Miss Maha and the City

Stay Hydrated. Keep Cool. Have Fun!

By Maha Kashani
Photo: Starting line at the Subway Dragons 5K

Now that summer is in full swing, no one can blame you for wanting to spend your free time working on that tan. I, for one, welcome any opportunity to soak up the sun at the pool. That being said, there are many great opportunities to get out and have some fun around the city in July. Check out some of my recommendations for ways to explore.

Did you know?

Ride the River rentals are back by popular demand. Downtown Dayton is at the epicenter of the country’s largest off-street bikeway network, and Ride the River Rentals is here to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of this great asset our region has to offer. Plus, kayak rentals are back. In addition to bicycles and child-toting bike accessories (seats, trail-a-bikes and pull-behind trailers), Whitewater Warehouse is providing kayaks for those who want to enjoy a ride down the river. Bikes and accessories are available to rent on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 1. Kayak rentals are only available on Saturdays through Aug. 31. For hours of operation and to learn more, visit metroparks.org.

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to …

Explore the City:

Annual Subway Dragon’s 5K, Saturday, July 13 starting at Fifth Third Field 

Grab your running shoes, round up the troops and head to Fifth Third Field for this family-friendly 5K through the streets of Dayton. Dubbed as “The Race That Pays You …” This year’s annual event offers each runner a special package worth $73 including two tickets to a Dragons game, a Dragons hat, a Dragons 5K dri-fit shirt and two vouchers for some of those tasty subs at Subway. What else, you ask? How about a post-race party with free food, face painting, inflatable and carnival games for the kiddies, plus a special awards ceremony with sweet prizes for the top three male and female finishers. What else? How about a “meet and greet” with Jared Fogle, best known as “the Subway Guy” celebrating 15 years of keeping the weight off. What a fun day! Reserve your spot at DaytonDragons.com. Cost: Pre-registration: $25, Week of the race: $30

Experience Arts and Culture:

Studio 54 Disco Party, Friday, July 19, at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North

Prime Time Party Rental has joined forces with the Dayton Art Institute to host some of the best pop culture-themed parties Dayton has ever seen. Last year’s Olympics Party, Superhero Costume Ball and James Bond Martini Bash turned the series into a smash hit. This month, in conjunction with the Andy Warhol: Athletes exhibit, DAI brings the most famous dance club of all time to Dayton – Studio 54. Guests are invited to travel back to the 1970’s and dance the night away at the recreated Manhattan disco in the Shaw Gothic Cloister. Pull out your bell bottoms, grab those platforms and tease up that Farrah Fawcett hair, it’s time to get funky! DaytonArtInstitute.org. Cost: $35 for members, $40 for non-members in advance, add $5 at the door.

Expand your Fashion Horizon:

DE-FI Presents: Fashion in the Mystic Garden, Saturday, July 13 at Sunwatch Indian Village, 2301 W. River Road

The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) is a groundbreaking new organization founded by Dayton native and former model Caressa Brown to help launch the careers of local designers and models into the industry. You might think Dayton is barely a speck on the fashion map, but that’s not the case. After the success of last year’s Fashion Week and this month’s Fashion in the Mystic Garden, backed by TIME magazine-recognized Midwest Fashion Week in Indianapolis, misconceptions are about to change. Featuring local and national models and designers, this event will be the place to see and be seen. In addition to experiencing fierce fashion, guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with top area professionals, models, designers, community leaders and more. Following the show, guests will have the opportunity to groove under the moonlight making this an unforgettable evening. Remember, it’s a fashion show so dress to impress. DaytonEmergingFashionIncubator.com Cost: General Admission: $45, VIP: $65

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

The Celtic Breakfast at Dayton Celtic Festival

Sunday, July 28 at Riverscape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave. 

The Dayton Celtic Festival is one of the region’s most successful festivals, full of exciting sights, sounds and tastes of Celtic heritage and culture. Each year, on the final day of the festival, there is a special breakfast held at the “Top of the Morn’n Café” on the festival grounds from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. offering festivalgoers the opportunity to try authentic Scottish and Irish breakfast items. This year’s menu will feature traditional Breakfast Pasti, Celtic Fry, Sausage rolls, orange marmalade sticky buns, Empire biscuits and more, all provided by the House of Douglas. I’ll admit that I’ve never heard of half these items, but who doesn’t love a good food adventure? Make sure you stick around to explore, those Celtic folk have much in store. unitedirishofdayton.com. Cost: Festival Admission is FREE, breakfast items sold à la carte.

If you’re looking for more ways to get stay active around town this summer, you can “like” me on Facebook at Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Remember to stay hydrated, keep cool and have fun, my friends!


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

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