August 2017 Around Town 1

Lakota West Student Receives Major Art Award

Lakota West Junior Trey Small recently received a Gold Medal award and recognition at the Scholastic Art & Writing Award National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. For more than 90 years, the Scholastic Art and Writing awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth in the visual and literary arts. The award has grown to become the nation’s highest honor and largest source of scholarships for creative teens.

As a Gold Medal recipient, Small’s artwork placed within the top 1% of all submissions (330,000 total) in the nation. As part of his recognition, Small’s work was on display at New York City’s Parson’s School of Design in June and will be on tour all around the country along with the work of the other Gold Medal recipients for the next 24 months beginning in October. Congratulations to this outstanding, creative Lakota student!

Park At Liberty Center for Charity

Throughout August, Circle Tail, Inc. will be the parking charity honoree of the Liberty Center Foundation’s Change for Charities program, where a portion of parking meter proceeds at Liberty Center benefit local non-profits. The mission of Circle Tail, Inc. is to provide service and hearing dogs for people with disabilities at no cost to the individual. They also promote the human-canine bond in our community by providing low cost dog training services, educational programs and Pet First Aid classes.

At Liberty Center, there are 204 parking meters which contribute to benefiting Circle Tail, Inc. Every two months a new charity is selected from the local community to benefit from this great foundation.

Mercy Health Offers Specialized Performing Arts Medicine

Whether it’s treading the boards, playing the cello or twirling on their toes, performing artists rely on quality healthcare to treat injuries and manage physical challenges. Performing Arts Medicine is the specialized assessment and management of the injuries that performing artists endure. In Cincinnati, performing artists need look no further than Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care, now tailored specifically for performing artists on site at the Cincinnati Ballet downtown.

“This location is convenient to performing artists with the Cincinnati Symphony, Ensemble Theatre and Playhouse in the Park, for example, who work or live downtown or close to downtown,” says Jacqui Haas, Supervisor, Performing Arts Medicine for Mercy Health. “The demands of a job in the performing arts can lead to physical challenges. Musicians often perform in awkward body positions while dancers routinely perform moves that require both strength and an extreme range of motion.”

EDGE Teen Center Launches New Youth Ambassador Program

EDGE Teen Center recently announced the launch of their Youth Ambassador Program, in partnership with Liberty Center. Through this program, EDGE teens will have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors at Liberty Center for special events throughout the year. It’s an opportunity for teens to develop job skills, take on leadership roles and serve the local community.

Founded in 2009, EDGE Teen Center’s after school program was formed to address the many challenges facing local teens. The founding members had a goal to create a safe space, where teenagers of all socio-economic backgrounds could connect with other teenagers, and have positive interaction with adults who care. Today, EDGE services more than 700 students annually. For more information on EDGE Teen Center or to find out how you can partner with them, visit their website.

Readers’ Choice Awards—Nominations Open Now

Who are your favorites? We want your opinions! We’re taking nominations for the inaugural West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards to determine our readers’ favorite local businesses. We are looking for your favorite nominees across multiple categories, including: food and beverages; services; medical; recreation; shopping and more. You can also select some of your favorite stories and photos from the past year. The top nominees from each category will move on to the final voting round in September. Winners will be announced in a special issue later this year. Voting is open from July 25-August 25. Go online and click the survey to nominate your favorite local business!