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Concerts Add to Zoo Blooms Celebration

by The Cincinnati Team

Zoo Blooms Features Free Thursday Concerts            

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden once again will burst into bloom in mid-April.  Did you know that the Zoo is one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio?  Or that the Zoo offers the largest tulip display in the Midwest?  Over one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and tulips will come together for one of the most spectacular displays ever.  With 100,000 tulips alone, the display has been dubbed "Tulip Mania."

Every Thursday in April, the Zoo will offer "Tunes in Bloom" concerts with free admission after 5 pm (parking is not included).  Held from 6-8:30 pm, the evenings feature some of Cincinnati's finest and most respected music groups:

  • April 11 - Jake Speed and the Freddies, The Turkeys
  • April 18 - Shiny and the Spoon, Shiny Old Soul
  • April 25 The Ark Band, The Cliftones

Wintertime Half-Price Days at the Cincinnati Zoo

by The Cincinnati Team

 

Follow King Penquins Through the Zoo during Half-price Days
 
Penquin Days at Cincinnati ZooGet the best of the Cincinnati Zoo when the crowds are gone, but cold weather activities are abundant.  All admission prices are half-price through February 28th and special animal encounters are available daily. 
 
You'll love following the King Penquins as they parade through the Zoo.  At 10 am, meet them at the Wings to the World exhibit and follow them to the Children's Zoo.  They will do the trip in reverse if you are there at 2:30 pm. For a preview of the tour, check out this video.
 
On Saturday and Sunday there are also special activities with the polar bears, snow monkeys and elephants.
 

Help the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens Go Green

by The Cincinnati Team

This week, my garden club had an exciting visit to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to hear about the Green Roof on top of the giraffe enclosure.  Steve Folz, Director of Horticulture at the Zoo, discussed their research into green roofs with their roof and others in the cincinnati area. You saw a picture of the giraffe roof as part of the video on the previous post.  It was absolutely impressive to see how they have designed the roof and the benefits it is providing. 

As we heard more about the other Green initiatives at the Zoo and toured Green areas, I realized how little I knew about what they were doing.  The Zoo is more than a non-profit caring for animals or beautiful gardens, it is now an example for all businesses and individuals of things that can be done to protect the environment.

The Zoo is Going Green and You Can, too!

The Zoo's Historic Vine Street Village, which opened in May 2009, received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification - the highest rating award by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Cincinnati Zoo is the first zoo in the nation to complete multiple LEED projects. This new, green entry complex is just one of the many reasons that the Cincinnati Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country.

Go Green Garden Officially Opens Earth Day Weekend

The Cincinnati Zoo will officially open its newest green exhibit, the Go Green Garden, presented by Duke Energy, on Friday, April 23, just in time for Earth Day!

The exhibit highlights the Zoo’s green efforts in terms of green building design, energy efficiency, water conservation, storm water management, solid waste management, and land stewardship. Go Green Challenges throughout the exhibit present tangible suggestions for how visitors can address the same issues at home. The Go Green Garden also acts as the hub for botanical information.

 

Business Courier Awards its First "Green Business Awards"

 The zoo won two of the four Green Business awards. It took the “People” honor for its Harold C. Schott Education Center, which houses a 200-seat theater and its Zoo Academy. It also won the “Planet” award for its “Historic Vine Street Village,” a new main entrance that is designed to handle storm water runoff and save on heating and cooling.

What can you Do?

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical GardenRecycle your Cell Phone - Benefit African Gorillas!

Recycling cell phones reduces mining for coltan, an ore used in cell phones.  It is mined in gorilla habitats.  The cell phones will raise money for the Zoo's Conservation Fund.  The Zoo will have phone collection boxes at the main ticketing office and at the Gorilla World exhibit.

Cincinnati Zoo's Going Green

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Zoo Hosts Tunes and Blooms

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden 

The Zoo is offering FREE concerts on Thursdays in April.  The groups playing will feature a wide variety of music and represent some of the most respected local music veterans.  It's a great opportunity to walk through the beautiful blooms of the Zoo's gardens and hear some fantastic tunes!  Admission is free starting at 5PM, though there is a $7 parking fee.  Bands play from 6-8:30 PM.  

Or as the Zoo's marketing says: "Why tip-toe through the tulips when you can rock the garden?"  

2010 Tunes & Blooms Lineup            

 

April 1 - Wussy

Wussy is a four-piece rock band from Cincinnati. They are currently working on a release through Shake It, the independent label run out of the Northside record store.       

 April 1 - Pomegranates

 

April 8 - Comet Bluegrass All Stars

The Comet Bluegrass All Stars started as a Sunday night band at a Northside pub, the Comet.  Since then, their popularity has continued to grow.

April 8 - Rumpke Mountain Boys

The Rumpke Mountain Boys ( bet you can guess where that name came from)have spent almost a decade developing their very unique style of Jamgrass. Their ever growing list of originals mixes with songs from nearly every genre of music. Using bluegrass instruments the Rumpkes intertwine over a century of music.

 April 15 - The Newbees

The Newbees from Cincinnati, Ohio began their song writing partnership in May 2004.They developed an immediate connection through their love of harmony, upbeat melodies and shared retro influences.   

 April 15 - The Seedy Seeds

Utilizing the banjo, accordion and toy keyboard beats, The Seedy Seeds create upbeat, melodic, danceable indie music that is equally at home alongside pop-punk, alt-country, and lo-fi.

April 22 - Faux Frenchmen

 

The Faux Frenchmen are acoustic guitarists playing 1930’s gypsy jazz. They have received three Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominations in the "Best Jazz" category.

April 22 - Psychodots

The Psychodots are Cincinnati, Ohio's premier power pop trio.  They combine witty, heartfelt song writing with highly skilled musicianship and electric live performances.

   

April 29 - Jake Speed & the Freddies

Jake Speed has hitchhiked down Cincinnati's American folk, bluegrass, and ragtime music highway with his award-winning band, The Freddies. They sing traditional and original songs and are known for their near-vaudeville style stage shows and quick-witted charisma.

April 29 - The Turkeys

The Turkeys are a Folk-Rock band from Covington, KY featuring Simon & Garfunkelesque harmonies.

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