Sunday, July 29, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Tim McGraw: The superstar country artist hauls out his guitar and plucks out a tune or 20 after an opening spot from the hot Nashville singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney. 7:30 p.m. today, Riverbend, $20-$59.50. 562-4949.

        Antiques: More than 100 top-tier dealers sell their aged wares at the Indian Hill Antiques Fair, which also features gourmet but not antique food and a vintage car show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Indian Hill High School, 6845 Drake Road. $6. 683-8888.

        Newport fest: Last call for the Newport Arts and Music Festival, set on the ever-so-scenic Riverboat Row, with more than 40 artists, folk, blues and reggae bands and a KidsZone with activities for all ages. Noon-7 p.m. today, (859) 292-3666.

        Wildflowers: Follow the naturalist and learn to identify local wildflowers, then gather up a bouquet of tips on how to grow them at home. 2 p.m. today, Lake Isabella, Loveland-Madeira Road, Symmes Township. 521-7275.

Staying In

        TV picks: A lonely newspaper-stand owner (Patti LuPone) is Touched by an Angel and decides to help an orphan boy with a heart condition, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7.

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says Cincinnati native Ron Cowen co-created Leap Years, a 20-episode series about a group of friends in a drama leaping back and forth between 1993, 2001 and 2008, 10 p.m., Showtime.

The Goods (What's in stores today)

        Bark-ley ball: If your dog sits in front of the TV thinking he could do as well as NBA stars, get him an Action Ball and call his bluff. Available in full-size basketball, football and soccer versions, each with two 6-inch braided ropes attached so dogs can fetch them — and fling them into the basket or goal zone. Works as chew or tug-of-war toy, too. For small breeds, get junior-size soccer ball. $18-$24. From Ethical Products, Newark, N.J., (800) 223-7768.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Stories, crafts and who knows what else are built around the theme “Don't Forget Your Glass Slippers,” a program aimed at all ages. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Groesbeck Branch Library, 2994 W. Galbraith Road. 369-4454.

        48 hours out: James Taylor and Band haul in a batch of classic, mellow as all get-out '70s ballads. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Riverbend, $24-$49.50. 562-4949.

        72 hours out: Livestock displays, carnival rides, demolition derbies and tons of food at the Hamilton County Fair. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Vine Street, Carthage. 761-4224.

— Jim Knippenberg

        Contact Jim Knippenberg by phone: 768-8513; fax: 768-8330; e-mail:


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