The best places to dine on Valentine's Day in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 @ 10:15 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

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Looking to treat your significant other to a romantic dinner out on the town this Valentine’s Day?

Here is a roundup of Dayton-area Valentine's Day special dining events and menus: 

(We’ll be continuously updating this list. If you have any events to share, please send them along to 

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Love at First Bite at Brio Tuscan Grille 

The romance of Tuscany comes alive at BRIO with a special Valentine’s menu. Available for 10 days, their ‘Love at First Bite’ menu features romantic cocktails like the Sweetheart Martini and the Brut Domaine Chandon. The entrees include a lobster and shrimp scampi, or the Bistecca Brio. Reservations are highly recommended around Valentine’s Day.


WHERE: The Greene, 4459 Cedar Park Drive, Beavercreek

WHEN: Feb. 9-18

COST: Varies by menu items 


Lovebirds Dinner at Lily’s Bistro

Whether you and your dinner date are newly dating, or you’re real veterans at this whole Valentine’s Day thing, Lily’s Bistro has prepared a menu to make this V-Day the best one yet. The fixed-price menu is $54 a person, plus tax and a tip. Goat cheese panna cotta, scallops, pork belly, halibut, lamb loin and chocolat malted milk ball cheesecake have us drooling ...

(Amber Brady- Lily's Bistro)


WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton

COST: $54

INFO: Facebook

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El Meson’s ‘Madly in Love With Margaritas’

“Whether you’re celebrating with your significant other or just hanging out with friends or family, I think everyone can agree, we’re ‘Madly in Love with Margaritas!’” said an El Meson Facebook post. The evening, which requires a ticket purchased in advanced, includes five different styles of Margaritas paired perfectly with a gourmet fajita bar. 


WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton

COST: $45 & tax and tip

INFO: Facebook 

El Meson’s ‘A Casual Valentine’s Day Celebration’

Anyone wanting a more laid-back V-day celebration will be happy to hear that El Meson has got you covered. Signature Margaritas, Mojitos and select tapas are priced at $5 each. The following tapas are available for the special Valentine’s Day price:

Chilean Baked Chicken Empanadas 

Served with a spicy pebre (chilean cilantro sauce) 

Montaditos (choose one)

Contimpalito chorizo with manchego cheese 

Caprese (fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil), 

Smoked salmon with arugula 

Chicken Tinga Nachos

with nacho cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce and jalepenos 

Battered Cauliflower

with aleppo pepper and a sweet citrus sauce 

Coco Bites

coconut crusted fish bites/scallions/tempura flash fried with an orange mustard sauce


WHEN: 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton

INFO: Facebook

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at Dewberry 1850 

(Dewberry 1850)

Chef Timothy Skiber and his team want to make Valentine’s dinner special for you and your honey this year with a spectacular menu lineup. Make your reservations today, as they are expected to fill up fast. Here is what Skiber has created this year to make you fall in love all over again: (Choice of one of each course)


-Chopped salad 

Red onion/Brussels sprouts/edamame/chopped egg/tomato/roasted walnut raspberry dressing  

-Bibb lettuce 

Mandarin orange/local chevre /dried cranberries/crispy onion 

Rose Water and honey vinaigrette  


-Salmon saltimbocca 

Sangria glaze/asparagus chive bundle/saffron orzo 

-Veal cordon blue 

Gruyere fondue/corn cake 

-Smoked grilled tri tip 

Cheesy grits/carrot straws 

-Poached pear and cherry glaze tempeh/ sautéed garlic kale/brown rice 


-Chocolate crème brûlée, candied cherry’s 

-Salted caramel ice cream malt 

-Strawberry gelato/ bourbon caramel


WHEN: 5-10 P.M. Wednesday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Dewberry 1850, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

COST: $45

INFO: Facebook

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Wine, Dine & Sparkle at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

If you really want to splurge on Valentine’s Day, this is the event for you. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a four-course dinner for two with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and a sterling silver Tiffany & Co. infinity necklace.

