When is Beggars Night in your city?

Published: Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 11:20 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 8:44 AM

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It's almost time to gets the kids out for this year’s 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.

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When is Beggars Night in your community?

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Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoors, Lifestyle & Recreation

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

There are more than 60 miles of local mountain bike trails. CONTRIBUTED
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There are more than 60 miles of local mountain bike trails. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

In Dayton, we’re blessed with an abundance of local parks, waterways, bike trails and more. So it’s no surprise that Outdoor Magazine named our town one of “America’s best towns ever.”

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Below are reader favorites in categories like Best Route for a Walk or Run, Best Gym, and Best Place to Get Your Adrenaline Pumping. 

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Best Bike Route

WINNER: Great Miami

This 75-mile trail in Southwest Ohio connects several cities and towns, including Dayton, Franklin, Miamisburg, Huber Heights, and Vandalia. | Website

SECOND PLACE: Little Miami Scenic Trail, visit website

THIRD PLACE: Germantown Bike Path, visit website

Best Dog Park

WINNER: Oak Grove

1790 E Social Row Rd, Dayton | Website 

SECOND PLACE: Deeds Point, 510 Webster St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Montgomery County Bark Park, 6790 Webster St, Dayton

Best Golf Course

WINNER: The Golf Club at Yankee Trace 

10000 Yankee St, Centerville | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Miami Valley Golf Course, 3311 Salem Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: NCR South - NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail, Kettering

Best Gym

WINNER: Femme Fatale Fitness

4049 Marshall Road, Kettering | FacebookWebsite 

SECOND PLACE: Rinse Cycle, 124 E. 3rd St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: MVP Dance Fit, 2782 Wilmington Pike, Kettering

Best Local Athlete

WINNER: Marqies Williams, Fairmont High School

SECOND PLACE: Braxton Miller, Wayne High School graduate

THIRD PLACE: Seth Grubb, Dixie High School

Best Park

WINNER: Carillon Historical Park 

1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Cox Arboretum, 6733 N Springboro Pike, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

Best Place for a Picnic

WINNER: Carillon Historical Park 

1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Golden Gate Park, 545 Upper Lewisburg Salem Rd., Brookville

THIRD PLACE: Cox Arboretum, 6733 N Springboro Pike, Dayton

One person uses the CityScape splash pad to stay cool as temperatures climb to near-record highs Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Phoenix. The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 120 degrees (49 degrees Celsius), which is has only hit three times in recorded history in Phoenix, the last time 22 years ago. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)(Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Best Place for the Kids to Cool Off

WINNER: Kennedy Park Splash Pad

5073 Oak Tree Dr. S, Kettering | Website

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SECOND PLACE: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Greene Town Center, 4450 Buckeye Ln, Beavercreek

Best Place to Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

WINNER: Femme Fatale Fitness

4049 Marshall Road, Kettering | FacebookWebsite 

SECOND PLACE: Rinse Cycle, 124 E. 3rd St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Urban Krag, Clay St., Dayton

Best Route for a Walk or Run

WINNER: Sugarcreek MetroPark

4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum, 118 Woodland Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Great Miami River Trail, visit website

The yoga class for even the most unbendy

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Not Bendy Yoga at Inner Dance Yoga Center in Oakwood. The beginner-friendly class, designed for those who don t think they have the flexibility for yoga, focuses on the lower back and hips. CONTRIBUTED
Not Bendy Yoga at Inner Dance Yoga Center in Oakwood. The beginner-friendly class, designed for those who don t think they have the flexibility for yoga, focuses on the lower back and hips. CONTRIBUTED

Too busy … too out of shape … too old? Instructor Tracy Rife has heard countless excuses for not trying yoga, but none as often as this one: “I’m not flexible enough.”

“I hear it all the time,” Rife said. “But that’s why you take yoga, so you can become more flexible. I’ve always been told, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it — and that definitely applies to movement.”

That all-too-common excuse was the impetus for Rife’s new yoga class – Not Bendy Yoga at Inner Dance Yoga Center in Oakwood. The beginner-friendly class, designed for those who don’t think they have the flexibility for yoga, focuses on the lower back and hips.

“That’s where a lot of people are tight,” Rife said. “It’s a really gentle class, designed for people who don’t have a lot of yoga experience and it’s also perfect for men.”

Rife, in fact, had her husband — who has been bothered by back problems — try many of the exercises when she was designing the class.

