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Today

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmers Market will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Troy Lowe’s parking lot. Fruits, vegetables, honey, bedding plants and more will be offered.

• BARK FOR LIFE: Bark For Life will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Paul G. Duke Park, Troy. Pre-registration is $10 per dog at www.RelayForLife.org/barkmiamioh. Day-of registration is $25. Check in begins at 9 a.m. The event will consist of a walk on a pre-planned route, contests, demonstrations, and on site fundraising activities. For more information, visit the above website or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BarkForLifeOfMiamiCounty.

• 5K-9: The Miami East and Milton-Union FFA chapters will sponsor a 5K walk/run to benefit the Miami County Animal Shelter. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 9 a.m. The race will begin and end at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration can be made at cantstoprunning.com or payment by May 1 to Miami East FFA, Miami East High School, 3925 N. State Route 589, Casstown, OH 45312. Prices are $10 pre-registered without shirt, and $20 with shirt; and $15 race day without shirt and $25 with shirt. Dogs on leashes are welcome.

• BOWL FOR LEAH: A bowling event for Leah Hatton of Tipp City, who is in need of a service dog, will be from 6-9 p.m. at Marion Lanes, 6170 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights. The event also will include a 50/50 and other raffles. For more specifics, visit “Team Leah” on Facebook.

• FISH FRY: An all-you-can-eat fish and smelt fry will be offered by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, beginning at 5 p.m. The meal also will include french fries, baked beans and applesauce for $9.

• COUNTRY FRIED STEAK: Country fried steak dinners will be served beginning at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.

• FANDOM CLUB: What are you a fan of? Teens 18 and under are invited to hang out at the Milton-Union Public Library and share their favorite Anime, Manga, or games with the group. Watch shows and play games on the big screen and have snacks.

• DINING OUT: The Tipp City Seniors will dine out at 4:30 p.m. at El Sombrero, Troy. Euchre will follow at 6:30 p.m.

• DAR MEETING: The Piqua-Lewis Boyer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at noon at the Indian Creek Distillery, 7095 Staley Road, New Carlisle. The cost is $15 per person for the tour and tasting and is wheelchair and scooter accessible. Make a reservation to Annette Stewart.

• KARAOKE: Karaoke will be offered at 7 p.m. at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586.

• PLAY DATE: What better way to spend part of Mother’s Day weekend than a Barbie Play Date with Mom? Join staff at the Oakes-Beitman Public Library at noon for this program. Bring your favorite Barbie, a white T-shirt for each of you, your creativity, and your mom and join us for an afternoon of fun. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so call the library to register at (937) 676-2731. For more information, call the library in Pleasant Hill at (937) 676-2731.

Sunday

• CHICKEN BARBECUE: The Fort Rowdy Gathering will have its annual Mother’s Day Chicken Barbecue in the Covington Park from 11 a.m. until sold out. No need to get out of your car, we’ll come to your car window. Advance tickets are recommended and cost $8. The meal also will include a half chicken, chips, applesauce and a roll. Drinks will be available for purchase. Advance tickets may be purchased at Joanie’s Flower Shop or Siegel’s Country Store, both in Covington, Uniforms Plus in Piqua, or from any Fort Rowdy Board member. Advance tickets are valid until 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the 2017 Fort Rowdy Gathering, to be held Labor Day weekend. For more information, call Larry at 339-0407, or Anita at 676-3381.

• BREAKFAST: Breakfast will be served at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 from 8-11 a.m. Enjoy a full breakfast made to order for $7. Children under 10 eat for $3.

Monday

• OPTIMISTS MEET: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at the Boathouse Restaurant. Hal McCoy, Cincinnati Reds columnist, will be the speaker.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Tipp City United Methodist Church will show support for May Military Appreciation Month with a community blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the Great Hall, 8 West Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Military Appreciation Month Blood Donor” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• HOT DOGS: Enjoy a hot dog bar with quarter pound hot dogs and all the fixings by The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 586, Tipp City. Serving begins at 6 p.m. for $4.

• OPTIMISTS MEET: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at the Boathouse Restaurant.

• CENTER OPEN: The Pleasant Hill History Center, 8 E. Monument St., Pleasant Hill, is open from 3-7 p.m.

• TOASTMASTERS: The Miami County Toastmasters will meet from 7-8 p.m. the 2nd and 4th Mondays at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy. Those interested in improving communication and leadership skills are welcome to attend.

