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TODAY: Dress like Elvis, eat for free at all local Chuy’s restaurants

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

Elvis Presley performing at the University of Dayton Arena April 7, 1972. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
Elvis Presley performing at the University of Dayton Arena April 7, 1972. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE

Three southwest-themed — and southwest Ohio — restaurants believe that Elvis never left their buildings, and they’ll celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday today on Monday, Jan. 8 by serving a free meal to customers who dress like The King.

Or, in alternative, customers can also score a free meal if they dress as The King’s wife, Priscilla Presley.

Austin, Texas-based Chuy’s — the Tex-Mex chain that operates restaurants in West Chester, Miami Twp. and Beavercreek — hosts an annual Elvis Birthday Bash every Jan. 8, and celebrates what would have been The King’s 83rd birthday today with food and drink specials.

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Customers who come to the restaurant dressed as Elvis or Priscilla Presley can score a free entree of their choice. Chuy’s also is offering all customers $1 off two other menu items: Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken and the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo. Limited edition Elvis t-shirts will also be available for purchase.

“At Chuy’s, Elvis has never left the building. We celebrate his birthday every year with a bang,” Ashley Ingle, Chuy’s vice president of of marketing, said in a release. “Everyone that walks through the door on Jan. 8 can enjoy food and drink specials. But we encourage you to dress up like Elvis or Priscilla and have fun with it.” 

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The offer is good at ALL locations, Chuy’s officials said. Chuy’s has 91 restaurants in 19 states, including at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek; at the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp.; and on Civic Center Boulevard in West Chester, according to the restaurant chain’s web site.

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How did The King’s birthday become such a big deal for the Chuy’s restaurant chain? Here’s the explanation from a company release:

“When Chuy’s first opened in 1982 on Barton Springs Road in Austin, Texas, there was little money for restaurant décor. Chuy’s founders hit the streets with $20 in search of something to put on the walls. The over-sized velvet painting of Elvis they returned with changed the course of Chuy’s history forever.”

“Soon, customers were donating their own memorabilia and Elvis was officially named the Patron Saint of Chuy’s. Chuy’s has been constructing shrines in his honor and celebrating his birthday ever since. Join Chuy’s as they ring in The King’s 83rd birthday this year with lots of fun and fanfare, and remember – at Chuy’s, Elvis has never left the building.”

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Kobe Bryant, Lenny Wilkens join the guest list for new celebrity golf tournament

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Kobe Bryant arrives at a luncheon for Oscar nominees in The Beverly Hilton on Money February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Kobe Bryant arrives at a luncheon for Oscar nominees in The Beverly Hilton on Money February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)(Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

A who’s who of NFL and NBA players have just been announced as participants in a new charity event slated for Dayton Aug. 19-20.

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As we first told you last week, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are expected to attend the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.

Hoopology Camp — Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development — has just announced that the classic will be headlined by former NBA coaches Phil Jackson and Lenny Wilkens and include several speaking engagements around the event.

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Organizers say the 40 former NBA and NFL players and coaches will include Kobe BryantWillie Reed, Ross Browner, Jordan, Pippen, West and Dennis Hopson

The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.

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“In that I’ve had wonderful success in the game of basketball, I felt this would be a great opportunity for others to share in my joy of giving back to the community,” said Cleamons, a former NBA player and coach.

Members if the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University’s coaching staffs are also expected to participate as is Archie Griffin, a former OSU and Cincinnati Bengal player. 


A pairings party with memorabilia and gifts auctioned is planned for Sunday, Aug. 19. 

The tournament will be played the following day, with a best-ball scramble beginning at noon.

Additional information about the event can be found at HoopologyCamps.org. 

WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS? 

Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA. 

He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets. 

He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.

Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.

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NEW FESTIVAL: Oregon District street fair to help kick off Dayton’s Fourth of July celebration

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

The Oregon District celebrated Kentucky Derby Day in Dayton on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The annual Derby Day Running of the Wieners race had its highest turnout in the three years since it's inception with 85 Dachshunds that competed. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
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The Oregon District celebrated Kentucky Derby Day in Dayton on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The annual Derby Day Running of the Wieners race had its highest turnout in the three years since it's inception with 85 Dachshunds that competed. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

If there’s one thing the Oregon District does right, it’s independent business. 

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The Oregon District celebrated Kentucky Derby Day in Dayton on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The annual Derby Day Running of the Wieners race had its highest turnout in the three years since it's inception with 85 Dachshunds that competed. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

In honor of the Fourth of July and independent businesses, the neighborhood is hosting a new street festival — the 2018 Oregon District Independents' Day Street Fair.

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The Oregon District celebrated Kentucky Derby Day in Dayton on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The annual Derby Day Running of the Wieners race had its highest turnout in the three years since it's inception with 85 Dachshunds that competed. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

The goal of the event, according to event organizers, is to celebrate and develop independent culture, commerce and creativity. There will be food, drinks and opportunity to shop from local vendors. Vendors will be announced closer to the event.

