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Thru Dec. 19, Wednesday-Wednesday

Indigo Hippo | Fundraiser Celebration 2018, 1334 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: In-store silent auction and online campaign. Contributions welcome. or

Thru Dec. 31, Friday-Monday

Great Parks of Hamilton County | Holiday in Lights, Sharon Woods. DETAILS: Drive-through display offers a over mile of a million twinkling lights and colorful themed displays. $15 per vehicle/$45 for buses and passenger vans. Hours: Sundays – Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays, 5:30-10 p.m.

Nov. 16-18, Friday-Sunday

Great Parks of Hamilton County | Santaland, Sharon Woods. DETAILS: Visit Santa, Mr. Scrooge, and Everette the Talking Christmas Tree, listen to Dickens Carolers, festive train display, holiday treats. Free admission. Hours: Sundays – Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays, 5:30-10 p.m.

Nov. 16, Friday

ArtWorks | Secret ArtWorks from The Banks, 7-10 p.m. 145 Second St. East. DETAILS: Art, drinks, dining and music. After party location to be revealed. Tickets: $50-$1,500. Many include food and drink tickets and vouchers to select a Secret work of art. Entertainment by Penny Tration, AfroChine, DJ Pillo, Aryn Fox. Photobooth by Floyd Johnson of OATW.

Cincinnati Opera | A Night of Passion and Fashion, 6 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Gala will honor Dr. John Tew and Susan Tew. $275 and up. 

Rosemary’s Babies Co. | Navigating the Terrible Two’s, 6-9 p.m. Maxwelton House at Edgecliff Pointe Condominiums. DETAILS: Lite bites, wine and music. Honoring Leadership & Legacy by celebrating the work of teen parents past and present. 2018 Legendary Rose Who Blossomed through Concrete is Dr. Karen Bankston and 2018 Legendary Good Man is Darnell “Dee” Bristol of The Deele.

Talbert House | Make Camp Possible, 7-10 p.m. The Phoenix. DETAILS: Food, drinks, music. Tickets include dinner and two drinks.

Nov. 17, Saturday

Covington Ladies Home | Gala, The Gardens of Park Hills. DETAILS: Ellen Award to Molly Wellmann. Reservations required. $135.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | Annual 65 Roses Gala, Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet dinner with wine pairings from Tramonte & Sons and live auction. Live music from The Mistics. Laura Morgan, 513-533-9300, or

Girls on the Run of Greater Cincinnati | Annual 5K, 8 a.m. Sawyer Point. DETAILS: Pre-race activities 8 a.m. 5K 10 a.m. Packet pickup Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at new GOTR office (4760 Red Bank Rd. Ste 218). Packet pickup is also available at the 5K beginning.

Great Parks of Hamilton County | Annual Holiday in Lights 5K Run/Walk, 5 p.m. Sharon Woods. DETAILS: Those who pre-register receive long-sleeved shirt, commemorative ornament. Costume contest: 4:30 p.m. Food and drinks available following 5K. Prizes awarded to top five men and top five women.

The People of Color Wellness Alliance (POCWA) | A Night Of Elegance: Honoring the Honorable, 6-10 p.m. Kingsgate Marriott, 151 Goodman Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45219. DETAILS: Open to public. Tickets $75/person. Dinner, dancing, and entertainment. 2018 honorees: Debbie Burstion (Posthumously); Elizabeth Cone; Ramone Davenport; Nate Foster (Posthumously); Danielle Jones; Rosemary’s Babies; Annie Ruth and Amber Simpson. 513-636-5094 ( or 513-636-5099 (

People Working Cooperatively | Annual Prepare Affair. DETAILS: Volunteer event to help low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners prepare their homes for winter by performing winter preparation activities.

Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati | Petcasso, the new Summit Hotel, Madisonville. DETAILS: Cocktail buffet, open bar, live music, travel raffle, bourbon pull, live and silent auctions, including Painted Pets art auction.

Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary | Annual Fundraiser & Doll Auction 10:30 a.m. Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church, 5125 Drake Rd. DETAILS: Silent & live auctions, boutique, brass ensemble. Admission and parking are free. Cash, checks or credit cards accepted at auction. Facebook or

St. Rita School for the Deaf | Annual Dream Makers Scholarship Benefit, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Evendale Recreation Center. DETAILS: Cocktails, dinner, music, silent auction. Business casual attire.

Nov. 18, Sunday

Children of the World | Refuge + Strength Tour, 9:30-11 a.m. Landmark Church (Cincinnati), and 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of New Richmond (New Richmond, Ohio). DETAILS: International children’s choir founded by humanitarian organization World Help. Stories of refugee children/families and raising awareness of the challenges they face.

