5 things to do this weekend

CUTLINE FOR 112115 WC MERCHANTS: Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association already donates a percentage of profits from its annual Union Centre Food Truck Rally to an area non-profit. It recently gave $11,000 to Reach Out Lakota, a food and clothing pantry serving West Chester and Liberty townships. STAFF FILE PHOTO / 2014
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CUTLINE FOR 112115 WC MERCHANTS: Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association already donates a percentage of profits from its annual Union Centre Food Truck Rally to an area non-profit. It recently gave $11,000 to Reach Out Lakota, a food and clothing pantry serving West Chester and Liberty townships. STAFF FILE PHOTO / 2014

Credit: STAFF FILE PHOTO / 2014

Credit: STAFF FILE PHOTO / 2014

Here are some of the best things to do this weekend close to home or a short drive away.

Coney Island officials say that the park's Sunlite Pool, with more than three million gallons of water, is the world's largest flat surfaced recirculating pool. The park is east of Cincinnati.
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Coney Island officials say that the park's Sunlite Pool, with more than three million gallons of water, is the world's largest flat surfaced recirculating pool. The park is east of Cincinnati.

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1. CINCINNATI PARENT MAGAZINE KIDSFEST

Kids are invited to this special Coney Island event that includes pony rides, face painting, superheroes and princesses, a trampoline, activities, and discounted tickets ($7.50) for Coney rides and the Sunlite Pool. Check it out in the Moonlite Pavilion at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. on Aug. 13 from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call (513) 232-8230 or visit www.coneyislandpark.com.

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Stricker’s Grove, a private amusement park in Ross Twp., opens to the public a few times each year, including on Aug. 13 from 1-9 p.m. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Stricker’s Grove, a private amusement park in Ross Twp., opens to the public a few times each year, including on Aug. 13 from 1-9 p.m. STAFF FILE PHOTO

2. FAMILY DAY AT STRICKER’S GROVE

This private amusement park is only open to the public a few times per year. Your ticket will include all rides and soft drinks for the entire day. Check it out at Stricker's Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, on Aug. 13 from 1-9 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 513-521-9747 or visit www.strickersgrove.com.

3. WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN

Roger Federer, Karolina Pliskova, Andy Murray and Venus Williams are among the top professional tennis players participating in this year's Western & Southern Open. The annual tournament returns to Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, on Saturday, Aug. 12. The tournament continues through Sunday, Aug. 20. Action begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Cost: $10-$100 single tickets. Ticket packages are available. Call 513-651-0303 or visit www.wsopen.com.

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Organized by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchants Association, the fourth annual Union Centre Food Truck Rally takes place at the Square at Union Centre Friday in West Chester. STAFF/FILE
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Organized by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchants Association, the fourth annual Union Centre Food Truck Rally takes place at the Square at Union Centre Friday in West Chester. STAFF/FILE

4. UNION CENTRE FOOD TRUCK RALLY

Over 35 food trucks will converge on Union Center Square, offering international dishes from BBQ to Tex-Mex to Korean tacos. Live music will be available as well. Check it out at the Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Point Drive, West Chester, on Aug. 11 from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, call 513-383-2665 or visit www.ucbma.com.

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5. GREAT INLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

With the scenic Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline in the background, this annual festival features seafood dishes from various Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky restaurants. One of its main traditions is selling whole Maine lobsters for only $10.95. Check it out along the riverbank in Newport, Ky., on Aug. 10-13. There is no admission cost. For more information, search for the Great Inland Seafood Festival on Facebook.

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