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Short North Neighborhood Events/News MARCH/APRIL 2016

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Gregory Carr (1948-2016) Posthumous award for Doo Dah founder

Greg Carr Larry Hamill, 2008

An award acknowledging the neighborhood contributions of Gregory Carr who passed away on January 9, 2016, will be presented at the Tenth Annual Short North Gala along with a half dozen other awards honoring individuals and businesses, including the founder of this paper, Tom Thomson. The gala is scheduled Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 N. High St.

Carr, 67, was responsible for initiating the Doo Dah Parade, held on Independence Day in the Short North every year since 1984. The idea came from the popular Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, based where his friend Joe Theibert had lived. “He asked me about it,” said Theibert. “I thought, Columbus is too conservative, it would never work. But he said, ‘Let’s give it a try,’ and sure enough, it worked!” With the brilliant move of transplanting the parade to Columbus, he left an incomparable and colorful mark on the neighborhood.

Remembered as a visionary, Carr also founded the non-profit Neighborhood Design Assistance Center, was a founding member of the Short North Business Association, and ran the Short North Tavern with John Allen in the early years of the pub. Carr worked for the Columbus Public Service Department as a management analyst before he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014. On a Columbus Dispatch legacy page, friend Jim Connor remarks that Carr had a wonderful streak of independence and a passion for life – an apt description of a man who was determined to make a difference and succeeded in doing just that.

For more information about the gala and award ceremony, visit www. shortnorth.org


Northside Library Kicks Off New Build with ‘Wallbreaking’ Ceremony

The Northside branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 1423 N. High St. closed on February 19 to prepare for construction of a new building that will triple the branch size. The original structure, completed in 1990 at 7,728 square feet, will be demolished to make way for over 25,000 square feet. The project is expected to take a year to complete and will greatly enhance services. Among the offerings are three meeting rooms, dedicated areas for the Homework Help Center and Training Lab, a teen section with Macs and public computers, a coffee kiosk, a fireplace in the reading area, and a quiet room.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library held a “wallbreaking” ceremony on March 1 with library leaders and city and community officials, to celebrate the start of renovations. Roger Sugarman, president of the library’s board of trustees, gave the opening speech followed by remarks from Michael Stinziano, Kristin Boggs, Charleta Tavares, Jeff Lyttle, Bob Carroll, Patrick Losinski, and Hubbard Master School students.

The Northside Branch project is part of CML’s 10-project aspirational building program. The architect for the new design at Northside is NBBJ, a global architecture, planning and design firm that also worked the Driving Park branch project. An article in the Atlantic Monthly featured that project and lauds the the Columbus library system, describing it as “a wonderful example of how public libraries are both staying true to their mission of being open and free to all, while responding sensitively and rapidly to the world a century after Carnegie.”

A temporary site for the branch’s Homework Help Center is now open in a modular unit at the Hubbard Mastery School, 104 W. Hubbard Ave., where K-12 students can receive free after-school help Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. CML is working to identify a nearby temporary location for customers. See photos: page 9 and page 10

Art Walks and Landmark Talks

The fourth year of Art Walks and Landmark Talks, a collaboration of the Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health, begins in May. Free hour-long tours are led by expert historians and guides exploring the art, history and architecture of Columbus neighborhoods. This year’s line-up includes 21 walks, kicking off on Monday, May 2 with the Discovery District Art Walk at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Art Walks are offered on scheduled Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Rain dates are the following Sundays at 7 p.m.

May 2: Discovery District - Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.
May 9: Franklinton - Genoa Park – COSI, 303 W. Broad St.
May 16: Arena District - North Market, 59 Spruce St.
May 23: Near East - Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave.
June 6: Highland West - St. Aloysius Church, 2165 W. Broad St.
June 13: German Village - Livingston Ave. UMC, 200 E. Livingston Ave.
June 20: Merion Village - St. Leo’s Church, 221 Hanford St.
June 27: Clintonville - North Broadway UMC, 32 E. North Broadway
July 11: Short North - Wonder Bread Sign, 728 Hamlet St.
July 18: University District - Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr.
July 25: Capitol Square - Central Presbyterian Church, 132 S. Third St.
Aug 1: Brewery District - King Gambrinus Statue, Near 585 S. Front St.
Aug 8: River South - Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St.
Aug 15: Near South - Driving Park Library, 1442 Livingston Ave.
Aug 22: Arena District II - Arch Park, Nationwide Blvd.
Aug 29: Near East II - Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.
Sept 12: Short North II - Goodale Park Elephant Fountain, 120 Goodale Blvd.
Sept 19: Merion Village II - Barrett Middle School, Deshler and Bruck avenues
Sept 26: German Village II - Schiller Statue, Schiller Park
Oct 3: Clintonville II - Indianola Alternative School, 251 E. Weber Rd.
Oct 10: Franklinton II - Harrison House, 570 W. Broad St.


Darryl Mendelson, 2009 © Rick Borgia

World Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) Day 2016 is on Sat. Apr. 30. There will be a public event held by the gazebo (west of the pond) in Goodale Park. Starting at 10 a.m., various forms and styles of Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) will be performed together and in groups and taught for free. All Tai Chi and Qigong teachers, students, and practitioners, plus other healing artists and those that are interested, are invited and encouraged to participate. For more information about the WTCQD celebration at Goodale Park contact Darryl or Ro-z Mendelson at 614-263-9022. For more information about World Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) Day visit the following sites: worldtaichiday.orgwiki/World_Tai_Chi_and_Qigong_Day

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