Imagination Movers Hits Cincinnati October 3, 2015 + Ticket Giveaway!

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Imagination Movers in Cincinnati on October 3, here **

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Who doesn’t love a rockin’ good time with some fun movers and shakers breakin’ it down while keeping your kiddos movin’ and groovin’!! We have never had the opportunity to check out their live show, but my girls have loved the Imagination Movers for a very long time! So have you been?!?!

“It’s like the Red Hot Chili Peppers meets Blue Man Group
for kids. Guaranteed shenanigans.”

It doesn’t get much more exhilarating than an Imagination Movers concert! In fact, according to fan reviews on Ticketmaster.com, Imagination Movers ranks as the #1 rated major touring act for families. Seriously, with these guys, confetti cannons, giant smoke rings, enormous balloons and roll after roll of flying toilet paper, how can it not be the event of the year for your family?!?! The only thing imaginably better than partying with the Movers, would be the chance to meet them. Well, guess what Cincinnati, your chance is here! On October 3, the Imagination Movers are bringing their Licensed To Move show to us in Newport, KY (also in Richmond, KY the day following)!!

Disney's Imagination Movers Are Stopping In Cincinnati To Party With YOU! Disney's Imagination Movers Are Stopping In Cincinnati To Party With YOU!

“We couldn’t do what we do without our fans. This tour … is designed for us
to have fun spending time together. It’s basically going to be a party.”
‘Mover Dave’ Poche

The Movers are using this tour to connect with their fans. “We couldn’t do what we do without our fans,” says “Mover Dave” Poche. “This tour … is designed for us to have fun spending time together. It’s basically going to be a party.” During this tour, the Movers are offering more opportunities for unique fan access. Concert tickets will only cost $25 per person. For an additional $25, fans can attend a special meet-and-greet party where they’ll be able to chat with the band, take photos and get autographs. A limited number of fans can even reserve a spot at a special “Friends of the Movers” sound check event in each theater.

The Southgate House Revival
(Newport, KY – directions)

Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 2:00pm

Tickets:
$25 Concert
$50 Concert + Meet & Greet

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But wait, all this gets even better! We have a chance for you to win one of 3 VIP ticket 4 packs!! That’s right! Not one, not two, but THREE lucky readers will score tickets to this incredible family event and get to meet the Movers live and in person! Does it get any better??? Be sure to enter as much as possible to increase your chance of winning. The Imagination Movers’ License To Move concert is a an event your family is sure to talk about for a very long time!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
Prize: THREE lucky winners will receive a 4 pack of VIP tickets to the October 3, 2015 performance of the Imagination Movers at The Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY. Tickets can be picked up at will call prior to the show.
Running Time: This giveaway starts on September 22, 2015 at 12:00am and ends at 11:59 PM EST on September 30, 2015.
Winner: A winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter . If we are able to verify the entry (ie, Tweets, FB sharing, etc) the winners will be contacted via email by 11:59pm, September 30 ,2015. The winner has 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not reply within that time, another name will be chosen


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Get Your Fun on at Old West Festival 2015 + Giveaway Ends 10/5

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Old West Festival Rides into Town for Eighth Year

Cowboys, Gunslingers, Trick Riding and More
Bring Wild West to Life

Looking for a boot scootin’ good time this fall? Look now further than the Old West Festival in Williamsburg, Ohio! Celebrating their 8th year of live music, action packed performances, amazing food and fun rides to keep the whole family entertained!

The western-themed festival rolls back in town for another season of boot stompin’ family fun on Saturdays and Sundays – September 12 through October 18, 2015. Located at its permanent site, just 15 minutes from I-275, east of Cincinnati, the Old West Festival transports visitors back in time to a historic American era, the Wild West.

Drawing more than 20,000 visitors each fall, the permanent old west town is home to everything you would expect to see in Dodge City circa 1878. Attendees will enjoy historically accurate medicine and saloon shows, can-can dancers, gunfights, jailbreaks, and more. Period re-enactors will also be found walking the streets and performing the roles of cowboys, cowgirls, store owners, residents, and of course, outlaws.

Rope RiderOther performers will be ‘round town as well. Magician Jason Jacobs will amaze, bewilder and astonish with his magical flare and the Pickled Brothers will shock with their mind-boggling performances. Trick rider Abigail Petersen will impress audiences with her horsemanship and daring stunts, while visitors to the Long Branch Saloon will enjoy shows by world champion roper Rider Keisner, and folks will no doubt get a “kick” out of Miss Melody Star and her Hurdy Gurdy Dancing Girls.

