Community Calendar


Today

• VICTIM WITNESS VIGIL: The Miami County Victim Witness Staff will host its annual candlelight ceremony held in memory of loved ones who have passed on as a result of a crime or a sudden death. The service will be held 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 2899 W. Main St., Troy.
• LUNCHEON: All former employees of Piqua Memorial Hospital are invited to a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Buffalo Jack’s, Covington. No reservations needed as participants will be ordering from the menu. For more information, call Nancy at (937) 473-3337 or Judy at (937) 214-2036.
• HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St., will kick off the holidays with an open house during open hours. Stop in to take in the many holiday displays, including miniature village collections in our Children’s Department , as well exhibits of toys and gifts of Christmases past; a local collection of menorahs (courtesy of Barb Bollenbacher); trees decorated with unique Lego Club ornaments, and more.
• FREE MOVIE: See “Finding Dory” at 6 p.m. in the Louis Program Room of the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St. Bring snacks and a friend. The movie is 103 minutes long and rated PG.
FRIENDS MEETING: The New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in the library’s community room. New members and volunteers are welcome to join.
• SHRIMP: Come and enjoy shrimp and fries for $6 at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Serving starts at 6 p.m.

• LUNCHEON: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will have a carry-in luncheon at noon at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. Blood pressure checks will be offered prior, beginning at 11 a.m.

• OPEN HOUSE: REM Ohio will have an open house from 3-7 p.m. at 721 Lincoln St., Suite B, Troy. All items are made by individuals with disabilities, including wreaths, ornaments, paintings and other items.

Friday-Saturday

• LIVE NATIVITY: The annual Live Nativity Walk at Stillwater Community Church will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at the church on Sugar Grove Road, between Covington and Pleasant Hill. With walks every half hour and five walks per night. Admission is free. The walk takes you back in time and tells the story of the birth of our Savior. Walk to the home of Mary; follow Mary to Elizabeth’s home; walk into the carpenter shop of Joseph; travel to the Inn; visit with the shepherds and listen as the angels announce the birth of Jesus; travel with the shepherds to the stable. After the walk, stay warm by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies and fellowship.

Friday
• FRIDAY DINNERS: The Covington VFW Post 4235, 73 N. High St., will offer dinners, including broasted chicken, New York strip steaks, fish and shrimp and a variety of sandwiches 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 from 6-7:30 p.m. Chicken livers also will be available.
• BOOK SIGNING: Mark Figley, who recently released a book on the 1975-1976 World Champion Cincinnati Reds entitled, “Queen City Dynasty: Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine,” will have a book signing from 6-7:30 p.m. at Readmore’s Hallmark, Piqua.
• FISH AND CHICKEN: Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will prepare fish and/or chicken tenders, french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw and dessert for $8 starting at 6 p.m. Children 10 and under are $4.
• STEAK DINNER: A New York strip dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.
Saturday
• HOLIDAY EXHIBIT: This year’s Troy-Hayner Cultural Center holiday decor will feature items that focus on Christmas legends and traditions. Every area of the beautiful Hayner Mansion will showcase the talent of more than sixteen local florists, decorators, designers, and artists. Have you ever wondered why we decorate Christmas trees or hang stockings at Christmas? “Christmas Legends” is an exhibit that explains how certain traditions began. Judy Deeter, president of The Troy Historical Society and the Overfield Tavern Museum, is curating this interesting and informative exhibit. For more information, call 339-0457 or visit www.troyhayner.org.
• ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Don’t miss Brukner Nature Center’s annual Winter Arts & Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come discover hundreds of one-of-a-kind handmade items created by local artisians. Bring the whole family and explore the wildlife exhibits, take a hike through the woodlands and birdwatch in the third story Tree-top Vista then relax with a cup of bird-friendly coffee and homemade piece of pie. Embrace the season of giving and support our mission by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win a treasure donated by the artisans. All proceeds from this event benefit our wildlife programs. Free and open to the public.
• OPEN HOUSE: Saturday is Children’s Day at the Hayner with holiday fun all through the house. This community celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, call 339-0457 or go to www.troyhayner.org.
• PRAYER BREAKFAST: The Troy Community Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Community Center, Troy.
• SPAGHETTI DINNER: An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be offered from 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 622 S. Market St., Troy, to benefit Troy Post 43 baseball. Meals will include spaghetti, salad bar, bread, dessert and drinks for $7.75 for adults and $4.50 for children 13 and younger.

