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What to do with this blog

I apologize for not posting anything this week.  I admit I haven’t been inspired or motivated to do so. I have been struggling with a sinus infection and have also been trying to figure out if this blog is worth my time. I do enjoy finding out what there is to do in the Dayton area every week. I enjoy getting out into the community and I’d love to help others do so too, but I just don’t know if this blog is the right venue for that. So I will take the weekend and ponder it. If you have a comment about this blog please let me know.

Thanksgiving Week and Weekend

It is the week of Thanksgiving so first make sure to give thanks for what you have and I hope you have a chance to spend some time with family.  Because it is holiday week, I am going to combing the weekday happenings and weekend wandering posts into one and I won’t do a Wednesday Wandering Post.

If you love the holiday season and/or Christmas, the flood gate is opening on events and things to see related to the season.  Go out and explore and let us know what you see.

November 24th (Monday)

Story time at Dayton Visual Arts Center.  10:30 am.  Sing songs, play games, and read books.

Storytime at Vandalia Library.  12:30 pm.  Join in for some stories, crafts, music, fingerplays and a literature based movie.  Ages 3-6.

ABC & Me Story Time at Xenia Library. 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Preschoolers will learn about letters and their sounds through stories and a craft. Ages 3-6.

Monday Funday: After School at West Carrollton Library.  3:00 pm.  Watch movies, play games, make crafts and so much more.  Grades K-4 and Tweens.

Tween Book Club at Burkhardt Library.  4:00 pm.  For ages 8-12.  Register in advance.

Book Nuts Book Club at Fairborn Library.  4:00 pm.  Have fun discussing the book of the month and also doing activities and crafts.  Grades 3-5.

Sirens and Lights? What’s Going On? At Trotwood Library.  5:00 pm.  Meet Trotwood first responders, learn about their jobs and talk about career opportunities.

Monday Night Movies at Trotwood Library.  6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Come see a blockbuster movie for free.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.  Grades 7 and up.

Popcorn & Movie! At EC Doren Library.  6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Enjoy a movie and some snacks.  Ages 13-17.

PJ Family Story Time at Fairborn Library.  6:30 pm.  Wear your pajamas and furry slippers and bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library.  Ages 3-6.

November 25th (Tuesday)

Tuesday Morning Story time at East Library.  10:00 am. Hear great stories, sing songs and make a craft.  Ages 2-5.

Tadpole Tales at Huber Heights Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 2-3.

Preschool Story time at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and other fun learning activities.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miamisburg Library. 10:00 am and 11:00 am.  Rhymes, songs, puppets, instruments and more. Babies and Toddlers. Register in advance.

Story time at Ft. McKinley Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities. Preschoolers.

Preschool Story time at New Lebanon and Kettering Moraine Libraries.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities for preschoolers.

Wiggle Worms Story time at West Carrollton.  10:30 am.  Story time especially for babies and toddlers. For ages 3 and younger.

Story time for Young Children at Northtown-Shiloh Library.  10:30 am.  Fun with books, music and crafts.  Ages 3-8.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  12:30 pm.  Stories, rhymes and songs.  Preschoolers.

Rubber Duck Club Story time at West Carrollton Library.  1:00 pm. Read stories, play games, dance sing songs and finish with a craft.  Ages 3-6.

Preschool Story time at Kettering Moraine Library. 1:30 pm.  Stories, song and other fun activities. Ages 3-5.

Lego Club at Kettering Moraine Library.  3:30 pm.  Build with hundreds of legos and duplo blocks.  Ages 5-12.  Register in advance.

Holiday Cards for the Homebound at Belmont Library.  3:30 to 5:00 pm.  Create holiday cards for our community’s homebound folks.  Grades K-4.

Dare to Dream Book Club at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  4:30 pm.  Grades 3-5 are invited to discuss books.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  5:30 pm.

Preschool Storytime at Miamisburg Library.  6:30 to 7:15 pm.  Share stories, rhymes and songs that promote a love of reading.  Ages 3-5.

Family Story time at EC Doren Library. 6:30 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

Celebrate the D.W. and Arthur Books at Vandalia Library.  7:00 pm.  Celebrate with stories, snacks, crafts, games and a movie. Ages 3-8.

Family Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  7:00 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

November 26th (Wednesday)

Toddler Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  9:30 am.  22 months to 3 years old.

Family Story time at Belmont Library.  9:30 am.  Enjoy quality family time with books, songs and activities.  Ages 2-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miami Township Library.  9:45 am.  18-35 months.

Story Time plus Play Time at Cedarville Library.  10:00 am to noon. Listen to stories and then play. Ages birth to 5.

Wednesday morning story time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  10:00 am.  Fun with stories, music and craft.  Ages 2-4.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:00 am.

Story time at Northmont Library.  10:00 am.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Huber Heights and Kettering Libraries.  10:00 am and 11:00 am (just Kettering).  Ages birth to 24 months.

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Birth through 24 months.

Preschool Story time at Madden Hills.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun for preschoolers.

Preschool Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, song and fun for 4 and 5 year olds.

Tom Turkey Story and Playtime at Jamestown Library. 10:30 am. Listen to a story and enjoy the toy area. Preschool, toddlers and babies invited.

 

Baby Song and Rhyme Time at Yellow Springs.  10:30 am. Songs, simple stories and rhymes.

 

Toddler Story Time at Xenia and Wilmington-Stroop Libraries. 10:30 am.  Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and fun.  Ages 2-3.

 

Story time at Burkhardt Library.  10:30 am. Ages 0-6.

 

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:45 am. Ages 3-5.

 

Preschool Story time at Dayton View Library.  11:00 am.  Ages 2-5.

 

Wednesday Morning Story Time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  11:00 am. Enjoy a fun morning of stories, music and crafts.  Kids 2-4.

 

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  11:15 am.  24-36 months.

 

Babies and Books at Northmont Library.  11:30 am.  Birth to 36 months. Register in advance.

 

Preschool Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  1:00 pm.  Ages 3-5.

