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Archive for December, 2009

A Little Bit Of Soul At The Dayton Dirt Collective

n192873171291_1935Prisca and Al Holbrook At The Dayton Dirt Collective

On December 29th, 2009 Prisca will be making her performance debut in Dayton, OH. Joining her for this evening will be local soul man Al Holbrook. Please, come out to the Dayton Dirt Collective and experience this evening of great music from two great performers.

Admission is only five dollars

Doors will be at 7 – The music starts at 7:30 – The show ends at 10pm

Prisca and Al Holbrook At The Dayton Dirt Collective

A Little Bit Of Soul

Community Workshops- Plan Our Future

banner-gp-phase2GOING PLACES – An Integrated Land Use Vision for the Miami Valley Region is a 4-year regional land use planning initiative designed to bring people together to build a clear and shared future land use framework to guide development in the Miami Valley Region.

Following the 3-phase process, the current effort is focused on collecting 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! Come and join the Going Places discussion at any of the workshops in your area to share YOUR vision!

Click for workshops by county listing

2010 Young Creatives Summit Shaping Up


Save the date for the 2010 Young Creatives Summit, scheduled for Friday, April 16th, 2010. Click here to view the save the date card.  Plan now to attend!

– Help us generate ideas for making Dayton a better place to live, work and play!
– Take advantage of the networking opportunities!
– Put your stamp on the direction of the Dayton region!
and new this year…
– Take quick and easy professional development sessions that will help you learn valuable skills like fund-raising, media communication, leadership, and more.

All this jam-packed into a Friday afternoon followed by an after-party to kick-start your weekend. We’ll need your help to spread the word – please forward the save the date card to anyone you think might be interested!


Learn How To Be A Great Volunteer

3933052662_9b5f464386_oAre you new to volunteering, or wondering how to get more out of your volunteering experience? Have you had a hard time finding the right place to volunteer? This webinar will walk you through some of the training and screening tools nonprofits use, and will better prepare you to ask questions and evaluate whether the organization is a good fit for you and your skills. Potential stumbling blocks that volunteers encounter will be covered, as well as tools to help you identify and overcome them. Presented by two experienced volunteer managers this is an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn how to be a great volunteer.

Volunteer Match will host a FREE webinar Thurs, Jan 14th from 2-3pm. Click here to register.

logoVolunteerMatch is a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities byhelping good people and good causes to connect. Its award-winning online service, www.volunteermatch.org, makes it easy to find a way to make a difference bylocation, expertise, or availability. VolunteerMatch provides many of the nation’s most recognized businesses and organizations with Web-based solutions to facilitate and track volunteer engagement at local and national levels. As the #1 result for ‘volunteer’ on Google and Yahoo!, the VolunteerMatch network regularly welcomes more than 850,000 monthly visitors and has become the preferred volunteer recruiting service for tens of thousands of participating nonprofits.

Gallery 510 Fine Art Hosts a Shopping Party

11446_197120130679_160741715679_2940230_5777275_sLocated in the heard of the Oregon District, Loretta Puncer’s Gallery 510 is putting together a night of fun where you can browse, buy, eat and have a little drink while you are shopping on Tues, Dec 15th from 6-8pm
Featuring an everchanging selection of original pieces by local artisans, displayed with an eye for really showcasing the nuances of each creation.  You’ll find paintings, photographs, linocuts, collage, jewelery, beaded dolls, quilts, hooked rugs, hand-dyed scarves, handbags, ceramics and more.

If you can’t make the party, be sure and check out the gallery another time


Wed, Thurs & Sat noon  – 5:00 pm

Fri  3pm – 8pm

located at 510 E. Fifth St, Dayton OH 45402

Get Ready To Ride, Ohio!


What if you could hop a train with friends in Columbus and relax until you get to the Browns game in Cleveland? How about cruising the rails from Dayton to Cincinnati while watching a movie or browsing Facebook on your iPhone… anything but the road.

Ready to ride? Let everyone know how you feel—because the Federal government wants to see our State’s support when deciding to fund Ohio’s 3-C “Quick Start” Project that will build a passenger rail system from Cincinnati to Dayton to Columbus to Cleveland.

When you sign up, you’ll also be putting your name on the invitation list for the First Trip Celebration.

Santa Claus Pub Crawl benefits Toys for Tots

santa-1This kind of Pub Crawl has been happening in cities around the country for 15 years or so. It was originally started by a small group of friends as a means of raising some Christmas spirit – and having some fun at the same time. Brian Young moved here from Denver, Colorado where he’d participated for years and brought the event to Dayton! The first year there were 14 people. Two years ago the event grew to 80 and last year it more than doubled. It was pretty amazing to watch over 150 Santas, elves, angels, reindeer wander through the Oregeon District.

This year’s even on Sat, Dec 12th promises to be even bigger and better! More prizes — more fun! No covers when dressed as Santa or festive holiday characters!

Cost of admission is a $10 unwrapped toy (or a $10 monetary donation), which will be donated to Montgomery County Children Services and Toys for Tots. The toys/money can be dropped off at The Dublin Pub or The Trolley Stop.

Costume contests are getting better every year! Dress up and be creative! Prizes are at stake!

The schedule is:santa+claus_with+cristina+and+jaione

Dublin Pub: 6 to 7:30 p.m. (drop off toys)
Trolley Stop: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (drop off Toys and sober group picture)
Blind Bob’s: 8:30 to 10 p.m. (contest winners announced)
Tumbleweed: 10 to 11 p.m. (holiday shot specials)
Oregon Express: 11 p.m. to midnight (great dance band)
Newcoms/Ned Peppers: midnight to closing (more dancing)

Each bar will have drink specials, TBA.

See you all there — and don’t forget your $10 unwrapped toy for a child!

Don’t drink and drive: Stay at the Crowne Plaza down the street for a special rate of only $69. Call 937-224-0800 and ask for the “take the elevator home” special.

So spread the word, get your Santa suit and we’ll see you there!

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


Become a Fan of Muse Machine on Facebook!

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!

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