The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is paying special tribute to the communities in Montgomery County it proudly serves with its “Proudly Serving” project, showcasing points of interest in various cities where its buses travel. The project officially kicks-off today, Oct. 11, with the debut of RTA’s first two buses: Kettering and Trotwood.
This project is the culmination of a vision RTA CEO Bob Ruzinsky had more than a year ago to honor the communities the agency serves, and how its buses can connect people to these places.
“Too often in our busy lives we overlook the great places all around us in the communities we each call home,” Ruzinsky said. “These buses will highlight some of the great places in these diverse communities, and, we hope, foster increased community pride throughout Montgomery County.”
Each bus design was carefully crafted to emphasize points of interest in a specific community where the RTA takes riders. To capture these locations, RTA worked with a professional photographer to collect high-resolution photos of about 130 public locations around Montgomery County. The creativity doesn’t stop there, as the buses also feature a fun fact, estimated population, and the year the city or township was founded.
City leaders from Kettering and Trotwood were honored to be the first communities represented in the “Proudly Serving” project.
Trotwood has an interesting fact of its own: it is the only city in the United States named “Trotwood.” It was named after “Betsy Trotwood,” a character from Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield.” That fun fact is featured on the side of the city’s striking blue bus, along with pictures of the Trotwood Government Building, Trotwood-Madison High School, Trotwood Track and Field, Community and Cultural Arts Center, Iams Homestead Museum, and the Trotwood-Madison Park Playground.
“It feels good to be included. I realize we are the first of two (RTA is) starting out with, and it’s good to be first,” said Yvette Page, council member for Trotwood’s 2nd ward. “Most important is the vision of RTA and the collaboration of the RTA and the city of Trotwood, and that we are both here to serve the community.”
“Greater Dayton RTA kept this under wraps (pun intended) for over a year to surprise all of us with a unique way to honor the communities they serve,” stated City Manager Mark Schwieterman. “The truth is, this gesture reminds us of the terrific services RTA offers communities. We are humbled by the planning, coordination, and research that went into this project specific to each community. Residents will recognize things about their hometown on the buses and perhaps learn something new as well. Our sentiment is ‘Kettering is home,’ and this RTA initiative certainly enhances that feeling.”
RTA’s Kettering bus features colors associated with the city in addition to well-known places such as: Kettering Recreation Complex, Fraze Pavilion, Kettering Government Center, Polen Farm and Wenzler Park. There’s also a special nod to Bart Simpson on the side of the bus, connecting to Kettering’s fun fact that Nancy Cartwright, a Kettering native, is the voice of the character on “The Simpsons.”
In total, there will be 22 buses highlighting the different communities served by RTA’s traditional big bus service. The agency intends to roll-out at least one bus a month over the next year. This is just one of the many ways RTA is proudly serving the communities of Montgomery County.
For more information on the RTA and how it connects you to the communities of Montgomery County, visit www.iriderta.org.
After a dry summer in 2020 due to the pandemic, Kettering’s 3-acre outdoor aquatic facility has announced it will open this summer. The 2021 Adventure Reef Water Park season starts with the park’s Memorial Day weekend kickoff which runs May 29-31. The regular season hours at the park start June 4. Hours will be limited to just noon to 5 pm daily, thought hours may expand later in the season, depending on ability to hire staff.
The water park features the highest and fastest slides in Montgomery County. Additionally, a splash pad, large water playground and plenty of deck seating and chairs greet water park guests.
Admission for Kettering residents is $5 for adults , $4 for 3-17 years olds and $1 for toddlers 2 and younger. Non-residents pay $10 for adults, $8 for youth. Season passes for residents range are $55 for youth, $65 for adults and a family pass runs $195. Non-resident passes run $85 for youth, $100 for adults and $295 for a family pass. Purchase by June 6th for a 10% discount.
Pass holders enjoy special benefits at Adventure Reef including early entry, exclusive use of the park on Sundays. Pass holders also receive food and drink specials at the concession stand. The water park is located at 2900 Glengarry Dr, in Kettering.
For Music Fan’s listening pleasure:
- The We Care Arts annual Arts & Drafts Festival from 2-10pm on August 3rd
- Address: 3035 Wilmington Pk in Kettering.
