Sibcy Cline Agents Learn about the Local Cincinnati Arts Scene with Unique Continuing Education Class

AliciaTeaching_Best.jpgSibcy Cline’s Professional Development Center offers a very unique and hyper-local continuing education class called “The Arts Make Greater Cincinnati a Better Place to Live”. The course was created and is instructed by Alecia Kintner, President and CEO of ArtsWave (Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts) for the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions.

Agents who attend this course are immersed into what’s going on with the local arts scene and well as its very interesting history.

Cincinnati’s arts support began with the Taft family in the late 1920s with a $1 million arts endowment that was then matched by the community with another $1.5 million. Voila, the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts was formed. The zoo also played a role in supporting the arts in the 1920s. Low visitor attendance to the zoo was a concern and so New York City opera singers were hired to perform at the zoo during their off season. Thus, Cincinnati’s opera season became a summer tradition.

The first Cincinnati arts campaign began in 1949 and continued since then. Sibcy Cline Realtors has been large supporter of these yearly community rallies for the arts. The company knows the arts make the region an even better place to live and help compel people to move here. Cincinnati is ranked #4 in the U.S. in which residents visit their local museums. The region donated $12,450,000 in 2016 to the ArtsWave campaign with 42,000 donors. Sibcy Cline is proud to be part of those statistics with $225,000+ donated by its agents and employees since 2010.


What’s new with the Cincinnati arts? Lots.

Coming Fall 2017:

  • Music Hall
    Cincinnati’s Music Hall is currently being renovated and will be reopening in October 2017. This historic building is in the midst of  being heavily renovated. From acoustics; electrical, heating/air and plumbing systems; seating arrangements; to new carpeting and paint, the new building will still have its old charm with modern conveniences and technologies. A free open house is scheduled for October 7, 2017.
  • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
    The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is getting a new theater. The Otto M. Budig Theater will open in September 2017 with 100 more seats as well as modern amenities. An free open house will be announced.
  • Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
    The Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is undergoing an expansion which is scheduled for completion in October 2017. The Vine Street theater is located in Over-the-Rhine and is expanding south. The new space is adding a rehearsal hall, offices as well as costume and set shops. Also new will be a longer lobby area, larger box office and more comfortable patron seating.
  • Blink – October  2017
    Coming in October 2017 is Blink  – a light-art festival. This four-day show will have dozens of large-scale architectural projections (similar to the  Lumenocity art experience) found along the downtown streetcar route to be enjoyed at dusk. There will also be pop-up art along the route during daylight hours.

New and Ready for You to Enjoy Now:

  • The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
    New to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati are the offices, studios and classrooms found on Red Bank Road in Madisonville. Performances are still held at the Taft Theatre, but rehearsals and summer camps now happen at this new facility.
  • Lindner Arts Annex – Kennedy Heights Arts Center
    The Kennedy Heights Arts Center (established in 2003) added its Lindner Arts Annex in 2015. This former Kroger store now is a multi-cultural campus on Montgomery Road.
  • Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute
    The Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute has a new studio in Pleasant Ridge. This African drum arts program spreads the African heritage throughout the community through drums, music, dance and the visual arts.
  • Cincinnati Black Theatre Company
    The Cincinnati Black Theatre Company is now located in Golf Manor on Losantiville Avenue.

Coming in the Near Future:

  • Cincinnati Art Museum
    The Cincinnati Art Museum has renovation plans in place. The museum (which is tucked away off Eden Park Drive with a rear entrance to the museum) is planning to offer a new front entrance and drive. Outdoor art will be added to be enjoyed by visitors.

Learn More about Cincinnati Arts

ArtsWave Pinterest Board – This board shares many links to the all of the area’s arts organizations that are supported by ArtsWave.

Cincy Arts Guide – This website is a curated event-search website. You can search by keyword, date, venue, city or region.
CincyArts+STEM – This website is focused on upcoming local kid-related arts activities.

