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COMMUNITY NEWS Apple Street Market Cooperative



Mill Creek Paddlers Reach 100th Outing

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HEALTH COLUMN Walking as Medicine, as Life













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ason, Founder & Creative at We Have Become Vikings, has over 13 years of professional design experience working with fortune 100 clients to small neighborhood businesses. Working with such clients as Amazon, United, MTV2, P&G, Third Man Records and Virgin America (to name a few) Jason combines strategy and design to help clients tell stories through any means possible. Navigating across various platforms and executional tools, Jason moves across all media channels that best serve the problem. By working hard and playing hard, Jason creates kick ass work furthering his never ending passion for art, music and design. For more info visit ABOUT THE COVER: Created for the Annual Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival July 3-5th 2014.

CALL TO ARTISTS | MONTHLY COVER ART Monthly Cover Art submissions: The Northsider is seeking monthly cover art submissions from local artists. Artists will be paid $40 for published covers. All 2 dimensional pieces will be considered. One stipulation of publication is that the piece or a print be donated to The Northsider Annual Art Auction Fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be reinvested in a fund to support art projects in Northside. The remainder will help support the paper. If you are interested in having your artwork considered:

email: Subject line: Cover Art Submission

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Jason Snell, Sue Wilke, Ingrid Weber, CAIN, Lisa Mauch, Jeff Agricola, The Prohibitionists, Jon Hughes/photopresse, Nick Mitchell, Future Life Now, Happen Inc., Stephen Metz, Mati Senerchia, Jacqueline Pham, Karla Kinne, Richard Dreyer, WordPlay

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

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Jason Snell

Ollie Kroner, Ingrid Weber, James Weaver, Tricia Suit, Karl Miller, Fred Neurohr, Casey WhittenAmadon, Nick Mitchell, Alisa Balestra, Kara Scheerhorn, Steph Barnard, Rae Hoffman, Mati Senerchia, Tommy Reuff, Cynthia M. Allen, TT SternEnzi, Matt Evans

Jeni Jenkins of Uncaged Bird Design Studio

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Kevin Cain, Nick Mitchell


Proofreaders Un Jin Krantz, Carolyn Banfield

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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, Tina Myers.


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


St. Boniface Teacher Reaches Rare Milestone

NORTHSIDE TIDBITS Northside Community Council Updates The Gantry Groundbreaking The groundbreaking ceremony for the 130+ new apartments at Hamilton & Blue Rock is now re-scheduled for June 24th. Community Conversation on Education Join your neighbors for a discussion on the future of education in Northside - June 10, two sessions: 4:30-5:30, and 6:30-8:00 at Chase Elementary. 4th of July We are counting down! Now accepting float registrants at Rock & Roll Carnival band line up will be available at www. Next Meeting Community Council will meet 7PM, June 16 at McKie Rec Center.

A special Mass celebrating Miss Luken’s unmatched tenure will be on Saturday, June 14th at 4:00P.M. We invite all former students and their families to join us. There will be a reception in the school cafeteria immediately following Mass. If you would like, write a note of appreciation or a remembrance to Miss Luken and bring it to Mass on the 14th or mail/ email it to: Sister Ann Gorman, R.S.M. St. Boniface School, 513-541-5122 4305 Pitts Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

help the Northside House Tour: Nominate a House 15th Northside House Tour Returns Sunday, September 28th 2014 Have you been inside a house in the neighborhood that you think would be a good tour home? The Committee is looking for prospective homes for the 15th Northside House Tour. Nominate homes for the tour by sending an email to Please provide the address of the house, name(s) and contact information for the home owner(s), and why you are nominating the home. You can see all the houses chosen for the Northside House Tour on Sunday, September 28th, from 12-5 p.m. Tickets for the tour will be available online at: and at businesses in Northside beginning in September.

The Northside House Tour is sponsored by the Northside Community Council (NCC). The tour promotes Northside as a place to live and showcases the restoration and renovation work and new housing development taking place in the neighborhood. Proceeds from the tour benefit activities of NCC.

Inviting all Northside residents and community members ... parents, school employees, business owners, homeowners, clergy, law enforcement, non-profit leaders:

Please join us June 10 to share your thoughts about the relationships connecting the Northside community, its youth and our schools.

We want to create a shared vision of what is best for Northside’s children — finding ways our community can support and nurture them to be successful in school and life. Let's work together to plan the future of education in Northside, keeping our community Connected, Contributing and Capable! 1st Session: Telling Your Story (June 10) 2nd Session: Creating a Shared Vision ( Fall 2014) 3rd Session: Sharing Our Resources (Fall 2014)

June 10, 2014 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Chase School— 4151 Turrill Street Enter Door No. 2 to Cafeteria


iss Barbara Luken, an eighth grade homeroom teacher at St. Boniface School in Northside, will retire at the end of this school year. She began her career at St. Boniface in September of 1969, making this her 45th YEAR of teaching! To the best of our knowledge, no teacher in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has taught at one school for that length of time! Miss Luken has taught more than two generations of students and has earned the respect and admiration of many throughout the years. For the major part of her career, Miss Luken has taught primarily Middle School Science, Math and Religion, although her original field was Social Studies. Over the years, she has guided students through Science Fair projects, Math and Science Club activities and after-school study groups as well as helped students to plan innumerable Prayer Services, Liturgies and 45 May Crowning ceremonies! She also began a beloved 8th Grade tradition – hosting a Mardi Gras festival for the entire student body with proceeds benefitting various charities. Over the years, these have included victims of Hurricane Katrina, Thai tsunami support, U.S. tornado relief and most recently, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the local SPCA. Miss Luken is a woman of great faith, and this is quite evident by the manner in which she approaches the

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teaching of her students, interacts with families and co-workers and emphasizes service to others; she truly leads by example. It is evident to others that Miss Luken views teaching as a calling and a mission rather than a job. Dedicated, devoted, and competent are three words that many would use to describe Miss Luken. This school year presented a special challenge of a different kind for Miss Luken: breast cancer. Miss Luken has continued to teach daily, despite her surgery and treatments and has been a model of grace and dignity throughout this time. Her extended “St. Boniface family” of students and staff have tried to match her courage with an outpouring of love and support and feel honored to have shared this life-altering journey with her. Prayers for her healing and health will continue at St. Boniface School. After 45 years, it will seem quite strange to start a school year without Miss Luken in the 8th Grade classroom. She certainly has seen many a teacher come and go over the years and has been at St. Boniface during the tenure of, at least, seven principals. For those who know Miss Luken, she is irreplaceable, BUT…there will be a new teacher in the eighth grade classroom. Maybe, if we’re very lucky, he or she will be here for a very long time as well. We know that hallowed classroom has received countless blessings over the last 45 years.

