Today

• CHICKEN AND NOODLES: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586, Tipp City, will serve chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, veggie, salad and dessert for $7. Serving starts at 6 p.m.

• SALAD LUNCHEON: The Women’s Fellowship of the Covington Christian Church will again have salad luncheons on the third Friday of each of the next five months. The lunch includes a large assortment of homemade salads, desserts and finger sandwiches from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Diners can enjoy the specialty, “hot chicken salad.” A drink is included for $6. Carry-outs are available upon request. The church is located at 115 N. Pearl St., Covington, and is air conditioned and handicapped accessible.

Saturday

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

• DOWN THE RIVER: Down The River, Down A Beer event will be held at Lock 9 Park, Piqua. The event will include canoe events, including canoe races from 4-7 p.m., followed by beer tasting from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call Jim at (937) 214-7266.

• CAMPFIRE PROGRAM: The Miami County Park District VIP’s will host a Cast Iron Cooking & Campfire program from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185 north of 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. The Stillwater Stargazers will be on site to teach about the wonders of the summer night sky. Special guests, the Russia Jammers, will provide musical entertainment. There is no fee for this program but donations are appreciated. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104.

• FREE MOVIE: Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the film featured at the Milton-Union Public Library “Movie Matinee” at 2:30 p.m. Movie watchers are encouraged to bring their own comfy chair and refreshments. Check the library’s website for future showings.

• STEAK FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a New York strip steak dinner with salad, baked potato and a roll for $13 from 5-8 p.m.

• BREAKFAST BUFFET: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer breakfast buffet from 6:30-10 a.m. They will be serving sandwiches, drinks, chips, homemade pies and homemade ice cream.

• ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Alcony Grace Church will offer an ice cream social from 4-7 p.m. at 1045 S. Alcony Conover Road, Troy.

Saturday-Sunday

• UNION GUARDS: The Union Guards Company A 19th Regiment will be at the Mountaintop VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls. Saturday competition will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, a musket company match will be at 8:30 a.m. Visitors are invited to come see the excitement of the Civil War. Hamburgers are available on the range from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Breakfast will be served both Saturday and Sunday from 6:30-10 a.m.

Sunday

• BAND OF FLIGHT: The United States Air Force Band of Flight will provide a concert at 7 p.m. on Troy’s Public Square. A few chairs will be set up, but participants are also invited to bring their own lawn chairs. The rain location is Troy’s Hobart Arena.

• ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST: Served by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 586, Tipp City, from 8-11 a.m. for $6. Items available will be eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, French toast, regular toast, pancakes, waffles, home fries, cinnamon rolls, fruit and juices.

• BREAKFAST BUFFET: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer breakfast buffet from 6:30-10 a.m.

• ADVENTURE SERIES: The Miami County Park District will hold its monthly Naturalist Adventure Series “The Friendly Snake” program from 1-4 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Rd. south of Tipp City. Drop by and learn all about snakes. Meet “Checkers” a real live friendly snake Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104.

• BLOCK PARTY: The First United Methodist Church of Troy will hold its annual summer block party from noon to 2 p.m. at the First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St. This event is a free event for the whole family and will include inflatables, pizza, door prize drawings, games, prizes, popcorn and snow cones. For more information, visit www.troyfumc.org or call the church at 335-2826.

Monday

• TEXAS TENDERLOIN: The American Legion Post 586, Tipp City, will offer a Texas tenderloin sandwich and fries for $5. starting at 6 p.m.

• BOOK LOVERS: The Book Lovers Anonymous Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy, to discuss “Little Mercies” by Helen Gudenkauf.” For more information, call (937) 339-0502, ext. 120, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• OPTIMISTS MEET: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at LaPiazza. Joshua Byers, publisher of the Troy Daily News, will speak.

• PRESCHOOL IN PARK: The Miami County Park District will hold its Preschool in the Park “Nature Experiments” program from 11 a.m. to noon at Lost Creek Reserve 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Join a park district naturalist as she leads the group in song, story, play and a toddler sized hike. There is a $3 fee for each class. Class size limited to 12, class minimum is four. Pre-registration required. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104.

• 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.

• DINE TO DONATE: Join Brukner Nature Center staff and volunteers by dining at Chipotle, 1934 W. Main St., Troy, from 5-8 p.m. Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the food bill when a flier is presented at checkout, shown from your mobile device or simply mention Brukner Nature Center when placing your order. Fliers can be found on the website at www.bruknernaturecenter.com (Dine to Donate), at the Interpretive Building, or email [email protected] Good for dine-in or carry-out.

