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blackberries in buckets
henrybloomfield / Flickr Creative Commons

When Deep Summer’s wildflowers start to pale, then blackberries redden and turn sweet and black, perfect for cobblers and jam. And then, fittingly enough, the Black-Eyed Susan Moon, reaching perigee (its position closest to Earth) on August 10, becomes the Blackberry Jam Moon the very next day.

The Oakwood Farmers Market is Saturdays, 9am - 1pm.
via the Oakwood Farmers Market

Celebrate Dayton's rich collection of visual and performing arts on a special event that kicks off the third annual juried art show! Join local businesses, artists, and other organizations to "paint, perform, and party" around downtown Dayton during Art in the City. This is tonight on 5 to 9pm.

late summer sunset
Till Westermayer / Flickr Creative Commons

Now in the sign of Leo, the Sun follows the ecliptic down more quickly toward autumn equinox, and time seems to accelerate as the days shorten.. Throughout its residence in Cancer, the Sun moved only a small fraction of the way toward September. Under Leo through late July and middle August, it descends three times more rapidly than it did in Early Summer, toward Virgo and Early Fall. And by the start of the second week of August, it will be one third of its way to autumn.

Aullwood's Prairie Walk is Saturday beginning at 11am.
courtesy of Aullwood

The Old Court House's elegant 1850 courtroom comes to life at Old Case Files. Audience members hear testimonies from witnesses, arguments from the prosecution and defense, converse with costumed spectators, study period newspapers, and view historical exhibits to uncover the events surrounding the trial. This show is tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

courtesy of Dayton History

The Old Court House's elegant 1850 courtroom comes to life at Old Case Files. Audience members hear testimonies from witnesses, arguments from the prosecution and defense, converse with costumed spectators, study period newspapers, and view historical exhibits to uncover the events surrounding the trial. This show is tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

The Voss Hoss Cruisin is tonight, 5 to 9pm at Voss Used Cars, 99 Loop Road in Centerville. In addition to seeing all kind of Hot Rods there are Door Prizes, a 50/50 Raffle, lots of Music and Local Food.

ear of corn with tassle
caligula1995 / Flickr Creative Commons

The Sun’s powerful position in Cancer throughout the month is enhanced by the position of Sirius, the Dog Star, located almost due south at noon and contributing (according to tradition) to the Dog Days of Middle Summer. With  all their heat, Cancer and Sirius ripen the landscape.

Field corn is ready to tassel all along the 40th Parallel. Sweet corn and beans and tomatoes fill the farmers’ markets. Winter wheat is ready to be cut. Carrots and beets are ready to be pulled for supper. Broccoli has headed. Deep Summer’s tomatoes and beans are coming in.

Levitt Pavilion Dayton
Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton

First Friday in Downtown Dayton is tonight. It is the perfect time to celebrate downtown's "independents" - mom-and-pop shops that dominate the consumer-based businesses. Galleries and museums have special activities. Bars and restaurants feature food and drink specials, and many host live performances later that night. Retailers offer hand-selected merchandise and carefully curated clothing, home goods, accessories, cosmetics, and more.

Star trails on a summer night's sky
bobthemagicdragon / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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