Kienle art to be shown

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio — Piqua artist Rosemary Kienle has been chosen to show her work in the Ohio Watercolor Society’s 41st annual juried exhibition, which opened Sept. 14 at the Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike.

Kienle was selected for her entry of a 22”x30” painting of a local county fair ride. Of the 258 paintings entered, only 70 were accepted.

This highly competitive show annually attracts entries from all over Ohio and adjacent areas. A nationally recognized juror from outside the state juries the show.

An opening reception will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 29, for the exhibit, which runs through Oct. 29.

Farmers market ending

PIQUA — The 10th season of the Piqua Community Farmers Market wraps up this week with the annual apple pie baking contest. The market, located on High Street in front of the Piqua Public Library, runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m. each Thursday.

Visitors to the market will still find locally grown produce available including potatoes, eggplant, okra, peppers and cucumbers. There is also large selection of pumpkins, gourds, decorative table gourds and mums available. There is also locally produced honey, cheese and homemade craft items including jewelry, home décor and melts.

The apple pie baking contest is open to anyone who would like to participate and cash prizes will be awarded in both adult and youth (12 and under) categories. Details about the contest can be found at

For more information on the Piqua Community Farmers Market contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

Randolph exhibit open

PIQUA — The Piqua Public Library is featuring a traveling exhibition by Ohio History Connection and National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center. “Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople From Slavery to Settlement” will be on view until Nov. 1.

The Randolph Freedpeople exhibit explores one of the largest emancipations in American history, in which nearly 400 former slaves journeyed from Charlotte County, Virginia, to the Miami Valley of Ohio. The 19 panels allow visitors to follow their history from freedom, their grueling pilgrimage, legal battles, and community building in the present day.

The exhibit includes original artwork by Piqua artist, Linda Hamilton, who painted a scene from the Freedpeople’s journey north and the black public school in Rossville. Also included is the Mills Brothers guitar, donated to Helen Gilmore and the Rossville Museum and Cultural Center. Gilmore, a Randolph descendant, and her husband, bequeathed the museum’s contents to the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.

The display is open in the Horace Rollin Gallery on the second floor of the Piqua Public Library, 116 High St.

Safe driver class set

PIQUA — AARP is offering a Safe Driver Class for “mature” drivers on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 12-4 p.m. at the YWCA Piqua. The class, created and administered through AARP, is focused on improving, educating and equipping senior drivers with skills to be a responsible driver.

According to Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director, the class will include videos, discussions and other class materials. Interested participants are encouraged to register by Sept. 20.

Participants will receive a certificate to present to their car insurance provider for a possible coverage discount. Class fees are available for both AARP ($15) and non-AARP ($20) members. An AARP card is required for the discount. YWCA membership is not required to take this class.

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

Evening Dessert planned

PIQUA — Listen to and sing along with David Wion on the piano for the YWCA Evening Dessert, “An Evening of Broadway and More,” on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

Wion, a graduate of Wittenberg University, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Music in composition. He has been involved with numerous musical and theatrical productions over the years in the greater Dayton area. Wion has also served as director of the West Milton Young Spirits for the past 30 years and is a published composer of both choral and keyboard works. He currently serves as the executive director for the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.

Reservations for the Evening Dessert must be made by Monday, Sept. 24, by calling the YWCA at 773-6626. Membership is not required. Cost is $5/person for the program and dessert. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.