Spring 2014 Class Schedule

Learn About the Proposed Union Terminal-Music Hall Sales Tax IncreaseUNION   MUSIC

This tax has been proposed by a Cultural Arts Task Force that is asking for a 1/4 cent increase to Hamilton County’s Sales Tax to renovate Union Terminal and Music Hall (neither of these two buildings are owned by Hamilton County).   The Task Force is asking for this Sales Tax Increase to be put on the ballot in November 2014.    Our #1 goal is to get you information about this tax so that you will be educated if it goes on the ballot.    Please carefully review all of the below information (more items will be added as available)

Click Here to read Conclusions of the Citizen Oversight Board Group of 13 Hamilton County Community Organizations

Click Here to read Facts About the Sales Tax Increase plus a List of Questions

Click Here to read an Enquirer Article About the Possible Increase

Read Dan’s Guest Editorial in the Enquirer dated July 8

Hear Cultural Arts Task Force Chairman Bob McDonald interviewed on the Brian  Thomas Show

Hear Dan Regenold Interviewed by Brian Thomas on 7/10/14

Read Joe Platt’s Letter to the Editor

It is important that you contact the Hamilton County Commissioners with your input to this possible tax increase as you are able.   Email the following: 

President Chris Monzel:  chris.monzel@hamilton-co.org  (513) 946-4409 (ph)
Vice President Greg Hartmann:  greg.hartmann@hamilton-co.org  (513) 946-4406 (ph)
Commissioner Todd Portune:  Todd.Portune@hamilton-co.org  (513) 946-4401 (ph)

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 Reservations are required for all courses. Reserve your spot now by clicking on the REGISTER button below each class description. Act now, before your class fills up!

2014 Spring Schedule

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An Introduction to Bitcoin

Harry Whiting Brown Scout House
34 Village Square
Glendale, OH 45246
(Click here for map of exact location–a little hard to find)

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Launched in 2009, Bitcoin is a rapidly evolving open source technology that is revolutionizing the world as we know it. Bitcoin is a digital, global, secure, decentralized payment network and a new kind of money designed for the internet and the 21st century. No signle entity controls Bitcoin.

Come learn about what Bitoin is, how it works, and how you can use it in commerce as both a consumer and business owner. Hear from Andy Schroder and Jerry Felix members of the Cincinnati Bitcoin Initiative, a collection of individuals interested in promoting, and adopting bitcoin in the Greater Cincinnati area. Be there for this cutting edge class, and learn.

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Learn About Bitcoin the New Electronic Currency

Major Bitcoin News–2/24/14 Click Here

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What Every Student Needs to Know About Business, Free Markets and Capitalism — You’ve seen this book covered on the news….

Connections Church
7421 E. Galbraith Road, Cinti, OH 45243

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:00-8:30 PM

From the book, this course will cover how capitalism and free markets fund our schools, our government and our charities, while providing our jobs and opportunities. Youth, please join us and get an education on free enterprise and learn a dozen things every student and adult should know about America’s Economic System and how to get ahead, instead of being left behind.

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How to Reduce Your Property Taxes

Anderson Library
7450 State Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 7:00-8:30 PM

Are you feeling like your house is not yours? Attorney Chris Finney tells us what you have to do NOW to lower your Property Taxes.

As many of you have seen on your real estate tax bills that just came out the valuation of your property may not be accurate. You only have 1 month to do this as all appeals need to be filed by March 31, 2013. Don’t miss out on the chance to have your home properly valued.

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To Download Chris Finney’s Powerpoint Presentation Click Here *For Class Handouts Click Here

(Unfortunately, this year’s class did not record. You can access last year’s class–Click Here. Contact Chris Finney at: chris@finneylawfirm.com)

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Health and Fitness for the Modern World–Get in Shape for the Summer!

