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High Speed Rail in Ohio?! Take the Survey!

With Ohio’s 3C “Quick Start” Passenger Rail Service, more than 60% of Ohio’s population will have increased travel options by 2011.

Trains, operating at up to 79 miles per hour in 2011 and up to 110 miles per hour in the future, will connect Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, generating jobs and economic development along the way.

The service will be safe, efficient and cost effective, connecting Ohio to the nationally-prioritized Chicago Hub Network – all using federal stimulus dollars.

Make 3C a Reality.
Tell us why passenger should be expanded in Ohio.
Take a survey.

Updayton Action Plan Update


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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The Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge Awards

On Sunday August 9th, 5 Rivers Metroparks and DaytonCreate’s Innovation Collaborative hosted the annual Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge. Sixteen teams competed in the event which highlighted the collaboration of artistic design and engineering invention to traverse the waters of the Great Miami River. The event was emceed by “The Commodore”, Jim Bucher of WDTN TV. Awards were given for the race itself as well as categories including Most Likely to Sink at the Dock, Best Costume, Engineering Creativity and Artistic Expression.

Award winning teams in all categories included:

The Bucketeer – Engineering Excellence
Wilson – Artistic Creativity
Poor Man’s Kayak – Most Outrageous Costume
Dusty Bottom – Most Likely to Sink at the Dock

Individual Derby:
1st= Dusty Bottom
2nd= More Barrels of Fun
3rd= Hi-Jacked

Adult Team:
Chico de Barge – Engineering Excellence
Wok on Water – Best Use of Theme
Sea Worthy Sea Horses – Most Outrageous Costumes
Message in a Bottle – Most Likely to Sink at the Dock

Adult Team Derby:
1st= Dangerous Business
2nd= Sea Worthy Sea Horses
3rd= Barrel of Laughs

Hoola Girls – Artistic Creativity

Spectators Choice Award:
River Rat

Vote on submissions for the Wayne underpass mural project!

UPDATE: Vote for your fav artist at the updayton Wayne Ave. mural project display this Fri 5-9 PM during Urban Nights!

Eight of 10 winners will be announced at an event in Garden Station on Wayne Ave. A People’s Choice vote at Urban Nights will determine the remaining two winners.

Stop by in between your stops at the galleries, street performances, downtown living options, and events throughout downtown and cast your vote!
This project is sponsored by UpDayton’s Wayne Avenue Corridor Committee. Please forward to any artists you know who may be interested!

We are a group of community volunteers focused on downtown beautification, specifically along Wayne Avenue between Third and Fifth Streets. We are looking for local artists to help paint a series of 10 murals under the train overpass at the Fourth Street and Wayne Avenue intersection. This project aims to use art to enliven the overpass and create a more attractive walkway between the Cannery and Oregon Arts District. Due to the close proximity of Garden Station, new sidewalk planters and a plan for a new urban garden near the overpass, we have adopted a ‘garden’ theme for the murals. The theme may include, but is not limited to, flowers, wildflowers (native to the area preferred), fountains, gazebos, etc. Abstract and non-conventional interpretations of ‘gardens’ are also welcomed. The 10 spaces available for painting are approximately 8’x 8’ squares with semi-circular tops . A committee comprised of artists, area business owners and city representatives will select eight of the 10 winning designs. Designs will be judged based on originality, appropriateness for the space and design quality. The final 2 mural designs will be voted on by the public on Sept. 11th during Urban Nights as ‘People’s Choice’ Awards. Each artist whose mural design is selected will receive $125 upon completion of each mural. Eight gallons of exterior paint will be available to all of the artists to use. The colors will include red, orange, yellow, light and dark green, sky blue, lilac and purple. Also, a $50 supply stipend per mural will be given to each artist to individualize his/her palette.

Multiple submissions are encouraged Submissions are due by Friday, Sept. 4th, at 6 p.m. Eight of 10 winners will be announced at Urban Nights on Sept. 11, at an event in Garden Station. A People’s Choice vote at Urban Nights will determine the remaining two winners. Submissions can be emailed to hissinglawns@yahoo.com or mailed to Adam Coatney 6240 Far Hills Ave. Dayton, OH 45459 Winning artists will have until Friday, Nov. 6th to finish their work. The murals will be ‘unveiled’ that evening at First Friday festivities.

HBO premieres GM Documentary in Dayton

HBO, in association with FilmDayton and Wright State University will premiere the  moving documentary  The Last Truck — The Closing of a GM Plant on Wed, Aug 19th at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

For months, Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar followed GM workers and Moraine citizens as the community steeled itself for the Dec. 23, 2008, closing of GM’s SUV assembly plant between Ohio 741 and Kettering Boulevard.

With up to 15 crew members, filmmakers interviewed workers in taverns and outside plant gates as more than 1,000 hourly and salaried employees worked toward the plant’s end of production.

Reichert and Bognar started covering workers and their evolving reaction to the plant’s fate in early June 2008, when Rick Wagoner, former GM chief executive, named GM-Moraine as one of four North American truck plants to close by 2010.

Within hours, the filmmakers were gauging reactions in The Upper Deck, a bar a stone’s throw from the plant.

“There was a huge period of adjustment — grief and anger,” Bognar recalled.

“Loss of a job is not just loss of income,” Reichert said. “It’s loss of your identity, part of your identity.”

Reichert and Bognar are well known in the Dayton area — Reichert teaches at Wright State University and Bognar is an artist in residence at the Ohio Arts Council.

They are perhaps best known nationally for their Emmy Award winning “A Lion in the House,” a look at families fighting childhood cancer.

The couple agree that HBO — which rejected an early version of “Lion” years ago — will give the 30- to 40-minute GM-Moraine film wide exposure, perhaps the widest of their careers.

And the work will find its way to DVD, they said.

They started working with HBO last summer, sending off unedited drafts and raw footage. When HBO expressed a desire to show the work on Labor Day 2009, they were thrilled.

“What better day to put it on in the whole year?” Reichert said.

“That was the big freak-out moment for us,” Bognar said with a grin.

A look at several minutes of an early version of the film shows workers thinking back on what the plant meant to them.

Wide shots of a rail yard lot full of SUVs during a December snowstorm open the film.

Said Bognar, “The heart of this film is really what the people went through.”

And, what was the “last truck” produced by GM-Moraine? A white GMC Envoy, which workers can be seen in the film autographing and photographing with cell phones.

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.

ScreenPeace Festival Announces Lineup

To promote the Dayton International Peace Museum and peace in our community, each program will be screened twice— 12:30pm at Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs and again at 7:00pm at The Neon in downtown Dayton.

Sunday 04 October: CRY FREEDOM
The inspirational tale of the black activist, the white journalist and their historic struggle for a peaceful end to apartheid.

Sunday 11 October:  EMERALD FOREST
Based on a true story, when cultures collide and environmental degradation ensues, peace is the first casualty in the majestic rain forest.

Sunday 18 October: DAVID AND FATIMA
REGIONAL PREMIERE: An Israeli boy and Palestinian girl risk everything for their forbidden love in volatile present-day Jerusalem.

Sunday 25 October: TO END ALL WARS
The true story of The Bridge on the River Kwai’s brutal POW camp, with an unexpected message of forgiveness.

Sunday 01 November:  HAIR
Broadway’s all singing, all dancing paean to the 1960’s vision of peace, love and joy.

Sunday 08 November:  ScreenPeace Student Film/Video Contest winners
See how Miami Valley students— elementary, high school, and college— creatively portray their own concepts of “peace.”

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