• TOPS: The T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Club meets at 5:45 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, Main and 3rd streets, Tipp City. For more information, call (937) 332-9251.

• AA MEETING: The Best Is Yet To Come AA meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: Green & Growing AA meeting will be at 8 p.m. at the Troy View Church of God, 1770 N. County Road 25-A, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

Civic agendas

• Monroe Township Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. at the Township Building.

• The Tipp City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Government Center.

• The Troy City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the meeting room in Council Chambers.

• The Staunton Township Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Staunton Township building.

• Covington Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

• Covington Board of Public Affairs will meet at 4 p.m. in the Water Department office located at 123 W. Wright St., Covington.

Tuesday

• COFFEE TIME: A Need More Coffee Time event, with the program “Planning Yourself in the Market: What’s Your Niche?,” will be offered from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at 1405 Stonycreek Road, Troy. Learn about business topics that affect you while enjoying coffee and doughnuts or muffins. For more information, call (877) 469-6627.

• 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.

• FILM SERIES: The YWCA Focus on Films Series will show “Hidden Figures,” starting at 1 p.m. The movie viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, call the YWCA at 773-6626 or stop at 418 N. Wayne Street. The YWCA is handicapped accessible.

• QUARTER AUCTION: Come to the Quarter Auction at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. The auction begins at 7 p.m. Auction numbers will be available for purchase. Food will be offered for reasonable prices from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
• CHAT & CHEW: Don’t know what to read next? Or maybe you can’t wait to share a book you just read? Come enjoy an open book discussion; chat about books and chew on a snack at 6 p.m. at the Oakes-Beitman Public Library, Pleasant Hill. Participants will be eating, drinking, sharing, and inspiring each other’s next book choice. For more information, call the library at (937) 676-2731.

• BARBERSHOP MEETING: The Miami Shelby Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Greene Street UMC, 415 W. Greene St., Piqua. All men interested in singing are welcome and visitors are always welcome. For more information, call (937) 778 1586 or visit www.melodymenchorus.org.

• BARGO: Bargo will be offered from 7-9 p.m., followed up with cooking by the Sons of the American Legion.

• AA MEETING: The Best Is Yet To Come AA meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: A Welcome Home AA meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Troy Church of the Brethren, 1431 W. Main St., Troy (enter in back). The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

Civic agendas

• Pleasant Hill Township Trustees will meet at 8 p.m. in the township building, 210 W. Walnut St., Pleasant Hill.

Wednesday

• HOME SCHOOL NATURE CLUB: Sign-up your home schooled student for an afternoon of discovery from 2-4 p.m. at Brukner Nature Center. Staff naturalists have developed hands-on educational lesson plans using live wildlife and outdoor exploration. The fee for this program is $2.50 for BNC members and $5 for non-members. Payment is due at the time of registration (cash or check). Deadline for registration is the Monday prior to each program. The topic for May is “Swimming Survivors.”

• KIWANIS: Kiwanis of Piqua will meet at noon at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua. “Upcoming and Completed Engineering Projects in Piqua” will be presented by Piqua City Engineer Amy Havenar. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

• KIWANIS: The Kiwanis of Troy will welcome guest speaker Michelle Besecker from Grace Hospice at noon at the Troy Country Club.

• LUNCH BUFFET: A salad, sandwich and dessert buffet, hosted by the women’s fellowship, will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy. Choose from a variety of salads, sandwiches and desserts at the 18th Annual all-you-can-eat buffet. The meal is $6 for adults and $3 for children 8 years old and under. The church is handicapped accessible, use the Canal Street entrance.

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

•vBUFFET: The 18th annual Salad, Sandwich & Dessert Buffet, hosted by the Women’s Fellowship, will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy. Choose from a variety of homemade salads, sandwiches and desserts at the all-you-can-eat buffet. The price is $6 for adults and $3 for children 8 and under. No presale tickets for this lunch, just pay at the door. Use the Canal Street entrance where the church is handicapped accessible.

• BOARD MEETING: The Bradford Exempted Village School District Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. in Room 404.

• COUPON CLUB: The St. James Coupon Club will meet every week from 6-7 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 200 W. High St., Piqua. Come, bring a friend, bring your coupons to work on, to share and trade, or just bring yourself if you are just getting started. For questions, call 773-1241.

• STAUNTON ALUMNI: The Staunton School alumni will meet at 11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday at Frisch’s restaurant in Troy.