Cincinnati Fit Body Boot Camp
7923 Blue Ash Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

Thursday, March 6, 7:00-8:30 PM

With all the different workout and diet systems available it can become very confusing to know what is healthy for you and what is not. This EmpowerU class will show you how to put together a simple, but effective workout that you can do anywhere. After taking you through a workout that will give you the best results we’ll show you how to supplement your exercise with an effective diet. A healthy diet starts with the basics , such as how to read a food label. We’ll get you to look past the surface, learn what you are putting in your body and be ready to Get in Shape for the Summer.

Trisha DeHall will work us through the nutritional aspects of this session. Trisha holds a Masters in Nutrition and is also a Master Certified Personal Trainer. Jeff Ackerman has been training people for 6 years and has received his Personal Training certificate from the American Council on Exercise. Jeff’s common sense approach will set your workout plan on a new path for 2014.

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Trisha DeHall and Jeff Ackerman from Cincinnati Fit Body Boot Camp

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Ohio Innocence Project

Joy Community Church
5000 North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45211

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 7:00-8:30 PM

Professor Godsey will discuss the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) including known problems with our judicial system, success storis, and future plans. He will be joined by a man who was wrongfully convicted and later freed through OIP’s work.

Just last year more than 30 people were exonerated through OIP’s efforts. Don’t miss this interesting class today.

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Professor Mark Godsey

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An Introduction to Bitcoin

Covington Library

502 Scott Blvd.

Covington, KY 41011

Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM

Launched in 2009, Bitcoin is a rapidly evolving open source technology that is revolutionizing the world as we know it.Bitcoin is a digital, global, secure, decentralized payment network and a new kind of money designed for the internet and the 21st century.No signle entity controls Bitcoin.

Come learn about what Bitoin is, how it works, and how you can use it in commerce as both a consumer and business owner.Hear from Andy Schroder and Jerry Felix members of the Cincinnati Bitcoin Initiative, a collection of individuals interested in promoting, and adopting bitcoin in the Greater Cincinnati area.Be there for this cutting edge class, and learn.

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Recording of Presentation: Click Here to Watch

Major Bitcoin News–2/24/14 Click Here

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Human Trafficking on the International, National & State Level

The Farm

(239 Anderson Ferry Road

Cincinnati, OH 45238

Monday, March 17, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM

Optional Dinner Available (Best Fried Chicken) starting at 6:00 PM

This EmpowerU class will shine a spotlight on a most troubling subject and little known epidemic, Human Trafficking. Most would think trafficking is a third-world-country problem. If we think close to home at all, border states come to mind. This session will confirm that yes, this problem is right in our own community.

Join Melinda Haggerty of the Ohio Attorney General’s office and Congressman Steve Chabot who will give us insight into how this problem is impacting our communities. A preliminary report on this problem cited 13 YEARS OLD AS THE MOST COMMON AGE IN OHIO FOR YOUTH TO BECOME VICTIMS! Can you afford not to learn about what might be happening under your very eyes?

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Congressman Steve Chabot and Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s Melinda Haggerty

Recording of Presentation: Click Here to Watch

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What Every Student Needs to Know About Business, Free Markets and Capitalism — You’ve seen this book covered on the news….

Washington Heights Baptist Church

5650 Far Hills Avenue

Dayton, OH 45429

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:00-8:30 PM

From the book, this course will cover how capitalism and free markets fund our schools, our government and our charities, while providing our jobs and opportunities. Youth, please join us and get an education on free enterprise and learn a dozen things every student and adult should know about America’s Economic System and how to get ahead, instead of being left behind.

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For more information about Rob and Lauren Click Here

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Student-Centered Schools for the Future

 

Evendale Recreation Center

10500 Reading Road

Cincinnati, OH 45241

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7:00-8:30 PM

To See a Recording of this Class–Click Here

Thirty kids in a classroom listening to a teacher five days a week with summers off to help with the crops? Sounds like the 19th century, but it’s not.That’s today. No wonder too many of our kids aren’t doing well in school.Fortunately, new school models are emerging which allow kids to learn at their own pace.And that’s just the beginning.After just three years, the KIPP Empower school in inner-city Los Angeles is the 10th highest- ranked public elementary school in the entire state of California.That’s not by accident. Come join us on Thursday, March 20th, but fasten your seat belts.We’re looking at the future, and it’s exciting!

