Today

• OPTIMISTS MEET: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at LaPiazza. Melody Vallieu and David Fong of the Troy Daily News will speak.

• REPTILE PROGRAM: The Miami County Park District will hold its Preschool in the Park “Reptiles” program from 11 a.m. to noon at Lost Creek Reserve 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Join Park District Naturalist Gecko Jody as she leads the group in song, story, play and a toddler sized hike in search of reptiles. The fee is $3 per class. Class size limited to 12, class minimum is four. Pre-registration required 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.

• WHAT’S YOUR STORY: Kids have the opportunity to write their own story or create their own comic book at the Milton-Union Public Library. Budding authors can join children’s librarian Wendy Heisey from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

• CRAFTY LISTENERS: The Crafty Listeners gather from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. The group listens to an audio book while working on joint and individual craft projects. Both experienced crafters and those wanting to learn are welcome.

• BLT SANDWICHES: The American Legion Post 586, Tipp City, will prepare BLT sandwiches with chips for $5 beginning at 6 p.m.

• HEROES EVENT: Come enjoy a story and craft about heroes that rescue at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library in Pleasant Hill at 1 p.m. at 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill. For more information, call (937) 676-2731.

• STORY AND CRAFT: Enjoy a story and craft at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library in Pleasant Hill at 1 p.m. at 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill. For more information, call the Pleasant Hill Library at (937) 676-2731.

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

• YOUTH READING PROGRAM: Casstown United Methodist Church, 102 Center St., offers reading program for youth entering grades K-6. Program runs Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and includes crafts, games, music, tips for healthy living, lunch, an afternoon snack, and presentations by special guests. For more information, call Pastor Maggie Sykes at (937) 339-4828.

• TINY TOTS: Doctors can be heroes, too! That’s the theme for Tiny Tots today from 1-1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This program is an interactive opportunity for children from newborns to preschoolers and their caretakers to hear stories, play games, sing songs, and do other activities with children’s librarian Wendy Heisey.

• QUARTER AUCTION: The American Legion Post 586, Tipp City, will host a quarter auction from 6-9 p.m. The charity for this auction will be the American Legion Post No. 586. Food will be available from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• OHIO HEROES: Ohio has many heroes and some of them are from Miami County. Join participants at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library in Pleasant Hill at 6:30 p.m. Patrick Kennedy, archivist at the Local History Library in Troy, will present a program about heroes from our area. Light refreshments will be served.

The library is located at 12 North Main Street, Pleasant Hill, Ohio. For more information, call the Pleasant Hill Library at 937-676-2731.

Civic agendas

• The Concord Township Trustees will meet at the Concord Township Memorial Building, 1150 Horizon West Court, Troy.

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

Wednesday

• KIWANIS MEETING: The Troy Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Troy Country Club. A membership luncheon will be held. Doug Trembley will be speaking on the Museum of Troy History.

• SUPERHERO ADVENTURE: Children of all ages can come to the Pleasant Hill Library at 1 p.m. and enjoy a story, craft and her activity. The event will be held every Wednesday.

• KIWANIS MEETING: The Piqua Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. Sue Christian of Good Times, Fun Times Tours, will discuss “Traveling via Coach.” For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

• STORY TIME: If you were a superhero, what would your costume look like? Elementary-age children can design their own superhero outfit at the two Story Times today at Milton-Union Public Library. Children’s librarian Wendy Heisey and volunteer Tim Koeller will provide all the supplies and fun at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.

• CRAFTACULAR: Adult Services Specialist Kim Brubaker hosts a special craft night starting 6 p.m. every Wednesday during the summer at the Milton-Union Public Library. Registration is required, as all supplies are provided. Call 698-5515 to reserve a spot.

• TOM’S COOK: Tom’s Cook will offer a sandwich from 6-8 p.m. at the American Legion Post 586, Tipp City. Never more then $3.

• MAKE KNOTS: Learn how to form some knots and make a survival, wish, or friendship bracelet at the Troy Library from 1-3 p.m. Participants can also learn to knit. For students in grades 6-12; registration is requested.

Please call 339-0502 ext. 121 to register for this event. The Troy-Miami County Public Library is located at 419 West Main Street, Troy, Ohio.

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

• SUPERHERO TRAINING: Milton-Union Public Children’s Librarian hosts an outdoors “Superhero Training Camp” today at the library. Children can come in their own costumes and run through a series of obstacles to enhance their own superhero powers. The training starts at 1:30 p.m.

