20 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Pride may have scaled back 2021's celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the LGBTQ+ organization hasn't missed a beat when it comes to supporting the region or building community. Restaurants, bars and businesses and groups from across the Queen City have smaller-scale events scheduled throughout June to honor the month-long celebration.  This is just a small sampling of events you can look forward to, see the full list at cincinnatipride.org.
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20 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month in Cincinnati
Holden Mathis
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Pride Pool Takeover at Ziegler Park Pool
Cincinnati Pride has designated June 12 and June 13 for a Pride Pool Takeover at Over-the-Rhine's Ziegler Pool. As of Tuesday morning, there are still several reservable time slots available for Sunday, however Saturday is fully booked. An Instagram post by Cincinnati Pride announcing the takeover explains that the pool isn't hosting private events this year due to COVID-19, but "we can promote for our community and friends to buy out all the public passes when they go on sale and 'take over the pool!'" The day-long event will feature music by DJ Jayy from 12:45-5:45 p.m. 
$4. 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. June 13. Ziegler Pool, 1322 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pride Pool Takeover at Ziegler Park Pool

Cincinnati Pride has designated June 12 and June 13 for a Pride Pool Takeover at Over-the-Rhine's Ziegler Pool. As of Tuesday morning, there are still several reservable time slots available for Sunday, however Saturday is fully booked. An Instagram post by Cincinnati Pride announcing the takeover explains that the pool isn't hosting private events this year due to COVID-19, but "we can promote for our community and friends to buy out all the public passes when they go on sale and 'take over the pool!'" The day-long event will feature music by DJ Jayy from 12:45-5:45 p.m. $4. 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. June 13. Ziegler Pool, 1322 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Pride Film Series at the Esquire
Clifton’s Esquire Theatre has teamed up with Pride and Outreels Cincinnati to feature free “recent, classic and independently-released" films on Tuesday evenings in June. Films include Paris is Burning on June 15, Ammonite on June 22 and Tangerine on June 29. All films begin at 6:30 p.m. 
Free. 6:30 p.m., June 15, June 22 and June 29. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.
Photo: Emerson Swoger

Pride Film Series at the Esquire

Clifton’s Esquire Theatre has teamed up with Pride and Outreels Cincinnati to feature free “recent, classic and independently-released" films on Tuesday evenings in June. Films include Paris is Burning on June 15, Ammonite on June 22 and Tangerine on June 29. All films begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 6:30 p.m., June 15, June 22 and June 29. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.
Photo: Emerson Swoger
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Pride Rollout Cincy
The Cincinnati Rollergirls are rolling into Pride month with an evening “rollout.” The celebration will start at 8 p.m. June 26 at the Smale Park Piano and will end at the Riverside Outdoor Rink where folks can skate their hearts out until 10 p.m. All wheels (or feet) are welcome to join in on the fun. Free. 8-10 p.m. June 26. Smale Riverfront Park, 166 W. Mehring Way, Downtown.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pride Rollout Cincy

The Cincinnati Rollergirls are rolling into Pride month with an evening “rollout.” The celebration will start at 8 p.m. June 26 at the Smale Park Piano and will end at the Riverside Outdoor Rink where folks can skate their hearts out until 10 p.m. All wheels (or feet) are welcome to join in on the fun. Free. 8-10 p.m. June 26. Smale Riverfront Park, 166 W. Mehring Way, Downtown.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Drag, Brunch, Bingo at Second Place
Northside’s Second Place is back, and they’re returning with a bang. On June 13, the bar is hosting their inaugural Drag, Brunch, Bingo event from noon-3 p.m. The event will be hosted by Dayton-based queen Eva Alicia Jane. Second Place will be featuring some new menu items including a salmon lox bagel, English muffin sandwich and fruit parfait. 
Free. Noon- 3 p.m. June 13. Second Place, 3936 Spring Grove Ave., Northside. 
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Drag, Brunch, Bingo at Second Place

