Opens Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory - Majestic Monarch

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announces its next major exhibition today, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu. The world premiere exhibition, opening Friday, March 24, is in partnership with Matthew Willman, a South African documentary photographer who was commissioned by The Nelson Mandela Foundation during the last 10 years of Mandela’s life. Admission for Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu is $5.00 per person. The exhibition is sponsored by John and Francie Pepper, Macy’s, and ArtsWave.

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Willman as he revisited many of the locations that had played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. Visitors will travel throughout South Africa with Mandela via Willman’s camera lens: Mvezo Village, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Robben Island. The exhibit will also feature artifacts from Mandela’s life on loan to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center from The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“Apartheid broke apart the very fabric of our society using the barriers of race and gender to isolate and divide. It created an inferiority complex that even today, we as a country are still working to overcome,” says Willman. “Yet, it is this ‘Spirit of Ubuntu’ that exists within all Africans who choose every day to aspire to the highest ideals that this man, Nelson Mandela, laid out for us to achieve. Ubuntu discovers in each of us our calling to begin to move together, to realize our inter-connectedness and our responsibility to each other.”

From humble beginnings, to a life dedicated to resistance, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu tells the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die in the name of equality, justice, and freedom. This exhibition provides a platform for a sharing of values so richly present in Mandela’s life to understand the role forgiveness, leadership, truth, and sacrifice play in overcoming the challenges we face in society today.

“We are not far removed from the era of Apartheid in South Africa,” says Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “Mandela's ‘long walk to freedom’ in 1990 altered the course of history in South Africa and the world. His courage, resistance, perseverance, and ability to forgive made him a global icon. We are honored to share his story and commemorate his legacy.”

The exhibit opens the public on Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m. Admission for the exhibit is $5 per person. 

Reds ‘Strike Out Hunger’ with St. Vincent De Paul


Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/musician, Bruno Mars, revealed details behind his massive upcoming global headline tour - The 24K Magic World Tour (pronounced twenty-four karat magic world tour).  The North American leg stops in Louisville, KY at KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, September 19.  For complete details, please visit The 24K Magic World Tour official homepage at

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning at 10:00am on Monday, November 21 at,, the venue box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.     

A multiple GRAMMY® Award winner and 20 time GRAMMY® nominee, Bruno Mars has sold over 170 million singles worldwide and over 26 million albums worldwide, affirming him one of the best-selling artists of all time. The critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, director, musician recently dominated charts with the worldwide smash single, “Uptown Funk.” The RIAA diamond certified smash made history as the longest-leading Billboard “Hot 100” single of the 2010s, and is only the 10th single in the chart’s 57-year history to spend at least 14 weeks at #1. “Uptown Funk” has received a number of honors, among them three 2016 GRAMMY® Awards, including the coveted “Record of the Year” award. In addition, the “Uptown Funk” companion video received the 2016 MTV Video Music Award for “Best Male Video.”

CPS to host job fair to recruit instructional paraprofessionals

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CINCINNATI, OH — The Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 International Butterfly show, Majestic Monarch, on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Presented by Macy’s, the show will be open daily from 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is: Adults $7 • Youth $4 (5-17 years) • Children 4 and under FREE.

This year’s show will celebrate the beauty of the majestic monarch butterflies and their amazing long journey across North America. Thousands of free-flying butterflies, of all varieties including the monarch, will fill the showroom and delight visitors with their beautiful colors and designs. Experience what it is like to be a butterfly surrounded by towering fir trees, giant flowers, and islands of color provided by the beautiful hydrangeas, marvelous marigolds, and gorgeous celosia.

Become a “Citizen Scientist” when visiting by observing which fruit nectar feeding station or which flower attracts the most butterflies. There is a lot to learn about Monarchs –– and everyone at Krohn is hoping that each visitor will spread the word about the importance of creating and preserving butterfly habitats.

Many special events, both family-friendly and Adults Only, have been planned throughout the 12-week show –– from Photographer Nights to Family Nights to name a few!

Admission And Hours

Adults $7 • Youth (Ages 5-17) $4 • Children (Ages 4 and under) FREE

Visitors may be photographed, filmed, or recorded by the Cincinnati Park Board for educational and promotional uses.

For more information about Krohn Conservatory, call 513.421.5707 or visit

St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Reds, WLWT, and 700WLW are partnering to “Strike Out Hunger” across Greater Cincinnati by hosting a food donation drive when the Reds play the Chicago Cubs on Friday, June 30 (7:10 p.m.) and Saturday, July 1 (4:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.

Fans who donate a minimum of three non-perishable food items from the time gates open (90 minutes before first pitch) through the 4th inning will receive a free ticket to an upcoming Reds game, limit one ticket per person.

Donation barrels will be located outside the ballpark’s main entrance on Crosley Terrace. 

For more information about donating, visit or call 513-421-HOPE (4673).

