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“Accessorize, Economize and Socialize” at Greene Community Health Foundation’s 4th annual Fashion Swap ‘N Shop, October 27th

The Greene Community Health Foundation’s 4th annual Fashion Swap ‘N Shop is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Schindler Banquet Center in Xenia.

The Fashion Swap ‘N Shop is just that…a chance for women to come together to “swap” clothing and “shop” with a variety of businesses, just in time for the holidays. Clothing swaps are becoming more and more popular as Americans from every tax bracket are cutting back how much they spend on clothing in local retail shops. And with the focus on living “greener”, it’s a great way to recycle unwanted fashion items from outfits to accessories, such as jewelry, purses and shoes.

Women are invited to bring up to 5 gently-used, upscale and consignment-worthy clothing items of all sizes on hangars, including accessories to swap with other women. The event, featuring a luncheon, chair massages, fashion show and basket raffle, also boasts close to 30 different women’s home-based businesses including Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Gem City Feng Shui, Scentsy, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Silpada, Velata Fondue and many more. Goody bags filled with various items will be provided to each guest, courtesy of Security National Bank. Nathalie Basha of WDTN-TV’s Living Dayton will be the guest emcee for the event.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Clinic Cupboard housed at the Greene County Combined Health District in Xenia. This cupboard contains basic over-the-counter medical supplies, baby necessities and personal products for GCCHD clients in need throughout Greene County. All remaining clothing from the swap will be donated to Community Action Partnership of Greene County.

Reservations are due by Wednesday, October 19 and are $30.00 per person or $25.00 per person if reserving 4 or more women together. The event is sponsored by Miami Valley Hospital, Simply W.O.M.E.N. Dayton, The Greene, WDTN-TV, Mini University, Inc., Security National Bank, Evergreen Children’s Center and Lori’s Loft Upscale Consignment Boutique. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Laurie Fox at 937-374-5669 or email her at The brochure with a reservation form is available on the website,

Free, Public Business Showcase Spotlights Local Professionals

More than 20 local business leaders invite the residents of Greene, Montgomery and surrounding counties to attend the 2012 Greater Dayton Professionals Business Showcase. Free admission and open to the public, as well as business professionals, the showcase runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3520 Pentagon Park Blvd. in Beavercreek.

Visitors will have the opportunity to network, enjoy complimentary refreshments, register to win door prizes and receive special offers from participating businesses. Exhibitors include Marty Walling Construction, LLC, Vitas Hospice, Murphy’s Autocare and Tire, Hartzler Digital Media, Matulka Insurance Agency, Manning & Associates CPAs, and Gorman’s Specialty Group, just to name a few. Local entrepreneur and author Greg McAfee (McAfee Heating and Air) will be on hand from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. to sign copies of his book, It’s (My) Your Dream.

According to the organizers, the event is designed to introduce the public to a resource of business owners dedicated to supporting each other and the community. “Our business showcase is a way to demonstrate how local companies can work together to succeed and support the local economy,” says GDP public relations coordinator Gery L. Deer, creative director of GLD Enterprises Commercial Writing.

At 6:30 p.m., Deer will give a brief keynote address touching on the ways consumers can benefit from buying local for everything from landscaping to car insurance.“Locally owned businesses offer the community a variety of competitively positioned products and services often dismissed by consumers because of misconceptions,” he says. “Local buying should be more than a slogan and we want to show people the advantages of doing business in your own community.”

The Greater Dayton Professionals is one of 23 Dayton area chapters of BNI (Business Network International), the international referral organization started by networking guru Dr. Ivan Misner in 1985. With more than 6,000 chapters world-wide the goal of BNI is to help members develop a profitable referral network free of internal competition, something unavailable from chamber organizations or service clubs.

The Greater Dayton Professionals chapter of BNI meets every Thursday morning, from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. at City Barbeque, 2330 B N. Fairfield Rd. in Beavercreek. The group still has several open occupational categories and welcomes visitors to attend any meeting.

Door prizes for the showcase have been provided by The Wine Loft, Cherry House Café, Fox and Hound, My Favorite Muffin, and Friesinger’s Fine Chocolates. Promotional considerations provided by GLD Enterprises Commercial Writing.

