Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Strap on Your Helmet- It's Time for the MS Bike Ride!

Start to Finish MS: MS Bike Ride with 100- and 150-mile Options for Two-Day Event

Calling all cyclists! Join nearly 1,000 cycling friends for the nation’s premier cycling event. The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites you to its 27th Annual MS Bike Ride presented by Kroger Brand, July 7 and 8, 2007. Take a relaxing ride through some of Southwest Ohio’s most beautiful countryside and small towns while helping the National MS Society fund research, services, education and programs for people living with MS.

The 100- or 150-mile ride begins Saturday morning at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, with an overnight stay and festivities at the University of Dayton on Saturday (side note: the party is the best part!) and returns Sunday to the Roberts Centre for a finish line celebration and Family Fun Fest. Teams (corporate or family and friends) and individuals are encouraged to register.

The MS Bike Ride is the largest organized cycling event in the United States. The first MS 150 Bike Tour began in 1980 in Minnesota. This year over 80,000 cyclists will participate in the MS Bike Ride, an event that takes place in 48 states.

“In 2006, the MS Bike Ride presented by Kroger Brand raised more than $600,000 for people living with multiple sclerosis in the Ohio Valley Chapter area,” said Board of Trustees’ Chairperson Carol Beirne. “The ride not only raises money for MS research and local programs, but it also helps to increase awareness about multiple sclerosis. This is why our chapter is so excited about our 27th annual event.”

Registration for the MS Bike Ride is open to all cyclists now through June 25 online at and by phone at 513-769-4400. After that, cyclists must register at the event. For more information or to register for the MS Bike Ride presented by Kroger Brand or for information on Ohio Valley Chapter programs and services, call 513-769-4400, 1-800-344-4867 or visit the website at

press release from MS Society, Ohio Valley Chapter.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Northern Kentucky Wine Festival Saturday, May 19th

The 2nd annual Northern Kentucky wine festival arrives Saturday, May 19th from 2 to 9 at the Alexandria, Kentucky fairgrounds.

The wine festival highlights Kentucky wines and products by Kentucky-based companies. Arts and crafts vendors, food and live music will be among the activities too. Wine neophytes take note: the festival also offers some educational presentations on wine and food.

The timing is bad for this little festival; a lot of their target market will be on their way to Mainstrasse for Maifest that weekend. The site claims 500 people attended last year; hopefully this year, the attendance will see an uptick. If attendance isn't markedly different, the group should consider changing the date.

Holding the festival on a weekend when no other major Northern Kentucky festivals are going on would help attendance. Holding it at a time during the year when nothing much of anything is going on- October, say, would bring in more people from outside the area. Alexandria is a little off the beaten path to begin with, so people need a reason to go.

The festival might take a note from the Valley Vineyards wine festival, the incredibly popular end of September throw-down in Morrow. The Valley offers grape stomping and a wine festival queen coronation and has become a favorite spot for wine lovers, Morrow area residents and bikers, too. It's a fun distraction, sans the highbrow lecture series.

Learn more about the Northern Kentucky Wine Festival and its host, the Northern Kentucky Vintners and Grape Growers Association 859.643.1010

Duveneck Memorial Art Show May 13th in Covington

This Sunday, May 13 is the Duveneck Memorial Art Show in the Covington riverside district. More than 40 artists will have original works of art for sale.

The Covington art show is a great option for people who love art but don't have thousands to spend on a painting. If you're looking for art as an investment, you can take a chance on an unknown artist and spend a lot less money. If you're looking for art for your home, you won't be disappointed- they have art for sale that fits any budget. Past shows have included jewelry, sculpture, paintings and photography.

The Duveneck Memorial Art Show is held at the George Rogers Clark Park Riverside Drive- this is the park at the bottom of Garrard, along the river. The art show starts at noon and goes til 5 pm.

Sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Heritage League.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Working Stiff: The Many Jobs of My Youthdom

It's the time of year when kids everywhere are looking for summer jobs to pay the bills or to learn the ropes as an intern. I never interned anywhere when I was in college. I did, however, work my way through a long list of diddling part-time jobs.

