Ever wanted to do yoga with a bunch of baby goats? Here’s your chance

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Adorable dwarf goats are a relatively new addition to Aullwood Farm in Dayton, Ohio.

Get ready for cute overload: practice yoga among frolicking baby goats. 

The yoga-with-animals trend has picked up steam over the last year, but has perfectly peaked with goat yoga at Honey Sweetie Acres at 2710 Spring Hill Road in Goshen, Ohio. (In case you were wondering, that’s about a 1.25-hour drive from the Dayton area.)

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The farm’s 2-hour classes are with Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Classes include a 30-minute “meet and greet” with the goats.

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This is actually pretty legit, as goats are climbers, and it adds a new element to the strength and balance aspects of yoga. See Exhibit A:

Ella Pilgrim, a 19-month-old from Toledo, gets an up close look at a pair of Nigerian dwarf goats at Aullwood Farm in Butler Twp. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

From their website: 

During our yoga class you will meet our Nigerian Dwarf Goat babies and kids. They are friendly and curious animals.

Our goats do not bite or head butt. They love to hop from person to person and enjoy being a part of the yoga experience.

We use only the goats that are born and raised at Honey Sweetie Acres.

We treat our goats very well, and expect you will too. In April of 2017, Honey Sweetie Acres was inspected by, “Humane Farm Animal Care” and was successfully awarded “certified humane” status.

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Interested? Classes are $30, limited to 15 participants, and are filling up fast. Upcoming class dates include May 19, June 3, July 1, July 22, Aug. 11, and Aug. 12. See the full list of dates (and purchase tickets) here. For ages 18 and up.

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An area bike park built on top of a landfill could be the first of its kind in Ohio

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:07 PM

Lebanon bike park grand opening June 2.

It could be the first outdoor bike park of its kind completed in Ohio.

A growing number of mountain bikers, freestyle riders and stunt bicyclists already know about the Premier Health Atrium Medical Center Bike Park, off the Ohio 48 Bypass in Lebanon.

The grand opening for the 45-acre park, built atop a closed landfill, is scheduled for Saturday, June 2.

Last week, riders were trying out the beginners’ level pump track during a preview event.

“There’s all kinds of different opportunities out here,” said Mike Stautberg, president, Atrium Medical Center Foundation said, as riders wove around the track, trying to preserve momentum without pedaling. “It’s going to be a very unique opportunity for Warren County and our entire region.”

Dayton plans to build an outdoor bike park near Welcome Stadiumbut it is still in the design stage. Online searches indicated that in Columbus, the Gaters Bike Park is under development, so far featuring a 1/4-mile single track.

MORE: Dayton mountain bike park could get rolling

The nearest place for the range of experiences available in Lebanon — even on a smaller scale — is across the Ohio River in Burlington, Ky., according to Dave Huff, designer of the bike parks in Lebanon and the England-Idlewild Bike Park in Kentucky.

“Beyond that, there is nothing,” Huff said last week in a phone interview. “I think the next closest is Terra Haute, Ind. Then the next one I think is in Chicago.”

Riders get a preview of the new bike park opening in June in Lebanon.(Staff Writer)

Lebanon’s $220,000 park features pump tracks, jumps and mountain bike routes all connected by a perimeter trail.

It marks the culmination of more than two years of planning begun by the city’s park board.

MORE: Lebanon planning bike park

“You know how long we’ve been working on this?” said K.C.Stallings, a Lebanon resident and bike shop owner who participated in the park board planning process approved by the city council.

Stallings envisioned a time when riders along the Little Miami trail, part of one of the longest trail networks in the nation, will turn off at Lebanon, “check out the pump track and then head into downtown for lunch.”

MORE: Miami Valley trail network surpasses 340 miles

In addition, there are hopes of drawing international cyclocross events to the park, off the Ohio 48 interchange at Interstate 71, and riders from the region looking for a place to pedal a pump track, jumps or mountain bike trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.

“It’s also just an amazing park. It’s free to the community,” Stallings added, before riding off into the park.

Local cyclocross aficionados are looking for places to ride since the former Kingswood Golf Course in Deerfield Twp. became the embroiled in an ongoing development dispute.

