Newport Aquarium, Spring Camp, and Dragons Baseball

Just a reminder that the Newport Aquarium trip is coming up on March 19th.  This trip requires advance registration no later than 8:00 AM on Thursday March 16th so please check your email or read the post on the website.

Register for Museum Trip

 

I spent the morning of 3/11 at Camp Kern meeting with Cam Miller, the camp director and other Adventure Guides/Indian Princesses leaders.  There are some changes coming up for the Spring campout.

  • You will need to register online for trail rides and pony rides.  We will not be selling spaces at camp.  Watch this space for more information.
  • We will have a formal check-in procedure.  The YMCA is requiring waivers be signed for all attendees.  You will have to present a signed waiver to receive your camp wristband when you arrive.  Once again, watch the website for details.

There are some welcome changes at Camp Kern this year

  • New Shower Facilities at the Lower Bathouse!  New showers and they have on demand hot water heaters. No more cold showers in a dank bathhouse.  This is big news!
  • Many of the cabins have new porches
  • There will be new menu items (may not happen until fall), including the availability of a gluten free meals (at a small additional cost).  Gluten free meals require advanced notification.

Registration for Camp Kern starts on April Saturday April 1st.

Dayton Dragons Overnight is scheduled for Friday July 21st.  I will have a mailing soon with registration information.  Please note that this event requires advanced registration!

Sleeping Lion

aka Millard Mier

 

 

 

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Museum Trip to the Newport Aquarium March 19th

Google Map to the Newport Aquarium

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On Sunday March 19th the Oakwood Adventure Guide will be visiting the Newport Aquarium in Newport Kentucky.  This is a family event and spouses, siblings and friends are welcome.  Please feel free to invite friends who may be interested in joining our group.

The Newport aquarium is an amazing facility with animal encounters, a frog bog, a penguin exhibit, shark tank and more.  It is great place for children young and old to learn about aquatic life.  Most of all, it is fun!

There will be an informal outing after Hofbrauhaus Newport (walking distance from the aquarium) after we complete the aquarium tour.  This is strictly optional and very loosely organized.

We will begin assembling at 10:30 AM at the field house behind Oakwood High School for the purpose of Caravaning together to the aquarium.  The caravan will leave at 11:00 AM sharp for the 1 hour trip to the museum.  Expect to spend between 2 and 4 hours at the museum (closing time is 6:00 PM).

Group pricing is $18.99 for adults and $12.99 for children.  This is 40% off of the regular admission price.  To get the group pricing, you must register online no later than 8:00 AM on Thursday March 16th.  You may still attend the event without registration, but you will be paying the regular admission price at the door!

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Newport Aquarium Website

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Pancake Brunch

Aullwood Maple Syrup Making Demonstration and Pancake Brunch

On Sunday March 5th 2017 The Oakwood Nation will be attending the pancake breakfast at the Aullwood Farm in Vandalia (near the Dayton Airport).  The pancake breakfast highlights the making of Maple Syrup at Aullwood. The modest fee for breakfast includes all day admission the Aullwood Farm, a working farm from the 1800’s and the nearby Aullwood Nature Center.

Because of the warm winter, it is safe to assume that they will only be boiling water, not actually making maple syrup this year.  Still, they put on a good demonstration of how syrup has been made over a wood fire for hundreds of years.

Your admission to the pancake brunch gives you access to the entire Aullwood facility. You can enjoy their old time Farm and get up close and personal with farm animals, then go hiking on their nature paths, and then visit the nearby center/  There is fun to be had for the whole family. Dress to get dirty, as there will probably be mud.

As with most of our events, please feel free to bring spouses siblings (older and younger), friends and even well behaved enemies.  This is a great time to introduce potential members to our group.

We will meet in front of the entrance to the Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center, at 10:45 AM and enter the farm as a group at 11:00 AM promptly.  Wear your Oakwood Nation vest so we can find you!   Registration is free (Pay at the door) and tells me how many people to look for at the event.

Register at:pancake breakfast registration

The cost for breakfast (including admission) is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children.  Information about the farm can be had at aullwood.audobon.org.

Directions from Google Maps
Charity A. Kreuger Farm Discover Center at Aullwood Farm
9101 Frederick Pike
Vandalia, OH 45414

My apologies for getting the reminders out a bit late for this one.  This and our trip to the Newport Aquarium on the 19th of March fell off of my Radar.  Watch for announcements about obout the Museum trip this weekend!

