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Oakwoodstock VIII slated April 17

Get ready for some great music at Oakwood High School’s eighth annual Oakwoodstock on Friday night April 17 from 8-11 in the west gym! This year, we are excited to announce that 12 bands are scheduled to perform. We expect this event to be larger this year than it has been in the past!

The proceeds from this event will be donated to Learning Tree Farm. Learning Tree’s mission is “to provide hands on learning experiences in a traditional farm setting.” Learning Tree strives to present curriculum-based programs in this setting in order to offer a new kind of learning beyond the classroom and its textbooks. It has been serving school children and their families in the Dayton/Miami Valley area, growing from about 200 students in 1973 to over 6,000 in 2006.

Mark your calendars now for this musical event. Admission is $5. Tickets will be sold the night of the April 17. Oakwoodstock T-shirts will also be sold that night for $10 and $15.

Bands performing at Oakwoodstock VIII

Ben Scott
Cartwheel Contemplations
Early Bird Special
Girls in Prison
Good English
Jack & Liz
Lunchbox Raiders
Michael Chapman and the Tree Nuts
Thirty Second Day

DESC retirees luncheon April 17

Retirees and former employees of the Defense Electronics Supply Center (DESC), Gentile Air Force Station, Kettering, are invited to the Spring Luncheon of the DESC 25-Year/Retirees Club at 11:30 a.m., April 17, in the Presidential Banquet Center, 4548 Presidential Way, Kettering. Social hour begins at 10:30 a.m.

The Club sponsors several luncheons and other functions during the year and a periodic newsletter keeps members informed of club activities. Membership is open to retirees of DESC/Gentile AFS and any government employee with 25 years service, some of which must have been at DESC.

Persons interested in luncheon reservations or joining the club should call Fran Hageman at 937/426-2492.

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.

Team Telford to hold Garage Sale

On Saturday April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Team Telford and Kamela and Co. Realty will be holding a garage sale. All of the money from the sale will be used for cancer research in conjunction with our Oakwood Relay for Life. The sale will be held at 317 Telford Ave. For information regarding donations or joining our team please contact Judy Whitehead at 478-4015. All proceeds to Benefit Relay For Life.

Red Cross 'Pet Fest' April 18

The American Red Cross will present a “Pet Fest” on Saturday, April 18 from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Dayton Chapter-American Red Cross, 370 W. First Street in downtown Dayton. Learn how to care for your pet in an emergency. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid classes offer pet owners peace of mind and the skills necessary to provide care in unexpected emergencies, such as CPR, rescue breathing and
first aid.

Also featured will be special guest Tim Harrison, well-known to Oakwood and Dayton animal lovers. Harrison has over 30 years of experience in wildlife, and has been featured on Animal Planet National geographic, Inside Edition and The Daily Buzz.

To take part in Pet Fest or sign up for the class, call 222-0124, ext. 122.

‘Kitten Shower’ slated April 19

The Humane Society of Dayton is having a “baby shower.”

The event will be held Sunday, April 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Humane Society shelter as an effort to help provide care and essentials for the incoming masses of kittens that end up at the shelter every spring and summer. The shelter is located 1661 Nicholas Rd in Dayton. Games, refreshments and raffle prizes will be part of the day’s events…and kittens will be available that day for playtime and adoption.

If interested in attending, visit the Kitten Shower “gift registry” on RSVP your reservation by April 17 by calling
262-5929 or emailing

Oakwood Singles Organization April/May Events

Service/Volunteer Activity: Senior’s Spring Yard Clean Up: In this project we are planning to help any senior or disabled person clear their yards of leaves and other debris left over from winter. This activity will tentatively take place on Sundays in May. We are looking for volunteers willing to commit 2-3 hours on a Sunday morning or afternoon.

Social Activities

Dining Out: This month we’ll be having a dining night out at the highly rated but little known “gem of a restaurant” (per Cedarland Bakery and Restaurant located at 4515 Linden Ave., on Saturday, April 18 at 6:45 p.m. This restaurant features reasonably priced delicious Middle Eastern/Lebanese food. If you’ve never had this type of food you’re in for a heavenly, mouth watering experience! RSVP no later than 4/16/09 at 9 p.m. if you would like to come.

