Miss Maha’s March

Fun Things to Do Around Dayton This Month

By Maha Kashani

Well, I survived Dayton “Knockout.”  I took a few punches to the face in front of hundreds and hundreds of people, but we raised a lot of money for the Aids Resource Center of Ohio in addition to bringing some well-needed awareness to Dayton History and the beautiful historic Memorial Hall. All in all, I feel like a winner.

February was a fun month, but March has a lot more in store. Here are a few great ways for you to stay entertained.

Activated Spaces

Did you know? The Activated Spaces Project is in full swing! This joint venture between Updayton and Generation Dayton, two organizations united by a common goal to help downtown Dayton grow, has been very successful. Moving into year two, the Activated Spaces Project has given new life to vacant downtown storefronts by featuring local artist displays as well as pop-up shops that give aspiring entrepreneurs a shot at testing out their business concepts downtown. The project is currently accepting applications for new pop-up shops through March 9th, as well as art exhibits through April 2nd. Visit www.ActivatedSpaces.org to learn more.

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets”

— Explore the City:

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, March 16 – 18th. Multiple locations around town.

Quite possibly one of the best holidays to experience in Dayton, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. The most notorious party happens at the Dublin Pub in the Oregon District. With doors opening at 5a.m. on St. Patty’s Day, Dub Pub features multiple tents with traditional entertainment, bands and libations flowing freely. If you need a change of scenery, jump on the free shuttle over to Flanagan’s Pub for a similar experience. If The Greene is your spot, The Pub is hosting a 3-day long celebration in honor of all things Irish. For a more cultural experience, visit the Schuster Performing Arts Center to catch the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performing with the Celtic Vistas, featuring award winning traditional Irish vocalist Cathie Ryan on Saturday night. Also, check out the March 13th edition of the DCP for the annual Survival Guide and to learn more about the Dublin Pub/Flanagan’s celebration.

— Experience Arts and Culture:

Encore at The Phil: Music of Queen. Saturday the 10th, 3p.m. at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

The Dayton Philharmonic’s wildly successful Rockin’ Orchestra series has been quite the treat. With the upcoming Queen performance selling out early, an additional matinee show has been added. This performance has become an Encore Event, meaning young professionals have an opportunity to enjoy the show at a discount rate. With over four decades of music and 18 number-one hits to their credit, Queen is recognized as one of the most influential British rock bands of all time. Come experience “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “We Are The Champions,” “Who Wants To Live Forever” and many more favorites. This show will rock you!  For more information, visit www.DaytonPhilharmonic.com/Encore. COST: $30 for young professionals. Must purchase online by March 3rd.

— Enjoy Craft Beer:

4th Annual AleFeast, Saturday the 3rd, 4p.m. – 7p.m. at the Dayton Masonic Center.

Ever since my trip to Germany in 2006, I have had an obsession with craft beers. If you share my passion, then Dayton’s 4th Annual AleFeast is your kind of event. This unique direct pairing of fine foods to complementary craft beers is a treat for connoisseurs. Featuring local restaurants, taverns, retailers and area chefs, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Purchase your tickets in advance at www.AleFest.com. Cost: $50.

— Meet an elected official:

After Hours with State Rep. Jim Butler, Thursday the 15th, 6p.m. – 7:30p.m. at the Dayton Racquet Club’s 29 Stories Lounge.

The DRC’s Emerging Executives program is excited to kick off its 2012 “Networking Up” series with a special after hours event in the spectacular 29 Stories Lounge with Ohio’s 37th District State Representative, Jim Butler. Come out for a casual meet and greet with Jim, one of Ohio’s rising young stars. This event is open to all young professionals. Please call the club at (937) 224-4381 to reserve your spot.

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

NCAA’s First Four Festival, Sunday the 11th beginning at noon in the Historic Oregon District.

On Selection Sunday, thousands will flock to Dayton’s Historic Oregon District for the NCAA First Four Festival to kick off the Division I men’s basketball championship series. This all-day, free event will feature family friendly activities, a First-4-Miler fun run, food, beverages, large-screen TVs for watching conference tournament championship games as well as the Selection Sunday show, live music, educational displays from the U.S. Air Force’s advancements in technology, and much more. Make sure to check out next week’s cover story for the full scoop. www.NCAA.com/firstfourdayton. COST: FREE

As always, make sure you “like” me on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/MissMaha to learn about more great ways to stay entertained in Dayton. Until next time, Khoodafez!

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