Area briefs

PERI meeting planned

PIQUA — The Miami County Chapter of Ohio Public Employee Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood St. (Enter parking lot from Downing Street.) Lunch is $10, payable at the door. Speaker will be Piqua Mayor Kathryn “Kazy” Hinds. Reservations needed before Thursday, July 28, by calling Beth at (937) 335-2771. This meeting is open to any retired or currently employed Ohio public employee.

Diabetes class to begin

PIQUA — The Miami County YMCA is currently enrolling participants for an eight-week program on diabetes education, support and self-management. Each session will concentrate on various topics to help participants to establish good habits and learn how to manage their pre-diabetes or diabetes symptoms. The program is designed to bring awareness and education to the community about the risk factors related to diabetes and chronic illnesses associated with diabetes.

This program is free for those who qualify through referral. It includes educational seminars, free personal training and membership with the Miami County YMCA during the program and for six months after participants graduate. The class will be held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 2 at the YMCA’s Piqua Branch, 223 W. High St. This program is possible through funding from the United Way.

To register for the program or for more information, contact Heather Sever at the Miami County YMCA at (937)773-9622 or

Amish Country trip set

Join Leesa Baker and Beth Royer-DeLong, trip escorts, on Sept. 6, for a day Ohio’s Amish Country in Holmes County, touring various places and eating lunch in the home of an Amish family.

“Several spots on the tour will include an Amish basketmaker and tHeini’s Cheese Chalet with over 50 kinds of cheese to sample. Another must stop is at America’s oldest and largest forge, Wendell August Forge,” said DeLong, YWCA program director.

“Our step-on tour guide will also provide the history of the Behalt, the Amish Mennonite Heritage Center. We will learn about the history of the Anabaptist movement from its origins to the present day, There will be opportunities to shop and visit many of the other shops while we are there, too.”

Member and non-member prices are available. A $10 deposit is due with registration and the balance is due Tuesday, July 26. All gratuities for lunch and the bus driver are included in the cost.

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

Fundraisers to be held

PIQUA — Team Angels for Alzheimer’s will hold several fundraisers for the Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, including an event from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Buffalo Wings & Rings in Piqua. Ten percent of customers’ checks will be donated to the walk, which takes place Sept. 10.

Other events include:

• Fundraiser at Piqua Bob Evans — July 29-31. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales to the Alzheimer’s walk.

• Quarter auction at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, Thursday, Aug 4. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7. Admission is $3 and includes your first paddle. Each additional paddle is $1.

Enjoy Cooking for a Cause

PIQUA — Brookdale Piqua will holst Cooking for a Cause at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the facility, located at 1744 W. High St.

The menu will include loaded potato skins, spinach salad with hot bacon dressing, fresh baked rolls, marinated beef tips with sauteed mushrooms and onions, rice pilaf, fresh asparagus, triple berry fruit parfait and choice of beverage.

The cost is $12 per person, with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. RSVP by July 25 at (937) 773-0500.