June Newsletter

June Newsletter

Neighborhood Construction!

Check out progress pictures from Poste, Paramout Square, Durner, and Scholar House.

All of the foundations are complete at Poste and the Milhaus team is making progress on framing.


Model Group is continuing work on Paramount Square. We are excited at the progress in the old Kresge building, future home of La Soupe!

 


Work on the Durner building is off to a smashing start! We have begun interior demolition and cleanout. We will restore the storefront system and replace all the front windows. We're working to save the rear windows, as well as all of the marble and doors in the building.


Scholar House is also making progress. We can't wait for Model Group, Cincinnati Union Bethel, and Christ Church Cathedral to open 44 units of affordable housing for single-parents enrolled in a full-time education program! The project also includes an early learning center that parents can use while at school or work.


 

Thanks to Just Q'in and the Cincinnati Music Accellerator, 25% of all proceeds at Just Q'in on Friday, June 7th will go to the WHRF! Music will feature our very own Aprina Johnson! Come out and eat delicious barbecue while supporting the WHRF. Check out the facebook event here.


 

Food Forest Launch

Check out the Food Forest PopUp Pickups in the old Kroger parking lot. Wednesdays from 4–6pm and Sundays from 10am–noon. 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 https://www.foodforest.app!


UC Serves

UC Serves came to the May Street Orchard and constructed a chicken coup and pen, a winebottle suncatcher wall, cleared brush from the fenceline, planted flowers and pulled weeds. They worked long and hard and had a few laughs. The May Street Orchard is at 2704 May Street and is a foraging orchard. Come harvest strawberries, raspberries and blackberries!


GO Local!

GO Local had a productive day last month at the May Street Orchard. The pen for the chickens was completed, stumps were dug out from the north fenceline, brush was chipped, the hugelkulturs were weeded, planted and mulched, tiny retaining walls were constructed around the fruit trees, because they are planted on a slope. We had a great time and the Orchard looks beautiful. While strawberries are ready for picking now, raspberries will be ready in just a few weeks. We also have pumpkins, watermelon and cantalope planted for late summer harvest, and a few fruit trees bearing pears and apples for harvest this fall.

Another hard working group from Crossroads Church came to the St. James Garden to plant herbs and veggies. Come check out the results!


Back to School Bash

Join us for the Back to School Bash on July 27th from 11am-4pm at 2840 Melrose. Check out the facebook event here!

Foraging Flower Pots & FCC

On Saturday, this hardy group planted flowers donated by FCC to Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. Walnut Hills got 100 flowers, which we planted in the business district flower pots along with patio tomatoes and peppers, with sweet potatoes. The Youth Council has been doing an amazing job keeping these pots watered this spring. These are foraging planters, so if you see a pepper or a tomato that you would like, go ahead and pick it! Just another way to increase access to fresh, locally grown produce in Walnut Hills!

The FCC fans also planted flowers in the tires around the retention pond at the Concord Community Garden. There is a pot and a small garden plot outside the fence at the Concord Garden that is available for foraging by neighbors of the Concord Community Garden.


RED Day

We teamed up with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and Walnut Hills Area Council for Keller Williams' RED Day event. Gardens were prepared for the growing season and the Kroger parking lot and surrounding streets were spruced up.


EWH Movie Night

Executive Director, Emily Ahouse at the EWH Community Movie Night talking about all the goodness happening in Walnut Hills.


POAH Mini Block Party

We're teaming up with POAH Communities for a celebration of community on June 13th from 3-6pm at 2645 Gilbert!


Get Involved


Join us for a one-hour walking tour of the Walnut Hills Business District to hear about all the good stuff happening in the neighborhood. The walk starts and ends at Bush Rec for the June Area Council meeting: Thursday, June 13, 5-6pm.


 

Seeking Engaged Street Food Festival Committee Members

WHRF is seeking engaged community members for the Walnut Hills Street Food Festival Committee. If you're interested, please reach out to our executive director at emily@walnuthillsrf.org.


We're Hiring!

We are hiring a program manager for our creative placemaking step van Walnut Wheels! This is a 400-hour, grant funded position. Check out the position description here. If you're interested, send a resume and cover letter to emily@walnuthillsrf.org.

