By Maha Kashani
Salam and greetings from Iran. I can’t believe we are officially at T-minus two days until 2011. Wish I had some New Year’s Eve activities to enjoy out here, but because the Iranian New Year isn’t until the first day of spring, there won’t be much action on Friday night. Rest assured, my little sister Jasmine and I will ring in the New Year in style with our own private party. Although I cannot say au revoir to 2010 in Dayton, I have some fun suggestions to help you to ring in 2011.
Did you know? Health care is a booming industry in Dayton. With major milestones and announcements in 2010, the Dayton region’s outlook on health care is bright. Some good news stories include a 34-acre expansion at Kettering Medical Center and the state-of-the-art Benjamin and Marian Schuster Heart Hospital opening earlier this year. Miami Valley South will almost double in size by 2013. Dayton Children’s new Soin Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center will offer top-notch family-centered care. Community Tissue Services’ $40 million Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research at the Miami Valley Research Park will also open. What does this all mean? Jobs. Dayton is in its rebirth stage and I’m very excited for what the future holds for our great town. Looking for a new career? Health care is a great option!
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:
Ring in the New Year
Viva Italia! New Year’s Eve Concert
Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Schuster Center
The Dayton Philharmonic helps us live the Italian way through this vivacious concert featuring composers like Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Complimentary sparkling Moscato will be served at intermission. Enjoy this unique performance before heading out to watch the ball drop.
www.DaytonPhilharmonic.com. Cost: tickets starting at $17. Students receive 50% discount.
New Year’s Eve Dinner & Celebration
Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Sidebar in the Oregon District
If you’re looking for a memorable evening of delectable food, live music and great company, then Sidebar is your New Year’s Eve destination. Sidebar’s celebration includes a four-course dinner featuring choices like braised duck, lobster, filet mignon and lamb to start off the night. This is Sidebar, so you know bottles will be poppin’ like a blizzard for the Champagne toast at midnight.
www.SideBar410.com. Cost: $85 per person.
New Year’s Eve Skate
Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – Midnight at Riverscape Metropark
For a great family-friendly way to ring in the New Year, head downtown to Riverscape Metropark for this party on ice. Make sure to wear your favorite holiday flair.
www.MetroParks.org. Cost: $5 per person, includes skate rentals.
Experience arts and culture
One of These Nights: Music of the Eagles
Jan. 22, 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center
Take a voyage to Hotel California for the legendary music of the Eagles. Canada’s Jeans ’n Classics are teaming up with the Dayton Philharmonic to deliver an electric performance inspired by the group’s greatest hits including: “Take It Easy,” “Hotel California,” “The Long Run,” “Desperado,” “Boys of Summer,” “Take It to the Limit” and more.
www.DaytonPhilharmonic.com. Cost: tickets start at $22. Students receive 50% discount.
Meet young and vibrant professionals
Generation Dayton 4th Friday Lunch
Jan. 28, 12:00 p.m. at Stars Rooftop Restaurant in the Crown Plaza Hotel
Generation Dayton is kicking off our new speaker series lunch with former Ohio Governor Bob Taft. Taft is an inspirational man whose story includes receiving his degree from Yale, serving in the Peace Corps, teaching in Africa, earning his Juris Doctorate, and ultimately becoming the 67th governor of Ohio. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet our former governor and hear his amazing story.
www.GenerationDayton.org. Cost: Your own lunch.
Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month
Dayton Development Coalition Annual Meeting
Tuesday Jan. 11, 4 p.m. at the Schuster Center
2010 was a fantastic year for economic development in Dayton. After a painful 2009, our region has bounced back with some big wins that included landing Caterpillar and Wilmer Hale, designation as the “Aerospace Hub of Ohio,” GE Aviation’s $51 million Research & Development Center and much more. Head out to the Schuster Center to hear from the Dayton Development Coalition about all the reasons Daytonians have to be proud of 2010 and what to be excited for in 2011 and beyond. Reception to follow. www.GetMidwest.com. Cost: Free
I’m having the time of my life here in Iran with a far greater appreciation for my culture and heritage now than ever before. I’m loving every minute of it. That being said, I miss Dayton … but only one more week until I’m back. As always, make sure you check out our events calendar for great options, plus visit my Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/MissMaha to keep up with what’s happening around the Dayton region. Until next time, Khodafez and Khoodah Negahdaar (goodbye and may God be with you).
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com.