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Greater Downtown Dayton Plan Open Sessions

timthumbThousands of Daytonians have contributed ideas to the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, a strategic blueprint for creating a vibrant, thriving downtown. When the process to develop this plan was launched in January, the community was promised they’d have multiple opportunities to give their input ― and another of those opportunities will take place in early October.

More than 200 volunteers have been researching and developing preliminary recommendations for everything from creating a pedestrian-friendly downtown to expanding housing. Now, they’re seeking public input to help finalize these recommendations.

The public is invited to attend an open studio to give their input on the work done so far. All open studios will be held at 8 N. Main St., next to the National City Building near the corner of Third and Main streets. The times and dates are:

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3
• 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5
• 5 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5
• 7:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6

All open studios will begin with approximately an hour of presentations and discussion, followed by an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the preliminary recommendations, view maps and renderings, give their ideas, and more at their own pace. Attendees may stop in at any time during the open studios and stay as long as they like.

The Greater Downtown Dayton Plan is a public/private effort to establish a very tactical game plan for the future of Dayton’s urban core and identify collaborative strategies for creating a more vibrant city. More information about the Plan is available at http://www.facebook.com/l/bb2d8;www.downtowndayton.org, and on Oct. 1, the preliminary recommendations will be posted on this Web site.

Dayton Music Fest

8 clubs, 32 bands, $10. In and around the Oregon District on Sat, Oct 3rd, Go to daytonmusicfest.com for details.

Dayton Music Fest (DMF) started because we felt that there was a lack of focus on the Dayton Indie Rock scene. We have some great music coming out of our fair city and we thought that we should get the word out to more than just the 18-21 crowd that already knew.

We make no claims of being all inclusive or of being the last word on who you should listen to. What we are trying to do and have always tried to do is open some doors to some clubs that bands like these might not have played before, put the bands in front of crowds that might not have ever seen them before, and have the bands be a part of something bigger than the sum of its parts.

This is truly a labor of love. We want nothing more than to make Dayton a destination for people who want to see the great music this town has to offer. We start working on the fest in January and don’t stop until the show is over.

Thank you for supporting the music scene and for supporting DMF.

ARCOhio wants your help

mragesmposterIt’s been called “Dayton’s party of all parties” and is one of the most talked about events in all of Ohio. Benefiting AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Masquerage is the region’s hottest and fastest growing annual event, featuring great music, non-stop entertainment, gourmet food and sizzling atmosphere!

This is a volunteer driven event. Whether someone is taking tickets at the door, assisting with the raffle, or serving drinks – we couldn’t do any of this without the support of our volunteer team. Please take a few moments to review the following information about the event and the work ARC Ohio is doing to benefit those affected by HIV/AIDS. The party will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at The Roundhouse at the Fairgrounds from 8:00pm-1:00am.

Volunteer orientation will take place at The Roundhouse on October 14, 2008 at 6PM. The Roundhouse is located at 1043 S Main St, Dayton 45409, across from Miami Valley Hospital. To volunteer at Masquerage 2009, your attendance at this orientation is mandatory. To RSVP to the orientation, or if you have more questions on becoming a part of our volunteer team, please call Sandy Hunt no later than Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at (937) 416-7687 or email her at snjc@msn.com. Please complete an online application or print and bring it with you to the orientation. If you are bringing other individuals that are interested in volunteering this year, please give them a copy as well.

This year will prove to be our biggest yet—we cannot wait to provide the best Masquerage experience ever—all because of your commitment!

Poster campaign gets press!

images-7“This is Dayton” celebrates Dayton, Gasper said. And, it’s proof that a small group of people can make a big difference in changing perceptions.

The group hopes the posters inspire people to explore the region.

There are two incorrect perceptions that the group is trying to combat, Gasper said. “That there’s nothing to do or it’s not safe downtown, neither of which are really true. If you were alone in a river, or a forest or even in your own house, you might feel uneasy. If there’s nobody around, you feel vulnerable.

“Everybody feels there’s a lot of crime, but really it’s a sense of isolation.”

So, the group is trying to get more “feet on the street” downtown, Gasper said.