Job Opportunities

We're currently looking for a reliable person who would like to assist with our youth summer program as a water transporter. Do you have 4 to 6 hours a week available, June - September? Do you have a truck that can carry about a half ton? Then you just might be our person to make this happen. Contact Aprina by email or phone for more info. 513-704-5580


In the News


Food Forest on WCPO

WCPO aired a Lisa Smith story on the Thursday news broadcast that showcased the innovative Food Forest grocery ordering app. Check out the story featuring Dave Curtin from Food Forest here.

Gary on Cincinnati Edition

The RF's Food Access Coordinator, Gary Dangel, appeared on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition to discuss our various efforts to bring groceries back into our food desert neighborhood. Check out the story "The Market Forces that Make Food Deserts & Make Them Hard to Change" here.


Events


 

The 19th Annual Benesse Lecture

Walnut Hills Day at Just Q'in

Paint the Town

Neighborhood Clean Up

Comfort Station Ribbon Cutting

Walk to WHAC with WHRF

Walnut Hills Area Council (WHAC)

Juneteenth with Cincinnati Young Black Professionals

Housing Resources Committee

Walnut Hills Business Group Happy Hour

Safety Committee

Art After Dark: Kimono My House

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

Live Jazz at Caffe Vivace

Live Jazz at The Greenwich

Geeks Who Drink Trivia

June 6, 7-8pm @ Cincinnati Art Museum

June 7, 11am-8pm @ Just Q'in

June 8, 8am-4pm @ WHHS (pre-register)

June 8, 9-11am @ Landlocked Social House

June 11, 10:30am @ Comfort Station

June 13, 5pm @ Bush Rec Center

June 13, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

June 15, 4-8pm @ Five Points (pre-register)

June 20, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

June 26, 5pm @ Brew House

June 27, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

June 28, 5-10pm @ Cincinnati Art Museum

Every Friday 1-3pm

See website for schedule

See website for schedule

Every Tues (June 4, 11, 18, 25) @ Landlocked Social House

Don't see your event listed? Email info@walnuthillsrf.org

June Newsletter

May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Labor of Love at Walnut Hills' Oldest Community Garden

The oldest community garden in Walnut Hills, and one of the first community gardens started by the Civic Garden Center, Walnut Hills Community Garden has been the recipient of much love and attention over the past month. Twenty eight of the thirty beds have been cleared and turned over, four beds have been planted, and more than half of the beds have been refilled with the best topsoil that Hafner's had available. Check out the before (left) and after (right) below! Expect to see peas soon, with their fragrant blossoms perfuming the sidewalks. All different kinds of lettuce, too, will soon be gracing the plates of those Walnut Hills residents who are interested in eating food produced as fresh and as locally as possible. 

Thank you to the Civic Garden Center for supplying volunteers, thank you to CECO Environmental for not only providing sweat equity, but for actually renting a bed for their employees to enjoy! Thank you to Reigning Royalty, a chapter of the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, for planting and bringing an Easter Egg Hunt to the garden. And last, but not least, thank you to Ohio Serves, for providing funding for Global Youth Services Day, which paid for the topsoil, tools, and lumber to repair some of the beds. For information on renting a bed at the Walnut Hills Community Garden, located at the corner of Beecher and Stanton, call or text Brenda Baker, the garden manager, at (513) 706-9279. 


Walnut Wheels Partners with Children's Hospital at Frederick Douglass

Walnut Wheels collaborates with Children's Hospital to hand out food samples and recipes after school at Frederick Douglass.

Frederick Douglass at the Convention Center

Students from Frederick Douglass got to work the stations with Chef Chaney and his staff at the Duke Energy Convention Center kitchen.


Global Youth Service Day

     

Global Youth Service Day was celebrated by many teenagers in the neighborhood this year. Warm weather met us on East McMillan as we ventured out to replant flowers in the business district. Laughter and teamwork kept us going until we ended service with dinner at Gomez! Our Community Outreach Coordinator, Aprina will be leading this work for the next 5 months. If your interested in donating time and or resources please contact her at 513-704-5580!


