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



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