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

Mayor Victor Kidd

Ashley Chance Council Member

Vice Mayor Barbara Berry Spaeth

Michael Gilb Council Member

TJ Honerlaw 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

Kathy Grossmann Council Member

Diana K. Nelson 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)

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Lelle Lutts Hedding President

Kristin Malhotra Vice President

Lonnie Vestal 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 Lelle Hedding 513.770.2381 Vice President Kristin Malhotra 513.770.2382 Trustee Lonnie Vestal 513.770.2381

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MADE for Authentic Leaders Student Leadership Program

The MADE for Authentic Leaders program was formed in 2016 as a collaboration between Mason City Schools and the MADE Chamber. As part of the program, members Sam Cannava, Sophia Haller, Amanda Harper, Grace Koesters, Kevin Tull and Fiona Xie were tasked by the chamber to create a project designed WR LQFUHDVH IRRW WUDIÀF LQ WKH GRZQWRZQ Mason corridor, while beautifying the space. After several months of research and community engagement, students chose to create an interactive mural on a blank wall in the downtown corridor. They commissioned art from Mason High School artist, Taylor Kling, who volunteered her

time and talents to the leadership group by designing, painting and teaching the team as they took her sketch and created a vibrant, beautiful piece of interactive art.

It took the students more than 350 hours to create this new destination. Their work was made possible by many community partners including: the City of Mason, Sherwin Williams, Sam Muennich and Muennich Car Care LLC, Staley Transformations, Robert Mendelsohn, and Senour-Flaherty Insurance. 7KH EXWWHUÁ\ PXUDO LV ORFDWHG GLUHFWO\ behind the Downtown Mason Plaza between The ROYAL Theatre Company and Keller Williams Realty. It features interactive wings for adults, children and even the family dog. Residents big, small DQG ÁXII\ DUH LQYLWHG WR H[SHULHQFH WKH #WingsOfMason.

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Collaboration for a Critical Service

rush your teeth, flush a toilet, or take a shower— services we often taken for granted, but the operation of Mason’s Water Reclamation Plant is likely the most critical service to the City’s health, welfare, and economic development. So when the plant needs some maintenance, that work becomes a top priority for all City departments. Cleaning an oxidation ditch has to be the pinnacle of dirty jobs. Twenty feet deep, almost two football fields in length, and half a football field across divided into separate areas by concrete walls. Employees from all departments and all job descriptions volunteered to assist. Department heads, account clerks, deputy police and fire chiefs, engineers, and recreation programmers suited up in protective gear, latched to a harness, climbed down a ladder, and stepped gingerly into the dark abyss. Using squeegees and hoses they scraped and cleaned the bottom of the tank. It took many hours of preparation and many employees working more than eight hours a day to complete the project in just four days. Last year, public utilities staff identified the need for an additional aerator to be added to two oxidation ditches at the plant. With two aerators, the oxidation ditch does not have

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sufficient oxygen transfer capacity in the warmer summer months to maintain appropriate dissolved oxygen levels for the treatment system. However, the current flow does not support splitting the treatment process between the two ditches. The Water Reclamation Plant was originally designed with the expansion capacity to add a third aerator to each ditch increasing the capacity. Adding a third aerator to a ditch includes electrical work, pouring a concrete slab, installing the aerator, programming, and testing. Flow is diverted from the first ditch to the second ditch to allow continued operations of the plant. Then the cleaning begins. Weeks after employees entered the ditch employees began reminiscing about the experience. Some initially felt it was a crazy idea and some may still, but as I listened to the belly laughs and watched the grimaces as individuals retold their experiences—often beginning with feelings of apprehension and ending with a greater sense of appreciation—I realized that the crazy idea had bonded these employees for the rest of their careers at the City and further defined our culture of collaboration. Thank you to the “2019 Poo Crew.” “The world has always gone forward when people have dared to have crazy ideas.” —Gioconda Belli

Kristin Malhotra Township Trustee


We Still Need Your Help in Shaping Our Future

s you may know, we are currently in the midst of updating our Comprehensive Plan. When completed, it will have been done with input from the Board of Trustees, the Zoning Commission, Township staff, and you, our residents and community stakeholders. The primary objectives of this update are to create comprehensive and executable strategies to enhance the quality, economic vitality, and sustainability of Deerfield Township. I want to take a moment and thank the Steering Committee and those who have already participated in this process. However, the work is not complete. We still want to hear as many voices as possible providing feedback, asking questions, and helping to guide the remainder of the process as we put this plan together. The most up-to-date information regarding the Comprehensive Plan update can be found by visiting becomingdeer and our website: We are engaging in this process because the Township has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the last 10 years. In that time we have added over 5,000 residents according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2011, our growth has averaged approximately 1.4% annually. It is important that we have your help to make sure the community continues to be a place you wish to call home as we navigate the growth we have and continue to experience. In terms of land use, the Township is approximately 85% built out. Therefore, the opportunities

for new development are limited. We need to focus our efforts on the redevelopment of existing spaces that may not be meeting the needs of the shifting demographics of our region or may not be fulfilling their highest and best use. The Comprehensive Plan update will help us understand where those opportunities exist, what the community would like to see in those spaces, and identify best practices and strategies for pursuing redevelopment activity. This calls for a reexamination of our zoning code. Furthermore, we will be conducting a housing study to ensure that we have the correct mix and diversity of housing stock. We will also attempt to identify ways to increase connectivity and walkability throughout our Township. Whether you are a resident, visitor, employee, or business owner, we want you to help shape the future of Deerfield Township with your vision to provide a safe, welcoming, and vibrant place for you to call home, work, or visit. If we do not hear what barriers or limitations exist, we cannot provide solutions to eliminate them. Finally, I want to stress that this process is intended to be open and fully transparent. Since this project is intended to be citizen-driven, we understand the importance of making this an open and collaborative process and strive to make all data and conversations available to you. Thank you again for your input and we are excited to see the final results of this initiative and to be working with you to keep Deerfield Township as a destination for families and businesses.

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Makino Park Announced as Home to Common Ground Playground

City of Mason and Makino Inc. celebrate long-term partnership; significant gift allows inclusive playground to open in the coming year.


t the May 13 Council Meeting, Mason City Council hosted a special event during its regular meeting to celebrate an announcement of a $500,000 gift from Makino toward the completion of Common Ground playground. The park has been a project of the City and Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation for nearly a decade. Mason City Council honored Makino’s spirit of generosity and commitment to serve the community by designating the 34 acres of land off of Reading Road as Makino Park, an inclusive recreational space that will be anchored by the Common Ground playground. “We have always fostered a culture of giving within our organization, encouraging our employees to contribute to impactful local causes,” says Don Lane, president and CEO of Makino Inc. “Giving back to the City of Mason in this enduring way that will benefit residents of all abilities for years to come felt like a fitting tribute to our partnership and success here.” With its North American headquarters here in Mason, Makino has consistently been a committed community partner. In addition to Makino’s contribution, the Common Ground playground has received generous support from both corporate and individual donors, including TriHealth, the Scheeler family, and Deerfield Township. The establishment of Makino Park and the completion of Common Ground playground are expected to generate excitement and attract more inclusive recreational features for the park. “We are so honored by this incredible gesture of friendship and collaboration,” says City of Mason Mayor Victor Kidd. “At the core of Mason’s economic development activity is recruiting and retaining business partners whose missions align with the City’s commitment to a culture of wellness and vision for providing quality services and amenities. Makino’s gift will have a lasting impact that completes a seven-year journey and a long-term vision for the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation, leaving a legacy for generations.” Common Ground playground at Makino Park was designed in consultation with local parents of children with disabilities, a leading inclusive playground manufacturer, therapists, and other professionals who work with children and adults with special needs. The playground’s educational, interactive environment is unlike any other in the region and goes far beyond requirements 6 CenterPoint Fall 2019

of the Americans with Disabilities Act to bring new social engagement and sensory opportunities for children, veterans, and seniors. It is an all-inclusive destination, first envisioned by the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation, where families can come together and enjoy a destination to have fun. For over seven years, Rachel Kopfler, president of the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation has championed advocates and fund-raising efforts for the playground. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to see this dream finally become reality. As a mother of five children, including a son with special needs, I really saw the need for an inclusive park first-hand,” Kopfler explains. “My son is a triplet, and he excelled in his development despite a spinal cord defect because his siblings always pushed him to the next level. It occurred to me that other special needs children without siblings may benefit from a park like this with specialized equipment.” “Makino Park sends an important message to our community about inclusive opportunities,” notes Vice Mayor Barbara Berry-Spaeth. “Mason Community Center is at the heart of the City’s commitment to providing a high quality of life for our residents. Makino Park will be an extension of that commitment, providing more unique and healthy programming opportunities for everyone. We applaud Rachel’s dedication and devotion, Makino’s support of our shared vision, and the generous spirit that exists throughout our community in moving this project forward.” To view concept images of the new park visit www.imagine


BACK TO SCHOOL REMINDERS As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school, family life can get pretty hectic. It’s important to remember, and share with your children, some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year. Whether children walk, ride their bicycles or take the bus to school, it is vitally important that they and the motorists around them take proper safety precautions.


· Always use sidewalks when available. · Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. · Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep a careful watch as you cross. · Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. · Watch for cars turning or backing up. · Put electronic devices down and keep your head up. · Never try to cross the street between parked cars. · Parents, practice walking to school with your child using sidewalks and crosswalks when available.


· Always wear a helmet when riding a bike. · Your helmet should be properly fitted and secure. · Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street, and walk the bike across. · Stay alert for opening car doors

and other hazards. · Use hand signals when turning. · Wear bright colored clothing.


· Line up six feet away from the curb as the bus approaches. · If seat belts are available, buckle up. · Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing. · Do not cross in front of the bus if possible. Walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus before crossing so you can see the other cars on the road.


· Do not block crosswalks. · Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and take extra care in school zones. · Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians. · Never pass a bus loading or unloading children. · The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus.

If you expect to owe Mason City income taxes for 2019 and City taxes are not deducted from your paycheck, the Tax Office would like to remind you that it’s time to make a

quarterly payment. The State of Ohio changed the due dates for estimated payments. The due dates are April 15, June 15, September 15, and January 15. Please remember that 90% of your 2019 tax liability is due by January 15, 2020 to avoid a late payment penalty. Please make your quarterly payment by September 15. To assist you in making your payment, quarterly estimated payment vouchers are available online. You may also choose to pay your quarterly estimate via the online tax tool. Please visit www. to find these forms and tools. If you need assistance in determining whether you need to make estimated payments or if you need to adjust your declaration, the Tax Office is glad to help. Please call 513.229.8535 for assistance.

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City of Mason’s Co:Lab Brings Life Science Entrepreneurs and Collaborators Together for Future-Forward Discussions


n Mason, our mindset is innovation. This year with partner Myriad Neuroscience, the City hosted Co:Lab 2019, where Mason science collaborators led a future-forward dialogue bringing science and innovation to our schools and community. Mason is already looking ahead to how the big ideas that were celebrated will guide City initiatives to further establish our community as a BioHub innovation center of excellence. Connect. Engage. Give Back. Repeat. These values drive a thriving public-private partnership mindset in the City of Mason where partners like Myriad Neuroscience advance local and regional dialogue and research around precision, or personalized, medicine. The City and Myriad Neuroscience collaborated with Mason City Schools to host innovators from Mason-based companies making discoveries and creating innovative technology that are influencing the biotech industry. A highlight of Co:Lab 2019 was the capstone event in the series—a presentation by HudsonAlpha’s Vice President of Educational Outreach and Faculty Investigator Neil Lamb, Ph.D., titled “Genomics—New Findings in the Field.” “I am trained as a human geneticist and I love the science,” Lamb says. “But I’m happiest when explaining genetic or biotech concepts to a group of students or healthcare professionals or to the man or woman at the supermarket.” Inherent to the mission of Co:Lab is engaging local students and inspiring

interest in science and technology. Throughout the day, Lamb moderated discussions with life science leaders and biohealth disruptors from Mason. Teachers and students at Mason High School were invited to listen to thought-provoking discussions and ask the experts questions. Additionally, the City of Mason and Myriad Neuroscience donated several classroom kits to the school district to assist teachers in the creative instruction of Mendel’s laws of genetics. Co:Lab attendees participated in thought-provoking discussions about next generation findings. During a panel hosted by Mark Verratti, president of Myriad Neuroscience, students were invited to learn about innovation and Mason’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Panelists included founders and CEOs of local tech start-ups Genetesis and Include Health, and a senior product designer from Atricure, one of Mason’s largest biotech companies. “Critical to successfully launching a start-up is a vibrant, smart, supportive community. Know that Mason is the best place to do that—you will not find a more connected, more educated, more supportive ecosystem to scale a company than in this City,” Verratti says. The conversation is just beginning. Co:Lab is a unique economic development collaboration that feeds connectivity among the City of Mason and our corporate partners and engages scientific talent in Mason and beyond. We continue to leverage the synergy of an expanding pool of investors, inventors, and allies to build our rapidly growing biohealth and advanced technology ecosystem. Thank you to our partner Myriad Neuroscience and our participants for making Co:Lab 2019 possible! Want to learn more? Visit for details.

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Handle with Care: Six Things You Should Know about Concussions A young football player takes a blow to the head from a charging opponent. Elsewhere, a driver feels her head snap back as someone rear-ends her car at a stoplight. A concussion occurs when the brain experiences a forceful blow, jolt, or other jarring of the head that creates a functional disturbance. “The brain sits in a bowl of fluid, and a mild traumatic brain injury like a concussion can cause it to slosh around,” says Emily Dixon, D.O., sports medicine physician with TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute and medical director of the TriHealth Concussion Program. Common symptoms of concussion include headaches, nausea, vomiting, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue. Although players, coaches, and parents have gained much greater respect for head injuries, it’s important to know what precautions to take and why they matter.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONCUSSIONS Concussions take time to heal. Every person is different, but on average, a first concussion takes two to six weeks to heal. Some take six to 12 weeks to completely resolve. If a person still experiences symptoms past 12 weeks, it’s called post-concussion syndrome and requires further evaluation and care. Services like the TriHealth Concussion Program offer neuropsychology, speech and vestibular therapy (for balance and dizziness issues), physical therapy, and occupational therapy to look for causes and solutions to ongoing pressure in the head or issues with balance, vision or concentration.