I started working the year after high school, when I took a year off to learn about the work ethic (not my idea). I worked a number of part-time jobs, and by the time I graduated from college, I'd racked up one hell of a punch-drunk resume:

  • I worked in a paint store, waiting on customers, mixing paint and drinking fuzzy navels with the store manager, who I was also dating. He was drunk with power so I quit.
  • I sold weight loss programs to really unhappy people. I developed an intense eating disorder and an even more intense dislike of all weight loss programs.
  • I schlepped frozen yogurt for a year. This might have been the best job ever. I had the keys to the store, and my friends and I would stop by at 3 in the morning to gorge on yogurt sundaes. When I was hungover a guy I worked with punched me in and worked for me until I felt like coming in. Loved. That. Job.
  • I worked at a motorcycle parts shop. This one was really fun. The owners were friends and the mechanic was a great guy. We partied. A lot. Before, after and during work. The ratio of men to women customers was about 500 to 1. I'd leave work and go to a hardcore biker bar around the corner where I knew everyone and would dance all night long to local death metal bands.
  • I worked at three or four video rental stores. One store in particular had a party atmosphere and I became good friends with everyone I worked with and all of the neighboring store owners, too. One night we were out drinking and the guy who owned the tropical fish store next door sank his truck in the Miami River. I wrote a story about that night.
  • I worked in a department store, selling lingerie to elderly women. I worked with older women who all hated me because I breezed in and out between classes. I tried to explain that was the deal when I was hired, but they still hated me. I didn't work there long.
  • I worked as a nanny. The couple had a significant age difference and two young children. Every day the stay at home hubby (who was only five years older than me), shut himself in his office all morning watching TV, had a three hour lunch with friends and then came home and slept until his wife got home from work, when he'd start bitching about what a hard day he had. The kids loved me and I loved them.

If only the frozen yogurt store had a retirement plan... I'd probably still be working there today.

Find Northern Kentucky part-time jobs at and cool summer jobs at

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Scoop Up the Goodwill at Baskin Robbins Tonight

It's 31 cents a scoop for ice cream at Baskin Robbins tonight from 5-10 pm. Baskin Robbins is running the benefit to bring awareness to the National Fallen Firefighters Association.

The National Fallen Firefighters Association provides advanced firefighter training, consumer information and assists firefighters' families. Baskin Robbins will donate $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Association and many stores will let customers donate, too.

Something To Be Desired Web Series Captivates

If you haven't watched Something To Be Desired, purported to be the longest-running Web series, and you don't spend enough time online already (!), go have a look. It's like Degrassi High for grown-ups.

Based in Pittsburgh, the STBD shows focus on a group of singletons in the city with bosses from hell, random hook-ups, and plenty of tales from the bar stool. The Something To Be Desired shows are funny and insightful, without being smarmy... And they make me wonder why we don't have a really good Web series here.

Northern Kentucky Festival Season Kicks Off with Covington Maifest

One of the biggest festivals of the year for our little town happens in a couple of weeks. Selected once again as one of the Top 20 events to attend this spring by the Southeast Tourism Society, Covington's Maifest expects to host 175,000 this year.

Things to do at Covington Maifest:

  • Expect to see arts and crafts booths from almost 100 vendors;
  • Dine on mouth-watering German food from more than two dozen restaurants and vendors;
  • Drink lots (and lots and lots) of German beer;
  • Listen to music- they'll have some rock and some traditional polka bands, too;
  • Admire the fellows decked out in their lederhosen.

In Germany, Maifest, the German celebration of spring, is celebrated on May 1st. Here, it's always mid-May, when the weather is a little less iffy. It often rains on spring festivals in the tri-state, but trust me, that's the best time to go. There are no lines for anything. And despite what my mom says, I've never yet caught pneumonia for walking around in the rain.

The Covington Maifest festival is a favorite of mine since their 1 liter plastic beir mugs make up most of the glassware in my cupboard (I'm not good with glass). I need a new one. Mai 18 - Mai 20. Free.

Looking for ideas for weekend trips this spring? Check out the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 list.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Cincinnati: Top 10 Most Polluted City

Cincinnati makes another top 10 list, this one for being one of the nation's most polluted cities.