Synchrony is partnering with Montgomery County Juvenile Court on another mural & clean-up project! It’s a large undertaking this go around so there will be multiple opportunities to volunteer. We will be beautifying a section of downtown Dayton.
The annual UpDayton Summit is a launchpad for volunteer-powered community projects. At the event, over 200 participants vote to decide which creative young community leaders will receive seed money and the support of UpDayton to bring their ideas to action.
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UpDayton's Summit X is just over two months away. Want to get a taste of the pitch format and see what it takes to turn ideas into reality? Come to the Mini Summit for a night of inspiration about what's possible in Dayton. Empower yourself to get involved. All while mingling with Dayton's best movers and shakers. We'll also share more about how to submit a project idea for the UpDayton Summit.
Have you registered for the Summit yet? If not, early bird registration is still happening!
Your favorite former dancers from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will return to the stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY, joining current artists onstage to perform excerpts of 10 works spanning DCDC’s 50-year repertory.
The evening of concert dance will feature works from powerhouse choreographers in DCDC’s classic rep including Asadata Dafora & Donald Byrd, and works from today’s top choreographic names, including Ronen Koresh, Dwight Rhoden, Alvin Rangel & Ray Mercer.
Your UpDayton ticket will also give you the chance to attend a post-show event with the dancers at Mudlick Taphouse! You can also check Facebook for details.
Join UpDayton and the Project Rebound team to learn more about our exciting 2018 plans and connect with the YMCA staff about upcoming volunteer opportunities! Dayton needs more volunteers! Our community's youth develop stronger and faster with your commitment and buy-in. Come down to Table 33 to meet other young professionals getting involved and learn more about ways you can too!
Our session will take place at the Dayton Metro Library - Main, in the Community Action Lab at the downtown library. The space is on the first floor near the corner of 3rd Street & Patterson Blvd just to the right of the main elevators.
Learn more about the organization, projects and teams that you can be a part of! Immediately after this brief session, we invite everyone to join our 2018 UpDayton Kickoff Event at Dayton Beer Co. Meet other UpDayton volunteers & leaders, and hear more about what we have in store for 2018!
Join UpDayton at RiverScape MetroPark on Friday, January 12th from 5-8pm for some ice skating action! Whether you’re a skating rookie or have been lacing up your skates for decades, there is a full slate of activities to choose from at the MetroParks Ice Rink. It measures 70 feet by 150 feet and is sheltered under a pavilion. The rink has something for everyone: beginners’ lessons, open skating, broomball and curling, not to mention hot chocolate and music! Bring your friends and family, enjoy some hot chocolate and show off your skills!
Help foster children get ready for the winter months with cozy fleece blankets. Join Comfort Bags in partnership with Through the Ages Fabrics to make 20 fleece blankets for Comfort Bags!
There will be an instructor from Through the Ages Fabric to help determine your skill level. There will be no-sew and sew versions to choose from. The goal is to make 20 fleece blankets; 5 infant, 10 youth, and 5 teen. Children are welcome to come and help out and there will be coffee and muffins provided!
Materials for 20 blankets will be provided, but If you would like to donate more materials that would be much appreciated! Yards needed for each size include:
- 1 yard for infant size
- 1.5 yards for youth size
- 2 yards for teen size
Please let us know if you're coming!
Your ticket will be available for pick-up at Will Call in the lobby of the Schuster Center. Please arrive early so you have plenty of time to pick up your tickets and find your seat. UpDayton has added an additional discount on top of ENCORE!'s already-discounted price!
This event is hosted by ENCORE!
Pre-Show Social | 5:30-7pm at Carmen's Deli
ENCORE! is a special program created to engage young professionals in a lasting relationship with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance by bringing together like-minded individuals through performances, unique social events, special “perks” and networking opportunities. ENCORE! is cultivating the next generation of DPAA patrons and leaders to ensure that Dayton’s rich performing arts legacy will be enjoyed by many generations to come. Learn more or purchase a full ENCORE! subscription at https://daytonperformingarts.org/encore
Dayton Ballet invites you to Dayton's biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition: Dayton Ballet's beloved The Nutcracker.
With magical choreography by Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke, delectable sets by designer Ray Zupp, and stunning costumes by Lowell Mathwich, the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to life on the Mead Theatre Stage.
Dayton Ballet's The Nutcracker comprises an enormous cast, including the full professional Dayton Ballet company, dancers from Dayton Ballet II and the Dayton Ballet School, and over 100 children from the local Dayton area!
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Neal Gittleman, again takes up residence in the orchestra pit, giving Tchaikovsky's music the full, rich, gorgeous interpretation that it requires. The elegance, grace and sheer athleticism of Dayton Ballet's core ensemble and star dancers bring the drama to immediate, colorful life.
Before the performances and during intermissions, the Schuster Center Wintergarden bustles with the excitement of the holiday season. Find the perfect holiday gift at the Dayton Ballet Boutique, peer into the famous whimsical Rike's window boxes, or treat yourself with candy and ice cream at the Graeter’s Sweet Shoppe.
