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Things to do this weekend, March 12-13, 2016

There’s a lot going on in and around Hamilton as winter moves out and spring slowly approaches. Here’s a list of events happening this weekend:

VENICE ANTIQUE MALL: Head up 128 to Ross and stop at the Venice Pavilion Antiques building for 15-percent off everything in the mall, plus refreshments.

ROTARY PRESENTS SHREK THE MUSICAL: It’s the annual musical put on by the Hamilton Rotary and it features many talented local performers. This year’s show is in the auditorium at Hamilton High School on Eaton Avenue. Tonight’s show is at 8 p.m. and there’s another one at 2 p.m. Sunday.

TRONGONE BAND: The Trongone Band will perform tonight as part of the WintersEdge concert series hosted by the City. The show will be at the Fitton Center, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. It begins at 7 p.m.

CREATIVA CONVERGENCE: Poetry, music and more at Miami Hamilton Downtown on High Street. It’s an open mic night for local talent. Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m.

BLUE AND WHITE NIGHT: This is the annual fundraiser for the Hamilton High School Boosters. It takes place at the FOP Lodge at Joyce Park. It begins at 8 p.m. and costs $35 at the door.

EASTER EGG ORIENTEERING: Children use a map to find locations and get an Easter Egg at each checkpoint. They receive a toy or prize at the finish. Takes place at Rentschler Forest from noon to 2 p.m. (Reminder: Set your clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday!)

ROTARY PRESENTS SHREK THE MUSICAL: This is the final chance to see the annual musical put on by the Hamilton Rotary. It begins at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Hamilton High School on Eaton Avenue.


HEY! Hamilton! Here are things to do on Halloween weekend

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The ghouls and goblins will be walking the streets of Hamilton on Saturday, seeking treats. Please drive slowly and watch for the children of our town as they enjoy the chilly night. Trick-or-Treat takes place from 6 to 8 p.m.

Temperatures will reach into the high 50s on Saturday, so bundle up! There is a slight chance for rain, according to local meteorologists.

Here are other activities happening in our area this weekend:

Creepy Pub Crawl: The Courtyard Marriott, Ryan’s Tavern, The Drink Tavern and J. Austin’s Riverbank Cafe. 6-11 p.m., wear a costume. Wristbands available at all of these downtown Hamilton pubs for $10. Includes unlimited rides on the “Party Buzz.” Proceeds benefit the upcoming German Village Christmas Walk. Click here for event details.

Trick-Or-Treat at Tri-County Mall: Halloween Carnival for ages 3 and older slated for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Trick-or-treat in the mall from 5-8 p.m. for those 12 and younger. More details here.

Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival: Event for children and families, open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Children 2 and younger are admitted free, all others are $10. Located at 5110 Lesourdesville West Chester Road in Liberty Twp.

Hamilton Farmers Market: The weekly event is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. around the old courthouse in downtown Hamilton. Free.

Trail of Treats: Families may visit Forest Run MetroPark on New London Road in Hamilton from 1-4 p.m. for a treat treasure hunt through the park. Registration is required. Call (513) 867-5835.

Jack O’Lantern Junction: EnterTRAINment Junction’s Halloween activity is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 7379 Squire Court in West Chester Twp.

Liberty Center: The newest shopping and lifestyle center celebrated a grand opening last week, and many stores and some restaurants are open for business. Note: Not all businesses listed at the center are open yet. Parking is free. Click here to see Liberty Center’s facebook page.

Wendel Farms: Located in Reily Twp. Open from noon to 10 p.m. Admission varies per age group. Corn maze, petting zoo, and more. Click here for more info.

Doo-Wah Riders: Country and cajun band performing at the Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. Ticket prices range from $12-$15. The performance begins at 8 p.m. More details here.

Ghost Tour: Ryan’s Tavern on High Street in Hamilton is giving ghost tours for $30 a person. 6-10 p.m. Nov. 1. Call (513) 737-2200.

Lugnutz: Halloween Extravaganza with bands Big City Rebellion and Magic Lightnin’ Boys. Costume party. 9 p.m. Saturday. 22 Donald Drive, Fairfield. Click here for more details.

Terry B’s: Featuring the band Caffeine. 9 p.m. Saturday. 1351 Main St. Hamilton. Click here for more details.

Rick’s Tavern: Pre-Halloween costume party. The band Naked Karate Girls will perform, and there will be door prizes. 10:30 p.m. Friday. 5955 Boymel Drive, Fairfield. Click here for more details.

Next Level Night Club: Costume party, music and more, located at the Buzzard Bay Entertainment Complex, 7121 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. Click here for more details.

Gina’s: The Italian restaurant and tavern will host a costume party and contest with a DJ and karaoke on Saturday night. 1005 Eaton Ave., Hamilton. Click here for more details.

The Drink Tavern/Ryan’s Tavern/J Austin’s/Courtyard by Marriott: Creepy Pub Crawl happening at all of these bars. See information higher up on this page, or go here. All located in downtown Hamilton.

