Thursday, February 12, 2004

Get to it!

A guide to help make your day

Going Out

Mix 'n' mingle: Club Red, the young professionals organization for the Cincinnati Red Cross, makes it easy to meet a bunch of new people - and get involved in a good cause - at its particularly lively "Flirting For Disaster" happy hours. Pick up some info on volunteering while making new friends. 6 p.m. today, Havana Martini Club, 580 Sixth St., downtown. $10 includes munchies and prizes. 579-3000;

Opening night: Drawer Boy arrives with its strange mix of humor and pathos in a play about the shared memories of the friendship between two bachelor farmers who suddenly find their lives disrupted by an outsider.

8 p.m. today, Thompson Shelterhouse, Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Eden Park. $38.50-$46.50. 421-3888.

Book signing: Tonya Bolden rolls into Dayton to sign and discuss Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists, a sort of companion piece to the African-American Masters exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The book has many examples, but the real beauty is all the info about the artists that Bolden includes. 12:30 and 4 p.m., Books & Co., 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. (937) 298-7893.

The Goods

So fine, so mine: If Valentine's Day has crept in under your radar, put your feelings into words with these conversation heart bobby pins from Glitter Candy, $12 from the Nest in Oakley. If you need to make a bigger statement, look for the 1-inch conversation heart pins, $22. 3184 Madison Road. Information: 871-8852.

Valentine Tip

Kids' stuff: The Cincinnati Symphony's kiddie division - namely Parties of Half Note - celebrates Valentine's Day with a party for the whole family - kids through grannies. It's a brunch of pastas, seafoods and salads at J's Fresh Seafood, complete with a string quartet and more food than anyone could even think of eating - J's owner Jimmy Gherardi likes to over-feed people. 11 a.m. Saturday, J's, 2444 Madison Road, Hyde Park, $20. 248-0622 for reservations or pay at the door, but remember seating's limited to 150.

Planning Ahead

24 hours out: The 13th annual Mark L. Pastor Black Book Fair, an event that promotes literacy through exposure to African-American authors, celebrates "We Are What Legends Are Made Of." Meet authors and attend workshops on topics such as business ventures, computer literacy and holistic health. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Harmony Community School, 1580 Summit Road, Roselawn, free. 272-2183.

48 hours out: It's a chance to see things the public almost never sees when Heritage Program of the Cincinnati Museum Center offers another Behind the Scenes tour of Union Terminal. The 21/2-hour tour hikes down to the original train tracks, into the Omnimax, the library stacks of the Historical Society, checks out the 17-foot neon clock and more. 9:20 a.m. Saturday, Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, $20 for members, $25 nonmembers. 287-7031.

Also 48 hours out: Don't forget this weekend's Fine Arts Sampler, more than 150 artsy events in 56 locations presented by most every arts group in town. It's all that much better because it's free. Pick up a schedule at any Kroger store. 871-2273;

Jim Knippenberg

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