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Apple Street Market COOPERative


Apple Street Market Cooperative will be a full service grocery store located in the former Save-A-Lot building in Northside. The market will include affordable fresh produce, assorted deli items, quality meats and dairy. This new grocery will be a place where everyone feels welcome —owned by its workers and the community. Apple Street Market will eventually be one of a network of neighborhood groceries in low food access areas. This effort is supported by Northside Community Council and Cincinnati Union Co-Op Initiative as part of their vision to “create family sustaining full time jobs while meeting the need for grocery stores that can provide quality, affordable, walkable groceries in neighborhoods that are food deserts.”

$150,000 in equity from the community. To reach this goal, the campaign is currently collecting $100 memberships as well as $10 subsidized memberships for people who qualify for SNAP benefits or free and reduced lunch at public schools. The Community-Owner contract form and information are available online and at McKie Recreation Center and Happen Inc. The Apple Street Market Cooperative campaign is organized by a committee that meets regularly in Northside. As part of the campaign, the committee met on May 28th to determine who the 23 Block Leaders would be. These group leaders are responsible for leading the campaign effort in 1 of 23 sections of Northside. Group leaders head up knocking on doors, distributing information and holding membership parties in their neighborhood section. FOR MORE INFO: visit our website at For questions, or to get involved: • Casey Whitten-Amadon (Project Manager); cwhittena@yahoo. com (513) 368-9694

A place where everyone can shop. A place that everyone can own.

Become an owner today!

Apple Street Market Community Owner Benefits: • Access to a full-service grocery store • A grocery owned by its workers & the community • A business responsive to your needs • A vote for the Board of Directors • To serve on the Board of Directors • Selective discounts • A patronage rebate in profitable years

property owners would like. The Land Development Code will update the Zoning Code to facilitate better mixed-use development and allow for a zoning map that meets the vision of Plan Cincinnati and the 2014 Northside Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which was approved by the City Planning Commission on May 16th. Keep in mind that many things already work in the current Zoning Code. Certain sections, such as Single-Family Districts will generally be carried over into the new Code and Map. The proposed zoning map for Northside will generally reflect the future land use map created in the 2014 Northside Comprehensive Land

• Purchase a share for $100 • No annual fee • Available to everyone • Subsidized for applicants who qualify for SNAP or free & reduced lunch

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Sign checks or money orders to “Cincin• Kristen Barker (CUCI President); nati Development Fund FBO Apple Street Market”Street or “Cincinnati Development Fund” • Mary Jo Minerich, Renee Martin & Apple Market Crystal Stites (Design and Messaging); for “Apple Street Market.” This account Cooperative crystal. will be held in Escrow by the Cincinnati; reneemartin30@ A place where Development Fund ateveryone Northside can Bankshop. until we reach viability amount, which is at least A place that everyone can own. • Sally Pope (Health Consultant); $150,000. No money will be spent until an owner today! Apple Street Market that amountBecome is reached. • Community Barry Schwartz & Heather Sturgill Owner Benefits: • Purchase a share for $100 (Community barrys@cinci. • Access toLiasons); a full-service grocery store • No annual fee; • A grocery owned by its workers & the community BY Casey Whitten-Amadon • Available to everyone Mail• ACommunity-Owner with business responsivecontract to your needs Born in College Hill in 1985, Casey’s family • Subsidized for applicants check or money order to: • A vote for the Board of Directors first moved to Northside in 1995. who qualify for SNAPAccording or free Apple Street Market Cooperative to Casey, “This the onlylunch time in my life that • To serve on the Board of Directors &isreduced P.O. Box 24192 no full-service grocery store has existed in • Selective Cincinnati,discounts OH 45224 Northside, or Clifton.” • A patronage rebate in profitable years College Hill,

City of Cincinnati is updating its Zoning Code and Map

n 2011, The Department of Planning and Buildings received a large grant from the federal government to create a new Land Development Code (LDC) for the City of Cincinnati, which will not only include a new Zoning Code and improvements to the Building Code but will also help streamline the permitting process. As a result, Plan Cincinnati-- the city’s comprehensive plan adopted in 2012 after a three-year public process-- has a vision focused on allowing more mixed-uses around Cincinnati’s 40 neighborhood centers. Northside is one of these Neighborhood Centers. The current Zoning Code does not allow for mixed-uses as easily as many 4 vol. 1 | Issue 9 JUNE 14’


Summer Campaign Kickoff

pple Street Market Cooperative began its Community-Ownership drive on Monday, June 2nd. In order to succeed in opening its doors in early 2015. For this first phase, the campaign must raise a minimum of


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Use Plan. Over the last month, planning staff has attended all active Community Council meetings and mailed a postcard to all property owners within the City to inform as many people as possible about these changes. The public is invited to attend one of four public meetings (all at 6:30 PM) to learn more about this process. Each meeting will be the same, repeated in four quadrants of the City held on the following dates: • Tuesday, June 17: Oakley Recreation Center • Wednesday, June 25: Elder High School (W. Price Hill) • Tuesday, July 8: Hartwell Recre-

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ation Center • Thursday, July 17: Corryville Recreation Center View the draft LDC online at www. and use an interactive map to learn about the differences between the existing and proposed zoning districts. The public can review the documents and submit input online, by phone or in person with staff members from June 2nd to August 1st. Call 513-352-4845 for more info.

BY James weaver James is a City Planner for the Department of Planning and Buildings. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and dog.




We are asking the ‘green thumbs’ of Northside to help us. If you have excess produce from your garden, will you bring it to CAIN?”

A day in the life of CAIN’s Pantry last summer – well stocked with produce. Photo: CAIN.


t last winter is but a shivery memory. And at Churches Active in Northside (CAIN), we share with the Northside community in the joys of summer. One of the pleasures of summer is the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. For several years CAIN has partnered with the Northside Farmers Market to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to our guests, particularly in making SNAP/Food Stamp usage available. Also, our “Another for A Neighbor” program invites a shopper at the Market to purchase additional items to be donated to the CAIN Pantry. (And the great NFM vendors generously donate market’s end.) We also receive produce from the Free Store Food Bank. Most food pantries do not offer fresh produce, however CAIN is a unique pantry just as Northside is a unique neighborhood. The need for produce usually exceeds the supply. We often give out over 500 pounds of produce per week to our guests. Now, we are asking the “green thumbs” of Northside to help us. If you have excess produce from your garden, will you bring it to CAIN? Sharing the bounty of nature with neighbors and friends can be both a blessing and an opportunity. Can you help? CAIN is part of the Campaign - a nationwide

program to enable neighborhood food pantries to be easily located by local backyard gardeners wishing to share their excess garden bounty with neighbors in need. Please share your extras with your neighbors. You can drop off produce at CAIN on Monday evenings 6 – 8p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10a.m. to 1p.m. You can also bring donations to the CAIN booth at the Northside Farmers Market on Wednesdays, 4-7p.m., all summer long. CAIN’s “Healthy Food For All” initiative provides sustainable hunger solutions through increased access to nutrient-dense food and nutrition education 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. FOR MORE INFO: Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) 4230 Hamilton Avenue 513-591-CAIN (2246)

