By Maha Kashani
2010, where have you gone?! I can’t believe this year is almost over! 2010 has treated me well and 2011 will ring in some major changes for Miss Maha. I have accepted a new position as Cincinnati Bell’s Senior Account Manager covering health care for Dayton, Columbus, Indianapolis and Louisville. Another exciting update is that I am heading overseas to visit my motherland, Iran. I’m thrilled to reconnect with my family, experience Iran’s rich culture and embrace my roots. I won’t be around to enjoy a lot of Dayton’s upcoming holiday festivities, but I’ve got some great options lined up for you.
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” in December to:
Meet vibrant young professionals
Generation Dayton’s 2010 Holiday Party – Saturday, December 4, 7-11 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Downtown (Courthouse Square)
This is hands-down my favorite GenD event of the year. Get all dolled up and head downtown to the Old Courthouse for a fabulous night in the city. When you arrive, make sure to have your photo taken on the red carpet before entering the party. The evening kicks off with a short program followed by DJ Jay playing the hottest jams, so get ready to dance the night away. Please bring a new or lightly used children’s book for us to donate to Goodwill Easter Seals. After-party location still TBD.
Visit www.generationdayton.org for more info. Cost: Free for members + 1 guest, non-members: $25 each.
Experience arts and culture
JumpstART, Dayton Ballet Barre and the Young Lawyers Division team up to offer young professionals 50 percent off tickets to experience this timeless holiday classic performed by our world-class Dayton Ballet Association. Following the performance, swing by Wine Gallery for an after-party and meet and greet with the cast. If you can’t make it, this performance runs December 10-19.
For tickets, call Kathy at (937) 449-5060 and ask for the Ballet Barre/JumpstART deal. Cost: $30.
Find your perfect Christmas tree
CNO’s 36th Annual Christmas Tree Sale – Weekdays, noon – 9 p.m. and weekends, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. while supplies last in the Centerville License Bureau parking lot, 104 W. Spring Valley Pike
Whether you prefer Scotch Pines, Fraser Firs or White Pines, the Centerville Noon Optimists have you covered this year. Stop by to search this large collection at all price points to find your perfect Christmas tree. You might even catch me on the lot hustling trees, in stilettos. I swear, I sell so many more trees when I wear my high heels. All proceeds go toward programs and activities for the youth of Centerville-Washington Township. Need roping and/or wreaths? Got you covered.
Visit www.centervillenoonoptimist.com for more information. Cost: $19 – $199.
Buy a unique gift for that special someone
“ARTtoBuy,” Now – December 29, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.
Looking for the perfect gift? This is your one stop shop. Make sure you check out this spectacular sale of all things art created by over 75 incredibly talented local artists right here in Dayton. Stop by for First Friday on December 3 to catch local artists giving demonstrations from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.DaytonVisualArts.org.
Put a smile on your face
Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display, Now – January 2, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Kettering Tower Lobby, corner of Second and Main Streets
Everyone knows Mrs. Virginia Kettering was a very generous and gracious woman. This one-of-a-kind model train display she donated to our community is a shining example of her passion for giving back to Dayton. Make sure you stop by to check out this newly refurbished display in the Kettering Tower Lobby and reflect on what an asset Mrs. Kettering has been to our community.
Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of December
Thirsty Thursday – Thursday, December 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the 29 Stories Lounge in the Dayton Racquet Club (top floor of Kettering Tower)
Generation Dayton and the new Emerging Executives Young Professionals group are teaming up for this month’s happy hour at the newly renovated 29 Stories Lounge in the Dayton Racquet Club. If you aren’t a member of this private club, this is a GREAT opportunity to enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of Dayton while nibbling on free appetizers, sipping on cocktails and meeting new friends! Visit www.daytonracquet.com for more information. COST: Free.
Although I won’t be around to enjoy all the holiday festivities this month, I know that Dayton will be booming with lots of exciting things to do. Make sure to follow me at www.Facebook.com/MMATC and www.Twitter.com/MissMaha to learn more ways to stay entertained this holiday season. Cheers!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com