Community Calendar


Today

• DOWN THE RIVER: The Down The River, Down a Beer event will be on the banks of the Great Miami River at Piqua’s Lock 9 Riverfront Park. Craft beer tasting and river activities are the main focus with live entertainment, canoe races, and a silent auction of beer-themed items. River activities and canoe races are scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Musician Jimmy Felts will entertain as craft beer tasting begins at 6 p.m. with samples of 99 craft beers from around the world. Five River Fire Rings will be set the river ablaze to music from 8-10 p.m. to close. Spectators may wish to bring lawn chairs or blankets for riverbank seating and are welcome to bring canoes and kayaks. Advance tickets are $30, which include a souvenir tasting glass and 20 generous samples of 99 craft beers. Tickets may be purchased at Piqua Beverage Center, Readmore’s Hallmark and Mainstreet Piqua, The Cellar in Troy, Karoc’s Marathon Growler Station in Sidney, and online at Mainstreetpiqua.com. Tickets will be $35 at the gate and designated drivers pay $5 admission. More information can be accessed online at the Down The River, Down A Beer Facebook page.

• CAR SHOW: Lockington Volunteer Fire Department will host its Ninth annual Car Show to benefit the fire department at 10363 Museum Trail, Piqua (Lockington). The event will start at 10:00 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. (rain or shine). Registration will open from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be dash plaques given to the first 50 registered vehicles and trophies will be awarded. There will be a $10 fee for all show vehicles. Food will be available for purchase and music will be provided by Jimmy Weaver. For more information, call (937) 606-0919.

• KARAOKE: The American Legion Post 586, Tipp City, will host karaoke from 7 p.m. to close.

• 5K/WALK: Fight Back 5K, a run/walk to benefit Relay For Life, will begin with registration at 6:30 a.m. at the Relay For Life of Shelby County at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Race starts at 7 a.m. The fee is $25 at cantstoprunning.com. Awards will be given to top male and female runners in each age group.

• ICE CREAM: St. Patrick Church will have an ice cream social at 6 p.m. in the church undercroft, 409 East Main St., Troy. Also on display will be the upcoming events scheduled, opportunity to sign up for Bible studies, Small Christian Communities and Dinner Club.

• WII PARTY: Play Wii games like Guitar Hero and Mario Kart on the library’s own system at the Milton-Union Public Library from 1-3 p.m. The party is open to all ages. Milton-Union thanks Miami County Foundation for the grant for the Wii operating system and accessories.

• BARN SALE: A barn sale, to raise funds for Leah Hatton of Tipp City to receive a service dog, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1555 Swailes Road, Troy.

Sunday

• CONCERT: Hotel California will perform their set “In The City” at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Troy on Prouty Plaza, sponsored by Troy Main Street. Concert-goers are asked to bring their own chairs.

• HONEY HARVEST: Come enjoy the sweet taste of summer at Brukner Nature Center’s annual Honey Harvest presented by the Miami Valley’s Beekeepers Association at 2 p.m. Enjoy a taste of this season’s hard work, courtesy of the honey bees at Brukner Nature Center. Free and open to the public.

• BREAKFAST: The American Legion Riders, Post 586, Tipp City, will offer an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $6 from 8-11 a.m. Items available will be eggs-your-way, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, home fries, pancakes, waffles, French toast, regular toast, cinnamon rolls, juices and fruit. Bluegrass open mike will start at 2 p.m. and the kitchen will be open for food sales until 4:30 p.m.

• BLUEGRASS: Bluegrass, withe The Dixie Ryders, will be offered beginning at 2 p.m. at the Tipp City American Legion, 377 N. 3rd St., Tipp City. The event will be an open stage bluegrass jam, and admission is free. Food and refreshments will be available.

• BOOK SIGNING: Judy Rich, a pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Piqua, from 2005-2008, will return to Piqua to sign her book “Like A Fig Tree,” from 1-2:30 p.m. at Readmore’s Hallmark, Piqua.

Monday

• MOMS & TOTS: The Miami County Park District will hold its Trailing Moms & Tots program from 10 a.m. to noon at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. This program is for expectant mothers, mothers and tots 0 – five years of age. Participants can socialize, play and exercise during this walk. There may even craft time. Be sure to dress for the weather. Register for the program by sending an email to [email protected], going to the program calendar at www.MiamiCountyParks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

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

• BLOOD DRIVE: The Covington Eagles Lodge will host a community blood drive from 3-7 p.m. at 715 E. Broadway. It’s a chance to boost the summer blood supply and possibly win an Alaska vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

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

• OPTIMISTS MEET: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at LaPiazza.