 

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

 

November 27th (Thursday) – Happy Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving Buffet at Youngs Dairy.  10:30 am to 6:00 pm.  Enjoy turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy,, stuffing, green beans, corn, sweet potato casserole, cole slaw, salad bar, cranberry salad, rolls, pie and more.  Adults $20.95, Children 4-10 $8.95, Children 3 and under are free.  Call Chris for reservations at 937-324-2050 – reservations are required.

 

Thanksgiving in Dayton: A Feast of Giving at Dayton Convention Center, 22 East Fifth Street.  11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This is a free event that offers a full blown Thanksgiving dinner free to anyone who wishes to come.  No ticket is required and Dayton RTA will be providing free rides.  For more information visit http://fox45now.com/shared/community/features/thanksgiving/index_wrgt.shtml

 

Thanksgiving Dinner at Neil’s Heritage House, 2323 West Schantz Ave, Kettering.  1:00 pm.  Adults are $30, Children (2-10) are $15.  Call 937-298-8611 for reservations. Visit http://neilshh.com/ for more information.

 

November 28th (Friday)

Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display, The Kettering Tower, 40 N. Main St. Suite 1550.  8:30 am to 5:30 pm.  Visitors of all ages can view this one of a kind model train display.

 

National Holiday Gift Show at Hara Arena.  9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Come to one of the largest indoor craft and gift shows in the state.  Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get $1 off admission.

Baby Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Short stories, songs, rhymes, and lap bounces.  6 months to 24 months.

 

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

 

Riverscape Ice Skating, 111 E. Monument Avenue.  2:30 to 10:00 pm.  $5 admission; $2 for ice skate rental.

 

 

The Tike’s Shoppe, Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd Street, Dayton.  3:00 to 9:00 pm.  This is a special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget.  Santa will be here 2 to 7:45 pm.

 

23rd Annual Holiday Hunt, Courthouse Square, Third and Main Streets, Dayton.  4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Tis free event features a fun scavenger hunt for kids.

 

Dayton Holiday Festival Grande Illumination Tree Lighting & Children’s Parade, Courthouse Square, Third and Main Streets, Dayton.  4:00 to 9:00 pm.  Tons of things to do leading up to the lighting of the tree.  This event is free and features live entertainment and fun events. For more information visit http://www.downtowndayton.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=112

 

Hometown Holiday Celebration in Downtown Troy.  4:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event starts at 6:30 pm with a parade, grand illumination, visits from Santa, carriage rides, music, refreshments and much more.  The Kris Kringle Market opens at 4 and is a great place for kids to shop for family, friends and teachers.  For more information visit http://www.troymainstreet.org/

 

Clifton Mills Christmas Lights, Clifton Mill, 75 Water Street, Clifton.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  This event features over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  Lights are turned on at 6 pm.  You can also peak into Santa’s workshop and see a live Santa at work. $10 per person (age 7 and up), children 6 and under are free.  For more information visit http://www.cliftonmill.com/

 

Niederman Christmas Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd, Hamilton.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  This free event includes a walk-through Christmas display including lights, a life-size nativity scene and holiday music.  Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  For more information visit https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/

 

The Gift of Lights at the Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  The Christmas ranch features a Christmas village full of shops, a light show, 1 million LED lights synchronized to holiday music, an animated toy factors, animated trees and figures dancing to music, pictures with Santa most evenings and Christmas shops.  $15 per vehicle.  For more information visit http://www.thechristmasranch.com/  This is 10 minutes north of Kings Island.

 

Leap Frog Parents Frogs Night Out at Leap Frogs Party & Play Center in Miamisburg.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  $23 per child includes dinner.  Ages 4-13.  Kids get to enjoy dinner, fun bouncing, climbing, sliding and playing.

 

City of Lebanon Holiday Illumination, downtown Lebanon.  6:30 pm.  This is the annual tree lighting ceremony and also includes free carriage rides in front of City Hall.  Make sure to visit Santa inside the City lobby.

 

November 29th (Saturday)

All day: North pole train rides at Lebanon Rail Road.  Take a half hour train ride to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Tell Santa what you would like and receive a small gift from Santa.  You can also color pictures or write letters to Santa, enjoy a holiday cookie and hot chocolate and be entertained by Santa’s elves.  $20.50 for Adults, $15.50 for children 5-16, $8.50 for children 2-4 and 1 and under are free.  Check the website for times.  Typically the times are 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:45 pm.  The website also states which times are already sold out.  Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended as this event does sell out.  http://lebanonrr.com/northpole.html

National Holiday Gift Show at Hara Arena.  9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Come to one of the largest indoor craft and gift shows in the state.  Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get $1 off admission.

 

Home Depot Kids Workshop at your local Home Depot.  9:00 am to Noon.  Build a give and save bank. Free. Pre-registration is requested but not required.  For more information visit http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

 

Holiday Open Farm Day at North River Alpacas, 2800 N River Road, Yellow Springs.  10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Have fun with the alpacas, drink hot cocoa and visit the farm store.  For more information visit http://www.northriveralpacas.com/

 

The Tike’s Shoppe, Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd Street, Dayton.  10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  This is a special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget.  Santa will be here 2 to 5 pm.

 

Riverscape Ice Skating, 111 E. Monument Avenue.  11:00 am to 10:00 pm.  $5 admission; $2 for ice skate rental.

 

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

 

Hometown Holidazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival, City of Wilmington.  3:00 to 10:00 pm.  This free event features a parade, Santa, indoor games, food and strolling musicians.  For more information visit http://www.hometownholidazzle.com/

 

Clifton Mills Christmas Lights, Clifton Mill, 75 Water Street, Clifton.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  This event features over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  Lights are turned on at 6 pm.  You can also peak into Santa’s workshop and see a live Santa at work. $10 per person (age 7 and up), children 6 and under are free.  For more information visit http://www.cliftonmill.com/

 

Niederman Christmas Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd, Hamilton.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  This free event includes a walk-through Christmas display including lights, a life-size nativity scene and holiday music.  Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  For more information visit https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/

 

The Gift of Lights at the Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  The Christmas ranch features a Christmas village full of shops, a light show, 1 million LED lights synchronized to holiday music, an animated toy factors, animated trees and figures dancing to music, pictures with Santa most evenings and Christmas shops.  $15 per vehicle.  For more information visit http://www.thechristmasranch.com/  This is 10 minutes north of Kings Island.