Dan Peters is president of the Lovett & Ruth Peters Foundation in Cincinnati. The foundation focuses its efforts nationwide on creating great K-12 education options for parents and their kids.

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Dan Peters

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Veterans Benefits, Obamacare & You

Paul Vail VFW Hall

3318 E. Sharon Road

Cincinnati, OH 45241

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Join us when Nathan Martin and other representatives from Concerned Veterans explain why you should care about the problems in the VA system and how it relates to Obamacare and you. Learn about Single payer healthcare and why this is the goal for the Government for all Americans. The VA is notoriusly slow and its service is sub-standard. See how this slow pay and service relates to what will happen with Obamacare and you.

This issue threatens to cripple not only our economic and national security, but also the spirit of opportunity and liberty veterans fought to defend. A don’t miss session!

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Nathan Martin from Concerned Veterans for America

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Queen City Gothic–Uncovering Cincinnati’s Most Interesting Cold Cases

The Rail House

40 Village Square at Glendale Square

Glendale, OH 45246

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Cold cases fascinate us because of the endless possibilities. What if Alice Hochhausler hadn’t driven her daughter home from work while a strangler was running loose? What if Oda Apple’s wife hadn’t sent him to the corner drugstore? What if Linda Bricca hadn’t been so beautiful–and her husband not a workaholic? J.T. Townsend takes us on a sinister journey through thirteen cases, which took place in Cincinnati between 1904 and 1971. What do these cases have in common? Somebody literally got away with murder. Learn about the most interesting crime cases in Cincinnati’s history.

J.T. Townsend is a freelance writer and lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He is the former true crime historian for Snitch Magazine and his work has appeared in the Cincinati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, Word Magazine, and Clews. He will be signing his book Queen City Gothic at the event. Enjoy the beautiful setting of The Rail House with their great food and drink. Join us–Limited Seating at this event!

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Has the NSA gone Rogue? Join Doc Thompson!

Voice of America Metro Park–Lake View room

7850 VOA Park Drive

West Chester, OH 45069

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

 

All about the NSA. We will discuss the recent attempt by the White House to quell our growing concern about the over-reach of the NSA and its associated intelligence-gathering practices. How the NSA deflects criticism of their collection of activities. Learn about metadata and how it is used to assimilate information about the sender and recipient(s). Can this stuff really happen to the people? Is anything we do private and safe from government scrutiny?

Will shifting this NSA operation to a third party and raising the level of judicial approval do anything or will it just be business as usual? Join Doc Thompson, from the Blaze Radio Network, a conservative, freedom fighting, radio talk show host at what promises to be an ardent, highly-charged and informative EmpowerU. Are you being spied on? Click Here to find out (thanks to Wired Magazine!).

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Doc Thompson, Radio Host from The Blaze

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Cigar Tasting!

House of Cigar

4010 Hauck Road

Cincinnati, OH 45241

Thursday, April 3, 2014 7:00-8:30 PM

Join us for Cigar Tasting at the newest Cigar Lounge in Cincinnati–House of Cigar in Sharonville, Ohio. We’ll have our own private lounge on this night and we will sample three cigars chosen for us. We’ll have a cigar representative go through the basics of cigars with us–how to cut, what to choose, how to smoke and sample. We will also look at part of a video from Rocky Patel’s company that shows how cigars are made from when they are grown, to when they are harvested to how they are rolled. This will be kind of an introductory class to Cigars from a representative that works in the industry every day.

There is a $15 material fee for this class which includes three cigars you will be sampling. You are free to bring your own beverages–beer and wine– to the lounge. We will have our own special room for this event which will seat 25 people. Afterwards feel free to enjoy the large screen TV’s and comfortable seating. Are you ready to smoke some cigars???

