Local Events (and Socially Distanced) Fun Things To Do – March 2021

Spring is almost here! Be sure to grab your mask and head out to enjoy a fun, local event. Although some events are virtual, there are still quite a few things to do throughout our communities in person. Events are listed by region and date.

CINCINNATI AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Rapunzel’s Hairy Fairy Tale
Through March 21, 2021
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati – Redbank location, Cincinnati, Ohio
Public and digital performances

Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ The Underground
Through June 25, 2021
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Digital performances. Interactive storytelling experience.

Martin’s Dream
Through June 30, 2021
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Digital performances. Learn all about Martin Luther King, Jr.

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March First Friday
March 5, 2021
The Windamere at 2 S. Main St., Middletown, Ohio
Tasting Away in Margaritaville!

Pintscher Conducts Mahler’s The Song of the Earth
March 5–6, 2021
Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio
This concert by the Cincinnati Symphony will also be livestreamed

28th Annual Bockfest 
March 5–7, 2021
Bockfest Hall and various venues in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebrate the Coming of Spring, Over-the-Rhine’s brewing heritage, and bock beer at the largest Bockfest in the United States

The Kaplan New Works Serves Streaming for Free
March 5–7, 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cincinnati Ballet performs online!

Rumors
March 5–7, 2021
Sorg Opera House, Middletown, Ohio
A mysterious and thrilling play

United Kennel Club Ohio Classic
March 5–7, 2021
Roberts Centre at 123 Gano Rd., Wilmington, Ohio
Agility, obedience and conformation feats by man’s best friend

Virtual: Butler Philharmonic Orchestra
March 6, 2021
Enjoy the music from your home!

First Friday/Second Look Saturday
March 6–7, 2021
Pendleton Art Center at 1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
Art, music and food!

The Root Beer Stand Opens
March 8, 2021
11566 Reading Rd., Sharonville, Ohio
Old-fashioned root beer and footlong cheese coneys – a local tradition!

Out of the Darkness Exhibition
March 8 – May 22, 2021
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio
Indoor exhibit about art and COVID-19.

Scribble Showdown
March 9, 2021
Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, Ohio
Improvisation animation game show.

Founder’s Day
March 11, 2021
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Free admission to the park

Virtual: 2nd Friday Virtual Concert
March 12, 2021
Oxford Community Arts Center presents bluegrass music!

Alpha and Omega
March 13–14, 2021
Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio
Conrad Tao, pianist, performs

Traveling with Mozart
March 13–14, 2021
Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio
Melissa White, violinist, plays with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Cin City Reptile Show
March 14, 2021
Holiday Inn at Centre Park of West Chester at 5800 Mulhauser Road, West Chester Ohio
Ssssssssnakes!

Virtual: Show and Tell on the Farm: Ohio Feeds the World
March 18, 2021
MetroParks presents a virtual show and tell on Facebook and the MetroParks website

Let’s Go Hiking! Scavenger Hunt
March 20, 2021
Huffman Park at 2100 John Gray Rd., Fairfield, Ohio
Find objects along the trail. Space is limited.

Pruning Seminar

March 21, 2021
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Learn from the experts how to prune from this outdoor walking seminar. Rain or shine.

Virtual: Show and Tell on the Farm: We are Rockin’
March 25, 2021
MetroParks presents information about rocks found at farms.

Easter Egg Hunt
March 27, 2021
Liberty Park at 6757 Yankee Rd, Liberty Township, Ohio
Have fun searching for eggs!

Easter in Candyland
March 27, 2021
Liberty Home Association: 2361 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
The candyland trail guides you! Easter Bunny breakfast.

Easter Egg Hunt
March 27, 2021
Freedom Park at 550 Freedom Park Dr., Edgewood, Kentucky
Masks required. 2pm event.

Easter Egg Bunny Express
March 27–28 + April 2–4, 2021
LM&M Railroad at 127 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Enjoy a train ride with the Easter Bunny! Kids will enjoy an easter egg hunt

Things That Flutter: Rookeries
March 27, 2021
Gilmore MetroPark at 7950 Gilmore Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Observe birds and learn about their nesting grounds. Space is limited.

Egg Orienteering
March 28, 2021
Forest Run MetroPark Timberman Ridge area at 1976 Timberman Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Forest Run MetroPark Wildlife Preserve area at 1810 Hamilton-New London Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Egg hunt course with a map. Pre-registration required.

Egg-Splorers
March 29 – April 4, 2021
Fairfield Parks
Six large wooded Easter eggs will be placed in 6 of the city’s 29 parks. Find all six eggs — take a photo of them by April 5 and email the pics to bthellman@fairfieldoh.gov. Prizes to be awarded!

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SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Perfect North Spring Carnival
March 7, 2021
10974 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Confirm event before attending

Spring Junkin Trail
March 11–14, 18–20, 2021
SE Indiana
Various shops throughout SE Indiana. Confirm event before attending.

