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Mar 30th 2012, 10:38


Art After Dark, 5-9 p.m., Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park. Cocktails and entertainment during evening hours in galleries. Cash bar and appetizers available. Family friendly. Earth on the Rocks. View alternative world of the special exhibition, Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth. Music by synth-pop project, Goodbye Gemini. Free. Through Aug. 31. 513-721-2787;

Late Night Gaming, 9-11 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence. XBOX (Rock Band) and Wii (Just Dance), pizza, assorted board games (Jenga) and more. Ages 6-12. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4031;

The One Night Stand, 7-9:30 p.m., Light of the World Ministries, 5915 Colerain Ave., Green Township. Singing and preaching with Dr. R. A. Vernon of the Word Church (Cleveland). Vernon's 10 Rules of Dating is a lifeline for singles who are searching for answers on how to successfully navigate the waters of the dating pool. Free. 513-385-5448;

Opera d'arte - Serse (Xerxes), 2-5 p.m., 8-11 p.m., Cohen Family Studio Theater, University of Cincinnati. Composed by Georg Frideric Handel. Brett Scott, conductor. Kenneth Shaw, director. CCM Undergraduate Opera program presents Handel's opera. Presented by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Free; tickets required. Reservations required. Through March 31. 513-556-4183;

Passage / Painting, Drawing and Other Things / Drive-By, 6-9 p.m., Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Passage: evocative installation by Ann Coddington Rast features suspended slipcast ceramic birds, densely packed and frozen in flight. Painting, Drawing and Other Things: collaborative pairing of large-scale abstract paintings by Alan Crockett with figurative line drawings by Clara Crockett. Drive-By: series of photographs by Brad Austin Smith. Exhibits continue through June 3. Free. 513-977-4165;

The Musician's Paintbrush, 5-8 p.m., Cincinnati Art Galleries, 225 E. Sixth St., Downtown. More than 40 recent paintings by Cincinnati artist Mark Daly on show and for sale. Exhibit continues through April 28. Free. 513-381-2128;


Mars Returns, 8-11 p.m., Cincinnati Astronomical Society Observatory, 5274 Zion Road, Cleves. Learn why Romans named Mars after the God of War, re-discover "Canals" of Mars and catch up on latest news from NASA missions currently exploring mysterious Red Planet. Family friendly. Free. 513-941-1981;

Madeira Hunger Games: Build Your Weapon, 2 p.m., Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave. Build a rubber band shooter or bean catapult from ordinary household items. Compete against friends for prizes. Ages 12-18. Free. 513-369-6028;

Rosie Red Visit, 6-8 p.m., Skyline Chili, 5488 Liberty Square Drive, Liberty Township. Mr. Red, Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red and Gapper visit fans at area Skyline locations in March, leading up to the 2012 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day. Mascots meet fans, take pictures and help spread Cincinnati Reds' spirit. Free. 513-895-3929.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 1-2 p.m., Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Oakley. Hear "the Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle and take picture with the star of the book. Plant butterfly-attracting plants and decorate Monarch Waystation. Family friendly. Free. 513-731-2665.


Easter Egg Hunt at Presidential Boyhood Home, 2 p.m., William Howard Taft National Historic Site, 2048 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn. Easter Bunny directs the hunt: Ages 6 and under, 2:45 p.m. Ages 7-12, 3 p.m. Bring a basket or bag. Other children's activities, 2-4 p.m. Children must be accompanied by adults. National Park Service staff conducts tours of the home, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free parking. Family friendly. Free. 513-684-3262;

Live @ the Library, 2 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Florence. With the Bones of Cincinnatus. Free. 859-342-2665.

Wildflower Folklore, 2 p.m., Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. Short hike follows program. Free, vehicle permit required. 513-521-7275;

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