Area briefs

Exhibit continues

PIQUA — The Edison State Community College Art Gallery will be displaying sculptures from Wright State Professor Stephan Chinov through Saturday, March 26. The gallery is located at 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua. For more information, visit the Arts at Edison Facebook page or call (937) 778-7915.

Forest Hill Cemetery spring clean up

PIQUA — Forest Hill Cemeteries annual spring cleanup will take place the week of March 28-April 1. All ground decorations outside a vase will be removed. In addition all Christmas and winter ground decorations will be removed.

Please remember to place the name of the deceased and section number on the bottom of saddles so they may be returned to their proper location. All artificial flowers must be in a vase or will be removed throughout the year and excessive amounts of left items at a grave site will be bagged and held on to for several months to allow family or friends to pick up after which they will discarded.

Also any small items lying in the grass will be removed and that any item left by a monument needs to remain on the foundation or it will be discarded to allow for weed trimming and mowing during the spring, summer, and fall season.

Questions please call the cemetery office at (937) 773-2614.

Fun run offered

PIQUA — The Center for Early Learning at St. Patrick School and Piqua Catholic School will hold a fundraiser Superhero Fun Run and 5K from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, along the Piqua Bike PATH at Lock 9.

Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero.

Advance registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the Fun Run (T-shirts included); payment is due by April 11. Same-day registration is $20, with limited shirts.

Visit to register. For more information, call The Center for Early Learning at (937) 773-3876.

Author to visit Piqua

PIQUA — Award-winning, bestselling author Beverly Lewis will make 22 stops in Ohio, including Piqua, to promote “The Atonement,” a stand-alone novel set in Lancaster County.

With nearly 20 million copies of her books in print, Lewis will greet fans and sign “The Atonement,” along with other favorites, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1 at the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St. Call (937) 773-6753 for more information.

As one of the top-selling authors in the inspirational market, Lewis is not only the leading author of Amish fiction, but also its pioneer: She created the genre with the release of her first adult novel, “The Shunning,” in 1997. Recent surges in both reader interest and publisher output of Amish fiction have gained national attention, garnering coverage by Time magazine, the BBC World News service, The Wall Street Journal, and Nightline, among others.

The on-sale date for “The Atonement” is March 29.

BNC Run Wild set

TROY — If you enjoy running or hiking the woodland trails, you’ll love Brukner Nature Center’s annual 5K Run Wild on Saturday, April 23rd.

All proceeds benefit BNC’s wildlife programs

Each participant will receive a commemorative organic cotton T-shirt, homemade cookies, a visit with the wildlife ambassadors and the opportunity to win some eco-friendly door prizes. The pre-registration fee of $20 for BNC members ($25 for non-members) must be postmarked by Friday, April 8, or dropped off by 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10. This is a pre-registration-only event this year.

Forms are available at the Interpretive Building, on the website at under Events & Programs, or email for a registration form to be sent to you. This year you can choose the no shirt option and save $5 on registration.

Corporate sponsors include Western Ohio Podiatric, Alvetro Orthodontics, Can’t Stop Running Co., Troy Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic, Dungan & LeFevre, GreenTech Lawn & Irrigation, Hamler-Gingrich Insurance and West Milton Dental.