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Cincinnati Ranked High by American Fitness Index

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Among Fittest Metro Areas                          girl running in Park

According to an analysis of the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the nation, Cincinnati was ranked 13th most healthy and fittest city in the US.  The American College of Sports Medicine released its American Fitness Index based upon a number of health behaviors.  

Analyzed were issues such as smoking, exercise, obesity rates, chronic health problems and access to health care.  These behaviors were linked up with environmental factors such as availability of parks, recreational facilities, walking trails, and farmer's markets.

Minneapolis, ranked number one, spends double the money on parks per capita as some other cities.  When asked how cities can improve their rankings, Walt Thompson, chairman of the advisory board that created the index suggested smoking bans not only in buildings, but in all public places such as parks and outdoor eating areas of restaurants.  Additionally, he recommended required physical education for kids through high school.

Lots of Summer Fun Coming Up

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Summer Festivals                                                 

Italianfest - June 13-16

​Held in Festival Park Newport along Riverboat Row, Italianfest brings authentic Italian food and live Italian music to the city.  Enjoy fireworks on opening night.  Activites will include cooking contests, games and rides for the kids.

Goettafest - June 14-16

MainStrasse Village in Covington again brings the German immigrants' favorite, Goetta, to pizza, chili, burgers, and more.  Everyone will enjoy the children's activities, arts and crafts, music and entertainment.

Paddlefest - June 20-22Paddlefest

As the paddling capital of the United States, the Ohio River Paddlefest is the largest canoe / kayak paddling event in the Midwest.  Coney Island is going to be abuzz with activity. The weekend begins on Thursday with the Kids Outdoor Expo.  They have set up four villages to expand kid's knowledge...Let's Explore, Let's Go Green, Let's Splash, and Let's Move.  Friday's activities feature the Ohio River Music and Outdoor Festival in the picnic grove. There will be music from 5 bands, cardboard boat races, a kayak fishing contest, Dragonfest and more.  Saturday is the big day for boaters; the 8.2 mile float trip, 11 mile canoe and kayak races and 5 mile SUP race all take place.  It all leads to the Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival at Yeatman's Cove.

Pedalfest - June 22

Planned to coincide with Paddlefest, bike riders can choose two different opportunities.  One group will ride the Trail from Yeatman's Cove to Coney Island and paddle back to Yeatman's Cove.  Other riders will go from Yeatman's Cove to Lunken Airport Playfield and then on to Armleder Park and back in time for the Gold Star Chili finish line.  Everyone can look forward to hearing the Hickory Robot Bluegrass Band.

Panegyri Greek Festival - June 28-30

The Holy Trinity - St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church brings us the 39th annual festival.  Fill up on their incredible foods...saganaki, moussaka,, tiropites and baklava.  Immerse yourself in Greek culture, music and dance, shop for jewelry, leather goods, linens, art, and more.  There are also rides and games for the kids.  Free parking and shuttle from St. Xavier High School.

Cincinnati Named to "America's Manliest Cities" List

by The Cincinnati Team

 

Cincinnati on America's "Manliest" Cities List    

​Combo's, the snack brand, in association with Bert Sperling, researcher for "Best Places To Live" have ranked Cincinnati 12th in its fourth annual "America's Manliest Cities" study.  How did that happen?

In researching Manliest Cities, they look at  things like number of bowling alleys, love of salty snacks, concentration of BBQ and wing joints,  and sports.  Certainly, the number of professional sports teams we have helps, but they also look at the number of nearby NASCAR tracks, drag racing, monster truck events and marathons.  

​What else might make us a manly city?  The number and type of cars and trucks we drive, the ability to fix household problems, and the hobbies men have like fishing, hunting or woodworking. All satisfy the criteria for a manly city.  Subscriptions to Playboy and Sports Illustrated were a plus for the rankings, while Vanity Fair and Martha Stewart Living were negatives.

Cincinnati ranked in the top 25 in all categories evaluated, including, sports, manly lifestyle, manly stores, manly magazine subscriptions and salty snack sales.  Guess Combos will continue to advertise here!

