Miss Maha’s June

Welcome to Maha’s Third Year with the DCP!

By Maha Kashani

My dearest readers, let me start by saying a BIG thank you. This June marks the two-year anniversary of MMATC. Wow, I honestly can’t believe I am writing the 25th edition of my column.  I’ve thoroughly appreciated the unique opportunity to share my passion for all the things I love about our community with you. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride thus far. Cheers to many more years of celebrating Dayton!

Now that summer is finally here and we have 18 hours of sunshine a day in June, let’s see what this exciting month has in store.

Did you know? Thanks to the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, our urban core is transforming Dayton into a thriving, unique and vibrant city! On Friday June 1st the Downtown Dayton Partnership invites you to the Engineers Club of Dayton for their Annual Meeting to learn about the all the exciting projects and components of the Plan that have taken shape. Downtown enthusiasts and Plan supporters, including yours truly, will deliver rapid visual presentations in a Pecha Kucha style showcase of all the positive news and powerful momentum in our community. Plus, the new Downtown Dayton mobile APP will be revealed. There is free parking available at the Engineers Club lot and Wright State building lot at Monument and St. Clair.  Dayton is making its comeback, so get excited!  www.downtowndayton.org Program begins at 3:30p.m.

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to…

–  Enjoy First Friday:

First Friday @ 5 Summer Concert Series, Friday the 1st beginning at 5p.m. at the Riverscape MetroPark Pavilion.

First Friday @ 5 is back! Once the Annual Meeting is over, we will all head to Riverscape MetroPark for the return of this special Summer Concert Series featuring popular local bands. In addition to live music from This Side Up, take advantage of free kayaking on the river or a free bike rental so you can participate in the Courteous Mass Group Ride throughout the city. Once the concert is over, it’s time to hit the downtown galleries and other venues for the First Friday art hop before landing at one of our unique independent restaurants for good eats and drinks.  www.downtowndayton.org Cost: FREE!

–  Meet Young Professionals:

Art Ball Eve, Friday the 8th from 7p.m. to 11p.m. at The Wine Loft at The Greene.

The Dayton Art Institute’s Art Ball is the region’s premier black tie affair and one of the most anticipated events of the year. Unfortunately, few of us young professionals can actually afford the $225 ticket to attend. Recognizing that there is an art loving, partygoer crowd that still wants to join in the fun, DAI has introduced Art Ball Eve! This brand new event gives YPs the opportunity to dress in our über chic cocktail attire for a unique, French-themed evening of fun. Guests will enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and French wine, live entertainment, cool raffle prizes, a photo booth to capture the evening’s memories and more. www.DaytonArtInstitute.org Cost: $65 for museum members, $75 for non-members. Valet Parking included.

– Experience a Cultural Immersion:

Jewish Cultural Festival, Sunday the 10th from 11a.m. to 8p.m. at Temple Israel.

Dayton’s oldest Jewish congregation will open its doors to the public once again as host for this second annual celebration of Jewish music, art, food, culture and religious practices. Judaism is not just a religion, it’s a culture. I’ve always been fascinated with other cultures and religions, so when I experienced this festival for the first time last year, I was blown away. This event was created to uniquely share the many elements of the Jewish culture with the Dayton Community. My favorite part of last year’s festival was learning about Jewish Wedding rituals. They are so interesting! Plus, I picked up a beautiful Justin Teilhet piece of porcelain pottery in the silent auction. If you’re looking for a unique way to spend your Sunday, this is your ticket. www.tidayton.org Cost: FREE!

Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss it” pick of the month:

2012 Cityfolk Festival, Friday the 29th through Sunday July 1st at Riverscape Metropark.

Dayton’s largest, and arguably most popular, outdoor festival takes over downtown Dayton’s Riverscape Metropark once again for a three-day multicultural celebration of traditional and ethnic music, dance and arts from around the world. In addition to three performance stages boasting various entertainments throughout the weekend, this family-friendly event offers a variety of arts and crafts displays, creative workshops, cultural demonstrations, over 20 food and beverage vendors, children’s activities and more. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy.  The City of Dayton brings the festival to a close with a special fireworks display at 10pm on Sunday. You don’t want to miss this! www.cityfolk.org Cost: FREE!

If you want to learn about more local events and positive news, then make sure you “like” my page on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Cheers to a fantastic summer!

Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com

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