Local camp actually lets kids fly planes -- seriously

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Students design F-14 models at Air Camp.
Students design F-14 models at Air Camp.(Contributed)

There are a multitude of summer camps to which you can send your kids this year where they could learn plenty. But there’s only one in the Dayton area that will let them actually fly a real plane.

Launched in 2010, the Dayton-based Air Camp offers seventh through ninth grade students a comprehensive STEM education using aviation and aerospace as the medium. The program also focuses on the values of scholarship, leadership and citizenship. The program draws students from all over the country every year.

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“(The founders) wanted to create an opportunity for students across the country to engage actively in STEM activities that are primarily connected to aviation and aeronautics,” said Director of Operations Shannon Coblentz. “They noticed from their line of work that there started to be a shortage in those areas. They believed that it was not necessarily a lack of interest or capability, but lack of knowledge that these opportunities exist.”

Air Camp will feature a day camp program for the first time.(Contributed)

The week-long camp hopes to catch middle school-aged students at a time period where studies show they tend to steer away from STEM-related subjects. Coblentz, a former principal, says confusion is often behind those decisions.

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“It’s usually based on misinformation about what’s required in the STEM fields, as well as sometimes having a lack of understanding of what an actual STEM profession is. We can help them to gain confidence to serve in the STEM fields and that can pique their interest in those fields.”

Air Camp Director of Operations Shannon Coblentz says the camp's goal is to give students more confidence in STEM fields.(Contributed)

Air Camp, made up entirely of teachers with STEM backgrounds, provides students with 15 hours of team-oriented educational activities daily, while taking them to various locations around the Dayton area. Throughout the week, the students are taught STEM concepts, and then tasked with using critical thinking skills they’ve obtained to solve problems or achieve goals. Team challenges include a simulated plane crash where campers are taught survival skills as well as using items commonly found on a plane to recover a black box from under water. 

“What they do is go through the actual rescue module to help save passengers if they ever ended up in the water. They are trained to save themselves first and the other passengers second,” Coblentz said.

And, yes, after taking flight ground school and charting their course, the campers will get the opportunity to fly as student pilots.

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However, Air Camp is now also offering a less-intensive program for younger students for the very first time. The day camp, designed for fourth through sixth grades, focuses partly on aviation, but also covers engineering, rocketry, botany, robotics, art and more. Like its counterpart, the day camp will take the students to various sites around the Miami Valley. 

The program is designed to take the intimidation out of learning about the STEM field. 

“We will help them to understand that a butterfly in particular has to overcome the same forces to fly that an airplane does. We know that will help them feel more comfortable about the physics of flight,” Coblentz explained.

Though the day camp students won’t get to fly an actual airplane, they will learn to code and fly their own unmanned aerial vehicle. 

The application process for middle school students includes an essay of 300 words or less and a teacher’s letter of recommendation. Day camp students are admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Coblentz believes both camps are vital to how students approach STEM subjects and in showing them the long-term possibilities therein.

“We want to make sure they know that whatever they’re passionate about at this age, they can find a way to make a living at that as an adult,” she said.  

“Most importantly, we’ll teach them how to use data, and emphasize for both camps that the wrong answer is not a problem. Knowing what to do with the wrong answer is the critical skill.” 

Learn more about Air Camp at aircampusa.com. Air Camp is accepting applications through April 30. Basic requirements for application, including the application portal itself, can be found here


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Top 10 things to do in Dayton this week

Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

July's Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally was held Friday, July 21, 2017. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam
Tom Gilliam
July's Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally was held Friday, July 21, 2017. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

Nothing to do this weekend? More like decisions, decisions, decisions ...

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This year marks a major milestone for Dayton Ballet, which has earned an international reputation as "The Company of Premieres." As one of the top three dance companies in the nation to produce and present new work, it's fitting the 80th Year Celebration will feature a debut.

Ruby Jubilee, at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, through Sunday, April 22, features the premiere of a new piece by artistic director Karen Russo Burke. The program, the final performances of the 2017-2018 season, also feature pieces to honor founders Josephine Schwarz and sister Hermene.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $14-$72. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.


