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OPENING SPRING Makino Park | Common Ground Playground Kopfler Court Mason Ohio 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 to bring new social engagement and sensory opportunities for children, veterans, and seniors. It’s an all-inclusive place where families can come together and have fun.

Eric Hansen City of Mason Manager


Some People Make Choices That Change Lives

met Rachel Kopfler over 15 years ago when she came to the City inquiring about land for an all-inclusive playground—a dream that would require a monumental journey. The all-inclusive playground fosters the well-being of mobility-challenged individuals from children to adult veterans. But its benefits go beyond the individual, creating deeper connections with siblings, parents, families, friends, neighbors, and potential friends, enriching lives and our community. November 14 was a significant mile marker in Rachel’s journey as the City hosted a Sneak Peek event introducing the new park to some of its biggest benefactors. Common Ground Playground at Makino Park would not be possible without Rachel’s tireless strength and en-

during commitment combined with the generous support of the Kopfler family, Scheeler Family, employees of Makino, TriHealth, Deerfield Township, and so many other individual donors and supporters whose contributions have given the

City a unique gift; a gift that expands the horizon of recreation, health, and emotional wellness through refueling activities and socializing. Rachel has demonstrated a spirit and patience for facing life’s challenges, setting an example for not only her family and friends but to the entire Mason community. We are grateful to Rachel for her enduring commitment to enrich our lives. The park will open in the spring, and I invite you to take a drive down Kopfler Court and visit Mason’s newest adventure, which elevates Mason’s culture of wellness for the community and forever changes the lives of so many.

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Kristin Malhotra Deerfield Township Board of Trustees


Pardon our Dust…

s you may have heard or seen, a lot of activity has been happening at Deerfield’s Kingswood Park. We repaved the parking lot and constructed a multipurpose community pavilion. This is the first phase of making Kingswood the Signature Park you asked for through our parks master planning process last year. The pavilion is the largest such structure in Deerfield Township and will serve as a rentable shelter with attached bathrooms, a permanent home for our Farmers’ Market designed to allow vendors to pull their vehicles up to it, and will be home to summer and arts camp activities. So whether you’re at the park for recreation or an event, the sky is the limit on what can be done under this new feature. I am very proud of how this project came together. It was really important to me that it be designed in a way that not one single tree had to be taken down. Additionally, no residential tax revenues were used to pay for the construction. It was entirely covered through commercial TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funds, meaning we are still on track to meet our goal of being Debt Free in 2020. Phase II of the Kingswood activity will feature a new community building that will house, among other things, our administrative offices, the Warren County Sherriff’s post, and a designated community room for indoor activities when the weather is not conducive to utilizing the new pavilion.

Planning for Phase II was started in 2019 with our parks master plan and an open house that was held in July. Your feedback has been incredible thus far, and I look forward to continuing to work with you on how best to move forward with the design and build. Once again, no new residential taxes will be involved in the project and I am working hard to ensure that it is as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible. Finally, as my esteemed colleague Trustee Hedding mentioned in the last edition of CenterPoint, we are pursuing the construction of a new fire station to better serve the northwest quadrant of our Township. The land for this project was generously donated by Hills Properties. By constructing a new station we will be able to reduce our response times in that area and meet the growing demand for our fire and EMS services as that portion of the Township continues to grow. Entering 2020, we are very excited about all the activity occurring throughout the Township and our ability to raise the level of our service to benefit our residents for years to come. Growth is an inevitable part of success and the projects we are pursuing are in the best interest of promoting the wonderful community and character we have here, while maintaining balance and remaining strong financially. Thank you again for your invaluable input in these projects and please pardon our dust as we continue to improve our Township.

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Need help with determining the proper sizing of concrete piers, floor joists, and floor beams? Receive valuable information, such as building specifications, during your planning stages with information packets from the City, at no cost to residents. The Building a Deck packet also provides guidance on support posts, building stairs and handrails, and connecting the deck to your house. Complete the Building a Deck information packet and the Building and/or Electric permit application on and bring a site plan to show the location of your deck on the lot when submitting your plans for a permit. By filling in your dimensions and checking off the details that apply to your deck in the information packet, you’ll save $30 off your permit fee. Need help with your design drawings? Contact the Mason Engineering and Building Department at 513.229.8520.

The Township would like to thank Duke Energy Foundation for contributing a $5,000 grant toward our Comprehensive Plan Update. The funds will be used to continue our work to shape the future of the Township in the vision and direction of our residents and community stakeholders. As the Township progresses towards finalizing the plan, be sure to stay up to date on events, meetings, and materials by visiting https://be

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Project Mason The Project Mason website was developed to provide Mason residents and businesses the most up-to-date information regarding capital projects happening in the community. Project Mason is an avenue to ask questions and communicate comments related to a project in the City. Mason’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is updated annually. The CIP is a planning tool used by the City to identify the capital improvement needs consistent with the financing and timing of those needs in a way that assures the most responsible and efficient use of resources. Nearly 20% of Mason’s total annual budget is allocated to capital expenditures that further Mason’s position for future economic growth and long-term health and vitality of the community.


The Snider Road Roundabouts Project constructs modern roundabouts on Snider Road at Thornberry Court and Snider Road at Mason Road. The roundabouts will replace the existing stop control on the side streets at these intersections. The roundabouts will be single lane, with new pavement, curb, and storm sewer. The existing sidewalks and path within the project limits will be replaced. Short retaining walls will be required in two locations to allow for construction of the improvements while minimizing grading limits. Construction completion is anticipated in fall 2020.

Roundabouts offer many benefits for cities and drivers. According to the Federal Highway Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the use of roundabouts reduces injury collisions by 75% and reduces fatalities in collisions by 90%. Roundabouts also help reduce delays and improve traffic flow because drivers are not waiting at stop lights or stop signs.

NAVIGATING A ROUNDABOUT Yield to Circulating Vehicles One primary rule for driving through roundabouts is that drivers approaching the roundabout must yield. As you approach a roundabout, yield to the cars that are already inside the roundabout.

Stay in the Appropriate Lane Once you enter the roundabout, stay in the correct lane. If you are turning right at the first exit, stay in the right lane. If you are going around the roundabout to other exits, stay in the left lane until your exit approaches. You can perform a U-turn in a roundabout by staying in the left lane until you exit at the location where you entered.

Avoid Stopping As you approach the roundabout, yield and slow down. Enter at 8 CenterPoint Spring 2020

the first opportunity possible. One important rule to keep in mind is once you have entered the roundabout, you should not stop. Drivers approaching the roundabout must yield to you if you are already in the circle.

Turn Signals As you enter, exit, and change lanes in a roundabout, always use turn signals. This informs other drivers of your intentions and encourages a smoother flow of traffic. As you are driving through a roundabout, always watch other cars and the use of their turn signals to stay informed of their intentions.

Yield to Pedestrians Most roundabouts contain pedestrian crosswalks at all four entrances and exits. Pedestrians have the right to cross when needed, and cars must yield to them. Slow down and allow the pedestrian to cross.


In 1973, construction began on the “Mason By-Pass” Road connecting U.S. 42 to Kings Mills Road allowing traffic to bypass downtown to get to the Interstate. Traffic counts predicted for 1996 were 8,500 vehicles per day while actual counts were more than 13,000 vehicles per day in 1996. In 1997, construction began on widening SR 741 between Parkside Drive and Kings Island Drive and the replacement of the four-way stop at SR 741/Parkside Drive intersection with a traffic signal. At the time, traffic counts projected for 2016 were 18,100. Today, the actual count exceeds 20,000 vehicles per day. Presently, the SR 741 corridor is a major arterial roadway for residents commuting to and from Cincinnati and Columbus, for employees of businesses located in Mason, and for visitors to some of Mason’s local attractions. For more than 10 years, the City has projected and prepared to fill a growing need for additional improvements to SR 741, applying for funding through grants, and continuing periodic traffic counts in the area. The current intersection configuration causes confusion to drivers looking to continue on SR 741 due to the turn required. This results in accidental cut-thru traffic westbound on Parkside Drive and southbound on Kings Mills Road. The majority of the over 21,000 vehicles traveling that roadway daily are making a left turn at the intersection of State Route 741 at Kings Mills Road and Parkside Drive. This significant left turning volume, which has the highest probability for injury crashes, increases delay at this intersection.

Pedestrian Connectivity A five-foot-wide sidewalk and 10-foot-wide shared use path will be constructed on SR 741. Sidewalks will connect to existing sidewalks on Kings Mills Road and Parkside Drive. The shared use path will connect to the existing and future path at the east and north end of SR 741.

INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS: • Reduce congestion on the roadway. • Prevent additional cut-thru traffic in the adjacent residential neighborhoods.

INCREASED SAFETY Decrease Congestion and Improve Traffic Flow

CONCERNS IN THIS SECTION OF THE SR 741 CORRIDOR INCLUDE: • Traffic backups during morning and evening commutes. • Need for an additional signal timing adjustment at the intersection. • Growing number of rear-end accidents at the intersection. • Problematic weave for vehicles entering the Kroger parking lot. • Increase in number of trucks entering Parkside Drive. • Increase in cut-through traffic in residential neighborhoods (Kings Mills Road, Mason Morrow Millgrove Road, Stone Ridge Drive, Forest Ridge Drive, Marble Ridge Lane, and Parkside Drive).

Additional development north along U.S. 42 and SR 741, including several residential developments, is currently under construction. Anticipated commercial development both within and outside the City, as well as future development of vacant land on SR 741 between Parkside Drive and I-71, will all increase traffic pressure along this route. The City has been exploring several options for improvements along SR 741 that would meet traffic projections for the next 20 years.

PROJECT IMPROVEMENTS Roadway Upgrade SR 741 will be widened to a five-lane section and the intersection at Kings Mills Road will be reconfigured to create a through movement for SR 741 traffic. Kings Mills Road will be realigned at SR 741 to create a “T” type intersection. Parkside Drive will be connected to Kings Mills Road using a “right-in-right-out” configuration. Additional improvements include sidewalks, shared use path, curb and gutter, landscaped median, and storm sewers.

The intersection of SR 741, Kings Mills Road, and Parkside Drive currently services nearly 30,000 vehicles per day and results in significant peak hour delays and traffic backups in the southbound (AM) and westbound (PM) lanes. Development north of the City is anticipated to increase future traffic flows, further exacerbating the current delays and backups. The proposed widening and reconfiguration of the intersection will result in greater efficiency of the intersection. Additionally, the proposed intersection will allow SR 741 vehicular traffic to utilize a thru movement in the intersection instead of making time-consuming left and right hand turns.

Vehicular Safety Numerous crashes have occurred at the SR 741, Parkside Drive, and Kings Mills Road intersection. Crashes are mainly the rear-end type which is typical of highly congested intersections. Additionally, there is an existing weave of accelerating traffic on northbound SR 741 opposing slowing traffic attempting to access the Kroger entrance drive. The proposed “T” type intersection results in fewer left hand turn opportunities and results in fewer conflict points within the intersection. The weave of accelerating versus decelerating traffic is removed in this configuration.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety There are minimal existing pedestrian and bicycle accommodations along SR 741. New and future residential and commercial developments in the area will result in an increase in pedestrians. This project will improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists through the construction of sidewalks, a multi-use path, and the addition of ADA accessible curb ramps and traffic signal facilities.

PROJECT SCHEDULE Environmental Document

Completed July 2018

Right-of-Way Acquisition

Completed August 2019

Estimated Construction Begin Date Estimated Construction Completion Date

April 2020 October 2021

Please visit for current and accurate information regarding capital projects occurring in the community. Spring 2020

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Overcoming Bad Breaks Advances in Hip Reconstruction Get People Moving “Mom has fallen and broken her hip.” Adult children fear hearing those words as their parents age. Each year, more than 300,000 Americans age 65 and older are hospitalized for hip fractures, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 75 percent are women. More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by a fall. “When a patient falls and breaks their hip, it’s hard on the whole family,” says Marc Wahlquist, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute. “Most of these patients are medically fragile. If they aren’t dealt with in a timely, evidence-based manner, it can be a downward spiral.” Wahlquist says studies show that getting people into surgery faster and getting them up and moving within hours of surgery are restoring mobility better and faster. As little as a decade ago, he says patients with a fractured hip often waited days before having surgery. “That’s no longer acceptable,” he says. “At TriHealth, we have a goal of getting patients to surgery within 24 hours of their arrival in the Emergency Department.” Equally important is getting patients up on their feet within four hours of surgery. “If you let people sit, they’re at risk for complications like blood clots, bed sores and pneumonia,”Wahlquist says. 10 CenterPoint Spring 2020


The surgery required depends on where the fracture occurs on the thigh bone. The two most common hip fractures are: • Femoral neck fracture, a break in the thigh bone at the neck that’s just below the “ball” that fits into the hip socket. Surgical options are to use screws to hold together the head and neck of the femur or to do a partial or full hip replacement. Wahlquist says the latter is often more


Wahlquist says surgical technique has improved, but he believes the most important advances have been in the processes before and after surgery. “We have a standardized, complex pathway from the time the patient comes through the door of the ED and throughout their hospital stay,” Wahlquist says. “There are lots of parts, and everyone has their role to play.” He notes that physicians, nurses, pharmacists, advanced practice nurses, and others contribute to making a patient’s care plan smooth and efficient. Because of its excellent care coordination

reliable and gets a person up and moving faster. • Intertrochanteric fracture, a break between the bony protrusions called trochanters, near the top of the thigh bone. To repair this fracture, the surgeon places a rod in the middle of the bone, using a large screw going into the head of the femur. The bone heals around the rod, and the person can bear weight right away.

and outstanding results, Bethesda North Hospital is recognized as an Orthopedic Center of Excellence, and has received the Gold Seal from The Joint Commission for Hip Fracture certification. The hospital also has certification from NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), demonstrating its sensitive and exemplary care for patients age 65 years and older. Wahlquist tells his patients, “My goal is to get you back to your baseline level of function—back to walking, using a cane or doing whatever you were doing before.”

WAHLQUIST OFFERS THESE TIPS TO PREVENT FALLS LEADING TO HIP FRACTURE: • Clear clutter from your floors: phone cords, electrical cords, throw rugs. • Place non-slip mats and grab bars in your bathroom. • Put hand rails on all stairs. • Keep your home well-lit,

using night lights at night. • Do exercises such as walking, light weights and yoga to help with strength, endurance and balance. • Take calcium and vitamin D supplements

Marc Wahlquist, M.D., sees patients at Group Health – Mason, 6010 South Mason Montgomery Rd.; 7798 Discovery Dr., Suite A, West Chester; and 7794 Five Mile Rd., Anderson Township. For information or an appointment, call 513.246.7000 or 513.24ORTHO (246.7846).

as needed to strengthen bones. • Use assistive devices as needed, such as canes or walkers. • For high-risk patients, wear hip pads to cushion a fall.


