Best bets for November
By Maha Kashani
Can you believe it’s almost Turkey Season?! The beautiful trees have started turning vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow. I love it! But hold on, October isn’t over just yet. This weekend is one of my FAVORITE weekends of the year, and I can’t wait to see all the fabulous costumes in the Oregon District! Besides making sure you get out for Halloween, here are a few other ways to have a good time this November.
Did you know?
Did you know? Dayton is considered the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest!! YES…DAYTON! Thanks to Five Rivers MetroParks you can experience adventures like kayaking at Eastwood MetroPark, backpacking through the 22 miles of Twin Valley Trail, fly-fishing on the Mad River, mountain biking at MoMBA MetroPark, orienteering (shout out to LD10!) at Twin Creek MetroPark, camping at Germantown MetroPark, cross country skiing at Carriage Hill MetroPark, sledding at Englewood MetroPark and so much more right here in the Gem City! Five Rivers MetroParks is a huge asset for this region and offers opportunities to explore these exciting outdoor adventures through classes, trips, events and even competitions. Don’t forget – The Ice Skating Rink at Riverscape opens on Friday, November 26. With so many great ways to enjoy the outdoors here in Dayton, make sure you “Get Out & Live!” www.MetroParks.org
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” in November to Experience Arts & Culture:
Broadway Rocks! – Friday, Nov. 12 & Saturday, Nov. 13, 8pm at The Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets.
The next destination on the Dayton Philharmonic’s Voyage is New York City’s Theatre District! Check out this cast of top Broadway vocalists joining our own Philharmonic for an ignited performance full of the biggest and best smash hits from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, The Wiz, Mamma Mia!, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who’s Tommy and much more! www.TicketCenterStage.com Cost: Starting at $26/ticket.
Give Back While Having a Ball: Dayton Urban League Gala – Friday, Nov. 12, 7pm at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North.
Don’t you just love getting all dolled up? I do! This elegant evening promises to deliver delicious eats, great music, beautiful artwork and plenty of dance floor action! Guests can enjoy exhibits including The 100 years of African American Art: The Arthur Primas Collection AND Marking The Past, Shaping The Present: The Art of Willis “Bing” Davis. I absolutely LOVE world renowned artist Bing Davis, who is also the honorary Gala chair for this event. Can’t wait! www.DaytonUrbanLeague.org Cost: $75/ticket.
Nutcracker Ball – Saturday, Nov. 13, 7 pm at Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd.
Escape to an enchanted evening of dinner, dancing and a special auction with one of the nation’s finest
dance companies: our own Dayton Ballet! Nutcracker Ball is the Dayton Ballet’s Annual Black Tie fundraiser and one of the Marquee Arts Galas here in town. Guests will enjoy special performances and a chance to interact with our world-class dancers. Not that any of us would want to be caught dead in a dance off with these talented professionals, but after a few cocktails anything can happen! For more information, call (937) 449-5060. Cost: $200/per person or $125/Barre Member.
Check Out the Market & Buy a Calendar! “Crown Jewels™ of Dayton” 2011 Calendar Sale – Saturday, Nov. 6, 9am-1p, at PNC’s 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second Street.
If you’ve never been to PNC’s 2nd Street Market, then you don’t know what you’re missing! On top of all the great outdoor recreation mentioned above, Five Rivers MetroParks operates this unique market offering local farm-fresh produce, fresh cut flowers, exclusive gifts, hard to find wines, tasty breads and so much more. I fully expect you to stop by our special booth on the 6th to pick up your copy of the “Crown Jewels™ of Dayton” 2011 calendar! I am featured as Miss August and will be there selling calendars all morning. Proceeds benefit the Kettering Medical Center Foundation Women’s Wellness Fund to provide free mammograms for uninsured women around the Dayton Region. Appreciate your support!!
www.KMCFoundation/org/events.cfm COST: Entrance is FREE! Calendars are $10.
Meet Young & Vibrant Professionals: Generation Dayton’s Membership Meeting –Tuesday, Nov. 30, 4:30pm at University of
Dayton’s Barrett Dining Room in Kennedy Union, 200 College Park.
So, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I love writing about Generation Dayton. I have been a passionate member of this premier young professionals organization since its inception in 2006. I’m a big believer in Generation Dayton’s mission to advocate on behalf of the Dayton Region’s young professionals while facilitating networking and leadership opportunities. Now, more than ever, WE have the opportunity to make a difference in Dayton. Come meet new friends while learning about how GenD can facilitate both professional and personal leadership opportunities for you. www.GenerationDayton.org . Cost: FREE!
Get Down to Business: Technology First’s Annual “Taste of IT”, Thursday, Nov. 18 – All Day Conference at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center, 444 W. Third St.
I believe 100 percent that “IT makes the world go ‘round!” No one can argue the importance of Information Technology in business today. This premier IT conference will provide business executives and IT professionals the opportunity to learn about emerging technologies and the companies who help solve today’s problems. You’ll hear Google’s breakfast keynote about “What’s Behind the Google Innovation Engine?” and Gartner Research’s lunch keynote about “Introducing Hybrid Thinking,” along with over 20 breakout sessions to learn how IT can help move your business forward. This is a MUST attend for all business executives and anyone in IT. www.TechnologyFirst.org . Cost: $95/attendee.
Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss It” pick: HauntFest on 5th, Saturday, October 30, 7pm in the Oregon District
This is hands down the BEST Halloween party in town! Formerly known as the “Boo & Brew,” Dayton’s infamous Halloween block
party celebrates its 25th year of drawing thousands of costume clad Daytonians downtown to enjoy food, beverage, live music, street performers, costume contests and more! What’s my Halloween costume, you ask? “RA RA RA AH AH AHH” I’ll be Miss LADY GAGA! If you’re still looking for that perfect costume, make sure to check out Foy’s Halloween Stores in Fairborn for a huge selection, including options to rent your costume. See you on Fifth St! www.OregonArtsDistrict.com . Cost: 7 to 10pm only $5; $10 after 10pm.
Although the days of 80 degree weather are gone, make sure you still get outside and enjoy some of the unique outdoor recreation options that Five Rivers MetroParks has to offer! As always, check out our events calendar on pages 28-31 and remember to visit my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Miss Maha to learn more ways to stay entertained in Dayton! In the words of Lady Gaga, Khoodafez my little monsters!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com