Tour de Gem 6th Annual Cycling Classic
Several downtown roads will be temporarily closed on Sunday, October 1, to accommodate the Tour de Gem event. A fun, family-friendly way for cyclists of all ages and abilities to have a positive impact in their community. The Annual Cycling Classic is a fundraising cycling event for local Nonprofits to raise money and bring awareness to their important missions. Beginning 6:30 a.m. and ending approximately at 6:30 p.m. Streets that will be closed for this annual event, Monument Avenue between Patterson Boulevard and Jefferson Street. Metered parking is free weekdays after 6 PM and all day on the weekends. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and under control at all times. The city ask that guests please leave their pets at home during events. So come out to support the riders, and enjoy RiverScape MetroPark.Read full story
OKTOBERFEST at the Greene Town Center is back!
The Greene is definitely a live, work and play’ community. The Greene Town Center prides itself on being an open-air, mixed-use shopping center featuring a variety of upscale retail, restaurants, entertainment, office space, and luxury apartments. I've attended a lot of events at The Greene, since it's opening. From outdoor concerts, comedy shows, and events for children, including having our son's birthday party at a former restaurant located at The Greene, and walking the group over to Cinemark The Greene 14 and IMAX to take in a movie. This September 30th event will be free to attend, and all ages are welcome! Oktoberfest at The Greene is back, brought to you by Dental Loft at The Greene! So come out and enjoy cold beer, delicious food, and live music from Spungewurthy! Oktoberfest at The Greene is brought to you by Dental Loft at The Greene, The Greene Town Center is located at4452 Buckeye Ln, Beavercreek, OH 45440. Hour: Mon-Sat 10-9 p.m., Sun. 12-6 PM. The Oktoberfest at the Greene will be 6:00- 9:00 PM.Read full story
Cincinnati 's International Friendship Day, September 30th.
International Friendship Day, organized by the City of Cincinnati, on Saturday, September 30, from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M., at the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, 1135 Riverside Dr. The event is free and open to the public. This year is the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the park, named after Ted Berry (1905 - 2000) the first African-American mayor of the city of Cincinnati, and a prominent leader for the Black community in the twentieth century. . Alliance Française de Cincinnati has played an important role in promoting French language and francophone culture in order to foster relationships between people of all nationalities, ethnicity, and backgrounds. Stop by the Sister City / Alliance Française" shared-booth at the International Friendship Park on Saturday, and (re)discover one of the hidden gems of the Queen City. Continue to celebrate International Friendship by participating in the Chimay Dinner," organized by Taste of Belgium in Kenwood, October 4. Special guest on hand. Luc “Bobo” Van Mechelen, Chimay’s Brand Ambassador.Read full story
WPCU Now Offers Digital Wallet Options
Wright-Patt Credit Union has announced a new way to pay! You now have the ability to add your Wright-Patt Credit Union (WPCU) Visa® debit and credit cards to a digital wallet. WPCU Visa debit and credit cards work with Samsung Pay, Google Pay™ and Apple Pay®. Digital wallets were created to prevent fraud, save time, and give you the ability to make touch-free payments. The steps to add your new touch-free payment are easy. Locate the digital wallet on your mobile device. Most smartphones come with a digital wallet already installed. If not, you can download a digital wallet app, including your WPCU Visa debit cards and credit cards. Click "Add to Wallet" within the app and select the type of card you'd like to add, then scan your card or enter the card details manually. Once your cards are loaded, select a default payment method. Your digital wallet is now ready to use. How do you know who accepts Tap Pay? In store payment, look for the Tap to Pay contactless symbol at checkout. And online, look for your digital wallet app's logo and click it. Remember this is another "optional" use of payment. Have more questions? You can schedule an appointment with Digital Services at a Wright-Patt Credit Union near you!Read full story
Heading into Fashion Week Columbus, Ohio,2023.
Couldn't make it to NYC, Miami, or Milan for Fashion Week? Don't worry, join us in Columbus, Ohio this week for Fashion Week Columbus. Fashion Week Columbus was founded by Thomas McClure in 2010 and is the flagship program of the Columbus Fashion Council, for which emerging fashion designers to media, buyers, and the incredible fashion community in Central Ohio. Here's this weeks schedule of events! Sunday, September 24, 2023 Fashion Week Columbus is the largest brand launching platform in Ohio for small businesses in the Central Ohio fashion community. The first show, the 14th Annual High Fashion Tea-Runway Show, takes place today at the Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph at 1 p.m. with silent auction. Ballroom doors open at 2 p.m. Show runs from 2-4 p.m. Featured High Fashion Tea Designers: Rachna Chandra, Juan Jose- Saenz Ferreyros, Sydney Peters, and Xantha Ward. Cost $100.Read full story
Kids Charcuterie Board class going on in Vandalia, Ohio this weekend.
