Area briefs

Kids’ ballet classes set

PIQUA — Denise Uhlenbrock, an 18-year veteran instructor, will be teaching ballet classes at the YWCA for ages 3 and up. Classes will run from 4:30-5:10 p.m., with a second class from 5:15-6 p.m. for students by instructor invitation on Mondays, beginning Aug. 10. An additional class is also scheduled on Wednesdays beginning Aug. 12 for ages 3 and up from 4:30-5:15 p.m.

The classes are designed to give students an opportunity to learn coordination and grace while developing an appreciation for the fine arts.

Students will need ballet slippers, tights and leotards or shorts for the class. The 10-week sessions will conclude with a dance recital featuring the ballet students as they showcase the skills they have learned at each session.

For more information on class fees or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626.

School open house slated

COVINGTON — Covington Elementary Open House will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 4:30-6 p.m. Students will be able to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers before the first day of school. Children will be able to take home handbooks and forms that parents can read through and return to school the following week.

Representatives from the PTO, the volunteer organization, school transportation, PLUS organization, and cafeteria will provide important information in the gymnasium. Fee payments will be accepted during Open House. New student registration will not take place during the Open House. School staff will be on hand to answer any additional questions.

Walking tour offered

PIQUA — The fourth of five historical walking tours will cover the Favorite Stove Area on Saturday, Sept. 12

from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This tour will focus on the vast industrial complex around the area of the 1880s Favorite Stove & Range Company as it went through many occupants and uses. This will be an exterior tour only.

Led by Piqua historian Jim Oda, this will be a reasonably gentle walk. Participants will meet at the southeast corner of College and South streets. Plenty of on-street parking is available.

Tickets are available at $5 each at the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 N. Main St.

The tour series is a joint effort involving the Piqua Tourism Council, the Local History department of the Piqua Public Library and Mainstreet Piqua.

Call Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9355 for additional information.

Elizabeth Township, Miami County school reunion

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP — There will be a school reunion for Elizabeth School in Elizabeth Township in Miami County on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. It will take place at the Elizabeth Township Community Center located at 5760 Walnut Grove Rd. in Troy.

It is for all graduates, teachers, bus drivers, or anyone having attending Elizabeth School at anytime. Bring a covered dish and tableware. Drinks furnished.

Any questions call: Phyllis Meek at (937) 776-2878 or Kathy Schaefer at (937) 339-7278.

YWCA goes Wild(s) for nuts

COLUMBUS — Join the YWCA with Leesa Baker and Beth Royer, trip escorts, on Sept. 21 to discover “The Wilds” in Cumberland with a second stop at the Krema Nut Company in Columbus. Departure time is 7:30 a.m. with return at 8 p.m. Prices are available for both members and non-members. All gratuities for lunch and the bus driver are included.

“The Wilds is the most innovative conservation center in the world,” said Beth Royer, YWCA program director. “We will see a large variety of endangered species in their natural settings on a guided tour while riding an open-safari bus.”

The journey continues with a second stop at the Krema Nut Company, which is famous for their natural peanut butter and is the oldest manufacturer of peanut butter in the USA. Lunch is included in this adventure and sign up early to insure a space.

For more information on fees or to register, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626. Balance for the trip is due Aug. 14.