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Growing Ohio’s Food Culture


a free publication

The Onion Experiment



Local Craft Beer, Wine, and Liquor Shop Expands



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volunteer advisory committee:



Sue Wilke, Ana Bird, Ana Bird, Arwa Atwan, Christopher Bueker Steve Sunderland, Kate Gallion, Karen Andrew, Rae Hoffman, Dr. Sue Ross, Alisa Balestra, Tommy Reuff, Kristen St. Clair, Lora Jost Chelsey Hughes, Ana Bird , Karen Andrews, Kate Gallion, Future Life Now, Christopher Bueker, Black Planet, Beth Harris, Tommy Reuff, Kristen St. Clair




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

layout, Design and editorial management



Jeni Jenkins of Uncaged Bird Design Studio



chelsey hughes


helsey Hughes is an illustrator living in Northside with her cat Cinderella and hamster Paw Paw. She graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2010 with a major in printmaking and has been working as a graphic designer since. You can follow her blog at

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

email: Subject line: Cover Art Submission

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Megan Fitzpatrick & Carolyn Banfield









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




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

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



from the editor | The Northsider, My Unplanned Love Child

ith this fifth edition of The Northsider, I thought it was due time to explain how it came to be that I took on this project and how I woke up one morning and realized that I somehow became the editor of a community newspaper. I’d love to say that running a newspaper has always been a dream of mine and that I was finally able to shout from the top of the mountains “my dream has finally come true,” but in reality, I guess you could say this paper is my unplanned love child, and regardless of its unexpectedness, I am loving, nurturing and providing guidance to its growth. You see, Worley Rodehaver worked diligently on The Metro Northsider for some 20 years. He wrote, edited and did the layout as well as sold advertising and managed its delivery, mostly as a one-man show. In recent years, a series of illnesses prevented Worley from maintaining this workload, and in the early winter 2013, Worley reached out to the Northside Community Council for help. As a director on the council with some experience in newspaper layout, I volunteered to help Worley keep the paper going. However, it soon became evident that Worley needed to take a bow. Working so hard for so little pay for so many years had

NORTHSIDE TIDBITS Northside Community Council Elections Held: Monday Jan. 27th the Northside Community Council held their annual elections. The new slate of officers includes: One year terms:

finally caught up to him. And I, the lone volunteer, was tasked with determining, whether or not the community of Northside needed/wanted a monthly newspaper and what that would look like. Unsure of what needed to happen next, I created a plan that involved surveying the community and gathering crucial information to ascertain whether a monthly newspaper is viable. I soon discovered that, yes, the community wanted a print communication that highlighted what’s happening in our neighborhood. Before I knew it, I was meeting with a group of advisers, writing a business plan, recruiting writers, photographers and editors, and meeting with lawyers to become an official LLC. Bam- suddenly a paper was born. The easier part of this whole project was really why I volunteered to help out in the first place, and that’s the design and layout of the paper. Oddly enough, or serendipitously, I retired from my position as Director of Education at the Homeless Coalition last April to start my own graphic design business. Little did I know that my new “flexible” schedule would afford me the time to become the parent, err, managing editor of The Northsider. In October the council voted for me and my business, Uncaged Bird Design Studio, to be responsible for

Ollie Kroner, president; Sue Wilke, vice president; Barry Schwartz, board secretary; Fred Neurohr, council secretary; Dan Majesky; treasurer; Mati Senerchia, membership secretary. Two year terms: James Heller-Jackson, director at large; George Murray,

director at large; Ray Allen, director at large. Those with One year remaining: Mary Jo Minerich, director at large;James Kinsman, director at large; Jonathan Sears - Director at large. Martha Dourson, Jeni Jenkins, Adam Nelson & Mare Warner served and completed their terms. District 5 Police Update: Crime in Northside was down in January by 17 pecent and burglaries by 39 percent, partly due to weather, but also due to the response of the community, calling and reporting suspicious activity. Dog Park Committee: Mary Glasmeier and Jerome Wilson are interested in starting a committee to put life & culture 45223

overseeing the creation , layout and distribution of the newspaper. While The Northsider was not a planned “baby” or a dream of I woke up one morning and mine, I am digrealized that I somehow ging the new became the editor of a adventure and community newspaper” all the ins and outs of running a small paper. As with any new parent, I am still figuring things out and learning through trial and error how to make this baby thrive. With each issue I am making small improvements and I am always open to ideas and critques. Just bear with me as I work out the kinksand please let me know if you want to get involved.

together a proposal for a new dog park in Northside. One proposed location is 4528 Hamilton Ave. For more info: Churches Active in Northside: 2nd Annual Personal Care & Hygiene Drive is still going on. Donate items directly to CAIN 4230 Hamilton Ave. Northside Soccer: Spring registration is now open, visit: for more info. Citizens on Patrol: The next COP classes will be Wednesdays in March. For more info: New Senior Housing in development: The Model Group, Episcopal Retirement Homes Affordable Living, and Bloomfield Schon Architects are working to create 54 new units for limited-income senior

BY Jeni Jenkins

Jeni is an artist and graphic designer, as well as an educator and social justice advocate. She loves being part of the village of Northside and contributing to its uniqueness.

housing at Knowlton and Mad Anthony. Northside residents are encouraged to contact the Mayor’s office to designate this as 1 of his 3 priority projects. Tommy Reuff Recognition: In January the Northside Community Council awarded Tommy Reuff, community leader and founder and director of Happen Inc., with a certificate of recognition for his outstanding commitment to serving the community of Northside. Thank you Tommy for everything you do!

