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Nominate a Super Achiever!

40under40The nomination is simple, the impact is life-changing.

Nominations are now open for the 13th annual Dayton Business Journal Forty Under 40 Awards presented by Raj Soin College of Business, Wright State University.

Now is the time to help  recognize the next generation of business and community leaders.

This life-long recognition has already changed the lives of over 480 young leaders in the region. Your nomination today will help our judges select the Class of 2010.

Who do you know in our nine-county coverage area who deserves to be recognized for their leadership, energy and efforts to make the Dayton Region a better place to live, learn, grow and succeed?

Nominate today from any industry, business or organization. This link will take you directly to the nominations page and help us bring new and positive leadership to the fore.

Nominations close Thursday January 21, 2010.

Entrants must be under the age of 40 as of April 30, 2010.  Past Forty Under 40 honorees are not eligible.  For any additional questions contact Don Baker, Editor, at dbbaker@bizjournals.com

LEARN. RUN. SHOOT! The Muse Machine and FilmDayton present 48 Hour Film Boot Camp

Miami Valley high school students are invited to make a film in 48 hours with Dayton’s best filmmakers.

The Muse Machine is partnering with FilmDayton to present the wildly fun and educational 48 Hour Film Boot Camp. For one action-packed weekend in January, area high school students will work with award-winning Dayton-based filmmakers to learn how to write and direct their own short film. As part of this process, students will also format, storyboard, edit, film, score, and rough cut their films. Finished films will be presented at the end of the Boot Camp weekend on the “big screen” at Wright State University’s esteemed film production facilities. Students who are interested in filmmaking, film school, acting, or just want to get a taste of filmmaking, are encouraged to participate.

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Registrations will be accepted through December 31, 2009. Registration is $90 for Muse Members. Equipment, breakfast, and lunch are included.
Email Eva Buttacavoli, eva@musemachine.com, to register and/or become an $11-a-year Muse Member. Include name, email address, home address, phone number, school, and grade level.

Marisha MukerjeeFilmmakers/Instructors

Wright State graduate Filmmakers/Instructors Marisha Mukerjee and Rocky Smith will lead sessions that encompass filmmaking basics, from writing a script to shooting to editing on simple, widely available software programs, and will culminate in the creation of a short film.

Marisha Mukerjee lives and works in Chicago and Dayton; co-produced the feature film The Grind; directed and/or produced numerous short films and theatrical productions for a wide range of venues; and is co-founder of Relief Productions Theater Group and Madrina Films.

Rocky Smith lives and works in Springboro and was the co-producer and co-director of Toughman, which premiered at Wright State’s 2009 Big Lens Film Festival, and was awarded “Best Ohio Short” at the 2009 Oxford International Film Festival.  Smith has also worked as a key grip, sound department, stunts, and assistant editor on four award-winning short films for the 48 Hour Film Project.


For More Information

About Muse Machine
The Muse Machine is a nationally recognized arts education organization, providing creative experiences and resources for thousands of Miami Valley young people and their teachers since 1982. For information on the Muse Machine see


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About FilmDayton
An initiative of the DaytonCREATE project, FilmDayton is a nonprofit, volunteer organization
that has spent its first year connecting local filmmakers, encouraging film culture in our
community and working to create a richer environment here for future moviemaking.

We are dedicated to boosting economic development in the region and to expanding recognition of the considerable number of young and established filmmakers who live and work in the Miami Valley. For information on FilmDayton see


Become a Fan on FilmDayton on Facebook!

First Paid Job Spawned From DaytonCREATE


Creating Regional Excitement, Action, Talent and Enthusiasm

In 2007 The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) assembled the Creative Class Taskforce of 20 community groups, that funded  Dr. Florida’s “Creative Communities Leadership Project” in the greater Dayton area.  In March of 2008,  32 catalysts have launched these five initiatives to pull together the ideas and talents of all parts of the community in building creative environments for broad regional prosperity.  Now in Nov of 2009, the first job has been created from this movement.

