Celebrate Bike Month with Link: Dayton Bike Share and Thompson Hine

Bike Miami Valley’s Link: Dayton Bike Share program is kicking off Bike Month with a great new addition to its bike fleet thanks to the law firm of Thompson Hine. Thompson Hine is sponsoring eight bikes in the system, and one of those bikes is wrapped with a custom design by Thompson Hine’s graphics team.

Thompson Hine works in partnership with various non-profit organizations to help them achieve their goals and define their missions. A good example is the firm’s partnership with Bike Miami Valley, whose mission is to advocate, promote, and create opportunities for cycling in our region. Dayton Partner, Jonathan Hawkins, has been a member of the Bike Miami Valley board since 2011 and was a critical player in bringing the Bike Share program to life for the Dayton community.

Christine M. Haaker, partner-in-charge of the Dayton office, commented, “We are proud of Jonathan’s commitment and pleased to join other community partners to help Bike Miami Valley achieve its goal of providing bike-sharing services to those who live in and visit the City alike. Our contribution to the Link program now includes eight Thompson Hine branded bikes and reflects our commitment to Bike Miami Valley’s mission and the continuing expansion of great City offerings. We hope to see our bikes en route, providing riders enjoyment and easy access to transportation.”


In 2021, the Link: Dayton Bike Share Program expanded, adding ten new bike parking and pick-up locations, known as “hubs.” Users are invited to take advantage of the new locations and check-out the Thompson Hine bikes, using the Link Dayton app. Users can also participate in Link Bingo this month to win prizes while they ride. Participants do not need to register to participate in the bingo challenge, and bingo cards are available for download at Linkdayton.org. “Taking a trip on the specially wrapped Thompson Hine bike will be a bingo square to fill,” says Laura Estandia, Executive Director of Bike Miami Valley. “We hope our users enjoy this cool ride!”

Farmers Market Season Has Arrived

The grand opening of the 2nd Street Market’s outdoor farmer’s market is Saturday, May 7, from 9 am to 3 pm and will continue operation through the harvest season, which ends in late October. The outdoor farmers market will feature more than 20+ vendors offering fresh, in-season produce, artisan wares, specialty foods and more. In addition, approximately 44+ permanent, year-round vendors are inside the 2nd Street Market.

For those who utilize EBT/SNAP benefits, many indoor and outdoor produce vendors accept tokens from Homefull’s EBT/SNAP exchange, as well as Produce Perks.

The outdoor farmers market will be open during the 2nd Street Market’s normal weekend hours of operation: Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm and Sundays 11 am to 3 pm. In addition to those weekend hours, the indoor Market vendors operate on Fridays, from 11 am to 3 pm. The outdoor farmers market is held rain or shine, only closing in case of severe weather.

Along with the new outdoor famers market vendors, new permanent indoor vendors include: Dough by Ghostlight, Wenches of Wormwood, Vegan It IZ Eats, Mrs. Ernestine’s Pound Cakes, Guided by Mushrooms and Harry’s Ole’d Country Orchard.

Other area Farmers Markets that are open include:

Yellow Springs Farmers Market

John Bryan Community Center 100 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH

Fresh, local food every Saturday. April-November: 8am-12p .   Accepts EBT/SNAP and Produce Perks!

For over 20 years this market has been made up of a hardworking group of men, women and children, dedicated to growing, raising and creating the best that Ohio Grown Agriculture has to offer.
  • fresh & organic fruits, vegetables, flowers & plants
  • organic meats, cheeses, dairy & eggs
  • fresh baked & canned goods
  • honey, syrup, salsas,& more
  • bath & body, home & health products

Farmers Market at the Heights

Eichelberger Amphitheater 8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights, OH
Every Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

We have a great group of farmers, bakers, artisans, and food trucks that will be joining us each week! Several vendors at the market will also be accepting SNAP and Produce Perks tokens at the market this year!

Fairborn Farmers Market

Main Street and Grand Avenue Fairborn, OH
The Market is open from Wednesdays 10am – 2pm, except for the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays the Market is open 3pm-7pm in conjunction with the Food Truck Rally.

From May until the end of October, the Farmers Market opens mid-morning to early afternoon at the corner  the Farmers Market opens mid-morning to early afternoon at the corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue in the Main Street Commons. Patrons can purchase fresh floral arrangements, baked goods, farm-grown produce, herbs, honey, preserves, and other related items.

