The Datebook

Cincinnati’s guide to fundraisers, friend-raisers, community events, and more…

June 26, Monday

N.Ky. Chamber Women’s Initiative | Women’s networking event, 4:30-7 p.m. Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington. DETAILS: “Connecting Shore to Shore: What’s Your Networking Style?” features consultant Nanette Polito, who will share tips to help attendees identify their networking style. $25. Attendees are asked to take donations of linens, office and craft supplies, clothing for women and children or make cash donations to Women’s Crisis Center. or (859) 578-6384.

June 28, Wednesday

Boy Scouts | Preparing America’s Patriots, 6-8 p.m., Jaguar-Land Rover dealership, 9115 Blue Ash Road. Patriotism, plus thrill rides on the test track. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, vintage Jaguars, silent auction, talk by former Navy Seal. Benefits scouting in Warren County. $120.

June 30, Friday

Cincinnati Art Museum | Art After Dark: CAM Carnival, 5-9 p.m. at the museum. DETAILS: CAM Carnival celebrates opening of special exhibition, “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America,” with carnival games, live music from Well Seasoned, guided tours, specialty cocktails and food for purchase from U-Lucky Dawg food truck and Terrace Cafe. No RSVP needed. Free admission.

Oakley Community Council | Oakley After Hours, 6-10 p.m. Oakley Square. DETAILS: Free concert by Flipcup All-Stars. MadTree beer for sale. Free family entertainment (face painting, games, etc.).

July 14, Friday

UC Neuroscience Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders | Putting for Parkinson’s golf outing, Highland Country Club, Ft. Thomas. DETAILS: Morning and afternoon golf flights; breakfast, lunch and dinner or dinner-only; silent auction.

July 15, Saturday

City Gospel Mission | Roar on the River motorcycle charity run, 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. start from City Gospel Mission, 1805 Dalton Ave. Route is about 130 miles, following Ky. 8 along Ohio River, crossing over to Rte. 52 on Ohio side. Benefits City Gospel Mission men’s homeless shelter. Rain date July 22. $45 per biker, $20 per passenger. Includes T-shirt, bandana, breakfast, lunch and five raffle tickets. Antonio Holliday, (513) 641-7616,

Pierce Township Parks | Parkfest, 4-10 p.m. Pierce Township Park, 961 Locust Corner Road. DETAILS: Vintage baseball game between Moscow Monarchs and Hall of Fame Club 4 p.m., custom car and bike show, music by Steel Drum Dave and The Gamut band. Food vendors, craft beer, kids activities, nature hikes, dog games, Big 6 games benefiting Neediest Kids Fund, raffles.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and the Cincy Blues Society | Blues, Brews & BBQ festival, 3-9 p.m. at the park, Hamilton-Cleves Road, near Hamilton. Regional blues bands, barbecue vendors, craft beer. $15.

July 16, Sunday

Pets in Need | Ice Cream Social, noon-3 p.m. Pets in Need, 520 Wyoming Ave., Lockland. DETAILS: Games, food, ice cream, visit from Lockland Fire Department truck, adoptable pets from SPCA. Well-behaved dogs on nonretractable leash welcome.

July 19, Wednesday

Learning Through Art | Macy’s Kis, Cultures and Crafts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cincinnati Zoo. DETAILS: $1 admission to zoo includes a day of world music, art and entertainment.

July 26, Wednesday

Center for Independent Living Options | Dinner, 4:30 p.m. The Deck@Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: Dinner by the bite, cash bar, music. Preceded by the Disability Pride March at 4 p.m. The march leaves from the bandstand at Washington Park, to 12th, Race, 14th, Elm and back to the park for the celebration. RSVP:

July 28, Friday

Cincinnati Art Museum | Art After Dark: Lei’d-Back Luau, 5-9 p.m. at the museum. DETAILS: Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts are perfect attire for this lei’d-back luau. Live music from the Cliftones, specialty cocktails, food for purchase from Eli’s BBQ and Terrace Cafe, and exclusive access to the museum. Free admission. No RSVP required.

July 29, Saturday

Armstrong Chapel Vertical Impact Group | Stomp Out Hunger 5K race, 7:30-10 a.m., Indian Hill. Benefits Inter Parish Ministry food pantry. Registration: 7:30 a.m., run/walk 8:30 p.m. $30 or $15 without T-shirt.  

Aug. 5, Saturday

Outdoor Adventure Clubs | Ohio River Paddlefest, Schmidt Recreation Complex. DETAILS: 9-mile float trip, 4.2-mile stand-up paddleboard race, Halfway Celebration at Covington Landing (music, refreshments, exhibits and Licking River tours). or

Aug. 6-7, Sunday-Monday

University of Cincinnati neuroscience / Gardner Center for Parkinson’s | Jerry Wuest dinner and golf outing. DETAILS: Dinner: 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. Receptions, 3302 Westbourne Drive. Dinner, live/silent auctions, basket raffle. Golf 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, Legendary Run. Check-in 10:30 a.m., shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. $160. 451-1750

Aug. 10, Thursday

Melanoma Know More | Music for Melanoma, 6-10 p.m. Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Live entertainment by blues, jazz and rock ’n’ roll artists. Food, drinks, silent auction, raffle and a wine wall featuring 200-plus bottles. $125. (513) 364-6653 or

Aug. 12,  Saturday

Tri-State Bleeding Disorders Foundation | The Color Run, 9 a.m. Cincinnati riverfront. DETAILS: 5K run through Color Zones, Foam Zone. After-party with music, dancing, color throws, unicorns. $34.99 for individuals, $29.99 as part of team.

