A Beavercreek pizza restaurant’s annual “Kids Eat Free” Halloween party has expanded to become “The Great DXRD Halloween Party,” with multiple stops available along or near Dayton-Xenia Road, the unofficial Main Street of Beavercreek.
The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, and will be anchored by the kids-eat-free buffet at Beavercreek Pizza Dive, 4021 Dayton-Xenia Road, which will be offered to children 10 and under in costume. The kids will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of pepperoni or cheese pizza, pretzel bites and a drink.
No purchase is necessary. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and the restaurant asks that an adult be present for every two or three children. It is not a drop-off event, the pizza shop’s owners said on its web site. Those 11 and older can dine at the buffet for $5 with water (tax included) or $7 with a fountain drink (tax included). The offer is not good on carry-out or delivery orders and cannot be combined with other offers.
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The first 350 children will receive a goodie bag courtesy of Sanderson Insurance Agency with freebies from local merchants, such as a certificate for a free pizza from Beavercreek Pizza Dive and items or offers from the insurance agency, 24-7 Gym and Fitness, Central Carpet & Interiors, Primrose School of Beavercreek, Greene County Public Library, and McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning.
Beavercreek Pizza Dive co-owner Teresa Howard Geraci said the pizza shop has been hosting a kids-eat-free event for eight years, and it has grown in recent years as neighboring merchants have collaborated.
“This is the first year we've had seven stops,” Geraci said.
Here is a listing from the pizza shop’s event announcement of the other merchants and their offers as part of the DXRD Halloween Party:
FREE ART ACTIVITIES
– at Decoy Art Center
Decoy Art Studio is joining the Halloween Party fun with FREE kids art activities during the event from 4:00 to 8:00.It’s located at 3491 Dayton-Xenia Road (just down the street, past the post office, in the former Antiques Marketplace building).
MAKE A FREE BIRD FEEDER
– at Decoy Art Center with Once Upon a Thyme Bookshop
Once Upon a Thyme Bookshop will be visiting at Decoy Art Center and making free bird feeders with children 10 and younger.
FREE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS
– at Decoy Art Center
Carlson Photography will be taking professional photos of the kids in costume on their autumn scene inside Decoy Art Center.
FREE BEST COSTUME TROPHY
– at TJ Awards
Get a best costume award during the party when you stop by TJ Awards Co.. Children in costume get to watch as their name is laser engraved on the plaque for their FREE trophy. TJ Awards is next to Knollwood Garden Center, in the strip with Capitol Cleaners.
FREE PERSONALIZED PUZZLE PIECES,
CANDY & A TURN ON THE PRIZE WHEEL
– at Puzzle Plus
Puzzles Plus will have free candy. Plus, stop by and see their laser burner in action as they burn your child’s name on a wooden puzzle piece! They’re just around the corner on North Fairfield, next to ele Cake Company.
FREE FACE PAINTING & TEMPORARY TATTOOS
– at Bombshell Culture Salon
Bombshell Culture Salon is next to Knickerbocker in Decoy Art Center’s former home. They’re opening just in time for the Halloween Party with free face painting, air brush spray tattoos and colorful sprays for hair.
FREE GOODIE BAGS
– at Sew in Style
Stop in at Sew In Style, School of Sewing for a free goodie bag and check out their sewing classes for kids and adults of all ages and sewing experience levels.
– at La Crique Boutique
Stop in La Crique Boutique for free candy and a chance to win a $30 gift certificate.
Dayton-area restaurants will put fall on a plate during a food week set to kick off this Sunday, Oct. 21.
The Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s second annual 7 Days of Fall Flavors will run until Sunday, Oct. 28, according to Amy Zahora, the association’s executive director.
“Restaurants will show off the flavors of fall on their menus,” Zahora said.
Meals includes three-course meals for $25 or $30.
Dinners generally include a choice of starter, entree and dessert. Items are subject to change.
