Community Calendar


Today

• COFFEE WITH VETERANS: The monthly coffee and doughnuts with veterans will be offered from 9-11 a.m. at the Miami Valley Veteran’s Museum, 107 W. Main St., Troy, in the second floor dining facilities of the Masonic Lodge building. An elevator is available. The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Mike Jackson, retired, who flew 210 combat missions in Vietnam.

• KITCHEN CLOSED: Grandma’s Kitchen at Hoffman United Methodist Church in West Milton will be closed due to the Fourth of July holiday. Otherwise, the regular serving hours are Wednesdays, 5-6:15 p.m.

• BOOK CLUB: Staff and members of the Unplugged Book Club at the Oakes-Beitman Public Library, Pleasant Hill, will be reading modern and classic books. Share in a book discussion about what was liked or disliked about the book and make a craft. Snacks will be served. For grades 3 and up. For more information, call (937) 676-2731.

• WEDNESDAYS WITH WILDLIFE: Help push through the mid-summer blahs by joining Brukner Nature Center staff during our third year of “Wednesdays with Wildlife.” Geared for kids entering grades sixth through 12th. Also join staff every Wednesday in July from 9 a.m. to noon. Each week will provide the campers a variety of methods for interacting with nature including research techniques, citizen science projects, nature art, building and providing for nature, snorkeling in the Stillwater River and more. Along the way, participants will meet several wildlife ambassadors and play games to help better understand the amazing world around us. Payment and registration due the Monday prior to the program. The fee is $20 for BNC members per Wednesday; $25 for non-members per Wednesday. Cash or check only.

• KIWANIS: The Piqua Kiwanis Club will meet at noon at the Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. The speaker will be John Irmscher with “Exciting Projects Scheduled for Downtown Piqua.” Reservations are required by calling Dennis Carity at 418-8478. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Family and friends will honor former Milton-Union High School principal and coach Ed Lendenski with the Fifth annual Ed Lendenski Memorial Blood Drive from 3-7 p.m. in the West Milton United Church of Christ social hall, 108 S. Main St. The blood drive is sponsored by the West Milton Lions Club and comes during the challenging Fourth of July holiday week. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• KIWANIS: The Kiwanis Club of Troy welcomes Ty Welker, varsity baseball head coach at Troy High School, as he will be discussing recent successes and future expectations from the Troy baseball program. Lunch meeting starts at noon at the Troy Country Club.

• COMPUTER Q&A: Local computer expert Bill Coate will offer one-on-one 30-minute sessions at the Milton-Union Public Library to answer questions about personal computers or digital technology from 6:30-8 p.m. Registration is required. Call 937-698-5515 to sign up for a time slot.

• STORY TIME: Bowling is the theme of the Milton-Union Public Library Story Times this week. Children’s librarian Wendy Heisey will hold two sessions, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m. Stories, crafts, games and puppet shows are included in the activities for school-age children and their caretakers.

• SLIDERS: The American Legion Post 586, Tipp City, will offer John’s sliders, two for $2 with toppings and chips starting at 6 p.m.

Thursday

• CHESS CLUB: Challenge your friends or learn a new skill at the Checkmate Chess Club at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy. Another date for the chess club is Aug. 4. The chess club is open to everyone with an interest in the game, even if you’ve never played before, and it is a great activity for the whole family. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 127, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• SUMMER STORYTIME: Stories, music, crafts, puppet shows and fun will be offered from 10:30-11 a.m. in the Children’s Department of the Piqua Public Library. Register by calling 773-6753, or stopping by the Children’s Department.

• FARMERS MARKET: The Piqua Community Farmers Market will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in front of the Fort Piqua Plaza in downtown Piqua. For more information, visit piquafarmersmarket.com.

• SUMMER SOLSTICE EVENT: Join Brukner Nature Center staff at 7 p.m. and enjoy homemade sparkling lemonade, plus summery treats and sweets as you take in the new art gallery exhibit of photographs by naturalist, Wil Hershberger. Come discover how and why insects sing, how they hear, and how humans perceive their songs. From crickets and coneheads to trigs and cicadas, we celebrate this awesome orchestra. Admission for this seasonal celebration is $5 for BNC members and $10 for non-members (cash or check only). All proceeds support the native gardens.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Troy Christian Church will support the blood supply during the challenging Fourth of July holiday week by hosting a blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, 1440 E. State Route 55. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• LUNCHEON: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will have a carry-in luncheon at noon at 320 S. First St., Tipp City, followed by “Christmas in July.”

• ORGANIZE: “Exercise Your Mind and Organize Your Life” with the Compassionate Organizer Olive Wagar. She is coming to the Milton-Union Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Healthy snacks will be provided.

• KIDS IN SPACE: The Armstrong Space Museum takes kids through an astronaut fitness course at the Milton-Union Public Library from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The program is geared towards children in kindergarten to fifth grade.

