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aniel Baker is a current Northside resident who attended the Winthrop University and State University of New York at Brockport before moving to Cincinnati in 2006. He will be Chameleon’s featured artist for March as part of Northside’s Second Saturday celebration. His paintings have been used as cover art for rock group Revenge Piñata. Baker most recently worked as a costume assistant for the locally shot box office drama The Blunderer.

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NORTHSIDE TIDBITS Healthy Moms & Babes outreach van to visit Northside Healthy Moms & Babes is an outreach ministry whose mission is to increase infant survival as well as foster the health of women, children and families. Monday, March 23, 2015 at CAIN 4230 Hamilton Ave. From 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. We provide a wide range of services through our outreach van including: Pregnancy Testing, STD Testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia & syphilis, doctor referrals, assistance with insurance and social services, and referrals for home visits. No appointment is necessary! It is confidential and at no cost to those who come for a visit.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY kiwanis The International Kiwanis Organization is celebrating 100 YEARS of operation. Kiwanis began in Detroit Michigan in 1915 and has grown into one of the largest service organizations in the world. Kiwanis now has clubs in about 80 countries and continues to grow. The Northside-College Hill Kiwanis Club is 87 years old. Started in 1928, the Northside-College Hill Club has helped eliminate IDD (Iodine Deficiency Disorder) through International Kiwanis in conjunction with UNICEF. We are currently working with Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate MNT (Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus), which kills a newborn every 8 minutes. Our club has donated over $11,000.00 to these programs. Northside-College Hill also donates regularly to C.A.I.N. (Churches Active In Northside), Feast of Love in College Hill, WordPlay in Northside, St. Boniface School as well as other citywide and international organizations. FOR MORE INFO: If you are interested in becoming a member of a really great organization you can contact Don Beimesche (271-2814, e-mail, Chaplin Joe Boone (853-2051, e-mail or Ron Will (406-3430, e-mail

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SEVERAL BIG PICTURE PROJECTS ON THE HORIZON IN NORTHSIDE We have several big picture projects underway in Northside. These efforts focus on “connectivity” and will shape our neighborhood over the next several years and beyond. 4000 Block of Hamilton Avenue Northside’s 2014 Land Use Plan calls for improvements to the 4000 block of Hamilton Avenue (Knowlton’s Corner to Hoffner Photo: Cincy Red Bike. Park). Over time, most of the empty storefronts of our business district I-74. Blue Rock, which is now the prihave come to life with the many mary entrance to the Neighborhood neighborhood businesses we love. The from the interstate, will be getting a 4000 block, which is many people’s face-lift, including street trees and first impression of Northside, still has wider sidewalks. Several roads in several properties that are vacant or the Spring Grove - Colerain - Elmore in disrepair. Filling in these gaps will area will change from one-way traffic help connect our businesses as a single to two-way traffic to accommodate walkable district. A collaboration of flow. DOTE will be attending a Comorganizations, including Community munity Council meeting this spring to Council, Business Association, CNCURC (soon to be know as NEST), the City provide an update. Department of Trade and DevelopCincy RedBike ment, and the Port Authority, will be You have probably seen the rows working with business and property of red bikes stationed in Clifton and owners to help this block shine. Over the Rhine as part of CincinnaMetro Hub ti’s RedBike bike share program. In Outside of Government Square 2015, Northside will be joining the Downtown, Knowlton’s Corner is the network, with our first station schedbusiest bus transfer station in the city. uled for installation in the vicinity of For decades now, Northside has been Hoffner Park. This will be accompalobbying for a Metro hub to alleviate nied by a new station to be installed the bus congestion along Hamilton at Cincinnati State. Northside will be Avenue. The effort has found some the first neighborhood outside of the momentum, as Metro administration Downtown-Uptown corridor to join the is actively planning for a “hub” to bikeshare program! streamline commuting. As location details are pinned down, Metro is FOR MORE INFO: planning to bring their planning team The next Northside Community Council to Northside Community Council and meeting will be March 16th, 7 p.m. at Northside Business Association to colMcKie Recreation Center, 1655 Chase lect community input. Ave. Northside. Northside Arterial Project After several years of planning, ollie kroner Department of Transportation and Ollie is president of the Engineering (DOTE) is preparing to Northside Community begin several major street improveCouncil. A resident ments through the neighborhood. of Northside most Much of the focus will be placed on of his life. He is an improving traffic flow following the environmental scientist deletion of the Elmore Street Exit from for TERA, Inc.

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s members of the Apple Street Market Organizing Committee and the Northside Community, we believe it is all of our Community Members’ right to have access to healthy, fresh affordable food. That is why, about a year and a half ago, when the SaveA-Lot in Northside shut down, that we, the Community Members of Northside, decided that we were not just going to sit on the sidelines while our community became “food insecure.” As many of you know, with the help of our cooperative incubator, Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI), we surveyed over a quarter of the households in Northside and 98% of respondents said it was “very important or somewhat important that they have a neighborhood source of groceries” (CUCI Neighborhood Grocery Survey, 2014). And so, we responded, working diligently to start our own grocery store cooperativeApple Street Market, in the former

Save-A-Lot building. And because this will be OUR STORE, unlike the Save-A-Lot, lacking quality fruits and vegetable and affordable as well as local and organic options, OUR STORE will provide these choices, serving our entire neighborhood. Since we have been working on Apple Street Market in the Fall of 2013, we have accomplished some pretty amazing things including: • Completing a feasibility study and business plan. • Identifying a local architecture firm and contractor to redesign and renovate the building. • Identifying a distributor that can provide the range of products we need – from affordable items to organic. • Incorporating the co-op, electing our start-up Board, and holding our first Community Owner meeting. • Raising over 560 Community

Owners and thus over $56,000 in owner equity. • Raising over $36,000 in Owner Loans. • Securing a $100,000 grant from Interact for Health for equipment. • A commitment from the Landlord to make a $100,000 + in-kind contribution toward the project. • A commitment from the Cincinnati Development Fund to provide up to a $1 million low interest loan once we reach our community fundraising goal. We have a clear path and plan to raise the additional $250,000 + we need to reach the $1.5 million to open the store, but WE NEED YOUR HELP!! 1. Goal: Sign up 940 additional Community Owners Action: Become a Community Owner or recruit your friends to become owners by signing up: • In Person on Tuesdays at our Weekly organizing meeting from 7-8 p.m. – at Happen Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave. • At the Northside Farmers Market Wednesdays from 4-6:30 p.m. at Northside Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave. • Drop off checks to Northside Bank, 4125 Hamilton Ave. • By Mail at P.O. Box 24192 Cincinnati, OH 45224 • Online at applestreetmarket. coop/community-owners/community-ownership-form/ (subsidized shares are also available through C.A.I.N) 2. Goal: Secure $130,000 + in Owner Loans or Gifts Action: Consider becoming an Owner Loaner (or Gifter) Want to put your money to work in your local economy? We are looking for gifts or loans of $1000 + for terms of 5-9 years at 0-3% interest rates. If this sounds like something that interests you contact Ellen Vera,;