Nov. 20, Tuesday

Freestore Foodbank | Annual Friendsgiving For Families, 6-9 p.m. The Backstage Event Center, 625 Walnut St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Silent auction, food and cocktails. Tickets $40.

Nov. 22, Thursday

Western & Southern | Thanksgiving Day 10K Walk & Run, 9 a.m. Paul Brown Stadium. DETAILS:

Nov. 23-Dec. 23, Friday-Sunday

Great Parks of Hamilton County | Santaland, Sharon Woods. DETAILS: Visit Santa, Mr. Scrooge, and Everette the Talking Christmas Tree, listen to Dickens Carolers, festive train display, holiday treats. Free admission. Hours: Sundays – Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays, 5:30-10 p.m.

Nov. 23, Friday

Great Parks of Hamilton County | Thanksgiving Golf Classic, 10 a.m. Miami Whitewater Forest/Golf Course. DETAILS: Four-player modified scramble. Entry fee includes golf, carts, coffee, juice, tee gift, contests, skins game and individual shootout. Registration and range balls available 8:30-10 a.m. Advance registration required. ($240/team, register by 11/16).

Nov. 24, Saturday

The Carnegie | Holiday Artisan Market, noon-5 p.m. DETAILS: $5/individual; $15 for families of four. Handcrafted gifts and unique finds made by local artists, children’s crafts, and holiday movies.

Nov. 25, Sunday

Children’s Law Center | Annual Holiday Performance Fundraiser, 1 p.m. Ensemble Theatre. DETAILS: Alice In Wonderland. Tickets $20 each for children (13 years and under) and $30 for others. If you would like to donate tickets, e-mail or call 859-431-3313.

Freestore Foodbank | Bengals Canned Food Drive, Paul Brown Stadium. DETAILS: Volunteers collect non-perishable food and monetary donations at PBS prior to the Bengals home game.

Nov. 27, Tuesday

Impact 100 | #GivingTuesday, 6-8:30 p.m. Performance Lexus RiverCenter, 633 W. 3rd St. Covington, KY. DETAILS: Tickets $15 plus KY sales tax; includes 2 drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres. Register by Nov. 20. 513-554-3065 or

Nov. 30, Friday

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra | Magic of Musik Gala, 6:30 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Cocktails, dinner and music performances. Festive black tie. Guest ticket: $150. Host/Hostess ticket: $250. RSVP by Nov. 15. 513-723-1182 x101 or

Ronald McDonald House | Artful Wonderland Holiday Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m. Art Design Consultants, 310 Culvert St., 5th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Ornaments and artwork for sale, drinks, bites. 513-723-1222

Taft Museum | Panorama of Cincinnati Art – 33rd Anniversary, 5-8 p.m.Cincinnati Art Galleries, 225 E. Sixth St. DETAILS: Special opening featuring paintings by artists of Cincinnati’s Golden Age. Paintings or sale by Cincinnati artists from the turn of the century as well as contemporary Cincinnati artists Reservations required, $100/person. (Checks payable Taft Museum.) 513-381-2128

Dec. 1, Saturday

ArtsConnect | WinterFest, 9150 Winton Rd. DETAILS: Parade, winter village, entertainment, Charley Harper gift shop, petting zoo.

Cincinnati Zoo | Fiona 1K Walk, 9 a.m. DETAILS: Limited to 1,000 Fiona fans. Open to people of all ages, abilities, and sizes. $29 registration fee includes t-shirt designed by Cincy Shirts, a two pack smile cookie from Busken Bakery, and FREE admission to Zoo and parking before 9 a.m. Gates open 8 a.m. Complimentary mini muffins, fruit, hot chocolate and coffee for all walkers before 9 a.m.

Butler Philharmonic | Party of Note, 4-6 p.m. 7 Lisa Dr. Hamilton, OH 45013. Details: Buffet, music, wine, beer, soft drinks. RSVP 513-895-5151.

Caracole | “Act Up” fundraiser, 6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Masonic Center. DETAILS: 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Honorees: Rick Kay, Jim Kelly and Dawn Schwartzman. Cocktails, music, silent auction, dinner and dancing. $125 or $75 for young professionals. 513-761-1480 or

Dec. 2, Sunday

concert:nova | Annual Holiday Party & Auction, 5-9 p.m. 1311 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Tickets $50 includes food, drinks and music.

