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Smartest Cities List Includes Oxford, Ohio

by The Cincinnati Team

Oxford, Ohio Named to Smartest Cities List                   Miami University Alumni Hall

Lumosity.com has named Oxford, Ohio to its list of the 50 smartest places in the United States.  When analyzing 1,309 U.S. cities, Oxford finished as the 16th smartest. Interestingly, the other top cities include many other university towns, Stanford, CA. came in number one, Princeton, N.J. number 2, Storr, CT (University of Connecticut home) at Number 3 and Cambridge, Mass. at Number 5.

Luminosity.com is the website for Lumos Labs, a cognitive training and neuroscience research site in San Francisco.  In order to determine the rankings, more than 3.3 million people between the ages of 15 and 85 took part in five training exercises on their website.  Categories were speed, attention, flexibility, memory and problem solving.  They then averaged the brain score among residents of each city.

Forbes Honors Cincinnati as one of 10 Best for Raising a Family

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Honored as One of 10 Best Cities for Raising a Family by Forbes

Forbes took a look at the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States.  They then ranked each of them in seven categories: median income, overall cost of living, housing affordability (what percentage of the market is affordable to a family at the median income), commuting delays, percentage of families owning homes, crime rate and education quality (mainly test scores).
Cincinnati came in at Number 9.
 
Cincinnati came in 44th in median income, 24th in cost of living, 13th in housing affordability, 36th in commuting time, 68th in percent owning homes, 30th in crime statistics and 8th in Education.  Forbes proclaimed that there were no weak spots. Falling in the upper half of the country in every category except home ownership percentage, Cincinnati stood out.
 
Other cities in the top 10 include Grand Rapids, Boise, Provo, Youngstown, Raleigh, Poughkeepsie, Omaha, Ogden, and Worcester.

 

 

Explore Cincinnati's Brewery History

by The Cincinnati Team

Walking Tours of Cincinnati's Brewery History                          

From May through September, walking tours of the Over the Rhine brewery history will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm.  The Over the Rhine neighborhood is home of one of the largest collections of pre-Prohibition Brewery architecture.  The tour will give you access to the cellars and tunnels of the breweries and increase your knowledge of the time period. 

The 1 1/2 hour tour starts at Findlay Market in the Over the Rhine Biergarten and ends just past Phillipus Church at the site of the old Bellevue incline.  Participants will tour the historic Christian Moerlein brewery, and see the high-bay brewing spaces inside Clyffside Brewery and view the massive lagering cellars under Clifton hillside. Go to http://www.cincinnatibrewerytours.com/ for details on these and other tours.

 

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by The Cincinnati Team

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Mason and Springboro Named to "100 Best Places to Live"

by The Cincinnati Team

CNN Money Ranks Mason and Springboro among  "100 Best Places to Live"            

​Warren County cities, Mason at #24 and Springboro at #42, were ranked among the top 100 Best Places to Live by CNN Money.  

Mason is popular because of the Mason schools that placed fifth out of 613 Ohio school districts in 2010.  It is also cited for access to Cincinnati, proximity to interstates, plus the Beach and Kings Island. The median income is $101,034 and median home price is $173,000.

Springboro is known for its Main Street where 33 structures are on the Historic Register, many former stops on the Underground Railroad.  It's small town character is notable. The median family income is $105,681 and median home price is $191,145.

Mt. Airy Forest Added to National Register of Historic Places

by The Cincinnati Team

Mt Airy Forest added to National Register of Historic Places            

Mt. Airy Forest, and much of the Cincinnati Park System as a whole, has been documented to be historically significant. The recent placement of  Mt. Airy Forest on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service is a way of recognizing this importance...a fitting way to celebrate its 100th Annniversary!

The National Register is a prestigious list of the country’s most significant historic sites. Mt. Airy Forest is now officially recognized as nationally significant. Historic documentation of the entire Cincinnati Park system provided part of the context for the listing of Mt. Airy Forest, recognizing the historic significance of the Cincinnati Park system as a whole, setting the stage for future nominations of either individual sites within the park system, or multiple sites.

