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At the Wright Library___________________

Blanket Concert
slated for Aug. 12

Wright Memorial Public Library Summer Blanket Concert Series is proud to host a concert by noted Columbus jazz vocalist Dwight Lenox and his group, Lenox Avenue Express, on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. While growing up in New York, Dwight honed his vocal talent in the church choir. After moving to Los Angeles, he went on to study a range of musical styles, from blues to ballads and jazz to swing.

Dwight’s impeccable stylistic instincts and rhythmic phrasing have garnered the attention of some of the finest musicians in the industry. He continues to be a featured vocalist with the 17-piece Columbus Jazz Orchestra and has performed with such renowned musicians as Sammy Tucker, organist Hank Marr, Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Mann, and many others.

Summer Family Blanket Concerts are funded by a grant from the Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation which has been supporting special library projects and events and capital growth for the library since 1997. This concert was made possible with additional funding from the Ohio Arts Council and will take place on the north lawn of the library, with the meeting room as the rain site.

Patrons should bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating and are welcome to bring a picnic supper if they wish.The program is free and open to the public.

Anyone with questions can contact the library at (937) 294-7171 or visit the website at

Thai au pair to speak at
Wright Library Aug. 4

With the increasing need to prepare children to enter a global society, a growing number of American parents are demanding childcare providers who can offer their children first-hand knowledge of another culture, language and traditions. Whether it is Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Spanish, German, Russian or Swedish, families across the United States are seeking childcare providers who speak a foreign language.

One childcare option gaining popularity among parents is an international au pair, a live-in childcare provider who is able to teach children a second language in the home. Au pairs live and study in the United States for one year on a J-1 cultural exchange visa in exchange for providing 45 hours of flexible childcare per week. The U.S. Department of State regulates all au pair programs in the United States, offering parents the peace of mind that their children are in the care of a carefully screened, qualified caregiver.

Macy and Clare Odella, 3 – ½ year old twins, along with their Thai au pair, Fon, will be at Wright Library, in Oakwood on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 7-7:30 p.m. Fon will demonstrate how Macy and Clare have learned to count to 10 in Thai and Chinese, and sing “Itsy, Bitsy, Spider” in Thai. Fon will also be sharing information on her culture and traditions with families attending this event. There is no fee for this event. Contact Mrs. Gombert, Wright Library for event details.

For more information about hosting an au pair, contact Jane Patterson, Local Childcare Coordinator for Cultural Care Au Pair in Southern Ohio, at 937-344-6248, e-mail: or visit her website at:

Annual Ice Cream Social Aug. 16

The Oakwood “Ice Cream Social” will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16 at Shafor Park from 3:30 to 7 p.m. It is Oakwood’s oldest tradition is a tradition held before school resumes in the fall. Families gather at Shafor Park for food, community entertainment, games and prizes for children of all ages. Your ticket includes a fried chicken dinner provided by Lee’s Famous Recipe, various flavors of ice cream and a drink.

Games start at 3:30 p.m.; Dinner is served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.25 in advance, beginning Monday, July 20 through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15. Tickets that day are $7.

ATTENTION: Oakwood Clubs and Organizations…

Another feature of the Ice Cream Social is the “Avenue of Organizations.” Non-profit groups may set up tables to share information, recruit members and introduce fundraisers.

Call Vickie Gearhart at 298-0775 for more information.

@ the OCC____________________________________

Summer at Shafor (ages 6-9)

Monday-Friday, August 10-14 from 10 am-1 pm. Play fun summer games then head to Magic Castle on Friday for a field trip!

Teddy Bear Picnic (age 2-if parent or guardian stays - and 3-5)

Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 10:45-11:45am at Smith Gardens. Bring your favorite teddy bear for an hour of crafts, games and a snack.

Magic Castle Putt Putt

Aug. 10–14, 10–1 p.m. Summer is almost over but the fun is still going strong. Join us this week we will revisit fun games from previous weeks, and add some new ones. Friday, we will go to the Magic Castle for miniature golf. Sign up today.

Art Camp

Aug. 10-14, 9:30-11:30 Join OCC Art teacher Jane Brennan for a wonderful week of ART. This week you will work with different media, Brush Paint, Mosaic, Pastels, and Collage. This is an exciting camp.

Please call the OCC 298-0775 or stop by 105 Patterson Rd. for more information on these or any OCC programs.

Oakwood singles August events

Classic Movie Night at the Victoria Theatre; Saturday, Aug. 15; 7:30 p.m.; featuring Funny Girl, the 1968 classic starring Barbara Streisand in the role that won her an Oscar playing Fanny Brice, a female singer/comedian. Price only $2.40 per ticket if 10 or more attend and free popcorn and soda are offered too, one hour before the show!

Dinner at Pasha @ The Greene: Saturday, Aug. 22; 6 p.m. We will start the evening at Pasha, a mediterranean restaurant featuring all knds of delicious Turkish and middle eastern dishes. If you like shish kabob, don’t miss this dinner. After dining, those who want to, will be going to the movies at the Cinema De Lux. Show title to be announced!

Putt Putt Golfing at Rollandia; Saturday, Aug. 29; 6:30 p.m. to dark. Test out your aim and win a prize for a hole in one!

If you are a single resident of Oakwood and would like to meet some new friends with whom to socialize, serve the community and learn through attending workshops, you should consider joining our group. We are especially hoping to have more single male residents join our ranks! For more information, call Kathy at 974-4951.

The Taste 2009 tickets for Sept. 3 now on sale

The Taste presented by the Kettering-Moraine-Oakwood Chamber of Commerce has announced details for their 2009 event. The Taste returns to Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 5 – 9 p.m.

The Taste 2009 will mark the 22nd year for the Chamber’s event. The Taste, sponsored by P & R Communications, will host over 30 local restaurants, serving samples of the best food they have to offer. “Every year keeps getting bigger and new restaurants want to join the event. It’s an excellent opportunity for our local restauranteurs to showcase their product and expose local residents to new dining experiences,” said Darla Cade, 2009 Taste Chair.

Along with the great food, the Taste will feature a Silent Auction with unique items available for bid. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a chance drawing for several gift baskets with values of over $1,000 each.

Cost for this year’s Taste is $20 per person in advance or $25 day of. Children under 10 will be $10. Strollers are not permitted. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Fraze Pavilion box-office (296-3300), TicketMaster (228-2323) or at the KMO Chamber Office located at 2977 Far Hills Avenue (299-3852)

Open labyrinth walk Aug. 4

Come walk the labyrinth on Tuesday, Aug. 4 between the time of 12 noon and 8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church on First Street between Wilkinson and Perry Streets. The 36’ canvas labyrinth which is patterned after the one on the floor of Chartes Catherdral in France will be set up in Fellowship Hall – enter through the doors on Wilkinson Street and follow the signs. Discover a spititual tool that has been used by humans of various spiritual traditions and cultures for over 5000 years. Call 223-7285 for more information.






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