Area briefs

Knit for cancer at YWCA

PIQUA — Suzie Hawkes will lead a knitting activity at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at the YWCA Piqua. Participants will be knitting or crocheting hats and other items to donate to cancer patients at UVMC. Individuals coming to help with this project are asked to bring their own yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks.

Anyone can donate items they have made at home if they are unable to attend the March 2 get-together, Hawkes said.

For more information, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

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.

UVMC gift shop to host sale

TROY — The Upper Valley Medical Center Gift Shop will host a MasqueradeTM Sale open to the community on March 7 and 8 in the lower level conference rooms adjacent to the hospital cafeteria.

Special hours for this sale will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. Featured items will include $5 jewelry and accessories.

Proceeds from this seasonal sale will benefit the UVMC Volunteer Auxiliary. For further information, call UVMC Volunteer Services at (937) 440-4995.

MasqueradeTM is the nation’s largest $5 jewelry and accessories company. Since inception, it has partnered with hospitals to raise more than $25 million dollars for auxiliaries nationwide.