Those who just want a small splurge can opt out of the champagne and pendant and get the meal only. That cost will range from $69-$95, depending on choice of entrée.


Appetizer: Prosciutto Wrapped Sea Scallop (arugula, orange tarragon vinaigrette, crispy wonton strips, roasted garlic butter sauce)

Salad: Seasonal Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (golden and red roasted beets, pickled onions, roasted pistachios, goat cheese, lemon balsamic vinaigrette)

Choice of entree:

Filet Mignon (8 ounce, beech mushrooms, cabernet demi glace) OR New Zealand Barbecue Salmon (king salmon, beech mushrooms, cilantro oil)

The filet or salmon come paired with a choice of Colossal Shrimp in roasted garlic butter sauce OR Colassal King Creb leg, au gratin style)


Chocolate covered Madeleine Cookies and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with housemade chantilly cream


Where: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 4432 Walnut St., The Greene, Beavercreek

When: Feb. 9-18. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Open early at 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. 

Cost: $500. Reservations for the Wine Dine & Sparkle experience must be made no later than 2/07/18.

More info:  Website or call 937-320-9548. To make a reservation for the full bundle, send an email to or call 310-482-4273. Reservations for dinner only can be made online.

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Star City Brewing will be hosting Sweet & Sour Valentines on Wednesday, February 14 from 7-10pm. CONTRIBUTED

Sweet & Sour Valentines: A Miamisburg Pairing

Whether you’re feeling sweet or a little sour this Valentines Day, Star City Brewing Company and Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shoppe have the event for you. The brewery will be hosting Sweet & Sour Valentines on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 7-10 p.m. 

“The sweet side of the event takes place in our Heritage Room, where we’ll have candlelit seating by the fireplace with chocolates, fresh fruit and your choices of beer, wine or cider — all made in house,” said Justin Kohnen, owner of Star City Brewing Company. “The jokingly sour side of the event takes place in our Mill Room and features access to a sour candy bar, a glass of beer wine or cider, and a whole night of mingling with our gaming library, foosball, darts, pool, giant jenga, Cards Against Humanity and more.” 

The brewery will also be tapping two exclusive ciders for the event with a new sweet and sour cider. 


What: Sweet & Sour Valentines: A Miamisburg Pairing

Where: Star City Brewing, 319 N 2nd St, Miamisburg, OH

When: Feb. 14 from 7-10 p.m. 

Cost: Tickets for the Sweet event are $40 per couple and include candlelit and fireside seating, 2 glasses of wine, beer or cider a piece, and 16 assorted chocolates from Grandpa Joe's and fresh fruit and dip to share. Tickets for the Sour event are $10 per person and include a glass of beer, wine or cider for each person, access to our Grandpa Joe's sour candy bar, and a night of group gaming. 

More info: Facebook

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Salar Restaurant & Lounge pop-up Valentine’s Day dinner at Boosalis Bakery

It’s just for one evening — but it’s a very important evening for restaurant owners: Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. At 7:30 p.m. that night, Margot Blondet, owner of Salar Restaurant & Lounge, will host a pop-up, five-course wine-tasting dinner at the Cross Pointe Shopping Center bakery on East Alex Bell Road just east of Far Hills Avenue (Ohio 48). Salar, at 400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, has been shut down since it was damaged in a fire on Dec. 29. There is no projected re-opening date yet.

The menu will include items such as Pistachio-Encrusted Baby Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon with Truffled Cream Pasta, Roasted Pisco, and Honey & Lemon Salmon. 

The price is $89 per person, which includes wine pairings and gratuity. Space is limited. 

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What: Salar pop-up Valentine’s Day dinner at Boosalis Bakery

Where: 175 E. Alex Bell Road #280, Centerville

Cost: $89 per person

More info:  Buy tickets here

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Dayton Music Insider: Shake off the Winter Blues!

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:11 AM

We were graced with the first breaths of spring this week, and it’s got me and lots of other music fans ready to bust out of the winter doldrums and have some fun!

