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

The competition among chicken restaurants is getting hotter across the Miami Valley

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 first in line Tuesday at Raising Canes.(Rick McCrabb)

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.

10 must-see holiday light displays close to home

Published: Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 5:31 PM

The Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park is transformed into a Tree of Light on Nov. 30, 2016.

Tis the season to admire wonderful whimsical displays through crisp air under the light of the moon with family, friends or your special significant other. Dayton is home to many parks and sceneries that offer light shows all season long. You will not want to miss out on an opportunity to walk or drive through some of the most beautiful holiday décor this fall and winter. 

Here is a list of the best places to go to see holiday light displays in Southwest Ohio:

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill will open for the season on Nov. 25. STAFF FILE PHOTO(STAFF PHOTO)

LEGENDARY LIGHTS AT CLIFTON MILL

The Clifton Mill lights are celebrating 30 years. Gaze upon 3.5 million lights covering the bridge, the mill’s windows, roof, sides and bottom while every hour the lights shut off completely leaving guests in total and complete darkness. As quietness sweeps the atmosphere, orchestral music begins a medley of Christmas songs and lights over the bridge will twinkle on and off again. Don't miss the Santa Claus Museum on site. Refreshments for sale.

Cost: $10. Kids 6 and under are free. Parking is free.

When: Nov. 24 – Dec. 31 

Times: 5-9 p.m. Lights go on at 6 p.m. Closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Location: 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316 

More info: Website

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Scenes from the annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. CONTRIBUTED

PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE CINCINNATI ZOO

The Cincinnati Zoo will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 35th annual PNC Festival of Lights. The display voted the best holiday zoo lights by USA TODAY features 3 million LED lights. Visitors can watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, see the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the rest of the festivities begin.

Cost: Packages start at: Adults: Online $17(Gate $19) Child/Sr: Online $21 (Gate $22).

Ticket deals: Discount tickets available at Kroger locations.  Skyline Chili Half Price Nights are Monday through Wednesday nights from opening until Dec 6. (November 20,21,22, 27, 28, 29 & December 4,5, & 6). Pick up a coupon at your local participating Skyline Chili location.

When: Nov. 18 – Jan. 1 

Times: Sundays to Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. & Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 p.m.

Location: 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220 

More info: Website | (513) 281-4700 | Buy tickets online here

Get in the holiday spirit at the Woodland Lights annual display of twinkling lights in Washington Twp. CONTRIBUTED

WOODLAND LIGHTS

Woodland Lights celebrates its 25th anniversary season with the lights and sights people have come to love and a month of holiday activities. To mark the occasion, every night of this year’s festival includes carriage rides, amusement rides, live animals, concessions and activities for kids. Woodland Lights offers a walk through eight acres of lights sparkling along a wooded path and a whimsical view of illuminated characters preparing for the holidays. Santa and his elf welcome children nightly through Dec. 23 to their historic log cabin that’s decorated for the holidays. Costumed characters visit many nights and local arts organizations take the stage on weekends.

Cost: Tickets are available at the gate, any Washington Twp. recreation facility or online. $8 for adults. Free for children 2 and younger. 

When: Opens for the season Nov. 25. The holiday lighting festival is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 3 and nightly Dec. 8-30, except Dec. 23 and 24.

Hours: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Countryside Park on the Washington Township Recreation Campus, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Twp.

More info:  Website

Ohio’s largest tree of lights — at 200 feet tall and 20,000 volts — is now lighting up the night sky at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton. The tree lighting on Wednesday kicks off A Carillon Christmas, a month-long celebration filled with holiday-themed activities at the park. TODD JACKSON/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

A CARILLON CHRISTMAS 

See Carillon Historical Park’s 65-acre campus transformed into a winter wonderland of sparkle, magic and holiday cheer including Santa.