PrintOne of the initiatives, FilmDayton works to build film audience and business in Dayton and the surrounding area, and to encourage the growth of the local filmmaking industry. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, it produces the annual FilmDayton Festival in downtown Dayton in May of each year and conducts monthly “Film Connections” meetings at which local filmmakers meet to discuss and share their work.  After eighteen months as an all volunteer organization, FilmDayton has hired seasoned arts administrator Eva Buttacavoli as director of the organization designed to boost filmmaking in the region, its board of directors announced.

11540_1203883950097_1618560229_512280_1125709_sButtacavoli came to the Miami Valley in 2008 and was an active volunteer with DaytonCREATE.  Previously, she was the director of exhibitions and education at the Austin Museum of Art, where she was recognized for creating art experiences that connect to everyday life and curated numerous exhibitions. Buttacavoli also has served as director of education at the Miami Art Museum and Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum in Miami. She was awarded museum educator of the year in both Texas (2006) and Florida (1999).  “I’m committed to the people who make, watch and love film, who talk, blog and Tweet about it,” Buttacavoli said. “I’m also committed to making our region a new nexus of it all.”

Buttacavoli, who lives in Centerville with her husband, began her duties Nov. 1st.
In addition to planning local film education programs and the second FilmDayton Festival, she will help FilmDayton initiate a membership program and to continue working to make the region more conducive to filmmaking work. The organization is working with the Muse Machine, Centerville High School and Wright State University on a student filmmaker “boot camp” in 2010. FilmDayton has also partnered on programming with the local African World Film Festival and the Sundog Film Festival, and worked with HBO on Dayton premieres of two documentaries on the network, “The Last Truck” and “They Killed Sister Dorothy.”

Grass Roots Transformation of Wayne Ave


updayton has spearheaded a beautification and community clean up program along the Wayne Ave corridor between 3rd and 5th Streets, connecting the Cannery Arts District with the Oregon District.  A recent competition for submissions was a success and you can now see the results of these artists showcased underneath the train overpass at Fourth Street and Wayne Avenue.   Artists were asked to submit garden themed designs for the 8 x8  foot openings.  A committee of artists, local business owners and city officials selected 8 of the winners, with the final 2 chosen “by the people” at the Fall Urban Nights.  Artists  received $125 and a $50 supply stipend to complete their designs.

9228_160139427970_105606052970_2798431_5204375_n Heather Lee Reid’s Mural, still in progress

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Celebrating Local Artists

creativesoulCreative Soul of Dayton is an art exhibit aimed at showcasing the highest quality of individual artistic achievement in the visual arts in the Dayton region. 170 Visual artists residing within a 25 mile radius of the city of Dayton share their artistic achievements with the community during this month-long exhibition.
“Creative Soul of Dayton represents a very diverse group of artists in terms of age, ethnicity, professional status and media,” said Susan Byrnes, director of the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet and lead exhibit organizer. “Everyone from 18-year-olds to octogenarians, college students to seasoned professionals, has contributed work. The exhibit will include sculpture, paintings and video, along with furniture, installation, fabric art and even a truck that is a work of art. This will be a very eclectic representation of Dayton creativity!”
Prize juror Eva Buttacavoli, independent curator and former director of exhibitions and education at the Austin Museum of Art, will award several prizes before the show opens.

Three artists were awarded best of show, and each will receive a solo exhibit of his or her work in Link Gallery in the Oregon Arts District, a sponsor of Creative Soul of Dayton, as well as exhibition and professional development consultation from Buttacavoli.  A “People’s Choice” Award will be announced at the closing reception at 8pm on Friday, Nov. 6th.
The Creative Soul of Dayton exhibition was developed by a joint committee of faculty and staff members from the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Central State University and Sinclair Community College, as well as community members and university students. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the University of Dayton Diversity Initiatives, ArtStreet, the Law Offices of Gottschlich and Portune LLP, the This Is Dayton initiative of DaytonCREATE, Link Gallery, and ServiceMaster Cleaning.
For more information, contact Susan ByrnesThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 937-229-5103.

Land Use Planning & You

GOING PLACES – An Integrated Land Use Vision for the Miami Valley Region is a regional initiative designed to bring people together to create a road map for the future of land development in the Miami Valley Region.

The study area covers Greene, Miami, and Montgomery counties and the cities of Carlisle, Franklin, and Springboro in northern part of Warren County.

