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November 2013

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CoSign to unveil 9 new signs in Northside on Black Friday


Ruth’s Parkside Cafe opens in Northside American Can Building


Two page spread of what’s happening in Northside in November





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matt cave

att Cave is a graphic design nerd. It all started when he discovered the Pixies “Doolittle” packaging while working at a record store job in high school. He loves organic food, music, visual art & bike riding. By day, he’s a Senior Designer at LPK where he designs food packaging for global brands. By night, he makes visual art about invisible things such as music, psychology and energy. You can buy his Rock & Roll pillows at Shake it Records and experience his sound activated portrait art on Second Saturdays in Northside. His visual art lights up to music. Cave’s cover design for The Northsider is a hand drawn portrait of Sidewinder Coffee’s very own Patrick Swayze. Fine art prints, couch pillows and tote bags are available on his website at And if you’re a fan of his art, you can connect with him and get notified of openings, discounts and other news at http:www.

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 2 vol. 1 | Issue 2 NOV 13’


Reuff, Jonathan Sears, Kristen St. Clair.


volunteer advisory committee:







James Weaver, Tim Jeckering, Sarah Buffie, Mimi Chamberlin, James Kinsman, Melissa English, Barb Boylan, Jean Eschenbach, Patricia Nance, Steve Sunderland, Cynthia Allen, James Heller-Jackson, Lora Jost, Alisa Balestra, Tommy Reuff, Jonathan Sears, Kristen St. Clair, Karen Andrew, Vanessa Thurman.

Matt Cave, Andrea Millette, Sarah Buffie, James ENVIRONMENT: OHIO FRACKING SAFETY: TIPS ON PROTECTING YOURSELF Kinsman, The Daily Standard, Cynthia Allen, The Queen City Project, Karen Andrew, Tommy SAFETY: KIDS AND CHEMICALS




Jeni Jenkins, James Kinsman, James HellerJackson, Barry Scwartz, Karen Andrew, Mark Christol.

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

Copy Editors

James Heller-Jackson Carolyn Banfield

delivery team

James Moore, Stephen Davis, James HellerJackson, SaraLynne Thoresen, ThoraLynne Thoresen, Mati Senerchia, Noeli Senerchia, Jacob Walker, Jared Walker, Isaac Hunter, Evan Hunter, Owen Hunter, Kirah Hickman, Margaret Roe.

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The Northsider 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.

NEW TO NORTHSIDE | PRIVATE POST OFFICE BOXES Hey, Northsiders check out the new Private Post Office Store in Northside, opened by Urban Village Developers, LLC. Reserve your PO Box now. All PO Boxes will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. USPS will begin delivering and receiving mail from the location at 4001 Hamilton Avenue. Rental Rates: 6 months minimum rental 3”x5.5” $60 8”x5.5” $75 11”x5.5” $95 life & culture 45223

Other services that will soon be available include: The ability to receive packages from UPS, Fed EX, DHL, USPS and Airborne Express Faxing, Copying, Notary Services, Shipping & Packing Services, Laminating, Dry Cleaning, Laundry Drop Off and Pick Up, Gifts and Cards, Free news publications & Public Bulletin Board. Contact for additional details.




n November 18, the Northside Community Council will vote on an update to your Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This Plan sets a vision for the neighborhood for the next 5-15 years and will act as a guide for future growth and development. It has been a pleasure to work with you through this process. Listening to you was the most important part of this process. I worked closely with a Steering Committee made up of neighborhood leaders to be a constant voice for the neighborhood and to help with public engagement through flyers, social media, and word of mouth. I presented updates at several Community Council meetings and a Business Association meeting. We also held four additional public meetings to obtain citizen input with a total of 180 people attending. 118 of you also filled out our survey, which gave you a chance to provide additional input. You told us that you like your business district

and wanted to make sure that new development is consistent with the existing character of the neighborhood. You stressed the importance of green space and that you want a wider mix of housing types, including more senior housing for all incomes so you can age in place. You voiced your concerns about property maintenance issues, drug dealing and crime, and the performance of neighborhood schools. This Plan seeks to enhance the qualities that make Northside such a great neighborhood, while also addressing neighborhood issues. It is broken up into two parts. The first part is the Future Land Use Map, which shows potential land use boundaries that will assist you in maintaining and enhancing your neighborhood character. The boundaries are just a guide and do not place any actual restrictions on property. All existing uses will be able to continue. The second part of the Plan contains your goals and objectives. The goals are broken into five

areas, which mirror the format of Plan Cincinnati, the City’s comprehensive plan: Compete, which deals with attracting businesses and residents to the area, Connect, which focuses on transportation and infrastructure, Live, which focuses on housing and cultural development, Sustain, which focuses on health and greenspace, and Collaborate, which focuses on working together to reach common goals. You can view a full draft version of the Plan and the Future Land Use Map at or the Library. If you have questions, please contact me at 352-4882 or

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



n Saturday evening, October 12th, the Northside Community Council hosted the 9th Bi-annual Porch Tour. Over 320 carriage ride tickets were sold, St. Boniface volunteers sold beer, soda and waters, our Citizens on Patrol Group sold hot dogs of all sorts, and the North Presbyterian Youth Group had a great Bake Sale. Happen Inc. showed their summer movie. With over 2,500 luminarias out along the Tour Route, I would like to say thank you to the following Block Captains who distributed luminarias to the 10 neighbors around there houses and made sure the

luminaria were assembled and lit on time: Jennifer Lampson, Jamie Frayer, David King, Kevin Brewer, Angela Wise, Amy Danner, Mike and Rian Keller, Jim and Francoise Healy, Jan Young, Anita Smith and Diane, Libby and Ollie Kroner, and Mike Klapp. Special thanks to Lisa Oliver, Robin Henderson, Janet Smith, Barb Huels, and Pat Agnew for setting up luminarias in all of the holes along the route. A special thank you to Chuck Brown, Cindy Sherding, Dan Kreimer, John Guy, Chris Widmer, Erica Riddick and Jason Schneider who helped dividing up 1,000 pounds of sand, and assembled the 100s of luminaria kits that were prepared for distribution. Riders of the carriages were treated to a huge array of architectural facts and data brought to you by the architectural team of Erica Riddick, Dan Kreimer, Jason Schneider, Serving the Families of Northside and Eric Puryear. A huge round of applause is due for the For Over 28 Years! Citizens on Patrol Members Laura Vogan, Tori Your Headquarters for Flu Shots & Houlihan, Barry Schwartz and Andrew Dignan cooked up the hot dogs with the assistance of Medicare Part D Plan Selection Laura’s husband, Christopher Pawlowski. St. Boniface Volunteers Joe Ruter, Carole Assistance! Roosa, Beth Kessler, Jenni Lindgren, Kathie Fahey, and Marc Bruin. Call or Stop By Today! North Presbyterian Youth Group Adult leader Liz Casler worked with Gideon Coffey, Samuel Coffey, Grace Loomans, Libby Loomans, Karley Miller, Jaden Miller, and Alex Owens selling baked goods. Joann Ashley and Gary Loomas supervised Whiz

Schaeper’s Pharmacy…


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Kids showing of the movie “The Sisters and the Magic Spindle” The Porch Tour this year had a fantastic poster designed by Northsider Matt Cave who deserves a special thank you. I would also like to say a special thank you to my committee who distributed flyers throughout the summer along the Porch Tour Route, Bill McCormick, Cindy Sherding, & Mary Kroner. Bill McCormick and Mare Warner did a great job of selling tickets throughout the event. To my buddies, Mark Kroner and Dan Kreimer who came to my rescue in setting up the tents at noon. And finally, to the volunteers who I have forgotten to name, I thank you for making the 2013 Porch Tour a huge success. With over 50 volunteers participating to produce this event, I would say our neighborhood is a bit stronger for the work of this group. Congratulations to David King of Lakeman St. as he will receive the coveted “Best of Show Award” for his creative staging of a Christmas Party on his porch and the best dressed crowd on the Porch Tour. Honorable Mention Awards, new and added this year, go to (3) separate residences; Kevin Brewer on Hanfield St. for a great backyard party, John Guy on Hanfield St. for the new landscaping within his yard and friendly smiles, and David and Mary Wehby who hosted the best family and “kids having fun” party along the route at the corner of Delaney and Chase Ave.

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itizens are gathering every month at the McKie Center 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. The goal is to foster a stronger sense of belonging, purpose, and connectivity in neighborhoods, by working together on projects and volunteering to teach one another what skills and hobbies we know. The gatherings are hosted by Starfire, free, and open to all. Each gathering begins with a potluck at 6pm. Join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month!

