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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

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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

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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. 

Record Breaking Giant S.U.P. Event: How many people can fit on a giant Stand Up Paddle Board? There will be an 18-foot by 5-foot paddle board. Participation is free.
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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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7 things that will wow you this weekend at hot air balloon festival

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

The Ohio Challenge 2018

Prepare to be wowed.

A giant crab and a giant gator are among the more than 30 balloons set to take flight during The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival and Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember. The annual event will return to Middletown’s Smith Park/Middletown Regional Airport this weekend.

“This is a good, positive event for the city. Everyone loves to see the balloons. There’s always that ‘Wow’ factor. Spectators often wonder ‘How did they get up there?’ ‘How do they stay up there?’ and they follow them. It’s so cool,” said Kathy Stites, event manager, The Ohio Challenge.

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The Gator is one of the special balloons that will be featured at the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival this weekend in Middletown. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Presented by Selection.com, the event runs Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The festival includes balloon competitions and balloon glows, fireworks, skydiving demonstrations, a laser light show, tethered balloon rides and live entertainment. There will also be carnival rides for children from Murray Brothers Amusements, Inc., expanded food booth offerings, as well as 25 arts and crafts vendors on site.

This is the 16th year for the festival, which has grown into one of the area’s largest, signature summer events. More than 300 volunteers come together to support the festivities. 

Here are six things to do, see and experience at The Ohio Challenge:

Competition balloons decorate the sky during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

1. Hot air balloon launches, rides and competition

Check out launches of colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes.

Mass balloon launches and special shapes will take to the skies on Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beyond the visual spectacle of bright colorful balloons in the sky, The Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition. This year over 30 participants will compete for the Ohio Challenge Trophy and to qualify for a national tournament.

This little lady walks on a partially inflated balloon during the Fluff & Puff event at the 2016 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

Experience the fun yourself with tethered hot air balloon rides for $10 and $15 or try out the Fluff & Puff balloon walk-through as well.

Call 513-932-3552 to arrange full paid rides.

All balloon activity is wind and weather permitting. Admission to the park is free during morning hours for those who would like to see the Saturday and Sunday morning balloon flights.

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Claw D — The Crazy Crab piloted by Zach Burgess of Monroe will be one of the special balloons featured at this year’s Ohio Challenge. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

2. Night balloon glow

Balloons can look even more amazing at night. This year’s balloon glows will take place Friday and Saturday from 9:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

3. Fireworks

A fireworks display sponsored by Start Skydiving will start around 10:15 p.m. Saturday. 

4. Skydiving

Team Fastrax skydiving performances will take place at 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and again at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Rides are part of the fun at the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival. These festival-goers were photographed during the 2016 event at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

5. Festival fun

Beyond the balloons, you’ll find plenty of family fun all weekend long.

The event will include outdoor concerts, arts and crafts, festival foods and carnival rides.

“There’s so much to do. There’s a little something for everybody. It’s a good family-oriented festival in the park. There’s a lot of good food, and a lot of great vendors. It’s a good place to be,” said Sean Askren, a Middletown resident, pilot committee member and FAA liaison.

This is one of the special balloons that will be featured at the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival this weekend in Middletown. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

There will be live music on Friday night with Broken Road, a Rascal Flatts tribute band and on Saturday evening featuring The Skallywags from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Main Stage activities, including opening remarks and the National Anthem, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A Wounded Warrior Honoring Ceremony, recognizing Purple Hearts and Gold Stars, will be held on Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m.

For a complete list of events and activities, visit the Ohio Challenge website.

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Competition balloons fly over Hook Field during the 2016 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

6. Car show

The show featuring 125 to 150 cars will be held on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration for the car show is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost to register is $15. Dash Plaques are guaranteed to the first 100. A number of awards will be given.

7. Balloons & Breakfast

Watch hot air balloons before enjoying a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday. The breakfast supports the Middletown High School girls soccer team. The cost is a suggested donation of $5.

Want to go?

WHAT: The Ohio Challenge Balloon and Festival Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember

WHEN: Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. The festival is open 4-10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday and again from 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Balloon activity only from 7-9:30 a.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave and Verity Parkway in Middletown

ADMISSION: During regular evening festival hours, walk-in admission is $5 per adult (children ages 12 and under are free), $15 per car load (which includes a free shuttle ride and admission for all in the vehicle). Vehicles should enter the festival grounds via Middletown Regional Airport, 1800 Germantown Road.