• GRANDMA’S KITCHEN: Grandma’s Kitchen will be open from 5-6:15 p.m. in the activity center in Hoffman United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St., West Milton. The suggested donation is $7 for adults and $3 for a child’s smaller portion. Carry-outs and delivery are available by calling the church office at (937) 698-4011.

• KARAOKE: Karaoke will be offered from 7-11 p.m. at the Troy American Legion Post 43.

• AA MEETING: The Serenity Island Group AA meeting will be at 8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, corner of Ash and Caldwell streets, Piqua. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The 12 & 12 AA meeting will be at 8 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

Civic agendas

• The Elizabeth Township Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. in the township building, 5710 Walnut Grove Road, Troy.

• The Covington Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. in the Covington Middle School for a regular board meeting.

Thursday

• ART CAMP LOTTERY: The Summer Art Day Camp lottery drawing will be held at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The 2017 lottery drawing for the “Out of this World” summer art day camp will be at 7 p.m. in the Art Studio. Registration forms will be available at the event.

• LUNCH ON LAWN: The Museum of Troy History and The Troy Historical Society will hold their joint annual meeting at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour. This will be followed at 6:45 p.m. with recognition/awards. A program by Doug Christian, titled “A Pictorial Journey of Miami County” will follow at 7 p.m.

• BOOK CLUB: The Milton-Union Public Library’s adult book club will meet at noon to discuss “Take Me with You” by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Join in the discussion by reserving your copy of the book at the Milton-Union Public Library. Call (937) 698-5515 for details.

• TEA PARTY: Any child K-6 is invited to bring a mother, grandmother, or any other significant adult with them as their tea date at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Dress up in your frilliest outfit, and a handmade tiara will be provided. The event involves learning the proper etiquette of a tea party, a craft, tea party food, stories, games, and of course tea. Children will get a tea cup to take home with them and a door prize will be awarded.

• LUNCHEON: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will have a carry-in luncheon at noon at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. Blood pressure checks will be offered prior at 11 a.m.

• LECTURE SERIES: New Carlisle resident Ted Teach will be the guest speaker at the WACO Aviation Lecture Series at 7 p.m. at the WACO Air Museum, Willis Wing, 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy. Teach was awarded the 2016 Antique Grand Champion award at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Show in Oshkosh, Wisc. Parking and admission are free, but donations will be accepted. The lecture is scheduled to last one hour with a time for questions to follow. For questions, call 335-9226 or visit www.wacoairmuseum.org.

• SLOPPY JOES: Sloppy Joe sandwiches with chips will be served by the Tipp City American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586. Servings are $4 starting at 6 p.m. Euchre starts at 7 p.m. for $5.

• BOARD MEETING: The Miami Metropolitan Housing Authority Board will meet at 8 a.m. at 1695 Troy-Sidney Road, lower level conference room, and open to the public.

• BOARD MEETING: The Covington Exempted Village School District Board of Education will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. in the K-8 Media Center, 807 Chestnut St., Covington.

• DINNER: A Legionairre dinner will be from 5-7:30 p.m., with trivia to follow from 7-9 p.m. at the Troy American Legion Post 43, Troy.

• AA MEETING: The Best Is Yet To Come AA meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The Spirituality Group AA meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Walnut St., Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The Tri city Group AA meeting will be at 8:30 p.m. at Troy Abundant Life Church, 661 County Road 25-A, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

Civic agendas

• The Covington Exempted Village School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. in the K-8 media center, 807 Chestnut St., Covington.

Friday

• TASTE OF THE ARTS: Downtown Piqua’s annual celebration of the arts will be offered from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Piqua. The evening will include fun, food and music planned for the entire family. A full schedule of the event can be found at www.piquatasteofthearts.com.

• MUSIC: Shay Hayden will perform from 7-10 p.m. at the Troy American Legion Post 43.

• PORK CHOP: Pepper corn pork chop dinners will be served beginning at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.

• POPPY DINNER: Support the veterans and come to the Poppy Dinner being served by the Tipp City American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586 at 6 p.m. Dinner is $8 and will offer cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes and applesauce.

• AA MEETING: The Best Is Yet To Come AA meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The New Wise Group AA meeting will be at 8 p.m. at the Bethany Center, corner of South and Roosevelt streets, Piqua (enter in the back). The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

May 20

• FOOD TRUCKS: The Miami County Food Truck Rally & Competition returns for the third year from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy. Entertainment will include the Troy Strawberry Festival Home Grown Talent semi-finals at noon, followed by DJ Bruce Adamson at 3 p.m. and The American Kings, a classic rock band, at 7 p.m. The Miami Valley Kruzers will have a collector vehicle show on-site from 2-5 p.m. And, crafters and vendors will sell items throughout the day.