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513.807.3898. 3. Host a House Party to help recruit Community Owners or Owner Loaners: Inform your friends about how awesome Apple Street Market is going to be and encourage them to become Community Owners or donate/loan to the cause. We will come present about the co-op at your party if you want, provide you with all the materials you need, and even walk you through step by step how to have the most successful party. Contact Heather Sturgill, 513.885.8666. Finally, we are saddened by the fact that Picnic and Pantry has decided to move their store downtown and wish the best of luck on their new endeavors. Now the whole city will have access to their awesome products. However, this gives us all the more reason why we have to make this full-service grocery store happen in our neighborhood in 2015. Just as everyone who comes into Northside comments about how remarkable the community is, we know that we can make this grocery store a reality, but only if we come together, as we have done so many times in the past, and each of us does our part. So please, imagine for a moment just how awesome it would be to walk down the street to buy your groceries…think about what you can commit to make this a reality…and then ACT. Together WE can make Northside a neighborhood in which everyone can have access to healthy, fresh food. MORE INFO: To find out more about the campaign visit or visit us on facebook and twitter.

ellen vera Ellen, a Northside resident and specialist in cooperative development, spent 3 years as Project Coordinator/CEO of Our Harvest Cooperative, a Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative project. She is now Project Coordinator for their Apple Street Market Cooperative and works for United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 75. vol. 2 | Issue 3 MARCH 15’



MIMI CHAMBERLIN HONORED AS NONPROFIT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR REMARKS FROM MIMI: “Thank you Northside residents for all your support and giving me the opportunity to have a job that is a vocation and fills me with passion and purpose. This award truly belongs to all of CAIN. It is my privilege to work every day with some of the most caring, generous, faith-filled and inspirational people on the planet. I especially thank Cathy Graham, my co-worker and friend since high school days. (Left) Northsider Hilda Faulkner introducing MiMi as a pillar of our community. (Top) Chamberlin (6th from top right) with CAIN staff, volunteers, and donors. Photos: Submitted by CAIN.

CAIN shines at the Smart Business Medical Mutual 2015 Pillar Awards for Community Service at the Duke Energy Convention Center in January. he Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service recognizes companies, business leaders and nonprofit executives for their commitment to strengthening the bond between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. The annual event also provides grants to nonprofit organizations. Named a Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year, MiMi was in great company. The other honorees were Santa Ono, University of Cincinnati; Arlene Nolan, Drop Inn Center; and Darlene Kamine, Community Learning Institute. The award is accompanied by a grant to continue CAIN’s great work in Northside. CAIN Board member Steve Depoe summarized the significance of the award: “What a great award of recognition for MiMi Chamberlin for


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many years of peerless stewardship and leadership of our organization. This award is also a reflection of CAIN as a top-flight non-profit organization in the Cincinnati area—a high achievement, given the many wonderful philanthropic enterprises in this part of the world.” Two tables of CAIN staff, board members, and other supporters cheered MiMi when her name was announced. Rev. Erwin Goedicke, of North Presbyterian Church, pre-recorded a video to tell MiMi’s and CAIN’s story to the invited guests and sponsors. CAIN’s Ministry Assistant and Northside resident, Hilda Faulkner, introduced MiMi to the stage and gave her the award. MiMi accepted graciously, thanking many people with whom she shares the recognition. The nominating criteria focused on MiMi’s leadership and her impact on the organization and all those it touches. MiMi has grown the capac-

ity of CAIN to serve 450 households a month today, compared to 70 households when she started in 1993. The budget has increased ten-fold. Areas of accomplishment include CAIN’s being a local pioneer in tracking pantry data electronically, starting a choice pantry focusing on healthy food and fresh produce, collaborating with the Northside Farmers Market to increase food access, emphasizing hospitality as a core part of its ministry, and being guest-centered. CAIN assists 45223 households who are low-income and under-resourced with food and other necessities, meals, and shelter - offered as tangible expressions of God’s love. CAIN extends compassionate hospitality through its Rainbow Choice Food Pantry, Phil’s Place free community weekly dinner, and Grace Place temporary transitional housing for women and children.

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I thank my children, their Dad and my parents and friends and church family. And most of all I thank God who I know best as Jesus for holding me tight and never letting go. I accept this recognition as a challenge to each of us to continue to work to create a better life for those who are struggling. It is wrong that in our prosperous and wealthy city and country, that so many of our brothers and sisters still lack basic food, shelter and economic and educational opportunity. As we celebrate all of our compassionate efforts tonight, let us recommit to making our world a better and more just one for all.”


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Gwen Finegan Gwen Finegan is a writer, consultant, & Northside resident. Her successful nomination resulted in this recognition for CAIN.



t. Boniface kicked off the National 42nd Annual Catholic Schools Week celebration on Sunday, January 25th. During this week, families, students, teachers and staff celebrated the success and value of Catholic education. The theme, Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities—small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged. This is the 2nd of three years that this recurring theme is used. In addition, at St. Boniface, this quote from Mother Teresa was chosen as a source of inspiration and focus for the week: “Faith in action is love and love in action is service”. A variety of activities and events occurred throughout the week revolving around the theme: FAITH: A paper cross was sent home for students to decorate with their families in any style they chose. These were then hung in the school hallway for all to see. Additionally, a delegation of students represented St. Boniface at the city-wide Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains on Tuesday, Jan. 27th. Students attending were Ian Dunham (Gr. 8), Theo Miller (Gr. 7), and Martin Igaba

(Gr. 6). There was also an all-school Mass on Friday at St. Boniface to close the week of celebration. Did you know? St. Boniface offers a faith based education in the Roman Catholic tradition, yet over 75% of our students are NOT Catholic. Students of all faiths are welcome at St. Boniface. KNOWLEDGE: On Wednesday, January 28th, student achievement and success was acknowledged at the 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly. Students were reminded that they are always encouraged to learn and to recognize and use the talents they have been given by God so that they can strive to be their very best selves. Also, they must recognize that everyone has different knowledge, gifts, and talents and these are to be respected and appreciated. Did you know? Students at St. Boniface School consistently score above their projected ability on standardized tests. Nearly all students who graduate from Catholic grade school go on to Catholic high school, many with scholarships and grants. Nationally, close to 90% of Catholic high school graduates go on to graduate from college. SERVICE: Students always participate in a variety of service projects during Catholic Schools Week. This year,