MORE INFO: www.ohiochallenge.comwww.warriorwtr.com

Hot air balloons are inflated for attendees to get a closer look during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

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Food truck rallies, river clean ups, firefighter challenges and more to do this weekend in Dayton

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

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It’s only the middle of the week, but we’re already looking forward to the weekend.

Here are a few ways to get a jump start on your plans.

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 🍴 DARKE CO. FOOD TRUCK RALLY AND COMPETITION

On Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. food trucks including The Drunken Waffle, EAT, Son of a Biscuit, El Meson and Ghostlight Coffee served their best breakfast and lunch dishes for Brunch! A Food Truck Rally. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

On July 21, dozens of food trucks will park and serve their best bites in hopes of taking home bragging rights. There also will be craft and small business vendors set up to sell accessories, candles and wax melts, soaps and more.

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Want to go?

WHAT: The Darke County Food Truck Rally and Competition

WHEN: July 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville 

INFO: Facebook

🌎 CLEAN SWEEP OF THE GREAT MIAMI RIVER

Employees of Cox Media Group Ohio, including Ted Cox and his 14-year-old son Theo, clean up debris along the Great Miami River in Dayton Friday during Clean Sweep 2014. The Clean Sweep effort is organized by groups including American Rivers and Five Rivers MetroParks. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

The annual Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River is a huge, two-part effort, with the Dayton-area portion happening on July 20 and July 21. The event is an opportunity to clean up our region’s greatest waterway, as well as remind people that their relationship with the Great Miami River is a two-way street. The Clean Sweep is coordinated and supported by many sponsors, including Dayton.com’s own Cox Media Group Ohio.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River

WHEN: Friday, July 20 & Saturday, July 21

WHERE: Multiple locations

INFO: cleansweepofthegreatmiamiriver.org

🎭FUTUREFEST  

“we, the invisibles” by Susan Soon He Stanton, is a tribute to behind-the-scenes immigrant hotel workers. It premiered at this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY BILL BRYMER(Staff Writer)

FutureFest is a weekend of theater featuring six new plays; each production is followed by remarks from the playwright, evaluation by professional adjudicators and audience feedback. Read more about it here.

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Want to go?

WHAT: FutureFest 2018

WHEN: July 20-22 

WHERE: Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler, located in Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark. 

INFO: Website 

🎵43RD ANNUAL BAND ORGAN RALLY

Mike and Liz Barnhart of Riverside will bring their 6-foot-tall fairground band organ to the 43rd Annual Band Organ Rally at Carillon Historical Park on July 21 and 22. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The rally, last held in Dayton in 2016, will bring dozens of antique and newly constructed band organs to the park. It is sponsored by the Mid-American Chapter of the Musical Box Society International and the Carousel Organ Association of America.
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Want to go?

WHAT: 43rd annual Band Organ Rally

WHEN: July 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Carillon Historical Park, 
INFO: Website

🎈THE OHIO CHALLENGE BALLOON FESTIVAL

Competition balloons decorate the sky during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

A giant crab and a giant gator are among the more than 30 balloons set to take flight during The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival and Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember. The annual event will return to Middletown’s Smith Park/Middletown Regional Airport this weekend.
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Want to go?

WHAT: The Ohio Challenge

WHEN: Friday, July 20, from 4 to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 21, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m

WHERE: Smith Park Path, Middletown

INFO: Website

🎶🍺 ADVENTURES FEST

Adventures on the Great Miami hosted its second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23. Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event hasd tons to do for the family. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

Featuring a roster of Ohio musicians for a day of fun and music along the Great Miami River, this new event debuts this weekend. Jessica Lea Mayfield, Young Heirlooms and Lioness will be headlining the event. This Pine Box, Shrug, M Ross Perkins, Sylmar and Neo American Pioneers are also in the lineup.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Adventures Fest

WHEN: July 21 from 10 a.m. to midnight

WHERE: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City

TICKETS: Eventbrite

INFO: Facebook

🔥HUNKS AND LADDERS FIREFIGHTER COMBAT CHALLENGE

Firefighters pull a 165-pound dummy to simulate rescuing a person during the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, July 22, 2017, at The Greene in Beavercreek.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Firefighters try to woo the crowd as one-by-one they compete in an obstacle course during the challenge. The event also will include a performance by the band Stranger, beer sales and other activities.  Funds raised at the free event and from sales of the 2018 Hunks and Ladders calendar benefit A Special Wish Foundation Inc., Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association and Pink Ribbon Driven.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge

WHEN: Begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21

WHERE:The Greene, 4450 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek

COST: Free 

INFO: hunksandladders.org or Facebook

🍴EL MESON’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

El Meson hosted a two-day Cinco De Mayo party on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. The eatery featured margaritas, dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting, and amazing food from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

The restaurant at 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carollton is planning a two-day weekend blowout to celebrate its 40th anniversary, according to details posted to Eventbrite.
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WANT TO GO? 