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update on northside community council goals


t the Northside Community Council Meeting on January 27th, board member Sue Wilke provided an update on accomplishments for the first year of the two-year strategic plan the council adopted late in 2012. Wilke outlined the following Key Results versus Goals: • Implemented Education minigrants and made awards to three elementary schools • Recruited Tutors for Chase and Parker Woods and assisted with Read-A-Loud Program at Chase • Held a candidates’ forum for election of school board candidates • Fielded four soccer teams with plans to expand in 2014 and use Parker Woods field as home field • Developed a business plan to publish a new Northsider newspaper, incorporated the Northsider LLC under the Council and published four issues to date • Increased communication to community through use of website, Facebook and Nextdoor Northside • Convened/leading a committee that continues to explore options to replace Save-A-Lot • Held meetings and continue to work on safety issues with CPD

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• Collaborated with the City Planning Department to revise/finalize new Land Use Plan • Created and worked through a proposal with developer of the Myron Johnson property • Created and implemented a budget format for use in 2014. The Council Board decided to table these two goal initiatives: • Development of a Northside Youth Council • Establishment of a Green Committee. The first is being tabled because currently there is no community leadership to move it forward. If leadership does emerge in the community, the council will re-visit the Youth Council goal. The Board also decided to focus on green initiatives by integrating them into the work of all council committees. Wilke also outlined the following as major goals for the second year of the Plan: • Revitalize the Safety and Livability Committee to include a focus on safety; include green initiatives under this committee • Focus on increasing council membership and recruiting more

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volunteers for council activities • Improve the NCC website and implement a membership software database that works • Hold a community-wide conversation to discuss how Northside wants to support the education of its children • Secure passage of our Land Use Plan by the city planning commission and City Council • Explore options for zoning changes in Northside The entire two-year plan can be found on the Northside Community Council website. If you would like to learn more or are interested in getting involved in any of these initiatives, please contact Sue Wilke at:

BY sue wilke Sue Wilke is a retired P&G and non-profit executive currently on the boards of the Northside Community Council and CAIN. A former school board member, she has a strong interest in improving education for all children.


Growing Ohio’s Food Culture


couple of years ago, I worked on organic farms in Italy. Like many Americans, I fell in love with Italian food culture, where food production and preparation figure prominently. I picked olives and took them to the local pressing mill. When the oil was bottled, the olive farmers, their workers and the mill owners sat together to sample the oil and enjoy new-vintage wine from neighborhood grapes. The oil we bottled was only sold locally, not available outside that small corner of Tuscany. I learned that Italy has a distinct food culture of communities that share an understanding and sense of pride in the foods of their regions and their country. American culture places emphasis on what we should eat: non-GMO, organic, low fat, gluten free, etc. Subscribing to these food choices categorizes people and gives them an identity. Sometimes the identity results in a meeting of minds. But conversation stops after identifying oneself as a consumer of organic, vegan, or dairy-free foods; there is not always more to say about the subject. National chains carry the same sorts of food from

Photos: (Left) Ohio offers a wealth of delicious foods (Above) An Ohio food culture embraces the products of every season. Photos: Ana Bird

largely unidentified sources. Sometimes food preference alienates us from one another. When admitting to vegetarianism, I often find that some automatically assume my preference means that I judge those who eat meat. In America, food culture is not local and community based, but rather a matter of ideological, social, and political identity.

A growing number of Americans long for a more unifying, communitybased food economy and culture. In recent years, for example, olive oil from California has become available in specialty shops. This olive oil does not come from large mega-farms, but from small-scale farmers, and each has its own specific quality. Here in Ohio, farmers’ markets offer regional food. Ohio falls in the top 10 states that account for more than half of farmers’ markets in the U.S. Our consumers appear to find buying locally and seasonally, directly from food producers, rewarding. Social services are taking steps toward making farmers’ market shopping financially attainable for everyone, expanding our budding community food culture. I moved to Cincinnati from West Virginia a year ago, and am still exploring the area’s food. At Blue

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Oven Bakery, Ohio’s king loaf of bread, I tasted wheat grown in a Cincinnati suburb. Wind Dance Farms supplied me with a perfect dried heirloom tomato, grown in Indiana soil. At Carriage House Farms, I found nasturtium bud “capers,” the Ohio version of an Italian caper. Northsiders are lucky to have a year-round weekly regional market. At Northside Farmers’ Market, music, food demonstrations, and events bring people together while they shop. In coming articles, I will introduce you to the foods available right here in Northside, and the farmers who grow them.

BY ANA BIRD Ana Bird works at Northside Farmers Market as Market Manager, and at Imago, as program coordinator in environmental education, and authors Cincinnati food blog Our Local Kitchen. She also teaches youth ballet classes at UC and Baker Hunt Cultural Center.

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KARMA YOGA | SERVICE UNTO OTHERS Community Yoga class during the summer of 2013 at Hoffner Park during the Northside Farmer’s Market Photo: Christopher Bueker

“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.” -Luke 6:31


ne of the four paths to liberation from all suffering in the tradition of Yoga is Karma Yoga, which is the path of achieving Cosmic Consciousness (Self-Realization, Enlightenment) through service unto others. Karma Yoga is often viewed as the Yoga of selfless and altruistic service. Stated another way, Karma Yoga is the attainment of union with God through work or service. Karma Yoga is based on the teachings of the “Bhagavad Gita,” a sacred Vedic scripture associated with Hinduism. A Sanskrit word, karma is derived from the word kri, which means “to do.” Karma simply means action, and Yoga translates to union with All That Is. Thus, Karma Yoga literally translates to the path of union through action. Karma Yoga can be viewed as a way of thinking, speaking, and acting by which the person orients toward a path of self-realization by acting in line with one’s life purpose or dharma. The karma yogi acts without being attached to the fruits of his/her efforts. A karma yogi knows that he/she is contributing to the greater good and does not ask for anything in return; therefore, the spiritual service-provider tends to avoid suffering that is associated with our worldly existence here on earth.

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As every action is followed by an equal and opposite reaction; no action is able to be separated from the result it produces, just as no cause can be absolutely detached from the effect that it produces. Wherever there is activity of any kind, it can be viewed as karma. In this sense, devotion, love, concentration, and meditation are all deeds of karma. Consequently, the secondary meaning of karma encompasses all reactions or results of the original action. Also known as the Law of Causation, the chain of cause and effect is referred to as karma; and every action of the body and mind is governed by the Law of Karma or action and reaction. Famous examples of karma yogis include Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and others. We all can practice Karma Yoga to some extent by being kind and compassionate to all sentient beings, while being of service to others. Through the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service, we can live with in peace and harmony with Mother Nature and act with love and compassion toward all living creatures; this means practicing the universally accepted way of non-aggression or non-harming. This correlates with the Christian principle of

“do not kill/harm.” Further, we can find personal balance among action and rest. We can seek to contribute to a happier, more just world. We can make inner happiness the center of our lives. We can also practice meditation to help solve our tensions and in turn we will be able to find inner tranquility. Lastly, we can focus on the positive qualities that were given to us and share these skills and abilities with our community and possibly the world. The author of this article teaches a free Community Yoga class in Northside. The class he teaches is currently hosted in the gym of North Presbyterian Church, Monday evenings 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. He has been facilitating and teaching a free yoga class in Northside since March of 2013. The Community Yoga class in Northside is part of a larger organization that is known as the Greater Cincinnati Yoga Project, which offers no cost, weekly yoga classes to underserved populations in the Cincinnati area.

