Community Calendar


Today

• 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.

• GUEST SPEAKER: Professional speaker, author and past Toastmasters International Director Gary Mull will present “Be An Exceptional Presenter — 5 Key Techniques to Sharpen Your Skills,” at 7 p.m. at Mid County Church of Christ, 1580 N. Dorset Road, Troy. Registration and social time will start at 6:30 .m., and presentation beginning promptly at 7 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded. Admission is free. There is limited seating; RSVPs are appreciated. For more information, contact Ed Washington at (937) 241-4410, or e-mail [email protected]

• BOOK DISCUSSION: Join others for a book discussion at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy, at 6:30 p.m. . Participants will be reading and discussing “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan. The library’s adult book club usually meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month; they read a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 120, or visit tmcpl.org.

• TROY NOON OPTIMISTS: Dr. Gary Wilber, superintendent of Troy Christian Schools, will speak at noon at LaPiazza.

• TEXAS TENDERLOIN: Come to the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 for a Texas-size tenderloin sandwich with toppings and fries for $5 starting at 6 p.m. Trivia at 6:30 p.m.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Tipp City United Methodist Church will host a blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the Great Hall, 8 West Main St. Community Blood Center is thanking donors with a “Buckeye Strong Blood Donor” ceramic coffee tumbler, free to everyone who registers to donate. Schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Tuesday

• CHAMBER CONCERT: A Drawing Room Chamber Concert with Western Ohio Tuba Quartet, hosted by Dr. Randall Paul, director of the Wright State University School of Music, will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The ensemble performs a variety of musical styles, from arrangements of classical composers such as Gabrieli, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, to modern American music, marches, and jazz. For more information, call 339-0457 or visit www.troyhayner.org.

• 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.

• DINNER: The Sons of the American Legion Post 43 will be serving pizzas, calzones and wings every Tuesday from 5:30-8 p.m.

• CRAFTS: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will be offered crafts and quilting at 9 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

Nov. 30

• AFTER SCHOOL: Join staff after school at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library, 12 N. Main St. This event is for kids in grades 4-8, at 3 p.m. every other Wednesday, and includes an after school snack. Come for a creative time making crafts or playing games. Each week is different. Call the library at (937) 676-2731 to register.

• WINE AND CHOCOLATE: A Tasting of Fine Wines and Chocolates will be offered from 6-9 p.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. Join others for our premier wine tasting event as participants explore the pairing of wine and chocolate. Joe Reiser, owner of Winan’s Fine Chocolates and Coffees and registered wine expert, will host the evening. He will educate attendees on the fine arts of winemaking and chocolatiering and how the two combine to produce a wonderfully rich pairing. Reservations are limited and fees do apply. To learn more, call 339-0457 or visit www.troyhayner.org.
• 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.
• KIWANIS: Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Pam Linderson will offer a program on Camp Courageous. Luncheon and meetings take place at noon Wednesdays at The Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. For more information, call Brian Phillips (778-1586) or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.
• EUCHRE: Weekly on Wednesday nights at the Tipp City VFW. Euchre starts at 7 p.m. in the back room for $7 per person; there is also a side bet. Snacks provided.
• SLIDERS AND CHIPS: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will be serving John’s sliders with toppings and chips, two for $2, starting at 6 p.m.
Dec. 1
VICTIM WITNESS VIGIL: The Miami County Victim Witness Staff will host its annual candlelight ceremony held in memory of loved ones who have passed on as a result of a crime or a sudden death. The service will be held 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 2899 W. Main St., Troy.
• LUNCHEON: All former employees of Piqua Memorial Hospital are invited to a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Buffalo Jack’s, Covington. No reservations needed as participants will be ordering from the menu. For more information, call Nancy at (937) 473-3337 or Judy at (937) 214-2036.
• HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St., will kick off the holidays with an open house during open hours. Stop in to take in the many holiday displays, including miniature village collections in our Children’s Department , as well exhibits of toys and gifts of Christmases past; a local collection of menorahs (courtesy of Barb Bollenbacher); trees decorated with unique Lego Club ornaments, and more.
• FREE MOVIE: See “Finding Dory” at 6 p.m. in the Louis Program Room of the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St. Bring snacks and a friend. The movie is 103 minutes long and rated PG.
FRIENDS MEETING: The New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in the library’s community room. New members and volunteers are welcome to join.
Dec. 2-3

