The Dayton area is full of events that are more than opportunities to give to a deserving organization. They’re also some of the most enjoyable and fun events in the region. We’ve compiled as many galas, 5K races,and festivals as we could to give you the must-attend charitable events of the coming year. So take your season of giving and change it into a year, all with a little help from our 2014-15 Social Datebook. If we missed something important, please let us know. Visit thedaytonmagazine.com to submit event.

August 2014

Children’s Art Adventure
Tipp City Area Arts Council
Aug. 2
This arts festival is specifically for kids ages 3-14. Visitors will be able to learn about different art forms at the 25 art stations. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 pre-registration, $7 day of. 3rd Street and Broadway, Tipp City. childrenartsadventure@gmail.com, 937-667-8631.

Festival of New Musicals
Human Race Theatre
Aug. 1-2
Guests are invited to enjoy new and upcoming musicals thanks to a staged reading of Molly Sweeney and the Songwriter’s Showcase. Aug. 1, 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $20. The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. 937-228-3630, humanracetheatre.org.

House of Bread Gala
House of Bread
Aug. 2
Assist the House of Bread with a night out that will feature a keynote address from Larry Hansgen, the Voice of the Dayton Flyers. 6 p.m. Individual $60, Table $500. Sinclair Ponitz Center, 444 W. 3rd St., Dayton. 937-226-1520, houseofbread.org.

Soiree for Strays
Humane Society of  Greater Dayton
Aug. 3

Celebrate local animals and local art at this pet-inspired art show. Art mediums of all types, from paintings to sculptures, will be represented. All participating artists have agreed to give 40 percent of their commission to the society. 5-7:30 p.m. General admission $50, Patron $125, Grand Patron $250. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 33 E. 5th St., Dayton. 937-268-7387, hsdayton.org.

Doggie Dash ‘n Splash Fest
Greene County Parks & Trails
Aug. 15
Guests (and their dogs) will be able to enjoy the new small-dog puppy pool and the newly designed grounds layout at this annual one-day festival. Funds raised benefit the Scout Dog Park in Xenia—the only public dog park in Greene County. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 parking. Fairgrounds Recreation Center, 210 Fairground Road, Xenia. 937-562-6459, gcparkstrails.com.

Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition
Springfield Rotary Club
Aug. 16
More than 35 food trucks from the Midwest will gather in one place. Proceeds will benefit various Springfield Rotary projects, including Services to People with Disabilities, Polio Plus and the International Project in Lesotho. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Veterans Park, 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield. foodtruckspringfield@gmail.com, springfieldfoodtruck.com.

The Chocolate 5K
Crayons to Classrooms
Aug. 17

Run through a course (set up with chocolate stations along the way) to help Dayton Crayons to Classrooms, a free store for teachers from underfunded K-12 schools that serve children living in poverty in the Miami Valley. 9 a.m. $35 through Aug. 16, $40 day of. For teams of four, $30 per member through Aug. 16, day of $35. Eastwood Metro Park, 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton. nrroadracing.com/races/chocolate-5k-dayton-oh-2/.

Gem City Jam & Hoopla Golf Outing
Dayton Children’s
Aug. 18
Enjoy a day of golf at the world-class NCR Country Club. Golfers and diners will be inspired by stories of children fighting and overcoming pediatric cancer. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Golfer registration $250, Hoopla dinner $35. NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail, Kettering. 937-641-3405, childrensdayton.org.

AGAPE STRONG – From Adversity to Opportunity Fundraiser
Agape for Youth
Aug. 22
The fundraising gala will include testimonials, and a silent and live auction to support AGAPE with its foster care and adoption services. More details to come. Dayton Racquet Club, 404 N. Main St., Dayton. 937-439-4406 x22, agapeforyouth.com.

Glow Fore Wishes
A Special Wish Foundation
Aug. 22
This nighttime four-member team golf scramble will be nine holes of fun. The game begins when the sun sets, and the fun includes glow-in-the-dark golf balls, a hole-in-one challenge and a “midnight buffet.” All proceeds benefit the granting of wishes to local children with life-threatening disorders. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $400 per foursome. Community Golf Club, 2917 Berkley St., Dayton. 937-223-9474, aspecialwish.org.

