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Hike to Houk event June 22

“Hike to Houk” is an Oakwood Centennial event on Sunday, June 22 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. beginning and ending at the Smith School field.  There will be crafts, naturalists, animals, a scavenger hunt, music, prizes and a hike to our new Centennial Park through Loy Garden, Elizabeth Garden and Houk Stream.  The event and all the activities will be free to the public.

At the field, K-12 Gallery for Young People will be there with a fun make and take craft. Up and Running and Roll will have information about improving or getting your fitness program started.  As well as many other fun ideas that can help you become more environmentally conscious.  

You will start the hike at the field and it will take you to Loy Garden on Park Road. A scavenger hunt will begin at the entrance of the park and continue through Elizabeth Garden and Houk Stream.  There will be a musician playing in the garden.  Loy Garden features a multi-level walking trail that rises and falls as it follows the stream through the park.  The trail ends at Forrer Road.

As you continue on to Elizabeth Garden, the scavenger hunt will continue as well as a naturalist walking people through the garden educating visitors on the natural features of the park as well as answering any questions people may have.  The entrance to Elizabeth Garden is across from Loy Garden on Forrer Road.  The park trail meanders along the stream and ends near the intersection of Forrer and Ridgeway Road.

As you cross Ridgeway onto Oakwood Avenue, you will find the entrance to Houk Stream. In Houk Stream Park, Tom Hissong, a naturalist from Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm will have a live animal display of creatures that can be found in a forested stream habitat. He will answer questions about these animals, the habitat and other wild life to look for in this park environment. While you explore and finish up the scavenger hunt, take a moment to get a sneak peek at plans for the new Centennial Park.  A walk across the bridge leads you into this new park area where hiking trails and a “Hidden Garden” will be just a few of the highlights of things to come.  A dedication ceremony for the new bridge at Centennial Park will take place at 2: 30 p.m.

After exploring Houk Stream and Centennial Park, you will hike back to the Smith School field on Park Road.  

The event is rain or shine.  If it is raining, activities will be held in the Smith School Gym.  If you have questions about the event or are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact K. C. Stack at

This event brought to you through the generous support of Vectren.

@ the OCC__________________________________________________

June Activities...

KIDDIE KAMP – Theme: Dr. Seuss.  Each day of this week we  will read a different book by Dr. Seuss, play games and create crafts based on the book.  For ages 3 – 5, Monday - Thursday, June 16th – 19th from 10: 00 - 11:30 A.M. in Shafor Park.

SUMMER IN SHAFOR – (ages 6 – 9) Theme:  Wild Blue Yonder.  Sign up for a fast paced week of adventures with planes and rockets. On Friday we will take a trip to the United States Air Force Museum.  Monday thru Friday, June 16th – 20th, 12:30 – 3: 30 P.M.

CHINESE CULTURE CAMP – (Grades K – 3 & 4 – 7) Learn about an ancient and fascinating civilization; get an introduction to the Chinese language by learning basic conversational terms.  Monday - Friday, June 23rd – 27th from 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. in the OCC Large Classroom.

JAZZ DANCE CAMPS – June 23rd - 27th.  (Time dependent upon age group-grades K – High School).  Come join Colette Miller as she teaches you show-stopping leaps, turns, jumps and moves.  Proper technique is merged with cool music and Broadway, jazz and hip hop steps during this fun camp.

SAFETY TOWN – (ages 5 & 6, entering kindergarten in the fall) This class is designed to teach small children street crossing safety, home safety and to think safely. Monday thru Friday, June 23rd - 27th from 1:30 - 3:30 P.M. at Orchard Park Elementary School, 600 E. Dorothy Lane.

PRE-SCHOOL STORY HOUR AT SMITH GARDENS – Join Jennifer Sommer, the Children’s Librarian at Smith Gardens for a magical morning while she reads enchanting stories with your preschooler in mind. Friday, June 27th 10:00 A.M. at Smith Gardens.

2008 BLANKET CONCERT AT SMITH GARDENS – “Stan the Magic Man” Sunday, June 29th, 7:00 P.M.  Stan the Magic Man will perform tricks and magic that will keep you on the edge of your blanket!  In case of rain, concert will be held in the OCC’s Great Room.

At the Wright Library__________________________________________

Memoir-writing workshop June 17

As part of the Oakwood Centennial Celebration, Trudy Krisher will be leading a two-part memoir-writing workshop at Wright Library starting on Tuesday, June 17 from 6-8 pm and continuing on Tuesday, June 24 from 6-8 pm In the first week participants will learn about memoir-writing techniques, and in the second week they will share their stories with fellow participants.

The program will be held in the library meeting room, and registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.   For registration and questions, contact the library at (937) 294-7171.

Workshop on bugs June 19

As part of the “Catch the Reading Bug!” Summer Reading Club for kids entering grades K-5, the Wright Library is hosting free bug-related programs every Thursday during the summer. On June 19 at 2 and 3:30 pm, Mad Science of Cincinnati returns with workshops about bugs.

The 2:00 pm program is intended for kids entering grades 1-3, and the 3:30 pm program is intended for kids entering grades 4-6. The program will be held in the Meeting Room.

Space is limited, so registration is required. For more information or to register for the program, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171.

Kids! Catch the movie bug!

Join us for free buggy movie fun this summer at Wright Library. Bring the entire family! Popcorn will be provided. This month’s movies are:

• Monday, June 23 at 4 pm “A Bug’s Life”

• Monday, June 30 at 6 pm “Ant Bully”

Movies are shown in the Library Meeting Room, and no registration is required.

For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-717 or visit the website at

Adult Summer Reading Club includes prizes

Participants in the Adult Summer Reading Club can enter weekly prize drawings for each Wright Memorial Public Library book or digital book they read, or audio book they listen to.  The Grand Prize will be awarded on Aug. 3.  

Enter to win fabulous weekly prizes from Big Sky Bread, Buffalo Wild Wings, C’est Tout, Central Perc, Dayton Dragons, Dayton Opera, Dewey’s Pizza, Fountain Square Cleaners,  Milano’s, Starbucks, Oakwood Florist, Talbot’s, Trader Joe’s, the Victoria Theatre, and Whispers Home.

To participate, just visit Wright Library and check out a book. No advance registration is required. Entry forms for all prizes are available at the library or at the website. Books must be checked out from Wright Library.



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