Everybody PK Thursday night

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PK Dayton 33 poster by Matt Kish

TEDx 5 happend last Friday. After 4 years of listening to highly produced, filter on, politically correct drivel for $50 a head, I didn’t buy a ticket. Friends tell me it was better this time. I couldn’t stand another day off work to listen to people start their presentation with “I”- and go on for 10-18 minutes talking about themselves.

On the flipside, this Thursday, you can go to an event about stories and ideas that costs NOTHING to get in, allows and encourages audience participation, and sometimes has free beer (depending on if the venue has a liquor license or not- this time, the venue does- so you have to pay).

Pecha Kucha is structured. 20 slides, 20 seconds each. The slides advance, even if the speaker doesn’t. The best presentations run like clockwork, with images supporting the narrative, and can be on any subject. Sometimes, the organizers try to plan a theme- as they will with this one, here’s their invite:

7:30pm, Thursday, October 26.
Let’s celebrate this hallowed time of year with our 33rd set of intense but transient 20x20s. Top of the Market, 32 Webster Street. There will be beer. Free to attend. Kind donations and spirits welcome.

Ancient rituals to celebrate the dead have meaning today. We love to dress, parade, feast, prank, remember past loves and tell stories in the dark. Like life, a 20×20 is fleeting, lasting a mere 400 seconds. Emcee Juliet Fromholt will be with us in the flesh to introduce these presenters:
Mary Sanders – Observing Halloween
Carolyn Bohner – Every Recipe in the Book
Angelina Hoschouer – Dayton’s Notorious Dead
Casey Moninghoff – Fermentation is our Friend
Tim Waggoner – The Art of the Horror Story
Justin Risner – The Late Great Dayton Triangles
Joy Levett – Festivals that Honor the Spirits
Tony Kroeger – Haunted Dayton
…others may walk among us…

The team that has brought you this exchange of ideas for the last 32 quarterly events was 100% South Park peeps- but, alas, two, Jill Davis and Matt Sauer are handing off their duties after this event. One of the new organizers, Katy Kelly used to live in South Park, so it sort of is still a SP thing.

If you still haven’t been to a PK night, what’s holding you back?

Why pay to hear ideas worth sharing, when you can get them for free?


Free Workshop for Veterans in business

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Please help me spread the word- if you are a Veteran, know a Veteran, or are a friend of a friend of a Veteran- or are married to a Veteran, let them know about this.

It’s totally free– and I’m teaching day 2- which will be my www.websitetology.com seminar.

Contact Name:  Richard G. Portis
Organization: XXI-C Industries LLC
Phone Number:  (877) 522-2747 x101
Email:  [email protected]



Dayton, Ohio: Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC), VetBizCentral and VBOC Central State University Workforce & Career Development Center Announces Veteran Business Two-Day Workshop in Ohio.

The workshop mission is to get Veterans Back To Business by providing targeted assistance to transitioning soldiers and military veterans who seek to be business owners and grow existing businesses.

The workshop will offer guidance in the areas of government and commercial contracting, internet and web-based business growth strategies including, Explore Basic Business Insights, Explore Essentials For Entrepreneurs, Leadership Skills and Professional Networking Connections, Strengthening New or Existing Business Enterprise Skills and Assessment of Business Concepts & Feasibility Planning.

Vetrepreneur event flyer in Dayton Ohio

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Richard G. Portis, Pres. XXI-C Industries, LLC, Veteran Business  & Business Consulting Coach.

David Esrati, Chief Creative Officer,  The Next Wave, Service Disabled Veteran Business Owner

Additional Guests Speakers and Local Resource Groups.

Date:               TWO Days April 27-28 2016 / 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location:       Central State University-Dayton, 840 Germantown St, Dayton, OH 45402

Open To: Transitioning  Military Veterans & Dependents.

To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veteran-entrepreneurs-workshop-registration-24236537135?err=29

Facebook:       www.facebook.com/VeteranEntrepreneursWorkshop

Free Shakespeare in South Park- v7

The Tempest-- Free Shakespeare in South ParkSeventh season starts tonight, Aug. 7, and runs through Sunday Aug 9. Who would have thought that a neighborhood could start a Free Shakespeare program and keep it going for that long?

Welcome to my neighborhood. Historic South Park is a neighborhood that works together to make living in Dayton a unique and wonderful experience. We have progressive Porch, Patio and Deck Parties that progress from house to house in the summer, we play social soccer on Sundays, we have doggie flash mobs, food truck Shindigs, our own urban gardens where people plant their crops in raised beds, hot toddy parties, a Halloween weenie roast and a pre-trick or treat parade complete with a marching band, an Easter egg hunt, and I’m probably only half done.

