October Newsletter

October Newsletter

Neighborhood Construction

See below for some updates on construction around the neighborhood!

     

The brick façades are going up at Scholar House and Poste.

The long missing cornice is being replaced at The Durner Building! The windows will be boarded up to protect the building for the winter but stay tuned for more progress on this project.

Finishing touches are being put on The Ensemble! The storefront is now complete and the eastern face of the building is being painted.

 

   

Kitchens and trim are going in some of the Paramount Square buildings! And Esoteric Brewing is beginning the build out of their space in the Paramount Building (coming spring 2020)!


Street Food Festival - Thank You!!

The 7th Walnut Hills Street Food Festival was a HUGE success. Great food, drinks, music, and booths on a hot and sunny September day. Thank you to all of our neighbors, businesses, and sponsors who helped make the day great!

This year, temperatures soared into the mid 90's, by far the hottest street food festival we've ever had in the seven years since our first one. Still, people showed up to sample refreshing cocktails from LL Spirits, and to partake of beer from Fifty West Distributors. We sold a lot of water and soda, too. We had half a dozen food trucks, and more community booths than ever before, all with interactive games and treats for attendees.

     

Our first Street Food Festival in Walnut Hills was October 13, 2012 on Gilbert Avenue. We wanted to show off what a wonderful community we were serving. We wanted to bring together and celebrate the people who lived here, and give everyone in Cincinnati the opportunity to appreciate them. It was a beautiful, fall day. We served a lot of beer, and fourteen food trucks were in attendance. We had a circus performer, a petting zoo, face painting and lots of other activities at no cost. All food trucks offered some items for a cost of $3 or less. It was important to us that everyone who came to the festival could fully participate. We still feel that way.

    

    

Thank you for joining us, for celebrating with us, for making the day so awesome. We hope you got to pat the head of every animal at the petting zoo. We hope you ate something you'd never sampled before. We hope you met someone new in the neighborhood. We hoped your feet tapped to the music on stage and maybe even you line danced in the street.

    

 


Out and About

We were excited for all of the opportunities we had to hang out with our neighbors last month! Here are some pictures from a few!

This was a busy Friday for food access and community engagement! Three food activities – Healthy Harvest Mobile Market, La Soupe, and WHRF smoothies (as well as Social Capital Surveys).

As part of the WHRF's Food Access Initiative, Chef Trinidad created a delicious pasta dish with a sauce made from crookneck butternut squash and other veggies/herbs grown right here in Walnut Hills gardens.

 

   

Produce and flowers from Walnut Hills gardens were available at the last Noir Market of the season. And, of course, more Social Capital Survey interviews.


 

Food Forest Grocery

Don’t forget, Produce Perks are now available at Food Forest! You can also have your groceries delivered! FREE pick up or delivery around the neighborhood twice per week.

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 (see the events list below for times).


Garden With A Doc

Teachers, students, and the principal from Frederick Douglass Elementary worked with UC Medicine 1st year doctors and neighbors to beautify the garden.


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.

Walnut Hills Is Beautiful

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful donated a mini mural to Walnut Hills! After you grab your next coffee at Caffe Vivace, stop across the street and tell us why you think Walnut Hills is beautiful!

If the mural is full, don’t worry – we’ll be snapping pictures of your chalked responses throughout the year and erasing periodically so more people can participate.


Pop Up Shop Hosted by Annetta’s Beauty Bar

Annetta’s Beauty Bar is hosting a fall showcase and networking event on October 19th from 4-9pm. It’s free to register and will be great business networking and vending, or for shopping with local entrepreneurs!


Get Involved


 

 

Walnut Hills Area Council and Info Sessions

Please join us at Walnut Hills Area Council on October 10th, 6:30pm, at Bush Rec Center. In addition to regular council business, there will be two project presentations and a Candidates Night!

There will also be an info session for the two projects, Park Avenue Square and Poste Phase II, on November 7th, 6:30pm at Bush Rec Center, where residents will have another opportunity to hear about the project and more time for questions. The projects will be coming to the November WHAC meeting for a vote.

Walnut Hills Business Group

The Walnut Hills Business Group will meet October 17th, 9am, at HGC Construction (2814 Stanton Avenue).


Events


Neighborhood Cleanup (rotates between WH, EWH, and Evanston) – Oct 5, 9am @ Café DeSales

Beck Paint & Hardware’s 60th Anniversary Celebration – Oct 5 @ Beck’s, stop by for deals, prizes, and food!

Invest Leadership Series for Community Councils or Board Members – Oct 9, 5:30-7:30pm @ 315 W Court St Register Here

Walnut Hills Area Council (WHAC) - Oct 10, 6:30pm @ Bush Rec Center
Thanks to Music Resource Center for a radio broadcast, available Oct 16 & 17, 7pm @ 95.7mrc or mrccinci.org

Walnut Hills Historical Society - Oct 16, 6:30 @ Saint Ursula

Walnut Hills Business Group - Oct 17, 9am @ HGC Construction

Property Tax Working Group - Oct 17, 9-10:30am @ 805 Central Avenue, 7th floor

Invest Leadership Series for Community Councils or Board Members – Oct 23, 5:30-7:30pm @ 315 W Court St Register Here

Housing Resources Meeting – Oct 17, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

Pop Up Shop: Fall Showcase & Networking hosted by Annetta’s Beauty Bar – Oct 19, 4-9PM @ 660 E McMillan (Free, register here)

Art After Dark: Tormented Souls – Oct 25, 5-9pm @ Cincinnati Art Museum

Pre-WHAC Info Session - Nov 7, 6:30pm @ Bush Rec Center

 

Walnut Hills PopUp Produce Stand

Every Wednesday, 5-7pm @ 954 E. McMillan Street

Every Sunday, 11am-1pm @ 954 E. McMillan Street

 

Food Forest Grocery PopUp PickUp & Delivery (Now with Produce Perks! SNAP/EBT accepted)

(Order by midnight Tuesday)

Every Wednesday, Grocery PickUp, 5-6pm @ 954 E. McMillan St

Every Wednesday, Grocery Delivery, 6-7pm to your residence

(Order by midnight Saturday)

Every Sunday, Grocery PickUp, 11am-12pm @ 954 E. McMillan St

Every Sunday, Grocery Delivery, 12-1pm to your residence

 

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

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

 

Be sure to stop in at the Walnut Hills Library and check out their Walnut Hills Weekly for more events!

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

October Newsletter

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