About 10 restaurants will participate including:
Below are the menus and participating eateries as of Oct. 18:
🍴 PASHA GRILL
Three courses for $25:
Select an item from each category
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🍴 CHAPPYS SOCIAL HOUSE
Choose between the following for $25:
🥨 German Platter:
🍤 Fresh Fish:
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🍴 SWEENEY’S SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL
Three courses for $25: Select an item from each category
🥗 Soups and Salads:
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28 W. Franklin St., Centerville | 937-291-3474 | Website | Facebook
🍴 LILY'S BISTRO
NOTE: Due to a special event, the 7 Days of Fall Flavors special menu will only be served Tuesday, October 23, Wednesday, October 24, and Friday, October 26.
Select an item from each category 🥗 Starters
🍷 Drink special:
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🍴 THE MELTING POT
Three course for $25:🧀 First course: • Cheddar or fiesta cheese fondue served with apples, breads and vegetables for dipping.🥗 Second course: • House Salad with sweet and tangy house or peppercorn ranch dressing.🥩 Third course: •Entree of teriyaki marinated sirloin, white shrimp, chicken breast and seasonal vegetables with our court bouillon cooking style.Four course for $30🍫Fourth course: • All the great eats above plus your choice of pure milk, pure white, pure dark or the original chocolate fondue served with strawberries, pineapple, pound cake, brownies, Blondies, Oreo crusted marshmallows, pretzels, and Rice Krispies for dipping.
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🍴 BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA
Three courses for $25:
Select an item from each category:
🥗 First course:
🍰 Third course:
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UPDATED OCT. 31
Bad news, pumpkin fans.
The second day on the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow was canceled due to the weather, organizers told us.
Organizers sent the following notice to this news organization:
“Due to the rainy forecast this evening, The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow is canceled for Wednesday, October 31st.
We had record breaking attendance yesterday (October 30th), with over 10,000 guests coming to view over 1,000 jack-o-lanterns.
Thank you to all that came out to see the pumpkins. A big thank you to all of the volunteers that logged many hours getting ready for this big event. Another huge thank you to our sponsors and the City of Dayton for their support.”
PHOTOS FROM FIRST NIGHT OF GLOW
In case you didn’t make it out to the first night of the two-day event, we were there to take photos. So you can still appreciate all of the hard work put in by volunteers throughout the community in carving beautiful pumpkins.
EARLIER REPORT (Oct 17, 2018)
3 reasons to be a part of beloved Dayton Halloween tradition — the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow
One of Dayton’s most cherished Halloween traditions, The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow, is back!
This means that Dayton will soon be basking in the glow of hundreds (if not more) of beautifully carved pumpkins near the Dayton Art Institute and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Oct. 30-31.
🎃 1. Be part of a longstanding community tradition
The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow is a tradition that started 24 years ago.
Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow founder Judy Chaffin started carving pumpkins and displaying them on the hill in 1994. What started as 50 pumpkins grew into a phenomenon that brings visitors from as far away as Canada.
The pumpkins for the community event had been carved and gutted by Chaffin’s neighbors, friends and family members.
The glow took a one-year break in 2016 as Chaffin tackled an health issue.
The Grafton Hill Historic District reignited it last year under the leadership of John Edinger of the Grafton Hill Historic District.
“It is special to see that many pumpkins in one place, and all of the pumpkins are unique,” Edinger said.
More than 770 jack-o-lanterns were carved for last year’s glow.
This year, that goal is even higher.
🎃 2. Help break a jack-o-lantern record
This year, for the first time, the pumpkin carving has been opened up to the entire community and event organizers have set a goal for at least 1,000 pumpkins.
But carving pumpkins can be hard work, so more carvers are needed. Intricate pumpkin designs can take hours and hours to complete.
The community is invited to gut and carve pumpkins in a heated tent near Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 N. Belmonte Park N., from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. the Friday to Monday of Oct. 26, 27, 28 and 29.
Pre-registration is not required, but organizers are asking people to sign up at signupgenius.com so they can have a count.