The next step in Lebanon’s plan calls for completion of a connection with the city’s trail system, enabling residents to pedal all the way to the park near the end of Turtlecreek-Union Road.

RELATED: Lebanon adding bike park, trail extension

“Over 30,000 cubic yards was hauled in to construct the mountain bike trails, jump lines, pump tracks and other features that make this park unique. Features vary depending on ability, with there being many opportunities for beginners all the way to more advanced riders,” City Manager Scott Brunka said in an email update on the project.

Riders get a preview of the new bike park opening in June in Lebanon.(Staff Writer)

In addition to the hospital and its foundation, which were the primary sponsors, Brunka expressed appreciation to sponsors including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Trek Bicycles, Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA), the Harmon Civic Trust, Lebanon Rotary, Mane Inc., Lebanon Optimist Club, Infinit, LCNB, REI and Greensite.

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The park includes a parking lot, but additional parking for the grand-opening will be available in the Home Depot/ Rural King parking lot, across the Ohio 48 Bypass. A bike drop-off will be set up in the parking lot and shuttles running from there to the park.

Riders will also be able to ride from event parking to the park.

“We’re very excited,” Brunka said last week while watching riders try out the different features.

Grand opening, June 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Premier Health Atrium Medical Center Bike Park, off the Ohio 48 Bypass in Lebanon.

475 E. Turtlecreek-Union Road

Lebanon, Oh 45036

For information, contact the City of Lebanon Parks & Recreation Department

50 S. Broadway, Lebanon


Email: info@lebanonbikepark.org

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You've got to try this smoky, sweet campfire cocktail

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Smoked jalapeno-infused tequila is the secret to this spicy Mayan Campfire.
Connie Post
Smoked jalapeno-infused tequila is the secret to this spicy Mayan Campfire.(Connie Post)

Smoked jalapeno tequila, anyone?

Just as craft beer has taken off in the last decade, so has the craft cocktail. One of the most intriguing books I've come across in a long time is Matthew Biancaniello's "Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails." 

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The Mayan Campfire is a fun and unusual cocktail, sure to spark some conversation  just be extremely careful using a torch. And trust me, you don't want to drink that jalapeno-infused tequila straight.

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(adapted from "Eat Your Drink")


2 ounces tequila
3 tablespoons Hershey's chocolate syrup
1½ teaspoons smoked jalapeno tequila (recipe follows)
Enough large-size marshmallows to cover top of glass (4 to 6)

In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, chocolate syrup and smoked jalapeno tequila with ice. Shake, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Place the marshmallows on top and slowly toast them with a small kitchen torch. Be very careful not to apply the flame for too long on any one area near the rim of the glass. The whole process should take less than 10 seconds.



10 smoked jalapenos
1 (750 ml) bottle 123 Organic Reposado (Dos) Tequila

Place the jalapenos in a quart-size jar and pour in the tequila. Cover and let sit in a cool, dark place to infuse for at least 2 weeks. Strain back into the bottle. This infusion becomes so strong with smoke and spice that it is intended to be a tincture and not consumed on its own. It will keep in a cool, dark place for at least a year. 

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Thirsty for more? Check out other must-try cocktails from Biancaniello's book at MyDaytonDailyNews.com.




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How to keep snakes out of your yard

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

Woman Bit By Copperhead Snake At Longhorn Steakhouse

Forget about "Snakes on a Plane," we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion.

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That should be no biggie, according to experts at the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension

"As a general rule, snakes are just as frightened of you as possibly you are of them and often they move as quickly as possible in the other direction," the extension noted. Venomous snake bites are rare and you can readily take steps to treat them. If you're an avid gardener, you may even want snakes in your slice of the great outdoors, since they diet on rodents and insects and can actually help protect you from garden pests.

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Not buying it? You can try to keep snakes out of your home life. Just understand that even the best measures are not 100 percent foolproof, according to America's Wetland Resources, which is based in the South.

"There are no magic or absolute solutions," AWR asserted. "There are no poisons or repellents that work, though some new 'breakthrough' is occasionally advertised. Horsehair ropes and trails of mothballs have consistently tested negative, and pest control operators have no answers."

