Monday, August 25, 2003

Fit Bits

Ways to stay active and healthy

By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Get it together

Clear the air: Asthma affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. Learn how to organize a team of walkers to support the Blow the Whistle on Asthma Walk-athon, sponsored by the American Lung Association, at an informational meeting, 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the Clarion Hotel in Blue Ash. Registration materials, instruction and motivational tools will be handed out for the fund-raiser during the kickoff meeting. Teams can be as small as three people or as many as 100. The walk is scheduled for Oct. 4 in Finneytown. 985-3990.

Walk it off: The best way to appreciate the great downtown architecture is to get out and walk around town. The Cincinnati Preservation Association's Architreks program will have a walking tour of the east end of Over-the-Rhine, 10 a.m. Saturday. The tour leaves from the Coffee Emporium Roasting Company and Cyber Cafe at the Emery Center Apartments. Sites include Old St. Mary's Church, the Germania Building, Japp's Hair Store and several historic department store buildings. $8 per adult, $4 per child or $20 per family. Reservations are not required. 721-4506.

Learn all about it

Kick it: Here's a fun way to keep kids active. Registration is now open for Cincinnati Recreation Commission's preschool soccer league for children ages 3-5. The eight-week session teaches basic soccer skills and ends with a "game" on Oct. 21 or 23. Sessions are 5:40-6:20 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning Sept. 9 or 11. Sign up by calling the Ebersole Community Center in California. $35 per child. 231-6617.

Smash it: The University of Cincinnati's Communiversity offers tennis classes for players of different abilities. Registration is now open for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Joe Foley of Queen City Racquet Club is the instructor for all three sessions. Students must bring own racquet and supplies. The club provides access to locker rooms and sauna to unwind after class. Classes begin Sunday evenings starting Oct. 5 at Queen City Racquet Club in Glendale. $59. 556-6932.

Mark your calendar

For the kids: The third annual John P. March III Memorial Golf Event tees off at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at Four Bridges Golf Club in Mason. Proceeds from the event go to scholarships for needy students at Cincinnati Country Day School. $200 per person, includes golf, meals, refreshments, gifts and more. 561-7298, Ext. 8280, or

Swing and spa: A relaxing day of spa activities and women's golf takes place at 8:15 a.m. Sept. 23 at Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills. The event, "Fore Women and Wellness," is sponsored by the Wellness Community, a nonprofit organization created to help those diagnosed with cancer. Author Vickie Girard is the luncheon speaker and community activist Fran Carlisle is this year's honoree. $135 per person, includes meals, spa activities, golf and carts. $75 for nongolfers. 791-4060.


Contact Shauna Scott Rhone by phone: 768-8511; fax: 768-8330; e-mail:

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