students decorated placemats to be used at the Little Sisters of the Poor Home in Clifton. A second service project involved making Valentines which will be sent to members serving in the military, thanking them for their sacrifice and service. Did you know? Service is an integral part of a Catholic education. Students are taught beginning in Pre-School that we all have something to give, whether it be material, in service or with prayer. St. Boniface strives to instill a spirit of gratitude in all. Our student club, Kids In Action, organizes fundraisers and events to raise awareness of issues in our school, community, nation, and world. This past week, they launched their Hearts to Save a Heart Campaign, selling ceramic heart pins and magnets made at school. Donations will be sent to Doctors Without Borders specifically to assist in the fight against the ebola virus. St. Boniface Parish and School are proud of their 150+ year presence in the Northside Community. Generations of children have received and continue to receive a quality faith-based education. We welcome all to visit St. Boniface School and to explore the opportunities available to your child(ren). OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGAN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND. We encourage anyone interested to call the school at 513.541-5122, pick up a registration packet, and schedule a tour. Several of our grade levels are full, so it is important to register as soon as possible. Be sure to check out our website at www.stbonifaceschool. net . You can also email us at school@ Tuition at St. Boniface School is cost based. A sliding scale is used to determine tuition assistance based on financial need. EdChoice vouchers are accepted.

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Mrs. Becky Losekamp of st. boniface participates in Cook for America Program

Interact for Health, a not for profit group, brought this program to our area, hoping to improve the health of people in the Cincinnati region. As a recognized catalyst for health and wellness, they promote healthy living through grants, education and policy. Cook for America is working to create a nation of school food service personnel who are trained, empowered, and inspired to provide healthy, cooked from scratch meals to America’s Children. Three CISE schools (St. Boniface, Holy Family and Corryville Catholic) are participating along with two public school districts (Dayton, Kentucky and Brookville, Indiana). In July, the staff from these schools will attend a 5 day Culinary Boot Camp that provides the food service staff with culinary math, time management, knife skills, menu planning and cooking techniques. The goal is to become culinary ambassadors who lead school food service reform in the community and who embrace their essential role in teaching children about the pleasures and benefits of eating real food prepared in a healthy manner. Mrs. Losekamp and her staff already have a reputation for preparing delicious, healthy meals as our students and staff are quick to tell you. This training will provide even more ideas and inspiration…we can’t wait for her to try out what she learns on us! vol. 2 | Issue 3 MARCH 15’




Suzanne works her homework magic with a group of students and tutors. Photo: WordPlay.


efore WordPlay Cincy ever opened its doors on Hamilton Avenue, volunteer Suzanne Schindler was already dedicated to the fledgling non-profit’s success. The professional event planner and Western Hills resident had long admired similar non-profits in San Francisco and Brooklyn, both branches of Dave Eggers’ 826 National literacy and creative writing-focused operations. So when she learned about WordPlay and its similar mission, she quickly signed up to help—and rolled up her sleeves. “I painted walls, moved furniture, cleaned out storage spaces and swept floors,” said the 43-year-old owner of SMS Events who has helped pull off major events around town, including the Bunbury Music Festival. Some tasks came more naturally than others, she admitted. “With some 8 vol. 2 | Issue 3 MARCH 15’

reluctance, I hung the crocodile photos in the bathroom.” SPREADING A CAN-DO SPIRIT As Schindler did her part to shape and celebrate the quirky atmosphere that embodies WordPlay’s spirited approach to learning— where else can you tutor a student who is lounging in a pillow-filled clawfoot tub?—she always looked for additional ways to help. Beyond alphabetizing books, reorganizing the storage room and staffing booths at special events around the neighborhood, Schindler has also donated her professional talents. She helped plan WordPlay’s first birthday party and turned the successful fundraiser into an opportunity to bring together the non-profit’s diverse family, including youth, tutors and community members.

“Suzanne is such an amazing resource for WordPlay,” said Executive Director Libby Hunter. “She takes on every new challenge, from a day of tutoring to event planning, with a sincere enthusiasm that inspires everyone around her.” GETTING TO KNOW STUDENTS, ONE STORY AT A TIME WordPlay students also count on Schindler, who has volunteered nearly 200 hours in the last two and a half years. For two hours every other week, she works with students on homework, reads alongside them and helps them with a variety of creative projects. She recalled a recent tutoring session with a third-grader. For reading time, a required element of every WordPlay visit, he chose “The Bully Book.” Written as a tongue-in-cheek manual for bullies intercut with diary entries from a victim of bullying, it hits on common grade-school (and lifelong) fears and experiences. After reading about 10 pages, Schindler turned the young man’s attention to a set of discussion questions. “What is bullying?” she read the first one to him. “It’s making people feel bad about themselves,” he responded. When she asked if he had ever been bullied, he nodded yes. “I was surprised,” Schindler said. “I told him that it made my heart hurt to hear this because to me he is a good kid—interesting, smart.” They continued reading, but as tutoring time drew to a close, Schindler knew she had something more to offer her young friend. She asked him if she could share some advice her father had given her. He quickly agreed. “When someone’s bullying you, just walk away,” she said. “Pretend they’re not even there. Because the big secret about bullying is that they need you to cooperate, and if you refuse to do that, eventually they’ll leave you alone.” LESSONS LEARNED At first, Schindler simply felt grateful to be able to share some of

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father’s advice with a new generation. But then, as she and the student were packing up for the day, she saw a powerful message scribbled in his daily record-keeping log where there is space to write “what I learned today.” “I learned to walk away when you are getting bullied,” he had written. Schindler played it cool on the outside, but in the inside, her heart melted. “I felt good that something I said from my heart had reached him and maybe will make a difference for him,” she said. The experience helped her summarize the power of what students gain from spending time at WordPlay. “We are giving kids some self-confidence and armor against what threatens them,” Schindler said. While she knows there’s no easy answer or quick-fix to bullying or any other complex challenge facing the youngest members of our community, she sees WordPlay as providing some hopeful starting points. “If I did nothing else that day,” she said, “at least I gave him a new way of handling a real problem in his life. On a day when my own self-esteem was faltering, it made me feel better about myself, too.” JOIN THE FUN! Would you like to be part of the WordPlay volunteer team? WordPlay is currently accepting applications for volunteers for our weekday afterschool programs as well as our Saturday sessions. For more information and an online application, visit or call Kirsten at 513541-0930

Elissa Yancey Elissa is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board at WordPlay Cincy, and the Director of Media and Communications for the Office of the Provost at the University of Cincinnati. She is also an inaugural Images and Voices of Hope Fellow working on a long-form restorative narrative.