- Parking is available in nearby lots or residential streets.
- Going to drink? We encourage you to get a ride, Lyft or Uber on your way!
- All ages welcome!
- $10 at the door or for pre-sale click here.
Whether you are an active runner, a walker, or in a wheelchair – you are very welcome to join on this year’s Run, Stroll & Roll 5k on August 3, 2019. This special 5k event benefits We Care Arts, a local nonprofit that believes in the healing power of creating and producing art that transforms physical, developmental and mental challenges into a future rich with possibilities!
This 5k is fully accessible and intended for all levels of physical ability. All participants will receive a hand-crafted, one of a kind medal, created by one of the client artists, and an exceptional “swag bag” filled with goodies by event sponsors. Each 5k participant bag also includes a voucher for one free admission to the Arts & Drafts Festival event held later that same day. Top male and female in the 5K receive a hand-painted mug!
The 5k starts at 8am, with participant registration beginning at 7am. Race Day sign up will be available at the registration tent on the Kettering Rec Center parking lot side of Indian Riffle Park, 2900 Glengarry Drive in Kettering. Sign up for the race here:
How To Go?
August 3, 2019. Check-in at 7am, RUN, STROLL and ROLL begins at 8:00 am! Registration and parking on the Kettering Recreation Complex side, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio
June 1 through July 26, 2019
$30 (shirt included, save $5 and select no shirt)
July 27 through race day
$35 (shirt not be guaranteed)
$15 Fun Run, Stroll, and Roll
Sign up or get more info here: https://5kwecarearts.itsyourrace.com
Each participant will receive a hand-crafted ceramic medal created by the clients at We Care Arts and a free entry to We Care Arts ARTS and DRAFTS celebration that evening. Below are two examples of the unique medals participants will receive.
Calling all art lovers! The local nonprofit, We Care Arts, is hosting it’s first ever gallery show White Knight this Friday June 14th from 6-8pm at their Berkeley Center studio location at 3035 Wilmington Pike in Kettering. Kick off the weekend with exclusive art pieces, online bidding, a gallery shop and more! Not only are you getting original and unique art, you are supporting an impactful area nonprofit. All proceeds will empower artists to achieve their goals.
We Care Arts believes in the healing power of creating and producing art that transforms physical, developmental and mental health challenges into a future rich with possibilities. Since 1983, We Care Arts has been providing a caring and safe space for artists to engage in artistic exploration as they work through life’s challenges.
This debut dual exhibition show and reception will feature two Dayton-based artists, Teresa White and Mitchell Knight, from We Care Arts. Teresa White is a sculptor from Dayton, OH. She enjoys creating whimsical animal shapes, drawing inspiration from colors and forms in nature. She finds happiness in the process of developing each piece and sharing her art with others. Mitchell Knight is a painter from Dayton, OH. He graduated from Chaminade Julienne High School. Mitchell enjoys art because it allows him to focus on what he is creating and enjoy that moment. Mitchell specializes in abstract paintings on canvas, and is inspired by the lines and shapes found in art by Paul Klee.
Both artists attend programming at We Care Arts where they have developed collections. Teresa’s unique ceramic pieces have become quite popular at the studio. Mitchell creates modern acrylic paintings that have been quite popular among buyers. Mitchell also currently has a piece on display in the VSA Ohio’s Accessible Expressions Ohio statewide exhibition for 2019.
How To Go?
Friday June 14th from 6-8pm
We Care Arts is located at 3035 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, OH just south of Dorothy Lane and across from Eudora Brewery.
Parking is available in the back of the studio.
This is a free event, open to the public!
Can’t make the gallery? View/Shop the collection online – https://one.bidpal.net/wecareshow/welcome
If you would like to see more about We Care Arts, please visit them online at wecarearts.org and follow on social media.
For gallery information, you may contact Rebekah Orr at Rorr@wecarearts.org or by phone at 937 252 3937.
Rosewood Arts Centre’s premier annual event, Art on the Commons, is almost here! We’re celebrating a major milestone this time around -this fine arts and crafts festival has been going strong for 30 years! The festival features over 100 artists in a variety of media. All the artwork is juried to make sure the quality is top notch. Perusing the booths is a great way to spend a Sunday. Here are some of the many fun things to check out at the event, affectionately known around here as AOTC!
