Sarah Franks, Dayton Daily News

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TONIGHT: Get ready for the kickoff to the holiday season in downtown Dayton

The highlight of the evening, the Grande Illumination Tree Lighting, is scheduled to take place at 7:55 p.m. sharp on Friday, Nov. 26. When the switch is flipped, 50,000 colored lights will illuminate the three-story-tall tree on Courthouse Square, located at Third St. and Main St. → Read More

Former Ohio governor to flip switch tonight at Clifton Mill holiday display

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill, located at 75 Water St. in Clifton, just outside of Yellow Springs, will kick-off this Friday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. → Read More

New name, new concept for Dayton’s first all-vegan restaurant

Molly Blackshear, co-owner of Café 1610 which closed its doors for the last time back in May, has given new life to the business under a new name — Bee Vegan. Founder and owner of Bee Vegan, Blackshear wants to continue evolving the brand into a go-to for vegan advice, food, merchandise and more. → Read More

There’s more time to shop at downtown market this holiday season

The 2nd Street Market, located at 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton, is extending its hours to include Fridays starting Nov. 26. The market will be open Fridays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. → Read More

Centerville boy recipient of Portrait of a Soul painting inside new Shriners hospital

Xin Farley of Centerville, son of Angie and Julian Farley, was painted by professional, internationally-recognized artist Kevin Muente. The Farley family took home the original painting to display atop Xin’s bedroom book shelf, while a replica of the portrait will be displayed inside Shriners alongside the other three portraits. → Read More

Centerville Jazz Band to perform ahead of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Before they perform on national television this Thanksgiving, the Centerville Jazz Band will provide a free sneak preview from11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Dayton Mall Center Court in front of Macy’s. → Read More

TONIGHT: First Friday is back with a jam-packed lineup

First Friday begins tonight, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. The monthly event features free happenings across downtown Dayton, including art hops, a variety of entertainment options, art demonstrations, live music, food and shopping deals and more. → Read More

BREAKING: Dayton Funny Bone is coming back

The Dayton Funny Bone will resume performances Tuesday, Nov. 16 with comedian Steve Hofsetter following a lengthy hiatus due to COVID-19. → Read More

Attention foodies! Don’t overlook this Dayton drive-thru salad shop

Salad Sage and In-n-Out Java are two separate business concepts at 2244 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, both locally owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Benjamin and Kristen Walters. The building has no on-site indoor or outdoor seating, but instead operates with a drive-thru-only model. → Read More

Locally-based Rapid Fired Pizza purchased by out-of-state company

Rapid Fired Pizza LLC announced last week that Pie Guys Restaurants LLC has acquired the company. Mike Kern, a veteran of the industry, will serve as CEO and president. Chip Hurst will servce as the new chief development officer. → Read More

50 years of Flying Pizza: Celebrating one of downtown’s oldest businesses

For 50 years, The Original Flying Pizza at 223 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton hasn’t changed a single ingredient in its New York Style Pizza recipe. On Oct. 1, the family restaurant is celebrating 50 years to the date since the original location downtown was opened. → Read More

JUST IN: MojoFlo concert at Levitt Pavilion canceled due to COVID case

Friday's MojoFlo concert at Levitt Pavilion in downtown Dayton is canceled due to a positive COVID-19 case in the band. → Read More

Greene County bald eagle rescue ends with canoe ride on park ranger’s lap

On Sunday, Greene County Parks and Trails Park Ranger Jason Smedley was on patrol when a dispatch call came through that the district’s wildlife officer was not on duty. Smedley, who said he someday hopes to be a wildlife officer himself, jumped into action and into a canoe to save the bald eagle. → Read More

Weekend plans: Get to ‘Pickin’ in the Park’ for a night of bluegrass on the river

Stringus Khan & Whiskey Bent Valley Boys will perform at RiverScape pavilion Friday, Sept. 3, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Pickin’ in the Park” is a part of the free Summer Music Series at RiverScape in in downtown Dayton. → Read More

BREAKING: Dorothy Lane Market releases statement, pulls out of annual Kettering parade

Dorothy Lane Market released a statement on Tuesday, Aug. 31 stating it would not be participating in the annual Kettering Holiday at Home Parade this Labor Day weekend. → Read More

On the Italian Riviera: Ghostlight Coffee adds new food and drink items

Ghostlight Coffee South Park, located at 1201 Wayne Ave. in Dayton, has just released a trio of new drinks “celebrating the Mediterranean Aperitif cul → Read More

NPR spotlights popular Dayton restaurant regarding staffing challenges

In an Aug. 6 article on, the report began with a spotlight on Wheat Penny Oven and Bar. → Read More

Where to celebrate National Fried Chicken & Waffles Day in the Dayton area

Here are some places to go in Dayton in celebration of National Fried Chicken and Waffles Day on Sunday, Aug. 8. → Read More

JUST IN: Neon Movies launches critical fundraiser to update its technology

Monday, The NEON launched the “Projecting Our Future Campaign” in an effort to reach an $85,000 goal needed to replace the theater’s two projectors and sound systems. The fundraiser started with a huge boost from the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation with a $50,000 “Executive Producer gift.” → Read More

JUST IN: Area’s newest Tropical Smoothie location announced

The Dayton area’s newest Tropical Smoothie shop is “opening soon” at 5615 Wilmington Pike in Centerville, according to the Tropical Smoothie website. → Read More