Hope to see you at the pancake breakfast

– Sleeping Lion
aka Millard Mier

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Wow, Time got away from me!

Time got away from me and I am late sending out reminders about the Pancake Breakfast on March 5th and the museum trip on March 19th!  Here is the quick overview:

Pancake breakfast at Aullwood

On Sunday March 5th 2017 The Oakwood Nation will be attending the pancake breakfast at the Aullwood Farm in Vandalia (near the Dayton Airport).  The pancake breakfast highlights the making of Maple Syrup at Aullwood. The modest fee for breakfast includes all day admission the Aullwood Farm, a working farm from the 1800’s and the nearby Aullwood Nature Center.  Meet at 10:45 AM to enter the facility at 11:00 AM.   Pay at the door but please register so I know you are coming at Pancake Breakfast Registration

Museum Trip to the Newport Aquarium

On Sunday March 19th the Oakwood Adventure Guides will be visiting the Newport Aquarium in Newport Kentucky.  This is an amazing facility with all kinds of aquatic life including a walk through shark tunnel.  Admission is $18.99 for adults and $12.99 for children (40% off) and must be paid in advance so you have to register for this one or pay full price!  We will be meeting at the high school at 10:30 AM, leaving at 11:00 AM to caravan down together.  Carpooling is encouraged.  I will have the registration online with a full description by dinnertime on Tuesday February 28th.

-Sleeping Lion

aka Millard Mier

 

 

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Big Night Out At The YMCA

 

It’s Time for Movie Night at the YMCA

The Big Night Out will be held on February 11th from  from 5:30 until 11:00 PM and features a showing of the movie Zootopia, swimming, and an open gym.    The event is free, however there is a $5 per person charge for Pizza and drinks (no charge for non-eaters).  You must register in advance if you will be having pizza and drinks.

The doors open at 5:30 PM with Pizza and cotton candy beginning at 6:00 PM.  The pool will be open from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM.  The gym and other YMCA facilities will be open for the entire evening.  At 8:30 PM, we will show Zootopia and begin serve popcorn.


This is a family event so spouses and siblings are absolutely welcome.  Feel free to bring friends, and even well mannered enemies.  This is a great time to introduce new people to the Oakwood Adventure Guides.

Bring a sleeping bag or blanket and pillows to cuddle up in for the movie.  Pajamas are welcome, particularly for the younger crowd.

To participate, please register at
Big Night At The YMCA Registration
You must register before 8:00 AM on 2/11 if you will be having pizza

Google Maps South (Kettering) YMCA

Events coming soon:

Maple Syrup Demonstration and Brunch Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm March 5, 2017 meet at 11:00 AM at front entrance to the farm so we can enter together.  $6.50 Adults, $3.50 Kids includes all day admission to the Aullwood Farm

Museum Trip to the Newport Aquarium Sunday March 19th.  Meet at Oakwood Athletic Field 10:30 AM (leaving at 11:00 AM) to caravan to the aquarium.   Requires advance signup for special pricing.  Online Signup begins February 12th.
Sleeping Lion
aka Millard Mier

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Save the date: Dayton Dragons Game and Overnight July 21, 2017

 Save The Date

Coming up on Friday July 21st is a baseball game and overnight on the field at 5th third field.  The Oakwood Nation will be watching the Dayton Dragons play the Peoria Chiefs at 7:00 PM.  After the game, we will join several other local kids organizations as we pitch tents on 5th Third Field and camp out.  There will be a movie on the JumboTron, snacks and a light breakfast will be served on Saturday morning.

The Oakwood Nation participated in this event in 2014 and it was one of our most memorable events ever!  Mark your calendars today and watch for updates on the website over the next couple of weeks.

Quick reminder: We have the Big Night out coming up on February 11th with movie night at the Kettering YMCA.  We will be watching Zootopia, having pizza, swimming and having open gym.  More information is available at https://oakwoodnation.org/?page_id=972 .  Please visit https://oakwoodnation.org/?page_id=361&ee=104 to register

We are taking an outing to Aullwod Farm on Sunday March 5th for a pancake breakfast and to watch the maple syrup making demonstration.  More information is available at https://oakwoodnation.org/?page_id=980. Please visit https://oakwoodnation.org/?page_id=361&ee=105 to register.