For the full article by Arundi Venkayya Cox in Sun, Sept 20th Dayton
Daily News, click here

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!

Help needed for USAF Marathon

The Dayton-Wright Young AFCEA organization will be sponsoring a group of volunteers for the upcoming 13th Annual Air Force Marathon. This is the largest Air Force Marathon in the United States. The Air Force has a goal of 10,000 runners this year.

The USAF Marathon races are held September 19, 2009 on the grounds of the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.

The races included are the Marathon, Wheelchair Division of the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. A Sports and Fitness Expo is held at the Ervin J. Nutter Center, Wright State University, Fairborn, Ohio on Thursday, September 17 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, September 18 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.

The Dayton-Wright Young AFCEA organization will be assisting in two areas:

Race Day: Runners Refreshment Area – Young AFCEAns Shift 2 (September 19th)
– 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Race Day: Refreshment Area Tear Down – Young AFCEAns Shift 3 (September 19th)
– 12:30PM – 3:30PM

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Andre Wilson (andre.l.wilson@accenture.com) as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Andre L. Wilson

What’s the Park Levy about?

n101329758478_9991A 1.8 replacement mill levy has been placed on the ballot for the November 3 election for the Five Rivers MetroParks. The replacement levy would allow the parks to continue to provide clean safe access to nature and recreational facilities for all residents, close to home and free.

The levy accounts for 80% of the park system’s operating budget and is the only levy for Five Rivers MetroParks. This issue replaces an existing levy that expires next year. If this replacement issue doesn’t pass before the current levy expires, Five Rivers will lose 80% of its revenue. Without that funding, Five Rivers would be effectively unable to operate the parks for public access.

This revenue stream is critical to the park’s success and ability to serve our community:

•Keep clean, safe parks, close to home
•Keep protecting undeveloped natural areas for today and for future generations
•Keep accessible hiking, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, and other outdoor recreation activities right here in Montgomery County

We need your help! Our entire campaign must  be paid for and run by volunteers.   We know times are tough but we are hoping you can spare $10, $20, $50, $100 to help the campaign get the word out.  Click here to make a donation to the Five Rivers MetroParks Levy Committee.

We also need lots of volunteers! If you would like to volunteer any time at all – from 2 hours to 20 (or more) hours — click here to sign up!

Visit campaign headquarters located in the northeast corner of Kettering Tower for more info or to volunteer. Thank you!  Let’s work together to protect this community asset.

Updayton Candidates Forum

The Dayton region’s young, creative professionals will meet with 2009 election candidates to talk about issues important to keeping young talent in the Miami Valley.

Thursday October 01, 2009
06:00 PM07:30 PM
Event Contact Info   Scott Murphy

Email: scottmurphy1@gmail.com
Phone: 643-0691

Cost:  Free

20. North Jefferson Street
Dayton, OH 45402 USA
Email: mk.burnside@gmail.com

Community Work Day at Garden Station

Join us for Community Work Day at Garden Station every Saturday morning from 9 – noon, we may be there earlier as it gets warmer outside…

m_b480bc00142b2e08aca6fd3efeafb1f7Garden StationLocated at the corner of Wayne Ave. & E. Fourth St. in Downtown Dayton, Ohio. This corner had been ignored for decades, within the embrace of the Dayton Circus Creative Collective it now brims with new life and possibility. We welcome all Daytonians to visit the garden, show it some love and watch it grow. Bring the best of yourself to this place and plant the seeds of growth and change.

You must be the change you want to see in the world‘(Gandhi)!

You may want to bring gloves and drinking water and dress to get dirty! Help is needed for a wide variety of tasks that varies from week to week. Some examples may include watering, weeding, mulching, painting, picking up trash, sweeping the sidewalk, planting plants, building things, mowing, mudding the shed…

Garden Station is totally a volunteer effort and all our projects are accomplished entirely through donated materials or funds! We do this because we believe that this revitalization improves the quality of life for all our neighbors and creates an exciting and unique destination in downtown Dayton!

See you in the garden! :)

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.


