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Spring is Coming to Cincinnati...Finally!

by The Cincinnati Team

Spring daffodils - Cincinnati

 

 

This morning I saw the first daffodils peeking out of the mulch in my Cincinnati garden.  These three warm days have spoiled us, but ah, it is wonderful...A promise of beauty to come.

 

 

 How nice to know that Spring is on its way!

Primroses in CincinnatiPrimroses at Rahn GreenhousesAren't these primroses beautiful colors?  If you want to enjoy some on your kitchen table, head to Rahn's Greenhouses on Gray Road...they plant everything from seed and grow it for your delight!  Primroses are perrennials, so you can replant them in your garden and have them bloom next spring.

 

 

 

Cincinnati Parks - Spring Greening Weekend

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Parks are doing it again! Krohn ConservatoryKrohn Conservatory - Cincinnati Parks and Friends of Krohn along with the sponsorship of Duke Energy are sponsoring a GREEN WEEKEND on February 19-20.  There will be lectures on both days, tours and a Family Activity Area.

The Green Series hopes to increase public awareness of nature and green lifestyle alternatives.  They encourage attendees to make small, everyday changes that can preserve our fragile environment and demonstrate how everyone can appreciate the natural world.

On Saturday at 10:30 am the lecture is Raising City Chickens (I didn't even know you could have chickens in the city).  At 2 pm they will be discussing New toys for Green Gardening.  On Sunday, The 10:30 am lecture is How to Open your Garden and at 2 pm the discussion is on Eat Locally in Spring.  Because of limited seating, advance reservations are required for the lectures.

Tours on Saturday are at 11 am and 1 pm with a Taste of Krohn Tour.  On Sunday, there will be bird hikes at 11 am and 1 pm.

The Family Activity Area will be open both days from 11 am-4 pm.  On both days, they will play Spring Nature Bingo and do a Maple Syrup Display.  They will also be taking pictures of the children with the bunnies and chickens for an additional fee.  On Saturday they will be making a Greenhouse Garden in a Ziplock bag.  On Sunday they will do Terrariums: Nature in a Jar (with recycled jars) and Birds and Eggs Games.

Admission is $2, with children 12 and under free.

Taxes! Taxes! Taxes! Oh, my!

by The Cincinnati Team
Taxes! Taxes! Taxes!                                           
Have you taken a look at your property tax assessment lately?  You may be paying too much in property taxes and the time to appeal your assessment is now.
 
With the economic downturn, prices in most neighborhoods have gone down and that means that the value of your house has gone down with it.  However, local governments are counting on every dime of your taxes and are reluctant to respond to market changes quickly. So it is up to you to be proactive, if you believe they have valued your property too high.
 
How are taxes determined?  The assessed value is multiplied by the amount of tax millage that has been voted for your neighborhood...those numbers include school taxes, county taxes and special assessments for libraries, zoo, museums, etc.  So take a look at your tax bill and your assessment and evaluate comparable neighboring sales.
 
Give us a call...we will be glad to do a market analysis of your home and help you prepare the documents you might submit with an appeal.

Arts Wave Sampler Weekends                                        

Arts Wave (formerly the Find Arts Fund) is again sponsoringArts wave - Cincinnati Sampler Weekends...with the emphasis on the plural weekends.  As part of their emphasis on taking the arts to the communities throughout the region, the events have been expanded to encompass six weekends.

So now, you have many more opportunities to celebrate the music, dance, theater, museum and festival offerings around the area.  Take your friends, family, children or neighbors by the hand and plan on some special fun.  Best of all, it's FREE!

Events for February that caught my eye include:

Sat. Feb 26 - Get Smart About Art Festival - Sponsored by the School of Creative and Performing Arts, the day starts at 10am at Music Hall for a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Lollipop Family Concert and moves to the school at 11am.  The day will feature interactive art making activities with performances and exhibits from over 10 local arts organizations.  Teens will also enjoy the art making activities.  Thanks to P&G for sponsoring this day!

Sat. Feb. 26 - Behringer Crawford Museum in Devue Park - Free admission all day and storytelling by Omope Daboiku at 1-2pm.  Omope has been affiliated with the Ohio Arts Council as an Artist-in-Education since 1990.  She is a member of the Cincinnati Storytelling Guild and regularly works for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.  Following that, Wild Carrot and the Roots Band will perform music with American Roots, from jazz to folk songs. They also share and demonstrate instruments used in creating some of the music that is unique to American songwriting. 

