Hamilton North End group hosts Art-in-the-Park event Saturday

A group in Hamilton’s North End neighborhood has planned a fun 9 to 11 a.m. event for Saturday (May 27) in a yet-to-be-named park at Heaton and North 7th streets.

“Tomorrow is the first Art-in-the-Park event,” said Joanne Wallisch, a member of Hamilton’s 17Strong advisory board who is helping with the event.

RENEW, which stands for Renewing the North End from Within, is hosting the events with grants from 17Strong.

The North End area “is quite a large area and has many different pockets,” Wallisch said. Across the street from the park area “is a large brick building that used to be the heart of the North End,” Wallisch said. “There was a pharmacy in there called Harris Pharmacy that was there for years.”

Mayor Pat Moeller and Council Member Kathleen Klink will also be there to hear residents’ concerns and ideas during Art in the Park, Wallisch said.

Meanwhile, there will be six sessions of the event, each featuring free art classes this summer for children, provided by Fairwood Elementary School teacher Robin Szary, who applied for the micro-grant to provide the events.

Members of the 17Strong effort hope to create neighborhood groups in each of the city’s 17 neighborhoods. They have been offering micro-grants and other programs to help build engagement in all parts of the city.

If you are interested in helping your neighborhood grow, 17Strong members would like to hear from you. You can call Hamilton City Council's office at 513-785-7040 and ask how you can be put in touch with someone.

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