Next Community Council Meeting
August 18, 2015
Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church
6312 Kennedy Ave
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Kennedy Heights is one of 52 recognized neighborhoods within the City of Cincinnati. It is located in the northeast corner of Cincinnati, Ohio. Kennedy Heights straddles Montgomery Road between Pleasant Ridge and Silverton. The Kennedy Heights Community Council is the official body designated by the City of Cincinnati to represent and serve the neighborhood's 2,800 households.
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Balloon relay during one of the 2014 Play in the Park events. Photo courtesy of Susan Wade Murphy.
So what is Play in the Park? Play in the Park is a neighborhood movement that enriches our communities by maximizing the use of parks for the enjoyment of all residents. We promote and reclaim natural settings as safe places to connect with neighbors, family and friends. Nature, art, music and games bring us together. City of Cincinnati partners, community councils, local artists, educators and community volunteers make it all possible. It started in Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge and the concept has now spread to Mt. Washington, Madisonville and Linville. Play in the Park kicks off on Wednesday, June 10th from 6:30-8 PM through August 26th. Each week includes a themed activity, games and snack. New for 2015! Food Trucks at Music in the Park!

The Play in the Park Kickoff features sunflower seed planting for nature lovers - grow a sunflower that's taller than you and enjoy a sunflower seed as a snack too! Join us at Kennedy Heights Park, June 10th, 6:30-8 pm.

Event calendar:


1 Let’s Move - Boot Camp for all ages & Art in the Park for all artists

8 Music in the Park - Julie & Roger Klug light up the stage with rock & roll favorites

14 All-Star Neighborhood Celebration Night at the Park - Celebrate Baseball in our All Star Community *Tuesday evening*

22 Game Night with Cincinnati Police District 2 officers & Nature at Night with Cincinnati Parks

29 Penguins in the Park presented by the WAVE Foundation - meet a fancy feathered friend


5 Tie Dye in the Park - bring your favorite shirt and create a colored sensation

12 Music in the Park - RISE with Elementz, family friendly hip-hop and R&B

19 Back to School with Mr. Softee and get creative with crafts from Cincinnati Library

26 Celebrate the Summer - End of the Season Picnic and Music in the Meadow

Visit us on Facebook at Funded in part through the Community Councils of Kennedy Heights & Pleasant Ridge, PR3 and generous community members


Hey folks, it's official! The Kennedy Heights Community Garden at Woodford Paideia Academy has 12 raised beds!!! The April construction efforts were a success! So many thanks go out to so many neighbors, friends of KH, local businesses, organizations...and the list keeps growing! The donations of time, expertise, materials, and sweat are immeasurable and the love of community we shared is priceless!

But don't worry if you missed us. There will be plenty more opportunities to get involved coming up real soon-like in a matter of days, in fact. So stay tuned...enjoy the picture show and see you in the garden!

Growing list of donors:

~Woodford Paideia Academy principal Jessie Moore, teachers, students & parents Adoria, Addison & Brian

~Neighbors Michelle & Charles Dragga, Annie Brown, Maureen Brown + grandsons Cameron & Brandon, Mosha Martin, Giovanni Martin

~Engineers Without Borders and the students from Miami University School of Engineering & UC School of Engineering

~my awesome instructor Greg & the Civic Garden Center

~Ewers & Sons

~Benkens Florists

~KHCC board members Peggy & Scott

For more information or to rent a garden bed contact community garden coordinator Sharifah Tafari at or (513)225-2355

Sunflower Contest Update

How is YOUR SUNFLOWER doing!

Kennedy Heights has more than 40 entries for the contest to grow the tallest SUNFLOWER. At this point our sunflowers may be measuring anywhere between 3-7ft. It is time to keep a good eye on them, thinning them down to your best two plants if you haven’t already done so. Fertilizing but not too close to the plants. The rain has been generous to us so probably won’t need to water until we hit a dry spell.

The Sunflower Team is looking for an artist to make a ceramic SUNFLOWER Plaque as an award for first prize winner of the contest. Do you know such a person? Please put out the word to your artist friends. Payment will be for materials only but the reward will be to bask in Kennedy Heights’ fame, recognition and gratitude. Please contact the Sunflower Team if you know of such a person or if you are that person.

Ally Nurre [513-731-3530] or Craig and Marlee Rush [513-807-1591].

