Mason and Deerfield Township - CenterPoint Winter 2020

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Mason joins more than cities across the country who have been declared Purple Heart cities This recognition oers a continuous reminder and tribute to the million Americans who have received a Purple Heart medal

In celebration of Mason becoming a Purple Heart City visit imaginemason org for events and activities throughout November










Phone: Brother’s & Sister’s Names:

Request a personal written letter from Santa by completing the form below. Parents and guardians, please mail the completed form to: Dan Chambers Email: 6050 Mason-Montgomery Rd. OR Mason, Ohio 45040


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Requests for letters must be received by December 13, 2020 in order to guarantee a return letter from Santa. Special information Santa should write about: Child’s Name: Child’s Age: Parent’s Names: Form Completed By: Relationship to Child:



6000 Mason-Montgomery Road • Mason, Ohio 45040 Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday 513.229.8500 •

Mayor Kathy Grossmann

Tony Bradburn Council Member

Vice Mayor Michael Gilb

Ashley Chance Council Member

Diana K. Nelson Council Member

Main Number 513.229.8500 City Hotlines 513.229.8502 Administration 513.229.8510 Community Center 513.229.8555 Emergency 911 Engineering & Building 513.229.8520 Finance 513.229.8530 Fire Department Administration 513.229.8540 Parks & Recreation 513.229.8555 Police Department Administration 513.229.8560 Public Utilities 513.229.8570

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4900 Parkway Dr., Suite 150 • Deerfield Township, Ohio 45040 Office Hours: 7:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday 513.701.6958 •

TJ Honerlaw Council Member

Joshua Styrcula Council Member

Public Works 513.229.8580 Tax Office 513.229.8535 Utility Customer Service 513.229.8533 Utility Billing Questions: Greater Cincinnati Water Works 513.591.7700 Utility Service Questions: Sewer Service and Emergencies 513.229.8570 (nights, holidays & weekends, emergencies only)

513.925.2525 Stormwater 513.229.8570 Waste Collection and Recycling 513.229.8533 Water Service and Emergencies - Greater Cincinnati Water Works 513.591.7700

Kristin Malhotra President

Lelle Lutts Hedding Vice President

Jim Siciliano Trustee

Dan Corey Fiscal Officer

Administrator Eric Reiners 513.701.6974 Planning & Zoning Director Samuel Hill 513.701.6964 Parks and Recreation Director Joel Smiddy 513.701.6975 Public Works Director Billy Highfill 513.701.6978

Fiscal Officer Dan Corey 513.701.6971 President Kristin Malhotra 513.770.2382 Vice President Lelle Lutts Hedding 513.770.2380 Trustee Jim Siciliano 513.760.4058

A joint publication of the City of Mason and Deerfield Township, Ohio, in partnership with TriHealth and Mason City Schools. City of Mason Administrative Offices 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040 513.229.8510 |

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trees, clearing rocks, planting QHZ Ă RZHUV EXVKHV DQG WUHHV watering, and writing thank you notes. ´7KH FKDPEHU RIĂ€FH VHUYHV DV a hub for welcoming businesses and new residents to the community, and this project to add oxygen to the world while spreading joy greatly enhances our welcome mat to the region,â€? said Sherry Taylor, President and CEO of the MADE Chamber. “We love partnering with youth organizations to help them make the community a better place, while strengthening community ties.â€? 7KH EHDXWLĂ€FDWLRQ IURP WKH Breathe Journey Project was made possible thanks to: Abby, Addie, Alexandra, Anvitha, Avery, Dawsonne, Elise, Ellie, Hadley, Kallie, Kaylee, Olivia and Prisha, of Troop 44405.


Eric Hansen City of Mason Manager

Pushing Forward


s 2020 nears an end, it is important to reflect and celebrate the collaborations and amenities that have elevated Mason as a premier community throughout the year. This year has challenged us in more ways than one. The community and staff have become more innovative with programs and activities as well as moving forward with tenacity and passion. The City saw growth in the Mason Research and Development Park, an increase in business partnerships, increased Community Center Premier memberships, expansion in Mason’s paramedic service, new infrastructure—including two new roundabouts on Snider Road, and becoming a Purple Heart City. COVID-19 has also created learning opportunities for the City and staff including the value of practicing Incident Command, cross-training employees, strengthening partnerships, strengthening staff awareness through the Small Business Recovery Team, and utilizing new tools to engage the community such as the Mason Come Together

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e-gift card, virtual programming, and new work efficiencies. As we pave the way towards 2021, we are excited to anticipate additional dynamic happenings in the community. The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center will be opening in 2021 with an outdoor heated leisure pool as well as an enclosed 50-meter pool, with the partnership through A Matter of 50 Meters. Although construction was slightly delayed, work continued at Makino Park and a grand opening is expected this coming spring. Makino Park hosts Common Ground Playground and FCC Fields which provides an interactive place for social engagement, sensory opportunities, and most importantly family fun. A $5 million SR 741 realignment project from Parkside Drive to CoxSmith Road is anticipated to be complete in fall 2021. A major $16 million road improvement project begins in 2021 on SR 741 from Spyglass Hill to Avalon Trail. And hopefully, we will also see the return of in-person community events. Thank you for coming together as a community and being patient during the changing environment.

Lelle Hedding Trustee

2020 Recap and Looking Ahead to 2021


his past year has been a tough one for our residents and businesses, but we have persevered. I am thrilled to see our workers returning to their workplaces, students back in our schools, and people/ events back at our parks. Despite the challenges we were able to accomplish a lot in 2020. We partnered with the United Way of Warren County and called on you, the residents of Deerfield, to assist with putting together care packages to help at-risk populations who had to quarantine and lost access to their normal food supply chains during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. At Kingswood Park, we made improvements to further develop it into the signature park we have been striving for. This work included the completion of a pavilion that is already a great home for our farmers’ market and will be a great space for future events, summer camps, and other park activities. Additionally, we worked to remove invasive species, like honeysuckle, with the help of the Ohio River Foundation. Finally, we promoted the growth of native species through the planning and installation of pollinator pathways and a prairie thanks to the Cincinnati Nature Center. Beyond Kingswood, we held a virtual informational session on the important topic of human trafficking in partnership with the Salvation Army, State of Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, and End Slavery Cincinnati. This two-day

session covered the federal and state legal definitions of human trafficking, the nature and scope of human trafficking in Ohio, and discussed how communities can respond and get involved in southwest Ohio’s anti-trafficking coordinated response efforts. Finally, we broke ground on a new fire station (Station 59). The addition of this station will allow us to better serve the growing northwest portion of the township and bring the average response time for our Fire and EMS services below the six-minute standard set by the National Fire Protection Association. Looking ahead to 2021, we will be breaking ground on our new administrative building, which will be one more piece to making Kingswood the civic and community heart of Deerfield Township. This building will be paid for using the TIF revenues we collected when we closed the preexisting TIF districts throughout the township. Its construction will also lead to long-term savings versus continuing to lease our current space. Overall 2020 was a tough year for many of us, but I want to thank you, the Deerfield Township community, for supporting each other and supporting our local businesses. Great things happen when we come together and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish as a community in 2021.

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Mason: A Purple Heart City


he Purple Heart medal was originally created in 1782 by General George Washington to recognize and commemorate bravery. Over time, the medal has reformed to recognize soldiers wounded or killed during hostilities. The military has awarded approximately 1.7 million Purple Hearts to soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen. It’s important to acknowledge Purple Heart recipients for their valor. Mason VFW Commander Oliver Patterson, featured on the cover, has received multiple Purple Hearts. Today, he shares some of his experiences and memories with us. Oliver was drafted and served in the United States Army Armored Recon, H Troop, 17th Cavalry out of Americal Division during the Vietnam War.

What can you tell us about the friends you had while you were in the military? Oliver remains in contact with troop friends he made while serving. Even though its members are all over the country, the H Troop, 17th Cavalry meets every year. Not everyone is able to attend, but the camaraderie stays the same.

What are your best memories from serving? “Coming home! Unfortunately, there weren’t too many good memories.” He did turn 21 years old in Vietnam and was able to celebrate briefly. When the troop went on a long trip, they would stop at a firebase or landing zone for rest, refueling, and repairs. He was at a firebase and the troops there were having a short timer party for a guy that was leaving the next day. It just so happened to fall on his 21st birthday.

Tell us about receiving your Purple Hearts. “I have more than one, but less than five because I turned some down. I wasn’t injured enough not to go out in the field and told the medic not to bother with them.” Although he said “it’s hard to remember some of them,” he recapped a few for us. “We were following a tank that had my platoon sergeant in it. They hit a mine and I lost a fingernail during the explosion. No one was severely injured enough to be medically evacuated.” “I got hit in the middle of my back with a piece of shrapnel 6 CenterPoint Winter 2020

from an air strike. We were so close; I could feel the heat come off the explosion. I grabbed the seat to drop it down and a piece of shrapnel hit the driver pad, bounced forward, hit me in the middle of my back and burnt a square on my back.” The last Purple Heart he received, he was driving a personnel carrier and had only 36 days left until his ETS date (Enlisted Time Served). “I drove over a 500-pound anti-tank mine which exploded. The largest bone in my foot broke in four places. I had surgery in Japan and had an epidural so I couldn’t feel the medics hammering into my foot as much. They shoved what seemed to be a nail in the back of my foot through the Achilles tendon, took an x-ray to see if the bones were where they were supposed to be, then repeated again. Every time they needed to adjust, they would pull out the nail, put the nail back in, and take an x-ray to see if the bones were put back in place.” He ended up having his foot cut open and had seven surgical staples added to hold bones together.

