Jane’s Best Bets (9/7 – 9/11)

Photo Credit: Alli Shillito This week, it’s all Greek to me.  Well, that’s not really the truth.  It’s only partially Greek, with a little Italian, a little German, and a little Hispanic, mixed in with many other things.  Variety is the spice of life, so if you want to spice up yours, check out some of these suggestions for things to do! On Wednesday, make your way to Courthouse Square for The Square Is Where featuring Gary Hill (Solo Classic Rock).  Art lovers should hop on over to the University of Dayton’s Roesch Library Gallery for the University of Dayton Art Hop.  Looking to find a … [Read more...]

Jane’s Best Bets (8/10 – 8/14)

Guest Bartending Last Week at The Moraine Embassy! There are lots of great things going on this week in Dayton, so let’s jump right into it! On Wednesday, support DATV by attending the DATV Fishing Derby at Gettysburg Fish Lake.  If you’re like me and can only draw stick people, then you may want to attend the Drawing Studio with Loretta Puncer at Gallery 510 Fine Art.  Head to Courthouse Square to see the Blue Sky Project 'Artists without Borders' Solo Exhibition.  No matter what you’ve been thinking about the national debt crisis, you will be able to share your opinions at ThinkTV … [Read more...]

Jane’s Best Bets (7/13 – 7/17)

First off, I would like to say congratulations to the Dayton Dragons on setting the national record for sports sell-outs this past weekend…what an accomplishment!  We do truly live in a great city!  And I’d like to prove it once again by letting you know about some of the great things going on here this week! On Wednesday, take a break from work and head to The Square Is Where... Yoga Class from Practice Yoga at Courthouse Square.  If you haven’t been getting enough beauty sleep lately, consider going to La Comedia to see Sleeping Beauty.  Listen to music at Yankee Trace with Jazz on the … [Read more...]

Activated Spaces is back.

My last adventure got me out of the car and exploring the region via bus, bike and good ol' fashioned walking. And you know what I saw? Well, in addition to the random shopping cart and dude who was arguing about drugs - I saw great local art! And not by seeking out a gallery (although I recommend that, too) - but by just walking around. The Activated Spaces team (powered by the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan) worked with local property owners and invited artists to share their work with the community while focusing on our region's assets. It was a great success and resulted in 17 vibrant art … [Read more...]

Jane’s Best Bets (6/22 – 6/26)

Holy moly, there are a ton of things going on this week!  Speaking of “holy,” this week there are several church festivals…plus many more great events.  Let’s check them out! On Wednesday during your lunch hour, get moving with The Square Is Where... Dayton YMCA Presents Zumba at Courthouse Square.  If you feel like having a drink, head to A.Y.O.B. at Archer's Tavern, where a new craft beer will be featured starting at 5PM or to Franco’s for Dayton Green Drinks, where they will be discussing the Pathways out of Poverty Program.  I do believe it is officially summer, so even though you may … [Read more...]

Jane’s Best Bets (5/11 – 5/15)

I hope you had a terrific week!  Thanks to all who "got out" and "gave back" this past Friday for Generation Dayton Day…it was a huge success!  Dayton is fortunate to have many wonderful young professionals!  This week, be sure to "get out" again, as there are many great things going on in our community! On Wednesday, find out how trash can be turned into treasure with the exhibit, 'Trash? Look Again' at the Dayton Art Institute.  For some great networking, attend Business After Hours at Dayton Convention Center.  Afterwards, head to Fifth Third Field as the Dragons play the Lake County … [Read more...]

Get Out & Give Back Dayton!

Every year, Generation Dayton (the young professional arm of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce) celebrates their anniversary not by receiving gifts, but by giving the gifts of their time and talent to the community in the form of a major volunteer effort. This year, the effort is bigger than ever, and GenD is inviting ALL area young professionals to join them. You don't have to be a Generation Dayton member to have a great time, enjoy lunch and spend a few hours making a difference in the community. It's THIS Friday - RSVP now. More info on their Facebook event page. So, that's the … [Read more...]

Change in Dayton is happening!

Things in Dayton are looking up. Hiring, although slowly, is on the rise (New jobs, tax revenues show region stabilizing, Dayton Daily News, March 25, 2011). Home ownership is up. Nightlife downtown, particularly in areas like the Oregon District, is lively and vibrant. These small yet noticeable changes are the direct result of the individual and collective efforts of many people who, despite the sluggish economy, believe in the potential of Dayton; those people are working to launch business and social initiatives that revitalize neighborhoods, spur economic growth and keep people in … [Read more...]

My Summit Story: The Projects and the People

Shawn Neff is a busy guy. Living downtown and working in Springfield, when he’s not on the road, he’s out socializing or involved in projects that are impacting his community. As his adoptive home, and he’s doing a lot to make Dayton a place he's proud of.  Here’s his Summit story. After the 2009 Summit, Shawn volunteered as a member of the Wayne Avenue Corridor Committee – a group committed to cleaning up and highlighting the area connecting the Oregon District with the Cannery Arts District. Then, at the 2010 Summit, Shawn took a leadership role with Downtown Street Buzz, a group that … [Read more...]

No Foolin’ – Great YP Events in April

[yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKagVWOt6kg&feature=player_profilepage'] FEATURED EVENT Friday, April 15th: updayton's Young Creatives Summit Dayton Convention Center Friday, April 15; 3-6 PM $15 ($5 for Students) Info Packet (agenda, breakout descriptions, etc) HERE The Summit has been slightly revamped to meet the needs of the busy young creative while maintaining the mission of giving YOU a say in the direction of the Dayton region.  This year's features include: a shortened Summit (3-6 PM), a great "speed networking" professional development opportunity, and … [Read more...]