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Top Students

It’s not just about brain power when it comes to good grades. Think “strategies”!

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More and more parents are choosing to homeschool their kids. Gotta love a field trip!

The AAP turns reading into a health issue for babies.

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nominated local doctors in our annual Favorite Docs.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Moms In Training program, local arts season lineup, the Rubber Duck Regatta and more.

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Kids in ARTS Meet a few local artistic kids then turn to our arts listings for YOUR child’s benefit. •


THINGS TO DO The town’s GOLD AWARD-WINNING family calendar! GET SMART! Use “Things to Do” from your Smartphone when you’re out and about with the kids. See the “Plan Ahead” section for upcoming events requiring registration.


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bella in the house saying “No” quickly can make you a real bore


ove at first sight DOES happen. I know because it’s happened to me with my husband, with my babies, with my dogs. But when my husband suggested a new puppy, I said no. See, my family already has two senior dogs — two old ladies, we call them — very set in their ways, and of course, very laid back. Cody is a 14-year-old, 80-pound golden retriever whom we rescued from a bad situation when she was a pup (“You don’t want her,” the galoot of a guy said, “she’s got cateracts and she’s a runt”). What I saw was a gentle beauty and soft chocolate eyes regarding me. She was exactly what we wanted. It was love at first sight. My husband rescued our other senior dog (who’s now 13) when he discovered her, at about 8 weeks old, collarless and homeless in a Wal-Mart parking lot. He surprised me with her at the top of our driveway. Next thing I knew, 6-year-old Alexandra was rocking the puppy in her doll cradle. We crowned her Scout and we loved her instantly. My new puppy reluctancy came from feeling that we really needed to honor our old dogs ... see them through to the end ... not upset the pack. Beware of big-hearted husbands who like surprising you with puppies, because his arms delivered me Bella — a golden retriever, all 10 weeks of her — and hello Cupid. We quartered off the kitchen, took up the rug, spread down papers, brought in the crate and brought out the white vinegar. You can’t predict the future or guard against the present, even if it feels like you can. Where I thought a puppy would be the worst thing, it has actually become the best. She’s smart, sensitive, silly. While my old dogs had to transition, they have rallied. Old Cody is chewing bones again and sleeping less, coming outside to watch Bella play with her toys and allowing her to lick her face. Scout (who owns us all) has learned that Bella is not a threat, in fact, she’s (admit it, Scout) FUN. Saying “No” so quickly is boring. Nothing is really up to ME anyway, right? It all depends on what lands in your path (or what your husband brings home) and in my case, it was 15 pounds of wonderful, happy, friendly, sloppy love. And of course, everything goes in her mouth. “Why does she do that mom?” my son Noah asked. I told him it was her way of learning and I reminded him of how his hands always had something in them when he was a crawling baby — all that exploring. “For humans, hands-on learning is the absolute best way to go ... for dogs, it’s mouth on.” We watched her for a few moments. She’s so watchable! And she’s settling in. That’s good, because we’re all over the moon ... except when it comes to potty training ... talk about homeschooling!

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What’s Next for the New Cover Kids? Cincinnati Family had a lot of fun seeing the pictures of all the local kids who participated in 2014 Cover Kids! The winners will appear on an upcoming cover of Cincinnati Family during the course of the next year. Each child will be given a preliminary cover schedule (subject to change at any given time due to the magazine’s needs).

AUGUST GIVEAWAYS Try your luck at winning one of our great monthly prizes! • Win a copy of RIO 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. • Win a family four-pack of tickets to the LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM. • Win a family four-pack of tickets to ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION.

• Win a pair of season tickets to the PNC Family Season Series from the VICTORIAN THEATRE ASSOCIATION, which includes tickets to six different shows, including John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean, The Velveteen Rabbit, Juice Box Jams with Big Bang Boom, Pinkalicious the Musical, Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. To register for our random drawings, visit or One entry per prize, per person. •

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Moms in Training Train with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


hen you’re a busy mom chasing after little ones, signing up for a marathon or a triathlon fundraiser can feel like too much of a challenge. That’s why the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) created Moms In Training! This eight-week flexible program features workouts for moms of all ages who sign up to complete a short-distance event, committing to raising a minimum of $500. In its first season, 13 moms completed the Flying Pig 5K and 10K and raised $11,000! “It’s wonderful to meet other moms from the area,” says Amy Boynton, whose 3-year-old daughter Ella is this year’s Honored Hero. “We train together with the same goal while raising money for a good cause. It was a nice time for Ella and me, who came to some of the training with me.” Beginning Saturday, Aug. 9, moms will meet with a coach at Weller Park (8832 Weller Road, Montgomery) on Saturday mornings to train for the Queen Bee Half Marathon or the four-mile run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 11. For details, or to sign up, contact, call 513698-2533, or visit

Open House for West Chester Academy of Music and Dance Got a budding musician or dancer in the family? Stop by the West Chester Academy of Music and Dance (8374 Princeton Glendale Road) on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 1 - 4 p.m. for an open house full of fun for the kids and you. Children can take 15-minute sample classes, enjoy live music, check out an “instrument petting zoo” and blow off steam with inflatables and games. Parents can gather info about music, dance and acting programs available for all ages. Call 513829-2345 or visit

Family Food Camps at the Krohn Conservatory Sign up with your kids ages 5 - 12 for special Saturday classes at the Krohn (1501 Eden Park Drive), all geared toward food! Each week you can explore a different topic with guest experts. Offered are: “Presto! It’s Pesto” (Aug. 2); “Green Magic! Spices and Herbs” (Aug. 9); “There’s (Edible) Gold in Those Hills” (Aug. 16); and “Wild Foods and Flowers” (Aug. 23). All classes are held 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and cost $8 per adult and $4 per child, per class (includes Summer Show admission and take-away projects). Register in advance at fourfamilyfoodcamps2014.

Celebrate PlayScape The Cincinnati Nature Center’s Nature PlayScape celebrates their third anniversary, and you’re invited! Stop by between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 for special activities, treats, prizes and fun. Then, stick around to play in nature! Cincinnati Nature Center’s Nature PlayScape is located at 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford. Call 513-831-1711 or visit

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Mark Your Calendars:

Take Your Kids to the Arts! We set the stage: Here are upcoming season lineups from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Ballet and others.

Duck … Duck … Good! Time for the Rubber Duck Regatta! Nearly 200,000 ducks will swim the Ohio River on Sunday, Aug. 31, as part of the annual fundraiser for the Freestore Foodbank. Purchase a duck (or several) to race the waters, and you could win a 2014 Honda Accord Sport and possibly $1 million! Second place wins $100 from Kroger every week for a year, while five additional winners will receive $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union. Ducks are $5 each, $25 for six, $50 for 12 or $100 for 24. Purchase them online at or call 513-929-DUCK (3825).

• THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR (Oct. 17 - 19 and 25); The Snow Queen, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale (Dec. 5 - 7 and 13); School House Rock Live JR, which follows a nervous school teacher on his first day (Feb. 13 - 15 and 21); and Disney’s Aladdin JR (April 10 - 12 and 18). Visit for tickets. • ACTING UP in Mason presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this fall (Sept. 19 - 21), featuring a cast of volunteer youth performers. Visit for tickets and performance info. • THE CINCINNATI BALLET offers several family-friendly shows, including Peter Pan (Nov. 7 - 9); Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker (Dec. 19 - 27); ALICE (In Wonderland) (Feb. 13 - 15); and the popular one-day performance of Ballet Toybox (March 22). Visit for ticket and subscription information. • THE CINCINNATI POPS ORCHESTRA AND JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL offers three Lollipops Concerts this season: Turkeys, Tunes + Tomfoolery on Nov. 22, Carnival of the Animals on Jan. 31, and Cincy Kids: In Concert on Feb. 28, featuring local talents. All concerts begin at 10:30 a.m., but arrive an hour early for pre-concert fun. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 8, visit

Shakespeare in the Park All Month Long The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company hosts performances in various venues throughout the month of August — everywhere from Edgewood in Northern Kentucky to Mason and West Chester. Families can enjoy a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or Macbeth at local parks, all for free. Visit for the complete schedule.

The Zoo Thanks You! Head to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for Visitor Appreciation Days this month, Aug. 22 - 24. Families can enjoy half-priced admission and parking to one of the top zoos in the country. Come see Cincinnati Zoo’s newest signature exhibit, Painted Dog Valley (pictured left). General admission tickets are normally $15 for adults, and $11 for ages 2 - 12 and seniors 62 and older. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is located at 3400 Vine St. Visit

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• THE COVEDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (4990 Glenway Ave.) kicks off its Saturday Children’s Series next month. Check out ArtReach Touring Productions on Sept. 13; Madcap Puppets on Oct. 25; Tom Sparough the Space Painter on Nov. 15; the Frisch Marionettes on March 14; and Cincinnati Zoo’s Wings of Wonder Bird Show on April 4. Tickets are $6 each or $25 for all five shows. The main series will offer everything from A Streetcar Named Desire to The Sound of Music. Call 513-241-6550 or visit • THE CARNEGIE (1028 Scott Blvd., Covington) begins its Theatre Series with Sweeney Todd (Aug. 8 - 23), followed by Driving Miss Daisy (Nov. 1 - 16), West Side Story (Jan. 9 - 18) and finishing with The Underpants (April 10 - 26). Visit for tickets and details on their Carnegie in Concert series. • THE PNC FAMILY SERIES AT THE VICTORIA THEATRE (138 North Main St., Dayton) offers a series for kids starting in early November with Imaginocean (Nov. 1); The Velveteen Rabbit (Dec. 6); Big Bang Boom (Jan. 24); Pinakalicious (Feb. 21); Dinosaur Train Live (March 28); and The Adventures of Robin Hood (May 2). Visit victoriatheatre. com for a complete schedule and for ticket info.

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Back To School Safety Tips Walking to school Review your family’s walking safety rules. Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. When on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic. Before you cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming. Never dart out in front of a parked car. Practice walking to school with your child.

Preventing backpack-related injuries Choose a backpack for your child carefully. It should have ergonomically designed features to enhance safety and comfort. Don’t overstuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. For example, a child that weighs 60 pounds should carry a backpack no heavier than 12 pounds. Ask your children to use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute the weight.

Preventing playground-related injuries Encourage your child only to use playgrounds with a soft surface. Avoid playgrounds with concrete, grass and dirt surfaces, as they are too hard. Children under the age of four should not use climbing equipment and watch older children when they’re climbing. Do not let your children use monkey bars. They are unsafe and should not be used by children of any age.


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Some general warning signs with newborns include, but are not limited to, the following: • No urine in the first 24 hours at home. This can be difficult to assess, especially with disposable diapers. • No bowel movement in the first 48 hours. • A rectal temperature over 100.4° F (38° C) or less than 97.5° F (36.5° C). • A rapid breathing rate over 60 per minute, or a blue coloring that does not go away. Newborns normally have irregular respirations, so you need to count for a full minute. There should be no pauses longer than about 5 seconds between breaths. • Retractions, or pulling in of the ribs with respirations. • Wheezing, grunting, or whistling sounds while breathing. • Odor, drainage, or bleeding from the umbilical cord. • Yellow coloring of the eyes, chest, or extremities. • Crying, irritability, or twitching which does not improve with cuddling and comfort. • A sleepy baby who cannot be awakened enough to nurse or nipple. • Any signs of sickness (i.e., cough, diarrhea, pale color). • The baby’s appetite or suck becomes poor or weak.

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7 WAYS TO BUILD A READER 1. Let your child see you reading.

Reading & Early Development Enhance your child’s vocabulary and communication abilities by sharing daily stories with him.


he next time you take your baby to his well-child visit, don’t be surprised if your pediatrician hands you a board book. With the release of The American Academy of Pediatric’s (AAP, policy statement promoting reading aloud to infants (it came out last June), the aim is to get parents, kids and books actively engaged. With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, the AAP’s recommendations add scientific and medical heft to what has, up until now, been more of a “feel-good” message, according to John Hutton, M.D., owner of blue manatee children’s bookstore, and author of the Baby Unplugged series. “It means that we’ll start to view reading failure as a health problem,” he explains. Hutton is currently conducting research on literacy in the very young at the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati

Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He says that the more words infants hear from someone who reads and talks to them consistently, the better their language development and phonological awareness will be. Because the AAP guidelines are a step toward bringing pediatricians into the ongoing conversation of early literacy — and the first time the academy has officially weighed in on early literacy education — your doctor may bring up the value of parents and children reading books together as a catalyst for other developmental milestones.