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Calendar Mason Schools Spring Break

Monday, March 23–Friday, March 27 Mason City Schools Closed Mason Community Center open normal hours

Daylight Savings Time Sunday, March 8 Spring your clocks forward


Friday, April 10 Mason Community Center open normal hours City Offices Closed Greater Cincinnati WaterWorks payments not accepted Sunday, April 12 Mason Community Center open 12–4 p.m. (limited facility)

Memorial Day

Monday, May 25 Mason Community Center open 6 a.m.–12 p.m. City Offices Closed Greater Cincinnati WaterWorks payments not accepted


The Mason Twisters competed in the Fly Right Invite in November in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Mason’s Level 6 team won a second place award in the team competition. Christina, with two gold medals, and Maxx, with two gold and two silver medals, finished first all around in the individual competition. Individuals also brought home two second place all arounds and four additional gold medals. 12 CenterPoint Spring 2020

Leaf and Brush Removal As spring arrives so too does our brush pickup service. Deerfield Township offers brush pickup as a public service to residents at no additional fee. Our public services staff will pick up brush that is placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning of the following weeks in 2020: • April–Week of the 20th • May–Week of the 18th • June–Week of the 22nd • July–Week of the 27th • August–Week of the 24th • September–Week of the 21st • October–Week of the 26th Due to the volume of brush, crews may not be able to go back to your street if you put it out after they go through. Brush pick-up handles typical residential type yard trimmings. It is not designed to pick up excessive amounts of tree trimmings left by tree services performing residential trimming or lot clearing. Likewise, brush removal is not to be utilized for whole tree removal. All limbs, vines, and brush should be smaller than one (1) inch in diameter, be tied with string in bundles not to exceed one (1) foot in diameter. Anything with thorns must also be in bundles. The reason for this is to allow passage and handling of smaller brush through chipper opening. Do not tie the bundles with wire or electric cord as this will damage chipper and blades. All limbs should be neatly stacked at the curb with all cut ends facing the street. Limbs should be left as long as possible. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. To allow chipper blades to grab limbs without side branches getting caught, large limbs should have side branches removed four (4) feet back from the cut end of limbs so the branches can reach the blades. We are not able to accept stumps or roots, limbs over six (6) inches in diameter, or old firewood or fence posts. *Please check to see that there are no nails or metal of any kind mixed in with brush as this will cause damage to chipper. The following reasons are why your brush may NOT be picked up: • Not tied in bundles • Tied with wire or electric cord • Bundles or limbs too large for chipper • Stumps or roots • Firewood or fence post • Sticker bushes not bundled • Cut ends not facing the same direction • Excessive piles of brush created from whole tree removal • Brush that is from commercial trimming





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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. ANDERS RUFF WORKSHOP

AR Workshop is a boutique DIY studio owned by Katie De Pompei, who left the corporate world to open her first location in 2017. AR Workshops offers hands-on classes for creating custom and charming home decor from raw materials. Located in downtown Mason at 113 Reading Road, it is the perfect gathering place for your next birthday party, girls’ night out, or team building event.

You opened your first location in Hyde Park in 2017. What made you choose the City of Mason as the home of your latest workshop?

It was a natural progression for us. I have family and friends in the area and we had customers at the Hyde Park location requesting a workshop closer to them, in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati. Being so familiar with the area, I knew Mason would be the perfect fit because we wanted to be in an area with other small businesses and in a community that supports local businesses. We wanted our workshop to be rooted in the community and be a gathering place. Downtown Mason was 14 CenterPoint Spring 2020

just the perfect fit.

Your crafts, classes and decor are trendy, but also niche. How do you decide what classes to offer and what merchandise to carry?

When we got started, most of our classes were woodwork and canvas workshops. As we continue to grow, our class offerings evolve with the trends. We cater to the DIYer who might not have all of the tools, resources, or instructions to complete a project on their own. We have an almost endless supply of blueprints, tools, and accessories to build what our guests come up with.

Our shop is a place where people can create beautiful pieces that they are proud to display in their home, and it adds a special sentiment to know that they created it themselves, from scratch. We also carry merchandise in our retail store that is trendy and exclusive—things that you aren’t going to find elsewhere.

What do you like most about owning your boutique DIY workshop?

I love the workshop in general, but my favorite thing is getting to know our guests. From the time they book a class, through helping them to complete their project, I enjoy learning more about who they are and where their project will eventually end up. It is exciting for me when we get to work with guests of all ability levels as well—from the first time craft novice to the avid DIYer. The workshop has been a place for me to marry my love for decor and community, while allowing me the flexibility to raise my four little ones.

Anders Ruff is known for your DIY workshops, what are some of your favorite classes to host?

That has to be a tie between our chunky knit blanket class and the wood workshops. Our woodwork classes are special because guests can make all different types of wood projects. Everyone can make something different, so no two projects are ever the same. It is fun to see our guests create something from nothing (raw wood), and how creative some of the projects turn out.

Our chunky knit blankets are a completely different pace. We work with the class to pick out the perfect colors and we guide guests through a step-by-step class to hand knit a super cozy blanket from super soft chenille yarn.

You must have some favorite items from your DIY workshops in your own home. Can you tell us what some of those are? Our centerpiece boxes are very popular, and they are a great way to display personal items throughout your home. Almost every house I’ve lived in had a tabletop lazy Susan, so that is one of my personal favorites as well. Of course, I can’t forget about the chunky knit blankets. My kids love to snuggle up in them.

What would you say makes the experience at Anders Ruff unique compared to other craft classes in the area? We focus on providing a great experience for everyone, regardless of their skill level or creativity—we want all of our guests to have a great time in our workshop and leave with a beautiful piece for your home. Part of that is creating a relaxing, warm, and inviting environment where everyone can go at their own pace. We use all non-toxic paint and stains, so there is no awful smell when projects are underway.

We also invite our guests to bring in their own drinks and food and we’ve hosted everything from potluck style classes to fully-catered team building events.

Are there any new and exciting seasonal items or classes coming up? We are continually coming out with new designs and are particularly excited to host summer camps, which are workshops for kids, ages 6–14, four days a week throughout the summer. We work with them to create a different project each day, along with a smaller bonus mini project. The workshops range from wood and canvas to yarn projects, and we post the schedule to our website class calendar near the end of February. It is really

easy to sign up online ( We also really enjoy hosting fund-raisers and corporate events throughout the year. When we book a fund-raiser, a portion of the class registration is given to the host nonprofit. Organizations interested in hosting a fund-raiser or looking to book a team building class can email us at or call 513.229.8088.

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There are few teachers who have made more of a lasting impact on Mason Comets than Tim King. The beloved educator is in his 37th year in Mason and has taught oral communication, study skills, English, best sellers, and a class he created that has become a rite of passage for many MHS students—Words from the Wild. King was chosen by the Class of 2017 to deliver the Faculty Address during their commencement ceremony. His inspiring remarks reminded students that “Love” is spelled T-I-M-E. King and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of three Comet grads: Class of 2008’s Ben King, Class of 2009’s Lauren (King) Delgado, and Class of 2014’s Kaitlyn (King) Karam.


Community members may walk through Pine Hill Park during the school day and see students exploring. What was your inspiration for creating Words from the Wild—an English class that encourages students to explore nature? In 1987 my aunt gave me Words for the Wild:The Sierra Club Trailside Reader for Christmas. I always enjoyed hands-on classes and I learn best that way. My hobbies were hiking, fishing, canoeing, bird watching, reading, writing, and teaching youth. So I blended activity, nature, language, and my love for young people into Words from the Wild. There’s a lot of conversation about mental wellness for today’s children and teens. Why do you believe that Words from the Wild can be an antidote for some of the anxiety and depression we see? Students say that they enjoy having time during school to de-stress by going outside and hiking and writing. They also enjoy making friends and sitting with their friends outside. We talk about books like Florence Williams’s The Nature Fix, Richard


Louve’s Last Child in the Woods, and Sigurd F. Olson’s The Singing Wilderness. In different ways, these three books argue that whether it’s exercise, fresh air, the sound of birds, the smell of trees, the thrill of discovery and exploration—human beings need nature to be whole! In Words from the Wild we make things by hand and I don’t seriously scrutinize the products. Creating things is a satisfying human need. We also mostly stay unplugged. The phones that my students love are generally not good for them. Words from the Wild is a throwback to a simpler time. It’s about human interaction— loving one another, really. It’s about getting to know the woods near our school. It’s about using our brains and bodies to make things and do things. What are your favorite things about living in Mason? We have such a strong school district, wonderful parks, and a great community center. All of these things help make this community a really special place to live. It’s a blessing for me to live across the street from work.


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New Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Council Members Sworn In

Jeff Forbes (left) swearing in Mayor Kathy Grossmann.

MAYOR KATHY GROSSMANN is serving her second term in public office. Kathy has been a resident of the Mason and Deerfield area since 1995. A native of Indiana, she first came to this region as a high-schooler to perform in live shows at Kings Island. That opened opportunities for Kathy locally, nationally, and abroad, including a tour with the U.S. Department of Defense to entertain military troops stationed in Europe and Asia. Kathy graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 1995 with a degree in education and then became a fifth grade teacher for Sycamore Community Schools. In 2001, she decided to leave teaching to spend more time at home with a growing family and, eventually, a business. She and her husband, Tom, have six children, all of whom attended Mason schools. Since Kathy began her work on Mason City Council in 2015, her family has continued to grow with the additions of a son-in-law and two grandchildren. While life has taken Kathy in a different direction from the classroom, she still has a big heart for education and supports our schools through her work at the City. Kathy and Tom are small business owners. Kathy runs their real estate development projects handling property management and development including design work and project management. She recently completed a 26-unit condominium project in downtown Cincinnati. Over the years Kathy has also continued to work for local entertainment companies and community theater and has served extensively in music ministry. She and Tom 18 CenterPoint Spring 2020

support many local charities and groups that promote the religious, health, cultural, and social well-being of our community. Kathy is dedicated to promoting Mason and helping it be one of the best places to learn, work, play, and raise a family for people and companies from all over the world. “This is an exciting time to serve as the Mayor of Mason. Our City continues to be the economic engine of Warren County and competes on the regional, national, and global stages of business attraction, growth, and retention. Our economic development success enhances our ability to focus on our most important resources: our children and families. With healthy finances, thousands of jobs, exceptional schools, great parks, and excellent City services, Mason is an inclusive, family friendly community for people of all ages, backgrounds, and capabilities. I am honored to lead Council as we work with City staff and our local partners to preserve, grow, and advance Mason by protecting what we treasure, discovering our potential, and finding pathways to move Mason forward,” Kathy Grossmann, December 1, 2019.

Jeff Forbes (left) swearing in Vice Mayor Michael Gilb.

VICE MAYOR MICHAEL GILB was elected to Mason City Council in 2017 having served previously from February 2009 through November 2011. He served three terms (six years from 2001 to 2007) at the Statehouse in Columbus, as a Mediator and Visiting Magistrate in Mason Municipal Court, and as a Judge in Warren County Common Pleas Court. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in law en-

forcement from the University of Cincinnati and in 1985 earned a law degree from Ohio Northern University. He has been practicing law for more than 30 years now and is currently with the Batsche Law Firm in downtown Mason. Mike and his wife, Michelle, have been married 36 years and have three grown children and three grandchildren. Vice Mayor Gilb says, “I look forward to doing all I can to keep Mason moving forward.”

Jeff Forbes (left) swearing in Councilmember Tony Bradburn.

COUNCIL MEMBER TONY BRADBURN is serving his third term on Mason City Council. He was first elected to Council in November 2003, was re-elected in 2007, and returned in 2019. He previously served on Springdale City Council for 12 years before moving to Mason in 1998. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati. Tony retired from the Ford Motor Company-Sharonville after 33 years as a Senior Safety Engineer. He served as former firefighter and paramedic with the Springdale Fire Department and Community Medic Rescue and a bailiff of the Warren County Common Pleas Court. Tony has also served as past President of the Warren County Municipal League. Tony’s family includes his brother and sister. Tony’s hobbies include travel, music, and aviation. One of Tony’s most memorable moments is having the opportunity to fly a MiG-29 outside of Moscow, Russia. “I appreciate the voter’s confidence to elect me to a third term and look forward

to continue to make Mason a great place to live,” says Council member Tony Bradburn.


If you’re looking for your next creative outlet, look no further. The Arts Alliance will feature and host many opportunities for the community to continue to engage in the arts in 2020. Be sure to visit their website and Facebook page for continued updates. For monthly features, signup for their newsletter.

Jeff Forbes (left) swearing in Councilmember Joshua Styrcula.

COUNCIL MEMBER JOSHUA STYRCULA was elected to Council in November to his first term in public office. Josh is a Partner Advisor at AdvicePeriod. He focuses on improving clients’ lives by providing strategic, innovative, and holistic advice. For over a decade, Josh has combined technology and sincere passion to deliver an unmatched client experience. Josh served in the Ohio Army National guard for nine years. He was deployed overseas twice and provided relief during Hurricane Katrina. While serving, he graduated from Wright State University where he majored in financial services. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Investment Management Analyst. In 2012 Josh co-founded Young Professionals at Austin Landing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing young professionals. He was recognized as one of Dayton’s Top 40 under 40 in 2013. Josh was a volunteer recreational basketball coach for three years from 2011 to 2013. He continues to volunteer his time as an Upward basketball coach for his youngest two sons. He also started a program at his oldest son’s middle school to help dads get more involved with their kids. Recently, Josh has been involved in Mason Early Childhood Center’s Hero Dad program. Josh is married to Holly and they have three sons: Devon, age 21; Camden, age 8; and Brycen, age 6. Josh enjoys spending time with his family in various activities. They enjoy almost anything outdoors— hiking, running, and on the rare occasion playing golf. “I appreciate the support of the Mason community. I look forward to working cohesively with my fellow Council members to build upon the foundation of success in creating a culture of wellness in the community,” says Council member Josh Styrcula.

ART BAR These monthly art making classes are a blast! Art making and friend making galore…and best of all, no artistic experience necessary. They’ll teach you and you expand your horizons with new and exciting projects! • February 12 String heARTS String Art • March 11 Felted Mushrooms • April 7 Gelli Plate Monoprints • May 5 Alcohol Ink Flowers DEERFIELD HANDMADE MARKETS! The Arts Alliance is thrilled to present three markets to the community this year! These beautiful community art events showcase over 75 artists, creatives, and makers. Free to the community. Deerfield Handmade Market SUMMER – June 13 at Sonder Market Deerfield Handmade Market FALL – September 20 at Cottell Park Deerfield Handmade Market WINTER – TBA SUMMER ART CAMPS A banner summer of art making is planned for 2020 Summer Art Camps! Look for more steAm in stem with a wonderful combination of science, technology, engineering, ART, and math in these explorative camps! Camps are held at Cottell Park and Kings Mills Elementary for children entering the 2021 school year K–8th grades. Camps are $110 per camper and all materials are provided. Camps are held weekly from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Here’s their Lineup! • June 8–12 Glass Exploration Camp • June 15–19 Funky Fiber Arts Camp • June 22–26 Sewing Camp • June 22–26 Fairy Camp • June 22–26 Paint and Play Camp • July 6–10 Artists Trading Cards Camp • July 13–17 Chemistry and Color Camp • July 20–24 Songwriting and Performance Camp • July 27–July 31 Drawing and Watercolor Camp On the horizon...Summer Performing Arts Series! Wait until you see what they have in store for you at Cottell Park on those hot summer nights! And be sure to check out their upcoming weekend workshops! Learn more about The Arts Alliance, volunteering, and programming opportunities by visiting About The Arts Alliance The Arts Alliance is an innovative cultural arts organization dedicated to enriching the community with quality arts programming. Founded in 2006, The Arts Alliance serves the greater Southwest Ohio region, featuring such programs as the Deerfield Handmade Market, Performing Arts Series, Summer Arts Camps, the ART BAR, and workshops. For more information about The Arts Alliance, please visit

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City of Mason 2020 Budget Mason City Council approved the 2020 budget at the end of 2019. The budget is a guide to spending for the year and identifies major projects and initiatives, supports ongoing operations, guides service levels, and more. Revenue estimates, capital project lists, service levels, fuel and supply costs, benefits, and a host of other factors figure into the

budget. Careful thought is put into the budget as it is created. The result is a semi-flexible plan that allows for changes to be made as needs, priorities, or revenues change. At the same time, it is firm enough to provide the City staff with a basis on which to schedule projects and services.

Budget Overview

Perhaps most noteworthy in the 2020 budget is a heightened emphasis on future budget stabilization through “set aside” funds for leveling out future budget cycles that provides flexibility to better align purchases with the market. The 2020 budget includes over $23 million for capital projects and equipment; $20.8 million for capital projects; $2.3 million for vehicle replacement; and $182,900 for other equipment. Compare that to the 2019 budget of $32 million for capital projects and equipment; $29.4 million for capital projects; $2.7 million for vehicle replacement; and $141,150 for other equipment. The decrease of $9 million is related to the Municipal Aquatic Center project authorized in 2019. Below are some of the key projects identified in the 2020 budget.

