Community Calendar


Today
• PERI MEETING: The Miami County Chapter of Ohio Public Employee Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood St., Piqua. (Enter parking lot from Downing Street.) Lunch is $10, payable at the door. Lunch reservations needed Wednesday, Nov. 30. For a reservation, please call Beth at (937) 335-2771. Speaker will discuss a variety of benefits available to PERI members. This meeting is open to any retired or currently employed Ohio public employee.

• 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.

• DINE TO DONATE: Join Brukner Nature Center staff from 5-8 p.m. at Buffalo Wings & Rings, 989 E. Ash St., Piqua, a Dine to Donate to benefit BNC. Buffalo Wings & Rings will donate 10 percent of your food bill to BNC when you dine in or order carryout. No flier is needed for this event.

• STORY TIME: “Whales” 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 children and their caretakers.

• SUPPORT GROUP: The Miami-Shelby Ostomy Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. at Outback Steakhouse in Troy. The Ostomy Support Group’s meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month except January and July. Programs provide information and support to ostomates and their families, and are beneficial to health care professionals as well. The December gathering will be for a lunch for the holidays. For more information, contact Robin Medrano at 440-4706.

• SLIDERS: John’s sliders with toppings and chips will be offered at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Sliders will be two for $2 serving starts at 6 p.m.

Thursday

• AFTER DARK: Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua, will offer a 19th century Christmas at the Johnston After Dark. The tour will begin in Rachel Johnston’s kitchen with cider and cookies and a chance to shop. Tours begin on the half-hour and will take approximately 30 minutes, during which time participants will experience the Johnston House as the family would have known it, by candle and oil light. The tour includes the kitchen and six fully decorated rooms, each with an individual theme. Tours are on a first come, first serve basis with a capacity of 20 per tour. The cost is $5, with children 5 and under free. Tickets will be distributed upon your arrival for the 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. tours and will begin in the Johnston kitchen on the lower level. For more information, call (937) 657-5203.

• BOOK CLUB: Get into the Christmas spirit at the Pleasant Hill library as participants read aloud O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. Participants also will enjoy hot cocoa and a craft. Copies of the book will be available to check out. For more information, call 676-2731 or visit the library at 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill.

• OPEN HOUSE: A holiday open house, sponsored by the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, Mainstreet Piqua Inc., Piqua Area United Way, Piqua Arts Council and Grow Piqua Now, will be from 5-7 p.m. at The Fort Piqua Plaza, 308 N. Main St., 4th Floor, Piqua. Make a reservation at www.piquaareachamber.com.

• QUARTER AUCTION: The Piqua High School Show Choir will host its eighth annual quarter auction from 7-9 p.m. at the Piqua High School commons/cafeteria. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. to preview the auction items. A concessions stand will be available. The initial cost is $2 per paddle, and the per-item auction price ranges from 25 cents to $1, based on the value of the item.

• COMMUNITY HOLIDAY NIGHT: The Milton-Union Public Library will be hosting its annual Community Holiday Night at 6:30 p.m. The event will include a visit from Santa, a photo booth, crafts for all ages, holiday themed decorations, and prizes for every age group. The theme this year is “12 Days of Christmas: Library Edition.” Everyone attending will get a chance to win a prize basket in a giveaway.

• SLOPPY JOE: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586, Tipp City, will serve sloppy joe sandwiches with chips for $4 beginning at 6 p.m.

• LUNCHEON: The Tipp City Seniors will have a board of trustees meeting at 10 a.m. Members and guests will have a carry-in luncheon at noon at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. A visitor from Riverside will speak.

Friday
• 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.
• PORK CHOPS: The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 586, Tipp City, will serve grilled pork chops, baked potato, salad and dessert for $8 beginning at 6 p.m.
• CHILI: Chili will be offered at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.
Saturday
• SPAGHETTI DINNER: Fletcher United Methodist Church, 205 S. Walnut St., Fletcher, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. to benefit the Francis family, who recently lost their home in a fire. Freewill donations will be accepted.
• BLOOD DRIVE: Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 County Road 25-A. Community Blood Center is thanking donors for being “a force for good” with the “Rogue Blood Donor – A Story of Hope” Star Wars inspired T-shirt, free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• TEEN HOLIDAY PARTY: The monthly Wii Party and Teen Anime Club meeting will be combined for a holiday party at the Milton-Union Public Library. There will be games and anime as well as light refreshments that will be provided. Teens under 18 are welcome to come.
• KARAOKE: Karaoke will be offered from 7 p.m. to close at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586.
• CHRISTMAS PARTY: An adult Christmas party will be offered at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game. The band Boot Leg Blue will begin at 7:30 p.m.
• DAR MEETING: The Piqua-Lewis Boyer DAR December meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy. The meeting will be a Christmas tea and talent auction. Guests are welcome. Bring unwrapped gifts for the veterans (men or women). Items will be delivered to the VA in Dayton. If you are unsure of an item, contact Carol DeHart, veterans chair. The talent auction is a fundraiser of homemade items that are auctioned with all proceeds for the chapter.
Sunday

• OPEN HOUSES: The Museum of Troy History and the Overfield Tavern Museum will host combined open houses from 1-5 p.m. The museums are located across from each other on Water Street at the Mulberry Street intersection.

