5 events you have to check out this weekend

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 1:24 PM
Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

Those looking for something different won’t have a hard time finding it this weekend.

Here are some of the area’s most unique annual events and a few we hope will return:


Teams with mud behind the ears — really the mud will be everywhere — will compete in the the 23rd annual Mud Volleyball for Epilepsy. Today (Friday, July 12) is the last day to register.

Spectators can watch the annual fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio for a $5 donation. The mud will begin flying at 7 a.m. Saturday at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., in Dayton. Call 937-233-2500 or click here


The Rubi Girls are showing what’s in their closets. The drag troupe will have an open house at its new clubhouse, 1207 Wayne Avenue, in Dayton, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

The campy performers have raised more than a million dollars for HIV and Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender issues since forming in the 1980s.

The open house is a fundraiser. The Girls will be accepting a “whatever you can do to help” donation at the door.


A whole lot of country and virtually no rock & roll will draw thousands to Fort Loramie for Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lake.

Click here to see some very patriotic clothing we spotted at the concert Thursday.

Music begins at 4 p.m. today and noon Saturday. Call (937) 295-3000 or click here.

Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and Kellie Pickler will be among those to perform today. Chris Young, Brad Paisley, Lee Brice, Chris Cagle, Dustin Lynch and Jana Kramer will take the stage Saturday.

Upcoming band Blackjack Billy, which includes Fairmont High School grad Patrick Cornell, will perform Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Salon stage. Daily general admission ranges from $109 to $119. Click here for more info.


A chicken wing battle is going down Saturday, and the returning champ plans to come out with 10,000 wings flapping and covered in Sweet Hot Damn and other sauces.

Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St. in Xenia, won five out of six categories — the people’s choice Best Damn Wing and the judges panel’s Best Wing and best sauce for Sweet Hot Damn included — at last year’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival.

It will square its wings up against birds cooked up by eight other local restaurants during this year’s Kickin’ Chicken from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering.

Admission is free and there will be music. Restaurants will sell two to three wings for $2 and sides for $1, $2 or $3 each. Click here to see what’s on the menu.


The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (De-FI) will celebrate its launch with a party — “Fashion in the Mystic Garden” — Saturday at SunWatch Indian Village, 2301 W. River Road, Dayton.

A runway show will feature 9 designers.

General admission tickets are $45 each. There will be free shuttle from University of Dayton Arena beginning at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m with the show starting at 8:00 p.m.

The organization hopes to foster Dayton’s fashion industry.

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So what are you doing this weekend? Let us know below.

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Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:12 PM

An elderly man is keeping his wife’s memory alive by sewing blankets for those in need.

“I just felt there was a need,” said Clayton Shelburne, 88, of Zionsville, Ind. “I enjoy doing it. If my wife was here, she would be happy I’m doing this too.”

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For 10 years, Clayton and his wife, Delores, spent their free time making blankets to donate to different organizations in their area. She passed away in 2015, but Clayton has continued the tradition.

“She was a seamstress,” said Clayton. “I was never a seamstress. This is a new ballgame, because I was always an outside person.”

Clayton came up with the idea for the project after talking to his son, who is a police officer. He said police blankets go a long way to help comfort those in need.

“We could show up to a crash, and the weather could be like it is now, where it’s nice and cold, and that blanket will come in real handy when you wrap it around somebody in need,” said Sgt. Adrian Martin of the Zionsville Police Department.

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Clayton spends some of his own money to make the blankets, but most of the money comes from friends, family and others who hear about the work and want to help.


WATCH: Young girl left temporarily paralyzed illustrates dangers of tick bites

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 4:49 PM

A 3-year-old girl in Oregon awoke on May 13 to find herself unable to stand or use her arms.

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Evelyn Lewis’ mother, Amanda Lewis, filmed her daughter’s failed attempts to stand with help from her husband. 

WGHP reported that the parents took Evelyn to the emergency room, where a doctor discovered a small but dangerous reason for her condition.

After combing through Evelyn’s hair, the doctor discovered a tick, diagnosing her with a condition called “tick paralysis.”

“The doctor talked to us for a minute and said over the past 15 years he had seen about seven or eight children her age with identical symptoms and more than likely she had a tick,” Amanda Lewis wrote on Facebook. “It can affect dogs also and can be fatal. I’m glad we took her in when we did and that it wasn’t something worse and that we found it before it got worse.”

According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, tick paralysis attacks a person’s muscles and results in symptoms like muscle pains and numbness of the legs. These begin after a tick has attached itself to a host, generally on the scalp.

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Fortunately, Evelyn is now doing much better, as her mother wrote on Facebook that she “is now pretty much completely back to her feisty little self. She complains a lot about her head itching but otherwise, she’s just fine.”