ArtsWave: Atlas – This website is a search e-tool to use. The map and reports share neighborhood resources such as recreation centers, libraries, farmers’ markets and community gardens. You can also find public art, national historic designations and any community outreach art programs. A report can be generated from a home’s radius to share hyper local art locations. (This website is best used via a laptop or desktop.)

ArtsWave: The Ripple Effect Blog/eNewsletter – To keep up with all of the news on Cincinnati Arts, you can sign up for an e-newsletter. (Just scroll to the bottom left to add your contact information.)

Sibcy Cline ArtsWave and Cultural Arts Fund Campaigns – 2017
The Sibcy Cline fine arts campaign is headed up this year  by Jessica Overley, Vice President Production Manager for Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services. The campaign starts in March.







Sibcy Cline Employees Adopt a Second Grade Class at Evanston Academy

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A group of Sibcy Cline employees have adopted a second-grade class at Evanston Academy for the 2016-2017 school year. Each month this group has a planned activity centered around a topic. And, they usually bring a snack for the kids, too.

Activities have included: how to make an introduction (handshake, eye contact, clearly saying your name and smiling). That session also included grab-bag questions to start conversations such as “Do you have any pets?” or “Tell me something you learned in school” and “What is your favorite food?”.

In January, the group helped the kids create Valentine’s Day cards complete with poems. They talked about the importance of recognizing and acknowledging people who make a difference in their lives such as parents, siblings, grandparents and friends.

Their goal is to inspire the children by showing them teamwork and a positive corporate culture. Who knows – these kids may become our future real estate agents at Sibcy Cline!

Evanston Academy’s mission is “preparing students today for a successful tomorrow by developing academic excellence and positive self-concepts to foster values and achievement for all.”

The adopt a class Sibcy Cline program works via the Adopt A Class Foundation.

Pictured: Chris Payne (Marketing/Listings), Julie Renner (Insurance), Jane Bobel (Marketing), Debbie Wilson (Direct Mail Marketing), Becky Robertshaw (Recruiting), Barbara Bruns (Home Services) and David Wheatley (Training). Missing: Lisa Gnotek (Home Services)

Three Luxury Condominiums Have Sold at Park Manor in Blue Ash

img_1699Park Manor, a luxury condominium community located in Blue Ash, Ohio, finished constructing its latest building in May 2016 and is pleased to have sold three units. The condominiums feature two separate bedroom suites all located on one floor. The condos offer a carefree lifestyle in a very pedestrian-friendly location in Blue Ash. Seven units still remain available in the current building.

See a video clip about the building’s opening in May:


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Park Manor is conveniently located in Blue Ash off Cooper Road between Monroe Avenue and Cooper Lane. The condos are within walking distance of downtown Blue Ash and its many restaurants and shops. Pipkin’s Market, which features fresh produce and flowers, is right across the street. So whether it is a short stop to the library or time spent enjoying a concert at the town square, it is an easy to stroll to so many places in Blue Ash from Park Manor.

Downtown Montgomery is located nearby, too. It’s just a couple of miles away!

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Park Manor condominiums were designed with the luxury home buyer in mind with its timeless architectural facade, upscale appointments including and open floor plan.

  • 2,200 square feet  – all on one floor
  • Open kitchen, living  and dining areas
  • Separate two bedroom suites
  • Home office or den
  • Large covered terrace
  • Elevator access to every floor
  • Secure, private underground garage with two parking spaces
  • Ample storage
  • Energy efficient and acoustically engineered

Learn even more about Park Manor.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, 2017!

