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.
District A’s 9th Annual Kennedy Heights + Pleasant Ridge Arts + Music Festival is Saturday, October 15 from Noon to 7:00pm at the Kennedy Heights Cultural Campus.
Expect to celebrate our community and enjoy art for all ages, all day long!
Come early for coffee from PR Coffee Exchange, and late on for wine and brews from Wiedemann and Madtree. Food will be available all day long, served up by Fire on High, C&M B-B-Q Grill, Grand Central Delicatessen, and A Mother’s Touch Cakes.
This year’s Art Show & Sale will be open all day long, until 7pm, and our resident Southern Ohio Woodturners Guild will also share their work with us. You’ll find arts-in-the-making across the Campus from KHAC Art Space, the PR Library, KH Montessori Pre-School, Woodford Paideia, plus Michael Thompson’s yellow ‘canvas’ truck, and our newest arts recycler, ScrapNati.
Music performances on the hour from a wide range of local musicians including Todd Hepburn, Serenity Fisher, Triple the Trouble, The Verbs, FoMo Brothers, and Nativity CODE.
Of special note, we’ll officially dedicate the Kennedy Avenue ArtsWave mural designed by KH’s own Casey Riordan Millard.
Come whenever you an and enjoy all the arts! You’re guaranteed to meet both old and new friends and leave prouder than ever to call this community your home!
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!
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 last two will be presented at the October and November, 2016 KHCC meetings after which their stories will be added to this website.
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
MAJOR R. MCNEIL,
RETIRED EDUCATOR IS A LIFELONG LEADER
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!
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 www.kennedyarts.org or call 513-631-4278 to learn more.
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