TONIGHT: Shop, sip and snack at DVAC’s ‘Holiday on Ice’ party

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

Art lovers and cocktail conoisseurs packed the Dayton Visual Arts Center on Nov. 19 to pick Dayton's best holiday cocktail, snack on some tasty finger foods, and of course, buy some one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more for Holiday on Ice, which served as a preview party for ARTtoBUY, DVAC's annual holiday gift gallery. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF
Art lovers and cocktail conoisseurs packed the Dayton Visual Arts Center on Nov. 19 to pick Dayton's best holiday cocktail, snack on some tasty finger foods, and of course, buy some one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more for Holiday on Ice, which served as a preview party for ARTtoBUY, DVAC's annual holiday gift gallery. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

 

Looking for a unique, local shopping experience? 

Get a sneak peek at Dayton Visual Arts Center’s highly-curated holiday gift gallery, featuring all kinds of art from Dayton-area artists, at the upcoming Holiday on Ice Preview Party on Thursday, Nov. 16. 

>> PHOTOS: Photos from 2015 Holiday on Ice

Art lovers and cocktail conoisseurs packed the Dayton Visual Arts Center on Nov. 19 to pick Dayton's best holiday cocktail, snack on some tasty finger foods, and of course, buy some one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more for Holiday on Ice, which served as a preview party for ARTtoBUY, DVAC's annual holiday gift gallery. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

In other words, you won’t just get to shop early -- you can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you’re at it. Bonus: you’ll get 10% off your gift purchases at this event, too. 

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Art lovers and cocktail conoisseurs packed the Dayton Visual Arts Center on Nov. 19 to pick Dayton's best holiday cocktail, snack on some tasty finger foods, and of course, buy some one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more for Holiday on Ice, which served as a preview party for ARTtoBUY, DVAC's annual holiday gift gallery. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

Celebrity bartenders from Coco’s, Corner Kitchen, De’Lish, Lily’s Bistro, Mudlick Taphouse and Wheat Penny will be on hand to mix the cocktails. Once you’ve tried them, you can cast your vote for your favorite to win the third annual cocktail competition. 

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Art lovers and cocktail conoisseurs packed the Dayton Visual Arts Center on Nov. 19 to pick Dayton's best holiday cocktail, snack on some tasty finger foods, and of course, buy some one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more for Holiday on Ice, which served as a preview party for ARTtoBUY, DVAC's annual holiday gift gallery. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and include fancy cheeseballs and party snacks by Nibbles Catering, cash bar and 10 percent off gift purchase. Cocktail tastings are $1 each or 6 for $5, so bring cash. 

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Want to go?

WHAT: Holiday on Ice Preview Party

WHEN: 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 16

WHERE: Dayton Visual Arts Center, Jefferson St., Dayton

COST: $20/members, $25/non-members

INFO: www.daytonvisualarts.org | dvac@daytonvisualarts.org | 937.224.3822.

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Insider’s guide to the Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know before you go

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other aviation acts will thrill audiences at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

All eyes will be on the soaring action in the sky this weekend during the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Military jet demonstrations, aerobatic champions and historic aircraft are a sampling of the entertainment to be found at the premier air show that marks its 44th consecutive year of operation.

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Shiela Wallace, media relations coordinator for the air show, said the event has been so successful because the region is the birthplace of aviation and the show has strong ties to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. 

“These are all things that scream this place loves aviation,” said Wallace.

This year’s event takes place June 23-24 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr.

Here’s what you should know to have a great time:

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1. CAN’T MISS AERIAL SHOWS

United States Navy Blue Angels

The Blue Angels, who have thrilled audiences for more than 70 years, will headline the Vectren Dayton Air Show this year. 

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Blue Angels, who last appeared in Dayton in 2014, fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in formations that bring them as close as 18 inches apart. 

The fastest speed during the performance is close to 700 MPH.

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

 

Fastest woman racer

Vicky Benzing, a pilot, aerobatic performer, skydiver and air racer will perform for the first time at the show.

She set the record as the “fastest woman racer” ever in the history of the Reno Air Races in Nevada and has made more than 1,200 parachute jumps.

