August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Share Your Voice!

The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is conducting the social capital survey to better understand the priorities of people who live and work in Walnut Hills and the perceptions of how the community has changed over time. Please complete this survey if you live, work, or own a business in Walnut Hills.

All information given on the survey will remain confidential. All personal information will be used only to determine whether the survey respondents represent the demographic makeup of the community. We appreciate your time in completing the survey. Check out the survey here!

You can catch us out and about the neighborhood with Walnut Wheels for opportunities to take the survey.

Back to School Bash!

Our Back to School Bash turns parking lots into a place where families and children make new friends, and children get the needed motivation for the upcoming school year. This year we celebrated the 2019-2020 upcoming school year with families at The Melrose Impact Center. Donations came pouring in and put us at 250+ backpacks and school supplies this year. We had over 150 people register in just 2 weeks, and over 200 people showed up.

We were entertained by Zion Global Ministries' youth choir, City Gospel Mission's Princesses Ballet, and MaKenzie Thomas from NBC's The Voice. Our neighborhood business showed up in numbers. Easterseals, Certified Excellence, Staunton Primary Care, Closing The Health Gap, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and many more! Our local youth in leadership "We Lead 4 Real" helped organize, register and promote this entire event along with Zion Global Ministries' youth team.

We thank each and every volunteer, business, and youth worker who contributed to make this another special family event!

Behind the Scenes Tour

Thanks to all who came out for a behind the scenes tour last month! We were thrilled to show off the future homes of CoMADE, Esoteric Brewing Co, La Soupe, and C'est Cheese.



Food Forest & Produce PopUp

We manage or assist with seven community gardens in the neighborhood. Some of the produce is used for our PopUp Produce Stand that happens in conjunction with Food Forest and other neighborhood events.

Don't forget to check out Food Forest in the parking lot at 954 E McMillan Wednesdays from 4–6pm and Sundays from 10am–noon. Other hotspots are also available in the neighborhood!

This pilot has been made possible by the generous support of The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. Download the Food Forest online grocery ordering app at! Or stop by the PopUp PickUp for a tutorial.

The Welcome Project Presents Cincinnati's Table

Wave Pool is coming to CoMADE onAugust 25th with The Welcome Project's Cincinnati's Table event, aimed at serving food by local immigrants and refugees in order to better connect neighbors. Free food will be served and local photographers will be offering free portrait sessions to all who attend. Hope to see you there!

For more information on the Cincinnati's Table project and The Welcome Project, please visit

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

Freestore Foodbank, La Soupe, and WHRF collaborate to offer affordably-priced produce, free soupes, and smoothies.

A Walnut Hills family enjoys La Soupe samples, smoothies from WHRF, and cut flowers from WH gardens during Friday's Healthy Harvest Mobile Market.

Durner Construction Tour & RF Day at Gomez!

We had a blast touring everyone around the Durner Building on August 17th. Thank you to everyone that supported WHRF by eating delicious food at Gomez following the tour!

Walnut Hills Youth Council

Members of the Walnut Hills Youth Council are resurrecting the garden at the corner of Wm. Howard Taft and Kemper Lane.

Apprenti's Next Cohort

Apprenti Cincinnati is a new initiative offering state registered apprenticeships for non-traditional talent seeking a career in technology. Apprenti’s national model yields candidates from more diverse backgrounds (such as women, veterans and minorities) as they are selected by their aptitude rather than their degree or professional background.

Apprenti is seeking applicants for the fall cohort! Apprentices can come from any background. Their first class included former non-profit managers, HR coordinators, culinary workers, electrical apprentices, educators, military medics and IT support professionals. For more information, visit or email


Noir Market


Thanks to everyone who came out for the very first Noir Market! Please join us for the next two markets, on August 17th and September 21st from 10am to 4pm.

