Five Free, Fun Things at Miami in March

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.

Spring Break is March 19-23.

Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31:  “Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness”

mindfulness2 p.m. Miami Hamilton Downtown

Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological and social benefits. Learn the practice of meditation, mindful eating, mindful walking and more through this 6-week class presented by Will McAdamsWalk-ins welcome, or register online by emailing

In Oxford, consider stopping by the weekly 20-30-minute drop-in Mindfulness Meditation sessions at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Mindfulness and Contemplative Inquiry Center in 128 McGuffey Hall.

Wednesdays March 7 and 14: TriHealth Aches & Pains Clinic – Walk-ins Welcome, Open to All

aches-pains4-6 p.m. Recreational Sports Center, Dry Classroom  Oxford

Are you bothered by new or chronic aches and pains?

Stop by the Aches & Pains Clinic sponsored by TriHealth at the recreational sports center. A physical therapist will be on hand to conduct free screenings. No appointment is needed – just walk in.  The Dry Classroom is located near the Aquatic Center.

Sunday, March 11: Chamber Singers, Collegiate Chorale and Chamber Orchestra

chamber-singers7:30 p.m.  Hall Auditorium  Oxford

Enjoy a special free choral concert: Miami’s Chamber Singers, directed by Bill Bausano; Collegiate Chorale, directed by Jeremy D. Jones; and a chamber ochestra, will perform Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G” (Mass No. 2 in G Major), and other choral works.

Monday, March 12: For Baseball and History Buffs - Cincinnati Museum Center presents “Crosley Field Remembered”

crosley-field6 p.m. Verity Lodge  Middletown

Verity Traditions prepares for baseball season with the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Cincinnati Heritage Program “Crosley Field Remembered.” Relive the memorable 1919 and 1940 Reds World Championships and experience the excitement of the 1960s with the arrival of Reds greats Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Gary Nolan.

Crosley Field was home to the Cincinnati Reds from 1912 to June 24, 1970. The ballpark was named Redland Field from 1912 until 1934 when local businessman Powel Crosley Jr. bought the franchise. After Crosley Field, the Reds moved to Riverfront Stadium (later Cinergy Field) on the banks of the Ohio River until 2002. In 2003, Great American Ballpark opened and is the current home of the Reds.

Thursday, March 29:  Virtual Reality – Make Your Own Google Cardboard VR Viewer

vr-viewer11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.  Gardner Harvey Library, Middletown

Have you wanted to experience virtual reality (VR) but aren't ready to spend the big bucks on an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive? Did you know you could make a working VR viewer using just your smartphone and some cardboard? Now you can! Using a Google Cardboard viewer and a free app on your phone, you can watch 360 degree videos and interact with immersive 3-D environments.

Come to the TEC Lab Maker Space@ Gardner Harvey Library on Thursday, March 29, between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. We will supply free Google Cardboard viewers, assemble them, and show you how to experience this growing VR world of free videos and images. We also will have some other types of viewers on hand for you to try. No smartphone? That's OK - we'll have some other devices on hand for you to use.

All are welcome to attend. Drop by at any time during each two-hour workshop.

Or drop by anytime and check out the tools and kits (3-D printers, laser cutters and much more) available at the Tec Lab.