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Discover Summer A Guide to Family Fun in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Activities and events that families can enjoy

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Celebrate the arts. Enjoy the graceful beauty of hot air balloons. And yes, try goetta. These are just a few of the special events coming up. Page 4


Paddlefest and KidsFest are summertime staples. Looking for something different? Watch the cardboard boats sink in West Chester. Page 12


Church and community fundraisers are constantly changing, adding attractions and entertainment to bring you back for another year. Page 16


The talent is impressive, the venues gorgeous. From rock to opera, concert offerings this summer have something for everyone. Page 18


Sooner or later, everyone needs a break from the summer heat. Entertaining and informative, try these cool indoor venues. Page 22


Yes, there’s Reds and Florence Freedom baseball. But spectators can also enjoy top-level tennis, golf, bowling and auto racing. Page 28

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Kayakers and canoeists paddle along the Ohio River during last year’s Paddlefest.


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Events make summer special BY BRENNA KELLY

Grace Holmes of Union tastes a slice of pizza at the Newport Italian Festival in 2009.


e must really like goetta in Greater Cincinnati – there are two festivals this summer celebrating the pork delicacy, both in Northern Kentucky. And there’s plenty more to celebrate: free fishing, colorful hot-air balloons and fireworks galore.


Newport Italianfest Where: Newport Riverfront, between the Taylor-Southgate and L&N Bridges. When: 5-11 p.m. June 10-11; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 12; and noon-9 p.m. June 13. Tickets: Free Information: 859-292-3666; Celebrate Newport’s Ital-

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ian roots with food and music at the festival named a Top 20 Event in June by the Southeast Tourism Society. South Newport was once called “Spaghetti Knob” because of all the Italians who settled there long ago. There’s a booth with family photos of the Italian families in Newport, and each night a senior member of an Italian

family will be honored. There’s also a pizza eating contest, cooking contest, games, rides and fireworks. The festival also features a large seating area because it’s hard to eat spaghetti and tortellini standing up. There will also be river cruises Friday and Saturday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Please see page 6

Three more in June Summerfair Where: Coney Island, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township When: 2-8 p.m. June 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 6. Tickets: $10 for oneday ticket, $15 for three-day ticket (available only until 2 p.m. June 4). Children under 12 free. Information: 513-531-0050; Big Bone Lick free fishing weekend Where: Big Bone Lick State Park,

3380 Beaver Road, Union When: June 5-6, daylight to dark Tickets: Free Information: 859384-3522; http://internet. The Original Goettafest in Mainstrasse Village Where: Mainstrasse Village, West Sixth Street and Goebel Park, Covington When: June 18-20 Tickets: Free Information: 859-491-0458; www.mainstrasse .org


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MidFirst Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival Where: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave. Middletown When: July 16-18 Tickets: $3 ages 13 and over; free children 12 and under. $8 per car/ van/small truck per day; $20 RV or camper (per day) Information: 513-7051770; Hot air balloon competition flights, skydiving, balloon glows, classic car show, arts and crafts, free concerts, carnival, food, tethered balloon rides, special shape balloons and more. Regional music entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, a wide variety of festival foods.

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Fourth at the Fort Where: Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas When: July 3 Tickets: Free Information: 859-781-1700; Firecracker 5000 Race begins at 8 a.m. at the YMCA. Fourth of July parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Family entertainment, children’s activities, exhibitions, games, food, arts and crafts included. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

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Hot air balloon pilot Mark Yeakle of Springboro competes in last year’s MidFest Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Salsa Fest Where: Sawyer Point Park, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown When: noon-9:30 p.m. July 31, noon-9 p.m. Aug. 1 Tickets: Free Information: 513-939-0936; Live music, dancing, Latin American concessions, crafts and apparel. Also a Children’s World play area with floatations, face painting and more.


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Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration Where: Sawyer Point Park, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown When: Aug. 20-22 Tickets: Free Information: 513-742-9378; The celebration of AfricanAmerican culture and families, which is now in its 22nd year, draws more than 100,000 people to Cincinnati’s riverfront each year. The event features concerts, a parade, booths, food and educational exhibits. This year’s theme is “Families Helping Families.” In addition to fun, food and music, there is also information about health, relationships and finances. Attend a job fair, wedding ceremonies and vow renewals at the “Chapel of Love” and worship services. The parade will be held Aug. 21, with the reviewing stand at Forest and Burnet avenues.

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Anlia Carter of Liberty Township takes part in the Hula Hoop contest at last year’s Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion.

New this year, ventriloquist Megan Piphus, a junior at Princeton High School, will perform at Sawyer Point at 3 p.m. Aug. 15. Piphus appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” in November 2008, as one of the “The World’s Smartest and Most Talented Kids.” Please see page 10

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Paddlefest 2010 Where: Home base for the majority of activities is Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. The Finish Line Festival at the conclusion of the three-day event takes place at the Public Landing, Downtown. When: June 24-26. Cost: Varies. Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo on June 24 is free.

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Canoeists and kayakers line up to launch their vessels into the Ohio River for Paddlefest last June.

