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Creating Family Traditions See Our Holiday Section Beginning on Page 23!

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Special Spouses


Demystifying the IEP Process

feedback cincinnati news Beech Acres opens two new centers, shop local farmer’s markets, a roundup of local playgrounds accessible to children of all abilities, giveaways and more.

kids’ health

Tips to help keep marriage strong if you have a special needs child.

Don’t let your child’s learning difficulties keep him from reaching his full potential. Put an IEP in place.


Get In to the Holiday Spirit!

Children with special needs can often thrive when they get involved in sports.

Crafts & Treats

parent talk

Holiday Family Fun Guide

Local parents discuss “fat letters” from school.

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Be a creative family with fun crafts and treats as the holidays rev up.

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Barbara Littner David takes her family for fun in Cleveland.



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empathy, where art thou?


was at a high school football game when I heard a crowd of kids laughing and making a roaring sound sort of like a train. The tweens and teens were gathered in a large group just next to the stadium seats so they could socialize — FAR more important than actually watching the game! It was halftime and I was walking to get popcorn when I heard the kids making that sound. As I turned around I spotted my 15-year-old son smiling and making his way over to say hi. He had not been among the group, but he knew about it. “Oh, they’re just playing around with one of the special kids,” he said. “When the kids make a certain sound, he makes funny faces, so they get him to do it.” “I don’t like that, Tucker,” I said. “They don’t do it to be mean,” he said, “They’re just doing it because it’s fun.” Fun in the name of ... someone else’s unawareness. Taking advantage kind of fun. The kids kind of fell apart after a bit and I saw the special boy walk away with someone, but the next day I sent a note to the school. Someone should have been with that boy in the middle of that crowd, I suggested. I got a note back a few days later saying thank you and that it was being looked into. Will children ever learn? Will kids ever just be good to one another because that’s the way to be? And in lieu of the recent news out of Florida about the little 12-year-old girl who was bullied until she took her own life ... I have to ask, where are parents going wrong? Good people work hard to set up “stop bullying” presentations and programs galore and still kids are mean. Often, with kids there are very powerful personalities at the peak of the pyramid leading the pack. Strong forceful types command the weaker types, so if the leaders are mean ... Here’s what I’m thinking: as long as parents don’t demonstrate kindness — insist on it — kids won’t either. If parents are harsh and then model a lack of empathy to others, that’s what kids learn. If you then put an unmonitored cell phone in a kid’s hand (remember kid’s brains are not fully developed yet), you can have a problem on your hands that you don’t know about. Parents are afraid to invade their children’s privacy. Please. How else are you supposed to parent them with a cell phone? Parents waffle: It’s not right to know his passwords! It’s not right to check what he’s doing on Twitter! Bologna. What’s not right is NOT knowing what your kids are up to in ALL aspects of their lives. Words ARE harming kids today, being texted and shared on all kinds of social media platforms that you know nothing about but that you SHOULD. How can tweeners stand at a football game in public view and tease a special needs child into “performing” for them and not know that it’s plain WRONG? As easily as they can bully another on a cell phone with no awareness that it’s cruel. How do you teach kids empathy for others? It has to start at home. It has to come through YOU caring for others and showing it. Teaching it. You cannot be your child’s best friend. You have to be your child’s parent. And sometimes that means you are going to be unpopular. So be it.

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Share baby acne care you’ve tried with your little one. “A soft cloth and clean water. Unless a doctor has given you a medical reason to do so, don’t use ANY thing for cradle cap or acne. You should really consult your pediatrician for this info anyway, to avoid some of the well intentioned but BAD info. Alison Berne Knue

“Nothing you can do. Clean with water and use Aquaphor or lotion.” LaUra YoUng

“Our doctor always told us there really wasn’t anything to be done about it. His quote was ‘It bothers you more than it does him’. Which is true. It’s only cosmetic and not permanent. Aquaphor is more for eczema (which my son also had). I couldn’t stand the Aquaphor, it was too greasy. My son is now 4 and has no memory of his acne, cradle cap, his allergic reaction to most perfumes or eczema. It bugged me at the time that I couldn’t do anything about any of it, but looking back it lasted just a short time and it didn’t cause him any discomfort. It bothered me WAY more than it ever bothered my son.”

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“Just be patient. I know that it’s upsetting to have

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“We just left it alone and it went away. We didn’t want to put anything on it that might irritate his sensitive skin. It’ll go away soon.” Sara Thomas

“Avoid chemicals and wait it out.” Amanda Silburn Pond “I have heard that sometimes putting breast milk on it can help resolve the problem quicker.” Jen Lake

“Got to wait it out. Mine had it bad for a few weeks. It’s just the hormones working their way out.” Nikki Palun

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the leaves in the air, and being at the playground. Lucy enjoyed spilling the apples from the basket. What is their favorite Thanksgiving Day food? Lucy prefers mashed potatoes while Aiden loves desserts, especially anything made with chocolate.

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eech Acres Parenting Center will open two new locations this fall that will offer family services tailored to the needs and requests of each community. The Warren County center (767 Columbus Ave., Lebanon; pictured above) will focus on mental health and prevention services, including individual parent coaching for tough topics like behavioral issues, bullying, or divorce, among others. The Butler County center (1879 Mercedes Drive, Ste. A, Hamilton) will offer therapeutic mentoring for young people with mental health and behavioral issues who are matched with teachers, police officers and other leaders. This center will also offer coaching, classes and retreats for couples looking to strengthen their relationships. For more details, call the Central Phone Line at 513-231-6630 or visit

learn a lesson from a zoo’s view


ocal children’s author Artie Knapp just released his latest offering, View From a Zoo (MightyBook Inc., $9.95). The book features Thea, a housecat who seems to have it all, but longs for adventure and excitement. One day she slips through an open door and begins to explore the city. Her adventures lead her to the Bronx Zoo, where she learns from a wise lion that reading a book and using her imagination will take her on far greater adventures. Featuring classic illustrations by Sunayana Nair Kanjilal, the book tells a good story with an inspiring ending. And this fall, the book will be available for the iPad, thanks to the Reading Rainbow library ( Best of all, we have a copy signed by the author to give away. Just visit to register to win!

eat local this winter


ost people think of summertime when picturing a visit to the local farmers’ market, but did you know that many area markets are open in the winter months, allowing you to get all your produce needs from local farmers year-round? “It does change the produce offerings,” says Leah Berger, manager of the Madeira Farmers’ Market. She says that families can get hold of fresh lettuce and greens, squash, potatoes, and carrots, while enjoying seasonal baked goods and more craft items. The cooler weather even means that markets can offer chocolate — yum! The Madeira Farmers’ Market can be found on Dawson Road, or visit madeirafarmersmarket. com. Find other winter markets at the Central Ohio River Valley’s website, (please turn the page) •

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All kids can enjoy playing at Dudley Memorial Park in Liberty Township.

The playground at Winton Woods Harper Meadows was completed by US bank volunteers through the Corporate Volunteering Program.

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trip to the playground can be a frustrating one, depending on your child’s individual needs. Fortunately, plenty of area parks and playgrounds have been built or redesigned with the needs of all children in mind, and more are on the way. Common Ground, an inclusive playground scheduled to be built on 23-acres near US 42 and Snider Road in Mason, is currently seeking funding to begin building in 2014. The park intends to exceed the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act to promote social inclusion and cooperative play among children and adults of all abilities. Visit Here are a few more parks to check out with your whole gang!

ooking for “something different” for your little readers? Local author Sarah Curry Rathel has just that with her new children’s book series, Something Different. Inspired by her work with children battling life-threatening illnesses, Rathel brings charm and sensitivity to subjects that are sometimes tough for children to understand. The first book in the series, There’s Something Different About My Hair, takes a look at how kids actually share one thing in common — everyone’s hair is different! A percentage of every book sold will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Cincinnati. Learn more at

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ALL CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND at Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Anderson Township; andersonparks. com/ParkBAPlayground.html. EVERY CHILD’S PLAYGROUND at Sawyer Point, 801 E. Pete Rose Way; GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY offers several parks with accessible playgrounds, including one at Francis RecreAcres (11982 Conrey Road), as well as multiple parks that feature the Zero G-Chair Swing, an ergonomically designed swing for ages 2 - 5 and 5 - 12 ( CLIPPARD PARK at Clippard Park Drive in Colerain; BOUNDLESS PLAYGROUND at Dudley Memorial Park, 5700 Yankee Road, Liberty Township; libertytownship. WASHINGTON PARK at 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine;

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arents of special needs children are invited to enter the Red Treehouse and find a wealth of resources and support, whether they’re looking for access to therapy services, information on education or finance questions, or just a new support network. The Red Treehouse, an online community for both families and professionals, is the result of a partnership between Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) and the Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland, Inc. Parents can enter their county of residence and topics of interest and search the site’s database of organizations, articles and workshops, finding all the resources they need, right in their own community. Learn more at

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Special Needs and Sports: It’s a Great Fit.


Kids develop motor skills, confidence and enjoy physical activity in programs designed with their needs in mind.

ll children can benefit from exercise and sports, but special needs kids will often thrive with them. Physical activities help special needs kids improve muscle tone and conditioning, selfesteem, motor skills, cognitive function and communication ability. While there may sometimes be extra obstacles for special needs kids to conquer, a little creativity and determination can help families share sports together. Several local organizations can help get kids involved. Cincinnati TOPSoccer, which operates under US Youth Soccer, is a league especially designed for kids with special needs. Whether a child has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, speech, vision or hearing impairments — or uses crutches, a walker or a wheelchair — the league provides a chance to play soccer with practices, games, uniforms, tournaments and an awards banquet at the end of each season. Kids are placed on teams based on ability, age and size. A unique facet of Cincinnati TOPSoccer is that it complements other programs like Special Olympics and non-disabled teams, by recruiting, assessing and helping to train young athletes. “I think the great thing about TOPSoccer is coach Randy tries to teach the kids about the game,” says Doug Hahn. His 14-year-old son,

Jeremy, has played in the league for four years in the Rollers Division, on a team called Wheels of Fortune. “He runs a camp in August before the season starts that is not unlike what my other son does for club soccer — a couple of hours each night for a week, warm ups, drills and then games. The kids have a great time and are pretty worn out at the end of each night,” Hahn says. And the benefits aren’t all physical, Hahn explains. “Kids get a chance to be part of a team, spend time with their peers and be typical kids … I’ve had several parents mention how important the league is to their kids, and I think they all look forward to it as much as typical kids look forward to soccer games.” Participating in a league like Cincinnati TOPSoccer is good for the family, says Paige Hahn, Jeremy’s stepmother. She says that getting together for tournaments provides an opportunity for talking with other families, sharing stories and challenges, and exchanging ideas on how to best meet their childrens’ needs. But what really makes Cincinnati TOPSoccer truly awesome, according to Jeremy, is that it’s all about “getting to score goals!” Over at Hamilton County Special Olympics (HCSO), year-round training and competition is available for 15 traditional sports and

10 unified ones (sports that pair a nonhandicapped individual with someone mentally or developmentally handicapped). Kids must be at least 8 years old to participate, while children ages 5 - 7 can do training activities and youngsters ages 2 - 5 can get involved in the Young Athlete’s Program. HCSO patterns Special Olympic competitions after the Olympic games with summer and winter competitions. •

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“fat letters”from school Local moms shared thoughts with us on Facebook regarding the practice of sending “fat letters” home with kids.

