Miss Maha plans out this month
By Maha Kashani
Happy Holidays! I can barely believe that 2011 has essentially come to a close. It feels like I blinked my eyes and now it’s 2012. Luckily, the holiday season is upon us which means I can’t think of a better excuse to shop until I drop. With all these ridiculous promotions and sales everywhere you turn, this is the ideal time of the year to self-indulge.
Did you know? Miss Maha is training for the “Main Event.” Yes, I am talking about me boxing inside the ring. When the Aids Resource Center’s Associate Board approached me with the opportunity to participate in a celebrity boxing expo, my first thought was that episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians where Kim and Rob were beaten to a pulp. After being assured they would match me up in a fair fight, my competitive streak couldn’t say no. Life is too short, right? Training sessions at Drake’s Downtown Gym and Jab City Boxing officially kick off on December 1, but I did sneak in an early lesson and I must say Drake’s is awesome. I highly recommend checking out this unique facility in downtown Dayton. This expo will be a re-creation of Dayton’s historic fight nights that were held at Memorial Hall in the first half of the 20th century. Mark your calendars for February 25. You’re not going to want to miss this. www.jabcityboxing.biz
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:
Explore Downtown Dayton
Historic Holiday Home Tours — December 5-7 and 9- 11 — Oregon District and St. Anne’s Hill District
Downtown is home to some of the most charming historic houses around the Dayton Region. The Oregon District, Dayton’s oldest neighborhood, is hosting their annual “Candlelight Christmas Tour” from December 5 to 7, with the option for a special dinner at one of the unique independent restaurants in the district. Neighboring the Oregon District to the east is St. Anne’s Hill District, whose biennial holiday walking tour is the region’s longest continuously operating home tour, showcasing eight unique homes in this Victorian-inspired neighborhood from December 9 to 11. Both tours offer guests dessert and refreshments at the end of the tour. These unique history tours are a real treat. www.TheOregonDistrict.wordpress.com or www.StAnnesHill.org
Cost: Oregon District – $25, St Anne’s Hill – $18
Traces — December 6-18 at the Schuster Center.
This high-octane performance combines traditional acrobatic forms with street elements such as skateboarding and basketball, mixed in with some theatre and contemporary dance. It is both poetic and explosive, yet humorous and thoughtful. Entertainment Weekly says this family-friendly show will be “the most fun and memorable 90 minutes you have all year.”
Cost: Tickets starting at $40
Support our Dayton Originals
Handmade Holiday Dayton — December 2, 5-10 p.m. and December 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at St. Clair Lofts
If you are looking for truly unique holiday gifts, then look no further. Handmade Dayton is a local group of crafters and merchants specializing in handmade and handcrafted items. Their pop-up holiday shop kicks off during First Friday in Downtown Dayton. Local artists, designers and crafters will offer items such as fine art, toys, paper goods, hair tinsel/feathers, clothing, accessories, home decor and more. Shop local and support our independent merchants this holiday season.
For more information, search Handmade Holiday Dayton on facebook.com.
Experience Arts & Culture
The Nutcracker — December 9-18 at the Schuster Center
The Dayton Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker has become a treasured holiday tradition. For a family-friendly twist, check out the matinee performances on December 10 and 17 followed by a “behind the magic backstage tour” to be inspired from the performer’s perspective. Or, participate in the JumpstART young professionals night with half-priced tickets for the evening performance on December 17 and take your ticket stub to Sa-Bai, downtown’s newest restaurant, for access to the exclusive after-party with complimentary food, music, door prizes and more.
Generation admission tickets available at www.ticketcenterstage.com
Cost: Starting at $36
Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss it Pick of the Month”
Santa Pub Crawl—December 10, 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. in the Oregon Arts District
The 7th Annual Oregon District Toys for Tots Santa Pub Crawl is back. It’s time to break out your Santa gear or festive holiday costumes and light up downtown Dayton’s historic arts district for this memorable night on the town. The evening kicks off at Dublin Pub beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will make stops at Oregon Express, Blind Bob’s, Tumbleweed Connection, Trolley Stop and will end the night at Ned Peppers. Make sure to get creative with your costume for a shot at winning the costume contest.
There are four simple rules to remember.
- Make sure you’re dressed up to gain free access to all the bars
- Bring a $10 UNWRAPPED children’s gift to donate to Toys for Tots
- Be responsible. You don’t have to drink and drive, discounted rooms are at the Crowne Plaza — just mention the Santa Pub Crawl
- Have fun!
Cost: Don’t forget your $10 unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots.There are many more ways to stay entertained in Dayton, so make sure you “like” me on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in our town. Until next time, Happy Holidays my friends!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@DaytonCityPaper.com.