And what would the old west be without a good ole’ fashioned gunfight? Back by popular demand, four times daily starting at high noon, the Big Irons Rangers return with their gunfight re-enactments and trick shooting. In between shows they, and other period interpreters, will be walking the grounds to meet visitors and pose for photos.

They can also enjoy old-timey puppet and magic shows, storytelling and sing-a-longs. The youngsters can also participate in historic games, and even cross the frontier in a covered wagon.

Abigail Old West FestivalThemed weekends add to the experience of the Old West Festival and include Western Film Weekend (New this year) Sept. 12-13; Romance Weekend Sept. 19-20; America’s Pastime Weekend Sept. 26-27; Steampunk Weekend Oct. 3-4; OctoBEERfest Weekend (New this year, in partnership with Rhinegeist) Oct. 10-11; and Halloween Weekend Oct. 17-18.

To celebrate the opening of another season, the Old West Festival presents Western Film Weekend. Iconic scenes of cowboys riding into the sunset, saloon brawls and gunfights have shaped our idea of the Wild West. Guests will enjoy screenings from classic movies, experience a lively panel discussion and meet the cast and crew from Revelation Trail, a western film shot on the grounds of the Old West Festival.

Tickets to the Old West Festival can be purchased for $12, $6 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under admitted for free. Parking is free and the festival will be held, rain or shine. Tickets are available at a discounted rate in advance at www.oldwestfestival.com.

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About the Old West Festival

The Old West Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays, September 12 to October 18 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio just off St. Rt. 32. For more information, visit www.oldwestfestival.com.

Types of Tickets for 2015 Season

  • Adult: A single day ticket for one ADULT (Ages 12+) to enjoy The Old West Festival! Good for one ADULT.
  • Child: A single day ticket for one CHILD to enjoy The Old West Festival! Good for one CHILD (Ages 6-11).
  • Premium Child Ticket: A single day ticket for one CHILD admission AND a wristband (given at gate) providing your child UNLIMITED Train Rides, Panning for Gold, Santa Fe Sling Shot, Beginner Bow & Arrow and Lucky Levi’s Lasso.
  • Adult Season Pass: A season pass for one adult to enjoy The Old West Festival! Good for one ADULT.
  • Child Season Pass: Purchase a season pass for one child to enjoy The Old West Festival! Good for one CHILD (ages 6-11).
  • Steampunk Weekend Pass: 2 Day Pass valid only during our STEAMPUNK WEEKEND ONLY. October 3 & 4, 2015.

Old West Festival StoresTips for attending Old West Festival:

  • Smile Big &Pretty: While you are there, you may be photographed for educational purposes or marketing purposes!
  • Tons of Parking & Easily Accessible: There is plenty of FREE parking right on site of the festival and has pathways available for handicapped accessibility. Some areas may be harder to access than others.
  • Rides for the Kiddos: There are additional rides that are not included in the admission cost of entering the Old West Festival, but you can purchase a children’s wristbands for just $5 at the gate, and allow children UNLIMITED train rides, panning for gold, Santa Fe Slingshot, Beginner Bow and Arrow, and Lucky Levi’s Lasso. You can purchase rides individually; train rides are only $2 per child, wagon rides are only $1 per child,  or pony rides are $5 per child.
  • Keep Your Food, Drinks, Firearms & Pets at home: No outside food or drinks will be permitted at the festival and even though this is a period themed festival, your firearms need to stay safely at home. Only performers are allowed to carry firearm. No pets are allowed to attend either, sorry Fido!
  • Dress for the occasion: Where you best costumes when attending the festival and be sure to get seen at 1pm for the contest! Also be prepared for weather- no matter if it rains or shines, the festival must go on! of Tickets to GIVEAWAY to one of my lucky readers!!!  The Giveaway will end Monday, October 5, 2015! Enter below and share with your friends and family!

To celebrate the opening of the 8th season, the great folks from Old West Festival gave me a 4 pack of Tickets to GIVEAWAY to one of my luck readers!!!  The Giveaway will end Monday, October 5, 2015!

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I received ticket for my family and I to attend Old West Festival to promote this giveaway and complete a review after our visit. No other compensation was received and as always my opinion is 100% my own.

