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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


Dayton to host Symposium and Arts Festival

An article in the August 5, 2008 issue of Forbes Magazine declared Buffalo, NY; Canton, OH; Charleston, WV; Cleveland, OH; Dayton, OH; Detroit, MI; Flint, MI; Scranton PA; Springfield, MA and Youngstown, OH as the 10 Fastest Dying Cities in America.

Looking to prove that nothing could be further from the truth, and timed to celebrate the article’s 1st anniversary, the Ten Living Cities Symposium and Arts Festival is the brainchild of Peter Benkendorf, executive director of Involvement Advocacy, and Mike Elsass, owner of Color of Energy Gallery, both of Dayton.

Taking a page from Woodstock, Benkendorf and Elsass have declared August 7 -9, 2009 as “Three Days of Ideas and Inspiration,” in an effort to bring together artists and activists, community leaders and organizers, and civic-minded people from the 10 cities. Having concluded that there are amazing people doing amazing things in Dayton, imagine the possibilities if that power were multiplied by 10!

Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin is on board and organizing is getting underway. Given the short timeline, Benkendorf and Elsass hope to call on local contacts and institutional partners, plus the connectivity of the internet to build a community of attendees.

In order to make the session as valuable as possible, and to attract a diversity of backgrounds, the Symposium is being organized into five content strands. Local Action Groups will be responsible for helping develop the substance of each, as well as getting the word out within their co-horts. The Five Strands, and working themes are:

  • Neighborhood/Grassroots: Ideas & Inspiration
  • Artist/Activists: Cross-Pollination and Showcase
  • Government: Role of the Public Sector as Catalyst and Resource
  • Academia: The Role of Universities, Theory and Practice
  • Media: The Role of Media in Saving our Cities

Friday August 7 – Check-in and opening of the Forbes 10 Fastest Dying Cities Art Exhibition, featuring leading work from each community. Show will coincide with Dayton’s monthly First Friday of gallery openings.

Saturday August 8 – Day-long symposium where people from each city will have an opportunity to present some of the most innovative projects currently underway. Special interest discussion groups will allow attendees to cross-pollinate ideas around the specific topic areas.

Saturday August 8 – Evening is the time to head out with new-found friends for dinner and entertainment in Dayton’s vibrant night life.

Sunday August 9 – A morning session will give people time for some further sharing of ideas, a final exchange of contact information and to some grab nourishment before heading back to our respective communities to get on with the work at hand.

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Local outdoor specialty retailers unite!

Dayton Outdoor Recreation Retailers Association is a group of locally-owned, independent outdoor specialty retailers. We all began our businesses because of the passion we have for the outdoor activities we participate in. Our passion includes helping others learn more about these activities, so they may share in the enjoyment of the outdoors.

As a group of locally-owned independent specialty retailers, we carry a comprehensive array of products and services for outdoor enthusiasts– runners, cyclists, climbers, backpackers & hikers, kayak & canoe paddlers, snowboarders and skiers. Our stores and facilities have become destination points in the Miami Valley region and beyond.

Our Mission
Our goals and mission are very simple. We are very passionate about what we do and these five points sum up what we want to achieve:
• Promote local outdoor events and activities
• Promote the benefits of participating in outdoor pursuits
• Work together with other local organizations and clubs
• Promote locally-owned independent outdoor specialty shops collectively
• Promote each other as the experts in our field

FilmDayton’s First Festival A Big Success!

Big Lens and the Sidney documentary 45365 played to sold out crowds and over 1000 people attended the weekend screenings that were part of the innagural festival headquarted at The Neon this past weekend.

The PicsMatch Pitch It kicked off the festival with about 20 new film ideas being pitched to a panel of industry experts.  Instant feedback was given and two lucky winners walked away with a small investment for their future film.

With 6 workshops offered by local filmmkaers, attendeed learned filming techniques from Emmy award winning filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichard, how to get jobs in the industry from local producer Karri O’Reilly and Marisha Mukerjee walked student through a first time filmmakers workshop.

