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 Accelerator, 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.


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.



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