Some of the City’s strategies for conservative revenues include: budgeting income tax revenues at $34 million—at the 2018 actual receipts level after adjusting down for the extraordinary payments for business net profits, zero local government funds from the State, and no additional revenues from local job growth despite anticipated increases. General Fund personnel and operating expenses have increased slightly at 1%. General Fund transfers include $3.4 million for the Safety Fund’s portion of the income tax. The Community Center Fund’s revenue and expenses increased to realign the activity to match the ongoing success of the Community Center. The operating budgets for the eight major operating funds reflect a 1% increase over the 2019 Budget. The City’s outstanding debt is anticipated to increase by $22 million for the Aquatic Center and golf course improvement while still decreasing by almost $6.5 million.

The 2020 budget continues to fine-tune financials of the Campus Safety program and partnerships that underpin it. The recent success in reducing overtime expenses within the Fire Department has allowed the 2020 budget to include funds to explore limited staffing models for a third medic to possibly reduce response times during peak activity. The budget continues to be based on conservative practices, which have helped the City for long-term financial health, even when economic downturns occur. Nineteen full-time positions remain vacant throughout the organization. Next year, the City will continue its work to fill vacant positions by continuing to evaluate operations and strategically sharing resources across departments that may lead to additional retitling of positions to better reflect responsibilities.












































Similar to past years, the City will continue the strategy to not schedule individual vehicles for replacement, but to rely on contingency amounts to more closely align vehicle failure with replacement. This practice of budgeting a “replacement reserve” for equipment allows greater flexibility and enhanced timing for possible equipment replacements. The City now has a reserve set aside that could accommodate outstanding “scheduled” replacement of City fleet. The 2020 budget includes over $2 million to be set aside for vehicle and equipment needs including over $1.5 million carried over from prior years. With the success of this reserve strategy for vehicle replacement, the City has initiated a similar practice for street resurfacing in 2020 by budgeting $1 million for the annual street program and an additional $2 million set aside to either enhance the program based on good market prices or continue to build a reserve for the future

in more aggressive years of street resurfacing. The 2020 budget includes $8 million to be set aside for street resurfacing including $5 million carried over from prior years. The target is to gradually build a significant enough reserve to maintain the City’s 477 streets (364 lane miles) while keeping annual funding amounts level despite peaks in annual programs. The 2020 budget continues to set a very aggressive work schedule and the City fully expects that some projects may be slowed or delayed as staff’s attention is on the construction and opening of the new Aquatic Center. Opening of the new Aquatic Center as well as Common Ground at Makino Park will require adjustment as operating and maintenance decisions are made and activity begins. Both the operating and capital budgets are underpinned by conservative financials allowing the flexibility to adjust to meet changing priorities or unanticipated opportunities.


Annual Repair & Maintenance Programs

SR 741 / Parkside Intersection Improvements (Re-alignment) Central Parke Blvd Extension (Financial Way to Western Row Road) Mason-Lebanon Trail Connection Western Row Road Interchange Landscaping Enhancement Snider Rd Widening Design (WRR to 42) Church Street Drainage Improvements/ Frank & Miller Design Indianwood Storm Sewer Improvements Sports Center Complex Drive Bridge Replacement U.S. 42 Roundabouts – R/W Acquisition Safety/Service Center Annex Improvements Makino Park Improvements SR 741/Kings Mills Streetscape Design Municipal Bldg N&S Basin Retrofits

$5,500,000 $900,000 $725,000 $750,000 $400,000 $300,000 $300,000 $275,000 $250,000 $220,000 $200,000 $150,000 $150,000

The 2020 budget also includes continuation of aggressive annual repair and maintenance programs. Highlights are outlined below. Street Maintenance Base Street Maintenance Set-aside Street Maintenance Striping/Bike Paths Facilities Paving, Sealcoating Water Reclamation Plant/Sewer Citywide Storm Sewer Maintenance

$1,000,000 $2,000,000 $150,000 $300,000 $961,500 $250,000

There are several projects/initiatives that have been proposed, evaluated or currently in the pipeline, whereby funds were included in the 2020 budget as placeholders. The following are key projects that need additional planning: Municipal Aquatic Center Parking, Equipment, & 50 Meter Improvements Golf Course Infrastructure Improvements (bunkers, irrigation, tees, etc.) Community Center Area Development/Improvements Pine Hill Lake Park Improvements Downtown Development Contingency

$2,200,000 $2,000,000 $500,000 $200,000 $170,000

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Deerfield Township Welcomes COhatch

A conversation with Matt Davis, founder and CEO, COhatch. WHAT IS COHATCH? A lot of people call us a network of coworking spaces and we definitely do that. But we like to think of ourselves as a community townhall 2.0 and a center of gravity aimed at fostering innovation, collaboration, and community. We want people to not only thrive at work but also in all areas of their life. Thus, we provide spaces, tools, activities, and amenities to help individuals and organizations flourish.

WHAT SERVICES DOES COHATCH OFFER? We want people to be able to “Work, Meet, and Live” all over their city (and other cities too) and to feel like they own real estate all over Cincinnati and that they can use it for work and personal use. Our concept is to build five to 15 locations in a metro area and give our members 24/7 access to them all. We like to build many of our locations in walkable urban areas requiring revitalization and building restoration that honors the history and architecture of each space. Across our footprint, we offer turnkey private offices, open areas to work, tons of meeting and event spaces, beautiful patios, game rooms, rock climbing walls, bars, theater rooms, beach houses, and so much more. Each location is customized and unique to the community in which it is located, but they all work together to provide an ideal set of resources for our members. When we say thrive at life we mean it. We like to see our members grow their businesses through our community of small businesses, nonprofits, large corporations, freelancers, etc., but also enjoy time with their kids in our movie theater and game rooms, get away on vacation at our beach house, serve the community in Mobi, our mobile community center, and stay healthy by talking to our on-staff Health Coach.

WHY DID COHATCH CHOOSE DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP AS ITS LOCATION? We simply seek out great communities that we can be an active part in and add a lot of value to. Deerfield Township/Mason is a strong community filled with people that want to excel at life and make their community stronger. We also chose it as part of our network in Cincinnati because of its access to both Cincinnati and Columbus. We plan to announce several more

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locations in Cincinnati as we begin to build our network of more than 10 sites that everyone can use.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF COHATCH? Our mission is to strengthen communities and improve lives. We not only want to strengthen physical communities, but also the local small business community, the start-up community, the nonprofit community, and the solopreneur community and really the lives of everyone we come in contact with.

COHATCH SEEMS TO BE A VERY COMMUNITY-MINDED COMPANY. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US MORE ABOUT THAT? Everything we do is to serve our community. One of the things we do is our Give Scholarship. So far, we have given more than 50 nonprofits scholarships to COhatch. We want them to be front and center in the community with better access to resources so they can achieve their mission. It is also great for our members to see what they are doing and to be able to serve with their talents and to involve their families.

HOW MANY COHATCH OPERATIONS ARE THERE AND WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED? We have six locations open (two in Worthington, Upper Arlington, Delaware, Polaris, and Fairborn), and five under construction (Easton, Dublin, Springfield, Deerfield Township, and Noblesville) with plans for a lot more. We started in Columbus and we have announced plans for more than 30 sites located across Columbus, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis (shhhh, more cities coming soon).

IS THERE A FEE OR MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATED WITH COHATCH? We are membership-based, but individuals and organizations don’t have to be a member to use our spaces. We have different levels of membership depending on what work services you want, including private office, coworking, meeting rooms, event space, and the list goes on. All of our memberships come with the same perks and give members access to all COhatch locations no matter where they are located.

IS THERE A MOTIVATION AND/OR STORY BEHIND THE NAME COHATCH? We love the idea of hatching thousands of thriving communities that improve lives. “CO” represents community, company and togetherness! And we thought it sounded cool, was short, and very memorable!

MASON’S RHINESTAHL CORPORATION ANNOUNCES NEW GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS ON 50-ACRE CAMPUS IN THE MASON RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PARK Economic development growth strategy builds momentum for R&D hub In only 10 years, Mason’s Rhinestahl Corporation has grown from 35 employees at their Innovation Way facility to a large manufacturing space on Western Row Road. In September 2019 the company announced the construction of a new 50acre campus in the Mason Research and Development Park. The new $14 million Rhinestahl global headquarters will be located on the west side of S.R. 741, north of Masters Drug Company in the R&D Park. Rhinestahl is a designer and manufacturer of complex engine and airframe tooling for the aviation and industrial equipment industries. This new facility marks the third time the company will expand its Mason footprint, doubling its existing headquarters from 100,000 to 200,000 square feet and securing 100 jobs over the next five years. Rhinestahl is a vital supply chain partner known for its custom tooling in the aviation industry and close partnerships with GE Aviation and Rolls-Royce Aerospace. It was attracted to the Mason Research & Development Park, in part, because of the City’s aerospace industry growth and highly skilled tech and aviation engineering talent. As the company moves into the Mason R&D

Park, it brings with it expanding technical expertise and global precision engineering teams that create solutions for complex problems driving efficiency throughout the industry. This is a big win for economic development in the City of Mason. The 400-acre Research and Development Park was established for this exact purpose—to attract, retain and more particularly provide opportunities to grow our existing companies. Without the foresight of this need, great corporate partners, such as Rhinestahl, would have needed to move outside of Mason due to their own success. Over the past decade, Mason has compiled site readiness evaluations in partnership with Duke Energy and JobsOhio, a process that implements strategic long-term growth strategy to best position the property for ideal growth partners. The Mason R&D Park has positioned Mason to compete for top national level projects and provides the City an opportunity to retain and grow strong corporate partners that fit well within the corporate tech, automation, engineering, and aerospace ecosystem, such as Rhinestahl.

THE CITY OF MASON WINS NATIONAL SITE SEARCH AND WELCOMES PCC AEROSTRUCTURES AND SPS TECHNOLOGIES Another win for Mason’s Research and Development Park Following the news of Rhinestahl’s new corporate campus location in Mason’s Research and Development Park, Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC Aerostructures) and SPS Technologies announced in December 2019 the selection of the R&D Park as home for their new one-of-a-kind engineering research and development integration center. PCC & SPS, both part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, will invest $128 million in the facility and bring 190 jobs to Mason, further building momentum in the Park and representing the largest aerospace investment in the region in 2019. The campus for the two facilities will be designed to create innovative concepts in vertical integration and seamless process improvement. PCC is one of the world’s largest build-to-print manufacturers of complex structural and mechanical assemblies in the aerospace industry and SPS manufactures high-performance, high-strength fasteners for precision components. With few exceptions, every aircraft in the sky flies with parts made by PCC. The decision to locate in the City came on the heels of PCC and SPS completing an extensive site search primarily based on a community’s ability to

support company culture, innovative drive, and to supply world-class talent— which Mason was able to deliver. This win is a nod to the Duke Site Readiness program, the SiteOhio program, and to the importance of predevelopment work that is done to ensure sites are viable and competitive. Attracting the new facilities and investment to the Mason R&D Park represents significant economic success for the City, region, and state by advancing the existing regional aerospace hub. With over 33,000 employees in more than 162 locations across the globe this type of high profile corporate attraction supports the City’s long-term vision for the Mason R&D Park with specific focus on attracting high-tech, research and development, signature corporate headquarters, and advanced manufacturers in key industry sectors. Welcome Home PCC Aerostructures and SPS Technologies!

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Mason’s ABC’s of Income Tax Revenue

Income tax revenue goes into the City’s General Fund, which supports many of the services and amenities that residents in Mason enjoy. Below is a list of some of the items the Earnings Tax is used for in Mason. Some things, like sewer service, garbage collection, fire protection, storm water maintenance, and the Mason Community Center are not on the list because these items are supported by separate funds. For example, sewer service and garbage collection are supported by user fees, which are paid into the Sewer Revenue Fund and Waste Fund, respectively. Aaa credit rating Accounts payable AED training Annual budget report Annual fishing derby Annual sidewalk replacement program Annual street resurfacing program Annual street striping program Arrest reports Background checks Baseball fields Bethany Road Improvement Project Bicycle registration Bike paths Block parties Barricades Building inspections Building maintenance Building permitting Building plan review Business retention services Campus Safety CenterPoint Child safety seat inspections Christmas in Mason Citizen’s police academy City insurance administration City road map City tax preparation assistance Community emergency response team Community wellness programs Comprehensive plan Corporate Challenge 5k CPR training Common Ground Playground Computer maintenance Computer network Computers Crack sealing equipment Concession stands Corwin M. Nixon Park Court testimony by police officers Curbside brush chipping Curbside leaf collection Customer service Downtown holiday lighting Downtown plaza Downtown revitalization 24 CenterPoint Spring 2020

Earth Day celebration Economic development Electrical permitting Emerald ash borer control Emergency medical services Emergency operations center supplies Emergency operations plans Employee benefits Employee hiring Employee salaries Employee training E-newsletters EOC Facility emergency plans Fire code Fire extinguisher training Fire hydrant inspections Fire prevention Fire protection Fire safety inspections Fire Station 51 Fire Station 52 Fishing lakes Fleet maintenance Frank Hosea Woods Park GIS mapping Golf course Grant applications Green space regulations Guardrail painting and maintenance Heritage festival Heritage Oak Park Improvement Project I-71 & Western Row Interchange Incident command teams Innovation Way Junk vehicle enforcement K-9 operations Kings Island Drive and Western Row Road Improvement Project Landscaping in street medians Legal services Lighted ball fields Litter control Maintenance of trees in right-of-way Makino Park Mason Corporate Challenge

Mason Municipal Aquatic Center Mason Municipal Center Mason Sports Park Mason-Montgomery Road Widening Meadows Park Median street banners Meeting space Mobile data terminals in police vehicles Muddy Creek bike path Music in Mason Nature programs Neighborhood trick-or-treat New road construction Office supplies Ordinances Outdoor warning sirens Park maintenance Park shelters Partnerships Payroll processing Pedestrian paths Photo contest calendars Picnic areas Pine Hill Lakes Park Pine Hill Lodge Police protection Popular annual financial report Power tools Professional fees Public records requests Quinn Park Records retention Red, Rhythm & Boom Right-of-way acquisition Right-of-way mowing and maintenance Road improvement projects Road inspections Road maintenance vehicles Road salt Roundabouts Safety camp Safety compliance Service Center Shop Local events Small business assistance Smoke alarm inspections

Snider Road/Cedar Village Drive (Commerce Court) Snider Road Connector Snowplowing Soccer fields South East Street/Rose Hill Cemetery Pedestrian bridge replacement Special event setup and teardown Start-ups State of the City Stop the Bleeding training Street signs Street sweeping streetlights Sundin Fields at Heritage Oak Park Tax code enforcement Tax form printing Tech-elevator companies Technical rescue operations Thoroughfare plan Traffic accident reports Traffic enforcement Traffic signals Traffic signal pre-emption for public safety Transient vendor registration Tree City USA compliance Tree Lighting Ceremony Tree removal Tri-umphant Triathlon Trunk-n-Treat Tylersville Road/Fireside Drive Uniforms U.S. 42 Widening Project Utility costs Vacation house checks Water Reclamation Plant Weed control enforcement Western Row Road Widening Zoning enforcement The City of Mason and Mason City Schools often partner to ensure a premier community. Both are supported through separate funded sources. The City’s largest source of revenue is the income tax.

Need Mason Income Tax Help? The Mason Income Tax OďŹƒce will prepare your City of Mason income tax return for FREE. To take advantage of this service, please bring all tax documents to the Customer Service Counter in the Mason Municipal Center located at Mason-Montgomery Road.

Tax Return Deadline - Wednesday April Don’t be late! E-file postmark or drop off Mason tax returns by Wednesday April Avoid receiving a no file letter by submitting a copy of your Federal Extension to the Mason Tax Office If you don’t have a Federal Extension but need an extension for filing Mason income taxes please submit a written request on or before Wednesday April

Online Tax Tool – Easy and Convenient ³ Access it at www imaginemason org ³ Useful tool for calculating your Mason income taxes ³ View all estimated tax payments made by January ³ Most residents can file the tax return electronically!

