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I left for New York in the fog and mist, and then an hour later, I drove into low, dark stratus clouds, and the wind came in strong from the northeast against me. The colors of middle autumn that would have been so rich and bright against the blue sky seemed dull and ominous to me. I looked for murmurations of starlings spinning together over the brown fields, but there seemed to be no life at all in the landscape. Traffic was loud and heavy all the way across Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

Are You A Singer In The Shower? Connect with fellow Dayton singers at Bach Society's Sing Dayton! Newcomers, shower singers, and choral ninjas are all welcome. If you love to sing but don't have time to join a choir, then this could be for you! This is tonight, 6-9PM at Yellow Cab Tavern.

The annual Artistry in Wood Show & Sale is Saturday and Sunday at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington. Many of the top woodworkers in the country will be at this event!

oak leaf
Wayne Noffsinger / Flickr Creative Commons

Everything is telling time, revealing the arrival of middle autumn.

The Pleiades, and the Hyades of Taurus, outrides of winter’s Orion, lie on the eastern horizon after dark, promising December.

Participants in the 2012 Annual Rail Festival at Carillon Park
courtesy of Dayton History

Explore downtown Dayton during First Friday. Certain volunteers will rappel "over the edge" of the 27-story KeyBank Tower. You can watch from Courthouse Square and stick around for the Over the Edge Drop Party featuring live music, food vendors, wine, and craft beer. Elsewhere downtown there are art experiences, live theater, local bands, food and drink specials. And Clash Dayton is downtown's go-to resource for Halloween costumes.

The Big Dipper on the fall sky
Frank Boston / Flickr Creative Commons

The Big Dipper at midnight tells the progress of the year. When its pointers, Merak and Dubhe, point north-south, and the Dipper lies tight against the northern horizon, the northern hemisphere has left summer behind. Leaves are turning, birds migrating, wildflower time closing, the farm and garden take their harvest. The seasons of early, middle and late autumn pass through your habitat.

Just in time to stock up for long winter nights, the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library are hosting their Fall Book Sale at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Friday, 4 to 8pm and Saturday, 10am to 5pm. This features items weeded from all Dayton Metro Library locations, including books for children, teens and adults as well as CDs, DVDs and more. 

Noel Pennington / Flickr Creative Commons

Between full summer and the final leafdrop of early December, many separate micro seasons blend with one another, the flowers of August sometimes lasting into early fall, the flowers of September sometimes blooming out of turn before late summer, sometimes the trees keeping their green and leaves well toward middle autumn.

Downtown's newest fine art gallery's grand opening is tonight from 3 to 5 pm. This is the Edward A. Dixon Gallery, at 12 S. Ludlow Street. In addition, a unique exhibition, What Is Art (to you?), will be on display.

Oktoberfest at the DAI boasts more than 50 artisans from throughout the region, unique foods, ample domestic, international and craft beers, international wines, kid-friendly art activities, live music on two stages throughout the weekend, and much more! Saturday & Sunday.

autumn leaves
Heliosphere / Flickr Creative Commons

When autumn leafturn starts near equinox in the Midwest, the deciduous trees are bare in northern Canada.  In Oregon and Maine, foliage colors are approaching their best. In the Rocky Mountains, bull elks are mustering their harems, and snow is falling.  Along the 40th parallel, the smoky tint of last week’s canopy quickly becomes clear and bright.

Commentary: Economic De-segregation In The Miami Valley

Sep 18, 2017
school desks
Historic Breman / Flickr Creative Commons

Last summer, a nonprofit called EdBuild examined child poverty rate disparities between neighboring school districts. They then ranked neighboring school districts from largest to smallest disparities. Of the top ten largest disparities in the US, two of them were in the Miami Valley. Danielle Rhubart is a lecturer and sociologist at University of Dayton. She studies poverty in urban and rural communities and brings us this commentary - about why poverty disparity matters and how to fix it.

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