Area briefs

Piqua history booklet available

PIQUA — History buffs in Piqua now have a new resource tool, thanks to Piqua Public Library Director Jim Oda and the Piqua Historical Society. A new publication titled “Brief History of Piqua, Ohio” has been released and is available for $1 each.

The booklet is 16 pages long and features a concise history of the city of Piqua from its founding through the dedication of three new school buildings this year. The booklet has numerous pictures and covers a host of topics including the business, political and social highlights of Piqua’s history.

The funds to print the book were provided by Piqua Historical Society and the layout and design were done by Robin Heintz of the Piqua Public Library.

The history booklet can be purchased at the Piqua Public Library, 118 W. High St., and at Mainstreet Piqua, 326 N. Main St. For more information, call Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9355.

Enjoy Cooking for a Cause

PIQUA — Brookdale Piqua will host its final Cooking for a Cause event for 2015 at 2 p.m. Sept. 24, at the facility located at 1744 W. High St.

The menu will include stuffed mushrooms; fresh baby spinach salad with hot bacon dressing and fresh baked rolls; balsamic glazed pork medallions; garlic-infused mashed red-skin potatoes; brown sugar baby carrots; triple berry parfait; and choice of beverage.

The cost is $12 per person. Please RSVP by Sept. 22 and call to make reservations at (937) 773-0500.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Miami Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Edison announces dean’s list

PIQUA — Edison State Community College recently recognized 14 students for excellence in academics on the 2015 summer semester dean’s list.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

Local students honored for summer semester include Allison Brown, Mason Gilbert, Emily Mothmiller, Jinesh Patel, and Sara Thielman, all of Troy.

Event to address human trafficking

TROY — The Free to Run Foundation is partnering with Troy First United Methodist Church to present the Hope for the 21st Century Speaker Series, 2015 edition, and the UNCHAINED Fashion Show on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Author Benjamin Skinner will be speaking at 4 p.m. at First Place Christian Center in Troy and will focus on his experiences documenting human trafficking on five continents. This is also the subject of his book, “A Crime So Monstrous,” which won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He will be signing copies of his book, which will be available for purchase after the presentation.

At 7 p.m., UNCHAINED will present a fashion show featuring local female models. UNCHAINED is a Columbus-based nonprofit that has put on numerous fashion shows at schools and churches in the Columbus area featuring garments designed by Kortu Momulu. The goal of an UNCHAINED fashion show is to educate and empower both participants and attendees to join the movement to end slavery. Attendees will learn tools to identify and report crime and to enhance self-worth in young girls.

For free tickets to the Speaker Series presentation and fashion show, go to For questions about the event, call Troy First United Methodist Church at (937) 335-2826.

Hayner to host gallery talk

TROY — Join the Five in Fiber artists for some special insight into their series of Dayton Landmark quilts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St. The gallery talk is free and open to the public.

The presentation will feature photographer Ronnie Doyal and three quilters, Pam Geisel, A. Sue DeSantis, and Carroll Schleppi. Doyal will discuss how and why certain photos were selected for the series. The discussion will include an overview of the 13 quilts, highlighting special details and comparisons, followed by a step-by-step description of how two of the quilts were constructed from initial photo to completion. Several of the landmark quilts will be on display for the presentation. Questions will be welcomed on the Dayton Landmark quilts, or other quilts in the Five in Fiber show.

Five in Fiber is on display through Oct. 4, 2015. The exhibit features the work of Doyal, Geisel, DeSantis, Schleppi, and Lisa Quintana. Each of these artists brings her unique perspective and talent to the process of creating art quilts. Some employ traditional methods while others in the group use a multi-media approach.