Read First, Swipe Later The AAP’s involvement shows good timing: many parents today give their babies smartphones and tablets, allowing them to learn to swipe even before they read ... increasing the jeopardy that reading is already in. “The pivotal thing with the AAP recommendations is that it reinforces the scope of the problem with reading,” says Hutton. “A large part of the population is at risk for reading failure — kids who don’t

2. Help your young child find word and reading games online. 3. Read a mystery together and try to figure out the clues. 4. Read the book version of a movie and talk about which one you like more.

Two titles from the Baby Unplugged series.

have access to books or a positive message about reading. The AAP recognizes the need to get back to basics, and the value of unplugging.” In representing upwards of 62,000 pediatricians across the country, the AAP hopes that by encouraging parents to read early and often to their babies they may save them a lot of trouble later on when the struggles of remediation set in. By aiming to make reading together a daily fun family activity from infancy, the hope is that parents will not only enhance their child’s communication abilities, but plant the seed in their kids that reading is good, healthy and absolutely necessary for life-long learning. •

5. Create a special reading nook for your child. 6. Visit your local library. 7. Spend time writing, whether it’s thank you notes, a journal or made-up stories. 8. Talk about what you are reading and ask kids questions to get them to share with you what they are reading as well.


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These are the local MOM-APPROVED, READER-NOMINATED doctors courtesy of

Many of the doctors have been nominated a number of times. Be sure to visit us online to read them all.



David J. Franz, D.D.S.

Klaude Kocan, D.C. Lifestyle Resumption, Ft. Mitchell Dr. Kocan and crew provide top quality chiropractic services for our family. Everyone from the receptionists, therapists and Dr. Kocan himself, offer friendly smiles, uplifting spirits and services that help revive your life! My 16-year-old daughter feels like their office is a home away from home. You are guaranteed to feel better after a visit, not just physically, but emotionally, too. Tish Diabo and Family

David J. Franz, DDS, Cincinnati Family and Cosmetic Dentistry • Dr. Franz and his team are wonderful! I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this nomination than him. I took my 3-year-old niece to his practice for her very first dental visit. The staff was friendly and awesome with kids. They explained all the tools in a kid friendly way which prevented my niece from feeling nervous or scared. Dr. Franz was kind, gentle and thorough. When we left, my niece asked when we could go back ... in my book, that’s a win!

The Pediatric Dental Center, Burlington Angelica Wong is an amazing children’s dentist. She cares about and loves children and treats her patients with the same type of dental care she would provide for her own son. Children’s dentistry is not only a profession of hers, it’s a passion. That’s why she excels. She wanted to be a children’s dentist from early on in childhood — a dream that she made a reality. She’s a great dentist, mother and woman. Jack Alvarez

Julie Flick



Dentistry Details, West Chester Dr. Hearns is a versatile, progressive doctor. Her strongest attributes for me are her integrity and excellence in service. She’s thoughtful and caring which makes you trust and have confidence in her care. Her practice is family oriented with an inviting environment.

Peter Suffield, D.M.D.

Mary White

Christine Mikhail West Chester Center for Dentistry West Chester • Dr. Mikhail is a fabulous dentist. She and her staff make going to the dentist fun! I look forward to my appointments and always recommend their office to everyone I meet!

Elizabeth Mueller, D.D.S.

Suffield Orthodontics, Cincinnati Dr. Suffield is very easy to talk to, for parents and children alike. He has made our children feel at ease in his office as well as taken opportunities to incorporate teachable moments with them about orthodontic concepts. He has a good sense of humor, and likes to tell stories and sing along to the music in his office. I highly recommend Dr. Suffield. Linda Brooksbank


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Angelica Wong, D.D.S.

Elizabeth Mueller & Associates, Montgomery Dr. Mueller’s practice is completely geared for kids. From the video game station for siblings to hang out, to the sunglasses kids get to put on while getting general cleaning, to the theme days where each member of her team wears a sports jersey, etc., they make all kids at ease. They even painted my daughter’s fingernails while she was undergoing more extensive treatment, just to make her feel at ease. Dr. Mueller took the time to explain the procedure to my 5-year-old, let her feel the instruments whirring on her palm, etc., so she would understand the sensations she would experience, and gave her a blanket to stay warm while she was undergoing her treatment. Plus, Dr. Mueller’s mission work overseas speaks for her generosity and care for all people. This is a wonderful gem of a practice. The Wyatt Family

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PEDIATRICIAN Emanuel O. Doyne, M.D. Pediatric Associates of Mt. Carmel, Cincinnati • Dr. Doyne is absolutely amazing. He has a way of reassuring my children that the doctor is a fun place to be and takes the time to listen to our concerns and not just blow past them as if they’re not important. He is wonderful and I wouldn’t dream of taking my kids anywhere else.

Libbey M. Spiess, M.D.

Peter K. Wong, M.D.

Queen City Physicians, Cincinnati Libbey treats my kids like family. QCP may be a large practice but she makes my kids feel special. If we see her out and about she will stop and chat with them. She even remembers what hobbies they’re interested in. Another great thing about Dr. Spiess is that I can really talk to her. Whenever I have questions about medicines or vaccines she’s very honest with me and we can have a great dialogue. Dr. Spiess is a true gem in Cincinnati.

Anderson Primary Care, Cincinnati He is such a wonderful doctor, always greets you when you come for a office visit, takes the time with me and is always looking to get me healthy. When I am done he always makes me feel like I am his only patient and always wishes me well.

Crystal Jones

James Otrembiak, M.D., F.A.A.P. River Hills Pediatrics, Fort Thomas We have been seeing Dr. Otrembiak for more than six years and are absolutely in love with him. He goes above and beyond to make sure we are seen, answers every question I have ever had and is great with my children. He takes his time during every appointment, I have never felt rushed. The nurses and front desk staff are friendly and professional. We never wait long to be checked in or called back to a room to see Dr. Otrembiak. I am so happy with our decision to have Dr. Otrembiak as our pediatrician. Holly Bentz

Joseph G. Gibbons, M.D. West Side Pediatrics, Cincinnati When my first daughter was born he saw her the day after she was released from the hospital to check for jaundice. She had a bad case and we were directed by Dr. Gibbons to go straight to Children’s and be admitted to the RICNIC there. He even came and checked on her at the hospital the next day. My second daughter had had wonderful experiences, too. She was really sick and was sent for a chest X-ray and Dr. Gibbons called us at home to check on her and give us results. He’s very thorough and has found ailments in other children no other doctor has found. We missed him dearly when we lived in Texas for a short time and had to deal with military doctors for my daughter’s mysterious rash that was never diagnosed (although it did go away). He is just an all-around fantastic doctor, but really, all the doctors at West Side Pediatrics are! They give you the time ... and take care of you on a personal basis. Jill Urban

Morissa J. Ladinsky, M.D. Group Health Associates, Mason Dr. Ladinsky is a wonderful doctor who sees all three of my children. She has an excellent bedside manner. She interacts with each child depending on their needs. She never makes any question feel like a bad one and does an outstanding job explaining things. She reassures me as a parent that I am doing a good job, even on days I feel as though I am failing. She is excellent at remembering information about our family and even refers to siblings (who may or may not be at the appointment) by name. An all-around A+ doctor! David

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Otilia P. Fernandez, M.D. Liberty Sharonville Pediatrics Dr. Fernandez is a wonderful doctor who listens to your concerns and is always very personable. She never rushes you through her office to get to the next patient. She is so good about explaining things to myself and my daughter (pre-teen). I am so glad a friend referred her to me. A great doctor all around! Dawn Werling

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Stephanie A. Hunstad, M.D. Western Family Physicians, Cincinnati I’ve been having symptoms for years and had given up hope because many doctors seemed to just dismiss me. When I talked to Dr. Hunstad about it, she looked me in the eyes and said, “You are gonna feel better. We will figure this out.” I had never had so much hope! She has been working with me the past three to four months now. She’s so supportive and every visit she sits and talks and listens to me. She answers all of my questions. She’s not in a hurry to get back out the door. I like every doctor in the Western Family Physicians practice but she is my favorite and I always recommend her to others.

Stephen G. Bird, M.D.

Suzanne Tuffendsam

Group Health Associates, Mason Dr. Bird is so personable and caring. He takes the time to talk to the kids and address any issues/concerns. I trust his professional opinion 100 percent. Tanya Miller

GENERAL PRACTITIONER Katherine E. Sheridan, M.D. Madeira Family Practice, Madeira This doctor is a very strong, caring and compassionate individual in the medical field. She goes out of her way to care for her patients, and figures out ways to treat even the most stubborn affliction. I was so impressed with her care that I brought my 10-year-old to be a new patient. S. Teeter

OB/GYN Kim Vormbrock, M.D. St. Elizabeth Physicians, Edgewood Dr. Vormbrock is an amazing family doctor Monday through Thursday, and an even more amazing OB doctor on Fridays. She is a “one-man show” at her OB practice; seeing EVERY patient herself and delivering EVERY baby herself. As the mother, I know exactly who will be delivering my baby, which is so comforting. She’s at the hospital day or night. She even delivered babies when she recently had leg surgery and was in a wheelchair. She NEVER misses a beat. She’s known for being a true listener to her patients, accepting everyone’s point of view, without judgement. She is by far the best doctor around! Tiffany Barnes

Martin P. Lehenbauer, M.D. Health First Physicians, Mason By far, the best doctor I have ever known! Takes the time YOU need and never makes you feel rushed. Gentle, kind, listening man. He truly cares about his patients. I wish everyone I knew could see him! And he volunteers as the Mason football sideline doctor at home games. So deserving of this recognition! Scott Docherty

Paul J. Rupp, M.D. Monfort Heights Family Medicine Cincinnati • He is a very polite professional. Goes above and beyond. He will call from home and address a telephone call on his day off, and work my son in for an appointment when needed. Heather Lewis •

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anked among the top five underground tours in the country by National Geographic, American Legacy’s Queen City Underground tour combines fun, history and fascinating, seldom-seen sights around downtown Cincinnati. Convenient parking at the corner of Vine is just steps from Cincy Haus Tour and Store, the starting point for our adventure. Despite its name, the Underground Tour mostly takes place above ground in the heart of Over the Rhine (OTR). Our knowledgeable and comedic guides began with the origin of the neighborhood’s name, a reference to the high concentration of German immigrants there, and a mock comparison of Germany’s Rhine River to the former Central Parkway Canal. Since the canal’s demise, a series of political, industrial and social events have turned OTR into the country’s largest, most intact urban historic district with the largest collection of Italianate architecture in the United States. In addition to their apparent love of Italianate buildings, the Germans who settled in Cincinnati liked classical music, and their love

of German composers led to the establishment of the choral May Festival and contributed to the construction of Music Hall, then the largest concert hall in the U.S. All this talk of song somehow led to a street performance of the chicken dance, which provided a neat segue to historic OTR’s less highbrow entertainments. Our guides pointed out a pizza place that was once a theater. It used to present Wild West shows, and was the very place that Frank Butler lost a shooting match to his future celebrated wife, Annie Oakley. The guides also told of a less successful shooting team whose lives came to murderous ends. Our sense of intrigue and adventure whetted, we next went inside an abandoned tenement building. We wound through narrow hallways, dark passages, and cramped rooms once shared with extended families — without the benefit of indoor plumbing. Residents had to use chamber pots, and visit bathhouses where customers paid extra for fresh water. However, they did have use of the lovely courtyard. Once enclosed inside it, we marveled at the building’s tremendous potential with its series of open-air balconies and beautiful iron scrollwork.

We visited an even more pleasant courtyard during our visit to St. Francis Seraph. Amid flowers and fountains our guides spoke over the sound of fire trucks, ambulances, honking horns and a motorcycle brigade to tell stories of the Irish immigrants who buried their dead in the church crypt. Following those tales, we finally went underground, to the crypt through locked doors, and narrow stairwells into a spooky place where the tiles in the floor clanked with each step and headstones lined the walls. Still more fascinating was our last stop, the brewery tunnels of the Guildhaus, found one day when the current owner happened to notice a sub-basement on the blueprints. Curious, he took a jackhammer to the floor and discovered a maze of tunnels. We inched down the stairs — steep, turning, uneven and without railings — to the bottom, where boards blocked pits, and caution tape stretched across large areas. The adventurous stairwell opened into a fascinating space of enormous archways and tiny ones too, all part of an extinct brewery. Apparently, Cincinnatians once brewed and consumed beer with a passion, without much need to import or export. Not surprisingly,

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The contribution of parents is crucial to a top performing kid: set high standards and hold your kids to them. Encourage, but let them do their own work. Impress upon them the responsibility ... and watch them deliver.

secrets of top students By Susan Swindell Day


possible for all kids to do well in school if they have the right support network in place. Of course, that’s not always possible for kids

coming from all kinds of different backgrounds, but there are certain things that kids who perform consistently at the top cite as their success tips. Read on!

SECRET 1: THEY ARE PARTICIPATORS More than just paying attention, top students are aware that teachers factor participation into their grading (some more than others).