The Carillon Tree of Light with thousands of lights stands at 200 feet, affixed to the top of 151 foot tall Deeds Carillon that was dedicated in 1942 by Col. Edward A. and Mrs. Edith Walton Deeds as a gift to the Dayton community. The first concert played on the Carillon took place on Christmas Eve, 1941, just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Tree consists of over 20,000 light bulbs on nearly 100 separate strands that come to life each night at dusk and blaze through until dawn for the entire month of December. Special activities include photos with Santa, caroloers, model train displaym plus train ride, carousel ride and scavenger hunts for extra fee. 

Cost: $8 per adult (18-59), $7 seniors (60 and older), $5 children (3-17), free for children under 3 and Dayton History members. 

When: Nov. 29 through Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) 

Times: 5-10 p.m. 

Location: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

More Info: Website

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LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN

After setting attendance records last year, Light Up Middletown is preparing for its 19th season. Drive your way through this 100-acre illumination display in Smith Park this holiday season. Notice the thousands of twinkling lights including a floating sea serpent in the lake, a penguin village, deer leaping over the roadway, whales, Santa’s workshop and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit every Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. through Dec 23. The signature entry tunnel is longer this year. Hot air balloons will once again be on display during a special balloon glow event from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

Cost: You choose the price; make any donation at the gate that you deem appropriate. Donations support nonprofit groups in the community and upgrades to Smith Park.

When: Nov. 23 – Dec. 31 

Times: 6 P.M. – 10 P.M. every day regardless of weather 

Location: 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown

More info: Website

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Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill will offer guests a holiday light experience that brings art and nature together. The popular attraction will be open for the 2017 season from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL 

Holiday Lights on the Hill will feature gardens of light, trees that sparkle up to 60 feet in the air, colorful forests and illuminated sculpture. This is the 16th season for the annual light display. See the 300-acre Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park sparkling with over 2 million twinkling lights in this drive-through display. 

 

Cost: Monday through Thursday $20; Friday through Sunday $25 (Per carload). Admission for Pyramid Hill members presenting a current membership card is $15 every day.  

When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. Open holidays  

Hours: Hours are Monday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  

Location: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton  

More info: Website

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The Christmas Ranch Light Spectacular lights up 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow. CONTRIBUTED(z.www.fairfield-echo.com)

THE CHRISTMAS RANCH 

Find out why this display has received national attention. Walk through more than 1 million dancing holiday lights synchronized to holiday music. Stroll through six Christmas shops and stop in Santa’s Bakery. Get your picture taken with Santa and take a train or wagon ride. Be sure to pick up your 3D glasses. 

 

Cost: $15 per vehicle Monday through Thursday and $20 per vehicle Friday through Sunday. Wagon rides are $4 per person ages 3 and up (under 3 free) 

When: Open Nov. 17 through Dec. 23. Closed Thanksgiving Day. 

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. 

Location: 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow 

More info: Website 

 

Janet and Bob Niederman present the family farm s free Walk Thru the Bible Christmas Display, which draws more than 10,000 guests annually. GINNY MCCABE(GINNY MCCABE)

NIEDERMAN FAMILY FARM 

Enjoy this walk-through Christmas lights display. Walk Thru the Bible features tens of thousands of lights set to the sounds of holiday music, plus live animals. 

 

Cost: Free  

When: Nov. 24 through Dec. 30.  

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6-10 p.m.  

Location: Lesourdsville West Chester Road. Use 4972 in your GPS to access parking lot.  

More info:  Website 

 

Coney Island’s popular drive-through Christmas lights show will return for a second holiday season. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Report)

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS AT CONEY ISLAND 

Take a 2.5-mile car ride through Christmas displays and light shows with over a million lights, tunnels and more all synchronized to music. See larger than life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and more. 

 

Cost: $6 per person. Children 3 and under free. 

When: Now through Jan. 1 including holidays 

Hours: Dusk until 10 p.m. 

Location: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati 

More info: Website

 

HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS AT SHARON WOODS 

This drive-through lights display is built over a mile of wooded roadway. Holiday-themed displays depict everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. 

