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An artful Cincinnati tradition features approximately 70 masterfully-crafted floral interpretations of fine art. Our art columnist has all the details.

 

Art in Bloom returns to the Cincinnati Art Museum October 26-29. 

A biennial fall celebration of fine art and floral designs, Art in Bloom returns to the Cincinnati Art Museum October 26–29. The 9th Art in Bloom event will feature four days of special events, family friendly activities, docent-led tours and demonstrations by curators and floral arrangers.

Art in Bloom is a biennial celebration of fine art and floral designs.

Art in Bloom will display approximately 70 arrangements from local garden clubs, professional designers, groups and individuals paired alongside works from the museum’s permanent collection, including paintings, ceramics and sculptures.

The floral designers’ sculptures will emphasize, challenge and build upon elements and concepts within a selected work of art, creating a dialogue between the two pieces.

“Art in Bloom masterfully unites timeless pieces from our permanent collection with artistically presented floral arrangements. The museum is transformed during Art in Bloom as the arrangements invite visitors and staff to see the collection with fresh eyes,” says Cincinnati Art Museum Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles Cynthia Amnéus.

Art in Bloom’s 2017 featured work of art is the whimsical Vaudeville (circa 1982) by Lenore Davis, a fabric artist working in the latter half of the twentieth-century, living and working in Newport, Kentucky. Much of Davis’ work centers on the idea of the body in motion and intermingled human forms. She used fabric because of its inherent versatility of its function in everyday life.

See Art in Bloom October 26-29.

Art in Bloom is presented by Truepoint and generously sponsored by Gorilla Glue and the Oliver Family Foundation. Art in Bloom is free to attend from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and during Art After Dark on October 27 from 5–9 p.m. Docent-led tours are free, but reservations are required. Special events including Evening in Bloom, High Tea and Lecture with Dennis Buttleworth and Debbie Oliver, and Jazz in Bloom require tickets, pricing varies. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/artinbloom or call 513-721-ARTS.

 

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    A new boutique in Lebanon is catering to all the curvy ladies who love their fashion. Learn about the newest shop to hit Greater Cincinnati, why business is booming with such a unique niche, and where their newest locations will open next!

    Curve and Cloth is a new boutique that carries women’s sizes 12-24.

    When it comes to fashion, it’s about more than just wearing the latest and greatest trends. It’s also about dressing for your personality, no matter your size.

    At Curve and Cloth, a local, family-owned women’s boutique, offers a style of clothing to fit anyone’s personality.

    “Our sizes range from 12-24 and accommodates all ages,” explains Store Manager Rebecca Hunt. “We also have a wide selection of jewelry, purses, footwear, lotions, and candles.”

    Curve and Cloth was born out of customer requests at its sister store Rose & Remington. Hunt says that customers wanted additional sizes that weren’t readily available in the Rose & Remington stores so the team decided to design a store for fashion forward women who don’t fall into the typical small, medium, and large styles of sizing.

    Curve and Cloth not only wants to dress you for your size but also for your personality.

    “We had a vision of what we wanted to create within the walls of such a store with a unique, trendy, romantic, edgy, classic, bohemian, all within one location, outside the curves of the small, medium, and large size female,” says Hunt.

    According to Hunt, it was important to the team at Rose & Remington to bring a store to Cincinnati that meets the needs and wants of the curvaceous woman. “As with all of our stores, sizing doesn’t matter but happiness does,” she adds.

    Curve and Cloth carries sizes from 12 to 24 and accommodates all ages. In addition to apparel, they also carry jewelry, purses, footwear, lotions, and candles.

    The clothing lines at Curve and Cloth are very similar in style, quality, and flair that you’ll find at Rose & Remington, so anyone from a young professional to an empty nester will find something they love at Curve and Cloth.

    In addition to being a Cincinnati-based store that accommodates to sizes 12-24, Curve and Cloth makes customer service its No. 1 priority. “We love building relationships with our guests,” says Hunt. “Our stylists are awesome at product knowledge, warm and welcoming. We strive to be your No. 1 shopping destination.”

