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7 things to look forward to when the weather warms up

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:03 PM

Looking for a summer spot that has all the features of a perfect patio? Check this out! (Image provided by TJ Chumps)
Looking for a summer spot that has all the features of a perfect patio? Check this out! (Image provided by TJ Chumps)

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. 

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Inside the Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum Metropark on Springboro Pike. CONTRIBUTED


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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A view from the fountains at The Greene in Beavercreek. CONTRIBUTED


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. 

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Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs offers more than 50 flavors of creamy, delicious homemade ice cream. Heaven! CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


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


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.

>> Your guide to the best patios in Dayton

You know spring has arrived when Dragons baseball begins. Heater and Gem and the rest of the Dragons will play at home Sunday through Friday. (Source: Contributed)


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.

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Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies


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

Take a spin on one of the more than 300 miles of connected trails in the Miami Valley. CONTRIBUTED


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.

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Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:23 AM

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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.

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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.

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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.

Read more here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Dayton beer royalty’ getting hitched. Prost! Cheers! Sláinte!

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:53 PM

Sara Levin and Gus Stathes, owners of The Barrel House in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED
Staff Writer
Sara Levin and Gus Stathes, owners of The Barrel House in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

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. 

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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. 

Warped Wing is a special place for the couple dubbed Dayton’s beer royalty by Dayton Brew Tours.

The recent Daytonians of the Week met at the brewery’s Mr. Mean event three years ago. 

 >> Meet the duo whose love for craft beer brought them to popular downtown beer bar

Here is what Sara told’s Mark Fisher about  Warped Wing earlier this month when asked about her favorite spot in the Dayton area. 

“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)

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Sara Levin and Gus Stathes, owners of The Barrel House in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

Sara Levin and Gus Stathes, owners of The Barrel House in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

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Meet Miles Theodore: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend introduce son in adorable first photo

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:56 AM

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The newest Legend has a name — and to no surprise, he’s a complete cutie.


After much debate over when Chrissy Teigen and John Legend would share their newborn baby boy‘s moniker and first photo, Teigen did both with an Instagram photo on Sunday.


“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.


The Lip Sync Battle host previously hinted that childbirth was a little easier this time around.


“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.”


The new mother of two also responded to a fan on Twitter Friday who asked whether the couple’s son resembled Luna, and revealed he’d made his appearance a little sooner than the family expected.


“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.”

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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!”

The couple also shared baby Luna’s first photos to social media just two days later, with the model and cookbook author captioning a mother-daughter snap, “Hi my lulu!” 

Teigen’s mother Vilailuck Teigen posted her own photograph of herself and her new granddaughter that same day, while Legend shared a sweet close-up of his adorable baby girl’s face the following day.

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Fan literally gets a “Sparkle” for 100th birthday 

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

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.
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.

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.

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 Most of  DCDC’s dancers are currently performing in Europe.


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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.

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will present its free concert Street Beats 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Courthouse Square.(Submitted)


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