Area briefs

Cooking for a Cause returns

PIQUA — Brookdale Piqua is pleased to announce the return of Cooking for a Cause, which will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the senior living community located at 1744 W. High St.

The menu will consist of Quiche Lorraine served with fresh sliced strawberries and kiwi; chopped salad with kale and strawberry vinaigrette and fresh baked rolls; Duchess potatoes and fresh broccoli spears; creme brule; and choice of beverage.

The cost is $12 per person. All proceeds from the event benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Please RSVP by Monday, June 22. Call to make reservations at (937) 773-0500.

YWCA to offer tai chi classes

PIQUA — Fred Verceles will be teaching the newest form of Tai Chi in a four-week session beginning Monday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to noon at the YWCA Piqua.

“Verceles has been teaching Tai Chi for many years and is excited to offer the class which focuses on chronic health conditions including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, etc.,” said Leesa Baker YWCA executive director. “The movements will be gentle, smooth and continuous as participants concentrate on improving balance, relaxation and breathing,” she continued.

“Tai Chi enhances one’s overall health and quality of life,” said Verceles.

He and wife Linda also will teach a second Taic Chi class from 7-8 p.m. beginning Monday, June 22. This class also will run for four weeks.

For more information on membership requirements or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St., or call (937) 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

Edison students can “check out” Internet

PIQUA — Edison Community College’s library is excited to start a new pilot program this summer to provide students with dependable internet access around the clock so that they can successfully complete assignments and courses.

The new program allows students to check out both laptops and Verizon® 4G LTE Hotspots for 48 hours at a time with their Edison library card. Easy-to-use hotspots provide users with reliable wireless internet access on mobile devices such as laptops or smartphones.

This hotspot initiative is already being used successfully in public library systems in both New York and Chicago to allow patrons to check out a Wi-Fi hotspot as if it were just another book.

Limited data will be available each time a hotspot is checked out, and data usage must be for Edison classwork only. Hotspots and laptops are available on a first come, first served basis. While Edison’s Library is open to the community, laptops and hotspots are reserved for students.

For more information, contact the library by calling (937) 778-7950 or emailing

Troy Farmers Market to open

TROY — The Downtown Troy Farmers Market kicks off its fifth season Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to noon on South Cherry Street. A roster of over 36 vendors, including nine new ones, will participate in the market, which runs every Saturday through Sept. 19.

Visitors can expect to find seasonal produce, syrups, fresh cut flowers, honey, baked goods, coffee, herbs, meats, dairy, handmade soaps, art, crafts, and much more, all from local vendors. Live music, cooking and art demonstrations are among some of the entertainment planned. This year the market will also feature a special event once a month including a kid’s day, shop with the chef, exercise demonstrations, and sample day.

Troy Main Street also welcomes Kelly Snyder as the new Farmers Market manager. “I am excited to be part of the downtown market and look forward to working with all of our awesome vendors. It has been a long winter so I cannot wait to have some fresh produce again” said Snyder.

The Downtown Troy Farmers Market is presented by Troy Main Street, Inc. and made possible by a grant from the General Fund of the Troy Foundation and sponsors Unity National Bank, Alvetro Orthodontics, and Troy Community Radio. For more information about the market, contact Troy Main Street at (937) 339-5455, visit or check out the Downtown Troy Farmers Market Facebook page.