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Holiday events


Holiday Decorating Contest underway

The City of Oakwood’s Environmental Committee will be judging Oakwood residences for the Holiday Decorating Awards. Each year during the holiday season, decorated Oakwood homes, multi family units and businesses are judged on the following criteria: use of natural or natural looking material, tastefulness, and originality in keeping with the winter holiday theme and curbside appearance, both during the day as well as night time hours.

Judging will be done from Sunday, Dec. 14 through Friday, Dec. 19.  Residential winners of each district as well as one multiple family unit and one business winner will be notified after the judging has taken place. Winners will appear in local newspapers.  Winners will also receive a framed certificate of award that will be presented at an Oakwood City Council meeting in January.  

Holiday of Lights Dec. 14 at Shafor Park

On Sunday evening, Dec. 14, This year’s Holiday of Lights festivities will take place Sunday evening, Dec. 14 at Shafor Park, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Following a welcome by Mayor Judy Cook to those attending, the holiday tree will be lighted.  

Entertainment will be provided by “the “Mini Pops” as well as the Oakwood High School Band performing holiday songs and entertainment.  This will be followed by the arrival of Santa Claus on the Oakwood fire truck, and a chance for children to talk to him after his arrival. Hot cocoa and pop corn will be served.  

Also, this year, there will be horse drawn carriage and wagon rides to take families throughout the community to see the display of luminarias decorating and lining Oakwood’s streets. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this community event.

Luminarias now on sale at OCC

Luminarias are now on sale   at the Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Road.  The cost is $3.25 per dozen and includes the white bags, sand and 10 hour burning candles.  Residents may pick them up at the Community Center during regular business hours until the end of the business day on Sunday, Dec. 14 or until sold out, which ever comes first.  The response to this project has been tremendous and residents are encouraged to participate.

Instructions for the placement of luminaria, if placed in the right of way area or the sidewalk area is at every crack in the curb or sidewalk area, or at approximately 5’ to 7’ intervals.  

The ‘Lighting of Oakwood’ will take place on Sunday evening, Dec. 14 beginning at 6 p.m.  Oakwood residents are encouraged to celebrate “community” by participating in this seasonal tradition.  As a part of this event, the City of Oakwood and the Oakwood Environmental Committee will place luminarias along the boulevards on Far Hills Avenue, Shafor Boulevard, Shroyer Road as well as the city building, OCC, Smith Gardens, Huffman Park, city parks and other areas around the community.  This holiday lighting event has become a tradition in an effort to brighten the entire community at the onset of the winter season.  We hope all can participate and enjoy the efforts put into this project.

Any resident interested in helping with this project should call Carol Collins at the Oakwood Community Center at 298-0775.

Holiday Open House at the Homestead Dec. 14

The Long-Romspert Homestead is ringing in the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 1- 3 p.m. with a community-wide Open House. This year it’s not just for members, but for everyone, especially those who haven’t seen our new updates. This is a chance to see three distinct time periods we emphasize in Oakwood’s past. The Homestead has undergone an extensive renovation over the past eighteen months, transforming it into a house museum, which represents American life from the rural 1860's to the suburban 1920's.

There will be refreshments and tours, and we plan to have a fire in the summer kitchen with warm apple cider to take the nip out of the air! Join us - don’t be one of those who say “I’ve always wanted to see that place.” Bring the children and friends! The Long-Romspert Homestead is located at 1947 Far Hills Avenue.  Parking is limited behind the Homestead, and side street parking is available. We look forward to seeing you at the Homestead for treats, tours, music, and a unique, vintage holiday celebration.

Further questions may be directed to Kjirsten Goeller, Programs/Events Coordinator and OHS Board member, at 298-1268 or .

OUMC to offer ‘Cantata of Hope’ on Dec. 21

The Oakwood United Methodist Church Choir will be presenting “Holy Night of Miracles”, a Cantata of Hope for Christmas arranged by Lloyd Larson on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Oakwood United Methodist Church located at 206 E. Hadley Ave. in Oakwood on the corner of Hadley Ave. & Shafor Blvd.

There will be two performances at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The choir will be under the direction of John B. Hall and their accompanist will be Dr. Michael E. Henry.

