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Read on for more about an upcoming young professional event that'll help you get some garden-fresh air as you make some fresh new business connections, too!

The Civic Garden Center wants your network to be as lush as their gorgeous gardens. That’s why they’re hosting a Young Professional Walk and Talk June 6, from 6-8pm at the Parkers Woods and Buttercup Valley Nature Preserve.

The Civic Garden Center (CGC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to build community through gardening, education, and environmental stewardship. They were founded in 1942, and is the only organization of its kind in the regional area. Using horticulture, which is the art of garden cultivation and management, they host classes, house a horticultural library, and several gardens for visitors to enjoy at no cost.

They’ve even cultivated an outdoor compost classroom titled the Green Learning Station, furthering their mission to support the development and success of over 50 community and children’s gardens throughout the city. All buildings and grounds are available for rental events and meetings of any kind.

Jen Bakes, the volunteer coordinator at the center, created the Young Professional Organization, specifically for CGC. “The group was started in September and I started in mid-August so it was one of the first projects I worked on,” says Bakes. “It is made up of people from ages 21 to 45 generally and because there are multiple organizations in the area that have groups like this, I decided to start one as well.”

Elaborating more on the event, she says, “We have meetings every month, usually encompassing a social, educational, or volunteer activity in order to engage young professionals in the culture of our center and to educate them on what we aim to do, which is support the botanical nature of the city.” The organization strives to bring together those who have an interest in the environment in order to educate them on possibly pursuing a career geared towards the field.

Bakes says these meetings are usually held at the center but have also been held at places like Taft Ale House and a couple other different gardens around the city. Members can also enjoy various lectures around the city as well.

At this month’s event on June 6, horticulturist Greg Torres will be taking attendees on a tour around Buttercup Valley Nature Preserve in Northside giving them a chance to connect with each other and learn more about CGC.

“Most of the people we reach out to don’t have a background in the field so that is one of the reasons why we highlight it so much,” Bakes explains. “We want to make people more aware of how great it is.”

The Walk and Talk will be held on Wednesday June 6 from 6-8pm at Parkers Woods and Buttercup Valley Nature Preserve, located at Butter Cup Valley, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

To learn more about the Civic Garden Center, visit
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Cincinnati’s signature mid-week happy hour, Party in the Park, refreshes with a rebrand targeting young professionals. Read on for all the details that’ll have you wishing it was happy hour.

5:13 is a new concept
5:13 is a new happy hour concept that replaces Party in the Park.

We all know the feeling: It’s a Wednesday afternoon at work and the weekend seems so close, yet so far away. A new summertime weekly get-together is the perfect excuse to get your mid-week hangout on.

Many Cincinnatians are familiar with Party in the Park, the mid-week happy hour put on by the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. According to the Chamber’s Communications Director, Rich Walburg, “[Party in the Park] is enjoying a well-deserved retirement.”

Created in its place is a new take on the same concept, 5:13. “5:13 is a time, a place and an experience,” explains Walburg. Located on the Serpentine Wall every Wednesday appropriately at 5:13 p.m., this newly hatched idea specifically targets Cincinnati’s young professionals.

Walburg explains the planning behind the refresh. “The Chamber has many initiatives for young professionals. We asked [them] what they wanted in a party – and the answer is, they don’t want a party in the middle of the week. They told us they want to hang out with their friends – and visit local bars, afterward.” He continues, “They want Bud Light, but they also want craft beer. They want games, food trucks, signature cocktails, music, seating areas and something uniquely Cincinnati. That’s what 5:13 is.”

Experiences like 5:13 are what brings the Cincinnati community together in unexpected ways. Walburg adds, “It’s a great, authentic environment for everyone to meet and celebrate the growing vibrancy in our region. Also – a cold Bud Light with friends is always a welcome way to end a Wednesday.”

5:13 is sponsored by Bud Light and also features specialty cocktails, food, and music. Each week there is live music supplied by local artists for guests to enjoy. The Serpentine Wall is located downtown at the banks, featuring quintessential views of Cincinnati in the summertime.

5:13 kicked off on May 4 and will run every Wednesday through August 17 from 5-8 p.m. To view the music lineup or learn more about 5:13, visit