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Cincinnati: Music Hall Undergo $129 Million Renovation

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Music Hall CincinnatiConstruction Timetable and Design Team Announced for Music Hall Renovation Historic building to undergo extensive $129 million construction project 

CINCINNATI (September 14, 2015) – City officials, the Music Hall Revitalization Company (MHRC), and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) today introduced the design team that will lead the renovation of the historic Music Hall. An overview of the work to be done, the construction timeline, and the temporary relocation of offices and performance schedules was also outlined.

Music Hall is owned by the City of Cincinnati and leased to MHRC, which has appointed 3CDC as the preferred developer for the renovation. Music Hall’s resident companies include the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, and the Cincinnati Ballet. The hall is managed by the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA).

The prevailing goals of the project are to (1) restore the heritage of a world-class facility for performers and audiences alike, (2) significantly enhance acoustics of the auditorium and the overall audience experience, (3) improve accessibility and modernize the facilities to make them state-of-the-art, (4) economize operational and back of house needs and uses, and (5) execute lasting structural improvements required to secure building longevity.
Design Team 3CDC, MHRC, CAA and the resident companies of Music Hall worked collaboratively to issue a request for proposals in March 2015 to local and national firms with the right experience and qualifications to meet the renovation project goals. Narrowing down the proposals submitted, 3CDC then led an interview process that resulted in the selection of the new team:

Martinez + Johnson Architecture has spent the last 20 years developing projects for nonprofit associations, educational institutions, and the nation’s largest promoters and presenters of  live entertainment. Together with Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), one of the leading architecture firms in historic rehabilitation, preservation, and adaptive reuse, they make up the design team for the Music Hall renovation.

Akustiks, headquartered in Connecticut, is a global firm dedicated to creating performance spaces worldwide that are wonderfully tuned instruments for listening to orchestral, operatic, and theatrical performances. Together with Schuler Shook, experts in providing sustainable lighting solutions that do not compromise design creativity or lighting quality, they make up the rest of the design team.

Messer Construction was chosen as construction manager.

Construction Timetable Phase I of the $129 million project was completed in August and included underground soil stabilization and the removal of a stage column. Additionally, Akustiks met with the full orchestra for acoustical testing in the theater. The second phase of work is scheduled to begin in November and continue into the spring of 2017. This phase includes “back of house” asbestos abatement and initial construction work. The 2015-2016 performance schedules of the resident companies will not be affected.

Phase III will include a complete shutdown of the building, from June 2016 to the fall of 2017. Drawings for this phase are in process. The CSO, Pops, and May Festival will perform their 2016-2017 seasons at the historic Taft Theatre in Downtown Cincinnati (renovated recently for this purpose), and the Opera will perform at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Ballet, which currently performs at the Aronoff Center, will continue to do so until renovation at Music Hall is complete.

The project has secured $123 million in funding to date, including a $10 million grant from the City of Cincinnati plus a $6.6 million ongoing pledge, $5 million from the State of Ohio, $48 million in tax credit equity including a $25 million catalytic award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Association, and $53 million in private donations. MHRC is leading the ongoing fundraising effort to close the $6 million gap. Contributions will be received at gcfdn.org or by sending a check to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 200 West Fourth Street, 45202, attention Music Hall Revitalization.

Moving forward, 3CDC will continue to meet weekly with MHRC and the resident companies to ensure all needs are met. The Cincinnati community is encouraged to follow the construction project online at 3cdc.org/our-projects/current-projects/music hall.

The Music Hall Revitalization Company is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and renovation of historic Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

About 3CDC 3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance organization focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community. 3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 3CDC also manages The Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF). These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects. For more information, visit www.3cdc.org.

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Thomas More College Marine Biology Lecture at Newport Aquarium

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WAVE Foundation, Thomas More College announce marine biology lecture series at Newport Aquarium

NEWPORT, Ky. — Thomas More College and the WAVE Foundation, an independent nonprofit in partnership with Newport Aquarium, have announced the launch of a new speaker series focused on marine biology and conservation.

Starting Sept. 9 at the award-winning Riverside Room at Newport Aquarium, the Marine Biology & Conservation Lecture Series features an exciting lineup of scientists, educators, explorers and conservationists who will speak on the topic of marine systems and their safeguarding.