This weekend’s live music scene is vibrant with music for all genres, from Celtic, country, singer/songwriter, Americana, alternative and punk. Seriously, something for everyone!

Keep reading to find out all the details!

Friday February 23rd

For those of you who are pining for the   Dayton Celtic Festival,  which doesn’t happen until July, you can get some amazing Celtic music in this weekend. Festival favorites Scythian return are back in town both Friday and Saturday nights to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day season. These two all-ages shows will be held at the Greek Orthodox Hall (500 Belmonte Park North). Tickets are available at or at the door. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

The Music of Carole King and Friends  is celebrated this weekend with The  Dayton Philharmonic  as part of their SuperPops Series. The DPO will perform your favorite songs from Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Laura Nyro, Paul Anka, Dionne Warwick, Neil Sedaka, Marvin Hamlisch, and Barry Mann. Tickets start at $29 and up. More info: Box Office (888) 228-3630. Performances are at 8pm at Schuster Center both Friday and Saturday nights.

Speaking of moving singer / songwriters, head over to the  Yellow Cab Tavern  for a beautiful and moving evening of music from  Adam Torres  (Austin, TX). He is touring nationally with  Wild Pink  (Brooklyn, NY), who are reminiscent of early Death Cab for Cutie or American Analog Set. Local band  Speaking Suns  kicks off this “don’t miss” evening of live music. Doors at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Country / folk fans have a couple great shows downtown to check out! At  Hannah’s  on Ludlow, for an evening of  music from Dayton’s own  Scott Lee,  one of the “last of the true blue folk singers.” He’s got a fantastic voice, and spirit!  Sassy Molasses and Chad Cremeans get things started off, so make sure you get there early to catch their sets too! 9pm. No cover.

At Blind Bob’s you can catch Alex Culbreth, a high energy alternative country up and comer from Fredricksburg, VA. If you’re into country, definitely check out his tunes via the hyperlink and get on out and see him live! $5 cover. 9pm 21+

Local hard rock band Stella’s Demise is back at  Oregon Express  with special guests  The Typical Johnsons  and   Thank the Maker.  If you’re looking to rock out in the Oregon District, here’s your spot! Music at 10pm, $5 at the door, 21+

If Blues is more your thing, stop by the Trolley Stop for the  Doug Hart Band’s  performance.  Doug’s band incorporates free form, yet controlled versions of many blues standards along with the blending of Doug’s blues and rock influences to form creative original compositions. 9:30pm $5 at the door. 21+

Alternative rock fans, head over to   Jimmie’s Ladder 11  to check out Chicago’s   Third Twin Sister,  supported by local acts   Whiskey For Kids  and   Paige Beller.  If you’re looking for new music, this is a great show to check out!

North of town, at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia, there’s a great night of funk and punk in store! Enjoy sets from Krunk Town Boogie,  with Yardboss kicking off the night! Fun times all around – don’t miss it! $5 at the door. 21+ 9pm.

Head to Miamisburg if you’re in a jazz state of mind. There are 2 acts performing both Friday and Saturday nights, at 6pm and 9pm at Blue Note Bistro . Or try out  Watermark  restaurant where  Kevin Dumont and   Jeon McConnell  offer sultry jams for your listening pleasure. Both spots sound like fantastic date night options!

Lastly, there is a Hip Hop Farewell Show  planned at One Eyed Jack’swhich is closing soon. This special show features  Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox,   Cozmikspirit, DJ Sparechange, Josh Thrasher, DJ Ike B, Villange Fam, Johnny Wiids, Planet Boom Bap (Indiana), Vice Verses and more! Doors 9pm. 18+ w ID. Free show! VIP tickets are $15.

Saturday February 24th

Another great night of music is in store at Yellow Cab Tavern with David Payne, Seth Gilliam and the Fake News , The Typical Johnsons , and Neo American Pioneers.  It’s a stellar line-up of Americana style local bands that you will not want to miss! Music starts at 8PM. $7 cover. 21+.

