๐Ÿ’Ž Your Easter Events Guide (Issue #30)

PLUS: I-75 Updates & The Flyers Breaking Records

Good Morning,

And welcome to another issue of Miami Valley Memo. Every week, we share events, live shows, and news curated for the Miami Valley.

Before we dive in, just a quick reminder: If you ever have any events you want to share with us to promote, please send them our way. And the same goes for news stories. Let us know if you feel we missed something really useful, interesting, or a great feel-good piece!

Our goal is to share great events and good news with you and our whole community. So if itโ€™s a good fit, weโ€™re happy to spread the word!

Alright, hereโ€™s what weโ€™re covering today:

  • Lots of egg-ceptional Easter events (letโ€™s hope the rain passes)

  • Live shows to catch this weekend

  • New work starting on I-75 from 725 to U.S. 35

  • Celebrating the Dayton Flyers record-breaking season

Letโ€™s get to it!

โ€” Max

โšก WEEKEND WEATHER

Friday

49ยฐ ๐ŸŒก๏ธ 62ยฐ | โ›… | โ˜” 0% | ๐Ÿ’จ 10 mph

Saturday

47ยฐ ๐ŸŒก๏ธ 65ยฐ | ๐ŸŒง๏ธ | โ˜” 60% | ๐Ÿ’จ 17 mph

Sunday

52ยฐ ๐ŸŒก๏ธ 60ยฐ | ๐ŸŒง๏ธ | โ˜” 25% | ๐Ÿ’จ 7 mph

๐Ÿ“… EVENTS

โญ๏ธย FEATURED โญ๏ธ

๐Ÿฐ Easter Bunny Brunch

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 10 am, 11:30 am & 1 pm
๐Ÿ“ Hidden Valley Orchards, Lebanon
๐Ÿ’ฐ $30

Celebrate Easter with a festive brunch at HVO's farm! Start with a scrumptious buffet featuring favorites like pancakes, spiral-sliced ham, frittata, and much more. Enjoy drinks like water, tea, lemonade, and juice with your brunch. And if you're looking to sip something extra, the Crate Room Bar will also be open.ย 

After brunch, head to the Easter Bunny Barn for photos and get your special goodie bag. This is a great event for folks with little ones and offers three different time slots to accommodate your hectic holiday schedule. Don't miss out on this festive blend of food and springtime cheer. Get your tickets here.*

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๐Ÿฅš Egg Scavenger Hunt

๐Ÿ“… Thursday - Sunday
๐Ÿ“ Throughout Kettering
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free (Registration Required)

Dive into a community-wide scavenger hunt organized by the Jeff Probst Group. This year they've placed egg signs throughout businesses and public spots in Kettering. The hunt starts today (Thursday), when they'll send out an email with clues.

Then the race is on to find as many as you can before midnight on Sunday, March 31st. Build your score by submitting your answers. Winners stand to get their choice of a zoo membership or a $200 gift card to a local business. Join this exciting quest byย registering today!

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๐ŸŒ˜ Eclipse Talk

๐Ÿ“… Thursday: 7 pm
๐Ÿ“ Wright Memorial Library, Oakwood
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Delve into the wonders of solar eclipses with Kurtz Miller, a JPL Solar System Ambassador. This enlightening discussion, perfect for adults and teens, explores the captivating phenomena of the Great North American Solar Eclipse.

Post-event, attendees can pick up solar eclipse glasses to gear up for the upcoming eclipse. Registration is not required, but with only 80 seats available, it'd be a good idea to get there early! Learn more.

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๐Ÿถ Eggstra Special Doggy Day

๐Ÿ“… Friday: 5 - 7 pm
๐Ÿ“ Oak Grove Park, Centerville
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

This dog-friendly egg hunt features fun activities for pups along with special treats tucked away for them to find! They'll also have giveaways going, so some lucky folks can walk away with goodies as well.

These activities will happen outside of the off-leash section of the park. It's a perfect day out for pets and their owners to enjoy the outdoors and have some tail-wagging fun. Learn more.

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๐Ÿฅš Be Hope Bunny Trail

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 10 am - 12 pm
๐Ÿ“ Be Hope Kids, Beavercreek
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Embark on the Be Hope Bunny Trail, where families with kids up to 5th grade can explore interactive egg stations for candy-filled surprises.

