Five Free, Fun Things at Miami in August

Compiled by Susan Meikle, university news and communications

Miami Matters brings you five free, fun things to do at Miami each month from events listed on the Miami Events and Oxford community calendars.

Move-in Day for first-year students: Aug. 23; Move-in day for upperclass students: Aug. 25; Fall semester classes begin: Aug. 27

frank-sinatraThursday, Aug. 9: An Evening with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Friends

6 p.m. Verity Lodge,  Middletown

Enjoy a walk down memory lane with songs of the past by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and other popular artists. Local recording artist Rick Gibbs brings the music and memories to life.

Enjoy refreshments 15 minutes before the program starts. 

yoga-lewis-placeSaturday, Aug. 11: Yoga at Lewis Place & In the Park

9-10 a.m.  Lewis Place (310 E. High St.); Uptown Parks other Saturdays in August

Bring your yoga mat — and the kids — to this free yoga workshop for all ages. Practice yoga outdoors at the Uptown Parks or in the backyard of Lewis Place, home of Miami President Greg Crawford and Renate Crawford.

Sponsored by McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital/TriHealth Coalition for a Healthy Community

chris-yakopcicMonday, Aug. 20: Monday Night Music with Blues Guitarist Chris Yakopcic

7 p.m. Miami Hamilton Downtown

Blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Yakopcic "charms you with his easy voice and smooth storytelling," a reviewer describes. "Then he draws you in with a bevy of tasty fingerpicking guitar flourishes that mix Piedmont and pre-war Delta styles."

Based in Dayton, Yakopcic is a 2015 International Blues Challenge finalist. 

muh-aerialMonday, Aug. 27: Yesterday's News Special - The Founding of Miami Hamilton 50 Years Ago

7 p.m. Miami Hamilton Downtown

A special "Yesterday's News" presentation in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Miami's Hamilton campus.  Richard O. Jones, local historian and former journalist, explores how the city of Hamilton's plans for the low-lying Peck’s Addition neighborhood evolved from “Central Park” to a Miami University Regional Campus.

community-picnicThursday, Aug. 30: Oxford Community Picnic and Uptown Music 

6-9 p.m. Uptown Parks, Oxford 

Enjoy free food, music and fellowship at the annual Oxford Community Picnic hosted by the Oxford Police Department, the city of Oxford and the Uptown Music Concert Series. 

Cincinnati-based party band Robin Lacey & DeZydeco will entertain with Louisiana-style rock and roll, New Orleans R&B and Creole funk.