• CIVIC BAND: The Piqua Civic Band will present “Young at Heart,” a concert for the child in everyone at 7 p.m. at Hance Pavilion, Fountain Park. Bring the entire family for an evening of music from the movies of Walt Disney and other fun surprises. Patrick Woods will be the band’s trumpet soloist for “Beauty and the Beast.” Selections will include items from “The Lion King,” “The Whistler and His Dog,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “The Waltzing Cat,” and more. The concerts are free and open to the public. Visit piquacivicband.weebly.com for more information.
• LETTUCE COOK: The Miami County Park District will hold its Lettuce Cook Cooking Club series on July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4 and 11 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 East State Route 41, east of Troy. Be part of a brand new pilot program. Kids ages 11-15 years will learn about local produce as they harvest, prepare and cook seasonal recipes using ingredients from the garden at Lost Creek Reserve. They will also experience the sense of community that comes from preparing and sharing meals together. Class maximum is 10. Pre-registration is required. Class fee $25 for the series of five. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.
• FIRE DEPARTMENT: Volunteers from the West Milton Fire Department will bring their fire truck and other equipment for a hands-on presentation about how firefighters train and stay fit. Kindergarteners through fifth graders are welcome from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Milton-Union Public Library.
• MOVE IT: “Move It to Lose It” with a free exercise class every Thursday morning during the summer at the Milton-Union Public Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Burn fat with a cardio workout this morning. All ages are welcome; youth under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent.
• BLOOD DRIVE: Fletcher United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive from 3-7 p.m. at 205 S. Walnut St. with a chance to win the “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two” vacation. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• COMMITTEE MEETING: The Fort Rowdy Gathering will have their monthly committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Covington City Building, 1 S. High St. Everyone is welcome as organizers prepare for the 2016 Gathering, to be held Labor Day weekend in the Covington Park.
• SUMMER STORYTIME: Stories, music, crafts, puppet shows and fun will be offered from 10:30-11 a.m. in the Children’s Department of the Piqua Public Library. Register by calling 773-6753, or stopping by the Children’s Department.
• FARMERS MARKET: The Piqua Community Farmers Market will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in front of the Fort Piqua Plaza in downtown Piqua. For more information, visit piquafarmersmarket.com.
• TRAVEL TO ITALY: Meet at the Troy-Miami County Public Library and join staff for a “trip” to Italy. Prepare to be immersed in the sights, sounds, and cultures of Italy right here in the library at 6:30 p.m. From bakeries, wineries and museums, travel with others to this beautiful country. The Troy-Miami County Public Library is located at 419 W. Main St., Troy. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 117.
• BOARD MEETING: The Tipp City Seniors Board of Trustees meeting will be at 10 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. A carry-in luncheon for members and guests will follow at noon.
• BLOOD DRIVE: Piqua Baptist Church will host a community blood drive from 3-7 p.m. with a chance to win the “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two” vacation. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 1402 West High St. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• MEETING: The quarterly Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting will be at 4 p.m. at the Miami County Communication Center, 210 Marybill Drive, Troy.
• BIKE RIDE: Teens from the Bradford Public Library will be heading to Piqua Bike Trail for a ride to Troy and back, leaving the library at 9:30 a.m. and coming back at 3 p.m. Sign-ups and permission forms are required.
• CLASS LUNCH: Members of the Piqua High School class of 1950 will meet for lunch at noon at China East in Piqua.
• OPEN KITCHEN: The Troy Fish & Game will offer an open kitchen beginning at 6 p.m.
• SEVENTH STREET: A Fridays on Prouty concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy with Seventh Street. This five-member band claims Miami County roots, forming in 2012 in Tipp City. They will cover your favorites from the ’70s to anything current. Presented by Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, sponsored by The Troy Foundation. Details at www.TroyHayner.org.