The proceeds from the offering taken at the 4:30 p.m. Service will go to the organization “Nothing But Nets”, a global grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a major killer of children in Africa. Pastor Brian Thie welcomes anyone to attend either service.

For further information contact the OUMC office at 937-293-7279 or the church website at

At the Wright Library_________________________

Holiday movie at Wright Library Dec. 13

Get out your toe-tapping shoes as Wright Library prepares for the winter season by showing the movie, “Happy Feet” on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. This is the
animated story of Mumble, a penguin who can’t sing, but he sure can dance!

This is a delightful movie for the whole family. The movie is rated PG for some mild peril and rude humor. The movie is free and no registration is required.  For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171.

Gingerbread house project Dec. 14

Teens, with a parent or other adult mentor, are invited to come to Wright Library on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. to construct a gingerbread house to take home!   Snacks and materials are provided. Join in the fun!

Registration is REQUIRED at least one week in advance to make sure there are enough supplies for everyone. For more information or to register, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171.

@ the OCC_____________________________

Breakfast with Santa

There are still a few tickets left for the OCC’s Breakfast with Santa!  The breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 13th from 9-11:30am.  Hurry in...when they’re gone, they’re gone!    Fees are $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers, and $16 for nonresidents.

There is also space left in the Gingerbread House class being held Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 4-6 p.m.  For ages 7-13 and 6 & under with an adult helper. Come decorate a beautiful pre-baked gingerbread house!!!   Must register by Saturday, Dec. 6. Fees are  $18 for members, $27 for nonmembers, and $36 for nonresidents.

For more information, please call the OCC at 298-0775.


Holiday Giving _________________________

Toy Drop-off at Wright Library through December

Make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected chil-dren and teens in Montgomery County by dropping off new, unwrapped toys, sporting goods, infant care items, and grooming items at the Wright Memorial Public Library throughout the month of December.

For the Love of Children (FLOC), a  not-for-profit organization, will distribute the toys and gifts to children being served by the Children Services Division of Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services. Last year, FLOC was able to present over 1,400 children with four brand new gift items. In many instances, they are the only gifts these children will receive. Items collected but not distributed this year will be distributed next year.

Sunrise taking donations

During the holiday season, Sunrise of Oakwood would like to give thanks to the men and women who serve to protect our country in the armed forces.

We have collected empty shoe boxes to fill with non-perishable “gifts”, which will be beautifully wrapped by our residents and delivered to Wright Patterson for deployment overseas. If you would like to contribute items such as candy, books, letters, toiletries or wrapping paper-please drop off at Sunrise (1701 Far Hills Avenue) to Karen Haverland’s attention.

The deadline for these donations is Friday, Dec. 12. Thank you for helping us give back to those who give us so much of themselves all year long!

Holiday Food Drive through Dec. 14

The City of Oakwood Holiday Food Drive continues through Sunday, Dec. 14.  
Donations will benefit the Food Bank. Collection boxes will be available at the OCC, 105 Patterson Road and the City Building, 30 Park Avenue.  Share your blessings with others.

Gift drive at two tire stores Is your car ready for winter? Is your heart ready for Christmas? Two Miami Valley businesses are teaming up with Good Neighbor House to help provide Christmas to the youngest of the underserved in our community. Now through Dec. 17, customers can receive $15 off any purchase made at Dayton Tire Sales or Detroit Tire if you bring in a new, unwrapped
gift to benefit a child aged six months to 14 years of age at Dayton Tire Sales 3091 South Dixie Avenue in Dayton or Detroit Tire at 968 West Second Street in Xenia.

Cash donations may also be made at Dayton Tire Sales, Detroit Tire or to Good Neighbor House 844 South Patterson Blvd.

Lotsa Locks

Eight-year-old Hannah Cairney had her hair cut at Eden Salon in Oakwood recently in order to donate it to Locks of Love.  She grew her hair out for three years in order to be able to donate it.  In all, her hair donation was 13 inches long.  Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. It is estimated that 80 percent of all donations come from children who wish to help other children.  You can read more about their mission and how to donate by visiting their website at


Huffman Home Tour Dec. 12 - 14

Historic Huffman Neighbor-hood Association and St. Paul United Methodist Church invite you to enjoy the spirit of the season in Historic Huffman this year. The Huffman Holiday Home Tour runs Dec. 12-14 and features eight beautifully restored Victorian era homes and the circa 1884 St. Paul United Methodist Church.

