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Getting involved in your community: News to use

By Staff · July 25th, 2007 · City Lights
Go Play Outside

The Hamilton County Park District presents "Beyond the Backyard," a new program designed to encourage adults to explore and experience nature with the children in their lives. Adults have the opportunity to share their positive experiences and memories of the outdoors. Naturalists and Volunteers will guide adults and children in nature-related activities and hikes at three different parks. Visitors can meet at Embshoff Woods' Parcours Trail, Fernbank Park's flagpole and Mitchell Memorial Forest's playground. The program begins at 2 p.m. Aug. 26. For more information, visit www.GreatParks.org or call 513-521-7275.

Protect Kids from Enlistment

Help young men and women learn the truth about the war in Iraq so they can resist the temptation to enlist in the U.S. military. The Before You Enlist Campaign meets from 6-7 p.m. July 18 at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 214 E. 14th St. in Over-the-Rhine. For more information, call 513-579-8547.

Celebrate OTR

The Over-the-Rhine Community Festival is from noon-6 p.m. Aug. 4 at Washington Park. Designed by social service agencies and churches, the festival is a fun event for children and families. For more information, call Cassandra Barham at 513-381-4242.

Latinos Organizing

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 avilesc@ci.hamilton.oh.us or 513-785-7396.

Document LGBT Discrimination

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.

Free Peace Camp for Kids

Peace Camp is a two-week free day camp where students ages 6-12 participate in activities focused on conflict management, diversity appreciation, cooperation and effective communication. The program is sponsored by the Center for Peace Education and the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC). Peace Camp meets from 9 a.m.-noon July 23-Aug. 3 at New Thought Unity Center in Clifton.

Stand for Peace

The Women in Black have been steadfast in demonstrating against the war in Iraq since it started in 2003. Participants gather with signs in the traffic island at Vine Street and Central Parkways from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays. All peacemakers are welcome, including men and people not dressed in black.



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