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Wine Tasting

The Wine Gallery and Café at Third and Wayne in Dayton will host A Taste of Relay For Life, a wine tasting party, on Sunday, June 14 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will offer tastes of premium wines as well as a selection of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are $35 per person in advance, available at The Wine Gallery and Café and at Central Perc and The Oakwood Florist on Far Hills in The Shops of Oakwood, or $50 at the door. Non-alcohol tickets will also be available at the door for $20 per person. All proceeds benefit Oakwood Relay For Life, a community event in support of The American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight back against cancer.

The 2009 Oakwood Relay will be held July 10-11 at Oakwood High School’s Mack Hummon Stadium. For more information, go to

Help ‘paint the town purple’

Relay for Life countdown seeks community support

As of June 10 the month-long countdown to the 2009 Oakwood Relay For Life has begun. Volunteers will “paint the town purple”—the color traditionally associated with Relay For Life—to boost awareness of the upcoming community event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Look for purple popping up everywhere, from purple ribbons on lampposts in the city’s business districts to purple clothing worn by volunteers. Yard signs will appear throughout the community, reminding everyone to save the date for the 2009 Oakwood Relay For Life, to be held July 10-11 at Oakwood High School’s Mack Hummon Stadium.

Oakwood Relay For Life is an 18-hour community event for all ages, incorporating moving memorials, tributes to cancer survivors, food, games, and activities as thousands gather to Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back against cancer. Teams walk or run laps throughout the night as a reminder that the battle against cancer never sleeps. In its first two years alone, Oakwood Relay For Life raised $140,000, and the goal for this year’s third annual event is an ambitious $90,000. Every dollar donated to Relay For Life goes directly to the American Cancer Society’s efforts to eradicate the disease that touches every American in some way. Those efforts benefit thousands of people here in Montgomery County who take advantage of ACS services every year. Our city and region also benefit indirectly from the hundreds of millions of research dollars that Relays like Oakwood’s help provide.

You can help paint Oakwood purple on June 10 to show your support. Wear something purple. Display pots of purple flowers on your front porch, tie purple ribbons to trees on your property or to your car antenna, replace your porch light with a purple bulb. If you’re an Oakwood business, consider displaying purple merchandise or serving purple treats.

If you’d like to display a Relay For Life yard sign on your home or business property from now through July 11, contact Ted O’Connor at (937) 371-5297 or For more information or to sign up to participate in the 2009 Oakwood Relay For Life, go to


Antique Market at Patterson Homestead June 13

The annual Patterson Homestead Antique Market will be held Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1815 Brown St. Featured will be antiques, folk art, oriental rugs, paintings, fine and country furniture, collectibles from 43 separate dealers and longtime collectors. There will be a $3 donation for entry.

Show manager for the event is Dorothy Cummings. For more information call (937) 293-5150.

Mega Mom Sale at St. Albert’s June 13

On Saturday, June 13, The Family Network of Dayton will hold its 3rd annual Mega Moms’ Sale at St. Albert the Great Church in Kettering. The sale will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Parish Center behind the church located at 3033 Far Hills Avenue (at the corner of Far Hills Avenue and Dorothy Lane). There will be kids toys, all 4 season clothes, baby & toddler gear, outdoor play equipment, furniture, books, maternity clothes and much more.

Plan to shop early for the best selection. This is a cash only sale. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton. There is a $1 entrance fee to be paid at the door.

Yellow Springs Street Fair June 13

The Yellow Springs Street Fair is the highlight of summer festivals. It happens again on Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m, to 5 p.m.

And what kind of festival would it be without an incredible mix of international food, hot dogs, funnel cakes, gelato and nearly every other treat you can imagine.

Local favorites such as the Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and musical performances start at 9 a.m. Take advantage of the free shuttle service from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with parking at Young’s Dairy or at Yellow Springs High School. The event is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. Hand-icapped parking is available at the Municipal Lot on Corry St.

Oakwood singles June calendar

Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m. Dinner at Sake Japanese Steak House, 2146 Miamisburg Centerville Rd. This is an evening of great fun and delicious dining as the Japanese chef will entertain as he cooks tableside for us. Cost about $20.

Saturday, June 20, 5 p.m. Shafor Park
Summer Kick off Picnic
You’ve got to come to our first annual summer picnic complete with food, fun and games. Plan to bring your favorite covered dish to share.

Wednesday, June 24, Wright Library, 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Mid Week Mingle
Come enjoy cookies, coffee and conversation with other group members. Please bring four of your favorite cookies to share! A mini presentation will be given on how to keep a conversation going after saying “Hello”.

Saturday, June 27, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Carillon House Condominiums, 2230 S. Patterson Blvd.
Wine and Cheese Party
Bring a bottle of your favorite wine and a chunk of your favorite cheese to share with each other.

If you are a single resident of Oakwood and would like to meet other single neighbors for social activities, service to the community, and educational workshops, now is the time to join POSSSIE: Professional Oakwood Singles in Service, Socialization and Self Improvement Education. We are especially hoping for some additional male residents to join our ranks. Don’t be shy, just come by!

For more information, please call Kathy at 974-4951.

At The Wright Library ...

'Art Around the World' through July 28

Wright Library is offering an “Art Around the World” series on consecutive Tuesdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Children entering grades K-3 in the fall can travel around the world with Mrs. Bengson and learn about the art and music of China, Mongolia, Canada, India, Kenya, Iran, Vietnam, and Russia. Books related to that day’s topic will be available for check-out.

Registration is necessary for this program. As always, 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 or to register, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171.