Listen to your body. “If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right,” Dixon says. For athletes who have had a head blow, she cautions, “To continue playing will make symptoms worse.” She also notes that getting people into vestibular therapy in the first 24 to 48 hours helps them get better faster.


The second concussion is worse than the first. If the brain is still inflamed from a first concussion, Dixon says, “The second concussion can cause quite a bit of damage. In rare cases, people can get second impact syndrome, in which the brain swells and pushes down on the brain stem and cuts off basic life functions. It happens rapidly and can cause sudden death. This is why you need to be completely healed before returning to play.”


Effects of multiple concussions are cumulative. More than one mild concussion over time can lead to permanent changes in thinking, sensation, language, and emotions. Research shows concussions can later cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders.

Concussion can aggravate pre-existing “head conditions.” For adults and children who have issues that affect the brain, such as learning disorders, attention deficit, depression, anxiety, or migraines, a concussion can often worsen symptoms. People with these brain disturbances may heal more slowly and require additional care.


Removing injured children from play is the law. Dixon notes, “Rules are being put in place to protect athletes.” State laws are now in effect for referees or coaches to pull an athlete from a game if a concussion is suspected. The player must then be evaluated by a physician or athletic trainer and medically cleared before playing again. Dixon and her concussion team work with area high schools and colleges to do baseline tests before a head injury takes place, use special evaluation tools for injured students, and follow strict return-to-play guidelines endorsed by experts around the world. She says, “The key is to prevent injuries, assess them quickly when they occur and get appropriate treatment. We want our athletes to be symptom-free before they return to play.”



Emily Dixon, D.O., sees patients at 7423 South Mason-Montgomery Road in Mason and 8311 Montgomery Road in Kenwood. For information or appointments, call 513.246.2300.

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On August 20, Mason City Schools third and fourth graders opened the door to a new chapter of Mason City Schools history. These students will be the first Comets to attend the newly formed Mason Elementary School—located on the Mason Intermediate campus at the northern one-story entrance that temporarily housed Mason Middle School last year during its renovation. Javaris Powell leads Mason Elementary School as its first principal. Powell came to the Mason City School District with a rich mixture of educational experiences that include success as a classroom teacher, administrator, and educational partnership manager. Powell and his wife, Anna, have two children, ages 3 and 1, and a four-year old rescue cat. 12 CenterPoint Fall 2019

Mason Elementary is a brand-new concept this year—a school on the Mason Intermediate Campus that is specifically for the community’s third and fourth graders. What are you most excited about for Mason Elementary’s learners? I am excited to see the smiling faces of our third and fourth graders as they enter our learning spaces and connect with our staff. Our teams have crafted engaging learning experiences for our Comets, and we look forward to welcoming their families.


You and your family moved from Washington, D.C., to come to Mason to serve our community. What was it about Comet Country that made you know—“this is home”? I was attracted to Mason because of the school district’s commitment to its Big Rock—culture, inclusive excellence, and personalized learning. My experiences in the area have shown that Mason educators are dedicated to cultivating enriching


adventures for learners of all ages. You’re quite the audiophile. 3 You love collecting vintage vinyl, and visitors to your office (which you’re not in very much!) quickly notice a great collection of records. Why is music so important to you? My grandfather sang in a gospel group in Mississippi. Music of some form was always playing in our home. I grew up listening to traditional gospel, R&B, southern blues, hip-hop, country, electronica—you name it. As an only child, music and books were my way to learn from and connect with other people. I used to sit with the radio and search the AM/FM dials for auditory treats. I love a well-crafted message. The words and notes from various writers and musicians provide inspiration, cautionary tales, and humor.


• Joella’s Hot Chicken, home of the “Bird that bites back,” will be opening a 4,620-square-foot restaurant along Mason Montgomery Road, near Qdoba, this fall. Joella’s serves Nashville-style hot chicken, seasoned with “spirit” by adding one of six unique spice levels. They pair fresh, all-natural chicken with southern, made-fromscratch side dishes, like sweet vinegar slaw and creamy mac and cheese. Joella’s also serves sweet southern specialties like banana pudding, pie in a jar, and Nutella poppers. For more information on Joella’s Hot Chicken, visit • Sleep Number, a leader in sleep innovation, improves lives by individualizing sleep experiences with a variety of mattresses, bases, and bedding essentials. Sleep Number has over 575 stores in 50 states and will be opening a 3,200-square-foot store next to the new Joella’s Hot Chicken later this fall. For more information on Sleep Number, visit • [solidcore] is a 50-minute workout that delivers a low impact, high intensity strength training for your entire body in a group setting. The 1,955-square-foot studio will be located near Whole Foods and is scheduled to be open this fall. For more information on [solidcore], visit • No Baked Cookie Dough opened in August at the Deerfield Towne Center. Their new menu includes various no baked cookie dough flavors. All are made without eggs and partly cooked flour so they are safe to eat.

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YEAH, RIGHT! Born and raised in Mason, Jim Fox started writing poetry in the third grade and continued his passion for writing throughout his life. “I’ve enjoyed the writing process in some form or another since I could hold a pencil,” Fox laughs. More than 20 years ago, he started writing his first book and after putting writing aside to enjoy life with his family, his wife of 30 years, Helen, and two adult sons, Cliff and Harrison, he began writing again. Instead of finishing his first book, the idea for Yeah, Right! came about. “I know that other writers start with an outline and fill in supporting details. With Yeah, Right!, I began with a simple idea and just started writing without a beginning or end in mind.” Fox published Yeah, Right! through Amazon but gained his first real public exposure with a book signing at Mason High School earlier this year. Yeah, Right! can be found at Symbiosis located inside Mason Community Center, at the Comet Zone inside Mason High School, or on Amazon. For book clubs or speaking engagements, he can reached at jimfoxauthor@

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New Warren County Jail/Sheriff’s Office–Contributed by Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims

n June of 2019, work began to close part of Justice Drive, Lebanon, inside our Warren County government complex. During the summer, Memorial Drive was extended to reconnect at Cook Rd. The purpose of this road construction was to allow for the construction of the new Warren County Jail and Sheriff’s Office. The construction had become necessary to accommodate the years of overcrowding in our existing jail. In my visits throughout the county, I am often asked why our jail population has grown so much over the years. In my experience, there are a number of factors that influence an increase in jail population. One of those factors is simply growth of our community. Many of you have experienced the significant growth of our county over the last 20-plus years. This population growth has put us currently at approximately 230,000 residents. Other factors include changes in state sentencing guidelines that require communities to deal with offenders locally instead of sending them to prison. When I first became Sheriff in January 2009, the number of jail beds was 197 and constantly over capacity. The last expansion of our existing jail was 1996. Warren County leadership had spent a lot time exploring the most cost-effective ways of dealing with our population. In 2008, our county made a concerted effort to expand our probation staff and allow for more low-level nonviolent offenders to be released on electronic monitoring. Before adding more expensive jail space, this was absolutely the right thing to do. Without creating any additional risk to our community, it allowed for some to be out of jail with the intent of being more productive. Even with the expansion of the alternatives to incarceration, we still had to rent jail bed space from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Our county was spending approximately $1.2 million dollars a year to house our overflow of offenders. In July 2011, we added 83 additional beds in our existing jail bringing our capacity to 280. Our excellent staff had devised and submitted this plan and was approved by the State of Ohio. While there was an expense to this, we were able to bring all of our inmates back from Butler County. This has saved our county that $1.2 million spent yearly since then. Since this expansion, our population has still steadily grown and we have been at or over capacity for the last few years. This has caused us to juggle bed space to the point we have been releasing inmates early for nonviolent lower-level offenses to allow room for those committing more serious crimes. We could not accomplish this without the full cooperation of all of our Warren County Judges. This, however, has led to much frustration and most of the jails in the State of Ohio are facing these same issues. As discussions with our Warren County leadership continued, early steps were taken to identify our current and future jail space needs. All alternative options had been thoroughly

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vetted. Once we decided a new jail was necessary for the safety and security of our community, our county leaders had to secure a funding mechanism as well as identify those professional firms to build the facility. After much consternation, Warren County Commissioners voted to increase our sales tax an additional .25% for a fiveyear time frame. This began January 2018 and sunsets December 2022. The additional revenue will generate the necessary funds to pay for the facility. This was necessary to not negatively impact other county general fund needs.

Architectural firms Wachtel & McAnally, Granger, and Megen Construction were selected and have been working diligently with our county team. At the time of preparing this article, official ground breaking for the new facility had been set for July 2019. The bed capacity of the new jail is planned at 468. In addition, the plans provide for future expansion. Four additional pods, each with 150 beds, could be built if necessary as future needs for the facility change. The support services in the new jail are being designed to allow for the additional 600 beds in the future if and when it is necessary. The estimated construction time is 22 months. We hope to be operating the new facility in the spring of 2021. Lastly, during this process, I have been asked about the use of our current facility once we move. The Sheriff’s administrative offices currently share the building with County Court. The vacated offices will become available to the Court staff. With respect to the jail, we have been meeting regularly with our mental health and drug treatment service providers in hopes of determining if it would be a good fit for an expansion of their services. The cost of this proposed facility, including road construction, is at approximately $57 million. I, like you, would rather not have to build a jail. Unfortunately, it is a necessary part of maintaining the safe community we all desire to live in.

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any people have an understanding that the new Campus Safety Program is the presence of more police officers in the Mason Schools, but there is so much more to the program. The term “campus,” as defined by the City, is any building located on City property and the Mason City School facilities. Such facilities include: the Community Center, the Service Center, the Municipal Center, the Water Reclamation Plant, and the fire stations. The fire department plays a role in the Campus Safety Program as well. In addition to the police department’s role, the fire department has recently focused on a preventative and preparedness role by offering a series of trainings and educational programs for City and school staff members. Fire extinguisher operations, Stop the Bleed, CPR/AED/First Aid, and emergency action plan reviews are all examples of the trainings the fire department has delivered. Many of these trainings have been offered as a collaboration of the police and fire departments and have helped strengthen the relationship between City staff members, school staff members, and the Campus Safety Team. In late 2018, in an effort to respond to the regional opioid epidemic, the police department implemented a practice in which every law enforcement officer was authorized to carry Narcan. Narcan is the medication that counteracts an opioid/heroin overdose. Over the next several months, the fire department will conduct training for all police officers on how and when officers should administer Narcan prior to EMS arrival. In February, police and fire staff started training all Community Center staff members on the facility Emergency Action Plan. This plan provides guidance for Community Center staff on how to notify and handle various types of fire, EMS, and law enforcement

emergencies prior to the arrival of public safety personnel. In March, the Campus Safety Team provided bleeding control training to staff members at Mason High School. This training was held in conjunction with the staff’s personal work day and was attended by very motivated school staff members. In April, Public Works employees participated in the “Stop the Bleed” training. Stop The Bleed is a program that teaches tourniquet use and how to prevent substantial blood loss from various types of injuries. This training is now becoming just as common as CPR/AED training. In addition to bleeding control training, all public works employees received refresher training on the proper use of fire extinguishers. In May, the Campus Safety Team supported the successful cleaning of an oxidation ditch tank at the Water Reclamation Plant. Technical rescue specialists from the fire department took the time to pre-plan potential risks for City employees working deep inside the oxidation ditch tank and created rescue plans in the event that staff members needed to be rescued from the tank. Fortunately, none of these rescue techniques were required. However, the preparedness activity taken to protect City staff was well coordinated. Throughout the year, fire department staff has provided “hands-only CPR” trainings to a large number of City employees who are members of the City’s Health and Wellness program. In addition, the fire department offers CPR/AED certification classes to staff members of the Community Center as well as members of the community. Campus Safety continues to find ways of building a culture of wellness in the community and ensuring a safe and healthy environment on Mason’s campus.

MASON POLICE DEPARTMENT WELCOMES A NEW MEMBER TO THE CAMPUS SAFETY TEAM With Kings Island’s generous donation, Mason’s new Labrador Retriever has been assigned to Campus Safety Officer Karli Dyer. Officer Dyer has been with the City for 13 years and has assisted school officials since 2010. Her new partner, a two year old Lab from Michigan, has completed six weeks of training and is certified by the State of Ohio in drug detection and tracking. Stay tuned! He will be named after the release of Kings Island’s new attraction.

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2018 City of Mason Financial Review

ach year, the City of Mason prepares a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This detailed report is about 188 pages long and presents a complete financial picture of the city. It is available on the City of Mason’s website, While this report is significant to the government and financial community, many residents do not have the time to study it in its entirety. As a result, the Government Finance Officers’ Association encourages governments to produce a Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) that is a quick summary of information in the detailed report. The data included in the Popular Annual Financial Report below provides a summary of the city’s governmental activities for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Where the Money Comes From... The City of Mason receives the funding it needs to provide services to the community from a variety of sources. The table below presents a summary of the city’s revenues by primary type for 2018 and 2017. Tax revenue includes the charter amendment for safety services. Income taxes increased with the improved economy and economic development efforts. 2017 has higher property taxes from early payments. 2017 permits were higher than 2018 because of significant commercial development. Investment income increased due to rising rates and return on the investments. Mason continues to be a community with stable revenue sources for providing services to the community.

REVENUES (millions)



Income Tax Property and Other Taxes Fines, Licenses, and Permits Charges for Services Investment Earnings Intergovernmental Other Revenue

$38.4 6.1 2.9 3.3 1.3 4.7 3.7

$31.4 9.7 3.5 2.8 0.5 4.9 3.7


$56.5 $57.4


Residents/ Individuals


Business Profit


GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS 2018 REVENUE BY SOURCE 8% Intergovernmental 2% Investment Earnings 5% Charges for Services 5% Fines, Licenses, and Permits

Business Withholding

Income tax is the largest source of revenue. 64% of the total income tax revenue comes from business withholding, 25% from business profit and 11% from residents. 2018 was an extraordinary year due to large payments from business profit. This is expected to decrease in 2019.

10% Property and Other Taxes

64% Income Tax

The pie chart above depicts the significance each source of revenue has to the city’s overall financial health. Income tax is the largest sources of revenue for the governmental funds. The second largest source of revenue is property tax. Intergovernmental funds that are from the State of Ohio is third.

PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE 16.00 14.00 12.00 10.00 8.00 6.00 4.00 2.00 0.00

2008 2009 2010

2011 Mason

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6% Other Revenue


2013 Deerfield

2014 2015 2016


This chart shows that the City of Mason property tax was lowered in 2013 and continues to stay low compared to Deerfield Township. A modest income tax has allowed the cost of services to be shared by businesses, residents, and those working in Mason without significant increases to property taxes.

Where the Money Goes...

OUTSTANDING DEBT December 31 (Millions) $110

The two-year comparison below for the city’s governmental expenditures shows a 4% increase in operating expenditures ($37.1 million for 2018 compared to $35.6 million for 2017). The largest increase is from increased expenses for street maintenance and safety services. The City makes continuous efforts to provide services as cost effectively as possible. 2017 capital outlay was higher than 2018 due to a one-time property acquisition. 2018 Debt Service had a $1 million, one-time early payoff of debt.

The chart of outstanding debt shows the City’s commitment to reduce its outstanding debt from $100 million in 2009 to a level that is below what it was 10 years ago. The cost of the outstanding debt is lower than many cities because of Mason’s high credit rating.

$100 $90 $80 $70 $60 $50


2010 2011




2015 2016 2017


GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS 2018 EXPENDITURES BY TYPE EXPENDITURES (millions) 2018 2017 Public Safety General Government Transportation and Streets Leisure Time Activities Community Development Utility Service Operating Expenditures Capital Outlay Debt Service

$16.0 7.6 6.4 2.3 4.5 0.3 37.1 5.0 5.3

$15.4 8.0 5.4 2.4 4.1 0.3 35.6 8.2 4.3



12% Community Development

1% Utility Service

The pie chart provides a view of operating expenditure types (excluding debt service and capital outlay). Public Safety (such as police and fire services) continues to be the largest share of the city’s operating expenditures.

7% Leisure Time Activities

15% Transportation and Streets

43% Public Safety

22% General Government



• Public Safety – Police, fire, EMS, disaster services, and street lights • General Government – Functions serving the entire City including City Council, administration, finance, tax collection, court, and engineering • Transportation and Streets – Public Works activities to clean, repair, and maintain public streets, traffic signals, traffic signs, and right-ofway. Engineering and project management for street improvements. • Leisure Time Activities – Parks, park maintenance, recreational programs, and Lou Eves Municipal Pool • Community Development – Community planning, building inspections, and economic development • Utility Service – Expenditures for city utilities paid by governmental funds not included in enterprise utility funds. • Capital Outlay – Investment for the city’s capital improvements such as road improvements and equipment replacement

The following are major capital projects completed that are included in the 2017 capital investment: • Bethany Road improvements • Emergency Operation Center renovation and technology upgrade Work continues for the following major projects: • I-71 & Western Row Road Interchange completed in March 2019 • Traffic signal upgrades including fiber optics Planning continues for the following major projects: • State Route 741 improvements • Snider Road improvements • Master planning redevelopment of the City’s parks and recreation facilities

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Disaster Safety Mason’s Engineering and Building Department shares important tips to remember for disaster safety and mitigation: • Develop a family action plan so you know where to go if an evacuation is called. Review at least two exit routes from your home or neighborhood to a designated meeting place for your family. Plan ahead for your pets; many shelters will not accept them. • Create a disaster supply kit that will allow you to remain in your home after a disaster or for use after evacuating to a safer location. Be sure the necessities in your kit are fresh and restored as necessary. • Stay tuned to radio, TV and NOAA Weather Radio for official updates and critical life-saving weather information. Remember, reception is usually best if placed near a window. • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle.

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• If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade, 7/16" minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place. Visit for detailed instructions on how to use plywood for emergency board up. • Secure lawn furniture and any other loose outdoor items that can become windborne and can cause injury or damage during storms with high winds. Don’t forget trash cans, grills, toys, and potted plants. • Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado safe room in your home. Follow ICC/NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family. • Use Surge Protective Devices (SPD) in your home to protect electronic appliances from all but the most severe electrical

surges or direct strikes. The devices should be installed to afford the highest level of protection. • In wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and coarse (dead twigs, branches, etc.) fuels within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks, and walkways. Follow ICC’s International WildlandUrban Interface Code® for detailed requirements. • Before winter sets in, consider freeze-protection for water piping and exterior faucets. Get free advice and learn more about disaster safety for your family and home by visiting the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc–Flash® at or consumer safety pages.


Mason’s Original garage door startup!

Celebrating 40 years of Tennis in Mason! So many successful Mason startups began in a garage. ?n this 40th year of tennis at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, we pay tribute to the drive and determination of our startup community and the Western & Southern Open, Mason’s original garage door startup! Moving to an empty plot of land with a strong vision, a shoe string budget and the right partners, in 1979 Paul Flory and his team kicked off what has made Mason a prestigious stop on the international tennis circuit. We’ve been excited to be part of it all as the tournament has grown from 5,000 attendees to over 200,000. Congratulations to all of those tournament (and startup) builders on the team through the years. You’re an inspiration and positive fhee\ that dreams can happen here. Visit & for more information on Mason, Ohio.

Mason’s Brush & Leaf Collection Mason’s Public Works Department provides free curbside brush chipping and leaf collection for property owners in the City. To be able to provide quality service, please don’t mix your leaf and brush piles together.



Each week, a different quadrant of the City is targeted and the City uses a GPS monitoring system to track the route of each truck ensuring all areas of the City are serviced monthly.

Annual leaf collection occurs mid-October through midDecember. Bright orange and black temporary signs will be posted at the entrance to your neighborhood at least two days prior to leaf collection.

To help the crews during brush pick-up: · Place branches and trimmings from bushes and trees at the curb, not in the street, by 7 a.m. on the Monday when collection starts on your street. · Cut brush to a length between 4 and 12 feet and place the cut end toward the curb.

To help the crews during leaf collection: · Rake leaves as close to the curb as possible and cover them with some type of tarp; leaves clogging the storm sewers can cause flooding during heavy rains. · Do not rake twigs, branches, sticks, rocks, bottles, garden debris, pumpkins, etc., in with the leaves; these items can clog up the machine and cause considerable delay to leaf collection. · Avoid parking near leaf piles. Piles blocked by vehicles will not be picked up as it is difficult for the truck and leaf machine to maneuver around parked cars. · If possible, please place leaf piles at least 40 feet from obstacles on each side. Please keep in mind that weather, equipment, parking on the street, and debris mixed with the leaves all affect the crew’s ability to collect leaves.

We are unable to take: Tall grasses, leaves, vines, yard waste, branches and trunks more than 4 inches in diameter, root balls and stumps, short branches or twigs, railroad ties, landscape timbers, lumber, and brush in containers. Items that we are unable to take can be discarded as part of weekly trash removal services.

Amount of brush, weather, equipment, holidays, or other factors may cause delays in these services. We thank you for your patience.


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YOU ALREADY BELONG. YOU JUST NEED TO JOIN! Mason Community Center is a family- friendly environment with activities for everyone, from infants to seniors!

• Kids Korner provides a safe and fun environment for your kids ages months to years

Sign up in September for a NEW Premier Membership and get your first month FREE! administration fee due at joining

• State-of-the-art Fitness Center • Over group exercise classes offered each week • Les Mills Certified Programs • TRX (Suspension Training) • Indoor Walk/Run Track • Indoor Leisure Pool, Competition Pool, and Whirlpool • Massive -foot Climbing Wall • Convenient Postal Unit, Gi Shop, Café, and TriHealth Pharmacy • Gymnasium and Field House • Senior Center • Meeting and Party Rooms

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MASON COMMUNITY CENTER • Mason-Montgomery Road • Mason, Ohio . . •


Celebrating 100 Years with The American Legion The American Legion is rich in history and opportunity. 2019 marks The American Legion’s 100th anniversary and the City of Mason has partnered with Mason’s American Legion Post 194 to offer military activities and attractions throughout 2019 to honor our Nation’s active military and veterans. American Legion Post 194 is home to many veterans willing to share their fascinating stories of creating comrades for life, travels, difficult and humorous situations, combat, and more. JERRY FERRIS, SSGT USMC

Tell me about your time in boot camp. What was your primary job after training? My time in boot camp began on July 7, 1967, out of Cincinnati, Ohio, 30 days after graduating from Withrow High School. I was what they called a Hollywood Marine. I had convinced five of my classmates from high school to join the Marines with me on the Buddy Plan. That allowed us to go through boot camp and AIT training together which was great because I had friends that I already knew and we helped each other during training. After AIT, we would be separated to join other combat units. After boot camp in San Diego and AIT training at Camp Pendleton, my MOS [Military Occupation Specialty], was 0311. That is a grunt or infantry man or rifleman. Which war(s) did you serve in? I served almost two tours of duty in Vietnam, from December 17, 1967, through and including July 27, 1969. I was wounded in combat three times. After my last wound I was not able to return to Vietnam and my unit. Do you remember arriving and what was it like? Oh yes, I remember very well. We were replacement Marines to be assigned to different units. We left California on what was then Pan American Airlines. Most of us talked on the way and wondered what it would be like when we got there. We landed in DaNang Vietnam airport. When the door opened and we headed for the stairs, the heat, smell, and rain consumed us as the combat aircraft took off. We looked at each other and said, “What the hell have we done?” 244 Cen CenterP CenterPoint C nt nterrP rrPoint PPooint intt Fall Fall a 2019 09

Where did you serve the majority of time in service? I spent almost two years in Vietnam. I served in Guam, Okinawa, the Philippines, and spent three years as Head of Security at the American Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America. My entire time in the Marine Corps was spent overseas, outside of the United States. What rank are you most proud to have earned and why? My last promotion before I left the Marine Corps was Staff Sergeant, however, the promotion I’m most proud of was when I was promoted to PFC [Private First Class] prior to graduating from boot camp. It was hard to achieve, but it was my goal and with that I became a Squad Leader. I tried as hard as I could to be the highest scorer to not only make PFC, but to receive the Dress Blue uniform. I missed it by eight points. What was the best and worst military food you were served? The best food was in boot camp. The chow was good and plenty. There was a sign over the chow hall that said “Take All You Want, But Eat All You Take.” There were severe consequences if you violated that rule. Your entire platoon also paid the price for one recruit not following the rules. The worst food by far was in Vietnam. There were no MREs [Meals Ready to Eat]. We had the old Korean War leftover sea rations. There was one in particular in the B-3 Unit called Ham and Lima Beans. Nasty, but we ate it. Tell me about a couple of your most memorable experiences. My most memorable experience was not so good. It was when I received the notification from my mother concerning the death

of my best friend who I went to boot camp with. This was the beginning of losing them all in Nam. The best memorable moment in Nam was when I became a Scout Sniper and I pulled the trigger on my first enemy target as payback for my friend. How does your military experience affect your life today? My military experiences have shaped my life. There is a reason that I am still alive and here. I now do work for veterans in many aspects. The discipline from the Marine Corps, as well as The American Legion, Veterans Service Commissioner, and many other veteran services, boards, and committees is now my purpose. I love helping veterans in any way I can. I am very proud of my service to this country and being the best Marine I can be. Semper Fi.


activities. At certain times of the day specific entries had to be made and it was randomly checked by anyone and everyone who requested to see it. I watched that book like a hawk. Which war(s) did you serve in? I didn’t serve in a war but I joined during wartime which awarded me the National Defense Service Medal. Where did you serve the majority of time in service? I spent most of my time stationed at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida, on Naval Air Station Jacksonville. What rank are you most proud to have earned and why? I came in as an E3 and was promoted to E4 four years later. It was extremely hard earning that E4 promotion because I was a corpsman and the advancement rate was only 8%. At the time I was promoted, it was even lower than that the first three years I was eligible to take the exam. Unlike other branches you are a junior sailor E1 through E3. Then E4 through E6 you are an NCO or as we call them, Petty Officers. I only ranked up once before I got out, but putting on those crows and the petty officers I had around me, who pinned me, made it worth the wait.

Tell me about your time in boot camp. What was your primary job after training? The first 48 hours of boot camp was the most surreal experience of my life. I got yelled at for things I didn’t understand. I had Chiefs yelling at me because I called them sir and they would scream in my face, “I am not a sir, I am a Chief I work What was the best and worst milfor a living and you will address me itary food you were served? as Chief do you understand me?” You can’t have “best” and “military From that moment on I thought I had food” in the same sentence. But since made the biggest mistake of my life but it is I guess the best would have to be what could I do? I’m stuck here now, I S.O.S. and the worst would have to be the can’t run away. It’s all a mind game and CS’s version of cordon bleu. It was definitely once you understood no matter what you did it blue and so was my face after eating it. was going to be wrong it made the whole experience go a little better. Tell me about a couple of your most memorable experiences. In Navy boot camp you are given jobs, various tasks that re- There was a lot of cool stuff that I got to do inside of the pharquire a serious amount of attention throughout the day. My title macy. I got to work in supply and be a certified Narcotics Vault was Starboard Watch and I had two distinct responsibilities. The Technician. I was a shift supervisor and got to jump in whereever first one was when our division was set in formation. There is a I was needed. The guys that I got to meet and the experiences I got left side of the formation, port side, and a right side of the for- to have made it all worth it. mation, starboard. When the port side would take off to march, I had to make sure the starboard side joined How does your military experience affect your life today? the march in step and when the division would form back up after we were done I firmly believe everyone should at least Mason’s American Legion Post 194 marching I had to stop my side of the diserve two years in the military to gain peris located at 401 Reading Road. vision perfectly lined up with the left side spective on what we actually go through. Interested in joining? of the division. I think I only messed it up I think I’m significantly better off in this Please call 513.398.9662, several hundred times. world having the experiences I’ve had visit, The other job I was in charge of is than if I just sat at home and said what if. or stop by. what is known as the deck log. The deck It was a wild ride and I’m certainly glad log was an account of our division’s daily I did it.