Meet Amy Kollar Anderson




Favorite Dayton Place to share with visitors: Amber Rose
Favorite Band: Sleepybird
When playing hookie, can be found at: Dayton Art Institute
Favorite hidden gem in Dayton: Front Street Studio and Garden Station
Dream: to be a full time artist (more…)

Meet Caressa Brown

Favorite Dayton Place to share with visitors: Riverscape, Carrilon Park, and the Oregon District

When playing hookie, can be found: walking around
peaceful and serene downtown Dayton

Favorite book: Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (more…)

Courteous Mass


Courteous Mass is an event – an urban cycling ride through Dayton. The ride is free – all you need to bring is a bike.

Rides are the first Friday of every month. Gather starting a little after 5:00 pm. We ride at 5:30.

Gathering Spot: Plaza in front of Fifth Third Field (Dragons stadium) – Monument at Patterson.

Up Close & Personal with Courteous Mass Rider Amy Forsthoefel:

Favorite Dayton “place” to share with visitors 2nd St. Market
Favorite Book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggars
Favorite Band Right now…Andrew Bird.
Favorite website Current.com
Where do you play hookie in Dayton On the MetroParks hiking trails with my dog, Alexander Supertramp.
Favorite hidden gem in Dayton La Michoacana Hispanic Market #5 on Troy Street
Hobbies Photography, World Travel, Music, Being Barefoot, Thrifting, Playing with Others
Your Dream To travel the world as an Interim Innkeeper
What will be your legacy I left things better than I found them.
Celebrity crush Benicio Del Toro
Favorite Dayton watering hole The Trolley Stop Patio
Favorite Destination Dayton, it’s always good to come home.
Favorite celebrity encounter
Billy Corigan of the Smashing Pumpkins at Canal Street Tavern
Pets Dog – Alexander Supertramp, Cats – Bird and Egg
Role Model Anthony Bourdain
Favorite Team Cleveland Browns/Cinti Reds
Quirky fact
I won the McPherson Town Chili Cookoff last year with my Indian Pumpkin Chili and have a gold spoon to prove it!



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…)

Elton Griffith





Elton Griffith is an educator and world traveler who lives, works, and plays in Dayton. Elton teaches at DECA and has visited most countries around the world—and all but three US states.

Favorite place to share with visitors: All that he can—but especially the rivers
Favorite book: Miguel Street
Favorite Band: Ufomammut
Favorite Website: WolframAlpha (more…)

Garden Station




Garden Station is a community garden at the corner of E. 4th Street and Wayne Avenue in Dayton. Volunteers have transformed a vacant lot full of trash and questionable materials into a hub of community activity. You can see more pictures and get links to their press at the Garden Station facebook page. We caught up with volunteer Lisa Helm to get the dirt.

Favorite place to share with visitors: Garden Station, of course
Favorite Book: Square Foot Gardening
Favorite website: recycleart.org
Hobbies: digging in the dirt, turning trash into art, making Dayton prettyFuture Legacy: Created a unique destination by turning a liability into an asset that brought a diverse community together to make Dayton a better place for everyone.
Favorite Dayton watering hole: South Park Tavern
Favorite encounter with a famous person: Luci Beachdell from MetroParks mudded the straw bale shed!
Pets: Lots of bunnies, groundhogs, possums, bees, butterflies, birds…


Meet Grady Bagwell

GradyBagwell1What got you started?
Started the summer I turned eight. One day I went to the gym in Estes, Colorado. Then my cousin came from Connecticut and took me to a [Dayton] gym called Urban Krag; I got a season pass the second day. For my parents, it was kind of like a cheap form of baby-sitting.

Favorite crag food: Chex Mix or Cheez-Its.

Least favorite food experience:
In Beijing [for the UIAA Youth World Cup], I ate a silk worm the size of my thumb. It was pretty disgusting. I swallowed the shell and all that. It was pretty crunchy.

If you were a climb, how would you describe yourself?
I’m a 45-degree overhang for like 30 feet, with a slopey top out and a spicy landing.

Longest gone without climbing: Never taken more than a month off, but recently went to the doctor and he said I have tendonitis in both elbows and both shoulders, so…

Climbing style of choice: Bouldering. I like tall boulder problems.

