NYT bestselling author to talk ‘adulting’ at Wright State event

Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Author, Kelly Williams Brown to speak at WSU's Life After Wright State event
Wright State University

What does it mean to be an adult?

Kelly Williams Brown, an advertising copywriter who has become a best-selling author and a life coach for millennials, will talk about just that as she kicks off “Life After Wright State 2017,” a series of events to support graduating students as they transition to alumni.

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Brown will speak at Wright State on Wednesday, March 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Apollo Room. 

Brown’s New York Times best-seller, “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy (ish) Steps,” is designed to help 20-somethings navigate the slippery path to adulthood. 

“We’re really excited to be able to bring Kelly in and have her talk about what it really means to be a grown-up in what we believe to be a really fun and charismatic way,” said Nick Warrington, WSU Life After Wright State Facilitator.

Brown, who lives in Portland, Oregon, has spoken at universities across the country, at NASA and was invited to the White House to facilitate a conversation about student loans with President Obama. 

“I read her book ‘Adulting’ and it is hilarious,” said Assistant Director of Alumni Marketing & Communications Nicole Craw. “It’s funny things -- how to tackle a budget, how to do your taxes, why you should clean your kitchen, how to be a good roommate -- but in a funny way that is really engaging.” 

“No matter how old you get, you might never really be an adult. But this kind of helps you along the way,” Craw continued. 

Brown’s work has been featured on “The Today Show” and in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Esquire, The Boston Globe, Fast Company and many more. Her TEDx Talk, “I’m a Millennial, and I am a Monster,” was a editor’s pick of the week.  

The event at Wright State this Wednesday is free and open to the public. The office of Alumni Relations strongly encourages anyone to come and listen to Kelly discuss and shed some humorous light on what it means to “adult.”

“What it means to ‘become an adult’ is changing,” Warrington said. “Think: 20 or 30 years ago, being an adult meant you bought your own house, it meant you got married, bought your own car and had children. I would argue that that’s not the case anymore,” he said. “The younger generation is not doing things in the chronological order that our grandparents did. This book sheds light that it’s okay not to follow that norm and that nobody is really following that norm.” 

Doors to the Apollo Room in the Student Union open at 7 p.m. There will be a question and answer panel following Brown’s talk, as well as a book signing. Those interested in attending should note that parking will be free in Lot 4 and in the visitor’s lot in front of the Student Union.

Opening day today for the Dayton area’s 1st Raising Cane’s restaurant

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:16 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:41 AM

Today is opening day for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers’ first Dayton-area location  at 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., the latest in a wave of new chicken restaurants across the region.

Raising Cane’s joins an increasingly competitive chicken-restaurant market, with most of the recent growth focused on Dayton’s south suburbs. Chick-fil-A has opened new locations in Kettering and the Cornerstone of Centerville center, and last year completed a $1 million makeover of its Washington Twp. restaurant. Locally based startup Mike’s Nashville Hot opened its first two restaurants in Austin Landing in Miami Twp. and on Ohio 48 in Washington Twp. And other chains such as Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen and Church’s Chicken have announced plans to add locations across the region. 

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At the new Raising Cane’s, the first person in line when the restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m. today, June 28, will receive “Free Cane’s for a year,” in the form of a gift card good for one free “Box Combo” each week for 52 weeks and a $35 gift basket, a spokeswoman for Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee said. Customers started lining up early in the week.

Bob Daniels of Beavercreek was the first in line on Tuesday evening. Sitting in a tent, Daniels said he got in line at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Customers who come in during today’s grand opening Day will receive a “Raising Cane's Limited-Edition BBQ Spatula,” while supplies last, according to Andria Morgan, marketing manager for RCO Limited, Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee. 

Other prizes and festivities include tickets to see a Columbus Crew soccer match for the first 10 people in line, and a live, on-site broadcast from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from K99.1FM.  

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The site of the new restaurant in Washington Twp. most recently housed a Golden Dragon Buffet & Grill, and, before that, a Ryan’s Steakhouse. The former restaurant structure was demolished to pave the way for construction of the new Raising Cane’s.

The Ohio 725 restaurant will seat 92 inside and will employ 45 to 65, Morgan has said.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and opened a restaurant in Fairfield in October 2016. Plans call for adding more Dayton-area locations, Morgan has said. Plans for a potential Beavercreek location are pending, according to city and restaurant officials.

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The Raising Cane’s chain prides itself on a limited menu and a simple concept, focused on chicken fingers, made “fresh, never frozen,” marinated for 24 hours, then battered and cooked to order. Also featured on the menu are crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and sauces that are made in-house each day.

You’ve got to see this lovely lantern fest near Dayton this summer

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Photo via The Light Fest Facebook event page

We told you about the Lantern Festival that illuminated the night sky in Sparta, Kentucky this past weekend.

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But in case you missed it, this August you have an even more convenient chance to let your own light soar.

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Just a 40-minute drive from Dayton at the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds in Waynesville, The Lights Fest is set to take place on August 12 from 3 to 9 p.m.

The Lights Fest is a company that tours worldwide, creating enchanting memories for people across the country and around the globe. 

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The mood at the festival is magical, as each person in attendance has their own meaningful reason for participating. According to Light Fest’s website, “It creates a surreal ambiance, where time slows down as your single flame rises with thousands of others.”