Mid Week Mingle: Come and enjoy cookies and conversation with other group members. This month’s meeting will be held at the Wright Library on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Drop in with half a dozen of your favorite cookies to share.

Self Improvement Education

In the workshop Super Communication Skills: How to Talk to Anyone about Anything, you will learn how to be an effective, interesting, assertive communicator. Topics to be covered include:

1) how to comfortably start a conversation with anyone, even a complete stranger, and keep it going to boot!

2) how to discuss difficult or contentious subjects and come to resolution without defensiveness or anger in either party

3) how to express negative feelings and effectively request behavior change

This workshop will be held on Monday April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Wright Library meeting Room. Please RSVP by April 17 by 9 p.m. if you would like to attend.

As you can see from the above listing of activities, the upcoming warm weather months will be a great time to participate in POSSSIE: Professional Oakwood Singles in Service, Socialization and Self Improvement Education, especially if you have been waiting to become active with the group!

If you would like to participate or if you would like more information please call Kathy at 974-4951.

Columbine Survivor at Sinclair

Nicole Nowlen was sixteen years old and a junior at Columbine High School on
April 20, 1999 when two student gunmen opened fire. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 people and wounded Nowlen and 22 others before committing suicide. Since recovering from her injuries, Nicole Nowlen has worked with Rachel’s Challenge, a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to prevent school violence.

Nowlen will be the keynote speaker at the closing event of the “Big Read,” the Dayton area’s annual community reading project.

The program will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at Sinclair Community College’s conference center. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased until the day before the event at Wright Memorial Public Library, Books & Co., and at other area libraries.

Oakwood Historical Society Dinner April 23

Please join us on Thursday, April 23 for the Annual Oakwood Historical Society Potluck Dinner. Once again, the dinner will be held at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior from 6-9 p.m. In addition to having a chance to eat and socialize with friends, family, and neighbors, this year’s dinner will include a program by Barb Powers from the Ohio Historical Preservation Office/Ohio Historical Society. She will give a beautiful, informative presentation about country estates and historic landscapes and gardens associated with the estates just in time for spring.

If your last name begins with A-F bring a salad or vegetable; G-M bring a main dish; N-Z bring a dessert; everyone bring your own plates, napkins, and silverware. Rolls and beverages will be provided.

For more information, please contact Teresa Prosser, President of the OHS, at
293-8506 or We look forward to seeing all of you, so call today to reserve a front row seat.

MVH Celebrate the Valley Gala April 25

Four of the area’s premier chefs are lending their culinary talents to a unique fundraising gala benefiting premature and critically ill infants at Miami Valley Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The chefs’ services will be offered in an exciting live auction during the fifteenth annual Celebrate the Valley gala, which takes place at Dayton Wright Brothers Airport on April 25, 2009, 7 p.m. to midnight. Funds raised by the gala will go toward the purchase of 25 Giraffe Omnibeds for the NICU.

The highlight of Celebrate the Valley will be the live auction, when attendees will have the opportunity to bid on an evening of culinary indulgence prepared by some of the most celebrated chefs in the Miami Valley. The participating chefs include: Matt Hayden from The Chimneys; Nick Hoover from Coldwater Café; Keith Taylor from Savona Ristorante and Wine Bar; and Darin Mitchell from Coco’s Bistro. Winning bidders receive all amenities and food preparation by the chefs, along with table settings by Prime Time Party Rental and flowers by Furst Florist and Garden Center!

Celebrate the Valley is presented by the Associates Council, a 34-member volunteer committee coordinated through the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation. “Starlight, Starbright, Celebrating our Newest Stars Tonight” is the theme of the 2009 gala. The evening will include casino games, live music by the Kim Kelly Band, a ballroom dancing demonstration, silent auction items and a dazzling raffle prize - a pair of Kwiat diamond star earrings worth $3,000, generously donated by Weber Jewelers.
All proceeds from Celebrate the Valley will go towards purchasing state-of-the-art

Omni bed incubators for Miami Valley Hospital’s NICU. Located on the hospital’s Wyoming street campus, the NICU served 800 infants from seventeen counties in southwest Ohio in 2008.