 

Reaver Christmas Light Display, Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler, 336 East Alkaline Springs Road, Vandalia.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event features over 100,000 lights plus a musical light show.  20 feet mega trees come to life with a musical light show at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.  For more information visit http://www.reaverchristmaslights.com/

 

November 30th (Sunday)

All day: North pole express train rides at Lebanon Rail Road.  Take a half hour train ride to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Tell Santa what you would like and receive a small gift from Santa.  You can also color pictures or write letters to Santa, enjoy a holiday cookie and hot chocolate and be entertained by Santa’s elves.  $20.50 for Adults, $15.50 for children 5-16, $8.50 for children 2-4 and 1 and under are free.  Check the website for times.  Typically the times are 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:45 pm.  The website also states which times are already sold out.  Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended as this event does sell out.  http://lebanonrr.com/northpole.html

National Holiday Gift Show at Hara Arena.  Noon to 4:00 pm.  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Come to one of the largest indoor craft and gift shows in the state.  Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get $1 off admission.

 

The Tike’s Shoppe, Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd Street, Dayton.  Noon to 6:00 pm.  This is a special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget.  Santa will be here 2 to 5 pm.

 

Riverscape Ice Skating, 111 E. Monument Avenue.  1:00 to 5:00 pm.  $5 admission; $2 for ice skate rental.

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

Afternoon Musicales at the Dayton Art Institute.  2:00 pm.  Enjoy a concert by David Wion and Friends.  Free for members, $8 for adults, youth/children under 17 are free.

Clifton Mills Christmas Lights, Clifton Mill, 75 Water Street, Clifton.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  This event features over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  Lights are turned on at 6 pm.  You can also peak into Santa’s workshop and see a live Santa at work. $10 per person (age 7 and up), children 6 and under are free.  For more information visit http://www.cliftonmill.com/

 

Niederman Christmas Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd, Hamilton.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event includes a walk-through Christmas display including lights, a life-size nativity scene and holiday music.  Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  For more information visit https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/

 

The Gift of Lights at the Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  The Christmas ranch features a Christmas village full of shops, a light show, 1 million LED lights synchronized to holiday music, an animated toy factors, animated trees and figures dancing to music, pictures with Santa most evenings and Christmas shops.  $15 per vehicle.  For more information visit http://www.thechristmasranch.com/  This is 10 minutes north of Kings Island.

 

Reaver Christmas Light Display, Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler, 336 East Alkaline Springs Road, Vandalia.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event features over 100,000 lights plus a musical light show.  20 feet mega trees come to life with a musical light show at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.  For more information visit http://www.reaverchristmaslights.com/

All Week

 

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods, Sharonville.  6:00 to 10:00 pm (Fri, Sat), 6:00 to 9:00 pm (Mon – Thur, Sun).  $13 per vehicle.  Come see the holiday lights including more than 120 moving and standing holiday themed figures.

Weekend Wandering – November 22-23

Keep warm with all of these great fun indoor activities this weekend.  There are also some outside things too in case you love playing out in the cold.

Saturday and Sunday

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods, Sharonville.  6:00 to 10:00 pm (Sat), 6:00 to 9:00 pm (Sun).  $13 per vehicle.  Come see the holiday lights including more than 120 moving and standing holiday themed figures.

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave, Springboro.  10:30 am and 5:30 pm showings.  This is the musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th street.  $56 for adults, $30 for infant – 11 years.  To buy tickets go here http://online.reserveashow.com/PerfCalendar.aspx?Show=1551

Just Saturday

Native Shrub Planting at Germantown MetroPark.  9:00 am to Noon.  Join the MetroParks and help plant native shrubs to create a more diverse edge planting.  All ages are invited.

Breakfast with Santa, Faith Community United Methodist Church, 100 Country Club Dr, Xenia.  9:30 am to 11:00 am.  $10 per person with breakfast, photo with Santa and $5 for Kandy Kane Junction.  Must be prepaid – call Susan at 937-372-7601

Dayton YMCA Open House, Downtown Dayton YMCA, 316 N. Wilkinson St, Dayton.  10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This free event will allow you to try out a fitness class, tour the facility, sample natural juices and more.

Mother Goose on the Loose, Miamisburg Library.  10:00 to 11:00 am.  Ages 3 and younger are invited to take part in an early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more.  Please register in advance.

Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft, Tools 4 Learning, 1277 N. Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek.  10:00 to 11:00 am and 1:00 to 2:00 pm.  This free event features a small craft for kids that go along with the story.  Ages 4-10.  RSVP – call 937-320-2299.

Saturday Puppet Shows at Huber Heights Library.  11:00 to 11:30 am.  Grades K-4 and younger are invited to the library to enjoy a puppet show.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Party at Huber Heights Library.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Grades 6 and up are invited to come test your skills. One lucky tribute will win a free pass to see the movie.

Hometown Heros: Kettering K-9 Unit at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  1:00 to 2:00 pm.  Come get to know the K-9 unit of the Kettering Police Department.

Super Saturday Family Day at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North Dr, Dayton.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  $5 for members, $10 for non-members, $2 for each additional child.  Celebrate the Deco Japan exhibit by learning about Japanese art and culture while creating a fun whimsical Japanese art project and participate in a Japanese tea ceremony.

Fire Safety Heroes at Northtown-Shiloh Library.  1:30 to 2:15 pm.  First Responders from Harrison Twp Fire Dept will talk about fire safety and give cool demonstrations.

Paws to Read at Burkhardt Library.  2:00 to 3:00 pm.  Come read stories to dogs.  Grades K-4, Tweens and preschool.

Hometown Holiday in Riverside Yule Love It!, Airway Shopping Center in Riverside.  4:00 to 8:00 pm.  This free event features the arrival of Santa by fire truck at 4 pm.  There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, pictures with Santa, lighting of the tree at 6 pm and much more.  Everyone who comes is asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Project Share Program.

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Greene, 51 Plum Street, Beavercreek.  5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Enjoy the Beavercreek High School Marching band at 5, Muse Machine (sing and dance) at 5:30 and Santa’s arrival at 6 pm.