Get in the saddle! Here’s how to try horseback riding in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

            Trail rides are offered on weekends at Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center from June through October. CONTRIBUTED

Reins in hand, sitting tall in the saddle, whether it’s a gentle walk or an invigorating canter, horseback riding is a partnership that provides fun as well as fitness.

“In terms of the outdoor experience, it’s like bike riding or kayaking with the added component of working with another being,” said Katherine Berg, riding center manager at the Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center. “There’s really nothing like it.”

Berg got hooked on riding as a student at Earlham College after taking a class at the school’s equestrian center as an extracurricular option.

“I’ve always loved animals, I really enjoy taking care of them. I love the riding, too, but caring for them gives you a different perspective,” Berg said. “The bond you can form with an animal is so special.

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“And horses are just such majestic, amazing creatures and they have such big hearts.”

Berg’s love of those majestic creatures resulted in her acquisition of Flash – a thoroughbred who was being retired from the Earlham program – when she graduated from college. Now, Berg shares her love of horses with those young and old who want to experience riding.


While the horses definitely do their share of the work, riding has several physical benefits for those in the saddle as well.

“It definitely builds core strength and also helps with balance, flexibility and coordination,” Berg said. “Depending on the type of riding, there could also be some cardio and, over time, there will also be muscle toning.”

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The benefits extend beyond physical fitness, as Berg notes that horseback riding helps with developing patience and building confidence. Over time, riders also build a rapport with their horse, learning cues and body language and developing ways to communicate effectively.

Horseback riding can also be a relaxing experience – a time to unwind, enjoy nature and de-stress.


Trail rides at the Carriage Hill Riding Center are geared toward beginners and are open to eager equestrians ages 8 and older.

“We’ve found that children 8 and older are generally more mature, their motor skills are more developed and they are more responsible,” Berg said.

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From 8 to 80, Berg has seen riders of all ages enjoy the experience.

“We have people in their 70s and 80s taking lessons, there aren’t many people who can’t do this,” she said. “Sometimes, people with back problems have some challenges, but the trail rides are definitely geared toward beginners.”

Little ones can also get a feel for the saddle with pony rides. And those who want to continue their equestrian experience can register for summer camps or lessons.

Try Riding

WHAT: Trail rides, lessons, summer riding camps and pony rides

WHERE: Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center, 8111 E. Shull Road, Huber Heights

TRAIL RIDES: Weekend trail rides are offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., from June through October. Rides are one hour and cost $30 per person. New this year, riders can register online for trail rides.

MORE INFO: www.metroparks.org/riding-center/

Why this Daytonian is filming a ‘Hot & Bothered’ queer comedy 

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Leah Byrd, a Dayton area native, has launched a Kickstarter.com campaign for her Webseries, Hot & Bothered.

A hot and bothered Wright State graduate is making a hot and bothered comedy.

Leah Byrd just launched a Kickstarter.com page for her webseries “Hot & Bothered.” The show, Byrd’s first film project of its size, discusses what it is like to be “black and queer in Midwestern America.”

She said most LGTBQ characters depicted on TV and in the movies are white, gay males and typically from the East or West coast.   

“I’ve never seen anything that is remotely close to my own experience,” said the Trotwood-raised, Chaminade-Julienne High School graduate.

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She said she wanted to provide an alternative to the love stories and tragedies. 

“There is hardly anything that is a lighthearted comedy,” she said. 

Byrd, who holds a BFA (bachelor of fine arts) in motion picture production from Wright State, directs and co-stars in the show with Ian Ashwell, a Wright State acting major from the Cincinnati area. 

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Two episodes have been filmed. 

Byrd is seeking $3,000 in funding for the third to sixth episodes of the series.

Buttons, T-shirts, stickers, posters, digital downloads and “Facebook shout outs” are among the items offered to backers at various levels. 

Byrd expects to record the shows in June and July in Dayton, and release all episodes at once in December for binge watching. 

Byrd plays Liz, “a biracial lesbian.” Ashwell plays her best friend Stan, “a white straight dude.”

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The duo find themselves in hot and bothered waters after starting a Grindr-like dating app for lesbians.

From the show’s description:

The app slowly grows over the span of the first season until it becomes a thriving massive corporation. The app that was originally created to help Liz find some lovin' eventually evolves into a "hipster" Google type office space that consumes both Stan and Liz's lives. The two must find a balance in running a huge corporation while still being the stoner 20 year olds that they are. 

Byrd said that the app is in part a reaction to the fact that while there are gay bars in Dayton, there are relatively few offerings for lesbians. 

The 21-year-old said only one of the bars has a “lesbian night.”  She added that she wishes there were alternatives to bars where LGBTQ people could meet. 

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Byrd said she wishes more filmmakers would think about places beyond the typical.

“They would make more interesting stories,” she said.

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