MARCH 2019 NANA NEWS Volume LVIII No. 6 Published by the North Avondale Neighborhood Association

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Dear Neighbors,
In talking to a friend who has been president of numerous organizations, she mentioned when looking for ideas for the monthly newsletter article she would look at previous year's articles from that month. So I discovered the following article which was so good, I decided to use it in its' entirety. Thank you Bill Stevens NANA President (2010-2012).

" In last month's  NANA NEWS, I briefly mentioned that we need volunteers for the NANA Nominating Committee and an expression of interest from those willing to serve on the NANA Board. Also, it would be most helpful for any of our residents to recommend candidates they feel would provide sincere and needed leadership. In May, new officers will be elected and we cannot afford to wait until the last moment to start addressing this issue. As of the writing of this letter, I do not think that this important subject has been given the interest that should be displayed. A responsible and active Board is what makes NA a community in Cincinnati that gets things done!    
  Do you complain to your family, friends or neighbors about criminal activity we have in NA? Do you wonder why things are not done that would improve the neighborhood's appearance? Do you question why our elected officials seem to act in a manner that does not protect the best interests of NA? A successful neighborhood association does not complain, wonder or identifies and jointly acts to remedy and solve areas of concern.
  Now comes the biggest questions of all...are you willing to personally become involved with helping NANA do what you would like to see happen in our community? Are you willing to give some of your time voluntarily and actively serve on the Board and Committees and to participate in projects that can get the things done that you want to happen? There is much talent and leadership ability in NA. We need people to "step up to the plate." Without the citizens of NA accepting leadership roles, our community will not prosper and be seen by others as "Cincinnati's Best Address."  
  I realize that many have time constraints of family, work and personal hardships. But, all can help in some fashion if you truly want to make some contribution. Some of the tasks needed to help NANA can be done from your making phone calls or writing letters to our Police Department and City Council members. Writing notes and articles for the newsletter would be a wonderful contribution. Or, you can serve NANA by helping to plan events or providing your ideas for action plans that can result in community betterment. Your input is sincerely needed to help your community! Simply coming to the monthly NANA GENERAL MEETING that lasts for no more than an hour and a half provides a forum for you to get involved.
  Al l must take being a member of NANA seriously! If we do not, who should we blame for the goals of NA not being met?
  Think long and hard about serving actively in NANA. If you really care about our North Avondale, step up and be recognized. NANA needs you!!............. Bill Stevens"

Thank you to Bill for writing something so relevant today.

Happy St Patrick's Day and remember Dairy Queen in St Bernard opens March 1. Spring must be right around the corner !
       Heather Herr

Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 pm
North Avondale Montessori Cafetorium  

Next Meeting is April 9 2019     


Annual Neighborhood Summit

2019 Neighborhood Summit
March 16, 2019
Cintas Center, XU
The 2019 Neighborhood Summit will look at how to build resilience in our community from the ground level up and to give participants practical examples and hands-on training for how resiliency is a foundational strategy to improve our community. 
Click here to register for the 2019 Neighborhood Summit and here to purchase a display table!
Registration will close March 1, 2019.
Please direct any questions about Summit registration and table purchases to

North Avondale Montessori School 2nd Annual Golf Outing

The North Avondale Montessori School Foundation and NAM Father Group are excited to be jointly hosting our 2nd Annual Charity Golf Outing at Avon Fields Golf Course on Saturday, May 18, 2019 (8am shotgun start, please arrive for check-in at 7:15am)!
Funds generated from this event will be used to support the many excellent programs and events that both the Foundation and Fathers Group sponsor throughout the year
Email to: 
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Clinton Hills Swim Club

The summer will soon be here and summer fun means the Clinton Hills Swim Club at 53 Clinton Springs Ave.  View their video or go to their website:  or their Facebook page for more.



The City of Cincinnati has a new Health Commissioner, Melba Moore, who hails from St Louis, Missouri where she led St Louis' Health department as it's Commissioner of Health for 17 years. She brings to Cincinnati a wealth of experience including improvement programs for asthma, obesity, childhood lead poisoning, sexually transmitted infections, environmental health and violent crime. She is currently a Doctoral candidate for Business Administration with a Health Care Administration Specialization.
The Elm Street Health Center was renamed for Bobbie Sterne (formerly lived on Rose Hill). Sterne was a former City Council person who was a strong supporter of the Health Department. She was the voice for the voiceless and an early supporter of LGBTQ rights. She led the campaign to redo the sidewalks of the city so that people confined to a wheelchair could more easily traverse the city.    She led the fight for health clinics for the underserved and for pre and post-natal care for those with no access to health services. The City of Cincinnati is proud for the name Bobbie Sterne to grace its Over-the-Rhine Health Center doors.
"Tobacco 21" passed City Council which raises the age to sell tobacco products to customers from 18 to 21 in Cincinnati.
A syringe exchange program operates at the following health centers:
NorthSide: 1670 Coopers                               Mondays: 2:00 - 5:00
Mt. Auburn: 659 Hollister                              Wednesdays: 10:00 - 1:00
Westwood: 2420 Harrison                              Wednesdays: 2:00 - 5:00
Corryville: 250 William Howard Taft              Thursdays: 2:30 - 5:30