Fore Paws Golf Classic
Humane Society of Greater Dayton
Aug. 22
This day on the golf course begins with a shotgun start and ends with lunch and prizes. All proceeds go toward helping homeless pets in need. 7:30 a.m. $90. The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee St., Centerville. 937-268-7387, hsdayton.org.

Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale & Bridal Show
Brides Against Breast Cancer
Aug. 23
Support a great cause while getting a great deal. Dresses in all sizes and prices will be available for purchase, and some of the area’s top wedding vendors will also be on hand. 1-6 p.m. $5 online, $7 at the door. Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. 877-721-4673, braidesagainstbreastcancer.org.

Dayton African American Culture Festival
Aug. 23
The African American Visual Artists Guild will manage the art booth at this festival that will feature music, food, lectures and African-American dance and drums. 12-8 p.m. Island Park, Riverside Street and Helena Avenue, Dayton. 937-475-2707, daacf.com.

URS Annual Awards Dinner
United Rehabilitation Services
Aug. 26
Guests will enjoy dinner, a silent auction and a short awards program while celebrating 58 years of serving local children and adults with disabilties or special needs. 5:30-9 p.m. $50. Schuster Center, 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton. acrawford@ursdayton.org, 937-853-5464, ursdayton.org.

September 2014

Bravo! Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show
Opera Guild of Dayton
Sept. 5
New designers, including ones from the Miami Valley, will showcase their designs alongside fashions from local shops and boutiques to raise funds for the Opera Guild of Dayton. 10 a.m. $55 Patron, $80 Grand Patron. Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College, 444 W. 3rd St., Dayton. 937-832-3713, operaguildofdayton.org.

WYSO’s Community Concert
WYSO
Sept. 7
WYSO will present a night of funk, soul and reggae with a free concert featuring Jah Soul and Jonny Dreads & the Mystiks. 6 p.m. Free. RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. 937-767-6420, wyso.org.

Middletown Arts Festival
Art Central Foundation
Sept. 13
This festival hosts art and performance works from local and Middletown-area artists. A new mural by Cuban artist Osmany Piedra also is featured. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Donham Plaza Middletown. info@middletownartsfestival.com, middletownartsfestival.com.

Rubber Duck Regatta
United Rehabilitation Services
Sept. 13
See 20,000 ducks dropped into the Great Miami River during the Taste of Miami Valley. The top ducks win one of seven prizes. 4-5 p.m. $5 per duck. RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. dosman@ursdayton.org, 937-233-1230 x130, daytonducks.com.

Marigold Festival
City of Huber Heights Arts & Beautification Commission
Sept. 13
This festival will feature a kids zone, craft and food vendors, and musical entertainment starting at 11 a.m. Dayton Magazine columnist Jim Bucher is the emcee and children’s book author Meaghan Fisher (Mousekabitz!) also will make an appearance. 10 a.m-8 p.m. Free. Eichelberger Amphitheater, 8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights. mmhul@hhoh.org, 937-237-5809.

Hunt the Cyclops
Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center
Sept. 13
This is your chance to take on the Village of Yellow Springs, Amazing Race-style. Teams of four will scour the area, using clues to conquer this scavenger hunt. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $15. John Bryan Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs. mnewell@ysccc.org, 937-767-7236, cyclopsfest.com.

Dayton Course d’Elegance
AAA
Sept. 14
View 200 classic and antique automobiles and motorcycles while roaming the grounds of Carillon Historical Park. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 per child ages 3-17. Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. 937-293-2841, daytonhistory.org.

URS Annual Golf Scramble
United Rehabilitation Services
Sept. 18
Support the specialized programs and therapies of URS at its annual golf scramble. The day is full of contests, door prizes and a dinner with a live auction. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $125. Meadowbrook Country Club, 6001 Salem Ave., Clayton. acrawford@ursdayton.org, 937-853-5464, ursdayton.org.

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Ceili
Celtic Academy of Irish Dance
Sept. 20

Show your support for the Celtic Arts with food, music and dance. The Roving Rogues will provide the music, while Eamonn de Cogain gives dance instruction. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $10 for adults, $7 children 12 and under. Polish Club, 1470 Valley St., Dayton. friendsoftheca@gmail.com, celticacademy.com.

