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Hello Neighbors,

Come to the NANA General Meeting this Tuesday, November 12 to learn more information on participating in the neighborhood Luminary on December 15th and to help plan for holiday happenings in the neighborhood.

Thank you to everyone who helps make this community a wonderful place to live because we could not be successful without your help. Your dues and donations are appreciated as well as your energy and hard work. The flower beds tended by volunteers, our neighbors who pick up the litter during their neighborhood walks and the ever watchful eyes to keep our neighborhood safe are appreciated. May all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving

Drop me a note anytime! →
              Ethan Perry
Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm
North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium 

Planning for Holiday Happenings

Next Meeting December 10

Mr. Julian H. Renfro, Sr. (Leyman) was born on June 18, 1945 and passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019.
Mr. Renfro was a resident of North Avondale at the time of passing.

November 7, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Renfro Funeral Services, Inc.
647 Forest Avenue

November 8, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Andrew Episcopal Church
1809 Rutland Avenue

November 8. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
St. Andrew Episcopal Church
1809 Rutland Avenue

The family of Mr. Julian H Renfro Sr. created a Life Tributes page to make it easy to share your memories.
Cincinnati, Ohio is a great city and all eyes were watching the people and business's of North Avondale in 2019. The Punch House was voted “Best of Cincinnati 2019” by the Cincinnati Awards Program. This is the 2nd year they were voted one of the best gym establishments in Cincinnati. The Punch House thanks all of the people who have supported them over the past 10 years and they look forward to serving you over the next 10 years. To celebrate, they are offering All residents of North Avondale a “Free Week” of classes from November 11th - 16th. Free Class schedule is to the right.

Thank You, We Appreciate your Business!
Phone: 692.5123
Address: 3911 Reading Road
Guest Speaker at Zion Baptist Church

2020 Neighborhood Summit Call for Speakers
  • 2020 Neighborhood Summit Saturday March, 14, 2020; Xavier University, Cintas Center

My Neighborhood Counts. Everybody Counts
The theme for the 2020 Neighborhood Summit is “My Neighborhood Counts. Everybody Counts,” to recognize the 2020 Census year and expand upon the importance that all neighborhoods and all people’s voices count. The theme stresses the importance of not overlooking every voice, person, and place. We all count. To be counted is to matter, to have a voice, to be active, and to be engaged in ways that make a difference. There are many ways we engage in civic life that make our needs visible, our voices heard, and our community empowered. 
Tracts for the 2020 Summit will include volunteering, civic engagement, equitable and inclusive opportunities, community initiatives and collective action.
Speaker proposals will be evaluated on how they address the theme and tracks. Please tell us how your session idea fits. We encourage multi-speaker sessions and/or panels with time for audience interaction or discussion. Let us know if this is a presentation, panel, or a workshop.
Fill out the form below.
The call for speakers will close Monday, Nov 11 2019
The Cincinnati Police Department will host it’s Open House on Saturday, November 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Cincinnati Police Academy ( 800 Evans Street, 45204). Here, interested candidates, their friends and family will be able to talk with officers in various departments like Beat Patrol, Investigations, S.W.A.T., Marine Patrol and more. Attendees will also have a opportunity to participate in a physical training obstacle. This obstacle course will include activities like wall climbs, bear crawls, box jumps and more!

CPD has started their recruitment phase, and will be accepting applications now through January 31. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Marissa Staples, The Voice of Your Customer, 513.281.3228 –


  • Designed by Samuel Hannaford at the turn of the 19th century, 3864 Reading Road, also known as the Rubel property, is a 6500 square foot, historically significant structure. Now that the stabilization of the building and the restoration of the porch have been painstakingly completed, it is available for purchase and development. NABA, NANA and the City are seeking proposals as either commercial or mixed use. Tours of the property are now available. Contact NANA at for further information.
Michael Caporale President NABA

  • Wanted to remind people to keep their pets in the house except under supervision. We have video of a very large coyote roaming our neighborhood. Small dogs and cats are especially vulnerable!!

Tracey Seibert (Redway)
  • Tiger Lily Press is a fine art printmaking studio in Cincinnati that offers workspace, presses, and equipment for etching, relief, letterpress, and silkscreen printmaking. This year is their 40th anniversary and they were recently featured on WCET's "Art Show". Vanessa Sorensen (Marion Ave.) was one of the artists interviewed during the show. View the link below to see the clip and learn more about printmaking at Tiger Lily Press. To view her newsletter Click Here
Vanessa Sorensen (Marion Ave.)


The Dancing Grandmas on Tap , the group that Shelley Dumoulin (Rose Hill) dances with, will perform at the Christkindlmarkt at Germania Park on Saturday, November 23 at 1:00. More info at
Shelley Dumoulin, Rose Hill Ave.
Neighborhood Flower Pots

We are taking donations for 2019 and 2020 to pay the Parks to maintain the flower pots along Reading Road. You can make a donation on line at: and check Other and put: flower pots or you can mail a donation to: NANA, 617 Clinton Springs Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229, ATTN: Beautification.

