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Climb the Carew in "Fight for Air"
Forty-five flights, 804 steps. That's what it takes to get to the top of the iconic Carew Tower. You'll have your chance Feb. 19 in the Fight for Air Climb, part of a national event to raise awareness for the fight against lung cancer.

Close to 600 people, including firefighters in full gear (oxygen tanks and all) are expected this year. The Carew is Cincinnati's second tallest building.

The climb takes five to 20 minutes.

"We get all kinds of people that do this event," says Liza Aromas-Janosik of the American Lung Association of Ohio, from avid athletes to people supporting the mission of the association.

Fight for Air Climb 2012. Registration: $35 individuals or join a team. Feb. 19. Carew Tower, 441 Vine St., Downtown. (513) 985-3990 or


{ Celebrate the city }
Tour Downtown? Yep, There's An App

A downloadable tour de foot of 48 downtown architectural stops is available on Smashwords, an e-book site from Look Up, America!, which offers 99-cent e-book tours of American cities. The Cincinnati tour starts at Fountain Square and covers architectural and historical tidbits on buildings and sites north and south from Third Street to Ninth Street, and east and west from Plum Street to Broadway.

Also included is a nifty architectural primer to help spot design styles. It's a quick peek at downtown's center, a glimpse of the city's rich architecture for those with short attention spans.

"I'm not looking to compile an inventory of every important building as I am trying to create walking tours from 60 to 90 minutes, not all-day affairs," says Doug Gelbert of Cruden Bay Books. "In Cincinnati that meant omitting the wonderful cultural attractions north of the downtown area."

For more about the Italian Renaissance jewels in Over-the-Rhine and the people and history behind the buildings, a stroll with Architreks, the American Legacy tours or the Cincinnati Art Snob is in order. (Or download a Queen City Walking Tour at www.downtowncincinnati.com).

The Look Up digital tours come formatted for Kindle, i-Books, the Nook, etc. and are downloadable with maps and many photographs to mobile devices at www.smashwords.com through the walkthetown.com mobile app.

"”Joy W. Kraft

{ Golfer's Dream }
The Masters at Warp Speed

OK, it's not exactly "warp speed," but knocking a trip to the Masters off your bucket list in 16 hours is worth the exaggeration. SGH Golf Inc. in Mariemont has created a Masters Golf Tournament One Day Tour with Executive Jet Management leaving from Lunken Airport Thursday through Saturday, April 5-7. The one-day packages depart with a one-hour flight 5-8 a.m. (depending on the day) and return 9:20-10:40 p.m.

In between, fans will be squired via a luxury SUV to Magnolia Manor, a 14,000-square foot hospitality mansion 750 yards from the main Augusta National course gate, with about an hour to relax and dine before tee times. Masters Golf Tournament Badges are included as well as full breakfast, lunch, hors d'oeuvres, open bar, large screen TVs and TLC from the SGH Golf staff. This round will set you back $4,525-$4,625 per person. (513) 984-0414, (800) 284-8884, or www.sghgolf.com.

"” J.W.K.