Holtkamp Winery St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 13, 2021
10868 Woliung Road, Sunman, Indiana
513-602-5580 – Pizza and wine specials

Party Place Bridal Expo

March 14, 2021
RomWeber Marketplace at 7 South Eastern Ave., Batesville, Indiana
View SE Indiana’s premier wedding venue

St. Patrick’s Day – All Day Party
March 17, 2021
The Sherman at 35 S. Main Street, Batesville, Indiana
Everyone’s Irish!

American Longriflle Show
March 26, 2021
NMLRA Education Center at 7436 S. Co. Rd., E Versailles, Indiana
Their first show!

Easter at the Park
March 27, 2021
Versailles State Park t 1004 US 50, Versailles, Indiana
Annual Ripley County Easter Egg Hunt

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DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

Now and Then
The Loft Theatre Dayton, Ohio
Through March 7, 2021
Play about a chance meeting

First Thursday ay the National Museum of the US Air Force
March 4, 2021
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
The museum and gift shop will be open late until 8pm

1st Friday Art Hop at Front Street
March 5, 2021
1001 East 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
Art, live entertainment – bring your mask!

Reading Rainbow First Friday
March 5, 2021
Troy Main Street, Troy, Ohio
Children can listen to stories being read in the Troy businesses by local volunteers

The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs
March 5–14, 2021
Beavercreek Community Theatre at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio
Enjoy this youth-theater production

Women in the Air Force: From Yesterday into Tomorrow – A virtual event
March 5, 2021
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
Learn all about women’s role in the US Air Force

Wild Woman Project Moon Circle
March 11, 2021
Tend & Flourish: 1906 Brown Street, Dayton, Ohio
Guided meditation

Feats of Filmmaking with Bryan Smith and Kether Ladzinski – streaming
March 16, 2021
Dayton Live Presents
Stories of adventure from some of the world’s most remote locations

The Best of John Williams
March 20, 2021
Schuster Theatre, Dayton, Ohio
America’s composer – listen to the Dayton Pops as they perform movie music

3rd Sunday Market
March 20–21, 2021
1001 East 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
Art, live entertainment – bring your mask!

Antique Show & Flea Market
March 20–21, 2021
Clark County Fairgrounds, at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Find a treasure!

Church Basement Ladies
March 25–April 18, 2021
La Comedia Dinner Theatre, Springboro, Ohio
Musical comedy

Adult Easter Egg Hunt
March 26, 2021
Kettering Recreation Center at 2900 Glengarry Dr., Kettering, Ohio
Bring your flashlights to hunt in the dark for big prizes. Registration required.

Flashlight Egg Hunt
March 27 and 28, 2021
Kettering Rec Complex, Kettering, Ohio
Must register in advance

Angel Blue: Opera Start Recital Live Stream
March 28, 2021
Dayton Opera
Soprano star Angel Blue will present a special recital

Mysterious Seas with Diva Amon and David Gruber – streaming event
March 30, 2021
Dayton Live Presents
View deep into the ocean with all of the amazing creatures who live there



7 Tax Benefits for Homeowners

Buying a home is usually the single biggest purchase most of us make in our lifetimes. And while there are many benefits to owning a home, they may differ for everyone. As Pat Kuether, President of Mortgage Services at Sibcy Cline, points out, “A first time borrower might be looking to build wealth and find that perfect home to raise a family; A baby boomer might want the sense of comfort and security that comes with owning your own home, while the corporate transferee might see it as a transitional commitment.” 

While everyone is different, there is one benefit to home ownership for all of us. “In all of these examples, the fact that you can take advantage of the tax deduction is a huge benefit,” says Pat.  

Many buyers, especially first-time buyers, don’t always see the tax benefits right away. “Most buyers only the see from the perspective that [buying a home] is a place to live ‘at cost’. As a financial planner, I feel it is my job to communicate the financial benefit,” says Damon DiBari, Loan Officer and Certified Financial Planner at Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services.  

Tax Benefits to Claim on Your Tax Return  

The tax benefits of homeownership are significant, and knowing what benefits are available to you will help you get the most money back on your taxes this year. We’ve compiled a list below for your reference.  

1. Mortgage Interest 

This is the biggest tax benefit you will receive for being a homeowner. Every homeowner who is married and filing jointly who has a mortgage up to $750,000 can deduct the interest paid on their loan. Single filers can write off up to $375,000. You may also be able to deduct the interest on a home equity line of credit of up to $100,000 when it is used to purchase or make improvements to your home.  

If you purchase home from $150,000 to $250,000, you will pay about $6000-$10,000 in mortgage interest in the first year, and you will be able to then deduct that against your income. The larger the mortgage, the larger the deduction becomes.  

Here’s how it works: You will receive a 1098 form from your lender which lists the mortgage interest you paid. You can use the amount on this form on Schedule A of your 1040 to deduct from your taxes owed.  

2. Property Taxes  

The latest rules for property taxes (a.k.a. real estate taxes) allow you to deduct up to $10,000, which includes both state and local taxes.  

If you paid your taxes directly, you will need to keep receipts and copies of checks to claim this deduction. When you pay through an escrow account with your lender, the total will be on your Form 1098.  

3. Mortgage Points  

When you take out a mortgage, it is common to pay “points” to the lender in order to reduce your interest rate. Paying these points is another tax benefit of being a homeowner since they are also tax deductible.  