• EXHIBIT OPENS: “Covering the Past,” the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s newest exhibit, features 19th century woven coverlets owned by the Museum of Troy History, the Overfield Tavern Museum and The Troy Historical Society. This historic exhibit is curated by Judy Deeter, president of the Troy Historical Society and the Overfield Tavern Museum. An exhibit opening will be from 5-6:45 p.m. at the center, and will feature demonstrations or weaving and spinning. The exhibit runs through Aug. 28.
• MADE RITES: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer homemade made rite sandwich, potato salad and baked beans for $8 from 6-7:30 p.m.
• HEALTH TREKKERS: The Miami County Park District will hold its Health Trekkers program from 6-7 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. Take a hike for heath and join park district health and wellness specialist, registered nurse Marion for this weekly low impact walk. Relevant topics such as heart health, diet and nutrition, diabetes prevention, stress relief and many others will be discussed during this twelve walk series. Remember to wear weather appropriate gear and walking shoes for comfort. Registration not required but highly recommended. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.
• CAR SHOW: Hobart Corporation will host its Second annual Car Show to benefit The American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The event will start at noon and run until 3 p.m. The gates at 701 S. Ridge Ave., Troy, will open at 10 a.m. for registration and run until 2 p.m. There will be dash plaques given to the first 50 registered vehicles and trophies will be given for Best of Show, Peoples Choice, Best GM Vehicle, Best Ford Vehicle, Best Mopar, Most Original, The Hobart Choice and the Oldest Car. All trophies and awards will be given at 3 p.m. There will be a $10 entry fee for all show vehicles. DJ Ken Ryan will be playing all of the great oldies throughout the day and occasionally there will be trivia questions for prizes also.
• CAR WASH: Piqua High School Key Club is sponsoring a car wash from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts, 113 S. College St. Donations are accepted. All proceeds will benefit youth activities sponsored by the Key Club, a high school group sponsored by the Piqua Kiwanis Club. The group is dedicated to volunteering, promoting leadership and sponsoring events for the youth in the community.
• FARMERS MARKET: The Downtown Troy Farmers Market will be offered from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features fresh local produce, breads, artisan cheeses, maple syrup, honey, baked goods, locally-raised meat, artists’ booths, live music, other entertainment and more. The location on South Cherry Street, just off West Main Street, is convenient for shoppers with adjacent parking. For more information, visit www.TroyMainStreet.org or call (937) 339-5455.
• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmers Market will open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lowe’s parking lot, Troy, with local, plants, vegetables, maple syrup and more.
• RIBS: The Troy Fish & Game will offer barbecue rib dinners beginning at 6 p.m.
• PORK CHOPS: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a marinated pork chop (non-marinated pork chops available upon request) dinner with baked potato and corn for $9 from 5-7 p.m.
• NIGHT HIKE: Brukner Nature Center will have a night hike at 9 p.m. Every month BNC naturalists plan a nighttime adventure in to the Brukner woodlands. Exploring the BNC woods during the day can be fun but being able to explore at night is an adventure. Join a BNC naturalist as you take off into the woods. Free and open to the public.
• PUBLIC STAR GAZE: Join the Stillwater Stargazers and explore the starry night sky at 10 p.m. at Brukner Nature Center. Members will have their telescopes set up to answer questions. This program is free and open to the public, following the night hike.
• MOVE IT: “Move It to Lose It” with a free exercise class on select Saturdays during the summer at the Milton-Union Public Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. This Saturday is “Wii Dance.” All ages are welcome; youth under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent.
• BLUEGRASS FUNDRAISER: A Bluegrass Festival of Bands Fundraiser. The night of great music will be held at Crossroads Christian Fellowship 18 E. Broadway Ave., Tipp City. Proceeds will benefit those affected by the fire at Browse Awhile Books, Tipp City. To learn more, visit http://www.inthecrossroads.com.
• ART IN THE PARK: Tipp City will host its first Art in the Park from 3-9 p.m. at City Park. The event will include artist displays and demonstrations, local musician performances and food trucks. For more information, visit www.tippcityartscouncil.com/art-in-the-park.html, or call (937) 543-5115.
• POKER RUN: A poker run to help Tipp City resident Leah Poker get a service dog will beging at 11 a.m. with registration at 13 Stripes Bar & Grill, 6556 Union Road, Clayton. Kickstands are up at noon and the run ends at 4:30 p.m. The fee is $15 per person and $5 for passengers. An after-party will be back at the bar with grilling and a band from 5-9 p.m. For more information, visit www.4pawsforability.org/Leah-Hatton or on Facebook at Paws for Leah Poker Run.
• NATURE ART: The Miami County Park District will hold its Preschool in the Park “Nature Art” program from 11 a.m. to noon at Hobart Urban Nature Preserve, 1400 Tyrone, Troy. Join park district naturalist Gecko Jody and create art using natural materials. There will be journaling activities in addition to story time and a short tot sized hike. There is a $3 class fee due at the time of registration. Class size limited to 12, class minimum is four. Must be registered to attend. Register for the program by sending an email to [email protected], going to the program calendar at www.MiamiCountyParks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109. Credit card payments are now accepted online at time of registration.
• DISCOVERY HIKE: The Miami County Park District will hold its Family Discovery Hike “Birds” from 1:30-3 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Join park district naturalist Accipiter Amalee to learn all about birds. This guided hike is designed for children with autism and their families, but all are welcome. Each hike will include 1-2 different social skills to practice along with several fun activities. Class minimum four families, maximum 10 families. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.
• BOOK SALE: St. James Episcopal Church, 200 W. High St., will have a one day book sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In case of rain, the sale will be moved inside.
• FUN FEST: A free fun fest will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. at Open Arms Church, 4075 S. Tipp-Cowlesville Road, Tipp City. The event will include free ice cream, food, horse rides, ambulance, fire truck, games and Bruno the pig.
• VIEW FROM THE VISTA: Come discover Brukner Nature Center’s vista birdlife and join members of the BNC Bird Club as you learn to identify our feathered friends from 2-4 p.m. All levels of birders welcome. Good binoculars available for use.
• 5K: The Miami County Park District will hold a 5K trail run/walk at 9 a.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 East State Route 41, east of Troy. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to step outdoors and onto the trail as part of a healthy lifestyle. The pre-registration fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Register online at AllianceRunning.com. Day of registration is $25. Visit MiamiCountyParks.com for more information.
• DOG SOCIAL: The Miami County Park District will hold its dog social “Working Dogs” from 1-3 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 East State Route 41, east of Troy. Participants can watch a live sheep herding demonstration with special guest Chris Thompson, his border collies and real sheep. Remember owners are responsible for their dogs — please clean up after your pet. Meet at the park entrance. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.
• CIVIC BAND: Troy Civic Band presents an outdoor concert at the new pavilion in Treasure Island Park, 301 N. Elm St., or North County Road 25 A, Troy. Featured music includes selections from Disney films and musicals, including “Mary Poppins,” “Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story” and “Snow White,” plus a medley from “Star Wars,” composed by John Williams. Terraced seating is along the Miami County River bank. Bring cushion or blankets. 7 PM. Free. Info contact: 937-335-1178.
• LUNCH PROGRAM: Altrusa International of Troy will host its monthly lunch program. The local service club welcomes guest speaker, Conner Haren of Haren’s Market, formerly Troy Meat Shop, 502 Garfield Ave., Troy. For more information, visit www.altrusatroy.com or call Tami Ganley at 335-1480.
• MOVE IT: “Move It to Lose It” with a free exercise class every Monday evening during the summer at the Milton-Union Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Today participants will be working out to Jillian Michaels’ “Yoga Inferno.” All ages are welcome; youth under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent.
• CRAFTY LISTENERS: The Crafty Listeners gather from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. The group listens to an audiobook while working on joint and individual craft projects. Both experienced crafters and those wanting to learn are welcome.
• MOVIE AND BINGO: Movie Monday and bingo will be offered from 1-4 p.m. at the Bradford Public Libary. This week will be Disney Nature’s “Monkey Kingdom.”
