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Hartwell Update – November 2017 – HIA Meeting This Tuesday at 7 pm; Light up Hartwell Sunday, December 3 at Hartwell Methodist Church – Volunteers and Cookies Needed for the Event


Next HIA Meeting – This Tuesday; November 21; 7 pm at Hartwell Recreation Center

The guest speaker will be Tom Gardner, the Manager of the Wyoming Branch Library.  He will be speaking about the Library’s facility plans and what it means to our branch.


Light up Hartwell Coming to the Hartwell Methodist Church This December 3; 6-8pm

Mark your calendar for our annual holiday celebration.  There will be the lighting of the tree and a visit from Santa (with pictures taken).  Entertainment will include harp music and choir singing.  Cookies, treats, popcorn, and hot chocolate will also be served.   All Hartwellians are invited to come and share in the festive celebration with their friends and neighbors.

We are also asking that anyone coming to LUH bring canned goods, toiletries, etc. to the event.  These goods will be donated to Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center, who distributes goods all year round to our neighbors in the valley who are in need.  Their website can be found here


Volunteers Needed for Luminary Duties and Cookie Supervision for Light up Hartwell 

Volunteers are needed to help put together the 300+ luminaries for the Parkway Circle are invited to come to the Jones’ house 148 Parkway, Sunday, December 3 at 2 pm to help.  Peggy will have chili for everyone before we start!  It is a lot of fun and we always need lots help putting the luminaries together, placing them around the circle, and lighting them.


Cookies, We Need Cookies (And Other Bite Size Treats to Eat)! 

We will need cookies and sweets to share at Light up Hartwell.  Please bring them to the Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 3 by 6 pm.  Be sure to write your name, address, and phone number in the back of the plate if you want it back.  Thank you in advance for providing these delicious treats to the people of Hartwell.

Contact me at to volunteer to help at LUH or to provide cookies for the event.


Need Luminaria?

The HIA will be selling Luminaria again this year – The first kit is $10, the second is $5, the third is $10, the fourth is $5, etc.  Each kit includes 10 lights and bags and sand.  They will be available for purchase at the HIA Meeting this Tuesday and at a location and date to be named later.

If you want them delivered to your house, text Jane Messingschlager at 513-760-0898 and we will arrange a time.


Cincinnati Parks’ Holiday Wreath Class

DIY Fresh Wreath Class Sat., December 2, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Caldwell Nature Preserve Get out of the house and get into the holiday spirit by joining our professional florist as she guides you in making your own fresh master piece. All materials and instruction are provided. Fee: $30 per person. Call 761-4313 by Nov 27 for reservations.


The Little Match Girl Ballet at Wyoming High School

Beyond the Barre presents an original ballet based on the holiday fairy tale, The Little Match Girl. 2 Performances 4:00 pm December 2 & 3, 2017 at the Wyoming High School Pendery Center for the Arts (106 Pendery Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45215). Tickets are $10 ea. This 2 Act ballet is 75 minutes long, with a 15 minute intermission.


Street Sweeping Now Monthly 

All streets in Cincinnati are cleaned once a month.  Even sides of the streets are swept on the 2nd Wednesday in Hartwell and the odd sides of the streets are swept on the 4th Wednesdays.  Public Services asks that we move vehicles parked on the street, if at all possible, so they can get to the curb.  They will not post signs to remind us.


Get Fit at Hartwell Recreation Center (513-821-5194); New Hours Below

Hartwell Community Center offers Hammer Strength Weight Room, Pilates, Spinning, Senior Programs, Youth Drop In programs, After School Camp, Holiday Camp, and Summer Day Camp for children ages 6-12 yrs. They also offer a Teen Club. The fitness enter has Hammer Strength equipment, a treadmill, an exercise bike, free weights and a Magnum Fitness System.

Center hours are Mon – Fri — 12:30 – 9pm

The cost of the fitness room is included with yearly membership.

Young Adults – 18-24 – $10.00

Adults – $25.00

50+ – $10.00

Schedules of events are available at the Center.  The HRC is open noon – 7 pm.   Monday through Friday and closed Saturday and Sunday.  Here are some programs available:

Spinning – M&W; 6:30-7:30pm; Free with Membership; Pilates – TH; 6-7pm; $8 per class;Fitness Room – M-F; Noon-15 minutes before Closing.


Creative Journaling Growth Group at Hartwell United Methodist Church

Love to doodle – then this group is for you – Creative journaling for devotion, Bible Study, meditation, or just some reflective time.  Thursdays at UMC at 7:10pm;  lots of supplies available to get you started.  Call 513-761-4990 for more information.


Beginning Guitar Class at Hartwell United Methodist Church

Frank Steele is offering a guitar class.  It meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at the Hartwell United Methodist Church.  For more information contact Frank at

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 Cinicinnati 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 –

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.  Our 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 is 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 – Tuesday, November 21; December 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.