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Swing the Swing State Four ballot initiatives on the ballot Nov. 8 could drastically change the way Ohio elects politicians -- and the next president. Ed Jerse, a former member of the Ohio House of

Swing the Swing State

Four ballot initiatives on the ballot Nov. 8 could drastically change the way Ohio elects politicians — and the next president. Ed Jerse, a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives from the Cleveland area, discusses the four constitutional amendments that Reform Ohio Now has put before Ohio voters and why their passage will renew the state's democratic process (see "All the New That Fits," Aug. 17-24). The forum is at noon Sept. 15 in the undercroft of Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East Fourth St. Bring a brown bag or buy a lunch for $5. For more information, call Bill Woods or Ed Burdell at 513-381-4994.

Eat Well, Save the Earth

EarthSave Cincinnati presents a two-part program on healthy, environmentally friendly foods Sept. 18 at Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright Ave. in Price Hill. An "Edible Wild Foods Walk" begins at 2 p.m., followed by "Local Earth-Friendly Business Fair" from 3-6 p.m. Attend to sell something, promote something or network. Vendors must apply at 513-591-3003 and provide their own tables. But leave all animal products at home. Visitors can take a vegan or vegetarian dish to share or buy grub from vendors, but bring your own utensils, plates, cups and musical instruments to jam ("softly").

For more information, call 513-929-2500 or visit

Amos Project Mayoral Debate

The top two vote getters in the mayoral primary will face off in a debate 7-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Our Lord Christ the King Parish Center in Mt. Lookout. Candidates will address neighborhood safety, the collaborative agreement on police reform, transportation, the shortage of affordable housing and working with county commissioners. Admission is free. The debate is sponsored by the Amos Project and moderated by 12 Newsmakers (WKRC) host Dan Hurley. For more information, contact Sue Morrissey at 513-871-6273 or [email protected].

LBGT Adoption

Anyone in or allied to the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) community and looking to adopt or foster a child in Ohio shouldn't miss the workshop "A Family for Every Child" taking place 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave. The workshop, presented by the Greater Cincinnati Log Cabin Republicans, Lesbian/Gay Community Center of Greater Cleveland and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network of Cincinnati, is free, including lunch. To pre-register e-mail your name, address and phone number to [email protected]. Though pre-registration isn't required, it's encouraged to make sure there are enough materials and lunches.

CityBeat Mayoral Debate

CityBeat and four other local media outlets have teamed up to gang up on the two mayoral candidates who make it to the Nov. 8. A one-hour debate takes place Nov. 1 in front of a live studio audience and broadcasts live on both CET (Channel 48) and WVXU (91.7 FM). Panelists from CityBeat, The Cincinnati Business Courier, The Cincinnati Herald and WVXU will question candidates while audience members equipped with touchpad polling provide instant reactions to the candidates' exchanges. Prior to the debate, the public is encouraged to identify key issues and help the media panel draft questions through a special edition of the Courier's PULSE online survey. More debate details will be announced on

Fundraiser for Project Connect

Project Connect, an educational program serving homeless children, holds its eighth annual fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 18 at the Drees Pavilion at Devou Park in Covington. The program features tunes from Savvy, dinner by the bite, a silent auction and a raffle. Project Connect serves homeless children in Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties, providing tutoring, transportation to and from school, academic and educational enrichment programs and social services. For more information about the benefit, call Ann Gibson at 513-236-7398. For more information about Project Connect, to volunteer or make a donation, call 513-363-1060.

Beer for Better Politics

Drinking Liberally, an informal, an inclusive Democratic drinking club, meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. You don't have to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club; just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. After roaming the first Tuesday of every month, the group regularly settles back into The Comet in Northside. For more info, contact Chris Berger at [email protected].

Wear Black for Peace

Ever since the Bush regime launched its unprovoked invasion of Iraq more than two years ago, the Women in Black have maintained a vigil calling for peace. Participants — men and children are welcome, too — are encouraged to wear black or dark clothes. The weekly peace protest is from 5-6 p.m. Mondays on the grassy island at the corner of Vine Street and Central Parkway.

Ride for Change

Join Critical Mass, a bicycle ride beginning at Fountain Square at 6 p.m. the last Friday of each month. It might seem like just a pleasant bicycle ride, but participants are actually helping to spread the word about a healthful, non-polluting means of transportation that helps combat traffic congestion. For more information about the Critical Mass movement, which is active in hundreds of cities across the United States, visit

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