The Gunsmoke Initiative, a youth-targeted real-like wake-up about the impact and after-effects of gun violence, is looking for additional cast members to support upcoming program expansion in the Cincinnati area. The heart of the initiative is a 30-minute "drama-vention" skit that chronicles a real-life story of gun violence, taken directly from the streets of Cincinnati. Auditions are Feb. 20 at Mansfield Glory Ministries. All acting levels welcome. To make an appointment, call Tony Jackson at 513-675-2527.
Black College Tour
Each year Students Taking Educational Paths coordinates a tour for high school students to historically black colleges and universities and exposes them to the city of Atlanta. Any high school student in grades 10-12 interested in attending tours of Spelman, Morehouse and Morris Brown colleges and Clark-Atlanta University are welcome. The April 5-9 tour costs $290 plus a meal plan. For more information, call 1-888-505-0110 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Feminism Meets Education Reform
The Cincinnati Women's political Caucus invites the public to "Private Choices, Public Consequences: Examining Education Reform through a Feminist Lens," presented by Verna Williams, associate professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The program is at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. at First Unitarian Church in Avondale. Questions? Contact Nancy Minson at 513-221-5566 or email@example.com.
The Chair Recognizes. . .
Anyone interested in the Newly Revised Robert's Rules of Order can get a practical how-to lesson on limiting or extending the time of debate at the next meeting of the Queen City Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians. The meeting begins at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Oakley Library, 4033 Gilmore Road. For more information, call George Gore at 859-442-9050.
Council Election Revision
What are the options for electing members of Cincinnati City Council? How will proposed changes in the electoral system impact the city's neighborhoods and residents? Find out at this nonpartisan discussion including panel members from Charterite, Democratic, independent and Republican authorities on the subject. Progressive Alliance of Southwest Ohio hosts the event from 9 a.m.-noon Feb.
18 at the IBEW Hall, 1216 McMillan Ave. in Walnut Hills. The event is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit http://www.paohio.org or call 513-781-8151.
Power, Perception and Prejudice
Activist Jane Elliott is a former Iowa elementary school teacher who became famous for creating the "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes Project" in her all-white, all-Christian third-grade classroom after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She'll speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 20, presenting her sensitizing exercise, which labels participants as superior or inferior based on the color of their eyes. Xavier University hosts this Black History Monday event in the Cintas Center banquet room. For more information, call Angie Kneflin at 513-745-4998.
Ask the School Superintendent
Come ask questions of Cincinnati School Superintendent Rosa Blackwell. This is a unique way for parents and other concerned citizens to directly address the school superintendent with questions, concerns and suggestions. Forums run 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Riverview East Academy in the East End and March 28 at Roll Hill School in North Fairmount.
Challenge Student Aid Ban
The American Civil Liberties Union's Drug Law Reform Project will soon file a lawsuit challenging the federal law denying student aid to people with drug convictions. If you are, or next year will be, ineligible for student aid due to a drug conviction, the ACLU would like to hear from you immediately. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-4-HEA-FIX.
Salute Leading Women
Former Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls is the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual Celebration of Women Luncheon March 2. Cincinnati Leading Women hosts the luncheon to honor women who have become role models and mentors to others. Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. The program is at the Grand Ballroom of the Millennium Hotel, downtown. Call Joyce Tull at 513-509-1775.
Democratic candidates running for a variety of offices meet at the Union Township Civic Center, 430 Aicholtz Road, from 1-3 p.m. March 2. Confirmed participants include former State Rep. Bryan Flannery, State Sen. Eric Fingerhut and attorney Paul Hackett. For more information, call the Quin-T Democrat Club and Clermont County Young Dems at 513-553-4766.
Democratic World Order
Is a democratic world order necessary? Is it possible? What is the way forward? These are the questions that will be addressed by David Oughton, a board member of Citizens for Global Solutions at 7 p.m. March 7. Xavier University hosts the event in the Schiff Family Conference Center at the Cintas Center. For more information, call 513-745-3925.
The Future of Women
"Women at the Crossroad: The Conversation Continues -- Shaping Our Future" is the theme of the 12th Annual Women of Color Luncheon. A variety of speakers will participate. The program is at 11:30 a.m. March 15 at Xavier University's Cintas Center Banquet Room. The cost is $27, with vegetarian meals available. For more information, call 513-745-3181.
City Council Works Nights
Cincinnati City Council will meet at least three nights in 2006, with scheduled meetings at 6 p.m. May 10 and Sept. 20. Citizen forums begin at 5:30 p.m. Those wishing to address council must fill out a request card prior to the beginning of each Citizen Forum.
Concentration Camp Poetry
The Xavier Players present I Never Saw Another Butterfly, poetry written by children in the Nazi concentration camp Terezin, at 7 p.m. May 11 at the Krohn Conservatory. For more information, call 513-745-3939.
Spanish Bilingual Coffee Hours
Share some caffeine with Spanish speakers at the Bilingual Coffee Hour at the Price Hill Branch Library every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. 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.
Democratic Drinking Club
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 via email@example.com.