BY Christopher Bueker Christopher Bueker is a yoga and meditation teacher who resides in Northside. He teaches at World Peace Yoga, other local Yoga studios, and the University of Cincinnati Recreation Center. He is passionate about sustainable living, community-building, and mysticism.

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igraine sufferers know that the pain can be debilitating. These painful headaches are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and changes in vision. They usually begin on one side of the head and may become worse with exposure to light. Sometimes the pain from migraines becomes so severe that the person is unable to do anything but lie in bed. Women suffer from migraines more than men at a 4-to-1 ratio. Triggers include physical or emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies, allergic reactions, bright lights, loud noises, odors or perfumes, changes in sleeping patterns, smoking or smoke exposure, skipping meals, alcohol, menstrual cycle, birth control pills, and menopause-related hormonal fluctuations. CHINESE MEDICINE AND MIGRAINE HEADACHES Chinese medicine offers simple and effective remedies for treatment. Acupuncturists think about headaches as “Fire flowing up”; therefore treatment is to cool the fire down. Sometimes the cause is dampness interrupting the blood flow. This can all be determined at the time of the patient’s visit through the acupuncturist’s diagnostic skill.

Balancing chi flow through acupuncture and acupressure points can help COOL THE FIRE AND TAKE CHARGE Here are several methods you can employ to greatly reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, or even totally eliminate them: 1) Avoid fire-inducing foods. Red meat, processed foods, spices, alcohol, soda, refined sodium and sugars and all other refined foods should all be greatly cut down or eliminated from the diet. 2) Eat cooling foods from nature such as vegetables, fruits, wild fish, organic meats, whole-grain breads and other foods that are as minimally processed as possible. Read food labels to make sure there are no chemicals. 3) Meditate 20-30 minutes a day to calm the mind and cool the fire energies of the body. Chinese medicine encourages giving one’s mind time off at least half an hour every day. 4) Practice deep abdominal breathing several times per day. Breathing is another method used in

Chinese medicine and martial arts to cool down the fire during training or a battle and to increase endurance, health and longevity. Practicing breath holding for 3-5 seconds every few breaths can go a long way to keeping the fire energies of the body in check.

dehydration is another major cause of headaches. Soda, coffee or tea do not count as drinking water. Water purifies the bloodstream, flushes out toxins and keeps the blood flowing more smoothly throughout the system.

5) Take herbs such as ginger. Ginger tea is excellent for the dizziness than often accompanies migraine headaches.

9) Slow motion exercises such as yoga, tai chi, and the Feldenkrais Method have a strong calming effect on all the organs of the body and especially the mind.

6) Use acupuncture and acupressure points to help balance chi flow. Pressure on the connective webbing located between the thumbs and forefingers can relieve mild to moderate headaches. Use moderate pressure for 30-60 seconds on each hand. Pressing on points at the base of the back of the skull where the bone goes into the softer tissue of the neck can be extremely effective at alleviating migraine attacks. In some cases this has been known to cure chronic migraines with only one application. 7) Drink more water. Chronic

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8) Get a good night’s sleep.

10) Pray for others and heal yourself. Praying for others connects you with them and helps you understand their suffering. This in and of itself has a healing component to it.

BY Arwa Atwan, Arwa Atwan is an Ohio licensed acupuncturist and a national board certified NCCAOM practitioner. She sees patients at Future Life Now in Northside. 513-541-5720 vol. 1 | Issue 5 feb 14’ 7




iolence catches our eye, whether it is a headline, a car accident in the snow, or a story about strangers being shot in a mall. Watching ourselves digest violent event after violent event only continues a pattern of expecting more violence and more bad news. One of my teachers, Thich Nhat Hahn, asks, “Why

work and commitment to fostering education for girls and young women all over the world. Our conference brought together 40 hearty survivors of another snow storm for an afternoon of listening to Malala’s words and our own words of appreciation. After warming up with some delightful Indian food, we began to enter Malala’s world by reading her recent speech before Why feed yourself with the seeds the United Nations. (See:

of violence and grow more violent yourself? Why not nurture your seeds of compassion, of peaceful actions, and peaceful experiences?” -Thich Nhat Hahn

feed yourself with the seeds of violence and grow more violent yourself? Why not nurture your seeds of compassion, of peaceful actions, and peaceful experiences?” Following his advice has meant finding and nurturing “seeds of caring.” The UC Peace Village held the Malala Thanksgiving this past Saturday January 25. We celebrated our gratitude toward Malala Yosafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who survived a violent shooting last year for championing education for girls. Malala has recovered from the shot in her face and has expanded her

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Four UC students took turns sharing her words and their feelings about justice. Ms. Fawzeyah Alwadhi, a Kuwaiti graduate student in education, and the mother of four beautiful girls, started us off with Malala’s haunting declaration about why she was speaking out, “Dear brothers and sisters, do remember one thing. Malala day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voices for their rights. She was immediately followed by Ms. CiCi Cao, a UC undergraduate student studying to be a teacher in China, who continued, “So here I girl among many. I speak —not for myself, but for all girls

and boys. I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.” She was followed by Ms. Yue Peng, a UC graduate student in sociology: “We call upon communities to be tolerant - to reject prejudice based on social caste, creed, sect, religion or gender. To ensure freedom and equality for women so that they can flourish. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Mr. Yuichi Kimura, a recent UC graduate of education, originally from Japan, concluded, “So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty, and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” The power of these words, spoken through these speakers from different countries, raised our consciousness about the universal implications of Malala’s call for action. Mr. Robert Harris, Cincinnati activist and recent inductee in the Ohio Hall of Fame, was in attendance and added his thoughts about the need for action. “MLK and the Koran

