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Time to put on your ‘diamonds and denim’ -- this country-chic fashion show is for a great cause

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Photo from a Pink Ribbon Girl event last spring with Shop Bravura
Photo from a Pink Ribbon Girl event last spring with Shop Bravura

Fashion for a good cause? Sign us up.

On April 14, 2018, non-profit organization the Pink Ribbon Girls will host “This One’s For The Girls,” a fashion show benefit. 

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Guests will enjoy heavy appetizers and desserts, as well as a cash bar stocked with signature drinks. Attendees are requested to arrive in their best “country chic” look -- think denim and diamonds. 

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Popular local boutiques Merchant 31Ark and Echo and Shop Bravura will feature looks in the fashion show. 

In addition to the tasty treats and fashionable frocks on the runway, guests will also enjoy music from American Idol contestant Gracie Aufderbeck and local celebrity emcee Clancy Burke. There will also be a survivor spotlight.

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Pink Ribbon Girls is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by breast cancer survivors who have a passion for supporting and empowering others who are currently in the fight against breast and women’s reproductive cancers. 

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Their mission isn’t just to talk about cancer, but to actively take on cancer. They are here to make the burden lighter, striving to balance the fear and uncertainty that breast and women’s reproductive cancers bring to individuals and families by providing free direct services of healthy meals, housecleaning, rides to treatment, and peer support to clients throughout Ohio.

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Adult tickets are $55 and include a complimentary glass of pink champagne. For guests 18 and under, tickets are $30. Tickets can be purchased online.

Want to go?

WHAT: “This One’s For The Girls” Fashion Show

WHERE: Greene Acres, 5543 Worley Road, Tipp City

HOURS: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

INFO: Pink Ribbon Girls’ Website

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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  


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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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.


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Your guide to Dayton-area food truck events this spring

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 1:17 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Some of the most popular food trucks in the Dayton area.

Food truck festivals are in full swing -- and we are excited. Here are the latest details for upcoming food truck rallies in Dayton.

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Family Video Food Truck Rally

TIME: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

WHERE: 5390 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights

TRUCKS: The Drunken Waffle, Ginniebug Creations, Thai1On, Pop’s World Famous Dawg House LLC and Shantz Express

INFO: Free to attend, free movie rentals and in-store discounts (Family video) 

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Brunch! A Food Truck Rally

TIME: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHERE: 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

TRUCKS: The Drunken Waffle, Greek Street Food Truck, Son Of a Biscuit, Harvest Mobile Cuisine, The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton, Boston Stoker Coffee Company and Lily's Bistro.

INFO: Boston Stoker will be serving coffee and Lily’s Bistro will be serving their signature beignets. 

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Spring Food Truck Rally

TIME: 5-10 p.m.

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

TRUCKS: El Meson, Smokinbeebeeq, Greek Street Food Truck, Son Of a Biscuit, Cupzilla-Korean BBQ, Thai1On, Harvest Mobile Cuisine, Just Jerks Ena's, ~Nacho Pig~ and The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton

INFO: Live music TBA. Mobile clothing boutique Amber Row will be on site.

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Miami County Food Truck Competition and Rally

TIME: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

WHERE: 650 N. Co. Rd., Troy



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4 reasons you don’t want to miss Gem City Comic Con

Published: Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 8:54 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Comic book enthusiasts gather at the 6th Annual Gem City Comic Con on Sunday, April 3, at the Wright State University student union. Several artists and authors were on hand to demonstrate their skills.
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Comic book enthusiasts gather at the 6th Annual Gem City Comic Con on Sunday, April 3, at the Wright State University student union. Several artists and authors were on hand to demonstrate their skills.(Chris Stewart/Chris Stewart)

For the past 12 years, Gem City Comic Con has been a staple event for comic book and pop culture enthusiasts in the Dayton area. 

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This year, convention promoter Jesse Noble is hoping the convention will be the best and biggest yet. He’s expanded the show floor, added new elements, and invited new guests to make Gem City Comic Con even more exciting for its 13th year!

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On Tabletop of the World 

“The big thing that's new this year is that our gaming area has grown,” says Noble, the primary organizer of Gem City Comic Con. “We've moved into the ballroom at Dayton Convention Center and expanded the purview of the gaming to include tabletop game developers, people who have created a game.” 

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In addition to the new Game Developers Lab, local comic and game store Bell Book and Comic will be running Pathfinder and Starfinder RPG events, as they have in years past. DM Scotty, a Dayton-based YouTuber whose how-to videos about crafting tabletop gaming terrain have garnered him thousands of followers, will be making a rare local appearance. Amanda GIlliam Presents, a local podcast and Twitch group, will be on hand live streaming game videos. 

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Comics, comics and more comics at Gem City Comic Con, which is celebrating 10 years. (Source: Facebook)

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Comics are the Star of the Show

Of course, the primary focus of Gem City Comic Con will always be the comic books. This year is no different, and the show floor will reflect that. Dozens of shops and dealers will be at the convention, selling comics and memorabilia. 

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In the Creator’s Corner, convention-goers will get to meet professional comic talent and purchase their wares. “I say this every year, but this year I'm really excited about the guest list,” Noble tells “New this year, we've got Mike Grell, who has drawn every character you'd ever want to read. He's most well known for his work on DC’s Warlord and of course Green Arrow. I’m also really happy to have P. Craig Russell this year. No one does graphic storytelling like he does.”  

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Auction piece by Herb Trimpe. (Source: Facebook)

Get Your Learn On

After you’ve roamed the floor, have a seat at one of the many great panel talks going on at Gem City Comic Con. 

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“Victor Dandridge of U CRE-8 Comics will be talking about how to make comics, get in front of publishers, and how to self-publish, if you have to,” says Jesse Noble. “In our Writer's Workshop discussion panel, Paul Carbonaro will sit down with Steve Englehart [AvengersBatman] to talk about how he approaches his craft. Craig This, who teaches at Sinclair and Wright State, has put together two panels this year. One will compare Frank Miller's 300 to the historical event at Thermopylae. The second will discuss Iron Man through lens of being a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD.”

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Also going down in the panel area is the annual Hero Initiative Live Auction. Hero Initiative is a charity that raises money for the healthcare expenses of comic creators, who don’t typically have insurance. “That's a great charity and it's a real fun event,” says Noble.

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