Benzing will fly an action packed routine in a high-performance Extra 300S.

Sean D. Tucker and his 400 hp Oracle Challenger, will return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018 for the last time. CONTRIBUTED.

Sean D. Tucker’s farewell show

Sean D. Tucker and his 400 hp Oracle Challenger will return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018 for the last time. Tucker is retiring from solo flying but planning to form a formation aerobatic team for future performances. 

TORA! TORA! TORA!

A living history lesson returns to the show this year. TORA! TORA! TORA! Will re-enact the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Eight Japanese replica fighter/bomber aircraft and a display of fire, smoke and noise, simulate bombing runs. 

Sky aerobatics

The Redline Aerobatics Team will be a thrill to watch. Cincinnati pilots Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker built the planes, which fly inverted and formation maneuvers, in their garages. 

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, an all-weather stealth tactical flighter, will demonstrate its capabilities at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED

2. MUST-SEE PLANES ON THE GROUND 

Though planes will be soaring over head don’t forget much of the show is on the ground. Visitors will be able to view more than 50 aircraft on display ranging from WWII warbirds to modern military aircraft. 

Among the ground displays will be the U.S. Air Force 5-52 Stratofortress, the C-17 Globemaster III, a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, the B-17 movie Memphis Belle and a Tuskegee Airman P-51 Mustang. 

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The sprawling Boeing B-52 Stratofortress will span the tarmac among the ground displays. The B-52 heavy bomber is one of the longest serving aircraft in the Air Force. 

Commonly referred to as BUFF, which stands for “Big, Ugly Fat Fellow,” the bomber was last at the air show in 2010. 

The Orbis International MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital — a state-of-the-art teaching facility with an operating room, classroom and recovery room — will be on the ground. 

Spectators will be able to board the Flying Eye Hospital which travels the globe training people to fight blindness. 

The DC-8 Samaritan’s Purse will make its first air show appearance ever this weekend.

The Samaritan’s Purse organization — led by Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham — takes the Douglas DC-8-72CF jetliner around the world to provide spiritual and physical aid.

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The U.S. Army Golden Knights will thrill spectators at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show will intricate canopy work. CONTRIBUTED

3. THINGS TO DO JUST FOR KIDS 

Need a respite for the kids? The Vectren Kid’s Hangar has a backyard gym for climbing, a sandbox, face painting and crafts. The getaway is free and occasionally Air Show performers drop by to sign autographs. 

The hangar will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with food, beverage and restroom facilities nearby. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

>> 6 impressive airplanes at the Air Force Museum

4. WHAT TO EAT: CONCESSIONS 

A variety of food concessions will be available as well as plenty of Coke and Budweiser products.

ATM’s are located on the show grounds.

>> Where to eat and drink before and after the Dayton Air Show

5. WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

Being on the hot tarmac all day means spectators need to come prepared. 

Bring sunglasses, hats and sunscreen, and remember to protect children’s skin as well. Consider wearing light-weight, light-colored long-sleeve tops and comfortable shoes. It’s smart to bring unopened bottled water, which is allowed. 

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General admission ticket holders can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Those with Blue Sky Chalet/Pavilion tickets don’t need to bring their own lawn chairs. To enjoy the aerial performances, pack a pair of binoculars. 

Other items allowed inside the gate: regular-size umbrellas (but not the large, backyard kind), strollers and wagons, cameras (your camera bags will be checked at the gate), mobility scooters for the disabled (rentals are available, call 567-674-6185 to reserve), wheelchairs and service animals. 

The B-17 bomber used in the 1990 Warner Brother film, "Memphis Belle," will appear at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED

6. WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME 

Coolers are not permitted on the grounds. Neither are pets, bicycles, roller blades or scooters. 

7. WHERE TO PARK AND HOW TO GET THERE 

There’s plenty of onsite parking. Keep in mind it’s $10 per car and $20 for RVs, buses and large-size vehicles. Overnight parking is prohibited. 

From I-75, use Exit 64 toward Northwoods Blvd. and follow signs for ticket type. 

From I-70 use Exit 32, the Airport Access Road and follow signs for ticket type. 

Drivers should follow signs posted along the show route as well as the directions conveyed by the police officers. 