1. All the art
So, 100 artists. As always, it’s a great mix of new folks and returning favorites. This year’s categories are ceramics, digital art, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and wood.
We mentioned jurying – wondering what that means? Our three jurors, Eve Fleck, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Springfield Museum of Art; Marta Hewett, the owner of Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati; and Kettering Arts Council member Alex Ignatiou, reviewed all the AOTC submissions and ranked each artist based on design, originality, presentation, audience appeal and eligibility. Come see (and buy) the artwork that stood out from the crowd.
2. The setting
You might have noticed that we’re all about Kettering’s parks. And why wouldn’t we be? Lincoln Park is home to beautiful flowers, Kettering’s iconic fountains, lots of public art, and it features plenty of green spaces, shade trees and benches for resting your feet. Come enjoy the park while it’s bustling with people and full of even more great artwork.
This year, our photogenic festival will feature an Instagram scavenger hunt – those who complete the hunt will be entered into a prize drawing!
3. Live music
Festival goers loved the WYSO Excursions Stage with Niki Dakota last summer, and Niki will be be back again this year! Bringing listeners eclectic sounds from around the world and from closer to home, WYSO especially loves to champion local artists and music that embodies the diversity of the Miami Valley. Rosewood Arts Centre and WYSO are delighted to showcase the uniqueness of Art on the Commons and of our local music heroes.
Here’s the full live music schedule!
11:00 – 12:00, Zane Gerlach
12:30 – 1:30, The Pullouts
2:00 – 3:00, The Lovers
3:30 – 5:00, Daniel Dye & The Miller Road Band
4. Food trucks
The region is home to some pretty fabulous food trucks. A tasty selection will be at AOTC, so come hungry. Grab a taste of the cooling treats of Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops; the chef-prepared cuisine of Harvest Mobile; wood-fired Bella Sorella Pizza; delicious South American favorites from El Meson and tasty Tibbs Italian Ice.
The Fraze Pavilion’s Ernie’s Concessions will also be open for business with festival favorites like hot dogs, nachos and pretzels.
5. Family fun
Rosewood Arts Centre presents Interactive Artmaking Activities, Kaleidoscope and the Rosewood Artist Booth! Families with littles are more than welcome at AOTC. There’s even a selection of free activities just for you! Kids are welcome to make finger puppets, beaded jewelry and a community painting. The Kaleidoscope Art and Nature on Wheels program will roll in to share a fun art and nature activity! The talented Rosewood faculty will also be on hand to show off their skills at fiber arts, jewelry making, painting and drawing.
This article, written by Sara Thomas originally appeared on the city of Kettering website.
Art on the Commons is Sunday, August 12, 11 am until 5 pm at Kettering’s Lincoln Park Civic Commons.
Art on the Commons features fine arts and crafts by over 100 talented artists from throughout the United States. Artwork for display and sale includes ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal and stone, mixed media, painting, photography, wood and works on paper creations.
Admission is free and open to the public!Live entertainment and plenty of interactive art activities are scheduled throughout the day.
The feature monthly recipe from the Food Adventure Crew is one of the Big Ragu’s creations. It is a fun, delicious meal, that is sure to impress your friends.
Today we highlight a healthy fish dinner and even offer up some side ideas that mimic the local steakhouses. The best part, this is a fairly easy recipe. Make yourself look like a champ with little effort.
Do you love seafood? The Big Ragu sure does, and works with it constantly. One of the most important challenges in Dayton is getting your hand on the good stuff. That is the FRESH good stuff. Let us recommend Foremost Seafood in Kettering for the absolute freshest and most diverse choices in town.
That being said, lets dive into this MUST EAT dinner !