Maybe the parents aren’t aware

It helps parents take a closer look at their kids

It’s not the school’s place to evaluate BMI

Schools have teachers, not medical professionals

Some people aren’t aware of underweight/overweight, so better to be proactive than to ignore. My daughters are considered underweight by BMI but the doctor considers them completely fine. They follow their curves and are healthy.

When I worked in communications at Children’s, there were several studies proving that most parents with kids who are over/under weight do not actually see their kids as over/ under weight. Parents can make their own decisions on how they want to handle the information — for example, if your child is an athlete with a lot of muscle the weight will be higher but the body fat percentage lower, so BMI in that case will not be accurate. But for most, BMI is a good indicator of where you are on the chart.

I think childhood obesity is an important issue, but it’s not the school’s place to evaluate health issues. That’s what pediatricians are for. Schools should be doing what they’re meant to do — teach! They did these evaluations at my elementary school back in the late ‘80’s. My mom says they sent home a letter stating that I was overweight and that it upset and worried me so much she finally took me to the doctor, who said I was perfectly fine. School personnel are not pediatricians.

Except that the schools are not medical professionals and have no business commenting about your child’s size unless it’s affecting his/ her performance (e.g. underweight/ malnutrition/poor attention span concerns).

Missi Luh-Barraclough

There are letters for underweight kids, too! I don’t think of them as fat letters. We’ve had two sent home on our daughter saying she is severely underweight. Doesn’t bother me that they do these as they are just trying to make people aware of the health of their kids. I think you can just look at your child’s situation and make your own judgements. Kay Heitfeld

Read it and move on I don’t care. I read it and move on. If it helps one person it is worth it.

Moira Alter Volker

My kid got one, but she’s not overweight! Same thing happened with my daughter in kindergarten. She, too, is not overweight. I’ll have to remember to get our pediatrician’s point of view. Rebecca Thigpen

Jennifer Watts

Is the index inaccurate? I think the BMI system isn’t accurate considering most people are registering overweight and clearly aren’t. My daughter got one her kindergarten year and everyone thought it was crazy because she’s clearly not overweight.

Emily Anderson Weiss

Malinda Long-Copland

Don’t go by the charts! Are these kids being evaluated by a medical professional? You can’t go by just the BMI chart. There are tons of active kids that are considered “overweight.” Look at gymnasts. They are solid with muscle but because of their “weight” compared to their height, they are overweight. That scale is useless. Casey Ann

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family FUN SPOT

By Barbara Littner David

make traditions in

CLEVELAND! Visit A Christmas Story House, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and lots more on a fun family jaunt to Cleveland.


y son Joey loves his guitar. When he’s not playing it, he’s listening to classic rock or trying to master the drums or looking for someone to play bass with him. He begged to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and there we found that elusive outing that keeps teens happy. Cleveland’s main attraction, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, draws fans from around the world. The day we attended, baby boomers dominated the crowd, but the site appeals to nearly all ages, thanks to legends like Elvis and the Beatles, and inductees ranging from Abba to Rush, Run D.M.C to The Dave Clark Five, and the Beastie Boys to Diana Ross. I especially enjoyed Mystery Train, a 12-minute film (the hall offers several movies) that recounts the beginnings of rock-’n’-roll with its origins in gospel music and rockabilly. The kids dragged me away from the theater showcasing Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, but we all enjoyed The Hall of Fame Film, 1986-2013, chronicling all the Hall of Fame inductees on three screens with music, interviews and film clips. Along the way, Joey insisted that we snap pictures of nearly every guitar on display. I also took shots of stage costumes, iconic memorabilia like Michael Jackson’s sequined glove, and revelatory items like the sketches of Jimmy Hendrix, but I couldn’t quite capture the bigger than life sculptures of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Hungry, we got into the food service line which, unfortunately, is a dining experience that will never win Hall of Fame accolades. Tiny portions, big


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The house made famous by Ralphie and family in A Christmas Story.

prices and slim pickings that got slimmer as the kitchen supply diminished. We should have eaten at our next stop — the Great Lakes Science Center — also located at Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor. It houses a café with kids’ meals, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and weekly specials. Lesson learned. Of course, we learned plenty of lessons on our tour of the Science Center, one of the nation’s leading science and technology destinations. Our adventure began at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center where we launched rockets, squeezed into a model of the Mercury Space capsule and even tried to fly a model aircraft (without much success). The BioMed Tech area held less interest for us, but we had a ball on the Science Phenomena Floor. Only a few of the exhibits didn’t function; plenty remained in working order. We played harps without strings, explored stereo sound and felt sound vibrations. Weather exhibits taught us about storms and tornados. I failed at a balancing station and nearly got stuck in a simulated hang glide ride. We took turns learning the speed of our fastball pitches and discovered that my reaction time lags well behind that of my kids’. The Science Center also features an Omnimax Theater, a Polymer Fun House for visitors ages 7 and younger, and a restored historic Great Lakes freighter. While the steam ship was closed the day we visited, we discovered more about the Great Lakes and the creatures that live there at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. In addition to aquatic life native to the lakes and rivers of Ohio, the aquarium includes fish from all over the world. We had special fun with a fish who seemed to follow our every move, and with the stingrays that we could pet. Our favorite part, though, was the

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Shark SeaTube filled with sharks, eels, groupers, and more. The tube and other displays take full advantage of the aquarium’s unique building - the historic First Energy Powerhouse. This setting allows visitors to enjoy not only sea creatures, but also the experience of being inside authentic coal tunnels and spying through chimneys more than 100 years old. Later this month, Cleveland will celebrate another historic building, A Christmas Story House. Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30, the city hosts a 30th anniversary A Christmas Story convention. Get autographs from original cast members, see theatrical performances of the show, and try not to “shoot your eye out” at the BB gun range located in the back yard of the house, now restored to its “movie splendor” and filled with original props, costumes and memorabilia from the beloved holiday film. J Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She is also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnati-area attractions.

WHERE TO GO Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd. • 216-781-7625 Great Lakes Science Center (Downtown, Northcoast Harbor) 601 Erie Side Ave. • 216-694-2000 • Greater Cleveland Aquarium 2000 Sycamore St. • 216-862-8803 A Christmas Story House 3159 W 11th St. • 216-298-4919

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or better, marriage delivers sustaining support, love and laughter, but those gifts can quickly become diminished by finances, chores, careers, and ideas of how things “should” be done. When kids come into the marriage mix so too do more chores, exhaustion, and less time together. If your child has a special need, there’s increased worry, appointments, evaluations, therapy sessions and more. Because of these stresses, marriage

for parents with a special needs child requires a double dose of fine-tuning along the way to stay successful. Here, experts offer tips on how to stay connected, supportive and yes, in love, while raising a child with a disability.

Communication One common mistake parents can make when they have a special needs child is defining who they are based on their child’s disability. Mothers may not talk with their spouses about the everyday struggles they encounter with aspects of their child’s therapy, from transportation to practice. These moms can become resentful and emotionally drained. Men, on the other hand, tend to feel the burden of not being able to “fix” their child, and may withdraw from the situation or deny there is an issue. “This is very complicated stuff,” says Dr. Fran Walfish, a family psychotherapist and author of The Self-Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond With Your Child (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). “Couples that collapse are the ones who hold their feelings inside. There should be a checking-in with each other on a daily basis for even 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted connection. This means that two willing partners shut off their cell phones and computers and commit to talking about the day and its stresses.” These “check-ins” are meant to offer spouses the opportunity to be heard fully and completely. The point, Walfish says, is to focus on making your relationship a priority.

The Other Perspective When the demands of a special needs child clamoring for attention, Walfish says one parent often becomes the one to financially support the family while the other manages the child and/or children full time. This imbalance can bring stress and resentment to a marriage. One common problem is when one spouse quits work to “take over” therapy issues. This sometimes mean numerous therapy sessions, testing, school meetings, learning the rights and laws for your child, and creating real world situations in which therapy can be practiced. It can be draining, emotional and lonely. On the other hand, the

spouse that continues to support the family financially has the added pressure of becoming the sole provider. Working all day then coming home to a busy house where you’re needed can also be overwhelming. Walfish says to try and be mindful of what each of you is doing to provide for the family, no matter what the roles are.

Outside help Elaine Hall, author of Seven Ways to Unlock Autism (Jossey-Bass; 2011), says when spouses are not seeing eye to eye in regards to therapy or direction taken with their child, it may be best to have third party assistance. Walfish agrees. She suggests looking to the school district for help, as there is usually a school counselor that can offer free services to ease the financial burden. Monthly meetings can be placed on your child’s Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) so that a child-free discussion with all therapists can take place. The therapists can provide hard to hear information and explain things in a detached and clinical format. If the parents have different opinions on how to best proceed, the therapists have the necessary experience to offer pros and cons of varying options, and can help guide you and your spouse to a workable solution.

Date Night Walfish says “all couples should have a weekly ‘Date Night’ in order to add more glue to the bricks and mortar laid in the foundation of the marital relationship. The objective of a weekly outing should be fun and relaxation, with no discussion of anxiety-provoking things like difficult kid issues. It’s OK to admit that sometimes conversations don’t always go according to plan. Renee Groenemann, a local life coach and counselor suggests a list of “rules” for date night, the first of which is to not have any rules. “It puts too much pressure on a thing that’s supposed to be enjoyable,” Groenemann says. Instead, she advises couples to create and articulate an intention for the date and what they want to get out of it as a couple and as individuals. Then, she says, “Hold gently to that intention, so it doesn’t become a rule.” Plan your date with your intention •

in mind. For example, if all you want to do is go out and laugh, choose an activity that is designed for merriment. If you want to be creative, try something like a paint-your-own-pottery place. Groenemann says date night might be your only chance that week to connect and so you’ll inevitably talk about the kids. “Make that part of your intention,” she says, even if it means spending the last few minutes of your date in the car talking about therapy, a doctor’s visit, or changes to an I.E.P. Hall reinforces the idea that the concept of date night is to rebuild or strengthen the intimacy within the couple, so if times do get tough, you have these great moments to fall back on. While the disability of your child or financial restrictions may make it seem as if a weekly date is impossible, be resourceful. Can you put on a favorite child’s movie and sit on the back deck? Feed the kids an early dinner, and enjoy an adult dinner later? If you don’t live near family, is there a neighbor willing to come over? Lingering over dinners may take too much time and be expensive, but taking walks holding hands or playing card games are free!

Be Grateful Hall also encourages spouses to show gratitude toward each other to create a loving, enriching environment. Though at first it might feel forced to find things your spouse does, you will begin to realize all that your partner does to support you. Maybe it’s picking up milk on the way home from work, or putting therapy into play, a home cooked meal or gassing up the car. All of these things are easy to take for granted, but are helpful. If you think something nice of your spouse, be sure to tell them. The feeling of love will follow. Though marriage isn’t always easy or fun, there are proactive steps that can be taken to avoid major breakdowns when raising children requires more stamina. Things will get better, the hard work does pay off, and working as a team will certainly help the family as a whole. J Julia Garstecki is a freelance writer and educator living in western New York.