Northside’s Second Place is back, and they’re returning with a bang. On June 13, the bar is hosting their inaugural Drag, Brunch, Bingo event from noon-3 p.m. The event will be hosted by Dayton-based queen Eva Alicia Jane. Second Place will be featuring some new menu items including a salmon lox bagel, English muffin sandwich and fruit parfait. Free. Noon- 3 p.m. June 13. Second Place, 3936 Spring Grove Ave., Northside.
Photo: tokify.com
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Cincinnati Reds Pride Community Night at GABP
Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park celebrates Pride this summer with their third-annual Cincinnati Pride Community Night. The game kicks off at 7:10 p.m. on June 11, and ticket packages range in price from $20 to $40, depending on seat location and package inclusions. The first 1,000 ticket holders will receive a free “exclusive hat.” A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Cincinnati Pride. $20-$40. 7:10 p.m. June 11. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Cincinnati Reds Pride Community Night at GABP

Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park celebrates Pride this summer with their third-annual Cincinnati Pride Community Night. The game kicks off at 7:10 p.m. on June 11, and ticket packages range in price from $20 to $40, depending on seat location and package inclusions. The first 1,000 ticket holders will receive a free “exclusive hat.” A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Cincinnati Pride. $20-$40. 7:10 p.m. June 11. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Pride Dance 2021 at Mixwells Northside
Northside’s Mixwells is ready to groove. The bar/discotheque is hosting a Pride Dance packed with DJs and drag on June 19. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with a series of drag performances and transforms into a dance party until 2 a.m., with DJ Cull, DJ Kenneth Wright and DJ Chris Favorite spinning jams. The event is free to attend for guests 21 and up; guests under 21 must pay a cover. 
Free for 21 and up. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. June 19. Mixwells Northside, 3935 Spring Grove Ave., Northside.
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Pride Dance 2021 at Mixwells Northside

Northside’s Mixwells is ready to groove. The bar/discotheque is hosting a Pride Dance packed with DJs and drag on June 19. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with a series of drag performances and transforms into a dance party until 2 a.m., with DJ Cull, DJ Kenneth Wright and DJ Chris Favorite spinning jams. The event is free to attend for guests 21 and up; guests under 21 must pay a cover. Free for 21 and up. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. June 19. Mixwells Northside, 3935 Spring Grove Ave., Northside.
Photo: facebook.com/mixwellsbar
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Pride Market at Washington Park
Washington Park is hosting a shopping pop-up on June 27 with the Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce and Cincinnati Pride. The free event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature 20 “LGBTQ-owned and affirming” vendors, including &Sundries, Originalitees, Spice Spice Baby and Queen City Cotton Candy. In addition to shopping opportunities, the event will have DJs, food trucks, drinks and free HIV testing from Caracole. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 27. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pride Market at Washington Park

Washington Park is hosting a shopping pop-up on June 27 with the Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce and Cincinnati Pride. The free event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature 20 “LGBTQ-owned and affirming” vendors, including &Sundries, Originalitees, Spice Spice Baby and Queen City Cotton Candy. In addition to shopping opportunities, the event will have DJs, food trucks, drinks and free HIV testing from Caracole. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 27. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Bring It On Pride Movie Night at Washington Park
Washington Park Summer Cinema is in full swing, and the weekly series is celebrating Pride with a special airing of hit 2000 American cheerleading comedy film Bring It On on June 23. “Enjoy a fun and campy classic featuring cheerleaders, spirit fingers and some Clovers in the atmosphere,” the event page reads. 
Free. 8-10 p.m. June 23. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: facebook.com/washingtonparkotr

