Five Free, Fun Things at Miami in January

compiled by Susan Meikle, university news and communications

Miami Matters brings you five free, fun things to do at Miami each month. We've highlighted five activities for January on Miami's Oxford and Regional campuses.

lean-fairWednesday, Jan. 11: Winter Term Lean Fair

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Armstrong Student Center, Oxford

Browse the booths, attend a breakout session, enjoy refreshments and win a chance at a door prize  at the 2017 Lean Fair. Learn about Lean concepts and tools and Miami's approach to continuous improvement through activities, information booths and interactive courses presented by many different offices and divisions. Take away valuable ideas and practices to use in your daily work life. 

Please be sure to bring your Miami University ID to the event  

Monday, Jan. 16: Communitywide Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

mlk-201611 a.m.  Program begins, Shriver Center Dolibois Room, Oxford

10 a.m.  Doors open, Complimentary Continental Breakfast

"Continuing the Dream in 2017." A communitywide celebration of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  with guest speaker Tammy Kernodle, professor of musicology and affiliate faculty of American studies, black world studies and women, gender and sexuality studies. Kernodle served as a scholarly consultant to "Musical Crossroads," the inaugural music exhibit for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Sponsored by the Miami University offices of diversity affairs, the president and residence life; Center for American and World Cultures; Talawanda School District; Oxford NAACP; and Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice. 

Friday & Saturday, Jan. 20-21: City of Sculpture IceFest, Miami Hamilton Downtown Activities

dog-dateFriday, Jan. 20:

6-10 p.m.  IceFest, Free Family Event, High Street, Hamilton 

6-8 p.m.  Doggy Speed Dating at Miami Hamilton Downtown

Dogs from the Animal Adoption Foundation will be available for petting, cuddling and adopting.

Saturday, Jan. 21:

penguins10 a.m.-6 p.m.  IceFest

Noon-2 p.m. “Meet a Penguin!” at Miami Hamilton Downtown

Meet and greet — and take a selfie with — African penguins in this program presented by the Newport Aquarium’s Wave Foundation. Sponsored by the Lane Libraries and Miami Hamilton.

music-cafeTuesday, Jan. 24: Music Café moves from Fitton Center to Hamilton Downtown

7-9 p.m.  Miami Hamilton Downtown

After 18 years at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, the Music Café moves to Miami Regionals Downtown Hamilton. What is the Music Cafe? It is a performance opportunity for musicians of all experience levels in a warm, supportive environment. Each show consists of four 25-minute sets.  Want to perform? Sign up in advance at or email

ypFriday, Jan. 27: Reception and Awards Ceremony,Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 Yeck Award 

4:30-6 p.m.  Hiestand Galleries, art building, Oxford

Reception for the Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Paintings by the 10 finalists are exhibited in the Hiestand North Gallery. Juror Jed Perl, artist, writer and critic from New York City, will announce the winners at 5:15 p.m.

Meet the 2016 Young Painter winner, Annie Ewaskio, at the reception and view her solo exhibition in Hiestand's Hull Gallery.