Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ohioana Book Festival - 9 May 2009 (Columbus)

[Steve's note: Okay, so this is in Columbus, not Dayton. But it's cool enough (and close enough) that I decided to mention it here.]

Join us at the State Library of Ohio on Saturday, May 9, 2009, as we present the third annual OHIOANA BOOK FESTIVAL - a day that brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, writing, and our state's great literary tradition.

Presented by the Ohioana Library and chaired by Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland, the Book Festival is a FREE event made possible by a unique collaboration of sponsors and partners for the enjoyment and enrichment of all the people of Ohio.

Programs and activities range from traditional author readings and book signings to a kid's area with costumed characters; from a panel on how to get published to a discussion of the writing life; from an on-site book store to live entertainment and food. For a complete list of festival activities, check out the online schedule.

Remember, the Ohioana Book Festival is FREE and open to the public - no advance tickets and no advance registration is required, and plenty of FREE parking is available!

[The above text is taken from the website]

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Courteous Mass - FRIDAY @ 4:45pm (leaves at 5:15pm)

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 at c{space (20 N. Jefferson).

Route Map

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Capitalism and the Spiritual Life - 3 May 2009

The Dayton Mercy Society And The Dayton Interfaith Trialogue

are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on:

Are Capitalism and the Spiritual Life Compatible?: A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspective

By: Rabbi David Sofian, Dr Khurshid Ahmed, and [TBA]

Sunday, 3 May 2009, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

At the Dayton Mercy Society
2277 Maue Rd, Miamisburg, OH

Please visit our new web site for further information and to provide us with any feedback.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Night at the Air Force Museum - 15 May

Night at the Air Force Museum

Who will you meet in the galleries of the National Museum of the
United States Air Force? Attend Night at the Air Force Museum from
6-10 p.m. on May 15 and you may be surprised. Visitors can expect an
exciting after-hours gathering at the museum, offering the unique
opportunity to see aviation history come alive, look into aircraft
cockpits, enjoy free IMAX films and Morphis MovieRides, and discover
the source behind this evening of "life" at the museum. Find out more at their website.

h/t to @sarahparke

Friday, April 24, 2009

Trees for the Miami Valley - 28 April 7-830pm FREE

April 28 • Trees for the Miami Valley
Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St.; 7-8:30 p.m.

Since the Sept. 14 windstorm, many trees across the Miami Valley need to be replanted. This program will address the best trees to plant here in the Miami Valley, the latest information on the Emerald Ash Borer, and what to do about carpenter ants in your Maple Tree. Wendi Van Buren, Urban Forester with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, will be here to answer these questions and many more. Free. 463-2665.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Little Princess 4/24-5/3

The Little Princess
April 24 - May 3, 2009, Fridays And Saturdays At 7 PM, Sundays At 3 PM
Adapted by Vera Moss from the classic story by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Directed By Teresa Connair

At The Lofino Adult Enrichment and Cultural Arts Center, 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road

This enchanting story is based on the famous classic written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden. Sara Crewe is a rich girl adored by her father and treated as a princess at boarding school – until her father dies. Forced to live as a pauper, her life is turned upside down until a mysterious gentleman from India moves in next door and curious things begin to happen.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Impact of Hate - TONIGHT @ SIX PM


Monday, April 20th
6:00pm- 8:00pm
145 Russ Engineering Center

Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed., is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian rights, and champion for GLBT issues on college campuses. He will be doing a workshop/lecture entitled: The Impact of Hate.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Light Up Dayton Photo Contest - 1 May

The entire community is invited to participate in Light Up Dayton, a photo contest to find some new and distinctive angles of downtown. With the new CareSource headquarters, the new logo atop the KeyBank Tower and other enhancements, the look of our downtown has changed. The City of Dayton, Dayton Daily News, and Downtown Dayton Partnership are sponsoring the contest.

Best in show is worth $250!

More information about the contest is available at the Downtown Dayton website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CultureWorks Girl's Night Out 25 April

Their graphic pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

updayton Young Creatives Summit 18 April 2009

April 18 • updayton Young Creatives Summit
updayton; Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The inaugural Young Creatives Summit will bring together the Miami Valley's diverse young talent, business leaders, non-profits, universities and elected officials to address the flight of young talent from the region. The summit will feature a town hall-type forum to air the needs and concerns of young creatives, engage them in the region's decision making process and help build a shared vision of how the Miami Valley can be improved. Feedback from the town hall will be used to generate a community action plan for fighting the brain drain and improving the region. More info available at $15 ($5 for students)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Submissions Desired!

You might have noticed that I post a lot of stuff from Wright State; that's largely due to my connections there. If you're aware of events, mailing lists, etc in the Dayton Area, please e-mail me at . Thanks!

Leader2Leader Conference 25 April 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Student Union Apollo Room

Learn. Network. Share ideas. Discover how you can make an impact at Wright State University, as well as throughout the world! The annual Leader2Leader Conference at Wright State University is a unique seminar and forum at which all students, faculty, and staff are invited. We will learn how to define leadership according to your own personality, discuss different phases of leadership, and discuss how to harness this power to inspire students and motivate change in our Wright State community.