(Left) Kids taking apart electronics in Happen’s Reverse Engineering Day at Happen’s Make It space. (Top) Happen, Inc. now on Channel 19 Morning Show for “Happen, Inc. at Home” segments.. Photos: Happen Inc.


n March 14th Happen, Inc. invites the community to join Happen volunteers, staff, and supporters in the celebration of Happen’s sixteenth birthday. The party starts at 6:00pm and the celebration includes a “crazy” cakewalk, games and lots of prizes. At 7:00pm Happen director and founder, Tommy Rueff will present a special announcement that will kick off the spring and summer Happen activities, sessions and festivals. Guests will also have an opportunity to register for new sessions in the Happen Make It space, located at 1608 Chase Ave. Happen opened the space on the February 28 with a special Reverse Engineering Day supported by Engi-

neers Without Borders. Children of all ages attended the event and had a chance to work with a professional engineer as they took apart all kinds of household appliances to see how things really work. Guests also had the chance to sign up for Happen’s Root Beer Brew Club starting in April. Yes, parents and children will be learning about and brewing their own root beer in the new Happen Make It space. “It’s chemical engineering that tastes great,” said Happen, Inc. Director Tommy Rueff. Parents and children will also design their own root beer brand, flavors and bottle labels. We plan to have root beer socials, tastings and pairings (flavors of ice cream with

flavors of root beer). We invite everyone to visit the Make It space or just walk by and look into the Research Window that is dedicated to monthly science experiments. Anyone of any age that passes by the window can stop, look in and learn at any time. This month’s experiment is about Bio Energy and look for April’s experiment that will be twisting and turning as we learn about tornadoes. Other activities that you don’t want to miss are Happen recurring segments on the Fox 19 News Morning show showcasing fun Happen at home art activities for families. Starting in April is Friday Night Kid’s Karaoke. Kids will have a chance to sing, dance and show off their talents at Happen. “We are excited to host Happen moms Sarah Hudson and Vali Dugan as they volunteer each month to give kids a chance to sing,” said Rueff. We also invite the community to cheer the kids on and have fun. It’s all a part of our Happen theme, “Community is not just where you live. It’s how you live with other people.” Rueff added. Happen now provides an esti-

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mated 18,000 experiences per year in Greater Cincinnati through the Happen spaces, gardens, festivals and traveling sessions. The Happen locations are also home to 9 different local organizations and committees that use the Happen facilities weekly or monthly for meetings and activities at no cost. “We have even had a wedding at Happen” said Rueff. Happen employs two full time and five part time staff members and is supported by over 200 volunteers per year. MORE INFO: If you would like to get involved in any of the Happen programs or learn more please contact us (513) 7512345 or Happen Inc. Art activities for parents & children 4201 Hamilton Ave (& Chase) HOURS: 3:30 - 7:30PM (Tue.-Thu.) 10am - 5PM (Sat.)

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Bettina Myers of Pinnokios Making Magic with Hair as a Medium


ettina (Tina) Myers of Pinnokios Hair Design in Northside is a self-described lifelong learner and doer – someone who relishes in everyday lessons, creative expression, and a connection with animals and the natural world. Whether servicing clients at Pinnokios or cycling, rollerblading, or even pole dancing, Tina aims to make each day – and in fact each moment – count. Tina’s mother moved to Cincinnati in the late 1980s, at a time when Tina lived in Ruston, Louisiana with her then infant daughter, Megan. Interested in a change and motivated by a desire to leave “small southern towns,” Tina moved to Cincinnati with both Megan and her cosmetology license in tow. Shortly thereafter, Tina opened Pinnokios on Short Vine, where she remained until a decline in the neighborhood brought her to Northside. Originally, Pinnokios occupied what is now Happen, Inc. but has been in its current space on Hamilton Avenue since August of 2007. 10 vol. 2 | Issue 3 MARCH 15’

With a description of “quirky and left of center,” Pinnokios is unique among Northside salons. Tina and her staff (which includes daughter Megan and stylist Edgar Gonzalez) embody the shop’s culture, and the range of services offered extends beyond cuts and color. Tina said of her business philosophy that she “strive[s] to be professional with a laid back attitude” – this attitude is, no doubt, why Tina has remained open despite changes in the economy, and with clientele and staff. Keeping the doors of the salon open for “one more day” is an ongoing goal of Tina’s, and she knows that “keeping things simple” by making clients comfortable and valuing their experiences at the salon is a driver for her business. “I want people to know,” Tina said, “that everyone who walks through the door matters, and I want them to be happy when they leave and comfortable enough to let us know when they are not.” As a longtime client of Pinnokios,

I know that I can brainstorm with my stylist, and that I can return should the cut require adjusting. This level of comfort with a stylist is key for me – and key for Tina and her staff. As a staff of now four, Pinnokios offers standard cuts and color, as well as waxing, hair extensions and dreadlocks, formal hair, and makeup. You can also find Pinnokios at the Northside Fourth of July parade – both in front of the salon (Tina and her staff offered hair feathers a few years ago) and on the streets, and Tina is a resident of the neighborhood. Salon hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m -7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-4p.m., although staff can make occasional exceptions based on client needs and availability.

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FOR MORE INFO: Stop In: 4179 Hamilton Ave. Northside Call: 513. 541.4668 Online:;

Alisa Balestra Alisa Balestra is a Northside resident and is a Specialist-Project Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 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.



(Left) Margaret Darling (Seedy Seeds) bumps her vinyl collection at Chameleon as part of Hook & Ladder’s Second Saturday residency. (Top) Bridget Battle, Peyton Copes, & Joe Frankl from Tweens rock out at Northside Tavern’s Second Saturday Valentine’s Day Bash. Photos: Nick Mitchell.


econd Saturday in Northside is much more than a conveniently marketable term of alliteration. The trademark monthly event has been a Northside staple for eons, drawing in patrons from the neighborhood and beyond. Second Saturday is a collaboration involving many of the entertainment district’s most reputable businesses taking place on the second Saturday

of every month. Curated by Emily Buddendeck from NVISION, the collaboration features art galleries, musical collaborations, discounts, and unique themes supported by Bistro Grace, C&D Cafe, Chameleon, The Comet, Django Western Taco, Galaxie Skateshop, The Listing Loon, Sidewinder Coffee, and tons more. February’s theme was “We Love

Northside”; a romantic motif headlined by Tweens at Northside Tavern and “Forever Young” Skate Prom at Galaxie Skateshop. Chicken Lays An Egg offered 20% off purchases from customers who coined the password “Lovers’ Special”. Happen Inc. hosted a Valentine’s Day dance and game party with free food and prizes. The Listing Loon hosted their Second Saturday wine tasting, as usual with live music from blues guitarist Eric Evans. For March, Spun Bicycles celebrates it’s two-year anniversary in hosting its Second Saturday festivities. Spun will celebrate its 730-day anniversary with complimentary pizza and cakes, as well as special sales on store items. If mother nature allows it, Spun will be setting up a street rail for its BMX patrons, too. Chameleon’s Second Saturday in March features a monthly art gallery opening supported by vinyl DJ sets from Hook & Ladder; a DJ collective headlined by former Seedy Seeds frontwoman Margaret Darling. This month’s gallery is hosted by painter and Northside resident Daniel Baker, who most recently worked as a wardrobe assistant on the set of the recently filmed box office flick The Blunderer. Second Saturday art exhibits can also be found at NVISION, Galaxie Skateshop, Sidewinder Coffee, Visionaries + Voices, and C&D Cafe.