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An Evening with Jim LaBarbara, the Music Professor

Price Hill Chili

4920 Glenway Avenue

Cincinnati, OH45238

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 6:30-8:30 PM

Join Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductee Jim LaBarbara at legendary Price Hill Chili.Learn about the making of some Great 50’s and 60’s music and the Stars who performed them.An evening with a true Living Legend.

Jim will be signing copies of his book The Music Professor.You listened to him for 40 years on Cincinnati Radio on WLW, WCKY, and WGRR. Don’t miss him at EmpowerU on April 8.

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Ohio Open Records & Ohio Open Meetings Act

Symmes Township Branch Library

11850 Enyart Road

Loveland, OH 45140

Thursday, April 10 from 7:00-8:30 PM

In this important class EmpowerU will teache you how to get the information from governments you need. Learn this important Ohio law to let the sunshine in! If you need information from your Government(s), this class will tell you how to request the information, what information are they required to give you and when are they required to give you the information. Find out why these two Ohio laws have been called “the Great Equalizer”. This is a foundational EmpowerU class–SIGN UP!

Attorney Curt Hartman, is an expert on Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, and has litigated many, many Ohio cases. This will be comprehensive overview of the very important Open Records and Open Meetings act and you will receive a handout to take with you to use as a reference guide. If you don’t know this law you must take this class.

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Attorney Curt Hartman

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Courage Based Self Defense–Kenwood

Connections Church

7421 E. Galbraith Road, Cinti, OH 45243

Tuesday, April 22, 2013 7:00-9:00 PM

Courage Coaches Debbie and Mike Gardner are motivation speakers/authors who teach LOVE-based crime survival skills, drawing upon their personal mistakes and successes during their law enforcement careers. Their absolutely new approach to the timely subject of self-defense dares to emphasize “LESS is more, when less is RIGHT!”

The Gardner’s instill Courage, Rights and a proven effective “ONE Word Safety Plan” you’ll easily understand. We are asking for a $10 contribution to this session to defer expenses of the speakers.

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“The People’s Attorney” Maurice Thompson to speak on Ohio Constitution and How We Can Protect It!

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Lakota High School West Freshman Campus

5050 Tylersville Road

West Chester, OH 45069

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00-8:30 PM

Maurice Thompson is “The People’s Attorney” He is the Executive Director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law in Columbus which is a non-profit, non-partisan legal center dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of Ohioans from government abuse. 1851 litigates constitutional issues related to property rights, voting rights, regulation, taxation and search and seizures.

Many of the protections of individual rights and limits on government in the United States Constitution have been eviscerated. How did this happen; and what is responsible for it? The same thing is in danger of happening here in Ohio, even hought (1) the Ohio Constitution is more protective of rights and restrictive on government than the federal constitution; and (2) Republics claiming an interest in limited government have controlled the Court for a decade. What does the Ohio Constitution say? And how can we protect it?

In this unique session Maurice will “flash teach” on three important topics (20 minutes each) that are impacting the Ohio Constitution: 1) What are the Unique protections of the Ohio Constitution?, 2) Are the judges shredding these protections and 3) How can you judge Ohio’s judges.Don’t miss this important EmpowerU Session.

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Find out why the Ohio Education Association has Placed the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law on its Enemies List–Click Here!

Watch a Recording of the Presentation — Click Here

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April 26

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED! SORRY!

Union Conservatives

American Legion Hall Hugh Watson Post

1100 Winton Road

Cincinnati, OH 45218

Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 AM-Noon

Terry Bowman is pro-union dedicated to bringing union leadership back to the middle to represent all workers.He believes you cannot serve the interests of members by making enemies with politicians.Understand the idea that “Forced Solidarity” is no solidarity at all.Only through complete voluntary unionism will there be real solidarity.

