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The Old Court House's elegant 1850 courtroom comes to life at Old Case Files. Audience members hear testimonies from witnesses, arguments from the prosecution and defense, converse with costumed spectators, study period newspapers, and view historical exhibits to uncover the events surrounding the trial. This show is tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

The Voss Hoss Cruisin is tonight, 5 to 9pm at Voss Used Cars, 99 Loop Road in Centerville. In addition to seeing all kind of Hot Rods there are Door Prizes, a 50/50 Raffle, lots of Music and Local Food.

ear of corn with tassle
caligula1995 / Flickr Creative Commons

The Sun’s powerful position in Cancer throughout the month is enhanced by the position of Sirius, the Dog Star, located almost due south at noon and contributing (according to tradition) to the Dog Days of Middle Summer. With  all their heat, Cancer and Sirius ripen the landscape.

Field corn is ready to tassel all along the 40th Parallel. Sweet corn and beans and tomatoes fill the farmers’ markets. Winter wheat is ready to be cut. Carrots and beets are ready to be pulled for supper. Broccoli has headed. Deep Summer’s tomatoes and beans are coming in.

Levitt Pavilion Dayton
Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton

First Friday in Downtown Dayton is tonight. It is the perfect time to celebrate downtown's "independents" - mom-and-pop shops that dominate the consumer-based businesses. Galleries and museums have special activities. Bars and restaurants feature food and drink specials, and many host live performances later that night. Retailers offer hand-selected merchandise and carefully curated clothing, home goods, accessories, cosmetics, and more.

Star trails on a summer night's sky
bobthemagicdragon / Flickr Creative Commons

At 10:36 in the morning of  July 6, the Earth reaches aphelion, the point at which it is about 153 million kilometers (its greatest distance) from the Sun. Aphelion occurs almost exactly six months from perihelion, Earth’s position closest to the Sun (about 148 million kilometers).

When one thing is happening, says the first law of phenology, something else is happening, too. Finches in the thistledown, cicadas calling through the day, katydids at night, all measure the Sun and pull the Dog Days in.

An expert, Laura Jones, shares her experiences as a production manager for four years on Art21, which is a PBS documentary series. She provides behind the scenes personal accounts meeting the artists and she focuses on visual contemporary art and artists in the twenty-first century. Bring your chair, your snacks and drinks to the Dayton Society of Artists Tonight at 8pm.

elderberry flowers
Allison Giguere / Flickr Creative Commons

Inside the four common seasonal categories – winter, spring, summer, fall -  lie clusters of small parallel seasons that measure time inside of time, creating by their colors and shapes and sounds and tastes and smells the broader temporal divisions.

As June comes to a close, taking with it the longest days of Early Summer, the subseasons that follow solstice create a patchwork of interlocking phases of the landscape’s transformation.

Miami Valley Native American Council

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 100th birthday of composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein with excerpts from his signature creation, West Side Story. The second part celebrates the Symphony's 75th anniversary season with some orchestral fireworks. This is tonight, 8pm, Veteran's Park Amphitheater, in Springfield.

closeup of pink thistle
Joshua Mayer / Flickr Creative Commons

These are the longest days of the year, and Thursday the 21st is solstice, the peak of the solar tide, splitting Earth time in two, the Sun leaving Early Summer and Gemini, entering Deep Summer and Cancer.

Obscured by daylight, the consellations that accompany the sign of  Cancer during the day include Orion in the middle of the southern sky at noon, the potent Dog Star, Sirius, low behind him. Pisces lies in the west, Leo in the east, Draco in the north.

DeWeese Ridgecrest Civic Association

Trash and Treasure is in the Saint Anne's Hill neighborhood. Antique furniture, art book collections, original framed prints, paintings by Dennis Towners and Karen Fisher and over 1000 pieces of original artwork by David Smith!!! Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St, in Dayton, Saturday 8am to 1pm.

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