Upcoming events in and around Hamilton

SantaHouse1With the holiday season here, there are plenty of local activities for people of all ages. The following is a list of things to do.

Holiday Lights on the Hill: Pyramid Hill’s annual holiday lights exhibit is open now through Jan. 4, 2015. The drive-through event is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission is $20 per carload Mondays through Thursdays, and $25 Fridays through Sundays. 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton.

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction: Families may peruse the world’s largest train display and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, now through Jan. 4, 2015. See website for ticket prices and extended holiday hours. 7379 Squire Court, West Chester Twp.

Light Up Middletown: The annual holiday lights display at Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown, begins Nov. 27. it takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Admission is by donation.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet: Barn-N-Bunk will have a Thanksgiving Day buffet meal available for those who prefer to dine out on the holiday. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27. Located at 3677 Wayne-Madison Road in Trenton.

A Christmas Carol: The Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre is performing this classic play at Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Dec. 6, and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets are being sold at www.ghctplay.com.

Christmas In Trenton: Holiday festivities in Trenton kick off Dec. 6 and include a parade, business walk, children’s crafts, tree-lighting and more. Click here for more details.

Santa Parade in Hamilton: The annual Santa Parade kicks off “snow or shine” at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at MLK Boulevard and travels down High Street to Riverfront Plaza, where the Christkindlmarkt will occur at the Marriott hotel.

Christkindlmarkt: German music, German food, German items for sale … all will be part of the 2nd Annual Christkindlmarkt at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Hamilton. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

Santa House: The Santa House is located by the old courthouse at the corner of High and Second streets in downtown Hamilton. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, Noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, Noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 13, Noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 14, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 19, Noon to 9 a.m. Dec. 20, Noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 21, noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 22 and Noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 23. Visitors may take their own photos with Santa for free, or have one taken and get a frame with it for $12.

Butler County Sports Hall of Fame set for Nov. 30

The 2014 Butler County Sports Hall of Fame class includes several state champion athletes and coaches and a veteran sports official.

This year’s honorees include Hamilton native Dan Hartleb, who was a member of Hamilton High School’s first state baseball championship team in 1983. Hartleb currently is the head baseball coach at the University of Illinois.

Also being inducted is Middletown’s Darrell Hunter, who won several Division I state track and field championships, former Middletown boys basketball coach, the late Ted Stewart, who took the Middies to the state semifinals in 1983.

Joining them are Becky Bulach Ponatoski, a highly-decorated, multi-sport record holder in the Ross School District; Lakota’s Tom Coffing, the first three-time wrestling state placer from Southwest Ohio; Bill Klamo, a longtime Butler County official in football, baseball and basketball; Joe Okruhlica, a standout three-sport athlete from the 1940s at Hamilton High; John Spears, who led Hamilton High to a girls state softball title in 1985; Dan Wells, a standout football and track athlete from Monroe; Stacey Williams, who holds numerous soccer records at Monroe High School and Wilmington College; and Lindsay Zinn-Cordes, who won state titles in both track and cross country while competing for the Lakota School District.

The banquet will be held Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Courtyard by Marriott. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a private social hour for the inductees and their families. There will be a public social hour beginning at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $25 each and can be purchased at Tom’s Cigar Store on Main Street in Hamilton, or by calling (513) 423-7734 in the Middletown area.

TapouT Fitness prepares for Hamilton west side opening

The owner of TapouT Fitness told HeyHamilton.com the new fitness center is now pre-selling memberships ahead of the store’s opening.

It is located at 1204 Main St., formerly Main Street Market and Marsh grocery store. Anthony Oglesby said it is designed “to eliminate boredom at the gym,” and features several classes including yoga and spinning.

TapouT has more than 65 pieces of cardio equipment with built-in TV entertainment systems, free weights and tanning systems, Oglesby said.

“TapouT Fitness also has a boxing ring, circuit equipment and many other items to offer a significant amount of classes for children as young as 4 to your most seasoned fitness enthusiast,” he said.

TapouT will also have cardio kickboxing, self-defense for women, TRX-styled training and a various set of martial arts classes.

The gym will be opening this month and is open 24 hours a day on weekdays, and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.

Those interested in membership may go online to www.tapoutfitness.com, visit the store site or call (513) 795-5888.

Click here to see TapouT’s facebook page.

Local Black Friday deals already announced

Will you shop locally on Black Friday? Some of the area stores have circular ads already online.

Kohl’s, which is located at Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp. and elsewhere in Butler County, has a 64-page ad out now. JCPenney’s leaked ad says the store will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Target’s ad shows deals on Beats By Dre headphones and televisions, among other items.

Sears says it will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and its ad has also been leaked. One of the most anticipated circular advertisements, that from Walmart, does not appear to have been leaked or released.

Black Friday deals aren’t just happening the week of Thanksgiving. Online sales are already in full effect, with Amazon.com having a countdown to Black Friday and offering deals every day this month.

One expert says the best day to get deals online is actually the day before Thanksgiving.

A Forbes columnist is calling the four-day shopping period surrounding Thanksgiving “Black Weekend” and says sales will reach in excess of $1 Billion.

HeyHamilton.com encourages shoppers to support the local economy and buy their holiday gifts in town when possible. Don’t forget to visit the small businesses throughout the area on Small Business Saturday!

Upcoming events:

Hamilton’s tree lighting and music fest, Nov. 21

Santa Claus parade, Dec. 6

Holiday Lights on the Hill, Nov. 21 through Jan. 4, 2015

Miami Universty students targeted by scam, Oxford PD says

In a statement on its facebook page today, the Oxford Police Department said students at Miami University have been getting fraudulent phone calls from scammers.

The post said several Miami students reported getting phone calls from someone saying they are with the Internal Revenue Service and that the students owe taxes. They are also told failure to pay will result in a warrant and arrest, and the person is demanding money immediately.

“The caller ID displayed is an actual number from police agencies, including Oxford Police, Miami University Police and other area police agencies,” the OPD said in its post. “This is a SCAM. Do not send money, do not engage the caller. Simply hang up the phone.”

In the news: Hitching Post reopens, Lauren Hill plays basketball

HEY! Hamilton! The Hitching Post in Darrtown has reopened, according the Journal-News.  Did you know it originally opened in 1817 as an inn on the route to Cincinnati?

Also in the news today, old mosaic mural clocks from Union Terminal have been found. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the clocks were once part of the terminal’s concourse, telling visitors the hour in various time zones.

Election Day: On Tuesday, the polls will be busy with voters deciding many big races. Nearby, one of the heated battles to watch is between Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell, for Kentucky senator. McConnell has had the seat for three decades. This weekend, Hillary Clinton was in the region on behalf of Grimes, who serves as Kentucky’s secretary of state.

In the sports world, today is all about Lauren Hill. The Mt. St. Joseph women’s basketball team plays Hiram College at Xavier’s Cintas Center, and Hill will be the star. She is battling brain cancer and today is her first game with Mt. St. Joe’s. People, including local celebrity athletes, have been taking the #layup4lauren challenge. Read her story in the Enquirer. The game sold out in 30 minutes.