September Newsletter

September Newsletter

Walnut Hills Street Food Festival

Join us for the 2019 Walnut Hills Street Food Festival on September 28th from 11-5. Thanks to all of our sponsors! Click the image to see a larger version of the poster.

Want to get involved and receive a free Street Food Festival t-shirt?

We are currently seeking volunteers to help the afternoon of the event and with cleanup. Afternoon volunteers will be event logistics ambassadors, assisting in the children's area, with vendors, and helping guests as needed. Volunteers will be given a sheet with the schedule of entertainment and a site map with names of booths/ activities so they can answer questions. Cleanup volunteers will help with the breakdown of tables and tents, and removal of trash and debris to return the street to pre-event conditions. ALL volunteers receive an event t-shirt. Sign up here!


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. Stay tuned for times and locations.


 

Food Forest & Produce Perks

Produce Perks now available at Food Forest! This smart SNAP/EBT customer received a $19 match on her purchases of fresh fruits & veggies courtesy of Produce Perks Midwest! Food Forest is our grocery store! FREE deliveries around the neighborhood 2x per week.

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 https://www.foodforest.app! Or stop by the PopUp PickUp for a tutorial.


Noir Market & PopUp Produce

We manned our produce stand at the monthly Noir Market with flowers and veggies from Walnut Hills gardens. Catch us around the neighborhood (including at Food Forest PickUps) and the next Noir Market on Sept 21st with more!


Visitors from Aetna

Marie, Kate, and Charles from Aetna Foundation traveled to Walnut Hills and spoke with us and our program partners Freestore Foodbank, La Soupe, Food Forest, Produce Perks, Easterseals, Food Atlas, and UC Medicine about what we're all doing to improve access to affordable, fresh food.


Ioby & Your Big Idea

Share your big idea with crowdfunding platform, ioby! ioby and People's Liberty will be co-hosting several events to help prepare for ioby’s potential Cincinnati launch. Save The Dates! On Nov. 5th @ 7pm there will be a public workshop to learn about ioby. On Nov 6 @ 7pm, Mia Birdsong will help you take the first steps in creating a project with your neighbors.

Want to make a positive change in your neighborhood? ioby can help! Post your project on ioby here.

Beyond Housing

We were so excited to host Beyond Housing and the 24:1 Municipal Government Partnership for a peer learning! Visitors included elected officials and representatives from education, policing, health and economic development. Check out their website here.


Frederick Douglass Garden

Vitality Yoga Teacher volunteers got the Frederick Douglass Elementary School Garden ready for the new school year and the Walnut Hills Garden ready for a fall planting.


La Soupe Samples

We partnered with Kristen and Leah from La Soupe for sweet and savory food samplings for Walnut Hills’ residents. Fruit smoothies and chilled cucumber soup, YUM!


Local Food Month at the Library

We are honored to support the library in their September quest to highlight food, plants, and nutrition in Walnut Hills!


Get Involved


 

 

Pre-WHAC Info Session

Please join us September 5, 6:30pm, at Bush Rec Center for an informational meeting with WHRF and the Cincinnati Ballet, in advance of next week's WHAC meeting. The topics are as follows:
The Ballet will host an educational Q&A session to discuss a potential new home for Cincinnati Ballet in Walnut Hills. Architects from GBBN will also be in attendance to discuss possible plans and design. The Ballet thanks you for your interest and looks forward to seeing you.

WHRF will present the proposed redevelopment of the Durner Building (2449 Gilbert Ave) as residential apartments and ground floor office and co-working space. The WHRF is seeking a letter of support from WHAC at the September 12th Area Council meeting, for its application to the City's Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) program.

You can find the presentations here. 


Street Food Festival Volunteers!

Check out the first story in the newsletter for information on volunteering at the Walnut Hills Street Food Festival on September 28th!

Click the link to sign up here!

Street Food Festival $60 Shout Out!

For $60, Kathryne Gardette will spend 30 seconds on stage at the Street Food Festival dedicated to YOU! Your shout out could be a thank you, recognition, commercial, or another creative idea of your choice. Hurry, the number of shout outs are limited.

Click here to purchase a $60 Shout Out!


Events


Pre-WHAC Info Session - Sept 5, 6:30pm @ Bush Rec Center

Neighborhood Cleanup - Sept 7, 9am @ Parkside

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

Walnut Hills Area Council (WHAC) - Sept 12, 6:30pm @ Bush Rec Center

Thanks to Music Resource Center for a radio broadcast, available Sept 18 & 19, 7pm @ 95.7mrc or mrccinci.org

Garden with a Doc! - Sept 14, 10am-2pm @ Frederick Douglass Garden

Walnut Hills Business Group - Sept 19, 9am @ HGC Construction

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

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

Art After Dark: Get into the Groove - Sept 27, 5-9pm @ Cincinnati Art Museum

Walnut Hills Street Food Festival - Sept 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)

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

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

Every Friday 1-3pm @ 954 E. McMillan St

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

September Newsletter

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 athttps://www.foodforest.app! 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 welcomecincinnati.org.