But there are still plenty of valid ways to limit, or possibly eliminate, a slithery presence in your yard, garden or home. Here are five tips from the pros on how to keep snakes out of your yard:

Seal crevices. Closer to your home, seal the openings where snakes like to set up house. "Check the clearance of door bottoms, weep holes, openings where pipes enter, cracks and spaces under eaves," AWR recommended. "Don't neglect storerooms and sheds."

AWR added that sealing enough openings to make a difference is much more difficult if you own a raised wooden home.

Lawrenceville approves $253,061 for upgrades to the Lawrenceville Lawn. Courtesy City of Lawrenceville(For the AJC)

Tidy up the yard. Snakes might choose to live on your property or simply travel through, according to AWR. You want to make your property as inhospitable as possible, so concentrate on ridding it of any places snakes would consider good spots to hide. Remove debris, from piles of boards, tin, sticks and leaves to flat boats on the ground and piles of bricks or stone, AWR advised, and keep vegetation cut back.

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Stop serving the snake's preferred menu. It's a win-win. When you take away potential hiding places for snakes, the spots where rat and mice families like to congregate are also eliminated. But take this one step further, AWR advised, and take further steps to get rid of the rodents that snakes like to snack on. You may want to involve a pest control agent, but you definitely want to practice anti-rodent hygiene, including not leaving pet food out for more than an hour or so, closing trash cans tightly and securing compost in a sealed container.

Combat the climbers. If limbs from a neighbor's yard hang over your fence, snakes may use them as an entry to your place. Consider working with your neighbor to get them trimmed.

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Consider the snake-proof fence. If you live in an area where one or more venomous snakes are common, you may want to invest in a snake-proof fence, according to NCSU. "Small areas where children play can be protected from all poisonous and most harmless snakes with a snake-proof fence," it noted. "However, the cost of the fence may make it impractical to protect an entire yard."

Make a fence by burying 1/4-inch mesh wire screening 6 inches underground and building it up 30 inches, instructed NCSU.

"It should slant outward at a 30-degree angle from bottom to top. The supporting stakes must be inside the fence and any gates must fit tightly. Tall vegetation must be removed along the fence, both inside and outside."

It's costly, but you can snake-proof the entire yard with a concrete chain wall that extends six inches or so below the surface, noted AWR. 

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"If you already have a wooden fence and the boards are very close together, a good solution is to snake-proof the bottom." 

One fairly cheap way is to use 1/4-inch hardware cloth cut in strips wide enough to overlap the bottom of the fence so it can be tacked securely and extend down into a narrow trench six inches deep.

AWR added another word of caution for either snake-proof fence design (spoiler alert: it's nightmare inducing.) "Many snakes climb by looping over objects and the above described design may virtually eliminate their entry," it noted. "Others, however, can crawl up vertical surfaces if they are rough, such as the trunk of a tree or a brick wall (including the side of a house)."

» RELATED: Veterinarians say snakebites are up among pets

To overcome this creepy climbing capability, you can place a foot-wide ledge made of wood or metal flashing along the outer side at the top. "This structure makes the snakes lean out away from the wall and it will lose its grip and fall."

After all this snake talk, AWR does have one bit of great news. "Snakes are rarely abundant in any one location."

And if all your efforts fail and snakes do make their way into your yard, AWR recommended the ultimate failsafe. 

"The best thing you can do for yourself and family is to teach everyone to respect snakes and to be on the lookout for them," according to the  AWR website. "Remember, don't touch it with your hands. Use a shovel to place the snake in a deep bucket with a cover. The chances of your encountering a venomous species is remote, but possible enough to always by careful!"


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222 things to love about Dayton

Published: Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

Dayton is teeming with great things to do. Here are some of our favorites in downtown Dayton. Video by Amelia Robinson

No April Fool’s Day joke here: Dayton turned the big 222 this year on April 1.

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On that date in 1796, Dayton, now the county seat of Montgomery County, Ohio, was founded by settlers from Cincinnati led by Samuel Thompson up the Miami River.

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Two other parties led by George Newcom and William Hamer arrived four days later by land.

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That year, Dayton Township an area containing what is now in parts of current Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Champaign, Logan and Shelby counties, was formed, according to the National Park Service.

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Native American groups did not live in what is now Dayton, but used it as a hunting ground, the park service says.

In honor of Dayton’s 222 birthday, we asked Facebook users and others to help us come up with a list of 222 things the Dayton area should be proud of.