Starfire is Building Community in Northside. Photo: Sarah Buffie

BY SARAH BUFFIE Sarah Buffie is a Northsider who has been doing community work with Starfire for 3 years. She enjoys learning with others and is excited to help provide a venue where neighbors gifts and talents can be shared.

churches Active In Northside HONORED AS 2013 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT


or the fifth straight year, Churches Active In Northside (CAIN) has been honored with a prestigious 2013 TopRated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. CAIN has earned the distinction annually since the designation site was launched five years ago. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. One reviewer commented: “CAIN, above all, respects and honors the guests who need their services. Everyone is treated with dignity and friendliness and every

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effort is made to meet the needs of the people who ask for assistance. “Lucy” came into the food pantry quietly, shyly and obviously embarrassed that she “had to ask for help”. By the time she left she was showing pictures of her 2 grandkids and smiling. The mission of CAIN embraces the concept of loving our neighbor and that is demonstrated everyday at CAIN.” “Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with CAIN have voted that the organization is making a real difference. Being on the toprated list gives donors and volunteers

more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results and the award is a form of recognition by the community.” To read or write a review go to: churches-active-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. Volunteers are the heart and soul of CAIN. If you would like to help, please attend the NEW volunteer

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orientation on Monday, November 18, 2013, 6:00pm until 7:30pm. Sign up to attend: go/60B0845ACAF2AA57-volunteer CAIN is located at 4230 Hamilton Avenue, CAIN’s Rainbow Choice Food Pantry is open Monday, 6:30-8:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-1pm. Visit or call 5912246 to give or receive help.

BY MiMi Chamberlin MiMi Chamberlin is Executive Director of CAIN


Cincinnati School Board and the Future of Cincinnati


community must plan on multiple levels simultaneously. We must attend to the here and now, with practicality, prudence, and realism. At the same time you have to dream, create a vision and long term goals. Then you must set intermediary objectives on how to get from where you are to where you want to be. This month, Northside and the city are dealing, rightly so, with the here and now of a spat of violence. For the intermediate time frame, the city is coming up on a city council election, which we wrote about previously, where the elected will have four years to guide the direction and collective resources of the city. Meanwhile, the Northside Community Council (NCC), led by board member Sue Wilke, is developing and planning for that long term vision which is intrinsically wrapped up in our children, whose vitality and development will shape the future viability and desirability of Northside. In order to understand and influence that vision, the NCC hosted the 9 school board candidates for the 4 open seats of the 7 member school board. In an excellent TED discussion, Sir Ken Robinson, explores the role of education programs. One idea he presented in this talk, “How Schools Kill Creativity”, was that we don’t know what the world will look like in 5 years, yet we expect our schools and teachers to prepare our children, that are starting preschool this year, for a world that they will inherit in a vastly different world 15 to 16 years in the future as they leave college. Not to mention, what skills will be required from our children to deal with and strive in that world. So on a cool Thursday evening of October 17th, 2013, approximately 50 people gathered at the new LEED Cincinnati Public School (CPS) building for Chase Elementary School to listen to the candidates. The candidates are,

The 9 CPS school board candidates at Chase Elementary School. Photo: James Kinsman

as they were sitting on the stage from left to right: • Melanie Bates • Ericka Copeland-Dansby • Marcia A. Futel • Marsha Good • Elisa Hoffman • Daniel Minera • Sally O’Callaghan • Betsy Shank • Victoria Straughn The reason that I took this approach to this article, is because I think I am safe in summarizing the discussion from the candidates based on the report from WCPO which agreed with a main theme of the night was to improve the score of every school and every student. Additionally, there was great agreement between most candidates and each just expanded on what the previous speaker talked about. So with this article, I wanted to note something specific, very rare for me, but optimism for the future, based on the vision from the board candidates that I witnessed. We have an exciting group of city council and school board candidates, who are being elected in a non presidential year election. Therefore, voter turnout will likely be low. While that is disgraceful and lamentable there is time later to work on increasing overall participation. Right now it is an opportunity. With a lower voter turnout the more impact

each vote will have. So it is time to come together and do a little work investigating the candidates and their positions. You can research all Hamilton County candidates by going to: www. Gather your friends and neighbors and get your vote recorded. The fact that most candidates focused on improving all of the schools and making every child successful is a great sign. We as a society might be returning to a place where we seek the best from and for each and every citizen. This diversity has been the strength of the United States and I look forward to using that to our advantage in the future again. As a reminder of potential, a fact that I recently learned, that Isaac Newton was born prematurely in the 1600’s, to a single mother and was raised by his grandmother. I take this as a lesson that we need to provide for all of our children as you never know where the best scientists and breakthroughs will come from. Our school board candidates appear to be aware of this lesson.

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BY james kinsman

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Ohio law hides toxic fracking chemicals: Governor Kasich’s Office must act

A worker cleans a creek near an Auglaize County spill this past January. Photo:


octors, nurses, firefighters, emergency medical services, police, and hazmat teams need to treat victims quickly and alert others of health dangers. Ohio state law won’t let them do that where oil and gas drilling is involved. Recently drillers from Texas and Oklahoma have come to Ohio to use the notorious practice called “fracking.” This combines horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing of rock layers with high

pressure injections of toxic chemicals mixed with sand and 2 to 10 million gallons of fresh water. Unfortunately, current Ohio law makes it easier for oil and gas drillers to behave recklessly in Ohio. Ohio Law Lets Drillers Off The Hook The federal Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act requires industries that make, store, or use dangerous chemicals to report those to state, county, and local emergency planners like fire departments. Ohio law doesn’t require oil and gas drillers to make those reports. The U.S. EPA Weighs In In response to a citizen complaint, the U.S. EPA sent a letter to the Ohio administration confirming that Ohio is violating the federal

“This is no different than a factory ... we should have a list of any hazardous conditions at the site, a drawing, how it operates and who to call in an emergency.” – Auglaize County EMA Director, Troy Anderson

Here are a few ways Ohio law conflicts with federal law: federal Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act Hazardous chemicals must be reported to the State Emergency Response Commission, county Local Emergency Planning Committees, and local fire departments before accidents occur Any citizen can request chemical information from drillers in their area through the local emergency planning committee Requests to claim chemicals as “trade secrets” are processed by the U.S. EPA to determine their validity Any citizen can challenge a trade secret Provides a quick way for doctors and nurses to get complete chemical information, even trade secrets, in emergencies

Current Ohio Law Chemicals only reported to the Ohio Department of Resources

safety law. In September, the State Emergency Response Commission sent a memo to all oil and gas drillers in Ohio that they have to follow the federal law. This is an excellent start, but Ohio law still says that drillers don’t must report their dangerous chemicals. Governor Kasich should direct members of the legislature to pass a law to ensure that Ohio authorities can enforce lifesaving safety rules. Oil And Gas Accidents And Dumping In Ohio January and February 2013 saw intentional dumping and accidental spills of crude oil and drilling wastes into Ohio waterways. Wells in Auglaize County leaked into the St. Mary’s river. Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Anderson found no information on file with local emergency planners, he said “This is no different than a factory ... we should have a list of any hazardous conditions at the site, a drawing, how it operates and who to call in an emergency.” It was determined that Ben Lupo ordered employees of his company, Hard Rock Excavating, to dump oil and gas drilling wastes into a tributary of the Mahoning River, at least 24 times, dumping at least 252,000 gallons. No one Natural knows exactly what was in that waste.

The ODNR’s website and present information voluntarily provided by drillers that can be incomplete, unspecific, and in unhelpful formats Any chemical can be a trade secret without any justification at all and does not have to be disclosed to anyone Trade secrets can only be challenged in Franklin County court by people that can prove damage or potential damage Method for getting information requires doctors to research who claimed trade secrets, send a request, and wait to hear back, even in emergencies

BY Melissa english Melissa English is Development Director of Ohio Citizen Action, the state’s largest nonprofit environmental group. She lives in Northside with her husband Tim Golliher and their spoiled rotten cat Pinky.