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Individual education plans (IEPs) help kids with learning differences succeed in the classroom.


or kids with learning disabilities, the typical classroom setting can be problematic. Alexa of Clermont County experiences high anxiety in a regular classroom setting related to sensory issues that inhibit her from fully participating in life. In the past, she’d sometimes get so uncomfortable in a loud classroom that, following her mother’s advice, she’d head to the bathroom to calm down. “She’s high functioning and intelligent,” says Alexa’s mom, “She just needed help.” Fortunately for Alexa and thousands of other kids, the Individual Education Program (IEP) can be put in help to customize a child’s learning experience. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), passed in 1975 requires that public schools develop an IEP for every student with a disability who is found to meet the federal and state requirements for special education. (please turn the page) •

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IEP Process The IEP in a Nutshell

In essence, the IEP is a handwritten individualized document of services created for a child by the child’s teachers and special education experts along with parental input. The IEP includes annual, measurable goals for a child with a disability. In other words, it’s a concrete plan for your child that you can monitor as time goes along. The goals included in the IEP are monitored throughout the school year to make sure the child is making progress.

How do I know if my child needs an IEP? Children may need an IEP for a variety of reasons and parents pursue IEPs based upon their child’s needs. Plans are created for kids with autism, hearing impairments, specific learning disabilities and other physical or mental health disabilities. An IEP includes two parts: academic and life functioning. If you are concerned with your child’s social skills, behavior problems, toileting, mobility or other daily life activities it may be necessary to pursue an IEP for him. Even if your child excels in academics, perhaps makes honor roll, but has a condition (such as a diagnosed anxiety disorder) an IEP may prepare him better for learning and life.

Pursuing an IEP You have to be your child’s advocate when it comes to going after what he needs educationally. If you know something is keeping your child from functioning typically at school you can take the following steps:


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STEP 1: Handwrite a request to your child’s school asking them to evaluate your child for an IEP. STEP 2: The child will be assessed by a team that will include a school psychologist, teachers of your child and perhaps other specialists. The assessment (which must be completed within 60 days of parental consent to assess) includes academic and functional performance. The assessment is deemed an Evaluation Team Report (ETR) and should be given to parents within 14 days after the evaluation is carried out and prior to a scheduled IEP meeting. If you disagree with the evaluation it’s within your right to take your child to an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) for a second opinion. STEP 3: If your child is deemed eligible, an IEP must be written within 30 days of the assessment. You will go to your child’s school for a meeting with your child’s IEP team which is you, the child’s teacher(s), a school district representative, an individual who understands your child’s evaluation and possibly others you want to invite who know your child well. The IEP team will discuss your child and what services may help him in his education and what services can be put into place (these will be written into the IEP). STEP 4: Ask questions. Take the IEP document home and review it before you sign and consent to it. You have the right to withhold consent. STEP 5: If progress is not being made or all goals have not been met call for a review and revise meeting. This meeting is similar to the initial IEP meeting where it will be determined what needs should

or should not be included in your child’s IEP.

Bumps on the Road Sometimes parents and schools disagree, especially when a child’s needs are difficult to determine. The school cannot implement any part of the IEP without parental consent, however if there is agreement on some issues, you can allow the school to implement the agreed upon services while the delayed areas are discussed. Agreement can be temporary so that your child receives some services while you and the school finalize an acceptable IEP. To help resolve areas of disagreement, parents may request another meeting, file a complaint with the state department of education (SEA), or request mediation or a due process hearing. If holding an additional meeting, bring along an educational advocate to present concerns in writing to avoid miscommunication and to create a paper trail if there is ever a need to go to court. If the child has an IEP but the school does not adhere to the plan, parents may file a complaint with the SEA.

The “YOU” Factor You and your child are the most important participants along the way in the IEP process. Once you have an IEP in place for your child it will

stay with him throughout his public school years. As with many things in life, parents are their children’s best advocates and so you need to stay on top of what’s happening with your child’s education every step of the way. Without your input your child may not receive the most appropriate services. No one wants what is best for your child more than you. It is a tremendous mission, but knowing the process will help you and your child succeed. J Miranda Cruse attends the University of Kentucky. Elana Harris is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who attends numerous IEP meetings in Cincinnati.

4 Unintentional Mistakes Parents Can Make • Failing to plan a long term future for their child • Failing to understand child’s disability (schools make all the decisions) • Failing to keep emotions under control • Failing to document transactions in writing Source: All About IEPs, by Peter Wright, Pamela Wright, and Sandra O’Connor. 2011, Harbor House Law Press.

TIPS FROM OTHER PARENTS __________________________________ • Know procedures and process • Know the people you work with • Get an educational advocate right away • Become involved with Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities ( • Find local support groups such as Families Connected • Always keep yourself educated about the disability

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Now’s the time to start creating holiday traditions with your children.


oast turkey and cranberry sauce, the holly and the ivy, ice cubes and Christmas trees … these are natural pairs come holiday time. The first two fit the Norman Rockwell image, but I bet I surprised you with my Christmas trees on ice. They’re a normal combination at our house. In fact, they are a family tradition. Years ago, my mother wanted help keeping the tree watered, but without the potential mess caused by little ones hauling buckets of water into the living room. Ice cubes were also easily picked up when spilled and would melt in the tree stand, thus keeping the water supply regular. Mom could have tackled it herself, but she found a creative way to include us kids in the festivities of the holidays. The winter holiday season’s a great opportunity to renew tried and true customs that might already exist in your family as well as to establish new traditions. They don’t need to be elaborate, but something special to your family. Most important, they need to include

the kids. Whether it’s helping Papa cook Saturday morning pancakes or decorating cookies for Christmas, my boys enjoy our family’s traditions, recall them later and request repeat performances. The bulk of the fun is sharing the experience together. The following are suggestions for creating your own holiday customs. Personalize them to make unique memories with your family.

Go Light Looking Thanksgiving weekend is the inauguration of holiday light displays. Kids and parents alike enjoy the sparkle of colored lights against the winter night sky. Make an evening of taking in the sites. Do some research ahead of time and find the best locations your town has to offer and know where you’re going. Some neighborhoods are known for their holiday light displays. One night last year we surprised the boys after they were all ready for bed. I prepared individual paper sacks of popcorn, grabbed a throw blanket for each, threw my

husband the keys to the minivan and loaded up the troops. They didn’t know what we were doing, so the suspense was part of the adventure. They loved it! After a few hours driving around, we ended our evening with a trip to Dairy Queen. It was a memory in the making and one we’ll repeat in years to come.

Treasure Special Decorations It’s amazing how children remember the different décor that only sees the light of day once a year. Often what makes them so special are the stories that explain the origin of each item. Your decorations do not have to be complicated, family heirlooms. Take things that are special or that represent a unique experience and incorporate them into your holiday décor. We’ve made tree trimmings from vacation souvenirs, such as the extra key from our rental car in France back in our pre-kid days. Each year it hangs from the tree on a plaid ribbon. Baby shoes, small framed pictures, and small toys make great ornaments that recall memories. •

This holiday season may you and your family enjoy testing and creating new family practices to treasure and to pass on to future generations. You can create wonderful memories, have a few laughs at the trial and error nature of it all, and simply enjoy one another. And, if you have toddlers in the house, you may just want to give the ice cube trick a try. J Jessica Fisher is a wife, mother, and freelance writer making her home near Kansas City. She and her husband share the joys of raising four young boys and a baby girl.

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Holiday Family Fun Guide — a special advertising section — ArtRageous Saturdays at UC Blue Ash UC Blue Ash College 9555 Plainfield Road • 513-745-5705 artrageous.html Check out this series for kids, including Nov. 16’s presentation with members from the Cincinnati Ballet. Get an inside look at the life of a dancer, and join the action to learn a few basic ballet positions.

A Thanksgiving Craft FAN-ciful Turkey Here’s a paper turkey that we made out of scrap pieces of scrapbooking paper. What You’ll Need Different colors and patterns of paper Scissors Pencil Tape Glue What You’ll Do 1. Take three different colors of paper and fold them like an accordion (fan like). Set them aside. 2. Take two of the three fans and cut them to be the same. Leave one fan longer than the other two. 3. Tape them all together with the longest fan in the middle. 4. With a darker color of paper, draw a circle and cut it out. 5. Tape it to the front of the fans at the bottom. 6. Cut out two white circles for eyes and glue them on. Pencil in the pupils. 7. Cut out a wattle for the neck and glue it on. 8. Cut out a beak and glue it on just over the top of the wattle.

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Ballet Theatre Midwest Spencer Township Hall 3833 Eastern Ave. • 513-520-2334 Save the date for BTM’s winter production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, taking placing at St. Xavier High School’s Walter C. Deye S.J. Performance Center on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 7 - 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now! Calico Children’s Theatre Series UC Clermont College 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia • 513-558-1215 Enjoy programs especially designed for young audiences, including November’s production of Pinkalicious, The Musical (Nov. 2). Be sure to register in advance for the pre-show fashion parade. And in December, enjoy a production of A Christmas Carol (Dec. 13 and 14), including a pre-show Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 14 (call to RSVP)! The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s The Day Before Christmas, Taft Theatre 371 East 5th St. • 800-745-3000 There’s a flurry of activity at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer, the forest animals, and even the toys themselves prepare for the biggest night of the year. It takes a lot of planning and hard work to get a sleigh off the ground, but Santa’s team is ready and willing — or at least they think they are! This festive production runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Christmas in Historic Springboro Springboro, Ohio Keep Christmas in your heart and join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration. Bring the family Nov. 22 - 24 for free fun, including the Tri-State’s largest three-day holiday festival, a 5K run benefitting Operation Santa, live music, tasty treats, craft tents, a children’s area, horse drawn wagon rides, and a special parade on Saturday with Santa himself!

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Holiday Family Fun Guide — a special advertising section — Christmas at EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct. West Chester • 513-898-8000 Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at a magical indoor holiday celebration, including lights and decorations, train displays, a special walk through the “Journey to the North Pole,” reindeer stables, the elves’ workshop, Santa’s house and more. Open Nov. 16 - Jan. 5, 2014 from 10 - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat, and 12 - 6 p.m. Sun. Fitton Center for Creative Arts 101 So. Monument Ave., Hamilton 513-863-8873 • Dance and sing along with the Russian Duo, Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Russian Duo is an international project born out of love of traditional music and classical elegance. Children 16 and younger are free with paying adult. Don’t miss the pre-concert reception! Great Parks of Hamilton County Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 • Holiday in Lights (Dec. 1 31) and Santaland (Dec. 1 - 23), Sun - Thu 6 - 9 p.m. and Fri - Sat 6 - 10 p.m. Buckle up the family or your favorite date and enjoy over a mile of fantastic seasonal lights from the warmth of your own car. Featuring more than 120 moving and standing holidaythemed figures. For more information, call 513769-0393 or visit ($13/car, $45/buses and 15-passenger vans). After you tour Holiday in Lights, head inside the Sharon Centre for more holiday fun with Santaland. Pick up some hot chocolate or baked goodies, enjoy live family friendly entertainment, check out the model train display and get your photo taken with Santa. Holly Days at Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484 Dec. 14 - 15, 12 - 4 p.m. Join us this holiday season at Heritage Village! Enjoy old fashioned crafts, storytelling, holiday treats, music and more in a decorated 19th Century Village! Admission is $7 adults, $4 children 5 - 11. Children 4 and younger and museum members are free. Krohn Conservatory’s Annual Holiday Show, A Cincinnati Scenic Railway Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park 513-421-5707 • This year’s holiday show will be bigger and more festive and includes: new Cincinnati landmarks, six interactive elements, poinsettia display, the live Western & Southern Nativity, special events, and a new display of vintage holiday decorations from the Schmalz Family that is sure to bring back fond memories of holidays past. Sat, Nov. 16 - Sun, Jan. 5, 2014;