• MOVE IT: “Move It to Lose It” with a free exercise class every Thursday morning during the summer at the Milton-Union Public Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Today you will work with kettle bells – all ages are welcome; youth under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent.

• BRATS: The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 586 Tipp City, will prepare brat sandwiches with toppings and chips for $3 or with french fries for $4 starting at 6 p.m.

Friday

• MUSIC SERIES: The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s Downtown Troy Summer Music Series will continue with Everything Fitz at 7:30 p.m. on Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy. Everything Fitz is a family band featuring the high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing of four of Canada’s finest young musicians. Call 339-0457 or visit TroyHayner.org for complete details.

• DINE TO DONATE: Dine at Piqua, Troy or Sidney’s Bob Evans from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 15 percent of sales will be donated to the Miami County Fair Gospel Fest. A flier, which can be printed from www.BobEvans.com/BEKind, must be provided.

• PORK CHOP: The Troy Fish & Game will offer pork chop dinners beginning at 6 p.m.

• HOT DOGS: The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 586, Tipp City, will offer a hot dog bar with toppings, potato salad and baked beans starting at 6 p.m.

Saturday

• FARMERS MARKET: The Downtown Troy Farmers Market will be offered from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features fresh local produce, breads, artisan cheeses, maple syrup, honey, baked goods, locally-raised meat, artists’ booths, live music, other entertainment and more. The location on South Cherry Street, just off West Main Street, is convenient for shoppers with adjacent parking. For more information, visit www.TroyMainStreet.org or call (937) 339-5455.

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmers Market will open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lowe’s parking lot, Troy, with local, plants, vegetables, maple syrup and more.

• DINE TO DONATE: Dine at Piqua, Troy or Sidney’s Bob Evans from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 15 percent of sales will be donated to the Miami County Fair Gospel Fest. A flier, which can be printed from www.BobEvans.com/BEKind, must be provided.

• PICNIC AND BINGO: A summer picnic and bingo will be offered at the A.B. Graham Center, corner of U.S. Route 36 and Alcony Conover Road. Dinner, which will include grilled chicken breast or pork chop, two sides, roll, homemade ice cream and drink, will be served from 5-7 p.m. Meals are $8 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. Carry-outs will be available. There will be a 50/50 raffle. Bingo starts at 7 p.m.

• CONCERT SET: Rum River Blend will be playing at the Tipp City Roller Mill, 225 E. Main St., Tipp City, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with an evening of bluegrass, gospel and folk music, with special guests for Carl Phillis (“The Fiddler”) celebrating his 94th birthday. Cake will be served. Adults are $8 and those under 12 are $4. Reservations can be made at (937) 667-3696.

• FISH FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer an all-you-can-eat fish fry and smelt dinner with French fries, baked beans and apple sauce for $9 from 5-7 p.m.

• LUNCH: Tipp City Seniors members and guests will eat out at 4:30 p.m. at the Rib House, Vandalia. A Euchre party will then begin at 6:30 p.m. at the center, 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

TEEN ANIME: Milton-Union Public Library has started a new Teen Anime club. Ages 13 to 17 can watch anime, try candy sushi and learn how to draw manga. Join the inside and outside fun from 1-3 p.m.

• KARAOKE: Come to karaoke at the American Legion Post 586, Tipp City, playing from 7 p.m. to close.

Sunday

• DINE TO DONATE: Dine at Piqua, Troy or Sidney’s Bob Evans from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 15 percent of sales will be donated to the Miami County Fair Gospel Fest. A flier, which can be printed from www.BobEvans.com/BEKind, must be provided.

• KIDS DAY: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will offer children’s activites at 10 a.m. at the Troy Fish & Game, followed by a children’s fishing derby from 1-2:30 p.m.

• BREAKFAST: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586, Tipp City, will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8-11 a.m. for $6. Items available will be bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, French toast, regular toast, waffles, pancakes, home fries, fruit, cinnamon rolls and juices.

July 11

• MOVE IT: “Move It to Lose It” with a free exercise class every Monday evening during the summer at the Milton-Union Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Today’s class will be strengthening and conditioning with optional hand weights. All ages are welcome; youth under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent.

• BOOK DISCUSSION: A mother-son book “club” is the focus of the Adult Evening Book Discussion Group tonight at the Milton-Union Public Library. The group will be discussing “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. New members are welcome to join from 7-8 p.m. in the library’s fiction area.

• CRAFTY LISTENERS: The Crafty Listeners gather from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This group of women listens to an audiobook while working on joint and individual craft projects. Both experienced crafters and those wanting to learn are welcome.

• COUNCIL MEETING: The Potsdam Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the village office.

• POTATO BAR: The American Legion Post 586, Tipp City. will offer a potato bar for $3.50 or a salad bar for $3.50 or both for $6 starting at 6 p.m.

