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Smith Harvest Festival Oct. 11

Can’t decide if you want to visit a pumpkin farm or go to a tailgate party? Do both at Smith School Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Everything one can do at a pumpkin farm will be available:  buy pumpkins, cornshocks and straw bales, paint pumpkins, make fall crafts, build scarecrows and play field games.  

As for the tailgate element:  The bake sale held in conjunction with the festival continues to attract customers who are looking for specialty items not found in a bakery.  Beth Groff, the designer in charge, promises items are perfect for tailgate gift giving.  HEATER of the Dayton Dragon’s as well as Oakwood’s LUMBERJACK will mingle with fans and pose for pictures.  Members of OHS’s band will create its famous rumble and OHS Football, soccer (boys/girls), and field hockey varsity players will conduct skill clinics for elementary school age future quarterbacks, forwards, sweepers and goalies.  

Finally, there’s the PIG-OUT factor.  From 11 to 2:00 the concession stand will serve a Smithwich Lunch, i.e. a smokin’ barbeque sandwich complete with slaw, chips and drink.   There are a number of other menu items nutritionally designed to make “you run faster, think quicker and look more attractive,” according to Maureen McLaughlin, the Smithwich sandwich creator.

For those suffering financial fatigue, know Smith pumpkins are priced so every child leaves with a pumpkin. Bales of straw and corn shocks are also priced competitively.

The Punt, Pass and Pig-out Game Plan:

10:00 - 3:00 Pumpkin Painting,
Crafts  & Scarecrow Construction
Corn Hole & Children’s Games

11:00 - 2:00  Barb-b-que Smithwich lunch
Artist Peter Berwald and silent pumpkin auction

12:00 - 1:30  Dayton Dragon’s  Heater and Oakwood’s Lumberjack

12:30  OHS Drummer’s Concert

1:00  - 2:30 Football, Soccer and Field Hockey clinics,  Cheerleader demonstration, Tug of War Challenges, Sack Races and hay-hurdle relays.

Fright Nite at Clifton Opera House Oct. 10

This is a WARNING!  The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners just increased the FEAR level for the annual Fright Nite at the Clifton Opera House!  This program, geared for a Mature Adult Audience will keep you on the edge of your seats, with chills running up and down your spine from start to finish.

Join us for the fifth annual Fright Nite at the haunted Clifton Opera House, Corner of Rt. 343 and Clay Street, Clifton, Ohio on Friday, Oct. 10 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The ghosts lurking in the walls and rafters may drift by your row of seats. Perhaps you will hear the wail of little Rose, ghost of Cry Baby Farm, or the moans of the unsettled dead wafting down the hill from old Clifton Cemetery.  Why the old stagecoach driver, himself, killed as he crashed down the gorge towards the Little Miami River, may rush in to warn of impending danger.

The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners:  Shane Dickey, Lisa Holmes, Eric Wolf, Harold Wright and Jonatha Wright have conspired to spin one dreadful and disturbing tale after another.

Admission is $7 per person.

@ the OCC...

3rd annual Family Fall Festival Oct. 12

Oakwood’s third annual Family Fall Festival, sponsored by the Department of Leisure Services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 at Shafor Park. The hours are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m..  The afternoon will be filled with old fashioned activities and games for the whole family including a costume parade, diaper derby, pumpkin painting, three legged races, donut dive, wheelbarrow races, face painting, pumpkin bowling, potato golf, ring toss, skee-ball and much, much more.  And, don’t forget there will be hay rides for the whole family going along Scarecrow Row. You can see the new 2008 scarecrows along Shafor Boulevard.

Also, included in the day’s activities are musical groups including the Oakwood High School Pep Band.  
The Costume Parade for children, ages 10 and under, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Children are encour
aged to wear their Halloween best and participate in the parade. At 2:45 p.m. the Pumpkin Princess and Prince will be crowned.

At 3 p.m. a Diaper Derby for crawling toddlers in diapers will be held. Games and activities will be continuous throughout the day.  Near the end of the day’s activities the winners of the 2008 Scarecrow Contest will be announced at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Scarecrow Building Contest deadline Oct. 12

The deadline for entering Oakwood’s Sixth Annual Scarecrow Building Contest is near so hurry in to the Oakwood Community Center and fill out the entry form for an assigned location!  The City is hosting this fun filled fall community event Oct. 12 and is open to scout troops, church and school organizations, businesses, individuals and families.  The more scarecrows we have the more fun the event will be.
Make sure you come up with a great name for your scarecrow.

