Monday, August 31, 2009

Teen Leadership Summit - 18 September

Teen Leadership Summit
Dayton Convention Center
Friday Sept. 18, 2009, 8:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.

College Fair includes: ACT/SAT Assist. Admission Waivers, immediate Scholarships opportunities through infinite scholars program! 1:00—6:00 pm

Summit topics include:

  • College 101: Success Strategies

  • Interpersonal Communication

  • Tests That Matter

  • Leadership Development

  • Don’t Hesitate...Graduate

  • Me through Hip Hop Colored Glasses

  • Credit Education

  • Digital/Cyber Abuse

  • Gender and Neighborhood Violence Suicide Prevention

  • No More Victims..Bullying 2009

Keynote Speaker

Ohio family physician Anthony Atkins, MD, has turned to hip-hop music to reach adolescents with important messages about sexual attitudes, negative behaviors, STD’s, self respect, graduation and youth violence.

Registration is Open to High School Students only!

Please contact your school administrators or call 937-268-0051 or 268-9652

For more details! Visit us online at

Friday, August 28, 2009

Waikiki Party Supporting Fair Housing - 29 August

A casual evening of savory salads, tropical inspired food, Trader Joe's Cocktails, good conversation, dancing, & relaxing fun!

This is a fundraiser, so there's a $45 price tag. Register at the website above.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What Makes a Treasure? - 30 August @ 2pm FREE

August 30 • What Makes a Treasure?
Dayton Art Institute,
456 Belmonte Park N
.; 2 p.m.

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, the Dayton Art Institute is highlighting its own permanent collection, with the exhibition 90 Treasures: From the Collection of the Dayton Art Institute. Join Chief Curator Will South and his colleagues and learn why each chose the artworks that he or she did and what makes them treasures. Free.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pecha Kucha comes to Dayton - 27 August @ 1830

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
Where:: 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: We're lining up our speakers now: an artist, a green gardener, an imagery analyst, an actor/writer, designer, architect, an international business professional and a screenwriter are getting ready to share their 400-second creative manifestos for your visual and auditory pleasure. Expect a little chaos and beer to go with that.
About the format: PK's fast-paced, informal "20X20" style-20 slides at 20 seconds each, means no speaker has the stage for more than 6 minutes 40 seconds. So never a dull moment! And presentations are interspersed with socializing.

About Pecha Kucha: In 2003, Tokyo-based Klein Dytham architecture created a format for creative types to meet and share their work, thoughts and inspirations. It was such a hit, Pecha Kucha Night has grown to include over 200 cities worldwide.

We need a head-count! E-mail Jill Davis at . You can pay (cash only) at the door.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Information about the Dayton Library Levy

As you may know, the Dayton Metro Library Board of Trustees approved a 1.25 mill replacement levy plus a 0.5 mill increase to be placed on the November 3, 2009 ballot. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $1.55 per month. The levy is the library's only source of local funding. It will provide almost 50% of our funding next year.

Citizens for Good Libraries, a group supporting the levy, has requested your contact information so they can keep in touch with you about the library levy campaign. The Dayton Metro Library will not share your information but if you would like to receive email updates from Citizens for Good Libraries, click here:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Motivate Dayton! - 27 August, 0800 - 1400

Motivate Dayton!
David H. Ponitz Center, Sinclair Community College, 444 W. Third St.;
August 27 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Motivate Dayton! aims to help attendees recognize the exciting opportunities created by changes in the region’s economy. Motivate Dayton! brings together resources for everyone, from newly unemployed to people seeking work after retirement. More than 60 local organizations and companies will be on hand to provide information on services for jobseekers and new entrepreneurs. Registration begins at 8 a.m., event is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

It's probably worth noting that the blurbs on their home page come from the sponsors of the program. I don't think that implies too much - you'd hope that the sponsors would be excited enough about their own program t o blurb it! The program also looks legit.

Still, when looking at any job opportunity, be aware of the possibility of MLM schemes. I almost got suckered by Ohio Premier in Miamisburg back in 2007. I wrote a detailed account of my experience with Ohio Premier - along with resources to see if a company is an MLM or legitimate. I know that particular company starts recruiting every time that school terms change, so keep your eyes open folks!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bell Book & Comic's 6th Anniversary - 5 & 6 September

I mentioned Bell, Book, & Comic hosted Marvel's 70th anniversary party; now they've got their own to celebrate!

Bell, Book & Comic will celebrate our 6th Anniversary on Labor Day Weekend!

