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Growing a community

Bring beauty to your neighborhood all year long with community gardens By Valerie Beerbower Urban Nights is a great opportunity to check out Dayton’s thriving downtown nightlife. But when the bands pack up their instruments, the jugglers shelf their household objects and the street art chalk has been reduced to a gritty nub, what’s left […]

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All in a golden afternoon

The Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum showcases native moths and butterflies By Valerie Beerbower Did you know Montgomery County is home to one of Ohio’s first native butterfly houses? The Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pike, is open now through August 28. “Each species of butterfly or moth has slightly different timing […]

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Get outside

Riverscape Metropark offers affordable fun By Valerie Beerbower School’s out — are your natives getting restless? If your family is looking for summer fun and you’re looking for entertainment that won’t empty your wallet, make RiverScape MetroPark your go-to location for affordable, engaging activities. Located in downtown Dayton, this facility of Five Rivers MetroParks offers […]

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Get out and plant!

Annual plant sales enhance your garden or landscape By Valerie Beerbower Five Rivers MetroParks are made possible through citizen support of a tax-based levy, but local foundations also supplement two facilities. The Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation and James M. Cox Jr. Arboretum Foundation were created to enhance Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, and Cox Arboretum MetroPark, respectively. Between […]

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Get out and get growing!

Local community gardening programs are growing a greener Dayton By Valerie Beerbower The air is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and green shoots are beginning to reach up through the soil, awakening after their winter sleep. Spring is almost here, and with that, gardeners everywhere get the itch to don their dirt-crusted gloves […]

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Get out and volunteer

Celebrating Earth Day by making a difference By Valerie Beerbower Many of us are familiar with Earth Day, celebrated on April 22 of each year, but how did this day of recognizing environmental impact come about? According to the Earth Day Network, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson drew inspiration from the 1969 oil spill in Santa […]

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Green with anticipation

Your Spring Garden is just around the corner By Valerie Beerbower With January’s snow and frigid temperatures, it can be hard to picture yourself outside, up to your elbows in soil, preparing your garden or landscape, but because spring really is just around the corner, there’s no better time to hone your gardening skills—and the […]

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Get Outside

Get Out And Harvest! By Valerie Beerbower Autumn has wrapped its beauty around the Miami Valley, and you can take advantage of living in a temperate climate that permits vibrant foliage. Before the trees shed their last clinging colors, take a hike in one of these parks: Germantown MetroPark: Drive the scenic loop through the […]

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Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]