Extreme cold moves Austin Landing NYE events indoors

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

NYE plans in Miami Valley move indoors ahead of freezing temps

Austin Landing is going to be mighty pink when the clock strikes midnight Monday morning.

That’s because the shopping, dining and entertainment complex located at 10050 Innovation Way in Miami Twp. will once again host a Times Square-inspired New Year’s Eve bash in support of The Pink Ribbon Girls. 

On Sunday, Dec. 31, starting at 8 p.m., Austin Landing will host a NYE bash featuring live music from popular local band Stranger, a free champagne toast for of-age guests, party favors, a graffiti wall, and a pink balloon release.

The event was moved to the Hilton Garden Inn at Austin Landing due to frigid weather expected on New Year’s Eve, according to Pink Ribbon Girls spokeswoman Sarah Gillenwater.

“It is a really awesome event,” Gillenwater said of NYE at Austin Landing.

Fireworks originally scheduled for the event have been canceled and will be launched at a future event next year, Gillenwater said.

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All that pink is par for the course. 

Pink Ribbon Girls provides services to women battling breast and reproductive cancers.

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General admission is $15 online in advance or $20 at the door

You could also opt for a VIP ticket for $60, which will get you  access to an enclosed, heated tent, where you can stay toasty all night. Tickets include admission, a private bar, party favors, a catered dinner and a drink ticket. 

Partial tent areas will be available for general admission attendees, but you’ll definitely want to dress for the weather. They’re expecting a huge turnout for this event so, to make room for the dance floor, chairs, backpacks, and coolers will NOT be permitted at this event.

Scene from the 2015 New Year's Eve party at Austin Landing.

The money raised stays here

Thanks to funds donated by individuals, corporate sponsors, Pink Truck sponsors, amazing third-party events, and fundraisers like the New Year’s Eve event at Austin Landing, Pink Ribbon Girls is able to provide healthy meals, housecleaning and transportation to patients and their families.

All proceeds from ticket and beverage sales will benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls’ programs in the Dayton area. 

Last year’s NYE event raised $30,000, with 100% of the proceeds from ticket and alcohol sales going to PRG.

“The cost of a ticket covers the cost of one meal for a woman going through cancer treatment,” Gillenwater said. 

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The party does stop when the clock strikes 

You don’t have to leave when the ball drops. 

Bar 145 and Bar Louie are hosting parties that go until 2 a.m.  Both are located at Austin Landing. 

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What:  NYE at Austin Landing

Where:  Hilton Garden Inn, 12000 Innovation Way,  Miamisburg

When:  8 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Dec. 31 

Cost:  Tickets are $15 in advance online. Admission is $20 at the door. 

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Levitt Pavilion announces its first concert of the season for downtown Dayton

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

The foundations for Levitt Pavilion are being built for an August opening in Dayton

At last! The highly-anticipated Levitt Pavilion in downtown Dayton has announced its first show for the upcoming concert season. 

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This summer, two extraordinary co-headliners—acclaimed southern rocker Paul Thorn and living legends of gospel, Blind Boys of Alabama will be making a stop in Dayton on August 11.

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This one-of-a-kind collaboration will thrill audiences with their rousing fusion of contemporary and traditional music. The tour is set to make stops at seven Levitt locations across the country. 

Paul Thorn and Blind Boys of Alabama will be making a stop at downtown Dayton's Levitt Pavilion on August 11(CONTRIBUTED)

Billed as the "Mission Temple Fireworks Revival," the tour marks a celebration of the deep connection between Thorn and Blind Boys of Alabama. With individual sets by each artist, as well as side-by-side performances, you will be treated to songs from Don't Let The Devil Ride, Thorn's upcoming gospel-infused album featuring guest performances by Blind Boys of Alabama.

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Raised in Tupelo, Miss., Paul Thorn's brand of muscular, rootsy rock and blues music speaks universal truths. His performances on shows like Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, chart-topping songs and collaborations with the likes of Sting, Mark Knopfler and John Prine have cemented his strong presence in modern southern rock.

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With a remarkable career spanning nearly 80 years, Blind Boys of Alabama are synonymous with the genre of gospel. As one of the pioneers of the "jubilee" gospel style, these five-time GRAMMY Award winners are recognized worldwide for spirituals and classic songs that have moved and uplifted people for decades, as they continue to impact modern music today. 