One of the most important pieces of Summer Adventure combines feeding hungry tummies and minds. Several Library locations will serve free meals to children 18 and younger starting June 5.

Daily lunches and snacks are available at select Library locations to all children ages 18 and under. Lunches are available Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 5 and ending Friday, Aug. 4. There will be no food service Tuesday, July 4, due to the Fourth of July holiday. Food is served while supplies last. Summer Lunches will be served up at the following locations:

Main Library — 12:15 p.m.

Avondale Branch Library — 12:30 p.m.

Bond Hill Branch Library — 1 p.m. (lunch), 4:30 p.m. (snack)

College Hill Branch Library — 1 p.m.

Covedale Branch Library — 12:30 p.m.

Deer Park Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. (lunch), 3 p.m. (snack)

Elmwood Place Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. (lunch), 4 p.m. (snack)

Groesbeck Branch Library — 12:30 p.m.

Madisonville Branch Library — 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. (snack)

Mt. Healthy Branch Library — 1 p.m. (Lunch service runs Monday through Thursday)

North Central Branch Library — 12:30 p.m.

Reading Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. (lunch), 4:30 p.m. (snack)

West End Branch Library — 12:30 p.m.

For more information about free summer lunches at the Library or the Summer Adventure, visit or call 513-369-6900. 

Cincinnati Public Schools is looking for exceptional paraprofessionals to assist teachers in the classroom and will host a Paraprofessionals Job Fair on Saturday, June 24, to find them. The job fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cincinnati Public Schools Education Center located at 2651 Burnet Avenue in Corryville. Successful applicants will meet at least one of the following criteria: an associate’s degree; 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours; or passage of the Paraprofessionals Praxis Assessment. For more information contact CPS Human Resources at 363-0130 or visit CPS online at


Library serving up free lunches to kids, teens during Summer Adventure

The Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by P&G is excited to announce the 2017 Lineup that will ensure this year is even bigger than last year! The Festival will take place July 27, 28, and 29th at Paul Brown Stadium, attracting attendees from across the country to the Tri-State. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster beginning Saturday, January 14 at 10 a.m. or 1-800-653-8000.

Having presented top notch R&B artists for more than 50 years, the Cincinnati Music Festival is one of the premier music festivals of its type in the country. This year’s Lineup includes three days packed full of bigger names than the Festival has ever hosted on its stage. In 2017, festival organizers are taking the Talent to a new level and believe it will be the hottest ticket in town this summer.

VIBE's Throwback Thursday 7/27/17- ROB BASS, KID CAPRI, and DOUG E FRESH!

Throwback Thursday, sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau’s multicultural platform, Vibe Cincinnati; will be a party with a purpose. A portion from each ticket will be donated to the CVB’s Institute for Hospitality Leadership. The Institute will work with schools, colleges and hospitality businesses to create a curriculum to prepare more skilled workers and leaders for the continued expansion of the travel and hospitality sector. "We are excited about the partnership and celebrate the diversity commitment to the hospitality community from the CMF. Bottom line, we are preparing the region for future Hospitality careers for a diverse workforce," says Jason Dunn, VP Multicultural and Community Development at the CVB.

Fashion Show by Shingo AND performances by Rob Bass, Kid Capri, & Doug E Fresh!

General Admission $50 and VIP $100 including 2 premium drink tickets, appetizers, swag bag, and official CMF credential and lanyard! A portion of every ticket sold will go to the CVB Hospitality Initiative.

Friday 7/28/17 - Main stage @ Paul Brown Stadium

En Vogue, SWV, BBD, Kem, and MARY J BLIGE!

Saturday 7/29/17 - Main stage @ Paul Brown Stadium

Confunkshun, Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia, USHER featuring the Roots! 

"This is the hottest show we've ever had. The stars must have been aligned and we were able to book the biggest names in music to headline our shows! It's gonna be a dance party like you've never seen," said CMF Promoter Joe Santangelo.

In 2016, the Cincinnati Music Festival attracted over 55,000 attendees and had an estimated $11 million economic impact. These figures are projected to increase further in 2017 based on the strength and popularity of the featured artists. The event attracts broad and significant support from the Cincinnati community, with Procter & Gamble returning as Title Sponsor and The Kroger Company as a featured retail partner.

“Procter & Gamble is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of the Cincinnati Music Festival, the premier festival in the Midwest, for the third year in a row. P&G is one of the most diverse companies in the world and we care deeply about promoting progress and cultural development within the communities we serve,” said Andrea Wilkerson, CMK Brand Associate Director at P&G. “We’re proud to be a part of events such as CMF, as they unite our employees and neighbors under the shared interest of great music and entertainment; this is just one of the many ways in which we demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Leading up to the 3 day Cincinnati Music Festival, fans can experience amazing talent at Washington Park during the Friday Flow concert series that has become known as the "Road to CMF" on June 30 and July 14. Local and national talent will take the stage to build excitement and get the City ready for this nationally recognized Festival.

For more information about the Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by P&G, please visit