Please write Governor Kasich, asking him to support the federal emergency medical right to know Governor Kasich can ask any Ohio legislator to introduce a bill to fix the drilling safety issues. Please write to him. In your letter, it is always best to use your own words. Tell him how this issue is important to you, your family, or your community. Here are some ideas: - Ohio violates federal emergency planning law – oil and gas companies should report the hazardous chemicals they use just like other industries - Please enact a fix to guarantee full chemical information to doctors, nurses, and emergency responders, to save lives - Fracking could affect me because _______________________ -Please write me back to let me know what your plan is

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Address your letters to:

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ow, so crime is down in Northside, yet I’m still witnessing and hearing about all of this...crime. I feel unsafe.” This is the reality for many Northsiders today. The authors of this article have experienced bullet shots and drive-by’s multiple times at neighbors’ houses; also break-ins, drug deals, and armed robbery. But neither of us want to own a gun, or to go all vigilante. We are, however, pissed off, and want to protect the lives of our family and friends (oh, and not have our stuff stolen!). Here are some of the things we have learned from friends and neighbors: MAKE IT LOUD! Don’t want to get a dog? Can’t afford a security system? Get a lifeguard or emergency whistle. Keep it by your door, by your bed. If someone tries to break in, is in something of yours, or something whacked in general is going on near you, blow loud and crazy on that

safety: Feel the Love, Make it Loud!

sucker! And if all the neighbors have one, the idea is that once you hear the whistle, everyone blows their own (and calls the cops!). Another option: Get a house siren or bullhorn! You’re going to pay $30 or so for this, but just think-- you can also use the bullhorn in the Northside 4th of July parade and at protests! HAVE MEETINGS WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS This helped a group of residents around Delaney when the “Northside taliband” was doing their armed robbery thing. They had a District 5 Officer come to a house meeting to update them on the situation/what was being done on their end. It was better knowing more neighbors—who started really looking out for each other more - reminding each other to “lock it down, cover it up.” It also produced a lot of good ideas. Social media is great, keep doing that too, but go out and meet people face to face - it’s awesome! Police Yes, there have been budget cuts, and we should be vocal

about this, but we also need to ask the police about their strategies in our neighborhood. Are they using all the resources available, like data-mapping with UC? How about undercover best practices? CITIZENS ON PATROL Some of us just can’t or don’t want to join this organization. It would be great, however, if our neighborhood COP could let us know (by, for instance, posting in this newspaper, on social media, or by hosting a meeting) specifically the goals, objectives and outcomes of their work (which may help their recruitment, as well). REPORTING CRIME People get frustrated when they go out of their way to take down license plate numbers, note suspicious activity, etc., then call the police only to find they can’t do anything with it. This information still might be useful, especially when talking with neighbors, and in a larger community context, and encourage folks to continue their vigilance. Who

ISSUES: SAFETY knows? That information may be very pertinent to a future homicide case, or something similarly more “noteworthy” than “just slinging junk” on our streets. We would love to build a network of concerned, yet respectful and compassionate Northsiders, coming together face-to-face (eventually splitting off into smaller “block” groups) to help each other feel more safe and secure in our neighborhood, and our homes. We realize that NO ONE starts out in life wanting to be a criminal. Nor can any individual or family reach their full potential when there is so much gun play in our community. Let’s get together and talk, see how we can all help each other. Email northsidesafeandsecure@yahoo. com if you’d be interested in getting together. BE SAFE, MAKE IT LOUD, FEEL THE LOVE.

by: Barb Boylan (Delaney Ave) and Jean Eschenbach (Virginia Ave)

Kids + Chemicals Just Don’t Mix


New Online Resource Helps Parents and the Public Make Sound Decisions about Chemical Safety

ids come into contact with items that contain chemicals every day, so parents need scientifically accurate and unbiased information about chemicals to which their children may be exposed. A new online tool is available to help parents, educators and concerned citizens make sound, science-based decisions about the chemicals they and their families use every day. “Kids+Chemical Safety” ( will provide the latest information on chemical hazards and chemical safe use in children. The site contains balanced sciencebased information on a range of topics to help parents and the public better understand and translate information on potential health risks related to chemical exposures. Currently, the site includes useful information about potential risks to children for topics such as asthma, compact fluorescent lamps, and phthalates. The site will also include general information about toxicology and risk assessment to help

people better understand how scientific data are used to evaluate potential health risks. Additional topics will be added based on user requests and the latest issues and controversies. . Content for Kids+Chemical Safety is developed by our website’s partners with a core group of experts from various scientific and medical disciplines. The partners are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information provided. Parents and other members of the public can get involved and suggest topics for discussion and analysis using the “Ask an Expert” feature on the website. Kids+Chemical Safety is administered by Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA), a Northside non-profit and taxexempt organization that conducts scientific research and development on risk issues in a transparent and collaborative fashion. TERA’s mission is to support the protection of public health by developing, reviewing and communicating risk assessment values and analyses; improving risk methods

through research; and, educating risk assessors, managers, and the public on risk assessment issues. TERA’s partners include The Cincinnati Children’s Drug and Poison Control Center, Harvard, and NSF International, another nonprofit and public health and safety organization, to present expert-reviewed, up-todate online information for families about children’s health related to chemicals. The Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is a 24-hour emergency and information telephone service for anyone with concerns about poison or drugs. For a poison emergency in the U.S. call 1-800-222-1222. The center’s specially trained staff of pharmacists, pharmacologists and nurses and drug/ poison information assistants answer questions about poisonings, drug abuse, product contents, substance identification, interactions and adverse reactions. The DPIC also works to provide the community with important

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prevention information, educational materials, first-aid information, common household hazards and references to national helpline organizations and agencies. NSF International is committed to protecting and improving human health and the environment on a global scale. NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides standards development, product certification, testing, auditing, education and risk management for public health and the environment. Manufacturers, regulators and consumers alike look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification that help protect the world’s food, water, health and consumer products.

BY Patricia Nance Patricia Nance is the Science Outreach & Initiatives Leader at TERA and the Manager of the Kids+Chemical Safety website. vol. 1 | Issue 2 Nov 13’ 7



elcome, Northisder Monthly! It is exciting to see a newspaper begin. Like a new neighbor, a newspaper brings a complex and delightful set of ideas about the past, future, and present. I am delighted to be writing this article. Newspapers, like schools, teachers, and peace, may be some of the most controversial ideas and institutions. Expressing different ideas has been the strength of our institutions and our general education. Many of us have forgotten the excitement we felt at picking up the newspaper at our doorstep or from a newsstand. Growing up in New York, I couldn’t wait to get the local papers in order to read the sports pages. The same baseball game was seen differently by the papers, giving each reader(fan) a chance to get angry or happy based on what they were reading. As a Dodger fan living in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, I longed to read and relish the daily anti-Yankee and anti-Giant articles. It was not unusual to be walking to elementary school commenting on Jimmy Powers’ “dumb” column or Dick Young’s “wise” words. Moving from the sports pages to the editorials was another “ballgame” for me. We, the Dodger fans, read the NY News and the NY Mirror with a constant laugh at the rediculous opinions of our city. Rarely would we pick up the NY Times. It was hard to read those “long” and unhumorous articles. For those of us that were newspaper junkies, we couldn’t wait for the morning edition; we waited until 7:30pm and the dropping of the evening papers from the many trucks that came to newsstands all over the city. No matter where we were, if we were out at night, we would head over to see the headlines and buy our favorite papers after the rope holding a pack was cut. There always was a line waiting and the opinions started as we waited. My first real look inside newspapers happened when I applied for a copyboy job at The NY Times. I had heard that the position paid the unbelievale amount of $60.00 a week. As a loud mouthed 18 year old, with no money for college or anything

