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By · June 14th, 2006 · City Lights
Activists' Brunch

The Quarterly Get-Together Brunch for Peace and Justice Groups is from 10 a.m.-noon July 8 at Peaslee Neighborhood Center. Abdul Bilal will give a presentation on the theme, "Violence among African American males: Its causes and what can be done to address it and resolve it." A discussion will follow, and a potluck brunch begins at noon. For more information, contact Saad Ghosn at Saad.Ghosn@uc.edu

Support for Darfur

Nick Clooney speaks at a prayer service for the people of Darfur, Sudan at 7:30 p.m. July 19 at Mother of God Church in Covington, Ky. For more information, contact srdorothy@insightbb.com. Clooney, a newspaper columnist, recently returned from a visit to the region.

Kids Experience the Environment

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 meets July 31-Aug.4 4 and Aug. 9-12. Come with water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant. A fee of $50 is due one week prior to the event. Call 812-933-0661 or e-mail us at michaelafarm@seidata.com.

Help Struggling Siblings

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 kerimyers@msn.com.

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 17.

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.

Mayor Holds Community Meetings

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory has been 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 next topic will be health care, in a meeting at 5 p.m. June 29 at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine.

Eat and Educate Yourself

Family Service offers a Lunch and Learn Series for downtown professionals over the lunch hour. This is a light-hearted yet educational, interactive series. The next seminar, "Balance your Budget," is from 12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. June 14 at Family Service's downtown location, 200 McFarland Ave., just off Elm Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. Cost is $5. Participants are invited to take a brown bag lunch. For more information or to register, call 513-354-5709. A brochure detailing the series is available online at www.servingfamilies.org.

Turn Ohio Blue

Starting in early June the Hamilton County Democratic Party will be conducting voter contact every day. The party will be running phone banks and canvasses from June to November to engage Democrats, identify supporters, persuade voters and get out the vote. To sign up, contact James Wolf at jnewyouth@aol.com or 513-505-0565.

Cincinnati Goes Global

Learn about U.S. foreign policy and discuss global issues at Clifton United Methodist Church's "Great Decisions" series. The program is 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through June 14. Discussion topics include UN reform, the United States and Iran, energy resources, Brazil, human rights in an age of terrorism, China and India, Turkey and pandemics and national security. Only interested in participating in a specific topic? Call a week in advance of the topic to request discussion literature. There's a $15 fee for a copy of Great Decisions. For more information, call Chris Gutjahr at 513-541-0540.

Kids Peace Camp 2006

A free day camp for kids ages 6-12 meets throughout Greater Cincinnati during June and July. The schedule is 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 19-30, Peaslee Neighborhood Center; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 10-21, Walnut Hills Christian Church; and July 24-Aug. 4, Northside, details to be announced. For more information, call 513-579-8547 or write info@ijpc-cincinnati.org.

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 michaelafarm@seidata.com.

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.

Drinking Liberally

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 cberger4@cinci.rr.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.



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