BY Karl Miller Churches Active In Northside Board member and volunteer

May 2014 - Ride for Reading Northside, St. Boniface - (Top) From left, Brian Jessee, Micah Irby, Allison Clifton, and Mawo Idrisa pose with the Library’s RED Card mascot. (Center) Amy Kelm, left and Robin Hofstetter with the Library mascot RED Card during Ride for Reading. (Bottom) Parents and children look through piles of books at St. Boniface. Photos: Lisa Mauch

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Northside Residents to Determine Future of Syringe Exchange Program in Neighborhood drug users in Northside with a clean syringe for a dirty one (“onefor-one exchange”). Residents would also receive education on safer sex, safer injection use, and where to get drug treatment and medical care. Cincinnati is the 188th city in the U.S. and third city in Ohio (Cleveland and Portsmouth being the other two) to have a Syringe Exchange Program (SEP). Citing the effectiveness of SEP in Portsmouth, Reilly said that the city saw a 50% reduction rate in Hepatitis C cases within 12 months of operation – a statistic Reilly hopes

clean needles save lives


dam Reilly of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and Linda Seiter of Caracole, Inc. in Northside spoke at the Northside Community Council meeting on April 21, 2014 in support of bringing the Cincinnati Exchange Program (CEP) to the neighborhood. If supported by enough community residents, CEP would provide injection

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Cincinnati will share should the CEP gain traction in the city. Reilly began working to bring a SEP to Cincinnati nearly eight years ago after he saw a sharp increase in the number of people at-risk for endocarditis (an infection of the heart usually attributed to injection drug use) through HIV testing at AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati (AVOC). Both Reilly and Dr. Judith Feinberg at the University of Cincinnati, who also witnessed a dramatic increase of endocarditis cases at the hospital, saw the need for a SEP in the city – perhaps now more than in 2006. In addition to a greater number of endocarditis cases, Reilly cites sharp increases in overdose deaths and Hepatitis C infections, particularly among young men, as primary reasons for bringing the SEP to the city. Injection drug users are not the only ones affected or served by the SEP. More overdoses and infections also mean more dirty syringes on city streets and in city parks like Parker Woods in Northside. Reilly said a SEP would mean for Northside less syringes in public spaces, which would make the neighborhood healthier and safer for residents. Reilly said that he anticipates the SEP to “reduce the number of opiate related overdose deaths through the distribution of Naloxone, decrease [the number of] Hepatitis C infection[s], prevent a HIV outbreak among [those at-risk for endocarditis], link people to appropriate drug treatment, and help [injection drug

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users] reach recovery.” Reilly and Linda Seiter from Caracole, Inc. are clear that SEPs do not promote the use of drugs but instead keep injection drug users healthy while they’re suffering from addiction. If participants of the SEP engage in unlawful activity, including drug use in the vicinity of the CEP mobile van, law enforcement will be contacted. Moreover, SEPs in other cities have not been associated with increases in crime, drug use, or other illegal activity in the area. The initial response to bringing a SEP to Northside has been positive, with many community members in attendance at the Council meeting on April 21, 2014 in support of the program. Reilly said that he and Seiter intend to hold a community forum in Northside in June so that residents may receive information about the program and ask questions related to its purpose. FOR MORE INFO: on the community forum or the CEP, please contact Libby Harrison at Elizabeth.harrison@ucmail. or at 513-377-7114. Interested residents can also visit the CEP Website at

BY Alisa Balestra Alisa Balestra has been a Northside resident since 2011. You can find Balestra running the streets of Northside, hiking in Parker Woods, biking in the Spring Grove Cemetery, or eating delicious vegan eats around the neighborhood.

Dedicated Mill Creek Paddlers Reach 100th Canoe Outing


(Left) Crewmates of the Mill Creek Yacht Club before 100th canoe trip. Photo: Jeff Agricola. (Above) Paddlers on the Mill Creek reach the Western Hills Viaduct where concrete channeling turns into riparian forest. Photo: Jeff Agricola.


fter two centuries of abuse and neglect, the Mill Creek is winning the affection of a small but growing group of

admirers. They call themselves the Mill Creek Yacht Club (MCYC), and they recently had their 100th canoe float down the Mill Creek. “The Mill Creek has many personalities,” said Commodore Bruce Koehler, the founder and leader of the MCYC. Koehler has led canoe floats on the Mill Creek for 20 years. The MCYC began in 1994 as a productive way to understand and experience Cincinnati’s urban waterway. For two decades the MCYC has provided the opportunity for the community to recreate on the Mill Creek and learn about the stream. “A paddle on the Mill Creek is a “must do” for any Cincinnatian who loves the outdoors,” Greg Bechtel, Engineer at General Electric Aviation, said. “I’ve paddled on many rivers and lakes, but I’ve never had an experience with such a unique mix of sights and sounds.” Trustee of the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, Merrie Stillpass, was thrilled beyond expecta-

tions while participating in the 100th outing. “The Mill Creek and its tributaries have historically been and will continue to be a tremendous resource for our region,” Stillpass said. “I hope that more people will find opportunities to become engaged with the corridor and enjoy the hiking and biking pathways that are being constructed, as well as find safe access onto the water.” Anyone who paddles the Mill Creek with the MCYC is inducted as a crewmate. Their 100th voyage put the total number of crewmates at more than 600. “It was fun canoeing in my own backyard, and it was fun imagining what a cleaned up Mill Creek might be like,” Spring Grove Village resident, Fritz Casey-Leininger, said. “A clean creek for canoeing and a bike path to the Ohio would be wonderful.” On the morning of May 4th, the group began their canoe outing just south of the Millcreek Road Bridge in Northside and canoed down to Mill Creek’s outlet to the Ohio River. The condition of the stream and the weather was ideal for a canoe float, according to Jeff Agricola, Di-

rector of Public Works for the City of Springdale. “We could not have asked for better day to celebrate our 100th float.” Agricola said. “I can’t wait until I’m on my Mill Creek again!” The four mile paddle was a contrast of different landscapes consisting of industrial views and concrete channel walls as well as riparian forest and wildlife. “Less than 100 yards from the mouth of the Mill Creek emptying into the Ohio, I watched a beaver climb out of the water and scamper up the hill side,” John Mangan, Trustee of the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, said. For Andy Dobson, Senior Planner for Hamilton County Planning and Development, the trip provided an excellent look at Cincinnati’s urban history. “When I’m describing the trip to people, I tell them I saw everything from abandoned industrial buildings to a coyote trotting along the bank,” Dobson said. The group also documented a defective manhole, bringing attention to a problem that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. “I love it when a Mill Creek Yacht Club outing leads to Mill Creek im-

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provement,” Koehler said. The Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities (Council), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protect and enhance the value of the Mill Creek, encourages Mill Creek recreation. Executive Director of the Council, Jennifer Eismeier, said the MCYC and the Council work together to provide opportunities for the community to experience recreation on the Mill Creek. “The crewmates are the eyes and ears of the stream,” Eismeier said. “We are committed to continued and vigilant observation of the Mill Creek and its tributaries.” Eismeier and Koehler encourages anyone interested in canoeing on the Mill Creek to contact the Council at 513-563-8800 or “All I can say is: ‘Miss a trip, miss a lot,’” Koehler said.