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Hello Raven! J.F. Burns Elementary gained a new employee last Fall. Well, sort of! Meet Raven, a five-month-old Australian Shepherd/Poodle mix puppy who is JFB’s new therapy dog! She has been trained, certified, and insured through Pawsibilities Unleashed, a service dog training agency in Kentucky. This means that Raven has received extensive training on how to interact with elementary students in a school environment. She has undergone temperament and obedience training, and she has passed her assessments with flying colors. Raven was surrendered by her breeder because her ear was crooked and that doesn’t meet breed standards. Her owner/caretaker and JFB School Counselor, Emily Sander, says, “This is a great lesson for our students. It shows that no one is perfect and we need to be accepting of everyone, despite their flaws.” Sander has been trained as a handler for Raven. She brings Raven to school with her each

day. Raven will accompany Sander in her duties throughout the day. She told us that there are many benefits of having a therapy dog in a school setting such as cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and environmental. One of the favorite things that Raven takes part in is that she loves to be read to. Sander noted that Raven was trained by an Occupational Therapist to provide deep pressure to kids in the form of a hug. “When you place her paws on the child’s shoulders and prompt with ‘hug,’ she will shift her body weight to provide deep pressure to the child’s shoulders,” she said. Deep pressure Stimulation (DPS) is firm but gentle squeezing, hugs, or holding that relaxes the nervous system. This kind of gentle pressure can help provide an overall sense of calm and peace. Raven is hypoallergenic and non-shedding to minimize the risk of allergies. She has transitioned into her new position very well and has helped with the social-emotional needs of the students.



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Temporary Signs in the Right of Way


hroughout the spring and summer season, the City often receives a number of complaints related to signs placed in the public right-of-way, most notably on the weekends. Both City Codified Ordinances and the State of Ohio Revised Code prohibit temporary signage placed within the public right-of-way. Many of these temporary signs are placed on Friday evening and then removed late Sunday or early Monday morning outside of the City’s operating hours. The majority of these signs are used by developers and home builders to market their residential property and help guide weekend traffic to new subdivisions while others advertise a

variety of businesses/services. Routinely dedicating staff to remove weekend signs in the right-of-way is a costly and time con-

suming process. However, the City discourages weekend sign installations by scheduling random weekend removal and disposal of the signs. Random sign removal is intended to discourage temporary signage in the public right-of-way. Businesses using temporary signage on private property as promotional opportunities may have the option under the City of Mason’s Zoning Code to apply for temporary sign permits. While obtaining this permit still does not allow businesses to put signage in the right-of-way, it does provide an option to place temporary promotional signage on private property provided it meets proper size and location requirements. Additional information and permit applications can be obtained at the Mason Municipal Center Customer Service Counter or on the City’s website,

The right-of-way does not stop at the edge of the paved street. It extends into what most people consider their front yard. In general, the right-of-way includes the street, curb and gutter, streetlights, sidewalk and bike path, and usually includes street ditches and driveway aprons. For the most accurate location of the right-of-way and any easements, request a copy of the record plat for your subdivision or street dedication plat from the Warren County Recorder’s Office. Note the location of utility poles. Generally the right-of-way limits extend several feet beyond these. If multiple poles or risers exist, the right-of-way likely extends several feet beyond the pole farthest from the street.






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Tornado Warning Signs With the warmer temperatures outside, there will be more and more patrons visiting Mason City parks. Mason’s parks offer a number of activities and events from baseball, soccer, and frisbee golf to walking paths and more. When using the parks or at a City event, patrons need to be mindful of the weather conditions predicted or sudden changes in weather conditions. Participants, spectators, and visitors are encouraged to follow some simple safety measures: • “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.â€? In 2001, the National Weather Service established the program “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoorsâ€? in an attempt to reduce the number of lives taken annually due to lightning strikes. • Turn on Government Alerts/Emergency Alerts on your cell phone. The Warning Alert and Response Network Act (WARN Act), is a system based on the existing Emergency Alert System (EAS), which are the warnings that you get on a television and radio when there is a weather incident or other emergency. Alerts are sent to cell towers providing wireless service to a target geographical area. Emergency alerts are issued because of an imminent threat to public safety or life, such as evacuation orders or shelter in place orders due to severe weather (tsunami, tornado, ash ood warnings, hurricane, typhoon, dust storm, extreme wind,

blizzard, ice storms, a terrorist threat or chemical spill). Please keep in mind that you might not receive an alert at all if you are on the phone or texting at the time. • Download Weather App Consider downloading a weather app to your cell phone. There are a number of apps offered that can help alert you to severe weather conditions approaching or already in the area. • Outdoor Warning Sirens The City of Mason currently has nine outdoor warning sirens and an additional one under construction which are activated by the Warren County Communications Center. The purpose of the outdoor public warning siren system is as an early warning device to alert citizens to take shelter indoors and seek additional information immediately. The outdoor warning system is an effective method of notifying those who are outdoors,to seek shelter indoors. The sirens are not designed to be relied upon to provide sufďŹ cient warning indoors or in noisy areas. Air conditioning, thunder, wind, rain, and other conditions can cause the sirens not to be heard indoors or even sometimes outdoors. Sirens are tested the ďŹ rst Wednesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to have multiple ways to receive information about severe weather.

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our business’s success is important to us. Please contact the Mason Building Department and let us help you get started with your new business or your remodel project. Contacting us early on in your plans can save you time and money. We are happy to answer your questions over the phone, by email, or even meet with you for an onsite visit. Our goal is to listen to you, understand your goals for the project, and propose effective solutions while ensuring building code requirements are being met. We will help you understand when a permit or inspection is required and when work such as painting, carpeting, cabinetry, and replacing light fixtures does not require a permit. Often the work being done will require a building permit. The City’s building codes and permits are created to preserve your health, safety, general welfare, and property. They serve an extremely important purpose in keeping business owners and the public safe from inferior construction and remodeling work. And provide emergency crews the consistency to better protect property, lives, and their own safety. Obtaining the necessary building permits early is key to saving time, money, and frustration. Without the permit, work begun or completed may have to be redone or uncovered to allow for inspections. The following are some of the more common items inspectors are looking for in preserving your general welfare and safety. • Wood framing has not been used. Wood framing is not permitted in many commercial buildings. • Relocated, added, or removed walls may block sprinkler coverage or create spaces that are no longer accessible by the sprinkler. • Federal code requirements for accessibility including specific heights for dining counters and restroom amenities, clearances between tables and ease of maneuverability near doorways. • Electrical wiring is correctly installed from the utility transformer to

the farthest wall outlet. • Inspectors check above the ceilings to make sure that there are no combustible materials that are exposed. • Some buildings have fire-rated walls, floors, and columns. The inspectors make sure that the correct building materials are used, and that any penetrations from pipes, lights, and conduits are protected to prevent the spread of fire throughout the building. • If there are any structural changes to the building, such as new holes in the roof for exhaust fans, inspectors confirm work was performed safely to ensure a correct load path. • That natural gas lines meet pressure tests to make sure that there are no leaks. • That the building’s sprinkler system is operating correctly. • That any grease appliances under kitchen hoods, such as fryers, ovens and griddles, have a properly operating fire suppression system. • That the fire alarm system is functioning correctly to alert owners and customers of an emergency situation as soon as possible. • Correct type of insulation has been used to limit the spread of fire. • Walk-in cooler has operational handles inside and out to eliminate someone getting locked inside the unit. • Electrical circuits are adequate and functioning properly. Starting a new business or doing remodeling work is a busy time for a business owner. The Mason Building Department, working with the Mason Fire Department, is here to help your project go smoothly. Mason prospers with a successful business community. Before starting any building renovations, be sure to check with the City of Mason’s Building Department at 513.229.8520.



Saturday May through

Monday May FREE ACCESS Mason Community Center

ONE FREE GAME The Golf Center

Mason Community Center : a.m.- : p.m. Wednesday, April , Open to the public. Includes local merchants and home sale representatives.


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Mason Biohealth Hub Continues Momentum AtriCure hosts ribbon cutting on expanded campus


ason’s bio hub continues to grow as anchor tenant AtriCure completes phase one of a two-phase expansion at its Innovation Way global headquarters. This expansion exemplifies the world-class companies that continue to choose the Mason bio-hub to invest or re-invest. AtriCure is a leading developer of innovative technologies for the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) and related conditions. Afib affects more than 33 million people worldwide. Electrophysiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons around the globe use AtriCure technologies for the treatment of Afib and reduction of Afib related complications. AtriCure’s Isolator® Synergy™ Ablation System is the first and only medical device to receive FDA approval for the treatment of persistent Afib. AtriCure’s AtriClip® Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion System products are the most widely sold LAA management devices worldwide. In 2014 AtriCure announced its decision to locate in Mason and build a 10-acre campus, on property formerly owned by the City at the new I-71 Western Row – Innovation Way Exit. The site was strategically slated for these types of catalytic projects that help draw attention to the City’s

front door and accelerate the tech and bio-hub. In just four short years after the opening of their new headquarters, AtriCure witnessed unprecedented growth and was in need of more space and people. The company worked with Pictured left to right: Chief Technology Officer Sam Privitera, Mason’s Economic DevelDirector of Facilities Jerry Patton, Vice Mayor Mike Gilb, President opment Team to develop and CEO Mike Carrel a long-term solution. The phased expansion plan completes a comprehensive renovation and retrofit, converts high bay space into mezzanine workspace, and doubles existing office and clean room capacity while also enabling an efficient, amenities, more vertical development, and strucmore streamlined manufacturing process, and tured parking. This type of development strategy most importantly positions AtriCure for continued at this important Southwest Ohio location has growth. The investment totals over $5 million and won Mason national and international attention adds 128 additional biohealth jobs, totaling over by prospects and a place on the short list for top 460 jobs secured in Mason. Mason’s long-term highly sought-after projects. economic development strategy in the OakPark The City of Mason is excited to be part of this District (surrounding Innovation Way, Western long term health care mission as we grow the AtriRow, and I-71) is guided by master planning that Cure investment together. For more information includes use of active and common open space, visit

City of Mason Is First Municipal Adopter of Start-Up Technology by Include Health The Access Strength machine provides Mason Community Center users of all abilities the opportunity to exercise as part of “living lab” initiative


he City of Mason continues its ongoing commitment to a Culture of Wellness for the City and its residents. The introduction of the IncludeHealth Access Strength embraces local start-up ingenuity with community wellness objectives in a “living lab” setting. Mason Community Center became the first community facility in the country to house an IncludeHealth inclusive weight machine, designed to be intuitive for use by people of all ages and abilities. The City and IncludeHealth founder Ryan Eder have partnered since 2015 on scaling the start-up that is co-headquartered in Mason and Columbus, Ohio. The partnership, launched at the beginning of the year, is a unique public/private approach to economic development and captures the City’s commitment to early adoption. By becoming a “user” of the technology, especially in this case, in an environment that is so important to the City’s core culture of wellness, it brings our work full circle. This is an exciting example that can be applied directly to the City’s residents who will be helping us innovate. IncludeHealth’s exercisemachine is designed to accommodate people with a variety of abilities, from wheelchair users to high performance athletes. Weights are adjusted with a simple touch. To date, there are a limited amount of the Access Strength machines deployed into facilities from senior living to rehabilitation, and the company recently started a partnership with the Wright Patterson Airforce Base in Dayton. Mason’s own Mason Christian 30 CenterPoint Spring 2020

Village is part of the implementation with very positive feedback. “Our partnership with the City of Mason has been a big advantage to our success and growth over the past several years,” says Eder. “We need creative and nimble partners like Mason and we’re excited to have this new opportunity to launch our first public sector project in the Mason Community Center. While typical gym floor equipment works for a more general set of demographics, we wanted to remove barriers so whether you’re 99 or 8, you’ll have no trouble using it. From spinal cord injury patients to elite athletes, anyone is able to use our machine.” Over the coming year, the Community Center installation will allow the City to extend its partnership with IncludeHealth and develop education and programming to learn more about the needs of the populations here in the City and determine how they can benefit from Access Strength. At the same time, IncludeHealth expects to gain valuable insights as they work in our unique living lab environment. The install of the Access Strength is the second Mason initiative announced over the last six months that will take the community to the next level in inclusive health and fitness. Last December, project stakeholders got an early look at the Makino Park Common Ground Playground, an inclusive recreation opportunity that will become a destination for Southwest Ohio. The playground has an interactive environment unlike any other in the region and extends far beyond requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, by bringing new social engagement and sensory opportunities for children, veterans, and seniors. This park is expected to open spring 2020.



he pedestrian-friendly, live-work-play community The District at Deerfield (The District) continues to take shape with two significant steps: Developers have broken ground on the high-end apartment community that will be one of its centerpieces and Deerfield Township has completed construction on a key road extension. The apartment community will be named One Deerfield, a fitting designation for an integral component of the $120 million mixed-use District of Deerfield, which will span 28 acres between Mason-Montgomery Road and Wilkens Boulevard in the bustling township. The development is based on the idea of creating one community, One Deerfield, an integrated neighborhood featuring a thriving business, residential, entertainment, and social environment. “Residents of One Deerfield will experience just that: one thriving community where they can shop, meet friends for a meal or drinks, walk their dogs, or enjoy events in the forthcoming public square,” says Ryan Silverman, Vice President at Silverman & Company, Inc., the developer of The District. “With the recent opening of the Mercy Health-Cincinnati medical office complex at The District, they will even be able to visit their doctors in their new neighborhood.” Deerfield Township recently completed construction of an extension of Parkway Drive, which will serve as the artery through The District of Deerfield, connecting Mason-Montgomery Road to Wilkens Boulevard. The upscale One Deerfield will feature 242 apartment homes with floor plans ranging from approximately 600 to 1,550 square feet and amenities including quartz countertops, 9-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, smart-key systems, and generous closets. Unit configurations include one-bedroom/one-bath, with or without a den, and two-bedroom/ two-bath, with or without a den. Community features for One Deerfield will emphasize fitness and socializing—a wine-and-beer garden, fire pit, indoor and outdoor work space, resort-style pool, outdoor kitchen, a state-of-the-art fitness center with lounge, coffee bar, gaming lawn, and an urban layout emphasizing walkability. Dog lovers will find plenty to love, with the apartment community featuring two dog parks and a pet spa. One Deerfield is scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2020. Phase Two will encompass a variety of retail offerings, with an emphasis on premier dining, shopping, and entertainment, says Josh Rothstein, retail specialist at OnSite Retail Group, which is overseeing the leasing for the retail/restaurant space that will become a focal point for not only The District,

but for the greater community. “We are actively negotiating deals with a variety of exciting commercial tenants that promise to enhance the upscale, urban,

walkable environment at The District,” says Rothstein. “Residents of One Deerfield, as well as others who live in and visit Deerfield Township, will have an interesting mix of boutique retailers, chef-driven restaurants, and exciting entertainment options.” Commercial components of The District will encompass 95,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurant space, a proposed hotel and the Mercy medical building. A featured park for the community with active programming will be a central component of The District thanks to a public/private partnership with Deerfield Township. For commercial leasing inquiries, contact Josh Rothstein or Jeff Smith of OnSite Retail Group at 513.924.4989 or visit

ABOUT THE DISTRICT AT DEERFIELD The District at Deerfield is an integrated, mixed-use development on approximately 28 acres in a thriving submarket of Cincinnati, Ohio. A public/private partnership with Deerfield Township, the development will contain active, open space promoting community use and active programming in the center of The District’s commercial retail, restaurant, and office space. The upscale, urban-style site design is situated in the heart of one of the busiest, most highly traveled corridors in Greater Cincinnati with nearly 3 million square feet of office space in the submarket and nearly 60,000 households in a five-mile radius. The District will offer a unique, pedestrian-friendly dining, retail and entertainment destination. For more information please visit http://thedistrictatdeerfield. com/

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The Harold and Eugenia Thomas Comprehensive Care Center – Opening 2020

The Harold and Eugenia Thomas Comprehensive Care Center will be an invaluable source of hope, healing and peace of mind for our growing community. At TriHealth, our mission is to improve the health of the people we serve. The new Thomas Center on the campus of Bethesda North Hospital will allow us to significantly advance our work for the benefit of two of the largest populations seeking care—those with cancer or heart disease. Cancer and heart disease require complex care from multiple subspecialists and usually many care locations. The Thomas Center will elevate care by providing cancer and heart services all under one roof, where exceptional patient experiences are delivered in a healing environment. The center will provide a new standard for cancer and heart services, transforming care with comprehensive, patient-centered programs and providing patients with access to specialty services they need for their best health. With the opening of the Thomas Comprehensive Care Center—an important health care destination for our community—TriHealth honors our long-held commitment to exceed expectations for care, quality, service, value and convenience, while building strong and trusted relationships with our patients and their families. As leaders in this progressive approach to care, we believe it to be the model for many future generations.

