Fun Things to Do Around Dayton This Month
By Maha Kashani
2012 is in full swing and January was packed with great adventures. I experienced the fantastic Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute where I heard the inspirational Ruby Bridges tell her story live. Then, the Jersey Boys Broadway show blew me away. I have been singing “Oh, what a night” ever since! Don’t fret if you missed out last month, both the Norman Rockwell Exhibit and Jersey Boys are running through Feb 5th!
Although February is a month of cold weather and hyper-awareness of being single (shout out to those of us celebrating Singles Appreciation Day on the 14th!), don’t worry. There are some great options to warm us up, keep us entertained and help us cross paths with new friends this month.
Did you know? The road to the NCAA March Madness Final Four begins in Dayton! This year introduces the “Big Hoopla” kicking off on Selection Sunday with multiple festivities attracting national media attention, pumping millions of dollars into our local economy and securing Dayton on the map as one of the premium host cities for college basketball’s favorite time of the year. Make sure to mark your calendars for Selection Sunday on March 11th and purchase your 4-game ticket package to ensure you don’t miss any of the action! www.DaytonHoopla.com.
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to
— Explore the City:
First Friday, Friday the 3rd, 5pm – 10pm around Downtown Dayton.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership invites you to kick off every month with a bang by exploring downtown Dayton’s art galleries, retail shops and restaurants. A few notable highlights for February include: Amore, the uber-chic new consignment store located at the Color of Energy Gallery on Brown St. A grand opening party for Basho Apparel, one of the newest Activated Spaces located at 521 E. 5th St. The “matters of the art” collection at Century Bar, downtown’s new Bourbon House, featuring 15 local artists’ works themed around Valentine’s Day. Once you’re thirsty, stop by Sidebar 410 for a handcrafted cocktail or Lucky’s Taproom for ice-cold craft beer on tap to cap off a memorable night on the town. www.DowntownDayton.org. Cost: free.
— Meet young professionals:
Jump into Encore Thursday at The Phil, Thursday the 9th, 5:30pm – 10pm kicking off at Uno’s Chicago Grill.
The Dayton Philharmonic’s new Encore Evenings program for young professionals teams up with jumpstART and Generation Dayton to celebrate the Music of Pink Floyd. The evening kicks off with a pre-concert party featuring free appetizers and a live WTUE radio remote at Uno’s before migrating to the Schuster Center for an exclusive backstage tour of the magnificent Mead Theatre. After the tour, guests will enjoy the Music of Pink Floyd from their premium Loge seat. This is truly an evening you’ll never forget. www.DaytonPhilharmonic.com/Encore. COST: Young Professionals ticket price – $30.
— Experience an infamous Fish Fry:
Dayton’s Fish Fry Season, Various dates/locations around the Miami Valley.
Fish Fry season is always a winter favorite for Daytonians. Friends and neighbors look forward to noshing on crispy fish and chips, sipping on ice cold brews, gambling Monte Carlo style and the endless opportunities to win raffles, silent auction items, door prizes and more. Many venues even host live musical entertainment while guests enjoy an affordable and family-friendly night out. Although there is no single website that lists the multitude of Fish Fries around town, just Google “Dayton Fish Fry” to learn about all the great options! Cost: Typically ranging from canned food donations to $15/person.
— Give back and have a blast:
Day of Caring Brunch, Sunday the 26th, multiple locations around the Miami Valley.
Every year, local organizations from around our community volunteer to host a brunch to bring awareness to the challenges faced by the homeless and hungry. This year, I am very proud to announce that the Dayton Arab-American Forum (DAAF) will be hosting a traditional Middle Eastern style Brunch at the Miami Valley School at 5151 Denise Drive in Kettering from 11am – 1:30pm. Stop by and I’ll be happy to serve you some of my favorite eats! To purchase tickets or learn more about DAAF’s special Day of Caring brunch, email: DAAFCares@gmail.com. Cost: $6.
Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss it” pick of the month:
Inaugural Dayton “Knockout,” Saturday the 25th, 8pm at the Historic Memorial Hall.
Have you ever been punched in the face? I have! Don’t be alarmed, I’m taking jabs for charity. If there is one thing that Dayton non-profit organizations do well, it’s unique fundraising events. This one takes the cake. Dayton “Knockout” is a recreation of the Historic early-1900s Fight Night boxing matches that took place at Memorial Hall. Dayton’s “V.I.P.s,” yours truly included (don’t ask how I fell in this category), will go head to head duking it out in the ring for this live Fight Night boxing match to benefit the Aids Resource Center of Ohio and Dayton History. This is local entertainment at its finest. You really can’t miss it!
www.DaytonKnockout.com. Cost: Tickets starting at $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
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