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By Maha Kashani

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Can you believe it’s already September? I trust everyone had an enjoyable August and I took advantage of the great events that were happening around the Miami Valley! We’ve got a really exciting month ahead of us… So let’s jump right in!

Did you know? The National Museum of the United States Air Force, located right here in Dayton, has a once in a lifetime opportunity to be the home of a retired space shuttle! This competition with 20 other institutes across the nation has gained some major media buzz coast to coast. From the front pages of The Wall Street Journal to the Los Angeles Times, everyone is talking about NASA’s upcoming decision. In my opinion, it’s a no-brainer! Not only is Dayton the birthplace of aviation, but Ohio is where space pioneers John Glenn and Neil Armstrong call home. It only makes sense to “Land a Shuttle in Ohio!” Seven hundred new jobs and a $40 million economic impact for our state? LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” in September to:

Experience Arts, Culture and Festivals, oh my!

39th annual OktoberFest – Sept. 24 – 26. at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North. This is one of my favorite events! Experience arts, culture, jewelry, international food, kid friendly activities, live music, unique wines and of course, lots of beer! I recommend the Preview Party on Friday night to experience OktoberFest in a casual, less-crowded atmosphere while enjoying complimentary beer/wine and a performance by local favorite, Velvet Crush. www.DaytonArtInstitute.org/events/Oktoberfest.html. Cost: Preview Party: $50 (in advance) Regular admission: Adults – $6, Students – $3. Children under 6 – FREE.

Dayton Greek FestivalSept. 10-12 at
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (next to Dayton Art Institute)
OPA! Savor traditional Greek foods, pastries, beers and wines while you enjoy the dancing, folk music, baking demonstrations and cultural exhibits that Greek Fest has to offer. I’ll be there on Sunday! www.DaytonGreekFestival.com. Cost: $2.

10th annual Hispanic Heritage FestivalSaturday, Sept. 11 at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave. Arriba! This Downtown Dayton fiesta is back to sizzle our summer with mouthwatering Latin food and the sounds of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more! If you’re feeling extra spicy, enter the Jalapeno eating contest that night! Cost: FREE.

Be Entertained:

“Media that Matters” Short Film FestivalThursday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., the Neon Movies,

130 E. Fifth St. Dayton Access Television (DATV) presents this premier national showcase for short films on today’s most important topics to engage diverse audiences and inspire them to take action. The festival will feature 12 jury selected short films that tackle a broad range of social issues with humor, humanity and honesty in 12 minutes or less. www.DATV.org. Cost: $15/ticket.

Get out while giving back:

“From Adversity to Opportunity” Gala Thursday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m., Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets. Agape for Youth, a Better
Business Bureau 2010 Eclipse Integrity Award winner, is an amazing organization helping place children into foster homes to guide and support them in becoming functioning individuals in society. Their annual fundraising gala is a blast and features a fabulous silent and live auction! www.AgapeForYouth.com/gala. Cost: $50/person.

“Light the Night” Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. After being a “Woman of the Year” nominee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this charity will forever hold a place in my heart. Walkers raise money and carry illuminated balloons bringing light to the dark world of cancer. Register to join me, Ally’s Army and thousands of others for this inspirational event! www.LightTheNight.org/soh.

Dine around Dayton:

Taste of Miami Valley Sept. 17 and 18 at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave. This is your opportunity to experience amazing eats from over 30 of the area’s best restaurants including Side Bar, C’est Tout, OinkaDoodleMoo, Amar India and El Meson to name a few! New additions this year include a Home Show, American Ale Idol finals and a 5k Run/Walk. www.Dine

Meet Young & Vibrant Professionals:

“Body Language 101” w/ Dan Edwards Friday, Sept. 3, 11:30 a.m., Panera Bread, 1203 Brown St. near UD. Everyone knows you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so Generation Dayton’s Professional Development Series is excited to host this great luncheon! Dan Edwards, co-anchor for 2News First at Sunrise, will share his 30 years of professional experience with Dayton’s next generation of leadership covering topics including: how to move with confidence, the importance of facial expressions, body signals of honesty/distrust, reading a room and more! www.GenerationDayton.org. Cost: Cover your own lunch.

jumpstART at Modern MastersThursday, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m., Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North. Happy Hour takes on a new meaning for Dayton area YPs on this extraordinary night! Chicago hosts a similar event but charges $18 just for admission… jumpstART is offering admission to the Modern Masters exhibit, two beverage tickets, food, a private reception and a FREE admission ticket to OktoberFest. Seriously, you can’t beat it! RSVP by e-mail to cnerl@cultureworks.org. Cost: $10.

Get Down to Business:

18th annual Chamber Challenge Monday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m., NCR Country Club. Check out Dayton’s hottest golf outing of the year hosting the who’s who of our business community! For the second year in a row Cincinnati Bell is the title sponsor, so you know it’s going to be a fantastic event. Plus, you’ll find me hosting the putting contest! www.DACC.org/challenge. Cost: $250/golfer.

WiBN’s 2010 Professional Development ConferenceWednesday, Sept. 29, Sinclair’s Ponitz Center, 444 W. Third St. Join 300 women of all ages and career levels from around the Miami Valley to discover inspirational opportunities for “growing as a leader.” Yours truly is honored to be featured as a panelist for the “Transformation of Leadership – Applying Leadership Across Sectors” discussion. This all day conference closes with the AfterGlow wine and cheese reception. www.WomenInBusinessNetworking.com. Cost: $155/attendee.

September is an exciting month with a great lineup of fun and unique things to do! There is something to do in Dayton. You just need to get out there and do it! As always, make sure you check out our events calendar on pages 24-27 for other great experiences to enjoy. Make sure you “like” my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter to learn about even more fun things happening around Dayton!! www.Facebook.com/MMATC and www.Twitter.com/MissMaha. Until next time, khodafez my friends!


Urban Nights Friday, Sept. 10, 5p.m. Throughout downtown Dayton

I changed this from the “Don’t Miss It” to “Can’t Miss It” Pick of the month because seriously, you CAN’T MISS THIS More than 30,000 people are expected for this showcase of downtown’s dining, nightlife, art, music, retail and urban living options. This bi-annual event is my absolute FAVORITE night in the city! Where can you find me? I’ll be scoping out all the urban living tours! This girl needs to move into her city! www.DowntownDayton.org Cost FREE.

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

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