“We are very excited about the caliber of speakers for this inaugural year of the lecture series. Each presenter is a renowned expert in the fields of marine biology and conservation and will speak about their ongoing research programs,” said professor Christopher Lorentz, director of TMC’s environmental science program and of the school’s Biology Field Station.

The lecture series is part of Thomas More College’s partnership with Newport Aquarium and the WAVE Foundation, which formally began in August 2014 when the school launched its new marine biology degree program, the first of its kind in the state of Kentucky.

Each lecture includes light appetizers and drinks, live animal encounters and a question-and-answer session.

The first three dates of the series have been confirmed, starting on Sept. 9 with the “Ocean Doctor” David E. Guggenheim, a marine scientist and submarine pilot who navigated the first manned submersible dives into the world’s largest underwater canyons inside the Bering Sea.

The second speaker in the series will be Craig O’Connell, Ph.D., on Jan. 20, 2016. O’Connell was featured on several Discovery Channel programs during Shark Week 2015 for his research on the electrosensitivity of hammerhead sharks.

Lucy Hawkes is the third confirmed speaker of the lecture series on May 18, 2016. Hawkes is a physiological ecologist whose work focuses on the costs and drivers of migration in vertebrates using emergent technology.

Tickets for each lecture series are $20 for the public, or $15 for Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders and Thomas More College students. Registration for this event is available at wavefoundation.org/lectureseries.

Date

Guest Speaker

Lecture Theme

Sept. 9, 2015

Dr. David E. Guggenheim

Lessons from the Deep: What the Oceans are Telling Us and Why it Matters

Jan. 20, 2016

Dr. Craig O’Connell

Living with Sharks

May 18, 2016

Dr. Lucy Hawkes

Thirty-Four Years of Tracking Sea Turtles: What We Now Know and How We Can Use it in Conservation

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474). Visit thomasmore.edu/marine for more information about the marine biology program at Thomas More College.

Newport Aquarium has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since May 15, 1999. Named one of the best aquariums in the U.S. by Travel Channel and USA Today, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky jewel attraction is home to: The world’s first and only Shark Bridge; the world’s first Shark Ray Breeding Program; Mighty Mike – the biggest and baddest American alligator outside the state of Florida; the largest and most diverse collection of sharks in the Midwest; and one of the world’s largest and most diverse penguin exhibits. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

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Cincinnati: Family Friendly Events 8/3 – 8/10 at #FountainSquare

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THIS WEEK AT FOUNTAIN SQUARE: AUGUST 3 – AUGUST 10

Turner Trivia Night

Tonight, August 3 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Every Monday: enjoy fast-paced trivia, ice cold drinks, and food from Urban Grill.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Turner Construction and Last Call Productions. Turner Trivia Nights are part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

Strauss Troy Market

Tomorrow, August 4 – 11:00am to 2:00pm

Fountain Square’s weekly Strauss Troy Market offers fresh produce, homemade desserts, delicious food, and more!

Special thanks to our sponsor, Strauss Troy Law. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for a complete list of second session vendors or to add this event series to your smartphone.

 

American Roots

Tomorrow, August 4 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Tomorrow, enjoy an evening of free live music from Wilder, followed by Arlo Mckinley.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Ford EcoBoost. American Roots is part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

Reggae Wednesday

Wednesday, August 5 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm

This week, enjoy an evening of free reggae music featuring The Cliftones and New Kingston.

Special thanks to our sponsors, KMK Law and WAIF 88.3. Reggae Wednesdays are part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

Salsa on the Square

Thursday, August 6 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Dance the night away with Stacie Sandoval and Grupo Tumbao! Complimentary instruction and food from Mazunte available. Don’t forget to bring a friend down to the Square for your chance to compete in this week’s free Fiesta Salsera event, brought to you by Gain! The evening’s top two couples will each receive a $100 Macy’s Gift Card, a spot in the finals, and some serious bragging rights.

Special thanks to our sponsors, P&G, UC Health, MetroPCS, and the Contemporary Arts Center. Salsa on the Square is part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

MidPoint Indie Summer

Friday, August 7 – 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Come rock out with us down at Fountain Square!