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C&D Cafe is your spot for Second Saturday karaoke. Hosted by Steven Walls of Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s, this is not your grandmother’s karaoke party. Stop in for their famous “C&Delicious” liquor shot and drop a few quarters into their Wheel of Fortune pinball machine. The Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center even offers discount babysitting for all the moms and dads who want in on the action from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prices may vary but average out to be about $10 per hour. Party-goers need to remember this little factoid for when their friends use their offspring as an excuse to stay in for the night. MORE INFO: Stay up to date with all the Northside Second Saturday music, art exhibits, and fun via the Second Saturday facebook page here: www.facebook. com/pages/Northside-Second-Saturdays/221618077886612

nick mitchell Nick is a touring musician and the co-founder of Grasshopper Juice Records. He and his wife moved to Northside three years ago in appreciation of its alternative culture. vol. 2 | Issue 3 MARCH 15’




(Left) The class prepares to roast squash (Center) Kids learn cooking skills with instructor Nicole Klosterman (Right) Each lesson begins with learning about the fresh ingredients being used. Photos: Ana Bird.


n Wednesdays, little hands learn to chop, sauté, bake, and prepare local foods at the Norhtside Farmers Market (NFM). In January, NFM offered its first youth cooking class in partnership with The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, and now offers three classes per month in response to demand. In February, kids built their own wilted spinach salad using raisins, pine nuts,

and farmers’ market spinach, apples, cheese, and bread. Some little ones wrinkled their noses while tasting spinach, but others ate more than a few bites of their creation. In each class, children learn cooking techniques and nutrition information about the foods they work with. Classes are designed to build children’s confidence in kitchen and to encourage them to try new foods, all while having fun. The classes are

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conveniently held at the Farmers Market during market hours, for those who inquire. For more from 4:45-6:00pm, so information about the classes, or to that parents may shop and visit with register, visit neighbors while their children learn to For more information about The Baker cook. Hunt Art and Cultural Center and their The market offers two types classes, visit of classes. The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, which offers art, MORE INFO: music, dance, and cooking classes in Market: Oct - May: North PresbyteriCovington, KY, has partnered with the an Church Auditorium, 4222 Hamilton market to offer the popular “Young Ave. Northside Chef’s Kitchen” class at the market on May 14 - Oct 15: Jacob Hoffner the 2nd Wednesday of each month, Park, 4101 Hamilton Ave Northside and again on the 4th Wednesday. Call: 513.614.3671 The market also offers a “Learn to Online: Bake” class taught by NFM’s sweets vendor Lynne from Flour Power on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in BY ANA BIRD which children learn to make cookies, Ana Bird works at Northside Farmers Market as scones, and other pastries. Interested parents can sign their children up for classes online or at the market. Each class currently costs just $3.00, and fee waivers are available

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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.

screen|HAPPEN NORTHSIDE: HAPPEN’S KID FILM CRITICS STANDING UP “I liked it! It was a good movie. I give it 4out of 5 stars.” -Oscar “This movie is a family friendly movie with good messages. Some of the lines are a little cheesy and the characters make dumb decisions. I give this movie 3.4 out of 5 stars ” -Henry


STANDING UP (2013) ven though bullying has transitioned into cyberbullying in the Internet Age, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn ways to combat it from the old-school real world examples out there. Brock Cole’s beloved Young Adult fiction novel The Goats gets the big screen treatment from writer-director DJ Caruso (best known for Disturbia and Eagle Eye) who re-dubs the story Standing Up, to further highlight the empowering elements. A pair of outcast summer camp participants (Chandler Canterbury and Annalise

Basso) find themselves stranded on a lonely island by their counselors and the cool campers, but rather than cowering in fear, the duo teams up, courageously escapes from the island and embark on a wild adventure that neither of them would have ever thought possible. Caruso balances the relatively unknown leads with support from Radha Mitchell and Val Kilmer. The real question is whether or not the Happen Kids Critics think this movie stands up adequately? - TT Stern-Enzi, Cincinnati Film Critic

Each month, Happen’s Kid Film

Critics received their own official Happen film critic packet and a press badge. TT Stern-Enzi, Cincinnati film critic, provided insight about the film and guided the children as they wrote this month’s film reviews. Read the reviews, and be sure to watch Standing Up (2013). Art activities for parents & children 4201 Hamilton Ave (& Chase) HOURS: 3:30 - 7:30PM (Tue.-Thu.) 10am - 5PM (Sat.) (513) 751-2345

“Interesting movie, tells the story of two kids who are marooned on an island and have to escape and return to their parents. A bit of an survival story. Action packed and fun, but not for younger kids. It includes smoking and some swearing, but is good over all. 7 out 10 stars. ” -Luci

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health & wellness| CAN YOUR BRAIN HEAL YOU?


o you’ve got a problem. Maybe it’s a pain in the hip, a sore neck, the effects of a stroke, or perhaps you are scared to death of flying. You’ve tried some traditional medical approaches or at least considered them. But have you tried engaging your brain in a new way? Imagine this: You become legally blind from an autoimmune disease. Your right eye is declared “dead” and you are in continual excruciating pain. Your specialist has nothing left to offer. You start to roll around on the floor in a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class and immediately feel changes. Eventually, with dedication, you teach yourself to see again. Or how about teaching yourself to walk again, then consistently practicing those mindful walking techniques to live well despite advancing Parkinson’s disease? Or bringing yourself out of debilitating chronic

pain by thinking about shrinking parts of your brain? These are the stories of David Webber (a remarkable man whom I have met), John Pepper and Jan Sandin, real people whose cases are outlined in the new book, The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity, by Norman Doidge, M.D. Neuroplasticity--the brain’s ability to alter both its structure and function throughout life--has only recently been discovered by science. Previously, it was believed that the brain could not change. Now we know that even a significantly traumatized brain can adapt and become healthier. I predict this will turn the way we experience medical care up-side-down. WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT DOIDGE’S NEW BOOK: 1. He helps us understand that our medical system has not caught up with the new science. We are still think about “fixing” every ache, pain, disease and illness from the outside-in through medication, surgery, adjustments, etc. 2. He recounts inspiring case studies of real people with “hopeless” conditions who used inside-out healing processes to surpass what physicians ever thought possible. For example, Elizabeth, born with only 1/3 of her cerebellum and labeled unable to develop, who danced at her own wedding and achieved two graduate degrees. 3. We are introduced to well re-

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searched, but not well known, approaches to healing with light, sound, electricity, movement and mindfulness that are achieving powerful results. 4. Two chapters are dedicated to Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and the Feldenkrais Method, showing how awareness combined with unique movement stimulation can turn on the learning brain for people with significant issues, as well as for someone with a dicey knee. Here are some things you might be VERY surprised the brain can influence: Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, rotator cuff tears, autism, ADD, chronic pain. What do I mean by influence? One case study recounts how deformed, sausage-like fingers from rheumatoid arthritis returned to normal functioning. Neuro Linguistic Programming, while not listed in the book, is another approach that artfully engages the mind to give the body the best chance of healing. I have seen my own clients experience major advancements through the Feldenkrais Method. My biggest takeaway from Doidge’s book: The person who is able to

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engage their mind and stay engaged over time will not only experience the blossoming of hope but actual, measurable improvement.