• FIBER FEST: The 10th annual Upper Valley Fiber Fest will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Duke Building at the north end of the Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy. The event will feature fibers of all sorts, plus yarns of all kinds, knitting and felting supplies. Also, available will be locally made soap and jewelry. Members of the Upper Valley Fiber Guild will be demonstrating floor loom weaving, rigid heddle weaving, spinning (making wool fibers into yarn), carding wool and other fiber related skills. Also, there will be morning goat show sponsored by the Miami County Goat Breeders Association, and the Miami County Food Truck Rally. There is free parking and free admission.

• WALKING TOUR: A Johnston Farm Cemetery Tour will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., meeting at the main entrance to Johnston Farm. Tickets are available for the tours at $5 each. Tickets may be purchased at the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 N. Main St., Piqua. The tours will be led by Piqua historian Jim Oda and Johnston Farm & Indian Agency director Andy Hite. This project is sponsored by the Piqua Tourism Council with additional assistance from Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Public Library.

• PORK CHOPS: A pork chop dinner will be offered at the Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a marinated (non-marinated pork chops available upon request) pork chop dinner with baked potato and corn for $9 from 5-7 p.m.

• FISH FRY: A fish fry will be served beginning at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.

• LEGO CLUB: Build with LEGO at the Milton-Union Public Library from 2-3 p.m. Each meeting will have a theme and free style building. All ages are welcome.

• HUG THE EARTH: The Miami County Park District will hold its annual Hug the Earth Festival from noon to 5 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. At noon the Banana Slug String Band will perform their popular songs like “Dirt Made My Lunch” and “Water Cycle Boogie.” Beginning at 1 p.m., enjoy archery, geocaching, canoeing on the pond, face painting, gnome-fairy house building, petting zoo, food and more. Don’t miss out on the outdoor adventure activities with the rock-climbing wall, zip line, tree climbing and high ropes course. General admission is free. For more information, visit the park district website at MiamiCountyParks.com.

• BLOOD DRIVE: The West Milton Masonic Lodge will show support for May Military Appreciation Month by sponsoring a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to noon. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 102 N. Washington St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Military Appreciation Month Blood Donor” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmers Market will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Troy Lowe’s parking lot. Fruits, vegetables, honey, bedding plants and more will be offered.

• KARAOKE: Share your talents and come to enjoy karaoke at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 beginning at 7 p.m.

• CAR WASH: A car wash for donation will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. at Troy Baptist Temple, 691 Staunton Road, Troy. Proceeds will help youth attend summer camp.

May 21

• VIEW FROM THE VISTA: Come join members of the Brukner Nature Center Bird Club from 2-4 p.m. as you learn to identify Brukner Nature Center’s bird life. Come enjoy the camaraderie in the third story “window on wildlife.” All levels of birders welcome and good binoculars available for use.

• DOG SOCIAL: The Miami County Park District will hold its dog social “Charity Fashion Show” from 1-3 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Dog lovers dress up your pooch in his Sunday best and take him to the park for a fashion show where he is the star. Wear a hat, sunglasses or a three-piece suite. If your dog does not have duds of his own, he can borrow something to wear. Each year this “Doggy Fashion Show” supports organizations that help support animals in the community and raise awareness of their needs. Remember owners are responsible for their dogs — please clean up after your pet. Meet at the gazebo. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• GOSPEL PROGRAM: Lostcreek United Church of Christ and the Dorothy Kirk Scholarship Committee will offer a gospel program and scholarship presentation at 6 p.m. at Lostcreek United Church of Christ, 2 miles east of Miami East Schools on Troy-Urbana Road. Megan Lawson, a Miami East senior, will be awarded the $1,000 scholarship for 2017. Megan plans to attend Wright State University and major in Mechanical Engineering. The entertainment will be The Cove Springs Praise Group. There will be a free will offering to benefit the scholarship fund. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. The church is handicapped accessible.

• BREAKFAST: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will be open to the public for breakfast. A full breakfast made to order will be $7. Children under 10 eat for just $3. Serving from 8-11 a.m.

• CHICKEN AND PORK CHOPS: 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 $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 to protect area citizens and their property. 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 firehouse at (937)773-5341.

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FYI

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