American Legion Post 194 continues to welcome all military personnel serving our country. To all who have served America, THANK YOU! FFall alll 22019 0119

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P&G Relocates Global Beauty Expansion of campus and operations makes Mason home to largest P&G R&D facility worldwide. The City of Mason is home to the largest Research & Development facility in Procter & Gamble’s global portfolio after a four-year, $400+ million expansion of the Mason Business and Beauty Innovation Center. The addition of a 500,000-square-foot expansion brings the site to a total of 2 million square feet and makes the innovation center P&G’s largest R&D campus in the world. The expanded facility is home to 25 percent of the company’s researchers after the significant expansion. “Uniting our Beauty technical community under one roof will drive even better consumer solutions,” Kathy Fish, P&G’s chief research, development, and innovation officer, told the Cincinnati Business Courier. The world-class campus features state-of-the-art facilities that allow researchers to gain first-hand insights from consumers in real-world environments such as saunas, salons, bathrooms, and kitchens. Consolidating some of their core business units to Mason will allow the company to streamline research and innovation of products. The new buildings include a custom lab alongside agile offices to foster teamwork, and technologically

advanced equipment that is expected to yield new and improved P&G products. The City has continued its investment to remain an international business place where we prioritize business innovation, open communication, and partnership. P&G’s investment and partnership are a major driver in the continued growth of the City and feeds our robust Mason bio and science ecosystem. What took years to build took careful and deliberate planning and collaboration between P&G and the City of Mason. Now that it is complete, the center adds to Mason’s growing biohealth cluster with nearly $1.8 million in annual tax revenue for the city. The innovation center will bring 1,350 new jobs to Mason with an average annual salary of more than $188,000. By 2021, it is expected that the new building will be home to more than 3,000 employees. “You see around here all the different capabilities that we built into this facility that enable people to collaborate and communicate to drive our Beauty business forward,” Bill Vonderhaar, P&G’s program manager for capital projects involving global facilities and real estate, told the Cincinnati Business Courier in May. “We wanted to build a space that was state-of-the-art and that set Beauty up for success for decades to come.”



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The 13th annual Butterfly Walk, held on May 11th at Cottell Park, was a fun-filled day for 1,500 children and adults. The Butterfly Walk and 5k, which benefits CancerFree KIDS, also celebrates the lives of children and their families affected by pediatric cancer. Founded by Amy and Mike Paribella, in memory of their child, Hanna, who passed away, the Butterfly Walk event is a beautiful opportunity for the community to honor the memory of those lost to childhood cancers. After the race, the childhood cancer survivors were recognized on stage and received Medals of Courage. A moment of silence at 10 a.m. gave the attendees a chance to pause and remember those children no longer with us. The event recognized 13 Angel families on stage just prior to the One Mile Inspirational Walk. The 2019 Butterfly Walk raised over $120,000. Since its inception, the event has raised over $1.12 million to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.

About CancerFree KIDS CancerFree KIDS is a local nonprofit committed to eradicating cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded. Each year, the organization reviews and selects research ideas presented by local scientists, funding over $5.2 million in grants over the past 15 years. For information about CancerFree KIDS, please visit or follow them on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram (www.instagram/cancerfreekids).

Township summer camps were a great success due in part to Maria Iannelli, Township Assistant Camp Director. Hired in October of 2018, Maria oversees camper safety and camp counselors. She serves as a positive role model to campers and staff. During the off season, Maria creates and plans curriculum for the various camp cycles, helps with township event planning, and assists in various marketing efforts for events and camps. Maria is graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in Middle Childhood Education. She loves traveling with her family, going on adventures with her friends, photography, and spending time at the pool or a lake.

American Legion Anniversary Celebrations Continue celebrating with American Legion Post this fall.

Visit and for upcoming activities.

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City of Mason Water Reclamation Plant

Dried Sludge Silo


n 2006, The City of Mason began reThe Anaerobic (No-Oxygen) Zone, first ceiving flow into a brand new Water stage, releases phosphorus from microorReclamation Plant, located on 36 acres ganisms. The second stage, the Low-Oxyat 3200 Mason Morrow Milgrove Rd. gen (Anoxic) Zone, is constantly recycling Since 2006 the City has made various im- flow internally with the aerobic zone. provements and modifications to the plant, In the last stage, the High-Oxygen (Oxic and constantly works to operate this plant or Aerobic) Zone or Oxidation Ditches, as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. phosphorus is taken up in greater quantity The City conveys raw wastewater than previously released. Two underwater through seven lift stations. This wastewa- aerators and the off gas from the dryer inter flows into the plant through a 48-inch corporate air into the water to maintain sufdiameter trunk sewer into one of two wet ficient levels of oxygen. Some of the mixed wells at the influent pumping station. With liquor in the oxidation ditches is continualthree (two 4,550 gpm and one 2,100 gpm) ly being removed. It is returned back to the submersible, centrifugal pumps in each wet anaerobic zone or sent off as wasted sludge well, the wastewater is pumped through a to the clarifiers. Final clarification is performed by three 36-inch force main up to the screen and grit building and then flows through treatment settling tanks aided by a positive suction by gravity. The influent pump station is ca- sludge withdrawal system. The influent is pable of pumping a peak flow of 26 million pumped from under the tank up through gallons per day. a center influent feed well. The feed well is Preliminary treatment first passes equipped with baffled scum ports that perthrough one of two five foot wide concrete mit floating material to escape from the top channels. Each channel contains a me- of the feed well to where it will be picked chanical perforated plate screen of stain- up by the scum rakes. Water is then used less steel panels with 6mm circular to carry it back to the head of the perforations that revolve on a plant for additional treatment. conveyor. The screens inMechanical Screens In addition, Ford-Hall Brushes are used in the clude mechanical brushtanks to help keep the es and a washing system to prevent clogging. edges and weir clear of After screening, the algal growth. wastewater enters one The effluent from of two 14-foot diamethe settling tanks flows ter vortex grit removal through a flow metered and classification units. flume and past the Effluent flow from the grit medium pressure, collectors drops into a 48high intensity ulinch gravity pipe to the next traviolet system. step in the treatment process, To disinfect, the wastewathe oxidation ditches. ter flows across The two oxidation ditches are Eimco A2C extended aerone of two banks ation, single stage nitrification, of UV light that is UV Channels biological nutrient removal (BNR) generated by rows of reactors with a capacity of 5.6mgd. long tubular bulbs. This process is streamlined for the removal The UV system automatiof phosphorus and nitrogen in three stages cally adjusts flow pace to the intensity of which vary in the amount of oxygen avail- the bulbs according to the flow leaving the able in the water. The levels of oxygen in the plant. It works similar to a dimmer switch in different zones support different actions by your home, but is done automatically. The specific types of bacteria used to treat the advantage of flow pacing is the reduction in waste. power consumption which translates to a 28 CenterPoint Fall 2019

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cost savings on monthly utility bills. From disinfection, flow is sent to different areas for final distribution. The majority of the discharged water absorbs additional oxygen before entering a pipe that conveys it to the Muddy Creek. A portion of the effluent is sent into an effluent well that provides a reservoir for the reclaim water pumping stations that discharge to a local golf course for irrigation, a community sports park for irrigation and a non-potable water (NPW) system that serves the Water Reclamation Plant and provides cooling water to the bio-solids dryer and elutriation water pumps for the gravity thickener tank. By reusing treated water in the plant and at the park, the City saves thousands of dollars a year by not having to purchase treated drinking water for these purposes. The City of Mason’s Water Reclamation Plant construction has been a very successful investment for the City and its residential, commercial and industrial customers. For sewer emergencies between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, call the City of Mason Public Utilities Department at 513.229.8570. Outside of these hours call the Warren County Communications Center’s non-emergency number at 513.925.2525. A call-out fee may be charged if the problem is not the fault of the City.

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· Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.


We would like to thank everyone who came out to this year’s HOMEARAMA® Kensington. The event was a major success and highlighted a new community that we are proud to have in Deerfield Township and further adds to our incredible housing stock. HOMEARAMA® is the registered trade name for the single-site new home showcase produced by the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. The 2019 event marked the 56th year of the showcase. It featured 10 fully decorated and landscaped homes in a variety of architectural styles with prices ranging from $900,000 to over $1,000,000. The builders that contributed to the event included John Candle Homes, Justin Doyle Homes, Classic Living Homes, WP Land Company, Fisher Homes, J&K Custom Homes, Robert Lucke Homes, and Weiland Builders.


· Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. · Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. · Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. · When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.


· Always use sidewalks when available. · Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. · Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep a careful watch as you cross. · Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. · Watch for cars turning or backing up. · Put electronic devices down and keep your head up. · Never try to cross the street between parked cars. · Parents, practice walking with your child using sidewalks and crosswalks when available.


· Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. · Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. · Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. · Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. · Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances. · Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.


We are proud to announce that, in April, Jeff Thomas joined the Deerfield Township administrative staff as Storm Water Manager. In this role he is the township’s liaison to the Deerfield Regional Storm Water District and oversees all stormwater management tasks performed. His other duties include assisting residents with stormwater concerns, ensuring compliance with the township’s Ohio EPA stormwater permit, along with the management of general construction projects. Thomas has more than 20 years of experience with environmental permit review and compliance at the state and local levels, assisting landowners with their natural resource management concerns, and

with the planning and implementation of water quality improvement projects. He has worked as a Resource Management Specialist for the Division of Soil and Water Conservation in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and in a number of roles, including Director, for the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District. Please join us in welcoming Jeff to the Deerfield Township team!


Work crews in Deerfield Township have been very busy so far this year. This spring, work was completed on the Parkway Drive Extension and roundabout connecting Mason Montgomery Road to Wilkens Blvd. The roadway helps to literally and figuratively pave the way for the continued progress on the District at Deerfield, which is well into Phase I of construction. Phase I includes 242 high-end apartments in four, four-story buildings on the north side of Parkway Drive. The Mercy Health Deerfield Medical Center, located on the south side of Parkway at the intersection with Mason-Montgomery Road (5075 Parkway Drive), opened on July 25. This $14 million, 26,500-square-foot medical office building houses primary and specialty care practices and has 36 exam rooms. Work was also completed on the installation of a sidewalk extending from Parkway Drive down to Duke Boulevard. This sidewalk showcases the township in providing more walkability and connectivity between a major retail center, including the District at Deerfield and Deerfield Towne Center, and a major business center in the Township. For more updates on projects happening throughout the township, be sure to check our website at and sign up for our newsletter once you are there.

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Downtown Mason is a growing, eclectic mix of businesses creating a vibrant area for residents and visitors to our region. We encourage you to come explore Mason’s downtown as we profile the company owners and entrepreneurs who help make Downtown Mason thrive.


Little Rascals Photography is a boutique photography studio run by a dynamic mother-daughter duo. A short walk from Mason’s Community Center located at 120 East Main St., Tracy and Amber provide every detail for your custom photo shoot from custom hand-made dresses to elaborate props and even baby animals.

What made you choose to locate your business in Mason?

We live in Mason and my kids attended Mason schools, so when our space became available in 2001, it just made sense to make it our studio and stay in our hometown.

You offer fun photo shoots with baby animals (puppies, piglets, ducklings, chicks, bunnies, lambs, ponies, and a Christmas donkey named Eeyore). How do you find such cute companions? How are they to work with?

We know some local farmers and breeders and reach out to them throughout the different seasons to include their baby animals in our shoots. It’s a fun way to engage our clients and the children love it! 30 CenterPoint Fall 2019

How do you get a toddler to cooperate during a photoshoot?

We capture them in the moment. We offer different scenes for them to play with and have fun, so that they are engaged and playful and we take pictures of them being natural and in their own element.

You also offer wedding and high school graduation photography, what are your favorite parts about those jobs?

One of my favorite things about owning this studio is being able to capture my clients as they grow up—all the way from newborn and toddler photos to school-age and high school senior photos. It all comes full circle when we have the privi-

lege of also photographing our clients’ weddings, maternity shoots and even their newborn babies! It’s very special when we can help our clients create memories through all the stages of their lives.

What themed sets will be available this fall?

Every fall we do a pumpkins and puppies photoshoot. Like our other shoots, we style the entire set for our clients, so they just show up and have fun while we capture the magical moments that make beautiful photographs. This year we are excited to also offer a bohemian chic photo shoot with a llama, an old school Volkswagen van, and a mini peacock chair. We’re also really excited for our unicorn photoshoot that will feature a mini pony and fairy-tale scenes.

Is there anything else you would like people to know about your business?

We’re proud to be a local business that supports other small and local businesses whenever we can. We work with local farmers and breeders when we do animal photoshoots. All of our couture dresses are handmade by a small woman-owned business. As much as possible, we source our props from businesses like ours where they care about every little detail so that we are providing the highest-quality sets for our clients. To view their work or schedule your photo shoot like them on Facebook or visit their website at www.lit

Calendar Labor Day

Monday, September 2 Mason Community Center open, 6 a.m.–12 p.m. (limited facility) Lou Eves Municipal Pool open , 12 p.m.–8 p.m. City offices closed Mason City Schools closed


Thursday, October 31 City of Mason Trick or Treat 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Mason City Schools Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 27– Friday, November 29


Thursday, November 28 Mason Community Center open, 6 a.m.–12 p.m. (limited facility) City offices closed Friday, November 29 Mason Community Center open, 5 a.m.–10 p.m. (full facility) City offices closed

DEERFIELD HANDMADE MARKET FALL The Arts Alliance, in partnership with Deerfield Township, will present the Deerfield Handmade Market FALL event on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Cottell Park from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Formerly the FallFair Arts Festival, the Deerfield Handmade Market will feature 100 local and regional artists, creatives, and makers. The Arts Alliance has broadened the scope of artists in this juried event to include more organic artisans that showcase soaps, repurposed items, local t-shirts, and more. The event will also include fine artists who create in various mediums, including wood, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, photography, glass, and more. The Deerfield Handmade Market will also feature family activities, art making, artist demos, and community art making engagement projects. Guests will enjoy food trucks and The Arts Alliance will welcome 16 Lots Brewing for those who want a great local beer. ART BAR Join The Arts Alliance for these relaxed art making opportunities for adults. These will be held at the Snyder House and begin at 7:00 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring their own refreshments. · September 3 – Felted Necklaces with Kelli Gleiner. · October 1 – Haunted Ancestor Trays with June Pfaff Daley. · November 5 – Grateful Project with Lori Siebert · December 5 – Holiday Ornament Making with Valerie Sherwood Rask. For more information about The Arts Alliance visit

STARBUCKS RELOCATES WITHIN TOWNSHIP Stop into the recently relocated Starbucks for your next cold brew or espresso. The new store, located at 8655 Mason-Montgomery Rd., boasts 2,251 square feet and features a convenient drive-thru, making for a more efficient customer experience. The expansive patio is great place for your next meeting or time with a friend.

