Top 10 things to do: Rudolph and other ways to ‘ring in the holidays’ this weekend

Before Thanksgiving arrives, it’s time to celebrate Christmas

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Here are 10 things to do this weekend and into next week:

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Victoria Theatre Association's Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series presents "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical," the holiday stage show based on the animated television special, at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17. CONTRIBUTED



“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” has been a holiday tradition for many families since the animated special first aired on television in the early 1960s. With its enduring appeal, it’s little surprise that the tale of Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Santa’s newest young reindeer, Rudy, was adapted to the stage. 

 “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” was conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage and features musical arrangements and orchestration by Timothy Splain. Victoria Theatre Association’s Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series presents the play at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17. 

Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $26-$71. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

Dayton’s Most Delightful Dessert Contest is always a Ringing in the Holidays favorite. Guests sample offerings from Carillon Brewing Co., Brock Masterson’s Catering & Events, Dewberry 1850/Marriott at University of Dayton, Nanette’s, Purely Sweet Bakery, and The Cakery. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)



Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and specialty cocktails are just some of the enticements on display during Dayton History’s Ringing in the Holidays. The annual event at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, also features live music and a silent auction. Cost: $75 members, $85 non-members. Call 937-293-2841 or visit

The Beach Boys will perform at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Monday, Nov. 19. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)



Comedian Steve Allen was the headliner at the very first Heart to Heart concert in 1989. Since then, acts as diverse as Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan, Diana Ross, Itzhak Perlman, Vince Gill and the Commodores have donated time and talent in route to raising more than $7.5-million in support of Kettering Medical Center Foundation. The Beach Boys headline the 30th annual Heart to Heart gala and concert at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. Cost: $53-$93. Call 937-228-3630 or visit



Comedian Aries Spears bet on his comedic talent at an early age. He was 17 when he dropped out of high school in 1992 to pursue comedy full time. Later that year, Spears had a breakthrough appearance on “Def Comedy Jam” and never looked back. His television credits include “Mad TV,” “Black Dynamite” and “The Underground.” Spears, who appeared in films like “Jerry Maguire” and “Josie & the Pussycats,” returns to town for performances at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Cost: $25-$55. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit



The Westminster Choir presents Choral Vespers at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The program features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Coronation Mass, KV 317” and “Six Motets for the Church Year, Op 79” by Felix Mendelssohn. Cost: A freewill offering will be accepted. Reservations are required for the 5:15 p.m. Harvest Dinner. Cost: Dinner is $10 per person, free for children younger than 8. Call 937-223-7285 or visit



Generations of children have grown up on “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Eric Carle’s award-winning illustrated book about the protagonist’s journey to becoming a butterfly. Victoria Theatre Association’s Morris Furniture Company Family series presents “Sensory Friendly: The Very Hungry Caterpillar” at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. This special program is designed for children with an autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivity and other special needs. Cost: $16. Call 937-228-3630 or visit



“Parade of American Music” is the theme of the November Musicale from Dayton Music Club. The program, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave., Centerville, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, features Jim McCutcheon (guitar), Emily Evans (soprano), Rachel Lammi (piano) and Dayton Music Club student composers. Cost: Free. Next up for Dayton Music Club is an honors recital at Christ United Methodist Church on December 4. The December Musicale is a Christmas luncheon at Dayton Women’s Club on Dec. 11. Visit



The authentic Rathskeller of the Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton, is the setting for Fall Bierfest at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Mike Schwartz has selected 10 different seasonal beers for sampling. Cost: $25. Free for designated drivers. Free snacks will be provided and brats, mets and other food items will be available for purchase. Call 937-223-9013 or visit

Big Smo, whose latest album, "Special Reserve," was released in February, returns to Oddbody's Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, Nov. 17. CONTRIBUTED



While he lives on a farm an hour south of Nashville and his lyrics are filled with the imagery of rural life, Big Smo is no backwoods bumpkin. The country rapper has taken his hick-hop act to a wider audience through a string of albums, steady touring and a reality show that ran for two seasons on the A&E network. His latest album, “Special Reserve,” was released in February. Big Smo returns to Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Cost: $20. Call 937-813-4272 or visit 



Museum professionals, area businesses and local organizations will be on hand to present the best in STEM at the Dayton Regional Science Festival. The event, at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Dewesse Pkwy., Dayton, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, offers hands-on activities, displays and presentations. Cost: Free. Call 937-275-7431 or visit

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