With ten performances so close to the Christmas holiday, The Nutcracker is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with family and guests. Make this enchanting story ballet a part of your family's holiday tradition!
Grapes of Gratitude helps charities to conduct competitive wine tastings where even the loser gets to take something home. The competition is based on what we call the “Rule of Three.” Huh?
3 BOTTLES FOR EACH TEAM OF UP TO 3
A different wine varietal (such as chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, etc.) is featured at each event. Teams, consisting of 1 to 3 participants, are admitted by bringing 3 bottles of the same featured varietal to the event. For example, for the Dec 2017 event the featured varietal is SPARKLING WINE, your team could bring 3 bottles of the La Marca DOC Prosecco Extra Dry.
At the event, 2 of each team’s 3 bottles are bagged, tagged and ranked by each participant. The 3rd bottle is set aside and left unopened. The teams that brought the 5 highest ranked wines divvy up each team’s 3rd unopened bottle, except for the lowest ranked wine which will be returned to the team that brought it. If 2 or more teams bring the same wine, rankings can still differ depending upon the temperature of the wine, how long it has been open, etc. Must be present to win.
Please remember, teams can consist of 1 to 3 participants. Thus, a group of 4 participants, for example, will be considered 2 teams and must bring 6 bottles of the featured varietal to enter the event. Still don’t get it? Just remember, the “Rule of Three,” which is visually depicted above.
Our charity partner for the March Grapes of Gratitude is UpDayton, a young professional organization with a mission to:
* To harness the creative talent of all people in the Miami Valley to make our region a better place to live
* To connect our young creatives and engage them in the region’s decision making
* To restore community to our communities
* To build pride and hope in our region
Grapes of Gratitude is made possible by Arrow Wine.
Want to be a curling master? Join Curl Troy at RiverScape Metro Park to learn the basics of the game. Sweep the field and ice your opponents with your new skills! The great part about curling is that it is accessible to really anyone. Curling has been adapted quite well to those with physical limitations, and in most cases almost anyone can participate. Learn to Curl sessions with Curl Troy are offered at various times through the year and often occur at multiple locations in the Miami Valley. We try our best to offer these classes to meet the demand of new people wishing to try the sport.
Comfort Bags and Agape for Youth are in need of 20 volunteers to help run a carnival for the kids after the holiday dinner is done. There are 10 different carnival stations and it is helpful to have two people at each station. Volunteers can switch between stations to engage in various carnival activities with the kids. Food will be provided for volunteers in the form of a Christmas Dinner!
Please let us know if you're coming!
Join Comfort Bags as we work with Agape for Youth to put on a holiday Santa's Secret Workshop! We will be helping kids in the foster care system select and wrap gifts for their families. Get in the holiday spirit a little early by helping out! There will be pizza provided for volunteers and workers. Volunteer opportunities include:
Santa’s Elves – Personal shoppers for each child as they select gifts for their family members.
Santa’s Gift Wrappers – Numerous wrapping station where each gift is wrapped and tagged for the children so the gifts are ready to be put under the Christmas tree.
Please sign up below to let us know you're coming!
The Reading Park Project is seeking Volunteers to come out and help raise funds for some books. You can come for 5mins, 30mins, 1 hr, or the entire 2hrs. Adults only please, as children cannot work at One Dollar Book Swap.
11:00 am: Meet at One Dollar Book Swap to volunteer for a couple of hours.
1:00 pm: Brunch and Brews, location will be determined amongst the group of volunteers the day of!
We hope to see you there!
UpDayton, in partnership with YWCA Dayton & the Dayton Daily News, will host its 2017 Election Forum at the new Dayton Metro Library Main Branch. The event will take place in the Eichelberger Forum located on the first floor of the library. The forum will feature the candidates running for Dayton School Board. You can up-vote and submit questions for the candidates at http://updayton.socialqa.com/
This November, 4 seats are up for election to the Dayton Public Schools’ Board of Education. Before you vote, we hope you'll take this opportunity to learn more about the candidates and their approach for advancing Dayton Public Schools.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be available to attendees. Doors open at 5:30pm, and the program begins at 6pm.
October 14th is a special day for the Dayton area! Dayton Inspires is hosting a neighborhood clean-up from noon to 2pm and The Longest Table Dayton is hosting their Main Meal event on the Third Street Bridge from 3-6pm! Come out and show your love for the community, meeting new people and making new friends as you help beautify Dayton and break bread together. RSVP above to clean up the community with Dayton Inspires and volunteer at The Longest Table!
We are seeking 20 Volunteers to come out and help us raise some funds for some books. You can come for 5mins, 30mins, 1 hr, or the entire 2hrs. Adults Only as children cannot work at One Dollar Book Swap. ALL HANDS ARE APPRECIATED!!!!