All entry forms must be returned to the Oakwood Community Center by Thursday, Oct. 9, by the close of the business day at 9 p.m. Registration packets are now available at the Oakwood Community Center business office.  Each packet contains the rules and regulations for the program as well as the building guidelines and an entry form to be completed and returned to the OCC for an assigned location.  The building and placement of scarecrows will take place on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Judging will take place promptly at 3:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to First, Second and Third place winners.

For questions concerning this event, please call the Oakwood Community Center at 298-0775.

Johnny Appleseed tree planting project underway

The City of Oakwood’s fall Johnny Appleseed Street Tree Planting Project is now underway.  Applications and detailed brochures describing the trees are available at the Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Road, or by mail.  Please call the Oakwood Community Center at 298-0775 for a brochure or further information.

This award winning project will offer five trees to homeowners at a 50% discount.  They include the
Eastern Red Oak,  ‘Green Vase’ Japanese Zelkova, ‘Ivory Silk’ Japanese Tree Lilac, ‘Cleveland Select’ Callery Pear and ‘Pacific Sunset’ Maple. The size of the trees will be 1?” diameter. One tree will be allocated for each approved property site. Trees must be planted in the city right of way at the discounted rate and will be wrapped, staked, mulched and guaranteed by the nursery for one growing season.

Planting will take place in late November or early December.  Homeowners may also purchase a tree at 100% of the cost if a second tree is needed or the homeowner wants to plant a tree on private property. All tree varieties were chosen because of their excellent landscape characteristics including fall color, height, rate of growth, shape of tree, texture and landscape value.  

For questions about this project, please call Carol Collins or Brian Caldwell at the Oakwood Community Center, 298-0775.


Harman Lobster Sale Oct 6 - 15

Harman School is holding its fourth annual "Crustaceans for Education" Lobster Sale Oct. 6 - 15. Students are offering live or "steamed while you wait" 1-pound Maine lobsters from Foremost seafood for $15.00 each. You can pick up your lobsters on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 2 - 6 pm at Harman School.

The students are alwo having a Bake Sale on pickup day, so bring some extra money for some yummy goodies.

To order or for more information call Rosie Winger at 238-6581.

OBPA caramel apple sale Oct. 10

The Oakwood Band Parents Association is selling caramel apples at the Oct. 10 football game against Milton Union. The sale will fund the purchase of new instruments for the high school, junior high and elementary school band programs.

Freisingers Chocolates of Springboro is donating the caramel apples, so all the proceeds of the sale will go toward the instrument fund. Made with large Braeburn apples and dipped in caramel made from scratch, these apples are a fall treat.

The caramel apples are $4 each and are available in plain caramel or caramel with peanuts. The apples will be on sale by the south concession stand at the Oakwood stadium. Get these delicious treats early—they will not last!

Oakwood community coat drive underway

In conjunction with the Oakwood Register, Oakwood High School is sponsoring the Seventh Annual Community Coat Drive.  Over the past 6 years, hundreds of coats have been delivered to the Salud Clinic,
near Tipp City, which provides free healthcare for migrant workers from Southwest Ohio.  The clinic also provides families with food, health education, and clothing.  

During the month of October, coats and other   winter outerwear can be dropped off at the Oakwood Register at 435 Patterson Rd., in the enclosed porch at 108 Lonsdale, or in the high school main office. Thank you for your support.

At the Wright Library__________________________________________

Mad Scientists’ Lab party Oct. 9

Ooze on over to Wright Library’s 7th annual Mad Scientists’ Lab for a Weird Science Party on Thursday, October 9 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Meeting Room.

Human specimens in grades K-5 are invited to dress up as their favorite mad scientist and watch Wright Library’s teen volunteers conduct weird experiments at several lab stations.  Test some laboratory-created snacks and make a shrunken head specimen to take home!    Registration is strongly encouraged and begins on Monday, September 29.

For more information, or to register, call the Youth Services Department at 294-7171.

Fall programs for teens

This fall, teens grades 6 through 12 can choose from a variety of great weekly programs offered at Wright Library! All teen programs are held in the group meeting room downstairs in the Library. Snacks and supplies are provided. Come join us!

