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September 2013

Volume XII

Issue 9

National Night Out: Candlelight vigil.

National Night Out: Greeting residents at the community dinner.

Celebrating Summer in Weinland Park!

Summer is a great time in Weinland Park. We hope you enjoy these pictures from National Night Out on
August 6 and the Weinland Park Neighborhood Festival on August 17.

National Night Out: Rachel Beebe and Juan Mosquera

perform an original song.

WP Festival: Residents enjoy a craft

table staffed by City Year

National Night Out: Candlelight vigil

WP Festival: Joleah Mays & her

brother Jokhi work on the WP Story Book

WP Festival: Children enjoying the bounce


September 2013

Volume XII

Issue 9

Meet Your Neighbor: Kim Keffer

After 30 years as a portrait photographer, Kim
Keffer has begun sharing her paintings at her
studio and gallery at 172 E. Fifth Ave. (the corner
of Hamlet & E. Fifth).
Keffer and her husband, Verne, moved here three
years ago. Shes a country girl from West Virginia,
so at first all the noise was overwhelming. But she
finds reprieve in taking bright, detailed photos of
insects and flowers in the neighborhood. All of her
work shows this appreciation for detailshe even
paints final touches using a magnifying glass. You
have to get up close and really examine the canvas
to find small woodland creatures, detailed flora,
and other symbols in the paintings.
In addition to painting, Keffer works part time and
helps Verne mow lawns at 25 properties around
the neighborhood. She received a supplies grant
from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, as well as
an IDA matching loan from OSU Extension.
Her next goal is to set up a portrait studio where
she can offer family pictures, which are important
to her. They boost your self-esteem, and sometimes you end up seeing your family in a whole
new light, she says.

photo: Kim and painting

She recalls from the gallerys grand opening last

month, I was so caught up in talking to people
that I didnt notice it, but Verne pointed out that as
he stood back watching people looking at my
paintings, hed see their faces light up. Thats all I
want. I find my way out of the dark when I paint,
and I want my work to have that effect on others.

Six WP Neighbors Serve as "Engagement Specialists"

Six Weinland Park neighbors have been hired to
serve as resident engagement specialists with the
Weinland Park Collaborative under a grant from the
Annie E. Casey Foundation.

From left: Twylia Bradley, Larry Berry, Verlon Reed, and Jessica Usher brainstorm on a grant application
exercise. Missing for this photo were Susan Belair
and Teresa Tracey Evans.

These familiar faces will be talking to WP

neighbors over the coming weeks and months so
they can accurately represent our interests and
concerns when the Annie E. Casey Foundation
makes funding and program decisions to help young
children, their parents, and other caregivers in WP.
Godman Guild Association and Community
Properties of Ohio cooperated to provide special
training for this work.
When you see them out and about, stop and say

Calendar of Eventsmostly free!


noon4 p.m.


3:306:30 p.m.

Every Fri.

36 p.m.


September 2013

The Box: Interzone by Dennis McNulty

Wexner Center

Homework Help Center, grades K12

Northside Library

10 a.m.3 p.m.

Job Help Center- Hands on Help, adults

Northside Library

Every Tues.

10 a.m.

Toddler and Preschool Storytime, ages 26

Northside Library

Every Tues.

6:30 p.m.

Family Storytime, all ages

Northside Library

Every Wed.

4:30 p.m.

Tween Time, ages 711

Northside Library

Every Thurs.

48 p.m.

Thursday Night (free admission to galleries)

Wexner Center

5:30 p.m.

Civic Association Walking Club

Schoenbaum Ctr.

Sun., Sept. 1

noon4 p.m.

Wexner Center

Thurs., Sept. 5

4 p.m.

First Sunday (free admission to galleries)

Steven Melville Lecture: What Was the
Tableau, and Why Did It Matter?
University Area Review Board

Every Thurs.
Every Fri.

6:30 p.m.

Wexner Center
Northside Library

Sat., Sept. 7

10 a.m.noon

Litter Clean-Up and Newsletter Distribution

with coffee, donuts, and fruit

Weinland Park shelter house

Mon., Sept. 9

6:30 p.m.

Civic Association Communications Committee

Godman Guild

Tues., Sept. 10

5:30 p.m.

