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How many birds visit your backyard? Keep track and be part of Cornell’s national Project FeederWatch BY LINDY JURACK iN75 Editor Not all birds fly south for the winter. Hawks, mourning doves, woodpeckers, blue jays, chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, starlings, sparrows, cardinals, finches and more have been spotted all around Ohio during the winter months. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., is a nonprofit organization that has become a world leader in the study, conservation and appreciation of birds. Every winter season, the lab sponsors Project FeederWatch, and citizens from all over the U.S. and Canada contribute to the cause. Several organizations in our area participate in the nationwide program. You do not need to have experience to record data for the project, and you can even contribute by counting the birds in

“You never know what you’re going to find out there. It’s like searching for treasure.” — Deb Oexmann your own backyard.

What’s FeederWatch? Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders in backyards, nature centers, community areas and other spots in North America, according to Cornell’s website, Bird watchers periodically count the birds they see at the feeders, beginning in November through early April. All the data is sent to the Cornell lab, and scientists use it to track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Brukner Bird Club at

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Brukner Nature Center in Troy has been participating in Project FeederWatch for at least 10 years. Staff and volunteers watch the feeders on the center’s vista on scheduled days to record the number of birds and species they see. Deb Oexmann, director of Brukner Nature Center, is a member of the bird club and has been passionate about ornithology since she took a class on the subject in college. She even got her parents hooked on it. “It’s a passion for our family. We bird watch a lot together and take trips together,” she said. The element of surprise is what keeps Oexmann interested. “I always liken it to an Easter egg hunt,” she said. “You never know what you’re going to find out there. It’s like searching for treasure. There’s so much to learn about birds. They’re so fascinating.”

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Brukner holds View from the Vista events every month, inviting the public to come and talk to a member of the bird club about identifying species, different feeders and seed, places to bird watch or organizations to join.


A couple bird watchers check out the feeders surrounding the vista at Brukner Nature Center in Troy. “It’s sharing their love of bird watching,” Oexmann said. It the club’s FeederWatch data, Oexmann said they commonly see about 19 species of birds this time of year, but they have spotted rare sightings such as the purple finch and red breasted nuthatch, species commonly seen farther north. The vista is a serene room with windows on three sides, giving bird watchers a great view of the woods. The seven feeders next to the windows are in range of some outdoor microphones, allowing people in the vista room to listen to the birds chirp and sing. “It’s a fantastic, beau-

tiful place to sit, relax and enjoy nature,” Oexmann said.

Fill the feeder Enough feathered friends visit the feeders that they have to be refilled every day, sometimes twice per day. The FeederWatch log book shows data from the Jan. 2 count when watchers saw 105 individual birds and 14 species. Oexmann said in every two-hour count period, they see an average of 50 to 100 birds. People with all skill levels can participate in Project FeederWatch, from children, families and individuals, to classrooms, youth groups and bird clubs.

“It’s a really enjoyable way to get the whole family involved. Kids can do this. It’s a great way to be part of something bigger than yourself,” Oexmann said. “It’s not hard and it’s not expensive. You can have one feeder, and you don’t even need binoculars.” She does have one word of warning though. “Be careful because once you start, you get hooked,” she said.

Sign up now This FeederWatch season has already begun, but anyone can sign up before Feb. 29. A $15 annual participation fee covers materials, staff • See Birds on page 3


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Birds support, web design, data analysis and a year-end report. The project is almost entirely funded by the participation fees. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a research kit containing instructions, a bird identification poster, a wall calendar, a resource guide to bird feeding and a tally sheet. You also receive a subscription to BirdScope, the lab’s newsletter. All you need at this point is a feeder and some birdseed.