Here’s that list in no particular order (we could have gone on and on): 

David Hurwitz has given away hundreds of books with his decorated white pickup truck. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

1) 2nd Street Market

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2) An abundance of local artists

3) David Hurwitz and the book mobile truck

4) We brought the nation flight and are the land of funk.

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5) The 1.5 trillion gallons of water known as the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer

6) Dayton Dragons

7 ) Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is one of the state’s largest employers.

8) We have some of the best festivals in the Midwest.

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9) The cash register

10) All of the visual arts

11) Zoot Theatre Company

12) Roller skating Elvis

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Who is Dayton's roller skating Elvis? (Video by Amelia Robinson)

13) Paul L. Dunbar and his house

14) Brunch in the Oregon District

15) Great historic neighborhoods

16) Cheez-it brand crackers were born here

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17) So many restaurants

18) The Century bar downtown is nationally known

19) The Ohio Players

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20) Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is in the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood

21) Dayton History at Carillon Park

22) Dayton Flyers basketball

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23) Lisa Adams Bratton shares the same birthday as Dayton

24) Roger Troutman and Zapp

25) The number of patents by capita (so many patents)

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26) Bill’s Donuts in Centerville

Bill's Donut Shop order ready in the box on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Centerville. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

27) Did we mention Orville and Wilbur Wright?

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28) Dayton Wiener Dog Races are a thing

29) The Miami Conservancy District protects, preserves and promotes quality and quantity of our water.

30) We thrived after the Great Flood of 1913.

>> A look back at the Great Dayton Flood of 1913

31) Dayton Visual Art Center’s great Art Auction

32) You can get nearly anywhere in the Miami Valley within 15 or 20 minutes.

33) Good people live here

34) The Breeders

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35) Wonderful suburbs

36) The Root Beer Stande keeps going.

37) Five Rivers MetroParks

38) White Allen has been around since 1935.

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39) The Dayton Art Institute is about to turn 100 years old.

40) The Dayton International Peace Museum

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41) Dayton loves parks

42) Esther Price Candies

43) The Pine Club’s bone-in ribeye

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44) Link Dayton Bike Share

45) Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is fabulous.

On the brink of its 50th anniversary season, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is producing a one night only celebration of former dancers and current artists in its winter concert fittingly titled Reunited, which is slated Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Victoria Theatre. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

46) Smales Pretzel Bakery

47) Dayton Sewing Collaborative
>>MORE:  Big and small ways you can help Dayton Sewing Collaborative

48) SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

49) Lower costs of living

50) Scene 75

51) Dayton solves problems and completes projects

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Construction crews were back to the work at the new CareSource building in downtown Dayton Friday a day after a fire on the roof Thursday.

52) The Dayton Peace Accords, the general framework for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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53) Beer in brewing

54) The Miamisburg Mound, one of two largest conical mounds in eastern North America.

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55) Stivers School for the Arts

56) Dorothy Lane Market


57) Dayton Celtic Festival

58) Thrifty Boutique

59) Guided by Voices

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60) Robert Pollard won’t stop making great music

61) Did we mention all of the breweries?

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62) Wu Tang is forever at Barrel House

63) Downtown Dayton is alive, well and booming

64) Dayton’s fantastic chefs

These Dayton women cook said some of the best food in the city. Video by Amelia Robinson

65) Schuster Performing Arts Center

66) Dayton is within an 8 hour or less drive of at least 10 “major cities.”

67) Belle of Dayton Vodka

68) Square-cut pizza

69) Ducks at RiverScape MetroPark

70) The Victoria Theatre

71) MJ’s on Jefferson

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72) Chamberlain Tomato Co. on Gettysburg Avenue

73) St. Patrick’s Day is at The Dublin Pub and Flanagan’s Pub

74) The Lincoln statue at Courthouse Square

>> Lincoln sculpture unveiled at Dayton’s Courthouse Square

75) Fantastic food trucks

>> Your guide to Dayton-area food truck events this spring

76) Dayton Children’s Hospital

77) The work of upDayton

78) Huffy bike company

>> Huffy brand started in Dayton in 1800s: What you need to know

79) Small businesses can make it.

