• HOTDOG DAY: In recognition of National Hotdog Day, Heartland of Piqua will offer a drive through in which participants will receive a free hotdog, chips and cookie from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 275 Kienle Drive, Piqua.
• SUPERHERO TRAINING: Milton-Union Public Children’s Librarian hosts an outdoors “Superhero Training Camp” today at the library. Children can come in their own costumes and run through a series of obstacles to enhance their own superhero powers. The training starts at 1:30 p.m.
• BOOK GROUP: What happens when animal attacks turn coordinated and deadly? Explore this idea in the James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge thriller “Zoo” and then join the “Escape the Ordinary” book club discussion at the Milton-Union Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Extra book copies are available at the display inside the library.
• COMMUNITY PICNIC: Partners in Hope’s 25th Anniversary Community Picnic will be from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Troy City Park (off of Adams Street, across from Hobart Arena). The event is open to the entire community and there is no charge to participate. Enjoy food, entertainment, a family movie and more. Call 335-0448 for more information and to make a reservation.
• TACO SALADS: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586, Tipp City, will prepare taco salads for $4 and cookies two for 50 cents beginning at 6 p.m. Euchre starts at 7 p.m. for $5.
• BLOOD DRIVE: Donors will get a chance to win a deluxe Hawaii vacation for two at the Piqua Baptist Church community blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the church gym, 1402 West High St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt and everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board — Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• BAND CONCERT: The Piqua Civic Band will conclude its summer concert season on July 23 at Hance Pavilion under the direction of conductor Brett Poling. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free. The band will be saluting some of the great musicians who have called Piqua home. The band will be joined by vocalists from Music Warehouse for a tribute to The Mills Brothers. The band’s cornets will be featured in Leroy Anderson’s popular “Buglers’ Holiday.” Jim Oda will serve as the band’s guest announcer for the evening and will lead the audience on a journey through the musical history of the city. The band will salute such great Piqua musicians as Phil Gates, Robert M. Hance, The Mills Brothers, and Matt Bogart.
• PIZZA AND CRAFTS: Grab your mask and join others for pizza and crafts at the Troy-Miami County Public Library at 11:30 a.m. at 419 W. Main St., Troy. This event is for children of all ages. For more information, call 937-339-0502 ext. 121, or visit our website at www.tmcpl.org.
• CHICKEN AND NOODLES: Post 43 will be serving chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, biscuit and dessert from 5-7:30 p.m. for $9.
• NIGHT OF DISCOVERY: This summer, get a close up look at some of Ohio’s amazing nocturnal creatures from 7-10 p.m. at Brukner Nature Center. Participants will learn about bats and the bugs they love to munch on and even try their hand at using echolocation. The fireflies that light up the night will give participants a great show as we hike around and learn how to tell these fascinating flashing insects apart. Bring your kindergarten through fifth graders and have a free night to yourselves while we keep the kids busy discovering what creatures fly around at night. The fee for this Night of Discovery is $10 for BNC members and $15 for non-members. Registration and payment are due by 5 p.m. July 20.
• SUPER GAMES: Have you ever played with a gigantic checker board or 5-inch high dice? Enjoy super-size “Super Games” at the Milton-Union Public Library at 2:30 p.m. The games are open to the whole family. The library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.
• CHICKEN SALAD: The Troy Fish & Game will offer chicken salad wraps beginning at 6 p.m.
• PORK CHOP: The American Legion Riders, Post 586, Tipp City, will offer a pork chop with two sides, salad and dessert for $7 beginning at 6 p.m.
• 4-H BARBECUE: The annual 4-H Barbecue will begin at 4 p.m. at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Members will be serving beef and pork sandwiches, hot dogs, pie, cake, ice cream, pop, lemonade and iced tea. There will be a silent auction from 4-6 p.m., kiddie, tractor pulls at 4 p.m., bicycle safety, the Troy Bookmobile, and a dance at 8 p.m. The Miami County 4-H Club Advisers Horse Show will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the horse arena.
• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmer’s Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its new location, Lowe’s parking lot. Regular early offerings will be available.
• PRESCHOOL IN THE PARK: The Miami County Park District will hold its Preschool in the Park “Reptiles” program from 11 a.m. to noon at Lost Creek Reserve 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Join Park District Naturalist Gecko Jody as she leads the group in song, story, play and a toddler sized hike in search of reptiles. The fee is $3 per class. Class size limited to 12, class minimum is four. Pre-registration required. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, e-mailing email@example.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104. Credit card payments are now accepted online at time of registration.
• ADVENTURE SERIES: The Miami County Park District will hold its monthly Naturalist Adventure Series program “Adventure Puppets” from 1-4 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Drop by and learn about nature with Freddy the Frog, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Ollie Otter and others. Ask the puppets questions and let your imagination take a journey as you discover the natural world. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104. Credit card payments are now accepted online at time of registration.
• STEAK FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a New York strip steak dinner with salad, baked potato and a roll for $13 from 5-8 p.m.
• FREE MOVIE: Watch the ultimate crime-fighting superhero team “avenge” the bad guys in the Milton-Union Public Library’s “Movie Matinee.” The free film starts at 2:30 p.m. in the community room. Movie watchers are encouraged to bring their own comfy chair and refreshments. Check the library’s website for future showings.
• FISHING DERBY: The Troy Fish & Game will offer an adult fishing derby from 6-11 p.m.
• CRUISE IN: The American Legion Post 586, Tipp City, will host a cruise in beginning at noon. The rain date will be July 26. Registration $5, veterans and active duty free. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 20 registered. Registration prizes, shelter, food and drink will be available. A DJ will be available from noon to 3 p.m. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Karaoke will be available in the post lounge from 7 p.m. to close.
• BLOOD DRIVE: Ginghamsburg Church community blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 South County Road 25-A, Tipp City. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt and everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board — Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• SUNSET SONGS: The Miami County Park District will hold its Music in the Park “Sunset Songs” program from 7-9 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Rd. south of Tipp City. Enjoy soft, meditative Native American Flute music on a casual walk around Charleston Falls Preserve as the sun sets. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, e-mailing email@example.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104. Credit card payments are now accepted online at time of registration.
• MEETING SET: Reservations are due today for the Miami County Chapter of Ohio Public Employee Retirees meeting set for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 5 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood St., Piqua. Enter the parking lot from Downing Street. Lunch is $10, payable at the door. The program will feature a representative from Humana, discussing the approaching changes in health care. This meeting is open to any retired or currently employed Ohio public employee. To reserve your spot, call Beth, 335-2771.
• OPTIMISTS MEET: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at LaPiazza. Laura Williams and Marie Carity from Miami East will speak on the FFA and Farm Bureau.
• WILD JOURNEYS: Join Brukner Nature Center staff at 7 p.m. for a Wild Journeys program. Did you know that 90 people of people that visit national parks don’t walk further than 100 yards into them? In 2014, BNC’s Curator of Wildlife Becky Crow led a group of nine individuals on a trip that covered nearly 40 miles of the park (on foot) in just six days. From the east side, to the south side; the top side to the wet side, we welcome you to come discover the flora, fauna and grandeur of Glacier National Park. This program is free for BNC members; non-member admission is $5 per person and includes refreshments. Cash or check only.
• WHAT’S YOUR STORY: Kids have the opportunity to write their own story or create their own comic book at the Milton-Union Public Library. Budding authors can join children’s librarian Wendy Heisey from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
• CRAFTY LISTENERS: The Crafty Listenersgather from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This group of women are listening to “Sisterchicks on the Loose” by Robin Jones Gunn while working on joint and individual craft projects. Both experienced crafters and those wanting to learn are welcome.
• BOOK CLUB: Join participants for a lively discussion at the Troy-Miami County Public Library’s adult book club at 6:30 p.m. Participants will be reading and discussing “Maximum Ride, The Angel Experiment” by James Patterson for the month of July.
• BOOK CLUB: The Book Lovers Anonymous Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 120, or visit www.tmcpl.org.
