The annual S.O.S. Art show opens with a reception from 6 p.m.-midnight May 25 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. This year the show includes expressions for peace and justice by more than 100 local visual artists as well as poetry, music, movies and debates. The show continues through June 3. Admission is free.
Butler County, whose sheriff has made a mission of targeting undocumented workers, will soon have its own chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens. To join, contact Claudia Aviles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-785-7396.
EarthSave Cincinnati presents "An Evening Of Gratitude" at 4:30 p.m. May 20 at Clifton United Methodist Church. The program includes a cooking presentation by Mark Stroud of Gratitude Restaurant; and demonstrations of yoga, tai chi and belly dancing by instructors from Gratitude Motion Studio; and a potluck dinner. Take a vegan dish to share, a plate and a utensil. For more information, call 513-929-2500 or visit cincinnati.earthsave.org.
Religion and Poverty
The Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems and Union Institute & University Graduate College hold their third annual symposium on poverty, welfare and religion on May 19 and 20.
The program begins at 7 p.m. May 19 with an introductory discussion followed by a welcome reception at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Mayerson Hall, 3101 Clifton Ave. The symposium resumes from noon-6:30 p.m. May 20. The program is free but reservations are required. For additional information, contact 513-221-487-3067 or email@example.com.
A coalition of national and statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) and civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and Equality Ohio, are working together to compile stories of LGBT discrimination. The goal of sharing stories is to help us convince lawmakers that discrimination is real and that we need to pass laws that protect the rights of LGBT people. To participate, visit http://www.acluohio.org/issues/LGBT/ENDA.htm.
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 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 22 and June 5 and 19.
Documentary Series Seeks 'One World'
The Seven Hills School, in conjunction with Cincinnati Earth Institute, presents the final installment in its Spring 2007 community film series, "One World: Building A Sustainable Future." At 7 p.m. May 23 the film is The Next Industrial Revolution. Admission is free. The program is in Founders Hall, 5400 Red Bank Road. For more information, call 271-9027.