80) The Dayton Air Show

81) The Little Exchange

82) Dayton Ballet

83) The Neon movie theater

>> RELATED:  What you need to know about the Neon movie 

The Neon movie theater in downtown Dayton's new marquee was installed on Feb. 19, 2018. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

84) 4 Paws service dogs

85) Marion’s Piazza

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86) Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand

87) The Boonshoft Musuem of Discovery

88) WDAO

89) The Human Race Theater

90) Welcome Dayton and all of our diversity

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91) The Dayton LGBT Center

92) A World A’Fair

93) Dayton Philharmonic

A fusion of design and color illuminates the K12 Gallery & TEJAS building, 341 S. Jefferson St. in Dayton. LISA POWELL / STAFF

94) K12 Gallery and TEJAS

95) Neal Gittleman

96) Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest 2017 

97) The Deweese Ridgecrest neighborhood

98) Dayton Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox

99) TedxDayton spreads ideas worth sharing

100) The Troy Strawberry Festival

101) Italian Fall Festa at Bella Villa Hall

>> PHOTOS: Italian Fall Festa 2017

102) The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center

>> Dayton’s funk museum is now open

103) WYSO is 60

104) The pop top

Slyder's Swiss bacon cheeseburger with fries. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

105) The burgers at Slyder’s Tavern and Tank’s

>> RELATED: Your ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

106) The National Museum of the United States Air Force

107) Rev. Cool brought punk to Dayton

>> What you need to know about about The Rev. Cool Carter 

108) The RiverScape River Run

109) Dot’s Supermarket has all the meat

110) Miles and miles to hike

>> 12 top hiking trails in Dayton and nearby

111) Our inventions have changed the world

112) Food that rivals grub found in much larger cities

>> RELATED: The 12 best restaurants in Dayton

113) The Longest Table brings people together

>> PHOTOS: The Longest Table Dayton

114) Our code-breakers helped defeat the Nazis in World War II

115) The NCAA First Four tournament games

116) Sauerkraut Festival

117) Warped Wing Brewery is around the state

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118) The Renaissance Festival

119) Erma Bombeck

120) Woodland Cemetery

>> MORE: 17 things to see at Woodland Cemetery

121) Kayaking on the Great Miami Valley River

Nochos from El Greco's.(Lauren Rinehart for Dayton.com)

122) The tacos at El Greco’s Pizza Villa on Salem Avenue

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123) Activated Spaces program is filling downtown buildings

124) Yellow Springs Street Festival

125) Fronana

>> 3 must-try Fronana flavors

126) The new Dayton Metro Library is amazing

127) Yellow Cab Tavern is keeping local music alive

>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the first Yellow Cab food truck rally of the year?

128) Art Street

129) Dayton Music Festival

130) Water Street District

131) Front Street is an experience like none other

>> What are the Front Street galleries like 

132) Summer Concerts at the Rose and Fraze

133) Carillon Tree of Light Illumination

134) Oregon Express

135) Rubi Girls

136) Press coffee shop

>> Dayton coffee shop named ‘Best in Ohio’ by Food & Wine magazine

137) The National Packard Museum

138) The Dayton Art Institute’s hard-working associates board throws a great party

139) Wayne Avenue coffee trail

>> RELATED:  What to know about the coffee trail

140) Young’s Jersey Dairy

141) The Gem City Cat Cafe’

142) Dayton Daily News

143) Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow

Here is what you should know about the Stoddard Ave. Pumpkin Glow. Video by Amelia Robinson

144) Trolley Stop

>> What are the oldest bars in downtown Dayton?

145) Masquerage

146) Dayton Regional Walk of Fame

147) Dayton’s Engineer Club

148) Zombie Dogz has dog and tots

>> Zombie Dogz to add new — and welcome — twist to beverage options

149) The League of Women Voters

150) Wright State University’s ArtsGala
>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Wright State ArtsGala 2018?

