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When is Beggars Night in your city?

Published: Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 11:20 AM
Updated: Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 9:01 AM

It's almost time to gets the kids out for this years Beggars Nights (aka trick-or-treating).

It's time to plan your perfect costume, grab a bucket for all of those treats and be adorable. 

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We've compiled Beggars Night dates and times in communities across the region.

When is Beggars Night in your community?

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Ever wanted to do yoga with a bunch of baby goats? Here’s your chance

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Get ready for cute overload: practice yoga among frolicking baby goats. 

The yoga-with-animals trend has picked up steam over the last year, but has perfectly peaked with goat yoga at Honey Sweetie Acres at 2710 Spring Hill Road in Goshen, Ohio. (In case you were wondering, that’s about a 1.25-hour drive from the Dayton area.)

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The farm’s 2-hour classes are with Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Classes include a 30-minute “meet and greet” with the goats.

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This is actually pretty legit, as goats are climbers, and it adds a new element to the strength and balance aspects of yoga. See Exhibit A:

From their website: 

During our yoga class you will meet our Nigerian Dwarf Goat babies and kids. They are friendly and curious animals.

Our goats do not bite or head butt. They love to hop from person to person and enjoy being a part of the yoga experience.

We use only the goats that are born and raised at Honey Sweetie Acres.

We treat our goats very well, and expect you will too. In April of 2017, Honey Sweetie Acres was inspected by, “Humane Farm Animal Care” and was successfully awarded “certified humane” status.

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Interested? Classes are $30, limited to 15 participants, and are filling up fast. Upcoming class dates include May 19, June 3, July 1, July 22, Aug. 11, and Aug. 12. See the full list of dates (and purchase tickets) here. For ages 18 and up.

Local newspaper prints final issue after 50 years in business

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

ARCHIVED PHOTO:Don Bruce, right, a Wright State University graduate student and opinions editor of the Guardian, looks over the student newspaper with Josh Sweigart, left, news editor, and Alf Butler, the editor-in-chief. Bruce sees himself leaving Ohio to pursue a career.
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A local newspaper started five decades ago has printed its last issue. 

The Guardian, Wright State University’s student-run newspaper, will be digital-only going forward, said Kristin Baughman, the newspaper’s new editor-in-chief. 

“It allows us to be more timely,” she said. “It really allows us to keep up with campus more.”

The move to go digital-only was solely a student call and will take effect in August, Baughman said. 

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The newspaper published its last print edition on April 28. That edition remains on newsstands. 

The decision to go digital-only was in part a result of changing times, Baughman said. 

“We looked at how we consume media,” she added. “It is really the best way to get out information.” 

The Guardian was published once a week. It employs 11 students in paid positions.

Wright State has about 18,000 students.  Baughman said she didn’t have the Guardian’s circulation numbers readily available.    

Several college students have changed the way they disseminate the news in recent years. 

The Post, Ohio University’s student-run newspaper, announced in 2016 that it would publish a print edition once a week while classes were in session instead of five days a week.

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It intended to focus on making its website “the main vehicle for breaking news,” the Columbus Dispatch said.

The Lantern at Ohio State University also made changes to its print strategy, according to the Dispatch.

Once printed five days a week, it now publishes a print edition three days a week. 

We reached out to editors of other Dayton area college newspapers and are awaiting responses. 

The Flyer News, the student-run newspaper at the University of Dayton, appointed both a print and online editor at the end of the semester as it has done in the past. 

The Gold Torch, the student newspaper at Central State University, printed its last story several years ago. Its last online stories were published in 2009. 

Baughman said the move to make the Guardian online-only constitutes a big change. 

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Staffers plan to work with the university’s communications department and marketing students to come up with a social media strategy, she said. 

A PDF version of the newspaper will be posted each week. 

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Here’s how much fruit juice children should drink, according to new guidelines

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

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Next time you're grocery shopping for your kids, think twice before adding a carton of fruit juice to your basket. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines on all juices, advising parents to pull back on how much they serve their little ones.

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Previous recommendations said parents should wait to give their babies juice until after six months, but its latest update is suggesting that they wait one year. 

In fact, infants should only be fed breast milk or infant formula for the first six months. After six months, moms and dads can then introduce fruit to their diet, but not fruit juice. 

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“Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories,” said Melvin B. Heyman, MD, FAAP, co-author of the statement. “Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary for children under 1.”

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Scientists laid out instructions for older children, too. Toddlers who are ages 1 to 4 should only have one cup of fruit a day. Four ounces of that can come from 100 percent fruit juice, but it should be pasteurized and not labeled “drink,” “beverage” or cocktail.” 

For children ages 4 to 6, fruit juice intake shouldn't exceed four to six ounces a day. 

The amount increases just slightly for children ages 7 to 18. They can have up to two and a half cups of fruit servings, but only eight ounces of it should be juice. 