Friday, August 7:

10:00pm: Tweens

9:00pm: Leggy

8:00pm: Smut

7:00pm: Shark Week

Special thanks to our sponsors CityBeat, The Project Cincinnati, and WNKU. MidPoint Indie Summer is part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

 

LUMENOCITY Viewing Party

Saturday, August 8 – 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Couldn’t get tickets to this summer’s CSO Presents LUMENOCITY event? Watch the magic unfold live on the Fifth Third Bank LED Video Board for FREE! Concessions open at 6:00pm and music from The Everyday People Band kicks off at 7:00pm.

Special thanks to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

City Slicker Sundays

Sunday, August 9 – Noon to 5:00pm

Every Sunday at noon, Fountain Square transforms into downtown Cincinnati’s largest outdoor patio with low-key activities, drinks specials, and sports games on the big screen!

Special thanks to our sponsor, Messer Construction. City Slicker Sundays are part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

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Cincinnati: Rusty Bucket Closed for Remodel

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Cincinnati: DAAP Grad’s Unique New Retail Shop Grand Opening May 2015

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DAAP Grad’s Unique New Retail Shop Open

CINCINNATI (Thursday, May 7, 2015) – When Ericka Leighton-Spradlin graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), she and many of her peers faced a similar problem – losing access to the endless resources and facilities DAAP has to offer, and struggling to raise the funding necessary to support their artistic endeavors. Although there were traditional galleries and mainstream retail opportunities available to sell their work, there was really nothing in between.

In the years following graduation, she came across many other talented artists and designers battling the same issue of having to seek out and rent studio space or other facilities to aid their passions. And, when she couldn’t find a simple solution to the problem, she took matters into her own hands. What has resulted is her new shop, Continuum, which officially opens tomorrow at Noon.

“Many artists, in addition to their personal projects have creative side projects that don’t quite fit in the mainstream retail market, and that’s where Continuum comes in – to support artists, designers, and makers in any of their artistic endeavors, and to provide a curated retail experience to showcase their goods,” Leighton-Spradlin said.

By exposing the artists to a market that might not be reached in a traditional gallery setting, she hopes to assist them in generating the funds needed to support their studio practices.

The UC alum doesn’t classify her new store – located at 1407 Vine Street – as a boutique, but rather a “bazaar,” since it features everything from women’s clothing and shoes to “eclectic oddities and wares,” as the owner/artist puts it (think ceramic pots, towels and sheets, and home décor). But, more important to Leighton-Spradlin than what she sells is who she sells it for, and who buys it.

“My goal is to support independent makers, artists and designers, and to allow them to share their vision with the customer,” she said. “I want to establish a relationship between the artists and the customer, and give shoppers an immersive experience.”

As part of that experience, she eventually plans to feature the artists being showcased in her store on her website, complete with bios, backgrounds and even an e-commerce component.

For now, her sole focus is giving individual artists and smaller collectives – including current DAAP students and soon-to-be graduates – an opportunity to showcase their work in a curated retail environment, while providing the possibility of a more personal connection to their customers.

Part of that connection, Leighton-Spradlin believes, comes from community, craftsmanship and passion, all of which the Cincinnati native has seen thriving in OTR over the years. So, she contacted 3CDC in search of a space for her new shop, and learned that the organization had an ideal location to lease her – an 833-square-foot space in the Parvis Building on Vine Street.

“Since my first year of college (2007), I just loved the OTR area and architecture,” Leighton-Spradlin said. “Seeing the renaissance of the neighborhood, I was not only attracted to the aesthetics but also the community, and I wanted to be a part of that.”  Starting tomorrow, she officially will be.

About Continuum Bazaar

Continuum is a lifestyle boutique/bazaar/gallery that provides a unique shopping experience that embraces the artists, makers, and crafters of all varieties. Continuum also functions as a gallery where artists can exhibit and sell their work in a non-traditional environment. From home furnishings to wearable art & fashion, Continuum is a curated retail experience.

About 3CDC

3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance organization focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community. 3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 3CDC also manages The Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF). These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects. For more information, visit www.3cdc.org.

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Cross If You Dare- Newport Aquarium Shark Bridge

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World’s first and only Shark Bridge opens Thursday at Newport Aquarium

North America’s largest group of scalloped hammerhead sharks now on exhibit

NEWPORT, Ky. — Newport Aquarium’s all-new Shark Bridge – the only rope suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen sharks – is scheduled to open to the public 10 a.m. Thursday, April 30.

