Area briefs

Caregiver program set

TROY — Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County is offering a new series of Caregiver Connection programs to support home caregivers.

Open to all caregivers, this group serves as a support group and offers a safe place to ask questions and speak openly about the responsibilities, concerns and questions associated with caring for someone with a life-limiting illness. The series is designed to offer:

• A chance to talk with other caregivers, and learn how to handle the challenges of caring for the needs of another person.

• A safe place to ask questions and speak openly about the challenges caregivers face.

• An encouraging and confidential atmosphere.

Anyone responsible for the care of another person or who might be feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of care giving is invited to attend.

“Caregiver Connection” will be held from 2-3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 2899 W. Main St., Troy, on the followings dates: July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24 and Sept. 14 and 28.

For more information, contact Krissy McKim-Barker at (937) 573-2115 or

Kayaking classes to be offered

PIQUA — The Piqua Branch of the Miami County YMCA will be offering kayaking classes during the month of July. Each class will run two nights, and the dates for the classes are July 11 and 13, and July 18 and 20. The classes will run from 7:30-8:30 p.m. each night. These classes are designed for beginning kayakers who want to learn the basics of the sport.

The fee for the class is $15 for YMCA members and $20 for non YMCA members.

The classes will be taught by Jeff Lange, a local kayaking enthusiast, who is also a certified kayak instructor with the American Canoe Association.

Kayaking is a very popular and fun water sport that individuals can easily learn and do. There are many opportunities for renting a kayak around the Dayton area, as well as many waterways to go kayaking on.

For more information, or to register for the kayaking classes please contact Donn Shade at the Piqua branch of the Miami County YMCA at (937) 773-9622. Or you may email him at

The Miami County YMCA-Piqua Branch is located at 223 West High St., in Piqua.

Art show participants needed

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church is again looking for applicants to take part in their 11th annual art show to be held Aug. 4-6. The deadline for entering is July 20.

The event is held in the activity center at 201 S. Main St., West Milton. The purpose of the show is to share area talent with the public. The show is non-juried.

Some pieces may be available for purchase, with transactions handled directly between the artist and the interested party.

A gift from local arts patron Bill Netzley of Netzley Roofing has enabled Hoffman to offer monetary awards again this year. Awards to be given are $500 for first place, $400 for second place and $300 for third place. Eight additional awards of $100 each will also be presented.

Application forms may be picked up at the church office and The Hen’s Nest in West Milton, The Hotel Gallery and Studio 14 in Tipp City. Forms are also available for downloading from the church website at

For more information, call John at (937) 698-7132.