Participating in class shows that you’re paying attention and it helps the teacher know who you are more than he might if you simply sit and never answer or try to add to the conversation. Whether your child is (please turn the page) •

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shy or outgoing, you can encourage him to ask questions. Help him learn how to ask questions at home by play acting, suggests the book School-Family Partnerships for Children’s Success (Teachers College Press; 2005). And let your child know it is OK to be wrong! Being wrong is another way of learning. Tell him there are no dumb questions and keep on working with him at home to get comfortable with seeking answers to his questions.

SECRET 2: THEY’RE ORGANIZED Successful kids learn early on how to keep on top of their things. If your child is digging hopelessly through his backpack in search of homework, more support is needed. To help him be organized, YOU have to teach it so he can do it on his own at school. Put a big wall calendar on a wall just for him. Together, write down important test, assignment and project dates. Discuss homework plans: what time of day should it be done? Put it on the calendar. Put “Library” on the calendar so he can keep up with his books and any other “specials” he has like a music lesson or soccer practice. Get him in the habit of checking the calendar daily. Also, be sure he has a binder or folder where he can place each day’s academic work. Set aside time at home so you can review his papers with him, ask questions, discover any issues and praise his successes.

SECRET 3: THEY DON’T PROCRASTINATE Teach your child that as soon as he gets an assignment he should start working on it so he’ll have plenty of time to get it done without having to cram everything in the day or two before it’s due. Studying for tests can be done in 15 minute increments for several days over

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a period of time. Many educators encourage kids to make flashcards for tests. Simply writing something down helps to embed an idea. Teach your child about setting goals for himself, and encourage him to let you know if he’s having difficulty understanding a subject or concept so you can help him or find him help.

SECRET 4: THEY KNOW THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS NO HOMEWORK Top students keep up with what’s happening in class by doing a little studying every day whether it’s assigned or not. If your child consistently comes home saying “No homework!”, at least have him do some pleasure reading for 20 minutes or so. Plenty of kids say they do their homework during study hall or “lab” or some such. Make it clear to your child that if that’s the case you want to see it to be sure he has mastered the work.


table, or on his lap on the way to a soccer tournament in the car, but the work gets done somehow no matter how busy a child is. At home, make sure you have the supplies your child needs for wherever he’s going to be working. And, if your child has a particularly grueling load of homework when you’re at home, try the 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off routine so the work load doesn’t start to get him down. In the book Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework (Advantage; 2010), you can find simple strategies such as mounting a dry erase board next to the bathroom mirror so your child can study his spelling words while he brushes his teeth! You get the idea.

SECRET 7: THEY SET PRIORITIES Top students allow no intrusions on study time. Once the books are open or the computer is booted up, the cell phone gets switched off. Study is business and business comes before recreation.

Remember the days when a teacher assigned the class 10 pages of reading in one subject or another? Plenty of kids went home and said, no homework! But the top students went home, read the material and were ready to answer questions the next day. Kids who think the teacher can’t tell if they read the work or not are setting themselves up for failure. If you have a reluctant reader, it may be best to read the material with him. Eventually your child will learn that it’s so much better to be ready than it is to slink down in the chair and hope not to be noticed. In his book Getting Straight A’s (Lyle Stuart; 2000) Gordon W. Green, Jr., says the secret of good reading is to be “an active reader — one who continually asks questions that lead to a full understanding.”



Susan Swindell Day is editor of this publication and mother of four great kids.

Neat papers are likely to get higher grades than sloppy ones. The student who turns in neat papers with his name legible at the top is already on the way to an A. For a teacher, a child’s work is like being served a meal: No matter how good it really is, you can’t believe it tastes good if it’s presented on a messy plate.

SECRET 9: THEY DO MORE THAN THEY’RE ASKED On a special project, for instance, if the required number of facts is 5, a top student will turn in 10. If the teacher asks the class to try and read ahead, the top students will do it and move ahead in the class dynamic.

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• Get hands on the study guide as soon as possible. Almost all teachers provide a study guide when it’s test time although sometimes they can come late. If your child’s missing a study guide, shoot an e-mail over to his teacher. Have your child do a little work every day from the time you have the guide: Get your child flash cards and have him write something on one side and the answer on the other. • Talk about the subject at the table. When the rest of the family’s interested in what’s being studied, it reinforces it in the child’s mind and makes for interesting conversations. • Talk about how to take tests. Teach your kids how to read over all of the multiple choice answers before picking one. Show them how to cross out the answers they know are wrong right away, and then how to use the knowledge they have to decide upon what the right answer may be. • Get extra sleep the night before and have a good breakfast.

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inda Waltman has had it with public school. Tired of worrying about what her child Shay was learning (or not) and eager for her to love learning (she wasn’t) she decided to homeschool. It wasn’t an easy decision, Waltman says, one that she turned over in her mind many times before, as she says, “biting the bullet.” She wants to take Shay on hands-on field trips, dig down with learning American and World History and, lo and behold, meet her child’s individual needs. For a growing segment of the population, homeschool is replacing first-day-of-school jitters. According to a 2013 report from the National Center for Educational Statistics, approximately 1,770,000 students are homeschooled in the U.S. — 3.4 percent of the school-age population. The number of homeschool students has grown by almost 300,000 since 2007. The reasons parents cite for taking this approach to their child’s education is just as varied and individual

as the children themselves. Many choose to give their children a unique and tailored education with individualized attention that isn’t possible in the traditional school setting. Others do so for religious reasons. But while the detailed reasons vary, the great majority feel that the overall ability to control the general environment in which their children are educated is what draws them to homeschooling.

HOW TO GET STARTED Once you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right choice for your family, your first stop should be to visit the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) website, where all the nuts and bolts of getting on your way are laid out for you. Here you will learn that you’re required to notify your local superintendent with a letter of your intentions, along with a promise to provide your child with 900 hours of instruction for the year, and what specific subjects are required to be taught. You can find a sample “letter of intent” on the ODE’s website. This letter is due the week before the local


school district is set to open for the upcoming academic year. At the end of the academic year, you must submit an annual assessment for each child which can be in the form of a certified standardized test with results showing “reasonable proficiency,” an assessment from a licensed teacher (agreed upon by you and the superintendent) reviewing and assessing a portfolio of your child’s work from the past year, or some other method that you and the school’s superintendent have mutually agreed upon. Both the letter of intent and the end of year reviews must be completed annually. The only requirement upheld by the state of Ohio for the primary educator in a homeschool scenario, be it a parent or someone else you’ve chosen, is that the instructor have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, e.g. GED. So, with this under your belt, you have the official qualifications to homeschool your child. No one knows a child quite like his parent does and this intimate knowledge helps parents meet the needs of their children on all levels.

OFF YOU GO Megan Mull, a local homeschooling mom, says, “I wanted to be able to offer the most personalized education available for each of my children’s needs and meet them where they are with their individual interest levels and abilities.”

Your daughter can’t sit still for longer than 45 seconds? Then off to the playground for the day’s math lesson! Science can be a trek to the Cincinnati Nature Center or an afternoon at the zoo. Your son is an avid reader? Then he can gorge himself on books on all subjects at the local library. Cincinnati is a wonderland of educational opportunities for homeschoolers. Museums and libraries abound in addition to local businesses offering lessons in foreign language, cooking, karate, math and a gazillion other subjects. You name it, you can just about find it.

CHOOSING A CURRICULUM With all of the homeschooling options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But don’t worry. Lots of prepackaged curricula are available for homeschooling families. One good place to start is with a popular book titled 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum (B&H Books; 2005) by Cathy Duffy. This book, and others like it, use questionnaires and worksheets to help you determine your child’s learning style and then directs you to specific resources that will work well with your needs. In this book or through other research you’ve conducted, you’ll learn about different approaches to educating your child such as the classical approach where emphasis is put on big ideas like

virtue, truth, beauty, logic and rhetoric. Then there’s Charlotte Mason who, as a turn-of-the-century teacher, put great value on “real” books over textbooks and the importance of exposure to nature. There’s also Unit Study, where a theme is chosen and the various subjects of math, reading, science, etc. are approached through a unifying topic like, say, dinosaurs. How much do they weigh? Let’s draw them. What did they eat? Where did they live? How do you spell it? There are many others, too: unschooling, where the child leads the learning; or traditional where textbooks and workbooks are present just like at traditional schools; Montessori; Waldorf style and many more, all just a web engine search away.

WHAT ABOUT A SOCIAL LIFE? Homeschooling can be an incredibly social endeavor. There are lots of organizations and even businesses that cater to homeschoolers, allowing you to be part of a network of like-minded individuals. You can join or form your own co-op where you essentially team teach with other parents whose specialties and strengths compliment and supplement your own. This allows not only for a greater breadth of knowledge being shared but also the opportunities for children and parents alike to form friendships, hang out and have fun. Another option is to take

an “a la carte” approach where your child can take specific classes from an educational program like Leaves of Learning. If, say, you know that teaching your child algebra is going to be an all-out disaster, you can, for a fee, sign them up for class. Not only that, but depending on the policies in your local school district, you can enroll your children in specific classes at your local public school, becoming, in effect, a parttime traditional student. Also, recent legislation has been passed allowing homeschooled children to participate in extracurricular (non-graded activities) at

their local public schools. So drama club, debate team, sports and the like are also available for homeschoolers to participate in with their friends going to public school. So, when those first day of school pictures start flooding your Facebook feed, make sure you post one, too — rumpled pajamas and a novel while sipping orange juice, or maybe a giant smile in front of the fountain at Union Terminal, or petting a snake at the zoo. It’s all a teachable moment. Rebecca Sontag is a local mom and freelance writer.

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We checked in with local kids who love art, music, theatre or dance to find out what makes them tick. By Sherry Hang


hether your child is a toddler or a teenager, there’s no doubt that the arts has a place in his or her life. Countless studies have shown that children who are actively engaged in music, drawing, dancing or pretend play are the recipients of many benefits. Simply drawing a picture means growing fine motor and language skills, as well as decision-making skills as he decides on things like what to draw, what colors to use, and where to place items on his canvas. And Americans for the Arts finds that children who regularly participate in the arts are more likely to succeed academically. Meet some local young artists as they share what they love about their favorite discipline!

art Ella Thirteen-year-old Ella has been an art student at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center since she was 8 or 9 years old, according to her mom, Amanda. “When Ella was little, she liked to draw and paint pictures to hang all around the house,” she says, adding that art was a favorite activity during preschool and continued to be a favorite in elementary school. It’s no wonder — Amanda teaches art to preschoolers at A&HT Wyoming Preschool — so Ella’s building on something that she sees her mom loves, too. Ella enjoys working with all kinds of materials and finds inspiration all around her. “I am inspired by lots of artists,” Ella says. “I like seeing the ideas of many different people.” At the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, students begin with drawing in the fall and progress to other techniques like printmaking, collage, •

painting and sculpture. Ella says art is also a social activity, and not the lonely endeavor some of us may imagine. And to make it even more interesting, Ella says art class is full of surprises: “For some projects, we have instructions to help us get started; for others, we get the materials and the rest is up to us.” While not entirely sure that she wants to pursue art as a profession, Ella does know that she loves the creativity found in art class, but she also sees it in her other favorite subject — science. “I think the art classes have helped Ella to think creatively in her other school classes,” says Amanda. If it’s true that higher-level thinking skills won’t develop through copying or following directions, but through the processes of problem-posing that goes along with experimentation, then you can easily see that art and science go hand-in-hand. Outside of the lines is where imagination is — the father of invention. (please turn the page)

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dance Aubree Thirteen-year-old Aubree came to dancing four years ago, after her mom noticed her twirling in between sets during volleyball games. An early stage performance, complete with costumes, a final bow and applause and she was hooked. “She told me after her first performance, ‘Mom, when I got on stage, I knew that’s where I belonged,” says Aubree’s mom, Tracey. Aubree’s instructors at the Otto M. Budig Academy agreed, and although she didn’t advance right away, she has since proven her considerable talent. After only four years of dancing, Aubree has performed in the Cincinnati Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker

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and understudied for the role of Clara, as well as appeared in ALICE (in Wonderland) and the company’s recent world premiere of Camelot. When asked why she loves to dance, Aubree offers a wide smile and answers that, “It just feels right. It feels like I belong dancing. Even though it can be painful sometimes, it’s still enjoyable.” Lucky for Aubree, she has a solid support system from a mom who is a strong supporter of bringing the arts to children. When she first realized that Aubree wanted to pursue dance, and all indicators, including having the right body type and feet for dance, were that she would be successful at it, Tracey knew she had some homework to do. “I had to learn more about ballet,” she says, adding that she needed to know what it would take for Aubree to succeed and how to support her goals. Ballet can be an expensive, timeconsuming sport, but Aubree and her mom have access to experienced dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet’s company. “There are so many great dancers out there to look up to,” Aubree says. She’s been able to learn from one of the company’s principal dancers, Sarah Hairston. “Sara’s an amazing teacher, she inspires me a lot,” says Aubree. And she also admires the dancing of soloist Courtney Connor Jones. When school’s in session, a typical day for Aubree includes waking up around 6:45 a.m., going to school, then home for homework and dinner. Ballet class starts around 6 p.m. several nights each week and can go until 9 p.m. If she’s dancing in a production, Aubree will leave school to be on time for rehearsal, which sometimes means eating dinner and changing clothes in the car on the way. It’s a long, tiring day, Tracey says, but it’s also a chance for them to talk honestly about a life in ballet. “I’ve always been realistic,” says Tracey, adding that she and Aubree have talked about things like how they can’t have a pet since there’s no time to care for one, or how her school friends might drift away as she becomes even more involved in dancing. As for her future? Aubree mentions teaching after a career on stage, and her dream is to dance with the New York City Ballet Company. But, just like her mom has taught her, Aubree is also realistic and declares, “I will go where I fit.”

