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Today

• DINE TO DONATE: Those dining at Skyline Chili of Troy between 5-9 p.m. will help Cat Advocates of Troy receive 15 percent of the evening’s sales. Visit Cat Advocates of Troy on Facebook for a printable flier to give at checkout.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Milton Public Library. No appointment is necessary, and people will be seen on a first come, first served basis. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• MORNINGS IN MOTION: Join staff from 10-11: a.m. on Thursdays for Mornings in Motion. Meet at the McKaig and Race Park for this interactive weekly session that includes active games to play together, early literacy skills and fun. Additional Mornings in Motions sessions are scheduled through April. No registration is necessary.

• LUNCH AND LEARN: Judy Deeter from the Troy Historical Society will present a program on the “Troy Great Miami Flood of 1913” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at StoryPoint, 1840 Towne Park Drive, Troy. Lunch will be provided. Make a reservation to Kristy Osting at (937) 541-5182 or kosting@storypoint.com.

• HEALTH TREKKERS: The Miami County Park District will hold its Health Trekkers program from 10-11 a.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2645 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Take a hike for health and join park district health and wellness specialist, registered nurse Marion for this weekly low impact walk held each Thursday morning. Relevant topics such as heart health, diet and nutrition, diabetes prevention, stress relief and many others will be discussed during this walking series. Remember to wear weather appropriate gear and walking shoes for comfort. Registration not required but highly recommended. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• PIZZA BURGERS: Pizza burgers will be at 6 p.m. for $5, and Euchre at 7 p.m. for $5 at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586.

• LUNCHEON: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will have a carry-in luncheon at noon at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

• OILS CLASS: A class to explain how essential oils in your home can benefit your daily living will be offered from 6:30-8 p.m. by Esther Alspaugh and Jane Gardner.

• CROCHET CLASS: A beginners crochet class will be offered at 6:30 p.m. the JR Clarke Public Library, Covington. The classes are free.

Friday

• MOVIE: “The Long, Long Trailer” will be offered at 7:30 p.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy. This free and open to the public showing includes an introduction to the film, café style seating, popcorn and soft drinks. This film is intended for mature viewers and may not be appropriate for children under 13. For more information, visit www.troyhayner.org or call (937) 339-0457.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. No appointment is necessary, and people will be seen on a first come, first served basis. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• 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 $7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Chicken livers are also available.

• FISH FRY: St. Mary Parish will offer a Lenten fish fry from 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Piqua Catholic School, 503 W. North St. The meal consists of all the fish (deep fried or baked) you can eat along with french fries or macaroni and cheese, coleslaw or applesauce, roll and coffee. Soft drinks and desserts are available for an additional charge. Carry-outs are also available. Special pricing is available for seniors and those 12 and under.

• FISH FRY: St. Teresa Catholic Church, 6925 W. U.S. Route 36, Covington, will have a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. The cost is $7 and includes coffee. Pop and desserts will be extra.

• FISH FRY: A Lenten Fish Fry will be offered from 6-9 p.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 972 S. Miami St., West Milton. The menu will include an all-you-care-to-eat fried cod, with slaw, fries, baked beans, applesauce, bread/butter, pop and dessert. Beer will be available for $1 extra. Adult meals will be $10, 13 and under for $5, and children under 3 eat free. A 50/50 drawing will be at at 9 p.m. other games until 10 p.m.

• RUMMAGE SALE: The Tipp City Seniors will have a craft and rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

• LENT SPECIAL: A Lent special will be offered at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.

Saturday

• GUITAR CONCERT: A free classical guitar concert will be offered at 7:30 p.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, Troy. Brad Richter’s ability to defy the technical limits of his instrument has earned him comparisons to the likes of Franz Liszt and Nicolo Paganini by luminaries of the American classical music scene.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Miami Valley Centre Mall. Both appointments and a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Call (937) 778-0339 for an appointment. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• SPAGHETTI DINNER: The Troy Post 43 Baseball will offer a spaghetti dinner from 3-7 p.m. at the Legion Hall, 622 S. Market St., Troy. The meal will include spaghetti, salad bar, bread, dessert and drinks. Meals will be $7.75 and $4.50 for those 13 and younger.

• 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 applesauce for $9 beginning at 5 p.m.

• EGG HUNT: Fields of Grace Worship Center will offer its seventh annual community Easter egg hunt — with 25,000 eggs — at 1 p.m. at Covington Community Park. The event is free and open to children through age 11. The Easter bunny will be available for photos, and participants are asked to bring their own collection baskets. Prize baskets and bikes also will be awarded. Parking is available at Finfrock Construction and area streets, and transportation into the park will be available. For more information, visit www.fieldsofgrace.org or contact the church at 573-4282.

• WRIGHT FLYER: Students ages 10-18 will be creating “Wright Flyer” with LEGOs and a variety of other materials, all provided, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bradford Public Library. These creations will be displayed throughout the month of April.