Currently the major focus is to collect information from people who live and work in the Region about what they envision for the future of the Region. Do you have a vision for the Miami Valley Region in the year 2040?  YOUR ideas and innovations are needed to help make the Miami Valley Region a better place to live, work and play!

I would like to invite you to come and join the Going Places discussion at any of the workshops to share YOUR vision!  Your participation is very important so please plan to attend one of the workshops.

For more information about the Going Places initiative, you can visit www.mvrpc.org/rlu <http://www.mvrpc.org/rlu> or contact staff at 937-223-6323 or goingplaces@mvrpc.org <mailto:goingplaces@mvrpc.org>.

Going Places Phase II Workshops (more…)

Are you up for an Urban Excursion?


Don’t confuse Urban Excursion with your average stroll in the park.

It’s the mother of all scavenger hunts and urban adventure races.

Start recruiting your team of 4 to join us for an adventure through the streets of downtown!

This Is Dayton Poster Initiative: Celebrating Dayton’s Creatives

The Dayton community is believed to have an “inferiority complex”.  With so many stories of college graduates leaving Ohio for “greener pastures” and of job losses and budget cuts, it is difficult to feel optimistic about our future.   Something needs to change.

“This is Dayton” is trying to change that perception.  One of the five DaytonCREATE initiatives, the group will start plastering downtown with large, vibrant posters of Dayton creatives and urban adventurers.  Look for the unveiling of 16 Dayton Originals in time for Friday’s Urban Nights.    The posters will map the way to many of Dayton’s ‘gems’ and will prove to be especially important for an upcoming Urban Excursion on Friday, October 2nd.   (Want us to send you info on the Excursion?  Send us your email address!)

For the past year, this group has been trying to determine the best way to show what makes Dayton so special.  The conclusion is that it is the people and the connections formed within the community.  Then in August, there was a blog post on www.Esrati.com about a creative professional who had lost hope in Dayton and was relocating to Austin, Texas.   Carli Dixon and Theresa Gasper were sitting around Dixon’s dining room table in historic South Park one evening talking about the thread and decided to celebrate the ones who stay rather than mourn the ones who leave.




A polished neighborhood troupe performs Shakespeare’s romantic comedy in a beautiful outdoor setting.

DAYTON, OHIO— Fairies and Athenians are enjoying the late summer weather in South Park Green, a cozy hillside park with an impressive vista of the Dayton skyline at dusk. These Shakespearean characters are diligently rehearsing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening Friday, September 18 at 8PM. The play is sponsored by Historic South Park. Last year they staged Much Ado About Nothing.

The delightful romantic comedy of mismatched lovers, enchanted forests and Puck, the famously mischievous sprite, will play out against the natural background of lush trees strung with twinkling lights at sunset, a perfect stage for the magic-comic misadventures of the king and queen of the fairies, human lovers and bumbling rustic folk. (more…)

Pecha Kucha comes to Dayton

You are invited to an idea party with some very lively creative thinkers.

What::   (pe ‘CHAWK cha, Japanese for “chit chat”) is a platform for artists, engineers, architects, designers and writers—people of all kinds and backgrounds—to share their thinking and show their work to you!

When:: Thursday, August 27, 2009
Doors open at 6:30 pm for mingling, program begins at 7:20 pm

C{space, 20 N. Jefferson St.
(downtown Dayton between 3rd & 2nd Sts. Parking behind building)

How much::
$20 includes program, food and beer.

About the evening: (more…)

NY Times brags on Sinclair

At Sinclair Community College, Focus is Jobs

by Steve Greenhouse

Dayton, Ohio- When Todd Sollar was laid off after 11 years at General Motors, he enrolled at Sinclair Community College in downtown Dayton to study robotics.

“Hopefully, with a degree I’ll be marketable for a job,” said Mr Sollar, 32, who has overcome his nervousness about not fitting in because of his age.  In fact, he is thriving, gettins A’s and B’s, far better than in high school where he said officials had wrongly pegged him as having a learning disability.

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Miami Valley Cycling Summit

The Aug. 14 Miami Valley Cycling Summit, part of the Drive Less Live More campaign, is a call for action for those who are interested in transforming the region to a healthier, more vibrant community.