Pick a count area Cornell suggests designating an area to consistently observe birds, and choosing obvious boundaries such as the borders of the yard. Provide feeders, seed, plants or water within the area to attract birds, and be sure you can see all the feeders from the place in your home you want to sit. Counts must be taken on two consecutive days, with a break of at least five days in between counts. Selecting the same two days each week to count is recommended. Scheduled counts in advance is encouraged as opposed to deciding to count when you see a lot of birds. Count the birds that come into the area to feed, bathe or rest on things you have provided. Do not count birds flying overhead. For each species, only the highest number of individual birds seen in view at one time is reported. For example, if you count three

sparrows at one time, then a minute later you see seven at the same feeder, you record seven and cross out the three. This helps you avoid counting the same birds more than once. Weather temperatures and precipitation also are recorded, as well as the amount of time spent counting birds. Tips on identifying birds and counting mixed flocks are included in the research kit.

Report your data Data can be reported on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website, or paper forms may be mailed in to the lab. All the data is important, even if you didn’t spot high numbers of birds. If you’re sending in paper forms, make your count days seven days apart instead of five. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology uses Project FeederWatch data to document and understand the distribution and abundance of birds that visit feeders in North America. The reports from all across America help scientists understand the timing and extent of winter irruptions of winter finches and other species, expansions or contractions in the winter ranges of feeder birds, the kinds of foods and environmental factors that attract birds and how disease is spread among birds that visit feeders. All the information and results from Project FeederWatch are regularly published in scientific journals; regional

birding, garden and nature newsletters; national magazines; and newspapers all across the country. The data also has been used for the book “Birds at Your Feeder.” All the data collected during the project is published in “Winter Bird Highlights,” the project’s annual publication. To browse data from previous years, visit

Keep pets safe and happy this winter BY STAFF AT TROY ANIMAL HOSPITAL For iN75

TROY — With the coming of cold weather, snow and ice and long winter nights, you and your pet are probably spending more time indoors. Both of you may be suffering a little from cabin fever. Even in the winter, though, there are activities that you can enjoy Project origins with your pet that will help you get through those cold snowy days. Initiatives similar to Exercise is important for your pet, Project FeederWatch no matter the time of year. Exercising begin in Ontario in the 1970s at the Long Point provides your pet with enjoyable interactive time and also helps to keep him Bird Observatory, acor her healthy and fit. Providing apcording to the website. propriate exercise can be a challenge The staff eventually in the winter, but there are lots of good thought to expand the study to encompass all of options out there. Activities such as agility and flyball are often taught in North America and heated facilities. You can also spend formed a partnership extra time playing with toys indoors. with the Cornell Lab of If you choose to walk your dog outOrnithology. More than 4,000 peo- side, try using canine booties to protect paws from snow and chemical de-icers, ple in every state but which can be irritating and painful. Hawaii, and most Watch your dog when it is outside, and provinces in Canada, bring it inside right away if it starts participated in Project FeederWatch’s first year. holding up its feet. Puppies, small dogs and dogs with thin hair coats will benToday, the study has efit from wearing a jacket outdoors. grown to include more One that has a snug fit and that covers than 15,000 citizens the back as well as the underside of keeping their eyes on the pet is ideal. their feeders. It has beIf your dog has long hair on its uncome a proven tool for derside and between the toes, keeping monitoring winter bird it trimmed can help to keep ice and populations.

salt from clinging and causing irritation. Generally, if you are cold on a walk, your dog probably is too, so don’t stay out too long. Expending mental energy is also important for your pet, especially in the winter when there is not as much going on outside. Environmental enrichment helps to improve your dog’s quality of life. Insufficient stimulation can lead to or worsen hyperactivity, destructive chewing, compulsive disorders, aggression and attention-seeking behavior. All of the forms of exercise described above are great ways of providing mental stimulation, but some other ideas to help keep your dog occupied include puzzle toys and food dispensing toys. Daily training sessions are another excellent way to bond with your pet and keep him or her busy during the winter months. Try teaching your pet one new trick every week. Reward with a favorite toy or treat for appropriate behavior. You can teach an old dog new tricks!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rockwell museum curator to speak at Edison items with proceeds to benefit the Piqua Arts Council. The program is the culmination of a number of activities planned by the Piqua Arts Council in recent months titled “All Things Rockwell” to coincide with the current exhibit “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” now open through Feb. 5 at the Dayton Art Institute. In December, nearly 350 sixth-graders and faculty members from Piqua Public Schools and Piqua Catholic Schools were transported to the Dayton Art Institute to view the Rockwell exhibit. In addition, creative writing and art contests were held with the Piqua sixthgrade contingent invited to interpret one of Rockwell’s 300-plus covers from the Saturday Evening Post or design a Rockwell-like magazine cover. Winners from Wilder, Bennett, Washington and Piqua Catholic Schools will be recognized at the program on Friday. In addition, Daly will visit their respective schools earlier that day to cover Rockwell’s life and many of his important images. The evening lecture, 2245635