• CENTER OPEN: The Pleasant Hill History Center, 8 E. Monument St., Pleasant Hill, is open from 3-7 p.m.

• TOASTMASTERS: The Miami County Toastmasters will meet from 7-8 p.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy. Those interested in improving communication and leadership skills are welcome to attend.

• TOPS: The T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Club meets at 5:45 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, Main and 3rd streets, Tipp City. For more information, call (937) 332-9251.

Civic agendas

• The Police and Fire Committee of Village Council will meet at 6 p.m. prior to the council meeting.

• Laura Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Municipal building.

• Brown Township Board of Trustees will meet at 8 p.m. in the Township Building in Conover.

• The Union Township Trustees will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Township Building, 9497 Markley Road, P.O. Box E, Laura. Call 698-4480 for more information.

Tuesday

• 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. “Zootopia” will be shown at sunset. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and favorite movie pals. Snacks are provided by Beckstrom Orthodontics. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 117.

• GENEALOGY: The Shelby County Genealogical Society will present speaker Amie Bowser Tennant on “Missing Children and Proof of Parentage,” at 7 p.m. at the Ross Historical Center, 201 N. Main St., Sidney. Children disappear between one census and the next. Death, orphaned, put to work, married? Follow case studies of missing 19th and 20th century children as participants learn how to knit families together again.

• PINTEREST CRAFT: The craft this month is a Rustic Hardware Necklace. Using rustic hardware and earth toned beads we will make this simple necklace that you can wear almost anywhere. The craft project happens from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Sign-up is required (937) 698-5515, as all supplies are provided.

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots meet from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This is an opportunity for children from birth to 3-years-old and their caretakers to hear developmentally appropriate stories, play games, sing songs, and do other activities with children’s librarian Wendy Heisey.

• INSPIRATION: This month’s book is “Lizzie and Jane” by Katherine Reay. It is a story about becoming a chef in New York City. The book club will be having a potluck this month so feel free to bring a dish. The meeting will be in the Milton-Union Public Library’s multi-purpose room at 10:30 a.m.

• DISCUSSION: Miami County Liberty will host Jake MacAulay, chief executive officer of the Institute on the Institution, from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Concord Room, 845 W. Market St., Troy. Join participants for a discussion on the American view of law and government, the Biblical purpose of civil government, how to effectively combat Common Core, and how to restore and maintain the nation’s original form of lawful government.

• BARBERSHOP MEETING: The Miami Shelby Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Greene Street UMC, 415 W. Greene St., Piqua. All men interested in singing are welcome and visitors are always welcome. For more information, call (937) 778 1586 or visit www.melodymenchorus.org.

Civic agendas

• The village of West Milton Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.

Wednesday

• SYSTEMS GO: The United States Air Force Band of Flight will provide a concert at 7 p.m. on Troy’s Public Square. The entire Public Square will be blocked for this concert. Some chairs will be set up, but you are also invited to bring your own lawn chairs. Rain location is the gym at the Troy Christian School, 700 S. Dorset Road. Systems Go is the popular music component of The United States Air Force Band of Flight, stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

• BOOKMOBILE: The Miami County Park District will host the Troy-Miami County Bookmobile “Fueling the Engine” from 2-3 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. In addition to story time with the Bookmobile, enjoy an activity with a park district naturalist. Check out books for summer reading with a valid library card. All ages are welcome. Register for the program by sending an email to [email protected], going to the program calendar at www.MiamiCountyParks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• KIWANIS MEETING: The Piqua Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. Judge Pat DeWine will speak on “The Courts & Constiution in Ohio.” For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-158 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

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

• STORY TIME: “Bicycles” are the subject at the Milton-Union Public Library Story Time 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 preschool children and their caretakers.

• COMPUTER Q&A- Local computer expert Bill Coate will offer individual 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.

• ALUMNI LUNCH: The Staunton School Alumni will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Frisch’s restaurant in Troy. All graduates and any attendees of the school are welcome to attend, as well as friends. For more information, call Shirley at (937) 335-2859.

• BOE MEETING: The Newton Local Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. in the Newton School Board of Education Room.

• COUPON CLUB: The St. James Coupon Club will meet every week from 6-8 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 200 W. High St., Piqua. Come, bring a friend, bring your coupons to work on, to share and trade, or just bring yourself if you are just getting started. For questions, call 773-1241.

• STAUNTON ALUMNI: The Staunton School alumni will meet at 11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday at Frisch’s restaurant in Troy.