Please consider helping with a tax deductible donation so we can continue making our neighborhood beautiful! Thank you! 
NANA Beautification Team

Using, Recycling, & Disposing Bags Responsibly
Here is a pretty good link to reinforce that plastic bags are NOT for Rumpke , and there are things to do with them....

Marian Miller 9Red Bud)
Join Us on Nov. 9th at 10 am to Celebrate the Opening of Phase 2!!! Entertainment, food, beverages, speeches and FUN !

For more information, Click Here
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful fundraiser The Cincy Block Party will be better than ever this year with an awesome raffle, more auction items, fun food, and more! Take a sneak peek of the event and don't forget to buy your tickets!
Join Us This Year!
November 15th, 2019 7-11 PM
at Benken Florist Home & Garden Center
RAFFLE: Airline Tickets ($800)!
Admission to the Cincy Block Party comes with one ticket that can be used to enter a raffle for
4 one-way tickets with Southwest Airlines valued at $800! More tickets can be purchased at the event to be used for the raffle, games, activities, and merchandise.
The Live Auction will feature some amazing experiences, including; an up-close encounter with Fiona at the Cincinnati Zoo, a weekend getaway in a beautiful tiny house at Potato Hill Farm in Kentucky, an Ultimate Date Night with dinner, hotel and car service, an Air Shuttle to Great Lakes Brewery, and more!!! 
Secret ArtWorks Under the Stars
Secret ArtWorks, Cincinnati’s favorite unique, unexpected and unbelievable fundraiser will take place at the Music Hall Ballroom on Friday, November 22, 2019! This year we’re doing it BIG, planning a night Under the Stars, and we want you there.

Thanksgiving Bier Hall Bash at Mecklenburg Gardens
  • November 27th, 7:30pm -10:30pm
Join us for our Thankgiving Bier Hall Bash with live music provided by The Everything's Jake Band. Tickets provide all inclusive drinks,appetizers and a chance to win door prizes. Unlimited drinks limited to 3 Bier Hall draft beers on tap (.5liters), well liquor drinks and house wine. (excludes shots, 1 liters and premium mixers)
  • Must be 21 to enter
  • Buy your tickets online at or follow the Facebook link below
Questions call 513.221.5353

  • Talbert House is pleased to announce that Tiffany Thomas has been named Director of Regional Community Corrections. A Talbert House employee for over eight years, Tiffany has been promoted from Resident Advisor to Case Manager, Supervisor and most recently, Associate Director of the Community Correctional Center. Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She also has a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) certificate. Tiffany resides in Avondale with her three sons.


  • North Avondale Recreation Center - 617 Clinton Springs Ave. 513.961.1584 

  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday 9 am - 3 pm Closed on Sundays, Veteran's Day (Nov. 11th), Thanksgiving (Nov. 28th and November 29th)
  • 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
  • Fall Program Guide
Please call 961.1584 if you have any Recreation Center questions.

7 Star Dragon s members were Victorious in their first appearance at The International Martial Arts Festival, Elite World Championships . They competed on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando Florida.
Amina Issa, Caveer Smith, Sammazah Bonner, Garvin Dixon, and John Watson represented 7 Star Dragons, and the City of Cincinnati. These students won a total of 13 medals. They were coached by Master Terrell Davis and accompanied by their parents and grandparent. Thank you to our students and families, and the CRC for their continued support of our program. We enjoyed fun experiences, new friends and Enjoyed Disney! Visit our website for registration information and current news.

Youth Team

Fun Experience
John Watson earns 2nd Gold
Hirsch Recreation Center - 3620 Reading Road ● 751.3393

  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; Sunday 11:00-5:00. Closed: Veteran's Day (Nov. 11th), Thanksgiving (Nov. 28th and November 29th)
  • Memberships: Youth (5-17) $2.00; Young Adult (18-24) $10.00; Adult (25-49) $25.00; Senior (50+) $10.00; Weight Room $20.00/3 months, $70.00/year
  • Fall Program Guide Click Here
The Cincinnati Public Library   

For Monthly Activities at the Avondale, Norwood and St Bernard Libraries  Click Here  
(limit calendar to the branch of your choice for their monthly updates)

Here are Avondale Programs:
Kaya Burgin, Avondale Branch Manager
North Avondale Montessori ● 615 Clinton Springs ● 
   363.3900 ●      NAM Brochure     
NAM Preschool Brochur e                   
November 2019 NAM Calendar of Events!
11 - Veteran's Day - No school
15 - 2nd Quarter Midterm reports go home with studnts.
22 - Food T-Shirt Day
26 - Grandparent's Day! 
27 through Dec. 1 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 2 - Students return to school!
North Avondale Montessori (NAM) students rocketed into the spotlight when they sang at the Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame Laureate Induction Ceremony.

