Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Celebration of Life Blood Drive - Through 31 Dec

Thru Dec. 31 • Celebration of Life Blood Drive
Community Blood Center,
349 S. Main St.
Community Blood Center (CBC) invites you to the Celebration of Life Blood Drive. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free limited edition “Celebration of Life” long-sleeve holiday T-shirt! Make your appointment today at or call 1-800-388-GIVE. Blood donor eligibility details available at

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Film Connections - TONIGHT @ 7pm

Dec. 28 • Film Connections
FilmDayton, ThinkTV,
110 S. Jefferson St; 7 p.m.

It's FilmDayton's monthly show and tell for filmmakers crew and film fans alike! Moderated by Yellow Springs filmmaker Steven Bognar or board president Ron Rollins, we'll screen film clips, talk about upcoming projects and have plenty of time for networking! Free to members; $5 for guests.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Reflections at the DVAC - Through 29 December

Thru Dec. 29 • Reflections
Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC),
118 N. Jefferson St.;
Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
See DVAC's newest exhibit, Reflections, featuring the art of Paula Willmot Kraus and Terry Welker. Free admission. 224-3822.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Santa Visits the Market (through 18 Dec)

Dec. 16, 17 & 18 • Santa Visits the Market
PNC 2nd Street Market,
600 E. Second St.; call for times.

Santa will distribute candy canes to all good boys and girls, and men and women, too! Bring your camera to get a photo with Santa. Free. 228-2088.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dec. 15 • Noonday Carol Sing

Dec. 15 • Noonday Carol Sing
Westminster Presbyterian Church,
125 N. Wilkinson St.; 12 p.m.

Noon - Handbell Prelude from the Adult Bell Choir of Westminster Church. 12:10-12:40 – Enjoy carol singing by all and choral music by the choirs of Xenia High School, Brent Manley, Director. Lunch follows (no reservation needed.) 223-7285.

Noontime Entertainment - TODAY and 16 Dec

Dec. 10, 14, 15 & 16 • Noontime Entertainment
Dayton Holiday Festival; various downtown buildings; call for times.

The Dayton Holiday Festival’s Noontime Entertainment Program brings performances by orchestras, vocal and dance ensembles, a cappella groups, concert bands, and show choirs to entertain with free holiday performances in the lobbies of office buildings downtown. Please visit for dates, group listings and performance locations. Free. 224-1518.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wonderland Windows (FREE) through 23 Dec

Thru Dec. 23 • Wonderland Windows
Dayton Holiday Festival;
Schuster Performing Arts Center, Second & Main Sts.; 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Come see one of the area’s longest-running holiday traditions -- the Rike's Christmas windows -- in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. Experience the wonder of the animated elves, woodland animals, violinists and skaters right at the corner of Second and Main Streets in downtown Dayton, where these displays delighted people beginning more than 70 years ago. 228-7591. Free.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dayton Development Coalition - 11 Jan (RSVP by 5 Jan)

Dayton Development Coalition - Growing the Dayton Region
Dayton Development Coalition 2010 Annual Meeting
Tuesday January 11, 2011
Doors open at 3:15, Program starts promptly at 4pm with reception 5-6pm
The Shuster Center @ 109 N Main St Dayton, OH 45402.

RSVP by Wednesday January 5, 2011 by clicking here. For questions or changes to your RSVP please contact Kary Iddings at

This event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are appreciated. Please feel free to forward this invitation to any regional stakeholder.

Friday, December 10, 2010

MVH's Open House

I've seen the inside of the new tower. It's pretty nice - it doesn't have that "hospital" look, if you know what I mean. If you've got the time (and go to MVH at all), it's worth taking a look.

Miami Valley Hospital will unveil its new $135 million patient tower to the public on Sunday, December 12. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place starting at 1:00 p.m. with tours of the 12-story building to follow at 2:00 p.m.

The new patient tower becomes home to the Cardiac and Vascular Center and Orthopedic Joint and Spine Center. All 178 patient rooms in the new tower are private. The new patient tower also becomes the new main entrance into the hospital.

[full disclosure: I work for MVH.]

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dayton gets a .gov address

It always struck me as a strange thing that Dayton didn't have a .gov address...

The City of Dayton has changed its official Web domain to The ".gov " extension will make Dayton more consistent with other U.S. cities and government agencies using official .gov domains. Since .gov domains are reserved only for government organizations, using assures users and customers they are accessing the official City of Dayton government site. All City-owned email accounts also now use a .gov format. The previously used Web domain and its associated email addresses will remain functional until further notice.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Y'know, the ice rink's open....

It was kind of impossible last weekend, but this weekend, why not get your skate on for some inexpensive fun?

Sheltered under the covered pavilion, the new rink is nearly 50 percent larger than its predecessor and offers more skate rentals with an extended skating season. Grab your mittens and the kids, your sweetheart, your coworkers and your friends and hit the ice!

The ice rink will host outdoor skating from November 26, 2010 through March 13, 2011. Patrons may skate daily. Monday through Thursdays, there is no admission charge, so if you have your own skates, you can practice your figure-eights for free. Don’t have a pair? No problem; skate rentals are just $3 on weekdays. Everyone gets into the rink for $5 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and this cost includes rentals if you need them. While the rink is open, you can enjoy delicious treats from Skyline at the Hub, including a cup of hot chocolate.

More details at the Metroparks website.

Fair Trade Sale - 4 Dec from 9am to 4pm

Wouldn't it be great this year that when you are trying to buy just the right gift for someone, you can also be in right relationship with the person who made the article? That happens for the hundreds of shoppers who purchase handcrafted items at the annual Fair Trade Sale at Bergamo.

The Seventh Annual Fair Trade Sale will be Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bergamo Center at Mt. St. John, 4400 Shakertown Road, Beavercreek. Handcrafted goods from more than 20 developing nations will be available for sale, including unique holiday gifts, jewelry, home d├ęcor, clothing, toys, gourmet food and ornaments.

International performers now living in the Dayton area will provide entertainment throughout the day. Nick Cardilino, who co-wrote the National Catholic Youth Conference 2011 theme song, will sing songs from his newest CD the Birthday of Love.

Fair Trade means the artisan or farmer is paid a better than market price for the item she or he produced and the buyer strives to be in a right relationship with the artisan or farmer, among other positive outcomes.

All products are sourced form a nonprofit, 100% fair trade organization to ensure the artisans and farmers are treated fairly and with dignity and respect.

The Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati; the Weavers of Justice, a collaborative of 23 Dayton-area parishes and seven Catholic organizations; Bergamo Center and Catholic Relief Services sponsor the sale.

For more information call the Catholic Social Action Office at 937-224-3026 or visit

Thursday, December 2, 2010

First Friday includes food drive

Find unique holiday gifts, view exhibits from local and guest artists, and catch a performance installation piece at the next free monthly downtown art hop known as First Friday, this Friday, December 3 from 5-10 p.m.

New to the event is the First Friday Holiday Food Drive. The evening of First Friday, collection bins for canned goods will be available at nearly every participating location, and all donations of nonperishable food items will go to the Foodbank. The only organization of its kind in the Dayton area, the Foodbank assists with hunger relief efforts through the acquisition and distribution of food in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. It provides food to nearly 100 local food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and similar groups.

For more information, check out the Downtown Dayton Partnership's website.