Mitchell Bombers at Grimes Field in Urbana, Ohio

Urbana, Ohio 4/14/2017

Photos by Tom Greene/

The 75th Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Reunion at the National museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton Ohio will gather at Grimes Field in Urbana, Ohio beginning on April 14Th.

Thirteen planes flying in from all parts of the U.S. will be the largest gathering of Mitchell Bombers since WW2.

At 0700 on April 17th 24 bombers will take off from Grimes Field in Urbana Ohio and fly to USAF National Museum at WPAFB in Dayton, Ohio.

The last gathering of B25 Mitchell bombers was for the 68TH reunion in 2010, there were 17 B25’s at Grimes Field. The Georgie’s Gal

Pictured below is based at the Liberty Aviation Museum at The Erie – Ottawa International Airport, Port Clinton Ohio.

This is the flagship aircraft at the Museum and was purchased in 2011 and fully restored in 2012.

WGI Color Guard World Championships – Dayton, OH April 6-8



About Winter Guard International (WGI)

WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and winds competitions.  As a non-profit youth organization, WGI also serves as the governing body for the indoor color guard, percussion, and winds activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Now entering its 40th year in 2017, the sport continues to evolve and grow.  There were more than 36,000 participants at the regional level, and more than 12,000 participants at the Sport of the Arts World Championships this past April.

Source: World Championships – WGI

Preview Celebration of the New Main Library

215 E. Third St., Dayton, OH 45402-2103

(937) 463-BOOK





Gwen E. Owen, 937-496-8901

Content Writer, External Relations Dept.



Chuck Duritsch, 937-496-8586

Manager, External Relations Dept.




Preview Celebration of the New Main Library



(February 8, 2017) –THE MAIN EVENT is the long-awaited preview celebration of the new Main Library in downtown Dayton. This unique event features more than a dozen different performances, including live music, improvisational artists, live art creation and surprises at every turn.  Tickets for the April 22 event are on sale now at All proceeds benefit The Dayton Metro Library Foundation.


“Our community will not see an event like this again anytime soon,” said Rodney Veal, Co-Chair of Team 17, the volunteer committee planning THE MAIN EVENT. “It’s going to blow your mind! This is NOT what people expect to see in their Library.”


From valet parking and chef-made hors d’oeuvres to hands-on “making,” guests at THE MAIN EVENT will experience their Library in entirely new ways. The event flow encourages attendees to move throughout the 120,000+ square foot building, discovering the Library’s new amenities and enjoying a variety of intrigue on three expansive levels.


“This is not just an evening of amazing entertainment, food and drinks at an incredible value, although it is certainly that,” said Michelle Kaye, Team 17 Co-Chair. “There are many opportunities for participation. Partygoers can take to the floor for salsa or swing dancing, try their hand at a maker experience, or contribute to creative projects, which will become enduring gifts to the Library and to the community. Mostly, this is a one night only opportunity to explore the possibilities of the new Main Library, weeks before it opens for service to the public.”

The Main Library has undergone an extensive, $62 million renovation and expansion since September 2015, part of the Dayton Metro Library’s system-wide Libraries for a Smarter Future improvement project.


THE MAIN EVENT Presenting Sponsor is PNC. Featured performers include:


  • The Bob Gray Orchestra
  • Pianist Steffin Johnson
  • Son Del Caribe
  • The Keigo Hirakawa Trio with Eddie Bayard
  • Guitarist BJSR
  • Jackson Riffe on marimba
  • DJ Basim
  • Femme Fatale Silk Aerialists and Dancers
  • Poetry Slam with Sierra Leone
  • Tiffany Clark and Christopher “Etch” of The Mural Machine
  • Improvisational Artist Justin Howard
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
  • Soul Fire Tribe


Tickets are all inclusive at $150 per person and are available now at Proceeds benefit the Dayton Metro Library Foundation’s mission to enhance and expand the Library’s excellence.


For more information, call the Dayton Metro Library Foundation at (937) 496-8516.






