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Ozzy Osbourne is coming to Indianapolis 

Check out Ozzy Osbourne’s final tour in Indianapolis this fall. 

  • Date: Sunday, September 23rd
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • Location: Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis)
  • Ticket Prices: $22-$257
  • Get Tickets

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Watch Ozzy Osbourne’s music video “Dreamer”

REO Speedwagon and Chicago are heading to Indianapolis 

Head to Indianapolis to see an unforgettable show with two rock legends co-headlining. 

  • Date: Saturday, August 11th 
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • Location: Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis)
  • Ticket Prices: $19-$211 
  • Get Tickets 

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Watch REO Speedwagon’s music video “Can’t Fight This Feeling”

SAVE THE DATE: Air Force Marathon after party and beer fest set at The Greene

If you plan to run in the Air Force Marathon this year, you won’t want to miss out on the annual after party at The Greene.

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This year, The Greene has brought back the popular beer tasting event, according to the event Facebook page.

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Tickets to the tasting are $20 in advance and $25 at the event. Each ticket includes 15 tastings, and the advance ticket also includes a souvenir mug. Ticket sales are limited and are expected to sell out. 

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There also will be live music from The Reaganomics, food, raffles, kid events and more.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Annual Air Force Marathon After Party and Beer Fest

WHERE: The Greene, 4452 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek

WHEN: Sept. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m.

INFO/TICKETS: FacebookWebsite

Registration open for the Dayton Dragon’s 5K marathon

Registration is underway for the 8th annual Dragons 5K. >> Daytonian of the Week: Meet the woman who brings the fun to Dragons gamesThe run, presented by Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio, will take place on Saturday, July 21, at Fifth Third Field. 

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The event has been going on since its launch in 2011, and has become a local tradition as one of the larger races in the Miami Valley region. Participants may choose to run or walk the course. Baby strollers are also permitted. The course will move through downtown Dayton and end back at the ballpark for a post-race party. 

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SWAG

All participants in the race receive four lawn tickets to a future Dragons game, a Dragons 5K T-shirt and Dragons hat, and entry to the post-race party inside Fifth Third Field. Additionally, if participants sign up for the race in the first 30 days, they will receive a bonus of two stadium seat tickets to a Dragons game in April. The top three male and female finishers will receive a specially engraved baseball bat.

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The top three male and female runners in each age group will be awarded a Dragons Den gift certificate. Also, top finishing groups will receive great group prizes with the grand prize being a luxury suite at a Dragons game.

SCHEDULE

The race will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Fifth Third Field. The post-race party inside Fifth Third Field is open to all participants and their family and friends.

COST 

The registration fee is $30. Kids age 17 and under can sign up for $15. You can register online here

FUN

Activities include fruit and water for participants, inflatables, health and wellness booths, and more! 

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Want to go?

WHAT: Dragon’s 5K Marathon

WHERE: Fifth Third Field, 220 N Patterson Blvd., Dayton

WHEN: Saturday, July 21 at 8 a.m.

INFO: Website

More than 2,900 board games for sale during HUGE liquidation of Cardboard Crowns this weekend 

We might sound like we’re exaggerating when we say there is a really, really, really big sale happening in Dayton this weekend, but really, it’s in the name.

On Saturday and Sunday, Cardboard Crowns is hoping to sell off its library of games with “The Really, Really, Really Big Board Game Sale!” According to the business, they are currently sitting on more than 2,900 board games for sale. 

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The best part might not even be the selection of games, but that they are priced at just a few dollars and up, “with many great family games being under $10.” 

Included in the sale are about 1,200 games from the owner’s personal collection. 

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: “The Really, Really, Really Big Board Game Sale!”

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, and noon- 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22

WHERE: Cardboard Crowns, 147 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton

INFO: Facebook

'The Cider House Rules' author John Irving wins 2018 lifetime literary peace prize award, coming to Dayton 

An author praised as a champion of the outsider is coming to Dayton to be honored for a lifetime of work.

John Irving the writer of a long list of classics that include "The World According to Garp," "The Cider House Rules," and "A Prayer for Owen Meany," has been named the 2018 winner of the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

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"We were looking at the body of his work," said Sharon Rab, the founder and chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. "The things that stand out to me are his empathy with all of humanity."

Irving will attend the Dayton Literary Peace Prize gala set for Oct. 28 at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

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Details about the gala have not been finalized, but tickets are on sale now for a discussion with Irving set for 9:30 a.m. at Sinclair Community College, 444 W. Third St. in downtown Dayton. Admission for the Sinclair event will be $15. Reservations can be made by sending an email to peaceliterature@att.net.

Established in 2006 as an offshoot of the Dayton Peace Prize, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards a $10,000 cash prize each year to one fiction and one nonfiction author "whose work advances peace as a solution to conflict, and leads readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions and political points of view."