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Guide to the best Easter egg hunts around town

Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 7:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 4:08 PM

Fun Facts About Easter

Nothing says Easter like a good old-fashioned egg hunt. Check out our roundup of upcoming Easter egg hunt events happening in and around Dayton and surrounding communities.

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Children, including Max Voltron, 4, center, run across the grass in search of eggs during the egg hunt at the First United Methodist Church's annual Easter egg hunt on the grounds of the state Capitol on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Food was sold at the event with proceeds supporting First UMC's Eurasia Mission Team, and non-perishable food donations were taken for the Capital Area Food Bank. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Deborah Cannon)

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LUNCH & HUNT WITH MR. BUNNY: The Easter Bunny is hippity hopping to the recreation center, so bring your basket to collect eggs that can be redeemed for trinket prizes. Enjoy a holiday snack, pose for a photo with the Bunny himself, and finish up with play time on our preschool gym equipment. For ages 1-6. 

Where: Washington Township Rec Center, 8200 McEwen Rd., Dayton

When: Friday, March 23 at 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $8 per child. Limited availability. 

Info: Website


ADULT EASTER EGG HUNT: You won’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity to walk (or jog) down memory lane, hunting for hidden eggs all over Delco Park. We will have hundreds of eggs that can be turned in for “eggzellent” prizes, ranging from coupons to gift cards to our BIG Golden Egg Prizes! To finish off the night, be sure to take a picture with the Easter Bunny himself. Preregistration required. Limited space available!

Where: Delco Park, 1700 Delco Park Drive, Kettering

When: Friday, March 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Cost: $6 Kettering resident. $8/non-Kettering resident

Info: Call 937-296-2454


EASTER EGG HUNT GINGHAMSBURG CHURCH: Families with children walking up to age 12 are invited to the largest Easter egg hunt in Miami County with thousands of filled eggs, Saturday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. on the front lawn of Ginghamsburg Church. Registration for this sixth annual event begins at 9:30 the morning of the event with the first egg hunt beginning at 10. Each hunt zone is broken down into four different age groups: walking-age 2, age 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Each hunt zone also includes prize eggs and golden tickets that are redeemable for large prize items.

Where: Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City

When: Saturday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

InfoWebsite or call 937-667-1069


EASTER EGG HUNT, PUPPET SHOW & LUNCHEON: The egg hunt will take place in the green space at the back of the church. Toddlers/Preschoolers will begin their hunt at 10:30 a.m. Elementary Children (K-5) will begin their hunt at 10:40 a.m. Immediately after the egg hunt, there will be a puppet show in the fellowship hall followed by lunch. See you there, and be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny.

Where: Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering

When: Saturday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Info: Website


MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE EASTER EGG HUNT: Join the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for an Easter Egg Hunt, rain or shine. Bring your Easter egg basket and come join the fun. For more information, call 937-496-7134.

Where: 5661 Dayton-Liberty Road, Dayton

When: Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m.



FAIRBORN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH EASTER EGG HUNT: The hunt is open to all groups with special hunts for young children up through 5th grade and children with special needs. There will also be games and snacks.

Where: Fairborn United Methodist Church, 100 N. Broad St., Fairborn

When: March 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Info: Call 937-878-5042 or visit www.forfairborn.org.  


EASTER EGG BUNNY EXPRESS: Hop aboard the Easter Bunny Express. All children will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt. Seats are reserved; the train is now heated.

Where: LM&M Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon

When: Weekends March 24-April 7, 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.

Cost: $16-23 (adults) and $10-21 (children)

Info: Call 513-933-8022 | Website


MIDDLE EASTER EGG HUNT AT ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH EASTER EGG HUNT: Crafts, games, and snacks will begin at 10:00 a.m. The egg hunt is at 11:00 a.m. Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Stick around after for food and friendship.

Where: 10 N. Breiel Blvd., Middletown

When: Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.



THE EASTER EGG-VENTURE: An amazing indoor Easter adventure with over 50,000 Easter eggs. This event (with age-specific egg hunts) is for children up through grade 5. There will also bounce houses, crafts, door prizes, and concessions for purchase.  Age-specific egg hunt times. For more information, call 937-898-8811.