This is an opportunity for residents and community leaders to get informed, exchange ideas and share their thoughts. It’s time to take an active role in making the Miami Valley a better place to live, work and play.  The participation and representation of the entire region is vital to the success of the bike friendly movement and the vibrancy of the Miami Valley.

Featured Guest: Jeff Mapes, Opening Keynote:
Jeff is senior political reporter for The Oregonian and the author of “Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities.”

Grassroots Social:
Registered attendees will enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and productive conversations with “bike minded” individuals, with the goal of ultimately forming a grassroots organization to support the Miami Valley in being the first Bike Friendly Region in Ohio.

Volunteer:
Be a part of helping the Miami Valley become the first bike friendly region in Ohio.

5th Annual Tour d’Burg to Draw Thousands


Coming on the heels of being selected as one of “Ohio’s Best Home Towns” by Ohio Magazine, Miamisburg has again been chosen to be the site of this year’s Ohio State Cycling Championships. Miamisburg’s 5th Annual TOUR d’BURG, sponsored by Kettering Medical Center – Sycamore, will be held on Sunday, July 19, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM in historic downtown Miamisburg, just 3 miles west of the Dayton Mall on Route 725. This event is free and open to the public with free parking.

Three components make this premier cycling event a popular attraction to both cyclists and spectators alike. First a family-friendly Tour Ride leaves Library Park at 8:00 AM for bike enthusiasts that want to tour the country roads from 25 to 75 miles depending on the riders’ preference. Food and water stops are conveniently positioned along the route. Last year over 200 riders from six states participated in this event. Download a registration form at: www.tourdburg.com


The focal point of the day is a one-mile circuit through the historic downtown, featuring top amateur and professional level men and women criterium racers competing in USA Cycling sanctioned races. Junior “crit” racers will start the day at 8:00 AM followed by the Masters, Men’s & Women’s races. Sprint speeds should exceed 40 mph with average speeds ranging 20 to 28 mph depending on the race category. The individual races will range in length from 30 to 60 minutes with fields upward of 50 riders. Over $6,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. Bleacher seats are available for spectators adjacent the finish line for comfortable viewing.


This free family event features a “village” atmosphere on First Street running parallel to the finish line between Central and Linden Avenues. Popular Miamisburg’s restaurants will have food available in the Food Court area, plus a Kids’ Zone, hosted by the Miamisburg Parks & Recreation Department, will supervise activities for kids of all ages.

Other participants will include title sponsor Kettering Medical Center Sycamore, KMC Sports Medicine, Five Rivers Metro Parks Outdoor and Heartland of Miamisburg. River Valley Credit Union will hold registration for free bikes plus other cycling items to be given away at the event, compliments of Heidelberg Distributing. This free family event also features a kids’ parade plus other activities geared to young children. Free kids’ bike helmets will also be given away while quantities last.

Specialty Races throughout the day will include the “Clergy Race” for those Men (and Women) in Black. Mayor Dick Church will again host the annual “Celebrity Race”, a crowd favorite with hometown celebrity emcee, Dale Huffman.

Hurry. Online Registration Still Available til July 17th!

Blogger brags on Dayton!

Friendly hand gestures only at Courteous Mass in Dayton,

I ended up in Dayton, Ohio—home of the Wright Brothers Bicycle Company—over the fourth of July holiday.  The most remarkable aspect of the trip (other than seeing Katherine‘s new work, of course): the extraordinary politeness of the Daytonians that I met. While I was buying toothpaste in CVS, for example, the cashier not only made eye contact but actually held the corners of my receipt as I signed it. I certainly can’t remember the last time a cashier in Washington has done anything of the sort.

And apparently it’s not just the cashiers. Dayton is home to one of just a handful of Courteous Mass rides in the country, the demure cyclist’s response to the sometimes rowdy Critical Mass rides that take place across cities on the last Friday of the month. Courteous Mass riders are encouraged to follow all traffic laws during the ride, discouraged from “corking” intersections, and make only “friendly” hand signals to motorists.

To read the rest of his blog, click here

Adam Voiland is a science writer whose articles have appeared in U.S. News & World Report and Popular Science. You can email him at bike.examiner@gmail.com.


