Try something different: 10 local events to check out this week

Here are 10 things to do in the region if you need some new ideas this week:

Both current and prospective homeowners can view a wide array of interior designs and landscapes while meeting with various specialty companies, remodeling specialists, manufacturers, retail store reps and contractors. Celebrity guests this year include Ty Pennington (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and Tyler Wisler (“Design Star”). Check it out at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, through March 2. Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $12-$14. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 513-797-7900 or visit


A 2004 biography of our first Secretary of the Treasury was turned into an unlikely Broadway hit, featuring hip-hop/pop/soul influences and non-white actors to play many of the Founding Fathers. It ultimately won 11 Tony Awards. See it at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, through March 10. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $148.75 and up. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

This upbeat musical version of the Biblical story about a young man sold into slavery by his jealous brothers was nominated for multiple Tonys and has been revived several times. See it at the Lacomedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, through April 14. Tickets are $30-$75 (adults) and $30 (children 11 and younger). For more information, call 800-677-9505 or visit

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

The legendary pianist/songwriter is hanging it up. Aptly named for his most iconic album, this final tour will take audiences on a musical and highly visual journey across John’s 50-year career. Check it out at the U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. For more information and tickets, call 513-421-4111 or visit

Forced Bulb Workshop

For those who can’t wait for spring, this workshop will teach you how to bloom flowers indoors before they bloom outside. Check it out at the KC Flower Farm, 8870 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester, on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Admission is $40. For more information, call 513-755-2595 or visit

Leftover Salmon

This Colorado-based Americana band will perform a “living room show,” reflecting the music of Appalachia, the streets of New Orleans, the plains of Texas, the clubs of Chicago, and the mountains of Colorado. See them at the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University-Middletown, 4200 N. University Blvd., Middletown, on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$32. For more information, call 513-529-3200 or visit

The Fitzgeralds

This family act has won championships at fiddling and step dancing. Check out this high-energy, interactive show at the Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, on March 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16-$18. For more information, call 513-867-5348 or visit

Woodcarvers Show and Sale

Woodcarving enthusiasts are invited to purchase woodcarvings from carvers and vendors, and even try their hands at woodcarving themselves. Check it out at Christ United Methodist Church, 700 S. Marshall Road, Middletown, on March 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 513-423-1035 or visit the Miami Valley Woodcarvers Association Facebook page.

Mini-Pig Yoga

Come do yoga with Popcorn the Mini-Pig, an assisted therapy animal currently making the Cincinnati rounds. The class will include a “treat and greet” and a selfie with Popcorn. Check it out at the Haven Studio, 1131 Central Ave., Middletown, on March 2 from 3-4 p.m. Admission is $15. For more information, call 513-464-9401 or visit

Maple Syrup Festival

This annual festival features an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with locally produced maple syrup, a hayride and a hike where you’ll learn about the history of regional maple syrup production. Wildlife exhibits, food, beverages and, of course, maple syrup will be featured throughout. Check it out at Hueston Woods State Park, 6301 Lodge Road, College Corner, on March 2-3 and 9-10 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Cost is $7.50 (adults) and $5.50 (children 10 and younger). For more information, call 513-664-3500 or visit

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