Downtown Dayton

The 13th Dayton Jewish International Film Festival is now open and many of them will screen at THE NEON. The line-up looks terrific!

First Friday in downtown Dayton is tonight. Various locations throughout downtown and the Oregon Arts District; 5-10 p.m.  First Friday is a free art hop featuring exhibit openings at the galleries, along with a variety of entertainment options, arts demonstrations, live music and more.

A 200-apartment student housing complex is being planned for downtown Dayton, one of the city's largest downtown residential projects in recent years.

The $18 million project will be on the site of the former Dayton Daily News building and adjoining property.

The Dayton Daily News reported Thursday that Cox Media Group plans to sell the property to the nonprofit United Housing and Community Services Corporation of California.

The paper says that company would partner with Missouri-based Student Suites to build the 350-bed facility near  Sinclair Community College.

Housed in a former drugstore building across the street from downtown Dayton's Courthouse Square, the Collaboratory is a blank slate for developing collaborative projects.  The Blue Sky Project's Peter Benkendorf envisions the Collaboratory as being a hub of activity where community members can gather to brainstorm and develop new ideas.  Benkendorf sat down with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt in the Collaboratory space to discuss some of his vision for the space and how the community can get involved.

A local charity has bought the final piece of real estate it needs to launch construction of an $11 million, 80,000-square-foot human services center near downtown Dayton.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley will begin by razing the former South Main Street flag shop it purchased this week and six adjacent commercial properties.

The Dayton Daily News reports officials are soliciting architectural bids for the building and surroundings.

Photo courtesy of Kristen Wicker

Today is Urban Nights in the Downtown Dayton/Oregon Arts District/Wright-Dunbar Business Village from 5-10 p.m.
Urban Nights is a free event that showcases downtown's dining, nightlife, art, music, retail, urban living options and more and has been described as a huge, all-inclusive street party and open house for downtown, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for September 9, 2012 including the following stories:

- Confronting the Woods Bully, by Community Voices producer Wally Rehm

- Eco-Artist Basia Irland Visits Dayton, by Community Voices producer Susan Byrnes

- Community Voices producer Kristen Wicker reports on Sew Dayton, downtown Dayton's newest PopUp Shop

Tonight is First Friday in downtown Dayton and the United Way will host the Live United Block Party in the Oregon District from 4 to 7 p.m. 19 agencies of the organization will set up booths along Fifth Street, If you visit more than 10 of the booths then you will be entered into a raffle to win several prizes, including a diamond tennis bracelet and a pair of tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals football game. Look for Heater, the Dayton Dragons' mascot, wearing a Live United T-shirt during the block party.

September 14 marks Urban Nights in downtown Dayton and the unveiling of the You Are Here project at Courthouse Square.  The next day, the Blue Sky Project will celebrate it's final exhibition of the summer entitled "Creative Surprises."  Peter Benkendorf and Terry Welker visit the WYSO studios to discuss these two artistic endeavors, their origins and what you'll be able to experience on September 14 and 15 in downtown Dayton.

RiverScape MetroPark will host the final concert in this year's series, with Stranger performing from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The park's concession stand will be open and beer will be sold from 5 to 7 p.m. MetroParks will demonstrate various kayaking skills on the river and free kayak rentals will be available.

Lynn Adams

Niki….are you getting ready for Mother’s Day???

Downtown Dayton tonight is Urban Nights from 5 to 10 p.m. More than 30,000 people are expected to pack the streets, so come join the fun and experience your downtown!

One special trip tonight is at the Dayton International Peace Museum. Several students of the Dayton STEM school will be there talking about the art they created in a new exhibit "Why We Need to Work for Peace: Student Perspectives on Conflict and Genocide".

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