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Paddlefest is a great outdoor adventure for kids and adults that celebrates the importance of the river in the life of residents in the Ohio Valley. The fifth annual Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo at Coney Island has a day all to itself on June 24 this year. Two sessions will be held: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. The Expo is open to organized groups in addition to individuals. Presented by the Hamilton County Park District, each session features hands-on activities, exhibits and presentations to help children learn about the natural world around them. Participants can paddle a canoe on Coney Island’s Lake Como, climb aboard a floating laboratory on the river or tour the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ patrol boat. For information, contact Kimberly Whitton at Please see next page

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to the big river for the ninth annual paddle. The Ohio is closed to all barge traffic during the event. Racers begin at 7:30 a.m., traveling on a specific course while leisure paddlers begin at Coney Island about 8:30 a.m. All of the paddlers finish their run at the Public Landing where a party atmosphere prevails during the Finish Line Festival. The local Cajun band Lagniappe provides entertainment and racers will receive their awards and then hang out with friends until they are ready to catch a shuttle back to Coney Island. Please see next page

Five more in June Kids Triathlon Training Clinic Where: Venus Fitness Studio, 7795 Cooper Road, Montgomery. When: June 5, 19, and July 3 Tickets: $20; $15 for Montgomery residents Information: Reservations required. 513-368-9319; Kids Fest 2010 Where: Sawyer Point, 801 E. Pete Rose Way and Eggleston Avenue (main entrance), Downtown When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 5-6 Tickets: Free. Information: 513-352-6180; (click on Play) Ride Cincinnati Where: Yeatman’s Cove at Sawyer Point, Downtown Cincinnati When: 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 13 Tickets: Free for spectators. Registration fee for cyclists is $35 for adults; $15 for children 12 and younger. Late registration (after June 7) is $45 for adults; $20 for children Information: Karen Niemeyer, 513-941-0304;; Loveland’s Amazing Race 5 Where: Loveland Bike Trail, Little Miami River When: June 19

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Firefighters hose down Loveland Amazing Race participants as they try to make a basket.

Tickets: Free for spectators. Registration fee varies. Early registration fee is $125 for two-person team or corporate team Information: Doug Portman, 513677-6787. Website: Kids Fishing Day Where: Eastern Hills Rod, Gun and Conservation Club, 5595 Anstaett Road, Batavia When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 19 Tickets: Free. Information: George Holt, 513675-8483; George Clark, 513646-5492






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Crazy Cardboard Regatta 2010 Where: Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester Township When: July 16-17 Tickets: Registration fee varies. Deadline: July 1. Free for spectators. MetroParks parking permit required. Information: 513-874-5450; www.metroparks Build a boat out of corrugated cardboard and bring it to VOA Park in West Chester Township to test its floatability against other cardboard vessels. The type of material used to make the boat is strictly regulated, but the finished design can be fanciful or funny. Sea monsters, outhouses, beds, jeeps and space shuttles have been seen in similar events. Participants must be at least 10 years old; and, children ages of 10 to 12 must paddle with a parent or legal guardian. Registration fee for families, individuals and youth groups is $20 ($30 after June 15). For clubs or organizations, the fee is $40 ($50 after June 15). Fee for a corporate team is $250 (includes two T-shirts). Proceeds benefit the MetroParks of Butler County VOA Playground Fund.

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Fit to Fight Ovarian Cancer Triathlon/Duathlon and 5K Where: Corwin Nixon Park, 6249 MasonMontgomery Road, Mason When: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 18 Registration: $50 adults; $25 for children; $25 for 5K. Information: 513-368-9319; Greater Anderson Days Where: Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Ave., Anderson Township When: 5-11 p.m. July 23 and 24; and 5-10 p.m. July 25 (Fireworks at 10 p.m.) Tickets: Free admission. Prices vary for rides, games, food and merchandise. Information:; 513-388-5092 Cincinnati One World Triathlon, Duathlon and Great Ohio Swim Where: Sawyer Point, Downtown When: July 24-25. Swim begins at 7:30 a.m. July 24. Triathlon/duathlon begin at 7:30 a.m. July 25. Tickets: Free for spectators. Registration fee for athletes varies.

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Valerie Cathey and her daughter Natalie of Anderson Township enjoy a dragon ride during last summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anderson Days.

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The 24th Great Inland Seafood Festival When: 6-11 p.m. Aug. 12-13; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 14; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 15 Where: Riverboat Row, Newport Tickets: Free admission. Price of food varies. Information: 513-477-3320; This annual festival, on the banks of the Ohio River in Newport, features premium seafood dishes from restaurants around the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region. Many visitors come to partake of the $10.95 whole Maine lobster. It is the signature item of the four-day seafood fest. The whole lobsters are sold only while supplies last. There will be daily harbor cruises and continuous entertainment by local and regional bands. The event is free and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of parking nearby, including space along Columbia Street set aside for those with handicap stickers.

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Seafood cooks such as George Kasselakis of Tennessee come to the Great Inland Seafood Festival.

Three more in August Gravelrama Where: Cleves When: Aug. 25-30 Tickets: Parade on Aug. 25 is free. Admission to race events: $12 for ages 13 and older; $6 for ages 6 to 12; free for children 5 years old and younger. Monday obstacle course event is free. Information: 513-470-5442; A parade through Cleves begins at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25. Racing events start with time trials at 5 p.m. Aug. 26. Racing continues through the weekend. The obstacle course events start at 10 a.m. Aug. 30. The event draws about 300 competitors and thousands of fans from more than 30 states and several Canadian provinces. The events are the Flat Drags, Up-Hill Drags, Obstacle and the Big Eliminator Hill Climb. The Junior Racer competition offers

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A contestant races to the top of the Eliminator Hill at Gravelrama in Cleves.

young riders a chance to show their skills. VOA Walking Club Where: Lodge Breezeway, Voice of America Park on Cox Road in West Chester Township When: 9 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through September (weather permitting) Tickets: Free. MetroParks parking permit required.

Lebanon Blues Festival When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 7 Where: Downtown Lebanon Tickets: Free admission Information: 513-588-0321; Blues music, food, and a deluxe beer garden fill the streets and airwaves of historic downtown Lebanon for this true hometown festival. Revel in the sounds and styles of eight bands, chow down on some hearty BBQ, and cool off with a cold one. Look The Enquirer/Amanda Davidson over 150 classic cars in the Sweet Pea the clown makes a balloon Blues, BBQ and Bumpers Car animal for Grace Palmer of Lebanon Show. during the 2009 Blues Festival.




