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Let us Light the Way...

by The Cincinnati Team

Duke Energy has set up a program to provide free compact florescent light bulbsCFK lightbulb - duke Energy(CFLs) to their customers.  Most of us in southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana will qualify. 

Why is Duke Energy doing this?  Last year, the company distributed over 10 million free bulbs to one million customers.  They estimate that that will save enough energy to provide power to over 45,000 homes.

It is thought that replacing one incandescent bulb with a CFL qualified, energy efficient lightbulb will save you about $30 over its lifetime. So if Duke Energy qualifies you to receive six CFLs, and you place them in the most frequently used locations, you can save $180 over the lifetime of the bulbs.  CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer that standard light bulbs.

In light of the new federal energy efficiency standards that take effect this year, many retailers are already phasing out incandescent bulbs.  

Will I like these new bulbs?  CFL bulbs are available in a range of light colors, including warm (white to yellow) tones, that were not as available when first introduced. Some are encased in a cover to further diffuse the light and provide a similar shape to the bulbs you are replacing. If you are looking for a dimmable bulb, check the package to make sure you purchase a CFL with that feature.

Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and they should always be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Many retailers recycle CFLs for free. See www.epa.gov/cfl for more information.

How do I get my free bulbs?  Duke Energy customers can request free CFLs by going to www.duke-energy.com/freecflsnow or by calling 800-943-7585.  You will need either your billing number or your phone number that they have on file and the last four digits of the person responsible for billing.  So light the Way and Save some M-O-N-E-Y!

Sampler Weekend presented by Arts Wave on March 26

by The Cincinnati Team

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.  So take your friends, family, children or neighbors in hand and plan on some special fun.  Best of all, it's FREE!

Events for March 26 that caught my eye include:

Cincinnati Art Museum - 11am-5PM The Amazing American Circus Poster exhibition.

11-12pm and 1-2pm -  Madcap Puppets presents Look Out Galileo!

12-12:30 pm - Forget Me Not Historic Dance

2-3pm - The Cultural Centre of India presents Incredible India

3-4:15 - CCM Prep presents The Last Dragon of Camelot

Sharonville Fine Arts Center  - Children's Theatre of Cincinnati brings you the Rockin' Adventures of Peter Rabbit.  Seems as though Peter is still getting into trouble!

 For everything scheduled, check here

Good Homes will Go Fast!

by The Cincinnati Team
Good Homes Go Fast                                               

Cincinnati homesEven in a challenging market, good homes go fast! Smart sellers are realizing that a proactive selling strategy can go a long way in getting their home sold, even when inventories are high. Here are three tips for today’s sellers:

  1. Price your home right. Markets change, so don’t be influenced by last year’s selling activity and home prices. Buyers will evaluate your home based on what others are selling for today, so make sure you know the market and price your home accordingly.  Every neighborhood has its own local response to prices...rely on an expert, not a friend for pricing.
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  3. Make your home shine. Buyers like to envision a home they can move right into. Clean carpets, fresh paint, and a nicely landscaped yard can go a long way to make perspective buyers feel at home.  Selling a home is like being part of a beauty contest today...make yours the most beautiful.

Anticipate the selling season. Many sellers wait for the market to pick up before they place their home for sale, but smart sellers anticipate these seasonal adjustments and list their homes early in the sales cycle. Give yourself the best opportunity by placing your home on the market before everyone else does!

Whether you’re looking to sell today or are thinking of selling tomorrow, please feel free to call and ask for a computer analysis of our recent market activity. We would be more than happy answer any questions you might have.  Be sure to ask us about the information we have that will help you stage your home to sell.

The Amazing American Circus Poster Exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum

by The Cincinnati Team

Organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

 

Strobridge Lithographing Company
Living Pair of Full Grown Hippopotomi. 1882
Color Lithograph Poster
Gift of the Strobridge Lithographing Company, 1965.685:47

Organized by Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Kristin Spangenberg, The Amazing American Circus Poster features 80 circus posters created between 1878 and 1939, along with materials related to circus advertising.
 
Cincinnati-based Strobridge Lithographing Company, which created all the posters in this exhibition, and became the leading printer for the major circuses of this time. The posters designed and printed by Strobridge were unrivaled for their quality, and contain a detailed portrait of the American circus in its “Golden Age,” when it flourished as a vital institution for cultural entertainment in this country.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Presents Gee's Bend

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents Gee's Bend  

 Gee's Bend at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park A Quilter's Delight - Gee's Bend weaves a story of the community of Gee's Bend, Alabama and the Pettway family, following them from 1939-2002.  Things changed dramatically in that history-filled period for African Americans.  But, there is something universal about a story of women sewing quilts and how their lives changed.  Who would have thought their quilts would be displayed at a museum?