Many more farmers markets will open in June.  To stay up to date check out our listings on our Dayton937.com calendar.

Lock 27 Release Two New Beers

Lock 27  Brewing is releasing two new beers today inspired and crafted for Cinco de Mayo, these new brews are available on tap in our brewpubs for a limited time!
Mexican Lager
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, they are releasing a traditional Mexican Lager using yeast straight from Mexico City.
While most other US craft breweries take inspiration for Mexican brews from a certain light beer with lime often found on beaches, Lock 27 looked to Modelo Negra for inspiration when crafting the perfect Cinco de Mayo Lager. The nutty flavor notes with hints of caramel create a flavorful darker beer and easily drinkable brew. This beer has been properly lagered for over a month, giving us that beautiful crisp, clean lager finish.
ABV – 5.5%
IBU – 22
Margarita Gose
The brew team got a little creative with this lime-packed sour beer, getting this brew as close to the classic lime margarita that a beer can get. Margarita Gose is loaded with lime juice and puree, orange peel, and a touch of agave nectar – finished with coriander and Himalayan pink salt, for the ultimate margarita flavor!
ABV – 5.5%
IBU – 10

Lock 27  Brewing has 2 locations:

1035 South Main Street
Centerville, Ohio 45458Mon – Thurs  11am – 10pm
Fri  & Sat 11am – 12pm  Kitchen to 11pm
Sun 11AM – 9PM
Dayton Dragons Plaza
329 E. First St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Sun – Thurs 12PM – 9PM
Fri & Sat  12PM – 12AM Kitchen to 11pm

XACT presents “May 4th Voices”

THESE SHINING LIVES chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Nasty Bingo Plays First Friday Art Hop

If you haven’t been to Vagabond Studio and Gallery yet you owe it to yourself to check out this cool space run by some cool folks. And what better way then during Front Street’s First Friday Art Hop?
Take in the Art and music, visit the Food Truck and then at 9:00 head over to Vagabond where your old pals Nasty Bingo will be hosting a night of Folkedelic Fun.
Enjoy this unique performance and check out their photography. $20 suggested donation.

Family Fun Run at Russ Nature Preserve

Can your family work together to complete an obstacle course…and still like each other in the end?

Join us for our Family Fun Run and see if you can make it through all the obstacles with no issues.

Climb over the logs, flip the tires…go through a large spider web. This will be a challenge.

This is not a timed event, just some good old family fun. All participants will receive an event t-shirt to wear, water will be provided.

Men At Work Fundraiser Is All Virtual

Clothes That Work is holding its eighth annual Men At Work Fundraiser, helping to fund the mission of preparing individuals for employment success. The virtual event d ends May 19 during a Facebook Live event hosted by Alexis Larsen.   

Twenty-two dedicated Role Models will compete for The Ambassador of the Year Award by fundraising, campaigning for votes and raising awareness for Clothes That Work. The Role Models are Michael Berning, Jon Blunt, Matthew Coatney, Joe Downing, Nick Eddy, Ryan Fay, Lineal Gaulding, Garrett Haggem, Aaron Jobson, Shane Juhl, Vince Lowe, Brandon McClain, Michael Newsome, Kunal Patel, Alex Smith, Damon Smith, Kirk Stager, Marc Sternberg DDS, Mark Swope, Rodney Veal, Chris Walsh, and Tim Wilson. 

There are opportunities to bid and purchase upscale, resale clothing items from brands like Lily Pulitzer, St John, designer purses from Oscar de la Renta, Brighton and Michael Kors, jewelry, bourbon and gift baskets throughout the campaign from The Clothes That Work online Boutique. To register for the event text ctwmen to 79230 or visit http://ctw.home.qtego.net. Every vote is an entry in the gift basket raffle. 

Clothes That Work launched the first Men at Work fundraiser eight years ago with a simple goal in mind: to engage the community and local businessmen in the mission and vision of Clothes that Work. For years, the organization mostly served women, but today, men make up more than 58 percent of Clothes That Work clients. Collectively, Men at Work has generated more than $200,000. support the organization’s programs and services. 


