Dancers onstage at the Dayton Greek Festival
Dayton Greek Festival

The Doctor from India film is a meditative and immersive portrait of the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad, the holistic health pioneer who first brought the ancient medical practice from India to the west in the late 1970s. He was both a healer and a mystic, and dedicated his life to sharing what is considered the oldest healthcare system on earth to our complex medical landscape . This film is at The Neon on Saturday and Sunday at noon.

close up of a bumblebee on a sunflower
portitzer / Flickr Creative Commons

In fields all across the country, the last wildflowers of the year come into bloom: the white and violet asters, orange beggarticks, burr marigolds, tall goldenrod, zigzag goldenrod and Japanese knotweed.

It may all be too much for the bees. They have been working since the end of April, and the other day when I found a bumblebee motionsless on its side in the middle of a red zinnia, I wondered if it were overworked, drunk with nectar, a debauchee of dew or simply sleepy.

Aullwood Farm and Nature Center

Aullwood's Farm and Nature Center is having a special day. Bring your family and friends to explore the six miles of trails, meet their animals at the farm and the center and look for native birds! On Sunday, from 1 to 5pm there is no cost.

The Foster Roster at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton provides loving care and temporary housing for animals not yet ready to enter into the adoption program. Fostering provides an invaluable service and helps save lives! They need you to help provide a little time, compassion and maybe even a piece of your heart to these small babies until they are ready to find their forever homes! Can you help?

A squirrel appears from behind a tree.
Andrew Johnston / Flickr Creative Commons

For me, nostalgia often accompanies the steady transformation of the landscape. Memories proliferate, and my mind travels back and forth through the concentric circles of the years, sifting images and feelings, recent and distant events, sorting and ruminating, nothing making much sense.

This morning, I went outside into fog and dew.  I saw that a big fat orb-weaver spider had made its web across the shed door overnight. I remember this time last year, I wasn’t paying attention and walked into the same kind of web in front of the same door.

The 2018 Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival is this weekend.
courtesy of The Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival

AIRPEX 2018 are hosting more than 15 stamp dealers from across the country plus the Post Service with varied philatelic offerings and supplies. Novice, youth, and avid stamp collectors are welcome to stop by to talk and shop with stamp dealers and club members. This is at the IBEW Union Hall, 6550 Poe Avenue, today until 6pm; and Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Tiger Swallowtail on Orange Flower
Vicki DeLoach / Flickr Creative Commons

When I look back and try to understand what happened the other day, I reach for impressions and feelings that, in recollection, become the story. Although I had a number of appointments and other things I had to do, I only remember now that the breeze was cool and the sun was hot throughout the afternoon.

And that I saw so many butterflies, many cabbage white butterflies, spinning in love randori above the red and orange and yellow zinnias. Tiny blue butterflies, azures, fluttered down into the faded bee balm.

Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) exterior sign

Not Your Ordinary Book Sale. There are hundreds of like-new collectible quality books which came from the estate of Father Joseph Goetz who donated his entire collection of more than 2500 books. It is at the Woodbourne at Cross Pointe Library branch, 101 E. Alex-Bell Road (next to Outback Steakhouse) in Centerville and is available today until 9pm and Saturday, 9am to 6pm.

Commentary: Defining Rural Character

Aug 16, 2018
Howard Sacks' farm in Gambier, Ohio.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Looking out over the rolling farm fields from the front porch of his 94 acre farm in Gambier, located in Knox county, former Kenyon College professor and former Director of the Rural Life Center, Howard Sacks reflects on what the definition of rural character is, and what it means to him.

rolls of hay in a late summer field
Let Ideas Compete / Flickr Creative Commons

Even though the summer may be hot and humid and  seemingly endless, its stability is deceptive. Sometimes a cold front around August 10th is especially chilly, breaking the stagnation of the Dog Days.

Sometimes leaf miners lace the locust trees, creating patches of gray and brown in the tree line. Sometimes a few maples turn red and stand out like the hand of October from all the other trees of August.

Bird calls have changed during the past month, and the crickets and katydids are louder.

Art on the Commons is Sunday, 11a.m. to 5p.m.
courtesy of Fraze Pavillion

The Germanfest Picnic is at RiverScape MetroPark and there is fabulous German food, plenty of German Beer on tap, live musical entertainment on two stages all day long. And a KidZone, Culture Display, 5K and 10K race. And lots of handcrafts and German items. It is today, 5 to 11; Saturday, 11am to 11pm; and Sunday, 11am to 6pm with Polka Mass at 10am.