The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati (LNGC) kicks off its 16th annual "Hands Across the River" fund drive as business and civic leaders from both sides of the Ohio River join hands in support of a more literate community. The Literacy Network connects tutors and learners of all ages. For more information, call 513-621-7323 or visit www.lngc.org.
Young Professionals and the Next Mayor
Cincinnati's mayoral candidates square off about issues affecting young professionals in a Town Hall Forum at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 in WCET studios, 1223 Central Parkway. The first 250 people to register for the free event will have live, in-studio access, while the rest can watch from an adjoining room. A reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. precedes the forum, which is organized by young professionals groups LEGACY and Give Back Cincinnatiwww.givebackcincinnati.org.
Wear Black, Demand Peace
Ever since the Bush regime launched its unprovoked invasion of Iraq more than two years ago, the Women in Black have maintained a vigil calling for peace. Participants -- men and children are welcome, too -- are encouraged to wear black or dark clothes. The weekly peace protest is from 5-6 p.m. Mondays on the grassy island at the corner of Vine Street and Central Parkway.
Beer Improves Most Politics
Drinking Liberally, an informal, an inclusive Democratic drinking club, meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. You don't have to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club; just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. After roaming the first Tuesday of every month, the group regularly settles back into The Comet in Northside. For more info, contact Chris Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride for Change
Join Critical Mass, a bicycle ride beginning at Fountain Square at 6 p.m. the last Friday of each month. It might seem like just a pleasant bicycle ride, but participants are actually helping to spread the word about a healthful, non-polluting means of transportation that helps combat traffic congestion. For more information about the Critical Mass movement, which is active in hundreds of cities across the United States, visit criticalmassrides.info/index.html.