• LIVE NATIVITY: The annual Live Nativity Walk at Stillwater Community Church will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at the church on Sugar Grove Road, between Covington and Pleasant Hill. With walks every half hour and five walks per night. Admission is free. The walk takes you back in time and tells the story of the birth of our Savior. Walk to the home of Mary; follow Mary to Elizabeth’s home; walk into the carpenter shop of Joseph; travel to the Inn; visit with the shepherds and listen as the angels announce the birth of Jesus; travel with the shepherds to the stable. After the walk, stay warm by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies and fellowship.

Dec. 2
• FRIDAY DINNERS: The Covington VFW Post 4235, 73 N. High St., will offer dinners, including broasted chicken, New York strip steaks, fish and shrimp and a variety of sandwiches from 5-8 p.m.
• CHICKEN FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a three-piece chicken dinner with french fries and macaroni salad for $8 from 6-7:30 p.m. Chicken livers also will be available.
• BOOK SIGNING: Mark Figley, who recently released a book on the 1975-1976 World Champion Cincinnati Reds entitled, “Queen City Dynasty: Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine,” will have a book signing from 6-7:30 p.m. at Readmore’s Hallmark, Piqua.
Dec. 3
• HOLIDAY EXHIBIT: This year’s Troy-Hayner Cultural Center holiday decor will feature items that focus on Christmas legends and traditions. Every area of the beautiful Hayner Mansion will showcase the talent of more than sixteen local florists, decorators, designers, and artists. Have you ever wondered why we decorate Christmas trees or hang stockings at Christmas? “Christmas Legends” is an exhibit that explains how certain traditions began. Judy Deeter, president of The Troy Historical Society and the Overfield Tavern Museum, is curating this interesting and informative exhibit. For more information, call 339-0457 or visit www.troyhayner.org.
• ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Don’t miss Brukner Nature Center’s annual Winter Arts & Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come discover hundreds of one-of-a-kind handmade items created by local artisians. Bring the whole family and explore the wildlife exhibits, take a hike through the woodlands and birdwatch in the third story Tree-top Vista then relax with a cup of bird-friendly coffee and homemade piece of pie. Embrace the season of giving and support our mission by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win a treasure donated by the artisans. All proceeds from this event benefit our wildlife programs. Free and open to the public.
• OPEN HOUSE: Saturday is Children’s Day at the Hayner with holiday fun all through the house. This community celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, call 339-0457 or go to www.troyhayner.org
• SPAGHETTI DINNER: An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be offered from 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 622 S. Market St., Troy, to benefit Troy Post 43 baseball. Meals will include spaghetti, salad bar, bread, dessert and drinks for $7.75 for adults and $4.50 for children 13 and younger.

• SHARE-A-MEAL: First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy, welcomes everyone from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a meal of pork tenderloin, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, pie and beverages. This program, held the first Saturday of each month, is the one of the church’s ways of reaching out to the community. Please use the Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped-accessible.

• GINGERBREAD HOUSE: The Second annual Gingerbread House event at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library in Pleasant Hill will run in in half-hour increments starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Registration is required. Staff will have all of the supplies; just come ready to lick your fingers and add some goodies to make your gingerbread house as sweet as can be. To register, call the Pleasant Hill Library at 676-2731. The Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library is located at 12 N. Main St.

• COOKIE SHOPPE: Homemade holiday cookies and candy will be sold by the pound at the Christmas Cookie Shoppe from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St., across from the Troy First United Methodist Church, sponsored by the Troy United Methodist Women. The proceeds will be donated to local charities. For more information, call the church at 335-2826.

• MOVIE NIGHT: Cyrene A.M.E. Church, 227 W. Ash St., Piqua, invites the public to join them for a night of movies and a hot bowl of chili for the cost of $5 a ticket at 2 p.m. The public can get tickets from members of Cyrene A.M.E. Church or call Estella Vaughan at (937) 552-7907.

• PANCAKES: The Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ will hold a Christmas all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Donations, not required, of cash or food will be accepted for the Newton Food Pantry and Christmas Basket Program or the Organ Repair Fund. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, juice, and coffee, tea, or milk. Contact the church office at (937) 676-3193 for more information.

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