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Star Spangled Boom: Free McGuffey Lane concert, fireworks July 4th

McGuffey Lane will headline the city of Moraine’s Star Spangled Boom on July 4.

The popular country rock band from central Ohio will share the bill of free performances with Nashville Star winner Buddy Jewell before the fireworks at Wax Park at 3800 Main St.

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Jewell is set to take the stage at 7 p.m., followed by McGuffey Lane at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. In addition, food trucks, amusement rides and a kids entertainment area will be featured.

Events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.


PHOTOS: Did we spot you sipping a brew at the Cask AleFest?

A Dayton-based craft beer festival returned on Saturday, June 23 after a five-year hiatus to spotlight 17 specialty beers provided by more than a dozen local and regional craft breweries. The Cask AleFest took place along East Second Street between Jefferson and St. Clair Streets in front of Mudlick Tap House in downtown Dayton.

Meet the Real Housecats of SICSA at special adoption event starting today

It goes without saying that kittens are cute. However, that doesn’t mean the kittens on the more mature side don’t need as many head scratches and as much love.

SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering is attempting to level the playing field for cats trying to be adopted this summer by temporarily waiving adoption fees during the “Real Housecats” of SICSA promotion.

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Fees will be waived on adoptions of all cats one-year and older from Monday, June 25th through Tuesday, July 3rd during SICSA’s regular business hours: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

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Anyone checking out the adoptable kittens during the even will also be able to visit with the adoptable dogs who are currently waiting for loving homes as well.

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“Adopters have the opportunity to go home with a fantastic cat that is spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and micro chipped,” said Jessie Sullivan, Director of Adoption and Placement Services at SICSA. “We invest a lot of time, money, and care into each of the animals at our facility, so adopters looking to add an adult cat to their family should definitely take advantage of this great, limited-time offer of fee-waived cat adoptions.”

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Fort Ancient event will help ‘un-mask’ your inner child 

As a child, a stick or a cool leaf found outside while playing could be so much more with just a little imagination.

Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve in Oregonia is helping facilitate that creativity once again during their upcoming Mask Making from Natural Objects event on Saturday, July 7. 

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The activity is a unique opportunity to separate from the usual Sunday entertainment and immerse yourself and your kids in a memorable afternoon of imagination. 

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During the event, participants will learn to consider the many shapes, sizes and textures of objects that have personal significance that might not always be recognized, according to a Fort Ancient press release. The event is for anyone from 8 years old to adults that have any interest at all in art, geology or history. 

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WHAT: Mask Making from Natural Objects

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7th

WHERE: Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve, 6123 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia

COST: $10


Ichiro dons fake mustache, hoodie to sit in Mariners' dugout

A mysterious man was sitting in the Seattle Mariners’ dugout Thursday night, sporting a bushy mustache and wearing a hoodie. 

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And shades -- shades reminiscent of Bobby Valentine’s failed disguise in 1999 when he was ejected from a game and tried to sneak back into the dugout.

The mystery man was no stranger to Mariners fans -- Ichiro Suzuki, now an executive in the Seattle front office.

Suzuki sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch the first inning of the Mariners’ game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, The New York Post reported.

"He was perfect. I never would have known it was him,'' Valentine texted to the The Associated Press.

Officially, Suzuki, 44, is not allowed to be in the dugout during games, ESPN reported. He was removed from the Mariners’ roster in May and moved into the front office as a special assistant to the team chairman, the AP reported.

AP photographer Bill Kostroun spotted Suzuki hiding in the dugout during the first inning. He had exited the dugout by the second inning as the Mariners lost 4-3 to the Yankees.Perhaps Suzuki had dropped a hint when he moved into his new position.

"During the game I will be doing the same preparations I've been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player," Suzuki said. "But I can't say for certain that maybe I won't put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout."

Valentine, who was managing the New York Mets in 1999, was ejected from a game in the 12th inning. He later put on a fake mustache and sunglasses and attempted to sit in the dugout.

Valentine was caught and was suspended for two games. He also was fined $5,000.

New Dayton Inspires mural revealed for local brewpub’s 6th birthday

They’re big, they’re iconic and they’re one of people’s favorite ways to flaunt their Gem City swagger. 

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The Dayton Inspires murals can be spotted around downtown Dayton, where people frequently stop to pose beneath the scrawled slogan. Announced earlier this week, a brand new mural is in the works at Fifth Street Brewpub

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“No we aren't entering a blue period or feeling sad. We are preparing for the upcoming installation of our patio mural with Dayton Inspires. Thanks to member-owner Caleb Stapleton for doing the base painting today,” read a Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook post. 

