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5 NORTHSIDE’S PAST The history of the ‘Tacocracy’ building

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The Art and Heart of Gratitude

13 MUSIC REVIEW

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IN THIS ISSUE

COVER ART | NORTHSIDER FEATURED ARTIST VOLUME 1 ISSUE 2 | CONTENT

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COMMUNITY NEWS SAVE A LOT UPDATE A LETTER FROM WORLEY RODEHAVER FOOD: THE POTATO EXPERIMENT

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Linda’s cover art is inspired by all of the great natural things that the season brings! You can see more of her artwork and follow her blog at www.lindawinder.com

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: northsidermonthly@gmail.com Subject line: Cover Art Submission 2 vol. 1 | Issue 3 DEC 13’

Linda Winder, Cynthia Allen, Maya Drozdz/ VisuaLingual, Laura Elaine Photography, Tommy Reuff, Libby Hunter, Soul Step Records, Kristen St. Clair.

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

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FEATURE

inda Winder is a native Cincinnati artist who is proud to call Northside her home! After receiving her BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2009, she now works as a graphic designer in Covington, KY. She loves working in her studio using pencils and paint to create artwork inspired by animals, nature, space, and the unknown forces of the universe. When not making work, she thoroughly enjoys gardening in her backyard, cold weather camping, playing video games, and practicing karate.

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Jeni Jenkins, Worley Rodehaver, Barry Schwartz, Rae Hoffman, Steve Sunderland, Cynthia Allen, Fred Neurohr, Alisa Balestra, Tommy Reuff, Kristen St. Clair, Libby Hunter, Vanessa Thurman, Mark Christol.

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

organizational structure: The Northsider 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 Northside Community Council 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 living in the 45223 zip code. life & culture 45223


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Fresh Food Coming Back to Northside | Update on Save-a-lot Replacement

ridging the Health Gap’s “Healthy Corner Store Network” is coming to Northside. The Network’s goal is to increase access to healthy foods in communities where healthy, affordable foods are not readily available. Each store receives assistance in introducing new healthy items and receives in-store training and support. Marketing signage is placed in the store. Each store that is chosen is also provided with appropriate refrigeration equipment. Another component is educating community members on healthy eating. They have access to a distribution network to help source fresh produce. Currently, the fresh produce is provided by Green Bean Delivery to three stores in Avondale, one in Walnut Hills and one in the West End. The Healthy Corner Store Network is planning to expand to West End, Lower Price Hill, Northside, Mt. Auburn, and South Cumminsville. Sandy Hamilton has completed the community

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surveys of all 53 food outlets in Northside. Everywhere she went, there were people expressing a need for improving the availability of fresh produce. Rick Schaeper has expressed an interest in the program. The next step will be to review the data and work with one or more merchants in the community to host the Healthy Corner Store program. The Union Coop Grocery Store initiative is progressing. Chris Cooper of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center has been contracted to conduct a feasibility study of developing a chain of coop grocery stores in East Walnut Hills, College Hill, Northside and Avondale. The Union plans to build on the surveys that have already been conducted by Sandy and Happen, Inc., of community needs for accessible quality food. They hope to begin conducting the expanded survey in December with the help of volunteers. They are negotiating with Kroger to provide their house brands to the stores. The goal is to finish the study by February and begin

opening stores shortly thereafter. Heather Sturgill gave Cooper a tour of Northside to help identify potential sites (including the vacant Save-a-lot store) and get a feel for the community. Mary Jo Minerich agreed to provide her mock-ups of what the store could look like and the marketing information she has gathered. To get involved or for more information contact Barry Schwartz who convened the task force to work on the Sav-a-lot replacement initiative.

BY Barry Schwartz Barry is a retired city planner and is currently a board member of the Northside Community Council, the Northside COP team, and the steering committee of the Northside Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update

thank you & good luck | A letter from former Northsider publisher Worley Rodehaver

want to thank the Northsiders who came to a party arranged for me by Maureen Wood in October. I thought maybe some of you who saw me drifting about in Northside during the last 20+ years might be interested in what it was that I “really” was doing. When you are in media you are an “outsider”. You are an observer. You cannot be part of what is going on because it is your responsibility to report on things good and bad. I only strayed from that observer role two or three times during my years in the media. Even thought I retired and am no longer publishing the Northsider, media junkie that I am, I still publish GLBT News. I am doing that because back several years ago I promised people in the GLBT Community I would publish GLBT until I was unable to do so. Here is why. June Delph was a Realtor at the time and was one of my advertisers in Uptown News. I was advised that she was going out of business to care for her son who was coming home from California with AIDS. That seemed like something people should know more about, there was no GLBT paper in the city at the time, so I felt there should be one and I had everything I needed to start one. I have never made much money publishing papers and finding advertisers for a gay paper in the mid-90’s was like trying to sell ads in a subversive publication. I was limited to a few gayowned businesses, etc. I wasn’t making a very good living with Uptown News and I was losing money in GLBT News so I gave