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the needs of the group being addressed. Using his years of experience he has gained in museum education since 1992, he hones the program to the viewers’ interests. “During the past 14 years, I have taken on a number of different roles, all of them adding to my knowledge of the work of America’s favorite illustrator,” he said. “I have been asked to curate a number of exhibitions for the museum.” Daly also has created public programming, developed tours for students and delivered those tours during speaking engagements as needed for curPROVIDED PHOTO rent exhibits. Being a Much of Norman Rockwell’s artwork celebrates native of the area, he also everyday American life, such as “The Runaway” pichas a unique view on Nortured here. man Rockwell. From his Daly said, will include the last 25 years of his desk in Stockbridge, Daly many behind-the-scene life. has authored many artistories as well as some Educated at both the cles about Rockwell and Rockwell anecdotes, and University of Massachuthe work he created durquestions may be asked setts and Williams Coling his nearly 70-year caduring any of the presen- lege, Daly has traveled reer as an illustrator. tations. extensively throughout Daly spends several Daly, who was raised in the United States to lecdays a month on the road the Berkshires in western ture about Rockwell’s traveling to schools and Massachusetts, has been works. Large corporations speaking at other museemployed as curator of ed- as well as small historical ums hosting Rockwell exucation at the museum societies have requested hibits. He is commonly during the past 14 years. he address their specialasked why Rockwell has The Rockwell Museum, he ized groups with an illus- become such a sensation notes, is located in the trated lecture. He among Americans and small town of Stockbridge, personally crafts each of worldwide. where Rockwell lived for the presentations to fit “There’s a two-fold answer. First, Rockwell’s ca**WE ARE NOW OFFERING BOTOX** reer spanned a dynamic time period from the •RESTORATIONS •PREVENTIVE CARE •WHITENING horse and buggy to space •EXTRACTIONS •DENTURES & PARTIALS •SEALANTS travel. Secondly, Rockwell is now getting placed in •CROWNS & •COSMETIC historical context instead DENTISTRY BRIDGES of a contemporary con•RIGID •ROOT text,” he said. STERILIZATION CANALS “It’s fair to say that I MARK T. BENTLEY D.D.S. INC discovered Norman RockCHARLES H. STEVENS D.D.S. well, the public figure, JULIE E. JONES D.D.S. when he passed away,” 1523 N. MARKET ST., TROY • 937-335-4630 • Daly said. “I had no idea, 2246024

PIQUA — Thomas C. Daly, curator of education at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., will explore Norman Rockwell’s artistic process and take a closer look at some of his iconic paintings during a special program Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Edison Community College Theatre. The program, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the Piqua Arts Council in concert with Edison and underwritten by the Piqua Community Foundation, the Hartzell Norris Trust and Honda of America Foundation. In addition to Daly’s talk, attendees are invited to view artworks in Edison’s gallery from 4 to 5 p.m. to be followed by light refreshments and entertainment in the college’s theater. Members of the Quintessential Winds will perform a blend of classical music and works from the time of Rockwell’s life. Musicians include Tamela Tennison, flute; Phil Chilcote, oboe; Mike Houser, clarinet; Julie Swank, French horn; and Kaye Humerickhouse, bassoon. There also will be a mini silent auction featuring several Rockwell posters and other