UpDayton and Victoria Theatre Association have teamed up to offer an incredible ticket price of $15 for In the Heights at the Schuster Center on Thursday, October 5th at 8pm. Don't miss this chance to enjoy the Broadway Series!
About the Musical
Before Hamilton… there was IN THE HEIGHTS. Lin Manuel-Miranda’s four-time Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
$15 TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT
If you'd still like to purchase tickets, you can purchase them at a discounted rate through UpDayton's CEO link here: https://www.victoriatheatre.com/ceoupdayton.html
Come volunteer with Project Rebound on September 29th from 5:15 to 6:15pm. Marquinta Walker from Mission: Fit Dayton will be hosting a free hip hop dance class for the youth at Boys and Girls Club. Volunteers of all skill levels welcome! The most important thing is to engage youth and have fun!
It's time for Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute! Next weekend, from Friday to Sunday, volunteers are needed to help put on this awesome celebration. Volunteer opportunities include admission, drink booths, mug and tee booths and more.
If you would like to help out, sign up for a couple of shifts. When you're done volunteering, you can enjoy some Beer and all sorts of German food! Here is the daily schedule:
Lederhosen Lunch (Sept. 22): 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Preview Party (Sept. 22): 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday (Sept. 23): Noon - 11:30 p.m.
Sunday (Sept. 24): Noon - 7:00 p.m.
Explore Downtown Dayton with your fellow grad students! We will be meeting at Warped Wing and will be taking the Link Bikes around town. UpDayton will take you to some of our favorite spots around the city and we hope they become some of your favorite spots too! RSVP for the tour ASAP because we only have 12 spots open. We hope to see you there!
RSVP for the Grad Student Bike Tour below
Join us for brunch and a "Baby Shower" at Basil's!
The Comfort Bags project, a 2017 UpDayton Summit winner, asks you to step up and show Dayton children transitioning into foster care that our city has their back. The Comfort Bags Baby Shower is our first event! We'll be collecting items for infants transitioning into foster care and discussing other ways to get involved.
Bring your donation (items or money) to brunch at Basil's on Sunday, September 17th. Our partner, Agape for Youth, compiles these items into Comfort Bags that are given to the child and their new foster family in the first hours of this difficult and often sudden transition. No need to gift wrap your items. They will be re-packed into custom Comfort Bags based on the child and foster family's needs.
Steve Geib, Executive Director and Founder of Agape for Youth will be attending the Baby Shower, explaining how important these Comfort Bags are to the youth who receive them. If you are not able to bring a donation, we still hope you'll join us for brunch to learn more about the project! Brunch is $17.99/person for the buffet and there are vegitarian options available.
Here is a list of the items we're looking for. Grab a few items or get them all and assemble a fully stocked Comfort Bag!
Looking for something fun to do on Friday night, September 15th? Come feast and have fun at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally located at The "Old" Yellow Cab building from 5-10pm. There will be food trucks, free live music, local craft brews and tons of fun for the whole family! Bring your family, friends and fellow GA's and enjoy the crazy amounts of good food and drinks that will be on show! If you want to come, please sign up below; UpDayton will have a table at the rally to answer questions and get you started!
Let us know you're coming!
Levitt Pavilion Dayton is a state-of-the-art outdoor music venue that will open in the middle of downtown Dayton in 2018. Join Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton for a sneak peak of the Levitt experience with The Suffers!
The 2017 Levitt National Tour, locally sponsored by PNC Bank will feature the critically acclaimed rising stars, The Suffers. This 8-piece powerhouse of Gulf Coast Soul celebrates the rich diversity of the band's hometown of Houston, masterfully melding classic American soul with genres as wide-ranging as rock, Latin ska, Cajun, hip hop, country and R&B. This approach has already earned The Suffers a place on numerous artists to watch lists, rave reviews from Billboard, NPR, and The New York Times and a growing international fan base and they're just getting started!
Show starts promptly at 7:00PM. BYO lawn chair or blanket. Join us for a great evening of FREE music!
Art in the City is about recognizing the immense talent that Dayton has to offer. Encouraging conversations about local art and having an open competition in over 25 different downtown businesses provides a unique opportunity to showcase and marvel at our local talent.
More details will be provided as the event gets closer.
Have some fun on the water kayaking and paddleboarding at Eastwood Lake with Whitewater Warehouse! There will be a variety of boats and stand up paddleboards to choose from. UpDayton will cover the cost of your kayak or paddleboard rental until all open spots are filled. RSVP soon and be ready to have fun! (Limited spots available.)
Come to the Celtic Festival to enjoy live entertainment, good food and better friends! The festival will be at the RiverScape MetroPark located in Downtown Dayton. The festival hours are below and you can follow the link to learn more.
Please note that Patterson Boulevard, Monument Avenue, and St. Clair Street will be closed during the United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival.
Celtic Festival Hours:
Friday, July 28, 5.30-11 p.m
Saturday, July 29, 11.30 – 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 30, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.