2. LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
It promises to be an evening of mesmerizing group vocals when Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sweet Honey in the Rock perform at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14. The all-male South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which has been performing for more than 50 years, has received four Grammy Awards, including a 2013 win for the live album, "Singing for Peace Around the World." Sweet Honey in the Rock formed in Washington, D.C. in 1973. The all-female vocal group's 24th album, "#LoveInEvolution" was released in January 2016. Cost: $25 lawn & terrace, $30 orchestra and $35 plaza in advance. $30 lawn & terrace, $35 orchestra and $40 plaza day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
3. ANTIQUE FIRE APPARATUS
For its 20th anniversary event, the organizers of the Antique Fire Apparatus Muster present its biggest event yet. This year's muster, at Veterans Memorial Park, North Walnut Street, Germantown, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The event, presented by the Miami Valley Antique Fire Apparatus Association, features about 40 antique fire apparatus, fire-related flea market vendors, the Germantown Firefighters Association lunch stand and more. Cost: Free. Call 937-572-6265 or visit www.MVAFAA.org.
4. HABITAT IN HAVANA
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton presents its third annual gala benefit at Austin Landing, 10050 Innovation Way, Dayton, on Saturday, July 9. Habitat in Havana, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m., has an island theme so there's no need for black tie attire and cocktail dresses. Just put on your best Caribbean attire and support Habitat for Humanity in an elegant evening of dancing, dining and philanthropy. Cost: $125. Call 937-586-0860, ext. 20 or visit www.daytonhabitat.org/gala.
5. LOCAL SHOWCASE
It's been almost two years since Oddbody's Music Room opened in the old McGuffy's House of Draft space at 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, but it seems like the music venue has been there much longer. Owner Neilson Hixson stepped in and filled a void in the local scene by booking a wide variety of shows by national acts and hometown talent. Oddbody's will once again showcase local music with an 8 p.m. bill featuring Nightbeast, Jasper the Colossal, Shotgun Surprise and Team Void on Saturday, July 9. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $5. This show is 18 and older. Call 937-813-4272 or visit www.oddbodys.com.
6. KICKIN’ CHICKEN WING FEST
More than 10 area restaurants, including Basil's on Market, The Dock, Giovanni's and Pies & Pints, will be offering a wide variety of dishes during the Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Miami Valley Restaurant Association presents the annual festival featuring food purveyors and music from local bands No Regrets, 2nd Wind Live, Buzzard Kings and Lt. Dan's New Legs. Cost: Free. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
7. WOMEN’S RIGHTS ALLIANCE BENEFIT
With its Benefit for Women Who Are Homeless, Dayton Women's Rights Alliance is raising awareness of a major problem facing low-income women: the availability of affordable feminine hygiene products. The event, at the "Old" Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 8, features food from Smokin' Bee-Bee-Q, local craft beer and live performances from Sharon Lane, Skrt, Miranda Pennington and other local acts. Cost: $5 or equivalent in donations of tampons and sanitary pads. Call 937-203-8175 or visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.
8. MAYHEM & MYSTERY
A team building session goes awry when one of the participants vanishes, which sets up the central mystery in "The Rebus Riddle at the Retreat." The latest original play from Mayhem & Mystery Dinner Theater opens at Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St., Dayton, on Monday, July 11. This production runs through Aug. 30. Show times are 7 p.m. Mondays, with special Friday shows on July 22 and Aug. 5. Cost: $25.95 per person for dinner and show. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations are required. This production is presented through August 30. Call 937-461-3913 and visit www.mayhemmystery.blogspot.com.
9. REAR WINDOW
This year, Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, is celebrating 150 years of operation with a variety of special events and expanded programming. For its annual Cool Films Series, the venue has booked a string of solid classics such as "Mary Poppins," the original "Ocean's 11" and "Gone with the Wind." "Rear Window," Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, is screening at Victoria Theatre Friday through Sunday, July 8 through 10. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $6, $35 for a 10-ticket passbook. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
10. RON JONES QUARTET
Ron Jones was already an accomplished jazz saxophonist when he graduated from Florida A&M University in 1980. Naturally, he has only grown stronger over his more than three decades as a performer and educator. Today, the Louisville-based musician divides his time between giving weekly private lessons to more than 50 students and regional live performances. The Jazz & Beyond Series presents the Ron Jones Quartet in concert at Dayton Art Institute, Shaw Gothic Cloister, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14. Cost: Free for DAI members, $8 for nonmembers. Other acts in the series include PanVibe on August 11, Kick-N-Flava on October 13 and Puzzle of Light on November 10. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.