Every new trend that hits the world, may not be a good fit for children. So when we find one that is a great "rising" trend for kids, we jump on it! Kids Charcuterie boards, or snack board have taken off! Sleep-over, birthday party, and holiday (fall festival). These kid snack board provides something for everyone. Once the party host covers all allergies, children can freely eat, and try new foods, they may not have previously given them a try. Begin with board or platter, and add snackable fruits and veggies, throw in some small crackers and cookies, for crunch. Cube out some cheese, and add theme based treats. You know what would be great? Kids learning how to make their own board. Come out to the Vandalia Senior Center, Saturday, September 23, 12 p.m. -1:30 p.m Age requirements: 6-12, fee $25 per child. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 20. Walk-ins not excepted for this class. Parents/Guardians can attend with no extra cost. Any questions, contact Aaron Messenger at email@example.com. For more ideas for child-friendly boards, go to Pinterest: Child Charcuteries.Read full story
Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Deadline Approaching.
Attention Bakers and Pastry Designers of all ages and skill levels, we are down to the final days to enter the Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest. To enter this years contest, just fill out an online application detailing your vision and plan for their gingerbread creation. Up to 20 entrants will be selected to compete and have their finished gingerbread masterpiece on display inside of the Old Courthouse. Selected entrants will showcase their completed masterpiece to compete for the title of “Best House on the Block” with a top prize of $400. The second-place vote-getter will receive $200. All selected applicants will receive a $200 stipend to help cover the cost of building materials. Guidelines and criteria can be found on the official entry form, which is available to fill out online or will be available to print by going to daytonholidayfestival.org. Applications are due by Wednesday, September 20. The Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest is part of the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by AES Ohio, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, and the Virginia W. Kettering Dayton Holiday Festival Fund. For more information on the contest and other activities that are part of the Dayton Holiday Festival, call (937) 224-1518 or visit daytonholidayfestival.org.Read full story
Dayton Labor Day Weekend Fun
Most people believe summer ends on Labor Day 0but actually it is on September 22nd or sometimes September 23rd daytonians will tell you it's just winding down but it's over yet! Let's look at the late summer activities around Dayton Ohio this Labor Day weekend. This year FIRST FRIDAY lands on Labor Day weekend! Here are some of the shopping ,new exhibits, and live entertainment going on in downtown Dayton. Blind Bob’s, at 430 E. Fifth St. will offer live entertainment, with music sounds with Subterranean and Ben Clonch & Friends. Doors at 9 p.m., music starts at 10 p.m. Great atmosphere and music, This place is a local tavern with flare, serving classic pub food, like burgers, fried pickles, chicken tenders, wings, and fries. Want to try something different, try their crispy fried falafels, with spicy chipotle sauce. Corner Kitchen, presents fine American dining in a unique way. From the kitchen of renowned Chef Gavin St. Denis. Corner Kitchen is located at 613 E. Fifth St.: Enjoy live music on the patio every First Friday! Parking validated with $20 purchase. Another great pub inv our downtown area, the Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. Stop by for a pint and listen to live music for Irish First Fridays. Happy Hour from 3-6pm; music by Two for the Road starting at 8:30 pm. Want a more relaxed atmosphere? Head to Main St. Levitt Pavilion Dayton, 134 S. Main St.: Free concert with Erica Falls & Vintage Soul featuring Crabswithoutlegs as the opener at 7 p.m.! No ticket or RSVP necessary. You are always welcome to bring your own chairs, blankets, food, and beverage to the show! For some Late, Late entertainment...Zen Lounge, 121 N. Ludlow St.: Late Night Open Mic with Michael Vanderbeen 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. featuring local comedians and musicians. And don't forget the Two Social, 123 E. Third St. launches a NEW menu, every first Friday! Try all 6 drinks on the new menu and get a free shirt! You have all month to collect all 6 drinks on the punch card. There's lots more going on downtown, this Labor Day weekend. The Contemporary Dayton presents THE BLUE MOTHER, an installation of sculptural works by artist and activist Vanessa German. The exhibition will also feature quilts by German’s mother, Sandra Keat German, a prominent figure in the quilting community. See “Swinguerra” a film by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca. The Contemporary Dayton, is located at 25 W. Fourth St., Dayton, OH. Go early! Dayton Art Institute, 45 myhe latest special exhibitions, “Born of Fire: Contemporary Japanese Women Ceramic Artists, ” “Reflections in Time,” and “Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper.” Open until 5 p.m. on this upcoming First Friday. Maybe spend an evening at a local gallery, A special evening to view the “We’re Doing It ALL Wrong® - 3rd Annual Art Exhibition," 222 N. St. Clair St. Highlighted in this exhibit are: Waste-Free Dayton, Oasis House and The Castle.The "We're Doing It All Wrongwill also serve as an evening to learn about some of the area’s local non-profits with goals of making safer, more sustainable and equitable communities. For more things to do this holiday weekend visit the DDP website at DowntownDayton.org.Read full story