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Local Breweries Pouring Goodness The three local breweries that call Deerfield Township and Mason home are serving a lot more than craft beers and great pizzas. Giving back and showing support of local organizations and causes is as much a part of their mission as creating creative pours on tap. We sat down with Sonder Brewing, The Common Beer Company, and 16 Lots Brewery Company to hear more about their philosophies on giving back to their community.

WHO/WHAT ARE YOU HELPING TO SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY? SONDER BREWING: In our first year of business, Sonder Brewing has donated to over 100 charities, with a contribution amount of nearly $30,000. We have donated to our local school districts, nonprofit organizations, and disaster-relief efforts. Sonder also helps Freestore Foodbank and Duck Regatta. Sonder Brewing’s Givin’ on a Prayer charitable tap program partners with a charity for an entire month, donating 10% of all sales of that month’s charity tap. They also host Givin’ on a Prayer night, which a selected charity will receive 20% of the sales. COMMON BEER COMPANY: American Legion Post 194 with a fund-raiser of beer made specifically for Red, Rhythm & Boom. A percentage of taproom sales went to the Legion on a beer designed specifically for the 100th anniversary celebration. Common Beer also helps to support The Common Ground playground. Common Beer also donates countless gift cards and retail items to local organizations. 16 LOTS BREWING COMPANY: Several Mason Schools athletic departments (cheer, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball), Building Blocks for Kids, Maya Strong Foundation/Live Like Maya, United Way, Cancer Free Kids, Shine Like Sable, The Arts Alliance, Mason Schools Foundation. 16 Lots Brewing also helps to support the Mason Schools Foundation and gives $.50 of every pint of beer sold throughout the quarter every day. The brewery has generously worked with The Arts Alliance at their events and splits the revenue. They also give many gift cards and baskets for charitable events.

COMMON BEER COMPANY: We are believers in give to get. We have lived in Mason for 17 years and our daughter is a student/athlete graduate from Mason High School. We were and still are heavily involved in volunteering at the schools. It is important to us to have a thriving, healthy community and the Mason/Deerfield community is one that thrives on interaction and involvement and we base our business and our involvement in the community around those concepts. 16 LOTS BREWING COMPANY: 16 Lots was created to provide the community with an opportunity to connect. Connect with us, with each other, and with the broader community. Hosting these types of events provides a true moment of connection we can feel great about. We would rather spend our marketing dollars giving back with our community than on a straight media buy.

WHY IS GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY SO IMPORTANT TO YOU? SONDER BREWING: Our community has rallied behind us and supported our dream to become a reality, and anytime we can pay that kindness and support forward is incredibly rewarding.


COMMON BEER COMPANY: We are fortunate to have never needed help from a charity, but we fully understand the need to help others when we can and any way we can.

SONDER BREWING: The definition of Sonder is the realization that everyone has story as vivid and complex as our own. We view the term individual on a broader scale as relating to a single person, organization, cause, or community, and see to support their story whenever possible. We have five “key pillars” that our organization is built upon. Two of those pillars are “community” and “responsibility.” We believe it’s part of our responsibility to partner with and give back to our community whenever possible.

16 LOTS BREWING COMPANY: Giving back is the right thing to do. If a valued guest here has a passion to support a local charity, we want to make sure we are supporting it, just as they are supporting us. CONNECT with your Local Brewery! Sonder Brewing: Common Beer Company: 16 Lots Brewing Company:


The Mason Twisters competed in October at the Spooktacular Invitational in Connersville, Indiana. Mason’s Platinum and Level 6 team both won team awards at the event and 11 teammates took home individual all-around titles for their performances. Good job Twisters!

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Why Does Mason Schools Need a Levy? The Mason City School District receives less federal, state, and local funding than the statewide average—and considerably less than other high-performing districts. At the same time, Mason also spends less per student than both the statewide and similar district average. Mason City Schools have continued to provide a high-quality education without an operating levy request in a decade. Operating levies fund day-to-day operations such as teachers, utilities, and supplies. Operating levies are a normal part of school funding in Ohio. It has been 15 years since Mason voters passed an operating levy. One of the primary reasons that most districts need to request new operating levies every three to five years is due to a law passed in 1976, House Bill 920. Ohio law limits a continuing levy to collecting the same dollar amount from existing homes as it collected in the year in which it was voted. Over time, the value of a home fluctuates, and the rise or fall of the value affects the property tax rate a homeowner pays.

YOU SPOKE. WE LISTENED. In 2010, voters did not pass a Mason City Schools operating levy. Because the district does not receive inflationary increases, the district made a series of cost reductions to keep expenses flat. Those included: •Eliminating over 160 positions. This included raising class sizes in grades K–6, and increasing teacher class loads in grades 7–12 by eliminating teaming at Mason Middle School and using a semester schedule at Mason High School rather than the trimester. •All staff taking wage freezes in 2012–2013 and 2013–2014 •Closing two schools: Mason Heights Elementary and Western Row Elementary •Consolidating bus stops •Instituting pay-to-participate fees The district funded recent building and facility needs without increasing taxes—utilizing state tobacco settlement funds and local business tax abatements. Without voters’ continued investment in Mason City Schools, the district cannot maintain the experience currently provided for students. If the levy fails, reductions will include staffing, safety, and mental wellness support, instructional support, and transportation.

INFLATION HAS OUTPACED MCS SPENDING 2010–2018 MCS avg inflation rate


OH Districts avg inflation rate


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• Proud Comet Husband and Parent • 25-year P&G Corporate Finance professional • Member of Mason School Board 2002-Present “I am proud to call Mason my hometown, and it is an honor to serve on your Mason School Board since 2002. Your board listens to you. In 2010, you told us to change our cost structure instead of raising taxes, and we did. Now in 2020, after a decade of listening to the community and making important cost structure changes, it is time to ask again. The accompanying data presents answers to many questions as you prepare to cast your vote. These facts are the result of years of careful planning, the dedication of our teachers and administration, and continuous engagement with our community. After a decade of cost improvements, additional cost saving options while maintaining high academic performance are limited. This levy will keep our schools safe and strong, and our property values high in 2020 and beyond.”

Operating Levy Mason City Schools will have a 9.96 mill phased-in operating levy on the March 17, 2020 ballot.dIn January 2021, 4.71 mills would go into effect, followed by 5.25 mills in 2022. Due to prior taxes expiring, taxes will only increase by 4.71 mills over the current level. This levy is crucialdto support the day-to-day operations of the district. It keeps teachers, and safety & mental wellness supports. The levy will maintain the district's current level of service.



since MCS passed an operating levy

MCS inflationary costs are 57% less than USA & OH peers

a month

per $100,000 home true value ($165 a year)

neighbor districts

mills of taxes dropping off in 2022 as MHS mortgage is paid off

more per student

receive more local property tax revenue per student than MCS

What happens if the levy passes? Keep safety and mental wellness personnel & program investments Maintain current staffing levels and personalization Keep current AP course choices, STEAM classes Continued emphasis on extracurricular choices that connect students Targeted class size reductions as enrollment decreases Keep current bus stop and time ranges

ranked 5th in state by Niche

(& spending $3,096 less per pupil than Top 10 avg)

What happens if the levy fails?

Reduced safety and mental wellness personnel & program investments Significant staff reductions and reduced personalization at all grade levels Reduced student support services in all schools Reduced class choices and course offerings Restructured extracurriculars Increased class sizes in grades K-6 and class loads in grades 7-12 Longer bus rides and fewer stops Increased pay-to-participate fees

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

Nature Story Time in the Park We’re partnering with the Mason Public Library to bring fun, naturethemed story times to the community! Join us on select Friday mornings in the Snyder House to enjoy natureinspired stories, songs, finger plays, and activities. For more information on these free parent-child story times, please visit Date Time Location Age Theme February 7, 2020 10:30am Snyder House at 3–6 yrs old Stories in the Cottell Park Snow March 6, 2020 10:30am Snyder House at 3–6 yrs old Ducks, Rain, and Cottell Park All Things Spring April 3, 2020 10:30am Snyder House at 3–6 yrs old Underground Cottell Park Creepy Crawlies May 1, 2020 10:30am Snyder House at 3–6 yrs old Native Americans Cottell Park

MadCap Puppets: Twice Upon a Time Aiden Legend, only child, is making funny faces into a mirror when it falls and breaks, accidentally propelling Aiden’s mirror image into the real world. Is there room in our world for two Aiden Legends? Can Aiden get the Accidental Twin back into the mirror? Tickets include post-performance activities—art project with The Arts Alliance, exploration stations with the Cincinnati Museum Center, games, and more! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Date/Time Location Sunday, February 23, Kings High 2020, 2–4pm School

Tickets Fee $2 per person; children 2 and under are free

Community Garden Plots We offer two convenient locations and manageable 4x4 plot sizes—so that you can spend more time enjoying your harvest! Date/Time April 1st – October 31st

Location Carter Park OR Kingswood Park

Teen Volunteers

Registration Register online at

Fee $25 residents / $30 nonresidents

Helping at community events is fun! See children smile as you manage a game station, encourage runners as you hand out water, and earn community service hours while making a difference in your community. Visit for details on event volunteer opportunities. 36 CenterPoint Spring 2020

Run for the Green 5k Trail Race

Start out your St. Patrick’s Day with a hardy workout. This course consists of approximately 3.1 miles of mostly densely wooded, winding dirt/mud trails within Landen-Deerfield Park. Elevation changes of up to 50 feet with two calf-deep creek crossings. Proceeds benefit Deerfield Township Parks. Date Saturday, March 14, 2020

Location Registration Landen-Deerfield Park Register online at

Easter Egg Hunt

Anticipation is in the air for the annual Easter Egg Hunt—even the Easter Bunny is looking forward to it! There will be two rounds of hunts, starting at 10am and 11am. Please note that the hunts start promptly; both start times have divisions for toddlers through 11 years old. This is a free community event; no registration is required. We look forward to seeing you there! Date/Time Saturday, April 11, 2020, 10am OR 11am

Location Cottell Park

Women’s Self-Defense

Join the Warren County Sheriff’s Department to learn vital skills to protect yourself. Topics include ways to avoid being a victim, what to do if you are a victim, and hands-on practice of self-defense techniques.

Date/Time Location Registration Thursday, Deerfield April 23, 2020 Township Trustee Meeting Room

Fee $0 residents / $5 nonresidents

Ages Adults and Youth (Females, 14 years and older)

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Location Snyder House at Cottell Park

Registration Registration required; reserve your spot online at

Fee Payment is collected from the instructor at the event. Pottery pieces range from $8 to $25. Studio fees are $0 residents / $2 nonresidents.

Deerfield Parks & Rec Summer Camp

CPR & First Aid

Deerfield Township offers weekly half day summer camps through the Parks and Recreation Department. Our camps are staffed by CPR/1st Aid certified counselors who are at least 18 years of age. Each week is designed around a different theme and provides a safe, positive environment for youth to get active, explore, create, experiment, and enjoy just being a kid! Camps are offered for youth entering Kindergarten through 8th grade. For a complete listing of camps, availability, or to register online, please visit Camp Registration Dates March 1, 2020 Early Registration for Deerfield Township Residents Begins April 1, 2020 Open Registration for Residents and Nonresidents Begins

Carter Park Summer Camp Highlight

Each summer, Deerfield Summer Camp kicks off the season at Kings Mills Elementary / Carter Park. Campers can get outside in nature to enjoy hiking on the forested trails, playing games in the wide open fields, and discovering something new! For more details and to see a complete list of our offerings, please visit Dates Time June 8 – 11, 2020 9am– noon June 8 – 11, 2020 9am– noon June 15 – 18, 2020 9am– noon June 15 – 18, 2020 9am– noon

Location Kings Mills Elementary / Carter Park Kings Mills Elementary / Carter Park Kings Mills Elementary / Carter Park Kings Mills Elementary / Carter Park

Camp Nature Rocks! Nature Wonders Digging Up the Past Game Time

We’re Hiring Camp Counselors!

Grades 1st – 5th Kindergarten 1st – 5th 6 –8 th

Join Deerfield Fire Rescue to learn the skills needed to possibly save a life. This class includes both First Aid and CPR certification. Date/Time Location Saturday, May 23, Fire Station 2020, 9am–1pm 57

Safety Town

Online registration for Deerfield Township residents begins May 1st on 2020 Sessions will be held the weeks of June 8th and June 15th. Safety Town is an exciting interactive day camp for children ages 4–6 years old. This one-week experience gives children the confidence and knowledge they need to be safe at home and during the beginning of their first years in school. Each day introduces a new theme while building on skills through creative, hands-on learning. Our trained counselors help solidify these lessons by making safety fun and meaningful.

Specialty Summer Camps Your child can immerse themselves in creative expression, ignite their ideas, and develop confidence in a specialty camp! Deerfield Township partners with The Arts Alliance and iDaP Academy to offer specialty camps for the community. For more information or to register, please visit Grades/ Dates Ages


Deerfield Township Summer Camp is hiring camp counselors! If you are dependable, have strong leadership skills, and enjoy working with children, please visit our Township website,, for a job description and application. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2020.

Registration Fee Ages Register online at $0 residents / $50 13 years and nonresidents older




iDaP Academy Summer Tech Camps Girls Only Coding Camp

8–12 yrs

Music Video Production Camp

8–16 yrs


8–12 yrs

Lego Robotics Camp

8–16 yrs

Board Game 3D Printing Camp

8–16 yrs

6/8/2020– 9:00 AM– Fire Station 6/12/2020 12:00 PM 57 Trustee 6/15/2020– 9:00 AM– Meeting 6/19/2020 12:00 PM Room Trustee 7/13/2020– 9:00 AM– Meeting 7/17/2020 12:00 PM Room Trustee 7/20/2020– 9:00 AM– Meeting 7/24/2020 12:00 PM Room Trustee 8/3/2020– 9:00 AM– Meeting 8/7/2020 12:00 PM Room Spring 2020

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Mason Community Center Activities SPORTS

Tae Kwon Do Gymnasium

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. A Tae Kwon Do uniform is not required for participation in these classes; however, a uniform may be required for any participants who would like to enjoy this program long-term. Tae Kwon Do Beginner Tae Kwon Do is a well-balanced Korean martial art that specializes in kicking skills. No previous experience is necessary for this class. Adults, teens, and children will train together in a family oriented program. Day Tu,Th Tu,Th Tu,Th

Date 3/3–3/31 4/2–4/30 5/5–5/28

Time 6:30–7:30P 6:30–7:30P 6:30–7:30P

Age 6 & up 6 & up 6 & up

Deadline 2/25 3/26 4/28

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

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Tae Kwon Do Advanced 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 3/3–3/31 4/2–4/30 5/5–5/28

Time 6:30–8:00P 6:30–8:00P 6:30–8:00P

Age 6 & up 6 & up 6 & up

Deadline 2/25 3/26 4/28

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

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REGISTRATION Mason Community Center

ALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION BEGINS Premier members Friday, February 21 at 8 a.m.

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


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

Monday, February 24 at 8 a.m.

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

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

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to save our planet


Pick up li er while jogging Saturday, April : a.m. Mason Community Center


Wear green to celebrate Earth Day


Fairway Drive Mason, OH . . O




THREE DAYS ONLY! 15% off Personal Training* 20% off Healthy Lifestyles* 20% off Group X Punch Pass* *expires one year from purchase date

PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY 20% off sym•bi•o•sis


Limit one ticket per member, per day.


Bring a friend free on all three days (no guest pass needed; excludes Family Fun Night). If your friend becomes a member, you’ll get a month FREE as part of our referral program.



Friday, April 3 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Bring your family for games, inflatables, pizza, and a chance to win a Premier Membership at the Basic rate for one year! *Registration Required

MASON COMMUNITY CENTER • 6050 Mason-Montgomery Rd. • Mason, OH 45040 • • 513.229.8555


PRESCHOOL Skyhawks Sports Camps: Tiny Hawk


Me Too! Learn to Swim Class

Heritage Oak Park

The essentials of baseball and basketball are introduced in a fun, 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.

