Rangoli, restaurants & Reiki

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COVINGTON, Ky. - We’re trying NOT to focus on the all the things we’re missing out on in Covington this year because of COVID-19, like Braxton Beer Miles, the badminton tournament at Hub + Weber, Riverfest, the Softball Home Run Derby etc. etc.
Instead, we’re going to be positive.
Covington still has an array of places where you eat, including many with outdoor tables. (See the list HERE).
You can walk on a variety of hiking trails (including the guided hike below). And you can go to the Farmers Market, and you can ...
Nature walk
A park that’s over 700 acres contains a pretty diverse mix of flora and fauna.
Go see for yourself on Saturday morning, when Keep Covington Beautiful board member David King leads a nature walk along the John Volz trail in Covington’s Devou Park.
It’s the perfect pandemic event -- fresh air, fascinating information, and easy to social distance.
Info, HERE.
Around the World: India
Can’t vacation this year?
You don’t have to get on a jet plane this August to meet international chefs and learn about the culture of Mexico, Japan, India and China.
The Center for Great Neighborhoods is pairing with the World Affairs Council for a four-week introduction to the diverse culinary worlds of those countries, during a series of one-hour sessions.
It’s called the “Around the World Family Event,” and the first session Saturday’s will focus on India. Meet local chef artist Nipendar, and learn how to create Rangoli designs in honor of the Festival of Lights celebrated in India each year.
It’s free, but register at the link, HERE.
Open-air market
Here’s a visit that should be a Saturday morning tradition: get fresh vegetables and locally produced foods at the open-air Covington Farmers Market. It’s the ultimate in “buy local.”
Typical offerings include things like red Russian kale, romaine lettuce, baby bok choy, herbal tea, bone-in chops, hanging plants, elderberry syrup, eggs, tomatoes, honey, hanging planters, granola, apple cider vinegar coleslaw, lemon meringue mini pies and other baked goods, wine etc. etc.
This weekend’s theme is “sustainability,” so check out Local Composts’ subscriptions, ShayMade’s handmade cloth face masks, etc.
Again, follow the safety rules. Info, HERE.
Relax ...
We could all use a pick-me-up these days ... but it’s not going to fall out of the sky. Covington has an array of small businesses in the spiritual and physical relaxation business. Here are some ideas:
  • Saturday classes at Lean Bodies include the Dance Fusion POP UP Class with Arica Fields, HERE ... the Hot Yoga class, HERE ... and Guided Meditation, HERE.
  • Yoga on the Promenade occurs Sunday with Sage Yoga, HERE.
  • Warrior Spirit Wellness in Latonia offers Reiki Sessions (Japanese hands-on healing) on Saturday, HERE.
  • Sage Yoga also offers a Community Karma Class on Saturday, HERE
Live music, anyone?
(And for pete’s sake, do the social distancing and mask thing): 
  • The Blue Notes playing at Zazou on Friday evening, HERE.
  • The Chuck Brisbin Trio playing Saturday at Smoke Justis, HERE.
  • At Mac’s Pizza Pub Mainstrasse, Matt Wiechleman on Friday, HERE, and Mara Moon on Saturday, HERE
And then there’s ... Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck “Sunday Brunch Pop-up” at Cedar in MainStrasse Village, HERE ... and “Breakfast for Dinner” event Friday at Keystone Bar & Grill, HERE ...