Need something different to do? 10 fun events to check out in the region

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Amy Grant to perform today

Six-time Grammy-winning pop legend Amy Grant returns to the Cincinnati Pops stage for a selection of her favorite love songs, songs of faith, and her biggest hits. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. today at Music Hall, Springer Auditorium, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati. Sit back and indulge in this offering to love, kinship and peace–just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Pet adoption event to be held today

My Furry Valentine will be held from noon to 6 p.m. today, at the Sharonville Convention Center for its eighth year. The mega-adoption event will feature hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, parrots, and other small critters from dozens of shelters and rescue organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Driven by a mission to end shelter euthanasia, My Furry Valentine brings nearly 1,000 adoptable animals under one roof to help them find forever homes. In addition to the main event, dozens of satellite locations around the city will host events featuring hundreds of animals also available for adoption. Over the past seven years, the event has found homes for more than 5,000 animals.

For more information, go to Tickets are available online or at the door, while supplies last.

Mihara shares Memories from Heart Mountain

Miami University Regionals’ Middletown campus will presents a special lecture by Sam Mihara on Memories from Heart Mountain at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dave Finkelman Auditorium, Miami University MIddletown, 4200 N. University Blvd.

During World War II, Mihara was imprisoned with his family at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. He was just 9 years old and was one of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry forced into prison camps. Today, he is a national speaker on mass imprisonment and a lecturer on the topic at UCLA, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard. This event and free and open to the public. An RSVP is encouraged. RSVP online at

Love is on the farm

MetroParks of Butler County is holding a Show and Tell on the Farm from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Chrisholm MetroPark, Historic Farmstead Augspurger House, 2070 Woodsdale Road.

Who is in love on the farm? Help the parks celebrate love at this Show and Tell through hands-on activities and a snack. Attendees will make Valentine Day cards and learn about animal hearts along with a live animal demonstration, too. Free program for all ages. For more information, call 513-867-5835 Ext. 301.

Cincinnati Ballet presents “The Sleeping Beauty”

The Cincinnati Ball will present “The Sleeping Beauty,” Feb. 14-17 at Music Hall, Springer Auditorium, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati. Beautiful sets and costumes, dazzling dance, and a glorious score by Tchaikovsky will awaken people’s senses and transport them to a magical place where a beautiful sleeping princess is awakened by a kiss and good triumphs over evil. Children and adults alike will delight in this beloved full-length fairytale classic.

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Jeff Dye to perform at Funny Bone

Jeff Dye will perform Thursday through Sunday at Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant, 7518 Bales St., Space A-120, Liberty Twp. Jeff Dye is a nationally touring comedian, actor, host, prankster and Bigfoot enthusiast.

For more information, call 513-779-5233 or go to

Footlighters to present “The Savannah Sipping Society”

Fairfield Footlighters will present “The Savannah Sipping Society,” at 8 p.m. Feb. 15-16, 2 p.m. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23, and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive.

This laugh-a-minute comedy is about the hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, of four middle-aged, Southern women, who discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment — realizing it’s never too late to make new old friends. Rated PG for mild language and adult situations. For more information, call 513-867-5348.

OxACT to perform “The 39 Steps”

OxACT will present “The 39 Steps,” Friday though Feb. 17, and Feb. 22-24 at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and people have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. This comedy is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of four), an onstage plane crash, missing fingers, handcuffs and some good old-fashioned romance.

For more information, call 513-523-6228 or go to

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2019

The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Christian music’s largest annual tour and one of the top first quarter tours in the world reveals a history-making tour first. Winter Jam will be presented on a 360º “in the round” center stage, showcasing a diverse lineup helmed by supergroup Newsboys United. Winter Jam’s 2019 blockbuster lineup continues with Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, LEDGER, NewSong, and Hollyn. The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati.

For more information, call 513-421-4111.

Art center to hold Fitton Showstoppers

Fitton Center for Creative Arts will hold An Evening of Romance featuring the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 101 S. Monument Ave. Led by Maestro Paul Stanbery, the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra will fill people’s heart with music this Valentine’s weekend, with a sumptuous Pops-style performance. This program will combines a seamless mix of stunning classics, wonderful jazz standards and some contemporary favorites.

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