 

Cost: $13 per vehicle ($45 for buses/large passenger vans) 

When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 31 

Hours: 6-9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 

Location: 11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42, Sharonville 

More info: Website

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No need to wait for Celtic Festival for some Celtic music and dance

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Singer Colleen Raney joins special guests Dulahan and the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance for An Evening of Celtic Music and Dance in Centennial Hall at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton on Sunday, Dec. 10. CONTRIBUTED
Singer Colleen Raney joins special guests Dulahan and the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance for An Evening of Celtic Music and Dance in Centennial Hall at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton on Sunday, Dec. 10. CONTRIBUTED

You can see Irish music in some area pub pretty much every week, but Dayton doesn’t get many big Celtic music concerts since Cityfolk shut down in late 2013. However, according to show promoter Sunni Skies, there is still an audience for them.

An Evening of Celtic Music and Dance is happening in Centennial Hall at Dayton’s Stivers School for the Arts on Sunday, Dec. 10. The concert, a benefit for We Care Arts, features headliner Colleen Raney with special guests Dulahan and the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance.

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Skies recently discussed the event.

Booking shows is not an easy task. What keeps you working as a concert promoter?

“I just like it. It’s fun for me except when it gets close to the date and I’m worried about breaking even. The last event I did everybody kept saying, ‘Dayton is a last-minute town, Sunni, don’t worry. It will be fine.’ I had a lot of tickets left with two weeks to go and then as it got closer, I sold 70 tickets over two days and it ended up selling out. That shocked me. I don’t expect to sell out this time because it’s a much larger venue.”

Speaking of the venue, what made you choose Stivers’ Centennial Hall?

“I was looking for a venue that held 300 people because I thought that was manageable for me. There were some other ones that size but they were really expensive. Stivers has two huge theaters and this is like twice the capacity but it is set up for live concerts. They have sound, lights, a backstage and other things I didn’t have at my disposal last year. I had to pay for all the equipment to come in. The theater is beautiful and it’s set up perfectly. It’s centrally located. They have a dressing room and a loading dock, so it’s nice not to have to worry about figuring that out.”

How did you end up getting Colleen Raney for this show?

“I was originally looking to book Cathy Ryan again, but it didn’t work out on her end. I started looking around on the web to see what other Celtic acts might be doing a Christmas tour. I wanted somebody with a really pretty singing voice like Cathy but all of them were way out of my price range. I happened upon Colleen Raney on YouTube and she has a really pretty voice. I did a little investigating and contacted her. She lives in Portland, Maine, and has never been to Dayton so we were able to work out a deal.”

What do you know about Colleen?

“She grew up in Portland, Ore., with Irish music and dance so it has been instilled in her. I’m really excited about the show. Tickets are available in advance but we’ll also have them at the door, too.”

Is this a Christmas show?

“No, but there will probably be some holiday songs that night. That’s why I decided to put it together as a Celtic program. Since she hasn’t been to town before I thought I’d make it a variety of Celtic performances. I’ve got the local band Dulahan, who has a real strong following here. I’ve worked with them before and they’re a great band. Then, I also have the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance, who I’ve also worked with before. It’s going to be a great show and I scheduled for a Sunday so I can start it earlier without making it hard for people to get there because of work and other things. There are three performers so if we start it at 7 o’clock it will have a family atmosphere and it won’t be a late night.”

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Why Celtic music?

“At some point I’ll branch out to other styles of music but because I’m new at this it seems like more of a sure bet than other ones that doesn’t have as much interest. Celtic music is so big here, and I love it, of course.”

What appeals to you about We Care Arts, the beneficiary of this concert?

“I just love the whole concept of what they do. It’s a very good fit. We worked with them last year and I was able to give them quite a chunk of cash, which I was very happy about. I’m excited to partner with them again this year.”

WANT TO GO?

What: An Evening of Celtic Music and Dance featuring Colleen Raney with special guests Dulahan and the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance

Where: Stivers School for the Arts, Centennial Hall, 1313 E. Fifth St., Dayton

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

Cost: $25. Proceeds benefit We Care Arts

More info: 937-829-4620

Must-see homes will be decked out for holidays in St. Anne’s Hill tour

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Celebrate the holidays in St Anne’s Hill Historic District with the biennial Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour

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The popular event takes place December 8-10, 2017. 