At the end of the growing season, [we estimate early August], we expect to get calls to measure your SUNFLOWER at its tallest. We will be along with our measuring pole! If you don’t get a reply within 24hrs from one telephone #, try the other #.

Merry Sunflowers to you all.

Kennedy Heights History Book Still Available!
Be a part of history! As a part of last year's celebration of Kennedy Heights' 100th anniversary of being a city neighborhood, University of Cincinnati Professor Casey-Leininger and his history classes put together a special public history publication for our neighborhood. Their publication focused on the origins and evolution of the African-American community in Kennedy Heights, and the efforts to preserve racial integration in the neighborhood over the last 50+ years. The students’ research sources include archival collections, oral history interviews, and photographs borrowed from Kennedy Heights residents.

Purchase your copy of Kennedy Heights' history here via PayPal, or stop by the Kennedy Heights Arts Center's Gift Shop, The cost is $15.00 (plus S&H online)

Along with Pleasant Ridge, Kennedy Heights is proud to be a member of "district-a" - Where arts+community meet!

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Nextdoor is the new social network that helps you to connect with your neighbors in Kennedy Heights for just about any reason! Choose the boundaries that you want, include other neighborhoods in “your” network, and invite other neighbors to join. The Nextdoor website offers privacy and safety features, address verification, secure encryption using the HTTPS Internet protocol, and mobile access via an iPhone and Android app. Information that you share will never show up in search engines and Nextdoor never shares your personal information with third-party advertisers.
Kennedy Heights board member and Communications Committee Chair, Christine Schumacher has been collecting stories from long time neighborhood residents who tell of their experience of living in our wonderful neighborhood.

May 2015 Ernie Barbeau

Over the years the Kennedy Heights Community Council has hosted events like litter clean-ups, movies in the park, pool days, a Sap Run, and the Progressive Dinner. We have supported events like the Juneteenth Festival, District A (an Arts Collaborative), and a bi-monthly newsletter that is sent to every home. Last year when the City of Cincinnati cut our Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) budget, we had to scale back significantly on our planned events. The 2014 Board of Trustees made a commitment to do all we can to sustain and grow our community-building activities. We continue to seek out grant opportunities, and thank volunteer fundraisers like Bob Kamp, a resident who continues to amaze with his efforts to collect donations. This year we have a new way to raise money for the support of our neighborhood activities, and that is to offer each of our community stakeholders the opportunity to become a “Friend of Kennedy Heights”. All donations will supplement our budget, and allow us to sponsor even more services to the neighborhood. We encourage you to become a “Friend of Kennedy Heights” for 2014! Your donation is tax-deductible and you have the opportunity to be recognized as a “Friend” in a future newsletter. To make a donation, complete and mail the form in the March/April newsletter or go to the KHCC website, Thank you in advance for your support this year!
Community Calendar
June 3 KH Youth Council
June 10 Play in the Park
June 17 Play in the Park
June 24 Play in the Park
July 1 Play in the Park
3rd Tues. KHCC Meets
Thursdays Kennedy Sr's Meet
Fridays Metallic Club Meets
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K.Heights Arts Center News

Register Now for Summer Camps!

The last day of school will be here before you know it. Expand and explore with a variety of artistic joys at the Kennedy Heights Art Center! Join in the fun by participating in one of our creative art camps for youth ages 5–13. We offer a variety of one- and two-week camps for youth exploring various forms of art. Each camp runs from 9:30 AM–2:30 PM daily. Extended care is available for all camps from 8:30–9:30 AM and 2:30–5:30 PM for a fee of $10 per day. Sliding scale fees available for those in financial need.

2015 Artist in Residence: Debbie Brod

The Kennedy Heights Arts Center welcomes visual artist Debbie Brod as the 2015 Artist in Residence. Each spring— and with the support of the Ohio Arts Council—the KHAC hosts an artist to engage with our community. Ms. Brod will be working with individuals of all ages to create a mixed-media installation in celebration of our new expansion space, the Kennedy Heights Cultural Campus. Workshops will be free of charge, but registration will be required as space is limited.

For more information about Summer Camps or to check out the 2015 Artist in Residence schedule, visit the Arts Center website at or call 513-631-4278

6546 Montgomery Road
call 631-4ART (4278)
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