BY Kara Scheerhorn Kara Scheerhorn is the Watershed Coordinator for the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities. She enjoys the progress and change happening in Cincinnati and is happy to play a role in its environmental sustainability. Kara is passionate about the great outdoors and can’t resist a locally brewed IPA. vol. 1 | Issue 9 JUNE 14’




rom beginning in a Clifton basement to playing the MidPoint Music Festival, bluesy garage-rock band, The Prohibitionists have slowly and steadily been making a name for themselves in Cincinnati for the past eight years. However, the band’s heart and soul

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Photo: The Prohibitionists

still lies squarely within the Northside music scene. The band formed in 2006, when Sespico, DeStefano and Nauman started jamming in their shared house. “We made (DeStefano) play the drums - he taught himself,” laughed Sespico. Their first gig, in 2007 at the Mad Frog,was not without technical problems. “Literally every instrument or drum broke,” Sespico said. White joined the band shortly thereafter, having played bass in The Maladroits - whose slogan, he said, is “the Partridge Family of surf music,” - starting in his teen years. (As The Maladroits’ profile puts it, “Over 100 embarrassing and disastrous gigs were racked up before the sons got squirrelly and joined bands without fathers in them.”)

The band continued to practice and play shows around town, eventually releasing an EP aptly titled “Extended Play” in 2011. In the meantime, the band’s members moved around, all of them eventually living in Northside at one time or another and naturally gravitating toward the neighborhood’s music scene. If the Prohibitionists aren’t playing a show on a given weekend, chances are you may see one of its members playing with another band or side project, or just out supporting other bands around Northside. “There’s a lot of cross-pollination between bands around here,” Sespico said. “That’s what a music scene is - it’s people playing in different bands together.” Though Cincy has the occasional band that makes it big from time to time, for the most part, the focus for local bands seems to be on having fun and encouraging each other. “In other cities, it’s competition. Here, it’s cooperation,” White said.

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“There are so many free shows we’re so spoiled. (And) there’s a lot of great bands out there; you can walk down the street and there are good live bands playing.” Some of their favorite places to play include Junker’s Tavern, Mayday and the Comet (where the free burritos are a definite plus). “Venues (around here) treat you really well as a band,” White said. And it doesn’t hurt that local bar owners and neighbors are not averse to a little rowdiness. “You can make a bunch of noise and no one makes you feel bad about it,” Sespico said. As far as future plans, though, the band does hope to play some shows outside of Cincinnati soon. “The P-hibs are at the stage where we need to tour some more,” White said. They are planning a short tour this summer, possibly in conjunction with Brooklyn band, The Neighbors, with whom they played at Junker’s earlier this year. Also in the works: a self-recorded record to be released on vinyl, though it may be a little while yet before the band is satisfied with what they’ve produced. “We’ve written 100 songs, and we hate most of them,” Sespico said with a laugh. “As soon as you record it and put it down, that’s what you think when you hear part of it. We’ll try out stuff for awhile before we record any of it.”

BY Steph Barnard




Never the Same Experience Twice

Saturday May 3rd, 2014 Catapult Music Festival, Northside Tavern -


from week to week, and as a result, eginning at 10:00pm on so does the improvisation and the Sunday nights after the ambience. This eclectic and original Comet All-Stars play, a new project is never the same twice. kind of performance takes The core musicians of Sunlight place. They’re called Sunlight, a are Josiah Wolf, Doug McDiarmid, rotating troupe of players that feaMatthew Meldon, Ofir Klemperer, ture members of the band WHY? Liz Wolf, and Yoni Wolf. Sunlight Each Sunday, Josiah Wolf picks a has also included Ben Sloan, Eddy theme, without informing the musiKwon, and Dan Dorff, along with cian beforehand. The themes are other members of the Marburg colthen interpreted on the spot through lective. These are just a few of the improvisation, audience interaction, many Cincinnati musicians who have and other experimental forms, joined Sunlight. including some visual art. The various themes that Sunlight produces create a balance To find out more, find SUNLIGHT AT between structure and element THE COMET on Facebook. of surprise. Sunlight has experimented with some diverse themes BY Rae Hoffman and plans to generate more. For example, one theme is a karaoke Rae Hoffman lives spin-off, where the singer performs in Northside with her a song he or she may or may not pug, Athena. She has know. Another theme involves the a BA and MFA in musicians following a light board Poetry. She has been published in Kenning, that various audience members Poetica Magazine, Red River Review, and is get to control. The themes change forthcoming in Mojo. life & culture 45223

(Above) One of Catapult’s co­hosts, Abiyah, introduces the evening. (Left) Cincinnati musician Sudan Moon, performs. Catapult Music Festival is a free, one ­day, post­rap and electronica i­nfluenced music event held in Northside. Catapult, according to Abiyah, was created “out of a desire to move minds out of the ‘taking it back to that hip hop’ mode of thought into what hip hop is currently experiencing, both musically and sonically, as it matures“ (Photos: Jon Hughes/ photopresse)

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Celebrate your independence in Northside with three-day festival Find Music, Food, And Fun For The Fourth Of July Weekend In Hoffner Park, July 3-5

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(Clockwise, from top left) The Tweens perform at the 2013 Carnival. Photo: Unknown. Honorable mention photos submitted in the 2013 Parade Photo contest Photo: Karla Kinne Honorable mention photo submitted in the 2013 Parade Photo contest. Photo: Richard Dreyer. Honorable mention photo submitted in the 2012 Parade Photo contest. Photo: Jacqueline Pham.


incinnati’s best Fourth of July celebration returns with three days of events in Northside, July 3 - 5, 2014. The Independence Day party kicks off on Thursday, July 3 at 6 p.m. with live music, craft beer, and food at the Northside Rock ‘n’ Roll Carnival in Hoffner Park. On Friday, be sure to get a good spot on Hamilton Avenue for the annual Fourth

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of July, with Grand Marshal Tommy Rueff, founder and executive director of Happen, Inc. Local favorites Frontier Folk Nebraska start the show on Thursday, followed by Al Scorch And The Lost Boys (Chicago), The Cincinnati Suds, Bummers Eve, and Idiot Glee (Lexingcontinued next page


ton). Rounding out the evening are two bands from Texas--Radioactivity and Bad Sports. Along with slices from NYPD Pizza and choices from a range of food trucks including Red Sesame Korean BBQ, Melt, and Dojo Gelato, guests to the Carnival will enjoy craft beers from Mt. Carmel Brewing and Cavalier Distributing, which represents more than 200 brands, including Bluegrass Brewing Co., Dogfish Head Brewery, Left Hand Brewing Co. and Original Sin. Start the holiday on July 4 with “kegs and eggs” at Hoffner Park pre-parade at 10 a.m. Then don’t miss the 160th Northside Fourth of July Parade, beginning at 12 p.m., rain or shine, and see why WCPO dubbed the parade “the most colorful in the Cincinnati area.” Hamilton Avenue becomes a 1.5 mile stage for the eclectic and quirky charms of Northside. Along with a traditional parade lineup of politicians, marching bands, and business floats, attendees will see marching dogs, routines from the Lawn Chair Ladies, belly dancers, precision displays from the Men’s (power)Drill Team, and neighbors walking together to represent their streets and the vibrancy of the Northside community. After the parade, enjoy the Family Fun Festival in Hoffner Park, with activities by Happen Inc. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Carnival begins again at 6 p.m., with Leggy, Pretty Pretty (Columbus), The Perfect Children, All Dogs (Columbus), comedy from Chris Weir and Karl Spaeth, local break-out band Tweens, and Chicago’s Twin Peaks. On Saturday, the festivities continue with more family fun and music. Bands return at 6 p.m featuring Pearl De Vere, Fists Of Love, The Hiders, Mardou, The Sidekicks (Columbus), Jaill (Milwaukee) and Protomartyr from Detroit.