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hurch festivals are a staple of summer in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. And each year, their variety expands, as festival chairmen tinker with food offerings, entertainment lineups and kids’ games. The summer months of June, July and August are the busiest for local festivals. Here is a sampling of what’s coming up:

St. Jude Festival Where: 5924 Bridgetown Road, St. Jude the Apostle, Green Township When: June 4-6 Admission: Free Information: www.stjudebridgetown .org; 513-574-1230


St. Michael Festival Where: 11144 Spinner Ave., Sharonville When: June 11-13 Admission: Free Information:; 513-563-6377

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Where: 7000 Winton Road, Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Finneytown When: 5-11 p.m. June 25; 3-11 p.m. June 26; 1-8 p.m. June 27. Admission: $2 (children 12 and under admitted with no charge; a portion of the admission price goes to the Freestore Foodbank) Information: www.holytrinity; 513-591-0030 You can’t beat homemade. That’s why, explains Eugene Nicholas, general chair of the 36th annual Panegyri Greek Festival, the women of the festival’s home, Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, spend countless hours preparing the exotic ethnic delicacies that are the star of this show. Nearly 750 pounds of butter and 1½ tons of flour go into bak-

St. Vivian Festival 2010 Where: 7600 Winton Road, Finneytown When: June 18-20 Admission: $5 Information:; 513-728-4331

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Vlahopoules Dance Group has been among the entertainers at the Panegyri Greek Festival over the years.

ing such Greek pastries as koulourakia, braided semi-sweet butter cookies, and melomakarouna, honey-dipped spice cookies sprinkled with ground walnuts. Both of the aforementioned cookies are being made in-


St. Mary of the Assumption Parish Festival “Celebrating 150 Years” Where: 8246 E. Main St., St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Alexandria. When: 6 p.m.-midnight Aug. 13; 5-11 p.m. Aug. 14 Admission: Free Information:; 859-635-4188 16 SUMMER 2010 CINCINNATI.COM/DISCOVER

house this year. Last year, when the festival drew 24,000 visitors and set a total sales record approaching $500,000, the cookies were imported. “Everybody could tell the difference,” Nicholas said. “Homemade’s best.”

As the church celebrates its sesquicentennial, Nancy Icard, the co-chair of the parish summer festival, marvels “at how this event comes together each year over such a big venue. Everybody pitches in. Everybody has something to do.” The festival has made a strong comeback since it was revived in 2005. Since its return, Icard noted, “the festival has once again become a great opportunity THE KENTUCKY ENQUIRER

St. Veronica Church’s “Sports of All Sorts” Summer Festival Where: 4473 Mount CarmelTobasco Road, Clermont County When: June 25-27 Admission: Free Information:; 513-528-1622 Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish Funfest Where: 1150 Donaldson Road, Erlanger. WhenJune 25-27 Admission: Free Information:; 859-525-6909

for the parish and the community to enjoy a time that’s all about family.” And when it comes time for the festival’s tradition-rich Aug. 14 fried chicken dinner, Leroy Kramer family reigns over the kitchen. “They take their fried chicken very seriously,” Icard said of the Kramers. She has seen the family members prepare and serve their delicious specialty. She can attest that they have “everything down to a science.”



St. Rita Fest Where: 1720 Glendale-Milford Road, St. Rita School for the Deaf, Evendale. When: 7 p.m.-midnight July 9; 4 p.m.-midnight July 10; 1-10 p.m., July 11 Admission: $2 Information:; 513-771-7600. In the beginning, there was mock turtle soup. And it was good for St. Rita Fest. Every year, volunteers for the annual festival, now in its 94th year, make and sell 600 gallons of the pungent broth simmered with ground beef, onions, lemons and a secret blend of spices. The soup is based on a recipe handed down from the Woebkenberg family, who first prepared the festival’s signature dish in 1919. “This year, we’ll have a pre-sale of the soup,” said Angie Frith, St. Rita’s director of public relations. The pre-sale takes place noon-7 p.m. July 5-9. During the soup sale, patrons can buy chances for the grand prize: $24,000 cash or his and her Harleys or one of three cars. “We do that,” Frith said, “for folks who can’t attend the festival.” They’ll be missing 100 different game booths, rides and nightly concerts. For the first time in the festival’s history, St. Rita is charging admission ($2) because net proceeds declined by $36,000 in 2009 from 2008’s revenues of $215,000. Festival proceeds contribute to scholarships for the school’s 188 deaf students who range in age from 4 months to 21 years.

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Steve Hellmann and Danny Schieman, both of Edgewood, cook the hot dogs and burgers at last year’s St Pius X Festival in Edgewood.

Five more in July 2010 St. Pius X Festival Where: 348 Dudley Road, St. Edgewood. When: July 9-11 Admission: Free Information:; 859-341-4900 Camel rides. Fish dinners. Goetta dogs. And a $50,000 grand raffle. Who could ask for anything more? St. Martin of Tours Summer Festival Where: 3961 North Bend Road, Harvest Home Park, Cheviot When: July 9-11 Admission: Free Information: www.saintmarti-; 513-661-2000 Take in the July 11 antique car display and stay for the fried chicken dinner. St. Ann Fiesta Where: 646 Clinton Ave., Hamilton When: July 23-24 Admission: Free Information:; 513-863-4963

Holy Trinity Festival Where: 2420 Drex Ave., Norwood When: July 30-Aug. 1 Admission: Free Information: www.holytrinity Little Sisters of the Poor, Cincinnati; 513-366-4400 Entertainment lineup includes third annual Family Night Red Idle (8 p.m.-midnight July Where: 476 Riddle Road, Little 30); the Remains (8 p.m.-midSisters of the Poor, Clifton night July 31); Ooh La La and the When: July 24 Admission: $8 (includes meal and Greasers (5-9 p.m. Aug. 1).

