Monday, April 30, 2012

Bible mess-up at First Presby Church

Word leaked out from the Sunday service at the First Presbyterian Church this week that the Blog's Chief Cartoonist and frequent liturgist at the Gray Lady read the wrong chapter and verse just prior to the Pastor's sermon. Fortunately for him at the time, no one but the Blog's mole noticed.

Bench to Nowhere: Devouring the competition

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WYSO to Broadcast from New Studios, tomorrow

Public Radio station 91.3 WYSO in Yellow Springs will begin broadcasting from new studios on Tuesday, May 1 at noon.

Since 1995, the station has been housed in Sontag Fels Hall on the campus of Antioch College. The new studios are located across the street in the former Kettering Laboratories at 150 East South College Street. The building belongs to Antioch University and until recently housed their central administrative offices.

“The new studios will expand our capacity to make local programs, and we’re totally focused on that,” says Neenah Ellis, WYSO General Manager.

The new broadcast studios were funded by Antioch University with supplementary funds the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program.

WYSO began broadcasting in 1958, with studios on the second floor of the College student union building. The new facility is its third location.

On Tuesday May first, the switch to the new studios will take place at noon, during “Excursions” hosted by WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.

“Listeners will be able to hear the old studio transmitter link shutdown and the new one start up,” says Ellis. “We expect to be off the air for less than a minute.”

91.3 WYSO is licensed to Antioch University. It carries programming from NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media and others, in addition to 40 hours of locally- produced programming weekly. It distributes programs on multiple platforms: FM, HD, via on-line streaming at and on the Public Radio Player for iPhone users and the NPR News App for Android users.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Back Story: Talkin' Digital

Don't worry, my literary friends; books are not going to disappear from the face of the earth. They will just go the way of the vinyl record and become a curiosity for collectors of archaic paraphernalia.

I've had an eBook reader for over a year. I've probably read a couple dozen books on it, including some big fat ones like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although, on an eBook reader it makes no difference; 100 pages or a thousand, they are all the same size when you hold them in your hand.

From time to time I ponder the fate of the printed book, usually when one of my Facebook friends laments the digital state of literature, this as they sit in front of a glowing screen, pushing unseen i's and o's into a digital storage device. They love the feel of a book. And, as one who used to publish a small poetry zine, I fully understand. I embrace the new technology - I like carrying around an entire library in my pocket - but not without reservation.

What got me thinking about books and eBooks again was my old friend Ignatius J. Reilly, protagonist of A Confederacy of Dunces. I recently learned from my Facebook friends that a biography of its author, John Kennedy Toole, had just come out. I wanted to read it immediately. So I looked it up on the Internet and downloaded it for a reasonable price (less than half the hardcover price). Ah, instant gratification!

Around the same time, I learned of the passing of Harry Crews, someone I had always wanted to read, but had somehow neglected. However, none of his novels have been published in eBook format. So I ordered the three that the Greene County Public Library had in stock and undertook to read the three hardcover novels and the eBook biography at once. This, of course, highlighted for me some of the differences between books and eBooks.

Since I had only two weeks before the Crews books were due to be returned, I gave heavy preference to them and polished them off and returned them rather quickly. By that time, I was only a few chapters into the biography, Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces by Cory MacLauchlin. But it had been some time since my last reading of Confederacy, and I was beginning to realize that I should probably read it again before I proceeded with the biography. There is a complicated relationship between the protagonist and his mother that seems to be a reflection of the author's real-life story.

Here was the problem: It has been years since I have seen my hardcover edition of Confederacy. My best guess is that it is stored away in a box of books somewhere in my garage. Have you seen my garage? So it was back to the Internet to see if it is out in eBook format - and sure enough it is. So I quickly purchased it and downloaded it. Ah, instant gratification! A note here: Confederacy has been in and out of print since its original publication in 1980. When I wanted to purchase a copy abut 20 years ago, I had to get one from a used book dealer. Now that it's out there in the cloud, it will always be available.

So now I have the novel and the biography of its author stored together, along with the complete works of Mark Twain and Shakespeare, the Bible, Ulysses, Heart of Darkness, Canterbury Tales, and dozens of other great works on a device that is about the size of a comic book. And there is room for plenty more.

Will I ever toss out my old books? Not likely, as I still have about a thousand LP's on a shelf in my bedroom. Do I ever listen to them? Not really, as most of my favorites have been replaced by CDs and then replaced again by MP3s that I listen to on a device that is about the size of my thumb. And when I finally do run across my hardcover edition of A Confederacy of Dunces, I might just read it again for old times sake and then find a place in the house where I can put it on permanent display.

Free Comic Book Day, Saturday


On May 5th, the first Saturday in May, Super-Fly Comics & Games will be teaming up with Dark Star Books & Comics as well as the Yellow Springs branch of the Greene County Library to offer the eleventh annual Free Comic Book Day. In this nationwide celebration of the comic book art form, over 2.7 million comic books will be given away by thousands of participating stores, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books!

“Today’s comic book industry is vastly different than it was twenty and thirty years ago; the diversity of the comic book medium has been steadily growing since its inception over eighty years ago. The wide array of comic books being published today ensures that readers of all ages — children, teens, and adults – can find something appropriate that will stir their imaginations,” said Anthony Barry, Owner of Super-Fly Comics & Games.

Celebrating its eleventh year, Free Comic Book Day has proven to be a smashing success, spreading the word that comics are terrific reading. “Even if (or, frankly, especially if) you have never picked up a comic book, stop in and check it out, because you never know what you will end up finding.” "We at want to spread the word that comics are perfect for today’s times," Mary Alice Wilson, Owner of Dark Star Books added. "Comic books and graphic novels are considered hip, hot and smart. Comic Books have propelled to the front ranks of pop culture, many being adapted into movies. Beyond that, comic books are an excellent educational tool as well – as they actively engage both the artistic AND analytic halves of the brain rather than just one or the other. The first weekend of May is going to be a big day in the comic book world.”

In addition to the free comics which will be distributed at both stores as well as the library (while supplies last), both stores will also have a number of other reasons for shoppers to enjoy the event. Super-Fly will feature appearances by artists Rusty Shackles, Adam Hicks, Patrick Baumgardner, Springfield-based Twilight Star Studios, and the 501st legion, a group of professional Star Wars cosplayers. The free comics the library will be handing out will be donated courtesy of Super-Fly Comics & Dark Star Books.

Regular updates, information about comic books, and a list of participating publishers and their free comics are all online at For more information regarding the local events,including specifics on sales and other attractions please check out,,, or

Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 10 AM and runs until 8 PM at both Super-Fly Comics & Games, 132 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH as well as Dark Star Books, 237 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, Oh. Call 937-767-1445 (Super-Fly) or 937-767-9400 (Dark Star) for more information.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

WYSO set to broadcast from new studios

Save the Date: June 24 - for WYSO's Grand Opening Celebration 

WYSO will start broadcasting from its new studios next week, and they are looking forward to celebrating with you. Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 24th when they will host a grand opening celebration at their new building at 150 East South College St. in Yellow Springs. More details coming soon.

Rocky & Pee Wee: Ain't I cute..?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Glen Helen Yard Sale

Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Donations will be accepted on Fri (May 4) in the Glen Helen parking lot (405 Corry St.) from 2-7p.m.. You can receive a tax write off for donations. They cannot accept electronics and children's clothing. More information is available at

Free concert at Antioch

Antioch College to host free modern classical music concert

Nonprofit recital series Sunday at Central will present a free concert entitled Appalachian Spring Revisited: The Copland/Vine Project at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in the South Gym at Antioch College.

With financial support from The Johnstone Fund for New Music, Sunday at Central will offer an hour-long program that includes Aaron Copland’s beloved modern work Appalachian Spring, in its original orchestration for 13 instruments, and the world premiere of a composition for the same ensemble of instruments by Seattle-based composer Anthony Vine. Both pieces will be performed by premiere Columbus musicians and conducted by Olev Viro.

The Pulitzer-Prize-winning Appalachian Spring premiered in 1944. Vine’s new work draws inspiration from Copland’s original score and from his current state as a news media junkie, and offers short bursts of musical fragments indicative of our over-saturated news landscape.

