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JUST ANNOUNCED: Kobe Bryant, Lenny Wilkens join the guest list for new celebrity golf tournament

A who’s who of NFL and NBA players have just been announced as participants in a new charity event slated for Dayton Aug. 19-20.

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As we first told you last week, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are expected to attend the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.

Hoopology Camp — Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development — has just announced that the classic will be headlined by former NBA coaches Phil Jackson and Lenny Wilkens and include several speaking engagements around the event.

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Organizers say the 40 former NBA and NFL players and coaches will include Kobe BryantWillie Reed, Ross Browner, Jordan, Pippen, West and Dennis Hopson

The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.

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“In that I’ve had wonderful success in the game of basketball, I felt this would be a great opportunity for others to share in my joy of giving back to the community,” said Cleamons, a former NBA player and coach.

Members if the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University’s coaching staffs are also expected to participate as is Archie Griffin, a former OSU and Cincinnati Bengal player. 

A pairings party with memorabilia and gifts auctioned is planned for Sunday, Aug. 19. 

The tournament will be played the following day, with a best-ball scramble beginning at noon.

Additional information about the event can be found at HoopologyCamps.org. 

WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS? 

Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA. 

He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets. 

He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.

Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.

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NEW FESTIVAL: Oregon District street fair to help kick off Dayton’s Fourth of July celebration

If there’s one thing the Oregon District does right, it’s independent business. 

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In honor of the Fourth of July and independent businesses, the neighborhood is hosting a new street festival — the 2018 Oregon District Independents' Day Street Fair.

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The goal of the event, according to event organizers, is to celebrate and develop independent culture, commerce and creativity. There will be food, drinks and opportunity to shop from local vendors. Vendors will be announced closer to the event.

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Event organizers are currently accepting vendor applications. Email Heart Mercantile for more information, heartdayton@gmail.com. 

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The new street fair will take place from 1-8 p.m. Also happening downtown that same day is The City of Dayton’s signature Fourth celebration — City of Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival at Riverscape Metropark. That event will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.

Lights in Flight returns to downtown Dayton's RiverScape Metropark on Tuesday, July 3, with a multi-cultural festival featuring music, food and family fun including a kids' zone.  The festival begins at 5 p.m., and fireworks will light the sky over downtown Dayton at 10 p.m.

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Want to go?

WHAT: 2018 Oregon District Independents' Day Street Fair

WHERE: 501 E. Fifth St., Dayton

WHEN: July 3 from 1 to 8 p.m.

INFO: Facebook  

A 30-year tradition continues this weekend at one of the summer’s biggest cultural celebrations

Exploring the rich history of Dayton and the Miami Valley must go hand in hand with education about the Native American history that ultimately shaped our region.

Hosted by the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, the 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village is one of the best opportunities to immerse yourself into the colorful and deeply-rooted traditions woven into the core of the Miami Valley. 

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“For contemporary Native Americans, Pow Wow represents an opportunity to honor their shared culture, to celebrate traditions with ancient roots, and enter the circle with honor and respect for each other and the ever-present drum,” according to a SunWatch press release. 

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Men and women spend weeks preparing full traditional regalia — complete with long, weed-like fringe that is worn for the historic Grass Dance. The Grass Dance is a competition, as the seasoned performers have great pride in the beauty of this ceremony. 

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While the men perform the Grass Dance, the women shine during the traditional shawl and jingle dances— dressed in brightly-colored ensembles and demonstrate syncopated dance steps with fast, whirling rhythms.

“Community celebrations like this, which include music, food and dance, are the kind of gatherings that communicate across cultures,” said Andy Sawyer, Site Manager and Site Anthropologist at SunWatch. “Year after year MVCNA members continue to show their commitment to keeping those traditions by harvesting willow branches and other materials to construct the traditional arbor, and putting in days of work to host this event at SunWatch.”