Saturday, Sept. 5 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday, Sept 6 from noon until 6:00 pm

We'll have

  • 50% off on recent back issues (plus a special sale of $1.00 each for file customers)

  • 25 % off on Silver and Golden Age comics

  • 25% off on graphic novels and trade paperbacks

  • 20% off on used games (plus single figures & cards)

  • 10% off on new games and gaming supplies

  • Raffle of Absolute Watchmen and more

There will also be freebies, surprises, and fun!
(Other discount coupons are not valid during this sale).
Please join us and help us celebrate!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ladyfest Dayton - 21 through 23 August

Ladyfest is a community-based, not-for-profit global music and arts festival for female artists that features bands, musical groups, performance artists, authors, spoken word and visual artists, and workshops; it is organized by volunteers.

Ladyfest Dayton is August 21-23 in Downtown Dayton at 20 South Jefferson Street just a block from the Century and Masque. Check out event and performance schedules at the main page, or check out their MySpace profile.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Is HBO exploiting Moraine workers?: A Response to "The Last Truck"

I was not able to see "The Last Truck" (as mentioned in this blog post) due to personal reasons. I do know some people who went, and asked one for their reaction. I thought it was worth sharing with you. The author asked that they remain anonymous.

I'm not sure WHAT to do with the film.

I was talking about it last night [with the people I saw it with].

I can see where the film can serve as a tribute to the men and women of the Moraine plant. It is a faithful documentation of the last days of the plant and the human heart ache that goes along with the plant closing. Some of those people really are cut loose without a whole lot of hope.

There were some points of contention however.

The film has made how many people, how much money? HBO is making how much money? HBO made a token contribution to the community by donating $5k to the Dayton Food Bank, and yes - direct quotation "they can buy $5 of food for $1 - so that's like $25,000" - it just seems to me like that is someone's left over coffee fund.

The people at the Moraine plant, the people in Dayton - are seriously suffering, and HBO is exploiting their pain, and it is wrong. Period.

I guess I would feel differently if the film were made and the whole proceeds of the film went to help the Dayton Food Bank, or went to reeducation programs to get these people back on their feet. I just saw all the news crews there last night pimping those people for their ratings and "human interest" stories, saw them being used to make money for HBO and their documentary series, and it makes me sick.

I am doing some more research into how HBO spends the money it makes on these films. The Ohio Association for the Arts provided some of the start up money for the film.

I'm just seriously grumbly, and not really sure what the ethical thing is to do at this point.

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Zombie Movie being shot at WSU 22/23 August

Note: This is FYI as a cool thing showing part of our innovative and creative spirit around here, not, I repeat not as an invitation to show up. This is not open to the public.

That said, keep tabs on the movie from their website, and support it when it comes out!

A former Wright State student from the Department of Theatre Arts/Motion Pictures has contracted with Wright State University to film portions of his movie, Revelation, on campus Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23.

The movie is a 25-minute zombie film that will include actors/actresses in zombie costumes, with running and screaming at some locations. A non-working prop gun will also be used at one location.

Signs will be posted in the areas where filming is being done and the film crew will be accompanied at all times by a staff member from the Office of Event Services. An officer from WSUPD will be on site during the shoot involving the prop gun.

Details about the film project can be found at
Please contact the Office of Event Services at (937) 775-5512 if you have further questions.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Choose Dayton / Why Buy Ohio

Okay, aside from the fact that I now have the beginning monologue of Trainspotting in my head, the "Choose Dayton" website/portal is a pretty spiffy idea. It's explicitly set up to help NCR employees (though I don't believe it's exclusive to those employees) find other work in Dayton.

Why should you care? Because it's got an excellent point:

Today, you are a valued asset to employers in the Dayton region. Tomorrow, as the region continues to re-invent itself, job opportunities will increase, your skills and talents will be even more in demand and both career and personal growth can be realized, without leaving the Dayton region.

And as the BizBites newsletter pointed out:
The Choose Dayton web site lists local resources for training, professional development and entrepreneurship. It also includes direct, favorable Dayton-to-Atlanta comparisons in quality of life factors including commute times, crime and higher education.

I've lived in quite a few places - including El Paso and DC - and let me tell you, that ten minute commute time is awesome.

Want to know how you can help Ohio's economy? Want to turn things around? Check out the "Why Buy Ohio" campaign. The front-page article has a statistic that warmed the cockles of my economic heart:
For every $100 spent in locally owned independent businesses, $68 returns to the local community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. Conversely, if you spend that same $100 with a national chain, only $43 stays in Ohio.

Think about that the next time you're shopping at a box store instead of your locally owned retailer, or the next time you're eating at a chain restaurant instead of a locally owned one.

Monday, August 17, 2009

GM Documentary Premier/Pre-Screening at the Schuster Center

This is on Wright State's website:

Wright State University's award-winning documentary filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar will join former GM assembly line workers for the Dayton premiere of their HBO documentary, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant at the Schuster Center, August 19. The free public premiere will be a tribute to the spirit of the autoworkers, many of whom have not seen each other since the plant closed.

