Area briefs

Come out and ‘Stuff the Bus’

PIQUA — A “Stuff the Bus” event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Piqua Walmart. Shoppers are encouraged to pick up extra school supplies, which will be distributed to Piqua City Schools teachers and administrators on Monday, Aug. 21.

“School supplies are a necessary aid to all children, enhancing their learning in school,” said Sean Ford, executive director of the Piqua Area United Way. “As the summer ends and school begins, many families wonder where the funds for their children’s school supplies will come from. The expense of daily living is already difficult for many in the current economy. Therefore, the Piqua Area United Way wanted to take this need and turn it into an opportunity to serve our community and the children in it by collecting the school supplies.”

Suggested items include: art supplies, Band-Aids, new or gently used children’s books, binders, colored pencils, washable colored markers, compositions books, construction paper, crayons, dry-erase markers, folders, glue, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, highlighters, Kleenex, notebook paper, pencils, papers, Post-It notes, scissors, subject dividers and Zip-Loc bags.

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Portable planetarium coming

TIPP CITY — The Dome Theater from Kramer International is coming to the Fellowship Hall of the Zion Lutheran Church at 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City, from 1-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18.

The portable planetarium projects high-definition visuals on the ceilings and walls, while the audience sits on the floor of the dome. There will be a series of 20-35 minute films throughout the day, developed by Rice University and the Houston Museum of Natural Science with the support of NASA.

The public can attend one or several of the films throughout the day for free. Go to the library’s website at for a detailed schedule and descriptions of the various films being offered and what grades each film is geared toward.

Shooting club to benefit veterans

PIQUA — The Miami Valley Wounded Veteran Shoot’s Michael W. Hemm Memorial Shoot will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Hemloch Sportsman Club with parking located at Orrmont Estates, 1612 S. Main St. in Piqua. Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shooting will begin at 9 a.m.

The games will include 50 bird sporting clays, fun shoot (long rabbit), 5 stand, and 2 man flurry.

The event is open to the public. All of the proceeds will go to help local veterans in need.

Kayak safety event planned

ST. PARIS — The Southwest Ohio Kayakers (SWOK), along with Kiser Lake State Park and the local joint fire department in St. Paris, are hosting a free water rescue event to raise awareness for kayaking and water safety. This event will take place near the beach at Kiser Lake State Park from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.

SWOK Members will be bringing their own kayaks and some will be provided by Kiser Lake State Park for anyone to come out and try. Driver’s license or an identification card, as well as signing a liability waiver, will be required. A goodwill offering will be collected for the local joint fire department to use towards their water rescue training and/or equipment.