Local shelter in ‘urgent’ need of various supplies

The Animal Friends Humane SocietyHeyHamiltonLogo has issued a notice that it is in urgent need of some supplies. The staff uses these items daily, according to the email sent by AFHS this week. Donations may be taken to the Princeton Road location from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday and 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. For more information call (513) 867-5727.

List of needed items:

Canned cat/kitten food

Fabuloso cleaner

AAA batteries

Large and extra-large garbage bags

Postage stamps

Paper towels

Powdered or liquid laundry detergent


Fans of ’90s music should head to Groovin’ on the Green today

THINGS TO DOLocal band Zack Attack plays hits from the 1990s, and will be live today in Fairfield as part of the Groovin’ on the Green concert series.

The show is slated for 7 p.m. at the Village Green amphitheatre, 411 Wessel Drive. It’s a free show, but take a lawn chair.

Other Groovin’ shows coming up include:

Aug. 7: Kick N Flava

Aug. 14: The Klaberheads

Aug. 21: Sentimiento Bachata Band

Aug. 28: BlueStone Ivory

Check out the Groovin’ on the Green website for a list of participating vendors, to see photos and other information regarding the concert series.



What’s happening in August?

THINGS TO DOThere are lots of things to do and to get involved with in the month of August. Here are a few of the many activities. For more, check out the heyhamilton.com website for a calendar. To add your event, email hey@heyhamilton.com.


MOVIES IN THE PARK: “E.T.” 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2, RiversEdge, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. Free, take blankets and chairs. More information on the facebook event page.

SUNBONNET DAYS: Aug. 2-3, Gilbert Farms Park, 6181 Ross Road, Fairfield. Free family event, guided tours. More info here.

54TH ANNUAL FLYING CIRCUS AIRSHOW: Aug. 2-3, Butler County Regional Airport, 2820 Airport Road, Hamilton. Greater Cincinnati Radio Control Club. More info at www.gcrcc.net/RCFlyingCircus.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Aug. 5, Monroe Community Park, Monroe. Free. ArtsWave presents “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.” CincyShakes.com (In West Chester Aug. 15, Oxford on Aug. 26 and Hamilton on Aug. 27.)

“WILLY RUSSELL’S BLOOD BROTHERS” AUDITIONS: Aug. 5-6, Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre, Third Street, Hamilton, Musical. Details on the theater company’s website, ghctplay.com.

THIRD ANNUAL HONOR & REMEMBER CONCERT: Aug. 8-9. Concerts beginning at 5:30 p.m. both nights. RiversEdge Park, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. More information on the facebook event page.

KICK N FLAVA: 7 p.m. Aug. 7, Groovin’ on the Green concert series, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. www.fairfield-city.org/events/groovingreen.cfm

HUMP DAY CONCERTS: 7 p.m. Aug. 13 and Aug. 27, Voice of America MetroPark. Concerts by VOA lake, boxed dinner available by advance order. Make reservations on MetroParks website.

THE KLABERHEADS: 7 p.m. Aug. 14, Groovin’ on the Green concert series, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. www.fairfield-city.org/events/groovingreen.cfm

FREEKBASS AND KELLY RICHEY:  6 p.m. Aug. 14, RiversEdge Park. 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. More information on the facebook event page.

“THE SOUND OF MUSIC” AUDITIONS: Aug. 24-25 (youth), Sept. 2-3 (adults). Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre, Third Street, Hamilton, Musical. Details on the theater company’s website, ghctplay.com.

AFTER-HOURS ON THE SQUARE @ UNION CENTRE: 6 p.m. Aug. 7 (My Sister Sarah), Aug. 14 (Zack Attack), Aug. 21 (Fast Forward Band) and Aug. 28 (Naked Karate Girls). Musical performances, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Twp. www.westchesteroh.org/TheSquare.cfm

SENTIMIENTO BACHATA BAND: 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Groovin’ on the Green concert series, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. www.fairfield-city.org/events/groovingreen.cfm

THE WHISKEY GENTRY AND JIM BURNS BAND: 6 p.m. Aug. 28, RiversEdge Park, 116 Dayton St., Hamilton. More information on the event’s facebook page.