Volunteer meals will be served inside the church. Organizers are seeking donations for shareable snacks and food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A signup for the potluck is available on signupgenius.com.
🎃3. Bask in the glow of the gorgeous pumpkins
The end result after all of the hard volunteer work is a beautiful sight to behold.
The free community pumpkin glow will take place 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 on the hill next to the Greek church.
If you’re hungry, grab food from Zombie Dogz, El Meson and Urban BBQ.
Parking will be available at the Dayton Art Institute, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and the Grafton Hill neighborhood. Stoddard Avenue will be closed.
>> PHOTOS: Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow
WANT TO GO?
What: Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow
When: Oct. 30-31 from 6-10 p.m.
Where: The hill next to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton
More info: Facebook
Prepare to slurp and sip.
A downtown restaurant is offering customers a little R and R.
Table 33, 130 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton, launched its Thursday “popup dinner” night series with Rosé and Ramen this fall.
The restaurant announced in a recent Facebook post that the special is back for “the foreseeable future” with new dates including Thursday, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.
“We wanted to give people something different and something new,” Table 33 general manager Sam DeLong told this news organization.
For $25, diners will receive a bottle of rosé wine and a bowl of vegan, beef, chicken or pork ramen.
The cost is $13 for only a bowl of ramen with no rosé.
The ramen broth will be made in-house with local produce, grass-fed beef bones, and/or free-range chicken or pork.
DeLong said the restaurant will feature rosé paired with ramen from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday nights for at least two months.
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Table 33 chef Desmond Keane said he fell in love with ramen while teaching English in South Korea.
He ate it nearly daily and said it conjures up great memories in his mind of the women who served it to him and of the aunts and moms who taught him to prepare Korean delights.
“The food I put on my menu, it is literally an interpretation of my travels,” said Keane, a Filipino and Irish American born in St. Petersburg, Florida. “It’s not just Asian food. It is food from Florida.”
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Keane said tastes of Florida from Cuban sandwiches made with Cuban bread from Evan’s Bakery to smoked fish finds its way to the menu.
“People know it because they vacation in Florida,” he said. “All of the food I make has a memory.”
WHAT TO GO?
WHAT: Rosé and Ramen PopUp Night
WHERE: Table 33, 130 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton
WHEN: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 20
Hard to believe, but it’s the 15th year for one of SICSA Pet Adoption Center’s unique events that raises funds for the center’s spay neuter program.
The “SICSA Red Dog RACERS Charity Auction & Cruise-in” is a motorsports themed event that includes displayed race cars, show cars, cruise-in cars, a one-hour race driver’s autograph session, a Live bid auction that starts at 12:30 p.m. and more.
“Not just a NASCAR event, this fund raiser focuses on many 4-wheel racing series including; IndyCar, NHRA, IMSA, Midgets, Sprints…to name a few. Admission is FREE!” according to a press release. The RACERS event will be held at TJ Chumps — next to The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights. The public is even encouraged to bring in their own “wheels” to display. No advance registration is necessary.
The auction happening at 12:30 p.m. is said to be “HUGE,” featuring one-of-a-kind collectible packages, many autographed. The items have been donated by well-known race drivers, team owners, team members, sponsors and venues. Guest race drivers will model the donations as they go up for bid.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: SICSA Red Dog RACERS Charity Auction Event & Cruise-in
WHEN: 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
WHERE: TJ Chumps, 7050 Executive Blvd, Huber HeightsINFO: sicsa.org
A NBA legend will be among us today.
Icon retired NBA player Earvin "Magic" Johnson is scheduled to attend Central State University’s Marauder Athletic Hall of Fame induction lunch this Friday, Oct. 12.
Johnson, now the chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises and president of operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, is expected to give remarks at the event scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Country Club of the North, 1 Club N Dr. in Xenia.
Tickets are $60 each.
Click here or call 937-376-6345 to purchase.
Tom Joyner, a nationally known radio personality and philanthropist, will be the keynote speaker at the lunch.
The syndicated show host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show is in town for his yearly promotion with 92.1 WROU.
