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B-17F Memphis Belle over Europe
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

On May 17, the National Museum of the United States Air Force opens an exhibit about the Memphis Belle, a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress.  The exhibit tells the story of the Memphis Belle and her crew, one of the first American bombers to survive 25 missions, at a time when surviving 10 missions was considered lucky.  Aviation commentator Dan Patterso has a few thoughts.

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The Swarming Termite Moon, becoming the Daddy Longlegs Moon on today, May 15 at 6:47 a.m., waxes throughout the week ahead, reaching powerful perigee (its position closest to Earth) on May 17.

Jenn Starcher via Aullwood

Art on the Playground. Come and check out an interactive arts festival for kids with the whole family. There are live performances, DIY art projects, a paper airplane contest and much more! This is at the Habitat Environmental Education Center in Kettering on Saturday 11am to 3pm.

Michael and Sandy Bashaw are performing a concert especially for children on Saturday, 2pm, in the Downtown Dayton Metro Library's Bassani Theater.

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My furnace is in the attic of my house, a place that is always warm in the coldest weather. During the later winter and early spring, I plant seeds under grow lights there: geraniums, petunias, castor beans, calla lilies, bananas, dahlias. The warmth of the lights and the air helps them to sprout, and the spring green of their leaves always makes me feel good.

BEGIN EACH MONTH WITH A BANG.  Check out downtown Dayton's artistic offerings on First Friday which is tonight….5 to 10pm.

And with hundreds of new housing units currently under construction, there's never been a better time to think about living in downtown Dayton! Find out why downtown is still the hottest, most in-demand real estate market in the region. The Downtown Housing Tour is Saturday from 1 to 5pm.

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Middle Spring cedes to Late Spring, and under the closing canopy and the Eta Aquarid shooting stars: the wild phlox are purple and the swamp ragwort is gold. May apples and spring cress flower.  Wild ginger, meadow rue, bellwort, bluets, Jack-in-the pulpit, nodding trillium, larkspur and thyme-leafed speedwell are still blossoming. The sticky catchweed replaces chickweed. Thyme and horseradish open in the herb garden. Lily-of-the-valley and star of Bethlehem push out from their buds. 

courtesy of DVAC

INNOVAtheatre is doing STEEL MAGNOLIAS. This warm-hearted and sentimental tale focuses on the bonds of love and friendship of six Southern women who talk, gossip, nag, lecture, and comfort each other through the best and worst of times. This production is sure to bring in the laughs and tears with pure comedy and heartfelt emotions. Tonight and Saturday.

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When the Sun comes into Taurus, then it is Late Spring almost everwhere along the 40th Parallel. Even though the chill of the full Swarming Termite Moon increases the likelihood of frost,  chances for a high above 70s degrees are now 50/50 or better for the first time this year all across the nation’s midsection.

courtesy of Aullwood Nature Center

Ruby Jubilee: 80th Year Celebration. To celebrate this ravishing Ruby Anniversary, Dayton Ballet has planned a very special presentation of dance tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

Friends of Smith Garden's annual perennial sale is at the Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Rd. in Oakwood. Hanging Baskets, Anemones, Daylilies, Hosta, Herbs and many, many other items. Friday, 2:30 to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 3pm.

Wrecked aircraft flown by Richtofen April 21, 1918
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

100 years ago this month, an aerial battle took place which has passed into legend. The story of two pilots whose flight paths literally crossed over the battlefield, Canadian Arthur Roy Brown and Manfred von Richtofen, the Red Knight of Germany.  Aviation commentator Dan Patterson has the story.

This is the story of Manfred and Roy, two pilots from different backgrounds.  One was the son of an elite German military family; the other was a middle class young man who enlisted when the British Empire went to war.

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