Area briefs

Join Farkle fun

PIQUA — Join the fun in learning how to play Farkle, a dice game that can be played with any number of people. The three-week session begins Friday, Sept. 30, from 1-3 p.m. at the YWCA Piqua, instructed by Donald and Marsha Leistner.

YWCA membership is not required to participate.

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

RAD begins Oct. 3

PIQUA — The Piqua Police Department along with the YWCA Piqua are co-sponsoring a 12-hour self-defense program for women 15 and older on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Monday, Oct. 3, at the YWCA Piqua, at 418 N. Wayne St.

The program will be held Oct. 3, 5, 10 and 12, from 6-9 p.m. All classes are taught by Piqua Police officers, who are R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Certified Instructors.

Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director, said the program will include discussions, lectures, defense techniques and a workbook/reference manual. “This program is a great one to help a woman have the skills needed to protect themselves if an emergency should arise,” she said. “We hope women in school or the workforce will take advantage of this opportunity.”

YWCA membership is not required to participate. Those interested in taking the course must sign up at the YWCA to fill out a form and pay the class fee beforehand. Limited scholarship assistance is also available. Participants must be able to attend all four sessions.

For information or registration, stop at the YWCA Piqua or call (937) 773-6626.

Christmas Market planned

PIQUA — Greene St. United Methodist Church will host their 44th annual Christmas Market on Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of Greene and Caldwell streets. Admission will be free.

Homemade food items for purchase in the Country Store will include fudge, coffee cakes, pies, caramels, jams, homemade bread, cookies and more. The Consignment Shop is returning with a variety of items available.

Theme baskets are available again for purchase by silent auction for those hard-to-buy-for individuals. Some of this year’s themes include “Red, White, and Blue,” “Fondue for 2,” OSU, sewing, animals — dog and cats, and many more. Place your bids at any time; you need not be present to win.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunch ticket includes sandwich, soup or salad, a dessert, and beverage. Cost is $8. Carry-out available.

Dinner ticket includes ham loaf or chicken and noodles salad, potatoes, green beans, dessert and beverage. A la carte menu items and beverages are also available. Dinner tickets are $9 and dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m.

Presale tickets for dinner will be available until Oct. 9. Please call (937) 773-5313 for further information.

Free to Breathe 5K set

DAYTON — The Dayton Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Fifth Third Field.

The event will feature a 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk, as well as a silent auction, a variety of kids activities, the chance to meet GEM, the Dayton Dragons mascot, and more fun for the whole family.

All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022. Last year, community members, teams, and companies from around the region supported the organization by raising over $33,000. This year, the organization will be funding two new lung cancer research grants totaling over $1.2 million dollars.

Special recognition will be given to top finishers and fundraising heroes. To register and begin fundraising, visit