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music Isabella Violinist Isabella recently spent part of the summer in Burlington, Vermont, where she participated in the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, a four-week program of study, practice and performance opportunities for young string players. During the festival, students like Isabella devoted their mornings to practice, then held group rehearsals after lunch. Concert performances from students and faculty lasted well into the evening. Opportunities like the Green Mountain Festival are ideal for aspiring musicians like Isabella. Only 16 years old, she has been playing the violin since she began attending the Suzuki program at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center around the age of 6. “When I listened to CDs as a child,” she says, “the violin just really stood out to me.” And it continues to capture her imagination. “I like that it’s very calming. If you focus on it, you can forget everything else.” Isabella is an accomplished violinist, who received a scholarship from the Walnut Hills Alumni Association, and was also a finalist in the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards, a scholarship competition from which she used her earnings to attend the Green Mountain Festival (the Festival also provided her with a scholarship). She will soon audition for her third year with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CYSO), a program for students in grades 9 - 12 who come together from all over the Tri-State for weekly rehearsals. The CYSO are invited to multiple performance opportunities throughout the year, with a joint performance with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall to highlight the experience.

“Performing is great, because you can share how hard you worked on a piece,” says Isabella, who currently studies with Dr. Won Bin Yim at UC’s College Conservatory of Music. The two meet once or twice a week throughout the year, while Isabella does much practice on her own — a typical school day has her practicing the violin right after school and before her 5 p.m. lesson, then home for dinner and schoolwork, where she often listens to violin recordings while completing her assignments. “If I don’t have much homework, I will get to practice another hour or so,” she says. At only 16, Isabella is already very aware of the competitive and subjective nature of a life in the arts. “You can psyche yourself out for a performance,” she says, “and there’s a lot of competition.” She says that she participates in music competitions sometimes because she finds they help her to improve. “You realize it’s out of your hands,” she says. Isabella’s future may include UC’s College Conservatory of Music, performing even more, and possibly teaching music to others one day. “I grew up looking up to Hilary Hahn,” she says. “I’m drawn to the way she performs, it’s really emotional, and her technique is just awesome. She’s had an amazing career.”

theater Allison Allison has worked on stage nearly half her life. In 2008, at the ripe old age of 7, she auditioned with her older sister for Acting Up’s production of Alice in Wonderland, and landed a part in the ensemble. “I was really nervous,” she recalls, “and not as confident as I am now, but it was still really fun.” Her first speaking role came the following year, when she was cast to play Molly in LaComedia Dinner Theater’s production of Annie, and that’s when she was truly hooked. Now at 14, she carries a resumé that stretches the limits of a single page’s margins. Her list of performances is considerable — she has played everything from ensemble characters with regional theaters like the East Side Players and the Children’s Theatre of Mason, to speaking roles in Playhouse in the Park’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Many people will recognize the young talent as Annie from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2013 production of Annie, Jr., for which she won the 2014 Award for Outstanding Youth Performance from the League

Allison as Annie from the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's production of Annie Jr. Photo credit: Mikki Schaffner.

of Cincinnati Theatres. She was also nominated for an Orchid Award for Excellence in Acting for the role of Cricket in Acting Up’s production of Mulan, Jr. Allison even has experience with the thrill of a Broadway audition. Shortly after playing Molly with LaComedia Dinner Theater, she traveled to New York to audition for the Broadway production of the show. After several nail-biting call backs (a big deal in itself) ... she didn’t get a role. It was a tough day, but also one of the real-life experiences that her mom says has helped her to develop self confidence. She loves acting and being in shows. “It’s fun to learn more about it. It’s hard work, but it’s fun,” she says. “I like being a new character. It’s fun to work with directors and meet new cast mates.” And Allison has had the opportunity to work with several directors and mentors, including Jay Goodlett, Roderick Justice, Michael E. Haney, acting coach Charlie Clark, and vocal trainer Paul McCready, among others, all of which her parents Rob and Cindy are quick to name as part of Allison’s success. •

“The training she gets in these shows with these top directors and other professional adults has really helped her as an actress,” says her dad, Rob. Mom Cindy says that even in the instances when Allison doesn’t get a role she wants, she usually ends up in another role that’s interesting to her. She’s learned that decisions are not always made based on her performance, but that sometimes she just won’t have the “right look,” something she has learned not to take too personally. While her dreams ultimately do include Broadway, Allison will continue to audition, learn and perform here at home, attending programs like the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s STAR Program, with thoughts of someday attending UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. With the support of her parents, it’s a family affair. “The first time I saw her really perform, I couldn’t believe the stage presence. We got the bug. Things fell in place and it’s been an amazing, wonderful ride!,” Rob says.

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Cincinnati Gymnastic Academy Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 Year round private lessons in piano, most musical instruments, and voice, as well as group dance and music programs with Spring recitals. Music Pups, Young Musicians, Angelina Ballerina, and Mommy and Me classes are popular and fun for preschoolers. Call to schedule a risk-free introductory lesson.

Baldwin Music Education Center

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati 513-351-1109 The Baldwin Music Education Center has been enriching lives in the tri-state area for more than 50 years. Unique specially-designed preschool group music classes are offered for students ages 6 mos. - 4 yrs. and group piano classes for 5 yrs. and older. All classes are taught by music educators, trained in group teaching. Classes are offered six days a week year round. Convenient location in Hyde Park/Oakley. Family discounts. “Every Life Needs Music”

CCM Preparatory Department University of Cincinnati 513-556-2595 The only nationally accredited community arts school in the area offering lessons, classes and performance opportunities in music, theater and dance. A faculty of 125 teach over 1,500 students. Programs held on UC campus at CCM as well as various locations throughout the area. Classes for all ages and levels, including pre-professional students desiring a career in the arts.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati/ArtReach Performance Venue at The Taft Theater

5th & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 Offering professional theatrical productions for families and students with productions timed for young patrons. ArtReach offers touring productions, while WorkShops feature educational outreach programs. Learning the Craft Classes are six-week sessions of drama, vocal music, and dance classes for students at all levels of ability and interest. The staff of professionals teaches children 6 - 18 yrs. the techniques and principles behind the art of musical theater.

Cincinnati Ballet, Otto M. Budig Academy

1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 11444 Deerfield Road, Ste. A, Cincinnati The region’s only pre-professional ballet training program combines professional instruction, performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet. Classes are held in the state-of-the-art studios where Cincinnati Ballet Company dancers rehearse. Ballet students frequently interact with company dancers, gaining insight into the life of a professional dancer.

3635 Woodridge Blvd., Fairfield 513-860-3082 It is our goal to provide a fun, safe, and loving environment in which each child knows he or she is valued. We are constantly finding ways to teach new skills, circuits, gym safety, social interaction, self confidence and most importantly that gymnastics is exciting! Every moment is an opportunity for growth both mentally and physically.

Cincinnati Strings • 513-400-5570 Available for students across the tri-state area by fitting into the schedule and lifestyle of today’s busy families. Our teachers come to your home once a week to provide highly individualized instruction based on your child’s unique needs and goals. Lessons in the home provide a comfortable and relaxed environment conducive to optimal learning. With experienced teachers, frequent recitals, group classes, instrument maintenance and learning materials inclusive, we bring the complete music academy experience directly to your doorstep.

Cincy Dance Studio

8143 Camargo Road, Ste. B, Cincinnati 513-846-4835 Live, Learn, DANCE, Be You! Cincy Dance Studio, LLC is located in Madeira and attracts people from all over the greater Cincinnati area. We offer two spacious studios for learning along with programs in a wide range of dance styles for both children and adults. The studios are also available for rental for private dance parties or practice space. Open House Aug. 16, 12 - 3 p.m.!

Dance Etc.

5985 Meijer Drive, Milford 513-576-1400 Offering both dance and tumbling. We offer a variety of classes for kids and adults. Beginning to advanced classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, breakdancing, tumbling, belly dancing, ballroom and adult fitness (Total Body Workout, Body Barre, TRX and more). We offer birthday parties, homeschool classes, choreography services, cheerleading clinics, private lessons, gym rental and more. Variety of competitive groups. Open House Aug. 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.!

dela Arts Place

3905 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati 513-871-0914 Our mission is to offer dance classes of the highest quality to the young and seasoned, novice and expert. To encourage creativity, experimentation and cooperation within the dance community! Offering ballet,point, tap, jazz, modern contemporary, hip-hop and pas de deux.

Encore Performing Arts

3320 Tylersville Road, Hamilton 513-892-2609 Accepting new students now! Our curriculum for dancers of all ages includes ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, hip-hop and tumbling, taught by university-trained professionals. We have two recitals per year, Christmas and Spring. We have competition teams as well as recreational dancers who want to dance just for fun.

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Fitton Center for Creative Arts

101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton 513-863-8873 The Fitton Center is a non-profit educational organization whose mission continues to be “Building Community Excellence through the Arts and Culture.” We pursue our mission by providing quality programs and classroom instruction through gifts, sponsorships and grants from several generous funders.

Private Lessons Piano • Voice Strings • Guitar Music Theory • Music History 9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road Cincinnati, OH 45241


Indian Springs Academy of Music



LESSONS AND PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES in music, dance and theatre arts for all ages. 513-556-2595

9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati 513-301-0588 We specialize in private instrumental instruction, offer a variety of music theory classes, and national merit certificates in music from the Carnegie Hall - Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. No matter your age or skill level, the Indian Springs Academy can design a program that suits your level and schedule.

The Mad Potter Madeira

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 Pottery painting, parties and special events. Choose a piece, paint it and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite.

Mason Dance Center

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600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone, ages 3 - adult, to discover the joys of dance. Register now for fall classes. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes.

The Music Factory

833 Old Mill Drive, Loveland 513-545-7125 The Music Factory provides music education for children 6 mos. - 5 yrs. taught on-site at your preschool, daycare or summer camp! Locally-owned and operated by degreed teachers.

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Would you like your children to participate in a wholesome activity that promotes good health and athleticism while building confidence and self-esteem? Try Premier Tumbling and Dance. We offer a variety of classes including tumbling, acro, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, pre-school and after-school programs, as well as adult fitness classes. Recreational or competitive dance teams. Serving the Cincinnati area with our newly updated 20,000 sq. ft. dance studio.

Queen City Music Studio

1021 Delta Ave. Cincinnati 513-201-8593 Offering classes for ages 2 - adult! Piano, voice, violin, cello, drums, guitar, brass, ukulele, winds and acting classes are offered at our studio located near Hyde Park. Also offered are early childhood classes, private and group lessons and in-home lessons. Enroll anytime with no registration fees or try a free trial lesson! What separates QCMS from others is our instructors are handpicked.

Star Glazers 513-474-6364 Star Glazers turns the space of your choosing into a paint-your-own-pottery studio, bringing pieces to match your theme, all materials, with pieces returned within two weeks.

Tippi Toes

Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati 513-578-1280 Online registration begins Aug. 4 on our website. Classes run September 2014 - May 2015. Come join us for a fantastic year in Toddler & Me; Baby Ballet; Ballet, Tap, & Jazz; and Hip-Hop classes! Annual recital is in May.

Toedtman School of Music 513-772-7900 The oldest music studio in Cincinnati. We provide private lessons for students of all ages (2 - 99). We offer lessons in piano, violin, voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, classical guitar, double bass, visual art, and banjo.

Victoria Theatre Association

138 N. Main Street, Dayton 888-228-3630 Victoria Theatre Association presents more than 300 performances for all ages each year, including touring Broadway, comedians, concerts, our PNC Family Series and school day Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series for children. Victoria Theatre Association also owns and operates the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, historic Victoria Theatre and The Loft Theatre.

