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Ben Levin & the Heaters To Set BCM ablaze; blues and boogie woogie at Music@BCM on July 18

For Ben and Aron Levin, blues music is a family affair. Son Ben, a 19-year-old pianist and vocalist, and father Aron, guitarist and founder of the band The Heaters, will fire up the Music@BCM crowd on July 18.  Ben started playing piano at age 4, and took lessons for years from world-renowned boogie/blues player Ricky Nye.  At 11, he turned professional, sitting in with The Heaters, and now plays...

Free Bluegrass concert, canceled because of rain, rescheduled Monday on Newport-Bellevue riverfront

The Bluegrass music concert that was scheduled to be held on June 17 but was canceled because of rain has been rescheduled for Monday, July 8, at Taylor Creek Park, the riverfront park on the Ohio River that straddles the boundary between the cities of Bellevue and Newport. A Bluegrass concert last year at Taylor Park. (Photo provided) The free concert – known as “Kentucky Bluegrass on the Ohio...

CHNK Behavioral Health earns national recognition with Innovator Status in child welfare, a first in KY

In 2016, CHNK Behavioral Health became the first agency in the Commonwealth to earn the national Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s All Children—All Families (ACAF) seal of recognition for its cultural competencies regarding youth and families who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ). Now, in conjunction with the close of Pride Month, the HRC Foundation...

Campbell County Public Library offers activities for adults and children at all branches in July

The Campbell County Public Library operates four branches. The Cold Spring Branch is located at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring, phone 859-781-6166. The Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch is located at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas, phone 859-572-5033. The Newport Branch is located at 901 E. Sixth St. in Newport, phone 859-572-5035. The Alexandria Branch is located at 8830 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria,...

BCPL July calendar of events for adults includes Underground Railroad photo exhibit — and a lot more

The Boone County Public Library offers events at its branches and throughout the county during the month of July. A list of scheduled events for adults is included here. In the Loop Mondays, 10 a.m. Florence Branch, 7425 US 42, Florence, 859-342-BOOK (2665) Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Learn for the first time or pick up some new tricks. Yoga Mondays, 7:10 p.m. Main Library, 1786...

Kentucky’s covered bridges and water mills explored by noted artist, author Powell at BCM on July 18

Noted Kentucky artist and author Robert A. Powell will exhibit a portfolio of his pen and ink drawings of Kentucky landmarks along with a display of books he has written about Kentucky subjects at the July 18 Brown Bag Luncheon at Behringer-Crawford Museum. Powell During his 50-year career as a newspaper reporter and photographer, magazine editor, high school teacher and public relations specialist,...

Center for Great Neighborhoods 13-week program to groom new leaders looking for applicants

A new program whose goal is to identify, train, nurture, and energize a new set of civic leaders in Covington is taking applications through next Friday. The 13-week Covington Leads program will pay participants for their time, help fund their self-adopted projects, and guide them through the implementation of that project, said Sarah T. Allan, program director for economic development at The Center...

RedRover grants $20,000 to protect Maysville and NKY Women’s Crisis Center survivors and pets

Women’s Crisis Center was recently awarded a RedRover Relief Safe Housing grant, enabling the Maysville ,Kentucky, shelter to build on-site housing and green space for pets of domestic violence victims. The kennel, to be called Barking Tales Resort, will serve all Women’s Crisis Center shelters including the location in Northern Kentucky. RedRover, a national nonprofit organization based in Sacramento,...

1940s Day returns to CMC in August, includes Holocaust survivor, classic cars, live music, dancing

Grab your dancing shoes, put on your zoot suit and travel back in time when 1940s Day returns home to Union Terminal. A Holocaust survivor, classic cars, live music and dancing highlight Cincinnati Museum Center’s 1940s Day August 10. 1940s Day is an immersive celebration of the pivotal decade, including its music, fashion, vehicles and the people who shaped it. Admire the sleek lines and polished...

Pickin’ Strings and Spinnin’ Tales; Jake Speed & The Freddies return to Music@BCM for July 11 show

Jake Speed, sometimes called the Woody Guthrie of Cincinnati, will be picking his acoustic guitar strings and telling stories at Behringer-Crawford Museum when he and his band, The Freddies, return to Music@BCM on Thursday, July 11. Jake Speed & The Freddies play a mix of folk, country blues and ragtime tunes, many of which tell regionally-inspired, often tongue-in-cheek stories. Their music is...

United Way elects Steven Shifman chair, Barbara Turner, vice chair; effective immediately

The board of United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) has elected Steven J. Shifman as Board Chair and Barbara A. Turner as Board Chair-Elect/Vice Chair, effective immediately. Steven Shifman Steven J. Shifman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Michelman, a privately held global technology and manufacturing company. Shifman serves on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Greater...

Kentucky 34th in overall well-being in Kids Count; best rank in health, worst in ‘family and community’

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The 30th annual Kids Count Data Book on children’s well-being, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates, ranks Kentucky 34th in the overall well-being of its children, where it has hovered since 2012. Nearly one in four Kentuckians are children. Kentucky’s highest rank, 25th, was in health. One of the state’s bright...

Calling All freshARTists – Applications Open for Behringer-Crawford’s Annual Art Gala 

Each September, an elite group of artists gather to create en plein air for the annual freshART gala and auction at Behringer-Crawford Museum, and support the museum’s youth education programs.  This is the 27th year for the event, which will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 14.  Artists of all genres – painters, sculptors, jewelry designers, fabric artists, photographers –...

Rotary Club of Florence seeks 2019 Citizen of the Year nominations, due by July 1

The Rotary Club of Florence is seeking nominations for the 2019 Citizen of the Year Award. A candidate for Citizen of the Year should be a person or couple who has a heart to serve others. This typically is not someone who is constantly in the public eye but someone who “flies below the radar screen” and is not seeking public recognition.  Nominations can be submitted online via www.florencerotary.org/coy...

Park Hills Market & Garden Tour Saturday-Sunday includes 12 private gardens, plenty of activities

History is blooming in Park Hills where you will find a 9.5-acre estate dating back to 1922 which was the homestead of one of the original developers of Park Hills, D. Collins Lee. Dr. Sugarman’s gardens are part of the tour. Now owned and curated by Dr. Sigmund Sugarman, this European-inspired work of art boasts pathways connecting meandering tree-lined sculpture gardens, culminating in a view...