Next Community Council Meeting
Jan 17, 2017
No Dec. Meeting
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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Kennedy Heights Community Calendar
Day Date What When Where
Fri. 12/2/2016 Winterfest 6:00-11:00pm P.Ridge/Kennedy Heights
Sat 12/10/16 Imagine 2016 Artist Talk 1:00-3:00pm KHAC Lindner Annex
Tue. 01/17/17
KHCC Meeting & Community Dinner
6:00-8:30 KH Presbyterian Church

In the spirit of the season, a neighborhood celebration is here to light up your holidays! The communities of Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge will be hosting the 12th annual Winterfest on Friday, December 2, and all are invited.

Winterfest is packed with fun, festive and FREE activities for all ages. Come for part or all of the celebration.

The festivities begin at Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 5915 Ridge Ave. From 6:30 to 8pm, families will enjoy carnival games, crafts, refreshments, performances by local music groups and visits with jolly-old Santa Claus!

Then head down the street to the Kennedy Heights Arts Center for more celebrating.

6:30-8:30pm:   Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6546 Montgomery Rd.

At this family friendly event, everyone will enjoy performances by local musicians, art in the gallery, cookie decorating, holiday shopping, wine and lite bites. Kids can head to the studio for ornament making, holiday movies, hot chocolate and treats from Trader Joe’s.

8:30-11pm:  KHAC Lindner Annex, corner of Kennedy & Montgomery

Come to the Winterfest Bash, an adults-only party in KHAC’s Lindner Annex event center.  Music by Everybody’s Records, photo booth, lite bites by Village Pantry, beer, wine, and a special Winterfest cocktail from our friends at The Overlook Lodge.

Winterfest is sponsored by:

Kennedy Heights Community Council, Pleasant Ridge Community Council, Cincinnati Recreation Commission – Pleasant Ridge, and Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

Congratulations to the 2017

KHCC Executive Board!

The Kennedy Heights Community Council had its general board elections a couple weeks ago and your newly elected board members for 2017 are:

President: Dan Kasprowicz

VP of Admin: Rachel Foote

VP of Community Planning: Doug Linn

Treasurer: Sr. Carren Herring

Secretary: Peggy Brown

Trustee-at-Large: Sharifah Tafari

Trustee-at-Large: Jean Bange

Trustee-at-Large: Dee Cannedy Lowery

Trustee-at-Large: Anita Hisle

The board looks forward to serving our great community and are always looking for input and volunteers to help make a difference! Please contact them at

Along with Pleasant Ridge, Kennedy Heights is proud to be a member of "district-a" - Where arts+community meet!
2016 Landscape Awards!

In mid-July, the Landscape Award committee of Carolyn Thompson, Jane Patty, and Michele Dragga, spent an enjoyable morning judging the 17 landscapes that had been nominated for an award. The nominees proved once again that Kennedy Heights is full of lovely gardens. Thank you to all of you who submitted nominations, and congratulations to our five winners!

  • Stephanie, Guy, and Gretchen Adams - Iris Avenue
  • Geri Smith - Hill and Dale Drive
  • Otis Elam - Zinsle Avenue
  • Josh and Kim Coffey - Woodford Road
  • Christina Barkley - Hedge Avenue
More about the Landscape Awards

A message from Christine Schumacher, author of the Elders Series:

In getting ready for the 50th anniversary of the Community Council, I realized the significance of the efforts of many citizens who cared deeply about our neighborhood and gave of their time and skills to create a desirable and welcoming place for everyone to live, regardless of their ethnicity.

I decided stories needed to be told so newer residents could learn the history and build on the gains made by these dedicated leaders. So, with the approval of the KHCC Board, I began interviewing people that were part of the process that helped make Kennedy Heights the quality neighborhood that It is.

There are twenty-four interviews with thirty people. The Pleasant Ridge Library will soon have the complete Elder Series interviews in a binder on the reference shelf so anyone unable to access a computer can read them in the Library. The binder should be available by the end of 2016.

Enjoy! And thank you for reading,

Christine Schumacher

The Caring Place!
Spotlight: Clyde Otis
I t was cool watching television when I retired - for the first six months. I knew the soap opera characters by first name, but soon realized I wanted something more meaningful to do.” Clyde Otis retired from Procter and Gamble in 2001 and later heard that The Caring Place needed a man’s help for the heavy lifting. He and his neighbor came to check it out and have been at the Caring Place ever since on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-2.

Clyde’s responsibilities evolved from packing bags and loading clients’ cars to computer work which is what he had been doing at P&G. He keeps track of services The Caring Place provides including providing food, clothing, bus tokens, and boxes for the elderly. Sixty boxes were crammed in his office waiting to be picked up. Clyde prepares reports for the Freestore, The Caring Place Board, and other donor agencies.

When Clyde started volunteering, about twenty households would come for help each day. Now it’s forty or fifty. In 2015, The Caring Place served about 2700 people. “Most people are very apprecia-tive of our help,” Clyde said. “I feel sorry for the grandmothers who come who are raising their grandchildren.” One unmet need he notices is for razors. Personally, he’s used a knife for a razor, but wishes other men didn’t have to.

John Chambers, whom Clyde recruited to volunteer, sings his praises: “Clyde is one of the best; I’ve felt that way ever since I met him.” There’s lots of friendly banter as they go about their work. “I get verbal abuse all day long from John,” Clyde says. Standing nearby watching and listening is Noah, a teen volunteer, who enjoys the guys’ teasing. Who knows, in fifty years he may be the retired volunteer.

Outstanding Citizens of the Month

Milton "Mac" McPherson


We salute the many outstanding residents of our neighborhood who work to make this a better place to live, and shine the spotlight on our community through their great work and achievements. Read more about some of Kennedy Heights' finest!
Find out more about all of our Outstanding Citizens!
A year after the old Kroger store property at Kennedy and Montgomery was transformed into the Kennedy
Heights Cultural Campus, there is more excitement happening at the corner. The nondescript exterior will be brought to life with public art!

Kennedy Heights Arts Center is partnering with ArtWorks to create a mural on the façade of the Center’sLindner Annex at the campus. Artist Casey Riordan Millard, herself a Kennedy Heights resident, designed the mural with input from a committee of local residents. Mostly known for her “Shark Girl” sculptures, drawings, paintings, and publications, Millard’s work has drawn the admiration of a growing national audience. The mural will be painted this summer by a team of professional artists and young adult art apprentices.

You can be a part of the project, too! Everyone is invited to Community Day at the mural on Saturday, July 16 from 11am to 2pm. Casey and the ArtWorks team will lead participants in making artwork inspired by the mural. These works by community members will come together in an installation in the Annex’s lobby. Adults and youth of all ages are invited to participate.

This vibrant mural will not only be a treasured asset for Kennedy Heights, but it will also attract visitors from throughout the region. It will inspire everyone to see the beauty of our community!

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.
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2016 Fall Classes at Kennedy Heights Arts Center

This Fall is packed with interesting and informative classes taught by some of the best local artist educators! Many options to choose from for kids ages 5 – Adult. Make being CREATIVE a priority this Fall with one of our diverse classes – including drawing, painting, creative writing, darkroom photography and movement classes like African Dance and Tai Chi. Classes meet once a week.

Sliding scale fees available for those in need of financial assistance. Class descriptions are available on our website and Registration is NOW OPEN! Visit our website at or call 513-631-4278 to learn more.

6546 Montgomery Road
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