Area briefs

YWCA offers kids sewing class

PIQUA — Kids in grades 4-6 won’t want to miss the fun “Meow Now” sewing class with instructor Kim Copley on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the YWCA Piqua.

Participants will learn how to follow a pattern, cut it out and hand sew a cat to take home.

“I am excited to share this fun project with the kids,” said Copley. “They will learn basic skills and will complete a project all in one session plus have a second kit to take home and make on their own.”

All materials are included in the class fee. Class size is limited, so register early. Class fees are available for both members and non-members.

For more information or to register, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626.

Spring gardening series upcoming

SIDNEY — A Spring Gardening series will be offered in the Community Room at the Amos Memorial Public Library in Sidney from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session will include hand-outs, refreshments, a question-and-answer time, and great door prizes. These seminars are open to the public at no charge, and there is no need to sign up ahead of time. Participants can attend one or all three seminars.

• Feb. 20 — What’s Happening in the Plant World? Garden Trends for 2018

This session will include new ornamental and edible plants for 2018, low-maintenance plants for busy people, garden resources, and much more.

• March 20 – March Madness: A Winning Season on Garden Prep

Learn more about techniques and tools in this three-month timeline for getting those gardening chores done while still enjoying your spring.

• April 17 — Gardening in Small Spaces

Don’t let a lack of space prevent you from expanding your gardening efforts. Master Gardener Mark Hipple will show you how his 22 years of small-space gardening has paid off big time.

Beat those winter blues by soaking in some Spring Greens!

Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) support OSU Extension Shelby County in meeting the needs of residents of Auglaize, Mercer, and Shelby counties in the area of consumer horticulture by assisting with educational programs, diagnosing plant problems, making cultural and pest management recommendations, and other various opportunities.

Beginning beekeeping classes set at Brukner

TROY — Vickie Bowman of the Miami Valley Beekeepers Association is offering “Beginning Beekeeper” class at Brukner Nature Center on Saturdays, 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 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 Wed. January 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.