Carriage Rides at the Greene, 51 Plum Street, Beavercreek.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  $10 for adults or $15 per couple. Children 15 and under free with a paying adult.

Just Sunday

Sinclair’s Community Concert Band Fall Concert, Music Department, 444 W. Third Street, Dayton.  2:00 pm.  This free event features the Sinclair Community College Concert Band.

Sinclair’s Choral Concert, Shiloh Church, 5300 Philadelphia Dr, Dayton.  7:00 to 9:00 pm.  This concert features a one-time performance of Handel’s Messiah.  In lieu of admission, the public is invited to bring a non-perishable food item.  Parking is free.

Wednesday Wandering – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

On the northwest part of town lies the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.  It is a great place to visit any time, but especially is nice to visit when it is really cold outside. The museum has 94,00 square feet with areas divided into age-appropriate sections and specific topics.  Kids can have fun in the water play area, science central, climbing, visiting the zoo section, pretending to be a vet and much much more.  It really is a fun place to go.   Tickets are from $10 to $13.  Members and children under 3 are free.  For more information visit http://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/

Weekday happenings – November 18-21

I had meant to post this yesterday, but as we were traveling back home I didn’t get the chance.  I apologize.  So, here is what is coming up for the rest of the week.

November 18th (Tuesday)

Tuesday Morning Story time at East Library.  10:00 am. Hear great stories, sing songs and make a craft.  Ages 2-5.

Tadpole Tales at Huber Heights Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 2-3.

Preschool Story time at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and other fun learning activities.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miamisburg Library. 10:00 am and 11:00 am.  Rhymes, songs, puppets, instruments and more. Babies and Toddlers. Register in advance.

Story time at Ft. McKinley Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities. Preschoolers.

Preschool Story time at New Lebanon and Kettering Moraine Libraries.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities for preschoolers.

Wiggle Worms Story time at West Carrollton.  10:30 am.  Story time especially for babies and toddlers. For ages 3 and younger.

Story time for Young Children at Northtown-Shiloh Library.  10:30 am.  Fun with books, music and crafts.  Ages 3-8.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  12:30 pm.  Stories, rhymes and songs.  Preschoolers.

Rubber Duck Club STory time at West Carrollton Library.  1:00 pm. Read stories, play games, dance sing songs and finish with a craft.  Ages 3-6.

Preschool Story time at Kettering Moraine Library. 1:30 pm.  Stories, song and other fun activities. Ages 3-5.

LOL Library Out Loud at Yellow Springs Library.  3:00 pm.  Come hang out after school, have a snack and draw with different media while listening to an audio book.  Ages 9-12.

Lego Club at Belmont Library.  3:30 pm.  Build with hundreds of legos and duplo blocks.  Ages 5-12.  Register in advance.

Holiday Cards for the Homebound at Belmont Library.  3:30 to 5:00 pm.  Creat holiday cards for our community’s homebound folks.  Grades K-4.

Giant Origami at East Library.  4:00 pm.  Teens.

Make a Dream Catcher at Trotwood Library.  4:00 pm.  Tweens.

LEGO Lab at Fairborn Library.  4:00 pm.  Experiment and build with LEGOS.  Grades K-8.

Ready Set Draw at Xenia Library.  4:00 pm.  Follow easy step-by-step directions and learn how to draw magical creatures including unicorns, elves and trolls.  Ages 8 and up.

Back in Time: Pilgrims and Natives Americans at Beavercreek Library.  4:45 to 6:00 pm.  Journey back to the time of the first Thanksgiving.  Play games and do crafts based on the life and customs of the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  Ages 9-12 (Registration required).

Mother Goose on the Loose at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  5:30 pm.

Preschool Storytime at Miamisburg Library.  6:30 to 7:15 pm.  Share stories, rhymes and songs that promote a love of reading.  Ages 3-5.

Family Story time at EC Doren Library. 6:30 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

Evening Story Time at Vandalia Library.  7:00 pm.  Ages 3-8.

Family Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  7:00 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

November 19th (Wednesday)

Toddler Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  9:30 am.  22 months to 3 years old.

Family Story time at Belmont Library.  9:30 am.  Enjoy quality family time with books, songs and activities.  Ages 2-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miami Township Library.  9:45 am.  18-35 months.

My First Leaf Collection at Sugarcreek MetroPark.  10:00 am.  Lear colors, shapes and sizes of leaves.  Ages 3-5.  Free.

Story Time plus Play Time at Cedarville Library.  10:00 am to noon. Listen to stories and then play. Ages birth to 5.

Wednesday morning story time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  10:00 am.  Fun with stories, music and craft.  Ages 2-4.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:00 am.

Story time at Northmont Library.  10:00 am.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Huber Heights and Kettering Libraries.  10:00 am and 11:00 am (just Kettering).  Ages birth to 24 months.

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Birth through 24 months.

Preschool Story time at Madden Hills.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun for preschoolers.

Preschool Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, song and fun for 4 and 5 year olds.

Story and Playtime at Jamestown Library. 10:30 am. Listen to a story and enjoy the toy area. Preschool, toddlers and babies invited.

Baby and Me Story Time at Fairborn Library.  10:30 am.

Toddler Turkey Tales & Craft at Beavercreek Library.  10:30 am.  Hear Turkey tales and do a simple craft.  Ages 2-5.

Preschool Story Time at Fairborn Library. 10:30 am.  Stories, songs and fun for ages 4 and 5.

Baby Song and Rhyme Time at Yellow Springs.  10:30 am. Songs, simple stories and rhymes.

Toddler Story Time at Xenia and Wilmington-Stroop Libraries. 10:30 am.  Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and fun.  Ages 2-3.

Story time at Burkhardt Library.  10:30 am. Ages 0-6.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:45 am. Ages 3-5.

Preschool Story time at Dayton View Library.  11:00 am.  Ages 2-5.

Wednesday Morning Story Time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  11:00 am. Enjoy a fun morning of stories, music and crafts.  Kids 2-4.

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  11:15 am.  24-36 months.

Babies and Books at Northmont Library.  11:30 am.  Birth to 36 months. Register in advance.

