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Published: Monday, October 03, 2016 @ 10:34 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— It's October, which means it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
There are plenty of ways you can get involved to support the cause.
Here are several events that offer a good time, help increase awareness and help benefit cancer initiatives.
Panera Pink Ribbon Bagel sales
WHEN: Oct. 1-31
WHERE: Panera Bread; various locations in Dayton
COST: $1.35 for a single Pink Ribbon Bagel, $6 for half dozen, $10.99 for a baker's dozen and $15.99 for a baker’s dozen plus two tubs of cream cheese. Preorder online at www.covelli.com/gopink.
DETAILS: A portion of the proceeds from these special ribbon-shaped bagel sales will benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls and Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.
K99.1FM Concerts for a Cause
WHEN: Oct. 3-4. Doors open at 6 p.m.
WHERE: JD Legends located at 65 Millard Drive, Franklin, OH 45005 (Exit 38 off I-75. One exit South of Austin Landing)
COST: $10 general admission, $30 four-pack. VIP upgrades available
DETAILS: K99.1FM and JD Legends are partnering to present Concerts for a Cause with 100 percent of ticket sales benefiting Pink Ribbon Girls and 10 percent of food sales and $2 of every ticket sold the day of each concert will go to assist the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
• Oct. 3 — Dylan Scott, Jackson Michelson, Michael Rotundo
• Oct. 4 — Midland, Alexis Gomez
Making Strides of Springfield
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7, registration – 8 a.m.; walk – 9 a.m.
WHERE: Springfield Regional Cancer Center, 148 W. North St., Springfield
COST: Register online at Making Strides of Springfield
DETAILS: Distance: 5K. Goal: $70,000. More: DJ Chill – a Springfield-area first responder – will provide the tunes
Paint the Town Pink 5K Run and Concert
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 13, 6-11 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Troy Public Square
COST: Register online here
DETAILS: A 5K timed run around downtown Troy followed by a free concert featuring Velvet Crush, the Pink Ribbon Girls fire truck, a beer garden, food and raffles.
Mix 107.7 Concert for a Cure
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton
COST: Tickets are $30-50 and are on sale here
Making Strides of Dayton
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21. Registration and rolling start 8-10 a.m.
WHERE: Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
COST: Register online at Making Strides of Dayton.
INFO: In this year’s celebration of survivorship, the walk is 3-5 miles long to support everyone that has been affected by breast cancer and ensure they have a hand to hold. You help raise funds for breast cancer research, life-saving education and critical patient services.
17th annual Ribbon of Hope Luncheon
WHEN: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24
WHERE: Great Hall at Sinclair Community College, 444 W. Third St., Dayton
COST: $75/person (benefiting the Women’s Wellness Fund through the Kettering Medical Center Foundation). Register online at Kettering Health.
INFO: This year’s guest speaker is New York Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan. In her book "The Middle Place," Corrigan shares her experience of fighting cancer while simultaneously caring for her father as he struggled through the final stages of the disease.
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:46 AM
— Dayton loves food trucks — and competitions. The two together make for one savory event.
This new food truck event will be worth the trek to Greenville this weekend, with over 30 trucks on the list.
This will be the first food truck rally and competition to take place in Darke County.
On July 21, dozens of food trucks will park and serve their best bites in hopes of taking home the bragging rights. There will also be craft and small business vendors set up to sell accessories, candles and wax melts, soaps and more.
Confirmed food trucks include:
Latinarepas food truck
Creme de la Creme Cakery
Tin Roof Mobile Food
Dayton Urban BBQ
Lilia's Outside Cafe
TJ's Nice Cream Truck
Son Of a Biscuit
G's CUE BBQ
Chicago Gyros and Dogs Beavercreek
Rock Stop N Roll
Papa Dog Grub Hub
Little Z Concessions
Drunken Waffle, Twisted Taco
Christian Bros Meat Company LLC
Tennessie's Philippine Cuisine
Wild Fire Pizza
BEME Concessions LLC, Potato Tornados & More
Kona Ice of Troy
Fourman Family Concessions
Creole 2 Geaux
Cumberland Kettle Corn
The Bobby Cue Grill
Bowman's Texas Tenderloins
Wild Boar BBQ
Karma Kitchen Food Truck
Pita Pockets Concessions
Shrimp Lips Seafood and Chicken
Confirmed craft vendors include:
Wolfes on a Mission - Advocare Health & Wellness
Color Street nails
Accessorize with Andrea
AJ Laser Co.