open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with special evening hours on Dec. 12 and 19 (5 - 7:30 p.m.). Admission is $7 adults, $4 children, free ages 4 and younger. Lebanon Mason & Monroe (LM&M) Railroad 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon • 513-933-8022 North Pole Express! Event Dates: Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. Take a half-hour train ride to the decorated LM&M Junction to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Take a moment to visit Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes. Each child will receive a small gift from Mr. Claus himself! Macy’s Downtown Dazzle Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. Forget coming down the chimney, now Santa comes down the side of a building! On three Saturdays, Santa rappels down an office tower to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular holiday fireworks display on Fountain Square. After the fireworks, you’ll want to go to Macy’s Fountain Place for Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Mayerson JCC’s Jumpin’ Jelly Donut Jam! 8485 Ridge Road The Hoppin’-est, Boppin’-est Hanukkah Happening in Town! You’re bound to have a ball at this inflatable festival of lights celebration. Advance RSVP is required. An unwrapped gift for the JCC’s One Candle for Tzedakah Toy Drive is requested. Ohio National’s Victorian Holiday Village, Intersection of I-71 and Pfeiffer Road • Dec. 6, 12 and 13 from 6 - 8:30 p.m., and Dec. 7 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. Back for its 12th year, Ohio National’s Victorian Holiday Village features new houses decorated with holiday scenes, thousands of lights, and free family fun on the grounds of Ohio National Financial Services. Families will enjoy complimentary cocoa and cookies, a view of the Century House (a miniature-scale replica of a Habitat for Humanity home) and free 5x7 photos with St. Nick. Rockdale Temple Chanukah Party 8501 Ridge Road 513-891-9900 • This once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah will be celebrated with a combination of traditional Thanksgiving and Chanukah foods, music, magic, games and more. Join us in this lively musical celebration of Chanukah suitable for the entire family.

A Christmas Craft Santa Can Here’s a Christmas craft for kids to make that can hold all kinds of little things. You can use this craft to hold straws, utensils and more. What You’ll Need Empty, clean Pringles can 8×10 red felt 8×10 white felt 8×10 black felt 8×10 gold glitter fabric/paper Glue (can be stick or hot glue) Scissors What You’ll Do 1. Wrap the Pringles can in the red felt and glue in place. There will be some of the can showing at the bottom and the red felt will overlap itself. 2. Lay your white felt down horizontally and cut a three-inch strip off of it. 3. Fold that strip of white felt in half and glue it together. 4. Wrap that folded and glued piece of white felt around the bottom of the Pringles can. Glue it in place. It, too, will overlap itself. 5. Lay your black felt down horizontally and cut a two-inch strip off of it. 6. Lay your gold glitter paper/fabric (you can also use yellow felt for this) down and cut a three-by-three-inch square off of it. 7. Fold that gold square in half gently as to not crease it and cut a slot along the top that is about half an inch down and cut to about half an inch to the edge. Do this for the top and bottom. 8. Take your strip of black felt and slide it through the slots to make the belt. Wrap the belt around the Pringles can about half way up and glue it in place. Set aside to dry. •

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Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums, strings, winds and brass. Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyric. Other popular programs: Music for Young Children, a keyboard program for ages 4 and up; Music Pups, for preschoolers with a caregiver; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel drum ensemble; and Fun with Drums. Special one-week camps throughout the summer. Free sample classes.

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Baldwin Music Education Center

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

Ballet Theatre Midwest

3833 Eastern Ave., Spencer Township Hall, Cincinnati 513-520-2334 • Ballet Theatre Midwest provides pre-professional classical ballet training and performance program, engaging children’s curriculum, creative dance for 3 and 4 year olds, jazz and musical theater repertoire and adult ballet classes.

The Campus at Kids First

7900 E Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-KIDS (5437) • Located inside the state-of-the-art Kids First Sports Center, The Campus offers the premier early learning experience for children ages 6 wks. - pre-K. As the only early learning center in the area that makes physical education a top priority, The Campus is able to give your child an academic edge by integrating a top-notch physical education curriculum in to the daily schedule and special summer programs.

Children’s Meeting House Montessori

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 Celebrating over 40 years of authentic Montessori education for students 3 - 12 yrs. Offering half- and full-day programs, before- and after-school care, and after-school enrichment options. Each classroom is a partnership of experienced, treasured teachers and multi-age communities. Call to schedule a tour or visit our website for more information. Open House Jan. 26, 2 - 4 p.m.

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.

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.

Cincinnati Public Schools

2651 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati 513-363-0123 As Ohio’s highest-rated urban district, CPS has become a national model of excellence with innovative and rigorous academic programs, exciting enrichment opportunities, and strong community partnerships that ensure each student’s success. Choose from dozens of highly rated magnet, neighborhood and high school options.

Cincinnati Waldorf School

6743 Chestnut Street, Mariemont 513-541-0220 Offering a classical education for children pre-school - grade 8. Qualified teachers dedicated to providing a rich, developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education to inspire life-long learning and enable each student to fully develop their capacities. Observation tours at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Tuition assistance available. Ohio Ed Choice Scholarships available. Open Houses Nov. 9 and Feb. 8. Come visit our new campus in Mariemont!

The Compass School

9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati 513-683-8833 Outstanding project-based curriculum. Offering full- and part-time infant, toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and afterschool programs. Degreed teachers, excellent parent communication and a welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. NAEYC accredited. Schedule your personal tour today!

The Gardner School

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.

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester 513-874-3100 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.

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

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.

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9525 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash 513-275-7000 9225 Floer Drive, West Chester 513-296-2000 8217 Arbor Square Drive, Mason 513-683-9800 Mathnasium offers a fun, individualized math curriculum that builds students confidence in math as they catch up, get ahead, and stay ahead. Our conceptual math teaching techniques and use of hands-on manipulatives helps students gain a deeper mathematical understanding. Our instructors are highly specialized, and teach math for grades 1 - 12. Students attend two to three times a week for about an hour. Call today!



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8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 Celebrating 25 years of offering Montessori education. Providing a supportive learning environment, we focus on individualized education and offer students opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers committed to the success of each student intellectually, socially and emotionally. We encourage self-motivation and an excitement about learning. 7.5 acre campus. State chartered, AMS affiliated. Extended care available. 18 mos. - grade 8.

Mother of Mercy High School

3036 Werk Road, Cincinnati 513-661-7240 Mercy’s Individual Excellence Program strengthens students’ 21st century skills including collaboration, communication, innovation, creativity, problem solving, and personal responsibility. Incoming students now receive an iPad or BYOD (bring your own device) which enables girls to learn with a variety of tech-tools. Visit our gorgeous campus where ‘knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from God’.

My Little Red Haus

9429 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-827-9110 Artists and non-artists will enjoy our non-structured classes, private instruction, group sessions, parties, art therapy and open studio time. Come for the fun and go home with your unique creation! Ages 4 and up.

Paint by the Glass - Canvas and Cocoa

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Pied Piper Music Together

Mason, Liberty Township and Middletown locations 513-767-7134 • All children are musical! From birth, children make sounds and movements in response to the music around them. Our classes help you support their music aptitude. Every week, enjoy 45 minutes of singing and dancing with other musicmaking families. Then continue at home with our CDs, illustrated songbooks and parent guide DVD. Music Together is an internationally recognized music and movement program. Visit our website to view a descriptive video.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School

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.

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8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-984-3770 Rockwern is a premier Jewish day school focused on academic excellence since 1952. Rockwern Academy is a community of learners where students, families, and teachers join together to ensure that every individual child is free to rise to challenges and soar, academically and personally.

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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!

Tippi Toes

Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky 513-578-1280 Our dance season registration begins Aug. 3rd. Come join us for a fantastic year of Mommy & Me, Baby Ballet, tap, jazz, and even hip-hop!

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Be sure to look for the turkey for Thanksgiving related activities and the wreath for holiday themed activities.

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FREE Kids & Family Expo Saturday, Nov. 9


oin Cincinnati Family for the second annual Kids & Family Expo! We have more in store for families this year, including more space, more vendors, more performances, more prizes, and more fun! Meet local businesses and enrichment programs, including afterschool activities, preschools and health and wellness programs, and be sure to register for great prizes! Mason Community Center, 6050 South Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 513-252-0077 or visit •

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Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch. Audiences will explore the Pride Lands, voyage under the sea, make a trip to Never Land, and visit Hawaii with toe-tapping tunes, favorite characters and exciting feats on ice. Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 1 - Nov. 2, 11 a.m. Nov. 2, 3 p.m. Nov. 2, and 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 3. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; $17 - $56; 800-7453000 or

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SPOTLIGHT: Pinkalicious, The Musical Saturday, Nov. 2


inkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. Her indulgences land her at the doctor’s office with the dreaded Pinktitis, a condition that turns her pink from head to toe! At first, Pinkalicious loves her new look, but when the hue goes a little too far, only she can figure a way out of her predicament. Presented by Vital Theatre Company as part of the Calico Children’s Theatre series. Be sure to register for the pre-show fashion parade (see Plan Ahead for details). Krueger Auditorium, UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 1:30 or 3:30 p.m.; $7 per person. Call 513-558-1215 or visit


2 Cellos makes their U.S. orchestral debut — check out Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser as they plug in their cellos and rock with the Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in an exciting evening of hit music that spans genres and centuries. Florence Baptist Church, 642 Mount Zion Road, Florence; 8 p.m.; $24 - $40; 859-4316216 or


Listen! Is it a bird or a flute? A swan or a cello? A fish or a piano? Find out during an adventure through the musical zoo with Linton Music. Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, 6312 Kennedy Ave.; 10 or 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513381-6868 or


The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County welcomes Thane Maynard from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, as he shares his knowledge and adventures in the animal kingdom. Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St.; 2 p.m.; 513-665-3336 or


Learn about the birds found in your own backyard. Listen to a short presentation then take a hike to see what birds you can find. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, a few will be available to borrow. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Bring the gang for performances, visits with local artists, storytelling, scavenger hunts, and hands-on art-making activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Learn about the lock and dam that stood from 1911 1963. Take a walk along the fully accessible riverside trail while discussing the history of the park. Playground, Fernbank Park, Thornton Drive; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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


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Improve river corridor habitat by removing litter and other debris from the banks of the Great Miami River. Volunteers of all ages are invited to don their work gloves and sturdy shoes and dive in! Shawnee Lookout, Lawrenceburg Road; 9 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

Bring the family for a stroll along the trail — look for changes in nature that allow plants and animals to survive the upcoming cold months. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Ever wish you could sleep through winter? That’s what many plants and animals do. Learn the how’s and why’s of hibernation and meet some hibernating species in our area. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Join the American Diabetes Foundation and families from all around the Tri-State in a walk to raise funds and help stop diabetes. Great American Ball Park; 7 a.m.; see site for registration prices; 513-759-9330 ext. 6667 or


Both the elementary campus (7350 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield) and the junior/senior high campus (7474 Morris Road, Fairfield) are open today for parents to learn more about the offerings for students of all grades. Cincinnati Christian Schools, 7350 Dixie Highway, Fairfield; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-874-8500 or

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Meet the staff and faculty and learn about services offered to students in grades K - 8. Bethany School, 555 Albion Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-771-7462 or bethanyschool. org.