• QUARTER AUCTION: A quarter auction to support Todd and Niki Voskuhl, who will perform with Piqua’s Dancing with the Stars, will be at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Piqua. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available.

• EASTER BAZAAR: The Darke County Humane Society will host an Easter bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Paw’s Bingo Hall, 848 Martin St., Greenville. The event will include craft items, baked goods, door prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• SPAGHETTI SUPPER: A spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the Franklin No. 14 F & AM Lodge, will be from 4 -7 p.m. at the Staunton Grange, North Market Street, Troy, next to the Troy Fire Station. The menus will include spaghetti with sauce (meat or meatless), salad item, garlic bread, cookie and drink. Tickets at the door are $6, and carry-outs will be available. Funds raised support Special Olympics at both state level and locally.

• EGG-VENTURE: An Egg-Venture, an indoor Easter adventure, will be offered at 11 a.m. for children birth to grade four at Christian Life Center North, 865 County Road 25-A, Piqua. The event will include bounce houses, crafts, snacks, interactive story, door prizes and age specific hunts. For more information, call (937) 426-0456 or visit clcnorth.com.

• EGG HUNT: Families with children walking up to age 12 are invited to the largest Easter egg hunt in Miami County with more than 50,000 filled eggs, at 9:30a a.m.on the front lawn of Ginghamsburg Church, 5769 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City. Come and experience the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, through a live drama. Kids also enjoy crafts, games, petting zoo with chicks, donkeys and bunnies as well as a visit from the Easter bunny and snacks, hot chocolate and much more. Registration begins at 9:30am the morning of the event with the first egg hunt beginning at 10 a.m. Each hunt zone is broken down into four different age groups: walking-age 2, age 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Each hunt zone also includes prize eggs and golden eggs that are redeemable for large prize items. For more information, visit ginghamsburg.org or follow facebook.com/ginghamsburg.

• BACKPACKING: The Miami County Park District will host instructor Andy Niekamp at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185 north of Covington as he teaches backpacking to beginners. Join him for a one-night, spring backpacking trip that includes six workshops on backpacking essentials. It is designed for those with little or no backpacking experience. The hike to camp is between 3-4 miles and hike back is 1-2 miles. Class size is limited to 15 with a minimum of six. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Backpacking gear is not included but rental gear is available. Program fee is $95 (includes Saturday dinner). Trip begins at 9 a.m. on April 8 and ends at 10 a.m. on April 9. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register please visit outdooradventureconnection.com.

• GARDENING 101: The Miami County Park District will hold a Gardening 101 program from 2-3:30 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 East State Route 41, east of Troy. Come out to the farm and learn gardening basics. Also, discover the health benefits that go along with growing your own food. Class fee $3 per person or $5 per family. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City will host a “Be The Good” community blood drive Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. to noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 South County Road 25-A. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center inspirational “Believe There is Good in The World — Be The Good” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• LEGO CLUB: Build with Lego’s at the Milton-Union Public Library from 10-11 a.m. Each meeting will have a theme and free style building. All ages are welcome.

• KARAOKE: Enjoy Karaoke at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 beginning at 7 p.m.

• RUMMAGE SALE: The Tipp City Seniors will have a craft and rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

• DINING OUT: The Tipp City Seniors will eat out at 4:30 p.m. at Rib House, Vandalia. Euchre will be offered at 6:30 p.m. at the center.

• The First United Methodist Church will hold an EGGstravaganza at Herrlinger Park, 302 Union St., Troy. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and egg hunts begin at 11 a.m. Bring your camera to have pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. A free picnic will be provided at noon. Bring a basket for the eggs and a chair for the picnic.

• PORK CHOP: A stuffed pork chop dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.

Sunday

• EUCHRE: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will have a Euchre tournament beginning at 1 p.m. for $3. Sign ups at noon.

• BREAKFAST: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will offer a full made-to-order breakfast for $7; children under 10 eat for $3.

• CHICKEN AND PORK CHOP: The Lockington Volunteer Fire Department will be offering a barbecue chicken or pork chop dinner at the firehouse, 10363 Museum Trail, from 11 a.m. until they are sold out. Dinners will include a choice of barbecued chicken or pork chop, baked beans, applesauce, potato chips and a roll for just $8 each. Dinners will be sold first-come, first- served and guests may dine-in or carry-out their meals. Proceeds will be used to pay for training and equipment. For questions or to order ahead, call Chief Jon Adams at (937) 606-0919. The day of the event, calls may be placed directly to the fire house at (937) 773-5341.