Preschool Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  1:00 pm.  Ages 3-5.

D.Y.I. Wednesday at Fairborn Library.  Get creative and come do a glass ornament.  Registration is required.  Grades 6-12.

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave, Springboro.  10:30 am and 5:30 pm showings.  This is the musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th street.  $56 for adults, $30 for infant – 11 years.  To buy tickets go here http://online.reserveashow.com/PerfCalendar.aspx?Show=1551

November 20th (Thursday)

Story time at Northmont Library.  10:00 am.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Wilmington-Stroop and Miamisburg Libraries.  10:00 am.  Babies and toddlers.  10:30 am at Northtown-Shiloh Library.

Toddler Story time at Kettering Moraine Library.  10:00 am and 11:00 am.  Ages 18-36 months.

Preschool Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  11:00 am.  Ages 3-5.

Babies & Books at Northmont Library.  11:30 am.  Ages birth to 36 months. Register in advance.

Preschool Story time at Fairborn Library.  12:30 pm.  Ages 3-6.

Leapfrogs Story time at Huber Heights.  1:00 pm.  Ages 4-5.

Baby & Toddler Playtime at Yellow Springs Library.  2:00 pm.  Have fun with board books, toys and tiny friends.  Babies and Toddlers.

 

Christmas Cards with Ms. Lori at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  4:00 pm.  Come make beautiful, hand-made Christmas cards.  Registration is required.  Teens.

 

Squishy Circuits at Xenia Library.  4:00 pm.  Find out what happens when you mix playdough with electricity.  Ages 10 and up.

 

Tiny Tom Turkeys at Cedarville Library.  4:00 pm.  Make a Tiny Tom Turkey with pinecones.  Kids of all ages invited.

 

 

Games and Glitter at Westwood Library.  4:00 pm.  Play a favorite game or create a glittery crafts.  Grades K-4.

 

Royal Tea Party at Trotwood Library.  4:00 pm.  Come to a fun Royal Tea Party and taste different kinds of tea, enjoy snacks and play games.  Grades K-4.

 

LEGO Builders Club at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  4:30 pm.  Come build with LEGOS.  Kids 6 to 11.

 

Preschool Story time at Trotwood Library.  6:00 pm.  Ages 4-6.

 

Family Story time at Kettering Moraine and Huber Heights Libraries.  6:30 pm.

 

Turkey Tales & Craft at Beavercreek Library.  6:30 pm.  Come for a few Thanksgiving tales and a special turkey-themed craft.  Registration is required.  Ages 5-9.

 

Preschool Story time at Brookville Library.  7:00 pm.  Ages 3-5.

 

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave, Springboro.  10:30 am and 5:30 pm showings.  This is the musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th street.  $56 for adults, $30 for infant – 11 years.  To buy tickets go here http://online.reserveashow.com/PerfCalendar.aspx?Show=1551

 

November 21st (Friday)

All Day Thanksgiving craft day at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  Come by and take home a fun Thanksgiving craft.  Ages 3 to 8.

 

66th National Cage Bird Show at Dayton Convention Center, 22 East Fifth Street.  10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  $3 with those 12 and under free.  Come out and see the largest exhibition of birds in North America.

 

Beach Mountain Grand Opening, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason.  10:00 am to 10:00 pm.  $17-$22.  Every day is a snow day.  Go snow tubing down a snowy 400 foot long run.

 

Planting Acorns at Taylorsville MetroPark.  10:00 to 11:30 am.  Have fun planting acorns.  Free.  Ages 3 to 5.

 

Baby Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Short stories, songs, rhymes, and lap bounces.  6 months to 24 months.

 

Story Time at Yellow Springs Library.  10:30 am.  Listen to stories and do a simple activity or craft.  Preschool age.

 

Toddler Story Time at Fairborn Library.  10:30 am.  Ages 24-36 months.

 

Wonderful Ones Story Time at Fairborn Library.  10:30 am.  Babies 12-24 months.

 

Kids Crafty Corner: Thanksgiving Edition at Fairborn Library.  3:00 to 5:30 pm.  Kids in grades K-5 can drop-in to make a fun Thanksgiving craft.

 

LEGO Party at Northmont Library.  4:30 to 5:30 pm.  Create with LEGOs.  Preschool to grade 6.  Register in advance.

 

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave, Springboro.  10:30 am and 5:30 pm showings.  This is the musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th street.  $56 for adults, $30 for infant – 11 years.  To buy tickets go here http://online.reserveashow.com/PerfCalendar.aspx?Show=1551

 

Faith Community Fall Bazaar, 100 Country Club Drive, Xenia.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event features several vendors, cookie walk, Santa, and other fun kids activities.

 

Furry Film Night, SICSA Pet Adoption Center, 2600 Wilmington Pike, Kettering.  $15.  Kids can come watch a movie and cuddle with puppies and kittens while raising funds for the animals at the adoption center.

 

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods, Sharonville.  6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  $13 per vehicle.  Come see the holiday lights including more than 120 moving and standing holiday themed figures.

 

Leap Frog Parents Frogs Night Out at Leap Frogs Party & Play Center in Miamisburg.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  $23 per child includes dinner.  Ages 4-13.  Kids get to enjoy dinner, fun bouncing, climbing, sliding and playing.

 

Kids Night Out, Kicking it at Mile High Karate, 51 E. Spring Valley Rd, Centerville.  7:00 to 10:00 pm.  $20 per child.  Kids can learn how to do karate and also enjoy pizza and juice.

 

 

Weekend Wandering – November 15-16

This weekend you can go shopping for the upcoming holidays, learn about the International Space Station, or get out and enjoy nature with one of the Five Rivers MetroParks programs.  Make sure to bundle up. 🙂

Saturday and Sunday

St. Peter Christmas Bazaar at Saint Peter Catholic Church, 6161 Chamberburg Rd, Huber Heights.  9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave, Springboro.  10:30 am and 5:30 pm showings.  This is the musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th street.  $56 for adults, $30 for infant – 11 years.  To buy tickets go here http://online.reserveashow.com/PerfCalendar.aspx?Show=1551

Kettering Children’s Theatre Presents Anne of Green Gables at Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive.  7:00 to 9:00 pm (Sat); 2:00 to 4;00 pm (Sun).  Step back in time and let Anne Shirley be your guide of Prince Edward Island.  $5 for children 12 and under; $7 for adults.

