Area briefs

Healthy Moves at YWCA

PIQUA — Dea Davis will lead a new session of Healthy Moves with a four-week course beginning Monday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to noon at the YWCA.

“The class will focus on improving balance, relaxation and breathing,” Davis said. “The movements will be gentle, smooth and continuous with emphasis on gaining strength and better balance. This program enhances one’s overall health and quality of life.”

New students are welcome according to Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director.

For more information on membership requirements or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

Barnstormer fly-in set

TROY — The WACO Air Museum will host up to 15 antique airplanes, as they are barnstorming their way across Ohio and Indiana. Coming from the Barnstorming Carnival in Springfield, the pilots plan to land at Historic WACO Field around 10 a.m. July 17.

Area residents are encouraged to come see the planes up close and talk to the pilots. Complete your experience with a visit through the WACO Air Museum that houses airplanes and artifacts of the famous WACO Airplane factory, which was the largest producer of civil aircraft in the ’20s and ’30s.

Museum admissions and times can be found at:

‘Paper Alice’ workshop set

BRADFORD — Bradford Public Library will be hosting a workshop with “Paper Alice” on Tuesday, July 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Alison Rusk from West Milton — aka “Paper Alice” — is famous for creating and making her own paper, and turning junk mail into paper treasure.

She will be doing a demonstration, after which participants will be creating cards and other items made from her homemade paper.

Refreshments will be served. Please sign up in advance by calling (937) 448-2612.

Pond clinic in Bradford

BRADFORD — The 2017 Tri-County Pond Clinic will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Overholser Farm, 8490 Horatio Harris Creek Road, Bradford.

The free event will include sessions on:

• Pond construction and maintenance

• Fish management and vegetation

• Legal questions for pond owners

• Wildlife concerns

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and dress for the weather.

Make a reservation by July 28 to the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District at (937) 548-1752. The event also is sponsored by the Miami and Shelby Soil and Water Conservation districts.

Session to focus on herbs

TROY — The Miami County Master Gardener volunteers will present “All About Herbs and Preserving and Saving Seeds” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series at 10 a.m. Aug. 4.

Elaine Richards, Master Gardener volunteer, will share her experiences growing herbs. She’ll also share recipes for incorporating herbs into baked goods and other food items. Then, she’ll share preservation how-to’s including saving seeds, drying and preserving flowers.

The session will be held in the Extension Meeting Room on the ground floor of the Miami County Courthouse in Troy. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required by Aug. 2. For more details contact the Extension office at 440-3945 or by email at The session is limited to 20 people. Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.

Fall PEEP planned

TROY — Encourage your child’s sense of wonder and enroll them in Brukner Nature Center’s Preschool Environmental Education Program (or PEEP, for short) class this fall.

Classes for this unique program will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with an additional Friday afternoon class from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Classes run for six weeks with a different nature-related topic each week.

PEEP is for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds who are potty-trained, and not yet in kindergarten. The Fall I session will begin the week of Sept. 4 and run through Oct. 13. The fee is $45 for BNC members and $60 for non-members. All fees are due upon registration (cash or check only). Open registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30.