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic. 

An alternate parking plan will be implemented if rain prior to the show prevents use of grass parking lots. If implemented, check the show website, social media and local newspaper, television and radio outlets for alternate parking plans. 

If you’d like someone else to do the driving, a continuous express shuttle service will be provided by the Greater Dayton RTA. The shuttle is available from the U.S. Air Force Museum to the main gate of the air show for $3 per round trip. Hourly shuttle service will also be available in downtown Dayton from the Wright Stop Plaza. Regular RTA fare will apply.

Vintage and modern aircraft alike thrilled thousands of fans over Father's Day weekend, June 18-19, at the Dayton International Airport. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

WANT TO GO? 

WHAT: Vectren Dayton Air Show 

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, Vandalia 

HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23-24, 2018

TICKETS: General admission tickets are available at area Kroger stores and at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Advance online sales are available through Sunday, June 24, at 12 p.m. ET. All ticket sales are final, no refunds, no rain checks. Click here to view the assortment of ticket options, or call 888-695-0888. Tickets available at the gate are cash only.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Vectren Dayton Air Show

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Who has the better breakfast? Food trucks to battle it out this weekend

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:57 PM

Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts.  The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from  Drunken Waffle.
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Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts. The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from Drunken Waffle.(Submitted)

When tacos battle tacos, sandwiches battle sandwiches, Asian food dukes it out versus Asian food and BBQ squares off with BBQ, we all win

Organizers of the Battle of the Breakfasts have added a list of new food truck battle categories to their lineup this season. Here’s what you need to know: 

The first Brunch! Food Truck Rally was held Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. The Drunken Waffle and Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q will start hosting monthly Brunch! Food Truck Rallies at Yellow Cab on the first Sunday of every month from April through September. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

Besides breakfasts, food trucks will duke it out in battles of barbecue, tacos, sandwiches, veggie entrees and Asian dishes.

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“All of them (the battles) are going be ongoing through the month,” said Brian Johnson, spokesman for Dayton Food Truck Battles.

Two trucks will compete at each monthly battle.

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Up this week:

Battle of the Breakfasts

Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., White Allen Chevrolet, 429 N. Main St.: Greek Street Food Truck vs. The Drunken Waffle

Battle of the Sandwiches

Thursday, June 28, 5-9 p.m., Yellow Cab Tavern: EAT vs. Son of a Biscuit

Greek Street Food Truck's Baklava(Alex Perry)

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HOW IT WORKS

As with the other battles, the truck that sells the most will win the challenge and receive  bragging rights, a sticker and a trophy.

The winning truck advances to the next round and will fight to retain the trophy.

“It’s all about supporting small businesses and giving them recognition,” Johnson said. 

The additional battles are being scheduled. 

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THE SCHEDULE

Battle of the Breakfasts

Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., White Allen Chevrolet, 429 N. Main St.: Greek Street Food Truck vs. The Drunken Waffle

Battle of the Sandwiches

Thursday, June 28, 5-9 p.m., Yellow Cab Tavern: EAT vs. Son of a Biscuit

Battle of the Tacos

Thursday, July 5,  5-9 p.m., Yellow Cab Tavern: Latin Arepas vs. Drunken Waffle

Battle of Asian Cuisine

Thursday, July 12, 5-9 p.m., Yellow Cab Tavern: Thai1On vs. EAT.

Battle of the Barbecues

Next round details TBD

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Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q is hosting the Premium Barbecue Tasting Menu at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on January 20 at Yellow Cab Tavern. Provided photo

The Drunken Waffle will start serving brunch every Sunday starting in April. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)
 

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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

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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7 cheap, family-friendly summer movie programs

Published: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 5:46 PM

“COCO” is among the films part of summer movie series.
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“COCO” is among the films part of summer movie series.(CONTRIBUTED)

There’s nothing quite like the magic of going to the movies, especially for kids. Summer is the perfect time to take a break from the heat for a couple of hours. 

However, catching a flick isn’t the cheapest activity, so we’ve rounded up the area programs, events and discounts to bring family fun to the silver screen ... sometimes for free.

Victoria Theatre/FILE(Staff Writer)

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