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WELCOME, NORTHSIDER MONTHLY else, the chance to have this amazing sum was too unbelievable. At the interview in the gigantic Times Building near Times Square, I remember being interviewed by a small group of staff. The only question I still remember is: “Why do you want to work for the Times?” I immediately replied that I was ready to write a column next to “Scotty” Reston on the editorial page. “I like his style; he doesn’t sound like a stuffed shirt,” I blurted out. Loud laughter greeted this answer. A kind woman said: “It will take many years before we’ll let you write a column,” a large and wonderful smile on her face. “When do I start?,” I countered. And everyone laughed again. But I got the job and started within a week. I can now admit that I was never a fan of the NY Times before I joined the paper. The best word that described my feelings about the paper was “stuffy.” So much seemed to be crammed into the paper, in a boring style, and with so much seriousness. Even the sports section was barely readable. Plus, the paper was so big it couldn’t be easily held. But the Times was the best job I have ever had and a fantastic orientation to the world of journalism, peace, and inclusion. During the interview, a book of pictures of the reporters was passed to me with the following statement: “All of these reporters work for the Times and none of them ever went to college. We grow our reporters, editors, and columnists.” I was amazed at the thickness of the book even though I didn’t know a single name. The Times was the opposite of what I had thought. On the inside, reporters and editors gathered together every Wednesday evening to read the comics from the other local papers. A happy sound circulated around the large newsroom as people laughed at their favorite characters. (The comics came on Wednesday instead of Sunday due to their being printed on Wednesday for the Sunday editions.) The reporters and the editors of the times were extremely friendly, each person encouraging copyboys to “write and write some more.” “Give me your ideas on paper,” the City Editor said, “and we’ll show you how to write the Times way.” Friendliness was the order of the newsroom and

throughout the building, whether we were sitting, talking, and eating in the cafeteria, or down in the basement where the paper was printed on the world’s noisiest machines. There was little elitism; editiors, columnists, and copyboys all ate and discussed the news on a regular basis. One lunch that stands out involved the Russian editor, Harrison Salisbury, who was recalled to New York and reassigned to the National Desk. It was very controversial to be reassigned. I sat talking with him for hours about Russia in the 1950s. And, with food being shared, he proceeded to fill several of us in on the details leading up to his being transfered. The copyboys were very inclusive: some were graduates of the Columbia School of Journalism but most were just out of college. I was the only one who had not started college, although I was trying to figure out how I could start a night school class and do both education and remain a copyboy. Importantly, several of the people in newsroom were decidedly “different:” a dwarf was the manager, a person with learning difficulties worked with the news ticker, a person, 7 feet tall, was at the front door. Sadly, there was only one woman reporter and no African Americans. (The person who was most unusual was the publisher. He lived in a penthouse on the top floor of the Times building and one of my tasks was to drop off a daily paper to him. I never saw him.) What was most amazing was the lack of pressure in the newsroom each night. Reporters came in to write their stories and to pass them, thanks to the team of copyboys, to the editors, and then, once approved down a pneumatic tube to the printing room and then, once printed and bundled, onto the trucks that would go out to the city. “Where was the pressure?,” I thought. Getting a large and important paper out each night should have involved some of the crazy behavior I saw in the movies. Instead, time slowed down as the reporters and editors worked, and very carefully and without any visible action, the paper came to life, page by page. If a crisis happened in which two or more stories seemed to be of equal importance, say, a death of a famous person and a plane falling

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down in Brooklyn, then the stories came in at the same careful and slow pace. And, surprising to me some reporters chose to not write stories. I particulalry remember one night I went over to one of my favorite reporters and, instead of picking up his copy of an article, I saw him holding a book and crying. “What the matter?,” I asked. “My son came home with this book from school and I can’t put it down. It’s all about me,” he said through his large tears. He was reading J. D. Salinger’s classic, “Catcher in the Rye.” The Times in the late ‘50s early ‘60s had figured out how to create a harmonious and creative workplace for very competitive and eager reporters and editors. I couldn’t wait to get to the newsroom each day to hear the latest stories, participate in a short seminar on writing, or to share a piece I was starting, or to hear the latest idea for an article from another copy boy. The peace in the Times was critical to its successful work on a day to day basis. The older reporters and editors made sure that everyone could “feel” the right atmosphere of caring and the newcomers, like me, were soaking up the latest changes in reporting assignments, gossip, or just fighting about baseball. The paper made sure it represented the “world,” keeping a special place for New York City. As a new employee of the paper, I learned that I was also a citizen in a special network of journalists and workers that were delightfully examining the world. And, I loved that $60.00! I send my best and most affectionate wishes to this new venture, The Northsider Monthly. May it find a way of creating harmony and news in our community.

BY Steve Sunderland Steve Sunderland is a founder of the Peace Village and a professor of peace and educational studies at the University of Cincinnati. He has been a Northsider for over 10 years.


Living from the Inside Out

Season changes and novel somatic movement explorations are both ways to way up the brain and enjoy life more fully. Cynthia Allen, Feldenkrais practitioner takes us on a journey to begin the process.


relish the moments when awe awakens in me and I become curious and wonder filled again. The turning of leaves does this for me. In fact any major change in scenery does and I become “like as a child” with a desire to take in everything around me. Imagine returning to this way of being with your own body and mind. Instead of pushing your body around, complaining of every ache and pain, or yelling at yourself for your negative thoughts, you become enamored with your own potential. You can do this with somatic education. This umbrella genre of physical and mental health includes fields such as The Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, Bones for Life and Body Mind Centering. While there are differences between these approaches, they all hold that we can be learning until we leave this earth, and that, in fact, we are designed to do just this. Ironically, what a healthy baby does naturally has to be relearned by an adult. Adults, having acquired the basic skills to survive, leave behind the interest in what has already been mastered and are on to mastering the next smart phone. Yet, losing track of our organic, essential nature is not a good thing. Our body/mind needs to be fed with novel sensation, curious experiments, aha moments and new ways of being in the world. What would it mean to turn from seeing your body as a machine that breaks down and is decaying to understanding that it is filled with biological optimism? How can we turn on this learning switch, this sense of curiosity about our own bodies?

This is exactly what we do in somatic education. Movement lessons are opportunities to awaken long lost sensations of ease. Connections between the arm and the foot are discovered and when they are, it is a light bulb moment. Participants gradually move from what isn’t working to a place of openness and curiosity about the potential to continue to navigate in the uneven terrain of life. A tiny example of a movement experiment that shakes us from our habitual way of doing things follows. Simply interlace your fingers. You will likely do this easily and without thought. Notice the way the two sets of fingers slide in together easily and the right feeling associated with this interlacing. Now gradually unlace your fingers and move all the fingers over one position so the other index finger will now be on top. I have done this demonstration with thousands of adults and most struggle to even figure out how to move the fingers over one position. Once you have managed to do this “non-habitual” interlacing of the fingers, it probably feels strange. That strange feeling is food for your brain. Your brain thrives on differences and puzzles to solve. You also likely have a feeling associated with this experience that ranges from laughing to confusion or even annoyance when trying to figure out how to do this task, just like a child does when learning. We are lucky to live in a four season environment. Even if you have a favorite among the seasons, it is hard to ignore the call of a bright red, spiny-shaped sweet gum leaf next to a golden one from a silver maple. It feeds us at a deep level to once again breathe in the musty air and bright colors of autumn. Somatic education not only awaken this feeling in you but also teach you how to move in healthier, easier ways so that your body lasts longer and supports you in your adventurous live.

“Our body/mind needs to be fed with novel sensation.”

Awaken your body/mind connection at home: • Put your coat on with a different arm first. Practice daily and get good at it. • Try to brush your teeth with your non-dominate hand. • Walk around the house without shoes or socks. • Discover 3-5 different ways to get out of bed in the morning without discomfort. • Safely play with your own Monte Python, like Ministry of Silly Walks

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BY Cynthia M. Allen Cynthia M. Allen is a partner in Future Life Now which specializes in your wellbeing and growth. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Bones for Life trainer with over 25 years experience in personal growth, health care and organizational development. She sees babies to adults here in Northside as well as offering classes. vol. 1 | Issue 2 Nov 13’ 9



CoSign to unveil additional new signs in Northside on Black Friday

lmost two years ago, Eric Avner of Cincinnati’s Haile Foundation challenged American Sign Museum founder and curator, Tod Swormstedt, to design a project that would (1) help local businesses, (2) enhance the built environment within Cincinnati, and (3) increase local visibility of the new American Sign Museum in Camp Washington. Tod was ready: “I have this bias that artists who design signs may do beautiful work, and business owners may understand the importance of a good sign, but neither necessarily understand what makes for a good sign. Unless they factor in the engineering, purpose, and visual considerations necessary for installing and maintaining a sign and for informing and enticing potential customers, the most beautiful sign in the world won’t get the job done. My goal was to create a project that would educate business owners and artists and produce tangible results in the form of new signage for local business districts. It’s not only my personal passion, but the mission of the American Sign Museum. Imagine my delight when Eric agreed with the idea!” That idea was submitted to ArtPlace, a national arts foundation, in the hopes of receiving grant money for three Cincinnati neighborhoods. When the response came back to “try again next year,” Avner and the local Haile Foundation stepped up and funded a pilot project for one neighborhood: Northside. CoSign paired Northside business owners with local artists and local sign fabricators to design and install unique, hand-crafted storefront signage in Northside. The 2012 creative competition saw 62 local artists submit over 120 sign designs for 38 businesses in the neighborhood. Last year on November 23, 2012, the day after Thanksgiving, the day also know as “Black Friday”, the busiest mall shopping day of the year, CoSign unveiled the first fruits of its labor in an afternoon unveiling in Northside. Eleven Northside businesses were recipients of the signs: Casablanca Vintage, Northside Surplus Company, Northside International Airport, fabricate, Tone House Music, Wordplay Cincy, Django Western Taco, Off the Avenue Studios, Northside Tavern, Market Side

