Kindness & cookies

COVINGTON, Ky. – We are winding down what is nationally known as Random Acts of Kindness Week.

That’s not to be confused with Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day (Jan. 23), I Hate Coriander Day (Feb. 24), and Lumpy Rug Day (May 3).

So … that gives you three more days to continue practicing all those benevolent acts you’ve been doing since the start of the week. Whatever activity you happen to participate in this weekend – and one event is specific about kindness being involved – be your kindest self. Because we all could use a bit more of that in our lives.

A saucy dance

More than a blend of tomatoes, peppers, and spices scooped high on a tortilla chip, salsa is one of the most popular Latin dances. Just so happens that both dip and the dance go great with gin.

Gin & Jive Learn to Salsa at Juniper’s tonight is the first of four weekly sessions designed for all levels of dance skill (including no skill at all) to learn to salsa dance.

Instructor Ginger LeSnapps, which may well be the greatest dance instructor name in the history of dance, will guide you through the salsa basics, improving your rhythm, technique, lead, follow, and styling.

Say you don’t have a dance partner? Not a problem. This is going to be a great place to meet new people.

Celebrate Black-owned businesses

February is Black History Month and here in The Cov we’re home to fantastic Black-owned businesses that you’re going to want to support (if you aren’t supporting them already).

You’ll discover many of these businesses Saturday at the Black-owned Business Expo at the Kenton County Public Library. It’ll feature plenty of art and vendors with cool products and services on display from Covington Black-owned businesses. Make purchases, learn about the services you might need, get to know the owners, and support these successful businesses.

Celebrate kindness

Here’s something every single one of us can use and pass along to others: Kindness.

Emily Rose at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop is going to show you how to create kindness by way of a handmade one-of-a-kind card using her beautiful photography at the Random Acts of Kindness Card Class on Saturday, which also happens to be the final day of Random Acts of Kindness Week.

The cards that you create in this class will be perfect to give to either someone you love or to a stranger on the street. (Odds are your small act of kindness will ripple throughout the day, culminating in a whole string of goodness for many.)

For a small fee, Emily will provide a selection of card stock, envelopes, templates, gel pens, markers, colored pencils, and stencils to do your magic.

How about a Trefoil and a Scooter?

If the first thing you think of when you see assertive young saleswomen at a table full of cookie boxes stationed outside your local market is, “Wow, those Caramel deLites would go great with a Shakedown Brown!” then get yourself over to Braxton Brewing Co. on Saturday for its Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing.

Girl Scout Cookie season is back and so are these special cookie and beer pairings. Don’t like the aforementioned deLites-Shakedown couplet? How about Adventurefuls with Opera Cream Stout, or Lemonades and Lemon Berliner Weisse?

And if you find something you really like and want to try out at home, boxes of Girl Scout Cookies will be available for purchase in the Taproom from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., making it easy to grab cookies and a Braxton six-pack for the weekend.

Live music

Tonight: The Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … The Chuck Brisbin Trio at Smoke Justis.

Friday: The Stolen Faces at Madison Live … Leroy Ellington at Smoke Justis … Jeanne Phillips Trio at Juniper’s.

Saturday: Eggy at Madison Live … Gina & Johnny at Smoke Justis … Matt Tolentino Trio at Juniper’s.


Friday:  Hello, Dolly! at The Carnegie.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at Braxton Brewing Co. … MainStrasse Village Food TourReflections in Nature Meditation at Kenton County Public Library … Hello, Dolly! at The Carnegie.

Sunday: Hello, Dolly! at The Carnegie.