Every year Happen, Inc celebrates the holidays with free special events for the community. “We focus on bringing families together through creative activities and the holidays are a perfect time to celebrate and support Happen’s mission” says Happen Director Tommy Rueff.
This year Happen started celebrating in October with the making of holiday wreath decorations. Children and families hand-painted and glittered over 300 ornaments for our holiday wreaths. Plus, teens participating in Happen’s Teen Hall along with children attending Chase Elementary School and the Whiz Kids Mentoring and Tutoring program painted and decorated the wreaths. Wreaths are sponsored by families and businesses to help raise support for Happen, Inc. and the Northside Community Council Education Committee.
Over 25 wreaths, decorated by adults and children living in Northside, will hang on Hamilton Ave. through the New Year. Happen would like to thank all of the wreaths sponsors (The Patti and Rusty Rueff Foundation, Isaac and Erica Heintz and Family, Metro Scooter, Auto4n, Ellanet, OMS Photo, The Comet, Northside Moto, Whiz Kids, Apple Street Market, Tillie’s Lounge and NEST – The Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation) and all the families who helped create the beautiful ornaments.
Next year Happen has plans to expand the wreath program to include the South Block area and the North Business areas between Frederick and Otte avenues.
To continue the holiday celebration Happen is producing a special week-long activity celebrating nature and the holidays and invites you to join. The Christmas Bird Count Celebration will take place Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. kicking off Happen’s Winter Urban Bird Watching Celebrations.
Don’t miss a live bird presentation at 5 p.m. with Great Parks of Hamilton County as they bring live birds into the Happen space! Then see if you can count all the different prints of birds hidden throughout the Happen studio. Receive your own official Christmas Bird Count Tally Sheet and learn all about urban birds. The Bird Count will continue on Dec. 10 and 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Happen will be giving away prizes to the best bird watchers and when you’re done counting, you can count on making cool holiday crafts during open studio times.
You better watch out because Santa is planning to be back to take more free pictures with you on Saturday Dec. 20 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Over fifty people visited Happen on Black Friday to meet Santa, create gifts and take free pictures.
Lastly, you can also sign up for the 2015 Happen New Year’s Eve “Throw Back Ball” Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Wear a costume that best represents the fashions between 1960 and 1999. There will be free food, fun and prizes. The ball drops at 7 p.m. (That’s midnight Happen time) and reservations are required to attend. You can sign up at Happen, Inc. during regular business hours. Kintimate Costumes will also be back this year to help bring in the Happen New Year and provide a free costume consultation and creative session to the first 12 children to register. All costume supplies are provided. Sign up today at Happen, Inc. (space is limited.)
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Art Activities For Parents & Children
4201 Hamilton Ave (& Chase)
HOURS: 3:30 – 7:30PM (Tue.-Thu.) 10am – 5PM (Sat.)
By Remi Walz