THE RETURN OF CANSTRUCTION
incinnati Family is super excited about Canstruction this year because we will be judging the canstructions! Each year, teams of architects, engineers and designers from companies and universities across Cincinnati compete to design unique structures from canned goods, all to help raise awareness of hunger in our community. On Tuesday, April 10, teams have five hours to build structures, which will remain on display through Sunday, April 29 (afterward canned goods will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank). Winners will go on to compete in the international Canstruction competition. Families are invited to join a free Strut the Structures walking tour on April 14, 21 and 28 to view the exhibits spread across downtown, from the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut St.) to the Scripps Center (312 Walnut St.) and more. For more info, visit cincinnaticanstruction.org. The Kroger Canstruction display from last year.
GET READY FOR SOME AUCTION ACTION! CET hosts its annual Action Auction from April 24 - 28, when families can bid on fun items like tickets to Reds games, gift certificates, gift baskets, theatre tickets and more, all to help support the channel’s programming and educational workshops. Volunteers will be ready to take your bids from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. April 24 - 27, and 3 - 11 p.m. April 28. Visit cetconnect.org for a list of items on which you can bid.
CALLING ALL CHARLEY HARPER FANS
A BEASTLY, BEAUTIFUL BALLET
Charley Harper’s whimsical, natureinspired artwork has a special place in the hearts of many Cincinnatians. A new book now introduces middlegrade readers to the delights of Harper’s work. Count the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper, by Michelle Houts, recounts Harper’s amazing life and work and features full-color illustrations, supplemental materials and discussion questions so you can explore Harper’s art together. Scheduled for release this month, fans can meet the author at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (2692 Madison Road) on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. for the book’s debut. Learn more at ohioswallow.com/book/ Count+the+Wings.
There’s no better way to introduce children to the ballet than with a kid-friendly performance of a classic tale. Cincinnati Ballet presents Beauty and the Beast April 6 - 8 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut St.), featuring the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company and students of the Otto M. Budig Academy, along with vibrant costumes and live narration. Ticket prices start at $20; premium ticket holders can visit the lair of the Beast backstage 45 minutes prior to the performance (limited number available). Visit cballet.org for details.
A past production of Cincinnati Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Kelli Bramble.
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