Favorite crags: Hueco Tanks, Squamish and the Red River Gorge.

You lived on a portaledge for a while. What’s the story?
I slept, ate and lived on one for a week to support good climbing causes. We raised over $1,200 for the Access Fund and the Red River Climber’s Coalition. It was one of the best/craziest/most boring experiences I can remember in a while. I couldn’t really climb and settled for counting T-nuts on the lead wall.

Height: Doctor said I’m 5-foot-10, but I thought I was taller than that.

Proudest send: Hueco’s The Flame (V12) in 30 minutes.



Meet Hamilton Dixon



Hamilton Dixon is an artist who lives, works, and plays in Dayton—since 1991.

Favorite Dayton place to share with visitors: Dayton Art Institute
Favorite website: liveleak.com
When playing hookie, he can be found at: home
Hobbies: camping and gathering firewood
His dream: (more…)

Meet John Drake





John Drake has lived, worked, and played in Dayton since 1980. He owns and runs Drake’s Gym downtown—home of Jab City Boxing.

Favorite Dayton place to share with visitors: local restaurants
Hobbies: going to his cabin
Favorite hidden gem: His Gym!


Meet Kasey Henneman


Kasey Henneman is a horticultural technician with Five Rivers Metro Parks. Kasey lives, works, and plays in Dayton, so we caught with her to see what’s up.

Favorite Band: BoomBarian
Favorite Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Favorite Hidden Gem in Dayton: Bike Paths!
Hobbies: drawing comics, biking
Her Dreams: to make animation, to surf, to make good music, and to be healthy and happy
Favorite Dayton Watering Hole: E.B. (Espresso Bar at Pacchia)


Meet Liem Lu



Liem Lu is a software engineer who likes to play at Urban Krag in Dayton, an old, vacant church transformed into a climbing center in the heart of Dayton’s Oregon District. We caught up with Liem to see what’s up.

Favorite Dayton place to share with visitors: Air Force Museum

Favorite website:www.lieminator.com (he note’s that he is not at all biased…)
Dayton place to play hookie: Liem must keep this a secret, he says. Otherwise his boss will come looking for him.
Hobbies: Rock climbing, tennis, travel, photography, website design, cooking
His Dream: to visit every state in the US (he’s hit 28 so far) and every country in the world (he’s at 11 and counting)
Favorite Book: Catfish and Mandela: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
Favorite Watering Hole: Tanks
Favorite Destination: Urban Krag
His Pet: a cat



MoMBA1Last September, Five Rivers MetroParks opened MoMBA (MetroParks Mountain Bike Area) at Huffman MetroPark. MoMBA is the first of what will be a system of outdoor recreation-focused facilities that will give the residents of Montgomery County new and unique places to play outdoors.


MoMBA3This facility features the area’s first fully sustainable trail system designed to IMBA standards, specifically for mountain bike use. The area features great terrain and natural assets, including beautiful hardwoods, a rock-bottom creek, great hills and rock-filled ridge. Volunteers can help maintain this trail that provides over 8 miles of mountain biking opportunities for the most advanced to the novice rider.



Favorite Dayton “place” to share with visitors MoMBA
Favorite Book Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance
Favorite website dirtragmag.com
Favorite hidden gem in Dayton MoMBAween Holiday Celebration and Night Ride
Hobbies Mountain Biking, what else?
Your Dream To win the Fast Laps series of off-road time trials at John Bryant State Park.
Favorite Destination Hammering the rocky, twisty, climb of Hawk’s Lair with my bike dialed in and my mind in the zone.


Meet the Rubi Girls



“They are naughty, raucous, adult fun. They’re colorful, clever and absolutely hilarious. The sense of humor at work behind the jokes, satire and choreography are insanely original.”

Ron Rollins in a recent blog post
after attending a Rubi Girls show

Meet Scott Gibbs

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  • * Designated by the Montgomery County Arts Council as “Master Painter”

    * Instructor at K12 Gallery and well as an independent art instructor
    * Current work is an exploration into redefining Classic paintings through
    the eyes of young people
    Quirky fact: Carries twine, thread and wax with him for the occasional
    impromptu twig sculpture

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