Summer activities for the elderly in the Dayton area

Jumping into June — Elderly Activities

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already 6 months in to 2016. Here we are, just wrapping up our Memorial Day barbecues, winding down from the long weekend. But don’t get sedentary just because you ate one too many hotdogs! June is already packed with great events that make perfect elderly activities! Below are just a few coming up in the next week, some are ongoing while others are just 1-2 days so be sure to mark your calendars so that you don’t miss anything! Best of all, many of these events are not only free but also open to all ages, so there are great options to take your whole family out, from the kids to your elderly relatives.

Dayton Outdoor Photography Exhibit

Aullwood hosts Dayton Outdoors by local photographer Bill Franz, the photographer behind the well known Facebook page “Dayton at Work and Play” and a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines. Proceeds from this exhibit support Aullwood’s environmental educational programs for children.

Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 – Sunday, Jun 26, 2016
Location: 1000 Aullwood Rd., Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm: Marie S. Aull Education Center, OH
Phone: (937) 890-7360
Time: All Day
http://web4.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/aullwood/

The Square Is Where: Trivia Tuesday

Free live entertainment each weekday brought to you by The Downtown Dayton Partnership and Montgomery County. On May 31, you can expect art themed trivia!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Location: Main & Third Street, Courthouse Square, OH
Phone: (937) 224-1518, ext. 227
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
http://www.downtowndayton.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=250

Kettering Block Party

A free, fun family event. Exhibits and interactive displays showcasing the best of Kettering, Kettering Civic Band Concert, Free Hot Dog Roast, and free Bicycle Helmet Fittings are just a few of the things you can expect here.

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016
Location: 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Fraze Pavilion, OH
Phone: (937) 296-3300
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Price: Free
http://www.fraze.com/

Into the Ether: Contemporary Light Artists

Grounded by the Light and Space movement of the 1960s in California, Into the Ether features artists who examine atmospheric changes, human perception, and individual experiences. With the immersive environments and atmospheric qualities, every patron can expect a creating unique, individual experience.

Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 – Sunday, Jun 26, 2016

Location: 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton Art Institute, OH
Phone: (937) 223-5277
Time: WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. THURSDAY 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. FRIDAY 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. SATURDAY 11 a.m. – 5 p.m SUNDAY Noon – 5 p.m.
Price: Museum Members: Free Adults: $14 Seniors (60+): $11 Students (18+ w/ID): $11 Active Military: $11 Groups (10 or more): $11 Youth (ages 7-17): $6 Children (6 & under): Free
http://daytonartinstitute.org/

The Nature of Art

This newly opened exhibit that made its debut on May 25 exemplifies how artists use natural materials and features wood, ceramics and works on paper.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – Sunday, Apr 9, 2017
Location: 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton Art Institute, OH
Phone: (937) 223-5277
Time: All Day
http://www.daytonartinstitute.org/

DP&L Summer in the City: Art in the City

Visit pop-up galleries placed in downtown businesses as part of a juried art show and vote for your favorite. There will be demos and hands-on activities taking place throughout the city.

Friday, Jun 3, 2016
Location: Third & Main Street, Downtown Dayton, OH
Phone: (937) 224-1518, ext. 227
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
http://www.downtowndayton.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=328

First Friday

I’ve mentioned First Friday before, and it continues to be a great activity you can take your elderly relatives to. First Friday is a free art hop featuring exhibit openings, along with a variety of entertainment options, arts demonstrations, live music and more.
Location: Third and Main Streets, Downtown Dayton Partnership, OH
Phone: (937) 224-1518, ext. 227
Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: Free

Pickin In The Park

This free, all-ages event features live, progressive bluegrass music and food trucks from 6 to 10 p.m. With Bigfoot Yancey and Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble on the stage, it’s sure to be a good time

Friday, Jun 3, 2016
Location: 111 E. Monument Ave, Riverscape MetroPark, OH
Phone: (937) 275-7275
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: Free

Pickin in The Park

Last Gas

The latest from the Dayton Theater Guild, this play “takes a hilarious and heartbreakingly hard look at love lost and found, and what it means to “get back to happy.””

Friday, May 27, 2016 – Sunday, Jun 12, 2016
Location: 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton Theatre Guild, OH
Phone: (937) 278-5993
Time: 1st Weekend: – Friday 8pm (Gala) – Saturday 8pm – Sunday 3pm 2nd & 3rd Weekends: – Friday 8pm – Saturday 5pm – Sunday 3pm
Price: $12-19
http://www.daytontheatreguild.org

March For Babies 2016

When it comes to elderly activities, we sometimes ignore those that are a little more active. But plenty of seniors are more than capable of going out for a walk! Whether you choose the 1 mile or 3 mile option, your participation makes a difference! This family friendly event with Kid Zone activities, food samples, vendor tables, and more is brought to you by The Miami Valley March for Babies.
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016
Location: 1700 S. Patterson Blvd., University of Dayton Research Institute, OH
Phone: (937) 229-2113
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Price: Free
https://www.udri.udayton.edu/Pages/home.aspx

Jewish Cultural Festival

The Jewish Cultural Festival returns to Temple Israel. The entire community, both Jewish and non-Jewish, is invited to share traditions and learn about the Jewish faith. Guests can expect a variety of entertainment for listening and viewing pleasure, an Israeli-themed petting zoo, education sessions, and the Second Annual “Oy Vey 5k Run/Walk.”

Sunday, Jun 5, 2016
Location: 130 Riverside Drive, Temple Israel, OH
Phone: (937) 496-0050
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Price: Free
http://www.tidayton.org/

As you can see, there’s plenty to choose from this month! Where will you be? Anything you can’t miss?

Have a great week!