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Today

• DINNER: The public is invited to the annual Covington Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Worship Service, sponsored by the Covington Ministerial Association and area churches. The free meal will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. The Community Thanksgiving Worship Service will begin at 7 p.m. Both the dinner and service will be held at the Covington Christian Church at 115 N. Pearl St.

• STORY TIME: Children ages 4-5 and parents are invited to come and enjoy stories, crafts, and a puppet show at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• KIWANIS: The Kiwanis club’s Spiritual Aims Committee will present a program during the Piqua Kiwanis luncheon at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/

• BLOOD DRIVE: The Troy Church of the Brethren will team up with Community Blood Center to host a Thanksgiving eve blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, 1431 W. Main St., Troy. The “Buckeye Blood Donor” football T-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• BLOOD DRIVE: The West Milton Lions Club will team up with Community Blood Center to host a Thanksgiving week blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the West Milton United Church of Christ Social Hall, 108 S. Main St. The “Buckeye Blood Donor” football T-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• MEETING: The Concord Township Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 due to the holiday.

• SLIDERS: Two sliders with toppings and chips will be available at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 for $2. Serving begins at 6 p.m.

Thursday

• PILGRIM PEDAL: A Pilgrim Pedal Ride will be offered in Troy on Thanksgiving morning at 8 am. It will start at Treasure Island and head north on the bike path. Those interested in riding the full ride will go to Piqua, around Linear Park Trail and back to Troy, which is approximately 20 miles. There is a good chance that there will be those who will ride a shorter distance.

Friday-Saturday

• LEGO CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: The Bradford Public Library is inviting all the Lego lovers to help build the annual Lego Christmas Village and Santa Claus Town. A new project will be added this year. All Legos will be provided. Come in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 12:3o p.m. Saturday. The second Saturday to help build the Christmas project will be Dec. 2 during the same times. This activity is recommended for kids 8 through adult. The Christmas Village and Santa Town will be displayed throughout the library with the names of the builders.

Friday

• HOMETOWN HOLIDAY: Troy’s annual Hometown Holiday event will be held in downtown Troy, with events beginning at 4 p.m. with the opening of the Kris Kringle Market. Carriage rides are to start at 5 p.m., the live radio broadcast is to start at 5:30 p.m., followed by activities, music, a poem read by the mayor, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, leading up to the tree lighting to be as close to 7 p.m. as possible.

• PIZZA: The Troy Fish & Game will offer pizza night beginning at 6 p.m.

• BINGO: The Piqua YMCA’s Senior Center will offer bingo at 10 a.m. A celebration of all November birthdays also will be held.

• HOT SHOT: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will be serving turkey hot shots for $8 beginning at 6 p.m.

Saturday

• BEEF STEW: The Troy Fish & Game will offer beef stew dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

• HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS: Bradford’s Hometown Christmas with Christmas lighting of Idding’s Park and two dedications at Bradford Public Library will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. with the dedication of the library’s new digital sign, from donations by internationally known author and Bradford resident, John Scalzi and from memorial gifts to the library. The lighted Railroader located beside the digital sign, is donated by the GRO Garden Club of Bradford. The new Christmas lights at Idding’s Park, across from the library, were made possible from area contributions of businesses, organizations and individuals. The event also will include instrumental songs, holiday singing, inspirational speakers, face painting and the annual visit from Santa. Cookies, cake and other refreshments will conclude the evening events in the library’s Community Room. The face painting and children’s visits with Santa will take place within the library. For more information, contact the Sue Vickroy at 448-2844 or the library at 448-2612.

• KARAOKE: Karaoke begins at 7 p.m. at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586.

Sunday

• BREAKFAST: Breakfast will be offered beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.