You will need to check with your lender to evaluate your mortgage payment and see if you qualify for this deduction. For example, if your monthly payment includes $200 for points, your deductible would be $2,400.  

4. Private Mortgage Insurance  

When you don’t put 20% down on a home, lenders require that you buy private mortgage insurance (PMI). Although this is an added expense to your mortgage, you can claim it as a deduction.  

There are a couple of guidelines for this deduction. The first is that your mortgage must have been taken out after 2007. The other is that you can’t claim this deduction if your income is over $100,000 if you are married or over $50,000 if you are single.  

5. Energy-Efficient Upgrades  

Going green can get you rewards when you own a home. Under the residential energy-efficient property credit, IRS has made upgrades that conserve energy a tax credit for homeowners. You can be credited up to 30% of the cost of your upgrades. 

To get this credit, you must make improvements (such as solar energy panels) to your home that increase its energy efficiency. For a full list of eligible improvements, you can visit energystar.gov.  

6. Home Office Expenses 

Although many of us worked from home this past year, this benefit is only available to self-employed workers and the guidelines are strict. If you qualify, you can deduct up to $5 per square foot for up to 300 sqaure feet of office space—a maximum deduction of $1500.  

Included in this deduction are other expenses such as your electric bill, internet bill, and computer equipment.  

7. Capital Gains from Selling Your Home 

One last benefit of homeownership comes when it is time to sell. You are not required to pay taxes on the profit you make when you sell your home, up to $500,000 if you’re married and $250,000 if you’re single.  

There are some guidelines around this benefit that are worth checking out, but most homeowners will not have to pay any taxes on their profits from selling. This is a huge benefit and allows homeowners to use the money on the purchase of a new home if they choose.  

Help with Claiming Your Tax Benefits  

Figuring out which tax benefits you qualify for and what documentation you need can be confusing and frustrating. “Our number one goal is to communicate with homeowners to help with their taxes. We promote a proactive approach by reaching out in February and March to ensure the documentation and information are received and understood,” says Damon.  

“We take pride in having the background to be an advisor for our clients as part of their trusted team,” Damon says. If you have any questions regarding your tax benefits related to home ownership, get in touch with a loan officer with Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services for assistance.  

Local January Home Sales Report – Sales Increased for All Regions

For January 2021, local home sales increased throughout the region. In Cincinnati, the median sales price increased (over the prior year) for the 21st consecutive month.The median days on market was just four days which is a 73% decrease from January 2020. Also in Cincinnati, 1,541 homes sold in January – a record for any January. In Northern Kentucky, home sales for January rose by 4% and sales prices increased by 15%. In the Dayton region, home sales units increased from last January by 10%. Sales volume increased by 25%.

Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout January 2021:

CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

January 2021 vs January 2020

  • 11.8% Increase in homes sold (1,524 homes)
  • 15.2% Increase in median sale price ($202,750)
  • 25% Increase in sales volume ($374,200,000 vs $298,800,800 in 2020)
  • -47.7% Decrease in active homes for sale (1,628 units)
  • -11% Decrease in new listings (1,881)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors January 2021 Home Sales Report

DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD OHIO

January 2021 vs January 2020

  • 9.91% Increase in homes sold (1,020 units)
  • 13.7% Increase in average sale price ($194,116)
  • 13.84% Increase in median sale price ($162,500)
  • 25.03% Increase in gross sales volume ($196,000,000)
  • 16.87% Increase in new listing units (1,133)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors January 2021 Home Sales Report

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

January 2021 vs January 2020

  • 4.01% Increase in homes sold (441 homes vs 424 homes)
  • 15.23% Increase in average sale price ($236,787 vs $205,492)
  • 11.67% Increase in median sale price ($200,000 vs $179,100)
  • 19.85% Increase in sales volume ($104,423,289 vs $87,128,897)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors January 2021 Home Sales Report

Look for homes for sale here.

Local Fish Fry Guide 2021 – Carry Out, Drive Thru and Limited Seating

Fish Fry 2021 Sibcy Cline

It’s time to try a Friday-night fish fry. It’s an annual ritual to enjoy a fish feast during the Lenten season throughout CIncinnati, Dayton and Springfield Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. There’s nothing like freshly fried fish along with cole slaw and other side dishes. This year, most locations are offering drive through or carry out only, but a few are hosting limited dine-in options in a socially distanced way. Be sure to support a local fish fry soon!

Fish fry locations are listed regionally and then in alphabetical order.

Have we missed your favorite fish fry location? Let us know: sknabe@sibcycline.com

CINCINNATI, OHIO

American Legion Post #484
February 26–April 2, 2021 (4:30pm–8pm)
1837 Sutton Ave., CIncinnati, Ohio (Mt. Washington)
Dine in and carryout

Artsville Fish Fry in Madisonville
March 19, 2021 (11am–7pm)
5021 Whetsel Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Social distanced protocols. Preorder/place. your order at 513-349-9578 or 513-460-5060.

