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Oakwood homes during the
'teen' years -
1913 to 1919

DCOWA program to highlight Peru April 10

The Dayton Council on World Affairs “Insights” program is scheduled for Thursday, April 10 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon in Oakwood. Lunch is set for 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at noon Featured speaker is Ken McWhorter whose topic is “Peru Adventure.”

“Peru is one of the most beautiful land historic countries in the world. Once home to the great Empire of the Incas, Peru has a storied past which will come alive as you  join Ken McWhorter on a memorable trip through the Andes and Macchu Picchu,” said Chris Saunders.

For luncheon reservations call the DCOWA office at 229-2319 by April 4. The cost is $10 for lunch and program.

Tea-time at Patterson Homestead April 6

Attend Dayton History’s newest event, the Patterson Homestead Afternoon Tea Series.

Each individual Tea Party will include a variety of teas, tea sandwiches and desserts and a unique opportunity to tour the Patterson Homestead.

April 6 - “Spring Tea” featuring live music
May 4 - “Mothers Day Tea” flower arranging on the Patterson Homestead balcony
June 15 - “Children’s Tea Party “ featuring stories, crafts and games

The time for each event is 2 until 4 p.m. $18 per person per event for members; $20 per person per event for non-members. Prepaid reservations required. For additional information or to make reservations, please contact the Patterson Homestead at (937) 222-9724.

Bus trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara House

A bus trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara House in West Lafayette, Indiana will take place on Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It was 1950 when John and Kay Christian decided to build a home near Purdue University where they worked. John was a pharmaceutical chemistry professor and Kay was the social director for the university. After much debate they decided that Frank Lloyd Wright was the architect to design their new home. Not sure how to proceed, John telephoned Wright’s office and to his surprise reached Wright himself. Over the next six years the master architect and his client worked together on the realization of a Usonian dream – Samara House.

Dr. Christian continues to live in the home and manages the day-by-day operation of the property.  His
recollections of the project and Frank Lloyd Wright will make the tour of Samara an unforgettable experience.

Cost: $60 for the Members of The Westcott House Foundation; $80 for Non-Members (Fee includes bus transportation and admission tickets to SAMARA)

To make a reservation please call 937-327-9291.

A Centennial walk through Hawthorn Hill July 11-13

The Wright family home, Hawthorn Hill, will be open, free of charge, for tours to all Oakwood residents on July 11, 12 and 13. This is an incredible opportunity and something you will not want to miss.

The tours will be held: July 11 and 12 at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m.,1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.; July 13 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Deadline to sign up is June 1, 2008. Please call 298-0600 for reservations. All tours are limited to 15 people. No one under age 5, please. Your photo I.D. will be your ticket.

Walking is encouraged, parking available at the Oakwood Municipal Building. Because this tour is free, access to the home on that weekend is limited to Oakwood residents.

This event has been made possible by the generosity of the NCR Corporation.

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.

Smith Gardens Perennial Sale April 18-19

The twenty-second annual Friends of Smith Gardens “Perennial Sale” will be held on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 at the Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Road.  The hours are from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  Over 100 varieties of plants will be available including
perennials, hostas, ferns, herbs, ornamental grasses, daylilies and some annuals.

All plant material is Ohio grown, within a 100 miles of Dayton.  All of the growers are known for their excellent quality plants.  Plant material will be potted in 3”and 4 1/2” pots, quarts and gallon containers and will arrive in
Oakwood the day of the sale so all the plants are fresh from the growers and the best of quality.

A complete listing of plants is now available at the Community Center, 105 Patterson Road or by calling the OCC at 298-0775. This fundraising event is open to the public with proceeds going to the care and maintenance of Smith Gardens.

City Notes...

Community Recycling initiative underway

The Oakwood Rotary Club, in cooperation with the city of Oakwood, is pleased to announce a new Community Recycling initiative.

Members of the Oakwood Rotary Club will collect unwanted household waste items that are not permitted to be included in the regular weekly city trash pickup. Items include: paints, stains, thinners, pesticides and batteries ( materials must be in sealed containers.)

Please call 296-5155 and leave your name and address and the items will be collected between 9-noon on the designated Saturday. Although there is no charge for this volunteer service, citizens wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the Oakwood Rotary Club Foundation (IRS 501 c3) may do so at the time of pickup or by mail to: Oakwood Rotary Club, PO Box 512, Dayton, Ohio 45409.

Questions concerning this program can also be left at phone number 296-5155.

Hydrant Flushing

The city of Oakwood will commence flushing fire hydrants throughout the city starting on April 7, 2008 through April 25, 2008.  The following is the city’s schedule for flushing hydrants.  These dates are a guideline.  In the event of unforeseen problems, there may be a delay.

Hydrant Flushing Schedule:

East Drive to Orchard 4/7-4/8

Triangle to Wiltshire 4/9-4/10

Telford to Greenmount 4/11

Dellwood to Patterson 4/14

Patterson to East Thruston 4/15

N. of Thruston to Volusia 4/16

Rubicon, Volusia between Oakwood and Far Hills and Hatch Plat 4/17

Runnymede, Oakwood and Park Road to Ridgeway 4/18

Harman Ave. to Forrer Rd. 4/21

Park Road, Ridgeway to Peach Orchard 4/22

Peach Orchard, Ridgeway and Oak Knoll plat  4/23-4/24

All of Far Hills Avenue 4/25

While the hydrant flushing may cause some discoloration, the water is safe and will clear shortly after your area is flushed. Please check your water for clarity prior to doing any laundry.  Should your laundry become discolored, do not dry clothes until you have had an opportunity to re-wash them in a special detergent available from the water billing department at 30 Park Avenue between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Public Works Center at 298-0777.

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