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Crazy about dinosaurs? COSI opens new gallery full of them
 In cooperation with the American Museum of Natural History, COSI — the Columbus science center — has just opened a 13,000-square-foot gallery dedicated to dinosaurs and natural history. The new space features a permanent American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, the life-sized cast of a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex and...

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In cooperation with the American Museum of Natural History, COSI — the Columbus science center — has just opened a 13,000-square-foot gallery dedicated to dinosaurs and natural history. The new space features a permanent American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, the life-sized cast of a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex and...
How you can bring holiday cheer to children in need
 Since the early 1980s, the organization known as For Love of Children — or FLOC — has been ensuring that children served by Montgomery County Children’s Services can enjoy the holidays. “We are a very passionate group of volunteers wanting to make life a bit better for our young who are living very difficult realities...

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Since the early 1980s, the organization known as For Love of Children — or FLOC — has been ensuring that children served by Montgomery County Children’s Services can enjoy the holidays. “We are a very passionate group of volunteers wanting to make life a bit better for our young who are living very difficult realities...
Who’s in charge of the art? Meet the DAI’s new chief curator
 If you’ve visited the Dayton Art Institute lately, chances are you bumped into the museum’s new chief curator, Jerry Smith. He assumed his new role at the end of September and has been in “learning” mode — getting to know his colleagues and the museum’s extensive collection of more than 26,000 objects spanning...

Posted: 7 days ago

If you’ve visited the Dayton Art Institute lately, chances are you bumped into the museum’s new chief curator, Jerry Smith. He assumed his new role at the end of September and has been in “learning” mode — getting to know his colleagues and the museum’s extensive collection of more than 26,000 objects spanning...
The community’s 2018 Big Read book is based here at home
 There are two important local ties to the book that’s been chosen for the next Big Read community reading project. The author, Melissa Fay Greene, grew up in the Miami Valley and still has family here. Her non-fiction book, “The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love” tells the story of the founding...

Posted: 7 days ago

There are two important local ties to the book that’s been chosen for the next Big Read community reading project. The author, Melissa Fay Greene, grew up in the Miami Valley and still has family here. Her non-fiction book, “The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love” tells the story of the founding...
Behind the Scenes of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
 Creative ideas continue to bloom in Dayton and there’s no better example than the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the first and only annual United States literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. What began as one woman’s wonderful suggestion has gone on to become a source of pride and international...

Posted: 14 days ago

Creative ideas continue to bloom in Dayton and there’s no better example than the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the first and only annual United States literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. What began as one woman’s wonderful suggestion has gone on to become a source of pride and international...
‘An American in Paris’ dances into Dayton
 With all of the heartache in the news, can you think of a better time to see a joyful Broadway musical filled with beautiful dance sequences? Folks in the Miami Valley who love dance have been eagerly awaiting the Broadway version of “An American in Paris.” The show, which opened on Broadway in 2015, was heralded not only for...

Posted: 14 days ago

With all of the heartache in the news, can you think of a better time to see a joyful Broadway musical filled with beautiful dance sequences? Folks in the Miami Valley who love dance have been eagerly awaiting the Broadway version of “An American in Paris.” The show, which opened on Broadway in 2015, was heralded not only for...
How you can shop for a good cause this weekend
 If you’ve never been inside The Little Exchange in Oakwood, you’re missing one of the Miami Valley’s most charming gift shops. The boutique, housed in the former Katherine Wright library, is known for beautiful bridal and baby gifts, children’s clothing, unique décor for the home and men’s and women&rsquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

If you’ve never been inside The Little Exchange in Oakwood, you’re missing one of the Miami Valley’s most charming gift shops. The boutique, housed in the former Katherine Wright library, is known for beautiful bridal and baby gifts, children’s clothing, unique décor for the home and men’s and women&rsquo...
How to help children who sleep on the floor
 It all began when Trisha Baxter, a teacher at John H. Morrison school in Northridge Local School District, was inspired to start a non-profit organization called “Snuggled Up.” “We have children in my school living in poverty,” she explains. “Seven years ago when I was giving a math test, a little girl had her...

Posted: 24 days ago

It all began when Trisha Baxter, a teacher at John H. Morrison school in Northridge Local School District, was inspired to start a non-profit organization called “Snuggled Up.” “We have children in my school living in poverty,” she explains. “Seven years ago when I was giving a math test, a little girl had her...
Why “The Consul” is so timely
 The Dayton Opera’s next offering, says Patrick Reynolds, couldn’t be more timely. “It’s about immigration and the plight of refugees, ” says Reynolds, associate conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He will conduct Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera, “The Consul,” on Friday evening, Oct. 20...

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

The Dayton Opera’s next offering, says Patrick Reynolds, couldn’t be more timely. “It’s about immigration and the plight of refugees, ” says Reynolds, associate conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He will conduct Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera, “The Consul,” on Friday evening, Oct. 20...
Why actress on this HBO series will be in Dayton this weekend
 Imagine how excited LBGT Film Fest committee members were when they learned that the actor featured in one of their favorite films had grown up in the Miami Valley and was happy to accept their invitation to attend this year’s festival. Jill Alexander, best known as Patrice in Mike Judge’s acclaimed HBO series “Silicon Valley...

