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Rise and shine!  Ok, actually have a sit and read these awesome articles:

What Community Can Do For Us by Ian Baldwin ( – I love this so much! Ian writes about all of the communities he’s a part of and has a ton of great things to say about Nucleus Co-Share in the Oregon District as well as some other Dayton-based communities.

Illuminated Products Maker Launches New Glasses Line by Joe Cogliano (Dayton Business Journal) – This is one of those products that I had no idea I needed but now that I know it exists I must have it!  These glasses are so neat!

12 Books about Dayton (or by Daytonians) that You Should Read by Sharon Short ( – If these articles just aren’t enough check out these 12 books by Dayton authors or about the Dayton area.

And just for fun:

How a City in France Got the World’s First Short-Story Vending Machines by Pauline Bock (New Yorker) – You’ve probably never felt jealousy for an entire city before, but you’re about to be super jelly of Grenoble, France.  This city has short story vending machines that spit out 1, 3, or 5 minute short stories for free.  Just imagine if Dayton had such a thing!

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Good morning, Dayton people!  Here are some great articles to get your day off to a great start:

PREMIERE:  If you dig Sleater-Kinney and/or ‘Twin Peaks,’ Good English’s “The Fire Walk” is for you by Scott Heisel (Substream Magazine) – Check out this awesome new song from Good English!  I haven’t seen Twin Peaks but based on this song, maybe I should binge watch it some weekend.

Prosecutors will seek full prison term for Eva Christian by Mark Fisher (Dayton Daily News) – If you remember the Oregon District restaurants Cafe Boulevard and Boulevard Haus, and the mess its former owner caused staging break-ins and starting fires, you might find it interesting that even though her lawyer is attempting to get Christian’s time reduced, the court does not seem likely to lower it at all.

Inside Dining: Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen is an American Story by Brian Sharp (Dayton Magazine) – I had no idea that the story of Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen’s new owners would be so moving!

And just for fun:

David Bowie, Sexuality and Gender:  A Rebel Who Changed the Face of Music by Barry Walters (Billboard) – As much as I love David Bowie, I think I forgot how much he influenced and helped pave the way for so many more of my favorite performers.  It’s hard to imagine what music would be like now if he had never been himself.

Lily’s Bistro Celebrates Women’s History Month with “Spirited Women,” a Women Distiller Spirit Tasting

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As part of the series of events put on by the Dames of the District for Women’s History Month, Lily’s Bistro will be hosting “Spirited Women,” a tasting of spirits either distilled or owned by female entrepreneurs.

“The event is meant to spotlight premium spirits that are produced by women. In planning for this event, I realized just how rare female distillers are in the industry, and that we’d love to highlight their contributions for Women’s History Month,” said Emily Mendenhall, Owner of Lily’s.

The tasting features Hayman’s Navy Strength Royal Dock Gin, Laphroaig Scotch, Ron Zacapa Rum, and Maker’s Mark Bourbon, and light bar snacks will be served. Mendenhall will be giving a history of the talented women who are responsible for each spirit as well as talking about the spirits themselves.

For those interested in “Spirited Women,” the tasting costs $25 and takes place on Wednesday, March 16 at 6pm at Lily’s Bistro. More details and tickets can be found on their facebook page.

Dames of the District is an organization of female business owners in the Oregon District. For their inaugural programs, the ‘Dames’ have decided to celebrate the month with a number of activities. More information can be found at

Spirited Women, a Tasting of Female-Crafted Spirits

Tickets are available at Lily’s Bistro for $32, or online at EventBrite for $32 + a small service charge.

Wednesday, March 16 at 6pm

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Shop in style this Spring and support a wonderful cause at the Vendor Blender! The Vendor Blender is gearing up for their next event on Saturday April 9th, and we are excited to have Family Services of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base joining the event as the benefiting charity. The Vendor Blender will be held at the IUE Hall on Woodman Drive. The event is free admission, and will be open to the public from 11 AM – 4 PM.

It will be an exciting day of fun, raffles, and shopping with over 45 vendors, everything from direct sales and unique crafters, to even a masseuse! We are also very excited to welcome Black Box Crew Productions with a photo booth on-site, so guests will have a memorable keepsake to take home from the event! Don’t forget to stay with us for lunch! We will have a food truck on-site serving lots of yummy creations at the event.

Several local businesses will also be represented at the event with donations for the raffle. Raffle tickets will be available at the event for $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. In addition, there will also be a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the raffles will be donated directly to Family Services WPAFB.

The Family Services of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base supports active duty members and their families from all branches of the military. The organization assists with financial aid in times of need, as well as provides programs to help maintain better family stability.