Aug. 14, Monday

Easterseals | Military Appreciation Day, 5-10 p.m. Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason. DETAILS: VIP experience at the Western & Southern Open. Proceeds to veteran services. Speaker: Col. Danny R. McKnight, Army retiree and author of “Black Hawk Down.” $250, includes admission to 7 p.m. tennis match, plus food and drink in VIP hospitality tent. or (513) 386-6819;

Aug. 18, Friday

Family Nurturing Center | Blue Ribbon Bash, Jack Casino Cincinnati. DETAILS: Silent auction, music by Swampthang. $100. or (859) 538-1630

Aug. 23, Wednesday

Pro Seniors | Seniors Who Rock, 4:30 p.m. Cooper Creek, 4040 Cooper Road. DETAILS: Honors Kathleen M. Brinkman, Dr. Alvin Crawford, Marilyn Harris and Ronald Pfleghaar. Light bites and open bar. $46. (513) 458-5525 or

Aug. 26, Saturday

Brighton Center | Wine Over Water, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Purple People Bridge, Newport. DETAILS: Local and international wine tastings along with Braxton Brewing’s craft beer, food, live music. $35/$40 at the door. Extra $20 for 30-minute VIP wine tasting with sommelier Shannon Depenbrock.

Aug. 27, Sunday 

Talbert House | Bang Bang in Paradise, 6-8:30 p.m., Bonefish Grill Hyde Park. DETAILS: Throw on your Bermuda shorts or sundress and join Talbert House outside Bonefish Grill for food, drinks, and live music.

Aug. 29, Tuesday

Northern Kentucky Chamber Foundation | Leadership Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m. St. Elizabeth Technology Education Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger. DETAILS: $30 before Aug. 1, $40 after. Keynote speaker Jon Sanchez, former Navy SEAL. Proceeds support Regional Youth Leadership.

Sept. 3, Sunday

Children’s Home | Rockin’ Riverfest party, 5-11 p.m., Anderson Pavilion, Smale Riverfront Park. DETAILS: Silent and live auctions, dinner, cocktails, VIP setting for watching the Riverfest fireworks. Ticket details TBA: thechldren’

Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation | Grand Slam for Gateway, 5 p.m. Great American Ball Park. DETAILS: Tours of the ballpark, open bar, dinner, private seating for the Riverfest fireworks. $200 tickets, $20 parking.

Sept. 6, Wednesday

Pregnancy Center West | “Miracle Worker” benefit performance, 7:30 p.m. Covedale Theater. DETAILS: Half of all proceeds to PCW. or 513-244-5700.

Sept. 9, Saturday

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati | Walk to End Alzheimer’s, VOA Park, West Chester. DETAILS: This is walk for Butler, Warren and Clinton counties. Registration 8:30 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. or (800) 272-3900.

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries | Ripple Effect performance, 6:30 p.m. Cincinnati Woman’s Club, Clifton. DETAILS: Through story and song, Broadway singer-actress Susan Emerson tells how one person can make a difference through small meaningful acts. Proceeds benefit senior services and charitable home health care programs. $75. Aimee Shinkle at (513) 751-2500 x 204

Sept. 13, Wednesday

The Standard | Volunteer expo, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fountain Square. DETAILS: Booths by 40 nonprofits, with opportunities for volunteers in the arts, culture, humanities, environment, animal welfare, health and human services. Free.

Sept. 15, Friday

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden | Zoofari, at the zoo. DETAILS: Party for 2,300 guests under a 60,000-square-foot tent. High-energy entertainment, food and drinks, and 30 exotic animal encounters. Ticket details TBA.

Pregnancy Center West | Golf outing, Pebble Creek. DETAILS: Registration at 11 a.m., lunch, shotgun start at 12:30 pm. Chicken and rib dinner follows golf. $130 per golfer. (513) 244-5700 or

Sept.16, Saturday

Integrative Care Division, Cincinnati Children’s | Unleash Your Sparkle Gala, 6:30 p.m. Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, dinner, dancing to Fun Size Band. Keynote speaker: Dr. Stephen Brewer, medical director, Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona. Black-tie optional. $175., Nancy Stiefvater (859) 640-7262 or

Sept. 17, Sunday

Behringer-Crawford Museum | freshART, 4-8 p.m. Drees Pavilion, Devou Park. Painters start Saturday morning, Sept. 16, in Devou Park. Completed works sell Sunday at the gala. A new silent auction of local artists’ works is Aug. 5-Sept. 16 at the museum. (859) 491-4003

Sept. 18, Monday

Boys & Girls Clubs | Golf outing, The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills, Batavia. Details TBA.