Five more in August Holy Cross-Immaculata Church Festival Where: 30 Guido St., Mount Adams When: Aug. 6-7 Admission: Free Information:; 513-721-6544 St. John Family Festival, West Chester Where: 9080 Cincinnati-Dayton

Road, West Chester Township When: Aug. 6-8 Admission: Free Information:, 513-777-6433 St. Francis Festival Where: 20A DeSales Ave., Lebanon When: Aug. 20-22 Admission: Free

entertainment; beer and wine are extra) Information: 513-281-8001 Italian theme means tunes by Matt “The Cincinnati Sinatra” Snow.

Information:; 513-9322601 St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish Festival Where: 5222 North Bend Road, Green Township When: Aug. 20-22 Admission: Free


Information:; 513-661-6565 St. Mary FUNFEST Where: 2853 Erie Ave., Hyde Park When: Aug. 20-22 Admission: Free Information:; 513-321-1207



Summer sounds range from opera to prog rock BY JANELLE GELFAND AND BILL THOMPSON


hether you enjoy spending an evening on a blanket at Riverbend Music Center or dressing up for a night at the opera, there are some terrific choices at Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky venues this summer. Here’s a sampling of this summer’s best:


Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” presented by Cincinnati Opera When: 6 p.m. June 23 and 26 Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-theRhine Tickets and information: $35-$212; limited view orchestra and balcony seats are $57. 513-241-2742; Cincinnati Opera will launch its 90th anniversary season with a grand production of Wagner’s mammoth opera, “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.” A romantic comedy, it is a touching love story between young lovers. At its center is a singing contest of the “mastersingers” of Nuremberg, a singing guild in the mid-16th century. Appropriately, the opera is being mounted in Cincinnati’s Music Hall, which was built for Cincinnati’s version of German “saengerfests,” the Cincinnati May Festival. The opera is rarely performed in the United States, so you can expect to rub shoulders with opera fans from the world over. Hundreds of local choristers will share the stage with major stars of the Metropolitan Opera, including James Morris as Hans Sachs, HeiKyung Hong as Eva, Richard Margison as Walter and Sir Thomas Allen as Beckmesser. Chris Alexander directs. The music will include great, sweeping choruses and magnificent themes for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Keenan, to reign in the orchestra pit. The company has purchased a gracious and realistic production from Düsseldorf’s Deutsche Opera am Rhein designed by Gunther Schneider-Siemssen, who also designed the current “Meistersinger” production for the Metropolitan Opera. The opera usually runs more than five hours. Performances will begin at 6 p.m., with a generous intermission featuring German food. Please see next page


Country music superstar Tim McGraw shares the Riverbend stage with Lady Antebellum.

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Five more in June Brad Paisley, with Darius Rucker Where: Riverbend Music Center When: 8 p.m. June 6 Tickets: $25-$56.25, plus service charges Information: 513-232-6220; Paisley is one of the biggest stars in the country music. Rucker, the former frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, has transitioned from pop star to country-pop star. Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Where: Corbett Auditorium at UC’s CollegeConservatory of Music; and the Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township When: 2 p.m. June 6 (Corbett Auditorium) and 7:30 p.m. (Anderson Center) Tickets: $15-$50. All seats $20 in Anderson Center. Children free with each paying adult. Information: 513-723-1182; Introduce your kids to the classics such as George Gershwin’s timeless “Rhapsody in Blue,” played here by local favorite Michael Chertock with this small (about 35pieces) orchestra. THE KENTUCKY ENQUIRER

Live at the Levee, featuring Soul Pocket Where: Riverwalk Plaza, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport When: 6-9:30 p.m. June 17 Admission: Free Information: 859-291-0550; Soul Pocket’s songlist includes Motown, R&B, disco, soul, funk and rock. Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum Where: Riverbend Music Center When: 8 p.m. June 18 Tickets: TBA Information: 513-232-6220; McGraw is also a successful actor who played the father in “The Blind Side.” Justin Bieber Where: U.S. Bank Arena When: 7 p.m. June 26 Tickets: $42.50-$52.50, plus service charges Information: 513-421-4111; The world’s newest teen pop heartthrob visits Cincinnati to spread Bieber Fever.



Event: Red, White and Blue Ash Where: Lake Forest West Drive and Glendale Milford Road, across from the Blue Ash Airport When: July 4 Tickets: Free Information: 513-745-8500; This is one of the region’s biggest holiday celebrations, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks and big-name musical acts. This year, 1970s icons Peter Frampton (8 p.m.), the British rock star who lives in Indian Hill, and Yes (5:30 p.m.), the English progressive rock icons, will share the stage. Frampton has re-energized his career over the past few years, winning a Grammy Award for his 2006 album “Fingerprints.” The event, which is being held in a new location this year, features fun and food for the entire family. Yes, which created the template for melding classical touch-

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Peter Frampton and Yes perform at Red, White and Blue Ash.

es to dreamy rock music, is touring without longtime lead singer Jon Anderson, who has been sidelined with voice problems for the past couple of years. Benoit David, who sang in a Yes tribute band, does his best impersonation of Anderson, and is backed by longtime Yes men Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass) and Alan White (drums), plus Oliver Wakeman, the son of keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman, who fills in for his father. Please see next page