Musicians in the ensemble include Brett Allen (viola); Luis Biava (cello); Jean Etienne-Lederer (bass); Robert Firdman (violin); Randy Hester (flute); Robert Jones (clarinet); Mariko Kaneda (piano); Mark Kosmala (cello); Kenichiro Matsuda (viola); David Niwa (violin); Mary Jean Petrucci (violin); Jonquil Thoms (violin); and Christopher Weait (bassoon).

Antioch College is located on the corner of Livermore and South College streets in Yellow Springs. Parking is available on Livermore Street or behind the library. Donations to Sunday at Central will be graciously accepted.

For more information about Sunday at Central or The Johnstone Fund, check out the groups’ Facebook pages:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Public Service

This from A. Reader: The mayor was out successfully capturing a swarm of bees just off Kieth's Alley this evening (Wed) that's a public servant who goes beyond the call... Wish I had gotten there sooner to see him on the ladder with the bees but even then, with his bee outfit you couldn't really tell it was Dave.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thursday at the library

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YS Schools K-12 Arts Fest

The public is cordially invited to attend the first Yellow Springs Schools District K-12 Arts Fest on Thursday, April 26th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at YSHS, ( 420 E. Enon Rd ).  The show will feature a variety of creations from Mills Lawn Elementary, McKinney Middle, and Yellow Springs High School art students and will include painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, fiber, ceramics, mixed media, digital art, web design, photography, and video.  Face painting, wall art, and make-and-take projects will be offered throughout the evening and light refreshments will be served in the courtyard.

Admission is free. Please enter through the main door to receive a program which will help guide you through the exhibit.

For more information, contact or call 767-7224.

Saturday night at Clifton Opera House

The Clifton Opera House will host the  Razzamatazz N Jazz band on Saturday, April 28th at 7:30pm.  This traditional preservation style jazz  band is a local favorite and appears regularly at the Opera House every April and November.   They have performed all over the US and continue to make their audiences happy... to quote them ..."the happiest music in the world" ...JAZZ..!  The show starts at 7:30pm, box office opens at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $7.00  The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay & SR 343 in Clifton, OH.  Call 937.767.2343 for more information.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Luke Dennis joins WYSO

Public Radio station WYSO in Yellow Springs has hired Luke Dennis as its Director of Development.  Dennis is the former executive director of the Muse Machine in Dayton.

Most recently Dennis was the curator for the Harvard University Theatre Collection.  He will return to the area and assume his role at WYSO on May 14.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Luke to the WYSO staff.  His skills will help us solidify our recent successes into greater financial sustainability,”  says Neenah Ellis, WYSO  General Manager.”

"What an honor to be chosen to join the amazing WYSO team. The next few years are going to be an exciting time of growth and innovation at the station - I am ready to jump in and start raising dollars to support the new directions WYSO is heading."

WYSO is poised to move into new studio facilities at 150 E. South College in Yellow Springs on May first and recently announced a major collaboration with  Academy Award nominated filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar that will be housed in the new facility.

Dennis was a member of the first WYSO “Community Voices” class in 2011 and the story he created for his final project was singled out by  “This American Life” producer Ira Glass from the stage of the Victoria Theater during a presentation last June.  

He was a participant in the Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Dayton” program in 2010-201, and a lecturer and director of school programs for the Dayton Opera Association.  

Dennis is a graduate of Wittenberg University and a native of Wilmington, Ohio.

Great Strides

From Ruth Lapp:

Please join us at at Dayton Island Park on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at noon to support the GREAT STRIDES walk to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Hank and I are walking with a great team including our granddaughter Lilly who has cystic fibrosis. This is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's (CFF) largest and most successful national fundraising event. Cystic fibrosis is a life shortening, inherited disease. The CFF is a powerful advocate and supporter of those with cystic fibrosis. The February 23, 2011, New York Times ran an article about a very promising new drug VX 770. In January this year the drug, now known as kalydeco, was approved by the FDA for use among a select group of CF patients. The CFF was an early supporter of this and other drugs that hold hope for a cure.

For more info, click here.

WYSO needs volunteers for Thursday

WYSO is looking for four volunteers to help us get out a mailing and two able-bodied folks to help us move the CD library. We need a hand on Thursday, April 26th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. This is a great chance to check out our new studios if you haven't seen 'em yet! If you would like to help, just reply to Thanks for supporting WYSO!

Friday night at Clifton Opera House

The all-acoustic Wheels band will once again play the Clifton Opera House this Friday. The artists in wheels are a highly talented group of songwriters from Yellow Springs, and their music has been compared to the likes of Crosby Still and Nash, with soaring three and four part harmonies. Special Guests will be Speaking Suns, also of Yellow Springs. Doors open at 7:00, show at 7:30. Admission $7.00 The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton. For more information call 937.767.2343.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Historical Society seeking input

The Yellow Springs Historical Society will be holding a special public meeting on April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 103 of McGregor Hall, Antioch College. Purpose: to brainstorm about the feasibility of a museum and/or research center for the growing holdings of the Yellow Springs Historical Society. Everyone with an interest in Yellow Springs history is welcome!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Back Story: Man, dog, cat, bird

Rescue operations were underway on Allen Street, yesterday, when a cat snatched a young cardinal out of the grass and ran off with it in its mouth.

It was fortuitous that Suki was up for a walk down 68 toward the Dollar Store yesterday afternoon. She had already been out for one long walk and a short one. But, she let me know that that's what she wanted. So, I passed up the first five minutes of the second half of the college lacrosse webcast I had been watching to extend our intermission sojourn and let her have her head. About halfway there, she decided she was ready to turn back and head for home. That was okay with me as Colby was leading Middlebury by only a couple goals and I was bracing myself for the second half collapse that I knew would surely happen (Ultimately, Colby needed a period of overtime to pull out the win and be guaranteed a NESCAC playoff spot).

An orange cat was crossing over near the corner of Shawnee just as we turned the corner back onto Allen. Suki hadn't spotted it yet, so I distracted her for a moment - the cat had seen us and I was sure it was going to turn away. But, suddenly it pounced and snatched a small red bird out of the grass and turned and ran with it in its mouth back across Allen and into Karen Brito's yard, from whence it came. Suki had witnessed the kidnapping as well and was ready to give chase.

The dog must have been surprised when, in a complete reversal of my general policy against chasing cats, I said, "Come on, let's go get them!"

Across the street, heading up the sidewalk in our direction, was an elderly woman, and she was really motoring. I judged that we could make it without a confrontation and led Suki into the driveway between our house and Brito's, thinking we could get at the cat from there. But, I was wrong. Although we had managed to get close to it, we were separated by a stand of bamboo and despite my shouts and the dog's barks, that cat could see we were only bluffing.

So, we turned and headed back out onto the sidewalk, just as the walker was coming by. Suki lunged at her with a growl, but I managed to restrain her and let the woman, who said something about how feisty my dog is, pass.

"We're after a cat that snatched a cardinal!" I explained in my best "there's no time lose" tone.

Once she was out of the way, we were able to get to where the cat was by going down Brito's front walk. Suki was remarkably restrained as we reached the scene of the crime and I shouted at the cat, "Drop it!" and let the dog lunge at her, albeit under control of the leash. The cat complied and ran off.

I thought for sure the bird would be dead or mortally maimed. But it was breathing and didn't start flopping around, as I expected it would, when I scooped it up. We have a parrotlet and a lovebird. This little bird, the color of a male cardinal, was no bigger than my house birds. It seems to me that cardinals are much larger. In any event, the dog is used to our birds. So she made no fuss, when I picked it up and carried it across the street and placed it atop a thick evergreen bush, where I thought it would be safe and have a chance to recover. I figured it was in shock and would eventually come out of it. I also wanted it to be near where that cat had snatched it, because in the confusion of the attack, I thought I had seen a female cardinal fly off into a nearby tree. Awhile later, I checked and the bird was gone. It had either fallen, crawled deeper into the thicket, been victimized a second time, or flown off.