    There’s a lot on the horizon for the Rose & Remington family’s expansion, as the store will be opening a new location in Florence. They also recently opened Burlap & Birch Home Store, which is a few doors down from the Fields Ertel location of Rose & Remington.

    You can check out Curve and Cloth and Rose & Remington at the Holiday Marketing in downtown Cincinnati in November.

    Curve and Cloth is located at 110 South Broadway Street in Lebanon. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm and from 12pm to 5pm on Sundays.

    Hunt encourages you to experience Curve and Cloth in person and check out the store.

    To learn more about Curve and Cloth, visit www.curveandcloth.com. You can also visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

     

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    Learn about a locally-based athleisure fashion designer who’s pushing boundaries while celebrating the daring and independent.

     

    FREEWHEELER is an athleisure clothing brand that encourages customers to step out of their comfort zones.

    FREEWHEELER is an athletic clothing brand based on collaboration and pushing the limits of comfort levels. Based around the idea of never wanting to be stagnant or safe, but instead, always trying to push people out of their personal and business comfort zones. FREEWHEELER is a brand for everyone pursuing their dreams, even if it’s not related to athletics or fashion. “We stand for all. And kneel for none.”

    The company itself is run by two owners, James Boyd and Ryan Repasky. Boyd has an extensive athletic background including basketball and football, and Repasky has studied art, design, and fashion. Repasky gave us some insight into this blossoming brand and the inspiration behind it.

    FREEWHEELER merges high fashion with athletic wear.

    “We both knew that we wanted our own business, but we come from vastly different worlds,” Repasky explains. “Merging high fashion with athletics was going to be a bold and daring move. We found the word FREEWHEELER in the dictionary, found that it means a person who lives in an independent and daring way, and mutually agreed that it had the exact definition that we were looking for.”

    Being so daring and independent, it only makes sense for FREEWHEELER’s logo to be a crown. “Our logo, the crown, represents many different aspects of life and unifies them in a way that is cohesive and modern.  The logo represents aspects of each of [the owners],” Repasky explains. “The top part of the crown is sharp and structured, representing James, while the bottom half of the crown is smooth and fluid representing Ryan. We wanted the crown to be “melting” which gives it more of a street feel but also represents that power is not a definite thing. It can be faded out, handed over, or even taken, which is a reminder to us to always stay grounded. The concept of power for us comes from the fact that it can be used for good or bad, and our objective is to create a FREEWHEELER empire that not only stays true to us but takes a positive stance in the world.”

    Part of what gives this brand so much power is the fact that their collections are always changing. In some ways the collections mimic what the owners and the business are experiencing at the time. The collections are usually launched by season, and each season tends to have a very different look. However, Repasky did admit a consistency within the collections is the color black- it’s a staple and always will be.

    FREEWHEELER constantly changes their collection and offers different looks for every season.

    “We believe that to have light, you must embrace the dark. So for us, our garments, marketing campaign and overall feel is predominately dark,” says Repasky. “But through this, we strive to do good.”

    Those garments are currently screen printed embroidered, and designed all by Boyd and Repasky. With that said, they have collaborated with a local artist this past year where her message and artwork of “Don’t Stay Silent” was placed on an athletic tank in their summer collection.

    This collaboration with the local artist is just one example of the sense of community FREEWHEELER strives to build with other businesses and their customers. So far they have also had collaborations with local bars and restaurants, AAU basketball teams, artists and even local producers and dance crews; all of which have continued to get FREEWHEELER’s name out there and build a strong customer base.

    As for what’s on the horizon for FREEWHEELER? Well, quite a lot. “We are striving to be not only a brand, but a lifestyle brand that stretches far beyond the realm of fashion and athletics,” Repasky says. “When it comes to athletics, we are currently working on projects providing garments for basketball teams in AAU, basketball camps, and a high school team, as well as collaborating with local dance crews. As far as fashion is concerned, we are preparing to launch our fall campaign where we will be raising money for a local community center as well as working towards our very own fashion show this winter.”

