Ways you can join the fight against breast cancer

Published: Monday, October 03, 2016 @ 10:34 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Here are some facts about breast cancer.

It's October, which means it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

There are plenty of ways you can get involved to support the cause.

Here are several events that offer a good time, help increase awareness and help benefit cancer initiatives.

>> Pink Ribbon Girls leader to share inspirational journey on “TODAY”

The Panera pink bagel. FILE(Staff Writer)

Panera Pink Ribbon Bagel sales

WHEN: Oct. 1-31
WHERE: Panera Bread; various locations in Dayton
COST: $1.35 for a single Pink Ribbon Bagel, $6 for half dozen, $10.99 for a baker's dozen and $15.99 for a baker’s dozen plus two tubs of cream cheese. Preorder online at www.covelli.com/gopink.
DETAILS: A portion of the proceeds from these special ribbon-shaped bagel sales will benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls and Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.

INFO:  Website

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K99.1FM Concerts for a Cause

WHEN: Oct. 3-4. Doors open at 6 p.m.

WHERE: JD Legends located at 65 Millard Drive, Franklin, OH 45005 (Exit 38 off I-75. One exit South of Austin Landing)

COST: $10 general admission, $30 four-pack. VIP upgrades available

DETAILS: K99.1FM and JD Legends are partnering to present Concerts for a Cause with 100 percent of ticket sales benefiting Pink Ribbon Girls and 10 percent of food sales and $2 of every ticket sold the day of each concert will go to assist the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

• Oct. 3 — Dylan Scott, Jackson Michelson, Michael Rotundo

• Oct. 4 — Midland, Alexis Gomez

INFO: Website

Walkers gathered early on Saturday morning for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk, Springfield. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

Making Strides of Springfield

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7, registration – 8 a.m.; walk – 9 a.m. 

WHERE: Springfield Regional Cancer Center, 148 W. North St., Springfield 

COST: Register online at Making Strides of Springfield

DETAILS: Distance: 5K. Goal: $70,000. More: DJ Chill – a Springfield-area first responder – will provide the tunes 

INFO: Website

Paint the Town Pink 5K Run and Concert

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 13, 6-11 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Troy Public Square

COST: Register online here 

DETAILS: A 5K timed run around downtown Troy followed by a free concert featuring Velvet Crush, the Pink Ribbon Girls fire truck, a beer garden, food and raffles.

INFO: Facebook

Mix 107.7 Concert for a Cure

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton

COST: Tickets are $30-50 and are on sale here

DETAILS: This is a benefit for the Noble Circle featuring hit recording artists LPOcean Park Standoff and the Revivalists.

Scenes from a past Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.

Making Strides of Dayton

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21. Registration and rolling start 8-10  a.m.
WHERE: Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
COST: Register online at Making Strides of Dayton.
INFO: In this year’s celebration of survivorship, the walk is 3-5 miles long to support everyone that has been affected by breast cancer and ensure they have a hand to hold. You help raise funds for breast cancer research, life-saving education and critical patient services.

17th annual Ribbon of Hope Luncheon

WHEN: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24
WHERE: Great Hall at Sinclair Community College, 444 W. Third St., Dayton
COST: $75/person (benefiting the Women’s Wellness Fund through the Kettering Medical Center Foundation). Register online at Kettering Health.
INFO: This year’s guest speaker is New York Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan. In her book "The Middle Place," Corrigan shares her experience of fighting cancer while simultaneously caring for her father as he struggled through the final stages of the disease. 

Are you organizing a public event in support of breast cancer awareness? Please send us the details at contact@dayton.com.

One of Dayton’s most beloved holiday traditions is on stage NOW

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

The Dayton Philharmonic joins Dayton Ballet for its production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, December 15 through 23. CONTRIBUTED
Contributing Writer
The Dayton Philharmonic joins Dayton Ballet for its production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, December 15 through 23. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

The Dayton Ballet presents the classic story of The Nutcracker every winter, with a cast that includes young dancers from throughout the Dayton area, with music by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.  