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The 2012 CoSign Recipients. 11 new signs were unveiled on Black Friday, November 23, 2012. Photos: The Queen City Project

Mercantile, and Wireless Plus. Any of these businesses will admit that the signage has helped thier bottom line, and hence, have helped Northside. But how can you top last year’s CoSign unveiling? You do it again, of course! When the ArtPlace grant was rewritten for this year’s funding, the scope included money to pay for new signage along Hamilton Avenue in Northside again this year, followed by signage in Covington in 2014. Additional money will also pay for the development of “a toolkit to teach other communities how to replicate the CoSign process.” Northside’s program is becoming a national model! In June of this year, the call went out again to Northside busineses, and artists submitted more designs than ever before. This year’s CoSign

Northside statistics: there were 265 design submissions from 62 artists for 20 Northside businesses! In September of this year, 10 winning designs were announced: Tantrum Northside, Sidewinder Coffee, HazelGlas, ArtWorks Cincinnati, The Listing Loon, SPUN Bicycles, Northside Grange Pet & Urban Farm Supply, Awesome Time Shoe and Leather Repair, Barrio Tequileria, and Timothy J. Bicknell, Attorney (who has since closed his Hamilton Avenue office). The unveilings start at noon on Black Friday, November 29th, 2013, at Tantrum, Northside, 4183 Hamilton Avenue. Approximately every 15 minutes until about 2:30PM, each business owner will be sent up in a cherry picker to pull down the protective wrapper from their

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business’ sign. Come to the party! It’s a big day for Northside. It’s a wonderful pedestrian parade that will go from one end of the Northside business district to the other. Hamilton Avenue will be decked out with its holiday decorations, Santa will make an appearance at Happen, Inc., and there will be street musicians and jugglers and buskers, all to greet shoppers who choose to shop local and to participate in their neighborhood in a way that is truly and uniquely Northside.

BY JAMES HELLER-JACKSON James is a Northside resident and business owner, and active on the NCC and the NBA.





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Ruth’s Parkside Café, the New Place with a lot of History

he first time I walked into the brand new space of Ruth’s Parkside Café, it was familiar. Ruth’s Parkside Café is coowned by Mary Kroner and David Tape, who both live in Northside and worked together in a well-known Cincinnati restaurant, Mullane’s Parkside Café. Faces from long ago, from Mullane’s, greeted me. Mullane’s was a popular restaurant in Downtown at 7th and Race, that closed in 2004 and was my first favorite place to eat. Around the time Mullane’s opened, I had decided to become a vegetarian, and was new to this how do you order when you don’t eat meat, but your family and friends all eat meat. It was the first “public space” that became “mine.” Before I invested time, energy, and money into coffee shops and neighborhood bars, there was Mullane’s. There is a certain strange ownership quality that we can have over public places. Mullane’s was my spot, and I loved showing it off. Friends in town? New hip guy? Meet me at Mullane’s. It was always my top pick for food. On a Tuesday, when my father and I were feeling lazy about

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homework, dinner preparations and dishes, I could convince him to take me to Mullane’s. When I started dating, it was always my first date pick. The food was good, always good. Comfort food with a twist. Never fussy. Always healthy. There was something fresh about the food, even if I always ordered the same thing. (Spinach Sauté.) The space was small, cozy, and almost romantic. The tables were tiny, and I remember candles. I remember having to constantly scoot in, to let a staff member or patron walk by, no matter where I sat, but I don’t remember ever feeling claustrophobic. The feeling was cozy, warm, and comforting. Before Final Fridays became popular in Over the Rhine, Mullane’s was the first restaurant that I remember that had local art on the walls, and it seemed to have new stuff all the time. It really was synonymous with “eclectic.” The menu had soups, sandwiches, pasta, meat and seafood dishes, and everything was always tasty. Many friends from high school and college worked there, and it was like instant cool points to have been an employee there.

So, I imagine my concern, but also wistful thinking…Will Ruth’s Parkside Café be as good as Mullane’s? Will it live up the memories? Will they have a spinach sauté? After all the Northside restaurant jokes (“Hey, do you know where I can get a taco?”) we were all ready for something different, but familiar. Ruth’s Parkside Café fits this need. It is near the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Spring Grove, with plenty of parking. The first time driving there is a bit confusing. The restaurant is in the first floor of a commercial and residential spot. Where do I pull in? Where do I park? Where is the front door? Signs were placed at all entrances, and it was way less confusing than it seemed. The second time I arrived, I was pleased to slip right into the parking lot and walk in. (Mullane’s only downside was parking. It was a challenge on a busy weekend night.) Access to the space is through the Blue Rock Road entrance to the American Can Building, between Hamilton and Spring Grove avenues. The restaurant space itself is quite different than Mullane’s. It’s a 4,100-square-foot space on the

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Photos: Andrea Millette

ground floor of the historic American Can Building. It’s a cool place, slick, and polished. Sexy even. Very tall ceilings, beautiful colors, natural light, lots of windows. There is a small, but cozy bar as soon as you walk in, and both times, we were immediately greeted. Even though both times it was an early weekday evening, the place was busy. The staff has been excellent. Attentive, friendly, and genuine. The owners have been present, greeting people, smiling. The food is quite good, and the positive reviews are deserved. And, yes, they still have the Spinach Sauté’. Ruth’s Parkside Cafe is open for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, and 5-10 p.m. Saturday.

BY lora jost Lora Jost lives close by, works around the corner, and loves baseball.



Faces without Places Comes to Northside for Fundraiser

aces without Places will hold its sixth annual Chili Taste Off on Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 12-4 PM at the Northside Tavern. Faces without Places is an area nonprofit that works to remove barriers to education for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Executive Director Ramin Mohajer said of the organization that its primary goal is to “provide school stability and improve educational opportunities for the approximately 6,000 children experiencing homelessness each year in Greater Cincinnati.” Current Program and Outreach Manager and Northside resident Shelley Werner co-founded Faces without Places in 1998 while serving an AmeriCorps term working with students experiencing homelessness. In a January 2013 article of the Enquirer, Werner explained that she co-founded the organization because students experiencing homelessness were a “widely unknown population.” Today, Werner and the staff at Faces without Places continue to raise awareness about educational barriers specific to students experiencing homelessness, with Werner citing a desire to ensure the protection of educational rights for these students. Change 4 Change, an awareness initiative through the organization, helps raise the visibility of child homelessness through presentations to local area schools and focuses on how students can become involved in these advocacy efforts. Werner and Executive Director Mohajer, along with staff member Beth Neimann and Public Ally Megan Rahill, provide educational and enrichment programming, school transportation and supplies, and other specialized services to children and youth in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Two of these programs, created by Rahill, are delivered in homeless shelters: My Little Library and Birthday Club. The

Previous crowned Chili Taste Off winner Bill, voted Best of the Best. Photo: Beth Griffith-Niemann

My Little Library program provides children and youth in shelters with engaging reading activities and books, while Birthday Club offers businesses, groups, and organizations the opportunity to throw birthday parties for children in shelters. Rahill is currently at work on a program that would bring art to children in shelters and is in communication with Libby Hunter from WordPlay to develop a performing arts program for students experiencing homelessness. Throughout the calendar year, Faces without Places provides children and youth experiencing homelessness with such academic and enrichment programs and activities as Yellow School Bus Summer Camp, a seven week education-based summer program, and ZooMates, a yearlong mentoring program that matches elementary students experiencing homelessness with Xavier University students. Mohajer said of Yellow Bus Summer Camp that primary emphasis is on improving math and literacy skills and enrichment opportunities for children and youth, and that both programs work to enhance a sense of hope, empowerment, community

connection, and self-esteem of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Even with the success of Faces without Places’ programs, staff members are quick to remind us that “simple things we take for granted” – eating ice cream, for example – are often lost on children and youth who experience homelessness. As a result, staff “constantly strive to think of new ways to provide [students] with experiences that would not otherwise be available to them.” My Little Library and Birthday Club programs are two ways Faces without Places has been able to expand opportunities to children and youth experiencing homelessness, and volunteers are always needed to help drive and continue these efforts. Northsiders interested in volunteering in Faces without Places programming can assist with the My Little Library and Birthday Club programs, or can become involved with the Yellow Bus Summer

Camp. Volunteers are also needed for Board efforts, event planning, and hosting an event for Faces without Places. Check out Faces without Places on November 10, 2013 at the Northside Tavern for more about the organization and its programs. Residents who visit the Tavern on November 10 will enjoy Happy Hour Pricing, watch the Bengals @ Ravens at 1PM, a kids craft area, raffle baskets, door prizes, and, of course, chili. The cost to attend the event is $10 dollars per person. (Children under 5 eat free.) All proceeds benefit children experiencing homelessness. To learn more, visit:

BY alisa balestra Alisa Balestra is a Northside resident and the Director of Community and Strategic Partnerships at Public Allies Cincinnati, a leadership and professional development nonprofit. Balestra also teaches one literature course per semester at Xavier University.