Tom Joyner Morning Show will be visiting Dayton on October 11th-12th.
Joyner and his team will meet fans tonight at a free meet and greet happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Unity Banquet Center, 735 Cincinnati Street, Dayton. Doors open at 4.pm.
Six people will be inducted into the Marauder Athletic Hall of Fame at the lunch Friday.
"We are truly proud of the inductees and appreciate all they have done in setting the standard for all Central State University student-athletes," Vice President of Athletics & Institutional Advancement Jahan Culbreath said in a press release. "This year's class reflects excellence, and we are looking forward to honoring them at this year's induction ceremony."
• Jon Bradford | Football | Full Back | Class of 1975
• Edward "Bee" Bryant | Basketball | Forward | Class of 1967
• Marvin Coleman | Football | Cornerback & Kick Returner
• Larry Kelly | Football | Running Back | Class of 1983
• Marvin Pope | Football | Linebacker/Defensive End
• Charles Walker | Football | Lineman | Class of 1961
• 1993 Women's Track & Field Team | NAIA Indoor & Outdoor National Champions | Head Coach: Joshua Culbreath
• 1993 Men's Track & Field Team | NAIA Indoor & Outdoor National Champions | Head Coach: Joshua Culbreath
The Central State athletic department will also honor CSU's 1968 men's basketball team, which was led by head coach Bill Lucas.
His team finished its season with a 29-4 overall record and claimed the program's second NAIA National Championships with a dramatic 51-48 win over Fairmont State University.
WANT TO GO?
What: Central State University’s Marauder Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony
When: 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
Where: The Country Club of the North, 1 Club North Drive in Xenia.
Cost: Tickets are $60 each. Click here or call 937-376-6345 to purchase.
The woods of Brukner Nature Center will soon be alive with the sounds of spooks.
Trails will be lit with enchanting lights for a kid-friendly evening filled with guided walks, live animals, costumed characters and more. Guides will lead the way along the gently rolling trail and stop at six stations along the way to teach the kiddos all about the wild creatures of Brukner Nature Center.
“But the fun doesn’t stop there. Activities also include free face painting, games, storytelling at a campfire, plus cookies and cider after the hike. This awesome program is only $5 per person for BNC Members and $7 per person for non-members — cash or check only. Kids ages 2 and under are free,” according to a press release.
Tickets are available first come, first serve, and organizers encourage groups to ride together because tickets are handed out at the gate. Gate opens at 6 p.m. with the first group leaving at 6:30 p.m. and every five minutes after that. Parking is limited, so load up the van (or wagon!) and carpool.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Brukner Nature Center Haunted Woods
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21, 27 & 28
WHERE: Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy
One of the biggest bands to emerge from Dayton is releasing a new CD and celebrating it here on stage.
Zapp will celebrate the release of its latest album, “Zapp VII: Roger & Friends,” from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton.
It is the legendary band’s first album since 2001’s “Zapp VI: Back by Popular Demand” and is a tribute to the late Roger Troutman.
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Tickets are $29 to $63 and available on TicketCenterStage.com or by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting 14KT CDs and Tapes, 4180 W. Hillcrest Ave, Dayton.
The concert will feature special guest Lyfe Jennings, a Toledo born R&B singer best known for his songs “S.E.X,” “Must Be Nice,” “Never Never Land” and “Statistics.”
The show will be hosted by Dayton-based comedian Mark Gregory.
Formed in Dayton in 1978 by the Troutman brothers — Roger, Larry, Lester and Terry ( “Zapp”) — Zapp gained fans around the globe with a list of hits that include "More Bounce to the Ounce," "Doo Wa Ditty," "I Can Make You Dance," "Heartbreaker" and "Computer Love."
The band is expected to play new and old songs during its Schuster Center concert, band member Ronald Frost told this news organization.
Zapp took a break following the death of Larry and Roger Troutman nearly 20 years ago.