In addition to unveiling the brand new ink, Fifth Street Brew will be celebrating their sixth anniversary all day Saturday, June 23rd. 

“Come celebrate all day long as we have a tap list full of FSB beers including some new and some throwbacks, a special food menu, live music 6 to 9 p.m. with Nothing But Treble, and Dayton-centric prize giveaways,” read a Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook post.

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In 2012, Fifth Street Brewpub, located at 1600 E. Fifth Street, opened in the St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood as Dayton’s first co-op brewery. The initiative started to save a historic building, and has since grown to be a whistle-wetting staple in the community. 

Soon, the brewery will add to the collection of Dayton Inspires murals scattered about the city including 5th Street in the Oregon District on the side of Brim, one on the side of the Cannery building on 3rd St. and one located on Courthouse Square at the entrance of Catapult Creative’s office.


WHAT: FSB Sixth Birthday Celebration

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 23rdWHERE: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

Live out your ‘Ninja Warrior’ dreams this weekend at Austin Landing’s first Fitness Fest

Austin Landing is hosting a special weekend event filled with fun, fitness, food and more to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

>> Here are 10 things to do this weekend in DaytonFitness Fest will include a public “Ninja Warrior” style obstacle course. 

Ninja Warrior course facts: 

  • Course will open at 10:30 a.m. 
  • No Registration Required - first come first serve 
  • Admission to course will be a donation to JDRF 
  • There is a height minimum of 48" to participate

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Fitness activity schedule:

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clash on the Concrete CrossFit meet 
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. fitness vendor fair 
  • 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ninja Warrior obstacle course
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beer Garden OPEN (proceeds go to JDRF) 
  • 11:30 a.m. Fitness Boxing (30 min class) - first come first serve 
  • 12 p.m. Pound fit (30 min class) - first come first serve 
  •  12:30 p.m. Fitness Boxing (30 min class) - first come first serve 
  •  1 p.m. Pound fit (30 min class)  - first come first serve 
  •  2 p.m.  Pound fit (30 min class)  - first come first serve 

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Additional activities Include: 

  • A large variety of fitness, health and wellness vendors 
  • A portable Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course starting at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Clash on the Concrete CrossFit Competition powered by Crossfit Skyfall (register here)
  • Spectator beer garden open at 10 a.m. 
  • Live DJ playing all day long 
  •  CycleBar & Orangetheory Fitness classes all day long to benefit JDRF (register here)

>> Paddle (and eat) your way through the Great Miami river at this epic eventAll proceeds from the event will be donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research whose mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Fitness Fest

WHEN: Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Austin Landing, 3601 Rigby Rd.

INFO: Website

You can see the oldest American-made locomotive at Rail Festival this weekend

The oldest existing American built locomotive, the B&O #1, John Quincy Adams, is one of the transportation treasures that will be on display this weekend during the Carillon Park Rail Festival

The origin of the John Quincy Adams, how it took on an unusual nickname, and its’ twisting path to Dayton is an intriguing adventure. 

“The Baltimore & Ohio, the first commercial railroad in the United States, ran a contest in the early 1830s to design an engine, “said Bob Limoseth, a volunteer at Carillon Historical Park. 

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“Phineas Davis, a watch maker from York, Pennsylvania submitted a design which was different from all the others in that the rods and the pistons ran in an up and down position as opposed to a horizontal position. From that design it gained the nickname the “grasshopper.” 

The John Quincy Adams was one of seven locomotives built with this unique design and put into service. Originally it was on a line from Baltimore to Washington D.C. carrying passengers who paid $2.50 for a ticket. 

Over the years its name was removed and changed as the engines with this design were scrapped. 

The provenance of the John Quincy Adams became even more muddled in 1893 when it was altered to appear as an 1833 locomotive named Traveler, to appear in what was billed as the “greatest historical railroad show in the world” at the Chicago World’s Fair. 

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The “grasshopper” returned to Baltimore and sat in a scrap yard before it was placed in a museum unrestored, according to Dayton History research. 

In 1947 Col. Edward Deeds, chairman of the board of The National Cash Register Company, approached the B&O for a train engine for his new museum. 

The railroad company had Traveler available and Deeds sent it off for restoration. During rebuilding the true identity of the locomotive was revealed. Deeds had acquired the John Quincy Adams. 

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“The uniqueness of the train, the uniqueness of the design, and the fact that it is the only remaining American made steam engine from that time period makes it special,” said Limoseth. 