The Shark Bridge is a 75-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge suspended over the open waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit’s 385,000-gallon tank. Should guests dare to cross, the Shark Bridge offers the thrill of walking closely atop sharks, shark rays, stingrays and hundreds of fish from an unrivalled vantage point.

“For our thrill-seeking guests who dare to cross, Shark Bridge is a breathtaking way to experience sharks like never before,” said Eric Rose, executive director at Newport Aquarium. “It’s an adventure that you can only get at Newport Aquarium.”

A family-friendly attraction, Shark Bridge is included with admission to Newport Aquarium.

Commemorating the opening of the Shark Bridge, Newport Aquarium has added extremely rare scalloped hammerhead sharks into the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.

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After the scalloped hammerheads went into the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit April 27-29, Newport Aquarium now has the largest collection of scalloped hammerhead sharks on display in North America, as well as one of the largest in the world.

Each of Newport Aquarium’s scalloped hammerhead sharks were born in 2014 during the months of June and July near Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii, one of the most the most stable breeding grounds for the endangered species. Over time, these juveniles will triple in size as adult scalloped hammerhead sharks can grow up to 14 feet in length and more than 300 pounds.

“There are less than 20 institutions in the world with scalloped hammerhead sharks on exhibit,” said Chris Pierson, Newport Aquarium operations director. “Newport Aquarium is proud to be the only place in the Midwest that exhibits such a magnificent species of shark, and we are committed to educating our community about the importance of protecting this endangered species.”

Guests who pass through the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit can learn about the scalloped hammerhead conservation organizations the WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium is supporting – the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii and the Costa Rica-based nonprofit Misión Tiburón.

In June 2014, scalloped hammerheads became the first species of shark protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474). To learn more about the WAVE Foundation, visit wavefoundation.org.

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Shark Bridge Facts

It took approximately 788 hours of labor to fabricate, build and install the Shark Bridge … More than 4 miles (approximately 21,750 feet) of rope were used to construct the Shark Bridge … Approximately 1.5 tons (3,460 pounds) of steel were used to construct the Shark Bridge … The addition of the Shark Bridge has tripled the viewing area that surrounds the shark tank for guests prior to exiting Newport Aquarium’s exhibits area … Cincinnati-based GBBN Architects and THP Limited Inc. designed and engineered the Shark Bridge, with construction beginning in February and concluding in mid-April … International Cordage Inc. out of Phoenix, Ariz. produced and installed the Shark Bridge.

Shark Research Group, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii

Headquartered at the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, the SRG’s goal is to gain a better understanding of the activities of adult scalloped hammerhead sharks in order to learn more about how to protect the species. The SRG is using satellite tags to record the distance traveled by female adult scalloped hammerheads that give birth at Kaneohe Bay, as well as studying behavior patterns of male scalloped hammerheads to learn their motivations for visiting the area.

Misión Tiburón, Costa Rica

While the scalloped hammerhead population near Hawaii is sustainable, most other distinct population segments around the world are at endangered levels, primarily due to overfishing. Such is the case near Costa Rica, where the nonprofit organization Misión Tiburón is leading efforts to educate the public about scalloped hammerhead’s threats, their nursery areas and how to keep them protected. Misión Tiburón believes harmful acts like finning will decrease when locals take pride in nearby marine life through education and awareness.

Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

 

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One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

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Cincinnati Groupon Deal: Water Park Admission, Zip Line Passes, & Sodas for 2/4 at The Beach

WaterPark Beach Groupon Deal

WaterPark Beach Groupon Deal
Groupon is always sharing great deals for your local hometown favorite hot spots or find something to do while you are out on vacation! Check out this great deal from The Beach WaterPark in Cincinnati– who doesn’t love a good time soaking in some sun and hitting the water!

Choose Between Two Options

  • $33for a water-park thrills package for two ($79.96value)
  • $66for a water-park thrills package for four ($159.92value)

Each package includes the following per person:

  • Water park admission
  • Zip line pass
  • One soda

The Beach

When you think of Cincinnati, you might not imagine live palm trees, white ocean sands, and tumbling waterfalls, but all of those sights can be found throughout The Beach’s water park. With more than 40 different slides and attractions intended for guests of all ages and interests, the park provides entire days’ worth of sun-soaked leisure and excitement. Here are a handful of the available attractions:


Water Slides

  • Big Kahuna: This water slide plunges riders through 500 feet of fast-paced twists, turns, and drops, and a final drop down one last hill into a pool.
  • The Cliff: Five stories. Three seconds. That’s the power of gravity, which makes this slide the closest thing to a controlled free fall in the entire water park.
  • Hang Ten: This completely enclosed slide sends guests on a blind ride through the twists and turns with only the occasional bit of starbursts before the final splashdown.
  • Click here to see even more thrill rides.