Leisure Pool

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

Day Date Time Age M–F 6/8–6/12 12:15–1:00P 3–4 M–F 7/13–7/17 12:15–1:00P 3–4

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Sa 2/29–4/4 10:45–11:15A 6 mos–2 yrs 2/27 $47 /$56 /$70 /$84 252312-01* Sa 4/18–5/23 10:45–11:15A 6 mos–2 yrs 4/15 $47 /$56 /$70 /$84 252412-01* *No Class 3/28 & 4/25


Abrakadoodle: Let’s Go Camping! Activity Room A

Your child must be potty trained for camps. Contact the Community Center if your child requires special accommodations.

Summer Little Feet Activity Room B

Summer Little Feet Camp emphasizes fun and independence for all campers. Our energetic counselors present exciting new themes each week that feature art, free play, movement, and in-house field trips. Swim America Swim Lessons are offered on Thursdays as a part of this program. Campers will also get a chance to walk to Pine Hill Park every Wednesday and Friday (weather permitting). Camp fees are nonrefundable for any cancellations two weeks or less to the start of the camp. Day Date M–F 6/8–6/12 Outdoor Explorers M–F 6/15–6/19 Sports of All Sorts M–F 6/22–6/26 Holiday Hullabaloo M–F 7/6–7/10 Wizarding World M–F 7/13–7/17 Survivor M–F 7/20–7/24 Twisted Fairy Tales M–F 7/27–7/31 Splashtopia

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/1 $74 /$88 /$110 /$132 235209-02 7/6 $74 /$88 /$110 /$132 235209-06

Time Age 9:00A–12:00P 3–5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/1 $116 /$137 /$162 /$187 235640-01

9:00A–12:00P 3–5


$116 /$137 /$162 /$187


9:00A–12:00P 3–5


$116 /$137 /$162 /$187


9:00A–12:00P 3–5


$116 /$137 /$162 /$187


9:00A–12:00P 3–5


$116 /$137 /$162 /$187


9:00A–12:00P 3–5


$116 /$137 /$162 /$187


9:00A–12:00P 3–5


$116 /$137 /$162 /$187


Let’s have camping fun without leaving the art room! This art camp takes you to an imaginary world where you will hike, build a campfire, create a nature tapestry, and learn about wild animals. You’ll use your imagination and explore painting, printing, collage, nature tapestry, and other art media—without real mosquitoes! Day Date Time Age M–F 6/22–6/26 9:30–11:30A 3–5

Abrakadoodle: Great, Big Messy Art Camp Activity Room A

Oh, go ahead and make a mess! Create sticky spaghetti designs, paint that fizzes and pops, messy portraits, squeeze art, and African mud painting! Come mess with Abrakadoodle, winner of “the best art class to bring out your child’s inner Picasso!” Day Date Time Age M–F 7/13–7/17 9:30–11:30A 3–5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 7/6 $118 /$139 /$164 /$189 363102-04

Abrakadoodle: Adventure Park! Art Camp Activity Room A

Give your creativity a whirl and create a theme park with a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, and much more. Ride along with us and explore different art materials and art techniques to create your dream amusement park. Day Date Time Age M–F 7/20–7/24 9:30–11:30A 3–5

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Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/15 $118 /$139 /$164 /$189 363102-02

PRE: Premier pass holder

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 7/13 $118 /$139 /$164 /$189 363102-06

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


PRESCHOOL Abrakadoodle: Artosaurus! STEAM Camp


Me Too! Gymnastics Multipurpose Room

Activity Room A

Dig into the life of dinosaurs and your creativity! Learn about prehistoric animals, make dinosaur eggs, and create fossils and habitats. Experiment with a variety of art techniques while you learn about science, technology, engineering, and math concepts used to study extinct animals. Day Date M–F 8/3–8/7

Time Age 9:30–11:30A 3–5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 7/27 $118 /$139 /$164 /$189 363102-08

Day Date Sa 5/2–5/23

Time Age 9:45–10:15A 1.5–3

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/25 $30 /$36 /$45 /$54 243461-04

Tiny Tumblers


Multipurpose Room

Abrakadoodle: One Sweet World Activity Room A

Create the sweetest art in One Sweet World. Explore all things artistic and deliciously sweet through puzzles, printing, painting, paper projects, and more! Materials included. Day Date Th 3/5–4/9 *No Class 3/26

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.

Time 5:30–6:15P

Age 3–5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 2/27 $60 /$71 /$89 /$107 263105-02*

Day Date F 5/1–5/22 Sa 5/2–5/23

Time Age 4:00–4:45P 3 10:15–11:00A 3

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/24 $40 /$48 /$60 /$72 243470-09 4/25 $40 /$48 /$60 /$72 243470-10

Jumping Jacks

World of Spanish

Multipurpose Room

Meeting Room

For the first years of life, children are naturally acquiring language skills. They learn through imitation, songs, and playtime. The younger the learner, the better they are at mimicking new sounds and adopting pronunciation. Come join us in this fun class to give your child a head start in the Spanish language! Day Date Time Age M 4/20–5/18 10:00–10:50P 3.5–5

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.

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 Time Age F 5/1–5/22 5:45–6:45P 4–5 Sa 5/2–5/23 11:15A–12:15P 4–5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/24 $45 /$53//$67 /$80 243476-06 4/25 $45/$53 /$67 /$80 243476-07

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/13 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 263303-04


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

Abrakadoodle: Artists Who Inspire Me!

Advanced Jumping Jacks Multipurpose Room

Activity Room A

Learn about Basquait, da Vinci, and Manet, among others! Explore colors, tondos, bouquets, palettes, keyholes, and more in this artistinspired adventure! Materials included. Day Date Time Th 4/23–5/21 5:30–6:15P

To register, see page 38.

Age 3–5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/16 $60 /$71 /$89 /$107 263105-04


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 4/28–5/19 4:00–5:00P

Age 4–5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/21 $50 /$59 /$74 /$89 243473-03

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YOUTH Pee Wees Tennis Heritage Oak Park

Learn ball striking skills, scoring, and basic strategy in a fun, stimulating environment. Most enrollees will have little to no tennis experience. Your instructor, Phil Norton, has over 25 years of experience teaching tennis and has been a USPTA and PTR certified pro, PTR national tester, and Ohio Pro of the Year. There are no make-ups for classes missed by the participant. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center. Please call the City of Mason hotline at 513.229.8502 and select option 5 for program delays or relocations due to weather. Day Date Time Age Tu 4/28–5/26 6:00–7:00P 4–5 Sa 5/2–5/30 10:00–11:00A 4–5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/21 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 234108-10 4/25 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 234108-11

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.


Don’t forget to register for Spring 1 and Spring 2 Sessions at the same time. Spring 1 Session: 2/29– 4/8 Spring 2 Session: 4/18 – 5/23

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 2/29–4/8 3–17 2/27 4/18–5/23 3–17 4/15 No Class 3/23, 3/25, 3/28 & 4/25

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $47 /$56 /$70 /$84 $47 /$56 /$70 /$84

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Station 3

Leisure Pool Your child will enhance his or her breath control combined with proper kicking and streamlining skills. 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 2/29–4/8 3–17 2/27 4/18–5/23 3–17 4/15 No Class 3/23, 3/25, 3/28 & 4/25

Station 1

Leisure Pool 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 or 5:35–6:05P Sa 9:00–9:30A, 9:35–10:05A or 10:10–10:40A Date Age Deadline 2/29–4/8 3–5 2/27 4/18–5/23 3–5 4/15 No Class 3/23, 3/25, 3/28 & 4/25

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Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $47 /$56 /$70 /$84 $47 /$56 /$70 /$84

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $47 /$56 /$70 /$84 $47 /$56 /$70 /$84

Activity 252323* 252423*

Station 5/6 Leisure Pool

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

Activity 252321* 252421*

Date Age Deadline 2/29–4/8 3–17 2/27 4/18–5/23 3–17 4/15 No Class 3/23, 3/25, 3/28 & 4/25

PRE: Premier pass holder

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $47 /$56 /$70 /$84 $47 /$56 /$70 /$84

BAS: Basic pass holder

Activity 252325* 252425*

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident



There are valuable lessons involved in learning how to use a microscope.

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 2/29–4/8 3–17 2/27 4/18–5/23 3–17 4/15 No Class 3/23, 3/25, 3/28 & 4/25

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $47 /$56 /$70 /$84 $47 /$56 /$70 /$84

Activity 252324* 252424*


Including how to share.

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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 is recommended. Class Times: M & W 6:15–7:00P or 7:15–8:00P Date Age 3/2–4/8 3–17 4/20–5/22 3–17 *No Class 3/23, 3/25

Deadline 2/27 4/15

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $97 /$115 /$140 /$165 $97 /$115 /$140 /$165

Activity 252326* 252426

at Mason Middle School


Leisure Pool

GRADES 1-6 July 6 - July 17 (Mon-Fri) 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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.

Complete a full production! Learn acting, singing, dancing, and theatre crafts!

Class Times: M & W 7:15–8:00P Date Age 3/2–4/8 3–17 4/20–5/22 3–17 * No Class 3/23, 3/25

To register, see page 38.

101 Dalmations

Deadline 2/27 4/15

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $97 /$115 /$140 /$165 $97 /$115 /$140 /$165

Activity 252327* 252427


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YOUTH School’s Out Fun Days Extended Care Kids’ Korner

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

Date 3/20 3/20 4/10 4/10

Time 8:00–9:00A 4:00–5:00P 8:00–9:00A 4:00–5:00P

Age 6–12 6–12 6–12 6–12

Deadline 3/13 3/13 4/3 4/3

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $6 /$8 /$10 /$12 $6 /$8 /$10 /$12 $6 /$8 /$10 /$12 $6 /$8 /$10 /$12

Activity 231501-02 231501-03 231501-05 231501-06

Private Learn to Swim Classes 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 Stations 1–6 and there will not be make-up classes or rescheduling for any absences beyond one class. 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 3/1–4/7 4 & up 4/19–5/19 4 & up *No Class 3/22 & 3/24

Deadline 2/20 4/15

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $125 /$148 /$173 /$198 $125 /$148 /$173 /$198

Activity 252319* 252419

SWIM ASSESSMENTS FOR CLASSES If you’re new to the Mason Swim Academy or have missed 3 or more sessions please schedule a swim assessment. Swim Assessments will be held on Wednesdays 7:15–8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call the Community Center at 513.229.8555.

Spring Break Camps Laffalot Spring Break Camp Field House - Ct 1&4 Do you want to make your child’s spring break the best Spring Break ever? Laffalot Spring Break Camp offers over 40 games and sports kids love to play and will also introduce new games and activities. Laffalot is sure to make this the spring break your camper will always remember. Additional programming will be provided during aftercare for families needing late pick-up. Day Date M–F 3/23–3/27

Time 9:00–4:00P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6–12 3/16 $146 /$172 /$197 /$222 262200-01


School’s Out Fun Days Meeting Room

Mason Community Center is offering a one-day camp while Mason City Schools are out. Take this opportunity for your child to meet new friends and have fun 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. Day Date F 3/20 F 4/10

Time Age 9:00A–4:00P 6–12 9:00A–4:00P 6–12

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Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 3/13 $37 /$44 /$55 /$66 231501-01 4/3 $37 /$44 /$55 /$66 231501-04

Laffalot 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 a.m. Kids’ Korner staff will take campers to Laffalot Camp at 9:00 a.m. Children who are registered will also be picked up from Laffalot at 4:00 p.m. and taken to Kids’ Korner for aftercare until 5:00 p.m. Day Date M–F 3/23–3/27 M–F 3/23–3/27

Time 8:00–9:00A 4:00–5:00P

PRE: Premier pass holder

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6–12 3/16 $30 /$36 /$45 /$54 262200-02 6–12 3/16 $30 /$36 /$45 /$54 262200-03

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


YOUTH Safety Camp

Municipal Building - Community Room 1029 Safety Camp will teach your child lessons in fire safety, first aid, water safety, bullying, playground safety, internet safety, strangers, and animal control, along with many other necessary life skills. Children will participate in a bike rodeo, nature hikes, and many other fun activities. You’ll be invited to join your child for graduation on the last day of camp. This program is sponsored by the City of Mason Police, Fire, and Parks & Recreation Departments. It will be a camp that your child will never forget. Day Date M–F 6/1–6/5 M–F 6/8–6/12

Time Age 8:30A–12:00P 5–10 8:30A–12:00P 5–10

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 5/25 $15 /$18 /$23 /$27 236500-01 6/1 $15 /$18 /$23 /$27 236500-02

Field House - Ct 1&4

World of Spanish Camp: Mexico

Laffalot Summer Camp presents a funfilled camp by offering a wide variety of sports, games, and activities that develop coordination, balance, spatial awareness, agility, and strength through play.

Meeting Room

Paint a self-portrait inspired by Frida Kahlo, create a typical Mexican mirror, try your hand at pottery, and take home your own mini-piñata! This class includes art projects related to the Costa Rica “Pura Vida” life: butterflies, birds, and rain forest animals. Your visit to Mexico will not be complete without breaking a full-size piñata and taking a cooking class on a few typical Mexican dishes including salsa, guacamole, and chicken quesadillas—lunch is included on the last day. Day Date M–F 6/1–6/5

Time Age 9:00A–12:00P 5–12

Laffalot Summer Camp

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 5/25 $140 /$165 /$190 /$215 363303-01

A past recipient of Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best Camp for Kids: Fun and Games” award, Laffalot has been a popular Mason program since 2004. Join us and make this a summer your camper will always remember! Day Date M–F 6/1–6/5 M–Th 6/29–7/2 M–F 8/3–8/7 Boys Camp M–F 6/1–6/5 M–Th 6/29–7/2 M–F 8/3–8/7 Girls Camp

Time 9:00A–4:00P 9:00A–4:00P 9:00A–4:00P

Age 6–12 6–12 6–12

9:00A–4:00P 6–12 9:00A–4:00P 6–12 9:00A–4:00P 6–12

Deadline 5/25 6/22 7/27

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $146 /$172 /$197 /$222 $126 /$149 /$174 /$199 $146 /$172 /$197 /$222

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5/25 6/22 7/27

$146 /$172 /$197 /$222 $126 /$149 /$174 /$199 $146 /$172 /$197 /$222

262201-02 262201-05 262201-08

iDap Computer Camp: eSPORTS/Paintball Tournament

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Incredible Capers

This camp is all about eSports—Create, produce, play, and live stream tournaments for Smash Bros, Fortnite, and other games. We will also mix eSports and real sports by spending a day at Paintball Country participating and videotaping a paintball tournament that will be uploaded to our Twitch and YouTube Channels.

What’s the only thing better than being a superhero? Coming from a whole family of superheroes! Join the Incredibles—or become one of their foes—and use your super skills to train for battle. Learn stage combat techniques, improvisation, and how to act in disguise.

Mason Middle School

Meeting Room

Day Date M–F 6/1–6/5

To register, see page 38.

Time Age 9:00A–4:00P 10–14

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 5/25 $215 /$253 /$278 /$303 236602-01


Day Date M–F 6/1–6/5

Time Grade 9:00A–4:30P 1–10

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 5/25 $165 /$195 /$220 /$245 362300-01

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YOUTH World of Spanish Camp: Spain Meeting Room

Visit the Amazon Jungle, make rain sticks, and learn about unique jungle animals. You’ll visit Perú and ancient Machu-Picchu to learn about weaving techniques, paint a self -portrait inspired by Picasso and Dalí, and learn how to prepare Spanish tapas including “churros con chocolate.” Day Date M–F 6/8–6/12

Time Age 9:00A–12:00P 5–12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/1 $140 /$165 /$190 /$215 363303-02

iDap Computer Camp: Lego Robotics

Summer Fun Camp Summer Fun Camp Mason Community Center Each week will feature a special theme, group games, crafts, and sports activities. All campers will enjoy a movie day and field trip each week. All field trips will be on Wednesday. Four days a week, Summer Fun Camp will include a 30-minute Mason Swim Academy Learn to Swim class taught by our Swim America instructors and will also enjoy 30 minutes of organized games and play time at the Community Center Leisure Pool. Please pack a full lunch, a refillable water bottle, two separate snacks, sun block, a hat, sunglasses, swim suit, towel, and extra clothing in a durable backpack or gym bag for your camper each day. If your child participates in the Mason Manta Rays or Water Moccasins swim teams, please contact the Program Supervisor prior to camp to let camp staff know your child’s swim schedule. Camp fees are nonrefundable for any cancellations two weeks or less to the start of the camp.