    Repasky says FREEWHEELER will be showcased at the Second Sunday on Main next month. Learn more about them online at www.freewheelerllc.com.

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    Learn about a local company that helps you learn a new artistic skill while making a new custom décor piece and having fun with friends.

     

    AR Workshop offers hands-on classes for creating custom home decor.

    Want to learn a new artistic skill, need a custom home décor piece, or just looking for something unique to do for your next girls night? The AR Workshop may be for you.

    Owned by sisters-in-law Katie De Pompei and Karen Loeffler, the AR Workshop is a “a boutique DIY workshop that offers hands-on classes for creating custom home décor in a lounge style atmosphere,” De Pompei explains.

    The AR Workshop charming boutique workshop, nestled in the heart of Hyde Park Square, bills itself as the perfect venue for a fun and unique Girl’s Night Out, Corporate Team Building Activity, Birthday Celebration, Date Night, Girls Night Out, Moms Day Out and Kids Parties and Camps. They offer initial classes on how to make items such as customized wood plank or framed signs, lazy susans, wood centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, and canvas wall hangings. They also have a retail shop that offers a selection of on-trend home décor gifts and accessories.

    Sisters-in-law Katie De Pompei and Karen Loeffler own AR Workshop Cincinnati.

    The AR Workshop is part of a franchise owned by Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff. Anders and Ruff describe the AR Workshop as an offshoot of their graphic design, party styling, DIY blog and online shop Anders Ruff, as a result of demand from fans and clients to offer hands-on workshops where they could teach their skills to others.

    Anders and Ruff say that in founding the AR Workshop, their “dream of coming out from behind the screen to offer mixed media workshops for home decor, parties, design and styling skills is coming true! The vision was to create an inspiring and charming boutique workshop that not only offers classes but sells retail items that [we] use in their styling jobs and photoshoots for magazines and celebrities!” When De Pompei and Loeffler heard about the AR Workshop, they knew they had to bring it to Cincinnati. Their boutique opened in May.

    Mainly attracting women, but also offering parties for children, the AR Workshop is “the perfect venue for a fun and unique girl’s night out, corporate team building activity, birthday celebration, date night, family night, mom’s day out, and/or kids’ party,” De Pompei says. “Once at the Workshop, the customer starts with raw wood or canvas and a stencil, and our instructors walk them through the steps to creating charming home decor that they will be proud to display in their homes or give as gifts.” Guests can also bring beer, wine, and snacks to the workshops.

    AR Workshop can be used for girls night, team building, birthdays, and more.

    De Pompei says that what sets the AR Workshop apart from other, similar workshops are “the atmosphere, the project selection and the people. Our hope is that when someone walks into the Workshop, they feel inspired to create something beautiful, and that they have a wonderful time doing so.” The AR Workshop offers a variety of project options and are always trying out new ones, and the paints they use are eco-friendly and non-toxic. De Pompei also touts staff members that are there to help customers every step of the way.

    The AR Workshop is located at 3434 Edwards Road in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit http://www.arworkshop.com/cincinnati/.

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      A star-studded local entrepreneur just penned a new book that will empower modern women with wild dreams and full plates to connect with the same feeling of ease and certainty she's found along the way. Read on for all the page-turning details.

       

      Jocelyn Cates is an ambitious woman who aims to help other modern mommas find balance through her new book “Easy Now.”

      Jocelyn Cates is a long-time entrepreneur with a variety of experiences. From raising venture capital to running several businesses and even planning celebrity events featured in People Magazine and People Style, she’s always been a highly-driven, ambitious woman.

      While ambition runs through her veins, she has another reason for all that she does: her family.

      “At the heart of everything I do is my family,” she says. “I’m about as family-centric as you can possibly get.”

      While she’s had a number of professional experiences, there’s one thing that kept calling her – writing a book. As someone who believes in doing what you feel compelled to do, Cates knew she needed to put pen to paper and empower other women.

      When it came to writing her book, “Easy Now,” Cates says that she was inspired by “a sense of knowing that everything is unfolding exactly as it should and that every experience, good or had, has purpose.” It’s this, she says, that is the essence of “Easy Now.”