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 apprenticareers.org or email apprenticincinnati@cincinnatichamber.com.

 


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 tonoirmarketcincy@gmail.com

 


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: cincinnati-oh.gov/propertytaxproject.

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.


Events


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 mrccinci.org)

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

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

August Newsletter

July Newsletter

July Newsletter

Community Dinner!

On a sunny afternoon on the first day of summer, the Walnut Hills Youth Council got down and dirty in the Concord Garden. They harvested the last of the green leafy lettuce, pulled radishes, beets and carrots, picked sugar snap peas and garlic scapes, harvested swiss chard and kale and trucked it back to the WHRF office. There, they washed each leaf, scrubbed each root, composting all of the trimmings.

 

Then, they high tailed over to the parking lot at the old Kroger and assisted Chef Michael Morris from Plant Cincinnati in preparing a feast for the community. The dinner featured grilled cod, salmon and chicken, corn on the cob, Chef Mike's own Naan Dogs (Grilled Naan filled with peppers, onions, and other veggies), as well as a stir fry of beet greens, chard, herbs, kale, garlic and onions.

 

Walnut Wheels was there delivering good music and tasty smoothies, and the Youth Council served up a fabulous salad with fresh lettuce, carrots and radishes.

 

We fed 200 people, bringing the bounty of the garden to the tables of our residents, with a little help from Serve Ohio and the sponsors of our Walnut Wheels step van - First Financial Bank, PNC Bank and Interact for Health.

 

We had so much fun, we want to do it again! Who would like to help?


Comfort Station Ribbon Cutting

 

We were overjoyed to celebrate the ribbon cutting at Comfort Station with our Board and Staff. Special thanks to Amy Elisabeth Spasoff for the photos of the interior and patio.

Comfort Station is now open for business. Grab a drink and check out the amazing space that lies beyond the blue door at 793 East McMillan Street! Click here to be directed to their Facebook page for more information.


Walnut Wheels In The Neighborhood

Walnut Hills handed out coffee to all the folks celebrating Father’s Day with The Center for Closing the Health Gap at Johnny's Market.

     


 

Walnut Wheels was out assisting Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services with a transportation survey being conducted by the Human Services Chamber. You can participate at this link.

 

 

 


POAH communities organized a mini block party to celebrate their tenants. They welcomed Walnut Wheels to bring music and an open mic. The Cincinnati Museum Center, Green Man Twist, and the Walnut HiIls Library also came out with fun interactive activities and treats!

   


Food Forest Pilot Continues

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 athttps://www.foodforest.app ! Or stop by the PopUp PickUp for a tutorial.

 

Walnut Hills Day Success!

Walnut Hills Day at Just Q'In was an amazing success. Kick Lee from Cincinnati Music Accelerator programmed the musical entertainment, featuring the WHRF's own Aprina Johnson!

Be sure to join us for our next delicious fundraiser at Gomez Salsa, following a construction tour at the Durner Building on July 17th. Check out the events list below for details.

 


Back to School Bash

 

 

Join us for the Back to School Bash on July 27th from 11 am to 4 pm at 2840 Melrose Avenue. You can check out the facebook event here.

 

 

 


Walnut Hills Gardens

 

Youth groups and corporate volunteers continue to assist in completing the Walnut Hills network of gardens.

Through our Youth Council and Summer Employment Program, teens have been working every week tending to the gardens to help increase and improve food access in Walnut Hills.

 

 

   


Get Involved


Last month was our inaugural 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, July 11, 5-6pm for the next one!


 

Behind the Scenes Tour: CoMADE and Esoteric

Join us in the evening on July 30th for a behind the scenes tour of the future spaces for CoMADE & Esoteric, plus a walking tour of the business district. Stay tuned for more details. Buy your ticket here!



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.

Street Food Festival

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 Emily at emily@walnuthillsrf.org.

Also, we just released our application for booths and food truck vendors. Check them out on our website here.


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, July - 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

 


Events


Legendary Jazz Bassist David Friesen in Walnut Hills - July 5, 8pm @ The Greenwich

Walk to WHAC with WHRF - July 11, 5pm @ Bush Rec Center

Walnut Hills Area Council (WHAC) - July 11, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center (Radio Broadcast July 17/18, 7pm @ 95.7mrc or mrccinci.org)

Groundbreaking at The Manse Apartments - July 15, 10am @ 1004 Chapel Street

Durner Building Construction Tour - July 17, 10am-12pm @ The Durner Building (2453 Gilbert)

RF Day at Gomez (following our Construction Tour) - July 17 @ Gomez Salsa 20% of proceeds go to WHRF!

Housing Resources Committee - CANCELLED July 18, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

Noir Market - July 20, 10am-4pm @ 954 E McMillan St

Safety Committee - July 25, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

Art After Dark - July 26 @ Cincinnati Art Museum

Back To School Bash - July 27, 11am-4pm @ 2840 Melrose

Walnut Hills Behind the Scenes Tour of CoMADE & Esoteric - July 30 @ 5pm - Buy your ticket here

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 Tues (July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) @ Landlocked Social House

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

July Newsletter