The Dayton Art Institute's Bourbon & Bubbles event, held Friday, April 21, will offer tastings of several bourbons and Champagnes.(Staff Writer)

Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, hosts major annual parties such as Oktoberfest and Art Ball. Expect another swanky affair when the museum presents Bourbon & Bubbles in DAI's Shaw Gothic Cloister and Great Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 20. The artsy cocktail party features exclusive handcrafted bourbons and champagne with gourmet hors d'oeurves from Elite Catering. Last year's event sold out, so act fast if you plan to attend. Cost: $60 for members, $75 for nonmembers. Tickets include eight tastings or bourbon and/or champagne. A cash bar is also available. Call 937-223-5277 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.


Brantley Gilbert became a new father at the end of 2017, but it hasn't slowed down the country-rocker behind Top 10 country hits like "Bottoms Up" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." His latest album, "The Devil Don't Sleep" (2017), yielded the top 10 hit "The Weekend." The Georgia native, currently on The Ones That Like Me Tour with special guests Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips, returns to The Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26. After this tour, Gilbert will join Kid Rock and Wheeler Walker Jr. for more live dates. Cost: $29.75-$59.75. Call 937-775-4789 or visit www.nuttercenter.com.

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Jennifer Joplin stars as the literary legend from Dayton — Erma Bombeck. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Human Race Resident Artist Jennifer Joplin stars as Erma Bombeck in "At Wits End," a one-woman play based on some of the more notable columns by the late writer. The play, written by sisters Allison Engel and Margaret Engel, is presented by Human Race Theatre Company in the Philips Creativity Center, 116 N. Jefferson St., Second Floor, Dayton, on Friday, April 20. Cost: $25. "Erma Bombeck: A Wit's End" is presented through May 13. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.


Record Store Day hits Omega Music, Recreate and Feathers in the Oregon District on Saturday, April 16. Were you spotted?  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

When Record Store Day returns to Dayton on Saturday, April 21, it will be about celebrating recorded music and the locally owned retailers specializing in it, from the established to the new. Omega Music, 318 E. Fifth St., Dayton, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, is a longtime participant in the annual initiative to support and promote international, independently owned music purveyors. This will be the first Record Store Dayton for Dayton's newest retailer, Skeleton Dust Records, which opened at 133 E. Third St. in October. Omega is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, while Skeleton Dust is open from noon to 8 p.m. that day. Call Omega Music at 937-275-9949 or visit www.omegamusicdayton.com. Call Skeleton Dust at 937-221-8528 or visit www.skeletondustrecords.com.

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The Mound Cold War Discovery Center is a joint effort between Dayton History, the Department of Energy, Office of Legacy Management and the Mound Science and Energy Museum Association. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Since early 2016, Dayton History has been working with the Department of Energy, Office of Legacy Management and the Mound Science and Energy Museum Association to preserve a major piece of local history. Ohio Congressmen Mike Turner and Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church will be among the attendees when Dayton History hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Mound Cold War Discovery Center, 1075 Mount Road, Miamisburg, at 10 a.m. Monday, April 23. Cost: Free. Visit www.daytonhistory.org.

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Three estranged sisters meet the day before their mother's funeral to argue and misremember past events. That is the setup for "The Memory of Water," Shelagh Stephenson's rumination on family and the structures of memory. Wright State University Theatre wraps up its season with the dark comedy running in WSU's Herbst Theatre, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, Friday through Sunday, April 20 through 22. This production is directed by Josh Aaron McCabe. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and $5 students. Call 937-775-2500 or visit www.wright.edu/tdmp.


Fuel has been together for more than two decades but is still finding ways to reach new audiences. In late 2017, the band toured Australia for the time in 17 years and will be playing its first concerts in Japan this summer. Fuel, currently on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the debut album, "Sunburn," performs with special guest Sponge at BMI Speedway, 791 E. Main St., Versailles, on Saturday, April 21. Local band Come Hell or High Water opens the concert at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $25. Call 937-526-9547 or visit www.bmikarts.com.


