• HOLIDAY DINNER: The Miami County Democratic Women will host its annual Christmas Dinner “A Blue Fiesta!” at 6:30 p.m. at El Sombrero restaurant, 1700 N. County Road 25-A, Troy. Dinner may be ordered from the menu. Guests welcome.
• BOARD MEETING: The Miami County Educational Service Center’s Governing Board will meet at 6 p.m. at 5350 Ross Road, Tipp City.
• DINE TO DONATE: Concord Elementary will have “Concord Night Out” from 5-8 p.m. at La Fiesta restaurant. A flier must be presented at time of check out in order for the school to receive credit for patrons dining that evening. Fliers are available at the library and at Concord Elementary office.
• CRAFTY LISTENERS: The Crafty Listeners gather from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This group of women listen to an audio book while working on joint and individual craft projects. Both experienced crafters and those wanting to learn are welcome.
• OPTIMISTS MEET: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at LaPiazza.
• CENTER OPEN: The Pleasant Hill History Center, 8 E. Monument St., Pleasant Hill, is open from 3-7 p.m.
• TOPS: The T.O.P.S. Club meets at 5:45 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, Main and 3rd streets, Tipp City. For more information, call (937) 332-9251.
• The Tipp City Parks Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the Tipp City Government Center.
• The Police and Fire Committee of Village Council will meet at 6 p.m. prior to the council meeting.
• Laura Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Municipal building.
• Brown Township Board of Trustees will meet at 8 p.m. in the Township Building in Conover.
• The Union Township Trustees will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Township Building, 9497 Markley Road, P.O. Box E, Laura. Call 698-4480 for more information.
• NIGHT MARKET: The Troy Night Market, an indoor farmers market will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Troy Rec, corner of North Market Street and East Water Street in downtown Troy. The Troy Night Market is a collaboration of local vendors who produce locally grown, homemade cottage foods, local non-cottage foods and some artisan kitchen/household items. On this night, the Troy Night Market will provide customers with free medium-size brown paper shopping bags with handles for them to create their own gift bags full of fresh local items.
• FREE MEAL: Fletcher United Methodist Church will host its monthly community free meal from 5-7 p.m. The meal will include steak or chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and pie.
• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots meets from 1-1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This is an interactive opportunity for children from birth to 4-years-old and their caretakers to hear stories, play games, sing songs, and do other activities with children’s librarian Wendy Heisey.
• LIBRARY BOARD: The Milton-Union Public Library Board of Trustees invites the public to their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. The library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.
• FAMILY FUN: Join staff for Family Fun Night at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library, Pleasant Hill. Participants will be making that lovable character “Olaf” or their own version of it. There will be a story and activity to go along with the evening’s fun. So that we have enough supplies for everyone, please call to register for this family fun night. For more information, call the Pleasant Hill Library at (937) 676-271. The Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library is located at 12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill.
• PUPPET SHOW: A children’s puppet show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Children’s Department of the Piqua Public Library. Please pick up tickets in advance.
• The Concord Township Trustees will meet at the Concord Township Memorial Building, 1150 Horizon West Court, Troy.
• Pleasant Hill Township Trustees will meet at 8 p.m. in the township building, 210 W. Walnut St., Pleasant Hill.
• BREAKFAST MEETING: The Miami East class of 1964 will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. at Holly’s Café, Casstown.
• STORY TIME: Break out the hot cocoa! That’s the theme for the two Story Times today with Milton-Union Public children’s librarian Wendy Heisey – one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m. at the library. Stories, crafts, games and puppet shows are included in the activities for preschool children and their caretakers.
• HOME SCHOOL NATURE CLUB: Sign-up your home schooled student for an afternoon of discovery from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Payment is due at time of registration (cash or check). Staff naturalists have developed hands-on educational and awesome lesson plans, using live wildlife and outdoor exploration! The fee for these innovative programs is only $2.50 for BNC members and $5 for non-members. Registration and payment are due by 5 p.m. on the Monday before each program! Topic for December is “Sensing your Surroundings.”
• The Elizabeth Township Trustees will meet in the township building, 5710 Walnut Grove Road, Troy.
• The Covington Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m.in the Covington Middle School for a regular board meeting.
• HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s annual holiday concert with the Oakwood Brass will be offered at 7:30 p.m. at the center. You will hear Eric Knorr and Daniel Zehringer on trumpet, Jonas Thomas on French horn Alan Keller on trombone and Tom Luckowicz on tuba.