Here's how to get tickets - I understand they're going fast:

Doors open at 5:45 p.m., August 19, for the Dayton premiere of The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant at the Schuster Center. Tickets for the screening, that begins at 6:30 p.m., are free, but reservations are required and seating will be limited. For reservations, former GM workers should call 1-866-518-4081 and the general public should call 1-866-717-6072.

Friday, August 14, 2009

A detailed critique of a negative WSJ article

Mr. Belkin has written back to some of the folks who wrote him - and said that he doesn't understand how he was so negative.

Over on my main blog, I have a detailed critique of how he slanted the article. Take a look.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Snark from the WSJ: I get pissed off

At least, that's how it came across to me.

Doug Belkin is a reporter from the WSJ who was covering the Ten Living Cities symposium for that paper. His article's up at the WSJ Online. And damn if the man didn't concentrate on everything negative he could find.

One of the smarter suggestions from the conference - explicitly mentioned to combat negative stereotypes about these cities - was to actively engage the citizens themselves in combating those who perpetuate negative stereotypes. As representatives from Flint and Cleveland pointed out, the worst stereotypes about their cities date back 20 or more years.

But rather than acknowledge that things may have changed in these cities, or how they're trying to get the word out about the good things there, he mocks this innovative, low-cost, community-building way to manage brand perception as simply "A way to save Rust Belt cities".

And yeah, put that way, it sounds stupid. Because it's easy to make fun of things out of context, and to make fun of those people. The point of the conference was to put forth that a positive change is possible, explore methods for that change, and use this as a first step in continuing to revitalize these cities. We weren't commiserating; hell, all the presentations were positive. Labeling it as "commiseration" is an explicit misrepresentation of the entire damn conference.

Oh, and to balance out the civic leaders, citizens, and others who put hard work into getting this started, he talked to a 22 year old college student who works in a coffee shop. I'm not quite sure how a barista is more qualified to offer an opinion than, say, me. Maybe that's just a sign of how hard Mr. Belkin had to look for someone negative around the conference. Or maybe it's just lazy damn reporting.

Rather than focus on accomplishments, Mr. Belkin went out of his way to accentuate the negative. Rather than the inline links around his article pointing to positive things (or even the URL for the conference itself), they all point to negative articles and graphs.

Sure, Belkin's a skillful enough writer that he can claim innocence. Maybe like Joshua Zumbrun, he'll assuage his conscience by saying that it's what sells. Maybe that's what "everybody" does.

And maybe he can fool himself with that crap. But he's not fooling me.

Stop by his article, comment there, and e-mail him at Let him know what you think of someone going out of their way to slam our city.

Edit: Also e-mail the editor of the WSJ, and check out Aubrey's rather kickass reply.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dayton Neighborhood Conference - 12 Sep 2009

It's a little bit early, but it's worth taking a look at the Dayton Neighborhood Conference. It's on 12 September 2009 at the Convention Center, with registration starting at 0730.

This year’s theme “Dayton Beautiful: Original People, Places and Dreams”captures our ideal vision for the City of Dayton. The conference will promote healthy conversation that will embrace input from neighborhood/community leaders, Priority Board members, school, church, and community agency staff as well as business and government representatives. The conference focus is leadership and neighborhood development in Dayton and surrounding communities.

It looks fascinating, with topics like:

  • “Beyond Neighborhood Watch: The Realtionship between Public Safety, Community Development and Neighborhood Engagement”

  • “Creating a Sustainable Landscape”

  • “Celebrating Community: Finding Hope in Uncertain Times”

  • “Developing a Written History of your Neighborhood”

  • “Developing Neighborhood Schools through the Strength of Non-Profit Community Partners”

  • “Going Places: AnIntegrated Land Use Vision for the Miami Valley Region”

  • “How it Works: Navigating the Montgomery County Auditor’sOffice”

  • “Neighborhood Pride Program- How it Works”

  • “Strength Based, Citizen Driven Community Planning”

  • “Urban Neighborhood Redevelopment-A Case Study of the Twin Towers Crossing Project”

  • “The Village in Transition: Elder Mediation a Conversational Approach to the Well-Being of Aging Neighborhoods”

  • “Vacant Lot Properties: Community Gardens and More”

One major gripe is that there is no publicity for this conference on the city of Dayton's webpage, just a link to a PDF. Admittedly, the PDF is very informative (it's a brochure and registration form), but I hate it when content is only available as a PDF. Not to mention that it's hard as hell to search for. In fact, I'll bet that within a week this blogpost will be the first Google hit for "Dayton neighborhood conference". ::sigh:: So here's a direct link to where Google's (mostly) converted it to text, and here's the direct link to the PDF.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

TransPlant Program in the area

This is an awesome program. I can't believe I'm just now hearing about it. Go read the DDN article for a nice bit of how we can turn a "problem" into a solution.