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“Our neighbors are so generous in opening their doors to these beautiful, century old homes,” Susan Gray, president of St Anne’s Hill Historic District said. 

“There’s so much history to our city and to each house, and the Holidays are just a great time to remember it while getting in the spirit of the season.” 

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A guide, dressed in period costumes and brimming with information about the remarkable history of the Historic District and life in the 19th century, leads each tour throughout the neighborhood’s beautiful Victorian Homes.

“So many volunteers’ hours of hard work make this event a great family tradition,” Gray said. “For as wonderful as the houses are, it’s really the people that make the Holiday Tour, and our neighborhood, so special.”  

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The Home Tour concludes with the beloved tradition of bread pudding served at the historic Bossler Mansion, which also features Victoria’s Parlor Gift Shop with an assortment of unique gift items handmade by residents and friends of St Anne’s Hill.  

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For those interested in attending the Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour, RSVPs are recommended to guarantee a spot. 

Tours take approximately two and a half hours to complete and start every half hour on Friday, December 8 from 3-8 p.m., Saturday, December 9 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, December 10 from 12-5 p.m. 

More information can be found on the Facebook event page. Tickets are available online or by phone at 937-368-TOUR.

Want to go?

WHAT: St. Anne’s Hill Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour

WHEN: Dec. 8-10

WHERE: St. Anne’s Hill Historic District

COST: $22/ticket in advance, $30/ticket at event

INFO: FacebookEventbrite tickets | 937-368-TOUR

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St Anne’s Hill Historic District Hosts Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour

Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 10

$22 in advance / $30 at the event

Saint Anne’s Hill Historic District

Top 10 things to do in Dayton this week

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

A Dickens of a Christmas, the biennial holiday tours of the Bossler Mansion and other homes in St. Anne s Hill Historic District, is presented Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8 and 10. CONTRIBUTED
Contributing Writer
A Dickens of a Christmas, the biennial holiday tours of the Bossler Mansion and other homes in St. Anne s Hill Historic District, is presented Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8 and 10. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

1) “A CHRISTMAS STORY”

Jean Shepherd’s comedic holiday memoir, “A Christmas Story,” was set in simpler times when the appearances of a Red Ryder BB gun and a lamp in the form a woman’s leg could turn a family’s life upside down. However, that story from 1966 still resonates with fans decades later thanks the popularity of the low-budget 1983 feature film and two popular stage adaptations.

Victoria Theatre Association presents A Christmas Story, Jean Shepherd’s comedic holiday memoir from 1966, at Victoria Theatre in Dayton, Tuesday through Sunday, Dec. 12 through 17. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Fox TV is even airing a live, prime-time version of the musical on Dec. 17. However, if you want to watch a live version of the classic tale, you’re in luck — because Victoria Theatre Association is presenting “A Christmas Story” at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Tuesday through Sunday, Dec. 12-17.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. shows Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $30-$60. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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Broadway performer Caroline Bowman joins Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for A Swingin Holiday Celebration, a pair of SuperPops concerts at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

2) DPO’S SWINGIN’ HOLIDAY

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is getting into the spirit of the season with a pair of concerts at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9. The SuperPops program, “A Swingin’ Holiday Celebration,” features holiday classics such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Christmas Song” along with Duke Ellington’s arrangement of “The Nutcracker Suite.” The DPO and conductor Patrick Reynolds will be joined by Broadway actors Caroline Bowman and Destan Owens. Cost: $13-$79. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Broadway performer Destan Owens joins Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for A Swingin Holiday Celebration, a pair of SuperPops concerts at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

3) ST. ANNE’S HILL TOUR

Some of the residents of St. Anne’s Hill Historic District are opening up their homes this weekend for “A Dickens of a Christmas.” The biennial holiday tours of the neighborhood’s Victorian homes are held through Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8 and 10. Meet at High Street Gallery, 48 High St., Dayton, for a guided walk that concludes with holiday dessert in the Bossler Mansion. A Dickens of a Christmas runs from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $22 in advance, $30 at the event. RSVP recommended. Proceeds from the event are used to preserve the historic neighborhood. Call 937-368-TOUR or visit www.stanneshill.org.