Like Beyonce, Madonna and Sia, Luenell Campbell is such a flamboyant figure she doesn't need to use her last name. Since the late 1980s, the actor-comedian has filled comedy venues and booked acting gigs based on her quick wit and versatility. She has had recurring roles in television programs such as "Lopez" and "Californication" and guest spots on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The Middle." Luenell returns to the area for a run at The Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, Thursday through Sunday, April 26 through 29. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost: Ticket prices were not available at press time. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.


July's Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally was held Friday, July 21, 2017. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

Son of a Biscuit, Harvest Mobile Cuisine and El Meson are among the local food purveyors taking part in next Food Truck Rally at Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, on Friday, April 20. The monthly event, from 5 to 10 p.m., also features Smokinbeebeeq, Cupzilla-Korean BBQ, Greek Street, Thai1On, The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton, Just Jerk Ena's and Nacho Pig. Cost: Free entry. Yellow Cab hosts Food Truck Rallies the third Friday of each month through October. Visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.

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Go green this weekend: Earth Day events in and around Dayton

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 4:08 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post
(Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

This Saturday is Earth Day, and festive events are popping up all over Dayton. Here’s your guide to Earth Day event sin Dayton.

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Earth Day Trashenger Hunt - This year marks the 3rd anniversary of the event. Residents will help clean up Historic South Park at Blommel Park. Gloves, bags, t-shirts and scavenger hunt lists will be provided. Children will win a prize if they find all the trash items listed, and for making South Park the cleanest. There will be prizes for adults, too. Afterwards, the group will head to South Park Tavern for free pizza and pop.

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Trashenger Hunt hosted by Historic South Park

WHERE: 104 Bonner St., Dayton

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 3 to 4 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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KidX Earth Day Celebration - Hosted by The Mall at Fairfield Commons, this free events offers kiddos crafts, story time, games, refreshments and the opportunity to plant flowers outside of the main mall entrance. 

Want to go?

WHAT: KidX Earth Day Celebration!

WHERE: 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Pies & Pints Earth Day Celebration - Beaver Creek Wetlands Association has joined forces with Pies & Pints at The Greene for this Earth Day celebration. 20% of all food and non-alcoholic beverages will be donated to Beaver Creek Wetlands Association. Offer is good for dine-in and carry-out orders. MadTree Brewing will have tree saplings available (while supplies last). Be sure to show this flyer when you get there.

Want to go?

WHAT: Pies & Pints Earth Day Celebration

WHERE: 52 Plum St., Beavercreek

WHEN: Monday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Earth Day Weekend Bird Hike - Walk through Glen Helen and search for migrants along the Little Miami River. Please note, registration is required to participate.

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Weekend Bird Hike

WHERE: 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 8 to 10 a.m.

COST: $5 for non-members, free for members


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Bike’s Out on Earth Day - K&G Bikes and Freq Fit have teamed up for this event. There will be a guided 20- and 40-mile ride. Early birds will receive a free t-shirt (when you RSVP mention your size!). BMX riders will also be present sharing their ‘tricks.’ There will also be giveaways from local Kettering businesses.

Want to go? 

WHAT: Bike’s Out on Earth Day

WHERE: 12228 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Earth Day Spring Hike - This family-friendly hike will take you through Koogler Wetland and Prairie Reserve to learn about the history of Earth Day, explore local nature and discuss go-green actions. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Spring Hike

WHERE: 2735-2779 Beaver Valley Rd., Dayton

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

INFO: FacebookCall 937-320-9042

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Raptor Center Earth Day Baby Shower - Help the Raptor Center in Yellow Springs prepare for their influx of baby birds. Avian ambassadors will share information about the soon to be birdies. You can foster a baby bird, and also donate a gift form the wishlist. Registration is required.

Want to go?

WHAT: Raptor Center Earth Day Baby Shower

WHERE: 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

INFO: FacebookWebsite

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Earth Day Trash Clean Up - Come together to clean up Highland Park. Bring your own gloves and trash bags. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Trash Clean Up

WHERE: 1701 Wyoming St., Dayton

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Earth Day Extravaganza - Zane Shawnee Caverns and South Wind Park will host this celebration of earth day full of fun and learning for all ages. There will be kids activities, workshops, eco-expo demos, music and entertainment, eco-friendly vendors, food, raffles and prizes. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Extravaganza

WHERE: 7092 State Rt. 540, Bellefontaine

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 8 to 10 a.m.

