Miss Maha and the City

Kick off 2013 by getting out around Dayton

 By Maha Kashani

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The holidays are officially over and as you are reading, I am en route to Dayton from a two-week voyage to visit my family in Iran and after 14 days in the motherland, I can promise you that I am excited to come home!


The New Year is a time to reflect on the changes we want and make a fresh start. Many commit to losing weight, working harder, drinking less, exercising more, finding a significant other (yep, I’m calling the kettle black), relaxing more, etc. Instead of committing to, and then giving up on, the same old resolution year-after-year, why not declare a cool and creative resolution that will be full of unexpected surprises?

I’m talking about a resolution to love Dayton. I know we aren’t in a big city like Chicago, nor are we surrounded by mountains like Denver, but Dayton is a unique gem in its own right. As we move into a new year, I challenge you to shatter any pre-conceived notions and commit to looking at our community with a fresh set of eyes. Don’t worry, I’ll be here every month to help you along the way and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Did you know?

The Road to March Madness will continue to begin in Dayton through 2015! The NCAA announced that the University of Dayton has won yet another two year bid to continue hosting the First Four, although you shouldn’t be too surprised. This community’s strong commitment to supporting college basketball at a national level started in 2001. Since then, UD Arena has done a spectacular job of kicking-off America’s favorite basketball tournament every year. In addition to the sold-out First Four games in 2013, Dayton will also play host to the second and third round games, bringing UD Arena to a milestone of having hosted over 100 NCAA tournament games. Pretty cool! Make sure to mark your calendars for the First Four Festival on Selection Sunday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) in the Oregon District.


Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:

Explore Downtown Dayton:

First Friday, Jan. 4 from 5 -10 p.m. around downtown Dayton

One of the best ways to love Dayton is to live Dayton. That means you have to spend time exploring Dayton and what better way than during the popular monthly hop known as First Friday? Most local retail stores and galleries stay open late offering complimentary cheese and wine, the restaurants and bars suggest delicious specials and the raw passion of the city can be felt all around. Weather dependent, entertainment options include pop-up street performances, a courteous mass group bicycle ride, art demonstrations, live music and more. There are endless ways to experience the First Friday of every month in the city, so I recommend downloading the Find It Downtown mobile tool for a complete listing of arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, retail store, parking map and much more.

Experience Arts and Culture:

“Shrek The Musical,” Jan. 15-27 at the Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St.

“Shrek,” one of America’s favorite Dreamworks movies, takes the Victoria Theatre by storm – Broadway style! This Oscar-winning animated fairy tale transforms from screen to stage as a grumpy ogre falls in love with a feisty princess in a faraway kingdom. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a short temper, a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you’ve got a hilarious evening of fun for everyone.


Cost: Tickets starting at $15 (plus service fee)

Satisfy your sweet tooth:

Sweet Treats Festival, Sunday, Jan. 27,1-4 p.m at Commander Aero, 10570 Springboro Pike in Miamisburg

Celebrate all things confectionary at the inaugural Sweet Treats Festival! Sugar lovers are invited to spend a whole Sunday afternoon satisfying their sweet tooth during this delicious showcase of fresh and local cupcakes, candies and cookies from all around the region. Show your support for the area’s top bakeries, chocolatiers and pastry artisans by indulging in this festive sample-happy environment. Plus, a portion of the proceeds benefits A Kid Again. Now that is sweet.


Cost: $25 in advance.

I promise I’ll make it fun and easy to stay with your “learn to love Dayton” New Year’s resolution! Remember to “Like” me on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/MMATC), “Follow” me on Twitter (@MissMaha) and I’ll keep you up to date. Salute! 

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

ENCORE! Music of The Doors  Saturday, Jan. 19 at Uno’s and the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton

It is my pleasure to personally invite you to join us for an ENCORE! evening celebrating Jim Morrison and the Music of The Doors. We’ll start the evening at Uno’s with complimentary appetizers and a live radio remote by 102.9 WTUE as we get ready to cut loose on some of the most popular tunes The Doors ever recorded. Then, head on over to the Schuster Center for an exclusive backstage tour and photo opportunity with the musicians. Finally, we’ll take our premium seats as the musicians take the stage and rock an epic song list, accompanied by our Dayton Philharmonic, featuring classics such as “Touch Me,” “20th Century Fox,” “Five to One,” “Break on Through” and “Riders on the Storm.” This will be an unforgettable evening of music that you do not want to miss! Hurry, limited tickets available.


Cost: $30 (all-inclusive) promo code: lightmyfire

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

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