Monday

• MOVE AND GROOVE: Join staff at 6:30 p.m. to “Move and Groove” at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. Children and caregivers will enjoy 30 minutes of various activities which include music and movement; this program is for children ages 2-6. An additional is scheduled on April 17. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 123, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Troy Senior Citizens Center. No appointment is necessary, and people will be seen on a first come, first served basis. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Piqua YMCA. No appointment is necessary, and people will be seen on a first come, first served basis. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Paris Public Library. An appointment is necessary by calling (937) 663-4349. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• DOG SOCIAL: The Miami County Park District will hold its monthly dog social from 1-3 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, Troy. Join park district naturalist Sequoia Steven at the annual “Spring Fling” dog social with special guests the Southern Ohio Flying K-9s. Watch these amazing dogs jump over just about anything to catch a Frisbee! Stay warm – remember to layer up before you head out. Owners are responsible for their dogs. Please clean-up after your pet. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• SALAD OR POTATO: Come to enjoy a salad bar for $3.50 or a potato bar for $3.50. Both are available for $6 at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Serving will begin at 6 p.m.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Donors have a chance to “Be The Good” during the Easter holiday season by supporting the Covington Eagles community blood from 3-7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 715 E. Broadway St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center inspirational “Believe There is Good in The World — Be The Good” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

Tuesday

• 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.

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

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tipp City Public Library. No appointment is necessary, it is on a first-come, first-served basis. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• BEAD BRACELETS: Create an Easter craft at 6 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. With various colors of thread to choose from, participants will make a unique braided bead bracelet using gold beads.

• 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.

• DAR TO MEET: The Piqua-Lewis Boyer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center at 6:30 p.m. The program will be “Weaving and Spinnin,” by John Heater. Guests are welcome.

• TOWN HALL: Miami County Liberty will host a Town Hall at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Concord Room, 845 W. Market St., Troy, with Congressman Warren Davidson, who represents the 8th district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.

• COFFEE AND COLOR: Join staff at the Troy-Miami County Public Library for coffee and coloring. Take a stress break and enjoy a cup of coffee while coloring away the day’s anxiety at 1 p.m.; the coloring pages, colored pencils and coffee will be provided. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 117.

• HEALTH ASSESSMENT: A UVMC wellness nurse visit will be from 9-10:45 a.m. at the JR Clarke Public Library, Covington.

• SPEAKER SET Justin Blumhorst, COO of Capabilities, will present “Seeing People and Not the Disability” from noon to 1 p.m. at Edison State Community College in Room 329. Blumhorst will outline best practices for interacting with those with disabilities, individual success stories and the history and future of the disability movement. Blumhorst is business professional with over 15 years of experience working with and advocating for people with disabilities.

Wednesday

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Troy Senior Citizens Center. No appointment is necessary, and people will be seen on a first come, first served basis. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 4-8 p.m. at the Tipp City Public Library. An appointment is necessary by calling (937) 667-3826. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Piqua YMCA. No appointment is necessary, and people will be seen on a first come, first served basis. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. An appointment is necessary by calling (937) 339-4214. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Donors have a chance to “Be The Good” during the Easter holiday season by supporting the West Milton Lions Club community blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the West Milton United Church of Christ social hall, 108 S. Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center inspirational “Believe There is Good in The World — Be The Good” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• KIWANIS: The Kiwanis of Troy will host their committee meetings and board meeting. The meeting will be held at Troy Country Club at noon.

April 13

• 5K RUN/WALK DEADLINE: Brukner Nature Center’s annual 5K Run Wild for Wildlife is set for April 22, with proceeds benefiting BNC’s wildlife programs. Each participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt, homemade cookies, a visit with wildlife ambassadors and the opportunity to win eco-friendly door prizes. The pre-registration fee of $20 for BNC members or $25 for non-members must be postmarked by Thursday, April 13 or dropped off by 5 p.m Sunday, April 16. This is a pre-registration only event.

• POETRY WINNERS: In honor of poetry month, the winners of the 2017 poetry competition at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will read their winning poetry. To learn more, call 339-0457 or go to troyhayner.org.

• TAX-AIDE: Tax-Aide will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Milton Public Library. No appointment is necessary, and people will be seen on a first come, first served basis. All 2015 taxes are needed.

• MORNINGS IN MOTION: Join staff from 10-11: a.m. on Thursdays for Mornings in Motion. Meet at the McKaig and Race Park for this interactive weekly session that includes active games to play together, early literacy skills and fun. Additional Mornings in Motions sessions are scheduled through April. No registration is necessary.

• COMMITTEE MEETING: The next Fort Rowdy Gathering committee meeting will meet at 7:30. p.m. at the Covington City Building. Join volunteers as they prepare for the 25th Gathering.

• LUNCHEON: The Tipp City Seniors will have a board of trustees meeting at 10 a.m. at the center. Members and guests will have a carry-in luncheon at noon at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. The entertainment will be “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”

• CROCHET CLASS: A beginners crochet class will be offered at 6:30 p.m. the JR Clarke Public Library, Covington. The classes are free.

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Contact Editor Melody Vallieu at mvallieu@civitasmedia.com or by phone at (937) 552-2131 to list your free calendar items for nonprofit events