Where: Christian Life Center, 3489 Little York Rd., Dayton

When: Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



HELICOPTER EGG DROP 2018: There will be an egg hunt, photo opportunities with the Cottontail Brothers, a cupcake walk, face painting, games, tattoos and coloring. Limited to 550 kids. Preregistration is required.

Where: The River Church, 5546 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Township

When: Saturday, March 24 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Info: Website

Michael Ren, 2, shares an Easter egg with his sister Angela after the Easter egg hunt on the Capitol lawn on Saturday. Easter egg hunt events are happening all over Austin this week and next. CHARLOTTE CARPENTER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(American-Statesman Staff)

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LUNCH & HUNT WITH MR. BUNNY: Bring your child and enjoy a pizza lunch with Mr. Bunny. There will be an egg hunt, pictures, games, crafts, food and fun for participating children. For ages 7 and under. Limited availability. 

Where: Community Park Learning Center, 500 S. First St., Miamisburg

When: Saturday, March 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $5 per child. Preregistration is required.

Info: Website


EASTER EGG HUNT: This annual, free event is open to the public. There will be 4,500 eggs filled and ready to be hunted in the green space behind the church. Toddler and Pre-K hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by the elementary (K-5) hunt at 10:40. Afterwards, there will be a hot dog lunch and puppet show by the Kirkmont Puppeteers. 

Where: Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering

When: Saturday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Info: Facebook


EMERSON ACADEMY ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT: Egg Hunt will start promptly at noon for kids ages 10 and under. Meet the Easter Bunny.

Where: Emerson Academy, 501 Hickory St., Dayton.

When: March 24, 12 p.m.

Info: For more information, call 937-251-6000.


MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD EGG HUNT: The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities will host a community egg hunt for children with disabilities. The event is open to children ages 18 and under with developmental disabilities. Siblings are welcome to participate.There will be more than 1,500 eggs filled with toys and prize tickets, and minimal candy. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance to pose for photos and hand out prizes. Bring a basket and camera to this free event. The Miracle League Field can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

Where: 1605 S. Main St., Springboro

When: Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.

Info: 513-502-5015


EASTER EGG HUNT EGGSTRAVAGANZA: This is the third annual egg hunt. The first 225 children to register will take part in this free event. There will also be an Easter-themed craft. Brought to you in partnership with Crazy 8.

Where: The Mall at Fairfield Commons, lower level, 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek

When: Sunday, March 25 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Info: Facebook

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A group of kids age 5 and younger group to pick up eggs in their section of the park.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT GOLDFISH: There will be an egg hunt in the pool, prizes, crafts and a movie. This event is open to currently enrolled members of Goldfish Swim School – Dayton. Time slots available based on current levels in of programs.

Where: Goldfish Swim School, 671 Lyons Road, Dayton

When: Friday, March 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $5 per swimmer. Preregistration required.

Info: Website


BREAKFAST WITH BUNNY AT SCENE 75: Enjoy a buffet style breakfast with your family and Scene75 Easter Bunny! The breakfast buffet will consist of pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy. There are a limited number of seats available.

Where: 6196 Poe Ave, Dayton

When: Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Cost: $7 per person for pre-registration, kids 2 years and under eat free! $9 at the door

Info: Website


EASTER EGG HUNT AT BERWIN PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Berwin Park, 1400 Berwin Park, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT AT DOMINICK LOFINO PARK IN BEAVERCREEK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs.

Where: Dominick Lofino Park, 640 Grange Hall Road, Beavercreek

When: March 31, 11 a.m.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT KANTNER PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Kantner Park, 1512 Brownleigh Road, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT AT MCINTOSH PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: McIntosh Park, Edwin C Moses Blvd and West Riverview Ave, Dayton.

When: March 31, 11 a.m.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT OAK PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Oak Park, 2055 Malcom Drive, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT AT PAGE MANOR IN RIVERSIDE: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 5,000 eggs, prizes, games and food for all. 

Where: Page Manor, Prairie at Wright Fields, Riverside.

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT AT SHAFOR PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT AT SHOUP PARK IN BEAVERCREEK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Shoup Park, 1341 Meadow Bridge Drive, Beavercreek

When: March 31, 11 a.m.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT TAIT PARK IN KETTERING/MORAINE: Community Easter Egg Hunt in Kettering/Moraine with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Tait Park, 3750 Tait Road, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT VAN BUREN APARTMENTS: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 2,000 eggs, plus prizes, games, food and more. 