Celebrate a special birthday with super sweet punk bands, including   The Give Ups, Legbone, Oh Condor, Viceroy Kings at Blind Bob’s on Saturday night . It’s gonna be a rager! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

It’s a punk rock kind of night in the Oregon District. Down the street, you can see the female fronted group Secret Circle Society,  along with  The Ram Ones  (Ramones Tribute) at Oregon Express. 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Fresh off of a successful Mardi Gras gig, the John Lardinois NOLA band (aka  Lardinola Band ) is congregating once more to bring you an evening of acoustic renditions of some classic tunes. Check out this talented crew at  Trolley Stop on Saturday night. $5 cover. 9:30pm. 21+

Grateful Dead fans will be headed to Hannah’s on Ludlow for the fantastic tribute band  Arrows of Neon.  Two sets of jammin’ tunes starts at 10pm. Free show!

Super stoked for for Saturday night’s show at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs, featuring  Nasty Bingo and Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds.  What a fun crew all around! They will have you dancing all night long! 10pm. 21+

Hard rock fans will be loving the line-up once again at  Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia, with  Founding Fathers,   Tooth Lures a Fang  (Cincinnati),  Death By Fetish,  and  Novagold.  Rock on! 8pm. 21+

As  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers: The information above is for February 2018. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows happening! Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information. If I don’t list a price, it wasn’t listed. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on  Facebook,  Instagram, or  Twitter

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More than 30 pancake breakfasts taking over Dayton this weekend for a good cause

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

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If you pay close attention Sunday morning, you might notice the air is a little sweeter — perhaps even a little fluffy. More than 30 pancake breakfasts are happening in the Dayton area that day. 

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The annual Day of Caring Pancake Breakfast is a part of the grassroots organization established in 1991, “made up of volunteers committed to increasing personal awareness and involvement toward confronting the ever-increasing national plight of hunger and homelessness,” according to the organization’s website.

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Headquartered in Beavercreek, 12 sites in the Dayton area served brunch at the very first Day of Caring and raised $8,000 for the Montgomery County Hunger and Housing Coalitions. Fast forward to 2012: over 1,000 volunteers dedicated their time to raise over $44,000. 

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Volunteers from Ohio Casualty Group pose at Fairfield Middle School during United Way’s 2007 Fall Day of Caring kickoff Pancake Breakfast; left to right: Cathy Armbruster, Lezley Crawford, Debbi Crawford, Judy Bailey, Nate Schmitt, Wade Chapman.(Submitted)

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Today, Day of Caring takes places at over 40 locations in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas, and continues its mission of supporting local humanitarian organizations.

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“Equally important is our commitment to the increase in the number of free brunches served to local needy people,” according to DOC’s website. In addition to each site location providing a limited number of free brunches, one site in Cincinnati, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, is being dedicated entirely to serving FREE Pancake Brunches to those in need.

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For a complete list of the 2018 Pancake Brunch Sites in the Dayton and Cincinnati-areas, visit

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Alison Krauss returning to Fraze Pavilion for summer concert 

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:12 AM


In 2011, Alison Krauss sold out the Fraze along with her band, Union Station. On June 15, the bluegrass-country singer will be back at the Fraze to perform her new album “Windy City” — her first solo effort away from the band. 

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Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. at Fraze FanFare, online at ETIX or by phone at 800-514-3849. 

Ticket prices are:

$75 — Plaza 

$65 — Center Orchestra 

$55 — Side Orchestra 

$40 — Lawn & Terrace 

All ticket prices increase $5 the day of the show 

Limit 4 tickets per person first day of sale


After her 2011 Grammy-winning and Billboard’s-topping album “Paper Airplane” rocked the Bluegrass chartsKrauss began to feel the tug of inspiration. 

“Usually it’s just all songs first,” Krauss said in a press release. “It was the first time I’d ever not had songs picked out, and it was just about a person.” That person was veteran Nashville producer Buddy Cannon. 

