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Rock Your Scar Kids Photo Shoot

03:00 pm


CINCINNATI/NORTHERN KENTUCKY- Newborns undergo heart surgery just days after birth, and children deal with the myriad of complications that occur with congenital heart disease (CHD). Cincinnati area families are participating in the Rock Your Scar Instagram photo contest organized by Mended Little Hearts, a national support group for families with a child who has CHD.

To bring awareness to the number one birth defect in the United States, area children who are impacted by CHD are invited to Jump Zone in Florence, KY on January 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. for free admission and to participate in a Rock Your Scar photo shoot. Please email mlhcincinnati@gmail.com.

Many of these children will undergo open heart surgery at least once, leaving a visible scar on their chest. Other kids may not have a physical scar but all of the kids emotional scars from frequent cardiologist visits, procedures and many times, other life-long medical issues in addition to heart disease such as developmental and speech delays, feeding difficulties and limited growth. The Rock Your Scar campaign empowers children to be proud of their journey and affirms their strength and bravery.

“Our kids face many struggles because of their diagnosis. Some kids have multiple heart surgeries, others have suppressed immune symptoms, and many of our kids try so hard but just can’t keep up with their peers,” said Lisa Butler, lead coordinator of Mended Little Hearts of Cincinnati chapter. “They are brave, strong heroes.”

The contest starts January 17, 2015 and runs through February 14, 2015. To enter, simply upload a photo to Instagram@mendedlittlehearts using the hashtag #RockYourScar. Then go to the Mended Little Hearts Facebook page and enter the contest. Please try to embed in the picture or hold a sign that boldly reads #RockYourScar. Scars need not be visible on the photo.

For more information on the contest or Mended Little Hearts of Cincinnati go to http://cincinnati.mendedlittlehearts.net/



08:00 pm

Northern Kentucky University is kicking off their 2015 Homecoming by raising funds for the The Cure Starts Now Cancer Foundation by hosting their first six hour Dance-a-thon on Friday, January 30th, in James C. & Rachel M. Vortruba Student Union Ballroom.

All proceeds raised will be donated to The Cure Starts Now Foundation.

If you have any questions, comments, or want to make a donation, contact Natalia Weekly at weeklyn1@nku.edu.

More information about NKU’s 2015 Homecoming and the Dance a Thon, find us on social media:
Facebook: NKU Homecoming 2015
Twitter: @NKUHC15


Young Women In Harmony Festival

09:00 am

Young Women In Harmony Festival for South West Ohio and Dayton Area– a new and exciting musical event for Young Women singers ages 13-25. The Festival will be on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at VanGorden Elementary School, Liberty Township, Ohio and is a unique opportunity for young women to learn the art of singing four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. The Festival will include classes, rehearsals, and coaching on vocal production and stage performance skills. It will culminate in the YWIH Festival Show in the auditorium on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is open to the public with no admission charge, will star the Festival participants and features award-winning barbershop singers from the Cincinnati and Dayton community.

The fee for the Festival is $25 and includes classes, rehearsals, and coaching, advance copies of sheet music and a learning CD, lunch/dinner/snacks, a Festival T-shirt, and the Saturday night show. Scholarships are available.

Young women who like to sing will love learning the intricacies of singing harmony in the barbershop style. It’s a unique style of close, unaccompanied, four-part harmony that requires good vocal skills, ear-tuning and musicianship, and it can be applied to ALL types of music – oldies, show tunes, contemporary hits, and more. With the rising popularity of vocal harmony groups, many young women have turned to barbershop to learn how to sing a cappella harmony. They have found there’s nothing quite like the challenge and fun of using just their voices to ring chords and make music with their friends.