Larry Troutman shot his brother and bandmate, talkbox pioneer Roger Troutman outside of Roger Troutman's Dayton music studio as part of a murder-suicide on April 25, 1999.
The band is now fronted by Lester Troutman.
Zapp VII celebrates Roger Troutman’s legacy, according to the The Vinyl Factory, an online magazine.
It includes posthumous performances from Roger Troutman. The magazine says Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins are also featured.
Zapp was in Paris for a show in 2015 when a series of terrorist attacks claimed 137 lives.
Zapp members were not injured in the attacks and vowed to return to the city.
The band is scheduled to perform at the Le Trabendo in Paris on Nov. 4 as part of its European tour that includes stops in England and France.
WANT TO GO?
What: Zapp The Remix Tour and album release party with Lyfe Jennings.
When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29 to $63 on TicketCenterStage.com or by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting 14KT CDs and Tapes, 4180 W. Hillcrest Ave., Dayton.
The horror movie marathon event Horrorama has become a Dayton Halloween tradition. This year, organizers have really outdone themselves and are showing 12 high-quality horror films over two days in what is sure to be one of the coolest things to do this October! Here are Dayton.com’s picks of some of the most exciting movies playing at Horrorama this weekend.
Popcorn is part of a 1990s tradition of horror movies that demonstrate a post-modernist self awareness that had never before been reflected in the genre. While searching an old trunk, college student Maggie Butler sumbles upon an old slasher flick that turns out to be terrifyingly similar to her own recurring nightmare.
The Lost Boys
The Lost Boys is the quintessential 1980s vampire film. It has it all: big ‘80s stars, a big ‘80s anthem for a theme song, and big ‘80s hair. The movie co-stars three of the era’s greatest heartthrobs: Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, and Kiefer Sutherland. While on the surface The Lost Boys is a creepy horror romp, at its core it’s a coming-of-age film about the importance of finding oneself amidst the competing noise of peer pressure and teenage drama.
Most people know director Peter Jackson from the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. However, his 1992 slapstick horror masterpiece “Dead Alive” is just as worthy of praise as his high-profile blockbusters. Originally released as “Braindead” in Jackson’s native New Zealand, “Dead Alive” was lauded by critics as “the goriest film of all time.” Like all great scary movies, this zombie flick combines horror with comedy and scathing social commentary. “Dead Alive” doesn’t get screened on the big screen all that often, so you’ll want to get your seat for Friday’s showing at Horrorama Dayton right away!
The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man is one of the finest specimens in Universal Studios’ classic monsters stable and featured Lon Chaney, Jr. in the role that made him a horror movie star. While home for a funeral, Larry Talbot gets bitten by a wolf while trying to impress a girl. SPOILER ALERT: He becomes a werewolf.
Bring the kids Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for the PG-rated Universal Monster Marathon.
Freddy vs. Jason
What do you get when you put the two most important slasher movie icons in the same film? You get exactly what you would expect, of course! “Freddy vs. Jason” was one of the most anticipated showdowns in horror movie history, with each contender having millions of fans in his corner. There’s plenty of violence and gore to go around, and even a little bit of a plot, involving some unfortunate circumstances at a rave that takes place in a cornfield. But it’s probably best not to worry too much about the storyline, and just enjoy your popcorn while you watch these two horror titans kick the crap out of each other.
From Dusk Til Dawn
George Clooney and Quintin Terrantino star in this south-of-the-border vampire movie directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Terrantino. The Titty Twister is a rough bar, no doubt, but things really get nutty when the sun goes down. “From Dusk Til Dawn” oozes a Mexican-gothic vibe and has garnered a cult following that earned it two direct-to-video sequels and a television series.
WANT TO GO?
What: Horrorama Weekend
Where: Danbarry Huber Heights, 7650 Waynetowne Blvd, Huber Heights
When: Horrorama Friday Night Frights, October 12, 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. Monster Matinee, Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (2 kids free with adult admission). All-Night Halloween Party, Saturday, October 13, 6 p.m.- 4 a.m.
More Info: Facebook Tickets
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