This year’s festival schedule is as follows:

Saturday:

11:00 a.m. Entertainment TBA 

Noon Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staff and colors - Veterans Song 

12:30 p.m. Intertribal and Special dances 

4:45 p.m. Retreat of Staffs and Colors 

5:00 p.m. Dinner Break: Entertainment TBA 

6:00 p.m. Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staffs and Colors 

6:30 p.m. Intertribal and Special dances 

8:30 p.m. Retreat of Staffs and Colors 

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Sunday:

11:00 a.m. Entertainment TBA 

Noon Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staffs and Colors - Veterans Song 

12:30 p.m. Intertribal and Special dances 

4:45 p.m. Retreat of Staff and Colors

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow WowWHEN: 12 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 & 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24

WHERE: SunWatch Indian Village, 2301 West River Rd., Dayton

INFO & ADMISSION: 937.268.8199 | www.sunwatch.org

PHOTOS: Did we spot you at Celtic Fest Ohio 2018?

Celtic Fest Ohio brought out authentic Irish and Scottish music, food, dance and more June 15-17 at the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival.

Eat at Milano’s at special event this week and support a good (and muddy) cause

Epilepsy Foundation is going to get down and dirty — in a Mudpocolypse. 

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Before things get messy, the foundation is taking over Milano’s in the greater Dayton region to raise funds.

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On Wednesday, June 20, present the official 2018 Mudpocolypse event flyer at any Milano’s restaurant, and Milano’s will donate 20% of the amount of your order to Epilepsy Foundation.

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See the Facebook event page for more details (and to access the flyer).

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You can also register to participate in the epic volleyball for epilepsy event, Mudpocalypse, online. There will be 265 teams competing on 35 courts in one day. Prices to register increase July 1. 

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Milano’s are located at: 

• University of Dayton, 1834 Brown Street, Dayton, 45409 

• Miami Township, 9572 Springboro Pike Miami Township 45342 

• Beavercreek, 2260 N. Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek 45431

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Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Scottie Pippen among celebrities coming to Dayton for new event 

The organizer of a new charity event say a who’s who of sports figures and entertainers will descend on Dayton in a matter of a few weeks. 

Ron Edwards, the organizer of the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event, told us that Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are among the celebrities slated to be in Dayton for the new event set for Aug. 19 and 20 at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering. 

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Cleamons is a former NBA player and coach. 

WHO BENEFITS 

The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.

The Pink Ribbon Girls, a locally based nonprofit that helps women battling cancer, will also benefit. 

WHY ARE CELEBRITIES INVOLVED?

A marketing professional by trade, Edwards says he and his wife, Arnika Edwards — University of Dayton’s director of  basketball operations — are longtime friends of Cleamons. And so are the celebrities expected to play in the golf event.

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Several were coached by Cleamons or coached with him. 

“All these people want to come and make it happen for Jim,” Edwards said. 

He said he would release a full list of celebrities Monday. 

“We’ve got a great list of celebrities and athletes that will be here,” he said. “It is going to do a big deal. Our plan is to have this for a long time.”

WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS? 

Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA. 

He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets. 

He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.

Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.

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WHY DAYTON?

Edwards said Dayton was selected as the city of the golf event that will include an auction because he and his wife are based here, the Dayton area has quality golf courses and because Cleamons — now a resident of California — remains passionate about helping Ohio youth improve their lives and have bright futures.  

“Everything we are doing is for Jim and his 501(c)(3) and helping the kids in Ohio,” he said.  

Links to register for the event can be found at Hoopologycamp.org.

 

Insider’s guide to the Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know before you go

All eyes will be on the soaring action in the sky this weekend during the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Military jet demonstrations, aerobatic champions and historic aircraft are a sampling of the entertainment to be found at the premier air show that marks its 44th consecutive year of operation.

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Shiela Wallace, media relations coordinator for the air show, said the event has been so successful because the region is the birthplace of aviation and the show has strong ties to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. 

“These are all things that scream this place loves aviation,” said Wallace.

This year’s event takes place June 23-24 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr.

Here’s what you should know to have a great time:

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1. CAN’T MISS AERIAL SHOWS United States Navy Blue Angels

The Blue Angels, who have thrilled audiences for more than 70 years, will headline the Vectren Dayton Air Show this year. 

The Blue Angels, who last appeared in Dayton in 2014, fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in formations that bring them as close as 18 inches apart. 

The fastest speed during the performance is close to 700 MPH.