up and shut it down. But, then Matthew Sheperd was hung on a fence, pistol whipped and left to die. I went to a candlelight service at UC (with my camera-always carry my camera) and when candles were being lit, I swung around and shot a couple behind me. When I developed the photo it was a boy and girl, hugging each other and crying. Money or not, back came GLBT News with that pledge not to quit. Since that time there have been several other publications enter the market mainly focusing on the bar scene, but GLBT News continues with a broad community focus. I have published several papers, down through the years, worked for two dailies and for 10 years edited the Episcopal Diocesan paper, The Interchange. During those years I learned to do layouts, I had been doing photography since junior high and had set up my own darkroom. I interviewed people, wrote stories and then put the whole thing together for the printer. In the early 80’s I left the diocese. Since that time I have done a singles publication, a religion forum, the Appalachian Connection, Uptown News, Walnut Hills News and The Northsider. When I first obtained The Northsider, then called On the Avenue, Peggy Weyand did the layout and most of the editorial content for the publication but she moved on to work for a local church. I have been involved one way or another in distributing all the papers I have published. I drove delivery as far as Dayton with the Singles paper, and delivered Uptown News for a while by myself. Boy Scouts, a local civics class and individuals life & culture 45223

delivered The Northsider (and Uptown) for a couple of years then I organized high school students. I would guess upwards to 50+ students helped down through the years. I drove the delivery vehicle to make sure the paper was delivered. We even used two-way radios to keep in touch as delivery went along. For some time Barb Boylan helped schedule teens each month. Karen Halaszyn came on board as sales rep for the Appalachian Connection and since then has worked with all my publications. Joe Wilks, who started off as my shadetree mechanic (I couldn’t afford repair shops) continues with me today as driver/delivery person. So, until I retired from The Northsider and gave it to council at no cost I did the layout, most of the photos, most of the editorial content, went to Dayton to pick it up and delivered it with the help of Northsiders. By the way, I had a printer in London and then in Connersville, Indiana (an overnight stay), then in Tipp City and now just south of Dayton. I wish community council the best of luck as they continue publication of The Northsider. I hope they do not have the ongoing money challenges I had.

BY Worley Rodehaver

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DIY: FOOD

The Potato Experiment

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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 gabrielsplace.myrita@gmail.com.

Baked Sweet Potato with Chili Black Beans. Photo: Kristen St. Clair

Baked Sweet Potato with Chili Black Beans

Roasted Potatoes and Rosemary

Serves 4

Serves 3 to 4

4 Small Yams/Sweet Potatoes 2 cans black beans

1 1/2 pounds small red or white-skinned potatoes (or a mixture)

2 tsp. Olive Oil

1/8 cup good olive oil

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. Chili Powder

1 tablespoons minced garlic (3 cloves)

1 tsp. Cumin

2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

1/2 tsp. Paprika 1 tsp. Salt 28 oz. Can Tomatoes ½ cup orange juice Toppings: Cilantro Chopped Red Onion Avocado Sour Cream or Yogurt Preheat the oven to 400.

Pierce holes in the sweet potatoes/yams, lightly wrap them in foil, and bake on the middle rack for about 45-55 minutes.

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Over medium heat, warm the olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot and cook the onions and garlic. Add spices and cook until onions are softened. Add the tomatoes, beans and the orange juice. If the tomatoes are crushed, great, if they are whole, just smush them. Bring to a simmer and reduce for about 15 minutes. Taste for salt and spices, add more if desired. Split open the baked sweet potato/yams and create a little cavern down the middle. Fill the cavern with the chili beans and add toppings as desired. I like a bit of avocado, sour cream, cilantro, shredded cheese and minced red onion.

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Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary; toss until the potatoes are well coated. Dump the potatoes on a baking sheet and spread out into 1 layer; roast in the oven for at least 1 hour, or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking to ensure even browning. Remove the potatoes from the oven, season to taste, and serve.

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@gmail. com


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Signs | A Blast from the Past

ou may have been wondering, while passing Tacocracy, why it says Jacobs’ in black tiles below the front entrance: History. This sign is just one glimpse among many that are hidden in the foundation of our favorite restaurants, shops, and bars. These are windows into the community Northside used to be. In 1926, Lou Jacobs’ parents opened Jacobs’ Women’s Apparel in the building that is now Tacocracy. It successfully stayed open until 1987. When asking Lou why they set the name in tile rather than hang a sign, his response was spirited, “They wanted to put up a sign that would last forever. People who owned businesses and lived in Northside really thought they’d be there forever.” Northside wasn’t just self-sufficient then, it was a major hot spot. Local businesses were booming.

People who owned businesses and lived in Northside really thought they’d be there forever.” – Lou Jacobs

There were three theaters, watch and shoe repair shops, restaurants, saloons, hardware stores, and banks. Knowlton’s corner, also known as Five Points, was the second biggest transfer point for buses and streetcars in Cincinnati. On Saturdays, the sidewalks were so crowded with shoppers that pedestrians flooded the streets to buy all they needed for the week. Northside was doing so well that the Americus Theater had air conditioning when nowhere else did. Everything one could need was in just a few miles of Hamilton. “Families stayed there for generations. People took care of the neighborhood and the neighborhood took care of them,” Lou adds. And Northside has always had its quirks, even in the 1930’s. In Wilson’s Saloon, a stag bar, a small lady used to take a broom to any woman who tried to order a drink. Betting on horses and other business transactions occurred in the back of these saloons. Some of the businesses have even survived the 1937 Flood, when many of the buildings were

Photo: Maya Drozdz/VisuaLingual.

filled up to the second floor with river and Mill Creek water-- Northside Bank, Ace Hardware, and more. Lou is just one of many from a generation of hard working business owners, and that trend has not ended. Recently, signs for many of the businesses in Northside have been unveiled. They’re striking, memorable, and once again connect us as a community. They bring locals and neighbors from the suburbs to our backyard, but the signs are not what folks remember. Though Jacobs is still etched into the scenery, what Lou remembers and what we will remember is the quaint and memorable experiences we have under those signs.