3 ways to do a bachelor or bachelorette party in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

With summertime just around the corner, there is one thing in particular that comes along that is harder to avoid than mosquitos: wedding season.

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Having taken my trip around the wedding sun a few years ago, I am happy to take the role of bridesmaid over bride any day. Being the bride is great and all -- all the attention is on you and you get a bunch of gifts -- but also you have to deal with crazy family members, and...all the attention is on you. As a bridesmaid, it’s true that you will have to wear a potentially ugly dress, but you also get to plan all the parties and drink as much as you want at the wedding. Basically, a bridesmaid gets to take care of the fun part: most specifically, the bachelorette party. 

My bachelorette party was a big thing: we spent the weekend in Chicago, brunching, getting our nails done, hanging out by the pool, and bar-hopping the night away. I wore a white dress and was one of at least a dozen brides tottering around town on heels, celebrating my “last night” of single freedom. It was a blast, but it was also completely over the top.

If you are gearing up to throw your bestie a bachelor or bachelorette party, you don’t have to head out of town for a fun and memorable evening. There are plenty of awesome things to do in your own neighborhood. Don’t let the planning get you down, here are some fun places and great ways to throw the bride or groom a bash for the ages!

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GO BIG OR GO HOME: If you are planning to go all out for your buddy, I suggest dinner, drinks, and dancing until dawn. 

I recommend starting at Salar. Their lounge area is sophisticated, sexy, and transports you to a much bigger city. Start off with a few bottles of bubbly and some small plates while you gab with your guys or gals. The lounge seating requires a reservation through their hostess, but isn’t too cost prohibitive if you aren’t planning on renting out the whole space. 

Next, hop on the pedal wagon and cruise around town whooping and wailing for the bride or groom to be! Depending on the size of your group, you can rent out the entire wagon, or just reserve a seat. Grab a roadie and cruise on through the streets of downtown Dayton until you reach your next destination.

There’s nothing like dancing on tables to celebrate the last of your friend’s singledom. Do it with a great DJ and a rowdy crowd at The Masque. If you’re ultra fancy you can see about reserving the VIP section, but hanging out on the main level with your friends while you groove and booze is just as cool. Beware, their drinks are strong!

Finally, stumble over to Smokin’ BBQ to soak it all up before you take an Uber home. (You’ve got to get to a wedding safely the next day after all!)

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KEEP IT COOL: If you’re looking to have a nice night out on the town without getting too crazy, there are plenty of great summer time events to ensure your bride or groom will have a blast.

Start out with great food and even better drinks at El Meson in West Carrollton. Their food is eclectic and delicious, and their mojitos are an absolute show-stopper -- not to mention all of their great seating options. Not only do they have two beautiful patios to dine, they have private banquet rooms for a more intimate (or boisterous) group!

Next, make your way to show at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. There’s a show for every age group. They’ve got great shows from Elvis Costello to Big and Rich to Yes on their line up this year. For the 20’s or 30’s something crowd, consider their “I Love the 90’s Revival” show. Grab some lawn seats for a bargain and a couple ice cold beers. You and your friends can boogie with each other in the cool evening air...makes ya wanna shoop.

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Finally, grab a nightcap at The Century Bar. With their gorgeous bar, relaxed feel, and incredible inventory of bourbon and other spirits, you can end the night on a great note. For a big group, try and grab the back table and send the bride- or groom-to-be off with style and a nice big Manhattan in hand!

LOW KEY LADS OR LADIES: If the bride or groom aren’t exactly party animals, there are plenty of ways to ensure a fun day without getting too wild. 

Start off with an afternoon Dragons game at Fifth Third Field. It’s America’s pastime, and I don’t know anyone who can’t have fun at the ball game. You can easily pick up group tickets, or rent a private suite for an ultra-luxe experience. Grab some peanuts and cracker jacks, sit back, relax, and enjoy the game!

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After the game, swing by one of Dayton’s many breweries for pizza and beer. Dayton Beer Company and Warped Wing are just a short walk away. They both have great food options and a cool, unpretentious atmosphere, with plenty of games to play and different beers to try. 

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Finally, grab some to-go beers from the brewery and make your way to someone’s house. Watch a movie, play some “adult” themed games, and enjoy each other’s company. Don’t forget to grab something sweet, like some DLM Killer Brownies or Graeter’s Ice Cream. Or, if food isn’t the way to their heart, now would be the perfect time to make friends with someone who owns a pool!

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No matter what sort of bride or groom you’re planning for, there is no shortage of options for great things to do around Dayton. Happy planning, and happy wedding season! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tess is a restaurant professional, home-baker and downtown Dayton dweller. When she's not mixing drinks for restaurant patrons, she's drinking champagne, buying shoes, or writing her blog, Ciao Vella. You can read about her home recipes, party planning tips, and more at