The Northside Fourth of July Parade is sponsored by the Norhside Community Council. For more info on the parade visit Parade entry registration deadline: 5:00 PM, June 30. The Family Fun Festival activities are provided by Happen, Inc. For more info on the Family Fun Festival visit www.

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Galaxie skateshop Encourages Collaboration

the details WHAT: Galaxie Art Show & Skate Park Fundraiser WHEN: Saturday, June 14th, 6pm-10pm WHERE: 4202 Hamilton Ave. Northside


orthside is highly regarded as a neighborhood of merging subcultures; a community of fringe artists, musicians, skateboarders, and forward­-thinking small business owners. Since its grand opening on March 1, Gary Collins’ Galaxie Skateshop in Northside has greatly magnified our district’s trailblazing ways. Six years ago, local skateboarding legend Gary Collins opened the first Galaxie location near his Covington shredding grounds on the main strip of Monmouth Street in Newport, Kentucky, with fellow local skateboarder Andrew Martin. Collins has been running his own brand, Instrument Skateboards, for almost a decade. Galaxie skate shops are owned solely by skateboarders. Zach Kincaid pioneered the conception of Galaxie’s Northside location. 12 vol. 1 | Issue 9 JUNE 14’

Second Saturday Fundraisers Bring Community Together (From left) Poster for “Collaboration” designed by Chris Luessen. The work of Dave Ackel from the May 10 art show. Photos: Nick Mitchell

Every “Second Saturday”, Galaxie Northside co­-owner Kincaid and artist/ event organizer Chris Luessen host their monthly art gallery which raises funds for the longtime Northside Skatepark initiative. “The theme for the June show is ‘Collaboration’,” boasts Luessen. “All artwork will feature two or more artists.” June’s charity event will take place at Galaxie’s Northside location on Saturday, June 14, from 6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Art, music, conversation, and refreshments will be provided. “The exhibition is open to all art submissions,” declares Luessen. Artists interested in gaining exposure while supporting this heartfelt cause can apply for inclusion by e­mailing images and descriptions of their artwork to galaxieskateshopart@ Artists should specify name, title, medium, size and price. 25% of the proceeds will fund the Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s

Northside Skate Park project. Supporting artists confirmed thus far include Luessen, Jaclin Hastings, Tory Keith, Joel Blazer, Jill Cleary, Brooke Shansey, Amber Bowers, Dave Ackles, and Jordan West. The concept of opening a skatepark in the empty space between Kirby Avenue and Colerain Avenue dates back to the year 2000. Since, the Northside Community Council (NCC) has successfully pushed this objective. As a result, they have garnered grant funding via the City of Cincinnati and hired Action Sports Design to build the 23,000 squarefoot park, which--in addition to the aforementioned skating area-- will feature a community garden and walking trail. Fundraising has a been a slow and steady process. Lew Ross of Fickle Skateboards launched a fundraising campaign on, which raised $450 but fell well short of the $1,000,000 goal. So far, Galaxie’s efforts have slowly chipped away at the deficit. “We raised $135 off the first art show, and we’ve raised $100 from May’s donations so far,” Kincaid reveals.

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Additional funds will be raised at AYE Music & Art Festival, June 27 and 28, at the Southgate House Revival. A fundraiser at Northside Tavern is booked for August 16. Those who cannot attend the “Second Saturday” art show but are still interested in donating to the Northside Skate Park cause can do so by purchasing bumper stickers from Sidewinder Coffee (4181 Hamilton Avenue). According to the Northside Skate Park website, independent donations can be made to the Cincinnati Recreation Committee. Please memo checks: “Northside Skate Park”. FOR MORE INFO: The Galaxie Skateshop is located at 4202 Hamilton Avenue. Visit Galaxie on the web at galaxieskateshop.blogspot. com. For updates on the Northside Skate Park project, visit the official website at

BY nick mitchell Nick is a touring musician and the co-founder of Grasshopper Juice Records. He and his wife moved to Northside two years ago in appreciation of its alternative culture.

Kintimate Costumes Opens House to all

SPOTLIGHT: OPEN HOUSE the details WHAT: Kintimate Costumes, etc. Open House WHEN: Saturday, June 14th 5pm-11pm WHERE: 1522 Knowlton St. Northside


ucia Jackson cheerfully surveys the creative destruction of her domain. Glossy white Clockwork Orange mannequin limbs litter the dining room, go-go boots spill down the stairs, and her bright, energetic son, Oscar, is introducing a surplus Ken doll to the perils of percussion. Lucia herself seems to be smeared with chocolate - remnants of the brown paint that make her Knowl-

ton Street kitchen feel like the creamy center of a caramel truffle. It’s two short weeks until the big party, and Jackson is thrilled, tired, and just a little bit wired. The June 14th open house will launch her red brick century home as the quintessential Northside party spot: a warm, intimate, beyond-eclectic space that can host a few friends for wine and truth-telling or a casual wedding reception for a hundred. As Jackson’s flourishing custom costume and event planning studio, Kintimate Costumes, etc., filled every corner with chicken bone headdresses and disco fabu-

lousness, she saw the need to share the fantasy - and find some breathing room - by moving out, stepping the already creative decor up a notch, and opening the home for private events. Kintimate’s costume collection and studio space will stay, with Jackson and her team of designers offering the imaginative, fully custom service available nowhere else in Cincinnati. “If we don’t have it, I’ll find it - or make it,” she says, showing off a custom palm-tree headpiece for a business client. Another popular offering is

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party entertainment in character. Jackson recounts a birthday party at which the four-year-old guests were so delighted by Kintimate’s bevy of princesses that “one of the little girls fell over.” Partygoers for the June 14th Open House are invited to dress in 60’s mod attire. Family-friendly festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. Fire dancers at dusk. Dance party after 9 p.m. Libations throughout.

