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Today

• SUMMER READING: The “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program begins today at the Milton-Union Public Library. Get ready to rock your summer with fun challenges, interesting programs, and exciting prizes for all ages. Staff will wrap up the summer with the Rockin’ Block Party on Aug. 2 from 5-8 p.m. Call the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• FRIDAY DINNERS: The Covington VFW 4235, 173 N. High St., Covington, will offer steaks, broasted chicken, assorted sandwiches and sides from 5-8 p.m.

• CHICKEN FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a three-piece chicken dinner with French fries and macaroni salad for $8 and up from 6-7:30 p.m. Chicken livers are also available.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Donors can help “Build a Better Blood Supply” during the Memorial Day holiday week and get a chance to win a home improvement make-over by supporting the Voss Honda Tipp City community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 155 S. Garber Drive. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the May Military Appreciation Month “Gave in the USA” T-shirt. Everyone 18 and older will be automatically entered in the CBC “Build a Better Blood Supply Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a $5,000 home improvement gift card.

• FISH OR CHICKEN: Fish and/or chicken tenders, French fries, hush puppies, coleslaw and dessert will be offered at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Serving begins at 6 p.m. for $8 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under.

• COMMUNITY NIGHT: The Community Night Summer Concert Series kicks off its 27th season in downtown Tipp City at the corner of North Second at Main streets. The evening of free music will begin at 6:15 .m. with Scott Lee followed by Berachah Valley at 7:30 p.m.

• BINGO: Bingo will be offered at the Piqua YMCA’s Senior Center at 10 a.m., with a lunch and learn to follow.

• OWLS AND HOWLS: The Miami County Park District will hold an Owls & Howls Hike from 9- 11 p.m. at Honey Creek Preserve, 4536 State Route 202, Tipp City. Join park district naturalist Amalee Houk as we try to call two species rarely seen by humans, an owl and coyote. Learn about these mysterious creatures while on a leisurely hike by the light of the moon. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

Saturday

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County’s Farmer Market will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowe’s parking lot. Bedding plants, fruit, vegetables, maple syrup and more will be offered.

• TENDERLOINS: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer grilled or fried tenderloin sandwiches with homemade french fries for $6 from 5-7:30 p.m. Tractor pulls will be at 2 p.m., with hamburgers available on the range.

• KARAOKE: Karaoke begins at 7 p.m. at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586.

Sunday

• KAYAK TRYOUTS: The second annual kayak tryouts will be from 1-5 p.m. at Kiser Lake Beach. At 2 p.m., there will be a safety talk on gear, equipment and boat safety; at 3 p.m., river safety will be the focus; and at 4 p.m., there will be a repeat of the 2 p.m. talk. This is open to the public at no charge, but donations are being accepted and donated to the Johnson St. Paris Fire Department for water rescue equipment. Demonstrations also will be offered by the Johnson St. Paris Fire Department.

• CEMETERY WALK: “If Tombstones Could Talk” cemetery walk, a free event sponsored by the Tippecanoe Historical Society, will be at Maple Hill Cemetery on South Hyatt Street in Tipp City from 5-7 p.m. Rain date will be June 10, same times. This year the locations are a little scattered, but participants are welcome to drive from spot to spot, but must be sure to leave the driveways open for passing traffic. Maps will be available with the location of each presentation. The characters portrayed are: John Purcell and Dorothy Purcell portrayed by Jim and Denise Hooper; Thomas Hartley portrayed by Ron Re’; Miss Mae Messick portrayed by Susan Furlong and Edna Messick portrayed by Marilee Lake; Miss Ann Keppel portrayed by Pam Liebhard; and Mary Kyle Michael portrayed by her niece Kate Johnsen. For more information, call Susie Spitler at 698-6798 or Gordon Pittenger at 667-3051.

• BREAKFAST: The public is invited to breakfast at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586, 377 N. Third St. This is a full breakfast, cooked-to-order, serving from 8-11 a.m. for $7 for adults, children 10 and under eat for $3.

Monday

• READING ROCKERS: Come for the story, stay for the adventure on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. This nine-week program for third through sixth graders will be held outdoors with participants reading aloud “A World Below,” by Wesley King. The interactive story time includes props, maps, and other items to make the story come alive. Light refreshments will be provided. No registration necessary.

• SUBS: Sub sandwiches with chips will be available at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Serving begins at 6 p.m. for $5.

• CLASS LUNCH: The Piqua Catholic class of 1953 will meet at noon at the Covington Eagles.

