Democracy for Cincinnati hosts a candidate forum featuring progressive candidates running in statewide Ohio races. Featured will be Bryan Flannery, candidate for governor; Subodh Chandra and Marc Dann candidates for attorney general; and Hugh Quill, candidate for state treasurer. Each candidate will make a presentation and take questions. The program is at 7 p.m. March 1 at 879 Rue de la Paix in Clifton. Questions? Call Memory Ryan at 513-861-1544.
Speak Peace in a World of Conflict
Become an empowered and effective communicator; learn techniques for positive motivation toward change; create harmony in interpersonal relationships; work toward a world where everyone's needs are met peacefully. Hosted by Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 East 14th St., Jeff Brown of the Center for Nonviolent Communication will help participants learn how to create change in themselves and other people and social change in structures such as governments, schools or corporations. Space is limited for the two-day workshop from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 pm. Feb. 24 and 25. The fee is on a siding scale from $80 to $100. For more information or to register, call 513-579-8547.
Salute Leading Women
Former Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls is the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual Celebration of Women Luncheon on March 2. Cincinnati Leading Women hosts the luncheon to honor women who have become role models and mentors to others. Tickets are $50 each or $450 for 10. The program is at the Grand Ballroom of the Millennium Hotel, downtown. Call Joyce Tull at 513-509-1775.
Democratic World Order
Is a democratic world order necessary? Is it possible? What is the way forward toward a democratic world order? These are the questions that will be addressed by David Oughton, a board member of Citizens for Global Solutions in Washington D.C., at 7 p.m. March 7. Xavier University hosts the event at the Schiff Family Conference Center in the Cintas Center. For more information, call 513-745-3925.
Celebrate with AMOS Project
Former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery is the keynote speaker at the annual AMOS Project celebration banquet. The AMOS Project is a group of congregations committed to living out faith through public action. The program begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a musical program at 7 p.m. March 9 at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 513-751-2222.
Calling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students
LGBT college students and straight allies who are Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) members, their staff advisers and anyone interested in starting a GSA are invited to join the ACLU of Ohio Foundation at Ohio´s Second GSA Networking Conference.
Learn about current LGBT issues, program ideas and leadership skills and how to get your message out. They guarantee you will leave with an action plan. The event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 11 at Wright State University Student Union in Dayton. Register at http://www.acluohio.org/cc/ccregister.htm
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 present at 11:30 a.m. March 15 at Xavier University´s Cintas Center Banquet Room. Tickets are $27, with vegetarian meals available. The RSVP deadline is March 8. For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 513-745-3181.
Guys, Griddles and Grub
Community Shares of greater Cincinnati presents the third annual Guys, Griddles and Grub from 7-10 p.m. March 18. Guests can sample appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and desserts prepared by amateur local chefs. Voting for favorite dishes, a wine raffle and silent auction round out the fund-raising fun. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door and $75 for the VIP reception and event. Call 513-475-0475 for reservations.
Women in Tool Belts
The Millcreek Valley Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on the second Women Build project at 9 a.m. Feb. 25. The first wall of the home at 2129 Garfield Ave. in West College Hill will be raised with the goal of having the house finished by Mother´s Day so that Carmen Barnett and her son can move in. Anyone interested in volunteering or offering donations can call 513-761-4687 or visit www.millcreekvalleyhfh.org.
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 email@example.com or 866-4-HEA-FIX.
Small Business Town Hall Forum
Senator Eric Kearney will host a forum designed to educate small businesses on state programs and incentives, with a networking session, panel discussion and time to address business concerns. The program is from 6-7:30 p.m. March 9 at UC´s Great Hall at Tangeman center. Parking will be available in the CCM garage. RSVP by March 6 by calling 614-466-5980.
City Council Works Nights (Sort of)
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.
Historical Black Colleges Tour
Each year Students Taking Educational Paths coordinates a tour for high school student to ´historically black colleges and universities and exposes them to ´the great city of Atlanta. Any high school student grades 10-12 interested in attending tours of Spelman, Morehouse and Morris Brown colleges and Clark-Atlanta University April 5-9 are invited to attend. The tour cost per person is $290 plus a meal plan. For more information, call 1-888-505-0110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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