Miss Maha and the City

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 By Maha Kashani
Photo: The Dayton Arab American Forum serves up a traditional Middle Eastern brunch at the Day of Caring

How is everyone doing with their “Dayton Resolution”? One month down, 11 to go. Don’t lose any momentum yet! February is full of great options to keep you charged up and hungry for more!

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

Dessert with Oscar, Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at The Venue on Third, 905 E. Third St.

Calling all film lovers! FilmDayton invites you to catch the Academy Awards action on multiple screens while mixing and mingling with friends, filmmakers and fellow film lovers at their annual Oscar Watch Party. When gathering around to enjoy food, beverages, fun games like Oscar Bingo with prizes, a silent auction and delicious themed desserts representing the Best Picture nominees from local chefs, you know you’re guaranteed to have a great time. All proceeds go to benefit FilmDayton and their mission to support the local film industry. FilmDayton.com 

Cost: $20 for FilmDayton Members, $25 for Non-Member, $50 for VIP tickets

Did you know?

Dayton’s Fish Fry season is in full swing! Fish fries are a big deal around the Miami Valley. Schools, churches and even local sports teams join in on the fun hosting these wildly popular events. In addition to the traditional all-you-can-eat fish and chips, many feature bottomless brews, black jack, silent auctions, door prizes, live music and more! You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy these famous fish fry nights. If you’re new to this circuit, here are a couple of popular options to check out:

Irish Club Fish Fry & Monte Carlo Offering all-you-can-eat and drink for only $10, plus Monte Carlo games to keep the night going strong. Friday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m. The Irish Club of Dayton is located at 6555 Dog Leg Rd.  937.890.5825

Alter Knight Out Fish Fry Featuring traditional beverages, a silent auction, adult games, Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, a robust silent auction and even betting on “live” horse races for only $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Alter High School is located at 940 W. David Road in Kettering AlterHighSchool.org

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to…

Explore Downtown Dayton:

Dayton Does Dayton Tribute Show, Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. at Canal Street Tavern, 308 E. First St.

Downtown’s intimate Canal Street Tavern presents the Third Annual Dayton Does Dayton Tribute Show featuring Dayton bands doing unique covers of Dayton bands. That means that in addition to playing their own music, local bands from a variety of genres are putting their signature spin on the music of other local bands from both the past and present. What a fun concept! To check out the schedule and a full list of participating bands, visit canalstreettavern.com.  Cost: $5 at the door

Meet Young Professionals:

“I Did Dayton” Hot Spot Meet Up – Ice Skating, Saturday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m. Riverscape Metroparks Ice Rink, 111 W. Monument Ave.

“I Did Dayton” – a group of young professionals and college students passionate about exploring all the cool things Dayton has to offer – is hosting this special “meet up” event to make new friends. Join them for an afternoon of fun on ice, followed by some food and beverages at the Trolley Stop in the Oregon District. To learn more about this event and future meet up opportunities, make sure to “like” them on Facebook. Facebook.com/IDidDayton Cost: $7 (includes skate rental)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day:

“Casablanca” at the Phil, Thursday, Feb. 14. 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center, 2 W. Second St.

“Casablanca’s” story of love, passion and life has captivated moviegoers around the world for over 60 years. Make your Valentine’s Day one to remember with a romantic dinner on the town at one of the city’s amazing independent restaurants such as Roost, Jay’s Seafood, Franco’s or Thai 9, followed by this rare opportunity to experience one of the greatest films of all time made even better with the score performed by our Dayton Philharmonic. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” DaytonPerformingArts.org Cost: Tickets starting at $18

Give Back:

DAAF’s Day of Caring Middle Eastern Brunch, Sunday Feb. 24 from noon – 3 p.m. at the Miami Valley School, 5151 Denise Dr. in Kettering

In 1991, Jan Venkayya had a vision to raise awareness and confront the ever-increasing challenge of hunger and homelessness. Now, over 20 years later, that vision has turned into one of the most popular fundraisers in town. Although most sites serve pancakes, the Dayton Arab American Forum (DAAF) is staying true to our roots and serving a traditional Middle Eastern-style brunch. Last year was a huge success, and we are excited to be back again in 2013. Yours truly will be volunteering all day long, so please stop by. I’d love to serve you an authentic plate featuring delicious items like tabbouli, hummus, baba ghanouj, fatayer and of course, baklava! To purchase tickets for DAAF’s special Day of Caring brunch, email DAAFCares@gmail.com. Cost: $6

I hope you get the chance to experience one of these fun events in February! To learn about more ways to explore Dayton, make sure you “Like” me on Facebook Facebook.com/MMATC and “Follow” me on Twitter @MissMaha. Cheers!

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

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