How did your experiences in the military affect your life and emotions in the long run? “It’s something you don’t get over.”

What message would you like to leave for future generations? “I’d go into the service again. If you want an education, go in the military. You’ll learn more.” More than 900 cities across the country have taken the step to declare themselves Purple Heart cities. This recognition offers a continuous reminder and tribute to the 1.7 million Americans who have received a Purple Heart medal and provides a way to commemorate the fight for freedom. This year, Mason will become a Purple Heart City. Celebrations will kick off on Monday, November 9 and continue throughout the month of November. Please visit for events and activities. Thank you to all service members for your courage and dedication. We will never forget the sacrifices made on our behalf.

Enjoy Deerfield Township Parks It might be a little chilly out, but it is still a great time to enjoy all the amenities that Deerfield Township parks have to offer.


1720 East King Ave. Kings Mills, OH 45034 Hiking, Walking Path, Road Cycling, Quilt Barn, Story Walk, Archery Range, Community Garden. Enjoy the trails and walk more than 85 acres of woods at Carter Park. On a nice day, enjoy the archery range located on the grounds. The range is located at the northeast edge of the paved pathway loop (past the pond, in the second open field). This park does have steep elevation changes.


3834 Mason Montgomery Rd. Deerfield Township, OH 45040 Enjoy over 49 acres of beauty at Fleckenstein Park, as it offers a walking path, playground, picnic shelter, quilt barn, multi-purpose fields, baseball field, tennis courts, and pickle ball.


4686 Old Irwin Simpson Rd. Deerfield Township, OH 45040 This lovely park is home to the township’s 38,000-plus-square-foot enclosed dog run. This 10-acre park is shaded by mature oak trees and offers a quiet stream.


4188 Irwin Simpson Rd. Deerfield Township, OH 45040 Kingswood Park, home of the Deerfield Township Farmers’ Market, also offers a peaceful walking trail and towering trees to enjoy while walking a dog or getting exercise. This former golf course is used for a community garden, cyclocross bicycle race, and is open the public for their enjoyment.


5847 Irwin Simpson Rd. Deerfield Township, OH 45040 Come and play at Cottell Park where the township offers a walking path, playgrounds, picnic shelters, multi-purpose fields, a baseball field, tennis courts, pickle ball, basketball courts, catch-and-release fishing, restrooms, quilt barn, little free library, Snyder House rental, Deerfield Honors Veterans Memorial.


3332 Butler Warren Rd. Deerfield Township, OH 45040 In August 2014, the Rufus and Mary Roberts family donated 80 acres of land to Deerfield Township for use as a passive park. This lovely park features a mile walking path.


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Landen-Deerfield Park offers approximately 45 acres of wooded acreage and 41 acres of fielded acreage. Enjoy plenty of open space for recreation, including soccer, baseball, softball, and football fields; tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts; a natural area; hiking trails; mountain bike trails; fishing; shelters restrooms concession stand picnic tables; and grills.

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Kings Local Schools Have Character Back in March when Governor DeWine closed school buildings due to the threat of COVID-19, the Kings Food Service Department jumped into what would be a huge feat! They quickly created a Food Drive-up Program to provide food to our students in the community. Initially, the district hosted a community pack where over 100 community members showed up at a moment’s notice to pack breakfasts and lunches for the first pickup. With COVID restrictions, the community pack was discontinued and the whole project fell into the arms of the food service department. The Kings Local School District is proud to report that since March 16, the district served 190,179 meals to support children aged 18 and under. Kings Food Service Director Jennifer Arlinghaus is so appreciative of the support received by the feeding program. “I could not be more pleased with my staff and the efforts they put forth with this program over the past five months,” she says. The assistance in the distribution of meals from Kings staff and volunteers made the program a success. “I could not have done this without everyone’s support,” she says. In an ever-changing world, the social and emotional challenges of children are at the forefront of parents’ and teachers’ minds. To support their staff in being better equipped to manage student behaviors, the Kings Local School District introduced a program called The Character Effect. The Character Effect is an evidenced-based social and emotional learning program created by Beech Acres Parenting Center that is used to support teachers in the management of their classrooms and student behaviors. The program focuses on helping students and teachers identify and build on their strengths. It also incorporates mindfulness and positive psychology. It is reported that kids are bringing complex issues into the classroom, with almost half having at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE). The program is a “teacher-first” approach that focuses on teacher self-care through mindfulness but will also engage parents and adults in a student’s life with activities and tactics to help keep the student focused on learning. This work at Kings will help implement more intentional social and emotional learning this year. Kings School Counselor Keri Perdrix says, “This is not just for our students and families but for us as a staff, too to take care of each other.”

Calendar Mason Schools Winter Break

Monday, December 21– Friday, January 1 Schools Closed


Thursday, December 24 Mason Community Center hours, visit City offices closed Friday, December 25 Mason Community Center hours, visit City offices closed

New Year’s

Thursday, December 31 Mason Community Center hours, visit Friday, January 1 Mason Community Center hours, visit City office closed

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 18 Mason Community Center open normal operating hours City offices open

President’s Day

Monday, February 15 Mason Community Center open normal operating hours City offices closed

WARREN COUNTY SHERRIFF’S DEERFIELD POST ADDS K9 OFFICER The Warren County Sherriff ’s Deerfield Post has brought on a new K9 officer, Mako. Mako is a Hungarian born German Shepard and was selected from numerous other dogs to serve as the first K9 for the office. Deputy Dakota Tuck has been selected to partner with Mako. The two started their training in September and are scheduled to done in December.

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MASON VETERANS MEMORIAL APP Download the Mason Veterans Memorial App to learn more about the memorial located just outside of the Municipal Center on the southwest corner. You can also locate your memorial brick via the app. PHOTOGRAPHS (CALENDAR) BY STOCK.ADOBE.COM

Leave Your Leaves


all is upon us. The beauty of the leaves is one of the favorite sights of the season. Once the leaves fall from their trees, a new chore can be added to the list—leaf raking! This can be back-breaking work if done by hand. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2017, leaves and other yard debris account for more than 13 percent of the nation’s solid waste—a whopping 35 million tons a year! Creatively and judiciously managing leaves by mulch mowing can save time and money in your fertilization effort, save your back, and keep leaves out of the landfill. Mulch mowing is just what it sounds like—chopping leaves into small pieces until it turns into a mulch-like material that is returned to the lawn. Here are some simple guidelines and strategies to help you mulch mow your leaves. • Leaf debris naturally composts, allowing nutrients to return to the soil. Successfully mulching leaves into the lawn requires frequent mowing in the fall and possibly several passes during one mowing session. • It is important to chop leaves adequately until they’re about the size of a dime so the leaf debris breaks down quickly. • Specialized mulching mowers are available, and these mower types will also be beneficial year-round to mulch grass leaves into the lawn. • According to K-State Extension, “mowing during the leaf season is not based on grass growth but on the rate at which leaves fall and collect on the lawn. Mow a thin layer, approximately 1" each time. This thin layer is chopped by the mower and then filters through the leaf blades where it works its way down to the soil.” Research has shown that a total of six inches of leaves can be successfully shredded and composted into the lawn and thus returned to the soil without causing damage. • If you determine that your trees deliver more than six inches of leaves, it is best to mulch mow then bag. This can be done by first mowing without a bag and then mowing a second time with a bag in place. The second pass will enable leaves to be sucked up into the bag and take up considerably less space thus allowing you to decrease the volume of leaves two-to four-fold. • The chopped leaves can be used as mulch for flower gardens and trees to help conserve moisture. Just remember not to use more than 2-3" of mulch around plants and steer clear of the crowns of plants to deter voles and rot. The leftover leaves can also be used in the compost pile. • Leaves should not be dumped into local streams as the extra organic matter can lead to excessive nutrients into our bodies of water thus causing potential algae issues and lower water quality. Leaves that are left on the street can also clog storm drains which can result in flooding.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, “Removing leaves also eliminates vital wildlife habitat. Critters ranging from turtles and toads to birds, mammals and invertebrates rely on leaf litter for food, shelter, and nesting material. Many moth and butterfly caterpillars overwinter in fallen leaves before emerging in spring.”

Creatively and judiciously managing leaves by mulch mowing can save time and money in your fertilization effort, save your back, and keep leaves out of the landfill. PHOTOGRAPHS BY STOCK.ADOBE.COM

Leaf pick-up begins mid-October and ends mid-December.