Irish Heritage Center | An Irish Christmas Gala: The Green Tie Affair, 5-10 p.m. DETAILS: Storyteller Tomáseen Foley from the West of Ireland, pipers, singers, dancers. Cocktail hour, dinner, shopping, silent and live auctions. Keynote speaker is Consul General of Ireland, Brian O’Brien. 513-533-0100

Ohio Alleycat Resource | Annual Holiday Open House, 1-4 p.m. Ohio Alleycat Resource, 5619 Orlando Pl. Cincinnati, OH 45227. DETAILS: Refreshments, adoptable cats and kittens, and gifts. Free and family friendly.

Santa Maria Community Services | Annual Birthday Brunch, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Clifton, OH. DETAILS: Brunch with drinks, live and silent auction filled with items including Cincinnati Reds’ Diamond seats, lunch with Hamilton Co. Commissioner, Todd Portune, and opportunity to become “Cincinnati Police Chief” for a day. Reservations: or 513-557-7273

Dec. 4, Tuesday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | Annual Update & Volunteer Awards, 6-8 p.m. Sabin Hall – Liberty Center, 7539 Haskell St. Liberty Township, OH. DETAILS: Celebrate, eat and have fun. Receive an update on the Foundation, the state of science and research regarding CF care, and celebrate volunteers with awards.

Educational Theatre Foundation | Annual JumpStart Theatre Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. The Center, 115 E. Fifth St. DETAILS: Registration: 7:30 a.m. Update on Cincinnati pilot program’s success and a preview of the program’s nationwide expansion. Free to attend. 513-977-5529 or

Dec. 7, Friday

Indiana Wesleyan University | First Fridays, 8-9 a.m., Education Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, Cincinnati campus. DETAILS: Speaker: Michael House, senior financial auditor of Fifth Third Bank. Kenneth Webb, vice president of Republic Bank, will speak on Jan. 4. (search “First Fridays”)

Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio | Peer support specialist training,  8-10:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth Ballroom, Erlanger. Keynote speaker: Patrick Hendry, vice president of peer advocacy, supports and services at MHA’s national office. $35.

Dec. 8, Saturday

The Links | Emerald and Diamond Holiday Luncheon, 11 a.m., Jack Casino, downtown. DETAILS:  Luncheon chair Winona McNeil. Interactive holiday stations with themed baskets and auction items. Benefits National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Youth Docent Program, the Links Girls Leadership Conference and the Links Leadership Academy for Girls. $75.

Dec. 13, Thursday

Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless | Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony, 5:30-10 p.m. Newport Syndicate, 18 E. 5th St., Newport, KY. DETAILS: Awards ceremony, music, dancing, and silent auction. $75. or 513-421-7803

Dec. 15, Saturday

Cincinnati Ballet | Nutcracker Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: Family friendly holiday luncheon with special performances and your favorite Nutcracker characters. $60/adult, $30/child under age one. or 513-621-5282

Jan. 11, Friday

HCDC | Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cooper Creek Event Center, Blue Ash. DETAILS: Individual $50; Table of 8: $450; Event Sponsor: $500. 513-458-2214 or

Jan. 25, Friday

School for Creative & Performing Arts | The Future of the Arts Gala, 6:15 p.m. Music Hall. DETAILS: Includes performances by Cincinnati Ballet, Opera, Symphony and Pops, May Festival and SCPA students. Honorary chair: Otto M. Budig Jr. Cocktail reception, program, dinner. Black-tie optional. Complimentary valet parking. Tickets $150; Table of 10 $1,500. 513-363-8155 or

Jan. 26-27, Saturday-Sunday

Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center | Grand opening events at new home in  Cincinnati Union Terminal. DETAILS: Gala on Saturday includes preview of museum, cocktails, dinner. Public ceremonies Sunday coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the date Auschwitz was liberated. Public event features ribbon cutting, museum previews, survivor testimonies, Holocaust film series and showcase of student art and writing. Additional details TBA.

Feb. 9-10, Saturday-Sunday

PhoDOGrapher | My Furry Valentine Mega Adoption Event, Sharonville Convention Center. DETAILS: Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 10, noon-6 p.m. Adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals. Swag bags, raffle prizes, vendor booths and free kids activities.

Feb. 9, Saturday

Good Samaritans | Annual Gala, Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: Black-tie event with cocktails, dinner and dancing to the music of the Number One Party Band. Chair is Joyce Lehmann, with Melody Weil as co-chair. Physician Champion is Dr. James Maher. Proceeds benefit new TriHealth Cancer Institute Personalized Medicine Program at Good Samaritan Hospital, the Good Samaritan Free Health Center and Medical Education Research Fund.–Gala.aspx

Feb. 10, Sunday

American Lung Association | Fight For Air Climb, Carew Tower. DETAILS: Registration fee and minimum fundraising requirement of $100/person. or

Feb. 15, Friday

Community Shares | Annual For the Love of the Community, 6-9 p.m. The Phoenix, 812 Race St. DETAILS: Music by Rabbit Hash String Band.

