Five Free, Fun Things at Miami in August

Compiled by Susan Meikle, university news and communications

Miami Matters brings you five free, fun things to do at Miami each month from events listed on the Miami Events and Oxford community calendars.

Move-In Day for First-Year Students: Aug. 24;  Move-in Day for Upperclass Students: Aug. 26;  Fall Semester Classes Begin:  Aug. 28

Monday, Aug. 14: Monday Night Music – Charlie Millikin, singer/songwriter

7-8 p.m. Miami Hamilton Downtownmillikin

Recording artist, pop singer/songwriter and musician Charlie Millikin is a recent winner of the Ohio Music Awards “Best Original Pop Song” and “Best Original Singer/Songwriter.” He also was named the 2016 Grand Prize Winner in the Songdoor International Songwriting Competition for his song “Change Me.”

Monday, Aug. 21: Ice Cream Social Uptown – Global Neighbors Friendship Program

global-neighbors2-4 p.m.  Uptown Parks, Oxford

Join Oxford and Miami community members in welcoming new international students during their first week at Miami at a free ice cream social. Miami brings about 700 new international students to campus each year. Interested in signing up to be a global neighbor and help with events during the year? Contact Terry Yang at or go to

Monday, Aug. 21: “The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen” 

6 p.m. Verity Lodge, Middletowncanteen

Rosemary Deitzer will share the story of how a small town of 12,000 people in the middle of Nebraska welcomed and fed six million traveling WWII soldiers 20 hours per day for four years at a Union Pacific Depot. Bringing in people from 125 different communities together to serve the troops, it was one of the largest volunteer efforts of WWII.

These volunteers baked and fried countless amounts of food. In one month in 1945, there was an effort to count exactly how much was being distributed, in the days of rationing:

  • 40,161 cookies; 6,547 doughnuts; 6,939 cupcake, loaf, and birthday cakescanteen-cake
  • 30,679 hard-boiled eggs, 2,845 pounds of sandwich meat; 12 dozen different items 

Of these items, the most memorable was the birthday cakes. A tradition of the North Platte Canteen, begun in 1942, was to give every serviceman celebrating a birthday on the day that he/she visited the canteen a birthday cake. Approximately 20 cakes were given away each day. It’s the most amazing story you’ve never heard. Refreshments provided.

Monday, Aug, 28: New Series, The ArtBeat of Hamilton – “A City of Murals”

7-8 p.m.  Miami Hamilton Downtownmural

Join us for a look at Hamilton's latest set of public murals in a panel discussion with local artists including Jenn Acus-Smith, program manager for StreetSpark and creator of six murals commissioned by the Hamilton Parks Conservancy. This program is the first in a new monthly series hosted by Richard O. Jones that will feature local artists, authors, musicians, dancers and others in the fine arts.

Thursday, Aug. 31:  MUM 50th Anniversary Red Carpet Movie Premiere

mum-movie6:30 p.m. Dave Finkelman Auditorium, Middletown

You and a guest are invited to the Red Carpet Premiere of Miami Middletown’s Oral History Project — a culmination of the MUM 50th Anniversary Commemoration. The film highlights interviews conducted over the past 18 months.

Join us after the movie for a reception and a toast to the 50th anniversary.

DVDs of the film and 50th anniversary apparel will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the “First to Fifty” Scholarship.

Please RSVP to Ruth Willis at 513-727-3471 or by Thursday, Aug. 24.