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Junior Assembly dance slated for Feb. 3

The Junior Assembly of Oakwood has announced its schedule of dances for the 2007-08 school year. Dances will be held on the following Saturdays: Feb. 3 at the Moraine Country Club and Saturday, May 3 at the Mandalay Banquet Center.

The Junior Assembly committee invites all high school freshman girls and boys living in Oakwood to attend these dances. Cost is $90.

If you live in Oakwood but attend another school, please contact Terri Jones at 298-2699 or Camille Morris at 299-6882 for an invitation.

Shrove Tuesday - jazz and pancakes at St. Paul’s

What do you get when you combine Dixieland jazz, prayer, pancakes, and the chance to help teens change their lives as they rebuild homes in impoverished rural Southern Ohio? The Shrove Tuesday celebration at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, that’s what—and the whole community is invited.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will celebrate Mardi Gras with Dixieland Jazz Vespers at 5:45 p.m. in the church, at 33 W. Dixon Avenue. In true New Orleans Mardi Gras style, the prayers and readings of the traditional.

Evening Prayer service will be enlivened by spirituals sung to the accompaniment of a Dixieland jazz band.
Following the service, the band will lead everyone in a rousing chorus of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” as all go marching in to the Parish Hall for the traditional Pancake Supper (with St. Paul’s own delicious additions of sausage and curried fruit).

The celebration and supper are free, but a free-will offering supports St. Paul’s annual Youth Mission Trip to rehabilitate housing in rural Athens County, an outreach project that parish teens, their friends, and their mentors have carried out for seven years. The whole community is welcome to join in the celebration and supper. Please call St. Paul’s at 293-1154 to RSVP, so we’ll know how much food to prepare.

St. Paul’s will also welcome Lent with Ash Wednesday services in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on February 6: Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes at 9:15 a.m. and 12: 15 p.m., and Evening Prayer with Imposition of Ashes at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the church office at 293-1154.

Hawthorn Hill regular tour schedule returns

Tours of the Wright home, Hawthorn Hill, will be conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those who have made advance, prepaid reservations. Tours will depart Carillon Historical Park via shuttle van promptly at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  

This unique experience is sure to be popular and space is limited to no more than 10 visitors per tour. The regular ticket price is $12 per person. A special combination ticket for admission to both Carillon Historical Park and Hawthorn Hill is available for $15 per person.  Dayton History members receive a discounted ticket price of $10 per person.  Call Guest Services for additional information or to make a reservation:  937-293-2841 or toll-free at 1-877-BE-HISTORY.

Due to an exciting partnership between Dayton History and The Wright Family Foundation, Hawthorn Hill, the Oakwood mansion that Orville Wright called home for nearly 35 years, will also be available for educational tours.  Dayton History will conduct the tours while the Foundation will continue to own and manage the property. This joint venture marks the first time that the structure will be accessible on a regular basis for members of the general public.

Artemis Center Gala slated for February 23

Escape the cold and the snow and enjoy an “Evening in the Islands” at the 18th Annual Artemis Center Gala on Saturday, Feb. 23, at The Dayton Marriott from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  

The 2008 Gala features live music from the band CoCoNuts, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and live auction. Beach bums and parrotheads are encouraged to attend. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Individual tickets are $125.  Attire is semi-formal.  Sponsors for the event include lead sponsor, National City Bank and co-sponsors Vectren, WHIO-TV and the Dayton Business Journal.  

Money raised from the Gala supports the adult and children’s programs at Artemis Center. “This is our largest fundraiser and provides critical operating dollars for Artemis Center.  We are so fortunate that the community sees the need and has continued to support this event for almost 20 years.  We truly appreciate National City’s ongoing support and partnership again this year,” said Patti Schwarztrauber, executive director of Artemis Center.

National City is the lead corporate sponsor for the gala.  “National City is proud to again sponsor this wonderful event to benefit Artemis Center,” says Jim Hoehn, President and CEO of National City Bank Southwest Ohio.  

“Artemis – like National City – believes in doing what’s right for the community it serves.  The services they provide to victims of domestic violence make the Miami Valley a safer place to live and work.”

The mission statement of Artemis Center is Leading The Community in its Commitment to End Domestic Violence.  Since 1985, Artemis Center has served more than 60,000 victims of domestic violence in this community by providing advocacy, hotline, court accompaniment, children’s therapy and other services designed to help victims and their children stay safe from violence in their homes.

For tickets or event information, contact Artemis Center at (937) 531-5709.

Noble Circle fashion show slated Feb. 23

Tom Batiuk, award winning and acclaimed creator of Funky Winkerbean, the celebrated comic strip which appears in 400 newspapers nationwide, will be the featured guest at “a Wear Affair”, a luncheon and fashion show to be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Mandalay Banquet Center, 2700 East River Road in Dayton. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit The Noble Circle Project for Women Surviving Cancer.

Batiuk will be signing copies of his new book, Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe. The collection of comic strips features one of the central character’s initial battle with breast cancer and the final series that examined her struggle with the disease and its outcome. The bold yet sensitive approach to a real-life issue garnered international acclaim.

Jean E. Farkas, President of the Wellness Connection of the Dayton Region, will be awarded the Noble Award in the Healing Arts for her commitment to meeting the health and wellness needs of those affected by cancer, including the women of The Noble Circle Project. She has over 30 years experience in creating, implementing and administering health and wellness programs. Her efforts have had a major impact on cancer prevention and screening and the embracement of complementary health methods in Dayton.