Sep. 19, Tuesday

Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Partnership Celebration. 5 p.m. Holiday Inn & Suites Eastgate. DETAILS: Honoring the partnerships of businesses, organizations and individuals with school districts, administrators and teachers. $40.

NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative| Regional Women’s Summit, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. Theme: “Igniting Bold Leadership in Established and Emerged Leaders.” Keynote speaker: Executive coaching consultant Libby Gill. $159. Gina Bath, (859) 578-6384, or

Sept. 22, Friday

Episcopal Retirement Services | Good Samaritan Awards, Cooper Creek Event Center, Blue Ash DETAILS: TBA

Sept. 23, Saturday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | CF Cycle for Life, 8 a.m. Lunken Airport Playfield. Routes of 15, 32 and 65 miles. Check-in at 7:15 a.m. Fundraising minimum $150.

Sep. 25, Monday

Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Gather on the Green golf outing, 10 a.m. Oasis Golf Club. DETAILS: Supports the Work Readiness Initiative through the chamber. $225 individual or $875 per foursome.

Talbert House | Annual Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: Celebrates the achievements of the past year and honors individuals.

Sept. 28, Thursday

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services | Fashion, Food, Friends & Fun fall fundraiser, North Avondale. DETAILS: Hosted by Ryan Messer and Jimmy Musuraca-Messer at their home, a mansion built in 1897.  Lunch by the bite, wine by the glass, and shopping at fashion and accessory boutiques. WLWT News 5 anchor Sheree Paolello is emcee.

Sept. 30, Saturday

League for Animal Welfare | Pet Jam, 2-10 p.m. Grailville, Loveland. DETAILS: Live music, food trucks, vendor village, craft beer. Adoptable cats and dogs. Proceeds help house animals until adopted and also fund wellness and spay/neuter programs. $10 adults, $5 kids ages 5-17.

Oct. 7, Saturday

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati | Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Sawyer Point, 720 E. Pete Rose Way, downtown Cincinnati. DETAILS: This is Cincinnati/ Tri-State walk. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m. or (800) 272-3900.

Ronald McDonald House | Red Tie Gala, 6 p.m. Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Dinner and dancing, live and silent auctions. $175. or Carrie Schroder, (513) 636-5551 or

St. Joseph Orphanage | A Night under the Stars Gala. DETAILS: Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. Event moves from traditional spring date to fall.

Oct. 11-12, Wednesday-Thursday

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Town Hall Lecture Series. DETAILS: Speaker: Ann Compton, first female TV news correspondent assigned to the White House. Choice of times: Wednesday: 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School; Thursday: 11 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God. $45 or $140 for series of four talks. Proceeds fund scholarships.

Oct. 13, Friday

A Kid Again | All Out annual fundraiser, The Cincinnati Club. DETAILS: Entertainment by Johnny Clueless. $70.

Oct. 21, Saturday

Spirit of Construction | Gala, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. DETAILS: Black tie-optional event for 1,000 features awards, music by The Remains band. $2,000 for table of 10.

Oct. 27, Friday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | Run Like Hell costumed run, 7 p.m. Xavier University campus (off of Dana and Woodburn). Check-in starts at 5 p.m.

Nov. 3, Friday

Talbert House | Step Up to the Plate, 6:30-9:30 p.m., The Phoenix. DETAILS: Sample cuisine from local restaurants while supporting Talbert House’s Camp Possible, a therapeutic-based summer program for children who struggle with behavioral health issues.

Nov. 4, Saturday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | The 65 Roses Gala, Hilton Netherland Plaza. Details TBA.

Nov. 8-9, Wednesday-Thursday

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Town Hall Lecture Series. DETAILS: Speaker: Robert Wittman, who investigated art fraud, forgeries and fakes for the FBI.  Choice of times: Wednesday: 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School; Thursday: 11 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God. $45 or buy series of four talks. Proceeds fund scholarships.

Nov. 11, Saturday

People Working Cooperatively | Prepare Affair. Volunteers will help prepare over 900 homes of the low-income elderly and disabled for winter. Details TBA.

Nov. 13, Sunday

Music for Food | Benefit concert for Freestore Foodbank, 2 p.m. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. DETAILS: CCM students and faculty perform. No admission charge. Attendees are asked to take  nonperishable food items or cash to help feed the hungry during holidays.

Jan. 22, 2018, Monday

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber | Great Living Cincinnatians dinner | 5-8:30 p.m. Duke Energy Center. Details TBA.

March 7-8, 2018, Wednesday-Thursday

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Town Hall Lecture Series. DETAILS: Speaker: Peter Greenberg, a travel reporter for shows on CBS, PBS, NBC, The Travel Channel and The History Channel. Choice of times: Wednesday: 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School; Thursday: 11 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God. $45. Proceeds fund scholarships.

April 11-12, 2018, Wednesday-Thursday

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Town Hall Lecture Series. DETAILS: Speaker: Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian who is former editor-in-chief of Newsweek. Choice of times: Wednesday: 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School; Thursday: 11 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God. $45. Proceeds fund scholarships.

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