This Just In – December 2014/January 2015 Edition*

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Help needed with bird count

“Birders” of all abilities are asked to help with the annual winter bird count Saturday, Dec. 13. The count is critical to knowing how birds are doing in the area. Participants can count in any Great Park any time between 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Pre-register at greatparks.org so that enough volunteer group leaders can be available at each park. A motor vehicle permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Information: 521-7275

Donations help Fill The Truck

Donations are needed for the annual Fill The Truck drive. Among items sought are toilet paper, winter clothing, personal care products, diapers, food items and much more. Donations will go to four charities: The Healing Center, Valley Interfaith, CAIN, and Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Items can be dropped off at Frame USA or purchased directly online at www.fillthetruck.org. The collection ends Dec. 20.

Be a Santa to a senior

Senior Services of Northern Kentucky is partnering with Home Instead Senior Care to bring Christmas cheer to lonely N.Ky. seniors. The annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program places decorated Christmas trees in Walgreens and Walmart stores in Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties. Customers can pull a gift tag from the tree, purchase a gift and leave it at the store. Gifts will be wrapped Dec. 17 at the Home Instead office, 268 Main St., Florence. To help wrap: (859) 282-8682

Chamber honoring female leaders

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber will honor female leaders and woman-owned businesses during the WE Celebrate awards breakfast Dec. 4, 8-9:30 a.m. at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. In addition, the Pinnacle Award, honoring a woman who has achieved great professional success and made a significant impact on the community, will be presented to Myrita Craig, chief operating officer, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.
Information: 579-3111 or cincinnatichamber.com/WE 

Grill hosts ‘Giving’ event with Lauren Hill

Cap off your Thanksgiving weekend by giving thanks for the courage of Lauren Hill, shooting a “Layup for Lauren,” and sharing a meal with Lauren and her family. The Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash will host a “Giving for Lauren” fundraiser from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. Event proceeds will go to Lauren’s Fight for Cure. WCPO’s Tanya O’Rourke is the emcee. The fundraiser features a $22 buffet which includes a MadTree beer or Pepsi product, Giving for Lauren Hill 22 t-shirts, hoops for layups, and a silent auction. Lauren, her family, and Mount St. Joseph basketball coach Dan Benjamin “Coach Bear” will attend. Information: FirehouseGrillCincinnati.com.

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