Winnie Hittle - unique jewelry and accessories
Gena Hoyt - topiary, unique garden items
Tennessie Hamilton - unique Philippine crafts
Brenda Sparks - unique crafts
Young Living Essential Oils
Leathered Up - hand made leather products
Just Four Pups
KenKare Jewelery & Crafts
Anita Blakley -crafts, decorated lassware
Jane Baldwin - unique bath items
Rachel Shaw - Pampered Chef
Tracy Barr - Barr's Soapery & Creative Works
Garah Lefeld - Mother of Wolves
Susan Lutz - JC Mining Store
Angela Gibbons- The Ugly Mug
Michelle Heckler - Avon
Connie Imel - vintage aprons & hand towels
Marcia Sowry - wooden benches & signs
Lilly Rose Essentials
Cabin in the Pines Wood Products
The Gutter Shutter
My Gorilla Garage
Amber Row - Mobile Boutique - women's clothing and accessories
Kra Z Paint
Love Me Knots
Kits for the Cure
Grandpa Bob's Gifts
If you make something special, you can get involved too. To sign up as a food or craft vendor, visit this website.
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
Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
— You can find a little summer fun everywhere this weekend with new events and familiar favorites.
There’s more to do during the week and on the weekends than ever.
Stay prepared and plan ahead with our guide to the best 10 things to do in Dayton:
For nearly three decades, emerging and established playwrights have had the opportunity to present new work at FutureFest.The annual festival of new plays, now in its 28th year, is presented at Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, July 20 through 22.
FutureFest 2018 showcases six finalists. The festival opens at 8 p.m. Friday with “What Are Words Worth to a Long Fellow?” by Carl L. Williams from Houston, Texas. Saturday’s productions are Colorado-based William C. Kovacsik’s “Fettered” at 10 a.m., “Late in the Game” by Minnesota-based Barbara Snow at 3 p.m. and South Carolina-based Randy Neale’s “Last Rites-Detroit, 1967” at 8 p.m.
FutureFest concludes Sunday with “Of Men and Cars” by California-based Jim Geoghan at 10 a.m. and Massachusetts-based John Minigan’s “Queen of Sad Mischance” at 3 p.m. Cost: $20 per show, $100 for weekend package. Call 937-424-8477 or visit www.daytonplayhouse.org.
2) A MIDSUMMER SOIREE
In early July, Victoria Theatre Association announced the retirement of VTA president and CEO Ken Neufeld. To commemorate his impactful career, the local arts organization has established the Ken and Lesley Neufeld Innovative Programming Fund. On Sunday, July 22, the VTA hosts A Midsummer Soiree, the first benefit for the fund, at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton from 6 to 9 p.m. John Paul White, one-half of the Grammy Award-winning group the Civil Wars, presents a solo set that evening. Local bluegrass duo Snapp & Clarke will also perform. Cost: $100. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.victoriatheatre.com/soiree.
3) DAVE KOZ
Saxophonist Dave Koz enjoyed great success with the 2013 album, “Summer Horns,” with collaborators Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair. Rather than repeat that template for the follow-up album, Koz replaced the unavailable Abair with trombonist Aubrey Logan and trumpeter Rick Braun. In June, the expanded horn ensemble released “Summer Horns II: From A to Z.” Koz & Friends, currently on tour supporting the release, perform at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20.Cost: $46.50 law & terrace, $56.50 side orchestra, $66.50 center orchestra in advance. All ticket prices increase $5 day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
4) OLD CASE FILES
After being accused of the murder of Joseph Side in Dayton more than a century ago, Charles “Dayton Slim” Stimmel led authorities on a cross-country manhunt that ended in Denver. In December 1903, he stood trial for the charges, which is the basis for this summer’s installment of Dayton History’s “Old Case Files.” The historical courtroom drama series offers a dramatic reenactment of the controversial murder at the Old Court House, 7 N. Main St., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, July 20 through 22. Performances begin at 7:30p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. “Old Case Files” is also presented July 27 through 29 and August 3 through 5. Space is limited, reservations requested. Call 937-293-2841 or visit www.daytonhistory.org.
5) MIAMI VALLEY MUSIC FEST
Combining music, art and charity has been the focus of the Miami Valley Music Fest since it began in 2006. The Spikedrivers, D-Funk All-Stars, Mike Perkins, Subterranean, the Ark Band, the Typical Johnson and Sharon Lane around are among the acts performing at the annual event, returning to the Troy Eagles Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Road, Troy, on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. Cost: $40-$60. General admission tickets include festival entry, parking fee and camping. VIP car parking is $25. Visit www.miamivalleymusicfest.com.
6) DRAGONS 5K
Dayton’s hometown baseball team has teamed up with Orthopedics Associates of SW Ohio for the Dragons 5K. The fundraising run/walk returns to Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Cost: Registration fee is $25 adults, $15 ages 17 and younger. Proceeds from the Dragons 5K benefit the team’s MVP Program, which supports Miami Valley Youth. Call 937-228-2287 or www.daytondragons.com.