Mark your calendars for April 9th, bring your friends, and join us for an afternoon of food, shopping, and fun! For more information about the event or becoming a vendor, please visit our Facebook page at

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Happy Sunday!  Here are some great articles from Dayton and beyond:

Memories of the Salem Mall by Michael Woody (Dayton Local) – I have such fond memories of shopping at the Salem Mall with my family and later on with my friends.  I don’t believe it has been closed officially for 20 years like the article states, but it was probably right around that time that all of the anchor stores were shutting down so there were only a handful of other stores still operating when I was shopping there in middle school (right around 1999).

Video Premiere: Jasper The Colossal “I’m Awake” by Timothy Anderl (Ghettoblaster Magazine) – Local band Jasper The Colossal made this awesome video for their heartbreaking song “I’m Awake” and it’s marvelous!

Spring Fashion Inspiration at your Fingertips by Jesy Anderson & Tracy McElfresh (Dayton Daily News) – I’m ready for spring and just like the ladies of Sew Dayton suggest, it’s never too early to start dreaming about it!

And just for fun:

This is How Nail Polishes Get Their Names by Lindsey Metrus ( – I don’t know about you but I’ve ALWAYS wanted the job of naming nail polish shades.  At least now thanks to this article we can sneak a peek inside the nail polish naming process.

Youth and adult classes in glass, jewelry, theatre, clay and more are offered this season! Registration for Kettering residents starts March 7th (online) and March 11th (mail-in). Non-resident registration begins March 14th, both online and mail-in.

We have many exciting adult programs on the menu, including Colored Pencil Drawing, Fused Glass Windchimes, Soldering, Darkroom Photography, Mixed Media Jewelry, and dance classes offering fun creative and social opportunities!

Kids have a variety of fun classes to choose from this season, including the new class Embroidery with Sew Dayton! Youth can also spend their spring break at the eco-themed Art in the Wild week-long camp at Kettering’s Habitat Environmental Center. At Rosewood, kids learn valuable skills not taught in the standard art classroom.

Art on the Playground 2015

Art on the Playground is returning this year on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Habitat Environmental Center in Kettering. This interactive art festival is for kids of all ages! The event is free and all are welcome!

Our annual event, Comic Book Studio Day, will take place on Saturday, April 9. The event will feature workshops for youth and adults, as well as demonstrations, talks and exhibitions from professional comic artists. Adult fans can get in the spirit for Gem City Comic Con and Comic Book Studio Day by enjoying a drink with the pros at Gem City Drink and Draw, April 2, from 8 to 11 p.m.

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Rosewood Gallery’s 2016 exhibition season continues with solo shows by Bridgette Bogle of Dayton and Jason Tanner Young of Athens, who will present solo shows of their artwork with an opening reception on Thursday, April 21, 6-8 p.m. For details, visit


Spring 2016 Special Events Calendar

March 21: Art in the Wild Spring Break Camp

April 2: Gem City Drink and Draw, 8 – 11pm

April 8: Camp Rosewood registration begins

April 9: 4th Annual Comic Book Studio Day, 9am – 3:30pm

April 21: Bridgette Bogle/Jason Tanner Young opening reception, 6-8pm

May 14: Art on the Playground at Habitat Environmental Education Center, 11am – 3pm

May 30: Summer camps start

For full class and event listings, please visit our website,


About Rosewood Arts Centre

Rosewood Arts Centre is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for the residents of Kettering and the greater Dayton area by providing creative experiences through the arts. A division of the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, Rosewood presents over 400 classes annually for youth and adults as well as gallery exhibitions, theater performances, artist studios and special events. With specialized facilities including a black and white darkroom, ceramics, glass and jewelry studios, the facility has over 100,000 visitors every year. Rosewood Arts Centre is supported by the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, and in part by the Ohio Arts Council, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Bringing together street food from around the world to a nearby parking lot, The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies return on Friday, March 18 with more rallies through October on every month’s third Friday.

“It’s great to be thinking about food truck rallies again,” Brian Johnson, organzier said. “We’ve been talking to local favorites in addition to a few new trucks from here and beyond.”

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In addition to local beer and live music, The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies have partnered with The Night Market to offer attendees delicious spices, jams and produce, artisanal bathing products, handmade toys and decorations, and countless other locally made goods.

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“The sort of food offered at the rallies and items for sale at the Night Market fit perfectly together,” Johnson said. “Downtown is becoming known for these ‘can’t get anywhere else’ experiences.”

Confirmed food trucks for the March 18 rally include Harvest Mobile Cuisine, Cest Cheeze, El Meson Food Trucks, Asian Persuasion Food Truck, Hunger Paynes Food Truck, Smokinbeebeeq, The Drunken Waffle, Thai1On, Ramen Rickshaw, and Just Jerks, in addition to dessert trucks Fronana, Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops, Ginniebug Creations, Go Cupcake. All trucks are subject to change.

For those interested in attending the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally, the first event will take place on Friday, March 18th from 5-10pm. Following events take place on the third Friday of the month through October. More information can be found at

Event Details:

The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally

Friday, March 18th from 5-10pm, followed by every third Friday of the month through October
Yellow Cab at 700 E 4th Street Dayton, OH

The City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and Rosewood Arts Centre are proud to present the Kettering Children’s Theatre production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory performed April 1 through 10, 2016.  Join Charlie Bucket on his delicious adventure of a lifetime. Charlie and five others are the lucky winners of golden tickets that will take them to the Wonka Chocolate Factory, but are things as sweet as they seem? The plans of the factory owner, Willy Wonka, may not be so tasty.


Richard R. George’s play is inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and is produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING of Woodstock, Illinois. This presentation by Kettering Children’s Theatre is directed by Shannon Fent. Starring in the production are Evan Barth, Annabella Boley, Emily Coffee, Ni-Ni Dinker, Allison Folkerth, Edward Folkerth, Abigail Guthrie, Gabby Hager, Anna Hedges, Austin Hedges, Madeline Heidler, Allison Hoffmann, Timmy Hosford, Eric Hutchison, Megan Prion, Emilie Rojas, Veronica Schlaerth, Lilly Schreel, Katie Stanley, Sophia Tokish.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be performed Friday, April 1 and 8 at 7 pm; Saturday, April 2 and 9 at 7 pm; and Sunday, April 3 and 10 at 2 pm.  A sign language interpreter will be assisting during the 2 pm performance on Sunday, April 10.  Complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission.  

Seating is general admission and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis for each production. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Rosewood Arts Centre front office.  Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under, and $7 for adults. For special assistance, please call (937) 296-0294 or email Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm, Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.  

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About the Kettering Children’s Theatre

For over two decades, Kettering Children’s Theatre has presented professionally produced and directed youth-oriented productions. The Kettering Children’s Theatre is a non-auditioned theatrical instruction program for students in grades 5 through 9. The program allows youth of all theatrical levels an equal opportunity to perform on stage. Past productions include Hansel and Gretel, The Wizard of Oz, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and most recently The Neverending Story.  Kettering Children’s Theatre is sponsored by the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council.


About Rosewood Arts Centre

A division of the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts department, Rosewood Arts Centre presents a unique opportunity for the community to experience hands-on activities in visual and performing arts programs. Rosewood is recognized throughout the state of Ohio as an outstanding centre through excellence of management and programming. The 34,000-square-foot facility draws 130,000 patrons through its doors annually for classes, gallery exhibitions, theater performances, studio use, special events and rentals.


KETTERING CHILDREN’S THEATRE presents Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Friday, April 1 and 8, 7 pm
Saturday, April 2 and 9, 7 pm
Sunday, April 3 and 10, 2 pm
For all ages; $5/children 12 and under; $7/adults


Rosewood Arts Centre

2655 Olson Drive

Kettering, OH 45420

(937) 296-0294

So The News Wheel graciously offered to send me this awesome article to post on my blog all about the Dayton Auto Show from this past weekend – and guess who didn’t post it in time??? My bonehead tendencies aside, this is a great article about the Dayton Auto Show and hopefully it will inspire you to check out this fun event in 2017.


The annual Dayton Auto Show is a great place for Daytonians who are shopping for a new car to visit due to its low-pressure atmosphere. Local digital automotive magazine, The News Wheel was there to cover an exclusive media preview for Girl About Town.

When you walk inside the Dayton Convention Center, there are no pushy sales people trying to sell you a car on the spot. With over 200 vehicles on display from 28 manufactures, it’s easy to check out the car you’ve been researching, as well as discover new vehicles you may not have known even existed.


Looking for something to do this weekend? Head to the Dayton Auto Show and see the latest models! Here’s a sneak peek…

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“I think visitors are surprised by how many vehicles we can fit in here,” says Dayton Auto Show Manager Marie Gilman. “They’re here to see cars and we’ve got a lot of cars.”

Notable vehicles featured at the 2016 Dayton Auto Show include a 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder, BMW i8, Jaguar F Type, Volkswagen Beetle racecar, and Chevy Malibu LS. Visitors have the chance to win a free two-year lease of the new Malibu LS.