7:01 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Imagine how excited LBGT Film Fest committee members were when they learned that the actor featured in one of their favorite films had grown up in the Miami Valley and was happy to accept their invitation to attend this year’s festival. Jill Alexander, best known as Patrice in Mike Judge’s acclaimed HBO series “Silicon Valley...
Blue Star mothers need treats for the troops
 There’s an easy way to “Make A Difference” in the lives of our deployed military members and local veterans. The Miami Valley Chapter No. 3 of The Blue Star Mothers of America is hosting its annual “Treats for Troops” event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the troop center, 6661 Clyo Road in...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

There’s an easy way to “Make A Difference” in the lives of our deployed military members and local veterans. The Miami Valley Chapter No. 3 of The Blue Star Mothers of America is hosting its annual “Treats for Troops” event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the troop center, 6661 Clyo Road in...
Lyn-Manuel Miranda’s first musical “In the Heights” now showing in Dayton
 What to do when a touring show scheduled for your upcoming theatrical season is canceled? That major dilemma was faced by Ken Neufeld, the Victoria Theatre Association’s president and CEO when he learned that the touring musical he’d assumed would open his 2017-18 Premier Health Broadway Series wasn’t going to materialize...

7:48 PM Wednesday, Oct. 04, 2017

What to do when a touring show scheduled for your upcoming theatrical season is canceled? That major dilemma was faced by Ken Neufeld, the Victoria Theatre Association’s president and CEO when he learned that the touring musical he’d assumed would open his 2017-18 Premier Health Broadway Series wasn’t going to materialize...
Help Learning Tree Farm by donating farming supplies
 Nature is important to children’s development in so many ways — intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. According to the Children and Nature Network, time spent outdoors has been shown to enhance cognitive ability, increase physical activity and improve everything from academic performance and nutrition...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

Nature is important to children’s development in so many ways — intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. According to the Children and Nature Network, time spent outdoors has been shown to enhance cognitive ability, increase physical activity and improve everything from academic performance and nutrition...
On the Arts: Cincy’s Taft Museum reaches out to families
 It wouldn’t have occurred to me to take youngsters to the current exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. The impressive show, “Treasures of British Painting,” takes visitors on a chronological journey through six centuries of art. Organized by the Denver Art Museum, it showcases 50 works and is made possible by...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017

It wouldn’t have occurred to me to take youngsters to the current exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. The impressive show, “Treasures of British Painting,” takes visitors on a chronological journey through six centuries of art. Organized by the Denver Art Museum, it showcases 50 works and is made possible by...
Who was Alphonse Mucha?
 How could she ever have guessed when she walked into a Phoenix consignment store as a middle school student and fell in love with an Art Nouveau poster that she’d someday be involved with an exhibit of the artist’s work? The Middle School student — who purchased and lived with that poster in her bedroom for years—...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017

How could she ever have guessed when she walked into a Phoenix consignment store as a middle school student and fell in love with an Art Nouveau poster that she’d someday be involved with an exhibit of the artist’s work? The Middle School student — who purchased and lived with that poster in her bedroom for years—...
Big and small ways you can help Dayton Sewing Collaborative
 You may have spotted the colorful messenger bags, totes and wallets being sold by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center on performance days or the sitting pillows in the children’s reading areas at all the new Dayton Metro libraries. The bags, made from the street pole banners for popular VTA productions, feature artwork...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

You may have spotted the colorful messenger bags, totes and wallets being sold by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center on performance days or the sitting pillows in the children’s reading areas at all the new Dayton Metro libraries. The bags, made from the street pole banners for popular VTA productions, feature artwork...
Why this Verdi Requiem is must see!
 The folks at the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are certain their upcoming take on Verdi’s “Requiem” will be the one of the first of its kind in the world. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, hundreds of performers will come together on the Schuster Center’s Mead Theatre stage to present...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 09, 2017

The folks at the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are certain their upcoming take on Verdi’s “Requiem” will be the one of the first of its kind in the world. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, hundreds of performers will come together on the Schuster Center’s Mead Theatre stage to present...
New musical comedy spoofs on-line gamers
 Jeff Bienstock always heard that writers should write what they know. So he did. It paid off. You’ll see the results when the Human Race Theatre Company launches its 2017-2018 Eichelberger Loft Season with the American premiere of Bienstock’s musical comedy, “Legendale.” The play, billed as a blend of romance, adventure...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

Jeff Bienstock always heard that writers should write what they know. So he did. It paid off. You’ll see the results when the Human Race Theatre Company launches its 2017-2018 Eichelberger Loft Season with the American premiere of Bienstock’s musical comedy, “Legendale.” The play, billed as a blend of romance, adventure...
You can help choose the Big Read Book
 A selection committee composed of local librarians and volunteers has chosen three finalists for the next Big Read. Now it’s time for the rest of us to get involved and decide which of the three will be read and discussed throughout our community next spring. A public vote will determine the winner. Votes can be cast at public libraries...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

A selection committee composed of local librarians and volunteers has chosen three finalists for the next Big Read. Now it’s time for the rest of us to get involved and decide which of the three will be read and discussed throughout our community next spring. A public vote will determine the winner. Votes can be cast at public libraries...
How you can help these local students learning English
 Were you aware that dozens of students from across the globe, determined to improve their English, meet in downtown Dayton every weekday morning? We’ve written about the excellent St. John’s ESOL Program, located at St. John’s United Church of Christ, that has been offering ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Were you aware that dozens of students from across the globe, determined to improve their English, meet in downtown Dayton every weekday morning? We’ve written about the excellent St. John’s ESOL Program, located at St. John’s United Church of Christ, that has been offering ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)...
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