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Information: 513-381-3300, Sullivan & Janszen, Green Township Concerts in the Park The Cincinnati Pops’ annual Where: Kuliga Park, 6717 Fourth of July celebration inBridgetown Road, Green Towncludes a special appearance by ship Nick Clooney as narrator in “LibWhen: 6:30 p.m. July 3 erty for All.” Come early (starting Admission: Free. at 6:30 p.m.) for a free Information: 513-598Family Fun Zone and 3089; www.greentwstay late for Rozzi’s fireworks. The show Celebrate the of patriotic favorites Fourth with live features local dancmusic and fireers and gymnasts works when the and is led by guest sun goes down. maestro Jerry SteiSullivan & Janszen chen. play hits from alternative to classic rock. Sting, with the Royal PhilharBus service begins at Sting monic Concert Orchestra 5:30 p.m. (Check the webWhere: Riverbend site for pickup locations.) When: 8 p.m. July 20 Bring your lawn chairs, blankets Tickets: $107.80-$179, plus and picnics; concessions are service charges available. Information: 513-232-6220; “Red, White and Boom,” Cincinnati The former leader of the Police Pops and solo superstar hits the road Where: Riverbend Music Center with an orchestra to perform his When: 8 p.m. July 4 greatest hits. The tickets might Tickets: $20 pavilion; $15 lawn. be pricey, but it could be an inChildren 12 and under are free teresting musical meeting of difon the lawn. Reduced prices for ferent genres. children in the pavilion.

Cincinnati Opera presents “La Boheme” Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine When: 7:30 p.m. July 21 and 23; 3 p.m. July 25 Tickets: $26 to $157; $42 limited view Information: 513-241-2742, Let “La Boheme” be your first opera. The heartwarming but tragic tale of Parisian lovers is set to Puccini’s lush music, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the pit. A pair of rising young singers who are also newlyweds, Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez, star as lovers Rodolfo and Mimi. This production, shared by English National Opera and directed by Jonathan Miller, is set in 1930s Paris. Macy’s Music Fest Where: Paul Brown Stadium When: 7:30 p.m. July 30-31 Tickets: $45-$85, plus service charges Information: 800-452-3132; Generations of soul and R&B music fans have been going to


“Fun Fun Fun” with the KSO Boogie Band Where: Devou Park, Covington When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 Admission: Free. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics. Concession kiosks and TANK’s Park & Ride Shuttle provided. Information: 859-431-6216; For 16 summers, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra has brought great pops symphonic music to Devou Park. The free summertime shows, a fusion of pop, rock and classical, draw thousands of people of all ages, who come armed with picnic dinners, blankets and lawn chairs to listen to music under the stars. Maestro James R. Cassidy dreams up some of the most entertaining programs in the region. On Aug. 7, Cassidy will lead the KSO’s 27-piece Boogie Band

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Kentucky Symphony Orchestra hits the Devou Park stage this summer.

in a show named after the Beach Boys’ hit, “Fun Fun Fun.” His soundtrack will take listeners back to the ’60s, with music by the Beach Boys, Aretha


Franklin, the Beatles, the Supremes, Tom Jones, Sly and the Family Stone, Lesley Gore, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, the Association, Elvis Presley and


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Charlie Wilson is on the bill at this summer’s Macy’s Music Fest, to be held in Paul Brown Stadium on July 30-31.

the different incarnations of this summer staple. This year’s lineup includes Frankie Beverly and Maze, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott and En Vogue.

many more. In short, it’s the music that defined a generation. “It is this perspective of the 1960s, depicting a tumultuous time of war, protest, drugs and assassination, that is the indelible impression and the only understanding of the decade – especially for those who were too young to know it,” Cassidy says. “Although these events were significant, they were far removed from what the vast majority of the country was focused upon – which was raising families and working to better their lives. In that way, pop music and even television programming reflected where most people were at the time.” The Boogie Band will play tunes with a team of top-notch local vocalists, with Cassidy conducting. Please see next page

DiscoverMusic Five more in August John Williams conducts “A Movie Music Spectacular” Where: Riverbend Music Center When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 Tickets: $35-$60 pavilion; $25 lawn. Children 12 and under are free on the lawn; discounts in the pavilion. Information: 513-381-3300; “Star Wars” composer John Williams will conduct a tribute to the Cincinnati Pops’ late maestro Erich Kunzel, who died in September, to close the Pops’ summer season. Williams, longWilliams time conductor of the Boston Pops, has composed some of the best-known movie scores of all time, including “Schindler’s List,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Wars,” and Kunzel championed his music on many Cincinnati Pops recordings for Telarc. Cincy Blues Fest Where: Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point Park When: 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 6 and 2:30 p.m.-midnight Aug. 7 Admission: $10 Friday; $15 Saturday. Children 12 and under are free. Discount for Cincy Blues Society members. Information: The Blues Society hosts one of the best festivals to hear national and local acts on four stages in a beautiful downtown park on the banks of the Ohio River. In past years, the lineup has included blues heavyweights and blues-influenced rock acts such as B.B. King, Albert King, Taj Mahal, Bo Diddley, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Santana and Elvin Bishop. Sugarland, with Vonda Shepard Where: Riverbend Music Center When: 8 p.m. Aug. 14 Tickets: TBA Information: 513-232-6220; Sugarland was Lady Antebellum before Lady Antebellum. The former trio is now the award-win-

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Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are Sugarland, in concert with Vonda Shepard at Riverbend.

ning duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. Shepard is the singer-songwriter that some fans might remember as the piano player on “Ally McBeal.” Three Dog Night Where: Elk Creek Vineyard, Owenton, Ky. When: Aug. 21 Tickets: TBA Information: 502-484-0005; The bucolic setting southwest of Dry Ridge hosts the 1970s pop stars, who will perform radio staples such as “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Joy to the World” (remember when Jeremiah was a bullfrog?), “Try a Little Tenderness” and “Eli’s Coming.” Music on the River, with Ridge Runner Where: Downtown Lawrenceburg, High and Walnut streets When: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 26 Admission: Free. Information: 812-537-4507 Ridge Runner fuses country and rock with a combo that includes acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and drums. Concessions are available, but bring a chair or a blanket for comfortable listening.