Tuesday

• QUARTER AUCTION: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will host a quarter auction at 7 p.m. Auction numbers will be available for purchase and food will be offered from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• KICK OFF: Come enjoy a family-friendly concert at the Treasure Island Amphitheatre, 419 N. Elm St., at 7:30 p.m. The Corndrinkers and their old-time traditional country music featuring twin fiddles, banjo, guitar and bass will kick off this year’s Troy-Miami County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge, “Libraries Rock!” Beginning at 8 p.m., the family fun will continue with face painting, a visit from the Chick-fil-A cow, the Bookmobile, outdoor games, and the outdoor movie Rocket Dog, rated PG and 90 minutes, begins at dusk. Beckstrom Orthodontics will provide popcorn and water. Call the library at 339-0502, Ext. 121, or visit tmcpl.org for more information.

• BUG LAB: Are you ready to get groovy and kick off the “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Challenge? Join staff at 6:30 p.m. for The Bug Lab Experience at the Pleasant Hill Library, 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill. Dr. Insecta will get you dancing, singing, and learning about the fantastic “Bugs” that help our earth keep jammin’ on. Fun for all ages. No registration required. Call the library at 676-2731 for more information.

• EUCHRE: Euchre will be offered at 10 a.m. at the Piqua branch of the YMCA’s Senior Center. Exercise will be offered prior at 9:30 a.m.

• EXPLORATION HIKE: The Miami County Park District will hold an adult exploration hike from 9-11 a.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Join park district naturalist Sassafras Susan to discover the birds, plants and trees across the county, one park at a time. These hikes are a great opportunity to get out in nature and learn together. Walks last about two hours and are not strenuous or fast-paced. Due to weather, trails may be wet. Wear appropriate shoes. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

Wednesday

• LECTURE SERIES: James Armstead, a humanities scholar who performs as Benjamin O. Davis at Ohio Chautauqua sites, will visit the WACO Air Museum at 1 p.m. to present his free workshop titled, “The Airplane, Flying the 20th Century.” Both youth and adults will find this to be of interest. There is no charge for the event and parking is free. Seating begins at 12:30 p.m. and the program is scheduled to last one hour. It will be held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy. For more information, visit ohiohumanities.org. or call WACO Air Museum at 937-335-9226.

• D-DAY PRESENTATION: Meet Marion Adams, serving that historic day in the US Navy as a radio operator on an LST — Landing Ship Tank. Adams will help speak as participants celebrate Operation Overlord, the name given for the Normandy Invasion, at the Miami Valley Veterans Museum’s monthly coffee and doughuts, at 9 a.m. Inspired by all this activity, Diana Spitler also produced a promotional presentation for USS LST 325 that was viewed by the French Parliament. Her latest documentary, “Write When You Can” was eight years in the making. Diana also created a one-hour presentation focusing entirely on her Uncle Marion Adams’ experiences in the Navy. The ”67 Quilters also will present original quilts to veterans. The museum is located one block west of the square, second floor of the Masonic Lodge, 107 W. Main St., Troy, and an elevator is available. For more information, call (937) 332-8852 or visit miamivalleyveteransmuseum.com.

• KIWANIS: The Piqua Kiwanis will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. at El Herradero Mexican Grill, 1598 Covington Ave. For more information, call Brian Phillips (778-1586) or visit the website: www.piquakiwanis.org.

• NATURE ROCKS: Join staff at the Pleasant Hill Library and the Miami County Parks District at 1:30 p.m. at Speagh Park, located near the soccer fields at 201 Long St., Pleasant Hill, for a Nature Rocks Storybook Trail. Follow the trail enjoying a story, exploring nature, and complete requirements of the Quest Program to earn gemstone rocks, arrowheads, fossil shark teeth, geodes and more. For all ages. No registration required. Call (937) 676-2731 for more information, the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library is located at 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill.

Thursday

• ICE CREAM: A homemade ice cream social will be offered from 5-7 p.m. at Greenville Creek Christian Church, 5110 Buckneck Road, Bradford. Four flavors of ice cream, along with a variety of sandwiches, drinks, cake and pie will be offered.

• LUNCHEON: All former employees of Piqua Memorial Hospital are invited to the quarterly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Buffalo Jacks, 137 S. High St., Covington. Reservations are not required as participants will order off the menu. For more information, call Nancy at (937) 473 3337 or Judy at (937) 214 2036.

