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Cincinnati Zoo's Cheetah Rated Fastest Land Mammal

by The Cincinnati Team

 

National Geographic to Feature Cincinnati Zoo's Cat                 
 
Sarah, an eleven-year-old cheetah from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden was rated as the world's fastest land mammal and set a new world speed record.  
 
She ran the 100 meters in 5.94 seconds. That turns out to be about 61 miles per hour. In contrast, the fastest man recorded only 9.58 seconds for the 100 meters.
 
Sarah is part of the Zoo's Cat Ambassador Program and used in the Cheetah breeding facility at the Zoo.  This program is designed to halt the extinction of the animals and support education of the public.
 
Just a few statistics about the cheetah.  They have a flexible spine that allows them to stretch far with each stride...sometimes going over 22 feet in one stride.  They are off the ground more than half of their running time.  Their sharp, hard claws act like cleats for traction in running. No wonder she beats man!

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Wins Two National Awards from Keep America Beautiful

by The Cincinnati Team

 

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Wins Two National Awards                     
 
Keep America Beautiful recently awarded the Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB) program both  its Civic/Nonprofit award and its America Recycles Day Award.
 
KCB won the recycling award because of their One Stop Drop event.  They set up a day partnering with 2TRG, the Cincinnati Zoo, Hamilton County, City of Cincinnati and Whole Foods.  The day allowed recycling of electronics, batteries, dried out pens and markers, plastic bags and number 5 plastics.
 
The other award winning program was Sustainability in Action (SIA). This program worked with Cincinnati Public Schools, including Dater High School, Rees E. Price Academy, Roselawn Condon, Rockdale Academy and Silverton Padeia. It was funded by P&G, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, and City of Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality.
 
That program seeks to teach students "green" habits using hands-on activities. They saved tons of waste from going into landfills. These pioneering programs will no doubt be replicated around the nation to spread the word on recycling!

Cincinnati Museum Center Accredited by American Association of Museums

by The Cincinnati Team

 

Cincinnati Museum Center Accredited
by American Association of Museums 
 
For the first time, the Cincinnati Museum Center has gone through an extensive accreditation process.  It received accreditation by the American Association of Museums. They join 778 institutions around the country and other Cincinnati institutions, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and the Taft Museum of Art.
 
The Museum Center is one of only 16 institutions in the nation that has received this accreditation and the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
 
Wondering how this accreditation process works?  The evaluation committee looks at governance, public programs, educational initiatives, collections stewardship, and strategic planning.  The Museum was particularly lauded for their children's programming and the new collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Downtown Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Branch Named Busiest

by The Cincinnati Team

 


Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public LibraryCincinnati Public Library's Downtown Branch named Busiest in North America     
 
What a surprise...sometimes statistics are thrown out that you didn't know anyone even took the trouble to calculate!  The downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County  was the busiest in North America.
 
About 6 million books and other materials were borrowed...34% of the items borrowed in the entire system.   This ranked them first in the survey recently completed by the Public Library Association.
 
Total, 17.6 million items were borrowed throughout the system. Overall, the system is ranked eighth busiest in circulation in North America.  It was compared to 1300 other systems in the United States and Canada.  It was also the busiest year ever for the Cincinnati libraries locally, up 8 percent over last year.
 
Why has circulation increased so much? Staff at the library point to changes to respond to patron (customer) needs and requests. Improvements include optimized layout of space, increased programming, and 100 added computers.  Amazing what happens when even a non-profit is listening to its customer!

 

Oktoberfest -Zinzinnati USA - September 21-23

by The Cincinnati Team

 

Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA - September 21-23                                         
 
Oktoberfest - ZinzinnatiFor this weekend, everyone in Cincinnati is of German descent. Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA brings the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States to life once again this year.  Presented by Sam Adams, there will be seven stages featuring almost continuous German music, 30 food vendors and untold beer kegs opened.
 
By the numbers, Cincinnati's celebration is the second largest in the world with nearly 500,000 people expected to attend.  Just come down to Fifth Street and Fountain Square to find all the action. So, wear you lederhosen, enjoy the polka music and be prepared to do the Chicken Dance!
 

 

Cincinnati Museum Centers' Culture Gallery will display Paul Briol's photos from October 1, 2012 - January 6, 2013. As part of FOTOFOCUS Cincinnati, an historical and aesthetical record of Cincinnati.  The photo below of downtown from Union Terminal is one of my favorites.

Briol is recognized for documenting the life and architecture of 20th century Cincinnati.  His prints were known for their detail, mastery of light and shadow and sense of composition.

Paul Briol came to Cincinnati in 1909.  He worked as a journalist, operated a photographic studio and owned a bookstore here until 1955, when he went to New York City.  We have to be grateful for his photographic legacy.

Kings Island Halloween Haunt - Weekends, September 21 - October 27

by The Cincinnati Team

 

All you FEAR is here! Held on Fridays and Saturdays at Kings Island, this horror experience is not for the faint of heart. Expect to see blood and gore, hear screams of panic and be terrified with bone-chilling sights. 13 attractions will be open, including the Diamondback ride. If going 80 miles per hour in an open car doesn't scare you, I don't know what would!
 
Halloween Haunt is intended for mature adults and not appropriate for young children.  For the little ones, try Trick or Treat with the Dinosaurs or Howl-o-fest.
 

2012 Cincinnati Celtic Festival - September 15-16

by The Cincinnati Team

 

Bring out your Celtic heritage for this weekend as the Cincinnati Celtic Festival moves to Washington Park. This annual celebration of Celtic culture is filled with music, dance, contests, food and drink. All 7 Celtic nations (Ireland; Scotland; Isle of Man; Cornwall; Wales; Galicia, Spain; and Brittany, France) will be represented. 
 
The Festival is presented by The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation. So, if you love to listen to the Harp, bagpipes and the Uilleann Pipe, watch Celtic dancing, enjoy Celtic crafts and food, don't miss this fun event. 

150th Anniversary of the Black Brigade - September 9

by The Cincinnati Team

 

 
On Sunday, September 9th at 5:30pm in Smale Riverfront Park, the Cincinnati Pops will present a free concert and the Black Brigade story will be honored.  Civil War era experiences and actors will be featured.
 
Feel free to bring blankets and a picnic or enjoy the concessions set up around the Schmidlapp Event Lawn.  Let your children play in the interactive fountains while summer is still here.  The Freedom Center will have discounted tickets that day and special artifacts from the time period.
 
The Story of the Black Brigade
 
In September of 1862, 700 African-American men volunteered to build fortifications to defend Cincinnati from Confederate attack during the Civil War.  There's lots more to the story, so walk along the riverfront and read about what was done to them and how they gloriously responded.  It's a special moment in Cincinnati's history, one you won't forget.

Citirama 2012 - September 8-16th

by The Cincinnati Team

 

Citirama 2012 - September 8-16                                                   

 
Citirama at Virginia Place - Northside, OHThe 11th annual Cintirama 2012 will be held in Northside this year.  This week-long display of homes is built in the city each year by members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati.  The development, named Virginia Place, is at the corner of Virginia and Chase.
 
Buyers will be able to walk to the Northside Business District.  Total, there will be 35 single family homes and 6 neotraditional homes built.  The development is in the city of Cincinnati and children would go to Cincinnati Public Schools.
 
There will be 5 single-family homes on display, ranging in price from $200,000 - $300,000. Builders include: Brookstone Homes, Drees Homes, Maronda Homes,and Potterhill Homes.
 
The show is open daily, Mon-Thurs, 4-9pm and Fri-Sun, 12-9pmAdmission is $8 for adults, but tickets can be obtained for $6 at Krogers.

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