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Diverse cast of Dayton kids taking on Cinderella and her glass slipper this weekend

A glass slipper is going lead to a whole lot of magic near downtown this weekend. 

Stivers School for the Arts is taking on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” during shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.  

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“It is a great story, and it has great music,” said Paula Powell, the production’s manager. “Each actor brings (his or her) own personality (to the characters). We have a pretty diverse group of kids in the cast.”  

Many of the actresses and actors don’t reflect the classic story’s traditional typecasting.

Based on “The Wonderful World of Disney: Cinderella,” a 1997 movie starring Whitney Houston and Brandy Norwood, Stivers’ diverse show includes a black girl,  Kiama Wa-Tenza, as Cinderella and Fischer Barnett, a teen boy, as the stepmother. 

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The diverse casting was no big deal at Stivers, said Powell, Stivers director of choirs, noting that the arts transcends.

“We are pretty easy-going here,” she said. “People auditioned and the characters just sorted themselves out.”

About 70 students from each of the  school’s magnet programs are represented in the production that includes music from a student orchestra. 

The show includes audio and visual elements and Puppets from Zoot Theatre Company.

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Beside Wa-Tenza and  Barnett,  key actors and actresses include  Trinity Hines Anthony as Fairy Godmother; David Lewis as the Prince; Isaac Bement  as  Lionel, the royal steward;  Clara Bement  as Joy, a step sister; Ana Smith as Grace, the other step sister; Logan Van Bibber as King; Erin Fultz as Queen;  Brandan Jeffries and Lamorris Render as Mice; Ryan Gibson as Charles the cat and Desmond Kingston as Dove. 

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Take your tastebuds back in time with this historical dinner featuring Mark Twain

History, literature and gourmet food will intertwine on Saturday at Ohio’s oldest (and most iconic) restaurant. 

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The Golden Lamb, located in Lebanon, Ohio, served and hosted guests since 1803 — including several historical figures.

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This month, they continue their popular historical dinner series with a night dedicated to Mark Twain, who visited the Golden Lamb in the late 1850s.

Dinner with History: Mark Twain will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

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The evening will include a four-course menu filled with Mark Twain’s favorite dishes, along with an appearance from Mark Twain impersonator Curtis O’Dell, who will delight guests with his accurate resemblance to Twain.

Throughout the meal, O’Dell will take guests back in time with engaging stories filled with Twain humor and insight. The menu for the evening includes: 

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• Starter: Petite sauerkraut balls with cocktail sauce, house mustard; Smoked trout toast with marble rye, dill cream cheese, tomato caper relish 

• First course: Mixed berry and goat cheese salad with mixed greens, raspberry vinaigrette, shaved almonds 

• Second course: Prosciutto wrapped chicken roulade stuffed with roasted red peppers, spinach and Ohio Swiss cheese on a bed of ancient grains with local mushroom marsala jus 

• Dessert: Dutch apple cobbler a la mode with Madisono’s bourbon gelato, bourbon caramel sauce 

Want to go?

What: Dinner with History: Mark Twain

When: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Golden Lamb, 27 S. Broadway St., Lebanon

Cost: Reservations are $60 per person all inclusive.

More info: Reservations are required and can be made by calling Golden Lamb at (513) 932-5065.

The region’s premiere arts event showcases the best Dayton has to offer

The Dayton Visual Arts Center is gearing up for its 24th Annual Art Auction at The David H. Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College, and Dayton’s art community is feeling the excitement. 

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“There are a lot of artists that live in this community, but there are not a lot of opportunities for artists to show and exhibit and sell their work to the public,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of DVAC. “So the auction becomes important to show off the rich talent we have in the community.”

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DVAC’s mission is to open the door for Dayton to have a closer relationship with art. The center helps sustain the arts community by providing a place to show, market and sell work. All the money raised goes to educational programs and events through the center. 

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As Dayton’s premiere arts event draws nearer, the public continues to catch glimpses of the stellar works up for auction. Buttacavoli said attendees will not only get to sip and snack on “heavy hors d’oeuvres while taking in some of Dayton’s most dazzling accomplishments, but they’ll get to rub shoulders with the artists themselves and hear what inspires them.”