Please register for the conference at We will take registrations through April 17.

The Leader2Leader Conference is presented annually by the Wright State circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious national collegiate leadership honorary. Please contact if you have any questions.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Small Yard Landscaping - 14 April, 1930-2030 FREE

April 14 • Small Yard Landscaping
Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St.;
7-8:30 p.m.

Matthew Allison, resident of St. Anne's Hill and owner of Malachi Landscaping, specializes in designing for the urban landscape. Come take a look at his latest renovation of a McPherson Town yard and he'll offer ideas for your landscaping challenges, too. Free. 463-2665.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Reza Aslan - 15 April 2008, 7p, FREE

The first young Muslim intellectual to come on the scene in years, Reza Aslan brings a new, passionate, and much-needed perspective to the national discussion regarding Islam. Aslan is a fellow at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy and Middle East analyst for CBS News. In his internationally acclaimed book No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, as in his lectures and writings, Aslan explores the intricate interplay between faith and politics in the Muslim world, presenting Islam as an ever-evolving faith and culture currently in the midst of a cataclysmic internal battle for reform and modernization.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Secondhand Serenade - TODAY @ 7pm

The University Activities Board brings you Secondhand Serenade at the Nutter Center

Monday, April 6th at 7 pm.

Tickets for WSU students are only $5!!! Tickets can be purchased at the Student Union Box Office, Nutter Center Box Office or online at

For more information on the concert, contact UAB at 775-5500.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Rally for Jobs & a Safety Net to protect All the People 3 APRIL

Rally for Jobs & a Safety Net to protect All the People

Friday, April 3rd. at 11 a.m.
at the Jobs Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

Some neighborhoods in the Dayton area are near or already experiencing Depression-like conditions. The number of unemployed and people living in poverty is past any acceptable level. On any given night there are hundreds of homeless people. The food pantries are drawing increasing numbers of people seeking food. GM is all but gone, as is most of the manufacturing base of the Dayton economy.

The Miami Valley Full Employment Council, with the support from Jobs with Justice, is calling for a Rally for Jobs on Friday, April 3rd. at 11 a.m. at the Jobs Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. This “FIRST FRIDAY” action is to demand jobs and an effective safety net to protect the unemployed and others hurt by this economic crisis. “FIRST FRIDAY” actions are being called by the National Jobs for All Coalition.

We are rallying to: 1) demand decent, living wage jobs for everyone who wants to work; 2) ensure there is adequate income and support for all unemployed, underemployed and underpaid workers; and 3) call for new programs of public and private job creation.

On the first Friday of each month the Labor Dept. releases the previous month's unemployment numbers, and the issue of unemployment and joblessness gets regular attention from the news media. This is an excellent time to call attention to rising job loss and its devastating human and financial consequences.

In February 2009 more than 650 thousand jobs were lost, the highest monthly rate of job loss since 1949, bringing the national unemployment rate to 8.1%. For minority teens, rates are already at Depression levels. 12.5 million people are now officially unemployed, and an additional 14.2 million are classified as “hidden unemployed,” either because they can’t find full-time work, or are not looking because they are too discouraged.

We need your support. Please tell your friends and plan on joining us on April 3rd. We are also working with Jobs with Justice to hold a town meeting on the economic crisis on April 14th. at College Hill Community Church, 1547 Philadelphia Dr. at 7 p.m.

For Jobs & Peace, Logan Martinez, Outreach Coordinator

Miami Valley Full Employment Council

937-275-7259 /

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Regional collaboration results in unique opportunity for 30 students

STEM Academy

Thirty area high school students will have a unique opportunity to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics this summer while earning both college credit and a stipend.

Wright State University's main and Lake Campus, Clark State Community College and Sinclair Community College have teamed up with 11 area high schools, three elementary schools and four corporate and industry partners to create the Dayton Regional Summer STEM Academy (DRSSA), to be offered July 20–August 7, 2009, on the three college campuses. Funded through the Ohio Board of Regents' initiative called The Regents STEM and Foreign Language Academies, DRSSA will offer a three-week residential, innovative interdisciplinary curriculum in mathematics, engineering, and biological sciences, and technology to 30 high school juniors and seniors from the 11 participating rural, urban, and suburban schools.

Students will have the opportunity to earn dual high school and college credit, including five transferable college credit hours in college algebra, while also exploring a STEM teaching career through tutoring and service learning opportunities at the three partner elementary schools. High school students entering their junior and senior year, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who are considering STEM careers and/or related disciplines and who receive a recommendation from a high school mathematics or science teacher or guidance counselor are encouraged to apply. Students selected to participate will receive a participation stipend to offset any summer employment earnings they might lose, and a stipend for participation in the follow-up activities throughout the academic year.

For more information, go to or contact Wright State University's Office of Pre-College Programs at 937-775-3135. And here's a direct link to the student application (PDF link).