Area briefs

Park cleanup day planned

PIQUA — The Southview Neighborhood Association, the Piqua Tree Committee and the City of Piqua Parks Department are sponsoring a general work day/cleanup day at Giles Park on South Main Street, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m.

Giles Park is in need of trash pick-up and general “sprucing up” before the winter weather sets in. The Southview Neighborhood Association is interested in the upkeep and appearance of the parks within its area and hopes that others in the community will join in to make this entrance to Piqua look as nice as possible.

Participating community members should bring work gloves and yard tools. Trash bags will be provided.

The rain date for this activity is Saturday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m.

For information, call Southview President, Jim Vetter, at (937) 778-1696.

Halloween parade upcoming

PIQUA — The Annual Piqua Kiwanis Halloween Parade is gearing up for another exciting night on Wednesday, Oct. 25. This is the 61st annual parade, which was begun in 1956 by Joe Thoma Jr.

The evening’s festivities will begin with judging of costumes promptly at 6:15 p.m. in the Unity National Bank parking lot, followed by the parade at 7 p.m.

Costumes will be judged for children up to age 14 in 11 categories: Scariest/Ugliest, Most Original, Best Couple, Funniest, Prettiest, Cartoon Character, Science Fiction, Historical/Political, 3 years old and under, Princesses, and High School Band. First, second, and third prizewinners will be chosen in each category with prizes of $20, $10, and $5. Two grand prizes, sponsored by Unity Bank, a girl’s bike and a boy’s bike, will be given for the outstanding costumes chosen by the judges.

Prizes and treats will be given to the children at the conclusion of the parade on the front porch of the YMCA.

Learn to knit with looms

PIQUA — Join Suzie Hawkes on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 1-3 p.m. to learn how to knit a hat using a loom.

“This easy-to-follow class will teach participants how to knit a soft, warm hat using a loom,” said Hawkes. “The hats make a perfect gift or can be donated to the YWCA Hats for Cancer Project, too.”

Supply list is available at the YWCA. For more information on class fees or to register for the class, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

Kayaking classes offered

TROY — The Piqua branch of the Miami County YMCA will be offering a kayaking class on Saturday, Nov. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. This class is designed for beginning kayakers who want to learn the basics of the sport.

The fee is $15 for YMCA members and $20 for non-members. Class size is limited to six participants, and you must be at least 14 to participate.

The class will be taught by Jeff Lange, a local kayaking enthusiast who is also a certified kayak instructor with the American Canoe Association.

For more information, or to register for the kayaking class please contact Donn Shade at (937) 773-9622 or you can email him at

The Miami County YMCA-Piqua Branch is located at 223 W. High St., Piqua.