Find out why after 13 years of being dissatisfied with union politics and associated propaganda, UAW member Terry Bowman decided in 2010 to start organizing union members that disagree with political activities of their union officials.Find out what you need to know and how to get involved.

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Legalization of Marijuana in Ohio

Westwood Towne Hall

3017 Harrison Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45211

Tuesday April 29, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM

 

View Recording of This Presentation HERE

Learn why Marijuana might be re-legalized from the President of Ohio NORML–The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. This session will cover the historic, medical, industrial and social use of Cannabis also known as Hemp or Marijuana. We’ll discover Marijuana’s use for medical purposes.

NORML’s goal is to legalize Marijuana for personal, industrial and medical use. The world is changing in front of our very eyes with the State of Colorado being on the forefront of legalization. Will Ohio be next–the answer might surprise you!

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Rob Ryan, Leader of Ohio Chapter of NORML and three-time Cancer Survivor

Is Medical Marijuana the New Wonder Drug? Read this article from Oprah.com (thanks Oprah!)

Parents Move to Colorado for ‘miracle’ pot–Read USA Today Article–Click Here

Casual Marijuana Use May Damage Your Brain–Read Article Click Here

Former Supreme Court Justice says “Legalize Marijuana”–Click Here

 

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The Holocaust story of a Star Child

Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education

8401 Montgomery Road

Cincinnati, OH 45236

Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM

Free Admission to the Holocaust Museum from 6:00-7:00 PM on May 1

Dr. Henry Fenichel, Holocaust survivor and Professor Emeritus of physics at the University of Cincinnati, will recount his story as a preschooler forced by Nazis to wear a yellow star signifying his religion. Fenichel who did not speak openly about his experiences until the early 1990′s is now sharing his life story. What prompted him to break his silence on his past was the opening of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

Do not miss the chance to hear Dr. Fenichel’s incredible story and learn about the Holocaust by visiting Cincinnati’s incredible Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Join us on May 1.

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Dr. Henry Fenichel, Professor Emeritus of physics at the University of Cincinnati

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Courage Based Self Defense

Washington Heights Baptist Church–Dayton

5650 Far Hills Avenue

Dayton, OH 45429

Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon

Courage Coaches Debbie and Mike Gardner are motivation speakers/authors who teach LOVE-based crime survival skills, drawing upon their personal mistakes and successes during their law enforcement careers. Their absolutely new approach to the timely subject of self-defense dares to emphasize “LESS is more, when less is RIGHT!”

The Gardner’s instill Courage, Rights and a proven effective “ONE Word Safety Plan” you’ll easily understand. We are asking for a $10 contribution to this session to defer expenses of the speakers.

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Cincinnati’s #1 Conservative Brian Thomas to Speak on How Our Individual Rights are Being Eroded.
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Glendale Lyceum Outdoor Pavillion

(Pavillion located behind Building–park on side of building)

865 Congress Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45246

Thursday, May 22, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM–Talk starts at 6:30 PM–Join us for Cookout!

You’ve heard him on the radio every morning on 55KRC and probably asked yourself the same question we do…..How can this guy have so much common sense? Join Brian Thomas for our season ending EmpowerU Session where he will discuss Our Individual Rights and How they are being eroded–one by one by precious one….

We will be having a fun Cookout to end our Spring semester. Join us at 6:00 pm and please bring a covered dish, an appetizer, a dessert or drinks to share with others. EmpowerU will be providing the burgers, bratts and metts. If you are running late just bring yourself! You can also bring your own beer or wine to this outdoor event also. There will be picnic table seating available or feel free to bring your stadium or lawn chairs as we’ll be outside.. Hope for warm weather! There might be a surprise guest or two to make the evening even more special.

We’ll have some surprise guests there–Christopher Smitherman will be talking about the City of Cincinnati.   Chris Monzel will be talking about the County.  Doc Thompson from the Blaze Network will be presenting certificates to Empowered Citizens.   Surprise primary winners Tom Brinkman and Jon Dever will be there.   Probably a few others….

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Brian Thomas

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