This year’s Nutcracker will run from Dec. 15-23 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, with tickets ranging from $21-$72. The costumes are phenomenal, the choreography is beautiful, the little kids are adorable and the holiday spirit is strong at this event. 

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If you plan to make this tradition part of your holiday season ...

WHAT: Dayton Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” 

WHEN: Ten performances between Dec. 15-23, 2017: 

  • Friday 12/15/17 at 7:30PM 
  • Saturday 12/16/17 at 2:30PM 
  • Saturday 12/16/17 at 7:30PM 
  • Sunday 12/17/17 at 2:30PM (hint: don’t miss the Sugarplum Tea for children before this performance at 12:30 p.m.!) 
  • Tuesday 12/19/17 at 7:30PM 
  • Wednesday 12/20/17 at 4:30PM 
  • Thursday 12/21/17 at 4:30PM 
  • Friday 12/22/17 at 2:30PM 
  • Friday 12/22/17 at 7:30PM 
  • Saturday 12/23/17 at 2:30PM 

WHERE: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton 

 

MORE INFO: Website | Facebook

ABOUT THE BALLET

The Nutcracker is a rite of passage for most dancers. Submitted photo by Scott Kimmins


Dayton Ballet artistic director Karen Russo Burke estimates the iconic holiday ballet is a traditional part of a season repertoire for 99.9 percent of ballet companies. “By the time you’re prepared to dance in a professional company you’ve gone through a lot of ballet schooling and have been training for years,” she explains. “In all that time there’s no way you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to dance in some production of ‘ The Nutcracker.’ Chances are you would have danced it nearly every year.”

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Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music combined with fanciful choreography, gorgeous costumes and sparkling stage settings make this special ballet a perfect introduction to the world of dance — for both audiences and dancers. This will be the fifth year for the Dayton Ballet’s current production with choreography by Burke, sets by designer Ray Zupp, and costumes by Lowell Mathwich. The story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center Dec. 15-21 and will be accompanied by the full Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Neal Gittleman.

JERRY’S LAST JAM: ‘He liked to talk jazz and tell stories,’ son says

Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Benefit being planned for attacked business owner Jerry Gillotti of Gilly's. (Source: Archive)
Benefit being planned for attacked business owner Jerry Gillotti of Gilly's. (Source: Archive)

Anyone who knew him would tell you that Jerry loved a jam. 

Mike Gillotti says jazz artists and fans will gather for one last jazz jam in honor of his late father, Jerry Gillotti

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“There is nothing he liked more than hanging out,” Mike said of the owner of Gilly’s Jazz, the iconic club at 132 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton. “He liked to talk jazz and tell stories.” 

>> PHOTOS: Jerry Gillotti through the years

Local musicians Hal MeliaRandy Villars and Eddie Brookshire will lead other musicians in “Jam For Jerry” held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at the club. The event is free. 

“I hope that anyone who wants to come down and say goodbye would,” Mike said.

Jerry died on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.

The 80-year-old was laid to rest Dec. 1 after a Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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“A funeral is one thing and a viewing is good way for closure for the family, but I thought this would be a cool way to say goodbye to my dad,” said Mike, a sales rep for a company that sells computers to car dealerships. 

Jerry died after a long battle with heart and kidney disease, his family said last month. 

He had been severely injured in a robbery and beating outside the nightclub at 132 S. Jefferson St. in March 2016. No arrests have been made.

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Mike recounted how his dad called in his liquor order from his hospital bed after having a heart attack in 1999. 

“His monitor went off and they had to take the phone out of the room,” Mike said. “He lived and breathed everything Gilly’s. 

Kalene Gordon, from Dayton watches Jerry Gillotti pour a drink he made for her at Gilly's Niteclub in Dayton, Friday, May 11th. When she got the drink, she said, "I hope this tastes as good as it looks." Later, she confirmed that it did. Behind them at the bar are Danny Bushong, from Kettering (left) and Nita Nordstrom, from the Oregon District.(Peter Wine)

The club will close permanently on Dec. 31.

“One Last Show with The Doug Hart Band and Eric Jerardi Band” will be held Dec. 29. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is a $12 cover.

