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HUD Secretary Visits Cincinnati Communities United for hosts U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson for a public forum at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at North Presbyterian Church,

HUD Secretary Visits Cincinnati
Communities United for hosts U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson for a public forum at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave. in Northside. Jackson will listen to citizen concerns about affordable housing and the Section Eight housing program. For more information, call 853-3947.

Tibetan Monks Build Mandala for World Peace
A group of Tibetan monks touring the country promoting love, compassion and wisdom stop in Cincinnati for four days starting at 10 a.m. July 21. The monks will construct a sand mandala in the atrium of the downtown Cincinnati Public Library. As part of the closing ceremonies at 3 p.m. July 24, visitors will be offered jars of the sand used to construct the mandala.

Public Input for Fountain Square
The Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) seeks public input on its new plan to transform Fountain Square.

Five public meetings are planned in sites around the Tri-State, including Montgomery, downtown and Newport, through August 12. Meeting locations and times are online at www.3CDC.org

Jam the Vote
The king of eclectic Jam Rock and countless live albums, Dave Mathews, performs Aug. 5 at the Riverbend Music Center. HeadCount, a nonprofit all-volunteer group on tour with Mathews, plans to register voters outside throughout the concert. To register or to thank the volunteers, go to the blue tent. By the time summer ends, HeadCount hopes to register 100,000 voters across the country.

Canvass 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 421-1846.

Arts Community Backs Repeal of Article 12
Members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present "Serenade for Harmony and Inclusion" at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 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 675-2143 for more information.

Carnival Benefits Homeless Kids
Bethany House Services Emergency Shelter for homeless women and children hosts a Children's Carnival from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday on the 1800 block of Fairmount Avenue in South Fairmount. Current and former guests and program participants celebrate their accomplishments and the joys of summertime with board and committee members, volunteers, friends and neighbors. The carnival features game booths, petting animals, pony rides, music, face painting, clowns and carnival foods. Sponsors are still needed and funds raised enable Bethany House to provide year-long children's programming including housing, transportation to and from schools, summer field trips, sexual abuse awareness programs, anti-drug programs, self-esteem workshops, school supplies and more. For more information or to volunteer, contact Debbie at 513-921-1131 or [email protected].

Face Prejudice
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion unveils their newest original exhibit Facing Prejudice as the final feature of Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2004. This exhibit is the product of a yearlong project of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Students created original visuals and graphics that challenge all members of the community to examine prejudices that affect each of us. Currently, Facing Prejudice is on display in the main lobby of UC's newly renovated Tangeman University Center through July 31. Public hours for the exhibit are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Art Can Change the World
SOS ART 2004, a group show for art on socio-political, peace and justice themes, is at the Mockbee, 2260 Central Parkway, through July 25. For more information, contact [email protected].

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