Sites to Relax

  • Kokomo Lazy River: Inner tubes float with a gentle current along this 1,200-foot loop, which winds throughout the park and gives visitors a chance to enjoy the sunshine as well as the views.
  • Paradise Cove: Sculpted rock formations, verdant palm trees, and soothing waterfalls surround the cove’s central pool, which is heated to 80 degrees. There’s always the option to simply sunbathe on one of the lounge chairs.
  • Rental Cabanas: Accommodating up to eight people, these shady cabanas provide an ideal base camp for groups looking to duck out of the heat for a bit.
  • Click here to read about all of the available options.

Group Activities

  • High Tide Hoops: Families or small groups can perfect their slam dunks and fadeaway jump shots in this shallow pool’s basketball court.
  • Big Surf Wave Pool: Recreating the vibe of a tropical beach, this wave pool routinely sends 750,000 gallons of heated water careening toward the shore—spectators can safely watch from the shade of a cozy cabana.
  • Sand Volleyball: Returning to the land, guest can take to the sandy volleyball courts to dry off and practice their bumping, setting, and spiking skills.
Expires Jul 19th, 2015. Limit 6 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Parking not included. Not valid on Memorial Day, Labor Day, or during special events. Not valid for birthday parties or groups. Not valid with other offers. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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What a Boxing Good Time! Battle of the Badge 2015

Battle of the Badge 2015

Battle of the Badge 2015

Last Friday I got the opportunity to check out the Battle of the Badge which by the way was my first Boxing Event, so I was a little Holiday for Herosnervous as what to expect. The Battle of the Badge, featuring our police and firefighters in a sanctioned boxing event with participants currently from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

Battle of the Badge is a boxing event hosted by Holiday for Heros (also known as 4th For Our Soldiers) to raise funds for families of First Responders that have lost their lives in the line of duty. The foundation has been running for 10 years and helped so many families. So getting the opportunity to check it out and help raise money for a great cause, I couldn’t pass it up!

It is their mission to provide scholarships and grants to deserving families for their sacrifice to us all. It is also their mission through their unique events to thank and recognize our Military, First Responders and their families for their Courage, Dedication and Sacrifice to our communities and this Great Country.

Battle of the badge No Empty Seats 2015

There wasn’t a empty seat in the house! Friends and family of each and every boxer was there to not only support their fighter but to help raise money for a great cause! If you came late, you were standing for the 3 hour event!

Battle of the Badge 2015

The boxing event started and the punches got a throwing! It was absolutely crazy to watch firefighters and police hit each other, but they definitely were enjoying themselves and sportsmanship was a part of each and every fight!

Battle of the Badge Getting ready 2015Battle of the Badge Boxing Time 2015

Each and every fight was fun to watch and kept us on our toes. Not knowing which punch was going to land on the other boxer, who would be standing afterwards or will someone get knocked out! There were several fights that were just amazing to watch the ability that some of these men and women have. Boxing is not an easy sport and takes training and talent, they definitely had it!

Battle of the Badge Gir Fight 2015

The girl fights were quite interesting and the scariest for me. I have never really watched girls fight before so I cringed with every punch! But they were amazing and show great talent!

Battle of the Badge Fights 2015

Punch after punch and 16 fights later the fights started to come to an end!

Battle of the Badge Winners 2015

All of the winners received a belt and a fireworks show in the background! It definitely would make anyone feel like a winner!

Check  out Holiday for Heros on Facebook or their site

Make a Donation:
4th for our soldiers/A Holiday for Heroes
Tax ID # 46-1521123
All Donations Can Be made out to and mailed:
4th For Our Soldiers
4657 Catalpa Ct. Burlington, KY 41005

Check out other events:

Triple Crown Golf Outing – 7/27/15

$1000 per foursome or $250 per person Lunch and Dinner, Drinks provided on course Silent Auction

I received tickets to attend the event and share my experience. No other compensation was received. My opinion is 100% my own.

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