Saturday, November 22, 2003

Get to it!

A guide to help make your day

Going out

Mega sale: Good stuff and it's made with a ton of loving care, too. That would be the furniture, pottery, fixtures and handmade gift items coming out of the Workshops of David T. Smith. The collaborative celebrates the season with its annual holiday festival, tent sale and 20-60 percent discounts on a raft of goodies. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 3600 Shawhan Road, Morrow, free. 932-2472.

Light up: The venerable Festival of Lights opens its 21st season with 2.5 million lights, hot chocolate, ice skating, costumed characters, Santa and, of course, plenty of animals. There's also an added attraction this weekend: Appearances by Martin and Chris Kratt, known for their TV programs Kratts Creatures, Zoboomafoo and their current show, Be The Creature on the National Geographic Channel (8 p.m. Sundays). They will visit the Wings of Wonder Theater at 5:30 and 7 p.m. today and Sunday. The festival opens nightly at 5 p.m., Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. $11.50, $9 seniors, $6 children (2-12), parking $6.50. 281-4700.

Hispanic fest: The Hispanic community celebrates its heritage when the Hispanic Resource Center Inc. throws a Fall Fiesta Benefit. Quite the deal, this: Donation includes dinner, music, dancing, open bar and valet parking. 7 p.m. Saturday, the Madison, 700 Madison Ave., Covington, $50. (859) 261-1117.

Edgy music: patientZero brings its one-of-a-kind sound - a bluesy progressive rock mixed with an indie approach - to town for a night full of music. The band is joined by Eightfeet, Spiff, The Plains, Represent Green and Bastion and others. 8:30 p.m. today, Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, $5-$7. (859) 655-4807.

Holiday Hello

Nature's way: The Hamilton County Park District fires up the holiday spirit with Christmas Naturally. Step into the festive Ellenwood Nature Barn, built in 1835 and decorated for the holidays, at this annual program of crafts for the children, holiday music, food samples from different cultures and lots of shopping in the Nature's Niche Store for wreaths, ornaments and other handmade crafts from natural sources. Noon-4 p.m. today and Sunday, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Colerain Township, 521-7275.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: The National Council of Negro Women-Cincinnati Section is throwing an afternoon tea and wants you to wear your best hat. Billed as a tribute to the tradition of African-American women and their church hats, they're calling it Crowns of Glory - A "Hat"ppening Tea Party and including munchies along with the tea. 4 p.m. Sunday, Brown Chapel AME Church, 2804 Alms Place, Walnut Hills, free. 287-7000.

Also 24 hours out: You get to pedal and then relax on the riverbank in this one: Reser Bicycle Outfitters has six cyclocross races at James Taylor Park on Newport's Riverfront. This is a United States Cycling Federation-sanctioned event so NORBA (for mountain bikers) or USCF licenses are required. Registration 10 a.m. Sunday, races begin at 11 a.m., entry fees $15-$25. (859) 261-6187 or .

48 hours out: Rusted Root, known for its mega-seller "Send Me On My Way," rocks the room at Bogart's. The innovative and polyrhythmic Pittsburgh sextet has been a force on the music scene since way the heck back in the early '90s. 8 p.m. Monday, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $20. 281-8400.

Jim Knippenberg


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