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Approximately 120 works, including paintings, photographs, prints, glass, jewelry and more will be for sale, so anyone can purchase a piece of fine, Dayton-made art. Featuring a variety of different mediums, styles and processes, there is certain to be a piece that speaks to you. 

silent auction for most works will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., while the live auction is set to take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The live auction will feature 14 pieces from some of Dayton’s most notable artists, including Annie Bowers, Virginia Burroughs, Ron Rollins and Terry Welker. 

Brand new this year is Silent Auction Mobile Bidding, where anyone can bid on pieces with their smartphone -- from anywhere

“No more paper bid sheets, crowded auction areas or complicated check out ... If you can’t attend the event, you can log in remotely from anywhere and bid on the perfect piece of art for your home or office,” Buttacavoli said. 

“Mobile bidding will be available at no charge to event ticket holders beginning April 22. People not attending the event may bid on items beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the Auction with a $10 donation,” according to a DVAC press release. 

For more information about the Mobile Bidding experience, as well as registration, visit

Signature to DVAC’s auction and differing from many arts events, it’s a casual attire event with an affordable ticket price. Tickets are $50 for DVAC members, $60 for nonmembers and $75 at the door. 


WHAT: Dayton Visual Arts Center 24th Annual Art Auction

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, April 27

WHERE: Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center, 

444 W Third St., downtown Dayton

INFO & TICKETS: | 937-224-3822

Bounce house, dunk tank & cornhole are all part of this restaurant’s ‘Community Day’ TODAY

There are many signs of summer that we HAVEN’T seen yet in the Miami Valley — warm temperatures come to mind — but here’s three we’ll see this week at the Springboro Buffalo Wild Wings: dunk tanks, cornhole games and a bounce house.

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Those attractions and more will be offered during Community Day at Buffalo Wild Wings from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18th at 774 N. Main St. (Ohio 741) in Springboro.

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Proceeds from the event (10 percent of all sales and 100 percent of all money raised from the attractions) will benefit the Boys And Girls Club of Dayton, according to Assistant General Manager Dave Tickel.

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In addition to the bounce house, dunk tank and corn hole, mini-golf and arts and crafts will be offered, and members of the Clearcreek Fire Dept will be on hand to show off their department’s fire engine. 

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 Coaches of local sports teams and other high-profile members of the Springboro-area community will offer themselves up for dunking at the dunk tank, Tickel said.

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Local country artists come together for K99.1FM’s Concert for a Cause

These homegrown, up-and-coming country musicians are coming together for a good cause.

Miami Valley Gaming will host a country music inspired charity benefit, K99.1FM’s Concert for a Cause, on Wednesday, April 25.

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From the concert, 100 percent of profits will be donated to Moms 4 Miracles, a component fund of The Dayton Foundation that supports children with cancer around the Dayton-area. 

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The music lineup includes headliner Clark Manson, a Covington native who recently returned home to Ohio and couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this event.

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“They’re so strong, and they don’t even know what’s going on, [they] put a smile on, no matter what. When I heard what the charity was, I was like, ‘this is great!’ Every chance we can help kids, we do,” Manson said.

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Additional acts include The Kate Hasting Band, Wyatt McCubbin and Ashley Martin. Each of the country musicians hail from Ohio, some from the Dayton-area. 

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In the last eight years, Moms 4 Miracles has paid for a new Chemotherapy Room at Dayton Children's, bought games and a movie theater for children to enjoy while in the hospital, helped pay medical bills and have made wishes come true for heroes.

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Want to go?

WHAT: K99.1FM’s Concert for a Cause

WHERE: Miami Valley Gaming, 6000 Ohio 63, Lebanon

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

COST: $10

INFO: Facebook

9 can’t-miss plant sales in Dayton to get your garden growing

Looking for a good deal on plants and flowers for your spring garden?

These events feature local foliage and flowers at prices you won’t want to miss.

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North Dayton Garden Center

WHEN: Ongoing

WHERE: 1309 Brandt Pike, Dayton

SALE: Various coupons listed on their website including $2 off hanging baskets, $5 off any dogwood tree and buy 5, get-one-free perennials. 