• PAINTING: A painting fundraiser will be at 630 p.m. at the A.B. Graham Memorial Center, 8025 E. U.S. Route 36, Conover. The event is $35 pre-sale and $45 at the door. For pre-sale tickets and more information, call Mary Rose at 214-5562 or Carol at 214-0159 or go to https://squareup.com/store/you-can-do-it-5.

• CHESS CLUB: Join others for a game of chess at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy. Spend the summer learning a new skill or improving your game. Chess Club is open to all skill levels and age. Chess club is on the first Thursday of the month, and additional sessions are planned for July 5 and Aug. 2. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 127, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• CHICKEN: Enjoy Sweet and sour chicken over rice with an egg roll at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Serving is $5 and starts at 6 p.m. Challenge yourself to Euchre at 7 p.m. for $5.

June 8-10

• FESTIVAL: The St. Mary Parish Family Festival will hold its 48th annual festival on the parish grounds, 528 Broadway St. Friday night the festival will be open from 6-11 p.m. with DJ Dave Burnside from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday’s events are from 3-11 p.m. with the live band, “Switch 2,” on stage from 6-10 p.m. Sunday festival times are 1:30-7 p.m. with DJ Dave Trissell there all day. A corn hole tournament will be held at 2 p.m. with cash prizes. The weekend will feature food, carnival rides, cake booth, kiddieland, games of chance, and bingo (Saturday and Sunday only). Barbecue chicken dinners will be available on Saturday from 4:30-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The drawing for the grand raffle tickets will conclude the festival at 6:45 pm on Sunday. 1st prize is $1000 with 69 additional prizes. Additional tickets will be available during the festival. The winners need not be present to win.

June 8

• FRIDAY DINNERS: The Covington VFW 4235, 173 N. High St., Covington, will offer steaks, broasted chicken, assorted sandwiches and sides from 5-8 p.m.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Donors can help “Build a Better Blood Supply” this summer and get a chance to win a home improvement make-over by supporting the Troy-Miami County Public Library community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 419 W. Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the May Military Appreciation Month “Gave in the USA” T-shirt. Everyone 18 and older will be automatically entered in the CBC “Build a Better Blood Supply Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a $5,000 home improvement gift card. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• BINGO: Bingo will be offered at the Piqua YMCA’s Senior Center at 10 a.m., with a lunch and learn to follow.

• PORK CHOPS: Grilled pork chops, baked potato, salad and dessert will be offered at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Servings are $8 and starts at 6 p.m.

June 9

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County’s Farmer Market will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowe’s parking lot. Bedding plants, fruit, vegetables, maple syrup and more will be offered.

• FISH FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer an all-you-can-eat fish fry and smelt dinner with french fries, baked beans and applesauce for $9 beginning at 5 p.m.

• DOWNTOWN MARKET: The Downtown Troy Farmers Market offered by Troy Main Street, located on South Cherry Street just off West Main Street, is offered from 9 a.m. to noon. The market offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, homemade items, entertainment and more. More details can be found by visiting troymainstreet.org/farmers-market or calling (937) 339-5455.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Donors can help “Build a Better Blood Supply” this summer and get a chance to win a home improvement make-over by supporting the Ginghamsburg Church community blood drive Saturday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the May Military Appreciation Month “Gave in the USA” T-shirt. Everyone 18 and older will be automatically entered in the Community Blood Center “Build a Better Blood Supply Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a $5,000 home improvement gift card. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• KARAOKE: Karaoke will be offered at 7 p.m. at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586.

June 10

• BREAKFAST: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will offer a full breakfast, cooked-to- order, open to the public. Serving from 8-11 a.m. for just $7. Children 10 and under $3.

• BLUEGRASS: A bluegrass jam session will be held at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586, 377 N. Third St. Music begins about 2 p.m. and food is available from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

• CONCERT: The Tippecanoe Community Band will travel to Piqua Baptist Church, 1402 W. High St., Piqua, for the band’s first free concert of the summer season, beginning at 4 p.m. More than 50 musicians will present “Award-Winning Songs, Films, and Composers.” In honor of Flag Day, the band will perform patriotic favorites and a few sacred selections that honor the freedoms with which Americans have been blessed. Veterans and current military personnel will be recognized. For more information about the band or upcoming concerts, call 335-1178.

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Contact Editor Melody Vallieu at mvallieu@aimmediamidwest.com or by phone at (937) 552-2131 to list your free calendar items for nonprofit events