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Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:03 PM
— Well, it’s officially spring and has been for awhile. But this might be a weekend that actually feels like spring.
Find your happy place with 10 things to look forward to when the warm sunshine returns.
1. A WALK IN THE PARK
There's no better way to welcome spring than with a beautiful hike through nature. The Dayton-area has an overabundance of scenic parks and trails, and they each offer something a little different. If you’re just interested in taking in some beautiful scenery, we recommend a walk through the paths at Cox Arboretum or a walk through the beautiful Charleston Falls. Looking for a more rigorous hike? Try the trails at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs.
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2. A DAY SHOPPING OUTDOORS
There's just something about spending money while also taking in some fresh air. Spend a day at The Greene in Beavercreek for a complete shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Shop in tons of great stores, including anchor store Von Maur. Grab a quick bite at Potbelly or E.O. Burger or enjoy a sit-down meal and drinks at places like The Cheesecake Factory, Fleming’s, Bar Louie, The Pub and more. If you want a more unique shopping/dining experience, head to Yellow Springs instead. The village is known for its unique shops and dining destinations, including Ha Ha Pizza, The Winds Café, The Sunrise Café, Peach’s Grill (noted as one of Dayton’s best patios) and the Yellow Springs Brewery.
>> RELATED: 5 things to do in Yellow Springs
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3. ICE CREAM!!!
Sure, you can eat ice cream anytime you want. But ice cream can also be an experience. Especially if it’s at Young’s Dairy!! Spend the day at the dairy barn and see animals, impress your date by showing off your skills in the batting cages or take in a game of putt-putt golf. If you’re hungry, you can grab a casual lunch at The Dairy Store or some comfort food at the Golden Jersey Inn. End your day with a delicious ice cream treat with Young’s homemade ice cream. We recommend the Buckeye sundae. It’s a peanut butter and chocolate lover's dream.
>> RELATED: 7 great places to get frozen treats in Dayton
4. PATIO DRINKING AND DINING!!!
One of the best parts about spring is taking your dining and drinking experience outdoors. Dayton area bars and restaurants have some amazing patios to grab a quick drink or a full meal. Here are a few of our favorite patios: El Meson in West Carrollton, The Winds Café in Yellow Springs, The Trolley Stop and Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District, Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton, Basil’s Dayton with a river view and The Dublin Pub in the Oregon District.
5. A DAY AT THE BALLPARK
A true sign of spring and warm weather is Dayton Dragons baseball. A Dragons game should be on everyone’s Dayton bucket list. Even if you aren’t into baseball, Dragons games offer a fun experience for all ages. It’s the perfect setting for a family outing, to enjoy a beer and baseball with friends or even a date.
>> RELATED: How to make the most out of a Dragons game
6. FOOD TRUCKS!!!!
Oh, sweet heavenly food trucks. A sure sign of spring is when you can get your paws on a Fat Cat Burger from McNasty’s, devour a bite-sized mac and cheese croquette from Hunger Paynes, or feast on a Pig Apple sandwich from PA’s Pork.
>> RELATED: Dayton food truck guide
7. A SCENIC BIKE RIDE
One of the best things about living in the Dayton area is a wonderful, interconnected system of bike paths that allow you the flexibility to take a short ride or basically bike across the entire Miami Valley. This is the perfect activity if you want some quiet reflection time while getting some great exercise, or something you can do alongside friends and family. Choose your own biking adventure with more than 300 miles of trails in the region.
>> RELATED: 10 things to know about Miami Valley bike trails
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:23 AM
TRENTON, N.J. — If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here.
According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance.
But how does Aimovig work? The FDA said it blocks "the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule that is involved in migraine attacks." Amgen researchers said participants in one study saw their migraines reduced by half and experienced "minor side effects" like colds, the AP reported.
If Aimovig doesn't sound right for you, you're still in luck: Three similar shots and various pills to combat migraines are in the works.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:53 PM
— Sara Levin and Gus Stathes have a love born in a brew.
It makes sense that he popped “the question” to her surrounded by Dayton brews.
Gus, the co-owner of The Barrel House at 417 E. Third St. with Sara, popped the question to her Thursday, May 17 at Warped Wing Brewing Company’s Mr. Mean Funkfest.
The recent Daytonians of the Week met at the brewery’s Mr. Mean event three years ago.
“My bed. Just kidding (but also not), but I guess outside of my bed I would say Warped Wing. Everyone who works there is like family, and has been since before I even moved to Dayton. In addition to that, it’s where Gus and I met, so it’s kind of my happy place.”
Prost, cheers and sláinte, guys.
>> Meet the new owners of the Barrel House (December 2017)
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:56 AM
The newest Legend has a name — and to no surprise, he’s a complete cutie.
“Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens – We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles,” wrote the proud mom. “Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!”
Late Wednesday evening, the couple revealed their second child had arrived, with the 32-year-old model writing, “Somebody’s herrrrrrre!” on Twitter alongside baby bottle and high-five smiley emojis. He joins newly minted big sister Luna Simone, 2.
“I can confirm postpartum life is 90% better when you don’t rip to your butthole,” she wrote on Twitter Saturday night, adding, “Baby boy: 1 point. Luna: 0.”
“Same nose!” wrote Teigen of the siblings. “He is a few weeks early so he’s litttttttle and makes the teeniest noises. We are in love.”
Same nose! He is a few weeks early so he’s litttttttle and makes the teeniest noises. We are in love. https://t.co/cASCxh6PvR— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 18, 2018
Three days after daughter Luna’s April 14, 2016, arrival, Teigen wrote alongside a snapshot of the baby’s weight (6 lbs., 11 oz.), “She’s here! Luna Simone Stephens, we are so in love with you! And sleepy. Very sleepy.”
Legend, 39, also tweeted the happy news at that time, writing, “Our new love is here! Luna Simone Stephens, born on Thursday, the 14th. We couldn’t be happier!”
Our new love is here! Luna Simone Stephens, born on Thursday, the 14th. We couldn't be happier!— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 17, 2016
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— It is not every day that a 50-year-old dance company’s biggest fan turns 100.
The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company didn’t let the moment pass by.
In celebration of Clayton resident Harold Prigozen’s 100th birthday May 14, dancer Sheri “Sparkle” Williams gave him a concert poster signed by DCDC dancers.
>> RELATED: DCDC celebrates 50 years (Feb. 20, 2018)
He’s a big, big fan,” Jay L. Peterson, DCDC’s director of marketing and special events, told this news organization. “We thought we’d take our number one dancer to meet with our number one fan.
Williams, an Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award winner in 2014, has danced with DCDC 44 years.
>> RELATED: Photos of Sheri “Sparkle” Williams
Prigozen has not only made his mark on Dayton’s arts community. He’s also inspired its food.
Harold’s Grilled Cheese at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton is named for Prigozen.
It comes between Texas toast topped with pepper jack, Swiss, cheddar, provolone and American cheese for $7. Diners have the choice of tomato, pickle and onions. Bacon is $1 more.
The restaurant’s Dr. Saidel's Salad is named for his good friend Burt Saidel.
Most of DCDC’s dancers are currently performing in Europe.
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, DCDC will present a free summer concert called Street Beats 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 9 at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.
It will feature performance by DCDC, its training company DCDC2 and a list of guest artists that includes the Miami Valley Dance Company and Xclusive Dance Crew.
A work choreographed by DCDC Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs to Stevie Wonder’s “Shining Star” will be performed as well as a work titled “No Exit” by MVDC co-director Lily Seitter.