HERE IS THE SKINNY on BAKED SWORDFISH with RASPBERRY SAUCE:
BAKED SWORDFISH with RASPBERRY SAUCE (feed 6 people)
6 Swordfish filets , 8oz each
Butter, salted, 6 square pad slices
Lemon juice, 6 Tbsp
Paprika, 2 tsp
Garlic powder, 2 tsp
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Worcestershire Sauce (splash)
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
½ cup fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons of honey
- Lay filets on an oiled baking dish . Squeeze lemon juice on top of each piece of fish. Place a square slab of butter on top of each fillet. Sprinkle paprika, garlic powder and black pepper on top of fish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, finish off under the broiler for 1 minute
- Mash the raspberries in a small bowl, whisk in the vinegar, Worcestershire and honey. Spoon the sauce over the fillets Garnish each piece of fish with a sprig of thyme.
SWEET STEWED TOMATOES:
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, including juice
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 sweet Vidalia onion (diced)
16 toasted bread cubes
1 ¼ sticks of butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup Brown Sugar
- Add a little olive oil to a sauce pan, add the diced onion and stir on medium heat until they start to carmelize
- Drain the whole tomatoes can and add to the pan. Add diced tomatoes and their juice in the saucepan. Add butter and sugar. Simmer, uncovered, twenty minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bread cubes and serve in small bowl
GARLIC BUTTERY STEAMED GREEN BEANS:
- Place your green beans in a bowl or container with ¼-1/2 inch water. Microwave them for 3 minutes to steam them..
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, garlic salt, and pepper. Stir until the brown sugar is completely dissolved. Add the green beans and stir the green beans until they are coated. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until green beans appear done. Place beans and about half the sauce into a serving dish and they are ready to serve.
Enjoy the other photos from our recipe below.
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April 19th promises to be one of the tastiest days in Dayton.
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Today the chefs at Archer’s in Kettering have confirmed a final menu for the CORKS and FORKS Dinner event.
This is a 4 course Food Adventure complete with wine pairings
Here is the lineup just announced !!!!
WINE FLIGHT 1:
J. PINOT GRIS
FOOD COURSE 1:
BANGING SHRIMP and SPINACH DIP
(Made with 3 cheeses)
WINE FLIGHT 2:
FOOD COURSE 2:
GRILLED ROMAINE HEART CAESAR SALAD
(Served with shaved Parmesan and grape tomatoes. We may showcase Archer’s “Cardinal” dressing.)
WINE FLIGHT 3: BORNE OF FIRE CABERNET
FOOD COURSE 3:
(Served with a wild mushroom red wine sauce, on a bed of mashed potatoes.
Possible Salmon option for those who do not like steak)
WINE FLIGHT 4: RISATA MOSCATO D’ASTI
FOOD COURSE 4:
APPLE CRUNCH CAKE
(Apple Pie topped with brown sugar, yellow cake, and mixed nuts.
Key Lime pie option for those with nut allergy)
HERE IS THE SKINNY ON THE EVENT:
—“CORKS and FORKS”
4 COURSES, 4 WINE PAIRINGS Just $40
(Menu subject to change)
—THURSDAY APRIL 19th, 6:30pm
—ARCHERS KETTERING, 2030 E. Dorothy Ln, Kettering
Again, seating is limited and once seats are gone, they are GONE !
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The Red Shoe Society Dayton and the Jr. Red Shoe Society invites sons and their mothers, grandmothers, and friends to share an evening of dancing and games, to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton. The Boys Night Out with Mom is a memory-making event that is both fun and teaches our young men the importance of giving back to help others.
Festivities include: Dinner & Dancing, Raffles, Sports, Games & Prizes, Sweets & Treats, and Photo Station! If you’re interested in attending, don’t delay, register today!
Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton and its mission to provide a “home-away-from-home” to families of critically ill or injured, hospitalized babies and children. Can’t attend but want to help? Share this event and Subscribe to their mailing list for future Red Shoe events.
Boiled and Baked! That’s the secret to a great bagel and owners of this local franchise, Eric & Jen Fester and their partner Cody Klueter are excited to bring a bagel shop to Kettering. Cody had worked at a Barry Bagels in Toledo and when they announced they would begin franchising he was first in line. This store is the 11th Barry’s and if all goes well they’ll consider opening more in the area.
Located at 4313 Far Hills Ave, nestled amongst the row of quick serves like Chipotle, Prada, Pizza Fire and Firehouse Subs, Barry Bagels will be serving up bagels, sandwiches, soups and salads seven days a week. Bagels are cooked fresh daily, from dough shipped in from Barry’s plant in Michigan. Bagels are boiled for about a minute, seasoned and baked in front of a window, allowing customers to observe the process. The goal is to never run out of any flavor of bagel from open to close.
