J.R. Martinez to be Keynote Speaker at Wright State University Academy of Medicine Annual Dinner

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Motivational speaker, U.S. Army veteran, Dancing With The Stars winner, actor and best-selling author J.R. Martinez will speak at the Wright State University Academy of Medicine annual dinner and distinguished guest lecture on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Born to a single mother from El Salvador, he dreamed of becoming a professional football player. But his plans were derailed by a sports injury. So he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. In March 2003, he was deployed to Iraq. Less than a month later, the Humvee he … [Read more...]



The Conversation Piece: A Three Piece Harmony

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“A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.” ~Truman Capote              A conversation, in these days, is truly a scarcity. Most communications are merely a regurgitation of whatever political analyst or the televisions latest talking head spewed forth that day. Other conversations are like verbal marshmallows: soft and tame so as not to offend or cross into the realm of what is thought of as politically incorrect. They are conversations of little substance and will probably cause you … [Read more...]



SICSA Prepares for 2014 Kitten Season

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In light of steadily rising springtime temperatures, SICSA Pet Adoption Center reports that 2014 “kitten season” is in full-swing, and requests the community’s support in remediating the crisis of pet overpopulation, particularly amongst kittens. In response to the imminent increase in the numbers of kittens born stray or feral, the Center will work to increase both kitten intakes and kitten adoptions so that fewer kittens and young cats suffer from malnourishment, injury, or homelessness. “Kitten season” is a colloquial term referring to a combination of three seasons, spanning mid- to … [Read more...]



(DE-FI) Introduces: Aceani Michelle

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I was first introduced to 17 year old designer Aceani Michelle via Lynne Bartley from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in September of 2013 and since our initial introduction Aceani has become a source of inspiration and driving force behind everything that we do here at the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC. If we’ve ever had a single doubt about what we are doing and why, Aceani’s passion for the industry quickly helps us to refocus on our ultimate goals. From the first email that she sent me giving me a full background of her work, to showing up and being … [Read more...]



THE LUNCHBOX and GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL at THE NEON

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Hello Everyone, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is starting to fade..but it's still performing well enough to stick around for another week. That said, this could be its last. Hurry down if you still need to see it (or see it again). On Friday, we will open the charming, feature debut film from director Ritesh Batra - THE LUNCHBOX. T.T. Stern-Enzi of DAYTON CITY PAPER just gave the film an "A" review. He wrote, "A soulful performance by Irrfan Khan serves as the key ingredient in this marvelous dish." Synopsis for THE LUNCHBOX: Currently rated 96% FRESH on Rottentomatoes.com "Middle class … [Read more...]



UpDayton Introduces Connect937: a Talent Retention Project

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UpDayton wants to know, how embedded are you? UpDayton is calling on all residents of the Miami Valley to take a short four minute survey to measure their embeddedness to the region. Connect937 is a survey platform and community connectivity tool that measures a person’s attachment through the Embeddedness Quotient (EQ) developed by Dr. Brookes Holtom of Georgetown University.  In a quick, four-minute survey, a participant is able to see his/her results and utilize tools to help improve their connectedness in the office and in the community. Results will be anonymized and UpDayton along with … [Read more...]



Mayor Whaley Reflects on First 100 Days in Office

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During her first State of the City address, Mayor Nan Whaley outlined her vision for the future of Dayton as a vibrant, business friendly and educated community where residents can live, work, play and raise a family. “Today marks my 100th day in office, and I am using this time to reflect and update the citizens of Dayton on the progress we have made” said Mayor Whaley. “Since January 6, I have hit the ground running. As Mayor, I have had to opportunity to meet with the business leaders of this community, as well as the citizens in their neighborhoods. We have discussed everything from the … [Read more...]



Lions, Tigers & Bears, Oh Why? Tim Harrison Speaks on Exotic Animal Ownership at the Library

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Ohio has become ground zero for the debate over exotic animal ownership, according to the current issue of National Geographic Magazine, which quotes Dayton resident Tim Harrison and describes his work with Outreach for Animals.  The former Oakwood police officer and founder of Outreach for Animals will talk to teens and families about exotic and potentially dangerous animals in a presentation at the Dayton Metro Library. "Lions, Tigers & Bears, Oh Why?" takes place Tuesday, April 22, 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, and is free and open to the public. Harrison's … [Read more...]



RED Table Design Gala Sold Out- Preview Party Added!

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Every two years the AIDS Resource Center Ohio hosts a RED Table Design Gala.  RED is an acronym for Reach, Empower, Dream of a world without AIDS.  Over 40 interior designers, florists, artists and community volunteers will spend 3 days creating over the top center pieces based on a theme.  For 2014  the table designs will embrace the spirit of rock music, the artists and rock and roll culture that make up the ROCK AND RED Hall of Fame!   The Gala, which will take place on Sat, April 26th at the Masonic Center, has officially sold out.  Chair  Sue Spiegel says,  “The tables are … [Read more...]



Five Rivers MetroParks Introduces Their New Recreation Volunteer Coordinator

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Congratulations to Emmy Fabich, FRMP’s new Volunteer Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation and Events! Emmy’s position will support our MetroParks Volunteer Patrols (MVPs), recreational programs and riding center volunteers, as well as outdoor recreation and RiverScape events volunteers. She will coordinate volunteer support for trail building activities at MoMBA, too. Some of you may already know Emmy as she has been with MetroParks for the past four years, previously serving as the Recreation Program Specialist in the Outdoor Connections Department. She has led overnight backpacking programs … [Read more...]