Cool indoor happenings help families beat the heat



eady for a break from the pool and the summer heat? Plenty of indoor venues beckon with unique exhibits and shows, ready to inform, challenge and entertain you – and yes, keep you cool.


America I AM: The African American Imprint. Where: Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. When: June 19-Jan. 2. Tickets: Nonmembers: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, $8 children 3-12. Members: $8 adults and seniors, $5 children 3-12. Information: 513-287-7000;; You might know Tavis Smiley as a popular radio and TV personality, but he’s also the presenter of a new touring exhibition that celebrates African-American’s contributions to this country. Called America I AM: The African American Imprint, the exhibition will open at the Cincinnati Museum Center on June 19 and run through Jan. 2. Although the exhibit premiered in Philadelphia in January 2009, it has Cincinnati roots: It was organized by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Arts and Exhibitions International. And the executive producer is John Fleming, the former vice president of museums at the Cincinnati Museum Center and the president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The exhibition includes 12 galleries of more than 250 artifacts, such as Frederick Douglass’ Emancipationpapers signed by Abraham Lincoln; the key to

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Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” fight robe is part of the America I AM at Cincinnati Museum Center.

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This Civil War flag belonged to the Black Brigade of Cincinnati, the first African-American unit to fight for the Union. It flew over the brigade’s work area here for two months in 1862.

the cell where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the inspirational “Letter from Birmingham Jail”; and the guitar used by music icon Prince at Super Bowl XL. In addition, the exhibit will highlight local connections such


as a Civil War flag of the Cincinnati Black Brigade. Also on display from the center’s own collections are 19th-century photos by J.P. Ball, a free black photographer who lived and prospered in the Queen City.


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America I AM includes the door key to the cell where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in 1963.

Sponsored by Walmart, with educational partner Northern Trust and technology partner Microsoft, the $14 million exhibition is scheduled to travel to 10 cities over four years. Please see next page

DiscoverIndoors Five more in June Butterfly Show Where: Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Butterflies of Japan, through June 20. Tickets: $20 family pack (two adults, up to six children), $10 unlimited entry pin, $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 5-17, free children 4 and younger. Discount coupon online. Information: 513-421-5707; “School’s Out for Summer” week is June 7-11, when kids can enjoy clowns and free ice cream. History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks Where: Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington. When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Archaeology exhibit runs through June 6. Tickets: Included with admission:

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Butterflies rule at Krohn Conservatory through June 20 when its annual show closes.

$7 adults, $6 seniors 60 and older, $4 children 3-17. Free for members and children 2 and younger. Information: 859-491-4003; Photography, dig-site information and hands-on activities.

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Summer reading program Where: All 41 branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. When: Through July 31. Tickets: Free. Information: 513-369-6900; The library’s new Web-based summer reading log allows patrons to register as individuals or families, keep track of their progress, win prizes and share book reviews online. Related events take place throughout June and July at all library branches. Cincinnati Rollergirls vs. Brewcity (Milwaukee) Bruisers Where: Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Bond Hill. When: 7-10 p.m. June 19. Tickets: $10-$15 adults, $5 children 7-12, free children 6 and younger. Information: 513-631-7793;;


859-525-1344 The amateur, all-female, flattrack roller derby team’s last bout of the season. “Under the Sea” Where: Robert D. Lindner Family Omnimax Theater, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. When: Through July 1. Tickets: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors 60 and older and $5.50 children 3-12. Members: $5.50 adults and seniors and $4.50 children 3-12. Same-day discounted rates for groups. Information: 513-287-7000; Howard Hall directs and Jim Carrey narrates this Omnimax film featuring great white sharks, leafy sea dragons, giant stingrays, green sea turtles, Australian sea lions, 6-foot garden eels and other exotic creatures. Please see next page




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Sharks and rays in the big glass tank at Newport Aquarium are a marvel to young children. To accommodate more, kids get in free during certain hours.


Newport Aquarium summer family hours Where: One Aquarium Way, Newport. When: 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday through Friday May 31 to Sept. 3. Tickets: Two children get in free with each adult paying full price ($22). Information: 859-261-7444, This is the best time of year for a family to visit the Newport Aquarium. As tickets for kids 2-12 are normally $15 each, the summer family hours deal would cost a family of two adults and four kids $44 rather than $104 – a savings of $60. Once you get there, you’ll quickly find out why the Newport Aquarium has become one of the top tourist attractions in the region. There are 70 exhibits in 14 galleries, including five acrylic tunnels totaling more than 200 feet in length, where visitors can see live sea creatures swimming all around them – including sharks, stingrays, loggerhead turtles and rare shark rays named Sweet Pea and Scooter. Your kids can safely feel

Five more in July some of the sharks in the Shark Central exhibit using the official “two-finger touch” technique. The nearly 5,000gallon touch tank includes a Port Jackson shark, whose nose resembles a pig’s snout; the lesser sand shark, whose body has a flat arrowhead shape; and the pajama catshark, a nocturnal shark that curls up in a ball on the ocean floor when it is disturbed. The jellyfish gallery is the biggest exhibit of its kind in the Midwest, home to nearly 100 jellyfish representing all kinds of exotic species, an interactive tank where you can make them change colors and a giant jelly wall where you can play tag with moon jellies. The frog bog includes more 20 species of frogs and has an interactive component with tunnels, slides and a “Frogger”-esque video game. And don’t miss the Kroger Kingdom of Penguins, where you’ll see majestic King Penguins and energetic Gentoo Penguins waddling around an 8,000-gallon wintry display of snow-capped rocky cliffs and icy water.