BLUESTONE IVORY: 7 p.m. Aug. 28, Groovin’ on the Green concert series, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. www.fairfield-city.org/events/groovingreen.cfm



13TH ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16, The Covedale Center For Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Price Hill. Local artists with original works, outdoor event. www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com

Your chance to shine on the Broadway-ish stage

Greater Hamilton Civic Theater has announced auditions for its upcoming production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.”

  • Children ages 5 to 15: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.
  • Adults, 16 and older: 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Auditions will be held at The Creative Center at the Palace, 215 South Third Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

Your first notes:


  • The role of the Mother Abbess has been pre-cast.It will be played by Bess-Arlene Camacho.  All other roles are available.
  • The roles of the younger children (Friedrich, Louisa, Brigitta, Kurt, Marta & Gretl) will be double cast to create two casts of children.
  • Children and Adults should prepare one song in a Musical Theatre style.Singing a song from the show is acceptable.  There are several supporting roles which will not require a vocal audition.
  • Piano accompaniment as well as CD playback will be available for the auditions.
  • Please bring a complete list of conflict dates from mid-September through early December.
  • The production will begin rehearsals the week of September 8th.
  • There will be no rehearsals the week of September 15th through September 21st. Rehearsals will resume the week of September 22nd.
  • We will rehearse 3 nights per-week, September through October.We will rehearse 4 nights per-week in November.  There will be no rehearsals on November 26, 27, 28, 29.
  • The specific days of the week we rehearse will be determined after the show is cast.
  • The show will be performed at Parrish Auditorium on the Hamilton Campus of Miami University on December 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
  • For additional information, please contact Director, Kevin Brunck at kevin.brunck@visitkingsisland.com or krbrunck@gmail.com

Produced by Tracy Botos & Joellyn Goos

Directed by Kevin Brunck

Vocal & Music Direction by Ryan Heinrich

Choreographed by Sandy Wiesman


Local men make film premiering in theaters this August

Several area men make film directed by James Franco (The Great and Powerful Oz, Planet of the Apes, James Dean, Spiderman)

Several Hamilton, Ohio, helped bring a Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel to life in the new film “Child of God”.

The adaptation film was co-written and produced by Hamilton, Ohio native Vince Jolivette. The film also features local Hamilton, Ohio actor, filmmaker and civil rights activist Terrance Huff.

Other Hamilton, Ohio crew includes assistant editor Jay Davis and set designer Patrick Jackson.

The film has been making waves around the world. “Child of God” was selected to be screened in the official competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.The film made its United States premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival and then was screened at the Austin Film Festival. “Child of God” hits theaters August 1st 2014.

You can see Huff in the trailer:

Terrance Huff
Terrance Huff


Lucky Baldwin: This guy was born in Hamilton!

From The Historical Society of Southern California: “Lucky” Baldwin’s reputation must survive for generations to come as that of one of the greatest pioneers of the West, the greatest builders of California, the most spectacular of libertines, and the most contradictory of characters in our annals.

Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin (April 3, 1828 – March 1, 1909)

And Baldwin certainly earned his nickname “Lucky.”

Born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1828, Elias Jackson Baldwin started in business as a grocery store, hotel and saloon owner in Indiana and Wisconsin. Always looking for bigger opportunities, in 1853 with his wife and six year old daughter, he set out for California following the route of thousands of others in search of gold. Ever the shrewd businessman, however, he waited before rushing across the continent, carefully evaluating the news from the far West. And unlike many others before him, he saw his fortune in selling food, supplies and accommodations, not digging for nuggets.

Most historians agree that the big break that made his fortune, and earned him his nickname, came in 1867. Wealthy enough to take a world trip, before leaving he instructed his broker to sell his stocks if they fell below a specific price. He then left to hunt elephants in India. His trip ended in New York where he became a vaudeville producer, representing a troop of Japanese entertainers he’d met in Toyko.

When he finally got back to San Francisco, Baldwin learned that his stock had fallen below the figure he specified, but his broker had been unable to sell because Baldwin had taken the key to his safe with him. But instead of a financial disaster, it was incredible good fortune. The value of his stock had rebounded spectacularly, leaving Baldwin with a multi-million dollar windfall. This was only the first of many stories that are credited as the source for his nickname, but Lucky Baldwin always insisted that his money-making ability was the result of shrewd investment. With his newfound riches he survived stock crashes and bank failures, built the Baldwin Theater and Baldwin Hotel (“the finest west of New York”), and became an American legend.

Baldwin also founded the Santa Anita Park horse racing track, whose most famous patron was the Marshal Wyatt Earp. Baldwin and Earp became good friends and it is reported that in 1892, Earp and his wife Josephine were married by the captain of Baldwin’s yacht.

His birthplace is commemorated with an Ohio Historical Marker that designates the location of the lost village of Dogtown, so named because it was the locale of  a vicious dogfight. It was later known as Bunker Hill. His name endures in California at Baldwin Lake in Big Bear and Baldwin Hills and Baldwin Village neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

Enroll now for fall MUH classes

Miami University’s regional locations are encouraging continuing students to register now for classes that begin on August 25. If you are a current student and need to meet with an advisor to select your courses or change your major you can call Miami Hamilton’s Advising office at 513.785.3129, Miami Middletown’s at 513.727.3440or VOA Learning Center in West Chester at 513.895.8862.

New first-time college students planning to attend this fall semester must apply no later than August 1. Applicants must submit official high school or GED transcripts, and the $35 application fee. New transfer students must additionally provide official college transcripts.

Beginning August 18, offices will be open at from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Bookstore hours will be 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday. The bookstore, admission, financial aid, records and registration, business services and cashier offices will also be open from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 23.

To learn more about our bachelor’s degrees, visit regionals.miamioh.edu. For more information, contact Miami Hamilton’s Admission office at 513.785.3111 or Miami Middletown’s at 513.727.3216. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd. Miami Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.

Hamilton! in the news – July 18, 2014

Your evening news update:

Teens, father in fight video facing charges
The teen girls caught on video fighting in Hamilton’s Westside while adults cheered them on are now facing charges.Hamilton detectives charged the teens, ages 13 and 15, this morning with disorderly conduct in Butler County Juvenile Court for their involvement in the fight that was posted on social media on …

Archery competition’s economic impact greater than ever
For the fifth consecutive year, a park here will play host to a national sporting event with rapidly growing popularity. USA Archery’s Outdoor Nationals expects an all-time high for turnout to Joyce Park for next week’s event, which is projected to bring more than $2.6 million to the local economy, …

Butler County Fair remains relevant today
The 164th Butler County Fair begins Sunday, and fair manager Dan Martin said the weeklong celebration of all things agriculture is still relevant. “It’s something you can bring the whole family to relatively inexpensively, and have a variety of activities to do in one venue and to see what’s agriculture …

Love it heartily: Shakespeare! Outside! In August!

Shakespeare’s  “As You Like It” to be Performed at Miami Hamilton

William "The Bard" Shakespeare
William “The Bard” Shakespeare

All the world’s a stage… including the lawn behind Schwarm Hall on the Miami Hamilton Campus.

That’s where Pollen Productions and Miami University Hamilton Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,”  7  p.m.  Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 8-9 at 7 p.m.  Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and a picnic if so desired. Tickets for the performances are $5 for general admission.

This contemporary take on Shakespeare’s classic follows heroine Rosalind (Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham) as she flees persecution in Duchess Frederica’s (Schrese Holloway) court, accompanied by her cousin Celia (Myka Lipscomb).  Orlando (Sean Davis), the love of her life, also must escape the city to avoid his savage brother Oliver (David Bryant).  They both end up in the forest of Arden in the vicinity of Rosalind’s exiled mother, Duchess Senior (Schrese Holloway). See what happens as Rosalind and Celia leave all that they have known for the forest, where lovers and family reunite.

On Saturday, August 2, Miami Hamilton Theatre and Pollen Productions will host a Theatre Learning Day from 4 p.m. – 6 p. m. There will be stations that discuss the elements and the processes that go into the creation of a theatre production with fun activities from make-up to costuming, and even working with Shakespeare in performance! Tickets for the Theatre day will be $10 and include admission to the show.

Tickets are available for both events at http://asyouhamilton.brownpapertickets.com/. For more information, call 513-529-3053 or email info.pollenproductions@gmail.com. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.