"Justice in the 21st century" is the theme of the Hamilton County Democratic Forum from 7-9 p.m. May 1 at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Cincinnati City Councilman Cecil Thomas will talk about the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune will speak about the county's safety plan, including a new jail. Civil rights attorney Al Gerhardstein will talk about the future of the Collaborative Agreement on Police-Community Relations. Admission is free.
New Directions for the NAACP
Christopher Smitherman, new president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the NAACP, is the featured speaker at the Community Forum at noon April 26 in the undercroft at Christ Church Cathedral downtown. Admission is free, and brown bag lunches are welcome.
Celebrate Neighborhood Diversity
Greater Anderson Promotes Peace presents "Getting To Know Your Neighbor: Celebrating Religious Diversity in Our Community" from 7-9 p.m. April 30 at Mercer Elementary School, 2600 Bartels Road in Anderson Township. The program will offer general answers to questions commonly asked about many religions practiced by people who live, work, study, and shop in the Tri-state region. Admission is free. So is childcare, but only with a reservation. For more information, visit gappeace.org or call 513-588-8391.
Our Daily Ice Cream
Our Daily Bread, a hospitality ministry to the poor in Over-the-Rhine, holds an ice cream social from 1-3 p.m. May 2. The ice cream is free, and guests will have the opportunity to see Our Daily Bread's ministry in action. To make a donation of ice cream, syrups, toppings or cones, call Kathy at 6513-21-6364. Our Daily Bread is at 1730 Race St., across from Findlay Market.
Learn What Cops Learn
The Cincinnati Police Department is offering an eight-week Citizens Police Academy from June 6 through Aug. 1. The class meets from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Cincinnati Police Academy, 800 Evans St. in Lower Price Hill. Topics include laws of arrest, criminal investigation, gangs, the Mental Health Response Team, traffic contacts and use of force. Citizens will also have an opportunity to join Citizens on Patrol. For more information or an application, contact Monica Ervin at 513-357-7554. The application deadline is May 25.
The 2007 SOS Art Show, which highlights a variety of artistic forms on themes of peace and justice, is accepting applications from artists. The show, in its fifth year, is May 25-June 3 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 4, 2007. For more information, contact Dr. Saad Ghosn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mayor Will See You Now
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory meets twice a month with anyone who has an issue or problem to discuss with him. "Mayors Night In" is from 5-7 p.m. in the mayor's office at City Hall. Every citizen who attends has a five-minute individual meeting to talk about anything they wish. Meetings are assigned in the order that individuals sign in, with sign-ins beginning at 4:30 pm. The next sessions are May 8 and 22 and June 5 and 19.
Documentary Series Seeks 'One World'
The Seven Hills School, in conjunction with Cincinnati Earth Institute, presents its Spring 2007 community film series, "One World: Building A Sustainable Future," focusing on global awareness and environmental sustainability. Each film provides an opportunity for members of the school and Greater Cincinnati communities to discuss global challenges and some of the ways human ingenuity can work with the natural world to meet them. The films will be shown at no charge in Founders Hall on the Hillsdale Campus, 5400 Red Bank Road. The films begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 271-9027. The films are Kilowatt Ours, April 25; and The Next Industrial Revolution, May 23.