growing up in the Berkshires, that people knew him outside of our county. I just figured, as did many people, most places had an artist/illustrator living in their community. When the news reporters and the like covered the story, I quickly figured out that Mr. Rockwell was a wellknown figure.” Interestingly enough, this week marks the anniversary Rockwell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. Daly has been interested in museum work most of his adult life. “Two of my professors, Gus Nelson and Karen Border, independently suggested to me that museum work would be a good match for me. So I followed that lead,” he said. He initially worked at the Shaker Museum and Library and later entered the publishing field in Washington, D.C. “My wife and I later returned to (Berkshires) and I noticed an advertisement that the Norman Rockwell Museum needed help, so I applied and that was in the late 1990s. I have enjoyed working with the artwork and meeting a cross section of people that visit the museum and that I meet on the road,” he said. Daly has learned a lot about Rockwell and his legacy. “I will take away a better understanding of Rockwell’s compassion for mankind and his ability to celebrate the commonplace,” he said. Call the Piqua Arts Council at (937) 773-9630 or visit for details.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Experience winter with a hike at Hocking Hills BY LINDY JURACK iN75 Editor

events are offered on Fri- has seen people age 4 to only year it was officially day night, including 94 finish the hike, but he canceled was the blizzard games, refreshments and reminds hikers to be of 1978, although about LOGAN — Even naturalist programs. aware of their limita60 hikers still showed up though this season has Although we can’t tions. that year. been far from a typical count on snow in the unThe trails in winter The average number of winter, thousands of peo- seasonably warm winter are rugged. Individuals hikers each year is 3,500, ple will trek the 47th an- we’ve had so far, Park with health issues that Quackenbush said, and nual Hocking Hills Naturalist Pat Quacken- may put them at risk are people come from all over Winter Hike this Saturbush said the trail is still welcome to hike part of Ohio, the U.S. and even day. worth hikthe trail — other countries. The natHocking Hills, located ing. Old Man’s uralist has not been able south of Columbus, is “The upCave to Cedar to find a single-day hikknown for its caves, cliffs side to this Falls or Cedar ing event larger than the and waterfalls, and every weather is Falls to Ash Hocking Hills Winter year, thousands of hikers the waterCave — and Hike. come out to make a 6falls are have someone “A lot of people are mile journey through the spectacupick them up scared by the crowds, but park at one of the coldest lar,” he and/or drop these are people with the times of the year. The said, noting them off at same hobby. These are hike, including pre-hike hikers will those points. your best buddies,” and post-hike activities, pass four or People also Quackenbush said. is free of charge. Donafive falls. Hikers begin the trail — Pat Quackenbush are welcome tions are accepted. ComBecause to come to steadily as they arrive so memorative patches and many of the park’s natu- Ash Cave and walk the there is no bottle-necking hiking stick medallions ral wonders are made of short trail to the waterof big groups along the will be available for pur- sandstone, the water that fall. way. chase. drips through freezes, Park officials highly “You can still enjoy the On Saturday, hikers typically making for some suggest hikers bundle up outdoors and listen to the PROVIDED PHOTO are invited to assemble at unique ice formations. to stay warm. Hats, coats, waterfalls,” he said. “It is Hikers stop to admire the scenery during the Hocking the Visitor Center parkQuackenbush said hikers extra pairs of gloves, long beautiful.” Hills Winter Hike. This year’s hike takes place this ing lot at Old Man’s Cave can count on a few of underwear, layered clothHocking Hills State Saturday. on Ohio 664. Hikers must those ice formations, but ing and socks, a change of Park is located on Ohio be at the starting point the park, which usually clothes, scarves and good shoes or gloves also can 664 in Hocking County, years ago. The record between 9 and 11 a.m., freezes in November and hiking boots are recomhelp beat the cold. year was 2010 when more about 12 miles southwest and will head out contin- doesn’t thaw until May, mended. Ice cleats also Snacks, water and sport than 5,200 conquered the of Logan. For more inforuously between that hasn’t frozen this year. can be helpful, or snow drinks also are allowed. long hike. The event is mation, call (740) 385time. “We’ll probably see cleats worn over the bot- Quackenbush encourages never shut down, and the 6842. Along the way, hikers some ice formations betom of shoes. 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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Historical Society Singing Hoosiers headed to New Bremen hosts appraisal fair

NEW BREMEN — Lock One Community Arts will host the Indiana TIPP CITY — The two items appraised for University Singing Tippecanoe Historical a fee of $5. Additional Hoosiers Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. Society annual appraisal items will be charged at James F. Dicke Auditofair will be Saturday at separately and be aprium at New Bremen the American Legion praised as time permits. High School. Post 586, 377 N. Third This event, a The Singing Hoosiers St. fundraising activity for shine as America’s preThe doors will open at the society, is open to all mier collegiate concert 12:30 p.m., and the apinterested parties. There show choir performs praisals will begin at 1. is no admittance fee. American popular music, Bob Honeyman, wellPeople without items jazz and Broadway faknown Miami County for appraisal also are in- vorites with dazzling choauctioneer, will use his vited to join. This facility reography energy and experience to provide as is handicap accessible. style. The Singing much information as he Refreshments will be Hoosiers features collecan on whatever items available for purchase giate performers from the are brought in. from the Ladies Auxilworld-renowned Indiana Attendees may have iary of Post 586. University Jacobs School of Music, as well as stuLike iN75 on Facebook to get a preview of what’s dents with a variety of coming up in iN75 and to read the issue online! other majors. The Singing Hoosiers

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The Indiana University Singing Hoosiers will perform later this month in New Bremen. present a vocal and performance workshop for area teens. Teen workshop participants will perform with the Singing Hoosiers at the closing of its afternoon performance.

All area choirs and individuals are invited. Cost is $10, which includes a seat for the 4 p.m. performance. Contact Lock One Community Arts to register for the workshop.

DCCA presents Taste of Wine and Jazz GREENVILLE — Darke County Center for the Arts will present A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXII on Friday at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville. The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will feature food and music in addition to a selection of fine wines. “This is a sensationally popular party which has taken on a life of its own since our first ‘Taste’ several years ago,� DCCA Executive Director Julie Strait said. “Tickets often sell out, so all those who want to be sure to brighten the wintry days of January should make their reservations now.� Music will be provided

by Deron Bell and the Jazz For You band, a group that has earned a large local following. “Deron Bell can do it all; he sings, plays a variety of instruments and covers a broad spectrum of music,� said Keith Rawlins, DCCA artistic director. “The quality of the musicianship achieved by Deron and his band is equalled by the group’s joy in playing, making for a memorably good time for all concerned.� The band’s performance is made possible through the sponsorship of Fry & Company CPA’s and Edward Jones Investment representatives Dave Connelly, Steve

Litchfield, Todd Subler and Bill Wolke. A Taste of Wine and Jazz provides a casual social setting where attendees can enjoy the music or visit with friends while discovering the differing attributes of a variety of wines. Montage proprietors Aaron and Michelle Cox will prepare hors d’oeuvres to complement the wine selections. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to A Taste of Wine and Jazz are $35 each, and are available at Montage and at DCCA’s office inside Greenville Public Library. Tickets also can be ordered by contacting DCCA at (937) 547-0908 or


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Plan your vacation in Columbus this weekend Deals, live appearances and activities slated for AAA Great Vacations Expo COLUMBUS — AAA Ohio Auto Club’s fourth annual AAA Great Vacations Expo will give visitors a look at popular destinations when it hits Franklin County Veterans Memorial in downtown Columbus this weekend. Show hours are Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Billed as a one stop shop for everything related to travel, the event offers Central Ohio consumers information and expo only deals, along with the best travel values on everything from exotic cruises and European vacations to affordable escapes that are close to home. 250 exhibits With more than 250 exhibits, attractions and events, the expo is a destination in itself. Favorite travel spots come alive with interactive events and experiences that are as entertaining as they are helpful and educational. Specific attraction areas within the EXPO will include: • Vacation Marketplace: Travelers are encouraged to come with their calendar of available dates and favorite form of payment to be prepared to book trips and buy travel accessories. • Great Outdoors Adventure Area: Presented by Metro Parks, guests will enjoy real pine woodlands, putting green, a covered bridge, water features and fun for the en-