Where: Van Buren apartments, 1956 Smithville Road, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT AT WENZLER PARK IN KETTERING: at Community Easter Egg Hunt in Kettering with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Wenzler Park, 3535 Sharewood Court, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs.

Where: McBreezy Acres Fruit Farm, 3470 Waynesville Jamestown Road, Xenia.

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT IN XENIA: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs.

Where: Sterling Green Park, 2903 W. Barnhill Place, Xenia

When: March 31, 11 a.m.


XENIA EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: There are designated areas for prewalkers, walkers through age 4, ages 5-8, ages 9-12, and those with special needs. With over 12,000 eggs to be found, there will be plenty for everyone. Please dress for the weather and bring your own bag or basket to collect your eggs. Arrive early to register for door prizes and a picture taking opportunity with the Easter Bunny.

Where: Shawnee Park, 591 South Park Dr., Xenia.

When: March 31, 11 a.m.


5TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG SCRAMBLE: Over 15,000 eggs will be scattered over Beachler Field. Free to everyone and open for children up to 12 years old.

Where: Beachler Field, N. 9th St., Miamisburg

When: Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Info: Facebook


ANNUAL VANDALIA COMMUNITY EGG HUNT: Bring your own basket to this free event for ages 10 and younger. 

Where: Vandalia Sports Complex Soccer Concession Stand, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia

When: Saturday, March 31, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.



THE EASTER EGG HUNT: This free event is for children up to 5th grade. There will be candy-filled eggs, inflatable games, donuts, music and cash prize eggs. 

Where: Beavercreek Nazarene, 1850 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek

When: Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Info: Facebook

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This amazing Dayton craft show returns, showcasing more than 30 local artisans 

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Cathartic Slant offers a wide variety of artsy items, ranging anywhere from original art to stationary.
Cathartic Slant offers a wide variety of artsy items, ranging anywhere from original art to stationary.(Contributed)

On April 6, Dayton Crafty Con returns, offering attendees the opportunity to shop from over 30 local artisan vendors.

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The event is hosted by Dayton Crafty-Con and Yellow Cab Tavern. There will be crafting demos, craft beer and cocktails, as well as swag bags for early bird arrivals.

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The 2018 vendor lineup includes:
Althea's Lair
Anything Aprons
Ashlyn's Stitching Creations
Barbara's Atlas Oils
Barefoot Girl Soap Company
Becky Mac Jewelry
Berning Sun Candles
Cathartic Slant
cherry fullam art
Dirty mouthed hippy soap
Finders Keepers Art & Jewelry
Freewheelin' Studio
Friends of SICSA Pet Adoption Center
Gifts Arranged
Kara McCray
Lady Creepshow
Lesourd Silver
Little Hiker Bird
Monster Guard
Moxie: Handmade & Renewed
Niftik Threads
Open Road Art Shop
Petit Point Ohio
Pop Cycle
Project Warmth
rusty clementine
Tasha's Common Scents
The Bee and The Crown
U Zig I Zag
Velvet Dayton
Yellowquil Creations

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Want to go?

WHAT: Dayton Crafty Con 2018

WHERE: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

WHEN: April 6 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Celebrate spring with 2 FREE treats in Dayton today

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:43 AM


For the past four years, Dairy Queen has been ringing in the change of seasons on March 20 with a FREE small vanilla soft-serve cone. But that’s not the only place to get a freebie frozen treat today.

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It has just come to our attention that Rita’s Italian Ice in Kettering is giving away a free Italian Ice to every customer until their supply of about 2,000 to 3,000 free cups are gone. 

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Want the free icy supply to last all year long? If you tell Rita’s your best excuse to “ditch your daily responsibilities on the First Day of Spring and visit their nearest Rita’s for free Italian Ice,” you could win a three-day, two night “Ultimate Hooky Trip” to Miami. You can enter your submission here.

WHERE: Rita’s, 3371 E. Stroop Rd., Dayton 

WHEN: Free Italian Ice from 12 p.m.- 9 p.m.

INFO: ritasice.com

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