In partnership with more than 20 community churches, the Ohio State University Extension, and the city of Cincinnati, the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) provides vital assistance to individuals and families in need. MEAC distributes donated food and clothing and offers rent and utility assistance to underserved members of the community. In 2011, MEAC served more than 3,900 families through its Choice Food Pantry, which provides cleaning products and toiletries in addition to food.
When horticulturalist Brian F. Jorg isn't cultivating native plants at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, he treks up to 20,000 miles a year on globe-trotting photographic excursions. As he leads guests through the Great Smoky Mountains or the Peruvian Amazon, he captures nature's grandeur with his digital camera, sharing his ever-increasing portfolio with the world through field guides, educational displays, and mass text messages addressed to “world.” Brian's passion for nature overflows not only into his photography, but into community activities. He can often be seen sharing his horticultural wisdom at area flower shows, teaching classes to the general public, or snapping dynamic images at sporting events.
Scallywag Tag's arena dazzles eyes with a black-lit, neon-tinged pirate ship and 18th-century Caribbean village, which provides a labyrinth of fluorescent walls for marauding swashbucklers. After being split into two competing crews, participants receive a vest, a phaser, and instructions to tally as many points as possible by tagging opponents, swarming the enemy's home base, or holding a referee hostage until he or she doctors the score. The score itself is broadcast on wide-screen LCD scoreboards, but those who are too busy taking out the adversary to look at them can take heart knowing that at the end of the game, the referees announce the winning team.
Outside the fast-paced laser-tag arena, Scallywag Tag encourages visitors to recharge with a drink or a slice of pizza from the snack bar. The arcade sections also distract patrons by featuring perennial classics such as air hockey as well as new favorites, including Time Crisis 3 and Find That W2 Form.
The West-side location additionally lures younger passersby with a pirate-themed jump house and a 35-foot-long slide in the family entertainment center. The West-side’s black-light miniature golf tests hand-eye coordination skills, leading guests through a gauntlet of 18 holes that similarly embrace the pirate theme.
The seasoned painters at A Stroke of Art guide students through easy-to-follow steps, encouraging them to complete colorful, original works of art. Inside the studio, paintings line the walls, and blank canvases lean against tabletops in preparation for painted flowers, landscapes, and the Mona Lisa with a mustache. A Stroke of Art also holds kid-centric summer camps and adult painting classes, as well as private events and birthday parties.