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Hartwell Update – May 2018 – HIA Meeting This Tuesday at 7pm; Arts and Craft Show This Saturday May 19; Dumpster on Curzon May 14-17; Nominations Taken for Beautification Awards; Two New Meeting Groups for Anyone Interested in Crafts or Picking up Litter

Next HIA Meeting – This Tuesday May 15, 7 pm at the Hartwell Recreation Center. Elections to the HIA Board will be held – the officers are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Members-at-Large.

Arts and Craft Show Scheduled This Saturday May 19 – Bigger and Better This Year!

ArtsWave (the Greater Cincinnati’s region local arts agency and the nations first and largest community campaign for the arts) accepted a proposal written by Lois Smith and awarded $2000 for the third annual and Craft Show at the Hartwell Recreation Center in May. The money will be used to provide family entertainment at the event.

The very lively Cajun Band Lagniappe and the Space Painter Tom Sparough are scheduled to perform at the event. Make sure you set aside the afternoon of May 19 – these people are certainly worth seeing!

For the third straight year Hartwell Elementary Teacher Chik Fung’s student’s will show their art inside the Hartwell Recreation Center. It is always a pleasure to see their talented work.

There will be hands-on crafts – the Harwell Recreation Commission will sponsor a tie dying t-shirt craft. Laurie and Frank Steele will be on hand to do ballooning. There will also be a Bounce House for children’s entertainment.

Of course, there will also be arts and crafts booths with vendors selling their wares. Thanks to Jan Ober of the Hartwell Recreation Center for her work in procuring them.

The Hartwell Arts and Crafts Show is sponsored by the Cincinnati Recreation Center, the Hartwell Improvement Association, Artswave, the Hartwell Elementary School, and the Friends of Hartwell.

Plan to come for lunch – there will be food trucks selling their delicious wares.


Arts and Crafts Vendors

Junior Art Exhibition

T-Shirt Design Contest

Make and Take Crafts

Juggler Tom Sparough (2 pm)

Cajun Band Lagniappe (11 am – 2 pm)

Balloon Animals with Laurie and Frank Steele

Bounce House

Food Trucks


T-Shirt Contest at Arts and Crafts Show

Submissions must be turned in to the Hartwell Recreation Center by 6 pm, Friday, May 25. Submit original BLACK AND WHITE ARTWORK ONLY. Use black marker for bold, clean and crisp lines. Content should reflect a positive perspective of Hartwell. Category winners will be contacted using the phone or email provided. The final contest winner will have their shirt design printed by the HIA and sold as a neighborhood fundraiser.

There will be three age categories – under 11; 12-17; and 18 and over. There will be prizes in each category, but only one will be chosen as the overall winner and reproduced on a t-shirt.

Beautification Awards Being Accepted

It is time to nominate your house or a Hartwell friend’s house for the Annual Beautification Awards. Send you nominations to by June 18. We will vote at the HIA June 19 meeting and the annoucements will be made at the July 17 meeting. All Hartwell residents attending the June 19 meeting are eligible to vote.

The Cincinnati Neighborhood Games Are Back in 2018; Hartwell Games Are Saturday, June 16

The Cincinnati Neighborhood Games are returning and will be held again this summer. The last time they were held was in 2016 and Hartwell won 4 medals. These are the events Hartwell will be competing in:

3 Legged Race; 40 Yard Dash; HORSE; Corn Hole Toss (Team of 2); Football Toss; Golf Chipping; Hula Hoop; Soccer Kick; Tug of War (Team of 5); Water Balloon Toss (Team of 2)

The chess qualifiers will be held at another site on another day (not Hartwell).

If you want to be on the Hartwell Cincinnati Trivia Team, let us know!

Alas, no ping pong this year. Men, women, and children are invited to participate. Jim Smith is the captain again this year and will be assisted by Hans Multhopp.

Most of the Hartwell Qualifiers will be held Saturday, June 16 from Noon-3pm at the Hartwell Recreation Center, and the winners will represent us in the CNG Championships (to be held July 21-28). There is more information at the website at

Here is the schedule for June 16:

Registration – Noon

3 Legged Race – 12:15 pm

40 Yard Dash – 12:35 pm

Football Toss – 12:55 pm

Golf Chipping – 1:15 pm

Hula Hoop – 1:35 pm

Horse – 1:35 pm

Corn Hole – 1:35 pm

Soccer Kick – 1:55 pm

Water Balloon Toss – 2:15 pm

Tug of War – 2:45 pm


Hartwell Yard Sale Coming June 1-3

Hartwell Neighborhood Yard Sale is June 1-3. Residents may sell on all or any of these three days. Anyone who

wants their addresses on the yard sale flyer (available at sellers’ stations on Saturday morning), please send the

info to Tara ( or phone Jane at 513-821-7296. The flyers will also have a map marked where

all the sales are (what days are on the map) so get that info in if you want to participate.


Two New Hartwell Groups Meeting for Crafts and Litter Collection

Lynda White has started two new groups. The first is for arts and crafty people and meets on Thursdays at the Hartwell United Methodist Church on Parkway. You can find it on Facebook under “Hartwell Makers Group” Sometime they meet in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening, so please check the page if you are interested.

The other group is a litter collection group that meets every other Saturday to pick up litter in Hartwell. You can find more information at the Hartwell Improvement Association page if you are interested in helping:

Thank you, Lynda, for starting these groups!


Spots Are Available At Hartwell Recreation Summer Camp: Also Lifeguards Needed

If you are interested in registering your child for CRC Recreation Camp, you can find more information here: The camps run from May 13 through August 10.