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Your Story Matters O

ur stories weave our community together. Over 10,000 Mason City Schools students bring their special stories to school each day. They are greeted by over 1,200 staff members—each with their own unique story. And, they go home to families and neighbors—all with their own narratives. Each of our stories are valuable. Everyone has a story that can be a source of inspiration and strength for others. Sharing the real and vulnerable parts of our lives with each other is life-changing. We live in an “insta” world of perfect images and superficial relationships. When one person has the courage to say something authentic, it inspires us. It encourages empathy. It offers hope. That’s why this year, Mason City Schools leaders and teachers are really excited to commit to listening even more intently to your stories. We’ll have a weekly podcast called “Your Story Matters” that gives listeners the ability to connect with members of our school community in new ways. (Search for it on iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify.) We’ll continue to get feedback about important issues through CommUNITY Conversations—and shine light on stories that might not be told. We’ll support student storytelling efforts like TEDx events and our student journalism programs. We’ll build deeper relationships. WHICH STORIES NEED TOLD? EMAIL CONTACTMASONMASONOHIOSCHOOLS.COM AND TELL US WHOSE STORY YOU’D LOVE TO HEAR.


Mason Intermediate School Student “This year being a part of all the ReImagine Mason Meetings was really important to me. I got the chance to say what future learning might look in Mason, how to help big schools feel smaller, and to dream for things like maybe having Dream Labs in every building. We also need to focus on helping others. This is why I am thankful that Mrs. Montgomery, my school counselor, started the Anti-Bullying Committee. I didn’t even mind giving up my recess time so I could be in this group to make sure that students feel welcome and included in Mason. I was so excited to learn that Mrs. Montgomery will be going with me to MI next year. Now we will get to keep the committee going and all these things help Mason feel smaller to me.” 32 CenterPoint Fall 2019


Mason City Schools Superintendent “Even though my parents were teachers, I did my very best to run away from education. School was always difficult for me to be myself and find purpose. When I finally discovered the true joy of learning, I also discovered myself. It lit my fire and focus in a relentless pursuit to be an advocate for all learners so that they didn’t face my same struggle.”


Former Mason City Council Member “My parents (Class of 1940), my sons (2009 and 2012), and I (1969) are all Mason High School grads and have our Mason-Comets-to-the-core stories. As an aide at the high school, being with 300+ students in my study halls and 2,500+ students on lunch duty every single day, I’ve learned that all students have their own amazing stories including challenges, heartbreaks, victories, and defeats—priceless glimpses into who they are.”


Mason City Schools Mom “Mason’s support of inclusion creates a space to nurture the diversity in our community. That’s what makes our community vibrant and strong. Our garden is best when it has lots of different flowers. We need to nurture, give space, and give opportunities for the all the flowers to flourish.”


Mason City Schools Bus Driver “In my younger years, I thought I was Cherokee Indian. Later, I learned I had been adopted and was actually Native Alaskan. So much of everything that I am in life I have learned by looking out a ‘window’ and formulating my values. But I have never been able to look into a ‘mirror’...until now.”


Mason High School Student “I was the first student with disabilities to be a member of the high school’s Teaching Academy, to work in the Comet Zone [the school store], and to be inducted into the Young Women’s National Honor Society. I don’t need easy or optional—just opportunity!”


Retired Western Row Elementary Teacher “Storytelling was the hallmark of my elementary classroom. Whether admitting that I couldn’t tie my shoes until fifth grade or describing the attic in my grandmother’s house on Elm Street, my true stories sparked stories in my students. Now, I’m rekindling those stories on Thursday afternoons with my grandsons and providing free access to books at the Little Libraries that I steward in Mason Parks.”

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Deerfield Parks and Recreation For more information, please visit or contact us at

Yoga in the Park

PowderKeg 5K Trail Race

Breathe in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings during free outdoor yoga classes! All levels of experience are welcome; no registration is required. Please bring your own mat. Classes are taught by Body Alive. Date Saturdays through September 28

Time 10:00am

This course explores the trails of Carter Park. All proceeds benefit The Arts Alliance and go toward future arts programming. Date Location Saturday, August 24 Carter Park

Location Cottell Park

Registration For more information or to register, please visit

Kidchella Cincinnati Family Magazine presents a family fun music festival for all ages. Enjoy live music, giveaways, shopping, and games. Date Sunday, August 11

Time Location 1:00pm–5:00pm Cottell Park

Registration This is an admission-free community event; no registration is required.

Robin Lacy & DeZydeco This six-piece group has been set apart from the mainstream with their unique instrumentation that includes the accordion, saxophone, and rubboard, found mainly in the Zydeco and Cajun-styled bands of Southwest Louisiana. Taking the lessons learned from the roots of New Orleans & Louisiana music and culture, the group has added its own original songwriting and classic crowd pleasers to the mix. This is a free community event; please bring your own chairs/blankets. Date Friday, August 16

Time 7:00pm–9:00pm

Touch-A-Truck We’ve partnered with the Deerfield Towne Center to offer the community an opportunity to get an up-close look at fire trucks, sheriff vehicles, snow plows, tractors, and more! Date Saturday, September 7

Time 10:00pm– 2:00pm

Location Cottell Park

Date Time Friday, August 23 Teddy Bear Picnic begins at 7:15pm; movie begins at dusk/approximately 8:15pm 34 CenterPoint Fall 2019

Location Cottell Park

Registration This is a FREE community event; no registration is required.

Deerfield Handmade Market - Fall

Teddy Bear Picnic & Movie in Park You and your favorite stuffed friend are invited to our teddy bear picnic! We’ll enjoy bear-y fun games and activities before settling onto your blanket to watch Disney’s Christopher Robin. This is a free community event; please bring your own chairs/blankets.

Location Deerfield Towne Center (5503 Deerfield Boulevard, 45040)

Deerfield Township and The Arts Alliance have partnered to bring a unique art-filled, family-friendly event to the community, with activities for kids, food, and more. Don’t miss the eclectic mix of artisans who will display their handmade goods and artistic talents! This is an admission-free community event. Date Sunday, September 15

Time Location 11:00am–5:00pm Cottell Park

Family Game Night, S’mores & Movie in the Park Join us at the shelter before the movie to play a variety of board games and enjoy s’mores by the fire! Then, relax under the stars with friends and family to watch Mary Poppins Returns. This is a free community event; please bring your own chairs/blankets. Date Friday, September 27

Time Board games and s’mores begin at 6:00pm; movie begins at dusk/ approximately 7:20pm

Location Fleckenstein Park

Halloween Treat Street Enjoy a spell-binding evening of fun for the whole family! Trick-or-treat from store to store and more! Free fun for everyone, so get into your favorite costume and head to the Deerfield Towne Center Halloween Treat Street! Date Friday, October 25

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Time 6:00pm–8:00pm

Location Deerfield Towne Center

Deerfield Township Trustees have designated October 31st for neighborhood trick-or-treat night. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Paint-Your-Own Pottery Take time to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends as you create something special! Participants can select from a variety of options—cups, bowls, plates, boxes, banks, and more! We provide all the supplies you need to relax and paint your piece. Visit our website,, to reserve your spot online. Date Tuesday, November 12

Time 6:00pm–8:00pm

Location Snyder House at Cottell Park

10K on Turkey Day Race and 5K Run/Walk If you are looking for low-cost, low key Thanksgiving Day alternative, this is it. We will start early so you can get the race in and get on with your day. Easy access and plenty of parking available. This race features a 10K race, 5K race, and 5K walk that begin and end at Lifetime Fitness. We welcome runners and walkers of all levels. Visit www. for a link to register. Date Thursday, November 28

Location Deerfield Township LifeTime Fitness

Holiday Lights See Santa arrive by fire truck, count down as they flip the switch to light the towering Christmas tree, and more! Come join the holiday magic at this free community event! Date Saturday, November 30

Time 5:00pm–7:00pm

Location Deerfield Towne Center

Santa’s Workshop

Registration begins online November 1st at www.; space is limited. All of Santa’s helpers and children scurry about to create some special gifts for people on their holiday lists. This free event for Deerfield Township residents offers crafts, a visit from Santa, and a chance for children to create something special to give for the holidays. Ages Date Deerfield Township Saturday, Residents; youth, 3–8 years December 7 old, accompanied by an adult

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Mason Community Center Activities ENRICHMENT

PROTECT: Women’s SelfDefense Meeting Room

Develop awareness, strength, and selfconfidence by participating in PROTECT: Women’s Self-Defense. This two-hour class provides information on home, vehicle, and personal safety. Learn handson techniques to defend yourself in a dangerous situation. This includes hands-on training covering low level self-defense moves and simulated self-defense situations. Day Date W 9/18

Time 6:00-8:00P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 12 & up 9/16 Free 421600-01

Swimmer of the Year

Mason Manta Rays’ Jake Foster was named the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Senior Boys’ Swimming Athlete of the Year. Jake is one of only two Ohio student athletes to ever win this NHSCA award. He won four individual Division I state titles in Canton including the 200-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke, and 100 breaststroke as well as state titles in the 200-yard medley relay and 400 freestyle relay with his brother, Carson Foster.







REGISTRATION Mason Community Center

ALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION BEGINS Premier members Friday, August 16, 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, August 19, 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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Tae Kwon Do Beginner Gymnasium

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. Parents of all participants under the age of 13 are asked to remain on site, or in the gym if not a member, during class. Please note: A Tae Kwon Do uniform is not required for participation in this class; however, a uniform may be required for any participants who would like to enjoy this program long-term. Day Tu,Th Tu,Th Tu,Th

Date 9/3-9/26 10/1-10/29 11/5-11/26

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

Age 6 & up 6 & up 6 & up

Deadline 8/28 9/25 10/25

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

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New to the Mason area? Check out New Resident Coffee at Mason Community Center to learn about your local community. Join us September 4, October 2, and November 6.

Tae Kwon Do Advanced 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

Date 9/3-9/26 10/1-10/29 11/5-11/26

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

Age 6 & up 6 & up 6 & up

Deadline 8/27 9/24 10/29

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

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Member Appreciation Days Wednesday-Friday, October -November ,

Premier Members OFF






All Members OFF

Members Only






To register, see page 36.



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FAMILY Mason Youth Basketball

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The City of Mason, in cooperation with Mason Youth Basketball (MYB), is pleased to offer the annual youth basketball program. Instructional and recreational leagues do not require tryouts. A numbered jersey and basketball shorts will be provided to all players.

Registration is open to Mason residents and children attending Mason City Schools. The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 1. After this date, Mason Community Center communicates registration information to MYB. Your MYB coach will contact you at least one week before practices begin. For more information on team formation and the MYB program, please go to




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9 - 11 a.m. Monday, July 15

Field House

Practices will be held one night a week in local gyms, with games scheduled at the Mason Community Center. Practice days and times will vary. Games will start in December and will be played on the weekends. Players will play on eight-foot rims. Day BOYS 11/4-2/29 11/4-2/29





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MYB Athletic League Tryouts Field House

Mason Community Center

ages 7 - 12

Mason Community Center offers both Athletic and Recreational Basketball Leagues for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Tryouts for our Athletic Basketball League Program are indicated below. You will need to register for the Recreational League for the opportunity to tryout for one of our Athletic Basketball teams. Those who do not make an Athletic Team will automatically be placed on a Recreational League Team; no additional registration is required. Once Athletic Teams are established some additional fees may apply for participants who do make those teams. Girls


Sunday, September 22 Grade 4: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Grade 5: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Grade 6: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25 (Players must attend both evenings) Grade 4: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Grade 5: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Grade 6: 8:00 to 9:00p.m.

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


FAMILY MYB Recreational Leagues Field House

The City of Mason, in cooperation with Mason Youth Basketball (MYB), is pleased to offer the annual youth basketball program. This is one of the Community Center’s most popular youth programs! Our recreational basketball league is a great way to learn more about the sport while having fun with other kids. Practices will begin in November and games will start the first weekend in December. Home games will be played at Mason Community Center or in the Mason schools. Games will be played on weekends (Friday–Sunday). Practice days and times will vary. Players will be contacted by MYB and their coaches on specific practice and game times and locations. A numbered jersey and basketball shorts will be provided to all players. Registration is open to Mason residents and children attending Mason City Schools. For more information on team formation and the MYB program, please go to www. Please note: For grades 7 and up, players are encouraged to sign up as teams. There is no guarantee of individual placement. Day BOYS 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 GIRLS 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1 11/4-3/1





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DR: Mason City School District Resident

MYB Game Admission Admission to each recreational or athletic league game is $2 per adult and $1 per child or senior, and not more than $5 per family. Mason Community Center members do not need to pay the daily admission fee for games held at Mason Community Center. Save time at the door and purchase a punch pass for games played at Mason Community Center. (Games in the Mason City Schools and away games are not covered by the pass.)

Family Pass (5-game pass) $25

To register, see page 36.

Single Adult Pass (5-game pass) $10


Mason Youth Basketball Volunteer Coaches

The City of Mason, in cooperation with Mason Youth Basketball (MYB), is pleased to offer the annual youth basketball program. Practices will begin in November and games will start the first weekend in December. Home games will be played at Mason Community Center or in the Mason schools. Games will be played on weekends (Friday–Sunday). Those interested in volunteering for the 2019–2020 season should register, complete the following paperwork, and email all paperwork to Dana Maidenberg at DMaidenberg@ by October 1, 2019: Complete the volunteer application printed with your registration receipt. Complete the Concussion in Sports online training. This includes an educational tutorial followed by a short test. Sign up to take this free course at courses/38000. Provide your National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) certification number on your application. To obtain or renew your National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) certification you must participate in the three-part online training clinic. This clinic is $20 and includes education tutorials followed by a 15-question multiple-choice test. After completion, you will receive a certification, NYSCA membership, and liability insurance coverage. Sign up to take this course at Mason Community Center requires anyone working with children to pass a background check. The Mason Police Department, located at 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, offers fingerprint processing. Their office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will need to bring a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, state ID card) and specify you are being fingerprinted for the City of Mason’s youth basketball program. After all paperwork is submitted, the MYB Board will contact you with the status of your registration. Date 11/4-3/1

Age 18 & up

Deadline 10/1

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Free

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Explore the Fun of Music




Me Too!

