Five Free, Fun Things at Miami in March

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 March on Miami's Oxford and Regionals campuses.

tai-chiFridays, March 3 and 10: Friday Lunchtime Fitness -

Tai Chi, Open Gym or Public Skate 

12:10-12:55 p.m., Oxford

Tai Chi and Self-Defense: Only two more weeks to try out Tai Chi and Self-Defense with Enjie Li of the Confucius Institute. No experience needed and all are welcome. At Scott Hall. 

Is Open Gym more your style? Bring your own equipment and enjoy pickup basketball, indoor walking and more, at 33 Phillips Hall (through May 5).

Or Ice Skating (faculty/staff only) at Goggin Ice Center. As a Healthy Miami benefit, enjoy free skating, including admission, skate rental and an instructor (through April 21).

Tuesdays, March 7 and 28: Bluegrass Music Heritage of Southwestern Ohio Series

appl-histroy7 p.m., Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton

Many artists, music business figures and places in southwestern Ohio have played key roles in the national history of bluegrass music. Organized by the Miami University Regionals Appalachian studies program, the first two events are: 

March 7: Two presentations

  • “Appalachian Migration: Setting the Musical Stage in Southwestern Ohio,” by Philip Obermiller, University of Cincinnati.
  • “All the Way to the Fence: Moon Mullins and Bluegrass Broadcasting in the Miami Valley,” by Daniel Mullins, independent broadcaster.

appl-logoMarch 28: Two presentations

  • “Bluegrass Music and Urban Appalachian Identity,” by Nathan McGee, University of Cincinnati.
  • “Bluegrass Recording Studios, Record Labels and Record Stories" by Russell “Mac” McDivitt. 

safe-zoneFriday, March 10: Help Create an Inclusive Environment with Safe Zone Workshop

1-3 p.m. Miami Hamilton Downtown

The first Safe Zone workshop this academic year. Safe Zone is designed to create a safer and more inclusive campus for all LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff. This two-hour training will introduce terminology, examine inequalities on campus and in the broader society, and identify specific steps we can take to create an inclusive environment in classrooms, at events and within our community.

Tuesday, March 14: Maker/MakeHer/MakeHir Space (aka Women's Read-In)

womens-readLearn and do: Yoga, Crafts, Zentangle, Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon and More

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Center for Digital Media Studies, 3rd floor, King Library, Oxford 

All are welcome to this event which started years ago as the Women's Read-In but evolved into MakerSpace/MakerHerSpace/MakerHirSpace — an interactive program for participants to "learn and do." A sample includes Yoga (two half-hour sessions); watercolor with artist Elizabeth Brice (10 a.m.-noon); "Groove & Be" workshop with Dominique Hill  (11 a.m.-noon) and other workshopsand presentations. See a full schedule here

Paper and fiber crafts all day, and enjoy food from Krishna. Sign up for a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the top of each hour. 

Wednesday, March 29: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: “Romeo and Juliet”

romeo7 p.m. Parrish Auditorium, Hamilton

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's (CSC) touring company presents "Romeo and Juliet." Recommended for seventh-graders and up, a Q&A with the actors will be held after the performance, which runs under two hours. No tickets required.

"CSC is proud to present 'Romeo and Juliet' and prove its continued relevance in the lives of young and old alike, throughout the ages."