Five Free, Fun Things at Miami in June

compiled by Susan Meikle, news and communications

Miami Matters brings you five free, fun things to do each month from events listed on the Miami Events and Oxford community calendars. We've highlighted five activities for June.

Summer orientation sessions on the Oxford campus Mondays-Saturdays through June. Alumni Weekend June 8-10.

barreMondays, June 11-July 9: New Fitness 4 Life Barre Workshop

12:10-12:55 p.m. Recreational Sports Center Room B,  Oxford

Fitness 4 Life offers a new workshop: Barre, where classic ballet movements meet new age balance and dance. This class is intended to help you gain strength, improve range of motion and increase flexibility. Different equipment will be utilized including small hand weights, balls, resistance bands, ballet barres and more.  Barefoot or socks required. 

Free for all Miami faculty and staff with a valid Miami ID.  

mangoesWednesday, June 13: Tropical Fruits – See, Taste, Learn

Noon-1 p.m.  Hamilton Conservatory, Hamilton

Learn it at Lunch Series: Pack a lunch, bring a friend. Come to see, taste and learn about all of the tropical fruits grown in the Conservatory. No experience required; open to all.  Questions? Contact Conservatory manager Brian Grubb at

true-crime-jonesWednesday, June 13: Richard O. Jones, True Crime Historian 

7-8 p.m  Miami Hamilton Downtown

"The Torture Bandits & Other Mooks" — Learn about some of Hamilton's most colorful criminals, like the Torture Bandits Walter Kinney and Charles Kenny; the "Mutt and Jeff Bandits;" the notorious Laura Isaacs; and more tales of thwarted robberies and heroic citizens. Hosted by historian and former journalist, Richard O. Jones.

alex-noahMonday, June 18: Acoustic duo Alex Poteet and Noah Cope

7-8 p.m. Miami Hamilton Downtown

Singer/songwriter Alex Poteet and bassist/vocalist Noah Cope perform "roots music with a pop sensibility." Cope is a veteran musician with three decades of professional experience in bluegrass, jazz, pop, blues, opera and orchestral music. He had an 18-year run as bassist for the Broadway production of "Phantom of the Opera." Poteet, a native of southwest Ohio, blends blues, folk and pop music in performances at festivals and events across the state.   


svi-concertSaturday, June 30: Schmidt Vocal Institute Student Concert 

7:30 p.m. Souers Recital Hall, CPA,  Oxford

Enjoy songs and arias by talented high school singers from across the country who are students in the Schmidt Vocal Institute. The summer intensive program is housed at Miami and directed by Linda McAlister, instructor of voice.

The singers will perform selections representing all the arias studied in the summer program, including an Italian piece, German songs by Brahms, Schubert and Schumann, an American song and selections from musical theater/operetta.

Enjoy a concert by the SVI Resident Faculty:

Wednesday, June 27: Schmidt Vocal Institute Faculty Recital

 7:30 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center (10 S. College Avenue)