The event, held in the Cintas Center at Xavier University, brought in more than 1,200 audience members and recognized several local business people for their professional success and roles in the Cincinnati community.
Students from North Avondale Montessori warm up before their performance of the Star-Spangled Banner.
The NAM choir kicked off the evening with a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, directed by Music Director Wesley Barnfield. Barnfield was “thrilled” by the opportunity and was in high spirits following the recital. “Our students did a fantastic job with the song. They worked hard on perfecting our National Anthem, and I am very pleased with their performance,” he shared.
Choir members also escorted the five inductees onto the stage for their awards. One student described the moment as a “great honor,” and said that she also “enjoyed singing in front of the group.”
The decision to participate in the event was a no-brainer for Principal Roger Lewis, who said he “knew this would be a terrific experience.” Principal Lewis was proud and excited that his students could perform at such a prestigious event and be on the campus of Xavier University.
Principal Lewis also took the time to recognize the parents who drove their children to Xavier for their evening performance.
“Not only did Mr. Barnfield do a remarkable job teaching our students the Star-Spangled Banner, their voices were beautiful,” he added.
To learn more about all the exciting things happening at North Avondale Montessori, check out: .

NAM Students Select 2019-2020 Student Council Officers !
Congratulations to the following for being selected 2019-2020 NAM-Student Council Officers!
President - Michelle A.
Vice President - Ravneet A.
Treasurer - Tarza P.
Secretary - Noelle B.

NAM's first cross country meet of the year took place Thursday, October 17th at 5:00 pm at Burnett Woods .

Roger Lewis, NAM Principal

The New School Montessori (TNSM) 
●  3 Burton Woods Lane  281.7999 ●     
Local farmer and New School Montessori parent, Carrie Driehaus, shared important learnings about the plight of bees and what we can do to help.
Preprimary students learned about how honey is made, the life cycle of a bee and the work of bees both in and outside of the hive. Students tasted honey, held a waxy honeycomb and observed bees at work inside Carrie's traveling Plexiglas-covered hive.
The elementary students focused on challenges facing bees and other pollinators in our modern world and what they can do to help.
  • The effects of pesticides and unseasonable weather are interfering with important navigational and seasonal cues for honey bees.
  • If flowering crops aren't pollinated, plants won't produce the resulting fruit, veggie or grain. This greatly affects us, as 85% of our food requires pollination. Even ice cream relies on pollinators since alfalfa is fed to dairy cattle.
  • Scientists have discovered a 90% decline in Monarch butterflies over the last 20 years, and bumble bees and honey bees are also in serious trouble.
What can I do to help our pollinators?
We tend to think of honey bees as our primary crop pollinators, but bats, hummingbirds, butterflies, wasps, bumble bees, mason bees and moths are important pollinators as well. We can provide food and specialized shelter for these creatures to do our part to grow their numbers.
  • During drought: Keep a shallow pan of water in your yard with small rocks to serve as landing islands for thirsty bees and other parched pollinators.
  • Put up specialized animal houses: Bat, butterfly, ladybug and mason bee houses will make it easier for these pollinators to reproduce and can eliminate the need to use pesticides because they can keep pests under control naturally. (Hosting bats will also reduce your yard's mosquito and beetle population as each bat consumes half its body weight in insects each night.)
  • Stop using pesticides, and delay mowing for a bit to let clover and dandelions bloom for a few days before removing their flowered tops.
  • You might consider leaving a small area in the backyard un-raked or keep some leaves piled in your flowerbeds to serve as important habitat. Though monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico for the winter, the vast majority of butterflies, moths and native bees overwinter under a blanket of leaves.
  • You can donate to organizations that support and protect pollinators. ( and
Carrie Driehaus is happy to have you contact her with questions or to request her as a speaker for your group. (
Ann Baumgardner, Communications Director
  • Craig M & Sadie L Bonifas 3972 Abington Ave.
  • Brandon Brooks at 975 Burton Ave.
  • Charles Mayberry at 116 Clinton Springs Ave.
  • Us Bank National Association Tr at 739 Clinton Springs Ave.
  • Blue Tide Partners LLC at 790 Clinton Springs Ave.
  • Touba Dream Homes LLC at 811 S Fred Shuttlesworth Cr.
  • Corey Cheek at 21 & 23 Kessler Ave.
  • Cincy Growth LLC at 32 Kessler Ave.
  • Craig M & Sadie L Bonifas at 4025 Red Bud Ave.
  • George A & Sasikan Balz at 755 Red Bud Ave.


  • Tuesday, November 12, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium, 617 Clinton Springs Ave.
  • Tuesday, December 10, NANA General Meeting, 7:00 pm, North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium, 617 Clinton Springs Ave.
  •  Luminary on December 15th
Cincinnati's Best Address with Beautiful Homes, Great Neighbors & Civic Passion
President: Ethan Perry
1st VP: Heather Herr
2nd VP: Jimmy Musuraca-Messer
3rd VP: Sarah Henderson
Corresponding Sec.:  Rick Ruehlmann
Recording Secretary: Lesley Chapman
Treasurer: Doug Louder Jr
Block Watch: Carolyn Gillman
Law & Safety: Carolyn Gillman
Dirk Pastoor
Pedestrian Safety: David Emery
Strategic Development: David Emery
Rick Ruehlmann
Neighborhood Association

617 Clinton Springs Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45229