• SWIM DAY: Summer reading club members of the Bradford Public Library will have a free swim day at Stillwater Beach from 1-4 p.m. Just let the staff there know you are part of program.
• BUTTERFLY SURVEY: The Miami County Park District will hold a butterfly survey at 2:30 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. Participants will help park district naturalists collect data on butterflies in Miami County. Some of the data collected will help with the Monarch Larva Monitoring project which focuses on larval populations and milkweed. For more information on the Monarch monitoring project visit www.mlmp.org/. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.
• TRAILING TOTS: The Miami County Park District will hold its Trailing Moms & Tots program from 10 a.m. to noon at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. This program is for expectant mothers, mothers and tots 0-5 years of age. Participants can socialize, play and exercise during this walk. There may even craft time. Be sure to dress for the weather. Register for the program by sending an email to [email protected], going to the program calendar at www.MiamiCountyParks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104.
• LUCKY LEMONADE: A Lucky Lemonade concert with guitarist Mark Kroos will be offered at 7:30 p.m. in the Hayner courtyard. Mark’s style is characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures and percussive tapping techniques. Details at www.TroyHayner.org.
• SUMMERTIME STORIES: Bring your child at 11 a.m. to the Oakes-Beitman Public Library, Pleasant Hill, to enjoy a variety of stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts. Registration is requested. For ages birth to 5 years. For more information, call (937) 676-2731.
• TINY TOTS: Brukner Nature Center visits Tiny Tots today from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. They will be holding a “Nature Storytime Program” with live animals. Call 698-5515 for more information.
• COLOR CRAZY: Join Milton-Union Children’s Librarian Wendy Heisey and “Color Me Crazy” with a different geometrical or patterned coloring sheet each week from 2-3 p.m. Music or an audiobook will be played as well.
• QUARTER AUCTION: A quarter auction to benefit the Miami County Humane Society will be at the American Legion Post No. 586, 377 N. Third St., Tipp City. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction begins at 7 p.m. Food will be available to purchase.
• BOOK CLUB: Staff and members of the Unplugged Book Club at the Oakes-Beitman Public Library, Pleasant Hill, will be reading modern and classic books. Share in a book discussion about what was liked or disliked about the book and make a craft. Snacks will be served. For grades 3 and up. For more information, call (937) 676-2731.
• WEDNESDAYS WITH WILDLIFE: Help push through the mid-summer blahs by joining Brukner Nature Center staff during our third year of “Wednesdays with Wildlife.” Geared for kids entering grades sixth through 12th. Also join staff every Wednesday in July from 9 a.m. to noon. Each week will provide the campers a variety of methods for interacting with nature including research techniques, citizen science projects, nature art, building and providing for nature, snorkeling in the Stillwater River and more. Along the way, participants will meet several wildlife ambassadors and play games to help better understand the amazing world around us. Payment and registration due the Monday prior to the program. The fee is $20 for BNC members per Wednesday; $25 for non-members per Wednesday. Cash or check only.
• KIWANIS: The Piqua Kiwanis Club will meet at noon at the Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. The speaker will beAmy Havenar, city of Piqua engineer, with an update on Piqua engineering projects. Reservations are required by calling Dennis Carity at 418-8478. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.
• KIWANIS: The Kiwanis Club of Troy will conduct the weekly meeting off-site at noon at RT Industries, 110 Foss Way, Troy, and will learn more about how RT Industries serves the Miami County business community by providing training and support to individuals with developmental disabilities, who have proven to the community that their skills are good for business.
• STORY TIME: It’s bubbles galore at Story Times today at Milton-Union Public Library. Children’s librarian Wendy Heisey and volunteer Tim Koeller will provide all the supplies and fun at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.
• BLOOD DRIVE: The Troy Church of the Brethren will host a community blood drive from 3-7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, 1431 W. Main St. with a chance to win the “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two” vacation. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.