Just before dusk, I walked Suki down to the corner of Allen and 68. We turned around and headed back toward home. As we neared Brito's house, I heard the clicking sound of a cardinal in a tall tree across the street. It was the same tree where I thought I had seen the female. Then a small red bird flew from the tree, crossing our path very close to us, and lit in an ivy covered tree on our side. I couldn't get an eye on it, but I could hear it clicking at us.

Was it the same bird? It definitely looked like it. But, I will never know for sure. You take what you can get. A one-goal victory in overtime gets you a mark in the win column just the same.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Rocky & Pee Wee: Buried in activity

Looking for young creatives to register

2012 updayton Summit: Bringing Change to Dayton
Conference gives young creatives an opportunity to share ideas and create initiatives

DAYTON (April 16, 2012) –Walkable cities, vibrant downtowns, attractive public spaces: people know all these things are important in making a city desirable but sometimes don’t know how to get involved. This is just what the updayton Summit seeks to do: create initiatives that make the Dayton Region a place to call home.
The fourth annual 2012 updayton Summit will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Dayton Art Institute. The sessions for this year will specifically address alternative transportation, diversity, neighborhoods, and urban vibrancy:
1. WalkBusBike: Participants will work to generate ideas on how to develop a self-sustaining project or program to encourage the use of alternative transportation modes––including bicycle, bus, bike-on-bus, or walking––to access local businesses and tourist attractions. Partner organization: Bike Walk Dayton
2. Diverse Dayton: Participants will create a project that uses the resources of Dayton Metro Library to help immigrant families become integrated into the fabric of Dayton yet still be able to engage in activities germane to their culture. Partner organization: Dayton Metro Library
3. Neighborhood Revival: Participants will identify a project that will contribute to making The Twin Towers neighborhood in East Dayton a destination spot for people to live, work and play. Partner organization: East End Community Center
4. Discover Downtown: Participants will develop a sustainable program that improves the community’s college students’ perceptions of downtown and encourages area college students to participate in and experience all downtown has to offer. Partner organization: Downtown Dayton Partnership
Also, for the first time this year, updayton is presenting the Game Changers. At the 2012 Summit, updayton will present a panel of experts in urban revitalization and show how they are changing the game in their community. Panelists include Trudy Elder of Homefull, Theresa Gasper of Full Circle Development, David Rice of the Detroit Creative Corridor and Dayton City Commissioner Nan Whaley, and John McGovern of The Cleveland Colectivo.
To attend the Summit, register online at

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Clothes That Work

All Yellow Springs women are asked to check their closets for clothes they would like to contribute to a collecting drive for "Clothes That Work" during the week of April 23-27. A project of the Montgomery County Jobs Program, Clothes That Work provides suitable-for-office apparel to women who are seeking new employment or are leaving public assistance. Each woman who has gone through the jobs training program receives a complete outfit free of charge for job interviews. If the woman gets a job, she can then come back for an additional two free outfits.

The Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave., is the local sponsor for the clothing drive and is serving as the collecting point. Items may be brought to the church Monday through Friday, April 23-27, any time between 9 am and 4 pm. Clothes must be clean and ready to wear, and preferably on hangers. Petite and plus sizes are especially needed. Jackets, skirts pants, dresses, and tops are all useful. Belts, scarves, "quiet" jewelry, and lightly-worm shoes are also valued. The local women organizing the drive say, "Your hand-off may be someone else's hands-up to a new life."

Add another Earth Day activity

Earthen snake - hands on activity - Saturday

We recently added an activity for Earth Day that hasn't been on the regular calendar.

Beth Holyoke and Käthi Seidl are going to create an earthen snake sculpture at the new Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery site on Corry Street, Saturday, April 21, 1-4pm. The public is invited to come and help sculpt the giant snake out of earthen plaster. No tools or previous experience necessary, but wear your mud clothes. Kidfriendly activity. Raindate is Sunday the 22nd, 1-4pm.

Home, Inc. Open House

Open House
333 West Davis St.
Sunday, April 22
Remarks at 1:30pm
Refreshments Provided

We invite you to join us in celebrating Earth Day and the completion of Yellow Springs Home, Inc.'s first fully accessible, highly energy efficient four bedroom home for a local family of first-time home buyers.

Enjoy refreshments and learn about the project from the development team. Come mark this special day with our project partners and the Campbell family.
We are grateful to the funding agencies who made this project possible, including:

Huntington National Bank
Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
Ohio Community Development Finance Fund
Vectren Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Antioch University Midwest
Housing Assistance Council
YSI, Incorporated Contributions Committee
Bike and Build Incorporated
Morgan Family Foundation
Yellow Springs Community Foundation

We also thank our project partners who donated time, materials, and/or services to the project:

Huntington National Bank
Charles Crabill, Sugartree Homes Construction
Charles Allbery, Allbery Cross Fogarty
Meera Parthasarathy, Spatial Synergy Studios LLC
David Roche, Buyers Inspection Service
The Campbell Family
Tom Osborne, #1 Volunteer
Bob McClain, McClain Excavating
Patti Dallas, Videographer
Yellow Springs Tree Committee
Marianne MacQueen, Consultant
Steve Percy, SPREC Services
Fritz Leighty, Consultant
Lowe's Commercial Services

And thank you to our project volunteers from the community, the Campbell family and friends, Antioch College, Bike and Build Incorporated, the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, and the Home, Inc. membership.

Save these band concert dates

May 11 at Mills Lawn, June 8 at Strawberry Festival and at the July 4 Fireworks display

The Yellow Springs Community Band has scheduled three concerts for late spring and summer before it goes on its annual hiatus from the Fourth till Labor Day. The next concert will be held on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the lawn at Mills Lawn School. If it rains, we will move inside.
In what is becoming an annual event, the band will set up in the drive-thru at US Bank to entertain diners at the Friday night of Strawberry Festival at the First Presbyterian Church on June 8, the night before Street Fair at 7 p.m. And in what has already become an annual tradition, the band will play before the fireworks display on the 4th of July at Gaunt Park from 8 p.m. till dark. Times are tentative, so check back as we get closer to the concert.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bench to Nowhere: Hold the pickle!

A Funky Town Toon

This weekend at JOHN BRYAN Community Pottery

The Leading Edge
Ceramic Educators in the Miami Valley

An exhibition featuring the works of artist educators teaching and creating in the greater Miami Valley. Their works and leadership have created a rich ceramic community and cutting edge resources for students seeking a connection to the ceramic arts. Invited Artists include, Bing Davis, Scott Dooley, Cindy Butler-Jones, Bruce Grimes, Carrie Longley, and Kyle and Kelly Phelps.

Friday April 20th through Friday, June 15th, Opening Reception Friday, April 20th from 7-9 pm
during the Yellow Springs Art Stroll. JOHN BRYAN COMMUNITY POTTERY GALLERY
In the Penguin Building.

Earth Day 2 Wood Firing
Saturday through Sunday, April 21 and 22

Join us for the Fourth Firing of our Manabigama Kiln. Lighting ceremony at 2:00 pm and then firing continuously through the night and into Sunday afternoon. The community is invited to visit and even participate in the firing of our beautiful teaching kiln. Kiln opening to be announced.

Arts Stroll on Earth Day Weekend

eARTh Day Weekend Friday, April 20, 6-9pm

During the YS Experience eARTh Day Weekend, several galleries and cafes will be open to provide artistic entertainment. Start your weekend off with a feast for the senses!

Spirited Goat Coffeehouse, 118 Dayton St, The Art of Claire Billionaire
Stop in for a refreshing beverage and a delicious pastry, and enjoy the artwork of Claire Billionaire. An entirely bright, new collection of acrylics is waiting for you! Spirited Goat provides vibrant and friendly environs, ideal for a relaxing conversation in the midst of great art.