Young Rembrandts

Various locations around Greater Cincinnati 513-779-7228 Young Rembrandts is a exciting after school drawing program. Each week features an exciting and kid tested lesson. We use a step-by-step method that assures every student is a creative success. The power of drawing is a fundamental skill of the visual arts that can – and should – be learned by all children. Young Rembrandts teaches the drawing skills children need while developing learning skills that give children an academic advantage in the classroom.

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We provide private lessons for students of all ages.

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Children’s Meeting House Montessori House

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 Celebrating over 40 years of authentic Montessori education for students 3 - 12 years old. Offering half-and full-day preschool and full-day kindergarten, before- and after-school care available, as well as after-school enrichment options that provide a natural complement to the instructional day. At CMH, each classroom is a partnership of two full-time Montessori-credentialed teachers and multi-age communities that enable students to work at a pace conducive to individual learning. Please call to schedule a tour. Open House Oct. 19, 2 - 4 p.m.

Cincinnati Country Day School

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati 513-561-7298 CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. - grade 12. Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available.

Creative Tots Mason

6408 Thornberry, Mason 513-770-6776 A small private preschool providing toddler, early 3’s, preschool, pre-K programs and summer camp. Spanish, music, art and yoga enrichment available. Low class ratios. We believe children flourish in a stimulating environment which emphasizes growth in intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Committed to creating a warm, caring and supportive atmosphere. To discover a new approach to preschool, visit our website and schedule a tour.

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Help your child move ahead with these local resources. Aloha Learning

6671 Western Row, Mason 513-445-4820 • Aloha’s Reading/Writing Program is an after-school, instructor-led program with an emphasis on writing and goes beyond the child’s current school curriculum to foster literacy, providing meaningful opportunities for practice and application. Small group classes ensure step-by-step instruction from a qualified and trained teacher. ALOHA’s researchbased methods are proven to enhance the child’s math, reading and writing skills.

Bear Paddle

9376 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason 855-550-SWIM (7946) Swim teachers are certified in the Bear Paddle method of teaching. This includes extensive training in safety, class management and keeping children engaged with enthusiasm, imagination and fun! All teachers are 18 years or older and are CPR certified. The warm 92°F saltwater pool and sophisticated sanitation system delivers a comfortable and clean swimming environment. Children will experience clean water and air that is gentle to their skin, eyes and lungs.

Bethany School

555 Albion Ave., Cincinnati 513-771-7462 Highly diverse student population. Offers services to students in grades K - 8 with wireless laptop computers, state-ofthe-art computer lab, Spanish classes, elective courses, learner support/tutoring, before- and after-school care, and a wide range of after school activities. Student/teacher ratio - 15:1.

The Campus at Kids First

7900 E Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-KIDS (5437) • An early earning center for active kids ages infant through Kindergarten. For 40 years, the Kids First Sports Center family has been dedicated to our mission of helping kids grow into happy, healthy, responsible adults. It’s true, Campus Kids receive the area’s finest academic and physical education, but your child’s long-term happiness and emotional well-being always comes first at The Campus.

Central Montessori Academy

1904 Springdale Road, Cincinnati 513-742-5800 Discover an authentic Montessori environment where children are invited to grow and develop from preschool through sixth grade. At CMA, each child has an opportunity to discover a love of learning, in a small and caring community. Small class sizes allow each student to progress at an individual pace. Part-time preschool, extended day, and summer programs are available. Our school is a place of discovery, curiosity, respect and enthusiasm. Come take a tour and see for yourself!

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9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati 513-985-9444 An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through private full-day kindergarten. Our early childhood education curriculum is age-appropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry. Your child will reach their full potential guided by our highly qualified, degreed teachers and may participate in such activities as sign language, the Be Smart Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.

The Goddard School

754 Reading Road, Mason 513-398-2777 1280 Nagel Road, Anderson Township 513-474-5292 The Goddard School provides an exceptional, individualized educational experience that meets the needs of the whole child. Our clean, safe, nurturing environment provides the foundation for a lifelong love of learning for children ages 6 wks. - 10 yrs. We offer programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, private Kindergarten, as well as before- and after-school.

Gym Skills

Serving the Greater Cincinnati area 513-319-1512 Gym Skills Mobile brings quality gymnastics, tumbling and yoga classes to your child’s after-school program, child care center or summer camp – and even birthday parties for children ages 2 - 12! Our mobile gym allows children to enjoy an age-appropriate, hands-on introduction to a wide range of activities in a fun, safe and non-competitive environment.

Hubbard Family Swim School

at Kids First Sports Complex, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-530-0123 Our priority is to teach children starting as young as 8 wks. to love and respect the water. We are committed to providing swim lessons that build confidence and teach water safety skills in a child centered environment.

iSPACE, Inc.

3254 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-612-5786 iSPACE, the STEM Learning Place, a non-profit organization, serving the Greater Cincinnati Region, makes learning exciting by providing engaging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs to schools, families and the community.

JCC Early Childhood School

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-793-2122 The JCC Early Childhood School is a 3-star Step Up To Quality school. Its innovative, developmental and ageappropriate curriculum encourages curiosity, imagination and self-esteem, while introducing important pre-kindergarten readiness skills. Weekly enrichment includes music, fitness, swimming and intergenerational activities.

Kehilla – School for Creative Jewish Education

hosted by Northern Hills Synagogue and Congregation Ohav Shalom 513-931-6040 • Imagine your children’s Jewish education: a student-centered school with engaging lessons that they want to attend; and a creative education that engages their senses, interests, and imaginations in leading a Jewish life.

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester 513-874-3100 Celebrating 10 great years! Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency.

MathWizard Learning Center

7940 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason 513-229-0029 • Many parents are seeking new alternatives to their child’s academic success. MathWizard recognizes the value parents place on education – and we are here to help. Our unique approach provides students in pre-kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to achieve all of their academic goals in math, English and science.

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DANCE CENTER Montessori Academy of Cincinnati

de la Arts Place

8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 Celebrating 27 years of offering Montessori education in the Greater Cincinnati area. Providing a supportive learning environment, the school focuses on individualized education, through which students are offered opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers are committed to the success of each student. Self-motivation and an excitement about learning are encouraged. 7.5 acre campus! Extended care available.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian

5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-631-0170 Professionally qualified teachers develop programs rich in language experiences and reading and math readiness to encourage in each child a love of learning, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and independence as a learner.

Steam Academy

6000 Murray Raod, Cincinnati 513-221-1810 Family-centered charter school with small class sizes. We offer private school quality education to grades K - 5 for free, including a full-day Kindergarten and special subjects including science, technology, art and math. We focus on the Paragon learning program, a hands-on approach to global learning and character development.


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Summit Country Day School

2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 Founded in 1890, the area’s only Catholic, independent co-ed, college prep school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12. Programs include a classical academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Character Education program. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence in Montessori education!

The Willow Tree House

2651 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 513-281-8733 The Willow Tree House is an independent family-owned preschool and childcare center with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We offer small center attention with big center benefits.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati 513-362-YMCA (9622) At the Y, we ensure that children and teens reach their full potential by helping them grow physically, mentally, and socially. Leadership and academic enrichment programs include school age care (over 85 sites), preschool (two Autism centers), kindergarten, infant/toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program, and day and overnight camps.


and adults Registering students for Fall classes now! Offering ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop and pas de deux 10% discount for new students

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Learn something new through our classes and private lessons available for kids, teens and adults!

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oin a naturalist for a guided tour of the atrium, where beautiful butterflies are free to fly, nectaring upon carefully chosen flowers. Hold a juicy orange to encourage a butterfly to land right on your hand! Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, 9, 10; $1 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. Call 513-521-7275 or visit

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Join the Largest Youth Flag Football Program in OHIO! Boys and Girls ages 3 - 13 are welcome to participate. Anderson • Blue Ash • Fairfield Loveland • Mason • West Chester


Regis tr Dead ation is Aug line . 15!

Rabbi David B. Siff, PhD

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cincinnati’s finest family magician

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amazing magic, audience participation and silly fun. your child is the STAR of the show! harvey the live rabbit appears.

sunday funday

It’s a ZOO in Here! Sunday, August 17, 1-4 p.m.

Contact us to receive a free High Holiday pass and join us for services. Our warm and friendly congregation will make you feel welcome!

Things get wild when animals visit the museum! Experience the textures of different species at the Art Cart, make a funny puppet, and get your face painted like your favorite animal.

At 2 p.m., see a live presentation of some creatures from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. FREE. No reservations required.

5714 Fields Ertel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 (between I-71 and Snider Road)

(513) 931-6038

Families explore, create, and play! Sponsor: Charles H. Dater Foundation 316 Pike Street downtown Cincinnati (513) 241-0343

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The 2014 Summer Show at the Krohn Conservatory features a landscape filled with summer annuals and edible plants. Included among the plants are fruits and vegetables, edible trees and shrubs, and new, top rated plants from All America Selections. The show demonstrates how a carefully planned landscape design can create a residential garden that is both attractive and productive. The show will be on display through Aug. 24, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tue - Sun. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or


Celebrate 50 years of free summer acoustic music from the Queen City Balladeers. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 8 - 10 p.m.; 513-399-7227 or


Join the naturalist at the wet playground to see a few live animals before the little ones play. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m. Aug. 1 and 15; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Stop by every Friday night for a cruise in with music, $1 hot dogs, door prizes, photos, and more fun. Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Union; 5 - 8 p.m.; admission is free, additional activities available for a small fee; 859-384-6617 or


It’s all about everyone’s favorite train this month! Visit several Thomas the Train layouts, videos, join a Thomas scavenger hunt, coloring and crafts and an indoor kids’ train ride! Exhibit runs through Sept. 14, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat, 12 - 6 p.m. Sun. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; admission begins at $9.95 for ages 3 - 12; 513-898-8000 or


Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks for a free screening of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Movie begins at dusk. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 859-334-2283 or


Bring the family to enjoy a relaxing evening with fresh grilled food and live entertainment. Meals are available for $8.25 - $10; dine on the patio pier or in the airconditioned Chart Room. The park’s playground and boathouse will also be open for a fun night for all ages. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; 5 - 8 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Learn the healthy habits of livestock, including how they comb their hair and brush their teeth. Meet an animal up close and then make a craft. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


The Madcap Puppets bring The Enchanted World to the park today — a traveling showman finds himself in competition with a local to tell the best stories and win the town’s attention! Amphitheater, Memorial Park, 5409 Madison Pike, Independence; 7 p.m.; madcappuppets. com.


Take a tour of the countryside via train and listen to conductors describe railroad history and operations. Trains depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Aug. 1, 7, 13 and 21. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; $13 adults, $8 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $5 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 year and younger; 513-933-8022 or


Enjoy a model aeronautics extravaganza, including a Target Tag and Balloon Chase, Air Racing, giant-scale aerobatics and more! Butler County Regional Airport, 2820 East Airport Drive, Hamilton; 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Aug. 2 - 3;


Join the LM&M Railroad for a one-hour train ride behind steam engine Flagg Coal Co. #75. Talk with the crew, watch the maintenance and servicing, and get some great pictures of the locomotive in action! Train departs at 10 a.m., 12, 2 and 4 p.m. on Aug. 2, and 10 a.m., 12 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 3. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 year and younger; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr. com.


Take a trip back in time to the Civil War, and find yourselves in the middle of the action as Morgan’s Raiders attack the Union Army detachment in charge of the U.S. Government Payroll! Then stroll the historic town of Metamora before your return trip. Whitewater Valley Railroad, 455 Market Street, Connersville; 12:01 p.m.; $22 adults, $14 children (round-trip); 765-8252054 or


Learn about some unique animals that appear to have special powers. Harbor Pavilion, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Celebrate the summer with this annual fair featuring plenty of activities for the whole family, including live entertainment, a fishing frenzy, the Great Rock Race, horse shows, frog-jumping contests and much more! The Boone County Fair runs Aug. 2 - 10, please visit the web site for a complete schedule. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 5 p.m.; $10;

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Release your own butterfly to help kick off the start of Butterfly Beauties event! Live butterflies are handed out on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m. Aug. 2, 9; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Take a closer look at who’s hiding under the leaves in the butterfly garden and search for these hungry, hungry caterpillars to see if you can identify who’s who. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Robyn Lana leads the Cincinnati Children’s Choir in an afternoon performance designed for all ages to enjoy. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 3 p.m.; $10; 513-556-0338 or


The Clermont County Family YMCA offers a free exercise class — sample some new ways to get fit in the great outdoors! Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Batavia; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; 513-742-9622 or


Learn some simple German words through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Drop by to enjoy some activities and experiments with water. Participate in at least five events to earn your H2Olympic medal! Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 12 - 4 p.m.; $1 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Join the naturalist and take a walk to see what’s happening in the summer woods. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Local and out-of-town musicians gather to present this benefit concert for The Dragonfly Foundation, which supports families of children and young adults with cancer. Sponsored by Unity of Northern Kentucky, the concert features award-winning musicians, local favorites and plenty of inspiring musical messages, along with holistic healers and vendors sharing cancer support materials. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 4 p.m.; $10; 859-803-4566.