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

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COLUMN: COMMENTARY

MALALA LIVES TO EDUCATE

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he second annual “Malala Thanksgiving” will take place at Stetson Square, December 7, 2013, 12 noon to 4pm, free, dinner, too. This year we celebrate Malala’s recovery from her gun shot wound to her face, the publication of her best seller, “I Am Malala,” and the work of those committed to justice in education for all girls and women in Cincinnati and around the world. MALALA’S STORY Malala’s story seems fictional: a 16 year old girl, advocating for education for girls in her village in Pakistan, sees her village attacked by dangerous outsiders, schools destroyed, people hung, and threats culminating in her being shot in her face on a bus on the way to school. Malala comes from a poor family in a “beautiful” section of Pakistan called, Swat Valley, a place where very conservative tribal and religious values seem in great tension with desires for modern culture. Malala grows in a family that is devoutly Muslim, committed to non-violence, and enthusiastically advocates education for girls. Her father has a dream of building a school for girls and boys, a school that is a launching pad for Malala’s own development as a citizen of the world that wants education for justice for all to be the major result of her learning. At 14, Malala is writing about education under a pen name, giving speeches, winning high marks in her school, and learning that education means change, dramatic and dangerous change for herself and for her community. THE WORLD IS WATCHING The education of a teen age girl and her bravery in promoting the education of all girls has caught the attention of the world. Central questions are being raised in every country about the access to education of girls and whether or not girls can be safe in schools and communities that may have little experience with girls taking action for their own education. Malala has shifted many discussions by calling for full and equal

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and, the reluctance of frightened education for all girls everywhere in the world. In her own community, people to stand up to minor and women have not had free and easy major dictators. entry into education, due to cultural It is a miracle that Malala is and religious constrictions. Malala, alive. Her recovery in England has and her father, have confronted these found her mind returning to a high obstacles and offered an alternative level. Her spirit to continue the fight way of being both pious and involved for education is even stronger. She in education. For both of them, says she is not afraid of death, or education is a spiritual experience, bringing each person, irrespective I don’t want to be thought of as “the girl who was of gender, closer to deeply understanding shot by the Taliban” but the “girl who fought for their world and their education.” – Malala Yousafzai relationship to God. Controlling and dominating children and women and limiting spiritual, the Taliban, or of anyone. As the economic, and political participation youngest candidate for the Nobel have been challenged by Malala Peace Prize, she recently said that the with a viewpoint that says that being world’s acceptance of her message a full human, whether a man or is the true “winning.” And, she will woman, requires the involvement in continue to give speeches, foster the the deepest kind of learning. Justice development of her foundation, and for all, Malala, suggests, is the highest continue to work for education for all. spiritual calling, both as a Muslim and Her light for all of us is on: now, we as a citizen of Pakistan. need to work to develop the kind of WHAT MALALA WANTS education that she and the rest of us Malala’s understanding of can be proud of, whether boy or girl, education is worthy of examination rich or poor, or Muslim or non-Muslim. by all who profess an interest in We can see her bravery, her attempt education and citizenship. Malala is to hide her trauma from the attack not just calling for classes in many on her, and her fear that her father subjects, or regular attendance, or some other family member is next or good teachers and outstanding for attack. Wishing her continued technology, important as these health means creating an educational matters are for education. Instead, reality for as many girls, creating as a reader of her autobiography a political culture that protects all will readily see, Malala wants an children, and fostering schools that education that heightens non-violence embrace rigorous education. Come in the world for everyone. Learning and join us on the 7th! the causes of conflict has to be more than a superficial review of “winners” and “losers,” dates and BY Steve Sunderland names, and patriotic condensations sundersc@ucmail.uc.edu of history. Instead, Malala is calling Steve is a founder of for a solid and deep understanding the Peace Village and a of the multiple forces that have combined to prevent compassion and professor of peace and truth from flourishing. I am shocked educational studies at reading a 16 year old who offers a the University of Cincinnati. He has been a sophisticated analysis of Pakistan’s Northsider for over 10 years. tortured history; the miseducation and manipulation about Islam; the bitter involvement of American interests in humiliating Pakistan’s governments;

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The Art and Heart of Gratitude

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hat is it about thankfulness that is so moving? Why can we, even in the depths of great difficulty, experience a moment of deep gratitude? Strikingly, the moments in my life where I was most in touch with gratitude were not in the good times, but in the darkest ones. Most days, however, are run of the mill days, and on these, I must choose to cultivate the attitude of gratitude. In the everydayness, it is too easy to take life for granted. Historically, giving thanks has been a ritual act of prayer. Perhaps all acts of gratitude are really acts of prayer. I surmise that we all feel connected to something greater than ourselves when feeling deeply thankful. BENEFITS OF LIVING A THANKFUL LIFE Want a little well-being and joy? Put a little prayer or meditation in your life. Giving and receiving gratitude has been shown to help people feel better about life, exercise