Bring It On Pride Movie Night at Washington Park

Washington Park Summer Cinema is in full swing, and the weekly series is celebrating Pride with a special airing of hit 2000 American cheerleading comedy film Bring It On on June 23. “Enjoy a fun and campy classic featuring cheerleaders, spirit fingers and some Clovers in the atmosphere,” the event page reads. Free. 8-10 p.m. June 23. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: facebook.com/washingtonparkotr
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Northside Pride Grand Variety Show
Northside Pride is hosting a grand variety show at the Liberty Exhibition Hall on June 19, boasting headliners Maxi Glamour of Dragula Reality TV Show and Jade Jolie of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Tickets for the early evening show are sold out, but there are still tickets available for the 9-11 p.m. slot. Tickets range from $10-$20 per person.  
9-11 p.m. June 19. Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3938 Spring Grove Ave., Northside.
Photo: eventbrite.com

Northside Pride Grand Variety Show

Northside Pride is hosting a grand variety show at the Liberty Exhibition Hall on June 19, boasting headliners Maxi Glamour of Dragula Reality TV Show and Jade Jolie of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Tickets for the early evening show are sold out, but there are still tickets available for the 9-11 p.m. slot. Tickets range from $10-$20 per person. 9-11 p.m. June 19. Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3938 Spring Grove Ave., Northside.
Photo: eventbrite.com
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Love is Love Truck Tour
Cincinnati Opera’s Share the Love Truck is hitting the streets this June with live musical performances across the Queen City in celebration of Pride. The vintage baby blue pick-up truck will head to Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. on June 11 for an hour-long performance with Cincinnati Opera artists and members of the MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir in celebration of nonprofit PFLAG Cincinnati. From 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, the truck will stop at ARCO, where musicians from the Cincinnati Opera will team up with members of MYCincinnati for a live performance. Free. 1-2 p.m. June 11. Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 William Howard Taft Road, Mount Auburn; 1-2 p.m. June 12, ARCO, 3301 Price Ave., Price Hill. 
Photo: Christian Pursell

Love is Love Truck Tour

Cincinnati Opera’s Share the Love Truck is hitting the streets this June with live musical performances across the Queen City in celebration of Pride. The vintage baby blue pick-up truck will head to Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. on June 11 for an hour-long performance with Cincinnati Opera artists and members of the MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir in celebration of nonprofit PFLAG Cincinnati. From 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, the truck will stop at ARCO, where musicians from the Cincinnati Opera will team up with members of MYCincinnati for a live performance. Free. 1-2 p.m. June 11. Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 William Howard Taft Road, Mount Auburn; 1-2 p.m. June 12, ARCO, 3301 Price Ave., Price Hill.
Photo: Christian Pursell
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Drag Show at Northern Row Park
Over-the-Rhine’s Northern Row Park (the one tucked behind Main Street) will be host to a fabulous drag show on June 12, hosted by Sarah Jessica Darker and sponsored by ArtsWave. The event is free, but make sure to bring dollars to tip. Lineup includes Delicious Millian, Jessica Marie Jones, Alexander Cameron and PH DEE. Neighboring bar Liberties Bar & Bottle will have specials on cocktails to-go. 
Free. 8 p.m. June 12. Northern Row Park, 1422 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: facebook.com/caberetcincinnati

Drag Show at Northern Row Park

Over-the-Rhine’s Northern Row Park (the one tucked behind Main Street) will be host to a fabulous drag show on June 12, hosted by Sarah Jessica Darker and sponsored by ArtsWave. The event is free, but make sure to bring dollars to tip. Lineup includes Delicious Millian, Jessica Marie Jones, Alexander Cameron and PH DEE. Neighboring bar Liberties Bar & Bottle will have specials on cocktails to-go. Free. 8 p.m. June 12. Northern Row Park, 1422 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: facebook.com/caberetcincinnati
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Diversity Fest at The Summit Hotel
Madisonville’s The Summit Hotel will transform into an LGBTQ+ market party on June 25. The evening event kicks off at 7 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m. and will feature a live DJ set from DJ XANATI as well as pop-up shops. 7-10 p.m. June 27. The Summit Hotel, 5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Diversity Fest at The Summit Hotel