Enjoy a treat while searching for signs of fall in the CNC Nature PlayScape. 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

NOVEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 42. POPS CLASSICS: KUNZEL’S GREATEST HITS

Join an orchestral salute to the music and mirth of Pop Founder Erich Kunzel, featuring solos by members of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, classic film scores, familiar Broadway tunes, and Kunzel’s greatest hit, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 3, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; tickets start at $25; 513381-3300 or


The CCM Chamber Choir and Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra present Johann Sebastian Bach’s work in a unique staged performance. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th St.; 5 p.m.; $20; 513-556-4183 or ccm.


How much do you know about Thanksgiving’s main dish? Test your knowledge of this native bird. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Enjoy a visit with many different critters, including snakes, turtles, a parrot, lemurs, bunnies and even a baby kangaroo! Pick up your tickets for Breakfast With Santa while you’re there! Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; daytonmall. com.


The UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers are joined by guest choirs Sycamore High School Select Ensemble and Cincinnati Girl Choir to present traditional and contemporary works. Corbett Auditorim, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 8 p.m.; $12 general, $6 students, free for UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.


Join a morning coffee to learn about the Montessori and preschool programs on Nov. 6, and the traditional K - 8 programs on Nov. 14. St. Ursula Villa, 3660 Vineyard Place; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; 513-871-7218 or


Ethan Bortnick is a pianist, singer, composer, songwriter and one of the youngest philanthropists in the world. This 12-year-old sensation began playing a keyboard at the age of 3 and was composing music by the age of 5. He has been featured on national and international television programs, and has helped raise nearly $30 million for charities around the world. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7:30 p.m.; $25 adult members, $35 adult nonmembers, $12 children members, $18 children nonmembers, $75 VIP ticket includes meet-and-greet with the artist; 513-761-7500 or


Explore Ryan Mulligan’s installation, The Dinosaur Says Moo, and learn about the artist and what inspired his work. Then do some creative movement with friends from Moksha Yoga. 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); 513-345-8419 or


A holiday favorite returns! Get into a festive mood with this display of antique ornaments, toys and decorations, and learn about Christmas as it used to be. This year’s exhibition features new displays, including an arrangement of Noah’s Ark, an entire tree trimmed in cats and dogs, and another one all decked out with only pink ornaments. Exhibit will remain open through Jan. 5, 2014. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; general admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors, students and teachers, $4 ages 12 - 17, free ages 11 and younger; 513-241-0343 or


Join an educational program on a topic about rocks and minerals. A children’s program begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by brief business meeting, then a program for adults and children at 8 p.m. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 7:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Whether spending the evening with your significant other or the whole family, try something different with a train ride from Lebanon to The Brazenhead Irish Pub in Mason for dinner. Then reboard the train for a relaxing ride back to Lebanon. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $30 ages 12 and older, $25 ages 13 months - 12 years), free infants up to 12 months (ticket price does not include dinner or beverages); 513-933-8022 or


One of Cincinnati’s favorite holiday traditions kicks off today, featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. Holiday Junction is open through Jan. 5, 2014. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; admission included with All Museums Pass ($12.50 adults, $8.50 children, $11.50 seniors); 513-287-7000 or


Take a tour through a musical zoo with Linton Music and learn how flutes can sound like birds, cellos can sound like swans, and fish can sound like a piano! Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 10 or 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic. org.



Learn about wildlife and meet a few creatures up close in this program presented in both English and Spanish. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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This 5K run/walk is a fun, family-friendly way for people to help those in need. Proceeds benefit Matthew 25: Ministries’ work in Greater Cincinnati, the U.S., and throughout the world. The race will also kick off the Fighting Hunger Food Drive, which raises food products for local pantries and shelters. Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road; 8:30 a.m.; registration fees vary, see site for details;


Bring your lunch to cook over the fire, with a little help from volunteers and staff, in the CNC Nature PlayScape. 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


Cincinnati Sports Club hosts their second annual health fair, family fun fest and open house today, presented with The Christ Hospital. Check out everything from health screenings and flu shots, along with fitness competitions featuring jump rope and hula hoops, to wellness demos and experts to answer all your health and fitness questions. Kids activities include games, face painting and visits with local sports mascots. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m. 4 p.m.;


Bring your four-legged family members to meet others in Cincinnati’s newest park. Tour some of the exciting features and make a loop around Yeatman’s Cove. Pathways are paved; dogs must be on leash. Meet by the fountain. Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-861-3435 or


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Meet the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln — hear stories from his early life, his farewell to Springfield, and his historic visit to Gettysburg, complete with pioneer music, exhibitions, food and beverages, and visits with Civil War soldiers and civilians. Also on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Governor Bebb Metropark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or


Cincinnati Observatory gathered the best meteorite collection in the area for the public to explore. See and hold rocks from outer space, learn how meteorites are formed and collected, and adopt a meteorite from the gift shop. Then view the moon through the historic telescopes (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 p.m.; $7; 513-3215186 or (please turn the page) •

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Discover what Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy has to offer your child through their academic and enrichment programs. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, 11525 Snider Road; call for time; 513-247-0900 or leanintochca. org.


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


Step back 200 years to the first day of public thanksgiving on the Ohio frontier. Reenactors from the Society of Northwest Longhunters portraying Shawnee people, European settlers and military personnel will present interactions at half past each hour. Samples of period fare will be available. Historic Cabin-School Area, Shawnee Lookout, Lawrenceburg Road; 2 - 5 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or

SPOTLIGHT: Enchanted World Saturday, Nov. 9


adcap Puppets will kick off their Hats Off Series with their latest gem, The Enchanted World. The greatest traveling showman on the road is coming to town, spellbinding audiences with fairy tales he has gathered from around the world. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $8. Call 513-497-2860 or visit


Help honor Veterans and active military personnel during a one-hour train ride that features railroad history, and displays of military equipment, vehicles, and more. Get a free ride in Coach with proof of service. Then return in the evening to the Lebanon Conference and Banquet Center from 7 - 10 p.m. for a USO Style Dance — dress in military uniform or a patriotic theme and enter the costume contest ($10 donation for tickets, proceeds will be donated to the USO). Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.; $13 adults, $8 children and seniors, $5 ages 2 - 4, free infants 1 year and younger; 513-9338022 or



Warm up with a one-mile hike along the Wood Duck Trail, where sugar maples are finishing up their beautiful display of color. Then pick up the pace to explore nearly four miles of the rugged mountain bike trail. Wood Duck Trail, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 12 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Learn more about the benefits of a Waldorf education in a presentation and meet-and-greet with the faculty and staff. Children are welcome to attend! Cincinnati Waldorf School, 6743 Chestnut St.; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-5410220 or

Hike with a naturalist to learn how nature gets ready for winter. Pin Oak Trail, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m., 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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Enjoy a one-hour guided walk through the woods and learn all about the area’s wild turkeys. Governor Bebb Metropark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or


“Feast” on tradition and the great outdoors! Enjoy the last days of the changing season — learn about harvest celebrations of Thanksgiving and the Native American Green Corn Ceremony. Parcours Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or



Join in for songs, stories and activities designed to support the development of key early literacy skills, all while having fun! Covington Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington; 10 a.m.; 859-962-4060 or


Stimulate your baby’s development through interactive music and play. Also at the Main Library (1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington) at 11 a.m. Walton Branch, Boone County Public Library, 21 South Main Street, Walton; 9:30 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or


Join Naturalist Sheila Riley and bring your telescopes (if you have them) and be ready to look at the night skies. If the skies are too cloudy, participants will move to an indoor program format. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or •


The artist Diane Landry takes objects we use every day and turns them into something spectacular. Follow her lead and find a new use for laundry baskets, umbrellas and more. 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); 513-345-8419 or


Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky bring exuberant, compelling interpretations which make audiences want to dance and sing. Russian Duo is an international project, born out of love for traditional music and classical elegance, so don’t miss this vibrant, magical, participatory concert. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton; 6:30 p.m.; $10 members, $12 nonmembers, $5 child members, $5 child nonmembers; 513-863-8873 ext. 110 or


Bring the whole family to check out all the new additions to the Krohn Conservatory’s annual holiday show, A Cincinnati Scenic Railway. This year’s show features new Cincinnati landmarks included within the bridges and trains display in the main exhibit room, six interactive elements, and hands-on experiences for the kids. A new display of vintage holiday decorations donated by the Schmalz Family will be available for viewing, along with the traditional poinsettia display, Christmas tree, the live Western & Southern Nativity, and special events, including Thursday Family Photo Nights, Sundays with Santa, live music and more. The holiday show will remain open through Jan. 5, 2014. Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., with special evening hours on Dec. 12 and 19 until 7:30 p.m. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $7 adults, $4 children, free ages 4 and younger; (please turn the page)

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Dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet provide an exciting peek into the typical day in the life of a dancer, and perform excerpts from classical repertoire. Audience members will have a chance to join the action and learn basic ballet positions. Muntz Theater, UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $5; 513745-5705 or html.


Run or walk through the park in this fun race, where the proceeds help upgrade the agility course in the dog park. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; race begins at 10 a.m.! England Idlewild, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington; $15 by Nov. 5, $20 onsite registration; 859-334-2283 or

SPOTLIGHT: FREE Christmas in Springboro


Friday, Nov. 22

eep Christmas in Your Heart — that’s the theme for this year’s annual holiday festival. Join a parade featuring Santa himself, along with plenty of holiday shopping, food, craft tents, a special children’s area and Christmas carols. Hop on a horse-drawn wagon ride to catch a peek at all of the festivities, including a 5K run that benefits Operation Santa, strolling musicians, and more live entertainment. Open Nov. 22 - 24; see web site for a complete schedule. Springboro, Ohio. Visit


Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at a magical indoor holiday celebration! Enjoy holiday lights and decorations, train displays, a special walk through the “Journey to the North Pole,” reindeer stables, the elves’ workshop, Santa’s house, and more. Open Nov. 16 - Jan. 5, 2014 (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat, and 12 - 6 p.m. on Sun. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; tickets start at $9.95; 513-898-8000 or


Celebrate the kickoff of CCM Dance’s 50th anniversary season with an exciting concert of mixed repertoire, featuring the CCM Ballet Ensemble. Performances take place Nov. 16 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; $10 students, $15 general public, free UC students; 513-5564183 or


Check out more than 250 feet of tract, Lionel trains and an interactive layout in this holiday favorite, enjoyed by families across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Exhibit will remain open through Jan. 19, 2014. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum. org.


Every child dreams of having super powers! Awaken their imaginations with epic themes from Superman, Batman, Spiderman and Wonder Woman, along with plenty of surprises from JMR and the Cincinnati Pops. Be sure to arrive an hour early for activities in the Family Fun Zone. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m.; $12 adults, $7 children; 513-381-3300 or


The Madcap Puppets returns to the Cincinnati Art Museum for its annual Hats Off series, featuring fairy tales collected from around the world in their latest and greatest, The Enchanted World. Show times are at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; free for members, $8 nonmembers; 513-721-2787 or


LBA hosts an open house today for families to learn more about their academic and enrichment programs. Liberty Bible Academy, 4900 Old Irwin Simpson Road, Mason; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513-754-1234 or libertybibleacademy. org.


