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Dust off your green thumb and keep reading to learn more about upcoming horticulture events at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden!

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is hosting a series of gardening classes and Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposiums.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about upcoming horticulture events at the Cincinnati Zoo!
Angela Hatke, Communications Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo: We have an upcoming gardening class as well as our Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium!

Cincy Chic: What makes these events so unique?
Hatke: As one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, there’s no better place to dig in than with the experts from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Go from zero to 60 with your gardening knowledge and skills directly from the Zoo’s top horticulturist, and be ready to create a thriving and beautiful garden this spring.

Cincy Chic: How much does it cost to attend these events?
Hatke: The gardening classes are $10 per class for members and $15 per class for non-members. The entire gardening series is $45 for members and $70 for non-members. The Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium is $49.

Cincy Chic: How can readers RSVP for the horticulture events?
Hatke: Readers can RSVP here or email horticulture@cincinnatizoo.org with any questions.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the Zoo in 2017?
Hatke: We’re still putting together the events for 2017, but we do have a new events manager and we’re excited for her to bring a new spin to our classic events! Keep an eye out at cincinnatizoo.org/events.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the zoo and upcoming events?
Hatke: Visit www.cincinnatizoo.org for more information.

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    Looking for fun things to do this Mother’s Day? Cincy Chic has you covered. Read on as we outline fun events, activities, specials going on around the Tri-State to help you celebrate the leading lady in your life - Mom!

    Mother's Day is just around the corner a Cincy Chic has created a list of what's going on around the city!
    Mother’s Day is just around the corner a Cincy Chic has created a list of what’s going on around the city!

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Have you planned something special for that leading lady in your life? Or are you the take-charge mom who wants to plan her own big day? Either way, the team at Cincy Chic curated a list of the best things to do around the city this Mother’s Day!

    Outdoor Adventures
    The Cincinnati Reds take on the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, May 10. This is the perfect chance for you to take your sports-loving mom out for a cold one at the ball game! Mother’s Day packages at Great American Ball Park are $75 each. They include four seats of your choice in the Sun & Moon Deck, Terrace Line, View Level Box or Mezzanine. The package also comes with four wristbands for the Pregame Parade on the warning track. If the tickets sell out before you can get them, individuals seats are still available for the game!

    Families with little ones will love taking the day not only for mom, but to see the animals at the Cincinnati Zoo. Mother’s are admitted free to zoo on Mother’s Day. Moms will get no better joy than watching their children or grandchildren run around the zoo having the time of their life, so why not take a day to celebrate mom with the zoo’s animal moms too?

    The newest attraction on the Riverfront is opening May 9, just in time for Mother’s Day. The Grow Up Great Adventure Playground is an innovative, fully accessible playground next to the Roebling Suspension Bridge. Moms can watch little ones frolic on the playground, climb a rock climbing canyon, play on log climbs, go down twin racing slides, take the ultimate test of balance across a rope bridge, relax with a picnic in the granite seating amphitheater and cool off under the fog mist.

    Brunch With Mom
    BB Riverboats is selling seats for a Mother’s Day Cruise. Brunch will be served from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mom will enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline as well as delicious food and a souvenir photo to remember the day by. Those interested in attending brunch or dinner on the boat will pay $43 for adults and $22 for children.

    Head over to Winton Woods for Mother’s Day Brunch in the Park. This is the perfect event if you want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors while celebrating the mom or grandma in your life. There’s a tasty buffet that’s sure to satisfy every taste bud. The menu includes carved dry-aged prime rib, smoked Virginia ham, scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles and French toast to name a few of the delicious items available. Check out the buffet at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m (the noon brunch is sold out). Advanced registration is required and the buffet is $16.95 for adults and $8 for those between the ages of 2 and 12 (tax not included).

    Artistic Endeavors
    For the theatre-loving families, check out 2nd Sunday Family Showtime at Playhouse in the Park. Doors for the play, about a kindhearted woodcutter who discovers a nest of freezing birds and decides to give them a new home, open at 1:00 p.m., with the performance beginning at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children up to age 12.

    If you want to see great art, check out the Cincinnati Art Museum for the “Family ARTventures” exhibit. There are multiple tours on May 10, with free admission. The tour on Mother’s Day is an interactive art cart that boasts hands-on activities for the whole family. The Mother’s Day stop is the Ceramic Art Cart.