Leisure Pool


Mason-Montgomery Road

Mason, OH


With any purchase of $10 or more, pull a leaf off the tree to reveal: FREE


Artventure Through Time Travel through time and the world to find astounding artists. Discover Chinese storytelling, fresco paintings, Renaissance portraits, modern art, and more! Get ready for an artventure! Materials included.


Excludes discounted and postal items. Additional exclusions apply. See sales associate for details.


located along the Main Street corridor


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Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Sa 8/24-10/12 10:45-11:15A 6 mos-2 8/22 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116 452312-01* yrs Sa 10/2610:45-11:15A 6 mos-2 10/13 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116 452412-01* 12/14 yrs *No Class 9/14 & 11/30

Activity Room B


Mason-Montgomery Road

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. Please register for both sessions during registration.

Mason, OH

Day Date Th 9/5-10/3

Time 5:30-6:15P

Age 3-5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/29 $60 /$71 /$89 /$107 463102-02

Musical Masterpiece! Activity Room B

Create masterpieces inspired by music! Learn about artists who were inspired by music. Get on your feet and feel the beat as you create amazing art and discover music of all kinds! Materials included. Day Date Time Th 10/24-12/5 5:30-6:15P *No Class 10/31 & 11/28

PRE: Premier pass holder

Age 3-5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10/17 $60 /$71 /$89 /$107 463102-04*

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident



Invitation Only Classes

Me Too! Gymnastics

Please note: Invitation to the following classes is at the gymnastic coach’s discretion.

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.

Advanced Jumping Jacks Multipurpose Room

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Sa 8/24-10/12 9:45-10:15A 18mo-3yrs 8/20 $61 /$72 /$90 /$108 433461-03* Sa 10/19-12/14 9:45-10:15A 18mo-3yrs 10/12 $70 /$83 /$104 /$125 433461-04* *No Class 9/14 & 11/30

Younger students who are ready for more advanced gymnastics skills may be invited by their instructor to practice in this class. He or she will work on more advanced skills on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. Day Date Time Tu 8/27-10/8 4:00-5:00P Tu 10/15-12/3 4:00-5:00P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4-5 8/20 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 433473-02 4-5 10/8 $88 /$104 /$129 /$154 433473-03

Pee Wees Tennis Heritage Oak Park

This tennis class is for beginners and participants will learn ball striking skills, scoring, and basic strategy in a fun, stimulating environment. Most enrollees will have little to no tennis experience. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center.

Day Date Tu 8/27-9/24 Sa 8/31-9/28 *No Class 9/14

Tiny Tumblers

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6:00-7:00P 4-5 8/20 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 342219-12 10:00-11:00A 4-5 8/24 $44 /$52 /$65 /$78 342219-13*

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. Day Date F 8/23-10/11 Sa 8/24-10/12

Time Age 4:00-4:45P 3 10:15-11:00A 3

F 10/18-12/13 4:00-4:45P 3 Sa 10/19-12/14 10:15-11:00A 3 *No Class 9/14, 11/29 & 11/30

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/20 $80 /$95 /$119 /$143 433470-07 8/20 $70 /$83 /$104 /$125 433470-08* 10/11 10/12

$80 /$95 /$119 /$143 $80 /$95 /$119 /$143

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Jumping Jacks

Multipurpose Room 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 Date F 8/23-10/11 Sa 8/24-10/12

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 5:45-6:45P 4-5 8/20 $90 /$106 /$131 /$156 433476-04 11:15A-12:15P 4-5 8/20 $79 /$93 /$117 /$140 433476-05*

F 10/18-12/13 5:45-6:45P 4-5 Sa 10/19-12/14 11:15A-12:15P 4-5 *No Class 9/14, 11/29 & 11/30

To register, see page 36.

10/11 10/12

$90 /$106 /$131 /$156 $90 /$106 /$131 /$156

433476-06* 433476-07*


Tiny Hawk Sports Clinic Heritage Oak Park

The essentials of soccer and baseball are introduced in a fun and safe environment with lots of encouragement. Children will learn balance, body movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development through a series of sport-specific games tailored to their attention spans. Day Date Time W 9/11-10/16 5:15-6:15P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 3-5 9/4 $99 /$117 /$142 /$167 433124-05

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Please register for both sessions during registration. Premier Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 16 Open Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19 Register online at


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Station 1

Leisure Pool

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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. Class Times: M or W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P, Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A or 10:10-10:40A Date Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 8/24-10/12 3-5 8/22 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116** 10/21-12/14 3-5 10/13 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116** *No Class 9/2, 9/14, 11/25, 11/27 & 11/30 **Sections offering six classes have adjusted rates.

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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.

FALL ! MP A C Friday, October 18 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ages 6 - 12 Registration Required


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Class Times: M or W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P, 6:10-6:40P or 6:45-7:15P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A, 10:10-10:40A or 10:45-11:15A Date Age Deadline 8/24-10/12 3-17 8/22 10/21-12/14 3-17 10/13 *No Class 9/2, 9/14, 11/25, 11/27 & 11/30 **Sections offering six classes have adjusted rates.

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $65 /$77 /$97 /$116** $65 /$77 /$97 /$116**

Activity 452322* 452422*

Station 3

Leisure Pool Your child will enhance his or her breath control and streamlining skills learned in previous Stations while learning proper kicking. Class Times: M or W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P, 6:10-6:40P or 6:45-7:15P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A, 10:10-10:40A or 10:45-11:15A Date Age Deadline 8/24-10/12 3-17 8/22 10/21-12/14 3-17 10/13 *No Class 9/2, 9/14, 11/25, 11/27 & 11/30 **Sections offering six classes have adjusted rates.

PRE: Premier pass holder

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $65 /$77 /$97 /$116** $65 /$77 /$97 /$116**

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

Activity 452322* 452422*

NR: Nonresident


YOUTH Private Learn to Swim Classes

Station 4

Leisure Pool Your child will begin the side glide and front crawl stroke, adding on to skills he or she learned in previous Stations. Class Times: M or W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P, 6:10-6:40P or 6:45-7:15P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A, 10:10-10:40A or 10:45-11:15A Date Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 8/24-10/12 3-17 8/22 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116** 10/21-12/14 3-17 10/13 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116** *No Class 9/2, 9/14, 11/25, 11/27 & 11/30 **Sections offering six classes have adjusted rates.

Activity 452322* 452422*

Are you looking for comfort in the water, improved stroke technique and endurance, or a supplement to the Mason Swim Academy Learn to Swim program? We offer classes for all ages and levels. Work one-on-one with a Mason Swim Academy coach who will customize the class to suit your goals. While we cannot guarantee the same coach for every class, there will always be a certified Mason Swim Academy coach available. Class Times: T 5:30-6:00P, 6:05-6:35P, 6:40-7:10P or 7:15-7:45P Su 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A, 10:10-10:40A, 10:45-11:15A or 11:20-11:50A Date Age 8/25-10/8 4 & up 10/20-12/10 4 & up *No Class 11/24 & 11/26

Station 5/6 Leisure Pool

Deadline 8/22 10/13

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $175 /$206 /$231 /$256 $175 /$206 /$231 /$256

Activity 452319 452419*

Your child will add on to the techniques acquired in previous Stations and begin learning proper freestyle stroke with rotary breathing and the back stroke. Class Times: M or W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P, 6:10-6:40P or 6:45-7:15P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A, 10:10-10:40A or 10:45-11:15A Date Age Deadline 8/24-10/12 3-17 8/22 10/21-12/14 3-17 10/13 *No Class 9/2, 9/14, 11/25, 11/27 & 11/30 **Sections offering six classes have adjusted rates.

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $65 /$77 /$97 /$116** $65 /$77 /$97 /$116**

NEED A SWIM ASSESSMENT? Swim Assessment Registration: November 1 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Swim Assessment Dates: Tuesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 12.

Activity 452322* 452422*

Stroke School Leisure Pool

Continue to build on your skills learned in previous Stations and learn advanced elements and stroke efficiency in all four stroke types. Stroke School meets twice a week and includes the skills taught in Stations 7 and 8 of the SwimAmerica program. A pair of long swim fins with adjustable backs is recommended. Class Times: M & W 6:15-7:00P or 7:15-8:00P Date Age 8/26-10/9 3-17 10/21-12/11 3-17 *No Class 9/2, 11/25 & 11/27

Deadline 8/22 10/13

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $132 /$156 /$181 /$206 $132 /$156 /$181 /$206

Activity 452326* 452426*


Leisure Pool SwimFit is Station 9 and 10 of SwimAmerica and focuses on building the swimmer’s strength and endurance in every stroke through drills, multiple laps, and on-deck coaching. SwimFit allows swimmers to get the feeling of being on a swim team without the competition. Class Times: M & W 7:15-8:00P Date Age 8/26-10/9 3-17 10/21-12/11 3-17 *No Class 11/25 & 11/27

To register, see page 36.

Deadline 8/22 10/13

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $132 /$156 /$181 /$206 $132 /$156 /$181 /$206


Activity 452327* 452427*


Super Science Smorgasboard Activity Room B

It’s a Grab Bag of Science! Make a slushy treat to eat, create a fizzy bath bomb, and see soda slobber. We’ll make water disappear and play with snow that never melts. With a little of this and a little of that it’s fun for everyone. Day Date F 10/18

Time 9:00A-4:00P

Age 6-12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10/11 $78 /$92 /$115 /$138 463303-01

Female Firefighter Fire Station 51

See, touch and experience several aspects of the fire service profession. This camp has both physical and classroom components to give a broad introduction to the profession including a firehouse tour, learning basic first aid and CPR, completing hands on firefighting tasks, and flowing water through a fire hose. Day Date F 10/18

Time 9:00A-2:00P

Age 10-14

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10/11 Free 454100-01

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YOUTH Fall Camp Extended Care


Kids Korner

Extended Care is designed for Laffalot and Science Matters campers who need longer care. These campers can be dropped off in Kids Korner as early as 8 am. Kids Korner staff will take campers to their respective camps at 9 am Children who are registered will also be picked up from their respective camps at 4 pm and taken to Kids Korner for after care until 5 pm. Day Date F 10/18 F 10/18

Time Age 8:00A-9:00A 6-12 4:00-5:00P 6-12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10/18 $6 /$8 /$10 /$12 462100-02 10/18 $6 /$8 /$10 /$12 462100-03

Winter Break Camp Activity Room A

Mason Community Center is offering a multi-day camp while Mason City Schools are out. Take this opportunity for your child to meet new friends and have fun while you have the comfort of knowing where your child will be. 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 6 participants must be registered by the deadline for the program to run. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity M,Th,F 12/23-12/27 9:00A-4:00P 6-12 12/16 $71 /$84 /$105 /$126 462101-01* M,Th,F 12/30-1/3 9:00A-4:00P 6-12 12/23 $71 /$84 /$105 /$126 462101-02* *No Class 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 & 1/1

Extended Care Extended Care is designed for Winter Break campers who need longer care. These campers can be dropped off in Kids Korner as early as 8 am. Kids Korner staff will take campers to Winter Break Camp at 9 am. Children who are registered will also be picked up from Winter Break Camp at 4 pm and taken to Kids Korner for after care until 5 pm. Age 6-12 6-12 6-12 6-12

Deadline 12/16 12/16 12/23 12/23

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $24 /$29 /$37 /$44 $24 /$29 /$37 /$44 $24 /$29 /$37 /$44 $24 /$29 /$37 /$44

Activity 462101-04* 462101-06* 462101-03* 462101-05*

MANTA RAYS COACHES EXCELLING Todd Billhimer was recently elected as General Chairman of Ohio Swimming, Inc. The General Chair is Ohio Swimming’s head of the organization and has general direction of competitive swimming in Ohio. This volunteer position helps serve not only the City of Mason’s team, but also all of competitive swimming in Ohio. This is a badge of honor for the team and the City. Ken Heis is one of two coaches nominated to the Board of Directors of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). Election will be in Dallas in September at the annual ASCA World Clinic. The majority of the current board consists of past USA Olympic Team coaches. 44 CenterPoint Fall 2019

Activity Room B

Travel through time and the world to find astounding artists. Discover Chinese storytelling, fresco paintings, Renaissance portraits, modern art, and more! Get ready for an artventure! Materials included. Day Date Th 9/5-10/3

Time 6:30-7:30P

Age 6-12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/29 $70 /$83 /$104 /$125 463102-01

DO RE MI: Art and Music Activity Room B

Create art inspired by music! Explore opera, instruments, improvisation, and world cultures. Learn about music-loving artists Edgar Degas, Romare Bearden, Julio de Diego, and more! Materials included. Day Date Time Th 10/24-12/5 6:30-7:30P *No Class 10/31 & 11/28

Age 6-12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10/17 $70 /$83 /$104 /$125 463102-03*

Science Matters: Machine Madness Meeting Room

Kids Korner

Day Date Time M,Th,F 12/23-12/27 8:00A-9:00A M,Th,F 12/23-12/27 4:00-5:00P M,Th,F 12/30-1/3 8:00A-9:00A M,Th,F 12/30-1/3 4:00-5:00P *No Class 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 & 1/1

Art Through the Ages

Build a catapult and invent your own air-powered car as you learn the laws of motion. From skateboard parks to merry-go-rounds, we’ll learn how to harness the natural forces that make machines tick. So much physics fun it will make your head spin! Day Date W 9/11-10/9

Time 4:30-5:30P

Age 6-12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9/4 $90 /$106 /$131 /$156 463301-01

Science Matters: Goose Bumps Meeting Room

Turn the human body inside out in this behind the scenes science exploration. From top to bottom make models of your organs and body parts—lungs, brain, and blood. Get your skin ready for goose bump fun in this wild journey through the human body! Day Date Time Age W 11/13-12/18 4:30-5:30P 6-12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 11/6 $90 /$106 /$131 /$156 463301-02

HOSELINE ADVANCEMENT TRAINING Mason Fire Department hoseline advancement training is a critical portion of getting water on the fire as fast and efficiently as possible. Managing the hoselines around corners and hazards protects property and saves lives. PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident

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November 2

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9:30 a.m.

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iDaP After School Enrichment Intro to Web Design

Digital Branding Strategies

Enjoy an introduction to web design, domain names, and publishing an application.

Understand digital branding and social media marketing principles and strategies.

