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Dayton LGBT Pride Weekend 2015 kicked off with The Rubi Girls' incredible voyage to Courthouse Square on Dayton Link Ride Share Bike for the Affair on the Square Friday, June 5. The parade the next day was fun and oh so festival. There were floats, cars a band and a fantastic showing by  MJ's on Jefferson. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley read a supportive proclamation, performed a mass commitment ceremony and announced that she would make tome to marry same-sex couples free of charge once the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal. Photos by Amelia Robinson
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Dayton LGBT Pride Weekend 2015 kicked off with The Rubi Girls' incredible voyage to Courthouse Square on Dayton Link Ride Share Bike for the Affair on the Square Friday, June 5. The parade the next day was fun and oh so festival. There were floats, cars a band and a fantastic showing by  MJ's on Jefferson. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley read a supportive proclamation, performed a mass commitment ceremony and announced that she would make tome to marry same-sex couples free of charge once the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal. Photos by Amelia Robinson

1) PRIDE 2017

Greater Dayton Pride 2017 begins with Affair on the Square with the Rubi Girls at Courthouse Square, Third and Main streets, Dayton, at 5 p.m. Friday, Friday, June 2. The event features food trucks, beer and performances by Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus and the Rubi Girls. Cost: Free.

The 41st annual Pride celebration also features a parade and festival at noon Saturday and PFLAG 5K run/walk and Spikes & Heels Kickball Tournament at 9 a.m. Sunday. Cost: Free.

One of the highlights of Greater Dayton Pride is the annual concert by Dayton Gay Men's Chorus. The group will be joined by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company for a performance at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Cost: $20-$25. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com or www.daytonlgbtcenter.org.

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Mozart s Requiem at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3. CONTRIBUTED
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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Mozart s Requiem at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3. CONTRIBUTED

2) MOZART’S ‘REQUIEM’

This weekend, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting two different interpretations of "Mozart's Requiem" at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. The Masterworks Series concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, will showcase the traditional version of the piece with the DPO Chorus plus a presentation of Mozart's "Oboe Concerto" featuring oboe soloist Eileen Whalen. Cost: $8-$64.30. On Sunday, June 4, the DPO presents Sleeping Giant's reimagining of "Mozart's Requiem" in a 3 p.m. Classical Connections concert. Cost: $8-$43. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Find strawberry treats including sweet, delicious, fresh-picked Fulton Farms strawberries. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Find strawberry treats including sweet, delicious, fresh-picked Fulton Farms strawberries. STAFF FILE PHOTO

3) TROY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

The Strawberry Festival has long been regarded as one of the region's premiere events. That fact was driven home recently when it was voted the best festival in the state by the readers of "Ohio Magazine." The 41st annual event returns to Main and Market streets, Troy, on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. The Strawberry Festival features a parade, the Little Miss & Mr. Pageant, the 10K Classic, Diaper Derby, live music and more than 250 booths featuring arts and crafts, food and plenty of tasty strawberry dishes. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Free. Visit www.gostrawberries.com.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on June 3, 2017. CONTRIBUTED
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Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on June 3, 2017. CONTRIBUTED

4) LYNYRD SKYNYRD

Lynyrd Skynyrd's career could've been over after the tragic 1977 plane crash the killed band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines. However, the continuing popularity of the Florida band's music inspired founding members Gary Rossington and Allen Collins to resurrect Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1986 with Johnny Van Zant replacing his late brother as lead singer. More than 30 years later, the pioneering Southern rock band continues to perform for enthusiastic audiences. Lynyrd Skynyrd performs with openers David Lee Murphy and Ashley McBryde at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Cost: $62-$81. Call 937-228-2323 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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5) TASTE OF SUMMER

Break up the midweek monotony and welcome in the warm season with Miamisburg's Taste of Summer at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg, from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. This event features food trucks and dishes from downtown restaurants, children's activities and live entertainment. The Star City Community Band performs at 5 p.m. followed by the Menus at 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Call 937-866-8999 or visit www.playmiamisburg.com.

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Acoustic super-group Four Voices, (left to right) Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray, Joan Baez and Emily Saliers, perform at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, June 8. CONTRIBUTED
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Acoustic super-group Four Voices, (left to right) Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray, Joan Baez and Emily Saliers, perform at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, June 8. CONTRIBUTED

6) FOUR VOICES

Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls have performed together periodically as Four Voices since coming together for the first time in 1991. However, because of busy individual careers it is still a special occasion when the singers work together. The acoustic super-group has reunited this year for a 10-date summer tour, which includes a concert at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8. Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.

7) #IAMBETHANY

Bethany Thompson was an 11-year-old cancer survivor when extensive bullying caused her to take her own life in October 2016. The young girl's tragic death has started a movement to help prevent similar tragedies. Wiley's Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, hosts "#IAmBethany: Laughing in the Face of Bullying" on Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3. Headliner Mike Merryfield will be joined by local performers. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, and 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. All proceeds Call 937-224-5653 or visit www.wileyscomedy.com.

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SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE: Rock and Roll legend Sammy Hagar and his band The Circle will return to Huber Heights for a concert at Rose Music Center on Monday, June 5, 2017. Tickets range from $63-$82 and are available at www.rosemusiccenter.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
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SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE: Rock and Roll legend Sammy Hagar and his band The Circle will return to Huber Heights for a concert at Rose Music Center on Monday, June 5, 2017. Tickets range from $63-$82 and are available at www.rosemusiccenter.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

8) SAMMY HAGAR

When Sammy Hagar decided to put together a band to perform material from his four-decade career, he turned to some heavy hitters that are also longtime friends. The super group, dubbed the Circle, features former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and longtime Hagar guitarist Vic Johnson. Sammy Hagar & the Circle performs in concert at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 5. Cost: $63-$82. Call 937-228-2323 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

9) CONTRA DANCE PARTY

The organizers of the monthly Contra Dance Parties close the current season at Michael Solomon Pavilion, 2917 Berkley Ave., Kettering, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 2. This dance features music from Trillium with open mike calling. All ages are welcome. No experience is required because callers teach the dances during an instructional class at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $7 adults, $5 students with valid ID and free children 12 and younger. Visit www.daytoncontra.org.

10) PICKIN’ IN THE PARK

Five Rivers MetroParks programs a wide variety of music festivals and concerts each year, including its outdoor bluegrass series Pickin' in the Park. The series returns to RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 2. This installment features food trucks, craft beer and performances by Alex DeLange, the Wayfarers and the Last Revel. Cost: Free. Pickin' in the Park continues on August 4 with Mad River Railroad, Growler and Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. Call 937-274-0126 or visit www.metroparks.org.

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