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Getting a GED in Cincinnati


n spite of teaching courses at area universities and enjoying a fun career as a researcher, 30-years ago, I was one of those classic “slipped through the cracks” cases. At around twenty years old, I took the test to earn my “Good Enough Diploma” – a GED. It was a pretty easy task for me: I checked test prep books out of the library, walked to the local high school from my apartment in Queens, took the test, and passed with flying colors. From there, it was on to a Community College, a four-year school, then graduate school. Sadly, it’s not as easy as it used to be. People in Cincinnati who want to earn their GED have a handful of valuable resources at their disposal. Still, there are serious barriers to overcome, and changes at the beginning of this year are making things very difficult. Parts of the exam are now created in concert with new common core standards. For those educated prior to common core, this is not a test based on the education they received. Basically, the longer a person is out of school, the less the test will represent the education they received. As of January 1st, the new GED exam is also 100 percent online. This represents a serious barrier to test-takers. There are cases like a local man who lost his job after

19 years at the shuttered Butternut Bread factory. Thrown into a job market with a demand for a minimum educational attainment of a high school equivalency and a computer-based test to get one, “guys like him are completely unprepared for everything,” says Joe Gorman, a Community Organizer with the Camp Washington Community Board. Mary Knauff, Director of Community Engagement at Lower Price Hill Community School (LPHCS) adds, aside from basic computer skills, if a person’s keyboarding speed is fewer than 20 words per minute, their chances of passing the test are very low. Computers, while an everyday part of many people’s lives – all the dragging and dropping we do, all the drop-down menus we use – its all completely alien to others seeking to improve their chances at a good job. Mr. Gorman runs the Camp Washington Community School and Ms. Knauff runs the College Bridge Program at LPHCS, and their jobs were made more difficult by this shift in testing. This shift caused a tremendous set of new costs to agencies. Practice tests are now six dollars per session (unlike easily-photocopied paper prep tests) and a new administrative burden to track and charge each and every prep test. Effective online study tools are generally slow in coming: the new, computerized test, according to many in the field, was way ahead of the Schaeper’s Pharmacy… training materials. Going from paper-and-pencil to Serving the Families of Northside technology-based training also meant huge expenditures For Over 28 Years! in repurposing physical spaces (like changing a meeting Your Headquarters for Flu Shots & room to a computer lab), proMedicare Part D Plan Selection curing necessary hardware and software, and things like Assistance! wiring. Costs associated with Call or Stop By Today! functionally reinventing and equipping training spaces was a tremendous expense for these agencies. All this meant strategic shifts at places like San-


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ta Maria Community Services, for example. Income Impact Director, Chellie McLellan told me they “spent every moment” in the fourth quarter of last year getting clients to take the test before the change. This caused a loss of about 45 days of instruction, but Ms. McLellan is hopeful that getting all those folks through before the change translates into a temporarily diminished demand for test prep. She and others have their fingers crossed that new, more effective trainings will roll out before demand will ramp up again. Then there is the 40+ year-old West Side Lower Price Hill Community School and their Education Matters program, a one-on-one education program that treats the whole client – a GED can be just a part of a client’s goals. Their Education Forward program addresses the entire person, referring clients to other services to increase the chances of success while attempting to control disruptions that can derail personal improvement, such as food insecurity, lack of things like childcare and laundry services, and a lack of funds to pay for the GED’s steep $120 fee. Also – a credit to LPHCS – they take GED prep to a higher level; by changing people’s relationship with school and learning, with the goal of enabling students to continue their journey after the test is passed. How exactly do people in our community feel about it all? “Burdened and nervous” is what Ms. Knauff told me. Without proper resources and training materials, it’s “nerve-racking and unpredictable.” And, by the way, people who were in the middle of the exam as of January 1st? Well, they are required to retake the entire exam, and pay the full $120.00 fee. We can do better. The biggest, and most invisible, GED preparation effort in the state of Ohio is the penal system. And it faces the most tremendous of all. Simply put: prisoners cannot use computers. This will doubtless put an even greater burden on already cash-strapped community-based

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services. This fully acts against our interests to increase the chances of previously-incarcerated Ohioans’ to achieve occupational or academic success and not reoffend. Finally, there is the issue of the final stakeholder in the GED issue: the business community. Not all employers see a GED as a reliable predictor of successful employment. That’s where ACT comes in. With their National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), ACT is focused on testing practical knowledge of interest to many employers; many of whom (along with some social service professionals), feel is a better indication of whether or not a new hire will succeed, as compared to GED attainment. The NCRC base exam tests on areas like “Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information;” there’s even an add-on that tests for soft skills such as dependability, customer service orientation, and teamwork: concepts vital to most any business. Be it a GED or the NCRC, we need to consistently and effectively target barriers to achievement and opportunity, and put resources behind reliable, accessible and affordable training and test-taking. This will help everyone at the table: local community-based resources can more effectively serve clients, our neighbors who seek to reenter an unfamiliar job market (or want greater educational attainment for themselves), and businesses that need to mitigate their risks with new hires. Lastly there needs to be a statewide effort to develop a smart way to address the role of jails and prisons in preparing incarcerated men and women for future success.

BY Fred Neurohr Fred is a research professional and a member of the Northside Community Council; he and his family have lived in Northside since 2006. Originally from the New York boroughs of Brooklyn & Queens, he roots exclusively for failing sports franchises from his hometown.

Walking as Medicine, as Life


f sitting is the new smoking, then walking is the new medicine. If doctors could prescribe a walking pill, it would be ingested like hotcakes, yielding extremely good results and minimal side effects for nearly any ailment. Walking and running are our biological heritage once needed for survival: to hunt, to gather food, to escape from being food, and to find a mate outside our immediate tribe. It makes sense that we are designed in such a way that walking literally feeds the systems of our bodies and creates health. BUT I will let you in on a little secret. Walking is only as good for you as the quality of your walking. That’s right. Not all walking is created equal. What is quality walking? It consists of: • A smooth cadence without interruption. • A head balanced over the spine instead of traveling in front of it. • Hip joints that know when to open in extension and when to close in flexion.

• Arms FREE to swing as an extension of the mobile upper body and to assist in propulsion. • A fine set of counter rotations up and down the body that allow you to balance and stand on one leg for a fraction of a second and travel over the high point of the hip joint, making you taller with each step. Lacking one or more of these elements, problems begin to arise in the low back and various joints, eventually yielding problems such as chronic back or neck pain, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and osteoporosis. Most of these take years to develop, but it is never too late to interrupt the cycle and start feeding your body and soul with healthy walking. Trekking poles are a fantastic way to train for all these necessary elements. With a little coaching, you will find poles allow you to become more upright and find optimal alignment every time you are standing on one leg. You will also discover a workout of your arms, upper back, and an ability to walk further and faster. Poles are also great for rehab, providing the opportunity for quality, symmetrical walking. When going from crutches to a cane to unsup-


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ported walking, as is usual, many will develop a slight interruption in cadence. The ramifications of this are deep over time, including not getting the most out of a knee or hip replacement. If you rely on a cane for walking, please, please consider trying trekking poles (ask a professional for help). Canes do not allow for a rhythmic gait and they lead to leaning over. There is some significant magic in how poles train for strength in the upper back, leading away from the rounded forward posture so common in our culture. As that rounding drops away, the neck and the low back have the opportunity to drop excess curvature and muscle strain.