• SHARE-A-MEAL: First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy, welcomes everyone from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a meal of pork tenderloin, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, pie and beverages. This program, held the first Saturday of each month, is the one of the church’s ways of reaching out to the community. Please use the Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped-accessible.

• GINGERBREAD HOUSE: The Second annual Gingerbread House event at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library in Pleasant Hill will run in in half-hour increments starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Registration is required. Staff will have all of the supplies; just come ready to lick your fingers and add some goodies to make your gingerbread house as sweet as can be. To register, call the Pleasant Hill Library at 676-2731. The Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library is located at 12 N. Main St.

• COOKIE SHOPPE: Homemade holiday cookies and candy will be sold by the pound at the Christmas Cookie Shoppe from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St., across from the Troy First United Methodist Church, sponsored by the Troy United Methodist Women. The proceeds will be donated to local charities. For more information, call the church at 335-2826.

• MOVIE NIGHT: Cyrene A.M.E. Church, 227 W. Ash St., Piqua, invites the public to join them for a night of movies and a hot bowl of chili for the cost of $5 a ticket at 2 p.m. The public can get tickets from members of Cyrene A.M.E. Church or call Estella Vaughan at (937) 552-7907.

• PANCAKES: The Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ will hold a Christmas all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Donations, not required, of cash or food will be accepted for the Newton Food Pantry and Christmas Basket Program or the Organ Repair Fund. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, juice, and coffee, tea, or milk. Contact the church office at (937) 676-3193 for more information.

• KARAOKE: Share your talents at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 with karaoke tarting at 7 p.m.

• TACOS AND WINGS: Tacos and wings will be offered at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game. The band Hidden will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday

• GRAND OPENING: Sunday is the grand opening of the holiday decor at Hayner. Every room will be decorated with the “Christmas Legenda” theme. There will be refreshments and music in the house all day as you peruse all three floors. Enjoy the Troy High School Acapella Choir at 1 p.m. Mary Davis will be here with her accordion duo, Terry Penkal will bring his guitar for some holiday bluegrass. Enjoy vocal artist Krissy McKim-Barker and many others for a day of community tradition at the Hayner. For more information, call 339-0457 or visit www.troyhayner.org.

• CONCERT: The Piqua Civic Band will celebrate the holiday season with a concert titled “The Wonder of the Holidays” at 3 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Piqua. The band and its director, Brett Poling, welcome Dr. David Sievers from The University of Dayton as their guest vocalist for the afternoon. Admission is free and all are welcome. Dr. Sievers will perform “O Holy Night” and help to lead the annual Christmas sing-along. Other selections will include Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “Ancient and Honorable Artillery March,” “The Wonder of Christmas,” “Secret Agent Santa,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and more. Visit the band’s website at http://piquacivicband.weebly.com for more information.

• BREAKFAST: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer made-to-order breakfasts ala cart from 8-10 a.m.

• HOLIDAY CABARET: The Friends of the Piqua Public Library will offers its 2106 Holiday Cabaret with the Jacomets, Jacksons and Full Sound Chamber Group, at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Fort Piqua Plaza. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Readmore’s Hallmark, Piqua.

• SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: A concert will be presented by th Tippecanoe Community Band at 7 p.m. at the First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy. More than 50 musicians from all over the Miami County will be represented. There will also be a sing-along to your favorite holiday music. The church is handicapped accessible at the Canal Street entrance.

• CHRISTMAS DINNER: The Troy Church of the Brethren invites friends and family to a family Christmas dinner and celebration with music and candle lighting beginning at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Christmas celebration will be upstairs in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. Special guests will be singer and story teller Joseph Helfrich with Bill Light and the Simple Gifts Quartet.