A Dayton cultural fund has awarded a grant that will enable The Human Race Theatre Company to become even more of a national factor in musical theatre development. The combination of funding and expertise could push Dayton to the forefront of creativity in the art form that is America’s contribution to world stages.

For the past eight years, The Human Race – Dayton’s professional theatre company – has been cultivating new musicals through its Musical Theatre Workshop program. It has developed relationships with both established (Stephen Schwartz, Tom Jones) and emerging writers. (Joseph Thalken, Gregg Coffin, Rob Hartmann) Premieres, workshops and residencies have all been presented – showcasing regional and national artists. But the 2009-10 season will bring all of these projects together under one arm of The Human Race – MUSICALS IN DEVELOPMENT – thanks to a generous grant from the Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund.

“Dayton has long been a center for innovation,” said Human Race Executive Director Kevin Moore. “The airplane, the cash register, the electric starter engine, the ice tray – just a few of the many innovations created in Dayton. We plan to use the creative energy in the Miami Valley to make this a center for the creation of new musicals.”

The Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund has long supported artistic projects that expand the reach of the organization and the art form itself. Richard C. McCauley, Chairman of the Fund, stated “we are excited about the opportunity you see to identify The Human Race as a hub for new musical development and for local talent to be involved and exposed to professionals in this field.”

The grant, almost $94,000, will help to fund activities from July 2009 through July 2010. This will include two summer musical festivals as well as our Summer Lovewell program, two residencies and two major musical productions at The Loft Theatre.

“We are extremely grateful to the Rosenthal Fund for their incredible investment in this new vision for the company,” continues Moore. “We know this is just the beginning if we are to continue this kind of development, and we hope that more funders will follow suit.”

The Human Race is a member organization of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and Kevin Moore serves on the Board of NAMT as well as co-chairing the Festival of New Musicals for the past two years. Musical works such as WAS, WILD BLUE, HAROLD & MAUDE, CONVENIENCE, GREEN GABLES, MOBY DICK, THE AMBITION BIRD, VOICE OF THE CITY, 24 HOURS, NEFERTITI and TINYARD HILL have premiered or had development work at The Human Race.

Celebrate the Arts During the July First Friday

Downtown’s independently owned galleries, restaurants and other venues will celebrate Independence Day during the next First Friday art hop