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New Technology Helps in Fight Against Lung Cancer TriHealth is the first health system in the area that has invested in new technology to help identify possible lung cancers sooner than ever, which can increase the chances of survival, as symptoms for lung cancer often don’t appear until late stages, making a critical early diagnosis less likely for many. Craig Eisentrout, M.D., with TriHealth Pulmonary Medicine and his team are able to biopsy potentially cancerous nodules before they become a problem. “90 percent of patients get answers from this procedure,” says Eisentrout. “Prior to having the ION robot, the only option for many patients was surveillance with a watch and wait approach.” This means some patients had to get regular scans and physicians would keep watch over them and wait to see if any spots got larger. Eisentrout says the ION Robot also allows physicians to biopsy spots that they couldn’t get to before with other methods. “The addition of the ION Robot is ground-breaking,” says Eisentrout. “It has really advanced the science and has opened up new avenues for patients who didn’t have other options in the past.” 10 CenterPoint Winter 2020

HOW DOES IT WORK? Patients are typically referred to Eisentrout by physicians who order scans for a patient and see something concerning on the lungs. If a patient qualifies for the procedure, Eisentrout and the team use special software to map a path to the abnormality with the ION’s catheter. This approach makes it a safe procedure for the patient. The ION robot uses a hollow catheter that allows very small instruments to pass through to areas of the lung that were often unreachable for biopsy without sometimes having to remove a piece of the lung. Those tools take samples in three or four different places to make sure it is getting what it needs for the biopsy. “Pathologists come in during the procedure, preliminary results are immediate,” says Eisentrout. “We typically receive the final results in two business days so patients get answers fast.” The procedure is minimally invasive and does not affect patients too much. Other options for a lung biopsy may require a painful chest tube coming from the lung. Eisentrout says there is a less than one percent chance of a collapsed lung requiring a chest tube when doing a biopsy with the ION robot.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR A BIOPSY WITH THE ION ROBOT? Eisentrout says anyone who has a scan that shows concerning spots may be able to get a referral, but two groups should really be aware of the technology and the Lung Cancer Screening Program at TriHealth. The first group is smokers. Eisentrout has a couple of guidelines for some who may be at a higher risk. “If you are a smoker who has smoked the equivalent of one pack a day for 30 years, you may want to get screened,” says Eisentrout. “You should also think about it if you are a former smoker who has quit in the last 15 years.” The other group Eisentrout says are possible candidates for biopsy with the ION Robot are people who are currently under surveillance from a previous cancer. Eisentrout says the ION Robot is just part of the Lung Cancer Screening Program at TriHealth. “How are we going to save lives? It is a combination of the entire process: scan to screen, identify with ION Robot, and remove cancerous nodules with robotic surgery,” says Eisentrout. “We’re not going to stop until we’re sure we have done everything we can for each patient.”

Craig Eisentrout, M.D., performs robotic biopsies at Bethesda North Hospital and sees patients in several locations in the Greater Cincinnati area. For more information or to take a screening quiz visit lungscreening or call 513.865.1145. ILLUSTRATION BY STOCK.ADOBE.COM

QUILT BARNS As you enjoy cooler months, enjoy the three Quilt Barns that were commissioned in partnership with The Arts Alliance and designed by artist Denny Means.

WHAT IS A QUILT BARN? Quilt Barns are quilt squares painted on boards and then mounted on barns or other buildings. Quilt Barns can be traditional quilt square patterns or unique designs. They are created to honor the history of a loved one or the property where they reside. Quilt barns can be organized into a trail, leading to other points of interest.

KING’S CROWN Installed August 27, 2011, at Carter Park The King’s Crown is another original design by local artist Denny Means. Designed to recognize the success of Ahimaaz King and his Powder Keg Factory in Kings Mills, Ohio, the beautiful work of art dons layers and layers of paint and varnish and showcases the Triad Color Scheme.

THE CIRCLE GAME Installed September 21, 2013, at Cottell Park Deerfield Township and the The Arts Alliance unveiled Warren County’s third quilt barn, The Circle Game, at Cottell Park on September 21, 2013, during the FallFair Arts Festival. A special thanks to the creative youth from the 2013 Arts Alliance Summer Camp who contributed their artwork and the Means Family for their dedication and design.

FLECKENSTEIN FLOWER Installed October 3, 2010, at Fleckenstein Park Nestled among the green, rolling landscape of Fleckenstein Park sits the Fleck Flower. With original design by local artist and sculptor Denny Means, the gold, blue, and red flower is tailor-made for the historic barn. The work is 8' x 8' and was created on MDO sign board. The top layer is finished with masonite and a total of four gallons of paint were used. There are more than 14 different colors on the artwork, and seven colors were hand mixed by the artist.

For more information about The Arts Alliance and the quilt barns, visit

Everyone feels anxious or down every now and then. It’s when those feelings last a lot longer than they should that it’s probably time to talk to someone. The good news: we contract with several providers as close as your phone to call when you need them. There’s no shame in getting help. We’re here for you when you need us. | (513) 695-1695 follow us:

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Municipal Tax Note TAX REMINDERS: • If you are a Mason resident and expect to owe Mason City income taxes for 2020, your quarterly tax payment is due January 15. • 90% of your 2020 tax liability is due by January 15, 2021. • Have questions about your Mason income taxes? Residents are encouraged to contact the Mason Tax Office with any questions or inquiries. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are available by phone at 513.229.8535 or by secure email located on, or by visiting the tax office Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the customer service counter inside the Municipal Center located at 6000 Mason Montgomery Road.

TAX DEFINITIONS • Tax Declaration – Estimate of the amount of income tax liability that may be owed for the year. Tax Declaration may be adjusted if financial situation changes during the year. • Tax Liability – Total amount of Mason income tax owed reduced by taxes paid/estimated to be paid to Mason and other cities and the resident homeowner credit, and any prior year overpayment.

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• Estimated payments – Residents with Declarations in the amount of $200 or more shall pay estimated taxes on a quarterly basis. This assists residents in meeting their annual tax liability.

DUE DATES FOR ESTIMATED PAYMENTS: • April 15 • June 15 • September 15 • January 15

THE MASON TAX OFFICE OFFERS WAYS TO ASSIST WITH MAKING YOUR QUARTERLY PAYMENT: • Online Tax Tool: • Payment Vouchers: tax-information/tax-forms-for-individuals

SECURE EMAIL: • To protect your confidential information, please use the secure email for any emails containing personal information, which can be found at

Christmas Tree Recycling

On Sale December , January ,

Renew or purchase a new license online at For additional details, please visit

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Mason Residents Place your live Christmas trees at the curb for pickup starting Monday, January Please remove ALL decorations and place the cut end to the street


DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP WELCOMES CONDADO Located in the heart of the Township, Condado Tacos, Tequila, and Margaritas is now open. It offers an expansive bar and enjoyable outdoor seating. Condado’s build-your-own-taco concept has been operating since 2014, with their first location in Columbus, Ohio. They have added several more locations throughout the Midwest, with many more on the way. They are all about the tacos, tequila + margaritas, but the main attraction is their build-your-own tacos! Choices range from toppings + proteins, to shells + sauces. They pride themselves on having fresh ingredients made every single day. Soak up the atmosphere with street-art-inspired restaurants (created by their unique staff + painted by local artists). Condado offers catering and delivery.

Bees are an important contributor to the local ecosystem. Bees were removed from Mason Sports Park in August and relocated with the help of the Warren County Beekeepers. Beekeepers started by vacuuming as many bees as they could from the hive. This enables the beekeepers to remove bees from their current location and transport them to a new hive location safely. The beekeepers then removed a large portion of the tree to access the hive, honeycomb, and bee larva. According to the beekeepers, the hive was in the process of a large expansion based on the amount of larva in the hive, more than likely doubling in size in the next few weeks.

Location: 5070 Deerfield Blvd., Deerfield Township. Hours of operation: Sun–Thurs 11a.m.–10p.m. Fri–Sat 11a.m.–11p.m.

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Help support local businesses in the Mason community! The Come Together Mason electronic gift card is redeemable at many of your favorite local merchants in Mason. Select the value of your Come Together Mason e-card, choose your recipient, and send via email or text message. The value does not have to be used all in one place. 16 Lots Brewing Company Adesso Coffee Al’s Heating and Cooling American Legion Post 194 Badges Drum Shop Banana Leaf Modern Thai Belong Christian Bookstore Bon Ton Salon Briana Post @ Salons 117 Buffalo Wings and Rings Butcher Bills Chicken Salad Chick Cincinnati Team Apparel Cocoon Coffee Comets Pizza Creative Contracting Incorporated Danielle Maffey @ Salons 117 Drishtiq Yoga El Caporal

Empanadas Aqui Everybody’s Health Chiropractic Massage and Wellness Gary’s Barber Shop Gym Nation Hair by Kelsey Erin @ Salons 117 Haley Cator Makeup & Hair @ Salons 117 HiFi Yoga James Third Base Jets Pizza Mason Kala Coffee Kidd Coffee and Wine Bar Kitty Brew Café Kung Fu Tea Ladles of Mason Lavish Grace Boutique Lazer Kraze Little Rascals Photography Lucky Dog Grille

Mad Monks Pizza Main Street Yarns Manor House Martinez & Martinez Family Dental Care Mason Community Center Mason Dental Center Mason Grill Mason Nutrition Mason Skin Clinic and Float Center Mims off Main Mio Vino Native to Nature Pop Revolution Gallery Quatman Café Reform Your Core Pilates S.W. Clyborne Co Sichuan Bistro Skin Addictions @ Salons 117

Snazzy’s Car Wash Spanish Booster Springdale Cleaners Subway TANtalize Tanning Studio Teatro Hookah Lounge The Common Beer Company The CourseView Restaurant The Gaming Goat The Goddard School The Golf Center Two Cities Pizza Walldogs Wildflower Café Window Genie of NE Cincinnati Winslow’s Wags and Wiggles, LLC Woodcraft Furniture Xtra Care Pharmacy Yost Pharmacy

All businesses located within the City limits are welcome to be a participating location. There is no cost to participate! At the time of publication, 74 Mason businesses are currently participating. To purchase a Come Together Mason e-gift card, please visit:

Thank you to all the local businesses participating in the Come Together Mason e-gift card program.