A 1962 University of Dayton graduate, Jerry bought Wedgewood Inn on Patterson Road in 1969 and featured jazz acts there two years before he and his brother purchased the former site of Green Derby at 801 N. Main St. and transformed it into Gilly’s. The first show as Gilly’s was Roy Meriwether on July 7, 1972.

Jerry had a passion for Dayton, UD and Flyer basketball, his son said. Jerry fell hard for jazz during his time in the Army while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.

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“He did the impossible -- he had a jazz club in Dayton, Ohio,” Mike said. 
Jerry favored jazz trios, but exposed his son to several different styles. 

Mike recalled the time his dad took him to see Oscar Peterson at the Blue Note in New York and how his dad ribbed Buddy Rich when the jazz drummer played at Gilly’s. 

Under Jerry, Gilly’s became known nationally for jazz. 

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Performers booked at Gilly’s through the years include a host of local groups and a laundry list of national acts that include Tony Bennett, Diane SchuurBB King, Wynton Marsalis, Art BlakeyDexter GordonBill EvansGeorge Benson, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie and Bobby Blue Bland.

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s show at Gilly’s sold out even before it could be advertised, Mike said. 

“From my perspective, it was a cool way to grow up,” Mike Gillotti said. “Musicians loved to play (Gilly’s) because the sound was so good in that room. There isn’t a bad sight line in that room.”

>> 5 things to know about Gilly’s Jazz, a Dayton legend for live music

Owner Jerry Gillotti (left) brings out Walter Beasley at Gilly's Niteclub in Dayton, Friday, May 11th.(Peter Wine)

These EPIC displays from the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will take your breath away

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Chinese Lantern Festival

You’ve never seen holiday lights like THIS before! 

(Well, unless you went last year, of course!)

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences. 

>> How to go to the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival this year

It’s definitely worth the drive to take part in this enchanting and immersive cultural experience. 

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The 200-foot-long Chinese dragon (which, for some context, is longer than four school buses) has returned this year. New this year is a group of color-changing dinosaurs that are 3 stories high. Together, with an additional 35 sets of whole new lights, the lanterns illuminate the fairgrounds. 

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Still need some convincing? Take a look for yourself. 

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Believe us when we say to witness these incredible lantern displays in person is far more breathtaking. 

The festival will light up the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. 

It’s open nightly from 5:30-10:00 p.m with the ticket booth opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $10-15 per person, and will be available for purchase at the festival entrance, or online at ohiolanternfestival.com. There are also family 4-packs available for $40 and a special VIP package for $25 per person. 

Top 10 things to do this week

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

The Dayton Philharmonic joins Dayton Ballet for its production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, December 15 through 23. CONTRIBUTED
Contributing Writer
The Dayton Philharmonic joins Dayton Ballet for its production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, December 15 through 23. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

1) “THE NUTCRACKER”

For the seasonal favorite “The Nutcracker,” Dayton Ballet’s artistic director Karen Russo Burke has created original choreography to accompany Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s indelible score. The Dayton Philharmonic will join Dayton Ballet for its production of the holiday classic, which opens at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Friday, Dec. 15.

“The Nutcracker,” which is presented through Dec. 23, follows young Clara’s adventures in the wondrous Land of Sweets. This show features sets designed by Ray Zupp, costumes by Lowell Mathwich and additional dancers from Dayton Ballet II and the Dayton Ballet School.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. December 15, 16, 19 and 22, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 17, 22 and 23, and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21. Cost: $17-$72. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir present Handel s Messiah at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton on Sunday, Dec. 17. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

2) HANDEL’S “MESSIAH”

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s usual home stage is the Schuster Center — however, maestro Neal Gittleman and the musicians occasionally present special concerts in other venues. That’s the case with the annual holiday show, Handel’s “Messiah,” at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir will also perform. Cost: $31 adults, $29 educators, military and seniors 60 and older, $14 students. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

3) SUGARPLUM TEA

As a compliment to Dayton Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker,” Dayton Ballet Barre hosts the special children’s event, Sugarplum Tea. The annual daytime tea is presented at Dayton Woman’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Cost: $15 per person. Dayton Ballet Barre supports the local dance company through audience development, fundraising, community outreach and volunteering. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Comedian Ms. Pat, who recently published her autobiography, Rabbit, performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at The Greene in Beavercreek, Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 21 through 23. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

