Cemetery cleanup upcoming

MONROE TOWNSHIP — Residents and families are advised that the 2016 annual fall cleanup for Maple Hill Cemetery and all other Monroe Township cemeteries will take place the week of Oct. 30 by cemetery staff.

All decorations that are to be saved must be removed by Oct. 29. Fall items may be put back on gravesites Nov. 6. All artificial arrangements must be in a non-glass vase, hanging devise or a monument saddle. Please permanently mark the deceased name and contact person on the bottom of a saddle so identification can be made if it is blown off the monument.

The cemetery prohibits the placement of landscape rocks around monuments, glass containers, wire, toys and figurines. These are maintenance and safety issues and interfere with mowing and or trimming. These items will be removed.

Haiku poetry contest set

TIPP CITY — Entry forms are available for a haiku poetry contest sponsored by TMCS, Tipp City Area Arts Council and Tipp City Public Library. Forms are available at Tipp Monroe Community Services, Tipp City Public Library and online at www.tippcityartscouncil.com.

The contest open to children in grades 3-12 and adults. Haiku must have a Winter or Christmas theme.

On Oct. 15, from 1-2:30 p.m. there will be a Haiku Workshop at the Tipp City Public Library. Nov. 7 is the deadline for haiku submission and prizes will be awarded on Dec. 2. at the Community Band concert at Zion Lutheran Church.

Selected haiku will be displayed at the Christmas in the Village Home Tour and in windows in downtown Tipp City.

More information is available at www.tmcomservices.org or http://tippcityartscouncil.com.

Artists invited to Halloween art show

WEST MILTON — The Miami Street Imaginarium is inviting artists of all ages to participate in a “Creature Feature” themed Halloween art show and exhibition.

Artists may use any medium and create original works of art within the given theme, including 3D art, masks and sculpture, as well as photography and wall art. Submissions must be brought in and ready to display by Thursday, Oct. 20. There is no exhibition fee.

Art will be auctioned off the day of the show and half of the proceeds go toward the community center’s future programming for youth.

No violent images or nudity accepted. Please keep in mind that the community center is a family friendly environment and all artwork does not need to be scary or Halloween themed. This is a fun, free show for all ages. Contact owners Misty or Niccole at (937) 719-1989 for more information.

Gingerbread house decorating contest opens

TIPP CITY — Nothing says Christmas like an old-fashioned gingerbread house! This year’s Gingerbread House Decorating Contest sponsored by the Tipp City Area Arts Council and Tipp Monroe Community Services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1-4 p.m. in the basement of the Township Building located at the corner of Main and Third Streets.

Four-person teams may be comprised of children and/or adults, however, all-children teams must be accompanied by an adult. Form your team and get registered online at www.tmcomservices.org or at Tipp Monroe Community Services during working hours.

Entry fees are $35 for new teams (includes the cost of your Gingerbread Cottage) or $20 for returning teams (who already have purchased a Gingerbread Cottage).

Icing and houses are included in the entry fee but teams must provide their own candy and other edible decorations. No pre-made elements are permitted.

Judging will start at approximately 3 p.m. with prizes awarded for overall cohesive design, originality/uniqueness, and Christmas/holiday spirit.

Call (937) 667-8631 for more information.

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