The Holbrooke award is named for Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat credited with brokering the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord that stopped the war between Bosnian, Croat and Serb forces in the Balkans.

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That award is given to an author whose body of work reflects the Prize's mission.

Born in 1942, Irving won an O. Henry Award in 1981 for his short story “Interior Space.” He collected the 2000 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his novel “The Cider House Rules.” That story tackles the complex issues of abortion, racism and addiction.

Irving won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for his novel "In One Person." The coming of age story is centered around a bisexual man grappling with his sexual identity.

In winning the lifetime achievement award, Irving will join a list of writers that include Studs Terkel (2006), Elie Wiesel (2007), Taylor Branch (2008), Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Geraldine Brooks (2010), Barbara Kingsolver (2011), Tim O'Brien (2012), Wendell Berry (2013), Louise Erdrich (2014), Gloria Steinem (2015) and Marilynne Robinson (2016).

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He will be introduced by Colm Tóibín, the winner of the 2017 Holbrooke award.

Rab said Irving had her hooked with his first novel, 1968's "Setting Free the Bears."

"(He has a way) to making the most marginalized people human and accessible to the reader," she said. "The things that strike me through his books is his ability to capture the preciousness of life and the joy that can come despite the sorrow that comes with life."

Through his quirky characters, Irving makes readers realize that we all live with quirky lives, Rab said.

"We should celebrate the quirkiness in the world," she said.

A panel of about 20 people, among them authors, editors and college professors, select Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners, Rab said.

"He has this wonderful mixture of things that make life worth living," Rab  said or Irving.

Star of TV series, ‘The Verdict with Judge Hatchett,’ coming to Dayton to inspire many 

Her two-time Emmy-nominated show, “The Verdict”, may have been a platform for life lessons learned the hard way. However, Judge Glenda  Hatchett isn’t coming to Dayton to serve justice. She’s coming to inspire. 

A TV personality, legal scholar and author, Hatchett is coming to St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church at  10:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, as the guest speaker at the church’s Women’s Day Service. The celebrity visit, which has been in the works for almost a year, is open to the public “to hear her powerful message,” according to a press release.

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In 2012, during a service at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco where St. Luke’s pastor, the Rev. Renard D. Allen Jr., was then working, Judge Hatchett left a lasting impact. As soon as he began work at St. Luke, he knew he wanted her to leave the same impact on his new congregation.

“She really can’t be put in a box,” the Rev. Allen said. “It’s her presence — she’s dignified, yet down to earth. She’s classy, but comfortable. She’s highly intelligent and yet, very personable ... That’s what I remembered. She just inspired.”

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Like in many churches, the Rev. Allen said, women, while usually making up the majority of the membership, have not always been allowed space to have their voices heard in a significant way, particularly in the area of worship.

“So this is also intended to be a liberating experience for women (who are) a part of traditional congregations that should have their presence, their gifts and their value affirmed, acknowledged, and celebrated,” the Rev. Allen said. “Deeply rooted in the Christian faith, Judge Hatchett is an elegant and electrifying speaker with an ability to reach people across racial, gender, political and even religious lines.” 

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Judge Glenda Hatchett to speak at St. Luke Baptist Church

WHEN: 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 22

WHERE: St. Luke’s, 2262 N. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton

INFO: stlukedayton.org

Lynyrd Skynyrd is coming to Indianapolis 

  • Date: Saturday, August 4th 
  • Time: 7:00PM
  • Location: Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) 
  • Ticket Prices: $11-$248
  • Get Tickets 

After a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalog of more than 60 albums, Southern Rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, will embark on its final Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. The first leg of the career-concluding tour will kick off in West Palm Beach, FL and will include a stop in Indianapolis, IN with special guests .38 Special & Marshall Tucker Band. The tour will cross the country throughout the summer over Fridays and Saturdays to give fans one last memorable night of classic American Rock-and-Roll.

“It’s hard to imagine, after all these years, the band that Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and myself started back in Jacksonville, would resonate for this long and to so many generations of fans. I’m certain they are looking down from above, amazed that the music has touched so many,” said Gary Rossington, original and founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lead vocalist, Johnny Van Zant added, “we’ve been blessed by these great songs and the messages they carry to the fans. It’s been a true honor to try and fill in my brother’s footsteps for the past 31 years, keeping the music and his spirit, alive.”

In addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, they will be joined on stage by numerous friends throughout the tour, including but not limited to: Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot. The tour derives its name from their new song, ‘The Last of the Street Survivors’ and the band’s fifth studio album Street Survivors that is certified multi-platinum by the RIAA and includes the platinum-certified single, “What’s Your Name.”

The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour marks a big moment for the three generation of fans, as the band has been consistently touring since it took a decade off in 1977. The iconic group is widely known for their live performances that usually include their beloved, elongated version of “Free Bird,” most often played at the end of their set, and their live albums including their multi-platinum certified One More from the Road.

