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It takes families to make a community; it takes a community to raise our children;

it takes all of us working together for the good of our community.

July 2013

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Meet Brandyn McElroy

In January, Brandyn McElroy began renting an apartment in a building in south-central Weinland Park that his
grandfather has owned for 12 years. Having spent a lot of time in and around the neighborhood over those 12
years, he has been impressed by the positive changes in WP.
He loves the vibrancy of his new home: people are always outside enjoying the neighborhood; its very walkable and
everything is conveniently located; and there is always activity in the park. When he tells friends where he stays,
they are sometimes taken aback, but he pushes back. Every community in the Short North has had its dark era,
he says, and then they go through their renaissance; this is our time now.
He hopes to use his skills in community involvement to serve WP. He has represented the Far South Columbus
Area Commission on the mayors Coalition for a Non-Violent Columbus since its inception in 2010 and is now its
chair. One of his proudest projects was getting a spray park built in Indian Mound; it recently opened after three
years of hard work. He was also active in the painting of the tree mural at Hudson and North Fourth Streets.
This summer he hopes to get to know more people in WP and figure out how to become a voice for the community
whether neighbor-to-neighbor or as a representative to the city, county, or state. He wants to make sure were seen
in the positive light we deserve and that our needs are heard by City Hall.
Hed love to discover a central location in WP where people regularly gather to casually interact and relax. And he
wants to become a fixture in the neighborhood. For now, he encourages everyone to like him on Facebook at to check out

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Action Team Updates

The biggest news from the three WP
action teams is that the
Public Art team held its first Red
Circle event of art-making activities
and snacks in the park in May.
Organizers thought the event was
successful because they were in the
park when children and families were
already there and were curious about
the gathering.
Together, the teams have discussed
the need for more spontaneous,
lighthearted events like this. Theyre
starting to see many opportunities
where their work may overlap or
where they can share experience and
resources. In exciting news, a longtime resident, Tanya Long, has
agreed to lead the Neighborhood
Stabilization team and has many ideas for it,
including block parties, talent shows, and sidewalk
chalk art. To keep up-to-date on the different
Public Art: contact Jean Pitman at (614) 292-4614

Neighborhood Stabilization: contact Jen Mankin at

(614) 493-6968 or
Community Land Trust: email to be added to their
mailing list.

Wildcats on the Way

There has been overwhelming interest in the new Wildcats
youth football and cheerleading teams. The organizers are
excited to announce that coaching recruitment for both has
gone well. The teams hope to be fully operational shortly after
the coaches background checks come back (submitted in
mid-June). An equipment inventory has also begun.
The program wants not only to bring positive outcomes to our
youth, but also to ensure that those working with them are
good citizens and great role models. The teams will work to
teach character, team development, leadership, and spiritual
development. The objective of this faith-based sports piece is
to develop each person holisticallyto empower our community
to greatness.

The Weinland Park Wildcats

Watch this newsletter for more updates; the teams will be looking for your support as they move forward in bringing positive
and self-sustaining stability to our wonderful community.

Calendar of Eventsmostly free!

Every Tues.

July 2013

124 p.m.
10 a.m.3 p.m.
10:30 a.m.
6:30 p.m.
4:305:30 p.m.

The Box: The Wake by Dana Levy

Job Help Center: Hands on Help, adults
Toddler and Preschool Storytime, ages 15
Family Storytime, all ages
Teen Gaming Club, ages 1017

Wexner Ctr.
Northside Library
Northside Library
Northside Library
Northside Library

5:30 p.m.

Civic Association Walking Club

Schoenbaum Ctr.

11 a.m.noon
48 p.m.
11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.
46 p.m.

Ready to Read Playgroup, ages 05

Spring Exhibitions: Paul Sietsema and Shimon Attie
Food Truck: to be announced
Art Mix: Diversity of Race, Diversity of Medium KickOff

Northside Library
Wexner Ctr.
Godman Guild
Godman Guild

Sat., July 6

10 a.m.noon

Civic Association Litter Clean-Up and Newsletter

Distribution with coffee, donuts, and fruit

Shelter house at the


Sun., July 7
Mon., July 8
Tues., July 9
Wed., July 10

124 p.m.
6:308 p.m.
5:307 p.m.
5:308:30 p.m.
68 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:308 p.m.
11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.

