Area briefs

Pet parade, showcase set

PLEASANT HILL — A Pet Parade & Showcase will be part of Pleasant Hill’s upcoming Sesquicentennial (150th birthday) celebration, set for June 25. Plan now to bring your pet to both the parade and then the pet showcase, which will begin immediately after the parade ends, on stage at the festival. To sign up, let Furry Friends Grooming Salon know you and your pet want to participate by stopping by the shop, signing up at the Oakes-Beitman Public Library or at Newton School.

Join others for the parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Long Street. Please arrive at 9 a.m. for placement and to receive your T-shirt and bandanna for your pet at that time. For more information, call Becky Christman, owner/groomer, at (937) 676-2194. The deadline to register and receive a T-shirt and bandanna is Friday, May 27.

Toastmasters attend conference

FAIRBORN — The Miami County Toastmasters had two representatives attend the 2016 spring conference on April 29 through May 1 at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn.

President Olive Wagar and Brad Boehringer, vice president of education, attended, being a part of nine breakout educational sessions held that weekend, and the Parade of Banners.

The District 40 fall conference will be Nov. 18-20 at the Sheraton Four Points in Charleston, WVa.

The Miami County Toastmasters meet on the second and fourth Mondays at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy. Those interested in improving communication and leadership skills are welcome to attend. The group provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

For more information, contact the vice president of public relations Ed Washington at (937) 401-0075 and leave a message.

BNC plans summer camp

TROY — Sign up your child for a week of exploration in one or both of our summer camps, geared for kids entering grades kindergarten throug fifth. The first camp, “Wild Like Me,” will run June 20-24. Campers will explore and compare many different Ohio animals as well as learn the three essentials for survival (food, water and shelter) of each. Campers will also learn a few ways they can help provide some of those essential needs.

Come prepared to meet native animals, hike and search the woods for wild and wonderful things, run and chase during animal games and many other activities (includes a cool camp T-shirt).

The second camp, “Strive to Survive,” will run July 11-15. Campers will learn what adaptations are helpful for different animals to help them survive in their habitat. They will discuss the importance of food chains as well as how imperative it is for humans to make good decisions to help protect wildlife. Participants will search for some of these amazing creatures in the woods, meadow and pond, and meet some of our cool animal ambassadors along the way (includes a wildlife field guide).

Prices are on a per week basis and are full day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) $125 for BNC members; $150 for non-members. Half day (9 a.m. to noon) $75 for BNC members; $100 for non-members.

Call (937) 698-6493 to pre-register. Mail payment to Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy, OH 45373, cash or check only.