Area briefs

Johnston House tours planned

PIQUA — The 2017 Johnston House After Dark tours at the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, will be Tuesday, Dec. 5, and Thursday, Dec. 7.

Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis, with a capacity of 20 per tour. The cost is $5, with children 5 and under free. Tickets will be distributed upon arrival for the 6, 6:30, 7 p.m. tours.

The tours will begin in the tenant farmer kitchen of the 1950s with cider and cookies and a chance to shop. Guests will then tour the house, moving from the 18th through the 21st centuries. Tours begin on the half-hour and will take approximately 30 minutes, during which time the Johnston House will be lit by candle, oil lamps and Christmas lights.

The Johnston house is not handicapped-accessible. Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather and wear sensible shoes, as well as bring flashlights.

Due to the remote location of the Johnston House, tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call 773-2522 if there are more than three inches of snow. Tours will be weather permitting.

Kiwanis meetings scheduled

PIQUA — The Piqua Kiwanis Club has set the following schedule for December:

• Dec. 6: Evening meeting at Buffalo Wings and Rings, 989 E. Ash St., Piqua, from 5:30-7 p.m. (no lunch meeting)

• Dec. 13: Club working meeting focusing on projects/club activities

• Dec. 20: Spiritual Aims Committee will present a program on Christmas

• Dec. 27: No meeting

Kiwanis meetings are open to the public. With the exception of the Dec. 6 meeting, all meetings will be a noon luncheon and meeting at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua. Reservations are required by noon on the Monday prior to each meeting.

For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit

Knit for UVMC cancer patients

PIQUA — Suzie Hawkes will coordinate a knitting activity at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the YWCA Piqua. Participants will knit or crochet hats and other items to donate to cancer patients at UVMC. Those coming to help with this project are asked to bring their own yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks.

“We have donated close to 1,000 hats since the inception of this project and are thrilled that we have put smiles on so many faces because of it,” Hawkes said. “Anyone can donate items they have made at home if they are unable to attend the Dec. 7 get-together.”

The monthly group will not meet in January and will resume again on Feb. 1.

For more information, visit the YWCA, 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

Ellis to explore Bradford history

BRADFORD — Local author Carl Ellis will visit the Bradford Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, to discuss the three books he has written, highlighting “Bradford, Ohio Christmas Past: A Nostalgic Sampler.”

Ellis’ two other books are “Bradford, Ohio: Floating Orbs and a Sanitarium,” and his latest publication, “Nate Iddings & Bradford, O.”

Attendees will be able to order copies of the books. Refreshments will be provided.

Advance sign-up is requested. For more information, call the library at 448-2612. The Bradford Public Library is located at 138 E. Main St., Bradford.

Zumba punch cards available

PIQUA — Zumba is in full swing at the YWCA Piqua for participants ages 15 years and older, with exercises to the tunes of exciting, lively music. Class members can purchase a punch card on sale from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 through Thursday, Dec. 7.

Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. Students can drop in as their schedules permit. New participants are always welcome.

For more information on class fees or registration, contact the YWCA Piqua, 418 N. Wayne St., or call 773-6626.

Catch ‘Farkle Mania’ at YWCA

PIQUA — Learn to play Farkle, a dice game that can be played with any number of people on Friday, Dec. 8, at the YWCA Piqua. The “Farkle Mania” class will be taught from noon-1 p.m., followed by group play from 1-3 p.m.

YWCA membership is not required to participate.

‘Rudolph’s Recipes’ class offered

PIQUA — Children in grades K-4 grade are invited to join in the YWCA Piqua’s annual “Rudolph’s Recipes” class from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Kids will help create, bake, and decorate baked goods, then take home dozens of cookies and holiday treats to share with their families.

“This is a great way to get your youngsters in the holiday spirit,” said Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director, who will be helping with the class.

YWCA Executive Director Leeza Baker said the class has been a YWCA tradition for more than 25 years. “We have had some very talented and creative volunteers over the years who have made this a very fun and special class for the youngsters,” she said.

Fees are available for both YWCA members and non-members. For more information on fees or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua, 418 N. Wayne St., or call 773-6626.

Oils workshop to be held

BRADFORD — Bradford Public Library, 138 E. Main St., will offer an essential oils workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. The workshop, called “Secret Santa’s Soaks and Scrubs,” will be led by Hannah Pennington, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the health benefits of essential oils.

Pennington will lead participants in making two or four recipes of their choice. The cost for two recipes will be $10; all four recipes will be $15.

A hot cocoa bar will be featured and refreshments will be served.

Class size is limited to 20 participants; a non-refundable payment will reserve your spot. Visit the library to sign up. For more details, call 448-2612.