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Cincinnati Theater Season Starts with some Season Hits

by The Cincinnati Team

Great Theater - Playhouse in the Park and Ensemble Theater           

God of Carnage on the stage at the Playhouse through October 1

You're always hearing about the fights on the playground.  Here, you'll see what happens when two sets of parents meet to try to work out the problems...sounds like the problem just got bigger!   There have been great reviews for this show. It won the 2009 Tony for Best Play.  A great start to Ed Stern's last year as Artistic Director.

Next to Nowhere on the Ensemble Theater stage through September 25

I loved this show and I wasn't the only one...it's just hard to see such raw feelings on stage, especially in a musical.  The Goodman family - such a prophetic name - experiences the ups and downs that most families with a bi-polar mother will endure.  As theater, it is spectacular!  This show won the 2009 Tony for Best Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.  Lynn Meyers pulled off a real coup when she made arrangements for its regional premier here in Cincinnati.

Explore the Outdoors at Cincinnati's Great Outdoor Weekend

by The Cincinnati Team

Great Outdoor Weekend - September 24-25      

The Cincinnati Great Outdoor Weekend, an initiative of Green Umbrella presents a diverse sampling of nature activities in Greater Cincinnati the weekend of September 24-35.  There will be environmental education and outdoor recreation activities at over 51 sites around the area. It's all part of a push to get all of us, especially kids, enjoying the outdoors.  

Activities that sounded fun to me:

•Oiley Oiley Ocen FREE!  Backyard Games at Burnet Woods Valley shelter.  Sunday 1-3pm


•Great ARTdoors - Seeing Nature through the Arts at Gorman Heritage Farm and Evendale Cultural Arts Center, Saturday and Sunday, 10-4pm


•Be a Nature Detective at Woodland Mound - Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm


•Nature Scavenger Hunt and Critter Hike - Children's Meeting House Montessori School, Saturday 9-3pm


•Historic / Scientific Hike and Fossil Identification at Big Bone Lick State Park -Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm
 

For a copy of the brochure, detailing over 75 activities, go to great outdoor weekend brochure

Bluegrass for Babies Benefits a Good Cause

by The Cincinnati Team

Bluegrass for Babies   - Saturday, September 17                                 

This event, benefitting Cincinnati Children's Hospital grew out of a love for bluegrass and a determination to improve children's health.  Last year, over 1000 people attended sometime during the day and this year, even more are expected.  Headline sponsors include Krogers, Green Bean Delivery, Merrill Lynch, Suave and others.  As you can see, in only 3 years it has become quite an event.

Founders, Matt and Anne Schneider took their personal Bluegrass party and grew it for the entire community.  They believe firmly that young families need help in their journey to raise healthy kids.  The event will highlight both western and holistic health practices.

Activities for children include food and nutrition advice, and representatives from Kindermusic, Go2Grow Gymnastics, Soccer instruction and arts and crafts. 

So come to Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park on Saturday, September 17th from 4pm until dark. Bands that will be playing include Relic, Jennifer Ellis, and the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars.  Cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Food, beer and wine will be available.

Once again, the Cincinnati Team (Saralou Durham, Mary Elsener and Julie Harms) is helping set a Reading Record with the organization, Jumpstart.  (www.jstart.org)  Your donation can help!

 This year’s featured book is Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. You may have seen previous book selections being read on the Today show.

 Why are we doing this?

 Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Most lack access to high quality early education, live in poverty and start kindergarten 60% behind their wealthier peers.

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to help these disadvantaged children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school.

Statistics about the problem:

The Cincinnati Team has committed to adopting and reading to the children at Peaslee Neighborhood Center downtown.  Each child will receive their own book.  More books donated = more children we can read to.
 

Will you join us in this project? There are two ways to participate:
 

1.Send us a donation and we will buy the book. (We have made arrangements for a significant discount)  For every book donated, a child will have a book of their very own to take home and enjoy.
 

2.Or, buy the book yourself and read it to children you know.  Send us your story and maybe a picture about your experience! We’ll be compiling numbers to send to the national effort as they try to break last year’s record of over 2 million readers.
 

3.Donations can be sent to: The Cincinnati Team (checks to Saralou Durham or Mary Elsener),  c/o RE/MAX Preferred Group,   3522 Erie Avenue,  Cincinnati, OH 45208

 

Picture from our day reading Corduroy in 2009

Celebrate you German Ancestry at Cincinnati Oktoberfest

by The Cincinnati Team

Oktoberfest in Zinzinnati - September 16-18       


Come at Noon on Friday for the annual running of the wieners(as in dachshunds) or at noon on Sunday for the World's Largest Chicken Dance.  Anywhere in between you can count on a fun time at the largest Oktoberfest in the country and second largest in the world.  Quite an event!

You'll find the fun in a five block area along Fifth Street, downtown.  German food, music and ice cold beer will be part of the celebration.  Maybe you will want to be part of the 25,000 people eating potato pancakes or one of the 400 who are trying pig's feet.

Sam Adams may be the title sponsor of the event, but expect everyone who is anyone in the beer world to be there.   It is estimated that over 800 barrels of beer will be consumed, that's 1.6 million ounces!

You'll always be within shouting distance of one of the seven stages.  During the event, there are over 35 bands performing.  Do you know the polka?  Better practice ahead of time!

So, come celebrate your German traditions and heritage, or come for the fun, even if you aren't able to claim German ancestry.

Cincinnati Named to "10 Best Value Cities List for 2011"

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance List of "10 Best Value Cities for 2011" 

Cincinnati was named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of "10 Best Value Cities for 2011" for its falling unemployment rate, downtown redevelopment and reasonable cost of living.  Kiplinger's editors wrote that "despite its small-town affordability, Cincinnati is rife with big-city amenities" and highlighted events and organizations including the Zoo, Bengals, Reds, and Octoberfest.

The region was also found notable for its distinct neighborhoods that feature a wide range of housing prices, its corporate culture and the median household income of $53,329.  According to them, our cost of living is approximately seven percent below the national average.Great American Tower in Queen City Square

Cincinnati was described as the "Comeback City" in Kiplinger's description of the city.  They particularly pointed out the redevelopment going on in Over the Rhine and downtown, including the new Great American Tower at Queen City Square.  In 2010, $180 million in development projects were completed.  Over $1.2 billion in projects are under construction.  Additionally, the population grew to 4,852 residents in 2010, up 11.7 percent from 2009. 

Cincinnati has a robust art scene, including the opera, symphony, ballet, art museum, theaters, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the 12-day Fringe Festival.  Obviously, Cincinnati has a tremendous arts and cultural scene and continues to invest in both art and culture.

Cincinnati Riverfest Fireworks and Fun

by The Cincinnati Team

Mark your calendars for the year's biggest fireworks party - Sunday, September 4, 2011 on the Cincinnati's RiverfrontCincinnati P & G Riverfest      

P&G Riverfest is Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's big boom, the end of summer blowout that concludes with one of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest - the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks. This signature Cincinnati event began 34 years ago. The party at Sawyer Point, held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, has grown into an all-day affair with music, food and family fun and entertainment all day. Nearly a half-million people attend on both sides of the river. 

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