Civic Association Housing Committee

Godman Guild

Wed., Sept. 11

5:30 p.m.

Civic Association Steering Committee

Godman Guild

68 p.m.

Godman Guild

Weinland Park shelter house

Northwood and High Bldg.
(2231 N. High St.)
Northside Pride Ctr.

Sat., Sept. 14

9 a.m.1 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 15

6 p.m.

Neighborhood Network
Homebuyer Education Workshop,
(614) 247-1983 to register
Civic Association Development Committee

Tues., Sept. 17

5:307 p.m.

Red Circle family-friendly art activities

Wed., Sept. 18

6:30 p.m.

University Area Commission

Thurs., Sept. 19

5:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 21

9 a.m.1 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 24

6:30 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 25

6 p.m.
7 p.m.
48 p.m.

Civic Association Safety & Mobility Committee

Homebuyer Education Workshop,
(614) 247-1983 to register
University District Neighborhood Plan Public
Civic Association Monthly Meeting
Steven Holl Lecture
Fall Exhibition: Blues for Smoke
B. Stephen Carpenter II Lecture: Water
Object(ive)s: Artistic Intervention, Curriculum,
and Public Pedagogy

Thurs., Sept. 26

4:30 p.m.

Godman Guild
Godman Guild

Godman Guild
Northwood and High Bldg.
(2231 N. High St.)
Schoenbaum Ctr.
Wexner Center
Wexner Center
Wexner Center

The civic association is very grateful to Jean Pitman and her
multi-talented and dedicated Story Book cadre for distributing
this newsletter to the majority of our neighbors in August.
And thanks, too, to 12 volunteers from Rock City Church who
graciously stepped in to take care of our litter clean-up last
monthand a great team from Directions for Youth & Families
that spent the day helping out at 4th Street Farms on Aug. 9.
Wont you show your pride and lend a hand this month? Our
September litter clean-up will coincide with Mayor Colemans
Pick It Up campaign on Saturday, Sept. 7. Join us!
WP Festival: Kenji Harris, who lives with his family in WP
and attends WP Elementary School.

September 2013

WP Youth Lead Story Book Work

Volume XII

Issue 9

Contribute to the Future:

Participate in the
University District
Planning Process
The City of Columbus Planning Division is
developing a new University District
neighborhood plan to lay out goals for longterm issues such as urban design, land
use, and parking. WP is part of the
University District, so let your voice be

Joleah Mays (WP resident) and Josiah Clements, both on the WP Story Book
team, help Jill Gravatt (WP resident) during Red Circle; photo: Jay LaPrete.

Many thanks for a long summers work by two of our young

Weinland Park neighbors, Joleah Mays and Amin Ebady. Joleah and
Amin joined forces with young people from other Columbus neighborhoods to give the Weinland Park Story Book Project a big push
forward. Guided by the Wexner Center for the Arts Jean
Pitman and Godman Guilds Anjanette Robertson and Sherri Sims,
this youth team walked through the neighborhood daily, led by
Joleah and Amin, to collect more than 100 stories from WP
residents, workers, and volunteers. And then they worked equally
hard illustrating many of the collected stories, whether in their studio
at the Wexner Center, at drawing workshops at Godman Guild, or at
Red Circle gatherings in the park.
Their work will be continued by others this fall. The
illustrated stories will be compiled into a book and published next
year to be given back to WP. The hope is for this book to capture the
voices of Weinland Park past and present, including many who have
been previously invisible.

Joyce Hughes, President

Diane Dixon, Vice President
Lydia Yoder, Secretary
Omar Qureshi, Treasurer

If you have any story ideas for the

newsletter, please email us!

Come to one of the public workshops for

the plan. Get updates at the monthly
meetings of the University Area Commission. Speak with one of the WP neighbors
serving on the plans working committee:
Laura Bidwa,;
Brandyn McElroy,; or
Michael Wilkos,
For dates of the first few meetings and an
outline of the whole process, download an
easy-to-read summary at:
(Look under Documents on the right side
of the page.) Youll find details about each
months activities in this newsletters
calendar. The planning work will continue
through 2014.

4th Wednesday of the month

Schoenbaum Family Center
175 E. 7th Ave.
Next to Weinland Park Elementary
Free dinner provided!

Ideas for next months edition are due by

the second Monday of the current month.

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