Miss Maha and the City

Stop and smell the flowers, but don’t let them distract you

By Maha Kashani

Photo: Having Fun with Recycling at Green Fest in 2012

Is it summer yet? What ever happened to actually having four seasons? I miss those days. Now it seems as though fall and spring just mesh into winter. But, why am I complaining? Brighter days are right around the corner and Sunday Funday at the pool is so close, I can smell it!

In addition to showers, April brought about many fun experiences. As we move into May, I do recommend you stop to smell the flowers, but don’t let them distract you from these other great opportunities to explore our city.

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

GreenFest at Urban Nights – Friday, May 11 from 5-10 p.m. at Riverscape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave.

Everyone knows Urban Nights is one of the coolest city-wide block parties in America. No, seriously. With hundreds of options, deciding what to do during Urban Nights can be overwhelming. Take my advice, head to Riverscape and celebrate all things green. This special interactive exhibit of Urban Nights, dubbed “Green Street,” is devoted to educating on green practices, promoting green businesses and having green fun. Hosted by the Dayton Regional Green 3 (DRG3) initiative, Green Street will feature energy generating bicycles, vertical bungee jumping, cornhole tournaments, green demonstrations, games, crafts, recycling opportunities and more. If your business is interested in going green, then check out the DRG3 educational sessions at the Dayton Engineers Club starting at 2 p.m. DaytonGreenFest.com | downtownDayton.org Cost: FREE

Did you know?

Dayton has a new intramurals club! The Dayton Sport and Social Club is a new organization created to provide anyone 21 and older the opportunity to participate in co-ed recreational sports around the region. Featuring three competitive levels: “Majors,” “Minors” and “For Fun,” spanning options such as softball, bowling, volleyball, dodgeball, cornhole, ultimate frisbee, basketball and golf, there is something for everyone! The attitude is “Fun First, Win Second,” with the leagues focused on players getting out and having fun while making new friends. To learn more, visit DaytonSSC.com.

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to…

Explore the City:

Go w/ the Flow Yoga – Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at Riverscape Metropark, 111 E. Monument Ave. 

Ben Rivet and Tori Reynolds, creators of the unique Go w/ the Flow yoga and live music collaboration classes, have been traveling from coast to coast hosting GWTF classes all year. Before taking off on their national tour last spring, they decided to host one last class along the river to kick off Bike to Work Week. To everyone’s amazement, almost 250 yogis arrived on bike, mats in hand, for what became one of the largest yoga classes Dayton has ever seen. This year, they’re back and ready to break last year’s record. With a powerful but fun Vinyasa sequence lead by Tori and accompanied by Ben’s acoustic guitar, vocals and beatboxing, this one-of-a-kind yoga experience on the river is one you don’t want to miss. Remember, bring your own mat! gowtheflow.org Cost: FREE

Experience World Cultures:

A World A’Fair – May 17-19 at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St.

Take a trip around the world for a celebration of global diversity featuring authentic food, entertainment, exhibits, music and cultural displays during the 40th Annual Dayton International Festival. This year’s “Global Pastimes” theme showcases the pastimes enjoyed by various ethnic backgrounds and cultures such as The Philippines, Netherlands, Lebanon, Turkey, Ireland, Hungary, Puerto Rico, Italy, Norway and Ethiopia, to name a few. In addition to all the delicious food, my favorite part of this festival is the exciting live performances. From the Burundian drummers to Kenyan safari acrobats to Madam Gigi’s Outrageous French Cancan Dancers, the featured entertainment will blow you away. aworldafair.org  Cost (at the door): Adults $7, Seniors $5, Youth (6-18) $4

 Get Involved:

“Dayton Decides” – Saturday May 4, 6-11 p.m. at Brixx Ice Co., 500 E. First St.

It’s been 20 years since Dayton’s Mayoral and Commission races have both been taken to the primary election. As a result, UpDayton’s advocacy committee wants to ensure that young professionals and residents can make an educated decision when they hit the polls to vote on May 7.  This special “Rock the Vote” themed evening will feature live music, presentations from each mayoral candidate, special election themed draught beers and an opportunity to mix ‘n’ mingle with candidates and fellow citizens interested in making an impact in our community. updayton.com Cost: FREE

With longer days and warmer weather around the corner, there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy all the exciting amenities our community has to offer. This is just the tip of the iceberg. To keep up-to-date on exciting news and more ways to stay entertained, you can like me on Facebook (Facebook.com/MMATC) and follow me on Twitter @MissMaha.

Carpe Diem, my friends!


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

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