With Thanksgiving ending the month, there are some changes in the regular schedule for the YP events in November. Take a look at what’s available here, click on the Web sites or event calendar links and get out there to meet some new people.
And, although it’s not a *specific* YP event, I gotta use this chance to say – VOTE! Regardless of whatever else you’re doing on Tuesday, November 2, make sure you take the time to have your say on the future direction of our schools, cities, counties, and state. A lot of people don’t bother to get involved during midterms, but there’s a lot at stake, so take the time to make a difference. Soapbox put away – back to the YPs…
Something new I’m discovering – Meetups! A couple casual groups who coordinate events that may be fun:
20 Somethings of Dayton: http://www.meetup.com/20somethings-of-Dayton-Ohio/ and
Dayton Young Professional group – http://www.meetup.com/Dayton-Professionals/
Let’s get to events in November:
First up, for you aspiring photographers, Dayton Creative Syndicate (with Ohio Photography) is hosting a contest for you to win a free photo session on November 6 at the beautiful Cox Arboretum MetroPark with Jim Crotty (big photography deal). The contest ends November 3, so check it out now if you’re interested in learning more!
After you submit your entry, head over to the Dayton Racquet Club to enjoy complimentary appetizers, happy hour prices, and free parking in the Kettering Tower garage while you meet and mingle with members of the Dayton Ballet Barre. Happy Hour is from 5 – 5:45 and then the Associate Board meeting begins. Not on the Associate Board? Use this meeting as your opportunity to learn more about this group, try it out by volunteering, or sign up that night.
Nothing specifically YP that I’ve discovered on Friday, November 6, so you’ll want to make sure you head downtown for First Friday, the Courteous Mass bike ride, or one of the great dining, music or arts options. Check the DaytonMostMetro.com event calendar for your options.
My gift to you for the second weekend of November – not only great YP events, but another hour in your day as we “fall back” for Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, November 7 at 2 AM. Don’t forget!
Tuesday, November 9 – Generation Dayton combines your entrepreneurial spirit with tasty spirits from The Wine Gallery at “Smashing Glasses,” an entrepreneur event presented by Jeff Van Horne. He highlights what it takes to start a small business – the hard work and the fun. Limited to only 35 participants, so make your RSVP early if you want to go.
Also on Tuesday, the Dayton Creative Syndicate has great opportunities for members. Together with the School of Advertising Art and the Greater Dayton Advertising Association, DCS presents guest speakers Ben Nunery and Pat Jones from Powerhouse Factories. Ben and Pat have a great story – hear it at 6 PM ($10 for members, $20 for nonmembers, $5 students w/ ID). And like many a good YP groups, the Dayton Creative Syndicate does more than *just* the educational and professional stuff, so mix and mingle with the DCS members right after the speakers at the November Happy Hour beginning at 7:30 PM.
Wednesday, November 10 – Join up with the HYPE members for lunch at the Cracker Barrel in Piqua. It’s a great opportunity to meet other YPs who live or work in the northern Miami Valley and get involved with this great group.
Thursday, November 11 is the day to “Jump into Art” as jumpstART visits the Dayton Visual Arts Center. Stop by after work starting at 5:30 PM for light snacks, some adult beverages, and Art to Buy. It’s a casual opportunity to explore one of Dayton’s great art resources. And just in time for the holidays, Art to Buy is an exhibit that provides you with affordable and accessible art items (jewelry, wine toppers, ornaments, etc) perfect for gift giving!
Looking for some fun south of town on Thursday? Be sure to stop by Champps Americana for the Generation Dayton Thirsty Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Meet in the side room to enjoy Chips and Salsa and $2.50 pints of any beer. No membership requirement – just come to learn more about Generation Dayton and have a great time with fellow YPs.
Friday, Friday, Friday! On the second Friday of every month, you can “USUALLY* count on the Dayton Urban League Young Professionals to enjoy kids play in an adult way at YP @ Play. They pull out the Wii, Twister, Jenga, cards and more for you to enjoy. But, in November it’s GALA time – no YP @ Play this month. But you will want to catch up with your DULYP pals at the Dayton Art Institute for this beautiful, fun, and fancy-schmancy event. Learn more here.
And the fun on Friday continues. The Young Republicans are hosting a party for members at Chappy’s Tap Room beginning at 7 PM. Learn more about the group and how to get involved. Questions? Call 937-689-6084.
Tuesday this week gets you started early with the Generation Dayton Business & Breakfast. Get to Tank’s at 7 AM for some tasty and affordable breakfast and hear from David Grupe – the General Manager of the Bach Society of Dayton and Chair of the Community Arts Network. Free to attend, but RSVP so they can save a seat for you.
You can count on the Dayton Urban League YPs to host an interesting membership meeting on the third Thursday of every month. Only $5 for nonmembers (members free) to get up to date on all the happenings and what’s next for this exciting group. Start time – 6:30 PM.
Head back up north on Thursday, November 18 for the HYPE Holiday Kickoff and Gift Drive beginning at 5:30 PM. This is a great charity event PLUS a fantastic party. Raffle prizes, music, games, drink specials, 20% off food, and so much more! Plus = everyone who brings a new, unwrapped gift for kids to the Buffalo Wild Wings in Troy receives a coupon for 5 free wings. This is quite an event – make sure you’re there to help a great cause and have a great time.
Also for your drinking and dining pleasure on Thursday, you can join the Ballet Barre for their monthly Wine & Ballet happy hour at the Wine Gallery downtown (new digs – not over by the Cannery anymore!). They meet from 5:30 – 7:30; enjoy some happy hour pricing and great wine tastings with this YP group. Plus – parking is available in the lot just West of the Wine Gallery for only $1.
November 21 – 30
So that’s what I could dig up for November. And Spoiler Alert -I just learned about a new group that is getting going specifically for social media types who want to give back to the community. Can’t tell you much about them (as their launch event is in December), but you can follow them here.