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agreed that injustice must be spoken about, if possible, changed, if it can be, and prayed about, all the time.” In the room were people from Morocco, France and Spain, as well as China, and Japan. A common language emerged, an inclusive feeling of hope, a sense that Malala was in the room and speaking quite clearly to all of us. Others spoke about growing up with inspiring teachers who continue to engage us with feelings of hope and love. Dr. Sharon Doering, a graduate of UC, with her 6-year-old daughter, Eden, sitting on her lap, shared that we must stop child slavery and permit children to go to school if Malala’s dream is to be accomplished. We paused to think about the obstacles, the dangers, and the difficulties facing girls and women in areas that do not prize education. True, we thought, but the power lies in watering the seeds of strength, courage, compassion, and love. We vowed to commit to that effort.

BY Steve Sunderland Steve 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.


Right To The City


simple black and white flyer with hand-drawn raised fist and the words “FIGHT GENTRIFICATION” blanketing Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, proved to be the invitation to a tough conversation pitting longtime OTR residents facing displacement, against the very market forces driving the transformation of Cincinnati’s newest prosperity zone. It got personal, heated and very real, but the twisting rhetoric was often impossible to navigate. The group behind the flyer, The People’s Coalition for Equality and Justice, intended to host a frank discussion with the long-term residents of OTR to strategize around the loss of affordable housing in the historically poor, African-American and Appalachian community that has called OTR home for many generations. At Buddy’s Place, the familiar narrative about the transformative miracle of urban renewal fades quickly in a room full of people whose tenancy in The Columbia building on 13th Street is coming to an end by order of the new owner, 3CDC. Most of these tenants are low income and working with housing subsidies. Where do they go? What is the future and how will they fare in the diaspora, which is the newly gentrified Over-the-Rhine. It’s hard to hate pretty. Washington Park is twinkly-chic. Music Hall and the Italianate row houses ringing the park, will only look prettier once The Drop Inn Center becomes disappeared from its corner of 12th and Elm. In a double-loaded coup, 3CDC has managed to pry both the Drop Inn Center and City Gospel Social Services away from the resident homeless and poor whom they feed and shelter in the shadowy evenings after the tourists leave the bars, restaurants and pay-to-play parties in the park. Exuberantly coiffed and beard-tended hipsters prowl the park with indifference to the long-term residents who enjoyed the un-pretty park and its sheltering trees for generations of family celebrations; the schooling of their children; and plunges into the last of the deep-water public pools of the

old inner city. The park now belongs to We assert our right to stay in 3CDC, which burthe communities we have built rowed “unter den and refuse to be displaced!” bäumen” for parking profits. Privatization of public assets, complete! The juggernaut of gentrification now has a notable success model, so we can expect to see its spawn infecting all our near-tier urban neighborhoods. Fairview Heights/Coryville -- done. Northside -- done. Avondale, Walnut Hills… One thing is certain here and nation-wide: affordable housing for low-income citizens is disappearing faster than new affordable housing can be built. Even when these paltry far-flung housing starts get approved, the hue and cry of “Not In My Back Yard ” pits older neighbors against the neediest of the new neighbors, even when both sides The People’s Coalition for Equality’s flyers blanketed OTR to invite long term resishare the same heritage and ecodents to a discussion around the loss of affordable housing in this nomic strata. historically poor neighborhood. Photo: Kate Gallion Who owns Cincinnati and who has a right to the city? Whatever the population. Twenty million renters pay the shelter system and look for other answer, this is the moral truth: affordmore than 30 percent of their income types of transitional housing. Currentable housing is a human right. Look towards housing, over 10 million of ly, over 3 million people are homeit up: Article 25, Of The Universal which pay more than half their income less - half of whom are children.” Declaration Of Human Rights: to rent. More than 13 million homeIn Cincinnati, this poor place, this “(1) Everyone has the right to a owners remain underwater owing more racist and right-leaning bastion of standard of living adequate for the than their homes are worth.” civil rights take-backs and voter dishealth and well-being of himself and “Due to decades of federal disenfranchisement, with a poor workof his family, including food, clothing, investment from subsidized housing, scape of minimum wage starvation, housing and medical care and necesderegulation, and unbridled private our group is joining the ranks with 50 sary social services, and the right to sector control of the housing market, racial, economic and environmental security in the event of unemployment, there is an increasingly dire shortage justice organizations across 17 cities, sickness, disability, widowhood, old of affordable rental homes. A recent and 13 states, to demand policies age or other lack of livelihood in cirreport showed that the number that strengthen the bonds we build cumstances beyond his control.” of extremely low-income renters with each other in our communities. The Right To The City Alliance increased to12.1 million households These bonds help us to survive in the website paints the following scenario: between 2007 and 2011, according face of resource scarcity, economic “In the U.S., housing and land to Harvard University’s Joint Center hardship, environmental degradation, have become commodities that corpofor Housing Studies. The number of and political marginalization. To this rations, banks, and private equity firms affordable rental units, meanwhile, end, we call for an end to speculainvest in, in their pursuit of profit. The decreased over the same period. tion-driven development in our cities government has steadily abandoned its Due to gentrification, foreclosure, rent that produces housing our communirole in providing affordable housing, increases, low-wages and unemployties can’t afford. We assert our right instead supporting the private sector in ment, and unexpected health costs, to stay in the communities we have assuming the role of housing provider. low-income families and individuals built and refuse to be displaced! Meanwhile the government is cutting are facing increased displacement. A Sources: funding to housing production, maingrowing number are unable to stay tenance and direct subsidies to poor in one home and community over and working class families. As a direct the long-term. Many families are result, housing is no longer affordable forced to double and triple up, live or stable for a large sector of the U.S. in their cars or on the street, or enter BY Kate Gallion life & culture 45223

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The Museum On Hamilton and Its Curator | BILL DICKHAUS OF ACE HARDWARE

We don’t sell you what you want, we sell you what you need”


