December 2016 Around Town 1

Food For Fines

The MidPointe Library System will be offering patrons a chance to do good in their community, while simultaneously eliminating Library overdue fees during their popular “Food For Fines” program. Now through December 9, for each non-perishable item a patron donates, one dollar of outstanding fines will be forgiven. Canned goods, boxed mixes, toiletries and paper goods are all welcome contributions. Donated items can be used for up to $10 worth of fines per patron. Fees for lost or damaged materials cannot be forgiven through this program.

MidPointe will be distributing the contributions throughout its service area to multiple food pantries and charitable organizations, including Reach Out Lakota. MidPointe first launched the Food For Fines program in 2011 and it has resulted in more than $30,000 in forgiven fines and more than 34,000 items donated to local charitable organizations.

Register For ACT® Practice Test

Lakota East and West have teamed up with Huntington Learning Center to offer an ACT® Practice Test (with essay) on Saturday, January 7. Every Junior who is taking the ACT® this school year should consider taking a practice test. Testing will take place at both the East and West main campuses and is $40 per student. Only 85 seats are available per school. To learn how to register call Huntington (513) 860-4416.
After the test, Huntington will share the results at each high school, where students will receive a detailed analysis of their results, along with strategies for the live ACT®. Huntington Learning Center offers individualized, proven test prep programs to help students achieve their best score.

New Top-Notch Therapy

Community First Solutions is pleased to introduce Jamestowne Inpatient and Outpatient therapy, located in Hamilton. The latest in Community First’s not-for-profit network, Jamestowne features 42 private suites and a 5000-sq. ft. therapy gym. By blending the luxury of five-star accommodations with the trusted five-star clinical expertise of their Berkeley Square and Westover communities, Jamestowne offers unmatched comfort and quality.

Every detail of Jamestowne has been chosen with guests in mind. Private suites are not only spacious, modern, quiet and family-friendly, but they also facilitate quicker recoveries. The expert therapists deliver inpatient and outpatient speech, physical, and occupational therapy seven days a week. Jamestowne offers a variety of specialized programs designed to speed recovery. Plan ahead for your recovery. Schedule a tour and book your stay by calling (513) 785-4800.

Groundbreaking New Club

The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester-Liberty broke ground on October 30 at their new location, 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. Nearly all of the $6.8 million needed to build the club has already been raised. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with local leaders, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.

There are more than 1,140 independent Boys & Girls Clubs of America organizations across the nation, including West Chester-Liberty. Character development is the building block of every Boys & Girls Clubs’ activities and the organization’s motto is “Great futures start here.” The new building is estimated to be completed by the beginning of 2018.

Homeless No More

Family Promise of Butler County now has a home in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Family Promise of Butler County is an affiliate of Family Promise, Inc. which has been providing overnight lodging to children and families who are homeless throughout our nation since 1988. In Butler County there are currently more than 500 children on record as being homeless, representing hundreds of families struggling with homelessness.

Family Promise Day Center, now located at 19 Front Street in Hamilton, will be a resource hub for families when they are not at one of the network’s host churches. The day center provides guests the opportunity to shower, care for pre-school children, and work on their goals to seek employment and permanent housing. For additional information or to contribute, please go online.

Goldfish Swim School Now Open

There is a new spot in town for all the water-loving little ones in your life. Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages four months to 12-years-old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes, shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all their swimmers in the pool during the same half hour time slot.

In addition to swim lessons, Goldfish Swim School of West Chester offers weekly family swims and party packages. Stop by the newest location at 7058 Ridgetop Drive off Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

Donate to HUFF Realty’s 
Annual Toy Drive

For 17 years, HUFF Realty has held a toy drive for Cincinnati Shriners Hospital for Children, which relies heavily on the generosity of donors to continue improving the lives of children through innovative pediatric specialty care. All care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Upon admission, every child receives several toys that provide entertainment and comfort during their treatment.

Each year, HUFF Realty agents and employees are able to provide both monetary and toy donations to this great cause. HUFF Realty encourages members of the West Chester and Liberty Township communities to drop off donations of NEW toys at the Union Centre office located at 6192 Muhlhauser Road. Monetary and toy donations are accepted through December 31. HUFF Realty thanks you in advance for the support and generosity of this worthy cause!

Casting Call for Cute Pets

Do you have a cuddly fur baby? Perhaps a large four-legged friend? We want to meet your pets! For our upcoming February issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle, we are looking for several local pets to feature in our first-ever pets issue. If you have a friendly and photogenic pet, please submit an entry online and your pet may be selected to appear in our February issue.

To submit an entry, please visit our website. Click the blue button called “Submit Event Photos” under the Good Times section of our homepage. Along with your photo, you should include your pet’s name, age and breed. We will contact you in December if your pet is selected. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook to view all of the pet entries in February.

Contest Winners Announced

Four lucky readers are taking home great prizes–just for reading West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle! Julie Veneman, pull out your yoga mat because you won a free yoga party for 20 of your closest friends from Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio. This prize is valued at $200 and includes three hours at the studio and a 75-90 minute yoga class with a Gracetree instructor. Three other readers will have some extra help in their kitchens. The winners of the kitchen gadgets contest are Jacquie Warren, Carla Johnson and Sheila Watson. We hope your new gadgets add some fun to your cooking experience. Thank you for reading West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle!