LUNAFEST – award-winning short films by, for, and about women – returns for its 6th year in Dayton on Sunday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. at The Neon.

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival that spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes. The eight short films this year are diverse in style and content, but united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling. They range from documenting an all-female mariachi band and the grandmother of punk, to stories exploring relationships and female exploration.
Local filmmaker Rani Crowe will also present her short film Estragon’s Boot about a surprising and humorous confrontation between a rebellious woman and her boss, featuring local actors and a puppet from Dayton’s Zoot Theatre Company.
Tickets are $10.00 ($5.00 for students) and all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Fund and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. The event is sponsored locally by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance and the American Association of University Women. Tickets can be purchased at the Neon box office.
For more information contact or go to Inline image Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance
Check out the films & get a sneak preview at LUNAFEST

[I’ll have a booth at Dayton Crafty-Con!  Come see me :) ]

The Yellow Cab presents the 4th annual CraftyCon – Dayton’s Craft Convention

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The Yellow Cab Creative Arts Building will present its annual Craft Convention, CraftyCon, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015 in conjunction with Downtown Dayton’s First Friday festivities. The event will be held at the Yellow Cab building, 700 E. Fourth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. The fourth annual CraftyCon will feature wares from 28 local artisan vendors, craft displays, a food truck, and more. This event is a benefit to raise funds for 10th annual Sideshow. Food and refreshment will be available on site. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sideshow is an arts experience featuring work by 60 artists and more than 48 bands and performers. Sideshow X will be held May 8th and 9th at the Yellow Cab building. Focused on local participants, Sideshow is a celebration of the art and culture found in the Dayton region. Admission is free.

Yellow Cab is a community art space in Dayton, Ohio in the Motor Car District near the Oregon District. Formerly, home to a taxi business for more than 40 years, we now host a variety of events – art shows, live music, classes, movie nights, food truck rallies and much more.

For more information about CraftyCon or on Dayton Crafty-Con’s Facebook fan page. For more information on Sideshow please visit For more information on the Yellow Cab Building, please visit

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I know I’m enjoying a day of relaxation after a crazy day at Made Local Marketplace – where I had my first craft show of the year! I know I normally like to source all of my links from Dayton writers or articles specifically about Dayton but I’ve been in full on craft show madness for a while now so I thought, why not post the articles I’ve bookmarked throughout the week and get back on track next week?  Yep, sounds good to me!  Enjoy:

How to Revive a Neighborhood:  With Imagination, Beauty, and Art by Theaster Gates – This TED talk is miraculous and while not spoken by someone from Dayton, you can definitely see where we could learn something from him.

The Minimalist Pixie Dream Girl:  Who She is and Why I Hate Her by Chelsea Fagan – This article really gave me a lot to think about.  I’m definitely in the Pinterest world but I didn’t realize how much I was trying to achieve this ideal.  And it really is sort of ludicrous, now that I think about it.  I don’t know, what do you think?

The Company You Work for is Not Your Friend by Alan Henry – I think this is exceptionally good advice for anyone but Millennials probably most of all.  I know I have a very idealistic idea of how the workplace should be but until Google opens a location here in Dayton, I guess it’s best to just keep a wary distance while at the same time doing great work.


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I recently had the pleasure of taking my nieces to Boonshoft Museum of Discovery with my sister, mom, and grandma.  We seriously had the best time and I got to write about it for!  Take a look at the article here:

Bucket List:  Be a Kid Again at the Boonshoft

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Ohio’s Attack on Reproductive Rights & what we can do about it

How did Ohio become one of the worst states for reproductive rights in the country and what can we do about it?  Jaime Miracle, Deputy Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, will explain how a steady stream of abortion restrictions over the past four years has reduced women’s access to abortion and helped close nearly half the clinics in Ohio where women receive safe, legal abortions. She will be joined by Lauren Blauvelt, Regional Field Manager for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, for a discussion of ongoing efforts by Ohio legislators and others to close the few remaining clinics in Ohio and further restrict women’s access to abortion and birth control.
Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8:00 pm
Dayton Metro Library Main auditorium
215 E 3rd St, downtown Dayton
(free parking at meters after 6:00 pm)
Free program, no registration required
Bring a friend and help spread the word — protect the rights of your sisters, friends, and daughters
Sponsored by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance

As much as I love a good meal – nothing quite compares to the dessert that follows it!  One of the best places for dessert is Brookville Grille.  Their dessert game is on point – here’s proof:

Here’s their peanut butter pie that they make from scratch:

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Here’s their blackberry pie with lattice crust and a scoop of homemade ice cream:

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And here’s a sundae made with homemade mocha ice cream, caramel sauce, nuts, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.

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Game, set, and match – it doesn’t get better than Brookville Grille.  (And no, I didn’t order all of these for myself….)

Brookville Grille
Brookside Plaza Shopping Center
428 N Wolf Creek St # 2
Brookville, OH 45309
(937) 833-1940
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The Yellow Cab to host three screenings of the Big Lebowski

Special meet and greet with J Todd Anderson, storyboard artist

Big Lebowski Promo

The Big Lebowski is a 1998 film featuring Jeff Bridges as Jeff Lebowski, or better known as “The Dude,” a laid-back, easygoing burnout and John Goodman as Walter Sobchak, a traumatized Vietnam veteran.  The two, through a course of mis-identity, end up traversing the L.A. underworld in an attempt to regain a soiled rug.  Both long time fans and those who have never seen the film will have a chance to see it on March 27th at The Yellow Cab building in downtown Dayton.  As an added bonus, the original storyboard artist for The Big Lebowski will be on site before the first screening.

“Movie Night is always a great time.  You can grab a bite from a food truck, pick up some bacon popcorn from Lily’s Table and a craft brew or soda to wash it all down.  This time, though, the bar will be serving White Russians which happen to be The Dude’s favorite drink” Brian Johnson, organizer, said.  “But as if that were not enough, J. Todd Anderson (the film’s storyboard artist) will be there before the first show hosting a meet and greet, and he has even donated a signed copy of the storyboard of the ‘Donny’s Ashes’ scene which we’ll be auctioning off during the night” he continued.

There will also be a costume contest held for each screening with prizes, so come dressed as your best The Dude, Walter, Donny, Maude, Bunny or any other character from the film.

Organizers say they will be hosting three showings of the film on March 27 at 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and at midnight.  You can get all the details on Movie Night at the Yellow Cab’s facebook page.

Event Details:

Movie Night at the Yellow Cab Presents: The Big Lebowski
3 screenings: March 27 8:00pm, 10:00p, 12:00am
The Yellow Cab Building
700 E. 4th St.
Dayton, OH


I hope your Sunday is amazing!  Here is some great Sunday reading:

The Impact of Dayton’s Forty Under 40 by Cory D. D. Miller – Cory writes about his being named to Dayton’s Forty Under 40 and I’m not jealous or anything (when will they do a 40 Dayton Bloggers Under 40….. or a 40 Normal Dayton Millennials Just Happy to Have Day Jobs?)

Dayton Restaurants of Yesteryear by Michael Woody – If you have lived in Dayton long enough to have eaten at one of these fine establishments count yourself lucky!

Daytonian of the Week:  Lee Anne House by – I love this feature in of calling out one very special Daytonian each week.  This one in particular makes me happy because it’s about Lee Anne House, maker of the delicious HouseMade Sriracha!  If you think you’re cool, try a cocktail made with this stuff – very tasty :)

Toxic Brew Co. to host a celebration of “Dayton Brew Day”

Dayton Brew Day

March 23rd marks the anniversary of the first day craft beer had been brewed in the city limits in over 50 years

Drinking local craft brew has become a fixture for many Dayton residents with over a dozen breweries popping up around the Dayton region. However, about two years ago, when generic, light beers ran rampant on your local taps and the idea of Dayton becoming a booming craft brew scene was still in it’s infancy, Toxic Brew Co. received a letter in the mail. This letter contained the first permit issued in the city of Dayton allowing Toxic to start brewing and serving to the public. “We had our first brewing session the very next day (March 23rd, 2013) and started serving not long after that” Shane Juhl, head brewer and owner, said.

The road had not been easy for the small brewery trying to make something new and unique happen in Dayton. “Being the first to anything always has it’s struggles. A lot of the laws were not clear, we were working with a historic building from the 1800s and it took us almost two full years just to clear those hurdles. But we made it and are proud of what we have accomplished and created for Dayton”, Juhl continued.

In honor of this historic ground being broken, the owners of Toxic have planned an anniversary party. Next Monday, March 23rd or as have they have aptly renamed it “Dayton Brew Day” they plan to tap their collaboratory beer the “Imperial Box Troll”. “We have been working with the head brewer from Pinups and Pints, Scott Conrad, to create this special release.” Shane said. The Box Troll is a 10% abv brown ale.

For those interested in attending “Dayton Brew Day” you can get more information on the Toxic Facebook Page.

Event Details:
Dayton Brew Day
2 year anniversary of brewing in Dayton
Toxic Brew Co.
431 E. 5th St.
Dayton, OH
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Elizabeth Smart Keynote Speaker for Linda Vista Annual Luncheon / 10th Anniversary

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Having entered its 10th year of operation, Linda Vista, Inc. is pleased to announce its annual Window of Opportunity Luncheon which will feature Elizabeth Smart as its keynote speaker. The 5th Annual Window of Opportunity Luncheon will be held at the Sinclair College Ponitz Center on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.; program begins at 12 noon. Luncheon tickets, sponsorships, and year-long donations help Linda Vista provide services for homeless women and children in transition.

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart on June 5, 2002 was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family after she was held prisoner for 9 grueling months. Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and national legislation.

The event will provide an opportunity to hear Ms. Smart tell her personal story and about the work she has been doing since her abduction and return, as well as a view to the difference Linda Vista makes in providing homeless women and children with a safe haven. Luncheon event chairs are Cathy Ponitz, Executive Director of the CareSource Foundation, Community Relations & Diversity, and David Clapper, Director Facilities Management at Standard Register. WHIO TV News Center 7 anchor James Brown will serve as the luncheon emcee.

The Linda Vista, Inc. has been serving the community for 10 years by providing safe transitional housing to hundreds of homeless women and children in the Dayton area with a place to learn, grow and heal.

Individual ticket prices for the luncheon are $100.00. Four sponsorship levels are available for tables of eight and are due by April 20. To purchase tickets or to make a donation, go to: or contact Executive Director Carmen Gooden at 937.397-6537 or via email at  Linda Vista is a 501(c)(3) organization; all gifts are tax-deductible, less the cost of the meal.

Additional Information: – The Linda Vista, Inc. is a 24-month transitional program which provides housing and a high quality program that teaches self-sufficiency to women ready for change. Linda Vista provides the women with a clear vision to the future for themselves and their children. Linda Vista is a 501(c)(3) organization.