Meeting Room

Create a Lego Robot to compete in the Robot Olympic Games to see who takes home the gold. Campers will learn machine programming and efficient robot design to see who can build the ultimate competitor. Day Date M–F 6/8–6/12

Time Age 9:00A–12:00P 8–12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/1 $105 /$124 /$149 /$174 236602-04

Skyhawks Sports Camps: Mini Hawk Heritage Oak Park

This baseball, basketball, and soccer program gives children a fun and positive first step into athletics. Through games and activities, campers explore balance, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. Day Date Time Age M–F 6/8–6/12 9:00A–12:00P 4–7 M–F 7/13–7/17 9:00A–12:00P 4–7

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Camp Group

Activity #


Colorful Cardinals



Sporty Squirrels



Brave Bobcats



Daring Deer



Brilliant Bats



Wise Wolves


Day Date M–F 6/8–6/12 Outdoor Explorers M–F 6/15–6/19 Sports of All Sorts M–F 6/22–6/26 Holiday Hullabaloo M–F 7/6–7/10 Wizarding World M–F 7/13–7/17 Survivor M–F 7/20–7/24 Twisted Fairy Tales M–F 7/27–7/31 Splashtopia

Time 9:00A–4:00P

Deadline 6/1

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $185 /$218 /$243 /$268

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Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/1 $139 /$164 /$189 /$214 235209–01 7/6 $139 /$164 /$189 /$214 235209–08

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


YOUTH Skyhawks Sports Camps: Golf Heritage Oak Park

Campers will learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting, and body positioning. Skyhawks has adopted the SNAG (Starting New At Golf ) system as its curriculum. SNAG, developed by the PGA, is specifically designed for the entry-level player and simplifies instruction so that young players can make an easy and effective transition onto the golf course. All equipment provided. Day Date M–F 6/15–6/19 M–F 7/27–7/31

Summer Camp Keepers “Extended hours” Program Kids’ Korner

Does your schedule make you wish that camp started earlier or ran later? If so, you’ll appreciate our ‘Camp Keepers’ program, offering early drop-off and/or late pickup. Special programming and free time will be provided. Please pack an extra morning and/or afternoon snack for your child and a book or favorite toy to share. Day Date M–F 6/1–6/5 M–F 6/8–6/12 M–F 6/15–6/19 M–F 6/22–6/26 M–Th 6/29–7/2 M–F 7/6–7/10 M–F 7/13–7/17 M–F 7/20–7/24 M–F 7/27–7/31 M–F 8/3–8/7

Time 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:30P 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:30P 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:30P 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:00P 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:30P 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:30P 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:30P 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:30P 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:30P 7:30–9:00A 4:00–5:30P

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Deadline 5/25 5/25 6/1 6/1 6/8 6/8 6/15 6/15 6/22 6/22 6/29 6/29 7/6 7/6 7/13 7/13 7/20 7/20 7/27 7/27

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5, 6, 7, 8! Everybody move your hair and join Princess Poppy at the dance party to end all dance parties. Discover the sunshine in your pocket and learn the fundamentals of singing, dancing, and acting. Each camp group will take on one song from Trolls and write a scene to accompany the performance. Day Date M–F 6/8–6/12

To register, see page 38.

Time Grade Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9:00A–4:30P 1–10 6/1 $165 /$195 /$220 /$245 362300-02

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Gamer Quest Mason Middle School

Did you know there’s a game for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind? Join us in the thrilling worlds of Jumanji and other video games. Navigate your way through adventurous virtual stories using action movement and long-form improvisation, and create all-new characters as we bring to life an original video game scene. Day Date M–F 6/15–6/19


Time Grade Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9:00A–4:30P 1–10 6/8 $165 /$195 /$220 /$245 362300-03

Skyhawks Sports Camps: Basketball Heritage Oak Park

This fun, skill-intensive program is designed for the beginning to intermediate player. An active week of passing, shooting, dribbling, and rebounding makes this one of our most popular programs. Day Date M–F 6/22–6/26 M–F 7/20–7/24

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Queen Poppy’s Dance Party

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9:00A–12:00P 5–10 6/8 $139 /$164 /$189 /$214 235209-03 9:00A–12:00P 5–10 7/20 $139 /$164 /$189 /$214 235209-10

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9:00A–12:00P 6–12 6/15 $139 /$164 /$189 /$214 235209-04 9:00A–12:00P 6–12 7/13 $139 /$164 /$189 /$214 235209-09

iDap Computer Camp: Roblox Modification Meeting Room

Using Roblox Designer, campers will modify Roblox to create their own games. Team build with other campers and modify your creations and skins in Roblox. Day Date Time Age M–F 6/22–6/26 9:00A–4:00P 8–12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/15 $215 /$253 /$278 /$303 236602-05

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YOUTH Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Spidey School Mason Middle School

There’s a spark in you! Spin a web, scale tall buildings and discover your inner Spiderman. Join us in the Spiderverse for an action-packed week of spidey training where you’ll learn stage combat, theater crafts, improvisation, and acting. Day Date M–F 6/22–6/26

Time Grade 9:00A–4:30P 1–10

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/15 $165 /$195 /$220 /$245 362300-04

Skyhawks multi-sport camp is designed to introduce athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting combining basketball, flag football, and soccer into one fun-filled week. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials skills of each sport along with vital life lessons such as respect and teamwork. Day Date M–F 7/6–7/10 M–F 8/3–8/7

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9:00A–3:00P 7–12 6/29 $185 /$218 /$243 /$268 235209-05 9:00A–12:00P 7–12 7/27 $139 /$164 /$189 /$214 235209-11

Mason Middle School

Activity Room A

Let’s have camping fun without leaving the art room! This art camp takes you to an imaginary world where you will hike, build a campfire, create a nature tapestry, and learn about wild animals. You’ll use your imagination and explore painting, printing, collage, nature tapestry, and other art media—without real mosquitoes! Age 6–12

Heritage Oak Park

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: A Play A Day

Abrakadoodle: Let’s Go Camping!

Day Date Time M–F 6/22–6/26 1:00–4:00P

Skyhawks Sports Camps: Multi-Sport

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/15 $151 /$178 /$203 /$228 363102-01

Pencils at the ready! In this writing and performance camp, create a new one-minute play every day. Develop your skills as a playwright while learning acting, improv, and rehearsal techniques, too. On the final day, all pieces will be presented in a play festival for friends and family. Day Date M–F 7/6–7/10

Time 9:00A–4:30P

Grade Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6–10 6/29 $165 /$195 /$220 /$245 362300-06

Skyhawks Sports Camps: Tennis

Abrakadoodle: Great, Big Messy Art Camp!

Players will learn proper grips, footwork, strokes, volleys, and serves during a series of drills designed to teach skills in a fun and dynamic way. Athletes also learn the rules and etiquette that make tennis an exciting game.

Oh, go ahead and make a mess! Create sticky spaghetti designs, paint that fizzes and pops, messy portraits, squeeze art, and African mud painting! Come mess with Abrakadoodle, winner of “the best art class to bring out your child’s inner Picasso!”

Heritage Oak Park

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity M–Th 6/29–7/02 9:00A–12:00P 6–12 6/22 $115 /$136 /$161 /$186 235209-12* M–F 7/13–7/17 9:00A–12:00P 6–12 7/6 $139 /$164 /$189 /$214 235209-07 *No Class 7/3

iDap Computer Camp: Girls Only Coding Meeting Room

You will create a mobile first designed app or game using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The app will be hosted on the iDaP Academy server and be playable on any mobile device that has internet access. Day Date M–F 7/6–7/10

Time Age 9:00A–12:00P 8–12

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Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6/29 $105 /$124 /$149 /$174 236602-08

Activity Room A

Day Date Time M–F 7/13–7/17 1:00–4:00P

Age 6–12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 7/6 $151 /$178 /$203 /$228 363102-03

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Role Players Camp Mason Middle School

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to transform into your favorite character of all time? Now you can! Bring your character to life through costume design, monologue writing, and performance. Together we’ll build a world where all our characters can interact and embark on an incredible journey. Day Date M–F 7/13–7/17

Time 9:00A–4:30P

PRE: Premier pass holder

Grade Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6–10 7/6 $165 /$195 /$220 /$245 362300-07

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident



FIND YOUR SUMMER CAMP June - Extended Hours Safety Camp World of Spanish: Mexico iDaP Computer: eSPORTS Laffalot Camp Cincy Play: Incredible Capers Extended Hours

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YOUTH iDap Computer Camp: Video Game Production Meeting Room

Campers will design and create a 3D video game using the Unity Video Game engine. You will create all assets for the game including the characters, game environments, etc. The ability to type and spell on a keyboard are required for this camp. Day Date Time Age M–F 7/20–7/24 9:00A–4:00P 10–14

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 7/13 $215 /$253 /$278 /$303 236602-09

Abrakadoodle: Artosaurus! STEAM Camp Activity Room A

Dig into the life of dinosaurs and your creativity! Learn about prehistoric animals, make dinosaur eggs, and create fossils and habitats. Experiment with a variety of art techniques while you learn about science, technology, engineering, and math concepts used to study extinct animals. Day Date M–F 8/3–8/7

Abrakadoodle: Adventure Park! Art Camp Give your creativity a whirl and create a theme park with a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, and much more. Ride along with us and explore different art materials and art techniques to create your dream amusement park. Age 6–12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 7/13 $151 /$178 /$203 /$228 363102-05

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Musical Masquerade Meeting Room

Embrace your inner magic, set sail for the horizon, and journey into the fairytale forest! Using essential musical theatre techniques, sing, dance, and act your way through musical numbers from Frozen, Moana, Shrek, and Into the Woods. Each camp group will take on one musical as their focus. Day Date M–F 7/27–7/31

Time Grade Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9:00A–4:30P 1–10 7/20 $165 /$195 /$220 /$245 362300-08

iDap Computer Camp: Music Video Production Meeting Room

Campers will design and create a music video for their favorite song that focuses on animation and special effects using Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and Character Animator. The music video will be published on the iDaP Academy website gallery for all to see. Day Date M–F 8/3–8/7

Time Age 9:00A–12:00P 8–12

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Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 7/27 $151 /$178 /$203 /$228 363102-07


Activity Room A

Day Date Time M–F 7/20–7/24 1:00–4:00P

Time 1:00–4:00P

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 7/27 $105 /$124 /$149 /$174 236602-10

Abrakadoodle: World Monuments Activity Room A

Celebrate World Monuments that humans have built across the planet! Create amazing artwork inspired by The Great Wall of China, The Eiffel Tower, Moai statues on Easter Island, and more! Materials included. Day Date Th 3/5–4/9 *No Class 3/26

Time 6:30–7:30P

Age 6–12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 2/27 $70 /$83 /$104 /$125 263105-01*

World of Spanish Activity Room A

Exposing your child to a second language is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your child. Starting a second language early enhances reading abilities and general literacy. Students will learn Spanish vocabulary, commands, and grammar through games, songs, crafts, and hands-on activities. Day Date Time Tu 4/21–5/19 5:00–6:00P

Age 5–11

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/14 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 263303-03

Abrakadoodle: Pat, Push, and Pull! Activity Room A

Explore clay and modeling materials! Participate in the rich history of ceramic art by creating useful and expressive clay objects. Learn about design, mythology, clay methods, and more! Materials included. Day Date Time Th 4/23–5/21 6:30–7:30P

PRE: Premier pass holder

Age 6–12

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/16 $70 /$83 /$104 /$125 263105-03

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


YOUTH Bike Rodeo

Skyhawks Mini Hawk

Learn about safe riding, handling, braking, equipment check, helmet fit, hand and arm signals, and safety gear. Your child will then go through a coned course to demonstrate safe riding and finish the course with a group ride with Mason Police Bicycle Officers through Pine Hill Lakes Park.

This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. The essentials of baseball, basketball, and soccer are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. Mini-Hawk games and activities were designed to allow campers to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace.

Senior Center

Day Date Sa 5/16

Heritage Oak Park

Time 9:00–11:00A

Age 7–12

Deadline 5/9

Fee Free

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Day Date Time Tu 3/31–4/21 5:30–7:30P

Age 4–8

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 3/24 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 233125-07

Skyhawks Golf Clinic

Parents’ Night Out

Heritage Oak Park

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.

Boys and girls will learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting, and body positioning. Using the ShortGolf® system, we have simplified instruction so that young players can make an effective transition onto the golf course. All equipment provided. Day Date W 4/1–4/22 W 5/6–5/27

Time 5:30–7:30P 5:30–7:30P

Age 5–9 5–9

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 3/25 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 233222-04 4/29 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 233222-05

Parents’ Night Out is available to Premier members only. We ask that each family sign up for only one Parents’ Night Out per month. Online registration for Parents’ Night Out begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 21 with Premier member registration.

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee Activity F 3/6 6:00–9:00P 3–12 2/28 Free 233807-01 Jurassic Night: Make a dinosaur themed craft. Participants 6 years and older will enjoy swim time. F 3/13 6:00–9:00P 3–12 3/6 Free 233807-02 Half Court Night: Make your own basketball craft that will fly across the court. F 3/20 6:00–9:00P 3–12 3/27 Free 233807-03 Slide Into Home: Come decked out in your favorite team’s apparel. Participants 6 years and older will enjoy swim time. F 4/10 6:00–9:00P 3–12 3/13 Free 233807-09 Art Expression: Paint with a variety of art supplies to create your own masterpiece. F 4/17 6:00–9:00P 3–12 4/3 Free 233807-04 Gold Fish Night: Enjoy making a goldfish craft. F 4/24 6:00–9:00P 3–12 4/17 Free 233807-05 Noodle Craft Night: Make a masterpiece with pasta. Participants 6 years and older will enjoy swim time. F 5/1 6:00–9:00P 3–12 4/24 Free 233807-06 Rainforest Adventure: Decorate your own rainforest animal craft. Participants 6 years and older will enjoy swim time. F 5/8 6:00–9:00P 3–12 5/1 Free 233807-07 A Bug’s World: Learn some fun insect facts and watch a bug-themed movie. F 5/15 6:00–9:00P 3–12 5/8 Free 233807-08 Animal Planet Night: Come in and create your favorite zoo craft. Participants 6 years and older will enjoy swim time.

To register, see page 38.