      “It’s my purpose to share with as many women as possible that we can make big things happen,” says Cates. “We can make our impact on the world. And we can do all this while being 100 percent committed to raising a deeply connected family.”

      “Easy Now” will release on August 8.

      Cates says that she hopes “Easy Now” will not only empower modern mothers with wild dreams and full plates, but that she can also help them connect with the same feeling of ease and certainty that has inspired her life.

      “Easy Now” is a unique book that was written in two parts and is all about reflecting on your purpose while also finding your flow and raising a connected family.

      “In Part One, we focus on mini-meditations for personal reflection, digging deep into what’s next, and inner-work that empowers you to honor your purpose and live with meaning,” says Cates. “In Part Two, we focus on all things connection at home, practice for our children to embrace, being intentional with our family time, and learning to let is be easy. Sometimes I think we all need a reminder that life doesn’t have to feel so hard.”

      To complement her book, Cates also has her Easy Now Tribe. It’s a free, private Facebook group of like-minded women that want to live their best lives without sacrificing their sanity or their wellbeing.

      “In this group, I’ll be offering personal guidance, mini-meditations, advanced excerpts of ‘Easy Now,’ and exclusive book bonuses prior to release,” says Cates. “It’s all about reflection, connection, and flow in this blossoming community.”

      “Easy Now” will officially release on August 8, and Cates couldn’t be more excited. “This book release is one of my wildest dreams come true,” she says. “What excites me most is not that this dream of mine has been realized, but that I know ‘Easy Now’ will impact lives. I’ve used and adapted the tools and practices in this book for the past 20 years and I know them all to be incredibly transformational. And that’s really what matters most!”

      You can learn more about Cates at www.jocelyncates.com. There, you can also connect with her on social media or via her Easy Now Tribe. To order her book, “Easy Now,” visit her website.

       

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      This week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy is all about shoes! Watch our latest video to see this summer's hottest shoe trends!

      Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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      From fuller brows, eyes and lips to speeding up your morning routine, there are many reasons why this local nurse-turned-permanent-makeup-maven is passionate about her profession. Keep reading to learn more.

      Imagine how much time you spend each day applying and removing your makeup. That’s just one of the reasons why Barbara Rahn, RN, BSN, CPCP, decided to get her permanent makeup done.

      Turns out, she loved her results so much, it inspired her to do the same for others. Today, she’s the proud owner of Enhanced Beauty Permanent Makeup and Pigmentation, located at 11147 Montgomery Road.

      This new inspiration and career shift came at a good time for Rahn. After having two major spinal fusion surgeries, needing to find something that was easier on her back. After having her own permanent makeup done by an RN in St. Louis, Missouri, Rahn says she was so intrigued with the business that she immersed herself into making it happen.

      Eyebrows are just one of the services offered at Enhanced Beauty.

      “I began researching and found that there were schools that offered training,” Rahn says. “I decided to go to Orlando, Florida and train at Nouveau Contour. I decided to turn a room in my home into a tattoo shop and do permanent makeup procedures on every friend and relative that trusted me. After about 40 procedures, I returned to Nouveau Contour for advanced classes.”

      Rahn can create areolas, various eye liner looks, lip colors and fuller looking eyebrows by adding tattoo coloring to these areas to create the look you want and makes your morning routine effortless. “I do permanent eyeliner and love this procedure. I get many referrals from the doctors at the Cincinnati Eye Institute since my husband is an eye doctor there,” Rahn explains. “I have had the luxury of his advice and assistance in providing a safe eyeliner procedure for my clients. Obviously, it is wonderful to wake up and have your makeup already in place. It is especially nice for older clients who may be losing their vision or may suffer from ‘dry eye syndrome.’ These are the kind of patients I get from eye doctor referrals.”