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Northside Teens Make A Difference By Making T-Shirts

Jackson. (age 17) “I’m learning to run a business, make money. and be respectful at work.” Said Curtis Hopey (age 15) The teens have been meeting, learning and screen printing for a full year now and all the hard work is paying off. This month the team will be sharing their skills by teaching University of Cincinnati students how to silk screen shirts. The UC engineering group will be working directly with the team to learn the step-by-step process to create their own shirts. “I never thought I would be teaching college students at my age.” Said Breadwinner Curtis Hopey. (age 15) “Just knowing that I can design clothes has been the best thing for me.” Said Amy Stigall (age 15). Happen’s Breadwinners shirts are on sale now at Happen’s Toy Lab. You can meet the teens during Northside Second Saturday on November 9th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Happen’s Toy Lab. Happen is celebrating with a Rock ’n’ Roll Northside Breadwinners pose with t-shirts they designed, screen printed and later sold during Maker Fair on October 19th. Photo: Tommy Reuff Family Saturday Night and the appen’s first program for 13 Maker Fair on Saturday, October 19 supplies. Breadwinners will have a booth - 17 year olds, Breadwinners, to an overwhelming response. And “I like having the responsibility with new, limited addition Scooter meet once a week to design while meeting their customers for the and selling our own shirts.” Said shirts sponsored by Metro Scooter and print t-shirts which are first time, the Breadwinners made Breadwinner Aidan Parmer. (age 13) and the favorite “45223” t-shirts sold in Happen’s Toy Lab. Participants sales, took orders and shared how “I like the screen printing portion offered in soft, slim fit, and all learn the basics of both screen printing their efforts support graffiti removal of Breadwinners. I plan on going to women sizes. Meet the teens and and what it’s like to run a small business. in Northside. For every shirt sold, one college for design and I want to work help support Northside by wearing The team debuted two lines of dollar is donated to the Northside for a clothing company when I get a shirt designed by Happen’s new t-shirt designs at the Cincinnati Citizens on Patrol for graffiti removal older.“ Said Phoenix Morning Light Breadwinners.




our child can now be a “Happen Kid Film Critic.” Beginning November 17 at 2:00pm, Happen, Inc. will present a feature-length film to be reviewed by kids in the new film critic program. If your child is between the ages of 8 and 12, they have an opportunity to be a Happen Kid Film Critic. They’ll receive their official Happen Kid Film Critic Packet with a press badge, critic instructions,

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and official notepad and pencil. A new family film will be shown each month with refreshments provided by Happen. After the screening each movie review assignment will be evaluated by a real Cincinnati film critic! Their film reviews will then be printed in The Northsider Monthly and will also be posted online and displayed in the Happen, Inc. windows. So look for the film reviews starting in December.

Space is limited and you must register during normal business hours at Happen, Inc. located at 4201 Hamilton Ave.

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BY TOMMY RUEFF Tommy Reuff is Happen, Inc.’s founder and Executive Director

arts: REVIEW

A brief review of “Evolution: New Work by Jeremy Johnson & Aaron Kent”


hile my next few words may border on cliché, “Evolution: New Work by Jeremy Johnson & Aaron Kent” is an exhibition, rather two jam-packed side-by-side solo shows, that should not be missed. Currently on display at Prairie Gallery (ocated above Take the Cake, at 4035 Hamilton Avenue in Northside), viewers will be put in awe whether or not they consider themselves artists or art appreciators. Knowing some people who read this aren’t familiar with what goes on in Prairie, I’d like to quickly point out that they’re much more than a gallery. Every year, scores of at risk children

I’ll quickly focus on the taxidermy, as it was the source of most of my enjoyment. Mr. Johnson really does meddle with nature as his website name ( suggests, and quite frankly it’s a lot of fun when he does. For starters, there’s a sparkling white opossum suspended by his tale, whimsically smiling and offering up a piece of origami carefully folded using a reflective orange paper. Are you kidding me? Awesome. There’s much more fun to be had though, especially once you start noticing pieces like “Double Stuffed,” where you can catch a taxidermic skunk toying with Photo: Jonathan Sears his plush skunk companion. Again, what, where, how? & adults, curious high school students There’s definitely something to as well as some of the area’s leading these works. service providing organizations team Moving into the other half of up with Prairie to learn about the the space, it’s rather remarkable power of photography. I’ll stop there, that Aaron Kent is able to deliver but will say, a good start for more on the same level as Johnson, using information would be their website: similar subject matter in a completely different manner. In his work you’ll find Moving back to the “Evolution:...” bones being used throughout the work, exhibition, this is Jeremy Johnson’s but this time around, they’re presented second time displaying his highly in a much more abstract fashion. creative taxidermy works in the While I can’t place where Mr. Kent second floor gallery space. And much sources his materials, one thing I’m sure like the first time around, viewers are of is that all the work is displayed confronted with the preservation of beautifully, often-times amongst plant animalia in ways that you just can’t find life, which is an unexpected twist and at your local Bass Pro Shop. Arranged a great way to present the subject throughout the space by technique,

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matter. In Bones 15, Bones 17 and Bones 19, bright green swatches of nature dance out of their pedestal sized containers as looping castplaster pieces of vertebrae trigger thoughts of ancient burials and even archaeological digs. Still, other pieces, such as Bones 29 capture a bit more of the imagination. Specifically in this work, a single plant spills toward the floor as it exits its pyrex (glass) beaker, which is perched atop two elegantly cast, aluminum bone sculptures. This really is a great indication of what art can be — well crafted, often recognizable items within settings that can’t be dismissed. Overall there’s a lot to talk about with both halves of this show, so I hope you get a chance to check it out. Evolution: New Work by Jeremy Johnson & Aaron Kent will be on display through December 7th. A full review of this exhibition can be found online at

BY Jonathan Sears 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.

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The Tomato Experiment

he experiment below is an example of one of the many seasonal vegetable focused experiments performed every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm at Gabriel’s Place Market in Avondale. The samples are free and everyone is welcome to cook, shop, garden or just watch. Gabriel’s Place is a non-profit committed to garden to table education and access. Please call us at 513-221-2306 or e-mail at

Mediterranean Fish en papillote, with cherry tomatoes, leeks, Olives, lemon and cauliflower

Roasted Tomato Soup Serves 4-6 2 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes (mix of fresh heirlooms, cherry, vine and plum tomatoes) 6 cloves garlic, peeled 2 small yellow onions, sliced 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper quart chicken stock 2 bay leaves 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, optional 3/4 cup heavy cream, optional Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Serves 4 1 leek, cleaned and julienned 1/4 head of cauliflower, cut into mini bit size pieces 16 cherry tomatoes, cut in half 12 olives, sliced in half 4 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 (4-ounce) sole fillets, hake, flounder or other white fish 1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed 8 sprigs fresh thyme

Fish En papillote. Photo: Kristen St. Clair

2 tbsp. parsley, chopped

Panzanella Salad

4 pats butter

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1/4 cup white wine Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

1/2 pound day-old crusty bread, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces (5 cups)

In a bowl, mix together the leek, cauliflower, tomatoes, olives and garlic. Add the oil, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and toss to combine. Put each fish fillet in a large square of parchment paper and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on top, dividing evenly. Top the vegetables with 2 lemon slices, 2 sprigs thyme, a pat of butter and 1 tablespoon white wine, layering in order. Fold the parchment paper around the edges tightly in 1/4-inch folds to create a half moon shape. Make sure you press as you crimp and fold to seal the packets well, otherwise the steam will escape. Arrange the packets on a baking sheet. Bake until the fish is cooked through, about 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. To serve, cut open the packets and serve directly in the parchment on a plate or remove the fish to the plate using a spatula, being sure you don’t leave the juices behind. Note: If the fillet of fish is very thin, roast veggies for 10 minutes in the oven before placing in parchment. This will ensure