tire family, including wildlife presentations and hands on opportunities to get up close and personal with nature. • AAA Travel Stage: Live entertainment, events, appearances and workshops are led by leading travel experts that entertain and educate. • Play in Your Own Backyard Pavilion: Thanks to Experience Columbus, guests will discover unforgettable travel experiences that are as nearby as they are affordable. This year, the Pavilion will celebrate Columbus’ 200th birthday while introducing expo guests to the region’s favorite experiences. Celebrity appearance Another expo highlight is Bert Kreischer, thrill seeker, stand up comic and host of Travel Channel show “Bert the Conqueror,” who share his adventurous travel experiences on Sunday. Kreischer takes the AAA Travel Stage at noon and 2:30 p.m., with autograph sessions immediately following each appearance. In his series, Kreischer seeks out the most hilarious, absurd and undeniably dangerous challenges offered across America. Celebrating local culture and traditions, Kreischer focuses on legendary events and competitions, letting viewers share his adrenaline rush. Joining locals in gut wrenching challenges and fearless competitions, Kreischer


Travel Channel’s Bert Kreischer will speak at the expo on Sunday afternoon. strives to experience it all. Whether he’s attempting to dive off of Virginia’s Griffon, the tallest and fastest coaster in the world, or plunging 40 feet down Hawaii’s Shaka waterslide, Kreischer stops at nothing to showcase living like a local by celebrating unique regional traditions. A classic comedian, Kreischer travels the country making people laugh and discovering local attractions. It’s his sense of humor and authentic reaction during his unique experiences that make viewing both amusing and relatable. With a combination of passion and celebration, Kreischer’s mission to experience the outrageous is popular among all audiences. Learn from travel editor Another guest at the Great Vacations Expo is San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor and’s Bad Lattitude blogger Spud Hilton, who will share his sage travel advice. A noted travel ex-


Plan you vacation, tropical or otherwise, at the AAA Great Vacations Expo in Columbus this weekend. pert who has traveled the globe professionally for more than 12 years, Hilton will share tips for a richer travel experience and better travel photos, along with hilarious tales from the road and the skies. After hearing his entertaining presentation, attendees will never view travel the same old way. Hilton will speak Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. On Friday, his presentation will be “Five Lessons Learned from Globetrotting,” where he’ll share five truisms, such as when a language barrier isn’t, and why it’s good to step out-

side your comfort zone or even get lost on the road. Plus, Hilton will engage guests in an entertaining game of “What’s Worse on a Plane,” as he recaps ridiculous smackdowns between in flight horrors such as a screaming baby vs. yappy dog, an oversize luggage hog vs. an obnoxious loudmouth and the armrest snatcher vs. the seat kicking kid. Hilton’s talk on Saturday will be “Seven Reasons Your Travel Photos Stink.” His funny, yet informative presentation shows just how easy it really is to bring home far better travel photographs. He’ll show some

of the worst real life vacation snapshot offenders, helping expo guests hone their own sharp shooting skills. Kids Day fun Kids Day at the expo is Saturday, with featured guest SpongeBob SquarePants. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., this yellow cartoon character will meet guests and pose for pictures. Kids Day at the expo will be packed with family friendly fun. In addition to SpongeBob’s appearance, guests can meet favorite characters, including Snoopy from Cedar Point Amusement Park; receive coloring activity books from Universal Orlando Resort and Mickey Treats from Disney World; take part in the “Passport for Prizes” activity, visiting exhibits throughout the expo to enter to win a family vacation; meet the unique animals found at the Farm at Walnut Creek in Ohio’s Amish Country; design their own luggage tags, enjoy activities, mascots and giveaways from CW Columbus; and watch as Marmon Valley Farm’s Stick Horse Rodeo at 2 p.m. pits pint sized pony riders against one another in a fun test of speed and agility. Tickets to the AAA Great Vacations Expo are available at the door or at any AAA Ohio Auto Club store, for $9 or $6 for any AAA member. Children ages 16 and younger are admitted at no charge. Visit