      Barbara Rahn, Owner of Enhanced Beauty

      While creating an eye look that is unique to her patients, Rahn says she is happy to also tattoo areolas onto breast cancer survivors, or remove any tattoos as well. “I especially enjoy doing a 3D areola tattoo on patients that have survived breast cancer and breast reconstruction,” Rahn says. “I do scar correction and camouflage and while these procedures are very rewarding, tattoo removal is a big part of my practice. I do removal of body tattoos and a large number of poorly done brow tattoos.”

      While having her own practice in the Cincinnati area, Rahn also has an office in Atlanta Georgia and works with talented tattoo artists on a regular basis for regulated training. While prices vary, Rahn says permanent makeup is there to enhance natural beauty and she wants every client to enjoy a fresh take on a timeless eye look. “I think my practice is more appealing to clients and patients because they know that I am an RN,” says Rahn. “They know that they are safe in my office.”

      To learn more, visit https://www.ebpermanentmakeup.com.

       

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      Inspiration, collaboration, and growth. That’s what a new co-working space that’s coming to Rookwood plans to offer. Click for details!

       

      Fueled Collective is a social and workspace membership club currently in development at the Rookwood Exchange.

      Fueled Collective is a social and workspace membership club being developed on Edwards Road at the Rookwood Exchange in Cincinnati. The franchise aspires to be the entrepreneurial and co-working center of the city, and the space is set to open in October 2017.

      The co-working space exists to provide members from various backgrounds a place to work, collaborate, and inspire. “Members could be start-ups, attorneys, small companies, creatives, as well as people working for large companies that need to utilize meeting and conference space,” says Betsy Hodges, vice president of business development at Fueled Collective.

      Membership in the club comes in various levels. There will be 1,000 social memberships available. These memberships include everything from hourly to as much as unlimited monthly access to the space. Some of these memberships will allow 24/7 access, but hours vary per membership. 

      The building will have 220 work desks, numerous conference rooms, and a variety of other meeting spaces, including a full bar and lounge. It will consist of two floors and take up 25,000 total square feet, according to Hodges.

      Many amenities will be offered to members, such as free parking, Italian roast coffee, cold brew, assorted teas, snacks, beer, high-speed internet, printing, and more.  

      Co-working is the perfect option for those looking to get work done efficiently, start and grow businesses, collaborate with other start-ups, and host meetings and conferences, Hodges says. “Co-working solves an immediate need for people who need a place to work, that can entertain, hold meetings, and get inspired,” she adds.

      Fueled Collective Cincinnati will be located in the Rookwood Exchange at 3825 Edwards Road in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit www.fueledcollective.com, like them on Facebook, or call (513) 207-1135.

       

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      It’s an online shop with vintage roots and a bohemian vibe. Plus, the owner is based right here in Cincinnati. Click for all the fashionable details.

       

      Maker & Sage sells vintage and bohemian clothing and home decor.

      Maker & Sage is a bohemian shop with vintage roots. Owner of Maker & Sage, Stephanie Ress says the core of her business is vintage clothing and home décor, inspired and intrigued by a bohemian life style.

      While it’s mainly a one-woman-shop, she does get by with a little help from her friends. “When I sell at local markets like, The OFF Market and City Flea, my wonderful boyfriend, Zach Madden, helps with the heavy lifting and he is a fantastic sales man! He’s been my partner in the success of the shop,” she says. “We hit up the flea markets on the weekends and he loves to go treasure hunting with me. He’s also fantastic at finding some of our best and weirdest t-shirts. Anything with a wolf or a band shirt, he’s behind it.”

      Ress says one of her best friends inspired the idea to start the business. “Maker & Sage came from the idea of building this brand with my best friend Meagan Martin. She is an amazing artist and a muse of mine. She started her company, Meagan Martin Maker, and sells her own designed ceramics. We met in art school, at DAAP, and instantly became best friends,” Ress explains, adding that she always dreamed about having our own studio someday. “We always called it, M&S Studios. We planned to build the brand together but unfortunately she and her fiancé moved to South Carolina so she hasn’t been able to be apart of the shop like we planned. But I still feel like she is a part of my shop and that’s why I decided to keep her a part of the name.”

