Spring cleaning, urban living

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COVINGTON, Ky. - We’re already stressed out.
 
How are we going to squeeze all these events in this weekend, and - barring that - how do we decide which ones to attend?
 
Gracious.
 
You can make it beautiful
Moonrise Donuts. Fresh air. Camaraderie. Physical activity. Free swag. Public service. And tangible results.
 
Why WOULDN’T you join hundreds and hundreds of volunteers in Covington early Saturday for the Great American Cleanup?
 
Some 32 work sites will feature an array of activity: Picking up litter, planting flowers, trimming bushes and trees, spreading mulch, painting etc. etc.
 
Last-minute volunteers should go to Riverfront Commons Trail (meets on the river side of the Ohio River flood wall behind the Theatre House), Randolph Park, Peaselburg neighborhood (meets at Highland and Benton), Goebel Pool, or Devou Park (meets at band shell).
 
Or they can just look at this map, HERE. It’s organized by Keep Covington Beautiful, the City of Covington, and The Center for Great Neighborhoods. More info, HERE.
 
Fabulous home tour
You’ve driven past all those gorgeous historic buildings in Covington. Now check out how seriously cool they can be made to look inside with imagination and hard work.
 
The Beyond the Curb Urban Living Tour on Sunday features 16 inspiring structures in the ultra-neat MainStrasse Village neighborhood (including a rehabbed restaurant and a new luxury apartment complex).
 
The tour - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - is self-guided, with the central registration area at Lisse Steakhuis.
 
For tickets and info, HERE.
 
Come to (the) Westside
The Westside (neighborhood) Spring Celebration returns for the third year in a row on Sunday with a full day of attractions:
 
Live music (Jake Speed and the Freddies, The Inturns, Patrick Hu, Highly Likely) craft beer, cute fuzzy animals, local artisan and food vendors, kids activities, and a giant plant sale.
 
It starts at noon at The Hellmann Creative Center on ML King Jr. Boulevard.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Looking alive in the land of the dead
Cemeteries aren’t just for the dead.
 
In fact, Covington has one - the Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum - that is actually a pretty lively place.
 
On Sunday, it’s hosting Linden 2019, its third-annual celebration of gardening and horticulture. The event includes tree plantings, wagon rides, local vendors, live music, food from Bean Haus Bakery & Café and more.
 
Info, HERE.
 
That answer’s a home run
Think you know baseball?
 
Put yourself to the test at the “Baseball Trivia @ BCM” event Saturday at Behringer-Crawford Museum.
 
Questions will focus on both Major League baseball and local teams, since a co-host is the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. Info, HERE.
 
A new (cool) place to shop
Ten Thousand Villages will celebrate its grand opening on Friday and Saturday.
 
The retail shop in MainStrasse Village features “fairly traded, ethically sourced gifts, home accents, jewelry, and personal accessories handcrafted by artisans in 30 countries.”
 
Friday night includes food, giveaways, raffles, flash sales and music in the garden.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Sweat, drinks & a cause
Raise money for a cure the fun way (while getting some exercise) with two benefits for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this weekend.
 
First, there’s Boot Camp & Brews at Corestrong Fitness, HERE on Friday evening. Then on Saturday morning, there’s the Sound Off Yoga Fundraiser at Braxton Brewing, HERE.
 
Coffee, books & dogs
Roebling Point Books & Coffee is celebrating National Independent Bookstores Day on Saturday with an ice cream social - for dogs.
 
Bring your pet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for “healthy cake and ice cream” for your fur-wearing friends - all from the Doggy Dessert Treat Trike of PetCakes.
 
Info, HERE.
 
‘Starts’ at the Farmers Market
This Saturday, wares include veggie, herb and other starts for your garden, raised naturally, of course. Also things like baked goods, meats and eggs, unique rubs and spices, prepared soups and salads, natural body products, cold-pressed juices, and more.
 
Check it all out - plus your Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Smoke Justis. It’s one of the last indoor dates.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Live music
On Friday, there’s ... Project Doyle in Braxton Brewing’s Taproom, HERE ... East of Austin at Zazou, HERE ... Everything’s Jake at Molly Malone’s, HERE ... The Amador Sisters at The Fifth Lounge at The Radisson, HERE ... Brother Hill at Wunderbar, HERE... and Kyla Mainous at FIRE at Rivercenter, HERE.
 
On Saturday, there’s ... the Cincinnati Guitar Festival at Madison Theater, HERE ... Another Round at The Carnegie, HERE ... Kyla Mainous at Mic’s Pub, HERE ... Rucca at Mac’s Pizza Pub, HERE ... Floyd and the Walkmen at Molly Malone’s, HERE ... and HiFi Honey at Strasse Haus, HERE.
 
On Sunday, there’s ... Marsellus Wallace, Old Pictures New Pictures, and ’57 Fury at Madison Live!, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s ... the “Kickoff for the Rooftop Opening” with Floyd and the Walkmen tonight at Lisse Steakhuis in MainStrasse Village, HERE ... Parks & Rec Trivia Night on Friday at Keystone Bar & Grill, HERE ... the Creating Spaces of Belonging: Anti-Oppression in Our Organizing workshop on Saturday at The Center for Great Neighborhoods, HERE ... the Life-size Mario Party for kids on Saturday at the Kenton County Public Library, HERE ... and the “Spring Thang” concert (and fund-raiser) on Saturday at Band of Helping Hands in Latonia, HERE.
 
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