The Southern Rockers are best known for their RIAA platinum-certified anthems “Sweet Home Alabama” and self-proclaimed signature song, “Free Bird,” that Rolling Stone said was “easily the most requested live song in existence.” With more than 30 million units sold over their career, the band, that USA Today called the “whiskey-soaked genre’s most popular and influential crew,” has become a cultural icon that has spanned five decades. With everlasting hits such as “Simple Man,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “What’s Your Name,” “Call Me The Breeze,” “You Got that Right,” and more, Rolling Stone named Lynyrd Skynyrd one of its 100 Greatest Bands of All Time.

About Lynyrd Skynyrd 

Original members Ronnie Van Zant, Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, and Larry Junstrom formed the band in 1964, originally known as My Backyard, the band changed to its famous name in the early 1970s, and became popular in the Jacksonville, FL area, where the original members were from. They signed with Sounds of the South Records in 1972, and released their self-titled disc the following year. The album that featured “Free Bird,” arguably the most-recognized single in the Southern Rock genre, has sold more than 2 million units since its release. Later down the road the band recorded iconic tracks “Sweet Home Alabama” and “What’s Your Name.”

The band’s story took a tragic turn in October 1977 when a plane crash took the lives of Van Zant, Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines, and several of their road crew. The band took a decade-long hiatus before reuniting for a tour and live album, Southern by the Grace of God. Since then, the band has toured and recorded extensively, with their most recent release being Last Of A Dyin’ Breed. The band’s current line-up includes original member Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

WORTH THE DRIVE: The Water Lantern Festival in Columbus

The Water Lantern Festival comes to Columbus on Sept. 8. The aim of the event is to “inspire the human spirit” and bring together people from all walks of life to a memorable, peaceful evening. 

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According to the festival’s website, each adult ticket provides entry into the festival area and comes with a floating water lantern, keychain LED flashlight, marker and wristband. 

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There will be food trucks at the event, and guests are welcome to bring their own picnics. >> Local brewery manager pops the question before Guided By Voices' set at Springsfest

The lanterns, which will be personalized by attendees, are made from rice paper and wood so they are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Included in the price of your ticket is the cost of collecting and removing the lanterns from the water following the event, as well as cleaning up any trash that may have been previously been in or around the water.

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Tickets for the event are tiered: $30 for regular (ends 8/30), $35 for late (ends 9/7) and $40 the day of. This price does not include the cost of fees or taxes. You can purchase ticket protection for an additional $4 to reserve your lantern in case of inclement weather and rescheduling. 

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Event schedule:

Gates open at 5 p.m.

Food truck, live music and vendors from 5 to 7 p.m.

Design your lantern at 7 p.m.

Lantern launch from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Event ends 9:30 p.m.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Water Lantern Festival in Columbus

WHERE: The Promenade, 233 S. Civic Center Drive, Columbus

WHEN: Sept. 8 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

INFO/TICKETS: FacebookWebsite 

New Downtown Date Night event to feature 4 truly Dayton experiences

A new event organized by the Gem City Catfe might be the night of nights for Dayton lovebirds to get out of the nest. 

Gem City CatfeMike’s Bike ParkDK Effect and Proto BuildBar have partnered up for the first Downtown Date Night event on Friday, July 20. The event features four unique and adventurous Dayton experiences wrapped into one night for you and your honey to enjoy together. 

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The evening is for couples 18 and older, and you must be 21 and older to consume alcohol at the various stops. Tickets, $50 per couple, include stops at each location aforementioned, as well as LINK bikes to ride between destinations.

Couples must begin the evening at the Catfe, but they’re allowed to use ticket privileges at the other stops in any order. However, due to limited seats in the cat lounge, participants do need to select a time slot for the cat lounge when purchasing tickets. Tickets are good for the following at each destination:>>Here’s how you can visit the cats at Gem City Catfe

• “Gem City Catfe: Two drinks of choice and two 30-minute cat lounge spots. Allergic to cats? No problem! Enjoy the cafe side and upstairs art gallery, which are fully separate from the cat lounge. 

 

• Mike's Bike Park: Includes two rides in the multi-story indoor BMX bike park, bikes provided. All skill levels welcome. 

 

• DK Effect: Includes two drinks of choice (pints of beer with 40 craft beers on tap and house cocktails) with 20 drink tokens to play on the large game selection, including skeeball.

 

• Proto BuildBar: Includes a play on the Tesla vs Edison game and 2 drinks of choice from the following: non-alcoholic beverages, coffee bar items, beer or specialty cocktails of Moscow Mule or Elderberry Gin and Tonic.

 

Spots are limited, so you must reserve your spot ahead of time and purchase tickets by visiting www.gemcitycatfe.com.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Downtown Date Night

WHEN: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, July 20

WHERE: Begins at Gem City Catfe, 1513 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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