D Patrons can download a discount coupon at www.codecu.org that makes it even less expensive to enjoy many of downtown’s establishments ― most of which have a view of the City of Dayton’s fireworks right outside their doors or on their patios. First Friday will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. July 3 at the following locations:
• Color of Energy Gallery, 16 Brown St.;
• Summer Space, 207 E. Sixth St.;
• Gallery 510 Fine Art, 510 E. Fifth St.;
• Link Gallery, 519 E. Fifth St.;
• Goloka Gallery, 523 E. Fifth St;
• Cannery Art and Design Center, 434 E. Third St.;
• Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.;
• Sandra’s Art Emporium, 27 S. St. Clair St.;
• Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery, 22 E. Fifth St.
• c{space, 20 N. Jefferson St.; and
• Garden Station, corner of Fourth and Wayne Ave.
Summer Space, a new hub for a variety of arts programs, will host an exhibit of works by the group of emerging artists who have studios in the previously vacant building. Summer Space artists also have been creating work in the streets of the Oregon Arts District and in district establishments, as well as working with local students and established artists. Click here to read a blog chronicling Summer Space.
Another formerly vacant building turned community arts hub, c{space, will host “Penumbra,” a multimedia exhibition of recent work by artists Nicholaus Arnold, Ian Breidenbach, Andy Byers, Will Eagle, Jenn Flick, David Kenworthy, Lisa Miller, Adam Rohr and Frank Travers and featuring a musical performance by Kyle Byrum and complimentary food and drink. Penumbra also will be on display Saturday, July 4, from 5 to 11 p.m.
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Also at c{space, Courteous Mass, Dayton’s urban street cycling ride, will depart at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. Riders should meet at c{space at 5 p.m. for the hour-long ride. For more information, call 937-272-5930 or check “Courteous Mass-Dayton” on Facebook.com.
The following exhibits also will be on display during First Friday in July:
• Gallery 510 Fine Art will feature painting demonstrations throughout the evening by proprietor Loretta Puncer, as well as the “Handmade Show,” featuring art quilts by Cathy Jeffers, hand-dyed wool hooked rugs by Donna Hrkman, raku ceramics by George Armstrong, and jewelry by Sara Cogswell, Trish Jeffers-Zeh and Cecilia Young.
• Color of Energy Gallery will present the first in a series of collaborative works by gallery owner Mike Elsass and local artist and teacher Dani Schmidt. In addition, paintings completed during a recent performance with SMAG Dance Collaborative in which Elsass used dancers as his brushes and Bob Rhoads’ saw-cut board etchings will be on display.
For more on the Oregon Arts District, visit www.oregonartsdistrict.com.
The Dayton Visual Arts Center will host the opening of “Green: The 18th Annual Open Members’ Show,” which celebrates Dayton’s diverse community of visual artists. As First Stop First Friday, DVAC will be open until 8 p.m. For more on DVAC, visit www.daytonvisualarts.org.
The Cannery Art and Design Center will feature the stained glass art of Matt Warvel. For more on the CADC, visit www.canneryarts.com.
Garden Station, an urban community garden and art park, will host bonfires, live music and garden tours and show a movie at dusk.
The Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery hosts paintings by local artist Clifford Darrett.
A number of area restaurants and taverns will host special events during First Friday. Fifth Street Wine and Deli, 416 E. Fifth St., will host a beer and wine tasting. Therapy Café, 452 E. Third St., will present Eighties Night, featuring DJ Jay spinning ‘80s new wave and some ‘70s disco starting at 9 p.m. In addition, most of the restaurants, retail shops, bars and clubs, Neon Movies, Wiley’s Comedy Club, Urban Krag Climbing Center and other establishments throughout downtown will be open. July 3 also is the opening night for the weekend-long Cityfolk Festival ― held at RiverScape Metro Park and featuring performances by internationally acclaimed music acts, art, food and drink, and much more ― and the City of Dayton’s fireworks, which take place at RiverScape at 10 p.m.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Web site, www.downtowndayton.org, has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more.

Summer Space in the Oregon District

This summer, artist and Color of Energy gallery owner, Mike Elsass will be leading the creation of Summer Space; a program for emerging artists in the Oregon Arts District. Summer Space works to support many aspects of art, including youth and emerging artists, as well as promoting an arts culture in the city of Dayton. The program gives 10 artists a chance to work in their own studio space amongst a thriving arts community, and foster their own creative body of work. The program helps artists network and market their work, as well as collaborate with established, nationally recognized artists. The artists involved in Summer Space have set up their studios in the, until now, vacant Excelsior building on East Sixth Street, and will be working their for the remainder of the summer.

Summer Space artists are responsible, not only for creating their own body of work, but for many other arts related concerns, such as arts based community outreach, indiviudal art openings, and an artist exchange program, which will work to bring national artists’ work to Dayton, and promote Dayton artists’ work on a national level. Summer Space artists are expected to work in league with the Oregon Arts District in order to promote a healthy, community based arts culture.

The artists of Summer Space come from many places, work in many mediums, and are a variety of ages. Please welcome them to Dayton, and stay tuned for what the summer will bring.

Artists Include:
Emily Burkman
Ben Norton
Dani Schmidt
Brooke Landerman
Dan Hoelting
Amanda Baker
Alyssa Foland
Darren Haper
Lesley Walton
Ann Hollingsworth
Mike Elsass

Dayton Art Institute presents: CREATIVE NATURE

he Dayton Art Institute will present a special screening of the documentary film Creative Nature, highlighting the life and work of William Morris, on Friday, June 26, in the museum’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium.

The film’s director, John Andres, will introduce the film at 6:45 p.m., and the screening will begin at 7 p.m.

Creative Nature is the only existing feature-length documentary film about William Morris. Director John Andres and his crew gained unprecedented access, giving viewers a rare and intimate glimpse into the life, work and adventurous spirit of Morris.

