Area briefs

PHS Fall Concert set

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Vocal Department will present its annual Fall Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts. The choirs are conducted by Tom Westfall, with accompaniment by Carol Palmer.

The Women’s Chorus will perform “Jubilate, Alleluia!” by Lightfoot, “Forget Not My Heart” by Parker/Courtney, and “Get On Board!” arranged by Rentz and based on the African-American folk song “The Gospel Train.”

The Men’s Chorus will sing “Heading Home” by Perry, and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” arranged by Ed Lojeski and featuring soloists from the choir. The men will also perform “The Buckeye Battle Cry/Across the Field,” and “The Piqua Pep Song” by Gates.

The Concert Choir will present “Festival Cantate” by Johnson, “In the Evening” by Jay Althouse, and “Who’s That Knockin’?,” a modern-day spiritual by Greg Gilpin. They will conclude with the “Piqua Alma Mater” by Gates.

The concert is free and open to the public. If there are any questions, please contact Tom Westfall at PHS during school hours at (937) 773-6314, ext. 1030, or email at

Tasting class offered

PIQUA — Ever wonder what you can do with a gallon of unpasteurized milk? Instructor Amber Lange, will share many great things to do in this “tasting” class from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the YWCA Piqua.

“I love sharing some fun ways to use unpasteurized milk with others. Some specialties we will try are whipped cream, butter, yogurt, kefir and a simple cheese. Everyone will be able to make these things and also try them,” said Lange. “It will be a fun class and one that you can go home and enjoy with your family. Younger ones will love helping you in the kitchen, too!”

For more information or to register for the class, visit YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626.

YWCA to show movie

PIQUA — The YWCA Public Policy committee will show the HBO movie “Iron-Jawed Angels,” based on the fight for women’s right to vote, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

The movie shows the initial efforts of two women to win the right to vote for all women and how this movement grows over a span of eightyears. It depicts prison time for those women on the picket line and the final vote where the amendment passes giving all women the right to vote.

“We feel that this is a very powerful movie and would like to share it with area students and the community,” said Barb Davis, YWCA Public Policy Committee member. “The entire movie is approximately two hours in length and we will condense it to a little over 60 minutes by giving an overview of the beginning of the movie as well as an introduction of the main characters prior to the showing of the last 60 minutes of the movie.”

The movie is free and YWCA membership is not required. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

For more information, stop at the YWCA Piqua, 418 N. Wayne St., call (937) 773-6626 or

Fundraiser slated

TROY — Miami County Locally Grown will hold a public fundraiser at the Raise Your Brush painting studio in Troy at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. “Pumpkins” will be the featured painting that reflects the theme, “Locally Grown Foods.”

At 6 p.m., meet and greet local food growers , producers and customers who will be in attendance and familiarize yourself with local food by tasting free samples of local foods and beverages that will be offered at the event provided by the growers and producers.

A basket raffle will also be held during the event that will allow attendees to take home their own baskets of local goodies.

The cost to paint “Pumpkins” and to attend the fundraising event will be $35 per person. Those interested can register and pay online at:

The funds raised during the event will be used to support the growth of Miami County Locally Grown, a year-round, online farmers market serving Miami County and surrounding communities.

For more information, contact event chairperson, Karen Purke, at or (937) 216-0949.

YMCA offers previews

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA Piqua Branch is offering free previews of its Fall II session classes, including:

Drums Alive: This class combines movement with the power of drumming. It’s a workout for the entire body as well as a powerful tool for stress reduction and mental balance. (6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19; 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22)

BARRE Connect: Participants will “connect” the components of ballet and dance technique, yoga postures, functional strength exercises and cardiovascular training in a fun, total body workout. (9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22)

Feel free to drop in and check out one or more of these classes, which are open to members and non-members.

Fall II session starts Oct. 24. Member registration starts Oct. 17, and non-member registration starts Oct. 20.

The YMCA is now offering a special sale rate — buy one, get one half off — during Fall II program registration. When you register for a program, you can register for a second program of equal or lesser value at half price.

For more information, call (937) 773-9622.

Book sale planned

TROY — The Friends of the Troy- Miami County Public Library will sponsor their semi-annual fall book sale Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

A members-only preview night will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. New memberships can be purchased at the door that evening or ahead of time at the library. The cost is $5 per individual and $9 for a family.

A great selection of books, puzzles, DVDs, special titles, and a large selection of old books will be available with prices starting at 25 cents. Sunday is $1 per bag of books and all specials are half- price.

All proceeds will be used for the Summer Reading Club, literacy efforts, and special purchases for the library. For more information, call (937) 339-0502 or go to