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The Oregon District celebrated Kentucky Derby Day in Dayton on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The annual Derby Day Running of the Wieners race had its highest turnout in the three years since it's inception with 85 Dachshunds that competed. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

Event organizers are currently accepting vendor applications. Email Heart Mercantile for more information, heartdayton@gmail.com. 

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The new street fair will take place from 1-8 p.m. Also happening downtown that same day is The City of Dayton’s signature Fourth celebration — City of Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival at Riverscape Metropark. That event will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.

Lights in Flight returns to downtown Dayton's RiverScape Metropark on Tuesday, July 3, with a multi-cultural festival featuring music, food and family fun including a kids' zone.  The festival begins at 5 p.m., and fireworks will light the sky over downtown Dayton at 10 p.m.

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Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, hosted its annual Geek Gala, a costume dance party celebrating nerdom and fandom of all type, on Saturday February 17. Proceeds benefitted Dayton Children’s Hospital through Extra Life Dayton. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF(Tom Gilliam)

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Want to go?

WHAT: 2018 Oregon District Independents' Day Street Fair

WHERE: 501 E. Fifth St., Dayton

WHEN: July 3 from 1 to 8 p.m.

INFO: Facebook  

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Paddle (and eat) your way through the Great Miami River Race and Treasure Island River Fest

Published: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:55 AM



Photo submitted by Adventures on the Great Miami
(Photo submitted by Adventures on the Great Miami)

Family fun, adventure, food trucks, a beer truck and music come together for two special events this weekend along the Great Miami River in Troy. 

Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23.

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TREASURE ISLAND RIVER FEST

Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event has tons to do for the family.

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Schedule of events:

10 a.m. — The Great Miami 12.1 Mile River Race Launches

11 a.m. — Live DJs

11 a.m. — Food Trucks Open

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. — $10 All Day Boat Demos

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. — 3 Mile Photo Scavenger Hunt

3 p.m. — 2 Up, 2 Down River Race

4 p.m. — Kids Race

5 p.m. — 500 Meter Bridge Sprint

6 .pm. — Beer Truck Opens

6 p.m. — Record Breaking Great Tube Float

7 p.m. — Awards Ceremony & Community Concert

8 p.m. — Record Breaking Giant S.U.P Event

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Demonstrating canoes, kayaks, boats, and recreational devices from Great Miami Adventures canoe livery near Tipp City on Ross Road are front to back: Kayte (cq) Jackson, Grace Kauth and Sidney Jackson, Chris Jackson, and Joe Jackson. Chris Jackson is the owner of the new business that includes a grounds for group events, or camping. Staff Photo by Jim Witmer

$10 All Day Boat Rentals: Paddle as much as you like in the scenic Treasure Island Park. $10 gets you a wrist band to use any available Kayaks, Canoes, S.U.P. boards or paddle boards as they are available. Come and go, you're not limited to one use. 

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3 mile Photo Scavenger Hunt: Try out the new 3 mile river trip being offered by Adventures on the Great Miami that travels from Twin Arch Reserve along the Great Miami back to Treasure Island Park. Take photos of the three listed landmarks with the hashtag #adventureintroy and you'll be entered to win a river pass for the rest of the 2017 season for two. $25 per person for canoe, kayak, S.U.P. or raft, $15 for tubes. Last trip leaves at 6 p.m. Preregister here.

Kids Race: Sign up the day of for a fun race around the small island at Treasure Island Park. No younger than 12 please and there must be an adult guardian accompanying to participate.

Record Breaking Great Tube Float: There will be tons, TONS, of tubes on site to try to set a record of the number of tubes on the Great Miami at one time. The tube course will run 300 meters, from the Treasure Island Park Marina to the end of the property. Bring your own or $1 gets you in one of our tubes. 

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With close to 300 miles of water trails, along the Mad, Stillwater and Great Miami river, the Dayton region is ideal for paddlesports.(Contributing Writer)

GREAT MIAMI RIVER RACES

 “We want Miami County to become a paddler’s destination,” said Chris Jackson, owner of Adventures on the Great Miami. “The Great Miami is such a beautiful river and really great for these kind of races. What makes it perfect for racing is also what makes it perfect for new paddlers, nice stretches of easy flowing river without major dangerous turns or fast water. It’s amazing that it’s gone this unnoticed for so long and people are just starting to realize all of its potential. We’re excited to be a part of that!”

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THE RACES

 The 12.1 mile race - 10 a.m.

A 12.1 Mile course starting at the Treasure Island Park in Troy and traveling along the beautiful Great Miami River and finishing at Adventures on the Great Miami. The course does include a short 100-foot portage around a Low Dam in Troy. 

Race participants will launch at 15-minute increments starting at 10 a.m. All participants must finish by 9 p.m. or will be disqualified and transported back to Adventures on the Great Miami. Once you've completed the race, you and your boat will be transported back to Treasure Island Park. 

The 2 x 2 - 3 p.m.

Launching from Treasure Island Park, this 2 mile up and 2 mile back race will take you up river and then finish back at Treasure Island Park. 

The 500 Meter Bridge Sprint - 5 p.m.

Launching from Treasure Island Park, this all out sprint will travel 500 meters to the Adams Street bridge. 

