Need new ideas? 10 fun events to check out in the region this week

ETHEL, and Robert Mirabal, The River. CONTRIBUTED

Combined ShapeCaption
ETHEL, and Robert Mirabal, The River. CONTRIBUTED

Ten things to experience around the region this week:

“Everything Thomas” rolls into EnterTRAINment Junction

Children and families across the region are getting ready for the annual “Everything Thomas” event at EnterTRAINment Junction. The attraction will be open daily throughout the month of February. The indoor, family-friendly celebration of the tank engine, Thomas, will include Thomas wooden train layouts, a Thomas HO scale electric train display, videos, Thomas & Friends scavenger hunts, and more.

EnterTRAINment Junction is at 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. For more information, visit or call 513-898-8000.

Arts Center to hold Celebrating Self

Fitton Center for Creative Arts will hold Celebrating Self with Victoria Morgan of Cincinnati Ballet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. Victoria is in her 21st season at the Cincinnati Ballet as choreographer. During her tenure at Cincinnati Ballet, Morgan has choreographed numerous one-act and full-length ballets.

For more information, call 513-863-8873.

ETHEL, and Robert Mirabal, The River

Indie-classical quartet, ETHEL, joins forces with three-time Grammy Award-winning Pueblo musician and Native American instrument maker, Robert Mirabal, in The River, an evening of new music inspired by the essential role of water to life on earth. ETHEL and Mirabal will take people on an immersive, cross-cultural concert experience, flowing through music, narrative, and ritual that at once evokes timeless Native American traditions and contemporary musical artistry.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave. Adults $15, seniors $14, youth/students $10. For more information or tickets, call 513-529-3200.

Family Fridays will be held Feb. 8

Fitton Family Fridays will presents Apollo to the Moon, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. The Space Race is on and Scott Gibson just knows that he must be part of it. Follow the journey to the moon in this show, that takes a look at the breathtaking risks and unforgettable heroism of the American Space program. Fitton Family Fridays are presented especially for children and families of all ages.

For more information, call 513-863-8873 or go to

Wine, Women & Song Series planned

Harpeth Rising, a trio of women that fuse elements of chamber music with folk, blues, newgrass, and rock, will perform at the Fairfield Community Arts Center Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. as part of the Wine, Women & Song Series. Harpeth Rising calls their unique style of music Chamberfolk; original music as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe.

Enjoy a cabaret setting for the concert with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for café seating and $18 for stadium seating. Call the FCAC Box Office at 513-867-5348 or purchase online at

Rotary to hold Chocolate Festival

The Hamilton Rotary Chocolate Festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton, One Riverfront Plaza. Cost is $15 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance at or from members of the Chocolate Festival Committee. Additionally, there will be two cash bars available — a Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Bar and a Fine Wine and Craft Beer Bar.

For more information, go to or call 513-967-7799.

MetroParks to hold Murder Mystery Dinner

MetroParks of Butler County will hold a Murder Mystery Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester. Included with the ticket is a three course meal and unlimited soda, tea, and coffee. Adult beverages will be available for purchase. The WhoDunIt? Players will be there putting on a show that guests get to join in and be part of the adventure in solving the mystery. All shows contain adult humor and are not intended for a young audience.

For more information or tickets, go to

Cheese Festival planned for Feb. 9-10

The Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 9-10 at the Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Highway. This festival is family-friendly and crafted for enthusiastic amateurs, connoisseurs, and fanatics alike. Visit the ticket page for VIP, General Admission, and Kids pricing and details.

For more information, go to www.

World premiere of “The Last Wide Open”

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will present “The Last Wide Open,” a love story that encourages audiences to take a personal, humorous look at modern-day courtship, romance and relationships. It begins Feb. 9 in the Shelterhouse Theatre and runs through March 10.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 or visit

New exhibits opened

The Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts opened three exhibitions: “Thoughts Made Visceral,” a group exhibition comprised of text-based works curated by C. M. Turner; “Dominic Guarnaschelli: Incognitum,” a solo exhibition presenting an evocative environment that recalls a museum, yet whose subject remains out of reach; and “Migiwa Orimo: Proximity of Syllables,” a solo exhibition that examines language and communication as illusive entities.

The Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts is at 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-977-4165

About the Author