John Bryan Community Pottery, 100 Dayton St, Leading Edge Ceramic Educators of Miami Valley
"Leading Edge Ceramic Educators of the Miami Valley" is an exhibition featuring the works of thriving artists living and teaching in the greater Miami Valley. Their art and leadership have created a rich ceramic community and cutting edge resources for students seeking a connection to the ceramic arts. Our reception starts at 7pm. Village Artisans, 100 Corry St, A Sue Brezine Retrospective Enjoy Sue Brezine's "March Mindfulness" at the Village Artisans Event Gallery. Inspired by Fredrick Fanck's "Zen of Seeing," Brezine presents a retrospective of her work "to the viewer's quiet place of recognition" in watercolors, pastels and abstract acrylics. Wine and snacks will be served.

YS Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry St, Yellow Springs Photographic Survey, Nancy Howell-Koehler
Join the re-opening celebration of the YSAC Gallery and the reception for Nancy Howell-Koehler's "Yellow Springs Photographic Survey." We will be spinning 70s music and there will be dancing on our patio, and an open mic will be available for telling stories about the 70s in Yellow Springs. There will also be lots of groovy refreshments.

“would you, could you” In A Frame, 113 Corry St, Art Collection
This contemporary art gallery displays the fine work of artists and craftspeople from this region and around the United States. Featuring beautiful hand-crafted jewelry and other distinctive pieces, "would you, could you" is an important stop to make on your YS Art Stroll.

The Winds Café, 215 Xenia Ave, Paintings by Jennifer O’Brien and Libby Rudolf
Enjoy a truly incredible meal at The Winds in the midst of the calming images produced by Jennifer O'Brien and Libby Rudolf. You will be thrilled by the amazing experience -- from the subtle flavors to the food presentation to the environs. Rudolf & O'Brien have created a collection of paintings that is a veritable feast for the eyes!

Springs Gallery, 220 Xenia Ave, Kings Yard, The Pottery of Jason Parsley
Springs Gallery is pleased to present the fine craft ceramics of Cincinnati potter, Jason Parsley. Parsley, who exhibits his work in galleries and art fairs throughout the country, is known for his beautiful, functional stoneware pottery, and particularly for his decorative embellishments. Both the exhibit and the reception are free.

Emporium Wines & Underdog Café, 233 Xenia Ave, Photography by Kevin Miyazaki
While the Photography of Kevin Miyazaki edges toward the political, his photographs are chiefly humanizing. They help to tell the stories of the people whose experiences with their environments and governments have shaped who they have become. Enjoy wine tasting along with the music of George Bieri & The Root Cellar Boys.

Sunrise Café, 259 Xenia Ave, The Art of Claire Billionaire
"Penguins R Cool" is just one of many great pieces being shown by Claire Billionaire at the Sunrise Cafe. Often inspired by nature as well as peace, love and happiness, Claire's work is not to be missed! The Sunrise Cafe offers a variety of delicious dishes and signature drinks to satisfy the palate. An ideal place to end the evening!

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery, 405 Corry St, Birdsong Hill: low-relief wood images, Russ Shaw
Russ Shaw's "Birdsong Hill: low-relief wood images" exhibit is being featured at our Atrium Gallery coupled with hors d'oeuvres and a warm atmosphere. Shaw creates three-dimensional natural scenes from maple, poplar, red cedar, walnut, birch, elm, Osage orange and other wood native to Ohio. Kick off eARTh Day Weekend in style.

Antioch College, Herndon Gallery, 795 Livermore St, The Orphanage Project 2012, Zachary Cahill
The Herndon Gallery presents Zachary Cahill's "The Orphanage Project 2012," a multimedia exhibition employing the symbolism of the bear. Cahill meditates on the role of citizens struggling to find their place within the contemporary political landscape. Herndon represents Antioch College’s free-thinking, community-minded spirit.

Saturday night at Clifton Opera House

As a part of our Americana series, the Clifton Opera House presents the Muleskinner Band on Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm.

Bill, Jim, Ed, and Gary have come together as The Muleskinner Band, bringing their individual musical backgrounds, experiences, and influences with them. An evening with the Muleskinners will certainly lead one to the conclusion that none are willing to abandon their musical heritages.

Hence, the musical offerings on a given evening will span Big Mon to Buck, Patsy to Merle, Gospel to the Drifters, Doobie Brothers to Crosby, Stills, & Nash. Great vocal history is a centerpiece of every Muleskinner rendering, as is solid instrumental backing and soloing.

An evening with the Muleskinners will certainly include frequent and prolific storytelling, humor, and good-hearted dialogue with the audience. "Come give The Muleskinner Band a listen.”

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. Please call 937.767.2343 for information. Box office opens one hour before show. $7.00 door donation.

The Clifton Opera House features year round musical entertainment as a fund raiser for the historic building maintenance. Come out and support the history of Clifton every Friday and Saturday night.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Environmental Film Series continues

Documentary: HOME at The Little Art Theatre
Sunday, April 22, 4:00 PM

The Little Art Theatre announces its sixth and final film in its recent Environmental Film Series. Home (118 min.), directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, is narrated by academy award nominee, Glenn Close. Using exclusively aerial footage, Home is the first film to be shot entirely from the air. The effect is breathtaking, with a view of earth most have never seen. Artist activist Arthus-Bertrand shares his sense of wonder and awe about our planet, our home, and his concern for the planet’s health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our Home. Please join us for this free presentation of this extraordinary film. (Donations are accepted.)

The Little Art offers a full concession bar, wine and beer, and accepts donations for films offered free of charge.

Friday night at Clifton Opera House

The Clifton Opera House hosts the Ivory Doghouse on Friday,April 20th at 7:30pm. They will be "Boogying the Blues" and rocking the house.

The box office will open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm.

The Ivory Doghouse is a “variety band” in the truest sense of the word. The musical talents of Joe Hochadel (vocal, bass, & saxophone), Lou James (keyboard), John Simon (guitar, bass, & vocals), and Tom Ellis (drums & vocals) combine on stage to create an exciting sound that highlights the amazing versatility of the band. Concert performances feature styles as varied as jazz, blues, country western, and rock & roll, and the band’s repertoire spans every decade of the 20th century through the hits of today.

The concert, Boogying The Blues, pays tribute to both Blues and Boogie-Woogie with traditional blues, blues rock, and boogyin’ country music. Originally a blues piano playing style that later adapted to guitar, Boogie-Woogie was very popular through the mid 20th century. It gradually morphed into Rock & Roll during the 1950s; however, many country songs can also trace their roots to the old boogie-woogie blues from “back in the day.”

Boogying the Blues will feature songs from artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lynrd Skynrd, Chuck Berry, Toby Keith, and Delbert McClinton and will showcase both Lou James and John Simon. And, since The Ivory Doghouse likes to perform songs that are special to members of their audience, as always, they will mix a limited number of requests from the audience into their scheduled program.

Join the Ivory Doghouse for an evening of Boogyin’ the Blues at the Clifton Opera House !

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. Call 937.767.2343 or 937.342.2175 for information.
Door donation $7.00

Monday, April 16, 2012

WYSO needs volunteers this Thursday

WYSO is looking for volunteers to help pack thank you gifts so we can mail them out to listeners who pledged during the Spring Membership Drive.

We can use four volunteers on Thursday, April 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in WYSO's new home in the Kettering Building, across the street from our former location.

If you're available to volunteer, email

Rocky & Pee Wee: Funkytown

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Earth Day Weekend in YS

Yellow Springs Arts Council and Glen Helen Nature Preserve invite you to Experience Earth Day in Yellow Springs, April 20-22, with a weekend full of educational, cultural and environmental events.

Enjoy a Friday night Art Stroll on April 20th with opening receptions at several galleries, including a “Yellow Springs Photographic Survey” at the new Arts Council Gallery, and “Leading Edge Ceramic Educators in the Miami Valley” at the John Bryan Community Pottery Studio. The Emporium will host a wine tasting with a live band, and Yellow Springs High School performs “Grease the Musical” at 8pm (repeating on Saturday).