The Museum of Troy History’s 1900 Parlour Grand Piano will be played by students of Edie Demmitt. Guests are also encouraged to play this piano. The Troy High School Trojanaires Choir will perform by way of a recording from the early 1960’s. The Overfield Tavern Museum will have an interpretive guide that can provide a tour of the museum. Punch and refreshments will be served at the Museum of Troy History and both museums are free and open to the public.

• EUCHRE TOURNEY: A Euchre tournament will be offered at the Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls. Sign up will be at noon and play will be again at 1 p.m. for $3 per person.

• BREAKFAST: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer made-to-order breakfasts ala cart from 8-10 a.m.

• MUSICAL CHRISTMAS: There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than listening to the carols and songs of the season. Join David Wion as he performs some of his favorite holiday songs on the grand piano in the East Room of the Hayner. Refreshments will be served following the concert. The Hayner doors will open at 1 p.m. For more information, call 339-0457 or visit www.troyhayner.org.

• BREAKFAST: The Tipp City American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586 will serve breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Choose from eggs your way, bacon, sausage, toast, biscuits, sausage gravy, pancakes, waffles, french toast, home fries cinnamon rolls, fruit and juices for $6.

• BREAKFAST: The Troy Elks bowlers will be having an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at 17 W. Franklin St., Troy. The menu will include eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, home fries, biscuits and gravy, toast, coffee and juice for $8.

Monday
• ESSENTIAL OILS: Mary Jo Frey and Michelle Hoehne present tips for using essential oils for a healthier lifestyle. These presenters are representatives of DoTerra Oils, but this is a public educational presentation and not a sales pitch. Meets from 6:30-8 p.m., in the Louis Program Room at the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St.

• TOYS FOR TOTS: This is the last day to drop off new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program. The collection box is in the Children’s Department at the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St.

• HOLIDAY CONCERT: A holiday concert with the Ohio Valley British Brass Band will begin at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Troy.

• CRAFTY LISTENERS: The Crafty Listeners meet every Monday from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library multi-purpose room. The audiobook club enjoys lighthearted books while working on individual craft projects. Feel free to bring lunch for yourself or snacks to share with the group. No sign up necessary and all are welcome to attend.

• BUDDY READING: Buddy reading provides a volunteer for a student to read with. The goal is to help students reach their A.R. goals and practice reading. An adult or high school student will be able to help your child practice reading. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• BOOK DISCUSSION: This month, the book for the Adult Evening Book Discussion is three Holiday choices. Book club members are welcome to read one, or all three! They will meet in the multi-purpose room at 7 p.m at the Milton-Union Public Library. Call (937) 698-5515 for more details.

• POTATO BAR: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will offer 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 blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, 715 E. Broadway St. Community Blood Center is honoring holiday season blood donors as “a force for good” with the “Rogue Blood Donor – A Story of Hope” Star Wars inspired t-shirt, free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• DINNER: The Miami County Democratic Women will host its annual Christmas dinner at 6:30 p.m. at El Sombrero restaurant, 1700 N. County Road 25-A, Troy. Dinner may be ordered from the menu and guests welcome. Please RSVP to Pru Schaefer by Friday, Dec. 9.

Dec. 13
• DINNER: The Sons of the American Legion Post 43 will be serving pizzas, calzones and wings every Tuesday from 5:30-8 p.m.
• CUPCAKE DECORATING: Rebecca returns to share a clever and cute holiday cupcake in this all-ages program, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Louis Program Room at the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St. You must register in advance for this program. Class is limited to 10 attendees.
• PINTEREST CRAFT: The craft this month is a pinecone zinnia centerpiece. Using fallen pinecones, we’ll paint the bottom part to create a “zinnia” flower look-a-like for a beautiful centerpiece. The craft project will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Sign-up is required at (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.

• BOOK DISCUSSION: This month’s book through the Milton-Union Public Library is “A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft” by Shelly Shepherd Gray. The meeting this month will be off site at the Pearson House downtown at 11 a.m.

• TINKER TUESDAY: Put the fun in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education with hands-on learning for kids. Join staff at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library, 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill, for Tinker Tuesdays at 3 p.m. The library has LittleBits, Cubelets, Makey Makey, and more that combine technology with art and computer programming, everything a little maker will need to create. This event is geared for kids in kindergarten to grade six. Registration is requested; please call the library at (937) 676-2731 to register for this fun event.

• 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.

• ADVISORY BOARD: Teens looking for a volunteer opportunity can join others the Troy-Miami County Library’s Teen Advisory Board. The board meets once a month at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy library; TAB members assist with library projects, children’s programs, and can earn community service hours for attending meetings and assisting with library events. For more information, call the library at 339-0502, Ext. 121.

Dec. 14
• 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.
• PIQUA PORTALS: Portal to Piqua’s Past: “Christmas in Piqua” — Piqua Public Library Director and local historian James Oda shares stories of family Christmas traditions in Piqua homes. Meets at 7 p.m. in the Louis Room at the library, 116 W. High St.
• STORY TIME: “Quilts” are the theme in this week’s story time at Milton-Union Public Library. Storytime will begin at 10:30 a.m. and 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.
• The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will serve John’s sliders with toppings and chips, two for $2 starting at 6 p.m.

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