Area briefs

Etheridge set to rock Huber

HUBER HEIGHTS — With hits like “Ain’t It Heavy,” “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One” under her belt, Melissa Etheridge has won Grammys, an Oscar and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Now touring in support of “This is M.E.,” her 12th studio album — and the first released on her own label, ME, since parting ways with Island Records —Etheridge will co-headline a concert with Blondie at the Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, on Wednesday, July 1. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7.

Tickets are $62, $56, $50 and $43. Prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day-of-show increase. All events are rain or shine.

To purchase tickets online, go to For more information, call Rose Music Center at (937) 610-0288.

Farmers Market offers special events

PIQUA — The Piqua Community Farmers Market has returned to Canal Place (between High and Ash streets) with a variety of vendors selling everything from fresh produce to home-baked goods to handmade crafts, soaps, puzzles and more. The market also will offer an array of special events including (subject to change):

• June 25 – Strawberry Jam Contest

• July 2 – Rock Piqua Unplugged

• July 9 – July 16 – Piqua Arts Council Market Mural Program

• July 30 – Cupcake Contest

• Aug. 6-13 (Ohio local food week) – Biggest Tomato Contest

• Aug. 20 – Piqua Arts Council Market Mural Program

• Aug. 27 – Salsa Contest

• Sept. 3 – Rock Piqua Unplugged; Apple Pie Contest

• Sept. 10 – Pumpkin Decorating

As a new service, the market also will offer shoppers the chance to purchase Market Dollars each week.

Hours at the market are 3:30-8 p.m. each Thursday. The Piqua Community Farmers Market is a project of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.

BNC to hold book event

TROY — Brukner Nature Center will hold its Summer Book Event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 11 in the Heidelberg Auditorium at BNC, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, where visitors can meet featured authors David Fitz-Simmons, Jamie Johnson, and Zoe and Ray Mueller.

Explore the amazing, up-close worlds of common North American animals — from butterflies and birds to frogs and fish — with award-winning photographer and writer FitzSimmons. Meet some of the wildlife ambassadors of Brukner Nature Center that inspired Johnson’s picture book, “The Ghost of Donley Farm.” (Part of the proceeds from sales of the book will go to Brukner Nature Center.) Zoe & Ray Mueller will take guests on a photographic journey in “Family Tree – Tale of a Tail,” a book in real time about Red-Tailed Hawks that establish residence in a feisty locust tree to raise a family.

The event is free with paid admission of $2.50 for per person or $10 for a family of 4 or more for non-members (cash or check only). BNC members are free.

Lodge begins campaign

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 58 has contracted with TNT Promotions, 251 Mulberry St., Troy, to conduct its annual fundraising campaign for the lodge.

TNT Promotions is the only fundraising vendor associated with local law enforcement and they are not involved with any other campaigns within Miami County.

The Miami County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 58 is comprised of all law enforcement agencies in Miami County. Telephone solicitations generated by TNT Promotions solely supports efforts of local law enforcement to give back to the communities they serve.

For questions or concerns, call Miami County FOP President Billie Ray at (937) 603-2365.

Cincinnati Pops returns

TROY — A summertime tradition, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra led by conductor, Robert Trevino, will return to Troy’s Prouty Plaza on Thursday, June 25 at 8 p.m.

The program this year is entitled “Hollywood Classics,” featuring scores from iconic films from across Hollywood’s history. The concert will include themes from early classics such as Gone With the Wind and Modern Times, as well as more contemporary films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” Additionally, music from the classical repertoire that has also appeared in film scores, such as “Clair de Lune” and “On the Beautiful Blue Danube,” will be featured in the performance. Baritone Brad Jungwirth will sing other film favorites such as “Stars” from Les Miserábles and “Singing in the Rain,” as well as a few fun surprises.

Bring your lawn chairs. In case of severe weather, the concert will take place at the Troy Christian High School auditorium, 700 S. Dorset Road.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Concert is presented by The Troy Foundation and the City of Troy, and is open to the public at no charge.