Book Talks and Discussion, Fridays at 4 p.m.

Teens can hear about and discuss a different series every Friday at the Library. During September and October, we will discuss series such as The Princess Diaries, Twilight, and The Chronicles of Narnia. In November and December, we will discuss different authors. Homemade cookies and lemonade will be served. No registration required.

S.C.O.R.E. – Students Competing in Organized Recreational Entertainment

Every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., students can drop-in and play Guitar Hero III, Dance, Dance Revolution (DDR), jigsaw puzzles, Uno, Yahtzee, and a variety of other board games. If you wish, you can bring your own!

For a complete schedule of all teen programs, check the library website at www.Wright

Investment workshop Oct. 15

The Wright Memorial Public Library Reference Department, with the help of local Edward Jones financial advisor Bob Collins, will present a program the focuses on the library’s collection of financial newsletters and how they can be used to make investment decisions.

The program will be presented at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Both classes will be held in the library meeting room.  No advance registration is necessary.  Anyone with questions can contact the library at (937)294-7171.

Montgomery County farm tour Oct. 11 & 12 
See how rural America lives off the land and provides food

Fall is a lovely time for a drive in the country. In Montgomery County it only takes a few minutes to reach a country road leading to one of the five stops on the 2008 Montgomery County Farm Tour.  This drive it yourself farm tour is being held on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.  The tour is made up of five farms located in western Montgomery County, each of which is unique in its own way. You can start the tour at any location and visit them in any order you wish.  Fun, educational activities and food will be available at each site.

Possum Creek Farm, 4790 Frytown Road, Dayton, is a part of the Five Rivers Metro Parks system.  It is a one hundred acre farm with an 1830’s farmhouse and an 1886 bank barn. There are demonstration crops, a community garden area and a pond. The farm is becoming an eco-friendly, sustainable, 21st century farm. There are also programs for children and families on the importance of agriculture, gardening, and nature.

The Learning Tree Farm, 3376 S. Union Rd., Dayton, is a 60-acre farm established in 1973 by teachers who believed that hands-on learning experiences are essential to life.The farm has an 1839 farm house, a bank barn and other farm buildings. It has cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and miniature horses and burros. There are hay fields and re-growth woods to roam. They have multiple hands-on programs offered to schools, youth groups and day camps, all of which meet the Ohio Academic Standards. Some of the programs are Hands on the Farm, Seasons on the Farm, Finding Freedom on the Farm (the Underground Railroad) and Inside the Garden Box (visiting and eating in the vegetable, flower and herb gardens).

The Sycamore Conservation Demonstration and Education Farm, 3225 N. Lutheran Church Road, Trotwood, is a 350 acre farm originally established in the 1790’s. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation was able to purchase the land in 1979 as a part of Sycamore State Park. The Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District (MSWCD) has managed Sycamore Farm since 1982. A wagon tour will showcase the conservation practices in use to help conserve our soil and water, including the use of no-till farming, grassed waterways and a wetland. Tour the soils trailer to see what life is like underground and how what each citizen does effects the health of our soil and water.  Come learn more about the importance of rain gardens and the health of our streams.Learn about the large new wetland that is to become a part of the community and of its importance to our water system.

Majestic Nursery and Gardens, 2100 N. Preble County Line Rd., West Alexandria, is a farm on the western border of Montgomery County. It’s recognized for growing the most diverse selection of pumpkins, gourds and squash. Choose from their extensive display area or directly from the field. Find the perfect garden mum or fall annual, experience the Amazing Corn Maze, or take a hay ride. Learn about how the farm is protected from future development and what it means to be a Century Farm. You can also visit the farm animals or step back in time with the antique tractor and farm equipment display.

T?ken Farm Market on State Route 35, 15725 Eaton Pike, West Alexandria has many home grown fruits and vegetables to choose from. You can take a tour of the orchard, visit their petting zoo, or browse the country barn farm market, loaded with fresh preserves, baked goods and cheeses. Enjoy a scoop of pumpkin ice cream or an ice cold apple cider slushie. You can watch as wild pheasants are released back into the wild and learn about alpaca’s and the uses of their fiber.

For more information and a map visit the MSWCD web site at: or call the District office at 937-854-7646, option 4.

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