-Bill “Ace” Dickhaus

ne does not simply wander into Ace Hardware and Electric Company on Hamilton Avenue in Northside. It’s more of a local treasure that neighborhood folks frequent. Visiting Ace Hardware means knowing how to navigate the ceiling-high stacks of hardware, make shift tools, antiques, and narrow pathways that resemble a medieval marketplace. Any seasoned Northsider knows one cannot physically search through it all. If you want something, you ask, and when you

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get what you need (and you always do), you pay in cash. This renowned store is recognized for having everything available, except space. Part of the charm and appeal of Ace is not just walking into your great uncle’s garage at the edge of universe, it’s that you can trace each object back to every year Ace has been in business, that another human being will approach you and ask you politely what you need--still, that you will always get what you need, if not more. Open since 1955, Ace Hard-

ware is a relic of the Northside of the past. While businesses come and go, often tragically before their time, Ace has remained relevant, essential even, in maintaining our old and eclectic neighborhood. These beautiful timeworn houses need constant maintenance and updating, and for the last six decades, Ace has been there. More specifically, Bill Dickaus has been there. William J. “Ace” Dickaus, the owner and face of Ace, passed away this past Friday January 31, 2014 at the age of 88. Bill, the motor that drove Ace, was known

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for custom making tools, his friendliness and for providing supplies and advice that one could not find at any other hardware store. Longtime customer Ricky Mullins reflects “My dad was always grumpy when he sent me someplace and I didn’t get the right thing, but at Bill’s place he always knew what dad wanted” Each community member remembers him in their own way, however, there seems to be a common thread—Bill was kind, knew what people wanted, continued next page



made his customers feel like a part of the community, and showed interest in projects his neighbors were working on. “Although I sometimes didn’t know what I needed, “ JJ Staples recollects “[Bill] enthroned on his stool next to the cash register hidden way back in there, was always patient with me and never less than insightful, telling me why the thing I thought I needed wasn’t going to work and proposing a more practical replacement, that as often as not, cost less than what I had in mind.” After Northsider Ollie Kroner bought his house, he would walk down to Ace with a list of what he needed for whichever repair he was tackling, “Bill would ask me what I was working on and how I was going about it. By the time we had collected my list of needs, he had given me a lesson in the home repair I was about to attempt.” Kroner recalls, “I would express my gratitude, and he would say ‘We don’t sell you what you want, we sell you what you need!’ Martha and Mike Dourson purchased a house in Northside in the early 80’s and they remember Bill for his charm and the sense of trust he instilled in his customers, “Soon after we moved to Northside, and after visiting the hardware about 10 times each week, [Bill] encouraged us to keep a tab, so we did. We kept the list of items and we paid it off each

month. It worked like a charm. And I think that was exactly experienced that old time charm in his store - the shelves laden with merchandise, old and new, his acute knowledge of the exact location of every item, and his knowledge of how to fix just about everything.” Another standout trait was Bill’s sense of humor. Rick Browning remembers collecting merchandise in Ace one day, when an elderly woman came in searching for a flea collar. “Bill rang up the sale but before he put it in a bag he asked the woman if she wanted to wear it home… This is just an example of the sense of humor Bill had. The world needs more people like Bill.” Bill also cared about his customers enough to remember them years later. “On his last birthday, we talked on the phone and Bill remembered things about me from 30-35 years prior,” says Bill Ward. According to Claire Darley, Bill also cared enough about his customers to modify merchandise for them “He did not have the right size screw in stock for a project I was in the middle of. He showed me a prepackaged set of something else with the size screws I needed. Bill popped open the package and sold me only the screws… I always wondered if he found a match between someone else’s needs and what was left over in

the package.” Not to mention Bill’s customers truly cared about him, as Northsider Barbara Boylan remembers, “I heard so many customers thank him over the 20 years I have been going there… I kissed Bill on the cheek often and answered his phone when he couldn’t get to it.” Bill was the heart of Ace and his legacy will not fade.

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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How to Have Fun with Your Hot Water Radiators


very summer, Mr. Saylor, our elementary school janitor, painted all the radiators silver. When we returned to school in the fall, the teachers told us not to touch the radiators. But as soon as the teachers turned their backs, we melted our colorful crayons on those radiators, creating beautiful rainbows all over the classroom. Probably Mr. Saylor didn’t appreciate it though. Little did I know at that young age that one day I’d own an old house with hot water radiators. I don’t plan to decorate my radiators with melted crayon. But, the previous owners did paint the radiators and managed to cover certain components that I found out later are important to the successful operation of my radiators and heating system. How does the hot water radiator system work? According to Dan Holohan’s article, “How To Take Care of Your Radiators,” at www.oldhousejournal. com, “a circulating pump moves the heated water from your boiler to your radiators and back.” He wrote that a system without a pump utilizes freestanding, cast-iron radiators that have their pipe connections at the bottom of the radiators. “The heated water enters the radiator and rises by convection, while the cooler water inside the radiator falls back to the boiler,” wrote Holohan. In the past, it seemed like my heating system

was running successfully. But, this winter, when the temperatures dropped, some of the radiators on my first floor had no heat, it was cold downstairs, and the air upstairs was stifling. I had no idea why. I recalled watching an HGTV program on which a radiator key was mentioned so I stopped in at several “big box” hardware stores to buy one. No one knew what I was talking about! I decided to get professional help and called Zimmer Heating and Cooling on Colerain Avenue in White Oak. “You have to bleed or let the air out of a radiator,” said Matt Makrancy of Zimmer. “If you bleed out the air in the radiator but you’re still not getting hot water, your system may not be producing the required 12 pounds of pressure.” If this is the case, Makrancy suggested making an appointment for a service Serving the Families of Northside call. Recently, I stopped in to see Bill at Ace For Over 28 Years! Hardware on Hamilton Avenue in Northside. Bill wasn’t there but Bob was. When I told Your Headquarters for Flu Shots & him I was looking for a radiator key, he Medicare Part D Plan Selection immediately produced a small silver-colored key. He charged me 39 cents! When was the Assistance! last time you purchased a tool at the hardware store for some change? Call or Stop By Today! Bob took me to the back of the store where stood the largest radiator I’ve ever seen. He applied the key to the small protruding air valve at the top of one side of the radiator. “You’ll want to turn the key counterclock-

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wise. Air and then water will come out of the little hole. You need a pan to catch the water,” said Bob. “You’ll want to start with the radiator farthest from the boiler.” After water squirted out of the valve, Bob turned the key clockwise to shut it off. “Once you get out the air, the water will be circulating,” said Bob. I took my little key home and tried it on the downstairs’ bathroom radiator. Because the valve had been painted over, I had to turn the key with a wrench. Finally, stinky air hissed out and then a tiny stream of water. I turned off the valve and soon the radiator was heating up. Since then, I’ve bled most of my radiators but I’m still having problems with a couple of them. I’ll probably have to put in for that service call. But, at least now I know how radiators work and how to maintain them. Also, I think I’ve learned a valuable lesson when searching for a seemingly-obscure hardware item. Try the local hardware store first!

