Thursday, February 26, 2009

Special Event at the Little Art March 2

Monday, March 2, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra teams up with WYSO and the Little Art Theatre for a special reception and film screening of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, NORTH BY NORTHWEST. The evening begins at 5:30 pm with a wine and food reception provided by The Winds Cafe, and features a meet-and-greet opportunity with the hosts of WYSO's Filmically Perfect, J. Todd Anderson, George Willeman and Niki Dakota. The film follows at 7:00 at the Little Art. Tickets are on sale now at If you wish to attend just the film screening the ticket price at the door will be $15.00 - seating is limited.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Combined Band Concert

Joint Community Band/YSHS-McKinney/Alumni Band Concert conducted by High School band director Dennis Farmer in the YSHS Gym Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m.


Soul Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones
Mission Impossible Theme - Lalo Schifrin
The Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
Green Hills Fantasy - Thomas Doss
Concert Suite from Cirque Du Soleil - arr. by Victor Lopez
American Sailing Songs - Gene Milford
Above the World - Rob Gice
Aztec Fire - Jay Bocook

The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Senior Center Events Feb. 23-27

Tuesday, February 24
10:45 a.m. departure
Lunch Bunch outing to The Dock in Enon

Wednesday, February 25
11:00 a.m.
Free hearing aid help
1:30 p.m.
Board Meeting

Thursday, February 26
10:30 a.m.
Card-making party

Friday, February 27
11:45 a.m., Friends Care Center main dining room
80+ Birthday Luncheon

From the Library: The Big Read 2009


Let’s talk about a great book! That’s what the Big Read is all about: communities reading the same book and discussing it.

This is the fifth year for the Big Read here in the Miami Valley. Local libraries, bookstores, non-profit organizations, and the Dayton Daily News sponsor the seven-week reading event, which takes place Sunday, March 8 – Saturday, April 18.

After voting on a book in August, Miami Valley residents decided to read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. The people of Sterling, New Hampshire, are forever changed after a shooting at the high school leaves ten people dead, and the judge presiding over the trial tries to remain unbiased, even though her daughter witnessed the events and was friends with the assailant.

Look for details on the author, book discussion dates, events and more on our website or

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Advertising Items from Businesses Past

The following links to entries in the Yellow Springs Historical Society's blog show advertising specialty items recently donated to the Historical Society's museum on Winter Street by Bob Parker from former Yellow Springs businesses.

At least some YSSC members may remember the businesses the gave these items out.

H.U.M.A.N Button

Joe Holly Egg Timer

KBS Sales & Service Fan

Party Pantry Measuring Cup

Monday, February 9, 2009

No Common Scents Change of Hours

If you get your herbs, spices and essential oils at No Common Scents, please be aware that as of February 18, No Common Scents will be closed Wednesdays.

Friday, February 6, 2009

February 21 Program Cancellation

Due to space constraints, the Mad River Theatre Works production of "No Easy Walk: the Story of Rosa Parks" originally scheduled for Saturday, February 21, has been cancelled.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

NEWS: Gardening Gives Older Adults Benefits...

ScienceDaily (Feb. 3, 2009) — Researchers at Kansas State University already have shown that gardening can offer enough moderate physical activity to keep older adults in shape.

In research to be published in February in the journal HortScience, the researchers discovered that among the other health benefits of gardening is keeping older hands strong and nimble... (Full article)

Events and Activities February 9-15

Monday, February 9
10:30 a.m.
Activities Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Yellow Springs Community Library
"How to Use the Library's Computers" one-on-one classes
7:00 p.m., Yellow Springs Community Library
"Dr. Mary E. Walker, Civil War Surgeon" enacted by
Wilma Snyder-Casenhiser

Tuesday, February 10
Deadline to sign up for the February 12 Wexner Center outing

Wednesday, February 11
Deadline to sign up for the February 14 Cox Arboretum outing

Thursday, February 12

10:00 a.m. departure
Andy Warhol: "Other Voices, Other Rooms" exhibit at the
Wexner Center in Columbus

See Andy Warhol's work like you've never seen it before. This exhibit explores afresh the remarkable legacy of an artist who transformed the cultural landscape of his time, and foretold today's media-obsessed society. “Other Voices, Other Rooms” sheds new light on the celebrated pop artist and focuses on the ideas at the heart of his work: embracing consumer culture, exploring sexual identity, challenging social conventions, and erasing distinctions between high
and low culture.