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YOGA BENEFITS

Yoga benefits the body and the mind.

Increased flexibility is just one of the many physical benefits of yoga – the result of gentle lengthening and stretching of muscles.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, other benefits include increased muscle strength and tone; improved athletic performance; improved respiration, energy and vitality; weight reduction and protection from injury. It can also offer significant relief for people with chronic pain.

And beyond being bendy, yoga has also been shown to help people improve their mental well-being. Reduced stress, improved sleep patterns and increased calmness can also be welcome benefits of a regular yoga practice.

“I’m a Type A personality – always going,” Rife said. “This is a great way to relax and take some time for you.”

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PERFECT FIT

The Not Bendy Yoga class is an ideal fit for the studio that has been an Oakwood community mainstay for close to two decades.

“I don’t think people understand that anyone can do yoga, it just depends on what type of yoga you choose,” Inner Dance owner Debbie Stirsman said. “At Inner Dance, we really try to make it accessible to everyone.”

Both Stirsman and Rife admit that yoga can be intimidating. From inversions to chanting, some yoga experiences can be overwhelming.

“Some people think it’s too difficult or too far out there, but that’s not always the case, this class is designed to be very relatable,” Rife said. “And, not only won’t there be any inversions, you’ll probably spend half the class on the mat.”

And, as is the case with many yoga classes, modifications are the rule, not the exception.

“You can have 25 people in a class and one pose looks different on every person,” Stirsman said. “And that’s alright.”

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NOT BENDY YOGA

What: A gentle class for those who think they don’t have the flexibility for yoga. The class focuses on gently stretching tight hips and safely relaxing the lower back and shoulders.

When: Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Inner Dance Yoga, 2600 Far Hills Ave., Suite 306, Oakwood

Info: Call 937-609-9642 or visit www.innerdanceyoga.com

Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Culture, Music & Entertainment

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company closes its 48th season with its annual Soulstice fundraising gala Saturday, May 13, at America’s Packard Museum. The gala has a New Orleans theme and will include dance renditions of folklore and fairy tales. CONTRIBUTED
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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company closes its 48th season with its annual Soulstice fundraising gala Saturday, May 13, at America’s Packard Museum. The gala has a New Orleans theme and will include dance renditions of folklore and fairy tales. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

One great thing about Dayton: for a city of its size, its arts and entertainment options are many -- and varied.

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From a thriving arts community to extensive theater and performing arts shows, there’s something for everyone. Below are your Best of 2017 Culture, Music and Entertainment winners.

DK Effect had its soft opening on Saturday, June 3. In case you missed it, here's a sneak peek into Dayton's newest arcade bar.(Amelia Robinson)

Best Arcade/Gaming

WINNER: DK Effect

1600 E 3rd St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Canal Street Arcade & Deli, 308 E 1st St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: D20: A Bar With Characters, 2144 E Whipp Rd., Dayton

Dayton Art Institute has some incentives to get patrons to take part in International Museum Day.(Staff)

Best Art Gallery

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute 

456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC), 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S Jefferson St., Dayton

Best Bowling Alley

WINNER: Capri Lanes

2727 S Dixie Dr., Dayton | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Thunderbowl Lanes, 805 S Main St., Englewood

THIRD PLACE: Woodman Lanes, 3200 Woodman Dr., Kettering

Best Comedy Club

WINNER: Wiley’s Comedy Joint

101 Pine St, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Funny Bone, 88 Plum St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Black Box Improv Theater, 518 E. 3rd St., Dayton

Members of the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance perform during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Dublin Pub in downtown Dayton in2012.(MediaMoments.com)

Best Dance Group

WINNER: Celtic Academy of Irish Dance

85 Woodman Dr., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Gem City Ballet, 20 Commercial Way, Springboro

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), 840 Germantown St., Dayton

Best Dayton Drag Queen

WINNER: Tina Hightower

SECOND PLACE: Jade Sexton

THIRD PLACE: Amaya Sexton

Best Hidden Gem

WINNER: Epic Dance Academy

88 Westpark Rd., Centerville | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: The Highland Stag, 75 N. Main St., Springboro

THIRD PLACE: KP’s Kountry Primitives, 1490 N Fairfield Rd. Ste A, Beavercreek

Best Local Artist

WINNER: Chris Welker

SECOND PLACE: Mikee Huber

THIRD PLACE: MB Hopkins

Jim Carter, also known as Rev. Cool. Amelia Robinson / Staff(Amelia Robinson)