Classical guitarist Sharon Isban to pick at Parrish (video preview)

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin will perform at Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Sharon Isbin is a multiple Grammy Award winner whose extraordinary lyricism, ability and versatility, has shaped her as the pre-eminent classical guitarist of our time. She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s Best Classical Guitarist award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition.

She has appeared as a soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in New York’s Carnegie, Avery Fisher Halls, and many others venues.

Other performances at Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium include:

Holly Williams and Heather Maloney (replacing previously announced artist Joe Pugh) on Nov. 14

Sam Baker and Gretchen Peters on Feb. 27,

The SteelDrivers on April 16.

Artist Series performances scheduled for the 2015-2016 Artist Series at Miami Middletown’s Dave Finkelman Auditorium include:

  • Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anais Mitchell on March 18
  • Southern Troubadours in the Round featuring Paul Thorn, Ruthie Foster, and Joe Ely on April 9.

Tickets are available online at or by calling (513) 529-3200. A service charge applies to online orders. Ticketsmay be purchased in person from the cashier’s office in Johnston Hall at Miami Middletown.

Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd. Miami Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.         

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Trick or Treat to Occur 6 to 8 p.m. October 31

The City of Hamilton will have Trick or Treat this year from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, October 31.

This event will happen rain or shine, so please plan accordingly. Residents wishing to participate in Trick or Treat should turn on their patio lights.

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

  • Plan your Trick or Treat route in advance. Choose direct routes and avoid crossing the street unnecessarily. Make sure to stay on the sidewalks (when possible) and obey all traffic control signs. When crossing the street, use crosswalks and look both ways before crossing.
  • Trick or Treat in a group and stay together. For large groups and groups with small children take along an adult – Adults can dress up too!
  • Think through your costumes – Make sure that costumes fit well and wont trip you up along the way. Check the weather before you leave home and dress appropriately for the temperature. Consider adjusting your costume with reflective tape, stickers, glow sticks, flashlights, and other light up devices to make sure you are visible to drivers.
  • Ensure that all candy is sealed and in the original wrapper.
    Take your time! Rushing and running around can often lead to unsafe decisions so remain cautious when Trick or Treating.
  • Last but not least, have fun!

Look for ghosts in Dayton Lane, October 17

Join the Dayton Lane Historic District for the Twelfth Annual Ghost Walk, Saturday, October 17, to explore the area in search of spirits (dead ones, that is).

Here is your chance to feel the presence of those who walked this earth before us, and hear the ghost tales from several of the “live” residents of these homes.

Take a lantern-led evening stroll through one of Hamilton, Ohio’s oldest neighborhoods and discover our ghosts, ghouls and legends.

At the end of this hour-long guided walk, there will be a reception at one of the homes.

Tours begin at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 9:00 PM. Click here to  purchase.

Tours leave the Wolf Gazebo in the 900 block of Campbell Avenue.   Walk goes on rain or moonshine.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.  We don’t want you to confuse the goose bumps on your arms with being too cold!

Admission: Tickets are available on a first come-first serve basis below via PayPal. Advance tickets are $15.00 if purchased before 5pm on Friday, October 16th. Tickets will also be available the night of the walk for $20.00.  Those without advance tickets will be accommodated as space allows. Cash or check (made payable to Dayton Lane Historic Area) only the night of the walk. Please bring your ID if tickets are purchased via PayPal as your name will be on a will-call list.

* A Spiritual Consultant may also be available the night of the Tour to do readings for an extra fee.

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Make your own music at Ritmo workshop, October 17

With live musical instruments and hands-on learning, children ages 4 to 10 are invited to develop important mind-body skills as they drum, dance and play.

Parents are welcome to attend. Each session includes activities targeting six fundamental areas: Timing, Coordination, Listening, Creativity, Teamwork, and Fun.

As part of the workshop, participants will create a rhythm instrument to take home.

“We will be making shaker eggs, playing musical games and learning a few Spanish vocabulary words,” said instructor Liz Wu.

About Instructor Liz Wu

Liz Wu is a professional musician (CCM graduate), fitness instructor and published children’s book author who has combined her love of music, movement and language into a fun, engaging program designed to maximize learning on many fronts. She spends her days teaching fitness for adults and seniors, her mornings and afternoons teaching music to all ages, and her evenings playing in the band Acarya. If she has a spare hour, you might run into her at a farmer’s market, hiking in the woods, or enjoying the arts!

Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts  Dance Studio
Meets 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Tuition: $35.00
Level: Ages: 4-10

Begin Registration Here


Colligan History Project Partners with Mad Anthony Theatre Company

The Michael J. Colligan History Project will be partnering with the Mad Anthony Theatre Company at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts to sponsor a series of three plays, each touching on different aspects of American history. In advance of these performances, the Colligan series Staging the Past comprises three original public events exploring the historical context for each play.