I hope to see more trekking poles in Northside and area parks! Happy walking.



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Happen Northside: Happen’s Kid Film Critics

Reviews of Quest for Camelot “I thought it was bad. The villains were just not smart and the plot was too predictable” -Maxwell “The movie was entertaining. The villain was good. The music got a little old. I would give it the movie three out of five stars.” -Henry “ It was about a girl who wants to be a knight. She goes on a quest to save Camelot. I liked it. ” -Gwen “I liked it. It had some violence. I would give it 5 out 5 stars.” -Oscar


his 1998 animated feature takes what was apparently a slightly darker story from Vera Chapman’s novel - about the daughter of a fallen Knight of the Round Table who teams up with a blind hermit and a two-headed dragon to avenge her father and to save the kingdom of Camelot by retrieving Excalibur from the evil clutches of a rogue knight, and lightens the tone with songs (by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster) and comedic hijinks from Eric Idle and Don Rickles. It is

amazing though to imagine a tale about the mythic world of Camelot that doesn’t spotlight either King Arthur or Merlin, but Quest for Camelot more than makes up for their absence with a young heroine driven by that same legendary sense of honor and romance. - 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


Cincinnati Library Comic Con 2014 Drawing Contest. (Left) Librarian LeeAnn McNabb awards a Comic Con drawing honorable mention prize for adults to Chris Asselin, Northside Branch, for “The Batman.” (Right) Librarian LeeAnn McNabb awards the Comic Con drawing first-place prize for ages 7-9 to Dominic Sherwood, Northside Branch, for his drawing “The Bobcat Inn.” Photos were submitted by Lisa Mauch, Public Library of Cincinnati. 16 vol. 1 | Issue 9 JUNE 14’

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he final school bell of Another workshop that the year has officially WordPlay is offering this sumrung, which means mer is the Tuesday Typing Pool. that summertime in This workshop is a continuation Cincinnati is in full swing. of their popular school-year Even though schools are group. It’s a creative writing closing their doors for the group for young writers in summer, it doesn’t mean that grades 3-6 and will be teamWordPlay Cincy is closing taught by two Ph.D. candidates theirs. in Creative Writing at UC. StuOnce again, Worddents will have the opportunity Play is opening its doors to submit their work to Wordthis summer for 6 weeks of Play for fall publication. learning, creative exploraThe Tuesday Typing Pool tion and community building will meet Tuesdays from 4:30-6 with 5 programs. All Wordp.m. and will run June 10- July Play programs are free. 15. Space in each program is WordPlay will also conlimited, so in order to guartinue the WordPlay Saturdays antee a spot, registration/ program. This is an openenrollment is required by door, drop-in day where Friday, June 6 by emailing kids can come if they couldn’t or get enough WordPlay in the by calling 513-260-8129. Summer Scholars program. On First off the bat in Saturdays, WordPlay will offer WordPlay volunteer Francis Pospocil oversees ice-cream Wordplay’s summer lineup various programs that focus on making at a 2013 Summer Scholars session. Photo: WordPlay. multi-media, multidisciplinary is the return of the Summer Scholars program. The first project-based activities. priority in the Summer ScholPrior enrollment for SaturPlay’s Aiken High School students on ars is given to children from families days is NOT necessary, but Wordtheir Enter Stage Write performance, that meet free lunch criteria. This proPlay does ask that parents come an autobiographical piece that gram is for students entering grades in and fill out a form at the writing premiered at the Hoffner Lodge in 1-8 in the 2014/15 school year. This center when they drop off their kids. Northside on May 10th. program will reinforce academic WordPlay Saturdays will run June WordUP will meet on Wednesskills and teach social-emotional skills 14-July 19 from Noon-4. days 3-5 p.m. and will run June through many hands-on, experimenLast, but not least, WordPlay will 11-July 16. tal and fun activities. be offering their Bookbinder’s Guild WordPlay is also introducing Summer Scholars meets TuesSummer Camp. At this camp, students a new workshop to their summer days, Wednesdays and Thursdays will learn to make paper and create lineup: the Women’s Community from 3-6 p.m. and will be running their own hand-bound journals. Writing Workshop. This workshop is June 10-July 17. Students are The camp is for grades 3+ and for women and girls ages 13+ and required to attend at least once a will run July 7-11 from 9 a.m.-noon. is designed to have a multi-generaweek, but can go two or three days Once again, the required regtional experience for women to come if they want. Parents/legal guardians istration is due by Friday, June 6. together, share their stories, and craft must come in to WordPlay to enroll WordPlay looks forward to continue new ones collaboratively. Writer their student. learning, growing and having a blast Pauletta Hansel will teach this workThe next summer program with you this summer! shop. Hansel is the author of four WordPlay is offering is the WordUP poetry collections, co-editor of the FOR MORE INFO: Visit: wordplaycinworkshop for high school students in literary publication of the Southern Call 513-260-8129 or email grades 9-12 from any school. This Appalachian Writers Cooperative, workshop will continue to be taught has been featured and anthologized by University of Cincinnati (UC) in several publications and journals, professor and WordPlay co-foundand has taught writing with teenager, Elissa Yancey. It will also feature BY Matt Evans ers in numerous settings. guest teacher, Mark Flanigan, who is The Women’s Community Writing Matt is entering his fifth year at the a local poet and spoken word artist. Workshop will meet Thursdays 3-5 University of Cincinnati studying Magazine Flanigan worked closely with Wordp.m. and will run June 19- July 24. Journalism, and is WordPlay’s summer intern. life & culture 45223

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events calendar – june

FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND NORTHSIDE THIS MONTH. experience necessary. Teaching available. Every Tuesday – Zumba @ McKie Every Wednesday – Kreative Kids @ ONGOING EVENTS: For information, call 541-6306 or e-mail 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:

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

Every other Monday – Northside Jazz

Ensemble @ Northside Tavern 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) From Funk, Reggae and Soul to Rock, Free Jazz, Blues and straightahead Jazz and back again, this tight fourpiece puts familiar tunes in a brand new bag. Jazz. Front room. Cost: Free.

Every Monday – The Marburg Collective @

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

Every Monday – Adult Pictionary w/ Steven

Walls (Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s) @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Game Show/Comedy

Every Monday – Bomb’s Away Comedy Open Mic @ Mayday (8PM) Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave.

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 @

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

Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library 4219 Hamilton Ave. (3PM) Ages 5-12. For info call 513-369-4449

Every Tuesday – Bike Night @ The Comet

Every Wednesday – Northside Farmers

4579 Hamilton Ave. (7pm) Motorcycle enthusiasts gathering. Free. Bikes, Burritos and Brews.

Every Tuesday – Artist In Residency: Kate

Wakefield @ The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave. (10pm) Free. Indie/Folk.