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1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced ½ jalapeno or other hot pepper, minced 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar 1 tbsp. sugar The juice of 1 lemon ½ cup orange juice 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin strips

1. Wash, core and cut the tomatoes into halves. Squeeze out the seeds saving the liquid in a soup pot. Spread the tomatoes, garlic cloves and onions onto a baking tray. Place the onions and garlic underneath tomatoes so that they don’t char. Drizzle with 1/2 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, or until caramelized. 2. Remove roasted tomatoes, garlic and onion from the oven. Peel the skins off the tomatoes and discard. Transfer tomatoes, onions and garlic to a large stock pot. Add 3/4 of the chicken stock, bay leaves, and butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until liquid has reduced by a third. 3. Wash and dry basil leaves, if using, and add to the pot. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. If the consistency is not smooth run through a strainer/ sieve. Return soup to low heat, add cream and adjust consistency with remaining chicken stock, if necessary. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

1 container (15 ounces) ricotta Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

On a rimmed baking sheet, spread bread in a single layer and bake until dry and light golden brown, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the bread and ricotta and season with salt and pepper. Add toasted bread and toss to combine. Let sit 10 minutes to allow bread to soak up liquid. Divide salad evenly among four bowls and top each with some ricotta, a drizzle of oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep the bread separate if you would like to serve the following day (otherwise the bread will get soggy) life & culture 45223

BY Kristen St. Clair, Gabriel’s Place educational Chef Kristen is a graduate at The Midwest Culinary Institute. Her role at Gabriel’s Place is to run educational cooking classes, geared toward expanding knowledge on utilizing fresh foods that result in inexpensive and nutritionally full meals. She can be reached at: gabrielsplace.kst.clair@

ARE YOUR GARDEN AND YARD READY FOR WINTER? Rahn. She says that newly-planted trees and shrubs from the spring and summer need to be wellhydrated too. “A good soaking is required,” she says. “Be cognizant of the weather. If we have a dry November, the yard and garden must be well-watered before going into winter.” For roses, Rahn recommends using mulch for winter protection. “Wait until after a good heavy frost to mulch them,” says Rahn. “Different varieties of roses require different methods of pruning but, generally speaking, leave most trimming of roses until springtime.” Roses and other flowers are still blooming in Karen’s autumn garden. She adds that Photo: Karen Andrew most perennials don’t need to be t’s the first of November and we’ve protected because they die back in the already had a taste of winter. But, winter. that doesn’t mean that it’s time to go If you’re wondering about indoors and ignore your yard and yard cleanup, Kate Cook, Garden garden. You can still do a few things Manager at Carriage House Farm outside to prepare for winter. and a Northsider, advises, “If you are First, what about those houseplants into maintaining a good habitat for you took outside last summer to get benefi cial insects, do not remove dead some fresh air? Hopefully, they’re not vegetation.” That vegetation provides frozen yet. shelter for the praying mantis and other “By now, people should have bugs that we want in our gardens. brought in their houseplants,” says “For good general soil health, Susan Rahn, co-owner of A.J. Rahn leave some kind of vegetation all of Greenshouses in Spring Grove Village. the time to prevent erosion,” says Cook. “They should have been cleaned for “Otherwise, you will lose your topsoil insects before bringing them inside. when it rains.” Plants can repel insects outdoors but “Living ground cover reduces they don’t have the genetic ability to topsoil erosion, adds or replaces repel them indoors. The best way to nutrients to soil and suppresses weed clean them off is with soapy, sudsy germination,” says Peter Huttinger, water.” Community Gardens Coordinator at Next, if the soil is not frozen, Rahn the Civic Garden Center of Greater says you can still plant spring bulbs, Cincinnati. such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, If you want to try growing ground by the end of November. You can also cover, call around to various nurseries plant trees and flowers. and suppliers to see if they still “Be sure to pull the root ball apart have ground cover seeds. Huttinger before placing the plant in the hole and recommends winter rye, sweet clover make sure it’s well-watered,” advises (common white), and vetch (hairy or


common). You can also apply compost to your garden. “Overwinter with compost to replicate in the vegetable or perennial flowerbed by returning all crop wastes to the soil (or cover with leaves or compost). Clump soil - then cover with compost or organic matter,” advises Huttinger. You also might want to try growing certain food crops. “If you can protect them, you can grow salad greens, radishes, mustard greens and more outside,” advises Cook. “It’s very important to read seed packets. Look for the number of days to maturity.” She says it may take as little as 21 days for seeds to start growing. Cover your little garden with plastic sheeting or even old bed sheets draped over something such as hoops made out of PVC piping. Cook also suggests growing salad greens indoors as long as they have plenty of light. Keep an eye out for insects such as aphids and white flies. Finally, when you can no longer spend a lot of time outdoors, start planning for next spring and summer. Study print or online seed and plant catalogs, gardening books, and websites; enroll in some gardening classes; and take numerous trips to greenhouses such as Rahn’s and the Krohn Conservatory to brighten the otherwise dreary, cold days ahead. FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM LOCAL SOURCES: A.J. Rahn Greenhouses: (513) 541-0672 Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati: 513-221-0981 Carriage House Farm: Northside Grange, Pet and Urban Farm Supply: www.northside 513-541-1321

BY Karen S. Andrew Karen loves to write, garden, and do other creative activities. She was formerly a staff writer and calendar editor at The Cincinnati Enquirer. Her memberships include Northside’s Greenspace, Citizens on Patrol, Community Council and Writing Group as well as the Greater Cincinnati Rose Association and the Victorian Society.

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11/1 -- The Mitchells, Shiny & the Spoon, Bear Medicine @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Avenue. 11/1 – Nerdcore @ The Chameleon Club (9:00PM) Hip-hop, board games, video game tournaments, & more! Cost: $5. Ages 21+. 4114 Hamilton Ave. 11/2 – Walk in Badgely Run Park hosted by Northside Greenspace (10:0011:00AM) Washburn Street. For information, call 513-542-3588 or email: 11/2 – Knot Only Knitting @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (2:00PM) Seniors are invited to bring needlework projects, make friends, & enjoy refreshments. For information, call 513-369-4449 or email Sarah. 11/2 – Cincinnati Rollergirls Steak-Out @ C&D Café (6:00-10:00PM) Join the Cincinnati Rollergirls for their second Steak-Out of 2013 at the C&D Cafe. Included in the festivities is a $10 steak dinner (vegetarian option available), a costume contest, raffles, prizes, merch, s’mores and more. An all-ages event. 1714 Hanfield Street. 11/2 – Little Trees, The Prohibitionists, Homemade Drugs @ Northside Tavern (10:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Avenue. 11/3 – Magnolia Mountain Quartet @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Anchored by an acoustic musical core and gorgeous 2-, 3- and 4-part close harmony vocals, Magnolia Mountain will appeal to fans of roots music, old and new. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/3 – Comet Bluegrass Allstars @ The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. 11/3 – Cincinnati Parks Explore Event: Grand Tour Hike @ Buttercup Valley Nature Preserve (1:00-3:00PM) Enjoy stunning views of hills and valleys, including old growth trees towering over native shrubs. The moderately 18 vol. 1 | Issue 2 NOV 13’

strenuous hike will be about 1.5 miles through Parker Woods and Buttercup Valley Nature Preserve. Dress for the weather, bring water and a snack if you wish. 1558 Stanford Drive. For more information: 513-542-2909.

Auditorium located at 4222 Hamilton Avenue. NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside. We are open every Wednesday from 4-7pm.

