Calendar


Today

• 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.

• INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: West Milton will begin its 4th of July celebration from 6-10 p.m., including amusement rides, games, food and more. Pre-sale tickets are $6 for five (one ticket per ride) at Curry’s Video, Miami Valley Lanes, Owl Drugs and Wertz Variety. Pre-sale ends 5 p.m. today. Cost of tickets at the park are $2 each or 10 for $19. Armbands are $18, allowing unlimited rides on the day of purchase.

• BOARD MEETING: The Forest Hill Union Cemetery Board of Trustees will conduct a 2016 budget public hearing at noon in the cemetery office 8660 N. State Route 66, Piqua.

• BLOOD DRIVE: The Troy Church of the Brethren will host a blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the church multi-purpose room, 1431 W. Main St. with the chance to win a deluxe Hawaii vacation for two. 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. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• KIWANIS MEETING: The Piqua Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. Lorie Simpson, a workforce improvement specialist, will present “What is Supervisor Boot Camp?” For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

• HAZARDOUS WASTE: A household hazardous waste dropoff will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sanitary Engineering Department, 2200 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

• KIWANIS MEETING: The Troy Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Troy Country Club. Dave Pinkerton and the Bell Quartet will be entertaining the group.

• STORY TIME: Story Time reminds kindergarten through fifth graders to “Thank a Hero” at the Milton-Union Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Join children’s librarian Wendy Heisey and volunteer Tim Koeller for stories, crafts, games and puppet shows.

• 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.

Thursday

• ARMY BAND: The 122nd Ohio Army National Guard Band will perform a concert at 7 p.m. on Prouty Plaza on the Public Square in Troy. This 35-member band will provide free concert, which will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Please bring your lawn chairs.

• BLOOD DRIVE: The Piqua Knights of St. John will host a blood drive from 1:30-5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, 110 S. Wayne St. with the chance to win a deluxe Hawaii vacation for two. 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. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• CHESS CLUB: The Checkmate Chess Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy. The chess club is open to everyone with an interest in the game, even if you’ve never played before, and it is a great activity for the whole family. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 127, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: West Milton’s 4th of July celebration continues from 6-10 p.m., with amusement rides, games, food and more. Tickets are $2 each or 10 for $19. Armbands are $18, allowing unlimited rides on the day of purchase. West Milton Lions Club will host Bingo in the Lion Shelters from 7-10 p.m.

• GRAND MARSHALL: The Fourth of July grand marshall program will be at 6 p.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, Troy. Cake and refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.

• SUMMER CONCERT: The Piqua Civic Band begins its summer concert season at 7 p.m. at Hance Pavilion under the direction of conductor Brett Poling. The band will salute great Americans in honor of the 4th of July weekend. Selections will include “Yankee Doodle,” Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies,” Elvis Presley’s “Golden Hits,” “America the Beautiful,” a patriotic sing-a-long and more. The band’s guest vocalist for the evening will be Dr. David Sievers, professor of vocal music at The University of Dayton.

• CHESS CLUB: Challenge your friends or learn a new skill at the Checkmate Chess Club at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy. The chess club is open to everyone with an interest in the game, even if you’ve never played before, and it is a great activity for the whole family. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 127, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• TIE DYING: The whole family can join children’s librarian Wendy Heisey at the Milton-Union Public Library for “Tie Dye Day.” Bring your own items and dye them in the big buckets spread out on the library lawn. The program is offered at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

• ROASTED CHICKEN: Post 43 will be serving a half roasted chicken, scalloped potatoes, baked beans and biscuits from 5-7:30 p.m. for $9.

• TIE DYE: All ages are welcome to come and tie dye on the Milton-Union Public Library lawn at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Bring your own clothing items; all other supplies are furnished. The library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.

• LIBRARY FRIENDS: The New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library holds its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room. New members – or just willing volunteers! – are more than welcome.

Friday

• INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: West Milton’s 4th of July celebration continues from 6-10 p.m., with amusement rides, games, food and more. Tickets are $2 each or 10 for $19. West Milton Lions Club will host Bingo in the Lion Shelters from 7-10 p.m.

• CHICKEN FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a three-piece chicken dinner with french fries and macaroni salad for $7 from 6- 8 p.m. Chicken livers are also available.