Meeting Room

Day Date Time Age M-Th 8/26-8/29 4:30-6:30P 10-14 M-Th 10/21-10/24 4:30-6:30P 10-14

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 8/24 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 10/14 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159

Meeting Room Activity 463300-01 463300-08

Intro to Design Principles Meeting Room

This is advanced robotics involving automated system design. Focus on sorting by color, autonomous driving, and moving objects to designated locations. Day Date Time Age M-Th 9/2-9/5 4:30-6:30P 10-14 M-Th 10/28-10/31 4:30-6:30P 10-14 *No Class 9/2 & 10/31

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/26 $69 /$82 /$103 /$123 463300-02* 10/21 $69 /$82 /$103 /$123 463300-09*

Intro to Web App Development Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 9/2 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 10/28 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159

Digital Branding & Social Media Marketing Meeting Room

Take your idea/application to the next level and focus on marketing and promoting your disruptive innovation. Day Date M-Th 9/30-10/3 M-Th 12/2-12/5

Time Age 4:30-6:30P 10-14 4:30-6:30P 10-14

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 9/23 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 11/25 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159

Activity 463300-06 463300-13

Meeting Room

Learn to code with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Time Age 4:30-6:30P 10-14 4:30-6:30P 10-14

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9/16 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 463300-05 11/11 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 463300-12*

Analyze for Success

Meeting Room Day Date M-Th 9/9-9/12 M-Th 11/4-11/7

Day Date Time Age M-Th 9/23-9/26 4:30-6:30P 10-14 M-Th 11/18-11/21 4:30-6:30P 10-14 *No Class 11/25, 11/26, 11/27, 11/28

Activity 463300-03 463300-10

Mobile First Development

Learn what to measure and what determines the success of your mobile application. Day Date M-Th 10/7-10/10 M-Th 12/9-12/12

Time Age 4:30-6:30P 10-14 4:30-6:30P 10-14

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 9/30 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 12/2 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159

Activity 463300-07 463300-14

Meeting Room

Learn about disruptive innovation and interactive design for mobile devices, principles, strategies, and deployment. Day Date Time Age M-Th 9/16-9/19 4:30-6:30P 10-14 M-Th 11/11-11/14 4:30-6:30P 10-14

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 9/9 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 11/4 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159

Activity 463300-04 463300-11

Keys for Success: Keys for Kids Activity Room A

Join us as we play, sing, create, and move! Geared toward kids with and without disabilities, Keys for Kids gives kids the chance to make new friends, play new instruments, build self-esteem, and express themselves, all while having fun with music! Day Date Time W 8/28-10/9 5:15-6:00P W 10/23-12/11 5:15-6:00P *No Class 11/27

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Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 5-13 8/21 $101 /$119 /$144 /$169 463600-02 5-13 10/16 $101 /$119 /$144 /$169 463600-03*

Manta Rays International Competition

The City of Mason’s Head Coach Ken Heis was selected to be the head coach of USA’s Mare Nostrum Team. The team consisted of 18 of the best male and female swimmers in the country including three City of Mason swimmers (Carson Foster, Jake Foster, and Adam Chaney). They competed in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, and Barcelona, Spain, in June. The three Mason Swimmers represented Mason and USA making the Top 16 each night, highlighted by Carson Foster winning the 200 back in Barcelona! Coach Heis and the boys also enjoyed some of the local culture and sightseeing in between meets. PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident




Tuesdays : - : p.m. September - October

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.

Learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting, and body positioning. Registration required. All equipment provided.

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 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.

Early Bird Special

Online registration for Parents’ Night Out starts at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, August 16. Phone registration starts at 8 a.m.

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee Activity F 9/6 6:00-9:00P 3-12 8/30 Free 433806-01 Kick Off to Fall: Wear your favorite football jersey to kick off the football season. Participants 6 years and older will enjoy swim time. F 9/13 6:00-9:00P 3-12 9/6 Free 433806-02 Hats Off Night: Don your favorite hat to wear in Kids Korner! F 9/20 6:00-9:00P 3-12 9/14 Free 433806-03 Down by the Station: Chug into Kids Korner to make a special train craft. Participants 6 years and older will enjoy swim time. F 9/27 6:00-9:00P 3-12 9/20 Free 433806-04 National Dog Night: Help celebrate National Dog Week by watching a special pet themed movie! F 10/11 6:00-9:00P 3-12 10/4 Free 433806-05 Reptile Adventure: Let your creative side soar by creating your own unique reptile craft. Participants 6 years and older will enjoy swim time. F 10/25 6:00-9:00P 3-12 10/18 Free 433806-06 Costume Night: Dress in your favorite costume for a night of fun. Be prepared for a costume parade through Mason Community Center with special treat stations. F 11/8 6:00-9:00P 3-12 11/1 Free 433806-07 Aviation Night: Celebrate aviation month creating a plane craft that is ready for takeoff! Participants 6 years and older will enjoy swim time. F 11/15 6:00-9:00P 3-12 11/8 Free 433806-08 Recycle and Reuse: Use a variety of recyclable items to make a unique masterpiece. Enjoy watching a green themed movie. F 11/22 6:00-9:00P 3-12 11/15 Free 433806-09 Gobble Gobble Night: Make your own turkey craft that will gobble its way home. Participants 6 yearsand older will enjoy swim time.


DEC. 6 6:30 PM


Stay tuned for more holiday events on To register, see page 4.


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YOUTH Beginners Gymnastics


Multipurpose Room

Sassy Sixes and Sevens Gymnastics

Introduce your child to the world of gymnastics. Students will learn basic gymnastics skills on the floor, uneven bars, balance beam, and vault. Your child will then learn to put the skills together to form a routine. Conditioning and flexibility are also introduced at this level.

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

Date 8/26-10/7 8/27-10/8 8/23-10/11 8/24-10/12

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

M 10/14-12/2 5:00-6:00P Tu 10/15-12/3 4:30-5:30P F 10/18-12/13 4:45-5:45P Sa 10/19-12/14 12:15-1:15P *No Class 9/2 9/14, 11/29 & 11/30

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

Deadline 8/20 8/20 8/20 8/20

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $75 /$89 /$112 /$134 $88 /$104/$129 /$154 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $88 /$104/$129 /$154

Activity 433472-05* 433472-06 433472-07 433472-08*

6-7 6-7 6-7 6-7

10/7 10/8 10/11 10/12

$100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168

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Day Date M 8/26-10/7 Tu 8/27-10/8 Th 8/22-10/10 *No Class 9/2 M 10/14-12/2 Tu 10/15-12/3 Th 10/17-12/12 *No Class 11/28

Age 8-17 8-17 8-17

Deadline 8/20 8/20 8/20

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $75 /$89 /$112 /$134 $88 /$104/$129 /$154 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168

Activity 433487-04* 433487-05 433487-06

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

8-17 8-17 8-17

10/8 10/9 10/11

$100 /$118 /$143 /$168 433487-07 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 433487-08 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 433487-09*

Skyhawks Basketball Heritage Oak Park

This fun, skill-intensive program is designed for beginning to intermediate athletes. Participants learn passing, shooting, dribbling, and rebounding. Boys and girls will also learn vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and responsibility. Day W

Invitation Only Classes

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

Date 9/11-10/16

Time 6:30-7:30P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 5-9 9/4 $99 /$117 /$142/$167 433221-04

Please note: Invitation to the following classes is at the gymnastic coach’s discretion.

Advanced Sassy Sixes and Sevens Multipurpose Room

Younger students who are ready for more advanced gymnastics skills may be invited by their instructor to practice in this class. He or she will work on more advanced routines on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. This class meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Day Date Time Tu,Th 8/22-10/10 Tu 6:30-7:30P Th 5:30-6:30P Tu,Th 10/15-12/12 Tu 6:30-7:30P Th 5:30-6:30P *No Class 11/28

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6-7 8/20 $160 /$189 /$214 /$239 433468-02 6-7


$200 /$236 /$261 /$286 433468-03*

Advanced Beginners Multipurpose Room

Students in this class must have some gymnastics experience and have mastered the basic Beginner skills. This class will provide a greater challenge to students on the floor, uneven bars, balance beam, and vault. Day Date M,W 8/28-10/9 M,W 10/14-12/5

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6:30-7:30P 8 & up 8/21 $160 /$189 /$214 /$239 433482-02 6:30-7:30P 8 & up 10/7 $200 /$236 /$261 /$286 433482-03

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Future Stars Tennis Heritage Oak Park

Future Stars are tennis players just beginning to play from the baseline and will follow the “games” approach to learning tennis. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center. Day Date Tu 8/27-9/24 Th 8/29-9/26 Sa 8/31-9/28 *No Class 9/14

Time 7:00-8:00P 6:00-7:00P 11:00A-12:00P

Age 6-8 6-8 6-8

Deadline 8/20 8/22 8/24

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 $44 /$52 /$65 /$78

Activity 342220-15 342220-16 342220-17*

Junior Champs Tennis Heritage Oak Park

Is your tennis champ a beginner or graduate from Future Stars? Tennis participants in this class are comfortable serving and playing from the baseline and will learn rallying and strategy skills. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center. Day Date Time Th 8/29-9/26 7:00-8:00P Sa 8/31-9/28 12:00-1:00P *No Class 9/14

PRE: Premier pass holder

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 7-13 8/22 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 342221-10 7-13 8/24 $44 /$52 /$65 /$78 342217-11*

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident




Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate Tennis Heritage Oak Park

Can you play from the baseline, rally five balls in a row and begin to playing sets? This tennis program is for you. Build on your skills and learn tennis strategy with this class. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center. Day Date Sa 8/31-9/28 *No Class 9/14

Teen Book Club

Time 12:00-1:00P

Age 10-18

Activity Room A


You’re invited! Welcome to our first teen book club. Come explore new ideas and share your opinions on various genres of books. This session we will be reading Yeah, Right! by local author and former City of Mason councilmember, Jim Fox. Program fees cover the cost of the book. Day Tu

Date 9/3-9/24

Time 3:15-3:45P

Crossroads Church Go LOCAL project team completed updates to the Kings Island cemetery. Volunteers installed new fence railings, repurposed some of the old ones, trimmed brush away from fence and added a new flower bed.

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 13-15 8/27 $12 /$15 /$19 /$23 453702-01



Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/24 $44 /$52 /$65 /$78 342218-06*









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Fall 2019

CenterPoint 49

Modified Group Exercise Schedule MONDAY, SEPTEMBER

- a.m.

- a.m. - a.m. - a.m.


Adult Group Learn to Swim Class Leisure Pool


*Registration required


TRX & Pilates

- a.m. - a.m.

- a.m.


- a.m.

Beginner adults with little or no experience in the water will work on various skills and techniques to achieve the goal of water acclimation. Intermediate adults who have mastered submerging and floating will work on backstroke and freestyle readiness. Swimmers whose skills exceed the intermediate level should contact our Aquatics team for additional class options. Beginner Day Date Time M 8/26-10/7 7:20-7:50P M 10/21-12/9 7:20-7:50P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 15 & up 8/22 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 452334-01* 15 & up 10/13 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 452434-02*

Intermediate Day Date Time M 8/26-10/7 7:20-7:50P M 10/21-12/9 7:20-7:50P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 15 & up 8/22 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116 452334-01* 15 & up 10/13 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116 452434-02*

*No Class 9/2 & 11/25


Mason-Montgomery Road

Mason, OH

Bodies in Balance: Water Leisure Pool


Join us to use 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 Date Tu,Th 9/3-9/26 Tu,Th 10/1-10/24 Tu,Th 11/5-11/26 *No Class 11/28

Tuesdays, September – October Mason Police Department • – p.m. Learn the tasks of the police department. • Ride along with Mason police officers

QUESTIONS? CALL . . Register at Registration Required

50 CenterPoint Fall 2019

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

Age 18 & up 18 & up 18 & up

Deadline 8/27 9/24 10/29

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $64 /$76 /$95 /$114 $64 /$76 /$95 /$114 $56 /$66 /$83 /$99

Activity 461604-01 461604-02 461604-03*

CPR/AED Classes

Fire Station 51 Community Room As part of our effort to make the community a safer place to live and work, the City of Mason Fire Department offers CPR classes. CPR training is free for Premier members and Mason residents, and a small fee for nonresidents (discounts available for nonresidents who are Basic members of Mason Community Center). All CPR instructors are Mason Firefighter/Paramedics. During the sessions, participants will learn adult and child CPR as well as the proper operation of an automated external defibrillator (AED). After the four-hour class, participants will receive a certification from the American Heart Association. Classes will be held in the community room at Fire Station 51, 20 Mason-Montgomery Rd. Please register through Mason Community Center. Day Date M 9/9 M 11/4

Time 9:00A-1:00P 9:00A-1:00P

PRE: Premier pass holder

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 18 & up 9/2 $0 /$7 /$0 /$10 421620-01 18 & up 10/28 $0 /$7 /$0 /$10 421620-02

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident



Fitness Assessments

Fuel Your Wellness

Take the first step toward better health today! To help you track your results and see how your hard work is paying off, we offer fitness assessments with our certified staff. Assessments include: heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory fitness, and flexibility. Assessments are recommended every three to six months or at the start of an exercise routine. A full assessment takes approximately one hour. Please wear gym shoes and comfortable clothing. Please complete the Fitness Center Appointment Request Form at Mason Community Center or online at to get started.

This eight-week program educates you on food choices that will optimize your health and target healthy eating habits. Each week your dietetic technician will apply healthy eating habits into everyday living.

Day Varies

Age 15 & up

Meeting Room

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $0* /$30**

*Up to 4 free assessments per year. **Rate will be discounted from a personal training package purchased following your assessment.


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. This program will also feature cardio, flexibility, and balance elements that you will experience in the drop-in group exercise TRX classes. Time 8:30-9:15A

Age 12 & up

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10/5 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 721301-05

Cycle 101

Studio C (2nd floor) 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. Day Date Sa 10/12

Time 9:30-10:15A

Age 12 & up

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10/5 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 721300-05

BODYPUMP 101 Studio A

Les Mills BODYPUMP will sculpt, tone, and strengthen your entire body. 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 participants looking to improve their performance. Day Date Su 10/13

To register, see page 36.

Time 2:45-3:45P

Age 13 & up

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10/6 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 321317-03

*No Class 10/31, 11/1

Tough Turkey Workout


Mason Community Center

Planning to splurge on Thanksgiving Day dinner? It doesn’t have to ruin your fitness routine. Take on two hours of calorie burning fun on Thanksgiving Day! Experience a combination of The Ride, BODYPUMP, GRIT, and Yoga in 30-minute increments.