Saturday, April 21st kicks off with more than half a dozen events at Glen Helen, including an exhilarating Kids Fun Run at 10am and 5K Run/Walk at 11am. Families can “Design a Kite and Go Fly It” at the First Presbyterian Church at 10am. Free dogwood saplings will be available at 1pm from the Tree Committee at The Corner Cone while supplies last. Visit the John Bryan Community Pottery Studio for the celebratory lighting of their Manabigama Wood Kiln at 2pm and watch as the kiln heats to 2400 degrees F throughout the night. Tour and volunteer at the Antioch Farm near the amphitheater from 3-5pm.

To highlight the weekend, Sister Moon Events (coordinators of Cirque Carnivale) will present the YS Live eARTh Music Festival Saturday from 5pm to midnight in the Glen Helen Building at 405 Corry Street. Enjoy local bands, a fire performance by Yellow Springs’ own Soul Fire Tribe, and live painting by artists Pierre Nagley and Greg Stump. Tickets are $10 at the door or at Spirited Goat Coffeehouse. Visit: Also on-hand will be local craft vendors, food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

Sunday, April 22nd features a Wildflower Hike starting at 1pm at the Trailside Museum. At 2pm, tour the Raptor Center and enjoy a special program with resident raptors. There may even be a Hawk Release! For more information about all events happening in the Glen, visit

For more information about all Yellow Springs eARTh Day Experience Weekend events, visit:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Earth Day at the Little Art


On Earth Day, Sunday, April 22 at 4 PM, the Little Art Theatre will present a free screening of the Yann Arthus Bertrand film, HOME. This documentary shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.

The film is not new. It was originally released simultaneously on June 5, 2009, in cinemas across the globe, on DVD, Blu-ray, television, and on You Tube, opening in 181 countries. “HOME was conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. For this purpose HOME needs to be free.” A French multinational holding company financed the film and EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because HOME is a non-profit film.

The film is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. Taking over eighteen months to complete, director Yann Arthus-Bertrand and a camera man, a camera engineer and a pilot flew in a small helicopter through various regions in over fifty countries. The filming was done using high-definition "Cineflex" cameras which were suspended from a gyro-stabilized sphere from rails on the base of the helicopter. These cameras, originally manufactured for army firing equipment, reduce vibrations helping to capture smooth images, which appear as if they had been filmed from crane arms or dollies. After almost every flight, recordings were immediately checked to ensure they were usable. After filming was complete, Bertrand and his crew had over 488 hours of footage to edit.

And the results are astonishing visual images of the planet which are stunningly viewed on the big screen. Although the narrative by Glen Close may not be a new message, claiming to show the “awful truths” regarding our impact on the Earth, there is a positive conclusion, which features what we are doing now to combat and reverse it.

The Green Environmental Coalition is sponsoring this free screening in the hopes that this film will allow you to actually see the planet Earth, our Home, from a global and ecological perspective- one that emphasizes how all organisms and the Earth are linked in a delicate but crucial natural balance with each other, and how no organism can be self-sufficient.

This Earth Day, plan to join us at the Little Art Theatre for the screening of HOME. You won’t be disappointed. This is the final film in the Little Art Theatre's Environmental Film Series.

Earth Day activities

"The funky southwest Ohio town of Yellow Springs has a weekend's worth of activities planned to celebrate Mother Earth, including an Art Stroll on Friday evening, a 5K walk/run on Saturday, and the Live eARTh Music Festival Saturday night."

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio offers lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day

Friday, April 13, 2012

MTFR Retirements

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Destination YS

Arts & Culture

Chamber Music Yellow Springs Benefit
4/15, 4p "The Trout" a documentary featuring Schubert's Trout Quintet at Little Art Theatre followed by a Trout Dinner at The Winds Cafe. $75 or $10 for film only. Call 767-1695 for details.

Little Art Theatre Environmental Film Series
4/15, 7p Force of Nature (Standard Admission)
Q&A following with leading environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki.

4/22, 4p Home (Free; Donations appreciated)
An aerial perspective of the Earth

Antioch College Herndon Gallery
Zachary Cahill "The Orphanage Project 2012" through 5/18, 1-4p

Emporium Wines 233 Xenia Ave.
The work of photographer Kevin Miyazaki.

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery 405 Corry St.
Russ Shaw's "Birdsong Hill: low relief wood images" through 4/29

John Bryan Community Pottery Gallery 100 Dayton St. (rear)
Artist in Residence Geno Luketic "New Works"; Sa & Su 12-4p

Spirited Goat Coffee House 118 Dayton St.
The Works of Claire B

Village Artisans 100 Corry St.
Sue Brezine's "March Mindfulness" through 4/30. Reception 4/20, 6-9p.

Winds Cafe 215 Xenia Ave.
Libby Rudolf & Jennifer O' Brien Watercolors through April.

Nature & Recreation

Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St.
Stargazing - 4/13, 8p; Antioch College Amphitheater
Intro to the Glen Hike- 4/14, 3:15p; Corry St. lot
Wildflower ID Hike - 4/15, 1-3p; Trailside Museum


Peach's Grill
104 Xenia Ave.
Food, Drink & Fun
Open Daily, 11:30-2:30a
Music Starts at 10 ($5 Cover)
Friday, DJ Creepingbear
Saturday, The Ohms

Emporium Wines
233 Xenia Ave.
Wine Tasting/Live Music
Every Friday at 6:30p
4/13 - Daniel Dye

Little Art Theatre
247 Xenia Ave.
A modern twist on Shakespeare.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Saturday night at Clifton Opera House

Have you ever heard a German Band that plays genuine German-style music from German music scores as well as playing genuine Big Band hits and remembrances? Well, look no further than the Sauerkraut German Band and they are coming back to Clifton! A long time favorite of the Clifton Opera House, Dick Ray and the band will be in great form on Saturday, April 14. The show starts at 7:30pm, box office opens at 6:30pm.

And remember their signature song... "Ein Prozit"... they finish every show with a great rendition. The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. Call 937-767-2343 or 937-342-2175 for information. Check out the website

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Center Stage Auditions, April 14

Auditions will be held for the Center Stage Community Theater production of "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. These auditions are open to the entire community and include a wide variety of roles, both in age and experience. Auditions will be held April 14th (Saturday) at the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs from 2-5 p.m.

The production of Our Town will be June 15th, 16th and June 22nd, 23rd.

If you have questions call Kay Reimers at 767-8401.

The Cone is back

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Come meet the new barnyard babies

The world comes alive in spring: flowers bloom, the sun shines, and all the baby animals come out to play. Spring babies are sweet, cute and playful in April and this year we're taking a special day to see the kids, calves and chicks! Join us for the afternoon as we learn about spring on the farm.

On April 28, 2012 the Tecumseh Land Trust members and friends will be touring three unique farms in order to learn about spring on the farm and meet the newest additions to the barnyard. We'll begin at On the Rise, 4177 Dialton Rd. Springfield, a farm that works with at-risk youth in Clark County to provide them an opportunity to connect with nature and learn work ethic and responsibility, from 1pm - 3pm. Then we'll head over to the Heather Creek Farm 2836 Spence Rd. New Carlisle, which specializes in heritage cattle breeds from Scotland and England, from 2pm - 4pm. Finally we'll wrap up at the Quiet Creek Bison Farm 5747 Dietrick-Jordan Pk. Springfield, where they raise American Bison on the open range, from 3pm - 5pm. This promises to be an entertaining and educational afternoon for the whole family.

The Tecumseh Land Trust is a local nonprofit organization that has preserved nearly 22,000 acres of agricultural and natural land in Clark and Greene Counties over the last two decades. The land trust also works to educate the public about land preservation options and the ways in which they can directly purchase food from local farmers. Direct sales of fresh food, or of value added products made from local crops, increase farm income and stimulate the local economy.

For more information call 937-767-9490, or e-mail Michele Burns, or visit

Friday night at Clifton Opera House

The Clifton Opera House presents the entertaining celtic band "Knot Fibb'n" on Friday, April 13th at 7:30pm and we are NOT FIBBING, it is going to be a great show!

From Columbus to Nashville, Chicago, Brooklyn & Savannah, through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Iowa & Wisconsin ... presenting a unique, crisp style to the traditional Irish-American music scene, the four members of Knot Fibb’n have covered a lot of ground performing, recording and entertaining tens of thousands of fans in the years since they first joined forces around a dining room table in November of 1997.