Today the B&O #1, John Quincy Adams, is on display in the James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center at Carillon Historical Park. A Barney & Smith wooden parlor car, an Interurban and more transportation history are also on display in the center. 

The two-day rail festival will feature live steam engines, model train displays, and free miniature train rides. 


What: Carillon Park Rail Festival 

Where: Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton 

When:  Saturday June 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday June 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Adults: $8; seniors (60+): $7 and children (3-17): $5; Dayton History members: free. 

Parking is free. 

For more information: (937) 293-2841 or   

Even MORE music, local food and fun at third annual Festival on the Hill this weekend

What better way to celebrate summer than with good music, food and fun?

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This weekend, the third annual Festival On The Hill! takes place June 22-23 at the Dayton Masonic Temple.

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Festival On The Hill! will feature entertainment on a main stage with local favorites as well as national touring and recording artists. Wine, domestic and craft beer will be available for purchase and numerous food vendors will be available.

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General admission tickets with lawn seating prices are $7 for adults, $5 for active military, law enforcement and first responders. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free with an adult admission. There are also 4-ticket packs available for $20 prior to the event sold at the Dayton Masonic Center Ticket Office. Please note, this is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be made.

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Musical acts include Stranger, The Menus, 33 People, Shadow Life, Eric Jerardi and Vicious Cycle, a Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute. 

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On Saturday, there will also be a Special Olympics benefit run with four stops including Ride 1 Powersports, Buckminn’s D&D Harley Davidson, Sporty’s Trikes & Bikes and finally Festival On The Hill. There is a fee of $10 for one rider or $15 for two to participate. Each rider will receive Saturday admission to the Festival on the Hill as well as assorted “swag” provided by the event sponsors. Proceeds go to benefit Special Olympics Ohio.

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Food vendors include: RKP Vending, Cajun Specialties, Mobile Family Cafe, Southern Sisters, Cork-N-Bottle, Riddle Ribs and Keller Catering. >> Vandalia offers tips about Air Show traffic

Want to go?

WHAT: Festival On The Hill! 

WHEN: Friday, June 22 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 23 from 3 to 11 p.m.

WHERE: Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton

INFO: Website | Call 937-22-9103 

Break out the newspaper! Here are 3 local shrimp boils to get you through hot days 

Don’t fight the heat! Use it to your tummy’s advantage. 

Three dining opportunities are coming up that will allow you to eat seafood on newspaper. 

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Mark your calendars for these three shrimp boils:

Here are the details:

WHAT: Summer Seafood Boil

WHERE: The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive,  Beavercreek

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30  

COST: $59.99 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite.


“The full menu includes...- an endless pot of seafood boil with shrimp, mussels, crab, andouille sausages, potatoes and corn- four drink tickets redeemable for beer, wine or well-liquor drinks”

MORE INFORMATION: (937) 956-5216| FacebookWebsite

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WHAT: Guest Chef Anne Kearney's Shrimp Boil 

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WHERE: JD Legends, 65 Millard Drive, Franklin

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 1 

COST: $22 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

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“As part of a week long celebration of our 15 year party JD Legends presents chef Anne Kearney . You can come at 6pm or 7pm. Seating is first come first serve on the patio.

Kearney describes her cooking with the motto "Food of Love". With a background at Bistro at the Maison de Ville and Peristylewith John Neal and as line cook and culinary assistant at Emeril Lagasse's Emeril's, she was given the opportunity to purchase Peristyle from Neal's estate in 1995. She rose to national recognition and later was honored in 2002 with a James Beard Foundation award as "Southeast Regional Best Chef". Kearney's food is an American interpretation of Provençal bistro fare.”

MORE INFORMATION: (937) 746-4950 | FacebookWebsite

WHAT: Shrimp Boil for Wright Dunbar

WHERE: West Third Street in the Wright-Dunbar business District, Dayton 

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WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28  

COST: $30 per person. Tickets available on Planned2give.

(Ticket includes shrimp boil dinner and two beer tickets.) 

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“The full menu includes...

Celebrate summer with a low key fundraiser for Wright Dunbar by joining us for a Shrimp Boil. We'll cook up the shrimp, corn, and sausage, have plenty of cole slaw and potato salad. Don't be afraid to dig in and peel some shrimp, drink some ice cold brews and enjoy.Thanks to our friends at Bonbright Distributors, we'll be featuring the beers of New Belgium Brewing and our friends at Gordon Food Service are helping to make this possible.

MORE INFORMATION: (937) 956-5216| FacebookWebsite

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