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St. Mary's Funfest - August 15-18

by The Cincinnati Team

Hyde5 and the St. Mary's Funfest-  August 15 - 18       

The Hyde5 is the latest addition to the long-running St. Mary's Funfest.  Doesn't a late evening run through beautiful Hyde Park sound like a lot of fun?  This 5K race starts at 2867 Erie Avenue, near Montieth and ends in front of St. Mary's Church. They have a special race  designed for kids ages 6-13 that is one mile long.  After the race, plan to return to the St. Mary's grounds for prizes, refreshments, food and music by the Whammies. St. Mary's Funfest 2013 

Along with the race, the parish is sponsoring an alumni night after the race.  Tables will be set up so you can meet and greet friends from your classes.

Finishing up the festival on Sunday evening is a LaRosa's Spaghetti Dinner from 5 - 7 pm.

Cincinnati Parks are In the News

by The Cincinnati Team
Cincinnati Parks Receive Numerous Awards                                             


Washington Park Selected a "Frontline Park" by City Parks Alliance


City Parks Alliance chooses a Frontline Park in order to promote urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship across the country.  It shows examples of parks that have faced challenges from shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures and urban neighborhood decay.

Sprayground at Washington ParkThe activities around the park, including footpaths, wading pools, bandstand, and dog park, attract both those interested in the cultural offerings and neighborhood residents.  As part of the renaissance of Over the Rhine, Washington Park is key to the turnaround of the entire area.

Be sure to visit often...there are activities every night from salsa dancing to blues to jazz.



Dwell Magazine Honors Ault Park as one of World's Best Public Spaces

Dwell Magazine looked for the best public places to linger, people watch and take in nature's bounty. They have chosen everything from sculpture parks to urban plazas and now they have chosen Ault Park.  Long loved by residents of  the city, May and Levi Ault donated the park land to the City of Cincinnati in 1911.  It is our fourth largest park.  Offerings include a soccer field, playground, huge flower gardens where you can have a plot and the central pavilion.  

Go there on a star-filled night, bring a blanket and enjoy identifying the constellations or add it to next year's Fourth of July calendar, now.  You may want to go enjoy Summer Sips Vodka Tasting and dance to the music of Lagniappe on July 12th, too.

Smale Riverfront Park Receives 2013 Park Design Award

The National Recreation and Park Associations "Facility of Park Design Award"  was given to Smale Riverfront Park this year.  They look for a city that manages an innovative park that is serving as a model to others.  The award promotes parks that look at recreation usage in unique, innovative and creative ways.  Smale Park was honored for its exceptional service to the values of parks and recreation. Its inclusiveness and responsiveness to the needs of the community wer particularly important.

Enjoy just walking along the riverfront this summer, rent a bike and go all the way to Theodore Berry International Friendship Park and read the story of the Black Brigade on the 20 foot long sculpture. There's more to come with a carousel and children's playground on the way.

Cincinnati Playhouse Interns Perform

by The Cincinnati Team

Go, Dog. Go! Produced by Cincinnati Playhouse Interns          Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park - Off the Hill

The Cincinnati Playhouse's Off the Hill gang brings to life the classic children's book, Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman. The play will be at community centers and schools throughout the Cincinnati area, from West Chester to Columbia Tusculum. Performances go through May 19.

Eastsiders may want to visit the performances at Kilgour Elementary School, May 9th at 6:30 pm and Anderson Center at 11am or Carnegie Center in Columbia Tusculum at 5:30 pm, both on May 18th. Hope to see you there!

Seeing Stars and the Full Snow Moon in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team


Astronomy Lessons at the Cincinnati Nature Center and Cincinnati Observatory - February 14th and 25th         

The Full Moon Walk will take place at the Cincinnati Nature Center on February 25th. Attendees, eight years old and up, should gather at the Creekside Barn at 7:30 pm.  Imagine looking for signs of animals and wildlife while hiking under a full moon. Registration is required.

Native American tribes often named full moons.  Because the full moon in February usually occurred during the heaviest snow falls, it was called the Full Snow Moon.  Other tribes referred to it as the Full Hunger Moon or Little Famine Moon because hunting was difficult and food scarce.  The Cherokee tribe named it the Full Bony Moon because it was a time when they were forced to gnaw on bones and eat bone marrow soup.

