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Oakwood Relay For Life fundraising events

The 2009 Oakwood Relay For Life (July 10–11, Mack Hummon Stadium, Oakwood High School) is just three weeks away, and the fundraising events are heating up. Here are two ways you and your friends can help us fight back against cancer this week:

Buffalo Wild Wings Takeover on Wednesday

Download a flyer from, bring it in to BW3’s Town & Country location any time during opening hours (11 a.m. to 1 a.m.) on Wednesday, June 17, and 20 percent of your tab (eat in or takeout) will be donated to Oakwood Relay For Life. You must bring the flyer—but also bring your friends and big appetites. You’re going to eat, drink, and watch a game anyway, so why not support Relay For Life at the same time? If you can’t access the flyer online, call Ted O’Connor at 937-371-5297 and we’ll get one to you.

Medieval Madness on Sunday

Looking for a unique Father’s Day celebration? Join Team Tea Garden (Central Perc and Oakwood Florist) for RELAYnaissance, a wild and crazy Relay For Life fundraiser on Sunday, June 21, from 3 p.m. until the fun ends. The parking lot behind the stores (west side of the 2300 block of Far Hills, in the Shops of Oakwood) will come alive with bicycle jousting, medieval baseball (played with scones!), and other fun for all ages. Hot dogs, hamburgers, all the trimmings, and beverages including beer will be served. Donation is $17 for adults, $5 for kids, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Oakwood Relay For Life.

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

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.

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

Oakwood parks walking tour June 20

On Saturday, June 20, 2009, the Oakwood Historical Society invites you to join on us for one of our favorite outings:  The Parks Walking Tour.  Beginning at 10 a.m. at Smith School, shuttles will take guests to the first stop on the tour, Loy Garden. From here, we will begin a self-guided walking tour through Elizabeth Gardens and Houk Stream. Along the way participants will learn about the history, horticulture and wildlife of these treasured landscapes. The tour concludes with shuttles picking guests up at the end of Houk Stream and taking them to Smith Garden where refreshments will be served.  Those interested in walking to Smith Garden are also welcome to come and enjoy this lovely sanctuary.

Enjoy a full day of area park tours by taking the Oakwood Walking Tour and then the nearby Hills and Dales Open House also being held on the same date.

The tour is free and open to the public.  For more information please contact Kjirsten Goeller, Chair of Program/ Events for the Oakwood Historical Society, at 298-1268 or

HBA presents New Home Questival featuring Chef Quest Challenge

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association (MVRA) and the Home Builders Association of Dayton (HBA) announces a new event called the Chef Quest Challenge to be held June 20 and 27, 2009. Round One of The Chef Quest Challenge will take place on June 20 at Trails of SaddleCreek and the Final Cook Off on June 27 at Soraya Farms beginning at 2 p.m.

In Round One, seven of Dayton’s most talented and famous culinary stars will compete with each other to create a savory entre?e from a “blind basket” of ingredients. The chefs will have 45 minutes to transform the unknown ingredients into a tantalizing masterpiece. Their unique creation will be presented to a distinguished panel of food critics.  The top three chefs with the most votes will advance to Chef Quest Challenge Final Cook Off.

During the Final Cook Off the Chef Quest Challengers will square off to skillfully prepare and present in 45 minutes a unique entre?e from a “blind basket” of ingredients.  The decision of the judges is final and one chef will be named the “Chef Quest Challenge Winner”. Participating chefs include: Dominique Fortin of C’est Tout; Jeff Vega of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse; Justin White of Jay’s;  Romy Jung of L’Auberge; Anne Kearney of Rue Dumaine; Keith Taylor of Savona; and Damian Bumgarner of The Caroline. Prior to the Chef Quest Challenge gourmet tastings from numerous Miami Valley Restaurant Association members will be offered to Questival attendees on June 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Soraya Farms and Trails of SaddleCreek and on June 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Trails of SaddleCreek.

