Miss Maha plans out this month
by Maha Kashani
Although I’m sad that summer seemed short-lived this year, I’m ridiculously excited for fall!
My top three favorite things about fall, in order: 1) Fashion. Jewel tones, layers and boots, oh my! 2) Football. Bengals, Bears, Fighting Irish and thanks to a certain someone in my life, it looks like I’m adding the Buckeyes to my lineup, 3) The arts. After a summer hiatus, most of the cultural arts programming in Dayton will kick back into full gear. First up for me? Keyboard Thunder, the season opener for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra on September 22 at the Schuster Center.
Did you know? Miss Maha (plus DCP Editor Nicole Wroten and Publisher Paul Noah) is going “Over the Edge” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Miami Valley. I have pledged to raise $1,000 to support BBBS and participate in this adrenaline-filled activity during Urban Nights on Friday, September 16. Make sure to stop by Courthouse Square and look up. You might just catch me rappelling down the 27-story Key Bank Tower. This is as extreme as it gets in downtown Dayton! For more information or to make a donation, please visit: www.bbbsmv.org/ote2011.
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to:
Explore downtown Dayton
Urban Nights – Friday, September 16 5-10 p.m. in downtown Dayton. This biannual showcase of downtown Dayton features so many fun, exciting and unique attractions, it might take me 10 years to experience them all. Grab your bike for the famous Urban Bikes @ Urban Nights group ride, then check out the Activated Spaces street level art exhibits while you walk to Courthouse Square for live music and entertainment or the celebration of all things female at LadyFest in the Dayton Yellow Cab Building. Once your appetite is built up, visit Riverscape MetroPark for Taste of the Miami Valley to sample some of Dayton’s finest dining options. With hundreds of activities happening all around the city, it’s no wonder Urban Nights are the most anticipated nights of the year.
www.downtowndayton.org Cost: FREE
Enjoy live music:
Dayton Reggae Fest – Sunday, September 4, 1-8 p.m. at Dave Hall Plaza. Jamaica, mon! Time to break out your Rasta gear and head downtown for the 24th Annual Reggae Music Fest presented by the City of Dayton. This festival features seven local and national reggae bands performing on two stages as well as a DJ spinning the hottest reggae jams between sets. Enjoy authentic Jamaican food, as well as arts and crafts vendors for this unique way to spend your Labor Day Sunday. www.seefari.com/daytonreggaefest.htm Cost: FREE
Support a great cause:
Dueling Bartenders – Wednesday, September 28, 5:30-7:30p.m. at 29 Stories Lounge in the Dayton Racquet Club. As part of the Charity Classic week of fundraising, yours truly has been matched against one of my favorite mentors, John North of the Better Business Bureau, for this spirited bartending challenge. The goal? Who can raise the most money in tips for United Rehabilitation Services. Please come out for a cold beverage to help me raise money and kick some butt. Happy hour specials available. www.URSDayton.org/events.htm Cost: FREE and open to the public
Meet young professionals:
2011 Volunteer Speed Match – Wednesday, September 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Dayton Racquet Club. Simply put, speed dating meets volunteer recruiting. As one of Generation Dayton’s signature events, Speed Match has become a wildly popular way for young professionals to learn about the wide variety of ways we can give back to our community. Participants will rotate from table to table visiting almost 30 non-profits who will offer a “snapshot” of their organization and volunteer opportunities. Light appetizers will be served. www.GenerationDayton.org, Cost: FREE
Have fun in the sun:
“Spiking on Crime” – Saturday, September 10 at 9 a.m. at Setters Volleyball Club. Having played in this sand volleyball tournament last year, I can say with confidence that this event is sure to be a blast. The four-on-four coed tournament features a competitive and non-competitive division. Proceeds benefit the Miami Valley Community Problem Oriented Policing Conference. Plus, we could all use some brownie points with the cops, right? To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Cost: $85/team by 9/5/11 or $100/team after 9/5/11
Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month
40th Annual OktoberFest – September 23-25 at Dayton Art Institute. Dubbed as “Dayton’s Favorite Outdoor Festival,” OktoberFest at the Art Institute is always a treat. Enjoy a wide variety of domestic, international and craft beers plus fantastic wines while you roam the grounds of DAI enjoying good eats from around the world, live music, artisan tents and kid-friendly activities. Consider yourself a brew master? Then register to submit your hops creation in the Third Annual Homebrew Contest in one of over 40 categories. If you’ve got the cash, I highly recommend attending the Friday night preview party for all-you-can-drink beer and wine. www.DaytonArtInstitute.org Cost: $7 general admission. Preview party: $60 in advance or $80 at the door
As always, find me on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter: @MissMaha to keep up with what’s happening around town. Until next time, Khoodafez, my friends!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@DaytonCityPaper.com.