BY KAREN ANDREW Karen loves to write, watch DIY and HGTV programs, and learn how things work. 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.

diy: FOOD

The Onion Experiment


he experiment below is an example of one of the many seasonal-vegetable-focused experiments performed every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 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

Romaine, Blue Cheese Salad with Pickled Red Onion Serves 8 Onions: 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar ½ cup sugar ½ cup water 3 bay leaves ½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper Coarse kosher salt 1 to 1 ¼ pounds red onions, thinly sliced Salad: ¼ cup white wine vinegar ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ cup olive oil ½ cup crumbled blue cheese 4 hearts of romaine, each quartered lengthwise or sliced at an angle Crumbled blue cheese (for garnish)

Grape, caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese Flatbread Serves 4 as a main dish or 6-8 as an appetizer (using 7-inch round flatbreads) 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing on the bread 2 yellow onions, sliced into ¼-inch half moons 1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper 4 flatbreads 2 cups of chopped spinach, swiss chard or other greens 4 ounces goat cheese 1 bunch of grapes, sliced in half 1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped Pinch of salt Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

For onions: Combine first 5 ingredients and 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt in medium saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Add onions and stir to blend; return to simmer and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Season with freshly ground black pepper and more salt, if desired. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. For salad: Combine vinegar and mustard in bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season with coarse salt and pepper. Mix in 1/2 cup cheese. Divide romaine among plates. Top with vinaigrette, pickled onions, and blue cheese.

Caramelized Onion Flatbread

1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions, salt, and pepper, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The heat should be low enough that the onions sizzle quietly but don’t brown too quickly. Add the sugar (if using) and continue to cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, until the onions are dark golden and a darker brown crust begins to form on the bottom of the skillet. Add a splash of water to the pan. It will bubble furiously, picking up the browned bits. Continue to simmer until the water has evaporated but the onions haven’t begun to brown up the bottom of the pan again, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Brush a bit of olive oil on each flatbread. life & culture 45223

Scatter the onions, chopped greens, grapes and rosemary evenly over each flatbread and crumble some of goat cheese on each. Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cheese is beginning to melt and the flatbread gets slightly crisp. Remove from the oven and cut into pieces. Serve warm.

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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Northside Happen Kid Film Critics

Two Thumbs Up for “A Cat in Paris”


Reviews of “A Cat In Paris” “This story is about a cat that helps a thief at night. There is just a little blood. The movie is about crime, thieves and the police.” -Maxwell Nolan, Happen Kid Film Critic

It’s more than a birthday.

“It’s about a cat and a girl named Zoe and Dino. I liked the characters. I liked how it was drawn and I basically liked it. ” -Gwen Riley, Happen Kid Film Critic

March 8, 2014


rare and prestigious treat arrives this month from Happen’s Kids Critics. The crew screened the 2012 Academy Award Best Animated Feature nominee “A Cat in Paris,” which features the vocal talents of Academy Award winners Marcia Gay Harden and Anjelica Huston. The hand-drawn caper revolves around Dino, a cat tiptoeing through a double life. By day, Dino is the perfect house cat and companion for Zoë, a young girl whose mother is a lead detective with the Parisian police. Once the sun goes down though, Dino serves as an advance scout for a cat burglar with a heart of gold. Dino’s two lives merge when a gangster kidnaps Zoë, then her mother and the cat burglar must team up to rescue her. Check out what our critics had to say about this animated family adventure.

6:00 to 8:30pm

Celebrate the past and make the future Happen as we kick off six months of Happen celebrations.

Happen’s Kid Film Critics received their own official Happen film critic packet and a press badge. TT Stern – Enzi, Cincinnati film critic, provided insight about the film and guided the children as they wrote this month’s film reviews.

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

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Art activities for parents & children 4201 Hamilton Ave (&Chase) HOURS: 3:30 - 7:30pm (Tue.-Thu.) & 10am - 5pm (Sat.) FREE on a first come first served basis. (513)751-2345


Visiting Your child’s Doctor with Environmental Concerns


reparing for visits to our doctors or other healthcare providers is an important step to a successful outcome. Give your questions and concerns to your providers ahead of time, so that they can help address them and find additional resources as needed. If you have a particular concern, share it when you are scheduling the visit so the provider will have the chance to prepare for your questions about it. Healthcare providers routinely ask questions about environmental health issues and consider the possible role of environmental exposures when evaluating your child. Unfortunately, healthcare providers, even doctors and nurses, typically have not received much training on environmental health issues, but they recognize the importance of environmental health concerns of their patients, and they seek further education and expertise about environmental health when needed. Where does my health care provider get information about environmental health issues? A number of organizations have stepped in to help healthcare providers by sharing education and ex-

pertise about environmental health. For example, the federal government’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), has a continuing education overview article about pediatric environmental health issues on its website. A network of pediatric environmental health experts (Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units or PEHSUs) also has been formed to assist with providing education and consultation resources for providers and for parents in caring for pediatric patients who may have environmentally-linked medical problems. The Physicians for Social Responsibility organization has developed and made available a number of resources for providers and parents on its website. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers multiple handouts for pediatricians to use when communicating with patients and parents about environmental health issues including exposures to lead, arsenic, carbon monoxide, mercury, radon, electromagnetic fields, pesticides, as well as other issues such as safe drinking water.