Beyond the candy, they're also offering a petting zoo and, weather permitting, wagon rides through the woods. It's looking to be an egg-citing experience! Learn more.

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๐Ÿฐ Bunny Trail

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
๐Ÿ“ Air Force Museum, Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

See the museum transformed into an Easter egg-travaganza with giant inflatables leading to sweet candy tables. Along the bunny trail, kids can enjoy face painting, glitter tattoos, and balloon art.

Listen to live music from the Air Force Band of Flight and don't miss the chance to snap a family photo with the Easter Bunny who will be roaming around. Learn more.

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๐Ÿ›๏ธ Spring Market

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
๐Ÿ“ The Heights Cafe, Huber Heights
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Brighten your spring by browsing handcrafted goods, lush plants, and delicious baked treats at this vibrant market. Snag unique finds while supporting local artisans and businesses from across the Miami Valley.

A perfect outing for friends and family to enjoy shopping and seasonal delights in Huber Heights. Learn more.

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๐Ÿฅš Normandy Easter Egg Hunt

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 11 am - 1 pm
๐Ÿ“ Normandy Church, Centerville
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Looking for Easter events in Centerville / Washington Township? Explore Normandy's Egg Hunt, a delightful event for toddlers to fifth graders.

Discover hidden eggs, then create crafts and savor snacks inside the church. A joyful day awaits families seeking springtime fun. Learn more.

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๐Ÿš Helicopter Egg Drop

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 1 - 2:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ Miami Valley South Stadium, Bellbrook
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free (Registration Required)

Experience the thrill of a Helicopter Egg Drop. Eggs will fall from the sky onto a field for eager children to find. With separate areas for different age groups and children with special needs, every kid gets a chance to join in the fun.

Raffles and prizes add to the excitement of this unique gathering put on by Jon Pemberton & Associates. All attendees must sign a waiver and registration is required, sign up here.

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๐Ÿฅš Fairborn Easter Egg Hunt

๐Ÿ“… Sunday: 2 pm
๐Ÿ“ Central Park, Fairborn
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Get ready for an egg-citing adventure as Fairborn hosts its 55th annual Egg Hunt! With over 10,000 eggs brimming with candy and prizes, kids aged 1-11 are set for a delightful hunt.

Prize eggs promise extra surprises, with awards handed out inside the YMCA after the fun. This event is a cherished springtime tradition, offering joy and entertainment for all. Learn more.

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๐Ÿฅš Youngโ€™s Easter Egg Hunt

๐Ÿ“… Sunday: 2 pm
๐Ÿ“ Youngโ€™s Dairy, Yellow Springs
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Head to Young's for an egg hunt with over 10,000 hard-boiled, dyed eggs, organized in 20-minute windows for different age groups (4-10). Capture the moment with a photo alongside Barnabe, Young's beloved mascot.

Weather won't dampen the excitement; come rain, snow, or shine, the hunt goes on! Learn more.

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๐ŸŒ’ Shedding Light On Solar Eclipses

๐Ÿ“… Mon, Apr 1st: 7 - 8 pm
๐Ÿ“ Centerville Library, Centerville
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free (Registration Required)

Learn more about the science behind solar eclipses with experts from Boonshoft. This educational session, tailored for 3rd to 5th graders, explains the celestial event and safe viewing practices.

Attendees will receive eclipse glasses, courtesy of a generous grant, ensuring a safe, spectacular view. Availability is limited; so registration is required. Don't miss this stellar experience, register here.

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๐Ÿ† Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Awards

๐Ÿ“… Weds, Apr 3rd: 7 pm
๐Ÿ“ Woodbourne Library, Washington Twp.
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free (Registration Required)

Celebrate the winners of the 2024 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition! Listen as they showcase their winning essays in the humor and human-interest genres. Erma's daughter, Betsy, will speak and share stories after their readings.

Erma Bombeck was an American humorist and one of the Miami Valley's most famous writers. From 1965 to 1996, her humor column about suburban life as a woman was nationally syndicated. At the height of her popularity, her writing appeared in over 900 newspapers - reaching 30 million Americans.

A Dayton native, she graduated from UD in 1949 and spent the rest of her life in Centerville. This writing competition is held every two years to honor her legacy.ย Register here to secure your spot!