Kimya Moyo , Health Liaison

Looking for short-term stay.
One of our long-time residents, a former NANA Officer, living abroad is coming back to Cincinnati in June and would like to stay in North Avondale for two or three months. Do you have a room in your house that you would be willing to rent? If so, please send a message to Charlene at

A Lifetime Of Happiness 
right in our neighborhood.
If you're struggling to stay happy, calm and focused, it can be hard to break the cycle. If you feel trapped, frustrated or overwhelmed in your life... you can't just 'wish it away'. Deep down, you know it's time to make a change. Through a tried and tested combination of yoga, powerful breathing exercises, meditation and practical wisdom, the Art of Living Happiness Program will help you live life the way you've always wanted to: Calmly, confidently, and armed with the tools you need to deal with whatever life throws at you.
A three (3) Day Workshop. A Lifetime Of Happiness right in our neighborhood.

Sandesh  (Barry Lane)


Marian Miller (Red Bud)   


Join ArtWorks at Rhinegeist 
for Charitable Suds March 6

ArtWorks is thrilled to be part of the Rhinegeist Brewery's Charitable Suds series on March 6 from 5-8pm .
Join us in the taproom for a cold beer and a portion of sales from the evening comes back to us!  RSVP now. 
ArtWorks teams up again with Pedal Wagon

We are excited to be partnering with  Cincinnati Pedal Wagon  again for a fun and exciting way to see our murals. Hop on board one of their wagons and let their ArtWorks trained tour guide lead you on a journey though Downtown and OTR, highlighting some of our murals. New dates just launched last week and run March through November. 10% of proceeds are donated to ArtWorks.   Book your tour today!

Spring Brew Review

To purchase tickets, click here
  • North Avondale Recreation Center - 617 Clinton Springs Ave. 513.961.1584 

    • Hours of Operation:  
      Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm; Friday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturdays: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm  
    • Memberships: Youth (5-17) $2.00; Young Adult (18-24) $10.00; Adult (25-49) $25.00; Senior (50+) $10.00; Weight Room $10.00/3 months, $35.00/year
    • March Break Mini Day Camp March 25-29, 7am to 6pm, $25 a day with 3 days minimum, You MUST pay in advance. March 29 Special Ballet trip for Aladdin, 5 to 8:30.
    • Summer Day Camp June 3 to August 9. Call for more information or wait for the flyer in the April NANA NEWS
    • Spinning: Tuesday & Thursday 6:15 to 7:00 pm; Thursday at 10:15 to 11:00 am.; Saturday (Jan 26 to March 16) 10:00-10:45. All classes $5 or purchase a Class Pass for 10 classes - $50 for Non-member Or $30 For Members. Try a class with this guest pass!

    • Yoga for Adults
      Yoga Basics with Relaxation Focus began January 9th, 2019.  The class will be offered Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm at North Avondale Recreation Center.  Each class is $7.00.  Mats are available for use during class.
Move + 
Stretch+ Balance

                Free Tax Service                                           Tiny Tumblers Class

Please call 961.1584 if you have any Recreation Center questions.
Hirsch Recreation Center - 3620 Reading Road 751.3393
  • Is closed for renovations. Some programs are at South Avondale School.

The Cincinnati Public Library 

For Monthly A ctivities  at the St Bernard Library  Click Here
(limit calendar to St. Bernard by month for their calendar or chose other libraries for their activities)


North Av o ndale Montessori ● 615 Clinton Springs   
    363.3900 ●    NAM Brochure    
NAM Preschool Brochur e                  
March Calendar
1 - International Day sponsored by Ms. Hansbhai and Mr. McClellan - Rec Center 9:30 am to 11:30am      
     NAM Foundation Art Gallery - 6 pm to 9 pm - AY Design - 4722 Vine St. 45217
4 - Joint LSDMC/ILT Meeting - 3:30 pm - Art Room
6 - Educational Parent Series - 6 pm - Cafeteria
7 - NAM-Fathers Group meeting - 4811 Vine St. Weidemann Brewery
8 - NAM Talent Show - 6 pm - Gym
11 - Penny Wars begins!
12 - NANA Meeting at NAM-Cafeteria - 7 pm
14 and 15 - 6 to 9 age level Oratory Festival - 8:30 am to 10 pm - Cafeteria
16 - NAM Fathers Group presents their 11 Annual Father-Daughter Dance!  1 pm to 3 pm - Gym
18 - Penny Wars ends!
19 - Students leave for Grade 6 Washington, D. C. Field Trip!
21 - Hat Day - Teacher Appreciation Day - Last day prior to spring break.
22 through March 31 - Spring Break
1 - Students return to school!
Student Council celebrates Black History month at NAM!