Big Lens films had a great showing, and at the time of this writing 2 of the films, Toughman and Run to Me Run from Me had received invites to screen at future festivals.

All in all, FilmDayton declared the festival a success and plans are being made for 2010.


Action Group Gathering for Forbes Magazine 10 Fastest Dying Cities Symposium and Art Exhibition: Celebrating the Human Spirit.”

This meeting on  Thursday’s, May 21 meeting at 7PM at the Excelsior Loft building next to Jay’s in the Oregon District is for anyone interested in helping to organize the “Forbes Magazine 10
Fastest Dying Cities Symposium and Art Exhibition: Celebrating the Human Spirit.

Forbes Magazine “10 Fastest Dying Cities” Symposium and Art Exhibition
Celebrating the Human Spirit
August 7 – 9, 2009
Dayton, Ohio
An article in the August 5, 2008 issue of Forbes Magazine declared Buffalo, NY; Canton, OH;
Charleston, WV; Cleveland, OH; Dayton, OH; Detroit, MI; Flint, MI; Scranton PA; Springfield, MA and
Youngstown, OH as the 10 Fastest Dying Cities in America.
Looking to prove that nothing could be further from the truth, and timed to celebrate the article’s 1st
anniversary, the Forbes 10 Fastest Dying Cities Symposium and Art Exhibition is the brainchild of Peter
Benkendorf, executive director of Involvement Advocacy, and Mike Elsass, owner of Color of Energy
Gallery, both of Dayton.
Taking a page from Woodstock, Benkendorf and Elsass have declared August 7 -9, 2009 as “Three Days
of Ideas and Inspiration,” in an effort to bring together artists and activists, community leaders and
organizers, and civic-minded people from the 10 cities. Having concluded that there are amazing
people doing amazing things in Dayton, imagine the possibilities if that power were multiplied by 10!
Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin is on board and organizing is getting underway. Given the short timeline,
Benkendorf and Elsass hope to call on local contacts and institutional partners, plus the connectivity of
the internet to build a community of attendees.
In order to make the session as valuable as possible, and to attract a diversity of backgrounds, the
Symposium is being organized into five content strands. Local Action Groups will be responsible for
helping develop the substance of each, as well as getting the word out within their co-horts. The Five
Strands, and working themes are:
• Government: Role of the Public Sector as Catalyst and Resource
• Academia: The Role of Universities, Theory and Practice
• Neighborhood/Grassroots: Ideas & Inspiration
• Artist/Activists: Cross-Pollination and Showcase
• Media: The Role of Media in Saving our Cities
Friday August 7 – Check-in and opening of the Forbes 10 Fastest Dying Cities Art Exhibition, featuring
leading work from each community. Show will coincide with Dayton’s monthly First Friday of gallery
openings.
Saturday August 8 – Day-long symposium where people from each city will have an opportunity to
present some of the most innovative projects currently underway. Special interest discussion groups
will allow attendees to cross-pollinate ideas around the specific topic areas.
Saturday August 8 – Evening is the time to head out with new-found friends for dinner and
entertainment in Dayton’s vibrant night life.
Sunday August 9 – A morning session will give people time for some further sharing of ideas, a final
exchange of contact information and to some grab nourishment before heading back to our respective
communities to get on with the work at hand.
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Light Up Dayton photo contest winners announced

The call went out to anybody with a camera, and the response was amazing: Light Up Dayton, a photo contest sponsored by the city of Dayton, the Dayton Daily News and the Downtown Dayton Partnership, asked for images of Dayton’s new skyline, and got nearly 400 entries.

“We were hoping for at least 100,” said Laura Woeste, the partnership’s director of marketing and communications. “It’s fascinating to see the way Dayton looks through the eyes of many.

“There are unique and unusual perspectives — some folks submitted nontraditional angles,” she continued. “Not everything is the typical shot from the river.”