more, work harder, and improve relationships. Other studies have found lowered blood pressure, decreased asthma symptoms, more ability to cope with illness, and even longer life. SIMPLE TIPS FOR CULTIVATING A GRATEFUL LIFE Food as a blessing. It is out of vogue, but take a moment to appreciate the food on your plate and hear yourself saying, “Thank you.” Your body as a temple. We spend far too much time decrying what doesn’t work about our bodies. While bathing, make it a practice to appreciate your skin, limbs, ridges, and curves when running your hand or washcloth over your body. Appreciate your own sensuality and your ability to heal. Meditation as a peaceful way station. To be available for gratitude, we need ways to calm the busyness of our minds. Pay attention to how much time is spent processing judgmental thoughts and planning for catastrophe. A meditation or centering prayer practice allows us to step away from the shark tank of our small mind and rest for a moment in the grandeur of space. Light someone up today. I have been blessed with a teacher who manages to make eye contact with every person he meets and has a way of expressing gratitude towards them that lights people up. When was the last time you really looked at someone face-to-face and said, “Thank you?”

Larry Wells and Cynthia Allen express themselves The Thankfulness Project On Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Future Life Now took gratitude to the streets. Passerby’s were invited to write what they were thankful for on a chalk board and a photographer captured the moment. Over 200 people had their photo taken at the corner of Hamilton and Knowlton. Check out the emerging photos from that event on the Future Life Now blog www.futurelifenow.com/blog Movement as an act of grace. In our culture of ambition, we think the only way to be active is to throw ourselves into steaming hot yoga rooms or push ourselves until we can’t walk for several days. Instead, what if you listened, really listened to your body as you move through the day. The underlying message is, “I accept myself. I am taking care of myself. And doggone it, I like me.” Wishing you many moments when your heart is full and running over in thankfulness.

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BY Cynthia M. Allen Cynthia M. Allen is a partner in Future Life Now which specializes in wellbeing and growth. She is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Bones for Life trainer. She sees babies to adults as well as offering classes. She can be reached at 513.541.5720, www.futurelifenow.com or email her at CynthiaAllen@futurelifenow.com.

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FEATURE

PALLET 23 APPROACHES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Now I have a space for all the things that I love” – Laura Chenault

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ocated on Spring Grove Avenue in the heart of Northside, Pallet 23 provides a unique converted warehouse space for a range of events and budgets. In a few weeks, owner Laura Chenault will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the venue’s opening. Over the past year, the building has been transformed to host a long list of functions. There have been private, elegant dinners with local chefs like Jose Salazar, Ryan Santos and Jean Robert. It was once a movie set, and provided a backdrop to an urban flea market filled with local vendors and artisans. Chenault has also welcomed corporate clients hosting off-site working meetings, local fundraisers, book launch parties, casting calls, and even a cat photo shoot. The name, Pallet 23, is actually wordplay

on the original concept behind the start-up. It’s “pallet” because the space was full of pallets in its days as a run-down warehouse, “palate” to suggest one’s sense of taste, and an artist’s blank “palette”, alluding to the minimalist design that lets clients completely re-create the environment to suit their needs. The 23 refers to the zip code in the Northside. “Now I have a space for all the things that I love,” Chenault said. Chenault’s own difficulties finding places to coordinate her freelance film, video and photography projects, cooking events, and private functions sparked the idea that eventually became Pallet 23. The event locations she’d worked with had burdensome contracts and pricing structures, and she wished for a space of her own. When she saw the ‘For Rent’ sign up in the window of the

Clockwise from left: The venue does it’s duty as an “urban kitchen”, providing a warm and inviting space for food events; A front courtyard provides additional space for guests, as well as herbs and kale; A client conducting a simple photo shoot in the primary space. Photos: Laura Elaine Photography

warehouse, Laura decided it was time to take a leap of faith. At this time last year, Laura and her team were putting the finishing touches on what was once a dusty, demolished warehouse. Chenault received crucial help bringing the space to life from her cohort in the SpringBoard business development course for creative entrepreneurs provided by ArtWorks. Her fellow SpringBoard graduates and collaborators include Once Blind Studios, Visualingual, E13, Such+Such, and Laura Elaine Photography. More continued next page

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FEATURE than a few non-Springboard collaborators contributed to Pallet 23’s interior design as well, including Building Value, Carriage House Farm, and Kyle Horton (Kharma LLC) who built Pallet 23’s kitchen from the ground up. Pallet 23 now sports a warm, modern kitchen, an annex art gallery for Visionaries + Voices, a vegetable garden, and a back room for additional expansion or storage. Further expanding the space outdoors is one of Laura’s primary goals for her second year. The yard behind the building, once cleared, could provide additional space for clients to work or entertain. A craft cocktail bar undergoing renovations next door could provide the additional option of shared experiences in the front courtyard. In the coming year, Laura also plans to provide more regular community events and services. She envisions hosting football fans on Sundays, community fundraisers and as a particularly meaningful venture, secular memorial services.

Pallet 23 charges an hourly rate, and provides additional amenities and equipment à la carte, giving clients the flexibility to fit services to their budget and needs. “I want [Pallet 23] to be an alternative option for groups who don’t need all-inclusive event spaces. I want to be the option for companies who just need space without all the extras.” To commemorate her first year, Chenault is now in the midst of planning the venue’s one-year anniversary party, currently scheduled for January 18th. The celebration is just one of dozens of events upcoming at Pallet 23 that are open to the public. To learn more about Pallet 23, visit online at www.pallet23.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ pallet23.

