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

Big Read’ series starts April 8

During April, Wright Library will host a series of book discussions for both adults and teens of Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas.  The programs are part of the “Big Read,” the Miami Valley’s annual community reading project.  Funny in Farsi is a funny and touching look at growing up as an Iranian immigrant in 1970’s California.  

The public is invited to join the following discussions:

Tuesday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Starbucks at 2418 Far Hills Ave.

Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. in the Wright Library meeting room.  

The Big Read for Teens will meet:

Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Wright Library meeting room.

Registration is not required for these events, and light refreshments will be available. For a list of dates of all the discussion groups in the Miami Valley, visit Anyone with questions can call Wright Library at 294-7171.

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.

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.

Oakwood GOP meeting

The Reverend John Putka, S.M. Ph.D will meet with members of the Republican Council of Oakwood, on Thursday, April 10 at 1 p.m. at the home of Pat Schroeder.

Father Putka, who teaches political science at the University of Dayton, is returning by popular demand.

For more info call 296-1194.

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 started on April 7, and will continue 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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