Best Bets For October
By Maha Kashani
Fall is here!! Given my passion for fall fashion, this is definitely my favorite season. The rich hues, fabulous accessories, shoes, fabrics, layers, shoes and so much more! Did I mention the shoes? What’s NOT to be excited about?! If fall fashion doesn’t get you fired up, don’t fret. These fun October events are sure to keep you entertained!
Did you know? The United Way’s local roots trace back to the Great Dayton Flood of 1913! Based on the successful community-wide campaign to raise money for the flood’s relief efforts, civic leaders decided to apply the same concept of federated fund raising to meet the ongoing health and human services needs of this community. Fast forward almost 100 years later, and the 2010 United Way Annual Campaign is in full swing! Sure you’ve heard the buzz, seen the “Live United” t-shirts and received emails from your employer asking for a financial pledge, but do you really understand this organization’s powerful impact on our community? United Way of the Greater Dayton Area has identified three key areas of need throughout the Miami Valley – Positive Youth Development, Financial Stability/Independence & the Health of our Community, including Individuals. “Thousands of families are struggling to make ends meet, fortunately the power to reinvent the community lies in our hands” explains President & CEO, Allen Elijah.
This is a grassroots campaign, so please open your heart, lend your voice, share your strength and help reinvent reality right here in the Miami Valley. It’s time to Live United! www.liveuniteddayton.org
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” in October to:
Experience Arts & Culture:
Blue Man Group – Now through Oct. 3 at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets. Dayton is among the stops for the first theatrical U.S. tour for these bald headed blue men who have become an international sensation. Blue Man Group’s theatrical performances blend comedy, music and multimedia technology to create a high energy and wildly entertaining experience. To catch Blue Man Group, you typically have to visit places like New York, Chicago, Las Vegas or Berlin. But for us? Just a hop, skip and a jump away. Love it! www.TicketCenterStage.com Cost: $32-$91.
Porgy and Bess – Oct. 23, 29 and 31 at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets. The Dayton Opera kicks off its 50th anniversary season with a collaborative BANG! What happens when you combine brilliant music director Neal Gittleman conducting the masterful Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the world-class Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and singers from Central State and Wilberforce University at the Schuster Center to perform what is considered George Gershwin’s finest work? An EXPLOSIVE performance! www.DaytonOpera.org Cost: $40-$96.
Enjoy a Fall Festival:
13th Annual Taste of Egypt – Oct. 1-3 at Saint Mina and Saint Abanoub Orthodox Church, 1531 King Richard Parkway, Miamisburg. As-Salam Alaykum friends! While most of us probably won’t have the opportunity to visit Cairo or see the Nile, all of us can enjoy a taste of Egyptian cuisine, culture and music! Stuffed grape leaves, shish kabobs, pastries, honey balls and authentic Egyptian Coffee are all favorites that I recommend you try! Make sure you browse the variety of authentic Egyptian goods including handcrafts, clothing, jewelry and the popular Egyptian Papyrus. www.TasteOfEgypt.org Cost: Free.
Yellow Springs Street Fair & Music Festival – Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Yellow Springs. This eclectic festival features over 200 booths offering unique fine arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items, gifts, massages and more. The international cuisine features several mouthwatering options like Vietnamese shish kabob, Mexican empanadas, Thai wraps or even hot dogs. Visit the Beer Garden at the Bryant Center, then head out to the front lawn for the Music Festival. It’s like three festivals rolled into one! www.YellowSpringsOhio.org Cost: Free.
Get Out, Give Back
& Have a Blast:
“Ribbon of Hope Luncheon” & Fifth Anniversary “Crown Jewels™ of Dayton” 2011 Calendar Debut – Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center, 444 W. Third St. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this community event, hosted by the Kettering Medical Center Foundation, is always a big hit! This year’s guest speaker is Olympic gold medalist and breast cancer survivor Peggy Fleming. The fifth anniversary “Crown Jewels™ of Dayton” 2011 calendar, featuring yours truly humbly alongside the beautiful power women of our community, debuts at this luncheon. The 2011 Crown Jewels™ will be on hand to sign autographs! www.KMCFoundation.org.events.cfm Cost: Luncheon – $50; Calendar – $10.
“Miracles & Magic” Opening Night Party – Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at The Taj Ma Garaj, 300 S. Perry St. Who doesn’t love a good magic trick?! Be dazzled by award winning illusionists, magical-comedy entertainers and an ultra rare car collection while indulging in fine food, beverages and music to complement the evening. All proceeds benefit A Kid Again, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children with life threatening illnesses and their families. You’ll have a blast at this unique event and feel great for supporting such a special organization. www.MiraclesAndMagic.com Cost: Generation Dayton members: $50; General public: $100.
Meet Young & Vibrant Professionals:
“YP@ Play!” – Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. at Therapy Cafe, 452 E. Third St. Looking for a fun and fresh twist to your Friday night? How about an exciting “play date” with others who like to work hard and play harder just like you! Enjoy cocktails while playing All-American favorites like Twister, Spades, Dominos, Monopoly, Scrabble, Wii & more! Don’t miss this spirited adult spin on game night. www.DaytonUrbanLeague.org Cost: Free.
Generation Dayton’s “When Reality Bites” – Oct. 28 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at The Entrepreneurs Center, 714 E. Monument Ave. Ever considered starting your own business? I have! Don’t let the thought of legal risks keep you from living out your entrepreneurial dreams! Local legal and financial professionals will offer insight on Ohio’s workers compensation system, protecting business assets from lawsuits, liability insurance coverage, protection from intra-company fraud and due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. Never forget: knowledge is power. www.GenerationDayton.com Cost: Free for members; TBD for non-members.
MISS MAHA’S “CAN’T MISS IT” PICK OF THE MONTH:
Masquerage – Oct 16 at 8p at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St.
This annual benefit for the Aids Resource Center Ohio has been dubbed the “party of all parties” in Dayton. “A Night of Heavenly Pleasures and Sinful Delights” is this year’s theme. Regardless of your preference for face paint, a full mask or a playful masquerade mask, make sure you’re dressed to impress and ready to have the time of your life! The music will be pulsing, the entertainment will be over the top and the energy will electrify you! If you’ve never been, you’re in for a special treat. www.Masquerage.org Cost: General Admission – $50, VIP – $150
I hope to see you at some if not ALL of these great events in October! (Or maybe for a little shopping spree at Von Maur at The Greene?) Don’t forget to check our events calendar on pages 24-27 which has a lot of unique options as well. Remember to visit my Facebook page www.Facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter www.Twitter.com/MissMaha to keep up to date on more ways to stay entertained in Dayton! Until next time, Khoodafez Dayton.
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at firstname.lastname@example.org