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.

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ISSUES: COMMUNITY

Creating Welcoming Communities for Young People

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ur community has recently been besieged by a lot of property crime: kids as young as 13 are caught breaking into area homes, while the West Side saw an attack on an African immigrant by 14 and 15 year-olds, one was armed with a gun. District 3 officials said almost half of all robberies on the West Side were committed by children under 18; so why is this happening, and why would children so young participate in such behavior? Questions such as these were addressed by a panel of community leaders in a session on Thursday, November 21st, at Temple Sholom in Amberley Village, where the focus was on creating welcoming communities for our young people. The main conclusions all related to a musical question asked over 35 years ago by the Bee Gees: How Deep is Your Love? But this notion, borrowing from another song, the Beatles’ “Love Is All You Need,” is to over-simplify a more complex solution. Usama Canon, Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective in Fremont, CA, talked about how it’s about people that matter more than programs:

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young people may attend one program or another, but they stay because of the people. Using an old West African proverb “If the youth are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just for warmth,” Mr. Canon explained how a program does not initiate people into the village, people do. And they do it with love. He gave a perfect example of a meaningful act of love via a very mundane encounter: a young man in a convenience store. Carded by the cashier, he was refused cigarettes without proof of his age. When Mr. Canon exited the store, he refused a request to buy cigarettes for the young man. When asked “why not?” he replied, “because I love you.” And this gets at the heart of the issue, as Brother Abdullah Powell – Artistic Director of Elementz – noted: it’s imperative that we welcome people with authenticity, and that our job is simply (but not only) to care about these young people. Tom Lottman, Deputy Executive Director of Children, Inc., talked about Belonging, and Becoming: Welcoming folks with love brings about feelings of Belonging, feelings of “I’m part of this.” The mistake a lot of programs unintentionally make, however, is skipping Belonging and starting with Becoming. This comes from the idea that our young people are defective, broken, lacking, and that it is our job to fix them. The act of making a young person feel as they belong must come from love, and is antecedent to everything else. As Mr. Lottman said, “Belonging begets Becoming.” Belonging is connectedness and feelings of comfort with those around you. As time goes on, it becomes our responsibility to make sure comfort does not become the goal. If comfort takes complete

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hold, we start to If the youth are not confuse belonging initiated into the to something with village, they will burn belonging for something. It’s this it down just for warmth” latter concept that – West African proverb drives us for something more. True Becoming requires us to redirect our young people to a new way of talking about themselves: instead of comparing themselves to their peers, or to media portrayals of success, we need to help them consider something more meaningful. Encouraging young people to measure themselves against their former self, for example: “where are you now, compared to where you used to be?” shows people their past does not define their future. And another question: “where are you now, compared to where you want to be?” This shift – to focus on Becoming – is the gift of goal-setting and looking forward for our young people. This delivers our young people to resilience. And when they have resilience, they have hope. When they have hope, they are future oriented. When they’re future oriented, they’re living a more actualized, authentic life. Otherwise, as the saying goes, comparison is merely the thief of joy. The most loving question there is, according to Peter Block, is “What don’t I understand about you?” It’s not a loving act to ask “so what are you going to do about that?” That’s demeaning. Instead, Mr. Block recommends we ask “why does that matter to you?” and go from there. If we’re interested in treating our young people in a truly loving fashion, it’s our charge to come up with an alternative to advice, and an alternative to “when I was your age ….” That’s only us claiming victory over young people. Ask, “What don’t I understand about you.” Then listen. That is the Love we’re talking about.

BY Fred Neurohr Fred Neurohr is a research consultant who cares a great deal about Northside where he resides with his wife & two children. He is honored to serve the young people at Elementz: a home for hip hop and respect.


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Engaging Community | One Asset at a Time

unique partnership between the United Way and Xavier University, the Community Building Institute (CBI) at Xavier is the university’s attempt to be a “good neighbor” to the communities in which Xavier is situated (Evanston, Norwood, and neighboring Hyde Park). Broadly, Executive Director Liz Blume and her staff work to engage, empower, and mobilize individuals, organizations, and associations to recognize and harness individual and collective talents – all to improve communities based on a shared vision. Central to CBI’s mission is the practice of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), a theory of community development pioneered by John McKnight and John (Jody) Kretzmann at Northwestern University. Simply, ABCD is a practice of recognizing and acting on individual and collective assets – what individuals, organizations, and associations have as opposed to what they lack. Community development – the ability for communities to name, frame, and solve problems – relies heavily, then, on the strengths and assets of the community. This is a decidedly different view than approaches to community development focused on deficits, e.g. high crime rate, lack of employment opportunities, etc. When Northside resident and founder of MOTR Pub in OTR Chris Schadler started the Rock N’ Roll Carnival, he had a conversation with friends about how to bring the event to our ever-growing neighborhood. From this conversation, Schadler and friends identified existing individuals, businesses, and contacts within the community, like Shake It Records, to sponsor, organize, and put on the event. The result? Thousands of people each year come to Northside for the carnival, and

some have even moved to the neighborhood after having attended the event. Perhaps we’re not interested in bringing a

How can we name, frame, and develop solutions for neighborhood “problems” that take into account all neighbors, their interests, and their assets?”