Martin Luther King Memorial

Monday, January 16, 2017 is a national holiday as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Day. Here are some things to do in remembrance of this great man and inspiration leader:


  • Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center today.
  • Interfaith Vesper service at January 15, 2017 – 5pm -Zion Baptist Church in Avondale
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Civil rights march, Interfaith prayer service and celebration at the Taft Theatre. See more info here.
  • March for Unity in Our Community – The Square at Union Centre in West Chester Township (12pm)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program (12-1pm) – Atrium Medical Center in Middletown
  • Florence, Kentucky has a march planned near the Government Square at 3pm on January 18, 2016.
  • MLK Musical Celebration – 6:30pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Ohio.
  • National Day of Service: MLS Day – 1-3pm at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon
  • Spend the Day the MLS Way – (2-3pm) at the Blue Manatee Childrens Bookstore in Oakley/Cincinnati, Ohio


  • Participate in the MLK Memorial March and Rally at 10 am on January 16, 2017 at 10am . The march starts at the Charles Drew Health Center on West Third Street and ends at the Dayton Convention Center.
  • The Martin Luther King Memorial Rally is at 11am on January 16, 2017 at the Dayton Convention Center. (22 E. Fifth Street)
  • MLS Celebration Banquet – January 16, 2017 at 6pm at the Dayton Convention Center
  • MLK Day at the Kettering Recreation Complex – January 16, 2017 from 8am-5pm) – all kinds of activities for the kids

Read the entire script of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Sweet Soles for Love Shoe Drive – January 3 – February 14, 2017 at all Sibcy Cline Offices

shoescloseupbest8Sibcy Cline Realtors is collecting new shoes for area foster children at all Sibcy Cline offices from January 3 – February 14, 2017. Donations will be collected Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm.

Why Shoes?
Moira Weir, director of Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services says, “You can help make a difference in the lives of the foster children of  Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Southeastern Indiana by providing them with much needed shoes. All items will be put to good use by Hamilton County Job & Family Services and other partnering organizations serving our foster children, and will be dispersed on an ongoing basis as we receive them throughout the collection period.”

What Kind of Shoes?
All sizes of new shoes – from infant to adult size – will be collected. Sneakers, loafers, winter boots and any closed-toe shoes will be accepted. The goal is to collect 500 pairs.

About Sweet Soles For Love
When Julie Whitney, owner of Phillippi-Whitney Communications LLC was watching ABC World News Tonight the evening of August 26, 2014 she saw a story that made a tremendous impact on her. It was a feature about the foster children in Richmond, Virginia who had to carry all of their belongings in a black trash bag as they moved from home to home. This story motivated her to organize a luggage drive called ‘Cases For Love’ for the foster Children of Hamilton County in January, 2014. The campaign was more successful than she ever imagined.

Says Whitney, “‘Cases For Love’ was an extraordinary effort by all of the extremely passionate parties involved, and it is an understatement to say that it exceeded our expectations. Our initial goal was 1,200 suitcases, and we actually received close to 10,000, allowing us to not only serve the foster children of Hamilton County, but also those in Dayton, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. This entire effort was made possible due to the generous support of Sibcy Cline, Hamilton County Job & Family Services, University Moving and Storage, the philanthropic minded and generous citizens of our region as well as the local media, who latched onto this story and never let go.”

In 2015, Whitney and Sibcy Cline teamed up again with ‘Gloves For Love,’ an effort that provided more than 6,800 gloves, mittens, scarves and hats to area foster children.

Says Pam Sibcy, Vice President of Marketing for Sibcy Cline, “We heard about the need for a drop-off location back in 2014, and jumped on board from day one to help collect the suitcases in all of our 22 locations throughout Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. But ‘Cases For Love’ and the following year ‘Gloves For Love’ became much more than a suitcase or winter gloves collection to us. Our offices became very passionate about the needs of foster children, and our 1,200 realtors started making their own fliers and personally collecting items from their clients citywide. Our collection boxes in our branch offices overflowed with donations!”

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Sweet! Local Candy Stores in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; and Northern Kentucky

Who knew our region had such a sweet spot for sweet spots? I certainly didn’t realize the wide variety of confectionary companies that made their home in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky. After browsing the 25+ shops, specializing in everything from gummy bears, old-fashioned candy, handmade and bean-to-bar chocolates,  it is clear that when it comes to sweet treats you can find anything your heart or tastebuds desire. Here’s a brief rundown of what the area has to offer:

Maverick Chocolate Co.129 W Elder Street, Cincinnati, OH
Family-owned and operated bean-to-bar chocolate company located at Findlay Market.