  • Oct. 7, Everybody Wants to Be Sondheim, 7:30 p.m. Praised by the New York Daily News as “one of the most ingenious practitioners in his profession,” since 1979 Middletown native Larry Moore has worked in New York on musical theatre restoration, editing, orchestration, choral arranging and recording. The presentation considers Stephen Sondheim’s role in Larry Moore’s life, and reviews 40 years of American musical theatre. It will be presented ahead of Sondheim on Sondheim, “a funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist in his own words and music,” to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts October 15-18.
  • Feb. 9, Henry Ford: Fit to a “T”, 7:30 p.m. In 1932, union vs. management confrontations are on the rise, unemployment rampant, and communism and fascism appear viable. Henry Ford, who put the world on wheels, thinks he has a solution. During this interactive play Ford will talk to car dealers about his past, about the new Ford V-8, and about the future of soybeans. This dramatic presentation will be performed by Hank Fincken, A National Theatre Company of One, Indianapolis, Indiana. It occurs ahead of Camping with Henry and Tom, a “witty, elegant, and enormously entertaining” exploration of the friendship, politics and leadership of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Warren G. Harding, to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts February 18-21, 2016.
  • May 5, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, & the Lost (?) Generation, 7:30 p.m. Donald A. Daiker, Miami University Professor Emeritus of English, will examine Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s love-hate relationship that began the moment they met in 1925 at the Dingo Bar in Paris. Fitzgerald proved to be the more generous friend but Hemingway the more successful writer, in part thanks to Fitzgerald’s help. Both rejected the lost generation tag, but both helped to create, perpetuate, glamorize, and even live it. This presentation precedesScott and Hem, a drama about the cost of love, friendship and the price of being a writer, a rambling 1937 conversation between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway in Hollywood, to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts May 12-15, 2016.
  • The Michael J. Colligan History Project is a partnership of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and Miami University Hamilton. Its goals are bringing the past to life, creating historical thinking, and building community identity. For more information call (513) 785-3277 or visit

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S Monument Ave in Hamilton. Colligan Project programs are free and open to the public. The Fitton Center Box Office can be reached at (513) 863-8873.


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Hamilton’s Pregnancy Center organizes Walk~4~Life

From the Pathway To Hope Pregnancy Care Center:

On Saturday, October 3, Pathway to Hope Pregnancy Care Center will be coordinating our first Walk~4~Life.

The event will start with registration at 9:30am and the Walk will start at 10am. We will be walking from the RiversEdge Park and Amphitheatre in Hamilton along the Great Miami River to the dam and back.

A total of four miles will be walked to raise awareness for Pathway and to raise funds for Life.

The band ONE will be performing thru the morning in the Amphitheatre to add to the festivities.

There will be door prizes, games, face painting for the children and fun for all. Check our event out on Facebook.

Join us…we look forward to Walking 4 Life and meet the needs of our Community together.

Since 1997, a Pregnancy Center has been serving the greater Hamilton Area, providing care for pregnant Mothers, Fathers and their Families. Pathway to Hope is located at 415 Henry Street and can be reached at 513-895-BABY.

We are open Monday thru Thursday and our Options Line is always available at 1-800-712-HELP FREE.

The volunteers at Pathway are wonderful caregivers, often linking arms with the mother, father and families for weeks and months, providing support that is needed when an unplanned pregnancy is experienced.

By providing care, in a safe environment and establishing relationships that often last a lifetime, we make sure that women and men have the resources they need to be prepared for their role as parents and care givers.

Pathway provides free pregnancy tests, information and literature on pregnancy and prenatal development, life – affirming options and the risks of abortion, information on abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases, referrals for medical care, social services & adoption, clothing for children up to 4T and maternity wear, formula and supplies to care for baby.

We offer several award programs that provide opportunity for our Moms-to-be to earn brand new equipment that will help them care for their baby.

In addition to the award programs available, we have a clothes closet of gently used items that is passed along to help our Moms and Dads when they have a need.

Every 30 days our community of new Moms and Dads can visit us to receive resources and support.

Appointments are needed to receive supplies and Walk-ins are welcome for Emergencies. In addition we walk alongside our community who has chosen abortion in the past.

We offer post abortion care to help individuals work through the hurt that generally follows the choice of an abortion. One-on-one meetings with an advocate take place at Pathway to help with recovery.

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Urban Gardening Series at the Hamilton Lane Library  

Get a head start on your garden this winter at the Hamilton Lane Library during the Urban Garden Series on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

September 19:  Kitchen Aquaponics: Learn how fish and a fish tank can be used to grow winter herbs in your kitchen. Have herbs for your winter meals and enjoy the beauty and fragrance of fresh herbs all winter long.

October 17: Canning Garden Produce: Join Terri Chatfield from the OSU Butler County Extension and learn how to turn your garden vegetables and herbs into delicious canned goods. Maximize use of garden produce with additional food preservation techniques.

November 14: Grow Bag Gardening: Learn how to grow produce in the dead of winter using this self-watering, highly productive, indoor growing technique. Enjoy spinach, kale, lettuce and other greens all winter long with minimal use of electricity, water and space.

Registration is required. To register, call 513-894-7158. The Hamilton Lane Library is located at 300 N. Third St.


For more information about these and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call 894-6557 or visit the Lane website at