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Rooting the Square Stephen Leeper, President and CEO of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), meets with the Urbanists from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Crowne Plaza Hotel downtown. Th

Rooting the Square

Stephen Leeper, President and CEO of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), meets with the Urbanists from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Crowne Plaza Hotel downtown. The Urbanists plan to discuss 3CDC's proposed changes to Fountain Square.

Fair Trade Coffee and Anti-Union Policies

An informational picket to highlight Wild Oats Natural Marketplace's anti-union and anti-worker policies takes place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. outside the Wild Oats store in Norwood's Rookwood Commons. Former Wild Oats employee Tom Kappas says Wild Oats recently fired him for trying to organize the store's workers (see "Progress Against Unions," issue of July 28-Aug. 3). Check out throughout the week for updates on the planned activity.

A Healthy Discussion on God?

Can the views of God held by two of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century be a catalyst to bring people closer?

Xavier University and TV station WCET explore that possibility when they host a facilitated community dialogue on the PBS series, The Question of God: Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Cintas Center on the XU campus. After showing a one-hour excerpt from the series, internationally renowned consultant Peter Block will facilitate group discussions. Engagement is free and open to the public. The complete TV series airs on WCET Wednesday. For more information, call 513-381-4033 or visit

Artists for Change

Politics gets an artistic treatment Sept. 30 when Artists for Change takes over Fountain Square for a 24-hour protest against apathy. Sponsored by Cincinnati Experimental Arts (CineX Art), the event features Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy, a new work by acclaimed playwright Tony Kushner. Organizers also hope to see a wide spectrum of artistic works on themes ranging from the need for regime change in the United States to changes in Cincinnati's homophobic city charter. "Artists for Change" runs 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 30 and 11 a.m.-midnight Oct. 1. To enter an artistic work, contact Jason Bruffy at 513-319-9385 or [email protected].

Can I Have A Pilsner With That Point?

Don't watch Tweedl-Dee and Tweedle-Dum pose for voters all by your lonesome. Cincinnati's League of Pissed Off Voters hosts the first of three presidential debate parties Sept. 30 at Carol's on Main downtown. "We promise not to look at you funny when you yell at the screen," organizers say. "Really, spare your pet the confusion."

Arts Community Backs Repeal

Members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present "Serenade for Harmony and Inclusion" at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Isaac M. Wise Temple, downtown. Victoria Morgan, artistic director of Cincinnati Ballet, and Nicholas Muni, artistic director of Cincinnati Opera, will speak about Article 12 of the city charter. A wine and cheese reception follows the concert. Proceeds from the event go to Citizens to Restore Fairness, the group working to repeal Article 12. Call 513-675-2143 for more information.

Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote has a free festival from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The festival includes live music, panel discussion, films and a meet-up at noon with State Sen. Mark Mallory. For more details, contact [email protected] or 513-369-6971 or visit

Cream, Sugar and Community

Local peace and justice organizations are invited to take their coffee with a shot of collaboration by joining 20 other groups for breakfast 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Mockbee, 2260 Central Parkway. After an informal breakfast and brief introductions, participants will discuss ways to collaborate, the timing and structure of more regular meetings and any other topics activists care to advance. RSVP by Oct. 5 to Saad Ghosn of SOS Art: [email protected].

Protect the Election

You, too, can help defend democracy Nov. 2 by becoming an Election Protection Volunteer. The Election Protection Coalition has designated Ohio a state at high risk for voting rights violations and is seeking volunteers in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Youngstown. For more information and training, visit

Karma for the Vote

A vigil for the electoral transformation of the country takes place at Lone Star Pavilion in Clifton from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and Oct. 23. The vigil starts with a potluck picnic at 5:30 p.m., followed by meditation and non-verbal prayer through music, dance and drama. From 8-8:30 p.m. participants will line Clifton Avenue with signs and banners as a public statement of their commitment to reversing America's course in the upcoming election. The New Jerusalem Community seeks co-sponsors for the event; contact Anne at 513-591-2942 or [email protected].

Nurture Your Grassroots

The Grassroots Leadership Academy is accepting applications for enrollment into its leadership-training program. The program is designed to teach the tools and techniques to develop better communities. The curriculum includes grant writing, strategic planning, conflict resolution, economic development, building community-based organizations, media relations and understanding government. This eight-week training program, free to any Cincinnati resident, meets at 1634 Central Parkway at 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 21-Nov. 18. For additional information or to apply, contact Margie Wells-Davis at 513-872-0100.

Lobby Your Neighbors for Kerry

Cincinnati Labor Council AFL-CIO is gearing up for an election year battle to deliver Ohio to Sen. John Kerry. Volunteers are needed for the annual Get Out the Vote Ward Walk, a neighborhood canvassing operation in support of labor-endorsed candidates. The walk takes place October 29-31, the weekend before the election. Sign up by calling 513-421-1846.