Best Local Celebrity

WINNER: Rev Cool

SECOND PLACE: Dave Chappelle

THIRD PLACE: Cory D. D. Miller

Best Local Comedian

WINNER: Dave Chappelle

SECOND PLACE: Jessica Graue

THIRD PLACE: Dan Sebree

Best Local Theatre Group

WINNER: Dayton Playhouse

1301 E Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Human Race Theatre Company, 126 N Main St, Dayton

Best Museum

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute 

456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton

The highest point in Dayton is at Lookout Point in Woodland Cemetery.(Connie Post)

Best View of Dayton

WINNER: Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum

118 Woodland Ave, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Racquet Club, 40 N Main St., Dayton,

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton

Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Bars & Nightlife

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

The gamers’ paradise bar called “D20: A Bar with Characters” at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza will host a euchre tournament and beer event at 7 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 20. SUBMITTED
Staff Writer
The gamers’ paradise bar called “D20: A Bar with Characters” at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza will host a euchre tournament and beer event at 7 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 20. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

Many Daytonians are fervently loyal to their watering holes. 

Here are the top-voted local bars in a variety of categories, from Best Bartender to Best Karaoke. 

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Mack’s Tavern, which celebrates its first birthday Friday, got a shout-out yesterday from Buzzfeed about a coupon that rewards patrons who leave their cars parked in the parking lot overnight. Photo from Mack’s Tavern Facebook page

Best Bar Bathroom

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: MJ’s on Jefferson, 20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: D20: A Bar With Characters, 2144 E Whipp Rd, Dayton

Best Bartender

WINNER: Holly Henry at Mack’s Tavern 

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Bobby Harris at MJ’s on Jefferson, 20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Ashley Lewis at Mr. Boro’s Tavern, 495 N. Main St., Springboro

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Best College Bar

WINNER: Flanagan’s Pub

101 E Stewart St, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Tuty’s Bar and Grill, 3982 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Beavercreek

THIRD PLACE: Timothy’s Bar, 1818 Brown St, Dayton

Best Dance Club

WINNER: Julia’s Nite Club

8939 Kingsridge Dr, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Club Masque, 34 N Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: MJ’s on Jefferson, 20 N Jefferson St., Dayton

Best Dive Bar

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

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SECOND PLACE: Adrienne’s White Rabbit Lounge, 889 S Main St., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: The Growler Pub & Grub, 3808 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

Jerid Martel (right) and his partner Matt Ross outside of MJ's on Jefferson. CONTRIBUTED

Best Gay Bar

WINNER: MJ’s on Jefferson

20 N Jefferson St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Club Masque, 34 N Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Right Corner, 105 E 3rd St, Dayton

Best Happy Hour

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: The Growler Pub & Grub, 3808 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: MJ’s on Jefferson, 20 N Jefferson St., Dayton

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Best Karaoke

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dog’s Breath Tavern, 1912 E Whipp Rd., Kettering

THIRD PLACE: MJ’s on Jefferson, 20 N Jefferson St., Dayton 

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Best Open Mic Night

WINNER: Rip Rap Roadhouse

6024 Rip Rap Rd, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: Club Masque, 34 N Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: MJ’s on Jefferson, 20 N Jefferson St., Dayton

The Yellow Cab Tavern, located at 700 E. Fourth St. in Dayton, hosted its first annual ball drop party to ring in 2018. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

Best Place to Hear Live Music

WINNER: Yellow Cab Tavern

700 E. 4th St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Fraze, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd, Kettering

Best Place to Play Pool

WINNER: King’s Table

2348 Grange Hall Rd., Beavercreek | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: Mack’s Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: Southern Belle, 134 N Patterson Blvd, Dayton

Best Place to Meet Singles

WINNER: The Oregon District

5th St., Dayton | Website

SECOND PLACE: D20: A Bar With Characters, 2144 E Whipp Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Pour Haus, 536 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Dayton

Best Place to Watch the Game

WINNER: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill

893 E National Rd., Vandalia | FacebookWebsite 

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SECOND PLACE: Mack’s Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: The Growler Pub & Grub, 3808 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

Best Trivia

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Pour Haus, 536 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E 5th St., Dayton