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Each year the Dayton Auto Show rolls into town with displays of the latest and greatest models and automotive technologies. It is at the Dayton Convention Center today until 9pm, Saturday, 10 to 9; and Sunday, 10 to 6.

Blue Jay
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The shift in weather that multiplies the signs of spring takes place within a week of Cross Quarter Day, the day on which the sun reaches halfway to spring equinox, February 18th.

Three or four good thaws, sometimes lasting a week apiece, have already come up from the south before then. Bulbs made progress during each of them, foliage rising ever so slowly though the soft ground.

Miami Valley Orchid Society will hold its 60th annual show and sale this weekend at Cox Arboretum.

Underdog Academy, Broken English 101: "Stories Within the Margin.” Aligned with a heavy hitting roster of poets who are known for their luminous wordplay and unmatchable wit, this is going to be one for the books! Enjoy the sounds provided by the live band and relax to spoken word performed by some of the biggest names from all over Ohio. PNC Arts Annex - Theatre Saturday, 8pm.

cardinal sitting on a branch
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It's almost Early Spring. Time to be getting ready.

When you hear mourning doves singing before dawn, then organize all your buckets for tapping maple sap.

When you hear red-winged blackbirds whistling in the wetlands, then the maple sap should already be running.

When titmice and cardinals sing throughout the morning, then check your chicken flock for mites.

When bright yellow aconites bloom, then spread fertilizer in the field and garden so that it can work its way into the ground before spring planting.


Make a trip to Tipp to this year’s annual Tipp City Arts & Fine Crafts Show! Local artists and fine craftspersons are offering lots of great art and fine crafts ranging from paintings to wood crafts to glass to fabric to metal to jewelry! This is at the Zion Lutheran Church’s Community Room, Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

winter robin
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A cardinal in the back woodlot sang at 7:12 this morning, crows right behind him. Starlings were all around downtown when I went to get the newspaper at 8:30. Out in the country, the morning horizon was hazy with spring. The roadsides and pastures were almost free of snow, but the wooded areas held on to their cold.


It’s been a cold, snowy January, and downtown Dayton businesses are ready to heat things up for the February 1 First Friday which is tonight all-over downtown Dayton.

The Dutoit Gallery has a solo exhibition of artist Sam Kelly which according to Kelly, “the paintings begin with a vague idea, often going through a rigorous additive and subtractive process.” The paintings are modest in subject but intense in their visual energy. This is tonight from 6 to 9 pm.

garlic bunches
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After the Groundhog Day Thaw is over next week, weather history says these should be some of the coldest days of winter. In many years, however, crocus, daffodil and tulip foliage emerges.  Garlic planted in November has sometimes pushed out of the ground; cloves set in early October are already several inches high. Sometimes more than half of the pussy willows have opened. All along the 40th Parallel, people are getting ready to tap maples for sap. 


The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is combining a stirring musical performance with the physical feats of international circus artists. Cirque Musica has traveled the world blending the majesty of two wonderful artistic traditions: circus artistry and symphonic music. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as cirque performers and music soars. This is at The Schuster, tonight and Saturday, 8pm.

seed on snow
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By this point in January, enough small changes have accumulated, in spite of the severe weather, to move the season into Late Winter, the anteroom to Early Spring, growing the birdsong that will fill the mornings of March, rousing small mammals to courtship.

Now comes the close of windfall seding. The red honeysuckle berries have long ago fallen or been taken by birds. The orange fruit of the evergreen winterberry has completed its planting. Hawthorn berries give way. Overwintering robins eat and scatter the crab apples.