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The ’16 Malibu is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 163 horsepower, and it also comes with 16-inch aluminum wheels, rear vision camera, and Bluetooth audio streaming for music and select phones.

“I think every year my favorite thing is when we get to give away a car,” explains Gilman, who’s managed the show since 2012. “We’ll bring eight finalists down to the show and do a reverse drawing, so it builds some suspense, and then the last person whose name is called wins a two-year lease.”

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Maybe you’re not into cars, but if your significant other really wants you to attend, just remember the concession stand serves wine, champagne, and beer. Food options include auto show favorites including nachos, pretzels, hot dogs, walking tacos, and salads.

Don’t want to just look? Hop in the car for a spin! Visitors can test-drive four different Toyota vehicles around downtown Dayton via the Toyota Drive Event, which is an exciting, hands-on first for the Dayton Auto Show. Guests who are age 18 or older with a valid driver’s license can drive a 2016 Prius, Camry, RAV4, or Tacoma.

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“The Ride and Drive Event gives a brief drive experience to see if they like the vehicle or not,” explains Toyota Product Specialist Quaid McIver. “They get a feel for the vehicle’s comfort and amenities, and they can get a feel for its braking, acceleration, and turning.”

If you need even more incentive to attend the show, former Bengals players Dave Lapham and Eric Thomas will be signing autographs on Saturday, February 27th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Dayton Auto Show Marie Gilman

If you’re thinking of bringing your kids to the event, you’ll be happy to know Matt the Balloon Guy will be at the show on Sunday, February 28th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., ready to create unique balloon animals for young visitors. Have a little fun by challenging him to make your favorite animal.

“On the weekend, a lot of people do bring their kids with them, so we want to have some entertainment there to keep them—you know—happy and occupied and not crying,” says Gilman. “He can make anything. You ask him to make a penguin or a peacock and it’s detailed and it’s good.”

With walking tacos, balloons, beer, and Bengals cheerleaders, who wouldn’t visit the Dayton Auto Show? Oh, and cars, too. Don’t forget the cars.

2016 Dayton Auto Show Information:

  • Friday, February 26, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults: $8 at box office, $6 online
  • Students with ID: $6 at box office
  • Children (9 or less): Free with adult

About The News Wheel

The News Wheel is a digital car magazine with firm roots here in Dayton as part of the Reynolds and Reynolds company. Their staff of writers, editors, and photographers love seeking out the coolest cars in the Dayton area. If you have a car to tell a story about, feel free to contact The News Wheel staff.

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Disclosure:  I received a complimentary, one hour massage service in exchange for a review on my blog, however my opinions are my own.

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Is there anything better than a spa day?  No, no there absolutely is not.

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I recently had the opportunity to experience a complimentary massage at Massage Envy at the Greene and it was fantastic!

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First, you’re met at the door and after filling out some paperwork, you’re led into “The Tranquility Room” where you can listen to quiet, calming music, enjoy a dimmer, more relaxing ambiance, and drink some fruit infused water.  I have never had a massage at a place with a quiet room but I would highly recommend it – it really gets you in the right head space before your massage.  It was such a neat experience to have a place to transition from the outside world.

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Next, you meet your massage therapist and are taken to the massage room.  I love that at each step of the process everyone took the time to explain what would happen next and make sure that I didn’t have any questions.  Massage Envy has probably the highest amount of communication I’ve ever experienced in a spa environment.  I have had massages before at other places and knew the routine, but at no time did anyone assume I knew what to do next or that I wouldn’t have questions.  I loved that they kept the lines of communication open the entire time.


Before the massage starts, your therapist goes over the information you filled out in the beginning about what pressure you prefer, where you believe your problem areas to be, etc.  I appreciated this so much because there’s nothing I hate more than filling out paperwork for nothing – and this showed me that your therapist actually takes the time to read what you filled out before talking to you about it.

The massage itself is wonderful!  One benefit of discussing things ahead of time is that you have the entire massage to just relax and enjoy.  Lyndsey did such a great job working out my shoulders, which she noticed were pretty tight (I guess that’s where I store my stress throughout the week!).  I felt so relaxed and enjoyed every second of it.

Massage Envy has great deals on memberships – you can read all about them here on their website:

I loved my first visit to Massage Envy and I seriously doubt it will be my last!

15 Greene Blvd. Suite C
Dayton, OH 45440
(937) 458-0056
Located at The Greene Town Center at Dorothy Lane and Greene Boulevard near The Pub
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