What information should I have ready for my visit? You should be prepared to answer some common questions for obtaining medical histories from patients and their families about environmental health issues/concerns. Some of these questions are: • Where does your child spend time? • What type of housing/neighborhood do you live in? • Do you have pets? • Is your child exposed to cigarette smoke? • What is your source of drinking water? • What types of chemicals do you use in the home? • Where do the parents and/or the child work? • What are your/your child’s hobbies? • What types of food do you eat?

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Some of these questions will vary depending upon factors such as the child’s age and the symptoms of concern. However, this type of information is key to sorting through a patient’s medical history to assess potential environmental exposures of concern. Environmental exposures can lead to the development of common medical problems, such as asthma; or nonspecific symptoms. The medical evaluation can assist in determining if exposures of concern are occurring and may be causing symptoms or health problems in patients. The medical evaluation also can assist in reducing or avoiding future exposures of concern.

BY Dr. Sue Ross Dr. Sue Ross, M.D., J.D. is the Occupational Medical Advisor at Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA).

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They have the potential to turn their listeners into animals if they’re given the right space and crowd. ”


Black Planet performed at the Comet every Tuesday in the month of January. Photo: Black Planet

lack Planet finished up its Tuesday residency at the Comet. For those of you who have not yet heard this new, four-piece band, you should. Izzi Krombholz (drums) and Ava Roberts (bass, vocals) describe their music as a metallic and heavy dark pop, which is exactly right. Their pop punk songs are fast paced and heavy on distortion and drums. There’s good balance between male and female vocals and though the words are drowned out by guitar, it works because they have attitude. Black Planet sounds like a tornado tearing through a neighborhood. The band plays like grizzly bears ripping apart salmon. They have the potential to turn their listeners into animals if they’re given the right space and crowd. Black Planet was founded back in October. The band consists of Ava Roberts, Jerri Queen from Tweens and Vacation, Dylan McCartney from Mardou, and Izzi from Buenos Crotches. Since its start, the band has played at

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only a few locations - Babe Haus is their favorite venue. I recommend booking Black Planet if you want a raw show full of energy. For more information on Black Planet, check them out online or like them on facebook

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. life & culture 45223


the listing loon | Local Craft Beer, Wine, and Liquor Shop Expands Services


ocated at 4124 Hamilton Ave. in the Hoffner Lodge, the Listing Loon provides a warm and relaxed atmosphere for Northside residents to unwind after a hard day at home or the office. Owners Beth Harris and Dave Mikkelsen opened the Listing Loon in April 2012, and have since offered residents craft beer, wine, a “tailored liquor selection,” and alcohol for carry out. In addition to the wide selection of alcohol available at the Listing Loon, Northside residents can now enjoy live music at the shop, with Harris and Mikkelsen expecting to further expand shop services in three or five years with a larger draft system allowing for tap beer, a food menu, an outdoor patio, and additional music and art events. These projected changes reflect, Harris and Mikkelsen said, a growing response from Northside residents; both Harris and Mikkelsen agreed that they let the Listing Loon “grow and change” based on clientele, and that, “Northsiders definitely respond to things differently than most neighborhoods [they’ve] experienced.” (We’ll take that as a compliment.) Perhaps these changes are why Northsiders frequent the Listing Loon – on any given weeknight or weekend (open 12 p.m. to midnight most days except Sunday), you can find residents “slowing down a little” at this neighborhood shop. The Listing Loon is also a great place to shop for that beer, wine, or liquor connoisseur in your life. With local and premium selections, the Listing Loon delivers more than your run-of-the mill varieties of alcohol, in part because Harris and Mikkelsen are careful about their selections and

unique and refined, the shop is a stand-out among others of its kind”

Listing Loon provides a warm and relaxed atmosphere and a tailored alcohol selection. Photo: Beth Harris

“talk about almost every decision made for [the] beers and wines on [their] shelves,” said Harris and Mikkelsen. Last year for the holidays, I bought my partner’s father a chocolate stout beer from the Listing Loon. Gone quickly despite other “alcohol themed” presents, the chocolate stout (and my father-in-law’s enjoyment of it) neatly summarizes why the Listing Loon should remain a permanent fixture in Northside. Unique and refined, the shop is a stand-out among others of its kind. Three cheers to Northside’s newest and fastest-growing business. life & culture 45223

Interested residents can contact Harris and Mikkelsen at the Listing Loon by calling 513-542-LOON (5666). Stop into the shop Monday-Saturday 12-Midnight & check out the Listing Loon on Facebook at

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. You can find Balestra running the streets of Northside, hiking in Parker Woods, biking in the Spring Grove Cemetery, or eating delicious vegan eats around the neighborhood vol. 1 | Issue 5 feb 14’ 17


events calendar – february

FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND NORTHSIDE THIS MONTH. Hamilton Avenue (7:30PM) Cost: Free. information or Steady, Brave Baby ONGOING EVENTS: Join this welcoming and easy bike ride. Every Monday - Community Yoga class @ North Presbyterian Church in gym (6:30 to 7:30pm) Class taught by Christopher Bueker, in collaboration with the Greater Cincinnati Yoga Project. Cost: Free. Contact: BuekerC1@Gmail. com. 4222 Hamilton Ave 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: Third Monday (Fourth Monday January and February) – 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, communitybased organization that provides an opportunity for all individuals in the community to participate in Northside’s present and to chart Northside’s future. McKie Center, 1655 Chase Avenue. Every other Monday – The Qtet @ Northside Tavern (9PM) The Qtet plays every other Monday. Influences range from Miles Davis to Van Halen. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. Every other Monday – Northside Jazz Ensemble @ Northside Tavern (9PM) From Funk, Reggae and Soul to Rock, Free Jazz, Blues and straight-ahead Jazz and back again, this tight four-piece puts familiar tunes in a brand new bag. Front room. Cost: Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave. Every Monday – Bomb’s Away Comedy Open Mic @ Mayday (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 513-3694449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@ 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 18 vol. 1 | Issue 5 FEB 14’