Church of Resurrection
February 26– March 26, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–8pm)
1619 California Ave., Bond Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio
Carry out

Elks Lodge No 5
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (5:30pm–8:30pm)
3621 Glenmore Ave., Cheviot, Ohio
Dine in and carry out

Germania’s Famous Fish Fry
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays)
3529 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive through only

Hammann’s Butcher Shop
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 11am –7pm)
6180 Winton Road, Fairfield, Ohio
Call ahead to 513-858-3237 (or email hammannscatering@gmail.com)

Harrison Kiwanis Club
February 19 – April 2, 2021 (Fridays 11:30am–1pm; 4pm–7pm)
10490 New Haven Rd., Harrison, Ohio
Drive thru in rear parking lot at Harrison Building and Loan

Hartzell United Methodist Church
February 19 – March 19, 2021 (4:30pm–7:30pm)
8999 Applewood Drive, Blue Ash, Ohio
Drive thru or carry out; ca;; 513-891-8527

Guardian Angels Fish Fry Dinners
February 19 and 26, 2021 (Fridays) (5pm-7pm)
6531 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Drive through only

Holy Family Knights of Columbus
February 19 – April 2, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–8pm))
1300 First Ave., Middletown, Ohio
Drive thru or limited dine in; Call your order: 513-360-4760; area delivery for $5 for orders placed by 4pm

Immaculate Heart of Mary

February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm)
7829 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive-thru only

Kolping Lenten Fish Fry
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 5:30pm–7:30pm)
10235 Mill Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive thru only

Newtown Civic League
March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021 (5pm–7pm)
Newtown Fire Station at 7036 Main Street, Newtown
Carry out

Our Lady of of Grace School at St. Ann’s Church
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays)
5560 Kirby Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive thru

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
177 Siebenthaler Ave., Reading, Ohio
February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:00pm)
Drive-thru service

Queen of Peace
February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4pm–7pm)
2550 Millville Ave., Hamilton, Ohio
Drive-thru service

R&R Quality Meats
February 19 – April 2, 2021 (11am–2pm; 4pm–6pm)
4023 Harrison Avenue in Cheviot, Cincinnati, Ohio
Phone orders: 513-661-3254

St. Aloysius Gonzaga
March 5–26, 2021 (Fridays)
4366 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio (Bridgetown)
Carryout only

St. Aloysius Shandon

March 5–26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm)
3350 Chapel Rd., Shandon, Ohio
Carry out only (three dinner options)

St. Antoninus Boy Scout Troup 614

February 17 + February 19–April 2, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–7pm)
1500 Linneman Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio
Carry out or curb-side pick up

St. Bernadette
February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays)
1479 Locust Lake Rd., Amelia, Ohio
Drive-thru only

St. Catharine of Siena

February 19, March 5 and 19, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–7pm)
Westside Brewery: 3044 Harrison Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio

February 26 and March 10, 2021
February 19, March 5 and 19, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–7pm)
Church: 2848 Fischer Pl, Cincinnati, Ohio

St. Columban
February 19 – March, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–8pm) 
894 Oakland Road, Loveland, Ohio
Drive thru only

St. Columbille Knights of Columbus Wilmington
February 19–March 19, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm)
73 N. Mulberry, Wilmington, Ohio (Parish Center Basement)
Carry out only

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–7:30pm)
5890 Buckwheat Rd., Milford, Ohio
Drive thru or carry out; use the order form

St. Gertrude
February 26, March 12 and 26, 2021 (5pm–8pm)
6543 Miami Ave., Madeira, Ohio
Drive thru

St. James the Greater Fish Fry
February 19–March 26 (Fridays 4:30pm–8:00pm)
3565 Hubble Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45247
Carry-out only; app to place order

St. John the Baptist
February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
5361 Dry Ridge Rd., (Colerain Twp,) Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive thru only Phone orders: 513-385-8010.

St. John the Evangelist
February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
9080 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., West Chester, Ohio
Carry out only

St. John Neumann
February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4pm–7pm)
6180 Winton Rd., Fairfield, Ohio
Carry out with curbside pick up; pre-orders accepted 513-858-3237

St. John the Undercroft
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays)
Knights of Columbus at The Eagles Lodge at 1300 First Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
Drive-thru and limited dine in

St. John West Chester Fish Fry Days
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:00pm)
9080 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., West Chester, Ohio
Drive-up fish fry

St. Lawrence
February 17 + February 19–April 2, 2021 (Fridays 4pm–7pm)
3680 Warsaw Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio (Price Hill)
Drive thru only, Call 513-921-4230 to order ahead

St. Louis Church
February 19–March 19, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–8pm)
250 N. Broadway, Owensville, Ohio
Drive thru available

St. Mary Bethel
February 26–April 2, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
3398 SR 125, Bethel, Ohio

St. Maximillian Kolbe Church
February 19 – March 26, 2201 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
5720 Hamilton-Mason Road, Liberty Township, Ohio
Pre-order your drive-thru order

St. Michael
February 19 – March 26, 2201 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
220 S. High St., Mount Orab, Ohio
Carry out only

St. Philip the Apostle Church – Knights of Columbus
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–7pm)
944 US 22, Morrow, Ohio
Drive thru or carry out

St. Susanna 
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
500 Reading Road, Mason, Ohio (St. Susanna Meyer Center)
Drive-thru only

St. Thomas More
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–8pm)
800 Ohio Pike in Withamsville, Ohio
Boy Scout Troup 452 – Drive-through only
Pre-order online to receive food quicker at stmfishfry.cloudwaitress.com

St. Veronica
February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays)
4473 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive thru only at the Parish Hall

St. William Price Hill
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4pm–7:30pm) 
4108 W. 8th St., Cincinnati Ohio, 45205
Drive-thru only

Syrian Shrine
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays hours TBD)
9730 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio

VFW Post 6562 
February 19 – March 26 (Fridays 6pm–7:30pm) –weather permitting
1596 Ohio 131, Miami Township, Ohio
Carry out available – 513-575-2102; call to confirm!