Stop by to make a craft celebrating the season of thanksgiving and nature’s harvest. Adults may enjoy the Great Parks Gifts & Books special Holiday Open House while children are crafting. Open today and Nov. 17, 12 - 3 p.m. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; $1 per craft, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Animals use their skin for camouflage, weather protection and much more. Look at a variety of animal coverings and see how each one is unique. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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This is a special time to visit Santa, and is reserved for children who need a “sensory-friendly” environment with lower lighting and quieter surroundings. Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton; 9 - 11 a.m.;


Ages 4 - 12 can explore the joys of art in creative and hands-on programs at the library. Covington Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-962-4060 or


Help your child build his language and literacy skills through stories, songs and play. Lents Branch, Boone County Public Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Hebron; 10:30 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or


The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is joined by Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble for an afternoon performance featuring Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor and Arvo Part’s Te Deum. St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2848 Fischer Place; 4 p.m.; please call for single ticket prices; 513-723-1182 or


FREE Montessori Academy Open House

Learn about the offerings for toddlers, pre-primary, Kindergarten, elementary and middle school students. Montessori Academy of Cincinnati, 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513-398-7773 or

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Does Your Child Have Chronic Migraine? 12 to 17 Year Olds Needed for a Research Study for the Prevention of Chronic Migraine in Adolescents

What The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of onabotulinum toxin A (BOTOX®) in preventing migraine in adolescents.

CCHMC IRB # 2012-3446: V1

Who Children and teens 12 to 17 years of age who: • Have a history of migraine • Are currently experiencing 15 or more headaches per month (chronic migraine) Compensation Qualified participants will receive all study-related medication, lab tests and neurological exams at no cost. Compensation for time and travel may be available.

Details For more information, contact Laurie Vanderah at or 513-803-0003.

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


Join the fun! Preschoolers and their parents or grandparents are invited for a story, craft and activity today that’s all about turkeys! Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 17); 859-491-4003 or


Visit beautiful Hillforest Museum, decorated in Victorian splendor for the holidays, including vintage toys. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hillforest, 213 5th Street, Aurora; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($6 adults, $3 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger); 812-926-0087 or


Learn how wild turkeys live in the woods and fields surrounding Highfield Discovery Garden. Meet a live turkey and look at some Thanksgiving customs as well. Programs held Nov. 20 - 23 and Nov. 27 - 30 at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m., and Nov. 28 and Dec. 1 at 1 and 4 p.m. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Nature has many stories to tell — families are invited to join the naturalist for a nature-themed story. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Explore how artist Diane Landry uses shadows in her work, then do the same with shadow puppets, light table art and shadow tracing. Explore the beauty of your own shadow too, as you practice movement with Moksha Yoga. 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); 513-345-8419 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 38 for details.

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SPOTLIGHT: FREE Balluminaria Saturday, Nov. 23


ick off your holidays with a beautiful display of hit air balloons, crafters, food vendors, roaming performers, live music, and costumed characters from the Cincinnati Ballet and Playhouse in the Park. Mirror Lake, Eden Park, Eden Park Drive; 4 - 6 p.m. Call 513-352-4080 or visit


Buckle up the family for a mile of fantastic seasonal lights to be enjoyed from the warmth of your own car. Featuring over 120 moving and standing holiday-themed figures depicting everything from Santa to Godzilla, there’s something for everyone! After your tour, head inside to Santaland for more fun with hot chocolate or baked goodies, live entertainment, a train display and photos with Santa. Open Nov. 22 - 24, and Nov. 29 - Dec. 23; 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, and 6 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; $13 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans; 513-7690393 or


Join friends from Imago Earth Center for a story time that’s all about nature. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


It’s that time of year to start thinking of gift-giving. Learn how to turn your family and school photos into different ornaments and holiday decorations. Then learn how to transfer images to wood! Don’t worry if you don’t have the perfect photo — the CAC will help with their pop-up photo booth. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8419 or


Bonjour! Learn some basic French vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Winter is about to arrive — join the naturalist and see why all the animals are scurrying about. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

“Where Every Family Matters.”


Join a unique opportunity to learn how to make handmade crafts, sample local foods made by area green businesses, learn about healthy holiday options, and plant a friendship plant at the Friend of Krohn membership space. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 11, free ages 4 and younger;


Bring the family for some cool, fresh air as you run or walk 3.1 miles on the lit-up Holiday in Lights pathway. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Cincinnati; 5 p.m.; $26 per person, $21 ages 12 and younger in advance, $31 or $26 day of race; 513-521-7275 or


Head to the Zoo for this favorite Cincinnati holiday tradition! This year includes a Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, a S’mores-N-More station, performances from Madcap Puppets, visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), strolling entertainment, the North Polar Express Train ride, and be sure to keep an eye out for the five hidden fairies in Fairyland! Open 5 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, and 5 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, Nov. 23 - Jan. 4, 2014. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; free with admission ($15 ages 13 - 61, $10 for ages 2 - 12 and 62 and older); 513-281-4700 or


He’s back! Check out a scuba-diving Santa, who talks to you from underwater with help from his elf, and some friendly fish, including a special holiday story. Then play the Reindeer Roundup game, visit Scuba Santa’s post office to write a letter, and more fun! Scuba Santa will be in town from Nov. 23 - Jan. 1, visit the site for a schedule. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way; $23 adults, $15 ages 2 - 12, free ages 1 and younger; 800406-3474 or


Join hundreds of other caring families, civic groups and community organizations from across the Miami Valley in this 5K that features plenty of entertainment and activities, and a visit from Santa, who will remove his boots and lead the walk’s first lap in honor off giving deserving children a new pair of shoes! Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton; 8 - 11 a.m.; $15 - $25 or a new pair of gym shoes and socks;

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Bring your kids to make a nature-related Thanksgiving craft with the naturalist. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Black bears are making a comeback in the Buckeye State. Learn to separate fact from fiction regarding these furry creatures. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Ave.; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Experience the exquisite harmonies of Cheryl Dawdy, Grace Morand and Connie Huber, as they share their voices and witty wisdom. Muntz Theater, UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road; 8 p.m.; $10; 513-7455705 or


Turkeys abound at Woodland Mound. Discover the turkey’s important role in our environment and in our Thanksgiving traditions. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Celebrate 50 years of Where the Wild Things Are with a reading of the classic story and a mask-making activity. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Encounters with animals can be few and far between, but with a trained eye, you can see what’s passing through. Learn about what local animals leave behind. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Susan Levine will sign her book Harriett’s Homecoming: A High-Flying Tour of Cincinnati — listen to the story of peregrine falcon chick Harriett as she searches for her home and visits many sites in Ohio’s queen city. Young readers will especially enjoy this beautifully illustrated tour of notable Cincinnati landmarks. Joining Ms. Levine will be a live falcon with a trainer to share details on this bird. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.


The new Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium, including the Southern Gateway Chorus, Cincinnati Boychoir, Cincinnati Children’s Choir, MUSE, and Young Professionals’ Choral Collective, will donate their performance proceeds to Crayons2Computers, a social service agency that provides necessary supplies to succeed in school. Corbett Theatre, School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 West Central Parkway; 2 p.m.; $30 - $50;


Enjoy a re-telling of Duke Ellington’s adaptation of the Nutcracker Suite, brought to life with new choreography by CCM Musical Theatre. Corbett Auditorim, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; $12 general, $6 students, free for UC students; 513-5564183 or


Celebrate Thanksgiving by making a sweet cornucopia. Open to the first 30 children in attendance. Durr Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.; 859962-4030 or


Use stories, songs and play to help your children ages 2 - 3 build their language and literacy skills. Main Library, Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or


Share stories and songs about gratitude and then decorate (and eat!) delicious graham cookies from Covington-based business, Grateful Grahams. Covington Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington; 10 a.m.; 859-962-4060 or


Young readers and their grown-ups have fun developing pre-reading skills through stories, songs, rhymes and activities. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl. org.


Bring your preschoolers for a fun morning of stories and art! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or

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Work up an appetite in this 10K race, or come out to cheer on the runners and walkers as they race through the streets of downtown and benefit multiple charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Girls on the Run, Barrett Cancer Center, Neediest Kids of All, and more. Paul Brown Stadium; 9 a.m.; $30 - $40;


Leave the leftovers for later and bring the kids to the park for some family fun. Stop by for crafts, games and a scavenger hunt for prizes. Open today and Nov. 30, 12 - 4 p.m. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Ave.; 12 - 4 p.m.; $1 per craft, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3


daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Board the train at Grand Central Station and pick up Santa Claus along the way! Once on board, Santa visits with each child. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, Connersville; 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m.; $7 ages 2 and older; 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr. org.


Bring the gang to watch and cheer as Santa and his family arrive at Union Terminal to flip the switch and turn on the holiday lights and welcome the season to Cincinnati Museum Center. Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 12 p.m.; activities in the Rotunda are free, all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or


Make a craft as a gift or decoration for the holidays. Stop by anytime, crafts will range in price from 50 cents to $2. Open today and Dec. 1 from 2 - 4 p.m. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Catch Santa rappelling down the side of an office tower to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular holiday fireworks display on Fountain Square. After the fireworks, head inside to Macy’s Fountain Place for a story time with Mrs. Claus. Fountain Square, Downtown; 6:30 p.m. Sat through Dec. 14;


Take a train ride to the LM&M Junction to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and get a small gift and share your Christmas wishes. Stop at the Holiday Post Express to color pictures or write letters destined for the North Pole, and enjoy a holiday cookie and a cup of hot chocolate while watching the Elves perform! Trains depart at 10 a.m., 12:15, 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, 15, 21 and 22; at 10 a.m., 12:15 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 7, and an additional 7 p.m. departure time on Dec. 14, 21 and 22. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; $20.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free infants 1 year and younger; 513-933-8022 or


Take a peek inside the world of birds of prey and meet some local raptors in person. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Children can dance their hearts out in the Sears Court beside princesses and ballerinas! The Mall will provide tutus, tiaras and wands to complete the fairy tale look. Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton; 4 - 5 p.m.;

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Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Nov. 27 – Dec. 1; ticket prices vary, see site for details; 513-721-2787 or



The timeless musical tale is brought to the stage by the students of Mother of Mercy, along with a children’s choir featuring grade school students from around the city. With breathtaking costumes and show-stopping musical numbers, audiences are invited to “be our guest” at this production. Sunday’s performance is Future Bobcat Theatre Night, during which all grade school girls will receive a give-away and be invited to a cast meet-and-greet following the performance. College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road; Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.; $12 per person; 513-661-2740 or


Cincinnati Playhouse and U.S. Bank present the 23rd annual production of the Tristate holiday favorite! Adapted by Howard Dallin, this presentation of a classic tale incorporates stage magic and brings to life the story of a sinner given one last chance at redemption. Bring your family to learn about the story’s heartwarming message, or to just relive the thrilling special effects and grand costumes. Best for ages 5 and older. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Nov. 27 – Dec. 29; $35 - $85 adults, $30 children; 513-421-3888 or


Enjoy a fresh take on a classic tale in this musical version of Dickens’ holiday tale. Audiences will “Bring Back Christmas” with the not-so-“Dear, Mr. Scrooge,” while Bob Cratchit counts his heavenly “Christmas Treasure” and Tiny Tim chimes in with “God Bless Us Everyone!” Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Nov. 29 - Dec. 22; $24 adults, $21 students and seniors; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions. com.


