By Jim Knippenberg
July for Kings: The Middletown band formerly known as Swim - that July business is their new national recording contract name - hits town for a nightful of music. 8 p.m. today, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $7.
Nature program: The Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods rolls out its live animal days with the resident naturalist supervising visits from birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and more. 10 a.m. and
2 p.m. daily through Monday, off U.S. 42, Sharonville. 521-7275.
Comedy: Thursday night is cheapo night at Go Bananas Comedy Club ($5
adults, $2 college students) - this week offering Al Lubel, seen regularly on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central and MTV. Show begins 8:30 p.m. today, 8410 Marketplace Lane, Montgomery.
Roots rock: Singer-guitarist Lee Rolfes plays 10 p.m. today at Stanley's Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., Columbia Tusculum, no cover. 871-6249.
Critic's pick: Just what you need on a frosty December day - tropical pleasures. Hunter Reno hosts and joins the action from swimming with sharks to sleeping with wallabies. Exotic Islands marathon, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Travel Channel.
This funny repeat starts where last season ended: Grace bumps into a pole and is rescued by a doctor (Harry Connick Jr.) on horseback. Will & Grace, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22.
Electronic goodies: Looking to spend a few of those Christmas bucks? How about a batch of electronics at up to 60 percent off from www.returnbuy.com? The site deals in what it calls "like new" Palm Pilots, digital cameras, computers, DVD and video players, that sort of thing. Generally, they're in mint condition because, says returnbuy.com CEO Walt Shill, "The majority of returns are the result of consumer remorse, not because the product functions improperly."
24 hours out: Try the "Little Hands: Winter Stories and Mobile Craft" program. 10:30 a.m. Friday at the spiffy new Harrison Branch Library, 10398 New Haven Road, ages 18 months-6 years old, registration required. 369-4442.
48 hours out: The majestic Olde English Yule time ceremony - namely the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival - takes over Christ Church Cathedral. 5 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Fourth and Sycamore streets, downtown, free with standby seating up for grabs one hour prior to performances. 621-2627.
72 hours 'til Sunday: Birders with a keen eye should hit the eastern Cincinnati National Audubon Bird Count starting 8 a.m. at Stanbery Park in Mount Washington. Half- and full-day shifts available, $5 contribution requested. 321-6070, Ext. 14.
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