carnival to the neighborhood, but maybe we are interested in how best to engage our neighbors for the collective good of Northside. Northside has changed rapidly in the last 20 years, witnessing an influx of middle-class professionals and young 20 somethings to an otherwise racially diverse working-class community. And while Northside is celebrated as one of Cincinnati’s “most eclectic” neighborhoods, it is nevertheless a divided one, apparent by recent concern over the safety of Northside homes. How can we, as Northside residents, view our own community through the lens of ABCD? How can we name, frame, and develop solutions for neighborhood “problems” that take into account all neighbors, their interests, and their assets? Answering this question is not as difficult as it may seem; while we may have different interests and ways to approach community issues, we can agree that the “safety” of our neighborhood, for example, will not rest with increased vigilance against our neighbors. ABCD tells us that our neighbors have talents and assets necessary to the growth and maintenance of the community, provided they are recognized, tapped, and celebrated. WordPlay and Happen, Inc. are two

good examples of neighborhood organizations that draw on the strength of our neighbors, particularly youth and young adults. To what extent are we, as Northside residents, willing to share with WordPlay and Happen, Inc. the task of bridging gaps by engaging our neighbors? How many of us as Northside residents have reached across property lines (and lines of race and class) to know our neighbors? How many of us have worked to make Northside an engaging place for all people to live, whether we are transplants or families who have lived in Northside for generations? Starfire Council in Madisonville, an organization that prides itself on being a “connector” for community members, has this advice for getting to know and appreciate those who live and work near us – creating inclusive and asset focused communities can be as simple as baking cookies for new families that move in on the block, or hosting a potluck that starts with one neighbor and gradually expands to three or four or even 20. For more information about the Community Building Institute at Xavier, including its asset mapping tool for Cincinnati communities like Northside, visit www.xavier.edu/communitybuilding/NAT.cfm.

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 in Cincinnati. Balestra also teaches one literature course per semester at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

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Northside Kids Become Film Critics

Reviews of The Painting

“I think the movie was great! It wasn’t scary to me. I liked the colors and all of the paintings. There was nothing bad.” - Lourdes Keith, Happen Kid Film Critic “I thought it was a pretty good movie. I liked all the beautiful colors. I also liked that they could go into different paintings. What I didn’t like about the movie was that different people were mean to the people that were different.” - Sweet Pea Wales- Miller, Happen Kid Film Critic “ I was interested in the story, but I did lose interest at the end. I thought this movie was really creative. I loved all the bright colors. I would give this movie three out of five stars.” -Henry Jost, Happen Kid Film Critic “I kind of liked it. I thought some parts were not so good and some parts I loved because it was greatly done.” -Olivia Parmer, Happen Kid Film Critic “I liked the paintings. I liked the plot. It made me sad and glad.” -Gwen Riley, Happen Kid Film Critic “I liked the forest. I liked the painters. I got scared when people stepped on the boy.” -Victoria Allender, Happen Kid Film Critic “The artwork was really good. I would have felt better if everybody turned sides. I really liked the magical aspects.” -Maxwell Nolan, Happen Kid Film Critic

Happen’s Kids Film Critics Give The Painting A Thumbs Up!

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appen’s Kid Film Critics watched and reviewed their first film on November 17th. Ten kids received their own official Happen Kid Film Critic Packet and a press badge. TT Stern – Enzi, Cincinnati film critic, provided insight of what it is really like to be a professional film critic and the children received instructions and an introduction to the film The Painting. The Painting is a 2011 French animation directed by Jean-Francois Laguionie. The film’s art direction and characters were influenced by the techniques and processes that a painter would use to complete a work of art. Vivid colors fill the screen with influences of famous masters like Matisse and Picasso. The characters find their way through different paintings and even travel off the canvas into the painter’s

studio and more. This film takes the viewer through an imaginative and colorful animated story filled with beautiful and artistic references that viewers of all ages will enjoy. The Painting is available on DVD and online. Each month the Happen kid film critics will review a different film. Selected reviews will be printed in The Northsider and all reviews will be posted online and displayed in the Happen, Inc. windows. So look for the film reviews each month and read a kid’s perspective about films.

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

Creative Programming Celebrates Each Child’s Unique Voice

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n the short time since its opening in September 2012, WordPlay has hosted a variety of creative workshops, giving children access to multi-media experiences blending elements from the literary, performing and visual arts. As with all WordPlay programs, the workshops are free to ensure all children in grades K-12 have the ability to participate. Perhaps best known for its after-school and Saturday tutoring and writing programs, WordPlay has been quietly building a strong following for its creative offerings as well. Over the course of the past year, staff and volunteers curated an impressive lineup of 10 specialized workshops spanning the creative spectrum, including spoken word art, character illustration, bookbinding, digital game design with augmented reality, short fiction writing and “found language” poetry among others. Led by notable local, regional and national

writers, artists and educators, these innovative programs are often the first in-depth experience WordPlay students have had in a focused artistic medium. Co-founders Elissa Yancey and Libby Hunter designed the organization to offer a balance of academic enrichment, creative outlets and constructive social engagement; a space where connections grow between caring volunteers, children who need support outside school and home, and parents struggling to find ways to build better lives for their families. Maintaining an active roster of nearly 200 volunteer tutors and serving 150 children each week between its Northside-based writing center and in-school programs at partner schools, this new community is not only helping children to make great progress on the academic front, but it’s helping children gain confidence and learn self-awareness through artistic expression. continued next page

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Nationally-known authors Jon Scieszka, Tom Watson and Christopher Krovatin visit WordPlay for an October event


Music: REVIEW

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incinnati has has it’s fair share of influential record labels and record stores throughout the years. The vinyl scene in Cincinnati has never been bigger than right now. Most venues in Northside regularly host a “Vinyl Night” where you can find individuals sharing what vinyl gems they have been eagerly awaiting to show off. Now Cincinnati is making waves in the vinyl scene again, this time thanks in part to Soul Step Records. Soul Step Records is a self-described vinyl only record label supporting independent artists. In less than two years in operation Soul Step Records has released five LP’s by artists all over the United States.

a record label that bucks the popular trends and focuses directly on what is best for their artists.”