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Pollinator Pathway and Prairie at Kingswood Park The Township has partnered with the Cincinnati Nature Center to install a pollinator pathway and prairie at Kingswood Park. The pollinator pathway and island gardens are expected to follow the paved path from the Community Pavilion on the southern side of the park. Park goers can expect a large native perennial garden to the northern section of the park. This kind of natural project offers extensive benefits to the community. It encourages a more outdoor active lifestyle and appreciation for plant diversity. It improves habitat environments for local wildlife. The walking trails and greenspace/natural areas are in the top five priorities identified for the township’s current Comprehensive Park Master Plan. For more information, project overview, please visit Interested in learning more about native plants in our area? Visit

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Preparing for Snow and Ice Control


ith winter quickly approaching, our thoughts tend to turn toward cold mornings and snowy forecasts. For the Service Department, snow and ice control is nearly a year-round process. After the last snow event of the winter is cleaned up, preparations for the next season begin almost immediately. All trucks are cleaned and inspected. Any repairs needed are noted and scheduled to be fixed. An inventory is taken of all spare parts such as plow blades, hydraulic hoses and fittings, truck mirrors, and other commonly used parts. Parts are then ordered to replenish the inventory for the next season. The salt storage facility is then refilled to capacity, so the upcoming season will begin with plenty of salt on hand. Each season begins with approximately 5,500 tons of salt on hand, which is typically nearly enough for an average winter. The salt brine machine is cleaned, inspected, and recalibrated. Salt brine is used to pre-treat the roadways ahead of snow or ice to help prevent the bond of snow to the pavement. Pre-treating aides in the removal process and helps return snow covered streets to safe driving conditions more quickly. Salt brine is also used to pre-wet the salt as it comes out of the trucks. Wet salt tends to

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stay on the road better as it is less likely than dry salt to bounce off the pavement when being applied. The wet salt also starts working sooner as it begins going into solution immediately without having to wait for snow to begin the solution process. All salt brine is produced at the City of Mason Service Center using only rock salt and water. During extreme temperatures, calcium chloride is added to the brine to lower the melting point. Throughout the year, Service Department crews trim street trees to prevent damage to the plow trucks and to improve the ability to clear the snow. These trees that are typically located between the curb and sidewalk grow out past the curb which prevents the full width of the street from being plowed, and risks damaging the trucks. Staff from the Service, Public Utilities, and Engineering & Building Departments review and update plow routes annually as additional streets are dedicated and existing roadways are widened. Routes are improved to increase efficiency and response time as the City grows. Snow and ice control driver training is conducted annually. Drivers participate in a snow plow “rodeo” to sharpen their skills. This course is set up to mimic common obstacles encountered during snow plowing. Maneuvering around parked cars, mailboxes, cul-de-sacs, and backing exercises are all practiced in fully equipped plow trucks. Service Department staff attends annual Winter Weather Maintenance courses conducted by the American Public Works Association to learn about the latest technologies in the industry. During the summer, all snow plow trucks undergo a Department of Transportation annual safety inspection process to ensure they are ready for the upcoming season. All necessary repairs

are completed prior to the start of the season. As winter approaches, trucks are transitioned from leaf and brush pickup to snow and ice. The boxes that collect the leaf and brush debris are removed and replaced with salt v-boxes and plows. Trucks are filled with salt and are stored inside the Service Center to provide a quick response to winter weather. The City of Mason’s Incident Command structure is utilized to manage all snow and ice events. Each month, an Incident Commander and Foreman monitor weather forecasts to prepare for upcoming events. Once a storm is approaching, multiple forecasting agencies, traffic cameras, and road weather information systems (RWIS) are monitored. Traffic cameras are used to accurately tell where snow is falling to help determine the appropriate time to call in drivers. Incident Commanders monitor the progress of the snow and ice team and provide communication throughout the event. The City is currently divided into 17 snow plow routes. Each truck has a priority route that includes the main thoroughfares in addition to a regularly assigned route that covers all types of streets. Main thoroughfares are treated first in each storm. It typically takes approximately two hours for each truck to complete a full

route. Each truck is equipped with a GPS device to help ensure no street is missed. Staff from several City departments participates in Snow and Ice Control. These include Service, Public Utilities, Engineering & Building, Police, and Fire Departments.

STREETS IN NEWER SUBDIVISIONS As the City of Mason grows, new roads that must be cleared of snow and ice are added every year. With the winter season upon us, it is important to note who is responsible for the removal of snow and ice within your subdivision. Some streets in subdivisions still under construction remain the responsibility of the developer to plow until the street or subdivision is essentially complete. If your street does not have the top course of asphalt applied, it is likely that your developer has not yet turned it over to the City to maintain. To tell if the top course of asphalt has yet to be installed, look for raised manhole covers or a street surface lower than the curb. These conditions make it unsafe for large plows to clear the snow.


Some streets are private and will never be plowed by the City. These streets are usually around condominium developments and are maintained by the homeowner associations. To determine whether your street is private, check the street sign. If it has green lettering on a white background, it is a private street. Signs with white lettering on a green background are public streets. If you are unsure of the status of your subdivision or have further questions, please contact the Engineering Department at 513.229.8520.

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City of Mason Headquartered Businesses Among the FastestGrowing Regionally and Nationally Several City of Mason businesses have been recognized in 2020 across national and regional publications for rapid growth. We applaud their drive, innovation, and perseverance to continue their rapid momentum forward in a challenging economic environment. Two of these companies are located in the Mason Tech Elevator (MTE); the City’s initiative that scales early stage and start-up companies. Congratulations to those not outlined here but experiencing considerable growth. • Atomic Robot, located within the MTE since 2015, is an innovator in digital app development. Atomic is 100% uniquely committed to mobile app design and user experience and a great City collaborator in recruiting new businesses and hosting digital initiatives due to their expertise in the biohealth sector. The company made the Cincinnati Business Courier’s (CBC) Fast 55 for an outstanding 139% growth over the past three years. To learn more: • Rhinestahl Corp. global headquarters, a long-time City of Mason partner, was also listed as one of the CBC’s Fast 55 in 2020. In the third quarter of 2019, the company announced it will build a $14 million, 200,000-square-foot campus in the new Mason R&D Park located off State Route 741. The company is a global leader in aerospace and advanced machining. To learn more: • TrueChoicePack, located in the MTE, a provider of green, private label, traditional, and customized packaging solutions, reported 4,691% growth over the past four years. In addition, TrueChoicePack was ranked number four on Inc.’s list of fastest-growing companies in the Midwest in March and ranked number nine on the CBC Fast 55. The company’s success was also highlighted by the CBC for Innovation & Technology Awards for Green Business Innovation. To learn more: • Touchstone Merchandise Group, a long-time corporate partner that provides creative branding collaborations to the City, was ranked 3,737 on the Fortune 5000, with 97% growth over the past four years. Touchstone has created a unique offering in the promotional products space, using its experience to help customers build brands across dimensions and platforms to advance consumer engagement. Touchstone also made the CBC’s Fast 55. The City of Mason congratulates these world class companies on this recognition!

Globally Recognized Manufacturing Technology Start-Up Locates at Mason Tech Elevator The City of Mason is proud to welcome the newest Mason Tech Elevator start-up and industry disruptor: iTSpeeX. The company is garnering global interest in the advanced manufacturing sector for the development of game-changing technology. Bringing unprecedented connectivity and compatibility to the manufacturing industry iTSpeex has delivered a technology called ATHENA. This is a revolutionary new technology that is the first universal, voice-operated assistant technology specifically designed for manufacturing work. This technology enables operators to interact with machine tools using simple voice commands. Smart manufacturing has witnessed rapid evolution and growth through this type of start-up offering. The technology allows for the continued merger of two worlds—the voice-operated technologies that make our lives more convenient and the machine tools that make manufacturers more competitive. The ATHENA technology is unique because it resides on a local, on-premise computer, eliminating the costs and security issues often associated with Internet-based voice-operated systems. Additionally, it can work on a variety of different machines, regardless of brand. As a result, ATHENA has the po-

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tential to be a true industry standard for assistant technology. This technology was showcased in Mason at the North American headquarters of Makino on Manufacturing Day in October 2019. Welcome Home iTSpeeX! For more information and to learn more about this fast paced company, please visit

ARTS ALLIANCE OFFERS A RAY OF SUNSHINE The Arts Alliance celebrated the yearly sunflower fields in August by welcoming over 25 artists who set up their easels to capture the beauty of the sunflowers. The artists painted in the fields and enjoyed a variety of still life displays all featuring the sunflowers. The community enjoyed the event and watching the artists paint. Look for this sunflower event to expand in 2021 with a children’s artmaking activity area and more!

ARTS ALLIANCE CELEBRATES 15 YEARS IN 2021! Look for a host of new programs from The Arts Alliance in 2021, as they celebrate their 15th anniversary of serving the community. Founded in 2006, The Arts Alliance has enjoyed presenting hundreds of programs and have served thousands of individuals over the years. In 2021, enjoy three Deerfield Handmade Markets, Art Bar art making classes, the summer performing arts concerts, summer art camps, and a few surprises! To volunteer or for information about membership, please visit













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Mason Looks Forward to Live W&S Open Tournament in 2021 The City of Mason looked a little different in August this year. For more than 40 years Mason has looked forward to hosting major tennis here—we are a tennis city. Everyone always enjoys the week in mid-August when the world is watching the best male and female international tennis players compete in the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. We missed it, but hosting large logistically complex events such as this required creative solutions due to COVID-19. It was decided, after much deliberation, that competing at a single venue with very limited and controlled access was the safest scenario for the tennis tours to resume combined tournament play. The Western & Southern Open 2020 Tournament was played

at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City just before the US Open. And while Mason would have loved to host both tournaments, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has nearly double the acreage of the Lindner Family Tennis Center, including 34 available courts compared to 17 in Mason. This was a one-time staging of the tournament in New York in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While watching it live stream was not the same, we all have something to look forward to in August 2021! For a recap with pics and videos, please visit We are counting down the days! #MasonLovesTennis #W&SOpen

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MASON TRAIL SYSTEM UPDATE Explore Mason and surrounding areas in 2021! The City of Mason trail system near the Mason Sports Park will connect to the City of Lebanon’s Countryside YMCA Trail, which has connectivity to the Little Miami Scenic Trail. City of Mason staff was successful in obtaining an OKI Transportation Alternatives grant for the extension of the asphalt path from the Ambleside Meadows Subdivision eastward toward Columbia Road along the north side of Muddy Creek. The alignment runs across vacant land owned by the City of Lebanon and the City of Lebanon is donating the necessary right-of-way needed for the City of Mason Bicycle and Pedestrian Way Master Plan. The trail will be 10 feet wide and approximately 4,000 feet in length. The connection of this trail will improve the connections between Mason neighborhoods and will be a key connection to the Little Miami Scenic Trail. This project is anticipated to be completed by the end of the summer 2021.