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Hundreds of warm, glowing lanterns floating in unison is certainly a spectacular treat for the eyes. But the lanterns’ hand-written messages detailing people’s hopes, dreams and words to loved ones is what makes the night so special.

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The big release happens at dark. However, there is plenty of fun to be had during twilight hours while you wait in anticipation for the main event. Food trucks, live music, plenty of dancing, painting and bouncy houses for the kids packs a lot into one night. 

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Environmental impact is a sensible concern, considering hundreds of lanterns are regularly released at a single event. That’s why The Lights Fest has a clean-up crew ready and waiting in the designated landing zone. All lanterns are also biodegradable, according to Light Fest’s website. 

Buy your ticket soon, though, because ticket prices WILL continue to increase as the event day approaches. VIP and early bird tickets are already sold out, and general admission tickets are now on-sale for $35.

Want to go?

WHAT: The Lights Fest

WHEN: 3-9 p.m. August 12, 2017

WHERE: Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds, 10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio 

COST: $35/general admission; late, last-minute, and final call tickets range from $40-55

INFO: Facebook event page

The BEST fireworks displays you don’t want to miss

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Nothing says summer like the Fourth of July. Whether you’re firing up the grill, heading out of town, or just want to see something new and sparkly in the night sky, we’ve got the celebrations that go far beyond pyrotechnics that you don’t want to miss.

City of Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival 2017

Lights in Flight, the region's most spectacular fireworks show, returns to the downtown Dayton riverfront on Monday, July 3, at 10 p.m. The fireworks will follow a family-friendly, multi-cultural festival featuring plenty of food, fun and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy at RiverScape MetroPark. 

WHEN: Monday, July 3; festival at 5 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. 

WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton


INFO: website

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Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival

A NEW food truck alley joins the parade, street fair, 5K run, fireworks and more presented in various spots throughout downtown Centerville at the 44th annual event. A 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., street fair from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hundreds of booths ranging from arts and crafts to food, treats and games. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Centerville near Main and Franklin streets
COST: Free
INFO:  website

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Red, White and Boonshoft

If you’re looking to beat the heat during the day on the 4th, then you have to know about this INDOOR event. The annual star-spangled science celebration features educational shows, entertainment, indoor fireworks in the planetarium, face painting, food vendors and more. 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy., Dayton
COST: $14.50 for adults, $12.50 seniors 60 and older, $11.50 children 3-17, free for museum members and children younger than 3

6 festivals happening in (and around) Dayton this weekend

Published: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 10:22 AM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

You know you’re in the prime of summer when you actually have to choose between all the different festivals happening on the weekend. 

>> Your guide to festivals in and around Dayton in 2017

Luckily, you have us to make it easy for you. Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivals going on in the Dayton area this weekend. 

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1.) 2017 Rail Festival  

Enjoy live steam engines, model train displays, historical exhibits, free train rides, good food and vendors.

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WHERE: Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 

COST: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children 3-17, free for children under 3


2.) Sliders, Sides & Subs Fest

This brand spankin’ new festival is all about tasty food and live rocking music! In partnership with the Miami Valley Restaurant Association, this event is sure to offer plenty of mouth-watering flavors.

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Participating restaurants include: Amber Rose, Basil’s, The Dock, ele Cake Co and Wine Bistro, El Meson, Giovanni’s, Mr. Boro’s Tavern, Roost, Tank’s Bar & Grill, Wandering Griffin and 1776 Grill.

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WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24  

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

COST: Free

3.) Dayton Air Show

Flashes of light and thunderous booms can mean one of two things this time of year in southwest Ohio: either a summer thunderstorm or the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

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“It’s going to be an exciting experience for the entire family,” said Sheila Wallace, media chairperson for the air show. “There is some type of act to appeal to people of all ages.”

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The annual event consistently draws thousands upon thousands of spectators, and there’s a lot to see and do.

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WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr., Dayton

4.) Festival on the Hill

This food, fun and music festival will feature several bands and delicious food.

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Friday’s lineup includes The Outlets, Ithica and Vicious Cycle. Saturday’s lineup includes Antioch Brass Band, The Blue Leafs, 33 People, Eric Jerardi, Spungewurthy and 7 Bridges. 

WHERE: Dayton Masonic Temple, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton 

WHEN: 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 23; noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 24  

COST: General admission tickets with lawn seating prices are $6 for adults, $5 for active military, law enforcement and first responders. Youth under 12 years of age are admitted free with an adult admission.


5.) Treasure Island River FestFamily fun, adventure, food trucks, a beer truck and music come together for two special events this weekend along the Great Miami River in Troy.

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Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the first Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 24.

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Treasure Island River Fest also will feature live DJs throughout the day, food trucks and a beer truck in the evening, plus a community concert.

WHERE: Treasure Island Park, 409 N. Elm St., Troy, OH

WHEN: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, June 24

COST: Free  


6.) SunWatch Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow

You don’t have to travel far to immerse yourself in Native American culture. 

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Thanks to the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans and its annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, families can learn more about Indian life and traditions through dancing, drumming, singing, crafts and stories.

WHERE: SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park,

2301 W River Rd., Dayton

WHEN: Noon-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 25

COST: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-17), Free/Age 5 and under. Weekend passes are available for $15/Adults, $9/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16). Free/Age 5 and under. Proceeds benefit Sunwatch and the annual event.

INFO: 937-268-8199 or