Friday, October 8, 2004

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A guide to what's going on

Snuggle up

Warm body, warm heart: The folks at Project Linus Cincinnati want to teach you how to knit - in return, you can use your new skill to create a blanket for a child who is dealing with serious illness, trauma or homelessness. The group will sponsor a workshop 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road

The workshop is free, and both beginning knitting and crocheting and six advanced techniques will be taught. Blankets made and collected will join the 7,000 others made during the past three years to help local children. To sign up, call chapter coordinator Kathleen Miller at (513) 604-2161 or e-mail KWMQUILT@aol.com. For details on the national project, www.projectlinus.org.

Feeding frenzy

Nothing fishy about this: Thank Will Smith and the gang of voices from the new animated film Shark Tale for putting the toothy swimmers in the spotlight. This week, you have a chance to get up close at the Newport Aquarium, which has more than a dozen different species of sharks, along with thousands of other creatures.

At the aquarium, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Saturday , you can celebrate sharks with free giveaways, activities and prizes. (859) 491-3467 or www.newportaquarium.com.

Speaker

Media daze: Many children spend more time with TV and video games than with their parents or in school. James Steyer, author of The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media's Effects on Children, addresses the subject 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Xavier University's Schiff Family Conference Center. He'll offer guidance on dealing with media, including movies, CDs and video games. Admission, which includes food: $100 patrons; $50 general; $30 educators. (513) 936-8009.

Drive

Get behind the wheel: Two charities will benefit from your love of driving this weekend. Test drive a 2005 Volvo at Beechmont Volvo or Volvo of Cincinnati Saturday-Monday and the dealerships will donate $10 for each test drive to the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. While there, buy lemonade from a stand named for Alexandra Scott, a young cancer patient from Philadelphia who gained national attention for her efforts to raise money for pediatric cancer by holding annual lemonade sales. Scott died Aug. 1 at age 8, three-fourths of her way toward her goal of $1 million, but her mission lives on through companies who set up lemonade stands.

Beechmont Volvo is at 8639 Beechmont Ave., Cherry Grove; (513) 388-3770 or www.beechmontvolvo.com. Volvo of Cincinnati is at 5890 Mulhauser Road, West Chester Township; (513) 603-3400 or www.volvoofcincinnati.com.



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