Beating the Winter Blues

 Beating the Winter Blues

We’ve planned out your next eight weeks to keep you out and about this seasonCorinne Minard After the holidays end, it can be difficult to get motivated to do anything outside the house, especially when you live in the Tristate. It’s cold, it feels like it’s always raining or snowing and the allure of the warm, comfy couch is oh-so tempting. But we don’t have to fall into that routine. There is plenty to do this winter, no matter your interests. We’ve planned out the rest of winter so your season can be just as action-packed as the rest of the year.

Feb. 3: Have a Laugh
Some top-notch comedic talent is making a stop in Cincinnati Feb. 3. Jerry Seinfeld is performing his stand up during two shows at the Aronoff Center (one at 7 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m.). At the Taft Theatre, Kathleen Madigan will take center stage with a show at 8 p.m.

Feb. 9-10: Game Time
Both the Cincinnati Cyclones and Miami University RedHawks hockey teams have home games Feb. 9 and 10. The Cyclones face off against the Tulsa Oilers Feb. 9 and the Wichita Thunder Feb. 10. Both days, however, are part of the Cyclones’ Marvel Super Heroes Weekend, which includes character appearances and specialty jerseys. The RedHawks, on the other hand, play against St. Cloud State University both nights.

Feb. 17-18: Last Chance on the Ice
If you prefer skating yourself over watching others play hockey, Feb. 17-18 is your last weekend to enjoy the skating rink on Fountain Square. There will be an open skate 12-9 p.m. each day, skating lessons from 11 a.m.-noon on Sunday, free skating for children under 12 12-6 p.m. on Sunday, and more.

Feb. 24: Head Outdoors
It may be cold, but area parks are keeping busy with a full calendar of activities. On Feb. 24, Caesar Creek State Park is inviting nature lovers to take a self-guided Winter Hike of either 3 or 6 miles. Those who take the 6-mile hike will be able to see both of the park’s waterfalls. That same day, Fort Ancient is hosting a special event on the history of maple syrup. In addition to learning its history, attendees will get hands-on experience in collecting the sweet syrup. In addition, the Miami Whitewater Forest is holding a Trail Run.

March 2-4: Take in Some Music
Music lovers will have plenty to celebrate during the first weekend of March. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will have world-renown conductor Marek Janowski lead the orchestra through Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Prelude und Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in a celebration of German masters. That same weekend, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music will honor Benny Goodman. CCM’s Jazz Orchestra, with guest conductor Loren Schoenberg, will pay tribute to one of the giants of jazz.

March 9-11: Dance Break
If your passion is for dance, both the Aronoff Center and Music Hall will be hosting events to peak your interest this weekend. March 9-11, the Cincinnati Pops will join forces with Cirque de la Symphonie for an action-packed show. Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and dancers will bring songs like Ride of the Valkyries and the Jaws theme to life. At the Aronoff, the Koresh Dance Company will bring its Israeli-inspired choreography to the stage.

March 18: Have Some Heart
The first day of spring is March 20, but the American Heart Association is asking runners and walkers of all ages to come out a few days earlier for the annual Heart Mini marathon. Considered to be the city’s largest single-day fundraiser, the race typically has about 30,000 participate to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke. The day includes a half marathon, 15K race, 5K race, 2K kid’s race, 5K heart walk, 1K Steps for Stroke, a health and fitness expo, and a fun run.

March 24: Let the Hunt Begin
Easter is April 1, but families can start celebrating early at Over-the-Rhine’s largest Easter egg hunt. This free event includes 10,000 candy-filled eggs to find, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny and baby animals from Sunrock Farm.