West Side Masonic Center
February 19 – April 2, 2021
4353 West Fork Road, Monfort Heights, Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive thru

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Dixie Heights Band Fish Fry
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4pm–7pm)
Dixie Heights High School Concession Stand
3010 Dixie Highway, Edgewood, Kentucky
Drive thru

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
5876 Veterans Way, Burlington, Kentucky
Drive-thru only

Knights of Columbus Father Dejaco Council #5220
February 19 – March 26, 2021  (Fridays 4pm–8pm)
11186 Licking Pike, Alexandria, Kentucky 41001
Drive thru only

Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4pm–8pm)
1150 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger, Kentucky
Two drive-thru lanes and online ordering with curbside pick up

Newport Elks Lodge 273
February 19–March 26, 2021 (5pm–8pm)
3704 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky
No info on carry out or dine in service

St. Bernard Church
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (5pm–7pm)
401 Berry Street, Dayton, Kentucky
Drive thru (order in person or online)

St. Catherine of Siena
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm)
1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Drive thru and walk up only

St. Cecilia
February 19– April 5, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–8pm)
5313 Madison Pike, Independence, Kentucky
Drive-thru service

St. Henry
February 19– March 26, 2021 (11am–2pm; 4:30pm–8pm)
3813 Dixie Highway, Elsmere, Kentucky
Carry out only

St. Joseph Academy
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–8pm)
62 Needmore Street, Walton, Kentucky
Drive-thru only

St. Mary
February 10 – March 5, 2021 (Fridays 4pm–7:30pm)
8246 E. Main Street, Alexandria, Kentucky
Drive thru and carry out

St. Paul
February 19–March 26, 2021 (4:30pm–7:30pm)
7301 Dixie Highway, Florence, Kentucky
Drive thru and carry out; order online or call ahead 859-647-4072

St.Timothy
February 19– March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–8pm)
10272 US 42, Union, Kentucky
Drive thru

Veterans of Foreign Wars
February 19 – March 26, 2021
326 W. 10th Street, Newport, Kentucky
No details about hours or menu

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DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO


Carroll High School – St. Pat’s Irish Fish Fry
March 12, 2021 (6pm–8pm) 
4524 Linden Ave., Dayton, Ohio
Carry out

Eintracht Fish Fry Friday
February 5, 2021
2707 Troy St., Dayton, Ohio
Masks required. Limited seating. Carry out available.

Holy Angels (Knights of Columbus Hall)
February 19–April 2, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–7pm)
1300 4th Ave., Sidney, Ohio

Knights of Columbus Council 624
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) 
2055 S. Bird Rd., Springfield, Ohio

Knights of Columbus Council 1592 Saint Marys
February 19 – March 25, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm)
K of C Hall at Spring and Pine Streets, Saint Marys, Ohio
Carry out only

Marion Manor Hall

February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–6pm)
6050 Dog Leg Road, Dayton, Ohio
Drive-thru service

St. Benignus
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm)
204 S. Second St., Greenfield, Ohio
Drive thru only

St. Columbkille Knights of Columbus
February 19 – March 19, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm)
Parish Center at 73 N. Mulberry, Wilmington, Ohio
Carry out only

St. Mary
February 19–March 26, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–7pm)
528 Broadway St., Piqua, Ohio
Carry out/drive thru only

St. Mary of the Woods
February 19, March 12 and April 2, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm)
464 Madison Ave, Russells Point, Ohio
Carry out and dine in

St. Patrick Knights of Columbus – St. Malachy Council 5128
February 19 – March 19, 2021 (Fridays 5pm–7pm)
944 E. US 22&3, Morrow, Ohio
Drive thru/carry out

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SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA


St. Mary’s Lenten Fish Fry

February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
St. Mary’s School at 222 4th St., Aurora, Indiana
Two drive-thru lanes. Order online!

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
February 19 – March 26, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
Parrish Center at 23345 Gavin Lane, Bright, Indiana
Limited dine in or carry out

Sunman Fireman’s Fish Dinner
March 5, 2021 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm)
Sunman American Legion, Sunman, Indiana
Drive-thru only

Sibcy Cline Employee Spotlight: Renae D’Andrea

“Everyone has the ability to take a great photograph. I love to prove people wrong.” -Renae D’Andrea, Sibcy Cline Photographer
  • Name:  Renae D’Andrea
  • Title: Photographer
  • Hometown: Bridgetown
  • Current home: Harrison
  • Proudest career accomplishments: 1.  Receiving as a civilian the distinguished Military Challenge Coin from a 4-Star general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   2.  Meeting and photographing many celebrities
  • Favorite local hangouts: El Mariachi and Triple Cats in Harrison, OH. 

