Area briefs

The Academy to host panel

PIQUA — The Edison Foundation’s Academy for Community Leadership (the Academy) invites not-for-profit executives and board leaders to learn more about developing a board to its greatest potential. The third and final session of the Academy’s fall speaker series will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Piqua Campus.

Marian Spicer, executive director of the Community Foundation of Shelby County will lead this session, which focuses on non-profit board development. Topics explored will range from board size, composition, and recruitment, to the Attorney General’s board responsibilities, to the relationship between the board and the executive director.

A portion of the event will be dedicated to a panel discussion with local organization executives. Leading the panel discussion are Scott Barr of Shelby County United Way; Jenny Bruns of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County; and Diana Thompson of Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau.

The cost is $15 per person and includes a light breakfast with coffee. Registration is preferred by Oct. 9 to ensure a seat. For more information or to register, contact Julie Slattery at (937) 778-7805 or

Evening of painting to raise funds

PIQUA — An evening of painting, music, wine and food will help raise money for the American Cancer Society at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the banquet room at the Miami Valley Centre Mall.

The cost is $35 per person; $10 from each registration will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Miami County.

If you are interested in attending, go to CarlottaART’s website to register for the party:

The party will last about two hours and includes instruction and all supplies needed to paint your own 16-by-20 work of art. No artistic experience is needed. If you’ve never painted and think you can’t draw a straight line, no worries, it’s about having a good time. Instructors will guide participants step-by-step in a fun, relaxed atmosphere and at the end of the party you’ll have created your own work of art.

We provide aprons and suggest you wear paint-friendly clothes.

There will be food and wine for everyone. If you would like, feel free to bring something to eat to share. If you want to bring your own wine to drink, feel free to bring that as well.