Every Wednesday – Open Shop @ Mobo Bicycle CoOp (6:00PM) 1415 Knowlton Avenue. For information or Every Wednesday – Kreative Kids @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3PM) For information call 513-369-4449 or email Sarah. Every Wednesday – Northside Farmers Market @ North Presbyterian Church auditorium (4-7PM) The NFM is a twelve-month market that brings tristate farmers to the city of Cincinnati to sell their produce, meat, eggs, crafts and fruit. Mid-Oct to Mid April months the NFM lives in the North Presbyterian Church Auditorium 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. 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@ Every Thursday - International Folk Dancing @ Clifton Cultural Arts Center (7-9 PM). Line and circle dances from Eastern Europe/Middle East. No partners necessary, no experience necessary. Teaching available. For information, call 961-2565, or email cjcohn@hotmail. com. Cost: $3. 3711 Clifton Ave. Every Thursday – Preschool Story Time @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (1PM) For information call 513-369-4449 or email Sarah. Every Thursday – Slow and Steady Bike Ride @ Leaves from Hoffner Park 4104

Every Friday Night – Zumba Party @ Off the Avenue Studios 1546 Knowlton (7-8PM) Cost: $7 drop in, $5 each for 10 classes. Every Saturday: International Folk Dancing @ Twin Towers’ Hader Room (8-10:30 PM). Line and circle dances from Eastern Europe/Middle East. No partners necessary, no experience necessary. Teaching available 8-9 PM. For information, call 541-6306 or e-mail Cost: $5. 5343 Hamilton Ave. Every Second Saturday – Northside Second Saturdays (6-10PM) Come see art, shop, imbibe and eat in one of Cincinnati’s most creative and diverse neighborhoods. Featuring new art openings, later hours, bar drink specials, interactive events and promotions that vary monthly with participating businesses. Every Second Saturday – Basement Reggae Night @ The Comet. (10PM) DJ Grover, Abiyah and Boss Lady bring you all vinyl, all the time. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. Every Sunday– Comet Bluegrass Allstars @ The Comet. (7:30PM & 9PM) The Comet house band plays two sets every Sunday. Cost: Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave. Weekdays – Homework Help @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library (3PM) For information call 513369-4449 or email Sarah.Schellenger@ Weekdays –– OPEN STUDIO @ Happen, Inc. 4201 Hamilton Avenue. 3:30 7:30pm (Tue.-Thu.) & 10am - 5pm (Sat.)

UPCOMING EVENTS: Friday, February 7 Northside Tavern- Majestic Man, Almighty Get Down, US Today (10:00pm) Chameleon- Drum Circle MAYDAY Northside 80’s Night Underground “A Tribute to Cooters/ Vertigos” Saturday, February 8 Northside Tavern- Ali Edwards (7:30pm), Brick and Mortar, One Day

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Chameleon- Jam Wave (9:30) Listing Loon Acoustic Band SALTY CANDY (7PM) Its salty,its sweet, its sad, its not what you would be expecting Sunday, February 9 Boswells- Bluegrass (4:00-8:00pm) Northside Tavern- Classical Revolution Chameleon- Found Dead in Ohio with Timothy “Treebeard” Adams (10:00pm) Monday, February 10 Northside Tavern- The Qtet (9:00pm) Comet- Joe Duran Nonet (10:00pm), Dave McDonnell Quartet Tuesday, February 11 Northside Tavern- Jake Gruber, John Bobinger, Michael Wayne Smith, Northside Square Dance (9:00pm) Comet- Isaac Joel (10:00pm) Wednesday, February 12 Chameleon- Hump Day Karaoke Boswells- Open Mic (8:30pm) Thursday, February 13 Northside Tavern- The Honeycombs (9:00pm) Boswells- Karaoke Django- Jazz 7pm Friday, February 14 Northside Tavern- ALS Fundraiser: 69 Love Songs – Roger Klug, Margaret Darling, Ohio Knife, For Algernon, Goose, The Ready Stance and more (9:00pm) Chameleon- Goth night with No Slave to Tomorrow Saturday, February 15 Northside Tavern- The Perfect Children, Chicken Lays an Egg Fashion Show (9:00pm) Chameleon- Sky Ship with Classy Mongrel (9:00pm) Knowlton Tavern- Karaoke Sunday, February 16 Comet- Comet All Star Band, (7:30 & 9:00pm) Northside Tavern- DJ Harv (9:00pm) Chameleon- Found Dead in Ohio with

Timothy “Treebeard” Adams (10:00pm) Junkers- Bummer’s Eve (9:00pm) Monday, February 17 Northside Tavern- Northside Jazz Ensemble (10:00pm) Comet- The Ranglineers (10:00pm) Tuesday, February 18 Northside Tavern- Elia Goat, Cincinnati Folk Singer (9:00pm) Comet- Isaac Joel (10:00pm) Wednesday, February 19 Northside Tavern- Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke (9:00pm) Boswells- Open Mic (8:30pm) Thursday, February 20 Northside Tavern- Cincinnati Music Review (9:00pm) Boswells- Karaoke Friday, February 21 Northside Tavern- Dead Meadow (10:00pm)

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Saturday, February 22 Northside Tavern- Tongue and the Lips, The Black Owls, Cha Cha Chachi (10:00pm) Sunday, February 23 Boswells- Bluegrass (4:00-8:00pm) Comet- Comet All Star Band (7:30 & 9:00pm) Northside Tavern- The Tillers (9:00pm) Chameleon- Found Dead in Ohio with Timothy “Treebeard” Adams (10:00pm) Monday, February 24 Northside Tavern- The Qtet (9:00pm) Comet- Jason Ajemian (10:00pm) Tuesday, February 25 Northside Tavern- Art and Sciences (9:00pm) Comet- Isaac Joel (10:00pm) Wednesday, February 26 Boswells- Open Mic (8:30pm)

(9:00pm) Boswells- Karaoke Django- Jazz 7pm

Friday, February 28 Northside Tavern- Counterfeit Money Machine, Abiyah, MC Forty (9:00pm) Chameleon- cartRAGE! (10:00pm)

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Northsider Vol 1 | Issue 5 February 2014  

Northsider Vol 1 | Issue 5 IN THIS ISSUE: [3] From The Editor – The Northsider, My Unplanned Love Child – Northside Tidbits [4] Community N...