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DPAA’s Party Arty’s New Orleans themed fundraiser at Steam Plant DPAA’s Party Arty Fundraiser is always a lively time with wonderful food, beverage, and of course entertainment! By Katie Fender “Let the good times roll!” The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is hosting its 5th annual Party Arty fundraising event. For anyone in the area looking […]

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Celebrating emancipation


“Juneteenth is a date set aside to recognize the freeing of the last group of slaves that were held in Galveston, Texas in 1865,” says Emma Andrews, Case Manager at The Wesley Center. She was kind enough to take time out of her day to tell me why this date and its celebration holds such […]

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Pups on the run


Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since 1902? The National Humane Society did not begin until the 1950s, but they don’t actually have shelters. While the national branch is more about raising money and changing policies, the Dayton branch is acting on […]

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Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this year, the VTA held auditions for an intensive singer-songwriter boot camp. The program, called One Small Voice: Women Who Rock, is an engagement project inspired by the Broadway show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. After […]

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One giant leap for gifted women

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The Victoria Theatre’s “One Small Voice: Women Who Rock” project champions female singer-songwriters Valerie Reaper will be running a singer-songwriter boot camp for Dayton-area women who rock By Allyson Crawford Calling all budding female singer-songwriters! The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) wants to help foster female musical talent in the Miami Valley. The VTA is holding […]

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Oh, Tannenbaum!

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The Great Tree Burn blazes In Tipp City People can bring their Christmas trees to the Great Miami River in Tipp City to be burned at The Great Tree Burn By Tim Walker Christmas and the festive decorations this time of year bring along with it are always a welcome sight. Good friends and family, […]

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Speaking up and turning down

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Sensory Sensitive Sundays mindful of autism and other needs Various businesses and organizations provide stimulation-conscious environments for children with disabilities such as autism. By Tim Smith   Autism Spectrum Disorder has received more national attention lately, thanks to organizations like the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and Autism Speaks. They have taken the high […]

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Irish offerings at Stivers

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Colleen Raney and band interpret Celtic classics Photo: Colleen Raney and band perform at Stivers School for the Arts this Sunday. By Tim Smith The Dayton area has long held an affection for Celtic music and all things Irish. One of the most popular current interpreters of Celtic music is Colleen Raney. She and her […]

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Santa’s south-of-town rail ride


LM&M Railroad’s North Pole Express steams into Lebanon LM&M’s North Pole Express makes its journey through Warren County with Santa on board. Photo: Matt Lang. By Tim Walker Children love trains. Wide-eyed with excitement, they stare at the great engines, travelling as they do down those endless rails and pulling massive cars loaded with people […]

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Fancy Felines


Dayton hosts its 62nd Annual Cat Fanciers’ Cat Show Photo: Ohio State Persian club’s 2001 Best Cat By Katie Fender The Dayton Cat Fanciers’ Association will host its 62nd Annual cat show this November. Since 1956, cats and kittens from all sorts of breeds compete from all over the country. The show secretary treasurer, Wilma […]

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Glazing saddles


Tour de Donut pedals through Troy September 16 Donuts on the run; photo: Tour De Donut By Erin Callahan The Tour De Donut is a competition of both physical fitness and hunger. And not just the hunger to win—it takes literal hunger, and a special affinity for glazed or jelly-filled. In this race, participants are […]

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The Bird is the word…


33rd Annual Trans Am Nationals celebrate the Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am Trans Am on display; photo: Debby Manning By Matt Clevenger What do James Garner, John Wayne, and Burt Reynolds all have in common? At one time or another, they have all shared the silver screen with another great American icon: the Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am. “There were […]

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Dog days

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Wright State writers, cat people give dog new ‘leash’ on life Marco the pit bull kisses Ash McGinley, whom adopted him with Sarah McGinley; photo: Erin Pence By Jim Hannah For cat people, Sarah and Ash McGinley have quite the dog. The Wright State University couple last July adopted Marco, a blind and battered pit […]

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Tiny, not pony tails


Mini horses compete at Springfield’s Regional Champions Center AMHA’s Eastern Regional Championship Show runs June 30-July 2 in Springfield; photo: Patty Diehl By Erin Callahan When it comes to showing horses, bigger isn’t always better. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities for mini horses to steal the show, and some are bred to perform […]

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‘Running with Pride’


PFLAG’s annual 5K dashes for scholarship Photo: Runners cross the finish line, thankful to finish the race and raise money for PFLAG’s education programming and scholarships; photos: Chuck Campbell By Tim Smith The annual Dayton Pride Festival has many activities planned this year: a bar crawl, a breakfast, and a parade are just a few […]

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A taste of art


Wright State’s annual ArtsGala showcases renovated Creative Arts Center By Brennan Burks In my freshman year of college, I lived across the street from the creative arts buildings: recital halls, grand stages, black box theatres, the music library, and the art museum. There hasn’t been another time span in my life when I was so […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem


Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play


Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]