Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, 2017!

Martin Luther King Memorial

Monday, January 16, 2017 is a national holiday as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Day. Here are some things to do in remembrance of this great man and inspiration leader:


  • Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center today.
  • Interfaith Vesper service at January 15, 2017 – 5pm -Zion Baptist Church in Avondale
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Civil rights march, Interfaith prayer service and celebration at the Taft Theatre. See more info here.
  • March for Unity in Our Community – The Square at Union Centre in West Chester Township (12pm)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program (12-1pm) – Atrium Medical Center in Middletown
  • Florence, Kentucky has a march planned near the Government Square at 3pm on January 18, 2016.
  • MLK Musical Celebration – 6:30pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Ohio.
  • National Day of Service: MLS Day – 1-3pm at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon
  • Spend the Day the MLS Way – (2-3pm) at the Blue Manatee Childrens Bookstore in Oakley/Cincinnati, Ohio


  • Participate in the MLK Memorial March and Rally at 10 am on January 16, 2017 at 10am . The march starts at the Charles Drew Health Center on West Third Street and ends at the Dayton Convention Center.
  • The Martin Luther King Memorial Rally is at 11am on January 16, 2017 at the Dayton Convention Center. (22 E. Fifth Street)
  • MLS Celebration Banquet – January 16, 2017 at 6pm at the Dayton Convention Center
  • MLK Day at the Kettering Recreation Complex – January 16, 2017 from 8am-5pm) – all kinds of activities for the kids

Read the entire script of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Smale Riverfront Park Update




Image courtesy of mysmaleriverfrontpark.org


Image courtesy of mysmaleriverfrontpark.org

With baseball season underway and the All-Star Game just days away, we are lured with warmer temperatures to the banks of the Ohio River to view what’s new at the Smale Riverfront Park.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated attraction was unveiled on May 16. Carol Ann’s Carousel features 44 carousel characters and will operate year-round. You can preview some of the carousel figures here and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and inspiration behind local artist Jonathan Queen’s work below.


More Venues Opening Summer 2015

  • Castellini Esplanade – 28 picnic tables that move on rails (will host future riverfront farmer’s markets). It’s design reflects the historic character of the produce industry.
  • Great Lawn – 2.5 acres with a curved pathway and the Ohio River Trail
  • Sue & Joe Pichler Family Fountains at Vine Street – The steps align withe Vine Street and feature water cascades that light up at dusk. The plaza has fountains for play as well as water curtains and a reflecting pool
  • Portland Loo – aka a toilet, this is a clean, safe place to go!
  • P&G Go Vibrantscape featuring the “oinkihopter” aka a flying pig with rope ladders; granite map of the riverfront to see how flood waters rise and recede and fitness path
  • Foot piano with 32 chimes (chimes sound every 15 minutes)
  • Anderson Pavilion – A banquet center is located beneath the carousel with views of the lower park and bridges and is available for rent
  • Heekin/PNC Grow Up Adventure Playground – Next to the Roebling Suspension Bridge, this play area has a rock-climbinb canyon, slides, rope bridge and a granite seating amphitheater.
  • Gardner Family Grove and Rose Garden – This grove has pathways, trees and many varieties of roses.

Phase 6 of the Smale Park is still being designed. Stay tuned for more updates!