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Join the Kenton County Parks & Recreation, the Cincinnati Observatory Center, and the Midwestern Astronomers for an indoor program about the stars, followed by an outside viewing (weather permitting) with telescopes provided by the Midwestern Astronomers and Friends of the Observatory. Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, Independence; 8:30 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or


Get outside and get in shape with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. The Y offers free Saturday morning workouts for all ages. Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati; 9 a.m. Aug. 2 and 9; 513-241-5348 or

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Gather rocks and fossils for this trading extravaganza — explore rock, mineral and fossil activities and take home a free souvenir. A member of the Dry Dredgers will share specimens from his own personal collection. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


All are welcome to join the fun at this pool party full of food, games, inflatables and more. Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-923-4466 or


Bring the tots for one of two fitness classes, courtesy of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and Great Parks of Hamilton County. The morning class is geared for parents with kids ages 1 - 5, while the afternoon class is best for parents with children ages 5 and older. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 10 a.m., 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-362-9622 or

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It’s a squishy, mushy good time! Make mud pies and garnish them with objects from nature. Be sure to wear clothes that can get muddy! Programs take place at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Aug. 5 - 10. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 per adult, $4 ages 2 - 12, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents this classic comedy as part of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s Wednesdays on the Green series. Watch magic and whimsy come alive in this performance that all ages will enjoy. Be sure to check out EAT! Mobile Dining and Graeter’s, who will be onsite to provide tasty dinner and dessert choices. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 7 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or


Join the fun of creekin’. Investigate creek critters, fabulous fossils and spend some time splashing in the water. Come dressed in clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. Meet at Shelter #1. Sebald Park, 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or


Bestselling author Deborah Harkness discusses and signs her book, The Book of Life, in which historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont face new crises and old enemies. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; tickets are free with the purchase of book; 513-396-8960 or


Please see Aug. 5 for details.

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDES Please see Aug. 1 for details.


Boone County Parks and the Boone County Public Library welcome the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for this evening’s free performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Creekside Stage, Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; 859-3342283 or


Artists Alex Hartley and Michael Sailstorfer both create unusual landscapes in nontraditional ways. Learn about their work and create your own landscape using similar techniques. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8405 or


Head to MainStrasse Village to kick off the “world’s longest yard sale,” with nearly 100 vendors selling everything from antiques to yes, the kitchen sink! MainStrasse Village, West 6th St., Covington; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 859-491-0458 or

Meet at the Community Gardens for fun activities, crafts and playing in the dirt. What could be better for a kid in the summer? Robert “Sonny” Hill Community Center, 800 Lafayette Ave., Middletown; 1 - 2 p.m.; 513-8675835 or

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Bring ages 3 - 6 for an adventure seeking the ancient Ordovician creatures and check out the park’s worldfamous fossils. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

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Teens are invited to stop by the library to play games, read or just relax and hang out with friends. Cold Spring Branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike; 5 - 6:30 p.m.; 859-7816166 or

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Discover the fascinating world of wildlife in this award-winning program from Kenton County Parks & Recreation. Arrive early for some pre-program fun with the Kenton County Public Library, and stick around for a post-program from Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or



Bring the gang, along with your blankets and snacks, for a free screening of The Lego Movie. Movie begins at dusk. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 859-334-2283 or

FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL-OUTS Please see Aug. 1 for details.


Please see Aug. 5 for details.


The Ron Purdon Quintet offers live swing music this evening. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


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Check out a wide range of free, kid-friendly activities each Saturday in the park! Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.;


Cincinnati’s own home-grown improv comedy troupe is bringing the laughs to CCAC! Join a night of unscripted comedy and oodles of laughs. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 8 p.m.; $7.50 in advance, $9 at the door; 513-497-2860 or


Tackle this family-friendly mud obstacle course, featuring a new mud slide and a mud volleyball court, as well as a Little Mudder area for ages 5 and younger. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $2 ages 6 and older, $5 ages 16 and older, plus a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or


Please see Aug. 5 for details.


Celebrate the Nature PlayScape’s third anniversary with activities, treats, prizes and fun! Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 41 for details.


Use stories and songs to learn some simple Spanish words. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Bring the gang to Smale Riverfront Park for evenings of summer fun! Enjoy Bobby Mackey (Aug. 9); Shakespeare in the Park (Aug. 14); a free screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Aug. 15); Bullooney Puppetworks and Madcap Puppets (Aug. 16); and another free movie, The Smurfs 2 (Aug. 29). Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way;


Not all full moons are created equal — some are closer to the Earth than others and every 14 months, we get a slightly larger full moon. These “supermoons” make the Moon appear 14 percent larger! Stop by to watch the moon rise, take a tour of the buildings, and get a look through the historic telescopes of Venus and Saturn (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 - 10 p.m.; $5; 513-321-5186 or


Tamera Muente of the Taft Museum of Art discusses and signs her book, The Boy at the Museum, featuring a young man whose stay with a sensational museum makes him question the practices of those running the exhibits. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Travel through time and spend the day with our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. During your layover in Metamora, visit the working grist mill, the restored canal and lock, a horse drawn canal boat, and plenty of shops and restaurants. Ask the former president questions and bring a camera for pictures! Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, 455 Market St., Connersville; 12:01 p.m.; $22 adults, $14 children (round-trip); 765825-2054 or


Kids are invited to climb aboard a gathering of trucks — pretend to drive, blow the air horn, and learn about all the different kinds of trucks there are and what kind of work they do. England Idlewild Park, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or


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Have some fun exploring the water and cool off while you’re at it. Please dress to get wet. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 10 - 11 a.m.; also at 2 p.m. at Rentscheler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or

FREE WEEKEND WORKOUTS IN THE PARK Please see Aug. 2 for details.


Watch the pros in action at this annual tennis tournament that features players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Tournament runs through Aug. 17. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason; ticket prices and schedules vary, please see site for details; 513-6510303 or


The Winton Road history reads like a good novel! Visit during this annual celebration and venture to simpler times, share pioneer food, and stories of survival in the Ohio wilderness. A short program takes place at 2 p.m., and food will be available from 2 - 4 p.m. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 12 - 4 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Take a 1.5-mile hike on the trail to search for the zebra swallowtail and pawpaw trees and fruits, all while learning about the connection between the butterfly and the tree. Miami Fort Trail, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Once numerous across the states, bears were wiped out from Ohio by settlers who viewed them as both a resource and a danger. Find out how the Ohio bear population is recovering near our area and discover what makes this mammal so adaptable. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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SPOTLIGHT: Train Ride with Clifford Aug. 9 - 10 and 16 - 17


ake a ride on the LM&M Railroad to visit Clifford the Big Red Dog and Emily Elizabeth! Play on the LM&M play set and enjoy some fun games, and visit the Clickety Clack Snack Shack for concessions (cash only, please)! Parents, be sure to bring your cameras! Train departs at 10 a.m., 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 - 10 and 16 - 17. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic St., Lebanon; $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 year and younger. Call 513-933-8022 or visit

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AUGUST events requiring advance registration begin on page 50. CINCINNATI DULCIMER SOCIETY

The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society invites you to enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer — feel free to join in on the jamming and singing! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Take a look at animals that come from eggs and then design and build a capsule to protect an egg from an eight-foot drop. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Stricker’s Grove is open to the public today — help celebrate 90 years of fun with carnival food, minigolf, free soft drinks, and roller coasters and other rides! Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 1 - 9 p.m.; $12 per person, free ages 2 and younger; 513-738-3366 or


The Blue Night Jazz Band performs from their jazz repertoire this afternoon. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 3 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.


Take a hike with a naturalist to explore the world of pollinators and see how many different kinds of pollinators you can spot. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Please see Aug. 5 for details.


Stop by the outdoor pool for games and tons of summertime fun! Campbell County YMCA, 1437 South Ft. Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 1 - 4 p.m.; 859-781-1814 or

WINTON ROAD STORY CELEBRATION Please see Aug. 9 for details.


Teens in grades 6 - 12 are invited for creative writing activities and to share their work with others. No previous experience necessary, and this is a judgementfree zone! Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 5 - 7 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Join others at the meadow hill for a special outdoor movie screening. Bring a blanket and a snack (please, no lawn chairs), and arrive in time for a short children’s program before the movie begins. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Enjoy some free entertainment with performances from Diamond Head Mountain Bluegrass (Aug. 12) and the Carter New Band (Aug. 26). Tower Park, 900 Cochran Ave., Fort Thomas; 7 p.m.;


Join the naturalist in an exploration of the butterflies at the nature center while playing this classic game. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Join the Clermont County Parks’ naturalist and Miss Angie from the Batavia Branch Library for a story, a craft and a visit with this month’s featured animal. Meet at Sycamore #1 shelter. Sycamore Park, 4082 Ohio 132, Batavia; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-732-2977 or


Learn all about birds of prey and the top of the food chain with Raptor, Inc., and the Kenton County Parks & Recreation department. Arrive early for a little preprogram fun! Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or


Learn all about the changing seasons with help from Cincinnati Museum Center and the Kenton County Parks & Recreation department in this one-hour program. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859525-7529 or


Bring little ones to meet characters Duck and Goose in this very special story time featuring a duck who wants to go on an adventure, while a goose wants to stay right where he is. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 11 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or

FREE SUMMER FAMILY FUN Please see Aug. 9 for details.


Create unique prints and DIY stamps using materials inspired by the Michael Sailstorfer exhibit. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8405 or


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SPOTLIGHT: Shakespeare in the Park Saturday, Aug. 9


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Join a free “Born to Move” demo and workout this afternoon and get ready to get fit! Fountain Square, Downtown, West 5th St.; 12 - 1 p.m.; 513-362-9622 or


What kind of bats and other evening animals live here? Find out during an evening walk near the banks of the Ohio River to find out what’s coming out when you are going in. Playground, Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Drive; 8:30 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

CREATURE FEATURE Please see Aug. 1 for details.


Please see Aug. 1 for details.


Bring your pillows and blankets for a family-friendly movie! Please call for time. Clermont County YMCA, 2075 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia; 513-724-9622 or


Use stories and songs to learn some basic French vocabulary words. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Bring the gang for food, pool games and family activities! Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike, Cincinnati; 7:30 - 10 p.m.; 513-474-1400 or


Don’t miss out on this fun and exciting team tournament. Any species of fish can be weighed in with no limits (except bass), and a Bass Pro Shop gift card will be awarded to the top team. Child must be age 16 or younger. Registration begins one hour before the start of the tournament. Boat rental is available for an additional charge. Boathouse, Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $20 per team, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Join a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment to celebrate the Ark of Learning’s big anniversary! Families of all ages are invited for prizes, a bounce house for the kids, hot-air balloon tether rides, music from The Steve Mutter & Michael Duncan Band, free food and refreshments, student and staff recognition, and open house tours of the facilities. Families are also invited to purchase a personalized brick for $35 to add to the Education Building, with proceeds benefitting the Ark’s equipment needs. The Ark of Learning Preschool and Child Care Center, Mt. Moriah UMC Picnic Shelter and Grounds, 681 Mount Moriah Drive; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-752-1333.

FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL-OUTS Please see Aug. 1 for details.


The Special Olympics Ohio (SOOH) State Equestrian Competition returns for its annual event at the Winton Woods Riding Center. This competitive horseback riding event is for athletes with disabilities to showcase their talents. Come cheer on athletes from around the state! Winton Woods Riding Center, 10245 Winton Road; 1 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

FREE SUMMER FAMILY FUN Please see Aug. 9 for details.


From beautiful butterflies to menacing mosquitoes, summer brings an interesting array of insects. Join some insect games, activities and a craft as you explore some local insects up close. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 12 - 4 p.m. Aug. 16, 17; $1 per craft, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Bring your nets and jars to capture some bugs and look at them up close. Bugs will be released on site. Participants will be in tall, grassy areas, so wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Gatehouse, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 10 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Build a boat from cardboard and duct tape, then bring it to the Union Pool for some afternoon fun. Compete against other families for the biggest boat, the smallest (must still seat a person), the quickest, fastest sinking, and best design. Union Pool, 10165 Old Union Road, Union; 2 - 3 p.m.; $5 entry fee; 859-334-2283 or


Enjoy a free concert from the Florence Community Band this evening. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs! Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 8:30 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or


Join the Kenton County Parks & Recreation and Out of Control Wildlife for a fun adventure in the creek! Wear old shoes and clothes to explore the stream bed, stream banks, and all the aquatic life you can catch in a net to be let go later. Meet at the parking lot near the Iron Bridge, and be ready for this hike that lasts at least an hour. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 9 11 a.m.; 859-525-7529 or

FREE CURIOSITY SATURDAY Please see Aug. 9 for details.