151) King’s Island is just a short drive away

152) Dayton Woman’s Club

153) So many fish fries

154) John Henry Patterson statue at Hills and Dales Park

Square One Salon and Spa owners from back from left: Alan Leonard; Doug Henderson; Josh Stucky and Brent Johnson. Front from left: Canaan Good; Misty Wells, Angela Mehaffie and Lori Davis.(Photo: contributed by Brent Johnson)

155) Square One Salon spread Dayton stories

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Shopping & Services

156) Little Art in Yellow Springs

157) You might just see Dave Chappelle walk down the street

158) Dayton Junior League

159) Ashley’s Pastry Shop

>> These cookies from a local bakery are SO good that Allison Janney gets them specially delivered to set

160) Great shopping at The Greene, Austin Landing, Dayton Mall and the Mall of Fairfield Commons

161) Our Allison Janney just won an Oscar!

162) Miami Valley School

163) Wright State has the Tom Hanks Center of Motion Pictures

Actor Tom Hanks holds up a piece of cut ribbon after participating in a ribbon cutting for the new Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures at Wright State University Tuesday. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

164) Wegerzyn MetroPark is fabulous

165) Jazz Central

166) Pedal pub wagons

>>The 5 very best things that happened in downtown the summer

 of  2017

167) Hauntfest on Fifth

>> PHOTOS: Hauntfest on Fifth 2017

168) Golf cart tours

169) Generation Dayton

170) Fifth Fridays in downtown Dayton

171) The downtown Dayton gay circuit

172) Legendary Christmas Lights at Historic Clifton Mill.

173) Winans Fine Chocolate and Coffee

174) The Dayton Rotary Club

We take you inside of North Dayton Garden Center with center co-owner Rick Kossoudji . Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

175) North Dayton Garden Center

>> The story behind North Dayton Garden Center’s legendary jingle


176) The Pink Ribbon Girls

177) Artemis Domestic Violence Center and the YWCA Dayton

178) Equitas Health was founded here

>> Dayton’s party of all parties gets a new date, new venue 

179) Dayton Inspires cleanups

180) Mikesell’s Snack Food Company

181) All of the Oregon District businesses and restaurants

182) Dayton’s Inventors Riverwalk

>> City of Invention: Dayton remains a cradle of creativity

183) PechaKucha Dayton has the 20x20 thing down

184) Walking through Glen Helen on a sunny summer day

185) Fireworks along the Great Miami River downtown

186) Dayton.com gives you what to do, know and love

187) Antiquing in Waynesville

188) All the things in Yellow Spring

>> 5 things you must do in Yellow Springs

189) Local wineries and wine shops are budding

190) Mamma DiSalvo

191) Pub Fries at the Dublin Pub

192) Arcade bars are talking us back

193) All of our fantastic international markets

194) Black Box Theatre

195) We have great golf courses and bowling alleys

196) Oakwood “kids” came up with Fusian

197) Elsa’s Bad Juans

Elsa’s famous margaritas, including the ubiquitous “Bad Juan.” Clockwise from the Blue Juan are: Gringo, Bad Juan, Skinny Juan, Watermelon Bad Juan, Strawberry Bad Juan and Raspberry Bad Juan. TY GREENLEES/STAFF FILE PHOTO

198) Urban Krag

199) Femme Fatale Fitness keeps it sassy and classy

200) Wiley’s Comedy Joint keeps us laughing

201) Nancy Cartwright is Bart Simpson

202) Edwin C. Moses brought home gold

>> International organization honors Edwin C. Moses with lifetime achievement award

203) The annual Limp Bikzkit show at the Wayne Avenue Sunoco

204) Boston Stoker keeps us awake.

205) Wright State grad Hannah Beachler’s work is all over “Black Panther.”

206) Dayton is there for Dayton

207 ) Phil Donahue made it big here

Phil Donahue at a charity auction with Erma Bombeck. Donahue and Bombeck were neighbors in Centerville. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(Contributing Writer)

208) The Masonic Temple is gorgeous

209) All of the churches and synagogue

210) The Dayton Foundation

211) Fifth Street BrewPub is a co-op

212) Gem City Market is coming

213) East Dayton Arts District is happening

214) Tech Town

215) Dayton Collaboratory has big plans

>> Photos: The Collaboratory welcomes 'dreamers and doers' at the to Idea Exchange

216) The Mural Machine

217) Deeds Point Dog Park

218) The kids at Dayton STEM School

219) Every four years presidential candidates care us, a lot

220) You can get in and out of the Dayton International Airport in a breeze

221) Cox Arboretum is awesome

222) Foy’s keeps us in costumes

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