What: El Meson’s 40th Anniversary Weekend 

When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 

Where: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carrollton

Cost: Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.

Tickets: Visit the Eventbrite page for advance VIP tickets

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New Downtown Date Night event to feature 4 truly Dayton experiences

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Party at Proto BuildBar. Photo submitted by Proto BuildBar
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Party at Proto BuildBar. Photo submitted by Proto BuildBar(HANDOUT)

A new event organized by the Gem City Catfe might be the night of nights for Dayton lovebirds to get out of the nest. 

Gem City CatfeMike’s Bike ParkDK Effect and Proto BuildBar have partnered up for the first Downtown Date Night event on Friday, July 20. The event features four unique and adventurous Dayton experiences wrapped into one night for you and your honey to enjoy together. 

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The evening is for couples 18 and older, and you must be 21 and older to consume alcohol at the various stops. Tickets, $50 per couple, include stops at each location aforementioned, as well as LINK bikes to ride between destinations.

Gem City Catfe will celebrate its grand opening on January 2nd, 2018. The coffee shop and cat adoption center is located at 513 E. Fifth St. in the St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood.(Kara Driscoll)

Couples must begin the evening at the Catfe, but they’re allowed to use ticket privileges at the other stops in any order. However, due to limited seats in the cat lounge, participants do need to select a time slot for the cat lounge when purchasing tickets. Tickets are good for the following at each destination:
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• “Gem City Catfe: Two drinks of choice and two 30-minute cat lounge spots. Allergic to cats? No problem! Enjoy the cafe side and upstairs art gallery, which are fully separate from the cat lounge. 

 

• Mike's Bike Park: Includes two rides in the multi-story indoor BMX bike park, bikes provided. All skill levels welcome. 

 

• DK Effect: Includes two drinks of choice (pints of beer with 40 craft beers on tap and house cocktails) with 20 drink tokens to play on the large game selection, including skeeball.

 

• Proto BuildBar: Includes a play on the Tesla vs Edison game and 2 drinks of choice from the following: non-alcoholic beverages, coffee bar items, beer or specialty cocktails of Moscow Mule or Elderberry Gin and Tonic.

 

Spots are limited, so you must reserve your spot ahead of time and purchase tickets by visiting www.gemcitycatfe.com.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Downtown Date Night

WHEN: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, July 20

WHERE: Begins at Gem City Catfe, 1513 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Scottie Pippen among celebrities coming to Dayton for new event 

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

The organizer of a new charity event say a who’s who of sports figures and entertainers will descend on Dayton in a matter of a few weeks. 

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Ron Edwards, the organizer of the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event, told us that Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are among the celebrities slated to be in Dayton for the new event set for Aug. 19 and 20 at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering. 

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Cleamons is a former NBA player and coach. 

WHO BENEFITS 

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

The Pink Ribbon Girls, a locally based nonprofit that helps women battling cancer, will also benefit. 

WHY ARE CELEBRITIES INVOLVED?

A marketing professional by trade, Edwards says he and his wife, Arnika Edwards — University of Dayton’s director of  basketball operations — are longtime friends of Cleamons. And so are the celebrities expected to play in the golf event.

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Several were coached by Cleamons or coached with him. 

“All these people want to come and make it happen for Jim,” Edwards said. 

He said he would release a full list of celebrities Monday. 

“We’ve got a great list of celebrities and athletes that will be here,” he said. “It is going to do a big deal. Our plan is to have this for a long time.”

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. 

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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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WHY DAYTON?

Edwards said Dayton was selected as the city of the golf event that will include an auction because he and his wife are based here, the Dayton area has quality golf courses and because Cleamons — now a resident of California — remains passionate about helping Ohio youth improve their lives and have bright futures.  

“Everything we are doing is for Jim and his 501(c)(3) and helping the kids in Ohio,” he said.  

Links to register for the event can be found at Hoopologycamp.org.

 

The first Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event is set for Aug. 19 and 20, 2018.(Contributed)

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