Area briefs

Paint night fundraiser set

PIQUA, OH — Tickets are now available to for the Hometown/Home Team Paint Night Fundraiser for Dancing with the Piqua Stars.

Guests at the event will enjoy snacks and refreshments while painting under the instruction of Jack Hoekstra. The project will be a 16-inch-by-20-inch painting of the word “HOME,” with the state of Ohio in place of the “O.” Participants can customize their project by choosing the color scheme of their painting to reflect their love of their hometown or home team, such as Piqua, Troy, Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals.

The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Miami Valley Centre Banquet Room. Tickets are $25 pre-sale, or $30 at the door. Proceeds go toward the Dancing with the Piqua Stars team of Kirk and Melissa Nichols, ultimately benefiting the Piqua Arts Council. To purchase tickets, stop by either office of Kirk Nichols American Family Insurance, 126 N. Sunset Drive, Piqua, or 37 Robin Hood Lane, Troy, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets can also be reserved and pre-paid by calling Melissa Nichols at (937) 418-0523.

Brownie overnighter set

TROY — A Brownies spring overnighter will be offered from 7 p.m. Friday, March 10 through 9 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at Brukner Nature Center.

Come spend the night getting to know the center’s slimy, scaly friends a little better. What makes a frog different than a turtle? What do salamanders and snakes have in common? We’ll show you how to be a true herpetologist after we meet our live ambassadors, play games to learn more about them, take a look for them on our night hike, and even make a craft to help some of our amphibian friends! This program is $25 per scout and $20 per leader, and includes a late night snack and continental breakfast.

“Camp out” in the comfort of the Heidelberg Auditorium and create lasting memories during this overnight adventure. Deadline for registration and payment is 5 p.m. Monday, March 6. Preregister and pay by Monday, Feb. 27 and get a wildlife field guide for your troop.

Museum to reopen

PLEASANT HILL — Winter break will be over at the Pleasant Hill History, 8 E. Monument St., when it reopens after its winter break on Monday, March 6 from 3-7 p.m.

It will be open every Monday 3-7 p.m. until fall.

Plans are developing for a busy year with several special programs planned.

The first special program will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Martin Stewart of Redemptive 71st. Ohio Volunteer Infantry will present a short story of Civil War regiments in Miami County. Mr. Stewart is a resident of Troy.

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Coffee event upcoming

TROY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will present “Blades of Glory: Growing a Fabulous Lawn” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series on March 3 at 10 a.m.

The session will be taught by Extension educator Amanda Bennett who will cover all aspects of lawn care including fertilization and mowing height. Bennett soil basics required for healthy turf, disease and insect management and share tips and tricks for year round care to make you green space the envy of the block.

The session will be held at the extension meeting room on the ground floor of the courthouse in Troy at 201 W. Main St. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required by March 1. For more details contact the Extension office at (937) 440-3945 or by email at

Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.