Their schedule is a busy one — Knot Fibb’n has played the Bethlehem Celtic Classic, Dublin Irish Festival & Blarney Bash, Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Festival, Hunter Mountain International Celtic Festival, Manheim Celtic Fling, Columbus Arts Festival, Brooklyn Great Irish Fair, Rochester Irish Festival, Ohio State Fair, Old Tyme Folk Music and Celtic Music Festivals in Waynesville, Dayton Celtic Festival, Dayton Feis 2000, Highland Folk Festival in Delaware, Middfest in Middletown, Multicultural Festival in Parkersburg WV, and various other festivals and concert series in Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The band has completed two four-night runs at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, and has also played many of the Irish-themed pubs and clubs in the Central Ohio, Cincinnati and Dayton areas. Knot Fibb'n has opened for Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll and Irish guitarist John Doyle, Cape Breton Nova Scotia fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish-American supergroup Solas, Irish rockers The Prodigals, Celtic accordionist John Whelan, Irish musician Larry Kirwan and his Bronx, NY-based band Black 47, and Nashville Celtic band Ceili Rain.

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton. It is owned and operated by the Village of Clifton. All donations are used for the maintenance of the historic Opera House. Call 937.767.2343 for information.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Glen Helen Atrium Exhibit

The Light on America’s Great Lands: Fine Art Photographic Prints
by Ronald G. Levi
May 2 – June 27, 2012

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery is showing The Light on America’s Great Lands: Fine Art Photographic Prints by Ronald G. Levi from May 2 through June 27, 2012. The show will include giclée prints made from photos shot in a number of national parks including Acadia, Canyonlands, Yellowstone and the Tetons, as well as images of the Little Miami River Watershed and other Mid-West scenic areas.

Ronald G. Levi lives in Maineville Ohio and travels extensively photographing natural areas of the United States and Canada. He hopes through his images to help people appreciate the importance of preserving our fragile natural world for future generations. His fine art giclée prints are in museum, private and corporate collections and have been exhibited widely. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Sunday, May 6 from 2 - 4 pm. Levi will speak about his work at 3 pm.

The Gallery is located in the Glen Helen Building at 405 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Show hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds supporting the Glen Helen Nature Preserve.

For more information call the Glen Helen Ecology Institute at (937) 769-1902 or visit

The Glen Helen Atrium Gallery showcases the work of emerging local and regional visual artists in six exhibits each year. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of art goes to the Glen Helen Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support preservation and programs at Glen Helen and its 1,000-acre nature preserve.

Monday, April 9, 2012

WYSO needs move volunteers this week

WYSO is shakin' the basement blues and moving to new studios across the street. We're looking for volunteers who can help us pack up our kitchen and our stashes of office supplies this week. If you're interested, email with a date and time you're able to help pack.

WYSO also needs about a dozen volunteers to help move boxes to the new building this Saturday, April 14th between 9AM and 1PM.

Cincinnati Potter on exhibit

Jason Parsley featured at Springs Gallery

Springs Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is pleased to present the fine craft ceramics of Cincinnati potter Jason Parsley. Parsley, who exhibits his work in galleries and art fairs throughout the country, is known for his beautiful, functional stoneware pottery and most especially for his decorative embellishments. The exhibit began in March, with an official opening on the Friday of Earth Day weekend, April 20, 2012, from 6 - 9 PM. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. This is also a Third Friday Fling in the Springs, with later business hours, live music, and festive events taking place throughout Yellow Springs.

Springs Gallery, located in Kings Yard at 220 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs, exhibits and sells a wide variety of original fine arts and fine crafts by local and regional artists. The gallery also hosts art classes and workshops. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 7 PM and, on the 3rd Friday (Fling in the Springs), Noon to 9 PM. For more information call 937-409-5047, email, or visit or

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Historical Society Program, April 22

From a log tavern in the early Ohio wilderness to a grand resort hotel intended to rival the Greenbrier, for nearly 100 years Yellow Springs was celebrated as a place for visitors to come rest, relax, and take the waters, while enjoying the extraordinary beauty of the “wild and romantic” scenery along Yellow Springs creek and the nearby falls of the Little Miami River. At 2:00 p.m. on April 22 in the Great Room of the Yellow Springs Senior Citizens Center, Yellow Springs Historical Society President David Neuhardt will present the history of the several hotels and associated recreational facilities that enticed visitors to our far-famed springs--and some of the characters that made them memorable.

Job opening at UD for arts director

Susan Byrnes will be leaving her position as Director of UD's ArtStreet at the end of this academic year after 7 years of leadership. UD is currently in the process of a national search for the Director position, and they hope to have a Director in place before the start of the fall semester.

The position is posted on the ArtStreet website: and the University of Dayton jobs site: Please share this information with anyone you think would be qualified for this position and interested in applying. The application deadline is April 20, 2012.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hugh Livingston Memorial, today at 1 p.m.

A memorial for Hugh Livingston will be held Saturday, April 7 at the Glen Helen Building, 1–4 p.m. Loved ones will look back at the life of a man who touched many lives over the past 40 years. Those who knew Hugh or have any fond memories or stories to share are welcome to attend and celebrate his life through pictures and short narratives. Refreshments will be provided and parking is free. For more information, call 408-836-9256 and ask for Eric.

Friday, April 6, 2012

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Glen Helen Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 22

Come out to Glen Helen in Yellow Springs for an entertaining, family-friendly Earth Day weekend celebration Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 22. Two full days of activities make this year the largest Earth Day celebration ever planned at Glen Helen.

The headline program for Saturday, April 21 is the second annual Glen Helen Earth Day 5k Run/Walk fundraiser, featuring a free Kids Fun Run, educational Green Fair with local farms, environmental organizations, and interactive Earth Day programs led by Glen Helen naturalists.

Parking is available at the Yellow Springs High School on E. Enon Road. A shuttle bus will operate between the parking area and the activity site from 7am to 2pm. The 5k begins at 11am prompt, with professional clocks run by Key Sports. Chili, cookies, and an award ceremony await 5k participants at the finish line. Advance registrants are guaranteed a race t-shirt. Registration and mandatory waiver at

The main event on Sunday, April 22 is the Glen Helen Raptor Center program—come see Ohio’s native birds of prey up close as staff bring them out of their cages for a special program and facility tour. Participants can park at the main Glen Helen parking lot at 405 Corry Street and enjoy a 20-minute hike through the woods along the Inman Trail, walking past famous landmarks like the Yellow Spring and the Cascades. Or park along the gravel lane at the program site, 1075 St. Rt. 343 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Glen Helen is a 1000-acre nature preserve in Yellow Springs owned by Antioch College and managed by the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, whose mission is to protect the Glen for present and future generations by engaging in land stewardship, education, community outreach, service and research.

April 21-22: Earth Day Weekend at Glen Helen
We’ve brought the best programming we know how to bring you, and bundled it all together for a memorable two-day slate of Earth Day programming. Some Saturday Earth Day programs require pre-registration and will include a shuttle service. All programs held rain or shine, though severe weather will postpone the 5k for 2 hours before it is cancelled. Download an activity map and watch for the latest information at

April 21: Earth Day Green Fair
Join our Earth Day sponsors and Glen Helen Naturalists around the grounds of the Outdoor Education Center for a variety of hands-on programs and demonstrations. Touch fossils, plant a seed, glimpse a raptor, or learn a yoga pose. Programs are free, and all ages are welcome. Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center, 9am-1pm.

April 21: Kids Fun Run
Calling all eco kids ages 3-7 for a short fun run! Make it to the finish line of our quarter-mile trail loop and receive a native sapling to plant at home. Warm-up stretch by the Yellow Springs Youth Yoga Project from 9:30 to 10:00, fun run begins at 10:00 sharp. Pre-registration and release required at, donations accepted online. Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center, 10am.

April 21: Earth Day 5k
Run or walk for the Glen in our second annual 5k on a gps-measured course through our fields, trails, and fire road. Professional clocks, award ceremony, and chili and cookies at the finish line. Pre-race stretch led by Yoga Springs Studio begins at 10:30, the race gun fires at 11am prompt. Pre-registration and release required at Advance registrants receive a collectible t-shirt; packet pick-up and parking details online. Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center, 10:30am.

April 21: Earth Day South Glen Restoration Project
Supported by the Nature Conservancy, volunteers and interns work to restore the riparian area of the Little Miami River back to its native roots. Join us in boots, with work gloves and a water bottle. Tools and training provided. Please rsvp to for details and parking info. 12noon-2pm.

April 22: Raptor Center Earth Day Program
Tour our rehabilitation center and meet our staff, while enjoying a special program with our resident raptors. There is the possibility of a hawk release. Parking is limited; you may want to park at the main Glen Helen lot on Corry Street and walk over along the Inman Trail. Raptor Center, 2pm.

April 22: Wildflower ID Hike
What’s blooming on Earth Day in Glen Helen? Join Daniel Pearson and his band of wildflower spotters to find out—tracking the buds and blooms that constitute Glen Helen’s incredible biodiversity. Moderate intensity, departs from Trailside Museum, 1-3pm.

Destination Yellow Springs

Arts & Culture

Antioch College Herndon Gallery
Zachary Cahill "The Orphanage Project 2012" through 4/18, 1-4p

Emporium Wines 233 Xenia Ave.
The work of photographer Kevin Miyazaki.

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery 405 Corry St.
Russ Shaw's "Birdsong Hill: low relief wood images" through 4/29

Glen House Art 1221 Glen Rd.
The African Sculpture Collection of Glen Owen through 4/11

John Bryan Community Pottery Gallery 100 Dayton St. (rear)
Artist in Residence Geno Luketic "New Works"; Sa & Su 12-4p

Spirited Goat Coffee House 118 Dayton St.
The Works of Claire B

Village Artisans 100 Corry St.
Sue Brezine's "March Mindfulness" through 4/30. Reception 4/20, 6-9p.

Winds Cafe 215 Xenia Ave.
Libby Rudolf & Jennifer O' Brien Watercolors through April.

Nature & Recreation

Glen Helen Nature Preserve 405 Corry St.
Full Moon Hike - 4/6, 7p; Corry St. Lot
South Glen Restoration Project - 4/7, 10a-1p; email
Reptile Feeding - 4/7, 11a-12p; Trailside Museum
Easter Wildflower ID Hike - 4/8, 1-3p; Trailside Museum

Upcoming Events

Chamber Music Yellow Springs Benefit
4/15, 4p The Trout at Little Art featuring Schubert's Trout quintet followed by a trout dinner at the Winds Cafe. $75 or $10 for film only.

Little Art Theatre Environmental Film Series
4/15, 7p Force of Nature (Standard Admission)
Q&A following with leading environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki.
4/22, 4p Home
An aerial perspective of the Earth; Free (Donations appreciated)


Peach's Grill
104 Xenia Ave.
Food, Drink & Fun
Open Daily, 11:30-2:30a
Music Starts at 10 ($5 Cover)
Friday, Venice Gashouse Trolley
Saturday, Lewis Brothers

Emporium Wines
233 Xenia Ave.
Wine Tasting/Live Music
Every Friday at 6:30p
3/30 - Anna & Milovan

Little Art Theatre
247 Xenia Ave.
Pina - Documentary of the
Legendary Choreographer
Le Herisson (The Hedgehog)-
4/8, 1p
Windfall - Documentary
4/7, 4p Free (donations welcomed)

At the Library, Thursday, April 12

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

YSAC Gallery to reopen with historic exhibit

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Yellow Springs Photographic Survey

Friday, April 20, 2012 (6-9pm)
Location: YS Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry Street

In 1980, Nancy Howell-Koehler initiated a project using a process of subject self-photography to capture the impressions of Yellow Springs leaders and to create an interactive experience involving their perspectives on the community’s face at a time of great change for this once isolated village. This graphic historical event celebrates the re-opening of the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, and we will be eliciting the feelings of current YS residents on how our town has developed since the 1970s. This is a time to come together to remember the people and the period.

Disco music and dancing on our outdoor patio start at 6pm, and the YSAC Gallery Re-opening Ceremony begins at 7pm, followed by stories about life in Yellow Springs during the 1970s & 1980s from our guest speakers and attendees. The YS News will be on hand with newspapers from these former times, and this will be a great opportunity for reminiscing. The YSAC Gallery will also be open for the community to view this exhibit on April 21 & 28 and May 5 from 1-4pm.

Chamber Chat, April 19

Learn why 334 local and regional businesses and organizations are members of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday April 19, 2012
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
Bryan Center Rooms A&B

Representatives of the benefits providers will be on hand to provide details on all of the great discount programs available to members.

We invite current members to attend to get an update on existing and new benefits. We also invite anyone who is not yet a member to attend and receive a $5 discount on their membership.

Lunch will be provided by the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance that coordinates many of our benefits programs. The program will start at noon; please arrive by 11:45 to pick up your lunch and get a seat.

Click on the links below for more information or to register.

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If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber office at 937.767.2686. We look forward to seeing you April 19.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Creative Memories shutting down YS ops

According to a press release from Laura Curliss, Interim Village Manager, The Village of Yellow Springs received verbal notice on March 29, from Mark Lerud, an operations manager for Creative Memories, Inc., informing the Village that the company is consolidating their operation at their St. Cloud, Minnesota facility. Creative Memories will continue production at their Yellow Springs, Ohio, facility through the end of April 2012. A few employees will remain at the Yellow Springs plant through the transition and to manage the property.

Creative Memories’ has 20,000 square feet of warehouse space and 40,000 of production space at their plant at the corner of Dayton-Yellow Springs and East Enon Roads. Creative Memories makes scrapbooking materials and supplies.

Creative Memories had 39 employees in 2011 and the total withholding for 2011 was $26,068. The Antioch Company is among the top 25 taxpayers for the Village of Yellow Springs.

At the Library, Saturday, April 7

Yoga Springs opens studio in Springfield

Grand Opening, Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Yoga Springs Studio announces the grand opening of their second location in downtown Springfield, Ohio. They are proud to be a part of downtown Springfield's revitalization. The newly renovated space on the second floor of the historic Bushnell Building, 14 E. Main Street, is an inspiring place for health, wellness and community. They have two rooms for classes, both filled with natural light from large windows. A stunning view of the fountains and trees at the City Center will connect yoga practitioners to the urban beauty of downtown; radiant heat from the hardwood floors will provide a fresh foundation for renewal and rejuvenation; glass walls will transfer light and allow for an open and expansive feeling; the serenely decorated office and lounge will enhance and enlighten the mood for all who enter.

Yoga Springs Studio celebrated their eighth anniversary in their original location in the village of Yellow Springs. Experienced teachers at both locations offer weekly yoga classes in a variety of levels, weekend workshops and teacher training programs.

On April 14th, they will offer free 50 minute classes every hour starting at 9am and light refreshments from local restaurants.

Schedule as follows. Sign up at least 10 minutes before class.

9am- Yoga level 1-Rachel Summers

10am- Yoga level 1&2 -Donna Porter

Gentle Yoga-Rita Coleman

11am- Yoga level 1&2 -Monica Hasek

Yoga for Weight Loss level 1-Liz Sanchez

noon- Yoga level 1&2 -Tanja Deubel

1pm- Yoga level 1&2 -Lisa Minna

Children’s Yoga (ages 4-6)-Marcia Sauer

2pm- Yoga 101 level 1-Kathy Theodor

Yoga Springs Studio
14 E. Main Street, Springfield Ohio
Monica Hasek, director or
937-767-9300 or 937.323.YOGA (9642)

Photo: On the scaffolding of the Bushnell Building, up close with the restored Lion Heads. (L-R) Monica Hasek, director, Donna Porter, instructor, Sonja Ostendorf, Instructor
Photo courtesy of Itinerant Studios.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

MTFR called to John Bryan to rescue woman

A 25-year old Xenia woman was rescued from the side of a creek in John Bryan State Park after a small fall. Miami Township Fire-Rescue personnel were dispatched at 5:12 pm Tuesday.

The woman had been walking along a stone creek bed when she lost her footing and fell injuring her knee. The patient fell alongside the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh Stagecoach Trail near the Little Miami River. Paramedics located the patient after a half hour search and began treating her injuries while other MTFR personnel brought in additional equipment. The patient was removed from the area in a rescue basket.

The rescue lasted just over one hour and the patient was transported in stable condition to the trauma center at Greene Memorial Hospital. The patient suffered an injury to her right knee in the fall. Chief Altman reminds the public that leaving marked trails in the park is prohibited.

"Windfall" at the Little Art, Saturday

The Little Art Theatre is proud to announce a local screening of "Windfall" as part of its new film series devoted to the issues, stories, and environmental challenges we, and our planet, face. Beginning last month, The Environmental Film Series, will showcase Windfall (83 min.), Saturday April 7 at 4 PM. Directed by Laura Israel, this film speaks to the myth that wind power is the cure for our planet’s energy woes.

Wind power is sustainable, it burns no fossil fuel, it produces no air pollution. What’s more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil. But there is also a dark side of wind energy development and the potential for highly profitable financial scams. Windfall invites thoughtful discussion rather than agenda driven pronouncements and opens real discussion as to the promise of wind power and its shortcomings.

The film has garnered accolades from film critics across the nation: "CRITIC'S PICK! Urgent, informative and artfully assembled. The film's implications are clear: The quest for energy independence comes with caveats. Energy companies remain eager to plunder nature's bounty in pursuit of profit." - Andrew Webster, The New York Times.

The Little Art offers a full concession bar, wine and beer. Please visit the Special Events tab on our website at and join us for our new series.

Friday night at Clifton Opera House

The Clifton Opera House will be home port for the Hardtackers on Friday night, April 6 . The show will start at 7:30pm and the fun will commence! The box office opens at 6:30pm.

The Hardtackers are a seven-man Sea Shanty Crew who perform songs of the sea, lakes and rivers. They sing a capella and create an atmosphere of power and energy, wrapped up in good fun. Our repertoire consists of traditional and contemporary songs in the style of the work songs and songs of leisure time from the old sailing ships.

There is no limit to their audience as their songs cover a wide appeal. These are the songs the immigrants sailing to America from Ireland, Britain and Europe would have listened to as they came across the Atlantic. A number of these songs are staples of the folk.They tailor their set list to suit the audience, entertainment, historical, audience participation, or a mixture of each element, all of our performances include good fun.

Band members:

John Schomburg
John hails originally from Southern Ohio down on the beautiful Ohio River. He began singing and playing folk music shortly after his birth. His boyhood fascination with steamboats led to his present fascination with sailboats, which get better mileage. He is presently the skipper of Sea Monkey. John was a founding member of the Pit Bull String Band in the 1990’s and when he is not shantying with the Hardtackers performs along with his wife Janet in the old time string band TheWild Hares. He plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar.

John Locke
John’s interest in History, Geography and the Social History of Britain inevitably led him to a study of traditional folk music and storytelling. He found that the folk arts became a central thread that pulled all of these subjects together. John became interested in folk arts in the early 70s. He became a regular visitor to Folk Clubs in the area that he lived in north Worcestershire England. Starting to play guitar within a few months of discovering the folk scene he went on to perform at open stages and various folk clubs, festivals and other venues. He has run Folk Music Clubs in Worcestershire, Devonshire and Carmarthenshire. He has also been known to get a tune out of a penny whistle, English concertina, blues harmonica and a banjo. In 2001 John moved to the USA . He has an electrical engineering background and has worked in training for many years. He is a Professional Speaker and Trainer who involves storytelling in his presentations. He is past President of the Columbus Folk Music Society A member of the Story Tellers Of Central Ohio. He also has a book of short stories called, "British Twist."

Andy Beyer
Andy Beyer has always had a love of singing. Learning to play guitar to accompany himself was another step in his musical career, and by the age of twelve, he had saved enough paper boy earnings to buy his first guitar. Several years later, at the Cracked Cup Coffeehouse in Columbus, he met Hank Arbaugh and was first introduced to the traditional music of the mountain dulcimer. This began a lifetime of involvement in the folk and traditional music world wherever he has called home. He has been building, playing, and teaching mountain dulcimer for almost forty years. Besides being a founding member of the Columbus Folk Music Society, he is currently on the staff of the Central Ohio Folk Festival, the Southeast Ohio Dulcimer Festival, and the Lifelong Learning and Leisure Program of Upper Arlington, teaching dulcimer classes and workshops throughout the year.

Fred Bailey
Fred grew up on a dirt farm in Northwestern Oklahoma -- almost the Panhandle, but not quite. That's the Dust Bowl end of the Cherokee Strip. Since then he’s touched on many foreign lands and more coffeehouses and towns than can be counted. Now he seems to have settled down in Columbus, Ohio. Fred is a writer of finely crafted novels which he sets to melody and sings to the accompaniment of his 1948 Martin D28L. He is a voyager of the clouds, an aviator by nature. He knows the original words to every sea shanty ever sung, the G, the R and the Unrated versions. To his maritime colleagues he is known as “The Prairie Schooner”. When not singing shanties with the Hard Tackers, Fred fronts the more refined folk group At Wit’s End.

Chris Bolles
Chris Bolles grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, hobnobbing with boaters and lake sailors during the summer months. He learned to play the guitar in college, a habit he has been unable to break to this day. He's a research scientist turned teacher; his students would be confirmed in their judgement of his sanity if they knew he was singing sea songs in public. He is occasional first mate, crew, and bilge swabby aboard the good ship Sea Monkey. He has actually made an Atlantic crossing (on a German liner), and floated around on several aquatic resorts (aka cruise ships). Despite this vast maritime experience, he still spends almost all of his time on dry land.

Rennie Beethem
Rennie has been singing most of his life. Church junior choir in elementary school. Choir and ensembles in junior high and high school. Returning home after three years in the army, he started playing guitar--tutored by his younger sister. Over the years, jamming with friends eventually led to forming a rock-n-roll band in which he earned pocket change and free beer playing in dive bars and at neighborhood parties. He's a fan of many styles of music--big band jazz, classical, folk, blues. he and his wife currently spend winters in Ireland, where he plays and sings in various pubs--sprinkling country and rock-n-roll tunes in among the jigs and reels.

Joe Cook
Joe Cook’s interest in boats began in earnest when he and four friends, (in some obvious lapse of sanity following a food fight with a honeydew melon,) bought a decrepit (but basically solid) 22-foot 1958 Henry Luhrs Jersey Sea Skiff and began the arduous task of restoring her. Six weeks, a lot of scraped knuckles, a lot of noxious fumes inhaled, and nobody knows exactly how much money later, the Honeydew was launched for many years of pleasant, and sometimes exciting, navigation on Nashville’s Percy Priest Reservoir. Joe’s first taste of bluewater sailing was on a couple of week-long voyages as crew/passenger on the Bahama Star, a 57 foot Wellington sloop, sailing out of Miami Beach through the Biminis and the Berry Islands. In October 2010, he had the opportunity to work as Guest Crew on the Pride of Baltimore II on her voyage from Boston to New York.

As for the music, between bouts of classical choirs and musical theatre, Joe spent thirty years in and around the Nashville Bluegrass scene, including being a founding member of Cordless, a non-traditional traditional band performing original songs as well as an eclectic mix that included Louvin Brothers and Roy Orbison covers. Cordless released two CD’s , “The Number Three” (2003) and “Home Is Where Your Stuff Is” (2005). Joe met his wife Leslie at a music festival in Tennessee and she shanghaied him away from the neon rainbow of Nashville to the Old-Time Appalachian Music scene of Yellow Springs, Ohio. He is still trying to learn the language. He and Leslie play with John and Janet Schomburg in the Old-Time Novelty band, The Wild Hares.

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton. It is owned and operated by the Village of Clifton as a fund raiser for the historic building repairs and maintenance.