“You don’t have to be a model or actor to look like a star,” Renae D’Andrea proclaims confidently–and she should know. With over 30 years of experience taking headshots, Renae has photographed a wide range of subjects, including Gregory Hines, Danny Glover, Barbara Bush, Roger Staubach, Barbara Walters, and Archbishop Desmund Tutu. Another memorable political figure that Renae photographed was the former Prime Minister of Pakistan (and first female Prime Minister) Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated just weeks after the portrait was taken.

Although she’s photographed those who are well-accustomed to being the focus of the camera lens, most of Renae’s subjects start out with more hesitation. Many assume they aren’t photogenic and their headshot won’t turn out great.

“Everyone has the ability to take a great portrait,” says Renae. “I love to prove people wrong.”

Renae’s compassion for her subjects is rooted not only in her experience in working with so many people over the years, but it also arises from her own feelings about getting her photo taken. “I absolutely dread it,” she says, ” so I know what’s going on in the minds of the people in front of my camera lens.”

“80% is mental and 20% is preparation,” Renae says, “And I’ll do whatever I can to make it a great experience.”

After graduating from Antonelli Institute of Art & Design with a her associates degree in fine arts (’88), Renae spent her early career gaining experience by taking personality portraits of local musicians and bands to use as promos, as well as portfolio images for models and actors. She later returned to Antonelli to teach portraiture techniques and lighting from 2006-2008.

Building her own portfolio of portraits while honing her technical skills has resulted in a successful photography career for Renae, who joined Sibcy Cline full time in 2020. “I strive to stay current with trends and continue to incorporate it into my photography,” Renae says.

Local Events (and Socially Distanced) Fun Things to Do for February 2021

February local events and festivals 2021

It’s February – still winter. Be sure to grab your mask and head out to a fun, local event. Although some events are virtual, there are still quite a few things to do throughout our communities. Events are listed by region and date.

Want to support a local fish fry? Go here to see our list of venues.


CINCINNATI, OHIO AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Garfield, The Miusical with Cattitude
Through February 14, 2021 (streaming begins Jan 28)
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at 4015. Red Bak Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Our favorite cat from the comics!

Fountain Square Ice Rink
Through February 15, 2021
Fifth and Vine Streets, Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Reservations required

Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ The Underground

January 4 – June 25, 2021
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Digital performances. Interactive storytelling experience.

Martin’s Dream

Through June 30, 2021
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Digital performances. Learn all about Martin Luther King, Jr.

First Friday/Second Look Saturday
February 5–6, 2021
Pendleton Art Center at 1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
Art, music and food!

Cin City Reptile Show
February 7, 2021
Holiday Inn at Centre Park of West Chester at 5800 Mulhauser Road, West Chester Ohio
Ssssssssnakes!

Bizet & Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez
February 4 and 6, 2021
Music Hall at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with Pablo Sainz-Villegas playing guitar

#ILoveTheArts – Light Display
February 12–13, 2021
Various Cincinnati locations
50 buildings representing arts organizations will light up in red from 6–9pm.

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats
February 12–28, 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio
Virtual presentation of this book by Artsville in Madisonville an Playhouse in the Park
Tickets required

Findlay Market’s Valentine’s Day Sweet & Savory Stroll
February 13, 2021
1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Taste food samples and enjoy live music. The Biergarten will be selling warmer cider and local beer.

Love on the Levee
February 13, 2021
Newport on the Levee at 1 Levee Way, Newport, Kentucky
Socially distanced, outside event. Build a bouquet, take-home goodie bags and live music

Nancy Brew Zoom Dunnit via ZOOM
February 17–20, 2021
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Interactive mystery to solve

Spirited Riffs at Music Hall
February 19–21, 2021
Music Hall at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs live!

Mittenfest
February 20–21, 2021
Washington Park at 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
“Winter brews to fight the winter blues”. Craft beer, music, food tricks and more. Tickets required

The Kaplan New Works Serves Streaming for Free
February 25–28, and March 5–7, 2021
The Cincinnati Ballet performs

Moonlight Winter Stroll
February 25, 2021
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the grounds in winter on this guided tour.


Rapunzel’s Hairy Fairy Tale

February 25 – March 21, 2021
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati – Redbank location, Cincinnati, Ohio
Public and digital performances

Carnaval! At Music Hall
February 27–28, 2021
Music Hall at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Pops performs music from Latin and South America

Lollipops Carnival of the Animals (Digital Premiere)

February 27, 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio
Musical menagerie by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

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DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

Riverscape Ice Skating
Through March 1, 2021
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Outdoor ice rank at Riverscape MetroPark

Late Night at the Museum
February 4, 2021 (+ first Thursday of each month)
National Museum of the US Air Force at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Museum, gift shop and cafe are open until 8pm

1st Friday Art Hop at Front Street
February 5, 2021
1001 East 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
Art, live entertainment – bring your mask!