The play runs from March 12-April 9.  For tickets, go to www.cincyplay.com

Cincinnati Floods - Clear Creek Park in Anderson Township

by The Cincinnati Team

After days and days of rain, the Ohio River is at flood stage.  We are seeing the back up on the Little Miami River as well.  Ceasar Creek Park - Anderson Township

 

Anderson Township Parks - Ceasar CreekHere are some pictures taken at Clear Creek Park in Anderson Township. The gazebo area is just an island.  No soccer today, unless the ducks can play!

Cincinnati Shoppers are Frugal

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Listed #3 on Top 20 Most Frugal Cities by Coupons.com  

Frugal City - coupons.comAccording to Coupons.com, residents of Cincinnati used the site's online coupons third on the list of cities across the nation.  Most frugal was Atlanta, then Tampa.  We were followed by St. Louis, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Nashville, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Raleigh.  Results were weighted according to each city's population.

With the sting of the recession being felt throughout the country, a growing number of Americans are using online coupons, some utilizing 20-50 coupons a week.  Ohio is the most frugal state, represented on the list by Cleveland at #8 and Columbus at #19.

Cincinnati Named One of "America's Most Undervalued Cities"

by The Cincinnati Team

Local Market Monitor, a North Carolina firm that provides investors with analysis on local conditions, has named Cincinnati to its Most Undervalued Cities List. Interestingly, we are one of five Ohio cities on the list of 15 that are undervalued.

The company looks at economic and population growth, construction costs, vacancies, household income and interest rates.  Employment and job sector growth figure into the equation heavily.  They also evaluate metropolitan areas where buyers would tend to pay more for homes because it is considered a more desirable location.  San Diego, because of weather and ocean-side location, would have such a buyer's premium.

Two cities received their worst possible rating, "Frankly Dangerous".  Those were Las Vegas (home prices down 52%) and Orlando (home prices down 39%).  The other eight overpriced markets were Anaheim, San Jose, New York City, Suffolk-Norfolk (Long Island), NY; Los Angeles, Portland, Edison, NY; and Poughkeepsie NY.

Las Vegas is undervalued by 28% and the most undervalued market, but bad news on its employment picture and overbuilding causes it to be rated as the worst market. 

Cincinnati has been undervalued by 15%, but our employment expectations and mix of job concentration ranks it as as a good value, with prices undervalued.  Good news for us! 

Put the Cincinnati Museum Center exhibit about Cleopatra's Egypt on your calendar.  Interest in Egypt and its culture is even higher now with all the current political unrest.  This is your chance to understand more deeply the relationship between their history and their culture. 

Included in the exhibition will be 150 artifacts - including coins, jewelry, religious tokens and daily items -  from that time period.  You will also learn much more about the archaeological exhibitions currently doing research.  Did you know that they recently found Cleopatra's palace underwater?

The exhibit is sponsored by National Geographic with Arts and Exhibitions International and cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.  Ticket demand is expected to be brisk, so order your tickets early. They will be timed and dated to accommodate the crowds.Cleopatra in Cincinnati

A Cleopatra Book Club has been announced to further educate attendees about both Cleopatra and the history of the time period.  It certainly allows you a chance to have a total immersion experience about Egypt!

 

March 12 Schedule for Sampler Weekends in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

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.  So take your friends, family, children or neighbors in hand and plan on some special fun.  Best of all, it's FREE!

Events for March 12 that caught my eye include:

March 12 - for everything scheduled, check here

Cincinnati Ballet -

12:30-1:30 InStep, The Ballet's company demonstrates portions of popular pieces and gives insight into the life of a Ballet dancer.

1:45-2:20pm - Anaya Gypswwty Dance group combines some of the best of tribal, fusion, belly dancing.

2:30-3:00 pm - Blue Ash Shaolin Do will demonstrate a variety of Chinese Martial Arts

3:30-4:00 pm - The Pinstripes - Presenting brassy reggae and soul-pop music for your fun

iSpace at Scarlet Oakspresents four one hour sessions entitled "Robo-Art and the Art of Lego.  Create an art masterpiece using a LEGO Mindstorm robot...reservations needed, 513-612-5786

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