The New Home Questival is a celebration of new homes in Dayton featuring two beautiful communities with gorgeous homes, all in a festive showcase. The New Home Questival will take place simultaneously at the two communities just 4.2 miles apart on June 20 and 21 and June 27 and 28. HomeFest will showcase single family homes and CondoFest will highlight condominiums and patio homes.

The HomeFest location is the Trails of SaddleCreek located in Washington Township in Montgomery County on Clyo Road just south of Spring Valley Road. HomeFest will feature a master planned community with an equestrian theme featuring single family homes from several past Homearama Builders.

The CondoFest location is Soraya Farms located in Clearcreek Township in Warren County on State Route 48 between Social Row Road and Lytle Five Points Road. CondoFest will feature a main street feel community with French countrystyle condominiums and patio homes. The schedule of events includes an AleFest  “Progressive” Kick   Off Party on Friday, June 19 with food provided by Executive Chefs David Glynn and Michael Wilhelm, the Breckenridge Band and The Fries.  Throughout both weekend’s events include car shows with “People’s Choice” awards, live animal appearances, children’s programs and pony rides for the younger crowd, the “All American PetFest” and  other live entertainment. On June 20, former Cincinnati Bengal Anthony Munoz will sign autographs at Soraya Farms from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The New Home Questival is presented by the Home Builders Association of Dayton in partnership with the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and the Miami Valley Restaurant Association.

Tickets for the AleFest are $45; Tickets for Questival are $10 a carload or $5 per person; WPAFB Appreciation Day is June 28 (Free admission with WPAFB ID), available at the gate.

For more information go to the Home Builders Association website at

Oakwood singles June calendar

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 fun toddlers through grade 6

Here are some upcoming events for kids aged toddler through grade 6:

Kids’ Arts & Crafts Fair
Thursday, June 18, 2 p.m.

Kids K-6 are invited to share their art and craft work at the library. We’ll be showcasing pottery, quilts, knitting and crochet, beadwork, puppets, mobiles, and more! Show us your stuff!

Kids’ & Teens’ Karaoke Lounge
Thursday, June 25, 2 p.m.

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 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

@ the OCC_______________________________

Smith Gardens Blanket Concert

Sunday, June 21 – Mike Hemmelgarn  7 p.m.
Grab your blanket or lawn chair and join us for a wonderful evening of talking creatures, flying objects, comedy, magic and balloon sculpting!  Mike has been fascinated with the art of ventriloquism since the age of eight and juggling since the age of sixteen.  He first learned to juggle with tennis balls and has evolved to bowling balls, knives, machetes, torches and other ridiculous things!  Finally, magic and balloon sculpting were incorporated to compliment one of the most unique acts in the business.  This will be an exiting night not only for children but adults too!  Smith Gardens is located at the corner of Walnut Lane and Oakwood Ave.  This concert is free and open to the public.

Day Camps

Kiddie Kamp (ages 3-5), June 22-25, 12:30 – 2 p.m. ~ Wee Explorers
Your campers will explore the park for adventure and hidden treasure.  This will be an exciting week for your little explorer.
Hodge Podge (ages 8-12) June 22, 11 a.m. -12: 30 p.m. Picnic in the Park.

Join Angel Perkins (Kids in the Kitchen instructor) for lunch.  Campers will prepare their own lunch at the OCC, then take it down to Shafor Park and have a picnic.  $6 instructor fee for food.      

Intro to Jazz Dance

This introductory Jazz Dance class will allow you to experience this wonderful dance form.  You will dace to Jazz, soul, R&B, and pop music to learn age appropriate moves.

Dates:   June 22-26
Time:   10:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m. (entering grades K - 3).   Show at 11 a.m. on Friday 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (entering grades 4 - 6). Show at 12 on Friday.
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (Jr. High/ High School).  Show at 2 p.m. on Friday.

For more information on these or any other classes please call 298-0775, or stop by the OCC 105 Patterson Rd.

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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