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“Nickelodeon Presents Storytime Live!” Where: Aronoff Center for the Arts, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. When: 4 and 7 p.m. July 7; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 8. Tickets: $12.50-$35. Information: 800-745-3000; Moose & Zee take audiences through four top-rated preschool shows. “Legends of Flight” and “Mysteries of the Great Lakes” Where: Robert D. Lindner Family Omnimax Theater, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. When: Through October. Tickets: Nonmembers: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors 60 and older and $5.50 children 3-12. Members: $5.50 adults and seniors and $4.50 children 3-12. Same-day discounted rates available for groups. Information: 513-287-7000; Melissa Anelli, author of “Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon” (Pocket Books, $16) Where: Main Library branch of the Public Library, 800 Vine St., Down-


town. When: 2 p.m. July 31 Tickets: Free. Information: 513-369-6900, Family Saturday Where: Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown. When: 1-4 p.m. July 24. Tickets: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors 65 and older, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 children 3-13, free for children younger than 3 and members. Information: An artist joins families in creating art projects once a month. RockQuest Climbing Center Where: 3475 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville. When: Noon-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed July 4. Tickets: $15 daily, $8 bouldering course, $7 basic belay and safety course, $35 week-long starter course. Information: 513-733-0123; Indoor climbing center boasts 20,000 square feet of surface and is safe for all ages. It hosts birthday parties and camps, as well.

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EnterTrainment Junction Where: 7379 Squire Court, West Chester Township. When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Funhouse Junction exhibit lasts through Sept. 30. Tickets: $12.95 adults, $11.50 seniors 65 and older, $9.95 children 3-12, free children 2 and younger. Group rates and daily package specials available; discounts often offered online. Information: 513-898-8000; Train displays aren’t just for the holidays. You can see the world’s largest indoor train display – a whopping 25,000 square feet – year-round at EnterTrainment Junction. The display includes 90 large, G-scale trains – more than 1,200 cars each about the

size of a loaf of bread – chugging along more than two miles of track. The trains travel through three distinct eras in U.S. history, from the early days of steam-engine railroading to modern diesel locomotives, passing through big cities and small towns, sawmills and factories, mountains and valleys. An 11-foot waterfall cascades into canals, rivers and a large lake. The complex also includes a 5,000-square-foot children’s play area, a 5,000-square-foot railroading museum, hand-cranked locomotives on a 300-foot track (open June through Labor Day) and walk-through mazes. Through September, you can also visit a 9,000-square-foot seasonal exhibit called Funhouse Junction for an additional $6. It promises to bring back memories of amusement park fun-houses with trick mirrors, spinning black holes, hurricane rooms and other surprises.

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Five more in August Release party for Suzanne Collins’ “Mockingjay” (Scholastic, $17.99) Where: Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore, 1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas. When: 11:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Tickets: Free. Information: 859-781-0602; Receive a 20-30 percent discount on the book if you order and pay before Aug. 23. 1990 World Champion Reds Exhibit Where: Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Main St., Downtown. When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Dec. 31. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 for seniors, students and children. Information: 513-765-7923; Game-worn jerseys from each member of the 1990 Reds and game-worn World Series jerseys; World Series rings from Marge Schott, Jack Armstrong and Marty Brennaman; the home plate used at Riverfront Stadium during the 1990 regular season and more.

Family ARTventures tours Where: Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive. When: 1 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: Free. Information: 513-639-2995; Take a docent-led tour such as Art Safari, Museum Pick-a-Mix, Color Me Contemporary, Shapely Art and Crazy about Color.

The Web Extreme Entertainment Where: 7172 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester Township. When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $4-$7 for mini-golf and mini-bowling; $8-$18 for laser tag and go-karts. Family packages are $49-$89. Groups of 10-30 receive a $1 discount and groups of 31 or more re-

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Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the team’s 1990 World Series victory. Chief curator Chris Eckes holds the final-out ball.



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The Kentucky Speedway in Sparta hosts the Meijer 300 as part of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.

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ports-watching in Cincinnati goes way beyond just baseball and football. This summer’s events include professional bowling, rowing, tennis and yes, even the much-anticipated weiner dog races at River Downs. So pack the sunscreen and head out to your favorite venue. Here are some events you might want to pencil in this summer:


NASCAR Nationwide Series Meijer 300 Where: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta When: June 11-12 Tickets: $20 (all rows) on June 11; $50-$80 on June 12 Information: 859-567-3400; 888-652-7223; or If the cost of attending the track’s signature event on June 12 is a little steep, then take in the practice night on June 11 where tickets for all rows are significantly cheaper. Everyone will enjoy the roar of the engines and the speed of the cars. The race is a 200-lap, 300-mile event and many of the participants are also stars in NASCAR’s premiere circuit – the Sprint Cup. Fans can make a day of it by tailgating. Be sure to bring something to do after the race, because leaving the parking lot can take a while. Please see page 30


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Cincinnati Kings Soccer vs. Forest City London Where: Town and Country Sports Complex, Wilder When: June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 family; $7 adult and $5 youth Information: 859-442-9200; U.S. Rowing Junior National Championships Where: East Fork Harsha Lake, Bethel When: June 11-13 Tickets: Free Information: 513-241-5150; Duramed Futures Tour Teva Championship golf Where: Golf Center at Kings Island When: June 11-13 Tickets: $10 for each day; $25 for all three days Information: 513-398-5200;


LPGA players in 54-hole event. Meijer Family Day at Reds game vs. Kansas City Royals Where: Great American Ball Park When: June 13 Tickets: $14-$42 Information: 513-381-7337; 877647-7337; The head of the household pays full price for a ticket and the rest of the immediate family pays half-price for select non-premium tickets in advance of game day. Florence Freedom Super Splash Day Where: Champion Window Field, Florence When: June 28 Tickets: $7-$12 Information: 859-594-4487; There’s an 11:05 a.m. game, and fans can enjoy a large inflatable waterslide, water balloons and more.