Cynthia M. Allen Cynthia Allen is a partner in Future Life Now, a holistic health center here in Northside. She is an expert in walking, joint health and just about anything related to movement as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Senior Trainer in Movement Intelligence. Reach her at 513.541.5720, www.futurelifenow. com, or email at CynthiaAllen@

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opinion|WHY WE NEED PATIENT NAVIGATORS “So now we were at another impasse. He couldn’t tell me what I should do. I couldn’t understand enough of what he had said to be able to make up my mind.” - K. Rich (1997). The red devil: To hell with cancer and back.

INTRODUCTION Both of us have been patient navigators, patient advocates, cheerleaders, and mental health counselors for our spouses with cancer. We have walked into a set of worlds that have shocked us for their danger. We found an experience of decision making that seemed impossible to master. We have found the medical staff either trained for incomprehensibility, self righteousness, confusing jargon, and dangerous interpersonal skills. We went into the world of cancer innocent of these characteristics. We had middle class expectations of a partnership with the health professionals, a joint experience that would clarify options, rate choices by probability of success, and offer psychological support for living through the stages of diagnosis and treatment. We expected, as people with good health insurance, fine relationships with primary physicians, and a list of positive experiences with hospitals, to continue to be successfully treated now that our family members were facing life threatening illnesses. The world of cancer treatment showed us that the past was not prologue, that insurance was irrelevant, that physicians did not have a standard way of treatment, and that partnership in decision-making was absent. Luck played too big a role in key decisions in the first doctors met; reputations of doctors and hospitals were based on little or no evidence that is public; “best” care is often based on the doctor’s speciality and not the needs of the patient; every key health person seemed rushed, and too over burdened to slow down and give a thoughtful discussion of the options; and, the decision, the key decision, to be made often was contradicted once a “second opinion” was sought. Both of us realized that we were out of medical world in terms of knowing

what to do while, at the same time, we knew that the decisions had to involve our family members and ourselves. We both realized we needed help. EVERYONE WITH CANCER IS CAUGHT Cancer patients, irrespective of class, race, sex, and type of cancer, face many of the same obstacles to good care. The system of gaining compassionate care is a puzzle. Finding nurses, social workers, physicians, and hospital administrators who can explain the system we are entering in clear language and help us through the checkpoints on the way to treatment is too rare. We both felt that the people we met had good intentions but were unprepared to slow down, listen, reflect, and redirect their efforts to building a relationship for the entire experience. There was no one person who knew us in the office of the surgeons, knew what we were feeling and needing in terms of more time and more understanding. There were no checklists that we could follow to help us make some vital choices about treatment and so we were left on our own to find research about alternatives, treatments and doctors. Or hospitals. Some surgeons seemed to operate out of many hospitals that suited their schedule and not our location. Why weren’t we asked which place was best? The reality of patient rights is a mirage: why weren’t there options about second opinions, materials from the American Cancer Society, and meetings with trained staff who could provide the psychological support needed? What does it matter if the hospital or doctor has statements of “rights” if we remain ignorant of their parts? SOME NEED MORE HELP THAN OTHERS Cancer care for poor and minorities is shockingly different than treatment for non-poor. Right now, in Cincinnati, if you are poor and you

suspect you have cancer you may be confused about what steps you should take. For example, if you do not have a physician, what should you do: go to a clinic but what if they don’t do screening?; go to a nearby hospital but what if they don’t take new and poor patients?; postpone treatment but what if the pain, the difficulty, and the reality cry out for some steps? The situation is dire: African Americans are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer, two times more likely to die of cervical cancer, and two times more likely to die of prostate cancer. (S. Murphy, J. Xu, K. Kochanek. Deaths: Final data for 2010. National Vital Statistics Reports, 2013.) There are some resources available through Hamilton County Jobs and Services to pay for all transportation to and from treatments; some hospitals have financial aide available to help with the cost of treatment; and there are foundations that will assist with both costs and related basic needs. But how is a person to find this out in time? There is no hotline at a hospital or health department to point the person in the right direction. The lack of guidance increases the mortality of the poor, as they seek treatment at later stages of the cancer’s growth. (H. Freeman. A model patient navigation program. Oncology Issues. 2004.) There are solutions to these problems that do not involve putting more of a burden on many overworked, over-stressed, health personnel. One solution is patient navigation. EVERYONE NEEDS A PATIENT NAVIGATOR NOW For the past twenty five years, a group of health officials have recognized that the health of the cancer patient is deeply connected to the health delivery system. A friendly, competent, and compassionate ally of the patient can make a significant difference is everything related to screening, diagnosis, treatment and survival. Freeman, the pioneering New York cancer surgeon, chose to work with community representatives to follow through with poor cancer patients and found that through these partnerships he and they could

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cut the death rate by almost 50%. (Freeman.) Other doctors, nurses, researchers, and foundations began to see that the patient navigator could make a powerful difference for all cancer patients. (Paskett.) A national research effort was begun and the result came back with promising outcomes for patients, hospitals, doctors, and nurses. The patient navigator began to be defined as more than one major role: sometimes what was most needed was a caring ear, another time, assistance with transportation to treatments, another time, helping improve the understanding and communication of both the patient and the physician, another time, helping with finding resources for the family, and so on. In all of these situations the patient is not alone. Patient navigation is now a permanent part of the health process, although the structures and systems for cooperation are still being worked on by our local hospitals. Critical details about whether the patient navigator can be a paid member of the treatment team, a nurse, or a specially trained lay person, or a social worker. Cincinnati is exploring patient navigation with nurses for people with breast and lung cancer. The Barrett Cancer Center at UC has, along with the American Cancer Society, funded a lay person to work with non-medical concerns of patients. Mercy Hospital has a patient navigator in their emergency room. TriHealth is using patient navigators in their breast center and is exploring how patient navigators can be used in helping lung cancer patients. Christ Hospital is also developing patient navigators, nurses, in their breast cancer center. It is clear: if we want good outcomes for all of our cancer patients, our family members, our community, we need patient navigators now.

