activities for mamas, led by Renee, a holistic creative life coach. Cost: donation ($5) More info: www.

saturday April 19 – Working Without

Weaning @ Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (12:45 - 1:45PM) Hear how one breastfeeding mom’s tips and advice for making the transition back to work as stressfree as possible. Discussion time will include advice on pumping and storing breastmilk, how to talk to your employer about pumping along with this new legal information about pumping at work, and to prepare your child’s care provider for using and storing your milk. Cost: donation ($5) More info: www.

Tuesday, April 15– Cinthesizer & Juan Cosby

sunday, April 20– Easter Sunday Service with World Outreach Christian Church @ North Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave. Sunrise at Happen outside (7AM) Breakfast (8AM) Worship (9AM) More info: (513) 681-1400 Web:

Wednesday, April 16 – Hump Day Karaoke

Monday, April 21– Adult Pictionary & Trivia @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

@ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (7PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web: @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Wednesday, April 16 – Awol-One w/

Counterfeit Money Machine & Juan Cosby @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Thursday, April 17 – BROLO Comedy

Showcase @ The Chameleon Club, 4114

Tuesday, April 22– Cinthesizer & Juan Cosby

@ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (7PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Wednesday, April 23 – Hump Day Karaoke

@ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Thursday, April 24 – Bummer Night with

John Hays @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (10PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 541-2073| Web: www.

Friday, April 25 – cartRAGE (chip-tunes) @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (10PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 541-2073| Web: www.thechameleonclub. com

Saturday, April 26 –National Day Of Puppetry @ Happen, Inc. 4201 Hamilton Ave. (10AM-2PM) The ancient art of puppetry will be celebrated when the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild and Happen present a day of puppetry on Saturday April 26th. Puppeteers and puppet builders from Greater Cincinnati will perform and present puppet demonstrations throughout the day at Happen and ToyLab, the event is free and open to the public. Attendees can enjoy a variety of styles of puppet performances as well as puppet-making crafts, and puppet displays Performers will include Christine Langford, James Norman, and Carly Varatta. Info: www.CincinnatiPuppetryGuild. com Saturday, April 26 – Larry Cerveza @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (10PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 541-2073| Web: www.thechameleonclub. com Monday, April 28 – Adult Pictionary & Trivia @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave.

(8PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Tuesday, April 29 – Cinthesizer & Juan Cosby @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave.

(7PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Wednesday, April 30– Hump Day Karaoke @ The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave.

(8PM) 21+, No cover. More info: (513) 5412073| Web:

Do you have an event, class, program, or workshop you would like listed in the Northsider? Then submit that info online: email: Calling All Artists! 2014 Northside Art in the Park Deadline April 13, 2014 11:59pm Go to:\northsideartinthepark to register. Northside Art in the Park is a fine art show with over 50 artists, family activities, food trucks and music. Booths are 10’ x 10’ and cost $40 each and as always NAP is rain or shine! Sara Mulhauser

Northside Art in the Park Organizer (C) 513-335-1067

1 Bdrm Apartment available in Two Family House 1 bedroom on the first floor of a house with a brand new kitchen and bathroom. Washer and dryer are in the basement. Easy walk to the hip and hot business district. Very convenient and close to Interstates, Downtown, and minutes to Clifton. Tenant responsible to pay all utilities including water. Terms are 12 month lease, security deposit is $ 650.00, may not apply to last months rent. Contact: Jeff Hartman 513-673-3756

4114 Hamilton Avenue Northside | 513-541-2073

Live Music, Spirits, Suds, and Fun! life & culture 45223

vol. 1 | Issue 7 APRIL 14’ 19

Northside’s newest Cafe! LOCATED IN THE

American Can Building


4101 Spring Grove Ave

MONDAY–THURSDAY lunch : 11.30–5 dinner: 5–10* FRIDAY lunch : 11.30–5 dinner: 5–11*

* kitchen closes one hour before closing

Third wednesday’s community potluck, 6-8pm mckie rec Center

For more info: Sarah @

SATURDAY dinner: 5–11*

Northsider Vol 1 | Issue 7 April 2014  

IN THIS ISSUE: [3] COMMUNITY NEWS -Northside Tidbits -Making A Difference -Kidschemicalsafety.Org Award -Food Insecurity In Northside...

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