Area briefs

Kiwanis set July schedule

PIQUA — The Piqua Kiwanis Club will hold the following meetings in July:

• July 5: “A Garden Lab for Piqua Youth” with Ruth Koon and Anna Baumeister, representing Piqua Chamber of Commerce

• July 12: “Personal life in the Netherlands during WWII, coming to the USA in 1966 and serving in the military during the Viet Nam War” with Al Mulder, brother of Jan Mulder

• July 19: “History in a Box” with Terry Purk, curator of the Miami Valley Veteran’s Museum

• July 26: “A recap of my HOBY trip to Peru” with Jenna Parker, Key Club member and officer

Kiwanis meetings are open to the public. Luncheon and meetings take place at noon on Wednesdays at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua. Reservations are required by noon on the Monday prior to each meeting. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit

Safe Sitter classes offered

PIQUA — Students ages 11-18 can sign up to become a “Safe Sitter” with a two-session course from 9 a.m. to noon July 11 and 18, at the YWCA Piqua.

“This program is more than babysitting, but a youth developmental program focusing on safety and life skills,” said Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director. “Students will participate in small group interactive learning, role-play games and practice rescue skills with mannequins,” she added.

Upon completion of the course, students will be registered safe sitters. “YWCA volunteers have completed extensive training to be able to teach this program,” Royer-DeLong said. “We feel that the youth taking the Safe Sitter classes will be better prepared to both babysit and take care of emergency situations at home and in other places too.”

Students must attend both classes in order to be certified. YWCA membership is not required. Class size is limited, so sign up early.

For more information on class fees or to register, stop at the YWCA, 418 N. Wayne St., or call 773-6626.

Johnston goes back in time

PIQUA — Re-enactors will gather at the Johnston Farm to present an historical timeline of the years 1748 (Pickawillany) to 1862 (Camp Piqua) at History Alive at the Johnston Farm from noon to 5 p.m. July 8-9.

A wide variety of camps, demonstrations, and activities will take visitors back to some of the most exciting times this place has ever seen. The Johnston home, the Indian and Canal Museum, and the canal boat General Harrison of Piqua all will help visitors visualize a time long past.

Regular site admission applies: $9 adults; $8 seniors and AAA members; and $4 students 6-12. Children under 5 are admitted for free, as are Johnston Farm Friends and Ohio History Connection members.

Johnston Farm and Indian Agency is located at 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua. For more information, visit or call 773-2522.