Skyhawks Basketball Heritage Oak Park

Learn passing, shooting, dribbling, and rebounding in this popular basketball program for beginner and intermediate skill levels. While enjoying the program, participants will learn teamwork, respect, and responsibility. Day Date Th 4/2–4/23 Th 5/7–5/28

Time 6:30–7:30P 6:30–7:30P

Age 5–8 5–8

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 3/26 $89 /$105 /$130 /$155 233221-05 4/30 $89 /$105 /$130 /$155 233221-06

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. There are no make-ups for classes missed by the participant. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center. Please call the City of Mason at 513.229.8502 and select option 5 for program delays or relocations due to weather. Day Tu Th Sa

Date 4/28–5/26 4/30–5/28 5/2–5/30

Time 7:00–8:00P 6:00–7:00P 11:00–12:00P

Age 6–8 6–8 6–8

Deadline 4/14 4/16 4/18

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

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

Advanced Sassy Six 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 Age Tu,Th 4/28–5/21 Tu 6:30–7:30P 6–7 Th 5:30–6:30P

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. There are no make-ups for classes missed by the participant. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center. Please call the City of Mason at 513.229.8502 and select option 5 for program delays or relocations due to weather. Day Date Time Age Th 4/30–5/28 7:00–8:00P 7–13 Sa 5/2–5/30 12:00–1:00P 7–13

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/16 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 234110-06 4/18 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 234110-07

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/21 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 243468-03

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 Time M,W 4/27–5/20 6:30–7:30P

Age 8 & up

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/20 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 243482-03

Sassy Sixes and Sevens Gymnastics Multipurpose Room

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

Date 4/27–5/18 4/28–5/19 5/1–5/22 5/2–5/23

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

Age 6–7 6–7 6–7 6–7

Deadline 4/20 4/21 4/24 4/25

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $50 /$59 /$74 /$89 $50 /$59 /$74 /$89 $50 /$59 /$74 /$89 $50 /$59 /$74 /$89

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Beginners Gymnastics

Skyhawks Multi-Sport

Multipurpose Room

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

Date 4/27–5/18 4/28–5/19 4/30–5/21

Time 6:00–7:00P 5:30–6:30P 6:30–7:30P

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Age 8–17 8–17 8–17

Deadline 4/20 4/21 4/23

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $50 /$59 /$74 /$89 $50 /$59 /$74 /$89 $50 /$59 /$74 /$89

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Athletes will learn the rules and essentials of two to three sports through skill-based games and scrimmages. By the end of class, your child will walk away with knowledge of new sports along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and self-discipline. Day Date Tu 5/5–5/26

Time 5:30–7:30P

PRE: Premier pass holder

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 6–12 4/28 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 233124-07

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


Summer Fun Camp – Counselor in Training Mason Community Center

As a Counselor in Training (CIT), you will get hands-on experience working with our Summer Fun Camp program every day. CITs will lead group games, speak in front of groups, and provide programming support for other themed activities. Daily activities will focus on building leadership skills and teamwork. Please pack a full lunch, a refillable water bottle, two separate snacks, sun block, a hat, sunglasses, swim suit, towel, and extra clothing in a durable backpack or gym bag each day. All field trips will be on Wednesday each week. Day Date Outdoor Explorers M–F 6/8–6/12 Sports of All Sorts M–F 6/15–6/19 Holiday Hullabaloo M–F 6/22–6/26 Wizarding World M–F 7/6–7/10 Survivor M–F 7/13–7/17 Twisted Fairy Tales M–F 7/20–7/24 Splashtopia M–F 7/27–7/31


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Tutor Doctor: Preparing for College Seminar Meeting Room

Learn about the most important factors to consider when applying to a college, what to do now to be prepared for college, and strategies to make college more affordable. Day Date Tu 5/5

Time 7:00–8:00P

Age Deadline Fee 11 & up 4/28 Free

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Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Tennis Heritage Oak Park

This class is for students who are beginning to play sets. They can hit six of 10 serves in from the baseline and can rally five balls in a row with a partner from the baseline.

Tutor Doctor: Practice ACT Test Senior Center

Join us for a free practice ACT test presented in partnership with Tutor Doctor. Day Date Sa 4/11 Sa 5/2

To register, see page 38.

Time Grade 8:00A–12:00P 9–12 8:00A–12:00P 9–12

Deadline Fee 4/4 Free 4/25 Free

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There are no make-ups for classes missed by the participant. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center. Please call the City of Mason at 513.229.8502 and select option 5 for program delays or relocations due to weather. Day Date Sa 5/2–5/30

Time Age 12:00–1:00P 10–18

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/18 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 242108-07

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Fire Station 51 Community Room

Adult Learn to Swim Class Leisure Pool

Beginner adults with little or no experience in the water will work on various skills and techniques to achieve the goal of water acclimation, submersion, and floating on the front and back. Day Date Time Beginner M 3/2–4/6 7:20–7:50P M 4/20–5/18 7:20–7:50P


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15 & up 15 & up

2/27 4/15

$47 /$56 /$70 /$84 $47 /$56 /$70 /$84

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Leisure Pool

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 physical therapist, 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. Date 3/3–3/26 4/7–4/30 5/5–5/28

Time 9:00–9:45A 9:00–9:45A 9:00–9:45A

Age 18 & up 18 & up 18 & up

Deadline 2/25 3/31 4/28

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $64 /$76 /$95 /$114 $64 /$76 /$95 /$114 $64 /$76 /$95 /$114

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 class, participants will receive a certification from the American Heart Association. Classes will be held in the community room at Fire Station 51, 4420 Mason-Montgomery Road. Please register through Mason Community Center.

Bodies in Balance: Water

Day Tu,Th Tu,Th Tu,Th

As part of our effort to make the community a safer place to live and work, the City of Mason Fire Department is offering a series of CPR classes in 2020. 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).

Activity 261604-08 261604-09 261604-10


Day Date M 3/2 M 5/4

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9:00A–1:00P 18 & up 2/24 $1 /$8 /$1 /$11 221620-06 9:00A–1:00P 18 & up 4/27 $1 /$8 /$1 /$11 221620-07


Fitness Assessments Fitness Center

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. Day Varies

Age 15 & up

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

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

Fuel Your Wellness Meeting Room

PROTECT: Women’s Self Defense Meeting Room

Develop awareness, strength and self-confidence by participating in PROTECT: Women’s Self Defense. This class provides information on home, vehicle, and personal safety. Learn hands-on techniques to defend yourself in a dangerous situation covering low level selfdefense moves and simulated self-defense situations. Day Date W 5/6

Time 6:00–8:00P

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Age 14 & up

Learn about 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 Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Th 3/5–4/23 6:30–7:30P 15 & up 2/27 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 269121-01 F 3/6–4/24 11:00A–12:00P 15 & up 2/28 $92 /$109 /$134 /$159 269121-02

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/29 Free 221600-08

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident




This introductory class will prepare you for our regularly scheduled TRX classes. The instructor will help you focus on correct form, safety, and strength training that challenges your major muscle groups. This program will also feature cardio, flexibility, and balance elements that you will experience in the drop-in group exercise TRX classes. Registration is required. Day Date Sa 4/4

Time 8:30–9:15A

Age 12 & up

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/4 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 721301-11

Mason Community Center - p m limited facilities All group exercise classes and programming are cancelled

Cycle 101

Studio C (2nd floor) Cycle 101 is for the first-time cyclist. The class begins with tips on footwear, proper bike setup, and water intake. You’ll then be guided through all the various climbs, jumps, and cadence speeds that are featured in our regular drop-in group exercise classes to ensure you build your strength and endurance for a safe and effective workout. Day Date Sa 4/4

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 9:30–10:15A 12 & up 4/4 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 721300-11

Personal Training

Yoga 101 Studio B

Fitness Center

This class is designed for those brand new to yoga, or recently starting their practice. You will learn the basics of technique and form for poses seen in yoga classes, while also touching on yoga terminology, mindfulness, and the importance of breath. Day Date Su 4/5

Time 2:00–2:45P

Age 10 & up

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 4/5 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 721302-03

BODYPUMP 101 Studio A

BODYPUMP, the original LES MILLS barbell class, 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 attendees looking to improve their performance. Day Date Su 4/5

Time 3:00–3:45P

To register, see page 38.

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 13 & up 4/5 $0 /$2 /$20 /$20 321317-01


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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Golf Tips Pitching and Chipping

ADULT Introductory Training Specials for Members

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. Session Type Three 30-Minute Introductory Sessions Three 1-Hour Introductory Sessions

Fee $66 $99

Focus on the spot you want to land the ball, not the hole. Picture the height you want the ball to achieve, where the ball will land and the path the ball will roll into the hole. The next time you practice chipping and pitching, lay a ball marker or small target on the green and see how close you come to hitting your target.

Mason Community Garden Garden opens : May Garden closes: Oct Applications available at Mason Community Center or Deadline for applications is Friday, May

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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: 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: 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: 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

PRE: Premier pass holder




$35 $189 $370

$42 $223 $436

$63 $273 $486

$26 each $140 each $275 each

$31 each $165 each $324 each

$47 each $215 each $374 each

$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

$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

$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

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident

ADULT Members Only

Adult Badminton Field House Court 1

Come in to play badminton with Community Center members during these designated dropin badminton times. Day T,Th,Sa

Date 1/2-5/30

Time varies*

Age 18 & up

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Free

Activity 722201-12

*T, Th: 7 to 9P and Sa: 8 to 10:30A

Adult Basketball Gymnasium A

Come in to play basketball with Community Center members during these 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 rules. Date 1/4-5/30

Time varies*

Age 18 & up

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Free



Members Only

Day M,W,Sa


Activity 722200-10

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*M,W: 5 to 7P and Sa: 10A to 12P *No Class 5/25


Adult Softball Leagues Corwin M. Nixon Park

Get your friends together for adult softball at Corwin M. Nixon Park. All league play is under USSSA rules. Registrations are per team.


Team Captains: Register on behalf of your team by picking up a roster form in person at Mason Community Center or by downloading your league roster form at and mailing or delivering the completed form to Mason Community Center. Please plan to attend a captains meeting in early April. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Tu 4/21–8/18 6:30–11:00P 18 & up 4/9 $375per team* 222201-15 Men’s Church League – Team Registration F 4/24–8/14 6:30–11:00P 18 & up 4/5 $375 per team* 222201-16 Men’s Competitive League – Team Registration *Additional fees for league and referees due at the captains meeting.

To register, see page 38.


8:00 - 8:45 a.m. 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.


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Mason, OH

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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. Please bring your own supplies. This class is limited to 15 people and is on a first come, first served basis. Day Tu

Date 3/3–5/26

Time 9:30A–1:00P

Age 55 & up

Alzheimer’s Series Develop Your Computer Skills

The Senior Center offers computer classes to enhance your basic knowledge and learn about anti-virus protection, browsing the internet, handling digital photographs, and buying and selling on the internet. Classes are by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Mason Community Center to make a reservation.

Dementia Conversations Senior Lounge

This program will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Tu 3/3 1:15–2:30P 55 & up 2/25 Free 243121-01

10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Activity Room A

Parkinson’s Support Group

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.

Senior Lounge

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 6:00 p.m. followed by a speaker at 6:30 p.m. Day Th

Time 5:00–6:00P

Age 18 & Up

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $0/$0/$1/$1

Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Th 4/9 1:15–2:30P 55 & up 4/2 Free 243422-01

Understanding Alzheimer’s Activity Room A

Alzheimer’s is 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 Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity W 5/6 1:15–2:30P 55 & up 4/29 Free 243423-01

AARP Tax Assistance Meeting Rooms

AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, volunteer-run tax counseling & preparation service. This free service is designed for low to moderate income seniors. You can make an appointment through or stop in during AARP Tax Assistance times to schedule an appointment. Please bring Social Security cards for all people listed on your return, your 2018 completed tax return, 2019’s tax documents, and your checkbook. Both taxpayer and spouse must be present with a government issues photo ID or with power of attorney. Day




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55 & up



MANTA RAYS SIGN LETTER OF INTENT Congratulations to City of Mason Manta Ray Seniors for signing their national letter of intent in fall 2019. PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


SENIOR Find 10 hidden shamrocks and a pot of gold to win a prize at the Senior Center

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 our 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. Before your scheduled date, you will be contacted to set an appointment time. Day Tu Th W

Date 3/10 4/9 5/20

Time 10:00A–3:00P 10:00A–3:00P 10:00A–3:00P

Age 55 & up 55 & up 55 & up

Deadline 3/3 4/2 5/13

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Free Free Free

Activity 243460-01 243460-02 243460-03

Mason Community Center Tuesday, March 17 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Ages 55 & up

Senior Center Open House

Mason Community Center Wednesday, May : - : p.m. Ages & up Receive a voucher for a Forever Fit class.

Breakfast Bingo Senior Center

Rise and shine with Breakfast and Bingo in the Senior Center! Join us for coffee and pastries, friends, and prizes. Please bring quarters for several rounds for your chance to win! Day W W W

Date 3/18 4/15 5/20

Time 9:00–10:30A 9:00–10:30A 9:00–10:30A

To register, see page 38.

Age 55 & up 55 & up 55 & up

Deadline 3/11 4/8 5/13

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $5 /$6 /$8 /$9 $5 /$6 /$8 /$9 $5 /$6 /$8 /$9

Activity 243108-01 243108-02 243108-03


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SENIOR Senior Center Library

The Senior Lounge, located in the Senior Center, offers a variety books for you to read. No need to check a book out; if you take a book, please return it when you’re finished.

Wreath Workshop Senior Center

Show your creative side and create spring decor for your door. Day Tu

Date 3/31

Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 11:00–12:00P 55 & up 3/24 $20 /$24 /$30 /$36 243410-01

Tai Chi

The style of Tai Chi Chuan emphasizes soft and slow movements, which enhances lower body strength and improves circulation, balance, and stability.

Cards, Games & More!

Do you enjoy playing cards and getting together with friends? Come join one of the Senior Center’s many card and game groups including Hand & Foot Canasta, Euchre, Party Bridge, Mah Jongg and Dominoes. Duplicate Bridge requires a reservation. Call the Senior Center at 513.229.8555 for days and times or additional information.

Day Beginner (Meeting Rooms) Thu Advanced (Studio A) Thu

Time 12:00–1:00P 1:00P–3:00P

Members Only



Pickleball is a cross between badminton, tennis, and ping pong. Pickleball can be played in a singles or doubles format.

Day M–F

Time 12:00–2:00P

Age 55 & up

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Free

Activity 722300-04


Pot Luck Luncheon Senior Center

Senior Fitness Training Fitness Center

Stay strong with a senior workout program that is perfect for all fitness levels. Join us in a circuit designed and run each week by a certified personal trainer and utilizes TRX straps, BOSU, stability balls, dumbbells, medicine balls, and more. Day Tu,Th Tu,Th Tu,Th

Date 3/3–3/26 4/7–4/30 5/5–5/28

Time 8:45–9:30A 8:45–9:30A 8:45–9:30A

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Age 55 & up 55 & up 55 & up

Deadline 2/25 3/31 4/28

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

Activity 261599-04 261599-06 261599-08

Join us this spring for our popular lunches. Main entrees are provided by our generous sponsors—Chesterwood, Christian Village at Mason, Cedar Village, Barrington of West Chester, and 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 3/5–5/28

PRE: Premier pass holder

Time 12:00–1:00P

BAS: Basic pass holder

Age 55 & up

MR: Mason resident

Fee $1

NR: Nonresident

SENIOR Safari Dinner

Day Date Time Age Deadline Quatman Cafe, 224 W Main Street, Mason, OH W 3/11 1:00–3:00P 55 & up 3/4 Two Cities, 202 W Main Street, Mason, OH W 4/8 1:00–3:00P 55 & up 4/1 Mission BBQ, 8655 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH W 5/13 1:00–3:00P 55 & up 5/6










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.



*Participants purchase their own food and drinks.


Movie Days

Wednesday, May • Mason Community Center


Senior Center

• Seniors & older • Free Mason Community Center admission

Come and enjoy a movie in the Senior Center on the third Friday of every month. Popcorn and drinks are provided. Movies are based on availability and are subject to change. Day F F F

Date 3/20 4/17 5/15

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

Age 55 & up 55 & up 55 & up

Fee Free Free Free

Movie Oklahoma It’s a Wonderful Life The Goonies

Casino Motorcoach


Are you feeling lucky?! Join us for a fun trip to Belterra Park Gaming on a passenger bus. This trip includes a free buffet coupon along with a free $5 Player Card. Day W

Date 4/22

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


Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 10:00A–4:00P 55 & up 4/15 $23 /$23 /$26 /$26 249101-01

Kentucky Derby Pot Luck Watch Party

Senior Center a m - p m Join friends to paint paper mache eggs!

Senior Center

Wear your finest hat and join us in the Senior Center Lounge to watch the Kentucky Derby live. Please bring your favorite dish to share. Beverages and desserts are provided. Day Sa

Date 5/2

Time 6:00–7:00P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 55 & up 4/25 Free 243411-01

Mother’s Day Celebration Senior Center

Join us in celebration of Mother’s Day! Come make a toast to a special mother in your life. Mothers in attendance will receive a special gift. Day Mo

Date 5/11


Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 11:00A–12:00P 55 & up 5/4 $5 /$6 /$8/$9 243400-01

To register, see page 38.



Mason-Montgomery Road

Mason, OH

Spring 2020

CenterPoint 61


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