NOVEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 51. FREE LOCAL ART SHOW
Enjoy art by local artists on display alongside the works of nationally known artists Charley, Eddie and Brett Harper. Meet the artists at the Friday night reception on Nov. 11, with appetizers, a silent auction, wine tasting, live music and demonstrations. Most art will be for sale then enjoy a quieter browse through the gallery on Nov. 12. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road; 7 - 10 p.m. Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 12; 513522-1410 or theartsconnect.us/artlocal.
Visit the kid-sized Banfield Pet Hospital to explore the reception area, exam tables, grooming station, kennels and real vet tools, then practice checking vital signs of stuffed animal pets, plus meet some local therapy dogs. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
FREE GET HEALTHY HEALTH FAIR AND FUN FEST
A WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND AT KROHN
The 2016 Holiday Show at the Krohn Conservatory has a new twist on holiday traditions: Unwrap your imaginations and explore poinsettias of a different color, including royal blue, lively orange, and deep purple. Plus, check out the interactive train display, as well as a new “Photo Loco” feature for families — visitors can step behind an oversized botanical train engine to pose for pictures (and kids will love to ring the bell!). Be sure to get a look at the brand new Enchanted Forest and Whimsical Creatures exhibit, the Schmalz Family Display, and enjoy special events throughout the season. The holiday show remains on display through Jan. 8, 2017. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, visit the website for special holiday hours. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.
CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION
Enjoy the magic of Christmas at the World’s Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a journey to the North Pole to meet Mrs. Claus and Santa, check out the Main Street Holiday Trains, and more. Christmas at the Junction is open through Jan. 3, 2017. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; please see website for prices and holiday schedule; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.
FREE EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL BAND HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE
More than 70 vendors sell a variety of unique items including fashionable jewelry, scented bath and beauty products, whimsical children’s books and toys, cozy hats and scarves, fall and winter decorations for home and garden, colorful arts and crafts and more. Santa visits from 12 - 3 p.m., bringing two special elves who are sign language interpreters, giving St. Nick a chance to visit with friends who may be hearing impaired. Eastern High School, 12400 Old Shelbyville Road, Middletown; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 502-425-3946.
Cincinnati Sports Club and The Christ Hospital present this annual health fair for all ages that features wellness demos including yoga and Zumba, Q&A’s with health experts, cooking demos, health screenings, flu shots, fitness competitions, and loads of kid activities including games, face painting and visits with local sports mascots. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m. 4 p.m.; cincinnatisportsclub.com.
HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS
BCM’s beloved trains roll again with 250 feet of tracks and more than 30 guest-activated displays, plus Polar Express readings, Santa visits, a Charles Dickens display, special holiday exhibits and more. Holiday Toy Trains is on display through Jan. 8, 2017 during museum hours. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17). Call 859-491-4003 or visit bcmuseum.org.
Join a series of homemade holiday events during the Krohn’s Holiday Show to learn to make crafts, foods, and to support local artists. This month, families can Make it Local (Nov. 12), Make it Edible (Nov. 19), and Make it Natural (Nov. 26). Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 1 - 3 p.m.; Nov. 12, 19 and 26; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.
FREE INTERNATIONAL BABYWEARERS PLAY GATHERING
Meet other babywearing families and learn the benefits of carrying your baby in a sling or carrier. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:15 - 2 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.
FREE KIDS & FAMILY EXPO
Join Cincinnati Family and NKY Family for our annual Kids & Family Expo! Meet with area private schools, pediatricians, dance and music programs and more. Plus, register to win prizes and enjoy live and strolling entertainment. Special thanks to our sponsors, Hilltop Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mason Dance Center,
and SmileOdontics. Mason Community Center, 6050 Mason Montgomery Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-2520077 or cincinnatifamilymagazine.com.
MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO
Please see “Spotlight” on page 38 for details.
PEANUT BUTTER & JAM CONCERT
The Linton Musicians amaze the audience with music from the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn and piano. Heritage Presbyterian Church, 6546 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org/pbjtickets/.
WALK WITH FAMILY 5K
Join Interfaith Hospital Network of Greater Cincinnati for this second annual walk — bring the gang for a relaxing stroll through the park’s fall foliage, all to benefit families experiencing homelessness in the community. Participants will enjoy refreshments upon arrival, and swag bags once the walk is complete. Special event T-shirts are an additional $10. Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; $25 adults, free for children; 513-471-1100, ext. 118, or ihncincinnati.org/events.html.
sun 13 2ND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME
In Penguin Problems, a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like. Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities ... or is it? Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.
See the Butterfly Lady and the Bear Boy, the Strong Man and the Misfit Clown in Luigi Bullooney’s Circus Menagerie. Come to the puppet circus where all manner of strange and delightful characters come to life. Hosted with pizzazz by Luigi Bullooney, the alter ego of a certain well-known puppeteer, Jesse Mooney-Bullock Puppets. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 0 - 12; 513497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.
PILGRIMS AND TURKEY TALK
FOR THE BIRDS: VICTORIAN FEATHERED FRIENDS
FREE PENGUIN PROBLEMS STORYTIME
Meet a “pilgrim” from the 1600s who will share the story of the First Thanksgiving Feast through hands-on activities, stories, songs and a snack. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.
THANKSGIVING ON THE OHIO FRONTIER
Step back 200 years in the past to the first Thanksgiving on the Ohio frontier. The Society of Northwest Longhunters reenactors portray Shawnee Native Americans, early European settlers and military personnel. Exchanges between Native Americans and settlers will occur on the half hour. Samples of period fare will be available. Historic Log Cabin, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend; 2 - 5 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.
The 19th-century parlor often included a feathered friend, and a well-to-do lady might show her wealth by owning an exotic bird. In this afternoon talk, Margo Jang follows the feathered trail of birds in 19th-century life, from pets to taxidermy to idioms of the English language. She will be assisted by pets from her own aviary — don’t miss the chance to meet them! Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; $3 members, $5 members, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.
MAD SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
Ever wanted to be a scientist? Be one for the day and enjoy some self-guided experiments. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.
VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION
BCM honors veterans today with free admission and parking. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; general admission is $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17; 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.
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