Area briefs

Toy drive under way

PIQUA — Associates Staffing has partnered with Dayton Children’s Medical Center to assist with the collection for the Toys for Smiles toy drive to provide toys for children in the hospital over the holidays.

The fifth annual toy drive will run through Dec. 15, and is focusing on smaller gifts that can fill stockings. The coordinators are hoping to fill 150-200 stockings with age-appropriate gifts; any extra stockings will be taken to the Ronald McDonald house for siblings of those in the hospital.

All items must be new and in unopened packages. This year, suggested items are:

Nail polish/makeup/hair accessories

Hot Wheels/trucks/Barbie dolls

Art supplies/markers/journals/coloring books/crayons

Baby toys/rattles/teething rings

Card games/puzzles/decks of cards

Travel games/small hand-held electronics

LEGOs/building toys (no glue or paint)

Gift cards for gas/food for families

Donations can be brought to the Piqua office of Associates Staffing, located at 121 W. Ash St.

Holiday parade planned

PIQUA — A new kind of horse power is coming to town, as Mainstreet Piqua will host the first-ever Downtown Piqua Holiday Horse parade. The event, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, will include horse-drawn carriages, hitches and riders, all outfitted with holiday lights, making their way down Main Street.

The parade is being organized by Mainstreet Piqua volunteer Tim Hutton, along with various representatives of the horse community. Hutton is optimistic that the first-time event will be successful in Piqua, “We are looking forward to having some absolutely beautiful carriages, hitches and individual riding units in the parade” he said. “We will also have horse drill teams and 4H groups represented.”

The parade will begin at Main and Greene streets and proceed south on Main to High Street, then make its way around

McCulloch Square and back to Greene Street and Main. There will be an announcer’s stand at the intersection of Main and Ash streets.

The Downtown Piqua Holiday Horse parade is sponsored by Tim Hutton’s Prestige Builders, Parker’s Mobility, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Family Farm and Home, Best One Tire and Service and McDougall Marsh Land Surveyor. Other sponsors include John Bertke State Farm, Piqua Lumber, Piqua Marathon and Industry Products.

For more information about the parade, call Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9355.

Awesome Piqua to meet

PIQUA — The local chapter of Awesome Piqua invites everyone to join them for an “Awesome Piqua Incubator & Coffee Hour” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6-8 p.m. in the lobby of the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St.

Awesome Piqua ( is focused on funding new projects that will make the Piqua community a better place in which to live and work. This informal meeting is a chance for folks to come together to share ideas and learn more about Awesome Piqua! The meeting will hopefully match “idea” people with “doers” who can create a successful application to the organization.

An Awesome project should make Piqua citizens feel better about our community, be a new activity or event which benefits the community as a whole, or a section of the community. Awesome projects include creative initiatives in a wide range of areas including recreation, arts, technology, community development, and more. Many projects are novel or experimental, and evoke surprise and delight.

Applications can be made by visiting and clicking on the “Apply Here” link at the top of the page. Generally, every month the Awesome Piqua trustees will review the grant applications received, discuss the awesomeness of each new idea and choose the winning idea to receive the $1,000 grant, no-strings-attached.