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**FILE** In this Feb. 8, 2006 file photo, Alison Krauss along with Dan Tyminksi, right, and Jerry Douglas of the group Union Station accept the award for best country performance by a duo or group with vocal for "Restless" at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)(MARK J. TERRILL/AP)

Cannon has written award-winning songs for artists such as George Strait, Glen Campbell and George Jones, as well as produced albums for Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and even Merle Haggard’s final solo album. He also just so happened to be the producer of Krauss’s newest album that she’s bringing to the Fraze.

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What she and Buddy have created is an unusual and invigorating chimera – an album suffused with sadness that somehow rarely sounds that way, according to the Fraze’s press release. “It’s almost like you didn’t know it was sad,” Krauss said. “Because it doesn’t sound weak. It doesn’t have a pitiful part to it, where so many sad songs do. But these don’t. And I love that about it. I love that there’s strength underneath there.”


WHAT: Alison Krauss at the Fraze 

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 15

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard 


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What’s brand new at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show in 2018?

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

There will be several local and national celebrities at the show. The highlights include Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and “Vacation House For Free,” and Joanie Sprague, who will be an all-star carpenter on the upcoming revival of TLC’s “Trading Spaces.” CONTRIBUTED
There will be several local and national celebrities at the show. The highlights include Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and “Vacation House For Free,” and Joanie Sprague, who will be an all-star carpenter on the upcoming revival of TLC’s “Trading Spaces.” CONTRIBUTED

The Cincinnati Home and Garden Show is back with some big new twists and a few famous faces.

Marketplace Events, which produces more than 50 home and garden shows in the U.S. and Canada, recently purchased the show from Hart Productions. 

While the show will still feature hundreds of companies specializing in virtually every category of exterior and interior home improvement and design, Marketplace Events has added several features to give the show a bit more oomph.

Matt Blashaw, start of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and “Vacation House For Free,” will appear at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show on Feb. 24-25. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Speakers and Celebrities

There will be several local and national celebrities at the show. The highlights include Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and “Vacation House For Free,” and Joanie Sprague, who will be an all-star carpenter on the upcoming revival of TLC’s “Trading Spaces.” 

Blashaw will appear on the main stage at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Feb. 24, and noon and 3 p.m. on Feb. 25. Sprague will take the main stage at 6 p.m. on March 2, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 3, and noon on March 4.

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Joanie Sprague, who will appear as an all-star carpenter on the upcoming reboot of TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” will appear at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show on March 2-4. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Fiona’s Cove

Visitors can make a wish and toss a coin into this outdoor garden water feature inspired by Fiona the Hippo. Fiona is the baby hippo who was born six weeks prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo in January 2017, the first Nile hippo to be born at the zoo in 75 years. 

Fiona is seen through the glass in Hippo Cove. At five months, she weighed 317 lbs., up from 29 when she was born in January.

Her story has since gone viral, and all proceeds will go to her nursing care. Fiona herself is too unwieldy to make an in-hippo appearance, but she will surely be there in spirit.

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MadTree Brewing Company has released its Dreamsicle beer in cans. Photo by Gus Stathes/Ollie’s Place(Staff Writer)

MadTree Beer Garden

Checking out the exhibitors and strolling through 10,000 square feet of sample landscaping can be thirsty work. That’s why the MadTree Beer Garden will be making its debut, giving you a chance to sit down and enjoy a craft beer (or two). There will be a wine garden on the premises, as well.

Warrior Homestead’s Operation Tiny Tribute

Warrior Homestead is a charity organization devoted to ending veteran homelessness by providing single-occupancy homesteads on farmable land. According to show producer Toni Garbo, these “tiny homes” are increasingly popular with RV enthusiasts and retirees. The Warrior Homestead booth will allow you to tour both premium and basic tiny homes. For every home purchased — the starting price for a basic home is $45,000 — a second tiny home will be provided for a veteran in need.

Want to go?

WHAT: Cincinnati Home and Garden Show

WHEN: Feb. 24-25, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; March 1-4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati.

COST: $13 (door), $11 (online), free for children 12 and younger.

MORE INFO: 513-826-3427 or

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