      That’s why she called the business Maker & Sage, M for Meagan and S for Stephanie. Plus, Ress says, she likes the meaning behind each word. The maker’s craftsmanship of vintage pieces, and sage meaning, having, showing, or indicating profound wisdom. “The pieces I collect inspire the fashion trends of today,” she says. “I love following trends in fashion and home decor, but they are always inspired by the original trends from 20+ years ago.”

      Ress was able to go her own way and build this brand based on what she loves: thrift store shopping and trash picking. “It’s so much fun to me! It’s a thrill to jump into a mess and come out finding gold. When City Flea started I went to every market, and I always shopped from the vintage vendors. They always have the best finds, but I am DIY kind of girl, I like to figure things out and create my own. My shop is a creative outlet for me that gets me away from my computer,” she says. “As a graphic designer by day, I live behind a computer screen, I love being a designer, but I felt I needed something else that was all mine. No one can request edits or tell me I am doing it wrong. Its my shop and I can let my creativity run free with it.”

      That creativity lets Ress continue to be inspired by fashion and home decor trends. She finds those trends walking around Cincinnati and going to concerts, bars, etc. just to people watch; it lets her see what people are wearing and play fashion police in a sense. She’s noticed a few things along the way.

      “The 90s fashion is in, I’ve been rocking my own cut up denim shorts made out of 90s Lee or Levi mom jeans for 5 or more years now. And only in the past year have I seen large retailers sell 90s inspired high waist jeans/shorts,” Ress explains. “I like to find out what trends are going on and get on them before they are big.”

      To learn more, shop online, and follow along, check them out on Instagram and Etsy.

       

       

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      A new program is leveraging core character strengths to connect communities and inspire change agents, one person, group, and organization at a time. Read on for more.

       

      Strong Cincinnati aims to create connect communities through its individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods.

      The Mayerson Academy began by celebrating strengths and inspiring people to reach their full potential, one person, group, or organization at a time. It accomplished this by providing professional learning opportunities for educators, organizations, and communities to help them be their best every day. Today, it’s expanded its base to entire communities with Strong Cincinnati.

      “Strong Cincinnati is an initiative of Mayerson Academy looking to foster strong, connected communities through the activation of strengths within individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods,” explains Carly Rospert, adding that the project lead for the Strong Cincinnati initiative and senior project manager of Mayerson Academy. Since Strong Cincinnati was founded this year, it is starting with one neighborhood: Madisonville.

      “The goal of Strong Cincinnati is foster strong connected communities through the activation of strengths within individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods. We see this looking like deeper relationships within and across communities within Cincinnati that empower neighbors to create positive impact using their strengths. Right now, we support five resident-led strengths projects, host community-wide character strength events, and other smaller community strengths activities.  We are evaluating what will work and will carry on the most impactful strategies into other iterations of the initiative.”

      Strong Cincinnati has many essential partners in Madisonville, such as the Madisonville Community Council, the Madisonville Urban Redevelopment Corporation, and the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center. The lead partner, which has been crucial to Strong Cincinnati’s success, is the John P. Parker School. “John P. Parker has been implementing the Thriving Learning Communities program and has gone above and beyond to use strengths to build deeper teacher and student relationships and transform school culture to one that focuses on strengths rather than deficits,” Rospert explains. “They have been key thought partners in helping us expand the strengths work beyond the school building and into the community.”

      The foundation of Strong Cincinnati and Mayerson Academy are the VIA character strengths, which “create connections among people and provide the confidence for individuals to become change agents in their community,” Rospert says. Character strengths are the positive parts of one’s personality; there are 24 in all, but people generally have five “signature strengths” that they use regularly. Studies show that when people are aware of and using their strengths they are better able and more likely to achieve their goals and overcome obstacles. Neal Mayerson, the chairman of the Mayerson Academy and founder of Strong Cincinnati, wanted to make Cincinnati a hotbed of character strengths, which led him to develop Strong Cincinnati.

      There are four ways to get involved with Strong Cincinnati: Attend an event, volunteer with projects, coach research teams, and partnership.

      To learn more, visit http://www.strongcincinnati.org.

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