COST: $5 per car

INFO: Facebook

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Make Every Day Earth Day - Join Mindful Magic Studio to celebrate ‘Mama Earth.’ There is a scheduled trash pick up, flower planting, tea time, butterfly discussion and free seed samples. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Make Every Day Earth Day 

WHERE: 901 N. Keowee St., Dayton

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 6 p.m.

COST: $10 donation suggested, but not required.

INFO: Facebook

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Kids Seed Craft + Earth Day Giveaway - This kid-friendly event hosted by Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets in Centerville invites you and your little ones to play in the dirt. Kiddos will plant fast-growing seeds (to be taken home). There will also be a giveaway table with a chance to win a basket of earth-friendly products including cleaning products. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Kids Seed Craft + Earth Day Giveaway

WHERE: 4317 Feedwire Rd., Bellbrook

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 12 to 3 p.m.


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6th Annual Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive - We all have spare electronics sitting around we don’t use or need, right? Rather than sending them into a landfill, bring them to this recycling event! Pull up to the curb and drop off your working and non-working computers, laptops, servers, desk and cell phones, and much more to be recycled. There will also be free paper shredding (up to 5 boxes). Please note, some items may require a fee; others may not be recyclable (i.e., items containing freon). See their Facebook event page for details. Taquito’s Truck will be serving tacos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive

WHERE: 950 Michigan Ave., Columbus

WHEN: Friday April 20 form 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

INFO: FacebookWebsite

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Earth Day OTR - This family-friendly day features eco-friendly recreation and vendors with live international music, food and drinks, eco-friendly products and goods for purchase, as well as a range of activities for all ages. The Chicken Mac Truck and Kona Ice West Cincinnati will be serving food throughout the event. For a full list of vendors, live music and participating non-profits, visit their Facebook event page for details

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day OTR

WHERE: 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati 

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Did we miss your Earth Day event? Shoot us a message and we’ll add it to the list: alex.perry@coxinc.com.

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7 reasons not to miss Dayton GeekFest

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

GeekFest at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will take place Friday, April 28 from 6-11 p.m. There will be cosplay and a costume contest, a Star Wars Room, video games and board games, and much more. PHOTO / Larry Peck
Larry Peck
GeekFest at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will take place Friday, April 28 from 6-11 p.m. There will be cosplay and a costume contest, a Star Wars Room, video games and board games, and much more. PHOTO / Larry Peck(Larry Peck)

This Friday and Saturday, GeekFest will take over the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Like past years, GeekFest will be packed full of events, vendors, special guests, treats, costumes and more. But this year, organizers have turned GeekFest into a two-day event.

Boonshoft’s Jason Heaton gave us the scoop on the delightfully nerdy activities you can take participate on Friday night and Saturday (Family Day).

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The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Wizarding School

Fans of a certain bespectacled boy wizard won’t want to miss GeekFest’s Wizarding School events on Friday night. Heaton says the planetarium will be turned into a Great Hall. 

“We're going to have a chemistry experiment, which we call ‘potions,’” says Heaton. “We'll have astronomy class and at the same time we’ll play Quidditch on the dome of the planetarium. One person will be elected to stand in the middle and actually 'fly' around. That's something really unique.”

Wizard School will also include magic wand making for little kids and a special animal show.

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The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Orc & Pie

Another fun activity taking place only on Friday night is GeekFest’s staple 5-minute D&D adventure, Orc & Pie. 

In this quick live action role-playing experience, participants will be transformed into heroes… heroes hungry for pie! Will they defeat the fearsome Orc and loot his confectionery treat? Find out at GeekFest. (Hint: the heroes win the pie).

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The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Special guests 

Both Friday and Saturday at GeekFest willf eature exciting guests.

Nate Lovett, a professional children’s book illustrator who’s done work for Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol and more, will be giving “Let’s Draw” presentations both days.

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Cincinnati-based sci fi author Wendy Vogel, whose novel Horizon Alpha features dinosaurs on other planets, will be giving a presentation in Boonshoft’s planetarium on Saturday. “She added some science, so they're based on real planets,” explains Heaton. “Wendy’s not only going to talk about her book, but we’re also going to fly to those planets. I'm looking forward to showing off the science behind them.”

