Miss Maha’s April

Fun Things To Do Around Dayton This Month

By Maha Kashani

Well, it finally happened. I turned 29, which means I am now less than 1 year away from being 30, which means … Um … what does that mean? I guess I’m not sure, but what I can say is that I’ve had a blast in my 20s and am looking forward to making my last 12 months as a 20-something count!

Spring brings many changes, and this Spring was no exception. In addition to turning almost 30 and ringing in the Persian New Year of 1391, I started a new career. I am very excited to announce that I am the newest Sr. Account Manager at DPL Energy Resources, a Competitive Retail Electric Service provider. This is a huge change, yet fantastic opportunity for me, and I very much look forward to the road ahead! Another year of wisdom gained and a new life chapter has begun. This aging thing isn’t too bad, I guess …

Enough about me! Let’s talk about ways that you can stay entertained in April.

Did you know? Daytonians are always trailblazing, even in the wonderful world of yoga. Musician Ben Rivet and Yoga Instructor Tori Reynolds have teamed up to create a unique pairing of yoga with live music called GO W/ THE FLOW. Their creation of a special Vinyasa experience features acoustic guitar and beat boxing to direct your mind, body and senses into harmony, all while the beat guides your breath. This dynamic duo’s concept was a hit at the famous South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, and they have started touring yoga studios all over the nation. You can experience this one-of-a-kind class on Fridays at 5:45p.m. at Practice Yoga on 5th in the Oregon District. Make sure you register online, these classes fill up quick! www.PracticeYogaDayton.com

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets”

— Explore Downtown Dayton:

First Friday Art Hop, Friday the 6th from 5p.m. – 10p.m. around downtown Dayton.
Downtown Dayton is the region’s playground on the First Friday of every month, and April is no exception. Stop by Mike Elsass’ Color of Energy Gallery for the opening reception for Of Man and Metal. While you’re there, take a peak at AMORE Designer Consignment’s boutique featuring a trunk show with unique furniture by Chairy Blossom. Then swing by Press, named one of Zagat’s top 10 coolest independent coffee shops, before heading to Basho Apparel for live music and the debut of their new guest artist’s clothing pieces. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by Oregon Express for half-priced pizzas until 8p.m. or Lucky’s Taproom for dinner specials and craft beer. For a full list of activities, visit www.DowntownDayton.org.
Cost: Free!

— Meet Young Professionals:

5 for the Kids: Get Behind The Bar — Thursday the 12th from 5:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. at Brixx Ice Co.
Generation Dayton gets behind the bar to take on the Young Lawyers Division for this spirited, all-out, no-holds-barred battle of the bartenders benefitting CARE House. Support members of both groups, yours truly included, as we serve up cocktails to see which YP organization can raise the most money in tips for a great cause.  As a saleswoman, my signature drink is appropriately titled “The Closer”. Come out to have some fun and meet new friends while helping us raise money to support this local advocacy center providing services to victims of child abuse. www.GenerationDayton.org.
Cost: Free, but make sure to bring cash for tips!

— Experience Arts and Culture:

Dayton Art/Pub Crawl, Thursday the 19th from 5:30p.m. – 10:30p.m., beginning at DVAC.
JumpstART always hosts creative ways to tap our generation into the vibrant local arts scene. This unique bar crawl that covers three city blocks is no exception. Crawlers will start at the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) and make stops at Century Bar Bourbon House, the H. David Clay Studio and CADC on St. Clair before wrapping up the evening at Club Vault on Jefferson. Each gallery will have complimentary food and drinks, the bars will offer great specials and, as always, fantastic raffle prizes are up for grabs. www.Facebook.com/DaytonJumpstART.
Cost: $9.99

— Enjoy a show:

Wishful Drinking starring Carrie Fisher, April 10 – 22 at Victoria Theatre.
A cultural icon was born when Carrie Fisher hit the silver screen as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy at the ripe age of 19. She now takes the stage portraying how she became the life of the party in this hilarious and sobering look at her Hollywood hangover. Get ready for a vivid evening of what Fisher calls “talking about myself behind my back,” with one-liners and behind-the-Hollywood-scenes-gossip, all relayed through Fisher’s brut-dry humor. This will be a fun show for all. www.VictoriaTheatre.com.
Cost: Tickets starting at $40

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

updayton 2012 Summit — Friday the 27th from 2p.m. to 7p.m. at the Dayton Art Institute.

Young professionals and creatives from around the region gather to have their voices heard loud and clear at the annual updayton summit. This year’s theme is “change is in your hands” as Generation X and Y participants come together openly brainstorming ideas to create community action plans that can be collaboratively executed. The ultimate goal is to make Dayton an even better place to live, work and play. All attendees will receive free access to the official “Up All Nite” after-party featuring complimentary beer, wine, food and great music at the CADC at 45 St. Clair Avenue. Register at www.updayton.com.
Cost: $15 for the summit, $10 for after-party only.

Seasons come and go, but my passion for keeping you up to date with what’s happening around our community, including fun things to do in town, will never change! Make sure you “like” me on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha! Until next time, Khoodafez, my friends!

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

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