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Fastest woman racer

Vicky Benzing, a pilot, aerobatic performer, skydiver and air racer will perform for the first time at the show.

She set the record as the “fastest woman racer” ever in the history of the Reno Air Races in Nevada and has made more than 1,200 parachute jumps.

Benzing will fly an action packed routine in a high-performance Extra 300S.

Sean D. Tucker’s farewell show

Sean D. Tucker and his 400 hp Oracle Challenger will return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018 for the last time. Tucker is retiring from solo flying but planning to form a formation aerobatic team for future performances. 

TORA! TORA! TORA!

A living history lesson returns to the show this year. TORA! TORA! TORA! Will re-enact the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Eight Japanese replica fighter/bomber aircraft and a display of fire, smoke and noise, simulate bombing runs. 

Sky aerobatics

The Redline Aerobatics Team will be a thrill to watch. Cincinnati pilots Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker built the planes, which fly inverted and formation maneuvers, in their garages. 

2. MUST-SEE PLANES ON THE GROUND 

Though planes will be soaring over head don’t forget much of the show is on the ground. Visitors will be able to view more than 50 aircraft on display ranging from WWII warbirds to modern military aircraft. 

Among the ground displays will be the U.S. Air Force 5-52 Stratofortress, the C-17 Globemaster III, a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, the B-17 movie Memphis Belle and a Tuskegee Airman P-51 Mustang. 

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The sprawling Boeing B-52 Stratofortress will span the tarmac among the ground displays. The B-52 heavy bomber is one of the longest serving aircraft in the Air Force. 

Commonly referred to as BUFF, which stands for “Big, Ugly Fat Fellow,” the bomber was last at the air show in 2010. 

The Orbis International MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital — a state-of-the-art teaching facility with an operating room, classroom and recovery room — will be on the ground. 

Spectators will be able to board the Flying Eye Hospital which travels the globe training people to fight blindness. 

The DC-8 Samaritan’s Purse will make its first air show appearance ever this weekend.

The Samaritan’s Purse organization — led by Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham — takes the Douglas DC-8-72CF jetliner around the world to provide spiritual and physical aid.

3. THINGS TO DO JUST FOR KIDS 

Need a respite for the kids? The Vectren Kid’s Hangar has a backyard gym for climbing, a sandbox, face painting and crafts. The getaway is free and occasionally Air Show performers drop by to sign autographs. 

The hangar will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with food, beverage and restroom facilities nearby. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

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4. WHAT TO EAT: CONCESSIONS 

A variety of food concessions will be available as well as plenty of Coke and Budweiser products.

ATM’s are located on the show grounds.

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5. WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

Being on the hot tarmac all day means spectators need to come prepared. 

Bring sunglasses, hats and sunscreen, and remember to protect children’s skin as well. Consider wearing light-weight, light-colored long-sleeve tops and comfortable shoes. It’s smart to bring unopened bottled water, which is allowed. 

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General admission ticket holders can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Those with Blue Sky Chalet/Pavilion tickets don’t need to bring their own lawn chairs. To enjoy the aerial performances, pack a pair of binoculars. 

Other items allowed inside the gate: regular-size umbrellas (but not the large, backyard kind), strollers and wagons, cameras (your camera bags will be checked at the gate), mobility scooters for the disabled (rentals are available, call 567-674-6185 to reserve), wheelchairs and service animals. 

6. WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME 

Coolers are not permitted on the grounds. Neither are pets, bicycles, roller blades or scooters. 

7. WHERE TO PARK AND HOW TO GET THERE 

There’s plenty of onsite parking. Keep in mind it’s $10 per car and $20 for RVs, buses and large-size vehicles. Overnight parking is prohibited. 

From I-75, use Exit 64 toward Northwoods Blvd. and follow signs for ticket type. 

From I-70 use Exit 32, the Airport Access Road and follow signs for ticket type. 

Drivers should follow signs posted along the show route as well as the directions conveyed by the police officers. 

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic. 

An alternate parking plan will be implemented if rain prior to the show prevents use of grass parking lots. If implemented, check the show website, social media and local newspaper, television and radio outlets for alternate parking plans. 

