We’ve made it through the longest day of the year and now we’re into the shortest month; fingers crossed that the pesky groundhog misses its shadow and spring is just around the corner. Groundhog or not, time seems to be flying by, but before it gets too far away from us – we can enjoy a lot of great YP events coming up this month.
Wednesday, February 2: Start off February by making a commitment to better your city! A way for YPs to get involved is the “Street Level” committee for the Vacant Storefronts Project. The Downtown Dayton Partnerhsip (in collaboration with many community leaders, businesses, volunteers, and organizations) has been crafting the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan. They handed over control of this important project to any and all young people in the region who want to make a significant visual impact on the vibrancy of the region. There are three committees working hard to fill the empty storefronts in different ways. Contact Sherri to learn how to get involved.
UPDATE: CANCELLED! Also, the first Wednesday of the month brings the Ballet Barre/Associate Board meeting at the Dayton Racquet Club. As always, they start with a social and an opportunity to check out the view from the top of the DRC, then they get into the business of the meeting.
Have you checked out Meetup yet? If you’re a 30-something in the region and interested in meeting some new people while checking out some fun venues, maybe this is for you. Their schedule changes often as new events are added as people decide to host a party or schedule a dinner out. They’re planning a couple fun ones on Friday, February 4 (downtown with First Friday as the setting) and Saturday, February 5 to watch the UFC fight at Champps down south.
To keep with the Meetup spirit, the Dayton Young Professionals are hitting Meadowlark for a fun, social, and casual brunch on Sunday, February 6.
Are you a reader? Or do you love the social aspect of a book club? Either way, join Generation Dayton on Monday, February 7 at Books & Co. at the Greene for their monthly book club meeting. They are discussing The Little Black Book of Leadership written by Dr. Todd Dewett. Who’s going to be there? Oh yeah, Dr. Dewett himself! Don’t miss this chance to get great insights on an inspiring book from the author himself.
Head up north on Wednesday, February 9 from 12-1 PM to have lunch with HYPE. They’ll be at The Backyard Bistro in Piqua where you can meet some new friends, keep up with some upcoming events, and check out a great location in the northern Miami Valley. New members welcome!
Thursday, February 10 brings a collaboration for all networking, social, and arts minded YPs. JumpstART hooks up with Generation Dayton during their monthly “Thirsty Thursday” to make it bigger and better than ever. Get some free appetizers, happy hour drink prices, and 1/2 off small plates at downtown’s newest hot spot, De’Lish. THEN head across the street to the Human Race Theatre for half price tickets to Twelfth Night. Stick around after the show to meet the cast and get a special YP backstage tour. It’s a big night open to ALL young people in the region. Details on the whole night here.
Did you know that one of the local YP groups – Generation Dayton – is actually a program of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce? It just demonstrates how much local businesses value the role of young professionals in the region. Learn more about it from Phil Parker, the President and CEO of the Dayton Chamber, at the Business and Breakfast Speaker Series on Tuesday, February 15 at the Dayton Racquet Club. Free to attend, breakfast at your expense.
So, you got your breakfast YP fix – now get those creative juices flowing on the evening of February 15 as the Dayton Creative Syndicate presents speaker Brian Hoff from The Design Cubicle. Time: 6-7 PM – Only $10 for DCS members, $20 for nonmembers, $5 for students. Learn more about Brian and the DCS here.
Are you a 20-something in the region looking for some new people to hang out with? There is no shortage of great events with the 20-somethings of Dayton Meetup. On Wednesday, February 16 they are partying it up at the Soft Rock Cafe for Karaoke and drink specials. No worries if you’re a non-singer, you can shoot pool, throw darts, or make fun of cheer on the signers.
The 20-somethings love their mid-week get togethers. Wednesday, February 23 they test how many brain cells they’ve kept since college with trivia at Harrigan’s South. These and lots more meetups for the 20-somethings at: http://www.meetup.com/20somethings-of-Dayton-Ohio/#upcoming
Generation Dayton often opens its events to all YPs in the region. But this month’s Lunch Speaker Series on Friday February 25 is for dues-paying Member’s Only. If you’re a member of GenD or want to consider joining, check out the Web page for details on this lunch topic.
Et. al: Not specifically YP events (oh, no – I’m breaking the rules!) but some great options for YPs include:
Pecha Kucha night on Thursday, February 3 at the Neon, a graffiti party at upcoming downtown restaurant Olive during First Friday, Dayton Diode (self-described as a YMCA for nerds) open house on Saturday, February 5, the YMCA Valentine’s Ball on February 11, WYSO’s silent auction on February 12, and EVERY Sunday in February you can enjoy brunch to benefit Stivers School for the Arts at Coco’s. For these (and so many more) great Dayton events, keep an eye on the weekly Jane’s Best Bets.
So – those are a handful of events keeping you busy in February and introducing you to lots and Lots and LOTS of new YPs who are active and involved in having a great time in Dayton. Go to everything and you’ll average an event every other day. Check out something new and let me know how it goes.