    The 46th Annual Appalachian Festival is back at Coney Island Mother’s Day weekend. The festival is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. General admission (adults ages 12 and up) is $10, Senior Citizens are $5, children 4-11 are $2 and children 4 and under are free. Parking for the festival is $6. Special guests at the festival include The Wayfarers, Rick Elliott, P’s in a Pod, Nightflyer, Hannah Sue Cooper and Omope Carter Daboiku.

    There are tons of things going around in the city on Mother’s Day, so be sure to find something special to enjoy with your mom, grandma and aunts!

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    Two local women are giving castaway items new purpose with eco-chic line of apparel and accessories made from recycled materials. Read on for all the fashionable details.

    HaloMiner refurbishes old clothes for new uses.
    HaloMiner repurposes old clothes for new uses

    Nicole Reblando and Pamela Fellerholf, co-owners of HaloMiner, will make you think twice before tossing something into the dumpster. All of their apparel and accessories are created from repurposed and recycled materials under the name HaloMiner – which symbolizes the process of digging up raw materials and transforming into something else. As they like to say, “Elevate the Everyday.”

    “By repurposing, the creation of these original handcrafted items has no impact on the environment,” says Reblando. “All products are designed and handmade locally – we work on prototypes until we love it and it fits with our line. It’s important that each item can be reproduced and sole for a competitive price.”

    The idea behind HaloMiner began in 2009 after several meetings between Reblando and Fellerhoff. “We wanted to create a business that combined our talents in fine art, design, marketing and retail – but was also sustainable to the environment,” says Reblando. “We explored ideas then decided to start with a series of accessories made from recycled materials.”

    From the beginning, the two knew that they wanted to create under one brand – HaloMiner. “We chose a name that was descriptive of our process but also encompassed something memorable that would grow in the minds of the customer,” says Reblando. “Once this was decided, we looked for the right space to start.”

    This space just so happened to be a small upstairs studio in the new Brazee Street Studios in Oakley.

    Since their launch in February of 2010, HaloMiner has grown by one-third each year through reinvesting in more production, expanding the product and moving to their large, first-floor space at Brazee. “We are in over 35 stores and just launched an e-commerce site where we handle direct sales,” says Reblando.
    What started out only as small accessories has quickly expanded to include original clothing designs, jewelry, a line of purses and decorative pillows. “The jewelry, purses and pillows are our bestsellers and can be found in local stores such as Joseph Beth, Whole Foods, Park + Vine and Dandy Haberdashery and Roads,” says Reblando.

    (left to right) Pamela Fellerholf and Nicole Reblando, co-owners of HaloMiner
    (left to right) Pamela Fellerholf and Nicole Reblando, co-owners of HaloMiner

    They have also had great success with their clothing line as well. Although it is currently in much smaller distribution at Morrison & Me, the two plan on bringing the line to Kismet and establishing a larger presence in the gift industry.

    What truly sets HaloMiner apart is that all items are produced by independent craftspeople in the United States from premium materials and are made from repurposed materials – so there is no impact on the environment.

    As for the upcoming year, Reblando and Fellerhoff are preparing to attend wholesale trade shows to sell some of their products on a much larger scale. “We’re excited to be a vendor at the Crafty Supermarket on April 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and plan to attend our first tradeshow market this summer specializing in American-made gifts,” says Reblando. “Our goals are to grow first in the gift industry with large production of our small purses, jewelry and pillows.”

    They will also be a vendor at Cincy Chic’s upcoming Eco-Chic Fashion Show on March 26 at ADC downtown, where all proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Zoo.

    “We love working together to build this company from scratch using all of our talents in tandem,” says Reblando. “We play to each other’s strengths and balance our tasks accordingly so that we may produce and sell the most carefully crafted and creative items. We love supporting the independent craftspeople that help us with production so that we may grow and share the success with them.”

    They also enjoy working with a variety of businesses and communities. “We live in a vibrant, creative city and work alongside passionate and dedicated individuals,” Reblando says. “We are thrilled to be apart of the growth of a green consciousness and mindful consumption.

    To learn more about HaloMiner’s sustainable line or the custom project workshops that they offer, visit www.halominer.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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