Soul Step Records not only sets themselves apart by being vinyl-only but their business plan is especially different as well. Wanting to set themselves apart from other record labels, Soul Step built a plan that supports the vinyl dreams artists have. They want to serve a need to artists who cannot afford to put their music on vinyl. Soul Step up fronts all the costs of manufacturing a vinyl record for the artist. They release the album on a limited edition format. Once the one hundred limited edition vinyl is sold out they move onto standard black vinyl. Soul Step splits the profits evenly with the artist once onto the black vinyl. They also sell the vinyl directly to the artists at an even cheaper price in order for the artist to sell directly to fans at concerts in order to make an even greater profit. continued

Central to WordPlay’s mission of “helping children find their voices,” is the development of characteristics such as self-awareness and social awareness, key elements that are essential to building healthy relationships, trust, resiliency and hope. All-too-often, children labeled as “underperforming” are defined by their shortcomings or failures. Working to erase these stereotypes, WordPlay’s approach is entirely positive, giving children a means to explore their innate creativity in a safe environment that celebrates their abilities and applauds each success, no matter how small. “The beauty of WordPlay,” explains board chair Elissa Yancey, “is that from the moment children walk through our doors, the boundaries fall away; the definitions are shed and they are all treated

This is a record label that bucks the popular trends and focuses directly on what is best for their artists. Soul Step admits how proud they are of their artist-centric approach, but are equally as boastful of the special vinyl they produce. For the first two records, Soul Step did a clear vinyl they dubbed “Transparent Vinyl.” The follow up was a split-color vinyl using autumnal colors. With the release for artist Matt Duncan, Soul Step wanted to try something truly ambitious. They wanted to press a physical item inside a vinyl record. When they saw the artwork that was based around tarot cards - Soul Step knew that the physical item would have to be a tarot card. After plenty of trial and error, (as well as a story about setting a record press on fire) Soul Step had “Fortune Teller Vinyl.” This caught fire with local and national media and sold out instantly. Copies can be found on eBay going as high as one hundred dollars. They followed up with “Down The Road” vinyl which was a dark green vinyl with a black streak of vinyl down the middle. The idea behind these special vinyl is to bring new people into the vinyl medium. Soul Step understands that most of these artists may not own vinyl records. In order to entice them to buy a copy of an album that they may not be able to even play takes something special. The hope is that through the vinyl purchase Soul Step can support the artist the same - as very capable individuals who are equally worthy of success.” While first priority in the tutoring program is given to students receiving free lunch and not meeting grade-level proficiency, the weekly creative programs are open to children from across the city, from any school district, of all abilities. “Children who wouldn’t normally cross paths out in their day-to-day lives have an opportunity to work side by side and collaborate it’s a level playing field here, and that’s a wonderful thing.” 2014 promises to be another exciting year, with a calendar of weekly and monthly creative workshops including the ongoing weekly Bookbinder’s Guild and Typing Pool creative writing group, performance-based spoken word life & culture 45223

and bring new people into the vinyl medium. At this point they are seeming to be very successful at both. Soul Step Records recently announced their fifth release from Nashville-based MODOC. This album’s limited release is called “Blueberries and Cream Vinyl.” It will be translucent blue vinyl with white smoke wisps. At press time there are still copies available. If you want to connect with Soul Step Records visit their website at www.soulsteprecords. com or you can meet owner Melvin Dillon at one of the local vinyl swaps around town or spinning soul at Barrio here in Northside. art, and artistic collaborations pairing our youngest artists with seasoned illustrators. Keep an eye on the website, www. wordplaycincy. org and facebook page, www.facebook.com/ wordplaycincy, for a list of upcoming programs.

BY libby hunter Libby Hunter is co-founder and Executive Director of WordPlay Cincy. Libby first moved to Northside in 1996, and currently lives with her 3 boys near the intersection of the taco and mattress districts in the heart of our neighborhood.

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events calendar – december

FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND NORTHSIDE THIS MONTH. 369-4449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@ Every Sunday– Comet Bluegrass Allstars Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. ONGOING EVENTS: @ The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The 4163 Hamilton Ave. cincinnatilibrary.org.