Saturday

• PARADE AND FIREWORKS: The Miami Valley Veterans Museum volunteers will sponsor the annual Fourth of July parade in Troy and all are invited to participate. Line-up will begin at 8 a.m. in the Hobart Arena parking lot. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. making its way past the high school and turning right onto North Market Street, will make a three-quarter turn around the Public Square and turn right down West Main Street, disbursing on Monroe Street. The fireworks display will start at approximately 10 p.m.

• FIREWORKS AND CELEBRATION: The Piqua Fourth of July celebration will be offered at Fountain Park, Piqua, with rides, food, games and musical performances throughout the day. Fireworks will be at 10 p.m. The event will continue through Sunday.

• 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.

• INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: West Milton’s Fourth of July celebration takes place from noon to 10 p.m., with amusement rides, games, food and more. Tickets are $2 each or 10 for $19. West Milton Lions Club will host Bingo in the Lion Shelters from 3-10 p.m. Fireworks will be at 10 p.m.

• BLOCK PARTY: The annual St. Patrick Fourth of July Block Party, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be from 5-11 p.m. in the parking lot between St. Patrick School and the Parish Center. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the best view of the fireworks in town.

Sunday

• FIREWORKS AND CELEBRATION: The Piqua Fourth of July celebration will be offered at Fountain Park, Piqua, with rides, food, games and musical performances throughout the day. Fireworks will be at 10 p.m.

• CELEBRATION: The village of Christiansburg will host its annual Independence Day celebration. Church services will be held in the park at 9 a.m. with local churches collaborating on a program for all. A co-ed softball tournament will be early in the day. At 11 a.m., there will be a parade through town and at noon, chicken and pork chop dinners will be served. Throughout the day there will be music, kids’ games and concessions. At 1 p.m., the local fire department will host a waterball tournament on First Street. At 6 p.m., there will be a pie auction touting the talents of the local bakers. Come early and set up chairs, because at dusk there will be a fireworks show bringing the festivities to a close.

• CLASS LUNCH: The 1953 graduating class of Piqua Catholic High School will meet at noon at the Eagles, Covington.

Monday

• OPTIMISTS MEET: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at LaPiazza. The day will include a business meeting.

• 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 Listenersgather from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This group of women are listening to “Sisterchicks on the Loose” by Robin Jones Gunn while working on joint and individual craft projects. Both experienced crafters and those wanting to learn are welcome.

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.

• EXPLORATION HIKE: The Miami County Park District will hold an adult exploration hike at 9 a.m. at Twin Arch Reserve, 3147 N. County Road 25-A. Join Park District Naturalist Sassafras Susan as she heads out to explore nature. Walks are not strenuous or fast-paced and usually last about two hours. 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.

• COMIC BOOK MANIA: It’s a Comic Con at the Milton-Union Public Library! From 6:30-8 p.m., Aaron and Jeremy Heisey will be sharing their personal comic book collections, speaking about the history of comic books and collecting, and invite others to show off their collections as well. Each attendee takes home their own comic book.

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots learn that “Police Officers are Friends” today from 1-1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This is an opportunity for children from newborns to preschoolers and their caretakers to hear developmentally appropriate stories, play games, sing songs, and do other activities with children’s librarian Wendy Heisey.

July 8

• KIWANIS MEETING: The Troy Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Troy Country Club. Committee meetings will be followed by a board meeting.

• 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.

• BIG HERO: The Troy-Miami County Library will offer the movied “Big Hero 6” at 10 a.m. at 419 W. Main St., Troy. Freshly popped popcorn for the entire family will be offered. The movie is rated PG and runs for 100 minutes. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 121, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• COMICON: Join Troy-Miami County Public Library staff for a mini Comicon at 1 p.m. at 419 W. Main St., Troy. Dress as your favorite fictional character, participate in the costume contest and make paper heroes. For students in grades 6-12; registration is requested. Call 339-0502, Ext. 121, to register for this event.

• AUTHOR TO VISIT: The Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library, Pleasant Hill, will host local author Jo Stull (who writes as Nina Barrett) at 6:30 p.m. at at 12 N. Main St. Pleasant Hill. Stull will talk about her journey as a writer and the process of getting her works published. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (937) 676-2731.

• MOVIE OFFERED: The Troy-Miami County Library will offer a movie, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” at 10 a.m. at 419 W. Main St., Troy. Freshly popped popcorn for the entire family also will be offered. The movie is rated PG and runs for 100 minutes. For more information, call (937) 339-0502, Ext. 121, or visit our website at www.tmcpl.org.

