Friday, August 1, 2003

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Singles mingles

Networking made easy: is a new Web-based networking group that allows single adults age 30 to 55 to meet new people while enjoying meals in some of the area's finest restaurants.

Here's how it works: You pay a $45 arrangement fee, then fill out a questionnaire about yourself. arranges dinner parties for six to 10 members (equally split between genders) based on members' similar preferences and backgrounds.

Parties are scheduled for Tuesday at Bella Cincinnati, downtown; Aug. 14 at Tink's Cafe, Clifton; and Aug. 20 at the Iron Horse Inn, Glendale.

Members must pre-register. Don't worry that you'll meet the same folks over and over; once a member has attended a dinner party, he/she will always be paired with a new group of opposite sex members for future parties. Organizers stress that this is not a dating service, but with all those singles mingling, who knows? Details: Web site.

Love those pets

Doggone talented: Can your pooch do tricks that would make Benji proud? If so, you could walk off with $10,000 during the People & Their Amazing Animals national talent search sponsored by Purina Mills.

But first you have to win the local contest - you'll get your chance, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16, at Bethel Feed & Supply, 528 W. Plane St., Bethel.

Here's a sneak peek at the competition: Last year's winners were an automobile-driving dog, a basket-shooting horse and a parrot fluent in English and Spanish. Besides the competition, there will be a petting zoo, pet parade, face painting, games, art exhibits (including one with works done by animals), a bake sale, pet adoptions and contests, like best-dressed dog and best dancing cat.

Details: (513) 734-2246, toll-free (866) 571-2826 or Web site.

Cereal gifting

Step aside, Tony: What armchair athlete hasn't dreamed of seeing his face on a cereal box? Now it can happen, pauch, oversized baggy sweatpants and all, thanks to Kellogg's Cereal USA and Kirlin's Hallmark stores. Just send them $20 and a photo and they'll slap it onto a collectible Kellogg's Frosted Flakes box suitable for gifting.

Get more details and an order form at Web site.

Shelf help

From cranky to cooing: Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a pediatrician for 30 years, has written the book on dealing with fussy babies. Literally - his Your Fussy Baby: How to Soothe Your Newborn (Trade Paperback Original; $13.95) offers tips on what parents can do to soothe an infant and minimize the distress the child's prolonged crying can have on the whole family.

He'll sign copies of this book and his best-seller, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, (Trade Paperback; $14.95) at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood. 396-8960.

Send items for On the Fridge to Barbara Lowell at or call 768-8380.

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