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Chris Jackson owns a business, Adventures on the Great Miami, at 1995 Ross Road, Bethel Twp., that would benefit from development of a master plan for the Great Miami River. The region is about to take another step toward making Ohio’s Great Corridor a reality.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to begin developing a master plan for the 99-mile stretch of the Great Miami River meandering from Sidney to Dayton to Hamilton. The plan, estimated to cost $250,000, is seen as essential to joining various local plans along the river corridor into a single recreational area - dubbed Ohio’s Great Corridor - drawing tourists and area residents down to the river.(Jim Witmer)

CLASSES

Racing Class: Racing class is for any individual participant using a kayak over 14 feet long. 

Individual class: Individual class is for any individual participant using a kayak, canoe, or S.U.P. under 14' long. 

Team Class: Team class is for any 2 people using a 2 person kayak or canoe. 

Safety: Two trained volunteers will be launched with each heat as a lag team. Two trained volunteers will be posted at every 2 mile increment. Four volunteers will be posted at the low dam in Troy helping participants safely portage the dam. 

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AWARDS

For each of the 3 races and then for each class in each race, first place will receive $100 cash and free entry into all of next year's event, second place will receive free entry into all of next year's event and all participants will receive a medal. That's a total of 18 available prizes!

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St. Peter’s Challenge Camp participants tried their hand at canoeing with Adventures on the Great Miami. CONTRIBUTED

FEES 

Fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and do not include canoe or kayak rental.

12.1 mile river race

$55 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $80 per team class, two person canoe or kayak

 2 x 2 -2 miles up and 2 miles back

$40 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $65 per team class, two person canoe or kayak

500 meter bridge sprint

$20 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $35 per team class, two person canoe or kayak

Tri Race Bundle

Individual or Race Class - $105 | Team - $145 

Canoes and Kayaks are available for rental from Adventures on the Great Miami for $25 per person. 

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Chris Jackson owns a business, Adventures on the Great Miami, at 1995 Ross Rd., Bethel Twp., that would benefit from development of a master plan for the Great Miami River. The region is about to take another step toward making Ohio's Great Corridor a reality.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to begin developing a master plan for the 99-mile stretch of the Great Miami River meandering from Sidney to Dayton to Hamilton.The plan, estimated to cost $250,000, is seen as essential to joining various local plans along the river corridor into a single recreational area - dubbed Ohio's Great Corridor - drawing tourists and area residents down to the river.JIM WITMER / STAFF(Jim Witmer)

There will also be food trucks on site, beer for sale, live music and more. This family-friendly event has free entry. 

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Treasure Island River Fest and the Great Miami River Races

WHERE: Treasure Island Park at 409 N. Elm St., Troy, OH

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, beginning at 10 a.m.

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A 30-year tradition continues this weekend at one of the summer’s biggest cultural celebrations

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

2018 will be the 30th year for the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow.
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2018 will be the 30th year for the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow.(Contributed)

Exploring the rich history of Dayton and the Miami Valley must go hand in hand with education about the Native American history that ultimately shaped our region.

Hosted by the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, the 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village is one of the best opportunities to immerse yourself into the colorful and deeply-rooted traditions woven into the core of the Miami Valley. 

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2018 will be the 30th year for the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow.(Contributed)

“For contemporary Native Americans, Pow Wow represents an opportunity to honor their shared culture, to celebrate traditions with ancient roots, and enter the circle with honor and respect for each other and the ever-present drum,” according to a SunWatch press release. 

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Men and women spend weeks preparing full traditional regalia — complete with long, weed-like fringe that is worn for the historic Grass Dance. The Grass Dance is a competition, as the seasoned performers have great pride in the beauty of this ceremony. 

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While the men perform the Grass Dance, the women shine during the traditional shawl and jingle dances— dressed in brightly-colored ensembles and demonstrate syncopated dance steps with fast, whirling rhythms.

2018 will be the 30th annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow.(Contributed)

“Community celebrations like this, which include music, food and dance, are the kind of gatherings that communicate across cultures,” said Andy Sawyer, Site Manager and Site Anthropologist at SunWatch. “Year after year MVCNA members continue to show their commitment to keeping those traditions by harvesting willow branches and other materials to construct the traditional arbor, and putting in days of work to host this event at SunWatch.”

Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village.(Contributed)

This year’s festival schedule is as follows:

Saturday:

11:00 a.m. Entertainment TBA 

Noon Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staff and colors - Veterans Song 

12:30 p.m. Intertribal and Special dances 

4:45 p.m. Retreat of Staffs and Colors 

5:00 p.m. Dinner Break: Entertainment TBA 

6:00 p.m. Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staffs and Colors 

6:30 p.m. Intertribal and Special dances 

8:30 p.m. Retreat of Staffs and Colors 

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Sunday:

11:00 a.m. Entertainment TBA 

Noon Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staffs and Colors - Veterans Song 

12:30 p.m. Intertribal and Special dances 

4:45 p.m. Retreat of Staff and Colors

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow
WHEN: 12 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 & 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24

WHERE: SunWatch Indian Village, 2301 West River Rd., Dayton

INFO & ADMISSION: 937.268.8199 | www.sunwatch.org

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