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

GET UP & GO Rhythm Stomp LIMA — Stomp comes to Lima’s Crouse Performance Hall Thursday evening. The international percussion sensation with eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythm. This percussive hit brings some new surprises, with sections of the show updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. 7 Towne Square ◆ Thursday 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. ◆ Tickets $50 ◆ ◆ (419) 224-1552 Live music at the Leaf TROY — The Vice Presidents will perform at the Leaf & Vine in Troy Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. 108 W. Main St. ◆ Saturday 9 p.m. ◆ No cover charge ◆ (937) 332-0773 DPO Sundae Series DAYTON — The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Series, pre-

sented by One Call Now, will continue with a performance Sunday afternoon in the Scottish Rite Auditorium of the Dayton Masonic Center. Neal Gittleman, music director of the DPO, will conduct. This year’s Symphony Sundaes Series celebrates the music of Beethoven, and this concert will include his Symphony No. 4. Also on the program: the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, with soloists Kirstin Greenlaw, Principal Second Violinist with the DPO, and Christina Coletta, Assistant Principal Cellist. The Symphony Sundaes concerts were designed to add a new, familyfriendly series to the DPO’s annual lineup. The series brings the DPO and conductor Neal Gittleman to the intimate space of the Scottish Rite Auditorium at the Masonic Center to perform works from the great classical masters. The programs are performed without intermission and last about 85 minutes each. Each concert is followed by an ice cream social with the musicians, featuring a complimentary scoop of Graeter’s ice cream for each concert-

monotony-filled days in a military hospital by engaging in verbal battles of long-forgotten military campaigns, grumblings about the staff and reflections on their lives. Their cantankerous camaraderie becomes strained when Gustave conjures up an escape plan. Looking over the cemetery to the poplars beyond, they dream of freedom. Will today be the day they finally make it to Indochina or perhaps only as far as the top of the hill? The cast includes Gil Martin, of Dayton, PROVIDED PHOTO The Dayton Theatre Guild rehearses for its produc- Richard Young, of Kettering, and Thomas N. tion of “Heroes,” which is on stage this weekend. Stiver, of Washington sical works of Bach. 1241 Township. The show is goer. Dayton Masonic Center ◆ Sunday 3 p.m. ◆ Elm St. ◆ Friday and Sat- appropriate for individuals age 7 and older. 430 Tickets from $14 to $24 ◆ urday 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets Wayne Ave. ◆ Friday 8 from $25 ◆ ◆ (513) p.m., Saturday 5 p.m., ◆ (888) 228Sunday at 3 p.m. ◆ Adults 381-3300 3630 $17, seniors $15, student Night in Havana $10 ◆ www.daytontheCINCINNATI — The ◆ (937) 278‘Heroes’ Cincinnati Symphony OrDAYTON — The Day- 5993 chestra heats up January ‘Red’ ton Theatre Guild preswith the infectious DAYTON — “What do ents “Heroes” by Tom rhythms of Grammyyou see?” asks artist nominated Tiempo Libre, Stoppard, adapted from Mark Rothko in the openGerald Sibleyras’s “Le as seen on television’s ing line of “Red,” as he “Dancing with the Stars” Vent De Peupliers,” this weekend. It is directed by stares at one of his works. and “Live from Lincoln Fred Blumenthal and What artists see is the Center.” Be transported produced by K.L. Storer. core issue of the play, to Old Havana with two In “Heroes,” the audience which won six 2010 Tony nights of hot Cuban rhythms and piquant jazz meets three World War I Awards, including Best colors fused with the clas- veterans who pass their Play. “Red” is on stage at


the Loft Theatre Thursday through Feb. 5. The Guardian of London calls this look at Rothko, his work and his working relationship and conflicts with his apprentice, “a totally convincing portrait of the artist as a working visionary.” What the audience sees will include onstage preparation of a canvas for one of Rothko’s famed larger-than-life rectangles of bursting color. Resident artist Michael Kenwood Lippert (The Sunset Limited, Drawer Boy), a painter himself, plays Rothko, with Chicago-based Will Allan, Oakwood High School class of ’05, as the apprentice. 126 N. Main St. ◆ Various showtimes through Feb. 5 ◆ Tickets from $31 ◆ ◆ (937) 228-3630 ‘Jersey Boys’ DAYTON — “Jersey Boys” is on stage in Dayton at the Schuster Center through Feb. 5. The 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical is the story of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Four Seasons. It follows Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi on their journey from blue-collar kids to one of the greatest suc-

