Cincinnati Single Payer Action Network (SPAN) meets at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Geier Room of Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church to gauge the status of a petition drive to implement comprehensive health care coverage for every Ohioan. A slide show explaining single-payer insurance will enlighten those who are new to the concept. For more information, call Bob Park at 513-237-5235.
Amos Project Mayoral Debate
The two candidates for mayor of Cincinnati, State Sen. Mark Mallory (D-West End) and City Councilman David Pepper, face off in a debate 7-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Our Lord Christ the King Parish Center in Mt. Lookout. Candidates will address neighborhood safety, the collaborative agreement on police reform, transportation, the shortage of affordable housing and working with county commissioners. Admission is free. The debate is sponsored by the Amos Project and moderated by 12 Newsmakers (WKRC) host Dan Hurley. For more information, contact Sue Morrissey at 513-871-6273 or email@example.com.
Gathering the Democratic Family
The Democrats of Hamilton County -- all candidates, volunteers, precinct execs, clubs, progressive organizations, campaigns and the just plan curious -- are invited to a day-long Democratic Family Reunion and day of action Sept. 24. It begins with a 9 a.m. rally and walk beginning at the Letter Carrier's Hall, 4100 Colerain Ave., in preparation for county-wide phone banking and canvassing 12-3 p.m. The reunion culminates in a volunteer cookout from 3:30 p.m. to dark at the Fern Hollow Shelter in Sharon Woods. For more information, call 513-421-0495 or visit www.hamiltoncountydems.org.
O-T-R Chamber Candidates' Forum
Mix and mingle with Cincinnati's mayoral and city council candidates from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Bell Event Centre, 444 Reading Rd. If pinning your representatives to the wall on your favorite issue isn't tempting enough, the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce forum also offers hors d'oeuvres, music, door prizes and a business card exchange. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for future firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLOC to the Tee
The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) and migrant farm workers in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and North Carolina are the beneficiaries when four-player amateur golf teams tee off Oct. 9. The 25th annual FLOC Scramble Tournament begins with a modified shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. at Crooked Tree Golf Course; the $250 per team includes green fees and golf carts. For more information, visit cincigolf.com or call Dick Wiesenhahn at 513-984-1963.
Anyone in or allied to the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) community and looking to adopt or foster a child in Ohio shouldn't miss the workshop "A Family for Every Child" taking place 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave. The workshop, presented by the Greater Cincinnati Log Cabin Republicans, Lesbian/Gay Community Center of Greater Cleveland and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network of Cincinnati, is free, including lunch. To pre-register e-mail your name, address and phone number to CincyLGBTAdoptionWKSP@yahoo.com. Though pre-registration isn't required, it's encouraged to make sure there are enough materials and lunches.
CityBeat Mayoral Debate
CityBeat and four other local media outlets have teamed up to gang up on the two mayoral candidates who make it to the Nov. 8. A one-hour debate takes place Nov. 1 in front of a live studio audience and broadcasts live on both CET (Channel 48) and WVXU (91.7 FM). Panelists from CityBeat, The Cincinnati Business Courier, The Cincinnati Herald and WVXU will question candidates while audience members equipped with touchpad polling provide instant reactions to the candidates' exchanges. Prior to the debate, the public is encouraged to identify key issues and help the media panel draft questions through a special edition of the Courier's PULSE online survey. More debate details will be announced on www.cincinnatimayor.com.
Fundraiser for Project Connect
Project Connect, an educational program serving homeless children, holds its eighth annual fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 18 at the Drees Pavilion at Devou Park in Covington. The program features tunes from Savvy, dinner by the bite, a silent auction and a raffle. Project Connect serves homeless children in Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties, providing tutoring, transportation to and from school, academic and educational enrichment programs and social services. For more information about the benefit, call Ann Gibson at 513-236-7398. For more information about Project Connect, to volunteer or make a donation, call 513-363-1060.
Beer for Better Politics
Drinking Liberally, an informal, an inclusive Democratic drinking club, meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. You don't have to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club; just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. After roaming the first Tuesday of every month, the group regularly settles back into The Comet in Northside. For more info, contact Chris Berger at email@example.com.
Wear Black for Peace
Ever since the Bush regime launched its unprovoked invasion of Iraq more than two years ago, the Women in Black have maintained a vigil calling for peace. Participants -- men and children are welcome, too -- are encouraged to wear black or dark clothes. The weekly peace protest is from 5-6 p.m. Mondays on the grassy island at the corner of Vine Street and Central Parkway.
Ride for Change
Join Critical Mass, a bicycle ride beginning at Fountain Square at 6 p.m. the last Friday of each month. It might seem like just a pleasant bicycle ride, but participants are actually helping to spread the word about a healthful, non-polluting means of transportation that helps combat traffic congestion. For more information about the Critical Mass movement, which is active in hundreds of cities across the United States, visit http://www.criticalmassrides.info/index.html.