Area briefs

Grants awarded

DAYTON — The Dayton Foundation has awarded 14 grants totaling $30,777 to area not-for-profits as part of its first Greenlight Grants program. Greenlight Grants is a new competitive funding program for Greater Dayton nonprofits seeking quick, small grants for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building. Grants are approved to promote efforts in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, human services, philanthropy and other community-building endeavors.

Greenlight Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Blue Star Mothers of America — Miami Valley Chapter No. 3 ($2,000): help purchase coats, hats and gloves for military veterans in need.

Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum ($2,000): assist with promoting rail and heritage tourism and leveraging additional funding from the state of Ohio.

Lions set open house

TROY — The Troy Lions Club will hold an open house to explain a variety of volunteer opportunities from 6:30-7:30 p.m Wednesday, April 13 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy. All community minded men and women are welcome to come and learn about ways they can help the less fortunate of Miami County. This casual Open House is free and open to the public. No reservation is needed. Refreshments will be served.

Troy Lion Club member Steve Kaplan observes that “Many people would like to assist local charitable organizations like ours, but either do not know how to help or are hesitant to commit due to their limited time available. This open house is a wonderful way for them to educate themselves and see how many different options there are available.” The program includes recent club accomplishments, an explanation of various community service projects, and opportunities for future involvement.

The Troy Lions Club is a non-profit community service organization, dedicated to vision health and a variety of other community services. The local club currently serves Troy, Covington, Piqua, Pleasant Hill, Tipp City and surrounding areas of Miami County since 1942. For more information, see the Lions at or call (937) 335-7345.

Canoe skills demo offered

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA — Piqua Branch will be sponsoring a Canoe Skills demonstration from 2-4 p.m. Saturday April 23 at the Piqua YMCA.

This is a free event and is open to both YMCA and non-YMCA members, and will be held in the pool. Space is limited to the first twenty (20) people who register, and is open to both adults and youth age 15 and older. The demonstration will be taught by Jeff Lange, a local canoeing enthusiast with more than 25 years experience.

As part of the mission of the Y to educate and improve the quality of life for people, offering a canoe clinic goes right along with helping people to learn about safe canoeing practices and being able to enjoy the local rivers and waterways. The Miami County YMCA — Piqua Branch is located at 223 West High St. Piqua.

Anyone who has an interest in canoeing to take part in this free event. Preferably this event is designed for beginning canoe enthusiasts with little or no canoeing experience.

To register, call the Piqua YMCA at 773-9622, or if you have any questions contact Donn Shade at the Piqua YMCA at or call 773-9622.