If you’d like someone else to do the driving, a continuous express shuttle service will be provided by the Greater Dayton RTA. The shuttle is available from the U.S. Air Force Museum to the main gate of the air show for $3 per round trip. Hourly shuttle service will also be available in downtown Dayton from the Wright Stop Plaza. Regular RTA fare will apply.

WANT TO GO? 

WHAT: Vectren Dayton Air Show 

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, Vandalia 

HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23-24, 2018

TICKETS: General admission tickets are available at area Kroger stores and at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Advance online sales are available through Sunday, June 24, at 12 p.m. ET. All ticket sales are final, no refunds, no rain checks. Click here to view the assortment of ticket options, or call 888-695-0888. Tickets available at the gate are cash only.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Vectren Dayton Air Show

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Strap on your lederhosen and get ready to polka at this free festival

It’s time to break out the lederhosen, and get ready for Spass Nacht (″fun night”) at Fraze Pavilion, celebrating Austrian food, entertainment and more.

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In honor of Kettering’s sister city Steyr, Austria, Fraze Pavilion has a night of Eastern European fun planned for families at Lincoln Park. The free festival will feature authentic Austrian food, beverages, polka music and live entertainment. 

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The Chardon Polka Band will hit the stage at 6 p.m. with their energetic take on polka. The group has an extensive catalog of traditional polkas, and aren’t afraid to bring their own tunes into the mix along with polka-pop covers of artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

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Please note, pets, backpacks and coolers are prohibited.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Spass Nacht 2018

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m.

INFO: website

 Local craft beer festival returns after 5-year hiatus

A Dayton-based craft beer festival is poised to return June 23 after a five-year hiatus to spotlight specialty beers provided by more than a dozen local and regional craft breweries.

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The Cask AleFest, which celebrates a more traditional method of storing and dispensing draught beer, will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 on East Second Street between Jefferson and St. Clair Streets in front of Mudlick Tap House in downtown Dayton.

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Joe Waizmann, founder and co-organizer of the event, said the festival’s lengthy hiatus was caused primarily by his stint as a co-founder and co-owner of Warped Wing Brewing Co., from which he departed in late 2017. This  year’s event will mark the seventh AleFest devoted to cask ales.

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“Since my earliest visits to the U.K. more than 20 years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of cask or real ale, and this passion is the basis of my desire to educate and share with others,” Waizmann said. “It’s quite gratifying.”

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Tickets are $40  and will be limited  to 300; they are available at Mudlick Tap House or online at www.AleFest.com

Waizmann said 17 cask ales will be featured:  

  • 50 West Brewing Company Punch You in the EyePA DIPA with Orange Peel 
  • Braxton Brewing Company BlackBerry Smoothie Haven Hefeweizen with Blackberries, Blueberries, Banana, & Apple  
  • Crooked Handle Brewing Company The Farm Saison with Lemon and Basil 

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  • Dayton Beer Company The Java Man Cometh Stout with Mint & Cocoa Nibs  
  • Fat Heads Brewery Unnamed Dry Hopped Strong Ale  
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company Eliot Ness Vienna Lager with Cinnamon & Apple  
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company Burning River Pale Ale with Lavender  
  • Hairless Hare Brewery Blackberry Honey Kickback Kölsch 
  • MadTree Brewing  Brown with Bourbon-and-Peach-Soaked Oak Chips 
  • Maumee Bay Brewing Company Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout with Tiramisu 
  • North High Brewing Cherry Life Golden Sparkling Ale 

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  • Nowhere in Particular Promiscuous Ale Project Strawberry Banana Berliner Weiss 
  • Platform Beer Company Orange Blossom Kettle Sour with Bourbon Soaked Oak Chips and Tart Sour Cherries  
  • Toxic Brew Company Abby's Cure Tripel with Hibiscus & Press Cold Brewed Coffee 
  • Warped Wing Brewing Company Gamma Bomb IPA with Passionfruit 
  • Warped Wing Brewing Company Golden Glow with Lime Peel and Tequila-Soaked Wooden Spiral  
  • Yellow Springs Brewery Boat Show IPA with Raspberries, a special tri-package feature with Boat Show IPA in cask, draught and can.
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