11/4 – Northside Business Association Monthly Meeting @ Happen, Inc. (6:00PM) 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:

11/6 – Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Live band karaoke comes to the Tavern every Wednesday. Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. For an up to date song list, visit www.sexytimekaraoke. com

11/4 – The Qtet @ Northside Tavern (10:00PM) The Qtet plays the front room every other Monday. Influences range from Miles Davis to Van Halen. Front Room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/5 – Teen Movie Madness @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3:00PM) Teens can join the CPL for a movie and a snack. 4219 Hamilton Ave. For information, call 513-369-4449 or email Sarah. 11/5 – Book Club @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (6:30PM) For information on the club’s current title, call 513-3694449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@ 11/5 – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday (8:00PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. 11/5 – Jeremy Pinnell & the 55’s @ Northside Tavern (10:00PM) Local scene veteran Jeremy Pinnell brings us his take on country music. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/6 – Northside Farmers Market @ North Presbyterian Church auditorium (4-7PM) The NFM is a twelve month 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

11/7 – Hot Wax @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/8 – Fiber Arts Sale @ Weaver Arts Guild (5-9PM) 4870 Gray Road For more information: 513-889-9583 or 11/8 – Founding Fathers, Dr. Foxcroft (10:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/8 – Gamma World w/ Fourth Wife & No Slave to Tomorrow @ The Chameleon Club (9:00PM) Cost: Free. Ages 21+. 4114 Hamilton Ave. 11/9– Fiber Arts Sale @ Weaver Arts Guild (5-9PM) 4870 Gray Road For more information: 513-889-9583 or 11/9 – Northside Second Saturdays (610PM) Come see art, shop, imbibe and eat in one of Cincinnati’s most creative and diverse neighborhoods on the 2nd Saturday of every month! Northside Second Saturdays features new art openings, later retail hours, later restaurant hours, bar drink specials, interactive events and promotions that vary monthly with participating businesses. 11/9 – Laura Sabo, Mike McIntyre @ Northside Tavern (7:00-8:30PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/9 – DAAP Girls, Pop Goes the Evil @ the Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/9 – Basement Reggae Night @ The Comet. (10PM) Every Second Saturday

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DJ Grover, Abiyah and Boss Lady bring you all vinyl, all the time. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. 11/10 – Faces Without Places Chili Cook-off @ the Northside Tavern (12:00-4:00PM) Join supporters of Faces without Places for this family friendly event, with live music, a kids craft area, raffle baskets, door prizes, the Bengals on the big screen, and of course chili! Cost: $10/ person, kids 5 and under are free. Individuals interested in entering their chili should contact Beth @ 513.389.0805 or 4163 Hamilton Avenue. 11/10 – Fiber Arts Sale @ Weaver Arts Guild (5-9PM) 4870 Gray Road For more information: 513-889-9583 or 11/10 – Northside Community Writing Project (7:00 PM) For information 11/10– Comet Bluegrass Allstars @ The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. 11/10 – Classical Revolution @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/10 – Dead String Brothers (Bloodshot Records) with Bulletville & The Smoking Flowers @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Detroit-Nashville band Dead String Brothers will join Nashville’s The Smoking Flowers and Cincinnati’s own Bulletville for a memorable country rock show. Back room. Doors at 8pm. Cost: $10 advance at ShakeIt Records or, $13 day of show. Ages 21+. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/11 – Movie Monday @ the Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (1:00PM) Watch a new release and enjoy light refreshments. 4219 Hamilton Ave. For information, call 513-369-4449 or email Sarah. 11/11 – Northside Jazz Ensemble @ Northside Tavern (10:00PM) From Funk, Reggae and Soul to Rock, Free

NORTHSIDE SCENE 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. 11/12 – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday (8:00PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. 11/12 – Blue Hornet, The Cla-zels @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/13 – Northside Farmers Market @ North Presbyterian Church auditorium (4-7PM) 4222 Hamilton Avenue. NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside. We are open every Wednesday from 4-7pm. 11/13 – Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Live band karaoke comes to the Tavern every Wednesday. Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. For an up to date song list, visit www.sexytimekaraoke. com 11/14 – Old City @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/15 – Keith Jones & The Makeshifts w/ Thomas Wietecha, Uncle Owl, and The Brent Shaw Duo @ The Chameleon Club (9:00PM) Cost: $7. Ages 21+. 4114 Hamilton Ave. 11/16 – International Games Day @ the Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (2:00PM) The Library will join hundreds of other libraries around the world in participating in National Gaming Day, celebrating with board games, card games, and other unique games. An all-ages event. 4129 Hamilton Ave. For information, call 513-3694449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@ 11/16 – Knot Only Knitting @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (2:00PM) Seniors are invited to bring your needlework projects, make friends, & enjoy refreshments. For information, call 513-369-4449 or email Sarah. 11/16 – Two Houses with Lockland

Brakes @ The Chameleon Club (9:00PM) Cost: $5. Ages 21+. 4114 Hamilton Ave. 11/16 – Lemon Sky, The Bummers @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/17 – Comet Bluegrass Allstars @ The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. 11/18 – Northside Community Council Monthly Meeting @ McKie Rec Center (7:00 PM) Get involved with issues that directly affect our community! The Northside Community Council is a volunteer, communitybased 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. McKie Recreational Center, 1655 Chase Avenue. 11/18 – The Qtet @ Northside Tavern (10:00PM) The Qtet plays every other Monday. Influences range from Miles Davis to Van Halen. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/19 – Teen Crafts @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3:00PM) Teens can join the CPL for an opportunity to express their creative side. 4219 Hamilton Ave. For information, call 513-369-4449 or email Sarah. 11/19 – Mystery Book Club @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (6:30PM) For information on the club’s current title, call 513-3694449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@ 11/19 – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday (8:00PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. 11/19 – Marmalade Brigade @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/20 – Northside Farmers Market @ North Presbyterian Church auditorium (4-7PM) 4222 Hamilton Avenue. NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside. We are open every Wednesday from 4-7pm.

11/20 – Gathering hosted by Starfire @ McKie Center (6PM) 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. Join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month! 11/20 – Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Live band karaoke comes to the Tavern every Wednesday. Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. For an up to date song list: 11/21 – Hot Wax @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/21 – The Fantastronauts @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Cincinnati’s own power pop/punk rock trio (with guest TBA). Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/22 – Strange Creature & Mr. The Kid @ The Chameleon Club (9:00PM) Cost: Free. Ages 21+. 4114 Hamilton Ave. 11/22 – Dead North @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Cincinnati pop punk band (with guest TBA). Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/23 – Sassy Molasses with Joe Rollin Porter @ The Chameleon Club (9:00PM) Cost: Free. Ages 21+. 4114 Hamilton Ave. 11/23 – Northside Record Fair @ North Presbyterian Church (10:00AM4:00PM) 4222 Hamilton Avenue. For information, email domepresents@ 11/24 – Jammin for a Cause hosted by Dramakinetics @ Northside Tavern (5-8PM) Back room. Want to enjoy a night out? Are you in the mood for some good music? Looking for something to do when there is no Bengals game? Then join us for a great night of music, friends and fun. We have a great line up of musicians including:Tom Beyer and Friends, Nathaniel Morgan, Rick Howell and John Ford, The Night Owls Cost: $15 donation. 4163 Hamilton Ave.

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11/24 – Blue Rock Boys @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/24 – Comet Bluegrass Allstars @ The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. 11/25 – Northside Jazz Ensemble @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) From Funk, Reggae and Soul to Rock, Free Jazz, Blues and straight-ahead Jazz and back again. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/26 – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday (8:00PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. 11/27 – Northside Farmers Market @ North Presbyterian Church auditorium (4-7PM) 4222 Hamilton Avenue. NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside. We are open every Wednesday from 4-7pm. 11/27 – The Hiders @ Northside Tavern (10:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 11/29 - Northside Shop Local Day and CoSign Unveiling @ Hamilton Ave Business District (all day, unveiling starts at noon) 11/29 – Foxy Shazam with guest Evolve @ Mayday (10:00PM) Foxy Shazam, an energetic Cincinnati-native rock band, is performing two shows Thanksgiving Weekend... the first night at Mayday, with guest Evolve. Doors at 8:00PM. Cost: $15. Ages 21+. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. 11/29 – Talk Mouth with Classy Mongrel @ The Chameleon Club (9:00PM) Cost: Free. Ages 21+. 4114 Hamilton Ave. 11/30 – Founding Fathers with Incitatus Roboticus @ The Chameleon Club (9:00PM) Cost: $5. Ages 21+. 4114 Hamilton Ave.

Compiled BY Vanessa Thurman Vanessa Thurman is an independent consultant and freelance writer. She and her husband moved to Northside in 2012 after falling in love with the community’s welcoming attitude and eclectic charm. vol. 1 | Issue 2 Nov 13’ 19


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The Northsider Newspaper is a community newspaper created by and for the Northside Neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this issue: 3: COM...

Northsider Vol 1 | Issue 2  

The Northsider Newspaper is a community newspaper created by and for the Northside Neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this issue: 3: COM...