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New Mason Manta Rays Logo The City has been working to create a new logo for the City’s Manta Ray swim team to unveil as part of the development of the new Mason Municipal Aquatic Center 50-meter enclosed pool and to celebrate the Mason Manta Rays 17th anniversary. The new logo was created by Ryan Brazelton, Executive Creative Director of ChangeUp, as a gift to the City. Ryan is a professional design expert who has led several high-profile campaigns including FC Cincinnati. This logo visually unites the Mason community with the growth and accomplishments the swim team has had. The Mason Manta Rays program has grown from 110 swimmers to 300 swimmers and from a regional level program to a national level program being ranked fourth out of 3,000 teams in the United States. Fourteen Mason Manta Ray swimmers are ready to represent the City of Mason in the next U.S. Olympic Trials. This new logo will help elevate the Manta Rays into the future.



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Keep Your Children Safe This Winter After a snowstorm and a subsequent day off from school, most children beg to go outside and build a snowman or go sledding. During this time, low temperatures may lead to dangerous conditions for children—and injuries too. These tips from the City of Mason Police Department’s Campus Safety Team and the American Academy of Pediatrics can ensure that your child/ children stay safe and warm when temperatures drop. • Layer up! Bitter cold and snow can cause frostbite. Dress your child in several layers, and make sure their head, neck and hands are covered. Dress babies and young children in one more layer than an adult would wear. • Play it safe. Driver visibility may be limited due to snowbanks and ice on the roads make braking difficult. Even when roads are closed to traffic, it’s not safe to play or sled in the street. • Beware of clothing hazards. Scarves

and hood strings can strangle smaller children so use other clothing to keep them warm. • Check in on warmth. Before children head outside, tell them to come inside if they get wet or if they’re cold. Then keep watching them and checking in. They may want to continue playing outside even if they are wet or cold. • Use caution around fires. Wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and outdoor fire-pits are cozy but can present danger—especially to small children. Use caution and put up protective gates when possible. If you’ve lost power or heat and are using alternative heating methods like kerosene or electric heaters, be sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working. • Get trained and equipped. Children should wear helmets when snowboarding, skiing, sledding, or playing ice hock-

ey. And to avoid injuries, teach children how to do the activity safely. • Watch for danger signs. Signs of frostbite are pale, gray, or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you think your child has frostbite bring the child indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot) water. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia call 911 immediately.

Deerfield Township Donates Ladder Truck to Warren County Career Center The Deerfield Township Fire and Rescue Department was recently honored by the Warren County Career Center (WCCC). The department donated its former Ladder 57 truck to the WCCC High School and Adult Education program where it will continue to see use in the pursuit of educating the next generation of firefighters. The WCCC is committed to helping high school and adult students achieve their educational and career goals through industry certifications that are in demand in the job market and earning college credit toward a degree. The township is proud to support the WCCC and its mission to “prepare youths and adults to make informed career choices and to successfully enter, compete, and advance in a changing world.”

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Advanced Lung Nodule Technology TriHealth is the only health care system in the Cincinnati region to provide the Ion Robot technology for our patients. The Ion Robot provides robotic-assisted, minimally invasive biopsy procedures in the lung, and allows for earlier diagnosis of smaller nodules—potentially leading to earlier treatment. To battle lung cancer, the world’s leading cause of cancer deaths, TriHealth is using innovative technologies, like the Ion Robot, which improve patient care and outcomes through minimally invasive procedures. Our multidisciplinary team works together to create a customized care plan for each patient’s needs.

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Mason’s 4-Part Commitment to Mentally Well Comets


ven before the pandemic, Mason City Schools has been intentionally investing in mental wellness supports for students. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19, and public health actions such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. While we know these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we also know that students and families need support. This year, we are proud to announce a new partnership with Cincinnati Children’s to provide families access to private mental health support services for students as part of our district’s commitment to ensuring that each learner feels emotionally and physically safe. We know that addressing the mental health issues that face our youth is complex and will take all of us: legislators, community leaders, health professionals, students, staff, parents, and neighbors.

1. SPEAK OUT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. Mason leaders aim to reduce stigmas and help students and staff know that it is normal to express mental health concerns and important to seek help. Students are taught that a part of #CometCulture is to Own the Moment and say something if a classmate or friend is at risk of self-harm or suicide. Over the last five years, Mason City Schools SafeSchools Tipline has become a critical place where students know that they can report concerns, and get help for a classmate. More than half of Mason’s tips are about students’ mental health concerns. Anyone can submit safety concerns to the district administration by: Phone: 513.972.4910 Text: 513.972.4910 Email: Web:

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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital This year, we will have school-based mental health therapists in ALL of our schools—and they are ready to support in-person learners and online learners.

Last year, the district established a new mental wellness department that includes mental wellness coordinators on each campus, 21 school counselors, a district resource coordinator, and a clinical team including a nurse practitioner and seven clinical therapists provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. All of these supports are available for students and families. Our mental wellness department is ready to support the needs of all students whether students are learning in person or learning from home. Our team works to promote student, staff, and community wellness through resource and program development as well as continuing to build community wellness partnerships. For more information, contact your child’s school counselor or mental wellness coordinator.

The partnership with Cincinnati Children’s and their services do not require any financial support from the district. Students and families needing services can cover therapy visits through private insurance, Medicaid, or private pay options. Assistance may be available for families experiencing financial difficulty. Parents and school guidance counselors can make student referrals for service. Students can also self-refer for services. Ultimately, the decision to move forward with therapeutic services is up to the family.


MindPeace Four years ago, the district began collaborating with MindPeace, a nonprofit organization that helps align the partners, infrastructure, and processes for children’s mental health solutions between schools and local agencies. Through MindPeace, Mason City Schools chose to form a partnership with Children’s Hospital. According to MindPeace, mental illness affects approximately one in every five children and less than 25% of children are able to access mental health care.


It is important to take any threat or talk about suicide seriously. Start by telling the person that you are concerned. Don’t be afraid to ask whether she or he is considering suicide or has a plan or method in mind. Resist the temp-

Over the past few years, Mason High School students have increasingly expressed concerns about the negative impact of achievement-driven culture on students’ mental health. Three years ago, the high school launched Hope Squad—a mental health awareness and peer-to-peer suicide prevention group. Last year, the MHS Hope Squad worked to create a community event where national author Kate Fagan shared ways to recognize signs of students at risk, and to reduce stigma around having conversations about mental health.

tation to argue the person out of suicide by saying, “You have so much to live for” or “Your suicide will hurt your family and friends.” Instead, seek professional help. In an acute crisis: • Call 911. • Do not leave the person alone.

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Community Center Is Open and Ready to Serve

The coronavirus pandemic has changed many familiar routines for individuals and families, including routines related to health and wellness. While many have found new ways of doing old things at home, it is difficult to completely replace live, social interactions at home and online. In a new world filled with Zoom meetings and webinars, being comfortable reintroducing activities that have been postponed can be difficult and leave you with questions about safety and health. Mason Community Center reopened on June 15 with updates to facility protocols to create a safe environment for returning guests. The Center is operating in phases to address changing needs that have arisen due to the pandemic. These phases are communicated to guests on the City’s website, social media, e-newsletters, and on-site at the Center. Below are some of the new steps the Center has taken to help provide the best environment for guests interested in returning. • Air purifiers have been installed to sanitize air and surfaces throughout the facility. • Clorox 360 is used to sanitize frequently touched surfaces including equipment on the Fitness Floor. • Fitness equipment has a “Please Sanitize” and “Ready for Use” sign identifying a system to inform members of equipment status. • Facility capacities, including the pools, Kids Korner, and group exer-

cise, are reduced by 50% to promote social distancing. • Employees are required to wear masks, sanitize hands and workstations often, and verify they are arriving to work without a fever each day. • Members who can wear masks are required to wears masks in the facility when not actively exercising. • Fans throughout the facility are not being used to keep air circulation stable. • Frequently touched surfaces are routinely cleaned. The Center features group exercise classes, Fitness Floor, Competition and Leisure pools, Kids Korner, Senior Center, Gymnasium, Field House, Walking Track, Climbing Wall, programming for all ages, and symbiosis (a retail store and post office). Visitors are welcome to tour the Center anytime during operating hours to become acquainted with the facility and make a decision to join or return to the Center. A membership promotion will be available in January where new Premier members will receive their first month of membership free. Visit for updated information regarding Mason Community Center.

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REGISTRATION Mason Community Center

ALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION BEGINS Premier members Friday, November 13 at 8 a.m.

Walk-in, online at, or by phone at 513.229.8555


PROGRAM FEES Program fees are set by membership and residency: PRE: Premier pass holder BAS: Basic pass holder MR: Mason resident (if you reside within the boundaries of the City of Mason) NR: Nonresident

Monday, November 16 at 8 a.m.

Register online at The programs and events in CenterPoint are brought to you by the City of Mason, which operates Mason Community Center. Mason Community Center, 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, Ohio 45040, p 513.229.8555 f 513.229.8556

Recreation programs and facilities presented by the City of Mason are open to all citizens regardless of race, gender, color, religion, nationality, or disability, including those who live outside of Mason and those who do not have a community center membership. City of Mason is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact us if you require special accommodations.