The Dragonfly Foundation | Annual FFTC Fashion Show, 6:30 p.m. Sycamore High School Auditorium. DETAILS: Fashion show with student-made designs and local retailers, silent auction, basket raffle. Tickets can be purchased the week of Feb. 11 at Sycamore High School. Tickets $15 in advance or $20 at door. Preferred blue tickets are sold online for $25 and VIP (pick your seat) for $50.

Feb. 16, Saturday

World Affairs Council | Annual OneWorld Gala & Global Trivia Game, 6 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Tickets $175. 859-448-8984.

Feb. 22, Friday

Kindervelt 50 | Cabin Fever, Mad Tree Brewing Company (Oakley). DETAILS: TBA.

School for Creative & Performing Arts | Dean Z In Concert, 5:30 p.m. Corbett Theater at School for Creative & Performing Arts. DETAILS: Tickets $125 includes dinner, drinks, and performance by Dean Z. Silent auction.

March 1, Friday

Price Hill Will | Mardi Gras Ball, 6:30 p.m. The Sanctuary. DETAILS: TBA

UC Advancement & Transition Services | Annual Red & Black Blast, Nippert Pavilion. DETAILS: Gourmet food, entertainment from Melodic Connections, prizes and fun. Honoring Donna Mayerson, UC Distinguished Alumni: Champions for Inclusion Award. Sue Radabaugh, local civic activist: Chuck Altenau Outstanding Service Award.

March 2, Saturday

American Heart Association | Annual Heart Ball, Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Live and silent auctions, dinner, live entertainment, dancing at a Young Professionals’ After Party. Tickets: $500/person. 513-699-4214, or

Dragonfly Foundation | Dragonfly Grand Gala, 5:30-11:30 p.m. Music Hall. DETAILS: Individual tickets: $200. Masquerade ball, cocktails, formal dinner, silent auction, prizes including trips. Live music by Endless Summer Band. Dress: black tie optional. Wear your finest masquerade mask.

Human Rights Campaign | Annual Cincinnati Ball, Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: TBA

March 5, Tuesday

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children | Annual Culinary Celebration, 6:30-10 p.m. Northern Kentucky Convention Center. DETAILS:

March 6, Wednesday

Leadership Council for Nonprofits | Securing the Future Conference, 7:30 a.m.-noon. Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center (Xavier University). DETAILS: Keynote speaker Alton Fitzgerald White, plus breakout sessions.

March 7-9, 2019, Thursday-Saturday

Cincinnati International Wine Festival DETAILS: Wine tastings, gourmet dining, education sessions, silent auctions. March 7: Winery dinners. March 8-9: Tastings of over 700 wines from around the world. March 9: Charity auction and luncheon.

March 16, Saturday

4C for Children | Annual Champions for Children Gala, 6 p.m. JACK Casino. DETAILS: Must be 21+ to attend. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, three-course meal, dancing, after-party, photo booth, black-tie optional.

Life Learning Center | St. Patrick’s Gala, Drees Pavilion, Covington. DETAILS: VIP reception, dinner, live auction, honoree Candace McGraw, CEO of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. After party at Devou Golf and Event Center, with music, complimentary drink tickets and appetizers.

March 18, Monday

Episcopal Retirement Services | Refresh Your Soul Conference, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Xavier University. DETAILS: Annual event for caregivers is presented by Parish Health Ministry. Keynote speaker will be author Kathryn Spink.

April 5, 2019, Friday

Karen Wellington Foundation | 12th annual Karen’s Give bash. DETAILS: TBA.

April 12, 2019, Friday

Cincinnati Ballet | Club B. DETAILS: TBA

May 3, Friday

Visionaries & Voices | Double Vision, 6:30-11 p.m. Memorial Hall. DETAILS: Live auction, pop-up shop, silent auction, food, drink, live music.

May 8, Wednesday

YWCA Greater Cincinnati | 40th Anniversary Career Women of Achievement Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Individual Tickets: $95. Table of 10 Sponsorship: $1,500 (until Dec. 31). The Career Women of Achievement Awards recognize outstanding women at the pinnacle of their careers. An independent panel of community leaders will judge nominees based on career achievements, leadership qualities, and ability to serve as role models. Nomination deadline: Nov. 30. 513-361-7090.

May 10, Friday

Cincinnati Parks Foundation | Annual Hats Off Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park. DETAILS: TBA

May 13, Monday

Dragonfly Foundation | Golf Classic, The Heritage Club. DETAILS: TBA.

Sept. 2, 2019, Sunday

The Children’s Home | Rockin’ at Riverfest. DETAILS: TBA

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