If you are 14 years old or over you might qualify for a Cincinnati Recreation Lifeguard job. Lifeguards are always needed, and the CRC provides the training. You can find more information here

Pickleball at Hartwell Recreation Center

Pickleball, a combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, is now being played on Tuesday mornings at the Hartwell Recreation Center. It is less difficult than tennis, played on a smaller court, and is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Already 5-6 people are playing at Hartwell, so if you come you will be able to play a game. Call the HRC at 821-5194 for the exact times.

The Friends of the Library’s 46th Annual June Book Sale is “Heading Home to Hartwell”

June 2-9, 2018
Friends Used Book Store at the Warehouse
8456 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45216

Saturday, June 2: 10 am – 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 3: Noon – 5 pm
Monday, June 4: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm Friends Choice **
Tuesday, June 5: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm Friends Choice **
Wednesday, June 6: 10:00 am- 7:30 pm Special Feature: Cookbooks
Thursday, June 7: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm Special Feature: Vintage and Collectibles
Friday, June 8: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm 50% off for everyone!
Saturday, June 9: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Bag Day!

**Friends Choice: Current Friends members receive 50% off your entire purchase only on one of these two select days, Monday June 4th or Tuesday, June 5th!

Friends, please bring your postcard to receive this 50% discount.

City Holiday Schedule

When your regular trash collection day falls on the date shown, your trash will be collected the following day. Collections for the remainder of the week will be delayed one day.

  • Monday, Jan. 1, 2018: New Year’s Day
  • Monday, Jan. 15, 2018: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, Feb. 19, 2018: Presidents Day
  • Monday, May 28, 2018: Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Independence Day
  • Monday, Sept. 4, 2018: Labor Day
  • Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – Observed Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: Veterans Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 22, 2017: Thanksgiving
  • Friday, Nov. 23, 2018: Day after Thanksgiving
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 – Christmas

Yard waste collection will resume in April.

Join the Hartwell Recreation Center

Located at the corner of Vine Stree and Galbraith Road, our Hartwell Rec Center is a huge asset to our community. Membership includes Hammer Strength Weight Room, Pilates, Spinning,Senior Programs, Youth Drop In programs, After School Camp and Summer Day Camp for children ages 6-12 yrs and a Teen Club. Call 513-821-5194 or email for more information. The Hartwell Recreation Center is managed by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.


Juniors (0-17) $2

Adults (18-24) $10

Adults (25-49) $25

Seniors (50+) $10


Monday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday: 12:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Thursday: 12:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday: 12:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Sat/Sun: Closed


Cincinnati Citizens on Patrol Info – From Laura Feldman

The City of Cincinnati has a Citizens on Patrol program. After applicants are trained, they can use a marked City vehicle to patrol each neighborhood. Some Cincinnati neighborhoods have very active patrols. Here is a link to the application if you are interested:

Give Hartwell Elementary School Your Kroger’s Rewards – From Dawn Murray

If you give Hartwell School your Kroger community rewards, be sure to log in and occasionally check that they are still getting credit. I just looked to see what my last amount was and it told me that I needed to re-enroll by the end of this month. Remember this does not take away from your Kroger gas points, it is just something in addition that benefits the neighborhood school. It may not be a lot of money, but imagine if everybody gave their community rewards to Hartwell School that was on this page.

Join the Hartwell Improvement Association!

The Hartwell Improvement Association is funded by your contributions. For $10.00 a year you can be a participating member in the HIA, which meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Hartwell Recreation Center. The HIA values your support and participation. To join, send a check to HIA; PO Box 15608; Cincinnati, Ohio 45215-0608.

Reminder about Trash and Recycle Bins Plus Link to City Services for Complaints about Overgrown Yards, Junk Vehicles, Signs Down, etc.

Carts are to be placed with the opening facing the curb. Also, it is a good idea to use both hands when transporting a cart to and from the curb.

Here is the City contact info where you can complain about tall grass, weeds, junk autos, etc. The phone number is 513-591-6000 and the online link is here

Hartwell Area Senior News

Hartwell Valley Seniors meet each Thursday from 9am-2pm at the Hartwell Recreation Center at 8275 Vine Street. Annual membership is $10.00 and club dues are $2.00. Call 513-821-5194 for information or pick up quarterly calendar of events at the center. The club president is Shelly King, Vice-President is Carol Hardy, and Program Director is Jan Ober.

Hartwell Social Media Outlets

Keep up with the Hartwell with these social media sites:

HIA Website –

Facebook – Hartwell Improvement Association Group –

Facebook – Hartwell Makers Group –

Nextdoor Hartwell –

Twitter – @HartofCincy

Facebook – I’m from Hartwell, Ohio –

Facebook – Carthage Hartwell Yard Sale –

City and Police Contact Numbers and City Service Websites – Call 513-765-1212 to Report Crimes; 911 for Emergencies

Be sure to report all crimes or suspicious behavior, no matter how small, to the police. There have been recent thefts, drug activity has been spotted, and residents have been threatened and attacked during the past year. Please keep the police informed when these crimes occur. Police/Fire Non-Emergency is 513-765-1212. Ou local representative is Jody Edwards ( and her phone number is 513-569-8649. Calling her number will not report the crime to the data base – be sure to call 513-765-1212 if you want a crime officially reported.

City Services is; the phone number 513-591-6000. Use this to contact the city about problems such as trash, potholes, unmaintained property, etc.

Here is a link to the City page with the mayor, city council, etc., city manager contact info

Recycle and Yard Waste Dates – Tuesdays May 22; June 5 & 19

For more garbage and yard waste information – please consult the city web site here:

Friends of the Library Book Warehouse Hours – Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 pm; Wednesdays, 10 am to 1 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm.