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Old Fashioned Picnic at Homestead July 12

The Oakwood Historical Society would like to welcome you back to one of our time-honored traditions, the Old-Fashioned Picnic at the Homestead. Last year, unfortunately, we were unable to gather with friends and family to share a summer evening, so this year will be especially enjoyable.

We are happy to feature for the first time one of Oakwood’s own, The Belly Fire Grill. Jeff and his team will prepare all the usual picnic fare: hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, cole slaw, potato salad, and chips and pretzels. To top it all off, we will have ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

We look forward to seeing all of you this July 12th from 5-8 p.m. at
the Homestead. The cost is $13 per adult, children (under twelve) $5.

For reservations, please cick below return the registration form to Kjirsten Goeller, Chair of Program/Events for the Oakwood Historical Society by July 6th.

Summer programs at the Homestead

The Oakwood Historical Society is continuing it’s “Victorian Summer at the Homestead” programs which were successful last summer. Flyers were sent to homes through the schools in May. In case you’ve let it slip, registration is being wrapped up NOW!

Victorian summer at the Homestead

June 29, 30, and July 1 – Monday. Tuesday, and Wednesday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for grades 4,5,and 6
Cost $35 non-member, $25 member.

Make your own marbles, use herbs and spices to make a kitchen trivet, play games, cook, and do chores. Nothing but good reports from last year !

Life in 1867 - Oakwood’s First School f

July 13,14, and 15 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
9 a.m. to 12:30 for grades 2 and 3
Cost $45 member, $60 member.

Contact Linda Pearson at 648-9702 or

NAHF dinner celebrates Apollo 11
40th anniversary July 17

NAHF 48th annual Enshrinement Dinner July 18

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) annually presents the Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award to a group or organization in recognition for its exceptional contributions to the advancement of flight. The Apollo Crews will receive the 2009 award in part for their exemplary courage and dedication in successfully carrying out America’s ambitious goal of landing men on the lunar surface and returning them safely to Earth.

The Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award is among the featured presentations at the NAHF President’s Reception & Dinner, held in NAHF Learning Center and the adjacent National Museum of the United States Air Force on Friday, July 17th, 2009. The event coincides with the very weekend of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. A capacity crowd is expected for this public National Aviation Hall of Fame celebration, including hundreds of industry leaders, government officials and aerospace enthusiasts from worldwide.

Twelve of the surviving Apollo astronauts will be onstage to receive the award from the NAHF Chairman of the Board and the NAHF President. The NAHF has invited the NASA Administrator-to-be to accept and speak on behalf of the Apollo Crews. The Apollo astronauts will then participate onstage in a panel discussion of their moon mission experiences, moderated by former ABC News “Good Morning America” host, David Hartman.

Apollo Crew members expected to attend are:

* Buzz Aldrin

* Walter Cunningham

* Jim Lovell

* Frank Borman

* Charlie Duke

* Jim McDivitt

* Vance Brand

* Joe Engle

* Harrison Schmitt

* Gene Cernan

* Fred Haise

* Tom Stafford

Many will additionally attend the 48th Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony held the following night, July 18, at the Dayton Convention Center. Among the four individuals being enshrined into the Hall of Fame is the late Ed White, II, the first American to walk in space during Gemini IV in 1965, and who died in the Apollo 1 fire in 1967 along with astronauts Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee. Presenting White for enshrinement will be 1979 Enshrinee and the first man to walk on the lunar surface, astronaut Neil Armstrong. White’s son and daughter will accept on behalf of the family.

White’s 2009 enshrinement classmates include astronaut Eileen Collins, the first female Shuttle Commander, presented by astronaut Charles Precourt; former Cessna CEO and Chairman, Russell Meyer, Jr., presented by Arnold Palmer, and the late Jimmy Stewart, presented by comedian Rich Little, with Carson Greene, Jr., of the Jimmy Stewart Museum, accepting on behalf of the Stewart Family. Serving as Master-of-Ceremonies for what is widely known as the “Oscar Night of Aviation” will be TV host, former news anchor, and author, Nick Clooney.

“It will be our privilege to honor the Apollo Crews with this recognition on such a significant date,” said Ron Kaplan, Executive Director of the NAHF. “We’ll be vividly reminded that what these true pioneers accomplished four decades ago transcended borders, cultures, and politics, their collective achievements continuing to stand as an inspiration to all man. It’s not surprising that the Hall of Fame and the Birthplace of Aviation thus also look forward to hosting guests from as far as Germany, the U.K. and the Czech Republic for this special occasion.”

Advance reservations are required for either event and may be placed by calling 937-256-0944 ext.10. Deadline is July 2nd. Seats at the President’s Reception & Dinner on July 17th are $300 or $150 per person. Seats at the 48th Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony on July 18th are $150 per person. A portion of each seat purchased is deductible as allowed by law. For more information visit the NAHF website at or call 937-256-0944 ext.10.

At The Wright Library ...

'Art Around the World' through July 28

Wright Library is offering an “Art Around the World” series on consecutive Tuesdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Children entering grades K-3 in the fall can travel around the world with Mrs. Bengson and learn about the art and music of China, Mongolia, Canada, India, Kenya, Iran, Vietnam, and Russia. Books related to that day’s topic will be available for check-out.

Registration is necessary for this program. As always, children do not
need to live in Oakwood to participate, and parents are welcome to stay. All programs will meet in the Library Meeting Room.

For more information or to register, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171.

Summer activities for teens

As a compliment to the teen summer reading club theme, Express Yourself @ Your Library!, Wright Library is offering opportunities for teens to plug into their creative sides every Friday from June 12 through July 31. Programs will start at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

July 7 Duct tape projects
July 10 Papermaking with Leesa Haapapuro and Chris Mannix
July 17 Cooking brunch outdoors (starts at 10 a.m.)
July 24 Tie-dye (bring your own white cotton shirt)
July 31 Scrapbooking (bring your own photos)

For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171. The web site is

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Pre-School Story Hour at Smith Gardens

Friday, July 24, 10 a.m.
Friday, August 28, 10 a.m.

Friends of Smith Gardens Blanket Concert Series

Sunday, July 19 - This Side Up 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 30 - Puzzle of Light 6 p.m.

For these and all other classes please call the Oakwood Community Center at
298-0775, or stop by 105 Patterson Rd.

City Notes...

Brush and branch collection underway

As we once again enter the summer season, it seems a good time to issue a reminder of the procedures for participation in the city of Oakwood’s brush and branch collection program.

1. Place larger piles of yard debris including brush and branches into the tree lawn area just behind the curb. Remember that branches should be no longer than 6’ and should be placed in manageable piles. Also, please do not place these piles around trees, fire hydrants, cable TV boxes or posts/poles as our equipment will be unable to collect the material.

2. No brush and branch material is to ever be placed in the street. The only exception to this is the 10 week period in the fall when the leaves may be placed in the street for collection. The reasons for not putting the material in the street are that it can create a hazard for people using the roadway and that it can pollute the down stream waterways if the material washes into the storm sewer. This is covered under Chapter 311 of the codified ordinances of the city of Oakwood and you may be cited if this provision is violated.

3. Under no circumstance should you place anything except yard debris in the tree lawn area.

4. Grass clippings and soil are not accepted, either with regular trash or with curbside yard debris.

5. Place small amounts of leaves, small twigs, flowers and other such smaller yard debris items in with your regular trash. Please do not compact the debris into the cans so that it may be easily removed. Do not stack loose debris around or on top of your trash cans. Please remember the 35 gallon and 60-pound limits on trash cans and that all cans must have lids. This should be limited to a maximum of two cans and please note that this material will not be recycled as the material that is collected at the curb would be.

6. If you hire a contractor to remove yard debris, they are to dispose of the material.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this procedure, please contact Kenneth Perkins or Kevin Weaver at 298-0777.





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