Lucy Seward is suffering from some mysterious illness that Dr. Van Helsing suspects is the result of a vampire. A search for the culprit leads audiences to Count Dracula, whose ghost is laid to rest in a rather unusual manner. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through Nov. 10; $21 - $24; 513-241-6550 or


Re-discover the magic of this classic holiday tale as it is brought to life on stage. Max the Dog narrates this story of the Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” and who decides to steal Christmas from the lovable Whos of Whoville.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park opens their Off the Hill season with this award-winning production designed for ages 7 and older. The play follows three kids struggling with life changes when they happen upon a magic lamp, but shifting friendships, ill grandparents, a new stepparent and a sibling with disabilities make for some complicated wish-making. Playing in various venues throughout Greater Cincinnati; through Nov. 3; prices and show times vary, see for complete schedule.


The popular movie is now a live stage production — follow the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and bar dancer by night who dreams of becoming a professional performer. Featuring a score that includes big hits from the movie as well as brand new songs. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; through Nov. 10; ticket prices vary, see site for details;


Based on the Henry James short story, this twoact opera tells the tale of a pacifist born into a renowned military family who must find a way to face his family’s disapproval, keep his would-be bride happy, and discover his own inner strength, even if it leads to a mysterious end. Patricia Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; Nov. 21 - 23 at 8 p.m., Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.; $18 - $22 UC students, $20 - $24 students, $31 - $35 general public; 513-556-4183 or


Relive the tale of the Darling children and their adventures in Neverland with Peter Pan, fairies, pirates, mermaids, and other fantastical characters. School for the Creative and Performing Arts, 108 W. Central Pkwy.; Nov. 7 - 10; $20 adults, $15 seniors, $13 students and children; 513-363-8100 or


The beloved film musical takes to the stage and satirizes the panic of transitioning from silent movies to “talkies.” Great songs and buckets of rain will shower audiences with memories and fun. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., Nov. 2 - 3 at 2 p.m.; $27 - $31 general, $17 - $20 students, $15 - $18 UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.

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• FREE Ashland Avenue Buddy Break RSVP to Buddy Break is a three-hour respite program for families with children with special needs, ages 2 - 16. Children participate with a one-on-one “buddy” in a variety of ageappropriate activities while parents get a much-needed break. 11 a.m. Nov. 9 (held the second Saturday of each month).

BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL 10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 •

• Baby’s Amazing Journey Learn how to manage common infancy issues like eating, sleeping and fussiness troubles, as well as developmental milestones to help your child reach his fullest potential. 6:45 p.m. Nov. 14; $35. • Happiest Baby on the Block Learn about your newborn’s “Calming Reflex” and how to give you and your little one more restful nights. 6:45 p.m. Nov. 18; $50 (includes Parent Kit with DVD). • Hypnobirthing Join this unique childbirth series designed to explode the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 5:45 or 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 27; $200 per birthing team for ten weeks. • More Signing, Less Whining “Talk” to your hearing baby or toddler as early as 6 months of age, and help enhance your child’s communication abilities. 6:45 p.m. Nov. 12; $45 (includes pictorial dictionary and DVD).

BLUE MANATEE CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE 3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 •

• Create Your Own Dream Animal Inspired by Emily Winfield Martin’s book, Dream Animals, ages 7 and older explore art and writing with Miss Kelli in this creative workshop to dream up animals, write about them, and make some watercolor paintings. 4 - 5 p.m. Nov. 2; $8. • Wimpy Kid Release Party Even though Greg is leaving luck to a magic eight ball in the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, blue manatee has everything you need for a fun party, including games, snacks, goodies, and a chance to pick up your pre-purchased copy of the newest book. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5; $18 for the first child (includes copy of the book), $5 per each additional child.

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PLAN AHEAD • Author Signing Join a special story time and signing with author and illustrator John Bemelmans Marciano, featuring his new picture book Madeline and the Old House in Paris, as well as excerpts from his chapter book, The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield. Anyone dressed as a Madeline character will receive a small prize and be entered to win a set of Madeline books! 2 - 3 p.m. Nov. 10; free line number with purchase. • Spanish Play Date Join Miss Ana for a special play date in Spanish. 1 - 1:45 p.m. Nov. 3; $3. • Little Yogis Join Hillie Nesbitt from Omya Studio in Northside for a yoga class for ages 2 - 4, with an emphasis on focus, flexibility and fun. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7 and 21; $9. • Miss Meghan’s Music Sing songs and have fun with Miss Meghan and your little one. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14; $10. • Make a Mess at the Manatee Bring your little one for a good book and an art-making activity you can do together. 10 a.m. Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25; $7.


4426 Brazee St. 513-321-0206 • • Second Saturday Learn some art history and learn about Pop Art and create your own masterpiece in two different media — a collage and a second piece using safe glass components. Best for ages 7 and older. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9; $30.


3400 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 • • The Secret Life of Stars Experience the oldest public planetarium west of the Allegheny Mountains, Wolff Planetarium in the Trailside Nature Center, and discover the stars, constellations, and galaxies. Learn the stories behind the Big and Little Dippers, star formations and more. Best for ages 5 and older. 7 p.m. Nov. 15; $5.

BUTTERCUP VALLEY PRESERVE AND PARKERS WOODS East end of Stanford Drive, Northside 513-542-2909 •

• FREE Grand Tour Hike RSVP by Oct. 30 for this moderately strenuous hike that covers 1.5 miles on a loop trail through two parks. Enjoy views of hills and valleys, including old growth trees and more. Dress for the weather, bring water and a snack. 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 3.


UC Clermont College 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia 513-558-1215 • • Pinkalicious Fashion Parade Girls in grades preK - 5 are invited to join a Pinkalicious fashion show! Dress in your best pink outfit and take a stroll down the pink runway for your family and friends. Then join a pink cupcake celebration before enjoying Pinkalicious, The Musical. Open to the first 200 attendees to register, including children and their parties. 11:45 a.m. Nov. 2; free and open to advance ticket holders.


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• Stage Fright Grades 3 - 8 learn the skills the pros use to help them cope with stage fright in this acting workshop that translates into real life. Kids will learn about historical figures, courage and themselves. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14; $15. • The Science of Theatre Grades 2 - 8 will learn about sound and special effects in this workshop that explores scientific concepts and how they make theatre come alive. 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Nov. 14; $15. • Play in a Day Grades 3 - 8 will write, design and perform an original play in just three hours! This workshop will help foster creativity and the spirit of play while building problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16; $35 per child, per workshop.

CALIFORNIA WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 5400 Kellogg Ave. 513-231-8678 •

• Campfire on the Bluff RSVP by Nov. 12. Learn about the night time forest and lore while enjoying a roaring fire on a beautiful bluff and some hot chocolate. Meet in the grass fields by the creek at 7 p.m.; there is a short but steep hike up to the bluff. 7 p.m. Nov. 15.


5050 Madison Road 513-272-2800, ext. 3209 • • FREE High School Open House Learn about the High School at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati that is specially designed to fit the needs of students with autism and related disorders. Tour the building and meet the staff! 4:30 - 6 p.m. Nov. 14. • Autism Conversation RSVP for this discussion on what to do when you disagree with your child’s IEP. Federal and state policy will be reviewed, as well as local support resources. Following the lecture, parents will get a chance to talk to speakers oneon-one to get info on resources and ask questions. 6 - 8 p.m., Nov. 14.

CHRISHOLM METROPARK/AUGSPUGER HOUSE 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 RSVP by Nov. 19. Ages 3 - 5 and their favorite grown-ups are invited to learn about the natural world through stories, songs and crafts. Today, kids will learn how animals get ready for winter. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Nov. 20; $3 per child.

CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 6905 Given Road 513-979-0220 •

• FREE Discovery Days Meet the Head of School, teachers, administrators and students during these open houses, as well as enjoy a campus tour, class observation, and lunch in the Dining Terrace. 9 a.m. Nov. 6 (Grades 5 - 12) and Nov. 13 (early childhood - Grade 4).


953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • • Culture Kids Ages 2 - 5 and their grown-ups are invited for stories, snacks, a tour of the CAM, and some art-making activities. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Nov. 8; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3/$6 for each additional person). • Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and an adult are invited to an art class led by a local artist that includes a gallery tour. 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 16; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3/$6 for each additional person). • Art + Design Teen Workshop Teens can explore creative fields and industries with working artists and professionals before putting their own skills to the test with a hands-on project. 2 - 4 p.m. Nov. 23; $5 members, $10 nonmembers.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 •

• FREE Working Without Weaning Hear one breastfeeding mom’s tips on making the transition back to work as stress-free as possible for both you and your baby — get advice on pumping and storing breastmilk, how to talk to your employer, and preparing your child’s caregiver. 12:45 p.m. Nov. 9. • Breastfeeding Realities Learn about some of the most common struggles new moms face when it comes to breastfeeding, and how to overcome those challenges. Taught by Wendy McHale, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. 3 - 5 p.m. Nov. 16; $25. • FREE Tummy to Tummy Learn about the benefits of a baby sling or carrier and how to choose the one that works best for you and your baby. 12:45 p.m. Nov. 16. • Signing Safari Goes to the Zoo Join an hour-long program featuring weather, nature and animal signs, all learned at the Zoo through singing, signing, rhyming, stories and three special animal visits. Held at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 9:30 or 11 a.m. Nov. 12, 15, 16, 19 and 22; $17 members, $20 nonmembers.


1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 • All-museums pass ($12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2 • Bright Ideas Sign up for a unique hands-on activity. This month features Duct Tape Bouquets (2:30 p.m. Nov. 9) and Dream Catchers (3:30 p.m. Nov. 24). $5 per child members, $7 plus admission per child nonmembers.

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

• Full Moon Walk Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon and natural history readings. Best for ages 8 and older. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17; free members, free with admission nonmembers. (please turn the page) •

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PLAN AHEAD • Ohio Young Birders Club Ages 12 - 18 who are interested in learning more about birding are invited to join this club. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov. 9; no CNC fee, but a $10 online registration fee is required to join the club. • First Explorers Ages 3 - 4 will learn all about nature’s camouflage today in this ongoing series. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16; $45 members, $65 nonmembers for the series. • Awareness Ages 5 - 6 learn about birds and birding today! 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16; $45 members, $65 nonmembers for the entire series. • Discovery Ages 7 - 9 will explore the world of deer today. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16; $45 members, $65 nonmembers for the entire series. • Naturalist Explorers Ages 10 - 13 will learn about deer today in this ongoing series. 1 - 4 p.m. Nov. 16; $64 members, $96 nonmembers for the entire series.


6743 Chestnut St., Mariemont 513-541-0220 • • FREE Introductory Tour and Observation Morning RSVP for a guided tour of the school and observe Waldorf classes in action, followed by a Q&A. 9 10:30 a.m. Nov. 19.


Held at The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road 859-445-2207 • ConversaTheFrenchSchoolInCincinnati • French Children’s Classes RSVP for Frenchthemed programs created for children to be exposed to a foreign language and learn on a regular basis in a relaxing environment. Held on Saturdays through Dec. 14; $48 for four sessions.


3455 Poole Road 513-521-7275 • A valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Taffy Pull RSVP by Nov. 14. Join an old-fashioned taffy pull — pull and pull the taffy candy until it is just the right consistency to cut and wrap in waxed paper to take home. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 23; $6.


