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Michael & Sandy Bashaw are presenting Sound Sculpture concerts tonight and Saturday, 8pm; doors open at 7. The concerts will feature new music composed for the Sound Sculptures, as well as some favorites from past concerts.

Rediscovering the Art of Letter Writing

Nov 3, 2016
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In a new novel called Maiden Flight, Connecticut writer Harry Haskell recreates his grandfather’s storybook romance with Katharine Wright, the Wright brothers’ younger sister. Reading Katharine’s love letters inspired these reflections on an age-old mode of communication.

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With most of the leaves fallen, the countdown for spring is underway. And a person might count in all sorts of ways.

One method is to keep track of the number of precipitation days: across the central portion of the United States about 50 days of rain or snow usually lie between now and April.

Another gauge is the number cloudy days: in most of the country except along the west coast and the near the Great Lakes, there are almost never more than 75, rarely fewer than 60.

The South Slavic Club of Dayton is presenting a Serbian Folkdance troupe at 8:00 pm, tonight at Bellbrook High School. 25 musicians and dancers, direct from Belgrade will perform folk dances from Serbia and Eastern Europe. Tickets are available for adults and children.

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A recent trip to a drugstore prompted commentator Rebecca Rine to take a look at aging and find some clarity in the process.

The more I age, the more I appreciate the importance of eating right, exercising and not lying in the sun with bacon grease on my body. I do all these things easily on a daily basis, but I refuse to throw down my hard-earned money on beauty creams created to somehow “fix” my aging face.

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I went out into the woods and fields this morning: Small cups of gossamer were shining with dew, hanging to the tips of the dry wingstem. In the mist, the grass was yellowing, and the woods appeared like it does in April, bright leaves like new flowers.

Seeds were sprouting in rotten tree stumps, the sweet smell of autumn ground all around me. The low sun rested in the treetops. The silver winding river, the fallen logs invisible in summer, lay below me.

Experience Aullwood Farm lit up as a glowing wonderland of fun with thought-provoking and participatory art installations plus glowy and fiery entertainment. Roast marshmallows and make s'mores over a crackling fire. Bring your family and friends to enjoy this tonight and Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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On October 22, the Frog and Toad Migration Moon comes into its final quarter. The following day, called Cross-Quarter Day, the sun reaches half way between autumn equinox and winter solstice, entering the fertile but chilly sign of Scorpio.

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The Frog and Toad Migration Moon waxes until it becomes completely full  October 15. Rising in the evening and setting in the morning, the moon will be overhead around midnight.

Full moon should strengthen the traditional mid-October cold front, increasing the chances for frost and even snow fluries.

And this stage of the lunar orb may affect more than the weather.

Michele BonDurant's one person show, Viewed and Constructed, contains her paintings and collages with oils on canvas, linen, paper and yupo. The Opening is tonight 6-9 pm at The Dutoit Gallery, Front Street Warehouse, 1001 E 2nd Street Dayton.

Is it a bug or is it an insect? Find out which is which on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve which is between Springfield and Urbana.

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