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Eye candy Young Masters TROY — The TroyHayner Cultural Center is hosting the Young Masters Art Exhibit now through Feb. 19. The exhibit will showcase selected works completed by Troy students from kindergarten through 12th grade. All artwork being displayed was completed during this school year and includes examples of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, ceramics and mixed medium. The schools participating in this exhibit include all the Troy City elementary schools, junior high and high school, Troy Christian Elementary, Troy Christian High School and St. Patrick Elementary School. 301 W. Main St. ◆ Now through Feb. 19 ◆

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Family fun WACO speaker TROY — On Thursday evening, Dan Patterson will present “Wilbur Wright: A life of Consequence.” This is a prelude to an upcoming exhibit in Dayton about the life of Wilbur Wright. This exhibit will include a gathering of artifacts,

photographs, documents, notebooks and letters. Patterson also will relate his experiences with the Smithsonian Journeys Program lectures on Celebrity Cruise Line ships where he spoke about aviation history. In 1988, Patterson aligned his passion for aviation’s rich history with photography by publishing his first book. He has 31 books to his credit with the goal of portraying how aviation changed the world. In 2003, he received the first annual Harry B. Combs Award for Excellence in the Preservation of Aviation History from the National Aviation Hall of Fame. 1865 S. County Road 25A ◆ Thursday 7 p.m. ◆ Free admission ◆ (937) 3359226 Historical society presentation TROY — The Troy Historical Society invites the public to attend its meeting Thursday evening at the TroyHayner Cultural Center. The meeting will feature a presentation by society Vice President Michael Robinson titled “The Things We Hear: The Troy Historical Society Oral History Project.”

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Opening Friday ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’


Oskar is convinced that his father, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him. Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn star in Starring: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” Genre, rating: Adaptation/drama, PG-13


Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Starring: Gina Carano, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas Gina Carano stars in “Haywire” Genre, rating: Action/adventure, R

‘Red Tails’ As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces in 1944, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options, including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country and the fate of the free world. Starring: Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Brandon T. Jackson, Ne-Yo Genre, rating: Action/adventure, PG-13

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The vampire warrioress Selene, escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James Genre, rating: Action/suspense, R

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Chris Farraday long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy, botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs, Chris is forced back into doing what he does best — running contraband — to settle Andy’s debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian, to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, cops and hit men before his wife, Kate, and sons become their target. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi Mark Wahlberg stars in “Contraband” Genre, rating: Action, R


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hand and the first thing that happened? Yes, you guessed it! Mark dove in for a big handful of popcorn. Next Christmas, he is getting a popcorn bowl of his own. Did you know some Native American folklore theorized that a spirit living inside each kernel of popcorn was the reason it popped when heated. As the kernels were heated, it was said that the spirit got angry and burst from his home into the air as a puff of steam. Yikes! Happy eating! Walnut Caramel Popcorn 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 3 quarts unsalted popped popcorn 1 cup chopped walnuts Cream together butter and brown sugar till light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, toss popcorn and walnuts. Add creamed mixture to popcorn and nuts. Combine until coated. Spread on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until crisp. Makes about 3 quarts. Popcorn Cake 1/4 cup, plus 2 teaspoons, vegetable oil 4 quarts plain, popped popcorn 2 cups M&M’s candies 1 cup lightly salted cocktail peanuts 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 pound mini marshmallows Grease a tube or Bundt pan with 2 teaspoons of the oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the popped corn with the M&M’s and the peanuts

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