I have to be honest…I’m a bit exhausted from the craziness of everything that went on last week! Here’s to another crazy busy (in a good way) week in Dayton!
On Wednesday, bring out your pedometer for the Walk! Downtown Dayton Kickoff at RiverScape…after all, swimsuit season is just around the corner! If you have always wanted to work for yourself, don’t delay it! Make your way to The Entrepreneurs Center for their New Business Information Session. At The Greene County Career Center, attend their cooking class, Fresh and Lite Delight. If you like art (notice I didn’t ask whether you were good at art) and you like to drink, head to Art by the Glass at the Cannery Art and Design Center. If the weather gets warmer, you will want to make your way to Fifth Third Field to watch the Dragons play the Great Lakes Loons. And if you like theater, be sure to get your tickets to see 42nd Street at WSU’s Festival Playhouse or The Women of Lockerbie at Sinclair’s Blair Hall Theater.
On Thursday, if you’re anti-gluten (or just plain allergic to it), then you’ll want to attend Naturally Gluten Free event at PNC 2nd Street Market. All you cyclists should make plans to attend Bike Film Night at The Neon. It’s McDonald’s Friends and Family Night at Fifth Third Field, where the Dragons will play the Great Lakes “Loons”…sounds crazy to me! And if you’re in the Oregon District, head to The Dublin Pub for live music by Nick Mitchell or Theology on Tap at Oregon Express.
On Friday, bike your way to RiverScape for the National Bike to Work Day Pancake Breakfast…and don’t forget to wear your helmet. Your mom will thank me. If you love the movies, you won’t want to miss the Film Dayton Festival at The Neon. For those of you who have read this column before, you know how much I love Chick-fil-A…and what I love even more is that at the Dayton Mall location, you can get a Free Chick-fil-A Sandwich from 4-7PM on Friday as part of their Customer Appreciation Days. If you’re a big ham, then you’ll want to attend the Dayton Hamvention 2011. I tried to bring my pig last year but they wouldn’t let him in the building…just wanted to let you know so you don’t make the same mistake. Support Diabetes Dayton by attending Big Brews & Blues at Carillon Park. Over at the Dayton Convention Center, learn about different cultures and taste delicious food at A World A’Fair…I remember going there as a kid and I still go there today! So, there is something for people of all ages! If you’re down in the ‘burg, make your way to Miamisburg Library Park for the Taste of Miamisburg. Theater/music lovers should plan to attend one of these shows: Honk! Jr. (Town Hall Theatre), 42nd Street (WSU’s Festival Playhouse), Mauritius (Dayton Theatre Guild), Opera Theatre: Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula (Schuster Center), or The Women of Lockerbie. And finally, if you’re more of a sports guy (or girl), get your tickets to see the Dayton Dutch Lions or the Dayton Dragons.
On Saturday, there are again many options from which to choose! Some events include the Film Dayton Festival at The Neon, Sound Bites: Short Talks About Art at the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Hamvention 2011 at Hara Arena, FilmDayton Screenwriting Conference at ThinkTV, and A World A’Fair at the Dayton Convention Center. Also at the Dayton Convention Center, you can catch me participating in the 4th Annual 2011 INBF Tri-State Bodybuilding and Figure Contest. I hope you’re not so gullible that you actually believe that. Learn how to be safe by attending the Community Problem Oriented Policing Conference at Stebbins High School – there are a wide variety of courses from which to choose! Theatre options include 42nd Street, Honk! Jr., Mauritius, Opera Theatre: Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula, and The Women of Lockerbie. Listen to the wonderful sounds of MUSICA! at The Salvation Army Kroc Center. At the Wright Brothers Airport, attend the White Out Cancer event…and you totally have my permission to wear white, even though it’s not yet Memorial Day. If you’d prefer green, then make your way to THE Greene to watch The Fries Band (it’s their only performance there this year, so don’t miss it!). And finally, down at Fifth Third Field, you will be able to watch the Dragons take on the Lake County Captains. Plus, you can help them celebrate Hometown Hero Night.
On Sunday, the Film Dayton Festival, A World A’Fair, and Dayton Hamvention 2011 will still be going strong! In the afternoon, the Dragons will be playing the Lake County Captains…and you can get “free valet bike parking” as part of MVRPC Bike to the Game. In addition, as part of the “Drive Less, Live More” campaign, if you do bike, you will receive a free ticket to the game. So, you don’t have to spend money on gas AND you don’t have to spend money on tickets! Over at Carillon Park, attend Fleurs et Vin, which is a super fun event that will include more than 300 wines from all over the world, live entertainment, food from Dayton’s best independent eateries, and live and silent auctions! Plus, money raised will support Culture Works and the AIDS Resource Center. At the Schuster Center, attend the Dayton Opera 50th Anniversary Star Gala. If you are over at the Dayton Art Institute, listen to the sounds of MUSICA! And finally, all you public radio fans will want to catch Ira Glass at Victoria Theatre.
And now it’s time for the Dumb Joke of the Week. Drum roll please…
Did you hear about the new cure for swine flu? It’s a special kind of oinkment.
These are just a few best bets from the DMM Calendar. There are plenty more events listed there, so if you haven’t, I encourage you to check it out today! Also, if you have an event to share or promote, please submit it– it’s great marketing and better yet, it’s FREE! And finally, if you have a dumb joke to share, I’m all ears!
Have a great week Dayton!