Cincinnati Fire Museum

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Fire Museum

Another indoor opportunity allows you to learn about fire-fighting history at the same time as you hear more about Cincinnati history.  There are some fascinating and unbelievable stories at the Cincinnati Fire Museum!

Children will get to slide down the fire pole and learn about fire safety.  You will see some beautifully restored fire engines, a Thomas Tucker leather bucket (wonder how much difference a bucket full of water makes to a fire) and an early fire alarm drum.

Cincinnati Called One of the Best Cities for Telecommuters

by The Cincinnati Team

Daily Finance has analyzed cities across the United States, looking for best cities to telecommute.  The list was compiled by first finding cities that offer a big-city experience at a small town price.  They used cities with over one million people in the metropolitan area.  Finally, they eliminated those cities whose cost of living was above the average in the US.

Next they evaluated the lifestyle needs for telecommuters.  Since studies show that remote workers tend to be more educated than average, they factored in educational attainment, number of universities and libraries and the general intellectual environment.  To do that, they looked at the Daily Beast's 2010 study of the country's smartest cities and Central Connecticut State University's study of the country's most literate cities. In conclusion, the looked at rankings of healthiest cities as determined by the American College of Sports Medicine's American Fitness Index.

All the the cities in the top tier, meet the basic needs of sophisticated city dwellers and feature cultural activities, sports activities, plus they come with reasonable prices.

Cincinnati was ranked number two on the list.  It was called out for:

  • its ballet, symphony, opera, theater and museums
  • more than 10 colleges and universities
  • headquarters to nine Fortune 500 companies and
  • fame for the culinary, from German bratwurst to our famous chili.

Cincinnati ranked as second most fit of the finalists, third most literary and second cheapest.

Other cities ranking in the tip 10 are: Austin, Atlanta, St. Louis, Raleigh, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Kansas City and Nashville.

Cincinnati Schools Rank High on Ohio Test Scores

by The Cincinnati Team

Ursuline Academy, CincinnatiGerber Analytics recently released its study " Top Academic Ohio High School Report - 2010.  Three of the top 10 are in Cincinnati.

Created by Columbus resident, Scott Gerber, the rankings are based upon student's scores on the 2010 test required of all Ohio schools, public, private and parochial.  For his purposes, only the scores of sophomores were considered.  In order to qualify for the second round of Seven Hills School, Cincinnatijudging, at least 91% of the sophomores had to score as proficient on all five sections of the test.

Walnut Hills High School, CincinnatiThe three local schools in the top 10 were Ursuline Academy at number two, Seven Hills at number three and Walnut Hills at number nine. Ursuline Academy is a Catholic girls school in Blue Ash. Seven Hills is a private school with the high School located in Madisonville.  Walnut Hills is a Cincinnati Public School.  It is the only public school in the state that ranks in the top 10.  All three of the schools ranked in the top 10 last year as well.

Other schools that ranked high in the list are:

#14 - St. Xavier High School

#17 - Summit Country Day

#20 - Cincinnati Country Day

#22 - St. Ursula Academy

#23 - Indian Hill High School

#28 - Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

#29 - Mariemont High School

Wow...the school competition in Cincinnati is really tough!  Aren't we lucky!

Something for Everyone at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park!

by The Cincinnati Team

Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre SeriesCincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Rosenthal Next Generaltion Theatre Series

Fill your Saturdays for the next two months with visits to the Playhouse for the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series. Your children (age 4+) get a first hand introduction to the magic of theater and you have an activity that doesn't involve snow.  The shows include performers, musicians, storytellers and puppeteers.

The shows are at 10:30am and 1pm and range from 30-60 minutes in length.  Tickets are $5 for youth and $6 for adults.

You can look forward to Aesop Bops - free - on February 12, during ArtsWave Sampler Weekend. Fun retellings of Aesop's Fables will have you roaring.

February 5 -  Annie Oakley's Wild West Show (Madcap Puppeteers tells some tall tales)

February 19 - Sister Rain and Brother Sun (Catskill puppets preform American folk culture art, music and drama with a 7 ft. sun)

February 26 - Jungle Tales (animal tales with ecological themes and sound effects)

March 5 - Sleeping Beauty (Tanglewood Marionettes tell a classic)

March 12 - Animal Tail Tales (African traditional storytelling)

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