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PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident




December Stretch Challenge Regular stretching can prevent injury, improve posture, and help you de-stress. Join our daily December Stretch Challenge from the comfort of your own home or in the gym to improve your flexibility. Date 12/1-12/31

Age 8 & up

Deadline 11/30

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Free

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TAKE HOME KITS Great for all ages!

Brain Power Kit Test your brain strength and creativity with this great assortment of puzzles, crosswords, and more! Day Pick-up Date Th 12/10

Pick-up Time 5:00-7:00P

Deadline 12/3

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $6 /$8 /$10 /$12 124101-03

Family Game Night Kit Create fun memories with the Family Game Night Kit! Your kit includes Mason Monopoly, a deck of cards, a mystery kids card game, and more! Just add laughter and smiles! Day Pick-up Date Th 12/10

Pick-up Time 5:00-7:00P

Deadline 12/3

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $15 /$18 /$23 /$27 124101-04

Valentine Card Kit

Pick-up Time 5:00-7:00P

Deadline 12/31

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $10 /$12 /$15 /$18 124101-01

Hot Chocolate/Cider Kit This kit includes all the ingredients needed to make a steaming hot cup of your favorite winter beverage! Pick-up Time 5:00-7:00P

Deadline 12/31

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $12 /$15 /$19 /$23 124101-02


Day Pick-up Date Th 1/7



This kit includes all the materials to get you started on making your very own Valentine for that special someone. Don’t forget to decorate a card for a Senior too! Extra materials are included for you to make a special card for a Senior in our area. Pre-addressed envelopes and postage are included. Day Pick-up Date Th 1/7

Tae Kwon Do Tae Kwon Do is a well-balanced Korean martial art that specializes in kicking skills. No previous experience is necessary for this class. Adults, teens, and children will train together in a family oriented program. Day Tu,Th Tu,Th Tu,Th


Time 6:30-7:30P 6:30-7:30P 6:30-7:30P

Age 6 & up 6 & up 6 & up

Deadline 11/24 12/29 1/26

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $35 /$40 /$50 /$50 $45 /$55 /$60 /$60 $45 /$55 /$60 /$60

Activity 111128-05 111128-06 111128-07


Gymnasium This advanced class focuses on overall self-control, self-discipline, self-defense techniques, balance, flexibility, and strength. Tae Kwon Do will build character and develop courtesy, integrity, honor, respect, loyalty, perseverance, concentration, and compassion to their highest potential. Day Tu,Th Tu,Th Tu,Th

To register, see page 32.

Date 12/1-12/17 1/5-1/28 2/2-2/25

Date 12/1-12/17 1/5-1/28 2/2-2/25

Time 6:30-8:00P 6:30-8:00P 6:30-8:00P

Age 6 & up 6 & up 6 & up

Deadline 11/24 12/29 1/26

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $34 /$40 /$50 /$50 $45 /$55 /$60 /$60 $45 /$55 /$60 /$60

Winter 2020

Activity 111127-05 111127-06 111127-07

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Tiny Tumblers

Multipurpose Room Your child will learn to follow directions without the assistance of a parent and focus on basic gymnastics skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, headstands, and backbends. He or she will also work on circuit training and be introduced to the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor.

Me Too! Learn to Swim Class Leisure Pool

This parent/child class is designed to teach you to work safely in the water with your child. Skills will be taught at an introductory level including pool safety, water acclimation, floating and gliding with support, submerging, and blowing bubbles through mouth and/or nose. Day Date Sa 1/9-2/13

Time Age 10:45-11:15A .5-2

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 12/28 $58 /$69 /$87 /$104 152312-01

Day F Sa F Sa

Date 1/8-2/19 1/9-2/20 2/26-4/23 2/27-4/24

Time 4:00-4:45P 10:15-11:00A 4:00-4:45P 10:15-11:00A

Age 3 3 3 3

Deadline 1/1 1/2 2/19 2/20

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $70 /$83 /$104 /$125 $70 /$83 /$104 /$125 $80 /$95 /$119 /$143 $80 /$95//$119 /$143

Activity 121470-07 121470-08 121470-09* 121470-10*

*No Class 4/2, 4/3


Abrakadoodle Activity Room B

Explore exceptional projects that give developing artists opportunities to learn about Pets and Puppies. Your unique pet is waiting to be created with painting, printing, sculpting, and more! Materials included. Time 5:30-6:15P

Age 3-5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 1/5 $73 /$86 /$108 /$129 163105-02


Jumping Jacks

Me Too! Gymnastics

Multipurpose Room

Multipurpose Room

This parent and child class will help develop your child’s basic motor skills through jumping, skipping, hopping, running, and rolling. You will use beams, wedges, and mats to engage your child through structured play. Day Date Sa 1/9-2/20 Sa 2/27-4/24

Time Age 9:45-10:15A 1.5-3 9:45-10:15A 1.5-3

*No Class 4/3

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Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 1/2 $61 /$72 /$90 /$108 121461-03 2/20 $70 /$83 /$104 /$125 121461-04*

Your child will improve gross motor skills, flexibility, and coordination through circuit training. He or she will also be introduced to the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. Day F Sa F Sa

Date 1/8-2/19 1/9-2/20 2/26-4/23 2/27-4/24

Time 5:45-6:45P 11:15A-12:15P 5:45-6:45P 11:15A-12:15P

Age 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5

Deadline 1/1 1/2 2/19 2/20

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $79 /$93 /$117 /$140 $79 /$93 /$117 /$140 $90 /$106 /$131 /$156 $90/$106 /$131 /$156

Activity 121476-04 121476-05 121476-06* 121476-07*

*No Class 4/2, 4/3

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


Day Date Tu 1/12-2/9


YOUTH Station 2


Leisure Pool Your child will build on what he or she learned in Station 1 by learning to glide on his or her front and back in a streamline position. He or she will also learn to roll from front to back float.


Parents who have swimmers 9 years old and under must remain on deck while their child is in swim classes.

Swim Assessments

Class Times: M 5:00-5:30P, 6:10P-6:40P or 6:45P-7:15P W 5:35-6:05P, 6:10P-6:40P, or 6:45P-7:15P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 10:10-10:40A or 10:45-11:15A

Wednesdays 7:15-7:45 p.m. and Saturdays 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. By Appointment Only

If your swimmer is new to Mason Swim Academy or has not taken lessons for the past three sessions, please register for an assessment before registering for group lessons. This free evaluation will produce the best results for your child by determining the level appropriate to your child’s skills. Assessments are not required for Station 1. If your child is 3 years old, please register him/her for Station 1. You do not need an assessment. If your child is currently in group lessons, please call 513.229.8555 to discuss your child’s progress rather than registering for an assessment.

Date 1/4-2/13

Age 3-17

Deadline 12/28

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $58 /$69 /$87 /$104

Activity 152322

Station 3

Leisure Pool Your child will enhance his or her breath control and streamlining skills learned in previous Stations while learning proper kicking.

Station 1

Parents who have swimmers 9 years old and under must remain on deck while their child is in swim classes.

Leisure Pool

Class Times: M 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P or 6:45P-7:15P W 5:00-5:30P, 6:10P-6:40P, or 6:45P-7:15P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A, or 10:45-11:15A

Your child will learn to put his or her face in the water and blow bubbles through his/her nose as well as complete 10 relaxed bobs. To participate in this class, your child must be comfortable in a group class setting without a parent. Parents who have swimmers 9 years old and under must remain on deck while their child is in swim classes. Class Times: M or W 5:00-5:30P or 5:35-6:05P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A or 10:10-10:40A Date 1/4-2/13

Age 3-5

Deadline 12/28

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $58 /$69 /$87 /$104


At Mason Swim Academy we want your swim lesson to be as successful as possible. You can help by arriving 5 minutes early and coming to class dressed and ready for the pool. For swimmers in Stations 1-3 this includes: a well-fitting swim suit, a hairband or swim cap to keep hair away from the face, and swimming goggles (not a mask or snorkel) if they help your child feel more comfortable in the water.

Age 3-17

Deadline 12/28

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $58 /$69 /$87 /$104

Activity 152323

Station 4 Activity 152321


To register, see page 32.

Date 1/4-2/13


Leisure Pool Your child will begin the side glide kick with breath and front crawl stroke, adding on to skills he or she learned in previous Stations. Parents who have swimmers 9 years old and under must remain on deck while their child is in swim classes. Class Times: M or W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P or 6:10P-6:40P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A or 10:10-10:40A Date 1/4-2/13

Age 3-17

Deadline 12/28

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $58 /$69 /$87 /$104

Winter 2020

Activity 152324

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Open House Dates SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH SUNDAY, JANUARY 24TH 2:00 – 4:30 PM




• Intentionally small classes • In-person instruction • Full & 1/2 Day Preschool • Full Day Kindergarten

YOUTH Station 5/6 Leisure Pool

Your child will add on to the techniques acquired in previous Stations and begin learning proper freestyle stroke and backstroke. Class Times: M 5:35-6:05P, 6:10P-6:40P or 6:45P-7:15P W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P or 6:10P-6:40P Sa 9:35-10:05A, 10:10-10:40A or 10:45-11:15A Date 1/4-2/13

Bringing Souls to Christ by Forming Christian Leaders

Royalmont Academy A Preschool–Grade 12 Catholic School 200 Northcrest Drive, Mason OH | (513) 754-0555

Age 3-17

Deadline 12/28

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $58 /$69 /$87 /$104

Activity 152325

Station 7/8 Leisure Pool

Continue to build on your skills learned in previous Stations and learn advanced elements and stroke efficiency in all four stroke types:breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle. A pair of long swim fins with non-adjustable backs is recommended. Class Times: M & W 6:15-7:00P or 7:15-8:00P Date 1/4-2/10

Age 3-17

Deadline 12/28

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $116 /$137 /$162 /$187

Activity 152326

MSA Open House Get familiar with MSA swim lessons.


assessment lesson goody bag

Saturday, December Registration required.