Summer activities for teens

As a compliment to the teen summer reading club theme, Express Yourself @ Your Library!, Wright Library is offering opportunities for teens to plug into their creative sides every Friday from June 12 through July 31. Programs will start at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

June 12 Picture American collage/mosaic making
June 19 Henna (permission slip REQUIRED)
June 26 Cake decorating
July 7 Duct tape projects
July 10 Papermaking with Leesa Haapapuro and Chris Mannix
July 17 Cooking brunch outdoors (starts at 10 a.m.)
July 24 Tie-dye (bring your own white cotton shirt)
July 31 Scrapbooking (bring your own photos)

For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171. The web site is

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Summer at Shafor Park

Summer in Shafor – ages 6-9, June 15-19
Kiddie Kamp – ages 3-5, June 15-19
Camp Hodge Podge – ages 8-12, June 10 Food, Fitness, & Fun
Camp Hodge Podge – ages 8-12, June 12 All About China
Youth Talent Show – ages 19 and under, June 5
Wii Days Mario Cart – ages 8-13, June 9
Wii Days Bowling – ages 8-13, June 11
Youth Tennis Lesson, June 15-25

Water Aerobics with Karen Hochwalt

Boost the intensity of your fitness routine by adding a water workout! Water aerobics provides all the benefits of a land aerobic workout without the pounding of the hard floor. Water provides a natural resistance that increases cardiovascular conditioning and muscle toning. OPEN TO GARDNER POOL MEMBERS ONLY. Mon.-Wed., June 8 - June 24, 7 – 8 p.m., cost $34

Family photos at Smith Gardens

As a part of the 35th anniversary celebration of the Gardens, the Friends of Smith Gardens are offering an opportunity to have a beautiful, professional family or individual portrait taken at Smith Gardens. Kim Coughnour of Red Leaf Photography is offering her services to create a treasured family keepsake as well as raising funds for Smith Gardens. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Smith Gardens to help maintain Oakwood’s hidden treasure.

Registration began Monday, June 8, 2009.

Available Photo Packages:
Snapdragon, Poppy and Tulip packages
Price range from $50.00 - $115.00

Pre-School Story Hour at Smith Gardens

Friday, June 26, 10 a.m.
Friday, July 24, 10 a.m.
Friday, August 28, 10 a.m.

Friends of Smith Gardens Blanket Concert Series

Sunday, June 21 - Mike Hemmelgarn 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 19 - This Side Up 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 30 - Puzzle of Light 6 p.m.

For these and all other classes please call the Oakwood Community Center at 298-0775, or stop by 105 Patterson Rd.

Safety Town

Safety Town is designed to teach small children street crossing safety, home safety and to think safely. Safety Town will be held in conjunction with the Kettering Safety Town at Orchard Park Elementary School at 600 E. Dorothy Lane. Parents are invited to attend a graduation on the last day. Class is limited to 30 participants. (ages 5 & 6 and must be entering kindergarten in the fall). Monday - Friday Dates: June 22 - June 26. Time: 10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. Fee: $30 (M), $45 (NM), $60 (NR)

Orchard Park Elementary School, 600 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering.

Registration Deadline: Wed., June 17th at 9:00 P.M.

City Notes...

Brush and branch collection underway

As we once again enter the summer season, it seems a good time to issue a reminder of the procedures for participation in the city of Oakwood’s brush and branch collection program.

1. Place larger piles of yard debris including brush and branches into the tree lawn area just behind the curb. Remember that branches should be no longer than 6’ and should be placed in manageable piles. Also, please do not place these piles around trees, fire hydrants, cable TV boxes or posts/poles as our equipment will be unable to collect the material.

2. No brush and branch material is to ever be placed in the street. The only exception to this is the 10 week period in the fall when the leaves may be placed in the street for collection. The reasons for not putting the material in the street are that it can create a hazard for people using the roadway and that it can pollute the down stream waterways if the material washes into the storm sewer. This is covered under Chapter 311 of the codified ordinances of the city of Oakwood and you may be
cited if this provision is violated.

3. Under no circumstance should you place anything except yard debris in the tree lawn area.

4. Grass clippings and soil are not accepted, either with regular trash or with curbside yard debris.

5. Place small amounts of leaves, small twigs, flowers and other such smaller yard debris items in with your regular trash. Please do not compact the debris into the cans so that it may be easily removed. Do not stack loose debris around or on top of your trash cans. Please remember the 35 gallon and 60-pound limits on trash cans and that all cans must have lids. This should be limited to a maximum of two cans and please note that this material will not be recycled as the material that is collected at the curb would be.

6. If you hire a contractor to remove yard debris, they are to dispose of the material.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this procedure, please contact Kenneth Perkins or Kevin Weaver at 298-0777.


Bible School at St. Paul’s

All children in Preschool through Grade 4 are invited to attend St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School. Pilgrimage: Seeking the Kingdom of God, which features a medieval theme, will take place Sunday, June 28, through Thursday, July 2. We will meet from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for dinner, Bible Stories, Crafts, Games, and lots of Fun! Join us and bring your friends!

Register for VBS on our web site,

For more information about any of these programs, please visit St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 33 W. Dixon Avenue in Oakwood. You also may call us at 293-1154.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

LCOS to host Vacation Bible School June 22 - 26

Lutheran Church of Our Savior (LCOS) will host Rome Vacation Bible School the evenings of June 22-26. Bring your family to the ancient city of Rome! You’ll travel back into Bible times without setting foot outside our community. Each day, your family members can become a part of history as the see, hear, and touch what it was like to live in Rome during Bible times!

You’ll visit the Apostle Paul (who’s under house arrest), sneak to the cave of the underground church, and more. Family Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. each night. Activities for ages 4 to grade 6 (2009-10 school year) run from 6 – 8:15 p.m.

Register today at or call 293-1147. Lutheran Church of Our Savior is located at 155 E. Thruston Blvd. in Oakwood.


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