Area briefs

Tai Chi class set at YWCA

PIQUA — Fred Verceles will be teaching the newest form of Tai Chi in a four-week session beginning Monday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to noon at the YWCA.

For more information on membership requirements or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

OPERS meeting scheduled

PIQUA — The Miami County Chapter of Ohio Public Employee Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood St., Piqua. (Enter parking lot from Downing Street.)

Lunch is $10, payable at the door. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, July 26.

The program will feature a representative from Humana discussing approaching changes in health care coverage for OPERS members. This meeting is open to any retired or currently employed Ohio public employee. To reserve your spot, please call Beth Culbertson at (937) 335-2771.

Head Start seeking students

MIAMI COUNTY — The Kids Learning Place – Head Start program in Miami County is currently seeking 3- and 4-year-old preschool children for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. The school readiness program is open at no cost for income-eligible families. Head Start also accepts children with special needs, in foster care or homeless

Head Start’s main objective is to organize and provide educational activities for children so that they will develop the necessary skills needed to make the transition to kindergarten. The program uses a curriculum and assessments for all aspects of a child’s development: socio-emotional, cognitive/language and physical. Openings are available in classrooms at centers in Troy, Piqua or West Milton or in the home base settings.

Head Start services include: education, health, dental, and nutrition services. Also included are services that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being and connections to peers and the community.

Parents/guardians, please call for application information today! The enrollment line is 1-866-627-4557, the local number is (937) 773-0773, or visit the web site at

Health Partners awarded grant

TROY — Health Partners Free Clinic, located in Troy, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the long supporting, Troy Foundation recently. The generous grant will provide funds for clinic officials to cover operational costs.

Health Partners was incorporated in 1998 and is the lone free medical clinic for Miami County residents. Volunteer professional staff members provide free health care for uninsured and under-insured residents.

Health Partners Executive Director Justin Coby reports, that in 2014, clinic volunteers cared for 1,137 unduplicated patients in providing 4,263 medical visits. They also dispensed 13,730 prescriptions valued at more than $2 million; and provided 3,037 diagnostic/lab tests.

Coby said the grant allows the medical staff to continue patient care for Miami County citizens at both scheduled appointments and walk-in clinic times. Other services include nursing visits, prescription assistance, diagnostic/lab testing, and social service consults.