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School’s Out Movie April 3

On Friday, April 3 at 12 p.m., the Youth Services Department at Wright Library will be showing a School’s Out Movie in the Library Meeting Room. Grab a friend and join us for the animated comedy Space Buddies.

In the third film in the Air Bud series, the Buddies are joined by fellow four-legged friends Spudnick and Gravity.Their mission: Launch plans for a moon landing and make their way back to planet Earth. Blasting through space, the team of furry astronauts realizes that the only way to accomplish their mission is through friendship and teamwork.

This film is rated G. Popcorn will be provided.

“Big Read” discussion group April 7 at Starbucks

Wright Library will be hosting two book discussions of this year’s Big Read community reading selection, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. In this novel, Peter, an alienated teen who has been bullied since his very first day of school opens fire on his classmates and kills 10 people. Flashbacks reveal how his parents and teachers failed him and how constant bullying caused Peter to go over the edge. Those involved with the Oakwood Community initiative for the “40 Developmental Assets” will find this novel especially relevant and absorbing.

On Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. the Wright Library On-The-Road Book Club will discuss Nineteen Minutes at the Starbucks in Oakwood. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy coffee and conversation. Starbucks is located at 2424 Far Hills Avenue. Registration is not required for these events.

Annual FOP Easter Egg Hunt slated April 11

The Annual Oakwood Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 11 in back of the Wright Memorial Library, 1776 Far Hills Ave., beginning at 12 noon, rain or shine. There will be three separate egg hunt categories: Pre-school & toddlers; Kindergarten to third grade; Fourth grade & up.

The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by Oakwood FOP Lodge 107 and will be assisted by Boy Scout Troop 101.

Little Exchange holding gift drive

The Little Exchange gift shop in Oakwood is excited to introduce “The Gift that Gives”. New arts and crafts items will be collected for patients at The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton until April 11. The “Gifts” will be given to the children and teens during their stay at Dayton Children’s. Bring in a gift or purchase one while visiting The Little Exchange.

Receive your gift of a 10 percent discount on one regular priced item.
Items in need are packages of eight crayons, coloring books, drawing paper, construction paper, stickers, journals for writing, puzzles, crafts, blunt scissors, and music CD’s or DVD movies that are age appropriate for toddlers up to 18 years of age.

Spring Fundraisers for your Garden...

Smith Gardens Perennial Sale April 17 & 18

The Friends of Smith Gardens “Perennial Sale” will be held on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at the Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Road. The hours are from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Over 100 varieties of plants will be available including perennials, hostas, ferns, herbs, ornamental grasses, wildflowers and some annuals.

All plant material is Ohio grown, within a 100 miles of Dayton. All of the growers are known for their excellent quality plants. Plant material will be potted in 3”and 41/2” pots, quarts and gallon containers and will arrive in Oakwood the day of the sale so all the plants are fresh from the growers and the best of quality.

A complete listing of plants is now available for pick up at the Community Center, or by mail, by calling the OCC at 298-0775.

This fundraising event is open to the public with proceeds going to the care and maintenance of Smith Gardens. Volunteers are needed to help with the sale. If anyone is interested, please contact Carol Collins at 298-0775.

Garden club selling Posey Power

For the 22nd year the New Neighbors Garden Club is having their annual sale of organic Posy Power, a superior product well known and loved by area gardeners and many nurseries.

Posy Power adds vital organic matter to the soil, promotes soil aeration, aids root growth, and replenishes lost nutrients. It also helps reduce the cost of fertilizing and has been approved by the U.S. and Ohio EPA, The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the TVA.

One 30 pound bag will cover 12 square feet when spread one inch thick. Three inches of Posy Power compost has the value of four feet of topsoil.

The last delivery date will be April 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Centerville. The price for a 30 pound bag is $5.50. Call or email Jan Vomacha at 885-0636 or to obtain an order form. Prepaid orders are required; however, a small quantity of bags will be available for on-site sales.

Long-Romspert Homestead open for summer tours

After two years of intensive work in making the Historic Long-Romspert Homestead as authentic as possible, The Oakwood Historical Society is ready to show it off. With a newly-expanded board to staff it as docents, the Homestead will be open on the first and third Sundays of every month from April through October from 2 to 4 p.m. in the afternoons.

New printed guides will be on stands telling the story of the various rooms and the Summer Kitchen if you want to follow your own pace. Many people have seen the progress of the restoration at events, but now the whole tour is ready, telling the story of Oakwood from 1865 to present, with special emphasis on how the families lived and worked.

Children are always impressed with how hard life was before we had many conveniences of today’s households, and how the work was divided. That’s why we emphasize kitchens. It takes a little imagination to envision that this was a 160-acre farm later expanded to 283 acres.

Please park in back in the marked places next to the carriage house. If you are bringing a special group, call ahead and leave a message.

For more information visit the Oakwood Historical Society website at

@ the OCC...

AARP Income Tax Preparation

Sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons, this tax preparation is free and open to any older adult in the area.  Volunteer tax counselors receive extensive training in the correct preparation for all types of tax returns.  

Appointments are required, the tax payer should bring their 2007, and all forms received in reference to their 2007 return with them.  Call 298-0775 after you received all 2008 tax documents to make your appointment.

Tuesday & Wednesday

Tuesday 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m.

City Notes...

The city of Oakwood will commence flushing fire hydrants throughout the city starting on April 6, 2009 through April 24, 2009. The following is the city’s schedule for flushing hydrants. These dates are a guideline. In the event of unforeseen problems, there may be a delay.

While the hydrant flushing may cause some discoloration, the water is safe and will clear shortly after your area is flushed. Please check your water for clarity prior to doing any laundry. Should your laundry become discolored, do not dry clothes until you have had an opportunity to re-wash them in a special detergent available from the water billing department at 30 Park Avenue between the hours of 8: 00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Public Works Center at

Hydrant Flushing Schedule:

4/6-4/7 – East Drive to Orchard
4/8-4/9 – Triangle to Wiltshire
4/10 – Telford to Greenmount
4/13 – Dellwood to Patterson
4/14 – Patterson to East Thruston
4/15 – North of Thruston to Volusia
4/16 – Rubicon, Volusia between Oakwood and Far Hills and Hatch Plat
4/17 – Runnymede, Oakwood and Park Road to Ridgeway
4/20 – Harman Avenue to Forrer Road
4/21 – Park Road, Ridgeway to Peach Orchard
4/22-4/23 – Peach Orchard, Ridgeway and Oak Knoll plat
4/24 – All of Far Hills Avenue



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