• KIWANIS MEETING: The Piqua Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. Local historian Scott Trostel will present “Lincoln’s Funeral Train.” For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

• STORY TIME: Story Time revolves around “Community Heroes” at the Milton-Union Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Join children’s librarian Wendy Heisey and volunteer Tim Koeller for stories, crafts, games and puppet shows.

• 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.

July 10

• BAKED SPAGHETTI: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer baked spaghetti, salad and garlic bread for $8 from 6-7:30p.m.

July 9

• COMMUNITY HEROES: The West Milton Police and Fire Department will visit the Milton-Union Public Library at 1:30 p.m. today. They will be talking about fire safety and showing children why they are our community heroes. The library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.

• SUPERHERO TRIVIA: Get your smart device and brush up on your comic book knowledge for Kahoot! “SuperHero Triva” with Young Adult Specialist Dawn Merritt at the Milton-Union Public Library. The trivia competition kicks off at 6 p.m. and is open to all ages.

July 11

• 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.

• CANOE FLOAT: The Miami County Park District will hold a canoe program at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at Hobart Arena parking lot (check in at Troy Aquatic Park entrance) in Troy and be transported by bus to the canoe launch where they will take a leisurely float back down river to Hobart Arena parking lot. Registration fee is $5 per person. Registration is required. Must be 18 or older or accompanied by an adult with parental consent to participate. 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.

• ICE CREAM: The Miami County Park District VIPs will hold an ice cream social from 2-4 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. The VIP’s will be serving up ice cream for all. Come relax in the park, play some old-fashioned lawn games such as croquet and corn hole, then take a peek inside the beautiful, historic Knoop house. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton. Tours of the house will be given by the VIPs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 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.

• BOOK EVENT: Join Brukner Nature Center staff from 1-3 p.m. in the Heidelberg Auditorium for a summer book event. Meet the center’s featured authors: David Fitz-Simmons, Jamie Johnson and Zoe and Ray Mueller. Explore the amazing, up-close worlds of common North American animals — from butterflies and birds to frogs and fish—with award-winning photographer and writer David Fitz-Simmons. With the help of the audience, David will perform parts of his “Curious Critters” picture books, including his newest title, “Curious Critters Marine.” The show includes puppets and take-home activities for all children. Meet some of the wildlife ambassadors of Brukner Nature Center that inspired Jaime Johnson’s picture book, “The Ghost of Donley Farm.” Participants will explore the awesome adaptations and features of hawks and owls, and discover why some animals are better suited for the day, and others for coming out at night. Part of the proceeds of “The Ghost of Donley Farm” will go to Brukner Nature Center. Zoe and Ray Mueller will take us on a photographic journey in “Family Tree — Tale of a Tail,” a book in real time about red tailed hawks who establish residence in a feisty locust tree to raise a family. The event is free with paid admission of $2.50 for per person or $10 for a family of four or more for non-members; BNC members are free. Cash or check.

• DISCOVERY DAYS: Join Brukner Nature Center staff on the second Saturday of every month this summer from 2-4 p.m. for hands-on fun for all ages, including adults. Staff will be bringing nets out and catching dragonflies, going to the creek and searching for crayfish and learning to use binoculars as we search for backyard birds all with the help of a BNC Naturalist. Each program will include something cool you can take home to remember all you’ve learned. Registration preferred, but not required. Free for BNC members, non-member admission fee is $2.50 per person or $10 per family.

• POCAHONTAS: Come to the Troy-Miami County Library for a “Pocahontas” event at 11 a.m. at 419 W. Main St., Troy. Participants will “meet” historic heroine Pocahontas through activities and crafts. This program is for ages 6 and up. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 121, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Gover Harley-Davidson in Piqua will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 1501 E. Ash 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 deluxe Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• FISH FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer an all-you-can-eat fish fry and smelt dinner with french fries, baked beans and apple sauce for $9 from 5-7 p.m.

• FREE MOVIE: It may be a sequel, but this hero with the super-serum and famous shield is better than ever! Enjoy the free film on the “big screen” at Milton-Union Public Library’s “Movie Matinee” at 2:30 p.m. Movie watchers are encouraged to bring their own comfy chair and refreshments. Check the library’s website for future showings.