Sweetheart Stroll
February 5, 2021
Downtown Tipp City, Ohio
Enjoy delicious treats while strolling through the streets. Tickets required.

Love Your Craft Show
February 6–7, 2021
Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ohio
All kinds of crafts. home-made foods, candles, jewelry and more

Dayton Live’s National Geographic Live virtual series
February 9, March 16 and 30, 2021
Dayton, Ohio
In-person presenters via high-definition video from the Victoria Theatre

Dance and Romance
February 12–13, 2021
Victoria Theatre, Dayton, Ohio
Live duet performances by the Dayton Ballet

TechFest (virtual)
February 13–14, 2021
Dayton, Ohio
Free family fun with science, tech and math

Virtual Fasching (German Mardi Gras)
February 13, 2021
Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Liederkranz Turner presents a Facebook Live event with fun activities

Now and Then
February 18 – March 7, 2021 (various dates)
The Loft Theatre at 126 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio
Romantic comedy by The Human Race Theatre

Miami County Home & Garden Show
February 19–21, 2021
Hobart Arena at 255 Adams Street, Troy, Ohio
Learn about all kinds of home-improvement projects

Beethoven 8
February 20–21, 2021
Schuster Center, Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Philharmonic with violinist Florence Price

Ohio Exotic Pet Expo
February 21, 2021
Clark County Fairgrounds, at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Snakes and more!

Dayton Off Road & Outdoor Expo

February 27–28, 2021
Roberts Centre at 120 Gano Rd., Wilmington, Ohio
Jeeps and trucks!

Dayton’s Winter Wedding Expo & Bridal Show

February 27, 2021
Presidential Banquet Center at 4538 Way Kettering, Ohio
Plan your wedding with inspiration from this event

Don Giovanni Live Stream
February 27, 2021
Schuster Center, Dayton, Ohio
Dayton opera online performance

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SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Annual Cherry Thing-A-Ling
February 11–15, 2021
Schmidt’s Bakery at 125. Batesville Shopping Village, Batesville, Indiana
An annual tradition of deliciousness!

Get Wine(d) and Dine(d)
February 19, 2021
Downtown Aurora, Indiana

Holtkamp Winery Souper Saturday
February 27, 2021
10868 Woliung Road, Sunman, Indiana
513-602-5580 – Homemade soups and wine tastin

Party Place Bridal Expo
February 27, 2021
RomWeber Marketplace at 7 Southeastern Ave., Batesville, Indiana
Here comes the bride!

Did we miss an event? Let us know at sknabe@sibcycline.com



Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam of Sibcy Cline – Tapped as President of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors

Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam Sibcy Cline Kenwood

Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam, Vice President/Sales Manager of Sibcy Cline’s Kenwood office was recently installed as president of the board of directors for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors® (CABR). For the first time at the CABR and for the state of Ohio, Stephanie leads this board as a third-generation family member (as well as the fourth Sudbrack family member).

About Stephanie and the Sudbrack Family
The Sudbrack family’s affiliation with real estate began with Stephanie’s grandfather, Chester. He served as president of the board in 1947. Her father, Chet, – who was president in 1966 – encouraged her to obtain her real estate license while she was in college. Serving as one of her mentors, Chet inspired Stephanie towards a successful career in real estate sales and management. Stephanie’s brother, Chip (aka Chester) Sudbrack served as president of CABR in 2000.

Throughout the years, Stephanie has served on numerous committees for the CABR. She has chaired MLS Operations, Budget and Finance, RPAC and Circle of Excellence committees. She has also served on committees for Budget and Finance, Realtor/Builder and Professional Standards. With such heavy involvement and experience at the board, she was more than ready to start serving her second term on the board of directors starting in 2017.

2021 Board President
As board president for 2021, Stephanie is looking forward to growing the organization and ensuring members conduct business cooperatively and professionally. With COVID-19 still on everyone’s mind, she says. “We are fortunate to be in a profession that has been such a needed service. People are looking at their homes differently now and we are there to help those who want to make a move! I hope my leadership on the board helps our membership to work effectively with their clients during these unprecedented times.” Stephanie is also looking forward to help shape the next generation of real estate pros in the Cincinnati region through her board involvement.










Sibcy Cline Home Services: Finding Reliable Contractors for Your Needs


If you’re selling your home, there’s a good chance that you have some repairs or improvement to make in the process—and the same goes for buyers. You may have just purchased your dream home, but that flowered wallpaper is NOT part of the dream. Even if you’ve been in your home for a while and have no intention to move, this pandemic has you looking around and wishing a few things were just a little different.  

The “home remodeling bug” seems to have been contagious. During 2020, Sibcy Cline Home Services saw an increase in homeowners who desired to make repairs and improvements. We had 3900 new customers in 2020 who were able to work with our Home Services Coordinators to get the help they needed from local vendors and see their projects and/or move to a new home to completion.  

Are you seeing some projects you’d like to complete in your home? Getting the help you need is easy with our home services department. We’ll match your project to one of our 200 local vendor partners—all of whom meet our standards of service. You’re assured prompt and reliable service for your home repair or home improvement project, and our services to match with you up with a reputable vendor near you are FREE.  