As in previous years, Ohio’s 501st Legion Star Wars cosplayers and the Real Ohio Ghostbusters will also be at GeekFest.

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The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Of course, all of your gaming urges can be satisfied at GeekFest. 

A full-on video game arcade, featuring cabinet games brought in by DK EffectGaming Adventures, and Doug’s Electronic Repair, will be in full effect Friday and Saturday.

If cardboard delights are more your speed, a room devoted entirely to tabletop games will be available, with games generously provided by GeekFest staff and the Wittenberg RPG Guild.

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GeekFest at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will take place Friday, April 20 through Saturday April 21. PHOTO / Larry Peck(Larry Peck)


“On Saturday, we're going to have geek Jeopardy like we've had in the past,” Jason Heaton tells Dayton.com. “We’re also going to try Harry Potter Jeopardy this year for the first time.” 

“Beat the Geek” trivia will be another opportunity to show off your nerd brain. 

The annual GeekFest will take place at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Friday and Saturday. Cool events like Wizard School, gaming, special guests, vendors, and food trucks will be there for your geeky amusement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Blast off into outer space 

Also going on in the planetarium is Boonshoft’s regular live show, The Sky Tonight, about the astronomical bodies visible from earth on a given evening. Heaton says there will be “a few other surprises in the planetarium, as well.”

“There's going to be a full-blown R2D2 replica a guy named Josh Montgomery built from scratch,” brags Heaton. “He's going to show it off and talk about it in the Planetarium early on Saturday morning.” 

The planets of Star Wars and Geek Jeopardy will be projected onto the 50-foot dome of the planetarium.(Provided by Boonshoft)


We’ve barely scratched the surface of all the exciting things going on at GeekFest this Friday and Saturday. There are also cool geeky vendors like Bell Book and Comic and No Limit Gaming, food trucks both days, and even costume contests. You will not want to miss GeekFest. It’s one of Dayton’s best events of the year!

Want to go?  

WHAT: Boonshoft GeekFest

WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 20 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21

WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton  

COST: Friday night, $20/person, tickets here. Saturday, free with regular museum admission

INFO: www.boonshoftmuseum.org or 937-275-7431 


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Yellow Cab gears up for second food truck rally, Night Market

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies
Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies

Street food, live music and shopping are scheduled for the second event from The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies. 

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It’s a hub for food, drink and handmade goods, where Daytonians can explore taste sensations, craft brews and small businesses from the area.

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Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies

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With a rotating lineup of food trucks, The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies offer beer, free live music and The Night Market, which has delicious spices, jams and produce, artisan bathing products, handmade toys and decorations and countless other locally made goods. 

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Photo contributed by Robin Daywalt.(Max Catterson Photography)

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The Night Market will feature the following vendors this time around: Tasha’s Common Scents, Ludic Soap, Twisted River Coffee Roaster LLC, Rusty Clementine, Mo Dough, Free Wheelin’ Market and Silver Crest Sign Co.

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“Eating is just part of what you can do at a Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally,” organizer Brian Johnson said. “With family or friends, we want it to feel more like a street festival with a great selection of food, drinks, and locally made goods and gifts for you to check out while listening to some great Dayton music.”

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Lobster poutine fries from Harvest Mobile Cuisine(Alex Perry)

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Food trucks featured for this rally include: El Meson, Smokinbeebeeq, Greek Street Food Truck, Son of a Biscuit, Cupzilla-Korean BBQ, Thai1On, Harvest Mobile Cuisine, Just Jerks Ena’s, ~Nacho Pig~ and The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton.

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French toast from The Wicked 'Wich featuring fresh bread form Evan's Bakery(Alex Perry)

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Brunch! A Food Truck Rally is also back for the season, featuring breakfast cocktails and more. These events happen every first Sunday of the month through September. 

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Want to go? 

WHAT: Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally and The Night Market

WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Friday, April 20 (rallies will be held every third Friday through October)

WHERE: Yellow Cab, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

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