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).


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