• HIGH NOONERS: It’s a lot of holly, jolly and humor with the High Nooners’s discussion of “Christmas Bliss” by Mary Kay Andrews today from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. The ladies will be having a carry-in of appetizers and desserts to celebrate the season. For more information, call 937-698-5515.
• WINTER SOLSTICE EVENT: Join Brukner Nature Center staff and volunteers at 7 p.m. its Winter Solstice event “Wildlife & Wild Places,” featuring the center’s photo contest exhibit and a presentation by Ohio Division of Wildlife staff. Come meet the photo contest participants and enjoy their photographs that capture the beauty and majesty of wildlife and wild places. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and refreshments will include a variety of homemade cookies and candies, enjoyed with a mug of hot chocolate or flavored coffee. At 7:15 p.m., participants will settle into their seats for a lecture presented by the staff of the Ohio Department of Nature Resources Division of Wildlife, sharing their research and findings regarding Ohio’s black bears. Information will be given on the life history, status in Ohio, research initiatives and how you can help Ohio’s wildlife. Admission for this seasonal celebration is $5 for BNC members and $10 for non-members. All participants in BNC’s Photo Contest are admitted free of charge! All proceeds from this event and the sale of the photographs will support BNC’s own wildlife research projects. This exhibit will feature the work of both adult and youth participants. The exhibit will also be open to the public during business hours through March 13.
• BLOOD DRIVE: The Piqua Knights of St. John and Community Blood Center are asking donors to support a holiday season blood drive from 1:30-5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, 110 S. Wayne St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Buckeye Blood Donor” football T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• BOARD MEETING: The Miami Metropolitan Housing Authority Board meeting and public hearing will be at 8 a.m. at 1695 Troy-Sidney Road, Troy.
• The Lostcreek Township Board of Trustees meet at 7 p.m. at Lostcreek Township Building, Casstown.
• FRIDAY DINNERS: The Covington VFW, 173 N. High St., Covington, will offer broasted chicken, New York strip steak, fish or sandwiches, from 5-8 p.m.
• STEAK DINNERS: New York strip steak dinners will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.
• REGISTRATION DUE: Registration is due for a dinner and three hours of continuing education, sponsored by The Ohio State Society of Enrolled Agents of Greater Dayton. EA’s, CPA’s, attorneys and other tax professionals are invited to attend, Richard E. Ayres, EA, ATA of Ayres Tax Seminars will be speaking on the 2015 Federal Tax Update (including Affordable Care Act). The event will be held Jan. 7 at The Crystal Room, Troy. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. and education will be at 6 p.m. For information, contact Ron Bodey at (937) 440-6562 or [email protected]
• 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.
• BEEF STEW: Beeft stew will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game.
• WINTER PARTY:Brukner Nature Center’s Winter Party for the Wildlife will begin from 6-7 p.m. with refreshments, games, making a treat for your wild friends and visiting with the wildlife ambassador’s. From 7-8 p.m., participants will enjoy a nocturnal adventure along BNC’s trails. Admission is a gift from the wish list just for the ambassadors. Check out the wish list on the Wishes for Wildlife tree (located at the entrance of the Critter Corner) for some great gift ideas.
• BLOOD DRIVE: First Baptist Church Troy and Community Blood Center are asking donors to support a holiday season blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gym, 53 South Norwich Road, Troy. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Buckeye Blood Donor” football T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• BLOOD DRIVE: Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City and Community Blood Center are asking donors to support a holiday season blood drive from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 S. County Road 25-A. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Buckeye Blood Donor” football T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• OPEN HOUSE: The city of Tipp City will host an open house and Electric Utility Center Building dedication beginning at 10 a.m. The building dedication will begin at 10 a.m. and the open house will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A quorum of the members of city council may be present.
• VIEW FROM THE VISTA: Brukner Nature Center will offer View from the Vista from 2-4 p.m. Come discover Brukner Nature Center’s vista bird life and join members of the BNC Bird Club as you learn to identify our feathered friends!. All levels of birders welcome and good binoculars are available for use. Free and open to the public.
• HOLIDAY CONCERT: Tippecanoe Community Band will present a free concert in the sanctuary of Piqua’s Greene Street United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. at 415 W. Greene St., Piqua. The 40-member concert band is celebrating 35 years under the direction of its founder, Gail Ahmed. “Sounds of the Christmas Season” is a blend of sacred favorites, Nutcracker, Christmas Suites and sing-alongs that will be enjoyable for all ages. Off-street parking and handicapped entrance is located along Caldwell Street on the east side of the Greene Street United Methodist Church in Piqua. For more information, call 335-1178.