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Siebenthaler’s Garden Center

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Two locations, 2074 BeaverValley Rd., Beavercreek and 6000 Far Hills Ave., Centerville

SALE: 15% discount on all in stock non sale merchandise including trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, garden art and more.

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Meadow View Growers

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: 755 N. Dayton Lakeview Rd., New Carlisle

SALE: Buy 3, get 1 free on perennials in standard quart pots 

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Aullwood's Native Plant Sale

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton

SALE: Free entry. See Aullwood's 2018 Native Plant Sale Catalog online now for plant photos and complete information, as well the plant sale order form.

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Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation 

WHEN: Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton

SALE: The plant sale will feature large varieties of vegetables, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, garden art, and gifts.

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The Great Annual Impatiens and Begonia Flat Sale at Knollwood Garden Center & Landscaping

WHEN: Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22

WHERE: 3766 Dayton - Xenia Rd., Beavercreek

SALE: Flats of standard impatiens and wax begonias for $12.99.

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Early Spring Pre-Season Sales at Knollwood Garden Center & Landscaping

WHEN: Happening now

WHERE: 3766 Dayton - Xenia Rd., Beavercreek

SALE: Spring  silk flowers and arrangements, fountains, statuary, furniture and fairy garden decor 20% off.

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Classic Geranium Sale at Knollwood Garden Center & Landscaping

WHEN: Thursday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 9

WHERE: 3766 Dayton - Xenia Rd., Beavercreek

SALE: All 4.5” pots of geraniums will be $4.99

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Hosta Sale at Knollwood Garden Center & Landscaping

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23 through Sunday, May 27

WHERE: 3766 Dayton - Xenia Rd., Beavercreek

SALE: 5 favorite varieties are available for only $12.99, all other hosta will be 20% off.

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Know of a good garden sale not featured here? Let us know!

David Bryne of The Talking Heads is coming to Cincinnati

David Byrne has announced an extensive world tour in support of his forthcoming solo record, American Utopia. David will perform songs from the new album, which is out March 9 via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. A twelve-piece band will also join David on stage for a choreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” The American Utopia Tour will include a stop in Cincinnati, OH at PNC Pavilion on Sunday, August 12. The show will feature support by Benjamin Clementine.

Want to attend this show? Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Date: Sunday, August 12th
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Location: PNC Pavilion
  • Ticket Prices: $22 - $142
  • Get tickets

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Chicago and REO Speedwagon are coming to Cincinnati

Two of the most successful and critically acclaimed rock bands REO Speedwagon and Chicago – who have sold 140 million records combined – announced a co-headline North American summer tour. The 30+ date tour will take the multi-platinum selling groups through major cities for a night of unforgettable live music, including a performance in Cincinnati, OH on Friday, August 10th at Riverbend Music Center. The show will feature support by Michael Tolcher.

If you want to see these bands in concert here is all the info you need:

  • Date: Friday, August 10th
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Riverbend Music Center
  • Ticket Prices: $18 - $421
  • Get tickets

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Go green this weekend: Earth Day events in and around Dayton

This Sunday is Earth Day, and festive events are popping up all over Dayton. Here’s your guide to Earth Day event sin Dayton.

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Earth Day Trashenger Hunt - This year marks the 3rd anniversary of the event. Residents will help clean up Historic South Park at Blommel Park. Gloves, bags, t-shirts and scavenger hunt lists will be provided. Children will win a prize if they find all the trash items listed, and for making South Park the cleanest. There will be prizes for adults, too. Afterwards, the group will head to South Park Tavern for free pizza and pop.

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Trashenger Hunt hosted by Historic South Park

WHERE: 104 Bonner St., Dayton

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 3 to 4 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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KidX Earth Day Celebration - Hosted by The Mall at Fairfield Commons, this free events offers kiddos crafts, story time, games, refreshments and the opportunity to plant flowers outside of the main mall entrance. 

Want to go?

WHAT: KidX Earth Day Celebration!

WHERE: 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Pies & Pints Earth Day Celebration - Beaver Creek Wetlands Association has joined forces with Pies & Pints at The Greene for this Earth Day celebration. 20% of all food and non-alcoholic beverages will be donated to Beaver Creek Wetlands Association. Offer is good for dine-in and carry-out orders. MadTree Brewing will have tree saplings available (while supplies last). Be sure to show this flyer when you get there.

