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Holiday Decorating winners
to be announced

The City of Oakwood’s Environmental Committee have been 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 has been done as of Friday, Dec. 19.  Residential winners of each district as well as one multiple family unit and one business winner will be notified soon 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.

St. Paul’s ‘Quiet Eucharist’ service

The lights, colors, sounds, and bustle of the holidays can be stressful under the best of circumstances. But for those who find themselves alone at this family-oriented time, or who have suffered a loss during the year, or who live with difficult memories, “Blue Christmas” is much more than a Christmas Carol. Traditional church Christmas services, which might otherwise be a source of solace, too often become painful reminders of what’s missing.

This year St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakwood will continue its custom of offering A Quiet Eucharist in anticipation of Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 12 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. This service, open to all, is especially designed to offer a prayerful atmosphere of peaceful and calm reflection, with a message of hope and healing.

Other Christmas services offered at St. Paul’s include the traditional Family Eucharist with Christmas Pageant (featuring children and youth of all ages) at 4: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24; the Festal Christmas Eucharist, which will be preceded by a choral prelude featuring the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir and guest musicians, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 (the service will begin at 8 p.m.); and Christmas Day Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 25.

All members of the community are warmly invited to attend. The church is located at 33 W. Dixon Avenue. For more information, contact the Church Office at 293-1154.

OUMC offers ‘Cantata of Hope’ and Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

The Oakwood United Methodist Church located at 206 E. Hadley Ave. in Oakwood on the corner of Hadley Ave. & Shafor Blvd. invites everyone to experience the Joy, Serenity, and Beauty of Christmas Eve for a Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. There will be a 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. service this year. Nursery care wil be provided.

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


Healthy Heart forum at KMC Jan. 15

The Dayton ‘Wright Hearts’ chapter of Mended Hearts announces an upcoming ‘Healthy Heart’ educational forum.  Teaming with the Kettering Medical Center’s (KMC) Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation, the quarterly forum will be open to the public.  

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15, 10:30-11:45 a.m. at the Kettering Medical Center’s Dining Room 1 (DR1).  A ‘healthy heart’ exercise subject, MOTIVATION: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND ACTION will be presented and moderated by Beth Knouse, an exercise physiologist at KMC’s Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation Center.   A discussion session will follow the presentation.  Space is limited so call 937.384.4884 to reserve your spot.

Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease.

NAMI support group meetings announced 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a grassroots organization, established in 1979 for mental health clients and their families as a self-help organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy to anyone affected by persistent, biologically-based brain disorders. All events are held at Christ United Methodist Church, 3440 Shroyer Road, Kettering.

• NAMI Caring and Sharing Family Support Group is held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Rejoice Hall, on the third floor of the fellowship hall. The January 2009 meeting will be held on Jan. 8, 2009 (second Thursday of the month). This is a support group for family members of persons with mental illness/brain disorders.

• NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets weekly on
Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in Room 164 of the Fellowship Hall. Recovery support group program for adults living with mental illness/brain disorders, regardless of diagnosis.

For further information about any of NAMI-Montgomery County’s meetings or groups, please contact Sue Hanna, Executive Director at 937-299-3667 or

Ballet, tap, jazz and belly dancing at Rosewood

You can learn Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Belly Dancing at Rosewood Arts Centre this winter!  You    can combine the rhythms of    Jazz dancing with ballet movements in Adult Ballet and Jazz   on Tuesdays at 6:30 to 7: 30 p.m.  Belly Dancing is offered on
Thursdays from 6:30–7:30 p.m.  You can increase your flexibility and strength while learning  dance positions and steps in Basic Ballet on Wednesdays at  10 to 10:45 a.m.  Or, if you are over 55, there is a special class on Thursdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m.   for you to learn soft shoe and tap.

Classes start the first week in January and again in March. For more information, contact Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, at (937) 296-0294 or email

Jewelry making at Rosewood to begin on Jan. 8

Wirewrapping begins on Jan. 8 and is taught by Donna Kuszpa
who has taught this technique since 1993. It requires a minimum of tools, no soldering and is completely portable.

Lampwork Bead Making starts on Tuesday, Jan. 20, and is taught by Dale Smith who has worked with glass since 1977 and has been creating lamp worked beads since 2000.  Make your own beads with glass rods and a torch.

Silversmithing is offered by Sandra Picciano-Brand and David Brand, artists and teachers who have had numerous exhibitions and won awards for metal and glasswork. This class begins on March 4.

Introduction to Silver/Metal Clay starting January 20, Jewelry Making with Fine Silver/Metal Clay  on March 3 and a one day workshop Just Rings in Metal Clay on March 21 are offered by Trish Jeffers-Zeh, a Certified Senior Instructor of Precious Metal Clay and Silver Art Clay.  She has a background in sculpture, metals, glass fusing, lapidary and mixed media.

For more information, contact Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, at (937) 296-0294 or email . Visit the Rosewood website at

@ the OCC...

Senior Wii® Sports Leagues

Wii® Golf and Bowling is now @ the OCC!  Wii is being used in rehabilitation centers, and senior centers around the country as a means of  getting people to move and engage in mild forms of physical activities.  Wii can be played by a single player just wanting to have some mild physical activity or up to 4 players as a social game.

What is nice about the Wii you do not have the weight of the ball, your fingers won’t get stuck in the holes, you do not have to rent shoes, or carry a golf bag around.  Stop  in Tuesdays or Thursdays afternoons Starting Jan. 20, 2009 and Wii will show you how to play!

My Life - My Words

This workshop explores the art of memory writing and putting your life experiences into words. Participants will be given many tools to help them generate ideas and words for the page. Exercises, writing prompts, and fun activities will help to aid in this often difficult process. Participants will also read and discuss a memoir during each class meeting. Workshop starts in March. 

Writing & Food - Coffee & Chocolate

Nothing goes better with writing than food! This workshop will feature a little bit of writing and a whole lot of eating and drinking! Bring your pen, journal, and an appetite. Theme-centered prompts will help to inspire both thinking and writing. Workshop starts   in February.

Class for Teens                     
College and Scholarship Essays: Win Them with Words

Writing a college application or scholarship essay can be stressful. Find out how to write an essay that not only reveals who you are and highlights your accomplishments, but also gives you an edge over other applicants. Workshop starts Feb. 8, 2009.    

Mural for Smith Gardens

Smith Gardens celebrates it 35th anniversary!  To help honor the “finest tiny public garden in Ohio - like a secret treasure on an ordinary side street,” you will help create a beautiful mural to commemorate this special occasion.  In this class you will help create a mural which will hang inside the Garden House at Smith Gardens, and take home your own personal mini-mural.  This class is limited to 10 children. Sign up deadline is Sunday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m.

For more information on these classes or any other activities sponsored by the Oakwood Community Center, please call 298-0775, or stop by 105 Patterson Rd.


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