The documentation of Mt. Airy Forest found that the period of significance was 1911-1959, and that it is significant for numerous reasons, including that the park:

  •  Is the firMt. Airy Forestst, or one of the first, municipal reforestation projects in the nation
  •  Is known for its depression-era development under federal WPA and CWA programs
  • Is significant for its employment of African-American Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) labor that provided the manpower to build much of the park (and who were stationed in the park)
  •  Has landscape architecture significance through its association with noted early 20th Century designer, George Kessler and State Forester, Edmund Secrest
  •  Has architecture of the "rustic" design mode
  • Features remarkable quality craftsmanship of its buildings and its association with R. Carl Freund, the Cincinnati Park Board's most prolific architect and designer of 37 park buildings between 1930 and 1959.

Sharonville Wine, Beer and Cigar Festival has it all!

by The Cincinnati Team

Wine, Art, Beer and Cigar Festival - Saturday, October 15                     


Spend Saturday evening, October 15, 7:00-10:30 pm, at the Wine, Art, Beer, and Cigar Festival sponsored by the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce in the Holiday Inn, I-275, on Hauck Rd.  You'll be enjoying a fun and unique evening featuring 27 wines, 47 beers, and a variety of art. Cigars will be available for purchase with smoking outside under a tent.

Consider reseSharonville Beer, Art, Wine and Cigar Festivalrving a spot for the VIP Hour from 6-7 pm featuring Burnet Ridge’s Purple Trillium and their representative Chip Emmerich.  Additionally, the brewmaster from Christian Moerlein will be available to discuss beer with guests. A tapas style buffet will be served.  Allen Mobley of Kentucky Gentlemen Cigar, will demonstrate rolling custom cigars.

Allow plenty of time to stroll around the various artist booths featuring one of a kind pottery, wood burnings, photography, silver jewelry, custom pen and ink drawings, and more.

Special discounted packages are available to spend the night at the Holiday Inn which includes a free breakfast in the morning. Admission: 7 to 10:30 pm - $25 per person includes 10 tickets (Each ticket allows single servings of either 2 oz. of wine or 4 oz. of beer). On top of that, the VIP Hour Admission: 6 to 7 pm - $50 per person which includes enhanced beer & wine selection, unlimited tasting, and full appetizer selection.  Designated Driver or non-drinker admission: $10 admission fee for access to everything throughout the evening.

A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Playhouse in the Park and Sharonville Fine Arts Center. Mark your calendar for the Playhouse's Off the Hill performances at this location.  They include What's Buggin' Greg on October 29, 3pm; War on January 27, 7pm; and River Rat and Cat on April 28, 2pm.  All shows will be at the Fine Arts Center.

You can register by going to http://www.sharonvillechamberwabc.com.

What's Buggin' Greg? World Premiere Play by Playhouse's Off the Hill

by The Cincinnati Team

Playhouse's Off the Hill Coming to a Community Arts Center near You!                         

The Playhouse's Off the Hill series launches this fall with Darrah Cloud's What's Buggin' Greg, winner of this year's Macy's New Play Prize for Young Audiences.  Fifth-grader Greg wakes one morning to discover he's turned into a giant cockroach. Will it exterminate his friendships? Squash his role in the  school play? The growing pains are far from typical in this hilarious, world premiere comedy. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Performances are scheduled during October at community centers throughout the region. Ticket information varies by location. For more details and a complete schedule, visit the Playhouse website. What's Buggin' Greg? Playhouse in the Park's Off the Hill

Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center
Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m., Evendale Cultural Arts Center
Sunday, October 9, 7:30 p.m., Woman’s Art Club
Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m., Wyoming Fine Arts Center
Saturday, October 15, 3:00 p.m., Silverton Paideia
Sunday, October 16, 3:00 p.m., Miami VOA
Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., Springfield Township
Saturday, October 22, 7:00 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Culture Center
Sunday, October 23, 1:00 p.m., Mayerson JCC
Friday, October 28, 7:30 p.m., Fitton Center for Creative Arts
Saturday, October 29, 3:00 p.m., Sharonville Fine Arts Council
Saturday, October 29, 7:00 p.m., District A/Kennedy Heights Presbyterian