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Bengals training camp Where: Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky. When: Not announced yet, but likely last week of the month. Tickets: Admission is free, but parking costs $15 for a car; $25 for a school bus, RVs and small passenger vans; $50 for a large bus. Information: 513-621-3550; The 2009 AFC North Division champions will likely open their training camp the last week in July and the daily schedule will be posted at From downtown Cincinnati, it’s about a one-hour drive down Interstate 75 to the exit for the camp and then follow the signs from there. This is a great opportunity to see players up close and to get autographs. It’s also very affordable if you pile the family in a car or van.

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Bengals camp provides a great chance for kids to get autographs from their favorite players.

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Big-time pros such as the Bengals’ Robert Geathers can be scrutinized by fans willing to drive down to Georgetown, Ky., for the team’s summer camp.

Five more in July USAC Indiana Sprint Week Where: Lawrenceburg Speedway, Lawrenceburg, Ind. When: July 9 Tickets: TBA Information: 812-537-3599; PBA Central Region Storm Products/ Beechmont Toyota Open Where: Cherry Grove Lanes, 4005 Hopper Hill Lane, Union Township When: July 9-11 Tickets: TBA Information: 513-528-7888;; The PBA regional tour provides a means for high-caliber bowlers to sharpen their skills before competing in regular tour events.

Bark in the Park night at Florence Freedom game Where: Champion Window Field, Florence When: July 11 Tickets: $7-$12 Information: 859-594-4487; Bring your dog to the game and afterward watch the weiner dogs race. Chiquita Classic Nationwide Tour Where: TPC River’s Bend, Maineville When, July 15-18 Tickets: $10 each for one-day access to any day of the tournament or $30 for an all-week access pass Information: 513-721-4653;


Golfers play for a purse of $550,000 with the winner netting $108,000. Top 25 at end of tour qualify for the PGA tour. Meijer Family Day at Reds game vs. Colorado Rockies Where: Great American Ball Park, Downtown When: July 18 Tickets: $14-$42 Information: 513-381-7337; 877-647-7337; The head of the household pays full price for a ticket and the rest of the immediate family pays half-price for select non-premium tickets in advance of game day. Also, the first 10,000 fans age 14 or younger will receive a kid’s replica batting helmet.


The Florence Freedom invites dogs to the park again this year and will set up a water slide on Super Splash Day.



Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open Where: Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason When: Women’s, Aug. 7-15; men’s, Aug. 14-22 Tickets: Prices vary significantly, but there are numerous discounted offers and children’s rates, too. Information: 513-651-0303; Here’s a chance to see many of the world’s best tennis players over a three-week span. The men are competing for $3 million in prize money and the women are competing for $2 million. Several ticket options are available, including full series, mini plans and individual sessions. There’s not a bad seat in the venue, and if you think you’ve seen tennis by watching it on television, it doesn’t compare to seeing it in person. Ball speed and the players’ athleticism are particularly impressive.

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The best women and men tennis players, such as Roger Federer, descend on the Lindner Family Tennis Center every August.

Five more in August Family Fun Sundays at Florence Freedom games Where: Champion Window Field, Florence When: Aug. 1, 15 and 29 Tickets: $7-$12 Information: 859-594-4487 or The final three of eight Family Fun Sundays. Kids get a pregame parade and can run the bases after the game. They can also enjoy special ticket prices by signing up for Liberty’s Newport Aquarium Kids Club. Downtown Dash and Block Party Where: St. Xavier Church, 607 Sycamore St., Downtown Cincinnati When: Aug. 6 Tickets: Free Information: The party gets under way at 5 p.m. and events continue until 11 p.m., including a kids’ dash for ages 11 and under at 6:30 p.m., and a 5K run at 7 p.m. There is no entry fee for the kids’ dash and a $25 entry fee for the

5K. Live music will begin at 5 p.m. and there will be plenty of food from area restaurants. Weiner Dog Summer Nationals at River Downs Where: River Downs, Kellogg Avenue, Anderson Township When: Aug. 7 Tickets: Free

Information: 513-232-8000; Open to all weiner dogs, basset hounds or cavalier spaniels. A $5 donation is asked to be given to the Dachsund Rescue of North America Park. Meijer Family Day at Reds game vs. Florida Marlins

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The Downtown Dash and Block Party begins at St. Xavier Church. THE KENTUCKY ENQUIRER

Where: Great American Ball Park, Downtown Cincinnati When: Aug. 15 Tickets: $14-$42 Information: 513-381-7337; 877-647-7337; First 10,000 fans 14 and younger receive a kid’s catcher’s backpack and all fans can run the bases after the game. Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown Where: St. Xavier High School, Mason High School and Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati When: Aug. 20 (Nippert), Aug. 26 (Mason), Aug. 27 (Nippert), Aug. 28 (Nippert) Aug. 29 (St. Xavier) Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 day of event Information: 859-835-2580; The nation’s biggest high school football event is a good place to kick things off for the 2010 season with teams from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky participating.



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Discover Kentucky 2010  

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A guide to family fun in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky