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  • News from Downtown 8.10.2020

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    August 14, 2020

    If you need an escape from the heat and humidity, the Cincinnati Museum Center is open for business and has several great exhibits to enjoy. For the first time in the United States, you can view Maya: The Exhibition, which explores the artifacts, inventions, and daily life of the ancient Maya civilization of Central America. The museum also has a new Charley Harper-themed exhibit, Inspired by Nature, as well as An Unfinished Revolution: Women and the Vote, to celebrate the women’s suffrage movement. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, creating and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. To help plan your visit and learn about new safety protocols for the museum, click here.

    Cooler weather in the evenings is the perfect time to sit outside and watch a movie at Washington Park during the Summer Cinema event series each Thursday. For the next month, the theme will be “Black Family Movie Series,” featuring the movies Hidden Figures, Lean on Me, Remember the Titans, 42: The Jackie Robinson Story and Cool Runnings. The event, which is being co-produced by 3CDC and Keng Enterprises, also features Black-owned food truck vendors starting at 6 p.m., pre-show music at 6:30 p.m., and a pre-movie chat at 8 p.m. on select nights, with movies premiering at 9 p.m. each week.

    Have you ever played pickleball? I had to do some serious research and watch some instructional videos to get the idea, but Downtown Cincinnati residents can tell you it’s all the rage! The sport is similar to tennis, but instead of a racket, players use wooden paddles to hit a polymer ball over a net. It combines different elements of tennis and badminton into its own, fun sport. Sawyer Point is now home to four pickleball courts, so grab some friends and start a game. You can join the Cincinnati Pickleball Club for updates on local pickleball activities and get some tips. There’s also a specific Facebook group for Pickleball at Sawyer Point.

    Covenant-First Presbyterian Church continues its summer music series with “Live Music at a Distance” recitals. The next performance is Sunday, August 16 at 7 p.m., featuring Mezzo Soprano Brenda Iglesias, with pianist Graniti Giuliano. Brenda Iglesias is a native of Mexico and Doctoral student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. For more information on this event, click here.

    We have exciting news from the Historic West Fourth Street District! Covington-based clothing and home goods boutique Handzy Shop + Studio, along with sister store Gumdrop, will be expanding to two neighboring storefronts in this historic retail district in late October. I could not be happier for the owners of these businesses, who have carefully curated a wonderful collection of unique products, serving as my go-to shop for fun greeting cards, earrings, planters, and art prints from local designers (and much more). It has been wonderful to see this business grow from vendors at the City Flea, to a brick-and-mortar location in Covington, to an expansion to Downtown Cincinnati. Welcome to the neighborhood!