Lynne Kennedy and Sandy Patrick know how difficult life “on the outside” can be.

Each has served time in prison, and each is now making the most of an opportunity offered to them through a fledgling program called the TransPlant Project, in which prescreened ex-offenders work for local farmers helping to cultivate and harvest fruit and vegetables destined for the dinner tables of Dayton-area families.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Marvel's 70th Anniversary - 11 Aug 2009 @ Bell Book & Comic

Marvel Comics (home of the X-Men, Spiderman, Captain America, Iron Man, and a ton of other titles) is 70 years old tomorrow, and they're throwing parties at selected retailers. Bell, Book, and Comic (located in the Schroyer Park neighborhood at the edge of Kettering, Dayton, and Oakwood at 458 Patterson Drive) is the only comics shop in the Dayton area participating. As part of the party, they'll be offering exclusive limited edition variants, early on sale release of THE MARVELS PROJECT #1, special sales, and more!

I've had the pleasure of buying my comics from them for several years now, and they're good people. If they don't have it, they'll gladly order it for you. So if you're even slightly interested in comics (or gaming - they regularly host games, or anything genre - there's an enviable paperback bookcase in the back), stop by tomorrow and say hi! Bell, Book, and Comic is open from 11-8p Tuesday through Sunday. (Don't believe me about the concentrations of awesome? Check out reviews here .)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

10 Living Cities

I've been live-tweeting (mostly) the Ten Living Cities conference in Dayton, where we're discussing the positive things about our cities and the things we can do to further revitalize them. The second half is about to begin, but I wanted to mention this here:

If you weren't able to make it to the conference, the organizers have let me know that the presentations (and further discussions, ideas, and results) will be on the official website in the next week or two. Keep your eyes there - the ones from Youngstown, Buffalo, and Flint were especially powerful. I'm also looking forward to getting a better look at the one from Dayton; it was hard to read on the screen.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Kid Safety Labels

Take a look at these "Kid Safety Labels", watch the TED talk (linked on the webpage), and let the ideas percolate in your mind over the weekend!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pooling Creatives

If you search the greater Miami Valley - especially on Twitter - you'll find that there's a hell of a lot of creative people here. Graphics artists, designers, programmers, musicians, and more.

That's not counting people like myself, by the way. Sure I'm a "creative" guy, but it's not my primary job description. I mean that there's a lot of people whose primary profession is creative work.

And so I've been wondering - why don't all these people pool their resources?

A few years ago, I wrote a paper exploring how a co-op harnessing local resources would work well for urban revitalization. (I mentioned it and the concepts behind it yesterday.) I don't mean a food co-op like the one my parents frequented when I was a kid - though that would work, too. But retail co-ops. Service industry co-ops. If you're having problems visualizing that, let me make it a little more clear:


With the expertise in the Miami Valley and the lessened travel costs made possible through computer networks, there is no reason we cannot create our own competitive revitalization right now.

All it will take to start the ball rolling is someone who has the contacts.

Who's up for it?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

TrolleyStock - 9 Aug 12-10pm

After attending the 10 Living Cities Symposium (you are going, aren't you?), stop by The Trolley Stop (located at 530 E. Fifth Street Dayton, Ohio 45402 ) for TrolleyStock! Having seen Joe Anderl live, I'd pay the $10 just to see him again. All cover goes to benefit the Dayton Peace Museum.

Players Rev Dave, Joe Anderl, 4 Nice Guys, ELDERLY BROTHERS...........and more! all proceeds benefit the country's only Peace Museum!

Click the image below for a larger image with more details.

Second Saturdays Solar Stargazing - 8 August

What: "Second Saturdays III" Solar Observing
Where: Mills Lawn Elementary School, 200 S. Walnut, Yellow Springs OH (back lot)
When: Saturday August 8th from 11am to 4pm
Cost: Free

In addition to solar observing through our safely filtered telescope, we will have an information table set up with information about our club and a display with samples of "space art" from artists like Chesley Bonestell and William K. Hartmann. (This last part is because we want to show our support for the Village Artisans "Art on the Lawn" exhibit taking place on the front lot of Mills Lawn.)

Monday, August 3, 2009

FREE Businesses Counseling Sessions 6 Aug 09

Aug. 6 • Drop in Counseling Sessions for Small Businesses by SCORE
Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton OH
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
SCORE, a national nonprofit organization whose volunteers are retired or working business owners, executives and corporate leaders, will provide free and confidential advice at all stages of developing and running a small business during individual drop-in counseling sessions. Sessions are available on a first come, first-served basis. Free. 496-8610.