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AleFest Winter - a 1st-time pairing
of great beer and food

Joe Waizmann is what’s known as an alephile - a lover of beer. The Oakwood High School Class of ’74 alumnus has been involved in the beer and spirits trade ever since he began his career as bar manager in 1979 at the legendary Steak and Ale Restaurant in Centerville. Setting his sights farther afield, he signed on with United Beverage Company in 1981 and followed up with a nine-year stint with Allied Wine and Spirits. He hit another high note when he joined the Merchant du Vin Corporation and gained a decade of experience as Regional Sales Manager and
National Education Coordinator.

In 1998, he came up with a unique idea to introduce the myriad beer and ale brands that have sprouted since microbreweries came of age to the public and raise money for charitable organizations at the same time – AleFest. Starting in Dayton with the first event, AleFest has progressively grown to where it has garnered over 13,000 “alephiles” attending the event over a nine year period. Now held traditionally at Carillon Historical Park, AleFest Dayton has just celebrated its 10th anniversary this past summer.

The event has also grown to include seven separate events at Wright-Patterson AFB, Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Cleveland, OH, and a new production slated for the fall in Austin, TX.

The newest AleFest event is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 7 and it promises to be the most ambitious yet - AleFest Winter. Pairing the best gourmet cooks and restaurants in the Miami Valley with some of the finest beers and ales to ever cross the palate, AleFest Winter promises to be a  major new winter event for Dayton.

“Nothing like this has been attempted in the Midwest,” Waizmann said. “The catchphrase is ‘Great Beer Meets Great Food.’ ” And great beer and food it is too. Among the beer and ale vendors at his event are 60 of the finest European and microbrew companies to ever fill a sampling glass or tankard. The Suicide Prevention Center is this year’s charity recipient.

The food also promises to be above par on all counts. Two Oakwood food specialists, Jeff Blumer from Bellyfire Catering and Kyle Maschino from Friesinger’s Fine Chocolates will be pairing their specialty items with stouts, ales and lagers. For
example, one offering will be Friesinger’s light and dark chocolates paired with Lindeman’s Belgian raspberry ale.

Other food purveyors for the event include: Chefs Davis Glynn and Mike Wilhelm, Rue Dumaine, Thai 9, Foremost Seafood, Chappy’s Tap Room & Grille, Culinary Company, The Pub, Dorothy Lane Market and The Caroline.

The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton. Tickets are $50 in advance; $55 day of event, maximum 1,000. For more information visit

OHS and JHS Band Concert on Jan. 25

Oakwood, January 19, 2008—The wind musicians of Oakwood Junior and Senior High will display their talents in concert on Sunday, January 25 at 3:00pm. The community is invited to attend the performance.

The Oakwood Marching Band will kick off the concert with brio. Then director Ron Nelson will lead the wind performing groups through the highlights of their winter and spring repertoire. The concert bands from the junior and senior high will perform, as will the jazz band and chamber ensembles.

How to go...

WHO: Oakwood High School Marching Band, Concert Band, Oakwood Junior High School Concert Band, Jazz Band and chamber ensembles to perform highlights of their repertoire. The concert is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3:00 PM

WHERE: Oakwood High School Auditorium

Worth Trunk Show at ‘On the Avenue’ Feb. 2 - 12

Local entrepreneur Sara Feldmiller knows the value of a fun girls’ night out. Feldmiller, who represents The Worth Collection, Ltd., has decided to combine business with pleasure here in Dayton.  The Worth Collection is a New York City based company which designs ready-to-wear women’s clothing and shows four collections per year.  Worth is renowned for its sophisticated and elegant designs, classic lines, impeccable detailing and fine fabrics.  The Worth Collection is sold nationwide exclusively through trunk shows.

Feldmiller, an Oakwood resident, has rented “On the Avenue”, 2515 Far Hills Ave., in the Shops of Oakwood from Feb. 2- Feb 12 and is collaborating with other businesses to showcase not only the Spring 2009 Worth Collection, but area retailers as well. The week will offer evening and morning events, all in the interest of getting women together, networking, and having a great time. As Worth’s Director of Design, Diane Manley says, “In tough times it is the little things that count and remind us of our optimism.” Sara Feldmiller says “This is all about women supporting one another and generosity breeding generosity within the retail environment,”

In addition to presenting and selling Worth’s spectacular Spring line, Sara has invited retailers within the Shops of Oakwood to present short sessions for women in the On the Avenue building.  There will also be presentations on a range of topics including maximizing your wardrobe, camouflaging figure challenges using the correct undergarments and freshening one’s look. “I want the experience to be fun and light for our clients,” says Sara; “Everything we are doing is going to be informal and informational; my goal is to provide a comfortable environment to experience the “Collection” while leaving with helpful information.”  