Enjoy a free screening of Free Birds — bring along your blankets and lawn chairs along with some snacks. Movie begins at dusk. Walton Park, 35 Old Stephenson Mill Road, Walton; 859-334-2283 or


Volunteer members of the Dry Dredgers are available to help identify fossils and share information about fossil hunting. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Summer may be drawing to a close, but nature still has a lot to do before fall. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet and search the harbor for the items listed. Return the sheet by 3 p.m. for a prize! Harbor Pavilion, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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SPOTLIGHT: FREE Quacky Race Friday, Aug. 22


oin the employees of Rubber Duck Regatta sponsors on Fountain Square for fun and games. Participants dressed in “quacky” costumes will arrive by Ride the Ducks Newport, then take on each other in some very unique challenges to help raise awareness for the Freestore Foodbank’s 20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta. Families are welcome to purchase ducks ($5 each, or $25 for six) while cheering on the racers! Fountain Square, Downtown, West 5th St.; 12 p.m. Call 513-929-3825 or visit •

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Talk a walk along the trail before the heat of the day to find the last few wildflowers of the season and see what is stirring. Pin Oak Trail, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 9 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Enjoy a parade followed by a weekend celebration that includes plenty of activities and live entertainment, including B-Fit programs from Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute. Be sure to visit the web site for additional activities like the Heritage Breakfast and job fair on Aug. 15. Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way; 12 - 8 p.m.; 513-2470205 or


Join the Circle D Rangers as they protect the Metamorabound train from bandits, robber barons and more! Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, 455 Market St., Connersville; 12:01 p.m.; $22 adults, $14 children (round-trip); 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr. org.


Bring your blanket and lawn chairs for an evening of entertainment from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Families are invited to join art projects before the performance, starting at 6 p.m. Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason; 7 - 9 p.m.; 513-309-8585 or


Enjoy a free evening concert with Cherry on Top! Harbor Point, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 7 - 9 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or



Local artists are on hand to display and sell their original works at this outdoor event, including pottery, jewelry, oils, water colors, photography, fiber art and more. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-241-6550 or

FREE SUMMER FAMILY FUN Please see Aug. 9 for details.


Please see Spotlight on page 38 for details.

FREE WEEKEND WORKOUTS IN THE PARK Please see Aug. 2 for details.

sun 17 BUG BONANZA WEEKEND Please see Aug. 16 for details.

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Join the naturalist for this fun adventure. Flip rocks as you look at them for fossils and under them for critters. Plan to get your feet wet! Wear closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately. Cotswold Visitor Center, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 2:30 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Stop by Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, for four one-hour sessions and four Gatorades for $50! Sky Zone, 11745 Commons Drive, Cincinnati; 12 - 8 p.m.; $50; 513-671-1333 or


Sharon Woods is a hot spot for fossils from the ancient Ordovician Sea. Discover Sharon Creek with a naturalist to find out who lived in the park many eons ago. At the end of the program, all fossils will be returned to the creek for others to enjoy. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or



Shop for clothing, toys, baby gear, nursery furniture, maternity wear and more in this consignment event. Sell your children’s items, and volunteer to shop early! Cincinnati Mall, 600 Cincinnati Mills Drive; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Aug. 18, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Aug. 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Aug. 19, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Aug. 20, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Aug. 21; 513-502-5533 or


Bring the whole family to the Taft to experience an afternoon of free art and hands-on fun as animals visit the museum! Experience the textures of different species at the Art Cart, make a funny puppet, and get your face painted like your favorite animal. At 2 p.m., some creatures from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will make a special appearance! Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.;


Please see Spotlight on page 38 for details.


Join a fun, family-oriented open house that includes outdoor live music, food, inflatables, face painting, games, clowns and more. An instrument petting zoo gives students the chance to try out different instruments, and 15-minute Try It dance classes will be available in the afternoon. Bring the family for a fun time and learn all about music, dance and acting classes offered for all ages — from babies to seniors. West Chester Academy of Music and Dance, 8374 Princeton Glendale Road, Beckett Ridge; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-829-2345 or wcaomd. com.


As the season winds down, you may notice fewer hummingbirds at your feeder and in your garden. Learn where these winged gems are headed and when we’ll be seeing them again. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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mon 18 RHEA LANA’S CONSIGNMENT EVENT Please see Aug. 17 for details.

tue 19 RHEA LANA’S CONSIGNMENT EVENT Please see Aug. 17 for details.


Bring your preschoolers for a story, crafts, songs and fun that’s all about dinosaurs! Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or

wed 20 RHEA LANA’S CONSIGNMENT EVENT Please see Aug. 17 for details.

thu 21 ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDES Please see Aug. 1 for details.

RHEA LANA’S CONSIGNMENT EVENT Please see Aug. 17 for details.


Bring the outside into the museum with a camping themed Art Play. Pitch a tent, share some stories and make art that encourages us all to explore the great outdoors. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8405 or


Bring your campfire dinners and roasting sticks to cook over hot coals, which will be ready one hour before the program. The program, featuring live animals and other campfire fun, begins at 7 p.m. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 6 - 8 p.m. Aug. 22, 23; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Please see Aug. 1 for details.

FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL-OUTS Please see Aug. 1 for details.


Join friends by the outdoor pool and sing some karaoke! Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-923-4466 or


Join the gang from Imago Earth Center for nature stories, songs and other fun activities. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or (please turn the page)

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Big Brother Daniel

The Neighborhood of Make-Believe welcomes Daniel Tiger’s little sister Margaret.

August 18 at 11am

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AUGUST events requiring advance registration begin on page 50. FREE NIGHT SKY

Bring your blankets and your kids for a chance to explore the night sky. Learn about planets and stars, and listen to the experts answer all your questions as you peek through their telescopes. England Idlewild Park, 5550 Idlewild Drive, Burlington; 8:30 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 43 for details.


Gather the gang for a weekend’s worth of tasty treats and live music in this annual end-of-summer festival. Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper Road, Blue Ash; Aug. 22 - 24;


Mark Rea discusses and signs his book, The Legends: Ohio State Buckeyes: the Men, the Deeds, the Consequences. Learn about 50 of the most epic Ohio State football players and coaches and what makes them so special, and impress your friends and family with some interesting trivia. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Insects have had a huge impact on our history and culture — learn about the amazing ways bugs have changed all of our lives. Best for ages 8 and older. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


It’s the perfect time of year to hunt for butterflies — join a walk through some tall grasses to search for these beautiful creatures. Please bring your own water and sunscreen. Forest Run MetroPark, 1810 New London Road, Hamilton; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or


Please see Aug. 22 for details.


Enjoy a free concert from Mark Cormican, who features the music of John Denver. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or

FREE CURIOSITY SATURDAY Please see Aug. 9 for details.


Join friends and family for Shakespeare’s most memorable tragedy, Macbeth. Themed Shakespearean fare and drink will be available for purchase prior to the show and during intermission. Live music, children’s crafts and activities will be offered prior to the performance, which begins at 7 p.m. Harbor Point, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 5:30 - 9 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

FREE TASTE OF BLUE ASH Please see Aug. 22 for details.

FREE WEEKEND WORKOUTS IN THE PARK Please see Aug. 2 for details.


With new discoveries and theories, the earthworks within this park hold even more amazement and wonder than before. Join the naturalist for a walk through time in this sacred land. Miami Fort Trail, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 12 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Peek into the past and connect with nature. Venture off-trail to the location of the early 1800s “Science Hall” school along the old Winton Road. The journey will take hikers to the “white house,” known for a time as the Hammel house, built circa 1850. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Some suck blood, others ambush their prey and a few even defend us from outside invaders. Join the naturalist to find out about the assassins in your backyard — assassin bugs that is! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Explore the Ohio River with the naturalist and examine what is living in the water and along the banks. A limited number of nets and containers will be available for use. Wear closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately. Boat Ramp, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

FREE TACKLE CHILDHOOD CANCER Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

FREE TASTE OF BLUE ASH Please see Aug. 22 for details.


Teens can stop by the library for games, reading, snacks and just hanging out with friends. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written on the LePage Stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or

FREE SUMMER CONCERTS Please see Aug. 12 for details.

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FREE Tackle Childhood Cancer

Sunday, Aug. 24


s part of their Tackle Childhood Cancer initiative, CancerFree KIDS hosts an NFL Punt Pass and Kick competition. Boys and girls ages 6 - 15 will be divided into age groups, and each child will pass, kick and punt the ball one time. The person winning in their age group will have the opportunity to move on in the competition at a later date. The 2013 NFL PP&K National Championships winners are pictured here. Pre-registration is recommended, but registrations forms will be available the day of the event. Moeller High School, 9001 Montgomery Road; 1 p.m. Call 513-575-5437, e-mail or visit •

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Teens are invited to stop by the library for gaming, internet use, snacks and more. Florence Branch, Boone County Public Library, 7425 US 42, Florence; 3:15 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or


Nature has many stories to tell. Join a naturalist for a nature themed story this morning. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Using your senses, explore the exhibit Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? What might artwork smell or taste like? Make art inspired by both the exhibit and you favorite senses. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8405 or

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You are in for a unique, out of this world experience in the inflatable dome. Venture in the dome to view the creatures of the night. Programs begin on the half hour. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Enjoy a free evening concert with All Systems Go and Prism Brass Bands from the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight. Cardinal Crest Meadow, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 7 - 9 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or




Please see Aug. 2 for details.


Join the naturalist to get answers about the basics of weather through experiments, a slide presentation and observation. Learn about the ingredients of weather as well as some basic info on clouds. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


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Join friends and family to float in the pool and watch a movie. Please call for time. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive; 7 p.m.; 513-791-5000 or

FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL-OUTS Please see Aug. 1 for details.


A1 Peace Production, Charmed Consulting LLC, and Attorney Carl Lewis invite parents and students to come together to initiate a Stop the Violence campaign. Contestants in this one-night presentation will compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes. Led by Master of Ceremonies Bigg Booman and judged by Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Doug E. Fresh, along with Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7 p.m.; $25 in advance, $35 day of show; 513-621-2787 or


Take a run or a walk through the Zoo’s unique gardens and animal exhibits in this annual chip-timed 5K race! After the race, ages 12 and younger can run in a free Cheetah Cub Fun Run, where all participants receive a ribbon when they cross the finish line. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 8 a.m.; $35 for Cincinnati Zoo members, $40 for nonmembers; 513281-4700 or

The 20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta presented by Dawn takes place today during the P&G Riverfest and prior to the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks. As many as 200,000 ducks will swim the Ohio River near the Serpentine Wall, as part of the Freestore Foodbank’s annual fundraiser. The first prize winner will receive a 2014 Honda Accord Sport and possibly $1 million, if their duck is the “KEMBA Million Dollar Duck.” The second prize winner will receive $100 from Kroger every week for a year ($5,200 total), and five additional winners will receive $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union. Buy ducks online or at your local Kroger store or KEMBA Credit Union location for $5 per duck, or $25 for six ducks. Serpentine Wall near the Purple People Bridge; 3 p.m.; 513-929-3825 or

Hunt for grasshoppers and learn about their life cycle. Playground, Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex, 5057 Wooster Pike; 10 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

Squeeze in one last hike of the summer before the new school year is in full swing. Take a leisurely stroll along a shady trail and listen to the sounds of cicadas as they sing the tune of summer’s end. Timberlake Program Shelter, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


It’s no joke that gross, yucky and disgusting things happen in nature! Find out if things are really as icky as they sound. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org. (please turn the page)

FREE SUMMER FAMILY FUN Please see Aug. 9 for details.

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Set to the rockin’ rhythms of the Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, this production of Footloose (pictured above; photo by Mikki Schaffner) reminds us all that listening to young people with an open mind and open heart has heartwarming results. Produced by the national award-winning Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through Aug. 3; ticket prices vary; 513-241-6550 or

This classic car show features hundreds of makes and models, with award trophies going to the top 50. Enjoy music from DJ Hughes while you take a drive down memory lane! Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 12 - 4 p.m.; admission to Cruise-a-Palooza is free, normal rates apply for Sunlite Pool and Coney’s Classic Rides; 513-232-8230 or Please see Aug. 9 for details.

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It’s time for the 2014


Each year, you tell us who you think provides the best-of-the-best in the greater Cincinnati area.

The 2014 Best of Parenting poll goes live Friday, August 1, 2014! The poll will be open through September 31, 2014. The results will be announced in the December issue. Remember – only one ballot per household, please. See additional rules on the website.