Station 9/10

Raffle entry to win free swim lessons

Station 9 and 10 focuses on building the swimmer’s strength and endurance in every stroke through drills, multiple laps, and on-deck coaching. This station allows swimmers to get the feeling of being on a swim team without the competition. A pair of long swim fins with non-adjustable backs is recommended. Class Times: M & W 7:15-8:00P Date 1/4-2/10

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Age 3-17

PRE: Premier pass holder

Deadline 12/28

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $116 /$137 /$162 /$187

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

Activity 152327

NR: Nonresident


Leisure Pool




School’s Out Fun Day Activity Room A

Mason Community Center is offering a one-day camp while Mason City Schools are out. Take this opportunity for your child to meet new friends and have fun. Be prepared for an active day and make sure your child is wearing gym shoes. Please pack a lunch, multiple snacks, swimsuit, towel, and refillable water bottle. Be sure to register early! A minimum of 5 participants must be registered by the deadline for the program to run. Face masks are required for children 10 years old and up. Day M F M

Date 1/18 2/12 2/15

Time 9:00A-4:00P 9:00A-4:00P 9:00A-4:00P

Age 6-12 6-12 6-12

Deadline 1/11 2/5 2/8

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $38 /$45 /$57 /$68 $38 /$45 /$57 /$68 $38 /$45 /$57 /$68

Activity 162101-01 162101-04 162101-07

School’s Out Fun Day: Extended Care

Face masks are required for children 10 years old and up. Time 8:00-9:00A 4:00-5:00P 8:00-9:00A 4:00-5:00P 8:00-9:00A 4:00-5:00P

Age 6-12 6-12 6-12 6-12 6-12 6-12

Deadline 1/11 1/11 2/5 2/5 2/8 2/8

Around the world we go! Birds sit on branches and pop out of clocks as we learn about Australian artist Kareem Rizk and the well-known craft of German Black Forest cuckoo clocks. Japanese culture comes to life as we learn about kimonos. Dutch windmills spin over brightly colored tulip fields as we make movable art. Fruit looks good enough to eat when we paint like Brazilian Artist of Distinction Leonor Alvim Brazão. And “ancient” Greek columns are built in a day! Materials included. Day W

Date 1/6-1/27

Time Age 12:30-1:30P 6-12

Deadline 12/30

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $62 /$73 /$92 /$110 163105-03

Activity Room B

Extended Care is designed for campers who need longer care. These campers can be dropped off in Kids’ Korner as early as 8am. Kids’ Korner staff will take campers to School’s Out Fun Day Camp at 9 am. Children who are registered will also be picked up from camp at 4 pm and taken to Kids’ Korner for after care until 5 pm.

Date 1/18 1/18 2/12 2/12 2/15 2/15

Activity Room B


Kids’ Korner

Day M M F F M M

Abrakadoodle: January Mid-Day “Specials” Class

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $7 /$9 /$12 /$14 $7 /$9 /$12 /$14 $7 /$9 /$12 /$14 $7 /$9 /$12 /$14 $7 /$9 /$12 /$14 $7 /$9 /$12 /$14

Activity 162101-02 162101-03 162101-05 162101-06 162101-08 162101-09

Explore exceptional projects that give developing artists opportunities to learn about Pets and Puppies. Your unique pet is waiting to be created with painting, printing, sculpting, and more! Materials included. Day Tu

Date 1/12-2/9

Time 6:30-7:30P

Age 6-12

Deadline 1/5

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $73 /$86 /$108 /$129 163105-01

Abrakadoodle: February Mid-Day “Specials” Class Activity Room B

European artists throughout history changed the way the world made art. Be inspired by important European artists to create regal portraits, colorful landscapes, animal art, and more! Materials included.

Snow Day Registration Mason Community Center

Day W


Snow Day Camp takes place whenever the Mason City School District cancels classes due to inclement weather. Each snow day will feature group games, crafts, sports activities, a movie, and swimming. Please pack a full lunch, refillable water bottle, plenty of snacks, extra clothing, gym shoes, swimsuit, and a towel for your child. For same day announcements, registration begins at 5:30 am or when the announcement is made, whichever is later. To register, call 513.229.8555 or visit Space is limited. Face masks are required for children 10 years old and up. Day Date M-F November to April

Time 9:00A-5:00P

Age 6-12

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $38 /$45 /$57 /$68 733807*

*You will not be able to register for Snow Day Camp until a snow day is announced.

To register, see page 32.


Date 2/3-2/10

Time Age 12:30-1:30P 6-12

Deadline 1/27

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $39 /$46 /$58 /$69 163105-04

Winter “Specials” Program for Virtual Learners

Participate in “specials” just like in school! Your student will get to participate in organized activities including science projects, cooking projects, gross motor activities, and more. What a great opportunity for your child to safely socialize with others while doing fun activities. Be sure to register for multiple months as space is limited. Day Date Tu, Th 1/5-1/28 Tu, Th 2/2-2/25

Time 1:30-3:00P 1:30-3:00P

Age 5-12 5-12

Deadline 12/29 1/26

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $41 /$49 /$62 /$74 133801-01 $41 /$49 /$62 /$74 133801-02

Winter 2020

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Mason Youth Inclusive


Friday evenings and Sunday a ernoons

January through March

Skill development and socialization through play for players with disabilities


Mason, OH


Parents’ Day Out Premier Member Perk! Kids’ Korner

Enjoy a day out while your children engage in an afternoon full of fun at Mason Community Center. The evening will consist of themed programming and a pizza party sponsored by Marco’s Pizza. We ask that you please pack a snack and drink for each event. Parents’ Day Out is available to Premier members only. Please stop at the Member Services Desk to upgrade your membership, prior to registration day, if you would like to take part in this program and the many other benefits of Premier membership. We ask that each family sign up for only one Parents’ Night Out per month.


Sponsored by the City of Mason and the Mason Deerfield Chamber of Commerce

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee Activity Sa 12/5 2:00-7:00P 3-12 11/28 Free 133804-01 Around the World Adventure: Come in to play a game of Around the World Bingo. Sa 12/19 2:00-7:00P 3-12 12/12 Free 133804-02 Holiday Stamps: Create your own holiday card with a wide variety of stamps. Sa 1/9 2:00-7:00P 3-12 1/2 Free 133804-03 Polar Bear Adventure: Learn all about polar bears and create a neat polar bear print. Sa 1/23 2:00-7:00P 3-12 1/16 Free 133804-04 Noodle Adventure: Create a noodle necklace or masterpiece of your choice. Sa 2/6 2:00-7:00P 3-12 1/30 Free 133804-05 Teddy Bear’s Day Out: Bring your teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal for an afternoon of fun. Sa 2/20 2:00-7:00P 3-12 2/13 Free 133804-06 Snoopy Adventure Night: Let’s celebrate Snoopy and all of his friends by watching a Snoopy themed movie.


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Mason, OH PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


Children must be potty trained to attend. Face masks are required for children 10 years old and up.



Sassy Sixes and Sevens Gymnastics Multipurpose Room

Students will work on gymnastics drills, conditioning, and routines similar to those introduced in the Beginners and Advanced Beginners classes. He or she will continue to improve on basic gymnastic skills, flexibility, and strength. Day M Tu F Sa M Tu F Sa

Date 1/4-2/15 1/5-2/16 1/8-2/19 1/9-2/20 2/22-4/19 2/23-4/20 2/26-4/23 2/27-4/24

Time 5:00-6:00P 4:30-5:30P 4:45-5:45P 12:15-1:15P 5:00-6:00P 4:30-5:30P 4:45-5:45P 12:15-1:15P

Age 6-7 6-7 6-7 6-7 6-7 6-7 6-7 6-7

Deadline 12/28 12/29 1/1 1/2 2/15 2/16 2/19 2/20

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $88 /$104 /$129 /$154 $88 /$104 /$129 /$154 $88 /$104/$129 /$154 $88 /$104 /$129 /$154 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143/$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143/$168

Activity 121472-05 121472-06 121472-07 121472-08 121472-09* 121472-10* 121472-11* 121472-12*

*No class 3/29, 3/30, 4/2, 4/3

Parents’ Night Out Premier Member Perk! Kids’ Korner

Enjoy a night out on the town while your children engage in a night full of fun at Mason Community Center. The evening will consist of themed programming and a pizza party sponsored by Marco’s Pizza. We ask that you please pack a snack and drink for each event. On noted days, children ages 6 and up will enjoy swim time while children under 6 will participate in preschool-themed activities on scheduled swim days. Please pack a swim suit and towel if your child will be swimming. Parents’ Night Out is available to Premier members only. Please stop at the Member Services Desk to upgrade your membership, prior to registration day, if you would like to take part in this program and the many other benefits of Premier membership. We ask that each family sign up for only one Parents’ Night Out per month.