Just Saturday

BCN Holiday Bazaar, 1850 N. Fairfield Drive, Beavercreek.  9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Native Shrub Planting at Germantown MetroPark.  9:00 am to Noon.  Help plant 600 native shrubs to help create a more diverse edge planting.  For all ages. Great way to volunteer and help out in the community

Mapping Forests at Taylorsville MetroPark.  10:00 am to Noon.  Explore how to monitor the ecosystems and map part of the forest in Taylorsville.  Ages 6-13. Free.

Destination Space Station, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 1100 Spaatz Street.  10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Commemorate the anniversary of the greatest engineering feat in modern history: the International Space station.  Build your own space station from recycling materials.

America Recycles Day! At Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive.  11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This free event features activities at both the Habitat Environmental Center and Rosewood Arts Centre where you can learn to create your own sustainable artwork from recycled materials.

Story time at Barnes and Noble, 2619 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.  11:00 am.

Nature Sleeps at Germantown MetroPark.  1:00 to 2:30 pm.  Learn all about hibernation and which animals hibernate and which do not.  All ages. Free.

Lego Challenge at Wilmington-Stroop Library, 3980 Wilmington Pike.  1:00 pm.

VFW Holiday Bazaar and Food Drive at VFW, 1237 E. Main Street, Springfield.  1:00 to 6:00 pm.  This free event features shopping from small businesses, local vendors and home crafters.  There will be a bake sale, kids activities and a door prize raffle.  Also you can get free photos with Santa.

Just Sunday

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Concert, Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Rd, Kettering.  3:00 pm.  This is a free event.

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr at Spring Valley Academy, Centerville.  7:00 pm.  See an unforgettable musical about Teyve the milkman doing all he can to protect his daughters from a changing world.  $5 general admission, $10 reserved, $25 front row.  Tickets available at the door or call school office at 937-433-

Wednesday Wandering – John Bryant State Park

I really enjoy hiking around John Bryant State Park, especially on a crisp fall day.  Close to Yellow Springs, John Bryant State park contains a pretty cool limestone gorge cut by the Little Miami River.  Part of the gorge itself is designated as a national natural landmark.  There are a few covered day-use facilities scattered around the park where you can gather wood and enjoy a picnic by the fire, which is really nice to enjoy after a hike.  There are ten different trails around the park for all hiking levels from beginner to advanced.  There are trails that take you to the top of the Gorge and you get to walk around the rim and there are also trails that take you down along the river.  From these trails you can see the rock climbers that come to the park to scale the gorge.  You can also camp or fish here too.  No matter what time of year you go, John Bryant State Park is a great place to go out and enjoy nature.These pictures are from summertime, as I didn’t get a chance to snap some pictures last week, but it still is very beautiful right now.  Clifton Gorge (3) Clifton Gorge Clifton Gorge (5) Clifton Gorge (4) Clifton Gorge (2)To get more information on the park visit http://www.johnbryan.org/

Weekday Happenings – November 10 – 14

This week includes the very special Veterans Days on Tuesday.  I am thankful for all of those who served and who currently serve our country.

November 10th (Monday)

Veterans Exhibit at Washington-Centerville Library.  All day (beginning at 10 am).  Walk through the annual exhibit honoring veterans.  All visitors are encouraged to write thank-you cards to the troops that will be delivered this holiday season.  This is free and open to the public.

Storytime at Dayton Visual Arts Center.  10:30 am.  Sing songs, play games, and read books.

ABC & Me Story Time at Xenia Library. 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Preschoolers will learn about letters and their sounds through stories and a craft. Ages 3-6.

French Storytime at Vandalia Library.  12:30 to 1:30 pm.  Learn simple French words, numbers, colors, greetings and songs.  Sample French desserts too.  Ages 3-6.

Monday Funday: After School at West Carrollton Library.  3:00 to 4:00 pm.  Watch movies, play games and make crafts.  Grades K-4 and tweens.

Game night at Ft. McKinley Library.  4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Grades K-4 and tweens.

Craftmania at East Library.  4:00 to 5:00 pm.  Create a cool craft.  All materials provided.  Ages 6-12.  Registration required.

Club Book at Miamisburg Library.  4:00 pm.  Have some snacks and talk about great teen fiction.  Grades 5-8.

Minecraft Mania at Xenia Library.  4:00 to 5:00 pm.  Try your luck at the creeper toss, minecraft bingo and more.  Ages 6 and up.

Bookworks Book Club at Fairborn Library.  4:30 pm.  Join this bookclub to read and talk about exciting books.  Snacks and drinks are provided.  Grades K-2.

Popcorn & Movie at EC Doren Library.  6:00 pm.  Enjoy a movie with some snacks.  Ages 13-17.

¾ Book Club at Miamisburg Library.  6:30 pm.  A book club just for third and fourth graders.  Register in advance.

Kids Game Night at Northtown Shiloh Library.  6:30 pm.  Grades K-6.

PJ Family Story Time at Fairborn Library.  6:30 pm.  Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal.  Ages 3-6.

Turkey Tales at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  6:30 pm.  Have fun with the Thanksgiving turkey and enjoy stories, music and crafts.  Ages 3 to 7.

Ninjamgo Academy at Brookville Library.  7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Grades K-4, tweens.

November 11th (Tuesday) – Happy Veterans Day!!

Veterans Exhibit at Washington-Centerville Library.  All day (beginning at 10 am).  Walk through the annual exhibit honoring veterans.  All visitors are encouraged to write thank-you cards to the troops that will be delivered this holiday season.  This is free and open to the public.

Tuesday Morning Story time at East Library.  10:00 am. Hear great stories, sing songs and make a craft.  Ages 2-5.

Tadpole Tales at Huber Heights Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 2-3.

Preschool Story time at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and other fun learning activities.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miamisburg Library. 10:00 am and 11:00 am.  Rhymes, songs, puppets, instruments and more. Babies and Toddlers. Register in advance.