Thursday

• BLOOD DRIVE: The Knight of St. John in Piqua will host a community blood drive from 1:30-5:30 p.m.in the Great Hall, 110 S. Wayne St. It’s a chance to boost the summer blood supply and possibly win an Alaska vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Voss Honda in Tipp City will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 155 South Garber Drive. It’s a chance to boost the summer blood supply and possibly win an Alaska vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• BLOOD DRIVE: First Lutheran Church of Troy will host a community blood drive from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the community room, 2899 W. Main St. It’s a chance to boost the summer blood supply and possibly win an Alaska vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• PLANNING MEETING: As Fort Rowdy organizers prepare for the 24th Gathering, they will hold weekly meetings every Thursday until Labor Day weekend. The meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Covington City Building.

Civic agendas

• The Lostcreek Township Board of Trustees meet at 7 p.m. at Lostcreek Township Building, Casstown.

Aug. 12-14

• IH NATIONALS: The invasion of the IH (International Harvester) Scout Light Truck Nationals is returning to WACO Air Museum in Troy. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, under 12 is free. A weekend pass can be purchased for $15. This is the annual show and swap meet for IH Scout, Trucks & IH made products. Participants are invited to enjoy the antique cars and trucks at the site of a grass airstrip. Visitors also can experience a ride in an open air WACO bi-plane. Food trucks, activities and more will be part of the event.

Aug. 12

• PULLED PORK: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow falls, will offer pulled pork sandwich, cucumber salad and chips for $8 from 6-7:30 p.m.

• FROG WATCH: The Miami County Park District will hold its FrogWatch program at 9 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. Participants transform into citizen scientists as they learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls and assist a park district naturalist in surveying the populations at the Reserve. Data collected will be included in the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. More information on the survey can be found at aza.org/frogwatch. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• STEAK DINNER: A New York strip steak dinner will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.

• COMPUTER Q&A: Local computer expert Valerie Mckay will offer individual 30 minute sessions at the Milton-Union Public Library to answer questions about basic computer skills from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is required. Call (937) 698-5515 to sign up for a time slot.

• PRAYER BREAKFAST: The Troy Men’s Prayer Breakfast will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Community Center, Troy.

Aug. 13-14

• CIVIL WAR: The 110th OVI Skirmish will be at the VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, and hamburgers will be available on the range from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Come see the excitement of the Civil War.

Aug. 13

• 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.

• PRESCHOOL IN PARK: The Miami County Park District will hold its Preschool in the Park “Creeking” program from 11 a.m. to noon at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Join park district naturalist Gecko Jody and play in the shallow end of the creek. There will be storytime and a short tot sized hike. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and don’t forget a change of clothes and a towel. There is a $3 class fee due at the time of registration. Class size limited to 12, class minimum is four. Must be registered to attend. Register for the program by sending an email to [email protected], going to the program calendar at www.MiamiCountyParks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109. Credit card payments are now accepted online at time of registration.

• CAMPFIRE: The Miami County Park District and the VIPs will hold its “Cast Iron Cooking” campfire from 6-9 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. Participants will start their evening with the Park District VIPs as they teach the secrets of cast iron cooking. Afterward, sit around the campfire and sample the delicious cuisine. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City will host a community blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 S. County Road 25-A. It’s a chance to boost the summer blood supply and possibly win an Alaska vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• SCHOOL SUPPLIES: A school supply giveaway will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Open Arms Apostolic Church, 4075 S. Tipp-Cowlesville Road, Tipp City, in the fellowship hall in the rear of the church.

Aug. 14

• CIVIC BAND: The Troy Civic Band will feature the award-winning male vocal group The Quintessentials at its next concert at 7 p.m. at Treasure Island Park. Also on the program, the band will pay tribute to John Slonaker, retired band director, trumpet artist and teacher, who founded the original Troy Community Band in the 1970s. Slonaker will conduct two numbers on the program, most notably “49th Parallel,” by Vaughan Williams and arranged by Troy grad Mark Grauer. The concert is entitled Pops By The Riverside and will be under the baton of Bill McIntosh. The concert is free and the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets on which to sit.

• 5K: The Miami County Park District will hold a 5K, trail run/walk at 9 a.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to step outdoors and onto the trail as part of a healthy lifestyle. The pre-registration fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Register online at AllianceRunning.com. Day of registration is $25. Visit MiamiCountyParks.com for more information.

Aug. 15

• BOOK DISCUSSION: This month, the book for the Adult Evening Book Discussion is “The Weight of Water” by Anita Shreve. This double mystery is double the excitement. They will meet in the multi-purpose room at 7 p.m.

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

• BLOOD DRIVE: Bradford High School will host a community blood drive from 3-6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 750 Railroad Ave. It’s a chance for students, parents and community members to boost the summer blood supply and possibly win an Alaska vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

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