Festival education will be conducted by Jennifer Cooke, Director Scenic City Chorus and Music educator, for Sweet Adelines, Harmony Heartland Region 4, Lynn Hartmuth, Master Director, Cincinnati Sound Chorus and Troy Kaper, Director from Gem City Chorus and chorus volunteers.
The YWIH Festival is modeled after Sweet Adelines International’s Young Women In Harmony Festivals conducted in regions across the United States. The sponsoring choruses are Cincinnati Sound Chorus and Gem City Chorus, members of Sweet Adelines International. Our mission is to provide music education and competitive performance opportunities for women throughout the region. Both award winning choruses are uniquely qualified, having over 100 combined years of barbershop experience. They have both dedicated themselves to the preservation, appreciation, awareness and promotion of a great American folk art; barbershop style a cappella four-part harmony singing.

The Festival is made possible, in part, by support from the Purdy Foundation, the Young Singers Foundation, Young Women in Harmony, and Cincinnati Container Company.

Details and online registration are available at the Festival website, www.cincinnatisound.org/YWIHFestival2015 .


My Furry Valentine

10:00 am

This is Cincinnati’s largest mega pet adoption event! Meet hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats and other small animals from dozens of local shelters and rescues under one roof at the Sharonville Convention Center. All adopted animals will go home with a goody bag full of fun things for your new pet. Free Admission. Free on-site parking. Lots of family friendly activities. And lots of four-legged Valentine’s available for adoption. February 14 and 15 10A-5P.


A’cat’emy Awards Extravaganza

06:30 pm

Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic (OAR) is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual A’cat’emy Awards Extravaganza to be held 6:30-10:00 PM on Saturday, February 21 at The Phoenix (812 Race Street) in downtown Cincinnati. The Oscar-themed gala is one of OAR’s primary fundraisers supporting its adoption, low-cost spay/neuter, and feral cat assistance programs and will feature hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner, raffles, and games, as well as silent and live auctions. Warm 98 radio personality Bobbi Maxwell will serve as host and emcee for the evening.

“OAR continued to experience growth in 2014 by finding homes for nearly 400 shelter cats and assisting over 9,800 clients with low-cost spay/neuter services and guidance on feral cat care,” said Lauren Townsend, Event Chairperson. “The A’cat’emy Awards Extravaganza celebrates these achievements, provides an elegant, festive night out for our supporters and the public, as well as raising funds for the programs at OAR.” Event registration is available at www.ohioalleycat.org/acatemyawards, or by calling (513) 297-3072 before February 14, 2015.

OAR is seeking video submissions featuring kittens and cats in the following categories: Best Cat Action Film, Best Cat Comedy Film, and Best Cat Drama Film. The winning videos will be featured at the event, and the winners will receive one (1) free ticket to the event and a $50 VISA gift card. More information regarding the video contest rules and guidelines can be found on the shelter’s website at http://www.ohioalleycat.org/video-contest/.


Charity Quarter Auction

07:00 pm

Join us for great food and fun all while supporting charity! The charity for February is Team Red, White and Blue, a veteran’s group providing support and outreach to other veterans.


Cincinnati’s Finest 2015

I will soon be honored by The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of the Finest Young Professionals for 2015. In accepting this honor I have agreed to fundraise for this great cause. Please see my website (https://finest.cff.org/aurora-cassidys-finest) and make a 100% tax deductible donation towards my goal. Each dollar raised represents a “vote”, and no donation is too small. Tickets are also available for the finale event (held Feb 26th at the Bell Event Center) and can be purchased through my page as well.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!


Battle of the Badge

06:11 pm

Police vs. Fire Boxing event to support the families of those who have been injured or killed in the line of duty.



05:00 pm

Angelfest is Guardian Angels Parish’s annual festival which will be held June 12, 13, 14 in 2015. Families make Angelsfest a central part of their summer plans. Thousands of people come to Guardian Angels in Mt. Washington during this three-day event to enjoy good food and drinks, live music, rides, and games for children and adults. The festival is a key fundraiser that benefits the parish and the school.


Liver Life walk Cincinnati

08:30 am

Liver Life Walk allows people affected by liver disease to come together and raise critical funds and awareness for the American Liver Foundation, all while having a good time. The walk will include a one mile walk around the park, entertainment, raffle, kids zone, refreshments and a team t-shirt competition.