St. Vincent de Paul Mission Gala
St. Vincent de Paul
Sept. 20
This spectacular VIP event is filled with international cuisine and unique entertainment that will “bond” the Dayton community—James Bond style. 6:30 p.m. $125. David H. Ponitz Center, Sinclair Community College, 444 W. 3rd St., Dayton. , rdelong@stvincentdayton.org , 937-222-7349 x416, stvincentdayton.org.

Aullwood Autumn Affair
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
Sept. 20
Support the Aullwood’s educational programs with food, quilts and a silent auction. Guests will be able to taste Aullwood’s organic turkey and pork while viewing the quilts displayed in the Hallway of Wonder and auditorium. 7 p.m. Aullwood’s Marie S. Aull Education Center, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. 937-890-7360, aullwood.org.

5K-9 Run Walk Wag
Humane Society of Greater Dayton
Sept. 21
Participants can run or walk with their dogs in this 5K that raises money for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Stay afterwards for the Canine Carnival. 10 a.m. $20 before August 31, $25 after. Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg. 937-866-4532, speedy-feet.com.

A Taste for Art
Art Central Foundation
Sept. 26
This wine tasting and fine art auction will benefit the Art Central Foundation’s Summer Art Workshop Program, a free program to children with financial needs. Guests will be able to sample featured wine and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying the entertainment and the opportunity to bid on original art. 6-9 p.m. $30. Forest Hills Country Club, 791 4th Ave., Middletown. sue@artcentralfoundation.org, 513-267-4016, artcentralfoundation.org.

Tails on Trails 5K Run/Walk
Greene County Parks & Trails
Sept. 26
Run or walk with your furry friend to raise funds for the Scout Dog Park in Xenia—the only public dog park in Greene County. 10 a.m. $25. Glady Run Spur, Lower Bellbrook Ave., Xenia. 937-562-6459, gcparkstrails.com.

Oktoberfest
The Dayton Art Institute
Sept. 26-28
Take part in this German tradition while raising money for the Dayton Art Institute. There will be two live stages, kid-friendly art activities and even the annual Oktoberfest Home Brew Beer Contest. Dayton Art Institute, 465 Belmonte Park N., Dayton. DAIoktoberfestbeer@yahoo.com, daytonartinstitute.org.

Greater Dayton 5K Run/Walk
American Heart Association
Sept. 27
Help the American Heart Association with its mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, by either walking or running at this event. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Run: $25, Walk: Free. Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. kim.doherty@heart.org, 937-853-3110, heart.org/dayton.

Twilight on the Greene Daybreak
Sept. 27
It’s a night of dining and dancing to support Daybreak. The abundant buffet will be provided by Brio’s chefs while Dayton cover band Groove Doctor plays the night away. 7-11 p.m. $250. Brio Tuscan Grille at the Greene, 4459 Cedar Park Dr., Dayton. 937-395-4600 x112, daytondaybreak.org.

Aullwood Apple Fest
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
Sept. 27-28
Try apples in a dozen different ways while visiting the farm animals and seeing master craftsmen at work. Delectable treats include apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, apple butter, apple dumplings, and apple fritters. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 for adults, $4 for children, free to Aullwood members. Aullwood’s Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton. 937-890-7360, aullwood.org.


October 2014

YWomen Breakfast
YWCA Dayton
Oct. 1
This will be the 2014 YWomen Domestic Violence Empowerment Breakfast. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Schuster Center, 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton. info@ywcadayton.org, 937-461-5550, ywcadayton.org.

Dancer Dash 5K
South Dayton Dance Theatre
Oct. 5
Open to all ages, the Dancer Dash begins and ends at the South Dayton School of Dance. Participants will receive a t-shirt as well as a chance to win a medal or door prizes. 8 a.m. South Dayton School of Dance, 101 E. Alex-Bell Road, Suite #130, Centerville. 937-435-5052, sddt.org, sdsdonline.com.