In addition, St. Paul will host a Christmas Concert and Carol Sing on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. St. Paul UMC, located at 101 Huffman Ave., also celebrates its 125th Anniversary in conjunction with this year’s Holiday Home Tour.  

Historic Huffman
Holiday Home Tours

December 12

Exclusive Champagne Tour. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance.

December 13

Guided Tours are $15. Advanced registration is required. 7 p.m:  Free Christmas Concert and Carol Sing, St. Paul UMC.

December 14

Self-Guided Tours are $15 and begin at St. Paul UMC, 101 Huffman Ave.


For more information, map and directions, or to order tickets please visit: or call 937-258-0057.  

The Huffman Holiday Home Tour is made possible in part by generous sponsorship from Wright-Patt Credit Union and the City of Dayton Office of Planning and Community Development.

Family Day at A.F. Museum accents Wright Bros.

Celebrate the 105th anniversary of the first heavier-than-air powered flight during Family Day on Dec. 13 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. All activities are free.

This month, visitors can learn about the “Twelve Seconds that Changed the World” during a presentation in the Carney Auditorium at 11 a.m. The presentation will cover the Wright Brothers achievement of heavier-than-air powered flight.

Several local aviation authors will also be on hand signing their books from Noon to 3 p.m. Dale Whitford, author of “Unlocking the Gateway to Flight: The Keys to the Success of the Wright Brothers,” will be among those on hand to autograph his book..
Several Aerospace Demonstration Stations will also be set up throughout the galleries. For example, families will be able to compare heavier-than-air flight to lighter-than-air flight by observing model hot air balloons being launched. This activity will take place throughout the day in the Modern Flight Gallery. Other demonstrations include learning how an airplane flies and how it is controlled in flight.

To celebrate the holiday season, visitors can also make paper flight-related ornaments. This free activity takes place in the Modern Flight Gallery and visitors are encouraged to stop by anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. to participate.

“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes and listen to aviation-related stories.

Visitors of all ages may participate in these aviation-related activities located throughout the museum galleries from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No advanced reservations are necessary and all activities are free. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-8048 for additional information.

105th anniversary of flight dinner slated Dec. 17

Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will be the featured speaker at the dinner celebration Dec. 17 in Dayton, Ohio, of the 105th anniversary of powered flight first achieved by Daytonians Wilbur and Orville Wright.

The event, hosted by Aviation Trail, Inc. and the National Aviation Hall of Fame, will again be held in the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Springfield Pike. Tickets are available to the public.

Boyer’s speech, entitled the “Past, Present and Future of General Aviation,” will follow a Wright-family-style dinner and music by musicians from the US Air Force Band of Flight. Capping the evening will be the NAHF’s announcement of its class of 2009 honorees to be formally enshrined in July.

Book signings by Aviation Trail authors

ATI members who have had aviation books published since last year’s first flight anniversary will be available during our social hour to autograph their works. They will be in the Learning Center of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the pre-dinner venue.

The authors and their books are:

Ann Cooper, Stars of the Sky, Legends All, Illustrated histories of women aviation pioneers

Charles Cooper, How to Draw and Paint Aircraft Like a Pro

Timothy R. Gaffney with Ty Greenlees, Dayton Air Show: A Photographic Celebration

Dan Patterson with Ron Dick, 50 Aircraft That Changed the World

Sarah Byrn Rickman, Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II

Dale Whitford, Unlocking the Gateway to Flight: The Keys to the Success of the Wright Brothers

The evening’s social hour begins at 6 p.m. in the NAHF’s Learning Center and dinner in the Modern Flight Gallery follows at 7 p.m. Boyer’s speech is scheduled for about 8 p.m.

Tickets for the flight anniversary event are $60 a person. Requests for reservations should arrive at ATI no later than Friday, Dec. 13.  Mail your check to ATI, P.O. Box 633, Wright Brothers Branch, Dayton, OH 45409.


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