Area briefs

Watercolor works on display

PIQUA — The Piqua Public Library and The Friends of the Library are excited to be hosting the Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibit from May 1-26 in the second floor art gallery at the library.

This is the fifth year the library is fortunate enough to be chosen to host the traveling exhibit, and each year its popularity grows. The pieces displayed were chosen from many entrants who are members of the Ohio Watercolor Society. This competitive juried exhibition is a showcase for the talent, diversity and energy of artists working in water soluble mediums. Awards totaling thousands of dollars make this one of the premier art exhibits in the state of Ohio.

The gallery doors are open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday May 1-26, with docents available to answer questions. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Piqua Public Library is located at 116 W. High St. in the historic Fort Piqua Plaza.

Helman family reunion planned

SIDNEY — On Sunday, Sept. 17, Ohio descendants of George Sebastian Helman (1725-1784) are hoping his relatives from near and far can join in celebrating their 100th Helman Family Reunion. The gathering is being held at VanDemark Farm, 2401 S. Vandemark Road, Sidney.

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and last all day, with a potluck meal at 1:00pm. There will be a cruise-in (anything on wheels!), a corn maze, and much more.

There are more details to follow so please provide your contact information via text to (937) 307-8032; via email to; or by calling (937) 298-5939. Details also can be obtained by mail at Helman Reunions, 118 Spirea Drive, Oakwood, OH 45419.

Join line dancing class

PIQUA — Basic Line Dancing with instructor Lois Shroyer, RN, comes to the YWCA Piqua beginning Tuesday, May 2, from 1-2 p.m. The four-week session will give dancers an opportunity to learn some simple and easy-on-the-joints workouts to fun music.

“This class will be fun and yet a good workout,” said Shroyer, a retired nurse. “I will include simple steps that will keep you moving, but not overdo it for anyone.”

Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director, added that no previous knowledge is required; individuals work at their own pace and no partners are needed. Participants are asked to wear sneakers — no open-toed shoes or sandals should be worn.

For more information on class fees or to register, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626. Fees are available for both members and non-members.

Plant swap upcoming

BRADFORD — Bradford Public Library’s Annual Plant Swap will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29. If you love outdoor plants and gardening, then you will not want to miss this event.

Gardeners can bring plants to swap or if you wish, just come in and take some new plants home for your own garden. You can bring or take home different types of seeds, cuttings, and a wide variety of different plants. The time for dropping off these plants will begin at 9:30 a.m. The library would like to have everyone’s offerings by 10 a.m., when the “swap” begins. A special presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. on a topic to be announced.

During the plant swap, raffle tickets will be sold for 50 cents or five for $2. Some of the raffle prizes will be displayed at Bradford Public Library.

For questions or more information, call 448-2612.