Xavier University's accounting students will help prepare basic federal and state income tax returns for low income and elderly taxpayers and student, from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 15 through April 12. Be prepared to bring a photo ID, social security card, tax-related forms and a copy of 2004 tax returns, if possible. To schedule an appointment for free assistance, call 513-745-3236.
Reproductive Health and Privacy
Molly Galvin, field organizer for Planned Parenthood, will address the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Organization of Women about the state of choice at the federal and state levels. She will share information about how to get involved locally in supporting reproductive health and privacy. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. April 3 at the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, 536 Linton Road in Avondale. For more information, call 513-852-9948.
Veteran Speaks Out Against the War
Harvey Tharp, a local member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (http://www.ivaw.net/) speaks at 11 a.m. March 25 about his experiences in Iraq, in the military and with recruiters. The program is at Peaslee Neighborhood Center in Over-the-Rhine.
Women's Safety Program
The Cincinnati Police Academy offers a personal safety program for Women ages 18 and older. Led by academy instructors, the program includes information on preventing assaults, mental rehearsal/planning to deter attackers and hands-on defensive tactics. The program is from 6-8 p.m. April 12 and 19 at the academy, 800 Evans St. Space is limited and fills up quickly. To reserve a space in this free class, call Monica Ervin at 513-357-7554
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 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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A Conversation on Building Neighborhoods
The Woman's City Club hosts a discussion of the loss of what the Cincinnati Police Department called "neighborhood officers." The program aims to help residents find ways to build their sense of safety and security in partnership with police. There will be no speeches. Participants will be asked to talk to each other. The program is from 9 a.m. - noon March 25 at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. For more information, call 513-751-0100
Wallis Speaks at XU
Jim Willis, author of Gods Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, will speak at Xavier University on the topic of Christian leadership, political engagement and social change. The program, hosted by the Bruggeman Center for Dialogue, is at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at the Schiff Family Conference Center. For more information, call 513-745-3922.
Murders of Civil Rights Leaders
Jerry Mitchell, a reporter with the Clarion-Ledger, speaks at 7 p.m. March 28 about his investigative reporting of closed murder cases from the civil rights era.
The program is at the Schiff Family Conference Center at XU. For more information, call 513-745-2043
Northern Kentucky Vision
Vision 2015 is a yearlong regional visioning process that will set the agenda for Northern Kentucky growth and development for the next 10 years, focusing on economic competitiveness, educational excellence, effective governance, livable communities and urban renaissance. The first meeting is at 1:30 p.m. March 31 at the METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd. in Erlanger. For more information, call Chris Cole at 859-572-6574.
Landlords, Tenants and Neighbors
Section 8 housing is often blamed for problems of deteriorating property in neighborhoods. The Woman's City Club and the League of Women Voters are partnering to separate fact from fiction and myth. Two meetings will provide information on code enforcement and what neighbors can do to address the problems of neglectful landlords. The program is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1 and 25 at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church. Call 513-751-0100 for more information
Citizens' Police Academy
Learn about the citizen complaint process, community-oriented policing, gangs, mental health response team, traffic contacts and police use of force during the next Citizens' Police Academy. The eight-week program meets from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 12 through May 31 at the Police Academy, 800 Evans St. The deadline for applications is April 3. Contact Monica Ervin at 513-357-7554.
Following the monthly business meeting of Democracy for Cincinnati, a program, "Progressive Opinions," will focus on making progressive opinions heard using letters to the editor and other channels. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. April 5 at 879 Rue de la Paix in Clifton. For directions or more information, call Memory Ryan at 513-861-1544
Talk to the Mayor
Talk one-on-one with Mayor Mark Mallory at City Hall during Mayor's Night In from 4:30-7 p.m. April 4. Conversations are first-come, first-served, so a wait is possible. For more information, call 513-352-5356.
Global 4 Conference
Global conferences bring people together to learn about and discuss the negative impacts of globalization upon social, political and environmental justice. Participants come from all walks of life and can experience numerous activities that serve to both inform and inspire. The University of Cincinnati hosts the conference April 7-9 at Swift Hall. Those interested in tabling or teaching a workshop are invited to submit proposals. Child care and complimentary meals are available. E-mail questions to email@example.com and register at www.cincinnatiglobal.org/global4/attend/.
The first-ever Community Problem Oriented Policing (CPOP) Summit showcases the work being done in Cincinnati and provides citizens with tools and information to improve safety and reduce crime and blight in their communities. The free event includes a continental breakfast and lunch. No reservations are needed. The program meets from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 8 at the Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Road.
Quarterly Peace Brunch
Ruth Breach and Carol Rainey lead a discussion of environmental activism at the Quarterly Peace and Justice Brunch at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center. The program is from 10 a.m.-noon April 8. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PULSE is an extensive and ongoing research study spearheaded by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to compile baseline data to be used to improve the lives of women and girls. The scope and results of this study will be presented from 7-9 p.m. April 10 at the First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St. For more information, call 513-751-0100.
FOP President Talks About Cops
The Seasongood Luncheon and Education Awards, sponsored by the Woman's City Club, features Officer Cathy Herald, president of the Queen City Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. The program is at 11:45 a.m. April 21 at the Vernon Manor Hotel. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Call 751-0100 for more information.
Karen Armstrong, an original and inclusive thinker on the role of religion in the modern world, understands the acute differences among the world's great religions and calls our attention to their profound similarities. Xavier University hosts the event at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Schiff Family Conference Center. For more information, call 513-745-2043
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.
Price Hill Will
Price Hill Will hosts a community-wide meeting from 10 a.m.-noon 12 p.m. April 29. Call 513-251-3800 for meeting location and agenda.
Spanish Bilingual Coffee Hours
Share some caffeine with Spanish speakers at the Bilingual Coffee Hour at the Price Hill Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. every other Monday. 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.
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
Women in Black
Protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq from 5-6 p.m. Mondays on the grassy island at Vine Street and Central Parkway. Show your support for peace by wearing black or dark-colored clothes. For more information, call the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center at 513-579-8547.