For more information and a complete list of participating businesses, including a downloadable flier, go online to Pre-registration is requested but not required.

It’s Time to Vote! An Evening with Wallbuilders

Some of you may be familiar with David Barton and his organization, Wallbuilders. They have been working for the past 20 years to preserve the original documents and principles on which this country was founded.

Some of you saw the video series Building on the American Heritage Series; included in the videos were David Barton and Rick Green.

The Dayton Tea Party (DTP) is bringing Rick Green to Dayton to talk about our country’s founding, God’s role in our country’s success, and the necessity for us to fulfill our obligation to VOTE.

This event will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM. at Crestview Baptist Church, 6600 Salem Avenue (near Union Road). The seating capacity is limited so we will be issuing tickets to ensure we have enough room. The suggested donation amount is $10.00, which you can add below in the sign-up area.

Plan now to attend. This event is an excellent primer for your children, grandchildren, yourself, your other family members, neighbors – in short, anyone who is concerned about our nation. Mark the date on your calendar and talk to your family/friends.

Hidden “Treasure” Found in Old Downtown Xenia Building

Hidden Treasure has been uncovered on the east wall of the Toward Independence, Inc. building at 87 E. Main Street in downtown Xenia, according to Toward Independence, Inc. (TII) Board Chairperson, David Springsteen. “We were excited to hear that our contractor uncovered two inlaid brick “O”s on the east side of the building where we are removing deteriorating stucco. We think the “O’s were created a century ago for Xenia’s Orpheum Theater. Preserving these ornately bricked “O”s and sharing them with the public is a great way for TII to pay homage to Xenia’s past.”

According to Catherine Kidd Wilson, Director of Greene County Historical Society and the co-chairperson of the
Downtown’s Design Committee, “the uncovered doorway with two brick O’s was possibly the side entrance to the Orpheum Theater for props and flats for the theater which opened in 1909. At that time it was called the ‘longest room in Xenia’ at 22×165 feet. Before it was the theater, that location was the Bee-Hive dry goods store.” She added that the volunteers of the Downtown Xenia Design Committee plan to include the architectural feature in a Treasure/Scavenger hunt downtown at their First Friday Festivals (which is today).

TII is currently working with Columbus Architects, Hardlines Design Company, and the City of Xenia to restore the look of 87 E. Main to more closely resemble the original turn of the last century building that housed the Orpheum. The nearly half-million dollar façade renovation of the TII buildings at 81 and 87 E. Main Street is slated for completion by November 2012 and is partially funded with Community Development Block Grant funds through a Discretionary Grant from the State of Ohio and through the Xenia Downtown Façade Loan Program. An additional five downtown properties will be renovated under the Xenia Downtown Façade Loan Program this fall.

For more information about First Friday, go to

Annual Car Show to Feature Hot Rods and Cool Cars in Support of ‘Holiday Project’

(Xenia, OH) This weekend on Saturday, September 1, hot rods and cool cars will line the streets of downtown Xenia at Main and Detroit Streets to raise funds for the Greene Community Health Foundation’s annual Holiday Project at the Greene County Combined Health District. This event is sponsored by the Greene County Road Runners Car Club.

The 16th annual ‘Christmas for Kids’ Car Show will roll into town on Saturday featuring door prizes, 50/50 raffles and fun for all ages. Registration for cars will be held from 9:00am – 12:00pm and anything on wheels is just $10 per entry. Dash plaques will be provided to the first 100 entries and various awards will be given to selected entries including the ‘Favorite 50’, Best Engine and Best Paint. The show is free to spectators and will be held 9:00am – 3:00pm, rain or shine. All proceeds support the Holiday Project which provides holiday gifts for Greene County families in need. Donations of new toys will be accepted throughout the day.

GCCHD would like to thank the car show event coordinators Adam, Andrew and Sherri Geis, along with many generous sponsors and donors from the community.

For more information on the car show, please contact Sherri Geis at 937-510-1504 or Carol Sue Knox at 937-374-5658 or by email at

Caffeine for K9’s Poker Run to Benefit Greene County Animal Shelter

On Saturday, July 28, fun, food and furry friends are the focus of the first annual Caffeine for K9’s Poker Run to benefit the Greene County Animal Shelter. Contestants will start out at 10:30 am from the Greene County Animal Shelter, 641 Dayton-Xenia Road in Xenia. Entry fee is $25 and the last bike or car is out by 11:30 am.