Story time at Ft. McKinley Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities. Preschoolers.

Preschool Story time at New Lebanon and Kettering Moraine Libraries.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities for preschoolers.

Wiggle Worms Story time at West Carrollton.  10:30 am.  Story time especially for babies and toddlers. For ages 3 and younger.

Story time for Young Children at Northtown-Shiloh Library.  10:30 am.  Fun with books, music and crafts.  Ages 3-8.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  12:30 pm.  Stories, rhymes and songs.  Preschoolers.

Rubber Duck Club Story time at West Carrollton Library.  1:00 pm. Read stories, play games, dance sing songs and finish with a craft.  Ages 3-6.

Preschool Story time at Kettering Moraine Library. 1:30 pm.  Stories, song and other fun activities. Ages 3-5.

Beavercreek Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, 1911 N. Fairfield Road. 2 pm. Free and open to the public.  This program honors our Veterans.

Tweens Read – special collection at Yellow Springs Library.  3:00 pm.  Make a book charm and talk about the book of the month.  Tweens.

Lego Club at Belmont Library.  3:30 pm.  Build with hundreds of legos and duplo blocks.  Ages 5-12.  Register in advance.

Art Bots at Xenia Library.  4:00 pm.  Make a robot with markers for legs and create art.  Ages 10 and up.

Loom bracelets at Fairborn Library.  4:00 pm.  Create cool braceleets with a rainbow of rubber bands.  Grades 1-6.

Teen Wire Wrapped Necklace with Decoy Art Studio at Beavercreek Library.  4:30 pm.  Join Decoy Art Studio at the library and make a wire wrapped necklace.  Pre-registration is required.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  5:30 pm.

Early Bookworm Readers at Xenia Library.  6:00 to 6:45 pm.  Children in grades K-2 can build their reading skills by joining us for a book discussion and activity.

Japanimania at Fairborn Library.  6:30 pm.  Watch anime and discuss.  Grades 6-12.

Preschool Storytime at Miamisburg Library.  6:30 to 7:15 pm.  Share stories, rhymes and songs that promote a love of reading.  Ages 3-5.

Family Story time at EC Doren Library. 6:30 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

Family Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  7:00 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

November 12th (Wednesday)

Toddler Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  9:30 am.  22 months to 3 years old.

Family Story time at Belmont Library.  9:30 am.  Enjoy quality family time with books, songs and activities.  Ages 2-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miami Township Library.  9:45 am.  18-35 months.

My First Leaf Collection at Sugarcreek MetroPark.  10:00 am.  Lear colors, shapes and sizes of leaves.  Ages 3-5.  Free.

Story Time plus Play Time at Cedarville Library.  10:00 am to noon. Listen to stories and then play. Ages birth to 5.

Wednesday morning story time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  10:00 am.  Fun with stories, music and craft.  Ages 2-4.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:00 am.

Story time at Northmont Library.  10:00 am.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Huber Heights and Kettering Libraries.  10:00 am and 11:00 am (just Kettering).  Ages birth to 24 months.

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Birth through 24 months.

Be a Reading Hero at Belmont Library.  10:30 to 11:15 am.  Captain Papanek from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office will come and share his experiences.  Ages 0-6.

Preschool Story time at Madden Hills.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun for preschoolers.

Preschool Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, song and fun for 4 and 5 year olds.

Story and Playtime at Jamestown Library. 10:30 am. Listen to a story and enjoy the toy area. Preschool, toddlers and babies invited.

Baby and Me Story Time at Fairborn Library.  10:30 am.

Preschool Story Time at Fairborn Library. Stories, songs and fun for ages 4 and 5.

Baby Song and Rhyme Time at Yellow Springs.  10:30 am. Songs, simple stories and rhymes.

Toddler Story Time at Xenia and Wilmington-Stroop Libraries. 10:30 am.  Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and fun.  Ages 2-3.

Story time at Burkhardt Library.  10:30 am. Ages 0-6.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:45 am. Ages 3-5.

Preschool Story time at Dayton View Library.  11:00 am.  Ages 2-5.

Wednesday Morning Story Time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  Enjoy a fun morning of stories, music and crafts.  Kids 2-4.

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  11:15 am.  24-36 months.

Babies and Books at Northmont Library.  11:30 am.  Birth to 36 months. Register in advance.

Preschool Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  1:00 pm.  Ages 3-5.

It’s Hard to Wait: An Elephant and Piggie Book Party at Miamisburg Library.  4:00 pm.  Come have a lot of fun.  Grades K-4 and preschoolers.

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave, Springboro.  10:30 am and 5:30 pm showings.  This is the musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th street.  $56 for adults, $30 for infant – 11 years.  To buy tickets go here http://online.reserveashow.com/PerfCalendar.aspx?Show=1551

November 13th (Thursday)

Story time at Northmont Library.  10:00 am.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Wilmington-Stroop and Miamisburg Libraries.  10:00 am.  Babies and toddlers.  10:30 am at Northtown-Shiloh Library.

Toddler Story time at Kettering Moraine Library.  10:00 am and 11:00 am.  Ages 18-36 months.

Preschool Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  11:00 am.  Ages 3-5.

Babies & Books at Northmont Library.  11:30 am.  Ages birth to 36 months. Register in advance.

Preschool Story time at Fairborn Library.  12:30 pm.  Ages 3-6.

Leapfrogs Story time at Huber Heights.  1:00 pm.  Ages 4-5.

Baby & Toddler Playtime at Yellow Springs Library.  2:00 pm.  Have fun with board books, toys and tiny friends.  Babies and Toddlers.

Games at the Library at the Jamestown Library.  3:00 pm.  Play all kinds of games with snacks provided.  Grades 3 and up.

Read to the Dogs at the Yellow Springs Library.  3:00 pm.  Read aloud to dogs.  Kids of all ages.

Games and Glitter at Westwood Library.  Play a favorite game or create a glittery crafts.  Grades K-4.

Preschool Story time at Trotwood Library.  6:00 pm.  Ages 4-6.

Family Story time at Kettering Moraine and Huber Heights Libraries.  6:30 pm.