The film explores Morris’ career from its beginnings at the age of 19, when he arrived at Pilchuck Glass School, through his surprising retirement announcement at the age of 49. Admission is 90 cents for museum members and $5 for non-members.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Visitor Services Desk at The Dayton Art Institute during regular museum hours, by calling 937-223-5277, ext. 111, or online at www.daytonartinstitute.org. Tickets purchased by phone or online will be held at Will Call for pickup.

Press: Wayne Avenue Cooridoor cleanup

Volunteers for the Wayne Avenue Corridor cleanup Saturday didn’t need much in the way of tools.

All they needed was a screwdriver and gloves (optional) to clean out the weeds and trash in the cracks of the pavement.

“Someone will be along with a broom to sweep up,” Adam Coatney, chair of the project told them.

The Wayne Avenue Corridor project will create a lively, walkable area from the Oregon District to up-and-coming areas such as The Cannery…

(Read more at Dayton Daily)

The event flier:

A Pedestrian- and Bicycle-Friendly Dayton

Learn what the City of Dayton is doing to more effectively balance the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

As the historic center of our region, Dayton’s inner core was originally designed not for cars, but for pedestrians, bicyclists, horses, and streetcars. As Americans are now increasingly choosing communities known for walk ability and bicycle amenities, this can give older center cities an advantage. We invite you to share your thoughts on how to capitalize on and enhance our alternative transportation assets. Planners and engineers will also discuss current projects and plans for benchmarking Dayton’s progress towards achieving Bicycle-Friendly Community status through the League of American Bicyclists.

Saturday, June 27, 2009
Dayton Convention Center, 3rd Floor
22 East Fifth Street in Downtown Dayton

Free: No admission fee required. Parking passes will be provided for the adjoining Transportation Center Parking Garage.

Please RSVP to 333-3863 or daytonbeautiful@cityofdayton.org
More info can be found here. City of dayton.org

Great Volunteer Opportunity!

Volunteer for the 2009 Cityfolk Festival, July 3-5, at RiverScape MetroPark. Three days of music and dance takes hundreds of volunteers. Can you help? Sign up for a 3-4 hour shift at http://www.lexisnexis.com/cityfolk/
You’ll receive a free t-shirt and have fun!

Red Cross Recruiting

The American Red Cross is interested in self-motivated, creative and dedicated young professionals for the 2009-2010 Associate Board

The Associate Board is a volunteer group of young professionals representing the Greater Dayton community supporting the American Red Cross.

Volunteers are responsible for the second largest Dayton Area Red Cross event:  The Great Escape.  Last year the Associate Board raised almost $20,000 for local disaster relief and is looking for individuals to continue these efforts. For more information contact Susan Sparks at (937) 222-0124 or Greg Patterson at (937) 554-8314.  Hope to see you there!
To learn more about this great opportunity, join the Associate Board on June 16th at 6pm at The Pub at The Greene.  Free appetizers and $3.75 pints.

Yellow Springs Steet Fair

Over 200 booths selling fine arts & crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items, unique gifts, massages and much more, join the international selection of cuisine from Vietnamese shish-kabob to Mexican empanadas to Thai wraps to hot dogs.

But Street Fair in Yellow Springs is much more than an arts and food fair; it’s an all-day festival with entertainment throughout the day. Local favorites, the Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers and other performers, will delight the crowd.

Children & adults alike will enjoy the stories of the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners at the Street Fair Story Tree, near the playground at Mills Lawn.  Performances are at 10 am, 11 AM, 1 pm and 2 PM.

Live music will be performed from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on the front lawn of the Bryan Center on Dayton Street.  New to Street Fair is our Beer Garden located adjacent to the Music Festival, featuring 8 beers from which to choose. Both are sponsored by Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs.

The event is free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. NO PETS will be allowed at Street Fair. Street Fair is sponsored by the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce with support from the Yellow Springs WesBanco Banking Center.

street fair 5k race

FREE Live Music at RiverScape MetroPark!

Five Rivers MetroParks is happy to announce the return of our RiverTunes Summer Music Concert Series at RiverScape MetroPark! This series of free concerts takes place almost every Saturday night and features everything from rock n’ roll to bluegrass. The series runs from the last Saturday in May through Labor Day weekend. Be sure to check out this summer’s entire line up!

Here’s the Line Up and bands run from 7:30-9:30pm

9/5  Touch

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