Cancer survivors who are participants in The Noble Circle Project will model fashions from Get Dressed! in Oakwood and The Secret Ingredient, Inc. in Kettering. Jewelry is by Van Galz. OHS alumna Kim Faris from WLQT/Lite 99.9 radio will serve as the event’s host and Holly Campbell-Bradley will be the fashion commentator.

The individual ticket price for the event is $50 and a reserved table of 10 is $600. Reservations will be accepted until Saturday, February 9. For reservation information call 937-429-4867 or go to

@ the OCC____________________________________________

Income tax prep

Sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons, this tax preparation is free and open to any older adult in the area.  Volunteer tax counselors receive extensive training in the correct preparation for all types of tax returns.  Appointments are required, the tax payer should bring their 2006, and all forms received in reference to their 2006 return with them.  Call 298-0775 after you received all 2007 tax documents to make your appointment.  Appointments are Tuesdays 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 A.M. and Wednesdays 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 A.M., February 5-March 26, 2008.

AARP driver safety

The AARP Driver Safety Course is eight hours of classroom instruction that refines existing skills and develops safe, defensive driving techniques.  Produced by the AARP and conducted through out the country in 2 half-day sessions, the Drivers Safety Course teaches preventive measures to use when driving that saves lives.  

It is an opportunity for you to learn how to handle adverse driving conditions and traffic hazard, in addition to learning about the effects of aging and medication on driving.  Pre-registration is required.  Call 298-0775 to make your reservation.  Wednesday, March 5 & Thursday, March 6, 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M., must attend both days. Make checks in the amount of $10, payable to AAPR.

Basketball Tournament

This Round Robin half court basketball tournament is open to any Oakwood child in third through sixth grade and a related adult (example teams: father/daughter, aunt/nephew, etc.)  Teams will be split into a boys and girls division.  If there are not enough teams to split into two divisions, we will integrate boys and girls together like in past years.  Teams will be place in divisions according to grade level and gender of the youth.  The adult player must be 18 years of age or older.  Saturday, March 8 at Edwin D. Smith Elementary Gym.  Call the Oakwood Community Center at 298-0775, or stop by 105 Patterson Rd for more information.

Youth volleyball

Bump-Set-Spike.  Learn the basics of volleyball under the instruction of Kelly Neff & Julie Thompson.  This fun, fast-paced sport is open to boys and girls grades 4th through 6th.  All participants report to the Edwin D. Smith Elementary on Tuesday, March 1, 2007 at 6:00 P.M.  Space is limited so register early!  Call the Oakwood Community Center at 298-0775, or stop by 105 Patterson Rd for more information.

Centennial mural signups underway 

Attention kids!  Help the Oakwood Community Center celebrate Oakwood’s first 100 years!  Sign up today and help create a Centennial Mural, Donnajean Ruble (retired art teacher) will guide the class participants in planning, designing, drawing, and glazing 6 inch ceramic tile to create a 4x4 foot mural.  Participants will also create their own personal 6-inch tile to take home with them after the class finishes.  The class is limited to 20 children, ages 8-12.  Classes will meet Saturdays from 12 noon - 2:45 p.m., Feb. 2, 9, 16, and March 1 & 8.  Upon completion participants will present the Centennial Mural to Oakwood City Council members at a council meeting later in the spring.  Call the Oakwood Community Center, 298-0775, or stop by 105 Patterson Rd. for
more information.

Home Alone

(9 yrs of age and older) When are your children ready to stay home alone?  This 4 hours course is designed to guide parents and teach children about being home alone.  Course will teach children to learn to think and then act appropriately if any unusual situations happen when home alone.   Class will meet Saturdays Feb. 2 & 9 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the OCC.  Register now!

Made with Love

(ages 4-9)  Join Miss Pat to make a craft and a couple of cards for someone special.  All supplies are provided so bring your imagination and have some fun.  Class will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 4-5 p.m.  Registration deadline is Feb. 3.

Girl Power 

A personal safety empowerment clinic for females ages 11 and up.  This is a must for those graduating seniors heading off to a college campus in the fall.  Make it a mother/daughter night out.  Oakwood Public Safety officer Glen Evans will help females have fun while discovering personal safety and self defense skills. Increase your awareness and avoid danger and have a plan to deal with bad people.  Advanced registration is required.  The clinic will meet at the OCC on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7– 9 p.m.

Junior High Ski Trip 

Each winter break the OCC and OJHS Student Council co-sponsor a ski trip to Mad River Mountain for OJHS students.  Join your friends and classmates on the slopes.  Never skied before… problems we have arranged for group lessons for the beginners.  Register now at the OCC.  Seats are limited on the bus.  A chartered coach will leave from the school at 8:15 a.m. and return to the OCC at approximately 7 p.m.  All other schools are in session so until mid afternoon it is like having a ski resort to just our students.  Registration deadline is Feb. 13.

Wright Library_________________________________________

Superhero program at Wright Library

Calling all Superheroes!  Boys, ages 2 to 6, and their moms are invited to a special superhero program at Wright Library on Monday, February 4, from 1:00   to 2:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Boys are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero.  They will be entertained with stories and games and the opportunity to make their very own superhero.  Superhero sandwiches will be served.  This program is free, but registration is required.  Registration begins January 22.   Please stop by the Children’s Room or call 294-7171 to register.

Wright Memorial Public Library is located at 1776 Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.  Their web site is

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