4) MS. PAT

Comedian Ms. Pat has never shied away from discussing her checkered past as a drug-dealing, teen mother of two young children in the 1980s or her life in the 1990s as a rehabilitated twentysomething with a husband and six kids. Her unusual life experiences were perfect fodder for joke-filled stories with universal appeal. More recently, she took a deeper look at her past in the autobiography, “Rabbit.” Ms. Pat returns to the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, where she is performing Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 21 through 23. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost: $10-$15 Thursday, $40-$45 Friday and Saturday. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.

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Home Free, led by founding member Adam Rupp (far right), brings its A Country Christmas Tour to Hobart Arena in Troy on Friday, Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

5) HOME FREE

It has been 17 years since Home Free formed in Minnesota. While many of the faces have changed, founding member Adam Rupp and the other singers continue to expand on the rich a cappella style it helped pioneer nearly two decades ago. Home Free, currently out on A Country Christmas Tour, returns to the area for a concert at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $25-$45. VIP packages are $120 and $220. Call 937-339-2911 or visit www.hobartarena.com.

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6) THE TIKE’S SHOPPE

While the Grande Illumination was weeks ago, there are still many reasons to go downtown for the 45th annual holiday Dayton Holiday Festival. The Tike’s Shoppe, the annual shop run by kids for kids and priced for a kid’s budget, continues in the Schuster Center’s Wintergarden, Second and Main streets, Dayton, through Dec. 23. Hours vary. Wintergarden Wonderland, also in the Schuster Center, continues through December 31. The display is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Wintergarden Wonderland is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display, is running at Kettering Tower, 40 N. Main St., Dayton, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through January 2. Cost: Free. Call 937-224-1518 or visit www.downtowndayton.org.

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7) BACH’S LUNCH

The Dayton Philharmonic Carillon Brass will take center stage for the latest installment of the DPO’s Bach’s Lunch series. The concert, at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, on Friday, Dec. 15, features performances at 10 a.m. and noon. Carillon Brass features Charles Pagnard (trumpet), Alan Siebert (trumpet), Aaron Brant (French horn), Chad Arnow (bass trombone) and Tim Northcut (tuba). Complimentary coffee from Boston Stoker will be available. Dave Boston will be selling box lunches of traditional turkey and cheddar croissants during these concerts. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

8) MICHALE GRAVES

Michale Graves was still a teenager in 1995 when he replaced Glenn Danzig as vocalist for horror-punk band the Misfits, which reformed after more than a decade apart. Graves has been pursuing a solo career since 2000. His latest album, “When Worlds Collide,” was released in 2016. Graves, currently on his Beginning of the End tour, performs at Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. Bundy & the Spins, GeeGee’s Punk Rock Allstars and the Transylvania Hell Hounds y will also perform. Cost: $10. Visit www.rockstarproarena.net.

9) “HOME ALONE”

“Home Alone” is unlike any other Christmas movie, which isn’t surprising considering the beloved comedy came from the fertile minds of filmmakers John Hughes and Chris Columbus. The tale of young Kevin McCallister fending for himself again boredom, hunger and burglars has become a holiday staple. The Family Movie series concludes with “Home Alone” at The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at noon Sunday, Dec. 17. Cost: $2 adults, free children 12 and younger. Call 937-222-SHOW (7469) or visit www.neonmovies.com.

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10) NORTH OF NOWHERE SOUTH

A lot of local Brainiac fans were disappointed they couldn’t make the trip to New York on Dec. 9 to see the surviving members of the band play a live set for the in-production documentary on the beloved Dayton act. If you’re in that camp, you’re in luck because the group has agreed to one more performance at the Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. The occasion is North of Nowhere South, the annual benefit concert for the education fund of Izzy Frederick, daughter of the late Jeremy Frederick. The show also features reunions by local acts Sunken Giraffe and Flesh Bats. Haunting Souls, which was originally scheduled to perform, had to cancel due to personal reasons. Visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.