Every Tuesday – Cinthesizer Live Podcast @

Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (7pm) Free. Electronic.

Every Tuesday – Twerk-It Tuesday w/ Juan Cosby @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (10pm) Free. Live Music Videos. Every Tuesday – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday (8PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. Every Tuesday – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday (8PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. Third Tuesday– Square Dance @ Northside

Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (8-10pm) 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 local / regional caller and live old-time music and dance. Historic tavern, resonate wooden floor for dancers, small stage for all-volunteer band. June 17 – T Claw, Boulder CO July 8 – Russ Childers & Friends

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 1415 Knowlton Ave. (69PM) Come work on your bike. For info: or mobobicyclecoop@

Market @ Hoffner Park 4104 Hamilton Ave. (4-7PM) This twelve-month 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. -June 11th, free mini Feldenkrais Method sessions with Cynthia Allen of Future Life Now. 5-7pm. Music by Patti Walker. -June 25th, Honey Hill Farm Petting Zoo! Join us from 4pm-6pm to see and pet all kinds of farm animals! Music by Just Earth. More info:

Every Wednesday – Live Acoustic Wednesdays @ Bistro Grace 4034 Hamilton Ave (6:30-9pm) we support local events, breweries and musicians. We are centrally located in thre Northside. We have quality food at reasonable prices and a full bar. We offer happy hour prices, drink specials and half off wines. Come join our friendly staff and enjoy our beautiful patio. Free. Every Wednesday – Hump Day Karaoke @

Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8pm) Free. Karaoke.

Every Wednesday – Sexy Time Live Band

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

Third Wednesday – Learning Lab Gathering

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 – International Folk Dancing @ Clifton Community Arts Center, 7-9 PM. Line/circle dances from Eastern Europe/ Middle East. No partners necessary, no

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Every Thursday – Slow and Steady Bike Ride @ Leaves from Hoffner Park 4104 Hamilton Avenue (7PM) Cost: Free. Join this welcoming and easy bike ride. Every Thursday – Karaoke with Bree @ Boswell’s, 1686 Blue Rock. (8pm) Free. Great food, great drinks, great karaoke! Every first & third Thursday – Comma

Comma Chameleon (Comedy Night) @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free.

Every SECOND & Fourth THURSDAY – Throwback Thursday w/ AP (Night Bees / Counterfeit Money Machine) @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (8pm) Free. Poetry / Live 90’s Music Videos. www. LAST Thursday – Folk & Fiction @ The Listing Loon 4124 Hamilton Ave. (6-11PM) Reading and musical performances. Cost: Free. More info: final friday – cartRAGE (Chip-tunes) @

The Chameleon Club, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) Free. Electronic / Chiptunes. www.

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 Cost: $5. 5343 Hamilton Ave.

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.

NORTHSIDE SCENE Every Second Saturday – Hook & Ladder (Vinyl Night) w/ Margaret Darling (The Seedy Seeds, Devout Wax) @ Chameleon 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Vinyl / Variety. Every Second Saturday – Galaxie Art

Show & Skate Park Fundraiser w/ Chris Luessen, Jill Cleary, & More @ Chameleon 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Galaxie Skate Shop, 4202 Hamilton Ave. (6pm) Free. Art.

Every Second Saturday – Basement Reggae w/ Abiyah & Grover @ The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Reggae. www. first sundays– Bulletville @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Live music. Front room. Free. third sundays– DJ Harv @ Northside Tavern,

Final sundays– The Tillers @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Live music. Front room. Free.

Friday, June 6 – Dr. Foxcroft w/ Strange Mechanics @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Jam/Rock. www.

Saturday, June 14 – Northside Music Festival

Saturday, June 7 – Vibrant Troubadours w/

Wednesday, June 18 – Starfire Presents: Sing!

Final sundays – Bummer Night w/ John Hays @ Chameleon 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Folk/Punk/Songwrite www.

Sunday, June 8 – Pilates Open House @

Pilates with Myra 1557 Addingham Place

Friday, June 20 – Cincinnati Folksinger & Hit Uptown Band @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Folk. www.thechameleonclub. com

Weekdays –– OPEN STUDIO @ Happen,

Sunday, June 8 – Classical Revolution @

Saturday, June 21 – Cincy Soup Series w/


Friday, June 13 – Northside Music Festival w/ Brian Olive, Molly Sullivan, Sometimes, & More @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Indie/Rock.

Saturday, June 28 – Wolfcryer w/ Adam Nice

Every Sunday– Comet Bluegrass Allstars @ The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave.

The Quiet Man @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Rock. www.thechameleonclub. com

Inc. 4201 Hamilton Avenue. 3:30 - 7:30PM (Tue.-Thu.) & 10am - 5PM (Sat.)

Friday, June 6 – Nicholas & The Pessimistics @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Folk.

Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Classical.

4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Front room. Free.

summer Violin Lessons available If you want to put something beautiful in your life, learn to play the violin. All styles including classical, popular, standards, hymns, bluegrass, Irish . . . I have been a professional violinist my entire life. I have played with rock, country, jazz and bluegrass bands. I now play for single engagements and contract exceptional musicians of all instruments for custom ensembles. My desire in teaching is to help students find gratifying outlets for musical expression and to experience the joy that music brings to the soul. Lessons scheduled in my home. Cost: Negotiable Contact: Karen Addie Email: Web:

w/ Night Beast, Black Signal, Abiyah, & More @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Indie/Rock.

Cincinnati @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (6pm) Free.

Jennifer Simone Eclectic Vibe, and Under New Order @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free.Various. www.thechameleonclub. com @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Indie.

Bronze Casting w/ Cuttlefish & Delft Clay Workshop JUNE 21, 2014, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Smithhaven Studios, 1700 Blue Rock Ave. Learn the basics of casting and get a well-rounded understanding of this fun and accessible casting processes. This is an introduction to small scale casting using cuttlefish bones & delft clay. Both methods use minimum equipment and provide immediate results. Using the backbone of a cuttlefish as a mold, students will carve into the soft bone to create a form to cast into. Bronze is then melted and poured into the cuttlefish bone mold. The resulting positive reveals unique and interesting textures provided by the cuttlefish bone. Next the workshop focuses on casting bronze into Delft clay. Delft clay is a reusable molding material that provides quick results and helps to retain intricate details without the use of expensive equipment.

Do you have a northside event, class, program, or workshop you would like listed in the Northsider? Then submit that info:


Cost: $175.00 - Each student will be provided with tools to use during the workshop. The studio fee will include bronze for casting models. Each student will create at least two small finished objects. Contact: Richard Fruth, 513.417.0741|Email: Web: &

4114 Hamilton Avenue Northside | 513-541-2073

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Happy to be in Northside! LOCATED IN THE

American Can Building 4101 Spring Grove Ave

FRee PaRking & Full BaR Hours:* Lunch & Dinner Dinner Mon–Thu : 11.30–9 Fri : 11.30–10

Sat : 5–10

*drinks and desserts available for an hour after kitchen closes

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

For more info: Sarah @

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