• BOOK LOVERS: The Troy-Miami County Public Library’s adult book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. to read and discuss “Little Mercies,” by Helen Gudenkauf for the month of August. The library is located at 419 W. Main St., Troy. For more information, call (937) 339-0502, Ext. 120, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• BLOOD DRIVE: The Covington Eagles Lodge will host a community blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, 715 E. Broadway St., or the Tipp City United Methodist Church, from 3-7 p.m. in the great hall, 8 W. Main St., Tipp City. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Catch the Wave — Donate Blood” plastic water bottle. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board — Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an all-expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

Tuesday

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots meet from 1-1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This is an interactive opportunity for children from birth to 4-years-old and their caretakers to hear stories, play games, sing songs, and do other activities with children’s librarian Wendy Heisey.

Wednesday

• KNITTING GROUP: Cancer Compassion will knit for cancer patients from 2-4 p.m. at the Lion and Lamb Yarn Shop. Bring knitting needles; patterns and some yarn is furnished.

• KIWANIS MEETING: The Piqua Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. The program will be “State of the Miami County Jail,” by Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

• STORY TIME: Volcanoes will erupt in this week’s Story Time at Milton-Union Public Library. Children’s librarian Wendy Heisey leads two “expeditions” – one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m. at the library. Stories, crafts, games and puppet shows are included in the activities for preschool children and their caretakers.

• KIWANIS MEETING: The Kiwanis of Troy will meet at 6 p.m. at Troy Community Park for the annual Kiwanis Club picnic.

Aug. 27

• PLANNING MEETING: The next planning meeting for Pleasant Hill’s Sesquicentennial celebration will be at 7 p.m. in the Pleasant Hill History Center, 8 E. Monument Ave., Pleasant Hill. Ideans for the event, along with volunteers, are needed. For more information, call Ruthann Coate Beck at (937) 698-3165 or Steve Patton at (936) 676-2180.

• BLOOD DRIVE: The Knights 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. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Catch the Wave — Donate Blood” plastic water bottle. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board — Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an all-expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Mid-County Church of Christ of Troy will host a community blood drive from 3-70 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 1580 N. Dorset Road. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Catch the Wave — Donate Blood” plastic water bottle. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board — Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an all-expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

Aug. 28

• SEAFOOD DINNER: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a three-piece fried fish dinner, 21-piece fried shrimp, or a fish/shrimp combo with french fries and coleslaw for $7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Frog legs. when available, will be $10.

Aug. 29

• BARBECUED CHICKEN: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a half barbecued chicken and two sides for $10 from 5-7 p.m.

• ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: An electronics recycling drop off will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sanitary Engineering Department, 2200 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

• PRESCHOOL IN PARK: The Miami County Park District will hold its Preschool in the Park “Nature Experiments” program on August 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve 2385 E. St. Rt. 41 east of Troy. Join a park district naturalist as she leads the group in song, story, play and a toddler sized hike. There is a $3 feeee for each class. Class size limited to 12, class minimum is four. Pre-registration required. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104.

• OHIO YOUNG BIRDERS CLUB: Brukner Nature Center’s Young Birders’ Club will meet at the interpretive building from 9-11 a.m. Geared just for students in grades 6-12 with an interest in birding, membership in the YBC is $10 per year, plus high quality binoculars and field guides are provided for meetings and field trips, so no additional equipment is needed. Raptors patrol the skies and ground both day and night keeping rodent populations in check while also eating snakes, frogs, insects, fish and just about anything else they can use their sharp talons and curved hooked beak to catch and eat. Join participants as they discuss the many types of raptors in Ohio and dissect an owl pellet as we try to understand what it was eating. Contact Brian for more information at [email protected]

• AUTHOR VISIT: The Troy-Miami County Public Library is hosting a local author visit and book signing with Patricia Zimmerman at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015. Join participants as Zimmerman discusses her newly published book, “Self-Empowerment: The Only Way to Heal.” Zimmerman is a local published author and founder of White Dove Circle of Light and Love, a non-denominational spiritual church. The library is located at 419 W. Main S., Troy. For more information, contact the library at 339-0502, Ext. 124, or visit Zimmerman’s website at www.patriciazimmerman.com.

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