Candlelight Vigil: Pause for Peace
Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County
Oct. 6
The Family Violence Prevention Center holds a night of music, guest speakers and a candlelight vigil to honor the survivors and victims of relationship abuse. 6-7 p.m. Shawnee Park Pavilion, 123 N. Detroit St., Xenia. harmony.byrd@violencefreefutures.org, 937-376-8526 x22, violencefreefutures.org.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s Association
Oct. 11
Join the walk to raise money for Alzheimer’s support, care and research through the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration at 8:30 a.m., walk at 10:15 a.m. Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. walkmiamivalley@alz.org, 937-291-3332, 800-272-3900 (24/7 helpline), act.alz.org.

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
JDRF
Oct. 11
This 5K walk raises money for type 1 diabetes research, benefiting the millions of sufferers of the autoimmune disease. Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. Island MetroPark, 101 E. Helena St., Dayton. mpeterson@jdrf.org., 937-439-2873, walk.jdrf.org/dayton.

Amish Quilt Auction
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
Oct. 12
Amish men and women from several states made this collection of distinctive quilts for the Aullwood’s quilt auction. In addition, hand-woven rugs, placemats, wooden furniture and quilted pillows will be available for auction. 1:30 p.m. Free. Aullwood’s Marie S. Aull Education Center, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. 937-890-7360, aullwood.org.

MASQUERAGE
AIDS Resource Center Ohio
Oct. 18
The AIDS Resource Center Ohio raises the roof in a not-to-be missed party that raises funds for people infected with or by HIV/AIDS. So put on those dancing shoes and check it out! More details to come. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton. 937-461-2437, masquerage.org.

Clothes That Work Fashioning Futures Luncheon
Clothes That Work
Oct. 23
Raise funds for Clothes That Work, a nonprofit that helps job seekers with education and opportunity as well as the proper attire. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $75. Sinclair Community College, 444 W. 3rd St., Dayton. events@clothesthatwork.org, 937-222-3778 x150, clothesthatwork.org.

November 2014

A Special Wish 5K Run
A Special Wish Foundation
Nov. 1
The run benefits A Special Wish Foundation as it grants wishes to local children who are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners. 10 a.m. Preregistration $25, Late and day of $30. Island Metro Park, 101 E. Helena St., Dayton. 937-223-9474, aspecialwish.org.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Gala: Ice
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Nov. 1
This year’s black-tie gala will be a nod to Russian influences of DPA’s 2014-15 season. Dancing, drinks and gourmet catering will be combined with world-class live performances and constant entertainment in an unforgettable ice-themed evening to kick off the holiday season and honor the arts in Dayton. 6-11:30 p.m. $275 Patron, $450 Grand Patron, $3,500 table of eight. Schuster Center, 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton. lletton@daytonperformingarts.org, 937-224-3521 x1137, daytonperformingarts.org/gala.

Champions for Youth Fundraisers
Daybreak
Nov. 5
Learn about the work Daybreak does in the Dayton community at either breakfast or lunch. 8-9 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. The Mandalay Banquet Center, 2700 E. River Road, Dayton. 937-395-4600 x112, daybreakdayton.org.

Building Blocks for a Stronger Organization
Homefull
Nov. 7
This one-day conference focuses on homeless issues and ending homelessness in the community. Intensive and solution-based, the conference is for those in the nonprofit, education and medical fields. 8 a.m.-4p.m. $95. Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St., Dayton. 937-293-1945, homefull.org.

Museum Holiday Shop Around
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
Nov. 8
Twelve area museum gift shops will be in one place for the ultimate holiday shopping adventure. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton History at Carillon Park and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House are just some of the participating gift shops. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Aullwood’s Marie S. Aull Education Center, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. 937-890-7360, aullwood.org.

Sugarplum Festival of Trees
Dayton Children’s
Nov. 14-16
Proceeds for this holiday extravaganza, which involves a gala dinner the first night, a women’s luncheon the second and breakfast with Santa the third, go toward the Dayton Children’s Hospital. Gala and Dinner, Nov. 14, 6-11 p.m., $100. Ladies Luncheon, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m., $35. Breakfast with Santa, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., $14 adult, $10 child ages 2-10, $3 child under 2. Nov. 14-15, event open to public, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Presidential Banquet Center, 4548 Presidential Way, Kettering. 937-641-3405, childrensdayton.org.