Like a kind of motorized scavenger hunt, poker run players follow a predetermined course through five Greene County towns. Drivers will collect one card at each of the destination coffee shops in an effort to have the best hand at the end of the journey.

From the animal shelter, motorcyclists and car drivers will ride to Stoney Creek Roasters, 83 N. Main St. in Cedarville, then on to the Spirited Goat Coffee House, 118 Dayton St. in Yellow Springs.

From Yellow Springs they will proceed west to Expressions Coffee House, 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn, finally ending up at 4-Starters Coffee Cafe, 2495 Commons Blvd. in Beavercreek. Each biker / driver will receive free Boars Head hot dogs and coffee. The contestant with the best poker hand at the end of the run will win a flat screen television.

Event organizers Kathy Ramsey and her husband Jim are the owners of 4-Starters Coffee Café in Beavercreek. “The money we take in from the event will be used to purchase needed pet food and supplies for the animal shelter,” Ramsey says. “We want everyone to come out, enjoy the food, music and other activities and support the efforts of the shelter.” Specialties at 4-Starters Coffee Café include locally-roasted gourmet coffee, wine, soups, sandwiches and fresh baked goods.

The Greene County Animal Shelter is a 501c3, non-profit organization operating under Greene County Animal Control to efficiently and humanely implement progressive programs of animal welfare and population control and assist the public with animal related problems.

The facility is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6:30 pm and 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday from. They can be reached after hours by calling the Greene County Sheriff’s office or the local police department.

Amanda Wissinger is the shelter’s administrative support technician. “We are here to help as many animals as we possibly can,” she explains. “Unfortunately we are overpopulated but we do our best to find homes for the animals we take in.”

In addition to the poker run, 4-Starters will be hosting a variety of activities throughout the day including raffles, a silent auction, 50-50 drawing, music, food and more. For more information, contact Jim or Kathy Ramsey at 4Starters Coffee Café by calling 937-320-5866.

Old Fashioned Picnic and Baked Goods Auction July 22nd

The Council’s Old Fashioned Picnic and Baked Goods Auction is this coming Sunday from 3-6pm at Palmetto Horse Farm in Bellbrook. We hope you will consider joining us for all or a part of the afternoon and we would very much appreciate you sharing this with others!

It is a fun, family-friendly event and open to anyone who would like to come out. Tickets are available at the Council and the senior centers, but of course you can pay at the gate!

The forecast, at this moment, shows a high of 88, partly cloudy and no rain. We have made arrangements to have more tents than ever, a creative fan set-up to complement the wonderful breezes we have ordered, and plenty of
water/beverage stations!

We have a little bit of something for everyone, and plenty of food for all – hot dogs, grilled chicken, non-mayo pasta salad, baked beans, watermelon, a variety of chips/snacks, cookies/brownies, and ice cream. Without question, you should not leave hungry!

The food will be available from 3 to 5pm, along with games, a few raffle opportunities and the wonderful music of Mack & the Rockets. An intense wiffle ball game will be played at 3:15pm and a buck will get you three
throws at the dunking booth at 3:45pm. At 4:30pm, the knife throwing duo of Kirk and Melodee Bass will amaze us and have us wincing and shaking our heads!

And then comes the Baked Goods Auction at 5pm. Auctioneer Extraordinaire Lee Duteil will once again keep us enter tained as he separates us from a few dollars for some YUMMY homemade treats! We have a lovely variety of jams, sweet sandwich pickles, salsa, and pickled eggs and beets. We have pies, apple dumplings Mississippi Mud Pie, breads and some tasty cookies (snickerdoodles, Andes Mint, spice). We also have three different home brewed beers on the auction block – Vienna Ale, Irish Ale and Caroline’s Gone Red.

And if you cannot join us but would like to bid on an item or two – we can call you during the auction or you can share your ‘bid’ with Caroline Mullin at 376-5486 or . We would be happy to include you in on the fun!

All of the funds raised will be added to our Charitable Account with the Greene County Community Foundation, to be used for programs and services for future seniors and caregivers.