7) REVOLUTION 3 TOUR
Package tours usually have a theme, whether it’s by genre, decade or some other hook. For this summer’s Revolution 3 Tour, the connective tissue seems to be guitar rock. The musical roadshow — making a stop at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22 — features ’90s bands Stone Temple Pilots and Bush with the Cult, which was recording and touring for nearly a decade before its current tour mates formed. Doors open Sunday at 5 p.m. Cost: $49-$79. Call 937-228-2323 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
8) LAVELL CRAWFORD
While stand-up comedy remains his primary focus, Lavell Crawford has had a growing presence as an actor since landing the life-changing role of Huell the bodyguard on “Breaking Bad” in 2011. He also reprised the role in an episode of the spinoff series, “Better Call Saul.”Crawford’s other credits include “American Ultra,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “The Ridiculous 6” and “Legends of Chamberlain Heights.” The actor-comedian returns to town for performances at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Cost: $15-$45. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.
9) IRMA LA DEUCE
Billy Wilder is no longer a household name, but the director created some of Hollywood’s most beloved films during his lengthy career. A brief look at his filmography includes “The Lost Weekend” (1945), “Sabrina” (1954) and “Some Like It Hot” (1959). For his 1963 romantic comedy, “Irma La Deuce,” Wilder returned to Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, who appeared together in his 1960 film, “The Apartment.” Victoria Theatre Association’s Summer Cool Films Series presents “Irma La Deuce” at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, July 20 through 22. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Other films in the series include “Die Hard,” “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Cost: $6 per screening or $39 for a 10-ticket passbook good for any film screening in the Cool Film Series. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
10) ADVENTURES FEST
Jessica Lea Mayfield, the headliner of the new Adventures Fest, is from Kent, Ohio, while Sylmar is based in Cincinnati. The other acts on the bill, Shrug, Young Heirlooms, Lioness, M. Ross Perkins, This Pine and Neo American Pioneers, are from the Dayton area. The first-time event is presented at Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City, on Saturday, July 21. Cost: Festival admission is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Camping is $10. Call 937-266-6252 or visit http://greatmiami.net.
Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 11:47 AM
— 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.
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:
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.
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.
>> PHOTOS: Ohio Hot Air Balloon Challenge 2016
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.
A fireworks display sponsored by Start Skydiving will start around 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
— Nothing beats the summer doldrums like some time out on the water. When work, errands and the day-to-day start to get to you, sometimes a trip to the river can help recharge your batteries and make you feel like a new person.
If you love music and the outdoors, Adventures Fest is just the event to revive your late-summer spirit. Engage in outdoor activities and enjoy some of the best musical acts Ohio has to offer. You can even bring the kids and make a weekend of it.
Twelve hours of continuous music on two stages.
Whether you like indie rock, folk or alternative country music, Adventures Fest has you covered. From Dayton bands like Lioness and Shrug, to popular Ohio artists Young Heirlooms and Jessica Lea Mayfield, Adventures Fest will have you soaking up the sounds while you catch some rays.
“I absolutely love playing big outdoor festivals,” says Nathan Peters of Lioness. “It works so well for us having a big band to get on the big stage. We are playing lots of new tunes at Adventures Fest.”
The music starts at noon on Saturday and goes all the way until midnight. There will be a main stage featuring full bands, as well as an acoustic stage for solo acts.
HAVE FUN ON THE RIVER
Become one with the Great Miami River.
Ever since the Thompson party landed on the banks of the Great Miami in 1796, Dayton’s cultural identity has been associated with our region’s rivers. At Adventures Fest, attendees can tap into the spirit of the water by renting a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard and taking an optional river trip for an additional fee.
“That river is such an amazing place,” Peters said. “I love getting out on the water so I’m looking forward to doing so myself this weekend. My mother wrote a musical about the 1913 flood, so I have long held a fascination with waterways. The power of water is incredible.”
Let the wind rustle your hair and let the sunbeams warm your skin as you take in the sounds on the riverbanks of the Great Miami at Adventures Fest this Saturday.
EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
Enjoy a cold beer or two at the Trotwood Trailer, brought to you by Warped Wing Brewing Company, the official brewery of Adventures Fest. Food will also be for sale at the event.
Adventures Fest promises to be fun for the entire family, so be sure to bring along a tent and take part in camping excitement in the glorious outdoors! The kids will love the Slip ‘N Slide. You can also play volleyball, throw a few holes of disc golf or take a walk in the woods.
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: $20 in advance, $30 at the door, with additional charge for primitive camping and river trips. Children 4 & under free. Eventbrite
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