For Shakespeare they take Willy’s work, and usually modernize the setting- yet keep the original words. At least half the cast lives in the ‘hood, and neighbors build the sets, do the costumes, run the sound and lights and ask for donations at the end (so the show can go on).

It starts at 8 p.m. each night- bring a blanket or lawn chair. Park in Hope Lutheran Church’s parking lot at 500 Hickory or at Emerson School just a smidgen farther down Hickory. The show is on “South Park Green” at 601 Hickory- or there about.

If you like theater, this is a good time. Come on out and see how South Park does things differently.

For those of you who need the Cliffs notes on the play (like me)

The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skilful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring  about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the king, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.

Source: The Tempest – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

File this under have cheap fun in Dayton.

It’s Mike Fariello Week. Eat some Skyline in Troy, please.

Kathy and Mike Fariello.

Kathy and Mike Fariello.

The famous line in vice-presidential debates was “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.” That was Lloyd Bentsen setting Dan Quayle straight.

Well, I’ve met Mike Fariello, and I’m telling all of you- you aren’t him

He’s one of the few other veterans in advertising in Dayton. He used to work at another ad agency and has remained active in the Dayton Ad Club- now called AAF Dayton, despite changing careers and running the Skyline Chili in Troy. And, he served as President of AAF Dayton, and has won the vaunted Silver Medal.

  He’s a silver tongued “radio voice” kinda guy- who looks smashing in a suit- and has MC’d our annual Hermes Awards forever.

Now, the bad news:

Mike Fariello as many of you know has stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. We are holding a week-long fund raiser for Mike’s medical bills, etc. We are donating 25% of our total sales from Monday, August 3, through the following Sunday to help alleviate any financial stress Mike and his wife Kathy are under. Please come in as often as you can. Remember it began yesterday and continues until Sunday. Laura Davie from AlterEgo face painting will be there Monday through Friday lunch from 12-2. She will be donating what she makes to Mike as well.”

The address is 1775 W. Main St,, Troy, Ohio 45373, take exit 74 toward OH-41/Covington/Troy if you head North on I-75.

I’ll be going at least a few times. Mike is that kind of guy.

Event: The cost of gold- child labor and mining presentation

An older miner and a younger boy are chin deep in frigid water 150-meters below the surface as they work a gold mine near Syndicate on the island of Masbate. Image by Larry C. Price. Philippines, 2012.

An older miner and a younger boy are chin deep in frigid water 150-meters below the surface as they work a gold mine near Syndicate on the island of Masbate. Image by Larry C. Price. Philippines, 2012.

This Friday night, June 19, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton, OH 45402 at 7 p.m., you can hear my friend Larry C. Price talk and share his amazing photographs that catalog  horrendous mining practices that bring gold to you. The event is FREE!

He’s been on assignment for the last two years in Africa, Indonesia and the Philippines, taking  photos for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. This is the write-up for another talk on the same subject:

Larry will show work from the Philippines, Burkina Faso and Indonesia where children, some as young as four, smash boulders, haul 60-pound bags of ore, handle mercury and other toxic materials, and dive underwater into deep pits.

Although large foreign countries had mined Burkina Faso gold for almost half a century, it wasn’t until the famines of the 1980s forced families off their farms that artisanal or small-scale mining took root. Now, to maximize profits, entire families work the mines—this means putting children to work as child laborers. Gold fever shows no sign of ending.

The Philippines produced more than 1 million troy ounces of gold in 2011, ranking 18th in world production. More than half of that gold came from small-scale mines. In these mines, many of them illegal, entire families, including very young children, dig, pan, crush and haul rock. Children risk injury and death and face long-term health problems caused by back-breaking labor, exposure to dust and chemicals and, worst of all, mercury poisoning. Indonesia and the Philippines officially ban child labor, the burning of mercury and most small-scale gold mining. But in both countries, pervasive corruption, payoffs to local officials and weak central governments make it difficult to curb these practices, especially in remote areas.

Source: Talks @ Pulitzer with Larry C. Price | Pulitzer Center

The photographs are some of the most powerful you’ll ever witness. This is nothing new for Price, who has won the Pulitzer Prize twice for his reporting in war zones. To get the photos, Price crawled into dangerous mine shafts, was often submerged in water, was exposed to mercury that the miners use to identify the gold, and risked his life, to bring the story to the rest of the world.

Hope to see you there.