Our appreciation to our sponsors/partners for making this picnic possible ~ Added Touch, Beavercreek Senior Center, Ellie Home Care, Greene Oaks, Home Care by Blackstone, Hospitality Homes, Liberty Nursing Centers of Xenia and Jamestown, Patriot Ridge/Trinity Community, Senior Resource Connection, VITAS Hospice, Wellcare and Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail (376-5486, , ).

“Much Ado About Nothing” Bargain Matinee on Saturday

X*ACT’s production of William Shakespeare’s very funny comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing,” is finishing up a two week run this weekend with evening shows on Friday and Saturday and matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

X-ACT’s talented and innovative Director, Lisa Howard-Welch, has set this production in the early 1920s with period costumes and music, so this will be different than any other “Much Ado” that you may have seen before. The Much Ado About Nothing Video is very modern…. Rumor Has It.

A Synopsis: Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very “merry war”; they are both very glib and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. By means of “noting” (which sounds the same as “nothing,” and which is gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar. However, Dogberry, a Constable who is a master of malapropisms, discovers the evil trickery of the villain, Don John. In the end, Don John runs away and everyone else joins in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

General Admission for the rest of the weekend is $15; $12 for Students and Seniors. Shows are at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday evenings June 22, & 23. Matinee is Sunday, June 24 and Saturday, June 23 at 3 PM. The show runs about 2+ hours with an intermission. Get tickets on-line at X-ACT.

Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” Coming Xenia Theater June 15


Go to the X-ACT’s website for tickets and additional information about the play.

This June 15-24 production is being sponsored by Tiffany Jewelers located at 179 W. Main Street and the opening Gala fundraiser is sponsored by The Cafe Ole located at 131 N. Allison Avenue.

Motorists Are Encouraged to Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.

Safety should be everyone’s top priority and Laurie Fox, Greene County Safe Communities Coordinator, today reminded all Greene County residents that saving a life is a snap. Buckle Up America encourages everyone on the road to use seat belts and restraints and to use them properly.

“Seat belts are the most effective lifesaving feature in a vehicle,” said Ms. Fox. “However, they only work if you use them and use them correctly. It only takes a second to snap the buckle on a seat belt, but the benefits can last you a lifetime.”

Nearly one in five Americans still fail to buckle up regularly and too many children still don’t use their seat belts or child safety seats.

In 1998, the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), developed a national initiative to increase seat belt use to 85% by the year 2000 and to 90% by 2005. The latest national seat belt use rate was 85% in 2010.

“You have too much to lose if you don’t buckle up”, said Ms. Fox. “Using a seat belt will halve your chances of being killed or badly injured in a serious crash, and using the proper age-appropriate car seat in a passenger car will reduce your infant’s chance of fatal injury by 71% and your toddler’s by 54%.”

According to research compiled by NHTSA, from 1975 through 2009 an estimated 9,310 children under age 5 were saved by child restraints (car seats or adult seat belts).

All States have laws requiring infants and toddlers to ride in car seats, but children still ride unprotected, and the consequences are frightening. According to NHTSA, fully 31% of passenger vehicle occupants under 5 who were fatally injured in crashes in 2009 were riding unrestrained.

“Let’s use Buckle Up America! Commit to wearing seat belts on every trip, ensuring that everyone who rides in our cars is buckled up and that all children 12 and younger ride in the back seat in properly installed restraints appropriate for their age and size,” Ms. Fox said. “Remember; never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag. Drivers and front-seat passengers should maintain at least a 10-inch distance between themselves and their air bags. While we cannot always avoid a crash, we can take the responsibility to do everything in our power to protect ourselves and our loved ones.” Buckle Up America, Every Trip. Every Time.

The public is invited to attend the Click It or Ticket Kick Off set for Tuesday, May 22nd at 9:30am at The Greene in Beavercreek near Mimi’s Café. Remarks at 9:30am on the Click It or Ticket National Mobilization campaign will be followed by free vehicle maintenance inspections and free child safety seat inspections from 10am – 2pm. Partners for this event include Greene County Safe Communities, AAA Miami Valley, The Greene, Safe Kids Greater Dayton, Dayton Children’s and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

For more information on the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition, please call 937-374-5669 or email For more information on seat belt safety, visit