Monday, April 12, 2004

Montgomery hosts plant swap

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MONTGOMERY - Gardeners can swap perennials and an arborist will be on hand to help identify trees at the annual Spring Plant Swap, from 9-11 a.m. April 24 in the City Hall parking lot, 10101 Montgomery Road.

Labeling plants is suggested, along with sun or shade preference. Swappers should bring their own bags or containers for transporting plants home.

The free event, sponsored by the city beautification and tree commission, is open to the public. For information, call 792-8329.

Eastern Chamber books speaker

MARIEMONT -The Eastern Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its first business after-hours event April 20 since the organization changed its name in February from the Mariemont Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber now is open to any business or anyone anywhere who wants to do business on the east side of Greater Cincinnati.

The April 20 event will be held at the Mercy St. Theresa Center on Miami Road.

The speaker will be Bob Kramer of SCORE, which stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives, part of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE consists of retired executives and business owners who work as counselors to help businesses for free.

His topic will be "Overlooked Ways to Promote Your Business." He has a master's degree in marketing from Xavier University.

Details: (513) 561-5121.

Literacy groups plan spelling bee

The Literacy Council Advisory Board of Clermont and Brown Counties and the Adult Basic Literacy Education Program will present a Literacy Spelling Bee June 10, sponsored by American Legion Post 72.

The council is seeking spellers, ages 18 and older, and sponsors for teams. The entry fee for each team is $250.

Proceeds benefit adult programs by training and matching tutors to work with students who have reading, writing and mathematics skills below the eighth-grade level, offering them a means to achieve personal goals and qualify for better jobs.

Gifts from local businesses and individuals, which will be used as prizes for participants and attendees, also are welcome. For more information about participating, donating or sponsoring a team, call Kathleen Gillespie at 943-3740.

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