• BLUEGRASS: An open-stage bluegrass jam with Evan Lanier and the Bluegrass Express wil begin at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 586, 377 N. 3rd St., Tipp City. Admission is free and food will be available.

• BREAKFAST: Breakfast will be served from 8-11 a.m. at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. The Riders will prepare eggs-your-way, bacon, sausage, toast, sausage gravy, pancakes, waffles, french toast, home fries, cinnamon rolls, fruit and juices, for $6, children 10 and under $3.

Monday

• HOLIDAY DINNER: The Overfield Tavern Museum will sell a limited number of tickets at the door for its holiday dinners on Saturday and Sunday at the museum, 201 E. Water St., Troy. Tickets to the fundraiser are $50 each and can be purchased for a 5 p.m. seating Saturday, or for 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. seatings on Sunday. A 7 p.m. Saturday seating is sold out. Each ticket includes a three-course, historically inspired meal by Bakehouse Bread Co.; two drink tickets; and live music. To ensure your seats, purchase tickets in advance at eventbrite.com (search for “Overfield Tavern”) or pay by check at J. Hall and Associates, 327 S. Market St., Troy.
• TROY NOON OPTIMISTS: Speaker will be Jessica Echols fromPartners in Hope. Members are asked to donate a child’s Christmas toy. The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at LaPiazza.
• OPEN HOUSE: The community is invited to join staff at the Troy-Miami County Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. for a holiday open house. Troy Mayor Mike Beamish will read a holiday story at 6 p.m., Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m., and the Riverside Bell Choir will entertain at 6:45 p.m. The evening will also feature a kid craft, a raffle drawing, and refreshments. The library is located at 419 W. Main St., Troy. For more information, call 339-0502.

• CRAFTY LISTENERS: The Crafty Listeners meet every Monday from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library multi-purpose room. The audiobook club enjoys lighthearted books while working on individual craft projects. Feel free to bring lunch for yourself or snacks to share with the group. No sign up necessary and all are welcome to attend.

• BUDDY READING: Buddy reading provides a volunteer for a student to read with. The goal is to help students reach their A.R. goals and practice reading. An adult or high school student will be able to help your child practice reading. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• BICYCLE CLASS: A free bicycle maintenance class will be offered at 7 p.m. at J&D Bicycles, 500 N. Elm St., Troy. Common issues will be covered along with basic preventative maintenance and inspections. For more information, call (937) 315-2453 or [email protected]

• SOUPS: The Tipp City Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 586 will offer a choice of two different soups, with ham and cheese sliders for $5. Serving begins at 6 p.m.

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

Tuesday
• AFTER DARK: Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua, will offer a 19th centery Christmas at the Johnston After Dark. The tour will begin in Rachel Johnston’s kitchen with cider and cookies and a chance to shop. Tours begin on the half-hour and will take approxinately 30 minutes, during which time participants will experience the Johnston House as the family would have known it, by candle and oil light. The tour includes the kitchen and six fully decorated rooms, each with an individual theme. Tours are on a first come, first serve basis with a capacity of 20 per tour. The cost is $5, with children 5 and under free. Tickets will be distributed upon your arrival for the 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. tours and will begin in the Johnston kitchen on the lower level.
• DINNER: The Sons of the American Legion Post 43 will be serving pizzas, calzones and wings every Tuesday from 5:30-8 p.m.
• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots meet from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This is an opportunity for children from birth to 3 years old and their caretakers to hear developmentally appropriate stories, play games, sing songs, and do other activities with children’s librarian Wendy Heisey.
• FAMILY NIGHST: Join staff for Lego Family Fun Night at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library in Pleasant Hill. Drop in anytime between 6 and 7:30 p.m.. This month’s challenge will be making holiday themed creations. To register for the event or for more information, call the library at 676-271. The Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library is located at 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill.