Run for a Change 5K Run/Walk
Homefull
Nov. 15

Run or walk this 5K to help end homelessness. More details to come. 937-293-1945, homefull.org.

URS Annual Oregon District Barstool Open
United Rehabilitation Services
Nov. 15
Take a tour of nine Oregon District restaurants and bars while playing a game of mini golf! Players can form teams of four and enjoy the complimentary food at each stop. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $35. Oregon District, Dayton. acrawford@ursdayton.org, 937-853-5464, ursdayton.org.

WSU Raiderthon
Dayton Children’s
Nov. 15
WSU students will dance for 15 hours straight for the kids at Dayton Children’s Hospital. This night of nonstop moving will also include food, entertainment and families that have benefited from the event. 10 a.m.-1 a.m. $15. Student Union Apollo Room, Wright State University, 3460 Colonel Glen Highway, Dayton. raiderthon.kintera.org.

Oireachtas Party
Celtic Academy of Irish Dance
Nov. 22

Pronounced O-rock-tus, the Oireachtas Party is the fundraiser for the Academy’s regional championship in Minnesota. Support the academy while seeing performances from its soloist and team competitors. 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m. $12 for ages 12 and up, $8 ages 5-11, free for children under 5. Polish Club, 1470 Valley St., Dayton. friendsoftheca@gmail.com, celticacademy.com.

Holiday Tree Sale
Homefull
Starts Nov. 28
Get this year’s tree and support a great cause. Proceeds benefit Homefull’s mission of ending homeless. More details to come. 937-293-1945, homefull.org.

December 2014

Santa’s Holiday in the Park
Greene County Parks & Trails
Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
Visitors can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in an 1800s brick home. Visitors also can take the wagon ride around the park, which will be lit with thousands of lights. 6:30-9 p.m. $5 donation. James Ranch Park, 177 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia. 937-562-6459, gcparkstrails.com.

Annual URS Telethon
United Rehabilitation Services
Dec. 7
This annual telethon will feature stories of local families while also giving viewers the opportunity to donate to the URS cause. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations accepted. WDTN Channel 2. acrawford@ursdayton.org, 937-853-5464, ursdayton.org.

Birds, Boughs and Berries
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
Dec. 7
11 a.m.-2 p.m. More details to come. 937-890-7360, aullwood.org.

Canine Christmas
Greene County Parks & Trails
Dec. 20
Why should only the kids get a picture with Santa? Visitors can bring their dogs to an 1800s brick home to get their pictures taken with Santa this year. 2-4 p.m. Donations accepted. James Ranch Park, 177 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia. 937-562-6459, gcparkstrails.com.


February 2015

The Valentines Dance
A Special Wish Foundation
Feb. 13
Enjoy a night of entertainment, dancing, food and drinks, as well as the Dancing with the Dayton Star competition. Local celebrities and professional dancers will compete for Dayton’s own mirror ball trophy. 7-11:30 p.m. Individual $100, Table of 10 $1250. The Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton. 937-223-9474, aspecialwish.org.

Mardi Gras Celebration
Art Central Foundation
Feb. 21
This New Orleans-style party will include live entertainment by Cincinnati Cajun band Robin Lacy & De Zydeco, and extra spice will come from the games of chance, tarot readings and raffle prizes. Feel free to come in full Mardi Gras costume. 7-11 p.m. $30. Pendleton Art Center, 1105 Central Ave., Middletown. sue@artcentralfoundation.org, 513-267-4016, artcentralfoundation.org.

URS Annual Bud Light Barstool Open
United Rehabilitation Services
Feb. 21
This indoor miniature golf tournament will feature drinks and food as teams of four play nine bars in the North Dayton area. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $40. North Dayton. acrawford@ursdayton.org, 937-853-5464, ursdayton.org.

Beer and Brewing with a Taste of Aullwood
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
Feb. 21
Sample food and brews from local restaurants and breweries. All proceeds benefit Aullwood’s programs for children. 6:30-9 p.m. Aullwood’s Charity A. Krueger Discovery Center, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton. 937-890-7360, aullwood.org.


March 2015

Pancake Brunch
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
March 1
The Friends of Aullwood Board of Trustees will be making everyone brunch while the staff leads tours of the sugarbush for this morning event. 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Aullwood’s Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton. 937-890-7360, aullwood.org.