"Turn the lights down low, the stars are out" at the Cincinnati Observatory Center brings romance to you on February 14th at 7 pm. The "Birthplace of American Astronomy" is scheduled to give your Valentine a true, out-of-this-world experience high atop Mt. Lookout.  In addition to viewing the planets of Venus, Jupiter and Mars through the historic telescopes, you will be treated to an evening of music, drinks, chocolate, and flowers.

Host of the evening, Dean Regas, astronomer and co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers, will be talking about the red stars of passion in the winter sky.  Volunteers will also give tours of the building.  This will be an unusual and unexpected opportunity to bring romance to your relationship!

Reservations are required for the evening at $50 per couple.


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.

We Already Knew that Hyde Park was GREAT!

by The Cincinnati Team

The American Planning Association named Hyde Park one of its 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010 as part of its Great Places in America Program. The organization is dedicated to promoting good community planning.  Hyde Park is recognized for its suburbanesque urban area with a great balance of residential and commercial. 

"The historic architecture makes it unique and allows it to stand out from other areas in the city," according to Tre Jordan, a research associate with the organization. Other factors that helped Hyde Park receive the honor were the value its residents place on education, the planning by the city that helped shape the area and the active nature of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council.
Residents love the atmosphere created by living in the neighborhood.  Just drive through the area and you see bikers, joggers, walkers, dogs, a picturesque and vibrant Square, stately  homes, multiple restaurants and great shopping.Hyde Park, Ohio

Since the inception of the Great Places in America program, the Association has honored 40 neighborhoods, 40 streets and 30 public spaces.   Great job, Hyde Park!




Promote Literacy and Reading for Cincinnati Children

by The Cincinnati Team
 Through the end of the year, you can buy a book for a needy child at Joseph Beth Booksellers and receive a 20% discount.  The Reading Reindeer Tree brings books to babes. The project benefits Every Child Succeeds a division of Children's Hospital Medical Center.
As part of that they run a Literacy Program called Bringing Literacy Home.  It targets children birth to three years old.  Research has proved that reading books at home will better prepare children for school. As part of the home visits that are made to the homes of needy families, parents are introduced to information about the development of their children. 

Don't Miss "Play Me, I'm Yours" Through Sepetember 17th

by The Cincinnati Team

on't Miss "Play Me, I'm Yours" Through Sepember 17th

Last Saturday morning, we went to Findlay Market for lunch and to shop for food and enjoy all the booths.  Lo and behold, there they were playing a piano at the west end of the building, surrounded by lookers and listeners. It's a happening that doesn't happen every day!Play Me, I'm Yours - Cincinnati

Why not take yourself or your children to one of these outdoor installations and play up a storm (rest assured that Piano Buddies cover them, if a real storm approaches). Pictures of you playing outdoors will bring back memories for many years to come!

The concept for "Play Me, I'm Yours" originated in the imagination of artist, Luke Jerram, while he was visiting a laundromat.  He was looking for a catalyst for conversation in our sometime invisible communities.  He certainly found one!

The event is an outgrowth of the celebration of 150 years of public radio in Cincinnati.  A joint event, the organization came from WGUC, WVXU and WMUB. The 35 pianos are located all around their listening areas in Cincinnati, Hamilton and Oxford.

You can get all the locations by going to their website,  Special event schedules are also on the site and now people are adding pictures of their loved ones playing in the various locations.  Please add yours!

Media calls it "Border Wars"

by The Cincinnati Team

The "mistake" made when CAGIS set up the Hyde Park East area as Oakley is now being called "Border Wars" by the media.  A story ran this week on WLW-T and is now making the rounds of the residents who live in the area.  You can watch it and see the story they put on their website here:

If you want to educate yourself about the issue and see the presentation that will be used at the Oakley Community Council meeting, it has been upladed to You Tube in two parts because it is over the 10 minute length limit.  The maps and information are very interesting.

Plan to attend the meeting at Oakley Community Center (in Hyde Park Plaza) on August 3rd at 6PM.  Sounds like at least Channel 19 will be there in case there are fireworks.

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