Children must be potty trained to attend. Face masks are required for children 10 years old and up. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee Activity F 12/11 6:00-9:00P 3-12 12/4 Free 133805-01 Frozen Adventure: Come in from the cold to play games and watch a fun movie! Participants age 6 and older will enjoy swim time. F 1/15 6:00-9:00P 3-12 1/8 Free 133805-02 Ice Fishing Night: Create the catch of the day by making your own fish craft. F 1/29 6:00-9:00P 3-12 1/22 Free 133805-03 Snowflake Art Night: Make a variety of different shaped snowflakes. Participants age 6 and older will enjoy swim time. F 2/12 6:00-9:00P 3-12 2/5 Free 133805-04 Penguin Arctic Adventure: Experience the Arctic by making an Arctic penguin craft. F 2/26 6:00-9:00P 3-12 2/19 Free 133805-05 Winter Bingo Night: Play a game of Winter Bingo. Participants age 6 and over will enjoy swim time.

To register, see page 32.


Beginners Gymnastics Multipurpose Room

Introduce your child to the world of gymnastics. Students will learn basic gymnastics skills on the floor, uneven bars, balance beam, and vault. Conditioning and flexibility are also introduced at this level. Day M Tu Th M Tu Th

Date 1/4-2/15 1/5-2/16 1/7-2/18 2/22-4/19 2/23-4/20 2/25-4/22

Time 6:00-7:00P 5:30-6:30P 6:30-7:30P 6:00-7:00P 5:30-6:30P 6:30-7:30P

Age 8-17 8-17 8-17 8-17 8-17 8-17

Deadline 12/28 12/29 12/31 2/15 2/16 2/18

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $88 /$104 /$129 /$154 $88 /$104 /$129 /$154 $88 /$104 /$129 /$154 $100 /$118 /$143/$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143/$168

Winter 2020

Activity 121487-04 121487-05 121487-06 121487-07* 121487-08* 121487-09*

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Balance During A Golf Swing


Being off balance can lead to poor golf shots.


Start with your weight slightly to the inside of your legs/knees. As you swing back keep the weight to the inside of your back foot, as you make the downswing your weight should shi to the ball of your front foot. THE GOLF CENTER ½ FAIRWAY DRIVE ½ MASON, OH ½ . .


Bodies in Balance: Water Leisure Pool

Join Bethesda Physical Therapy to start your aquatic exercise program. You’ll use the high resistance and low impact properties of water to increase overall muscle strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility. This water fitness program is ideal for those with arthritis, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, discharged or phase 3 pulmonary rehab, or other joint complications. Led by a certified athletic trainer, Bodies in Balance: Water utilizes more rehab-based exercises compared to a traditional Water Fit class. There will be no make-up classes or rescheduling for any absences. Day Tu,Th Tu,Th Tu,Th

Date 12/1-12/17 1/5-1/28 2/2-2/25

Time 9:00-9:45A 9:00-9:45A 9:00-9:45A

Age 18 & up 18 & up 18 & up

Deadline 11/24 12/29 1/26

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $49 /$58 /$73 /$87 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116

Activity 161605-03 161605-04 161605-05


Fuel Your Wellness Activity Room A

Build your knowledge on food choices that will optimize health and target healthy eating habits. Each week your dietetic technician will apply healthy eating habits into everyday living. Day Th

Date 1/7-2/25

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10:30-11:30A 15 & up 12/31 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 169122-03 PHOTOGRAPHS BY STOCK.ADOBE.COM

During the month of December, swim laps at the Community Center. Complete your lap log to receive a Come Together Mason e-gi card.

3 miles: 105 laps | 5 miles: 175 laps


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Mason, OH

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident



Registration is required. Drop-in group exercise class rates apply.

TRX 101

Yoga 101

This introductory class will prepare you for our regularly scheduled TRX classes. The instructor will help you focus on correct form, safety, and strength training that challenges your major muscle groups. This program will also feature cardio, flexibility, and balance elements that you will experience in the drop-in group exercise TRX classes.

Learn the basics of technique and form for poses you will likely see in any yoga class, while also touching on yoga terminology, mindfulness, and the importance of breath. The goal of this class is to prepare you to participate in any of our yoga classes at the community center.


Day Date Time Sa 1/16 9:00-10:00A

Studio B

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 12 & up 1/9 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 182000-02

Cycle 101

Starter Cycle is for the first-time cyclist. The class begins with tips on footwear, proper bike setup, and water intake. You’ll then be guided through all the various climbs, jumps, and cadence speeds that are featured in our regular drop-in group exercise classes to ensure you build your strength and endurance for a safe and effective workout. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Sa 1/16 10:30-11:15A 12 & up 1/9 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 182000-01

Day Date Time Su 1/24 3:00-3:45P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 13 & up 1/17 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 182003-01

$14 Off t h e g r i z z ly PREMIER MEMBERS RECEIVE





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To register, see page 32.

BODYPUMP, the original LES MILLS barbell class, will sculpt, tone, and strengthen your entire body, fast. Now is your chance to make every single rep count. In BODYPUMP 101 you will work on form, technique and timing of the moves you see in a typical class. This program is designed for both new and regular class attendees looking to improve their performance.

Premier Members receive




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Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10 & up 1/17 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 182002-02

Studio A

Studio C (2nd floor)

Day Date Time Su 1/24 2:00-2:45P



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Premier Members receive

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Senior Craft Activities Senior Center

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Th 12/3 9:00-10:30A 55 & up 11/26 $15 /$18 /$23 /$27 124102-05 Bow Wreath: Create a beautiful holiday bow wreath to hang on your door. We provide supplies and you bring the creativity. Th 1/7 9:00-10:30A 55 & up 12/31 $15 /$18 /$23 /$27 124102-06 Geometric Painting: Try your hand at geometric painting. Create your own design on a canvas using painters’ tape, then paint away. Perfect for those with unsteady hands. Th 2/4 9:00-10:30A 55 & up 1/28 $15 /$18 /$23 /$27 124102-07 Easy Sun Catchers: Make your own sun catchers to hang in your home. These will brighten up any space!

Adult Gymnastics Multipurpose Room

Gymnastics isn’t just for youngsters; it’s for the young at heart. No matter your age, gymnastics offers incredible physical benefits. It’s also a ton of fun. This class requires no prior gymnastics experience. Just bring an open mind, a desire to learn, and a craving for a fun, new fitness activity.

See page 33 for Take Home Activity Kits.

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Sa 12/5-12/19 8:30-9:30A 18 and up 11/28 $36 /$43 /$54 /$65 133488-04

ACHIEVE YOUR FITNESS GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR Certified personal trainers at Mason Community Center offer a variety of training packages

Alzheimer’s Association The Alzheimer’s Association is offering educational programs online until they can return to in-person programs. You can review their current list of offerings and register directly through them using this link:

Puzzle Club Tired of doing the same puzzles? Register to receive a new puzzle. Puzzles will be 500 pieces and will be available for pick up at Mason Community Center.

Day Th Th Th

Date 12/10 1/21 2/18

Time 7:00A-7:00P 7:00A-7:00P 7:00A-7:00P

Age 55 & up 55 & up 55 & up

Deadline 12/3 1/14 2/11

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $10 /$12 /$15 /$18 $10 /$12 /$15 /$18 $10 /$12 /$15 /$18

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AARP Tax Assistance MASON COMMUNITY CENTER Mason-Montgomery Road


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AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be preparing tax returns, focused on seniors and llow- to middle-income tax payers. Taxes will not be prepared in person this year. Guests are invited to drop off documents at the Community Center and volunteers from AARP will prepare the taxes and contact guests when documents are ready. Visit for more information.

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident






Senior Fitness Training Fitness Center

Stay strong with a senior workout program that is perfect for all fitness levels. Join us in a circuit program designed and instructed each week by a certified personal trainer utilizing TRX straps, BOSU, stability balls, dumbbells, medicine balls, and more. Circuit training is a great way to get maximum results in minimal time and provides full body fitness, toning, and strength. Day Date Tu,Th 1/5-1/28 Tu,Th 2/2-2/25

Time 8:30-9:15A 8:30-9:15A

Friday February a m - p m Ages

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 55 & up 12/29 $56 /$66 /$83 /$99 161603-01 55 & up 1/26 $56 /$66 /$83 /$99 161603-02

The Pace Makers Indoor Track

Join the Community Center’s new walking program for a great low impact and fun workout on the newly resurfaced indoor track. Low intensity exercises like walking have plenty of health benefits that can keep you active and feeling healthy! Day Date M&F 1/4-2/12

Time 9:00-10:00A

Age 55 & up

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 12/28 $5/$6/$8/$9 112305-01


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your friends at The Golf Center! Lunch is provided along with games of bingo. THE GOLF CENTER • 6042 FAIRWAY DRIVE


Ugly Sweater Contest

Dress up in your best Ugly Sweater for the Holidays. Take a picture of you, your spouse, partner, or friend and submit to us via email at Deadline for submissions is December 15. Winners will receive a Come Together Mason e-gift card.

Wednesday December a m - p m

Holiday Luncheon

Mason Golf Center, 6042 Fairway Drive Join us at The Golf Center to celebrate the holidays and socialize with your friends. Lunch will be provided along with Bingo in the banquet room. Day Date F 12/4

Open to the public

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 11:30A-1:30P 55 & up 11/27 $18 /$22 /$28 /$33 143115-01


Breakfast Bingo Senior Center

Rise and shine with breakfast and bingo! Enjoy donuts, pastries, coffee, and yogurt parfaits while you play. Don’t forget your quarters for several rounds for your chance to win. Day W W W

Date 12/15 1/19 2/16

To register, see page 32.

Time 9:00-10:30A 9:00-10:30A 9:00-10:30A

Age 55 & up 55 & up 55 & up

Deadline 12/8 1/12 2/9

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $5 /$5 /$5 /$5 $5 /$5 /$5 /$5 $5 /$5 /$5 /$5


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Cash and carry or place your order for the holidays Features Mason area merchants and home sales representatives Take a tour of Mason Community Center


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