• MOVIE AND BINGO: Movie Monday and bingo will be offered from 1-4 p.m. at the Bradford Public Libary. This week will be “Black Beauty.”

July 12

• SUMMERTIME STORIES: Bring your child at 11 a.m. to the Oakes-Beitman Public Library, Pleasant Hill, to enjoy a variety of stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts. Registration is requested. For ages birth to 5 years. For more information, call (937) 676-2731.

• AG DAY: The OSU Extension Western Ohio Precision Ag Day will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Covington Eagles, 715 E. Broadway St., Covington. An aternoon demonstration will be at a nearby farm. Register by calling ((37) 440-3945 or Amanda at [email protected]

• SAWGRASS: A Lucky Lemonade Concert at Hayner will be at 7:30 p.m. with Sawgrass in the Hayner courtyard. Relentless instrumentals color this high energy old time bluegrass sound. Ryan Judy on guitar, Ben Cooper on upright bass and Brian Spirk on mandolin make up this powerful sound. Enjoy this free concert and lemonade in the courtyard at the Hayner. Details at www.TroyHayner.org.
• YOGA: Join staff at the Troy-Miami County Public Library for a free yoga class, offered by MaryBeth Robertson at 6:30 p.m. Learn the health benefits of yoga from increased flexibility to better balance and muscle tone; it’s also a great stress reliever. The Troy-Miami County Public Library is located at 419 W. Main St., Troy. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 117.
• OUTDOOR MOVIE: Grab your family, friends and neighbors and join staff for an outdoor movie under the stars on a huge inflatable movie screen at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. “Polar Express” will be shown at sunset. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and favorite movie pals and enjoy a summer evening of fun. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 117.

• PINTEREST CRAFTING: Play with polymer oven clay and create a colorful bowl at the July “Pinterest Craft of the Month” at Milton-Union Public Library from 6-8 p.m. All supplies are provided and registration is required. Call 698-5515 to sign up!

• COLOR CRAZY: Join Milton-Union Children’s Librarian Wendy Heisey and “Color Me Crazy” with a different geometrical or patterned coloring sheet each week from 2-3 p.m. Music or an audiobook will be played as well.

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots enjoys a puppet show today from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. Join children’s librarian Wendy Heisey and volunteer Tim Koeller for lots of laughs and fun.

• LEGO MARATHON: Students in grades second through fifth can enjoy a LEGO marathon and color run from 1-2 p.m. at the Bradford Public Library. Wear an old shirt and sign up in advance.

July 13

• BOOK CLUB: Staff and members of the Unplugged Book Club at the Oakes-Beitman Public Library, Pleasant Hill, will be reading modern and classic books. Share in a book discussion about what was liked or disliked about the book and make a craft. Snacks will be served. For grades 3 and up. For more information, call (937) 676-2731.

• WEDNESDAYS WITH WILDLIFE: Help push through the mid-summer blahs by joining Brukner Nature Center staff during our third year of “Wednesdays with Wildlife.” Geared for kids entering grades sixth through 12th. Also join staff every Wednesday in July from 9 a.m. to noon. Each week will provide the campers a variety of methods for interacting with nature including research techniques, citizen science projects, nature art, building and providing for nature, snorkeling in the Stillwater River and more. Along the way, participants will meet several wildlife ambassadors and play games to help better understand the amazing world around us. Payment and registration due the Monday prior to the program. The fee is $20 for BNC members per Wednesday; $25 for non-members per Wednesday. Cash or check only.

• KIWANIS: The Piqua Kiwanis Club will meet at noon at the Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. The speaker will be Ryan King, owner of Can’t Stop Running and running enthusiast. Reservations are required by calling Dennis Carity at 418-8478. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

• PUBLIC HEARING: The Forest Hill Union Cemetery Board of Trustees will conduct a 2017 budget public hearing at noon in the cemetery office, 8660 N. State Route 66, Piqua.

• KIWANIS: The Kiwanis Club of Troy will conduct committee meetings during lunch at noon at the Troy Country Club, with a board meeting to follow.

• WALKING BOOK CLUB: “Walk & Talk” with Milton-Union Public Library Adult Services Specialist Kim Brubaker at a book club that takes its show on the road. Participants take a stroll around West Milton while discussing “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Meet at the library at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a healthy snack to share with others.

• STORY TIME: Play putt-putt at both Story Times today at the Milton-Union Public Library. Join children’s librarian Wendy Heisey and volunteer Tim Koeller at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for stories, crafts, games and puppet shows for school-age children and their caretakers.

• FIELD TRIP: Pre-K through first graders will have a field trip to Shawnee Prairie with a picnic from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the Bradford Public Library. Sign up in advance at http://www.bradfordpubliclibrary.org, or 138 E. Main St., permission slips are required and are available at the desk.

• INTRO CLASS: Adults in the summer reading club at the Bradford Public Library will have an Intro to Cardio Drumming from 6-7 p.m.

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