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July's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

July's button, courtesy artist Thom Glick

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2016 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride! 

This month, ride leader Theo White brings you the theme AMERICAN HEROES! Heroes are made everyday, from the smallest deed of kindness to those who have given their lives for our country. Their stories and histories are varied, their actions and deeds diverse, leaving their marks on every part of our culture and heritage. They are law officers, politicians, soldiers, inventors, explorers, artists, activists, writers, business people and ordinary folks. This ride will explore local people and organizations who serve as true heroes for our community. 

Stop #1—Our First Stop will be the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center. Part of the century-old settlement house movement, the Clintonville-Beechwold CRC was organized in 1971 to promote a positive quality of life for residents of the Clintonville-Beechwold area, particularly its youth and senior citizens.  

Stop #2—Next we will hit the road toward Directions for Youth and Families. Directions for Youth & Families has roots dating back to 1899, when Associated Charities was established. Through many years, many name changes, and several mergers, they became part of the National Crittenton Foundation family of agencies in 1992, offering counseling and other intervention and education services to families and children. We will also have opportunity to cool off with an ice cream treat at this stop. 

Stop #3—For our last stop we will take a short trip over to the Hale Black Cultural Center.  The Center was established in October 1989 and named in honor of Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. who fought to increase opportunities for minority students at The Ohio State University. The Hale Center is considered one of the finest Black Cultural Centers in the country. It is housed in an almost 20,000 sq. ft facility on OSU’s south campus.

Our route is here for your review!

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Earlier Event: June 26
ComFest (Day 3)