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Big Night Out at the YMCA and Pancake Breakfast at Aullwood Farm

Coming up on February 11th is the Big Night Out at the YMCA.   This event runs from 5:30 until 11:00 PM and features a movie for the kids, swimming, and an open gym with a lively dodgeball game.  The event is free, however there is a $5 per person charge for Pizza and drinks (no charge for non-eaters)

Please look under the Event List tab on this website for full information

Big Night At The YMCA Registration

Coming up on March 5th is the Pancake Breakfast at Aullwood Farm near Vandalia.  This pancake breakfast is part of the Maple Syrup making at the farm and the admission of $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children includes all day admission to the farm.  This is a great event for our younger guides and princesses.

Please look under the Event List on this website for full information

Aullwood Farm Pancake Breakfast Registration

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Big Night Out at the YMCA

Google Maps South (Kettering) YMCA

Coming up on February 11th is the Big Night Out at the YMCA.   This event runs from 5:30 until 11:00 PM and features a movie for the kids, swimming, and an open gym with a lively dodgeball game.  The event is free, however there is a $5 per person charge for Pizza and drinks (no charge for non-eaters)

The doors open at 5:30 PM with Pizza and cotton candy beginning at 6:00 PM.  The pool will be open from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM.  The gym and foam room will be open for the entire evening.  At 8:30 PM, we will have an age appropriate movie for the kids.

Bring a sleeping bag or blanket and pillows to cuddle up in for the movie.  Pajamas are welcome, particularly for the younger crowd.

To participate, please register at

Big Night At The YMCA Registration

You must register before 8:00 AM on 2/11 if you will be having pizza

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Order Pizza and/or confirm you are attending Big Night Out at the South (Kettering) YMCA February 11, 2017

2017/02/11 – 2017/02/11

4545 Marshall Road

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It must be time for a movie and some fun!

OAG is having its Big Night Out on Saturday February 11th from 5:30 until 11:00 PM.   The doors open at 5:30 PM with Pizza and Cotton Candy at 6:00 PM.  The pool will be open from 7:00 until 8:30 PM.  At 8:30 PM we will have popcorn and watch the movie Zootopia.  The gym and foam room will be open for the entire event and the tribal Dodge Balls will there for a friendly game.

Admission to the event is free however there is a $5 per person charge for pizza and drinks.  You must register by 8:00 AM on 2/11 if you will be joining us for Pizza!  Registration for non-eaters is appreciated as it helps us anticipate our attendance.

 

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Changes Are Coming

How How!

I have been working on making some changes to the Nation’s website and in the methods by which we communicate with our members.  Starting with our next event, the Feb 11th Big Night Out at the Kettering YMCA, we will be using Mail Chimp to send out our communications emails.  You have probably seen Mail Chimp as the Oakwood City Schools moved to Mail Chimp last fall.

Mail Chimp offers our group several major advantages.  The biggest is that it does a better job of sending bulk emails.  It also gives our members the ability to subscribe or unsubscribe from the Nation’s mailing list by themselves.  It is just that simple.

More changes will occur when you renew your membership in the fall of 2017.  We will be offering three methods of receiving communications from the Nation.

  1. You can continue to receive emails just as we have always done (except that they weill be sent through Mail Chimp).  The emails will be shorter and to the point because the email will direct you to visit the website for full details about our events
  2. You will be able to subscribe to the Oakwood Nation WordPress website and be notified every time a change is made to the website.  Nearly all of the changes to the website are notifications about upcoming events
  3. You will be able to subscribe to Rained Out and receive text messages on your phone about upcoming events.  These will be very short message that will include a link to the website with full information about upcoming events.

My goal is to post at least two blog posts about each of our upcoming events and one wrap-up message after each event.  I hope to make the posts interesting and have some photos in them.  I do not want to overwhelm anyone with too many posts, but I want to get the point across that we are an active group with a lot of activities!

The next project for the website is to create a web page for each of our events that describes the event fully with photos as appropriate.  How can a new member understand our group if we don’t tell them about our events?

Finally, Tim McHugh has kindly offered to take over our Facebook page so we will have regular updates about our group.  Thank you Tim, we appreciate it!

Watch this space.  Changes are a coming.

 

Sleeping Lion

aka Millard Mier

 

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