Area briefs

Blood drive set

SIDNEY — The Lehman Catholic High School Student Council, in cooperation with the Community Blood Center, is sponsoring a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at Lehman Catholic High School. Donors must be 17 years of age or older or 16 years old with parent’s permission, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good general health.

The full process, including registration and recovery, takes approximately 30-40 minutes for well-hydrated adults. To schedule an appointment to donate, call Lehman at (937) 498-1161 or email Mrs. Safreed at Everyone who donates receives a free T-shirt.

Show choir offers premier, clinic

PIQUA — The Piqua High School show choir “The Company” will present its annual premier and clinic on Saturday, Nov. 16. This event is open to children grades first through eighth from Piqua and the surrounding area. The day will begin at 9 a.m. and run to 2 p.m., with a public performance at 8 p.m.

For the evening performance, the students will learn choreography and vocals with current show choir members. This year will feature two choreographed numbers and one classic show choir ballade. The evening will conclude with the hometown premier of the 2019-2020 show choir contest show.

To sign up your student for this day of song and dance, send a $25 entrance fee to Piqua High School, 1 Indian Trail, Piqua, or deliver to the main office at PHS during school hours.

Tickets for the evening performance are $5 for adults and $3 for students and will be sold at PHS the week before the concert in the main office and at the door the night of the show.

If there are any questions, contact Tom Westfall at PHS during school hours at (937) 773-6314, Ext. 1030 or by email at

Community poem being created

PIQUA — The Piqua Public Library wants to know what gratitude means to its patrons. The library is writing a community poem, also called a crowdsourced poem. A crowdsourced poem is created from words submitted by the public on a particular topic or theme. The library is collecting writing from its patrons at the library and online through a Google form.

The public is invited to participate in this fun writing activity. To join in, write a sentence, 10 words or less, about what gratitude and Thanksgiving mean to you. Library staff will then turn the submissions into a community poem about giving thanks. Submissions must be turned by Friday, Nov. 22 for the opportunity to be included in the community poem. Not all submissions may be included in the poem.

Pick up paper forms on the counter of the Piqua Public Library Bookstore, or visit to submit online.

Quarter auction upcoming

TROY — The Miami Valley Veterans Museum will be holding the “All I Want For Christmas” quarter auction at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Eagle’s Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Road, Troy. Doors open at 6 p.m.

This year there also will be a Table Top Christmas Tree Silent Auction,” and are welcoming Miami County Locally Grown, a collaboration of vendors who produce locally grown farm products. The museum gift shop will be open. Food and drink items will be available for purchase.

Admission is $3 and includes one paddle, with additional paddles available.