• YOUTH READING PROGRAM: Casstown United Methodist Church, 102 Center St., offers reading program for youth entering grades K-6. Program runs Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and includes crafts, games, music, tips for healthy living, lunch, an afternoon snack, and presentations by special guests. For more information, call Pastor Maggie Sykes at (937) 339-4828.
• KIWANIS MEETING: The Troy Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Troy Country Club. A membership luncheon will be held. AAA of Miami County will speaking on the vacation season and the many destinations here and abroad.
• TINY TOTS: It’s the “Dentist to the Rescue” today at Tiny Tots – get your toothbrush ready and show off those pearly whites! Children’s librarian Wendy Heisey leads the newborn to preschooler program from 1-1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton.
• LOGO LAB: Create your own logo designs with meltable beads and other artistic mediums at the Milton-Union Public Library with Young Adult Specialist Dawn Merritt from 6-7 p.m. The event is free with all supplies provided. Ages 12 and up.
• KIWANIS MEETING: The Troy Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Troy Country Club. A membership luncheon will be held.
• BOOKMOBILE: The Troy-Miami County Public Library’s Bookmobile will make a stop at 2 p.m. at Hobart Urban Nature Preserve, Troy. The event will include family-friendly activities, story times, and make and take crafts. To make a reservation to attend, call 335-6273.
• SUPERHERO ADVENTURE: Children of all ages can come to the Pleasant Hill Library at 1 p.m. and enjoy a story, craft and her activity. The event will be held every Wednesday.
• KIWANIS MEETING: The Piqua Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. The program will be presented by Spiritual Aims Committee. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.
• CARNIVAL: Summer Reading Programs are coming to a close, and the Milton-Union Public Library is ready to celebrate the winners! The Children’s Carnival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is open to all kids that have completed a summer reading log. The library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.
• MOVIE SET: The Troy-Miami County Public Library will offer a movie, Dolphin Tale 2,” on “the big screen” and freshly popped popcorn at 10 a.m. at 419 W. Main St., Troy. The movie is rated PG and runs for 107 minutes. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 121, or visit www.tmcpl.org.
• COMPLETION PARTY: Join others for the Summer Reading Challenge completion party at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library in Pleasant Hill. Drop in anytime from 1-3 p.m. for some food and fun activities at 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill. For more information, call (937) 676-2731.
• LIVE MUSIC: The Humps & the Blackouts will play at The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
• SEAFOOD DINNER: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a three-piece fried fish dinner, 21-piece fried shrimp, or a fish/shrimp combo with french fries and coleslaw for $7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Frog legs, when available, will be $10.
• PIZZA NIGHT: The Troy Fish & Game will offer pizza night beginning at 6 p.m.
• BLOOD DRIVE: Culver’s of Troy will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2100 W. Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Catch the Wave – Donate Blood” screw top water bottle with straw; everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the CBC “Get on Board – Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an all-expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• BLUEGRASS: Bluegrass on the Mountain will be at the Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls. Featuring The Legendary Larry Sparks and other bands beginning at noon. Admission is $20, children under 12 free with paying adult. Bring lawn chairs. For more information visit www.vfwpost6557.com or call (937) 698-6727.
• LEWIS AND CLARK: Join staff, along with guest Mark Cusac, at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy, at 1 p.m. to find out what nourished the Lewis & Clark expedition from 1804-1806. Some of the foods will surprise, astonish, and shock you. You may even meet a famous person from the past. This event is for ages 16 and up. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 117, or visit www.tmcpl.org.
• HAZARDOUS WASTE: A household hazardous waste dropoff will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sanitary Engineering Department, 2200 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.
• KIWANIS MEETING: The Piqua Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. The program will be “Vietnam on My Mind,” a collection of short stories of human interest that take place in a Vietnam setting by Robert Brundrett. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.
• CHESS CLUB: The Checkmate Chess Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy. The chess club is open to everyone with an interest in the game, even if you’ve never played before, and it is a great activity for the whole family. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 127, or visit www.tmcpl.org.