In April, Brayden Dunn was diagnosed with Down syndrome at the age of 7 months. This isn't the first struggle his family has encountered. His older sister, Hailey, who is 2, was diagnosed a few months after birth with craniosynostosis. She endured weeks of testing as well as painful surgery to remove a potion of her skull to help her to head to grow and form to a normal size. A benefit dance and silent auction to help the family will be from 7-11 p.m. June 16 at The Grove in Springfield Township. A $20 donation includes appetizers and a raffle. For more information, contact Keri Myers at 513-755-1213 or 513-470-6814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training for Political Activists
As activists and organizations train, recruit and prepare for the November elections, the America Votes Coalition and the AFL-CIO offer campaign training from 10 a.m.-4 pm June 17th. The training is free, including breakfast and lunch. The program is at the UFCW Hall in Monroe, in Butler County. For more information, contact Margaret Priebe at Margaret@americavotes.org or 513.265.7136.
Meaningful Abortion Prevention
Cincinnati NOW, a chapter of the National Organization For Women, will discuss new proposed "Prevention First" legislation that will reduce unwanted pregnancies at 7 p.m. June 5, at the First Unitarian Church, Linton and Reading roads. These bills before the Ohio House and Senate would mandate insurance coverage and pharmacy access for contraceptives, emergency contraceptives in all hospitals and family planning funding.
In addition, NOW will show a video produced by People For the American Way about the successful effort to overturn Article 12 of the Cincinnati charter by Citizens to Restore Fairness in 2004. Admission is free. For more information, call 513-852-9948.
Mayor Holds Community Meetings
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is holding a series of town-hall-style Neighbor-to-Mayor Community Forums, designed to give citizens an opportunity to share their concerns, hopes and ideas on important issues facing the city. The topics will be health care, 5 p.m. June 6 at College Hill Elementary School; and housing, 5 p.m. June 29 at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine.
Cindy Sheehan with MUSE
MUSE - Cincinnati's Women's Choir hosts "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan, Holly Near and Muslim Mothers Against Violence in the 23rd Annual MUSE Spring Concert, "The Great Peace March," June 9 and 10. Pre-concert teach-ins, featuring Sheehan on June 9 and Muslim Mothers Against Violence on June 10, will begin at 7 p.m. The Spring Concert with MUSE and Holly Near will begin at 8 p.m. The program is at New Thought Unity Center at 1401 East McMillan St. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and available online at email@example.com.
Kids Ecology Camp
Ecology Camp is an opportunity for boys and girls ages 8-12 to spend the morning outdoors learning about sensory awareness, animal habitat, plants, insects and Earth Care Partners. The program is from 9 a.m.-noon July 31-Aug. 4. Kids need to arrive with a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant. Registration and a $50 fee is required one week prior to the event. Call 812-933-0661 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish Bilingual Coffee Hours
Share some caffeine with Spanish speakers at the Bilingual Coffee Hour at the Price Hill Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. every other Monday. Spanish speakers practice their English, and the English speakers practice their Spanish. The head librarian speaks both, and she facilitates. Call Price Hill Will for more information at 513-251-3800.
Raise your spirits while you raise your glass every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Avenue. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. There isn't a policy-wonk requirement top attend, just a desire to learn from your peers, trade jokes, vent frustrations and or hang out where it's not taboo to talk liberal politics. For more information, contact Chris Berger at email@example.com
Women in Black
Protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq from 5-6 p.m. Mondays on the grassy island at Vine Street and Central Parkway. Show your support for peace by wearing black or dark-colored clothes. For more information, call the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center at 513-579-8547.