About Val Beerbower

Originally from Tiffin, Ohio, Val Hunt Beerbower is a 2005 graduate of Ohio University and currently serves as PR and communications manager for the Downtown Dayton Partnership. She and her husband, Mike, enjoy their home base in Dayton where they can easily access the city's unique shopping, dining, arts and culture, breweries, sporting events, festivals, water trails, bikeways, and all the rest of the amenities that make downtown Dayton and its surrounding neighborhoods one of the best places to live!

Take a fresh look at ‘Bridges of Madison County’

In yet another remarkable instance of Dayton’s big-city-small-town dynamic, we witness the wealth of arts found in large metros that’s still accessible for all potential audiences. Now through March 20, the touring cast of The Bridges of Madison County will be performing at the Schuster Center in Dayton as its makes its limited run around the country. Dayton is fortunate to land one of these few performances, and tickets start at just $25. Those who are familiar with the story of Bridges will find the musical closely follows, but takes some creative departures. Here with their … [Read more...]

Downtown Businesses Here To Rescue You From Lame Valentine’s Day

Whether you truly "heart" Valentine's Day, shun the celebration, or are simply ambivalent to arrow-slinging amoretti, if you're looking for heartfelt gifts, awesome dinner specials, or great local music, downtown Dayton has you covered. Choose your own adventure in today's post to create the best weekend experience plopped in the middle of a frigid February. Date Night Find out why Amazon.com rated Dayton in its top 20 list of most romantic U.S. cities. If you need gifts and activities for you and your sweetie, here are a few suggestions to squeeze every last drop of romance out of your … [Read more...]

Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?

Downtown Dayton residents share their stories on why they moved downtown and why they love it! Housing developments in downtown Dayton have never been more popular. It seems as soon as a new project is finished, another one is announced. Who’s buying or renting these spaces and what motivates them to seek this kind of city-centric lifestyle? The Downtown Dayton Partnership showcases three families who've made the move. Get a glimpse into the lives of people who live downtown—and a sneak peek into some of the residential complexes featured on the Downtown Housing Tour from 1-5 p.m. September … [Read more...]

Oregon District? Not this week! Downtown Dayton bleeds scarlet and gray

Football fever has gripped the Dayton region. With the debut of the NCAA’s national championship game featuring state favorite Ohio State University, fans everywhere are paying homage to the Buckeyes in the hopes of a national title. One downtown neighborhood went as far as a temporary name change to reflect their team solidarity. On Monday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley signed a proclamation renaming the Oregon District to the “Buckeye District” from January 6 through the 12th when the Buckeyes will take on the Ducks from the University of Oregon. In addition to the name change, several … [Read more...]

Dayton: A City Worth Fighting For

Get an update on progress through the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan during a special community meeting. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this city since I moved here in 2009, it’s that Dayton doesn’t give up. It’s true we’ve had our share of setbacks, but we also have a history of bouncing back tougher than ever. In 2010, community leaders from the public and private sectors rolled out a new strategic plan for our city’s urban core called the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan. In it, you’ll find the framework for a healthy and vibrant downtown as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. But … [Read more...]

Five Rivers MetroParks Celebrates Golden Anniversary

On April 8, 1963, then-Probate Judge Neal Zimmers approved a petition to start a new park district in Dayton. Thanks to the efforts of a group of forward-thinking citizens concerned with quickly disappearing green space, efforts to protect the region's natural heritage created what we know today as Five Rivers MetroParks. For the past 50 years, Five Rivers MetroParks has provided outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. These experiences are unique for each visitor -- some come to the parks for their offerings in exciting outdoor adventure. Others visit as a … [Read more...]

Get a Taste of Adventure with the Biennial Adventure Speaker Series

We’re barely a third of the way into the winter season and I’m already feeling cabin-feverish. I try to take advantage of the snow while it’s here. I've gone sledding and skiing and ice skating, but regardless of how many times I try to use precipitation as a propellant and rocket myself down a hill or across a sheet of rock-hard ice, I still find myself craving more outdoor adventure. If you’re the type of adventure-seeker opportunist and, say, enjoys driving a car over the cobbled humps of frozen snow lining an un-plowed street because you can pretend you’re blazing trails across the Arctic … [Read more...]

Ice Skating Returns to RiverScape Nov 23rd

The region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink open Friday, November 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission to MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark (229 E. Monument Ave., Dayton) is just $7, which includes the cost of skate rentals. Work off Thanksgiving indulgences on the ice and enjoy holiday music during the grand-opening weekend: Friday, Nov. 25, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. MetroParks Ice Rink will be open every day of the week—even special holiday hours—through Thursday, February 28, 2013. … [Read more...]

All kinds of “outdoorsy” happening at the Midwest Outdoor Experience

I am not an “outdoorsy” person. But I’m learning. Honestly. If you ask anyone who knew me from grade school, college or even just a few years ago will attest to an increase in the amount of sporting goods equipment I own and the number of shoes featuring actual soles that are created for purposes outside of pure fashion. My greatest impetus for this foray into the outdoors is my husband, followed closely by my occupation. So pretty much “life” is encouraging me to venture off the couch and into the woods. As a new inductee into a world filled with adventure and hiking boots and roof … [Read more...]

Why you should “give a dam” about the River Run project

If you're no stranger to this blog, you're probably familiar with the Last Dam Summer campaign that kicked off about a month ago. If not, the Cliff's Notes version is that Five Rivers MetroParks is planning to remove the low dam near the Dayton Art Institute and install bank stabilization features along the Great Miami River that will pull double duty as kayak play areas. This is all part of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, which includes other totally cool projects like the Patterson Corridor improvements that will connect the Oregon District to RiverScape MetroPark and Fifth Third … [Read more...]