The Dayton Metro Library is one of the oldest and largest public library systems in Ohio, consistently ranking among the best in the nation. There are currently 19 Library locations, plus Outreach Services, in Montgomery County. In order to fulfill its mission to inform, inspire and enrich the community, DML offers programs, materials and services for all ages and stages of life. It is funded in part by a portion of the state income tax and local levy support, with support from the Dayton Metro Library Foundation.


Specialized services and resources are available for schools, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, literacy providers and job seekers. The Library houses a unique collection of local history and genealogy materials. Computers are available for public use and computer instruction is offered at many Library locations.


In November, 2012, Montgomery County voters passed a $187 million bond issue to fund new construction and renovations for the Dayton Metro Library system. Highlights of the multi-phase, multi-year project currently in progress include consolidating Branch Libraries to 16, establishing an offsite Operations Center and completely renovating the Main Library in downtown Dayton. When the project is complete, Library users will enjoy modern, efficient facilities providing superior services and technology for the 21st century. Progress on the project is updated at



2017 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship – First Four in Dayton, OH

University of Dayton

by Horace Dozier Sr.



The University of Dayton Arena will again host the NCAA First Four tonight, UD Arena has hosted over 117 tournament’s more than any other NCAA host. The first game will be between N.C. Central vs. UC Davis, 6:40 p.m. while the second game features Providence vs. USC, 9:10 p.m. Updates and photos after the game, courtesy of Timesmedia.

Update; Final score, UC DAVIS 67 and North Carolina Central 63.


Update: 9:10 p.m.

Providence wasted no time in asserting its dominance in the game with a behind a barrage of threes and a formable defense for a go-ahead lead of 15 points, with 1:18 left in the first half. USC fought back to make the score 50-55, Providence with 9:56 left in the game. After trading baskets, the lead is still five at 55-66. And with the break USC goes to the line for two shots and closes the gap to three, USC rally’s again taking the lead by three with an 8.0 run after two turnovers by Providence. 63-60 with 5:47 left on the clock. USC now leads the game by five at the 3:11 mark, time out. USC upsets Providence, final score 75-71.

Game Photos courtesy of Timesmedia

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Friday, November 4th, DCDC Day


WHO: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company


WHERE: City of Dayton Commission Chambers

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 6 PM

CONTACT: Marsha Bonhart,, 937-286-0023



Dayton celebrates the Bessie award winning Dayton Contemporary Dance Company as Mayor Nan Whaley and commissioners proclaim Friday, November 4th, DCDC Day. A proclamation will be read during the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 PM, Wednesday, November 2nd.


The Bessie is the “Tony” or “Oscar” of dance, a long established, sought after accolade that is not easily attained, but it is the second affiliation with DCDC. In 1997, veteran dancer Sheri “Sparkle” Williams was its recipient for outstanding performance by a solo artist.


DCDC learned of the acknowledgement in July, but two weeks ago, DCDC Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs and DCDC CEO RoNita Hawes Saunders received the award in New York City for Best Revival of a Choreography for “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder”, a 1959 iconic masterpiece created by Donald McKayle. There are only five dance companies licensed to perform Rainbow and Mr. McKayle personally selected DCDC for the March, 2016 performance at Lincoln Center in NYC.


DCDC will include the award winning Rainbow, March 4th and 5th, 2017 at the historic Victoria Theatre as part of its Story Tellers 2016-2017 Performance Season. The company was founded in 1968 by the late Jeraldyne Blunden. Invited international performances include Germany, Russia, Poland, Bermuda and Chile.

Dayton Times Magazine Articles

The Dayton Times Magazine Articles

Its that time of the year again for one the the largest outdoor events in the country. TimesMedia will again take the challenge of covering this event with photos and stories. The 2016 Air Force Marathon is Saturday, September 17 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. A two day Sports & Fitness Exposition (September 15-16) and 5K race (September 16) will be held at the Wright State University’s Nutter Center. All events are open to the public.  For event Schedule; 

Source: Dayton Times Magazine Articles

Solar Impulse will complete the first round-the world solar flight SOON

Wherever you are in the world, don’t miss out on this one. This will be a truly historic moment for humanity. The first solar-powered airplane is about to complete the first flight around the world. Check out our live experience on and join in on the conversations, tears, and cheers!