First Monday of the month– 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: bdemske@ella.net. Third Monday – Northside Community Council Monthly Meeting @ McKie Rec Center (7:00 PM) Get involved with issues that directly affect our community! The NCC 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. McKie Center, 1655 Chase Avenue. Every other Monday – The Qtet @ Northside Tavern (9PM) The Qtet plays every other Monday. Influences range from Miles Davis to Van Halen. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. Every other Monday – Northside Jazz Ensemble @ Northside Tavern (9PM) From Funk, Reggae and Soul to Rock, Free Jazz, Blues and straight-ahead Jazz and back again, this tight four-piece puts familiar tunes in a brand new bag. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. Every Monday – Bomb’s Away Comedy Open Mic @ Mayday (8:00PM) Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. Every Tuesday – Teen Crafts @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3:00PM) 4219 Hamilton Ave. For information, call 513-369-4449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@cincinnatilibrary.org. Every Tuesday – Trivia Tuesday @ Mayday (8:00PM) Trivia every Tuesday, with prizes and specials. Cost: Free. 4227 Spring Grove Ave. Every Tuesday – CoOp Night @ Mobo Bicycle CoOp (6:00PM) 1415 Knowlton Avenue. For information mobobicyclecoop. org or mobobicyclecoop@gmail.com Every Wednesday – Open Shop @ Mobo Bicycle CoOp (6:00PM) 1415 Knowlton Avenue. For information mobobicyclecoop. org or mobobicyclecoop@gmail.com Every Wednesday – Kreative Kids @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3PM) For information call 51314 vol. 1 | Issue 3 DEC 13’

Every Wednesday – 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. MidOct to Mid April months the NFM lives in the North Presbyterian Church Auditorium located at 4222 Hamilton Avenue. NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside. Every Wednesday – Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Live band karaoke. Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. visit www. sexytimekaraoke.com Third Wednesday – 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 Sarah@starfirecouncil.org Every Thursday – Preschool Story Time @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (1PM) For information call 513369-4449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@ cincinnatilibrary.org. Every Thursday – Slow and Steady Bike Ride @ Leaves from Hoffner Park 4104 Hamilton Avenue (7:30PM) Cost: Free. Join this welcoming and easy bike ride. Every Friday Night – Zumba Party @ Off the Avenue Studios 1546 Knowlton (7-8PM) Cost: $7 drop in, $5 10 class. 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 retail hours, later restaurant hours, bar drink specials, interactive events and promotions that vary monthly with participating businesses. Every Second Saturday – Basement Reggae Night @ The Comet. (10PM) DJ Grover, Abiyah and Boss Lady bring you all vinyl, all the time. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave.

Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. Weekdays – Homework Help @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3PM) For information call 513369-4449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@ cincinnatilibrary.org. Weekdays –– OPEN STUDIO @ Happen, Inc. 4201 Hamilton Avenue. 3:30 7:30pm (Tue.-Thu.) & 10am - 5pm (Sat.) Northside Safety and Livability Meeting: The SLC is working to recognize, support and provide resources to individuals and groups focused on Safety and Livability in Northside. Meeting Times and Places - Choose a meeting that works best for you. Each meeting has the same agenda: Wednesday Dec 11th 12-1:30 PM McKie Center - 1655 Chase Ave. Cinci, OH 45223 Thursday Dec 12th 7-8:30 PM - Happen Inc - 4201 Hamilton Ave. Cinci, OH 45223 Saturday Dec 14th 10-11:30 AM Queen City Cookies - 1662 Blue Rock St. Cinci, OH 45223 More info: George Murray at george. murray@gmail.com or 513-225-3733

UPCOMING EVENTS: 12/6 – Black Owls, Heavy Hinges, Saturn Batteries @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 12/7 – CINCINNATI HOLIDAY ART SHOW @ North Presbyterian Church 4222 Hamilton Ave (10AM to 4PM) Art by local artists. You will find all types of media. Support Artists, come to Northside and buy local! 12/7 – Artessori Holiday Arts Fair @ The New School Montessori (11AM-5:00PM) 3 Burton Woods Lane, North Avondale, 45229. 12/8 – Chair-ity Art Contest @ Cincinnati Urban Promise (3:00PM) 4139 Kirby RD 12/8 – Northside Community Writing Project (7:00 PM) For information melodysmithjones@gmail.com 12/10 – Prizefighter with Josh Eagle; Michael Hensley; Jon Evans @ Northside

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12/11 & 12/18 – Northside Stitch & Bitch @ Sidewinder Coffee Shop (6:00PM) 4181 Hamilton Avenue. For information oliviachichi@yahoo.com 12/15 – Potluck Brunch @ The C&D 1714 Hanfield Street (12:30-4:30PM) 12/15 – DJ Harv @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 12/19 – Happen’s Milk and Cookies Special Event @ Happen, Inc. 4201 Hamilton Avenue. (6-7:30PM) 12/20 – The Tweens, The Harlequins @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 12/21 – Bad Veins, Decker @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 12/22 – Elia Goat @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 12/23 – Mercy Health Mobile mammography Exams @ Northside Health Center (7:00AM - 3:30PM) 3917 Spring Grove Ave. 513-686-3300 12/26 – Molly Sullivan @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 12/27– DAAP Girls, The Yugos @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 12/28– The Cliftones @ Northside Tavern (10:00PM) Back room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 12/29 – The Tillers @ Northside Tavern (9:00PM) Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. 12/31 – Happen’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball @ Happen, Inc. 4201 Hamilton Avenue. (6-7:30PM) Free Food and Fun. The Ball Drops at 7PM (That’s midnight Happen Time) Make your reservation today. 513-751-2345 Do you have an event, class, program, orworkshop you would like listed in the Northsider? Then submit that info online: northsider.northside.net -OR- email us at northsidermonthly@gmail.com

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