Want to go?

WHAT: Pies & Pints Earth Day Celebration

WHERE: 52 Plum St., Beavercreek

WHEN: Monday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Earth Day Weekend Bird Hike - Walk through Glen Helen and search for migrants along the Little Miami River. Please note, registration is required to participate.

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Weekend Bird Hike

WHERE: 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 8 to 10 a.m.

COST: $5 for non-members, free for members


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Bike’s Out on Earth Day - K&G Bikes and Freq Fit have teamed up for this event. There will be a guided 20- and 40-mile ride. Early birds will receive a free t-shirt (when you RSVP mention your size!). BMX riders will also be present sharing their ‘tricks.’ There will also be giveaways from local Kettering businesses.

Want to go? 

WHAT: Bike’s Out on Earth Day

WHERE: 12228 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Earth Day Spring Hike - This family-friendly hike will take you through Koogler Wetland and Prairie Reserve to learn about the history of Earth Day, explore local nature and discuss go-green actions. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Spring Hike

WHERE: 2735-2779 Beaver Valley Rd., Dayton

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

INFO: FacebookCall 937-320-9042

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Raptor Center Earth Day Baby Shower - Help the Raptor Center in Yellow Springs prepare for their influx of baby birds. Avian ambassadors will share information about the soon to be birdies. You can foster a baby bird, and also donate a gift form the wishlist. Registration is required.

Want to go?

WHAT: Raptor Center Earth Day Baby Shower

WHERE: 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

INFO: FacebookWebsite

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Earth Day Trash Clean Up - Come together to clean up Highland Park. Bring your own gloves and trash bags. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Trash Clean Up

WHERE: 1701 Wyoming St., Dayton

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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Earth Day Extravaganza - Zane Shawnee Caverns and South Wind Park will host this celebration of earth day full of fun and learning for all ages. There will be kids activities, workshops, eco-expo demos, music and entertainment, eco-friendly vendors, food, raffles and prizes. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Extravaganza

WHERE: 7092 State Rt. 540, Bellefontaine

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 8 to 10 a.m.

COST: $5 per car

INFO: Facebook

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Make Every Day Earth Day - Join Mindful Magic Studio to celebrate ‘Mama Earth.’ There is a scheduled trash pick up, flower planting, tea time, butterfly discussion and free seed samples. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Make Every Day Earth Day 

WHERE: 901 N. Keowee St., Dayton

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 6 p.m.

COST: $10 donation suggested, but not required.

INFO: Facebook

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Kids Seed Craft + Earth Day Giveaway - This kid-friendly event hosted by Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets in Centerville invites you and your little ones to play in the dirt. Kiddos will plant fast-growing seeds (to be taken home). There will also be a giveaway table with a chance to win a basket of earth-friendly products including cleaning products. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Kids Seed Craft + Earth Day Giveaway

WHERE: 4317 Feedwire Rd., Bellbrook

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 12 to 3 p.m.


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6th Annual Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive - We all have spare electronics sitting around we don’t use or need, right? Rather than sending them into a landfill, bring them to this recycling event! Pull up to the curb and drop off your working and non-working computers, laptops, servers, desk and cell phones, and much more to be recycled. There will also be free paper shredding (up to 5 boxes). Please note, some items may require a fee; others may not be recyclable (i.e., items containing freon). See their Facebook event page for details. Taquito’s Truck will be serving tacos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive

WHERE: 950 Michigan Ave., Columbus

WHEN: Friday April 20 form 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

INFO: FacebookWebsite

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Earth Day OTR - This family-friendly day features eco-friendly recreation and vendors with live international music, food and drinks, eco-friendly products and goods for purchase, as well as a range of activities for all ages. The Chicken Mac Truck and Kona Ice West Cincinnati will be serving food throughout the event. For a full list of vendors, live music and participating non-profits, visit their Facebook event page for details

Want to go?

WHAT: Earth Day OTR

WHERE: 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati 

WHEN: Sunday, April 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

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