Chill Out with Yoga at the Fairborn Library.  6:30 pm.  Enjoy yoga.  Grades 6-12. Registration is required.

Manga, Anime and Cosplay Club at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  6:30 pm.  Come discuss manga, anime and cosplay.  Teens.

Preschool Story time at Brookville Library.  7:00 pm.  Ages 3-5.

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave, Springboro.  10:30 am and 5:30 pm showings.  This is the musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th street.  $56 for adults, $30 for infant – 11 years.  To buy tickets go here http://online.reserveashow.com/PerfCalendar.aspx?Show=1551

November 14th (Friday)

Baby Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Short stories, songs, rhymes, and lap bounces.  6 months to 24 months.

Story Time at Yellow Springs Library.  10:30 am.  Listen to stories and do a simple activity or craft.  Preschool age.

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave, Springboro.  10:30 am and 5:30 pm showings.  This is the musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th street.  $56 for adults, $30 for infant – 11 years.  To buy tickets go here http://online.reserveashow.com/PerfCalendar.aspx?Show=1551

Leap Frog Parents Frogs Night Out at Leap Frogs Party & Play Center in Miamisburg.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  $23 per child includes dinner.  Ages 4-13.  Kids get to enjoy dinner, fun bouncing, climbing, sliding and playing.

Kettering Children’s Theatre Presents Anne of Green Gables at Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive.  7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Step back in time and let Anne Shirley be your guide of Prince Edward Island.  $5 for children 12 and under; $7 for adults.

Weekend Wandering – November 8-9

This weekend looks like a decent fall weekend with lows in the 30s and highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s.  If you like to go outdoors, it should be pretty nice to hike around in.  If not, there are plenty of things to do this weekend that are indoors, especially if you want to start your holiday shopping.

Saturday and Sunday

Yuletide Winter’s Gathering in downtown Tipp City.  10:00 am to 8:00 pm (Sat), Noon to 6:00 pm (Sun).  For over 20 years this gathering has been a traditional shopkeeper’s open house.  Visit a variety of specialty shops with a ride range of unique products.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/YuletideWintersGathering

Rumpelstiltskin is my Name at Town Hall Theatre in Centerville.  3:00 pm.  The miller’s daughter makes a bargain she’ll soon regret to spin straw into gold.  Ages 4 and up. $15 adults, $13 students; $10 12 and under.

Kettering Children’s Theatre Presents Anne of Green Gables at Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive.  7:00 to 9:00 pm (Sat); 2:00 to 4;00 pm (Sun).  Step back in time and let Anne Shirley be your guide of Prince Edward Island.  $5 for children 12 and under; $7 for adults.

Just Saturday

Library Scavenger Hunt at EC Doren Library.  This all day event (just stop by) lets kids go on a scavenger hunt around the library.  You may even win a prize.

Take and Make at Miami Township Library.  Drop in anytime and you can pick up a craft to take home and make.

Museum Holiday Shop Around at Aullwood Audobon Center and Farm, 1000 Aullwood Rd.  9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  This free event features distinctive gifts and food as you wind your way through 15 area museum gift stores.  The Humane Society of Greater Dayton will also be there with some animal related gifts.

Kettering Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, Kettering Recreation Complex, 2900 Glengarry Drive.  9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This free event features more than 75 exhibitors displaying festive holiday decorations and unique gifts.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miamisburg Library.  10:00 am.  For ages 3 and younger.  This free fun literacy program uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more.  Register in advance.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic at your Local Lowes.  10:00 am.  This week features a science lab.  You must register in advance to attend. As of this writing, the Lowe’s in Xenia and Dayton-Trotwood still had available slots.  Go to http://lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/default.aspx to register.

Creative Inventions Saturday Workshop for Kids at Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center, 400 E. Fifth Street.  10:00 to 11:30 am.  Learn, design and make your own inventions.  This program runs for 4 weeks and can be attended separately ($12 per session) or all 4 ($40 for 4 weeks).  For more information visit http://www.grassrootsenrichment.com/

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival at the Roberts Centre, 123 Gano Rd in Wilmington.  10:00 am to 10:00 pm.  This event features bluegrass, old-time and gospel music combined with family fun and education opportunities.  $35-$65 with children 16 and under Free with adult purchase.  For more information visit http://www.somusicfest.com/

Firefighter Family Story time at Miamisburg Library.  11:30 am.  Firefighter Steve will talk about fire safety and what brave firefighter do.  Ages 3-8.

Paws to Read at Trotwood Library.  1:00 pm.  This is your opportunity to read a story to a dog, but you must register in advance.

PAWS to Read at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  1:00 pm.  Here is another opportunity to read a story to a dog.  Grades K-4 and register in advance.

Lego Block Party at Burkhardt Library.  2:00 pm.  Bring the whole family for an epic building bash.  The library supplies the legos, you just need to bring your imagination.

Just Sunday

Veterans Exhibit at Washington-Centerville Public Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Rd.  1:00 to 5:00 pm.  This free event honors our country’s veterans and features books, artifacts, military uniforms and more.  All will be encouraged to write thank you cards to our military which will be delivered this holiday season.

As the weather starts to turn colder, don’t forget about visiting these favorites as well: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, National Museum of the Air Force and you can always find something to do at a local park or Five Rivers MetroParks.

Wednesday Wandering – Miami Valley Bike Trails

If you like to bike, run, walk, or roller blade, you’ll want to take advantage of our local bike trails.  The Miami Valley has the nation’s largest network of paved off-street trails with 330 miles of bike trails to explore and enjoy.  Pictured here is the Beavercreek station which offers vending machines, water fountains and indoor restrooms.DSC04245  DSC04249There are several similar stations throughout the Miami Valley trail system.  I have really enjoyed running and biking on these trails.  It is a great place to take your kids for a ride, walk or run.  The trails are wide enough that you can comfortably fit a stroller or trailer and not worry about being run over by fast bikers or runners.  Also, these trails, for the most part, are always open and are free.  It is so nice to be able to enjoy family time or a workout and not worry about cars.  I encourage you to check out  http://www.miamivalleytrails.org/ and maps can be found at http://www.miamivalleytrails.org/maps-miami-valley-trails.