Area briefs

Application deadline nears

MIAMI COUNTY — Not-for-profit organizations in Miami County are reminded that grant applications to the Miami County Foundation must be submitted by Feb. 28.

Applicants must provide services directly to the residents of Miami County. All must be certified federally tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service and preferably be a 501(c)(3) organization.

Historically, grants have been awarded to social service organizations, schools, healthcare providers, libraries, youth and senior groups as well as the arts. Guidelines restrict organizations to one grant annually. An application form and other pertinent information are available online at or by contacting the office at 773-9012.

Successful applicants will receive notification of the spring distribution date.

The foundation was established in 1985 by Richard E. Hunt, founder of WPTW-AM/WCLR radio.

Kiwanis set February schedule

PIQUA — The Piqua Kiwanis Club has scheduled the following meetings for February:

Feb. 1: “Current Status of Miami County Sheriff’s Office” with Sheriff Dave Duchak

Feb. 8: “WACO Museum: What to See and What to Know” with Gretchen Hawk, director

Feb. 15: “Miami County 2017” with Commissioner Bud O’Brien

Feb. 22: “Isaiah’s Place” with Bob Lybarger, executive director and Nate Green, trainer

Kiwanis meetings are open to the public. Luncheon and meetings take place at noon on Wednesdays at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua. Reservations are required by noon on the Monday prior to each meeting. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit

Come out and knit for cancer

PIQUA — Suzie Hawkes will coordinate a knitting activity for cancer patients at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the YWCA Piqua. Participants will be knitting or crocheting hats and other items to donate to cancer patients at UVMC. Individuals coming to help with this project are asked to bring their own yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks.

“This is a wonderful community project to support those affected by cancer,” said Hawkes, YWCA volunteer. “It is especially meaningful to those receiving our items to show that members of the community are helping them through a difficult time,” she added.

In addition, anyone can donate items they have made at home if they are unable to attend the Feb. 2 get-together.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the session. For more information, visit the YWCA, 418 N. Wayne St., or call 773-6626.

Have fun with Farkle

PIQUA — Come and join the fun in learning how to play Farkle, a dice game that can be played with any number of people. The three-week session begins Friday, Feb. 3, from 1-3 p.m. at the YWCA Piqua, instructed by Donald and Marsha Leistner.

“We have so much fun playing this game and love that you can play with both small and large groups,” said the Leistners. “Lots of laughter and comraderie is included.”

Membership is not required to participate. For more information or to register for the class, stop in at the YWCA, 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

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