About Clothes That Work:

Clothes That Work is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local job seekers secure gainful employment by providing interview appropriate clothing and personalized, confidence building image services. Clothes That Work recently celebrated 23 years of success and has helped more than 34,000 men, women, and independent teens. Additionally, the organization conducts educational workshops, gives interviewing tips, and coaches on exhibiting appropriate professional behavior to meet employers’ expectations. Call 937.222.3778 or visit www.ClothesThatWork.org to make a financial donation, learn about volunteer opportunities, sign up for a workshop, or find a location to drop off donations of clothing. 

Catch “Into the Woods” This Weekend

“Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods. The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. Everyone gets their wish and seemingly lives happily ever after. Until Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant and we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.

New Parking App Means No Digging For Coins At The Meter

Street parking in downtown Dayton is easier and more convenient now that Passport Parking mobile payment is live at nearly 1,300 parking spaces.
Motorists are able to pay electronically with a credit or debit card by connecting with the Passport Parking app on a smartphone. Once an account is established using an email address or phone number, customers can begin a parking session by entering the zone and parking space identifiers posted at the parking site. Parking periods can be extended remotely, up to the time limit posted.
The Passport Parking app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage parking at passportparking.com. There is a $0.30 convenience fee per credit/debit card transaction.

“With the Passport technology, Dayton is dramatically improving the street parking experience for customers,” said City Manager Shelley Dickstein. “The City will also manage street parking operations more efficiently under a single, centralized system.”
“Dayton residents, workers and visitors can now enjoy what downtown Dayton has to offer without having to dig for loose change or thinking twice about a parking meter running out of time,” said Mark Schleyer, Passport regional sales director. “Passport is excited to partner with Dayton to enhance the customer experience.” The existing cash and credit card payment option installed on parking meters will continue to be available.

In addition to the added convenience for customers — not having to dig for loose change, and being able to extend parking times remotely — Passport Parking also gives businesses the option to validate parking for their customers and clients. How it works:

  1. Your business can load a balance on the validation account management site.
  2. You can then create codes for a predetermined amount to allow customers to discount their parking sessions.
  3. The customer enters the code to receive a discount on their parking session.
  4. The validation amount is then deducted from your business’ merchant balance and transferred to the parking provider (City of Dayton).

Find more information and sign up for the Validation Program at passportinc.com/validation

More than 800 cities, private operators and universities in North America use Passport’s digital platform as an end-to-end system for managing mobile pay parking, parking enforcement, digital permitting and other forms of mobility.

Summer Lunch Fun Begins at Courthouse Square

The Downtown Dayton Partnership is excited to welcome lunchtime crowds back to The Square Is Where. Office workers and downtown residents are invited to Courthouse Square for outdoor seating and free live entertainment every weekday through the end of September.

Daily lunchtime entertainment begins Monday, May 2, with an official kickoff party planned for Friday, May 6. No programming will be scheduled during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5.

“Our downtown workforce is returning to the office, and we’re so excited to have them back at The Square Is Where,” said Sandra K. Gudorf, President of the Downtown Dayton partnership. “The ample seating, games, and live entertainment make Courthouse Square a great place for downtown office workers to catch up with friends and coworkers they may not have seen while working from home.”

The Square Is Where runs from 11:30am to 1pm every weekday on Courthouse Square, located at 23 N. Main Street. Visitors are welcome to pick up lunch or order delivery from local eateries, or purchase food from on-site mobile food vendors.

Each week, The Square Is Where programming will be provided by the Downtown Dayton Partnership with financial support from Montgomery County:

Stay up to date with special events all summer long on The Square Is Where webpage. The site also features a downtown lunch map with all of the locations open during lunch hours for meals, drinks, and treats. Or, take a spin on the Lunch-O-Maticto let luck choose your menu for you.

Special giveaways will take place throughout May to celebrate the return of The Square Is Where. Stay tuned to the Downtown Dayton Partnership social media for more information.



Charcuterie Class at Lucky Star Brewery

Dayton Charcuterie Gal in collaboration with Lucky Star Brewery are hosting the Cinco de Mayo workshop of your dreams!
30 tickets available! Each attendee makes their own Cinco de Mayo board, get a charcuterie cup for snacking and your choice of one mimosa, beer, glass of wine or frozen margarita to sip on while we build! Ticket sales will end May 4th at 7pm!