“I wanted this week to be accessible to every woman, from the professional to busy moms and anyone looking for a fresh fashion alternative” she said. “I want people to feel comfortable stopping by to see the Worth line, enjoy a cup of coffee before work or before dinner at the Oakwood Club.” 

Individual appointments may also be scheduled by contacting Sara Feldmiller at
937-654-6541 or Additional information about The Worth Collection Ltd., including a preview of the Spring line, can be found at

UD Wellness Fair Jan. 28

The public is invited to a free event on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 12 - 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton RecPlex that will promote health in seven dimensions of wellness: social, physical, intellectual, environmental, spiritual, emotional and occupational.

More than 40 groups and organizations, including several from the Dayton community, are scheduled to participate in the University of Dayton’s first Student Wellness Fair next week, sponsored by UD’s Department of Campus Recreation.
Visitors can receive free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart disease risk assessments, chair massages, free fitness classes, healthy-cooking demonstrations, financial advice, tips for conserving the environment and more.

There will also be free food, prizes, useful tips and information about wellness opportunities on campus and in the Dayton community.

Participating organizations include DAYAIR Credit Union, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, UD Salsa Dancing Club, Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association, Campus Ministry, Weight Watchers, Kettering Health Network, Five Rivers MetroParks outdoor recreation department and Premier Health Partners.

At the Wright Library...

Folktales Feb. 2 to April 14

Starting on Feb. 2 and ending on April 14, Wright Library will continue its “Folktales Around the World” series for homeschoolers grades 1-6, held on consecutive Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Activities including folktales being read to the group, a craft, and a snack based on 11 different countries including China, Mongolia, Canada, Argentina, Iceland, India, Sweden, Kenya, Ireland, Morocco, and Mexico.

Books related to that day’s topic will be available for check-out. Children do not need to live in Oakwood to participate, and parents are welcome to stay. All programs will meet in the Library Meeting Room.

For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171. Wright Memorial Public Library is located at 1776 Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.  

Online resources class offered

You know that Wright Library has a website, but do you know about all the amazing online resources that you can access through the library website in the comfort of your own home?

On Monday, Jan. 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., a Wright Library reference librarian will demonstrate how you can go online 24/7 and access research databases, newsletters, blogs, and more! The program will be held in the library meeting room.  No advance registration is necessary.  Anyone with questions can contact the Reference Department at (937) 294-7171.

Visit the Wright Library website at

@ the OCC...

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.


PCH offers free health screenings

Knowing your cholesterol and blood pressure can save your life.  You can learn these important numbers for free — right in your community.  In honor of American Heart Month, Miami Valley Hospital will provide free cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), blood sugar and blood pressure screenings throughout February.

Screenings are free and everyone is welcome. No appointments or fasting is needed.
“Heart disease is the nation’s number one cause of death,” said Pamela Reichel, executive director of Premier Community Health, which is part of Miami Valley Hospital. “Getting screened and knowing your numbers can save your life. Even if you find out your numbers aren’t what you want them to be, knowing you have a problem gives you the power to do something about it.”

High blood pressure increases the chance of having a heart attack or stroke.  And often, a heart attack or stroke can be the first sign you have high blood pressure.  It’s called “the silent killer” because you can have no signs of a problem — no dizziness, bloody nose or headache — and have dangerously high numbers.  Knowing your blood pressure, and following your doctor’s instructions to control it, is very important.
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. Lowering total cholesterol that is too high reduces the risk of heart disease and of having a heart attack, even if you already have heart disease. Your HDL, or good cholesterol, is the number you want to raise. An HDL of 60 or higher can actually give you some protection from heart disease. Keeping your cholesterol numbers in a good range is important for everyone.

If an individual needs a lipid test done, PCH can help with that, too. A lipid test is a laboratory test that tells you your total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. This is a fasting test. Appointments are required and available Monday through Friday at Samaritan Clinical Laboratory and select Compunet Clinical Laboratories. For an appointment, call CareFinders at 1-866-608-FIND (3463).

More than 30 events are being offered in the greater Dayton region.  For a complete listing of locations and times, call CareFinders at 1-866-608-(FIND).



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