Jenco Brothers’ Candy224 W. McMillan Street, Cincinnati, OH
This modern candy store features over 400 varieties of candy, popcorn, ice cream, fine chocolates, and more.

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Holiday Events – Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio 2016

banner_holidayNovember and December 2016 are jam-packed with lots of local events to enjoy. Here is our list of local things to during the holiday season in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Be sure to bookmark this blog article as we add even more events!

US Bank Ice Rink at Fountain Square
October 28, 2016 – February 20, 2017
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Ice skating available at various times.

Christmas Night of Lights
November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Coney Island – Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Christmas displays and light shows with 1 million plus lights!

A Christmas Story: The Musical at the LaComedia Theater
November 2 – December 31, 2016
Springboro, Ohio
A Christmas Carol

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum
November 4, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
See antique ornaments, decorations and toys!

A Whoville Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
November 12 , 2016 – January 1, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the flowers with a Whoville theme!

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo
November 16 – December 22, 2016
Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio
A big tradition! Great holiday displays while you visit the animals.

Holiday in Lights
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Sharon Woods – Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive through outdoor light display that is a local tradition.

Holiday Lights on the Hill
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
View lights from your car!

Kindervelt’s North Pole Express
November 19, 2016
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
45-minute train ride on a vintage train. Caroling, elves, Santa, treats and more! Reservations required!

Light Up Goshen Parade
November 19, 2016
Marr-Cook Elementary School in Goshen, Ohio
Food, rides, visit with Santa and a parade!

Germania Christkindlmarkt
November 20-22, 2016
Germania Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
German music, carriage rides, German pastries, ornaments and more!

Victorian Christmas
November 20 – December 30, 2016
Hillforest Victorian House Museum in Aurora, Indiana
This beautiful home will be decorated for the holidays as it was in yesteryear.

Light Up the Levee Illumination Party
November 22, 2016
Newport on the Levee – Newport, Kentucky
Music and more when the holiday lights are turned on!

Elf – The Broadway Musical
November 22- 27, 2016
The Schuster Theater in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy watching Buddy find his father while he spreads Christmas cheer!

Turkey Bowl at Fountain Square
November 22, 2016
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Bowlers have 3 opportunities to strike down the pins.

Light Up the Levee Light Show
November 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Newport, Kentucky
Vibrants lights sync with favorite holiday songs!

Macy’s Light Up the Square
November 25, 2016
Fountain Square – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
The ice rink will be open and there will be plenty of food and drink as well as live music before the tree is lit!

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
November 26, December 3, December 10 (2016)
Fountain Square – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Watch as Santa rappels down the 525 Building to Macy’s! Holiday music, too!

Light Up Middletown
November 25 – December 31, 2016
Middletown, Ohio
Circle driving tour of lights. See Santa and Mrs. Claus every Friday and Saturday through December 17th.

The Christmas Ranch
November 25 – December 31, 2016
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

Woodland Lights at Countryside Park
November 25 – December 30, 2016
Washington Township, Ohio
Walk through a half-mile wonderland of Christmas lights.

Riverscape Ice Skating
November 25, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Downtown Dayton
Outdoor ice rink at Riverscape.

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 25, 2016 (Kick off) through end of December 2016
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Grand Illumination, Dayton Children’s Parade and so much more!

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights 2016
November 25, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Over 3.5 million lights illuminate the mill, riverbanks and trees.

Hometown Holidazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 26, 2016
Downtown Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy a parade, lights and more! Annual cookie walk, too!

North Pole Express Train Ride
November 26-27, December 2-4, 9-11, 22-24  (2016)
LM&M Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
Half-hour ride with a visit with Santa and Mrs Claus

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
Dates TBD
Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Scuba Santa with lights and bubbles!

Christmas in the Country in Shandon, Ohio
November 26-27, 2016
Shandon, Ohio
Craft shows, food and holiday fun in a quaint, town setting.