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
Crayons to Classrooms
March 5
To celebrate Dayton Crayons to Classrooms’ fifth anniversary, guests can enjoy the hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction. The main event will be the game show featuring local celebrities. Great Hall, Sinclair Community College, 444 W. 3rd St., Dayton. d.seger@dc2c.org, 937-528-6403, dc2c.org.

2015 Women of Influence Luncheon
YWCA Dayton
March 12
YWCA has set aside a day to recognize and honor women and organizations in the area since 1998. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St., Dayton. info@ywcadayton.org, 937-461-5550, ywcadayton.org.

Home to the Arts Gala
Oxford Community Arts Center
March 15
Guests can enjoy the food and beverages donated by local vendors while performers and musicians entertain them. This is the sole fundraising event to support programming activities at OCAC. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $75 in advance, $90 at the door. Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford. info@oxarts.org, 513-524-8506, oxarts.org.

ARTSGALA
Wright State University
March 28

WSU’s fine and performing arts students will display their rich talents in a night of food and fun. The event raises funds to support student scholarships in art, music, theatre, dance, and motion pictures. 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m. $200. WSU Creative Arts Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton. jennifer.buckwalter@wright.edu, 937-775-2575, wright.edu/artsgala.

Heart Ball
American Heart Association
March 28

Celebrate the success of the AHA’s year-round campaign at this black-tie event. This gala features good food, auction items, great company and grand entertainment. More details to come. Sinclair Ponitz Center, 444 W. 3rd St., Dayton. heart.org/dayton.


April 2015

2015 Railroad Festival
Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum
April 4

This festival celebrates 130 years of railroad history and will feature artifacts, videos of railroad operations, and a Thomas the Train play area as well as other railroad-related activities. $5. 200 N. Miami Ave., Bradford. 937-552-2196, bradfordrrmuseum.org.

Opera Ball
Opera Guild of Dayton
April 11

This annual fundraiser mixes a live and silent auction with music to raise funds for the Opera Guild of Dayton. More details to come. operaguildofdayton.org.

St. Vincent de Paul Spring 5K Run/Walk
St. Vincent de Paul
April 25

Run or walk a 5K race to raise funds for St. Vincent de Paul. More details to come. 937-222-7349 x410, stvincentdepaul.org.


May 2015

Dining By Rail
Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum
May 2

Chef Michael James is bringing railroad dining to life with authentic railroad dining car service recipes. 6:30-9 p.m. $30. Immaculate Conception Rectory, 401 E. Walnut St., Bradford. mkosier@rrohio.com, 937-552-2196, bradfordrrmuseum.org.

Aullwood Bird-A-Thon
Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm
May 5-6

Teams will work to identify as many birds as they can in 24 hours, all to raise funds for Aullwood’s education programs for children. Multiple locations and times. 937-890-7360, aullwood.org.

Spring Soulstice – DCDC’s Annual Gala
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
May 16

This gala is all about celebrating the exceptional artists that make DCDC. Guests will enjoy great food while viewing the entertainment provided by DCDC. 6-11 p.m. $125. 444 W. 3rd St., Dayton. contactus@dcdc.org, 937-228-3232, dcdc.org.


June 2015

Party Arty 2015
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
June 26

The Dayton Ballet Barre presents the annual Party Arty: an evening of live music, food, drinks, entertainment and lots of special surprises. More details to come. 937-224-3521, daytonperformingarts.org.


July 2015

Greene Trails Cycling Classic
Greene County Parks & Trails
July 16-19

Love cycling? Participants can compete for one, two, three or four days of cycling. All proceeds raised are used to maintain and improve the trail system. Cost varies with number of days and cyclists participating. Fairgrounds Recreation Center, 210 Fairground Road, Xenia. 937-562-6459, gcparkstrails.com.

Gene Westendorf Memorial Golf Tournament
St. Vincent de Paul
July 24

This four-man scramble benefits the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelters and the guests the organization serves. 7 a.m. check-in. 8 a.m. shotgun start. $90 per adult. $80 for juniors under 18. The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee St., Centerville. twilliamson@stvincentdayton.org, 937-222-7349 x419, stvincentdayton.org.

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