By Maha Kashani
It’s official. Miss Maha is FINALLY a resident of downtown Dayton. After six months of searching and patiently waiting, I finally found the perfect loft in the city. I have been a resident of the Dayton region for 16 years but, besides my undergraduate years at the University of Dayton, I have been a suburbanite. After moving back from Chicago, I knew that I wanted to be downtown and am thrilled to now call the City of Dayton my new home.
This is an exciting month with tons of great things to do around town. I wish I could write about them all, but alas, only so many words can fit on this page. Here are some of my “Best Bets” to keep you entertained in May.
Did you know? On the afternoon of May 6, more than 150 up-and-coming leaders of the region will “Get Out, Give Back, Dayton!” In celebration of Generation Dayton’s sixth anniversary, we are hosting Dayton’s largest community service project run by young professionals to date. With more than 15 not-for-profit organizations lined up to put our folks to work, we are ready to get out, give back and make an impact on our community. For more information, visit www.GenerationDayton.org or to register email LaDonna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:
Explore our city:
♦ Urban Nights – Friday, May 13. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. around Downtown Dayton. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend this unique bi-annual showcase of our city hosted by the Downtown Dayton Partnership. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore downtown’s dining, nightlife, art, music, retail and urban living options. Whether you’re new to town or a long-time Daytonian, Urban Nights is the best way to fully experience our city. www.DowntownDayton.org. Cost: Free
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby:
♦ Crown Jewels Derby Day Brunch – Saturday, May 6. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brio at the Greene. Have you found that perfect derby hat? Make sure you do, then get dressed to impress and join more than 200 guests as we “Run for the Pink Roses” at the 2nd Annual Crown Jewels of Dayton Derby Day Brunch. You’ll enjoy an elaborate brunch buffet, mint juleps, silent auction items, the infamous “Hat Strut” and have a ton of fun. All proceeds benefit the Kettering Medical Center Foundation’s Women’s Wellness Fund. www.KMCFoundation.org. Cost: $40/person
Kickoff Festival Season:
♦ Fleur et Vin – Sunday, May 22. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Carillon Park. Calling all wine lovers, this is your event. Dayton’s premier wine and gourmet food festival offers more than 300 fine wines from around the world, tasty treats from 25 local restaurants, live entertainment and a silent auction. Wine not your thing? Check out the Belgian Beer Garden featuring the best Belgian brews on the market. Plus, feel good about having a great time because proceeds benefit both the AIDS Resource Center of Ohio and CultureWorks. Cheers! www.FleuretVin.com. Cost: $60 in advance, $70 at the door.
Meet Young & Vibrant Professionals:
♦ Cinco de Mayo “Barre” Crawl – Thursday, May 5. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m, in the Oregon District. Grab your sombrero and head to the Oregon District to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with the Dayton Ballet Barre. We are kicking off at Oregon Express with scheduled stops at Tumbleweeds, Lucky’s and Trolley Stop before landing at Dublin Pub to wrap up the night. All locations will feature drink specials and door prizes for those who have wrist bands. The best-dressed contest will be a site to see. www.DaytonBalletBarre.org. Cost: $10/person
Bike to work:
♦ National “Bike to work” Day pancake breakfast – Friday, May 20. 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. @ Riverscape MetroPark Bike Hub. With designated bike lanes throughout the city, over 250 miles of bike trails around the region and one of the few Bike Hubs East of the Mississippi, Dayton is an even better place to live, work and play. Join over 350 bike commuters for this free pancake breakfast to celebrate May being National Bike to Work month and Dayton’s Bronze Level bicycle friendly community certification. www.MetroParks.org. Cost: FREE.
Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month
2nd Annual “Spike Out Blood Cancer” Sand Volleyball Tournament – Monday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at JD Legends in Franklin. Last year, as a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year, I hosted “Spike Out Blood Cancer,” a sand volleyball tournament to help find a cure for blood cancers. This year, Steve VanGorder, general manager and Mr. “Get in here!” from Jeff Schmitt Auto is a Man of the Year nominee and will be carrying on the torch for this fundraiser to fight for a cure. Coed teams of six will spend Memorial Day having fun in the sun while raising money for this great cause. New this year: Ticket to Ride, a Beatles tribute band, will be performing at 1 p.m. If you don’t play volleyball, you can still cheer on the teams and enjoy some Beatlemania. With great music, door prizes, raffles and the opportunity to win a Chevy Camaro, you can’t miss this event. For more details, visit www.Facebook.com/HelpSteveFight. Cost: $200/team or $10/ticket for the concert.
Now that April showers are gone, it’s time to have some fun this May. As always, find me on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/MMATC) and follow me on Twitter @MissMaha to keep up with what’s happening around the Dayton region. Until next time, stay entertained my friends.
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at email@example.com.