Area briefs


Fourth of July fest planned

PIQUA — The Piqua Fourth of July Association will host a two-day festival at Fountain Park ending with fireworks at Hardman Field on both July 4 and July 5 at 10 p.m. Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, and 2-10 p.m. Sunday, July 5.

The weekend will begin with 10 a.m. flag-raising, the singing of the national anthem, an invocation and opening remarks by Piqua Mayor Lucy Fess and Diane Miller, president of the Piqua Fourth of July Association.

An array of booths will offer refreshments including popcorn, snow cones, ice cream, pizza, soft pretzels, nachos and cheese, funnel cakes, hamburgers, brats, tenderloin sandwiches, french fries, bloomin’ onions, mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, walking tacos, chicken dinners, and various beverages.

There will be face-painting, a dunking booth, Plinko, ring toss, a petting zoo and pony rides, as well as children’s activities like the kiddie tractor pull, the penny scramble, and the traditional red, white and blue bar contest for children 12 and under.

Live entertainment will be provided by performers including juggler Tyler Kiefer, Mister Twister the Balloon Man, and local rapper J-NiBB.

Proposed budget available

PLEASANT HILL — The proposed 2016 budget for The Joint Fire District, Pleasant Hill — Newton Township is available for review by contacting the clerk at (937) 335-1976 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Park district camps upcoming

• TROY — The Miami County Park District will hold its Eco-Splorers “Welcome to Eco-Art” summer camp July 27-31 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy.

Children ages 6-12 years old are invited to come out and discover the connection between art and nature. Daily projects and crafts will be created by using recycled and natural materials.

Registration fee is $25 for children from Miami County and $50 for children from out of county and must be registered to participate. Registration is limited.

Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, e-mailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104. Credit card payments are now accepted online at time of registration.

• The Miami County Park District will hold its Eco-Splorers “Welcome to Eco-Art” summer camp July 27-31 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy.

Children ages 4 to 5 years old are invited to come out and discover the connection between art and nature. Daily projects and crafts will be created by using recycled and natural materials.

Registration fee is $25 for children from Miami County and $50 for children from out of county and must be registered to participate. Registration limited, open May 4.

Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, e-mailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104. Credit card payments are now accepted online at time of registration.

Brukner offers P.E.E.P.

TROY — P.E.E.P. registration is currently open for the second session that runs from July 21 to Aug. 28 at Brukner Nature Center.

Imagine a place where you can flutter from milkweed to milkweed like a butterfly. Buzz like a bee and help pollinate flowers. Dip in the pond and look for those squirmy tadpoles or find a spot to sit back, relax and become part of a story book. It’s not necessary to only imagine, but to actually become a part of such place. Sign your 3-5 year old preschooler up for the second summer session of PEEP (must be potty trained).

Each week is filled with discoveries as we share stories, encounter wildlife and explore a new outdoor experience. This six-week session is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The fee for this hands-on program is $45 for BNC members and $60 for non-members.

Class size is limited to only 12 children. Payment is due with registration, cash or check only. For more information, call Brukner Nature Center at (937) 698-6493.