Sunday, December 14, 2003

Get to it!

A guide to help make your day

Going out

Signings: Meet the discreetly naked gardeners (with their clothes this time) when Joseph-Beth Booksellers hauls out four of the models for the Civic Garden Center's Bare Roots Gardening Calendar. Models coming to meet fans and sign calendars include Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall, WLW's Bill Cunningham and Bill "Seg-Man" Dennison. Noon-1 p.m. today, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.

Art shopping: Thirty-six artists from the Queen City Art Club are showing and selling their work just in time for Christmas shoppers. All styles, all subjects are included. 1 p.m. today, through Dec. 28, Sharon Woods Heritage Village and Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. $7, $6 seniors, $5 ages 5-12, free 4 and under. 563-4513.

Last call: It's closing day for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's annual Happy Holidays concert - a mega production full of holiday goodies, including the orchestra, Madcap Puppet Theatre, School for the Creative and Performing Arts Children's Choir and tons more. Get there early, up to 90 minutes, and have your picture taken with Santa. 2 p.m. today, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, $13-$36.25, $12 for ages 12 and under. 381-3300.

Blues fest: The aristocracy of Cincinnati teams up for a night full of hard-driving blues. Featured acts include Sweet Alice Hoskins and Unfinished Business, Scandalous Rhythm and Blues Band, Star Pierre and Sonny's All Blues Band. Sonny's Lounge, 5-8 p.m. today, 1227 California Ave., Bond Hill. $5. 242-4579.

Holiday Treats

On the water: BB Riverboats does the Christmas thing with its annual Family Holiday Lunch Cruises. What you get with your boarding pass is a lunch buffet, visits with Santa Claus and entertainment by local high school choirs. Noon Saturdays, 1 Madison Ave., Covington. With lunch: $25.95, $24.95 seniors, $13.95 children 4-12; without lunch: $15, $9 children 4-12. (859) 261-8500.

Musical salute: The Chancel Choir and a batch of soloists take on the gigantic and complex "Christmas Oratorio" by Camille St.-Saen. 3 p.m. today, Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5950 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, free.


Trainmania: Cincinnati Museum Center continues its 10th annual Holiday Junction, a seasonal celebration of Cincinnati's strong link to the days of train travel with models running all over the place and a mini-train carrying kids around. 10 a.m.-5 p.m Monday-Friday, 'til 6 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sundays through Jan. 4, Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, $6.75, $5.75 seniors, $4.75 ages 3-12. 287-7000.

Planning ahead

24 hours out:, the Web-based networking group designed to get young professionals out and meeting people, has a Happy Hour Monday Mix & Mingle fund-raiser - three hours of cocktails, new friends and cash for the FreeStore/FoodBank. 6 p.m. Monday, Club Clau, 12th and Sycamore streets, Over-the-Rhine, $20 at the door. 218-1573.

Also 24 hours out: The Clifton Business Association kicks off Clifton Jollydays, a seasonal celebration full of special events. Monday features window displays up and down Ludlow Avenue showing off new and vintage scooters. And plenty of fun places to pop into for a bite to eat or cocktail to swill. All day Monday through Jan. 5, Ludlow Avenue business district.


Jim Knippenberg

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