Area briefs

Recertification offered

MIAMI COUNTY — OSU Extension-Miami County will offer pesticide and fertilizer recertification for those who already hold a license/certification and are seeking continuing education credits on Feb 28.

Fertilizer recertification will be 8-9 a.m. and pesticide recertification (Core 1, 2 and 6) will run 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Miami County Board of DD/Riverside Gym, 1624 Troy-Sidney Road, Troy.

Register online at

For more information, call Amanda Bennett at (937) 440-3945 or email

Basketball tourney upcoming

PIQUA — The 10th Annual WPTW Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 28-29 in the gymnasium at Piqua High School, 1 Indian Trail, Piqua.

The competition will include teams from Piqua, Troy Christian, Covington and Lehman. Tickets are $6 at the door.

The Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament is presented by Buckeye Insurance Group.

5K race set for Jan. 1

TROY — New Year’s Day will bring the 11th annual World Race for Hope 5K to downtown Troy,

The race, which supports anti-trafficking organizations in Dayton and around the world, will begin and end at First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St. Same-day registration and packet pickup starts at 8:30 a.m. at First Place.

Timing will be provided by Speedy Feet.

For more information, go to

‘Sip and shop’ planned

TIPP CITY — After the holidays, everyone needs a little time to “wine down.” Catch those after-Christmas sales with a wine-tasting on the side by coming out for “Sip and Shop in Downtown Tipp” from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 5.

Local shops will be staying open late so you can peruse the sales and make a stop at Bodega to sample six different wines.

Tickets are $20 each at

See a movie at the Hayner

TROY — The next installment of Friday Night Movies at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy, will feature “Witness for the Prosecution,” a 1957 courtroom drama with film noir elements starring Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5, and is free and open to the public.

This movie is intended for mature viewers and may not be appropriate for children under 13.

Friday Night Movies includes an introduction to the film, plus café-style seating, popcorn and soft drinks.

For more information, call the Hayner at (937) 339-0457.

Beekeeping class slated

TROY — Vickie Bowman of the Miami Valley Beekeepers Association is offering a Beginning Beekeeper class at Brukner Nature Center on Feb. 3 and 10.

This hands-on workshop will cover equipment needs, where to get your bees, where to put your bees, feeding needs, how to help your bees stay healthy, the birds and the bees, forage, how to manipulate your hives, recognizing and treating diseases, getting your bees through their first year and much more. Participants will build their first frame, so please bring a pair of pliers, box cutter and tack hammer to the first class.

Participants also will also receive a free one-year membership to the Miami Valley Beekeepers Association and a free one- year membership to the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Membership in MVBA gives you access to mentors, program speakers and hands-on teaching hives at the MVBA/Brukner apiary. The fee is $60 per person for both class sessions (you must be able to attend both classes.) There will be a one-hour break for lunch and attendees may bring a sack lunch or grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant.

Class registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31, and payment is due at the time of registration (cash or check only). If mailing a check, please include “Bee School” in the memo area. If you have questions about the class, call Vickie at (937) 947-1568.