Madisonville’s The Summit Hotel will transform into an LGBTQ+ market party on June 25. The evening event kicks off at 7 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m. and will feature a live DJ set from DJ XANATI as well as pop-up shops. 7-10 p.m. June 27. The Summit Hotel, 5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Summer Sip at the Redmoor
An evening of live music, spoken word and plenty to sip will pop up at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout on June 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first act begins at 7:30. The event is hosted by local beverage company Cincinnati Lemonade, which will be debuting its new hard seltzer lemonade. There will also be food and a full bar available. The event is 21 and up.
$15-$100. 21 and up. 6 p.m. June 24. The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Mt. Lookout.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Summer Sip at the Redmoor

An evening of live music, spoken word and plenty to sip will pop up at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout on June 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first act begins at 7:30. The event is hosted by local beverage company Cincinnati Lemonade, which will be debuting its new hard seltzer lemonade. There will also be food and a full bar available. The event is 21 and up. $15-$100. 21 and up. 6 p.m. June 24. The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Mt. Lookout.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Drag Brunch at The Summit Hotel
Enjoy brunch and a show during The Summit Hotel’s “The Ladies Who Brunch” event on June 26. The all-ages event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes brunch, one mimosa (for those of age) and a drag show featuring The Lady Phaedra, Jayda Mack, Stixen Stones and Dandy Lyin. Guests have the option to enjoy chicken and waffles, avocado toast or a Summit Omelet as their meal. $86.24-$344.96 (plus fees). 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 26. The Summit Hotel, 5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville.
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Drag Brunch at The Summit Hotel

Enjoy brunch and a show during The Summit Hotel’s “The Ladies Who Brunch” event on June 26. The all-ages event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes brunch, one mimosa (for those of age) and a drag show featuring The Lady Phaedra, Jayda Mack, Stixen Stones and Dandy Lyin. Guests have the option to enjoy chicken and waffles, avocado toast or a Summit Omelet as their meal. $86.24-$344.96 (plus fees). 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 26. The Summit Hotel, 5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville.
Photo: eventbrite.com
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CycleBar Pride Ride for GLSEN with Kora Sine
Celebrate Pride while getting fit and raising funds for a good cause. Kenwood’s CycleBar is hosting a Pride Ride in honor of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The cycling gym is teaming up with Kora Sline for the special event, who is Cabaret's newest member. Pride Ride is free to attend, but they do ask that participants donate and dress “in your most fabulous outfit.”
Free (with donations encouraged). 12:30-2 p.m. June 12. CycleBar Kenwood, 5901 Galbraith Road, Kenwood.
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CycleBar Pride Ride for GLSEN with Kora Sine

Celebrate Pride while getting fit and raising funds for a good cause. Kenwood’s CycleBar is hosting a Pride Ride in honor of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The cycling gym is teaming up with Kora Sline for the special event, who is Cabaret's newest member. Pride Ride is free to attend, but they do ask that participants donate and dress “in your most fabulous outfit.” Free (with donations encouraged). 12:30-2 p.m. June 12. CycleBar Kenwood, 5901 Galbraith Road, Kenwood.
Photo: Google Maps screengrab
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Meet and Greet RuPaul Drag Race’s The Vixen + Drag Show at Main Event Cincinnati
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 contestant The Vixen is making her way to The Main Event Cincinnati for a meet-and-greet and drag show, along with guests Jessica Dimon, Rahanna, Dalicious, Kisha and Jessica M. on June 12. The 21 and up event is sponsored by 21c Museum Hotel. Meet and greet begins at 9 p.m.; show begins at 10 p.m. Book your VIP table by reaching out to Main Event Cincinnati’s Facebook page (linked above). 
9 p.m. June 12. Main Event Cincinnati, 835 Main St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: facebook.com/maineventcincinnati