For the fourth consecutive year, NAM Student Council celebrated Black History Month with a school wide event. Students from all age levels attended the performance that featured dancers from the School For Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), NAM dance students, and NAM faculty and staff members. "I really liked watching our tap dancers perform. Their shoes had plates making this really cool sound," said Michael. 
The SCPA Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Pat Rozow, Department Chair & North Avondale resident, performed modern dances from Africa. Students were amazed with their flexibility and athleticism. "The SCPA dancers have always done outstanding performances. I enjoyed watching their creative dances and the fun they were having performing for our students. Pat always has her dancers well prepared and does an excellent job," said Principal Lewis.
The emcee for the event was Grade 6 student Miles Spieler. "Miles did a great job being our emcee. His voice resonated throughout the audience and he was very poised," said Student Council Director Ms. Shockley-Matthews. When hosting events at NAM, students play a big role in the show.
Students were also entertained by members of the faculty and staff at NAM. Mr. Davis and Mr. O'Bryant sang songs and Ms. Wadsworth did a reading for the students. Mr. Barnfield and his Orf students did a tremendous performance on the drums. "I did not know we had so much talent on our staff. May be they can perform at the NAM-Talent Show in March," said Ms. Hawkins, 3 to 6 Age level Teacher.
Student Council enjoyed planning the program and arranging the different performances. "I can't wait until next year to plan another show," said Ms. Shockley-Matthews, Student Council Director! 

Roger Lewis, NAM Principal

The New School Montessori (TNSM)  
 3 Burton Woods Lane
TNSM Kindergartners Learn to Marble Paper
New School Montessori teacher Ryonen Ignatius introduced her (3-6) art students to a technique they used with paper and acrylic paint called marbling. Students looked at samples of marbling on the colorful edges of old books and in beautifully marbled paper created by masters.
This marbling effect is similar to suminagashi, which means "floating ink" where artists drop ink into water and create patterns by blowing across the surface. Confectioners also use a marbling-type technique when they drag a toothpick from one color of icing into another.
The students enjoyed learning the process of mixing the liquid starch with alum to provide a ready surface , dropping acrylic paint onto the starch puddle , dragging a comb or toothpick across the top to intermingle the colors , placing a piece of paper on top , removing and righting the paper to be face up to dry.

Ann Baumgardner, Communications Director
  •  Illyria Investments LLC at 518 & 520 Clinton Springs Ave.
  •  Adrianne Ongolea at 798 Clinton Springs Ave. 
  •  Megan S & Paul N Karalambo at 1015 Valley Ln.
  •  Javid & Antwaunette Rzaguliyev at 3916 Vine St.
  •  Elizabeth Dunning & Rico Mcneela at 3975 Warwick Ave.
  •  Sherri Gillette at 195 Wedgewood Ave.    
  •  3801 Winding Way LLC at 3801 Winding Way 
Kevin Joiner Jr at 979 Burton Ave
Tara D Jones at 620 Greenwood Ave
Cincinnati Capital Partners 250 LLC at 986 Lowry Ave
Matthew Aaron Knotts & Andrew L Kiley at 3950 Winding Way

  • Veterans Employment Workshop Series

  • Tuesday, March 12, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Montessori School  Cafetorium, 617 Clinton Springs Ave.  
  • Tuesday, April 9, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium, 617 Clinton Springs Ave. 

Cincinnati's Best Address with Beautiful Homes, Great Neighbors & Civic Passion

President: Heather Herr
1st VP: Rick Ruehlmann
2nd VP: John Jones
3rd VP: Jimmy Musuraca-Messer
Corresponding Secretary: Kelley Bagayoko
Recording Secretary: Ken Brawner
Treasurer: Doug Louder Jr.

Block Watch: Carolyn Gillman
Law & Safety: Carolyn Gillman
                         Dirk Pastoor

Master Plan Update: Ian Smith
Pedestrian Safety: David Emery
Strategic Development: David Emery
Rick Ruehlmann

Neighborhood Association

617 Clinton Springs Ave.

Cincinnati, Ohio 45229