Ault Park Celebrates 100 Years in the Cincinnati Parks

by The Cincinnati Team

Ault Park Celebrates its 100th Anniversary                      

Come to Ault Park's "Big Birthday Bash" on August 18, 2011.  The event is designed for everyone in conjunction with the Ault Park Advisory Council's third Summer Dance in the Pavilion.  There will be live music, birthday cake, centennial festivities and refreshments for sale.

The initial 142-acre tract for the park was gifted to the city in 1911 by Ida Mary and Levi Addison Ault.  Later other family members and donors contributed additional land.  The Italianate Pavilion where many events start was dedicated in 1930.  From the top of the Pavilion, you have a 360-degree view of the area...out over the Little Miami River and its marshes, over Lunken Area and all the way to UC.

Ault Park is known for its variety of areas for activities.   Go here for a site map. The formal gardens have areas for locals to plant their favorites...from a shade garden, to all bulbs, to perennials or lots of annual color. You can see lots of pictures of the gardens of the people who share their time and talents with us all and a map of the designated areas here. Great fun to walk through. Formal activities may include weddings or special events. 

Bike riders love it.  There are 6 races in May and June.  The circle around the Pavilion is wide and smooth with a gentle climb followed by a fast descent on each lap.  the roads are totally closed to traffic.  Each night there are both 20 K and 40 K races in each category.   There are even categories for women and Juniors.  There are both nightly and yearly prizes.  The competition is certified by USA Cyclery.

Nature lovers also enjoy the trails. Ideas to pursue include:

The 34th annual Concours d'Elegance was held in June.  This world class car exhibit benefits the Arthritis Foundation and Children with Juvenile Arthritis.  Yearly, they accept approximately 200 cars for display and to compete for prizes in Classic, Vintage and Exotic categories.

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council sponsored the Fourth of July celebration.  It did it all, from a parade to food to music and culminated with celebratory fireworks.

The yearly Reggae Run is held in October each year.  October 1, 2011 at 6 pm is the official start time this year.  This is one of the largest runs in the area, attracting over 8,000 runners last year.  It follows a course that takes it around the park and down to Delta Avenue and back up Observatory to the finish line. After the race, the PARTY starts, featuring the Ark Band, a local Reggae favorite. Proceeds from the run and party go to the Make a Wish Foundation.  Over the years, the race has raised nearly a million dollars for charity.

Culminating the monthly Summer Dances will be the Big Band and Bigger Beer party.  It will be held on Thursday, September 1 from 6:30-10:30 pm.

The final event of the Centennial Anniversary is the themed Masked Gala on Saturday, October 22 in the Pavilion.  This event will have an admission charge for dinner, dancing and ceremonies.

If nothing else, look through the list of 100 Activities to do in Ault Park.  while some ate unique to the Park, many can be done in any of our wonderful parks around the Southwest Ohio area.

Greenarama Homes Open in Columbia Tusculum

by The Cincinnati Team

Green is "IN"                                                                    Being Green in Cincinnati magazine

Greenarama in Columbia Tusculum just finished with seven single family homes in the $400,000's.  They all featured many green details and are LEED certified.  Many of them had solar panels, extra insulation in the walls and geo-thermal furnaces.  Should be lots of money saved on energy bills, in addition to saving the environment.

Also, the Being Green in Cincinnati magazine just announced its top 10 "Green Giants," Cincinnati's forward thinkers who are doing a lot to go green.  Those named include Duke Energy, P&G, Cincinnati Public Schools, Metro, PNC Bank, Turner Construction, GE, Christ Hospital, Rumpke and the Cincinnati Parks. 

If you haven't seen and read this magazine, it is worth a look.  We found the stories about houses around the city very interesting.  You'll get lots of ideas for ways you can help the green movement and save yourself some money.

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