Miss Maha’s October

Last year's Masquerage Last year's Masquerage

Miss Maha plans out this month

By Maha Kashani

Last year's Masquerage

Last year's Masquerage

I’m alive. I raised over $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters and rappelled down the side of the Key Bank building during Urban Nights, September 16. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in Dayton. The first thing they asked when I made it to the bottom was, “Would you do it again?” My response? “Heck yeah, I loved every second of it!”
Although I miss those long, hot, summer days, I’m thoroughly enjoying my new boots, watching football and drinking Oktoberfest beer. I know that holiday madness will be upon us before we know it, so for now, let’s enjoy October.

Did you know the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will host their inaugural Philharmonic Gala on October 1 at the Schuster Center? With Dayton Art Institute’s Art Ball, Dayton Opera Ball and the Dayton Ballet’s Nutcracker Ball already in place, it only made sense for one of Dayton’s oldest and longest-standing cultural institutions to host their own black tie gala. This will be an experience like no other with attendees having the opportunity to “dance to the music” of the Dayton Philharmonic on stage next to the performers. What a treat that will be! The event is almost sold out, but visit www.DaytonPhilharmonicOrchestra.com and you might be able to snag a last-minute ticket.


Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:

Explore downtown Dayton
Ghosts, Cemeteries and Murders Walking Tour — Fridays and Saturdays in October Beginning at Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. in downtown Dayton Are you easily spooked? If not, this Halloween season walk through downtown Dayton for a unique adventure. The Gem City Circle Walking tour will make stops at the sites and buildings of hauntings, two former cemeteries and locations of famous murders of the 1800s. Plus, your tour guide will cover history, architecture, and even newer lofts and condos along the way. Walks are less than two hours, followed by refreshments. www.gemcitycirclewalks.wetpaint.com Cost: $10, RSVP required

Experience our MetroParks
GearFest — Friday, Sept. 30, 6 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Eastwood MetroPark.  Are you ready for an outdoor Midwest experience like no other? GearFest is one of the largest festivals celebrating the outdoor lifestyle in the Midwest. With more than 10,000 adventure lovers who participated in 2010, GearFest has exploded into a multi-day celebration of camping, competitions, live music acts, high-flying demos, a beer garden and much more. With a youth adventure zone plus opportunities to slackline, wall climb, canoe, kayak, bike, fly-fish, disc golf, skateboard and more, GearFest has something for everybody.  www.MetroParks.org/gearfest Cost: Free!

Support a great cause
Girlfriend Ride — Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. beginning at the Artemis Center. Sorry fellas, this one’s for the ladies. Enjoy the fellowship of hundreds of prospective new best friends during this action-packed bike ride through the city and historic neighborhoods like McPherson Town, Grafton Hill, the Oregon District and St. Anne’s Hill. The queens of the road will also enjoy a chocolate fountain, massages, music and more during this leisurely girls day out to benefit Artemis Center and domestic violence victims. K&G Bike Company will offer rental bikes for a flat fee of $8. Register today to claim yours. www.girlfriendride.org Cost: Pre-registration is $35, day-of-ride is $50.

Meet young professionals
Halloween Live at the Embassy—Thursday, Oct. 27, 5 – 8 p.m. at Moraine Embassy Restaurant Voted the best mom ‘n’ pop restaurant in Dayton, Moraine Embassy is one of the best-kept secrets downtown. “Live at the Embassy” is a new celebrity bartender happy hour happening every Thursday. For this special Halloween event, Young Professionals Leader Shanon Potts and yours truly will be wearing costumes while serving ice-cold drinks in the spirit of Halloween. Come on out for this casual happy hour to network with others who are passionate about Dayton. Light appetizers will be served. www.facebook.com/MoraineEmbassy  Cost: Free!

Meet a best-selling author
Chaotics: Managing Organizational Change and Stress —Tuesday, Oct. 12, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Dayton Racquet Club As part of the Emerging Executives program, this is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the most dynamic public speakers in the nation. Times are tough. In business, we’ve experienced declining sales and layoffs, the stress of doing more with less and job restructuring that have left us all reeling. This interactive course will teach us not only how to deal with change but also how to manage it, both professionally and personally.  www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Dayton-Racquet-Club Cost: $10/person, open to the public.

Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss It” Pick of the Month:

10th Annual MASQUERAGE– Saturday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Roadhouse at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Officially known as “Dayton’s Party of Parties,” Masquerage is truly one of the best events in town. In addition to the “who’s who” of Dayton dancing the night away to heart-pumping music, this year will feature a flashback of the first 10 years including disco queens, circus freaks, superheroes, angels and demons. With a welcome cocktail, delicious hors d’oeuvres, fantastic silent auction and non-stop entertainment, you must believe me when I say you can’t miss it. Dress to impress and don’t forget, masks are required.
www.Masquerage.org   Cost: $50 general admission, VIP Red Ribbon Lounge including valet parking, swag bag and open bar, $150.

To learn about more ways to stay entertained, find me on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Now go have some fun! Khoodafez, my friends.


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

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