Write On

Putting pen to paper, Loveland local Jessica Strawser has become a force of nature—three novels, writing workshop host, current editor-at-large for Writer’s Digest (where her interviews with literary legends like David Sedaris and Alice Walker gained her a bit of notoriety). Now, rounding out her already illustrious resume, she can add Writer-in-Residence. An honor awarded to her by Cincinnati’s Library Foundation, Jessica will now serve as their literary ambassador, connecting the community with the library and sharing secrets of her craft (don’t miss her monthly blogs and podcasts!). WriterInResidence.CincinnatiLibrary.org

Rock Star

A modern medley of activity and anticipation came together for the long-awaited opening of Mosaic Climbing. Doors were officially thrown open March 15, and well, it was worth the wait. While Mosaic’s primary focus is bouldering and rope climbing (with competitive teams for all ages), the area’s largest new climbing gym also plays host to yoga, Pilates, cycling and more. Drawn by the “booming climbing community” in Cincy, owners Nicole Brown and Chris Shortwell (who opened LEF Climbing of Lexington) are ready for a new climb to the top. MosaicClimbing.com

Apple of Your Eye

Caregiver, guiding force and champion, all rolled into one? We’re talking about a teacher, of course. Rather than leaving apples on their desks, Brain Balance of Cincinnati is helping reward local teachers by being a sponsor of Greater Cincinnati’s Teacher of the Week, in partnership with WLWT News 5, Warm 98.5 and Modern Office Methods. Each week, a teacher is chosen from those nominated on Warm98.com (students, parents and fellow teachers, get nominating!). Winning teachers receive a “brain box” packed with classroom essentials, flowers and gifts, plus a $50 Brain Balance gift card. Congrats to recent winners Mrs. Williams from CHCA, Mrs. Chalk from Endeavor Elementary, Mrs. Goldie from Kings High and more. Know a great teacher? Put down your pencils and open your computer to vote online today! Warm98.com/Contests

Parkinson’s, Get Ready for a Knockout

TITLE Boxing Club Loveland is well-known for its love of punching back—the fitness club gave away free classes to any who were furloughed during the government shutdown at the start of the year. Now, they’re hitting it hard once again, offering a new class for people with Parkinson’s disease. Studies show that boxing is ideal for helping Parkinson’s sufferers get a full-body workout, helping improve both their overall health and quality of life. The class, called Rock Steady Boxing, is a certified program specifically designed for those with Parkinson’s, and owner Mark Fox has been teaching it since late February. A great form of therapy, right at your fingertips. Know someone wanting to take a swing at Parkinson’s? TITLE Boxing Club Loveland has their gloves waiting. TITLEBoxingClub.com/Loveland-OH