Steve Sunderland and Vanessa Kurtzer Steve Sunderland is director of the Peace Village Cancer Project and Vanessa Kurtzer is a member of the Peace Village Cancer Project and a graduate of the Harold Freeman, MD., patient navigator institute. vol. 2 | Issue 3 MARCH 15’


events calendar – march

FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND NORTHSIDE THIS MONTH. ONGOING EVENTS: First Monday – Northside Business Association Monthly Meeting @ Happen, Inc. 4201 Hamilton Ave. (6PM) The Northside Business Association is a resource for all Northside Businesses and works to continually improve the neighborhood. More info: call 513-5414745 or email:

Third Monday (Fourth Monday January and

February) – Northside Community Council Monthly Meeting @ McKie Rec Center 1655 Chase Ave. (7PM) Get involved with issues that directly affect our community! The NCC is a volunteer, community-based organization that provides an opportunity for all individuals in the community to participate in Northside’s present and to chart Northside’s future.

Every Monday – Trivia @ Northside Tavern

4163 Hamilton Ave. (8PM) Cost: Free. www.

Every tuesday– JitterBugs @ Cincinnati

Family Enrichment Center (10:30-11:15) Ages 18 months to 3 years. $10 per class. This unique movement class for beginners introduces basic terminology and the fundamental movements of ballet, modern, African and creative dance! www.

Every tuesday– Movers & Shakers @ Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (11:30) 3/24 - 5/26.

Every other Monday – The Qtet @ Northside

Every Tuesday – Teen Movie Madness @ Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library 4219 Hamilton Ave. (3PM) For information, call 513-369-4449

Every other Monday – Northside Jazz

Every Tuesday – Zumba @ McKie Center (6PM) 1655 Chase Avenue. ”If you are perfect don’t come”- you’ll ruin our demographic.

Tavern 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9PM) Influences range from Miles Davis to Van Halen. Jazz. Front room. Cost: Free

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

Every Monday – Afternoon Games @

Northside Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library 4219 Hamilton Ave. (3PM) For information, call 513-369-4449

Every Monday – Toddler Times @ Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Ave. (10:30a.m. to 1p.m.) FREE. www.

Every Monday – Crawlers & Climbers @

Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Ave. (10:30-11:15am) $10 per class. Children are offered an array of fun motor activities in an encouraging, safe, soft environment.

Every Monday – Whale of a Tale / Storytime

@ Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Ave. (12:00 - 12.30pm) FREE. Interactive bilingual story time. Instill the love of reading within your child from infancy upward by participating in our multi-sensory story time. Weekly themes incorporate story telling, singing, and a simple take-home craft, if desired.

Every Monday – Dawg Yawp (Vinyl DJ Sets) @ The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave. Free. Rock/electronic.

Every Monday – The Marburg Collective @

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Every Tuesday – Bike Night @ The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave. (7pm) Motorcycle enthusiasts gathering. Free. Bikes, Burritos and Brews. Every Tuesday – Artist In Residencyw/ Emily Ash @ The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave. (10pm) Free. Indie/Folk. Every Tuesday – Cinthesizer @ Chameleon,

4114 Hamilton Ave. (8pm) Free. Electronic.

Third Tuesday– Square Dance @ Northside

Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (8-10:30 pm) All dances taught. Live music by the Northside Volunteers. Beer on tap. Suggested donation $5-10 to caller. It’s hip, it’s what’s happening. Each month features a different caller and live old-time music and dance. Historic tavern, resonate wooden floor for dancers, small stage for all-volunteer band. Jan. 16 T Claw (Boulder CO)

First wednesday– The Chris Comer Trio @

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

Every Wednesday – Sexy Time Live Band

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

Every Thursday – Zumba Class @ Northside Presbyterian Church Thursday (7PM) 4222 Hamilton Ave. ”If you are perfect don’t come”you’ll ruin our demographic. Every Thursday – International Folk Dancing @ Clifton Community Arts Center, 7-9 PM. Line/circle dances from Eastern Europe/ Middle East. No partners necessary, no experience necessary. Teaching available. For information, call 541-6306 or e-mail Cost $3. Every Thursday – Slow and Steady Bike Ride @ Leaves from Hoffner Park 4104 Hamilton Avenue (7PM) Cost: Free. Join this welcoming and easy bike ride. Every Thursday – Karaoke with Bree @ Boswell’s, 1686 Blue Rock. (8pm) Free. Great food, great drinks, great karaoke! Every first & third Thursday – Comedy

Night w/ Andrew Rudick @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. www.

LAST Thursday – Folk & Fiction @ The Listing Loon 4124 Hamilton Ave. (6-11PM) Reading and musical performances. Cost: Free. More info: Every Saturday – Signing Safari @ Cincinnati

Family Enrichment Center (11:30-12:15) Ages 6 to 35 months. $10 per class. Join your child in singing, signing, playing, & rhyming!

Every SATURDAY – Zumba @ McKie

Center (12PM) 1655 Chase Avenue. ”If you are perfect don’t come”- you’ll ruin our demographic.

Every Saturday – International Folk Dancing

@ Twin Towers’ Hader Room (8-10:30 PM). Line and circle dances from Eastern Europe/ Middle East. No partners necessary, no experience necessary. Teaching available 8-9 PM. For information, call 541-6306 or e-mail Cost: $5.

Every Wednesday – Northside Farmers Market @ Northside Presbyterian Church 4222 Hamilton Ave.(4-7PM) This twelve-month market brings tri-state farmers to the city of Cincinnati to sell their produce, meat, eggs, crafts and fruit. NFM prides itself on bringing fresh and locally produced food to the vibrant community of Northside.

Saturdays (6-10PM) Come see art, shop, imbibe and eat in one of Cincinnati’s most creative and diverse neighborhoods. Featuring new art openings, later hours, bar drink specials, interactive events and promotions that vary monthly with participating businesses.

Every Wednesday – Karaoke @ Chameleon,

Every Second Saturday – Hook & Ladder

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

Every Second Saturday – Northside Second

(Vinyl Night) w/ Margaret Darling (The Seedy Seeds, Devout Wax) @ Chameleon 4114

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Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Vinyl / Variety.

Every Second Saturday – Galaxie Art Show & Skate Park Fundraiser @ Galaxie Skate Shop, 4202 Hamilton Ave. (6pm) Free. Art. Every Second Saturday – Basement Reggae w/ Abiyah & Grover @ The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. first sundays– Bulletville @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Live music. Front room. Free. Final sundays– The Tillers @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Live music. Front room. Free. every sunday–SUNIGHT w/ Josiah Wolf (of Why?) @ The Comet 4579 Hamilton Ave., (10:30 PM) Free. Indie/Improvisational.

