Kathleen Hornstra

Student journalist and Multimedia Director for The News Record

Cocktails to Enjoy This Holiday Season

Craving a cocktail to get you in the holiday mood? Try these festive drinks from three local bars that are bound to keep you warm and fuzzy this season.

Northside Distilling

In the spirit of the holidays, Cincinnati’s first distillery since prohibition has put together three festive cocktails to enjoy during the holidays (check out these ND drinks on our TikTok!):

Pour the Northside Bourbon and pecan liqueur into a mug. Top it off with freshly brewed coffee. Serve with your favorite after din

Get Your Local Food and Drink-Related Advent Calendars

Advent marks the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. This year, the festivities start on Nov. 28, so get ahead of the game with these local advent calendars.

“Oh What Fun!” Holiday Wine Countdown Calendar

Say “cheers” to the holiday season with Kroger’s “Oh What Fun!” countdown Calendar. The wine-filled box contains 24 mini wine bottles, the equivalent to six full-sized bottles. Featuring a festive blend of white, red, rosé, and sparkling wines, you can pop

Dinners to Enjoy on Turkey Day

After spending another year in social distancing limbo, spend this Thanksgiving with your family and friends at these local restaurants, prepared to cook up a delicious feast for all your loved ones.


Coppin’s at Hotel Covington will host a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. The buffet will include a carved roasted turkey and glazed pit ham along with cold displays, hot offerings, and an abundance of sweets for dessert. The prices are $60 for adults, $50 for seniors (55+), $19

Restaurants That Can Meet Your Congee Needs

Congee, a type of rice porridge eaten in many Asian countries, is made by boiling rice with plenty of water until it breaks down into a pudding-like consistency. The flavor possibilities are endless as sweet and savory ingredients can be added for the rice to soak up as it cooks. If you’re too much of a novice (or simply don’t have the time) to make your own congee, you can stop by these local restaurants to fix your cravings.

Pho Lang Thang

Known for the popular Vietnamese soup pho, Pho Lang

Charitable Giving By the Numbers

Take a look at these Cincinnati nonprofits and how their time, dedication, and donations added up last year.

Greater Cincinnati’s LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) is committed to supporting resident-led, community-based development organizations that reconstruct local communities and neighborhoods into healthy areas to live, do business, work, and raise families.

-People placed in jobs though Financial Opportunity Centers: 596

M25M is an international humanitarian aid and disaster

Shop for a Cause

Want to support local causes and look good doing it? Give these items a try.

Since 1996, the monarch butterfly population has declined by 97 percent. The Cincinnati Nature Center’s “Milkweed to Monarchs” initiative educates the community on the fragile plight of the monarch and promotes the widespread planting of milkweed in Southwest Ohio and beyond. With the purchase of this bowtie, you can help the cause—$10 of each sale goes to the CNC. $65

The COVID-19 crisis has been hard for everyone, e

Get Your Veggie Fix With These Plant-Based Pizzas

If you’re looking to expand your vegetarian and vegan pizza horizons, check out these eight pizzerias getting their veg on around the city.

Popular Cincinnati chain LaRosa’s Pizzeria has launched their first plant-based pizza made with toppings that taste remarkably like the family recipe pizzas that guests have adored for almost 70 years. Their new Deluxe and Create Your Own pizzas are made with plant-based pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatless chicken, and vegan cheese. The pizzeria has been t

OTR’s Tipsy Terrarium Provides Gardening with a Twist

What started out as a mid-pandemic gardening hobby with her daughter inspired Ravee Elmer of Tipsy Terrarium to set up shop in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Elmer, a 34-year-old phlebotomist and mother of three, moved from Georgia to Cincinnati in the fall of last year. She started to gain an Instagram following because of her homemade terrarium posts. That’s when her interest in starting her own small business took off, and her followers were asking to join in.

“That’s how I kind

Teaching through a screen: The challenges of virtual American Sign Language

Teaching during a pandemic when classes are mostly virtual is challenging for professors and students alike. When the subject is based solely on visual learning, there is an additional level of potential disconnect.

Like most classes at the University of Cincinnati (UC), American Sign Language (ASL) courses this semester are being taught in a virtual format. However, ASL is a subject in which you talk with your hands, and spoken word is discouraged to learn the language.

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