Intro Group Exercise Classes TRX 101

Day Date Sa 10/12

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Th 9/19-11/14 6:30-7:30P 15 & up 9/12 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 469121-01* F 9/20-11/15 11:00A-12:00P 15 & up 9/13 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 469121-02*


Day Date Th 11/28

Time 7:30-10:00A



Fitness Center






Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 12 & up 11/15 $17 /$20 /$25 /$30 421307-01

Personal Training Fitness Center

Looking for the best workouts to achieve your goals, need a coach to keep you motivated, or need to change up your routine of exercises? The certified personal trainers at Mason Community Center offer a variety of training packages to cater to individual needs, no matter what the goal. Stop by the Member Services Desk for more information or call 513.229.8555 to get started! Punch Passes for Multiple Visits When you purchase a Personal Training package, your visits will be tracked through a punch pass system. Your visits will be linked to your membership card so you can find out how many sessions remain on your pass by stopping at the Member Services Desk. Bring your membership card to the fitness desk when you come for your personal training appointment. Your trainer will scan your card at the beginning of each training session. You can renew your punch pass at Mason Community Center or by calling 513.229.8555.

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CenterPoint 51

ADULT Introductory Training Specials for Members

Saturday, Oct. 19 8:30 a.m. Mason Community Center Registration required Proceeds will be given to the Shine Like Sable Foundation •9:30 a.m. GRIT is canceled•

FORM WORKSHOP Learn proper form for weight lifting + Mondays & Wednesdays beginning August 26 + 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. + Ages 15 and older

These are available to all members new to personal training for a one-time purchase. You can choose either package but won’t have the option to take advantage of both. Three 30-Minute Introductory Sessions $66 / Three 1-Hour Introductory Sessions $99 Premier



$35 $189

$42 $223

$63 $273




$26 each $140 each $275 each

$31 each $165 each $324 each

$47 each $215 each $374 each

45-Minute Personal Training Package Individual One 45-Minute Session: Six 45-Minute Sessions: Twelve 45-Minute Sessions: Partner (train with a friend) One 45-Minute Session: Six 45-Minute Sessions: Twelve 45-Minute Sessions:




$45 $243 $475

$53 $286 $559

$80 $336 $609

$34 each $184 each $359 each

$40 each $217 each $423 each

$60 each $267 each $473 each

1-Hour Personal Training Packages Individual One 1-Hour Session: Six 1-Hour Sessions: Twelve 1-Hour Sessions: Partner (train with a friend) One 1-Hour Session: Six 1-Hour Sessions: Twelve 1-Hour Sessions:




$55 $297 $580

$65 $350 $683

$98 $400 $733

$41 each $221 each $433 each

$49 each $260 each $510 each

$74 each $310 each $560 each

Small Group Training 30-Minutes 3 Participants 4 Participants Six 30-Minutes 3 Participants 4 Participants Twelve 30-Minutes 3 Participants 4 Participants 1-Hour 3 Participants 4 Participants Six 1-Hour Sessions 3 Participants 4 Participants Twelve 1-Hour Sessions 3 Participants 4 Participants




$18 each $14 each

$22 each $17 each

$33 each $26 each

$97 each $76 each

$115 each $90 each

$165 each $135 each

$190 each $148 each

$224 each $175 each

$274 each $225 each

$35 each $25 each

$42 each $30 each

$63 each $45 each

$189 each $135 each

$223 each $159 each

$273 each $209 each

$370 each $264 each

$436 each $311 each

$486 each $361 each

30-Minute Personal Training Package Individual One 30-Minute Session: Six 30-Minute Sessions: Twelve 30-Minute Sessions: Partner (train with a friend) One 30-Minute Session: Six 30-Minute Sessions: Twelve 30-Minute Sessions:

+ Registration not required


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Mason, OH

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


ADULT Adult Beginner Tennis


Heritage Oak Park

Members Only

Adult Badminton

Want to learn how to play tennis? This class focuses on basic stroke work, rallying skills, and learning how to play sets.

Come in to play badminton with our members during these during designated drop-in badminton times.

In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center.

Field House Court 1

Day Tu,Th,Sa

Date 9/3-11/30

Time varies*

Age 18 & up

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Free 722201-11

Day Tu

Date Time 8/27-9/24 8:00-9:00P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 16 & up 8/20 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 342209-09

*Tu,Th: 7 to 9P and Sa: 8 to 10:30A No Class 9/14 and 11/28

Adult Cardio Tennis Heritage Oak Park

Members Only

Adult Basketball

Improve your tennis skills and challenge yourself focusing on doubles skills and strategies.

Gymnasium A

Come in to play basketball with our members during these during designated drop-in basketball times. A Mason Community Center staff member will be present on the courts to verify that all participants are registered and following the posted rules. Day M,W,Sa

Date 9/4-11/30

Time varies*

Age 18 & up

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Free 722200-11

*M,W: 5 to 7P and Sa: 10A to 12P No Class 9/2 and 9/14

· The amount of time allotted to search for a lost ball reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes. · You may putt with the flagstick in the hole. It is no longer a penalty if your ball hits the flagstick. · Spike marks or shoe scuff marks may be repaired on the putting green. · Loose impediments may be removed from a bunker. · Grounding your club in a penalty area (previously water hazard) is now permitted without penalty. For more information about the rule changes please visit, ask your local PGA Golf Professional, or contact: Marianne Morris LPGA Assistant Golf Professional City of Mason Golf Center 513.398.7700

Day Tu

Date Time 8/29-9/26 8:00-9:00P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 16 & up 8/22 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 342210-08


Updated 2019 Rules of Golf

To register, see page 36.

In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center.


Friday, October 4 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mason Community Center Schedule your mammogram 513.569.6565 (co-pay and insurance will apply)

Fall 2019

CenterPoint 53



Auto Medic

Activity Room A

Alzheimer’s Series

Enhance your knowledge of car maintenance and upkeep. Determine when you need to see a mechanic. Enjoy a short presentation about routine services, diagnostics, and major repairs, followed by a question and answer period.

Activity Room A

10 Signs of Alzheimer’s

Day Date Th 10/3

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking, and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. Day Th

Date 9/12

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 1:15-2:30P 55 & up 9/5 Free

Activity 445310-01

Understanding Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Join us to learn about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the impact of Alzheimer’s, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Day Th

Date 10/10

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 1:15-2:30P 55 & up 10/3 Free 445311-01

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this program offering helpful strategies to provide safe, effective, and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. This presentation discusses symptoms, communication, personal care, and some safety issues. Date 11/6

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 1:15-2:30P 55 & up 10/30 Free

Activity 445312-01

Understanding Medicare Activity Room A

Whether you are already on Medicare or soon will be, this educational workshop will provide an easy to understand overview of Medicare. Learn about eligibility, important enrollment periods, and penalities to avoid. We will also discuss the different ways you can get your Medicare health coverage. Get an update about new Medicare ID cards that will be issued to all Medicare beneficiaries. Day Date Th 9/19

Time 1:15-2:15P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 55 & up 9/12 Free 443330-01

Medicare Open Enrollment Activity Room A

Beltone Hearing: FREE Hearing Test Meeting Room

If you have difficulty understanding conversation, have ringing in your ears, or if your family complains of the TV being too loud, this could indicate a hearing loss. Meet with hearing care professional to have your hearing health evaluated and a complimentary wax check. Beltone guarantees that you will leave with a better understanding of your hearing health and what it means for your future. Day Date Th 10/17

Time 1:15-2:15P

Time 1:15-2:15P

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Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 55 & up 10/10 Free 445300-01

Activity Room A

NEW K-Laser Therapy! Do you suffer from aches and pains from arthritis or other acute/chronic musculoskeletal injuries? Dr. Spille will discuss this new treatment therapy option. K-Laser therapy has many benefits, which includes decreasing pain and inflammation while accelerating tissue repair and healing time. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy. Dr. Spille treats conditions such as low back pain/sciatica, neck pain/arthritis, muscle spasms/ trigger points, knee pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, knee pain, hip pain, foot and heel pain, and headaches with K-Laser Therapy. Day Date Th 11/14

Time 1:15-2:15P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 55 & up 11/7 Free 443340-01

Picasso Painters Activity Room A

Try your hand at painting. No experience is required—people with various levels of skill will learn from each other. Bring your own supplies. This free class is limited to 15 people and is on a first come, first served basis. Day Date Tu 9/10-11/19

A representative from OSHIIP will discuss the Medicare Open Enrollment period. This is a part of the Ohio Department of Insurance that will inform you of all the changes and about enrollment. Insurance is not sold at this time. Day Date Th 9/26

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 55 & up 9/26 Free 443320-01

Chiropractic Education

Alzheimer’s Middle Stage

Day W

Time 1:15-2:15P

Time 10:00A-12:30P

Age 55 & up

Computer Classes

Learn computer basics, how to navigate browsers and utilize search engines as well as learn tips to avoid pop-ups and viruses with computer classes at Mason Community Center. Call 513.229.8555 today to learn more! Classes are by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 55 & up 9/19 Free 441509-01

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


SENIOR Tailgate Potluck


Senior Center

Parkinson’s Support Group Senior Center

Mason’s Parkinson’s Support Group offers you education, exercise therapy, and support that have proven beneficial in helping cope with this disease. On the third Thursday of each month, there is a pot luck dinner at 6 pm followed by a speaker at 6:30 pm. Day Th

Time 5:00-6:00P

Age 55 & up

Fee (Member/Non-member) $0/ $1

Show your Stripes with the Senior Center as we usher in the 2019 NFL season! Bring a side dish, enjoy classic stadium snacks, and watch the game as the Bengals take on the Seattle Seahawks for Game 1! Day Su

Date 9/8

Time Age 3:00-8:00P 55 & up

Deadline 8/30

Fee Free

Activity 443420-01

*No Class 11/28

Thanksgiving Feast

Senior Fitness Training

Barrington of West Chester

Fitness Center

Stay strong with a senior workout program that is perfect for all fitness levels. Join us in a circuit program designed and run each week by a certified personal trainer that utilizes 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 9/3-9/26 Tu,Th 10/1-10/24 Tu,Th 11/5-11/26 *No Class 11/28

Time 8:45-9:30A 8:45-9:30A 8:45-9:30A

Age 55 & up 55 & up 55 & up

Deadline 8/27 9/24 10/29

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 $48 /$57 /$72 /$86

Activity 461603-01 461603-02 461603-03*

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your Community Center friends. Join us at Barrington of West Chester, located at 7222 Heritage Spring Drive, in lieu of the Pot Luck Luncheon. Barrington of West Chester will provide the main dish and we ask you to provide a side dish to share. Please bring a side dish that will serve 6–8 people. Registration is required and will be on a first come, first served basis. Day Th

Date 11/21

Time 12:00-1:00P

Age Deadline 55 & up 11/14

Fee Free

Activity 425201-01

Members Only

Tai Chi

The style of Tai Chi Chuan emphasizes soft and slow movements, which enhances lower body strength and improves circulation, balance, and stability. Beginners will meet in the Meeting Room and Advanced participants will meet in Studio A. Day Time Th 12:00-1:00P Meeting Room Th 1:00-3:00P Studio A

Age 55 & up

Fee Free

55 & up



Pot Luck Luncheon Senior Center

Join us this spring for our popular lunches. Main entrees are provided by our generous sponsors—Barrington of West Chester, Chesterwood, Mason Christian Village, Cedar Village, Chesterwood, Mason Health Care and other visiting organizations. Each individual attending must bring a side dish to serve 8–10 people. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Mason Community Center’s Senior Center at 513.229.8555. Day Th

Date 9/5-11/14

To register, see page 36.

Time 12:00-1:00P

Age 55 & up

Fee $1


Senior Center Friday, Nov. 8th 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Ages 55 & up Registration required Fall 2019

CenterPoint 55


SENIOR Safari Dinners

Casino Motorcoach Day Trip

Let’s go on a SAFARI! One Wednesday a month, members of the Senior Center will meet at a local restaurant. Reservations are required and can be made under MASON SENIOR CENTER.

Join us for a fun trip to the Belterra Park Racino located at River Downs Racetrack. Space is limited. Register online or by visiting or calling the Senior Center at 513.229.8555. Your bus ride, lunch buffet, and $5 slot play are included.

Day Date Time Age Deadline W 9/11 6:00-8:00P 55 & up 9/4 Chuy’s, 9538 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, Ohio W 10/9 6:00-8:00P 55 & up 10/2 Kona Grill, 7524 Gibson Street, Liberty Township, Ohio W 11/13 6:00-8:00P 55 & up 11/6 Banana Leaf, 101 E Main Street, Mason, Ohio

Fee *

Activity 444400-01





Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (Member/Non-member) Activity F 10/25 10:00A-4:00P 55 & up 10/18 $23 /$26 4v 101-01

Senior Center Library Enjoy a variety of books by your favorite authors. You can read while you’re in the Senior Lounge or take it home with you— please return it when you’re finished.

*Participants purchase their own food and drinks.

Movie Days Senior Center

Come and enjoy a movie in the Senior Center on the third Friday of every month. Free popcorn and drinks are provided by Brookdale at Long Cove Pointe. Movies will be announced prior to the showing date. Day F F F

Date 9/20 10/18 11/15

Time 2:00P 2:00P 2:00P

Age 55 & up 55 & up 55 & up

Fee Free Free Free

Movie The Shape of Water A Quiet Place The Last of the Mohicans

Breakfast Bingo Senior Center

Join us for a morning of BINGO fun. Enjoy pastries and coffee while you play. Please bring quarters for several games! Day W W W

Date 9/18 10/16 11/20

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

Age 55 & up 55 & up 55 & up

Deadline 9/11 10/9 11/13

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

Activity 443108-01 443108-02 443108-03



Use the clues to find treasures in Mason!

Senior Center Friday, September 20 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AGES 55+ REGISTRATION PER TEAM REQUIRED MASON COMMUNITY CENTER

Mason-Montgomery Road

56 CenterPoint Fall 2019

Mason, OH




Mason-Montgomery Road

PRE: Premier pass holder

Mason, OH

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident

Mason Photo Calendar Contest Winners Congratulations to Mason’s local photographers! calendars will be available during the Heritage Festival on Saturday, September , .