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4) CHANUKAH CELEBRATION

The Jewish Community Center and the PJ Library are joining together with Beth Abraham, Beth Jacob, Hillel Academy, Temple Beth Or and Temple Israel to celebrate the festival of lights with a Community Chanukah Celebration. The holiday event, at the Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Drive, Centerville, from 5:30 through 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, features food and entertainment from award-winning performer Joanie Leeds. Cost: $14 adults, $9 children at the door. Free for children 3 and younger. Visit www.jewishdayton.org.

Oakwood High School graduate Noah Berry, on holiday break from the national touring company for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, performs with vocal group No Promises at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Beavercreek on Thursday, Dec. 14. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

5) NOAH BERRY

Noah Berry, a graduate of Oakwood High School, is only 24 years old but he is building a diverse career as a performer and voice teacher. He is currently on holiday break from the national touring company for “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” where he portrays the Crickets’ drummer Jerry Allison. Berry will be joining his friends in the vocal group No Promises for a Christmas concert at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 250 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. The program features a jazz-infused take on seasonal favorites and contemporary songs by Joni Mitchell, Harry Connick Jr. and Alicia Keys. Cost: Free, but a freewill donation will be accepted. Call 937-426-6491 or visit www.standrewumchurch.net.

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6) HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

More than 150 exhibitors will be selling their wares when the Mistletoe Magic Holiday Marketplace returns to the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10. The third annual event features purveyors of home décor, jewelry, folk art and more along with food options, demonstrations, live music and a visit from Santa Claus. Marketplace hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $6 adults, free children under 12. Visit www.daytonconventioncenter.com.

7) DREW LYNCH

A severe stutter would keep many people from pursuing a career in comedy. Not Drew Lynch, who has made his speech impediment work for him. The 26-year-old comedian, who was born in Indiana and raised in Las Vegas, finished second on season 10 of “America’s Got Talent.” Since then, the Los Angeles-based comedian has appeared on television on the game show “Idiotest,” the comedy series, “Maron,” and the late-night program “Conan.” Lynch is performing at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, through Sunday, Dec. 10. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $45-$47 Friday and Saturday, $15-$17 Sunday. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.

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8) TWANG AND ROUND

There was a time when country and rap rarely mixed, but that was before county artists like Jason Aldean, Chase Rice and Brantley Gilbert embraced elements of hip-hop. This has opened the door for acts like Twang and Round, a Kentucky duo that blends southern rock with rap, classic rock and other styles. The group’s latest single, “La Di Da Di,” and corresponding video were released in mid-November. Twang and Round, Vernon “Kuntry Twang” Roach and Brad “Lil Round” Davis, performs at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $10-$15. Organic Bandits will open the show. Call 937-813-4272 or visit www.oddbodys.com.

Sinclair Community College presents A Charlie Brown Christmas, based on the popular 1965 TV special, Dec. 14-17 in Blair Hall Theatre. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY PATTI CELEK(Contributing Writer)

9) CHARLIE BROWN

Grade-school crushes, friendship and other childhood rites of passage are explored in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Those themes and characters created by cartoonist Charles Schulz still resonate with audiences 50 years after this animated special first aired on television. Playhouse South presents the stage musical version of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Clark Haines Theatre, 3750 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8 through 10. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $15 adults, $13 students, seniors and military. Call 888-262-3792 or visit www.playhousesouth.org.

Enjoy German food and holiday shopping at Dayton’s Christkindlmarkt on Dec. 9-10, 2017. PHOTO / Dayton Liederkranz Turner German Club Facebook(Picasa 2.6)

10) CHRISTKINDLMARKT

There’s no shortage of holiday sales this time of year, but none have the German flare of Christkindlmarkt. Dayton German Club presents its annual Christmas bazaar Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10. Christkindlmarkt features handmade ornaments, German collectibles, jewelry, beer steins and more. The bazaar is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Free. Visit www.daytongermanclub.org.

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Contact contributing arts and music writer Don Thrasher at donaldthrasher8@aol.com.