For more information on Miami Valley Hospital’s NICU or about Celebrate the Valley, please contact the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation at 937-208-2700, or visit the foundation’s web site at

CARE Walk slated on May 9

The 8th Annual Breast Cancer 5K CARE Walk will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009. Registration and the health fair will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Registration is $10 per student, $15 per adult, or $30 per family. T-shirts and Ty “Divalectable” Puppies will be sold at the walk and are guaranteed to all participants who pre-register with their orders before April 26, 2009.

CARE Walk is a family-oriented event with music and entertainment emceed by Dan Edwards and his son. There is plenty to do and see before and after the walk. New this year: the Breast Cancer Foundation and Breast Cancer Task Force of the Miami Valley will be presenting the awards to the student winners in the Breast Cancer Foundation Video Contest in the Oakwood High School Auditorium immediately following CARE Walk. For details about the contest, go to

Participants should be sure to arrive early to allow enough time to visit the health fair booths, enter for door prizes, purchase Laura’s pink ribbon cookies and other items for sale, enjoy refreshments, and buy raffle tickets for the larger prizes—artwork from Deck the Walls and an oriental rug from Fazel Rug Gallery. Each prize is valued over $600 and tickets are only $1 each or 6 for $5.

Whispers Home of the Shops of Oakwood is the lead sponsor for CARE Walk once again. Other sponsors are: Miami Valley Hospital, Alley Cat Designs, Asian Arts Center, Blue Turtle Toys, Clark’s Mr. Prescription, Deck the Walls, Edwards Entertainment, Fazel Rug Gallery, German Burke Orthodontics, Invoked Projects, KTC/Quail Tennis Club, Laura’s Cookies, Learning Tree Farm, Nancy Chifala Design, The Oakwood Register and Standard Register. CARE Walk would not be possible without the generosity of these businesses and organizations who donate time, money, and services each year.

CARE Walk is 100 percent volunteer-driven. What makes it unique is that there are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the proceeds of CARE Walk goes to breast cancer causes right here in Dayton. CARE Walk supports the mission of the Breast Cancer Foundation of Dayton (, which provides mammography and screening services to the underinsured and offers education and awareness programs about breast cancer prevention throughout the Miami Valley.

Pre-registration is encouraged even after the deadline of April 26th as all pre-registrants receive a free gift. Pre-registration helps the walk start smoothly. With 500+ walkers attending each year, pre-registration becomes more and more important.

Registration forms are available in this edition of the Oakwood Register, online at, and in the schools, stores, and bulletin boards around town. You may also call 294-3816 to have one mailed to you.

The 2009 CARE Walk Team...

Linda Berutti
Kathy Blossom
Stephanie Borntrager
Nancy Chifala
Amanda Cole
Debbie Creek
Janell Cronenwett
Leah DeAloia
Cynthia Dilgard
Laura Enzbrenner
Mary Beth Evans
Debbie Fannin


Leigh Ann Fulford
Connie Guyer
Kathy Hensley
Karen Hochwalt
Susie Hogue
Julia Judge
Connie Kearns
Linda Klum
Allison Krause
Mary Linzmeier
Gina Lofquist
Denice Moberg


Sandy Mudry
Carolyn Noonan
Amy Redden
Margaret Quinn
Carolyn Reveal
Pam Rickard
Beth Stelling
Barbra Stonerock
Anne Thompson
Ann Whitehair
Tiffany Zimmerman


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 1 to 3 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. We have recovered from storage, some original furniture and artifacts of the family, and period clothing.

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

Hazardous waste pickup Saturday

The volunteers from Oakwood Rotary will be out on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to Noon, to pick up paint cans, thinners, pesticides, and batteries from Oakwood residents.

Any Oakwood resident interested in having the Oakwood Rotary team include their home in the pick up should call: (937) 296-5155 and leave their name, address, and telephone number. The items for pick up should be left where trash is normally picked up.

There is no charge for this volunteer service, yet you may make a tax-deductible donation to the “Oakwood Rotary Club Foundation” and leave that with the items in a well marked envelope or mail to Oakwood Rotary Foundation, PO Box 512, Dayton OH 45409.

City Notes...

Flushing of the hydrants underway

The city of Oakwood has commenced flushing fire hydrants throughout the city and will do so 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:

4/16 – 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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