Meet and Greet RuPaul Drag Race’s The Vixen + Drag Show at Main Event Cincinnati

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 contestant The Vixen is making her way to The Main Event Cincinnati for a meet-and-greet and drag show, along with guests Jessica Dimon, Rahanna, Dalicious, Kisha and Jessica M. on June 12. The 21 and up event is sponsored by 21c Museum Hotel. Meet and greet begins at 9 p.m.; show begins at 10 p.m. Book your VIP table by reaching out to Main Event Cincinnati’s Facebook page (linked above). 9 p.m. June 12. Main Event Cincinnati, 835 Main St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: facebook.com/maineventcincinnati
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Kandy Muse Live at Main Event
Runner Up from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13, Kandy Muse is making her way to downtown’s Main Event stage for an evening of drag on June 26. The event will be hosted by Jessica Dimon and will also feature special guests Amaya, Kisha, Jess Marie, Rahanna and Dalicious. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with a meet and greet with Kandy Muse at 9 p.m. and show starting at 10 p.m. The event is 21 and up. Reserve your table online. 
Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. June 26. Main Event Cincinnati, 835 Main St., Downtown.
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Kandy Muse Live at Main Event

Runner Up from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13, Kandy Muse is making her way to downtown’s Main Event stage for an evening of drag on June 26. The event will be hosted by Jessica Dimon and will also feature special guests Amaya, Kisha, Jess Marie, Rahanna and Dalicious. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with a meet and greet with Kandy Muse at 9 p.m. and show starting at 10 p.m. The event is 21 and up. Reserve your table online. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. June 26. Main Event Cincinnati, 835 Main St., Downtown.
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Loving Wyoming Art Exhibition
Wyoming Fine Arts Center is celebrating Pride with a Loving Wyoming Art Exhibition. The center is hosting an art show featuring local queer artists on June 11 and June 12. “Artists will showcase their artwork in an evening full of love, warmth, and lots of art as we celebrate the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community,” the event page says. Opening ceremony will take place from 5-10 p.m. on June 11 and visitors may also peruse the exhibition from noon to 6 p.m. on June 12. Tickets are required for opening reception on Friday; Saturday’s open house is free to attend. 
$20-$50. 6 p.m.-midnight, June 11; Free. Noon-6 p.m. June 12. Wyoming Fine Art Center, 322 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
Photo: facebook.com/wyomingfineartcenter

Loving Wyoming Art Exhibition

Wyoming Fine Arts Center is celebrating Pride with a Loving Wyoming Art Exhibition. The center is hosting an art show featuring local queer artists on June 11 and June 12. “Artists will showcase their artwork in an evening full of love, warmth, and lots of art as we celebrate the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community,” the event page says. Opening ceremony will take place from 5-10 p.m. on June 11 and visitors may also peruse the exhibition from noon to 6 p.m. on June 12. Tickets are required for opening reception on Friday; Saturday’s open house is free to attend. $20-$50. 6 p.m.-midnight, June 11; Free. Noon-6 p.m. June 12. Wyoming Fine Art Center, 322 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
Photo: facebook.com/wyomingfineartcenter
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Sacred Worth Pride Fest at United Methodist Church
The Ohio River Valley District of the United Methodist Church is hosting an LGBTQIA+ Pride Celebration on June 13 packed with live music, worship, ice cream, glitter tattoos, balloon art and more. “There will be resources and information available for those who are new to celebrating Pride as well as resources for those who are seeking to support LGBTQIA folks in their families and congregations,” the event page reads. The celebration will take place from 2-5 p.m. and all are welcome.
Free. 2-5 p.m. June 13. Ohio River Valley District of the United Methodist Church, 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville.
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Sacred Worth Pride Fest at United Methodist Church

The Ohio River Valley District of the United Methodist Church is hosting an LGBTQIA+ Pride Celebration on June 13 packed with live music, worship, ice cream, glitter tattoos, balloon art and more. “There will be resources and information available for those who are new to celebrating Pride as well as resources for those who are seeking to support LGBTQIA folks in their families and congregations,” the event page reads. The celebration will take place from 2-5 p.m. and all are welcome. Free. 2-5 p.m. June 13. Ohio River Valley District of the United Methodist Church, 7388 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville.
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