• ROCK HOUNDS: The Miami County Park District will hold its Naturalist Adventure Series “Rock Hounds” from 1-4 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Drop by to learn all about rocks. Participants can learn to identify different types of rocks and how they were formed. A roving naturalist will be on-site to answer questions and facilitate activity. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• MUSIC IN PARK: The Miami County Park District will hold its Music in the Park “Ancient Music” program from 6-7 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Participants are invited to listen to the sound of ancient music and nature. Bring a blanket or a chair. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• BREAKFAST: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586, 377 N.Third St., will be open to the public for a full breakfast, made-to-order. Serving will be from 8-11 a.m. for $7. Children 10 and under eat for $3.

Monday

• QUILT DISPLAY: The Pleasant Hill History Center, 8 W. Monument St., Pleasant Hill, will feature quilts during the month of November. The center is open every Monday from 3-7 p.m. A variety of new and vintage quilts are on display. For more information, visit PleasantHillHG@yahoo.com.

• CRAFTY LISTENERS: Crafty Listeners is an adult audio book club. Everyone works on individual craft projects and listens to a book. Feel free to bring lunch or snacks. The club meets every Monday at 1 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• BOOK CLUB: Join staff for a book discussion at the Troy-Miami County Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Participants will be reading and discussing “Three Junes” by Julia Glass for the month of November. This debut novel spans a decade in three tangentially interlocking stories concerning the McLeod family. The library’s adult book club usually meets at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 112, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• TENDERLOIN: Tenderloin sandwiches with toppings and fries will be available at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Servings are $5 and start at 6 p.m.

Tuesday

• DRAWING ROOM CHAMBER CONCERT: Western Ohio Tuba Quartet will bring in the holiday season at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. This unique instrumentation delivers a rich and resonant sound in a variety of musical styles, from arrangements of classical composers such as Gabrieli, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, to modern American music, marches, and jazz. Admission is free.

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots will be offered from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Newborns to age 3 can enjoy singing songs and reading stories with a new theme each week.

• CRAFTS: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will offer crafts and quilting at 9 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

• CARRY IN: The Tipp City Seniors Center, 320 S. First St., Tipp City, will have a carry-in luncheon at noon.

Nov. 29

• STORY TIME: Children ages 4-5 and parents are invited to come and enjoy stories, crafts, and a puppet show at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• KIWANIS: Executive director Karen Wendeln of the Piqua Community Foundation will speak during the Piqua Kiwanis luncheon at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/

• MEETING: The Concord Township Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. at the Concord Township Memorial Building, 1150 Horizon West Court, Troy.

• PERI MEETING: The Miami County Chapter of Ohio Public Employee Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood St., Piqua. Enter parking lot from Downing Street. Lunch is $10, payable at the door. Lunch reservations needed by today by calling Beth at 335-2771. The featured speaker will be Ohio Senator Bill Beagle. This meeting is open to any retired or currently employed Ohio public employee.

• SLIDERS: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will be offering two sliders with toppings and chips for $2 beginning at 6 p.m.

Nov. 30

• STATE OF THE STATE: The Miami County Chambers of Commerce will offer the State of the State Legislative Update Breakfast with State Senator Bill Beagle and State Representative Steve Huffman to discuss 2017 state legislative issues. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Fort Piqua Plaza, 308 N. Main St., Piqua, fourth floor, and the program will begin at 8 a.m.

• TACO SALAD: Enjoy a taco salad at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Serving begins at 6 p.m. for $5. Stay and play Euchre at 7 p.m. for $5.

Dec.1

• CHICKEN FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a chicken dinner with French fries and macaroni salad for $7 and up from 6-7:30 p.m. Chicken livers are also available.

• SOUP: The Troy Fish & Game will offer vegetable soup beginning at 6 p.m.

• FISH OR CHICKEN: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586, 377 N. Third St., will be serving fish and/or chicken tenders, french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw and dessert beginning at 6 p.m. Adults $8 and children 10 and under for $4.

Dec. 2

• HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: A hometown holiday family tradition at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, with ballet at 1 p.m., with Madcap puppet shows at 2 and 3 p.m., and refreshments and crafts all day. Santa Claus will visit from 2-4:45 p.m. Admission is free, but free tickets are required for puppet show and can be picked up at the Hayner beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.

• CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE: A holiday tour of decorated homes in downtown Tipp City will be from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. Each home will be decorated in unique holiday style with the contributions of local designers. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ww.tippchristmas.com.

• TENDERLOINS: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer fried or grilled pork tenderloin sandwiches with homemade French fries for $6 from 5-7:30 p.m.

• SPAGHETTI DINNER: Troy Post 43 Baseball will have an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 3-7 p.m. at the Legion Hall, 622 S. Market St., Troy. The meal will include spaghetti, salad bar, bread, dessert and drinks. Meals are $8 each and $4.50 for children 12 and younger.

• BAND: The Troy High School Jazz Band will per from from 4-5 p.m. at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, Piqua.

• TACO WING: The Troy Fish & Game will offer taco wings beginning at 6 p.m.

• COOKIE SHOPPE: Homemade holiday cookies and candy will be sold by the pound at the Christmas Cookie Shoppe from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St., Troy. The event is being sponsored by the Troy United Methodist Women. The proceeds will be given to local charities. For more information, call the First United Methodist Church at 335-2826.

• ARTS & CRAFTS: Don’t miss Brukner Nature Center’s annual Winter Arts & Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come discover hundreds of one-of-a-kind handmade items created by talented local artisans. Bring the whole family and explore the wildlife exhibits, take a hike through the woodlands and bird watch in the third story Tree-top Vista then relax with a bird-friendly cup of coffee and homemade piece of pie. Embrace the season of giving and support the center’s mission by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win items donated by the artisans. All proceeds from this event benefit the wildlife programs. Free and open to the public, please carpool.

• KARAOKE: Karaoke at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 begins at 7 p.m.

Dec. 3

• SEASONAL EXHIBIT: Hayner’s holiday décor will fill the house this season with over 20 decorators adorning every room in the three-story mansion as well as the courtyard. The theme for this year’s décor is “The Carols of Christmas.” The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 7, is free.

• HOLIDAY DECOR GRAND OPENING: The grand opening of the décor at Hayner takes place from 1-5 p.m., and will include refreshments and music in the East Room all day including Troy High School’s Troy Tones. This group of over 20 dedicated high school students is a bright beginning to this happy holiday celebration. Admission is free.

• TREE LIGHTING: The village of Casstown Christmas tree lighting will be from 4-6 p.m at Veteran’s Park on Main Street, Casstown. The event will include children’s ornament decorating at Casstown UMC, 102 Center St., Casstown, beginning at 4 p.m. The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. at the park and caroling for those who wish to participate. Santa will make an appearance as well.

• BREAKFAST: Come and enjoy a full breakfast cooked to order at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586, 377 N. Third St. Serving is from 8-11 a.m. and is open to the public. Meals are $7 adults and $3 children. There will be a bluegrass jam session from 2-5 p.m. with food available from 1-3:30 p.m.

Dec. 6

• VETERANS BREAKFAST: The Miami Valley Veterans Museum will host local attorney Elizabeth Durnell during is veterans breakfast at 9 a.m. at 107 W. Main St, Troy. She will address concerns and issues in the event of serious accident or illness at any time of life. Coffee and doughnuts will be offered and an elevator is available. Visit http://miamivalleyveteransmuseum.com/ for more information.

• WINTER BIRD COUNT: Come join the BNC staff and Bird Club members for a morning hike as they conduct the annual survey of birds found at BNC from 8:30-11:30 a.m. This data provides valuable information on population trends, enabling us to better manage this beautiful nature preserve. Over the past several years, participants have spotted over 30 species including hermit thrushes, fox sparrows and brown creepers. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Interpretive Building, divide into groups and head out onto the trails. Meet back at the center for a hot lunch and to tally results. Please bring a dish to share for lunch — soup and coffee provided. Register by calling 698-6493, in case changes are necessary due to inclement weather.

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Contact Editor Melody Vallieu at mvallieu@aimmediamidwest.com or by phone at (937) 552-2131 to list your free calendar items for nonprofit events