Cash prizes will be awarded to the professional and amateur photographers judged Best in Show by a panel that included Mayor Rhine McLin. Judging took place Wednesday, May 13, with the following winners chosen:

* “Best in Show”: John Green (professional); Bruce Soifer (amateur)
* “City of Lights” — general skyline: John Green (professional); Kendall Draeger (amateur)
* “A River Runs Through It”— photos including the river: Marj Shockley (professional); Kevin Marano (amateur
* “Dayton Originals” — unique/unusual perspective: John Green (professional); Tom Arends (amateur)
* “Street Life” — people and places: Teresa Jack (professional); Bruce Soifer (amateur)
* Mayor’s Choice awards: John Rigano, Richard Diehl, Robert Makley, Floyd Green

All 400 entries will be displayed Friday, May 15, during downtown’s Urban Nights, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the old Rutledge Gallery in the lobby of the Kettering Tower, near the Second and Jefferson street corners.

During Urban Nights, voting will take place for a People’s Choice award, Woeste said, and winning entries in all categories will be published in the Life section of the Dayton Daily News on May 29.

“Everyone has a different perspective of what the Dayton skyline is to them,” Woeste said. “It’s wonderful.”


4th Annual Walk! Downtown Dayton Kickoff

Get active at the 4th Annual Walk! Downtown Dayton Kickoff! Warm-up with STUDIO Zumba Fitness and then participate in a non-competitive 30-minute walk along the Great Miami River. The 2009 Walk! Downtown Dayton Kickoff coincides with the Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk and National Employee Health and Fitness Day. Businesses are encouraged to form teams and participate. To register your walking team, call the Center for Healthy Communities at (937) 775-1114 by May 18. Walkers will be eligible for door prizes! For more information visit www.med.wright.edu/chc/walks.htm. Sponsored by Wellness Matters–a Coalition Building a Healthy Dayton and Five Rivers MetroParks.
Wednesday May 20, 2009
12:15 PM – 01:00 PM


Walk on Water Challenge Kickoff Event

Calling engineers, technicians, designers, and artists from the Dayton/Springfield region! It’s just 3 months until we put our inventions to the test on the Great Miami River.

Join us in the hottest creative space in downtown Dayton for a fun evening as we prepare for the Walk on Water challenge, the latest part of the Outrageous River Derby on Aug. 9

Meet with real artists and inventors!DaytonPatented

* Tec Edge (Wright Brothers Institute Innovation & Collaboration Center)
* City of Dayton / Dayton Patented
* Dayton Diode
* Dayton Creative Circus Collective
* Grass Guard
* Fab Lab (grassroots effort to create an MIT-like fabrication lab in Dayton)

SleepyBird

Fun, refreshments, and live music by one of the region’s most popular bands…SleepyBird.

Thursday May 14, 2009
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM


City of Dayton Public Meeting – CBD Street/Sidewalk Improvements

The City of Dayton has received federal stimulus funding for various streetscape and infrastructure projects, including sidewalks, curb and curb ramp replacements, and asphalt resurfacing on all streets in the Central Business District. Main Street is going to be completely repaved, and the city will also improve the gateways into downtown. This is great news for downtown. We want to make sure you have all the details on the upcoming construction schedule so you can communicate any changes in traffic patterns to your customers, clients and visitors.

Two informational meetings are scheduled for downtown property owners, businesses and residents. We hope you can join us at one of the following meetings as the City of Dayton shares more about these improvements and the timeline for all of the work.

* Tuesday, May 5 at 4 p.m. at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third Street, 2nd floor auditorium
* Tuesday, May 12 at 8 a.m. at the Metropolitan Arts Center, 126 N. Main Street, Burnell R. Roberts room (first floor)

Please RSVP to Becky Cason at (937) 224-1518 ext. 227 or cason@downtowndayton.org


Play for Peace: A High School Tribute to Community Tolerance and Collaboration

Part of Urban Nights. Live bands, performance art, comedy improv, visual art, spoken word, strings ensemble and more! All performers are local high school students.
Friday May 15, 2009
05:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Cost:
$2

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