513-482-7557 • • Annual Meijer Canned Food Drive Volunteers ages 10 and older are needed to team up with the Cincinnati Bengals for the annual Meijer Canned Food Drive. Collect canned foods and monetary donations at Paul Brown Stadium, just before the Bengals home game against the Cleveland Browns. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Email trollins@ to register. • Thanksgiving Food Distribution Volunteers ages 10 and older are needed for various shifts to help distribute food for Thanksgiving meals to neighbors in need. Each household receives a box of food, a bag of produce, and either a chicken or turkey (depending on family size). Email trollins@ to register.

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3012 Section Road 513-761-4313 • • FREE Crispy and Crunchy RSVP by Nov. 1. Enjoy an autumn walk through the woods of French Park and delight in the colors of fall and learn about the trees that make them. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the parking lot at the end of the park road near the picnic shelter. 10 a.m. Nov. 2.


Inside Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484 • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • The Hoosier Poet RSVP by Oct. 30. In this firstperson interpreter program, Jeff Keel portrays American poet James Whitcomb Riley, best known for Little Orphant Annie and The Raggedy Man. 7 p.m. Nov. 1; $17 members, $20 non-members. • War of 1812 Symposium RSVP by Nov. 6. Learn about the War of 1812 and its legacy on Ohio and the city of Cincinnati. Breakout sessions will follow a panel discussion presented by nationally published authors Larry L. Nelson, Karim Tiro, and Mary Stockwell. 10 a.m. Nov. 9; $25 members, $30 nonmembers, $10 students.


7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason 513-234-0777 • • Jewish Kids Club Add some hands-on science to your Sundays and create something unique while meeting other Jewish kids in the area. Today, learn some slimy polymer science. 1:30 - 3 p.m. Nov. 17; $10. • Mommy and Me: Chanukah Holiday Explorer Moms are invited to bring their children ages 1 - 3 for a fun, interactive morning with songs, crafts, activities and more. Enjoy multi-sensory experiences and meet other young moms and kids in the community while you explore the Chanukah holiday. 10 a.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 5 - 19; $10 per session.


7900 East Kemper Road 513-489-7575 • • Healthy Family Friendly Meals Class Join Whole Foods for a fun seminar and demo focusing on family-friendly meals. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4; call for price.


7616 Cox Lane, West Chester 513-531-7400 • • FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension RSVP by Nov. 18. Learn about current national research focused on the path of successful readers, and how to better follow your own child’s reading development and learning. This seminar will cover the five critical literacy skills of successful reading and compensation skills that mask reading development. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

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• Babes in the Woods Bring your toddler one Saturday a month for three months to discover the wonders of nature using simple sensory experiences and fun indoor and outdoor play. 10 a.m. Nov. 23; $35 members, $44 nonmembers for the series.


8485 Ridge Road 513-722-7258 • • FREE Jumpin’ Jelly Donut Jam: An Inflatable Festival of Lights Celebration Bounce on over to the J for the hoppin’est, boppin’est Hanukkah happening in town! The Zooperstars, giant tenfeet walking balloon characters, will kick off the festivities with a jaw-dropping performance. Enjoy bounce houses, balloon sculptures, jelly donuts and more (Kosher options and dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice). Devote “one candle” on one of the eight nights of Hanukkah to giving, and bring a new, unwrapped gift or gift card for the annual JCC One Candle Tzedakah Toy Drive. 3 - 5 p.m. Nov. 24. Call 513-703-3343. • Thanksgiving Break Camp Grades K - 6 are invited for fun in the waterpark, gym, art room and more. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Nov. 27; $48 members, $58 nonmembers, before and after care available for additional fees.


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Turkey Talk RSVP by Oct. 30. Bring ages 2 - 4 for an exciting program all about turkeys, followed by a story time and a craft. 11 a.m. Nov. 1; $5. • Wetland Night Watch RSVP by Nov. 13. Explore a unique wetland habitat as the sun sets and the nighttime animals awaken. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16.


Held at the Hilton Garden Inn 513-444-8674 • breakfast-with-santa/ • • Breakfast With Santa Enjoy breakfast with the Jolly Man himself, crafts for the kids, a goody bag filled with fun items, and pictures! At least three digital images will be e-mailed to you after the party. 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9; $175 per family of four, $20 each additional child.


8501 Ridge Road 513-891-9900 • • Chanukah Party RSVP by Nov. 20. Join in for food, fun, music and magic at this annual Chanukah Party! Prospective members are welcome! 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23.


8401 Montgomery Road 513-984-3770 • • FREE Open House RSVP to jegrubbs@ for this open house to meet faculty and staff. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

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1339 East McMillan St. 513-961-3410 • • FREE Showcase Night Parents are invited to learn more about this school’s academic and enrichment programs. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

SHALOM FAMILY • FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and 24. Dates subject to change, please call to confirm.


2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700, ext. 261 • • FREE Parent Preview Day Get a look at Summit’s Montessori PreK and Kindergarten programs, as well as the lower school and middle school for students in grades 1 - 8. 8:45 a.m. Nov. 7. • FREE Open House Learn more about Summit’s offerings for students in grades 9 - 12 during an open house to meet staff and faculty. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 21; scholarship and entrance test for 9th grade candidates will take place at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 23.


316 Pike St. 513-241-0343 • AntiqueChristmas • FREE Antique Christmas Celebration Get into the holiday spirit with this fun kick-off party that includes cookies, treats, and carols from the Cincinnati Christmas Carolers and the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Make an ornament to take home and meet a special guest. 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 8. • FREE Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Enjoy a family performance from Diane Macklin, who will share stories about African American painter Robert S. Duncanson, among other tales, while encouraging audience members to tell their own stories. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2.


234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 • • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to a range of childbirth classes including: Prepared Childbirth (Nov. 2 and Nov. 16 at West Chester Hospital); Baby Care Basics (Nov. 4); Infant CPR (Nov. 7); Breastfeeding (Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 at Walnut Hills Health Center); Natural Childbirth (Nov. 13); Adoptive Parents Baby Care Basics and Infant CPR (Nov. 18 at West Chester Hospital); and maternity tours on Nov. 4 and 21.


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


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 RSVP by Nov. 20. Using stories, songs and crafts, ages 3 - 5 and their grown-ups will learn how animals get ready for winter. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Nov. 21; $3 per child.


• FREE Real Life Moms Join this Bible Study program for moms with children younger than 12. Childcare is provided upon reservation. Class meets Monday evenings through Nov. 25 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Fourth and Fifth Streets, Connersville, IN 765-825-2054 • • Polar Express Enjoy a journey through the quiet countryside for a special visit to the North Pole to see Santa Claus. Nov. 15 - Dec. 15, see site for times; $29. • Metamora Holiday Special RSVP in advance for a special holiday shopping trip. Take a train ride to Metamora and enjoy a 3-hour layover in this historical town. 4 p.m. Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 7 and 14; $27 adults, $16 ages 2 - 12.


5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-398-9358 • mason • FREE Half Pint Kids Club Join a fun class for ages 2 - 9 and explore healthy eating and craft activities. This month’s themes include Turkeys (Nov. 6), Potatoes and Yams (Nov. 13); Fitness (Nov. 20), and Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). 10 a.m. Wednesdays in Nov.

• Migration Watch Weekend RSVP by Nov. 15. Join a fun-filled weekend all about migration — search for migrating birds and take part in a few “fly away” activities for the whole family. Caravan up to the silt basin to see if you can spot any migrants passing through. 10 a.m. Nov. 16 and 17. • Wilderness Skills: Orienteering I RSVP by Nov. 14. Learn how to use a map and a compass to get moving in the right direction. 12 p.m. Nov. 16; $6. Orienteering II takes place at 2 p.m. Nov. 16; Orienteering III takes place at 2 p.m. Nov. 17. • Moonrise Night Navigation RSVP by Nov. 14. With the sun setting and the full moon rising, don’t miss this lesson on compasses and evening orienteering on the glowing course. Best for ages 8 and older. 5 p.m. Nov. 17; $7. • Growing Up a Farm Kid: Turkey Day RSVP by Nov. 18. Meet the turkey and play turkey games to celebrate Turkey Day. For ages 2 - 5 and their favorite adult. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20; $10 per child plus one adult, $5 for each additional adult. • Glow Disc Golf RSVP by Nov. 21. Challenge your friends and family to a game of disc golf on the glowing course. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Nov. 23; $5 per player, $5 per rental disc.


8250 Old Kellogg Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Webelos Badge Day RSVP by Nov. 5. Webelos Cub Scout leaders can complete Naturalist and Forester Badges with your den — join a hike and interactive activities, spending the two hours necessary to complete these badges. 1 p.m. Nov. 10; $5. • Fall Jamboree RSVP by Nov. 12. Bring ages 3 - 5 for crafts and activities all about Fall. 10 a.m. Nov. 15; $5.

10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

• Enchanted Night Hike RSVP by Nov. 14. Owls hooting, bats swooping and frogs calling can make the woods an enchanting place to be at night. Bring the family for a guided one-mile hike to meet fun characters along the trail, followed by refreshments by the fire. Trail surface will be uneven. 7 p.m. Nov. 16; $4.

• Wilderness Skills RSVP by Nov. 7. Accidents can happen anywhere, even on the trail. Learn how to prepare for the unexpected from trained and certified staff - everything form blisters to broken bones. 12 p.m. Nov. 9; $6.

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• Climbing Basics RSVP by Nov. 7. This outdoor class will cover basic knots, equipment use and climbing techniques before a climb up a 23-foot rock wall. Best for ages 8 and older. 3 p.m. Nov. 9; $8. • Outdoor Archery RSVP by Nov. 7 or Nov. 21. Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow on the outdoor range, then try out your skills with target practice. Best for ages 8 and older. 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23.; $15. • What’s That … PFamboozle? RSVP by Nov. 7. There is something leaving evidence everywhere at Parky’s Farm. Help investigate and discover the whereabouts of this mysterious creature … the PFamboozle! 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Nov. 11; $5 per child, $3 per adult. •


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Deadline for the December 2013 issue is November 11, 2013.

Why Flu Vacccines? Now that kids are back in school, we are reminded of many things typical of this time of year – parent-teacher meetings, sporting events and extracurricular activities. This time of year should also serve as an important reminder that flu season is just around the corner. By getting a flu vaccine for yourself and your entire family every year, you can help prevent flu-related illness, missed school, and missed work. Many children need two doses of flu vaccine this season to be fully protected. Children 6 months through 8 years of age who are getting vaccinated for the first time will need two doses. Some children in this age group who have received a flu vaccine in prior seasons will also need two doses. Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. Get vaccinated now so you will be protected all season long! In addition to immunizations, here are just a few conditions our office treats: Acne • Acute illnesses and injuries • Allergy Asthma and related disorders • Attention deficit disorders Bed-wetting • Behavioral problems • Birth defects • Breastfeeding Childhood literacy • Childhood weight management Complex medical problems • Dermatology Digestive disorders in children and teens • Eating disorders Gastroenterology • Immunizations • Incontinence • Infant nutrition Learning disabilities • Newborn development • Nutrition Preventive healthcare/Well child checks • Recurrent ear infections School difficulties • Sexuality counseling • Sleep disorders Teen pregnancy prevention

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Rebecca A. Dandoy, MD

Jacqueline J. Gray, MD

James M. Komer, MD

Kenton A. Pate, MD

Diana E. Small, MD

Sandra Bailey, CPNP

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