• CRAFTS: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will be offered crafts and quilting at 9 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

Wednesday
• PERI MEETING: The Miami County Chapter of Ohio Public Employee Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood St., Piqua. (Enter parking lot from Downing Street.) Lunch is $10, payable at the door. Lunch reservations needed Wednesday, Nov. 30. For a reservation, please call Beth at (937) 335-2771. Speaker will discuss a variety of benefits available to PERI members. This meeting is open to any retired or currently employed Ohio public employee.

• EUCHRE: Weekly on Wednesday nights at the Tipp City VFW. Euchre starts at 7 p.m. in the back room for $7 per person; there is also a side bet. Snacks provided.

• DINE TO DONATE: Join Brukner Nature Center staff from 5-8 p.m. at Buffalo Wings & Rings, 989 E. Ash St., Piqua, a Dine to Donate to benefit BNC. Buffalo Wings & Rings will donate 10 percent of your food bill to BNC when you dine in or order carryout. No flier is needed for this event.

• STORY TIME: “Whales” are the subject at the Milton-Union Public Library Story Time this week. Children’s librarian Wendy Heisey will hold two sessions, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m. Stories, crafts, games and puppet shows are included in the activities for children and their caretakers.

• SUPPORT GROUP: The Miami-Shelby Ostomy Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. at Outback Steakhouse in Troy. The Ostomy Support Group’s meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month except January and July. Programs provide information and support to ostomates and their families, and are beneficial to health care professionals as well. The December gathering will be for a lunch for the holidays. For more information, contact Robin Medrano at 440-4706.

• SLIDERS: John’s sliders with toppings and chips will be offered at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586. Sliders will be two for $2 serving starts at 6 p.m.

Dec. 8

• AFTER DARK: Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua, will offer a 19th centery Christmas at the Johnston After Dark. The tour will begin in Rachel Johnston’s kitchen with cider and cookies and a chance to shop. Tours begin on the half-hour and will take approxinately 30 minutes, during which time participants will experience the Johnston House as the family would have known it, by candle and oil light. The tour includes the kitchen and six fully decorated rooms, each with an individual theme. Tours are on a first come, first serve basis with a capacity of 20 per tour. The cost is $5, with children 5 and under free. Tickets will be distributed upon your arrival for the 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. tours and will begin in the Johnston kitchen on the lower level. For more information, call (937) 657-5203.

• BOOK CLUB: Get into the Christmas spirit at the Pleasant Hill library as participants read aloud O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. Participants also will enjoy hot cocoa and a craft. Copies of the book will be available to check out. For more information, call 676-2731 or visit the library at 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill.

• OPEN HOUSE: A holiday open house, sponsored by the Piqiua Area Chamber of Commerce, Mainstreet Piqua Inc., Piqua Area United Way, Piqua Arts Council and Grow Piqua Now, will be from 5-7 p.m. at The Fort Piqua Plaza, 308 N. Main St., 4th Floor, Piqua. Make a reservation at www.piquaareachamber.com.

• QUARTER AUCTION: The Piqua High School Show Choir will host its eighth annual quarter auction from 7-9 p.m. at the Piqua High School commons/cafeteria. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. to preview the auction items. A concessions stand will be available. The initial cost is $2 per paddle, and the per-item auction price ranges from 25 cents to $1, based on the value of the item.

• COMMUNITY HOLIDAY NIGHT: The Milton-Union Public Library will be hosting its annual Community Holiday Night at 6:30 p.m. The event will include a visit from Santa, a photo booth, crafts for all ages, holiday themed decorations, and prizes for every age group. The theme this year is “12 Days of Christmas: Library Edition.” Everyone attending will get a chance to win a prize basket in a giveaway.

• SLOPPY JOE: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586, Tipp City, will serve sloppy joe sandwiches with chips for $4 beginning at 6 p.m.

• LUNCHEON: The Tipp City Seniors will have a board of trustees meeting at 10 a.m. Members and guests will have a carry-in luncheon at noon at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. A visitor from Riverside will speak.

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