Surrounding us in Ohio, Toledo was ranked #8, and Cleveland # 9 while in Kentucky, Louisville was ranked # 11.  Oklahoma City ranked number 1, followed by Columbia, SC; Memphis, Nashville and Birmingham.

Zipline while You Party in the Park

by The Cincinnati Team

Now You Can Zipline while You Party in the Park                         

 

​There is still plenty of time remaining this summer to Party in the Park, and now, you can also sign up to ZIPLINE into the crowd.  The zipline has been set up near the Purple People Bridge at the east concession and ends in the center of the lawn at Yeatman's Cove.  It starts you out up 26 feet and is 321 feet long.  Cost runs $10 per try.

​The Parties in the Park are produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and sponsored by 96ROCK and Bud Light.  They are held every Wednesday throughout the summer.  Expect lots of Cincinnati foods, beer trucks and great music.  You can hear the following bands on approaching dates:

  • ​June 27 - 3 Day Rule
  • ​July 11 - Lt Dan's New Legs
  • ​July 18 - The Websters
  • ​July 25 - Naked Karate Girls

The Happy Hour and a half runs from 5-6:30 pm  Can you imagine what the steamboat captains of yesteryear would have thought of this activity on Serpentine Wall?!

Help the Library Set a "Red" Record - May 21  Red Mascot

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Channel 12's Bob Herzog and the Cincinnati Reds are teaming up for the "World's Largest RED Card Dance Party" on Fountain Square.  On Monday, May 21st at noon, bring your RED Library card to the Square.  Help the Library set a record of the most people holding up RED cards in one spot.  You will be eligible to win one of 20 pairs of Reds tickets or a Sony e-reader.  Expect Reds players, the Red Rover, and Gapper to be on hand.  Additionally, starting May 7th, cardholders can get half price tickets for the Reds vs. Braves game on May 21st. by going to Reds.com/RedCard.  

Father's Day Activities - June 19

by The Cincinnati Team

The Blue Manatee Bookstore on Madison Road in Oakley will be hosting aBlue Manatee Childrens Books special Father's Day event.  Called Pallin' with Pa, the event allows fathers and their children to paint a birdhouse together.  Fathers will be able to enjoy coffee or tea and maybe read a fun book to their children.  The event is designed for children 4-12 years old.  Pre-registration is required.

If you have a baseball fanatic in your family, consider the Father's Day Catch.  After the game with the Cincinnati Reds against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:10 PM, children and their fathers will be allowed to play catch on the field of the Great American Ballpark.  Tickets include two Field Box tickets, post-game field pass, authentic batting practice-used baseball and commemorative certificate.This is a once in a lifetime fundraiser benefiting the Reds Community Fund. Expensive, but FUN!

Cincinnati Golf Show - Jan 14-16

by The Cincinnati Team

You probably won't be yelling "Fore!" on the golf course this month, but you can get your golfing fix at Duke Energy Cincinnati Convention Center, 535 Elm Street downtown.  Billed as a "golfing extravaganza," the event features golf experts, deals on equipment and clothing (does that mean if you dress the part you will be a better golfer?), and teaching classes/golf swing evaluations. 

Purchase your ticket at Krogers with your Krogers Plus card and save $3 on the $11 admission price.  Have fun!

Mt. Adams Market Snapshot - May, 2010

by The Cincinnati Team

Homes and condo sales continued at a brisk pace in May, 2010 in Mt. Adams.  6 homes closed in the month of May.  There are currently 4 homes pending closing and 40 hMt. Adams Market Snapshot - May, 2010omes and condos that are actively listed for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Adams is one of the few areas of Cincinnati showing signs of rebounding. Prices so far in 2010 are significantly above last year and 2005.  Most homes in Cincinnati are currently averaging below prices sold for in 2005.  This is causing difficulties for people wanting to refinance in this time of extremely low mortgage rates.  It is also a problem for those with little equity in their home, who need to sell because of a relocation or change in family circumstances.