While we have services for just about any type of project you may have, we’ve compiled a list of the home services that were the most popular during 2020 and created the graphic below. The graphic excludes our #1 service, which is home inspections. During 2020, we provided 1446 home inspections for buyers around the region.  

By enlisting the help of our coordinators, homeowners were able to fix plumbing and water issues, repair electrical problems, fix roofs, paint, clean, and of course, hire movers to move them into or out of their homes. And don’t forget the best part: our coordinators’ services are FREE to anyone in the local market.

For more information on how Sibcy Cline can make your next project go smoothly, watch our video here. To speak to one of our Home Services coordinators, visit the Home Services contact page to fill out the form and someone will reach out to you right away!  

Carrie McIntosh-Owens and Adam Klette – 2021 Board Members for the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors

Carrie Owens-McIntosh Adam Klette Sibcy Cline Realtors

Sibcy Cline Realtors is pleased to present two company professionals who have been tapped to serve on the board of directors for the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors (SOAR): Carrie McIntosh-Owens and Adam Klette.

CARRIE MCINTOSH-OWENS

Carrie McIntosh-Owens, co-manager of the Sibcy Cline Northeast office, is the 2021 president for SOAR. She has been very active with this group for many years with terms as President in 2014 and 2017; Past President in 2015; and Treasurer in 2013. She has served on the board of directors since 2007.

Additionally, Carrie has volunteered as Chairperson for RPAC since 2016; strategic planning committee; membership committee; and the Elite Club committee. In 2014, Carrie was honored as Realtor of the Year by SOAR.

She is also an Ohio Realtors® Director, is a state political coordinator, acting as liaison between the Realtor community and members of Ohio Congress, as well as serves on other committees at the state level including: Communications, Professional Development, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Carrie is looking forward to her leadership role with SOAR for 2021. She says, “Serving our SOAR members is both an honor and a privilege and I am fortunate to work with this incredible group of Realtors. I look forward to serving the members of our real estate community this year.”

ADAM KLETTE

Adam Klette is a Realtor from the Sibcy Cline Anderson location. His background in technology has played an important role with the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors® and he has served on the Technology Committee helping to pave the way for the future with his knowledge.

This is Adam’s first time serving on the board for SOAR. He says, “”I am honored to be asked to serve on the SOAR board and I hope that through my service I can make our members’ lives better, more productive and more successful in the year ahead.”

Breaking Records! December 2020 Local Home Sales Report

Local home sales report Dec 2020

Home sales increased for all regions in December. In Greater Cincinnati, the area set a record for the most home sales of any December. In Northern Kentucky, sales records for 2020 broke previous records for homes sales and volume. In the Dayton region, homes ended the year increasing 12% in December with sale volume improving by over 28% for the month.

Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout December 2020:

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

December 2020 vs December 2019

  • 21.04% Increase in homes sold (2,267 homes vs 1,873 homes)
  • 12% Increase in average sale price ($254,705 vs $227,242)
  • 19.44% Increase in median sale price ($215,000 vs $180,000)
  • 35.66% Increase in gross sales volume ($577,416,950 vs $425,623,937)

January–December 2020 vs January–December 2019

  • 3.55% Increase in homes sold (26,687 homes vs 25,772 homes)
  • 9.51% Increase in average sale price ($247,626 vs $226,124)
  • 12.5% Increase in median sale price ($207,000 vs $184,000)
  • 13.4% Increase in gross sales volume ($6,608,397,521 vs $5,827,659,825)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors December 2020 Home Sales Report

DAYTON

December 2020 vs December 2019

  • 12.16% Increase in homes sold (1,448 homes vs 1,291 homes)
  • 14.87% Increase in average sale price ($199,665 vs $173,816)
  • 19.11% Increase in median sale price ($172,0000 vs $144,400)
  • 28.84% Increase in gross sales volume ($289,114,444 vs $224,396,006)

January–December 2020 vs January–December 2019

  • 3.96% Increase in homes sold (17,283 homes vs 16,625 homes)
  • 11.19% Increase in average sale price ($196,897 vs $177,087)
  • 11.84% Increase in median sale price ($170,000 vs $152,000)
  • 15.59% Increase in sales volume ($3,402,979,256 vs $2,944,065,136)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors December 2020 Home Sales Report

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

December 2020 vs December 2019

  • 19.2% Increase in homes sold (658 homes vs 552 homes)
  • 10.80% Increase in average sale price ($238,213 vs $214,985)
  • 9.74% Increase in median sale price ($209,000 vs $190,450)
  • 32.08% Increase in sales volume ($156,774,336 vs $118,671,931)

January–December 2020 vs January–December 2019

  • 7.58% Increase in homes sold (7,849 homes vs 7,296 homes)
  • 10.49% Increase in average sale price ($229.263 vs $207,503)
  • 12.85% Increase in median sale price ($202,000 vs $179,000)
  • 18.86% Increase in sales volume (1,799,490,427 vs $1,513,944,214)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors December 2020 Home Sales Report

Look for homes for sale here.