The exhibit features films, videos, paintings, drawings, prints, wallpaper, installations, objects, seldom-heard audio recordings, and extraordinary archival material, over 700 items. The Warhol exhibit is at the Wexner Center in Columbus. The show is closing Sunday, Feb. 15. Admission is $8 for adults (18-64), $5 for ages 13-17, and 65 and above, to be paid at the door. We’ll go on Thursday, Feb. 12th, and we will leave from the Senior Center at 10:00 am. The Wexner has an interesting museum store for those wanting a memento. Please bring lunch, a snack and a drink. We may be back late from this outing. Please call the Center, 767-5751 to sign up.

Friday, February 13
1:00 p.m.
New phone system orientation for volunteer receptionists

Saturday, February 14
10:30 a.m. departure
Valentine's Day Orchid Show at Cox Arboretum

The Cox Arboretum is hosting the area’s orchid society annual Orchid Show on Saturday, February 14, and we are going to go see this amazing free exhibit, leaving the Senior Center at 10:30 am. The arboretum has a charming gift shop and a beautiful botanical library. Bring lunch, a drink and a snack. Preferred sign up time is by Thursday, February 11th, by calling 767-5751.

Property Tax Information

Apply for Homestead Rollback

Dayton Daily News Neighbors, February 5, 2009

XENIA — The Greene County Auditor is advising property owners who own and live in their home that they are entitled to the 2.5 percent Homestead Rollback.

An application for the rollback is available at Fill in the form, print it out and mail it to the auditor's office. Applications must be in the auditor's office by June 1.

Also, the continuing Homestead Exemption Applications have been mailed to all who were on the system for the 2008 tax year, payable in 2009. New owners or those who have transferred or sold their property will need to file for the new property.

Applications for the exemption are also due to the auditor's office by June 1. They should be filled out in person.

Finally, for farmland that is priced through the Current Agricultural Use Value, applications have been mailed for the 2009 tax year, applicable for payment in 2010. Those who did not receive the renewal application should call (937) 562-5072 or (937) 562-5073.

Homestead Initial Application

Tax Bill Update

How It All Began

(Opera House photo courtesy of Antiochiana)

(L-R, Hilda Livingston, Lucia Livingston, Augustus King and Dr. Arthur E. Morgan)

DAYTON DAILY NEWS, January 26, 1959

First Nighters

Senior Citizens Take Over Yellow Springs Opera House
by Carl Barton

Yellow Springs, Jan. 26 [1959]—Dr. Arthur E. Morgan officially opened the old opera house here yesterday for use as a Senior Citizens center following a motion by village council last week to "give him the keys, turn on the heat; let him go and see what happens."

Dr. Morgan is chairman of the Senior Citizens committee which asked permission to use the aging structure as a recreational center for about 400 older persons in Miami Twp. and a small section of Clark county. Most of the building has not been used since village offices were moved up the street to an old school two years ago. Before that it had been used by the Yellow Springs theater. The rear of the building continues to house village street equipment.

Mrs. Hilda Livingston, program chairman of the committee, said the 4,000 square feet of space on the lower floor of the opera house would be used for furniture and clothing repair and will include a game area for the oldsters.

Myron Shwartz, a Fairborn businessman, has contributed to the project by donating a storeroom he owns at 221 Xenia Ave., here, rent-free for six weeks. The committee will use this area as a swap shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for the items repaired and refinished at the opera house. Augustus King will be shop supervisor for the Senior Citizens program.

With donation and installation of some equipment and raw materials to work with, the program will get underway within the next two weeks. Floors and walls of the opera house were refinished and redecorated in 1957 when it was used by the village and the roof is now being repaired by council to insure a dry working area.

Open house will be held in the Senior Citizens new headquarters Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., Mrs. Livingston said, when it is expected that several hundred persons will attend to give the program a send-off. She observed that several items of furniture have already been donated and stressed the need for more.

Dr. Morgan has outlined the purpose of the Senior Citizens committee as a means of meeting the needs of older residents in the community which are not met by individuals themselves or by other agencies. He has proposed that the opera house center be used not only for the repair work, but also as headquarters for a Golden Age club and as a place for counselling and administration for the needs of oldsters.