PLAN AHEAD BEECH ACRES PARENTING CENTER 6881 Kilgour Cottage 513-233-4707 •

• FREE Foster Care Pre-Service Training Anyone wishing to train as a foster parent is welcome to this series of classes. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 5 - Sept. 11. • FREE Beech Acres Book Club Discuss a parenting book while enjoying snacks and conversation. Held at Redtree Gallery and Coffee Shop, 3210 Madison Road; 7 - 9 p.m. Aug. 5. • FREE Kinship Connections Warren or Clinton County residents who care full-time for children of relatives are invited to fun, family-oriented gatherings each month. At this meeting, enjoy refreshments and win some school supplies! Held at 767 Columbus Ave., Lebanon; 12 - 2 p.m. Aug. 6.


Held at The Anderson Center 7850 Five Mile Road 513-233-2468 • JesterPrince.htm. • The Jester Prince, A Family Musical The Princess has been kidnapped, and her friend the Court Jester attempts to rescue her with the help of a cowardly thief, a clumsy page, and the king in disguise. Through forest and cave, past a dragon and kidnappers, this unlikely group seeks adventure, love, the princess and of course, a happy ending in this production from local playwright Frederic Tacon. 8 p.m. Fri - Sat, 3 p.m. Sat - Sun, Aug. 1 - 9; $12 adults, $9 students.


10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 • • Birthing With Ease Join an eight-week birthing course that explodes the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 6:45 p.m. Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27; $200 for eight-week package.


9393 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 • • Blue Cocoon Classes Register online for classes for babies and parents including Tummytime, YogaBaby, Baby Led Weaning, DIY Babyfood, Healthy Toddler Food, Infant Massage, Miss Tisha’s MusikGarten for Babies, Momtography 101, Hypnobabies, Fit Mommies, and Dogs and Storks. Class prices range from free to $50 for a series.


3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 • • FREE Dragons, Drawings & Doodles RSVP by Aug. 6. Ages 6 and older will join cartoonist Steve Harpster as he leads a workshop on drawing dragons. Whether your dragon is fierce or friendly, be ready to let your imagination fly! Please bring a drawing pad or paper and your favorite drawing utensils. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7. • Big, Bad Bubbles RSVP by Aug. 12. Join a bubbletastic event — read the very silly Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin, and then make your own bubbles. 4 - 5 p.m. Aug. 13; $5.

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These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

• Back to School With Harry Potter RSVP By Aug. 17. Join a Potter Party, complete with wizardly fun, games, puzzles and delicious treats. First-year and long-time fans are invited! For ages 6 and older. 4 - 5 p.m. Aug. 18; $5. • Little Yogis Join Hollie Nesbitt from Omya Yoga for a yoga class designed for ages 2 - 4. 10:30 - 11:10 a.m. Aug. 7 and 21; $9. • Miss Meghan’s Music Ages 0 - 4 are invited for music, songs and fun. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28; $10.


4426 Brazee St. 513-321-0206 • • Classes in Glass Visit the website to sign up for a variety of one-day workshops designed for students of all ages, including glassworks in bowls, funky fish, portraits and more. Price per workshop varies.


Held at Turfway Park 7500 Turfway Road, Florence 615-780-3313 • • FREE Bridgestone Teens Smart Driving Experience Teen drivers are invited to a half-day program designed to equip them with the skills to handle the challenges of today’s roadways. Each session combines classroom instruction and hands-on driving experience. Participants must be 15 - 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Aug. 2 - 3.


2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton 513-867-5835 •

A valid MetroParks of Butler County Motor Vehicle Permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park

• Discovery Kids Travel to the wet side! Ages 3 - 5 and their adults explore the natural world through handson activities, games, and crafts. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20; $3.

CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER AT ROWE WOODS 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 •

Daily admission for nonmembers $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 -12

• Family Meteor Shower Campout Bring your tent and sleeping bag and join the Astronomy Club for a night under the Perseids meteor shower. 8 p.m. Aug. 2; $17 member adults, $8 member children, $22 nonmember adults, $13 nonmember children. Held at Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen. • DIY Papermaking Venture through the PlayScape to collect seeds, berries and natural materials to create your own handmade paper. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Aug. 17; $3 per child plus admission. • Creek Romp Take a guided, in-stream hike to search for mussels, crayfish, snakes, green heron and kingfisher. 1 - 3 p.m. Aug. 30; free members, $6 nonmember adults, $3 nonmember children. Held at Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen.


2715 Reading Road 513-221-0981 • • Cosmic Compost Amazing adventures lie just below the soil! Learn the secret lives of worms and how to make “black gold” for the garden from composting kitchen scraps. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Aug. 16; $5.


Held at the Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton Campus 1601 University Blvd., Hamilton 513-785-4683 • Healthy Living from Adolescence to Adulthood A good life means maintaining good health and positive, healthy relationships - this is true for people of all abilities! Get some expert advice and positive stories in this family-friendly session from Common Threads Network, working together for and with families of people with disabilities. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Aug. 14; free for families, $2 donation for professionals.



• Tree of Life Take a prenatal yoga class or two, and meet other expecting mothers and couples. 2 p.m. Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30; $10 per class.

• Toilet Training Without Tears Frustrated by your child’s resistance to using the potty? Or just don’t know where to begin? Join this workshop to learn about signs of readiness, strategies, common mistakes and more. 10 a.m. Aug. 2; $30.

4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 •

• FREE Tummy to Tummy Learn about the benefits to both Mom and Baby when it comes to wearing a sling or carrier. 12:45 p.m. Aug. 30. • FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Cloth diapering isn’t nearly as messy as you might think — learn the benefits to you, your baby and the environment in this presentation from Good Natured Baby. 12:45 p.m. Aug. 23. • Simplifying Breastfeeding Get the basics of breastfeeding in this workshop for expectant parents. Led by June Walker, RN and IBCLC. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12; $30. • Infant Massage Learn about the benefits of infant massage and how it can improve muscle tone, stimulate digestion, relieve gas and more. 7 - 9 p.m. Aug. 8; $30.

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375 Dixmyth Ave. 513-475-4500 •

GOVERNOR BEBB METROPARK 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana 513-867-5835 •

A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park

• A Day in the Life of a Pioneer Step back in time to the early 1800s. Enjoy demos in the cabins and learn about pioneer life in the Ohio area. Meet at the Pioneer Village. 12 - 4 p.m. Aug. 23.


1501 Eden Park Drive 513-421-5707 • • Family Food Camps Learn more about how to grow and prepare healthy food choices with your family. Discover a new topic each week in August, including Presto! It’s Pesto (Aug. 2); Green Magic! Spices and Herbs (Aug. 9); There’s Edible Gold in those Hills (Aug. 16); Wild Foods and Flowers (Aug. 23). All programs begin at 10 a.m. $8 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12 per class (includes Summer Show admission and a take-away project).


3316 Glenmore Ave. 513-921-5965 • • FREE Pop Up Family Workshops Sign up for parade puppet workshops taking place this month — families construct large-scale puppets for parades that will be demonstrated at the Westwood Art Show in September. Up to 20 adults and children will meet weekly to build puppets and learn about street puppets from around the world. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.


Hall Auditorium 101 S. Campus Ave., Oxford 513-529-6333 • Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion Magic Camp Ages 7 - 10 and ages 11 - 18 learn the art of illusion by exploring their creativity, curiosity and more. Kids learn magic tricks, storytelling, music, theatre, creative movement, and finally perform in a live talent show of their tricks for family and friends. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (ages 7 - 10) and 2 - 5 p.m. (ages 11 - 18) Aug. 4 - 8; $100.


These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.


Held at The Schoolhouse Restaurant, 8031 Glendale Milford Road, Camp Dennison 513-201-PLOT (7568) • On the Air in Planes - Original Dinner Show Welcome to Planes, West Virginia, where reality shows air on the Discovery Channel and folks hide in plain sight. The weather is not always predictable and baseball and Jeopardy are favorite pastimes. Join WSUN reporters and watch a series of unusual events that will lead to an unlikely grand finale. Please note that this performance is held on the second floor, which is not handicap accessible. 7 p.m. Aug. 15, 16, 22 and 23; $35 (includes dinner and show).

QUEEN CITY MUSIC STUDIO 1021 Delta Ave. • 513-201-8593

• FREE Trial Music Class RSVP for a free, 30-minute music lesson in Piano, Violin, Voice, Guitar, Little Mozarts (Piano and Early Childhood), Ukulele, Drums, Viola, Flute, Trumpet and Trombone. Limited availability, please call to schedule an appointment. • Beginner Guitar and Ukulele Workshop Students ages 5 and older learn guitar and ukulele chords and musical rhythm, as well as basic knowledge of the instrument, and will conclude the day by playing a song together. Workshop is limited to eight students and includes snacks and refreshments. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Aug. 7, 14, 21; $30 for two hours, $40 for three hours. • Disney’s Frozen Summer Singing Ages 5 and older will learn about singing and singing technique, along with fun movement activities, games and crafts. Camp is limited to eight students and includes snacks and refreshments. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Aug. 7, 14, 21; $30 for two hours, $40 for three hours.



A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

• Night Bike Ride RSVP by Aug. 7. Enjoy a ride around the Shaker Trace Trail while the sun sets. Front/back lights required; helmets recommended. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9; $6.

• Explore the Preserve (RSVP by Aug. 14). Slow down and cool off under the shade as you explore the creek. Please wear closed-toe shoes. 12 p.m. Aug. 16.



9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) •

Founders Hall 211 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights 859-572-5600 • • Powered Up & Learning for Middle School Students Leaving the safety of elementary school to begin middle school is a big transition. Join this workshop to learn tools and techniques that will help develop effective study habits, and build a foundation for academic success. Topics for grades 6 - 8 include positive attitude and motivation, learning styles, notetaking, reading skills, test-taking strategies, organizing work, and more. 9 - 11:30 a.m. Aug. 7 - 8; $75 (includes handbook).

4000 West Kemper Road 513-521-PARK (7275) •

7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 •

A valid MetroParks of Butler County Motor Vehicle Permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park

• Discovery Kids Travel to the wet side! Ages 3 - 5 and their adults will explore the natural world through hands-on activities, games, and crafts. 1 p.m. Aug. 21; $3.


5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-398-9358 • FREE Half Pint Kids Club This class for ages 2 - 9 lets kids explore healthy eating and crafts. This month’s themes include Herbs and Tomatoes (Aug. 6); Back to School (Aug. 13); Corn (Aug. 20); and Summer Squash (Aug. 27). All classes meet at 10 a.m. Email to RSVP.


10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) •

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

• Barnyard Bonanza: Pretty Pony Package RSVP by Aug. 10. Brush and decorate a real pony and learn how to care for it. Package includes time to play in the Playbarn and a wagon ride. 9 and 10 a.m. Aug. 12; $6 per child, $4 per adults. • Barnyard Bonanza: Pen Pals Package RSVP by Aug. 11. Get a close look at some of the animals at Parky’s Farm. 9 and 10 a.m. Aug. 13; $6 per child, $4 per adult. • Barnyard Bonanza: Meet the Farmer RSVP by Aug. 12. Meet the farmer and learn how to care for livestock and what happens behind the scenes at Parky’s Farm. 9 and 10 a.m. Aug. 14; $6 per child, $4 per adult. • Barnyard Bonanza: Fishing Fever RSVP by Aug. 13. Learn the basics of fishing at the catch-and-release pond. 9 and 10 a.m. Aug. 15; $7 per child, $5 per adult. • Fall Mini Triathlon RSVP by Aug. 25. Cheer on your family and friends, or join the race yourself, as you walk or run 1.7 miles, bike 3.4 miles and paddle one mile to the celebration party. 10 a.m. Aug. 31; $20 per person. • Wind Chimes RSVP by Aug. 26. Fashion your own set of wind chimes to keep or share. All supplies provided. 2 p.m. Aug. 31; $6 per person.


8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) •

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

Butterfly Tea Party RSVP by Aug. 4. Ages 3 - 5 discover the fascinating world of butterflies while enjoying crafts, games, tea and snacks. 10 a.m. Aug. 6; $6 per child.

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To have your events listed in our SEPTEMBER calendar, send details by Wednesday, Aug. 6 to Sherry Hang at or fax to 513-252-0081. •

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HELPING KIDS LEARN, GROW, AND THRIVE EVERY DAY The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers state licensed before and after school care at over 85 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. While our programs allow for activity choice, they provide kindergarten through fifth grade students with a variety of activity options to explore their interests and talents while developing self-confidence and positive values. All sites have low student-to-teacher ratios and follow a nationally recognized curriculum which includes homework assistance and at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. The Y also offers quality full-day and partial-day early learning for infants through pre-kindergartners at nine locations, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments.



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