Waynesville Christmas in the Village
December 2-4, 2016
Waynesville, Ohio
Enjoy listening to holiday music while strolling through the shops. See St. Nick and costumed period characters.

December 3, 2016
The Grove Banquet & Event Center in Springfield Township, Ohio
Madcap Puppets, Santa, games and more!

Trans Siberian Orchestra at Nutter Center
December 3, 2016
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Laser light show plus progressive rock plus the holidays makes for a great evening!

Aullwood Winter Luminary Walk
December 4, 2016
Enjoy a candle-lit walk and a hot beverage and cookies.

Florence Christmas Tree Lighting in Florence, Kentucky
December 6, 2016
Florence Government Square – 8100 Ewing Blvd.
Sleight rides and photos with Santa!

Holiday in the Village
December 3, 2016
City of Montgomery, Cincinnati, Ohio
North Pole Workshop, Victoria Holiday Village and more! Enjoy seeing the tree lighting, too.

Twilight Christmas Parade in Maysville
December 2, 2016
Maysville, Kentucky
Marching bands and meet Santa!

Trans Siberian Orchestra at US Bank Arena
December 21, 2016
Downtown Cincinnati
Laser light show plus progressive rock plus the holidays makes for a great evening!

Christmas in the Village
December 3, 2016
Tipp City, Ohio
Home tour, shopping and more!

Burlington Christmas
Burlington, Kentucky
Tree lighting, hot chocolate, art show and more!

Christmas in the Village of Waynesville 
December 2-4, 2016
Historic Waynesville, Ohio
1300 luminaries, carriage rides, strolling choirs and more!

Independence Christmas Walk and Parade
December 3, 2016
Courthouse Square area in Independence, Kentucky
Enjoy holiday activities!

Light Up Fairfield
December 3, 2016
Village Green Park in Fairfield, Ohio
Holiday market, caroling, ornament crafting and lighting of the tree.

Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Festival
December 3, 2016
Downtown Lebanon, Ohio
Largest horse-drawn carriage parade in the US! Enjoy the street fair, too.

Hometown Holiday with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
December 9-10, 2016
The Schuster Center – Downtown Dayton, Ohio
A holiday tribute with the orchestra and choruses.

The Nutcracker
December 9-18, 2016
The Aronoff Center in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A yearly tradition, the Cincinnati Ballet in all of its wonderfulness tells the story of Clara and her nutcracker.

Luminaria in Mariemont, Ohio
December 10, 2016
Light up the tree at the Old Town Center. Visit with Santa and take a carriage ride. Enjoy luminaria throughout the village.

Cincinnati Santacon
December 10, 2016
Jack Cincinnati Casino – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Santas are going to meet and be merry via a pub crawl.

Christmas in Loveland
Date TBD
Historic Downtown Loveland, Ohio
Enjoy Santa, craft workshops as well as a parade, carriage rides and so much more!

Christkindlmarkt – Dayton Liederkrnaz-Turner
December 10-11, 2016
Downtown Dayton
Old Christmas market to enjoy!

White Christmas Parade in Augusta
December 10, 2016
Augusta, Kentucky
Parade, carols and more!

Christmas Town at the Creation Museum
December 16 – December 30, 2016
Petersburg, Kentucky
Live nativity, lights and live dramas. This is a free event.

The Nutcracker – Schuster Performing Arts Center
December 16- 23, 2016
A classic ballet that all can enjoy!

Handels Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic
December 18, 2016
Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton

Over the Rhine Christmas with the Pops
December 20, 2016
Taft Theatre – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy music from Over the Rhine along with the Cincinnati Pops orchestra.

The Snowman with the Pops
December 23, 2016
Taft Theatre – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
View the Snowman story while listening to the Cincinnati Pops.

Festival of Lights- Menorah Lighting
December 27, 2016
Deerfield Towne Center in Deerfield Township, Ohio
Traditional treats, petting zoo and live music.