Bagel flavors: Onion • Garlic • Everything • Poppy • Salt • Plain • Raisin Blueberry • Pumpernickel • Honey Wheat • Spinach Feta Sunny Grain • Sesame • Asiago • Cheddar Jalapeño Vanilla Cinnamon • Chocolate Chip
Cream cheeses that are whipped fresh daily will include: Lite Scallion, Cinnamon Swirl, Lite Vegetable Ranch, Honey Brown Sugar, Lite Southwest Jalapeño, and Strawberry.
Their Eggels, think breakfast sandwich, will be available all day long, and with the large menu of meats and veggies, it will be easy to eat their on a regular basis and not get bored. Also on the menu David’s cookies, and Biggby Coffee, in several flavors for just $1.99. Joe To Go (10-12 cups) is available for $19.99, but they recommend calling ahead to place that order. A catering menu including bagel, deli, sandwich or cookie trays as well as box lunches is available and delivery and online ordering will be added later this summer or early fall.
General Manager, Jonathan Hague shared the teams goal “to be not just a bagel shop, but a valued member of the community.” Most of the management team like in Oakwood or Kettering and spend a lot of time at school sports and volunteering in the community.
In asking co-owner about what she envision for the business she was quick to say, “freshness made daily that tastes great in a friendly atmosphere that feels like everyone knows each other.” Hague quickly tags it as “Cheers-like, where everyone knows your name.”
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Barry Bagels Kettering
SAT 6:30am-5pm & SUN 8am-3pm
Dayton Most Metro has EXCLUSIVE scoop on a free concert coming to the 2017 Garlic Fest Saturday evening, July 22nd.
A Prince Tribute band out of Chicago and Columbus, called “Prince Night” will perform hits from “Cream” to “Little Red Corvette,” and everything in between. There may even be a Sheila E. and Appolonia song or two.
Get ready to party like it’s “1999,” because the concert will go off “Purple Rain” or shine…
The band is set to hit the stage Saturday Night July 22nd at 7:30pm.
The concert is FREE and will take place at the
Sons of Italy Bella Villa Hall
on 2625 County Line Rd,
Beavercreek, OH 45430.
Many of you may know this site from September’s Italian Fall Festa, Dayton’s annual Italian Festival.
Folding chairs are welcome.
FYI no pets are allowed on premises due to insurance reasons.
Come out to the Garlic Festival for an unforgettable night of Food, Adult Drinks, Music, and more.
The Bocce Classic will also be underway, so you can watch one of the biggest Bocce Tournaments in the nation kick off.
Garlic Fest is part of a huge weekend at the Sons of Italy lodge. Here is a breakdown of the weekend’s festivities.
FRIDAY JULY 21st – 5pm-10pm
SONS OF ITALY FOOD TRUCK RALLY
-Food Truck Rally with 15 Trucks
-Beer Trucks & Wine
-Free Acoustic Band
-Beginner Bocce Ball Tournament called the “Bocce Bash” This is for charity and some local celebs will be on hand.
We need teams! Sign up here, but you must be a complete bocce beginner !
-10pm-11pm Food and Beer Vendors shut down
SATURDAY JULY 22nd – 11am-10pm
GARLIC FEST & PRINCE TRIBUTE CONCERT
-15 Local Restaurants & Food Vendors
-Beer Trucks & Wine
-Free Cooking Demos inside the Bella Villa Hall noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
-1pm-4pm Live Band “Blue Caboose”
-5pm Garlic Eating Contest
-6pm Bocce Classic Tournament Kickoff
-7:30pm Prince Tribute Band “Prince Night”
-10pm-11pm Food and Beer Vendors shut down
SUNDAY JULY 23rd 9am – ?
BOCCE CLASSIC BOCCE BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
–Enter a team in the tournament click here
So “Let’s Go Crazy” on July 22nd when “doves are sure to cry..” Just “Take Me with U” and wear your “Rasberry Beret.”
It’s GARLIC FEST 2017, and we want your extra time and your …. “Kiss.”