Trans Am Cruise In: Aug 25, BeaverCreek, OH
The 2nd Annual Trans Am Cruise In is sponsored by the Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held at the Fairfield Commons Mall this Friday, August 25th, from 5-9 p.m. Located near the JCPenney's back parking lot. This summer event will include activities for car enthusiasts of all ages. This is a family friendly event, which includes Live Entertainment! Registration has already begun, FREE tickets to all the exciting activities on Eventbrite.s can explore a variety of super polished and decked Out Trans Am cars. Always wanted to know what a Trans Am looked like under the hood? Here's your chance! Enjoy LIVE music by Stranger, and the beer garden sponsored by Bud Light and BeaverCreek's own BJ's Brewhouse. There will also be a variety of local food trucks. In addition, the event will feature raffles, a kid zone with a bounce house, face painting. Local vendors will be out showcasing their little treasures. All proceeds will be donated to Fisher/Nightingale Houses, Inc. According to their website, Two of these Compassionate Care Houses are located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, adjacent to the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, and one at the Dayton VA Medical Center. "The mission of the Houses is to provide an affordable on-base refuge close to their respective Medical Centers for patients and their families. The Houses are a safe haven after those long days at the hospital, a place where they can rest and regain strength for the next day’s challenges". So come out this Friday, August 25, from 5-9 p.m for the Trans Am Cruise In, and help support the Veterans!Read full story
What To Do With All Your Family Photos, Before You Die.
Being part of a family means smiling for photos-Harry Morgan, M*A*S*H. Unless you are famous or part of history, family photos are only valuable to your loved ones; after you die. We all know that having a will is very important, it helps your family know what and where you want to belong us to go. What happens when you die and do not have a will? The state you reside in will determine who gets everything or how it should be divided. And with family photos, it's hard to decide what family member gets what photos. I mean will each family member only get photos that they are actually in and what about wedding photos usually the children come after the wedding so who gets them? it's best to write out a letter stating who gets which photos, even though it's not really legally binding, it will help in court to know what your wishes truly were.Read full story
The Continuing Arts in Downtown Dayton, Ohio: Art in the City, August 5th, 2023
Today downtown Dayton will be a colorful escape for families in the area. Art in the City kicked off yesterday with the pre-party during First Friday. 300 local artists will converge on the city, plus 100+ live performances, and more than 30 hands-on activities for adults and children. To help you navigate a day full of workshops, interactive projects, live performances, click here for event booklet! You can also pick one up at participating downtown businesses.Read full story
End of Summer and start of Fall, Ideals for First Dates in and around Dayton, Ohio.
Here are some ideals for inexpensive to mid-high cost, for a First Dates around Dayton, Ohio, including Greene County and other surrounding areas. There are many reasons why people go on dates. Originally, dates were ways to evaluate one another's suitability as a long term companion or spouse(wiki). But times have changed. Some people go on dates just because they're bored, hungry, and for social media content. I would hope you are reading this article, in hopes of finding somewhere to take a potential partner in life.Read full story
Ways to save money with EPA's WaterSense program, and other water saving hacks.
Ohioans are always looking for ways to save money. From groceries, to savings in gas, and their utilities. One way to help bring down the cost of our utilities, is monitoring our water usage. Not to mention, it's good for the environment. This past spring we had a leak, thankfully it was caught early, and caused very little damage. One way to detect water leaks, is to pick up water alarms,point-of-use leak detectors. They're easy to install, some are as simple as "peel and stick". The alarm will go off, when water is detected. They are great for under the bathroom and kitchen sinks, and near the water heater, or washing machine. I know you love the house your grandparents left you, and maybe you want to keep it exactly how it was in 1950's, but the older the toilet is, the more water it takes to flush. Upgrading your bathroom, even if it's just the toilet, can save your family money. Think about it, bathroom models from the 40's and 50's, waste 6-8 gallons per flush.Read full story
Yellow Springs: Boys Pre-Season Soccer Tournament, Will Kickoff This Weekend!