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๐ŸŽถย LIVE MUSICย 

Friday

Velvet Crush | Mr. Boro's Tavern | 7pm | $5

The Martha's | Jayne's On Main | 7:30pm | Free

The Hathaways | Hidden Gem Music Club | 7:30pm | $5

Linus Tate | Dublin Pub | 8pm | Free

Trapper Keepers | Phone Booth Lounge | 8pm | Free

Elias Gomez | The Barrel | 8pm | Free

Brit Stokes | Good Time Charlie's | 8:30pm | Free

Joe C Band | The Brick Tap & Tavern | 8:30pm | Free

Finding Melissa | Courtyard Lounge | 9pm | Free

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Saturday

Steven Crash Worley | Jayne's On Main | 7:30pm | Free

Flashback Band | Phone Booth Lounge | 8pm | Free

Doug Hart Band | The Barrel | 8pm | Free

Truk | Mr. Boro's Tavern | 7pm | Free

Pandora Project | The Brick Tap & Tavern | 8pm | Free

Colin Richards and Spare Change | Hidden Gem Music Club | 8pm | $5

The Nathan Jenkins Band | Good Time Charlie's | 8:30pm | Free

Back Burn | Courtyard Lounge | 9pm | $5

๐ŸŽญ๏ธย LIVE THEATRE

Friday

West Side Story | La Comedia Dinner Theatre | 12:30pm & 7:30pm | $70+

Flight Of The Lawnchair Man | Dayton Theatre Guild | 8pm | $21

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Saturday

Blippi | Schuster Center | 2pm | $23+

Flight Of The Lawnchair Man | Dayton Theatre Guild | 5pm | $21

West Side Story | La Comedia Dinner Theatre | 7:30pm | $70+

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Sunday

West Side Story | La Comedia Dinner Theatre | 12:30pm & 7:30pm | $70+

Flight Of The Lawnchair Man | Dayton Theatre Guild | 3pm | $21

๐Ÿ˜‚ย LIVE COMEDY

Friday

Jay Phillips | Dayton Funny Bone | 7:30pm | $22

Chris Weir | Wileys Comedy Club | 8pm | $15

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Saturday

Jay Phillips | Dayton Funny Bone | 6:30pm | $22

Chris Weir | Wileys Comedy Club | 7:15pm | $15

๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ LOCAL NEWS

๐Ÿ€ Dayton Flyers' Record-Shattering Season

While the Dayton Flyers' season ended last Saturday with a 78-68 loss to Arizona, it was marked by many 'firsts' and new records. They ended the program's seven-year NCAA tournament drought and advanced to the second round for the first time in nine years.

Their first NCAA win, a 17-point comeback against Nevada, tied for the fifth-largest comeback in tournament history.

Stellar team performance drove these results, particularly from DaRon Holmes II and Koby Brea.

Holmes, a junior forward, became a unanimous All-American. He averaged 20.4 points a game and currently sits at 11th in Dayton's all-time scoring list. Additionally, he set new records at UD for career blocks and dunks.

Brea led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage, making 49.8% of his attempts. This sets a new record at UD for players who attempted over 150 3-pointers.

Collectively, the Flyers hit 39.9% of their 3s this season, setting a school record and ranking third in the nation.

The 2023-24 Flyers had a helluva season and made a lot of folks in the Miami Valley proud. Here's to their success and it only being the beginning! [Dayton Daily News]

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๐Ÿšง I-75 Update: 725 to US 35 Improvements

This Monday, March 25th, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) resumed work on I-75. This phase of construction stretches from the 725 exit in Miamisburg to U.S. 35 in downtown Dayton.

Work along this route should be completed by October 15th. Meanwhile, drivers can expect periodic lane closures from 7 pm to 7 am. And there will be the usual traffic shifts, ramp closures, and lane restrictions that we all know (and love).

This ongoing I-75 overhaul in Montgomery County started in 2022 and aims to significantly upgrade the roadway. The plan includes laying new pavement, installing storm sewers, enhancing lighting, and making minor bridge repairs.

But when will this entire I-75 project end? Never! Just kidding. ODOT plans to cross the finish line in the Summer of 2025. [WDTN]

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