Every Sunday– Comet Bluegrass Allstars @

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

EVERY OTHER SUNDY – Dance & Draw w/

MULAMBA (Cinthesizer) @ Chameleon 4114 Hamilton Ave. (9pm) Free. Art/DJ/Indie/ Electronic.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Friday, March 6, Ghost Hussy w/ Big’uns @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., (9pm) Free. Indie/Electronic. Saturday, March 7, What About Sleep?! @ Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Ave. (12:45 p.m.) Pregnant and worried about sleeping issues? Is your baby already here and you’re exhausted by sleep deprivation? New parents typically lose a minimum of 400 hours of sleep during the first year of their baby’s life! This workshop covers the “what, why, when, where, and how” of all of these sleep challenges, the latest research on sleep and babies of all ages, and how to go about getting more sleep in a way that works best for your whole family. Cost: $10/ single or couple. Saturday, March 7, Felted Lions and Lambs @ Craft Village, 4119 Hamilton Ave. (1-3 p.m.) In like a lion, out like a lamb! Come join us as we create needle-felted wool lion or lamb figures. No experience necessary, ages 6-adult. Simple and fun! Cost: $20. Saturday, March 7, Jet Lab w/ Zen Highway @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., (9pm) Free. Indie/Alternative.

Saturday, March 7, LOOKUP Dance Party @ Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Free. Indie/Dance. Sunday March 8, Fresh Foodie Fundraiser @ Ruth’s Parkside Cafe, 1550 Blue Rock Street. (5-8 p.m.) Saturday, March 14, Shamrock Brooches And Barrettes @ Craft Village, 4119 Hamilton Ave. (All Day!) A needle-felted shamrock is a simple way to protect oneself from unwanted pinches! Come on in to create yours. Wear it as a pin or a barrette, you can even throw in a bit of bling. No experience necessary, ages 6 through adult. Easy and fun! Cost: $5. Saturday, March 14 - Louder Than a Bomb youth poetry slam semi-finals! @ DAAP auditorium, Room 5400 University of Cincinnati. Free and open to the public. See area teens coached by WordPlay and Elementz bring their poetry to the stage to determine individual and team competitors for the LTAB finals, to be held on April 18th. 9:30 am - 5 pm (lunch served to teen participants, must be pre-registered). Saturday, March 21, Puppet Play / Plant Your Easter Basket With Living Wheatgrass @ Craft Village, 4119 Hamilton Ave. (Puppet Play 1:00 p.m. / Planting - 1:30 - 6:00 p.m.) Join us as we celebrate the first full day of spring with a short puppet play, “Welcome Lady Spring” at 1:00. Come in anytime after 1:30 to plant your living Easter grass (BYOB - Bring

Your Own Basket). Cost: Puppet Play - Free / Planting - $5 per basket. Saturday, March 21, Promedy w/ DJ Artifexy @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., (9pm) Free. Indie/Dance/Hip-Hop. www.thechameleonclub. com Thursday, March 26, CNCURC/Northside NEST’s Open House @ 4118 Lakeman Street. (5:307:00 p.m.) Come take a peak at our latest rehab! Learn more about our rebrand NEST: Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation. Thursday, March 26 - WordPlay and Visionaries & Voices are teaming up again in March for ekphrastic poetry! @ Visionaries and Voices, 3841 Spring Grove Ave. (6-8 p.m.) Free and open to the public. Stop by V&V for their monthly Collective Vision open house to see their current show, (CON)TEXT, and read the poetry created by WordPlay students inspired by the artwork. Saturday, March 28, Felted Bunnies And Chicks Workshop @ Craft Village, 4119 Hamilton Ave. (1-3 p.m.) You can never have too many bunnies or chicks! Join us for this simple needle felting workshop to create your choice of a soft, wooly bunny or baby chick. No experience necessary, ages 6-adult.Cost: $15.

dramakinetics now enrolling for summer camp THE EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEE IS $150 IF PAID BY MARCH 15. AFTER MARCH 15, THE COST OF REGISTRATION IS $200. REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 1. FAMILIES CAN REGISTER ONLINE. Act, sing, and dance the day away with Dramakinetics! Dramakinetics is offering two one-week summer camp sessions for children ages 6-21. During the camp, children will create performances in dance, drama, and singing and perform a final show at the end of the week for family and friends. Campers will have the opportunity to make new friends and gain confidence through the performing arts. The Dramakinetics method is designed to work with special needs and typical needs children in inclusive settings, so the camp is open to children of all ages and skills levels. The camps will run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with lunch and snacks provided. The two sessions are July 6-10 for children ages 6-12 and July 20-24 for children ages 13+. Dates: July 6-10, July 20-24 Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Location: 4222 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223 MORE INFO:

Saturday, March 28, #Freshlist @ Chameleon, 4114 Hamilton Ave., Electronic/Dance. www.

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verse & prose THIS IS OUR LIFE NOW Terry bites his nails as he watches Billie pace. His teeth keeping time with her muddy Chucks. “Why are you looking at me like that?” he asks, over coffee. She smiles “You’re just beautiful, is that okay?” steam kisses the scar on her chin. He can see her tongue dancing behind her teeth. He bites his lip, tasting hers. She turns and spits. His hands find treasures hidden in her borrowed coat. Billie reaches for her phone “I’ll be just one sec, don’t leave yet” She ducks inside leaving Todd with the taste of mint. He leans down to tie his shoes. To look for his glasses. She’s rolling her eyes, yet playing with a thin silver band. So this is love, he thinks Terry grabs his keys.

Eli Thompson-Jones Eli Thompson-Jones is a retired New Yorker who is currently studying Zoology at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. When she isn’t at school she can be found behind the counter at the Northside Grange.



I felt you Crawl down my face As I stared into silver Again Finding a home around me Lost Invisible but seen Only for a glint I tasted you on my lips A slow tongue Savoring you The last time Forever Always and never Have taken what I’ve made And kept Only to move Into a future with flashes Of what seems Mine again Agony descends I hold it in my hand Again To marvel at its perfection I cloak myself In your skin And feel your eyes Again

Our father, so precious and high In Heaven above the sky. The only way to get to you Is through the blood of Jesus Christ from which we grow. In the spiritual way within. To rid us from our sins. To love each other within our hearts. To let no one tear us apart. From which we came we shall die. We must wipe the tears from our eyes, Because in the end there’s eternal life. The only life there is to have is to be with Jesus Christ. Just praising his holy name, That our father God has proclaimed. To be with the lord is a beautiful thing. The love, the joy, the hope he brings. For this type of love comes from above, So we may share our father’s love. To love the lord will set you free. With God’s love may you rest in peace.

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