For more information, reach out


It's Commonly Jazz

It’s Commonly Jazz is in its 34th program year thanks to jazz fans, community support, sponsors and YOU! The jazz series embodies a love for music, preserving jazz, an appreciation for the environment and building community. It engages, connects and inspires our city and region to come together every Thursday evening in Augustat the Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park from 6 to 8 PM. The ‘Backstage’ opens at 5 PM to grab a bite and/or beverages.

For 2019, continue to showcase our local and regional jazz artists; highlight why we are a Queen City filled with renowned jazz talent that travels the world; bring to the stage a big band jazz orchestra; showcase cultural efforts and other jazz venue happenings in the community throughout the year that keeps jazz alive; and feature and celebrate the emerging young female talent on the national/international jazz scene.


Get Involved



Property Tax Working Group

The Property Tax Working Group is working to preserve the integrity of neighborhoods by protecting residents who have owned and lived in their homes over the course of many years. The working group aims to assure that these residents, who may be in danger of losing their homes due to rising cost of property taxes, have choices that will allow them to continue living in their homes and neighborhoods.

The Property Tax Working Group also put together a survey to learn more about the public’s experiences surrounding property taxes and tax abatements in their neighborhood. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and distribute it to your communities and networks.

Find out more on their website:

Walk to WHAC with WHRF

This month we'll hold another Walk to WHAC, a one-hour walking tour of the Walnut Hills Business District to discuss what's happening in the neighborhood.

The walk starts and ends at Bush Rec for the July Area Council meeting. Join us Thursday, August 11, 5-6pm for the next one.

Street Food Festival

 Save the date for the 2019 Walnut Hills Street Food Festival on September 28th from 11-5 on East McMillan Street from Gilbert Avenue to Kemper Lane.

Click here to purchase a $60 Shout Out! For $60, Kathryne Gardette will spend 30 seconds dedicated to YOU for a thank you, recognition, commercial, or other shout out. Hurry, the number of shout outs are limited.


Walk to WHAC with WHRF - August 8, 5pm @ Bush Rec Center

Walnut Hills Area Council (WHAC) - August 8, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center (Radio broadcast August 14 & 15, 7pm @ 95.7mrc or

It's Commonly Jazz with William Menefield Trio - August 8, 6-8pm @ Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park

Cohear Policy Pitch Night - August 8, 6-8pm @ 1819 Innovation Hub

Neighborhood Garage Sale - August 10, 10am-2pm @ Green Man Park

Property Tax Working Group - August 15, 9-10:30am @ 805 Central Avenue, 7th floor

Walnut Hills Business Group - August 15, 9am @ HGC Construction

Housing Resources Committee - August 15, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

It's Commonly Jazz with CCJO & surprise guest - August 15, 6-8pm @ Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park

Noir Market - August 17, 10am-4pm @ 954 E McMillan St

Safety Committee - August 22, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

It's Commonly Jazz with Michael Cruse Quintet - August 22, 6-8pm @ Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park

The Welcome Project's Cincinnati Table - August 25, 5-8pm, @ CoMADE (954 E. McMillan)

It's Commonly Jazz with Mandy Gaines & Friends - August 29, 6-8pm @ Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park

Art After Dark - August 30, 5-10pm @ Cincinnati Art Museum

Communiversity 70th Anniversary Open House - September 10, 5:30-7:30 @ 2220 Victory Parkway (tickets)

Property Tax Working Group - September 19, 9-10:30am @ 805 Central Avenue, 7th floor

Noir Market - September 21, 10am-4pm @ 954 E McMillan St

Walnut Hills Street Food Festival - September 28, 11am-5pm @ 900 Block of E. McMillan St

Food Forest PopUp PickUp - Every Wednesday, 4-6pm @ 954 E. McMillan St (order by midnight Tuesday)

Food Forest PopUp PickUp - Every Sunday, 10am-12pm @ 954 E. McMillan St (order by midnight Saturday)

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market - Every Friday 1-3pm @ 954 E. McMillan St

Live Jazz at Caffe Vivace - See website for schedule

Live Jazz at The Greenwich - See website for schedule

Geeks Who Drink Trivia - Every Tuesday @ Landlocked Social House

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