According to Credit Suisse's monthly survey, traffic levels (number of visitors to homes for sale) have been slower in May.  This is caused by the end of the homebuyer tax credit.  It forced many buyers to buy ahead of what might have been their regular time schedule. Low traffic levels may result in a longer time to sell a house and price reductions.

The Cincinnati Multiple Listing Service reported an overall uptick of 25% from May of 2009 to May of 2010 on the number of homes sold in the region.  That is more than the 19% reported for nationwide home sales.  June sales are expected to also remain strong as the last of the tax credit homebuyers close on their homes.

Fun on the Water Around Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

Great Miami River

The Blue and Burgundy Regatta will be sponsored by the Great Miami Rowing Center on May 1.  The course runs between the Columbia and Black Street bridges and is a 1,850 meter course.  Teams are expected to participate from Butler, Clermont, and Hamilton Counties with additional teams coming from as far away as Toledo. 

Time trials begin at 8 am with finals between the top teams after 2PM.  Bring a lunch or snack and line the banks of the River to cheer the teams along.  Food and beverages plus posters and t-shirts will be available at the Rowing Center's boat house at 110 North B Street, Hamilton.

Little Miami River

Morgan's Canoe Livery pushes off the first canoe of the season on the Little Miami River at 9 am on May 1 at the first Hamilton Township Paddle Fest. Proceeds will benefit the Township's Independence Day Celebrations to be held on June 25-26.

It is a six-mile trip down the river and canoes can push off until 1 pm.  Advance registration costs $50 and includes lunch for up to four people and two adult t-shirts. Day of the event registration is $60 per canoe.Ohio River Paddlefest

Ohio River Paddlefest

Paddlefest has grown into the largest on-water canoe and kayak festival in the Midwest and the largest in the entire country with over 1,800 paddlers attending from over 15 states ranging in age from 5 years to over 80. This years' event wiell be held June 24-26, 2010 at Cincinnati's Coney Island.

The weekend will feature fun, challenging and educational activities for folks of all ages and skill levels. The event is presented by Hamilton County Park District and sponsored by Duke Energy.

On Friday, June 25, the day begins with the launch of the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Team River Runner adaptive paddling group, followed by canoe & kayak lessons, vendor exhibits, silent auction, wooden boat show,  cardboard boat races, and the annual Ohio River Music Festival bands.

Ohio River PaddlefestOn Saturday, June 26 the 9th annual paddle on the mighty Ohio River is held. The river is closed to all barge traffic. Racers begin around 7:30 am traveling on a specific course while paddlers will begin at Coney Island traveling 8.2 miles down river between 8:30-9 am. All paddlers will end at the Public Landing where the Finish Line Festival should be in full swing with live music by Lagniappe (Cajun band), vendors, awards for racers, food, refreshments and a place to hang out with your friends.

West Chester's Voice of America Park

If you're looking for a good laugh, this could be the place to come! The Butler County Park District is sponsoring a Cardboard Regatta at the Voice of America Park on July 16 and 17th.  It is part of a nationwide day of Cardboard Regatta's across the nation.  Be sure to read this fact sheet for more information.

Based upon the idea of "just plain having fun" the event encourages groups of individuals to come together and form a team, then put their creativity to work designing a cardboard boat that can float.  They even have directions for building a cardboard boat online.

Then the big challenge...to paddle the 200 yard course across the lake.  Most boats will make the trip successfully, however a few will sink.  Those will be eligible for the "Titanic Award" for the best sinking.

Festivities begin on Friday night with food, beverages and bands with racing on Saturday. Proceeds of the event will go towards a future playground planned for the Park.

Anyone for Golf in Cincinnati?

by The Cincinnati Team

This picture, taken at Ivy Hills Country Club in Anderson Township, just struck me as funny.  No gentlemen, I don't think they mean that this is where to drop your "old bag!" 

Bag drop - Ivy Hills Country Club, Anderson Township, Ohio 

Have faith, Spring is on its way!

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