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Star trails on a summer night's sky
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At 10:36 in the morning of  July 6, the Earth reaches aphelion, the point at which it is about 153 million kilometers (its greatest distance) from the Sun. Aphelion occurs almost exactly six months from perihelion, Earth’s position closest to the Sun (about 148 million kilometers).

When one thing is happening, says the first law of phenology, something else is happening, too. Finches in the thistledown, cicadas calling through the day, katydids at night, all measure the Sun and pull the Dog Days in.

An expert, Laura Jones, shares her experiences as a production manager for four years on Art21, which is a PBS documentary series. She provides behind the scenes personal accounts meeting the artists and she focuses on visual contemporary art and artists in the twenty-first century. Bring your chair, your snacks and drinks to the Dayton Society of Artists Tonight at 8pm.

elderberry flowers
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Inside the four common seasonal categories – winter, spring, summer, fall -  lie clusters of small parallel seasons that measure time inside of time, creating by their colors and shapes and sounds and tastes and smells the broader temporal divisions.

As June comes to a close, taking with it the longest days of Early Summer, the subseasons that follow solstice create a patchwork of interlocking phases of the landscape’s transformation.

Miami Valley Native American Council

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 100th birthday of composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein with excerpts from his signature creation, West Side Story. The second part celebrates the Symphony's 75th anniversary season with some orchestral fireworks. This is tonight, 8pm, Veteran's Park Amphitheater, in Springfield.

closeup of pink thistle
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These are the longest days of the year, and Thursday the 21st is solstice, the peak of the solar tide, splitting Earth time in two, the Sun leaving Early Summer and Gemini, entering Deep Summer and Cancer.

Obscured by daylight, the consellations that accompany the sign of  Cancer during the day include Orion in the middle of the southern sky at noon, the potent Dog Star, Sirius, low behind him. Pisces lies in the west, Leo in the east, Draco in the north.

DeWeese Ridgecrest Civic Association

Trash and Treasure is in the Saint Anne's Hill neighborhood. Antique furniture, art book collections, original framed prints, paintings by Dennis Towners and Karen Fisher and over 1000 pieces of original artwork by David Smith!!! Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St, in Dayton, Saturday 8am to 1pm.

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In Nature wrote the naturalist Donald Culross Peattie,nothing is insignificant, nothing ignoble, nothing sinful, nothing repetitious. All the music is great music, all the lines have meaning.

So far deep into Gemini, I seek out the music. Looking for Deep Summer, I collect and collect more  pieces of the season, watching them accumulate, none of them insignificant.

And so I lay them out in my mind, building a daybook on which to place leaves, birdsong, butterflies until all the lines and spaces are filled.

Some of Dayton's best food trucks are getting together as Smokin' Bee-Bee-Q hosts the third annual Taco Truck Takeover at the Yellow Cab tonight, from 5-10pm.

The 2018 AIDS Walk Greater Dayton takes place tonight at Fifth Third Field Plaza in downtown Dayton. The Walk kicks off at 6pm. This year's tri-city walk/run is slated to be the largest HIV/AIDS awareness event in Ohio.

young grackle
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By this moment in the year, when the Gemini Sun has almost completed its ascent to solstice...so many things are happening all around us...and we are, in a way, what we experience.  And so here is our horoscope:

At the Great Dayton Adventure Race you get your team and either race with competitors or a more relaxed pace in the non-competitive division. You hunt for clues and complete challenges downtown Dayton. Teams start anytime during the 2-hour window of 5 to 7pm tonight.

The Ohio Mini-Canvention is a huge show of beer and brewery collectibles. There are labels, signs, cans, coasters, bottle caps, posters, bottles, and the list goes on! Today and Saturday in Lebanon in the Warren County Fairgrounds.

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