The Yellow Springs High School Boys Soccer Team will be hosting their 9th Pre-Season Soccer Tournament at Yellow Springs High School, on July 14-16, 2023. The pre-season tournament allows coaches to see each players showcase their skills in a real game settings. It will be a fun and competitive tournament to showcase top quality talent from around the state. Both varsity and junior varsity divisions will participate, and there will be a champion for each division. Games will kickoff this Friday morning, July 14th and run through thru Sunday evening, July 16th. Games will be played on 4 fields, located at Yellow Springs High School. Tournament play will use a World Cup format, with games being played in 30 minute halves , with 5 min halftime. Championship games will be played Sunday, July 16th. Game times will be announced Saturday evening. Team Trophies will be presented to the tournament champion and runner-up in Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions. Players from the tournament champion and runner-up will receive individual medals.Read full story
Let's Go Down The Rabbit Hole this First Friday: This weeks activities in Downtown Dayton, Ohio!
According to The British Library, Alice in Wonderland was first told by Carroll( Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, using the pseudonym Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). on 4 July 1862, to the three young daughters of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, on a river boat trip. With this First Friday in Dayton, Ohio taking place the week of July 4th holiday, let's take a trip down the Rabbit Hole. I'm sure you've taken a trip down one from time to time. The term is a metaphor for distraction, a good distraction can be a good book. This First Friday, stop by Rabbit Hole Books! Rabbit Hole Books, 29 W. First St.: July 7, get the summer camp experience with s’mores served up right outside of the store. Guests can choose a free book to take home!Read full story
Fourth of July Edition: Freedom in Fashion, with Mrs. Roberta Wolf and Dee of Greene County, Ohio!
Welcome to a special Fourth of July Edition! I met these beautiful ladies this past Sunday. I originally just overheard their conversation, but as I walked around to the area they were standing, I noticed their outfits and immediately begin to smile. I hesitated for a minute on approaching them but they seemed so friendly, I decided to walk over and say hello. These two women did not disappoint! Roberta is a Firecracker! I learned a lot about these 80-year-old patriots, and as usual I gained some wisdom.Read full story
Upcoming Community Garage Sales and The Benefits of joining in!
Moving into a new neighborhood can be exciting and scary. Thoughts of not being accepted or if this neighborhood will be a good fit for your family. Having a desire to create great neighborhood friendships, or at least peace and quiet ; and a little privacy. You think, "please let our children meet a new friend", with the hopes of them starting school with a new friend. It can be more difficult for those without children. Like trying to figure out, how to strike up a conversation. Some neighborhoods may have an official or unofficial "greeting committee". They may bring over a cake or some other baked goods, the men of the family may come over, if they notice the new neighbor doing yard work; and offer to help. It's a great way to welcome a new family into the neighborhood. Benefits of a strong community bond might include, someone knowing your name and caring about your families wellbeing, or sharing each others hardships. When my neighbor in passed away, it had been worked out , that our other neighbor would take their dog, and that way his wife could still get visits from him, but not have to care for him, because it would be to difficult for her. During the time of his sickness, the neighbor had all ready started walking him, to make sure the dog would be comfortable with him. For a community to succeed, its members need to work together and create a thriving neighborhood, and to do this everyone needs to feel welcome.Read full story
New this year at Camp Kern of Ohio: Family Week Long Camping Adventure!
For the first time, Camp Kern will bring the community a full family adventure! Looking back at photos from our children's time at Camp Kern over the years, horse camp, art camp, day camp, overnight camp. But never this! Every year Camp Kerns provide weekend family camp. Once during Memorial Day weekend and the other weekend during Labor Day weekend. They usually sell out quickly. As I was checking their website for up coming events, Labor Day weekend is already SOLD OUT! This year get ready for Camp Kern's new family adventure;for the first time, the week of August 6-12, 2023, enjoy a Week-Long Family Camp!Read full story
Downtown Dayton, Ohio DORA: New Boundaries have begun...rules for Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area.
As the new rules and boundaries for DORA, the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, an outdoor spaces that allow patrons 21 years and older to purchase alcohol beverages in a designated cup, from a permitted establishment, and allow those patrons to carry those beverages within the defined area. Boundaries of the DORA will be clearly marked with signs. For a map of DORA, please visit Downtown Dayton Partnership DORA website. For the on-the-go patrons you can scan the QR codes on the Downtown Dayton cups or signs.Read full story
New Huber Heights, Ohio Library Branch Reopens!
The NEW Huber Heights Public library held it's grand reopening and ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Friday, June 2 at 6243 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights. The new location in the northern part of Montgomery County, is about a 10-minute walk from its former location on Chambersburg Rd. The new location is more than twice the size of the previous location. The new location is more inviting due to the architectural design. We hope the community joins us in celebrating the opening of this new location; they helped us create. Thank you!Read full story