The only better prep for hiking the Appalachian Trail would be quizzing Bill Bryson himself. If you’re ready for your own walk in the woods, this is the place to start. With a notable chunk of the AT in reach from the Tristate, learn how to plan, what to bring, where to go (RR&T favs!). 7 – 8 p.m. RoadsRiversAndTrails.com
Think you’ve got what it takes? Come wield your whisk against Loveland’s best in this legendary showdown of culinary competence—reserved exclusively for young chefs ages 11 and older. You’ll chop, combine, create and conquer using only ingredients at hand (all supplied), plus one surprise must-include addition. 4 – 5 p.m. Registration required. CincinnatiLibrary.org/Branches/Loveland.html
Taking care of four-legged family members can get spendy in a snap. Let Dr. Peter Hill and team help with their drop-in clinics for cats and dogs—a low-cost option that packages exams, screenings, vaccinations and more alongside tours, meet-and-greets and goodies at their new Loveland/Indian Hill office. 9 a.m. – noon, no appointment needed, two Saturdays in April. PetCareCincinnati.com
Near and dear to Cappy’s—a family-sized fundraiser for JDRF, which tirelessly works to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Now’s your chance to contribute with a brew. Every pint or glass means $1 donated to JDRF, plus 100 percent of raffle sales (yep, great prizes, too). An all-day event, in partnership with Premium Bev and loads of breweries. LovelandCappys.com
Take steps to refresh. Make time to renew. Find new energy in mind, body and spirit—all at a unique festival dedicated to holistic healing and natural living. For 27 years, this expo has been the go-to source for 300-plus restorative workshops, readings, seminars, vendors and more. Admission $15/day, $25/weekend. 10 – 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. VictoryOfLight.com
Collectors, your Shangri-La awaits. Rare vinyl at its finest. Limited releases by the hundreds. The hard-to-find and hopelessly coveted, all only available one day a year. Think High Fidelity right in downtown Loveland. Plaid Room Records will open its doors for this official indie store holiday at 8 a.m. (but don’t be surprised if there’s already a line). PlaidRoomRecords.com
Didn’t get that kayak last Christmas? Find the summer ride that’s right for you. Ask questions and quiz RRT experts. Test, paddle and try out (regardless if a purchase is imminent or far in the future—no pressure!). Mandatory RSVP to save your spot, on the water at Stonelick State Park. Send your info and preferred arrival time to RRT@RoadsRiversAndTrails.com.
Spring cleaning at its finest—purge your pad of unwanted electronic detritus at LSC’s Earth Day recycling event. Most items are free to drop, but some require a small fee: monitors $10, LED/LCD/Plasma TVs $20, other TVs $40. No bulbs, batteries or items with refrigerant. 1 – 4 p.m. at Loveland Public Works, 10980 Loveland-Madeira Road. Questions? Email LovelandSustainabilityCouncil@gmail.com.
Go gold this Earth Day for the Little Miami’s 50th anniversary as a State Scenic River (Ohio’s first, thanks to LMC). Not only a celebration of five decades of success, but it’s also a chance to help bring 100 percent of the river under LMC’s protection. 5:30 – 9 p.m., Cincinnati Marriott Northeast. Individual tickets $49, table sponsorships from $500. LittleMiami.org
Consider the bar raised for tantalizing tastings and perfect pairings. Think saisons, stouts and ales alongside citrus, cakes and chocolate. It’s a pastry tap takeover—featuring four favorites from Taft’s Brewing Company matched with four decadent delights from the baking pros at the BonBonerie. Advance purchase recommended. 5 p.m. Single tickets $25, couples $35. BCsBottlelodge.com
Confidence, focus, behavior, learning problems. ADHD, sensory meltdowns, social issues. Sound familiar? Let Brain Balance help. Located in Loveland, they offer integrated, holistic programs with proven results for kids of any age and need. Stop by the Homeschooling Convention downtown to chat with Brain Balance in a no-stress, information-packed setting. 5 – 9 p.m., free admission Thursday eve only. BrainBalanceCenters.com/Cincinnati
Go wild (your pollinators will thank you) with this wealth of wildflowers. The Nature Center has everything you need—soil, seeds and pots galore. Choose your favorite native (a dozen-plus varieties), then take them home to bloom and transplant. $1 per seed pot. Drop-in event, Saturday 10 – 3 p.m., Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Members free, nonmembers $9/adult, $4/child. CincyNature.org
Cider making has a storied past. Cider lovin’ has a new home—a brand-new craft festival from March First dedicated solely to the delicious delights of the fermented apple. Ciders from around the country, available right in your own backyard. Gluten-free! Tart or sweet! Ciderpalooza will have it all, all day long. 11 – 11 p.m. MarchFirstBrewing.com