• BOOK GROUP: What happens when animal attacks turn coordinated and deadly? Explore this idea in the James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge thriller “Zoo” and then join the “Escape the Ordinary” book club discussion at the Milton-Union Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Extra book copies are available at the display inside the library.

• COMMUNITY PICNIC: Partners in Hope’s 25th Anniversary Community Picnic will be from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Troy City Park (off of Adams Street, across from Hobart Arena). The event is open to the entire community and there is no charge to participate. Enjoy food, entertainment, a family movie and more. Call 335-0448 for more information and to make a reservation.

• TACO SALADS: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586, Tipp City, will prepare taco salads for $4 and cookies two for 50 cents beginning at 6 p.m. Euchre starts at 7 p.m. for $5.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Donors will get a chance to win a deluxe Hawaii vacation for two at the Piqua Baptist Church community blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the church gym, 1402 West High St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt and everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board — Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• BAND CONCERT: The Piqua Civic Band will conclude its summer concert season on July 23 at Hance Pavilion under the direction of conductor Brett Poling. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free. The band will be saluting some of the great musicians who have called Piqua home. The band will be joined by vocalists from Music Warehouse for a tribute to The Mills Brothers. The band’s cornets will be featured in Leroy Anderson’s popular “Buglers’ Holiday.” Jim Oda will serve as the band’s guest announcer for the evening and will lead the audience on a journey through the musical history of the city. The band will salute such great Piqua musicians as Phil Gates, Robert M. Hance, The Mills Brothers, and Matt Bogart.

• PIZZA AND CRAFTS: Grab your mask and join others for pizza and crafts at the Troy-Miami County Public Library at 11:30 a.m. at 419 W. Main St., Troy. This event is for children of all ages.

For more information, call 937-339-0502 ext. 121, or visit our website at www.tmcpl.org.

July 24

• NIGHT OF DISCOVERY: This summer, get a close up look at some of Ohio’s amazing nocturnal creatures from 7-10 p.m. at Brukner Nature Center. Participants will learn about bats and the bugs they love to munch on and even try their hand at using echolocation. The fireflies that light up the night will give participants a great show as we hike around and learn how to tell these fascinating flashing insects apart. Bring your kindergarten through fifth graders and have a free night to yourselves while we keep the kids busy discovering what creatures fly around at night. The fee for this Night of Discovery is $10 for BNC members and $15 for non-members. Registration and payment are due by 5 p.m. July 20.

• SUPER GAMES: Have you ever played with a gigantic checker board or 5-inch high dice? Enjoy super-size “Super Games” at the Milton-Union Public Library at 2:30 p.m. The games are open to the whole family. The library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.

• CHICKEN SALAD: The Troy Fish & Game will offer chicken salad wraps beginning at 6 p.m.

• PORK CHOP: The American Legion Riders, Post 586, Tipp City, will offer a pork chop with two sides, salad and dessert for $7 beginning at 6 p.m.

July 25

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmer’s Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its new location, Lowe’s parking lot. Regular early offerings will be available.

• PRESCHOOL IN THE PARK: The Miami County Park District will hold its Preschool in the Park “Reptiles” program from 11 a.m. to noon at Lost Creek Reserve 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Join Park District Naturalist Gecko Jody as she leads the group in song, story, play and a toddler sized hike in search of reptiles. The fee is $3 per class. Class size limited to 12, class minimum is four. Pre-registration required. 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.

• ADVENTURE SERIES: The Miami County Park District will hold its monthly Naturalist Adventure Series program “Adventure Puppets” from 1-4 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Drop by and learn about nature with Freddy the Frog, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Ollie Otter and others. Ask the puppets questions and let your imagination take a journey as you discover the natural world. 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.

• STEAK FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a New York strip steak dinner with salad, baked potato and a roll for $13 from 5-8 p.m.

• FREE MOVIE: Watch the ultimate crime-fighting superhero team “avenge” the bad guys in the Milton-Union Public Library’s “Movie Matinee.” The free film starts at 2:30 p.m. in the community room. Movie watchers are encouraged to bring their own comfy chair and refreshments. Check the library’s website for future showings.

• FISHING DERBY: The Troy Fish & Game will offer an adult fishing derby from 6-11 p.m.

• CRUISE IN: The American Legion Post 586, Tipp City, will host a cruise in beginning at noon. The rain date will be July 26. Registration $5, veterans and active duty free. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 20 registered. Registration prizes, shelter, food and drink will be available. A DJ will be available from noon to 3 p.m. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Karaoke will be available in the post lounge from 7 p.m. to close.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Ginghamsburg Church community blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 South County Road 25-A, Tipp City. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt and everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board — Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.