Area briefs

Melody Men show scheduled

TROY — Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming 62nd annual show presented by the Melody Men Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society. This year’s performances will be presented on April 1 at the Troy High School auditorium at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The first half of the show will feature the Melody Men singing some old songs and new songs in the barbershop style. The half will conclude with an appearance of special guests the THS Troy Tones who will offer a different style of a cappella. music.

The second half of the show begins with guest quartet The Crew 2016 JAD champions and international participants

The show will conclude with all three groups on stage.

For tickets or show information, contact Ken Crawford at (937) 694-6461 or visit Pre-event ticket prices are $12 for general admission; student prices are $5. Groups of 10 or more are $10 each. Limited reserved seating, at $17, is also available. General admission tickets are $15 at the door.

The Melody Men Chorus meets on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at the Greene Street United Methodist Church, Piqua.

Y offers spring break camp

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is offering a spring break day camp program for first through sixth graders (kindergarteners with older siblings attending may be able to attend by first contacting Jaime Hull).

Camp will run at the Robinson Branch on April 10, 11, 12 and 13, and at the Piqua and Robinson branches on April 14 with participants able to enroll in any of the days they choose. Each day begins at 9 a.m. and finishes at 4 p.m.

Each day has a special activity planned such as playing at Jumpy’s, watching a movie in Huber Heights, roller skating in Piqua at 36 Skate, putt-putting at Young’s Dairy or bowling at Troy Bowl, along with swimming and gym games. Fliers with the daily schedule are available at schools and at the YMCA branches.

Register at either branch or over the phone at the Robinson branch at 440-9622 or the Piqua branch at 773-9622.

The cost is $20 for YMCA members and $26 for non-members per day. For further questions and information, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or

Easter Egg Splash set

MIAMI COUNTY — The first annual Easter Egg Splash for the Miami County YMCA Robinson Branch is set for April 2 at 2 p.m. The “hunt” itself will take place in the small pool of the facility following pictures with the Easter bunny.

“The event is for ages 6 and under and we ask parents to get in with their little ones,” said Leia Lander, aquatic director for the Robinson branch. “It’s a fun way for some of the younger kids to hunt for eggs while acclimating to the water!”

The event will kick off in the gym with games and pictures with the Easter bunny at 2 p.m. followed by the egg drop in the small pool at 2:30. Free family swim time follows from 3-4 p.m. The event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. Those with additional questions are asked to contact Lander at 440-9622 or

Lifeguard certification offered

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCAs are looking to certify individuals as lifeguards who are interested in summer employment.

There will be three certification courses offered now through June. The first is set for April 4-20 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Robinson Branch. Those interested must register by no later than March 28. The course in May will also be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Piqua branch. The final course in June will be at the Robinson branch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for two weeks. In addition to a lifeguard certification, candidates also obtain certification in basic first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and emergency oxygen administration.

“The week prior deadline is to give the students time to complete all the online work for the course that is required,” said Donn Shade, aquatic director at the Piqua branch. “It’s a lot of online work about the basics of lifeguarding and preliminary introductions to the other three certifications. We find candidates do best with the week prior deadline for registration to get (all the online work) completed by the first day of class.”

Those interested in the course can register at either Miami County YMCA branch during normal business hours. Those with additional questions are asked to contact Leia Lander at 440-9622 or

Wildlife Wednesdays coming

TROY — Join Brukner Nature Center staff for “Wednesdays with Wildlife” every Wednesday morning in July from 9 a.m. to noon, geared just for kids entering grades sixth through 12th. Each week will explore our wild world through research techniques, citizen science projects, snorkeling in the Stillwater River and more. Topics include: July 5th — “In the Field”; July 12th — “Watching The Wild Woods”; July 19th — “Micro vs. Macro habitats”; July 26th — “River Float.”

To pre-register, call (937) 698-6493. Payment and registration is due the Monday prior to each program. Cost is $20 for BNC members per Wednesday or $25 for non-members per Wednesday (cash or check).