Food Forest PopUp PickUp - Coming Soon!

We're partnering with Food Forest on a grocery pickup service in the neighborhood. Last month we tested the grocery ordering software and the distribution logistics for the Food Forest PopUp PickUp. Come to Area Council on May 9th to learn more about Food Forest and the PopUp PickUp launch! This pilot has been made possible by the generous support of The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.


Get Involved


Seeking Engaged Street Food Festival Committee Members

WHRF is seeking engaged community members for the Walnut Hills Street Food Festival Committee. If you're interested, please reach out to our executive director at emily@walnuthillsrf.org.


We're Hiring!

We are hiring a program manager for our creative placemaking step van Walnut Wheels! This is a 400-hour, grant funded position. Check out the position description here. If you're interested, send a resume and cover letter to emily@walnuthillsrf.org.

Job Opportunities

We're currently looking for a reliable person who would like to assist with our youth summer program as a water transporter. Do you have 4 to 6 hours a week available, June - September? Do you have a truck that can carry about a half ton? Then you just might be our person to make this happen. Contact Aprina by email or phone for more info. 513-704-5580

We are also looking for a person willing to pick up trash twice a week at properties we own. We estimate that this will take 4 hours per week. A friendly, able bodied, reliable person is our best candidate. Contact Aprina by email or phone. 513-704-5580


In the News


Welcome CoMADE!

Welcome, CoMADE! CoMade's initiative to establish a Cincinnati hub for manufacturing, product innovation, and job training will launch its first phase in Walnut Hills! The first services offered will include a community tool library. Soon after, shared desk and studio space will be available, followed by training workshops. Read more in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

KCB Shouts Out WHRF Staff!

Gary has lived in Walnut Hills for 40 years and is a dedicated volunteer for Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. We are lucky to have him on staff! Check out KCB's recent shout out here.


Food Access in The Enquirer

Food access in Walnut Hills and Avondale was recently featured in The Enquirer. Check it out here.


Events


 

Pre Walnut Hills Area Council Presentation

No vote needed

Family First Saturday

Solopreneurs Gather- Resources for Small Businesses

Star Wars Trivia Night

Walnut Hills Area Council

Green Man Twist Soft Serve Social

Housing Resources Committee

Wander Walnut Hills Food Tour

Walnut Hills Business Group Meetup

Betty's Book Launch

Safety Committee

Fire Co 16 150th Birthday

Art After Dark

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

Live Jazz at Caffe Vivace

May 2, CANCELLED

(WHRF will continue to update regularly at WHAC)

May 4, 11-4 @ Cincinnati Art Museum

May 8, 4-6pm @ Gather Cincy (pre-register online)

May 8, 7pm @ Brew House

May 9, 6:30pm @ Bush Rec Center

May 11, 4-8pm @ Green Man Twist

May 16, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

May 18, 1:30-4:30pm, $55 per person

May 22, 5-9pm @ the Dillard Buidling

791 E McMillan, check out the event here

May 23, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

May 25, 11-4 @ Fireside Pizza

May 31, 5-10pm @ Cincinnati Art Museum

Every Friday 1-3pm

Most evenings, see website for schedule

Don't see your event listed? Email info@walnuthillsrf.org

May Newsletter

Real Estate & Economic Development 4/1

Real Estate & Economic Development

 

Comfort Station

Construction is nearing completion at the century-old Public Comfort Station building. We are excited to share that the team behind the creative Over-the-Rhine cocktail destination Sundry and Vice will be bringing a second space to Walnut Hills at this location. Slated to open this summer, Comfort Station will serve dual purposes as a daytime coffee/cocktail destination and a basement level cocktail lounge. Click the photo for more information.

Milhaus Construction

Construction at the Milhaus mixed-use development Poste is making progress! The project includes 124 market-rate apartments.

NBDIP Funding Request

The WHRF is applying for two projects through the City's Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP). The projects were presented at the March Walnut Hills Area Council (WHAC) meeting and will be presented again at the Bush Recreation Center on Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 pm. You can view the presentation here.

Real Estate & Economic Development 4/1