Miss Maha and the City

A month of moms, models and music

By Maha Kashani

Photo: DE-FI Models put a spotlight on fashion in Dayton

Dear sunshine, how I’ve missed you! April Showers have brought those long awaited May flowers, and oh how I’m enjoying each and every one of them. After that brutal winter, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity to get outside, enjoy nature and soak up that sun. I hope you are as well.

As we move into May, the region really comes to life, offering many fun ways to live, love and explore Dayton. It’s time to get out there!

Did you know? There is a global spotlight on Dayton’s emerging fashion industry. The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI), a grassroots organization led by fierce founder Caressa Brown, has created an army of local designers, photographers, makeup artists, models, media and retailers putting that spotlight on fashion in Dayton. When one thinks of fashion cities, Dayton doesn’t immediately come to mind, but DE-FI is proving why it should. Mark your calendars for the first annual Weekend of (DE-FI)ance and watch as Fashion takes Flight. The event takes off with a full production runway experience during Urban Nights on Friday, May 9, and then landing with a runway show inspired by Dayton’s rich aviation history on Saturday, May 10 at Commander Aero. For more details, please visit DaytonEmergingFashionIncubator.com.


Miss Maha’s Best Bets to:

Explore downtown:

UpDayton’s Action Plan Launch – Tuesday, May 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Business Furniture, located at 8 N. Main St.

April’s UpDayton Summit was a huge success, and from that summit emerged three exciting new projects to help IGNITE our region: (1) Disc Golf along the River (2) Welcome Day for Wright Patterson Air Force Base and (3) an “I Love Dayton” Campaign. UpDayton is hosting this special event to help kick off the action plan to implement each of these exciting projects including timelines, tasks and roles. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, even if you were unable to attend to participate in the Summit. UpDayton.com. Cost: FREE!


Experience arts & culture:

A World A’Fair – May 16 – 18 at the Dayton Convention Center, located at 22 E. Fifth St.

The Dayton International Festival – a global celebration of food, dancing, music, costumes, cultural exhibits and more – does a spectacular job of showcasing the heritage of the various ethnicities that make up the Dayton region. This year’s theme, “A Celebration of Festivals,” promises to bring experiences that range from sights to sounds, tastes and even performances one might experience during a festival in each unique region. Get ready to immerse yourself in culture. This global affair will be a sweet treat, so make sure to come hungry! Aworldafair.com. Cost: $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Children 5 and under are free.


Meet young professionals:

ENCORE @ the Phil: Beethoven’s Ninth – Friday May 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Carmen’s Deli, 40 N. Main St.

Dayton ENCORE wraps up the season with an explosive performance of one of Beethoven’s most recognized and triumphant works, Symphony No. 9, under the baton of Maestro Neal Gittleman. ENCORE will kick of this memorable evening with a mix-n-mingle-style happy hour at Carmen’s Deli, located inside the Kettering Tower, before heading over to the Schuster Center. Once we take our premium seats, Neal will lead us through all four amazing movements of the best-known work of classical music of all time. Great ready for an evening of power, passion and “Ode to Joy” you won’t forget. DaytonPerformingArts.org/Encore Cost: $30/single ticket


Celebrate Mother’s Day:

Dayton Arab American Forum’s Annual Mother’s Day Hafla – Saturday, May 17 from 7 p.m. – Midnight at Country Club of the North, 1 Club Dr., Beavercreek.

The Dayton Arab-American Forum (DAAF) is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian organization focused on promoting the cultural heritage, tolerance and understanding of Arab-Americans. One of the special events DAAF hosts each year is their Mother’s Day Hafla, which simply means a dinner and dance party, in celebration of the most beautiful and amazing women on earth – our mothers! The evening will feature a plated meal with Middle Eastern flair, followed by famous local belly dancer Kira LaFave, music, a silent auction and, of course, dancing! If you’re looking for a unique opportunity to treat your mother on this special day, this is definitely your event. DAAF.org. Cost: $55/member or $65/non-member. Must be purchased in advance.


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

Toast to a Cure: First Friday Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Friday, May 2 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at CADC Connecting Art Design & Community, 45 S. St. Clair St. 

Ben Czajka, owner of Winans Dayton, is running for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man of the Year. As a proud team member of Ben’s campaign, I invite you to join us for this unique and inspiring First Friday event. Guests will enjoy four premium wines each paired with a piece of Winans delectable chocolates, live music, light snacks and the satisfaction of knowing your support is helping LLS find a cure!  To learn more, please visit WinansDayton.net/party. Cost: $30 donation to Ben’s campaign either in advance or at the door.

Life flies, so don’t get left behind! Make sure to pick up the Dayton City Paper each and every week to stay in the know. Be safe and live it up, my friends.


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

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