First Sunday (free admission to galleries)

Civic Association Communications Committee
Civic Association Housing Committee
Civic Association Steering Committee
Neighborhood Network
Walk-In Tour
University Area Review Board
Food Truck: to be announced

Wexner Ctr.
Godman Guild
Godman Guild
Godman Guild
Godman Guild
Wexner Ctr.
Northside Library
Godman Guild

Blood Drive; call (614) 294-5476 for an appointment

Grow Your Own: GAPS Workshop for Urban Food Producers
Civic Association Safety & Mobility Committee
Wex Drive-In Outdoor Film: The Graduate
Civic Association Development Committee
Food Truck: to be announced
Civic Association Monthly Meeting

Godman Guild
Godman Guild

Every Thurs.
Every Thurs.
Every Fri.
Every Sat.
Every Thurs.
Fri., June 28

Thurs., July 11
Fri., July 12
Sat., July 13

911 a.m.

Thurs., July 18

5:307:30 p.m.
8 p.m.
68 p.m.
11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.
6:308 p.m.

Sun., July 21
Fri., July 26
Wed., July 24

Pride Ctr.
Wexner Ctr.
Godman Guild
Godman Guild
Schoenbaum Ctr.

Help Wanted for Festival Planning and National Night Out

The planning committee for the annual
Weinland Park Neighborhood Festival is seeking
volunteers to help with the festival. Diane Dixon
and C.J. Hodge are co-chairs of the committee,
which will meet on Thursday, July 25, and Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. in the Schoenbaum Family
Center, 175 E. Seventh Ave. The festival will be
Saturday, Aug. 17, from noon4 p.m. in the park
behind the elementary school.
In addition, the Festival Committee and the
Safety & Mobility Committee are preparing for
the annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug.
6. For the past several years, Weinland Park has
participated in this public celebration of
neighborhood safety. Watch our next newsletter
for details on the time, location, and activities.

2012 Weinland Park Festival

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from 3:305:30 p.m. Spend summer with your family and your
neighborsbeing creative, having fun, and learning something
Weinland Park Artist Malcom J recently got a Neighborhood together! For more info, call (614) 545-3410.
Partnership Grant from United Way for his 2013 Art Mix
Project. He will work with the Community Properties of Ohio
Safe Neighborhood Initiative to offer art activities for both
adults and children in Weinland Park. His Diversity of Race,
Diversity of Medium project will consist of fun artistic
experiences led by artists of multiple nationalities who are
experts in all kinds of visual arts.

Here Comes Art Mix 2013

Exciting, right? When does it start? On June 28 from 46 p.m.,

bring your entire family to the kick-off outside Godman Guild!
Then continue to experience more diverse art by participating
with your family in Summer Art Sessions every Friday in July
from 45 p.m. at the Northside Pride Center. To cap it all off,
in August the Art Mix Project will take you and your family on a
field trip to the Fresh Air Gallery for Artist Talks on August 5

Neighborhood Notes

Homeowners and renters: Be sure to join us at the July

24 civic association meeting, where well hear about AEPs
program to provide insulation for qualifying properties. For
rentals where 50% of the tenants meet the guidelines, the
entire building is eligible.

Come to the Safety & Mobility Committee meeting on

July 18 for a sneak peek at the bike safety video that our
neighbors Martin Weston and Chris Orban are producing.
Free bike lights will be offered at the WP Neighborhood
Festival in August for watching this video.

Contact Chris Orban at or

(614) 557-9387 for more info.

Our neighbor Jennifer Cheeks and her youth litter team

were approved by the civic association as a safety initiative
to be funded by our safety grant from the City of Columbus.

The Godman Guild will host food trucks in July and August; check the calendar in this newsletter for dates and

The City of Columbus has announced over 15 different

The WP restorative justice program is still recruiting WP home repair assistance programs for 2013. We hope to
have a representative at the civic association meeting on
residents to serve on the council. So far six people have
July 24 to provide more info. Visit to
been accepted.
download a summary.

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!

4th Wednesday of the month

6:308 p.m.
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 month.

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